US Pat. No. 9,803,991

ROUTE GUIDE DEVICE AND ROUTE GUIDE METHOD

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

1. A route guide device comprising:
a current position acquisition unit configured to acquire a current position of the route guide device;
an input unit configured to input a destination of a user;
a route search unit configured to search for a route from the current position to the destination;
a level storage unit configured to store a learning level indicative of how familiar the user is with a road;
a route overview generation unit configured to generate entire route information indicating an overview of entire information
of the route found by the route search unit based on the learning level stored in the level storage unit; and

a notification unit configured to notify the user of the entire route information generated by the route overview generation
unit,

wherein the route overview generation unit is configured to:
determine an aspect according to the learning level with respect to the route from a matrix which is stored in advance and
indicates a predetermined number of sets of aspects associated with the learning level,

generate the entire route information from a description of the determined aspect, and
wherein, in the matrix,
the learning level with which a set including a first passage region and a traffic characteristics is associated is higher
than the learning level with which a set not including the first passage region and the traffic characteristics is associated,
among sets including a geographic property and a first road type as the aspect,

the learning level with which a set including a second road type, a second passage region and a third passage region instead
of the geographic property, the first road type and the first passage region is associated is higher than the learning level
with which a set including the geographic property, the first road type and the first passage region is associated, among
sets including the traffic characteristics as the aspect, and

the learning level with which a set including a fourth passage region instead of the traffic characteristics is associated
is higher than the learning level with which a set including the traffic characteristics is associated, among sets including
the second road type, the second passage region and the third passage region as the aspect,

the geographic property being a description of geographic property of a road included in the route,
the traffic characteristics being a description of ease of driving included in the route,
the first road type being a description of a type of a road included in the route,
the second road type being a description of a road name included in the route,
the first passage region being a name of a prefecture included in the route,
the second passage region being a city name or a ward name included in the route,
the third passage region being a landmark name included in the route, and
the fourth passage region being a street name, a town name or a village name included in the route.

US Pat. No. 9,803,741

LUBRICATING STRUCTURE FOR DIFFERENTIAL DEVICE

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

1. A lubricating structure for a differential device comprising:
a differential case having a pair of inboard parts that rotatably support a pair of inboard shafts;
a final driven gear mounted to the differential case;
a transmission case housing the differential case and the final driven gear; and
a pair of bearings that support the pair of inboard parts inside the transmission case, and support the final driven gear
and the differential case such that the final driven gear and the differential case are rotatable relative to the transmission
case around a rotational axis of the pair of inboard shafts, wherein

the lubricating structure for supplying lubricating oil from the pair of inboard parts and the pair of bearings into the transmission
case comprises a pair of baffle plates that are fixed to the transmission case so as to partition an internal space between
the transmission case on one side and the differential case and the final driven gear on another side into a first space at
a side of the differential case and the final driven gear and a second space at a side of the transmission case,

each of the pair of baffle plates has an annular mounting surface that comes into liquid-tight contact with an inner surface
of the transmission case around an outer race of the bearing, and an inner surface including a portion on the first space
side that is enlarged in such a manner as to be similar in shape to outer surfaces of rotating bodies defined by trajectories
of the differential case and the final driven gear being rotated around the rotational axis of the inboard shaft,

the pair of baffle plates are configured such that an amount of lubricating oil accumulating in the first space is smaller
than an amount of lubricating oil accumulating in the second space, and

the differential case has a through-hole parallel to the rotational axis of the pair of inboard shafts, and the through-hole
is provided at a position that a level of lubricating oil can be secured inside the differential case.

US Pat. No. 9,803,563

FUEL SUPPLY APPARATUS

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

1. A fuel supply apparatus comprising:
a material fuel tank to store a material fuel;
a separator to separate the material fuel supplied from the material fuel tank into a first fuel and a second fuel, the first
fuel containing a larger amount of high-octane component than an amount of high-octane component of the material fuel, the
second fuel containing a larger amount of low-octane component than an amount of low-octane component of the material fuel;

a condenser to condense the first fuel supplied from the separator through a primary-order recovery passage;
a first fuel tank to store the first fuel supplied from the condenser through a secondary-order recovery passage;
a first storage device provided in the secondary-order recovery passage to temporarily store the first fuel supplied from
the condenser;

a vacuum pump provided to a first fuel vapor passage linking the condenser and the first fuel tank to suction and supply fuel
vapor generated by vaporization of the first fuel from the condenser to the first fuel tank;

a control device configured to control operations of the vacuum pump; and
a flow adjustment mechanism to adjust flow of the first fuel, downstream of the first storage device in the secondary-order
recovery passage and upstream of the first fuel tank,

wherein the control device is configured to control operations of the flow adjustment mechanism and the vacuum pump so that
a primary-order state in which the first storage device and first fuel tank are shut off by the flow adjustment mechanism
and in which the condenser is decompressed by operations of the vacuum pump, and

a quaternary-order state in which the first storage device and first fuel tank are linked by the flow adjustment mechanism
and in which decompression of the condenser of the vacuum pump is stopped,
are realized in sequence.

US Pat. No. 9,802,667

VEHICLE BODY FRAME STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle vehicle, comprising:
an engine;
a head pipe;
a pair of left and right main frames disposed rearwardly of the head pipe; and
a down frame disposed forwardly of the engine,
wherein the engine is disposed below the main frames and downwardly of the main frames,
said left and right main frames have front ends connected to the head pipe and are disposed such that a distance between the
left and right main frames is progressively greater in a rearward direction,

said left and right main frames are connected to each other by an upper plate member,
said upper plate member is disposed rearwardly from said head pipe and has left and right ends welded respectively to said
left and right main frames,

said upper plate member is configured to extend along a direction in which said main frames extend, and is welded to said
main frames below a vertical center of inner side surfaces of said main frames, and

an upper patch disposed above said upper plate member is welded to a rear surface of said head pipe and upper surfaces of
said left and right main frames, and has a rear end disposed rearwardly of a front end of said upper plate member.

US Pat. No. 9,790,480

THERMOSTABLE CELLOBIOHYDROLASE

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

1. An isolated recombinant thermostable cellobiohydrolase comprising
a polypeptide consisting of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 or 2, and
at least one moiety selected from the group consisting of a cellulose-binding module, a linker region, a signal peptide and
a tag.

US Pat. No. 9,776,662

SUB-FRAME STRUCTURE

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

1. A sub-frame structure comprising:
a longitudinal member extending in a vehicle front-rear direction; and
a lateral member extending in a vehicle width direction,
the sub-frame structure being configured to support a vehicle power plant through antivibration devices, to support a suspension
member, and to be supported by a vehicle body frame, wherein:

the suspension member is rigidly fixed to the longitudinal member,
the longitudinal member is rigidly fixed to the vehicle body frame,
at least one of the antivibration devices is mounted on the lateral member, and
an elastic body is provided in order to support the lateral member in a floating manner relative to the longitudinal member,
and wherein the longitudinal member is attached in such a way as to be sandwiched by opposed surfaces of the lateral member.

US Pat. No. 9,776,472

BODY VENT PROTECTOR

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

1. A body vent protector assembly for a vehicle, comprising:
a venting port defined into a body underlying surface on the vehicle; and
a body vent protector disposed at the venting port for inhibiting undesirable matter from interfering with the venting port,
the body vent protector including a shroud statically disposed over at least a portion of the venting port and a blocking
rib disposed at or adjacent a rear edge area of the venting port for blocking the undesirable matter;

wherein the shroud covers an entirety of a vertical area of the venting port and together with the blocking rib permits airflow
communication with the venting port from both a lower edge area of the venting port and a front edge area of the venting port
with an outward facing side of the venting port while preventing airflow from the rear edge area and a top edge area, wherein
the lower edge area is spaced vertically on the vehicle lower than the upper edge area and the front edge area is spaced horizontally
on the vehicle forward of the rear edge area.

US Pat. No. 9,777,762

SPRING BOLT ASSEMBLY APPARATUS AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

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

1. An apparatus for facilitating manual connection of a spring bolt assembly to a mounting structure using a user's hand,
the spring bolt assembly including a washer, a spring, a nut and a bolt that has a bolt head and a bolt shaft, the apparatus
comprising:
a handle configured to be grasped by the user's hand;
a bolt holder connected to the handle, the bolt holder defining a proximal section adjacent the handle, a spring support,
a front concavity disposed between the spring support and the proximal section, and a rear concavity disposed distally relative
to the spring support, the front concavity being configured to retain the bolt head and the washer therein, and the spring
support being configured and disposed to retain the spring;

a retainer disposed at a distal end of the bolt holder, the retainer being configured to contact the mounting structure so
as to retain the mounting structure within the rear concavity, while also facilitating attachment of the nut to a distal end
of the bolt shaft; and

a flange disposed between the handle and the bolt holder, a cross-section of the flange having a larger diameter than a cross-section
of the handle,

wherein the handle defines a projection at its distal end, the flange defines a mounting hole that extends therethrough, and
the proximal section of the bolt holder defines a mounting hole, the projection being configured to extend through the mounting
hole of the flange and into the mounting hole of the proximal section of the bolt holder so as to resiliently attach the handle,
flange and bolt holder together.

US Pat. No. 9,739,210

ENGINE INCLUDING MOTORIZED THROTTLE VALVE

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

1. An engine, comprising:
a cylinder head joined to an upper end face of a cylinder block having three or more cylinders disposed in series to each
other;

a head cover connected to an upper end face of the cylinder head;
a valve system accommodated in a valve chamber defined by and between the cylinder head and the head cover and including first
and second camshafts extending in parallel to each other;

a plurality of throttle bodies disposed at a side of the valve chamber and corresponding to the cylinders;
an electric motor connected to a valve shaft for throttle valves, for opening and closing intake paths of the throttle bodies,
and configured to drive the throttle valves to open or close; and

a gear train configured to transmit output power of the electric motor to the valve shaft,
wherein the electric motor is disposed at one side of the group of the throttle bodies while the speed reduction mechanism
is disposed between those throttle bodies, which neighbor with each other at a different location in the group of the throttle
bodies, in a neighboring relationship with the valve chamber,

wherein the electric motor is disposed between the valve chamber and the group of the throttle bodies in an offset relationship
from a swelling portion of the valve chamber in an axial direction of the first and second camshafts, and

wherein the gear train comprises:
a pinion gear attached to the electric motor;
a first gear meshing with the pinion gear; and
a second gear attached to the valve shaft meshing with the first gear,
wherein the second gear is sector shaped.

US Pat. No. 9,771,068

RUNNING-SUPPORT SYSTEM AND RUNNING-SUPPORT METHOD

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

1. A running-support system, comprising:
a map information acquisition section configured to acquire a piece of map information that corresponds to a curve;
an image pickup section configured to pick up a lane image, wherein the lane image is an image of at least one lane ahead
of a vehicle; and

a steering-support section configured to:
provide a steering support at a time of the vehicle turning the curve, wherein the steering support is based on at least one
of the piece of map information or the lane image,

suppress the steering support based on a detection of an end point of the curve,
determine a deviation of a first time when an operation of returning a steering wheel is started by a driver of the vehicle
from a second time when the steering support is suppressed, and

correct the second time when the steering support is suppressed based on the determined deviation.

US Pat. No. 9,738,251

SEAT BELT DEVICE

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

1. A seat belt device provided to a vehicle, comprising:
a belt reel that winds a webbing;
an electric motor that drives the belt reel to wind the webbing in a controlled manner;
a collision predictor that generates a pre-collision signal when a collision of the vehicle with an object is predicted;
a controller that is connected to the collision predictor via a network, that is connected to the electric motor, and that
is configured to control the electric motor to start the winding of the webbing when the controller receives the pre-collision
signal from the collision predictor, and that is configured to determine whether or not a communication error occurs in the
network by performing data reliability determination on the pre-collision signal from the collision predictor; and

an anomaly detector that detects an occurrence of an open failure in a signal line that connects the controller and the electric
motor,

wherein after the controller starts the winding of the webbing upon receiving the pre-collision signal from the collision
predictor via the network, even if the communication error in the network is detected based on the data reliability determination,
the controller controls the electric motor to continue the winding of the webbing, and

wherein after the controller starts the winding of the webbing upon receiving the pre-collision signal from the collision
predictor via the network, if the anomaly detector detects the occurrence of the open failure, the controller controls the
electric motor to stop the winding of the webbing.

US Pat. No. 9,764,656

ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN VEHICLE

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

1. An electrically driven vehicle that is driven by at least a motor, the electrically driven vehicle comprising:
a first electrical apparatus; a second electrical apparatus; and a relay terminal block, which are mutually adjacently arranged,
wherein the first electrical apparatus is connected with a third electrical apparatus that is separately arranged from the
first electrical apparatus via a low-voltage electrical circuit,

the relay terminal block is positioned in an intermediate portion of the low-voltage electrical circuit and on an outer side
of the vehicle than the first electrical apparatus and is electrically connected with the first electrical apparatus,

a high-voltage cable is connected with at least the second electrical apparatus or the first electrical apparatus, and
the high-voltage cable passes through a space that is formed between the relay terminal block and the first electrical apparatus
in a plan view from above of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,758,143

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle comprising a vehicle body, a vehicle power unit disposed between front side members that extend along a front
and rear direction on a left side and a right side of the vehicle body, and a brake-by-wire brake system, the brake system
comprising:
an input device to which braking operation by an operator is input, the input device comprising a master cylinder;
an electric brake actuator separate from said master cylinder and comprising an electric motor and a cylinder main body containing
a hydraulic pressure control piston, said electric brake actuator provided for generating a hydraulic brake pressure by driving
the hydraulic pressure control piston by the electric motor, an amount of said hydraulic brake pressure determined according
to at least the braking operation, and

a guard member for protecting the electric motor from an object bounced up by running of the vehicle, said guard member being
formed integrally with a bracket provided for attaching the electric brake actuator to the vehicle,

wherein the input device and the electric brake actuator are mounted on the vehicle body,
wherein the electric motor is disposed in a first space formed between the vehicle power unit and one of the front side members,
and is rotated, with the axial line of the cylinder main body as the center of rotation, toward the first space in a direction
going away from the vehicle power unit,

and wherein the cylinder main body is disposed in a second space formed above the vehicle power unit.

US Pat. No. 9,758,193

STRUCTURAL REINFORCEMENT MEMBER FOR A VEHICLE BODY

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

1. A vehicle body comprising:
a structural member having an inner surface defining an elongated cavity, the structural member including an outer panel member
joined to an inner panel member;

a reinforcement member positioned in the cavity of the structural member wherein a gap is provided between the reinforcement
member and the inner surface of the structural member, the reinforcement member including an outer section facing the outer
panel member, a separate inner section facing the inner panel member, and a tension web interposed between and contacting
the outer section and inner section, the tension web being secured to the outer panel member and inner panel member; and

an adhesive secured to the reinforcement member, the adhesive is activatable to expand toward the inner surface of the structural
member to define a joint between the reinforcement member and the structural member and to at least partially fill the gap.

US Pat. No. 9,760,270

VEHICULAR ELECTRONIC DEVICE

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

1. A vehicular electronic device comprising:
a touch panel type display unit; and
a controller configured to set an operation region in the display unit, detect an operation performed in the set operation
region, and control a display of the display unit;

wherein the controller:
in a case that a reference volume switch region is displayed including a volume increase/decrease switch in the operation
region of the display unit, and a touch operation inside of the reference volume switch region is detected,

sets, in the display unit, as the operation region a volume switch region, which is another region differing from the reference
volume switch region, in a direction that lies perpendicular to the alignment direction of the increase/decrease switch of
the reference volume switch region, and detects as a volume increase/decrease operation an operation that is made within the
volume switch region, wherein the volume switch region, which is the other region differing from the reference volume switch
region, is continuous with the reference volume switch region.

US Pat. No. 9,725,010

FUEL CELL VEHICLE

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

1. A fuel cell vehicle, comprising:
a fuel cell that generates power through an electrochemical reaction with a fuel gas and an oxidant gas;
a fuel storage container that stores the fuel gas, at least part of the fuel storage container being disposed in a container
installation space;

a fill lid box in which a gas fill port that allows the fuel gas to be inserted therethrough into the fuel storage container
from outside the vehicle is disposed, the fill lid box having a communication hole that connects an inside of the fill lid
box with the container installation space; and

a fuel gas detector that is disposed inside the fill lid box and that detects a fuel gas leakage,
wherein a fuel gas density in the container installation space is detectable by the fuel gas detector, and
wherein the fuel gas detector is mounted on an inside surface of the fill lid box.

US Pat. No. 9,725,291

REFUELING AUXILIARY DEVICE

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

1. A refueling auxiliary device which is used for a vehicle including a capless refueling mechanism and part of which is to
be inserted into the capless refueling mechanism that includes a fill opening side shut-off valve disposed near a fill opening
and a fuel tank side shut-off valve that is disposed nearer to a fuel tank than the fill opening side shut-off valve,
the refueling auxiliary device comprising:
a funnel section;
a guide pipe section that is connected to a fuel tank side of the funnel section and that presses and moves the fill opening
side shut-off valve and the fuel tank side shut-off valve away from a seat portion; and

a regulation unit that regulates a valve opening degree of the fuel tank side shut-off valve,
wherein an end of the funnel section, through which a nozzle is inserted, is provided with a check valve.

US Pat. No. 9,760,175

MORPHABLE PAD FOR TACTILE CONTROL

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

1. A method of controlling a user interface with a touch pad having a surface, the method comprising:
configuring a first physical shape of the surface of the touch pad based on a first layout of the user interface;
receiving an input using the surface of the touch pad;
updating the first layout of the user interface to a second layout of the user interface based on the input; and
reconfiguring the first physical shape of the surface of the touch pad to a second physical shape responsive to the updating
of the first layout of the user interface to the second layout,

the second physical shape based on the second layout of the user interface.

US Pat. No. 9,751,534

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RESPONDING TO DRIVER STATE

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

1. A method of controlling vehicle systems in a motor vehicle, comprising:
receiving monitoring information from one or more monitoring systems;
determining a plurality of driver states of a driver based on the monitoring information from the one or more monitoring systems;
determining a combined driver state index based on the plurality of driver states, wherein the combined driver state index
is a variable dependent on a result of evaluating each of the plurality of driver states together; and

modifying control of one or more vehicle systems as a function of the combined driver state index.

US Pat. No. 9,704,395

TRAFFIC SIGN DETERMINATION DEVICE

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

1. A traffic sign determination device comprising:
an image recognition section configured to detect a first traffic regulation sign by performing an image recognition process
which detects a traffic sign by determining whether a predetermined pattern of characters or figures is present in the input
picked-up image on an image of an area in front of a vehicle picked up by an imaging section provided on the vehicle;

a map information acquisition section configured to acquire a road link, using a position of the vehicle, including a second
traffic regulation sign at the position of the vehicle, by accessing a map data storage section storing map data that includes
road link information related to roads constituting a map; and

a traffic sign determination section configured to determine a selection of a current traffic regulation sign to be notified
to an occupant of the vehicle on the current road link based on the first traffic regulation sign and the second traffic regulation
sign;

wherein after detection of the current first traffic regulation sign on the current road link, when the current second traffic
regulation sign on the current road link changes from a situation in which the current second traffic regulation sign agrees
with the current first traffic regulation sign, the traffic sign determination section stops determining the current traffic
regulation sign to be notified to the occupant of the vehicle and cancels the selection of the first traffic regulation sign
as the current traffic regulation sign.

US Pat. No. 9,700,973

TIRE MOUNTING METHOD

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

1. A tire mounting method carried out by a tire mounting apparatus, including a first working mechanism having a first robot
body including tire grippers and nut tighteners, and a second working mechanism having a camera and a second robot body including
a rotational shaft for tightening nuts, wherein the first robot body and the second robot body are operable by a controller,
and the first working mechanism and the second working mechanism are separate from each other,
the tire mounting method comprising:
a nut holding step of holding a plurality of nuts on the nut tighteners of the first working mechanism;
a tire gripping step of gripping a tire with the tire grippers of the first working mechanism;
a moving step of moving the first working mechanism to a mounting ready position;
a displacement quantity calculating step of capturing an image of a tire mounting position by the camera of the second working
mechanism and calculating a displacement quantity of the first working mechanism based on image information acquired from
the image captured by the camera;

a tire positioning step of positioning the tire with respect to a tire mounting region of a motor vehicle with the first working
mechanism based on the displacement quantity;

a coupling step of coupling the rotational shaft of the second working mechanism to the nut tighteners of the first working
mechanism while the tire is gripped by the tire grippers of the first working mechanism, by moving the second working mechanism
based on a position of the first working mechanism after the tire positioning step; and

a nut tightening step of transmitting rotational drive power from the rotational shaft of the second working mechanism to
the nut tighteners of the first working mechanism in order to tighten the nuts respectively on a plurality of hub bolts of
the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,660,276

FUEL CELL INCLUDING SEPARATOR WITH OUTER ENDS PLACED INWARD OF FLUID PASSAGES FORMED IN FRAME

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

1. A fuel cell including a cell unit formed by sandwiching an electrolyte electrode assembly between a first separator and
a second separator, the electrolyte electrode assembly including a pair of electrodes and an electrolyte interposed between
the electrodes,
a first frame member made of polymer material being provided integrally with an outer circumference of the electrolyte electrode
assembly fluid passages including a reactant gas supply passage, a reactant gas discharge passage, a coolant supply passage,
and a coolant discharge passage extending through the first frame member in a stacking direction, a seal member for hermetically
surrounding the fluid passages and an outer circumference of a reaction surface being provided between the first frame member
and a second frame member that are adjacent to each other in the stacking direction,

wherein outer circumferential ends of the first separator and the second separator are positioned on an inward side relative
to the fluid passages, the first separator has a first reactant gas flow field and a second reactant gas flow field for allowing
reactant gases to flow along a surface of the first separator, and the second separator has a different first reactant gas
flow field and a different second reactant gas flow field for allowing the reactant gases to flow along a surface of the second
separator;

connection channels are formed to connect the reactant gas supply passage and the reactant gas discharge passage to the first
reactant gas flow field;

wherein the connection channels include a first set of grooves formed in a surface of the first frame member and extending
along the surface of the first separator and a second set of grooves formed in the surface of the second frame member and
extending along the surface of the second separator; and

wherein at least a part of the connection channels is formed only by the first frame member and the second frame member being
adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,689,838

ANALYTICAL CELL

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

1. An analytical cell comprising a first substrate and a second substrate overlapped with each other to form an overlapping
portion, a negative electrode active material and a positive electrode active material being provided in the overlapping portion
and separately contacting electrolytic solution, an observation window for transmission of an electron beam being formed in
the overlapping portion,
wherein the first substrate and the second substrate have respective first through holes extending therethrough in a thickness
direction thereof;

the second substrate further has a second through hole extending therethrough in the thickness direction;
the first through holes are covered with respective transmission membranes respectively from one surface side of the first
substrate and one surface side of the second substrate, the transmission membranes each having an electron beam permeability;

the second through hole is closed by a lid member from another surface side of the second substrate,
in the overlapping portion,
the first substrate and the second substrate are joined together by a solid state joint, and the transmission membrane of
the first substrate and the transmission membrane of the second substrate are spaced from each other by a predetermined distance,
the solid state joint being formed by solid state bonding of a first solid portion protruding from the first substrate and
a second solid portion protruding from the second substrate;

the first substrate and the second substrate are positioned to each other, wherein the observation window is formed at a position
where the first through holes face each other, and an accommodating part is formed between the lid member and the first substrate
through the second through hole;

one of the negative electrode active material and the positive electrode active material is provided in the accommodating
part, and another of the negative electrode active material and the positive electrode active material is provided between
the transmission membranes of the observation window; and

a negative electrode collector and a positive electrode collector extend from inside of the overlapping portion and protrude
outside the overlapping portion, and the negative electrode collector and the positive electrode collector are electrically
connected respectively to the negative electrode active material and the positive electrode active material inside the overlapping
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,691,387

CONVERSATION SUPPORT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF CONVERSATION SUPPORT APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM FOR CONVERSATION SUPPORT APPARATUS

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

1. A single conversation support apparatus which is formed into a plate shape comprises:
two or more microphones configured to input speech signals of two or more users;
a processor configured to recognize the inputted speech signals from the two or more microphones, wherein the processor is
configured to convert the inputted speech signals into recognition results; and

one display unit configured to display the recognition results of the processor, wherein the two or more microphones are disposed
separately from each other in a same plane as the single conversation support apparatus, wherein the two or more microphones
and the display unit are included within the single conversation support apparatus;

wherein the processor is configured to:
divide a display area of the one display unit to respectively correspond to the users;
estimate sound source directions of the users based on signal levels of the inputted speech signals by the two or more microphones;
and

display the recognition results of the processor to be listed in time-series in the divided display areas, which respectively
correspond to the users, of the one display unit at display angles respectively facing front when viewed from the estimated
sound source directions, wherein the recognition results in each of the divided display areas are aligned in accordance with
the estimated sound source directions so as to face at least one of the users.

US Pat. No. 9,688,312

SLIDABLE PILLAR FOR ADJUSTING AN OPENING SIZE INTO A VEHICLE AND METHOD THEREOF

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

1. A system for adjusting an opening into a vehicle comprising:
a longitudinal track having a top and bottom rail; and
a slidable B-pillar movable along the top and bottom rail of the longitudinal track enlarging or reducing the opening into
the vehicle, wherein the slidable B-pillar is telescopic adjusting to curvatures within the longitudinal track when moved
along both the top and bottom rail.

US Pat. No. 9,688,342

MOBILE VEHICLE

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

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

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

in a case where a state in which the front wheel and the rear wheel of the mobile vehicle are both stationary in an upright
posture in contact with a ground surface and axle centerlines of the front wheel and the rear wheel extend in parallel with
each other in a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body is defined as a basic posture state,

the height a, from the ground surface, of a point of intersection of the steering axis of the steering control wheel and a
virtual straight line connecting a ground contact point of the steering control wheel and the center of axle of the steering
control wheel in the basic posture state is set to satisfy the following first condition:
First Condition:
in a system made up of a mass point A, which moves in a horizontal direction above the ground surface, with which the mobile
vehicle comes into contact, in accordance with the inclination angle in the roll direction of the vehicle body and a steering
angle of the steering control wheel, and a mass point B, which moves horizontally on the ground surface, with which the mobile
vehicle comes into contact, in accordance with the steering angle of the steering control wheel, independently of the inclination
angle in the roll direction of the vehicle body, the system having a mass of the mass point A, a mass of the mass point B,
a height of the mass point A from the ground surface, a relationship among an inclination angle in the roll direction of the
vehicle body, a steering angle of the steering control wheel, and a displacement of the mass point A, and a relationship between
a steering angle of the steering control wheel and a displacement of the mass point B which are set to have dynamic characteristics
equivalent to those of dynamics of the mobile vehicle in the case where the steering control wheel of the mobile vehicle being
stationary on a prescribed origin in the basic posture state is steered by a steering angle ?, wherein a sum of masses of
the mass point A and the mass point B is equal to an overall mass of the mobile vehicle, a height of the center of gravity
of the mass point A and the mass point B is equal to an overall height of the center of gravity of the mobile vehicle, and
an inertia moment about the center of gravity of the mass point A and the mass point B is equal to an overall inertia moment
about the overall center of gravity of the mobile vehicle, the system being also configured such that the mass point A accelerates
or decelerates in response to a first gravitational moment, generated about the origin due to a gravitational force acting
on the mass point A, a second gravitational moment, generated about the origin due to a gravitational force acting on the
mass point B, and a road surface reaction force moment, acting about the origin due to a road surface reaction force in the
vertical direction which acts on a center of contact pressure as a point of application, on the ground surface, of a resultant
force of a road surface reaction force in the vertical direction which acts on the front wheel from the ground surface and
of a road surface reaction force in the vertical direction which acts on the rear wheel from the ground surface, in the case
where a steering angle of the steering control wheel at a time when the steering control wheel is steered to cause a front
end of the steering control wheel to turn left as the mobile vehicle in the basic posture state is seen from above is defined
as a positive steering angle and in the case where a moment that causes the vehicle body to lean to the right is defined as
a positive moment, the following holds:

Mp/?>?M2/?

where M2 denotes the second gravitational moment generated by movement of the mass point B at a time when the steering control wheel
of the mobile vehicle being stationary on the origin in the basic posture state is steered instantaneously by the steering
angle ?, and Mp denotes the road surface reaction force moment generated about the origin by movement of the center of contact
pressure at the time when the steering control wheel of the mobile vehicle being stationary on the origin in the basic posture
state is steered instantaneously by the steering angle ?.

US Pat. No. 9,649,922

DOOR SEAL-EQUIPPED VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle structure with a door seal in which a door is openably and closably supported by a door opening of the vehicle
body, the vehicle structure with a door seal comprising:
an upper-edge seal member which is attached to the vehicle body along an upper edge of the door opening; and
a vertical seal member which is vertically separated from the upper-edge seal member, extends vertically, and is attached
to an end portion of the door in a door width direction, wherein:

the vertical seal member includes:
a hollow portion which is formed downward in a hollow shape;
an upper-end opening which is open upward on an upper side of the hollow portion; and
an enlarged portion which is interposed between the upper-end opening and the hollow portion and of which an upper end is
open and enlarged;

the door is supported by the vehicle body to be turnable about one end of the door;
the door includes a door lock mechanism for fixing the door to the vehicle body, and the door lock mechanism is positioned
on the one end side from the vertical seal member; and

the vertical seal member includes:
a closing wall which is provided at a position vertically higher than the door lock mechanism and vertically divides the hollow
portion; and

an exhaust port which is provided at the same height position as a position of the closing wall in a door thickness direction
of the door, and communicates with the upper-end opening.

US Pat. No. 9,649,242

WEARABLE SCISSOR-PAIRED CONTROL MOMENT GYROSCOPE (SP-CMG) FOR HUMAN BALANCE ASSIST

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

1. An apparatus for human balance assist, comprising:
a scissor-pair control moment gyroscope (SP-CMG) comprising:
a first control moment gyroscope (CMG), comprising:
a first flywheel and a second flywheel each rotatable about a first axis of rotation,
a first motor that when active rotates the first and second flywheels about the first axis of rotation,
a first gimbal comprising a first shaft and a first support structure supporting the first flywheel and the second flywheel,
the first gimbal rotatable about a second axis of rotation through the first shaft, and

a first gimbal servo that when active rotates the first gimbal about the second axis of rotation; and
a second CMG, comprising:
a third flywheel and a fourth flywheel each rotatable about a third axis of rotation,
a second motor that when active rotates the third and fourth flywheels about the third axis of rotation,
a second gimbal comprising a second shaft and a second support structure supporting the third flywheel and the fourth flywheel,
the second gimbal rotatable about a fourth axis of rotation through the second shaft, and

a second gimbal servo that when active rotates the second gimbal about the fourth axis of rotation; and
a gyroscope controller, the gyroscope controller controlling the first gimbal servo and the second gimbal servo, wherein the
gyroscope controller further actuates the first gimbal servo in a first direction, and actuates the second gimbal servo in
a second direction opposite the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,683,724

LIGHTING DEVICE

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

1. A lighting device comprising:
a housing including a front opening portion and a rear opening portion;
a lens covering the front opening portion;
a light source unit including an LED light source placed in a space surrounded by the housing and the lens, and a heat sink
configured to absorb and radiate heat produced by the LED light source;

a socket formed by an elastic member and configured to allow the heat sink to be fitted and supported in the rear opening
portion such that part of the heat sink is exposed rearward through the rear opening portion and that aiming adjustment is
enabled by changing a position of the light source unit relative to the housing; and

an aiming adjustment mechanism located outside the rear opening portion and exposed on a rear-surface side of the housing,
wherein

a knob used for manually turning the adjustment mechanism is attached to a rear end portion of the adjustment mechanism,
the socket is provided with a rib extending in a circumferential direction of the socket and protruding rearward of the heat
sink, and

when an operator puts a hand on the knob to operate the knob, the rib is located between the hand of the operator and the
heat sink.

US Pat. No. 9,643,303

JIG FOR SUPPLYING SEMI-CIRCULAR MEMBER

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

1. A combination comprising: a semi-circular thrust metal and a jig for supplying the semi-circular thrust metal into a storing
ditch of a crank shaft, the thrust metal having a groove that functions as an oil ditch on a one side surface,
the jig comprising a guide passage configured to drop the thrust metal into the storing ditch, an inclined surface being formed
on a bottom end of a right side or a left side of the guide passage, the inclined surface configured to cause the falling
thrust metal to jump and be raised diagonally, and one side of an opposed face forming the guide passage is provided with
a protruding portion, wherein the height of the protruding portion is smaller than the depth of the oil ditch formed in the
thrust metal, and the width of the protruding portion is smaller than the width of the oil ditch.

US Pat. No. 9,644,587

FUEL INJECTION DEVICE

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

1. A fuel injection device, comprising:
a valve body having a free end exposed to a combustion chamber defined in an engine main body and a base end located outside
of the engine main body;

a sensor supported at the free end of the valve body to detect a state of the combustion chamber;
an actuator received in the valve body;
a sensor signal transmitting member extending from the sensor to the base end of the valve body;
a drive signal transmitting member extending from the actuator; and
a first shield member interposed between the sensor signal transmitting member and the drive signal transmitting member, the
first shield member having an electro-conductive property and being grounded.

US Pat. No. 9,669,680

ALIGNMENT ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

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

1. An alignment adjustment device, comprising:
a hub connected to a wheel;
a hub carrier that supports the hub in a relatively rotatable manner about a first axis;
a vehicle body side support member that is provided to a suspension device of a vehicle, the vehicle body side support member
supporting the hub carrier in a relatively rotatable manner about a second axis that intersects the first axis;

a brake disc provided to the hub;
a brake caliper provided to the hub carrier;
a drive shaft that transmits a torque from a driving source to the hub through a universal joint; and
an actuator that is fixed to the vehicle body side support member and that is connected to an outer peripheral surface of
the hub carrier so as to rotate the hub carrier, wherein

an intersection between the first axis and the second axis and an intersection of the universal joint are both positioned
inside the wheel, and the intersection of the universal joint is disposed inside the hub carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,671,008

OIL SUCTION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. An oil suction device for a vehicle comprising:
a mechanical oil pump driven by a rotation transmitted from a driving source of the vehicle; and
a suction pipe connected to a suction end side of the oil pump, the suction pipe for sucking oil in an oil storing section,
wherein the suction pipe comprises:
a first suction pipe having an outflow end connected to the oil pump;
a second suction pipe relatively movably arranged to the first suction pipe;
a first suction port installed at an inflow end of the second suction pipe, the first suction port for sucking oil in the
oil storing section; and

a second suction port installed on a downstream side of the first suction port of the second suction pipe, and
wherein a first state of sucking operation for sucking only oil in the oil storing section from the first suction port and
the second suction port, a second state of sucking operation for sucking oil in the oil storing section from the first suction
port and air from the second suction port, and a third state of sucking operation for sucking air from a third suction port
either in the first state of sucking operation or in the second state of sucking operation, the third suction port formed
due to a relative movement of the second suction pipe to the first suction pipe at a suction pressure of the oil pump exceeding
a predetermined pressure, the first state of sucking operation, the second state of sucking operation and the third state
of sucking operation switch depending on an oil level of the oil storing section in relation to the second suction port.

US Pat. No. 9,664,164

FUEL-PIPING ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE

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

1. A fuel-piping attachment structure comprising:
a fuel piping defining an axis, the fuel piping extending parallel to an injector row including a plurality of injectors aligned
in an internal combustion engine main body, each of the injectors defining an axis;

at least one fastening portion to be joined to the internal combustion engine main body to support the fuel piping with respect
to the internal combustion engine main body; and

a protective member including at least one base portion to be directly joined to the internal combustion engine main body,
the protective member extending so as to cover a side of the fuel piping opposite to the internal combustion engine main body,
the protective member having a distal end forming a free end, a direction perpendicular to the axes of the plurality of injectors
and the axis of the fuel piping being defined as a Z direction, all of the at least one fastening portion being disposed on
a first side with respect to the axis of the fuel piping in the Z direction, all of the at least one base portion being disposed
on a second side with respect to the axis of the fuel piping in the Z direction,

wherein a bottom of the fuel piping in a height direction of the internal combustion engine is disposed in the second side.

US Pat. No. 9,666,845

POWER STORAGE MODULE AND FIXING STRUCTURE OF POWER STORAGE MODULE

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

1. A power storage module comprising:
a plurality of power storage cells stacked in a stacking direction;
a pair of insulating end power storage cell holders superimposed at opposite ends in the stacking direction of the plurality
of power storage cells; and

a pair of end plates superimposed at opposite ends in the stacking direction of the end power storage cell holders, wherein
in a mounted state, a lower end in a vertical direction of the end power storage cell holder projects further downward than
lower ends in a vertical direction of the power storage cell and the pair of the end plates,

the end power storage cell holder comprises a first face opposing the pair of the end plates and a second face opposing the
power storage cell,

a first drainage channel is formed on the first face, the first drainage channel extending vertically downwardly and then
bending outwardly in the stacking direction, and

a second drainage channel extending vertically is formed on the second face.

US Pat. No. 9,630,631

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC IN-VEHICLE VIRTUAL REALITY

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

1. A computer-implemented method for in-vehicle dynamic virtual reality, comprising:
receiving vehicle data, user data, and a virtual world model and generating a virtual view based on the vehicle data, the
user data, and the virtual world model, wherein the vehicle data includes an orientation, a location and a motion of a vehicle,
wherein the user data includes an orientation, a location and a motion of a user, wherein the virtual world model includes
one or more components that defines the virtual view;

determining a temporal-motion rendering speed based on the vehicle data and the user data, wherein the temporal-motion rendering
speed is a time-based correlation of differences between the orientation, the location and the motion of the user relative
to the orientation, the location, and the motion of the vehicle;

determining a spatial environment around the vehicle and maneuver paths for the vehicle in the spatial environment;
updating the virtual view based on the spatial environment, the maneuver paths, and the temporal-motion rendering speed, wherein
updating the virtual view includes augmenting the one or more components of the virtual world model to indicate the spatial
environment and the maneuver paths, and rendering the virtual view to an output device;

generating a vehicle maneuver request for the vehicle, wherein the vehicle maneuver request includes a desired vehicle maneuver
and the vehicle maneuver request is based on the spatial environment;

updating the virtual view based on the vehicle maneuver request, wherein updating the virtual view based on the vehicle maneuver
request includes adjusting the temporal-motion rendering speed based on the vehicle maneuver request; and

controlling one or more vehicle systems of the vehicle based on the vehicle maneuver request, wherein the one or more vehicle
systems implement a vehicle command based on the vehicle maneuver request.

US Pat. No. 9,631,659

MULTI-MATERIAL JOINTS AND METHODS

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

1. A multi-material joint comprising:
a first body member comprising a first layer of fiber reinforced material, the first layer of fiber reinforced material having
a first upper surface and a first lower surface;

a second body member comprising a metal;
a staple, the staple comprising a first prong, a second prong, and a crown joining the first and second prongs, wherein the
first and second prongs are inserted through the first layer of fiber reinforced material such that the crown is positioned
adjacent to the first upper surface;

a wire ladder positioned adjacent to the first lower surface and comprising first and second rails coupled together by a plurality
of rungs, wherein the first and second prongs of the staple hook over the respective first and second rungs of the wire ladder;
and

an adhesive positioned between the first body member and the second body member, the adhesive covering at least a portion
of the crown of the staple.

US Pat. No. 9,630,673

SADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-type vehicle comprising:
a head pipe and one main frame disposed along a vehicle body center line extending from the head pipe in a front-and-rear
direction of a vehicle body at the center in a vehicle width direction;

a fuel tank that contains a fuel pump is secured to an upper portion of the main frame;
a fuel filter located below the fuel tank; and
an engine located below the main frame, wherein
the saddle-type vehicle has a seat frame for supporting a seat and a bracket extending upwards from the rear end of the main
frame,

a front portion of the seat frame is secured to the main frame-through the bracket,
the fuel filter is disposed in a space formed in an up-and-down direction between the main frame and the fuel tank, and
wherein a part of the fuel filter is disposed at a lower position than the front end of the seat frame.

US Pat. No. 9,623,766

CONTROL METHOD OF FUEL CELL SYSTEM, FUEL CELL AUTOMOBILE, AND FUEL CELL SYSTEM

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

1. A control method of a fuel cell system, comprising:
generating electricity in a fuel cell through reaction of an oxidant gas and a fuel gas so as to output a fuel cell voltage;
outputting an electric storage device voltage from an electric storage device;
converting from the electric storage device voltage to a motor driving voltage or from the motor driving voltage to the electric
storage device voltage, the electric storage device voltage serving as a primary side voltage, the motor driving voltage serving
as a secondary side voltage and being to be applied to a motor driving device to drive a motor;

applying the secondary side voltage to an air pump driving device to drive an air pump so as to supply the oxidant gas to
the fuel cell;

setting, by a controller, a required air pump voltage to apply to the air pump driving device in accordance with a target
generated electric power of the fuel cell; and

setting, by the controller, the secondary side voltage so as to satisfy the required air pump voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,623,848

VEHICLE BRAKE COOLING APPARATUS, AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

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

1. A duct assembly for cooling a brake assembly of a vehicle that is capable of traveling in at least a forward direction,
the brake assembly including a front end that is disposed in front of a rear end in the forward direction of travel of the
vehicle, the vehicle also including a sub-frame that is connected to the brake assembly by a suspension component, the sub-frame
including an aperture in a bottom surface of a lower wall, the duct assembly comprising:
a hollow inlet section that is disposed within the vehicle sub-frame, the hollow inlet section defining an aperture that is
contiguous with the aperture defined in the bottom surface of the sub-frame such that the hollow inlet section is configured
to capture air from beneath the vehicle sub-frame;

a hollow intermediate section that communicates with the inlet section so as to form a contiguous channel therewith, the intermediate
section being disposed entirely within the vehicle sub-frame; and

a hollow outlet section that communicates with the intermediate section so as to form a contiguous channel between the inlet,
intermediate and outlet sections, the outlet section being disposed and configured to direct the air captured by the inlet
section to the front end of the brake assembly to thereby cool at least a portion of the brake assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,616,844

VEHICLE SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY

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

1. A seat belt assembly for a vehicle in which a pair of left and right occupant seats having seat portions and backrests
are provided on a vehicle body frame so that one of the occupant seats is used as a driver's seat and the other is used as
a passenger seat, wherein a pair of left and right standing frames constituting a part of the vehicle body frame and extending
upward and downward are disposed on the outside of the pair of occupant seats in the vehicle width direction, and the space
between the upper ends of the pair of standing frames is connected by a cross frame constituting a part of the vehicle body
frame; wherein winding devices of belts for restraining occupants sitting in the occupant seats are supported on the vehicle
body frame so as to be positioned behind the seat portions of the occupant seats and on the outside in the vehicle width direction;
through-anchors positioned above the backrests of the occupant seats are supported on the upper parts of the standing frames
so that the belts are inserted therethrough; and guide ribs between the winding devices and the through-anchors so as to guide
the movement of the belts while in contact with the belts are provided on back surfaces of the backrests.

US Pat. No. 9,610,209

WALKING MOTION ASSIST DEVICE

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

1. A walking motion assist device, comprising:
an attachment adapted to be attached to a body and a leg of a creature;
a hip joint angle sensor configured to output a signal indicating a hip joint angle of the leg of the creature;
an actuator configured to transfer motive power to the attachment; and
a controller configured to control an operation of the actuator,
which is configured to assist a walking motion of the creature by acting the motive power of the actuator on the creature
via the attachment,

wherein the controller is configured to, based on a temporal change manner of the hip joint angle indicated by the output
signal of the hip joint angle sensor, determine a distinction between a bending motion state and a stretching motion state
of the leg, and also determine a distinction between a standing-leg state and a lifted-leg state, and to control a temporal
change manner of the motive power of the actuator so that an assisting force or a work in a standing-leg period of the leg
indicates a greatest value or a maximum value in a first designated period which is a period from starting of a stretching
motion of the leg until a posture thereof coincides with a posture of a basic frontal plane, and then the assisting force
or the work monotonously decreases and converges or approaches asymptotically to a predetermined value and then maintains
at the predetermined value until the standing-leg period terminates, and

wherein the controller is configured to control the temporal change manner of the motive power of the actuator so that the
assisting force or the work in a lifted-leg period of the leg indicates a greatest value or a maximum value in a second designated
period which is a period from a transition of the leg to the stretching motion state from the bending motion state, until
it becomes the standing-leg state.

US Pat. No. 9,610,979

SUBFRAME STRUCTURE

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

1. A subframe structure configured to be supported by a vehicle-body frame and to support a vehicular power plant through
damping devices, said subframe structure comprising:
a longitudinal member which extends in a front-rear direction of a vehicle and is rigidly fixed to the vehicle-body frame;
a lateral member which extends in a vehicle width direction and on which at least one of the damping devices is mounted;
a floating mechanism which floatingly supports the lateral member on the longitudinal member through an elastic mechanism,
and which cooperates with said at least one of the damping devices such that, during operation, phases of elastic resonant
vibrations of the longitudinal member and the lateral member are opposite to each other; and

a suspension arm connected to the longitudinal member.

US Pat. No. 9,610,981

VEHICLE BODY ASSEMBLY

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

1. A vehicle body assembly comprising:
a front pillar extending at an incline rearward and upward to form a part of a door opening, the front pillar further extending
in a rearward longitudinal direction to at least partially define a roof side rail, the front pillar including a unitary,
one-piece tubular structural member having a first end portion and an opposite second end portion;

a roof side rail extension secured to the structural member; and
a windshield having a lateral edge portion, a forward part of the lateral edge portion secured directly to the first end portion
of the structural member and a rearward part of the lateral edge portion secured directly to the roof side rail extension,

wherein the structural member is adapted to curve away from the rearward part of the windshield lateral edge portion and the
roof side rail extension is adapted to maintain a substantially constant gap between the structural member and the lateral
edge portion of the windshield.

US Pat. No. 9,604,675

VEHICLE BODY FRONT PORTION STRUCTURE, AND VEHICLE BODY ASSEMBLY METHOD

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

1. A vehicle body front portion structure comprising:
a front pillar which is provided in a pair on left and right sides to extend in a vertical direction in a vehicle body front
portion, and has a front pillar inner on a vehicle width inner side and a front pillar stiffener joined to a vehicle outer
surface of the front pillar inner;

an outer panel joined to a vehicle outer surface of the front pillar;
a windshield lower extending in a vehicle width direction between the front pillars; and
a side member extending forwardly from the front pillar to form a part of a closed cross section of the front pillar,
wherein the windshield lower comprises a shield lower flange at a vehicle width outer end portion thereof,
wherein the front pillar inner comprises an inner front flange formed at a front end thereof,
wherein the side member comprises a rear end portion which is spot-welded with the shield lower flange and the inner front
flange to form a first weld portion, and a general portion extending forwardly from the rear end portion,

wherein the front pillar stiffener comprises a stiffener front flange in front of the first weld portion,
wherein the outer panel comprises an outer front flange in front of the first weld portion, and
wherein the vehicle body front portion structure comprises a second weld portion where the general portion of the side member,
the stiffener front flange and the outer front flange are spot-welded at a position in front of the first weld portion.

US Pat. No. 9,599,536

PUMPING LOSS CALCULATION DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A pumping loss calculation device for an internal combustion engine having a variable valve mechanism which is capable
of changing opening timing of an exhaust valve, comprising:
intake and exhaust pressure-acquiring means for acquiring an intake pressure and an exhaust pressure;
in-cylinder gas amount-estimating means for estimating an amount of gases which exist within a cylinder as an in-cylinder
gas amount;

exhaust valve opening timing parameter-detecting means for detecting an exhaust valve opening timing parameter indicative
of the opening timing of the exhaust valve;

basic amount-calculating means for calculating a basic amount of a pumping loss of the engine based on the acquired intake
pressure and exhaust pressure;

exhaust gas sweep-out loss-calculating means for calculating a pumping loss of the pumping loss of the engine, which varies
with a change in the opening timing of the exhaust valve, as an exhaust gas sweep-out loss, based on the estimated in-cylinder
gas amount and the detected exhaust valve opening timing parameter; and

pumping loss-calculating means for calculating the pumping loss of the engine based on the calculated basic amount and the
calculated exhaust gas sweep-out loss.

US Pat. No. 9,586,297

VEHICLE BODY COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM

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

1. A conveying carriage unit configured to convey components and a workpiece as a mounting target on which the components
are mounted, comprising:
a component carriage configured to convey the components; and
a workpiece carriage arranged in front or back of the component carriage, connected to the component carriage in a separable
manner, and configured to convey the workpiece,
wherein the component carriage includes a carriage body, a carriage upper floor mounted on the carriage body and configured
such that an operator can ride, and a component housing section provided at the carriage upper floor and configured to house
the components,
the workpiece carriage includes a work floor on which the operator rides, and
the conveying carriage unit is connected to preceding and following conveying carriage units in a turnable manner.

US Pat. No. 9,581,235

HEAT EXCHANGING DEVICE OF LUBRICATION OIL

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

1. A heat exchanging device of lubrication oil for exchanging heat of the lubrication oil which circulates in a transmission
for a vehicle, comprising:
a first lubrication oil circulating circuit through which a first lubrication oil circulates to be supplied to a friction
engaging device of the transmission;

a second lubrication oil circulating circuit through which a second lubrication oil circulates to be supplied to mechanisms
other than the friction engaging device of the transmission;

a cooling water circulating circuit through which a cooling water circulates to cool a driving source of the vehicle;
a first heat exchanger for exchanging heat between the first lubrication oil and the second lubrication oil; and
a second heat exchanger for exchanging heat between the first lubrication oil and the cooling water.

US Pat. No. 9,556,663

DOOR LOCK SYSTEM

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A door lock system for locking and unlocking a door of a vehicle provided with a sliding door for a rear seat, comprising:
an operation unit provided on at least one of position on or in the vicinity of an outer surface of a door for a driver's
seat of the vehicle and position on or in the vicinity of an outer surface of a door for a front passenger seat, the operation
unit accepting a first operation of locking or unlocking the door of the vehicle and a second operation different from the
first operation;

a door lock device that unlocks the door;
a door controller that opens the sliding door; and
a controller that controls the door lock device and the door controller,
wherein the controller only unlocks the door by the door lock device if the operation unit accepts the first operation when
the door is in a locked state, and unlocks the door by the door lock device and opens only the sliding door located behind
the door provided with the operation unit accepting the second operation by the door controller if the operation unit accepts
the second operation when the door is in the locked state, and

wherein the operation unit is not provided on the sliding door.

US Pat. No. 9,558,410

ROAD ENVIRONMENT RECOGNIZING APPARATUS

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

1. A road environment recognizing apparatus comprising:
a camera that captures an image of a road environment along which the camera moves, the road environment containing a projecting
object and surroundings thereof;

an edge image generator that generates an edge image of the projecting object by extracting edge points from the image of
the road environment captured by the camera, the edge points defining a border across which a luminance intensity changes
from a luminance intensity of the surroundings to be a luminance intensity higher than or equal to a predetermined value;

an area extractor that extracts a first area from the edge image, the first area being partitioned by the edge points and
having a luminance intensity higher than the luminance intensity of the surroundings, the area extractor being capable of
extracting a second area adjacent to the first area and having a luminance intensity lower than the luminance intensity of
the surroundings; and

an object recognizer that is configured to recognize an area in which the projecting object is considered to exist, based
on a third area formed of the first area and the second area, and to recognize the projecting object as a road stud if the
third area has a predetermined size defined by an actual size of the road stud.

US Pat. No. 9,540,062

MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A motorcycle, comprising:
a vehicle-side electronic controller configured to determine whether or not identification information from an electronic
key conforms to identification information on a side of a vehicle;

an ignition switch configured to allow at least starting operation of an engine and unlocking operation of a handlebar, in
accordance with a situation where the identification information from the electronic key conforms to the identification information
on the side of the vehicle; and

a wiring electrically connecting the vehicle-side controller and the ignition switch, wherein the vehicle-side electronic
controller and the ignition switch are disposed on one side of a head pipe of the vehicle, and

the vehicle-side electronic controller is disposed in a vicinity of the head pipe and straight below the ignition switch,
and

wherein the wiring length is shortened based on the vehicle-side electronic controller and the ignition switch being disposed
on the one side of the head pipe, and based on the vehicle-side electronic controller being disposed straight below the ignition
switch.

US Pat. No. 9,539,894

AUTOMOTIVE FUEL TANK

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

1. An automotive fuel tank comprising:
a tank body having an outer wall formed of a synthetic resin layer having a multilayer structure,
wherein the tank body has at least an inner body layer, an outer body layer and a barrier layer interposed between the inner
body layer and the outer body layer; and

a cover structure having an air layer therein, the cover structure being attached to the outer side of a skin layer of the
outer body layer,

wherein the cover structure includes an inner wall and an outer wall, wherein the air layer is disposed between the inner
wall and the outer wall,

wherein the inner wall is welded to the skin layer of the outer body layer.

US Pat. No. 9,540,001

PARKING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A parking assistance device comprising:
a target parking position setting unit setting a target parking position which is a parking space in which a vehicle is to
be parked;

a route information storage unit storing in advance a plurality of pieces of route information indicating a travel route composed
of a forward route for traveling forward from a forward start position to a reverse start position and a reverse route for
traveling in reverse from the reverse start position to the target parking position when parking of the vehicle in the target
parking position is to be performed while a steering angle operation is performed, the plurality of pieces of route information
being stored according to the forward start position;

a vehicle position information acquisition unit configured to acquire vehicle position information indicating a current position
of the vehicle that has stopped with respect to the target parking position when the parking is to be performed;

an inclination calculation unit configured to calculate a current inclination of the vehicle in the vehicle length direction
with respect to the target parking position based on the vehicle position information;

an offset amount setting unit configured to, in the case where a plurality of forward routes are provided at a predetermined
interval and the vehicle is to be caused to travel forward from the current position at a predetermined steering angle, set
an offset amount in the interval direction of the forward route between the current position of the vehicle and a position
at which the vehicle length direction of the vehicle is parallel with the forward route, based on the inclination;

a route information selection unit configured to, among the plurality of pieces of route information stored in the route information
storage unit, select a piece of route information indicating a travel route adjacent to the position at which the vehicle
length direction is parallel with the forward route; and

a guiding unit configured to guide the vehicle, forward and then in reverse, from the current position to the target parking
position based on the selected route information.

US Pat. No. 9,533,705

VEHICLE STEERING SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle steering system for a vehicle having a steering wheel mechanically connected with wheels so as to maintain a
relative relationship between the steering wheel and the wheels, comprising:
an electric motor that applies an assist torque for assisting the steering of the steering system of the vehicle;
a steering torque detecting unit that detects a steering torque required for steering of the steering system;
a steering angle detecting unit that detects a steering angle according to the steering system;
a traveling state detecting unit that detects whether or not the vehicle traveling straight; and
a control device that controls driving power of the electric motor based on vehicle information including the steering torque
and the steering angle to impart the assist torque to the steering system,

wherein the control device includes:
an integrating unit that calculates an integrated torque value which is an integrated value of the steering torque; and
a unidirectional drift controlling unit that performs a unidirectional drift control over the driving over of the electric
motor so as to cancel the unidirectional drift behavior of the vehicle, based on the integrated torque value and mapping information
of the driving power of the electric motor relative to a change in the integrated torque value.

US Pat. No. 9,516,024

CONNECTION AUTHENTICATION

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

1. A method for connection authentication, comprising:
receiving a connection request from a passenger's mobile device acting as an initiator for a connection;
transmitting a device identifier request including a request for a media access control address (MAC) to the passenger's mobile
device in response to the connection request;

receiving a confirmation request at the passenger's mobile device requesting permission to transmit the device identifier
including the MAC in response to receiving the device identifier request;

receiving the device identifier including a media access control address (MAC) associated with the passenger's mobile device
and a supplemental information related to an aspect of the connection including at least one of one-time authentication, permanent
authentication, or timer based authentication, in response to the device identifier request and in response to the confirmation
request;

rendering by a vehicle the connection request for a passenger of the vehicle based on the device identifier of the passenger's
mobile device;

accepting by the driver of the vehicle the connection request; and
receiving a request to control one or more components of the vehicle from the passenger's mobile device, wherein the vehicle
acts as a target for the device initiating the connection.

US Pat. No. 9,505,346

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WARNING A DRIVER OF PEDESTRIANS AND OTHER OBSTACLES

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

1. A system for warning of potential hazards when driving a vehicle, comprising:
a sensor coupled to the vehicle capturing data of objects located around the vehicle; and
a control unit coupled to the sensor processing the data captured by the sensor generating graphical representations of the
objects captured by the sensor and warning indicators alerting a driver of the vehicle to the objects, the control unit calculating
a projected path of each detected moving object among the objects and a projected travel path of the vehicle, the warning
indicators generated when a calculated projected path of at least one detected moving object and the projected travel path
intersect; and

a heads-up display (HUD) displaying the graphical representations of the objects and the warning indicators, the warning indicators
positioned on the HUD in directions toward each associated object.

US Pat. No. 9,506,442

ASSEMBLY METHOD AND MACHINE OF DIRECT INJECTOR UNIT

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

1. A direct-injector-unit assembly apparatus, in which a direct injector unit is assembled to a cylinder head, the direct
injector unit including at least a plurality of injectors aligned in a predetermined direction within a plane perpendicular
to axial directions of the injectors and a fuel pipe to which the plurality of injectors are fixed, the apparatus comprising:
a head mounting table on which the cylinder head is mounted in a posture in which a plurality of injector mounting holes of
the cylinder head align in a reference direction within the plane and the injector mounting holes are oriented in the axial
directions of the injectors;

an injector holding unit that holds the direct injector unit while positioning a reference injector of the plurality of injectors
and guiding remaining injectors in a state in which leading end portions of the remaining injectors are movable; and

an inserting unit that relatively moves the direct injector unit toward the cylinder head along the axial directions of the
injectors in a state in which the reference injector is positioned with respect to a corresponding one of the injector mounting
holes, the remaining injectors are guided by tapered portions formed at openings of the corresponding injector mounting holes,
and inserts the plurality of injectors into the injector mounting holes, wherein the injector holding unit includes positioning
portions that correct a tilt error of the reference injector by coming into contact with connection portions of the fuel pipe
corresponding to at least one injector adjacent to the reference injector;

wherein the injector holding unit further includes a biasing member that comes into contact with a connection portion of the
fuel pipe corresponding to the reference injector and aligns the plurality of injectors along the predetermined direction,
thereby correcting the tilt error of the reference injector.

US Pat. No. 9,463,685

TAILGATE LINER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE TAILGATE

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

1. A tailgate on a vehicle, comprising:
a tailgate frame;
a tailgate liner secured to the tailgate frame; and
a tailgate liner insert separately formed from the tailgate liner and fixedly secured to the tailgate liner, the tailgate
liner insert having an integrally molded feature, wherein the molded feature includes a depression shape for receiving a tailgate
operating part extending from a lower end of the tailgate frame, wherein the tailgate liner defines an insert aperture in
which the tailgate liner insert is accommodated,

wherein the tailgate liner insert includes grooves defined along lateral ends thereof, the insert aperture of the tailgate
liner defined by lateral side edges that are received in the grooves of the tailgate liner insert.

US Pat. No. 9,463,781

STOP CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A stop control system for a vehicle, for stopping an internal combustion engine installed on the vehicle having a brake
system, when predetermined stop conditions are satisfied, restarting the engine when predetermined restart conditions are
satisfied, and controlling a braking force of the vehicle such that the braking force is increased in order to supplement
the braking force of the brake system during a stop of the vehicle, comprising:
cranking means for cranking the engine using power supplied from a predetermined power source when the restart conditions
are satisfied;

a braking force-increasing device that is driven by power supplied from the power source, for increasing the braking force
of the vehicle;

braking force increasing necessity-determining means for determining whether or not the braking force of the vehicle needs
to be increased by said braking force-increasing device during a stop of the engine; and

control means for causing said braking force-increasing device to operate, when it is determined that the braking force of
the vehicle needs to be increased,

wherein said control means inhibits the cranking until the operation of said braking force-increasing device is terminated,
when the restart conditions are satisfied during operation of said braking force-increasing device.

US Pat. No. 9,452,712

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WARNING A DRIVER OF A POTENTIAL REAR END COLLISION

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

1. A system for indicating braking intensity to a main vehicle comprising:
an observational device monitoring positional and speed data of at least one vehicle proximate the main vehicle; and
a control unit coupled to the observational device processing the positional and speed data monitored by the observational
device and generating graphical representations of the at least one vehicle proximate the main vehicle, graphical representations
of a braking intensity level of the at least one vehicle proximate the main vehicle, and graphical representations of an alternate
pathway for the main vehicle preventing a possible collision with the at least one vehicle proximate the main vehicle, wherein
the graphical representations of the alternate pathway comprises a lane indicator, wherein the lane indicator illustrates
which traffic lane adjacent to the main vehicle is clear for the main vehicle to enter.

US Pat. No. 9,452,789

PERIPHERAL STRUCTURE OF FRONT HOOD OF VEHICLE

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

1. A peripheral structure of a front hood of a vehicle, comprising:
an instrument panel being arranged in a front part of a riding space and comprising a first surface facing the riding space
and a second surface extending diagonally forwardly and downwardly from an upper end of the first surface; and

an openable and closable or detachable front hood extending forwardly of the second surface and covering from above a storage
compartment which is arranged in front of the riding space and between a pair of left and right front wheels;

wherein the instrument panel comprises an extension section being located along the second surface and extending diagonally
forwardly and downwardly under a rear end of the front hood, and a step section is provided at a front end portion of the
extension section and projects more upwardly than an upper surface located in the rear of the front end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,444,315

ARRANGEMENT APPARATUS AND ARRANGEMENT METHOD

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

1. An arrangement apparatus for arranging substantially U-shaped electrical conductors in a ring shape, the arrangement apparatus
comprising:
a plurality of gripping devices which is arranged in a ring shape, each of the gripping devices including a chuck portion
which pinches the electrical conductor and a switching unit which switches a state of the chuck portion between an opened
state and a pinching state, and gripping the electrical conductors;

a supply device which supplies the electrical conductors to the gripping devices that are at a gripping position;
a rotation device which rotates the plurality of gripping devices simultaneously around a central axis of a ring formed by
the gripping devices arranged, to arrange different gripping devices that have not yet gripped the electrical conductors at
the gripping position, among the gripping devices arranged in the ring shape; and

an operating device which is configured as a separate device with respect to the gripping device, and operates the switching
unit of the gripping devices that are present at the gripping position.

US Pat. No. 9,435,427

SHIFT DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

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

1. A shift device, comprising:
a lever part for selecting a drive gear position or a drive range; and
an operation knob provided at an upper end of the lever part,
wherein the operation knob includes:
a knob outer portion forming an outer portion of the operation knob; and
a knob inner portion that is housed in the knob outer portion, wherein one end portion of the lever part is inserted in the
knob inner portion,

wherein the knob inner portion includes a claw portion that allows insertion of the lever part when the lever part is to be
inserted and hooks the lever part toward inside of the knob inner portion after the lever part is inserted,

wherein the lever part is provided with a slot shaped portion or a through-hole shaped portion extending along a direction
perpendicular to an axial direction of the lever part,

wherein the knob outer portion is formed in at least two divisions,
and wherein one division of the divided knob outer portion is provided with a protruding portion that protrudes toward the
other one division of the divided knob outer portion and is fitted within the slot shaped portion or the through-hole shaped
portion in a state that the lever part is attached to the knob inner portion.

US Pat. No. 9,434,324

GARNISH WITH MOLDING AND VEHICLE DOOR MOUNTED WITH SAME

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

1. A garnish including a garnish body and a metal molding overlapping an outer surface of the garnish body, wherein:
the garnish body has a groove formed on the outer surface to extend in a lengthwise direction of the garnish body;
at least one of opposite side walls of the groove is formed as an inclined surface inclined in a direction such that a groove
width increases from a groove bottom to a groove opening;

the metal molding has an obverse surface section extending along the outer surface of the garnish body in the lengthwise direction
of the garnish body, and a flange raised up from one edge in a widthwise direction of the obverse surface section toward the
groove to be fitted in the groove and brought into contact with the inclined surface;

a first angle formed by the obverse surface section and the flange is set to be smaller than a second angle formed by an extension
line of the groove bottom and the inclined surface; and

in a state that the flange of the metal molding is pushed and fitted in the groove of the garnish body, the flange is pressed
and elastically deformed by the inclined surface of the groove so that the obverse surface of the flange at a position adjacent
to a base end of the flange is in contact with the inclined surface of the groove at a position adjacent to the groove opening,
the elastic deformation of the flange causing the first angle before the metal molding is fitted in the groove to be changed
so that the first angle is smaller than the second angle in the state that the flange of the metal molding is pushed and fitted
in the groove of the garnish body.

US Pat. No. 9,435,401

SHIFT ACTUATOR

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

1. A shift actuator comprising:
a first cylinder disposed in a casing of a transmission mounted on a vehicle;
a first piston and a second piston coaxially arranged in the first cylinder;
a first and a second fluid pressure chamber defined in the first cylinder to provide fluid pressure to each of the first and
the second piston;

a first shaft disposed so that the axial direction thereof is parallel to the axial direction of the first cylinder;
a first shift operating member supported by the first shaft with inserted and disposed between the first piston and the second
piston to move back and forth along the axial direction of the first shaft;

a hydraulic control device for regulating pressure of hydraulic oil discharged from a hydraulic source and supplying a same;
a first and a second oil passage communicated from the hydraulic control device to each of the first and the second fluid
pressure chamber;

a first and a second connecting portion for connecting the first oil passage with the first fluid pressure chamber, and the
second oil passage with the second fluid pressure chamber; and

a first and a second orifice portion having a diameter smaller than the inner diameter of the first and the second oil passage
provided on the first and the second connecting portions respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,429,941

CONTROL APPARATUS OF VEHICLE

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

4. A control method for first and second vehicles, comprising the steps of:
a) detecting or determining, in said first vehicle, an unable-to-drive state of the driver of said first vehicle, the unable-to-drive
state being a state where the driver is unable to drive said first vehicle;

b) sending outside notification from said first vehicle of the detection/determination result when it is detected or determined
that the driver of the first vehicle has come into the unable-to-drive state;

c) recognizing, in said second vehicle, based on the notification sent in said step b) that the driver of said first vehicle
has come into the unable-to-drive state;

d) obtaining, in said first vehicle, a joining point at which said first vehicle is to join said second vehicle;
e) obtaining, in said second vehicle, the joining point at which said second vehicle is to join said first vehicle;
f) performing, in said first and second vehicles, autonomous and automatic driving of said first and second vehicles to the
joining point;

g) recognizing, in said first vehicle, said second vehicle at the joining point;
h) recognizing, in said second vehicle, said first vehicle at the joining point; and
i) performing, in said first vehicle, a follow-up running control for making said first vehicle automatically follow said
second vehicle, and performing, in said second vehicle, a lead running control for leading said first vehicle to a final stop
position near a medical institution.

US Pat. No. 9,425,544

ELECTRIC POWER TAKEOUT DEVICE

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

1. An electric power takeout device for use in a power supply apparatus for taking out electric power from the power supply
apparatus, which comprises:
a protruding wall provided on and protruding from a body of the power supply apparatus in such a manner as to surround an
electric power takeout section of the electric power takeout device; and a cover covering the protruding wall and the electric
power takeout section,

the cover including: a cover wall covering the electric power takeout section and having an outer peripheral edge opposed
to a distal end edge of the protruding wall; and a peripheral wall protruding from the outer peripheral edge of the cover
wall along the protruding wall, the peripheral wall being spaced a given distance from the body to thereby define a water
introduction port above the protruding wall,

the cover wall having: a water discharge port communicating with the water introduction port and opening beneath the protruding
wall; and a water guide section extending from a lower edge of the water discharge port to beneath the protruding wall.

US Pat. No. 9,423,016

HYDRAULIC OIL DETERIORATION RATIO ESTIMATING APPARATUS IN VEHICLE

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

1. A hydraulic oil deterioration ratio estimating apparatus for use in a vehicle, comprising:
a torque converter configured to transfer a drive force of an engine to an input shaft using hydraulic oil;
an automatic transmission configured to change a rotation speed of the input shaft rotated by the drive force through hydraulic
control using the hydraulic oil and output the rotation to an output shaft;

an oil temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of the hydraulic oil;
an engine speed detector configured to detect an engine speed of the engine;
an input shaft rotation speed detector configured to detect a rotation speed of the input shaft of the automatic transmission;
an output shaft rotation speed detector configured to detect a rotation speed of the output shaft of the automatic transmission;
and

a hydraulic oil deterioration ratio estimating unit configured to estimate a deterioration ratio of the hydraulic oil,
wherein the hydraulic oil deterioration ratio estimating unit includes:
a first thermal deterioration ratio calculating unit configured to calculate a thermal deterioration ratio of the hydraulic
oil during stoppage of the vehicle on the basis of an estimated value of a change in temperature of the hydraulic oil from
stoppage of the vehicle to start of the vehicle,

a second thermal deterioration ratio calculating unit configured to calculate a first current thermal deterioration ratio
of the hydraulic oil on the basis of the temperature of the hydraulic oil detected by the oil temperature detector, add the
calculated first current thermal deterioration ratio to a previously calculated thermal deterioration ratio, and calculate
the thermal deterioration ratio after the vehicle starts operating,

a third thermal deterioration ratio calculating unit configured to calculate a second current thermal deterioration ratio
of the hydraulic oil by summing the thermal deterioration ratio during stoppage of the vehicle calculated by the first thermal
deterioration ratio calculating unit and the thermal deterioration ratio after the vehicle starts operating calculated by
the second thermal deterioration ratio calculating unit,

a mechanical deterioration ratio calculating unit configured to calculate a shear rotation speed of the hydraulic oil from
the engine speed detected by the engine speed detector, the rotation speed of the input shaft detected by the input shaft
rotation speed detector, and the rotation speed of the output shaft detected by the output shaft rotation speed detector,
calculate the current mechanical deterioration ratio of the hydraulic oil on the basis of the calculated shear rotation speed,
and add the mechanical deterioration ratio to a previously calculated mechanical deterioration ratio, and

a deterioration ratio comparing unit configured to compare the second current thermal deterioration ratio calculated by the
third thermal deterioration ratio calculating unit with the mechanical deterioration ratio calculated by the mechanical deterioration
ratio calculating unit and select a larger one of the second current thermal deterioration ratio and the mechanical deterioration
ratio as an estimated value of the deterioration ratio of the hydraulic oil.

US Pat. No. 9,417,264

CURRENT APPLICATION DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR ELEMENT

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

1. A current application device that applies a test current to a semiconductor element having at least a part of a surface
electrode covered with an electrical insulation film, comprising:
a contact section having a plurality of projections that penetrate the electrical insulation film to come in contact with
the surface electrode so as to apply the test current to the semiconductor element; and

a pressing section that presses the contact section against the semiconductor element so that the projections penetrate the
electrical insulation film to come in contact with the surface electrode,

wherein the contact section has the plurality of projections on a plane formed in a curved shape, and the plane having the
curved shape is deformed into a planar shape when pressed by the pressing section.

US Pat. No. 9,415,664

WINDSHIELD CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A windshield control device comprising:
voice receiving part configured to receive a signal related to a head set having a microphone; and
CPU configured to drive and control a windshield attached to a front part of a vehicle,
wherein the CPU is configured to upwardly move the windshield according to the signal received by the voice receiving part,
and

a position and/or an angle in a height direction of the windshield is adjusted by an actuator.

US Pat. No. 9,376,737

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ZINC ALLOY

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

1. A method for producing zinc alloy in which Si is contained in Zn, the method comprising:
a process of heating metal Zn in a crucible provided in a heating furnace to melt the metal Zn so as to obtain Zn molten metal;
a process of adding metal Si powder to the Zn molten metal in an amount capable of being melted at a temperature equal to
or lower than a boiling point of Zn, and heating the resultant mixture to melt the metal Si powder in a state in which arising
of the metal Si powder is suppressed by a floating suppressing member that is displaceable inside of the crucible, and a liquid
surface of the Zn molten metal is coated with a carbonaceous material;

a process of releasing the suppression of the floating of the metal Si powder by the floating suppressing member to allow
the melted Si to be dispersed in the Zn molten metal so as to obtain Zn—Si alloy molten metal; and

a process of filling a casting mold with the Zn—Si alloy molten metal, and rapidly cooling down the Zn—Si alloy molten metal
so as to obtain a billet.

US Pat. No. 9,375,870

BLOW-MOLDING MOLD

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

1. A blow-molding mold including a mobile nest in which an insert member is set, the mobile nest is connected with a plate,
which is provided in a back side of the mold, the nest can move forward and backward in the mold by moving the plate via a
first air cylinder, the back side of the mold is provided with a locking device, the plate is locked in a condition abutting
the back side of the mold via said locking device, the nest maintains a position of a forward end,
wherein the locking device is provided with a second air cylinder and a guide block, a rod of the second air cylinder protrudes
in a direction at right angles to a forward and backward direction of the nest and along a back of the plate, the guide block
receives a pressure force.

US Pat. No. 9,372,138

CABLE TRACK MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

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

1. A monitoring system for a cable track operatively mounted between an anchoring unit and a mobile unit in designating a
deployable cabling path therebetween as the mobile unit travels relative to the anchoring unit, the system comprising:
a monitoring cable to be run within the cable track along the cabling path; and
a sensor fixedly mountable relative to one of the anchoring unit and the mobile unit and operatively coupleable to said monitoring
cable to sense an undesirable tension variation therein as the mobile unit travels relative to the anchoring unit;

wherein said sensor is operable to produce an output indicative of said undesirable tension variation as representative of
suboptimal operation of the cable track.

US Pat. No. 9,371,748

HOLDING STRUCTURE OF OIL CONTROL VALVE

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

1. A holding structure of an oil control valve, comprising:
an oil control valve that hydraulically drives a valve timing mechanism of an internal combustion engine, the oil control
valve including a solenoid portion to which a coupler is attached, the solenoid portion being provided on a first end side
of the oil control valve in a longitudinal direction, and a valve portion provided on a second end side of the oil control
valve in the longitudinal direction, the valve portion switching oil passages by driving of the solenoid portion and being
formed with a drain hole at a shaft end portion of the valve portion;

a cam holder that is attached to a cylinder head of the internal combustion engine, the cam holder rotatably supporting a
camshaft of the internal combustion engine; and

a head cover provided on an upper portion of the cylinder head, wherein
a valve portion side of the oil control valve is embedded in the cam holder and is supported by the cam holder,
the solenoid portion is exposed to an outside of the internal combustion engine through an opening formed in the head cover,
and

an axis of the oil control valve in the longitudinal direction is oriented towards the camshaft.

US Pat. No. 9,373,840

NEGATIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL FOR SECONDARY BATTERY AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

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

1. A negative electrode active material for a secondary battery, comprising an aluminum alloy containing magnesium, wherein:
the aluminum alloy has a crystalline aluminum phase and an amorphous aluminum phase;
the crystalline aluminum phase is in a magnesium-supersaturated solid solution state;
the crystalline aluminum phase in the magnesium-supersaturated solid solution state and the amorphous aluminum phase each
have a columnar shape; and

the amorphous aluminum phase is dispersed in the crystalline aluminum phase in the magnesium-supersaturated solid solution
state.

US Pat. No. 9,360,110

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

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

1. A transmission apparatus for use of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor as a drive source, comprising:
a first gear shaft configured to disconnectably couple to the internal combustion engine via a first clutch;
a second gear shaft configured to disconnectably couple to the internal combustion engine via a second clutch;
a first speed-change gear mechanism provided on the first gear shaft and configured to selectively set a speed stage to any
one of a first group of speed stages;

a second speed-change gear mechanism provided on the second gear shaft and configured to selectively set a speed stage to
any one of a second group of speed stages;

a countershaft coupled to the first and second gear shafts via the first and second speed-change gear mechanisms so that a
rotational output corresponding to a selected speed stage is produced from the countershaft;

a planetary gear mechanism including a sun gear, planetary gears and a ring gear, wherein the sun gear is arranged so as to
rotate integrally with the first gear shaft and the electric motor, the ring gear is fixed to a case of the transmission,
and a speed-changed output is produced from the planetary gears;

a counter member provided concentrically with the first gear shaft and configured to rotate integrally with the countershaft;
and

a coupling element disposed between a carrier of the planetary gears and the counter member and configured to disconnectably
connect the carrier of the planetary gears to the counter member in order to select a predetermined speed so that rotation
of the carrier of the planetary gears is transmitted to the countershaft via the counter member.

US Pat. No. 9,359,920

VARIABLE VALVE ACTUATING MECHANISM FOR OHV ENGINE

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

1. A variable valve actuating mechanism for an OHV engine, comprising:
a camshaft rotatably supported by a crankcase to be rotatively actuated by a crankshaft of the engine;
a first cam carried by the camshaft;
a first lower rocker arm pivotally supported by a lower rocker shaft supported by the crankcase, and configured to be actuated
by the first cam at a first end thereof;

a pushrod having a lower end engaged by a second end of the first lower rocker arm;
an upper rocker arm pivotally supported by an upper rocker shaft supported by a cylinder head and having a first end engaged
by an upper end of the pushrod;

an engine valve provided in the cylinder head, and configured to be actuated by a second end of the upper rocker arm;
a second cam carried by the camshaft coaxially to and adjacent to the first cam and having an at least partly greater cam
profile than the first cam;

a second lower rocker arm pivotally supported by the lower rocker shaft adjacent to the first lower rocker arm, and configured
to be actuated by the second cam at a first end thereof;

a clutch member mounted on the second rocker arm in an axially slidable and rotationally fast manner, the clutch member being
axially moveable between an engaged position and a disengaged position, the clutch member being provided with an engagement
feature which engages a corresponding engagement feature of the first lower rocker arm for a joint pivotal movement of the
first and second lower rocker arms when the clutch member is at the engaged position; and

an actuator for causing the clutch member to move axially between the engaged position and the disengaged position.

US Pat. No. 9,347,406

AIR CLEANER DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. An air cleaner device for a vehicle, the vehicle having an internal combustion engine with the air cleaner device being
mounted on a vehicle body frame, the air cleaner device comprising:
an air cleaner case having a filter element therein, and being partitioned into a dirty side chamber and a clean side chamber;
a plurality of intake ducts for leading an outside air into the dirty side chamber of the air cleaner case, the intake ducts
being provided so as to form a left-right pair;

wherein the intake ducts forming the left-right pair have intake ports opened outside side portions of the air cleaner case,
and paths of the intake ducts leading to discharge ports, said paths housed within the dirty side chamber include bent portions;

the discharge ports of the intake ducts forming the left-right pair are disposed so as to be oriented to a central side of
the air cleaner case and offset from each other in a forward-rearward direction; and

a connecting tube for leading an intake air into the internal combustion engine is connected to the clean side chamber of
the air cleaner case, and the discharge ports of the intake ducts at least partly overlap a suction port of the connecting
tube as viewed in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,341,155

IGNITION APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An ignition apparatus for an internal combustion engine, comprising at least one ignition plug, an actuating circuit provided
with first and second coil pairs corresponding to one ignition plug for generating spark discharge in said at least one ignition
plug, and control means for generating first and second ignition signals supplied respectively to said first and second coil
pairs, said ignition apparatus being characterized in that,
said control means generates the first and second ignition signals so that a first discharge period and a second discharge
period partially overlap with each other during an overlap discharge period, the overlap discharge period is made equal to
a set overlap period, and a start timing of the first discharge period is prior to a start timing of the second discharge
period,

wherein the first discharge period is a time period from start to end of an electric discharge generated by electric current
supplied to a first primary coil constituting said first coil pair, and the second discharge period is a time period from
start to end of an electric discharge generated by electric current supplied to a second primary coil constituting said second
coil pair,

wherein the set overlap period is set according to the first discharge period, a temporary cut threshold value, and a discharge
start current value which is a discharge current value at the start timing of the first discharge period, the temporary cut
threshold value being a minimum value of the discharge current value at which no temporary cut of the discharge current in
said ignition plug occurs.

US Pat. No. 9,334,953

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE POWER TRANSMISSION MECHANISM

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

1. An apparatus for controlling a vehicle power transmission mechanism having a drive source mounted on a vehicle, a transmission
equipped with at least an input shaft connected to the drive source, an output shaft connected to the input shaft via a speed
ratio changing mechanism, and a clutch transmitting a rotation of the output shaft to driven wheels, and a clutch engaging
force regulator that regulates engaging force of the clutch of the transmission, the vehicle power transmission mechanism
being configured to transmit driving force outputted from the drive source to the driven wheels through the input shaft, the
output shaft, and the clutch whose engaging force is regulated by the clutch engaging force regulator, comprising:
a clutch output rotation change rate calculator that calculates an output rotation change rate of the clutch based on a differential
value of a rotational speed of an output shaft of the clutch; and

a clutch engaging force corrector that corrects the clutch engaging force regulated by the clutch engaging force regulator
to decrease when the calculated output rotation change rate of the clutch is a positive value, and corrects the clutch engaging
force to increase when the calculated output rotation change rate of the clutch is a negative value.

US Pat. No. 9,333,730

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR COMPOSITE STRUCTURE

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

1. A manufacturing method for a composite structure composed of a plate-like first member and a ribbed second member, the
method comprising:
a step of introducing a thermoplastic resin molding into an induction heating apparatus, in which the thermoplastic resin
includes an abutting portion, which is to be abutted on one surface of the first member, and contains a magnetic substance
at least in the abutting portion, the thermoplastic resin molding constituting the second member;

a step of heating the abutting portion by inductively heating the second member by the induction heating apparatus; and
a step of leading the second member out of the induction heating apparatus and joining the second member to one surface of
the first member at the abutting portion,

wherein the induction heating apparatus is composed of a plurality of induction heating units, and all of the plurality of
heating units are provided continuously,

wherein the second member has a two-layer structure in which a supporting member composed of a second thermoplastic resin
molding is laminated on an abutting member composed of a first thermoplastic resin molding, and the abutting member contains
the magnetic substance, and

wherein the abutting member is composed of a thermoplastic resin molding that has higher flexibility than that of the supporting
member.

US Pat. No. 9,334,004

VEHICLE SEAT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle seat structure, the structure of a vehicle seat for an occupant to sit on the seat comprising:
a framework member forming a main framework of the seat, the framework member having an outer frame forming an outer periphery
of the seat, and concave portions with seating positions on an inner peripheral side of the outer frame made concave in a
direction of a seating load;

a sheet tension member in direct contact with the outer frame and provided in a tensioned state on open sides of the concave
portions for closing the concave portions for supporting an occupant's weight; and

a cushion member provided in positions on the tension member, at least corresponding to the outer frame, wherein the cushion
member is spaced apart from the outer frame by the tension member further comprising locking claws attached to said framework
member and said sheet tension member,

wherein the framework member is a single piece made of a synthetic resin material, and said locking claws comprising a pair
of left and right auxiliary locking claws projecting forward are integrally formed on front ends of the framework member configured
to engage a frame of a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,336,604

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A DEPTH MAP THROUGH ITERATIVE INTERPOLATION AND WARPING

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

1. A computer-implemented method for generating a depth map, comprising:
generating an initial depth map for a first image, the first image being one of a pair of stereo images received from an imaging
device, the pair of stereo images including the first image and a second image;

generating an estimated depth map based on the initial depth map by hypothesizing depth values for missing regions in the
initial depth map;

warping the second image based on the estimated depth map;
generating a warped depth map based on the first image and the warped second image; and
generating a new depth map for the first image relative to the second image based on the warped depth map and the estimated
depth map.

US Pat. No. 9,333,590

JOINED HETEROGENEOUS MATERIALS AND JOINING METHOD THEREFOR

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

1. A heterogeneous material comprising:
a plate-shape carbon steel material;
a plate-shape aluminum material placed on the plate-shape carbon steel material in a superposed relation such that a bottom
surface of the aluminum material faces a top surface of the carbon steel material; and

a weld zone joining the carbon steel material and the aluminum material together, the weld zone having been formed by a probe
inserted through the aluminum material and moved in a direction while being rotated in one direction during the friction stir
welding, the aluminum material having a first side and a second side separated from the first side by the weld zone, the first
side of the aluminum material being adapted to be undergoing an exterior load greater than an exterior load applied to the
second side of the aluminum material while the heterogeneous material is in use,

wherein the weld zone has a cross-section orthogonal to an axis on which the probe moves, the cross-section including a plastic
flow zone created during the friction stir welding such that the plastic flow zone includes aluminum from the plate-shape
aluminum material and iron from the plate-shape carbon steel material, the plastic flow zone including a first raised region
having a first height and a second raised region having a second height larger than the first height, the first raised region
having been formed during the friction stir welding on a first side of the probe where the rotating direction of the probe
is opposite to the direction of movement of the probe, the first raised region being located at a first end of the plastic
flow zone, the first end being located on the first side of the aluminum material, the second raised region having been formed
during the friction stir welding on a second side of the probe, opposite to the first side, where the rotating direction of
the probe is the same as the direction of movement of the probe, the second raised region being located at a second end of
the plastic flow zone opposite to the first end, the second end being located on the second side of the aluminum material,

wherein the weld zone has a sound area above the plastic flow zone, wherein the sound area does not include the iron from
the plate-shape carbon steel material, the sound area having a first sound area length defined as a length from an outer surface
of the aluminum material from which the probe is inserted, to the first raised region and a second sound area length defined
as a length from the outer surface of the aluminum material to the second raised region, the first sound area length being
larger than the second sound area length,

wherein the second side of the aluminum material and a corresponding side of the carbon steel material together form an edge
of the heterogeneous material, the weld zone extending in a direction along the edge of the heterogeneous material,

wherein the carbon steel material includes a first flange part extending along the edge of the heterogeneous material, and
a first adjacent part contiguous with an end of the first flange part remote from the edge of the heterogeneous material and
extending in a direction away from the edge of the heterogeneous material,

wherein the aluminum material includes a second flange part extending along the edge of the heterogeneous material, and a
second adjacent part contiguous with an end of the first flange portion remote from the edge of the heterogeneous material
and extending in the direction away from the edge of the heterogeneous material,

wherein the first flange part of the carbon steel material and the second flange part of the aluminum material are joined
together by the weld zone, and the first adjacent part of the carbon steel material and the second adjacent part of the aluminum
material are bent outwardly away from each other such that the heterogeneous material including the first and second flange
parts and the first and second adjacent parts has a generally Y shape when viewed in a direction parallel to the edge of the
heterogeneous material.

US Pat. No. 9,335,909

DRAWING ASSIST DEVICE, DRAWING ASSIST PROGRAM, AND DRAWING ASSIST METHOD

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

1. A drawing assist device, comprising:
a first interface configured to recognize a positional trajectory of a pointer displayed on the first interface moved by an
agent;

a display; and
a controller configured to display on the display an element having a first factor complied with the positional trajectory
of the pointer, wherein the first factor comprises one or more of a shape, posture or displacement, or a combination thereof,

wherein the controller is provided with
a first arithmetic processing element configured to recognize the first factor of the element and evaluate a single or a plurality
of index values indicating manufacturing characteristics of a subject constructing a product represented by the element on
the basis of a recognition result; and

a second arithmetic processing element configured to determine whether or not the index value evaluated by the first arithmetic
processing element is confined in a reference range defined on the basis of the manufacturing characteristics of the subject
and notify the agent of an information complied with a determination result,

wherein the second arithmetic processing element determines whether or not the index value is confined in the reference range
on the basis of a second factor after recognizing the reference range, wherein the second factor comprises a part or an entirety
of a material, a category of a subject, a manufacture requirement, an attachment requirement and an assembly requirement.

US Pat. No. 9,327,790

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

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

1. A vehicle body frame for a saddle-ride vehicle, said vehicle body frame comprising:
a head pipe configured to pivotally receive a steering shaft therein;
at least one main frame having a front end welded to the head pipe, the at least one main frame extending rearwardly from
the front end thereof; and

a pivot frame having a front end which is connected to a rear portion of the at least one main frame, and which is configured
to support a swing arm thereon,
wherein:
the head pipe comprises a left half which is formed by die forming, a right half which is formed by die forming, and a bead
formed by laser welding interconnecting the right half and the left half of the head pipe, and

the left half and the right half of the head pipe, respectively, include a left main-frame support socket and a right main-frame
support socket each configured to receive a tip portion of the at least one main frame therein, and a left steering support
sleeve and a right steering support sleeve each configured to support the steering shaft therein, the left and right main-frame
support sockets and the left and right steering support sleeves formed by the die forming which forms the left half and right
half of the head pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,327,658

POWER CONVERSION DEVICE IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. A power conversion device in an electric vehicle, the power conversion device comprising:
an inductor connected on a battery side;
switching means provided between the inductor and a power line;
the power line connecting a first capacitor and a second capacitor and an electric load in parallel; and control means for
Controlling on/off of the switching means so as to step up power from the battery and supply the power to the electric load
or so as to step down power from the electric load and supply the power to the battery;

wherein the first and second capacitors are configured to be short-circuited upon application of an excess voltage; and
the power conversion device further comprises informing means for informing of a short circuit of the first and second capacitors,
the informing means being connected in series to the capacitor.

US Pat. No. 9,327,678

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR RESTRAINING VEHICULAR PASSENGERS WITH ASSEMBLY INCLUDING FEEDBACK SENSOR

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

1. A vehicular seat belt assembly for restraining a vehicular passenger disposed in a seat upon application of a force applied
to the passenger, the restraint being performed via cooperation with a vehicular support structure and based at least in part
by contact with the passenger's lap and upper body, the vehicular seat belt assembly comprising:
a pair of lateral webbing strips configured to extend laterally across the passenger's lap and that each define distal and
proximal ends, the distal end of each lateral webbing strip being statically secured to the vehicular support structure, and
the proximal ends being manually connectable and dis-connectable from each other;

a vertically extending webbing strip that includes a pair of upper body strips that are configured to contact opposite sides
of a front of the passenger's upper body, a proximal end of each upper body strip being directly or indirectly connected to
a respective one of the lateral webbing strips;

a sensor that is configured to provide data indicative of whether the proximal ends of the pair of lateral webbing strips
are connected together; and

a harness assembly that includes a harness webbing that is attached to one of the pair of lateral webbing strips, and a wire
harness that is connectable to the sensor, the wire harness being disposed so as to extend along the harness webbing.

US Pat. No. 9,309,827

FUEL INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE FOR SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle, comprising:
a throttle opening detector configured to detect a throttle opening changing in conjunction with operation of a rider;
a crank pulsar rotor provided around a crankshaft and having detection-target teeth disposed at equal intervals and a toothless
part;

a pulse generator configured to generate a crank pulse according to a passage state of the detection-target teeth;
an engine rotational speed detector configured to detect the crank pulse to detect a rotational speed of an engine;
a fuel injector configured to inject a fuel into an intake path of the engine;
a basic injection amount calculator configured to calculate a basic injection amount based on the engine rotational speed
and the throttle opening,

an additional injection amount calculator configured to superimpose an additional injection amount on the basic injection
amount based on a change amount of the throttle opening;

a calculation timing decider configured to decide calculation timing of the basic injection amount based on the engine rotational
speed and the throttle opening, and

a fuel injection control device, said fuel injection control device comprising a throttle opening read timing setter configured
to set timing at which the throttle opening is read, wherein the throttle opening read timing setter is configured to be triggered
to detect the throttle opening used for calculation of the basic injection amount by activation of the calculation of the
basic injection amount if the calculation timing of the basic injection amount is at a position corresponding to the toothless
part,

wherein if the engine has at least two cylinders, the throttle opening read timing setter is triggered to detect the throttle
opening by activation of the calculation of the basic injection amount for the cylinder in which the calculation timing of
the basic injection amount is at a position corresponding to the toothless part, and to detect the throttle opening based
on crank pulse interrupt according to the crank pulse for the cylinder in which the calculation timing of the basic injection
amount is at a position other than the position corresponding to the toothless part.

US Pat. No. 9,309,970

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A continuously variable transmission for a vehicle, comprising:
a continuously variable transmission mechanism to which a driving force from a driving source provided in the vehicle is input;
and

a planetary gear mechanism including a plurality of rotation elements, the plurality of rotation elements being a sun gear,
a ring gear, or a carrier,

wherein the continuously variable transmission is capable of operating in a predetermined operation mode,
in the predetermined operation mode,
the driving force is input to a first rotation element out of said plurality of rotation elements through said continuously
variable transmission mechanism,

the driving force is input to a second rotation element out of said plurality of rotation elements without an intervention
of said continuously variable transmission mechanism, and

the driving force is output through a third rotation element out of said plurality of rotation elements,
said continuously variable transmission mechanism further comprises:
a target driving force calculation unit configured to calculate a target driving force of the vehicle based on an accelerator
opening;

a running resistance calculation unit configured to calculate a running resistance of the vehicle;
a rotation speed detection unit configured to detect a rotation speed of a rotation member provided in the vehicle;
a vehicle speed specifying unit configured to specify a vehicle speed based on a detection result of said rotation speed detection
unit; and

a setting unit configured to set a target speed ratio of said continuously variable transmission mechanism based on the vehicle
speed specified by said vehicle speed specifying unit and a target rotation speed of the driving source, and

said vehicle speed specifying unit
specifies the vehicle speed from the detection result when the detection result of said rotation speed detection unit exceeds
a threshold, and

specifies the vehicle speed based on the target driving force calculated by said target driving force calculation unit, the
running resistance calculated by said running resistance calculation unit, and a weight of the vehicle when the detection
result of said rotation speed detection unit is not more than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,302,727

INVERTED PENDULUM CONTROL TYPE MOVING BODY

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

1. An inverted pendulum control type moving body comprising:
a first driving portion that moves a host moving body on a movement plane at least in a forward/backward direction;
a supporting portion that supports the host moving body so that it stands independently in a state of being in contact with
the ground;

an operation portion that switches between the ground contact state and a ground separation state of the supporting portion;
and

a control portion that, when the operation portion switches the state of the supporting portion from the ground contact state
to the ground separation state, controls operation of the first driving portion so that a forward/backward direction tilt
angle of the host moving body approximates a target tilt angle in the ground separation state.

US Pat. No. 9,273,616

INTAKE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An intake control system for an internal combustion engine, comprising:
a throttle valve provided in an intake passage of the engine, for adjusting an amount of fresh air drawn into a combustion
chamber;

an EGR passage for recirculating part of exhaust gases discharged from the combustion chamber into an exhaust passage to a
downstream side of said throttle valve in the intake passage;

an EGR valve disposed in an intermediate portion of said EGR passage, for adjusting an EGR amount, which is an amount of exhaust
gases recirculated through said EGR passage;

operating condition-detecting means for detecting operating conditions of the engine;
demanded torque-calculating means for calculating a demanded torque demanded by a driver according to the detected operating
conditions of the engine;

target fresh air amount-setting means for setting a target fresh air amount based on the calculated demanded torque;
required differential pressure-setting means for setting an across-valve differential pressure required to stably recirculate
exhaust gases, which is a difference in pressure between an upstream side and a downstream side of said EGR valve, as a required
differential pressure;

differential pressure state-determining means for determining whether or not the across-valve differential pressure is in
a state in which the set required differential pressure can be ensured; and

control means for, when it is determined that the across-valve differential pressure is not in the state in which the set
required differential pressure can be ensured, reducingly controlling an opening degree of said EGR valve to thereby limit
the EGR amount and controlling an opening degree of said throttle valve such that the target fresh air amount of fresh air
is drawn into the combustion chamber, so as to ensure the required differential pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,266,428

CAPLESS FUEL FILLER ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A fuel filler assembly for a vehicle, comprising:
a main flap unit connected to a fuel filler pipe adjacent a filling end thereof;
a main flap pivotally disposed on the main flap unit for selectively closing access to the filling end of the fuel filler
pipe;

a shutter unit connected to the fuel filler pipe adjacent the filling end thereof and engaging the main flap unit;
a shutter pivotally disposed on the shutter unit for selectively closing access to the filling end of the fuel filler pipe;
and

wherein cooperative engagement between the main flap unit and the shutter unit seals the main flap unit and the shutter unit
together and prevents fuel from leaking therebetween, and

wherein the shutter unit defines a radial drain for directing spilled fuel and wherein said cooperative engagement between
the main flap unit and the shutter unit inhibits spilled fuel from leaking therebetween and instead directs spilled fuel to
the radial drain of the shutter unit.

US Pat. No. 9,266,208

METAL RING MANUFACTURE METHOD AND METAL RING MANUFACTURE DEVICE

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

1. A metal ring manufacture device for manufacturing a plurality of endless belt-like metal rings by trimming a drum having
a cylindrical shape from a metal thin plate into round slices, comprising:
a drum introducing unit configured to introduce the drum into a drum retaining unit having a variable outer diameter to be
mounted and retained by the drum retaining unit;

a drum trimming unit configured to form a plurality of metal rings by trimming the drum into round slices with a predetermined
width while the drum is being retained by the drum retaining unit in such a way that the outer diameter thereof is enlarged
so as to press the inner circumferential surface of the drum; and

a ring conveying unit configured to detach from the drum retaining unit the plurality of metal rings after the press against
the inner circumferential surface of the drum is released as the outer diameter of the drum retaining unit is reduced for
conveying the plurality of metal rings,

the ring conveying unit including a metal ring clamping unit provided with a pair of fingers extending in parallel to each
other to clamp both a portion on the inner circumferential surface and a portion on the outer circumferential surface in the
circumferential direction of the plurality of metal rings with the arrangement state thereof detached from the drum retaining
unit being maintained, and

the metal ring clamping unit including a metal ring delivering unit disposed at least on one finger to sequentially deliver
each metal ring clamped by the two fingers in the arrangement direction by moving the plurality of metal rings away from the
tips of the two fingers one by one so as to convey the plurality of metal rings.

US Pat. No. 9,267,813

ON-BOARD SYSTEM WORKING A MOBILE DEVICE

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

1. An on-board device mounted on a vehicle and having an output device including at least a display device, the on-board device
comprising:
a communications device that communicates with a mobile device having a unit for executing one or more application programs
and a transmission controller that produces attribute information associated with output data produced by the one or more
application programs; and

an output controller that receives from the mobile device through the communications device the output data including graphical
user interface (GUI) components produced by the one or more application programs and the attribute information associated
with the output data, and controls outputting of the received output data to the output device on the basis of the attribute
information;

wherein the output controller is configured to determine if the attribute information received from the mobile device satisfies
one or more predetermined conditions, and is further configured to output the received output data to the output device if
the determination is positive, and to process the received output data to satisfy the one or more predetermined conditions
if the determination is negative;

wherein the attribute information associated with the output data includes at least one of A) numbers and types of input operation
required to a user, B) number of display items, C) colors of the display items, D) number of characters to be displayed, and
E) types of the one or more application programs, and wherein the output controller determines based on the attribute information
if the received output data including GUI components are appropriate for display on the display device while the vehicle is
moving.

US Pat. No. 9,249,842

POWER UNIT FOR MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A power unit for a motorcycle comprising:
an internal combustion engine including a crankshaft rotatably supported on an engine body;
a transmission including an input shaft and an output shaft arranged parallel to each other and housed inside of the engine
body;

a clutch for changing over the connection/disconnection of power transmission between the crankshaft and the input shaft;
a hydraulic cylinder for driving the clutch; and
a cylinder support member including a cylindrical case portion where a portion of the hydraulic cylinder is housed and is
mounted on the engine body;

wherein a cover member for covering and surrounding a projecting end portion of the output shaft projecting from the engine
body is mounted on the engine body, and the cylinder support member is mounted on the engine body such that a portion of the
case portion is arranged in an opening portion formed by cutting away a portion of the cover member;

wherein the hydraulic cylinder is fastened to the cylinder support member and the engine body by a plurality of fastening
members except one fastening member out of the plurality of fastening members is only utilized for fastening the cylinder
support member to the engine body.

US Pat. No. 9,243,574

ENGINE CONTROL UNIT

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

1. An engine control unit comprising:
a pulse generator that detects a reluctor provided on a crank pulser rotor rotating synchronously with a crankshaft of a single
cylinder engine to output crank pulses;

an angular velocity calculator that calculates a first crank angular velocity using a reluctor in a predetermined section
near compression top dead center of the engine in a compression stroke and an interval between two crank pulses output in
the predetermined section near the compression top dead center of the engine, and detects near overlap top dead center the
same reluctor used for calculating the first crank angular velocity to calculate a second crank angular velocity in an exhaust
stroke using an interval between two crank pulses output from the pulse generator; and

an engine load estimator that estimates an engine load from a difference between the first crank angular velocity and the
second crank angular velocity,

wherein the two crank pulses to be output in each of predetermined sections near the compression top dead center and the overlap
top dead center are output at a time of detection of front and rear ends of a single reluctor provided on the crank pulser
rotor.

US Pat. No. 9,233,677

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle brake system, comprising:
an input device to which braking operation by an operator is input, wherein the input device is comprises a master cylinder;
an electric brake actuator which is fixed to a vehicle body at a position different from the master cylinder; and
a vehicle power unit;
wherein the input device, the electric brake actuator and the vehicle power unit are arranged in a housing room which is located
between a pair of front side members extending in a front-rear direction on both sides of a vehicle, and wherein

the electric brake actuator comprises
a cylinder body;
a hydraulic pressure control piston which is accommodated in the cylinder body;
an electric motor which drives the hydraulic pressure control piston in accordance with at least the braking operation to
generate brake hydraulic pressure;

a motor casing which covers the electric motor, wherein the motor casing is formed separately from the cylinder body; and
a reservoir which is connected to an upper part of the cylinder body; wherein
the electric motor is disposed at a position higher than the cylinder body, being offset in a left or right direction with
respect to axial lines of the hydraulic pressure control piston and the cylinder body, wherein an output shaft of the electric
motor is substantially parallel to the axial line of the hydraulic pressure control piston;

at least a part of the cylinder body is arranged in a space formed between the vehicle power unit and a housing room cover
for the housing room, the housing room cover being arranged above the housing room; and

the electric motor is arranged above a space formed between the motor power unit and the front side members.

US Pat. No. 9,216,689

FAIL-SAFE MIRROR FOR SIDE CAMERA FAILURE

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

1. A system, comprising:
a camera mounted to a vehicle;
a display in communication with the camera and configured to display an image detected by the camera;
a side mirror assembly, the side mirror assembly including:
a side mirror moveable between a recessed position and a deployed position, and
an actuator configured to deploy the side mirror into the deployed position; and
a status detector configured to:
detect a negative operational status of the camera, and
when the negative operation status is detected, cause the actuator to deploy the side mirror into the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 9,212,783

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TANK REFILLING

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

1. A method of filling a compressed gas tank, the method comprising:
calculating a hot soak initial temperature THSinit for an initial mass of gas within the tank;

determining a projected fill time through THSinit that is predicted to produce a gas final temperature Tfinal no greater than a target temperature T;

calculating an initial cold soak initial temperature TCSinit for an initial mass of gas within the tank;

calculating for the tank a composite heat capacity value MC corresponding to heat transferred to the tank, a tank assembly,
connection components and the initial mass of gas within the tank gas, while filling the tank;

determining a target pressure Ptarget through TCSinit that is predicted to produce a target state of charge within the tank; and

delivering gas to the tank at a pressure ramp rate that will achieve Ptarget at the projected fill time.

US Pat. No. 9,213,055

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

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

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a plurality of cells in a main region;
a plurality of cells in a sensing region; and
a transistor that drives each of the cells,
wherein a gate shut-off time for the sensing region is set earlier than a gate shut-off time for the main region on the basis
of D=(Cgs/Cgm)*(Rgs/Rgm),

where D indicates a CR delay ratio,
Rgm indicates a gate resistance value for the main region and Rgs indicates a gate resistance value for the sensing region
in the transistor, and

Cgm indicates a parasitic capacitance for the main region and Cgs indicates a parasitic capacitance for the sensing region
in the transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,209,471

FUEL CELL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME, AND BONDING PART MANUFACTURING METHOD AND DEVICE

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

1. A method for producing a fuel cell assembly containing a membrane electrode assembly and a resin frame for supporting the
membrane electrode assembly, wherein the membrane electrode assembly contains an anode and a cathode with a solid polymer
electrolyte membrane interposed therebetween,
the method comprising the steps of:
placing the electrolyte membrane and one of the anode and the cathode in a recess, which extends from one surface toward another
surface of the resin frame, and placing the other of the anode and the cathode in a housing hole, which is formed as a through-hole
that extends from a bottom surface or a ceiling surface of the recess to the other surface;

heating a protrusion on an outer surface of the recess or the housing hole to generate a softened material, and pressing the
protrusion in order to introduce the softened material into the anode or the cathode; and

hardening the softened material, which is introduced into the anode or the cathode, so as to bond the resin frame to the anode
or the cathode.

US Pat. No. 9,205,865

VEHICLE STEERING DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle steering device comprising:
a control unit that determines a turning angle of wheels of a vehicle in accordance with a steering angle of a steering wheel,
the steering wheel being provided in the vehicle and mechanically disconnected from the wheels,

wherein, when a state of a switch that starts a driving unit of the vehicle is switched from an ON state to an OFF state,
the control unit determines whether or not a previous vehicle speed is higher than a predetermined speed

wherein, if the previous vehicle speed is higher than the predetermined speed, the control unit continuously turns ON a power
supply of the vehicle steering device regardless of a current vehicle speed until a predetermined time elapses, and turns
OFF the power supply of the vehicle steering device after the predetermined time elapses, and

wherein, if the previous vehicle speed is not higher than the predetermined speed, the control unit turns OFF the power supply
of the vehicle steering device.

US Pat. No. 9,205,887

CONSTRAINED RESOLVED ACCELERATION CONTROL

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

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling an articulated system, the method comprising:
receiving a task descriptor specifying a movement of a body segment of the articulated system;
estimating kinematics of the body segment of the articulated system;
constructing a weighted matrix based on the estimated kinematics of the body segment;
generating a joint command for a joint associated with the body segment, wherein the joint command controls an acceleration
of the body segment based on the weighted matrix and a constrained resolved acceleration that is based on a joint acceleration
vector, a diagonal positive definite joint velocity gain matrix, and a difference between a constrained joint velocity vector
and a joint velocity vector; and

controlling the joint associated with the body segment using the joint command.

US Pat. No. 9,205,790

AUTOMOBILE FIBER-REINFORCED RESIN MEMBER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AUTOMOBILE FIBER-REINFORCED RESIN MEMBER

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

1. An automobile fiber-reinforced resin member integrally comprising a main body part that has a bottom wall and a pair of
side walls and has a squared U-shaped cross section having an open face which is in front when involved in a frontal collision,
a horizontal rib extending in a vehicle width direction and having a rear edge connected to a bottom wall, and a vertical
rib extending in a vertical direction so as to be perpendicular to the horizontal rib and having a rear edge connected to
the bottom wall and upper and lower edges connected to the pair of side walls, respectively, and the horizontal rib and the
vertical rib being formed into a lattice shape, wherein
the main body part, which is reinforced with continuous fibers, and the horizontal rib and the vertical rib, which are reinforced
with a discontinuous fiber, are press formed at the same time, and

wherein the rib has a cutout in an intermediate part in a direction joining the pair of side walls.

US Pat. No. 9,199,629

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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

1. An automatic transmission comprising:
a housing;
a drive source;
an input member arranged in the housing to which motive power of the drive source is transmitted;
a planetary gear mechanism comprising a plurality of elements rotatable in the housing;
a plurality of engagement mechanisms configured to switch between a connected state wherein at least one of the plurality
of elements is connected to another of the plurality of elements and a first fixed state wherein the at least one or another
of the plurality of elements is fixed to the housing;

an output member; and
a control unit configured to control the plurality of engagement mechanisms,
the automatic transmission configured to shift rotation of the input member in multiple stages and freely output the rotation
from the output member and further comprising:

a switching mechanism configured to switch between a reverse-rotation preventing state where a normal rotation by which a
vehicle runs in a forward direction is allowed and a reverse rotation by which the vehicle runs in a backward direction is
prevented with respect to one of the plurality of elements and a second fixed state where the one of the plurality of elements
is fixed to the housing, wherein:

the control unit is configured to bring the switching mechanism into the reverse-rotation preventing state when a shift position
is in a forward range and bring the switching mechanism into the second fixed state when the shift position is in a backward
range;

the control unit is configured to perform a backward preparation mode which enables an rpm of the one of the plurality of
elements fixed by the switching mechanism to be a predetermined rpm or less by bringing the one of a plurality of engagement
mechanisms into the connected state or the first fixed state when the shift position is switched from the forward range to
the backward range; and

the control unit is configured to switch the switching mechanism from the reverse-rotation preventing state to the second
fixed state after the rpm of the one of the plurality of elements becomes the predetermined rpm or less by performing the
backward preparation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,193,346

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION CONTROLLER

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

1. An automatic transmission controller for controlling an automatic transmission that transmits a driving force from an internal
combustion engine to a wheel of a vehicle while shifting the driving force by selecting a gear ratio from a plurality of gear
ratios in accordance with a driving state of the vehicle,
the automatic transmission including
a starting mechanism connected to the internal combustion engine,
a plurality of planetary gear mechanisms each including rotation elements that are a sun gear, a carrier, and a ring gear,
and

a plurality of engagement mechanisms that connect or hold fixed the rotation elements of the planetary gear mechanisms and
that set the plurality of gear ratios of the automatic transmission by means of a combination of engagements between the plurality
of engagement mechanisms and the rotation elements, one of the plurality of engagement mechanisms being a mechanical engagement
mechanism that permits switching of a rotational direction of one of the rotation elements of the plurality of planetary gear
mechanisms,

the automatic transmission controller comprising:
an idling reduction controller that performs idling reduction control in which the mechanical engagement mechanism is operated
to switch rotational directions for a forward gear and a reverse gear and to allow rotation in each of the forward gear and
the reverse gear and in which the internal combustion engine is stopped;

an idling-reduction-control permission determiner that determines whether or not to permit the idling reduction control; and
an engagement controller that, when the idling-reduction-control permission determiner permits the idling reduction control,
allows rotation of an input shaft of the automatic transmission, and that, in a case where an output shaft of the automatic
transmission is rotated by a wheel of the vehicle in a rotational direction such that the vehicle moves backward, sets the
plurality of engagement mechanisms including at least the mechanical engagement mechanism so as to fix the output shaft of
the automatic transmission to a casing of the automatic transmission or so as to prevent the vehicle from moving backward.

US Pat. No. 9,186,986

PROPULSIVE APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

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

1. A propulsive apparatus for use in an electric vehicle, comprising;
a propulsive motor serving as a propulsive source for the electric vehicle;
a drive shaft;
a constant velocity joint operatively connecting the propulsive motor and the drive shaft to each other, the constant velocity
joint including an inner member fitted over an end of the drive shaft and an outer member housing the inner member therein;

a gear rotatable by the propulsive motor, the gear having first teeth, and the outer member having a portion with second teeth
disposed on an outer wall surface thereof; and

a speed reducer mechanism operable in response to rotation of the gear, wherein the portion of the outer member with the second
teeth disposed thereon serves as a gear of the speed reducer mechanism,

wherein the speed reducer mechanism includes:
a first gear having third teeth held in mesh with the first teeth; and
a second gear having fourth teeth held in mesh with the second teeth,
wherein the portion of the outer member with the second teeth disposed thereon is larger in diameter than the second gear.

US Pat. No. 9,186,994

VEHICLE INPUT APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicle input apparatus comprising;
a display screen that displays a cursor that indicates an operation item with respect to a predetermined operation object;
an input device that outputs signals according to a sliding operation using fingers of an operator on an operation surface;
a display control unit that controls a movement of the cursor on the display screen according to the signals that are output
from the input device; and

a steering wheel that is provided in the vehicle,
wherein the input device includes a plurality of the operation surfaces that are disposed at a plurality of different positions
within a range which is reachable by the fingers of an operator sitting in a driver's seat of the vehicle,

the plurality of operation surfaces are disposed at predetermined locations on a grip portion of the steering wheel, the predetermined
locations being deviated from a center of the grip portion of the steering wheel in a neutral state to a left side and a right
side in a vehicle width direction,

the display screen includes a plurality of display areas that are divided according to the number of the plurality of operation
surfaces,

the plurality of display areas are disposed between outside ends of the plurality of operation surfaces with respect to the
vehicle width direction in the steering wheel in the neutral state,

each of the plurality of operation surfaces is associated with separate display areas according to an absolute coordinate,
a left side operation surface among the plurality of operation surfaces is set so as to correspond to a left side display
area among the plurality of display areas according to an absolute coordinate,

a right side operation surface among the plurality of operation surfaces is set so as to correspond to a right side display
area among the plurality of display areas according to an absolute coordinate, and

an operation range is set on the display screen so that the cursor can only be moved within the range of the respective associated
separate display areas, and

wherein
the operation ranges that are associated with adjacent display areas are set so as to overlap each other in the vicinity of
a boundary, which is provided at a center position between the adjacent display areas and extends in a direction orthogonal
to a longitudinal direction of the display screen, with respect to the plurality of display areas and the plurality of operation
ranges, and

a position on the operation surface, which corresponds to a portion of the operation range overlapping the other operation
range beyond the boundary, is a dead band.

US Pat. No. 9,187,130

VEHICLE BODY LATERAL STRUCTURE

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

1. A side vehicle body structure comprising:
left and right rear wheel houses extending upward from vehicle-widthwise outer side portions of a floor section constituting
a rear floor of a vehicle body;

upper stiffeners joined to corresponding ones of the rear wheel houses and protruding toward a middle of a passenger compartment;
and

pillars extending upward from the corresponding ones of the rear wheel houses, each of the pillars including an inner pillar
member protruding toward the middle of the passenger compartment,

each of the upper stiffeners having an extension section extending upward from the corresponding rear wheel house to be superposed
on a lower end of the inner pillar member so that the upper stiffener connects to the inner pillar member via the extension
section,

wherein each of the rear wheel houses has a first closed-sectional portion formed by the upper stiffener being ioined thereto,
each of the pillars includes a pillar stiffener closing an opening of the inner pillar member by being ioined to an outside
of a passenger compartment in opposed relation to the inner pillar member, and a second closed-sectional portion defined by
the inner pillar member and the pillar stiffener and extending in an up-down direction of the side vehicle body structure,
and the pillar stiffener includes a lower-end extension extending downward beyond the lower end of the inner pillar member,
the lower-end extension being located in overlapping relation to the extension section of the upper stiffener,

wherein each of the rear wheel houses includes an inner rear wheel house member disposed proximate to the passenger compartment,
an outer rear wheel house member disposed outside of the passenger compartment and ioined to an end portion of the inner rear
wheel house member, and a lower wheel house stiffener joined from below to the inner rear wheel house member and the outer
rear wheel house member in superposed relation to the inner rear wheel house member and the outer rear wheel house member,
and

wherein the upper stiffener is disposed on a surface of the inner rear wheel house member facing toward the passenger compartment,
the lower-end extension of the pillar stiffener has a lower end ioined to an upper surface of the outer rear wheel house member,
and the lower wheel house stiffener extends to overlap the upper stiffener and the pillar and has a vehicle-widthwise outer
side portion extending to a joint portion between the outer rear wheel house member and the lower-end-extension of the pillar
stiffener, the vehicle-widthwise outer side portion, the outer rear wheel house member and the lower-end-extension of the
pillar stiffener being joined together with the outer rear wheel house member disposed between the vehicle-widthwise outer
side portion and the lower-end-extension of the pillar stiffener.

US Pat. No. 9,187,134

VEHICLE BODY SIDE STRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A vehicle body side part structure comprising:
a side sill inner panel forming a vehicle-cabin inner surface of a side sill provided at a lower side part of a vehicle body
and extending longitudinally of the vehicle body;

a pillar inner panel forming a vehicle-cabin inner surface of a pillar extending upwardly from a front end of the side sill;
an outer member connected to vehicle-cabin outer sides of the side sill inner panel and the pillar inner panel to thereby
define a closed cross section continuing from the side sill up to the pillar; and

a bulkhead partitioning the closed cross section into plurality,
wherein the outer member comprises:
a first U-shaped cross section formed into a U shape in cross section by a sill outer panel sidewall opposed to a vehicle
width direction and by sill outer panel upper and lower walls extending from upper and lower ends of the sill outer panel
sidewall centerward in the vehicle width direction, the first U-shaped cross section defining, jointly with the side sill
inner panel, a side sill closed cross section; and

a second closed cross section formed into a U shape in cross section by a pillar outer panel sidewall opposed to the vehicle
width direction and by pillar outer panel front and rear walls extending from front and rear ends of the pillar outer panel
sidewalls centerward in the vehicle width direction, the second U-shaped cross section defining, jointly with the pillar inner
panel, a pillar closed cross section,

the bulkhead comprises:
a rear end flange connected to the sill outer panel upper wall;
a front end flange connected to the pillar outer panel front wall; and
a partition formed into a U shape in cross section by the sill outer panel side and lower walls, the partition defining a
third U-shaped cross section,

the third U-shaped cross section defines, jointly with the side sill inner panel, a closed cross section extension extending
as far as the pillar outer panel front wall.

US Pat. No. 9,181,897

SLIDING MEMBER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SLIDING MEMBER

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

1. A sliding member having a sliding face that slides in a sliding target member, wherein an undercoat layer containing a
resin material is provided on the surface of a base member, a solid lubricating portion that is formed on the undercoat layer
and constitutes the sliding face from at least one kind of material selected from the group consisting of silver, silver alloy,
copper and copper alloy is provided, and an intermixture layer in which both the undercoat layer and the solid lubricating
portion are intermixed with each other is interposed between the undercoat layer and the solid lubricating portion,
wherein the porosity of the solid lubricating portion is equal to 2% or less, and the thickness of the intermixture layer
is equal to 10 nm or more.

US Pat. No. 9,177,477

COLLISION WARNING SYSTEM USING DRIVER INTENTION ESTIMATOR

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

1. A method of operating a collision warning system in a subject vehicle, comprising the steps of:
receiving, by an electronic control unit (ECU), information related to a target vehicle approaching an intersection, wherein
the information related to the target vehicle has been transmitted by the target vehicle;

determining, based on the received information related to the target vehicle, a distance of the target vehicle from the intersection,
a current speed of the target vehicle, and an acceleration of the target vehicle by the ECU;

calculating, by the ECU, an initial state of the target vehicle as the target vehicle approaches the intersection based on
the distance of the target vehicle from the intersection;

calculating, by the ECU, a plurality of possible end states of the target vehicle based on the initial state, the distance
of the target vehicle from the intersection, the current speed of the target vehicle, and the acceleration of the target vehicle;

predicting, by the ECU, a final end state of the plurality of possible end states based on the step of calculating the plurality
of possible end states;

wherein the final end state is associated with a predicted target vehicle action selected from a plurality of vehicle actions,
the plurality of vehicle actions comprising going straight through the intersection, stopping at the intersection, and making
a turn at the intersection; and

initiating a providing of an alert through the collision warning system based on the predicted target vehicle action.

US Pat. No. 9,175,732

VARIABLE SPEED TRANSMISSION CLUTCH LINKAGE

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

1. A clutch linkage for a variable speed transmission comprising:
a control shaft pivotable about an axis of the control shaft;
two arms connected to the control shaft, each of the arms being pivotable with the control shaft about the axis between a
first position and a second position in response to pivoting of the control shaft;

a cross-bar connecting the two arms;
a projection positioned on each of the arms between the control shaft and the cross-bar, each projection being configured
for exerting a force on a movable sleeve when the two arms are moved between the first position and the second position, the
movable sleeve being movable between a disengaged position away from a clutch element and an engaged position against the
clutch element; and

at least one shoulder on the two arms, the at least one shoulder being configured to move into contact with and exert a force
on the clutch element when the two arms are moved between the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,174,514

GLASS OPERATION BASED ON TEMPERATURE INPUT/VEHICLE SPEED, FINAL LOGIC DECIDED BY CUSTOMER

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

1. A system for operating a window of an automotive vehicle having a convertible top, the system comprising:
at least one powered window selectively driven by a motor;
a controller operatively connected to the motor that sends a signal for automatically positioning the powered window to one
of a raised or lowered position in response to lowering of the convertible top;

a first sensor and a second sensor operatively connected to the controller, the first sensor monitoring a temperature outside
of the automotive vehicle and the second sensor monitoring a vehicle speed; and

an input operatively associated with the controller that allows a user to select one of 3 different, default modes of the
raised and lowered positions of the at least one powered window in response to lowering the convertible top including

(i) always lower the at least one powered window as a first default mode
(ii) always raise the at least one powered window as a second default mode
(iii) use outside temperature and/or velocity of the vehicle to raise or lower the at least one powered window as a third
default mode.

US Pat. No. 9,168,971

ACCELERATOR OPERATING DEVICE

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

1. An accelerator operating device which electrically controls an output of a power unit on the basis of a manipulated variable
of a controller, wherein the accelerator operating device is arranged in a case and comprises:
a turning member turned upon operation of the controller;
a return spring biasing the turning member in a returning direction while the turning member is turned; and
a friction generating mechanism adding a frictional resistance to a turning movement of the turning member;
wherein the friction generating mechanism includes:
a friction member with a flange portion that extends outwardly in a radial direction of the turning member, with the flange
portion facing one side of the turning member,

a friction spring which applies a pressing force to the one side of the friction flange for pressing the friction flange against
the one side of the turning member,

a positioning flange standing on an inner circumference of the case and extending inwardly in the radial direction of the
turning member,

the positioning flange extending in such a way as to face and be in contact with an opposite side of the turning member, and
wherein the friction spring is a coil spring and a portion of the return spring is arranged directly inside the friction spring
in a manner such that the friction spring and the portion of the return spring arranged inside the friction spring directly
overlap each other in the radial direction at least partially along an axial direction of the turning member.

US Pat. No. 9,163,603

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A control system for an internal combustion engine that is installed on a vehicle as a motive power source and is connected,
as a motive power source, to a heat supply device that supplies heat to an air conditioner of the vehicle, the control system
executing idle stop control for temporarily stopping the engine during stoppage of the vehicle and restarting the engine from
the temporarily stopped state, comprising:
lower limit blowout temperature-setting means for setting a lower limit value of a blowout temperature that is a temperature
of air blown out from the air conditioner into a compartment of the vehicle, as a lower limit blowout temperature;

estimated blowout temperature-calculating means for calculating an estimated value of the blowout temperature as an estimated
blowout temperature; and

control means for causing the engine to be restarted when the estimated blowout temperature calculated when the engine is
in the temporarily stopped state has become not higher than the lower limit blowout temperature,

wherein the air conditioner includes an electric fan,
the control system further comprising:
air conditioner suction temperature-detecting means for detecting a temperature of air sucked into the air conditioner as
an air conditioner suction temperature; and

power parameter-detecting means for detecting a power parameter indicative of electric power supplied to said electric fan,
wherein said estimated blowout temperature-calculating means comprises:
stop-time blowout temperature-calculating means for calculating the blowout temperature in timing in which the engine is temporarily
stopped, as a stop-time blowout temperature;

temperature drop amount-calculating means for calculating a temperature drop amount of the air blown out from the air conditioner
after the timing in which the engine is temporarily stopped, using the air conditioner suction temperature detected when the
engine is in the temporarily stopped state, and the power parameter detected when the engine is in the temporarily stopped
state; and

subtraction means for calculating the estimated blowout temperature by subtracting the calculated temperature drop amount
from the calculated stop-time blowout temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,163,152

UV PHOTOACTIVATABLE CURABLE PAINT FORMULATIONS AND CURED COATINGS THEREOF

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., (...

1. A UV photoactivatible curable paint formulation for providing a cured paint coating of a desired appearance on a substrate
by UV irradiation, said formulation comprising a UV curable film-forming compound; a UV photoinitiator; and a particulate
UV reflective metal in an effective amount to enhance the rate of cure without affecting the resultant desired appearance
of said cured paint coating.

US Pat. No. 9,161,880

WALKING ASSIST DEVICE

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

1. A walking assist device comprising:
a support member, a pair of leg links, and actuators;
the support member adapted to support a user and transmit user's body weight, the pair of leg links each connected to the
support member to be swingable about a swing fulcrum through a first joint constituted of a swing mechanism, and each of the
pair of leg links having a first link and a second link, wherein the second link of each of the leg links is connected to
the first link of each of the leg links through a second joint, each of the actuators for each leg link being operated to
displace the first link and the second link relative to each other to produce an assist force that assists at least part of
the user's body weight so as to assist the user to walk,

wherein the improvement comprises:
a length reducing mechanism for each leg link and adapted to reduce length from the second joint to the swing fulcrum as an
angle between the first link and the second link about the second joint is decreased,

wherein the first joint of each leg link includes an arc-shaped guide rail fastened to the support member, the guide rail
having a center of curvature at the swing fulcrum, and a slider movably engaged with the guide rail, each leg link is connected
to the support member to be swingable about the center of curvature of the guide rail, and each actuator of each leg link
is connected to a connecting rod in the first link of each leg link, the connecting rod interconnecting the first joint and
the second link of each leg link,

wherein the length reducing mechanism for each leg link includes a slider gear fastened to the slider, a link gear meshed
with the slider gear and connected to the actuator for each leg link, and a rocker arm, one end of the rocker arm fastened
with the link gear and the other end of the rocker arm rotatably connected to the connecting rod, and the link gear is driven
by the actuator to rotate the rocker arm to move the connecting rod backward such that the length from the second joint to
the swing fulcrum is reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,162,711

VEHICLE BODY SIDE SECTION STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body side section structure comprising:
a roof side rail extending longitudinally on and along an upper part of a lateral side section of a vehicle body for supporting
a lateral outer end of a roof panel;

a center pillar extending downward from a longitudinally intermediate portion of the roof side rail, the center pillar including
a center pillar inner member disposed on an inner side in a width direction of the vehicle body and a center pillar outer
member disposed on an outer side in the width direction of the vehicle body and joined to the center pillar inner member,
the center pillar inner member having an upper part joined to the roof side rail;

a slide rail accommodation recess configured to accommodate therewithin a slide rail for a slide door, the slide rail accommodation
recess being formed in a longitudinal portion of the roof side rail adjacent a connection section between the roof side rail
and the upper part of the center pillar inner member; and

a bracket disposed on the connection section between the roof side rail and the upper part of the center pillar inner member,
wherein the slide rail accommodation recess has a front end wall section configured to extend upward from a front end thereof,
and

wherein the bracket includes:
a rail-side part joined to the roof side rail and forming a rail closed section together with the roof side rail;
a pillar-side part joined to the upper part of the center pillar inner member and forming a pillar closed section together
with the upper part of the center pillar inner member; and

a linking part connecting the rail-side part and the pillar-side part on a forward side of the front end wall section.

US Pat. No. 9,157,524

VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

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

1. A vehicle transmission comprising:
a main transmission configured to output the number of revolutions per unit time of a power source at a predetermined gear
ratio by performing switching between a plurality of speed-changing gear pairs;

a sub-transmission disposed downstream of the main transmission and configured to convert an output of the main transmission
selectively at one of two different gear ratios, the sub-transmission being configured to be switched by a manual operation;

main transmission shift position sensing means for sensing a gear position of the main transmission; and
sub-transmission shift position sensing means for sensing a gear position of the sub-transmission,
wherein the main transmission is an automatic transmission which performs gear shifting with gear shift timing according to
one of gear shift maps, the one gear shift map being selected in accordance with a throttle opening degree of a vehicle and
a vehicle speed,

the sub-transmission is configured to be switched between a drive position and a low position having a larger reduction ratio
than the drive position,

the gear shift maps comprise a first gear shift map corresponding to the drive position of the sub-transmission and a second
gear shift map corresponding to the low position thereof, and

the vehicle transmission further comprises map switching means for performing switching between the first gear shift map and
the second gear shift map in accordance with sensing signals from the sub-transmission shift position sensing means.

US Pat. No. 9,153,840

LITHIUM ION CONDUCTIVE COMPOSITE ELECTROLYTE AND LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY USING SAME

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

1. A lithium ion conductive composite electrolyte comprising a composite electrolyte in which a lithium ion conductive polymer
gel electrolyte is held in a porous body formed from lithium ion conductive inorganic solid electrolyte particles,
wherein the porous body is formed from an organic polymer, and lithium ion conductive inorganic solid electrolyte particles
that are formed from a composite metal oxide that is represented by the chemical formula Li7?yLa3?xAxZr?yMyO12 (wherein 0?x?3, 0?y?2, A is one metal selected from the group consisting of Y, Nd, Sm, and Gd, and M is one metal selected
from Nb or Ta), and that has a garnet structure, and

the organic polymer forming the porous body comprises a polyimide.

US Pat. No. 9,150,253

VEHICLE BODY FRAME STRUCTURE FOR AUTOMOBILE

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

1. A vehicle body frame structure comprising:
a side frame that is arranged on one of a front side and a rear side of a cabin along a vehicle body longitudinal direction;
a sub-frame that is arranged below the side frame and supports a suspension component;
a cabin side support member that is arranged outside and below one of a front section and a rear section of the cabin, and
that supports an end portion of the sub-frame which is at a side adjacent to the cabin;

an under-floor frame that is arranged below a stepped portion of a floor adjacent to a floor tunnel portion of the cabin,
along the vehicle body longitudinal direction; and

a link stay that is arranged across and connects together the end portion of the side adjacent to the cabin in the sub-frame
and the under-floor frame,

wherein the sub-frame includes:
a separate side fastening portion which is an end portion on a side separating from the cabin and is fastened to a member
on an extension end side of the side frame;

an adjacent side fastening portion which is the end portion on the side adjacent to the cabin and is fastened and fixed to
the cabin side support member from a lower side; and

a central bending point which is configured to be bent down at a substantially central portion in between of the separate
side fastening portion and the adjacent side fastening portion in the longitudinal direction,

wherein in the link stay, a first end portion side of the link stay is fastened to a lower surface of the cabin side support
member together with the adjacent side fastening portion so as to be extractable, and a second end portion side of the link
stay is fastened to the under-floor frame by a support bolt extending in a vehicle width direction and a nut screwed to the
support bolt,

wherein the nut for fastening the second end portion side of the link stay is held by a lateral wall on a side separating
from the floor tunnel portion of the link stay, and

wherein the support bolt is fitted into the nut from a lower side of the floor tunnel portion.

US Pat. No. 9,150,267

FUEL-TANK SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A fuel-tank support structure for a motorcycle, comprising:
a head pipe;
a left main frame extending rearward to diverge from the head pipe to left;
a right main frame extending rearward to diverge from the head pipe to right;
a left outer extending portion provided in the left main frame to extend outward in a vehicle width direction of the motorcycle;
a right outer extending portion provided in the right main frame to extend outward in the vehicle width direction;
a left tank support stay configured to protrude from a fuel tank and supported by the left outer extending portion; and
a right tank support stay configured to protrude from the fuel tank and supported by the right outer extending portion,
wherein the left tank support stay is configured to extend outward in the vehicle width direction from a left edge of the
fuel tank to straddle the left main frame and reaches the left outer extending portion, and

wherein the right tank support stay is configured to extend outward in the vehicle width direction from a right edge of the
fuel tank to straddle the right main frame and reaches the right outer extending portion.

US Pat. No. 9,150,083

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO AUTOMATICALLY REDUCE AN AMOUNT OF LIGHT INTERACTING WITH A VEHICLE DISPLAY

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

8. A system for controlling an amount of light entering a vehicle, said system comprising:
a display device;
at least one light sensor;
a light damping mechanism; and
a computing device communicatively coupled to said at least one light sensor and said light damping mechanism, said computing
device configured to:

receive a signal indicative of an intensity of light entering the vehicle from said at least one light sensor;
compare the intensity of light entering the vehicle with a predefined intensity threshold; and
activate said light damping mechanism when the intensity of light entering the vehicle exceeds the predefined intensity threshold
and when an operational status of said display device is active, wherein said light damping mechanism facilitates at least
one of reducing the intensity of light interacting with said display device and reducing light from said display device reflecting
off a window.

US Pat. No. 9,140,334

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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

1. An automatic transmission, comprising:
a plurality of planetary gear mechanisms disposed on an axis of an input shaft housed in a transmission case, the plurality
of planetary gear mechanisms including:

a planetary gear mechanism A in which elements are rotatable relative to each other; and
a planetary gear mechanism B disposed adjacent to the planetary gear mechanism A, in which elements are rotatable relative
to each other;

a clutch disposed between the planetary gear mechanism B and the transmission case and capable of coupling a carrier of the
planetary gear mechanism B to the input shaft;

a connection member disposed inside a sun gear of the planetary gear mechanism B in a radial direction and connecting the
carrier of the planetary gear mechanism B to a clutch hub of the clutch;

an abutting portion in which an end portion of the connection member, on the planetary gear mechanism A side, axially abuts
on the carrier of the planetary gear mechanism B;

a bearing A disposed between the connection member and a clutch drum of the clutch and capable of supporting a thrust load;
and

a bearing B disposed between the transmission case and the clutch drum of the clutch and capable of supporting the thrust
load,

wherein a predetermined gear is established by controlling a coupling relationship among elements of the plurality of planetary
gear mechanisms, the input shaft, and the transmission case by using a plurality of the clutches and a plurality of brakes.

US Pat. No. 9,139,176

BRAKE DEVICE FOR A MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A brake device for a motorcycle, the brake device configured to electrically drive and control a front wheel braking unit
and a rear wheel braking unit in response to each operation of a front wheel braking operation unit and a rear wheel braking
operation unit, and configured to drive and control the rear wheel braking unit and the front wheel braking unit in a combined
manner based on an operation of the rear wheel braking operation unit,
wherein a target hydraulic pressure acting on the front wheel braking unit is corrected using an arithmetic expression in
such a manner that a braking force of the front wheel braking unit becomes smaller than a braking force corresponding to an
additional operation of the front wheel braking operation unit, when the front wheel braking operation unit is operated in
addition to the rear wheel braking operation unit, and the front wheel braking unit is generating braking force in combination
with the rear wheel braking unit,

wherein the arithmetic expression is represented by: PA=PB+K×PC1, and

wherein PA represents the target hydraulic pressure, PB represents hydraulic pressure of the front wheel braking unit, K represents
a preset prescribed function, and PC1 represents a target additional hydraulic pressure based on the additional operation of the front wheel braking operation
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,132,732

CHARGING PORT STRUCTURE AND STRADDLED VEHICLE

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

1. A charging port structure comprising:
a charging port fixedly disposed within a recess provided in a wall member;
a base end part of a cover member, capable of closing the charging port, is pivotably supported at a position adjacent to
the charging port;

a lid capable of closing the recess so as to cover the cover member from the outside is pivotably supported on the wall member;
wherein the charging port structure including a retainer operable in response to the lid being closed to retain a closed state
of the lid;

a releasing mechanism operable so as to release the retention of the closed state of the lid by the retainer; and
a coupler operable in association with operation of the retainer when closing the lid to pivot the cover member toward a closed
position of the cover member,

wherein the relative positions of the cover member and the lid are set so that the pivot trajectory of an extremity part of
the cover member does not touch or interfere with the lid in the closed state.

US Pat. No. 9,126,467

DAMPER WITH VARIABLE DAMPING FORCE

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

1. A damping force variable damper for use in a suspension system of a vehicle, the damper providing a variable damping force
and comprising:
a cylinder filled with a fluid and having a first fluid chamber and a second fluid chamber;
a piston slidably disposed within the cylinder, the piston separating the first fluid chamber and the second fluid chamber
from each other and having a fluid passage through which the first fluid chamber communicates with the second fluid chamber,
wherein the fluid passage is an elongated hole and has a cross-section taken perpendicular to an axial direction of the cylinder,
the cross-section having an elongated curved shape along an outer circumference of the piston;

a valve member disposed in the piston for closing the fluid passage, the valve member opening the fluid passage when the piston
slides;

a piezoelectric body connected to the valve member for pressing the valve member toward the fluid passage when a voltage is
applied to the piezoelectric body, wherein change in the voltage applied to the piezoelectric body changes a force pressing
the valve member, and the change in the force changes the damping force; and

a bellows disposed at the valve member for sealingly separating the piezoelectric body from the fluid, the bellows urging
a piston in a direction to contract the piezoelectric body.

US Pat. No. 9,130,202

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FUEL CELL SYSTEM WITH IN-STOP-MODE POWER GENERATING PROCESS AND STARTUP PROCESS

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

1. A method for controlling a fuel cell system having a fuel cell to generate power according to an electrochemical reaction
of an oxide gas supplied to a cathode side with a fuel gas supplied to an anode side, an oxide-gas supply apparatus to supply
the oxide gas to the fuel cell, and a fuel-gas supply apparatus to supply the fuel gas to the fuel cell, the method comprising:
an in-stop-mode power generating process of, when an operation stop instruction to stop an operation of the fuel cell is detected,
stopping supply of the fuel gas from the fuel-gas supply apparatus to the fuel cell, supplying the oxide gas to the fuel cell
to generate power from the oxide-gas supply apparatus, and stopping power generation of the fuel cell; and

a first startup process performed when a pressure of the anode side is equal to or lower than a first threshold pressure of,
when an operation start instruction to start the fuel cell system is detected after the in-stop-mode power generating process,
starting supplying the fuel gas from the fuel-gas supply apparatus to the fuel cell, and starting supplying the oxide gas
from the oxide-gas supply apparatus after the starting of supply of the fuel gas.

US Pat. No. 9,126,632

VEHICLE BODY TOP STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body upper structure comprising:
left and right side rails disposed at upper parts of lateral sides of a vehicle body and extending in a longitudinal direction
of the vehicle body; and

a front rail extending in a lateral direction of the vehicle body and having one end joined to the left side rail and an opposite
end joined to the right side rail, the front rail having a predetermined width extending in the longitudinal direction of
the vehicle,

wherein at least one of the one end and the opposite end of the front rail includes a thick plate portion and a thin plate
portion, said thin plate portion having a thickness dimension that is smaller than a thickness dimension of said thick plate
portion, the thick plate portion and the thin plate portion being arranged longitudinally of the vehicle body, and the thin
plate portion being coupled to at least one of the left and right side rails,

wherein the front rail comprises a plate-shaped front rail upper member having the one end and the opposite end, and a plate-shaped
bracket coupled to the one end or the opposite end, the bracket having a thickness dimension that is smaller than the thickness
dimension of the front rail upper member,

wherein the one end or the opposite end has a cutout portion or through-hole formed to match the thin plate portion, wherein
the bracket overlaps the one end or the opposite end and includes an exposure portion exposed through the cutout portion or
the through-hole,

wherein the thin plate portion is defined by the exposure portion, and
wherein the front rail upper member includes a remaining portion where the cutout portion or the though-hole is not formed,
the thick plate portion being formed by an overlap between the remaining portion and the bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,127,961

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR USE IN PLANNING A TRIP

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

1. A computer-implemented method for planning a trip, said method comprising:
determining a projected route between a first location and a second location;
determining a first point-of-interest associated with a third location proximate to the projected route, wherein the first
point-of-interest is determined based at least in part on the projected route between the first location and the second location;

presenting the first point-of-interest to a user;
identifying a time associated with the second location;
determining a second point-of-interest associated with the second location based at least in part on the time associated with
the second location; and

presenting the second point-of-interest to the user.

US Pat. No. 9,109,531

METHOD FOR TESTING CASTING QUALITY AND APPARATUS THEREFOR

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

1. A method for testing quality of a casting, the method comprising:
collecting sand that has fallen from an internal cavity of the casting at a collection area, wherein the collection area includes
a screen and a pad;

capturing a first image of sand that has fallen onto the pad;
analyzing the first image to determine an amount of black sand that has fallen onto the pad;
capturing a second image of sand that has been retained on the screen; and
analyzing the second image to determine an amount of black sand chunks retained on the screen.

US Pat. No. 9,109,470

TIMING BELT PULLEY MOUNTING AND GEOMETRY FOR USE IN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES

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

1. A drive system for an internal combustion engine comprising:
a crankshaft rotatable about a center longitudinal axis, the crankshaft comprising a shaft portion and a pin assembly configured
for connection to a reciprocating piston, the pin assembly comprising a slot formed on an exterior surface thereof;

a timing belt pulley positioned about the shaft portion against the pin assembly and comprising a key extending towards the
pin assembly and configured for engaging the slot such that the timing belt pulley is coupled to the crankshaft for rotation
about the center longitudinal axis; and

a counterweight connected to the shaft portion;
wherein the slot is formed on an exterior surface of the counterweight that faces the timing belt pulley.

US Pat. No. 9,106,107

CONTACTLESS POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE PROVIDED IN A VEHICLE FOR CHARGING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

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

1. A contactless power transmission device which transmits electric power in a contactless way, comprising:
a power transmission section which transmits electric power using a primary coil;
a power receiving section which is provided in a radio communication device and receives electric power using a secondary
coil that is electromagnetically coupled with the primary coil;

a housing which shields an electromagnetic wave, in which the power transmission section is provided, and which forms a closed
space where the radio communication device is housed; and

a housing antenna section which is provided in the housing and transmits a first communication signal to the outside of the
housing, or transmits a second communication signal to the inside of the housing, the first communication signal being emitted
from the radio communication device housed inside the housing, the second communication signal being emitted from the radio
communication device housed outside the housing, wherein

the housing includes a box body which is fixed inside a vehicle body and a lid which is fixed to the box body so as to open
and close,

the housing antenna section includes an internal antenna section which is provided on an inside surface of the lid and an
external antenna section which is connected to the internal antenna section and provided outside the housing, and

the power transmission section is fixed to the box body.

US Pat. No. 9,103,398

VARIABLE DAMPING FORCE DAMPER

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

1. A variable damping force damper, comprising:
a hollow cylinder having hydraulic oil sealed therein;
a columnar piston configured to reciprocate in the cylinder and separate an interior of the cylinder into a first oil chamber
and a second oil chamber; and

a piston rod having the piston at an end thereof,wherein the piston comprises:
an inner yoke made of a ferromagnetic material, the inner yoke being secured to the piston rod and having an outer peripheral
surface coaxial with the cylinder;

an outer yoke made of a ferromagnetic material, the outer yoke having an inner peripheral surface coaxial with the outer peripheral
surface of the inner yoke and opposing the outer peripheral surface of the inner yoke via a predetermined gap;

an electromagnetic coil disposed in the gap;
a first communication oil passage in communication with the first oil chamber and having an opening in an axial end surface
of the piston on a side of the second oil chamber;

a valve plate configured to have elasticity and close the opening of the first communication oil passage, the valve plate
being made of a ferromagnetic material and attracted in a closing direction by a magnetic force of the electromagnetic coil;

a pressure accumulation housing secured to the axial end surface of the piston on the side of the second oil chamber and defining
a pressure accumulation chamber on a side of the

valve plate opposite to the opening;
a second communication oil passage connecting the pressure accumulation chamber and the second oil chamber with each other;
and wherein the pressure accumulation housing is fastened to the inner yoke by a fastening member, and at least a part of
the second communication oil passage is formed in the fastening member on an axis of the fastening member.

US Pat. No. 9,085,230

SADDLE RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle ride vehicle in which a vehicle body frame includes a head pipe supporting a front fork in a steerable manner,
the front fork rotatably supporting a front wheel, and a single down frame extending downwardly and rearwardly from the head
pipe wherein an engine main body is arranged behind the down frame and is mounted on the vehicle body frame and a pair of
left and right radiators is arranged separately on left and right sides of the down frame respectively and is supported on
the vehicle body frame in front of the engine main body, and
a pair of left and right exhaust pipes connected to front portions of the engine main body,
so that when viewed in a front view, the left radiator, the left exhaust pipe, the down frame, the right exhaust pipe, and
the right radiator can be seen as being arranged side by side in a left-right direction,

wherein each of the pair of the left and right exhaust pipes is arranged to extend through respective spaces between the pair
of left and right radiators and the down frame while a distance between the two exhaust pipes becomes narrower toward an upper
side.

US Pat. No. 9,085,861

SNOW REMOVAL MACHINE

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

1. A snow removal machine in which an engine drives at least an auger and a blower for blowing snow, gathered by the auger,
to around the machine through a shooter and which is self-propelled via a travel unit, the snow removal machine comprising
a mode switching operation section for selecting and switching to any one of a plurality of control modes differing from each
other in engine output control characteristic;

a control section for controlling the engine by executing any one of the plurality of control modes in accordance with an
operation signal output from the mode switching operation section; and

a speed lever for controlling a traveling speed of the travel unit,
wherein the control section makes a determination as to whether an operating state of the engine in the control mode currently
executed by the control section is in a recommended operating range preset on a basis of at least a rotating speed and degree
of throttle opening of the engine, and the control section issues an instruction to a display section such that the display
section displays a result of the determination, and

wherein, upon determination that the operating state of the engine is outside the recommended operating range, the control
section issues an instruction to the display section such that the display section makes a display prompting a human operator
to operate the speed lever.

US Pat. No. 9,083,017

FUEL CELL STACK

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

1. A fuel cell stack comprising:
a plurality of unit cells stacked in a stacking direction substantially along a direction of gravity, each of the plurality
of unit cells comprising:

a first metal separator;
a second metal separator;
a membrane electrode assembly sandwiched between the first metal separator and the second metal separator and comprising:
a first electrode extending substantially in a horizontal direction;
a second electrode extending substantially in the horizontal direction; and
an electrolyte membrane sandwiched between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a reactant gas channel to allow a reactant gas to flow along a surface of each of the first and second metal separators;
a reactant gas inlet manifold and a reactant gas outlet manifold to allow the reactant gas to flow to the reactant gas inlet
manifold and the reactant gas outlet manifold in the stacking direction; and

a bridge portion to form a connection channel to connect at least the reactant gas outlet manifold to the reactant gas channel,
the bridge portion including a guide portion to break a continuity of condensed water,

wherein the guide portion comprises a protrusion formed at an end of the bridge portion adjacent to the reactant gas outlet
manifold, the protrusion protruding in a width direction and being disposed in the connection channel.

US Pat. No. 9,073,415

SUNSHADE DEVICE

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

1. A sunshade device disposed in an opening of a vehicle, comprising:
a pair of winding devices arranged to be separated away from each other;
a sheet-like shade member wound by each of the winding devices to be drawable therefrom;
a frame member disposed at a draw-out end of each shade member so as to extend along an end edge thereof; and
a sealing member that covers a portion between the draw-out end of one side shade member and the draw-out end of another side
shade member, in a closed-shade state where the draw-out ends of both shade members are set close to each other in a substantial
center of the opening of the vehicle,

wherein the sealing member is disposed in the draw-out end of the one side shade member so as to extend along the end edge
thereof,

wherein a hollow cross-sectional portion extending along the end edge of the draw-out end of the other side shade member is
disposed in the frame member of the other side shade member,

wherein the sealing member is brought into contact with the hollow cross-sectional portion of the frame member of the other
side shade member in the closed-shade state,

wherein a shade holding portion which holds the end edge of the draw-out end side of the other side shade member in the frame
member of the other side shade member is disposed in a vehicle interior side of the hollow cross-sectional portion,

wherein the shade holding portion causes the other side shade member to cover a surface facing the vehicle interior and a
surface facing the one side shade member,

wherein a surface of the other side shade member facing the one side shade member is separated from the one side shade member
via a gap, and

wherein the sealing member closes the gap.

US Pat. No. 9,067,615

ELECTRIC SADDLE-RIDDEN VEHICLE

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

1. An electric saddle-ridden vehicle comprising a cantilever type swing arm that has a swinging support portion pivotably
supported on a vehicle body frame and an arm portion provided to be connected to one side, in a vehicle width direction, of
the swinging support portion so as to be disposed on one side of a rear wheel, a power unit that is supported on the arm portion
while having an electric motor exerting power for driving the rear wheel and a reduction gear reducing in speed an output
of the electric motor and transmitting the output to a wheel side of the rear wheel, and a wheel brake that is provided on
the wheel, wherein the power unit is arranged so that the reduction gear is disposed to one side in the vehicle width direction
with the rear wheel on the opposite side with respect to the electric motor and the electric motor is disposed closer to a
vehicle body center line than the reduction gear in the vehicle width direction, and the wheel brake is provided on the wheel
so as to be capable of being accessed from the other side in the vehicle width direction, which is the side opposite to the
power unit.

US Pat. No. 9,067,634

MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A saddle-type vehicle, comprising:
a head pipe;
a steering shaft rotatably supported on said head pipe;
a main frame extending rearward and downward from said head pipe;
an engine including a crankcase, said engine having a cylinder with a cylinder axis extending in a vertical direction, said
engine being disposed below said main frame;

at least one radiator disposed in front of said engine;
a front fork supported on said steering shaft; and
a front fork cover which covers a lower portion of said front fork,
wherein said at least one radiator is disposed higher than said crankcase of said engine, as viewed in a side view of the
vehicle,

wherein said front fork is disposed over said at least one radiator, in the vertical direction, as viewed in the side view
of the vehicle,

wherein an upper side surface of said front fork cover, which is disposed higher than a lower end of said at least one radiator
in the vertical direction, extends in a direction toward said at least one radiator, the upper side surface extending approximately
linearly and obliquely rearward and sideward in cross-section, and

wherein a lower side surface of said front fork cover, which is disposed lower than said lower end of said at least one radiator
in the vertical direction, extends in a direction toward a side of said crankcase which is further to an outside of said vehicle
than said at least one radiator, in a vehicle width direction, the lower side surface extending approximately linearly and
obliquely rearward and sideward in cross-section.

US Pat. No. 9,067,640

STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. In a straddle type vehicle, comprising
a power unit provided on a body frame between a single-wheel front wheel and at least one rear wheel to provide a driving
force to the vehicle,

a radiator provided between the front wheel and the power unit to radiate heat of the power unit into the air,
a guard pipe attached to the body frame and extends to a width direction of the vehicle,
wherein the guard pipe is provided between the radiator and the power unit so as to protect the power unit from the colliding
with ground when the vehicle is overturned and from being struck by obstacles in the front direction.

US Pat. No. 9,057,337

AIR-FUEL RATIO CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An air-fuel ratio control system for an internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders, comprising:
air-fuel ratio detecting means for detecting an air-fuel ratio in an exhaust passage of said engine;
air-fuel ratio oscillating means for oscillating the air-fuel ratio with a first frequency;
first difference signal generating means for generating a first difference signal indicative of a difference between a present
value and a first past value detected by said air-fuel ratio detecting means during the operation of said air-fuel ratio oscillating
means, wherein the first past value is a value detected at a timing of a first specific period before and the first specific
period is set so as to reduce a specific frequency component corresponding to a specific frequency which is different from
the first frequency;

first extracting means for extracting a first frequency component corresponding to the first frequency, contained in the first
difference signal;

second difference signal generating means for generating a second difference signal indicative of a difference between a present
value and a second past value detected by said air-fuel ratio detecting means during the operation of said air-fuel ratio
oscillating means, wherein the second past value is a value detected at a timing of a second specific period before and the
second specific period is set so as to reduce the first frequency component;

second extracting means for extracting the specific frequency component contained in the second difference signal; and
failure determining means for determining a failure of said air-fuel ratio control system based on a relationship between
an intensity of the first frequency component extracted by said first extracting means, and an intensity of the specific frequency
component extracted by said second extracting means.

US Pat. No. 9,055,356

SOUND SOURCE LOCALIZATION APPARATUS AND SOUND SOURCE LOCALIZATION METHOD

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

1. A sound source localization apparatus, comprising:
a sound signal input unit inputting a sound signal and environmental noise;
a correlation matrix calculation unit configured to:
calculate a correlation matrix of the input sound signal,
focus or cancel the input sound signal using the calculated correlation matrix for the input sound signal; and
calculate a noise correlation matrix based on the environmental noise;
a rotation determining unit for determining a degree of rotation of the sound signal input unit;
an eigenvector calculation unit calculating an eigenvector of the correlation matrix using the calculated correlation matrix;
and

a sound source localization unit configured to:
cancel the environmental noise using an inverse matrix of the noise correlation matrix; and
localize a sound source using an eigenvector and a generalized eigenvalue decomposition,
wherein the eigenvector calculation unit:
calculates the eigenvector using the correlation matrix of the input sound signal and one or more predetermined correlation
matrices; and

transforms the correlation matrix based on the degree of rotation determined by the rotation determining unit; and
a decay parameter in the generalized eigenvalue decomposition of the eigenvector is changed based on a degree of speed recognition.

US Pat. No. 9,051,040

OUTBOARD ENGINE UNIT

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

1. An outboard engine unit including an engine, a transmission, and a propeller shaft, the transmission having an input shaft
connected to the engine and an output shaft connected to the propeller shaft, the outboard engine unit comprising:
a water pump disposed on an end portion of the input shaft for drawing a cooling water from an outside of the outboard engine
unit;

a plurality of cooling water feeding passages interconnecting the water pump and a cooling water inlet of the engine for directing
the cooling water drawn by the water pump to the cooling water inlet;

the plurality of cooling water feeding passages being disposed around a plurality of transmission gears disposed on the input
shaft of the transmission;

a cooling water discharging passage communicating with a cooling water outlet of the engine for discharging from the engine
a cooling water having cooled the engine, the cooling water discharging passage being disposed above the transmission and
rearwardly of the output shaft of the transmission; and

a lubricating oil passageway for directing a lubricating oil to lubricate the transmission,
wherein the transmission comprises a case including a sidewall facing the cooling water discharging passage, and an upper
portion opposed to the cooling water discharging passage, and the lubricating oil passageway is disposed along the sidewall
and the upper portion.

US Pat. No. 9,050,883

CLUTCH FOR TRANSMISSION

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

1. A clutch for a transmission comprising:
a first gear shaft;
a second gear shaft that is coaxially fitted onto an outer periphery of the first gear shaft;
a first clutch guide member that is fixed to the first gear shaft;
a second clutch guide member that is fixed to the second gear shaft; and
friction members that join the first and second clutch guide members,
wherein a transmission case comprises a first wall portion and a second wall portion that define a clutch housing chamber
for housing the first and second clutch guide members, the friction members, and an extension portion of the first gear shaft
that extends from a shaft end portion of the second gear shaft, and

the first clutch guide member is supported on the first wall portion via a first bearing, and the second clutch guide member
is supported via a second bearing on a through hole of the second wall portion through which the first gear shaft extends,
and

the second bearing rotatably supports both of an outer peripheral surface of the second clutch guide member and an outer peripheral
surface of the second gear shaft on the through hole of the second wall portion such that the outer peripheral surface of
the second clutch guide member and the outer peripheral surface of the second gear shaft are positioned adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,788,081

ANNULAR MEMBER STOPPING STRUCTURE FOR FRICTION ENGAGING DEVICE

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

1. An annular member stopping structure for a friction engaging device, comprising:an annular member;
a plurality of projecting sections projecting in a radial direction at intervals in a circumferential direction on the annular member;
a support section having engagement sections configured to engage with the projecting sections, the support section being non-rotatable relative to the annular member;
an annular groove provided in the support section; and
a C-shaped stopper ring configured to fit in the annular groove;
wherein a circumferential direction abutting section capable of abutting with a circumferential direction end of the stopper ring is provided in the annular member,
wherein a concave part configured to inhibit contact with the circumferential direction end of the stopper ring is provided at a connection portion between an axial direction surface of the annular member and the circumferential direction abutting section,
wherein the concave part has a plane surface on a same plane surface as an abutting surface of the circumferential direction abutting section configured to abut with the circumferential direction end of the stopper ring, and is recessed in an axial direction of the annular member,
wherein the concave part comprises a deeply-bored part indented in a radial direction,
wherein an expansion-contraction limiting section capable of abutting with the stopper ring from a radial direction so as to limit an expansion or contraction in a radial direction of the stopper ring is provided in the annular member, and
wherein a clearance part having a clearance recessed in the radial direction so as to inhibit contact with an inner or outer circumference of the stopper ring is provided at a connection part between an abutting surface of the expansion-contraction limiting section capable of abutting with the stopper ring and the deeply-bored part of the concave part.

US Pat. No. 10,668,918

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A control device for a vehicle comprising:a vehicle that comprises
an internal combustion engine and an electric motor serving as power sources, and
a transmission equipped with
a first input shaft which is connected to the electric motor and is selectively connected to the internal combustion engine via a first power transmission element,
a second input shaft which is selectively connected to the internal combustion engine via a second power transmission element,
an output shaft through which power is output to drive wheels,
a first transmission mechanism which comprises a plurality of transmission gears selectively joined to the first input shaft, and
a second transmission mechanism which comprises a plurality of other transmission gears selectively joined to the second input shaft; and
a control unit that executes selection of the transmission gears of the first transmission mechanism and the second transmission mechanism, an operation of the first power transmission element and the second power transmission element, and driving control over the internal combustion engine and the electric motor,
wherein when the electric motor is driven and when the internal combustion engine is at a stopped, the control unit determines that the vehicle travels using power of the internal combustion engine using the transmission gears of the second transmission mechanism in a case where defective engagement release occurs such that a transmission gear of the first transmission mechanism is not disengaged, and the control unit determines that the vehicle travels using power of the internal combustion engine using the transmission gears of the first transmission mechanism in a case where defective engagement release occurs such that a transmission gear of the second transmission mechanism is not disengaged.

US Pat. No. 10,657,388

ROBUST SIMULTANEOUS LOCALIZATION AND MAPPING VIA REMOVAL OF DYNAMIC TRAFFIC PARTICIPANTS

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

1. A method for localization and mapping for an autonomous vehicle, comprising:obtaining, via a camera, an image acquired at a first location;
assigning labels to one or more objects of the image;
obtaining, via a light detector, a point cloud acquired at a second location, which is within a threshold distance of the first location;
determining one or more object clusters of the point cloud;
associating the labels assigned to the one or more objects of the image with points of the object clusters of the point cloud; and
identifying three-dimensional (3D) objects of the point cloud based on the labels associated with the points of the object clusters.

US Pat. No. 10,658,942

ELEMENT UNIT

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

1. An element unit comprising:a high side arm element;
a low side arm element;
a conductor set formed by disposing a positive electrode side conductor, which is electrically connected to a first surface of the high side arm element, and a negative electrode side conductor, which is electrically connected to a first surface of the low side arm element, to face each other while spaced apart in a predetermined direction;
a first conductor electrically connected to a second surface of the high side arm element;
a second conductor electrically connected to a second surface of the low side arm element;
an input/output conductor electrically connected to the high side arm element and the low side arm element,
wherein the input/output conductor extends in the predetermined direction between the first conductor and the second conductor and is electrically connected to the first conductor and the second conductor; and
a third conductor electrically connected to the first surface of the high side arm element and the positive electrode side conductor, and a fourth conductor electrically connected to the first surface of the low side arm element and the negative electrode side conductor,
wherein the third conductor, the positive electrode side conductor, the negative electrode side conductor, and the fourth conductor are sequentially disposed in the predetermined direction,
the third conductor, the high side arm element, and the first conductor have portions which sequentially overlap when seen in the predetermined direction, and
the second conductor, the low side arm element, and the fourth conductor have portions which sequentially overlap when seen in the predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 10,654,384

SEAT

TACHI-S CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A seat comprising a cushion having a main cushion part and a side cushion part, a surface cover having a main surface part disposed on the main cushion part and a side surface part disposed on the side cushion part, and a peripheral cover disposed on an outer side surface of the side cushion part,wherein the side surface part of the surface cover and the peripheral cover are connected via a detachable first fastening part,
the surface cover and the cushion are connected via a detachable second fastening part along a pulling-over part of the cushion,
the second fastening part is a slide fastener including a first slide fastener half part having a first row of teeth and fixed to the cushion in a recess extending along the pulling-over part, a second slide fastener half part disposed on the surface cover and having a second row of teeth detachably engaged with the first row of teeth in the recess, and a pull tab for engaging and disengaging the first and second rows of teeth to fasten and unfasten the second fastening part, and
the first slide fastener half part includes a resin member having an inverted T-shaped cross-section, and the resin member includes a resin base material projecting from an upper side of a longitudinally long flat resin plate integral with the base material, the resin base material having an upper edge portion extending along a longitudinal direction of the recess with the first row of teeth being mounted on the upper edge portion, and the flat resin plate having a lower side adhesively secured directly to a bottom surface of the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,655,976

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAKING REPLENISHMENT RECOMMENDATION

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

1. A replenishment recommendation system for making a recommendation to a driver of a vehicle to replenish energy for the vehicle, comprising: a replenishment intent switch configured to be operated by the driver to indicate an intent to replenish energy; a non-transitory storage medium configured to store a remaining amount of energy of the vehicle as a past remaining amount when replenishment is initiated, when the replenishment intent switch is operated, or when a replenishment recommendation is executed; and a control unit comprising a CPU that comprises: a selection unit configured to store, in the non-transitory storage medium, the remaining amount as the past remaining amount when a first condition is satisfied, the first condition being satisfied by an operation of the replenishment intent switch; a recommendation generation trigger point computation unit configured to compute a recommendation generation trigger point given as a remaining amount of energy that triggers an energy replenishment recommendation to the driver to replenish energy based on the past remaining amounts stored in the non-transitory storage medium; and a recommendation generation unit provided with a display unit and configured to display a replenishment recommendation indication on the display unit when a current energy remaining amount of the vehicle has become equal to or less than the recommendation generation trigger point, wherein the selection unit is configured to store, in the non-transitory storage medium as the past remaining amount, an energy remaining amount at a time point of displaying the replenishment recommendation indication on the display unit if a second condition is satisfied, the second condition being satisfied when the replenishment intent switch is not operated, and a distance traveled by the vehicle from the time point of displaying the energy replenishment recommendation indication to a time point of detecting the replenishment of energy is equal to or less than a prescribed distance determination value.

US Pat. No. 10,655,730

VEHICLE AND ACCESSORY CONTROL SYSTEM

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

1. A control system for a vehicle comprising:a powertrain for powering the vehicle;
an accessory for use with the vehicle;
an actuator configured to operate in a powertrain mode to control an aspect of the powertrain, and to operate in an accessory mode to control an aspect of the accessory, the actuator comprising a first lever on one side of a steering wheel, and a second lever on an opposite side of the steering wheel; and
a selector configured to switch the actuator between the powertrain mode and the accessory mode;
wherein when the vehicle is in the accessory mode, actuation of the first lever causes a first operation of the accessory, and actuation of the second lever causes a second operation of the accessory, wherein the first operation and the second operation are different such that actuation of the first lever causes a different operation of the accessory than actuation of the second lever.

US Pat. No. 10,655,732

GEAR POSITION DETECTING DEVICE

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

1. A gear position detecting device for detecting a selected gear position from a plurality of gear positions of a multi-position transmission that is configured to be selectable between the plurality of gear positions according to a turning motion of a shift drum, comprising:a rotation angle sensor for detecting a turn position of the shift drum; and
a position sensor for detecting that the shift drum is at a first turn position,
wherein the rotation angle sensor is a volume sensor that linearly increases or decreases an output voltage according to a turning motion of the shift drum and that has a dead zone between a minimum voltage position and a maximum voltage position,
the first turn position is set without overlapping the dead zone of the rotation angle sensor,
the shift drum is configured with a first gear position of the plurality of gear positions being selected at a second turn position located between the first turn position and the dead zone and a second gear position of the plurality of gear positions being selected at a third turn position turned by 360 degrees from the second turn position, and
an output signal of the rotation angle sensor and an output signal of the position sensor indicates whether the shift drum is at the second turn position or at the third turn position.

US Pat. No. 10,655,578

INTAKE DUCT STRUCTURE OF ENGINE INTAKE SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An intake duct structure of an engine intake system for an internal combustion engine of a vehicle, the intake duct structure comprising:a passage portion internally defining an air passage having an air inlet located in an upstream end part of the passage portion and an air outlet located in a downstream end part of the passage portion, the passage portion extending above a structural member of a vehicle body; and
a resonator portion depending from the downstream end part of the passage portion and internally defining a resonator chamber;
wherein the passage portion is provided with a bottom surface configured to rest on an upper surface of the structural member, and the resonator portion is provided with a vertical surface opposing a vertical surface of the structural member and formed by combining an upstream side half positioned on an upstream side with respect to an air flow direction in the passage portion and a downstream side half positioned on a downstream side with respect to the air flow direction in the passage portion,
wherein the upstream end part of the passage portion is formed by combining a lower half and an upper half, and the lower half is integrally formed with the upstream side half, and
wherein the lower half is integrally provided at a downstream end thereof with an annular portion, and the upper half is provided with a semi-cylindrical portion that fits upon an upper half of the annular portion.

US Pat. No. 10,634,236

HYDRAULIC SUPPLY STRUCTURE

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

1. A hydraulic supply structure which supplies a first hydraulic pressure and a second hydraulic pressure that occasionally supplied from a rear side of the hydraulic supply structure at different timings to a front side of the hydraulic supply structure via a first hydraulic supply passage and a second hydraulic supply passage, comprising:an inner pipe configured to form a first pipe path which is a part of the first hydraulic supply passage and having a first flange-like portion extending radially outward from an outer circumference of a rear side end portion of the inner pipe;
an outer pipe disposed outside the inner pipe so that a rear side end portion of the outer pipe is located in front of the first flange-like portion, configured to form a second pipe path which is a part of the second hydraulic supply passage between the inner pipe and the outer pipe and having a second flange-like portion extending radially outward from an outer circumference of a portion away forward from the rear side end portion of the outer pipe;
a casing configured to accommodate the inner pipe and the outer pipe;
an annular inner pipe holding portion provided adjacent to a front side of the first flange-like portion and which abuts on an outer circumference of the inner pipe and the first flange-like portion and configured to hold the inner pipe in the casing; and
an annular outer pipe holding portion which abuts on an outer circumference of a portion of the outer pipe located on a rear side of the second flange-like portion and configured to hold the outer pipe in the casing,
wherein each of the outer pipe holding portion and the inner pipe holding portion is a part of a pipe holding member configured as an integral member, and
an annular inner second hydraulic supply space which is connected to a rear end portion of the second pipe path and forms a part of the second hydraulic supply passage is configured between the pipe holding member and an outer circumferential surface of the inner pipe, and
a side surface of the inner pipe holding portion which is directed rearward forms a part of the first hydraulic supply passage, and
a side surface of the inner pipe holding portion which is directed forward forms an inner surface of the inner second hydraulic supply space located on a rear side, and
a side surface of the outer pipe holding portion which is directed rearward forms an inner surface of the inner second hydraulic supply space located on a front side.

US Pat. No. 10,636,296

TRAFFIC HINDRANCE RISK PREDICTION APPARATUS

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

1. An apparatus for predicting a traffic hindrance risk, comprising:a traffic hindrance information generating server installed at a first predetermined location and configured to generate traffic hindrance information,
wherein the traffic hindrance information encompassing congestion degree information including a current congestion degree obtained from a current value of driving data transmitted as probe data regarding a driving route from each of vehicles equipped with a telematics-based drive support system and a statistical congestion degree obtained from a statistical value of the current value of the driving data in a certain previous period;
a weather information generating server installed at a second predetermined location and configured to generate weather information from weather data distributed by a meteorological agency with respect to an area including the driving route where each of the vehicles runs based on a weather model; and
a traffic hindrance risk predicting unit connected to the traffic hindrance information generating server and the weather information generating server and configured to predict a traffic hindrance occurrence risk possibility of traffic hindrance occurrence with respect to the driving route where each of the vehicles runs based on the congestion degree information generated by the traffic hindrance information generating server and the weather information generated by the weather information generating server,
wherein the traffic hindrance risk predicting unit is installed on each of the vehicles equipped with the telematics-based drive support system and a position sensor, and configured to transmit driving data as probe data regarding the drive route where each of the vehicles runs.

US Pat. No. 10,635,101

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PREVENTING AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE FROM TRANSITIONING FROM AN AUTONOMOUS DRIVING MODE TO A MANUAL DRIVING MODE BASED ON A RISK MODEL

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

1. An automated driving (AD) system comprising:a memory that stores instructions for executing processes for preventing an autonomous vehicle from transitioning from an autonomous driving mode to a manual driving mode based on a risk model; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions, wherein the instructions cause the processor to:
receive physiological data from a sensor comprising an electroencephalograph (EEG) sensor configured to measure brainwave activity of a driver of the autonomous vehicle,
filter the physiological data to remove data affected by one or more physical movements that influence the brainwave activity of the driver,
generate a risk assessment profile based on the filtered physiological data by comparing current brainwave activity of the driver with a baseline brainwave activity of the driver to determine a current emotional state of the driver, the baseline brainwave activity being measured when the driver is in a normal emotional state, the risk assessment profile indicating one or more potential driving risks corresponding to the current emotional state of the driver, and
control an operating mode of the autonomous vehicle based on the risk assessment profile.

US Pat. No. 10,627,205

VEHICLE MANIPULATION DETECTING DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle manipulation detecting device comprising:a plurality of sensor electrodes, wherein
each of the sensor electrodes is configured to be attached to a window glass of a vehicle and output a detection signal corresponding to a capacitance changed in response to contact or approach of an object, and
the sensor electrodes include at least one first sensor electrode and at least one second sensor electrode;
a first shield electrode, which is arranged at a position corresponding to the first sensor electrode on an inner side of the first sensor electrode with reference to a passenger compartment of the vehicle; and
a second shield electrode, which is arranged at a position corresponding to the second sensor electrode on an outer side of the second sensor electrode with reference to the passenger compartment, wherein
the sensor electrodes include a third sensor electrode, and
the first sensor electrode, the third sensor electrode, and the second sensor electrode are aligned in a certain direction along the window glass.

US Pat. No. 10,607,632

ABNORMAL SOUND DETECTION APPARATUS AND DETECTION METHOD

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

1. An apparatus for detecting abnormal sound of a test object, comprising:a reference sound data recording unit configured to record as reference data having phase and amplitude in each of multiple frequency bands reference sounds of types not previously recorded as abnormal sounds in the test object similar to the test object;
a test sound data acquisition unit configured to acquire test sound data having phase and amplitude in the multiple frequency bands from test sounds generated by the test object;
a sound feature data acquisition unit configured to acquire sound feature data by comparing the test sound data with reference sound data in frequency bands the same as the multiple frequency bands and by changing amplitude of the test sound data based on amplitude of the reference sound data while maintaining phase of the test sound data;
and
an abnormal sound detection unit configured to detect abnormal sound based on the acquired sound feature data.

US Pat. No. 10,573,917

FUEL CELL SYSTEM

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

1. A fuel cell system comprising:a fuel cell stack formed by stacking a plurality of solid polymer electrolyte power generation cells in a stacking direction, the power generation cells generating electricity by electrochemical reaction of a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing gas; and
a stack case containing the fuel cell stack, the stack case comprising:
a pair of end plates, one of said end plates provided at each end of the fuel cell stack in the stacking direction, each of the end plates having an upper surface with an upper groove formed on an inner surface thereof, each of the end plates further having a plurality of holes formed therein for receiving fasteners, the holes disposed outside of the grooves;
a pair of side plates provided along the side surfaces, respectively, of the power generation cells, each of the side plates having an upper groove formed on an inner side of an upper surface thereof, each of the side plates further having a plurality of holes formed therein for receiving fasteners, the holes disposed outside of the grooves;
an upper plate formed separately from the side plates and provided above the power generation cells; and
a lower plate formed separately from the side plates and provided below the power generation cells,
wherein:
a curved portion is formed at least at one corner of a surface of the end plate joined to the upper plate or the lower plate;
the upper plate or the lower plate includes a thickened edge portion with a curving section facing the curved portion of the end plate; and
a seal member is interposed in a compressed state between the curving section of the upper plate and the curved portion of the end plate, the seal member extending around the stack case and fitting into the grooves formed in the side plates and the end plates.

US Pat. No. 10,570,998

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

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

1. A continuously variable transmission comprising:a rotation shaft;
a pair of pulleys provided on the rotation shaft, the pulleys including nipping grooves receiving an endless transmission belt wound across the pulleys, the pulleys including half pulleys including at least one half pulley having a back side, opposite to the nipping groove, provided with a hollow part; and
a reinforcing member having a center hole receiving the rotation shaft and tapering from an outer circumference side toward an inner circumference side to have an annular conical shape,
wherein the reinforcing member has an outer circumference side end portion brought into contact with and attached to an outer circumference side end surface of the hollow part and has an inner circumference side end portion attached to an inner circumference side end surface of the hollow part via a holding member having a wedge-shaped cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,570,487

ROLLED STEEL MATERIAL FOR FRACTURE SPLITTING CONNECTING ROD

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A rolled steel material for fracture splitting connecting rods, the rolled steel material having a chemical composition consisting of, in mass %,C: 0.30 to 0.40%,
Si: 0.60 to 1.00%,
Mn: 0.50 to 1.00%,
P: 0.04 to 0.07%,
S: 0.04 to 0.13%,
Cr: 0.10 to 0.30%,
V: 0.05 to 0.14%,
Ti: more than 0.15% to 0.20% or less,
N: 0.002 to 0.020%,
Cu: 0 to 0.40%,
Ni: 0 to 0.30%,
Mo: 0 to 0.10%,
Pb: 0 to 0.30%,
Te: 0 to 0.30%,
Ca: 0 to 0.010%, and
Bi: 0 to 0.30%,
the balance being Fe and impurities,
wherein fn1, defined by Formula (1), ranges from 0.65 to 0.80,
wherein a V content in coarse precipitates having a particle size of 200 nm or more is 70% or less relative to the V content in the rolled steel material for fracture splitting connecting rods, and
wherein a Ti content in the coarse precipitates is 50% or more relative to the Ti content in the rolled steel material for fracture splitting connecting rods:
fn1=C+Si/10+Mn/5+5Cr/22+(Cu+Ni)/20+Mo/2+33V/20?5S/7   Formula (1)
where each element symbol in Formula (1) is substituted by the content (mass %) of a corresponding element or is substituted by “0” in a case where the corresponding element is not present.

US Pat. No. 10,571,013

PLANETARY GEAR MECHANISM

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

1. A planetary gear mechanism comprising:a sun gear;
pinion gears meshing with the sun gear;
a planetary carrier having pinion shafts which pivotally support the pinion gears;
a ring gear meshing with the pinion gears; and
a set of washers provided between the planetary carrier and each of the pinion gears,
wherein each set of washers comprise:
a first washer disposed on a side of the planetary carrier and having a projection projecting radially outwardly from an outer circumferential side of the first washer, and
a second washer disposed between the first washer and each pinion gear,
wherein the projection of each first washer comes into contact with the planetary carrier to prevent rotation of the first washer with respect to the planetary carrier,
wherein each of the first washers has a first recess formed at an inner circumferential side of the first washer so as to recess radially outwardly from the inner circumferential side such that the first recess allows oil to pass through the first recess,
wherein each of the second washers has a second recess formed at an inner circumferential side of the second washer so as to recess radially outwardly from the inner circumferential side such that the second recess allows oil to pass through the second recess, and
wherein the first recess and the second recess are configured such that, when the second washer is rotated in conjunction with rotation of corresponding one of the pinion gears, a positional relationship of the first recess and the second recess is switched between an overlapped state and a not-overlapped state, wherein the overlapped state is a state in which the first recess and the second recess are overlapped with each other, and the not-overlapped state is a state in which the first recess and the second recess are not overlapped entirely with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,562,514

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND VEHICLE, AND POWER TRANSMISSION CONTROL METHOD

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

1. A power transmission apparatus, comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first electric motor;
a second electric motor;
a power distribution mechanism comprising a first differential transmission which is connected to the internal combustion engine and the first electric motor and in which at least three rotation elements enable to rotate in differential motions to one another;
a power combining mechanism comprising a second differential transmission which is connected to the power distribution mechanism, the second electric motor and an output shaft and in which four rotation elements enable to rotate in differential motions to one another;
a first fixing mechanism which enables to fix selectively one of the rotation elements of the power combining mechanism so as not to rotate; and
a second fixing mechanism which enables to fix selectively a rotation element of the power distribution mechanism which is connected to the internal combustion engine of the power distribution mechanism so as not to rotate, wherein
the power combining mechanism is configured using a Ravigneaux planetary gear mechanism, and
the Ravigneaux planetary gear mechanism has
a rotation element which is connected to the output shaft and includes a first ring gear,
a rotation element which is connected to the first fixing mechanism and includes a first carrier,
a rotation element which is connected to the second electric motor and includes a first sun gear, and
a rotation element which is connected to the power distribution mechanism and includes a second sun gear.

US Pat. No. 10,562,591

POWER UNIT FOR VEHICLE INCLUDING A CLUTCH ACTUATOR

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

1. A power unit for a vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine that is a power source,
a transmission device,
a clutch apparatus that intermittently switches power transmission between the internal combustion engine and the transmission device, and
a clutch actuator that controls intermittent switching of the clutch apparatus,
wherein the internal combustion engine comprises a crankcase, and a plurality of cylinders installed on the crankcase so that a V-bank is formed therebetween,
at least a portion of the clutch actuator is installed on the crankcase or the cylinder so that the portion of the clutch actuator overlaps with a region of the V-bank when seen in a plan view,
an actuator installation section is provided at an upper section of the crankcase in between the V-bank, and
the clutch actuator is inserted and fixed into an insertion hole which is formed in the actuator installation section in a state in which the clutch actuator protrudes from a surface of the crankcase into the region of the V-bank.

US Pat. No. 10,565,438

VEHICLE PERIPHERY MONITOR DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle periphery monitoring apparatus for monitoring pedestrians in periphery of a vehicle based on an image captured by an infrared camera that is mounted on the vehicle, comprising:a head candidate extractor for extracting at least two head candidates, which are spaced apart from each other in a substantially horizontal direction, from the image;
a reference image generator for generating a peripheral image including one of the extracted at least two head candidates as a reference image; and
a target object determiner, which uses a peripheral image including another of the head candidates as a comparison image, determining a degree of horizontal symmetry between the comparison image including the another of the at least two head candidates and the reference image including the one of the at least two head candidates and judging whether the at least two head candidates represent pedestrians or a vehicle based on the degree of horizontal symmetry between the comparison image and the reference image, and
wherein the reference image generator generates the reference image in such a manner that another feature is included in the peripheral image in addition to the one of the extracted at least two head candidates.

US Pat. No. 10,563,735

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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

1. An automatic transmission comprising:an input unit;
an output unit;
a first engagement mechanism through which an output of a driving source is transmitted to drive wheels when the first engagement mechanism is put into an engaged state in a non-traveling range;
a second engagement mechanism through which, when the second engagement mechanism is put into an engaged state in the non-traveling range, the output unit is put into a rotatable state and rotation of the input unit is prevented;
a control unit configured to issue an instruction to be put into an engaged state or a released state to the first engagement mechanism and the second engagement mechanism; and
wherein, when an instruction to be put into the released state is issued to the first engagement mechanism in the non-traveling range, if the first engagement mechanism is in the engaged state, the control unit switches the second engagement mechanism to the engaged state.

US Pat. No. 10,556,767

WORKPIECE STORAGE METHOD

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

1. A workpiece storage method that conveys a workpiece, brings a leading end of the workpiece into contact with an anterior wall provided on a front side of a conveyance direction of the workpiece so as to block further conveyance of the workpiece, and stores the workpiece in a storage area formed of the anterior wall and a posterior wall provided on a rear side of the conveyance direction of the workpiece, the workpiece storage method comprising:a pressure control step of controlling a pressure of gas within the storage area in such a manner that a rear end side of the workpiece with respect to a center of the workpiece is moved downward so as to contact the posterior wall when the workpiece is conveyed to the storage area, the center of the workpiece being a center of gravity of the workpiece, wherein air is sprayed in a downward direction toward the workpiece from above the workpiece in the pressure control step; and
a conveyance step of conveying the workpiece to the storage area in a state where the workpiece is supported by a conveyance support member at a position spaced from the storage area in the conveyance direction of the workpiece and which is upstream in the conveyance direction of the workpiece from a portion of the workpiece where the air is sprayed in the downward direction toward the workpiece from above the workpiece in the pressure control step, so as to prevent a front end side of the workpiece with respect to the center of the workpiece from hanging down, even when the air is sprayed in the downward direction toward the front end side of the workpiece in the pressure control step, the conveyance support member supporting a bottom side of the workpiece while pressing an upper side of the workpiece, the conveyance support member pressing the upper side of the workpiece at a position upstream in the conveyance direction from a position at which the bottom side of the workpiece is supported.

US Pat. No. 10,558,066

LIGHT SHIELDING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE THAT SHIELDS LIGHT FROM OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE

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

1. A light shielding device for a vehicle, comprising:a light shielding unit having a plurality of liquid crystal panels that receive light from outside the vehicle to enable a light transmittance thereof to be changed; and
a sensor unit that includes:
a housing having a front wall part and a rear wall part that is located downstream of the front wall part in a transmission direction of light;
a pinhole formed in the front wall part; and
a plurality of light receiving elements that are provided on the rear wall part so as to receive the light from outside of the vehicle through the pinhole from independently of the liquid crystal panels, wherein
the light shielding unit allows the plurality of liquid crystal panels to change the light transmittance to perform light-shielding, based on light-receiving states of the plurality of light receiving elements that are associated with the liquid crystal panels wherein the front wall part and the rear wall part define an interior of the housing, the plurality of light receiving elements are provided on the rear wall part in the interior of the housing, and the liquid crystal panels are disposed external to the housing with respect to the interior of the housing; wherein a portion of the light from outside of the vehicle which passes through the pinhole and is received by the plurality of light receiving elements is not received by the liquid crystal panels, and a portion of the light from outside of the vehicle which is received by the liquid crystal panels does not pass through the pinhole to be received by the plurality of light receiving elements.

US Pat. No. 10,556,297

WELDED SECTION EXAMINING DEVICE

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

1. A welded section examining device that examines whether welding is good or bad of a welded section that joins a tip portion projecting from a slot of a plurality of slots provided at intervals in a circumferential direction of a stator core and a tip portion projecting from another slot of the plurality of slots, of legs of a plurality of electrical conductors that have been inserted, arranged in line in a radial direction of the stator core, in each of the plurality of slots, the device comprising:an imaging unit that images the welded section;
a discriminating unit that performs discrimination of whether welding is good or bad based on an outline of the welded section recognized from an image obtained by the imaging unit;
a projecting unit that irradiates the welded section with a light, from a rear surface side of an imaging target surface facing an imaging unit side of the welded section; and
an outline emphasizing unit that is interposed between the projecting unit and the rear surface of the welded section, such that the outline of the welded section is imaged in the imaging unit in an emphasized state.

US Pat. No. 10,543,883

SPEED CHANGE APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A speed change apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a transmission including:
a main shaft to which rotational power of a crankshaft of an engine is transmitted through a clutch;
a counter shaft disposed in parallel to the main shaft;
a driving-side shifter gear rotated as one body with the main shaft and movable in an axial direction;
a driving-side free gear rotatable relative to the main shaft and fixed in the axial direction;
a dog clutch engageable and disengageable through dog teeth erected in the axial direction from opposed surfaces of the driving-side shifter gear and the driving-side free gear;
a driven-side shifter gear rotated as one body with the counter shaft and movable in the axial direction;
a driven-side free gear rotatable relative to the counter shaft and fixed in the axial direction; and
a dog clutch engageable and disengageable through dog teeth erected in the axial direction from opposed surfaces of the driven-side shifter gear and the driven-side free gear;
a change mechanism including:
a plurality of shift forks adapted to move the driving-side shifter gear and the driven-side shifter gear in the axial direction; and
a shift drum formed in an outer circumferential surface thereof with a plurality of grooves for engagement with end portions of the shift forks;
a shift spindle which is provided with a clutch lever adapted to operate engagement/disengagement of the clutch and is provided, in a relatively rotatable manner, with a master arm adapted to operate the change mechanism;
an actuator adapted to drive the shift spindle;
a shift spindle angle sensor adapted to detect a rotational angle of the shift spindle;
a controller adapted to control the actuator; and
a drum angle sensor adapted to detect a rotational angle of the shift drum;
wherein the shift spindle is configured so that, when rotated in a first direction, the shift spindle first operates the clutch lever to disengage the clutch and thereafter rotates the master arm to operate the change mechanism;
wherein the controller stores as a clutch-disengaging shift spindle angle (?1) a position at which the clutch is disengaged when the shift spindle is rotated in the first direction in memory; and
wherein the controller controls the shift spindle by:
a first step (W1) of rotating the shift spindle in the first direction until the shift spindle reaches a first target rotational angle (Ta1);
a second step (W2) of returning the shift spindle in a second direction opposite to the first direction; and
a third step (W3) of rotating the shift spindle in the first direction up to the clutch-disengaging shift spindle angle (?1) stored in the memory and thereafter rotating the shift spindle in the second direction to return the shift spindle, upon detection of an output from the drum angle sensor, the output corresponding to shallow engagement of the dog teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,547,292

ELECTRIC CIRCUIT DEVICE

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

1. An electric circuit device comprising:a first high voltage serial connection circuit and a second high voltage serial connection circuit, those are provided on a board and connected to an end of high electric potential of a power source for automobile use; and
a first low voltage serial connection circuit and a second low voltage serial connection circuit, those are provided on the board and connected to an end of low electric potential of the power source for automobile use,
wherein the first high voltage serial connection circuit and the second high voltage serial connection circuit are respectively disposed on both surfaces of the board opposite to each other,
the first low voltage serial connection circuit and the second low voltage serial connection circuit are respectively disposed on the both surfaces of the board opposite to each other,
the first high voltage serial connection circuit is a pre-boost serial connection circuit connected to a positive electrode side of the power source for automobile, and
the second high voltage serial connection circuit is a post-boost serial connection circuit connected to a voltage boosting circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,546,073

COMMUNICATION SIMULATING SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION SIMULATING METHOD, AND VEHICLE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

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

1. A communication simulating system that simulates communication between a given electronic control unit (ECU) in one of plural vehicle electrical systems mounted on a vehicle and a vehicle communication apparatus, using loci data taken in actual conditions involving one or more vehicles, for evaluation of a new condition, in a state of the communication simulating system having no connection with any vehicle,wherein the vehicle communication apparatus is normally connected from outside of the vehicle to the plural vehicle electrical systems to check operation state of the respective vehicle electrical systems,
the communication simulating system comprising:
a processor;
a display unit; and
a storage unit storing communication definition files, which specify communication processes to be executed in predetermined processes by ECUs,
wherein the processor is configured to:
receive, in a state of the communication simulating system having no connection with any vehicle, from communication log data taken in actual conditions involving one or more vehicles, pieces of vehicle state information as results of communication between vehicle electrical systems of the one or more vehicles and the vehicle communication apparatus in given processes performed at given places;
record the received pieces of vehicle state information into a vehicle condition database in the storage unit as vehicle conditions, each having the vehicle state information associated with the corresponding process, place, and vehicle;
obtain a vehicle condition from the vehicle condition database, in response to either a user or a program selecting said vehicle condition, obtain vehicle state information associated with the selected vehicle condition;
display the obtained vehicle state information on the display unit;
modify the obtained vehicle state information, in response to the user modifying said vehicle state information on the display unit for a planned vehicle condition;
obtain a communication definition file from the storage unit, according to a selected process associated with the selected vehicle condition;
reflect the modified vehicle state information into an ECU specification in the communication simulating system for the selected process; and
perform a communication process with the vehicle communication apparatus, in a state of the vehicle communication apparatus being connected to the communication simulating system in place of a vehicle, according to a communication process specified in the obtained communication definition file and the ECU specification, to determine whether the selected process is successfully implemented with the ECU specification for the planned vehicle condition.