US Pat. No. 9,273,886

MAGNETIC REFRIGERATOR UTILIZING A PERMANENT MAGNET TO CREATE MOVEMENT BETWEEN PLATES COMPRISING HIGH AND LOW TEMPERATURE SIDE HEAT EXCHANGERS

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

10. A magnetic refrigerator comprising:
a magnetic body arranged plate on which a plurality of magnetic body units are disposed, each magnetic body unit having magnetic
members of a same material arranged side by side, the plurality of magnetic body units disposed side by side in a direction
perpendicular to an arrangement direction of the magnetic members;

a low-temperature side heat exchange unit adjacent to and spaced with a gap from a first end magnetic member positioned on
one end of each magnetic body unit;

a high-temperature side heat exchange unit adjacent to and spaced with a gap from a second end magnetic member positioned
on another end of each magnetic body unit;

a magnet/heat conductive member arranged plate on which magnetism applying units and heat conductive members are provided,
the magnetism applying unit configured to apply magnetism separately to the magnetic members of each magnetic body unit disposed
on the magnetic body arranged plate and the heat conductive members configured to conduct heat generated in each magnetic
body unit from the low-temperature side heat exchange unit to the high-temperature side heat exchange unit, wherein the magnet/heat
conductive member arranged plate is formed by two flat plates magnetically connected to each other and sandwiching the magnetic
body arranged plate with a gap, and the magnetism applying units each have a magnetic circuit formed by the two flat plates,
a permanent magnet mounted on one of the two flat plates, and a magnetic projection formed on the other of the two flat plates,
wherein

the radial thickness of each of the heat conductive members arranged on the magnet/heat conductive member arranged plate is
successively thicker and a circumferential length is successively longer; and

a driving unit that drives at least one of the magnetic body arranged plate and the magnet/heat conductive member arranged
plate to move relative to each other the magnetic body arranged plate and the magnet/heat conductive member arranged plate
in the arrangement direction of the plurality of the magnetic body units.

US Pat. No. 9,318,735

TERMINAL-ATTACHED PLATE, PLATE ASSEMBLY, AND BATTERY MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal-attached plate for use in a plate assembly of a battery module, the battery module comprising:
a single-cell stack comprising thin batteries stacked in a thickness direction, each battery of the single-cell stack comprising
thin batteries comprises:

a thin-plate-shaped battery body comprising an electric power generation element sealed with an exterior package, and
tabs connected to electrodes of the electric power generation element and drawn to the outside from end portions of the exterior
package; and

a plate assembly connected to an end portion of the single-cell stack,
the terminal-attached plate comprising:
a joining portion, with which the terminal-attached plate is arranged to be joined to an end portion of the thin battery;
a plate supporting portion arranged to support a second plate that is stacked on the terminal-attached plate;
a terminal comprising:
a connecting portion, with which the terminal is arranged to be connected to a tab of the thin battery; and
a contact portion, with which the terminal is arranged to be connected to a connector; and
a hood member arranged to protect the contact portion of the terminal,
wherein:
the hood member is disposed at a position that is offset to an end portion side of the terminal-attached plate from a center
in a longitudinal direction of the terminal-attached plate, and

at least a portion of the hood member of the terminal-attached plate overlaps a hood member of the second plate in a direction
orthogonal to a direction of stacking of the terminal-attached plate and the second plate in the plate assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,133,930

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND ITS HYDRAULIC PRESSURE CONTROL METHOD

JATCO LTD, Fuji-shi (JP)...

1. A continuously variable transmission that includes a primary pulley, a secondary pulley, and a belt wound therebetween,
and that decides a pulley thrusting force by a primary pressure supplied to the primary pulley and a secondary pressure supplied
to the secondary pulley, the continuously variable transmission comprising:
a unit for determining a shift returning to low configured to determine whether the shift returning to low, changing a speed
ratio of the continuously variable transmission to lowest when a vehicle decelerates, is being performed or not; and

the unit for computing a measured lower limit value configured to calculate a primary pressure measured lower limit value
at which the belt begins to slip actually, based on a deceleration of the vehicle and the speed ratio of the continuously
variable transmission,

wherein a lower limit value of a target value of the primary pressure during the shift returning to low is set as the primary
pressure measured lower limit value.

US Pat. No. 9,617,912

MULTI-LINK ENGINE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A multi-link engine comprising:
an engine block body including at least one cylinder;
a piston reciprocally disposed inside the cylinder of the engine block body;
an upper link having a first end pivotally connected to the piston by a piston pin;
a lower link rotatably mounted on a crankpin of a crankshaft and connected to a second end of the upper link by an upper pin;
and

a control link having a first end and a second end, the first end of the control link being rotatably connected to the lower
link by a control pin and the second end of the control link being pivotally mounted on a pivot portion of a control shaft,

the upper link, the lower link and the control link being configured and arranged with respect to each other such that at
least one kind of inertia force of a prescribed order among inertia forces of second or higher order in terms of an engine
rotational speed act transversely leftward and rightward on the upper link, the lower link and the control link with respect
to a piston movement direction, so a sum of transversely leftward and rightward inertia forces acting on the gravity center
of the control link and the gravity center of the lower link are substantially equal to transversely leftward and rightward
inertia forces acting on the gravity center of the upper link.

US Pat. No. 9,376,004

ANTI-VIBRATION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An anti-vibration device for a vehicle, comprising:
a rod fixed to an engine at one end portion thereof and fixed to a vehicle body at the other end portion thereof;
an actuator comprising an inertia mass supported on the rod and operative to reciprocate the inertia mass in an axial direction
of the rod; and

a vibration detection section configured to detect vibration of the rod in the axial direction of the rod,
wherein the vibration detection section is disposed between the one end portion of the rod and the other end portion of the
rod, and is disposed on a side of the rod opposite to a side of the rod facing the engine in a leftward-rightward direction
of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,050,964

VEHICLE DRIVING DEVICE AND VEHICLE DRIVING METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicle driving device, comprising:
an internal combustion engine generating an output power by combustion of fuel supplied in response to a depression of an
accelerator pedal of a vehicle while performing a fuel cut during a coast running of the vehicle in which the accelerator
pedal is not depressed;

a torque converter that transmits the output power of the internal combustion engine to a drive wheel of the vehicle via a
pump impeller and a turbine runner;

a lockup clutch that is engaged, when the vehicle performs the coast running, to directly connect the pump impeller with the
turbine runner;

an accelerator pedal depression sensor that detects a depression of the accelerator pedal during the coast running; and
a programmable controller programmed to:
operate the lockup clutch to disengage in response to the depression of the accelerator pedal during the coast running of
the vehicle; and

suppress a fuel recovery of the internal combustion engine in response to the depression of the accelerator pedal during the
coast running of the vehicle until an engaging pressure of the lockup clutch decreases to a predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,211,667

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MOLDING SOFT AND THIN RESIN MOLDED PRODUCT

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A method for molding a soft and thin resin molded product, in which molten resin is injected into a molding space formed
between a concave mold and a convex mold to mold the soft and thin resin molded product, the method comprising:
opening at least one of the concave mold and the convex mold while the soft and thin resin molded product is left in the concave
mold;

locking at least two locking tabs formed outside a concave-shaped portion of the soft and thin resin molded product left in
the concave mold, by an arm of a molded product removing machine;

supporting the concave-shaped portion of the soft and thin resin molded product by a support arm of the molded product removing
machine; and

demolding the soft and thin resin molded product from the concave mold by separating the molded product removing machine from
the concave mold while maintaining the locking and the supporting.

US Pat. No. 9,205,748

REGENERATIVE BRAKING CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A regenerative braking control device for a vehicle, comprising:
a driver request braking torque computation unit configured to compute a driver request braking torque based on brake pedaling
of a driver; and

a regenerative braking torque computation unit configured to compute a regenerative braking torque by restricting a response
time of the regenerative braking torque to match a braking rate of a frictional brake based on a vehicle speed and the computed
driver request braking torque, and compute the regenerative braking torque by releasing restriction on the response time of
the regenerative braking torque in a case where the driver request braking torque decreases.

US Pat. No. 9,163,722

HYDRAULIC CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF THEREOF, AND AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A hydraulic control device, comprising:
a vane pump configured to generate a hydraulic pressure by being rotated by power of an engine of a vehicle;
an electrical oil pump configured to generate the hydraulic pressure by being driven by power from a battery;
a line pressure oil passage in which at least a line pressure generated by adjusting the hydraulic pressure generated by the
vane pump is supplied;

an engine stopping unit that stops the rotation of the engine; and
a hydraulic pressure reduction suppressing unit that is provided in the line pressure oil passage and suppresses a reduction
of the line pressure accompanying reverse rotation of the engine when the rotation of the engine is stopped by the engine
stopping unit, wherein:

the vane pump generates the hydraulic pressure by being rotated by power of the engine;
the engine stopping unit stops the rotation of the engine while the vehicle is running;
the hydraulic pressure reduction suppressing unit comprises a check valve configured to suppress a reverse flow of the line
pressure in the line pressure oil passage to the vane pump, and

the check valve comprises a bypass path which allows a reverse flow of the line pressure in the line pressure oil passage
to the vane pump.

US Pat. No. 9,381,908

HYBRID VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A hybrid vehicle control apparatus comprising:
an engine and a motor as drive sources of a vehicle;
a first clutch disposed between the engine and the motor;
a second clutch disposed between the motor and a driving wheel;
a lockup controller configured to perform a lockup operation to shift the second clutch from slip state into completely engaged
state when a predetermined lockup condition is satisfied under a condition that the second clutch is in the slip state; and

a second clutch transmitted torque capacity controller included in the lockup controller and configured to perform a lockup-condition
second clutch control to control transmitted torque capacity of the second clutch to a value higher by a set quantity than
an input torque to the second clutch while the lockup operation is being performed,

wherein the input torque corresponds to a state of depression of an accelerator pedal during the shifting of the second clutch
from the slip state into the completely engaged state.

US Pat. No. 9,562,948

CONTROL DEVICE FOR SECONDARY BATTERY, AND SOC DETECTION METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A control device of a secondary battery using, as a positive electrode material, a positive electrode active material that
shows a difference of an open circuit voltage curve between during charge and discharge, comprising:
a storing unit that stores a reference SOC-open circuit voltage curve showing a relationship between an SOC and an open circuit
voltage, which becomes a reference upon calculating a current SOC of the secondary battery; and

an SOC calculating unit that calculates the current SOC of the secondary battery from a current open circuit voltage of the
secondary battery on the basis of the reference SOC-open circuit voltage curve, and

during the charge of the secondary battery, the SOC calculating unit calculating, as the current SOC of the secondary battery,
a value that is lower than a value of the SOC corresponding to the current open circuit voltage of the secondary battery on
the reference SOC-open circuit voltage curve, and

during the discharge of the secondary battery, the SOC calculating unit calculating, as the current SOC of the secondary battery,
a value that is higher than the value of the SOC corresponding to the current open circuit voltage of the secondary battery
on the reference SOC-open circuit voltage curve.

US Pat. No. 9,168,840

CHARGING PORT DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

15. A charging port device for an electric vehicle, comprising:
a charging port having an engaged part configured to engage an engaging part of a charging connector, the charging port being
configured to receive power from an external power supply when the engaging part and the engaged part are in an engaged state;

a restricting member regulating a release operation when the engaging part and the engaged part are in the engaged state,
the release operation being an operation in which the engaging part separates from the engaged part; and

a locking state control device configured to move the restricting member across an actuation range from a locking position
to an unlocking position, the locking state control device having an electrical driving mechanism and a mechanical driving
mechanism,

the electrical driving mechanism being configured to electrically impart a torque using a motor to move the restricting member
across a first portion of the actuation range, the first portion of the actuation range being smaller than the actuation range,

the mechanical driving mechanism being configured to mechanically impart a torque to move the restricting member across a
second portion of the actuation range that is different from the first portion of the actuation range.

US Pat. No. 9,077,040

COLLECTOR HAVING MULTIPLE RESIN LAYERS FOR BIPOLAR LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A collector for a bipolar lithium ion secondary battery comprising:
a first conductive layer that is configured by adding a conductive filler into a base material that contains an imide group-containing
resin; and

a second conductive layer that is configured by adding a conductive filler into a base material that contains a polar resin
containing no imide group,

wherein the first conductive layer is arranged on a positive electrode side.

US Pat. No. 9,525,260

SEPARATOR WELDING DEVICE AND SEPARATOR WELDING METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A separator welding device which welds a pair of separators, comprising:
a conveyance unit that conveys the pair of separators, the conveyance unit including a pair of stacking drums that superimpose
the pair of separators while conveying the pair of separators in a state where the separators protrude beyond peripheral surfaces
of the stacking drums;

joining heads configured to move closer and further with respect to the pair of separators;
joining tips that are attached to the joining heads and join the separators to each other;
holding units that fasten the separators, the holding units being configured to move back and forth between an advanced position
beyond distal ends of the joining tips, and a retracted position where the holding units are retracted from the advanced position,
wherein the joining tips and the holding units are arranged on a side of the stacking drums; and

a joining unit including biasing members that are provided between the joining heads and the holding units, and bias the holding
units with a biasing force that moves the holding units towards the advanced position, wherein,

as the joining heads move closer with respect to the separators, the holding units come into contact with the separators and
are retracted to the retracted position from the advanced position, and the distal ends of the joining tips come into contact
with the separators and join the separators to each other,

as the joining heads move further with respect to the separators from a state where the distal ends of the joining tips are
in contact with the separators, the distal ends of the joining tips are separated from the separators in a state where the
separators remain fastened by the holding units, and the holding units move forward to the advanced position from the retracted
position due to the biasing force of the biasing members, and are separated from the separators, and

lateral edges of the pair of the separators are joined by the joining tips immediately after the pair of separators are separated
from the stacking drums in a state where the separators remain fastened by the holding units.

US Pat. No. 9,346,362

ENERGY ESTIMATION DEVICE, INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR AUTOMOTIVE, AND SERVER DEVICE

Clarion Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. An information system for automotive, comprising a plurality of on-vehicle devices each installed in a vehicle and a server
device connected with the on-vehicle devices via a communication network, wherein:
each of the on-vehicle devices includes:
an acceleration/deceleration change detection unit that detects a change in acceleration/deceleration of a vehicle in which
the on-vehicle device is installed; and

a transmission unit that transmits acceleration/deceleration information pertaining to the change in the acceleration/deceleration
detected by the acceleration/deceleration change detection unit to the server device, and

the server device includes:
a reception unit that receives the acceleration/deceleration information transmitted from the plurality of on-vehicle devices;
a segment specification unit that specifies, based upon the acceleration/deceleration information received by the reception
unit, a loss segment in which energy is lost when each of the vehicles travels and a regeneration segment in which energy
is regenerated when each of the vehicles travels;

an axle torque calculation unit that calculates an axle torque of each of the vehicles for the regeneration segment;
an allocation ratio calculation unit that calculates, based upon the axle torque calculated by the axle torque calculation
unit, an allocation ratio of a regeneration brake relative to a friction brake of each of the vehicles for the regeneration
segment;

a statistical parameter calculation unit that calculates, as statistical parameters for estimating consumption energy or regeneration
energy for each of the links set in correspondence to predetermined road segments, a statistical loss parameter corresponding
to the loss segment and a statistical regeneration parameter corresponding to the regeneration segment that contains a statistical
value of the allocation ratio; and

an energy estimation unit that estimates, based upon the statistical parameters for each of the links calculated by the statistical
parameter calculation unit, consumption energy or regeneration energy of an estimation target vehicle for a road to be traveled.

US Pat. No. 9,331,334

SOLID SOLUTION LITHIUM-CONTAINING TRANSITION METAL OXIDE AND LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A solid solution lithium-containing transition metal oxide comprising a compound represented by chemical formula (1):
Li1.5[NiaCobMnc[Li]d]O3  (1)

wherein a, b, c and d satisfy relationships: 0.39?a<0.75, 0?b?0.18, 0 a structure obtained by pretreatment done by repeating a charge and discharge cycle with respect to a counter electrode to
gradually increase the upper limit potential, each cycle charging at a rate of 0.1 C until an upper voltage of between 4.3
or greater and less than 4.8 and discharging at the rate of 0.1 C until a minimum voltage is reached, the upper voltage increasing
with each cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,261,564

BATTERY CELL CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A battery cell control system comprising:
a monitoring section connected to a battery cell included in an assembled battery, operated with the battery cell as a power
source, and configured to monitor a state of the battery cell; and

an estimation section configured to estimate a first consumption of the battery cell which is consumed by the monitoring section
in accordance with a voltage of the battery cell using the voltage of the battery cell.

US Pat. No. 9,243,312

ALUMINUM ALLOY CASTING AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An aluminum alloy cast member consisting essentially of 7.0 to 11.5 mass % of Si, 0.9 to 4.0 mass % of Mg, 0.1 to 0.65
mass % of Fe, 0.1 to 0.8 mass % of Mn and the balance being Al and unavoidable impurities and containing eutectic Si grains
having an aspect ratio of 2.0 or smaller and an average grain size of 1.0 micrometer or smaller.

US Pat. No. 9,086,144

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND HYDRAULIC PRESSURE CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

JATCO LTD, Fuji-shi (JP)...

1. A continuously variable transmission comprising:
a primary pulley joined to a driving source via an input shaft;
a secondary pulley joined to an output shaft;
a belt that is wound around both of the pulleys and transmits power; and
a control device that controls pulley pressures supplied to both of the pulleys so as to adjust a speed ratio between both
of the pulleys by changing widths of grooves in both of the pulleys based on a target input shaft rotation speed that has
been set in accordance with an operating condition of the driving source, wherein

the control device is configured to:
detect a rotation speed of the input shaft;
calculate an inertia torque input to the continuously variable transmission based on a change ratio of the detected rotation
speed;

obtain a positive inertia torque by extracting a positive portion from the calculated inertia torque; and
correct the pulley pressures based on the extracted positive inertia torque.

US Pat. No. 9,378,425

ON-VEHICLE IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

CLARION CO., LTD., Saita...

1. An on-vehicle image processor comprising:
an imager mounted on a vehicle, which observes surroundings of the vehicle and captures an image including at least a road
surface;

a candidate white-line area detector which
detects positions of a first pixel and a second pixel while scanning the image captured by the imager in a certain direction,
the first pixel of which a brightness value changes to be brighter and exceeds a predetermined value, the second pixel being
located within a certain distance from the first pixel, of which a brightness value changes to be darker and exceeds a predetermined
value, and

detects, as a candidate white-line area forming a parking frame, an area surrounded by both end points of a linear element
of the first pixels and both end points of a linear element of the second pixels;

a parking-frame similitude calculator which calculates a parking-frame similitude according to a brightness distribution of
surroundings of the first pixels of the candidate white-line area and a brightness distribution of surroundings of the second
pixels, the parking-frame similitude being a similitude when each of the candidate white-line areas is assumed to form a parking
frame; and

a parking frame detector which detects a parking frame according to the position of the candidate white-line area, the parking-frame
similitude, and an expected size of a parking frame in the image, wherein

the parking-frame similitude calculator decreases the parking-frame similitude of the candidate white-line area when the brightness
distributions of the surroundings of the first pixels and the second pixels of the candidate white-line area satisfy a certain
condition.

US Pat. No. 9,190,922

POWER CONVERSION DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An electric power conversion device, comprising:
a conversion circuit having plural pairs of bi-directionally switchable switching elements connected to respective phases,
the conversion circuit being configured to convert an inputted alternating current electric power into an alternating current
electric power;

voltage detecting means for detecting input voltages to the conversion circuit; and
control means for switching on and off the switching elements to control the conversion circuit,
wherein the control means comprises:
a switching time calculating section configured
to calculate a first switching time during which one of switching elements of an upper arm circuit of the plural pairs of
switching elements included in one phase from among the respective phases is turned on, the other switching elements of the
upper arm circuit of the plural pairs of switching elements included in the other phases are turned off, at least one of switching
elements of a lower arm circuit of the plural pairs of switching elements included in the other phases is turned on, and the
other switching elements of the lower arm circuit of the plural pairs of switching elements included in the one phase are
turned off using the detected voltages detected by the voltage detecting means and an output command value and

to calculate a second switching time during which the plural pairs of switching elements included in the one phase from among
the respective phases are turned on and the plural pairs of switching elements included in the other phases from among the
respective phases are turned off in a form of a time which is a subtraction of the first switching time from a time corresponding
to a half period of a carrier; and

a control signal generating section configured to generate control signals to switch on and off the switching elements using
the first switching time and the second switching time.

US Pat. No. 9,157,525

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. An automatic transmission mounted on a vehicle, comprising:
a first friction engagement element that is engaged when a first gear position is realized, and is disengaged when a second
gear position is realized;

a second friction engagement element that is engaged when the second gear position is realized, and is disengaged when the
first gear position is realized;

a shift determination unit configured to determine whether or not a current state is a state in which the automatic transmission
does not perform shift, the state involving a predetermined vehicle operation state and an engaged state of one of the friction
engagement elements;

a learning permission determination unit configured to determine that learning is permitted if the shift determination unit
determines that the current state is the state in which the shift is not performed; and

a learning control unit configured to, if the learning permission determination unit determines that the learning is permitted,
cause the one of the friction engagement elements to slip by decreasing an instructional pressure for the one of the friction
engagement elements, and learn an engagement start pressure of the other one of the friction engagement elements based on
a change in a differential rotation of the one of the friction engagement elements, or in a parameter that changes in accordance
with the differential rotation of the one of the friction engagement elements, at a time when an instructional pressure for
the other one of the friction engagement elements is increased.

US Pat. No. 9,127,761

GUIDE PLATE FOR SHIFT LEVER DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A guide plate for a shift lever device, the guide plate comprising:
an elastic member that includes an operation hole, which restricts a movement range of a shift lever that automatically returns
to a home position after being operated and guides movement of the shift lever;

a support plate that supports the elastic member; and
an impact absorption mechanism for absorbing impact of the shift lever when the shift lever automatically returns to the home
position, wherein the impact absorption mechanism includes

a slit formed in the elastic member and arranged proximal to the operation hole,
a seat capable of absorbing impact of the shift lever, wherein the seat is arranged closer to the operation hole than the
slit, and

a stopper extending into the slit, wherein the stopper is formed by extending part of the support plate into the slit so as
to support inwardly curved deformation of the seat.

US Pat. No. 9,347,551

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A device for controlling an automatic transmission, the automatic transmission comprising a first frictional engagement
element that is engaged at a first gear shift stage and is released at a second gear shift stage, the device for controlling
an automatic transmission comprising:
a piston stroke return determination means for detecting a released state of a piston that is actuated to press friction discs
of the first frictional engagement element; and

a gear shift start determination means for restricting execution of a gear shift from the second gear shift stage to the first
gear shift stage until it is determined that after a gear shift from the first gear shift stage to the second gear shift stage
is finished, a stroke of the piston is returned from a completely engaged state and the piston is in a predetermined released
state.

US Pat. No. 9,309,858

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONTROL DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An internal combustion engine control device, in which a margin torque that can be increased by ignition-timing adjustment
such that ignition timing is shifted to an ignition-timing change side on which an engine output is decreased, while supplying
an intake air quantity exceeding a given quantity corresponding to an actual engine output torque with respect to load fluctuations
during idling operation is set, comprising:
an engine control unit comprising a target torque calculation means for calculating a target torque of an internal combustion
engine, the engine control unit configured to

set the target torque such that the target torque increases, as an auxiliary load, acting on the internal combustion engine,
increases,

set the margin torque such that the margin torque decreases, as a load of the internal combustion engine during idling operation
increases, and

calculate the margin torque as a value obtained by subtracting the auxiliary load, which has already acted on the internal
combustion engine, from a summed value of all loads which may possibly act on the internal combustion engine during idling
operation.

US Pat. No. 9,162,580

CHARGE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A charge control apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
an electrically chargeable and dischargeable battery;
a battery heater that heats the battery;
a battery temperature detecting section configured to detect a temperature of the battery;
a battery control section configured to monitor the temperature of the battery and controlling the battery heater so as to
heat the battery;

a battery charger that supplies electric power to the battery and the battery heater;
a timer charge reservation section configured to allow a user to designate a predetermined timer charge time zone and a target
charge amount; and

a charge control section configured to execute timer charge based on a timer charge start time previously designated by the
timer charge reservation section,

wherein at a time earlier by a predetermined time period than the timer charge start time, the charge control section judges
whether or not the timer charge start time should be advanced in accordance with an operating state of the battery heater.

US Pat. No. 9,115,769

TORQUE CONVERTER

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A torque converter, comprising:
a pump impeller coupled to an input shaft and defining a flow passage for a working fluid flowing from a radially inner side
toward a radially outer side by a plurality of blades arranged at predetermined intervals in a circumferential direction about
the input shaft;

a turbine impeller coupled to an output shaft and defining a flow passage for the working fluid flowing from a radially outer
side toward a radially inner side by a plurality of blades arranged at predetermined intervals in the circumferential direction
about the output shaft to be opposed to the pump impeller;

a first stator impeller provided between the pump impeller and the turbine impeller, defining a flow passage for the working
fluid flowing back from the radially inner side of the turbine impeller to the radially inner side of the pump impeller by
a plurality of blades arranged at predetermined intervals in the circumferential direction about a fixed shaft concentric
with the input shaft and the output shaft, and provided on the turbine impeller side;

a second stator impeller provided between the pump impeller and the turbine impeller, defining a flow passage for the working
fluid flowing back from the radially inner side of the turbine impeller to the radially inner side of the pump impeller by
a plurality of blades arranged at predetermined intervals in the circumferential direction about the fixed shaft concentric
with the input shaft and the output shaft, and provided on the pump impeller side;

a first one-way clutch annularly provided on the inner periphery of the first stator impeller and configured to restrict a
rotational direction of the first stator impeller only to a predetermined one direction; and

a second one-way clutch annularly provided from the inner periphery of the first one-way clutch to the inner periphery of
the second stator impeller and configured to restrict a rotational direction of the second stator impeller only to a predetermined
one direction;

the first stator impeller being coupled to the fixed shaft via the first and second one-way clutches and the second stator
impeller being coupled to the fixed shaft only via the second one-way clutch.

US Pat. No. 9,369,056

POWER CONVERTER

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A power converter for direct conversion of multi-phase AC power to a single phase AC power, the power converter comprising:
a conversion circuit having a plurality of first switching elements configured to be connected to phases of the multi-phase
AC power for bidirectional switching of energizing current, and a plurality of second switching elements configured to be
connected to the phases of the multi-phase AC power, for bidirectional switching of energizing current; and

a plurality of output lines connected to the conversion circuit;
the first switching elements having output terminals and the second switching elements having output terminals, the output
terminals of the first switching elements being linearly arranged, the output terminals of the second switching elements being
linearly arranged and facing the output terminals of the first switching elements,

the output lines being configured to output the single phase AC power, the output lines including a pair of first output lines
including a first widely shaped bus bar connected to the output terminals of the first switching elements and a second widely
shaped bus bar connected to the output terminals of the second switching elements, the first output lines extending out in
one direction, and lining up in an upright direction.

US Pat. No. 9,288,381

IN-VEHICLE IMAGE RECOGNIZER

CLARION CO., LTD., Saita...

1. An in-vehicle image recognizer, comprising:
an imaging unit which is disposed in a vehicle to observe a surrounding area of the vehicle through a lens, and convert a
light signal of the observed surrounding area of the vehicle into an image signal;

an image recognition application execution unit having predetermined detection sensitivity to detect a moving object existing
in the surrounding area of the vehicle from the image obtained by the imaging unit;

a white turbidity level calculator which calculates a white turbidity level of the lens from the image signal;
an attachment level calculator which calculates an attachment level of attached matter such as dirt or water drops to the
lens; and

a detection sensitivity adjustor which adjusts the detection sensitivity to be increased according to the white turbidity
level, wherein

the detection sensitivity adjustor corrects the detection sensitivity based on the attachment level of the attached matter
such as the dirt or the water drops to the lens.

US Pat. No. 9,222,382

PARTICULATE MATTER PURIFYING MATERIAL, FILTER CATALYST FOR PURIFYING PARTICULATE MATTER USING PARTICULATE MATTER PURIFYING MATERIAL, AND METHOD OF REGENERATING FILTER CATALYST FOR PURIFYING PARTICULATE MATTER

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A particulate matter purifying material used for a filter catalyst for purifying exhaust gas containing particulate matter,
the filter catalyst being disposed in an exhaust gas flow path of an internal combustion engine, trapping the particulate
matter in the exhaust gas generated in the internal combustion engine, and burning the particulate matter, so as to be regenerated,
the particulate matter purifying material comprising:
an oxide containing: cerium (Ce) having an oxygen storage-release capacity; and at least one metal (Me) selected from the
group consisting of zirconium (Zr), yttrium (Y), lanthanum (La), praseodymium (Pr), strontium (Sr), niobium (Nb) and neodymium
(Nd),

wherein a content ratio (Ce:Me) of cerium to the metal is 6:4 to 9:1 in terms of an atomic ratio, and
a degree of crystallinity (CR) represented by the following formula (1) is within a range of 36 to 60%:
Degree of crystallinity (CR)=I/I0×100(%)  (1)
wherein I represents an X-ray diffraction peak intensity with regard to a (111) plane of a CeO2 phase in the particulate matter purifying material, and I0 represents the X-ray diffraction peak intensity with regard to the (111) plane of the CeO2 phase after the particulate matter purifying material is baked in air at 1000° C.

US Pat. No. 9,221,359

ELECTRIC VEHICLE DRIVING FORCE CONTROL DEVICE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE DRIVING FORCE CONTROL METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A driving force control device for an electric vehicle, comprising:
two motors configured to generate driving forces independently on left and right driving wheels corresponding to any one of
a pair of front wheels and a pair of rear wheels;

a motor torque limit unit capable of limiting torques of the two motors;
a driving force determination unit configured to determine which of the driving forces of the left and right driving wheels
is larger; and

a motor torque control unit configured to add, when the torque limit is imposed on one of the two motors corresponding to
one of the left and right driving wheels larger in driving force during a turn of the vehicle, a value acquired by subtracting
a torque limit value from a torque command value for one of the two motors on which the torque limit is imposed to a torque
command value for another of the two motors, thereby correcting the torque of the another of the two motors to increase.

US Pat. No. 9,166,233

FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An anode gas non-recirculation type fuel cell system, comprising:
a fuel cell stack comprised by stacking a plurality of fuel cells;
a buffer tank configured to discharge, to an outside, impurity gas included in anode off-gas exhausted from the fuel cell
stack;

an impurity gas concentration detector configured to detect a concentration of impurity gas in the buffer tank; and
an anode gas supply unit configured to supply anode gas to the fuel cell stack,
wherein, when pressure-supplying impurity gas in the fuel cell stack to the buffer tank while pulsating a supply pressure
by the anode gas supply unit, an activation control is executed by changing, by the anode gas supply unit, at least one of
a pulsative pressure and a pulsative cycle of anode gas supply according to the concentration of impurity gas in the buffer
tank detected by the impurity gas concentration detector, and

the anode gas supply unit sets the pulsative pressure smaller or sets the pulsative cycle longer, during the activation control,
when the concentration of impurity gas is high than when the concentration of impurity gas is low.

US Pat. No. 9,452,653

VEHICLE CONTROLLING APPARATUS AND METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicle controlling apparatus comprising:
a vertical acceleration sensor configured to detect a vertical acceleration of a sprung mass;
a power-source attitude controller configured to:
compute a power-source attitude control amount for a driving force outputted from a power source, the power-source attitude
control amount making the vertical acceleration detected by the vertical acceleration sensor an appropriate vertical acceleration
for attaining a target sprung-mass state, and

control the power source based on the power-source attitude control amount;
a stroke sensor configured to detect a stroke speed of a shock absorber; and
a friction-brake attitude controller configured to:
compute a brake attitude control amount for a braking force output from a friction brake, the brake attitude control amount
making the stroke speed detected by the stroke sensor an appropriate stroke speed for attaining a target sprung-mass state,
and

control the friction brake based on the brake attitude control amount,
wherein at least one of an engine feedback system, a brake feedback system, or a shock absorber feedback system includes a
phase compensator configured to compensate for a phase offset between a detection value obtained by the vertical acceleration
sensor and a detection value obtained by the stroke sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,321,324

VEHICLE AIR-CONDITIONING UNIT AND VEHICLE

VALEO JAPAN CO. LTD., Ku...

1. A vehicle air-conditioning unit in which air is introduced from an outside into a case and air-conditioned air is fed into
a cabin with an air blower, the vehicle air-conditioning unit arranged on a cabin side of a partitioning plate which partitions
an engine room defined in the front of a vehicle traveling direction and the cabin and including an electric instrument being
stored in the case, wherein the electric instrument is at least any one of an electric heating apparatus, a dust collecting
apparatus, and an ozone generating apparatus, the vehicle air-conditioning unit comprising:
a protecting structure configured to prevent the electric instrument from scattering, wherein the protecting structure is
composed of at least one of a lower side protecting member arranged on a lower side of the electric instrument in a vehicle
vertical direction, a rear side protecting member arranged on a rear side of the electric instrument in a vehicle fore-and-aft
direction, a left side protecting member arranged on a left side of the electric instrument in a vehicle lateral direction,
and a right side protecting member arranged on a right side of the electric instrument in a vehicle lateral direction, the
protecting structure different from the partitioning plate and the case, said protecting structure formed of a plate-shaped
member.

US Pat. No. 9,259,992

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER CONTROL SYSTEM

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle air conditioner control system comprising:
an air conditioning device that performs a refrigerating cycle and comprising:
a compressor that intakes, compresses, and discharges a refrigerant;
a condenser that condenses the refrigerant discharged from the compressor;
an expansion valve that depressurizes the refrigerant condensed by the condenser; and
an evaporator that performs heat exchange between open air and the refrigerant to vaporize the refrigerant;
a compressor running rate control device that controls a running rate of the compressor;
a deceleration fuel cutoff executing device that performs cutoff of fuel supply during vehicle deceleration; and
a fuel supply recovery executing device that cancels cutoff of fuel supply and recovers fuel supply at a higher vehicle speed
during vehicle deceleration fuel cutoff period with air- conditioner ON than during vehicle deceleration fuel cutoff period
with air-conditioner OFF,

wherein the compressor running rate control device:
increases the compressor running rate for a predetermined period starting at a predetermined time after the cutoff of fuel
supply occurs but before a fuel supply recovery time with air-condition ON during the deceleration fuel cutoff period, and

subsequently decreases the compressor running rate at or immediately before the
fuel supply recovery time with air-condition ON until a fuel supply recovery time with the air-condition OFF during the deceleration
fuel cutoff period.

US Pat. No. 9,145,062

CHARGE CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A charge control device for a vehicle comprising:
a battery for charging or discharging electricity;
a battery heater for heating the battery;
a battery temperature detection means for detecting a temperature of the battery;
a battery control means configured to control the battery heater, while monitoring a temperature condition of the battery,
to carry out heating of the battery;

a charger for supplying electric power to both the battery and the battery heater;
a timed charge reservation means via which a given charge time slot and a target charge amount can be arbitrarily specified
by a user; and

a charge control means configured to carry out a timed charge in the charge time slot specified via the timed charge reservation
means,

wherein the charge control means is configured to delay a charge suspension time of the charge time slot when the heating
of the battery is being carried out during the timed charge.

US Pat. No. 9,139,107

DEVICE FOR IMPROVING VEHICLE BEHAVIOR WHEN STEERING

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A steered condition vehicle behavior improving apparatus for a vehicle configured to run with a road wheel driven by a
driving force from a power source, the steered condition vehicle behavior improving apparatus comprising:
a steering operation detecting means that detects a steering operation of turning a steerable wheel of the vehicle; and
a driving force reducing means that
obtains detection information from the steering operation detecting means,
determines a set time period that is a time period commencing after detection of the steering operation by the steering operation
detecting means,

awaits a lapse of the set time period after the steering operation is detected by the steering operation detecting means,
and

temporarily reduces the driving force to the road wheel upon the lapse of the set time period.

US Pat. No. 9,133,811

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING START-UP OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A method of controlling start-up of an internal combustion engine that has a throttle for controlling an intake air amount
and performs the start-up through cranking, the method comprising:
detecting cranking initiation of the internal combustion engine;
detecting an atmospheric pressure at the time of cranking initiation of the internal combustion engine;
setting an initial opening based on the atmospheric pressure at the time of cranking initiation, wherein the initial opening
is narrower than a predetermined target idle opening;

controlling a throttle opening of the throttle to the initial opening at the time of cranking initiation; and
starting to increase the throttle opening of the throttle from the initial opening toward the predetermined target idle opening
at a predetermined timing after cranking initiation,

wherein the initial opening is set to a lower value as the atmospheric pressure increases.

US Pat. No. 9,421,656

WORKPIECE-POSITIONING DEVICE AND WORKPIECE MANUFACTURING METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A workpiece manufacturing method comprising:
a holding process comprising holding a workpiece via a workpiece holder;
a free pallet movement process comprising freely moving a pallet separated movably from a platform such that the pallet is
parallel to an upper surface of the platform with the pallet being lifted so as to float above the platform; the free pallet
movement process comprising spewing air out of the platform to elevate the pallet, and

a lowering process comprising lowering the workpiece held by the workpiece holder so that a positioning pin of the pallet
is inserted into a positioning hole made in the workpiece as the pallet is shifted to a position where the workpiece is located,

wherein, in the free pallet movement process, the pallet rises from the platform so as to be freely movable parallel to the
upper surface of the platform,

wherein the workpiece is a battery cell pack,
wherein the battery cell pack comprises at least one unit battery accommodated in a film outer pack,
wherein the positioning hole is among a plurality of positioning holes in the film outer pack,
wherein the upper surface of the platform is a reference plane and comprises a plurality of air outlets in the upper surface,
wherein the platform comprises a plurality of independent air feeding channels formed therein, and
wherein each of the air feeding channels comprises an air ejecting channel.

US Pat. No. 9,365,237

STEERING CONTROL DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A steering control device comprising:
a steering reaction force control unit that
sets a steering reaction force characteristic to coordinates, of which coordinates axes are self-aligning torque and steering
reaction force,

so that the self-aligning torque increases as the steering reaction force increases, and
applies a steering reaction force to a steering unit based on the steering reaction force characteristic;
an offset unit that offsets the steering reaction force characteristic at the coordinates more in a direction in which an
absolute value of the steering reaction force is increased as a lateral position of a host vehicle becomes closer to a white
line;

a turn signal operation detection device that detects a turn signal operation; and
an offset suppression unit that
suppresses an offset of the steering reaction force characteristic when the turn signal operation started, and
releases suppression of the offset of the steering reaction for characteristic when the turn signal operation is ended;
the offset suppression unit makes an absolute value of an increase gradient when releasing the suppression of the offset smaller
than an absolute value of a decrease gradient when suppressing the offset.

US Pat. No. 9,350,027

SEALING STRUCTURE AND FUEL CELL HAVING THE SEALING STRUCTURE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A sealing structure comprising:
a plurality of components respectively having sealing surfaces on surfaces thereof facing each other;
a seal member interposed between the sealing surfaces to make the sealing surfaces closely adhere to each other,
a hard carbon film and an intermediate layer formed on one or both of the sealing surfaces, the intermediate layer interposed
between the hard carbon film and a base member of a corresponding component, and

a gap formed between crystals of the intermediate layer, and the seal member enters the gap,
wherein the seal member is provided on the hard carbon film.

US Pat. No. 9,435,434

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

3. A control method for a continuously variable transmission with a variator capable of continuously changing a speed ratio
and a stepped sub-transmission mechanism for shifting and outputting output ration of a power source, comprising:
determining whether or not to downshift the sub-transmission mechanism based on an opening and an opening speed of an accelerator
pedal, which is an output adjusting device of the power source, and a torque change rate of the power source; and

downshifting the sub-transmission mechanism when a determination is made to downshift the sub-transmission mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,404,293

VEHICLE DOOR HANDLE DEVICE

ALPHA CORPORATION, Yokoh...

1. A door handle device configured to be installed in a door panel for a vehicle, the door handle device comprising:
a handle base configured to be disposed along a bottom surface of the door panel and supported in an introduction opening
opened in the door panel;

an operation handle connected to the handle base; and
a gasket disposed between the handle base and the operation handle,
wherein the gasket is formed of an elastic body and
the gasket is integrally provided with a handle stopper part that has an inner end configured to pass through the introduction
opening, the handle stopper part being supported by the handle base and having an outer end abutting against the operation
handle,

wherein a surface of the inner end perpendicular to a direction that the inner end is configured to pass through the introduction
opening directly abuts against the handle base.

US Pat. No. 9,234,584

CONTROL DEVICE OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A control apparatus for an automatic transmission provided with an automatic shift mode to perform an automatic shift based
on a predetermined shift map and a manual shift mode to perform a shift based on a manual operation of a driver,
the control apparatus being configured so that, when an opposite manual operation is performed, during the automatic shift
based on the shift map in the automatic shift mode, in an opposite direction opposite to the automatic shift or when the opposite
manual operation is performed, during a forced shift performed regardless of the manual operation in the manual shift mode,
in the opposite direction opposite to the forced shift, the control apparatus forbids a shift based on a first manual operation
in the opposite direction opposite to the automatic shift or the forced shift and permits a shift based on a second or subsequent
manual operation in the opposite direction opposite to the automatic shift or the forced shift.

US Pat. No. 9,370,994

INTEGRATED POWER ELECTRIC UNIT MOUNTED ON ELECTRIC VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An integrated power electric unit mounted on an electric vehicle, comprising:
a first power electric unit;
a second power electric unit arranged over the first power electric unit in a vertical direction of the vehicle;
a first channel that connects the first and second power electric units so as to flow the air;
a breather provided in the second power electric unit to cause inner and outer sides of the second power electric unit to
communicate with each other;

a third power electric unit arranged under the first power electric unit in a vertical direction of the vehicle;
a second channel that connects the first and third power electric units so as to flow the air; and
a cooler arranged between the first and second channels.
US Pat. No. 9,362,557

NEGATIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL FOR ELECTRIC DEVICE, NEGATIVE ELECTRODE FOR ELECTRIC DEVICE AND ELECTRIC DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A negative electrode active material for an electric device, comprising an alloy consisting of silicon in a range from
greater than or equal to 61.45% by mass to less than or equal to 75.71% by mass, aluminum in a range from greater than or
equal to 2.22% by mass to less than or equal to 22.42% by mass, niobium in a range from greater than or equal to 10.79% by
mass to less than or equal to 22.08% by mass, and inevitable impurities as a residue.

US Pat. No. 9,267,481

HYBRID VEHICLE ENGINE START CONTROL SYSTEM

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. An engine start control system of a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle having an engine and an electrically driven motor
as the power sources, a first clutch provided between the engine and the electrically driven motor for changing a transmission
torque capacity between the engine and the electrically driven motor, and a second clutch provided between the electrically
driven motor and at least one drive wheel for changing a transmission torque capacity between the electrically driven motor
and the at least one drive wheel, the engine start control system comprising at least one controller programmed to:
select an electrically driven running mode by shutting down the engine, releasing the first clutch and engaging the second
clutch;

select a hybrid running mode by engaging both the first clutch and the second clutch;
control the first clutch and the engine by increasing a torque capacity of the first clutch to increase an engine rotational
speed to a high-speed region within a prescribed time period to ignore an increase in the engine rotational speed caused by
an engine compressive reactive force upon determining progressive engagement of the first clutch during a running mode switch
from the electrically driven running mode to the hybrid running mode,

wherein the prescribed time period is a time period during which an engine experiences a normal compressive reactive force
during engine shutdown, the prescribed time period being based on engine compressive reactive force,

wherein the engine compressive reactive force is determined based on an engine shutdown time;
decrease the torque capacity of the first clutch upon determining the engine rotational speed having reached the high-speed
region; and

calculate a torque value of the first clutch for increasing the engine rotational speed or a time sequence variation of the
engine rotational speed based on engine compressive reactive force, upon determining the engine rotational speed having reached
the high-speed region within the prescribed time period.

US Pat. No. 9,254,847

SPEED RATIO CONTROL DEVICE AND SPEED RATIO CONTROL METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A speed ratio control device for a vehicle, the vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine and an automatic transmission
connected to the internal combustion engine, the device comprising:
a vehicle travel load detecting sensor that detects a travel load of the vehicle; and
a programmable controller programmed to:
determine if the travel load is equal to or greater than a predetermined value;
set a minimum engine rotation speed to a first value when the travel load is not equal to or greater than the predetermined
value;

set the minimum engine rotation speed to a second value greater than the first value when the travel load is equal to or greater
than the predetermined value;

set a target speed ratio of the automatic transmission such that a rotation speed of the internal combustion engine becomes
equal to or greater than the minimum engine rotation speed; and

control a speed ratio of the automatic transmission to the target speed ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,255,638

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi, Shi...

1. A device for controlling an automatic transmission employing a torque converter interposed between a driving power source
of a vehicle and an automatic transmission, a lockup clutch provided to permit a driving-power-source side of the torque converter
to engage with an automatic-transmission side of the torque converter, and a slip lockup control means for executing control
by which an actual slip amount of the lockup clutch corresponding to a rotational speed difference between the driving-power-source
side and the automatic-transmission side is brought to a target slip amount, comprising:
a target slip addition amount calculation means configured to:
calculate a negative value as an addition amount of the target slip amount, when a rate of change in an output from the driving
power source to the torque converter is less than or equal to a predetermined value that is a positive value, and

calculate a positive value as the addition amount, when the rate of change in the output is greater than the predetermined
value, wherein:

the slip lockup control means is configured to set the target slip amount of the lockup clutch by arithmetic processing that
integrates the addition amount, determined based on the rate of change in the output, every control period.

US Pat. No. 9,399,233

BELL CUP FOR A ROTARY ATOMIZING TYPE ELECTROSTATIC COATING DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

2. A bell cup for installation on a rotary atomizing electrostatic coating apparatus, the bell cup having a rotation axis
and comprising:
an inner surface; and
a coating material diffusion surface on the inner surface of the bell cup, the coating material diffusion surface being supplied
with a coating material, and including:

a first range extending from an end part of the coating material diffusion surface to a center part of the coating material
diffusion surface, the first range being a convex curved surface facing towards the rotation axis, the end part being disposed
toward a proximal end of the bell cup, and a tangent line to the diffusion surface at the end part being parallel to the rotation
axis, and

a second range extending from the center part to a distal end edge of the bell cup, and being a concave curved surface facing
towards the rotation axis, and on which, in a cross section of any plane that includes the rotation axis, tangent line components
of a centrifugal force acting on a coating material liquid film due to rotation of the bell cup are substantially equal.

US Pat. No. 9,388,748

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A control device for an internal combustion engine which includes a variable compression ratio mechanism arranged to vary
a mechanical compression ratio, and a high pressure fuel pump arranged to supply a high pressure fuel to a common rail, and
to be driven from a crank shaft through a chain, the control device comprising:
a fuel pressure abnormal state sensing section configured to sense an abnormal increase of a fuel pressure within the common
rail,

the control device being configured to decrease the mechanical compression ratio in the abnormal state of the fuel pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,243,855

COOLING STRUCTURE, VORTEX-FLOW FORMING PLATE MOLDING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MOLDING VORTEX-FLOW GENERATING PORTION

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

2. A cooling structure to cool a heat generating element by allowing a cooling fluid to flow and come into contact with the
heat generating element or a base material with the heat generating element disposed thereon, comprising:
a vortex-flow generating portion, which extends in a direction intersecting a circulation direction of the cooling fluid,
and which generates a vortex flow in accordance with a flow rate of the cooling fluid,

wherein the vortex-flow generating portion includes a plurality of concave portions arranged at predetermined intervals,
W+=Wu?/? is set within a range of 25 to 300, where W+=Wu?/? is a value given by nondimensionalizing an opening width W as measured in meters of each of the plurality of concave portions
by using a shear rate of u?=(T?/?)1/2 as measured in meters per second calculated from a shear stress ??as measured in Newtons per meter squared and a fluid density ? as measured in kilograms per meter; an experimental formula
of a pipe friction coefficient, represented by Cf=??/(0.5?u2)=0.73 Re?0.25 calculated from a flow rate u as measured in meters per second, the fluid density ?, and the Reynolds number Re; and a kinematic
viscosity ? as measured in meters squared per second,

wherein a maximum height H as measured in meters of each of the plurality of concave portions is set smaller than a distance
X from an opening surface of each of the plurality of concave portions to a flow passage surface facing the opening surface,
and

a representative length d=4A/L is set to 0.004 m or more, wherein A as measured in meters squared is the minimum flow passage
sectional area and L as measured in meters is the maximum wetted perimeter length of the flow passage section perpendicular
to the circulation direction of the cooling fluid.

US Pat. No. 9,209,633

CHARGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING CONDUCTION STATE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A charging apparatus comprising:
a connector having a pair of connection terminals electrically connectable to an object to be charged;
a pair of power lines electrically connected to the connection terminals;
a charger configured to charge the object to be charged, the charger being connected to the power lines;
a holding part configured to hold the connector when an electrical connection with the object to be charged is disestablished;
a controller programmed to determine a conduction state on the power lines and the connection terminals; and
a capacitor configured to accumulate a charge through the charger charging the object to be charged, the capacitor being connected
to the power lines,

the holding part having a conduction part that is configured to bring about conduction through the connection terminals while
the electrical connection between the connection terminals and the object to be discharged is disestablished and the connector
is held by the holding part, the controller determining the conduction state while the connector is being held by the holding
part based on a discharge state when the charge is discharged via the power lines, the connection terminals, and the conduction
part.

US Pat. No. 9,174,646

MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. An electric vehicle motor control device for an electric vehicle in which power from an electric motor is transmitted after
an accelerator operation to driving wheels via an automatic transmission, the electric vehicle motor control device comprising:
a vehicle speed detecting device that detects a vehicle speed of the electric vehicle;
a controller including
a required driving power calculating section that calculates a required driving power of the electric vehicle; and
a target motor rotational speed calculating section that calculates a target motor rotational speed of the electric motor
so that an efficiency of a product of a power consumption rate of the electric motor and a transmission efficiency of the
automatic transmission will become a prescribed target efficiency, based on the vehicle speed and the required driving power,
and

a target gear ratio calculating section that calculates a target gear ratio of the automatic transmission from the target
motor rotational speed and the vehicle speed,

a shift control section that achieves the target motor rotational speed by shift control of the automatic transmission so
that an actual gear ratio of the automatic transmission moves toward the target gear ratio that is calculated by the target
gear ratio calculating section,

a target motor torque calculating section that calculates a target motor torque of the electric motor to achieve the required
driving power for the target motor rotational speed by dividing the required driving power by the target motor rotational
speed, and

a motor drive force controlling section that achieves the target motor torque by drive force controlling the electric motor
so that an actual motor torque of the electric motor will move towards the target motor torque that is calculated by the target
motor torque calculating section,

the controller being programmed to control the electric motor based on the target motor rotational speed that is determined
by the target motor rotational speed calculating section.

US Pat. No. 9,381,820

CHARGING PORT STRUCTURE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A charging port structure comprising:
a charging port provided inside a port housing in an electric vehicle;
a port lid capable of opening and closing a front opening of the port housing;
a port lid lock mechanism maintains the port lid in a closed state;
a vehicle body opening provided in a vehicle body surface in a vicinity of the front opening of the port housing having the
charging port;

a body opening lid capable of opening and closing the vehicle body opening;
a body opening lid lock mechanism maintains the body opening lid in a closed state, the body opening lid lock mechanism being
unlocked by an operation from inside a passenger compartment;

an electric unlocking mechanism unlocking the port lid lock mechanism by an electric actuator; and
a manual unlocking structure provided inside of the vehicle body opening and enabling the port lid lock mechanism to be unlocked
by a manual operation from the vehicle body opening.

US Pat. No. 9,267,398

VARIABLE VALVE TIMING CONTROL DEVICE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A variable valve timing control device of an internal combustion engine comprising:
a variable valve timing mechanism having a first rotor adapted to rotate together with a camshaft and a second rotor arranged
coaxially with the first rotor and adapted to rotate together with a crankshaft, and configured to variably control valve
timing of an engine valve by changing a relative rotational phase between the first rotor and the second rotor depending on
an operating condition;

an intermediate lock mechanism configured to enable an intermediate lock that holds the valve timing at a predetermined intermediate
lock position; and

the intermediate lock mechanism having a phase-advance side intermediate-position holding member for restricting a shift of
the valve timing from the intermediate lock position to a phase-advance side by engagement with the first rotor and the second
rotor, and a phase-retard side intermediate-position holding member for restricting a shift of the valve timing from the intermediate
lock position to a phase-retard side by engagement with the first rotor and the second rotor,

wherein, when the intermediate lock by the intermediate lock mechanism is released prior to switching of the valve timing
from the intermediate lock position due to a change in the operating condition and the valve timing of the engine valve after
having been switched is a valve timing value on the phase-retard side with respect to the intermediate lock position, a first
intermediate lock release is executed such that the valve timing is controlled to the phase-advance side with respect to the
intermediate lock position for moving the phase-retard side intermediate-position holding member out of engagement with the
first rotor and the second rotor, and thereafter a second intermediate lock release is executed such that the valve timing
is controlled to the phase-retard side with respect to the intermediate lock position for moving the phase-advance side intermediate-position
holding member out of engagement with the first rotor and the second rotor; and

when the intermediate lock by the intermediate lock mechanism is released prior to switching of the valve timing from the
intermediate lock position due to a change in the operating condition and the valve timing of the engine valve after having
been switched is a valve timing value on the phase-advance side with respect to the intermediate lock position, the first
intermediate lock release is executed such that the valve timing is controlled to the phase-retard side with respect to the
intermediate lock position for moving the phase-advance side intermediate-position holding member out of engagement with the
first rotor and the second rotor, and thereafter the second intermediate lock release is executed such that the valve timing
is controlled to the phase-advance side with respect to the intermediate lock position for moving the phase-retard side intermediate-position
holding member out of engagement with the first rotor and the second rotor.

US Pat. No. 9,242,571

CHARGE MANAGING SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A charge managing system for an automated guided vehicle, the system managing charge of each of a plurality of automated
guided vehicles that travels on an orbiting route in an unmanned manner using an electric power of a battery mounted thereon
as a driving source, the battery being charged at a charging station that is located at a predetermined position on the orbiting
route, the charge managing system comprising:
an after-charging voltage recording unit for recording a voltage after charging at the charging station for each of the automated
guided vehicles;

a charge priority setting unit for setting up a charge priority of each of the automated guided vehicles on the basis of voltage
values of the voltages after charging recorded in the after-charging voltage recording unit; and

a charging target value setting unit for setting up a charging target value of each of the automated guided vehicles on the
basis of the charge priorities set up by the charge priority setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,188,602

ACCELERATION DETECTION DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An acceleration detection device, comprising:
a neutral control entry calculation unit that calculates an entry acceleration after a predetermined time has elapsed from
a start of neutral control;

a neutral control exit calculation unit that calculates an exit acceleration from an end of the neutral control to a starting
clutch engagement;

a neutral control change calculation unit that calculates an acceleration change by subtracting the exit acceleration from
the entry acceleration;

an acceleration changes estimating unit that estimates a change in acceleration based on a road surface gradient calculated
from the entry acceleration and a gradient-acceleration map;

a correction amount calculation unit that calculates a correction amount by subtracting the estimated change in acceleration
from the calculated acceleration change calculated by the neutral control change calculation unit;

a correction amount restriction unit that calculates a restricted correction amount to limit a magnitude of the correction
amount based on a previously determined restricted correction amount and a preset limit value; and

a zero point correction unit that corrects a zero point position of an acceleration sensor signal by adding the restricted
correction amount to the zero point position based on an acceleration sensor signal after neutral control at transition from
a vehicle stationary state to the running state, wherein the restricted correction amount is reset to zero after the zero
point position is corrected.

US Pat. No. 9,650,722

CHROME-PLATED PART AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A method of manufacturing a chrome-plated part, comprising:
forming a corrosion distribution plating layer configured for corrosion current distribution; a bright nickel plating layer;
and a non-sulfur nickel plating layer over a body, wherein the bright nickel plating layer is provided between the corrosion
distribution plating layer and the non-sulfur nickel plating layer, and the non-sulfur nickel plating layer is more noble
potential than the bright nickel plating layer;

forming a 0.05 to 2.5 micrometers thick trivalent chromium plating layer on the corrosion distribution plating layer using
basic chromium sulfate as a metal source, the trivalent chromium plating layer having a composition comprising 3 to 19 at
% of C, 55 to 95 at % of Cr, 1 to 22 at % of O, and 1 to 7 at % of Fe and having 5000/cm2 or more of micropores;

forming a not less than 7 nm thick chromium compound film on the trivalent chromium plating layer by cathode acidic electrolytic
chromating,

wherein the cathode acidic electrolytic chromating is performed at a current density of 0.1 to 1.0 A/dm2 for 10 to 90 seconds in a bath containing at least 20 to 40 g/l of any one of chromate and chromic anhydride and having a
pH of 1.0 to 5.5 and a temperature of 20 to 70° C., and

wherein forming the corrosion distribution plating layer is carried out in a microporous nickel plating bath so that the 5000/cm2 or more of micropores are produced in the trivalent chromium plating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,206,803

OIL PUMP APPARATUS WITH PUMP SECTION AND SEGMENTED OIL INTAKE CIRCUIT

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. An oil pump apparatus for supplying an oil to a vehicular transmission, comprising:
a pump section including a pump to suck the oil from an oil reservoir through an inlet port into a pumping chamber, to discharge
the oil through an outlet port and to supply the oil to the transmission;

an intake circuit provided between the oil reservoir and the pump section and arranged to convey the oil sucked from the oil
reservoir to the inlet port of the pump section,

the intake circuit including a proximal segment, an intermediate segment and a distal segment,
the proximal segment extending from a proximal first connecting end portion connected with the inlet port of the pump section,
to a proximal second connecting end portion connected with the intermediate segment,

the intermediate segment extending from an intermediate first connecting end portion connected with the proximal second connecting
end portion of the proximal segment, to an intermediate second connecting end portion which is connected with the distal segment
at a position higher than a position of the intermediate first connecting end portion and which is located at a position higher
than a position of the intermediate first connecting end portion of the intermediate segment, and

the distal segment extending from a distal first connecting end portion connected with the intermediate second connecting
end portion of the intermediate segment to an end portion formed with a suction opening to suck the oil from the oil reservoir
into the intake circuit, the distal first connecting end portion of the distal segment being located at a position higher
than the suction opening,

wherein the pump section further includes a pump main body including an intake port forming the inlet port, a discharge port
forming the outlet port and at least the pumping chamber, and a volume of an inside bore of the distal segment of the intake
circuit is smaller than a volume of a space formed in the pump main body.

US Pat. No. 9,318,989

THREE-PHASE AC INDUCTION MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE AND THREE-PHASE AC INDUCTION MOTOR CONTROL METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

6. A three-phase AC induction motor control device configured to control a torque based on a two-axis orthogonal coordinate
system in synchronization with a power supply angular frequency, the control device comprising:
a non-interference control means for receiving a motor rotation speed, a torque command value, and a power supply voltage
as an input and computing a torque axis non-interference compensation voltage and a magnetic flux axis non-interference compensation
voltage by referencing a map stored in advance; and

a non-interference magnetic flux response filtering means for performing filtering for the torque axis non-interference compensation
voltage depending on a rotor magnetic flux response delay.

US Pat. No. 9,251,426

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT DETECTION DEVICE, THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT DETECTION METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A three-dimensional object detection device comprising:
an image capturing device configured to capture an area rearward of a vehicle; and
a computer, the computer including
a three-dimensional object detection unit programmed to detect a three-dimensional object rearward of the vehicle and calculating
a traveling speed of the three-dimensional object, based on images obtained by the image capturing device,

a rainfall state detection unit programmed to detect a state of rainfall including cases of rainfall or formation of a water
film on a road surface due to rainfall,

a three-dimensional object assessment unit programmed to assess the three-dimensional object to be another vehicle when the
traveling speed of the three-dimensional object detected by the three-dimensional object detection unit lies within a preset
setting range, and

a controller programmed to change the traveling speed setting range to be narrower when the rainfall state detection unit
has detected a rainfall state.

US Pat. No. 9,073,044

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING CATALYST AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A production method of an exhaust gas purifying catalyst comprising: noble metal particles; first compounds supporting
the noble metal particles; and second compounds formed on peripheries of the first compounds on which the noble metal particles
are supported and covering both the noble metal particles and the first compounds, wherein simplexes or aggregates of the
first compounds supporting the noble metal particles are included in sections partitioned by the second compounds, and the
movement of the simplexes or aggregates is suppressed within the sections,
the method comprising:
a first step of preparing a composite colloidal solution in which the noble metal particles contact the first compounds; and
a second step of forming the second compounds on the peripheries of the first compounds in the colloidal solution, the first
compounds being brought into contact with the noble metal particles.

US Pat. No. 9,267,835

FAILURE DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS FOR FUEL LEVEL SENSOR AND FAILURE DIAGNOSIS METHOD FOR FUEL LEVEL SENSOR

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A failure diagnosis apparatus for a fuel level sensor, the fuel level sensor detecting a fuel remaining quantity within
a fuel tank, the fuel tank including at least a first tank and a second tank, the failure diagnosis apparatus comprising:
a range determining unit for determining a range of a fuel remaining quantity on the basis of an output value of the fuel
level sensor, the range being classified into a plurality of ranges in accordance with an output characteristic of the fuel
level sensor; and

a range failure diagnosis unit for carrying out failure diagnosis of the fuel level sensor for each range by comparing a fuel
consumption quantity since the ranges of a fuel remaining quantity are changed with a failure determining threshold value
individually set up for each range,

wherein in a dead zone range, in which a change in the output value of the fuel level sensor becomes smaller than the change
before a fuel consumer is switched from the first tank to the second tank when the fuel consumer is switched, the range failure
diagnosis unit sets the failure determining threshold value to a value corresponding to a fuel consumption quantity required
to pass through the dead zone range.

US Pat. No. 9,073,503

FRONT STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE BODY

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A front structure of a vehicle body comprising:
a side member placed along a side extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle body;
a bumper reinforce extending in a vehicle width direction and connected to an end portion of the side member toward a front
side of the vehicle body;

a load transmission member placed at an end portion of the bumper reinforce in the vehicle width direction, temporarily attached
to the side member with a temporary attachment member and projecting toward a rear side of the vehicle body;

a receiving portion placed on the side member to receive the load transmission member when the load transmission member receives
an impact load from the front side of the vehicle body and moves toward the rear side of the vehicle body; and

a reinforcing portion placed on the side member at a position corresponding to the receiving portion,
wherein a gap in the vehicle width direction between an inner side surface of the load transmission member in the vehicle
width direction and an outer side surface of the side member in the vehicle width direction is set to be greater than an amount
of projection of the receiving portion projecting outward in the vehicle width direction from outer side surface of the side
member in the vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,400,126

MAGNETIC HEATING/COOLING APPARATUS

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A magnetic cooling/heating apparatus comprising:
a heat transfer unit comprising a plurality of heat transfer devices arranged in parallel at intervals, wherein the heat transfer
device comprises magnetic bodies with a magneto-caloric effect and heat-conductive parts that transfer the heat of the magnetic
bodies, both of which are alternately arranged;

a magnetic unit comprising a plurality of magnets that are arranged so as to face against each of the magnetic bodies of the
heat transfer unit and to selectively apply and remove the magnetic field to/from each of the magnetic bodies; and

a motor that moves at least one of the heat transfer unit and the magnetic unit facing each other, relative to each other
in the direction in which the heat transfer devices are arranged,

wherein a magnetically-permeable heat-insulating part that has the equivalent magnetic permeability to that of the magnetic
bodies and blocks heat conduction is formed between the heat transfer devices of the heat transfer unit.

US Pat. No. 9,327,622

LOAD TRANSFER STRUCTURE AGAINST SIDE IMPACT

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A load transfer structure against a side impact, the structure comprising:
a seatback frame; and
a load receiving member disposed on the seatback frame to contact with a side wall of a vehicle body and to receive an impact
load when the side wall of the vehicle body is moved toward a vehicle cabin by a side impact, wherein

the load receiving member includes a horizontal portion extending laterally, an inclined portion extended obliquely outward
and upward from an outer end of the horizontal portion, and a curved portion that is provided between the horizontal portion
and the inclined portion and whose inner edge and outer edge are formed as concave edges, respectively, and

a bisector of an angle between straight edges continued from both ends of the outer concave edge and a bisector of an angle
between straight edges continued from both ends of the inner concave edge intersect with each other in the curved portion.

US Pat. No. 9,285,026

DIFFERENTIAL GEAR CASE AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING SAME

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A differential gear case comprising:
a container housing of a differential gear, the container housing having on an outer surface thereof an annular flange that
extends around an axis of rotation of the container housing, and one of two areas of the container housing that are separated
by the annular flange being formed with an opening that is communicated with a containing space formed in the container housing,

in which:
the area of the container housing that is formed with the opening is provided with a fixing portion that is used for fixing
the differential gear case, and

the fixing portion comprises two flat surfaces that are in parallel with a plane surface containing the axis of rotation of
the container housing and arranged around the axis of rotation keeping a space therebetween,

wherein an edge portion bordering the opening has, at an outside edge portion of a side that substantially parallels the annular
flange, the fixing portion that is integral with the edge portion, and wherein the fixing portion has a rectangular cross
section that includes the two flat surfaces and a flat upper end surface that extends between the two flat surfaces; and in
which the fixing portion includes two flat raised portions, each arranged at outside ends of the outside edge portion and
integral with the two flat surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,325,003

NEGATIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL FOR ELECTRIC DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A negative electrode active material for an electric device, comprising an alloy consisting of, in terms of mass ratio,
35%?Si?70% [35%?Si?68%], 7%?Sn?30%, 7%?Ti?37% or 35%?Si?52%, 30%?Sn?51%, 7%?Ti?35%, and inevitable impurities as a residue,
wherein a composition of the alloy produces an initial discharge capacity greater than 1000 mAh/g and a discharge capacity
retention after 50 cycles of 93% or greater.

US Pat. No. 9,283,956

HYBRID VEHICLE RAPID DECELERATION CONTROL DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A rapid deceleration control device of a hybrid vehicle in which a motor is positioned between an engine and a drive road
wheel and the engine and the motor are connected through a clutch,
the rapid deceleration control device comprising:
a rapid deceleration judging means for judging whether or not a deceleration of the vehicle is a rapid deceleration of a predetermined
value or greater, wherein the rapid deceleration causes the engine to be disconnected from the motor through disengagement
of the clutch; and

a fuel cut means for stopping feeding of fuel to the engine,
wherein when, under running of the vehicle with the clutch engaged, the rapid deceleration judging means judges that the deceleration
is equal to or greater than the predetermined value, the fuel cut means stops feeding of fuel to the engine.

US Pat. No. 9,209,563

POWER SUPPLY CONNECTOR AND METHOD FOR UNLOCKING POWER SUPPLY CONNECTOR

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A power supply connector for electric automobiles, which comprises:
a connector body;
a case for accommodating the connector body;
a grasping member that is attached to the case;
a lock lever that limits the movement of the case with respect to the grasping member;
a link member that is linked to the lock lever; and
an electromagnetic solenoid that is fixed to the grasping member; wherein
a plunger of the electromagnetic solenoid is connected to the link member, and
when the lock lever is in a released state, the connector body and the grasping member are slidable in a direction of nearly
the same axis line with respect to the case, and

by sliding the grasping member with respect to the case and operating the electromagnetic solenoid while the lock lever is
locked to the case, a state in which the lock lever is locked to the case by the link member is maintained, and further,

a cover is provided on the grasping member, and a pin that penetrates the lock lever can be extracted by opening the cover.

US Pat. No. 9,219,377

BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS AND BATTERY CHARGING METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A battery charging apparatus for charging a battery including a lithium secondary cell, the battery charging apparatus
comprising:
a charging section configured to charge the lithium secondary cell with at least one of charging current and charging power
manipulated;

a current measuring section configured to obtain a measured value of a charging current applied to the lithium secondary cell;
a voltage measuring section configured to obtain a measured value of a terminal voltage of the lithium secondary cell;
a temperature measuring section configured to obtain a measured value of temperature of the lithium secondary cell; and
a control section configured to repeat a process during charging of the lithium secondary cell, wherein the process includes:
calculating a lithium deposition threshold voltage value based on the measured value of the charging current, such that lithium
may be deposited in the lithium secondary cell when the terminal voltage is above the lithium deposition threshold voltage
value;

comparing the measured value of the terminal voltage with the calculated lithium deposition threshold voltage value; and
controlling the at least one of charging current and charging power based on a result of the comparison,
wherein the control section is configured to calculate the lithium deposition threshold voltage value such that the calculated
lithium deposition threshold voltage value decreases as the measured value of the charging current increases and as the measured
value of temperature decreases.

US Pat. No. 9,200,698

ROLLER-TYPE FRICTION TRANSMISSION UNIT

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A roller-type friction transmission unit, wherein:
an outer peripheral surface of a first roller and an outer peripheral surface of a second roller are pressed in a radial direction
of the first and second rollers into pressing contact with one another, to allow frictional power transmission between the
first and second rollers;

one of the first and second rollers is connected to a driveline to main driving wheels of a four wheel drive vehicle;
another one of the first and second rollers is connected to a driveline to auxiliary driving wheels of the four wheel drive
vehicle; and

the outer peripheral surface of the first roller and the outer peripheral surface of the second roller are shaped to allow
the outer peripheral surface of the first roller and the outer peripheral surface of the second roller to be in contact with
one another at a plurality of spots arranged in an axial direction of the first and second rollers.

US Pat. No. 9,291,074

ENGINE WASTE-HEAT UTILIZATION DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An engine-waste-heat utilization device, comprising:
a Rankine cycle with a heat exchanger that is configured to recover waste-heat of an engine to refrigerant, an expander that
is configured to generate power using the refrigerant coming out from the heat exchanger, a condenser that is configured to
condense the refrigerant coming out from the expander and a refrigerant pump that is configured to supply the refrigerant
coming out from the condenser to the heat exchanger by being driven by the expander;

a power transmission mechanism that is configured to transmit surplus power to the engine when the expander has spare power
even if the refrigerant pump is driven;

a clutch that is configured to connect and disconnecting power transmission by the power transmission mechanism; and
a case provided near a high-temperature part of the engine such that a shaft of the expander and that of the refrigerant pump
are coaxially arranged, the clutch, the refrigerant pump and the expander are integrally housed in this order and the expander
has a higher temperature than the clutch.

US Pat. No. 9,956,941

ON-BOARD DEVICE CONTROLLING ACCUMULATION REMOVING UNITS

Clarion Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. An on-board device, that outputs a control signal to a cleaning control unit that controls accumulation removing units used to remove accumulations settled on a photographic lens in an on-board camera by adopting a plurality of methods, comprising:an accumulation detection unit that detects an accumulation settled on the photographic lens from a photographic image output from the on-board camera when a vehicle speed input thereto is equal to or higher than a predetermined vehicle speed;
a selection unit that selects an accumulation removing unit adopting a first method among the accumulation removing units adopting the plurality of methods;
a removal decision unit that determines, based upon the photographic image, whether or not the accumulation has been removed from the photographic lens through a removal operation performed by the accumulation removing unit adopting the first method, which has been selected by the selection unit; and
a mask image storing unit that stores, if the removal decision unit determines that an accumulation has not been removed from the photographic lens even after a removal operation has been performed by engaging each of the accumulation removing units adopting the plurality of methods a predetermined plurality of number of times set in correspondence to each of the accumulation removing units adopting the plurality of methods, an image of the unremoved accumulation as a mask image, wherein the accumulation detection unit determines the accumulation stored as the mask image in the mask image storing unit as a non-detection target, wherein:
if the removal decision unit determines that the accumulation has not been removed from the photographic lens, the selection unit selects an accumulation removing unit adopting a second method, different from the accumulation removing unit adopting the first method;
the accumulation removing unit adopting the first method removes the accumulation by using compressed air;
the accumulation removing unit adopting the second method removes the accumulation by using a washer liquid;
when a number of times a removal operation has been performed by engaging the accumulation removing unit adopting the first method is equal to or smaller than a first predetermined value, the selection unit selects the accumulation removing unit adopting the first method;
when a number of times a removal operation has been performed by engaging the accumulation removing unit adopting the first method is greater than the first predetermined value and the number of times a removal operation has been performed by engaging the accumulation removing unit adopting the second method is equal to or smaller than a second predetermined value, the selection unit selects the accumulation removing unit adopting the second method; and
when the number of times a removal operation has been performed by engaging the accumulation removing unit adopting the first method is greater than the first predetermined value and the number of times a removal operation has been performed by engaging the accumulation removing unit adopting the second method is greater than the second predetermined value, the mask image storing unit stores the mask image.

US Pat. No. 9,558,546

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT DETECTION DEVICE, AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT DETECTION METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A three-dimensional object detection device comprising:
an image capturing device mounted on a host vehicle, and comprising a lens for capturing images behind the host vehicle;
a three-dimensional object detection unit programmed to detect a presence of a three-dimensional object in a detection area
based on captured images acquired by the image capturing unit; and

a nighttime assessment unit programmed to assess whether or not nighttime has fallen;
a luminance detection unit programmed to detect a luminance of a plurality of image areas based on the captured image;
a luminance peak detection unit programmed to detect a peak in the luminance having a luminance gradient that is greater than
or equal to a predetermined reference value from among the peaks in the luminance detected by the luminance detection unit
as a target luminance peak; and

a controller programmed to control detection of the three-dimensional object by the three-dimensional object detection unit
in an image area in which the target luminance peak is detected when an assessment has been made that nighttime has fallen
by the nighttime assessment unit.

US Pat. No. 9,387,993

CONVEYOR APPARATUS

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A conveyor apparatus conveying a bagged electrode that is formed by sandwiching an electrode by a pair of separators and
by partly welding an outer circumference of the pair of separators, the conveyor apparatus comprising:
a conveyor unit conveying the bagged electrode while holding the bagged electrode;
an operating unit performing an operation of the exposed bagged electrode at a part of a conveyor line of the conveyor unit;
and

an air-blowing unit blowing toward a surface that is an opposite side to a held surface of the bagged electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,340,196

COASTING DOWNSHIFT CONTROL DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A coasting downshift control device of an automatic transmission, the automatic transmission being configured to transmit
power from an engine through a torque converter and configured to shift the torque converter to a coast lockup state where
an input element and an output element are directly coupled together under a predetermined condition during coast-torque transmission
with the engine kept in a no-load condition, and configured to cause a reengagement downshift to a low-speed-gear shift stage
by a transition of a first speed-change friction element to an engagement side and a transition of a second speed-change friction
element to a release side in the coast lockup state, the coasting downshift control device comprising:
a lockup release prediction means for predicting whether a release of the coast lockup state occurs during the reengagement
downshift in the coast lockup state; and

an engagement-side speed-change hydraulic pressure reduction means for reducing a hydraulic pressure for engagement of the
first speed-change friction element from a lockup-ON state hydraulic pressure to a lockup-OFF state hydraulic pressure suited
for first speed-change friction element during the coast-torque transmission in a lockup-OFF state and less than the lockup-ON
state hydraulic pressure from a point of time when the coast lockup state is predicted to be released during the reengagement
downshift.

US Pat. No. 9,153,807

LAMINATED BATTERY AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A laminated battery formed by laminating a plurality of flat cells each having an electrode tab, comprising:
at least one insulating member disposed to prevent the electrode tab from a short-circuit; and
a terminal connected to the electrode tab,
wherein a tip end side of the terminal is inserted in a support member provided on the at least one insulating member such
that the terminal is supported by the support member.

US Pat. No. 9,211,906

VEHICLE SUSPENSION DEVICE, AUTOMOBILE USING THE SAME, AND TURNING CONTROL METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle suspension device, comprising:
an axle carrier having an axle of rotatably supporting a turning wheel;
a first lower link member and a second lower link member configured to individually couple a vehicle side support part and
the axle carrier, on a lower side of the axle; and

a first upper link member and a second upper link member configured to individually couple the vehicle side support part and
the axle carrier, on an upper side of the axle,

wherein the first lower link member and the second lower link member is configured to cross each other, and forms a lower
link structure to move a virtual lower pivot point represented by a cross point of the first lower link member and the second
lower link member, in a planer view, toward an outer side in a vehicle width direction and frontward in the planer view, when
the turning wheel is turned from a straight travel state, and

wherein the first upper link member and the second upper forms an upper link structure having a component moving a virtual
upper pivot point represented by a cross point of the first upper link member and the second upper link member, in the planer
view, at least toward the outer side and frontward in the vehicle width direction, when the turning wheel is turned from the
straight travel state.

US Pat. No. 9,284,893

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ROTATION SPEED OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An apparatus for controlling rotation speed of an internal combustion engine, comprising:
an intake air quantity change section configured to change an intake air quantity in the internal combustion engine;
a compression ratio change section configured to change a mechanical compression ratio in the internal combustion engine;
a rotation speed detection section configured to detect actual rotation speed of the internal combustion engine; and
a control section configured to calculate a deviation between a target rotation speed and the actual rotation speed during
execution of rotation speed control to bring the actual rotation speed of the internal combustion engine close to the target
rotation speed, select either one or both of the intake air quantity and the mechanical compression ratio as control targets
in accordance with magnitude of the deviation, and reduce the deviation by changing the selected either one or both of the
intake air quantity and the mechanical compression ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,227,635

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF ASSISTING A DRIVER OF A VEHICLE

NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC...

1. A method of assisting a driver of a vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:
identifying a road to be driven by the driver using a position determination unit;
selecting a parameter to assist a driver of the vehicle in driving a segment of the road, the parameter including information
on a location of a boundary along the road and a location of a preferred trajectory to be driven along the road with respect
to the boundary and indicates when to apply a feedback force, the parameter further including a feedback force gradient for
determining the amount of the feedback force to be applied, the feedback force being calculated according to the feedback
force gradient;

determining, via a controller in communication with a sensor system, whether a current trajectory of the vehicle while travelling
the road is deviating from the preferred trajectory of the vehicle along the road; and

providing a feedback operation to assist the driver in guiding the vehicle nearer to the preferred trajectory based on the
selected parameter, the feedback operation including the application of the feedback force.

US Pat. No. 9,446,673

CHARGING PORT DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A charging port device for an electric vehicle, comprising:
a charging port having an engaged part configured to engage an engaging part of a charging connector, and receive power from
an external power supply being supplied to the charging port when in an engaged state; and

a lock mechanism including a restricting member moveable in a locking direction and an unlocking direction to regulate release
of the engaging part, the lock mechanism being locked when the engaging part and the engaged part are in the engaged state,
and the restricting member is moved in the locking direction to restrict the engaged state between the engaging part and the
engaged part from being released, and the lock mechanism being unlocked, when the restricting member is moved in the unlocking
direction, which is opposite the locking direction, enabling a release operation,

the lock mechanism, while the restricting member is being moved to a predetermined position which corresponds to one of a
locked state or an unlocked state, imparts a torque using a motor to move the restricting member to an inner-side position
that is near the predetermined position and to move the restricting member from the inner-side position to the predetermined
position using a toggle spring that is disposed between the restricting member and a vehicle body side.

US Pat. No. 9,079,492

ACCELERATOR PEDAL DEVICE

MIKUNI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An accelerator pedal device, comprising:
a pedal arm working in conjunction with an accelerator pedal;
a housing to swingably support the pedal arm around a prescribed pivot axis line between a rest position and a maximum applied
position;

a hysteresis generation mechanism that comes in contact with a vicinity of an upper end of the pedal arm to generate hysteresis
in a pedal force of the accelerator pedal, the hysteresis generation mechanism being formed to be detachably engaged with
the upper end of the pedal arm and formed in a concave portion of the housing; and

an active control mechanism to perform control to push back the pedal arm toward the rest position under prescribed conditions
between the pivot axis line and the hysteresis generation mechanism, the active control mechanism being detachably engaged
with an engagement part provided on an upper end of the pedal arm,

wherein the active control mechanism includes a drive source having a rotor that rotates around a rotating axis line within
a prescribed angle provided in the housing, and a return lever that is directly connected to an axis of the rotor, the return
lever including an apical part that is detachably engaged with a receptive groove that is formed within the engagement part,
the return lever being rotatably driven with the drive source in a same rotational direction as a rotational direction of
a swinging of the pedal arm toward the rest position,

wherein the return lever is detachably engaged in the receptive groove to apply the push back force to the pedal arm directly
by rotating in the same rotational direction as the rotational direction of the swinging of the pedal arm toward the rest
position, and

wherein the hysteresis generation mechanism includes a first slider having a first inclined surface and an engagement surface,
a second slider having a second inclined surface and a reception surface, and a return spring to generate biasing force that
returns the pedal arm to the rest position, the first inclined surface slidably contacting the second inclined surface, the
engagement surface being detachably engaged with the engagement part of the upper end of the pedal arm, the reception surface
receiving one end of the return spring, and

wherein the engagement part of the upper end of the pedal arm is detachably engaged with the first slider of the hysteresis
generation mechanism and the receptive groove to detachably receive the return lever of the active control mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,318,753

FUEL CELL

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fuel cell, comprising:
a membrane electrode assembly with a frame at a peripheral portion; and
a separator disposed on both sides of the frame and the membrane electrode assembly,
wherein a protrusion and a counterpart groove where a tip of the protrusion is inserted are respectively formed on portions
of the frame and the separator facing each other, and the tip of the protrusion is immersed in an adhesive that is injected
in the groove such that the groove and the protrusion are joined to each other, and

a room is formed between the frame and the separator on the groove at least at a side of the protrusion closer to the membrane
electrode assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,391,335

SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A solid oxide fuel cell system comprising:
a fuel cell stack including a fuel electrode and an oxidant electrode;
a reformer configured to reform a fuel gas into a reformed gas and to supply the reformed gas to the fuel electrode of the
fuel cell stack;

a combustion unit provided to start the system and configured to supply a combustion gas to the oxidant electrode of the fuel
cell stack, the combustion gas containing an inert gas as a component;

a combustion gas flow passage configured to supply part of the combustion gas discharged from the combustion unit to the fuel
electrode of the fuel cell stack;

a combustion gas container disposed in the middle of the combustion gas flow passage and configured to contain the combustion
gas; and

a control unit programmed to:
supply part of the combustion gas discharged from the combustion unit to the oxidant electrode of the fuel cell stack and
cause the combustion gas container to contain the other part of the combustion gas discharged from the combustion unit at
the time of starting the system, and

control in such a way as to fill the combustion gas contained in the combustion gas container into the fuel electrode of the
fuel cell stack at the time of stopping the system.

US Pat. No. 9,312,716

BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A battery charging system, comprising:
a heavy electric line adapted to make electrical connection with an external power source;
an in-vehicle battery connected electrically with the heavy electric line and arranged to be charged with power supplied through
the heavy electric line;

a load connected electrically with the heavy electric line and arranged to receive power supplied through the heavy electric
line;

a calculating section configured to calculate a charging power allowable by the battery, as an allowable battery power;
a battery power requesting section configured to request supply of charging power to the battery;
a load power requesting section configured to request supply of power to the load; and
a controlling section configured to control supply power to be supplied from the external power source to the battery and
the load, in accordance with a request charging power from the battery power requesting section and a request load power from
the load power requesting section,

the controlling section being configured:
to limit power supplied from the external power source to the battery to the allowable battery power, and
to distribute the supply power from the external power source between the battery and the load in a state holding limitation
of limiting the supply power from the external power source to the battery to the allowable battery power when a request for
the supply of power to the load is generated by the load power requesting section.

US Pat. No. 9,257,692

FLAT-TYPE BATTERY

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A flat battery, comprising:
a power generating element accommodated in an inner space formed by sealing outer peripheral edges of package members;
a collector connected to an electrode plate of the power generating element; and
an electrode tab taken out from the outer peripheral edges of the package members,
wherein the electrode tab includes a conducting portion and a stress relieving portion,
wherein the conducting portion has a plurality of conductors of the same polarity being joined to the same collector and extending
in parallel to each other from the same collector toward the outer peripheral edges of the package members for power output
from the power generating element, and

wherein the stress relieving portion is formed of a material having higher elasticity than that of the conducting portion
and arranged between adjacent conductors of the plurality of conductors of the same polarity.

US Pat. No. 9,488,271

CONTROL DEVICE FOR BELT-TYPE CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A control device for a belt-type continuously variable transmission, the control device comprising:
a drive source;
a belt-type continuously-variable transmitting mechanism including
a primary pulley,
a secondary pulley, and
a belt wound on sheave surfaces of both the primary and secondary pulleys and formed by stacking multiple elements in an annular
shape;

a forward/reverse switching mechanism
provided between the drive source and the belt-type continuously-variable transmitting mechanism,
configured to switch a transmission-input rotational direction by engaging a forward-side friction engagement element when
a range position is a forward running range and by engaging a reverse-side friction engagement element when the range position
is a reverse running range, and

configured to release both of the forward-side and reverse-side friction engagement elements when the range position is a
non-running range;

a hydraulic control circuit configured to control pulley hydraulic pressures for the primary pulley and the secondary pulley
and engagement-element pressures for the forward-side friction engagement element and the reverse-side friction engagement
element; and

a selection control section configured to control the hydraulic control circuit to cause the pulley hydraulic pressure to
be equal to an idle-time clamping pressure which is higher than an idle-time minimum pressure calculated from an input torque,
when the drive source is in operation during a selection of the non-running range.

US Pat. No. 9,299,965

PRODUCTION DEVICE FOR PACKAGED ELECTRODE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PACKAGED ELECTRODE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A production device for a packaged electrode in which an electrode is sandwiched between a pair of separators, comprising:
a conveyance unit that superimposes the electrode and the pair of separators from a front end side of a conveying direction
while conveying the electrode and the pair of separators;

a first joining unit that joins lateral edges to each other, the lateral edges being among edge portions of the pair of separators
and extending along the conveying direction;

a second joining unit that joins at least either front edges or rear edges to each other, the front edges and the rear edges
being among the edge portions of the pair of separators and located in the conveying direction; and

a controller that controls actuation of the conveyance unit, the first joining unit, and the second joining unit, wherein
the controller causes the first joining unit to join the lateral edges of the pair of separators to each other, which are
superimposed while being conveyed by the conveyance unit, from the front end side of the conveying direction, and causes the
second joining unit to join at least either the front edges or the rear edges of the pair of separators in a state where conveyance
by the conveyance unit is stopped.

US Pat. No. 9,057,435

VEHICLE STARTUP CONTROL DEVICE AND STARTUP CONTROL METHOD

JATCO LTD, Fuji-shi (JP)...

1. A device for controlling a start of a vehicle in which an output of a driving force source is output from a transmission
via a torque converter including a lock-up clutch, the device comprising:
a start request detection unit adapted to detect a start request for the vehicle;
a hydraulic pressure control circuit adapted to control torque transmitted by the lock-up clutch by controlling an engagement
force of the lock-up clutch when the vehicle starts;

a rotation speed detection unit adapted to detect an output rotation speed of the torque converter;
an elapse wait unit adapted to wait until a predetermined time period elapses since detection of the start request by the
start request detection unit;

an increase wait unit adapted to wait until the output rotation speed of the torque converter increases to a predetermined
rotation speed or higher when the vehicle starts; and

an engagement control unit adapted to issue an instruction to the hydraulic pressure control circuit such that the lock-up
clutch is placed in slip engagement and is able to transmit the torque when the following conditions are both satisfied: the
predetermined time period has elapsed since detection of the start request by the start request detection unit; and the output
rotation speed has increased to the predetermined rotation speed or higher.

US Pat. No. 9,434,372

STARTING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A starting control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:
a first clutch disposed in a drive transmission system for transmitting a driving force of an engine to a drive wheel, the
first clutch being configured to selectively connect and disconnect the transmission between the engine side and the drive
wheel side;

a motor disposed in the drive transmission system on the side of the drive wheel with respect to the first clutch for selectively
outputting the driving force to the drive transmission system, the motor being configured to output the driving force in the
engaged state of the first clutch to thereby start the engine;

an automatic transmission interposed between the motor and the drive wheel;
a mechanical pump that is driven by the motor to deliver operating hydraulic fluid to the automatic transmission via a line
pressure circuit;

a control valve disposed in the line pressure circuit to increase the operating hydraulic pressure of the line pressure circuit
in accordance with increase in an input torque to the automatic transmission;

a starting control section that is configured to perform an engine starting control for starting the engine by inputting a
torque from the motor with the first clutch engaged in response to an engine start request by the driving force of the motor
in an EV driving mode; and

a start determining section that is contained in the starting control section, the start determining section being configured
to calculate the transmission input torque representing the input torque to the automatic transmission and to perform the
engine starting control when the transmission input torque exceeds a preset input torque determined based on the operating
hydraulic pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,416,873

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A continuously variable transmission with a variator capable of continuously changing a speed ratio and a sub-transmission
mechanism connected to an output side of the variator and configured to switch a gear position by changing engaged states
of a plurality of frictional engagement elements, comprising:
a coordinated shift unit configured to perform a coordinated shift of changing a speed ratio of the variator in a direction
opposite to a speed ratio changing direction of the sub-transmission mechanism in shifting the sub-transmission mechanism;

a power-on downshift determination unit configured to determine whether or not the shift of the sub-transmission mechanism
is a power-on downshift caused by the depression of an accelerator pedal in the case of performing the coordinated shift;

a feedback control unit configured to control a capacity of the frictional engagement element of the sub-transmission mechanism
to be released according to a rotation speed feedback correction amount caused by a difference between a target input rotation
speed and an actual input rotation speed of the sub-transmission mechanism if the shift of the sub-transmission mechanism
is determined to be a power-on downshift;

a rotation stagnation determination unit configured to determine whether or not an input rotation speed of the sub-transmission
mechanism is stagnant; and

an addition unit configured to add a rotation speed change rate feedback correction amount caused by a difference between
a target input rotation speed change rate and an actual input rotation speed change rate of the sub-transmission mechanism
to the rotation speed feedback correction amount when the input rotation speed is determined to be stagnant.

US Pat. No. 9,306,211

POSITIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL, POSITIVE ELECTRODE FOR ELECTRICAL DEVICE, AND ELECTRICAL DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A positive electrode active material comprising:
a solid solution lithium-containing transition metal oxide represented by a compositional formula:
Li1.5[NiaCobMnc[Li]d]O3, where Li is lithium, Ni is nickel, Co is cobalt, Mn is manganese and O represents oxygen while a, b, c and d satisfy the following
relational expressions:
0.2?a?0.7,   (i)
0 0 0.15?d?0.4,   (iv)
a+b+c+d=1.5,   (v)
1.1?a+b+c?1.35,   (vi)and
0 a lithium-containing transition metal oxide represented by a compositional formula:
Li1.0Nia?Cob?Mnc?O2,
Li is lithium, Ni is nickel, Co is cobalt, Mn is manganese and O is oxygen, and a?, b? and c? satisfy the relations:
0 0 0 a?+b?+c?=1.0.  (iv)

US Pat. No. 9,115,806

CONTROL DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

JATCO LTD, Fuji-shi (JP)...

1. A control device for controlling an automatic transmission including a frictional engagement element adapted to transmit
rotation by being engaged by a supply of oil and to cut off transmission of the rotation by being released by discharging
the oil, comprising:
a first hydraulic pressure control unit structured to be mechanically coupled to a select lever and to supply and discharge
oil to and from the frictional engagement element according to an operation position of the select lever;

a range signal output unit adapted to output a range signal corresponding to the operation position of the select lever;
an abnormality determination unit adapted to determine an abnormality of the range signal output unit based on the range signal;
and

a second hydraulic pressure control unit structured to be arranged in series with the first hydraulic pressure control unit
and to supply and discharge the oil to and from the frictional engagement element in accordance with the range signal, the
second hydraulic pressure control unit being disposed between the first hydraulic pressure control unit and the frictional
engagement element;

wherein the first hydraulic pressure control unit forms an oil path enabling the supply of oil to the frictional engagement
element when the select lever is located in a travel range or between the travel range and a non-travel range adjacent to
the travel range and forms an oil path to discharge the oil from the frictional engagement element when the select lever is
located in the non-travel range, the non-travel range being an N-range or a P-range;

wherein the abnormality determination unit determines that a signal output from the range signal output unit is abnormal when
a signal corresponding to an intermediate position between the travel range and the non-travel range is continuously output
from the range signal output unit for an abnormality determination time, cancels the abnormality determination when only a
travel range signal is output from the range signal output unit after the abnormality is determined, and maintains the abnormality
determination when only a non-travel range signal is output from the range signal output unit after the abnormality is determined;
and

wherein the second hydraulic pressure control unit forms an oil path enabling the supply of the oil to the frictional engagement
element when the abnormality is determined by the abnormality determination unit or when only the travel range signal is output
and forms an oil path to discharge the oil from the frictional engagement element when a time during which the signal corresponding
to the intermediate position between the travel range and the non-travel range is output is shorter than the abnormality determination
time or when only the non-travel range signal is output.

US Pat. No. 9,438,145

MAGNET TEMPERATURE ESTIMATING SYSTEM FOR SYNCHRONOUS ELECTRIC MOTOR

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A magnet temperature estimating system for a synchronous electric motor having a permanent magnet comprising:
a superimposing unit configured to superimpose a voltage or current of a frequency different from a frequency of a fundamental
wave driving the synchronous electric motor on at least a d-axis of the synchronous electric motor;

a calculator configured to calculate an impedance of the synchronous electric motor from the superimposed voltage or current
and a current or voltage obtained by the superimposing; and

a magnet temperature estimating unit configured to estimate a temperature of the permanent magnet on the basis of the calculated
impedance.

US Pat. No. 9,352,301

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION CATALYST, EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION MONOLITH CATALYST, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION CATALYST

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An exhaust gas purification catalyst, comprising:
a first catalyst in which an oxide of general formula (1) is supported by an oxide configured to occlude and release oxygen,
LaxM1-xM?O3-?  (1)

where La is lanthanum, M is at least one selected from a group consisting of barium (Ba), strontium (Sr) and calcium (Ca),
M? is at least one selected from a group consisting of iron (Fe), cobalt (Co), nickel (Ni) and manganese (Mn), ? is the amount
of oxygen defect, and x and ? satisfy 0
a second catalyst containing a noble metal,
wherein a particle size of the oxide configured to occlude and release oxygen is within a range from 1 to 50 nm, and
a particle size of the oxide of the general formula (1) is within a range from 1 to 30 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,222,579

BELT-DRIVE CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A belt-drive continuously variable transmission comprising:
a primary pulley comprising a primary fixed sheave having a primary fixed sheave shaft and a primary moveable sheave having
a primary moveable sheave sleeve, the primary moveable sheave sleeve being fitted onto the primary fixed sheave shaft and
slidably moveable relative to the primary fixed sheave shaft in an axial direction of the primary pulley,

a secondary pulley comprising a secondary fixed sheave having a secondary fixed sheave shaft and a secondary moveable sheave
having a secondary moveable sheave sleeve, the secondary moveable sheave sleeve being fitted onto the secondary fixed sheave
shaft and slidably moveable relative to the secondary fixed sheave shaft in an axial direction of the secondary pulley,

a belt wound on the primary pulley and the secondary pulley to transmit a driving force from a drive source to the primary
pulley and the secondary pulley;

a first fixed side axial groove extending on an outer circumferential surface of the primary fixed sheave shaft in the axial
direction of the primary pulley;

a first moveable side axial groove extending on an inner circumferential surface of the primary moveable sheave sleeve in
the axial direction of the primary pulley so as to be opposed to the first fixed side axial groove;

a first intervening member disposed between the first fixed side axial groove and the first moveable side axial groove, the
first intervening member serving to reduce slide resistance that is caused when the primary moveable sheave sleeve makes an
axial slide motion in a transmission range between a third transmission ratio and a second transmission ratio,

a first axial tapered groove formed as a part of at least one of the first fixed side axial groove and the first moveable
side axial groove which is disposed corresponding to a first transmission ratio range, the first axial tapered groove being
formed such that a depth defined between the first fixed side axial groove and the first moveable side axial groove is gradually
reduced toward a side of a first transmission ratio which is higher than the second transmission ratio, and

a first intervening member displacement limiting member arranged to limit an amount of displacement of the first intervening
member relative to the primary fixed sheave shaft or the primary moveable sheave sleeve along the first fixed side axial groove
or the first moveable side axial groove,

wherein when the primary moveable sheave sleeve is moved toward a lock position in which the primary moveable sheave sleeve
is to be locked, the lock position corresponding to the first transmission ratio, the first intervening member displacement
limiting member is configured to input an engagement force produced by a hydraulic thrust acting on the primary moveable sheave
to the first intervening member, the engaging force being exerted on the first intervening member in a same direction as the
hydraulic thrust so as to urge the first intervening member into the first axial tapered groove, wherein the first intervening
member is urged into the first axial tapered groove so as to be fitted therein,

wherein when the primary moveable sheave sleeve is moved apart from the lock position thereof, the first intervening member
displacement limiting member is configured to input a disengagement force produced by a belt reaction force acting on the
primary moveable sheave to the first intervening member, and

wherein the first intervening member is arranged to move relative to the first intervening member displacement limiting member.

US Pat. No. 9,212,742

CONTROLLER AND CONTROL METHOD OF BELT-TYPE CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A control method for a belt-type continuously variable transmission configured to perform a belt slip control in which
a belt slip condition among a primary pulley, a secondary pulley, and a belt is controlled by a hydraulic pressure, the belt
slip control of the control method comprising:
oscillating the hydraulic pressure and monitoring a phase difference calculated on the basis of a multiplication value of
an oscillation component included in an actual hydraulic pressure and an oscillation component included in an actual variable
speed ratio to estimate the belt slip condition;

controlling the hydraulic pressure to maintain a predetermined belt slip condition by reducing the hydraulic pressure to be
lower than a hydraulic pressure in a time of a normal control, the hydraulic pressure being controlled based on the estimation;
and

limiting an input torque-change rate in which an input torque to the belt-type continuously variable transmission changes
in an increasing direction, the rate being limited until the hydraulic pressure rises to a hydraulic pressure in which the
input torque to the belt-type continuously variable transmission is not excessive relative to a belt clamp force, the limitation
being performed for a predetermined period from an initiation of return to the normal control, when returning to the normal
control by an increment in the input torque to the belt-type continuously variable transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,105,939

BATTERY WITH BATTERY ELECTRODE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

10. A method of manufacturing a battery electrode, comprising:
producing an electrode active material slurry comprising a plurality of binders, wherein a first binder of the plurality of
binders has a greater specific gravity than a second binder of the plurality of binders;

controlling a particle size of the first binder such that the average particle size of the first binder is smaller than the
average particle size of the second binder, wherein the second binder has a greater settling velocity than the first binder;

forming a coated film by coating the electrode active material slurry in an active material layer on a surface of a collector;
and

drying the coated film such that the first binder is more present at a collector side in the active material layer in comparison
to the second binder.

US Pat. No. 9,083,217

ROTOR FOR ELECTRIC MOTOR

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A rotor for an electric motor, comprising:
a rotor shaft;
a rotor core in which a plurality of poles each composed of a pair of first permanent magnets arranged in a V-shape open toward
an outer peripheral side and a second permanent magnet arranged in parallel to a circumferential direction in an open part
of the V-shape are arranged in a circumferential direction while alternately changing polarities thereof; and

a groove which has a groove center in a range between an electrical angle position shifted by a ¼ cycle of a harmonic component
of a torque ripple toward a d-axis and an electrical angle position shifted by a ? cycle of the harmonic component toward
a q-axis from a base point located between a line connecting a rotor outer peripheral side corner portion of the second permanent
magnet and a rotor shaft center and the q-axis out of a plurality of dividing lines connecting a plurality of dividing points
set at an electrical angle interval corresponding to one cycle of the harmonic component from the d-axis to the q-axis on
a rotor core outer periphery and the rotor shaft center.

US Pat. No. 9,708,995

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A control device for an internal combustion engine provided with an intake air pressure sensor and an airflow meter, the
control device comprising:
a calculation unit for calculating a fuel injection quantity on the basis of a negative pressure of intake air measured by
the intake air pressure sensor when a cranking motor starts cranking the internal combustion engine; and

a switching unit for switching to calculation of the fuel injection quantity on the basis of an intake air flow rate measured
by the airflow meter when, during a process of negative pressure development in an intake passage after the cranking motor
starts cranking, a change value in an actual intake air quantity, derived on the basis of the negative pressure of intake
air measured by the intake air pressure sensor, becomes smaller than a reference value;

wherein the switching unit maintains the calculation of the fuel injection quantity on the basis of the intake air flow rate
in response to a depression of an accelerator pedal that causes transition to transient conditions immediately after the switching
to calculation of the fuel injection quantity on the basis of the intake air flow rate measured by the airflow meter,

wherein the reference value is the change value in an actual air quantity which indicates that the actual intake air quantity
has reached an intake air quantity at which the fuel injection quantity calculated on the basis of the negative pressure of
the intake air measured by the intake air pressure sensor gives a fuel injection quantity that better corresponds to the actual
intake air quantity than the fuel injection quantity calculated on the basis of the intake air flow rate measured by the airflow
meter under steady-state conditions, where an accelerator pedal stroke does not change, and at which the fuel injection quantity
calculated on the basis of the intake air flow rate measured by the airflow meter gives a fuel injection quantity that better
corresponds to the actual intake air quantity than the fuel injection quantity calculated on the basis of the negative pressure
of the intake air measured by the intake air pressure sensor under transient conditions where the accelerator pedal stroke
changes, and

wherein the control device is configured to control a fuel injector to inject the fuel injection quantity calculated on the
basis of the negative pressure of intake air or calculated on the basis of the intake air flow rate.

US Pat. No. 9,591,274

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT DETECTION DEVICE, AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT DETECTION METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A three-dimensional object detection device comprising:
an image capturing device mounted on a host vehicle, and comprising a lens for capturing images behind the host vehicle;
a three-dimensional object detection unit programmed to detect a presence of a three-dimensional object rearward of the host
vehicle based on captured images captured by the image capturing device;

a first edge intensity calculation unit programmed to extract edges of a subject in a first edge extraction area that includes
at least a horizon reference area that references a horizon near a vanishing point of a road and to calculate an intensity
of the edges in the first edge extraction area as a first edge intensity based on a distribution of the edges extracted from
the first edge extraction area, the horizontal reference area being area including the horizon as well as an area from which
extraction of a predetermined quantity of edges is expected in an image area corresponding to the horizon;

a second edge intensity calculation unit programmed to extract edges of a subject in a second edge extraction area that includes
at least a road edge reference area that references a road edge, and to calculate an intensity of the edges in the second
edge extraction area as a second edge intensity based on a distribution of the edges that are extracted from the second edge
extraction area;

a day/night assessment unit programmed to assess whether currently daytime or nighttime exists; and
a controller programmed to control detection of the three-dimensional object by the three-dimensional object detection unit
based on the first edge intensity in the first edge extraction area when an assessment has been made that daytime currently
exists by the day/night assessment unit, and programmed to control the detection of the three-dimensional object by the three-dimensional
object detection unit based on the second edge intensity in the second edge extraction area when an assessment has been made
that nighttime currently exists.

US Pat. No. 9,413,028

FUEL CELL STACK

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fuel cell stack comprising:
a laminate formed by stacking a plurality of unit cells of rectangular plate shape between end plates disposed on both end
surfaces of the laminate in a cell stacking direction, four surfaces parallel to the cell stacking direction of the laminate
being defined as a first outer peripheral surface located on a right side, a second peripheral surface located on an upper
side, a third outer peripheral surface on a left side, and a fourth outer peripheral surface on a lower side;

a pair of reinforcing plates provided on a first outer peripheral surface and a third outer peripheral surface, respectively,
with both end plates being connected to each reinforcing plate; and

a pair of fastening plates respectively covering the second outer peripheral surface and the fourth outer peripheral surface
of the laminate with both end plates being connected to each fastening plate, wherein each reinforcing plate comprises:

a base portion for each reinforcing plate covering the first outer peripheral surface or the third outer peripheral surface
of the laminate; and

a pair of holding portions extending perpendicularly from the base portion and integrally structured with the base portion
to partially cover the second outer peripheral surface and the fourth outer peripheral surface of the laminate, each of the
pair of holding portions having a protruding portion in the form of a groove along the cell stacking direction and protruding
toward the laminate, each holding portion configured to support the laminate as a spring element with a load point at the
protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,219,892

CAMERA APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD WITH SYNCHRONOUS DETECTION PROCESSING

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A camera apparatus comprising:
a specific light projector configured to emit specific light in a wavelength region corresponding to any one of the three
primary colors of light;

three light receivers sensitive to light in wavelength regions corresponding to the three primary colors of light, respectively;
an image taking unit configured to take an image by exposing the light receivers;
a marker pulse generator configured to generate an exposure timing pulse for the image taking unit, and an emission timing
pulse for the specific light projector, on the basis of a reference signal expressed with a periodic function;

a color image creator configured to create a color image from the image taken by the image taking unit; and
a synchronous detection processor configured to create a detection image by performing a synchronous detection process on
the image taken by the image taking unit by use of the reference signal, wherein

the three light receivers include: a first pixel commonly sensitive to light in a wavelength region corresponding to the specific
light and a wavelength region corresponding to one color out of the remaining two colors of the three primary colors of light
excluding the wavelength region of the specific light; a second pixel commonly sensitive to light in a wavelength region corresponding
to the specific light and a wavelength region corresponding to the other color out of the remaining two colors of the three
primary colors of light excluding the wavelength region of the specific light; and a third pixel sensitive to light in the
wavelength region corresponding to the specific light.

US Pat. No. 10,343,509

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING DRIVING FORCE OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A driving force control device for a hybrid vehicle capable of mode transition between an EV mode in which only an electric motor is used as a traveling drive source and an HEV mode in which the electric motor and an internal combustion engine are used as traveling drive sources, and that has neither a torque converter nor a friction clutch in the drive system, comprising:a driving force control unit configured to control a driving force to a drive wheel in accordance with a required driving force within a range of a maximum outputable driving force of the electric motor in the EV mode or the electric motor and the internal combustion engine in the HEV mode,
the driving force control unit being configured such that, when a mode transition from the EV mode to the HEV mode occurs while a change in a vehicle speed is occurring and the maximum outputable driving force in the EV mode is lower than the required driving force, the driving force control unit limits the driving force transmitted to the drive wheel in the HEV mode in accordance with the maximum outputable driving force in the EV mode at a time of the mode transition and continues the limitation of the driving force for a period of time after the time of the mode transition.

US Pat. No. 9,356,265

BATTERY PACK

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A battery pack comprising:
a battery-stack group formed by arranging a plurality of battery stacks in a plurality of rows in an orthogonal direction
orthogonal to a row direction, each battery stack being formed by arranging a plurality of individual batteries in the row
direction; and

a connection member configured to connect a certain battery stack of the battery-stack group to another battery stack of the
battery-stack group adjacent to the certain battery stack, wherein

the connection member includes
a plurality of first connection parts extending from the certain battery stack to the adjacent battery stack in the orthogonal
direction, in which one end portion of each first connection part supports the certain battery stack and another end portion
of each first connection part supports the adjacent battery stack, and

at least one second connection part located between at least one pair of first connection parts adjacent to each other among
the plurality of first connection parts, the at least one second connection part connecting an end portion of one of the pair
of first connection parts on the certain battery stack side to an end portion of another one of the pair of first connection
parts on the adjacent battery stack side, and

terminals of the plurality of individual batteries in the certain battery stack face terminals of the plurality of individual
batteries in the adjacent battery stack.

US Pat. No. 9,299,973

BATTERY MODULE, ASSEMBLED BATTERY, AND VEHICLE INCLUDING THESE BATTERIES

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A battery module, comprising:
a flat battery including a positive electrode active material layer, an electrolyte layer, and a negative electrode active
material layer layered in this order in a layered direction, the flat battery having a current-taking-out surface from which
electric current is taken out, the current-taking-out surface providing a major surface of the flat battery and facing in
the layered direction;

a flat electrode tab having a major surface thereof opposite to the current-taking-out surface in the layered direction, the
flat electrode tab having an electrode-taking-out section extending from an edge of the major surface of the flat electrode
tab in a direction perpendicular to the layered direction for connection to a bus bar;

a flat electron-conductive elastic member arranged between the major surface of the flat electrode tab and the current-taking-out
surface of the flat battery, the elastic member having a first major surface being in surface contact with the major surface
of the flat electrode tab, and a second major surface being in surface contact with the current-taking-out surface, the second
major surface of the elastic member supporting the flat battery in the direction perpendicular to the layered direction; and

a packaging case covering the flat battery, the flat electrode tab, and the electron-conductive elastic member,
wherein the battery module is installed in a vehicle and subject to vibration of the vehicle, and
wherein the elastic member has a Young's modulus in a range from 0.01 to 0.30×1010 N/m2.

US Pat. No. 9,260,116

DRIVE FORCE CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A drive force control device for a vehicle with an automatic transmission, comprising:
a first sensor that detects an accelerator pedal opening;
a second sensor that detects a vehicle speed; and
a programmable controller programmed to:
compute a target drive force according to the accelerator pedal opening;
compute a target input rotation speed lower limit basic value to the automatic transmission based on the vehicle speed and
a shift range of the automatic transmission;

compute a target drive force lower limit correction value based on the target input rotation speed lower limit basic value;
correct the target drive force based on the target drive force lower limit correction value;
compute a target input torque of the automatic transmission based on the target drive force after correction; and
control an input torque to the automatic transmission to the target input torque.

US Pat. No. 9,243,903

WRINKLE DETECTION DEVICE AND WRINKLE DETECTION METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A wrinkle detection device comprising:
a light projector configured to, while moving relative to a layered body formed by stacking electrodes and separators, project
slit light onto an outermost one of the separators;

a shooting unit configured to shoot a shape of the slit light projected on the separator; and
a determination unit configured to calculate an inclination of a surface of the separator, on which the slit light is projected,
to a plane direction of the surface on the basis of the shot shape of the slit light, and to determine the existence of a
wrinkle on the basis of the calculated inclination.

US Pat. No. 9,205,833

CONTROL DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A hybrid vehicle control device comprising:
an engine;
a motor;
a first clutch disposed in a driving force transmission path between the engine and the motor;
a second clutch disposed in a driving force transmission path between the motor and a drive wheel; and
an engine start control section programmed to begin an engine start control when a mode transition request to change to a
hybrid vehicle mode occurs due to an accelerator operation while traveling in an electric vehicle mode in which the first
clutch is opened, the engine start control section beginning engagement of the first clutch after slip engagement of the second
clutch is determined and starting the engine using the motor as a starter motor,

the engine start control section having a negative slip detecting/predicting section configured to detect or predict if a
slip polarity of the second clutch has transitioned from positive slip to negative slip after the engine start control has
begun and before the engine has started, and a forced backup start control section programmed to start the engine with the
second clutch in a fully engaged state when a transition of the second clutch to negative slip has been detected or predicted.

US Pat. No. 9,103,380

AXLE SUPPORT STRUCTURE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. An axle support structure comprising:
a drive source output shaft configured to be rotated in a rotational direction by a drive source;
an axle disposed coaxially with the drive source output shaft and configured to rotate integrally with a vehicle wheel;
a vehicle body-side member that is configured to be pivotally coupled to the vehicle body;
a vehicle wheel bearing coupled to the axle for rotatably supporting the axle on the vehicle body-side member; and
a floating shaft having a first linking part linked with the drive source output shaft with a degree of freedom in a direction
other than the-rotational direction, and a second linking part linked with the axle with a degree of freedom in a direction
other than the rotational direction, such that power is transmitted from the drive source output shaft to the axle, the vehicle
wheel bearing being disposed axially between the first linking part and the second linking part with respect to an axial direction
of the floating shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,079,579

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A control apparatus for a vehicle comprising:
a plurality of actuators configured to perform sprung vibration suppression control by suppressing a bounce movement, a pitch
movement and a roll movement of a vehicle body,

a vertical acceleration sensor configured to detect a sprung vertical acceleration, and
a plurality of actuator attitude control units configured to control the respective actuators such that the vertical acceleration
detected by the vertical acceleration sensor becomes a vertical acceleration corresponding to a target sprung state, wherein

the plurality of actuators are a driving power source, a friction brake, and a damping force variable shock absorber of the
vehicle, and

the plurality of actuator attitude control units are a driving power source attitude control unit, a friction brake attitude
control unit, and a damping force control unit, and

the driving power source attitude control unit suppresses only the bounce movement and the pitch movement, and
the damping force control unit suppresses only the roll movement, a control of the driving power source, a control of the
friction brake, and a control of the damping force variable shock absorber are performed in parallel to suppress a damping
force control amount of the damping force variable shock absorber.

US Pat. No. 9,352,549

SCREEN PRINTING APPARATUS AND SCREEN PRINTING METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A screen printing apparatus comprising:
a scraper that spreads ink on a screen plate, in which an opening is formed, and fills the opening with the ink by sliding
over the screen plate;

a squeegee that transfers the ink, with which the opening is filled, to a surface of a workpiece by sliding over the screen
plate while pressing the screen plate against the workpiece; and

an ink recovery mechanism that recovers excess ink that is discharged to a region in which the scraper does not slide over
the screen plate,

wherein, by sliding the squeegee, the ink recovery mechanism guides the excess ink from a front side of the squeegee to a
region that is on a back side of the squeegee and in which the scraper slides over the screen plate, the front side facing
the excess ink and the back side facing in a direction opposite to a direction in which the squeegee slides.

US Pat. No. 9,331,340

CATALYTIC INK PREPARATION METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A catalytic ink preparation method comprising:
mixing a first ion conductor and a catalyst to prepare a first ink;
concentrating the first ink; and
adding a second ion conductor to the concentrated first ink.

US Pat. No. 9,294,686

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURE METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit configured to capture an image by using a photo detector element which provides an output value varied
depending on a light reception volume;

a projector unit configured to project light to an area targeted for image capture by the image capture unit, in synchronization
with the image capture by the image capture unit;

a synchronous detection processor configured to obtain a synchronous detection image by subtracting an output value of an
image captured with no light projected by the projector unit, from an output value of an image captured with light projected
by the projector unit;

an exposure controller configured to control the image capture unit and the projector unit in such a manner as to obtain two
or more synchronous detection images under different exposure conditions; and

an image generator configured to select one or more pixels from the rest of pixels at each position in the two or more synchronous
detection images under the different exposure conditions excluding a pixel having a lowest output value, and generate a synchronous
detection image by using the selected one or more pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,260,020

POWER CONVERTER MOUNTED ON ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A power converter configured to be mounted on an electrically driven vehicle, comprising:
a control board that controls a power module including a semiconductor device;
a connector provided on the control board so as to be connected to an external controller;
a first strong electric component and a second strong electric component arranged so as to overlap the control board;
a motor control board arranged at a side of a space between the first and the second strong electric components in a direction
perpendicular to the control board; and

a housing that houses the control board, the motor control board, and the first and second strong electric component therein,
wherein a bottom portion of the housing is formed to swell in a convex-shaped manner,
wherein a part of the first strong electric component is housed in an area of the housing that swells in the convex-shaped
manner, and the first strong electric component is formed so that a projection area thereof to the control board is smaller
than a surface area of the control board,

wherein the connector is arranged in an area of the control board other than a projection plane of the first strong electric
component to the control board,

wherein the second strong electric component is arranged in a side opposite to the first strong electric component with the
area other than the projection plane of the first strong electric component to the control board therebetween, and

wherein the connector is arranged in an area on the control board surrounded by the first and second strong electric components
and the motor control board of the area other than the projection plane of the first strong electric component to the control
board.

US Pat. No. 9,246,270

POWER SUPPLY CONNECTOR

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A power supply connector for electric automobiles, which comprises:
a connector body;
a case for accommodating the connector body;
a grasping member that is attached to the case;
a locking member, which is provided in the case, and locks the case and a locking part of a power reception connector that
is the object of connection;

a defect detection means for detecting defect of the locking part to which the locking member locks; and
a case lock mechanism that limits the movement of the case with respect to the grasping member; wherein
when a defect of the locking part is detected by the defect detection means, the sliding motion of the connector body and
the grasping member with respect to the case is locked by the case lock mechanism, and

when a defect of the locking part is not detected by the defect detection means, the case lock mechanism is released and the
connector body and the grasping member become slidable in a direction of nearly the same axis line with respect to the case,
and

the defect detection means comprises at least one pair of sliders, which are slidable in the insertion-removal direction of
the case, formed in the vicinity of both sides of the locking member; and

when the connector body is connected to the power reception connector, if both sliders in the pair of sliders comes in contact
with the locking part and is pushed toward the inside of the case, the case lock mechanism is released and the connector body
and the grasping member become slidable in a direction of nearly the same axis line with respect to the case, and

when the connector body is connected to the power reception connector, if at least one slider in the pair of sliders does
not come in contact with the locking part and is not pushed toward the inside of the case, the case lock mechanism is not
released, and

in a state where the case lock mechanism is released, when the grasping member is moved toward the front with respect to the
case, the connector body becomes movable toward the front with respect to the case, along with the movement of the grasping
member.

US Pat. No. 9,505,428

STEERING CONTROL DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A steering control device, comprising:
a steering wheel mechanically separated from steered wheels;
a steering angle detecting unit configured to detect a steering angle of the steering wheel;
a turning actuator configured to turn the steered wheels according to the steering angle detected by the steering angle detecting
unit;

a feedforward axial force calculating unit configured to calculate a feedforward axial force, which is a first axial force
that applies a steering reaction force, based on the steering angle detected by the steering angle detecting unit;

a state amount detecting unit configured to detect a state amount of a vehicle that changes depending on a tire lateral force
applied on the steered wheels;

a feedback axial force calculating unit configured to calculate a feedback axial force, which is a second axial force that
returns to a driver a force applied from a road surface to the steering wheel as the steering reaction force, based on the
state amount of the vehicle detected by the state amount detecting unit;

a final axial force setting unit configured to set a final axial force, which is a third axial force obtained, by allocating
the feedforward axial force calculated by the feedforward axial force calculating unit and the feedback axial force calculated
by the feedback axial force calculating unit at an allocation ratio; and

a reaction force actuator configured to apply the steering reaction force based on the final axial force set by the final
axial force setting unit,

wherein, when an axial force difference exists between the feedforward axial force and the feedback axial force, the final
axial force setting unit is configured to make an allocation ratio of the feedforward axial force smaller than when the axial
force difference is zero.

US Pat. No. 9,446,792

STEERING CONTROL DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A steering control device comprising:
a steering unit mechanically separated from a turning unit for turning a turnable wheel of a vehicle, the steering unit including
a steering member configured to receive a steering torque inputted from a driver,
a reaction force motor arranged to exert a steering reaction force torque opposing the steering torque, and
a steering angle sensor configured and arranged to detect a steering angle of the steering member, the steering angle being
expressed in terms of an angle value and a sign, the sign indicating a curve direction corresponding to a direction in which
the steering member is turned by the driver; and

a steering reaction force controller programmed to control the steering reaction force torque exerted by the reaction force
motor such that the steering torque inputted to the steering member and the steering angle of the steering member are related
according to a steering characteristic in which a magnitude of the steering torque increases as the steering angle of the
steering member increases or decreases from a steering torque neutral position of the steering characteristic, the steering
torque neutral position being a position defined by a steering angle at which the steering torque is zero, the steering reaction
force controller including

a curvature detection unit programmed to calculate a curvature of a white line based on white line data received from an image
capturing device,

an offset unit programmed to calculate an offset amount that increases as a magnitude of the detected curvature increases
and to offset the steering characteristic by the offset amount from a reference steering torque neutral position where both
the steering torque and the steering angle are zero, the steering characteristic being offset such that the steering torque
neutral position is changed in a direction corresponding to the sign of the detected steering angle,

a curve direction steering torque detection unit programmed to detect the steering torque of the steering unit in the curve
direction indicated by the sign of the detected steering angle; and

an offset suppression unit programmed to execute a suppression of changes in the offset amount in accordance with a magnitude
of the detected steering torque in the curve direction such that changes in the offset amount are suppressed more as the magnitude
of the detected steering torque increases.

US Pat. No. 9,393,869

VEHICLE ACCELERATION SUPPRESSION DEVICE AND VEHICLE ACCELERATION SUPPRESSION METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicle acceleration suppression device that suppresses acceleration of a vehicle depending on an operation amount of
a driving force instruction element that instructs a driving force by operation of a driver to perform a suppression control
of the driving force, the vehicle acceleration suppression device comprising:
a driving force operation amount detector configured to detect a driving force operation amount which is the operation amount
of the driving force instruction element;

an acceleration controller configured to control acceleration of the vehicle depending on the driving force operation amount
detected by the driving force operation amount detector;

a peripheral environment recognizer configured to recognize a peripheral environment of the vehicle based on detection information
of a peripheral environment recognition sensor provided in the vehicle;

a vehicle travel state detector configured to detect a travel state of the vehicle; a vehicle speed detector configured to
detect a speed of the vehicle;

a parking frame entering certainty degree calculation unit configured to set a parking frame entering certainty degree indicating
a degree of certainty that the vehicle enters a parking frame based on the environment recognized by the peripheral environment
recognizer and the travel state detected by the vehicle travel state detector; and

an acceleration suppression unit configured to suppress the acceleration controlled by the acceleration controller based on
the parking frame entering certainty degree set by the parking frame entering certainty degree calculation unit and the vehicle
speed detected by the vehicle speed detector,

wherein the acceleration suppression unit is configured to set a suppression degree of the acceleration to decrease, as the
vehicle speed detected by the vehicle speed detector increases.

US Pat. No. 9,327,715

CONTROL DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC-POWERED VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. An electric vehicle control device comprising:
a motor provided as a drive source;
an automatic transmission disposed between the motor and a driving wheel, and the automatic transmission comprising a plurality
of shifting elements for switching a plurality of gear stages;

a shift controller programmed to set each of the shifting elements that is engaged during a gear shift by the automatic transmission
as an engagement element, and set each of the shifting elements that is released as a release element, to execute the gear
shift;

a frictional engagement element disposed in a power transmission path between the motor and the driving wheel, and fully engaged
or slip-engaged as an element other than one of the shifting elements that is involved in the gear shift of the automatic
transmission;

a control unit programmed to switch a torque sharing rate, which is a sharing rate of transmission torque allocated to the
frictional engagement element according to an engagement capacity, such that during a shift transition period a switched torque
sharing rate is delayed from a start of the gear shift to an end of the gear shift until a start of a shifting procedure,
and continuously switch from a current gear sharing rate to a subsequent gear sharing rate in accordance with a degree of
the shifting procedure when the shifting procedure starts; and

an engagement capacity control section programmed to control the engagement capacity of the frictional engagement element
during the shift transition period, in accordance with the switched torque sharing rate,

the control unit being programmed to calculate the torque sharing rate used for continuously switching from the current gear
sharing rate to the subsequent gear sharing rate by using a value obtained by dividing the engagement capacity of the engagement
element, which is engaged during the gear shift by an input torque to the engagement element, as an index representing the
degree of the shifting procedure.

US Pat. No. 9,266,557

STEERING DEVICE FOR WHEEL

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A steering device comprising:
an in-wheel motor drive wheel;
a dedicated in-wheel motor drive unit including an electric motor as a power source, the dedicated in-wheel motor drive unit
being integrated with the in-wheel motor drive wheel wherein the in-wheel motor drive wheel is independently driven by the
dedicated in-wheel motor drive unit;

an upper side fixing seat disposed at an upper part of the dedicated in-wheel motor drive unit for attaching an upper suspension
arm to steer the in-wheel motor drive wheel about a king pin axis;

a lower side fixing seat disposed at a lower part of the dedicated in-wheel motor drive unit for attaching a lower suspension
arm to steer the in-wheel motor drive wheel about the king pin axis; and

a steering mechanism that converts a steering force to a steering torque around the king pin axis and applies a torque to
the in-wheel motor drive wheel, the steering mechanism being disposed in a location that is on the king pin axis and is above
the in-wheel motor drive wheel.

US Pat. No. 9,257,730

HEATER MODULE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A heater module provided along a heated surface of a battery module, the heater module comprising:
a plate-shaped heater body provided outside of the battery module and facing the heated surface, which is a part of an outer
surface of the battery module;

an L-shaped member including a module main surface to which the plate-shaped heater body is provided, and a bent arm portion
bent with respect to the module main surface and extended along the outer surface of the battery module, the L-shaped member
being provided on a mounting surface on which the battery module is mounted; and

a power source connection terminal provided between the bent arm portion and the outer surface of the battery module, and
connected to the plate-shaped heater body.

US Pat. No. 9,731,752

STEERING CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND STEERING CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A steering control device for a vehicle, the steering control device controlling a steering device, the steering device
having a steering mechanism configured to steer wheels in accordance with a steering angle of a steering wheel and a drive
unit configured to provide the steering mechanism with steering force for the wheels, the steering control device comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect the steering angle; and
a control unit configured to:
calculate a target steering angle required for the vehicle to be guided to a target position;
calculate a target value of a current required for the drive unit to be supplied to achieve the target steering angle, as
a current command value; and

execute automatic steering control to automatically control steering operation of the steering mechanism by causing the drive
unit to be supplied with the current of the current command value,

wherein, when an absolute value of the steering angle detected by the detection unit comes from a predetermined first threshold
to a steering angle, larger than the first threshold, at which the steering mechanism does not yet reach a critical point
of a mechanistic steerable range in the automatic steering control, the control unit decreases an upper limit value of an
absolute value of the current command value as the absolute value of the steering angle increases so that the upper limit
value of the absolute value of the current command value comes to zero before the steering angle detected by the detection
unit comes to a steering angle at which the critical point is reached.

US Pat. No. 9,555,759

KNEE PROTECTOR STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A knee protector structure for a vehicle in which an upper bracket which generates a high reaction force to a knee input
load and a lower bracket which generates a reaction force lower than the upper bracket are directly or indirectly attached,
in a vertical position, to a vehicle body strength member,
wherein at least the upper bracket has a closed cross-section part on at least a part of the upper bracket,
an inwardly protruding part which inwardly protrudes is formed in at least one surface of the closed cross-section part,
a tip part of the inwardly protruding part is disposed to be separated from an opposing-surface-side part of the closed cross-section
part with a separated part, and

the separated part is set to be such a gap that the tip part of the inwardly protruding part and the opposing-surface-side
part of the closed cross-section part come into contact with each other when the knee input load is absorbed.

US Pat. No. 9,379,401

FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fuel cell system comprising:
a fuel cell that generates electricity with a reaction between a fuel gas and an oxidant gas;
an exhaust flow passage that guides a fuel exhaust gas discharged from a fuel pole of the fuel cell to outside the system;
a movable filter device arranged in the exhaust flow passage, the movable filter device comprising
a fluid intake passage that takes in fuel exhaust gas flowing through the exhaust flow passage
a filter main body through which fuel exhaust gas taken into the fluid intake passage flows and serves to remove foreign particles
from the fuel exhaust gas,

a fluid discharge path that discharges fuel exhaust gas that has passed through-the filter main body, and
a drive mechanism that rotates the filter main body, and by rotating the filter main body with the drive mechanism, the movable
filter device scatters moisture adhered to the filter main body toward the fluid intake passage; and

a control unit operatively coupled to the movable filter device to control operation of the movable filter device, the control
unit operating the movable filter device to scatter water on the movable filter device prior to completing shutdown of the
fuel cell system during a stopping procedure of the fuel cell system, and the control unit not operating the movable filter
while the fuel cell temporarily stops electric power generation.

US Pat. No. 9,350,008

AUTOMOBILE CELL AND RELATED METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A flat-shaped cell for an automobile, the cell comprising:
an electric power generating element made flat-shaped cell by laminating a positive electrode provided with a positive electrode
current collector and a positive electrode active substance layer formed on the positive electrode current collector, a separator,
and a negative electrode provided with a negative electrode current collector and a negative electrode active substance layer
formed on the negative electrode current collector;

a cell outer sheath made of a polymer-metal composite laminate film for sealing the electric power generating element therein;
a positive electrode terminal lead electrically connected with the positive electrode and extended outward from the cell outer
sheath;

a negative electrode terminal lead electrically connected with the negative electrode and extended outward from the cell outer
sheath, wherein

the electric power generating element is sealed in the cell outer sheath by forming welded portions along a circumferential
edge of two sheets of the laminate films or by forming welded portions for sealing an opening of an envelope made of one sheet
of the laminate film,

the positive electrode current collector and the negative electrode current collector are made of foil,
the positive electrode terminal lead is extended outward from the cell outer sheath with sandwiched between the welded portions,
the negative electrode terminal lead is extended outward from the cell outer sheath with sandwiched between the welded portions,
the positive electrode terminal lead and the negative electrode terminal lead are plate-shaped,
a ratio of a total thickness of the cell to a sum of a thickness of a single layer of the positive electrode active substance
layer and a thickness of a single layer of the negative electrode active substance layer is equal-to or smaller-than 80,

a ratio of a thickness of the positive electrode terminal lead to a total thickness of the positive electrode current collector
is equal-to or larger-than 0.4 and equal-to or smaller-than 2.0, and

a ratio of a thickness of the negative electrode terminal lead to a total thickness of the negative electrode current collector
is equal-to or larger-than 0.4 and equal-to or smaller-than 2.0.

US Pat. No. 9,229,022

DECELERATION INFORMATION NOTIFICATION DEVICE AND DECELERATION INFORMATION NOTIFICATION METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A deceleration information notification device comprising:
a drive torque detecting unit for detecting a drive torque of a rotational drive source;
a regeneration amount detecting unit for detecting a regeneration amount of a regeneration brake;
a deceleration information setting unit for setting deceleration information indicating at least one of an intention of deceleration
of a driver or a vehicle deceleration state depending on the drive torque and the regeneration amount detected by the regeneration
amount detecting unit when the drive torque detected by the drive torque detecting unit has a negative value; and

a notification unit for notifying the driver of the deceleration information set by the deceleration information setting unit,
wherein the deceleration information setting unit refers to a map which defines a degree of notification of the deceleration
information depending on the drive torque detected by the drive torque detecting unit to determine the degree of the notification,
and

wherein an increasing rate of the degree of notification with respect to the drive torque is set to be small in a region in
which an absolute value of the drive torque is small and a region in which the absolute value of the drive torque is large
and to be large in an intermediate region therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,186,975

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A control apparatus of a hybrid vehicle comprising:
a hybrid drive system having, on a driveline, an engine, a motor/generator, a clutch and driving wheels, the hybrid drive
system being configured to transmit a driving force from the engine to the driving wheels through the motor/generator and
the clutch and to bring a drive load applied to the engine from the driving wheels to a no-load state by disengagement of
the clutch; and

a racing controller configured to restrict a rotation speed of the engine during an accelerator depression operation performed
while the engine is in the no-load state at a time of acceleration so as to race the engine, and a torque absorption restriction
condition is satisfied, satisfaction of the torque absorption restriction condition being such that torque absorption by the
motor/generator is restricted such that an engine torque is a power-generation torque,

wherein the control apparatus is configured such that the rotation speed of the engine increases in accordance with the accelerator
depression operation, and the engine is configured to be raced by the accelerator depression operation,

wherein, while the torque absorption by the motor/generator is restricted such that the engine torque is the power-generation
torque, and the accelerator depression operation is performed with the engine being in the no-load state such that the engine
is raced, an upper limit rotation speed of the rotation speed of the engine is set to an upper limit rotation speed that is
a smallest value of at least an upper limit rotation speed determined according to a charge capacity of a battery and an upper
limit rotation speed determined according to a temperature of the battery.

US Pat. No. 9,153,130

INFORMATION UPDATING DEVICE, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD THEREOF, PROGRAM THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING THE PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An information updating device for acquiring POI information about a POI from an information distribution device via a
network to store the POI information in an update information storage section, the information updating device comprising:
a unique information acquirer for, upon recognition of acquisition request information for acquiring POI information of a
POI located in a predetermined area on a map, outputting a distribution request information for requesting distribution of
the POI information to the information distributing device and acquiring unique information of the POI information from the
information distributing device in response to the distribution request information, the POI information including POI guidance
information about a guidance of the POI and unique information that associates the POI guidance information with the POI and
identifies not the POI but the POI information;

a selecting section for comparing the unique information acquired by the unique information acquirer and the unique information
in the update information storage section to select unique information that is not stored in the update information storage
section from the acquired unique information, the selecting section outputting the selected unique information to the information
distributing device; and

an information updating section for acquiring POI information having the unique information selected by the selecting section
from the information distributing device to store the POI information in the update information storage section to update
the POI information relating to POI in the predetermined area without updating a display data for displaying the map.

US Pat. No. 9,083,018

FUEL CELL DEVICE COMPRISING A CONTROLLER INCLUDING AN EXECUTION CONDITION SETTING SECTION

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fuel cell device comprising:
a fuel cell configured to receive anode gas and cathode gas to generate electric power;
a control valve configured to control pressure of the anode gas being fed to the fuel cell; and
a controller including
a pulsation operation control section programmed to control the control valve so that the pressure of the anode gas flowing
downstream of the control valve is periodically increased and decreased,

a shutdown/restart control section programmed to execute a shutdown/restart operation of the fuel cell by closing the control
valve to stop feeding of the anode gas and shutting down power generation of the fuel cell upon receiving a shutdown command
to shut down the power generation, and opening the control valve to restart the feeding of the anode gas and restart the power
generation upon a prescribed operation restart condition being met,

an anode gas concentration acquiring section programmed to estimate a lowest anode gas concentration at a stagnation point
during which an anode gas flow rate is zero within a power generation region of the fuel cell, the lowest anode gas concentration
being estimated based on a control state of the anode gas at a time the shutdown command is issued, and

an execution condition setting section programmed to execute the shutdown/restart operation of the fuel cell based on the
lowest anode gas concentration that was estimated by the anode gas concentration acquiring section.

US Pat. No. 9,080,547

ENGINE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. An engine control apparatus comprising:
an electric discharge device including a first electrode with a dielectric material covering the first electrode and a second
electrode arranged opposite the first electrode on a periphery of the dielectric material to produce radicals within a combustion
chamber of an internal combustion engine by a non-equilibrium plasma discharge that is generated between the first and second
electrodes before autoignition of the air-fuel mixture occurs, the first electrode including a first voltage receiving end
and a second engine attachment end with a long thin conductive material that discharges non-equilibrium plasma by a barrier
discharge;

a voltage application device operatively coupled to the first voltage receiving end of the first electrode for applying a
voltage between the first and second electrodes, such that the non-equilibrium plasma generates the radicals within the combustion
chamber before an air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber undergoes autoignition;

a fuel supplying device arranged to form an air-fuel mixture inside the combustion chamber; and
a control unit operatively coupled to the voltage application device to vary a discharge start timing of the non-equilibrium
plasma discharge in accordance with a mechanical load of the internal combustion engine such that

the control unit sets the discharge start timing of the non-equilibrium plasma discharge to occur during an intake stroke
of the combustion chamber in which the radicals are generated when the mechanical load of the internal combustion engine is
in a low load range, and the discharge start timing of the non-equilibrium plasma discharge being set to occur during the
intake stroke of the combustion chamber in which the radicals are generated when the mechanical load of the internal combustion
engine is at the lowest engine load,

the control unit sets the discharge start timing of the non-equilibrium plasma discharge to be increasingly retarded as the
mechanical load of the internal combustion engine increases, and

the control unit sets the discharge start timing of the non-equilibrium plasma discharge to occur during a compression stroke
of the combustion chamber in which the radicals are generated when the mechanical load of the internal combustion engine is
in a high load range,

the control unit selectively setting a discharge ending timing of the non-equilibrium plasma discharge to occur after an intake
valve of the combustion chamber in which the radicals are generated has opened and before the intake valve has closed during
a single combustion cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,726,883

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT DETECTION DEVICE AND FOREIGN MATTER DETECTION DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, Y...

1. A three-dimensional object detection device comprising:
an image capturing device mounted in a vehicle, and provided with a lens and an image capturing element, the image capturing
device forming a video image of a predetermined area;

an image conversion unit programmed to perform viewpoint conversion of captured images obtained by the image capturing device
into bird's-eye view images;

a three-dimensional object detection unit programmed to detect a presence of the three-dimensional object based on differential
waveform information in which the differential waveform information is generated by aligning, in a bird's-eye view, positions
of bird's-eye view images from different points in time obtained by the image conversion unit, and counting a number of pixels
indicating a predetermined difference in a differential image of aligned bird's-eye view images along a direction of collapsing
of a three-dimensional object when viewpoint conversion of the bird's-eye view images has been performed to form a frequency
distribution;

a three-dimensional object assessment unit programmed to access whether or not a three-dimensional object detected by the
three-dimensional object detection unit is another vehicle;

a first foreign matter detection unit programmed to detect whether or not foreign matter has adhered to the lens based on
a change over time in luminance values for each predetermined pixel in the image capturing element;

a second foreign matter detection unit programmed to extract a first maximum from differential waveform information generated
at at least one first timing by the three-dimensional object detection unit, programmed to acquire a reference value based
on the first maximum that was extracted, programmed to extract a second maximum corresponding to the first maximum in the
bird's-eye view image from the differential waveform information newly generated at at least one second timings after the
at least one first timing, programmed to acquire an evaluation value based on the second maximum, and programmed to detect
whether or not foreign matter has adhered to the lens based on a change over time in a difference between the evaluation value
and the reference value; and

a controller programmed to suppress, suppresses the detection of the three-dimensional object from an image of the predetermined
area and the assessment that the three-dimensional object is the other vehicle, when the first foreign matter detection unit
and the second foreign matter detection unit have detected foreign matter that has adhered to the lens.

US Pat. No. 9,542,605

STATE RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND STATE RECOGNITION METHOD

CLARION CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A state recognition system configured to recognize a state of a traveling road on which a vehicle travels, the state recognition
system being configured to:
select a substance adhered on a lens of a camera mounted on the vehicle in an image captured by the camera; and
determine whether the traveling road is on-road or off-road by applying a probabilistic model to a type and an amount of the
substance adhered on the lens of the camera.

US Pat. No. 9,485,808

SHEET HEATER

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A sheet heater comprising:
a first fiber layer comprising a plurality of first conductive portions and a plurality of first non-conductive portions that
are arranged to electrically insulate each of the plurality of first conductive portions from others of the plurality of first
conductive portions;

a second fiber layer distanced from the first fiber layer comprising a plurality of second conductive portions and a plurality
of second non-conductive portions that are arranged to electrically insulate each of the plurality of second conductive portions
from others of the plurality of second conductive portions;

a third fiber layer disposed between the first fiber layer and the second fiber layer, the third fiber layer comprising a
plurality of functional layers having connecting yarns that electrically connect the plurality of first conductive portions
to the plurality of second conductive portions, and a plurality of non-functional layers that are arranged to electrically
insulate each of the plurality of functional layers from others of the plurality of functional layers;

a controller configured to control heat generation; and
a measurement instrument configured to measure an electrical resistance between the plurality of first conductive portions
and the plurality of second conductive portions,

wherein the controller applies a voltage between the plurality of first conductive portions and the plurality of second conductive
portions such that the connecting yarns generate heat,

wherein the connecting yarns are configured such that, when the connecting yarns are bent due to a pressure applied to the
first fiber layer or the second fiber layer, at least one intermediate point of the bent connecting yarns contacts the plurality
of first conductive portions or the plurality of second conductive portions to reduce the electrical resistance,

wherein a longitudinal direction of the plurality of first conductive portions is perpendicular to a corresponding longitudinal
direction of the plurality of second conductive portions, and

wherein the plurality of first conductive portions and the plurality of first non-conductive portions are alternately arranged,
and wherein the plurality of second conductive portions and the plurality of second non-conductive portions are alternately
arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,419,302

ELECTRODE CONSTITUENT MEMBER FOR BATTERY MODULE

NIFCO INC., Yokohama-shi...

1. An electrode constituent member for a battery module having an electricity-storage cell and a case housing the electricity-storage
cell, comprising:
a current-carrying member including an internal connection portion for electrically connecting to the electricity-storage
cell, and an external connection portion exposed to an outside of the case;

a bolt member including a head portion, and an axis portion extending from the head portion and passing through a through
hole of the external connection portion of the current-carrying member from an inner side of the case to protrude to the outside
of the case, for fastening to a member electrically connecting a plurality of battery modules; and

an insulating member positioned between the bolt member and the electricity-storage cell,
wherein the external connection portion is formed with a pair of clamp portions, extending to the inner side of the case and
receiving the insulating member in between,

the clamp portions and the insulating member respectively are formed with engagement portions engaging with each other when
the insulating member is received, and

the head portion of the bolt member is disposed between the external connection portion and the insulating member to electrically
connect to the current carrying member through the external connection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,391,326

POSITIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL, POSITIVE ELECTRODE FOR ELECTRIC DEVICE, AND ELECTRIC DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A positive electrode active material comprising:
a solid solution lithium-containing transition metal oxide (A) represented by a compositional formula (1)
Li1.5[NiaCobMnc[Li]d]O3  (1)
wherein in the compositional formula (1), Li is lithium, Ni is nickel, Co is cobalt, Mn is manganese and O is oxygen, and
a, b, c and d satisfy the relations of
0 0 0 0.1?d?0.4,
a+b+c+d=1.5, and
1.1?a+b+c?1.4; and
a lithium-containing transition metal oxide (B) represented by a compositional formula (2)
Li1.0Nia?Cob?Mnc?O2  (2)
wherein in the compositional formula (2), Li is lithium, Ni is nickel, Co is cobalt, Mn is manganese and O is oxygen, and
a?, b? and c? satisfy the relations of
0 0 0 a?+b?+c?=1.0.

US Pat. No. 9,387,878

SYSTEM PROVIDED WITH AN ASSISTANCE-CONTROLLER FOR ASSISTING AN OPERATOR OF THE SYSTEM, CONTROL-OPERATION ASSISTING DEVICE, CONTROL-OPERATION ASSISTING METHOD, DRIVING-OPERATION ASSISTING DEVICE, AND DRIVING-OPERATION ASSISTING MET

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A control-operation assisting method for assisting a control operation of an operator for control of a controlled object,
comprising:
generating an ideal control path of the controlled object from information about a control operation state of the operator
and information about a control operation environment on a periphery of the controlled object;

calculating, as an ideal control signal, a control profile of an operation system for the controlled object to operate along
the generated ideal control path;

calculating a difference between the calculated ideal control signal and the information about the control operation state;
controlling the operation system based on a magnitude of the calculated difference to assist the control operation of the
operator for the operation system; and

estimating an accuracy required for the control operation of the controlled object, from the information about the control
operation state and/or the information about the control operation environment,

wherein in assisting the control operation of the operator, an assistance level of the operation system is increased as the
estimated accuracy becomes higher.

US Pat. No. 9,376,140

STEERING CONTROL DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A steering control device, comprising:
a steering wheel mechanically separated from steered wheels;
a turning actuator configured to turn the steered wheels in accordance with an operation amount for the steering wheel;
a turning current detecting unit configured to detect a turning current flowing through the turning actuator;
a current axial force calculating unit configured to calculate a current axial force of a steering rack based on the turning
current;

a lateral G axial force calculating unit configured to calculate a lateral G axial force of the steering rack based on a lateral
acceleration acting on a vehicle;

a steering reaction force calculating unit configured to calculate a steering reaction force based on at least either the
current axial force calculated by the current axial force calculating unit or the lateral G axial force calculated by the
lateral G axial force calculating unit; and

a reaction force actuator configured to apply the steering reaction force calculated by the steering reaction force calculating
unit,

wherein the steering reaction force calculating unit is configured to calculate the steering reaction force based on the current
axial force at a time of a steering increasing operation of the steering wheel, and to calculate the steering reaction force
based on the current axial force and the lateral G axial force at a time of a steering returning operation of the steering
wheel, so that an allocation of the lateral G axial force at the time of the steering returning operation is larger than the
allocation of the lateral G axial force at the time of the steering increasing operation.

US Pat. No. 9,347,500

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A control apparatus of a vehicle including a driving source and an automatic transmission that is driven and controlled
by a hydraulic pressure produced from a line pressure as an original pressure, the control apparatus comprising:
a hydraulic clutch disposed between the driving source and the automatic transmission;
a clutch hydraulic actuator including a piston;
a clutch hydraulic control valve configured to produce a piston pressure from the line pressure as the original pressure,
the piston pressure being applied to the piston, wherein the piston pressure is limited substantially to the line pressure;

a clutch control section configured to operate the piston of the clutch hydraulic actuator to make a stroke to disengage the
hydraulic clutch by controlling the piston pressure as a clutch disengagement hydraulic pressure such that an actual piston
stroke position is conformed with a target position;

an AT control section configured to determine a reference line pressure on the basis of a necessary hydraulic pressure to
ensure an operation of the automatic transmission; and

a clutch disengagement control section, which controls disengagement of the hydraulic clutch, configured to:
upon receiving a clutch disengagement command and disengaging the hydraulic clutch, start line pressure increase control to
increase the line pressure to a value higher than the reference line pressure at least before the piston pressure reaches
the reference line pressure, and thereby allow the piston pressure to exceed the reference line pressure; and

reduce the line pressure when the piston pressure is reduced during an operation of disengagement of the hydraulic clutch.

US Pat. No. 9,157,379

VARIABLE VALVE TIMING CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A variable valve timing control device for an internal combustion engine comprising:
a variable valve timing mechanism having a first rotor adapted to rotate together with a camshaft and a second rotor arranged
coaxially with the first rotor and adapted to rotate together with a crankshaft, and configured to variably control valve
timing of an engine valve by changing a relative rotational phase between the first rotor and the second rotor depending on
an operating condition; and

an intermediate lock mechanism having an intermediate-position holding member configured to advance or retreat in a direction
perpendicular to a rotation axis common to the first rotor and the second rotor and enable the valve timing of the engine
valve to be held at a predetermined intermediate lock position between a maximum phase-advance position and a maximum phase-retard
position by engagement with the first rotor and the second rotor,

wherein feedback control is executed such that the valve timing of the engine valve is brought to the intermediate lock position
when an engine revolution speed is greater than a first engine revolution speed even under a condition that permits the intermediate-position
holding member to be engaged.

US Pat. No. 9,450,229

POSITIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE SUBSTANCE, POSITIVE ELECTRODE MATERIAL, POSITIVE ELECTRODE, AND NON-AQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE SECONDARY BATTERY

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A positive electrode active substance for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery, wherein the true density/tap density
of secondary particles of a lithium composite oxide containing nickel as the main component is within the range of 1.6 to
2.3, and the average porosity on the center side of the half (R/2 [?m]) of the particle radius (R) of D50 of the secondary
particles is larger than the average porosity on the surface side in the secondary particles.

US Pat. No. 9,441,733

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND A HYDRAULIC CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

7. A continuously variable transmission that includes a primary pulley, a secondary pulley and a power transmission member
wound between the pulleys and shifts by changing a groove width of each of the pulleys by changing a primary pressure supplied
to the primary pulley and a secondary pressure supplied to the secondary pulley, the continuously variable transmission comprising:
an oil pump driven by an engine;
a line pressure regulator valve which is a drain regulator valve that reduces a discharge pressure of the oil pump to regulate
a line pressure which is a source pressure of the primary pressure and the secondary pressure, the line pressure regulator
valve including a spool on whose edges a signal pressure corresponding to a target line pressure and the line pressure are
acted and which opens and closes a drain port in accordance with a stroke, and a spring that biases the spool;

kickdown determining means determining whether a shift is a kickdown;
first pressure increasing means for increasing the target line pressure to a first target pressure corresponding to an input
torque to the continuously variable transmission that increases by the kickdown, when the shift is determined as the kickdown;

pressure increasing determining means for determining whether the line pressure has reached the first target pressure; and
second pressure increasing means for increasing the target line pressure to a second target pressure higher than the first
target pressure, when the line pressure is determined as reaching the first target pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,434,373

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION CONTROL DEVICE

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. An automatic transmission control apparatus provided with an automatic gearshift mode and a manual gearshift mode, wherein:
when in the automatic gearshift mode, the automatic transmission control apparatus performs gearshifting automatically based
on a relationship between an automatic gearshift line and an operating point, wherein the automatic gearshift line is defined
with respect to vehicle speed, and wherein the operating point is determined by a sensed vehicle speed;

when in the manual gearshift mode, the automatic transmission control apparatus performs gearshifting based on a manual operation
of a driver and a relationship between a manual gearshift line and the sensed vehicle speed, and rejects an upshift operation
of the driver in a situation where the sensed vehicle speed is lower than or equal to a predetermined vehicle speed, wherein
the manual gearshift line is defined with respect to vehicle speed; and

the automatic transmission control apparatus comprises
a gearshift characteristic change section that changes a gearshift characteristic of an automatic transmission in response
to a situation where an accelerator pedal opening is smaller than a predetermined opening, so that downshifting occurs at
a higher vehicle speed than in a situation where the accelerator pedal opening is greater than or equal to the predetermined
opening; and

a gearshift characteristic change inhibition/permission section, wherein while the manual gearshift mode is being selected,
the gearshift characteristic change inhibition/permission section inhibits change of the gearshift characteristic until downshifting
is performed once, and permits change of the gearshift characteristic after downshifting is performed once.

US Pat. No. 9,350,058

AIR CELL AND ASSEMBLED BATTERY USING THE SAME

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An assembled battery comprising a plurality of air cells, the air cells each including:
a positive electrode layer;
an electrolyte layer stacked on the positive electrode layer;
a negative electrode layer stacked on the electrolyte layer; and
an electrically-conductive liquid-tight ventilation layer stacked on the positive electrode layer on an opposite side of the
electrolyte layer,

wherein a flow path through which oxygen-containing gas flows is interposed between the electrically-conductive liquid-tight
ventilation layer of a first air cell and the negative electrode layer of a second air cell adjacent to the first air cell,
and

the first air cell is electrically connected to the negative electrode layer of the second air cell via the electrically-conductive
liquid-tight ventilation layer and an electrically-conductive porous body located in the flow path and directly connected
electrically to the electrically-conductive liquid-tight ventilation layer, the electrically-conductive porous body including
a first side facing the electrically-conductive liquid-tight ventilation layer and an opposite second side, wherein substantially
the entire first side is in direct electrical contact with the electrically-conductive liquid-tight ventilation layer.

US Pat. No. 9,349,057

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT DETECTION DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A three-dimensional object detection device comprising:
an imaging unit configured to be installed on a vehicle to capture images of a region at a rear of the vehicle;
an image conversion unit configured to convert a viewpoint of the images obtained by the imaging unit to bird's-eye view images;
a differential waveform information creating unit configured to create differential waveform information by positionally aligning
the bird's-eye view images of different times obtained by the image conversion unit within a bird's-eye view, the differential
waveform information creating unit being further configured to create a frequency distribution of a number of pixels by counting
the number of pixels representing a predetermined differential in a differential image of the bird's-eye view images that
were positionally aligned;

a three-dimensional object detection unit configured to detect three-dimensional objects which are included in the differential
waveform information and which are present in detection areas set in left and right rear sides of the vehicle, based on the
frequency distribution of the number of pixels representing the predetermined differential in the differential image along
a direction in which the three-dimensional object falls when the bird's-eye view images are viewpoint-converted; and

a natural object assessment unit programmed to calculate an irregularity evaluation value for evaluating an irregularity of
the differential waveform information based on a first pixel number of first pixels representing a first predetermined differential
in the differential image containing the detected three-dimensional object that was detected, and a second pixel number of
second pixels that have been extracted along the direction in which the three-dimensional object falls when the bird's-eye
view images are viewpoint-converted and that represent a second predetermined differential greater than the first predetermined
differential in the differential image, and the natural object assessment unit configured to assess that the three-dimensional
object detected by the three-dimensional object detection unit is a natural object including plants or snow present along
a lane traveled by the vehicle when the calculated irregularity evaluation value is equal to or greater than a predetermined
irregularity evaluation threshold set in advance.

US Pat. No. 9,321,456

HYBRID VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A control device for a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle comprising: an engine and a motor as a vehicle drive source;
a first clutch arranged between the engine and the motor in a drive torque transmission mechanism from the vehicle drive source
to drive wheels to vary a transmission torque capacity between the engine and the motor; and a second clutch arranged between
the motor and the drive wheels to vary a transmission torque capacity between the motor and the drive wheels, the control
device comprising:
an engine start control part that performs engine start control to start the engine from an EV mode, in which the hybrid vehicle
is driven by drive force of the motor with engagement of the second clutch, by increasing a rotation speed of the motor, while
allowing slippage of the second clutch, and bringing the first clutch into slip engagement; and

a drive torque upper limit setting part that sets a drive torque upper limit value based on an added motor rotation speed,
which is given by adding an additional rotation speed to the rotation speed of the motor, as an upper limit of a drive torque
transmitted to the drive wheels in the EV mode and as an upper limit of the transmission torque capacity of the second clutch.

US Pat. No. 9,291,143

SPARK IGNITION INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND CONTROL METHOD OF SPARK IGNITION INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

8. A control method of a spark ignition internal combustion engine, the method comprising:
refluxing exhaust gas having passed through a catalyst for exhaust gas purification to an intake passage;
retarding an ignition timing amount to prevent knocking according to a NOx concentration in the intake passage while the exhaust
gas is refluxed;

estimating a NOx concentration in the exhaust gas;
determining a reduction in purification performance of the catalyst;
wherein the ignition timing amount is based on the NOx concentration in the exhaust gas before passage through the catalyst
if the purification performance of the catalyst has been reduced to a state set in advance.

US Pat. No. 9,255,636

SHIFT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A shift device comprising:
a shift member at which a supporting shaft is provided, and whose shift position is changed due to the shift member being
tilted;

a through member through which the shift member is tiltably passed;
a strength member through which the shift member is tiltably passed at further toward a supporting shaft side than the through
member, and whose strength is high as compared with that of the through member; and

a stopping member at which the shift member is tiltably supported due to the supporting shaft being nipped between the stopping
member and the strength member, and that stops displacement of the strength member that is due to load inputted from the shift
member, the stopping member abutting an upper side of the supporting shaft, and the strength member abutting a lower side
of the supporting shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,228,249

SI ALLOY NEGATIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL FOR ELECTRIC DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A negative electrode for an electric device, comprising a negative electrode active material which comprises an alloy having
a composition formula SixZnyAlz, where x+y+z=100, 26?x?47, 18?y?44, and 22?z?46, where each of x, y, and z represents a mass percent value.

US Pat. No. 9,222,524

DRIVE FORCE TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A drive force transmission device comprising:
a hub member;
a drum member having a cylindrical part and a separating wall part extending radially inward from the cylindrical part to
partition a drum interior space into a bearing space and a clutch space;

a clutch operatively interposed between the hub member and the drum member to transmit drive power upon engagement and cease
to transmit drive power upon disengagement, the clutch having a plate member supported by the cylindrical part of the drum;

a first rotating shaft member coupled to the hub member to rotate integrally with the hub member;
a second rotating shaft member coupled to the separating wall part of the drum member to rotate integrally with the drum member;
and

a support member disposed at an outer circumferential position on the second rotating shaft member and rotatably supporting
the second rotating shaft member via a bearing;

the support member including a restriction part that restricts axial movement of an outer race of the bearing, the restriction
part being provided at an end position of the support member towards the separating wall part, and

the separating wall part having a bottom portion being partially disposed at an inner circumferential position with respect
to the restriction part, the bottom portion of the separating wall part having a radially extending centerline that is offset
by a bearing-side offset amount towards the bearing space with respect to a radially extending centerline of a top portion
of the separating wall part so that the separating wall part extends radially inward of the restriction part and the bottom
portion of the separating wall does not extend radially inward of the bearing as viewed perpendicular to a rotational axis
of the drum member.

US Pat. No. 9,194,489

SHIFT CONTROL DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. An automatic transmission shift control device comprising:
a controller programmed to shift an automatic transmission by issuing a command for switching an interference shift element
from an engaged state to a disengaged state, and by issuing a command for switching a friction shift element from a released
state to a locked state, the automatic transmission having a first transmission unit and a second transmission unit different
from the first transmission unit, the first transmission unit being selected by switching the interference shift element to
the engaged state and the friction shift element to the released state, and the second transmission unit being selected by
switching the interference shift element to the disengaged state and the friction shift element to the locked state,

the controller being programmed to include
a progressive friction-shift-element switchover section which causes progressive switching of the friction shift element from
the released state to the locked state prior to the command for switching of the interference shift element from the engaged
state to the disengaged state; and

an interference-shift-element switchover section which causes the switching of the interference shift element from the engaged
state to the disengaged state when transmission torque of the interference shift element decreases to a predetermined value
as the progressive friction-shift-element switchover section causes progressive switching of the friction shift element from
the released state to the locked state.

US Pat. No. 9,190,683

FUEL CELL SYSTEM

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A fuel cell system, comprising:
a fuel cell stack including a plurality of single fuel cells stacked on each other, each single fuel cell being supplied with
hydrogen gas and air to an anode electrode and a cathode electrode, respectively, to generate electricity;

a voltage applying device that applies voltage to the fuel cell stack without extracting current from the fuel cell stack,
after oxygen present in the cathode electrode is reduced;

a stack voltage judgment device that determines, when the voltage applying device applies the voltage to the fuel cell stack,
whether or not the voltage of the fuel cell stack is higher than a target voltage; and

a cross-leakage diagnosis device that diagnoses, based on voltage of the single fuel cells when the voltage applying device
applies the voltage to the fuel cell stack, whether hydrogen gas in the anode electrode is cross-leaked to the cathode electrode
in each single fuel cell, wherein

the voltage of the fuel cell stack is lower than the target voltage when the voltage applying device starts applying the voltage
to the fuel cell stack,

the voltage applying device increases the voltage of the fuel cell stack before the stack voltage judgment device determines
that the voltage of the fuel cell stack is higher than the target voltage, and

if the stack voltage judgment device determines that the voltage of the fuel cell stack is higher than the target voltage,
the cross-leakage diagnosis device diagnoses cross-leakage of each single fuel cell.

US Pat. No. 9,156,419

BUMPER ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A bumper attachment structure, comprising:
a flange of a bumper fascia provided with a guide portion protruding therefrom;
a flange of a fender panel having an insertion hole into which the guide portion can be inserted;
an attachment bracket having a groove in which the guide portion can be housed; and
an insertion fitting portion in which a tip portion of the attachment bracket can fit,
wherein the guide portion is inserted into the insertion hole of the flange of the fender panel to protrude therefrom, a protruding
portion of the guide portion is inserted into the groove of the attachment bracket so as to slide the attachment bracket along
the protruding portion, and the tip portion of the attachment bracket is allowed to fit into the insertion fitting portion,
so that the flange of the bumper fascia is attached to the flange of the fender panel in a manner such that the flange of
the fender panel is held between the flange of the bumper fascia and the attachment bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,080,612

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A driving force transmission device with a dry clutch for selectively connecting and disconnecting a driving force disposed
in a sealed space, the dry clutch comprising:
a first clutch plate splined to a clutch hub at a first spline connection portion having a plurality of spline teeth arranged
on an inner periphery of the first clutch plate, the first clutch plate comprising:

a friction facing having a plurality of grooves each extending radially along the friction facing; and
a plurality of vent holes, each of the plurality of vent holes substantially within a respective spline tooth in an axial
direction, each of the plurality of vent holes aligned with a respective groove in a radial direction and configured to allow
air flow in the axial direction;

a second clutch plate splined to a clutch drum at a second spline connection portion having a plurality of spline teeth arranged
on an outer periphery of the second clutch plate, each of the plurality of spline teeth having a recess in an outwardly radial
edge configured to form an open space when the second clutch plate is engaged with spline teeth of the clutch drum, wherein
the friction facing is configured to press a friction surface against a face of the second clutch plate when connecting the
clutch; and

a cover member including an outside air intake hole to receive outside air into the sealed space and an outside air discharge
hole to exhaust airflow from the sealed space to the outside.

US Pat. No. 9,067,733

PITCH CHANGE DEVICE AND PITCH CHANGE METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A pitch conversion device for converting the pitch of a plurality of plate shaped members arranged in parallel in a first
direction, comprising:
a plurality of entry members arranged in parallel along the first direction, each of the plurality of entry members configured
to enter between two adjacent plate shaped members respectively; and

a pushing member configured to move in the first direction while sequentially pushing each of the plurality of entry members
in a second direction in between the respective adjacent plate shaped members, thereby moving in the first direction a portion
of the plurality of plate shaped members that are downstream of the pushing member in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,369,055

POWER CONVERTER

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A power converter for direct conversion of multi-phase AC power to a single phase AC power, the power converter comprising:
a conversion circuit having a plurality of first switching elements configured to be connected to phases of the multi-phase
AC power for bidirectional switching of energizing current, and a plurality of second switching elements configured to be
connected to the phases of the multi-phase AC power for bidirectional switching of energizing current;

a plurality of input lines connected to the conversion circuit, each of the input lines being connected to a respective phase
of the multi-phase AC power; and

a plurality of capacitors connected to the conversion circuit;
the first switching elements and the second switching elements being arranged such that paired ones of input terminals line
up in a row with the paired ones of the input terminals to an outside, and paired ones of output terminals to an inside; and

the input lines extending in a direction in which the paired input terminals line up, and each of the input lines extending
from one of the input terminals to another of the input terminals of a respective pair of the paired ones of the input terminals.

US Pat. No. 9,212,732

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND ITS HYDRAULIC PRESSURE CONTROL METHOD

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A continuously variable transmission that includes a primary pulley, a secondary pulley, a power transmission member wound
between the pulleys, and a shift control hydraulic circuit for regulating a primary pressure supplied to the primary pulley
and a secondary pressure supplied to the secondary pulley by using a line pressure as an original pressure, and that shifts
by changing the primary pressure and the secondary pressure and by changing widths of grooves of the pulleys, the continuously
variable transmission comprising:
a unit configured to set a target pulley pressure that sets a target primary pressure as a target value of the primary pressure
and a target secondary pressure as a target value of the secondary pressure, based on a speed ratio;

a unit configured to decide a cross-point region that decides the cross-point region as a region where an absolute value of
a deviation, obtained by subtracting the target primary pressure from the target secondary pressure, is smaller than a predetermined
deviation; and

a unit configured to set a target line pressure that sets the target line pressure as a target value of the line pressure
to be a value obtained by adding an offset amount, as a positive value, to either one having a higher value out of the target
primary pressure and the target secondary pressure,

wherein, when decision of the cross-point region is made or when decision of the cross-point region is made and in a region
where the deviation increases to a positive side, the shift control hydraulic circuit controls the primary pressure, the secondary
pressure, and the line pressure to be the target primary pressure, the target secondary pressure, and the target line pressure,
respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,203,274

ELECTROMAGNET FOR STATOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ELECTROMAGNET FOR STATOR

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An electromagnet for a stator comprising:
a stator core formed of a back yoke and a tooth projecting from the back yoke;
an insulator attached to the tooth; and
a coil wound around the insulator,
wherein
the insulator comprises a winding barrel around which the coil is wound in a plurality of layers, a first flange formed at
one end of the winding barrel adjacent to the back yoke, the first flange having a notch through which a line material of
the coil passes, and a second flange formed at another end of the winding barrel such that the line material of the coil is
guided to the winding barrel through the notch from an outside of the first flange, wound around the winding barrel, and taken
out of the first flange through the notch;

the first flange comprises a first portion located on a side of the notch for positioning a winding start of the line material
and a second portion located on an opposite side of the notch to the first portion for positioning a winding end of the line
material; and

a projecting length of the first portion from the winding barrel is set to be longer than a projecting length of the second
portion from the winding barrel.

US Pat. No. 9,488,148

ENGINE STARTING DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. An engine starting device comprising:
a resistor configured to be disposed in series between a starter motor and a battery;
a bypass circuit disposed in parallel with respect to the resistor; and
a switch configured to selectively open and close the bypass circuit, the switch opening the bypass circuit in response to
commencement of engine startup, and closing the bypass circuit in response to the battery voltage approaches a maximum value
during engine startup.

US Pat. No. 9,413,183

QUICK CHARGING SYSTEM, CONTROL DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING AMOUNT OF THE STORED ELECTRICAL POWER, AND PROGRAM

NEC CORPORATION, Toyko (...

1. A quick charging system comprising:
a power storage unit;
a power supply unit that supplies electrical power stored in the power storage unit to a battery of another apparatus;
a power distribution unit that distributes electrical power of a power distribution network to the power storage unit so as
to store the electrical power in the power storage unit;

a power generation unit that generates electrical power using renewable energy and stores the generated electrical power in
the power storage unit; and

a control unit that controls the power distribution unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform:
a first process of calculating a transition of an expected amount of stored electrical power of the power storage unit on
the basis of a transition of an expected amount of power generation of the power generation unit, a transition of an expected
amount of power supply of the power supply unit, and a current amount of the stored electrical power of the power storage
unit, in a case where each of the amount of power generation of the power generation unit and the amount of power supply of
the power supply unit follows the transition and electrical power continues to be supplied from the power distribution network
to the power storage unit according to settings, and

a second process of calculating a power reduction time zone, which is a time zone in which a supply of electrical power from
the power distribution unit to the power storage unit is controlled to be reduced or stopped, based on a determination of
a first time, which is a time when the expected amount of the stored electrical power starts to exceed a first reference capacity,
and which is determinable based on the transition of the expected amount of the stored electrical power of the power storage
unit,

wherein the second process is performed at a time before the first time, and
wherein a start time of the power reduction time zone precedes the first time.

US Pat. No. 9,366,731

INTERNAL RESISTANCE MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR STACKED BATTERY

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An internal resistance measurement device for stacked battery comprising:
an AC power supply part for outputting an AC current to an internal resistance measurement object comprising a stacked battery
made of a plurality of stacked power generating elements by being connected to the internal resistance measurement object;

a positive portion connected to a positive electrode of the internal resistance measurement object;
a negative portion connected to a negative electrode of the internal resistance measurement object;
a middle portion connected to a middle part of the internal resistance measurement object;
an AC adjusting part for adjusting an AC current output to the positive electrode and the negative electrode of the internal
resistance measurement object; and

a resistance calculating part for calculating resistance of the stacked battery based on the adjusted AC current and the AC
potential difference.

US Pat. No. 9,346,370

ABNORMALITY DETECTING SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An abnormality detecting system for an automated guided vehicle, the system detecting an abnormality of the automated guided
vehicle that travels on a circulation route, the abnormality detecting system comprising:
a history recording unit for recording a change history of a current of a battery of the automated guided vehicle with respect
to each circulation, the change history indicating fluctuations of the battery current; and

an abnormality determining unit for determining a presence or absence of an abnormality of the automated guided vehicle on
the basis of the change history of the current of the battery recorded for each circulation of the automated guided vehicle
on the circulation route.

US Pat. No. 9,209,453

NEGATIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL FOR ELECTRIC DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A negative electrode active material for an electric device, comprising an alloy consisting of silicon in a range from
25% to 54% exclusive, carbon in a range from 1% to 47% exclusive, zinc in a range from 13% to 69% exclusive in terms of mass
ratio, and inevitable impurities as a residue.

US Pat. No. 9,200,610

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An engine control apparatus for an internal combustion engine provided with a valve timing varying mechanism to vary a
valve timing of an intake valve of the internal combustion engine, the engine control apparatus comprising:
a sensing section to detect a value of a sensed valve timing of the intake valve;
an ignition timing controlling section to control an ignition timing of the internal combustion engine in accordance with
the sensed valve timing;

a response calculating section to calculate a value of a first response valve timing obtained by conversion from a previous
value of the sensed valve timing with a first response speed at a time of conversion to one of an advance side and a retard
side of the valve timing; and

a sensed valve timing limiting section to limit the sensed valve timing to or below a second response valve timing slower
than the first response valve timing when the sensed valve timing exceeds the first response valve timing at the time of conversion
to the retard side of the valve timing.

US Pat. No. 9,156,452

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE, AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle control device comprising:
a plurality of friction brakes for sprung mass vibration damping control;
at least one wheel speed sensor that detects wheel speed;
a sprung mass state estimating unit that estimates a sprung mass state based on information in a prescribed frequency range
of wheel speed detected by the wheel speed sensor;

a friction brake orientation control unit that calculates a braking torque control amount for the friction brakes to bring
the sprung mass state estimated by the sprung mass state estimating unit to a target sprung mass state, and the friction brake
orientation control unit outputs the braking torque control amount to the friction brakes;

an estimation accuracy deterioration detection unit that detects deterioration of estimation accuracy of a sprung mass state
estimated by the sprung mass state estimating unit; and

a deterioration friction brake orientation accuracy control unit that lowers the braking torque control amount, in cases in
which deterioration of estimation accuracy has been detected by the estimation accuracy deterioration detection unit;

the friction brake orientation control unit minimizes pitch motion of the vehicle; and
the deterioration friction brake orientation accuracy control unit gradually lowers the braking torque control amount prevailing
immediately prior to a time that deterioration of estimation accuracy was detected.

US Pat. No. 9,147,896

FUEL CELL SYSTEM COMPRISING AN ANODE PRESSURE CONTROLLER

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fuel cell system comprising
a fuel cell including an anode that receives an anode gas and a cathode that receives a cathode gas to generate electric power
corresponding to a load;

a pressure adjusting valve disposed in a supply path to adjust anode gas pressure to the anode;
a purge valve disposed in a discharging flow path to discharge an anode-off gas containing impurities from the fuel cell;
and

an anode pressure controller programmed to
control the pressure adjusting valve to perform a pulsation operation that pulsates the anode gas pressure of the fuel cell,
and

decrease a median pressure of the pulsation operation as a wetness level of an electrolyte membrane of a fuel cell stack is
determined to become higher.

US Pat. No. 9,109,276

CYLINDRICAL INTERNAL SURFACE PROCESSING METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A cylindrical internal surface processing method comprising:
forming a cylinder bore in a cylinder block with the cylinder bore having a cylindrical internal surface including an upper
section and a lower section, the lower section being axially spaced from the upper section and having an axial length greater
than zero with respect to a central axis of the cylinder bore;

roughening the upper section of the cylindrical internal surface to create a roughened surface such that a radially innermost
edge of the roughened surface with respect to the central axis has an internal diameter smaller than an internal diameter
of the lower section;

depositing a thermally sprayed coating onto the cylindrical internal surface to cover the upper section and at least a portion
of an axial length of the lower section after the roughening of the upper section; and

machining the lower section and the thermally sprayed coating along the lower section to form a tapered portion and a cylindrical
portion such that

the tapered portion extends from the cylindrical portion toward the upper section, and
a radially outermost edge of the cylindrical portion has an internal diameter that is larger than an internal diameter of
a radially outermost edge of the roughened surface with respect to the central axis.

US Pat. No. 9,081,086

VEHICLE DETECTION DEVICE AND VEHICLE DETECTION METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicle detection device, comprising:
an antenna configured to sense electromagnetic waves radiated from an object;
an image generation unit configured to generate a radio wave image based on the electromagnetic waves received by the antenna;
a road surface region detection unit configured to detect a road surface region in the radio wave image based on the electromagnetic
waves received by the antenna;

a symmetry axis setting unit configured to set a first symmetry axis at a part of a boundary of the road surface region, the
part having a horizontal length not less than a predetermined value;

a road surface reflection region setting unit configured to set a horizontal central line at a center of the radio wave image
in a vertical direction and set a road surface reflection region between the central line and the first symmetry axis; and

a vehicle detection unit configured to compare a waveform of pixel outputs in the road surface reflection region with a waveform
of pixel outputs in the road surface region and to detect the road surface reflection region as a vehicle when the waveform
of pixel outputs in the road surface reflection region has a similar feature to that in the road surface region.

US Pat. No. 9,051,976

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A driving force transmission device comprising:
a motor configured to rotate around a rotor shaft;
a dry clutch disposed at a position inner than the motor, and configured to connect or disconnect transmission of driving
force;

a housing provided to cover the motor and the dry clutch, and having an internal space wherein a space on the rotor shaft
side serves as a clutch chamber to house a friction element of the dry clutch and a space on an outer side of the clutch chamber
serves as a motor chamber to house a rotor and a stator of the motor;

a dust seal member disposed at a position radially outside of a clutch chamber open surface that is an outer peripheral boundary
of the friction element, and configured to seal between the rotor and an inner wall of the housing; and

a dust collection structure forming a dust collection space in a region radially between a seal surface formed by the dust
seal member and the clutch chamber open surface.

US Pat. No. 9,721,460

IN-VEHICLE SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT RECOGNITION DEVICE

Clarion Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. An in-vehicle surrounding environment recognition device, comprising:
a photographic unit that photographs a road surface around a vehicle and acquires a photographic image;
an application execution unit that recognizes another vehicle that is traveling near the vehicle on the basis of the photographic
image acquired by the photographic unit, and detects a relative speed of the other vehicle with respect to the vehicle;

a reflection determination unit that, on the basis of the photographic image, determines upon presence or absence of a reflection
of a background object from the road surface;

a warning control unit that controls output of a warning signal on the basis of the result of recognition of the other vehicle
by the application execution unit; and

a warning prevention adjustment unit that suppresses output of the warning signal on the basis of the relative speed of the
other vehicle, if it has been determined by the reflection determination unit that there is the reflection of the background
object from the road surface, and wherein

the warning prevention adjustment unit adjusts a level of suppression of output of the warning signal by changing a condition
for the reflection determination unit to determine upon the presence or absence of the reflection of the background object
from the road surface, according to the relative speed of the other vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,327,574

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle control device comprising:
a variable-damping-force shock absorber configured to adjust damping force;
a sprung vibration damping control device configured to calculate a sprung vibration damping control amount, which is a damping
force to minimize vibration of a sprung mass;

an unsprung vibration damping control device configured to calculate an unsprung vibration damping control amount, which is
a damping force to minimize vibration of an unsprung mass;

a driving state-determining device configured to determine whether a vehicle is traveling in a straight line or turning;
a damping force distribution factor-calculating device configured to calculate a damping force distribution factor for individual
wheels corresponding to a target orientation based on a lateral acceleration of the vehicle; and

a damping force control device configured to calculate a damping force control amount for each wheel based on the damping
force distribution factor and the unsprung vibration damping control amount such that

in a condition during which the driving state-determining device determines that the vehicle is traveling in a straight line,
the damping force control device is configured to

compare the unsprung vibration damping control amount for each wheel and the sprung vibration damping control amount, and
control the damping force of the variable-damping-force shock absorber based on a greater of the unsprung vibration damping
control amount and the sprung vibration damping control amount,

in a condition during which the driving state-determining device determines that the vehicle is turning, the damping force
control device is configured to

calculate a damping force control amount based on the unsprung vibration damping control amount to maintain the damping force
distribution factor for each wheel, and is further configured to control the damping force of the variable-damping-force shock
absorber based on a greater one of the calculated damping force control and the sprung vibration damping control amount.

US Pat. No. 9,109,627

SLIDING DEVICE INCLUDING SLIDING BEARING

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A sliding device comprising:
a sliding bearing having a bushing member; and
a shaft which is rotatable relative to the bushing member of the sliding bearing, the shaft having a metal surface in slidable
contact with a metal surface of the bushing member of the sliding bearing in the presence of a lubricating oil,

wherein the metal surface of the bushing member of the sliding bearing has a surface hardness smaller than a surface hardness
of the metal surface of the shaft, and

wherein the metal surface of the bushing member of the sliding bearing has a surface roughness Ra of 0.07 to 0.2 micrometer,
and the metal surface of the shaft has a surface roughness Ra of not larger than 0.05 micrometer.

US Pat. No. 9,505,084

JOINING METHOD AND JOINING COMPONENT

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A joining method comprising:
preparing two members to be joined, each of the two members to be joined having an oxide film disposed over a surface thereof,
preparing an insert including an uneven structure for breaking an oxide film, the uneven structure including at least one
protrusion having an aspect ratio of greater than or equal to 0.001,

disposing the insert between the two members to be joined,
applying pressure to the two members to be joined to break the oxide film of the two members to be joined with the uneven
structure of the insert, and

heating the two members to be joined to initiate a eutectic reaction between the two members to be joined and the insert,
such that a eutectic melt produced by the eutectic reaction and the broken oxide film are discharged from between the two
members to be joined.