US Pat. No. 9,267,193

HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL SHEET AND THE METHOD FOR PRODUCTION THEREFOR

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A high-strength steel sheet consisting of, by weight:
not less than 0.25% and not more than 0.5% of C, not less than 4% and not more than 14% of Mn, not less than 6.5% and not
more than 9.5% of Cr, and not less than 0.3% and not more than 3% of Si, not less than 0.005% and not more than 0.05% of N,
not less than 0.05% and not more than 4% of Al, not less than 0.1% and not more than 4% of Ni, not less than 0.05% and not
more than 3% of Mo, and not less than 0.1% and not more than 2% of Cu, balance of Fe and inevitable impurities;

the high-strength steel sheet satisfying the following formulas 1 and 2, in which the element symbol indicates the content
thereof in weight %, the prefactors representing the chromium and nickel equivalents, and the steel consisting essentially
of austenite; and

the high-strength steel sheet having a yield strength of not less than 1000 MPa and total elongation of not less than 20%
12?2.0Si+5.5Al+Cr+1.5Mo?25  (1)
13?30C+0.5Mn+0.3Cu+Ni+25N?17  (2).

US Pat. No. 9,056,578

LAMP FOR VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A lamp for a vehicle, comprising: a plurality of LED light sources; a board having a plurality of mounting portions on
which said LED light sources are mounted; and a reflector member covering said LED light sources, said reflector member reflecting
light emitted from said LED light sources with directivity, wherein said plurality of mounting portions are arranged at least
in one direction among the vehicle longitudinal direction and the vehicle lateral direction, such that said LED light sources
are mountable can be disposed in plural configurations on said board, wherein a number of said plurality of mounting portions
exceeds a number of said plurality of LED light sources, and wherein said reflector member is detachably attached to said
board wherein said reflector member includes a reflecting portion which reflects the light emitted from said LED light sources
and an attaching portion attached to said board, wherein said attaching portion is attached to said board such that said attaching
portion covers a mounting surface of said board on which said LED light sources are mounted, wherein said attaching portion
has an opening portion for exposing said LED light sources: and wherein each of said plurality of LED light sources is disposed
between said attaching portion and a corresponding reflecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,092,987

LANE CHANGE ASSIST INFORMATION VISUALIZATION SYSTEM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A lane change assist information visualization system, said lane change assist information visualization system comprising:
a sensor device comprising:
an ego vehicle sensing unit configured to detect a velocity of an ego vehicle;
an object vehicle sensing unit configured to detect at least a distance to the ego vehicle and a velocity of a surrounding
vehicle; and

a driver intention detecting unit configured to detect a driver's intention to change lanes;
a lane change program computing device configured to determine, according to signals received from the sensor device,
(a) that a lane change possibility currently exists, and
(b) a time period in which a lane change should be made; and
a display unit configured to display the lane change possibility and the time period determined by the lane change program
computing device, wherein

the lane change program computing device is configured to further determine a position of an object vehicle in relation to
which the time period in which a lane change should be made was determined, and

the display unit is configured to further display, based on the position of the object vehicle determined by the lane change
program computing device, a direction in which the object vehicle is located relative to the ego vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,475,412

VEHICLE INCLUDING SEAT HAVING FIRST AND SECOND BIASING MEMBERS

TS Tech Americas, Inc., ...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a vehicular frame; and
a utility bed pivotally coupled with the vehicular frame and pivotable between a hauling position and a cargo support position,
the utility bed comprising:

a bed frame; and
a seat comprising:
a seat bottom coupled with the bed frame;
a seat back pivotally coupled with respect to the bed frame and pivotable between a stowed position, a deployed position,
and a neutral position between the stowed position and the deployed position;

a first biasing member coupled to each of the seat back and the bed frame,
the first biasing member being configured to impart a first bias force in a first direction throughout the stowed position
to the deployed position to bias the seat back into the stowed position; and

a second biasing member coupled to each of the seat back and the bed frame,
the second biasing member being configured to impart a second bias force in a second direction opposing the first direction
throughout the stowed position to the deployed position to bias the seat back into the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 9,126,649

MOBILE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A mobile vehicle having a vehicle body and a front wheel and a rear wheel arranged spaced apart from each other in a longitudinal
direction of the vehicle body,
one of the front wheel and the rear wheel being a steering control wheel which can be steered about a steering axis tilted
backward,

the mobile vehicle comprising:
a steering actuator which generates a driving force for steering the steering control wheel; and
a control device which controls the steering actuator so as to stabilize a posture of the vehicle body in accordance with
at least an observed value of an inclination angle in a roll direction of the vehicle body, wherein

in the case where a state in which the front wheel and the rear wheel of the mobile vehicle are both stationary in an upright
posture in contact with a ground surface and axle centerlines of the front wheel and the rear wheel extend in parallel with
each other in a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body is defined as a basic posture state
and in the case where a radius of curvature of a transverse cross-sectional shape of the steering control wheel at a ground
contact point of the steering control wheel in the basic posture state of the mobile vehicle is denoted as Rs,

the height a, from the ground surface, of a point of intersection of the steering axis of the steering control wheel and a
virtual straight line connecting the ground contact point of the steering control wheel and the center of axle of the steering
control wheel in the basic posture state is controlled to be not higher than the radius of curvature Rs.

US Pat. No. 9,452,792

VEHICLE COLLISION ENERGY ABSORBING MEMBER EXCELLENT IN ENERGY ABSORBING PERFORMANCE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

JFE Steel Corporation, (...

1. A vehicle collision energy absorbing member formed by shaping a high strength thin steel sheet,
wherein the high strength thin steel sheet has a tensile strength TS of at least 980 MPa, and has an n-value and a limit bending
radius Rc satisfying Formula (1) below:

Rc/t?1.31×ln(n)+5.21  (1);

where
Rc: limit bending radius (mm),
t: sheet thickness (mm), and
n: n-value obtained for a true strain is 5% to 10%,the high strength thin steel sheet includes a chemical composition containing, by mass %:
C: 0.14% to 0.30%;
Si: 0.01% to 1.6%;
Mn: 3.5% to 10%;
P: 0.060% or less;
S: 0.0050% or less;
Al: 0.01% to 1.5%;
N: 0.0060% or less;
Nb: 0.01% to 0.10%; and
the balance being Fe and incidental impurities, andthe high strength thin steel sheet has a microstructure including a ferrite phase by 30% to 70% in volume fraction with respect
to the entire microstructure and a secondary phase other than the ferrite phase, the ferrite phase having an average grain
size of 1.0 ?m or smaller, the secondary phase at least containing a retained austenite phase by at least 10% in volume fraction
to the entire microstructure, the retained austenite phase having an average spacing of 1.5 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,409,483

FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND VEHICLE FUEL CELL SYSTEM DISCHARGING METHOD

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A fuel cell system mounted in a vehicle, comprising:
a fuel cell including a gas channel to which a reactant gas is to be supplied to generate electricity;
a collision prediction device configured to predict probability of collision of the vehicle;
a discharge device configured to discharge the electricity from the fuel cell; and
a controller configured to control the discharge device to discharge the electricity from the fuel cell in a case where the
collision prediction device predicts that the probability of collision of the vehicle is higher than a predetermined probability,

wherein the controller is configured to control the discharge device to discharge the electricity from the fuel cell intermittently.

US Pat. No. 9,220,182

SEMICONDUCTOR MODULE COOLER AND SEMICONDUCTOR MODULE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A semiconductor module cooler for supplying a coolant from an outside to a water jacket and cooling a semiconductor element
arranged over an outer surface of the cooler, the cooler comprising:
a heat sink which is thermally connected to the semiconductor element;
a first flow path which is placed in the water jacket, which extends from a coolant introduction inlet, and in which a guide
portion having an incline for leading the coolant toward one side of the heat sink is placed;

a second flow path which is placed in the water jacket parallel with and apart from the first flow path, which extends toward
a coolant discharge outlet, and which has a sidewall parallel to another side of the heat sink;

a flow speed adjusting plate which is placed in the second flow path and which is formed apart from and parallel with said
another side of the heat sink;

a third flow path formed in a position in the water jacket in which the first flow path connects with the second flow path;
and

one or more convex ribs which are formed on a bottom of the water jacket having the third flow path and which fit into one
or more notches at one or more positions,

wherein:
the heat sink is placed in the third flow path; and
the one or more notches are put in an edge in a longitudinal direction of the heat sink at one or more positions.

US Pat. No. 9,370,998

FUEL FILLER SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING SAME

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A fuel filler system for use in a motor vehicle, said fuel filler system comprising:
a fuel filler tube including a tube end and a longitudinal axis;
a closure device assembly coupleable with said tube end, wherein said closure device assembly comprises an inner collar and
an outer cover;

a circumferential rim extending radially outward from said tube end, said circumferential rim defining a non-planar cross-sectional
shape and comprising a curved sealing surface extending radially outward from said tube end;

at least one catch member extending from an inner surface of said outer cover of said closure device assembly, wherein said
outer cover and said inner collar define an annular gap that receives said circumferential rim after said closure device assembly
is coupled to said fuel filler tube; and

a seal member circumferentially coupled to a portion of said closure device assembly via a circumferential notch defined in
a radially outwardly-facing surface of said inner collar, and axially spaced apart from said at least one catch member, wherein
said circumferential rim is axially captured between said at least one catch member and said seal member such that said sealing
surface sealingly engages said seal member.

US Pat. No. 9,403,436

LANE KEEP ASSIST SYSTEM HAVING AUGMENTED REALITY INDICATORS AND METHOD THEREOF

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A method for alerting a driver of a vehicle deviating from a lane comprising:
determining a steering angle of the vehicle;
determining a projected path based on the steering angle;
displaying augmented reality indicators on a head-up display represented as wheel tracks of the vehicle in a direction of
the steering angle; and

providing an alert notification through the augmented reality indicators on the head-up display when the projected path crosses
the lane.

US Pat. No. 9,342,986

VEHICLE STATE PREDICTION IN REAL TIME RISK ASSESSMENTS

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A computer based method comprising:
receiving a plurality of vehicle environment inputs, the inputs comprising a current position for each of a plurality of objects
located around a vehicle;

determining, based on the inputs, a possible outcome involving the plurality of objects, the possible outcome comprising a
predicted position for each of the involved objects;

determining a numerical likelihood of occurrence of the possible outcome based on the inputs;
determining, for each of the involved objects, a current risk value for the object based on the current position of the object,
and a predicted risk value for the object based on the predicted position of the object;

determining, for each of the involved objects, a total risk value based on the current risk value and based on the predicted
risk value weighted by the numerical likelihood of occurrence; and

controlling a driver assistance system of the vehicle based on the total risk values of the involved objects;
wherein determining the numerical likelihood of occurrence of the possible outcome comprises:
determining a plurality of memberships by the inputs in a plurality of input membership functions;
combining the memberships into a plurality of permutations of the input membership functions;
mapping the permutations to a plurality of outcome membership functions;
aggregating the outcome membership functions;determining the numerical likelihood of occurrence based on the aggregation.

US Pat. No. 9,118,224

STATOR FOR ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A stator for a rotary electric machine, comprising:
a stator core in a sleeve shape with a plurality of slots formed at an inner circumferential surface thereof;
a plurality of coil segments received by the slots;
a plurality of first coil end plates electrically connected with the coil segments on either one of end surfaces of the stator
core; and

a plurality of second coil end plates electrically connected with the coil segments on the other end surface of the stator
core,

wherein each of the coil segments comprises connecting end portions protruding respectively from the one and the other end
surfaces of the stator core,

wherein each of the first coil end plates comprises:
a plate portion in a flat plate shape extended along a circumferential direction of the stator core; and
a pair of extended portions respectively extended along a radial direction of the stator core from one end side of the plate
portion such that the connecting end portions of the corresponding coil segments are connected to the pair of extended portions,

wherein the plurality of first coil end plates and the plurality of second coil end plates are disposed being laminated on
the corresponding end surfaces of the stator core,

wherein the plate portion of at least one of the plurality of first coil end plates is formed longer along the circumferential
direction of the stator core than the plate portions of the other first coil end plates and has a stepped portion, and

wherein the plate portion having the stepped portion is disposed such that an end portion thereof extending from the stepped
portion overlaps with the first coil end late that forms a neighboring coil turn in an axial direction of the stator core,
the end portion and the extended portion extending from the end portion intersect the first coil end plate that forms the
neighboring coil turn in the axial direction of the stator core.

US Pat. No. 9,126,547

COVER STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE BODY OUTER PANEL COUPLING PART

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A cover structure of a vehicle-body outer panel connection portion, the cover structure comprising:
a first vehicle-body outer panel that is made of a steel sheet and has a surface of a vehicle body;
a second vehicle-body outer panel that is made of a steel sheet and has a surface which is continuous to the surface; and
a cover member that covers a stepped portion having a height difference by a panel thickness resulted after an end portion
of the second vehicle-body outer panel is connected in an overlapping manner to an end portion of the first vehicle-body outer
panel,

wherein the stepped portion is located in a connection recess portion which is formed by connecting a second bent portion,
in which the end portion of the second vehicle-body outer panel is deformed centerward in a vehicle width direction, to a
first bent portion in which the end portion of the first vehicle-body outer panel is deformed centerward in the vehicle width
direction,

the cover member is attached to the connection recess portion and is comprised of a cover body of a thermoplastic resin and
a bonding film layer which is applied to an attachment surface forming an inner surface of the cover body facing the first
vehicle-body outer panel and the second vehicle-body outer panel,

the cover body is comprised of a thick-walled body portion formed with a thickness corresponding to a depth of the connection
recess portion at a center thereof and a lip portion which is continuous to the body portion,

the body portion is configured by forming the outer surface of the cover body in a convex curved shape, and
the lip portion has a wall thickness which gradually decreases from the body portion toward fringes of the cover body, and,
of the fringes, a fringe portion of a door seal contacting portion coming in contact with a seal member provided in a door
is formed such that the convex curved outer surface of the cover body lies substantially continuously on outer surfaces of
the first and second vehicle body outer panels.

US Pat. No. 9,273,574

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING FILTER

SUMITOMO OSAKA CEMENT CO....

1. An exhaust gas purifying filter comprising
an inflow section into which exhaust gas including particulate matter flows,
an exhaust section in which purified gas exits the exhaust gas purifying filter, and
a filter substrate which is constructed of a porous body,
wherein the filter substrate includes porous partitions and gas passages which are enclosed by the partitions,
a porous film, which includes silicon carbide particles and pores having a smaller pore diameter than the pores of the partitions,
is provided on the surface of the partitions, the pores existing in an outer surface portion and an inner portion of the porous
film,

a silicon dioxide layer is formed on a surface of silicon carbide particles which configure the outer surface portion of the
porous film,

the gas passage is constructed of a structure in which an upstream side end and a downstream side end are alternately occluded
when viewed from a flow direction of the exhaust gas, a cell in which the upstream side end is opened is an inflow cell, and
the porous film is formed on an inner wall surface of the porous partition constructing the inflow cell,

a thickness of the silicon dioxide layer is 0.5 nm or more and 30 nm or less, and wherein the porous film is obtained by oxidizing
a sintered body of the silicon carbide particles.

US Pat. No. 9,263,367

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
an insulation circuit substrate:
a semiconductor element mounted on the insulation circuit substrate; and
a cooler which cools the semiconductor element connected to the insulation circuit substrate,
wherein the cooler comprises:
a heat dissipation substrate joined to the insulation circuit substrate;
a fin provided on a surface opposite to the joining surface with the insulation circuit substrate on the heat dissipation
substrate;

a case which houses the fin and is connected to the heat dissipation substrate;
an inlet and an outlet for a coolant which are provided on side walls of the case, the side walls being opposed to each other,
and are provided at diagonal positions of the case;

an introduction path which is connected to the inlet and is formed along the inner surface of a first side wall on which the
inlet of the case is provided;

a discharge path Which is connected to the outlet and is formed along the inner surface of a second side wall on which the
outlet of the case is provided; and

a cooling flow channel which is formed at a position where the fin is housed between the introduction path and the discharge
path,

wherein the height of the opening of the inlet is larger than the height of the introduction path, and, at a connecting portion
between the inlet and the introduction path, an inclined surface which is inclined in the longitudinal direction of the introduction
path from the bottom surface of the connecting portion is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,351,369

LEAKAGE CURRENT DETECTION CIRCUIT, SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS, LED ILLUMINATION APPARATUS, AND VEHICLE

Rohm Co., Ltd., Kyoto (J...

1. A leakage current detection circuit, comprising:
a detection signal generation portion that detects a switch current flowing in a switch which is targeted for leakage monitoring,
and generates a detection signal to prohibit operation of a control target circuit which is targeted for control when the
switch current does not reach a predetermined threshold value, wherein the detection signal generation portion detects an
input voltage in accordance with the switch current, and generates the detection signal to prohibit the operation of the control
target circuit when the input voltage does not reach a predetermined threshold value voltage, and wherein the switch is disposed
on a first electric current route between a load driven by the control target circuit and a power supply that applies a voltage
to the load, and the detection signal generation portion detects the input voltage by providing an electric current into a
second electric current route different from the first electric current route.

US Pat. No. 9,240,603

METHOD OF CONTROLLING FUEL CELL SYSTEM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A method of controlling a fuel cell system of a vehicle, comprising:
a fuel cell having catalyst, for performing power generation by inducing reaction of oxygen or hydrogen at the catalyst; a
gas supply unit configured to supply at least one of the oxygen and the hydrogen to the fuel cell; a voltage controller configured
to control power generation voltage of the fuel cell; a load driven by electric power outputted from the fuel cell; and a
gas supply controller configured to control the voltage controller to fix an actual voltage of the fuel cell to a predetermined
voltage outside a voltage range where an oxidation-reduction of the catalyst proceeds, and, in a state where the actual voltage
is thus fixed, the gas supply controller is configured to control the gas supply unit such that concentration of at least
one of the oxygen and the hydrogen is adjusted in accordance with electric power required by the load, the method comprising:
by use of the gas supply controller,

supplying electric power to a motor by the fuel cell system;
performing a first warm-up operation of the fuel cell if it is determined that a temperature of the fuel cell is a first predetermined
temperature or less, and fixing, during the first warm-up operation, via the gas supply controller, the voltage of the fuel
cell to a voltage value within a voltage region where degradation is relatively small, the voltage region being below the
voltage range where the oxidation-reduction proceeds, and changing, via the gas supply controller, an amount of gas supplied
to the fuel cell in accordance with the electric power required by the load, during the first warm-up operation, in a case
where the predetermined voltage is equal to or less than a minimum motor drive voltage required for said vehicle to drive;
and

as long as a temperature of the fuel cell is a second predetermined temperature or less, performing a second warm-up operation
with the power generation voltage fixed to the predetermined voltage;

performing a normal operation of the fuel cell when it is determined that the temperature of the fuel cell is higher than
the second predetermined temperature, and performing the first warm-up operation with the power generation voltage adjusted
to a value which is the minimum motor drive voltage or more and below the voltage range where the oxidation-reduction of the
catalyst proceeds,

wherein the vehicle is able to travel during the normal operation,
the second predetermined temperature is lower than the first predetermined temperature, and wherein the vehicle is permitted
to travel during the first warm-up operation and the vehicle is not permitted to travel during the second warm-up operation.

US Pat. No. 9,238,496

MOTORCYCLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A motorcycle comprising:
a first vibration generator mounted on an upper right region of an upwardly facing surface of a seat bottom plate of an occupant
seat,

a second vibration generator mounted on an upper left region of the upwardly facing surface of the seat bottom plate of the
occupant seat,

the first and second vibration generators are directly mounted on the upwardly facing surface of the seat bottom plate and
extend lengthwise in a front-to-rear direction along the seat bottom plate of the occupant seat, so that long sides of the
first and second vibration generators extend parallel to each other, and

driver means capable of selectively driving either one of, or both of, the first and second vibration generators in an upward
direction in response to at least one of inputted outside information and vehicle information detected by an in-vehicle system
to generate a vibration,

wherein each of the first and second generators includes a housing with a body portion slidably supporting a plurality of
magnetic movable members in a vertical direction, and a skirt portion extended downward from the body portion and connected
to the seat bottom plate,

wherein the body portion is provided with partially spherical flexible members made of an elastic material in positions corresponding
to one or more of the movable members protruding upward through holes in the upper surface of the body portion,

wherein the flexible members are made of a member different from the body portion of the housing and are adhered onto the
body portion by an adhesive.

US Pat. No. 9,068,308

BEACH CLEANER

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A beach cleaner having a frame (53) comprising a longitudinal member (51) and a lateral member (52), a towed portion (67) that is provided at a front portion of the frame (53) and configured to be towed by a tow vehicle, a separator (60) that is provided at a lower front portion of the frame (53) to separate and scrape garbage from sandy ground, and a recovery unit (50) that is provided to the frame (53) behind the separator (60) and collects the garbage scraped by the separator (60) onto a mesh member (116), characterized by further comprising at least one separation rod unit (95) having longitudinal members (96) and a lateral member (97) for joining rear ends (96b) of the longitudinal members (96), the separation rod unit (95) being provided to be bridged between the separator (60) and the upper surface of the mesh member (116) of the recovery unit (50) so that a front end of the separation rod unit (95) is secured to the separator (60) so as to be turnable in an up-and-down direction.

US Pat. No. 9,369,826

MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE COORDINATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROVIDING APPARATUS, MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND PROGRAM FOR MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A mobile electronic device coordination apparatus comprising a vehicle-mounted information providing apparatus configured
to provide information to a vehicle's driver and a mobile electronic device, the mobile electronic device coordination apparatus
being configured to enable use of functions of the mobile electronic device via the information providing apparatus,
wherein the information providing apparatus and the mobile electronic device are each configured to perform both first type
communication and second type communication different from the first type communication,

wherein the mobile electronic device includes a first function available through the first type communication by the information
providing apparatus, and a second function available through the second type communication by the information providing apparatus,
and

wherein the information providing apparatus is configured to
establish a first communication connection for the first type communication with the mobile electronic device,
acquire unique information from the mobile electronic device via the established first type communication, the unique information
being necessary for individual identification of the mobile electronic device for establishing a second communication connection
for the second type communication with the mobile electronic device; and

establish the second communication connection for the second type communication with the mobile electronic device by using
the acquired unique information,

wherein both of the first function and the second function are available after the second communication connection has been
established, and

wherein if the information providing apparatus fails to establish the second communication connection with the mobile electronic
device by using the acquired unique information, the information providing apparatus terminates the first communication connection.

US Pat. No. 9,273,589

EXHAUST APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An exhaust apparatus for an internal combustion engine, the exhaust apparatus comprising:
a first exhaust collecting section including first exhaust ports extending from a plurality of first cylinders in the internal
combustion engine, the first exhaust ports being combined to collect exhaust gas ejected from the plurality of first cylinders;

a first exhaust passage through which the exhaust gas from the exhaust collecting section is to flow, the first exhaust passage
being connected to the first exhaust collecting section and having a curved shape to change a flow direction of the exhaust
gas from a direction in which the exhaust gas is ejected from each of the first cylinders, the first exhaust passage including
an outer wall provided on a radially outer side of the curved shape;

a first exhaust sensor disposed on the outer wall of the first exhaust passage and including a first detector configured to
detect a constituent of the exhaust gas, the first detector protruding from the outer wall of the first exhaust passage into
an inside of the first exhaust passage; and

a rib protruding outward from the outer wall of the first exhaust passage, the rib being positioned downstream from the first
exhaust sensor,

wherein the rib extends a first distance along the outer wall in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the exhaust
gas is to flow, the rib extends a second distance along the outer wall in the direction in which the exhaust gas is to flow,
and the first distance is greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,234,703

AUTOMATIC CHARGE HEARTH ACCESS DOOR ASSEMBLY

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. Automatic charge hearth access door assembly for a melting furnace comprising:
an access door movable between a closed position for covering a furnace opening located on a face of the furnace and an opened
position for providing access to the furnace opening;

a latch mechanism configured to automatically secure the access door to the face of the furnace in the closed position; and
an open-and-close drive assembly including a motor and arm operably connected to the motor and the access door, the open-and-close
drive assembly configured to automatically move the access door relative to the face of the furnace between the closed position
and opened position and simultaneously move the access door relative to the arm.

US Pat. No. 9,156,453

SADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A saddle type vehicle, comprising:
a vehicle body frame;
an engine supported by said vehicle body frame,
an air cleaner box for taking in outside air, said air cleaner being disposed above said engine;
front and rear wheels; and
an anti-lock braking system (ABS) module configured to decompress brake pressures to at least one of said front and rear wheels,
wherein said ABS module is disposed at a position above said engine, rearward of said air cleaner box and in proximity to
at least one inlet port of said air cleaner box, such that said ABS module is disposed in a suction route of said at least
one inlet port,

wherein said air cleaner box comprises at least one extending portion which extends rearward, on an upper portion of said
air cleaner box,

wherein said at least one inlet port is provided in said at least one extending portion so as to open downward,
wherein said ABS module is disposed below said at least one extending portion, and
wherein said ABS module is disposed so as to overlap said at least one extending portion in top view.

US Pat. No. 9,261,531

QUANTIFICATION METHOD AND QUANTIFICATION APPARATUS FOR ELECTRODE MATERIAL

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A quantification method for an electrode material, the quantification method comprising:
obtaining information regarding a distribution of a material in an electrode using a scanning probe microscope;
obtaining information regarding a distribution of resistance in the electrode using the scanning probe microscope;
producing a scatter diagram based on the information regarding the distribution of the material and the information regarding
the distribution of the resistance;

dividing the scatter diagram into a plurality of regions; and
quantifying the material constituting the electrode based on the divided regions.

US Pat. No. 9,233,785

LID OPENING/CLOSING MECHANISM AND STORAGE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-shi...

1. A lid opening/closing mechanism for switching a lid between a closed position closing an opening portion of a base body,
and an open position opening the opening portion, comprising:
an arm allowing a tip side thereof to turn to a front of the base body as a support point with a base end side thereof pivotally
supported at the base body by a first axis support portion, and connected to the lid turnably by a second axis support portion,
and

a control member provided to be slidably placed in a guide portion provided in the base body, and turnably connected at a
tip side to the lid through a third axis support portion,

wherein the lid is turned in an opening direction or a closing direction in association with a turn of the arm,
in an opening/closing process of the lid, the second axis support portion moves the lid to the front of the base body by the
turn of the arm around the first axis support portion, and

the arm is arranged to turn the lid toward the closing direction when the lid is disposed at a position between the closed
position and a switching mid-course position in which the first, second and third axis support portions are relatively lined
up approximately in a straight line when viewed parallel to hinging axes of the first axis support portion, second axis support
portion and third axis support portion, and to turn the lid toward the opening direction when the lid is disposed at a position
between the open position and the switching mid-course position.

US Pat. No. 9,077,233

INSERTION SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICAL CONDUCTOR

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An insertion system for electrical conductors that inserts an electrical conductor into a slot of a stator core in which
insulating paper is disposed, comprising:
a first moving part that causes a leg of the electrical conductor to move in an insertion direction of the slot;
a guide part that guides the leg of the electrical conductor moving by way of the first moving part into the slot; and
a pair of spreader plates that extends from a leading end of the guide part in the insertion direction, and is capable of
spreading at a leading end thereof,

wherein the pair of spreader plates is respectively formed so as to extend inclined relative to the insertion direction so
as to approach each other towards a leading end side, and a gap therebetween is narrower than a width of the insulating paper
at the leading end side, and is wider than a width of the leg of the electrical conductor at a base end side, and

wherein in a state in which leading ends of the pair of spreader plates are inserted between ends of the insulating paper,
when the leg of the electrical conductor is inserted between the pair of spreader plates from a base end side via the guide
part by way of the first moving part, between the ends of the insulating paper is spread by the leading end side of the pair
of spreader plates spreading, and in this state, the leg of the electrical conductor is inserted into the slot.

US Pat. No. 9,284,004

SEAT SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE-RIDING TYPE VEHICLE HAVING RIDER'S SEAT AND SEPARATE PILLION SEAT

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A seat support structure for a saddle-riding vehicle having a rider's seat and a pillion seat separate from and disposed
posterior to the rider's seat, the seat support structure comprising:
a bracket disposed on the rider's seat fixed to a vehicle body, the bracket providing a coupling between the rider's seat
and the pillion seat, wherein the bracket is detachably inserted in a front portion of the pillion seat when the pillion seat
is mounted to the vehicle body, and the pillion seat has a rear portion removably disposed on the vehicle body, the bracket
including a rearward extension extending rearwardly from the rider's seat when the bracket is connected to the rider's seat,
the rearward extension including an upwardly protruding engagement protuberance formed at a rear end of the rearward extension,

the pillion seat having a bottom plate formed of rigid material and a seat cushion section that covers the bottom plate from
above, the plate including a hook disposed on a lower surface at a lower front portion thereof, and the rearward extension
is insertable in the hook from a front of the hook,

the bottom plate including a lock protuberance disposed posterior to the hook, the lock protuberance being formed in a protruding
condition on the lower surface of the bottom plate such that the engagement protuberance protruding rearwardly from the hook
opposes a rear surface of the lock protuberance when the pillion seat is mounted to the vehicle body,

the hook having a hook bottom wall disposed below the bottom plate so as to form an opening between the hook bottom wall and
the lower surface of the bottom plate, the opening extending in the vehicle longitudinal direction so as to allow the rear
end of the rearward extension including the engagement protuberance to be inserted therethrough, and

wherein when the front portion of the pillion seat is raised out of engagement with the rider's seat while the rear portion
of the pillion seat is secured to the vehicle and the rearward extension is extended through the hook opening, the hook bottom
wall engages and bends the rear end of the rearward extension upwardly such that the engagement protuberance securely engages
with the lock protuberance.

US Pat. No. 9,193,403

HUMANOID FALL DAMAGE REDUCTION

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling a robot during a fall to the ground, the method comprising:
determining a state of the robot following a determination that a fall cannot be prevented;
mapping, by a processor, the state of the robot to learned control parameters corresponding to the state of the robot, the
learned control parameters indicating a learned stepping location of a free leg, a learned left shoulder angle for controlling
a position of the left arm, and a learned right shoulder angle for controlling a position of the right arm, wherein the learned
control parameters control the robot to impact the ground with a foot of the free leg and two hands such that the robot reaches
a balanced position supported by the foot and the two hands that prevents its torso from impacting the ground;

controlling the robot during the fall based on the learned control parameters to take a step with the free leg to the learned
stepping location, to control the left arm to achieve the learned left shoulder angle, and to control the right arm to achieve
the learned right shoulder angle; and

after the free leg impacting the stepping location, locking the leg joints and locking the arm joints in a stretched position.

US Pat. No. 9,205,869

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A STEERING ANGLE FOR A VEHICLE AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE BASED ON SAME

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

14. A control system for an all-wheel drive powertrain of a vehicle having a power source configured to produce torque, a
steerable pair of wheels configured to be driven by the torque, and a second pair of wheels configured to be selectively driven
by the torque, the control system comprising:
a first clutch assembly selectively connecting a first wheel of the second pair of wheels to the power source; and
a second clutch assembly selectively connecting a second wheel of the second pair of wheels to the power source; and
the system for determining angular position according to claim 1;
wherein the controller is further configured to,
modulate the clutches according to the data from the steering angle sensor after the controller determines the neutral position,
and

modulate the clutches according to the estimated steering angle until the controller determines the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 9,290,099

BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A battery charging apparatus for a vehicle comprising:
a position sensor for outputting a position detection signal that expresses a rotational position of a rotor of a three-phase
AC generator;

a sensor for detecting an output current or an output voltage of a predetermined phase of the three-phase AC generator;
a regulator including a plurality of rectifying elements and a plurality of switching elements for supplying DC power obtained
by rectifying three-phase AC outputted from the three-phase AC generator to a battery; and

a control circuit for executing energization control of the respective switching elements of the regulator based on a phase
of an induced voltage of the three-phase AC generator calculated on the basis of the position detection signal,

wherein the control circuit includes:
input means for inputting a revolution speed signal showing the revolution speed of the three-phase AC generator, the position
detection signal, and either an output signal out of a current signal or a voltage signal detected by the sensor; and

estimate means for estimating an error of an attaching position of the position sensor with respect to the induced voltage
of the predetermined phase based on the position detection signal and the output signal.

US Pat. No. 9,293,746

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SUPPORTING A BATTERY

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A battery support comprising:
a base having an upper surface and a lower surface, wherein the upper surface is sized to support a battery thereon;
a spine extending generally axially downwardly from the base such that at least a portion of the base is cantilevered from
the spine, wherein the spine comprises a line of weakness, the base positioned on a first side of the line of weakness, and
an opening extending through the spine positioned on a second side of the line of weakness that is opposite the first side,
wherein the spine is pre-configured to divide along the line of weakness when a load greater than a predetermined threshold
is applied to the spine; and

at least one rib extending generally downwardly from the base and generally laterally from the spine.

US Pat. No. 9,241,390

SWITCH IMAGE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A switch image control system for a vehicle, comprising:
at least one first switch corresponding to a first vehicle sub-system having a first image viewable when backlighting is applied
to said at least one first switch, wherein said first image is representative of a function of said at least one first switch;
and

at least one second switch corresponding to a second vehicle sub-system having a second image viewable when said backlighting
is applied to said at least one second switch, wherein said second image is representative of a function of said at least
one second switch,

wherein said backlighting is independently applied to one or both said at least one first switch and said at least one second
switch based on at least one operating condition of the vehicle,

wherein the operating condition represents the function of at least one of the at least one first switch or the at least one
second switch.

US Pat. No. 9,091,220

START CLUTCH CONTROL DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A start clutch control device configured to control a connection between a driving side and a driven side of a vehicle
through a start clutch disposed between the two sides, comprising:
a transmission control device comprising a central processing unit (CPU) and a storage device adapted to store determined
values, and further comprising:

a first torque determining unit configured to determine a first value of a torque input to a transmission of the vehicle from
a driving source of the vehicle based on a load acting on the start clutch;

a second torque determining unit configured to determine a second value of a torque input to the transmission of the vehicle
from the driving source of the vehicle based on a manipulated amount of an accelerator pedal of the vehicle; and

a torque limiting unit configured to limit the torque input to the transmission to the first value determined by the first
torque determining unit as long as the first value determined by the first torque determining unit is less than the second
value determined by the second torque determining unit after the accelerator pedal is manipulated while the start clutch is
in a released state,

wherein:
the first torque determining unit is provided with a first torque correcting unit configured to correct the first value of
the torque input to the transmission according to a variation amount of the load acting on the start clutch in each control
cycle;

the first torque correcting unit corrects the torque input to the transmission according to a correction value possessing
such a characteristic that the value thereof increases or remains at the same value as the variation amount of the load increases;

the second torque determining unit is provided with a transmission ratio calculating unit configured to calculate a transmission
ratio of the transmission and a second torque correcting unit configured to correct the second value of the torque input to
the transmission according to the transmission ratio;

the start clutch is controlled by oil pressure and arranged on a downstream side of the transmission; and
the variation amount of the load acting on the start clutch is based at least in part on a delayed transmission of the oil
pressure of the start clutch.

US Pat. No. 9,291,130

SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A saddle-ride vehicle comprising:
a front wheel;
a handlebar for steering the front wheel;
a rear wheel;
a power unit for driving the rear wheel;
a vehicle body frame supporting the front wheel, the handlebar, the rear wheel and the power unit, the vehicle body frame
having a rear part;

a seat for a rider to straddle in steering the vehicle;
a seat frame supporting the seat, the seat frame being primarily made of a resin member and having at least one fastening
portion incorporating a metal collar therein, the seat frame being fastened at the at least one fastening portion to the rear
part of the vehicle body frame;

the resin member covering the metal collar in a direction in which the seat frame is fastened to the rear part of the vehicle
body frame; and

the seat frame having a degradation indicating part for indicating degradation of the seat frame when the resin member deforms
at an inner diameter side of the metal collar under a predetermined load to allow movement of the fastening portion.

US Pat. No. 9,290,171

ELECTRIC BRAKE ACTUATOR, AND BRAKE SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An electric brake system, comprising:
a master cylinder configured to generate a master cylinder pressure according to a braking operation by a driver, and generate
a brake hydraulic pressure, based on an electric signal according to the braking operation; and

an electric brake actuator that is communicated and connected with the master cylinder, the electric brake actuator comprising:
a cylinder mechanism provided with a piston that is displaced along a hydraulic pressure chamber:
an electric motor configured to drive the piston; and
an actuator housing formed separable from the cylinder mechanism, wherein the actuator housing houses a gear mechanism configured
to transmit a rotational driving force of the electric motor, and a conversion mechanism configured to convert the rotational
driving force transmitted through the gear mechanism, into a linear movement and transmit the linear movement to the piston,

wherein the actuator housing includes a mount portion configured to mount the electric brake actuator to a vehicle,
wherein the mount portion comprises:
a first boss portion and a second boss portion protruding toward left and right sides in a direction substantially perpendicular
to an axial line of the cylinder mechanism; and

a third boss portion protruding downward from the cylinder mechanism and perpendicular to the first and second boss portions.

US Pat. No. 9,266,512

BRAKING DEVICE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A braking device comprising:
a master cylinder that generates a brake hydraulic pressure by operation of a brake operation unit;
a slave cylinder that displaces a slave piston by an electric motor which is driven in response to operation amount of the
brake operation unit and generates a brake hydraulic pressure, and has a slave cylinder body provided with an opening section
into which the slave piston can be inserted from outside, the slave cylinder having a top and a bottom in an installed configuration
thereof;

a guide piston that blocks the opening section of the slave cylinder body and surrounds an outer periphery of the slave piston,
the guide piston being installed in the slave cylinder body in a manner so as to be immovable in an axial direction in relation
to the slave cylinder body;

a first seal member that is provided on the slave piston and seals in sliding contact with an inside wall of the slave cylinder
body; and

a second seal member that is provided on the guide piston and seals in abutment against the inside wall of the slave cylinder
body, wherein

the slave piston includes a rod portion which fits slidably inside of the guide piston, and an enlarged diameter flange portion
having an abutting surface which comes into contact with an annular surface of the guide piston when the slave piston is in
an initial position, the enlarged diameter flange portion having a diameter larger than a diameter of the rod portion, and

at least one of the abutting surface of the enlarged diameter flange portion of the slave piston and the annular surface of
the guide piston is provided with a cut-out section which extends in a radial direction, the cut-out section defining a channel
extending between the rod portion and an outer edge of the enlarged diameter flange portion when the slave piston is in the
initial position thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,283,995

VEHICLE FRONT STRUCTURE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicle front structure comprising:
a dashboard lower panel having opposite ends in a vehicle width direction joined to left and right front pillars;
a dashboard upper panel mounted on an upper part of the dashboard lower panel; and
left and right damper housings provided forward of the dashboard lower panel,
wherein the dashboard upper panel has a substantially U-shaped cross section opened upward and includes:
a front vertical wall extending substantially vertically in a height direction of a vehicle body;
a horizontal bottom wall extending from a lower end of the front vertical wall rearwardly and substantially horizontally in
a longitudinal direction of the vehicle body; and

a rear inclined wall extending obliquely upward and rearward from a rear end of the horizontal bottom wall,
wherein the dashboard lower panel includes:
a vertical wall; and
an inclined flange formed at an upper end of the vertical wall, and
wherein the inclined flange is joined to a lower part of the rear inclined wall so that the substantially U-shaped dashboard
upper panel is supported at substantially a center thereof in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body from below by
the vertical wall of the dashboard lower panel.

US Pat. No. 9,287,720

NON-CONTACT CHARGING SYSTEM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A non-contact charging system comprising:
a power transmission device that includes a primary coil supplying electric power through electromagnetic induction;
a power reception device that includes a secondary coil receiving the electric power by being electromagnetically coupled
with the power transmission device; and

a temperature detecting device that determines a temperature of the secondary coil;
a control device that determines charging efficiency from the primary coil to the secondary coil and changes a current supplied
to the primary coil in accordance with the charging efficiency,

wherein a threshold of a heat-resistant temperature of the secondary coil is stored in the control device, and
wherein, in a case where the charging efficiency is equal to or higher than an upper limit value, the control device decreases
the current supplied to the primary coil while keeping the efficiency above a lower limit value, and while maintaining the
temperature of the secondary coil to be less than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,102,252

VEHICLE SEAT DEVICES

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A vehicular seat device comprising:
a backrest;
side supports disposed on respective sides of the backrest and having respective protrusions that project forwardly of the
backrest, the side supports including respective covering layers;

engaging members mounted respectively on the ends of the covering layers, the engaging members extending in one direction;
means for variably changing widths of the protrusions;
a frame disposed in the side supports; and
a movable assembly mounted on the frame and comprising a flexible member which is fixed to the frame, wherein the flexible
member includes engaging wires which extend along a direction in which the backrest extends, and which are engaged by the
engaging members;

wherein respective ends of the covering layers are held by the movable assembly for displacement with respect to the frame,
and wherein the flexible member engages with the ends of the covering layers, and is elastically deformable to displace the
ends of the covering layers toward projected ends of the protrusions, as widths of the protrusions are changed.

US Pat. No. 9,377,117

PRESSURE REDUCING VALVE

KEIHIN CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A pressure reducing valve comprising:
a body including an ingress passageway for introducing a fluid, a valve chamber held in fluid communication with the ingress
passageway, a valve seat disposed in the valve chamber, a valve element portion being selectively seated on and lifted off
from the valve seat, a valve hole through which a valve rod with the valve element portion provided on the valve rod extends,
a decompression chamber held in fluid communication with the valve chamber through the valve hole, and an egress passageway
for delivering the fluid outside of the decompression chamber;

a piston housed in the body, the piston being coupled to the valve rod for displacement depending on a change in pressure
of the fluid in the decompression chamber;

a first resilient member for normally resiliently biasing the valve rod toward the valve seat; and
a second resilient member for normally resiliently biasing the piston toward the valve seat,
wherein the valve rod is connected to the piston at an interior of the piston,
the valve rod and the piston are connected such that the valve rod and the piston are tiltable with respect to each other,
and

a connection location between the valve rod and the piston forms one portion of a side wall of the piston, the connection
location is located inwardly of a sliding contact area, which is held in sliding contact with respect to an inner wall of
the body, and the connection location between the valve rod and the piston is positioned at a center of gravity of the piston
and at a center of the piston along a direction perpendicular with respect to a direction of displacement of the piston.

US Pat. No. 9,283,985

VEHICLE STEERING SYSTEM

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicle steering system comprising:
a rack housing having a gear rack movably supported therein;
a pinion housing attached to the rack housing and having a pinion connected to a steering shaft and engaged to the gear rack,
the gear rack movable in a translational manner relative to the rack housing in response to a steering input command received
by the pinion;

a first bracket connected to a first end portion of the gear rack and a second bracket connected to a second end portion of
the gear rack, the first and second brackets being movable with the translational movement of the gear rack, each of the first
and second brackets extending inwardly toward the opposite end portions of the gear rack;

a first tie rod having an end portion pivotally connected to the first bracket and a second tie rod having an end portion
pivotally connected to the second bracket, each of the first and second tie rods configured to steer a motive member in response
to translational movement of the gear rack, the pinion housing together with the pinion being located between the respective
end portions of the first and second tie rods; and

a travel limit element attached to and offset in a vehicle length direction from the rack housing, the translational movement
of the gear rack being controlled by engagement of each of the first bracket and the second bracket with the travel limit
element,

wherein the travel limit element is spaced from an outer surface of the rack housing, and includes a sleeve slidably receiving
an elongated shaft, a first end portion of the shaft secured to the first bracket and a second end portion of the shaft secured
to the second bracket, the pivotal connection of each of the first and second tie rods to the respective first and second
brackets is forward in the vehicle length direction from a longitudinal axis of the shaft of the travel limit element.

US Pat. No. 9,276,416

SMART CHARGING SYSTEM

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A system for charging a plurality of batteries, comprising:
a display;
a charging current source;
a controller;
at least one temperature sensor for each respective one of said batteries for detecting a temperature of the respective one
of said batteries and for providing resulting temperature data to the controller;

at least one voltage sensor for each respective one of said batteries for monitoring a voltage of the respective one of said
batteries and for providing resulting voltage data to the controller; and

at least one current sensor for each respective one of said batteries for monitoring a charge current being provided to the
respective one of said batteries and for providing resulting charge current data to the controller, wherein, for each one
of said batteries:

said controller executes a program for controlling the charge current provided to the one of said batteries for charging the
one of said batteries based on a state of charge determined by the controller using the temperature data, the battery voltage
data, and the current data of the one of the batteries, such that the charging of the one of the batteries is independently
controlled based on the determined current state-of-charge of the one of the batteries, and wherein

a charge status of each one of the batteries is displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 9,251,632

VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle diagnostic system comprising:
a communication bus mounted on a vehicle;
a plurality of controllers for controlling vehicle operations, the controllers being connected with each other through the
communication bus; and

a diagnostic equipment to collect diagnostic information from the controllers through the communication bus and to diagnose
the vehicle operations;

wherein each controller operates both in a normal mode and in a sleep mode, the normal mode being an operation mode in which
all of functions are operational, and the sleep mode being an operation mode in which all of or a part of the functions excluding
at least a function for receiving an wake-up instruction to return to the normal mode through the communication bus are suspended,

wherein at least two of the controllers are configured to send the wake-up instruction to the other controllers in response
to receiving a predetermined signal from the diagnostic equipment,

wherein the diagnostic equipment determines whether each of the controllers is in a state capable of communication, and
wherein the diagnostic equipment selects one controller determined to be in a state capable of communication from the at least
two of the controllers and sends the predetermined signal to the selected one controller.

US Pat. No. 9,267,591

TORQUE CONVERTER STATOR STRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A torque converter stator structure comprising a pump impeller that is connected to a drive source and rotates around an
axis, a turbine runner that is connected to an input of a transmission and rotates around the axis, and a stator that is disposed
between the pump impeller and the turbine runner, the stator comprising a first stator that is positioned on the upstream
side in the direction of circulation of oil and a second stator that is positioned on the downstream side in the direction
of circulation, and the first and second stators being supported on a fixed part via corresponding one-way clutches,
wherein, the number of blades of one stator of the first and second stators is larger than the number of blades of the other
stator, and the maximum value for blade thickness of the blade of said one stator is smaller than the minimum value for blade
thickness of the blade of said other stator.

US Pat. No. 9,212,799

LAMP UNIT

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A lamp unit, comprising:
a lens shaped as an aspherical lens, the lens including a first lens portion, and a second lens portion thinner in a light
emitting direction than the first lens portion and disposed adjacent to the first lens portion, the second lens portion forming
a concave portion on at least a part of a rear side surface of the aspherical lens;

a first reflective surface disposed rearward of the first lens portion;
a second reflective surface disposed rearward of the second lens portion;
a first light source configured to emit light which is reflected by the first reflective surface, passes through the first
lens portion and is emitted forward; and

a second light source configured to emit light which is reflected by the second reflective surface, passes through the second
lens portion and is emitted forward,

wherein a shape of a rear side surface of the second lens portion is configured so that light from the second light source
reflected by the second reflective surface, passing through the second lens portion and emitted forward is diffused vertically
and horizontally.

US Pat. No. 9,321,360

ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT

KEIHIN CORPORATION, (JP)...

1. An electronic control unit that is mounted on a vehicle which is configured to be charged with an external power supply
and that receives a pilot signal via a charging cable before being supplied with a power when the vehicle is connected to
the external power supply via the charging cable, the electronic control unit comprising:
a processor that performs a process necessary for control of charging based on the pilot signal;
an input buffer that is disposed in a stage preceding a pilot signal input port of the processor;
a pilot voltage setting circuit that changes a voltage of the pilot signal in a stepwise manner depending on a control signal
output from the processor while the vehicle, the charging cable, and the external power supply are connected; and

an input buffer voltage setting circuit that is a division circuit which divides the voltage of the pilot signal, and that
has an output terminal connected to an input terminal of the input buffer;

wherein
a division ratio of the input buffer voltage setting circuit is switched depending on the control signal so that an input
voltage of the input buffer is set to be within a recommended input voltage range of the input buffer;

wherein the pilot voltage setting circuit, the input buffer voltage setting circuit, the input buffer, and the processor are
arranged in a line in this order.

US Pat. No. 9,273,758

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A power transmission device adapted to transmit power between a first pulley member and a second pulley member which has
a rotational axial center parallel to a rotational axial center of the first pulley member and which is disposed laterally
relative to the first pulley member, the power transmission device comprising:
a wire member which is wound around an outer peripheral portion of each of the first pulley member and the second pulley member
so as to be tightly stretched between the two pulley members;

a roller member, an outer peripheral portion of which is pressed against the wire member such that the wire member is curved
between the two pulley members and which is provided rotatably around a rotational axial center thereof parallel to the rotational
axial centers of the two pulley members as the wire member runs;

a supporting member which rotatably supports the roller member and which is provided rotatably around a revolution axial center
eccentric from the rotational axial center of the roller member by a predetermined interval;

a rotary gear connected to the supporting member such that the rotary gear is rotatable around the revolution axial center
integrally with the supporting member;

a spring worm engaged with the rotary gear; and
a first actuator connected to the spring worm so as to allow the amount of rotation of the spring worm to be controlled.

US Pat. No. 9,322,372

FUEL INJECTION VALVE

KEIHIN CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A fuel injection valve for injecting fuel directly into a combustion chamber of a cylinder of an internal combustion engine,
by placing the fuel injection valve in a valve open state due to driving of an actuator, comprising:
a cylinder internal pressure sensor mounted to the fuel injection valve to be integral with the fuel injection valve, the
cylinder internal pressure sensor detecting a cylinder internal pressure in the cylinder, and outputting an output signal
responsive to the detected cylinder internal pressure; and

a signal processor that performs predetermined signal processing with respect to the output signal, the signal processor disposed
between the cylinder internal pressure sensor and the actuator, which is disposed on a proximal end side of the fuel injection
valve inside the fuel injection valve.

US Pat. No. 9,283,634

ARC WELDING METHOD AND ARC WELDING APPARATUS

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An arc welding method for arc welding two base materials with a brazing filler metal, at least one of the two base materials
having a plating layer thereon, and comprising a plating layer removal process and a brazing filler metal welding process,
which are performed alternately, wherein
the plating layer removal process removes the plating layer by performing arc discharge at a first current value while moving
a welding torch along a welding line without feeding the brazing filler metal, and

the brazing filler metal welding process welds the brazing filler metal to a position where the plating layer is removed,
by performing arc discharge at a second current value smaller than the first current value while feeding the brazing filler
metal without moving the welding torch, and wherein

one of the two base materials is a first base material which is an Fe-based metallic member coated with the plating layer
containing Zn, the other is a second base material which is an Al-based metallic member, and

the brazing filler metal is a ZnSi-based brazing filler metal.

US Pat. No. 9,114,715

ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT

KEIHIN CORPORATION, (JP)...

1. An electronic control unit that is mounted on a vehicle which is configured to be charged with an external power supply
and that receives a pilot signal via a charging cable before being supplied with a power when the vehicle is connected to
the external power supply via the charging cable, the electronic control unit comprising:
a control line that is connected to a pilot signal line connecting a charging cable connector disposed in the vehicle to the
electronic control unit;

a processor that performs a process necessary for a control of charging based on the pilot signal input via the control line;
a pilot voltage setting circuit that is connected between the control line and a ground and that includes a serial circuit
of a pull-down resistor and a switching element controlled by the processor;

a voltage supply circuit that includes at least one of a first diagnosis voltage supply circuit supplying a first diagnosis
voltage to the control line under control of the processor and a second diagnosis voltage supply circuit supplying a second
diagnosis voltage to the pilot signal line via an abnormality diagnosis line connected to the pilot signal line at the charging
cable connector under control of the processor; and

an abnormality diagnosis circuit that is connected to the pull-down resistor and the switching element and that outputs an
abnormality diagnosis result signal of at least one of the switching element and the pilot signal line to the processor,

wherein the processor performs at least one of a first diagnosis process of determining whether or not the switching element
is abnormal based on an output signal of the abnormality diagnosis circuit obtained when turning on and off the switching
element while controlling the first diagnosis voltage supply circuit to supply the first diagnosis voltage to the control
line and a second diagnosis process of determining whether or not the pilot signal line is abnormal based on the output signal
of the abnormality diagnosis circuit obtained when controlling the second diagnosis voltage supply circuit to supply the second
diagnosis voltage to the pilot signal line in a state where the switching element is maintained in OFF state.

US Pat. No. 9,377,787

PRESSURE REDUCING VALVE

KEIHIN CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A pressure reducing valve comprising:
a body including an ingress passageway for introducing a fluid, a valve chamber held in fluid communication with the ingress
passageway, a valve seat disposed in the valve chamber, a valve element member being selectively seated on and lifted off
from the valve seat, a valve hole through which a valve rod with the valve element member fitted over the valve rod extends,
a decompression chamber held in fluid communication with the valve chamber through the valve hole, and an egress passageway
for delivering the fluid outside of the decompression chamber;

a piston housed in the body, the piston being coupled to the valve rod for displacement depending on a change in pressure
of the fluid in the decompression chamber;

a first resilient member for normally resiliently biasing the valve rod toward the valve seat;
a second resilient member for normally resiliently biasing the piston toward the valve seat;
a fluid discharging structure defined in an outer wall surface of the valve rod, or in an inner wall surface of the valve
element member that surrounds the outer wall surface of the valve rod, for discharging the fluid, which has entered between
the valve rod and the valve element member, into the valve hole; and

a seal member interposed between the valve rod and the valve element member, the seal member disposed adjacent to the fluid
discharging structure on a side of the fluid discharging structure facing away from the valve hole.

US Pat. No. 9,294,837

VEHICULAR ACTIVE VIBRATIONAL NOISE CONTROL APPARATUS

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicular active vibrational noise control apparatus comprising:
canceling signal generating means for generating a canceling signal for canceling road noise based on a reference signal related
to the road noise and additionally based on a detected mixed signal;

audio signal generating means for generating an audio signal;
a mixer for mixing the canceling signal and the audio signal into a mixed signal;
sound output means for outputting the mixed signal;
detecting means for detecting the mixed signal, which is made up from the audio signal and remaining vibrational noise due
to interference between the canceling signal and the road noise at an evaluation point;

audio signal level detecting means for detecting a signal level of the audio signal in the vicinity of a frequency of the
reference signal;

amplitude limiting means for limiting an amplitude of the canceling signal based on the signal level; and
vehicle speed detecting means for detecting a vehicle speed of the vehicle,
wherein the amplitude limiting means changes an amplitude limitation rule, which represents a relationship of a limiting value
for the amplitude of the canceling signal to the signal level, depending on the vehicle speed, determines the limiting value
corresponding the signal level in accordance with the amplitude limitation rule, and limits the amplitude of the canceling
signal based on the determined limiting value.

US Pat. No. 9,290,230

SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle, comprising:
a main frame extending rearward and downward from a head pipe;
a pair of left and right pivot plates, each of the pivot plates connected to a rear end of the main frame or disposed on a
side of the rear end of the main frame;

a cross frame configured to straddle the left and right pivot plates or that is connected to the rear end of the main frame
and extends in a horizontal direction;

a swing arm that is swingably supported by the pivot plates;
a rear cushion that extends upward while one end thereof, in a longitudinal direction, is connected to the swing arm and configured
to elongate and contract in the longitudinal direction according to swinging of the swing arm to generate damping force with
respect to the swinging of the swing arm; and

a rear cushion supporting portion that is connected to the cross frame and that supports another end of the rear cushion in
the longitudinal direction,

wherein the cross frame is disposed on an extension line of the rear cushion in the longitudinal direction,
wherein at least one of the left and right pivot plates defines an opening that penetrates through a horizontal direction,
and

wherein in a side view, the rear cushion supporting portion can be seen inside of the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,285,238

NAVIGATION SERVER, NAVIGATION APPARATUS, AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A navigation apparatus which guides a mobile subject on the basis of communication with a navigation server, comprising:
a navigation map storing element which stores navigation map information;
a first processing element which:
recognizes index information which includes latitude and longitude of each of a plurality of locations on a road and a road
category of the road, and which relates to a part of differential information between the navigation map information stored
in the navigation map storing element and support map information stored in a support map storing element provided in the
navigation server on the basis of communication with the navigation server,

wherein the index information comprises information relating to what subject areas contain the differential information such
that the navigation apparatus is not updated until a request is received from the navigation apparatus; and

a second processing element which:
recognizes a departure or present position and a destination position of the mobile subject,
searches or defines a navigation route joining the departure or present position and the destination position on the basis
of the navigation map information,

determines whether the differential information is present in a subject area containing the navigation route on the basis
of the index information recognized by the first processing element,

connects the plurality of locations on the road included in the index information, and generates and automatically outputs
preliminary information indicating a brief summary of the differential information on the basis of the road category of the
road on a condition that it is determined that the differential information is present in the subject area,

wherein the preliminary information indicating the brief summary comprises at least one of a rough position of a new road,
a road category of the new road, and an open time period of the new road,

determines whether a request operation by a user is present,
transmits a request signal for the differential information to the navigation server in response to determining that the differential
information is present in the subject area containing the navigation route based on the index information and in response
to determining that the request operation is present, and

receives the differential information from the navigation server, and
updates the navigation map information on the basis of the differential information,
wherein upon updating the navigation map information, deletes the differential information and the index information to avoid
lowering available memory in the navigation apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,284,926

STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A straddle type vehicle, comprising:
a head pipe;
paired left and right main frames branching into left and right vehicle width directions from the head pipe and extending
toward a vehicle rear; and

an opening provided in a vicinity of said head pipe configured to take in traveling wind to introduce air from the opening
to an air cleaner disposed between said paired left and right main frames,

said paired left and right main frames including
left and right U-shaped portions having U-shaped cross sections opened inward in the vehicle width direction and constituting
a part of an air cleaner case, and

hollow left and right frame portions provided below the left and right U-shaped portions,
wherein said air cleaner is disposed between said left and right U-shaped portions, and
wherein the left and right U-shaped portions at least partially overlap a portion of the hollow left and right frame portions.

US Pat. No. 9,116,213

SECONDARY BATTERY STATE DETECTING DEVICE AND SECONDARY BATTERY STATE DETECTING METHOD

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A secondary battery state detecting device detecting a state of a secondary battery mounted on a vehicle, comprising:
a current detecting unit detecting a current value of a current flowing in the secondary battery;
an extreme value detecting unit detecting a first extreme value of a current flowing in a starter motor after an inrush current
flows from the secondary battery to the starter motor after electricity to the starter motor starting an engine is turned
on based on the current value;

an inflection point detecting unit detecting a first inflection point of the current flowing in the starter motor after the
inrush current flows based on a minimum value of a variation of the current value per a predetermined time; and

a calculation unit selecting the inflection point when timings when the extreme value and the inflection point are detected
are separated for a predetermined time or more, and selecting either one of the extreme value or the inflection point in the
other cases to set as a starting current, and calculating a starting voltage being a voltage necessary for starting the engine
from the starting current, an internal resistance of the secondary battery, and a voltage before starting being a voltage
of the secondary battery before the electricity to the starter motor is turned on.

US Pat. No. 9,275,287

DRIVING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A driving assistance device equipped with an indication control unit including an indicator mounted on a vehicle which
displays an image of a side-rearward of the vehicle captured by a camera mounted on the vehicle with a guideline showing a
guide of distance from the vehicle to an object in the image superimposed on the image, the driving assistance device comprising:
a road shape recognizing unit which recognizes a shape of a road on which the vehicle is traveling;
wherein, when it is recognized by the road shape recognizing unit that the shape of the road on which the vehicle is traveling
is a shape of a curved road with a curvature equal to or more than a first predetermined value, or a shape of a road of a
traveling path during a right-turn or a left-turn of an intersection, or a shape of a road with a gradient change rate equal
to or more than a second predetermined value, the indication control unit sets the guideline to non-display or sets a indicating
position of the guideline in line with the shape of the road recognized by the road shape recognizing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,236,910

IN-VEHICLE POWER LINE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An in-vehicle power line communication system in which a power line communication network and a battery mounted on a vehicle
are connected to each other via a first power line,
wherein the power line communication network comprises:
a master power line communication node that is connected to the battery via the first power line and that is supplied with
power from the battery;

a second power line;
a plurality of slave power line communication nodes having at least a transmitting slave power line communication node and
a receiving slave power line communication node that are connected to the master power line communication node via the second
power line, that are supplied with the power from the battery via the master power line communication node, and that are connected
to each other via the second power line so as to be able to perform multiplex communication with each other;

a transmitting-side in-vehicle device that is connected to the transmitting slave power line communication node, that can
operate in response to an operator's operation, and that outputs an operation signal, which indicates the operator's operation
was made, to the second power line from the transmitting slave power line communication node by the multiplex communication;
and

a receiving-side in-vehicle device that is connected to the receiving slave power line communication node and that can operate
when receiving the operation signal output from the transmitting slave power line communication node,

wherein the master power line communication node and the plurality of slave power line communication nodes communicate with
each other in accordance with a time-triggered communication protocol which performs periodic data communication,

wherein mutual transmitting and receiving operations of the plurality of slave power line communication nodes are controlled
by a token signal output from the master power line communication node, wherein only the master power line communication node
and the plurality of slave power line communication nodes are connected to the second power line,

wherein the token signal instructs a schedule for periodic data transmission and reception between a specific transmitting
slave power line communication node among a plurality of transmitting slave power line communication nodes and a specific
receiving slave power line communication node, which corresponds to the specific transmitting slave power line communication
node, among a plurality of receiving slave power line communication nodes,

wherein the token signal instructs performance of periodic data transmission at different predetermined times depending on
the transmitting slave power line communication node, and the token signal instructs performance of periodic data reception
at different predetermined times depending on the receiving slave power line communication node,

wherein each of the transmitting slave power line communication nodes periodically performs data transmission at predetermined
unique timings instructed by the token signal,

wherein each of the receiving slave power line communication nodes periodically performs data reception at predetermined unique
timings instructed by the token signal, and

wherein data transmitted from the specific transmitting slave power line communication node is only received by the specific
receiving slave power line communication node.

US Pat. No. 9,196,427

WINDING-TYPE ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE

GS Yuasa International Lt...

1. A winding-type electric storage device comprising:
a flat electrode assembly including a core; and
a case in which the electrode assembly is housed,
the core including:
first and second curved sections which are disposed so that the inner circumferential surfaces thereof face to each other
and each of which has a first end and a second end; and

first and second opposed sections which connect the mutually-opposed first ends and second ends of the first and second curved
sections to each other and are opposed to each other,

the electrode assembly including, on the outer circumference thereof, substantially plane sections respectively corresponding
to the opposed sections of the core,

the substantially plane sections being in proximity to or contact with an inner surface of the case,
wherein each of the first and second curved sections is at least in part composed of a material stacked into two or more plies,
an outer ply of the plies comprising:

a fixed end which is fixed to an inner ply of the plies; and
a free end which is not fixed to the inner ply, and is disposed over an opposed section of the first and second opposed sections,
and

wherein the outer ply is curved in a circular arc shape over a distance from the first end to the second end of a curved section
of the first and second curved sections, the free end is located at a position in proximity to a boundary between the curved
section and the opposed section, and the outer ply is elastically deformed so as to generate a repulsive force exerted outward
from a center of the circular arc shape.

US Pat. No. 9,365,166

VEHICLE PILLAR CONSTRUCTION AND METHOD

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A pillar garnish for use with an associated vehicle, the garnish comprising:
an elongated rigid body having an inner stiffener first layer formed of a polyolefin and an outer second layer formed of a
thermoplastic polymer, the outer second layer including at least one of synthetic or natural fibers, said inner stiffener
first layer and said outer second layer being formed of different materials relative to one another.

US Pat. No. 9,272,746

VEHICLE BODY FRAME FOR A SADDLE-RIDE VEHICLE, AND MOTORCYCLE INCLUDING SAME

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

14. A motorcycle comprising a vehicle body frame, a front wheel and a rear wheel rotatably supported on said vehicle body
frame, a motive power source supported on said vehicle body frame between the front wheel and the rear wheel, and a seat attached
to said vehicle body frame and disposed above the motive power source, wherein said vehicle body frame comprises:
a head pipe which is steerably supporting the front wheel thereon;
a main frame connected to the head pipe and extending toward a rear of the vehicle;
a down frame comprising a pipe extending rearwardly and angularly downward from the head pipe, the down frame configured to
support the motive power source thereon, the down frame having a first portion with a predetermined thickness and also having
a first flat surface portion at a rear surface thereof which is wider than said first portion; and

a reinforcing member connected at a front end thereof to the down frame, and connected at a rear end thereof to the main frame,
the reinforcing member having a second flat surface portion at a front end thereof which contacts the first flat surface portion
of the down frame;

wherein the reinforcing member is joined to the down frame by bringing the second flat surface portion into contact with the
first flat surface portion, and welding the first flat surface portion to the second flat surface portion with a laser beam
which is oriented parallel to the first flat surface portion.

US Pat. No. 9,120,521

FRONT COWL STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A front cowl structure for a saddle riding vehicle, comprising:
a front cowl for covering a vehicle leading end portion;
a duct disposed on an inside of the front cowl, the duct for drawing in air for use in an intake system that supplies an engine
with air, wherein:

the duct has a duct opening that opens forwardly of the vehicle;
the front cowl has a cowl front surface opening at a leading end portion thereof, the cowl front surface opening for opening
a cowl front surface;

headlights disposed on both lateral sides of the cowl front surface opening each including a lens surface, the lens surface
forming an opening edge portion on a corresponding lateral side of the cowl front surface opening and being inclined to a
vehicle outer side and rearwardly from the opening edge portion;

said duct opening being formed to be substantially aligned with a cowl opening central portion of the cowl front surface opening
in a vehicle longitudinal direction; and

said lens surface being inclined such that an entire surface thereof faces downwardly and rearwardly of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,284,897

INTAKE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An intake control system for an internal combustion engine, for setting a target intake air amount according to a target
torque of the engine and controlling an intake air amount based on the set target intake air amount, comprising:
maximum intake air amount-calculating means for calculating, based on operating conditions of the engine, a maximum amount
of intake air that can be drawn into a combustion chamber, as a maximum intake air amount;

provisional intake air amount-setting means for setting a plurality of provisional intake air amounts different from each
other within a range of the intake air amount, which ranges from 0 to the calculated maximum intake air amount;

estimated torque-calculating means for calculating, based on the operating conditions of the engine, estimated torques that
are estimated to be output from the engine assuming that the set plurality of provisional intake air amounts of intake air
are drawn into the combustion chamber, respectively, as a plurality of estimated torques;

provisional intake air amount-estimated torque relationship-setting means for setting a provisional intake air amount-estimated
torque relationship, which is a relationship between the plurality of provisional intake air amounts and the plurality of
calculated estimated torques; and

target intake air amount-setting means for setting a minimum provisional intake air amount that makes the estimated torque
equal to or close to the target torque, as the target intake air amount, by selecting the minimum provisional intake air amount
from the set provisional intake air amount-estimated torque relationship.

US Pat. No. 9,285,203

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING VEHICULAR ASSEMBLY TOLERANCES

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A gauge for determining relative positional relationships among assembled vehicular components including a side panel outer
and a door sash, each of the side panel outer and the door sash defining an exterior surface, a ditch joint being defined
between the side panel outer and a vehicular roof panel, the gauge comprising:
a gauge body that defines a hook configured to extend and be retained within the ditch joint, the gauge body also defining
a curved exterior surface that corresponds to a contour of a portion of the exterior surface of the side panel outer that
is disposed adjacent a section of the ditch joint in which the hook is configured to be retained; and

an indicator disposed at a lower portion of the gauge body below the hook, the indicator being configured to determine and
indicate a distance separating the lower portion of the gauge body from the door sash in a direction perpendicular to the
exterior surface of the door sash, the distance being indicative of an assembly tolerance of relative positions of the side
panel outer and the door sash.

US Pat. No. 9,239,298

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT PROBE, AND OPTICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. An optical measurement probe structured to guide light generated in a high temperature environment to an appliance, comprising:
an optical window for transmitting light incident on an incidence surface; and
a light guide for guiding light which has passed through the optical window to the appliance,
wherein the incident surface of the optical window is covered by a deposited protective film which is formed from a lipophobic
material and which protects the window from greasy dirt.

US Pat. No. 9,248,879

FUEL TANK MOUNTING STRUCTURE OF SADDLE-RIDE-TYPE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A fuel tank mounting structure of a saddle-ride-type vehicle comprising: a vehicle body frame having a head pipe that steerably
supports a front wheel and a main frame extending obliquely downward and rearward from the head pipe; an engine supported
below the main frame; a fuel tank supported above the main frame; and a straddling-type seat arranged behind the fuel tank,
wherein
the fuel tank includes a connecting member mounted on a front portion of the fuel tank in a state where the connecting member
extends toward left and right outer side surfaces of the main frame from a bottom surface of the fuel tank,

the connecting member overlaps with the main frame as viewed in a top plan view, and a buffer member that is brought into
contact with an upper surface of the main frame is arranged at a position where the connecting member and the main frame overlap
with each other, and

a flange portion extending along an outer peripheral portion of the fuel tank has at least a portion thereof arranged outside
the main frame in the vehicle width direction as viewed in a top plan view, and the connecting member having the buffer member
is mounted on the fuel tank where the flange extends outside the main frame.

US Pat. No. 9,102,253

VEHICLE SEAT

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:
left and right base frames that constitute at least left and right lower portions of a seat back frame;
a force-receiving member disposed adjacent to a left or right outer side of one of the base frames, the force-receiving member
configured to receive a load from outside in a lateral direction; and

a load transmission part configured to transmit the load from the force-receiving member to a side laterally opposite to that
on which the force-receiving member is provided,

wherein the force-receiving member has a shape with a closed cross section, and has an input-side end portion and an output-side
end portion configured such that the input-side end portion stretches out in at least one of upward, downward, frontward and
rearward directions wider than the output-side end portion, and

the input-side end portion has a lower end portion and an upper end portion configured such that a width along a front-rear
direction of the lower end portion is greater than a width along the front-rear direction of the upper end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,259,996

SIDE DOOR EXTENSION SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A side door extension support assembly for a vehicle, comprising:
a side door movably mounted on a vehicle body of the vehicle and longitudinally movable between a closed position and an open
position; and

an extension member mounted to the vehicle body and laterally movable between a retracted position and an extended position
for supporting the side door, lateral movement of the extension member corresponding to movement of the side door such that
the extension member laterally moves to the extended position when the side door is moved from the closed position to the
open position, and the extension member laterally moves to the retracted position when the side door is moved from the open
position to the closed position, wherein the extension member reaches the extended position prior to the side door reaching
the open position when the side door is moved from the closed position to the open position.

US Pat. No. 9,120,404

CONVEYANCE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A conveyance seat comprising:
a seat cushion;
a seatback including a seatback frame therein; and
a forward foldable headrest;
the conveyance seat being stored by moving at least one of the seat cushion and the seatback to a storing position and folding
the headrest forward;
the conveyance seat further comprising:
a folding mechanism that performs a folding operation for folding the headrest forward;
a first operating portion that is operable for folding only the headrest forward and is movably connected to the folding mechanism;
a second operating portion that is operable for storing the conveyance seat;
a first driving portion that drives only the folding mechanism by the first operating portion being operated to permit the
folding mechanism to perform the folding operation; and

a second driving portion that is movably connected to the second operating portion and drives the folding mechanism along
with a movement of at least the one of the seat cushion and the seatback to a storing position to permit the folding mechanism
to perform the folding operation when the second operating portion is operated,
wherein:
the folding mechanism, the first driving portion, and the second driving portion are all attached to the seatback frame;
the folding mechanism comprises:
a pillar that supports the headrest;
a support portion that supports the pillar to be rotatable in a front to back direction;
a biasing member that biases the pillar forward;
a locking member that engages with the pillar to hold the pillar in a standing state against a biasing force of the biasing
member; and

a slide member that slides to release an engagement state between the locking member and the pillar,
the first driving portion includes a fastening portion that is formed in the slide member to fasten the first operating portion
and the slide member to each other;

a movement mechanism is further provided which performs a movement operation for moving at least the one of the seat cushion
and the seatback to the storing position by the second operating portion being operated;

the second driving portion includes a connection portion that is formed in the slide member to connect the movement mechanism
and the slide member to each other; and

the fastening portion is located near the first operating portion in relation to the connection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,361,695

METHOD OF RECOGNIZING A POSITION OF A WORKPIECE FROM A PHOTOGRAPHED IMAGE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A method of recognizing a position of a workpiece from a photographed image, comprising:
a preparation process, which comprises
a process of photographing one workpiece from a plurality of angles to create photographed images, and obtaining a plurality
of sample patch images by segmenting the photographed images into patches;

a process of classifying the plurality of sample patch images;
a process of storing the plurality of sample patch images, while corresponding each sample patch image with position information
relative to a reference position of the workpiece, and reliability information related to a reliability of the position information;
and

a process of applying a weighting coefficient to each of the plurality of sample patch images based on the reliability information
of each of the plurality of sample patch images;

a process of photographing a plurality of workpieces not aligned to create a photographed image, and obtaining a plurality
of patch images by segmenting the photographed image into patches;

a process of classifying all of the plurality of patch images, with a same method as the method in which the plurality of
sample patch images are classified;

a process of obtaining a singular score by tallying a total sum of weighting coefficients, for position information relative
to the reference position of the workpiece, which is stored for each of the plurality of patch images corresponded to a sample
patch image of a same classification as the patch image; and

a process of obtaining the reference position of at least one workpiece in the photographed image, on the basis of the singular
score.

US Pat. No. 9,056,568

SEAT BACK STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A seat back structure for a vehicle seat, comprising a headrest, a seat back frame, and a pad disposed in front of a surface
of the seat back frame, wherein
the pad includes a backrest surface, and right and left side supports each provided on either side of the backrest surface
in a seat width direction,

the pad is provided with a right-side suspending groove and a left-side suspending groove, the left-side suspending groove
provided to delineate the left side support from the backrest surface, the right-side suspending groove provided to delineate
the right side support from the backrest surface,

a right slit portion and a left slit portion are provided between the backrest surface and the right and left side supports,
respectively, each of the right slit portion and the left slit portion having one or more slits penetrating the pad in a thickness
direction of the pad and extending in a vertical direction of the pad,

the one or more slits of the right slit portion and the left slit portion defined in the right-side suspending groove and
the left-side suspending groove, respectively,

the right and left slit portions are spaced apart from each other in the seat width direction,
the pad has a skin covering an outer surface thereof,
the skin of the pad is engaged at an inner side of the left-side suspending groove and an inner side of the right-side suspending
groove,

a suspending wire is embedded in portions of the right-side suspending groove or portions of the left-side suspending groove,
and

the suspending wire is provided at a position which passes around each of the slits of the one or more slits from the right
slit portion or the left slit portion.

US Pat. No. 9,292,735

LIVING BODY RECOGNIZING DEVICE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A living body recognizing device, comprising:
a captured image acquiring unit which acquires a captured image having a characteristics that a luminance of an image portion
of a target object becomes higher as a temperature of the target object becomes higher than a background, and the luminance
of the image portion of the target object becomes lower as the temperature of the target object becomes lower than the background,
according to a temperature difference between the background and the target object, using an infrared camera;

a living body image extracting unit which sets for the luminance, a first threshold value and a second threshold value which
is higher than the first threshold value, and which executes a first living body image extracting processing of extracting
the image portion of the target object assumed to be a living body, from a region of the captured image in which the luminance
is equal to or lower than the first threshold value, regardless of whether or not an area of the region in which the luminance
is equal to lower than the first threshold value is larger than an area of a region in which the luminance is higher than
the first threshold value and executes a second living body image extracting processing which extracts the image portion of
the target object assumed to be the living body from a region in the captured image in which the luminance is equal to or
higher than the second threshold value with respect to an identical range as a range of the captured image in which the first
living body image extracting processing is executed; and

a living body recognizing unit which recognizes an existence of the living body, where present, based on the image portion
of the target object extracted by the living body image extracting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,587,612

IN-CYLINDER PRESSURE DETECTING DEVICE OF DIRECT INJECTION TYPE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An in-cylinder pressure detecting device of a direct injection type internal combustion engine having a combustion chamber
and an injector, the injector having an extremity and a base end on opposite ends thereof, and the extremity of the injector
facing the combustion chamber, the in-cylinder pressure detecting device comprising:
a pressure detection element surrounding a fuel injection hole formed in a valve seat member of the injector that injects
fuel via the fuel injection hole into the combustion chamber, the pressure detection element having an extremity capable of
being compressed in an axial direction of the injector,

wherein the valve seat member is disposed on an inner periphery of an extremity of the injector,
wherein the pressure detection element is provided in the vicinity of the extremity of the injector and outside of an outermost
periphery of the valve seat member such that the pressure detection element faces the combustion chamber, and

wherein the pressure detection element is provided at a position closer to the extremity of the injector than a seal member
that prevents a passage of combustion gas between an outer periphery of the injector and an inner periphery of an injector
mounting hole of a cylinder head.

US Pat. No. 9,322,477

VEHICLE TRANSMISSION OIL SEAL

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle transmission oil seal comprising:
an elastic member with a seal lip portion having at least a main lip portion,
wherein the elastic member is formed of a composition containing a fluororubber and a fluororesin and has projecting portions
at least on a surface of the main lip portion, the projecting portions being substantially formed of the fluororesin contained
in the composition and having an average diameter of 5 to 20 ?m,

the fluororesin is a copolymer including a polymerization unit derived from ethylene and a polymerization unit derived from
tetrafluoroethylene and has a melting point of 120° C. to 340° C.,

the fluororubber is a polymer including a polymerization unit derived from vinylidene fluoride, and
a ratio (PIR0.51/PIR0.52) of a characteristic absorption peak (PIR0.51) by IR analysis derived from the fluororubber at a depth of 0.5 ?m from the surface of the main lip portion to a peak (PIR0.52) derived from the fluororesin at the depth of 0.5 ?m is smaller than a ratio (PIR1.21/PIR1.22) at a depth of 1.2 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,279,743

INSPECTION METHOD FOR INSPECTING ELECTRIC DRIVE APPARATUS

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An inspection method for inspecting an electric drive apparatus as an inspection object, the electric drive apparatus including:
an electric motor; a sun gear mounted on a motor shaft of the electric motor; a planet gear meshing with the sun gear; a carrier
rotatably supporting the planet gear; a foot shaft connected to the carrier; a ring gear meshing with the planet gear and
surrounding the planet gear; a brake plate provided between a case enclosing the ring gear for switching the ring gear between
a rotatable state and a non-rotatable state; a hydraulic piston for pressing the brake plate; and a one-way clutch provided
between the case and the ring gear and constructed to place the ring gear in the non-rotatable state when the foot shaft rotates
in a forward direction but place the ring gear in the rotatable state when the foot shaft rotates in a reverse direction,
the electric drive apparatus being mounted on a vehicle, the vehicle having one of front and rear wheels driven by a vehicle-mounted
engine and the other of the front and rear wheels driven by the electric drive apparatus,

the inspection method comprising the steps of:
placing the vehicle on a bench test machine;
checking a number of co-rotations of the electric motor under such conditions that the front wheels are rotated in a forward
travel direction by the engine and the rear wheels are rotated in the forward travel direction by rollers of the bench test
machine while the electric motor is kept in a de-energized state with no hydraulic pressure applied to the hydraulic piston;

generating an instruction for increasing the hydraulic pressure to a predetermined pressure level on the basis of information
that a shift mode of the vehicle is a reverse mode;

measuring the hydraulic pressure by a hydraulic gauge so as to determine whether the measured hydraulic pressure is the predetermined
pressure level or over;

activating the electric motor to rotate one of left and right rear wheels in a rearward travel direction while the hydraulic
pressure is applied to the hydraulic piston;

while keeping the electric motor activating step, checking whether the one of the left and right rear wheels is rotating in
the rearward travel direction, and

checking whether the other of the left and right rear wheels is rotating in the rearward travel direction.

US Pat. No. 9,108,530

VEHICLE DOOR

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A vehicle door for use on a vehicle, comprising:
an upwardly open pocket that opens upwardly on a passenger compartment side of a door body;
the upwardly open pocket comprising:
a side wall assembly defining a space in the upwardly open pocket, and having an inner wall member disposed in a transverse
inward direction of the vehicle;

a hand grip bendable with respect to the inner wall member by a bendable web;
a pair of teeth having a pair of supports disposed respectively on the hand grip and extending through respective through
holes defined in the inner wall member when the hand grip is closed with the bendable web in a bent state, and a pair of locking
hooks extending respectively from the supports in directions transverse to directions in which the supports extend, the locking
hooks being engageable with engagement surfaces contiguous to wall surfaces that define the through holes, respectively; and

a pair of retainers mounted on the inner wall member for keeping the teeth from being removed out of the through holes,
wherein the retainers abut against respective rear surfaces of the teeth, which face away from the directions in which the
locking hooks extend.

US Pat. No. 9,593,620

MUFFLER HANGER

SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIM...

1. A muffler hanger for suspending a muffler on a vehicle body, comprising:
a rigid displacement suppress member integrally provided with upper and lower support parts that extend in parallel while
being separated vertically, and a junction part that joins the upper and lower support parts to each other at their lengthwise
middle parts, the displacement suppress member being configured to attach to one of the vehicle body and the muffler; and

mounting rubbers that connect the upper and lower support parts to each other at lengthwise both sides of the displacement
suppress member, each of the mounting rubbers including a pair of arch shaped parts projecting in a direction of mutual separation,
and each of the arch shaped parts having a mounting hole piercing therethrough, wherein

the mounting rubbers provided to the lengthwise both sides of the displacement suppress member are configured to attach to
another of the vehicle body and the muffler by inserting mounting parts each provided to the other of the vehicle body and
the muffler into the corresponding mounting hole, and

with the mounting parts inserted in the arch shaped parts of the respective mounting rubbers such that the mounting parts
are arranged between the upper and lower support parts at both sides of the junction part, a displacement regulator that limits
a relative displacement volume of the muffler in relation to the vehicle body is constituted by abutment of the mounting parts
against the displacement suppress member.

US Pat. No. 9,269,969

FUEL CELL STACK

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A fuel cell stack comprising:
a stack body formed by stacking power generation cells in a stacking direction, the power generation cells each including
a membrane electrode assembly and a separator, the membrane electrode assembly including a pair of electrodes and an electrolyte
interposed between the electrodes;

terminal plates, insulating members, and end plates provided at both ends of the stack body in the stacking direction;
wherein at least one of the insulating members has a recess at an end opened toward the stack body; and
a heat insulating member and the terminal plate are placed in the recess, wherein the heat insulating member includes a corrugated
metal plate, and wherein the recess is sized and dimensioned to completely mount the terminal plate and the heat insulating
member.

US Pat. No. 9,108,544

VEHICLE SEAT DEVICE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicle seat system including a seat cushion having a sidewall portion and a base portion, a movement mechanism for moving
the seat cushion between a seating position and a stowed position located forwardly of the seating position, a seatback, and
a forward folding mechanism for moving the seatback between a rising position and a forward folded position,
wherein the movement mechanism moves the seat cushion independently of the seatback and comprises:
a cross member including a flat plate member disposed on a bottom portion of the seat cushion and extending laterally of the
vehicle seat apparatus;

left and right front support brackets disposed forwardly of the cross member and on a vehicle body floor;
left and right side links having lower end portions rotatably connected to the left and right front support brackets through
rotation support shafts, and upper end portions rotatably connected to the cross member; and

a guide link comprising first left and right guide support shafts rotatably disposed at front portions of the left and right
front support brackets, forwardly of the rotation support shafts, and a second guide support shaft rotatably disposed on the
cross member located rearwardly of the first left and right guide support shafts,
and wherein the left and right side links and guide link are configured to vertically overlap with the seat cushion when the
seat cushion is disposed in the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 9,108,548

VEHICLE SEAT

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:
a seat back frame including:
a continuous pipe frame having:
a first side portion that extends along an upward-and-downward direction,
a second side portion that extends along the upward-and-downward direction,
an oblique portion connected to the second side portion at a first bent portion, wherein the oblique portion extends along
an obliquely downward direction, and

a lateral portion connected to the oblique portion at a second bent portion, the second bent portion being below the first
bent portion,

wherein the lateral portion extends along a lateral direction from the second bent portion to form a lower portion of the
seat back frame, and the lower portion is connected to the first side portion;

a force-receiving member disposed at an outer side of the second side portion and fixed directly to the first bent portion
so that the first bent portion is located within a width along the upward-and-downward direction of the force-receiving member,
and the force-receiving member is configured for receiving a load from the outer side along the lateral direction and transmitting
the load received by the force-receiving member to the oblique portion via the first bent portion; and

a pressure-receiving member disposed above the lower portion and between the first side portion and the second side portion,
the pressure-receiving member being configured for moving rearward upon receipt of a rearward load of a predetermined magnitude
or greater from an occupant.

US Pat. No. 9,702,787

IN-CYLINDER PRESSURE DETECTING APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An in-cylinder pressure detecting apparatus for an internal combustion engine, for detecting an in-cylinder pressure which
is a pressure in a combustion chamber of said engine, said in-cylinder pressure detecting apparatus comprising:
in-cylinder pressure detecting means for detecting the in-cylinder pressure and output the detected in-cylinder pressure;
motoring pressure estimating means for estimating a motoring pressure corresponding to an in-cylinder pressure when no combustion
is performed in said combustion chamber;

detected pressure peak value obtaining means for obtaining a peak value of the detected in-cylinder pressure as a detected
pressure peak value in a predetermined operating condition of said engine;

estimated motoring pressure peak value calculating means for calculating an estimated motoring pressure peak value which is
a peak value of the motoring pressure estimated by said motoring pressure estimating means, the estimated motoring pressure
peak value corresponding to the detected pressure peak value; and

sensitivity correcting means for comparing the detected pressure peak value with the estimated motoring pressure peak value,
and performing sensitivity correction of said in-cylinder pressure detecting means based on a result of the comparison,

wherein the predetermined operating condition is an operating condition in which an exhaust gas temperature raising control
is performed for raising a temperature of exhaust gases from said engine by increasing an intake air amount of said engine
and retarding an ignition timing of said engine.

US Pat. No. 9,120,406

VEHICLE SEAT DEVICE

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat device comprising:
a seat back;
an attached member pivotally supported by the seat back and configured to be turnable between a retracted position at which
the attached member is housed in a housing recessed portion formed to penetrate a cushion pad of the seat back and a protruding
position at which the attached member protrudes toward a front side of the seat back; and

an inner board closing a rear opening face of the housing recessed portion, wherein
a locking claw bent forward is provided in an upper end portion of the inner board, and
a stopper member provided in a frame of the seat back and configured to suppress frontward and downward movement of the locking
claw by engaging with the locking claw, wherein

the stopper member is disposed to face the locking claw such that a predetermined distance exists between the stopper member
and the locking claw in a normal state, and

when the inner board is pressed while in the normal state and moved forward due to application of a load from a rear side,
the locking claw engages with the stopper member.

US Pat. No. 9,533,578

ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT

KEIHIN CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An electronic control unit that is mounted on a vehicle which is configured to be charged with an external power supply
and that receives a pilot signal via a charging cable before being supplied with a power when the vehicle is connected to
the external power supply via the charging cable, the electronic control unit comprising:
a processor that performs a process necessary for a charging control based on the pilot signal;
an input circuit that is disposed in a stage preceding an input port of the processor; and
a pseudo-signal supply circuit that supplies a pseudo-pilot signal to a pilot signal line extending from a pilot signal input
terminal of the electronic control unit to the input circuit under control of the processor,

wherein the input port includes an interrupt port used to input a start-up factor interrupt signal serving as a start-up factor
of the processor and a duty measurement port used to measure a duty ratio of the pilot signal,

wherein the input circuit includes a circuit that generates the start-up factor interrupt signal and outputs the generated
start-up factor interrupt signal to the interrupt port when a pulse- like pilot signal is input via the pilot signal line
and that buffers the pilot signal and outputs the buffered pilot signal to the duty measurement port, and

wherein the processor performs the malfunction diagnosis for the input circuit based on the signal states of the interrupt
port and the duty measurement port when controlling the pseudo-signal supply circuit to supply a pulse-like pseudo-pilot signal
to the pilot signal line.

US Pat. No. 9,102,251

VEHICLE SEAT

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:
a base frame which constitutes at least left and right lower portions of a seat back frame;
a force-receiving member disposed adjacent to a left or right outer side of the base frame, and configured to receive a load
from outside in a lateral direction; and

a load transmission part configured to transmit the load from the force-receiving member to a side laterally opposite to that
on which the force-receiving member is provided,

wherein the force-receiving member includes a front wall and a rear wall and has a shape with a closed cross section, and
a portion of at least one of the front wall and the rear wall separate from upper and lower ends thereof provides an uneven
shape,

the uneven shape includes being formed in both of the front wall and the rear wall, as recessed portions that are recessed
inwardly in a front-rear direction, and

bottom walls of the respective recessed portions adjoin to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,159,023

SYSTEM FOR PREDICTING A DRIVER'S INTENTION TO CHANGE LANES

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A system for predicting a driver's intention of an ego vehicle to change lanes, comprising:
an ego vehicle sensor for detecting information on a motion of the ego vehicle;
an environment sensor for detecting information on at least one of:
a motion of a vehicle traveling within a prescribed distance ahead of the ego vehicle in a same lane as the ego vehicle, and
a motion of a vehicle traveling within a prescribed distance from the ego vehicle in an adjacent lane;
a motivator computing unit for computing a motivator indicating an intention of a driver of the ego vehicle to change lanes
from the current lane to the adjacent lane according to outputs of the ego vehicle sensor and environment sensor, wherein
the driver is a human driving the ego vehicle;

an inhibitor computing unit for computing an inhibitor indicating an intention of the driver of the ego vehicle not to change
lanes from the current lane to the adjacent lane according to the outputs of the ego vehicle sensor and environment sensor;
and

a prediction unit for predicting the driver's intention of the ego vehicle to change lanes by comparing outputs of the motivator
computing unit and inhibitor computing unit,

wherein the motivator computing unit is configured to determine if any of a plurality of motivator criteria for the intension
of the driver of the ego vehicle are met, and the inhibitor computing unit is configured to determine if any of a plurality
of inhibitor criteria for the intension of the driver of the ego vehicle are met, the prediction unit predicting the driver's
intention to change lanes by comparing a number of the motivator criteria that are met with a number of the inhibitor criteria
that are met, and

wherein the outputs of the ego vehicle sensor used in computing the motivator and the inhibitor include only the outputs indicating
the motion of the ego vehicle in a longitudinal direction of the ego vehicle, including a traveling speed and a longitudinal
acceleration of the ego vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,310,443

VOLTAGE DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF REDUCING DISPERSION OF DARK CURRENTS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A voltage detection apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of voltage detection units, each of which detects cell voltages of plural cells in each of blocks in a battery
module, the each of blocks including the plural cells connected in series;

a plurality of power supply circuits, to which power is supplied via power supply lines connected to the blocks respectively;
a dark current adjustment unit that adjusts dark currents respectively flowing through the plurality of power supply lines;
a plurality of current increase units that increases the dark currents so that the dark currents respectively flowing through
the power supply lines from the blocks when the voltage detection apparatus is in a sleep state become a same target value;
and

a plurality of current detection units which respectively detect the dark currents flowing through the plurality of power
supply lines,

wherein the plurality of voltage detection units are respectively supplied with the power from the plurality of power supply
circuit via the power supply lines; and

wherein the dark current adjustment unit includes:
a target value setting unit which sets the target value based on the dark currents detected by the plurality of current detection
units; and

a current control unit which changes resistance values of the plurality of current increase units so that each of the dark
currents flowing through the plurality of power supply lines becomes the target value.

US Pat. No. 9,292,472

DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR VEHICLES

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle, comprising:
an acceleration sensor for detecting an acceleration generated on the vehicle;
a skid prevention controller for detecting skidding of a road wheel on a road and generating a braking force on the road wheel
to prevent the road wheel from skidding; and

a vehicular display apparatus for displaying an acceleration generated on the vehicle, the vehicular display apparatus having
a display device for simultaneously displaying both: a magnitude of the acceleration which is currently being detected by
the acceleration sensor, as a current magnitude of the acceleration; and

a magnitude of an acceleration detected by the acceleration sensor at a past time when the skid prevention controller generated
the braking force on the road wheel, as a discrete quantity of a past magnitude of the acceleration,

wherein the display device individually displays the current magnitude of the acceleration and the discrete quantity of the
past magnitude of the acceleration.

US Pat. No. 9,522,662

CYLINDER DEVICE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A cylinder device for generating a hydraulic brake pressure according to an amount of manipulation of a brake manipulator,
comprising:
a base body in which a cylinder bore and a reservoir union port are formed, where the cylinder bore has a bottom, the reservoir
union port communicates with the cylinder bore, and a reservoir reserving brake fluid is connected to the reservoir union
port;

a piston inserted in the cylinder bore;
an elastic member arranged between a bottom surface of the cylinder bore and the piston;
a limiting member which projects into the cylinder bore and limits backward motion of the piston;
the reservoir which has a fluid feeding portion having a tubular shape and being inserted in the reservoir union port; and
a reservoir sealing member which has an annular shape and is externally fitted on the fluid feeding portion;
wherein a communication bore and an installation bore each of which has an end opened in the bottom surface of the reservoir
union port and another end opened in an inner circumferential surface of the cylinder bore are formed in the base body, and
the limiting member is inserted in the installation bore; and

the fluid feeding portion includes, a tip portion arranged opposed to the limiting member, and a cutout portion extended in
an axial direction to a tip side of the fluid feeding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,559,509

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE

KEIHIN CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A power supply control device, comprising:
a control board that is configured to control a voltage of a battery module; and
a bus bar module that is configured to electrically connect the control board and the battery module,
wherein a recessed part is provided at an edge part of the control board,
wherein the control board and the bus bar module are arranged in a stacked manner, and
wherein connection terminals of the bus bar module which are connected to the battery module are exposed through the recessed
part when viewed from the control board,

wherein the bus bar module includes bus bar, which have the connection terminals, and a resin member which supports the bus
bars,

wherein the resin member includes an opening, and
wherein each bus bar includes a lead pin that is exposed from the opening and connected to the control board.

US Pat. No. 9,292,751

OBJECT IDENTIFIER

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An object identifying apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit that is mounted on a vehicle for acquiring an original image by capturing the original image while
the vehicle is traveling;

a data generator for successively integrating pixel values of integration object images representing feature quantities at
respective pixels that make up the original image, from a starting point at either one of angular positions of the integration
object images, thereby generating integral images, each including an image area having a size in common with the original
image and the integration object images;

a data acquirer for acquiring compressed data by extracting at least every other pixel along at least one direction from a
plurality of pixels that make up the integral images generated by the data generator;

an identification object region determiner for determining an identification object region from within an original image area
represented by the original image; and

an object identifier for calculating a total of the pixel values of the integration object images within the identification
object region that was determined by the identification object region determiner, as an image feature quantity using the compressed
data acquired by the data acquirer, and on the basis of the image feature quantity, identifying whether or not an object exists
within the identification object region in the original image,

wherein the image feature quantity is represented by a histogram.

US Pat. No. 9,120,520

SIDE COVER STRUCTURE FOR STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A side cover structure for a straddle vehicle comprising:
a vehicle body frame;
an engine supported on said vehicle body frame;
a passenger seat disposed above said engine; and
a side cover arranged to cover a portion of the vehicle body in a side direction of the vehicle;
the side cover structure including grip portions having upper end portions that extend along a bottom surface of the fuel
tank in a forward direction of the passenger seat,

each of the grip portions having a portion configured in an inside direction and an another portion configured in an outside
direction of the side direction of the vehicle, and

further comprising:
the side cover has a main side cover covering the side direction of the vehicle body in the side view, and
a sub-side cover covering the main side cover at each of the grip portions, and
the main side cover including a concaved portion fixing the sub-side cover.

US Pat. No. 9,455,238

POWER CONVERTER

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A power converter comprising:
a bus bar having a vertical wall;
a semiconductor device having an upper surface and a vertical direction substantially perpendicular to the upper surface,
the semiconductor device including an electrode;

a lead having one end connected to the vertical wall of the bus bar and another end connected to the semiconductor device
to supply power from the bus bar to the electrode of the semiconductor device via the lead, the one end of the lead including
a bending part which is spaced away from the vertical wall of the bus bar by a predetermined distance and which is inclined
in the vertical direction; and

solder in direct contact with the vertical wall of the bus bar to bond the vertical wall of the bus bar and the bending part,
the vertical wall extending in the vertical direction to face the bending part, a bond angle formed between the bending part
and the vertical wall being set to an acute angle in a cross-section perpendicular to the vertical wall and the upper surface
of the semiconductor device, the acute angle being an angle of greater than zero degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,238,280

DUAL SHIFT UNIT FOR WELDER

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A welding apparatus including:
a first welding element;
a second welding element; and
a support including a first member on which the first welding element is mounted and also including a second member on which
the second welding element are mounted, the support being configured to be movable relative to the welding apparatus, the
support being configured to move the first welding element and the second welding element respectively from a first start
position to a first end position and from a second start position to a second end position as the support is moved relative
to the welding apparatus such that welding points of the first welding element and the second welding element are altered;
and

a platform relative to which the support is moved, the platform including a reciprocating element configured to move the support
in a first direction and an opposite, second direction, the platform including first guiding protrusions and second guiding
protrusions, wherein

each of the first member and the second member includes a first wheel and a second wheel, the first wheel configured to roll
against the first guiding protrusion as the support is moved in the first direction, the second wheel configured to roll against
the second guiding protrusion as the support is moved in the second direction, and wherein

the first welding element and the second welding element are oriented to mirror one another at the first start position and
at the second start position, and the first welding element and the second welding element are oriented to mirror one another
at the first end position and at the second end position.

US Pat. No. 9,352,751

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE INFORMATION TRANSFER RATE BETWEEN A DRIVER AND VEHICLE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A computer implemented method for determining an information transfer rate between a driver and a vehicle, the method comprising:
measuring driver information directly from the driver;
measuring vehicle information directly from the vehicle;
calculating an information transfer rate between the driver and the vehicle using the driver information measured directly
from the driver and the vehicle information measured directly from the vehicle, wherein the information transfer rate is calculated
as a transfer entropy from the driver information to the vehicle information;

retrieving a baseline information transfer rate for maintaining control of the vehicle from a baseline information transfer
rate database; and

calculating a driver safety factor using the information transfer rate between the driver and the vehicle and the baseline
information transfer rate.

US Pat. No. 9,320,156

MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR CASING OF OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE CONTROL UNIT

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A casing mounting structure for an occupant protection device control unit comprising:
a casing for housing the occupant protection device control unit; and
a bracket provided to the casing for mounting the casing on a vehicle body, the bracket including a weak portion to be broken
to protect the occupant protection device control unit housed in the casing if an excessive collision load is exerted on the
bracket from the vehicle body,

wherein the casing includes a base made of a metallic plate with an upper surface facing upward and a lower surface facing
downward, and a main body mounted on the upper surface of the base,

wherein the bracket is provided to the base,
wherein the bracket includes a plate-shape leg portion extending laterally from an edge of the base and a fastening portion
disposed at an end of the leg portion and integrally formed with the leg portion, the fastening portion being bolted to the
vehicle body;

wherein the leg portion includes a through-hole passing through the leg portion in thickness direction of the plate-shape
leg portion to have two branching portions separated by the through-hole therebetween, each of the two branching portions
including a step-shape portion stepped in an extending direction of the leg portion, and

wherein the weak portion includes a first weak portion and a second weak portion, one of the two branching portions constituting
the first weak portion and the other of the two branching portions constituting the second weak portion.

US Pat. No. 9,278,698

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR LIMITING ENGINE SPEED

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An apparatus for limiting engine speed using multiple engine components, including a fuel injection system, an ignition
system, and a throttle, the apparatus comprising:
a user interface that includes a fuel injection system option, an ignition system option, and a throttle option, the user
interface is manually actuable to select at least one of the fuel injection system option, the ignition system option, and
the throttle option for limiting engine speed via the respective one of the fuel injection system, the ignition system, and
the throttle, the user interface including an identification signal generator and transmitter that is configured to, upon
selection of the at least one of the fuel injection system option, the ignition system option, and the throttle option, generate
and transmit an identification signal that identifies the at least one of the engine components that was selected; and

a controller that is configured to, upon receipt of the identification signal, provide an instruction to the identified at
least one of the engine components, such that the identified at least one of the engine components operates to limit engine
speed upon occurrence of conditions warranting that engine speed be limited.

US Pat. No. 9,242,358

LOOPED PIN INSTALLATION APPARATUS

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An apparatus for installing a pin with loop-like structure and opposed open and closed end portions in an associated bracket,
the apparatus comprising:
a body having a pin-receiving slot formed therein for receiving the pin, the pin-receiving slot shaped and sized for longitudinal
motion of the closed end portion therein with the open end portion extending outwardly therefrom; and

a resiliently-biased pin-retaining mechanism transversely extending within the pin-receiving slot for releasably engaging
and retaining the closed end portion within the pin-receiving slot during installation;

wherein, upon engagement of the open end portion with the associated bracket, retraction of the apparatus releases engagement
of the closed end portion with the pin-retaining mechanism, and

wherein the pin-retaining mechanism comprises a spring-loaded ball bearing.

US Pat. No. 9,352,384

CYLINDER HEAD CASTING APPARATUS AND METHODS

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A metal casting apparatus for casting a cylinder head, the casting apparatus comprising:
a mold defining a mold cavity and including an aperture through which molten metal is delivered to the mold cavity for casting
the cylinder head, and

a gate pin at least partially positioned in the mold cavity, the gate pin defining an interior cooling passage for circulating
a cooling medium therein,

wherein a distance between the aperture and the interior cooling passage of the gate pin is less than a width of the aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,278,595

SUSPENSION ARM MOUNTING STRUCTURE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A suspension arm mounting structure for mounting a suspension arm which swingably supports a wheel side of a vehicle from
a side of a vehicle body, including:
a suspension arm formed of a plate-like member; and
an elastic member arranged between the suspension arm and the side of the vehicle body,
wherein the plate-like member includes:
a horizontal portion which extends in an approximately horizontal direction when the suspension arm is mounted on the vehicle
body;

vertical portions which are bent downward from edge portions of the horizontal portion; and
reverse flange portions which are bent inward from lower edge portions of the vertical portions,
wherein edges of the reverse flange portions form opposite edges of the plate-like member which are facing each other,
wherein the suspension arm includes:
an arm body arranged between the wheel side and the vehicle body side; and
a shaft portion which extends from the arm body in a front-rear direction of the vehicle or a width direction of the vehicle,
has a tubular shape or a closed cross section, and is fitted or press fitted into an inner circumference of the elastic member,

wherein the shaft portion includes a biased portion in which the opposite edges of the plate-like member are biased such that
the opposite edges abut and press each other, and

wherein the opposite edges of the plate-like member gradually come closer to each other with approach to the shaft portion
from the arm body, and abut and bias each other in the shaft portion.

US Pat. No. 9,061,640

AIRBAG START-UP DECISION APPARATUS FOR MOTORCYCLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An airbag start-up decision apparatus for a motorcycle that carries out a start-up decision of whether or not an airbag
provided on the motorcycle is to be started up, wherein
an acceleration, which is an output value of an acceleration sensor attached to the motorcycle is second-order-integrated,
for a predetermined integration interval to calculate a displacement, and based on a fact that, upon application to a graph
wherein the displacement is taken on the axis of abscissa and the output value is taken on the axis of ordinate, a waveform
obtained upon collision exists only in the first quadrant while a waveform obtained in any other case than collision appears
in a quadrant different from the first quadrant, it is decided whether or not a state of the motorcycle is that upon collision
or that in any other case than collision,

wherein the waveform obtained upon collision exists only in the first quadrant while a waveform obtained upon going over a
road step and upon traveling on a rough road appears in the second and fourth quadrants, it is decided whether or not the
state of the motorcycle is that upon collision or that upon going over a road step or upon traveling on a rough road,

wherein the airbag start-up decision apparatus includes:
a main decision device for carrying out a main decision based on the output value of the acceleration sensor,
a safing decision device for carrying out a safing decision based on the output value of the acceleration sensor, and
the start-up decision of the airbag being carried out based on the main decision and the safing decision.

US Pat. No. 9,592,872

MOTORCYCLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A saddle-type vehicle, comprising:
a head pipe;
a main frame which extends rearward and downward from said head pipe;
an engine disposed below said main frame;
a pair of left and right radiators provided in front of said engine;
a steering shaft rotatably supported on said head pipe;
a front fork supported on said steering shaft, said front fork comprising left and right fork assemblies;
a bridge which connects intermediate portions of said left and right fork assemblies; and
a front fender disposed below said bridge and between said left and right fork assemblies, said front fender covering a front
wheel from above,

wherein an inner edge of said left radiator and said front fender overlap with each other, when viewed in a vehicle front
view,

wherein an inner edge of said right radiator and said front fender overlap with each other, when viewed in the vehicle front
view,

wherein a pair of left and right openings are formed in a rear portion of said front fender, said pair of left and right openings
extending in a vertical direction, and

wherein said front fender is configured such that traveling wind flows from a side of said front fender which faces said front
wheel to a side of said front fender which faces said pair of left and right radiators, via said pair of left and right openings,
wherein a left guide plate is provided on said inner edge of said left radiator, said left guide plate extending towards said
left opening, and wherein a right guide plate is provided on said inner edge of said right radiator, said right guide plate
extending towards said right opening.

US Pat. No. 9,353,364

?-GLUCOSIDASE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A recombinant ?-glucosidase, comprising a ?-glucosidase catalytic domain which comprises:
(A) a polypeptide comprising an amino acid sequence represented by SEQ ID NO. 1,
(B) a polypeptide comprising an amino acid sequence in which one to 20 amino acids are deleted, substituted, or added in the
amino acid sequence represented by SEQ ID NO: 1, and having ?-glucosidase activity, or

(C) a polypeptide comprising an amino acid sequence having 95% or greater sequence identity with the amino acid sequence represented
by SEQ ID NO: 1, and having ?-glucosidase activity.

US Pat. No. 9,346,511

INVERTED PENDULUM TYPE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An inverted pendulum vehicle comprising:
moving motion units configured to be capable of moving in all directions on a floor surface;
actuator devices that drive the moving motion units;
a base that incorporates the moving motion units and the actuator devices;
an occupant riding section incorporated into the base so as to be tiltable with respect to a vertical direction;
an inclination state detector detecting the inclination state of the occupant riding section; and
a controller configured to control motion of the actuator devices based on a detection result of the inclination state of
the occupant riding section by the inclination state detector;

wherein the controller is configured to extract a designated frequency component of a command value or an observed value of
a designated state variable determined according to the detection result of the inclination state of the occupant riding section
by the inclination state detector, to determine a turning factor defining a turning condition of the vehicle based on the
extraction result of the designated frequency component and to control motion of the actuator devices so that the turning
condition of the vehicle is controlled based on the turning factor, and that the turning of the vehicle is suppressed when
a high frequency component is extracted as the designated frequency component.

US Pat. No. 9,285,029

TWIN CLUTCH CONTROLLING APPARATUS

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A twin clutch controlling apparatus comprising:
a multi-speed transmission having a plurality of gear trains between a main shaft on the input side and a countershaft on
the output side, said main shaft including an inner main shaft and an outer main shaft being coaxial relative to each other;

a shift actuator for carrying out a changeover of a shift stage of the multi-speed transmission;
a twin clutch configured from an odd number stage side clutch and an even number stage side clutch for connecting and disconnecting
power transmission between the transmission and an engine, said twin clutch including a first clutch attached against rotation
on the inner main shaft for supporting odd number stage side gears and a second clutch attached to the outer main shaft for
supporting even number stage side gears, said first clutch and said second clutch being juxapositioned relative to each other
on one side of the multi-speed transmission;

a clutch actuator for controlling the twin clutch; and
a manual operation clutch capacity arithmetic operation section for converting an operational amount of a clutch manual operation
means to arithmetically operate a manual operation clutch capacity arithmetic operation value (tqc1tmt) corresponding to the manual operation, the twin clutch controlling apparatus comprising:

a manual operation clutch decision section for determining with a clutch capacity (tqc1, tqc2) of which one of the odd number stage side clutch or the even number stage side clutch the manual operation clutch capacity
arithmetic operational value (tqc1tmt) is to be interlocked;

wherein the decision by the manual operation clutch decision section is executed at least based on a target gear position
(gptgt) and a gear position (gearpos) at present;

wherein the gear position (gearpos) at present includes a neutral position at which none of the even number stage side gears
and the odd number stage side gears of the multi-speed transmission is in an in-gear state, and

when the gear position (gearpos) at present is the neutral position, the manual operation clutch decision section carries
out a decision to interlock the manual operation clutch capacity arithmetic operation value (tqc1tmt) with an odd number stage side clutch capacity (tqc1).

US Pat. No. 9,243,586

VENTILATION OUTLET STRUCTURE OF COGENERATION SYSTEM

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A ventilation outlet of a generation unit case housing a cogeneration system having a generation unit including a generator
connectable to an AC power feed line between a commercial power network and an electrical load, and an internal combustion
engine adapted to drive the generator and connectable to a thermal load through a heat exchanger, the generation unit case
being adapted to be installed outdoors,
the ventilation outlet comprises:
a box-shaped member whose inside surfaces are attached with sound insulators and bored with an inlet hole at its upper portion,
in a gravitational direction when attached to the generation unit case, to be communicated with an inside of the generation
unit case and bored with an outlet hole at its lower portion in the gravitational direction that connects the inlet hole to
exterior through a passage formed among the sound insulators;

a flow guide plate installed near the outlet hole to guide rainwater entered from outside to flow upward; and
a shield installed at the passage to prevent the rainwater from flowing further upward,
wherein the shield comprises a sound insulating member placed so as to block any possible straight line connecting the inlet
hole with the outlet hole in a plan view of the box-shaped member.

US Pat. No. 9,463,768

SIDE AIRBAG APPARATUS

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A side airbag apparatus installed between a vehicle body and a rear seat, the side airbag apparatus comprising:
an expandable airbag;
an inflator adapted to supply gas into the airbag;
a base member mounted between a vehicle body door and the rear seat, the base member having a base storage portion for storing
therein the airbag in a folded state and the inflator, the base storage portion having an opening formed on a front side of
the base storage portion in a seat body front to rear direction; and

a cover member that covers the opening;wherein:
at least a part of an outer periphery of the opening is provided with a gas pressure relief portion for relieving a pressure
of the gas when the airbag expands and deploys toward the front side of the vehicle body, and

the gas pressure relief portion sequentially extends from the outer periphery of the opening toward an outside of the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,433,994

CENTERING DEVICE FOR PLATE-SHAPED WORKPIECE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A centering device for a plate-shaped workpiece, comprising:
a table having a conveyor mechanism for conveying a plate-shaped workpiece in a horizontal direction;
a camera for capturing an image of the plate-shaped workpiece placed on the table;
a table movement mechanism for moving the table horizontally in a direction orthogonal to the conveying direction and rotating
the table about a vertical axis;

a computation unit for, based on shape information of a workpiece and target centering position information, comparing the
target centering position information and position information acquired by the camera, and computing an amount of movement
of the conveyor mechanism and an amount of movement of the table movement mechanism in order to correct a shift between the
target centering position information and the position information acquired by the camera; and

a control unit for controlling the conveyor mechanism and the table movement mechanism based on the movement amounts calculated
by the computation unit,

wherein the table movement mechanism comprises:
a base that is horizontally disposed;
a first slider that is supported moveably in the direction orthogonal to the conveying direction by the base;
a first threaded shaft that moves the first slider in the direction orthogonal to the conveying direction;
a first servo motor that rotates the first threaded shaft;
a first support shaft that extends upward from the first slider and supports one end of the table from below;
a second slider that is supported moveably in the direction orthogonal to the conveying direction by the base;
a second threaded shaft that moves the second slider in the direction orthogonal to the conveying direction;
a second servo motor that rotates the second threaded shaft;
a sub slider that is supported moveably in the conveying direction by the second slider; and
a second support shaft that extends upward from the sub slider and supports the other end of the table from below.

US Pat. No. 9,421,890

VEHICLE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat configured to be installed at an appropriate position of a vehicle and comprising a seat cushion for an
occupant to be seated on and a seat back linked to a rear end part of the seat cushion and configured for receiving a back
of the occupant,
wherein:
a linking member bridges and links a seat back frame forming a framework of the seat back,
a pressure-receiving member, configured for receiving the back of the occupant, is supported on the linking member so as to
be flexible in a fore-and-aft direction, and

abutment members are provided on the pressure-receiving member, the abutment members restricting an amount of flexing of the
pressure-receiving member by abutting against left and right side portions of the linking member when the amount of flexing
exceeds a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,316,305

SHIFT SELECTOR

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A shift system for a vehicle comprising:
a shift component that facilitates shifting between gears of a transmission of the vehicle; and
a shift indicating component that displays a position of the shift component, the shift indicating component including:
a transparent cover having a top surface and a bottom surface that facilitates a three-dimensional effect; and
one or more illuminating sources that generate a pattern below the transparent cover adjacent to a gear indicating mark corresponding
to a position of the shift component,

wherein a portion of light from the one or more illuminated sources is transmitted through the transparent cover and a portion
of the light is internally reflected off the top and bottom surfaces of the transparent cover thereby generating a plurality
of images, and

wherein the transparent cover provides the generated plurality of images creating the generated pattern, thereby providing
the three-dimensional effect.

US Pat. No. 9,283,950

DRIVE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A drive device for a vehicle, comprising:
an internal combustion engine and an electric motor installed on a vehicle as motive power sources;
a first input shaft that is connected to said engine and said electric motor such that motive powers from said engine and
said electric motor are transmitted thereto;

a first clutch that connects and disconnects between said engine and said first input shaft;
an output shaft that is connected to driven parts of the vehicle such that the motive powers can be transmitted to the driven
parts;

a first transmission gear group that is provided between said first input shaft and said output shaft, and forms a plurality
of first speed positions;

a first synchronizer that sets and unsets each of the plurality of first speed positions, by connecting two synchronization
objects forming each of the plurality of first speed positions while synchronizing said two synchronization objects with each
other, and releasing the connection between said two synchronization objects;

a second input shaft that is different from said first input shaft and is connected to said engine such that a motive power
from the engine is input thereto;

a second transmission gear group that is provided between said second input shaft and said output shaft, and forms a plurality
of second speed positions;

a second synchronizer that sets and unsets each of the plurality of second speed positions, by connecting two synchronization
objects forming each of the plurality of second speed positions while synchronizing said two synchronization objects with
each other, and releasing the connection between said two synchronization objects;

a second clutch that connects and disconnects between said engine and said second input shaft;
first rotational speed-detecting means for detecting a rotational speed of said first input shaft as a first rotational speed;
output rotational speed-detecting means for detecting a value indicative of a rotational speed of said output shaft as an
output rotational speed;

transmission control means for controlling said first clutch, said first synchronizer, said second clutch, and said second
synchronizer, and controlling said first synchronizer such that said two synchronization objects of one of the plurality of
first speed positions are connected to each other when a predetermined transmission condition is satisfied which is a condition
for transmitting the motive power of said engine to said driven parts via the one first speed position; and

electric motor control means for controlling, in a case where the predetermined transmission condition is satisfied, if the
detected output rotational speed is not within a predetermined very low speed range, a rotational speed of said electric motor
based on the detected first rotational speed and the detected output rotational speed such that a rotational speed difference
between said two synchronization objects synchronized by said first synchronizer is reduced, and controlling, in the case
where the predetermined transmission condition is satisfied, if the detected output rotational speed is within the predetermined
very low speed range, the rotational speed of said electric motor to a predetermined speed for suppressing the rotational
speed difference between said two synchronization object.

US Pat. No. 9,261,131

CRANKSHAFT STRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A crankshaft structure, comprising:
a crank pin section;
a crank journal section;
a counter weight section arranged between the crank pin section and the crank journal section in a direction of a crankshaft;
and

a crank arm section connecting the crank pin section and the crank journal section is formed with each of lateral edge portions
extending substantially along a circumscribed tangential line connecting a base of the crank pin section and a base of the
crank journal section when viewed in a direction of the crankshaft, wherein each of the lateral edge portions of the crank
arm section is provided with an edge groove having a length extending between a central axis of the crank pin section and
a central axis of the crank journal section when viewed in a direction to cross the crankshaft,

wherein the edge groove has a groove bottom portion, and a connecting portion of the crank arm section providing a connection
between the crank journal section and the counter weight section is formed smaller in width than an interval between extension
lines of the groove bottom portions located on each of the lateral edge portions of the crank arm section when viewed in the
direction of the crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 9,216,667

VEHICLE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:
a cushion frame serving as a frame of a seating portion;
a seat adjustment device for adjusting a state of the cushion frame; and
a side cover that covers the cushion frame and the seat adjustment device from outside in a seat width direction,wherein:
the seat adjustment device comprises an operation lever that:
is attached to an outer side surface of the cushion frame in the seat width direction to be rotatable through a support shaft,
is arranged to project outward of the side cover, and
operates the cushion frame,
a positioning member for positioning the operation lever is attached to an outer side surface of the side cover,
the operation lever is arranged to rotate relative to the positioning member in a state in which an engagement portion provided
on an inner side surface of the operation lever is engaged with an engagement portion provided on the positioning member,

one of the engagement portions of the operation lever and the engagement portion of the positioning member is an engagement
hole extending along a circular arc around the support shaft, and an other of the engagement portions is an engagement protrusion
protruding toward the engagement hole and arranged to move in the engagement hole to correspond to rotation of the operation
lever,

a first stepped portion and a second stepped portion are formed around the engagement hole, the first stepped portion and
the second stepped portion being provided such that a part of the engagement hole is formed narrower in a radial direction
of the support shaft, the first stepped portion and the second stepped portion being arranged at different positions in an
extension direction of the engagement hole, and

a surface of at least one of the first stepped portion and the second stepped portion that abuts on the engagement protrusion
is a substantially flat surface.

US Pat. No. 9,356,462

BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A battery charging apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of input terminals configured to be respectively connected to output terminals of respective phases of a three-phase
AC dynamo;

a rectifying circuit comprising a plurality of rectifying elements and a plurality of switching elements;
a switching element control unit configured to control turning on/off respective switching elements of the rectifying circuit;
and

a pulse generation unit configured to generate a pulse signal by detecting passage of a reluctor disposed on a rotor of the
three-phase AC dynamo,

wherein the switching element control unit is configured to control the plurality of switching elements to set output voltages
to a battery in a full-wave rectification state or an all-phase short-circuited state, and

wherein the switching element control unit comprises:
a potential difference detection unit configured to simultaneously detect potential differences between potentials of at least
two input terminals of the plurality of input terminals and a ground potential of the battery, and configured to generate
signals indicating the detected potential differences; and

a specifying unit configured to determine a combination pattern of phases of the three-phase AC outputs input to the input
terminals and the signals generated by the potential difference detection unit, and specifying a phase of the three-phase
AC outputs input to the plurality of input terminals calculated from a relationship among the combination pattern, a generation
timing of the pulse signal, and rise timings of the signals.

US Pat. No. 9,229,469

REACTIVE FORCE PEDAL DEVICE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A reaction force pedal device comprising:
a pedal member configured to be depressed by a driver of a vehicle;
a motor for applying a reaction force in a direction to return the pedal member toward an initial position thereof after the
driver depresses the pedal member;

a motor-side output shaft disposed on the motor for transmitting rotation of the motor toward the pedal member; and
a speed reducer disposed between the pedal member and the motor, for transmitting a drive force from the motor to the pedal
member,

wherein a one-way clutch is disposed between the motor-side output shaft and the pedal member, for allowing a rotational force
to be transmitted when the pedal member is depressed and preventing a rotational force from being transmitted when the pedal
member is returned,

wherein the speed reducer includes a speed-reducer-side output shaft for transmitting rotation of the motor-side output shaft
to the pedal member,

wherein the pedal member comprises:
a pad to be operated by the driver; and
a pedal-side arm having an end coupled to the pad and another end angularly movably supported on a vehicle body of the vehicle:
and wherein the reaction force pedal device further comprises:
a motor-side arm coupled to the speed-reducer-side output shaft and held in displaceable contact with the pedal-side arm,
for transmitting the drive force from the motor to the pedal-side arm; and

an urging unit for urging the motor-side arm into contact with the pedal-side arm.

US Pat. No. 9,096,153

VEHICLE SEAT WITH FUNCTION OF ABSORBING VOLATILE SUBSTANCES

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat with a function of absorbing volatile substances, the vehicle seat comprising:
a seat frame having a pair of spaced apart side sections;
a support member for supporting a seat occupant disposed between said spaced apart side sections of said seat frame, the support
member comprising an elastic member;

a cushioned padding supported on said seat frame that comprises a padding compressible portion that is supported by the elastic
member and that is located between the pair of side sections of the seat frame, the padding compressible portion comprising
a side surface;

a space portion formed between one of the side sections and the side surface of the padding compressible portion; and
a volatile substances-absorber capable of absorbing any volatile substances in an interior of a vehicle;
said volatile substances-absorber being:
applied and fixed only onto a first surface of said cushioned padding that is a rear surface of the padding compressible portion
which faces said support member and is opposite to a second surface of said cushioned padding that supports a seated occupant,
wherein said first surface is an outermost surface of a portion of the cushioned padding; and

arranged so as to be spaced apart from said seat frame and disposed between said first surface of said cushioned padding and
said support member.

US Pat. No. 9,874,290

VALVE DEVICE

KEIHIN CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A valve device comprising:
a body made of resin, the body having a flow path through which a fluid flows;
a valve element configured to be seated on or separated away from a valve seat formed in the flow path;
a valve element drive mechanism including a movable member operably coupled to the valve element to move the valve element
in a direction to be seated on or separated away from the valve seat; and

a tubular shaped housing covering the valve element drive mechanism;
wherein:
the body has a tubular insertion section, in which the movable member of the valve element drive mechanism is inserted;
a flange is formed at an end of the insertion section that faces the housing;
a metal ring is fitted externally on an outer side wall of the flange, the metal ring having a plurality of projections formed
on an inner wall thereof, the plurality of projections being separated from each other along a circumferential direction of
the ring, and the plurality of projections being embedded in the outer side wall of the flange; and

an open end of the housing is fixed to the body by being crimped to the flange through the ring.

US Pat. No. 9,260,003

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A control device of an electric vehicle provided with an electric motor which serves as a generation source of a driving
force of the vehicle, a source power supply circuit which includes a switching element connected to an armature winding of
the electric motor and is configured to supply a source power to the electric motor according to an on and off control of
the switching element, an electric motor control unit which controls a flowing current in the armature winding of the electric
motor according to a torque command serving as a command value of an output torque of the electric motor via the source power
supply circuit, a brake unit which generates a mechanical braking force from a brake liquid pressure to brake a wheel of the
vehicle, and a brake control unit which controls the braking force generated by the brake unit according to a braking force
command serving as a command value of the braking force, comprising:
a stall determination unit configured to determine whether or not an operation state of the vehicle is in a stall state in
which the vehicle is still in a stopped state even though the output torque serving as the driving force of the vehicle has
been transmitted from the electric motor to a driving wheel of the vehicle;

a switching element temperature acquiring unit configured to acquire a detection data of a temperature of a switching element
in the source power supply circuit;

an electric motor and brake cooperation control unit configured to generate the torque command to be supplied to the electric
motor control unit and the braking force command to be supplied to the brake control unit so as to coordinate the operations
of the electric motor and the brake unit; and

a road gradient information acquiring unit configured to acquire a gradient information denoting a gradient level of a road
on which the vehicle is present, wherein

the electric motor and brake cooperation control unit is provided with
a unit for executing a first control processing which generates the torque command so as to gradually decrease the output
torque of the electric motor to zero and meanwhile generates the braking force command so as to increase the braking force
of the brake unit by the amount equivalent to the decreased amount of the output torque of the electric motor when the temperature
of the switching element denoted by the detection data acquired by the switching element temperature acquiring unit increases
to be equal to or greater than a first predetermined value when the determination result by the stall determination unit is
affirmative, and

a unit for executing a second control processing which generates the braking force command so as to gradually decrease the
braking force of the brake unit to zero and meanwhile generates the torque command so as to increase the output torque of
the electric motor by the amount equivalent to the decreased amount of the braking force of the brake unit when the temperature
of the switching element denoted by the detection data acquired by the switching element temperature acquiring unit decreases
to be equal to or less than a second predetermined value smaller than the first predetermined value after the execution of
the first control processing, and

wherein the unit for executing the second control processing is configured to select one of a plurality of increasing rates
of the output torque of the electric motor according to the gradient level of the road denoted by the gradient information
acquired by the road gradient information acquiring unit, and generate the torque command in accordance with the selected
increasing rate.

US Pat. No. 9,160,011

FUEL CELL SEPARATOR SEALING MATERIAL AND FUEL CELL SEPARATOR

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A sealing material for use in a fuel cell separator comprising:
a separator substrate,
a primer layer thereon, and
an elastomeric sealing material on the primer layer,
said sealing material comprising:
a primer composition containing Si—H functional groups of which the primer layer is formed, and
a liquid addition-curable silicone rubber composition containing alkenyl groups and Si—H functional groups of which the elastomeric
sealing material is formed,

wherein a molar ratio of a total amount of the Si—H functional groups to a total amount of the alkenyl groups per unit weight
of the primer composition and the liquid addition-curable silicone rubber composition is in the range: 5.0<(total amount of
the Si—H functional groups)/(total amount of the alkenyl groups)<50.0,

wherein said liquid addition-curable silicone rubber composition comprises:
(A) 100 parts by weight of a liquid organopolysiloxane containing at least two of the alkenyl groups each attached to a silicon
atom in a molecule,

(B) 0.5 to 20 parts by weight of an organohydrogenpolysiloxane containing at least three of the Si—H functional groups in
a molecule,

(C) 5 to 30 parts by weight of fumed silica having a specific surface area of 50 to 400 m2/g, and

(D) an addition reaction catalyst from a platinum group metal,
a molar ratio of the Si—H functional groups in component (B) to the alkenyl groups in component (A) being in the range: 0.8?the
Si—H functional groups/the alkenyl groups?3.0.

US Pat. No. 9,126,240

INTERMEDIATE STORAGE DEVICE OF ELECTROSTATIC COATING SYSTEM , METHOD FOR CLEANING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR COATING

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An intermediate storage device of an electrostatic coating system, comprising:
a cylinder which is provided between a paint supply source and a coating gun and stores paint;
a piston which can slide inside a cylinder chamber of the cylinder, wherein the cylinder chamber is formed inside the cylinder;
and

a driving source which drives the piston, the intermediate storage device further comprises:
a first hole which is open to the cylinder chamber and is connected to the paint supply source;
a second hole which is open to the cylinder chamber and is connected to the coating gun, wherein the first hole and the second
hole are arranged on mutually opposite sides of a circumference of the cylinder, and an opening diameter of the first hole
and an opening diameter of the second hole are different so as to improve cleaning efficiency of the cylinder chamber;

a first cleaning device having a first cleaning valve for controlling a supply of a cleaning fluid and drying air by a flow
in a first direction toward the first hole so as to clean the cylinder chamber by supplying the cleaning fluid from the first
hole and discharging from the second hole waste fluid that has undergone cleaning;

a second cleaning device having a second cleaning valve for controlling the supply of the cleaning fluid and the drying air
by a flow in a second direction toward the second hole so as to clean the cylinder chamber by supplying the cleaning fluid
from the second hole and discharging from the first hole waste fluid that has undergone cleaning; and

a switch device that switches between cleaning performed by the first cleaning device and cleaning performed by the second
cleaning device.

US Pat. No. 9,114,781

MOVING BODY

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A moving body comprising:
a storage vessel that stores a fuel gas;
a pressure detection means for detecting a pressure inside of the storage vessel;
a temperature detection means for detecting a temperature of the storage vessel;
a transmitting means for externally transmitting a data signal generated based on the pressure and the temperature thus detected;
a communication electric power supply means for providing an electric power source that supplies electric power to the transmitting
means; and

a control means for selectively executing, as a method of filling fuel gas from an external supply device to the storage vessel,
communicative filling that transmits the data signal from the transmitting means to the supply device and allows the fuel
gas to be filled by way of the supply device into the storage vessel at a flowrate dependent on the pressure and the temperature;
and non-communicative filling that allows the fuel gas to be filled by the supply device into the storage vessel at a predetermined
flowrate,

wherein the control means comprises:
a communication continuation determination means for determining, while executing communicative filling, whether continued
execution of the communicative filling is possible; and

a filling method switching means for interrupting communicative filling during execution, and continuing filling of the fuel
gas by switching the filling method to non-communicative filling, in response to the communication continuation determination
means having determined that continuation of communicative filling is not possible.

US Pat. No. 9,403,421

VEHICLE DOOR

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A vehicle door, comprising:
a door body for opening and closing a door opening of a vehicle body, the door body having a door width direction which extends
along the vehicle body when the door body closes the door opening;

a lower reinforcing member that is provided to a lower inside of the door body and extends in the door width direction; and
a door beam including:
a beam body portion that is provided to an inside of the door body and extends in the door width direction at a position above
the lower reinforcing member to support the door body in the door width direction; and

a beam extension portion that extends downwards from the beam body portion to the lower reinforcing member to support the
beam body portion, wherein

the lower reinforcing member includes an upper surface that extends in the door width direction and a side surface that extends
downwards from the upper surface and faces toward a vehicle outer side,

the upper surface of the lower reinforcing member includes a concave portion and a convex portion that protrudes upwards from
the concave portion in the door width direction, and

the beam extension portion includes,
an extension portion body that is disposed to the side surface of the lower reinforcing member so as to in part overlap the
reinforcing member in a view from the vehicle outer side in a vehicle inside-outside direction, and

an engagement portion that extends inwards from the extension portion body towards a vehicle inner side and engages with the
concave portion of the lower reinforcing member such that the engagement portion at least in part overlaps the convex portion
in the door width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,362,793

STATOR FOR ELECTRIC ROTARY MACHINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A stator for an electric rotary machine comprising:
a stator core having: a back yoke having a circular shape; a plurality of teeth extending in an inner radial direction of
the back yoke; and a plurality of slots being provided between the plurality of teeth; and

segmented coils of a plurality of phases, wherein:
the segmented coils of a plurality of phases have pluralities of coil bars which are inserted individually in the plurality
of slots in the stator core and which extend substantially in a straight line and pluralities of connection coils which connect
together the coil bars of the same phase to thereby make up extending portions;

the connection coils each comprise an inner connection coil and an outer connection coil which are disposed in different axial
positions, wherein the inner connection coil and the outer connection coil are disposed opposite each other on opposite ends
of the stator core;

the inner connection coil faces an outer connection coil of a different phase in an axial direction and the outer connection
coil faces the inner connection coil of a different phase in the axial direction;

one end of the inner connection coil and one end of the outer connection coil are connected to each other by a same coil bar
at a plurality of connection holes on the inner connection coil bar and at a plurality of connection holes on the outer connection
coil bar, and the other end of the inner connection coil and the other end of the outer connection coil extend in a radially
outwards direction toward a position facing the back yoke in the axial direction;

the inner connection coil is electrically connected to the outer connection coil of the same phase in the radially outwards
direction;

one of the coil bars is electrically connected to one of the coil bars of the same phase which is inserted into a different
slot; and

the other end of the inner connection coil and the other end of the outer connection coil are connected with each other at
the position facing the back yoke in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,316,177

SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle, comprising:
an engine,
a carburetor disposed rearward of said engine, said carburetor including a float chamber,
an air cleaner disposed rearward of the carburetor, said air cleaner including an air cleaner case, and
an air hose having a first end connected to said float chamber of said carburetor and configured to regulate an internal pressure
of said float chamber,

wherein a recessed portion is formed in an exterior face of a side wall of said air-cleaner case, said side wall being located
along a lateral side of the vehicle, and

wherein a second end of said air hose, which is open to the atmosphere, is disposed in said recessed portion of said air-cleaner
case such that said second end of said air hose is not inserted into an interior of said air-cleaner case.

US Pat. No. 9,269,204

VEHICLE FAULT DETERMINATION DEVICE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicle fault determination device comprising:
a relay connected to a power source;
a vehicle configuration circuit supplied with power from the power source via the relay; and
a control section adapted to determine whether the relay is faulty while controlling the relay and the vehicle configuration
circuit;

wherein the control section includes:
a first port adapted to output a control signal to a coil portion of the relay; and
a second port connected to a contact portion of the relay via the vehicle configuration circuit; and
the second port serves as an input port when the fault determination is made and as an operation port when the vehicle configuration
circuit is controlled;

wherein the control section outputs a given test signal to the first port during the fault determination; and
the control section determines whether the relay is faulty based on the signal input to the second port.

US Pat. No. 9,267,431

POSITION REGULATING APPARATUS FOR ENGINE OPERATING MACHINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A position regulating apparatus for an engine operating machine having an operating machine body made of an engine and
an operating machine driven by the engine, and an external frame surrounding the periphery of the operating machine body,
comprising:
a rod member shaped in single and in long body and attached to the operating machine body and disposed so that its ends project
from the periphery of the operating machine body; and

a first receiving plate and a second receiving plate, attached to the external frame to regulate position in a horizontal
direction of the operating machine body in a preset range, the first and second receiving plates are each disposed so as to
face a different one of two end faces of the rod member with an interval corresponding to the range,

wherein the rod member has a crank shape having a stopper body and bent parts provided in positions deviated to the both ends
from a center of the stopper body,

wherein the ends of the rod member are formed such that linear portions of respective ends are parallel with a linear portion
of the stopper body of the rod member,

wherein the linear portion of the stopper body of the rod member is formed between respective bent parts of the rod member
and respective bent parts are formed between respective ends of the rod member,

wherein the crank shape of the rod member is formed such that linear portions of respective ends are offset from the linear
portion of the stopper body by a deviation in a vertical direction,

wherein the stopper body of the rod member is rod-shaped and the rod member is round bar shaped,
wherein respective lengths of linear portions of respective bent parts of the rod member are shorter than respective lengths
of linear portions of respective ends of the rod member, and

wherein linear portions of respective ends are offset from the linear portion of the stopper body in a direction parallel
with the horizontal direction of the operating machine body.

US Pat. No. 9,099,700

FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND WARMING UP COMPLETION DETERMINING METHOD FOR THE SAME

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A fuel cell system comprising:
a fuel cell stack configured to generate electric power using reactive gas supplied to the fuel cell stack;
a warming up status detector configured to detect a warming up status of the fuel cell stack and including an activation timer
configured to measure an activation time during which the fuel cell system is in operation and a temperature detector configured
to detect a temperature in the fuel cell stack;

a memory configured to record the activation time measured by the activation timer in a previous operation of the fuel cell
system as a previous activation time and configured to record the temperature detected by the temperature detector in the
previous operation of the fuel cell system as a previous operation temperature;

a warming up completion threshold setter configured to set an integrated current threshold value and a temperature threshold
value in order to determine completion of warming up of the fuel cell stack;

an informing device configured to inform of completion of warming up when an integrated current value corresponding to the
warming up status detected by the warming up status detector is equal to or higher than the integrated current threshold value
set by the warming up completion threshold setter and when a temperature value corresponding to the warming up status detected
by the warming up status detector is equal to or higher than the temperature threshold value set by the warming up completion
threshold setter;

an estimator configured to estimate whether generated water is frozen in the fuel cell stack on a basis of the previous activation
time and the previous operation temperature, the estimator estimating that the generated water is frozen in the fuel cell
stack if the previous activation time is equal to or shorter than a first estimation threshold and if the previous operation
temperature is equal to or lower than a second estimation threshold; and

a threshold changer configured to change, if the estimator estimates that the generated water is frozen in the fuel cell stack,
the integrated current threshold value and/or the temperature threshold value set by the warming up completion threshold setter
to extend a time period until the informing device informs of the completion of warming up,

wherein, when the estimator determines that a low-temperature short-time operation was performed in the previous operation,
the threshold changer changes the integrated current threshold value and the temperature threshold value, and

wherein, when the estimator determines that a low-temperature short-time operation was not performed in the previous operation
and was performed in the present operation, the threshold changer changes only the temperature threshold value and maintains
the integrated current threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,508,019

OBJECT RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND AN OBJECT RECOGNITION METHOD

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An object recognition system comprising a processor and one or more memories,
the processor configured to:
determine candidates as a result of speech recognition on input speech and their speech likelihoods;
get image models of a predetermined number of the candidates having the highest speech likelihoods;
calculate image likelihoods of the image model that each image model corresponds to an input image; and
perform object recognition using the image likelihoods,
wherein, in the step of getting image models, the processor searches an image model database for the image model, and then,
when the image model of the candidate is not found in the database, the processor gets said image model from image information
on the web.

US Pat. No. 9,373,852

FUEL CELL STACK

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A fuel cell stack comprising:
a stacked body comprising a plurality of separators and a membrane electrode assembly which are stacked in a stacking direction,
the membrane electrode assembly including an electrolyte membrane and a pair of electrodes sandwiching the electrolyte membrane
therebetween, the stacked body having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end in the stacking direction;

a first terminal plate, a first insulator, and a first end plate disposed at the first end of the stacked body, a second terminal
plate, a second insulator, and a second end plate being disposed at the second end of the stacked body, each of the first
and second terminal plates being provided in a first recessed portion formed in each of the first and second insulators, each
of the first and second insulators having a channel formed in an outer peripheral part of each of the first and second insulators;

a fluid manifold through which a fluid is to flow in the stacking direction, the fluid including a fuel gas, an oxidant gas,
a coolant, or a combination thereof;

a fluid channel through which the fluid is to flow along a surface of the plurality of separators;
a fluid hole provided in at least one separator among the plurality of separators to extend through the at least one separator
in the stacking direction, the outer peripheral part of each of the first and second insulators being in contact with the
at least one separator;

a first connection passage connecting the fluid manifold and the fluid hole on a first side of the at least one separator,
the first side of the at least one separator being in contact with the first insulator; and

a second connection passage connecting the fluid hole and the fluid channel on a second side opposite to the first side of
the at least one separator,

the channel of the first insulator forming a part of the first connection passage and connecting the fluid manifold and the
fluid hole.

US Pat. No. 9,353,894

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EFFECTING AND VERIFYING FULL MATING ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN A COUPLER AND A COMPLEMENTARY CORRESPONDING SOCKET

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A device for effecting full mating operable engagement between a coupler and a complementary corresponding socket, the
device comprising:
a receiving region at least partially defined by first and second opposed sidewall portions spaced apart by a distance designated
to receive therebetween the coupler and the complementary corresponding socket only when in full mating operable engagement;

at least one of said first and second opposed sidewall portions having an inwardly tapered leading edge for allowing the coupler
and the complementary corresponding socket to be received between said first and second opposed sidewall portions at said
leading edge when in at least partial mating engagement;

the device bringing the coupler and the corresponding socket into the full mating operable engagement from said at least partial
mating engagement upon being urged between said first and second opposed sidewall portions from said leading edge and into
said receiving region.

US Pat. No. 9,300,183

ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A rotating electric machine comprising:
an inner-circumferential-side shaft having a gear that is provided integrally therewith, the inner-circumferential-side shaft
being monolithic;

an outer-circumferential-side shaft provided on the outer circumferential side of the inner-circumferential-side shaft;
a rotor secured to the outer-circumferential-side shaft, the inner-circumferential-side shaft being directly rotatably supported
by a bearing that is provided between the gear and the rotor, an outer circumference of the inner-circumferential-side shaft
and an inner circumference of the outer-circumferential-side shaft being spline-fitted to each other at a spline-fitted portion,
the outer-circumferential-side shaft having a gap fitted portion that is provided on the inner circumference of the outer-circumferential-side
shaft and that is fitted on the outer circumference of the inner-circumferential-side shaft with a first gap having a predetermined
length provided between the gap fitted portion and the outer circumference of the inner-circumferential-side shaft, the first
gap being smaller than a second gap provided at the spline-fitted portion between the inner-circumferential-side shaft and
the outer-circumferential-side shaft; and

a stator facing an outer circumference of the rotor,
wherein the gap fitted portion includes
a first gap fitted portion provided on a first side of the spline-fitted portion in an axial direction of the inner-circumferential-side
shaft, and

a second gap fitted portion provided on a second side of the spline-fitted portion in the axial direction, the second side
being opposite to the first side with respect to the spline-fitted portion in the axial direction, and

wherein the first gap fitted portion and the second gap fitted portion are each provided on the inner circumference of the
outer-circumferential-side shaft and directly face the outer circumference of the inner-circumferential-side shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,266,421

COOLING SYSTEM STRUCTURE FOR VEHICULAR WATER-COOLED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A cooling system structure for a vehicular water-cooled internal combustion engine, comprising:
a cylinder section constituting, together with a crankcase for rotatably supporting a crankshaft, an engine main unit, said
cylinder section includes a cylinder body that projects upwardly from the crankcase, a piston operatively connected to the
crankshaft is slidably fitted within the cylinder body and a cylinder head is connected to the cylinder body;

water jackets are formed in the cylinder body and the cylinder head, respectively;
a radiator is disposed forwardly of the engine main unit;
a water pump is disposed on the engine main unit, the water pump circulates coolant through the radiator and the water jackets,
the cooling system structure for a vehicular water-cooled internal combustion engine;

said water jackets are respectively formed so as to allow coolant to flow through the cylinder body and the cylinder head
independently of each other; and

a thermostat is disposed on a front wall surface of the cylinder section, the thermostat being capable of selecting a condition
in which the water jacket in the cylinder body and the water jacket in the cylinder head directly communicate with each other
or a condition in which the water jacket in the cylinder body and the water jacket in the cylinder head communicate with each
other via the radiator,

wherein the coolant flow is circulated from the inlet port of the cylinder head, at the outer side wall, to the outlet port
of the cylinder body.

US Pat. No. 9,260,034

FUEL CELL POWER PLANT PROVIDED IN VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A fuel cell power plant provided in a vehicle, comprising:
a power plant unit comprising:
a fuel cell stack;
a hydrogen supply device including a hydrogen pump to supply hydrogen to the fuel cell stack to generate electric power, the
hydrogen supply device forming a high shock resistance component; and

a high-voltage device to receive and manage the electric power generated;
a frame including a front part of the vehicle;
an impact cushioning member having a protective space therein and surrounding the power plant unit; and
a gap provided between the power plant unit and the impact cushioning member so that the power plant unit moves in a case
where a collision load is applied from an outside of the vehicle,

wherein the fuel cell stack includes front and rear sides which extend in planes extending substantially in a vehicle width
direction,

wherein the hydrogen pump is disposed between the planes formed by the front and rear sides of the fuel cell stack, and
wherein the fuel cell stack has a low shock resistance and is located inward with respect to the high shock resistance component
in the protective space.

US Pat. No. 9,227,786

PART MOUNTING FACILITY AND PART MOUNTING METHOD

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A part mounting facility for mounting parts on a workpiece carried on a workpiece conveyance dolly, comprising:
conveyance paths provided in a part mounting work region; and
the workpiece conveyance dolly that travels along the conveyance paths,
wherein a plurality of substantially U-shaped conveyance paths having return bends is formed by providing the conveyance paths
with the return bends in the part mounting work region,

wherein the substantially U-shaped conveyance paths are connected to each other, and an upstream-most substantially U-shaped
conveyance path among the connected substantially U-shaped conveyance paths is connected to a downstream-most substantially
U-shaped conveyance path to enable the workpiece conveyance dolly to circulate along the conveyance paths, and

wherein a serving conveyance path provided for movement therealong of a part serving carriage is connected at opposite ends
to a mounting work start position and a mounting work end position of each of the substantially U-shaped conveyance paths
so that the serving carriage is allowed to move into each of the substantially U-shaped conveyance paths from the mounting
work start position and to be conveyed out into the serving conveyance path from the mounting work end position.

US Pat. No. 9,221,439

ROAD SURFACE FRICTIONAL COEFFICIENT ESTIMATING APPARATUS

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An apparatus configured to estimate a frictional coefficient of a road surface on which a vehicle is traveling while updating
the frictional coefficient, and to control a behavior of a vehicle, comprising:
first estimating means of a to-be-compared external force which defines a predetermined type of external force component acting
on the vehicle due to a resultant force of road surface reaction forces acting on each wheel of the vehicle from the road
surface as the to-be-compared external force and determines a first estimated value of the to-be-compared external force by
using a friction characteristic model indicating a relationship between a slip between the wheel of the vehicle and the road
surface and the road surface reaction force, a previous estimated value of the frictional coefficient already determined,
and an observed value of a predetermined type of an amount to be observed, which is related to a behavior of the vehicle;

second estimating means of the to-be-compared external force which determines a value of a second external force component
balancing out an inertial force corresponding to the to-be-compared external force on the basis of an observed value of a
motional state amount of the vehicle that defines the inertial force, which is part of a total inertial force generated by
motion of the vehicle, and obtains the determined value of the second external force component as a second estimated value
of the to-be-compared external force;

frictional coefficient increasing/decreasing manipulated variable determining means which determines a current increasing/decreasing
manipulated variable of an estimated value of the frictional coefficient of the road surface on the basis of a current value
of both the first estimated value and the second estimated value;

frictional coefficient estimated value updating means which determines a current estimated value of the frictional coefficient
by updating the previous estimated value of the frictional coefficient already determined on the basis of the current increasing/decreasing
manipulated variable; and

means for controlling a braking force applied to each wheel of the vehicle by a braking mechanism to control the vehicle behavior
to be a predetermined desired vehicle behavior based on the current estimated value of the frictional coefficient,

wherein the frictional coefficient increasing/decreasing manipulated variable determining means comprises updating cancellation
condition determining means which determines whether or not a predetermined updating cancellation condition applies, the predetermined
updating cancellation condition including at least a condition that the current value of the first estimated value and the
second estimated value have polarities opposite to each other, and determines the current increasing/decreasing manipulated
variable on the basis of at least a difference between the current value of the first estimated value and the second estimated
value such that the difference therebetween is converged to zero provided that at least a determination result of the updating
cancellation condition determining means is negative, and determines either zero or a manipulated variable of a predetermined
value for incrementing the estimated value of the frictional coefficient as the current increasing/decreasing manipulated
variable in the case where the determination result is affirmative.

US Pat. No. 9,156,385

ADJUSTABLE ARM REST AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE AND USE THEREOF

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An adjustable arm rest attachment mechanism for use with a seat and an arm rest that is configured to support an arm of
an occupant of the seat in a position within an adjustment zone, the seat including a seat frame and the arm rest including
an arm rest support member, the adjustable arm rest attachment mechanism comprising:
an outer bearing that is non-rotatably fixed to the seat frame and that defines a first guide groove;
an inner bearing that is non-rotatably fixed to the arm rest support member and that defines a second guide groove, the inner
bearing being rotatable relative to the outer bearing and being disposed over the outer bearing such that at least a portion
of the second guide groove overlaps at least a portion of the first guide groove; and

a pin that extends through the second guide groove and into the first guide groove, the pin and the first and second guide
grooves being configured such that, if the arm rest is rotated downward in the adjustment zone, then wall surfaces of the
first guide groove selectively engage and disengage the pin, and simultaneously, wall surfaces of the second guide groove
selectively engage and disengage the pin, thereby creating a varying frictional force capable of impeding further rotation
of the arm rest.

US Pat. No. 9,067,537

VEHICLE PERIPHERY MONITORING DEVICE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicle periphery monitoring device comprising:
a first image processing component configured to extract an image area corresponding to an object as an object area from an
image of a periphery of a vehicle acquired by an imaging device mounted in the vehicle; and

a second image processing component configured to display an output image representing the periphery of the vehicle in accordance
with the image on an image display device mounted in the vehicle,

wherein the second image processing component is further configured to determine whether or not the object satisfies a first
condition and to display an enlarged image of the object on the image display device if it is determined that the object satisfies
a first condition,

wherein the object is displayed on the image display device in such a way that the enlarged image of the object overlaps with
the output image but does not overlap with the object contained in the output image on the proviso that the object area is
extracted by the first image processing component, and

wherein the first condition includes at least that a size of the object in the image of the periphery of the vehicle or in
the output image is smaller than a reference size.

US Pat. No. 9,054,350

FUEL CELL STACK

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A fuel cell stack including a stack body formed by stacking a plurality of solid oxide fuel cells, the solid oxide fuel
cells each formed by stacking an electrolyte electrode assembly between separators, the electrolyte electrode assembly including
an anode, a cathode, and an electrolyte interposed between the anode and the cathode, the fuel cell stack comprising:
a base member provided at one end of the stack body in a stacking direction;
a mounting member provided at another end of the stack body in the stacking direction for applying a load to the stack body
in the stacking direction; and

a fuel cell support member positioned between the mounting member and the stack body, the fuel cell support member comprising
composite material of alumina fiber and vermiculite,

wherein the fuel cell support member comprises an alumina layer made of alumina fiber and a composite layer made of the composite
material, and

wherein the alumina layer is provided adjacent to the stack body, and the composite layer is provided adjacent to the mounting
member.

US Pat. No. 9,355,322

ROAD ENVIRONMENT RECOGNITION DEVICE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A road environment recognizing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit that is mounted on a vehicle and captures an image including a road on which the vehicle is driven;
a candidate point extractor that extracts a plurality of candidate points indicating respective candidate positions of intermittent
lane marks from within the image that is captured by the image capturing unit;

a connecting line determiner that determines a primary connecting line represented by the lane marks, by successively connecting
two or more candidate points along a first direction away from the vehicle, from a candidate point that serves as a starting
point at a position close to the vehicle; and

a branch point discriminator that decides whether or not a branch point exists on the primary connecting line, on basis of
a first positional relationship between the primary connecting line determined by the connecting line determiner and remaining
candidate points that do not make up the primary connecting line,

wherein if the branch point discriminator decides that a branch point exists, the connecting line determiner further determines
a secondary connecting line, which is indicated by one of the lane marks, by successively connecting two or more candidate
points from among the remaining candidate points, along a second direction that intersects with the first direction, from
the branch point that serves as a starting point.

US Pat. No. 9,278,408

LASER MACHINING APPARATUS

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A laser machining apparatus, which applies a laser beam to a workpiece at an angle that is set to be inclined with respect
to a surface of the workpiece, to thereby form an oblique hole in the surface, comprising:
a laser nozzle for supplying an assistive gas to remove undesirable material produced by the applied laser beam, and applying
the laser beam at the set angle with respect to the surface of the workpiece, either in a pulsed pattern or continuously for
a predetermined period of time;

a sputter blocking jig disposed over a region of the workpiece that is irradiated with the laser beam, so as to lie across
directions in which the laser beam is scattered, for blocking sputtered particles that are generated from the surface by the
applied laser beam; and

a joint interconnecting the laser nozzle and the sputter blocking jig, the joint moving the laser nozzle and the sputter blocking
jig in synchronism with each other; and wherein the sputter blocking jig comprises a shaft supported on the joint; and a vane
mounted on the shaft and rotatable about an axis of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,126,634

STRUCTURE FOR FRONT PORTION OF VEHICLE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A structure for a front portion of a vehicle, comprising:
a windshield lower member supporting a front glass from below;
a cross member fixed on the windshield lower member and disposed between paired left and right front pillars;
paired left and right damper housings disposed in front of left and right ends of the cross member and supporting a damper,
respectively;

and paired left and right damper housing supports disposed between the cross member and the damper housings for draining,
toward vehicle side areas, water after having flowed in from the vehicle outside;

wherein the windshield lower member and the cross member define a closed cross section extending in a vehicle width direction
and serving as an air intake path;

wherein the cross member has, in rear of the damper housing supports, paired left and right outside air intake openings for
outside air to pass therethrough;

wherein the windshield lower member includes a blower air intake opening opened to face either one of the outside air intake
openings and connecting with a blower;

wherein the damper housing has an upper surface defining a flow regulating surface for outside air to flow thereon; and
wherein the outside air intake opening has a lower edge positioned above the flow regulating surface.

US Pat. No. 9,073,428

SUPPORTING STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE CONTROL UNIT

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A supporting structure for a control unit of a vehicle that is provided with, in an engine compartment at a front part
of a vehicle body:
an electric motor serving as a power source;
a power control unit that controls driving of said electric motor; and
a supporting frame that supports said power control unit on said vehicle body, wherein
said supporting frame is provided with:
a frame main body which has a side edge part extending along one side surface of said power control unit in a front-rear direction
of said vehicle, and a rear edge part extending from a rear end part of said side edge part along a rear surface of said power
control unit, in a widthwise direction of said vehicle, and which is of an L shape when viewed from above;

a front connection part which connects a front end part of said side edge part of said frame main body with a front end frame
member of said engine compartment; and

a rear connection part which connects said rear edge part of said frame main body with a rear end frame member of said engine
compartment;

when seen in a side view, said side edge part is arranged being rear-downward-angled while said rear connection part is arranged
being rear-upward angled;

said front connection part, when seen in the side view, extends front-downward from a position along an upper edge of said
front end part to a position along an extended line of a lower edge of said front end part; and

when said supporting frame receives a load input from the front of said vehicle, said front connection part deforms before
said side edge part, said rear connection part, and said rear end frame member, it presses said frame main body and said power
control unit diagonally rear-downward, and this pressing causes said rear connection part to rotationally displace, to thereby
displace said supporting frame and said power control unit diagonally rear-downward.

US Pat. No. 9,067,618

TOUCH-BASED SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AN AUTOMOTIVE STEERING WHEEL

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A system for generating a vehicle steering signal, comprising:
a non-rotatable steering control mounted about a steering axis, the steering control comprising a pressure sensor configured
to generate an output signal in response to hand movements along the steering control;

a hub;
at least one spoke connecting the steering control to the hub, wherein the hub is offset from the steering axis; and
a control unit configured to generate the vehicle steering signal based on the output signal from the pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,457,809

COLLISION POSSIBILITY DETERMINATION APPARATUS, DRIVE ASSIST APPARATUS, COLLISION POSSIBILITY DETERMINATION METHOD, AND COLLISION POSSIBILITY DETERMINATION PROGRAM

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A collision possibility determination apparatus comprising:
an input part that includes at least one of a camera and a radar device; and
a functional part that includes a processor, the functional part comprising:
an identifying part programmed to detect an object and identify a location of the object based on information received by
the input part;

a first analysis part programmed to identify a travel direction and a travel speed of the object based on the information
received by the input part, to predict a future location of the object based on information relating to the object output
from the identifying part, and to generate first information based on the predicted future location of the object, the first
information having a value which increases as an overlap amount between the future location of the object and an intended
travel path of a vehicle becomes greater;

a second analysis part programmed to generate second information based on a current location of the object identified by the
identifying part, the second information having a value which increases as a lateral distance between the current location
of the object and the intended travel path of the vehicle decreases; and

a determination part programmed to determine a total risk degree related to a possibility of colliding with the object based
on both of the first information and the second information.

US Pat. No. 9,382,985

VEHICLE POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle power transmission device comprising
six transmission units for transmitting rotation of an input shaft connected to a drive source to an output shaft, the transmission
units being arranged side by side in an axial direction between the input shaft and the output shaft,

the transmission units each comprising
an input side fulcrum that rotates eccentrically together with the input shaft,
a one-way clutch that is connected to the output shaft,
an output side fulcrum that is provided on an outer member of the one-way clutch, and
a connecting rod that has opposite ends connected to the input side fulcrum and the output side fulcrum and moves back and
forth,

wherein when the six transmission units are defined as unit #1, unit #2, unit #3, unit #4, unit #5 and unit #6 in order from one end side in the axial direction toward the other end side, the phase of unit #6 relative to the phase of unit #1, the phase of unit #2 relative to the phase of unit #6, the phase of unit #4 relative to the phase of unit #2, the phase of unit #3 relative to the phase of unit #4, the phase of unit #5 relative to the phase of unit #3, and the phase of unit #1 relative to the phase of unit #5 are each displaced by 60° in the same direction.

US Pat. No. 9,316,270

CLUTCH CONTROL DEVICE IN POWER UNIT FOR VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A clutch control device, comprising:
a pair of hydraulic clutches configured to switch between connection and disconnection of power transmission according to
changes in oil pressure of hydraulic chambers;

a hydraulic control solenoid valve configured to control pressure of a hydraulic oil from an oil pump;
a single switching valve configured to alternatively select the hydraulic chambers of the pair of hydraulic clutches to be
supplied with the hydraulic oil from the hydraulic control solenoid valve;

a shift solenoid valve configured to control operation of the single switching valve; and
a solenoid body attached to an outer surface side of a clutch cover attached to an engine main body covering the pair of hydraulic
clutches,

wherein the pair of hydraulic clutches is interposed midway in a power transmission system between a crankshaft of an internal
combustion engine and a driving wheel, and

wherein the hydraulic control solenoid valve, the single switching valve, and the shift solenoid valve are attached to the
solenoid body.

US Pat. No. 9,272,699

TORQUE CONTROL DEVICE OF DRIVING SOURCE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A torque control device of at least one driving source comprising:
a vehicle driving device comprising:
the driving source,
an input shaft that rotates due to a driving force of the driving source,
a continuously variable transmission for shifting a rotation of the input shaft and transmitting the rotation to an output
shaft; and

a start clutch arranged between a driven shaft and the output shaft in a torque transmission line of the continuously variable
transmission, a rotating shaft installed downstream of the output shaft, the start clutch configured to switch between transmitting
and not transmitting the driving force to the output shaft;

at least one ratio detection means for detecting a ratio of the continuously variable transmission; and
at least one output torque control means for controlling an output torque of the driving source;
wherein, when the ratio of the continuously variable transmission detected by the ratio detection means is on a lower ratio
side than a predetermined threshold value, the output torque control means performs a control to restrict an upper limit value
of the output torque of the driving source to a 2nd value that is smaller than a 1st value that is another upper limit value
of the output torque when the ratio is on a higher ratio side than the threshold value, and

wherein the threshold value of the ratio of the continuously variable transmission is determined based on a ratio between
the 1st value and the 2nd value, and based on a value on a lowest ratio side of the ratio of the continuously variable transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,255,529

LONGITUDINAL G ADJUSTED THROTTLE RESPONSE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A system for adjusting an engine throttle opening amount, the system comprising:
a slope-determining unit configured to determine a longitudinal angle of inclination of a vehicle from one of
a current engine torque for a given velocity, and
a deviation from a flat road acceleration to a known predetermined acceleration;
a throttle request determining unit configured to determine a throttle request; and
an engine control unit configured to control the engine throttle opening amount based on the determinations of the slope-determining
unit and the throttle request determining unit on the condition that predetermined criteria is satisfied,

wherein the engine control unit receives as inputs the angle of inclination of the vehicle determined by the slope-determining
unit, the throttle request determined by the throttle request determining unit, and a current throttle opening amount, the
engine control unit including:

a calculating unit configured to calculate a slope gain factor based on the angle of inclination of the vehicle determined
by the slope-determining unit; and

a comparing unit configured to compare the slope gain factor to a predetermined threshold,
wherein on the condition that the slope gain factor is greater than the predetermined threshold, the engine control unit is
configured to generate a throttle command to increase the current throttle opening amount according to at least one predetermined
setting based on the throttle request and the slope gain factor,

wherein on the condition that the slope gain factor is less than or equal to the predetermined threshold, the engine control
unit is configured to generate a throttle command that controls the throttle opening amount based on the throttle request
and independently of the slope gain factor, and

wherein the predetermined threshold is variable and is a function of at least one of an instantaneous speed of the vehicle
and the angle of inclination of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,240,609

FUEL CELL AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING FUEL CELL

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A fuel cell comprising: membrane electrode assemblies and separators connected together in a stack, wherein
the membrane electrode assemblies each include a pair of electrodes, and an electrolyte membrane interposed between the electrodes,
and two of the separators are provided between adjacent ones of the membrane electrode assemblies such that two separators
have surfaces which engage each other,

an outer circumferential end of at least one of the two separators includes a step which is spaced from an outer circumferential
end of the other of the two separators thereby defining a gap between the outer circumferential ends of the two separators;

an adhesive layer is provided which both fills the gap and integrally includes an end surface adhesive layer which protrudes
outwardly from the outer circumferential ends of the two separators and extends in a thickness direction of the two separators
to cover outer circumferential end surfaces of the two separators, such that the adhesive layer has a substantially T-shaped
cross section as a whole, thereby bonding the two separators together,

at least one of the outer circumferential end surfaces of the two separators includes a first side edge forming the gap and
a second side edge distant from the gap in the thickness direction, and the end surface adhesive layer is terminated at a
position between the first side edge and the second side edge.

US Pat. No. 9,861,018

WIRING PROTECTIVE COVER STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRIC DRIVE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A wiring protective cover structure for an electric drive vehicle
including:
a battery;
an electric power converter that converts electric power from the battery;
a cooling passage through which air used for cooling the battery flows;
wiring that connects the battery and the electric power converter; and
a wiring protective cover that protects the wiring,
wherein the battery and the electric power convertor are disposed via a rear seat in a front-rear direction of the electric
drive vehicle,

wherein the cooling passage is disposed under the rear seat,
wherein the electric power convertor and the wiring protective cover are disposed on a center tunnel that is formed by a floor
panel,

wherein the wiring is disposed on a top surface of the floor panel of the electric drive vehicle, and
wherein the wiring protective cover is formed as a metallic cover and that is disposed on the floor panel to define the cooling
passage and to cover the wiring.

US Pat. No. 9,463,727

VEHICLE SEAT COVERING ASSEMBLY

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle seat cover assembly configured to attach to a back portion of a vehicle seat, comprising:
a base member provided on the back portion of the vehicle seat to form a back surface of the vehicle seat, the base member
including a first portion and a second portion, the base member including at least one connecting component to permit interlocking
engagement therewith;

a covering configured to be connected to the base member to cover a portion of the base member, the covering including at
least one first opening formed therein configured to receive at least one fastening component therethrough; and

a fastening member including the at least one fastening component configured to attach the covering to the base member, wherein
the covering is positioned intermediate to the fastening member and the base member such that the at least one fastening component
of the fastening member engages the at least one connecting component of the base member, thereby attaching the covering to
the base member, and the at least one connecting component of the base member includes a opening defining an extension, the
extension configured to be inserted into at least one second opening formed in the covering to facilitate attachment of the
covering to the base member.

US Pat. No. 9,410,622

TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A transmission system for a vehicle, including a transmission disposed between an engine and a driving wheel, and a shift
clutch adapted to transmit, and stop transmitting, a rotational driving force between the engine and the transmission,
the transmission includes a plurality of gear trains for gear positions, a shift fork adapted to change selection among the
gear trains, a shift drum adapted to drive the shift fork, and a shift spindle adapted to drive the shift drum,

the shift clutch being interlockedly actuated with the shift spindle, which is rotationally actuated by an actuator,
the transmission system comprising:
a shift spindle angle detector that detects a rotational angle of the shift spindle;
an engine rotational speed detector that detects an engine rotational speed by a crank pulser;
a vehicle speed detector including a vehicle speed sensor;
a control unit adapted to drive the actuator;
target clutch torque calculator that calculates a target clutch torque to be generated on the shift clutch based on an estimated
engine torque derived from an estimated engine torque map, which prescribes a relation between the engine rotational speed,
a throttle angle, and an estimated engine torque; and

a target shift spindle angle calculator that calculates a target shift spindle angle based on a value derived from a target
shift spindle angle map, which prescribes a relation between the target clutch torque and the target shift spindle angle,

wherein the control unit controls the actuator based on the target shift spindle angle calculated by the target shift spindle
angle calculator at a time of a gear shift of the transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,387,529

FORMING PRESS

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A draw press comprising:
a lower die;
a carriage moveable toward a lower die;
an upper die movably secured to the carriage, the upper die movable with respect to the carriage to draw a work piece, wherein
the carriage is movable downward toward the lower die to position the upper die with respect to the lower die in a workpiece
engagement position, and wherein the upper die is movable with respect to the carriage downward away from the workpiece engagement
position toward the lower die to position the upper die in a drawing position wherein the workpiece may be drawn; and

a first drive mechanism operably connected to the carriage to move the carriage, and a second drive mechanism secured to the
carriage and operably connected to the upper die to move the upper die.

US Pat. No. 9,349,203

OPERATION SEQUENCE DISPLAY METHOD AND OPERATION SEQUENCE DISPLAY SYSTEM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An operation sequence display method for sequentially displaying a series of operation procedures to remove, install, or
remove and install a plurality of target components included in an apparatus, on a monitor controlled by a computer, comprising:
displaying, on the monitor, at least one operation scene showing installation or removal of one or more of the target components;
displaying, in the operation scene, the target components and other surrounding components differently in monochromatic shades;
making a displayed marking blink by serially repeating displaying and hiding of the marking at predetermined constant intervals
in the operation scene, the displayed marking comprising an arrow for highlighting the one or more target components or an
operation spot on the one or more target components to be moved in association with the installation or removal operation;
and

after the blinking of the displayed marking is over, displaying, in the operation scene, an animation showing a movement of
the highlighted one or more target components or the operation spots;

wherein the movement of the one or more target components or the operation spot is displayed in a constant rhythm; and
wherein the blinking rhythm of repeating displaying and hiding of the marking at the predetermined constant intervals and
the running rhythm of the animation are set to a common rhythmic base.

US Pat. No. 9,308,818

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A power transmission device comprising:
a motor;
an input rotary member to be rotated by the motor, the input rotary member having an axis of rotation;
a resilient member;
an output rotary member disposed coaxially with the input rotary member such that a rotational force of the input rotary member
is transmitted through the resilient member to the output rotary member;

a motor control section for controlling the motor to stop the output rotary member in one of a first position, a second position
different from the first position, and a neutral position located intermediately between the first position and the second
position; and

a switch pattern for providing the motor control section with positional information about the input rotary member and the
output rotary member to ensure stopping of the output rotary member in one of the first position, the second position and
the neutral position by the motor under the control of the motor control section, the switch pattern being set not to change
when the output rotary member is between the neutral position and the first position or between the neutral position and the
second position,

wherein a power of the motor is transmitted via the input rotary member and then the resilient member to the output rotary
member,

wherein the output rotary member includes a receiving portion, and
wherein the input rotary member includes a pressing portion to abut on the receiving portion for rotating the output rotary
member when the resilient member is deformed by a predetermined amount,

wherein the receiving portion is provided in plural, the receiving portions include a first receiving portion to abut on the
pressing portion when the output rotary member moves from the neutral position to the first position, and a second receiving
portion to abut on the pressing portion when the output rotary member moves from the neutral position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,306,521

VEHICULAR AUDIO PROCESSING UNIT AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM INCLUDING SAME

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicular audio processing unit, comprising:
a receiver that is configured to receive voice data by wirelessly communicating with a first external device;
an audio processor that applies predetermined audio processing to the voice data received by the receiver;
a transmitter that is configured to transmit the voice data to which the audio processor applies the predetermined audio processing
by wirelessly communicating with a second external device that can output a sound; and

an operational status detector that detects an operational status of a vehicle with which the vehicular audio processing unit
is provided,

wherein the audio processor modifies the predetermined audio processing based on the operational status detected by the operational
status detector to the voice data received by the receiver,

wherein the operational status detector acquires running sound of a vehicle on which the vehicular audio processing unit is
disposed, creates sound data in an opposite phase to sound data of the running sound, and mixes the sound data in an opposite
phase to running sound with the voice data received by the receiver, and

wherein the operational status detector detects engine speed of an engine of the vehicle, the audio processor has a memory
which stores sound data in an opposite phase to engine noise corresponding to the engine speed, and the audio processor performs
the predetermined audio processing such that it mixes the sound data in an opposite phase to engine noise corresponding to
the detected engine speed with the voice data received by the receiver.

US Pat. No. 9,272,613

STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A straddle type vehicle, said vehicle comprising:
an engine disposed between a front wheel and a rear wheel and supported on a vehicle frame,
a radiator disposed on at least one vehicle side portion in front of a driver and serving to cool the engine,
a cowl covering the radiator, said cowl extending forward of the radiator and serving to introduce traveling air flow into
said radiator, and serving to exhaust heated exhaust air flow from the radiator via an exhaust outlet laterally outside the
vehicle at a location in front of the driver,

wherein said cowl is configured such that a part of the introduced traveling air flow bypasses inwardly of the radiator in
a vehicle width direction and is exhausted via a cool air flow outlet laterally inside, in the width direction of the vehicle,
relative to the exhaust air flow from the radiator.

US Pat. No. 9,188,445

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STORING AND RECALLING LOCATION DATA

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., M...

9. A system, comprising:
a processor, the processor being configured to:
detect a connection between a device and a vehicle;
after detecting the connection, identify a first set of data stored on the device, the first set of data including a last
known location of the vehicle;

compare a current value of a vehicle sensor to a historical value of the vehicle sensor, wherein the historical value was
captured from the vehicle sensor at about a time the first set of data was stored on the device; and

when the current value of the vehicle sensor is the same as the historical value of the vehicle sensor, use the first set
of data to define a current location of the vehicle, wherein the current value of the vehicle sensor and the historical value
of the vehicle sensor are the same when a difference between the current value and the historical value is less than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,115,527

CONTROL DEVICE AT OPENING/CLOSING SECTION OF VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPENING/CLOSING SECTION OF VEHICLE

RIB LABORATORY, INC., Sh...

1. A method for controlling an opening and closing section of a vehicle, the method comprising:
supplying a power to a motor to move the opening and closing section of the vehicle, the motor performing an opening operation
of moving the opening and closing section in an opening direction when the power has a first polarity and the motor performing
a closing operation of moving the opening and closing section in a closing direction when the power has a second polarity
that is opposite to the first polarity;

monitoring for a change in a rotation number of the motor during the opening and closing operations to determine if a foreign
object is being pinched by the opening and closing section;

when the opening operation is completed, supplying a power having the second polarity to the motor in a pulsed manner; and
when the closing operation is completed, supplying a power having the first polarity to the motor in a pulsed manner.

US Pat. No. 9,105,898

FUEL CELL

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A fuel cell comprising:
a membrane electrode assembly comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode; and
a solid polymer electrolyte membrane provided between the first electrode and the second electrode in a stacking direction;
and

a separator, the membrane electrode assembly and the separator being stacked in the stacking direction, the separator including
a water accumulation portion comprising at least one of

a buffer portion connected to a reactant gas channel through which a reactant gas is to flow along a power generation surface
of the membrane electrode assembly,

a channel groove provided in the reactant gas channel and located at a lowest position in the reactant gas channel in a direction
of gravity when the membrane electrode assembly and the separator are in an upright position,

a channel junction portion in which channel grooves of the reactant gas channel are joined, and
a bypass channel to bypass the reactant gas channel,
wherein the membrane electrode assembly includes a water impermeable layer which is disposed outside of a power generation
region of the membrane electrode assembly, the water impermeable layer directly facing the water accumulation portion in the
stacking direction, and

wherein the water accumulation portion is provided on a surface of the separator that faces the membrane electrode assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,064,420

AUGMENTED REALITY HEADS UP DISPLAY (HUD) FOR YIELD TO PEDESTRIAN SAFETY CUES

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A method for safely guiding a vehicle driver to yield to a pedestrian, comprising:
determining a turn lane based upon a proximity of a vehicle to the turn lane prior to the vehicle entering the turn lane;
detecting a pedestrian entering the turn lane;
three dimensionally mapping a forward view including the pedestrian and the turn lane; and
spatially overlaying an augmented reality display on a volumetric heads up display for the vehicle driver comprising projecting
a yielding indication adjacent to a determined crosswalk path across the turn lane.

US Pat. No. 10,070,544

ARRANGEMENT FOR COMPENSATING PRESSURE IN A HOUSING

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A configuration for compensating for pressure in a housing, the configuration comprising:at least one housing wall with a pressure compensation opening formed therein;
a semi-permeable membrane closing said pressure compensation opening and having a circumference and a thickness, said semi-permeable membrane being fixed, at least in a materially bonded way, on said housing wall;
a protective element covering said semi-permeable membrane; and
said housing wall having in a region of said pressure compensation opening, an indentation and/or recess formed therein, said indentation and/or recess receiving said semi-permeable membrane, said indentation and/or recess having a given circumference corresponding to said circumference of said semi-permeable membrane and a height corresponding at least to said thickness of said semi-permeable membrane;
said protective element being a self-adhesive protective sticker having at least one ventilation opening formed therein;
said protective element arranged on said housing wall and spaced away from said semi-permeable membrane;
said housing wall having an additional indentation and/or recess formed therein for receiving said protective element, dimensions of said additional indentation and/or recess corresponding to dimensions of said protective element;
said additional indentation and/or recess having at least one channel-shaped depression; and
wherein said at least one ventilation opening in said self-adhesive protective sticker is disposed in a region of said at least one channel-shaped depression in a state of said self-adhesive protective sticker in which it is disposed on said housing wall.

US Pat. No. 9,299,136

METAL ELEMENT DEFORMATION STATE DETECTION DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A metal element deformation state detection device for detecting a deformation state of a metal element forming a metal
belt for a belt type continuously variable transmission, wherein
a plurality of the metal elements are in line contact with each other via a rocking edge and are aligned in an arc shape to
form a metal element row, a light source is disposed on a radially inner side or a radially outer side of the arc of the metal
element row, and a deformation state of the metal element is detected by observing passed-through light that has been emitted
from the light source and has passed through a gap between the adjacent metal elements.

US Pat. No. 9,263,688

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MATERIAL, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND ORGANIC PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL CONTAINING THE SAME

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A photoelectric conversion material that acts as an electron donor for donating an electron or an electron acceptor for
accepting an electron, comprising:
a condensed carbocyclic ring polymer obtained by reaction of a polyphenylene prepared by polymerizing monomers represented
by the following general formulae (1) and (2):

wherein R1 to R6 in the general formula (1) independently represent a hydrogen atom or a solubilizing group, the monomer represented
by the general formula (1) exhibits a higher solubility in an organic solvent with the solubilizing group than without the
solubilizing group, Ar in the general formula (2) represents an unsubstituted or substituted aromatic group, and R7 and R8
in the general formula (2) independently represent a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted or substituted aromatic group, a methyl
group, or a silyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,217,378

CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A controller for an internal combustion engine, comprising:
an intake valve driving mechanism that has a first intake cam and a second intake cam selectively used to open/close an intake
valve, a valve lift changing mechanism that selectively switches an actively driving intake cam, which is an intake cam actually
opening/closing the intake valve, to either the first intake cam or the second intake cam, and a valve phase changing mechanism
that changes the phase angles of the first and the second intake cams relative to the phase angle of a crankshaft, the profiles
of the first and the second intake cams being set such that, in the case where the intake valve is opened/closed by the first
intake cam, the lift amount of the intake valve and the angle width of an open valve period are both larger than those in
the case where the intake valve is opened/closed by the second intake cam,

the profiles of the first and the second intake cams being set such that an angle width of an open valve period of the intake
valve opened by the first intake cam is larger than an angle width between a top dead center and a bottom dead center and
the angle width of the open valve period of the intake valve opened by the second intake cam becomes an angle width that is
closer to an angle width between the top dead center and the bottom dead center than an angle width of the open valve period
of the intake valve opened by the first intake cam, and the profiles of the first and the second intake cams being also set
such that, in the case where the intake valve is opened/closed by the first intake cam and in the case where the intake valve
is opened/closed by the second intake cam, the amounts of air charged into the combustion chamber of the internal combustion
engine during the open valve period of the intake valve by the respective intake cams or the effective compression ratios
of the combustion chamber agree with each other in both cases in a specific state in which the phase angle of the first intake
cam and the phase angle of the second intake cam are controlled such that a phase angle at a start of opening of the intake
valve by the first intake cam and a phase angle at a start of opening of the intake valve by the second intake cam agree with
each other at a predetermined lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle on a lead angle side relative to the phase angle
at the top dead center,

an intake cam switching control unit, which defines the first intake cam out of the first and the second intake cams as the
intake cam for a low-load operation of the internal combustion engine and defines the second intake cam as the intake cam
for a high-load operation of the internal combustion engine, and controls the valve lift changing mechanism to switch the
actively driving intake cam according to the load on the internal combustion engine; and

a cam phase control unit, which controls the valve phase changing mechanism to change the phase angle of the actively driving
intake cam according to the load on the internal combustion engine at the time of opening/closing the intake valve by each
of the first and the second intake cams,

wherein the cam phase control unit controls the valve phase changing mechanism such that, at the time of opening/closing the
intake valve by the first intake cam, the phase angle at the start of opening of the intake valve changes in a lead angle
direction within a range between the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle and a predetermined first lag-angle-side
valve opening start phase angle closer to a lag angle end than the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle as the
load on the internal combustion engine increases, and also controls the valve phase changing mechanism such that, at the time
of opening/closing the intake valve by the second intake cam, the phase angle at the start of opening of the intake valve
changes in a lag angle direction within a range between the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle and a predetermined
second lag-angle-side valve opening start phase angle closer to a lag angle end than the lead-angle-side valve opening start
phase angle as the load on the internal combustion engine increases,

the intake cam switching control unit switches the actively driving intake cam in the specific state,
the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle and the first lag-angle-side valve opening start phase angle are set beforehand
such that, in the case where the intake valve is opened/closed by the first intake cam, the amount of air charged into the
combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine during the open valve period of the intake valve or the effective compression
ratio of the combustion chamber increases as the phase angle at the opening start of the intake valve changes in the lead-angle
direction within the range between the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle and the first lag-angle-side valve
opening start phase angle, and

the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle and the second lag-angle-side valve opening start phase angle are set
beforehand such that, in the case where the intake valve is opened/closed by the second intake cam, the amount of air charged
into the combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine during the open valve period of the intake valve or the effective
compression ratio of the combustion chamber increases as the phase angle at the opening start of the intake valve changes
in the lag angle direction within the range between the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle and the second lag-angle-side
valve opening start phase angle.

US Pat. No. 9,212,403

TOPCOAT

Midori Hokuyo Co., Ltd., ...

1. A coated natural leather that is produced by obtaining a natural leather through a leather tanning step involving a tanning
agent containing chromium or glutaraldehyde as well as steps for re-tanning using a re-tanning agent comprising synthetic
tannin and a first resin, where the synthetic tannin comprises (A) a condensation product of an aromatic sulfonic acid and
formaldehyde, or an aromatic sulfonic acid and a condensation product of an aromatic sulfonic acid and formaldehyde, (B) a
methylene cyclocondensation product of an aromatic sulfonic acid and a hydroxyl aromatic compound, or an aromatic sulfonic
acid and a methylene cyclocondensation product of an aromatic sulfonic acid and a hydroxy aromatic compound, and (C) glyoxal,
while the resin comprises (A) an acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, acrylic acid ester, a methacrylic acid polymer ester or a
mixture thereof, and (B) a polycondensation product of melamine and formaldehyde, where the leather is re-tanned using the
re-tanning agent, dyeing using a dying agent comprising an acid water-based dye, and greasing using a greasing agent constituted
by (A) synthetic oil and a natural oil, or (B) a mixed oil comprising synthetic oil and a natural component, and then forming
on the surface of the natural leather, in this order,
a pre coat that comprises a second resin, a pigment, an auxiliary and water,
a base coat that comprises a third resin, a pigment an auxiliary, a touch agent, a leveling agent and water,
a color coat layer comprising a mixture of (1) 48 to 90 percent by weight of a hard component of a resin containing at least
two-component polyurethane resin with (2) 52 to 10 percent by weight of a soft component of a resin containing at least two-component
polyurethane resin, the hard component of a resin having a 10% modulus that is over 2.3 but not more than 3.0, and the soft
component of a resin having a 10% modulus that is over 0.0 but not more than 1.0, and

a top coat layer comprising a mixture of (1) 15 to 35 percent by weight of a medium component of a resin containing at least
two-component polyurethane resin with (2) 65 to 85 percent of a soft component of a resin containing at least two-component
polyurethane resin, the medium component of a resin having a 10% modulus that is over 1.0 but not more than 2.3, and the soft
component of a resin having a 10% modulus that is over 0.0 but not more than 1.0,

wherein when the surface of the coated natural leather is measured using a KES-SE-SR-U roughness friction tester, the smoothness
(SMD) is 2.5 ?m or less, slickness (MIU/MMD) is 25 or more, and wear resistance test result using a Gakushin friction fastness
tester is 4,000 times or more.

US Pat. No. 9,211,855

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle power supply device that is mounted in a vehicle that is provided with an internal combustion engine, the device
comprising:
a first power supply;
a second power supply that is connected in parallel to the first power supply;
a DC-DC converter that is connected between the first power supply and the second power supply;
a determination device that determines whether or not a fuel supply to the internal combustion engine has stopped;
a deceleration detecting device that detects a deceleration of the vehicle;
a power generator that is connected to the internal combustion engine; and
a control device that controls the DC-DC converter, wherein,
when it is determined by the determination device that the fuel supply to the internal combustion engine has stopped, the
control device charges the second power supply using regenerative power that is generated by the power generator via the DC-DC
converter, and,

when a deceleration of the vehicle is detected by the deceleration detecting device, and it is also determined by the determination
device that the fuel supply to the internal combustion engine has not been stopped, the control device is able to charge the
second power supply using regenerative power that is generated by the power generator via the DC-DC converter.

US Pat. No. 9,115,656

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A control system for an internal combustion engine having a throttle valve disposed in an intake passage of said engine,
comprising:
rotational speed detecting means for detecting a rotational speed of said engine;
intake pressure detecting means for detecting an intake pressure of said engine;
wide-open intake air amount calculating means for calculating a wide-open intake air amount according to the engine rotational
speed, the wide-open intake air amount being an intake air amount corresponding to a state where said throttle valve is fully
opened;

theoretical intake air amount calculating means for calculating a theoretical intake air amount according to the wide-open
intake air amount and the intake pressure, the theoretical intake air amount being an intake air amount corresponding to a
state where no exhaust gas of said engine is recirculated to a combustion chamber of said engine;

intake air amount obtaining means for detecting or estimating an actual intake air amount of said engine;
exhaust gas recirculation ratio calculating means for calculating an exhaust gas recirculation ratio using the theoretical
intake air amount and the actual intake air amount;

output torque calculating means for calculating an output torque of said engine using the actual intake air amount and the
exhaust gas recirculation ratio; and

control means for controlling said engine using the calculated output torque.

US Pat. No. 9,455,095

ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE AND STRUCTURE TO MOUNT ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE TO VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

6. An electric storage device comprising:
at least three storage modules including a first storage module, a second storage module, and a third storage module, each
of the first storage module, the second storage module, and the third storage module including a plurality of storage cells,
the first storage module, the second storage module, and the third storage module being arranged next to each other in a first
direction, storage-module terminals of the first to third storage modules being adjacent to each other in a first direction,
the storage-module terminals of the first and second storage modules being arranged to face away from each other in the first
direction, the storage-module terminals of the second and third storage modules being arranged to face each other in the first
direction, the storage cells of each of the first to third storage modules stacked in a second direction; and

storage-module busbars with which the storage-module terminals of the first to third storage modules are electrically connected
to each other, the storage-module busbars comprising:

a long storage-module busbar that connects the storage-module terminals of the first and second storage modules; and
a short storage-module busbar that connects the storage-module terminals of the second and third storage modules, the long
storage-module busbar being longer than the short storage-module busbar,

wherein the long storage-module busbar is connected to storage-module terminals of the first and second storage modules at
respective first side surfaces of the first and second storage modules and the short storage-module busbar is connected to
storage-module terminals of the second and third storage modules at respective second side surfaces of the second and third
storage modules, and

wherein the first side surfaces and the second side surfaces are opposed to each other in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,305,410

AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF VALET MODE FOR SMART ENTRY SYSTEMS

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A key fob cooperating with an associated mechanical key, the key fob comprising:
a key fob housing including a slot for receiving the associated mechanical key;
a control in the housing for transmitting wireless signals to a vehicle to actuate components on the vehicle; and
a plurality of Hall effect switches in the housing, each Hall effect switch being in electrical communication with the control,
wherein at least one of the Hall effect switches is configured to change a respective operating state based upon detecting
a positive magnetic field and at least one other Hall effect switch is configured to change an operating state based upon
detecting a negative magnetic field, wherein each Hall effect switch is associated with an integrated circuit and the integrated
circuit is software configurable to output an output signal to the control and a respective magnetic field to selectively
configure a respective magnetic field that is detected, which results in the change in the respective operating state of each
Hall effect switch,

wherein the slot is elongated in a first direction and is configured to receive a blade of a mechanical key, and
wherein the housing includes an upper surface, a lower surface and a key head facing surface spanning between the upper surface
and the lower surface, wherein the slot extends into the housing from the key head facing surface, wherein the plurality of
Hall effect switches are disposed adjacent the key head facing surface and the key head facing surface has a smaller surface
area as compared to the upper surface and the lower surface.

US Pat. No. 9,248,522

FRICTION STIR WELDING APPARATUS

F-TECH INC., Kuki (JP) H...

1. A friction stir welding apparatus comprising:
a mounting member on which a processing target member is mounted;
a welding tool having a probe, a holder having a coefficient of thermal expansion larger than that of the probe and holding
the probe detachably, a drive mechanism that can drive the holder holding the probe to freely move the probe vertically with
respect to a processing target side surface of the processing target member and can freely rotate with respect to the processing
target member, and a detector that can freely detect a length of a member including the holder and the probe as the drive
mechanism moves the holder holding the probe downward;

a movement mechanism having an arm to which a fitting jig fitted with the welding tool is fixed so as to be able to freely
move the welding tool with respect to the processing target member by moving the arm; and

a probe detection mechanism that can freely detect a tip length, which is a length of a member of only the probe, as the drive
mechanism moves the holder holding the probe downward,

wherein the probe detection mechanism has a block member whose position is fixed and a displacement sensor fixed to the block
member side, and at a time of detecting the tip length of the probe, after the movement mechanism moves the arm so that the
welding tool faces the block member, the drive mechanism moves down the holder holding the probe to press an upper surface
side of the block member by a tip of the probe, and a contact member of the displacement sensor comes in contact with an abutment
member of the welding tool and is moved, thereby detecting displacement of the contact member.

US Pat. No. 9,216,660

ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An electrically driven vehicle comprising:
a first electric motor configured to generate motive power to operate a first driving wheel;
a second electric motor configured to generate motive power to operate a second driving wheel;
a first power drive device corresponding to the first electric motor and extending in a first direction;
a second power drive device corresponding to the second electric motor and extending in the first direction;
a first heat sink which has a plurality of first cooling fins extending in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction
and which is attached to a first lateral surface of the first power drive device;

a second heat sink which has a plurality of second cooling fins extending in the second direction and which is attached to
a second lateral surface of the second power drive device, the second lateral surface being provided to face the first lateral
surface;

a baffle member including a first partition wall which is provided integrally with the baffle member and which is arranged
between the first heat sink and the second heat sink, the baffle member closing a space defined between the first power drive
device and the second power drive device at a first end and a second end of the space, the first end being opposite to the
second end in the first direction;

a first air guide passage which houses the first heat sink and in which cooling air is to flow in the second direction, the
first air guide passage being provided between the first partition wall and the first power drive device; and

a second air guide passage which houses the second heat sink and in which cooling air is to flow in the second direction,
the second air guide passage being provided between the first partition wall and the second power drive device,

wherein the first cooling fins and the second cooling fins are disposed within the first air guide passage and the second
air guide passage, respectively, so as to face each other.

US Pat. No. 9,108,619

CONTROL DEVICE FOR LOCKUP CLUTCH

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A control device for a lockup clutch comprising
a lockup clutch of a torque converter disposed between an engine and a transmission,
a first temperature sensor that detects a water temperature of the engine,
a second temperature sensor that detects an oil temperature of the transmission, and
engagement permission means that permits engagement of the lockup clutch in a first case where the water temperature of the
engine detected by the first temperature sensor is at least a first set temperature, a second case where the water temperature
is less than the first set temperature and at least a second set temperature which is less than the first set temperature
and the oil temperature of the transmission detected by the second temperature sensor is at least a third set temperature
which is less than the second set temperature, or in a third case,

vehicle speed detecting means detecting a vehicle speed, and
control region determination means that determines whether or not the running conditions of a vehicle are in a tight region
of the lockup clutch where the lockup clutch is completely engaged,

wherein the vehicle speed detected by the vehicle speed detecting means is at least the predetermined value, and the control
region determination means determines that the running conditions of the vehicle are in the tight region, even not in the
first and second cases, the engagement permission means permits complete engagement of the lockup clutch.

US Pat. No. 9,429,086

ENGINE CONTROL DEVICE AND COGENERATION APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE ENGINE CONTROL DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An engine control device for controlling starting of an engine, comprising:
a needle valve assembly including a step motor having a motor shaft for undergoing a rotational movement, a plunger for undergoing
a linear vertical movement converted from the rotational movement of the motor shaft, and a needle valve body, the needle
valve body having a needle disposed on the plunger, and an orifice, the needle and the orifice defining an opening therebetween,
the opening having an opening degree variable to one of a plurality of opening degrees including a first opening degree provided
by the opening being opened by 50% and a second opening degree provided by the opening being opened by 70%, the needle being
operable in response to the linear vertical movement of the plunger to vary the opening degree for adjusting a flow rate of
gas to mix with an air into a fuel-air mixture to be supplied to the engine;

a control section connected to the needle valve assembly for controlling the needle valve assembly to set the opening degree
of opening, the control section being configured to start, upon detection of a first operation signal, a predetermined number
of times or less of cranking with the opening degree set by the control section to the first opening degree in accordance
with the first operation signal, and start, if a number of rotations of the engine has not yet reached a predetermined value
through the cranking with the opening degree set to the first opening degree, the predetermined number of times or less of
cranking with the opening degree set by the control section to the second opening degree,

wherein the plurality of opening degrees further includes a third opening degree larger than the second opening degree, and
the control section is operable to start the predetermined number of times or less of cranking with the opening degree set
to the third opening degree if after varying the opening degree from the second opening degree back to the first opening degree
the number of rotations of the engine has not yet reached the predetermined value through the cranking with the opening degree
set to the first opening degree; and

a shut-off valve connected to the needle valve assembly and the control section to be controlled by the control section to
open for a predetermined period of time to allow supply of gas from a fuel supply source to the needle valve assembly during
the predetermined number of times or less of cranking.

US Pat. No. 9,248,863

VEHICLE BODY SUPERSTRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle body superstructure comprising:
a roof side rail extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle body on and along an upper part of a vehicle body side section;
a roof panel having an outer end portion, in a vehicle width direction, thereof mounted on the roof side rail; and
a roof arch extending in the vehicle width direction below the roof panel, wherein
the roof side rail includes:
a rail flange on which the roof panel is mounted;
a rail vertical wall hanging down from an outer end, in the vehicle width direction, of the rail flange;
a rail bottom wall extending from a lower end of the rail vertical wall to the outside in the vehicle width direction; and
a bulging section formed by allowing the rail bottom wall and the rail vertical wall to bulge toward a center in the vehicle
width direction in order to accommodate a slide rail for a sliding door, and

the roof arch has:
an outer end portion, in the vehicle width direction, thereof directly joined to the bulging section, the outer end portion
having a front end joined directly to a front end of the bulging section, and a rear end joined directly to a rear end of
the bulging section;

first arch flanges directly joined to and along a lower surface of the rail flange, the rail flange being inclined upwardly
toward the center in the vehicle width direction of the vehicle body; and

second arch flanges directly joined to a lower surface of the rail bottom wall.

US Pat. No. 9,364,882

ROLLER HEMMING DEVICE AND ROLLER HEMMING METHOD

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A roller hemming device, comprising:
a large diameter roller which has a large tapered surface for performing a preliminary bending on a flange of a workpiece
at a predetermined bending angle; and

a small diameter roller which has a small cylindrical surface for performing a regular bending to fold the flange,
wherein the small diameter roller is coaxially disposed with the large diameter roller,
the small diameter roller and the large diameter roller are enabled to relatively move in an axial direction,
an outer diameter of the small cylindrical surface is smaller than a minimum outer diameter of the large tapered surface,
and

the small diameter roller protrudes from the large diameter roller through an axial pressing operation.