US Pat. No. 10,486,746

SUBSTRUCTURE OF VEHICLE BODY

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

1. A substructure of a vehicle body, comprising:a battery pack that is disposed below a floor panel;
at least one side sill that is disposed at an outer part in a width direction of the vehicle body and extends in a front-rear direction of the vehicle body; and
a stiffener that is disposed inside a cross section of the side sill and extends along an extending direction of the side sill,
the stiffener being composed of an outer stiffener that has a nearly hat-shaped cross section and bulges outward in the width direction of the vehicle body, and an inner stiffener that has a nearly hat-shaped cross section and bulges inward in the width direction of the vehicle body, wherein
an upper flange and a lower flange provided at upper and lower ends of the outer stiffener, respectively, and an upper flange and a lower flange provided at upper and lower ends of the inner stiffener, respectively, are supported on the side sill through a supporting panel disposed in the side sill, and a first side surface of the stiffener, which is formed on the inner stiffener, is shifted to a relatively upper side than a second side surface of the stiffener, which is formed on the outer stiffener, and
the battery pack is supported on a lower surface of the side sill.

US Pat. No. 10,479,176

DOOR HOLE SEAL

NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD...

1. A door hole seal comprising:a sheet body configured to operably couple to a door inner panel for covering an opening on said door inner panel;
a synthetic resin film for joining the sheet body to the door inner panel, said synthetic resin film being transparent or semitransparent, the synthetic resin film including: an internal circumferential end which sticks to said sheet body; and an outer circumferential end which sticks to an inner-cabin side of said door inner panel by adhesive; and
a sheet separation provided at a distance from said sheet body and between an outer circumferential end of said sheet body and the outer circumferential end of said synthetic resin film, the sheet separation adhering to said synthetic resin film;
wherein a plurality of said sheet separations are provided along a curve and at a distance from each other, the curve encircling the sheet body as a whole.

US Pat. No. 10,473,004

VARIABLE VALVE TRAIN

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

1. A variable valve train of an internal combustion engine, comprising:a camshaft rotatably supported in a cylinder head of the internal combustion engine;
a cylindrical cam carrier fitted on and around the camshaft in a manner axially slidable relative to the camshaft but prevented from rotation relative to the camshaft, the cam carrier being formed therearound with a plurality of cam lobes different in cam profile and axially adjacent to each other; and
a cam changeover mechanism including a changeover driving shaft and changeover pins for axially shifting the cam carrier to change over the cam lobes for operating an engine valve,
wherein the camshaft has, on an axial end thereof, an enlarged-diameter portion with an axial end surface with which one end of the cam carrier around the camshaft is adapted to abut axially,
wherein said cam carrier has therearound a lead groove cylindrical portion having therearound a lead groove, and the changeover pins are engaged with or disengaged from the lead groove to axially shift the cam carrier,
wherein said lead groove cylindrical portion has an outer diameter smaller than an outer diameter of a base circle of the cam lobes, and
wherein the axial end surface of the enlarged-diameter portion includes an axial recess for axially receiving an end of said lead groove cylindrical portion of the cam carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,473,126

HYDRAULIC CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A hydraulic control device including, between a first pump and a hydraulic operation unit of a transmission, a second pump and a check valve connected in parallel and configured to supply first oil from the first pump to the hydraulic operation unit through the check valve, or pressurize the first oil that is supplied from the first pump with the second pump and supply the first oil that has been pressurized to the hydraulic operation unit as second oil,the first pump being a mechanical pump configured to be driven by an engine of a vehicle including the transmission,
the second pump being an electric pump configured to have a smaller capacity than that of the first pump and to be driven by a motor that rotates by power supplied from a power generator that generates power by a rotation of the engine, and
the hydraulic control device comprising:
a workload calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of workload cut in the first pump when supply of the first oil from the first pump to the hydraulic operation unit through the check valve is switched to supply of the second oil from the second pump to the hydraulic operation unit;
a workload determination unit configured to determine whether an amount of workload loss based on an amount of power generated by the power generator is more than the amount of workload cut; and
a motor controller configured to stop the motor or decrease a rotation number of the motor if the workload determination unit determines that the amount of workload loss is more than the amount of workload cut.

US Pat. No. 10,466,657

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GLOBAL ADAPTATION OF AN IMPLICIT GESTURE CONTROL SYSTEM

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

1. A method for globally updating a plurality of learning implicit gesture control systems, the method comprising the steps of:receiving, by a global server and from a plurality of learning implicit gesture control systems, a user data,
the global server configured to analyze the user data and determine an applicable integration level, wherein the global server determines the applicable integration level to be a local integration level when the user data is related to a vehicular application,
the global server further able to communicate with the plurality of learning implicit gesture control systems;
modifying a global parameter for globally updating the plurality of learning implicit gesture control systems, when the global server determines the applicable integration level is a global integration level; or
modifying the global parameter when the global server determines the applicable integration level is associated with individual users, wherein the modifying the global parameter is based on a type of environment in which the user data is received, wherein the type of environment includes one or more of a vehicular local environment or a centralized environment; and
transmitting the modified global parameter to the plurality of learning implicit gesture control systems.

US Pat. No. 10,443,721

STROKE SENSOR AND SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE

NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD., ...

1. A stroke sensor comprising:a shaft that extends in a direction along an axial line;
a housing that extends along the shaft, houses the shaft in a state where the shaft protrudes outside, and supports the shaft slidably in the direction along the axial line;
a detection part that detects a slide amount of the shaft; and
a cover that covers a slide end on a protrusion side of the shaft in a slide region between the shaft and the housing while allowing a relative movement between the shaft and the housing, wherein
a flange surface that extends radially outward from the slide end is provided on the housing,
an axial direction seal that is in close contact with the flange surface in the direction along the axial line is provided on the cover,
a fixation member that presses the axial direction seal to be in contact with the flange surface is further provided,
a protrusion wall that protrudes outward in the direction along the axial line from an outer circumferential part of the flange surface is provided on the housing, and
the fixation member has a bowl shape and includes a circumferential wall that is fitted to the protrusion wall and a bottom wall that continues to the circumferential wall and that presses the axial direction seal to be in contact with the flange surface.

US Pat. No. 10,442,081

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING POSSIBLE EXISTENCE REGION OF SPECIFIC STATE QUANTITY OF MOBILE ROBOT

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

1. A device for estimating a possible existence region of a specific state quantity of a mobile robot which moves by a motion of repeating an air movement and a contact with an external object following the air movement of each of a plurality of contacting portions, wherein the possible existence region is intended for a value of a specific state quantity composed of one or more state quantities among a position of an overall center-of-gravity of the mobile robot, a translational motion state quantity of the overall center of gravity, and a rotational motion state quantity about the overall center of gravity, and wherein the possible existence region is able to satisfy a contact reaction force constraint condition which is a constraint condition related to contact reaction forces acting on the respective contacting portions,wherein:
the device includes at least one processor configured to function as a polyhedron projection processing section which performs one of multi parametric linear programming processing and processing of repeating linear programming processing more than once, as polyhedron projection processing for finding a projection region obtained by projecting a convex polyhedron to a subspace representing the specific state quantity among variable components, where the convex polyhedron is within a space configured with the contact reaction forces of the plurality of contacting portions and the specific state quantity as the variable components and where the convex polyhedron is specified by a mechanical relation between the contact reaction forces and the specific state quantity and by a linear inequality representing a contact reaction force constraint condition, and the device is configured to output the projection region found by the polyhedron projection processing as an estimated region of the possible existence region,
the specific state quantity includes two state quantities s(1) and s(2); and
the polyhedron projection processing section is configured to perform the following processes 1 to 4 as the polyhedron projection processing:
process 1: find an upper limit value and a lower limit value of the state quantity s(1) able to satisfy the mechanical relation and the contact reaction force constraint condition by the linear programming processing;
process 2: set a plurality of representative values with the upper limit value and the lower limit value of the state quantity s(1) included in a range between the upper limit value and the lower limit value;
process 3: find an upper limit value and a lower limit value of the state quantity s(2) able to satisfy the mechanical relation and the contact reaction force constraint condition by the linear programming processing for all representative values of the state quantity s(1) on the assumption that the value of the state quantity s(1) coincides with one of the plurality of representative values set in the process 2; and
process 4: find a region obtained by convex hull of a plurality of points specified by all respective representative values of the state quantity s(1) and by the upper limit value and the lower limit value of the state quantity s(2) for each representative value of the state quantity s(1) as the projection region.

US Pat. No. 10,443,709

DIAL SHIFTER

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

1. A shifter mechanism for a transmission of a motor vehicle controlled by a transmission controller, comprising:a central processing unit for transmitting a shifting request to the transmission controller;
a dial shifter, comprising:
a rotatable shifter knob; and
a rotation mechanism in communication with the rotatable shifter knob and about which the rotatable shifter knob rotates;
a sensor connected to the central processing unit for detecting rotation of the rotatable shifter knob;
wherein the central processing unit is configured to cause a selected shift position to be changed in the prescribed order in correspondence to a rotational displacement of the dial shifter in each single shifting operation under normal conditions, and to limit the selected shift position to be changed beyond a prescribed shift position depending on an initial shift position and an amount of the rotational movement of the dial shifter in a first shifting operation, and wherein the shift positions include a non-forward travel position, a D (drive) position for a normal forward travel and an additional forward travel position S for a special purpose arranged in that order in the first direction, and the central processing unit is configured to limit the change in the shift position from the non-forward travel position in the first shifting operation in the first direction to the D (drive) position without regard to the rotational displacement of the dial shifter beyond the D (drive) position; and
wherein the central processing unit is further configured to accept a change in the shift position from the D (drive) position to the forward travel position S in a second shifting operation in the first direction after an elapse of a specified amount of time from the first shifting operation.

US Pat. No. 10,434,871

CLOSED TANK SYSTEM

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

1. A control method for a closed tank system, the closed tank system comprising:a fuel tank that is adapted to store fuel to be supplied to an internal-combustion engine mounted on a vehicle;
a canister that is connected via a communication passage to the fuel tank and adapted to adsorb evaporative fuel generated in the fuel tank;
a fill-up limiting valve that is provided in a chamber of the fuel tank so as to be communicated with the communication passage and adapted to operate to close the communication passage by allowing a float to float on the fuel when a fuel level reaches a predetermined full tank liquid level;
a shut-off valve that is provided on a downstream side of the fill-up limiting valve in the communication passage when seen from the fuel tank and adapted to operate to open or close the communication passage;
a pressure sensor adapted to detect a tank internal pressure of the fuel tank;
a tilt angle detector adapted to detect a tilt angle of the vehicle;
a fuel remaining amount detector that is adapted to detect a remaining amount of fuel stored in the fuel tank; and
a hardware processor having a control section and a determining section,
wherein the control method comprises:
determining, using the determining section, whether or not the internal-combustion engine is in operation;
determining, using the determining section, whether or not the tank internal pressure detected by the pressure sensor exceeds a tank internal pressure threshold;
determining, using the determining section, whether or not the remaining amount of fuel detected by the fuel remaining amount detector exceeds a fuel remaining amount threshold;
determining, using the determining section, whether or not the tilt angle of the vehicle detected by the tilt angle detector exceeds a tilt angle threshold; and
inhibiting, using the control section, control for allowing the shut-off valve to be opened when: it is determined that the internal-combustion engine is in operation; the tank internal pressure detected by the pressure sensor exceeds the tank internal pressure threshold; the remaining amount of fuel detected by the fuel remaining amount detector exceeds the fuel remaining amount threshold; and the tilt angle of the vehicle detected by the tilt angle detector is equal to or smaller than the tilt angle threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,436,154

CONTROL DEVICE OF INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A control device of an internal-combustion engine for controlling an EGR amount which is an amount of an exhaust gas recirculated from an exhaust passage to an intake passage through an EGR passage, comprising:an EGR valve which is provided in the EGR passage to adjust the EGR amount;
a throttle valve which is provided at one of an upstream side of the intake passage in relation to a connection portion between the intake passage and the EGR passage and a downstream side of the exhaust passage in relation to a connection portion between the exhaust passage and the EGR passage to adjust a differential pressure between an upstream pressure and a downstream pressure of the EGR valve;
a target EGR amount setting unit which sets a target EGR amount which is a target of the EGR amount;
a flow rate parameter acquiring unit which acquires a flow rate parameter representing a flow rate of fresh air and/or an exhaust gas corresponding to a load of the internal-combustion engine;
an opposite throttle valve side pressure estimation unit which estimates an opposite throttle valve side pressure which is a pressure at the opposite side to the throttle valve among an upstream side and a downstream side of the EGR valve using the acquired flow rate parameter;
a target differential pressure setting unit which sets a target differential pressure which is a target of the differential pressure to a smaller value as the flow rate indicated by the flow rate parameter becomes smaller;
a target throttle valve side pressure setting unit which sets a target throttle valve side pressure which is a target of a throttle valve side pressure on the side of the throttle valve among the upstream side and the downstream side of the EGR valve based on the target differential pressure and the opposite throttle valve side pressure;
a target EGR valve opening degree setting unit which sets a target EGR valve opening degree which is a target of an opening degree of the EGR valve by using the target EGR amount, the opposite throttle valve side pressure, and the target throttle valve side pressure; and
an EGR valve control unit which controls the EGR valve based on the target EGR valve opening degree.
US Pat. No. 10,435,680

THERMOSTABLE CELLOBIOHYDROLASE

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

1. A method for producing a cellulose degradation product, the method comprising:generating the cellulose degradation product by bringing a material containing cellulose into contact with a thermostable cellobiohydrolase, having a cellulose-binding motif domain comprising: (A1) a polypeptide consisting of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1, and having a cellulose-binding function, and also having a cellobiohydrolase catalytic domain comprising: (A2) a polypeptide consisting of a partial sequence from a leucine residue at position 164 to a proline residue at position 590 of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 3, wherein the thermostable cellobiohydrolase exhibits hydrolysis activity against a substrate of phosphoric acid swollen Avicel at least under conditions of 95° C. and pH 5.5 and
isolating the cellulose degradation product produced.

US Pat. No. 10,437,322

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC IN-VEHICLE VIRTUAL REALITY

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

1. A computer-implemented method for virtual reality rendering views to an output device, comprising:receiving vehicle data from a portable device, the vehicle data including a velocity, an orientation, and a location of a vehicle;
receiving user data from the portable device, the user data including a velocity, an orientation and a location of a user;
generating a view based on the vehicle data, the user data and a model, the model including one or more components that define the view;
determining a difference between the user data and the vehicle data indicative of a perspective based on motion of the vehicle from the vehicle data and motion of the user from the user data; and
rendering the view to the output device by controlling the output device to update display of the view according to the determined difference.

US Pat. No. 10,427,512

GAP SEAL FOR A FLEXIBLE TONNEAU COVER ASSEMBLY

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

1. A flexible tonneau cover assembly, comprising:a side rail positioned on a side wall of a cargo box of a motor vehicle;
a sliding element slidably received in the side rail;
a front rail removably attached to the sliding element; and
a gap seal for sealing a space between the sliding element and the front rail, the gap seal comprising:
an extension extending from a first side of the gap seal, the extension being disposed in the front rail;
a first lip extending from a second side of the gap seal, the first lip having a distal edge making sealing contact with the sliding element and a bottom edge making sealing contact with the side wall of the cargo box; and
a notch in the bottom edge of the first lip, wherein the notch allows the first lip to freely move along the side wall of the cargo box as the sliding element moves longitudinally forward and rearward.

US Pat. No. 10,427,526

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. An electric vehicle, comprising:a power source;
an energizing arm including a fixed end connected rotatably with respect to a vehicle body, a free end configured to be capable of being displaced in a vehicle widthwise direction accompanying rotation at the fixed end, and a conductive member arranged between the fixed end and the free end, and within the conductive member, the fixed end side being connected electrically with the power source;
an angle detector configured to detect an angle of rotation of the energizing arm;
a contact detector configured to detect contact of the free end with respect to external power lines; and
a posture control device configured to control the vehicle body;
wherein during traveling of the electric vehicle, when the contact detector detects contact of the free end, the posture control device is configured to control the vehicle body so that the angle of rotation of the energizing arm approaches a target angle of rotation or a range of target angles of rotation,
wherein when the energizing arm is not in contact with the external power lines, an angle of rotation of the energizing arm reaches an initial deployment target angle, which is set to a maximum value of an arm angle, and
wherein the energizing arm approaches the external power lines in a state of projecting out farthest from the vehicle body of the vehicle in a predetermined angular velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,386,838

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. A vehicle control device comprising:a switching controller that is configured to switch a driving mode of a vehicle from an automated driving mode to a manual driving mode based on a predetermined manipulation amount of a steering wheel; and
a steering reaction force setting controller that is configured to set, according to a gripping state in which a vehicle occupant grips said steering wheel, a steering reaction force, the steering reaction force being applied when said vehicle occupant steers said steering wheel while said automated driving mode is executed.

US Pat. No. 10,378,420

SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle comprising:a body frame disposed between a front wheel and a rear wheel;
a water-cooled engine supported by the body frame;
right and left radiators supported by the body frame; and
a cooling water passage that connects the right and left radiators and the water-cooled engine,
wherein a radiator fan is provided only on one radiator of the right and left radiators,
wherein one cooling water passage that connects the one radiator and the water-cooled engine has a larger diameter than the other cooling water passage that connects the other radiator and the water-cooled engine.

US Pat. No. 10,344,640

OIL STRAINER SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An oil strainer support structure for an internal combustion engine having an oil strainer,wherein an oil inlet of the oil strainer is provided with an annular flange and the flange is fitted with a filter that reduces suction of a foreign matter,
a drain bolt is provided with a hollow portion that is open at a leading end of the drain bolt, said hollow portion being provided with a plurality of pressing portions that project from an edge of the hollow portion, wherein
each of the pressing portions define an opening,
the filter is inserted in the hollow portion of the drain bolt,
the pressing portions of the drain bolt abut against the annular flange, and
the oil strainer is supported by the drain bolt that is provided in the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,343,178

ROTARY ATOMIZING COATING DEVICE AND SPRAY HEAD

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

1. A rotary atomizing coating device comprising a spray head formed of a tube body having a circular truncated conical shape and configured so as to spray, from an opening end on a large diameter side, a coating introduced from an opening end on a small diameter side thereof, and a coating supply machine engaged with the opening end on the small diameter side of the spray head for supplying the coating to inside of the spray head while rotating the spray head around an axial line of the tube body,wherein
the spray head includes a first coating diffusion part configured by a curved surface with a convex shape towards the axial line of the tube body on an inner peripheral surface, a second coating diffusion part extending from the first coating diffusion part to an outer edge of the opening end on the large diameter side of the tube body and configured by a curved surface with a concave shape towards the axial line, and a tapered part provided at the small diameter side of the tube body relative to the first coating diffusion part,
wherein the second coating diffusion part has grooves provided at the outer edge,
a hub part is provided inside the spray head,
the hub part includes a projection end part which projects to an inner side of the tapered part in a radial direction of the tube body,
a taper angle between the tapered part and the axial line is 45° or less, and the taper angle between the tapered part and the axial line is constant along an entirety of the tapered part,
the projection end part is provided with a coating outlet hole which is open to an outer periphery of the projection end part, formed continuously with the tapered part, and provides the coating supplied from the coating supply machine to the tapered part,
the tapered part terminates at a location of the hub part while maintaining the taper angle, the location of the hub part being on the small diameter side relative to the coating outlet hole,
the outer periphery of the projection end part extends along the tapered part, and
the coating outlet hole discharges the coating to the tapered part.

US Pat. No. 10,343,179

PAINTING DEVICE

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

1. A painting device comprising:a bell-shaped cup configured to discharge paint;
a housing configured to rotatably hold the cup; and
a plurality of jetting ports that are provided in the housing and located on a radially outward side and a proximal end side of a distal-end-side outer peripheral edge of the cup, the plurality of jetting ports being configured to jet out shaping air in a distal-end direction to thereby spray the discharged paint toward a workpiece,
wherein the housing includes a plurality of regulating jetting ports configured to jet out regulating air which regulates a spraying state of the paint, the regulating jetting ports being disposed on a radially inward side and a proximal end side of the distal-end-side outer peripheral edge when viewed in a front view,
the plurality of jetting ports are arranged mutually independently on a radially outward side of the distal-end-side outer peripheral edge along its circumferential direction, and the plurality of regulating jetting ports are arranged mutually independently on the radially inward side of the distal-end-side outer peripheral edge along its circumferential direction, and
the regulating air is jetted out from the plurality of regulating jetting ports in a direction inclined radially outwardly of the cup, and if a circumscribed tangent which is tangent to the distal-end-side outer peripheral edge of the cup is drawn from the plurality of jetting ports as viewed in the front view, the shaping air is jetted out from the plurality of jetting ports in a direction inclined radially inwardly of the cup with respect to the circumscribed tangent at an acute angle of inclination set to be smaller than or equal to 30° with respect to an intersection-point tangent that is tangent to the distal-end-side outer peripheral edge at an intersection point of the jet direction of the shaping air and the distal-end-side outer peripheral edge of the cup.

US Pat. No. 10,345,586

HEAD-UP DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. A head-up display device comprising:a projector configured to emit projection light including image information;
a plurality of reflectors configured to reflect the projection light emitted from the projector in a predetermined direction;
an image formation unit configured to form an image expressed by the projection light reflected by the reflectors so that an occupant in a vehicle can see the image; and
a casing at least the projector among the projector and the reflectors, at least one of the reflectors being disposed outside the casing,
wherein the reflector disposed outside the casing is disposed at a roof near a windshield of the vehicle,
the reflectors comprising:
a first reflector housed in the casing and configured to reflect the projection light emitted from the projector;
a second reflector disposed outside the casing and configured to reflect the projection light reflected by the first reflector; and
a third reflector housed in the casing and configured to reflect the projection light reflected by the second reflector,
wherein the image formation unit is configured to reflect the projection light reflected by the third reflector toward the occupant in the vehicle so that the occupant can see the image.

US Pat. No. 10,343,564

VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A vehicle seat, including:a lower rail fixedly secured to a floor of a vehicle;
an upper rail engaged by the lower rail so as to be slidable along a lengthwise direction;
a seat cushion fixedly secured to the upper rail;
a seat back connected to a rear end part of the seat cushion;
a lock mechanism for normally locking the upper rail relative to the lower rail;
a lock release member associated with the lock mechanism for selectively unlocking the upper rail relative to the lower rail; and
a deformation restraining member fixedly attached to the lower rail or a frame of the seat cushion, and extending toward a part of the lower rail or the upper rail so as to define a small gap relative to the lower rail or the upper rail,
wherein the deformation restraining member includes an upper section fixedly attached to the frame of the seat cushion, and a lower section opposing an upper side of the lower rail, and
wherein the lower section of the deformation restraining member opposes the lock release member in such a manner that the lower section prevents a lock releasing movement of the lock release member when the lower rail is deformed under a load of a vehicle crash.

US Pat. No. 10,330,043

SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle in which a single-cylinder engine main unit is mounted on a body frame, the engine main unit having: a crankcase; a cylinder body rising upward from an upper portion of the crankcase; a cylinder head connected to an upper portion of the cylinder body; and a head cover connected to an upper portion of the cylinder head, the cylinder head includes a front wall connected to an exhaust system and a rear wall connected to an intake system,wherein a joining surface of the cylinder head to the head cover is formed on a plane crossing a cylinder axis, the plane being inclined downward toward a front,
rotation axes of camshafts are arranged on the plane, the rotation axes of camshafts configuring a part of a valve train opening/closing an intake valve and an exhaust valve respectively supported by the cylinder head,
an axis of a valve stem of a butterfly throttle valve is arranged on the plane, the butterfly throttle valve being provided to a throttle device configuring a part of the intake system,
a curve cover is formed on one side in a vehicle width direction of the head cover, the curve cover being curved to cover driven sprockets that are fixed to the camshafts so that a cam chain for transmitting power from a crankshaft to the camshafts is wound around the driven sprockets, and
a drum housing box is arranged close to the curve cover, the drum housing box housing a throttle drum fixed to one end of the valve stem, the drum housing box being annexed to the throttle device.

US Pat. No. 10,309,249

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR A GAS-TURBINE AEROENGINE

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

1. An apparatus for controlling a gas-turbine aeroengine mounted on an aircraft and having at least a high-pressure turbine rotated by injection of high-pressure gas produced upon ignition and combustion of an air-fuel mixture in a combustion chamber, and a low-pressure turbine located downstream of the high-pressure turbine to be rotated by low-pressure gas exiting the high-pressure turbine, comprising:a low-pressure turbine rotational speed sensor adapted to detect a rotational speed of the low-pressure turbine (N1);
a high-pressure turbine rotational speed sensor adapted to detect a rotational speed of the high-pressure turbine (N2);
a low-pressure turbine rotational speed sensor normality discriminator that compares an estimated operating parameter of the rotational speed of the low-pressure turbine with a detected value of the rotational speed of the low-pressure turbine to generate a comparison result and discriminates whether or not the low-pressure turbine rotational speed sensor is operating abnormally by determining if the detected value of the rotational speed of the low-pressure turbine exceeds the estimated operating parameter of the rotational speed of the low-pressure turbine; and
a controller that establishes a first value as an upper limit value of the rotational speed of the high-pressure turbine (N2) and controls the rotational speed of the high-pressure turbine based on the established upper limit value;
wherein the controller has an upper limit value changer that changes the upper limit value to a second value that is lower than the first value, when the low-pressure turbine rotational speed sensor normality discriminator discriminates that the low-pressure turbine rotational speed sensor is operating abnormally based on the comparison result, and the controller controls rotational speed of the high-pressure turbine based on the second value.

US Pat. No. 10,309,265

DOHC-TYPE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A DOHC-type internal combustion engine, comprising:an engine body comprising a cylinder head in which an intake-side camshaft and an exhaust-side camshaft are disposed in parallel to each other with a plug hole interposed therebetween,
an ignition plug to be inserted into the plug hole,
a pair of intake valves and a pair of exhaust valves disposed around the plug hole, said intake valves being arrayed in a direction along an axis of the intake-side camshaft, said exhaust valves being arrayed in a direction along an axis of the exhaust-side camshaft,
two pairs of rocker arms respectively interposed between the intake-side and exhaust-side camshafts and said intake valves and said exhaust valves, the two pairs of rocker arms respectively corresponding to said intake valves and said exhaust valves while respectively including support portions and valve connection portions, the support portions being rockably supported by the cylinder head, the valve connection portions being operatively connected respectively with said intake valves and said exhaust valves,
wherein first and second support portions of a first pair of the two pairs of rocker arms out of the support portions are disposed between the pair of intake valves and the pair of exhaust valves in a direction orthogonal to the axes of the intake-side and exhaust-side camshafts and around the plug hole, and
third and fourth support portions of a second pair of the two pairs of rocker arms out of the support portions are disposed outside a region between the pair of intake valves and the pair of exhaust valves in the direction orthogonal to the axes of the intake-side and exhaust-side camshafts,
wherein a distance between first and second valve connection portions of the first pair of the two pairs of rocker arms is set shorter than a distance between the first and second support portions, and wherein a distance between third and fourth valve connection portions of the second pair of the two pairs of rocker arms is set longer than a distance between the third and fourth support portions.

US Pat. No. 10,309,532

TRANSMISSION CONTROL METHOD OF BELT TYPE CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

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

1. A transmission control method of a belt type continuously variable transmission, in which a metal belt (15) is wound on a drive pulley (13) and a driven pulley (14) and a gear ratio is changed by changing axial thrusts of the drive pulley (13) and the driven pulley (14), comprising:a first process of estimating a relationship between a tangential friction coefficient and a ratio of a non-slippage side pulley according to a relationship between a tangential friction coefficient and a ratio of a slippage side pulley, wherein one of the drive pulley (13) and the driven pulley (14) is the non-slippage side pulley and another one of the drive pulley (13) and the driven pulley (14) is the slippage side pulley,
a second process of calculating transmission torque transmitted by the metal belt (15) from the tangential friction coefficient and a winding diameter of the slippage side pulley,
a third process of calculating a required axial thrust for suppressing slippage of the non-slippage side pulley from the transmission torque and the winding diameter of the non-slippage side pulley, and
a fourth process of changing the gear ratio by reducing a ratio holding axial thrust of the non-slippage side pulley toward the required axial thrust.

US Pat. No. 10,305,129

FUEL BATTERY SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR FUEL BATTERY SYSTEM

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

1. A fuel battery system comprising:a fuel battery configured to generate electricity by using fuel gas and oxidant gas;
an electric storage device;
a voltage adjusting device configured to adjust voltage to be applied to a load by the fuel battery or the electric storage device;
a pump configured to supply the oxidant gas to the fuel battery by consuming electric power supplied from the fuel battery and/or the electric storage device;
a control device configured to control electric power of the pump; and
an abnormity detecting device configured to detect abnormity of the voltage adjusting device, wherein
the voltage adjusting device is disposed between the fuel battery and the pump, and
the control device restricts the electric power of the pump when the abnormity detecting device has detected abnormity of the voltage adjusting device, and
the control device restricts the electric power of the pump by setting a larger decrease amount of the electric power as the electric power of the pump before the restriction is larger, and setting a smaller decrease amount of the electric power as the electric power of the pump before the restriction is smaller.

US Pat. No. 10,289,260

SYSTEMS AND TECHNIQUES FOR APPLICATION MULTI-TASKING

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

1. A vehicle system for application management, comprising:a processing unit;
a vehicle interface component that is part of a vehicle and includes a home button, the interface component receiving one or more user inputs, wherein a first user input of one or more of the user inputs is a command to launch a first application of one or more applications, wherein a second user input of one or more of the user inputs is a command to launch a second application of one or more of the applications;
an application component executing a vehicle operating system associated with the vehicle, executing on the vehicle operating system, the first application in response to the first user input, and executing, on the vehicle operating system, the second application in response to the second user input, wherein the first application and the second application are applications configured for operation on the vehicle operating system;
a management component determining an updated view from a first view associated with the first application and a second view associated with the second application, wherein initiating determination of the updated view is based on a third user input of one or more of the user inputs, wherein the third user input is a double tap of the home button; and
a display component rendering the first application or the second application based on the updated view,
wherein the interface component, the application component, the management component, the display component, or one or more functions thereof are executed by the processing unit,
wherein a fourth user input of one or more of the user inputs is a single tap of the home button, wherein in response to the fourth user input, the management component determines a home screen view associated with the vehicle operating system and the display component renders the home screen view based on an amount of time a user has spent interacting with one or more of the applications, a launch order for the first and second applications, timestamps indicative of when the first and second applications were last launched, and a velocity of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,288,168

TRANSMISSION CONTROL DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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

1. A transmission control device for an automatic transmission, comprising:a current position detector that is configured to detect a current position of a vehicle;
a storage device configured to store road data;
a corner determinator that is configured to detect a corner appearing in a traveling direction of the vehicle and determine whether a detected corner is a blind corner in which an end of the corner is not visible from the vehicle, based upon the detected current position and the stored road data;
a blind distance calculator that is configured to calculate, when a determination is made that the corner is a blind corner, a distance from the determined blind corner to the vehicle based upon the detected current position and the stored road data;
a necessary engine braking amount calculator that is configured to calculate, based upon the calculated distance, a necessary engine braking amount necessary for decelerating a current vehicle speed to a vehicle speed at which it is possible to stop around the blind corner when a braking operation is performed with a full braking amount;
a required speed change stage determinator that is configured to determine a required speed change stage on a basis of the calculated necessary engine braking amount; and
a transmission controller that is configured to perform transmission control so as to achieve a downshift to the determined required speed change stage.

US Pat. No. 10,233,888

IDLE STOP OPERATION IN RESPONSE TO STEERING INPUT

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

1. A control system for a vehicle incorporated with a steer by wire steering device for steering a road wheel mechanically decoupled from a steering member by using a steering actuator, the control system comprising:an idle stop control unit for starting an idle stop operation to stop an engine mounted on the vehicle when a prescribed idle stop condition is satisfied, and restarting the engine when a prescribed restart condition is satisfied;
a steering input angle sensor for detecting a steering input angle of the steering member;
an actuator control unit for controlling the steering actuator so as to cause the road wheel to be steered at an angle commanded by the steering input angle of the steering member, the actuator control unit being configured to terminate an operation of the steering actuator during the idle stop operation started by the idle stop control unit; and
a steering output angle sensor for detecting a steering output angle of the road wheel;
wherein the restart condition is satisfied when an absolute value of a change of the steering input or output angle from a start of the idle stop operation is greater than an engine restart threshold value; and
wherein, if an absolute value of the steering input or output angle at the start of the idle stop operation is equal to or greater than a prescribed value, the engine restart threshold value is given as a first value for a steering operation during the idle stop operation in a same direction as the steering input angle at the start of the idle stop operation, and as a second value for a steering operation during the idle stop operation in an opposite direction to the steering input angle at the start of the idle stop operation, the second value being smaller than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,233,848

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine that includes a variable intake cam phase mechanism for changing an intake cam phase which is a phase of an intake cam for opening and closing an intake valve with respect to a crankshaft, and a variable exhaust cam phase mechanism for changing an exhaust cam phase which is a phase of an exhaust cam for opening and closing an exhaust valve with respect to the crankshaft, and is capable of changing a valve overlap period of the intake valve and the exhaust valve by changing one or more of the intake cam phase and the exhaust cam phase, the control apparatus controlling one or more of the variable intake cam phase mechanism and the variable exhaust cam phase mechanism, comprising:intake cam phase acquisition means for acquiring the intake cam phase;
exhaust cam phase acquisition means for acquiring the exhaust cam phase;
first failure determination means for determining, by comparing one phase of the acquired intake cam phase and the acquired exhaust cam phase with a predetermined abnormal reference value, whether or not there has occurred a first failure state which is a failure state of one mechanism of the variable intake cam phase mechanism and the variable exhaust cam phase mechanism, which changes the one phase, in which the valve overlap period is altered;
first failure control means for controlling, when it is determined by said first failure determination means that there has occurred the first failure state of the one mechanism, another mechanism of the variable intake cam phase mechanism and the variable exhaust cam phase mechanism to shorten the valve overlap period;
second failure determination means for determining, based on one phase of the intake cam phase and the exhaust cam phase, whether or not there has occurred a second failure state which is a failure state of one mechanism of the variable intake cam phase mechanism and the variable exhaust cam phase mechanism, which changes the one phase, in which the valve overlap period is altered; and
second failure control means for normally controlling, when it is determined by said second failure determination means that there has occurred the second failure state of the one mechanism, another mechanism of the variable intake cam phase mechanism and the variable exhaust cam phase mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,214,171

PASSENGER PROTECTION APPARATUS

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

1. A passenger protection apparatus used in a vehicle having an article storage box, which can be opened and closed and which is attached to a vertical wall member of a vehicle body in front of a front seat, the passenger protection apparatus being installed under the article storage box so as to protect a knee portion of a passenger,the passenger protection apparatus comprising:
an airbag unit including a bag body and causing the bag body to inflate and expand toward the front seat when an impact is input;
a guide member configured to cover a gap between a lower end of the article storage box and an adjacent member adjacent to the lower end of the article storage box when the bag body inflates and expands; and
a case including a cover portion and configured to contain the guide member and the bag body in a folded state therein,
wherein the guide member is configured to surround an entirety of an outer circumference of the folded bag body in the case,
wherein the airbag unit includes an inflator, and the inflator is disposed inside the bag body.

US Pat. No. 10,203,015

DUST BOOT, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DUST BOOT, AND SHOCK ABSORBER

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A method of manufacturing a dust boot for a shock absorber, the shock absorber comprising:a cylinder;
a rod configured to move into and out of the cylinder;
a rod-side spring seat installed in the rod;
a cylinder-side spring seat installed in the cylinder;
a suspension spring interposed between the rod-side spring seat and the cylinder-side spring seat; and
the dust boot,
wherein the dust boot has
a tubular boot body provided with an extendable/contractible bellows portion to cover the rod, and
an annular flange portion linked to an upper end of the boot body and held between the rod-side spring seat and the suspension spring,
wherein the shock absorber further comprises a rubber seat installed in an upper end of the suspension spring and interposed between the flange portion and the suspension spring, and
wherein an angle between the flange portion and a line perpendicular to an axis of the boot body in an outer side of the flange portion is set to be larger than 0 degrees and smaller than 90 degrees,
said method comprising:
forming both the boot body and the flange portion through blow molding.

US Pat. No. 10,205,182

FUEL CELL SYSTEM

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

1. A fuel cell system comprising:a fuel cell stack;
an oxidant gas supply channel through which oxidant gas to be supplied to the fuel cell stack flows;
an oxidant off-gas exhaust channel through which oxidant off-gas exhausted from the fuel cell stack flows;
an outlet sealing valve which is provided in the oxidant off-gas exhaust channel; and
a refrigerant exhaust channel through which a refrigerant exhausted from the fuel cell stack flows, wherein
the outlet sealing valve includes
a main body portion having:
a passage through which the oxidant off-gas flows; and
a refrigerant passage through which a branch of the refrigerant from the refrigerant exhaust channel flows,
a valve seat which is provided in the passage, and
a valve body which is provided in the passage and is seated on the valve seat to close the passage, wherein
the refrigerant passage is located in the vicinity of the valve seat or in the vicinity of the valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,202,121

STOP CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A stop control device for controlling stop of a vehicle, comprising:a stop intention detector that detects or estimates a stop intention made through an operation other than a braking operation;
an unable-to-drive state detector that detects or estimates an unable-to-drive state of a driver of the vehicle, the unable-to-drive state being a state of the driver who is not able to drive the vehicle; and
an automatic stop controller that performs automatic stop control of the vehicle by using a brake system,
wherein the automatic stop controller:
performs the automatic stop control by decelerating the vehicle by using a first deceleration in response to (i) detection or estimation of the stop intention by the stop intention detector or (ii) detection or estimation of the unable-to-drive state by the unable-to-drive state detector while the vehicle is traveling, and
performs the automatic stop control by decelerating the vehicle by using a second deceleration larger than the first deceleration in response to (i) the detection or estimation of the stop intention by the stop intention detector and (ii) the detection or estimation of the unable-to-drive state by the unable-to-drive state detector.

US Pat. No. 10,202,124

ROUGH TERRAIN VEHICLE

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

1. A rough terrain vehicle comprising:a forward/reverse movement command unit configured to issue a command for forward or reverse movement;
a traveling drive unit configured to generate a traveling drive force in a direction commanded by the forward/reverse movement command unit responsive to an operation amount of an accelerator pedal, by transmitting an output of an engine to vehicle wheels; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the vehicle is in a reverse running state in which traveling is taking place in a direction opposite to the direction commanded by the forward/reverse movement command unit;
wherein the determination unit determines the reverse running state in a case that an engine rotational speed of the engine decreases when the traveling drive force is generated.

US Pat. No. 10,201,436

JOINT MECHANISM CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A joint mechanism control device including a joint mechanism connecting a first member and a second member in a relatively displaceable manner, and a joint power control device adapted to control a joint power which is a power applied to the joint mechanism, comprising:a power transmission movable mechanism having a joint interlock displacement part connected to the joint mechanism such that the joint interlock displacement part is displaced according to a change in an amount of relative displacement of the first member and the second member caused by a motion of the joint mechanism, and a first engagement part and a second engagement part, which are engaged with a first flexible lengthy member and a second flexible lengthy member such that the first engagement part and the second engagement part are displaced as the first flexible lengthy member and the second flexible lengthy member move, the power transmission movable mechanism being configured such that the joint interlock displacement part is displaced by a displacement amount specified based on an amount of displacement of the first engagement part and the second engagement part, and a resultant force comprising of a force applied from the first flexible lengthy member and a force applied from the second flexible lengthy member to the first engagement part and the second engagement part, respectively, and a force applied from the joint mechanism to the joint interlock displacement part are balanced;
a control mechanism connected to an end of the first flexible lengthy member on an opposite side from the first engagement part, enabling the control mechanism to control the movement of the first flexible lengthy member; and
an elastic structure engaged with the second flexible lengthy member such that the elastic structure generates an elastic force as the second flexible lengthy member moves,
wherein the power transmission movable mechanism includes: a first rack and a second rack, which are disposed facing against each other and provided to be slidable in a same direction; a gear which is disposed between the first rack and the second rack and engaged with the first rack and the second rack; and a bearing which supports the gear such that the gear is rotatable about its axis of rotation, the first rack and the second rack serving as the first engagement part and the second engagement part, respectively, and the bearing serving as the joint interlock displacement part.

US Pat. No. 10,184,368

BREATHER DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A breather device for an internal combustion engine for guiding blow-by gas generated in a crank chamber to an intake system, the breather device comprising:a breather chamber formed adjacent to the crank chamber such that the breather chamber communicates with the crank chamber, wherein the breather chamber is separated from the crank chamber by a first wall and communicates with the crank chamber via a gas inlet formed in the first wall separating the breather chamber from the crank chamber, the breather chamber being configured to separate oil from the blow-by gas that flows in the breather chamber from the crank chamber;
a filter chamber formed adjacent to the crank chamber such that the filter chamber communicates with the breather chamber, the filter chamber accommodating a filter for separating oil from the blow-by gas that flows in the filter chamber from the breather chamber; and
a breather passage that communicates the filter chamber and the intake system with each other,
wherein a second wall defining a part of the breather chamber and a filter housing defining the filter chamber are both formed integrally with a crankcase defining the crank chamber, and
wherein the breather chamber and the filter chamber are connected to each other by a communication passage separated from the crank chamber by a third wall constituting a part of the crankcase.

US Pat. No. 10,183,611

LIGHT-DEVICE MOUNTING STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

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

1. A light-device mounting structure of a vehicle, said structure comprising:a light device including a lamp housing accommodating a light source; and
a light cover disposed outside of the lamp housing, the lamp housing being provided with a support shaft supported by the light cover, wherein the light device is mounted in an optical-axis adjustable manner,
wherein the support shaft is covered with a support-shaft protective member, the support-shaft protective member being engaged non-rotatably relative to the support shaft,
wherein the light cover has a fitting hole that extends completely through the light cover,
wherein the support shaft is fitted into the fitting hole through the support-shaft protective member,
wherein the support-shaft protective member includes a flange,
wherein the support-shaft protective member includes a cap visor projecting from the flange, and
wherein the cap visor covers the support shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,183,630

ADAPTER FOR MOBILE DEVICE

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

1. An adapter for securing a mobile device to a vehicle, the adapter being positioned between an interior trim part and a vehicle component, the adapter configured for receiving a cable, the cable having a connector at a first end of the cable for connecting the cable to the mobile device, the adapter comprising:a base for securing the cable to the vehicle and for securing a mobile device to the base and to the vehicle via the cable;
a first member extending outwardly from the base;
a second member extending outwardly from the base substantially parallel to the first member; and
a plurality of cross bars extending between the first member and the second member, the cross bars configured such that the cable may be threaded and looped around the cross bars the first and second member for creating an interference fit with the interior trim part and vehicle component to secure the adapter in place in the vehicle such that the cross bars are located between the interior trim part and the vehicle component.

US Pat. No. 10,174,671

CONTROL DEVICE, METHOD, AND INTERNAL COMBUSION ENGINE

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

1. A control device of an internal combustion engine provided with a supercharger and a waste gate valve, the supercharger including a turbine provided in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine, a compressor that is driven and rotated by the turbine and pressurizes an intake air of the internal combustion engine, and an electric motor provided so as to be capable of driving the compressor, the waste gate valve provided in a bypass passage that bypasses the turbine, the control device comprising:an exhaust-gas temperature rise suppression unit that drives the electric motor and makes larger an opening of the waste gate valve in a predetermined high-load operation state in which a load of the internal combustion engine is a first predetermined load or higher and an excessive rise in an exhaust-gas temperature of the internal combustion engine is estimated to occur, wherein
the exhaust-gas temperature rise suppression unit includes an air-fuel ratio richening unit that richens an air fuel ratio of an air fuel mixture that is burned in the internal combustion engine if the load of the internal combustion engine is a second predetermined load, which is higher than the first predetermined load, or higher in the predetermined high-load operation state, the control device further comprising:
a generator that is driven by the engine and is capable of supplying power to the electric motor, wherein
the exhaust-gas temperature rise suppression unit increases a power generation amount by the generator when the load of the engine is within a predetermined load range included in a load range defined by the first predetermined load and the second predetermined load.

US Pat. No. 10,174,711

PISTON FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A piston for use in an internal combustion engine, which is movable back and forth in a cylinder of the internal combustion engine, and includes a piston skirt in sliding contact with an inner wall surface of the cylinder, the piston comprising:a solid lubricator disposed on a sliding surface of the piston skirt, wherein the solid lubricator is a sintered body consisting of a silver metal and at least one of a carbon material and carbide ceramics,
a proportion of the at least one of the carbon material and carbide ceramics with respect to 100% by weight of the solid lubricator is 0.5% to 30% by weight, and a remainder of the solid lubricator is the silver metal,
the piston is made of an aluminum alloy, and
a the sliding surface of the piston skirt includes ridges which define peaks and valleys, and the solid lubricator is disposed only on the peaks.

US Pat. No. 10,161,992

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, TRANSPORT DEVICE INCLUDING POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, DETERMINATION METHOD OF DETERMINING STATE OF SENSOR DETECTING CURRENT VALUE, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING STATE

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

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:a first electric storage module which has a first electric storage section and a first sensor that detects a first current value being a value of charge/discharge current of the first electric storage section;
a second electric storage module which has a second electric storage section and a second sensor that detects a second current value being a value of charge/discharge current of the second electric storage section; and
a circuit module which has a charge/discharge circuit and a control section, the charge/discharge circuit performing charge/discharge between the first electric storage section, the second electric storage section, and a driving section, the driving section driven using power of at least one of the first electric storage section and the second electric storage section, the control section controlling the charge/discharge circuit, wherein
the control section acquires a third current value being a value of charge/discharge current of at least one of the first electric storage section and the second electric storage section to the driving section,
performs at least one of a first operation of comparing the first current value with the third current value in charge/discharge between the first electric storage section and the driving section, and a second operation of comparing the second current value with the third current value in charge/discharge between the second electric storage section and the driving section,
performs a third operation of respectively comparing the first current value with the second current value, and the first current value with the third current value in a simultaneous discharge of the first electric storage section to the second electric storage section and the driving section, and
determines a state of at least one of the first sensor, the second sensor, and a third sensor by at least one of the first operation and the second operation and by the third operation, the third sensor detecting the third current value.

US Pat. No. 10,161,293

COOLING SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An engine cooling system, comprising:a water jacket formed on a main body of an internal combustion engine;
a first passage communicating a radiator with a jacket inlet of the water jacket;
a second passage communicating a jacket outlet of the water jacket with the radiator;
a water pump provided in the first passage for feeding cooling water to the water jacket inlet;
a third passage communicating a part of the first passage located between the radiator and the water pump with the second passage;
a flow control valve provided at least in one of the first passage, the second passage and the third passage for controlling a flow of the cooling water through the radiator;
a water temperature sensor provided in the second passage intermediate between a branch part of the second passage where the third passage branches off and the jacket outlet;
a cavity formed on a side face of the engine main body; and
a passage forming member including a lid portion closing the cavity;
wherein the cavity extends from one end connected to the jacket outlet to another end connected to the third passage, and the cavity and the passage forming member define a part of the second passage, the water temperature sensor being positioned in the one end of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,161,439

CONNECTING ROD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

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

1. A method of manufacturing a connecting rod made of metal and having a big end, a small end, and a rod portion connecting the big end to the small end and having a substantially H-shaped cross section, wherein the rod portion includes a pair of ribs extending in parallel to each other in cross sectional view, and a web connected between substantially vertically middle parts of the ribs, the method comprising;a first step of hot forging steel material into an intermediate workpiece, and air cooling the intermediate workpiece; and
a second step of forging the intermediate workpiece by clamping the same between an upper die assembly and a lower die assembly to make a pair of rib tip portions located at both vertical ends of each rib in cross sectional view have a higher hardness than the web by 40 HV or more, and to make a rib root portion located at a vertically middle portion of each rib in cross sectional view have a higher hardness than the web by 30 HV or more.

US Pat. No. 10,150,168

DRILL

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

1. A drill comprising:a flute with a cutting edge formed at a tip end thereof and a shank continuously formed at a rear end of the flute, wherein
the flute has, in a front view, two lands and two grooves, alternately, and a linear chisel edge,
the lands each have a margin portion continuous with the cutting edge, a clearance continuous with the margin portion and having a diameter smaller than that of the margin portion, and a pad continuous with the clearance and having a width equal to a width of the margin portion, and
the pad is arranged, in a front view, on a line perpendicular to a thinning face and on a line perpendicular to the chisel edge.

US Pat. No. 10,145,324

FUEL INJECTION DEVICE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A fuel injection device of an internal combustion engine, the fuel injection device comprising:a fuel injection valve that injects fuel directly into a combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine;
a central processing unit (CPU) configured to control operation of the fuel injection valve;
a battery;
a step-up circuit that is connected to the battery, wherein the step-up circuit is configured to step up a battery output voltage of the battery to output a stepped-up voltage to drive the fuel injection valve; and
a step-down circuit that is connected to an output side of the step-up circuit, wherein the step-down circuit is configured to dissipate residual charge in the step-up circuit when an ignition switch is turned off, and wherein the ignition switch turns on or turns off a first power supply voltage supplied to the CPU.

US Pat. No. 10,138,769

VARIABLE VALVE TRAIN

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

1. A variable valve train, comprising:a camshaft rotatably supported in a cylinder head of an internal combustion engine;
a cylindrical cam carrier fitted on and around the camshaft in a state co-rotatable with and axially slidable relative to the camshaft, the cam carrier having therearound a plurality of cam lobes different in cam profile and axially adjacent to each other; and
a cam changeover mechanism for axially shifting the cam carrier to change over the cam lobes for operating an engine valve; characterized in that:
the variable valve train includes:
a lead groove formed around the cylindrical cam carrier;
changeover pins provided to advance and retract relative to the cylindrical cam carrier to be engaged with and disengaged from the lead groove; and
a changeover driving shaft associated with the changeover pins and having an associated cam mechanism operable to advance the changeover pins selectively into the lead groove to cause the cam carrier to shift axially, while being rotated, due to the lead groove having engaged therein a selectively advanced changeover pin so as to change over the cam lobes for operating the engine valve.

US Pat. No. 10,132,207

VARIABLE VALVE MECHANISM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A variable valve actuating device for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a valve having a valve head configured to selectively close an intake port or an exhaust port of a combustion chamber and a valve stem slidably supported by a cylinder head along an axial line thereof;
a rocker arm including a pivoted part pivotally supported by the cylinder head, a cam follower driven by a cam of a camshaft, and a swing end;
a valve lifter interposed between the swing end of the rocker arm and a stem end of the valve stem and slidably received in a support hole defined in the cylinder head along the axial line of the valve stem; and
a switch member received in the valve lifter so as to be selectively moveable under oil pressure between a first position where the switch member abuts an end surface of the valve stem as the valve lifter is actuated by the cam and a second position where the switch member does not abut the end surface of the valve stem as the valve lifter is actuated by the cam;
wherein the swing end of the rocker arm is engaged by an upper end part of the valve lifter via an engagement feature that prevents a rotational movement of the valve lifter relative to the swing end around the axial line of the valve stem.

US Pat. No. 10,135,101

POWER STORAGE MODULE

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

1. A power storage module, comprising:storage batteries;
separators that are stacked alternately with the storage batteries;
a temperature measuring component that measures a temperature of a storage battery of the storage batteries;
temperature measuring component holding portions, the temperature measuring component being mounted on a first temperature measuring component holding portion of the temperature measuring component holding portions;
a terminal cover having an opening extending through the terminal cover at a side surface of the terminal cover at which the first temperature measuring component holding portion is disposed; and
a harness connected to the temperature measuring component, wherein
the storage batteries include terminal surfaces, each terminal surface provided with a positive terminal and a negative terminal, a first terminal surface of the terminal surfaces being covered by the terminal cover,
the first temperature measuring component holding portion is provided on a terminal surface side between the positive terminal and the negative terminal of the storage battery,
a temperature measuring component guide mechanism is further provided that sets an insertion direction of the temperature measuring component to a direction oriented towards the negative terminal from the positive terminal or a direction oriented towards the positive terminal from the negative terminal, and
the temperature measuring component and the harness form a connected unit that extends through the opening at the side surface of the terminal cover at which the first temperature measuring component holding portion is disposed so that the connected unit extends through the opening at a position below an uppermost surface of the terminal cover.

US Pat. No. 10,127,922

SOUND SOURCE IDENTIFICATION APPARATUS AND SOUND SOURCE IDENTIFICATION METHOD

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

1. A sound source identification apparatus, comprising:a sound collection unit including a plurality of microphones;
wherein the sound source identification apparatus: localizes a sound source on the basis of an acoustic signal collected by the sound collection unit;
separates the sound source on the basis of the acoustic signal collected by the sound collection unit; and
identifies a type of sound source on the basis of a result of the localization and a result of the separation,
wherein the sound source identification performs the identification of the type of the sound source of a signal having a magnitude equal to or greater than a first threshold value which is a predetermined value and does not perform the identification of the type of the sound source of a signal having a magnitude less than the first threshold value, and
wherein an identified type of sound source is a localized sound source having a magnitude equal to or greater than a second threshold value which is less than the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,118,662

SADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle vehicle comprising:a head pipe;
a main frame extending in a vehicle rearward direction from the head pipe; and
a seat frame connected to a rear of the vehicle of the main frame,
wherein the main frame has a first inclination portion inclined so as to be positioned on an inner side in a widthwise direction toward the rear of the vehicle,
wherein the seat frame is connected at a front end portion thereof to the first inclination portion,
wherein the seat frame has a second inclination portion inclined so as to be positioned on the inner side in the widthwise direction toward the rear of the vehicle from the front end portion of the seat frame, and
wherein the seat frame includes:
a first seat frame inclined so as to be positioned downwardly toward the rear of the vehicle; and
a second seat frame inclined so as to be positioned upwardly toward the rear of the vehicle,
wherein the first seat frame is connected at a rear end portion thereof to an intermediate portion in the forward and rearward direction of the second seat frame and the second seat frame supports, at a rear portion thereof, a seat from a lower rear side.

US Pat. No. 10,104,834

ELECTRIC LAWN MOWER CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. An apparatus for controlling operation of a walk-behind electric lawn mower equipped witha frame configured to be movable over a lawn growth area by a user by hand from behind;
an electric motor having three-phase coils and mounted on the frame;
a blade cutter provided at an underneath surface of the frame to be connected to the electric motor and configured to cut grass on the lawn growth area when driven by the electric motor;
a rechargeable battery mounted on the frame to be connected to the electric motor and configured to discharge electric power so as to apply to the electric motor as operating electric power and to be charged by a regenerative electric current that is generated by the electric motor during regenerative braking of rotation of the blade cutter;
a motor driver circuit configured to adjust supply of the operating electric power to the three-phase coils of the electric motor: and
a control unit configured to control operation of the motor driver circuit;
wherein the improvement comprises:
the control unit includes;
a stop instruction input determination unit configured to determine whether an instruction to stop the electric motor is inputted by the user;
a regenerative braking implementation unit configured to control the operation of the motor driver circuit to implement regenerative braking that outputs regenerative electric current from the three-phase coils of the electric motor, when it is determined by the stop instruction input determination unit that the instruction to stop the electric motor is inputted;
a motor rotational speed determination unit configured to determine whether a rotational speed of the electric motor is equal to or less than a switching rotational speed, when the regenerative braking is implemented by the regenerative braking implementation unit; and
a short-circuit braking switching unit configured to control the operation of the motor driver circuit to switch from the regenerative braking to short-circuit braking that short-circuits the three-phase coils of the electric motor, when it is determined by the rotational speed determination unit that the rotational speed of the electric motor is equal to or less than the switching rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,095,555

TASK CONTROL SYSTEM

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

1. A task control system which assigns a plurality of tasks to each of a plurality of arithmetic processing resources constituting a distributed processing system, the resources being connected to be communicable with each other via a communication network, the task control system comprising:a load detection component configured to detect an indication value which represents a degree of an arithmetic processing load required for executing each of the plurality of tasks;
a determination component configured to determine whether or not the indication value detected by the load detection component satisfies a predetermined condition;
a state detection component configured to detect states or occurring events concerning simultaneous execution of the plurality of tasks; and
an assignment component configured to assign each of the plurality of tasks to each of the plurality of arithmetic processing resources in a different order of priority depending on a difference in the states detected by the state detection component on a requirement that the determination component determines that the indication value satisfies the predetermined condition,
wherein the state detection component detects, in distinction from each other, plural states different in a level of an effect degree on an entity present in an area,
wherein the plural states include a first state in which the effect degree on the entity is relatively low and a second state in which the effect degree on the entity is relatively high,
wherein the first state is a state having high probability of traffic jam occurring,
wherein the second state is a state in which a disaster occurred,
wherein the first state is a state including at least one of a state in which a current time being included in a specified time zone having high probability of traffic jam occurring in the area where the entity is present, a state in which a weather condition having high probability of traffic jam occurring in the area, and a state in which an event being held with high probability of traffic jam occurring in the area, and
wherein the load detection component detects a first indication value representing a degree of an arithmetic processing load required for executing a first task as the specified task which includes deriving first information concerning the area depending on a request received from the entity or a first client thereof, and detects a second indication value representing a degree of an arithmetic processing load required for executing a second task as another task which includes deriving second information concerning the area based on basic information received from a second client.

US Pat. No. 10,094,318

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FUEL INJECTION VALVE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An internal combustion engine control device that controls a quantity of fuel injected from a fuel injection valve having a valve-close delay time spanning from receipt of a valve-close instruction until actually closing, the internal combustion engine control device comprising:a valve-close delay time acquisition unit that acquires the valve-close delay time;
a first learning value computation unit that, when a predetermined learning condition based on a running state of the internal combustion engine has been established, based on the acquired valve-close delay time computes a first learning value for control;
a valve-open time computation unit that uses the computed first learning value to compute a valve-open time of the fuel injection valve;
a second learning value computation unit that based on the acquired valve-close delay time always computes a second learning value for determination irrespective of whether or not the predetermined learning condition is established; and
a learning state determination unit that determines a learning state of the first learning value based on a relationship between the computed first learning value and second learning value.

US Pat. No. 10,070,580

LAWN MOWER

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

1. A lawn mower comprising:a cutter blade rotatable about a rotation shaft extending in a vertical direction;
a drive source configured to drive the cutter blade through the rotation shaft;
a flap provided for the cutter blade, the flap having a flap angle changeable along a horizontal line which is perpendicular to the rotation shaft;
an actuator configured to control the flap angle of the flap;
a control unit configured to control the actuator; and
a blade switching unit configured to switch the cutter blade between an operation state and a stop state,
wherein the control unit is configured to control the actuator in a manner that the flap angle of the flap is increased in a case in which the control unit determines that a stop switch signal has been received from the blade switching unit.

US Pat. No. 10,070,581

LAWN MOWER

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

1. A lawn mower comprising:a cutter blade rotatable about a rotation shaft extending in a vertical direction;
an engine configured to drive the cutter blade through the rotation shaft;
a throttle valve provided for the engine;
a flap provided for the cutter blade, the flap having a flap angle changeable along a horizontal line which is perpendicular to the rotation shaft;
an actuator configured to control the flap angle of the flap;
a control unit configured to control the actuator;
an engine speed detection unit configured to detect a rotation speed of the engine; and
a throttle opening angle detection unit configured to detect an opening angle of the throttle valve;
wherein the engine has reference rotation speeds set to a predetermined first reference rotation speed and a predetermined second reference rotation speed which is higher than the first reference rotation speed by a predetermined speed;
the control unit is configured to control the rotation speed of the engine and the flap angle of the flap by switching operation between a first control mode and a second control mode;
in the first control mode, during rotation of the engine at the first reference rotation speed, in a case in which it is determined that a change amount per predetermined time, of the rotation speed of the engine detected by the engine speed detection unit has exceeded a predetermined reference speed change amount, control is implemented in a manner that the rotation speed of the engine is maintained at the second reference rotation speed, and the actuator is controlled to increase the flap angle of the flap; and
in the second control mode, during rotation of the engine at the second reference rotation speed, in a case in which it is determined that the opening angle of the throttle valve detected by the throttle opening angle detection unit has fallen below a predetermined reference opening angle, control is implemented in a manner that the rotation speed of the engine is maintained at the first reference rotation speed, and the actuator is controlled to decrease the flap angle of the flap.

US Pat. No. 10,059,225

FUEL CELL VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR FUEL CELL VEHICLE

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

1. A fuel cell vehicle comprising:a lid capable of opening and closing a feed unit for supplying fuel gas to a tank;
a switch for performing an operation to switch opening and closing of the lid;
a sensor configured to detect an open state and a closed state of the lid; and
a control unit configured to perform travel restriction control to restrict travel of the fuel cell vehicle when an opening operation on the switch coincides with detection of the open state of the lid by the sensor, the control unit being configured to cancel the travel restriction control in response to:
an operation of a shift lever by a user during the travel restriction control and after the control unit outputs warning information, or
a plurality of operations of the shift lever by the user during the travel restriction control.

US Pat. No. 10,049,558

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD OF TERMINAL, AND PROGRAM

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

1. An information processing system including a terminal and an information processing device,wherein the terminal includes:
a condition information generation unit, implemented via a processing unit of the terminal, configured to acquire a first condition and a second condition and generate condition information using at least one of the acquired first and second conditions;
a state information generation unit, implemented via the processing unit of the terminal, configured to acquire information based on each of the first condition and the second condition and generate state information using information according to the condition information among the acquired information;
a transmission unit, implemented via the processing unit of the terminal, configured to transmit the condition information to the information processing device and transmit the state information to the information processing device at each reminder determination timing;
a reception unit, implemented via the processing unit of the terminal, configured to receive notification information from the information processing device;
a reminder generation unit, implemented via the processing unit of the terminal, configured to generate a reminder if it is determined that the state information satisfies one of the first condition and the second condition according to reception of the notification information;
a notification unit, implemented via the processing unit of the terminal, configured to provide a notification of the generated reminder;
a state-of-charge detection unit, implemented via the processing unit of the terminal, configured to detect a state of charge in the terminal; and
a timing control unit, implemented via the processing unit of the terminal, configured to change the reminder determination timing according to the state of charge detected by the state-of-charge detection unit, and
wherein the information processing device includes:
an acquisition unit, implemented via a processing unit of the information processing device, configured to acquire the condition information and the state information transmitted by the terminal;
a condition determination unit, implemented via the processing unit of the information processing device, configured to generate the notification information if it is determined that the acquired state information satisfies one of the first condition and the second condition included in the condition information; and
an output unit, implemented via the processing unit of the information processing device, configured to transmit the notification information to the terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,044,131

ACCESSORY SOCKET STRUCTURE OF SADDLED VEHICLE

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

1. An accessory socket structure of a saddled vehicle, the accessory socket structure having a bottomed cylindrical socket and a lid member disposed on an opening, the socket having an insertion port for inserting a plug at an electrical device side, the lid member being mounted on the socket for covering the insertion port, and the opening being disposed on an exterior component of a saddled vehicle,wherein the socket has an end portion at a side of the insertion port, the end portion having a predetermined clearance with an inner peripheral portion of the opening to be inserted into the opening from a vehicle-body lower side toward a vehicle-body upper side,
the lid member includes a fixed portion, a coupling portion, and a lid portion, the fixed portion being covered at the end portion at the insertion port side of the socket, the coupling portion being integrally formed with the fixed portion, and the lid portion being integrally formed with the coupling portion to cover the insertion port of the socket,
the coupling portion includes a supporting convex portion having a thickness such that the supporting convex portion can pass through the clearance, and
the supporting convex portion is configured to abut on the fixed portion when the lid portion is opened, to maintain an open state of the lid portion.

US Pat. No. 10,041,387

EXHAUST DEVICE STRUCTURE FOR ROCKING VEHICLE

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

1. An exhaust device structure for a vehicle having a front wheel and a rear wheel, the exhaust device structure comprising:an internal combustion engine mounted between the front wheel and the rear wheel; and
an exhaust device that muffles exhaust gas noise from the internal combustion engine,
the exhaust device including an exhaust pipe having an upstream end connected to an exhaust port of the internal combustion engine and an expansion chamber connected to a downstream end of the exhaust pipe, and
the expansion chamber including a first muffler and a second muffler separated from each other in a forward-rearward direction of the vehicle, and the first muffler and the second muffler being arranged so as to be separated from each other in a left-right direction with respect to a vehicle center,
wherein
an exhaust port of the first muffler and an exhaust port of the second muffler are separated from each other in the forward-rearward direction of the vehicle, and
the exhaust port of the first muffler and the exhaust port of the second muffler are separated from each other in an up-and-down direction of the vehicle perpendicular to both the forward-rearward direction and the left-right direction,
the exhaust pipe of the exhaust device is formed by an exhaust pipe of the first muffler and an exhaust pipe of the second muffler independent of each other,
the exhaust port of the internal combustion engine comprises a first exhaust port to which the exhaust pipe of the first muffler directly is connected and a second exhaust port to which the exhaust pipe of the second muffler is directly connected, and
a first exhaust pipe passage comprising the exhaust pipe of the first muffler and the first muffler is independent from a second exhaust pipe passage comprising the exhaust pipe of the second muffler and the second muffler.

US Pat. No. 10,041,394

AIR/OIL-COOLED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An air/oil-cooled internal combustion engine including:cooling fins that are provided on circumferences of a cylinder block and a cylinder head; and
a cooling passage that is provided in a combustion chamber upper wall covering a combustion chamber of said cylinder head and is used for cooling said combustion chamber upper wall with lubrication oil, wherein
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of said air/oil-cooled internal combustion engine by detecting a temperature of oil is provided to face a cooling oil outlet portion of said cooling passage,
wherein said air/oil-cooled internal combustion engine includes cam chain chambers provided in the cylinder block and the cylinder head, and said cooling oil outlet portion of said cooling passage opens to the inside of the cam chain chamber of the cylinder head.

US Pat. No. 10,036,674

CAPACITANCE MEASURING DEVICE AND CAPACITANCE MEASUREMENT METHOD FOR DIELECTRIC ELASTOMER

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

1. A capacitance measuring device for a dielectric elastomer adapted to estimate a capacitance of the dielectric elastomer, which elastically deforms according to an applied voltage, comprising: a power source which outputs a voltage applied to the dielectric elastomer such that the voltage can be variably controlled; a current detector which detects an energizing current of the dielectric elastomer; a capacitance estimating unit which estimates a-the capacitance of the dielectric elastomer by using a detection value of the energizing current detected by the current detectors a power source control unit which controls an output of the power source such that the voltage output from the power source becomes a vibration component superimposed voltage, which is a voltage obtained by superimposing the vibration component of a predetermined frequency over a steady desired value of the applied voltage of the dielectric elastomer, wherein the capacitance estimating unit is configured to carry out: energizing current sampling for acquiring, in a case where a voltage output from the power source is changed, detection values of the energizing current at a plurality of sampling times in a current reduction period, in which the energizing current of the dielectric elastomer increases and then decreases according to the change of the voltage; and capacitance estimation processing for determining an estimated value of the capacitance of the dielectric elastomer based on a model, which represents a correlation between a time-dependent change of the energizing current of the dielectric elastomer and the capacitance of the dielectric elastomer in the current reduction period, and the detection values of the energizing current at the plurality of the sampling times, and wherein the capacitance estimating unit is further configured to sequentially carry out, at a predetermined estimation processing cycle synchronized with the vibration component, the estimation of the capacitance of the dielectric elastomer by the energizing current sampling and the capacitance estimation processing in a state in which the applied voltage is being controlled to the vibration component superimposed voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,023,944

COMPOSITIONS AND INTEGRATED PROCESSES FOR ADVANCED WARM-FORMING OF LIGHT METAL ALLOYS

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

1. An integrated process for making an alloy part, wherein the alloy part comprises an alloy selected from the group consisting of an aluminum alloy, a magnesium alloy, a titanium alloy, and a combination thereof, the process comprising:simultaneously performing engineered plastic deformation and pulse thermal processing on a workpiece comprising the alloy;
applying a lubricant and/or a multifunctional lubricant to the workpiece; and
subsequently warm-forming the workpiece to provide the alloy part.
US Pat. No. 10,020,123

CARBON FIBER MEMBRANE

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

1. A carbon fiber membrane consisting of carbon nanotubes and carbon material other than carbon nanotubes,wherein the carbon nanotubes each having a fiber length in a range of 30 to 500 ?m are contained in a range greater than or equal to 3% by mass and less than 100% by mass with respect to a total mass of the carbon fiber membrane,
wherein the carbon nanotubes include first carbon nanotubes having a first average fiber length in a range of 30 to 50 ?m and second carbon nanotubes having a second average fiber length in a range of 100 to 250 ?m, and
wherein the carbon material other than the carbon nanotubes is either one type among carbon black and activated carbon.

US Pat. No. 10,014,548

FUEL CELL

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

1. A method of forming a fuel cell, comprising:stacking at least one membrane electrode assembly and at least one metal separator to form a structural body of the fuel cell, the at least one membrane electrode assembly including electrodes and an electrolyte membrane interposed between the electrodes;
providing a resin frame member in an outer portion of the at least one membrane electrode assembly, wherein the resin frame member overlaps with the outer portion of the at least one membrane electrode assembly;
heating only one or more heating portions of the at least one metal separator via a heating device at a surface opposite to a contact surface of the at least one metal separator which contacts the resin frame member, wherein the one or more heating portions are located in an outer circumferential portion of the at least one metal separator, in a position in which the at least one metal separator and the resin frame member overlap in a stacked direction, and wherein the one or more heating portions are in a form of a spot, and wherein the one or more heating portions do not cover an entire surface area of the at least one metal separator; and
welding a welding portion of the resin frame member and the at least one metal separator together at the contact surface opposite to the one or more heating portions which contact the resin frame member by melting, in part, the resin frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,011,270

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING VEHICLE

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

1. A hybrid vehicle control apparatus comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first motor generator that generates electric power using power of the internal combustion engine;
an electricity storage device;
a second motor generator that is driven by electric power supplied from at least one of the electricity storage device and the first motor generator;
a boost circuit that boosts an input voltage of the second motor generator when the second motor generator operates as a motor; and
a controller configured to perform control during braking of the hybrid vehicle when the first motor generator drives the internal combustion engine as a load, the control including:
driving the first motor generator as a motor with regenerative power obtained by operating the second motor generator as a generator, and
driving the first motor generator at an inefficient operating point within an operable range of the first motor generator, the operable range being expanded with the input voltage of the first motor generator boosted by the boost circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,012,629

GAS MONITORING SYSTEM AND GAS MONITORING METHOD

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

1. A gas monitoring method using gas sensors equipped with connectors having a single specification, the connectors of the gas sensors being fittable to trunk line connectors with position-corresponding unique IDs provided at plural positions of one trunk line that is connected to a control device;the method comprising the steps of:
when the connectors of the gas sensors are fitted to the trunk line connectors along with the position-corresponding unique IDs, assigning unique IDs corresponding to the position-corresponding unique IDs of the trunk line connectors to the gas sensors, which are equipped with the connectors fitted to the trunk line connectors;
transmitting the unique IDs, which are assigned to the gas sensors equipped with the connectors, to the control device through the trunk line; and
checking whether the unique IDs, which are assigned to the gas sensors equipped with the connectors and are received by the control device, match the position-corresponding unique IDs corresponding to the plural positions of the trunk line, wherein the position-corresponding unique IDs are stored at the control device,
wherein the gas monitoring method is implemented in a fuel cell vehicle equipped with a fuel cell system, wherein the fuel cell vehicle includes at least two fuel tanks, wherein the gas sensors are provided above the fuel tanks, respectively, and wherein the control device further performs a fuel supply continuation step in which, when any one of the gas sensors provided above the fuel tanks has detected an abnormal condition, supply of fuel to a fuel cell is continued using only the fuel tank for which the gas sensor has not detected the abnormal condition.

US Pat. No. 9,997,066

OPTICAL FIBER NETWORK FOR TRANSMITTING SIGNALS IN A ROBOT

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

1. An optical fiber network for transmitting optical signals in a robot having three or more joints connecting a plurality of links in series such that the links include two end links located at either end and intermediate links provided between the two end links, and the links connected by the joints are moveable relative to each other, the optical fiber network comprising:a plurality of optical transceiver modules provided on the links such that at least one optical transceiver module is provided on each link; and
a plurality of optical fiber cables connecting the optical transceiver modules in a ring, each optical fiber cable connecting the optical transceiver modules on different links being configured to bend as the links connected by any of one or more joints passed through by the optical fiber cable move relative to each other;
wherein at least one end of each optical fiber cable connecting the optical transceiver modules provided on different links is connected to one of the optical transceiver modules provided on the intermediate links, and
wherein the optical fiber cables are routed such that a transmission loss in each optical fiber cable is less than or equal to a maximum tolerable attenuation determined in relation to the optical transceiver modules connected by the optical fiber cable even when the optical fiber cable is bent at one or more joints passed through by the optical fiber cable as a result of movement of the links connected by the one or more joints.

US Pat. No. 9,994,260

FOUR WHEEL VEHICLE

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

1. A four wheel vehicle including a pair of front wheels, a pair of rear wheels, an electric motor for powering the rear wheels and/or front wheels, and a battery unit for supplying electric power to the electric motor, the vehicle also comprising:a pair of front side frames each extending linearly over a substantially entire length thereof in a fore and aft direction with an upward slant, the front side frames extending with an increasing lateral mutual spacing from a front part thereof to a rear part thereof;
a pair of rear side frames connected to rear ends of the respective front side frames such that the rear side frames are upwardly offset relative to the front side frames, the rear side frames extending linearly in the fore and aft direction in a mutually parallel relationship;
at least one front cross member extending laterally between the front side frames;
at least one rear cross member extending laterally between the rear side frames;
a front suspension system mounted on each front side frame to support the corresponding front wheel; and
a rear suspension system mounted on each rear side frame to support the corresponding rear wheel.

US Pat. No. 9,981,589

VEHICULAR CONSOLE BOX

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

1. A vehicular console box, comprising:a console body having an opened upper portion, the console body being attached to a floor panel of a vehicle;
the console body including
a bottom portion positioned on an upper surface of the floor panel, and
sidewall portions each standing from a corresponding one of two ends of the bottom portion located in a vehicle width direction;
rails extending in a front-rear direction, the side wall portions including the rails; and
a drink holder supported by the rails slidably along the front-rear direction,
wherein the bottom portion includes a front portion, a rear portion and a substantially vertical step portion at a border between the front portion and the rear portion, the rear portion having a height lower than the front portion,
the front portion of the bottom portion includes a bottom portion side container support formed therein in a concave manner, the bottom portion side container support being capable of supporting a tall beverage container that is larger than a short beverage container that is supported by the drink holder,
the console body further comprises a front chamber above the front portion as a front storage space and a rear chamber above the rear portion as a rear storage space,
the drink holder includes a holder side container support formed therein, the holder side container support being capable of supporting the short beverage container,
the holder side container support and the bottom portion side container support have a substantially circular shape in plan view, and
a diameter of the bottom portion side container support is larger than a diameter of the holder side container support.

US Pat. No. 9,981,695

VEHICLE LOWER-BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle lower-body structure, comprising:a front pillar including a front-pillar outer panel and a front-pillar inner panel superposed one on the other in a vehicle width direction to define a closed section extending upward or downward; and
a side sill including a side-sill outer panel and a side-sill inner panel superposed one on the other in the vehicle width direction to define a closed section extending in a front-rear direction, the side sill including a front portion joined to a lower portion of the front pillar,
wherein the front-pillar outer panel is joined to an outer surface of the side-sill outer panel,
wherein the front-pillar inner panel is held between the side-sill outer panel and the side-sill inner panel,
wherein a reinforcement member is disposed to the front portion of the side sill, and
wherein each of the side-sill outer panel and the side-sill inner panel includes a vertical bead disposed in front of the reinforcement member and below the front pillar, the vertical bead extending vertically.

US Pat. No. 9,975,110

METHOD FOR PRODUCING METAL CATALYST NANOPARTICLES

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

1. A method for preparing metal catalyst nanoparticles, the method comprising:a) providing a metal catalyst precursor solution;
b) initiating nucleation and/or growth of metal catalyst nanoparticles by continuously feeding a reducing agent solution to the metal catalyst precursor solution over a period of time, t0, t0 ending at a time point t1, wherein the reducing agent solution is fed to the metal catalyst precursor solution in a first atmosphere; and
c) quenching the combined reducing agent and metal catalyst precursor solution, wherein quenching comprises:
contacting the combined reducing agent and metal catalyst precursor solution with a gaseous quenching agent, and
contacting the combined reducing agent and metal catalyst precursor solution with a liquid quenching agent comprising an active quenching component.

US Pat. No. 9,978,999

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle, comprising:an electric device;
a pair of left and right front seats; and
a center console which is disposed between the front seats and which accommodates the electric device,
wherein a rear surface of the center console is formed by an detachable cover member, and
a maintenance and inspection switch is provided in a space defined between the electric device accommodated in the center console and the cover member.

US Pat. No. 9,975,201

FRICTION STIR WELDING APPARATUS

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

1. A friction stir welding apparatus comprisingan upper-side rotation shoulder that is arranged above a work,
a lower-side rotation shoulder that is arranged below the work,
a rotation main shaft that integrally includes the lower-side rotation shoulder and penetrates inside the upper-side rotation shoulder,
a base plate that rotatably supports the rotation main shaft,
a first actuator that gives a rotation force to the rotation main shaft,
a second actuator that moves the upper-side rotation shoulder in an axial direction,
a load detection means that detects an axial load applied on the second actuator,
a load control unit that controls a load applied on a work by the upper-side rotation shoulder based on load information obtained from the load detection means,
a position sensor that detects a position of the lower-side rotation shoulder,
a controller that controls the position of the lower-side rotation shoulder based on position information from the position sensor,
a first drive pulley that is attached to a rotation shaft of the first actuator,
a first driven pulley that is provided on the rotation main shaft at a position interposed between a pair of bearings,
a first belt that is hung over the first driven pulley and the first drive pulley,
a slider that is attached movably to rails that are laid on the base plate in parallel with the rotation main shaft,
a ball nut that is attached to the slider,
a ball screw that is screwed to the ball nut and is supported rotatably by the base plate via support pieces,
a second drive pulley that is attached to a rotation shaft of the second actuator,
a second driven pulley that is provided on the ball screw in the vicinity of one of the support pieces, and
a second belt that is hung over the second driven pulley and the second drive pulley, wherein
both the first actuator and the second actuator are immovably attached to the base plate,
the base plate is moved upward and downward by a robot that is controlled by the controller, and
a shaft of the first actuator, a shaft of the second actuator, and the rotation main shaft are supported by the robot while being arranged in parallel with one another.

US Pat. No. 9,976,510

FUEL INJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A fuel injection control apparatus of an internal combustion engine including a plurality of cylinders, a fuel injection valve and an intake valve, the fuel injection valve and the intake valve being provided to each of the cylinders, in which an effective-compression-ratio reducing operation is performed to reduce an effective-compression-ratio by setting a valve closing timing of the intake valve at a timing within a compression stroke, the fuel injection control apparatus comprising:a parameter acquiring device which acquires a correction parameter including at least one of a rotational speed of the internal combustion engine, the valve closing timing of the intake valve, and an intake parameter indicating an intake air amount which is an amount of fresh air flowing through an intake system of the internal combustion engine; and
an injection quantity correcting device which, while the effective-compression-ratio reducing operation is performed, makes a correction on a fuel injection quantity of the fuel injection valve for each cylinder in accordance with the acquired correction parameter to suppress variations in an air/fuel ratio of air fuel mixture among the cylinders, the variations being caused by the air fuel mixture which is blown back to the intake system from a cylinder in a compression stroke among the cylinders and flows into another cylinder in an intake stroke, wherein
the internal combustion engine includes, as the fuel injection valve, a first fuel injection valve which injects low octane fuel and a second fuel injection valve which injects high octane fuel having an octane number higher than that of the low octane fuel, and
a degree of the correction of the fuel injection quantity by the injection quantity correcting device is set uniformly between the first and second fuel injection valves.

US Pat. No. 9,970,382

DIRECT INJECTION INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A direct injection internal combustion engine having an injector for directly injecting fuel into a combustion chamber thereof,wherein a first fuel injection, a second fuel injection, and a third fuel injection are performed in one combustion cycle of said engine when a temperature of said engine is equal to or lower than a predetermined temperature,
wherein the second fuel injection is completed in a near-bottom dead center range of 160 deg. to 200 deg. after the top dead center at which the intake stroke starts, the first fuel injection is performed in a range which is set on the advance side of the near-bottom dead center range, and the third fuel injection is performed in a range which is set on the retard side of the near-bottom dead center range,
wherein the first and third fuel injections are completed in a range from 90 deg. to 270 deg. after the top dead center.

US Pat. No. 9,969,400

VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle drive system comprising:a first drive device configured to drive a first drive wheel, which is either a front wheel or a rear wheel of a vehicle;
a second drive device configured to drive a second drive wheel, which is the other of the front wheel or the rear wheel of the vehicle; and
a control device configured to control the first drive device and the second drive device and to control a drive state of the first drive wheel and the second drive wheel,
wherein the control device comprises
a slip acquisition unit configured to acquire that an excessive slip, which is slipping of the first drive wheel or the second drive wheel by a predetermined amount or more, is occurring,
an addition slip point calculating unit configured to calculate addition slip points in a time-discrete manner, based on the slip acquisition unit having acquired that the excessive slip has occurred,
a cumulative slip point calculating unit configured to accumulate the addition slip points and calculate a cumulative slip point over time,
a drive state switching unit configured to realize an in part-wheel drive state where the vehicle is driven by only one of the first drive wheel and the second drive wheel in a case where the cumulative slip point is smaller than a predetermined drive state switching threshold value, and to realize an all-wheel drive state where the vehicle is driven by both the first drive wheel and the second drive wheel in a case where the cumulative slip point is equal to or greater than the drive state switching threshold value, and
an increase forbidding determination unit configured to forbid at least one of: the addition of the addition slip points; the accumulation of the addition slip points; and increase of the cumulative slip points, in a case where a lateral acceleration correlation value that has correlation with a lateral acceleration of the vehicle exceeds a predetermined lateral acceleration threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,966,623

ELECTROLYTE MEMBRANE-ELECTRODE STRUCTURE WITH RESIN FRAME FOR FUEL CELLS

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

1. A fuel cell resin frame equipped membrane electrode assembly comprising:a membrane electrode assembly including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a solid polymer electrolyte membrane interposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, each of the first electrode and the second electrode including an electrode catalyst layer and a gas diffusion layer, the first electrode having an outer size smaller than that of the second electrode and that of the solid polymer electrolyte membrane; and
a resin frame member provided around an outer end of the solid polymer electrolyte membrane,
wherein:
an intermediate sealing layer is interposed between an inner end of the resin frame member and an outer peripheral edge of the membrane electrode assembly, the intermediate sealing layer comprising three plate portions that are integrally connected to one another, a first of said plate portions provided between an outer end of the first electrode and the inner end of the resin frame member,
a second of said plate portions being substantially perpendicular to the first plate portion and provided between an outer marginal portion of the solid polymer electrolyte membrane and the resin frame member, the outer marginal portion of the solid polymer electrolyte membrane extending outwardly beyond the outer end of the first electrode, and
a third of said plate portions being substantially parallel to the first plate portion and provided between an outer end of the second electrode and the inner end of the resin frame member,
the membrane electrode assembly is sandwiched between a first separator and a second separator, the first separator and the second separator having gas flow fields on their surfaces in abutment with the membrane electrode assembly;
the outer marginal portion of the solid polymer electrolyte membrane extending outwardly beyond the first electrode is supported by the gas diffusion layer of the second electrode through the electrode catalyst layer of the second electrode provided on a rear surface of the outer marginal portion of the solid polymer electrolyte membrane;
a first filled gap is formed between one end of the intermediate sealing layer, the outer end of the first electrode, and the inner end of the resin frame member;
a second filled gap is formed between another end of the intermediate sealing layer, the outer end of the second electrode, and the inner end of the resin frame member; and
the membrane electrode assembly further comprises at least one of:
a first resin impregnation portion formed in the first filled gap, the first resin impregnation portion being partially overlapped with the one end of the intermediate sealing layer and having a resin impregnation portion inside the gas diffusion layer of the first electrode, the first resin impregnated portion being formed from material which is the same as the material of the resin frame member which has been melted into part of the gas diffusion layer, and
a second resin impregnation portion formed in the second filled gap, the second resin impregnation portion being partially overlapped with the other end of the intermediate sealing layer and having a resin impregnation portion inside the gas diffusion layer of the second electrode, the second resin impregnated portion being formed from material which is the same as the material of the resin frame member which has been melted into part of the gas diffusion layer.

US Pat. No. 9,963,182

HEADLIGHT FOR TWO-WHEELED MOTOR VEHICLE

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

1. A headlight for a two-wheeled motor vehicle in which disposed in a single housing supported on a front part of a vehicle body frame area high beam headlamp light source, low beam headlamp light sources that are disposed on left and right of the high beam headlamp light source,
a high beam headlamp reflector that reflects forward light from the high beam headlamp light source,
low beam headlamp reflectors that are disposed on left and right sides of the high beam headlamp reflector so as to reflect forward light from the low beam headlamp light source and that are formed integrally with the high beam headlamp reflector,
a position lamp light source, wherein a light guide member that guides light from the position lamp light source and makes the light shine forward is extendingly disposed so as to surround a lateral end, excluding a section adjacent to the high beam headlamp reflector, of each of the low beam headlamp reflectors,
a pair of left and right direction indicator light sources are disposed in the housing on the outside in a left-and-right direction of the pair of left and right low beam headlamp light sources and the associated light guide members, respectively, and
each light guide member is formed so as to cross between the low beam headlamp light source and the direction indicator light source.

US Pat. No. 9,957,003

DESIRED ZMP TRAJECTORY GENERATING DEVICE FOR A MOBILE ROBOT

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

1. A desired ZMP trajectory generating device for a mobile robot which generates a desired ZMP trajectory as a trajectory of a desired position of a zero moment point (ZMP) of the mobile robot, the device comprising:a polynomial function coefficient group determining section which determines, by regarding the desired ZMP trajectory as a trajectory expressed by a polynomial function of degree 2 or higher with time as a variable, a desired coefficient group comprising desired values of coefficients in respective terms of the polynomial function, wherein
the polynomial function coefficient group determining section is configured to use a quadratic evaluation function configured to include square values of the coefficients included in the desired coefficient group as variables and a plurality of constraint conditions each configured by a linear equality or linear inequality about the coefficients, to determine the desired coefficient group, so as to minimize a value of the evaluation function while fulfilling the constraint conditions by a solution method for a quadratic programming problem, and
the constraint conditions are configured to include a linear inequality which expresses a first constraint condition that a desired position of the ZMP at one or more sampling time in the desired ZMP trajectory exists within a predetermined polygonal region set in accordance with a desired position and desired posture of a floor-contacting site of the mobile robot at the sampling time.

US Pat. No. 9,950,588

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:high voltage equipment accommodated in a high voltage equipment-accommodation portion provided behind a seat, the high voltage equipment including a battery; and
a cooling mechanism for cooling said high voltage equipment with cooling air introduced from outside the high voltage equipment-accommodation portion, wherein:
said cooling mechanism diffuses cooling air used for cooling said high voltage equipment into said high voltage equipment-accommodation portion, and then discharges the air from inside said high voltage equipment-accommodation portion into a vehicle inside, through a discharge passage;
said discharge passage guides air inside said high voltage equipment-accommodation portion downward from a lower end part of said high voltage equipment-accommodation portion, and discharges the air into said vehicle inside from the vicinity of a floor surface of said vehicle inside; and
said cooling mechanism guides cooling air introduced from a lower part of said high voltage equipment-accommodation portion upward thereby simultaneously passing by and cooling said battery.

US Pat. No. 9,950,661

LIGHT SOURCE UNIT AND VEHICULAR ROOM LIGHT

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

1. A light source unit comprising:a light source that emits light into a vehicle interior through a lens of a vehicular room light;
a substrate on which the light source is mounted and which has an engagement portion at a predetermined circumferential position on an imaginary circle line centered at the light source;
a base member of the vehicular room light having first and second mounting seats protruding from a surface of the base member to which the substrate is mounted, the first and second mounting seats being provided at respective predetermined circumferential positions on the imaginary circle line centered at the light source such that the engagement portion of the substrate can selectively be seated on and engaged with one of the first and second mounting seat, the first and second mounting seats having different protrusion heights from each other such that the protrusion height of the first mounting seat is smaller than the protrusion height of the second mounting seat; and
wherein the substrate further comprises a clearance portion that allows the substrate to avoid interference with the second mounting seat of the base member when the engagement portion of the substrate is seated on the first mounting seat.
US Pat. No. 9,943,048

METHOD FOR PRODUCING RICE F1 SEED, RICE F1 SEED, AND RICE MALE STERILE LINE

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

1. A method for producing a rice F1 seed, comprising:crossing a cytoplasmic male sterile line of rice selected from the group consisting of a rice cytoplasmic male sterile line CMS-Koshihikari eichi 2go, a rice cytoplasmic male sterile line CMS-Koshihikari eichi 3go, a rice cytoplasmic male sterile line CMS-Koshihikari eichi 4go, a rice cytoplasmic male sterile line CMS-Koshihikari kazusa 1go, a rice cytoplasmic male sterile line CMS-Koshihikari kazusa 2go, and a rice cytoplasmic male sterile line CMS-Koshihikari kazusa 3go as a seed parent, with a rice fertility restorer line as a pollen parent; and
collecting the first filial generation seed (F1 seed) from the post-crossing seed parent;
wherein representative seeds of said rice cytoplasmic male sterile lines CMS-Koshihikari eichi 2go, CMS-Koshihikari eichi 3go, CMS- Koshihikari eichi 4go, CMS-Koshihikari kazusa 1go, CMS-Koshihikari kazusa 2go, and CMS-Koshihikari kazusa 3go are deposited under accession numbers FERM ABP-22217, FERM ABP-22280, FERM ABP-22322, FERM ABP-22323, FERM ABP-22303, and FERM ABP-22218, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,941,535

FUEL CELL MODULE

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

1. A fuel cell module comprising:a fuel cell stack formed by stacking a plurality of fuel cells for generating electricity by electrochemical reactions of a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing gas;
a reformer for reforming a mixed gas of water vapor and a raw fuel containing hydrocarbon to produce the fuel gas supplied to the fuel cell stack;
an evaporator for evaporating water, and supplying the water vapor to the reformer;
a heat exchanger for raising a temperature of the oxygen-containing gas by heat exchange with a combustion gas, and supplying the oxygen-containing gas to the fuel cell stack;
an exhaust gas combustor for combusting the fuel gas discharged from the fuel cell stack as a fuel exhaust gas and the oxygen-containing gas discharged from the fuel cell stack as an oxygen-containing exhaust gas to produce the combustion gas; and
a start-up combustor for combusting the raw fuel and the oxygen-containing gas to produce the combustion gas,
wherein the fuel cell module includes:
a first area where the exhaust gas combustor and the start-up combustor are provided;
an annular second area around the first area where one of the reformer and the heat exchanger is provided;
an annular third area around the second area where another of the reformer and the heat exchanger is provided; and
an annular fourth area around the third area where the evaporator is provided;
and wherein the heat exchanger includes an annular oxygen-containing gas supply chamber to which the oxygen-containing gas is supplied, an annular oxygen-containing gas discharge chamber to which the heated oxygen-containing gas is discharged, a plurality of heat exchange pipes connected to the oxygen-containing gas supply chamber at one end, and connected to the oxygen-containing gas discharge chamber at another end, and a combustion gas channel for supplying the combustion gas to a space between the heat exchange pipes; and
at least one of the heat exchange pipes includes at least one portion where a pipe diameter is changed or a pipe cross sectional area is changed, a shape of the at least one portion being such that the oxygen-containing gas transitions from a laminar flow to a turbulent flow.

US Pat. No. 9,939,061

HYDRAULIC CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A hydraulic control apparatus for an automatic transmission comprising:an engine on which idle-stop control is performed in a predetermined running state;
a hydraulic pump that is driven by the engine;
an accumulator that stores hydraulic pressure that is to be applied to a hydraulic actuator for the automatic transmission connected to the engine;
a first oil passage through which hydraulic pressure from the hydraulic pump is applied to the accumulator;
a check valve that is placed in the first oil passage and opened only in a direction in which the hydraulic pressure from the hydraulic pump is applied to the accumulator;
a switching valve that is placed between the check valve and the accumulator in the first oil passage and allows the hydraulic pressure from the accumulator to be applied to a second oil passage connected to the hydraulic actuator; and
a valve body in which at least the accumulator, the check valve, and the switching valve are accommodated,
wherein the switching valve and the check valve are placed such that an axis of a sleeve of the switching valve is perpendicular to an axis of a sleeve of the check valve,
wherein the sleeve of the switching valve is supported by the valve body with a pair of O-rings interposed therebetween, the O-rings surrounding the sleeve at positions spaced apart from each other in an axial direction of the sleeve,
wherein one end of the sleeve of the check valve is fitted into a recess formed between the pair of O-rings on the sleeve of the switching valve, and
wherein a valve member of the check valve comes into contact with a bottom of the recess when the check valve is opened.

US Pat. No. 9,932,920

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A control device for an internal combustion engine including an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) device that, concurrently with direct injection of a fuel into a cylinder, recirculates a portion of an exhaust gas discharged to an exhaust passage from the cylinder back to an intake passage as an external EGR gas, the control device comprising:an in-cylinder pressure sensor that detects a pressure inside the cylinder as an in-cylinder pressure;
a driving condition detector that detects a driving condition of the internal combustion engine;
a reference crank angle setter that obtains a crank angle immediately before start of combustion of a mixture gas charged in the cylinder depending on the detected driving condition of the internal combustion engine, and sets the obtained crank angle as a reference crank angle;
a reference in-cylinder pressure calculator that calculates, as a reference in-cylinder pressure, a pressure inside the cylinder expected to occur at the set reference crank angle, based on a temperature property of a heat capacity ratio of the mixture gas under conditions that the mixture gas contains no external EGR gas and is at a stoichiometric air-fuel ratio;
an EGR ratio estimator that estimates an EGR ratio based on a pressure difference between an actual in-cylinder pressure detected at the reference crank angle by the in-cylinder pressure sensor, and the calculated reference in-cylinder pressure; and
a controller that controls the internal combustion engine according to the estimated EGR ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,932,004

VEHICLE ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEM

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

1. A sensor bracket assembly configured to extend between a sensor beam and a bumper beam of a vehicle, the sensor bracket assembly comprising:a bracket first section that is configured to be directly or indirectly connected to the bumper beam;
a bracket second section that is configured to be directly or indirectly connected to the sensor beam; and
a spacer section that projects from the bracket first section and is configured to extend towards but be spaced from one of the bracket second section and the bumper beam;
wherein an end of the spacer section that is configured to extend towards but be spaced from the one of the bracket second section and the bumper beam includes a foot portion configured to contact and slide along the one of the bracket second section and the bumper beam.

US Pat. No. 9,928,965

ELECTRICITY STORAGE MODULE

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

1. An electricity storage module comprising:a plurality of electricity storage cells that are stacked in a stacking direction;
a plurality of holders that are stacked in the stacking direction together with the electricity storage cells to form a stack;
a pair of end plates that are disposed at opposite end portions in the stacking direction of the stack of the electricity storage cells and the holders; and
a fastening frame that fastens the pair of end plates in the stacking direction,
wherein the holders, or one or more resin members disposed between the electricity storage cells and the fastening frame each have a protrusion at one side with respect to each of the electricity storage cells and no protrusion at another side opposite to the one side in a width direction perpendicular to the stacking direction, the protrusion protruding outward in the width direction to be elastically deformed against the fastening frame to hold at least one of the electricity storage cells in the width direction or a vertical direction perpendicular to the stacking direction and the width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,925,981

STOP-AND-RESTART CONTROL OF A VEHICLE ENGINE

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

1. A control unit for an ego-vehicle, comprising:an automatic engine stop-and-restart unit for stopping an engine of the ego-vehicle upon satisfaction of predetermined stop conditions and for restarting the engine upon satisfaction of predetermined restart conditions; and
a following cruise control unit for controlling the ego-vehicle to follow a vehicle travelling ahead of the ego-vehicle upon satisfaction of predetermined following cruise control conditions;
wherein the automatic engine stop-and-restart unit is configured to modify at least one of the stop conditions and restart condition while the following cruise control by the following cruise control unit is active, and
the control unit further comprising a gradient sensor for acquiring gradient of the road where the ego-vehicle is,
wherein the stop conditions include gradient condition requiring the gradient of the road as acquired by the gradient sensor is smaller than a gradient threshold; and
wherein, while the following cruise control is active, the automatic engine stop-and-restart unit modifies the gradient threshold to a smaller value than a value that is used while the following cruise control is not active.

US Pat. No. 9,926,013

AUTOMOBILE VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. An automobile vehicle body structure comprising:a steering hanger that is disposed in a vehicle width direction in a front part of a vehicle body of an automobile and supports a steering column,
a center tunnel of a floor panel, and
a linking member made of a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP),
wherein:
the linking member connects the steering hanger and the center tunnel,
the linking member is formed of a single pipe member having a closed cross-section section whose cross section reduces toward a lower portion thereof, and
a bulkhead is disposed within the lower portion.

US Pat. No. 9,926,873

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. An internal combustion engine control apparatus for estimating an air-fuel ratio of an air-fuel mixture, with which a cylinder is filled, and controlling an internal combustion engine using the estimated air-fuel ratio, the control apparatus comprising:a cylinder pressure sensor that detects a pressure in the cylinder as a cylinder pressure;
an operational status detection unit that detects an operational status of the internal combustion engine;
a reference crank angle setting unit that sets, as a reference crank angle, a crank angle immediately before combustion of the air-fuel mixture is started in accordance with the detected operational status of the internal combustion engine;
a reference cylinder pressure calculation unit that calculates, as a reference cylinder pressure, a pressure in the cylinder generated at the set reference crank angle on a basis of a temperature property of a specific-heat ratio of the air-fuel mixture on the conditions that no external EGR gas derived from an exhaust reflux is present in the air-fuel mixture and that the air-fuel ratio of the air-fuel mixture is a predetermined air-fuel ratio;
an air-fuel ratio estimation unit that estimates the air-fuel ratio of the air-fuel mixture on a basis of a pressure difference between an actual cylinder pressure detected at the reference crank angle by the cylinder pressure sensor and the calculated reference cylinder pressure; and
a control unit that controls the internal combustion engine in accordance with the estimated air-fuel ratio of the air-fuel mixture.

US Pat. No. 9,920,816

VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

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

1. A vehicle transmission comprising:
a main shaft provided with a train of a plurality of drive gears, and receiving input of rotation from an internal combustion
engine;

a counter shaft provided with a train of a plurality of driven gears meshing with the train of said plurality of drive gears,
and arranged parallel to said main shaft;

a main shaft-side sprocket provided on said main shaft so as to be rotatable relative thereto;
a counter shaft-side sprocket provided on said counter shaft so as to be rotatable relative thereto;
a reverse travel chain wound around said main shaft-side sprocket and said counter shaft-side sprocket;
a main shaft-inner shaft constituting said main shaft, and having said main shaft-side sprocket rotatable relative thereto;
a main shaft-outer shaft constituting said main shaft, arranged coaxially with and radially outward of said main shaft-inner
shaft, and capable of rotating integrally with said main shaft-side sprocket or separating from said main shaft-side sprocket;

a first clutch connected to one end side of said main shaft-inner shaft; and
a second clutch connected to one end side of said main shaft-outer shaft, wherein:
said counter shaft-side sprocket is configured to rotate integrally with a driven gear for first gear, which is provided on
said counter shaft so as to be rotatable relative thereto;

said vehicle transmission further comprises
a reverse dog clutch as a drive gear, whose one end side is capable of rotating integrally with or separating from said main
shaft-side sprocket, and whose other end side is supported by said main shaft-outer shaft so as not to be rotatable relative
thereto, and

a dog clutch for first gear, which is provided on said counter shaft and capable of engaging with said driven gear for first
gear;

when said vehicle transmission shifts from first gear to neutral, said reverse dog clutch is engaged with said main shaft-side
sprocket, and then engagement between said dog clutch for first gear and said driven gear for first gear is released; and

in said neutral, said first clutch and said second clutch are disconnected with said reverse dog clutch and said main shaft-side
sprocket being engaged.

US Pat. No. 9,908,154

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TARGET CLEANING DIE SURFACES OF A DIE OF A PRESS MACHINE

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

1. A stamping system comprising:
a press machine having installed an upper die with an upper die surface and a lower die with a lower die surface, the upper
die surface and the lower die surface each having a non-planar geometry, the press machine being configured to press a workpiece
between the upper die surface and the lower die surface during a pressing operation;

a workpiece surface inspection system configured to inspect a surface of the workpiece to identify defects in the workpiece
after the pressing operation; and

a die cleaning machine having a brush configured to remove foreign debris from at least one of the upper die surface and the
lower die surface during a cleaning operation, wherein the die cleaning machine is configured to maneuver the brush in various
orientations relative to the press machine to clean the non-planar upper die surface or the non-planar lower die surface.

US Pat. No. 9,902,431

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:
right and left front side frames each disposed I n a front section of a vehicle and extending substantially longitudinally,
the respective front side frames including:

a frame floor section that longitudinally extends along an underside of a floor,
a frame slanted section that extends obliquely forward from a third break point located at a front end of the frame floor
section so as to be bent outward in a vehicle-width direction,

a frame linear section that extends forward from a second break point located at a front end of the frame slanted section,
the fraise linear section including an outer-side edge in the vehicle-width direction being recessed inboard in the vehicle-width
direction at a first break point located at an intermediate position of the frame linear section in the longitudinal direction,
and

a frame widened section that extends forward from a branch point located at a front end of the frame linear section so as
to have an outer side edge in the vehicle-width direction bulging more outboard in the vehicle-width direction toward the
front of the vehicle,

wherein each of the front side frames has a closed section comprising a frame main body having a U-shaped section that opens
outboard in the vehicle-width direction and a back plate that closes an opening of the frame main body, the frame main body
including an inboard wall in the vehicle width direction;

wherein the frame widened section includes a reinforcing frame having a U-shaped section that opens outboard in the vehicle-width
direction and that is fitted to an inside of the frame main body, the reinforcing frame including an inboard wall in the vehicle
width direction; and

wherein the inboard wall of the reinforcing frame is joined to the inboard wall of the frame main body at the branch point
and a portion of the inboard wall of the reinforcing frame in front of the branch point is separated away from the inboard
wall of the frame main body outboard in the vehicle-width direction, and the opening of the reinforcing frame is closed by
the back plate at a front section of the frame widened section.

US Pat. No. 9,902,436

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:
a pair of side sills arranged so as to be spaced apart in a vehicle width direction from each other;
a front floor panel provided between the pair of side sills;
a floor tunnel extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction at a center in the vehicle width direction between the pair of
side sills and protruding upward from the front floor panel; and

a cross member extending in the vehicle width direction at a rear end of the floor tunnel,
wherein the cross member includes a vertical wall extending upward with respect to the front floor panel,
the vertical wall extends continuously in the vehicle width direction between the pair of side sills, is joined to the rear
end of the floor tunnel, and closes an opening of the rear end, and

a partition portion configured to partition an inside of the floor tunnel in the vehicle longitudinal direction and a connecting
portion configured to connect a lower portion of the partition portion and a lower portion of the vertical wall are disposed
in the floor tunnel.

US Pat. No. 9,889,060

ADMITTANCE SHAPING CONTROLLER FOR EXOSKELETON ASSISTANCE OF THE LOWER EXTREMITIES

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

1. An exoskeleton system for assisted movement of legs of a user comprising:
a harness worn around a waist of the user;
a pair of arm members coupled to the harness and to the legs;
a pair of motor devices, wherein one of the pair of motor devices is coupled to a corresponding arm member of the pair of
arm members moving the pair of arm members for assisted movement of the legs; and

a controller coupled to the motor controlling movement of the assisted legs, the controller shaping an admittance of the system
facilitating movement of the assisted legs by generating a target DC gain, a target natural frequency and a target resonant
peak, wherein the controller comprises:

an angle feedback compensator; and
an angular acceleration feedback compensator.

US Pat. No. 9,871,183

ELECTROSTRICTIVE ELEMENT

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

1. An electrostrictive element comprising:
a dielectric film composed of an elastomer;
a film electrode formed inside a peripheral edge of at least one surface of the dielectric film, the film electrode being
capable of expanding and contracting so as to follow expansion and contraction of the dielectric film; and

a frame to keep the dielectric film in an expansion state,
wherein the film electrode comprises a portion having a hole portion and a lower conductivity than other portion of the film
electrode, at a portion of the dielectric film, the portion of the dielectric film being a portion to be subjected to a greater
total stress of a mechanical stress and an electrical stress than other portion of the dielectric film.

US Pat. No. 9,865,413

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle control device comprising:
a push switch disposed in an interior of a vehicle and on which a pressing operation can be performed by an occupant; and
a switching control device that performs a switching control for switching an operating state of a drive source of the vehicle
or a power supply state to a vehicle mounted device of the vehicle, corresponding to the pressing operation carried out with
respect to the push switch,

wherein
in a case that the vehicle is in a non-traveling condition, the switching control device causes an operating method for the
pressing operation, which is carried out with respect to the push switch for effecting the switching control, in a case that
the drive source or the vehicle mounted device of the vehicle is switched from off to on, to be different from an operating
method for the pressing operation in a case that the drive source or the vehicle mounted device of the vehicle is switched
from on to off; and

the switching control device sets an operation confirmation time of the push switch in the case that the drive source or the
vehicle mounted device of the vehicle is switched from on to off to be longer than the operation confirmation time of the
push switch in the case that the drive source or the vehicle mounted device of the vehicle is switched from off to on.

US Pat. No. 9,863,973

VEHICLE WHEEL SPEED SENSOR PROTECTION STRUCTURE

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

1. A protection structure for a vehicle wheel speed sensor that includes a detection portion close to a pulse ring that rotates
together with a vehicle wheel, and a bracket provided to fix the wheel speed sensor, the protection structure comprising:
a tubular protective wall provided on the bracket and surrounding the detection portion so that an annular end part, on the
pulse ring side, of the protective wall axially faces the pulse ring at a predetermined distance therebetween which is smaller
than a distance between the pulse ring and the detection portion of the wheel speed sensor, and an open recess is formed in
the annular end part at a portion thereof in a circumferential direction, on the pulse ring side, of the protective wall,
such that the open recess opens toward a radially outer side of the pulse ring.

US Pat. No. 9,863,494

SUSPENSION DAMPER

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

1. A suspension damper, comprising:
an actuator including:
a first housing having a first end and an opposing second end;
a second housing positioned within the first housing and coaxially aligned with the first housing along an axis of the actuator,
the second housing having a first end and an opposing second end and defining a passage between the first end and the second
end;

a piston slidably positioned within the passage of the second housing to define a first actuator chamber and a second actuator
chamber;

a first end cap coupled to the first end of the first housing and the first end of the second housing;
a second end cap coupled to the second end of the first housing and the second end of the second housing;
a piston rod coupled to the piston and extending through an opening defined through the first end cap; and
a divider positioned between an inner surface of the first housing and an outer surface of the second housing to define a
third actuator chamber and a fourth actuator chamber, wherein the first actuator chamber is in fluid communication with the
third actuator chamber and the second actuator chamber is in fluid communication with the fourth actuator chamber; and

a static fluid damper including:
a first damping chamber;
a second damping chamber in fluid communication with the first damping chamber;
a third damping chamber in fluid communication with the second damping chamber; and
a separating member positioned within the third damping chamber to define a gas chamber;
wherein
the first damping chamber is not in fluid communication with the third damping chamber;
a first flow passage provides fluid communication between the first damping chamber and the third actuator chamber and a second
flow passage provides fluid communication between the second damping chamber and the fourth actuator chamber; and

the first actuator chamber, the second actuator chamber, the third actuator chamber, the fourth actuator chamber, the first
damping chamber, the second damping chamber, and the third damping chamber are filled with fluid.

US Pat. No. 9,849,933

FRONT SUSPENSION STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A front suspension structure for a saddle riding vehicle, the front suspension structure comprising:
a head pipe radially internally supporting a shaft portion forming a steering axis such that the shaft portion is rotatable
about the steering axis;

a front fork connected to a lower end portion of the shaft portion on a lower side of the head pipe, the front fork supporting
an axle of a steering wheel; and

a link member having one end portion connected rotatably on an upper side of a turning member having the shaft portion, and
having another end portion connected rotatably on a side of handlebars;

the head pipe disposed so as to be separated frontward from a vehicle body frame;
a rocking arm having a front end portion rockably supported by the head pipe, and having a rear end portion rockably supported
by the vehicle body frame,

wherein the rocking arm includes an upper arm portion and a lower arm portion vertically separated from each other,
the head pipe is inclined such that an upper side of the head pipe is located more rearward than a lower side of the head
pipe as viewed from a side,

a front end portion of the upper arm portion is in front of the steering axis and is supported by a front upper portion of
the head pipe, and

a front end portion of the lower arm portion is in a rear of the steering axis and is supported by a rear lower portion of
the head pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,849,743

SWING ARM

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

1. A swing arm comprising:
a vehicle-body-side support portion that is supported on a vehicle body side by a first rotary shaft;
a wheel-side support portion that is supported on a wheel side by a second rotary shaft; and
a pair of arm portions that connect the vehicle-body-side support portion and the wheel-side support portion to each other,
wherein

a cross member that extends in an axial direction of the first rotary shaft is arranged on the pair of arm portions so as
to extend between the pair of arm portions, and

the cross member has a U shape in cross section orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the cross member thus forming an
opening portion that opens so as to face a direction that the pair of arm portions extends,

wherein the cross member includes an upper wall and a lower wall that project in the direction that the pair of arm portions
extends, and a vertical wall that extends between the upper wall and the lower wall,

wherein the cross member is formed by bending a plate material, a flat planar portion is formed on the vertical wall, and
a mounting portion for mounting a chassis-group member is formed on the planar portion.

US Pat. No. 9,842,448

REAL-TIME VEHICLE FEATURE CUSTOMIZATION AT POINT OF ACCESS

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

10. A customizable vehicle configuration system, comprising:
a plurality of vehicle controllers that are operable to control respective components of a vehicle;
a wireless communications interface;
a memory; and
a processor communicatively coupled to the wireless communications interface and the memory, the processor configured to:
associate a wireless device of a user with the vehicle;
detect, from at least one of the plurality of vehicle controllers, a first occurrence of an event corresponding to a set of
customizable control options for the vehicle;

send, to the wireless device via the wireless communications interface, a notification of the event;
receive, from the wireless device via the wireless communications interface, a selected control option of the set of customizable
control options corresponding to the event; and

respond to a second occurrence of the event based on the selected control option.

US Pat. No. 9,834,268

SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle comprising:
a vehicle body frame having a head pipe;
a front wheel suspension arranged below the head pipe;
a handlebar arranged above the head pipe and configured to steer the front wheel suspension;
a front cowl supported on the vehicle body frame and covering an upper part of the front wheel suspension and the handlebar
from a front side of the vehicle;

a windshield supported on the vehicle body frame through a windshield stay and arranged above the front cowl; and
an opening in the windshield opened below a center in a height direction of the windshield and having a bottom edge spaced
above a bottom edge of the windshield,

wherein a guide member is configured to allow first traveling air from the opening to flow along a back surface of the windshield,
the guide member being arranged behind the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,835,097

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT CONTROL FOR A VEHICLE ENGINE

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

1. A variable displacement controller for use with a vehicle engine that includes multiple cylinder assemblies, the controller
including a processor for performing various operations, comprising:
receiving data indicative of a requested torque;
receiving data indicative of vehicle speed;
determining a torque variable timer threshold value based on the received data indicative of requested torque and vehicle
speed;

initiating a timer; and
comparing the timer value to the determined variable timer threshold value; and
selectively activating/deactivating at least one of the engine cylinder assemblies based on the comparison between the timer
value and the variable timer threshold value, such that the at least one of the engine cylinder assemblies is activated if
the timer value is less than the variable timer threshold value, and the at least one of the engine cylinder assemblies is
deactivated if the timer value is greater than or equal to the variable timer threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,834,087

VEHICLE STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle structure comprising:
a cooling device that is cooled by a flow of moving air which a vehicle receives while traveling;
an air guide member that guides the moving air into the cooling device; and
a horn disposed at the side of the air guide member,
wherein the cooling device and the horn are juxtaposed in the vehicle-width direction; and
wherein the air guide member has a single opening in the front of the vehicle, the opening spanning from the cooling device
to the horn.

US Pat. No. 9,821,872

SADDLED VEHICLE

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

1. A saddled vehicle comprising:
a vehicle body frame;
a fuel tank that is provided in the vehicle body frame and stores fuel;
a canister that collects evaporated fuel generated in the fuel tank;
a rear wheel that is arranged in a rear portion of the vehicle body frame;
a rear fender that is arranged along an outer circumferential side of the rear wheel;
a chamber portion that is arranged on a front side of the rear wheel and is provided on the outer circumferential side with
respect to a mudguard surface of the rear fender facing the rear wheel; and

an atmospheric air introduction pipe that is connected to the chamber portion and introduces atmospheric air to the canister,
wherein the chamber portion has a side wall portion extending upward from a bottom surface portion of the chamber portion
and is open upward,

wherein the saddled vehicle further includes an engine accessory component that is arranged in front of the rear fender and
a bottom portion of the engine accessory component is arranged so as to face the top of the chamber portion,

wherein the vehicle body frame includes a pair of sub-pipes which are arranged on both sides in a vicinity of a front portion
of the rear fender in a vehicle body width direction, and

wherein the pair of sub-pipes are arranged between an upper end portion of the side wall portion and the engine accessory
component so as to cover a gap between the side wall portion and the engine accessory component in a side view.

US Pat. No. 9,821,739

AUTOMOBILE BUMPER

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

1. An automobile bumper comprising a fiber-reinforced resin bumper beam and having opposite end parts in a vehicle width direction
of the bumper beam supported on an outer end part in a fore-and-aft direction of a pair of vehicle body frames, wherein
the bumper beam comprises a middle curved part that curves concavely toward an outside in a fore-and-aft direction in a middle
part in the vehicle width direction, and a pair of left and right curved parts that curve convexly toward the outside in the
fore-and-aft direction on opposite sides in the vehicle width direction of the middle curved part, and the left and right
curved parts comprise a vehicle body frame connecting part that is positioned on the outside in the vehicle width direction
and is connected to the vehicle body frame, and a load input part that is positioned on an inside in the vehicle width direction
and projects most to the outside in the fore-and-aft direction among the bumper beam parts,

a compression-resistant reinforcing part being provided along an inner face in the fore-and-aft direction of the load input
part (B2), and an extension line of the compression-resistant reinforcing part being directed toward a vicinity of a load input point
of the load input part, and

a reinforcing member is disposed in an interior of the load input part, an inner end in the vehicle width direction of the
reinforcing member is connected to the load input point, and an outer end in the vehicle width direction is connected to the
compression-resistant reinforcing part.

US Pat. No. 9,822,867

GEAR CASE FOR MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A gear case for use with a motorcycle comprising:
a gear case body having an axial dimension extending in an axial direction, a circumferential dimension and a radial dimension,
said gear case body having a first side and a second side extending axially relative to the first side;

a gear case cover operatively connected to the first side of said gear case body;
a gear chamber formed within said gear case body;
a breather chamber of a labyrinth structure formed in the radial dimension of the gear case body and continuing a predetermined
distance along the circumferential dimension of the gear case body, said breather chamber including an upper end and a lower
end;

a breather path positioned in the upper end of the breather chamber for communicating an inside of the gear chamber to atmosphere;
an elongated slit positioned in the lower end of said breather chamber, said elongated slit being opened directly to said
gear chamber, the elongated slit extends from the first side of the gear case body in the axial direction substantially across
to the second side of the gear case body in the lower end of the breather chamber; and

a through-hole extending radially through the gear case body in an area adjacent to the breather path in the upper end of
said breather chamber to be opened directly into said gear chamber for providing communication from the upper end of said
breather chamber to said gear chamber in the radial dimension;

wherein the elongated slit opens inwardly through an inner circumferential partition wall of the breather chamber of the gear
case body in the lower end of the breather chamber, and connects the lower end of the breather chamber to the gear chamber
which is disposed radially inward with respect to the lower end of the breather chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,815,474

COMBINED SENSORS FOR MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO A DRIVER

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

1. A system for implementing an action based on road conditions associated with a road surface, comprising:
a first sensor recording a first motion amount at a first portion of a vehicle located below a suspension level;
a second sensor recording a second motion amount at a second portion of a vehicle located above a suspension level;
a third sensor recording a third motion amount at a helmet;
a comparison manager determining a severity level based on a comparison between the first motion amount, the second motion
amount, and the third motion amount; and

a notification manager providing at least one recommendation to the rider based on a determination that the severity level
is above a threshold amount,

wherein the comparison manager assigns a score to a portion of the road surface based on the comparison, wherein the road
surface is smooth when the first motion amount is more than the second motion amount and the second motion amount is more
than the third motion amount.

US Pat. No. 9,816,189

CORROSION INHIBITING COMPOSITIONS AND COATINGS INCLUDING THE SAME

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

1. A corrosion inhibiting composition comprising:
a first plurality of carriers, each comprising a first carrier body and a film-forming compound, the first carrier body encapsulating
the film-forming compound, wherein the first carrier body is formed of a first degradable material; and

a second plurality of carriers, each comprising a second carrier body and a first corrosion inhibitor, the second carrier
body encapsulating the first corrosion inhibitor, the first corrosion inhibitor comprising an organic compound including a
ring structure, wherein the second carrier body is formed of a second degradable material comprising a solid binder,

wherein the first plurality of carriers are microcapsules wherein the film-forming compound is released upon mechanical degradation
of the first degradable material; and

wherein the second plurality of carriers are microparticles wherein the first corrosion inhibitor is released from within
the second carrier body upon chemical cleavage of the second degradable material.

US Pat. No. 9,815,434

VEHICLE

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

1. A wheeled vehicle in which a rear opening is formed in a rear surface of a vehicle body, a tailgate is provided to open
and close the rear opening, a sub door opening is formed in a transverse portion of the tailgate, and a sub door is provided
to open and close the sub door opening, comprising:
a tailgate side window panel configured to be provided on the tailgate;
a sub door side window panel configured to be provided on the sub door;
a wiper device configured to move over the individual window panels so as to clean and remove water therefrom;
a sub door latch device configured to engage the vehicle body with the sub door;
a sub door unlocking device that operates the sub door latch device; and
a control unit configured to control the sub door latch device,
wherein the tailgate side window panel and the sub door side window panel are successively disposed with each other in a substantially
same plane in a transverse direction, and

wherein when the wiper device is operating and the sub door unlocking device is operated, the control unit stops the wiper
device after moving a blade of the wiper device to a stop position.

US Pat. No. 9,805,274

PARTIALLY OCCLUDED OBJECT DETECTION USING CONTEXT AND DEPTH ORDERING

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

1. A method for verifying detection of a first object partially occluded by a second object relative to a vehicle, the method
comprising:
receiving image information via an image input device;
determining a first detection window bounding a first image in the image information corresponding to the first object;
determining a second detection window bounding a second image in the image information corresponding to the second object;
determining whether the first window and the second window overlap;
determining a first distance to the first detection window and a second distance to the second detection window;
comparing the first distance to the second distance, and
if the first distance is greater than the second distance, verifying that the first object is partially occluded by the second
object.

US Pat. No. 9,801,338

LAWN MOWER

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

1. A lawn mower comprising:
a blade disk rotatable about a rotation shaft extending in an up-down direction; and
a plurality of cutter blades mounted on the blade disk,
wherein the blade disk integrally includes a disk base section of a flat disk shape mounted on the rotation shaft, an annular
plate section surrounding the disk base section and having a plurality of depressed portions each depressed downward from
an upper surface of the blade disk, a plurality of blade mounting sections each formed on a part of a bottom of a corresponding
one of the depressed portions and having a corresponding one of the cutter blades mounted thereon, and a circumferential high-rigidity
section for increasing rigidity of the blade disk between the blade mounting sections,

the blade mounting sections are located near an outer circumferential edge of the blade disk and located on, and spaced from
each other along, an imaginary reference circle concentric with a rotation center of the blade disk, and

the circumferential high-rigidity section is located along the reference circle in such a manner as to interconnect the plurality
of blade mounting sections along the reference circle, the circumferential high-rigidity section being formed in a generally
concave-convex configuration by being depressed and protruded in a facewise direction of the blade disk.

US Pat. No. 9,807,497

SOUND SOURCE LOCALIZATION DEVICE, SOUND PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD OF SOUND SOURCE LOCALIZATION DEVICE

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

1. A sound source localization device that has a plurality of sound pickup devices which record a sound signal and specifies
a direction of a sound source based on sound signals recorded by at least two sound pickup devices of the plurality of sound
pickup devices, the sound source localization device comprising:
a notification device that notifies a user of information based on an arrangement of the plurality of sound pickup devices,
wherein,
as the plurality of sound pickup devices,
n (n is an integer equal to or larger than 2) sound pickup devices are provided on a display section side of the sound source
localization device, and

m (m is an integer equal to or larger than 2) sound pickup devices are provided on an opposite side to the display section,
wherein a first microphone array is formed by the n sound pickup devices, and
a second microphone array is formed by the m sound pickup devices, and
wherein there is further provided:
a first imaging section provided on the display section side of the sound source localization device;
a second imaging section provided on the opposite side to the display section;
a determination section that selects either the first microphone array or the second microphone array based on an image imaged
by the first imaging section and an image imaged by the second imaging section; and

a sound source localization section that specifies the direction of the sound source by using a sound signal recorded by the
microphone array selected by the determination section.

US Pat. No. 9,793,048

CAPACITOR ARRANGEMENT STRUCTURE

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

1. A capacitor arrangement structure comprising:
a casing to accommodate a capacitor, the casing including a casing bottom;
a housing including a bottom wall and having a height from the bottom wall which includes an inner surface and an outer surface
opposite to the inner surface in a height direction along the height, the casing being mounted on the inner surface so that
the casing bottom opposes a mounting surface in the inner surface;

a heat sink including a heat sink top and provided on the outer surface of the bottom wall not to overlap the casing viewed
along the height direction, the heat sink top opposing the outer surface; and

a distance between the casing bottom and the mounting surface in the height direction being smaller than a distance between
the heat sink top and the mounting surface in the height direction.

US Pat. No. 9,786,895

ENERGY STORAGE MODULE WITH REDUCED DAMAGE TO ELECTRODE TERMINALS

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

1. An energy storage module comprising:
an energy storage cell group comprising a plurality of energy storage cells stacked in a stacking direction; and
a pair of end plates provided at both ends of the energy storage cell group in the stacking direction to hold the energy storage
cells of the energy storage cell group together,

wherein a terminal frame is provided at the end plate in order to electrically connect an electrode terminal of an energy
storage cell provided at an end of the plurality of energy storage cells in the stacking direction and an output line, and

wherein the terminal frame has a line connector connected to the output line, and the terminal frame is fixed to the end plate
by a plurality of fixing points,

the terminal frame is attached to the end plate via an intervening member,
the terminal frame comprises:
a first portion that is disposed across from one plate side surface of the end plate, the one plate side surface being perpendicular
to the stacking direction; and

a second portion that is disposed across from an end surface that is perpendicular to the one plate side surface,
the fixing points are fixed to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,786,178

VEHICLE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

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

1. A vehicle control system for use with: a vehicle communications network, at least one source of pedestrian data relevant
to at least one pedestrian's location, and at least one source of vehicle system data relevant to the vehicle's location and
movement, the control system, comprising: a processor that is configured to: access the pedestrian data and the vehicle system
data, determine a vehicle's current location and speed based on the vehicle system data, build a predetermined number of vehicle
polygons hardcoded into an application for representing a predicted path of the vehicle, build at least one pedestrian polygon
representing a predicted path for at least one pedestrian detected in pedestrian data, classify each pedestrian detected in
the pedestrian data as either at a left position or a right position relative to a centerline of the predicted path of the
vehicle, define a plurality of warning zones based on the vehicle polygons, each warning zone defined by one or more vehicle
polygons within the predicted path of the vehicle with a different level of warning based on a distance of each vehicle polygon
from the vehicle, determine if one or more of the pedestrian polygons intersects at least one of the predetermined number
of hardcoded vehicle polygons, and actuate a warning to a vehicle operator based on an intersection of the one or more pedestrian
polygons with one or more of the vehicle polygons.

US Pat. No. 9,776,493

BATTERY HOLDING STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A battery holding structure for a vehicle, said structure comprising:
a battery tray configured to store a battery therein;
a battery holding rack fixed to a vehicle frame, configured to store said battery tray with said battery stored therein and
to allow said battery tray to be pulled out along widthwise directions of the vehicle;

a ground wire having one end connected to a negative terminal of said battery and another end connected to a grounding member
on the vehicle frame; and

a movement prevention member configured to fix said ground wire at a location on a rear side of said battery tray, between
the one end of the ground wire, located at a second side along the widthwise direction of the vehicle, and the another end
of the ground wire, located at the rear side of said battery tray, and to prevent said battery tray from being pulled out
to a first side along the widthwise direction of the vehicle, wherein said ground wire is connected to said grounding member
at the first side along the widthwise direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,747,508

SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT RECOGNITION DEVICE

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

1. A surrounding environment recognition device comprising:
an image capturing device that captures a peripheral image; and
a traffic signal detecting controller, which sets a search region with respect to the peripheral image, and detects a traffic
signal inside of the search region,

wherein the traffic signal detecting controller sets a search window smaller than the search region and indicative of a range
for searching inside of the search region, and scans the search window within the search region to detect the traffic signal,

the search region is controlled to be smaller as a distance from the image capturing device is farther away, and
the search window is controlled to be smaller as the distance from the image capturing device is farther away.

US Pat. No. 9,748,792

WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM

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

1. A wireless charging system, comprising:
a wireless charger that is disposed inside a vehicle and that includes a power transmission part and a controller, the power
transmission part being configured to transmit power to a portable terminal having a power-receiving part in a non-contact
manner, the controller being configured to control power transmission performed by the power transmission part and to control
a stop of power transmission; and

an in-vehicle wireless communication device having an antenna configured to perform wireless communication with an electronic
key of an occupant of the vehicle,

wherein the wireless charger is communicably connected to a door switch that is configured to detect a change in an open or
closed state of at least any of doors of the vehicle and that is configured to output a predetermined signal, and

the controller is configured to stop power transmission performed by the power transmission part in a case it is detected
that a state in which any of the doors is in the open state has changed to a state in which all of the doors are in the closed
state by referring to the predetermined signal received from the door switch before the antenna is driven.

US Pat. No. 9,746,840

SMART ENTRY SYSTEM

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

1. A smart entry system comprising:
an unlocking sensor that is disposed in a vicinity of a door handle of a door of a vehicle and that detects a user's intention
of unlocking the door;

a locking sensor that is disposed in the vicinity of the unlocking sensor and that detects the user's intention of locking
the door;

an authentication unit that confirms whether the user is an authorized user; and
a control unit that detects that the unlocking sensor or the locking sensor are operated and that opens or closes a door lock
of the door when it is confirmed by the authentication unit that the user is an authorized user,

wherein the control unit waits for a second predetermined amount of time when an operation of the unlocking sensor and an
operation of the locking sensor are detected within a predetermined amount of time while the door lock is in an opened state
and the door is closed, and when the door is opened within the second predetermined amount of time, the control unit does
not perform either a locking operation due to the operation of the locking sensor or an unlocking operation due to the operation
of the unlocking sensor at least until the door is closed again.

US Pat. No. 9,738,320

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body front structure, comprising:
a dashboard lower panel that separates a power unit compartment defined at a front portion of a vehicle body so as to accommodate
a power unit from a passenger compartment which is situated directly behind the power unit compartment;

left and right front side frames that extend to the front of the vehicle body from the dashboard lower panel, and that enable
to mount the power unit thereon by means of left and right mount portions; and

a front bumper beam that is attached to stretch between front ends of the left and right front side frames,
wherein the left and right front side frames have at least three left and right bending portions including left and right
front bending portions, left and right middle bending portions which are situated spaced apart to the rear from the left and
right front bending portions, and left and right rear bending portions which are situated spaced apart to the rear from the
left and right middle bending portions,

the left and right front bending portions are restraint sections that enable to restrain the power unit by holding the power
unit from both sides thereof in a vehicle's width direction while absorbing collision energy by being bent to project inwards
in the vehicle's width direction by means of a collision load exerted on a front end of the vehicle body from the front,

the left and right rear bending portions are energy absorbing sections that enable to absorb the collision energy by being
bent outwards in the vehicle's width direction by means of the collision load and being struck by the power unit which is
moved rearward together with the left and right front bending portion by means of the collision load, and

the left and right middle bending portions are bending assistance sections that enable to be bent outwards in the vehicle's
width direction so as to allow the bending of the left and right front bending portions and the left and right rear bending
portions.

US Pat. No. 9,738,348

SADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle vehicle comprising:
a head pipe;
a main frame extending rearwardly from the head pipe; and
a seat rail located rearwardly of the main frame, the seal rail being adapted to support a seat;
wherein the main frame is fastened to an engine by a fastening member being directed from an outer side toward an inner side
in a vehicle widthwise direction; and

a knock pin including first and second knock pins provided between the main frame and the engine, in a position adjacent to
the fastening member;

wherein the first knock pin is set along a direction orthogonal to the vehicle widthwise direction and the second knock pin
is set along the vehicle widthwise direction and wherein the first knock pin is located between the fastening member and the
second knock pin in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,764,697

HEAT SHIELD FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

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

1. A heat shield for a motor vehicle, comprising:
an elongated planar shield body for separating an exhaust pipe and a fuel tank of the motor vehicle, the shield body extending
longitudinally along a longitudinal axis between the exhaust pipe and the fuel tank, the shield body having a generally concave
surface extending from the axis to first and second vertical walls along first and second edges of the shield body;

a forward attachment portion for attaching the shield body to a frame of the motor vehicle longitudinally forward of the fuel
tank;

a rearward attachment portion for attaching the shield body to the frame of the motor vehicle longitudinally rearward of the
fuel tank; and

a water escape port in the first vertical wall.

US Pat. No. 9,758,005

SUSPENSION CONTROLLER

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

1. A suspension controller installed in a vehicle, comprising:
a damping-force-variable damper capable of generating and adjusting damping force in response to an input signal to the damper;
a wheel speed sensor that detects wheel speed of a wheel of the vehicle;
a basic input amount calculator configured to calculate a basic input amount of the vehicle on the basis of a wheel speed
variation of the wheel speed detected by the wheel speed sensor;

a state amount calculator configured to calculate a state amount of the vehicle by inputting the basic input amount to a predetermined
vehicle model representing motion of the vehicle; and

a damper controller configured to control the damping force of the damping-force-variable damper on the basis of the calculated
state amount, wherein

if the damper controller detects that the wheel speed variation detected by the wheel speed sensor decreases below zero by
a predetermined value or more on a minus side, the damper controller increases the damping force to be greater than before
the decrease in the wheel speed variation,

the damper controller detects the damping force as a waveform signal, and
if the damper controller detects that the wheel speed variation goes below a threshold being the predetermined value from
zero on the minus side, the damping force is held at a peak of the waveform signal having a bottom that goes below the threshold,
and

the damper controller adjusts a period for the holding of the peak in correspondence with a portion of an amount of the wheel
speed variation that goes below the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,727,793

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMAGE BASED VEHICLE LOCALIZATION

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

1. A method of determining a vehicle location and pose, comprising:
determining a location and pose estimate;
retrieving three-dimensional map data based on the location and pose estimate;
obtaining a camera image from a vehicle mounted camera;
projecting the three-dimensional map data onto the camera image based on the location and pose estimate;
comparing the projected three-dimensional map data to the camera image; and
determining the vehicle location and pose based on the comparing, wherein projecting the three-dimensional map data onto the
camera image comprises:

transforming the three-dimensional map data from a map coordinate system to a vehicle coordinate system;
transforming the map data from the vehicle coordinate system to a camera coordinate system; and
projecting the three-dimensional map data from the camera coordinate system onto the camera image.

US Pat. No. 9,758,060

SEAT WITH RECLINER LIMIT SWITCH ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

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

1. A seat for a vehicle, comprising:
a seat bottom frame;
a seat back frame rotatably coupled with the seat bottom frame; and
a limit switch assembly, the limit switch assembly comprising:
a limit switch configured to prevent rotation of the seat back when the limit switch is opened;
a link moveable from a first position in which the limit switch is closed, and in which the seat back frame is upright or
forward inclined, to a second position in which the limit switch is open, and in which the seat back frame is reclined; and

a bias member configured to impart a bias force on the link in a direction toward the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,752,862

ACCELERATOR OPENING DEGREE DETECTION DEVICE

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

1. An accelerator opening degree detection device comprising:
a rotor mounted on a handlebar around an axis of the handlebar, the rotor being capable of being turned in unison with an
accelerator grip as the accelerator grip is turned;

a magnet mounted on the rotor;
a magnetic sensor for detecting a magnetic force of the magnet;
a case housing the rotor and the magnetic sensor, the case being mounted on the handlebar; and
a sensor holder housed in the case at a position remote from the accelerator grip with the rotor interposed therebetween,
the magnetic sensor being installed in the sensor holder;

wherein the sensor holder is supported by the case and has a two-stepped cylindrical shape, which is formed such that an inner
diameter and an outer diameter of the sensor holder are shorter on a rotor side of the sensor holder than on another side
of the sensor holder,

wherein an inner projected portion that is a cylindrical member of the two-stepped cylindrical shape having the shorter inner
diameter and the shorter outer diameter is positioned radially inward of the rotor, and the inner projected portion projects
toward a position confronting the magnet, and

wherein the magnetic sensor is housed in an inner space defined in the inner projected portion,
wherein the accelerator opening degree detection device further comprises:
a return spring having one end thereof supported in the rotor and another end thereof supported in the sensor holder, the
return spring being thereby for normally biasing the rotor to move to a turning start point;

wherein the rotor has a groove defined therein, which houses the return spring between the groove and the sensor holder and
the return spring has one end that engages and is supported by a hole defined in the rotor and another end that engages and
is supported by a hole defined in the sensor holder.

US Pat. No. 9,756,767

POWER CONVERSION APPARATUS

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

1. A portable power conversion apparatus for outputting AC electric power to an outside of the apparatus, the portable power
conversion apparatus comprising:
an apparatus casing;
wheels provided at the apparatus casing;
a plurality of power conversion units provided within the apparatus casing and configured to convert DC electric power into
AC electric power;

heat radiation sections respectively provided with the plurality of power conversion units;
a cooling air passage defined with the plurality of power conversion units disposed in such a manner that the heat radiation
sections of the power conversion units are opposed to each other;

a first inlet louver provided at an entrance of the cooling air passage;
a first outlet louver provided at an exit of the cooling air passage;
a second outlet louver provided at a position spaced from the power conversion units defining the cooling air passage;
a sucking fan provided at the first inlet louver; and
a discharging fan provided at the second outlet louver,
wherein the discharging fan is provided at a position spaced from the power conversion units defining the cooling air passage,
and

the cooling air passage from the first inlet louver to the first outlet louver is in parallel to an axial direction of the
wheels.

US Pat. No. 9,751,403

DIFFERENTIAL ASSEMBLY AND SPEED SENSOR MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT THEREFOR

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

1. A differential assembly for a vehicle, comprising:
a drive train for transferring motive power from an engine drive member to the right and left drive shafts which are coupled,
respectively, to right and left ground engaging members of the vehicle, the drive train including a rotating element nonrotatably
mounted to an internal differential housing and operatively engaged to the drive member and to the right and left drive shafts;

a first speed sensor arranged to measure rotational speed of (i) the rotating element or (ii) the left drive shaft;
a second speed sensor arranged to measure rotational speed of the right drive shaft when the first speed sensor is arranged
to measure rotational speed of the left drive shaft;

a separate right pulsar ring nonrotatably mounted to an axial landing of a radially inward step portion defined on an end
portion the right drive shaft distal from the right ground engaging member for corotation therewith, the right pulsar ring
positioned between a radial wall of the step portion and the internal differential housing with a splined portion of the end
portion received in the differential housing, the right pulsar ring axially aligned with the second speed sensor for cooperating
therewith in measuring rotational speed of the right drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,707,930

AIR CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE

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

1. An air conditioner for a vehicle comprising:
a control unit;
a compressor that compresses a heat exchange medium;
an internal heat exchanger that performs heat exchange between the heat exchange medium expelled from the compressor and air
for air conditioning introduced inside a vehicle compartment;

and an external heat exchanger that performs heat exchange between the heat exchange medium expelled from the internal heat
exchanger and external air,

wherein said control unit is configured to:
calculate a first moving average value of a temperature difference between an external air temperature and a temperature of
the external heat exchanger for a first period of time;

calculate a second moving average value of a temperature difference between an external air temperature and a temperature
of the external heat exchanger for a second period of time;

calculate a moving average value difference between the second moving average value and the first moving average value;
perform a defrosting operation which melts frost adhered to the external heat exchanger when the moving average value difference
is equal to or greater than a first predetermined value;

wherein the air conditioner is operable to perform the defrosting operation even during the middle of the second period of
time when the moving average value difference becomes equal to or greater than the first predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,709,165

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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

1. An apparatus for controlling an automatic transmission that is connected to a prime mover mounted on a vehicle and changes
a speed of rotation of the prime mover to transmit the speed of rotation to driven wheels, the apparatus comprising:
a torque converter interposed between the prime mover and the automatic transmission and equipped with a lock-up clutch;
a hydraulic supply circuit that supplies hydraulic pressure to the lock-up clutch;
the automatic transmission;
clutches provided on the automatic transmission and connecting the prime mover and the driven wheels;
a controller that controls operation of the lock-up clutch and the automatic transmission through the hydraulic supply circuit;
and

a rotational speed ratio calculator that calculates a ratio of an input rotational speed of the automatic transmission relative
to an output rotational speed of the prime mover;

wherein the controller forms a lock-up clutch engaging circuit through the hydraulic supply circuit when the automatic transmission
is gear-shifted to a predetermined gear at deceleration of the vehicle and it is determined that predetermined operating conditions
of the vehicle are satisfied, determines whether an engage-position sticking malfunction of the lock-up clutch has occurred
based on the calculated ratio when the lock-up clutch engaging circuit has been formed, and disengages the clutches when it
is determined that the engage-position sticking malfunction of the lock-up clutch has occurred.

US Pat. No. 9,703,380

VEHICLE OPERATION INPUT DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle operation input device capable of operating equipment, comprising:
an option display unit that displays, on a display, a plurality of options to be selected by an operator, the options relating
to types of processing performed by the equipment;

an operation input unit having an operation surface, the operation input unit generating operating information indicating
a position in the operation surface at which a finger of the operator touches the operation surface;

a finger position detecting unit that detects a position of part of an arm of the operator and obtains the position as the
positional information regarding the finger of the operator; and

a control unit that controls at least the option display unit and the equipment in accordance with the operating information
generated by the operation input unit,

wherein the control unit allocates a particular option among the plurality of options to a portion of the operation surface
immediately beneath the finger in accordance with the positional information regarding the finger obtained by the finger position
detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,701,342

VEHICLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM, SUSPENSION MOUNT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MOUNTING A SUBFRAME TO A FRAME

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

1. A suspension mount assembly for mounting a subframe to a frame of a vehicle having a frame rail, the suspension mount assembly
comprising:
a cross member coupled to the frame rail to at least partially define a recess, the subframe having a distal end at least
partially positioned within the recess at a mounting point defined along a central axis of the recess; and

a stay coupling the cross member to the frame rail, the stay retaining the subframe at least partially positioned within the
recess at the mounting point.

US Pat. No. 9,701,347

VEHICLE BODY SIDE STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body side structure comprising:
an outer panel that constitutes a design surface of a vehicle body side part and includes a side sill outer part and a center
pillar outer part;

a rear fender that constitutes a design surface on a rear side of the outer panel and is disposed to overlap the outside of
the side sill outer part and the center pillar outer part such that a front side edge of the center pillar outer part is exposed
from the rear fender; and

an indoor panel which is connected to an inner side of the outer panel, the inner side being located on a vehicle cabin side
of the outer panel, wherein

the center pillar outer part includes an inclined part which is inclined backward and upward,
the indoor panel includes a protrusion that protrudes backward and downward from the inclined part, and
a lower end of the rear fender is joined to the protrusion of the indoor panel.

US Pat. No. 9,701,157

VEHICLE WHEEL

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

1. A vehicle wheel, comprising:
a sub air chamber member which serves as a Helmholtz resonator and is fixed to an outer circumferential surface of a well
portion in a tire air chamber;

a first standing wall surface formed such as to stand from the outer circumferential surface of the well portion outward in
radial direction and extend in circumferential direction of the outer circumferential surface; and

a second standing wall surface formed on the well portion such as to face the first standing wall surface in width direction
of the outer circumferential surface,

wherein the sub air chamber member includes:
a main body portion longitudinal in the circumferential direction, the main body portion including a bottom plate disposed
on the outer circumferential surface of the well portion, and an upper plate forming a sub air chamber between the upper and
bottom plates;

edge portions that join the bottom plate and the upper plate at both side portions, with respect to the width direction, of
the main body portion, and are engagingly fixed to respective groove portions formed on the first standing wall surface and
the second standing wall surface; and

a protruding portion that is arranged such as to protrude from an end portion with respect to the longitudinal direction of
the main body portion, in the circumferential direction, and is provided inside thereof with a communication hole for communication
between the sub air chamber and the tire air chamber, and

wherein the protruding portion is arranged being biased in the width direction of the main body portion, from a central portion
to a side of either of the edge portions.

US Pat. No. 9,694,437

ONE-SIDE RESISTANCE SPOT WELDING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CARRYING OUT THE SAME

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

1. A one-side resistance spot welding method comprising the steps in the order named of:
providing a first electrode and a pair of second electrodes arranged across the first electrode, the first electrode and the
pair of second electrodes being disposed mutually close to each other on one side of a workpiece composed of at least two
superposed steel sheets, the first electrode having a spherical surface at a tip end thereof;

bringing the first electrode and the pair of second electrodes into pressure contact with a surface of an endmost steel sheet
of the at least two superposed steel sheets;

feeding an electric current having a current value smaller than a current value of a welding current from the first electrode
to the pair of second electrodes in a branched manner to preheat the workpiece such that an annular high-temperature region
coaxial with the first electrode and having a higher temperature than neighboring parts is created in the workpiece due to
resistance heat generation at a position located near the tip end of the first electrode; and

feeding the welding current in another branched manner from the first electrode through the workpiece to the pair of second
electrodes to thereby form weld nuggets at an interface between the endmost steel sheet and an adjacent steel sheet at positions
aligned with the pair of second electrodes, wherein the annular high-temperature region forms a shielded current path due
to its high electric resistance and serves to guide the welding current from the first electrode to flow into the adjacent
steel sheet via the shielded current path, thereby allowing the welding current to subsequently advance along the adjacent
steel sheet and reach the pair of second electrodes via the endmost steel sheet,

wherein the electric current is switched to the current value of the welding current from the current value smaller than the
current value of the welding current while a resistance value of the workpiece is increased.

US Pat. No. 9,694,819

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:
a driving device configured to control a left and right driving force difference, which is a difference between a left driving
force and a right driving force, by controlling the left driving force and the right driving force, the left driving force
being a driving force of a left wheel of the vehicle, the right driving force being a driving force of a right wheel of the
vehicle;

a drive control device configured to control the driving device; and
a rotary electric machine connected mechanically to steered wheels and configured to impart a steering force or a steering
additive force to a steering system including the steered wheels;

wherein the vehicle further comprises a rotational velocity acquisition unit configured to acquire a rotational velocity of
the rotary electric machine; and

the drive control device controls the left and right driving force difference by the driving device, based on the rotational
velocity.

US Pat. No. 9,688,974

ASPERGILLUS MUTANT STRAIN

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

1. A transformant obtained by introducing a pyrG gene and a saccharifying enzyme gene into Aspergillus oryzae strain H01 (accession number: NITE BP-01749), wherein said saccharifying enzyme gene is at least one gene selected from the
group consisting of a cellobiohydrolase gene derived from Acremonium cellulolyticus, a ?-glucosidase gene derived from Acremonium cellulolyticus, an endoxylanase gene derived from a fungus belonging to the genus Thermoascus, an arabinofuranosidase gene derived from Acremonium cellulolyticus and a glucuronidase gene derived from Acremonium cellulolyticus.

US Pat. No. 9,656,396

ANNULAR SPRING AND ROBOT JOINT MECHANISM USING THE SAME

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

1. An annular spring comprising an annular outer peripheral member, an annular inner peripheral member arranged concentrically
with the outer peripheral member on an inner peripheral side of the outer peripheral member and rotatable relatively to the
outer peripheral member, and an elastic member arranged between the outer peripheral member and the inner peripheral member,
wherein
the elastic member is composed of an elastic body having a circular cross section,
one of an inner peripheral surface of the outer peripheral member and an outer peripheral surface of the inner peripheral
member has formed thereon a recess to which the elastic member is fitted,

the other of the inner peripheral surface and the outer peripheral surface has formed thereon a cam surface against which
the elastic member abuts, and

the cam surface is formed in such a way as to protrude in a radial direction as it is farther away in a circumferential direction
of the outer peripheral member or the inner peripheral member from a point of contact with the elastic member in a state where
the outer peripheral member and the inner peripheral member are not rotating relatively to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,653,742

FUEL CELL SYSTEM

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

1. A fuel cell system including a fuel cell module and a control device;
the fuel cell module comprising:
a fuel cell stack formed by stacking a plurality of fuel cells for generating electricity by electrochemical reactions of
a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing gas;

a partial oxidation reformer for reforming a mixed gas of a raw fuel chiefly containing hydrocarbon and an oxygen-containing
gas;

a steam reformer for reforming a mixed gas of the raw fuel and water vapor;
an evaporator for evaporating water and supplying the water vapor to the steam reformer;
an exhaust gas combustor for combusting the fuel gas and the oxygen-containing gas discharged from the fuel cell stack to
produce a combustion gas;

a heat exchanger for raising a temperature of the oxygen-containing gas by heat exchange with the combustion gas and supplying
the oxygen containing gas to the fuel cell stack,

wherein the exhaust gas combustor is provided integrally in the heat exchanger, the control device comprising:
a temperature detector unit comprising a steam reformer temperature sensor for detecting a temperature of the steam reformer
and an evaporator temperature sensor for detecting a temperature of the evaporator;

a carbon amount determination unit for determining an amount of carbon in the fuel gas supplied to the fuel cell stack depending
on a required output of the fuel cell stack;

a central processing unit and a memory having a program stored thereon, the program when executed by the central processing
unit causing the control device to operate as:

a carbon amount determination unit for determining an amount of carbon in the fuel gas supplied to the fuel cell stack depending
on a required output of the fuel cell stack;

an S/C determination unit for determining a range of steam/carbon ratio based on the temperature of the steam reformer;
a water supply amount determination unit for determining a range of the water supply amount to the evaporator based on the
amount of carbon and the steam/carbon ratio;

an evaporator operating state determination unit for determining whether or not the temperature of the evaporator is a temperature
determined based on the range of the water supply amount to the evaporator; and

a reformer control unit adapted to control at least one regulator valve to supply only the raw fuel to the partial oxidation
reformer and the water vapor mixed with the raw fuel to the steam reformer when it is determined by the evaporator operating
state determination unit that the temperature of the evaporator is equal to or more than the temperature determined based
on the range of the water supply amount to the evaporator.

US Pat. No. 9,643,677

REAR FUEL TANK SUPPORTING STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle, comprising:
an engine;
a main frame configured to support the engine;
a monocoque rear frame fastened to and supported by a rear part of the main frame and extending rearward; and
a rear fuel tank supported on the rear frame,
wherein the rear frame includes right and left side panel parts, and an upper cross part disposed between upper parts of the
right and left side panel parts,

wherein the rear fuel tank comprises a resin tank molded to have a bent part with a boundary between a lateral surface part
and a bottom surface part of the rear fuel tank bent part,

wherein the bent part of the rear fuel tank or a vicinity of the bent part is fastened and fixed to the side panel parts while
an upper part of the rear fuel tank is fastened and fixed to the upper cross part,

wherein the rear frame includes a front cross part provided between the right and left side panel parts in front of the rear
fuel tank, and

wherein the rear frame, right and left side panel parts, upper cross part, and front cross part are all integrated together
to define one single and continuous component.

US Pat. No. 9,647,278

METAL SEPARATOR FOR FUEL CELLS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

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

5. A method of manufacturing a metal separator for fuel cells layered on a membrane electrode assembly to which a pair of
electrodes is provided, with a respective one of said electrodes provided on each of two sides of an electrolyte membrane,
the method comprising:
a noble metal thin film formation step of forming a noble metal thin film on a convex part of a thin sheet made of a primary
metal that has been formed into a corrugated sheet shape having convex parts and concave parts,

wherein the noble metal thin film is formed as an interconnected grid on each convex part in the noble metal thin film formation
step, and is formed in a manner so that holes, through which the primary metal of the metal separator for fuel cells is exposed,
are formed on each convex part in the grid of the noble metal thin film.

US Pat. No. 9,644,223

HYPERTHERMOSTABLE ENDOGLUCANASE BELONGING TO GH FAMILY 12

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

1. An isolated recombinant hyperthermostable endoglucanase comprising
a polypeptide consisting of the amino acid sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1; and
at least one region selected from the group consisting of a cellulose-binding module, linker domain, a signal peptide and
a tag.

US Pat. No. 9,646,627

SPEECH PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CORRECTION OF REVERBERATION

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

1. A speech processing device comprising:
a processor; and
a sound collection unit configured to record speech from a sound source,
a distance detection unit comprising a sensor configured to detect a distance between the sound collection unit and the sound
source, the distance detection unit configured to output distance data indicating the detected distance,

wherein the processor is configured to
acquire, from the distance detection unit, the detected distance between the sound collection unit and the sound source;
measure a reverberation characteristic with respect to a predetermined distance in advance;
estimate a reverberation characteristic with respect to the detected distance based on the detected distance and the measured
reverberation characteristic with respect to the predetermined distance;

generate correction data indicating a contribution of a reverberation component from the estimated reverberation characteristic;
remove the reverberation component from the speech by correcting the amplitude of the speech based on the correction data,
to produce de-reverbed speech signals in which the reverberation component is removed from the speech; and

perform a speech recognizing process on the de-reverbed speech signals to recognize at least one word.

US Pat. No. 9,640,818

FUEL CELL AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE FUEL CELL

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

1. A method of operating a fuel cell formed by stacking a membrane electrode assembly and a separator, the membrane electrode
assembly including an anode, a cathode, and an electrolyte membrane interposed between the anode and the cathode, the method
comprising the steps of:
measuring hydrogen peroxide concentration of the membrane electrode assembly, in real time during power generation by a hydrogen
peroxide concentration sensor including a Pt electrode having an insulating membrane disposed thereon, with a detection portion
provided by cutting an area in one surface of the insulating membrane, wherein a surface of the detection portion protrudes
outward beyond the insulating membrane in the thickness direction, and the detection portion contacts the electrolyte membrane
and an electric potential sensor, where each is provided directly on the membrane electrode assembly and located at one of
the following:

in an electrode surface of the anode;
between the anode and the electrolyte membrane;
at an end of the anode or cathode;
in an electrode surface of the cathode;
between the cathode and the electrolyte membrane;
in the electrolyte membrane,
determining an operating condition of the fuel cell based on the measured hydrogen peroxide concentration,
communicating the operating condition to a memory of a control unit, implementing control of the fuel cell based on the communicated
operating condition;

controlling the concentration of hydrogen peroxide based on the operating condition communicated to the memory of the control
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,636,964

DAMPER

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

1. A damper comprising:
a damper body that includes a piston head and a cylinder into which the piston head is slidably fitted such that the piston
head divides an inner space of the cylinder into a first fluid chamber and a second fluid chamber each having a fluid filled
therein;

a piston rod one end of which is fixed to the piston head and which is disposed in at a side of the second fluid chamber such
that the piston head has,

a first surface which is in contact with the fluid in the first fluid chamber, and
a second surface which is in contact with the fluid in the second fluid chamber and which has surface area different than
that of the first surface;

a spring provided to the damper body so as to generate an oscillation input to the damper;
a communicating path via which the first fluid chamber is in a fluid communication with the second fluid chamber, the communication
path being disposed outside the cylinder and allowing the fluid to flow through the communication path;

a fluid pump provided to the communicating path;
an electromagnetic motor operatively connected to the fluid pump so as to receive the oscillation input from the spring and
so as to regenerate an energy from the oscillation input and apply the energy as damping force to the spring through the fluid
pump; and

a polarized capacitor having a positive electrode side electrically connected to an electrode of the electromagnetic motor,
at which output voltage from the electromagnetic motor is positive when the piston head moves toward a side of the first fluid
chamber side and at which the output voltage from the electromagnetic motor is negative when the piston head moves toward
a side of the second fluid chamber side.

US Pat. No. 9,636,987

HYBRID VEHICLE

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

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising
an engine,
a first input shaft to which a driving force of the engine is transmitted via a first clutch,
a motor/generator that is connected to the first input shaft,
a second input shaft that is disposed in parallel to the first input shaft and to which the driving force of the engine is
transmitted via a second clutch,

an output shaft that is disposed in parallel to the first input shaft,
a first power transmission path that transmits rotation of the first input shaft to the output shaft via a first gear group
and a first engagement element,

a second power transmission path that transmits rotation of the second input shaft to the output shaft via a second gear group
and a second engagement element,

reversing means that reverses rotation of the engine transmitted thereto via the second clutch and transmits the reversed
rotation of the engine to the first input shaft via a reverse engagement element,

a third power transmission path that transmits rotation of the engine to the output shaft via the reversing means and the
first power transmission path,

the hybrid vehicle establishing a forward gear position in a drive range through the first engagement element of the first
power transmission path or the second engagement element of the second power transmission path and establishing a reverse
gear position in a reverse range through the reverse engagement element of the third power transmission path and the first
engagement element, wherein

in a neutral range or a parking range the hybrid vehicle has a first power generation mode in which the first clutch is engaged
so as to transmit the driving force of the engine to the motor/generator and generate power and a second power generation
mode in which the second clutch is engaged so as to transmit the driving force of the engine to the motor/generator via the
reversing means and generate power, and the hybrid vehicle selects one of the first and second power generation modes depending
on operable availability of the modes, and

the reverse engagement element is engaged in the neutral range or the parking range.

US Pat. No. 9,638,117

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN AMOUNT OF FUEL AND VEHICLE INCLUDING SAME

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

1. A method for operating a vehicular engine that comprises a plurality of pistons and a plurality of cylinders, the method
comprising:
detecting an engine temperature;
detecting an alcohol concentration of fuel;
selecting an amount of fuel according to the engine temperature and the alcohol concentration;
detecting each occurrence of a top dead center event of at least one of the cylinders;
providing a predetermined fuel enrichment map that defines a relationship, using three-dimensional plots, of a plurality of
fuel enrichment coefficients, a plurality of engine temperatures, and a plurality of occurrences of top dead center events;

selecting one of the plurality of fuel enrichment coefficients based on each of:
one of the plurality of engine temperatures that corresponds to the detected engine temperature,
the detected alcohol concentration of the fuel, and
one of the plurality of occurrences of the top dead center events that corresponds to an event value indicative of the detected
occurrence of the top dead center event;

determining an injection amount of fuel by multiplying the selected amount of fuel and the selected fuel enrichment coefficient;
and

selectively dispensing the amount of fuel to the cylinders according to the injection amount of fuel.

US Pat. No. 9,663,063

AIR BAG DEVICE

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

1. An air bag device comprising:
an air bag which is folded to be expanded by gas from an inflator;
a packing cloth for wrapping the folded air bag;
and a pair of front and rear lids which close a housing portion for the air bag and are both-opened by cleavage of a central
tear line thereof upon expansion of the air bag,

wherein the air bag is housed below an instrument panel provided in a front portion of the vehicle, and is folded such that
the gas from the inflator disposed on the lower side reaches an upper surface portion of the air bag through either a front
surface portion or a rear surface portion of the air bag,

wherein the packing cloth includes an opening portion, and
wherein the opening portion is positioned at a substantially central portion in a left-right direction of a vehicle with respect
to the pair of front and rear lids, and is offset to a front windshield side.

US Pat. No. 9,663,180

STEERING STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A steering structure for a saddle type vehicle, comprising: a head pipe connected to a vehicle body frame of the saddle
type vehicle, the head pipe forms a steering axial line of a steering member offset to a front side with respect to a steering
axial line of a handlebar; a steering member supported for pivotal motion on the head pipe and configured to pivot around
the steering axial line integrally with a front wheel; a link member connected at a first end portion thereof for pivotal
motion on the steering member and connected at a second end portion thereof for pivotal motion to the handlebar; a pivotal
member provided between the first end portion of the link member and the steering member and supported on the steering member
for rotation around a pivotal axial line extending along a center axial line of an axle of the front wheel; and a rockable
arm configured to permit rotation of the head pipe for rocking motion around a first connection axial line extending along
a vehicle widthwise direction.

US Pat. No. 9,630,656

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:
a dash lower panel including a wheel-arch-shaped portion that constitutes a portion of a wheel arch, the dash lower panel
partitioning a power unit chamber from a vehicle interior;

a reinforcing panel covering a vehicle interior side of the wheel-arch-shaped portion; and
a side sill extending in a front-rear direction and having a front end portion connected to an end portion in a vehicle width
direction of the dash lower panel, wherein

the reinforcing panel includes:
a horizontal closed cross-section defining portion that defines a closed cross-section extending in the vehicle width direction,
together with the wheel-arch-shaped portion and

a vertical closed cross-section defining portion that defines a closed cross-section extending in a vertical direction, together
with the wheel-arch-shaped portion, the horizontal closed cross-section defining portion and the vertical closed cross-section
defining portion intersecting each other.

US Pat. No. 9,624,587

WATER ELECTROLYSIS SYSTEM

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

1. A water electrolysis system comprising:
a water electrolysis apparatus including an electrolyte membrane and current collectors disposed on respective opposite anode
and cathode sides of the electrolyte membrane, the water electrolysis apparatus that electrolyzes water generates oxygen on
the anode side and hydrogen on the cathode side;

an electric component for operating the water electrolysis apparatus; and
a casing having a housing chamber that houses the water electrolysis apparatus and an electric component chamber that houses
the electric component, wherein

the housing chamber has a first ventilation air inlet for introducing external air and the electric component chamber has
a second ventilation air inlet for introducing external air, the first ventilation air inlet and the second ventilation air
inlet being separate from each other, and

the casing further has a buffering chamber maintained at atmospheric pressure and in communication with the first ventilation
air inlet and the second ventilation air inlet.

US Pat. No. 9,604,646

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:
a drive source configured to transmit power to a drive wheel via an automatic transmission;
a vehicle speed detector configured to detect vehicle speed of the vehicle;
a rotation speed detector configured to detect rotation speed of the drive source;
an acceleration operation amount detector configured to detect an acceleration operation amount of the vehicle;
a slope estimator configured to estimate a slope of a road surface on which the vehicle travels based upon the vehicle speed,
the rotation speed, the acceleration operation amount, and a transmission gear ratio of the automatic transmission;

a hill ascent angle estimator configured to estimate a hill ascent angle based upon the slope;
a brake detector configured to detect whether operation of a brake of the vehicle is present or absent; and
a shift controller configured to control the automatic transmission based upon the hill ascent angle estimated by the hill
ascent angle estimator and operation of the brake detected by the brake detector;

a control device, comprising
a deceleration determiner configured to determine that the vehicle is in a deceleration state when the acceleration operation
amount is equal to or smaller than a threshold, and

a hill ascent angle update determiner configured to prohibit update processing of the hill ascent angle in an increase direction
by the hill ascent angle estimator if the slope estimator estimates that the road surface has an upward slope and the deceleration
determiner determines that the vehicle is in the deceleration state.

US Pat. No. 9,598,005

TURN SIGNAL CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING TURN SIGNAL

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

1. A turn signal control apparatus including a circuit in which a turn signal lamp is connected to the downstream side of
a power source through a switch and operation means,
said operation means being turned on to open and close said switch according to a flashing cycle determined by flashing cycle
control means, so that said turn signal lamp flashes, the turn signal control apparatus comprising:

sharp deceleration-detection means configured to output a sharp deceleration-detection signal when sharp deceleration of a
vehicle is detected;

bypass means connecting the upstream side of said operation means and the downstream side of said operation means; and
flashing cycle modification means configured to modify the flashing cycle determined by said flashing cycle control means,
according to output of said sharp deceleration-detection signal, wherein

when said sharp deceleration-detection signal is outputted, both said flashing cycle modification means and said bypass means
are activated, to connect the upstream side of said operation means and the downstream side of said operation means according
to the modified flashing cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,595,259

SOUND SOURCE-SEPARATING DEVICE AND SOUND SOURCE-SEPARATING METHOD

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

9. A sound source-separating method comprising:
collecting sound and generating a first sound signal;
capturing an image and generating a first image signal;
evaluating the first sound signal;
evaluating the first image signal;
selecting whether to estimate a sound source direction based on the first sound signal or whether to estimate a sound source
direction based on the first image signal, based on an evaluation result of the first sound signal in the evaluating of the
first sound signal and an evaluation result of the first image signal in the evaluating of the first image signal;

estimating a sound source direction indicating a direction of a speaker by using the first image signal when it has been selected
that a sound source direction is estimated based on the first image signal;

estimating a sound source direction by using the first sound signal when it has been selected that a sound source direction
is estimated based on the first sound signal;

extracting a second sound signal corresponding to the sound source direction from the first sound signal based on the sound
source direction estimated by using the first sound signal when the selection part has selected that sound source direction
is estimated based on the first sound signal;

extracting a second image signal of an area corresponding to the estimated sound source direction from the first image signal,
the estimated sound source direction being estimated by using the first image signal when the selection part has selected
that sound source direction is estimated based on the first image signal; and

changing a third image signal of an area other than the area for the second image signal and combining the third image signal
with the second image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,586,461

LIGHT-ADJUSTING-PANEL STRUCTURE

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

1. A light-adjusting panel structure including a first transparent panel with a light-adjusting sheet having one surface bonded
to a back surface of the first transparent panel via a first adhesive,
wherein the light-adjusting sheet has an end part protruding, in a direction along a panel surface forming a front surface
of the first transparent panel, to a position closer to an end part of the first transparent panel than an end surface of
the first adhesive,

the end part of the light-adjusting sheet and the end surface of the first adhesive are covered by a seal material having
moisture permeability lower than that of the first adhesive, and

the back surface of the first transparent panel and the one surface of the light-adjusting sheet extend substantially in parallel
to each other, and the first adhesive is interposed between the back surface of the first transparent panel and the one surface
of the light-adjusting sheet to extend along the back surface of the first transparent panel.

US Pat. No. 9,587,708

AUTOMATIC HEAT TREATMENT METHOD FOR METAL RING

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

1. An automatic heat treatment method for metal rings having elasticity, comprising:
a step for pushing the metal rings into each of plural shelf members of an alignment stocker in a horizontal direction, wherein
the plural shelf members are parallel to each other in a vertical direction and spaced a predetermined interval from each
other, so that the metal rings pushed into each of the plural shelf members, respectively, are aligned in a vertical direction,
and each of the plural shelf members has an opening having an inner periphery of which total sides are longer than a periphery
of each metal ring, so that the openings are aligned in a vertical direction;

a step for deforming each of the metal rings into a polygonal shape, which allows all of the metal rings to pass through the
opening, by vertically inserting finger members into the centers of the aligned metal rings via the openings of the shelf
members, and by expanding the finger members in a radial direction, respectively, so as to press and hold the insides of the
metal rings, wherein the finger members extend in a vertical direction and can be expanded and contracted in a radical direction
of the metal rings;

a step for pulling all of the aligned metal rings in the polygonal shape out through the openings of the alignment stocker
in a vertical direction by vertically moving the finger members while pressing and holding the insides of the metal rings;

a step for transferring all of the aligned metal rings into each of the plural shelf members of a heat treatment jig by vertically
inserting the finger members in which the aligned metal rings are held, into openings of the shelf members of the heat treatment
jig, by contracting the finger members in a radial direction, so as to release the pressing and holding from the insides of
the metals rings, and by vertically removing the finger members, after all of the aligned metal rings, which are deformed
into the polygonal shape and pulled out of the alignment stocker, are inserted in a vertical direction from openings on the
plural shelf members of the heat treatment jig into the heat treatment jig, wherein the plural shelf members of the heat treatment
jig have the same structure as that of the plural shelf members of the alignment stocker;

a step for heating the aligned metal rings and the heat treatment jig;
a step for transferring all of the metal rings that are aligned in each of the plural shelf members of the heat treatment
jig to the shelf members of the alignment stocker in a reverse manner of the transferring step from the alignment stocker
to the heat treatment jig; and

a step for pulling each of the metal rings out of the shelf members of the alignment stocker,
wherein when a pushing direction front end of the metal ring or a pulling direction rear end of the metal ring passes on the
opening of shelf member, a pushing direction rear end of the metal ring or a pulling direction front end of the metal ring
is prevented from floating.

US Pat. No. 9,568,079

VEHICLE POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

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

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

the transmission units each comprising:
an input side fulcrum that has a variable amount of eccentricity from an axis of the input shaft and rotates together with
the input shaft;

a first one-way clutch connected to the output shaft;
an output side fulcrum provided on an input member of the first one-way clutch;
a connecting rod that has opposite ends thereof connected to the input side fulcrum and the output side fulcrum and moves
back and forth; and

a shift actuator that changes the amount of eccentricity of the input side fulcrum, wherein
the input shaft comprises an input shaft main body portion connected to the transmission unit, and an input shaft upstream
portion further on an upstream side in a power transmission direction than the input shaft main body portion, the output shaft
comprises an output shaft main body portion connected to the transmission unit, and an output shaft downstream portion further
on a downstream side in the power transmission direction than the output shaft main body portion,

a clutch is disposed between the input shaft main body portion and the input shaft upstream portion, the clutch switching
over a connecting state and disconnecting state therebetween, and

in order to enable the input shaft upstream portion and the output shaft downstream portion to be integrally rotated even
in the disconnecting state of the clutch, the input shaft upstream portion and the output shaft downstream portion can be
connected to each other for operative association via an input rotating member provided on the input shaft upstream portion,
an output rotating member provided on the output shaft downstream portion, and a power transmission member connecting the
input rotating member and the output rotating member to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,566,847

STRUCTURE FOR REAR PART OF VEHICLE

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

1. A structure for a rear part of a vehicle, comprising:
a rear opening provided at the rear part of the vehicle;
an openable and closable door for opening and closing the rear opening;
a spoiler provided at an upper end portion of the door; and
a deflector provided below the spoiler,
wherein the deflector extends downward from a lower surface of the spoiler along an outer surface of the door and is disposed
at a position offset by a predetermined distance from an end in a vehicle width direction of the spoiler toward a central
portion in the vehicle width direction of the spoiler.

US Pat. No. 9,570,951

ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE UNIT

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

1. A rotary electric machine unit that includes two rotary electric machines, which are a drive motor and a power generator,
each rotary electric machine comprising:
a stator that includes a stator core having a plurality of slots which penetrate in an axis direction and are disposed in
a circumferential direction with a predetermined interval therebetween, and stator coils of a plurality of phases that are
each disposed in the plurality of slots as a distributed winding, wherein

the stator coils of the respective phases include outer peripheral winding sections which are housed in an outer peripheral
side of a predetermined number of the slots and inner peripheral winding sections which are housed in an inner peripheral
side of a predetermined number of the slots,

the outer peripheral winding section and the inner peripheral winding section share the slot and the inner peripheral winding
sections are shifted with respect to the outer peripheral winding sections by at least 1 slot in a predetermined direction
as seen from one side in the axis direction,

the drive motor is configured such that a shift direction of the stator coils and a torque direction of the drive motor are
opposite to each other, and

the power generator is configured such that the shift direction of the stator coils and a torque direction of the power generator
are the same as each other.

US Pat. No. 9,564,649

FUEL CELL MODULE

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

1. A fuel cell module comprising:
a fuel cell stack formed by stacking a plurality of fuel cells for generating electricity by electrochemical reactions of
a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing gas;

a reformer for reforming a mixed gas of water vapor and a raw fuel chiefly containing hydrocarbon to produce the fuel gas
supplied to the fuel cell stack;

an evaporator for evaporating water, and supplying the water vapor to the reformer;
a heat exchanger for raising a temperature of the oxygen-containing gas by heat exchange with a combustion gas, and supplying
the oxygen-containing gas to the fuel cell stack;

an exhaust gas combustor for combusting the fuel gas discharged from the fuel cell stack as a fuel exhaust gas and the oxygen-containing
gas discharged from the fuel cell stack as an oxygen-containing exhaust gas to produce the combustion gas; and

a start-up combustor for combusting the raw fuel and the oxygen-containing gas to produce the combustion gas,
wherein the fuel cell module includes:
a first area where the exhaust gas combustor and the start-up combustor are provided;
an annular second area around the first area and where the reformer and the evaporator are provided;
an annular third area around the second area and where the heat exchanger is provided; and
a condensed water recovery mechanism for recovering condensed water produced through condensation of water vapor contained
in the combustion gas, by flowing the condensed water through the third area, the second area, and the first area in that
order.

US Pat. No. 9,537,163

FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE FUEL CELL SYSTEM

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

1. A fuel cell system comprising:
a fuel cell stack formed by stacking a plurality of fuel cells for generating electrical energy by electrochemical reactions
of a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing gas;

a heat exchanger for raising a temperature of the oxygen-containing gas by heat exchange with a combustion gas, and supplying
the oxygen-containing gas to the fuel cell stack;

a combustion apparatus including an exhaust gas combustor for combusting the fuel gas discharged from the fuel cell stack
as a fuel exhaust gas and the oxygen-containing gas discharged from the fuel cell stack as an oxygen-containing exhaust gas
to produce the combustion gas and a start-up combustor for combusting the fuel gas or raw fuel to be reformed into the fuel
gas and the oxygen-containing gas to produce the combustion gas; and

a control device for controlling an amount of the electrical energy generated in the fuel cell stack,
wherein the control device includes:
a combustion apparatus temperature comparison unit for comparing a temperature of the exhaust gas combustor during power generation
of the fuel cell stack and a predetermined combustion apparatus temperature range;

a combustion apparatus flame-out determination unit for determining whether flame-out occurs in the exhaust gas combustor
based on a comparison result by the combustion apparatus temperature comparison unit; and

a combustion apparatus control unit for starting or stopping operation of the start-up combustor based on a determination
result by the combustion apparatus flame-out determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,513,867

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING COMMUNICATIONS ON A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE BASED UPON A USER'S BEHAVIOR

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

17. A method for managing communications on a mobile communication device based upon behavior of a user comprising:
reviewing data stored within applications of the mobile communication device;
identifying one or more key terms within applications stored on the mobile communication device;
determining if the one or more key terms belongs to at least one of a plurality of pre-defined mood categories;
generating one or more reminder task items associated with the data and the one or more key terms identified;
monitoring a decibel level of a song being played on an audio source to identify a genre of music being played on the audio
source;

determining whether the genre of music belongs to at least one of the plurality of pre-defined mood categories; and
generating a notification message associated with one of the reminder task items when the genre of music being played and
the associated one or more reminder task items belong to the same pre-defined mood category.

US Pat. No. 9,512,774

COOLING DEVICE FOR USE WITH ENGINES

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

1. A cooling device for use with an engine, said cooling device comprising:
a flow control portion comprising an annular base having an opening defined therein, said flow control portion further comprises
a plurality of blades extending radially inward from at least a portion of said annular base such that a flowpath is defined
through said opening and past said plurality of blades;

a grid portion comprising an opening defined therein, said grid portion opening is substantially concentrically aligned with
said base opening; and

an attachment portion extending at least partially through said base opening and said grid portion opening, wherein said attachment
portion comprises a plurality of flanges spaced circumferentially about a centerline of said attachment portion, and at least
one fastener opening positioned radially outward from said plurality of flanges, said attachment portion formed integrally
with said flow control portion and said grid portion, wherein said at least one fastener opening is sized to receive a fastener
therethrough.

US Pat. No. 9,505,412

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTION AND UTILIZATION OF DRIVER DISTRACTION LEVEL

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

1. A system, comprising:
a primary vehicle operable by a driver, the driver being associated with a first device having a plurality of features with
which the driver may interact;

at least one range-sensitive antenna installed in a steering wheel of the primary vehicle for measuring a distance between
the steering wheel and the first device; and

a second device integral with the primary vehicle and in communication with the first device and the at least one range-sensitive
antenna, the second device being configured to:

detect an interaction between the driver and at least one of the plurality of features of the first device,
detect a load on a steering column of the primary vehicle, and
calculate a driver distraction level based at least upon: the interaction between the driver and the at least one of the plurality
of features of the first device, the distance between the steering wheel and the first device, and the detected load.

US Pat. No. 9,505,458

LINK MECHANISM PROTECTION STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A link mechanism protection structure for a saddle vehicle comprising:
a body frame;
a swing arm having a front end portion pivotally supported in an upwardly and downwardly swingable manner by a pivot shaft
disposed at a lower portion of the body frame, the swing arm being adapted to support a rear wheel in a rotatable manner on
a rear end portion thereof;

a shock absorber unit adapted to restrict an amount of swinging of the swing arm relative to the body frame, the shock absorber
unit having an upper end portion connected to the body frame; and

a link mechanism connected to a lower end portion of the shock absorber unit, to the swing arm and to the body frame, a link
guard being disposed under the link mechanism;

wherein the link mechanism includes:
a shock absorber rod pivotally supported in an upwardly and downwardly swingable manner by the body frame in a position under
the pivot shaft; and

a shock absorber arm disposed between a pair of left and right rod portions constituting the shock absorber rod, a front end
portion of the shock absorber arm being connected to a lower end portion of the shock absorber unit, a rear upper end portion
of the shock absorber arm being connected to the swing arm, and a rear lower end portion of the shock absorber arm being connected
to a rear end portion of the shock absorber rod; and

the link guard is disposed to cover at least an area ranging from a front end portion of the shock absorber rod to the front
end portion of the shock absorber arm on a lower side of the area in such a manner to spread over the pair of left and right
rod portions, and is fixed at least to the pair of left and right rod portions,

wherein the front end portion of the shock absorber rod includes left and right large-diameter portions each provided with
a bearing inside thereof, and a small-diameter portion provided integrally between the left and right large-diameter portions
that is smaller than the large-diameter portions in outside diameter, and

wherein a front end portion of the link guard is bent in cross section wherein a central portion thereof, with respect to
a vehicle width direction, projects toward a radially inner side of the small-diameter portion, in such a manner to be along
the shape of the front end portion of the shock absorber rod.

US Pat. No. 9,506,563

PARKING BRAKE SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle, comprising:
a power transmission system configured to transmit power of an internal combustion engine to drive wheels through a transmission;
and

a parking brake system configured to restrain rotation of the drive wheels by engaging with a part of the power transmission
system,

wherein the parking brake system comprises a parking drive mechanism configured to operate a restraining member, by turning
of an input shaft of a shift drive mechanism configured to change a shift position in the transmission, wherein a parking
operation arm is swingably arranged on the input shaft, and wherein the turning of the input shaft causes the swinging of
the parking operation arm,

wherein rotation of a transmission gear shaft is restrained, thereby establishing a parking brake state, and
wherein a shift cable connected to the input shaft is connected to a parking operation lever.

US Pat. No. 9,494,360

AIR CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE

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

1. An air conditioner for a vehicle, comprising:
a compressor that compresses a heat exchange medium;
an external heat exchanger that receives the heat exchange medium and that exchanges heat with the outside of a vehicle compartment;
and

an internal heat exchanger that receives the heat exchange medium and exchanges heat with the inside of a vehicle compartment;
a controller that controls the air conditioner for a vehicle; and
a damper that adjusts an air volume that is introduced into an internal condenser,
wherein
the controller is configured to control the air conditioner to perform:
a defrosting cooling operation in which the damper is opened and the heat exchange medium that has been compressed by the
compressor is made to flow into the internal condenser, then to flow into the external heat exchanger to release heat, and
then to flow into the internal heat exchanger to absorb heat; and

a hot gas operation in which the heat exchange medium that has been compressed by the compressor is made to flow into the
internal condenser and then to flow into the external heat exchanger to release heat, and wherein the air conditioner for
a vehicle performs a defrosting operation in which the defrosting cooling operation and the hot gas operation are alternately
performed to thereby defrost the external heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 9,494,210

VEHICLE MOUNT AND METHOD

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

1. An engine mount for use with a vehicle that includes a vehicle power system, a vehicle frame, and a vehicle body, comprising:
a first connection device configured to connect to the vehicle power system;
a second connection device configured to connect to one of the vehicle frame and the vehicle body;
a damper system located adjacent the first connection device and second connection device and configured to prevent transmission
of at least one of vibration and motion between the first connection device and the second connection device; and

a stopper mechanism located adjacent to one of the first connection device and second connection device and configured such
that it provides an ultimate limit for one of axial and radial movement of the first connection device relative to the second
connection device, the stopper mechanism including a first bladder device, wherein the first bladder device includes a hollow
sealed elastomeric bladder formed from an elastic material that completely seals a hollow portion and a liquid contained within
the hollow portion;

wherein the hollow sealed elastomeric bladder has a first position prior to an input to the engine mount, or in response to
the input where the input is less than or equal to a predetermined limit, such that the hollow sealed elastomeric bladder
is completely spaced from one of the first connection device and the second connection device and the hollow sealed elastomeric
bladder has a second position in response to the input to the engine mount, where the input exceeds the predetermined limit,
such that the hollow sealed elastomeric bladder engages the one of the first connection device and the second connection device
when the hollow sealed elastomeric bladder is in the second position, and the liquid limits maximum compression of the hollow
sealed elastomeric bladder when the hollow sealed elastomeric bladder engages the one of the first connection device and the
second connection device.

US Pat. No. 9,476,556

VEHICLE HEADLIGHT ASSEMBLY

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

1. A vehicle headlight assembly, comprising:
a housing defining a housing window and including an extension extending along a lower portion of the housing window;
an illumination device positioned within the housing;
a projector lens positioned within the housing and in front of the illumination device; and
a reflector positioned within the housing and configured to reflect illumination from the illumination device across the projector
lens and through the housing window, the reflector including:

a curved edge defining a lower illumination aperture, and
a wall member extending across the lower illumination aperture to define a gap portion between the wall member and the curved
edge of the lower illumination aperture,

wherein the wall member is configured to reduce illumination reflected from the reflector across the projector lens and striking
the extension by blocking an amount of illumination passing through the lower illumination aperture, such that light exiting
the vehicle headlight assembly through the gap portion has an intensity less than that of light exiting along top portions
of the projector lens, wherein only the top portions of the projector lens are provided with the maximum light intensity illumination,
and the illumination striking the extension is controlled for achieving a selected illumination surface area at different
viewing angles.

US Pat. No. 9,469,016

VERTICALLY-ORIENTED FIXTURE FOR SELECTABLY HOLDING DISSIMILAR WORKPIECES

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

1. A fixture for selectably supporting dissimilar workpieces in a substantially vertical orientation, comprising:
a framework attached to a vertical support member;
at least one vertically extending support shaft affixed to said framework;
at least one workpiece tooling assembly rotatably coupled to said framework by said at least one vertically extending shaft,
said at least one workpiece tooling assembly having two or more separate faces that are each selectably rotatable to a workpiece
support position;

workpiece support tooling mounted to at least two of said two or more separate workpiece tooling assembly faces; and a cam-locking
assembly that releasably locks each workpiece tooling assembly in a support position associated with a given face thereof,

wherein each workpiece tooling assembly includes a hollow tube surrounding and rotatably mounted to a portion of said support
shaft that is attached to said framework.

US Pat. No. 9,468,144

LAWN MOWER CUTTER BLADE

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

1. A lawn mower comprising:
a rotation shaft accommodated in a downwardly-opening housing and extending vertically in the housing; and
a cutter blade accommodated in the housing and rotatably mounted on the rotation shaft,
the cutter blade being an elongated flat plate shaped member extending in opposite horizontal directions with respect to the
rotation shaft, the cutter blade having first and second surfaces facing in opposite axial directions of the rotation shaft
and having two bent sections formed on respective ones of longitudinally opposite end portions thereof,

the two bent sections being bent in opposite directions as viewed in the axial direction of the rotation shaft,
the cutter blade having, on each of the bent sections, a convex cutter blade section formed along a convex edge of the bent
section and a concave cutter blade section formed along a concave edge of the bent section, the convex and concave edges of
each bent section converging toward one another with a portion of the convex edge defining a longitudinal end surface of the
cutter blade,

the convex cutter blade section on each of the bent sections having a cutting edge angle as measured from the second surface
smaller than a cutting edge angle as measured from the first surface of the concave cutter blade section,

the convex cutter blade sections and the concave cutter blade sections on the two bent sections are single-side blade sections
oriented in opposite axial directions with respect to the rotation shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,457,861

INVERTED PENDULUM TYPE VEHICLE

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

18. An inverted pendulum vehicle, comprising
a first moving operation unit operable to move on a floor surface,
a first motor for driving the first moving operation unit,
a base assembled with the first moving operation unit and the first motor, and
a seat assembled to the base so as to be tiltable with respect to a vertical direction;
a second moving operation unit coupled to the first moving operation unit, and being configured to be movable on the floor
surface;

a second motor for generating a driving force for the second moving operation unit;
an operating device for outputting a command to move the inverted pendulum vehicle according to an operation by an occupant
occupying the seat;

a notifying section for notifying information on movement of the seat, the information including either one of an angle of
inclination of the inverted pendulum vehicle or a center of gravity of a combination of the inverted pendulum vehicle and
the occupant boarded on the seat, to the occupant; and

a control device for controlling the first and second motors so as to move the inverted pendulum vehicle according to the
command output from the operating device and tilting of the seat,

wherein the information notified by the notifying section is displayed in each of a first situation which is the inverted
pendulum vehicle being moved according to the command output from the operating device, and a second situation which is the
inverted pendulum vehicle being moved according to tilting of the seat.