US Pat. No. 9,426,933

RESONANCE TYPE NON-CONTACT POWER FEEDING SYSTEM, POWER TRANSMISSION SIDE APPARATUS AND IN-VEHICLE CHARGING APPARATUS OF RESONANCE TYPE NON-CONTACT POWER FEEDING SYSTEM

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A resonance type non-contact power feeding system which transmits power from a power transmission side resonance coil portion
to a power reception side resonance coil portion by a non-contact resonance action,
wherein a power transmission side apparatus including the power transmission side resonance coil portion includes:
a power transmission side coaxial cable which electrically connects a high-frequency power source to the power transmission
side resonance coil portion;

a first power transmission side shielding unit covering the power transmission side resonance coil portion from outside with
a good conductor; and

a second power transmission side shielding unit covering the power transmission side coaxial cable and the first power transmission
side shielding unit;

wherein an external conductor of the power transmission side coaxial cable, the first power transmission side shielding unit,
a housing of the high-frequency power source, and the second power transmission side shielding unit are connected at the same
potential; and

wherein a power reception side apparatus including the power reception side resonance coil portion includes:
a first power reception side shielding unit covering the power reception side resonance coil portion from outside with a good
conductor;

a second power reception side shielding unit covering a rectifier that rectifies alternating current generated in the power
reception side resonance coil portion into direct current, from outside with a good conductor;

a third power reception side shielding unit covering the first power reception side shielding unit and the second power reception
side shielding unit, and

an output line shielding unit covering, in output lines from the rectifier to a load device, the output line in a section
from the third power reception side shielding unit to a housing of the load device; and

wherein the first power reception side shielding unit, the second power reception side shielding unit, the third power reception
side shielding unit, and the output line shielding unit are connected at the same potential.

US Pat. No. 9,257,902

DEVICE FOR POWER CONVERSION USING SWITCHING ELEMENT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power conversion device comprising:
a switching circuit provided with a switching element that performs switching operations for power conversion on a basis of
a switching frequency of a switching signal provided to the switching element; and

a control circuit that controls the switching signal such that the switching frequency is repeatedly changed, in each repetition
time, in accordance with a predetermined pattern of changes in frequency, the predetermined pattern being set with an elapse
of time, the repetition time being set such that a repetition frequency, which is an inverse of the repetition time, is shifted
from, at least, a frequency band whose frequencies are demodulated as sound by a radio that receives radio broadcasting, and
the repetition time being a period of time during which a plurality of pulse signals having differing cycles are repeated
in a predetermined sequence.

US Pat. No. 9,197,290

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A communication system provided with an output circuit that is provided in an electricity supply apparatus supplying electricity
to a vehicle and that outputs a rectangular wave signal of given frequency and with an input circuit that is provided in the
vehicle and connected to the output circuit through a plurality of signal lines and that receives the rectangular wave signal
outputted by the output circuit, whereby a communication signal is superimposed on the signal lines so that communication
is achieved between the vehicle and the electricity supply apparatus, the communication system comprising:
a first communication unit provided in the electricity supply apparatus and transmitting and receiving a communication signal
via a first transformer connected between the signal lines;

a second communication unit provided in the vehicle and transmitting and receiving a communication signal via a second transformer
connected between the signal lines;

a first lowpass filter interposed between the output circuit and the first transformer; and
a second lowpass filter interposed between the input circuit and the second transformer, wherein
the output circuit outputs a rectangular wave signal of 1 kHz; and
a rise time and a fall time of the rectangular wave signal on an input side of the input circuit are 10 ?s or shorter.

US Pat. No. 9,266,534

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO Corporation, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control apparatus for implementing inter-vehicle distance control of a vehicle carrying the apparatus behind
a preceding vehicle based on reflected waves from a target that is a reflecting portion of the preceding vehicle, the vehicle
carrying the apparatus being referred to as a subject vehicle, the reflected waves being radar waves transmitted to a front
of the subject vehicle and then reflected from the target, the apparatus comprising:
a target information acquirer configured to acquire target information about the target from the reflected waves, the target
information including a detected distance from the subject vehicle to the target of the preceding vehicle;

a target-pair distance recognizer configured to, in the presence of a target pair that is a pair of the target and a non-target
reflection point that is closer to the subject vehicle than the target and belongs to the same preceding vehicle as the target,
calculate and recognize a separation distance between the target and the non-target reflection point of the target pair as
a target-pair distance;

an offset setter configured to, when the target-pair distance is recognized by the target-pair distance recognizer for a predetermined
period of time or more, set the target-pair distance as an offset;

a corrected distance calculator configured to, when the target-pair distance is recognized by the target-pair distance recognizer
for the predetermined period of time or more, calculate a first corrected distance as an inter-vehicle distance between a
rear end of the preceding vehicle and the subject vehicle by subtracting the target-pair distance from the detected distance,
and when the target-pair distance is recognized by the target-pair distance recognizer for less than the predetermined period
of time, calculate a second corrected distance as an inter-vehicle distance between the rear end of the preceding vehicle
and the subject vehicle by subtracting the offset set by the offset setter from the detected distance; and

a controller configured to, when the target-pair distance is recognized by the target-pair distance recognizer for the predetermined
period of time or more, implement the inter-vehicle distance control based on the first corrected distance calculated by the
corrected distance calculator, and when the target-pair distance is recognized by the target-pair distance recognizer for
less than the predetermined period of time, implement the inter-vehicle distance control based on the second corrected distance
calculated by the corrected distance calculator.

US Pat. No. 9,276,075

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING VERTICAL MOSFET STRUCTURE THAT UTILIZES A TRENCH-TYPE GATE ELECTRODE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

6. A method of producing a semiconductor device having a semiconductor substrate in which a body region of a first conductivity
type is laminated on or above a surface of a drift region of a second conductivity type, and a trench is formed in a range
of the semiconductor substrate which is exposed to a surface thereof, a source region of a second conductivity type that is
located adjacent to the trench and is electrically connected to a source electrode, a drain electrode formed on a rear surface
of the semiconductor substrate, and a gate electrode formed within the trench, comprising:
a trench forming step of forming at least one trench as said trench which extends from the surface of the semiconductor substrate,
into the drift region, through the body region;

a specific layer forming step of forming a specific layer on a bottom of the trench, the specific layer having a characteristic
of forming a depletion layer at a junction between the specific layer and the drift region;

a conductive portion forming step of forming a conductive portion on a part of a side wall of the trench, the conductive portion
being joined to the specific layer;

a first insulating layer forming step of forming a first insulating layer on inner walls of the trench;
a first etching step of etching the first insulating layer formed in the first insulating layer forming step, so that the
lowest point of an upper surface of the first insulating layer formed in the first insulating layer forming step, within the
trench, is located at a lower level than an interface between the drift region and the body region; and

a second insulating layer forming step of forming a second insulating layer on the side wall of the trench,
wherein:
the trench is formed in a rectangular shape having long sides and short sides, when observed from the surface of the semiconductor
substrate, in the trench forming step; the conductive portion forming step is the same step as the specific layer forming
step;

a metal layer that provides the specific layer and the conductive portion is formed on the inner walls of the trench in the
specific layer forming step; and

a second etching step is further provided for removing portions of the metal layer which cover side walls of the long sides
of the trench, such that portions of the metal layer which cover side walls of the short sides of the trench remain.

US Pat. No. 9,281,364

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate preparation step of preparing a semiconductor substrate which is made of SiC and in which a first
semiconductor region of a first conductivity type is formed on a surface of the semiconductor substrate; and

a second semiconductor region forming step of forming a second semiconductor region by implanting an impurity of a second
conductivity type into the first semiconductor region through multiple ion implantation steps from the surface of the semiconductor
substrate while varying implantation depths of the respective multiple ion implantation steps, wherein

in the second semiconductor region forming step, an implantation depth in a first ion implantation step of the multiple ion
implantation steps is the deepest among the multiple ion implantation steps,

in the second semiconductor region forming step, an implantation depth in a second ion implantation step of the multiple ion
implantation steps is less deep than the implantation depth in the first ion implantation step,

in the second semiconductor region forming step, an implantation depth in a third ion implantation step of the multiple ion
implantation steps is less deep than the implantation depth in the second ion implantation step,

in the second semiconductor region forming step, a dose amount of the impurity in the first ion implantation step is smaller
than a dose amount of the impurity in the second ion implantation step,

and
in the second semiconductor region forming step, a dose amount of the impurity in the third ion implantation step is nearly
equal to the dose amount of the impurity in the second ion implantation step.

US Pat. No. 9,234,800

SPECTROMETER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A spectrometer for recognizing a measurement target based on spectral data of observed light detected by a spectral sensor
that measures wavelength information and light intensity information, the spectrometer comprising:
a spectral data processor that
calculates one correlation spectral data set as one of a ratio of or a difference between two spectral data sets corresponding
to two different positions detected by the spectral sensor, and

simultaneously identifies measurement targets corresponding to the two different positions based on the one correlation spectral
data set.

US Pat. No. 9,260,114

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO Corporation, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control apparatus for implementing inter-vehicle distance control of a vehicle carrying the apparatus behind
a preceding vehicle based on reflected waves from at least one target that is a reflecting portion of the preceding vehicle,
the vehicle carrying the apparatus being referred to as a subject vehicle, the reflected waves being radar waves transmitted
to a front of the subject vehicle and then reflected from the at least one target, the apparatus comprising:
a target information acquirer configured to acquire target information about each of the at least one target from the reflected
waves, the target information including a detected distance from the subject vehicle to the target of the preceding vehicle;

an offset storage configured to, in the presence of first and second targets forward of the subject vehicle, the first target
being forward of the second target, the second target being a target recognized as a rear end of the preceding vehicle, calculate
and store an offset associated with the first target, the offset being a difference between the detected distance to the first
target and the detected distance to the second target;

a controller configured to implement the inter-vehicle distance control to follow the second target based on the detected
distance to the second target, and when the second target fails to be detected, implement the inter-vehicle distance control
based on a distance calculated by subtracting the offset associated with the first target stored by the offset storage from
the detected distance to the first target; and

an offset eraser configured to, based on the presence or absence of relative displacement between the first and second targets,
determine whether or not the first and second targets belong to different vehicles, and when it is determined that the first
and second targets belong to different vehicles, erase the offset associated with the first target stored by the offset storage.

US Pat. No. 9,276,299

VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle having a battery mounted thereon, the battery comprising:
a cell group having a plurality of cells, each of the cells including an electrolytic solution and a power-generating element
within a case of cylindrical shape; and

a heat dissipation plate allowing heat exchange between the cells and holding each of the cells in a diameter direction of
the cell,

wherein the cell group is placed in an area inside an edge of the heat dissipation plate when viewed from a height direction
of the vehicle,

the plurality of cells pass through the heat dissipation plate, respectively, and
a plurality of positive electrodes of the plurality of cells are located above the heat dissipation plate and a plurality
of negative electrodes of the plurality of cells are located at a lower level in the height direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,290,172

COLLISION MITIGATION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A collision mitigation device that is mounted in an own vehicle and mitigates collision damage when the own vehicle is
in a collision, the collision mitigation device comprising:
actuation condition setting means that sets an actuation condition indicating a condition for actuating a collision mitigating
section configured to mitigate collision damage when the own vehicle is in a collision;

actuation control means that detects a target object that is positioned near the own vehicle, and actuates the collision mitigating
section when a positional relationship between the own vehicle and the target object meets the actuation condition;

traveling segment recognizing means that recognizes an own vehicle traveling segment that indicates a traveling segment of
a road on which the own vehicle is traveling; and

in-segment presence recognizing means that recognizes whether or not the target object is present within the own vehicle traveling
segment,

the actuation condition setting means relaxing the actuation condition in such a manner that the collision mitigating section
is more easily actuated when the target object is present within the own vehicle traveling segment, compared to when the target
object is not present within the own vehicle traveling segment, wherein:

the actuation control means determines whether to actuate the collision mitigating section based on a result of a comparison
between a collision time and an actuation reference time, the collision time indicating an amount of time until the own vehicle
and the target object collide, the actuation reference time being set in advance as a timing when control is performed to
enable the own vehicle to avoid a collision with the target object; and

the actuation condition setting means sets an amount of actuation reference time to a longer amount of time when the target
object is present within the own vehicle traveling segment, compared to when the target object is not present within the own
vehicle traveling segment.

US Pat. No. 9,236,680

CONNECTOR AND VEHICLE INCLUDING CONNECTOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A connector for connecting an inverter unit and an electric rotational device with each other, comprising:
a first connector terminal to which a first electric cable is to be connected;
a second connector terminal to which a second electric cable is to be connected, and which is disposed so as to be spaced
apart from the first connector terminal;

a third connector terminal which is disposed so as to be spaced apart from the second connector terminal, and to which a third
electric cable is to be connected, wherein:

a current sensor is connected to the second connector terminal and the third connector terminal,
a first predetermined interval between the first connector terminal and the second connector terminal is larger than a second
predetermined interval between the second connector terminal and the third connector terminal, and

the first connector terminal is a U-phase terminal, the second connector terminal is a V-phase terminal, and the third connector
terminal is a W-phase terminal;

a sidewall that surrounds the first connector terminal, the second connector terminal, and the third connector terminal;
a protection cover that is attached to the sidewall so as to cover the first connector terminal, the second connector terminal,
and the third connector terminal, and is detachable from the sidewall; and

an interlock mechanism that interrupts currents flowing to the first connector terminal, the second connector terminal, and
the third connector terminal when the protection cover is detached from the sidewall, wherein

the interlock mechanism includes an interlock connector and an interlock pin, and the currents are allowed to flow to the
first connector terminal, the second connector terminal, and the third connector terminal, by inserting the interlock pin
into the interlock connector; and

the interlock connector is disposed between the first connector terminal and the second connector terminal, and the interlock
pin is provided at the protection cover and is positioned such that the interlock pin is inserted into the interlock connector
when the protection cover is attached to the sidewall.

US Pat. No. 9,237,669

POWER CONVERTER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power converter, comprising:
a plurality of power converter circuits, each of which includes at least one semiconductor module, wherein the semiconductor
modules are stacked,

bus bars in common with the semiconductor modules that connect the stacked semiconductor modules with a capacitor, and
connecting members that are arranged along an edge of each of the bus bars and connect the edge of the bus bar with terminals
of the semiconductor modules,

wherein each of the bus bars includes converter circuit corresponding regions that are defined for each of the power converter
circuits that include the semiconductor modules that are connected to the bus bar by the connecting members, and

wherein at least one of the bus bars includes a slit that extends from the edge of the bus bar along at least one of the boundaries
between the converter circuit corresponding regions,

wherein the plurality of power converter circuits include a first power converter circuit that includes a first inverter that
is provided corresponding to a first rotating electric machine, and a second power converter circuit that includes a second
inverter that is provided corresponding to a second rotating electric machine, and

wherein the converter circuit corresponding regions of each of the bus bars include a first inverter corresponding region
that corresponds to the first inverter and a second inverter corresponding region that corresponds to the second inverter,
and the slit is provided between the first inverter corresponding region and the second inverter corresponding region.

US Pat. No. 9,273,412

FILM-FORMING APPARATUS AND FILM-FORMING METHOD

NuFlare Technology, Inc.,...

1. A film-forming apparatus comprising:
a film-forming chamber;
a cylindrical shaped liner provided between an inner wall of the film-forming chamber and a space for performing a film-forming
process;

a main-heater configured to heat a substrate placed inside the liner, from the bottom side;
a sub-heater cluster provided between the liner and the inner wall, configure to heat the substrate from the top side;
wherein the main-heater and the sub-heater cluster are resistive heaters;
wherein the sub-heater cluster has a first sub-heater provided at the closest position to the substrate, and a second sub-heater
provided above the first sub-heater;

wherein the first sub-heater heats the substrate in combination with the main-heater, the second sub-heater heats the liner
at a lower output than the first sub-heater;

wherein each temperature of the main-heater, the first sub-heater, and the second sub-heater is individually controlled; and
wherein an output of the main-heater is controlled depending on a temperature of the substrate, and an output of the first
sub-heater is controlled depending on the output of the main-heater.

US Pat. No. 9,108,153

EXHAUST PURIFICATION SYSTEM OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An exhaust purification system of an internal combustion engine comprising:
an engine exhaust passage;
an exhaust treatment catalyst arranged inside of the engine exhaust passage;
a coat layer formed on a substrate of the exhaust treatment catalyst, wherein
the coat layer comprises at least a top coat layer and a bottom coat layer, wherein
the top coat layer is comprised of an exhaust purification catalyst for reacting NOx contained in exhaust gas and reformed hydrocarbons, wherein

a precious metal catalyst is carried on an exhaust gas flow surface of the exhaust purification catalyst and a basic exhaust
gas flow surface part is formed around the precious metal catalyst, and

the bottom coat layer is comprised of an NOx absorption catalyst that adsorbs NOx contained in exhaust gas and desorbs the adsorbed NOx if a temperature of the bottom coat layer rises; and

an electronic control unit, wherein the electronic control unit is configured to control a vibration of a concentration of
hydrocarbons flowing into the exhaust treatment catalyst within a predetermined range of amplitude and within a predetermined
range of period, and is configured to control the vibration period of the hydrocarbon concentration longer than the predetermined
range of period, wherein

when the electronic control unit controls the vibration of the concentration of hydrocarbons flowing into the exhaust treatment
catalyst within the predetermined range of amplitude and within the predetermined range of period, the exhaust purification
catalyst has a property of producing a reducing intermediate containing nitrogen and hydrocarbons that chemically reduces
the NOx contained in the exhaust and/or NOx desorbed from the NOx absorption catalyst by a reducing action of the produced reducing intermediate, and the exhaust purification catalyst chemically
reduces the NOx that is contained in exhaust gas and/or NOx desorbed from the NOx absorption catalyst without storing, or storing a fine amount of nitrates in the basic exhaust gas flow surface part, and

when the electronic control unit controls the vibration period of the hydrocarbon concentration longer than the predetermined
range of period, the exhaust treatment catalyst has a property of being increased in storage amount of NOx that is contained in exhaust gas.

US Pat. No. 9,118,085

LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY AND USE OF SAME

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A lithium secondary battery comprising:
a flat wound-type electrode body having a structure in which a positive electrode and a negative electrode are laminated,
with a separator interposed therebetween; and

a battery case that houses the flat wound-type electrode body together with an electrolyte, wherein
a porous insulating layer obtained by filling and molding insulating particles is formed on a surface of at least one of the
positive electrode and the negative electrode on a side thereof facing the separator,

insulating particles having a tap density of 0.4 g/cm3 to 0.9 g/cm3 are used as the insulating particles that compose the porous insulating layer, and

the flat wound-type electrode body faces a pressure in a direction of the lamination, wherein the pressure is in a range of
16 kgf/cm2 to 50 kgf/cm2 and is transmitted to the flat wound-type electrode body through an outer wall of the battery case.

US Pat. No. 9,215,089

TOUCH SENSOR SYSTEM

TOHOKU UNIVERSITY, Senda...

1. A touch sensor system comprising:
one or more buses including a power supply line and a signal line;
a plurality of touch sensor devices that are disposed on each of the bus and supplied with power from the bus; and
an information integrating device that is connected to all the buses and integrates information from the plurality of touch
sensor devices, wherein the touch sensor device comprises:

a sensor unit that outputs an analog sensor signal, the analog sensor signal changing according to an action from a detecting
object; and

a signal processing unit that transmits a sensor data signal to the information integrating device through the bus, the sensor
data signal being the processed analog sensor signal from the sensor unit,

wherein the signal processing unit comprises:
a digital converting unit that digitally converts the analog sensor signal;
a threshold evaluating unit that gives a start permission of a signal process when a sensor value by the sensor unit exceeds
a preset threshold;

an ID adding unit that adds a transmitter identification number to the sensor data signal, the transmitter identification
number being previously added to itself; and

a data transmitting unit that outputs the sensor data signal to a signal line of the bus; and
bus state evaluating unit that evaluates a state of the signal line of the bus; and
an initial transmission command unit that commands transmission of the transmitter identification number at the time of detecting
power-on, wherein the bus state evaluating unit stops signal transmission of the data transmitting unit when the bus is busy,
and permits the signal transmission of the data transmitting unit when the bus is free,

further evaluates the state of the bus again after preset waiting time has elapsed when the bus is busy, and
increases standby time at a predetermined ratio when the waiting time is continuously generated, and
the information integrating device includes a function to switch power on and off and also receives the transmitter identification
number transmitted from each of the touch sensor devices at the time of the power-on and builds a communication network based
on the received transmitter identification number.

US Pat. No. 9,199,638

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE DRIVE DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control apparatus for a vehicular drive system provided with: a fluid-operated power transmitting device having an input
rotary member configured to receive a drive force from an engine, an output rotary member from which the drive force is transmitted
to drive wheels, and a lock-up clutch configured to mechanically connect the input rotary member and the output rotary member
to each other; a first electric motor connected directly or indirectly to said input rotary member; and a second electric
motor connected directly or indirectly to a power transmitting path between the output rotary member and said drive wheels,
and further connected to the engine through the lock-up clutch configured to be placed in a selected one of at least an engaged
state and a released state, the control apparatus comprising:
a hybrid control portion configured to control said first electric motor and said second electric motor to generate an engine
starting torque for starting said engine while a power transmitting path between said second electric motor and said drive
wheels is placed in a power cutoff state or a restricted power transmitting state and while said lock-up clutch is given a
torque capacity.

US Pat. No. 9,194,044

DEPOSITION APPARATUS AND METHOD

NuFlare Technology, Inc.,...

1. A deposition apparatus comprising:
a chamber for depositing a SiC film on a SiC substrate;
a gas inlet for supplying a deposition gas into the chamber;
a gas outlet located at a bottom section of the chamber;
a susceptor, located inside the chamber, on which to place the SiC substrate;
a liner for covering inner walls of the chamber, wherein the liner includes a head section located above the susceptor and
a barrel section inside which the susceptor is placed, an inner diameter of the head section being smaller than an inner diameter
of the barrel section;

a heater located inside the chamber so as to be positioned below the SiC substrate placed on the susceptor; and
an upper electric resistance heater cluster configured to heat the SiC substrate, and located above the susceptor and between
the inner walls of the chamber and the head section of the liner so as to surround the liner,

wherein the upper electric resistance heater cluster is divided vertically into a plurality of electric resistance heaters,
and

wherein the plurality of electric resistance heaters are independently temperature-controlled to maintain the SiC substrate
at a predetermined temperature, and

wherein a lower section of the upper electric resistance heater cluster is shaped to extend along and conform to a corner
section between the head section of the liner and the barrel section of the liner.

US Pat. No. 9,392,096

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND CONTROLLER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A communication system comprising:
an electronic control unit including program logic configured to:
perform a check to detect whether a mobile device carried by a user of a vehicle is in the vehicle via wireless communication
between an onboard device and the mobile device when a door of the vehicle has changed from being open to being closed;

detect an operating state of an onboard electrical load when the check is performed; and
based upon the mobile device not being detected in the vehicle while the vehicle is in an operational state, change a maximum
value of a number of rechecks, which is the number of times the check is allowed to be repeatedly performed, according to
the operating state of the onboard electrical load.

US Pat. No. 9,381,936

STEERING-COLUMN DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering column device comprising:
a fixed bracket which is fixed to a vehicle body-side member and includes a first plate, wherein a pair of first holes, each
of which is an elongated hole extending parallel to a column movement direction at the time of a secondary collision, and
which are spaced apart from each other in a direction orthogonal to the column movement direction, are formed in the first
plate;

a movable jacket which rotatably supports a steering shaft having a steering member connected to one end of the steering shaft;
a movable bracket which supports the movable jacket so as to move in the column movement direction along with the movable
jacket at the time of the secondary collision and includes a second plate facing the first plate, wherein a pair of second
holes respectively facing the pair of first holes are formed in the second plate;

a pair of suspension shafts which are inserted into a corresponding first hole and a corresponding second hole, connect the
first plate and the second plate, thereby suspending the movable jacket through the movable bracket, and are configured to
move along the corresponding first hole at the time of the secondary collision; and

a connection and separation mechanism which is disposed only between the pair of first holes in the direction orthogonal to
the column movement direction, thereby connecting the second plate to a predetermined position of the first plate, and separates,
at the time of the secondary collision, the second plate from the predetermined position in the column movement direction,

wherein the connection and separation mechanism includes a resin pin, and
the resin pin is provided as one pin or provided as a plurality of pins in a single row lined up in the column movement direction.

US Pat. No. 9,266,406

AIR-CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air-conditioner for a vehicle comprising:
an air conditioning case having an air intake port on a first side and a plurality of air outlets on a second side, air passing
through the plurality of air outlets toward a passenger compartment, the plurality of air outlets being opened to correspond
to a plurality of seats including a predetermined seat, which contains at least a driver seat, and the other seat, the air
conditioning case having an air passage between the air intake port and the plurality of air outlets, blow-off air passing
through the air passage;

an air conditioning blower sending air to the air passage of the air conditioning case;
an air conditioning part which heats or cools to air-condition the air sent from the air conditioning blower and sends conditioned-air
to the plurality of air outlets;

an opening-and-closing part which changes opening-and-closing state of the plurality of air outlets between an allowed state
and an intercepted state, conditioned-air being allowed to pass an air outlet of the plurality of air outlets which air-conditions
the other seat except the predetermined seat in the allowed state and being intercepted in the intercepted state, conditioned-air
being allowed to pass an air outlet of the plurality of air outlets which air-conditions the predetermined seat in the intercepted
state; and

a control part which conducts an air conditioning for the passenger compartment by controlling the air conditioning blower,
the air conditioning part and the opening-and-closing part, wherein

the control part controls the opening-and-closing part into the intercepted state as a control of a predetermined seat state,
when a predetermined seat air conditioning command is provided to air-condition the predetermined seat,

when a stop command which requires to stop the air conditioning blower is provided in the predetermined seat state, the control
part controls the air conditioning blower to stop sending air, and

after the air conditioning blower is stopped, the control part controls the opening-and-closing part to open at least one
air outlet of the plurality of air outlets which air-conditions the other seat in a manner that a total open area of the air
outlets becomes larger than or equal to a total open area of the air outlets in the predetermined seat state.

US Pat. No. 9,178,242

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF FUEL CELL MODULE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF FUEL CELL

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A manufacturing method of a fuel cell module in which a plurality of cell assemblies are stacked, each cell assembly including:
an electrode member having a membrane electrode assembly formed from an electrolyte membrane and a pair of electrode catalyst
layers disposed on both sides of the electrolyte membrane in a thickness direction, and a pair of porous layers disposed on
both sides of the membrane electrode assembly in the thickness direction;

a separator arranged to be stacked with the electrode member and having an electrode member arrangement portion with which
one side of the electrode member in the thickness direction is in contact, and a seal member arrangement portion having a
frame shape and disposed on an outer side of the electrode member arrangement portion in a planar direction, the electrode
member arrangement portion and the seal member arrangement portion being provided on a surface of the separator in a stacking
direction; and

a seal member formed from a crosslinked item of solid rubber and disposed in the seal member arrangement portion defined on
the surface of the separator to seal a peripheral edge portion of the electrode member along a shape of the peripheral edge
portion and integrate the electrode member and the separator with each other,

the separator and the seal member that are adjacent in the stacking direction with each other being adhered to integrate the
plurality of cell assemblies with each other,

the method comprising:
forming a seal member preform having a frame shape and formed from an uncrosslinked item of solid rubber having adhesiveness
in the seal member arrangement portion defined on the surface of the separator to produce a seal member temporary assembly
having a recess formed by the surface of the separator and an inner periphery of the seal member preform, in a preliminary
production stage;

fitting an entirety of the electrode member into the recess of the seal member temporary assembly to produce a cell assembly
temporary assembly, in an incorporation stage that is subsequent to the preliminary production stage;

arranging a cell assembly stack, in which a plurality of the cell assembly temporary assemblies are stacked, in a forming
die, in a member arrangement stage; and

pressurizing and heating the forming die to crosslink the uncrosslinked item, thereby forming the seal member from the seal
member preform, the seal member sealing the peripheral edge portion of the electrode member and integrating the electrode
member and the separator with each other to produce the cell assembly from the cell assembly temporary assemblies, and the
seal member also adhering to the separator which is adjacent in the stacking direction with the seal member and integrating
the cell assembly temporary assemblies which are adjacent in the stacking direction with each other to produce the fuel cell
module from the cell assembly stack, in an integration stage.

US Pat. No. 9,175,739

ENGINE MOUNT AND POWER UNIT VIBRATION DAMPING SUPPORT STRUCTURE

SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIM...

1. A power unit vibration damping support structure that gives vibration damping support to a transverse engine type power
unit including an engine and transmission on a vehicle body via four engine mounts at four respective points including front,
rear, left and right of a vehicle, the four engine mounts comprising a front engine mount, a rear engine mount, an engine
side engine mount and a transmission side engine mount,
wherein a weight of the power unit is distributed and supported by the front and rear engine mounts arranged at the front
and rear of the vehicle, and the engine side engine mount mounted on an engine side arranged at one of the left and right
of the vehicle, while the transmission side engine mount is mounted on a transmission side arranged at another of the left
and right of the vehicle in a state without a distributed support load of the weight of the power unit being applied,

the transmission side engine mount comprises a tube shaped mount which includes: an inner shaft member; an outer tube member
arranged separated to an outer circumference side of the inner shaft member; and a main rubber elastic body attached to the
outer tube member non-adhesively such that the inner shaft member and the outer tube member are elastically connected by the
main rubber elastic body, wherein the outer tube member is attached to the power unit, and the inner shaft member is attached
to the vehicle body,

the front and rear engine mounts are both arranged below a principal axis of inertia of the power unit, while the engine side
and transmission side engine mounts are both arranged above the principal axis of inertia of the power unit, when viewed in
a front-rear direction of the vehicle, and

the transmission side engine mount is arranged more largely separated above the principal axis of inertia of the power unit
than the engine side engine mount.

US Pat. No. 9,097,190

COMBUSTION CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A combustion control apparatus for an internal combustion engine comprising:
a first intake passage and a second intake passage respectively and independently connected with a combustion chamber defined
by at least one cylinder of the internal combustion engine, and which supply an intake air to the combustion chamber;

an EGR apparatus that circulates an EGR gas comprising a part of an exhaust gas into an EGR gas supply port provided at the
first intake passage, from an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine;

a fresh air blocking unit that blocks inflow of fresh air to the first intake passage;
a supercharger that supercharges fresh air at the upstream of the first intake passage and the second intake passage;
an opening and closing property changing unit that differentiates the timing of opening of a valve between a first intake
valve that controls the intake air which inflows into the combustion chamber from the first intake passage, and a second intake
valve that controls intake air which inflows into the combustion chamber from the second intake passage; and

a control unit that, in response to a decision by the control unit to perform a stratified combustion in the combustion chamber
where the EGR gas is introduced to the combustion chamber and when the intake air flowing through the second intake passage
is allowed to flow into the combustion chamber during a compression stroke, controls

to supercharge the fresh air by the supercharger,
to block inflows of the fresh air into the first intake passage by the fresh air blocking unit, and
to open the first intake valve before opening of the second intake valve by the opening and closing property changing unit,
and, thereafter, to open the second intake valve.

US Pat. No. 9,193,245

VEHICULAR AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL DEVICE, VEHICULAR AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL METHOD, VEHICULAR AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

8. A vehicular air conditioning control method comprising:
an acquisition step of acquiring a detection result of a detecting component that detects an outside air temperature;
a calculation step of calculating, from the acquisition result of the acquisition step, a predetermined time corresponding
to the outside air temperature which becomes longer as the outside air temperature becomes higher, a blower fan operating
time lasting from engine shutdown until a blower fan is shutdown when a cabin interior is being air-conditioned by an air
conditioning component equipped with an evaporator, the blower fan, and a compressor, that operates using an engine as a drive
source and compresses refrigerant, wherein the blower fan blows air toward the evaporator; and

a control step of controlling the blower fan in such a way that the blower fan shuts down when the blower fan operating time
calculated by the calculation step has elapsed after the engine has been shut down by an engine control component that controls
engine startup and shutdown in accordance with the driving state of the vehicle when the cabin interior is being air-conditioned
by the air conditioning component, the control step further comprising controlling the blower fan in such a way that the blower
fan operates until a time when a sensing result of a sensing component that senses a temperature of the evaporator becomes
a dew point temperature corresponding to the outside air temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,134,189

DYNAMIC QUANTITY SENSOR AND DYNAMIC QUANTITY SENSOR SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A dynamic quantity MEMS sensor comprising:
a force receiving portion;
a first movable portion that rotates in a first rotational direction around a first rotational axis according to dynamic quantity
in a first direction that the force receiving portion receives, and rotates in the first rotational direction around the first
rotational axis according to dynamic quantity in a second direction different from the first direction that the force receiving
portion receives;

a second movable portion that rotates in a second rotational direction around a second rotational axis according to the dynamic
quantity in the first direction that the force receiving portion receives, and rotates in an opposite direction to the second
rotational direction around the second rotational axis according to the dynamic quantity in the second direction that the
force receiving portion receives,

a first coupling portion that couples the force receiving portion and the first movable portion;
a second coupling portion that couples the force receiving portion and the second movable portion; and
a support portion that supports the first movable portion and the second movable portion rotatably around the first rotational
axis and the second rotational axis,

wherein the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion have a flexible and twistable beam shape, and
at least the dynamic quantity in the first direction and the dynamic quantity in the second direction can be detected.

US Pat. No. 9,109,489

VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle capable of running with motive power from at least any of a motor and an engine, comprising:
a power storage device for storing electric power for driving said motor;
a catalytic device configured to be able to electrically heat with electric power from said power storage device, a catalyst
base material to which a catalyst purifying exhaust from said engine is fixed;

an insulator provided between said catalytic device and a housing accommodating said catalytic device; and
a control device controlling a power feed to said catalytic device,
said control device determining an allowance and prohibition of the power feed to said catalytic device in accordance with
a temperature of said insulator.

US Pat. No. 9,240,821

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A communication system comprising:
a power feeding device, and
a vehicle connected to the power feeding device by two cables, and the vehicle having an electric storage device receiving
power from the power feeding device, and communication of a control signal required for charge control of the electric storage
device is performed through the cables, wherein

one of the power feeding device and the vehicle includes
a first superimposing/separating unit connected to two branch lines branched from the two cables, respectively, and performing
superimposition of a communication signal different from the control signal onto communication through the cables and performing
separation of the communication signal superimposed onto the communication through the cables, and

a first communication unit transmitting and receiving a communication signal through the first superimposing/separating unit,
and that

another one of the power feeding device and the vehicle includes
a second superimposing/separating unit located in only one of the two cables and performing superimposition of the communication
signal onto communication through the cable and performing separation of the communication signal superimposed onto the communication
through the cable, and

a second communication unit transmitting and receiving a communication signal through the second superimposing/separating
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,272,422

GRASPING METHOD BY GRASPING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A grasping method by a grasping apparatus that is provided with a grasping portion that grasps a workpiece and has a plurality
of pawl portions that grip the workpiece, and a plurality of contact portions that are provided on portions of the plurality
of pawl portions, which contact the workpiece, and that are able to be hardened, the method comprising:
conforming the contact portions to an outer shape of a master workpiece that has an outer shape that is able to deform the
contact portions to a shape for positioning the workpiece;

hardening the contact portions in a state conformed to the outer shape of the master workpiece and deformed to the shape for
positioning the workpiece;

positioning the workpiece by pushing the workpiece with the contact portions having the shape for positioning the workpiece;
and

grasping the positioned workpiece with the grasping portion.

US Pat. No. 9,117,587

NOISE REDUCTION DEVICE AND BUS BAR MODULE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A noise reduction device for use with a bus bar module having a holder, the noise reduction device comprising:
a magnetic core configured to surround an outer periphery of an electric cable;
an elastic sheet configured to wrap around the electric cable so as to surround the electric cable, the elastic sheet being
disposed between an inner peripheral surface of the magnetic core and an outer peripheral surface of the electric cable and
elastically deformed, and at least a first portion of the elastic sheet overlaps a second portion of the elastic sheet; and

a guide portion of the holder disposed between the elastic sheet and the electric cable.
US Pat. No. 9,096,749

PROPYLENE RESIN COMPOSITION AND INJECTION-MOLDED ARTICLE OF SAME

Sumitomo Chemical Company...

1. A propylene resin composition comprising
a propylene resin (A) defined below, a copolymer of ethylene and an ?-olefin having not less than 4 carbons (B) defined below,
an inorganic filler (C), a fatty acid amide (D), and carbon black (E), wherein

the propylene resin (A) has a content of 52% to 72% by weight, the copolymer (B) has a content of 10% to 20% by weight, and
the inorganic filler (C) has a content of 18% to 28% by weight,

where the total of the weights of the propylene resin (A), the copolymer (B) of ethylene and an ?-olefin having not less than
4 carbons, and the inorganic filler (C) is taken as 100% by weight, and

the fatty acid amide (D) is contained at 0.2 to 0.7 parts by weight, and the carbon black (E) is contained at 0.8 to 2.2 parts
by weight, relative to 100 parts by weight of the total of the weights of the propylene resin (A), the copolymer (B), and
the inorganic filler (C),

propylene resin (A) is a propylene-based polymeric material (A-1) produced by multistage polymerization and comprising a propylene
homopolymerized polymer component and a propylene-ethylene randomly copolymerized polymer component having an intrinsic viscosity
number of 5 to 7 dl/g, or being a mixture (A-3) comprising a propylene-based polymeric material (A-1) as defined above and
a propylene homopolymer (A-2) having an intrinsic viscosity number of less than 1.5 dl/g;

copolymer (B) is a copolymer of ethylene and an ?-olefin having not less than 4 carbons having a density of 0.850 to 0.870
g/cm3 and a melt flow rate, measured at 190° C. under a load of 2.16 kgf in accordance with JIS K7210, of 0.1 to 10 g/10 min.

US Pat. No. 9,444,113

FUEL CELL SYSTEM WITH WATER PRODUCTION CONTROL, AND VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A fuel cell system, comprising:
a fuel cell configured to receive a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing gas respectively supplied to an anode and a cathode,
which are placed to face each other across an electrolyte membrane having proton conductivity, and generate electric power;

a power generation controller configured to perform load-responding power generation control that controls power-generating
operation of the fuel cell based on a power demand for an external load; and

a secondary battery capable of charging and discharging electric power to be usable in combination with the fuel cell, as
a power source to supply power to the load,

wherein the power generation controller is configured such that when the fuel cell is in a performance degradation state that
has potential for degradation of power generation performance of the fuel cell, the power generation controller performs water
production increasing control, which shifts a power-generating operation state of the fuel cell to a state of increasing an
amount of water production on the cathode compared with the load-responding power generation control, and subsequently performs
water production non-increasing control, which shifts the power-generating operation state of the fuel cell to a state of
reducing an increase in amount of water production compared with the water production increasing control,

wherein the power generation controller is configured to oscillate between the water production increasing control and the
water production non-increasing control in the performance degradation state,

wherein the power generation controller is configured such that when performing the water production increasing control, the
power generation controller shifts the power-generating operation state of the fuel cell to a state of an increased electric
current and a decreased voltage to increase an amount of water production on the cathode, and when performing the water production
non-increasing control, the power generation controller shifts the power-generating operation state of the fuel cell to a
state of decreased electric current region and increased voltage region compared with the water production increasing control
to suppress an increase in the amount of water production compared with the water production increasing control, and

wherein the power generation controller is configured to compare the state of charge of the secondary battery and a predetermined
threshold range, the threshold range becoming a low threshold range at a cell temperature in an intermediate temperature range,
the threshold range becoming a high threshold range at a cell temperature in a low temperature range where the threshold range
becomes higher than the low threshold range as the temperature range becomes lower than the intermediate temperature range,
and the threshold range becoming a high threshold range at a cell temperature in a high temperature range where the threshold
range becomes higher than the low threshold range as the temperature range becomes higher than the intermediate temperature
range, and

wherein the power generation controller is configured such that when the state of charge of the secondary battery exceeds
the predetermined threshold range, the power generation controller determines availability of the water production increasing
control.

US Pat. No. 9,272,702

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONTROL FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:
an engine including an in-cylinder fuel injection valve that injects fuel into a cylinder and a port fuel injection valve
that injects fuel into an intake port, the engine being configured to output motive power to a drive shaft connected to an
axle shaft;

an electric motor connected to the drive shaft via a gear mechanism, the electric motor being configured to output motive
power to the drive shaft;

a battery configured to supply electric power to the electric motor and receive electric power from the electric motor; and
an electronic control unit programmed to:
(a) control the engine and the electric motor such that a demanded drive force for moving the hybrid vehicle is output to
the drive shaft,

(b) when the engine is started during a cold state, control the engine such that the engine is started with a fuel injection
from the port fuel injection valve, without performing a fuel injection from the in-cylinder fuel injection valve,

(c) when a noise of the gear mechanism is detected after the engine is started, execute a noise detection-time fuel injection
control which controls the engine such that the engine is operated with the fuel injection from the in-cylinder fuel injection
valve, without performing the fuel injection from the port fuel injection valve,

(d) continue execution of the noise detection-time fuel injection control until a predetermined time elapses, the predetermined
time being a time that is set beforehand and is needed for an ice deposit on the port fuel injection valve to melt.

US Pat. No. 9,174,270

CASTING MOLD SET

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A casting mold set comprising:
a core that includes a casting shape forming part for forming a shape of a casting that is formed by the casting mold set
and a core print that does not contribute to form the shape of the casting;

a first mold that is located above the casting shape forming part of the core; and
a second mold that is opposed to an upper surface of the core print of the core;
wherein;
in a case where the mold set is closed before molten metal is fed, a minimum clearance between the casting shape forming part
and the first mold is smaller than a minimum clearance between the upper surface of the core print and the second mold that
is opposed to the upper surface of the core print, so that the upper surface of the core print does not contact the second
mold that is opposed to the upper surface of the core print, wherein the casting shape forming part is configured to float
upward when molten metal is fed into the closed mold set so that the minimum clearance between the casting shape forming part
and the first mold disappears.

US Pat. No. 9,313,778

FREQUENCY SELECTION METHOD AND COGNITIVE WIRELESS SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

13. A wireless communications system comprising a database apparatus and a mobile communication apparatus, the mobile communication
apparatus performing communications by selecting a frequency from among available frequencies,
wherein the database apparatus includes circuitry configured to:
store, for each frequency, a prohibited area which is an area where a licensed user is using radio waves; and
determine, for each frequency and on the basis of location information reported from the mobile communication apparatus, a
first distance, which is a distance in a first direction to the prohibited area from a location indicated by the reported
location information, and a second distance, which is a distance in a second direction to the prohibited area from the location
indicated by the reported location information, and generate distance information including the first distance and the second
distance, and

the mobile communication apparatus includes circuitry configured to:
acquire location information;
report the location information to the database apparatus and acquire the distance information; and
determine a frequency to be used for communication, on the basis of the reported distance information and a direction of movement
of the mobile communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,273,777

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle control apparatus in which a driving force is increased through downshifting in a manual transmission mode, comprising:
a controller configured to:
output a downshift instruction signal; and
limit, to a predefined number of times, a number of increases of the driving force through downshifting within a predefined
time.

US Pat. No. 9,242,639

HYBRID VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:
an internal combustion engine serving as a drive source of the hybrid vehicle;
an electric motor serving as a drive source of the hybrid vehicle;
a fuel vapor gas purge system configured to carry out purging of fuel vapor gas for introducing fuel vapor produced inside
a fuel tank into an intake passage of the internal combustion engine, the fuel tank storing fuel supplied to the internal
combustion engine;

a drive control unit configured to carry out intermittent operation for stopping operation of the engine when a predetermined
operation stop condition is satisfied and starting the operation of the engine when a predetermined start condition is satisfied,
the drive control unit being configured to cause the hybrid vehicle to travel by applying torque based on an accelerator operation
amount to a drive shaft through control over torque generated by the engine and torque generated by the electric motor; and

a purge control unit configured to carry out the purging of fuel vapor gas when a temperature of the engine is higher than
or equal to a permissible temperature and a variation per unit time in a load of the engine is smaller than a first threshold,
the purge control unit being configured to set the permissible temperature to a value lower when a specific driving operation
state has been detected than when the specific driving operation state has not been detected, the specific driving operation
state including a state where the number of times the accelerator operation amount has changed from zero to non-zero per unit
time or the number of times the accelerator operation amount has changed from non-zero to zero per unit time is larger than
or equal to a predetermined second threshold,

the purge control unit is configured to gradually increase a purge rate from a time point at which the temperature of the
engine becomes higher than or equal to the permissible temperature, the purge rate being the ratio of a flow rate of fuel
vapor gas introduced into the intake passage with respect to an intake air flow rate of the engine, and the purge control
unit is configured to reduce a rate of increase in the purge rate when the specific driving operation state has been detected
as compared with when the specific driving operation state has not been detected.

US Pat. No. 9,252,410

POWER STORAGE APPARATUS

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A power storage apparatus comprising:
a power storage module including a plurality of power storage elements which are aligned in one direction;
a bus bar module configured to electrically connect the power storage elements;
a device placed adjacently to the power storage module in the direction of the alignment of the power storage elements;
a high-voltage cable used in charge and discharge of the power storage module and configured to electrically connect a first
electrode terminal of the power storage module to the device, the first electrode terminal being one of two electrode terminals
of the power storage module and being located on a farther side of the power storage module from the device; and

a connection terminal mechanically connected to the first electrode terminal and having an elongate shape that extends downward
from the first electrode terminal,

wherein:
an end face of the high-voltage cable is directly connected to a side edge of a lower portion of the connection terminal,
the bus bar module includes a plurality of support portions supporting the high-voltage cable at a plurality of points, each
support portion of the plurality of support portions including inner wall surfaces defining a directly upward facing opening;

the inner wall surfaces include first and second substantially planar surfaces, the first and second substantially planar
surfaces being substantially parallel to one another in the region of the opening;

the bus bar module positions the high-voltage cable along a reference path;
the bus bar module is configured such that when the bus bar module electrically connects the power storage elements, the high-voltage
cable is fittable from above the bus bar module into each of the support portions;

the high-voltage cable is arranged between the first and second substantially planar surfaces and is in direct contact with
each of the first and second substantially planar surfaces;

the first and second substantially planar surfaces form a space therebetween, the space allowing movement of the high-voltage
cable in upward and downward directions when the plurality of support portions support the high-voltage cable; and

the high-voltage cable is arranged along a straight line from the side edge of the lower portion of the connection terminal
to the support portion of the plurality of support portions located nearest to the connection terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,174,674

PARKING ASSISTING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A parking assist apparatus used for a vehicle which has a four-wheel steering mode in which front wheels and rear wheels
can be steered independently, comprising:
traveling path calculation means for calculating a traveling path for guiding the vehicle to a target position; and
assist means for assisting traveling of the vehicle for parking to the target position, based on the traveling path calculated
by the traveling path calculation means,

wherein in the four-wheel steering mode, the traveling path calculated by the traveling path calculation means includes a
traveling path in which the front wheels and the rear wheels are steered in reverse directions, and said traveling path includes
a section in which a constant point, which is an intersection of a center line of the vehicle in a back-and-forth direction
and a line perpendicular to the center line from a turning center, traces a trajectory of a clothoid curve, the clothoid curve
including a curve in which a gradient of a change in curvature with respect to a traveling distance of the vehicle is constant,
and the constant point does not move along the center line of the vehicle during a turning of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,127,768

GASKET FOR CYLINDER HEAD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A gasket configured to be arranged between a cylinder block and cylinder head of an internal combustion engine, the gasket
comprising:
a lubricant hole configured to supply lubricant to the cylinder head;
a high pressure bead extending around the lubricant hole; and
a low pressure bead extending around the high pressure bead and starting from a side edge of the gasket, which is configured
to face toward an accommodation chamber of a timing train of the engine when the gasket is arranged between the cylinder block
and the cylinder head,

the high pressure bead is configured to be disposed inside an area completely enclosed by the low pressure bead and the side
edge of the gasket.

US Pat. No. 9,209,498

ELECTRICAL STORAGE DEVICE AND SPACER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrical storage device comprising:
electrical storage elements; and
spacers arranged alternately with the electrical storage elements, each of the spacers including an opposing surface that
faces the adjacent electrical storage element, plural ribs that form cooling medium passages for a cooling medium flowing
along the opposing surface, a side surface that is located on a side of end portions of the cooling medium passages, and a
leg portion that protrudes from the side surface and supports the spacer, and an upper surface of the leg portion including
a first inclined portion that extends in a manner such that a distance between the first inclined portion and the side surface
increases in a direction toward a bottom surface of the leg portion, wherein

the first inclined portion has lower friction resistance than that of the opposing surface.

US Pat. No. 9,114,726

VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a power storage device;
a rotating electrical machine that generates traveling driving power for the vehicle using electric power from the power storage
device;

a control device for controlling the rotating electrical machine; and
an inclination detecting unit for detecting inclination of a road surface,wherein
the control device performing power changing driving in which the vehicle is traveled while switching the rotating electrical
machine between a first state and a second state, driving power of a first level being generated in the first state, driving
power in the second state being made smaller than the driving power in the first state, and

when the control device recognizes, based on the inclination detected by the inclination detecting unit, that the vehicle
is traveling on a road surface having a slope, the control device easing up at least one of an upper limit value and a lower
limit value of a state of charge, the upper limit value and the lower limit value defining a permitted range of charging/discharging
for the power storage device

when the vehicle is traveling downhill, the control device causing the rotating electrical machine to perform a regenerative
operation so as to provide the vehicle with braking force and charge the power storage device with electric power generated
by the rotating electrical machine in the second state, and the control device increasing the upper limit value of the state
of charge of the power storage device as compared with the upper limit value employed for traveling of the vehicle on a flat
road.

US Pat. No. 9,327,597

SOLAR BATTERY MOUNTING STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A solar battery mounting structure comprising:
a vehicle body including a vehicle body frame member; and
a solar battery module including:
a light transmissive plate member which is arranged along the upper surface of the vehicle body;
an adhesive portion by which a lower surface of a side end portion of the light transmissive plate member is adhered to an
adhesive surface of the vehicle body frame member;

a fixation portion which is fixed to a lower surface of the light transmissive plate member through a sealing material layer,
and is fixed to a fixation surface of the vehicle body frame member facing the lower surface; and

a protrusion portion which is in contact with the lower surface of the light transmissive plate member through the sealing
material layer is formed in the fixation portion;

wherein the solar battery module is disposed in an upper surface of the vehicle body;
wherein the solar battery module is fixed to the vehicle body frame member;
wherein a step portion is formed in the vehicle body frame member between the adhesive surface and the fixation surface; and
wherein the fixation surface is separated from the lower surface of the light transmissive plate member compared to the adhesive
surface.

US Pat. No. 9,073,447

POWER TRANSMITTING DEVICE, VEHICLE, AND CONTACTLESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power transmitting device that supplies power to a vehicle, comprising:
a power transmitting unit configured to supply power to the vehicle in a contactless manner;
a readout unit configured to read out, in a contactless manner, information stored in advance in an ID tag provided in the
vehicle;

a communication unit configured to exchange information with the vehicle through radio communication; and
a control device configured to control supply of power to the vehicle, the control device being configured to recognize that
the vehicle is a vehicle to be supplied with power from the control device, if vehicle information indicated by information
from the ID tag corresponds to vehicle information indicated by information received by the communication unit,

wherein the control device is configured to refrain from recognizing that the vehicle is a vehicle to be supplied with power,
if information is unable to be read out from the ID tag after recognizing that the vehicle is a vehicle to be supplied with
power from the control device.

US Pat. No. 9,072,197

COOLING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A cooling apparatus comprising:
a case in which a refrigerant passage through which a refrigerant flows is formed; and
an element module partially disposed within said refrigerant passage and including an element provided inside,
a portion of said element module in contact with said refrigerant being formed of an insulating material,
said element including
a first unit element and
a second unit element that generates an amount of heat greater than that generated by said first unit element, and
a distance between said second unit element and an inner wall surface of said refrigerant passage being smaller than a distance
between said first unit element and the inner wall surface of said refrigerant passage.

US Pat. No. 9,521,758

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising: a semiconductor module that has an electrode terminal projecting externally; a substrate
that has a through hole or a cut-out for inserting the electrode terminal; and a guide member that is provided between the
semiconductor module and the substrate and guides the electrode terminal in such a manner that the electrode terminal is inserted
into the through hole or the cut-out, wherein the guide member is not in contact with the electrode terminal after insertion
of the electrode terminal is inserted into the through hole or the cut-out, wherein the guide member includes a plurality
of members movable with respect to the substrate, before the electrode terminal is inserted into the through hole or the cut-out,
the respective ones of the plurality of members move in predetermined directions and form the guiding part as a result of
joining together, and after the electrode terminal is inserted into the through hole or the cut-out, the respective ones of
the plurality of members move in directions opposite to the predetermined directions and move away from each other so that
the guiding part becomes out of contact with the electrode terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,194,323

FUEL INJECTION DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A fuel injection device comprising:
a fuel injection valve that is mounted in an engine body and injects fuel containing air bubbles; and
void fraction adjustment means that changes a void fraction of the fuel that is to be injected from the fuel injection valve,
wherein the void fraction adjustment means adjusts the void fraction of the fuel by changing temperature of the fuel to be
injected from the fuel injection valve.

US Pat. No. 9,437,883

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF FUEL CELL MODULE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF FUEL CELL

SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIM...

1. A manufacturing method of a fuel cell module in which a plurality of cell assemblies are stacked, each cell assembly including:
an electrode member having a membrane electrode assembly formed from an electrolyte membrane and a pair of electrode catalyst
layers disposed on both sides of the electrolyte membrane in a thickness direction, and a pair of porous layers disposed on
both sides of the membrane electrode assembly in the thickness direction;

a separator having an electrode member arrangement portion arranged to be stacked with the electrode member and with which
one side of the electrode member in the thickness direction is in contact, and a seal member arrangement portion having a
frame shape and disposed on an outer side of the electrode member arrangement portion in a planar direction; and

a seal member formed from a crosslinked item of solid rubber and disposed in the seal member arrangement portion to seal a
peripheral edge portion of the electrode member along a shape of the peripheral edge portion and integrate the electrode member
and the separator with each other,

the method comprising the steps of:
forming an outer divided body having a frame shape and formed from an uncrosslinked item of solid rubber having adhesiveness
in the seal member arrangement portion of the separator to produce an outer temporary assembly, and forming an inner divided
body having a frame shape and formed from an uncrosslinked item of solid rubber in the peripheral edge portion of the electrode
member to produce an inner temporary assembly, as a preliminary production step;

fitting the inner temporary assembly into a frame of the outer temporary assembly to produce a cell assembly temporary assembly,
as an incorporation step;

arranging a cell assembly stack, in which a plurality of the cell assembly temporary assemblies are stacked, in a forming
die, as a member arrangement step; and

pressurizing and heating the forming die to crosslink the uncrosslinked item, thereby forming the seal member by integrating
the outer divided body and the inner divided body with each other, the seal member sealing the peripheral edge portion of
the electrode member and integrating the electrode member and the separator with each other to produce the cell assembly from
the cell assembly temporary assemblies, and the seal member also integrating the cell assembly temporary assemblies which
are adjacent in the stacking direction with each other to produce the fuel cell module from the cell assembly stack, as an
integration step.

US Pat. No. 9,254,757

HYBRID VEHICLE AND PARAMETER DISPLAY METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle, comprising:
an engine,
an electric motor, and
a power storage device that stores electric power to be supplied to said electric motor
a control unit that determines a parameter of said hybrid vehicle in accordance with a driver's operation and switches a control
mode between a Charge Depleting mode that does not sustain SOC of said power storage device and a Charge Sustain mode that
sustains the SOC; and

a display unit that displays said parameter, wherein
in said Charge Sustain mode, said control unit drives said engine when said parameter is equal to or greater than a first
value,

in said Charge Depleting mode, said control unit when said parameter is equal to or greater than a second value that is greater
than said first value, and

said display unit displays said parameter in different manners between when said hybrid vehicle is controlled in said Charge
Sustain mode and when said hybrid vehicle is controlled in said Charge Depleting mode.

US Pat. No. 9,393,875

VEHICLE BRAKING DEVICE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A vehicle braking device comprising:
a hydraulic pressure braking force generating device for supplying a wheel cylinder provided at a corresponding vehicle wheel
with a braking fluid and generating a hydraulic pressure braking force thereby at the vehicle wheel;

a regeneration braking force generating device for generating a regeneration braking force at the vehicle wheel by a generator
rotatably connected to the vehicle wheel;

a brake operating member;
a brake operating amount detecting means for detecting an operating amount of the brake operating member; and
a required braking force calculating means for calculating a required braking force based on the operating amount of the brake
operating member detected by the brake operating amount detecting means, whereby the required braking force is applied to
the vehicle wheel by controlling the hydraulic pressure braking force generating device and the regeneration braking force
generating device, the vehicle braking device-further comprising:

a braking force adjusting control means for executing a braking force adjusting control,
in which a required hydraulic pressure braking force, defined to be a braking force obtained by subtracting a current required
regeneration braking force from the calculated required braking force, is increased by increasing the current required regeneration
braking force as the required braking force is increased towards a maximum regeneration braking force which corresponds to
a maximum braking force that the regeneration braking force generating device can generate and limiting an increase ratio
of the required regeneration braking force before the required regeneration braking force reaches the maximum regeneration
braking force, wherein

the braking force adjusting control means does not execute the braking force adjusting control and does not limit the increase
ratio of the required regeneration braking force when a time differentiated value of the required braking force before an
execution of braking force adjusting control is larger than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,238,454

BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A brake control system comprising:
a power supply portion that supplies a voltage to a plurality of actuators;
a first actuator that operates to perform a first function when the first actuator is supplied with a voltage equal to or
higher than a first minimum operating voltage from the power supply portion; and

a second actuator that operates to perform a second function when the second actuator is supplied with a voltage equal to
or higher than a second minimum operating voltage from the power supply portion, wherein

the first actuator has a first normal position when no power is supplied to the first actuator,
the second actuator has a second normal position when no power is supplied to the second actuator, and
the first minimum operating voltage and the second minimum operating voltage are set different from each other by a predetermined
value so that the first actuator is in the first normal position and the second actuator is in the second normal position
in a predetermined sequence with a decrease in the supplied voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,222,445

FUEL VAPOR PROCESSING APPARATUS

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A fuel vapor processing apparatus comprising:
a first canister having a first adsorbent disposed therein, the first absorbent being capable of adsorbing fuel vapor generated
in a vehicle fuel tank and allowing desorption of the adsorbed fuel vapor;

a second canister having a second adsorbent disposed therein, the second adsorbent being capable of adsorbing fuel vapor contained
in a breakthrough gas discharged from the first canister and allowing desorption of the adsorbed fuel vapor,

wherein the second canister comprises a first passage and a second passage arranged parallel to each other, each of the first
passage and the second passage having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end, the first end of each of the
first passage and the second passage communicating with the first canister and the second end of each of the first passage
and the second passage being opened to an atmosphere;

wherein the first passage is configured as an adsorption passage having the second adsorbent disposed therein, and
wherein the second passage is configured as an air passage through which air flows;
an opening and closing device disposed at the second passage or a passage communicating with the second passage, the opening
and closing device being configured to close in a regular state and to open during refueling of fuel into the fuel tank; and

wherein the second passage includes an outer side passage portion surrounding at least a part of a circumference of the first
passage.

US Pat. No. 9,363,882

NEUTRON GENERATION TARGET, DEVICE, AND METHOD

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

2. A method for generating neutrons, comprising the steps of:
disposing in a vacuum a target for emitting neutrons including a first target layer having a first film thickness containing
deuterium or tritium, the first target layer being made of polystyrene containing deuterium or tritium substituted for hydrogen,
and a second target layer having a second film thickness thinner than the first film thickness deposited on the first target
layer, the second target layer being a thin film of 1 ?m or less of a heavy metal absorbed with deuterium or tritium; and

irradiating laser light including two successive first and second pulsed lights toward the second target layer of the target,
wherein the intensity of the first pulsed light is set to a value on the order of 1015 W/cm2 so as not to plasmatize the material of the second target layer, is smaller than that of the second pulsed light, and allows
peeling of the second target layer from the first target layer, and the second intensity is set to a value on the order of
1018 W/cm2, and

wherein the second pulsed light is irradiated onto the second target layer peeled from the first target layer a time of a
few hundred picoseconds after irradiating the first pulsed light where a distance between the second target layer and the
first target layer has reached 1 to 10 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,429,108

FILTER DEVICE AND PRESSURE REGULATOR

Aisan Kogyo Kabushiki Kai...

1. A filter device and trap in a pressure regulator for gaseous fuel, the filter device and trap comprising:
a cylindrical filter, which catches foreign matter including liquid contained in the gaseous fuel, wherein the filter has
a first opening at an end thereof and a second opening at another end opposite to the first opening, wherein the filter is
arranged in a drain tank of the trap with the first opening closed with a wall member such that the gaseous fuel is allowed
to be drawn into the filter through an inflow portion, and wherein the gaseous fuel that has passed through the filter flows
out of the drain tank through an outflow portion, the liquid being contained in the drain tank;

a lid member, which closes the second opening of the filter; and
an urging member, which urges the lid member toward the filter, wherein the urging force of the urging, member is greater
than a force applied to the lid member based on a maximum pressure that can occur inside the filter.

US Pat. No. 9,109,524

CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A controller for internal combustion engine, including a rotation number detecting section to detect engine rotation number
and an air-fuel ratio detecting section to detect an air-fuel ratio (A/F) of air-fuel mixture, the controller being configured
to perform leaning control of the A/F, the controller further including:
a rotation number difference calculating section to calculate a difference between a rotation number variation value of a
worst cylinder specified as having largest rotation number variation based on the rotation number detected by the rotation
number detecting section and an average value of rotation number variation values of remaining cylinders other than the worst
cylinder;

an estimated imbalance rate calculating section to calculate an estimated imbalance rate based on the A/F detected by the
air-fuel ratio detecting section; and

a lean abnormality detecting section to detect lean imbalance abnormality in a specific cylinder based on the rotation number
difference calculated by the rotation number difference calculating section and the estimated imbalance rate calculated by
the estimated imbalance rate calculating section.

US Pat. No. 9,283,827

AIR CONDITIONING REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE, SERVER, AND PORTABLE TERMINAL

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An air conditioning remote control system for a vehicle, for starting an air conditioning device of the vehicle and performing
a pre-air conditioning in a passenger compartment of the vehicle before a ride, by transmitting a remote control order from
a portable terminal carried by a user of the vehicle to an in-vehicle communication unit of the vehicle identified by the
portable terminal via a server provided to an information center which processes vehicle information, the pre-air conditioning
being performed after the air conditioning remote control system confirms that a start permission condition relating to a
predetermined vehicle state has been satisfied, the air conditioning remote control system comprising:
a processor programmed to:
perform a cooling/heating-prediction as to which one of cooling and heating will be carried out by the air-conditioning device
in response to the remote control order without obtaining a confirmation result indicating that the permission condition has
been satisfied; and

control a screen of the portable terminal to display a result of the cooling/heating-prediction.

US Pat. No. 9,718,453

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:
an internal combustion engine;
a first heater configured to heat a vehicle compartment by using cooling water of the internal combustion engine;
an electrical storage device;
a second heater configured to heat the vehicle compartment by using electrical power supplied by the electrical storage device;
and

a controller configured to:
(a) during driving of the internal combustion engine, in a case where a prescribed condition including that temperature of
the cooling water is equal to or higher than a reference temperature is satisfied, control the internal combustion engine
to stop,

(b) in a case where the second heater is operated during driving of the internal combustion engine, when a state quantity
indicating a state of charge of the electrical storage device is equal to or higher than a threshold, (i) control the second
heater such that an amount of heat generation of the second heater is higher than an amount of heat generation of the second
heater when the state quantity is less than the threshold; and (ii) set the reference temperature to be low as compared to
the reference temperature when the state quantity is less than the threshold,

(c) set the reference temperature such that the reference temperature set when there is no request for heating the vehicle
compartment is lower than the reference temperature set when there is the request for heating.

US Pat. No. 9,425,564

CONNECTOR

HIROSE ELECTRIC CO., LTD....

1. A connector comprising:
a plurality of coaxial terminals each of which is formed into an L-shape, each of the plurality of coaxial terminals including
a connecting part attached to a coaxial cable, and a terminal part bent with respect to the connecting part;

a housing including: (i) a housing body having a plurality of storage parts storing the plurality of coaxial terminals arrayed
side by side, and (ii) a cover closing the respective storage parts of the housing body; and

a radio wave absorbing member disposed between the plurality of coaxial terminals stored in the respective storage parts and
the cover, the radio wave absorbing member extending over the plurality of coaxial terminals, the radio wave absorbing member
being disposed so as to face at least: (i) a bent part in which the terminal part is bent with respect to the connecting part
of each of the plurality of coaxial terminals, and (ii) an exposed center conductor of each of the coaxial cables, and the
radio wave absorbing member is provided in contact with, or in proximity to, each of the plurality of coaxial terminals.

US Pat. No. 9,184,587

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND POWER FEEDING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power supply system comprising:
a vehicle; and
a power feeding device for receiving power from said vehicle and feeding the received power to a load external to said vehicle,
said load being configured to receive power supplied from an external power supply and be driven thereby and to also receive
power from said vehicle and be driven thereby once said external power supply has failed,

said power feeding device including
a communication unit for communication between said vehicle and said power feeding device, and
a power supply unit that supplies said communication unit with power,
said vehicle including
a power generation unit,
a power feeding unit for receiving power from said power generation unit and supplying the received power to said power feeding
device, and

a control device that controls said power feeding unit to convert the power received from said power generation unit into
power to drive said load when said external power supply has failed,

when said external power supply has failed, said power feeding device supplying the power that is received from said vehicle
to said power supply unit to activate said communication unit, and said power feeding device also transmitting via said communication
unit to said control device a specification regarding power supplied from said external power supply to said load,

while said control device follows a predetermined specification to control said power feeding unit, once said specification
regarding power supplied from said external power supply to said load has been received, said control device following said
specification regarding power supplied from said external power supply to said load, rather than said predetermined specification,
to control said power feeding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,145,930

ELECTROMAGNETIC ENGAGEMENT APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electromagnetic engagement apparatus comprising:
a cam mechanism that has a pair of cam members disposed facing each other in an axis direction, and that produces a thrust
in the axis direction according to a torque difference between the cam members if the torque difference occurs so as to rotate
the cam members in directions opposite to each other;

an attracted member that is attached to one cam member of the cam members so as to rotate integrally together with the one
cam member and be relatively movable in the axis direction;

an attracting member that creates the torque difference by a friction force that is produced by attracting at least one of
the cam members, including the one of the cam members having the attracted member attached thereto, into contact with the
attracting member by a magnetic attraction force, wherein the attracted member is attracted by the attracting member into
contact with the attracting member so that the friction force is produced;

a first return spring that exerts an elastic force on the attracted member in such a direction as to move the attracted member
away from the attracting member against the magnetic attractive force; and

a second return spring that exerts an elastic force on the one cam member in such a direction as to move the one cam member
away from the attracting member against the thrust, wherein

the electromagnetic engagement apparatus is configured to increase an engagement force that unites the cam members together
by increasing the torque difference by using the thrust that presses the one cam member to an attracting member side,

wherein the elastic force of the second return spring is greater than the elastic force of the first return spring.

US Pat. No. 9,242,634

CONTROL DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for a hybrid vehicle, that is applied to a hybrid vehicle comprising:
an engine that is capable of performing high torque fluctuation operation in which fluctuation of the output torque is high
and low torque fluctuation operation in which fluctuation of the output torque is low, the engine comprising a plurality of
cylinders and being capable of performing, as the high torque fluctuation operation, partial cylinder operation in which some
among the plurality of cylinders are deactivated while the remaining ones of the cylinders operate, and, as the low torque
fluctuation operation, all-cylinder operation in which all of the plurality of cylinders operate;

a first electric motor;
an output unit that transmits torque to drive wheels;
a differential mechanism that distributes torque of the engine to the first electric motor and the output unit;
a second electric motor that is linked to the output unit via a gear;
a lock device that is capable of changing over the state of the differential mechanism from a differential state in which
it distributes the torque of the engine to the first electric motor and to the output unit to a non-differential state in
which it stops this distribution; and

a change device that changes an operating point of the engine while the differential mechanism remains in the differential
state;

wherein the control device causes the engine to execute the all-cylinder operation and the partial cylinder operation and,
during the all-cylinder operation, changes the operating point of the engine with the change device when the torque of the
second electric motor is within the predetermined range, and, during the partial cylinder operation, changes the operating
point of the engine by operating the lock device when the torque of the second electric motor is within the predetermined
range so that the state of the differential mechanism is changed over from the differential state to the non-differential
state; and

wherein the predetermined range is set to be wider when the engine is executing the partial cylinder operation, as compared
to when the engine is executing the all-cylinder operation.

US Pat. No. 9,108,509

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A vehicle control device that is applied to a vehicle having a driving source for generating a driving force for the vehicle,
a driving mechanism for transmitting the driving force of the driving source to a plurality of wheels, a braking mechanism
having an electronic parking brake for generating a parking brake force for at least one of the plurality of wheels, and a
coupling state control mechanism for controlling state of coupling of the plurality of wheels, the vehicle control device
comprising:
a fastened state control means that controls the state of coupling of the plurality of wheels by controlling the coupling
state control mechanism; and

a lock stuck state determination means that determines whether the electronic parking brake is in a lock stuck state in which
the parking brake force cannot be canceled;

wherein the fastened state control means includes a stuck state special control means that, when the lock stuck state determination
means determines that at least one of the plurality of wheels is in the lock stuck state, exercises stuck state special control
to loosen or cancel state of coupling between a wheel determined to be in the lock stuck state and a wheel determined to be
not in the lock stuck state.

US Pat. No. 9,109,632

TORQUE LIMITER, VARIABLE TRANSMISSION RATIO DEVICE, AND TOLERANCE RING

JTEKT CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A tolerance ring comprising:
a ring main body, which is substantially in a ring shape; and
spring-like portions, which are formed on the ring main body and are elastically deformable in a radial direction of the ring
main body, wherein

the spring-like portions comprise a plurality of main protrusions and a plurality of sub-protrusions, a protruding amount
of which is smaller than that of the main protrusions, and

grease is stored in only concavities on the ring main body formed by the sub-protrusions.

US Pat. No. 9,333,960

VEHICLE BRAKING CONTROL DEVICE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A vehicle braking control device adapted to a vehicle brake device having an electromagnetic valve disposed between a master
cylinder and a wheel cylinder for controlling brake fluid flow therebetween in response to an input electric energy, comprising:
a pressure differential control portion for generating a predetermined pressure differential between a master cylinder side
and a wheel cylinder side with respect to the electromagnetic valve;

a valve opening electric energy obtaining portion for obtaining the input electric energy upon opening of the electromagnetic
valve as a valve opening electric energy, by changing the input electric energy towards an opening side of the electromagnetic
valve with time, under the predetermined pressure differential being generated by the pressure differential control portion,
after the input electric energy has been changed to close the electromagnetic valve; and

an operation characteristic setting portion for setting an operation characteristic which is a relationship between the input
electric energy to the electromagnetic valve and the predetermined pressure differential between the master cylinder side
and the wheel cylinder side with respect to the electromagnetic valve based on the valve opening electric energy obtained
by the valve opening electric energy obtaining portion corresponding to the predetermined pressure differential; wherein,
the valve opening electric energy obtaining portion changes the input electric energy at a valve closing side or a valve opening
side of the electromagnetic valve with an input electric energy change amount per unit of time at the valve closing side or
the valve opening side which is larger than the input electric energy change amount per unit of time at the valve closing
side or the valve opening side before the time of opening of the electromagnetic valve upon obtaining of the valve opening
electric energy, wherein

the operation characteristic setting portion sets the operation characteristic of the electromagnetic valve based on a first
valve opening electric energy which is the valve opening electric energy obtained by the valve opening electric energy obtaining
portion corresponding to a predetermined first pressure differential generated by the pressure differential control portion
and a second valve opening electric energy which is the valve opening electric energy obtained by the valve opening electric
energy obtaining portion corresponding to a predetermined second pressure differential different which is different from the
first pressure differential generated by the pressure differential control portion; and wherein,

the valve opening electric energy obtaining portion obtains the input electric energy at the time of opening of the electromagnetic
valve as the second valve opening electric energy by changing the input electric energy to the valve opening side with a first
input electric energy change amount per unit of time after changing the input electric energy to the valve opening side for
the electromagnetic valve with a second input electric energy change amount per unit of time to a predetermined value where
the electromagnetic valve corresponding to the first valve opening electric energy is not opened upon obtaining the second
valve opening electric energy of the same electromagnetic valve, after obtaining the first valve opening electric energy of
the electromagnetic valve, the first input electric energy change amount per unit time being smaller than the second input
electric energy change amount per unit time.

US Pat. No. 9,292,984

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM BETWEEN A VEHICLE AND A PORTABLE DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:
a plurality of transmitting antennas being disposed at different positions of a vehicle, each of the transmitting antennas
transmitting a primary signal to a communication area according to a driving voltage thereof;

a portable device receiving the primary signal when the portable device is inside of any of the communication areas;
a transmission control section being integrated to the vehicle and controlling the driving voltage of each of the transmitting
antennas; and

an approach determination section being integrated to the vehicle and determining whether the portable device is inside of
a nearby area of one of the transmitting antennas transmitting the primary signal, wherein

when the approach determination section determines that the portable device is inside of the nearby area, the transmission
control section changes the driving voltage of another one of the transmitting antennas disposed outside of the nearby area
of the one of the transmitting antennas such that the communication area of the another one of the transmitting antennas is
increased to encompass the nearby area of the one of the transmitting antennas and the primary signal is retransmitted from
the another one of the transmitting antennas.

US Pat. No. 9,470,314

RUBBER GASKET FOR FUEL CELL

SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIM...

1. A rubber gasket for a fuel cell, the rubber gasket having a frame shape and interposed between two members stacked in the
fuel cell, a direction in which the two members are stacked being a stacking direction, a direction orthogonal to the stacking
direction being a surface direction, one of the two members being a first member, and the other member being a second member,
the rubber gasket for a fuel cell comprising:
a seat portion arranged on a surface of the first member; and
a lip portion that includes: a first hill portion projecting from the seat portion toward the second member in the stacking
direction and having a curved surface with a first curvature radius; and a second hill portion projecting from the first hill
portion toward the second member in the stacking direction and having a curved surface with a second curvature radius smaller
than the first curvature radius, and that makes elastic contact with the second member, wherein

the seat portion has a planar inclined surface inclined with respect to the surface direction at a connecting portion leading
to a bottom of the first hill portion, and

a center of curvature of the first hill portion does not lie on a central axis of the second hill portion, the central axis
being a perpendicular line drawn from a center of curvature of the second hill portion to the first member, wherein both the
curved surface of the first hill portion and the curved surface of the second hill portion are convex with respect to the
central axis of the second hill portion.

US Pat. No. 9,050,949

BRAKING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A braking apparatus that generates braking force by driving a motor, comprising:
a reservoir to retain operating fluid;
a wheel cylinder provided in each of a plurality of wheels;
a brake pedal operated by a driver;
an operating state detector configured to detect an operating state of the brake pedal;
a master cylinder including both a fluid pressure chamber into/from which the operating fluid can be introduced or discharged,
and a piston configured to slide in the direction where the pressure of the operating fluid in the fluid pressure chamber
is increased/reduced in accordance with a stepping-on operation of the brake pedal;

a fluid pressure circuit that is provided between the master cylinder and the wheel cylinder provided in each of the plurality
of wheels, and that includes both a first system flow channel connecting the reservoir and at least one of the plurality of
wheel cylinders and a second system flow channel connecting at least one of the plurality of wheel cylinders and the master
cylinder, and the fluid pressure circuit supplies the operating fluid to each of the wheel cylinders;

a pump provided in the first system flow channel and driven by the motor to increase the fluid pressure of the operating fluid
to be supplied from the reservoir to one of the wheel cylinders; and

a control unit configured to control a driving state of the pump in order to drive, when a predetermined fail condition for
braking control has been satisfied, the motor in accordance with information detected by the operating state detector, and
configured to execute fail-safe control for providing braking force by supplying the operating fluid discharged from the pump
to the fluid pressure chamber in the master cylinder.

US Pat. No. 9,302,663

HYDRAULIC BRAKE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Aichi-...

1. A vehicle hydraulic brake system of a brake-by-wire type comprising an electronic control unit configured to adjust, in
a pressure regulator, hydraulic pressure supplied from a high hydraulic pressure source to a value corresponding to braking
operation, or to a value necessary to generate a target braking force set by the electronic control unit, and to actuate a
master cylinder under the thus adjusted hydraulic pressure such that a brake hydraulic pressure is generated in the master
cylinder and to wheel cylinders,
wherein an input piston configured to be advanced under a brake operating force, and a master piston configured to be advanced
under the adjusted hydraulic pressure are mounted in a housing, wherein the input piston and the master piston are movable
relative to each other through a partition wall provided within an inner surface of the housing and a first fluid chamber,
wherein the master piston includes a small-diameter portion at a rear end of the master piston, wherein the small-diameter
portion liquid-tightly and movably extends through the partition wall and protrudes into the first fluid chamber, wherein
a second fluid chamber is defined between a rear end surface of the master piston from which the small-diameter portion protrudes
and the partition wall such that brake fluid from the pressure regulator flows into the second fluid chamber, wherein a fourth
fluid chamber is defined between the master piston and the housing, wherein the master piston defines therein a communication
passage through which the fourth fluid chamber communicates with the first fluid chamber, wherein the first fluid chamber
communicates with the fourth fluid chamber through a pipe line in which an electromagnetic on-off valve is mounted, and wherein
a hydraulic pressure equalizing mechanism between the first fluid chamber and the fourth fluid chamber is mounted in the communication
passage.

US Pat. No. 9,199,542

VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle comprising:
first and second driving sources generating driving power for running the vehicle; and
a control device for controlling the first and second driving sources,
the control device causing inertial running control to be performed,
by causing driving power variation operation to be performed on the driving source in which the first driving source is switched
between a first state where the first driving source generates driving power of a prescribed level and a second state where
the first driving source generates driving power larger than the driving power in the first state to run the vehicle, and

by causing interval operation to be performed on the second driving source in which the second driving source is switched
between a first running pattern where the generation of the driving power by the second driving source is stopped and a second
running pattern where the driving power generated by the second driving source is used for running to run the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,150,204

BRAKING FORCE CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A braking force control device comprising:
an electronic control unit configured to control braking forces of respective wheels of a vehicle;
a brake actuator configured to be controlled by the electronic control unit so that a wheel braking force according to a target
vehicle braking force is generated to the respective wheels; and

a braking force generating unit configured to generate braking forces for braking the wheels by fluid pressure of a working
fluid supplied thereto, wherein

the electronic control unit suppresses increase of the braking force of a first wheel that is a wheel having a relatively
large slip amount in a pair of right and left wheels by holding a fluid pressure of the first wheel, and increases the braking
force of a second wheel that is a wheel having a relatively small slip amount until the slip amount of the second wheel becomes
larger than the slip amount of the first wheel by increasing a fluid pressure of the second wheel,

wherein the electronic control unit holds the fluid pressure of the second wheel and increases the fluid pressure of the first
wheel when the slip amount of the second wheel becomes larger than the slip amount of the first wheel.

US Pat. No. 9,723,764

STACK UNIT

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A stack unit comprising:
a plurality of power cards, each of the plurality of power cards housing a semiconductor element;
a plurality of coolers stacked with the plurality of power cards, each of the plurality of coolers being in contact with a
corresponding one of the plurality of power cards; and

an outer frame binding a stack of the power cards and the coolers, the outer frame pressurizing the stack in a stacking direction
along which the power cards and the coolers are stacked, the outer frame includes an upper side edge and a lower side edge,
and ribs extend outwardly from the upper side edge and the lower side edge;

wherein each of the plurality of coolers comprises:
a main body including a flow channel of coolant inside the main body, and an opening provided at a position facing the corresponding
power card, the opening communicating with the flow channel, the main body includes projections provided on a side surface
of the main body being in contact with the outer frame, the projections restrict a position of the outer frame along an up-and-down
direction, an inner surface of the projections contacts an outer surface of the ribs; and

a metal plate having one surface closing the opening, and the other surface being in contact with the corresponding power
card, and

a seal between each of the openings and the corresponding metal plate is secured by pressure applied from the outer frame.

US Pat. No. 9,365,198

BRAKING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A braking device for a vehicle comprising:
a hydraulic pressure generating device which generates a master pressure in a master chamber by driving a master piston by
a driving pressure in a driving chamber, a wheel cylinder connected to the master chamber and an electro-magnetic valve for
controlling a brake fluid flow between the hydraulic pressure generating device and the wheel cylinder in response to an input
electric power, wherein the braking device further includes:

a high pressure source formed by a pump and an accumulator for accumulating the brake fluid discharged from the pump,
a pilot pressure generating portion for generating a desired pilot pressure,
a mechanical regulator connected to the accumulator, the pilot pressure generating portion and the driving chamber for generating
a hydraulic pressure in the driving chamber in response to the pilot pressure based on an accumulator pressure in the accumulator,

an accumulator pressure detecting portion for detecting the accumulator pressure and
an operating characteristics setting means for setting an operating characteristic which is a relationship between the input
electric power to the electro-magnetic valve and a pressure difference between a master cylinder side and a wheel cylinder
side with respect to the electro-magnetic valve, based on the input electric power at the time when the accumulator pressure
detected by the accumulator pressure detecting portion first falls to a value equal to or less than a threshold value accumulator
pressure by changing the input electric power towards an opening side of the electro-magnetic valve in response to a time
lapsed after a predetermined value of the pilot pressure has been generated by the pilot pressure generating portion by first
closing the electro-magnetic valve.

US Pat. No. 9,341,111

AMMONIA-ENGINE SYSTEM

HITACHI ZOSEN CORPORATION...

1. An ammonia-engine system, comprising:
an ammonia engine employing ammonia supplied from a NH3 tank directly used as fuel;

an ammonia cracking device comprising an ammonia cracking catalyst that cracks ammonia from the NH3 tank to produce hydrogen,

wherein the temperature of the ammonia supplied therein and the ammonia cracking catalyst increase due to heat exchange between
the exhaust gas from the ammonia engine and the ammonia,

wherein the hydrogen-containing ammonia-cracked gas produced in the ammonia cracking device is supplied to the ammonia engine
as a combustion improver for the ammonia engine; and

an ammonia oxidizing device, provided between the ammonia engine and the exhaust gas introduction side of the ammonia cracking
device, to provide heat to the ammonia cracking device at start-up of the ammonia engine by oxidizing ammonia according to
the following formula:

NH3+3/4O2?1/2N2+3/2H2O  (1),

wherein the heat provided by the ammonia is sufficient to heat the ammonia cracking catalyst in the ammonia cracking device
to a temperature of 290° C. or greater.

US Pat. No. 9,240,701

LITHIUM-ION SECONDARY BATTERY

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A power supply system comprising:
a secondary battery; and
a battery control unit electrically connected to the secondary battery and configured to determine an upper limit value W
of the amount of consumed electric charge per unit time during discharge of the secondary battery, wherein:

the secondary battery comprises:
a positive electrode current collector;
a positive electrode mixture layer, coated on the positive electrode current collector, and containing at least a positive
electrode active material and a conductive material;

a negative electrode current collector;
a negative electrode mixture layer, coated on the negative electrode current collector, and containing at least a negative
electrode active material; and

an electrolyte solution containing lithium ions at a predetermined concentration, wherein:
the positive electrode mixture layer has pores for impregnating the electrolyte solution;
the negative electrode mixture layer has pores for impregnating the electrolyte solution;
the number of lithium ions X0 in the electrolyte solution impregnated in the positive electrode mixture layer is obtained
by the following equation:

X0=(the volumetric capacity Vb (cm3) of the pores in the positive electrode mixture layer)×(the lithium ion concentration L (mol/L) of the electrolyte solution)×Avogadro's number (NA)×1/1000;

the number of lithium ions Y0 in the electrolyte solution impregnated in the negative electrode mixture layer is obtained
by the following equation:

Y0=(the volumetric capacity Vd (cm3) of the pores in the negative electrode mixture layer)×(the lithium ion concentration L (mol/L) of the electrolyte solution)×Avogadro's number (NA)×1/1000;

the upper limit value W of the amount of consumed electric charge is determined so as to correspond to a charge-discharge
rate at which the number of lithium ions X0 or the number of lithium ions Y0 is consumed in one time of charging or discharging;
and

the battery control unit controls charging or discharging under a condition in which the number of lithium ions X0 and the
number of lithium ions Y0 are both equal to or greater than the number of consumed lithium ions Z in one time of charging
or discharging.

US Pat. No. 9,732,667

EGR CONTROL METHOD OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An EGR control method of an internal combustion engine including two banks sharing an intake passage with each other, two
EGR valves that are provided respectively at the two banks, and are capable of regulating amounts of EGR gases that are recirculated
from exhaust passages of the respective banks to the intake passage, in the respective banks, and a control device that individually
controls the two EGR valves, wherein the control device includes an electronic control unit, a sensor system that detects
operation information of the engine including at least one sensor, a processor, and memory with programs stored therein, the
EGR control method comprising the steps of:
executing, by the control device both-valve EGR control that controls both opening degrees of the respective EGR valves to
recirculate the EGR gases to the intake passage from the exhaust passages of the respective banks, when a request EGR amount
is larger than a switch determination value;

executing by the control device one-valve EGR control that keeps one EGR valve of the respective EGR valves in an always closed
state and controls an opening degree of the other EGR valve to a one-valve target opening degree in the state, when the request
EGR amount is smaller than the switch determination value;

executing by the control device transient control during a time period until the one-valve EGR control is started after the
both-valve EGR control is ended, when the both-valve EGR control is switched to the one-valve EGR control; and

in the transient control, the one EGR valve is closed, and the other EGR valve is opened with an opening degree smaller than
the one-valve target opening degree.

US Pat. No. 9,109,648

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for a vehicle including a motor generator and a torque capacity-variable engaging/disengaging device disposed
on a power transmission path between the motor generator and a wheel,
the control device comprising transmission electronic control unit,
wherein while the vehicle moves in a direction opposite a direction of travel of the vehicle when the motor generator is operating
as an electric motor that generates a torque for the direction of travel, the transmission electronic control unit reduces
a torque capacity of the engaging/disengaging device to lower a rotational speed of the motor generator as compared to when
the engaging/disengaging device is engaged in the power transmission path.

US Pat. No. 9,397,453

CONNECTOR

HIROSE ELECTRIC CO., LTD....

1. A connector comprising:
a plurality of coaxial terminals each of which is formed into an L-shape, each of the plurality of coaxial terminals including
a connecting part attached to a coaxial cable, and a terminal part bent with respect to the connecting part;

a housing including: (i) a housing body having a plurality of storage parts storing the plurality of coaxial terminals arrayed
side by side, and (ii) a cover closing the respective storage parts of the housing body; and

a radio wave absorbing member disposed between the plurality of coaxial terminals stored in the respective storage parts and
the cover, the radio wave absorbing member extending over the plurality of coaxial terminals, the radio wave absorbing member
being disposed so as to face at least: (i) a bent part in which the terminal part is bent with respect to the connecting part
of each of the plurality of coaxial terminals, and (ii) an exposed center conductor of each of the coaxial cables, and the
radio wave absorbing member is provided in contact with, or in proximity to, each of the plurality of coaxial terminals.

US Pat. No. 9,231,242

METHOD FOR PRODUCING NON-AQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE SECONDARY BATTERY, NON-AQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE SECONDARY BATTERY, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING NEGATIVE ELECTRODE PASTE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for producing a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery, comprising:
subjecting a mixture of a negative-electrode active material on which oil has been adsorbed, wherein an amount of the oil
that is adsorbed on the negative-electrode active material ranges from 50 ml to 62 ml per 100 g of the negative-electrode
active material, and the amount of the oil is an amount at the time when the viscosity characteristics of the negative-electrode
active material exhibits 70% of the maximum torque that is generated when the oil is titrated onto the negative-electrode
active material, carboxymethyl cellulose, wherein a 1% aqueous solution viscosity of the carboxymethyl cellulose ranges from
6000 mPa·s to 8000 mPa·s, and water to kneading to prepare a primary kneaded mixture;

diluting the primary kneaded mixture with water to prepare a slurry; and
adding a binder to the slurry to prepare a negative electrode paste.

US Pat. No. 9,732,651

ELECTRICALLY HEATED CATALYST DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrically heated catalyst device comprising:
a carrier configured to carry a catalyst;
a pair of electric diffusion layers formed on an outer peripheral surface of the carrier so as to be opposed each other, each
of the electric diffusion layers being formed so as to be divided into a plurality of regions in an axial direction of the
carrier;

wiring members each fixed to each of the electric diffusion layers, the carrier being electrically heated via the wiring members;
and

a controller configured to control current application to the carrier, wherein:
each of the electric diffusion layers is formed so as to be divided into two regions in the axial direction of the carrier;
the wiring member fixed to the two regions is formed so as to be divided electrically from each other;
two electric circuits are provided, and in each of the two electric circuits, two regions of the electric diffusion layers,
which are diagonally opposed to each other via the carrier, are electrically connected to each other; and

the controller alternately applies a current to the two electric circuits.

US Pat. No. 9,648,763

ELECTRONIC APPLIANCE UNIT INCLUDING A TERMINAL BLOCK HAVING A TERMINAL BLOCK-SIDE FALL RESTRAINT PORTIONS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electronic appliance unit that is installed at an incline, the electronic appliance unit comprising:
a case provided a surface having an opening that permits access to the interior of the case; and
a terminal block facing the opening,
wherein the terminal block has a first side and a second side opposite to the first side in a horizontal direction, and the
terminal block is inclined such that the first side is higher than the second side in a vertical direction,

wherein the terminal block includes a terminal block-side fall restraint portion that extends upward from an upper surface
of the terminal block towards the surface of the case having the opening and in a direction of the inclination to restrain
foreign objects that have fallen onto the terminal block from falling from the terminal block,

wherein the terminal block-side fall restraint portion is provided at a position closer to the second side than a straight
line that is perpendicular to the upper surface of the terminal block and that passes through a lowest side of the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,648,764

FIXING STRUCTURE OF ELECTRIC APPARATUS TO VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A fixing structure of an electric apparatus, the electric apparatus being mounted in an engine compartment provided in
a front portion of a vehicle, the fixing structure comprising:
a tray fixed in the engine compartment, the tray placing the electric apparatus;
a removal mechanism configured to remove the electric apparatus from the tray when the electric apparatus receives a predetermined
impact force or more from a front side of the vehicle; and

a protecting plate attached to the electric apparatus, the protecting plate being configured to abut with a structural object
placed at a rear side of the vehicle relative to the electric apparatus when the electric apparatus is removed from the tray
due to the impact force so as to move rearward,

wherein the protecting plate is attached to the electric apparatus at a position opposed to the structural object in a front-rear
direction of the vehicle, the protecting plate is fixed to a rear face of the electric apparatus and extends downward, the
protecting plate is curved in a U-shape so as to project toward the structural object when viewed from a crosswise direction
of the vehicle, and a bottom end of the protecting plate is placed at the same height as a bottom end of the electric apparatus
or placed at a position lower than the bottom end of the electric apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,377,162

PRESSURE VESSEL LINER, MOLDING DIE THEREOF, AND PRESSURE VESSEL

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A pressure vessel liner comprising:
a resin liner main body portion having a bottomed cylindrical shape and including two axial end portions, each axial end portion
having a disk-shaped bottom portion and at least one disk-shaped bottom portion has an opening portion configured to receive
a mouthpiece;

a meshing portion integrally formed on an axially outer surface of each disk-shaped bottom portion and disposed on an outer
peripheral side of the opening portion, the meshing portion extending along the axial outer surface of the disk-shaped bottom
portion and including convex and concave portions extending in radial directions between an axially outer side and a radially
inner side of the liner main body portion, and the concave portions and the convex portions are connected together; and

a gate portion has a radially inner side disposed on an outer peripheral side of the meshing portion, the gate portion including
a trace film formed during molding, wherein:

in the resin liner main body portion,
each disk-shaped bottom portion has a peripheral edge portion connected to a peripheral wall of the liner main body portion,
and the peripheral edge portion of the disk-shaped bottom portion and the peripheral wall portion of the liner main body portion
are joined together into a dome shape; and

each disk-shaped the bottom portion is depressed axially inward with respect to each peripheral edge portion; and
in the meshing portion,
the convex portions and the concave portions are alternately arranged along a circumferential direction of the liner main
body portion,

each convex portion and each concave portion includes an outer end portion, and the radially outer end portions of the convex
portions and concave portions are joined together and constitute an outer peripheral end portion continued in the circumferential
direction, and

a projection length from the outer peripheral end portion to the radially inner side of the concave portions is shorter than
a projection length from the outer peripheral end portion to the radially inner side of the convex portions.

US Pat. No. 9,276,466

SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A switching power supply circuit comprising:
a drive portion that drives a switching element at a duty ratio commensurate with a target voltage, wherein the switching
power supply circuit operates as a voltage step-down switching power supply circuit to generate from an input voltage an output
voltage whose target value is the target voltage, by the drive portion driving the switching element; and

a fixation portion that maintains the duty ratio constant regardless of the target voltage, when a difference value between
the input voltage and the target voltage is less than or equal to a predetermined set value,

so that the difference value converges to a constant value that is less than or equal to the predetermined set value.

US Pat. No. 9,269,988

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SECONDARY BATTERY

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A method for manufacturing a secondary battery, comprising:
preparing an elongated positive electrode sheet in which a positive electrode active material layer is formed on a positive
electrode collector;

preparing an elongated negative electrode sheet in which a negative electrode active material layer is formed on a negative
electrode collector;

forming a flattened wound electrode assembly by winding the positive electrode sheet and the negative electrode sheet between
which an elongated separator sheet is interposed;

housing the wound electrode assembly in an angular cell case having two wide surfaces that correspond respectively to flattened
surfaces of the wound electrode assembly;

binding the cell case by applying a load to the two opposing wide surfaces of the cell case from an outside of the cell case
such that the wide surfaces approach each other; and

injecting a non-aqueous electrolyte into the bound cell case,
wherein an injection amount X [ml] of the non-aqueous electrolyte is determined on the basis of a following Equation (1):
X=(Ap×Bp)+(An×Bn)+C+(D×E)  (1)

in Equation (1), Ap is an amount of air space [ml] in the positive electrode active material layer, and Bp is a swelling rate
determined from Tp1/Tp0, where Tp0 is a thickness of the positive electrode active material layer before the positive electrode active material layer is impregnated
with the non-aqueous electrolyte and Tp1 is a thickness of the positive electrode active material layer after the positive electrode active material layer is impregnated
with the non-aqueous electrolyte,

An is an amount of air space [ml] in the negative electrode active material layer, and Bn is a swelling rate determined from
Tn1/Tn0, where Tn0 is a thickness of the negative electrode active material layer before the negative electrode active material layer is impregnated
with the non-aqueous electrolyte and Tn1 is a thickness of the negative electrode active material layer after the negative electrode active material layer is impregnated
with the non-aqueous electrolyte,

C is an amount of air space [ml] in the separator sheet,
D is a total surface area [cm2] of an opposing surface of the positive electrode active material layer and the negative electrode active material layer,
and

E is a reference electrolyte amount [ml/cm2] per unit surface area of the opposing surface, which is determined in accordance with a binding rate [%] determined from
(L0?L1)/L0×100, where L0 is a distance between an inner side of the wide surface of the cell case and the flattened surface of the wound electrode
assembly before the cell case is bound and L1 is a distance between the inner side of the wide surface of the cell case and the flattened surface of the wound electrode
assembly after the cell case is bound.

US Pat. No. 9,238,453

MASTER CYLINDER DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A master cylinder device for supplying a pressurized brake fluid to a brake device provided in a wheel and actuated by
a pressure of the brake fluid, comprising:
a housing whose front side is closed and which has a separation wall for separating the inside of the housing into a front
side chamber and a rear side chamber;

a pressurizing piston disposed in the front side chamber of the housing such that a pressurizing chamber for pressurizing
the brake fluid to be supplied to the brake device is defined in front of the pressurizing piston and an input chamber into
which a brake fluid from a high pressure source is introduced is defined in the rear of the pressurizing piston and in front
of the separation wall, the pressurizing piston being moved by a pressure of the brake fluid in the input chamber;

an input piston which is disposed in the rear side chamber of the housing, a rear end portion of the input piston being connected
to a brake operation member, the input piston being configured to move forward by an operation force applied to the brake
operation member;

an operation-reaction-force applying mechanism for applying an operation reaction force to the input piston according to a
forward movement amount of the input piston; and

a transmission rod which is through the separation wall and the input chamber such that the brake fluid is prevented from
flowing between the rear side chamber and the input chamber, the transmission rod having a proximal end portion that is fixed
in one of the input piston and the pressurizing piston and a distal end portion that is apart from the other of the input
piston and the pressurizing piston in a state in which both of the input piston and the pressurizing piston are not moved
forward,

wherein, the master cylinder device is configured such that, in a state in which the distal end portion of the transmission
rod does not abut on the other of the input piston and the pressurizing piston, a pressurizing of the brake fluid in the pressurizing
chamber depending on a force caused by a pressure from the high pressure source in the input chamber on the rear of the pressurizing
piston is realized, and, in a state in which the distal end portion of the transmission rod abuts on the other of the input
piston and the pressurizing piston, a pressurizing of the brake fluid in the pressurizing chamber depending on a force in
which the operation force is added to the force caused by the pressure of the high pressure source is realized.

US Pat. No. 9,096,198

ROAD SLOPE DETECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A road slope determining apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
a slope measuring device that measures a slope of a road on which the vehicle is traveling;
a distance measuring device that measures a distance traveled by the vehicle; and
a determining apparatus that:
determines, based on the measured slope and the measured distance traveled, whether the road on which the vehicle is traveling
has a gradient and the slope in a direction of vehicle travel is continuous, the slope being continuous when a value of the
slope either tends to increase and then become substantially constant over a first distance of travel substantially equal
to a plurality of wheel bases, or tends to decrease and then become substantially constant over the first distance of travel;

determines, based on the measured slope and the measured distance traveled, whether the road on which the vehicle is traveling
is rough and the slope in the direction of vehicle travel is discontinuous, the slope being discontinuous when the road has
substantially no slope, or the road has a slope that changes from positive to negative or negative to positive over a second
distance of travel substantially equal to one wheel base; and

when it is determined that the road on which the vehicle is traveling is rough and the slope in the direction of vehicle travel
is discontinuous, the determining apparatus assumes that the road has substantially no slope.

US Pat. No. 9,214,861

LOSS OPTIMIZATION CONTROL FOR DC-TO-DC CONVERTER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A DC-to-DC converter comprising:
an inductor;
a switching transistor connected to the inductor; and
a controller programmed to:
drive the switching transistor with PWM signals;
acquire a next step reference value Ref (t+Ta) for the DC-to-DC converter in a sampling time Ta, the next step reference value
Ref (t+Ta) being expressed by an output voltage of the DC-to-DC converter or a flux linkage of the inductor;

determine interpolating points Ref (t+Ts), Ref (t+2·Ts), Ref (t+3·Ts), . . . Ref (t+n·Ts)=Ref (t+Ta), between a current state
value that corresponds to a current reference value Ref (t) and the next step reference value Ref (t+Ta) in a sampling time
Ts that is shorter than the sampling time Ta based on a loss of the DC-to-DC converter while changing from the current state
value to the next step reference value Ref (t+Ta);

determine a duty that corresponds to each of the interpolating points Ref (t+k·Ts) in the sampling time Ts; and
supply to the switching transistor the PWM signals with the duty that corresponds to each of the interpolating points Ref
(t+k·Ts) in the sampling time Ts.

US Pat. No. 9,142,972

POWER RECEPTION EQUIPMENT FOR RESONANCE-TYPE NON-CONTACT POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota J...

1. Power reception equipment for a resonance type non-contact power supply system, the power reception equipment comprising:
a secondary-side resonance coil, which receives electric power from a primary-side resonance coil possessed by power supply
equipment;

a rectifier, which rectifies electric power received by the secondary-side resonance coil;
a secondary matching unit provided between the secondary-side resonance coil and the rectifier;
a charger, to which electric power rectified by the rectifier is supplied;
an electrical storage device connected to the charger; and
a control unit, which adjusts the secondary matching unit when the electrical storage device is being charged, wherein
the control unit is configured to store, in the charging, a relationship between charging power from the power supply equipment
during a power ascension phase and a matching state of the secondary matching unit as data in a storage device, and

the control unit is also configured, during a phase in which power output from the power supply equipment falls, to adjust
the secondary matching unit to bring the secondary matching unit into a suitable state corresponding to the charging power
on the basis of the data that has been stored in the storage device during the power ascension phase.

US Pat. No. 9,227,671

VEHICLE INSTRUMENT PANEL REINFORCEMENT

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle instrument panel reinforcement comprising:
an instrument panel reinforcement main body that is disposed along a vehicle width direction at the inside of a vehicle instrument
panel, and that is formed by employing two members so as to have a cross-section profile of a square shaped closed cross-section
profile, with a steering support bracket that supports a steering column fixed to the instrument panel reinforcement main
body;

a first joint portion formed by projection welding together one end portion of one member configuring the two members and
one end portion of the other member configuring the two members at a plurality of points simultaneously; and

a second joint portion formed by projection welding together another end portion of the one member configuring the two members
and another end portion of the other member configuring the two members at a plurality of points simultaneously. wherein a
welding pitch of the instrument panel reinforcement main body on a driver seat side is set narrower than a welding pitch of
the instrument panel reinforcement main body on a front passenger seat side.

US Pat. No. 9,281,757

VOLTAGE CONVERSION DEVICE AND ELECTRICAL LOAD DRIVING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A voltage conversion device comprising:
a first loop circuit that includes a first switching element; and
a second loop circuit, wherein the first loop circuit and the second loop circuit include a common inductance element and
a common loop portion having a noise reduction member arranged within the common loop portion, wherein the common loop portion
includes a portion of the first and second loop circuits that overlap each other, wherein

electric current alternately flows through the first loop circuit or the second loop circuit as the first switching element
is turned on or off,

a magnetic field that is formed when the first switching element is turned on and that penetrates through the first loop circuit
and a magnetic field that is formed when the first switching element is turned off after the first switching element is turned
on and that penetrates through the second loop circuit having the same direction,

all elements that constitute the first loop circuit and the second loop circuit are arranged on the same surface of a substrate,
and

the second loop circuit is connected to a second direct-current power source, and the first loop circuit is connected to a
first direct-current power source that has a voltage different from a voltage of the second direct-current power source.

US Pat. No. 9,225,018

AIR CATHODE FOR AIR BATTERIES AND AIR BATTERY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An air cathode for air batteries, using oxygen as an active material and configured to form an air battery comprising the
air cathode, an anode and an electrolyte layer present between the air cathode and the anode,
the air cathode comprising:
a catalyst layer which contains at least an electrode catalyst and an electroconductive material;
an oxide as the electrode catalyst, which is active against at least oxygen reduction reaction; and
a tungsten carbide as the electroconductive material,
wherein the ratio of the amount of the tungsten carbide to the amount of the catalyst layer is 28 to 71% by weight.

US Pat. No. 9,442,030

PEDAL OPERATION AMOUNT DETECTING DEVICE

TOYODA IRON WORKS CO., LT...

1. A pedal operation amount detecting device that is provided in an operating pedal apparatus including a transmitting member
having a pedal arm of an operating pedal that is arranged so as to be pivotable about a support axis and that is depressed,
and an output member to which a depression force is transmitted from the transmitting member and to which a reaction force
corresponding to the depression force is applied, the pedal operation amount detecting device including a sensor member that
is arranged on a load transmission path at a position offset from the transmitting member in a direction parallel to the support
axis and that is deformed by the depression force and the reaction force, and the pedal operation amount detecting device
electrically detecting; a deformation of the sensor member:
the sensor member being arranged on the transmitting member via a pair of support pins which are parallel to the support axis,
respectively, on which a coupling pin is arranged to penetrate the sensor member and relatively rotatable around an axis parallel
to the support pin, such that the depression force is applied to the sensor member from one of the transmitting member and
the coupling pin, and the reaction force is applied to the sensor member from the other one,

an operation input portion through which the depression force is applied to the sensor member and a reaction force applied
portion through which the reaction force is applied to the sensor member being set at positions that overlap with each other
in a direction substantially parallel to the support axis, and

the sensor member being disposed on one of opposite side faces of the transmitting member, the opposite side faces being opposite
to each other in the direction parallel to the support axis.

US Pat. No. 9,356,279

ELECTRODE BODY, METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTRODE BODY, AND BATTERY PROVIDED WITH ELECTRODE BODY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrode body, comprising:
a substrate; and
an orientation layer that is provided on at least one surface of the substrate, and includes active material particles having
a crystal structure exhibiting highest ion conductivity in a direction perpendicular to a <001> direction, wherein:

in a (001) pole figure of the active material particles, where a plane parallel to the substrate is defined as an equatorial
plane, a Lotgering factor fa(001) of an A plane and a Lotgering factor fb(001) of a B plane satisfy both Expressions (1) and (2) below, the A plane being an equatorial cross section perpendicular
to a line that connects a center of the (001) pole figure and a first point of maximum XRD intensity of peaks attributed to
(001) planes at an outer periphery of the equatorial plane, the B plane being an equatorial cross section perpendicular to
a line that connects the center of the (001) pole figure and a second point of minimum XRD intensity of peaks attributed to
the (001) planes at the outer periphery of the equatorial plane:

fa(001)>0.3   Expression (1)

fa(001)-fb(001)<1.0   Expression (2).

US Pat. No. 9,228,540

FUEL VAPOR PROCESSING APPARATUS

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A fuel vapor processing apparatus comprising:
a case defining a gas passage therein and having a charge port for introduction of fuel vapor containing gas, a purge port
through which fuel vapor is purged from the gas passage, and an atmospheric port for introduction of purge air; wherein:

the charge port and the purge port are disposed on one side of the gas passage, and the atmospheric port is disposed on the
other side of the gas passage;

the gas passage includes a first absorption chamber and a second adsorption chamber positioned next to each other in a direction
along a straight path, the first adsorption chamber being positioned on the side of the atmospheric port and the second adsorption
chamber being positioned on the side opposite to the atmospheric port;

adsorption materials are filled within the first and second absorption chambers;
the gas passage further includes a spacing chamber communicating between the first adsorption chamber and the second adsorption
chamber;

the first adsorption chamber has a first cross sectional flow area, and the second adsorption chamber has a second cross sectional
flow area, the first cross sectional flow area being smaller than the second cross sectional flow area;

the spacing chamber includes a space extending continuously from the second adsorption chamber toward the first adsorption
chamber,

the space includes a first portion and a second portion communicating with the first adsorption chamber and the second adsorption
chamber, respectively;

the second portion has a third cross sectional flow area that is substantially the same as the second cross sectional flow
area;

the cross sectional flow area of the first portion of the space increases stepwise in the direction from the side of the first
adsorption chamber toward the second portion of the space; and

the cross sectional flow area of a part of the first portion proximal to the first adsorption chamber is substantially the
same as the first cross sectional flow area of the first adsorption chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,190,482

METHOD OF PRODUCTION OF SIC SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A method of production of an SiC semiconductor device, comprising:
forming a gettering layer in an SiC layer by implanting, into a region of the SiC layer, ions having little effect on a conductivity
of the region of the SiC layer, the gettering layer having a defect density higher than a defect density of the SiC layer
and being parallel to a surface of the SiC layer, wherein the ions are selected from a group consisting of Si, C, H, and a
rare gas; and

forming an ohmic electrode on the gettering layer.

US Pat. No. 9,088,202

VOLTAGE CONVERSION APPARATUS AND ELECTRICAL LOAD DRIVING APPARATUS TO REDUCE NOISE THROUGH MAGNETIC FIELD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A voltage conversion apparatus having a first loop circuit
and a second loop circuit which share an inductance component, in which a current passes through the first and second loop
circuits alternately in accordance with an ON/OFF operation of a first switching element provided in the first loop circuit
to produce a first and second area through which magnetic flux passes, wherein the first and second loop circuits are disposed
in such a manner that the first and second areas through which magnetic flux passes are at least partly opposed, and a direction
of a magnetic field through the first loop circuit generated at the ON operation of the first switching element in the first
loop circuit is the same as a direction of a magnetic field through the second loop circuit generated at the OFF operation
of the first switching element in the first loop circuit subsequent to the ON operation, the first switching element and the
inductance component are disposed on a first plane where the first loop circuit is formed, the second switching element is
disposed on a second plane where the second loop circuit is formed, the second plane being offset with respect to the first
plane in a direction of the magnetic flux, the first plane being separate from the second plane such that the first and second
loop circuits are provided on a front face and a back face of a common circuit board, respectively, or provided on a back
face and a front face of a common circuit board, respectively, the first and second loop circuits are provided on a common
surface of a common circuit board, and the common circuit board is folded in such a manner that the first and second loop
circuits are opposed to each other in a direction of the normal to the respective loop circuits, and the opposed side of each
of the first and second loop circuits is covered with an insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,221,495

STEERING CONTROL DEVICE AND ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,211,876

HYDRAULIC BRAKE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Aichi-...

1. A vehicle hydraulic brake system configured to adjust, in a pressure regulator, hydraulic pressure supplied from a high
hydraulic pressure source to a value corresponding to braking operation, or to a value necessary to generate a target braking
force set by an electronic control unit, actuate a master cylinder under the thus adjusted hydraulic pressure, generating
a brake hydraulic pressure, and supply the brake hydraulic pressure to wheel cylinders,
wherein the brake system comprises an input piston configured to be advanced under a brake operating force, a first fluid
chamber defined in a housing and configured such that a volume of the first fluid chamber changes corresponding to an amount
of advancement and retraction of the input piston, a second fluid chamber defined in the housing and configured such that
the adjusted hydraulic pressure is introduced into the second fluid chamber and is applied to a master piston of the master
cylinder), a third fluid chamber kept at an atmospheric pressure,

a stroke simulator configured to generate a reaction force to the brake operation corresponding to a change in volume of the
first fluid chamber,

a partition member fixedly fitted in a bore of the housing and partitioning each of the second fluid chamber and the third
fluid chamber from the first fluid chamber,

a first seal member disposed in a fitting gap defined between the bore of the housing and a portion of the partition member
fitted in the bore and defining the second fluid chamber the first seal member isolating the second fluid chamber from the
first fluid chamber a second seal member disposed in a fitting gap defined between the bore of the housing and a portion of
the partition member fitted in the bore and defining the third fluid chamber, the second seal member isolating the third fluid
chamber from the first fluid chamber, and

an annular member disposed between the first seal member and the second seal member and having two ends which are in abutment
with the first seal member and the second seal member, respectively,

wherein the annular member divides a space defined between an outer periphery of the partition member and the bore of the
housing into a first space portion configured such that a volume of the first space portion increases when the annular member
moves in one axial direction, and into a second space portion configured such that a volume of the second space portion decreases
when the annular member moves in the one axial direction, and

wherein the first space portion and the second space portion are in communication with the first fluid chamber, and are further
configured such that the volume of the first space portion increases by a same amount by which the volume of the second space
portion decreases, when the annular member moves in the one axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,297,287

EXHAUST GAS CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR EXHAUST GAS CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An exhaust gas control apparatus comprising:
an exhaust gas control member that is provided in an exhaust system of an internal combustion engine in order to control an
exhaust gas by removing a predetermined component contained in the exhaust gas, the exhaust gas control member being divided
up into segments;

a purifying agent supply device configured to supply a purifying agent to an upstream side of the exhaust gas control member
in the exhaust system so that the purifying agent is adsorbed to the exhaust gas control member and the purifying agent is
caused to react with the predetermined component in the exhaust gas that passes through the exhaust gas control member;

a control device configured to obtain a purifying agent adsorption amount distribution through the exhaust gas control member
and to control a purifying agent supply supplied by the purifying agent supply device on the basis of the obtained purifying
agent adsorption amount distribution;

a plurality of component amount acquisition devices, the plurality of component amount acquisition devices being located at
the inlet and outlet of each segment of the exhaust gas control member, each of the plurality of component acquisition devices
being configured to obtain a purifying agent adsorption amount distribution of each segment; and

a temperature acquisition device configured to obtain a temperature of the exhaust gas control member, wherein the control
device is configured to obtain the purifying agent adsorption amount distribution through the exhaust gas control member on
the basis of the purifying agent adsorption amount distribution of each segment of the exhaust gas control member obtained
by the plurality of component amount acquisition devices, and the temperature obtained by the temperature acquisition device.

US Pat. No. 9,257,501

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate that is divided into at least an element region and a peripheral region that surrounds the element
region, the semiconductor substrate including

(i) a first conductive type body region that is formed in the element region and is arranged in an area facing an upper surface
of the semiconductor substrate;

(ii) a second conductive type drift region that is formed in the element region and contacts a lower surface of the first
conductive type body region;

(iii) a gate electrode that is formed in the element region, and that is arranged in a gate trench that passes through the
first conductive type body region and extends to the second conductive type drift region, and that faces the first conductive
type body region;

(iv) an insulating body that is formed in the element region and is arranged between the gate electrode and an inside wall
of the gate trench;

(v) a first conductive type floating region that is formed in the element region, and that surrounds a bottom portion of the
gate trench, and that is surrounded by the second conductive type drift region;

(vi) a first voltage-resistance retaining structure that is formed in the peripheral region and that surrounds the element
region, the first voltage-resistance retaining structure has a first termination trench that extends in a thickness direction
of the semiconductor substrate from a front surface of the semiconductor substrate;

(vii) a second voltage-resistance retaining structure formed in the peripheral region, the second voltage-resistance retaining
structure surrounds the gate electrode, the second voltage-resistance retaining structure is surrounded by the first voltage-resistance
retaining structure, the second voltage-resistance retaining structure has a second termination trench that extends in the
thickness direction of the semiconductor substrate from the front surface of the semiconductor substrate; and

(viii) a gate pad that is formed in the peripheral region, and the gate pad is electrically connected to the gate electrode
in a position on an element region-side of the first voltage-resistance retaining structure, on a front surface side of the
semiconductor substrate, the gate pad is only surrounded by the first voltage-resistance retaining structure from among the
first voltage-resistance retaining structure and the second voltage-resistance retaining structure.

US Pat. No. 9,441,586

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A fuel supply device comprising:
a fuel tank body that stores fuel;
a fuel filter that is provided inside the fuel tank body and formed in an overall bag shape with a plurality of sheets of
filter members superimposed on each other and joined together by a joint portion so as to permit passage of the fuel and restrict
passage of foreign matter in the fuel;

a nipping member that nips the plurality of sheets of filter members at a nipping position that is a different position from
the joint portion without overlapping the weld portion;

a separation maintaining member that is disposed between the plurality of sheets of filter members and that maintains a separation
between the filter members; and

a feed-out device that feeds out fuel from inside the fuel filter to the fuel tank body exterior;
wherein the weld portion and the nipping position are adjacent to each other as viewed along the superimposing direction of
the plurality of sheets of filter members.

US Pat. No. 9,269,948

POSITIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL, PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME, AND LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY USING SAME

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A lithium secondary battery, comprising:
a positive electrode including a solid solution, having a crystal structure belonging to a space group Fm-3m, comprising
a first oxide represented by the following formula (1)
Li2M1TiO4  (1)

 where M1 is at least one metal element selected from the group consisting of Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni, and
a second oxide represented by the following formula (2)
LiM2O2  (2)

 where M2 is at least one metal element selected from the group consisting of Mn, Co, and Ni; and
a negative electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,196,907

AIR ELECTRODE FOR METAL-AIR BATTERY, MEMBRANE/AIR ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY FOR A METAL-AIR BATTERY HAVING SUCH AIR ELECTRODE, AND METAL-AIR BATTERY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An air electrode for a metal-air battery comprising:
a current collector; and
an air electrode catalyst layer including:
an electrolyte for air electrodes; and
a conductive material,
wherein:
the electrolyte for air electrodes contains a layered double hydroxide; and
the air electrode is in contact with a non-aqueous electrolyte solution layer.

US Pat. No. 9,523,141

HIGH STRENGTH MG ALLOY AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A high strength Mg alloy characterized by
having a chemical composition which contains Ca in an amount of from 0.15 to 0.3 at % and Zn in an amount of 0.6 at % or less,
and the balance comprised of Mg and unavoidable impurities, and

having a structure comprising equiaxial crystal grains and having segregated regions of Ca and Zn along the c-axis direction
of the Mg hexagonal lattice in the crystal grains, wherein the segregated regions are arranged at intervals of three Mg atoms
in the a-axis direction of the Mg hexagonal lattice,

wherein the contents of Ca and Zn are in the relation of Ca:Zn=1.2 at atomic ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,376,988

EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION VALVE

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An exhaust gas recirculation valve including:
a housing including a passage for exhaust recirculation gas;
a valve seat provided in the passage;
a valve element provided to be seatable on the valve seat and arranged to form a measuring section of the exhaust recirculation
gas between the valve seat and the valve element; and

a valve stem provided with the valve element at one end,
the valve element being configured to move together with the valve stem with respect to the valve seat to adjust an opening
area of the measuring section and regulate a flow rate of the exhaust recirculation gas,

wherein the valve seat includes a valve hole at a center thereof and the valve hole has a concave curved shape so that an
inner diameter of the valve hole gradually increases from a downstream side to an upstream side of the valve hole, a downstream
end of the valve hole being open in the passage,

the valve element is placed inside the valve hole and provided to be movable together with the valve stem in an axial direction
of the valve seat between a fully closed position in which the valve element contacts with the inner peripheral surface of
the valve hole and a fully open position in which the valve element is separated at a maximum from the inner peripheral surface
of the valve hole,

the valve element has a shape that is convex-curved on an upstream side of a seating portion to be seated on the valve seat
and is concave-curved on a downstream side of the seating position,

while the valve element is placed in the fully open position, parts of the measuring section in a flow direction of the exhaust
recirculation gas have approximately same passage widths in cross section, and

the valve element has a shape including a minimum outer-diameter portion having a minimum outer-diameter and a maximum outer-diameter
portion having a maximum outer-diameter so that the maximum outer-diameter portion is placed upstream of the minimum outer-diameter
portion in the passage, and an outer peripheral surface of the valve element is concave curved around the minimum outer-diameter
portion and convex curved around the maximum outer-diameter portion.

US Pat. No. 9,140,164

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. An exhaust gas purification device for an internal combustion engine, wherein the device purifies exhaust gas in a first
exhaust path and a second exhaust path, which extend from the internal combustion engine, the device comprising:
a confluent path, which extends from a confluent section of the first exhaust path and the second exhaust path;
a first auxiliary NOx catalyst, which is provided in the first exhaust path;
a second auxiliary NOx catalyst, which is provided in the second exhaust path;
a main NOx catalyst, which is provided in the confluent path;
a first addition section, which adds an ammonia source in a first addition amount to a section upstream of the first auxiliary
NOx catalyst, thereby supplying urea water to the first auxiliary NOx catalyst; and

a second addition section, which adds an ammonia source in a second addition amount to a section upstream of the second auxiliary
NOx catalyst, thereby supplying urea water to the second auxiliary NOx catalyst;

a first temperature detector, which detects a temperature of the first auxiliary NOx catalyst; and
a controller, which controls the first addition amount and the second addition amount, wherein the controller is configured
to

compare the temperature detected by the first temperature detector with a first reference temperature set in advance, and
execute, on the basis of the comparison, emergency addition control to increase one of the first addition amount and the second
addition amount to a first changed addition amount and reduce the other to a second changed addition amount.

US Pat. No. 9,359,946

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An internal combustion engine having an anodic oxidation coating formed on at least a part of a wall surface that faces
a combustion chamber, characterized in that:
the anodic oxidation coating has voids and nano-holes smaller than the voids;
at least a part of the voids are sealed with a sealant derived by converting a sealing agent; and
at least a part of the nano-holes are not sealed.

US Pat. No. 9,075,416

MOBILE BODY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A mobile body which moves on the basis of an operation target, the mobile body comprising:
at least one memory operable to store program code;
at least one processor operable to read said program code and operate as instructed by said program code, said program code
including:

a mobile obstacle detector that detects a mobile obstacle in the vicinity of the mobile body;
an operation predictor that predicts future operation of the mobile obstacle, on the basis of detection results from the mobile
obstacle detector;

approach determination code that determines whether or not the mobile obstacle and the mobile body approach each other within
a predetermined interval; and

operation planning code that, when the approach determination code determines that the mobile obstacle and the mobile body
approach each other within the predetermined interval, plans an avoidance operation of the mobile body and predicts an expected
avoidance operation which is expected of the mobile obstacle, on the basis of the operation of the mobile obstacle predicted
by the operation predictor and the operation target of the mobile body,

wherein the expected avoidance operation is an operation that can be expected of the mobile obstacle to conduct so as to avoid
an approach to or contact with the mobile body.

US Pat. No. 9,553,311

POSITIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL FOR NON-AQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE SECONDARY BATTERY AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR SAME, PRECURSOR FOR POSITIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL, AND NON-AQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE SECONDARY BATTERY USING POSITIVE ELECTRO

SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO....

1. A precursor of a cathode active material for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery, comprising:
a nickel composite hydroxide expressed by the general expression:
(Ni1-x-yCoxAly)1-zMz(OH)2 where 0.05?x?0.3, 0.01?y?0.1, 0 where the precursor is composed of secondary particles formed by an aggregate of primary particles, and
where a half width at (101) plane found by X-ray diffraction of the nickel composite hydroxide is 0.45° to 0.8°.

US Pat. No. 9,391,468

RESONANCE-TYPE NON-CONTACT POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, AND ADJUSTMENT METHOD FOR MATCHING UNIT DURING CHARGING OF RESONANCE-TYPE NON-CONTACT POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota J...

1. A resonance type non-contact power supply system comprising a power supply equipment and movable body equipment, wherein
the power supply system includes an AC power source and a primary-side resonance coil for receiving electric power from the
AC power source,

the movable body equipment includes:
a secondary-side resonance coil for receiving the electric power from the primary-side resonance coil;
a rectifier for rectifying the electric power received by the secondary-side resonance coil; and
a secondary battery to which the electric power rectified by the rectifier is supplied,
the power supply equipment further includes:
a primary matching unit arranged between the AC power source and the primary-side resonance coil;
a primary matching unit adjusting section for adjusting the primary matching unit; and
an electric power detecting section,
the movable body equipment further includes:
a secondary matching unit arranged between the secondary-side resonance coil and the rectifier; and
a secondary matching unit adjusting section for adjusting the secondary matching unit,
the resonance type non-contact power supply system also includes a control section mounted in one of the power supply equipment
and the movable body equipment, and

the control section controls the primary matching unit adjusting section and the secondary matching unit adjusting section
such that, when the secondary battery is charged, the secondary matching unit is adjusted first and then the primary matching
unit is adjusted after the secondary matching unit is adjusted,

wherein through the adjustment of the secondary matching unit, the power supply equipment is adapted to decrease the output
of the AC power source based on the reflected electric power detected by the electric power detecting section.

US Pat. No. 9,391,318

ACTIVE MATERIAL PARTICLES FOR A LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. Active material particles for a lithium secondary battery, comprising
a plurality of secondary particles, each secondary particle being composed of an aggregate of a plurality of primary particles
of a lithium transition metal oxide and a hollow portion formed inside the each secondary particle, wherein

the lithium transition metal oxide is a compound having a layered structure that contains nickel as a constituent element
thereof,

the each secondary particle constitutes an outer shell of the active material particle,
the outer shell has through holes that penetrate the outer shell to the hollow portion from the outside, wherein the through
holes connect the outside of each active material particle and the hollow portion thereof along a straight line that passes
through the through holes, and wherein the average number of through holes is 1 to 10 per particle of the each secondary particle,
and

BET specific surface area of the active material particles is from 0.5 to 1.9 m2/g.

US Pat. No. 9,314,837

METHOD FOR MOLDING SAND MOLD AND SAND MOLD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

5. A sand mold comprising:
sand for casting,
a surfactant,
water,
and water glass that is a binder,wherein a molar ratio of silicon dioxide with respect to sodium oxide in the water glass is 0.65 to 1.30.

US Pat. No. 9,181,906

FUEL VAPOR PROCESSING SYSTEMS

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A fuel vapor processing system for processing fuel vapor produced in a fuel tank storing fuel that is supplied to an internal
combustion engine having an intake air passage, comprising:
a canister capable of adsorbing fuel vapor;
a tank passage communicating between the canister and the fuel tank;
a purge passage communicating between the canister and the intake air passage of the internal combustion engine;
an atmospheric passage communicating between the canister and the atmosphere;
a purge control valve provided in the purge passage;
a control unit configured to control the purge control valve;
wherein fuel vapor produced within the fuel tank is introduced into the canister via the tank passage, so that the fuel vapor
is adsorbed by the canister;

wherein when the purge control valve is opened by the control unit during running of the internal combustion engine, air is
drawn into the canister via the atmospheric passage due to a negative pressure produced within the intake air passage of the
internal combustion engine, so that fuel vapor is desorbed from the canister by the flow of the drawn air and is purged into
the intake air passage via the purge passage;

a first electromagnetic valve provided in the tank passage and capable of opening and closing the tank passage; and
a desorption promoting device capable of promoting desorption of fuel vapor from the canister, the desorption promoting device
comprising a second electromagnetic valve provided in the atmospheric passage and capable of switching flow rate of air flowing
through the atmospheric passage between a first flow rate and a second flow rate smaller than the first flow rate;

wherein the control unit is configured to further control the first electromagnetic valve and the second electromagnetic valve
such that, during opening of the purge control valve, the second electromagnetic valve operates to switch the flow rate of
air flowing through the atmospheric passage from the first flow rate to the second flow rate before the electromagnetic valve
is opened, so that a pressure within the canister is reduced by the negative pressure produced within the intake air passage
of the internal combustion engine to promote desorption of fuel vapor from the canister;

wherein the second electromagnetic valve includes a first passage and a second passage;
wherein a cross sectional area of the second passage is smaller than a cross sectional area of the first passage;
wherein the second electromagnetic valve is configured to be able to switch between a first state and a second state;
wherein, in the first state, the first passage communicates with the atmospheric passage, so that the air flows at the first
flow rate;

wherein, in the second state, the second passage communicates with the atmospheric passage, so that the airflows at the second
flow rate;

wherein, in the atmospheric passage, only the second electromagnetic valve is provided as a control device that controls the
flow rate of the air flowing through the atmospheric passage; and

wherein the control unit is configured to further control the first and second electromagnetic valves, such that:
the second electromagnetic valve is switched to the first state and the first electromagnetic valve is opened during refueling
to the fuel tank; and

the second electromagnetic valve is switched to the second state and the first electromagnetic valve is closed during non-refueling
to the fuel tank.

US Pat. No. 9,152,525

SERIAL COMMUNICATION DEVICE, SERIAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND SERIAL COMMUNICATION METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A serial communication device comprising:
a receiving unit configured to repeatedly receive a sequence of data including a plurality of pieces of data from a sending
source;

a data transfer unit configured to repeat storing a predetermined unit of data, received by the receiving unit, in a receiving
buffer and transfer data from the receiving buffer to a storage unit when data of a predetermined size is accumulated in the
receiving buffer;

a counting unit configured to count one of a number of times the predetermined unit of data is stored in the receiving buffer
and an amount of data accumulated in the receiving buffer;

a monitoring unit configured to monitor, according to a monitoring interval, a count value counted by the counting unit, the
monitoring interval being less than or equal to half of a duration of a non-communication interval in which the sending source
does not send data; and

a data identifying unit configured to, in response to the count value counted by the counting unit remaining unchanged during
the duration of a non-communication interval, determine that a current interval is the non-communication interval and identify
first data, received by the receiving unit after determining that the current interval is the non-communication interval,
as beginning data of the sequence of data.

US Pat. No. 9,236,760

CHARGING DEVICE FOR ELECTROMOTIVE VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A charging device for an electromotive vehicle equipped with an electrical storage device, the charging device including:
a first electric power converter that converts an alternating-current voltage, supplied from an external power supply, to
a direct-current voltage higher than a peak voltage of the alternating-current voltage and outputs the direct-current voltage
to a first power supply line; and a second electric power converter that, during external charging for charging the electrical
storage device by the external power supply, converts a direct-current electric power between the first power supply line
and a second power supply line that is electrically connected to a positive electrode of the electrical storage device, wherein:
the second electric power converter includes a first switching element that is electrically connected between a first node
and the first power supply line, and a first inductor that is electrically connected between the first node and the second
power supply line;

the charging device further includes a control device that controls the first and second electric power converters; and
during the external charging, the control device selects either a first control mode in which the electrical storage device
is charged through on/off control over the first switching element and a second control mode in which the electrical storage
device is charged while the first switching element is kept in an on state, on the basis of a state of the external charging,

wherein the control device selects the second control mode when a voltage of the electrical storage device is higher than
the peak voltage of the alternating-current voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,134,417

OBSTACLE DETERMINATION DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An obstacle determination device that determines collision with an obstacle detected by output of a radar mounted on a
vehicle,
wherein when a distance of a null-point zone divided by null points where the output of the radar is low is represented as
a distance between the null points,

in a distant zone that is away from a reference zone that is the null-point zone nearest to a host vehicle in a predetermined
range, if the null-point zone of the distance between the null points shorter than the distance between the null points in
the reference zone is detected by a predetermined number or more, it is determined that the host vehicle does not collide
with the obstacle.

US Pat. No. 9,132,419

NOX PURIFICATION CATALYST AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method of producing a nitrogen oxide purification catalyst in which particulates are supported on a metal oxide carrier,
comprising the steps of:
preparing a mixture containing a silver salt, a nickel salt and a polymer used as a protecting agent, in which mixture the
ratio of said silver salt and said nickel salt is a ratio at which the ratio of Ni with respect to the total amount of Ag
and Ni becomes 10 to 90 at %;

preparing a colloidal suspension by mixing said mixture and a reducing agent;
mixing said suspension and a metal oxide carrier, wherein the ratio of suspension and the metal oxide carrier is a ratio at
which, with respect to the amount of the metal oxide carrier, the total amount of the supported Ag and Ni becomes 0.05 to
10% by mass,

removing solvent from the thus obtained mixture to obtain a colloidal precipitate; and
activating the thus obtained colloidal precipitate,
wherein said particulates supported on said metal oxide carrier consist of Ag and Ni and said Ag and said Ni are at least
partially alloyed.

US Pat. No. 9,877,417

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH COOLING FUNCTION

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electronic device with a cooling function, the electronic device comprising:
a cap nut;
a case that includes a side wall and a bottom surface, the bottom surface of the case having a coolant passage and a recessed
portion to receive the cap nut, the coolant passage being open to above, the coolant passage being generally U-shaped, the
recessed portion being positioned in a position surrounded by the coolant passage and the side wall of the case, and the cap
nut being received in the recessed portion;

a semiconductor unit that includes a first bus bar that extends from the semiconductor unit, the semiconductor unit being
fixed to the case in a posture and position that closes off the coolant passage from above;

an second bus bar for external output, the second bus bar passing through the side wall of the case; and
a connecting bolt that passes through the first bus bar and the second bus bar and screws into the cap nut inside of the case,
and the cap nut and a head portion of the connecting bolt bringing the first bus bar and the second bus bar into close contact.

US Pat. No. 9,826,670

VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a power receiving portion that receives electric power in a contactless manner from a power transmitting portion provided
outside the vehicle;

an electromagnetic shield that prevents an electromagnetic field from passing through;
a first cover that allows the electromagnetic field to pass through and covers the power receiving portion; and
a second cover that (1) allows the electromagnetic field to pass through, (2) covers the first cover, and (3) horizontally
surrounds the electromagnetic shield,

wherein the second cover has a base portion and a wall portion that constitute a housing with an opening on an upper side
of the housing, the opening opposing the base portion, and the wall portion horizontally surrounds the electromagnetic shield;

the power receiving portion is mounted below a floor panel provided in the vehicle;
the electromagnetic shield is open on a lower side where the power receiving portion is located, and surrounds the power receiving
portion from above and a side in a horizontal direction; the first cover is positioned below the power receiving portion and
covers the power receiving portion; and the second cover is positioned below the first cover and covers the first cover;

the electromagnetic shield includes a base portion positioned on the floor panel side, and a side wall portion that surrounds
the base portion at an edge portion of the base portion, and extends downward from the base portion; and

the first cover is fixed to the floor panel at a position on an opposite side of the side wall portion of the electromagnetic
shield from the power receiving portion so that the first cover covers the power receiving portion; and the second cover is
fixed to the floor panel so as to cover the electromagnetic shield.

US Pat. No. 9,375,839

METHODS AND COMPUTER-PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR EVALUATING GRASP PATTERNS, AND ROBOTS INCORPORATING THE SAME

Carnegie Mellon Universit...

1. A method of evaluating individual grasp patterns of a grasp pattern set for use by a robot, the method comprising:
selecting an individual grasp pattern from the grasp pattern set, wherein each individual grasp pattern of the grasp pattern
set corresponds to a motion of a manipulator and an end effector of the robot for manipulating a target object;

establishing, using a processor, a thumb-up vector extending from a top surface of the end effector;
evaluating, using the processor, a direction of the thumb-up vector during at least a portion of the motion of the manipulator
and the end effector;

excluding, using the processor, the selected individual grasp pattern from use by the robot if the direction of the thumb-up
vector during the motion is outside of one or more predetermined thresholds according to the selected individual grasp pattern;

indicating the selected individual grasp pattern as a grasp pattern candidate if the direction of the thumb-up vector during
the motion is within the one or more predetermined thresholds;

providing a plurality of grasp pattern candidates to a motion planner module of the robot; and
manipulating the target object by the robot based on at least one grasp pattern candidate of the plurality of grasp pattern
candidates.

US Pat. No. 9,283,854

VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH REGENERATIVE GENERATOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a power storage unit;
a regenerative generator connected to the power storage unit, the regenerative generator being configured to implement regenerative
power generation; and

an electronic control unit configured to:
(a) perform regeneration amount enlargement control in which positions of stopping and deceleration of the vehicle by input
of driver's operations are predicted or set based on route information, the regenerative power generation by the regenerative
generator being controlled in the regeneration amount enlargement control, a regeneration power amount charged into the power
storage unit being enlarged in the regeneration amount enlargement control, and

(b) restrict the regeneration amount enlargement control when executing a predetermined vehicle speed adjustment mode by comparison
with when the vehicle speed adjustment mode is not selected, the vehicle running with automatic adjustment of vehicle speed
in the predetermined vehicle speed adjustment mode selected by intentional input from the driver.

US Pat. No. 9,282,685

POWER CONVERSION DEVICE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A power conversion device comprising:
a plurality of bus bars including a first bus bar and a second bus bar that are adjacent to each other, and that extend parallel
to each other;

a first flux concentration core that has a first end portion and a second end portion and encircles the first bus bar with
the first end portion facing the second end portion across a first gap;

a second flux concentration core that has a first end portion and a second end portion and encircles the second bus bar with
the first end portion facing the second end portion across a second gap;

a first magnetic sensor that is arranged in the first gap of the first flux concentration core;
a second magnetic sensor that is arranged in the second gap of the second flux concentration core;
a terminal block;
a case with an opening;
a connector;
power conversion semiconductor modules;
cooling panels for the power conversion semiconductor modules;
a coolant inlet pipe; and
a coolant outlet pipe,
wherein when viewed from a direction orthogonal to an extending direction of the bus bars, a position in the extending direction
where the first flux concentration core is arranged is different than a position in the extending direction where the second
flux concentration core is arranged,

when viewed from the extending direction of the bus bars, the first flux concentration core and the second flux concentration
core partially overlap with each other,

the plurality of bus bars include a first bus bar group and a second bus bar group;
terminals of the bus bars in the first bus bar group and terminals of the bus bars in the second bus bar group are lined up
and fixed to the terminal block;

the first flux concentration core is included in a first flux concentration core group;
the second flux concentration core is included in a second flux concentration core group;
the first flux concentration core group and the second flux concentration core group are arranged adjacent to the terminal
block;

the first bus bar group, the second bus bar group, the first flux concentration core group, the second flux concentration
core group, the terminals of the bus bars of the first bus bar group, the terminals of the bus bars of the second bus bar
group, and the terminal block are housed within the case;

the terminals fixed to the terminal block face the opening;
the connector is fixed to the case when the connector is passed through the opening and connected to the terminals; and
the power conversion semiconductor modules are sandwiched between adjacent cooling panels for the power conversion semiconductor
modules.

US Pat. No. 9,468,115

PARTITION BOARD, AND METHOD OF RESTRAINING ELECTRICAL STORAGE ELEMENTS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A partition board to be arranged between two electrical storage elements that are arranged adjacent to each other in a
predetermined direction, comprising:
a guide portion configured to cause the partition board to move in the predetermined direction when each electrical storage
element is arranged onto the partition board, the partition board being arranged along a guide member that extends in the
predetermined direction, the guide portion contacting the guide member such that the partition board moves along the guide
member;

a first pin protruding in the predetermined direction, the first pin being configured to position the partition board in the
predetermined direction, the first pin contacting an adjacent partition board and regulating a clearance between the partition
board and the adjacent partition board when the partition board and the adjacent partition board are arranged in the predetermined
direction; and

a second pin provided at a location different in a top to bottom direction of the partition board from a location at which
the first pin is provided, and the second pin protruding in the same direction as the direction in which the first pin protrudes.

US Pat. No. 9,283,946

VEHICLE DRIVE APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle drive device comprising:
an engine;
a fluid power transmission device;
a clutch disposed between an input side member and an output side member in the fluid power transmission device;
a torsional vibration reduction device disposed in a power transmission path between the engine and the fluid power transmission
device in series with the fluid power transmission device, and a control device configured to control the clutch,

wherein, the control device is configured, when the clutch is put into slip engagement,
to control an engagement pressure of the clutch such that a minimum value is set equal to or greater than zero for a differential
rotation speed acquired by subtracting a rotation speed of the output side member from a rotation speed of the input side
member and

such that a minimum value is set less than zero for a differential rotation speed acquired by subtracting the rotation speed
of the output side member from a rotation speed of an input side inertial body in the torsional vibration reduction device.

US Pat. No. 9,278,617

SOLAR BATTERY MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A solar battery mounting structure for a vehicle for mounting a solar battery module on a roof of a vehicle body, wherein
the solar battery module includes a glass panel and sealant located on a side of the glass panel that faces the inside of
a passenger compartment of the vehicle,

a solar battery cell is sealed in the sealant,
a roof reinforcing member bridges over the roof of the vehicle body,
the solar battery module includes a through portion that extends through the sealant and stops at the glass panel,
adhesive is provided in the through portion and the adhesive stops at the glass panel, and
the adhesive bonds and fixes the glass panel to the roof reinforcing member.

US Pat. No. 9,193,349

HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROLLER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A drive control device for a hybrid vehicle provided with: a differential device which includes a first differential mechanism
and a second differential mechanism and which has four rotary elements; and an engine, a first electric motor, a second electric
motor and an output rotary member which are respectively connected to said four rotary elements, and wherein one of said four
rotary elements is constituted by a rotary component of said first differential mechanism and a rotary component of said second
differential mechanism which are selectively connected to each other through a clutch, and one of the rotary components of
said first and second differential mechanisms which are selectively connected to each other through said clutch is selectively
fixed to a stationary member through a brake, said drive control device comprising:
a clutch engagement control portion configured to place said clutch in an engaged state when a warm-up operation of the hybrid
vehicle is required.

US Pat. No. 9,278,612

VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a motor and an engine each serving as a driving source for running the vehicle; and
a high-power assembled battery and a high-capacity assembled battery each capable of supplying an electric power to the motor,
the high-power assembled battery and the high-capacity assembled battery constituted by secondary batteries, respectively,

the high-power assembled battery being capable of charge and discharge with a current relatively larger than that in the high-capacity
assembled battery,

the high-capacity assembled battery having an energy capacity relatively larger than that of the high-power assembled battery,
in running of the vehicle using an output from the motor with the engine stopped, the high-capacity assembled battery supplying
a more electric power to the motor than that in the high-power assembled battery,

wherein the high-power assembled battery is placed in a vehicle-inside space accommodating a passenger or baggage, and
the high-capacity assembled battery is placed in a vehicle-outside space located on an outer face of a vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 9,404,405

ABNORMALITY DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS FOR EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION APPARATUS

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An abnormality diagnosis apparatus for an exhaust gas purification apparatus, comprising:
an exhaust gas purification apparatus disposed in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine and having a selective
catalytic reduction catalyst;

an addition device that adds an additive constituted by ammonia or an ammonia precursor to exhaust gas flowing into said exhaust
gas purification apparatus; and

an electronic control unit (ECU) comprising:
estimating unit for estimating a NO inflow amount, which is an amount of NO flowing into said exhaust gas purification apparatus,
using a parameter indicating an operating condition of said internal combustion engine;

first obtaining unit for obtaining an NH3 adsorption amount, which is an amount of ammonia adsorbed to said exhaust gas purification apparatus, using said NO inflow
amount estimated by said estimating unit as a parameter;

control unit for controlling an amount of said additive added by said addition device, using said NH3 adsorption amount obtained by said first obtaining unit as a parameter;

diagnosing unit for determining whether or not an abnormality exists in said exhaust gas purification apparatus by calculating
a physical quantity that correlates with a NO purification ability of said exhaust gas purification apparatus, using said
NO inflow amount estimated by said estimating unit as a parameter, and comparing a calculation result with a predetermined
threshold; and

second obtaining unit for obtaining a minimum NH3 adsorption amount, which is an NH3 adsorption amount of said exhaust gas purification apparatus obtained on the supposition that said exhaust gas purification
apparatus is normal and that an amount of NO discharged from said internal combustion engine reaches a maximum under an identical
operating condition to said operating condition of said internal combustion engine in which said NO inflow amount is estimated
by said estimating unit,

wherein said diagnosing unit determines whether or not said NO purification ability of said exhaust gas purification apparatus
has deteriorated from a normal condition by comparing said physical quantity with a first threshold when said minimum NH3 adsorption amount equals or exceeds a predetermined amount, and determines whether or not said NO purification ability of
said exhaust gas purification apparatus has been completely lost by comparing said physical quantity with a second threshold
that is smaller than said first threshold when said minimum NH3 adsorption amount is smaller than said predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,326,409

ELECTRIC COMPONENT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

3. An electric component comprising:
a first member which includes a first metal member and a cover member for covering said first metal member and is configured
to have a predetermined area where only said first metal member and said cover member expose to the exterior; and

a second member which includes a second metal member and is configured to have an exposing portion where a surface of said
second metal member exposes, and

wherein a portion where said first metal member exposes to the exterior at said predetermined area and said exposing portion
of said second metal member face each other and at least one of said first and second metal members is used as an electric
conductor, and

wherein said cover member is processed to decrease a contact angle of a water droplet relative to a surface within said predetermined
area.

US Pat. No. 9,279,377

AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE DETERMINATION METHOD

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An air-fuel ratio imbalance determination apparatus for a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine, comprising:
an air-fuel ratio sensor with a catalyst layer disposed in an exhaust passage of the multi-cylinder internal combustion engine;
and

a control unit configured: to perform determination regarding an air-fuel ratio imbalance state among cylinders of the multi-cylinder
internal combustion engine based on an amount of change per unit time in an air-fuel ratio detected by the air-fuel ratio
sensor; to execute an air-fuel ratio enrichment control using an air-fuel ratio enrichment amount; and to correct a learned
imbalance value to be increased when the air-fuel ratio enrichment amount is smaller than a predetermined determination threshold
value in a case where an engine operation state is in an imbalance learning range during execution of the air-fuel ratio enrichment
control;

wherein the air-fuel ratio enrichment control is a control for setting a target air-fuel ratio to a value richer than a stoichiometric
air-fuel ratio, the air-fuel ratio enrichment amount is an amount by which the target air-fuel ratio is changed with respect
to the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio, the air-fuel ratio enrichment amount is determined based on the learned imbalance value,
the learned imbalance value is an estimated imbalance ratio, and the estimated imbalance ratio is a parameter related to a
degree of an inter-cylinder air-fuel ratio variation.

US Pat. No. 9,077,019

ELECTRICITY STORAGE DEVICE AND VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electricity storage device comprising:
a first battery stack including a plurality of cells that are aligned;
a second battery stack, including a plurality of cells that are aligned, that is placed under the first battery stack;
a case that accommodates the first battery stack and the second battery stack; and
a supporting member that is fixed to the case and supports the first battery stack, the supporting member being placed between
the first battery stack and the second battery stack, wherein

the case includes an inner wall formed of electrically insulating material and a reinforcement frame that is exposed to an
outside of the case and is formed of metal, and

the supporting member is formed of metal, penetrates the inner wall, and is in contact with the reinforcement frame.

US Pat. No. 9,536,873

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA C...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a nitride semiconductor substrate in which both a High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT) and a Schottky Barrier Diode (SBD)
are formed, wherein

the nitride semiconductor substrate comprises:
a HEMT gate structure region where a gate structure of the HEMT is formed; and
an anode electrode region where an anode electrode of the SBD is formed, wherein
a first laminated structure is formed at least in the HEMT gate structure region, and includes a first nitride semiconductor
layer, a second nitride semiconductor layer crystal-grown on a front surface of the first nitride semiconductor layer, and
a third nitride semiconductor layer crystal-grown on a front surface of the second nitride semiconductor layer,

a second laminated structure is formed at least in a part of the anode electrode region, and includes the first nitride semiconductor
layer and the second nitride semiconductor layer,

the anode electrode contacts the front surface of the second nitride semiconductor layer,
a bandgap of the second nitride semiconductor layer is larger than a bandgap of the first nitride semiconductor layer,
the third nitride semiconductor layer is p-type, and
at least in a contact region in which the front surface of the second nitride semiconductor layer contacts the anode electrode,
the front surface of the second nitride semiconductor layer is finished to be a surface by which the second nitride semiconductor
layer forms a Schottky junction with the anode electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,538,674

HOUSING OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A housing of an electrical device, the housing encasing the electrical device which generates vibration while operating,
the housing comprising:
a plate-shaped base having a front surface and a rear surface, said electrical device being to be mounted on said front surface;
a surrounding wall erected from said front surface of said base and surrounding an outer periphery of said electrical device;
a plurality of bosses provided outside said surrounding wall and formed by a point-like protrusion of said base, said plurality
of bosses including a front-surface boss protruding from said front surface and a rear-surface boss protruding from said rear
surface; and

a plurality of ribs including a first rib coupling said surrounding wall and said front-surface boss to each other and a second
rib coupling said surrounding wall and said front surface of said base to each other at a position directly opposite to where
said rear-surface boss is formed on said rear surface of said base.

US Pat. No. 9,876,364

POWER RECEIVING DEVICE, VEHICLE, AND POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power receiving device comprising:
a power receiving unit for receiving power from a power transmission unit in a noncontact manner; and
a magnetic shield located opposite to said power transmission unit with said power receiving unit interposed therebetween,
and having at least a part facing said power receiving unit, wherein

said magnetic shield includes:
a first magnetic sheet located beside said power receiving unit;
a conductive sheet located opposite to said power receiving unit with said first magnetic sheet interposed therebetween; and
a second magnetic sheet located opposite to said first magnetic sheet with said conductive sheet interposed therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,059,145

POWER MODULE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POWER MODULE, AND MOLDING DIE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power module comprising:
a semiconductor element;
a first cooling member and a second cooling member configured to sandwich the semiconductor element therebetween;
a frame member configured to support the semiconductor element between the first cooling member and the second cooling member;
and

a molded resin disposed between the first cooling member and the second cooling member,
wherein the frame member includes an adjusting member which adjusts a distance between the first cooling member and the second
cooling member,

wherein the adjusting member includes plural block pieces that are stacked between the first cooling member and the second
cooling member in a stack direction of the semiconductor element, the first cooling member and the second cooling member,
and wherein the block pieces are relatively slidable with each other in a direction orthogonal to the stack direction.

US Pat. No. 9,473,061

SWITCHED RELUCTANCE MOTOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A switched reluctance motor comprising:
a stator provided with a plurality of stator teeth as salient poles in a radial fashion with winding wire wound around each
of the plurality of stator teeth;

a rotor provided with a plurality of rotor teeth as salient poles in a radial fashion;
a driving circuit configured to apply a current to the winding wire for each phase; and
a control device configured to control the driving circuit, the control device being configured to perform:
starting rising of a current to the winding wire of a stator tooth of a phase being a non-excitation target due to stop of
energization to the winding wire at a time a relative distance in a rotational direction of the rotor between the stator tooth
of the phase being the non-excitation target and a rotor tooth approaching the stator tooth of the phase being the non-excitation
target in the rotational direction becomes not larger than a relative distance between a next rotor tooth preceding the rotor
tooth in the rotational direction of the rotor and the stator tooth of the phase being the non-excitation target; and

allowing the current applied to the winding wire of the stator tooth of the phase being an excitation target to fall at a
time the stator tooth which becomes the excitation target due to the rising of the current and the rotor tooth approaching
the stator tooth start opposing to each other in a radial direction and an overlap amount in the rotational direction of the
rotor between the stator tooth and the rotor tooth opposing to each other becomes larger than a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,316,306

SHIFTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A shifting device for a vehicle, the shifting device comprising:
a shift lever that is operable in a shift direction and a select direction that intersects with the shift direction, the shift
lever including a spherical proximal end portion; and

a main body that has a circular hole, the main body being configured to hold the shift lever in the circular hole, wherein:
the shift lever includes a guide protrusion, the guide protrusion being configured to inhibit rotation of the shift lever
about an axis of the shift lever, the guide protrusion protruding from the spherical proximal end portion in one direction
of the shift direction and the select direction;

the main body includes an operating direction guide groove, the operating direction guide groove being configured to guide
the guide protrusion so as to permit operation of the shift lever when the shift lever is operated; and

when the shift lever is in a neutral position, an interval between a proximal end portion of the guide protrusion and an inner
wall of the operating direction guide groove which is opposed to the proximal end portion is larger than an interval between
a distal end portion of the guide protrusion and an inner wall of the operating direction guide groove which is opposed to
the distal end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,291,080

EXHAUST PURIFICATION SYSTEM OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An exhaust purification system of an internal combustion engine in which an exhaust purification catalyst is arranged in
an engine exhaust passage, a hydrocarbon feed valve is arranged in the engine exhaust passage upstream of the exhaust purification
catalyst, precious metal catalysts are carried on an exhaust gas flow surface of the exhaust purification catalyst, basic
exhaust gas flow surface parts are formed around the precious metal catalysts, the exhaust purification catalyst has a property
of reducing NOX which is contained in an exhaust gas if making a concentration of hydrocarbons which flow into the exhaust purification catalyst
vibrate by within a predetermined range of amplitude and by within a predetermined range of period and has a property of being
increased in storage amount of NOX which is contained in the exhaust gas if making a vibration period of the hydrocarbon concentration longer than the predetermined
range, wherein, as rich control for making an air-fuel ratio of the exhaust gas which flows into the exhaust purification
catalyst rich, cylinder rich control for generating rich air-fuel ratio combustion gas in a cylinder and exhaust rich control
for feeding hydrocarbons from the hydrocarbon feed valve to make air-fuel ratio of the exhaust gas rich can be used, if a
speed of a vehicle is lower than a predetermined speed when the air-fuel ratio of the exhaust gas which flows into the exhaust
purification catalyst should be made rich, the exhaust rich control is performed if the exhaust rich control is possible,
and, if the speed of the vehicle is larger than the predetermined speed when the air-fuel ratio of the exhaust gas which flows
into the exhaust purification catalyst should be made rich, the cylinder rich control is performed if the cylinder rich control
is possible.

US Pat. No. 9,188,738

TRANSLUCENT POLYCRYSTALLINE MATERIAL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A method for manufacturing a translucent polycrystalline material with optical properties varying in the material, comprising
the steps of:
immobilizing a slurry, which includes a group of single crystal grains that are acted upon by a force when placed in a magnetic
field, in a gradient magnetic field with a spatially varying magnetic flux density; and

sintering the immobilized material.

US Pat. No. 9,090,429

FILAMENT WINDING APPARATUS

MURATA MACHINERY, LTD., ...

1. A filament winding apparatus configured to wind a fiber bundle around a liner, comprising a plurality of fiber supplying
guides each being configured to supply a fiber bundle to the liner, wherein
each of the fiber supplying guides includes a bottom portion that guides a wide surface of the fiber bundle, side portions
respectively disposed along both sides of the bottom portion, and an opening portion formed between the side portions, and

each of the fiber supplying guides has an approximately U-shaped cross section in a direction orthogonal to an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,590,439

CONTROL DEVICE OF BATTERY CHARGING

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device of battery charging comprising:
a first output unit outputting a heating signal to heat a battery;
a second output unit outputting a charging signal to charge the battery heated according to the heating signal; and
a controller judging whether or not a degree of degradation X of the battery is a first value X1 or more,

wherein when the controller judges the degree of degradation X to be the first value X1 or more, the controller controls the heating signal so as to raise a temperature of the battery, so as to make the charging
rate of the battery whose degree of degradation X is no less than the first value X1 equal to or closer to a charging rate of the battery when the degree of degradation is less than the first value X1;

when the controller judges the degree of degradation X to be equal to or greater than a second value X2 which is greater than the first value X1, the controller controls the heating signal or the charging signal or a combination thereof so as to make the charging rate
of the battery slower than a charging rate of the battery when the degree of degradation X is no less than the first value
X1 and less than the second value X2;

when the controller judges the degree of degradation X to be equal to or greater than a third value X3 which is greater than the second value X2, the controller controls the heating signal and the charging signal, so as to make the charging rate of the battery slower
than a charging rate of the battery when the degree of degradation X is no less than the second value X2 and less than the third value X3, and so as to charge the battery with the temperature of the battery decreased;

wherein the controller controls the heating signal and the charging signal, so as to charge the battery satisfying X
the charging current I1, I2, and I3 satisfy I3
the battery temperature T1, T2, and T3 satisfy T3?T1

US Pat. No. 9,281,524

METAL AIR BATTERY

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A metal air battery comprising:
a positive electrode layer,
a negative electrode layer, and
an electrolyte layer positioned between the positive electrode layer and the negative electrode layer,
wherein:
the positive electrode layer comprises an electroconductive material, a binder, and a SiO2 particle,

the SiO2 particle is nonporous and has a specific surface area of 16.7 m2/g or less, and

a primary particle of the SiO2 particle has a sphericity of 0.95 to 1.0.

US Pat. No. 9,469,209

VEHICULAR POWER RECEPTION DEVICE AND VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME, POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, AND ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular power reception device for receiving electric power from a power source outside a vehicle, comprising:
a first power reception unit receiving the electric power from said power source via a power line;
a second power reception unit receiving the electric power from said power source in a non-contact manner;
a first communication unit for communicating first information about power reception by said first power reception unit with
an outside of the vehicle:

a second communication unit for communicating second information about power reception by said second power reception unit
with the outside of the vehicle; and,

a control unit controlling said first and second communication units, when power reception from said power source is performed
using both of said first and second power reception units, to communicate common information with the outside of the vehicle
using only one of said first and second communication units, said common information being information in common with each
other in information contained in said first information and information contained in said second information.

US Pat. No. 9,299,997

FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FUEL CELL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A fuel cell system comprising a fuel cell stack that generates electricity by supplying fuel gas to an anode electrode
and oxidant gas to a cathode electrode, the fuel cell system comprising:
a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature in the fuel cell stack;
a pressure sensor configured to measure pressure of the cathode electrode;
a pressure regulator configured to regulate the pressure of the cathode electrode; and
a pressure control unit configured to control the pressure regulator so as to apply pulsation to the pressure of the cathode
electrode when the temperature in the fuel cell stack measured by the temperature sensor after actuation below freezing temperature
exceeds 0 degree.

US Pat. No. 9,281,578

CONNECTING APPARATUS FOR POWER CABLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A connecting apparatus comprising:
power cables that are configured to supply electric power from an inverter to a motor, the power cables including a connector
and a plurality of terminals, the plurality of terminals being fixed to the connector, a housing of the connector including
a first rib, the first rib being provided between the adjacent terminals, and the first rib connecting mutually facing surfaces
of the housing; and

a terminal block that is attached to an enclosure of the inverter or an enclosure of the motor, the terminal block including
a plurality of retaining walls, each of the plurality of retaining walls enclosing and retaining a nut, the terminal block
including a second rib for connecting the adjacent retaining walls, one of the first rib and the second rib including a recess,
the connector being connected to the terminal block when each of the plurality of terminals is fastened to the terminal block
with a bolt and the nut, and the other of the first rib and the second rib being disposed in the recess and the first rib
intersecting with the second rib when the connector is connected to the terminal block.

US Pat. No. 9,079,167

NOX PURIFICATION CATALYST

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A nitrogen oxide purification catalyst for purifying NOx in an exhaust gas by contacting the catalyst with the exhaust gas at a temperature including the range of 350 to 500° C.,
the catalyst comprising:
an alloy consisting of gold, nickel and an optional metal element that is able to alloy with said gold and nickel, in a solid
supported on a metal oxide carrier,

wherein an average particle size of said solid is 1.5 to 5.5 nm, and
wherein the composition ratio of said gold and nickel in said solid is Au:Ni=20:80 to 80:20 (at %).

US Pat. No. 10,030,730

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DETECTING WEAR OF FRICTION MEMBER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle brake system, comprising:an electric brake device including (a) a friction member, (b) a rotor configured to rotate with a wheel, (c) a motor as a power source, and (d) a driven member configured to be moved forward and backward by the motor, the electric brake device being configured to generate a braking force such that the driven member is moved forward by the motor so as to press the friction member and the friction member is brought into contact with the rotor; and
a wear detector configured to detect wear of the friction member and including (A) a data obtaining section configured to obtain an amount of a forward movement of the driven member corresponding to a distance by which the driven member moves forward and a pressing force by which the driven member presses the friction member, (B) a contact-start-position detecting section configured to detect a contact start position at which the driven member is located when the friction member starts to contact the rotor, and (C) a remaining-thickness estimating section configured to estimate a remaining thickness of the friction member based on the contact start position detected by the contact-start-position detecting section,
wherein the wear detector further includes an uneven-wear detecting section configured to detect uneven wear of the friction member indicative of a state in which the friction member is unevenly worn, by comparing: a relationship between the amount of the forward movement and the pressing force obtained by the data obtaining section; and a relationship between an amount of the forward movement and a pressing force in a case where it is supposed that a thickness of the friction member is equal to the remaining thickness that would be estimated by the remaining-thickness estimating section in a state in which the friction member is evenly worn.

US Pat. No. 9,403,514

BRAKE CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A brake control device for a vehicle, comprising:
a master piston slidably and liquid-tightly engaged with a main cylinder of a master cylinder and forming a master chamber
together with the main cylinder to supply a plurality of wheel cylinders with a master pressure;

a servo pressure generating device generating a servo pressure necessary for generating the master pressure in the master
chamber by supplying a generated servo pressure to a servo chamber formed between the master piston and an inner wall portion
of the main cylinder and biasing the master piston forwardly;

a target wheel cylinder pressure setting portion for setting a target wheel cylinder pressure which is a target value of the
master pressure; and

a target servo pressure setting portion for setting a target servo pressure necessary for generating the target wheel cylinder
pressure, wherein the target servo pressure setting portion includes:

a pressure increasing or decreasing characteristic selecting portion for selecting a pressure increasing characteristic which
defines the servo pressure necessary for increasing the target wheel cylinder pressure and a pressure decreasing characteristic
which defines the servo pressure necessary for decreasing the target wheel cylinder pressure; and

an output servo pressure setting portion for setting an output servo pressure generated by the servo pressure generating device,
and wherein the pressure increasing or decreasing characteristic selecting portion selects the pressure increasing characteristic
when the target wheel cylinder pressure increases continuously for a predetermined operation judgment period and selects the
pressure decreasing characteristic when the target wheel cylinder pressure decreases continuously for a predetermined operation
judgment period and the output servo pressure setting portion sets the target servo pressure based on the pressure increasing
or decreasing characteristic selected by the pressure increasing or decreasing characteristic selecting portion and the servo
pressure generating device generates the servo pressure based on the target servo pressure set by the output servo pressure
setting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,278,624

VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle capable of charging a power storage device mounted on the vehicle using electric power from two electric power
paths of an external DC power supply and AC power supply, the vehicle comprising:
a first power conversion device configured to convert electric power from the DC power supply into charging electric power
for the power storage device,

a second power conversion device configured to convert electric power from the AC power supply into charging electric power
for the power storage device, and

a control device configured to control the first power conversion device and the second power conversion device,
the control device selecting an electric power path to be used for charging based on a state of the power storage device,
and efficiency of the first power conversion device and the second power conversion device.

US Pat. No. 9,267,447

ENGINE RESTART CONTROL APPARATUS, VEHICLE AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An engine restart control apparatus mounted on a vehicle having an engine and a brake system including a brake booster,
the engine restart control apparatus comprising:
a negative pressure detector configured to detect booster negative pressure of the brake booster;
an engine restart controller configured to restart the engine after a stop of the engine; and
a master pressure detector configured to detect master pressure that is a fluid pressure inside a master cylinder included
in the brake system,

a storage memory configured to store the booster negative pressure detected by the negative pressure detector,
wherein the engine restart controller restarts the engine when the booster negative pressure is reduced by a first set value
or more from a reference booster negative pressure, the reference booster negative pressure being selected among booster negative
pressures stored in the storage memory as a pressure value detected at a predetermined timing after the stop of the engine,
and the engine restart controller restarts the engine when the master pressure decreases to or below a second set value.

US Pat. No. 9,391,190

FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTOR INCORPORATING A SCHOTTKY DIODE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A FET incorporating a Schottky diode, comprising:
a source region formed in a position facing a surface of a semiconductor substrate,
a body region disposed at a deep side of the source region,
a drain region disposed at a deep side of the body region, and
a trench passing from the surface of the semiconductor substrate through the source region and the body region and reaching
the drain region, wherein the trench extends linearly along the surface of the semiconductor substrate,

gate electrodes and Schottky electrodes being filled alternately within the trench when viewed along the length of the trench
with Schottky contacts being formed within the trench, and

insulating film formed between each of the gate electrodes and the Schottky electrodes, the gate electrodes and the source
region, the gate electrodes and the body region, and the gate electrodes and the drain region,

wherein an insulating film is not formed between the Schottky electrodes and the drain region.

US Pat. No. 9,354,154

PARTICULATE MATTER AMOUNT DETECTION SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A particulate matter amount detection system comprising:
a first porous electrode provided in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine;
a second porous electrode provided in the exhaust passage downstream of the first electrode;
a porous solid electrolyte interposed between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a measurement device configured to measure a potential difference between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a specification unit programmed to specify an amount of a particulate matter in exhaust gas based on the measured potential
difference such that an increased measured potential difference correlates to an increased amount of the particulate matter
in the exhaust gas; and

a temperature controller programmed to adjust a temperature of the first electrode,
wherein the temperature controller raises the temperature of the first electrode when the measured potential difference reaches
a predetermined upper limit to thereby oxide and remove the particulate matter collected by or deposited on the first electrode
and the solid electrolyte, and lowers the temperature of the first electrode when the measured potential difference decreases
to a predetermined lower limit.

US Pat. No. 9,263,800

ARTIFICIAL SKIN FOR RADAR MANNEQUINS

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

14. A mannequin for radar testing comprising:
a mannequin body having a surface;
a mannequin skin having a shielding layer of material and a conductive layer of material;
the mannequin skin applied to the surface of the mannequin body, the mannequin skin configured to reflect electromagnetic
radiation of a predetermined frequency at a level generally equal to an electromagnetic response of human skin exposed to
the electromagnetic radiation of the predetermined frequency; and

the mannequin skin having an inside surface, the conductive layer and the shielding layer electromagnetically shielding the
inside surface of the mannequin skin from electromagnetic radiation.

US Pat. No. 9,254,836

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device of a vehicle provided with an engine, and a fluid-operated power transmitting device provided with a lock-up
clutch and configured to transmit a drive force of said engine to drive wheels, and an engine connecting/disconnecting clutch
configured to selectively place a power transmitting path between said engine and said fluid-operated power transmitting device
in a power transmitting state and a power cutoff state, said vehicle being able to run in an engine drive mode in which said
engine is operated as a vehicle drive power source while said engine connecting/disconnecting clutch is placed in a fully
engaged state, comprising:
a lock-up clutch control portion configured to bring said engine connecting/disconnecting clutch from the fully engaged state
into a slipping state and temporarily place the engine connecting/disconnecting clutch in the slipping state while said lock-up
clutch is placed in a slipping state, when a lock-up slip control is implemented to place said lock-up clutch from a fully
released state into the slipping state and gradually bring the lock-up clutch into a fully engaged state, in response to an
increase of a required amount of acceleration of said vehicle, during running of the vehicle in said engine drive mode with
said engine connecting/disconnecting clutch being placed in the fully engaged state.

US Pat. No. 9,234,575

SHIFT SWITCHING DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

12. A shift switching device for use with a vehicle including a drive wheel, wherein the shift switching device outputs a
signal for switching shift modes of a transmission operated in a plurality of modes including a power cutting mode that cuts
power transmission to the drive wheel and a power transmitting mode that transmits power to the drive wheel, the shift switching
device comprising:
a shift panel including a gate provided with a plurality of mode designation positions;
a shift lever movable along the gate, wherein the shift lever automatically returns to a home position when an operation force
applied to the shift lever is released; and

push type operation members each spaced from the shift lever and associated with the power cutting mode;
wherein the plurality of mode designation positions of the gate include drive start designation positions selected when starting
the transmission of power to the drive wheel to which power is not being transmitted, the drive start designation positions
include only a drive position and a reverse position, each located at a position that the shift lever reaches when moved from
the home position in a selection operation direction and then in a shift operation direction that is orthogonal to the selection
operation direction, and the push type operation members include a parking switch and a neutral switch, and wherein the parking
switch is located substantially at the center of the gate in the selection operation direction.

US Pat. No. 9,136,527

ELECTRODE THIN FILM, ALL-SOLID LITHIUM BATTERY, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRODE FILM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrode thin film to be used in an all-solid lithium battery, wherein:
the electrode thin film is formed predominantly of lithium cobaltate,
the electrode thin film has a density larger than or equal to 3.6 g/cm3 and smaller than or equal to 4.9 g/cm3,

a percentage of the lithium cobaltate in the entire electrode thin film is higher than or equal to 90 mol %, and
the electrode thin film has a thickness ranging from 5-12 ?m, wherein
a pressure when the electrode thin film is formed is higher than 100 Pa and smaller than or equal to 400 Pa.

US Pat. No. 9,084,988

NOX PURIFICATION CATALYST

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A nitrogen oxide purification catalyst, comprising:
alloy particles having an average particle size of 0.2 to 100 nm and consisting of gold atoms, iron atoms and optionally other
metal atoms that are able to alloy with said Au atoms and Fe atoms, in a state of close proximity; and

a metal oxide carrier selected from Al2O3, SiO2, CeO2 and CeO2—ZrO2,

wherein said alloy particles are supported on said metal oxide carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,531,131

POWER RECEIVING CONNECTOR, CHARGING SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A power receiving connector, which can be placed in a vehicle and can be connected with a feeder wire to be used for power
feeding, with a ground wire, and with a control wire configured to transmit a control signal to be used for power feeding
control, comprising:
a plurality of connection terminals to be connected with the feeder wire, the ground wire and the control wire;
a plurality of internal wirings to be connected with the feeder wire, the ground wire and the control wire via the connection
terminals;

a superposition separation element, which is interposed in at least one of the internal wiring to be connected with the ground
wire and the internal wiring to be connected with the control wire, configured to superpose and separate a communication signal,
which is different from the control signal, for the internal wiring; and

a path section which passes the connection terminal to be connected with the ground wire, the superposition separation element,
and the connection terminal to be connected with the control wire, and which bridges the internal wiring to be connected with
the ground wire and the internal wiring to be connected with the control wire in order to form a communication path for the
communication signal.

US Pat. No. 9,376,136

STEERING DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering device comprising:
a steering shaft including a first end to which a steering member is mounted and a second end, wherein the steering shaft
is telescopically adjustable in an axial direction of the steering shaft;

a column jacket rotatably supporting the steering shaft and including an upper jacket positioned on a first end side and a
lower jacket positioned on a second end side, wherein the column jacket is telescopically adjustable together with the steering
shaft with movement of the upper jacket relative to the lower jacket in the axial direction;

a lock plate fixed to the upper jacket and provided with a plurality of holes arranged in the axial direction and a plurality
of partition portions arranged in the axial direction, wherein each of the partition portions is adjacent to the first end
side of the corresponding one of the holes;

a support bracket fixed to a vehicle body and supporting the column jacket;
an operation member supported by the support bracket, wherein the operation member is operated when the steering shaft and
the column jacket are telescopically adjusted; and

a tooth that advances to and retreats from the lock plate in accordance with operation of the operation member, and that advances
to the lock plate to be engaged with one of the holes of the lock plate, wherein

the partition portions are provided such that a height of a first end-side partition portion in a direction toward the tooth
retreated from the lock plate is greater than that of a second end-side partition portion positioned on the second end side
of the first end-side partition portion.

US Pat. No. 9,281,774

MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A motor control system comprising:
a converter that is configured to be able to step up a direct-current voltage, supplied from a power supply, in accordance
with a system voltage command value;

an inverter that is configured to convert the direct-current voltage, which is a system voltage output from the converter,
to an alternating-current voltage;

a motor that is driven by the alternating-current voltage applied from the inverter; and
a control unit that is configured to drive the motor in any one of control methods of sinusoidal PWM control, overmodulation
control and rectangular wave control by executing operation control of the converter and the inverter, wherein

the control unit is configured to start step-up operation of the converter when a current vector of motor current of the motor
on a d-q coordinate plane becomes the current phase corresponding to motor torque, at which a system loss is equal between
before and after starting the step-up operation, while the control unit supplies the direct-current voltage, supplied from
the power supply, to the inverter without stepping up the direct-current voltage by the converter and performs the rectangular
wave control of the motor in a state where the current phase is an optimal current phase.

US Pat. No. 9,242,644

ELECTRICALLY-POWERED VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrically-powered vehicle comprising:
a chargeable/dischargeable power storage device,
a motor configured to generate a vehicle drive force by receiving supply of power from said power storage device; and
a control unit controlling the vehicle drive force to be generated in response to a driver's request,
said control unit including a calculation unit calculating a remaining travelable distance in first traveling using stored
power in said power storage device, based on at least a remaining capacity of said power storage device and a vehicle speed,
wherein

during said first traveling, said motor is driven to output the requested vehicle drive force to said electrically-powered
vehicle;

wherein said calculation unit calculates the remaining travelable distance in said first traveling based on the remaining
capacity of said power storage device and the vehicle speed at start of said first traveling, as an initial value, and updates
the remaining travelable distance in said first traveling based on the remaining capacity of said power storage device, the
vehicle speed, and the requested drive force during said first traveling; and

wherein said calculation unit corrects the remaining capacity of said power storage device at the start of said first traveling,
by adding a correction value based on the vehicle speed at the start of said first traveling, and calculates the initial value
of the remaining travelable distance in said first traveling based on said corrected remaining capacity.

US Pat. No. 9,205,856

VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle having a pair of left and right wheels, the vehicle comprising:
a seating section configured such that an occupant is able to take a seat by straddling the same;
foot placement sections located beneath the seating section to be respectively provided at left and right positions with the
seating section interposed therebetween, the foot placement sections being respectively supported by lower arms connected
to the wheels, feet of the seated occupant being placed on the foot placement sections; and

a grip section gripped with a hand of the occupant,
wherein the foot placement sections are configured to rotate by movement of the feet of the occupant, and enable steering
to be performed to the left and the right by rotation of the foot placement sections.

US Pat. No. 9,381,841

SEAT FRAME FOR CONVEYANCE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A seat frame for a conveyance seat comprising:
a cushion frame that is defined by side frames provided on a cushion side of the conveyance seat on both left and right sides
of the cushion frame;

a back frame that is defined by side frames provided on a back side of the conveyance seat on both left and right sides of
the back frame; and

a recliner that connects the left and right side frames on the cushion side to the left and right side frames on the back
side so that the seat frame is rotatable, wherein

the left and right side frames on the back side are each structured by a panel that extends in a front-back direction of the
conveyance seat,

flange parts directed towards a center side in a seat width direction of the conveyance seat are provided in both front and
back edge parts of each panel, respectively,

each side frame on the back side at the back edge flange part has a bow shape that is convex toward a front side of the side
frame in the front-back direction of the conveyance seat, and

a bead that crosses a deformation line is provided on each panel so as to prevent deformation of each panel of each side frame
on the back side due to displacement of a front side flange part towards the center side in the seat width direction with
respect to a connecting part with the recliner when a backward load is applied to the back frame, the deformation line being
a straight line in a side view of the side frame that is a tangent line of the bow shape on the back side of the side frame
at the back edge flange part and is a front side tangent line of an outer periphery of the recliner mounted on the side frame
on the back side.

US Pat. No. 9,281,512

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AQUEOUS ELECTRODE PASTE AND TWO-SHAFT KNEADER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for producing an aqueous electrode paste comprising:
charging
a powder made of an active material and a thickener, and
an aqueous solvent into a two-shaft kneader, and
thickly kneading the powder and the aqueous solvent to generate a mixture by using the two-shaft kneader; and
a diluting step of charging an aqueous solvent into the two-shaft kneader, and
diluting the mixture with the aqueous solvent charged into the two-shaft kneader during the diluting step by using the two-shaft
kneader, wherein

the aqueous solvent for diluting the mixture is sprayed into the two-shaft kneader as a mist of liquid droplets, where the
liquid droplets of the mist have an average liquid droplet diameter that is in a range of from 1?m to a value equal to an
average particle diameter (D50) of the thickener.

US Pat. No. 9,225,038

SOLID BATTERY AND METHOD FOR REGENERATING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for regenerating a solid battery comprising an anode, a solid electrolyte layer, and a cathode, the method comprising:
heating the anode to a temperature at which the anode softens, and
compressing the softened anode in a direction intersecting a face of the anode that is in contact with the solid electrolyte
layer,

wherein:
the anode is capable of absorbing and releasing an alkali metal ion or an alkaline earth metal ion that moves between the
anode and the cathode;

the solid electrolyte layer contains a solid electrolyte having ion conductivity; and
the cathode is capable of releasing and absorbing the alkali metal ion or the alkaline earth metal ion that moves between
the anode and the cathode.

US Pat. No. 9,103,594

CARRIER POSITIONING METHOD AND CARRIER TRANSPORT SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A carrier positioning method that transports a plurality of carriers, on which pieces of work are respectively mounted,
by a transport conveyor into a heating furnace and that positions the plurality of carriers, the carrier positioning method
comprising:
a transport process of transporting the plurality of carriers by the transport conveyor into the heating furnace;
a first advance process in which a control device advances a comb-shaped carrier stopper, which has a plurality of protrusions
used for positioning the carriers, toward the carriers positioned in series on the transport conveyor;

a positioning process of positioning the carriers at a time at predetermined intervals in a transport direction in which the
carriers are transported in such a manner that the carriers positioned in series are moved by the transport conveyor in the
transport direction to engage engagement portions, provided respectively for the carriers, with the protrusions of the carrier
stopper;

a second advance process in which the control device advances the carrier stopper at insertion holes positioned on the carriers
so as to insert distal ends of the respective protrusions of the carrier stopper into the insertion holes of the engagement
portions, wherein the insertion holes are provided so as to allow the distal ends of the protrusions to be inserted when the
carriers are properly positioned;

a determination process in which the control device determines, on the basis of a total moved distance of the carrier stopper
toward the carriers during the first advance process and second advance process, whether the carriers in series are properly
positioned simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 9,048,102

SIC SINGLE CRYSTAL, SIC WAFER, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA C...

1. A silicon carbide (SiC) single crystal comprising a low dislocation density region (A) where the volume density of dislocations
each of which has a Burgers vector in a {0001} in-plane direction is not more than 3,700 cm/cm3.

US Pat. No. 9,242,667

STEERING DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering device comprising:
a steering shaft including a first end to which a steering member is mounted and a second end, wherein the steering shaft
is telescopically adjustable in an axial direction of the steering shaft;

a column jacket rotatably supporting the steering shaft and including an upper jacket positioned on a first end side and a
lower jacket positioned on a second end side, wherein the column jacket is telescopically adjustable together with the steering
shaft with movement of the upper jacket relative to the lower jacket in the axial direction;

a lock plate fixed to the upper jacket and provided with a plurality of holes arranged in the axial direction;
a support bracket fixed to a vehicle body and supporting the column jacket;
an operation member supported by the support bracket, wherein the operation member is operated when the steering shaft and
the column jacket are telescopically adjusted;

a support shaft that is supported by the lower jacket, extends in a cross direction crossing the axial direction, and includes
a low-strength portion to be broken when a load acts on the steering shaft and the column jacket; and

a lock member that is rotatably supported by the support shaft, advances to and retreats from the lock plate in accordance
with operation of the operation member, and advances to the lock plate to be engaged with one of the holes, wherein the lock
member is disengaged from the one of holes when the support shaft is broken in a state in which the lock member is engaged
with the one of the holes.

US Pat. No. 9,409,499

CONVEYANCE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A conveyance seat comprising:
a seat cushion; and
a seat back that is connected to the seat cushion such that the seat back is tiltable, wherein
the seat cushion includes a seat pad that defines a seat outer shape, and a seat cover that covers a seating surface of the
seat pad,

when an additional member is installed on a seating side of the seat cushion, an engaging portion that is columnar and protrudes
from a rear surface of the additional member is moved toward the seat back while being in contact with the seat cushion, and
the engaging portion is inserted between the seat cushion and the seat back, and is engaged with an engaged portion disposed
between the seat cushion and the seat back,

the seat pad includes a general portion configured to elastically support an occupant, and a compression portion that is compressed
more easily than the general portion,

the compression portion contacts and supports the seat cover, and is disposed on a movement path of the engaging portion such
that the engaging portion is moved toward the engaged portion and is engaged with the engaged portion while compressing the
compression portion,

the compression portion is separated from the general portion by a pair of slits, each of the pair of slits being defined
by a groove extending along a forward-rearward direction of the seat pad, and

one of the pair of slits has a length extending along the forward-rearward direction of the seat pad that is longer than a
length of the other of the pair of slits extending along the forward-rearward direction of the seat pad.

US Pat. No. 9,398,693

CAPACITOR ARRANGEMENT STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MOUNTING CAPACITOR

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

13. A method of mounting a capacitor comprising:
arranging a plurality of capacitors in parallel between a plurality of first electrode patterns that protrude from a first
wiring pattern toward a second wiring pattern and a second electrode pattern that protrudes from the second wiring pattern
toward the first wiring pattern so as to be sandwiched by the first electrode patterns; and

adjusting resistances of the first electrode patterns depending on a length of a path from a current source connected to the
first wiring pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,373,562

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate;
a brazing material bonded to the semiconductor substrate;
a heat sink connected to the semiconductor substrate via the brazing material and including a protruding portion formed outside
of a range in which the heat sink is connected to the semiconductor substrate via the brazing material, the protruding portion
making contact with the brazing material;

resin sealing the semiconductor substrate, the brazing material, and the protruding portion; and
a spacer block located between the heat sink and the brazing material,
wherein
the heat sink is connected to the semiconductor substrate via the spacer block and the brazing material, and
the protruding portion makes contact with the brazing material and the spacer block.

US Pat. No. 9,242,643

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle drive system including: a differential device which comprises a first differential
mechanism and a second differential mechanism and which comprises four rotary components; and an engine, a first electric
motor, a second electric motor and an output rotary member which are respectively connected to said four rotary components,
and wherein one of said four rotary components is constituted by a rotary element of said first differential mechanism and
a rotary element of said second differential mechanism which are selectively connected to each other through a clutch, while
one of said rotary elements of said first and second differential mechanisms is selectively connected to a stationary member
through a brake, said control apparatus comprising a drive mode switching control portion for switching the hybrid vehicle
drive system to a selected one of at least two hybrid drive modes according to a selected one of respective different combinations
of operating states of said clutch and said brake:
said control apparatus being configured to control said hybrid vehicle drive system such that a transmission efficiency of
the hybrid vehicle drive system which varies with a change of its speed ratio has a maximal value at a first speed ratio value
and a second speed ratio value, in one of said at least two hybrid drive modes, and at a third speed ratio value intermediate
between said first and second speed ratio values, in the other of said at least two hybrid drive modes; and

said drive mode switching control portion being configured to switch said hybrid vehicle drive system to a selected one of
said at least two hybrid drive modes on the basis of a predetermined control parameter such that said two hybrid drive modes
are selectively established as said predetermined control parameter is increased.

US Pat. No. 9,261,528

IMPACT DETECTING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An impact detecting device comprising:
a first impact detecting portion detecting an impact applied to an object equipped to a vehicle;
a determining portion determining that the object has received the impact when a detection result of the first impact detecting
portion is greater than a first impact determination threshold;

an informing portion informing that the object has received the impact, when the determining portion determines that the object
has received the impact; and

a second impact detecting portion detecting an impact applied to the vehicle, wherein
the determining portion determines that the object has received the impact, when the detection result of the first impact
detecting portion is equal to or smaller than the first impact determination threshold and when a first integrated time that
the detection result of the first impact detecting portion exceeds a second impact determination threshold is greater than
a first integrated time determination threshold, the second impact determination threshold being smaller than the first impact
determination threshold;

the determining portion determines that the object has received the impact, when the detection result of the first impact
detecting portion is equal to or smaller than the second impact determination threshold and when a second integrated time
that the detection result of the first impact detecting portion exceeds a third impact determination threshold is greater
than a second integrated time determination threshold, the third impact determination threshold being smaller than the second
impact determination threshold, and the second integrated time determination threshold being greater than the first integrated
time determination threshold; and

the determining portion determines whether the detection result of the first impact detecting portion is greater than the
first impact determination threshold, when a detection result of the second impact detecting portion is greater than a fourth
impact determination threshold that is smaller than the third impact determination threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,199,610

IN-VEHICLE DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An in-vehicle device control system comprising:
a portable device; and
a vehicle-side unit mounted on a vehicle for performing a checkup about the portable device by mutual communication using
radio waves, in which the vehicle-side unit transmits a request signal and the portable device returns a response signal in
response to the request signal of the vehicle-side unit, thereby to control an in-vehicle device based on a checkup result,
the vehicle-side unit switching a communication frequency to perform the mutual communication and the checkup again when the
checkup result indicates an unsuccessful checkup,

wherein the portable device includes:
a portable device communication section for receiving the request signal transmitted from the vehicle-side unit and returning
the response signal as the mutual communication with the vehicle-side unit, the response signal including an ID code and transmitted
at a communication frequency designated by the vehicle-side unit,

wherein the vehicle-side unit includes:
a detection section for detecting an operation of a user made by the user for controlling the in-vehicle device, by which
the checkup is started;

a frequency setting section for setting the communication frequency to be designated to the portable device;
a vehicle-side communication section for transmitting the request signal to the portable device and receiving the response
signal as the mutual communication with the portable device, the vehicle-side communication section transmitting to the portable
device frequency information indicating the communication frequency set by the frequency setting section;

a checkup section for checking the ID code and a registration code pre-registered, the ID code being included in the response
signal transmitted from the portable device and received by the vehicle-side communication section;

a storing section for storing the communication frequency, which is used when the checkup section indicates the check result
as a successful checkup; and

a reset section, wherein the checkup section is configured to perform, for each operation detected by the detection section,
a first checkup and a second checkup, the first checkup checks whether the portable device is outside a vehicle and a second
checkup checks whether the portable device is inside the vehicle;

the frequency setting section is configured to switchover the communication frequency to be designated to the portable device
when the check result of each of the first checkup and the second checkup is indicated the unsuccessful checkup by the checkup
section,

the frequency setting section is configured to store the communication frequency when the first checkup is indicated the successful
checkup by the checkup section,

the frequency setting section is configured to set the communication frequency, which is stored in the storing section, as
the communication frequency to be used in the second checkup performed subsequent to the successful first checkup, and

the reset section resets a stored content of the storing section each time the second checkup is successful in response to
a given operation detected by the detection section, the stored content corresponding to the communication frequency stored
as a result of the first checkup provided as the successful checkup and used for the second checkup.

US Pat. No. 9,352,310

CATALYTIC CONVERTER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A catalytic converter, comprising:
a cell structured first substrate having a uniform cell density; and
a cell structured second substrate, provided at a downstream side of the first substrate, the second substrate including a
center area with a first cell density and a surrounding area with a second cell density that is lower than the first cell
density,

wherein the first substrate and the second substrate are mounted in tandem, and
wherein in the second substrate, a ratio of the first cell density of the center area to the second cell density of the surrounding
area is in a range of larger than 1 and equal to or smaller than 2.