US Pat. No. 9,616,574

PLASMA-SEALANT WOBBLE PADDLE

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

1. A method of processing a work piece using a robotic arm, the robotic arm including a distal end that is rotatable with
respect to an axis of the robotic arm, the robotic arm including a plasma discharger and a sealant discharger mounted to the
distal end, the plasma discharger including a plasma outlet configured to discharge plasma, the sealant discharger including
a sealant outlet configured to discharge sealant, the work piece including a surface, the method comprising:
positioning the plasma discharger and the sealant discharger such that the sealant outlet is located at a first point which
is in proximity to the surface and the plasma outlet is located at a second point which is in proximity to the surface, the
first point defining a discharge point for the sealant, the second point defining a discharge point for the plasma, wherein
the first point is positioned on the axis of the robotic arm, and the second point is positioned on a longitudinal axis oriented
to be at an angle relative to the axis of the robotic arm such that the longitudinal axis and the axis of the robotic arm
and extensions thereof do not intersect;

moving the distal end that is rotatable with respect to the axis of the robotic arm, such that the axis is moved along a predetermined
path on the surface while discharging sealant from the first point to apply sealant on the surface, wherein the surface has
three-dimensional surface textures and the predetermined path is shaped in connection with the three-dimensional surface textures
of the surface; and

pivoting the distal end with respect to the axis of the robotic arm such that a rotational direction of the distal end changes
based at least upon a shape of the predetermined path in connection with the three-dimensional surface textures of the surface
as the second point traces the predetermined path during the moving while discharging the plasma such that the plasma is applied
on the surface along the predetermined path, the second point tracing the predetermined path ahead of the first point along
an entirety of the predetermined path,

wherein the second point is configured to be located at an adjustable distance from the first point based at least on a curvature
of the predetermined path.

US Pat. No. 9,616,877

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

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

1. A vehicle control device comprising: a control unit that switches a shift range of an automatic transmission by an actuator
based on a vehicle speed detected by a vehicle speed sensor and an operation result of a shift range selector by a driver,
wherein
the control unit switches the shift range to a parking range by the actuator automatically when a vehicle power source is
turned off or a drive source is stopped in a state that the vehicle speed detected by the vehicle speed sensor is equal to
or less than a predetermined speed and,

the control unit notifies the driver via a warning device when a predetermined shift range selection operation is executed
by the shift range selector in a state that the vehicle power source is on or the drive source is being driven; and

the control unit maintains a neutral range when an operation in which the vehicle power source is turned off or the drive
source is stopped is executed while the warning device notifies.

US Pat. No. 9,610,923

VEHICLE

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

4. A vehicle comprising first and second window panels adjacent to each other and lying in a same surface, a wiper apparatus
for wiping the first and second window panels, and a washer liquid nozzle unit for injecting washer liquids to the first and
second window panels,
the first window panel and the second window panel defining a parting line therebetween,
the wiper apparatus comprising a pivot shaft located on a same side of the parting line as the first window panel, and a wiper
blade pivotable on the pivot shaft to wipe the first and second window panel,

the washer liquid nozzle unit being located on a same side of the parting line as the second window panel,
the washer liquid nozzle unit comprising a first nozzle for injecting a washer liquid to the first window panel, and a second
nozzle for injecting a washer liquid to the second window panel,

wherein the first and second nozzles are connected to a single tube for feeding the washer liquids thereto, and the first
nozzle has an injection port having a diameter and the second nozzle has an injection port having a diameter, the diameter
of the injection port of the first nozzle being smaller than the diameter of the injection port of the second nozzle.

US Pat. No. 9,611,464

THERMOSTABLE ?-XYLOSIDASE BELONGING TO GH FAMILY 3

Honda Motor Co. Ltd., To...

1. A thermostable ?-xylosidase comprising
an isolated polypeptide consisting of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 and
at least one region selected from the group consisting of a Fibronectin type III-like domain, a linker domain, a signal peptide
and a tag.

US Pat. No. 9,605,249

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HIGHLY ACTIVE CELLOBIOHYDROLASE AND HIGHLY ACTIVE CELLOBIOHYDROLASE

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

1. A method for producing cellobiohydrolase with improved activity, comprising:
substituting asparagine 62 of the cellobiohydrolase as shown in SEQ ID NO: 1 with alanine, or
an asparagine positioned corresponding to said asparagine 62 in an amino acid sequence of an Acremonium cellulolyticus cellobiohydrolase with alanine.

US Pat. No. 9,604,623

DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC MOTOR AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ELECTRIC MOTOR

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

1. A drive control system for an electric motor, comprising:
an electronic control unit programmed to:
determine whether a drive wheel of a vehicle slips, the determination that the drive wheel slips being maintained for a predetermined
period of time after the drive wheel slips;

calculate a tentative vibration damper torque to reduce a variation component of a rotational speed of one of
a drive axle mechanically connected to the drive wheel, and
the electric motor mounted in the vehicle as a drive source;
set a limit value to limit the vibration damper torque to reduce the variation component of the rotational speed of one of
the drive axle and the electric motor, the limit value including a positive vibration damper torque limit value and a negative
vibration damper torque limit value based upon rotational vibration of the drive axle, the electric motor or both;

for the predetermined period of time after the determination that the drive wheel slips, reduce the limit value of the positive
vibration damper torque limit value or the negative vibration damper torque limit value that is in a same direction as a rotational
direction of the drive axle, the electric motor or both;

set a control torque obtained by limiting the tentative vibration damper torque using the limit value; and
control driving of the electric motor in accordance with a command value of a torque obtained by combining a requested torque
for the electric motor with the control torque so that an amount of the vibration damper torque applied to the one of the
drive axle and the electric motor in the same direction as the rotational direction of the one of the drive axle and the electric
motor is reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,601,785

FUEL CELL

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

1. A fuel cell formed by stacking an electrolyte electrode assembly and a metal separator in the form of a corrugated plate
in a stacking direction, the electrolyte electrode assembly including electrodes and an electrolyte interposed between the
electrodes, a reactant gas flow field as a passage of a fuel gas or an oxygen-containing gas being formed on one surface of
the metal separator, a reactant gas supply passage for the fuel gas or the oxygen-containing gas extending through the fuel
cell in the stacking direction, wherein the reactant gas flow field includes a plurality of flow field ridges,
wherein the metal separator includes a buffer region formed between an end of the reactant gas flow field and the reactant
gas supply passage;

a plurality of continuous linear guide ridges are formed directly in the metal separator and are disposed and formed in the
buffer region to form a continuous guide flow field;

the continuous linear guide ridges include bent portions, and the continuous linear guide ridges protrude toward the reactant
gas flow field side; and

a plurality of bosses positioned at least between the adjacent continuous linear guide ridges,
wherein in a given buffer region each one of the plurality of continuous guide ridges has a length that is different than
lengths of the other ones of the plurality of the continuous guide ridges, and wherein the lengths of each of the plurality
of continuous guide ridges decrease in length in a stepwise manner relative to each other in a direction extending towards
the reactant gas supply passage,

wherein the continuous linear guide ridges are continuously connected to ends of only selected ones of the plurality of flow
field ridges of the reactant gas flow field at predetermined positions and are angled relative thereto, and wherein the flow
field ridges form a plurality of flow grooves in the reactant gas flow field for the reactant gas.

US Pat. No. 9,580,142

COOLING STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A cooling structure for a saddle-type vehicle comprising:
a main frame extending obliquely rearward and downward from a head pipe;
an engine supported on the main frame;
an exhaust pipe extending rearward from a front portion of the engine;
fuel tanks disposed laterally of the engine;
a skid plate covering the front portion of the engine and the exhaust pipe, the skid plate having openings defined in a central
upper portion thereof for introducing ram air from a front of the vehicle toward the engine,

wherein the openings are covered with a mesh member,
the skid plate has first bulging portions bulging forward on both sides of the openings,
the fuel tanks include bulging tank portions disposed rearward of and along the first bulging portions and covering the front
portion of the engine, and

the ram air guided toward a central area in a vehicle widthwise direction by the first bulging portions passes through the
mesh member and the openings to cool the exhaust pipe and the engine.

US Pat. No. 9,566,875

METHOD OF DETECTING BATTERY CAPACITY OF SECONDARY BATTERY

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

1. A method of detecting a battery capacity of a secondary battery that is mounted on an electrically driven vehicle that
is capable of being charged by an external charger, in which a charging mode when the secondary battery is charged by the
external charger includes a first mode including only an ON state in which a power transmission of a charging power is performed,
and a second mode including the ON state and an OFF state in which the power transmission is temporarily stopped, the method
comprising:
a charging mode selection process of selecting the charging mode while the charging by the external charger is performed;
an internal resistance calculation process of calculating an internal resistance of the secondary battery by using variation
amounts of a voltage and a current of the secondary battery when the ON state and the OFF state are switched from each other,
in a case where the second mode is selected in the charging mode selection process, and the second mode includes temporarily
stopping the power transmission in the OFF state for a plurality of times;

a remaining capacity calculation process of calculating an open voltage of the secondary battery based on the internal resistance
and calculating a remaining capacity of the secondary battery from the open voltage that is a result of the calculation;

a remaining capacity variation amount calculation process of calculating a variation amount of the remaining capacity from
a most recent full charge capacity calculation time;

a charged electricity amount calculation process of calculating an amount of charged electricity in accordance with an integrated
value of the current that flowed from a point of time at which the most recent full charge capacity is calculated; and

a full charge capacity detection process of detecting a full charge capacity of the secondary battery based on the variation
amount of the remaining capacity and the amount of the charged electricity;

wherein in the full charge capacity detection process, a value, which is obtained by multiplying a present detection value
of the full charge capacity that is detected based on the variation amount of the remaining capacity and the amount of the
charged electricity and at least a most recent detection value of the full charge capacity by an arbitrary weighting factor,
is newly set to a present detection value of the full charge capacity,

and
an instruction of an execution of the second mode by the charging mode selection process is performed based on the calculated
variation amount of an increase of the remaining capacity.

US Pat. No. 9,561,607

MOLD FOR VEHICLE BUMPER FASCIA AND ASSOCIATED MOLDING TECHNIQUE

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

1. A method for releasing a vehicle bumper fascia, wherein the bumper fascia comprises a wing portion at one end, a wheel
well flange and a mounting rib extended from the wing portion, the method comprising:
providing a mold comprising a primary mold core, a first movable mold core slidingly engaged to the primary mold core, a second
movable mold core slidingly engaged to the first movable mold core, and a third movable mold core slidingly engaged to the
second mold core, wherein the primary mold core and the first movable mold core together define a first cavity for forming
the mounting rib of the bumper fascia, wherein an exterior surface of the first movable mold core defines a portion of a second
cavity for forming the wing portion of the bumper fascia, and wherein the second movable mold core and the third movable mold
core together define a third cavity for forming the wheel well flange of the bumper fascia, wherein the first movable mold
core is divided into a first section and a second section, and the first section of the first movable mold core produces a
first portion of the mounting rib along a first region of the wing portion that is contacted by the second movable mold core,
and the second section of the first movable mold core produces a second portion of the mounting rib along a second region
of the wing portion that is not contacted by the second movable mold core;

disengaging the third movable mold core from the second movable mold core to release the wheel well flange of the bumper fascia
from the third movable mold core;

disengaging the first movable mold core and the second movable mold core together from the primary mold core to release the
mounting rib of the bumper fascia from the primary mold core, wherein the first movable mold core remains engaged with the
second movable mold core; and

disengaging the second movable mold core from the first movable mold core to release the wing portion of the bumper fascia
and the mounting rib from the first movable mold core.

US Pat. No. 9,539,705

BENDING PLIERS

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

1. Bending pliers comprising:
first and second plier bodies connected together to be turnable relative to each other in mutually intersecting intermediate
portions thereof by, use of a pivot shaft,

the first and second plier bodies including
first and second holding arms formed on one-end sides of the first and second per bodies, respectively, the first and second
holding arms respectively having first and second claw portions formed in their respective tip end portions and configured
to hold therebetween a panel which is to be bent, the first and second holding arms including respective bent portions bent
in a common bending direction with the bent portion of the second holding arm disposed inside of the bent portion of the first
holding arm relative to the common bending direction of the bent portions, and

first and second handles formed on opposite-end sides of the first and second plier bodes, respectively, and configured to
open and close the first and second holding arms,

wherein the tip end portion of the first claw portion has a cylindrical columnar bending fulcrum portion extending parallel
to the pivot shaft, said cylindrical columnar bending fulcrum portion having a semi-circular surface projecting radially outward
toward the second claw portion, and

wherein the bending pliers are configured such that when the second claw portion is brought into contact with the first claw
portion without the panel therebetween a gap is defined between the tip end portion of the second claw portion and the bending
fulcrum portion of the first claw portion, the gap extending along a common direction of the first and second claw portions.

US Pat. No. 9,539,974

AIRBAG DEVICE AND COVERING METHOD FOR AIRBAG BODY

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

1. An airbag device comprising:
an inflator;
an airbag body which is folded, so as to be inflated with a gas generated from the inflator to flow therein upon activation
of the inflator;

a twist-preventing member for preventing twisting of the airbag body in a folded state;
a heat-shrinkable film for directly covering the twist-preventing member and the airbag body in the folded state; and
an attachment portion for attaching the airbag body to a vehicle body,
wherein the heat-shrinkable film further covers the entire attachment portion.

US Pat. No. 9,534,685

CONTROL DEVICE FOR STEPLESS TRANSMISSION

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

1. A control device for a stepless transmission that includes: an input-side element configured to receive power from a power
source of a vehicle; an output-side element configured to output the power to a drive wheel of the vehicle; and a transmission
element configured to transmit the power from the input-side element to the output-side element, wherein the power is transmitted
between each of the input-side element and the output-side element and the transmission element with a lubricant being interposed
between each of the input-side element and the output-side element and the transmission element, and a transmission gear ratio
is adjusted according to a clamping force of the input-side element and the output-side element for the transmission element,
the control device comprising:
a clamping force determination unit configured to determine the clamping force so that the transmission gear ratio of the
stepless transmission is a target transmission gear ratio which is a target value of the stepless transmission;

a first oil temperature detection unit configured to detect a temperature of oil before being supplied as the lubricant;
a second oil temperature detection unit configured to detect the temperature of the oil that has been supplied as the lubricant
and discharged from between each of the input-side element and the output-side element and the transmission element;

a lubricant temperature estimation unit configured to estimate a temperature of the lubricant, based on at least one of the
temperature detected by the first oil temperature detection unit and the temperature detected by the second oil temperature
detection unit;

a correction unit configured to correct the clamping force determined by the clamping force determination unit, based on the
temperature detected by the first oil temperature detection unit, the temperature detected by the second oil temperature detection
unit, and the temperature estimated by the lubricant temperature estimation unit; and

a clamping force control unit configured to control clamping of the input-side element and the output-side element to be performed
with the clamping force corrected by the correction unit,

wherein the lubricant has a property in which a friction coefficient between each of the input-side element and the output-side
element and the transmission element is lower when the temperature of the lubricant is closer to a predetermined temperature,
and

wherein the correction unit is configured to correct the clamping force based on the temperature detected by the second oil
temperature detection unit in the case where the temperature estimated by the lubricant temperature estimation unit is lower
than the predetermined temperature, and correct the clamping force based on the temperature detected by the first oil temperature
detection unit in the case where the temperature estimated by the lubricant temperature estimation unit is higher than the
predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,528,571

TRANSMISSION

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

1. A transmission comprising a synchronizer capable of connecting together a hub connected to a rotary shaft, and a dog gear
relatively unrotatably spline-connected to a transmission gear which is relatively rotatably supported on the rotary shaft,
wherein:
the synchronizer includes:
a sleeve spline-connected to the hub so as to be relatively unrotatable, and slidable in an axial direction, and
a blocking ring disposed between the hub and the dog gear, and enabling the hub and the dog gear to frictionally engage with
each other in response to movement of the sleeve,

the blocking ring includes:
an outer ring disposed on an outer side of the blocking ring in a radial direction, having dog teeth meshable with the sleeve
in an outer periphery of the outer ring, and engaged with the hub so as to be relatively rotatable by a predetermined angle,

an inner ring disposed on an inner side of the blocking ring in the radial direction, and engaged with the hub so as to be
relatively rotatable by a predetermined angle, and

an intermediate ring disposed between the outer ring and the inner ring in the radial direction, and being in slide contact
with an inner peripheral surface of the outer ring and an outer peripheral surface of the inner ring,

wherein the dog gear includes a recessed portion engaged with a protrusion of the intermediate ring,
said inner ring having an upper surface extending in said axial direction and facing towards a lower surface of said intermediate
ring, a lower surface extending in said axial direction and facing towards said rotary shaft, a perimeter end surface extending
between said upper and lower surfaces of said inner ring transverse to said axial direction, and an interior end surface extending
between said upper and lower surfaces of said inner ring transverse to said axial direction and facing said hub, wherein said
dog gear contacts said inner ring at only said perimeter end surface of said inner ring,

the transmission gear includes
a tooth surface portion formed on one axial end side of the transmission gear, and having tooth surfaces; and
a contact portion formed on an opposite axial end side of the transmission gear, and being in contact with the dog gear, and
the contact portion extends outward of the recessed portion in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,527,396

ABNORMALITY DETECTION DEVICE

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

1. An abnormality detection device comprising:
a temperature detection unit that includes a resistor section which varies a resistance value depending on a temperature and
that detects a temperature of a storage battery;

a resistance detection unit configured to detect a resistance value of the resistor section; and
a short-circuit unit configured to short-circuit the resistor section,
an overvoltage detection unit configured to detect whether or not an overvoltage occurs in the storage battery,
a voltage control unit that controls a voltage of the storage battery,
wherein the short-circuit unit short-circuits the resistor section when the overvoltage of the storage battery is detected
by the overvoltage detection unit,

wherein the overvoltage detection unit reduces an output voltage of the storage battery when the overvoltage of the storage
battery is detected,

wherein the voltage control unit controls the voltage of the storage battery so that the voltage of the storage battery becomes
a predetermined voltage or less when the resistance detection unit has detected that the resistance value is less than a predetermined
threshold, controls the voltage of the storage battery so that the voltage of the storage battery becomes a predetermined
lower limit voltage when a duration of a state in which the resistance value is less than the predetermined threshold reaches
a predetermined first time period or more, and determines that an abnormality is occurring in a reducing function of the output
voltage in the overvoltage detection unit when the resistance value increases to the predetermined threshold or more before
a predetermined second time has elapsed, the predetermined second time being a time since the control for reducing the voltage
of the storage battery to the predetermined lower limit voltage was started.

US Pat. No. 9,522,664

ELECTRIC BRAKE ACTUATOR, AND VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle brake-by-wire system, comprising:
an input device that comprises a master cylinder into which a brake operation given by an operator is input, and a first reservoir
which reserves a brake fluid in the master cylinder; and

an electric brake actuator which produces brake fluid pressure using a brake fluid reserved in a second reservoir separate
from the first reservoir, based on an electric signal generated in accordance with at least the brake operation, the electric
brake actuator including a substantially cylindrical main body having a hollow interior bore formed therein, an electric motor,
and an actuator mechanism interconnecting the electric motor and the main body,

wherein:
the second reservoir has two spaced-apart attachment flanges extending downwardly thereon, each of the attachment flanges
having a mounting hole formed therein, and the second reservoir is disposed above the main body of the electric brake actuator,

the electric motor includes a portion which extends above the main body of the electric brake actuator adjacent to the second
reservoir,

the main body of the electric brake actuator includes a projecting part that projects upwardly and has two cylindrical openings
formed therein and communicating with the interior bore, the projecting part also having a pin-receiving hole formed therein
to receive a locking pin, the pin-receiving hole extending in a direction substantially transverse to the cylindrical openings,

a pair of ring-shaped seal members are provided in the openings of the projecting portion,
the electric brake actuator has a locking pin inserted in the mounting holes of the attachment flanges and also through the
pin-receiving hole formed in the projecting part, the locking pin positioning the second reservoir in a position to maintain
the ring-shaped seal members in a compressed state, and

the second reservoir, in communication with the interior bore of the electric brake actuator main body via a reservoir port,
is disposed on the main body so as to protrude toward an opposite side of the main body relative to the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 9,522,703

WINDSHIELD GLASS SUPPORT STRUCTURE

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

1. A windshield glass support structure comprising:
a windshield support panel that extends from a cross member toward a lower end of a windshield glass; and
a glass support member that inclines rearward in a vehicle front-rear direction and upward in a vehicle up-down direction
from a front edge of the windshield support panel along a lower side surface of the windshield glass, wherein

the glass support member is arranged to be deformable when external force is applied to an outer surface of the windshield
glass, and

the glass support member includes a drain that extends from a joining part with the windshield support panel toward a front
of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,523,475

REAR COMBINATION LAMP FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A rear combination lamp for a vehicle in which a tail lamp light source and a stop lamp light source disposed above the
tail lamp light source are covered from the rear of the vehicle with an outer lens that is common to the light sources, wherein
a first inner lens that covers from the rear of the vehicle the tail lamp light source and the stop lamp light source, the
first inner lens being common to the light sources, and a second inner lens that is subjected to processing so as to have
a lower light transmittance than that of the first inner lens and so as to diffuse light are disposed within the outer lens,
and the second inner lens is formed so as to cover the first inner lens from the rear of the vehicle in a region in which
at least the first inner lens and the tail lamp light source overlap when viewed from the rear of the vehicle while avoiding
a region in which at least the first inner lens and the stop lamp light source overlap when viewed from the rear of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,517,559

ROBOT CONTROL SYSTEM, ROBOT CONTROL METHOD AND OUTPUT CONTROL METHOD

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

7. A robot control method performed by a computer of a robot control system including a robot that outputs an utterance content
to a user in an exhibition hall placing an exhibition, comprising steps of:
recording to a memory device an inspection action of the user at a time of attendance of the user in the exhibition hall as
a history, the history comprises the exhibition placed in the hall and an inspection time period spent by the user for inspection
as to the exhibition;

when the user attends again, determining an appropriate utterance content by using the history associated with the attending
user; and

making the robot output the determined utterance content.

US Pat. No. 9,514,650

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

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

1. A system for warning of potential hazards when a vehicle is turning comprising:
a sensor coupled to the vehicle and configured to capture data of objects located around the vehicle;
monitoring sensors coupled to the vehicle to measure a speed and a turning angle of the vehicle; and
a control unit coupled to the sensor for processing the data captured by the sensor to:
generate graphical representations of objects captured by the sensor;
generate graphical representations of projected paths of moving objects captured by the sensors based on speeds and travel
directions of the moving objects;

calculate a projected turning path of the vehicle based on the speed and the turning angle of the vehicle; and
generate a graphical representation of the projected turning path, wherein the graphical representation indicating the projected
turning path of the vehicle is divided into a plurality of sections, each section having a respective indicator, wherein each
indicator illustrates a probability of impact with the moving object in the respective section of the projected turning path.

US Pat. No. 9,512,898

WORM GEAR MECHANISM

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

1. A worm gear mechanism comprising a worm and a worm wheel meshed with the worm, wherein
at least an addendum surface of a tooth of the worm is formed into an arc shape, and a center of a radius of an arc of the
addendum surface is positioned nearer to a center line of the worm than is a pitch line of the worm,

the worm wheel is gear cut by a hob used in gear cutting of the worm wheel, at least an addendum surface of a tooth of the
hob being formed into an arc shape corresponding to a shape of the addendum surface of the tooth of the worm, and a center
of a radius of an arc of the addendum surface of the tooth of the hob being positioned nearer to a center line of the hob
than is a pitch line of the hob,

a length of recess path of the worm gear mechanism, in which the worm is meshed with the worm wheel, is set to be larger than
a length of recess path of a worm gear mechanism having an involute profile worm and a involute profile worm wheel, and

a locus of a center of the addendum surface of the tooth of the hob forms a positive shifted trochoid.

US Pat. No. 9,488,146

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR GENERAL-PURPOSE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A control apparatus for a general-purpose internal combustion engine having an output shaft connected via a centrifugal
clutch to a load device, the control apparatus comprising a manual starter, a carburetor having a throttle valve for opening
and closing an intake passage, and a stepping motor for controlling opening and closing of the throttle valve, in which the
internal combustion engine is started from a full-open position of the throttle valve and, after the start of the engine,
the stepping motor is activated so as to close the throttle valve from the full-open position, wherein
the control apparatus further comprises:
a generator as a power supply of the engine, the generator including a main generator coil for supplying power to the stepping
motor, and an auxiliary generator coil for supplying power to an ignition device of the engine, the auxiliary generator coil
being a separate coil from the main generator coil; and

ignition timing control means for, when starting the engine by the manual starter, detecting that an engine speed of the engine
is equal to or more than a predetermined engine speed which is equal to or less than a connecting rotation speed of the centrifugal
clutch, and retarding an ignition timing of the engine so as to suppress increase in the engine speed of the engine to less
than the connecting rotation speed of the centrifugal clutch, and also for restoring the ignition timing to its normal timing
after a lapse of a predetermined time from start of retarding the ignition timing,

wherein the control apparatus further comprises an electronic control unit configured to receive the power from the main generator
coil to control the stepping motor, and

after the lapse of the predetermined time from the start of retarding the ignition timing, an output voltage from the main
generator coil rises sufficiently to place the electronic control unit in an operating state to control the stepping motor.

US Pat. No. 9,475,389

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE DISPLAY BASED ON DRIVER BEHAVIOR

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

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling a vehicle display in a vehicle, comprising:
receiving contact data from a steering wheel, the contact data indicating driver contact with the steering wheel;
determining a head vector based on information received from a head tracking device, the head vector defining a line originating
from a head reference point, the line extending in a direction towards a viewing point;

determining a fixation duration of the head vector towards the viewing point based on the head vector and the information
received from the head tracking device, wherein the fixation duration of the head vector is a period of time in which the
head vector is directed in the direction towards the viewing point; and

upon determining contact of a right hand on the steering wheel based on the contact data, controlling the vehicle display
is based on the head vector, and upon determining contact of a left hand on the steering wheel based on the contact data,
controlling the vehicle display is based on the head vector and the fixation duration of the head vector.

US Pat. No. 9,475,521

FAILSAFE DETECTION

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

1. A system for failsafe detection comprising:
one or more touch sensors determining presence information associated with a number of hands or other appendages an operator
of a vehicle has in contact with a steering wheel of the vehicle;

an electronic power steering (EPS) component estimating presence information indicative of whether the operator of the vehicle
has hands in contact with the steering wheel of the vehicle; and

a failsafe component:
comparing the presence information of the touch sensors with the presence information of the electronic power steering component;
and

generating a component determination for one or more of the touch sensors based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 9,457,798

HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

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

1. A hybrid vehicle, comprising:
an internal combustion engine;
a generator which is driven by the internal combustion engine to generate electric power;
a battery which supplies electric power to a motor;
the motor which is connected to drive wheels and which is driven by electric power supplied from at least one of the battery
and the generator; and

a power transmission engaging/disengaging portion which is disposed between the generator and the drive wheels so as to engage
or disengage a power transmission path from the internal combustion engine to the drive wheels via the generator,

wherein the hybrid vehicle is driven by power from at least one of the motor and the internal combustion engine, and
the hybrid vehicle comprises:
an engine direct coupled drive shifting determination section for determining whether or not the hybrid vehicle shifts from
a series drive in which the motor which is driven by electric power generated by the generator based on power of the internal
combustion engine is used as a drive source to an engine direct coupled drive in which at least the internal combustion engine
is used as a drive source with the power transmission engaging/disengaging portion applied;

an applying rotational speed deriving section for deriving a rotational speed at a drive wheel side of the power transmission
engaging/disengaging portion which corresponds to a driving speed of the hybrid vehicle as an applying rotational speed of
the internal combustion engine at which the power transmission engaging/disengaging portion is applied;

an internal combustion engine control section for controlling an operation of the internal combustion engine; and
an engaging/disengaging control section for controlling the power transmission engaging/disengaging portion so as to be applied
when a difference in rotational speed between the rotational speed of the internal combustion engine and the applying rotational
speed becomes equal to or smaller than a predetermined value after the engine direct coupled drive shifting determination
section determines a shift to the engine direct coupled drive.

US Pat. No. 9,447,824

UNIVERSAL JOINT

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

1. A universal joint comprising:
a first rotating shaft coupled to a driving source side;
a second rotating shaft coupled to a wheel side;
an outside joint member coupled to one end portion of the first rotating shaft;
an inside joint member provided in the outside joint member and coupled to one end portion of the second rotating shaft and
transmitting running torque from a first rotating shaft side to a second rotating shaft side;

a roller member provided in the inside joint member and being configured to move on a roller guide surface provided inside
the outside joint member; and

a shaft length variable mechanism provided in the second rotating shaft and being configured to change a shaft length of the
second rotating shaft in an axial direction of the second rotating shaft,

wherein the shaft length variable mechanism comprises a cam comprising:
a first cam element having a first inclined surface; and
a second cam element having a second inclined surface, the second cam element being configured to rotate about the axial direction
with respect to the first cam element so that first inclined surface and the second inclined surface act against each other
to change a width of the cam in the axial direction in order to change the shaft length of the second rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,448,080

NAVIGATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, AND MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL

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

1. An information providing method, comprising a two-way communications step of performing two-way communications between
a server and a plurality of mobile communications terminals, and a digital broadcasting step of digitally delivering and broadcasting
to the plurality of mobile communications terminals from a digital broadcast station, wherein:
the two-way communications step further comprises:
a route search request step carried out via wireless communications for transmitting from the mobile communications terminals
with respect to the server a current position of each of the mobile communications terminals, and a search request for a guidance
route to a destination point;

a search route transmission step of transmitting the guidance route that was searched for by the server by way of wireless
communications from the server with respect to each of the mobile communications terminals; and

a route guidance step for performing route guidance in the mobile communications terminals using the guidance route that was
obtained from the server;

the digital broadcasting step further comprises:
a broadcasting step of digitally delivering and broadcasting contents information from the digital broadcast station with
respect to the plurality of mobile communications terminals; and

a contents receiving step of receiving the digital delivery and broadcast and displaying or outputting the contents information
that is included in the digital delivery and broadcast, in the mobile communications terminals;

the digital delivery and broadcast includes sequential delivery of plural data files, each of which includes multiple types
of contents files and guidance file for selecting and extracting a contents file to be displayed, from among the contents
files;

each of the multiple types of contents files contains the contents information that is output to or displayed on the mobile
communications terminals, and a contents information identifier corresponding to the contents information;

the guidance file contains association information, which is information that associates the contents information identifier
included in the multiple types of contents files with an area identifier, the area identifiers each being given correspondingly
to each of plural areas divided in the broadcast target area of the digital delivery and broadcast;

in the broadcasting step, same guidance file is delivered multiple times in one delivery period of the multiple types of contents
files; and

the contents receiving step further comprises:
a contents file specifying step of specifying the contents file, which corresponds to the contents information identifier
associated with the area identifier that matches an area identifier of a present region that includes the current position
contained within the guidance file, or matches an area identifier of a mobile plan region including the guidance route obtained
from the server;

a contents file extracting step of extracting only the specified contents file from the digital delivery and broadcast; and
a contents displaying/outputting step of displaying or outputting, in the mobile communications terminals, the contents information
included in the extracted contents file.

US Pat. No. 9,440,646

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RESPONDING TO DRIVER BEHAVIOR

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

1. A method of controlling one or more vehicle systems in a motor vehicle, comprising:
receiving monitoring information, the monitoring information including information from the one or more vehicle systems and
information about a head position of a driver;

determining a body state index of the driver based on the monitoring information;
changing an operating parameter of the one or more vehicle systems based on the body state index, wherein the operating parameter
is used to determine activation of a particular function of the one or more vehicle systems;

determining if the driver is distracted based on the body state index; and
modifying the control of the one or more vehicle systems based on the operating parameter when the driver is distracted.

US Pat. No. 9,441,566

EXHAUST EMISSION PURIFICATION CONTROL DEVICE FOR ENGINE

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

1. An exhaust emission purification control device for an engine, comprising:
a secondary air injector disposed in an upstream side of a catalyst and an O2 sensor disposed in a downstream side of the catalyst, the catalyst being disposed at an exhaust pipe of an engine, the secondary
air injector being configured to inject secondary air into an exhaust path, the O2 sensor being configured to detect an air-fuel ratio; and an electronic control unit programmed to execute control of the exhaust
emission purification control device, the electronic control unit including:

an accumulated-oxygen-amount counter for estimating an accumulated-oxygen-amount count value in the catalyst during the secondary
air injection;

a reduction treatment injector for performing rich injection after the secondary air injection,
an estimator for estimating an accumulated amount at terminating time of reduction treatment for multiplying the accumulated-oxygen-amount
count value after the secondary air injection by a correction coefficient so as to estimate the accumulated oxygen amount
at a terminating time of reduction treatment, the correction coefficient being derived from an output of the O2 sensor at the terminating time of the reduction treatment,

wherein the correction coefficient at terminating time of the reduction treatment is set to decrease with increasing output
of the O2 sensor, and

wherein a relationship of the correction coefficient to the output of the O2 sensor at the terminating time of the reduction treatment has a property where the correction coefficient steeply decreases
with increasing output of the O2 sensor in a region with a low output of the O2 sensor while the correction coefficient gently decreases with increasing output of the O2 sensor in a region with a high output of the O2 sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,435,433

TRANSMISSION CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A transmission control device comprising:
a driving source configured to output driving force to driving wheels mounted on a vehicle;
a multi-speed transmission configured to change a speed of rotations caused by the driving force from the driving source and
output the rotations to a driving wheel side; and

a controller configured to control the speed change by the transmission so as to control shift positions of the transmission
so as to switch from a current shift position to a target shift position in accordance with a vehicle speed and a driving
condition, the transmission comprising:

a first input shaft to which the driving force from the driving source is input through a first clutch;
a second input shaft to which the driving force from the driving source is input through a second clutch;
a plurality of drive gears configured to change a speed of the driving force input to the first input shaft or the second
input shaft;

an output shaft on which a plurality of driven gears configured to mesh with the plurality of drive gears are secured, the
output shaft being configured to output the driving force changed in speed through the drive gears and the driven gears;

a first transmission mechanism configured to selectively bring one of the drive gears on the first input shaft into synchromesh
with the first input shaft;

a second transmission mechanism configured to selectively bring one of the drive gears on the second input shaft into synchromesh
with the second input shaft; and

a gear operation mechanism driven by a single actuator mechanism and configured to operate a plurality of synchromesh units
of the first transmission mechanism and the second transmission mechanism, the gear operation mechanism being configured to
perform a selection operation for selecting one of the plurality of synchromesh units to operate and a shift operation for
driving the selected synchromesh unit to an engagement position corresponding to a shift position, the gear operation mechanism
comprising:

a shift operation continuation determiner configured to determine to allow or disallow continuation of the shift operation
at a change of the shift position to the target shift position; and

a shift operation restrictor configured to, when the shift operation continuation determiner determines to disallow continuation
of the shift operation, execute only the selection operation and prohibiting the shift operation, and configured to enable
the shift operation when the shift operation continuation determiner determines to allow continuation of the shift operation.

US Pat. No. 9,435,697

TEMPERATURE DETECTING CIRCUIT

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

1. A temperature detecting circuit comprising:
a first thermistor having a first positive-side terminal;
a second thermistor having a second positive-side terminal, the first thermistor and the second thermistor having different
detection sensitivities to temperature;

a first pull-up resistor connected between the first thermistor and a power supply; and
a second pull-up resistor connected between the second thermistor and the power supply, the first pull-up resistor and the
second pull-up resistor having different resistances, the first pull-up resistor and the second pull-up resistor having such
resistances that, in a state where the first positive-side terminal and the second positive-side terminal are short-circuited
to each other, the first thermistor detects a temperature as a temperature lower than an actual temperature, and the second
thermistor detects a temperature as a temperature higher than an actual temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,434,251

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE FAILSAFE ACTION AXLE TORQUE CALCULATION METHOD

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

11. A vehicle, comprising:
an all-wheel drive system including
an engine that outputs crankshaft torque through a crankshaft,
a transmission that is coupled to the engine and supplies front wheel torque to front wheels of the vehicle,
a propeller shaft rotated by the transmission, and
a rear differential unit powered by the propeller shaft and supplies rear wheel torque to rear wheels of the vehicle;
an oil pump motor associated with the rear differential unit;
a temperature sensor that is configured to sense a temperature within the rear differential unit; and
a controller that controls operation of the all-wheel drive system and is configured to receive signals indicative of a failure
of the all-wheel drive system, wherein the controller is configured to adjust the crankshaft torque upon receiving a failure
signal so that the front wheel torque remains constant during a predetermined time period in which the failure of the all-wheel
drive system occurs, wherein the controller is configured to receive signals from the oil pump motor and the temperature sensor,
and wherein the controller is configured to determine if a failure of the all-wheel drive system has occurred based upon the
signals from the oil pump motor and the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,437,878

ELECTRICITY STORAGE MODULE

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

1. An electricity storage module comprising:
a plurality of electricity storage cells; and
a plurality of electricity storage cell holders, the plurality of electricity storage cells and the plurality of electricity
storage cell holders being stacked alternately in a stacking direction, each of the plurality of electricity storage cell
holders including a thermistor holding portion, at least one of the thermistor holding portions of the plurality of electricity
storage cell holders being provided to support a thermistor, the thermistor having a temperature measuring portion and a spring
member, the thermistor holding portion comprising:

a spring member contact portion configured to contact the spring member and configured to be pressed by the spring member
in a direction away from one of the electricity storage cells, the temperature measuring portion configured to press against
one of the electricity storage cells by a spring force of the spring member when the spring member is in contact with the
spring member contact portion;

a shaft portion connected to the spring member contact portion and extending in the stacking direction;
a first engaging portion provided on one end side of the shaft portion in the stacking direction; and
a second engaging portion provided on another end side of the shaft portion in the stacking direction,
wherein the first engaging portion of one of the electricity storage cell holders directly engages with the second engaging
portion of another of the electricity storage cell holders to prevent the spring member contact portion from being deformed
away from one of the electricity storage cells, and

wherein the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion are disposed on electricity storage cell holders that are
adjacent to each other in the stacking direction.

US Pat. No. 9,436,878

LANE MARK RECOGNITION DEVICE

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

1. A lane mark recognition device which recognizes a lane mark provided on a road based, comprising:
a vehicle having a camera configured to capture an image of surroundings of the vehicle; and
an electronic control unit including at least a processor and a non-transitory computer readable medium containing instructions
for controlling the processor to:

generate an edge image, into which edge points whose variation in luminance relative to a surrounding portion is equal to
or more than a predetermined value have been extracted, from the image captured by the camera;

extract a candidate image portion, which is a candidate for an image portion of the lane mark, from the edge image; and
detect a lane mark candidate based on the candidate image portion and, in a case of having detected at least a pair of lane
mark candidates determine whether a distance between the pair of lane mark candidates on the road is equal to or less than
a threshold value, and in a case that the distance is equal to or less than a threshold value, calculate a reference value
based on a luminance of a corresponding area in the captured image with respect to each of the at least a pair of lane mark
candidates and recognize a lane mark candidate having a maximum reference value as a lane mark; and

perform steering control of the vehicle so that the vehicle travels within a lane demarcated by the lane mark.

US Pat. No. 9,409,575

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle control device comprising:
an object detection device configured to detect an object in front of an own vehicle;
a processor configured to recognize the object detected by the object detection device as an object requiring the vehicle
to be controlled, and perform travel control in accordance with the object requiring the vehicle to be controlled; and

a travel control switch which a driver of the own vehicle manually operates with intention to start or stop the travel control,
wherein
the processor is configured, when starting the travel control from when the own vehicle is in a stopped state with the travel
control switch in an ON state, to recognize the object requiring the vehicle to be controlled when a determination has been
made that the own vehicle has moved from the stopped state to a travel state, and

the travel state is at least one of a state in which the own vehicle has moved a predetermined distance from the stopped state
and a state in which a predetermined time has elapsed since the own vehicle started traveling.

US Pat. No. 9,409,440

WHEEL FOR STRADDLE VEHICLE

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

1. A wheel for a straddle type vehicle, which is formed by mold-casting, comprising:
a hub having an insertion hole into which a shaft is inserted and a hub side annular hollow portion surrounding the insertion
hole,

a rim coaxially surrounding the hub,
a plurality of spokes connecting said hub and said rim, and
spoke side hollow portions being formed inside the plurality of spokes, wherein
the plurality of spokes includes a plurality of first spokes and a plurality of second spokes,
the plurality of first spokes are provided between said hub and said rim at regular intervals in a circumferential direction
of said hub and said rim,

the plurality of second spokes with the same number as the plurality of first spokes are provided so as to be spaced from
the plurality of first spokes at a narrower interval than an interval between respective first spokes of the plurality of
first spokes, are adjacently disposed to be paired with the first plurality of first spokes in the circumferential direction
of said hub and said rim, and to be provided between said hub and said rim, and

first opening portions communicated with said spoke side hollow portions are respectively provided on mutually opposite surfaces
of paired first and second spokes of the plurality of first spokes and the plurality of second spokes.

US Pat. No. 9,387,751

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. An electric vehicle provided with a pair of right and left drive wheels driven by an electromotor, the electric vehicle
comprising:
a running gear including the electromotor and a speed reduction gear;
a running gear support frame provided to surround the running gear, said running gear support frame having a pair of right
and left side frames, and front and rear cross frames;

the running gear is configured wherein a front end and a rear end of the speed reduction gear are respectively supported on
the front and rear cross frames, and a side end on a side of the electromotor is supported on the side frame located on the
same side as the electromotor;

wherein the side end is supported on the side frame through a motor support bracket;
the motor support bracket supports the side end on an outer side of the side frame;
wherein a pair of right and left suspension arms is provided for supporting the pair of right and left drive wheels;
the pair of right and left side frames is provided with front and rear arm support portions that respectively swingably support
the pair of right and left suspension arms;

the motor support bracket is positioned between the front and rear arm support portions, and is arranged in a space surrounded
by the suspension arm and the side frame;

wherein the speed reduction gear is configured to decelerate power from the electromotor and to transmit the power to the
pair of right and left drive wheels through a pair of right and left drive shafts, and is arranged in the right-to-left center
of a vehicle body in order to make the pair of right and left drive shafts have the same length; and

the electromotor includes an axis direction arranged along a vehicle right-to-left direction for extending the electromotor
on one side in a right-to-left direction of the speed reduction gear, said electromotor being arranged between the speed reduction
gear and frame members of the running gear support frame.

US Pat. No. 9,377,648

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE COMPRISING A WARM-UP CONFIGURATION AND A NORMAL CONFIGURATION, MOTORCYCLE INCLUDING SAME, AND METHOD OF USING SAME

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

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising:
a liquid crystal panel;
a backlight source arranged on the rear side of a display surface of the liquid crystal panel,
a display device control unit for controlling a display state of said liquid crystal panel;
wherein said liquid crystal panel has
a warm-up configuration for increasing the temperature of the liquid crystal panel when a temperature of said liquid crystal
panel is lower than a predetermined value, or when a time period after starting operation of said liquid crystal panel is
less than or equal to predetermined time period, and

a normal configuration for performing normal operation after completion of a warm-up period;
and wherein said display device control unit is operable to switch between said warm-up configuration and said normal configuration,
and during said warm-up configuration, said display device control unit adjusts display contents on said display surface such
that an amount of light penetrating said liquid crystal panel becomes smaller than that in said normal configuration, as well
as increasing output of said backlight source to a larger amount than that in said normal configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,359,038

REAR-WHEEL SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE

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

1. A rear-wheel suspension system for a two-wheeled vehicle comprising:
a pair of right- and left-side center frames connected to a rear portion of a main frame extending rearwardly and downwardly
from a head pipe;

a swing arm having a front portion pivotally supported by the center frames and a rear portion for supporting a rear wheel;
and

a shock absorber, wherein a longitudinal direction of the shock absorber coincides with a vertical direction, the shock absorber
having an upper portion pivotally supported on a vehicle body side between the center frames and a lower portion pivotally
supported on the swing arm side;

wherein the shock absorber includes a tubular buffer and a spring disposed around the tubular buffer with an upper end of
the spring being positioned to be lower than an upper end of the tubular buffer and a vehicle body component part being placed
to be close to the tubular buffer above the spring,

wherein the vehicle body component part is an intake system part for making a connection between an engine disposed in front
of the tubular buffer and an air cleaner disposed in the rear of the tubular buffer,

wherein the intake system part is a curved tubular member,
wherein a lower end of the intake system part is above the upper end of the spring,
wherein a part of the intake system part is closer than an outer end of the spring to the center of the tubular buffer,
wherein the shock absorber and the intake system part are disposed between the pair of right- and left-side center frames,
and

wherein a sub-tank is mounted to the tubular buffer, the intake system part and the sub-tank are located at right and left
sides of the tubular buffer, respectively, such that the tubular buffer is interposed between the intake system part and the
sub-tank, and a lower end of the sub-tank is above the upper end of the spring.

US Pat. No. 9,347,612

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TANK REFILLING USING ACTIVE FUELING SPEED CONTROL

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

1. A method of filling a compressed gas tank, comprising:
determining a fill time tfinal predicted to produce a gas final temperature Tfinal no greater than a target temperature T;

determining a target pressure Ptarget predicted to produce a state of charge of 100% within the compressed gas tank;

delivering gas to the compressed gas tank at a pressure ramp rate that achieves the target pressure Ptarget at a conclusion of the determined fill time tfinal; and

wherein, while delivering as to the compressed gas tank, the method further comprises:
continuously measuring a pressure and temperature of gas dispensed to the compressed gas tank;
continuously calculating a mass average enthalpy dispensed to the compressed gas tank based on the continuously measured pressure
and temperature of the gas dispensed to the compressed gas tank; and

continuously calculating the fill time tfinal based on the continuously calculated mass average enthalpy.

US Pat. No. 9,346,352

ARRANGEMENT OF A VEHICLE ASSEMBLY MEMBER

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

1. An arrangement for an assembly member of a vehicle comprising:
a power unit for generating a driving force;
a pair of left and right driving wheels disposed on both sides in the vehicle width direction;
a propeller shaft extending in a forward and backward direction of the vehicle in a vicinity of a center of the vehicle width
direction between the pair of left and right driving wheels and the power unit;

a differential to which the propeller shaft is connected so as to transmit the driving force to the pair of left and right
driving wheels via a pair of left and right drive shafts disposed on both sides in the vehicle width direction;

a switch for switching a diff-lock of the differential on and off;
an exhaust pipe disposed on one side in the vehicle width direction with respect to the propeller shaft;
a plurality of operation side transmission members, one end of which is respectively connected to a plurality of operating
elements disposed at a driver's seat;

a device side transmission member, one end of which is connected to the switch; and
an assembly member to which the other ends of the plurality of operation side transmission members and the device side transmission
member are respectively connected so as to operate the switch via each of the plurality of operation side transmission members
and the device side transmission member with an operating force applied to each of the plurality of operating elements; the
assembly member being disposed on the opposite side of the propeller shaft as the exhaust pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,334,005

FRONT STRUCTURE OF MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A motorcycle, comprising:
a handle supported by a head pipe and configured to be steered by a rider;
a screen disposed at a vehicle front of the handle and configured to shield traveling wind directed to said rider;
a meter panel disposed toward a vehicle front of the rider;
a visor disposed at the vehicle front of the meter panel and configured to shield meter equipment on the meter panel from
solar radiation, wherein, said visor is disposed higher than said meter panel and comprising an air intake configured to take
in traveling wind between said visor and said meter panel; and

a duct extending to a rear face of said screen from said air intake, the duct being provided at a vehicle rear of said visor,
so that the duct is configured to introduce said traveling wind to the rear face of said screen,

wherein a length of said duct overlaps a movable range in which a lower end of said screen slides, and is longer than the
movable range.

US Pat. No. 9,333,109

MOTION ASSIST APPARATUS

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

1. A motion assist apparatus comprising:
a first orthosis adapted to be attached to a leg of a user;
a second orthosis adapted to be attached to an upper body of the user;
a first frame connected to the first orthosis;
a second frame connected to the second orthosis;
an actuator that is configured to selectively apply a force to the user through an intermediary of the first orthosis and
the second orthosis by transmitting a driving force to the first frame or the second frame;

a posture estimation sensor that detects a posture angle of the upper body relative to a vertical plane having a longitudinal
direction of the user defined as a perpendicular direction thereof;

a control unit that controls the drive of the actuator such that a force for reducing a deviation of the posture angle from
a reference posture angle is applied to the user;

a trigger sensor that is configured to detect an occurrence of a trigger event, and
an operation unit configured to transmit a signal to the control unit when the operation unit is operated by a user;
wherein the control unit sets, as the reference posture angle, a posture angle detected by the posture estimation sensor at
a time when the trigger sensor detects the occurrence of the trigger event after the control unit receives the signal from
the operation unit and starts a calibration of the posture estimation sensor, or at a time when the signal from the operation
unit is received.

US Pat. No. 9,331,346

FUEL CELL RESIN FRAME EQUIPPED MEMBRANE ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY

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

1. A fuel cell resin frame equipped membrane electrode assembly comprising:
a membrane electrode assembly including a solid polymer electrolyte membrane, a first electrode provided on one surface of
the solid polymer electrolyte membrane, and a second electrode provided on another surface of the solid polymer electrolyte
membrane, the first electrode including a first catalyst layer and a first diffusion layer, the second electrode including
a second catalyst layer and a second diffusion layer having an outer end, the first electrode having a surface size larger
than that of the second electrode; and

a resin frame member provided around the solid polymer electrolyte membrane,
wherein the resin frame member includes an inner extension having an inner end, said inner extension protruding toward an
outer periphery of the second electrode, and adhered to an outer end of the solid polymer electrolyte membrane and a gap is
formed between the inner end of the inner extension and the outer end of the second diffusion layer;

uneven portions are provided in an adhesive surface of the inner extension;
an adhesive layer disposed between a periphery of an outer end of the solid polymer electrolyte membrane and the inner extension
of the resin frame, to adhere the adhesive surface of the inner extension to the outer end of the solid polymer electrolyte
membrane; and

the inner extension includes an overlapped portion overlapped with an outer end of the second catalyst layer, the overlapped
portion extending parallel to the one surface and to the another surface of the solid polymer electrolyte membrane.

US Pat. No. 9,331,347

FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

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

1. A method for controlling a fuel cell system including a fuel cell stack having stacked together a plurality of fuel cells
that generate power by being supplied reactant gas, and
a reactant gas supply means for supplying reactant gas to the fuel cell stack, the method comprising:
an idling stop step, initiated in a case of a predetermined condition being established during idling power generation, for
supplying oxidant gas of a lower flow rate than during the idling power generation to the fuel cell stack by way of the reactant
gas supply means, while producing a lower current than during the idling power generation from the fuel cell stack,

wherein the oxidant gas is supplied in a steady state during idling power generation, and the oxidant gas is supplied at a
lower steady state during idling stop than during idling power generation.

US Pat. No. 9,321,091

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SIDE PANEL

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

1. A manufacturing method of a side panel, wherein the side panel includes a first member and a second member having a higher
strength than the first member, the first member and the second member are joined to each other, an opening to which a door
is to be mounted is formed in a center part of the side panel, the first member defines a recessed portion to form the opening,
and the second member includes a corner portion, the method comprising:
prior to joining the first member and the second member to each other, arranging both of a first work-piece as a material
of the first member and a second work-piece as a material of the second member in a single press machine in a state where
a portion of the second work-piece to be the corner portion is arranged in a portion of the first work-piece to be the recessed
portion; and

after arranging both of the first work-piece and the second work-piece in the press machine, simultaneously press-working
the first work-piece and the second work-piece in the press machine to form the first member and the second member,

wherein the simultaneous press-working of the first work-piece as the material of the first member and the second work-piece
as the material of the second member is performed with the portion of the second work-piece to be the corner portion arranged
in the portion of the first work-piece to be the recessed portion and at a position of a largest press load that is substantially
at a load center of a press area in the press machine performing the simultaneous press-working of the first work-piece as
the material of the first member and the second work-piece as the material of the second member.

US Pat. No. 9,316,032

VEHICLE DOOR CHECKER

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

1. A door checker assembly comprising:
a vehicle body; a door pivotally mounted to the vehicle body;
a housing secured to one of the vehicle body and the door;
an elongated checker arm secured to the other of the body and the door, the checker arm dimensioned for selective sliding
receipt through the housing; and

an elongated metal cover mounted inside the door and having a length slightly greater than the checker arm received in the
door, and overlying and extending along substantially an entire length of the checker arm for blocking water from falling
thereon, the elongated metal cover having a substantially U-shape, oriented such that a pair of edges of the elongated metal
cover are closer to the door checker arm than a protruding center of the U-shape is to the door checker arm.

US Pat. No. 9,318,760

FUEL CELL AND METHOD OF OPERATING FUEL CELL

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

1. A method of operating a fuel cell, comprising:
detecting a first voltage of a first unit cell and a second voltage of a second unit cell, the first unit cell including a
first membrane electrode assembly having a first electrolyte membrane and first electrodes provided on respective sides of
the first electrolyte membrane, the second unit cell including a second membrane electrode assembly having a second electrolyte
membrane and second electrodes provided on respective sides of the second electrolyte membrane;

detecting a voltage difference between the first voltage and the second voltage;
determining whether the voltage difference is out of a predetermined range; and
adjusting, when the voltage difference is determined to be out of the predetermined range,
humidity of a first reactant gas before being supplied to a first reactant gas passage which is provided in a first separator
and through which the first reactant gas is to be supplied to one of the first electrodes, or

humidity of a second reactant gas before being supplied to a second reactant gas passage which is provided in a second separator
and through which the second reactant gas is to be supplied to another of the first electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,308,941

VEHICLE BODY SIDE PORTION STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body side portion structure in which a roof side rail provided at a side portion of a roof and a side sill provided
at a side portion of a floor are connected by a center pillar, wherein:
the center pillar includes an upper pillar section having an upper end joined to the roof side rail and a lower pillar section
having a lower end joined to the side sill;

the upper pillar section is formed as a hollow metallic pipe which comprises a high-strength steel plate, has a substantially
constant cross-sectional shape, and is convexly curved outwardly in a vehicle width direction;

the lower pillar section is formed by two pressed components which are respectively formed from steel plate having a lower
strength than the steel plate of the upper pillar section, and which are joined to each other in the vehicle width direction
to define a hollow receptacle having a closed cross-sectional shape; and

a lower edge part of the upper pillar section is inserted within the hollow receptacle of the lower pillar section.

US Pat. No. 9,308,955

NON-CONTACT INTERLOCKING ASSEMBLY

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

1. A method of controlling a behavior of a vehicle body, the method comprising:
coupling a first securing mechanism to the vehicle body; and
positioning a second securing mechanism at least partially around a portion of the vehicle body, wherein the second securing
mechanism includes a first and second arm coupled to a frame, the second arm including a first extension member, a second
extension member extending generally parallel to the first extension member, and a linking member extending between the first
and second extension members at a distal portion of the second arm, wherein positioning the second securing mechanism further
comprises moving at least one of the first arm and the second arm towards a closed position such that the first and second
arms at least partially overlap to define a first area.

US Pat. No. 9,306,200

BATTERY HOLDING DEVICE

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

1. A battery holding device configured to hold a capacitor including at least one storage cell, the battery holding device
comprising:
a cell holder provided at a flat side surface of at least one storage cell and having a concave-convex surface facing the
flat side surface of the at least one storage cell to allow cooling air to flow between the concave-convex surface and the
flat side surface of the at least one storage cell, the concave-convex surface having a protrusion contacting the flat side
surface of the at least one storage cell; and

a heater wire at least a portion of which is embedded in the protrusion and extends along the protrusion,
wherein the cell holder includes a planar portion, the planar portion extending from an upper surface of the at least one
storage cell to a lower surface of the at least one storage cell, and the planar portion extending from a left side surface
of the at least one storage cell to a right side surface of the at least one storage cell, and

wherein the protrusion extends from the planar portion toward the flat side surface of the at least one storage cell.

US Pat. No. 9,306,229

FUEL CELL SYSTEM

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

1. A fuel cell system comprising:
a fuel cell having a fuel gas flow channel and an oxidant gas flow channel, the fuel cell configured to generate electricity
as a fuel gas is supplied to the fuel gas flow channel and an oxidant gas is supplied to the oxidant gas flow channel;

a fuel gas supply channel through which the fuel gas flows toward the fuel gas flow channel;
a fuel off-gas discharge channel through which a fuel off-gas discharged from the fuel gas flow channel flows;
an oxidant gas supply channel through which the oxidant gas flows toward the oxidant gas flow channel;
an oxidant off-gas discharge channel through which an oxidant off-gas discharged from the oxidant gas flow channel flows;
a first shut valve disposed in the oxidant gas supply channel;
a second shut valve disposed in the oxidant off-gas discharge channel;
a shut valve controller configured to control the first shut valve and the second shut valve, the shut valve controller closing
the first shut valve and the second shut valve to seal off the oxidant gas flow channel when the fuel cell is shut down;

a temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of the fuel cell;
a scavenging device configured to scavenge the fuel gas flow channel and the oxidant gas flow channel with a scavenge gas
if the temperature of the fuel cell detected by the temperature detector is equal to or lower than a predetermined temperature
after the fuel cell is shut down; and

an elapsed-time detector configured to detect an elapsed time elapsed from a timing at which the fuel cell is shut down,
wherein the scavenging device is configured to scavenge the oxidant gas flow channel and the fuel gas flow channel in sequence
when the elapsed time detected by the elapsed-time detector is within a first predetermined period of time during which the
fuel gas is to remain in the oxidant gas flow channel, and the scavenging device is configured to scavenge the fuel gas flow
channel and the oxidant gas flow channel in sequence when the elapsed time detected by the elapsed-time detector is outside
the first predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,233,673

BBW BRAKE DEVICE

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

1. A BBW brake device including:
wheel cylinders provided respectively to wheels and each configured to generate a braking force by using a brake fluid pressure;
a brake-operation-amount detection device for detecting an amount of brake operation by a driver;
an electric brake-fluid-pressure generation device for supplying, to the wheel cylinders, a brake fluid pressure electrically
generated in accordance with the amount of brake operation; and

a brake-fluid-pressure control device, disposed between the electric brake-fluid-pressure generation device and the wheel
cylinders, for controlling vehicle behavior by individually controlling brake fluid pressures supplied to the wheel cylinders;

a reservoir configured to store brake fluid therein; and
a pump for generating brake fluid pressure, and the pump is operated only during an antilock braking operation
wherein when the brake-fluid-pressure control device is in operation, a brake fluid pressurized by the electric brake-fluid-pressure
generation device which corresponds to the brake fluid pressure required by the wheel cylinders is supplied to the brake-fluid-pressure
control device, and

wherein the brake-fluid-pressure control device is a vehicle stability assist (VSA) system which performs a VSA operation
in which a yaw movement of the vehicle is controlled by individually controlling brake fluid pressures generated by the electric
brake-fluid pressure generation device and supplied respectively to the wheel cylinders during a state in which the driver
does not effect a braking operation.

US Pat. No. 9,211,641

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE ROBOT

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

1. An apparatus for controlling a mobile robot having a body, movement mechanisms for walking operation and work mechanisms
for working operation both connected to the body, a battery connectable to an external power supply through a charging connector,
a plurality of actuators powered by the battery to drive the movement mechanisms and the work mechanisms, and a controller
for controlling an action of the movement mechanisms and the work mechanisms through the actuators,
wherein the controller comprises:
a connector connection determiner that determines whether the charging connector is connected to the external power supply;
and

an action restrictor that restricts one of the actions of the movement mechanisms and the work mechanisms performed through
the actuators when the external power supply is determined to be connected, and

wherein the external power supply comprises at least one of a commercial power source and an automatic charger having a charging
controller for controlling charging operation under communication with a charging power supply and the controller,

the connector connection determiner determines which one of the commercial power source and the automatic charger is connected
to the charging connector when the charging connector is determined to be connected to the external power supply, and

the action restrictor restricts one of the actions of the movement mechanisms and the work mechanisms performed through the
actuators based on the determination result of the connector connection determiner.

US Pat. No. 9,211,803

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. An electric vehicle control device having a motor drive circuit for driving a vehicle drive motor using power of a battery,
a battery monitoring unit for monitoring a state of the battery, and a main CPU for controlling the motor drive circuit, the
electric vehicle control device comprising:
a BMU power supply device configured to lower an output voltage of the battery to a value suitable for a control voltage for
the battery monitoring unit;

a down-regulator configured to lower the output voltage of the battery to a value suitable for an input to a CPU power supply
device which generates a control voltage for the main CPU;

a contactor provided on a plus-side line between the battery and the motor drive circuit so as to be opened and closed in
response to an instruction of the main CPU; and

a main switch configured to open and close a passage through which a voltage of a control power is input to the down-regulator,
wherein the control power for the down-regulator is generated by the BMU power supply device,
wherein an output of the BMU power supply device is input to the down-regulator through the main switch as control power.

US Pat. No. 9,195,794

REAL TIME POSTURE AND MOVEMENT PREDICTION IN EXECUTION OF OPERATIONAL TASKS

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

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:
accessing an initial posture of an articulated system at an initial time, the initial posture comprising angles for a plurality
of degrees of freedom of the articulated system;

accessing a vehicle occupant packaging design and a task to be accomplished by the articulated system within the design;
accessing a set of constraints limiting how the degrees of freedom of the articulated system are manipulated to accomplish
the task, wherein the constraints comprise a contact constraint preventing motion by the articulated system away from a component
present in the design; and

determining a plurality of postures for articulated system subsequent to the initial time during accomplishment of the task,
wherein determining the postures comprises determining a manipulation over time of the degrees of freedom of the articulated
system that accomplishes of the task while also obeying the set of constraints.

US Pat. No. 9,182,477

VEHICLE RADAR ALIGNMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM

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

1. A computer implemented method for aligning a sensor of a radar unit mounted on a vehicle, comprising:
calculating at least one alignment measurement from a plurality of optical sensors of an alignment system;
positioning a target at a predetermined distance forward of the radar unit;
determining a position of the radar unit based on the alignment measurement and the predetermined distance of the target;
transmitting a beam extending forward from the radar unit; and
positioning the target and the sensor in alignment with an axis of the beam.

US Pat. No. 9,169,923

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SHIFTING A TRANSMISSION GEAR

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

1. A method of shifting a transmission of a vehicle, the method comprising:
receiving a signal associated with a first switch mechanism of a shift selector, the first switch mechanism associated with
at least two operating modes and the shift selector including at least the first switch mechanism and a second switch mechanism;

identifying a first, current operating mode associated with the transmission; and
selectively shifting the transmission from the first, current operating mode to one operating mode of the at least two operating
modes, wherein the one operating mode is determined based at least in part on the first, current operating mode.

US Pat. No. 9,162,708

STEERING HANGER ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicular steering hanger assembly for supporting a steering column, comprising:
a first beam extending toward a lateral center from a right front pillar;
a second beam extending toward the lateral center from a left front pillar, a distal-end part of the second beam on the center
side thereof overlapping with a distal-end part of the first beam on the center side thereof with or without a gap therebetween
in a front-rear direction and/or a top-bottom direction of a vehicle body;

a left beam connecting member and a right beam connecting member spaced from the left beam connecting member, the mutually
spaced left and right beam connecting members connecting the mutually overlapping distal-end parts of the first and second
beams;

a beam structure being configured from the mutually overlapping distal-end parts of the first and second beams and the mutually
spaced left and right beam connecting members connecting the mutually overlapping distal-end parts of the first and second
beams; and

a vehicle body connecting member connecting the beam structure to a vehicle body constituent member of the vehicle body other
than the left and right front pillars.

US Pat. No. 9,162,726

MOBILE VEHICLE

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

1. A mobile vehicle having a vehicle body and a front wheel and a rear wheel arranged spaced apart from each other in a longitudinal
direction of the vehicle body, the front wheel being a steered wheel which can be steered about a steering axis,
the mobile vehicle comprising:
a front-wheel support mechanism configured to support the front wheel so as to be steerable about the steering axis and having
a trail adjustment mechanism which makes a trail of the front wheel adjustable;

a steering actuator which generates a steering force for steering the steered wheel;
a trail adjustment actuator which generates a driving force for changing the trail of the front wheel; and
a control device which controls the steering actuator and the trail adjustment actuator, wherein
the control device is configured to include
a steering control section which controls the steering actuator so as to stabilize a posture of the vehicle body in accordance
with at least an observed value of an inclination angle in a roll direction of the vehicle body, and

a trail control section which controls the trail adjustment actuator in accordance with an observed value of a vehicle speed
of the mobile vehicle such that at least the trail in a case where the observed value of the vehicle speed is zero becomes
smaller than the trail in a case where the observed value of the vehicle speed is greater than a first prescribed speed,

wherein the steering control section is configured to control the steering actuator so as to stabilize controlled state quantities
for stabilizing the posture of the vehicle body, wherein the controlled state quantities include a motional state quantity
of an inclination state quantity which is a prescribed kind of state quantity having a value responsive to the inclination
angle in the roll direction of the vehicle body and a motional state quantity of a steering angle of the front wheel.

US Pat. No. 9,157,365

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH BALANCER

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

1. An internal combustion engine with a balancer comprising:
a crankcase having a pair of wall portions;
a crankshaft supported for rotation by the wall portions and having a balancer driving gear wheel provided integrally thereon;
a balancer shaft supported for rotation by the wall portions and having a balancer driven gear wheel provided integrally thereon,
wherein the balancer driving gear wheel and the balancer driven gear wheel are disposed between the wall portions and wherein
the crankcase is formed from upper and lower parts with respect to a parting face centered at the crankshaft and the balancer
shaft is supported on one of the upper side crankcase and the lower side crankcase in a displaced relationship from the parting
face;

a positioning mark, which includes a set of marks provided on side faces in a same direction of the driving and driven gear
wheels, is disposed near to pitch circles of the balancer driving gear wheel and the balancer driven gear wheel; and

a through-hole is formed in one of said pair of wall portions at a position that opposes the positioning mark on the pitch
circles of the balancer driving gear wheel and the balancer driven gear wheel, said through-hole extending through the one
wall portion such that the positioning mark can be visually observed from outside of the one side wall through the through-hole,
wherein an end of a female threaded hole for a fastening bolt for fastening the upper side crankcase and the lower side crankcase
extends into the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 9,150,089

DRIVE DEVICE AND VEHICLE WITH SAME

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

1. A drive device for a vehicle, comprising:
an electric motor that generates a drive power of the vehicle;
a two-way power transmission device disposed on a drive power transmission passage between the electric motor and a wheel,
wherein the two-way power transmission device is configured to make an electric motor side and a wheel side in a disconnected
state or in a connected state when being engaged or released;

a one-way power transmission device disposed on the drive power transmission passage in parallel with the two-way power transmission
device, wherein the one-way power transmission device is in an engaged state when a rotation power of the electric motor side
in a forward direction is inputted to the wheel side; the one-way power transmission device is in a released state when a
rotation power of the electric motor side in a reverse direction is inputted to the wheel side; the one-way power transmission
device is in the released state when a rotation power of the wheel side in the forward direction is inputted to the electric
motor side; and the one-way power transmission device is in the engaged state when a rotation power of the wheel side in the
reverse direction is inputted to the electric motor side;

a reducer disposed on the drive power transmission passage so as to change a rotation speed of the electric motor and a rotation
speed of the wheel, wherein:

the electric motor comprises: a first electric motor disposed on a left side in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle;
and a second electric motor disposed on a right side in the vehicle width direction;

the reducer comprises: a first reducer disposed on the left side in the vehicle width direction; and a second reducer disposed
on the right side in the vehicle width direction;

a rotation power of the first electric motor is transmitted to a left wheel via the first reducer;
a rotation power of the second electric motor is transmitted to a right wheel via the second reducer;
the first electric motor and the first reducer are disposed in this order from an outside in the vehicle width direction;
the second electric motor and the second reducer are disposed in this order from an outside in the vehicle width direction;
the first reducer and the second reducer are disposed adjacent to each other;
each of the first reducer and the second reducer is a planetary gear reducer comprising three rotation elements;
a first rotation element that is one of the three rotation elements of the first reducer and a first rotation element that
is one of the three rotation elements of the second reducer are connected to each other;

the two-way power transmission device and the one-way power transmission device are provided for the first rotation elements
connected to each other;

the one-way power transmission device is disposed between the three rotation elements of the first reducer and the three rotation
elements of the second reducer in the vehicle width direction; and

the two-way power transmission device is disposed outside the three rotation elements of the first reducer or outside the
three rotation elements of the second reducer in a radial direction of the three rotation elements.

US Pat. No. 9,150,091

LIQUID PRESSURE CIRCUIT

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

1. A liquid pressure circuit that has provided between an accumulator and a tank a pump/motor that can operate as a motor
and a pump, the liquid pressure circuit controlling an output of the motor and a volume output of the pump by duty controlling
a flow rate of a liquid by means of a flow rate control valve, the liquid pressure circuit comprising a high pressure liquid
path connected to the accumulator, a low pressure liquid path connected to the tank, first and second intake liquid paths
connected to an intake port of the pump/motor, a discharge liquid path connected to a discharge port of the pump/motor, a
check valve that is disposed in the first intake liquid path and only allows liquid to flow from the low pressure liquid path
to the first intake liquid path, the flow rate control valve disposed in the second intake liquid path, and a switch valve
that switches connection states of the high pressure liquid path, the low pressure liquid path, the second intake liquid path,
and the discharge liquid path, the switch valve being capable of switching between a drive position in which the discharge
liquid path is connected to the low pressure liquid path and the high pressure liquid path is connected to the second intake
liquid path, a regeneration position in which the discharge liquid path is connected to the high pressure liquid path and
the second intake liquid path and the low pressure liquid path is cut off, and a neutral position in which the discharge liquid
path is connected to the low pressure liquid path and the high pressure liquid path and the second intake liquid path are
cut off.

US Pat. No. 9,131,609

WATERPROOF STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE

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

1. A waterproof structure for an electronic device that acquires location information, which has been acquired by a receiving
antenna provided on a vehicle, from the receiving antenna via a wire, the water proof structure comprising:
a case disposed in a location in the vehicle distant from the receiving antenna, housing a processing unit that processes
the location information, and having a wiring hole through which the wire passes;

a cylindrical part extending in an axial direction of the wire from the case in such a manner as to surround the wiring hole;
a seal member housed in the cylindrical part and sealing between the cylindrical member and the wire; and
a cap detachably mounted to the case, having a hole for the passage therethrough of the wire, covering the seal member, and
fitted with the cylindrical part.

US Pat. No. 9,126,542

VEHICLE PROGRAM REWRITING SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicular program rewriting system comprising:
an electronic control unit including a storage unit that stores a program therein and which is capable of rewriting the program;
a rewriting device for rewriting the program; and
a battery for supplying electric power in order to operate a drive source of a vehicle and the electronic control unit,
wherein the rewriting device is configured to predict a state of the battery after the program is rewritten, by using a state
of the battery when the program starts to be rewritten and an expected processing time for rewriting the program, and

the rewriting device is configured to determine if the predicted state of the battery satisfies a condition of restarting
the vehicle, and if so, rewrite the program,

wherein the rewriting device is configured to determine if a current consumed by the battery or an internal resistance of
the battery when the program starts to be rewritten is greater than a predetermined value, and if so, stop rewriting the program
even thought the predicted state of the battery satisfies the condition for restarting the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,130,228

LITHIUM ION OXYGEN BATTERY

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

1. A lithium ion oxygen battery comprising:
a positive electrode containing a lithium source, and an oxygen storage material; wherein the lithium source comprises a lithium
compound except for a combined metal oxide of lithium and another metal;

a negative electrode made of a material capable of occluding or releasing lithium ions; and
an electrolyte layer sandwiched between the positive electrode and the negative electrode and capable of conducting the lithium
ions, wherein

the positive electrode, the negative electrode, and the electrolyte layer are housed in a hermetic case,
the oxygen storage material occludes oxygen generated from the lithium compound when charging, adsorbs the oxygen on a surface
thereof when charging, releases the occluded oxygen when discharging, and desorbs the adsorbed oxygen when discharging,

the oxygen storage material is any one of a combined metal oxide expressed by YMnO3, heat-treated YMnO3, YMnO3 containing ZrO2, a compound represented by a general formula Y1-xAgxMn1-yAyO3 where A represents Ru or Ti, 1>x>0 and 1>y>0, an acid-treated and heat-treated compound represented by a general formula Y1-xAgxMn1-yAyO3 where A represents Ru or Ti, 1>x>0 and 1>y>0), and a combined metal oxide represented by a general formula Mn2-(a+b+c)ZraAgbRucO3 where 2>a+b+c>0 and each of a, b, and c is greater than 0, and

wherein in a state of being fully charged, the electrochemically active components of the positive electrode consist of the
oxygen storage material and oxygen ions absorbed or bonded to the surface of the oxygen storage material.

US Pat. No. 9,114,836

VEHICLE ROOF STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle assembly comprising:
a roof structure including a roof panel formed of aluminum or an aluminum-based alloy;
a vehicle body including a pair of laterally spaced side panels, a front roof rail and a rear roof rail, each roof rail spanning
between the side panels, the vehicle body supporting the roof structure, the vehicle body formed of steel or a steel alloy;

at least one bracket securing the roof structure to the vehicle body, the bracket having a first portion fastened to the roof
panel and a second portion extending away from the roof structure and welded to the vehicle body, the bracket formed of steel
or a steel alloy; and

an adhesive located inward of the weld connection of the vehicle body and second portion of the bracket for bonding the second
portion to the vehicle body, the adhesive sealing the fastened connection of the roof panel and first portion of the bracket
from moisture to prevent galvanic corrosion between the dissimilar materials of the roof panel and bracket, the adhesive further
reducing thermal distortion of the attached roof panel relative to the vehicle body when the vehicle assembly is heated in
a paint bake oven during the manufacture of the vehicle assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,117,789

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

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

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
at least one arm series circuit comprising:
an upper arm;
a lower arm connected to the upper arm in series, each of the upper arm and the lower arm including a switching element and
a diode connected in anti-parallel to the switching element;

an insulating substrate disposed on ground;
a positive terminal provided on the insulating substrate;
a negative terminal provided on the insulating substrate;
an upper arm control terminal provided on the insulating substrate;
a lower arm control terminal provided adjacent to the negative terminal on the insulating substrate;
an output terminal disposed above the insulating substrate; and
an insulating member having a convex shape and provided on the insulating substrate between the output terminal and the insulating
substrate;

the switching element of each of the upper arm and the lower arm having a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and a
control electrode, the positive electrode being provided on a first surface of the switching element, each of the negative
electrode and the control electrode being provided on a second surface of the switching element, the second surface being
disposed on an opposite side of the first surface;

the positive electrode of the switching element of the upper arm being joined to the positive terminal of the arm series circuit
without using an interconnection line;

the negative electrode of the switching element of the upper arm being connected to the output terminal of the arm series
circuit using a negative-side interconnection line;

the control electrode of the switching element of the upper arm being connected to the upper arm control terminal of the arm
series circuit using a control interconnection line;

the negative electrode of the switching element of the lower arm being joined to the negative terminal of the arm series circuit
without using an interconnection line;

the positive electrode of the switching element of the lower arm being connected to the output terminal of the arm series
circuit using a positive-side interconnection line; and

the control electrode of the switching element of the lower arm being joined to the lower arm control terminal of the arm
series circuit without using an interconnection line.

US Pat. No. 9,114,417

NOZZLE AND FOREIGN MATTER REMOVING DEVICE

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

1. A nozzle for injecting jet streams in a tank filled with a liquid, comprising:
a back half of the nozzle including a flow hole through which the liquid flows, the flow hole being in communication with
a distribution hole of a liquid distribution pipe; and

a front half of the nozzle including a plurality of injection holes communicating with the flow hole of the back of the nozzle,
the plurality of injection holes comprising a first injection hole and at east one second injection hole,
wherein the first injection hole extends straight and inclines at a first angle to a bottom wall of the tank,
wherein the at least one second injection hole comprising:
a first hole portion position extending straight side by side with the first injection hole below the first injection hole;
and

a second hole portion extending straight and obliquely upward from the first hole portion, the second hole portion extending
obliquely relative to the first injection hole and inclining at a second angle to the bottom wall of the tank, the second
angle being smaller than the first angle,

wherein the first injection hole has an outlet positioned above an outlet of second portion of the at least one second injection
hole,

wherein the front half of the nozzle injects from the first injection hole a first jet stream directed obliquely at a first
injection angle to the bottom wall of the tank,

wherein the front half of the nozzle injects from the second hole portion of the at least one second injection hole a second
jet stream directed at a second injection angle to the bottom wall of the tank, the second injection angle being smaller than
the first injection angle of the first jet stream to the bottom wall of the tank, and

wherein a combined jet stream flowing along the bottom wall of the tank is formed in an area in which the second jet stream
is merged with the first jet stream, and the area is in front of a position at which the first jet stream is injected against
the bottom wall of the tank.

US Pat. No. 9,114,699

HYBRID DRIVE APPARATUS

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A hybrid drive apparatus, comprising;
an engine,
a first motor/generator, and
a transmission,
wherein a first planetary gear mechanism is disposed on a first input shaft of the transmission to which a driving force of
the engine is inputted,

a first element of the first planetary gear mechanism being always connected to the first input shaft,
a second element of the first planetary gear mechanism being non-rotatably fixed to a casing,
a third element of the first planetary gear mechanism being connected to the first motor/generator,
the first planetary gear mechanism being capable of increasing the speed of rotation, which is inputted from the first input
shaft to the first element and outputting the rotation increased in speed to the third element, engagement of a first clutch
provided between the first element and a main speed-changing part of the transmission allowing rotation of the first input
shaft to be transmitted to the main speed-changing part at an equal speed, and engagement of a second clutch provided between
the third element and the main speed-changing part allowing rotation of the first input shaft to be transmitted to the main
speed-changing part at an increased speed,

wherein the main speed-changing part is formed from a second planetary gear mechanism,
wherein a first element of the second planetary gear mechanism is always connected to a second motor/generator and a second
input shaft that is relatively rotatably fitted around an outer periphery of the first input shaft,

wherein a second element of the second planetary gear mechanism is capable of being connected to the first element of the
second planetary gear mechanism via a third clutch and is also capable of being fixed to the casing via a brake, and

wherein a third element of the second planetary gear mechanism is connected to an output shaft of the transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,088,015

FUEL CELL COMPRISING WATER DISCHARGE CHANNEL FORMED BY A CORRUGATED SECTION

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

1. A fuel cell formed by stacking a membrane electrode assembly and a metal separator together horizontally in a stacking
direction, the membrane electrode assembly includes a pair of electrodes and an electrolyte membrane interposed between the
electrodes, the electrodes each having an electrode surface provided vertically along a direction of gravity, the electrode
surface having a shape elongated in a horizontal direction which is orthogonal to the stacking direction of the metal separator,
a reactant gas flow field being provided in the electrode surface for allowing an oxygen-containing gas or a fuel gas as a
reactant gas to flow along the electrode surface in a longitudinal direction thereof;
wherein a water discharge channel is provided at a lower end of the reactant gas flow field in the direction of gravity for
discharging water produced in power generation reaction downward in the direction of gravity; and

the water discharge channel is formed by a corrugated section including a protrusion and a recess formed alternately on a
surface of the metal separator where the reactant gas flow field is provided, the water discharge passage extending on the
surface in a direction which intersects the longitudinal direction in which the reactant gas flow field extends.

US Pat. No. 9,085,231

ROUGH TERRAIN VEHICLE

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

1. A rough terrain vehicle in which left and right front wheels and at least one rear wheel are attached to a body frame,
a radiator is arranged between said left and right front wheels and so as to be overlapped with the left and right front wheels
in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle in side view thereof, and the radiator is surrounded by a front cover, wherein:
said front cover includes
a grille extending in the vehicle width direction to introduce traveling wind into said radiator, and
extension portions extending toward the vehicle rear from both ends of the grille in the vehicle width direction;
a bumper is attached to said body frame;
the front end of the bumper is arranged closer to the vehicle front than the front ends of said left and right front wheels;
said extension portions closing a gap between said bumper and said radiator are arranged between said bumper and said radiator
outside said radiator in the vehicle width direction; and

turning performance-improvement portions gradually spreading outward in the vehicle width direction toward the vehicle rear
and configured to improve turning performance of the vehicle are provided on outer sides of the extension portions.

US Pat. No. 9,081,649

VEHICLE INCLUDING MOVABLE PARTITION AND CONTROLLER

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

1. A vehicle comprising:
a motor;
a movable partition operably coupled with the motor;
a controller associated with the movable partition and configured to detect a resting position of the movable partition;
a sensor coupled with the controller and configured to detect a vehicular condition; and
a power source in electrical communication with the motor and the controller and configured to facilitate passage of electrical
current to each of the controller and the motor; wherein:

passage of electrical current to the motor facilitates movement of the movable partition;
when passage of electrical current to the motor is interrupted, the controller is configured to detect the resting position
of the movable partition after passage of a delay time from when the passage of the electrical current to the motor is interrupted;
and

the delay time changes in response to changes and is determined by the controller in the vehicular condition.

US Pat. No. 9,067,577

VEHICLE BRAKING SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle braking system comprising:
a master cylinder for producing an upstream hydraulic pressure in response to an operation given to a brake operation part;
an operation amount detector for detecting an operation amount of the brake operation part;
a shut-off valve provided between the master cylinder and a wheel cylinder;
a hydraulic-pressure source for producing a downstream hydraulic pressure between the shut-off valve and the wheel cylinder
in a close instruction receiving condition of the shut-off valve; and

a controller for setting a control target value in response to the downstream hydraulic pressure based on the operation amount
and controlling the downstream hydraulic pressure based on the control target value, wherein

the controller comprises:
an upstream-hydraulic-pressure detector-estimator for detecting or estimating the upstream hydraulic pressure; and
a regulator for adjusting the control target value in response to the operation amount or the upstream hydraulic pressure
to regulate a pressure difference between the upstream hydraulic pressure and the downstream hydraulic pressure,

wherein the upstream hydraulic pressure moves a valve element of the shut-off valve to open, and
wherein if a value obtained by subtracting the control target value from the operation amount or the upstream hydraulic pressure
is greater than a regulation value in a closed condition of the shut-off valve, the regulation value is adjusted by the controller.

US Pat. No. 9,050,956

BRAKE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A brake device for a vehicle, said brake device comprising
a master cylinder that generates a brake fluid pressure by operation of a brake pedal,
a stroke simulator that imparts a reaction force to the operation of the brake pedal,
a plurality of wheel cylinders each of which brakes a wheel,
a master cut valve that is capable of blocking a fluid path providing a connection between the master cylinder and the wheel
cylinders,

a slave cylinder that is disposed between the master cut valve and the wheel cylinder and generates a brake fluid pressure
that is commensurate with the operation of the brake pedal, and

a control unit that, when the brake pedal is operated, closes the master cut valve and actuates the slave cylinder in a state
in which the stroke simulator is capable of being actuated, in which

the slave cylinder includes:
a cylinder main body;
first and second pistons that are slidably fitted into the cylinder main body and urged by springs in respective return directions;
a first fluid pressure chamber that is adjacent to a front surface of the first piston and communicates with some of the plurality
of wheel cylinders forming a first line;

a second fluid pressure chamber that is adjacent to a front surface of the second piston and communicated with some of the
plurality of wheel cylinders forming a second line; and

a motor that drives the first and second pistons forward when operated to rotate, and
the motor is operated to rotate in accordance with a depressing operation of the brake pedal so as to change a stroke of the
slave cylinder, wherein

the brake device further comprises
an idling detection unit that detects idling of the motor of the slave cylinder, wherein
when the stroke of the slave cylinder in a braking process is equal to or above a predetermined stroke in which even if one
of the first and second fluid pressure chambers can not generate a brake fluid pressure, the other can generate it, the idling
detection unit detects idling of the motor, and

when idling of the motor is detected, the control unit opens the master cut valve and actuates the entire plurality of wheel
cylinders by means of brake fluid pressure generated by the master cylinder.

US Pat. No. 9,050,236

WALKING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

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

1. A walking assistance device comprising:
a seating member configured to provide seating for a user; and
leg links connected to the seating member,
wherein the seating member comprises:
a seating frame having at least two frames movably connected to each other;
a bag member secured to the seating frame;
the bag member including an inflatable portion;
filler contained in the bag member and freely movable in the bag member; and
a valve provided on the bag member and capable of switching between a first state in which an inside of the inflatable portion
of the bag member is in communication with an outside of the inflatable portion of the bag member and a second state in which
the communication between the inside and the outside of the inflatable portion of the bag member is interrupted,

wherein a connecting portion at which the at least two frames are connected is disposed inside the inflatable portion of the
bag member.

US Pat. No. 9,051,024

ELECTRIC VEHICLE WITH MOTOR DRIVE SECTION

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

1. An electric vehicle, comprising:
an inverter configured to convert direct current from a battery into alternating current;
a capacitor configured to stabilize an operation of the inverter;
a discharge unit configured to discharge electric charge of the capacitor; and
a discharge operation unit configured to control the discharge unit to discharge the electric charge of the capacitor,
wherein the inverter, the capacitor, the discharge unit, and the discharge operation unit are configured to form a motor drive
section, and wherein the motor drive section is configured to supply electric power from the battery to a traveling motor,
to drive the traveling motor, and

wherein the discharge operation unit is disposed such that the motor drive section is accessible by manually operating the
discharge operation unit when accessing the motor drive section.

US Pat. No. 9,046,174

COEFFICIENT OF FRICTION CORRECTION DEVICE FOR BELT-TYPE CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

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

1. A coefficient of friction correction device for a belt-type continuously variable transmission, comprising
a coefficient of friction map storing a default value (?0) of a coefficient of friction between a pulley and an endless belt for each gear ratio,

a coefficient of friction calculator for calculating the coefficient of friction (?) between the pulley and the endless belt,
and

a coefficient of friction corrector for correcting the default value (?0) of the coefficient of friction stored in the coefficient of friction map based on the coefficient of friction (?) calculated
by the coefficient of friction calculator, wherein

the coefficient of friction corrector calculates a coefficient of friction correction factor from the coefficient of friction
(?) calculated by the coefficient of friction calculator for a predetermined gear ratio and the default value (?0) of the coefficient of friction stored in the coefficient of friction map for the predetermined gear ratio, and uniformly
corrects the default value (?0) of the coefficient of friction stored in the coefficient of friction map for each gear ratio using the coefficient of friction
correction factor.

US Pat. No. 9,043,957

MOVABLE DOOR APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR A COMBINATION GRASS DISCHARGE AND MULCHING LAWNMOWER

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

1. A door assembly for use with a lawnmower comprising a mower deck defining an upper surface, a lower interior surface, and
a discharge opening in communication with the lower interior surface, the door assembly comprising:
a shutter door pivotably movable with respect to the discharge opening between a closed position in which the shutter door
substantially obstructs flow through the discharge opening and an open position in which the discharge opening is substantially
unobstructed;

a handle positioned adjacent to the upper surface of the mower deck and coupled to the shutter door, wherein a first end of
the handle is pivotably movable with respect to the upper surface of the mower deck to cause movement of the shutter door;
and

a locking member being movable with respect to the handle and operable to retain the handle in one of a plurality of predetermined
positions corresponding to the closed position and open position of the shutter door, wherein the locking member comprises
a slide lock connected at a second end of the handle and movable with respect to the handle to engage a portion of the upper
surface of the mower deck, the slide lock being configured to slide towards a pivot point of the handle to move the slide
lock out of engagement with one of the predetermined positions, to pivot into alignment with a second of the predetermined
positions, and then to release away from the pivot point into engagement with the second of the predetermined positions against
the portion of the upper surface of the mower deck.

US Pat. No. 9,046,880

CONTROL DEVICE OF POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND METHOD OF SETTING PARAMETERS IN A POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

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

1. A control device of a power transmission device equipped with a primary element which displaces by a driving power of an
actuator, and a secondary element coupled to the primary element via an elastic deformation member capable of deforming elastically,
and which is provided so as to relatively displace with respect to the primary element by the elastic deformation of the elastic
deformation member, and to receive a power transmission from the primary element via the elastic deformation member, the control
device controlling a secondary power as a power applied to the secondary element by the power transmission to a desired value,
the control device comprising:
a control input determining unit configured to sequentially determine a control input for controlling the driving force of
the actuator, with a control processing of a sliding-mode control using a switching function configured taking a deviation
between an observed value and the desired value of the secondary power as a first variable component, and a temporal change
rate of the deviation as a second variable component, so as to converge the first variable component on a switching hyperplane
defined by the switching function to zero;

wherein a gradient of the switching hyperplane in a phase plane taking the first variable component and the second variable
component as two coordinate axis components is set, based on a specific response characteristics data satisfying a predetermined
requirement among a plurality of the response characteristics data preliminarily obtained as data indicating a trajectory
of a transition of a set of a value of the first variable component and a value of the second variable component when the
first variable component is converged from an arbitral value to zero;

when a line indicating a first set value preliminarily set according to a first permissible limit value, the first permissible
limit value being a preliminarily set permissible limit value of a magnitude of the value of the first variable component,
between the first permissible limit value and zero, on the phase plane, is defined as a first set value line, and a line indicating
a second set value preliminarily set according to a second permissible limit value, the second permissible limit value being
a preliminarily set permissible limit value of a magnitude of the value of the second variable component, between the second
permissible limit value and zero, on the phase plane, is defined as a second set value line, then the specific response characteristics
data satisfying the predetermined requirement is a response characteristics data satisfying a requirement that the magnitude
of the value of the first variable component and the magnitude of the value of the second variable component on the trajectory
indicated by the specific response characteristics data are equal to or smaller than the first permissible limit value and
equal to or smaller than the second permissible limit value, respectively, and that the trajectory intersects with the first
set value line or the second set value line; and

the gradient of the switching hyperplane is set so that, among intersections between the trajectory indicated by respective
specific response characteristics data and the first set value line or the second set value line on the phase plane, a gradient
of a line connecting the intersection and an origin of the phase plane coincides with or is approximate to a gradient of a
line connecting an intersection satisfying a condition that it is within a preliminarily set requirement range of the gradient
of the switching hyperplane, and the origin of the phase plane.

US Pat. No. 9,047,693

COLOR DISTRIBUTION DESIGN ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

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

1. A color distribution design assistance system, comprising:
a storage device configured to store color distribution in accordance with variation angle of a coating layer of an object
surface, a distribution mode of a particle group included in the coating layer, and shape characteristics and optical characteristics
of particles making up the particle group;

an input device enabling virtual designation of information on a design effect at the object surface;
a calculation element configured to perform conversion into information equal to actual data in response to the virtual designation
of information on a design effect via the input device, and perform particle appearance effect calculation corresponding to
a distance and a direction where particles contained in a pigment layer become invisible based on the color distribution in
accordance with variation angle of the coating layer of the object surface, the distribution mode of the particle group, and
the shape characteristics and optical characteristics of the particles, thus calculating color distribution in accordance
with variation angle of the object surface; and

an output device configured to display the color distribution in accordance with variation angle of the object surface that
is calculated by the calculation element, wherein

the storage device is configured to store a plurality of sample images each indicating a state at the coating layer of each
particle group of a plurality of the particle groups that are different from each other in at least two parts of a distribution
mode and shape characteristics and optical characteristics of particles making up the particle groups,

the output device is configured to display the plurality of sample images stored in the storage device, and
the input device is configured to enable virtual designation of the distribution mode of the particle group as well as the
shape characteristics and the optical characteristics of the particles making up the particle group by designation from the
plurality of sample images displayed on the output device.

US Pat. No. 10,763,675

POWER GENERATOR SYSTEM

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

1. A power generator system comprising a first generator and a second generator mutually connected in parallel, the first generator and the second generator including engines and inverter circuits and being driven by the engines, respectively,the power generator system comprising:
a detector configured to detect any of a power, a remaining fuel and a noise of the first generator, or to detect a physical quantity correlated any of the power, the remaining fuel and the noise of the first generator;
a determinator configured to determine whether a parallel operation of the first generator and the second generator is necessary based on a detection value detected by the detector when the first generator is operating and the second generator remains unstarted;
a power supply unit configured to supply a starting power to the second generator to start the second generator when it is determined by the determinator that the parallel operation is necessary;
a generator controller configured to control the second generator so as to operate synchronously in parallel with the first generator after the second generator is started; and
a total power acquisition unit configured to acquire a total power of the first generator and the second generator, wherein
the detector includes a power detector configured to detect a power of the first generator,
the determinator determines that the parallel operation is necessary when the power detected by the power detector reaches or exceeds a predetermined value, and
after the power detected by the power detector reaches or exceeds the predetermined value and the second generator is started, the generator controller stops an operation of the second generator when the total power acquired by the total power acquisition unit falls to or below a predetermined total value lower than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,759,432

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising:a detector that detects a nearby vehicle that travels near a host vehicle;
a processor configured to:
estimate a positional change of the nearby vehicle detected by the detector;
derive a lane changeable period during which lane change is possible to a lane change target position set as a relative position with respect to the nearby vehicle that travels in an adjacent lane that is adjacent to a host vehicle lane on the basis of a positional change of the nearby vehicle estimated; and
narrow down a previously set lane change target position to a lane change target position at which the lane changeable period derived is longer than a preset period.

US Pat. No. 10,710,665

VEHICLE BODY FRAME STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle body frame structure for a saddle riding vehicle, the vehicle body frame structure comprising:a main frame formed by coupling a main tube extending rearwardly downward from a head pipe supporting a front wheel via a front fork to a pivot frame supporting a rear fork by rear end portions of the pivot frame;
a rear frame in a rear of the main frame, the rear frame being formed of a fiber reinforced resin and supporting a seat;
the rear frame including attaching portions attached to the main frame, a pair of left and right upper side portions linearly extending rearward from the attaching portions, and a cross member laterally coupling the upper side portions to each other;
the cross member including a bulging portion bulging above the upper side portions,
wherein an inside of the rear frame constitutes an air inlet chamber for an engine, an air cleaner element is provided inside of the rear frame, and the bulging portion demarcates an upper portion of a clean side where intake air, which has been cleaned by passing through the air cleaner element, flows,
wherein each of the respective upper side portions has a slit formed in a front portion thereof, and wherein a respective locking piece, extending from a radiator shroud, is fitted in each of said slits.

US Pat. No. 10,710,472

VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a pair of side frames;
a connecting member connecting the pair of side frames;
a plastic cover member fixed on an upper side of each side frame; and
a cushion pad laid over the connecting member and the cover member,
wherein the cover member includes an inner fixing portion fixed to an upper side of the connecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,703,245

VEHICLE SEAT WITH DETACHABLE LIFE LEVER

Tachi-S Co., Ltd., Tokyo...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a lift lever which is freely turned upward and downward to lift and lower a seat part; and
a reclining lever which is freely turned upward and downward to operate a reclining mechanism which supports a backrest part in a manner such that the backrest part can be tilted with respect to the seat part,
the lift lever and the reclining lever being provided on a side surface of the seat part,
wherein the reclining lever is disposed on an outer side of the lift lever,
the seat part includes a rotation part which is rotated by turning of the lift lever to lift and lower the seat part,
the lift lever includes a turning base which is fastened onto the rotation part of the seat part by a fastening member,
when the reclining lever is turned downward, the reclining lever and the fastening member as viewed from a side of the seat part overlap each other, and when the reclining lever is turned upward, the reclining lever and the fastening member as viewed from the side of the seat part do not overlap each other, and the lift lever can be detached from the seat part, and
an outer surface of the lift lever is provided with a notch where the reclining lever enters when the lift lever is detached.

US Pat. No. 10,703,276

VEHICULAR DISPLAY SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicular display system comprising:a window that is a transparent plate mounted on a vehicle;
a liquid crystal unit that is arranged on the inner surface, in the inside/outside direction of the vehicle, of the window and has changeable levels of transparency;
a projector that projects images or videos onto the liquid crystal unit; and
a control unit that controls the liquid crystal unit and the projector,
wherein
the control unit controls the projector in a state of the liquid crystal unit being translucent, to cause the projector to project images or videos onto the liquid crystal unit,
the liquid crystal unit includes:
a first liquid crystal unit that is provided on the inner side, in the inside/outside direction of the vehicle, of the window; and
a second liquid crystal unit that is provided on the inner side, in the inside/outside direction of the vehicle, of the first liquid crystal unit so as to be separated from the first liquid crystal unit, and
the control unit controls the first liquid crystal unit and the second liquid crystal unit, and controls the projector, in the state of the second liquid crystal unit being translucent, so that images or videos are displayed on the second liquid crystal unit,
the first liquid crystal unit can be set to have a darker color tone or a lower transparency level than the second liquid crystal unit.

US Pat. No. 10,696,295

PARKING ASSIST DEVICE

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

1. A parking assist device comprising:a processor configured to:
facilitate planning a target trajectory of an own vehicle from a current position to a target parking space; and
facilitate performing a parking operation in which the own vehicle travels along the target trajectory and is parked in the target parking space,
wherein the processor determines a limit stop position corresponding to a limit position to which the own vehicle can travel along a traveling direction indicated by the target trajectory further forward over at least one target stop position included in the target trajectory,
in response to a driver performing a driving operation during the parking operation, the processor facilitates performance of an acceleration in accordance with the driving operation under a condition that a distance to the target stop position from a position of the own vehicle when the driving operation is performed is larger than a predetermined distance, and
after performing the acceleration, the processor facilitates performance of a deceleration so that the own vehicle stops in a range to the limit stop position.

US Pat. No. 10,691,124

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A control apparatus for a vehicle capable of switching between an automated driving mode in which, among steering and acceleration-deceleration of the vehicle, at least the acceleration-deceleration is automatically controlled and a manual driving mode in which, among the steering and the acceleration-deceleration of the vehicle, at least the acceleration-deceleration is controlled based on an operation by an operator,wherein the vehicle includes a stepped automatic transmission that changes rotation caused by driving force transmitted from a driving source to output the rotational driving force to a driving wheel side, the control apparatus comprising:
a switching controller that switches a traveling mode of the vehicle from the automated driving mode to the manual driving mode when an automated drive canceling request to cancel the automated driving mode to switch to the manual driving mode is submitted while the vehicle is traveling in the automated driving mode,
wherein the switching controller performs transmission gear setting control in which a transmission gear of the automatic transmission is set to a highest transmission gear among transmission gears within a range of a predetermined allowable driving force when switching the traveling mode of the vehicle from the automated driving mode to the manual driving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,676,074

BRAKE FLUID PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AUTOLIV NISSIN BRAKE SYST...

1. A brake fluid pressure control apparatus capable of applying brake individually to right and left wheels of a vehicle arranged on the same axle, and configured to execute rollover prevention control, in which brake is applied to at least one wheel of the vehicle at a timing when a rollover tendency of the vehicle is detected while the vehicle is turning, wherein if the rollover tendency is detected, the brake fluid pressure control apparatus operates such that a first braking force is applied to a turning outside wheel and at the same time a second braking force smaller than the first braking force is applied to a turning inside wheel arranged on the same axle and that an application of the first braking force is initiated at the same timing as an application of the second braking force, the brake fluid pressure control apparatus comprising:an outside wheel target braking force setting unit configured to set an outside wheel target braking force as a target for braking the turning outside wheel with the first braking force; and
an inside wheel target braking force setting unit configured to set an inside wheel target braking force as a target for braking the turning inside wheel with the second braking force, using a value smaller than that of the outside wheel target braking force,
wherein the rollover prevention control is carried out if a rollover detection parameter indicating the rollover tendency is greater than a predetermined threshold value, and
wherein the outside wheel target braking force setting unit sets the outside wheel target braking force based on a difference between the rollover detection parameter and the predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,647,226

VEHICLE SEAT AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING

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

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat bottom;
a seat back selectively rotatable relative to said seat bottom; and
a damper assembly comprising:
a bracket coupled between said seat bottom and said seat back;
a cam plate coupled to said bracket and to said seat back, said cam plate rotatable relative to said bracket and mounted in a fixed orientation relative to said seat back such that said cam plate is rotatable with said seat back relative to said seat bottom, said cam plate comprising an arcuate slot; and
a linear damper comprising a first end coupled to said bracket and a second end coupled within said arcuate slot, said second end translatable within said arcuate slot to facilitate selective rotational damping of said seat back relative to said seat bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,647,358

CASTING, HOLLOW INTERCONNECTING MEMBER FOR CONNECTING VEHICULAR FRAME MEMBERS, AND VEHICULAR FRAME ASSEMBLY INCLUDING HOLLOW INTERCONNECTING MEMBER

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

1. A front body for a vehicle comprising:an upper frame;
a lower frame positioned forward of a vehicle cabin and defining a load path, the lower frame is rigidly secured to the upper frame and includes a hollow casting that is deformable to absorb energy from an impact to the front of the vehicle, wherein the hollow casting includes a deformation feature that is deformable to absorb the energy from the impact to the front of the vehicle;
a first reinforcement and a second reinforcement positioned inside the hollow casting, the first and second reinforcements extending between a first side and a second side of the hollow casting;
a first steering component mount positioned outside the lower casting body on a first side opposite the first reinforcement; and
a second steering component mount positioned outside the lower casting body on a first side opposite the second reinforcement, wherein the deformation feature is positioned between the first and second reinforcements; and
a suspension component secured to the hollow casting.

US Pat. No. 10,640,153

DIFFERENT MATERIALS JOINT STRUCTURE

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

1. A different materials joint structure comprising:different materials of an iron member and an aluminum member integrally joined together by a friction stir welding;
wherein the different materials joint structure is a subframe mounted on a vehicle,
wherein the subframe comprises a frame front part and a frame rear part in a vehicle front-rear direction,
wherein the frame front part and the frame rear part are joined together,
wherein the frame front part has a higher strength than the frame rear part,
wherein surface treatment of the iron member differs between the frame front part and the frame rear part,
wherein the iron member forming the frame front part is made of a galvannealed steel plate (GA steel plate),
wherein the iron member forming the frame rear part is made of a hot-dip galvanized steel plate (GI steel plate), and
wherein the hot-dip galvanized steel plate (GI steel plate) forming the frame rear part and the aluminum member are joined together by a friction stir welding.

US Pat. No. 10,632,952

SEMI-RIGID DEPLOYABLE SHOULDER AND PELVIS RESTRAINT SYSTEM

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

1. A semi-rigid restraint system, comprising:an inner inflatable portion, coupled to
an outer telescoping rigid portion, wherein the restraint system is secured to a vehicle seat comprising a headrest, a lower seat back, an upper seat back, a seat bottom, and outboard and inboard sides, wherein the semi-rigid restraint system is rotatably mounted to the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,634,249

PISTON RING AND ENGINE

Nippon ITF, Inc., Kyoto ...

1. A piston ring, comprising:a carbon film, formed on an outer circumferential sliding surface and top and bottom surfaces of a piston ring body,
wherein the carbon film is formed by stacking at least a first carbon film layer and a second carbon film layer with different film qualities, and
a thickness ratio of the first carbon film layer to the second carbon film layer is different between the outer circumferential sliding surface and the top and bottom surfaces,
a nanoindentation hardness of the first carbon film layer is equal to or greater than 15 GPa,
a Raman coefficient of the second carbon film layer which is calculated from the following equation on the basis of a Raman spectrum is equal to or less than 36.3,
Raman coefficient=106÷(peak position×1.08+half-value width)?510
peak position: wavelength at vertex of G peak (cm?1)
half-value width: half-value width of G peak (cm?1).

US Pat. No. 10,638,107

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 within a frame of reference of an exterior environment of the 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. 10,636,311

CONVEYANCE INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND CONVEYANCE DATA PROVIDING SYSTEM

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

1. A conveyance information processing device comprising:a conveyance data reception part configured to receive a failure code for identifying a failure that has occurred in a conveyance, a current position of the conveyance, and conveyance operation information from the conveyance;
a failure information recording part configured to record failure information including at least one position of the conveyance before timing of occurrence of the failure and at least one position of the conveyance after the timing of the occurrence of the failure and the conveyance operation information; and
a failure information providing command part configured to give a command, in accordance with an operation of a user, to a terminal managing the failure information to provide the failure information to a repairer undertaking a repair of the conveyance through an electric communication line.

US Pat. No. 10,632,984

BRAKE CONTROL DEVICE FOR SADDLE RIDING VEHICLE

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

1. A brake control device for a saddle riding vehicle comprising:a rear wheel brake operation element for operating a rear wheel brake;
a master cylinder for generating hydraulic pressure according to operation of the rear wheel brake operation element;
a first detection portion for detecting a first hydraulic pressure generated according to the operation of the rear wheel brake operation element;
a front wheel brake; and
a flow passage configured to connect the master cylinder and the front wheel brake to each other,
a second detection portion for detecting a second hydraulic pressure acting on the front wheel brake through the flow passage; and
a control unit for controlling at least one of the first and second hydraulic pressures such that a difference between the first and second hydraulic pressures detected by the first and second detection portions is set to a target value said target value being based upon a vehicle speed of the saddle riding vehicle,
wherein the control unit sets the target value to a smaller value as the vehicle speed is higher.

US Pat. No. 10,633,028

AUTONOMOUS ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE FRAME STRUCTURE

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

1. A frame structure for an autonomous all-terrain vehicle comprising:left and right laterally spaced upper main frame members extended in a longitudinal direction of the frame structure, each of the left and right upper main frame members is horizontally disposed and has an upper mounting surface, and each of the left and right upper main frame members includes a forward end portion and a rearward end portion and extends continuously and without interruption between the forward and rearward end portions;
left and right laterally spaced lower main frame members extended in the longitudinal direction, each of the left and right lower main frame members having a forward portion and a rearward portion each inclined upwards and mounted to the respective left and right upper main frame members and a central portion extended in a lateral direction of the frame structure outward of the respective left and right upper main frame members in a top view of the frame structure;
left and right first sub-frame members extended in the longitudinal direction, the left and right first sub-frame members are located between the respective left and right upper main frame members and the respective left and right lower main frame members in a height direction of the frame structure, the left and right first sub-frame members are disposed bridgingly between and mounted to the forward and rearward portions of the respective left and right lower main frame members, and the left and right first sub-frame members are laterally aligned with the respective left and right upper main frame members in the top view of the frame structure; and
left and right frame rails extended in the longitudinal direction of the frame structure, the left and right frame rails are laterally offset in the lateral direction of the frame structure from the respective left and right upper frame members and the respective left and right first sub-frame members in the top view of the frame structure, and the left and right frame rails are offset higher in a height direction of the frame structure from the left and right upper main frame members.

US Pat. No. 10,635,927

SYSTEMS FOR PERFORMING SEMANTIC SEGMENTATION AND METHODS THEREOF

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

1. A method for performing segmentation of an image, comprising:processing the image using a plurality of convolutional layers to generate one or more feature maps;
providing at least one of the one or more feature maps to multiple segmentation branches, wherein each of the multiple segmentation branches correspond to a different type of segmentation; and
generating segmentations of the image based on the multiple segmentation branches, including providing feedback to, or generating feedback from, at least one of the multiple segmentation branches in performing segmentation in another of the multiple segmentation branches,
wherein generating the segmentations of the image comprises generating a category-level segmentation of the image and generating an instance-level segmentation of the image,
wherein generating the category-level segmentation of the image is based at least in part on features received from generating the instance-level segmentation of the image,
wherein the features are received from an output of a pooling operation performed as part of the instance-level segmentation, and
wherein generating the category-level segmentation of the image is based on performing a conditional random field operation on the image using at least the features from the output of the pooling operation.

US Pat. No. 10,625,587

VEHICLE DOOR SASH STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle door sash structure provided witha window glass arranged in a window frame,
a rail portion constituting the window frame and surrounding a rim of the window glass,
a molding constituting an outer wall of the rail portion,
a window frame body constituting an inner wall of the rail portion, and
a run channel arranged in the rail portion,
the vehicle door sash structure comprising:
a molding assembly including the molding and the run channel integrated together and being attached to the window frame body from a vehicle outer side to a vehicle inner side in a vehicle inner-outer direction along a direction from an inner side to an outer side of a vehicle;
an outer beam portion taking on a form of a cantilever erected on the window frame body so as to be capable of attaching the molding;
an inner beam portion taking on a form of a cantilever erected on the window frame body; and
a holding unit provided on the run channel and configured to be lockable with the inner beam portion,
wherein
the holding unit includes a guide locking portion arranged in a region of the run channel opposed in the vehicle inner-outer direction to a tip end rim of the inner beam portion in a state of temporary attachment after completion of attachment of the molding to the outer beam portion,
the guide locking portion is inclined in a direction to guide the run channel to a position of completion of attachment while coming into contact with the tip end rim of the inner beam portion by an input of an attachment force in a direction to attach the molding to the run channel in the state of temporary attachment,
the run channel includes a restorative biasing portion provided between a bottom portion constituting a bottom part of the rail portion and an inner wall portion constituting an inner wall part of the rail portion,
the restorative biasing portion includes
a corner part elastic body which is held and biased between the bottom portion and the inner wall portion at the position of completion of attachment;
a bottom side bending part which joins the bottom portion to the corner part elastic body; and
an inner wall side bending part which joins the inner wall portion to the corner part elastic body, and
the bottom side bending part and the inner wall side bending part are formed thinner than remaining regions of the run channel.

US Pat. No. 10,625,622

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE OF VEHICLE

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

1. A power supply device of a vehicle comprising:a first circuit in which a first battery is provided;
a second circuit in which a second battery having a full charge voltage higher than that of the first battery is provided;
a voltage converter provided between the first circuit and the second circuit; and
a first external connecting portion provided between the first battery and the voltage converter in the first circuit; and
a second external connecting portion provided between the second battery and the voltage converter in the second circuit, wherein:
a vehicle auxiliary device is connected to the first circuit,
the power supply device of the vehicle further comprises a switch electrically opening and closing between the vehicle auxiliary device and the first external connecting portion,
when the second battery is charged from the first external connecting portion with a first external charger, the switch is opened to cut off supply of a current from the first external charger to the vehicle auxiliary device, and a current is supplied from the first battery to the vehicle auxiliary device,
when the first battery and the second battery are charged from the second external connecting portion with a second external charger, the switch is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,625,425

POSITION AND POSTURE ADJUSTMENT METHOD

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

1. A position and posture adjustment method for adjusting a position and a posture of an arm distal end portion of a robot with respect to a workpiece, using a measuring device attached to the arm distal end portion and a marker having a head cut conical shape arranged in the workpiece,the measuring device including three laser displacement gauges each arranged at vertexes of an equilateral triangle and having optical axes each set to intersect at a vertex of a trigonal pyramid having the equilateral triangle as a base,
the position and posture adjustment method comprising:
a provisional teaching step of teaching the robot a predetermined position and a predetermined posture of the workpiece;
a marker installation step of installing the marker at the predetermined position of the workpiece with the predetermined posture;
an initial movement step of moving the arm distal end portion such that irradiated positions of the three laser displacement gauges are arranged within an end surface of the marker, using a result of the provisional teaching step;
a posture modification step of moving the arm distal end portion such that measured values of the three laser displacement gauges become close to each other while maintaining a state in which the irradiated positions of the three laser displacement gauges are arranged within the end surface;
an approach step of bringing the arm distal end portion close to the marker along an axis of the trigonal pyramid such that a diameter of a virtual circle passing through the irradiated positions of the three laser displacement gauges in a virtual plane including the end surface becomes larger than a diameter of the end surface;
an alignment step of causing the axis of the trigonal pyramid and an axis of the marker to coincide with each other by moving the arm distal end portion parallel along a plane perpendicular to the axis of the trigonal pyramid such that the measured values of the three laser displacement gauges become close to each other; and
a positioning step of adjusting the position of the arm distal end portion by moving the arm distal end portion along the axis of the trigonal pyramid.

US Pat. No. 10,603,708

CUSHION PIN

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

4. A cushion pin used in a press molding apparatus that performs press molding on a workpiece, comprising:a plurality of cylindrical members disposed to allow respective central axes of the cylindrical members to be aligned on a common axis;
a plurality of annular partition walls arranged, at predetermined intervals in an axial direction of the plurality of cylindrical members, the annular partition walls together with the cylindrical members forming a plurality of spring chambers;
a plurality of coil springs each of which being disposed in each of the plurality of spring chambers;
a plurality of rod members with each rod member of the plurality of rod members arranged in respective spring chambers of the plurality of spring chambers and arranged in the axial direction of the plurality of cylindrical members; and
an outer cylindrical member in which the plurality of cylindrical members and the plurality of rod members are arranged inside thereof, wherein
the plurality of cylindrical members have an outer diameter corresponding to an inner diameter of the outer cylindrical member,
each of the plurality of rod members include a rod-shaped part which is slidably inserted into an opening of the partition wall on one side of the spring chamber in which the rod-shaped part is arranged, and a flange part which is located inside the spring chamber, and is biased by the coil spring arranged in the spring chamber to one side of the axial direction of the plurality of cylindrical members,
an end face of one side of the rod-shaped part is always maintained in a state of contact with an end face of a flange part of an adjacent rod member,
the rod-shaped part extends toward the one side of the axial direction from the flange part,
the rod-shaped part of the rod member positioned closest to the one side of the axial direction among the plurality of rod members, projects from the cylindrical member positioned closest to the one side of the axial direction among the plurality of cylindrical members, and
wherein the cushion pin further includes a piston member which contacts the rod-shaped part of the rod member positioned closest to the one side of the axial direction, the piston member having a diameter which corresponds to the inner diameter of the outer cylindrical member.

US Pat. No. 10,608,375

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY WITH A SLIDER

Tyco Electronics Japan G....

1. A connector assembly, comprising:a first connector including a housing having a first receiving space and a slider forming a second receiving space in the first receiving space, the slider is held by the housing and is slidable with respect to the housing in a direction intersecting a mating direction, the slider has a slider backlash restraining device disposed on an inner wall of the slider; and
a second connector matable with the first connector in the mating direction and received in the first receiving space and the second receiving space, the slider slides in a first direction to cause the second connector to move in the mating direction and slides in a second direction opposite to the first direction to cause the second connector to move in a direction opposite to the mating direction, the second connector has a connecting pad formed as a male terminal on a circuit board and a connector backlash restraining device disposed on an outer wall of the second connector, the slider backlash restraining device abuts the connector backlash restraining device when the first connector is mated with the second connector.

US Pat. No. 10,603,772

CLIP REMOVAL TOOL

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

1. An apparatus for removing a push clip having retractable arms extending from a shaft, comprising:a longitudinal body;
a contact block having a surface transverse to the longitudinal body and an opening defined therein, an inner diameter of the opening substantially corresponding to an outer diameter of the shaft; and
a pushrod slidably mounted to the longitudinal body and movable through the opening.
US Pat. No. 10,604,889

FIBROUS PRODUCT AND FIBER PROCESSING AGENT

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

1. A fibrous product haying, attached thereto(a) 1.0 to 3.0 g/m2 of zirconium phosphate;
(b) 0.12 to 0.4 g/m2 of a homopolymer formed of an aromatic sulfonic acid monomer; and
(c) 0.2 to 0.8 g/m2 of a copolymer including a styrene sulfonate salt.

US Pat. No. 10,597,094

VEHICLE FRAME CONSTRUCTION AND METHOD

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

1. A vehicle frame construction, comprising:an elongated hollow frame member having a plurality of interior sides; and
a reinforcement member formed from a thermoplastic polymer and arranged within the elongated hollow frame member to reinforce each interior side of the elongated hollow frame member in a plane orthogonally oriented relative to a longitudinal axis of the elongated hollow frame member,
wherein recesses are defined in the reinforcement member such that the reinforcement member is spaced apart from each interior side along portions thereof, the recesses define contact portions, and structural foam is interposed between the contact portions and the interior sides to directly bond the contact portions to the interior sides,
wherein a plurality of spaced apart reinforcements is provided along the elongated length of the reinforcement member along one of the recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,596,617

BLANKING DIE AND METHOD OF BLANKING SHEET METAL THEREWITH

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

11. The method of claim 10, further comprising:movably supporting the ejecting mechanism, comprising raising the ejecting mechanism and lowering the ejecting mechanism, the ejecting mechanism from a storage position in the cavity in which the ejecting mechanism is stored to an ejection position above the cavity when the ejecting mechanism is needed to eject the second one of the metallic blanks to the front ejector, the ejecting mechanism being lowered from the ejection position to the storage position when the ejecting mechanism has ejected the second one of the metallic blanks to the front ejector.

US Pat. No. 10,598,680

PULSER RING MOUNTING STRUCTURE

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

1. A pulser ring mounting structure comprising:a wheel provided with a hub, the hub being journaled to an axle; and
a pulser ring, the pulser ring being mounted with respect to the wheel, the pulser ring being provided with an annular detected portion configured to be detected by a wheel speed sensor,
wherein:
the hub is provided with a bearing retaining portion for retaining a bearing that is fitted to the axle,
the pulser ring is provided with a rib, the rib extending inwardly, in a vehicle width direction, from a radially inner peripheral portion of the pulser ring,
the rib is provided with an abutting surface located close to a receiving portion of the hub, that is provided at an end surface outside of the bearing retaining portion in the vehicle width direction,
the pulser ring is mounted with respect to the wheel in a manner to form a gap between the rib and the receiving portion at the time of mounting, and
the gap is set to such a size that when the pulser ring is deformed toward the hub in an elastic deformation zone, the rib abuts on the receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,570,790

BREATHER DEVICE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A breather device of an internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders arranged in a row, comprising;a head cover main body having an upper wall extending over at least a large part of a cylinder head of the engine and including a downwardly recessed part, and a peripheral wall depending from a peripheral part of the upper wall, a lower end of the peripheral wall abutting the cylinder head to define a valve actuation chamber jointly with the cylinder head;
a chamber forming member attached to the upper wall of the head cover main body so as to define a breather chamber extending in a cylinder row direction in cooperation with the upper wall of the head cover main body;
an upstream breather passage communicating a first end of the breather chamber with a crank chamber;
a downstream breather passage communicating a second end of the breather chamber with an intake passage;
an oil return passage formed in the cylinder head to communicate the valve actuation chamber with the crank chamber;
a first communication hole formed in a lower part of the downwardly recessed part adjoining the first end of the breather chamber to communicate the breather chamber with the valve actuation chamber; and
a second communication hole formed in a part of the breather chamber downstream of the first communication hole to communicate the breather chamber with the valve actuation chamber,
wherein the second communication hole is formed in a lower part of a side wall defining the downwardly recessed part, a gap facing the valve actuation chamber being defined between the peripheral wall and the side wall, and
wherein a part of the peripheral wall opposing the gap includes a bulging part that bulges locally outward from adjoining parts of the peripheral wall and defines the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,574,143

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, MACHINE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PERFORMING POWER CONVERSION USING A MULTIPHASE CONVERTER

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

1. A power supply device comprising:a power supply;
a conversion module including a plurality of conversion units configured to perform voltage conversion of power supplied by the power supply, the plurality of conversion units being electrically connected in parallel to each other;
a change unit that changes an operation number, which is a number of the plurality of conversion units performing the voltage conversion; and
a control unit that supplies a control signal having a predetermined duty ratio to each conversion unit of the plurality of conversion units performing the voltage conversion and controls the conversion module, wherein:
when the change unit changes the operation number, the control unit gradually increases from a first duty ratio of the control signal supplied to each conversion unit for starting the voltage conversion to a second duty ratio of the control signal supplied to each conversion unit for continuously performing the voltage conversion, at a predetermined change rate; and
a number-of-phases switch period that is set in a case of a decrease in the operation number is longer than a number-of-phases switch period that is set in a case of an increase in the operation number such that a change rate from the first duty ratio with the decrease in the operation number is smaller than a change rate from the first duty ratio with the increase in the operation number.

US Pat. No. 10,571,910

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle control device disposed in a vehicle that is capable of making a lane change automatically, comprising:a trajectory generating unit configured to generate a planned travel trajectory for the vehicle at a time of making the lane change;
a vehicle motion determining unit configured to determine a value indicative of a motion of the vehicle that occurs in a vehicle transverse direction of the vehicle, on the basis of the planned travel trajectory generated by the trajectory generating unit;
a grasping request unit configured to request grasping of a steering wheel in a case that the value indicative of the vehicle motion is greater than or equal to a predetermined value;
a vehicle control unit configured to automatically control the motion of the vehicle at the time of making the lane change; and
a grasping detection unit configured to detect whether or not the steering wheel is grasped by a driver of the vehicle;
wherein the vehicle control unit changes the motion of the vehicle differently based on whether it is detected or whether it is not detected by the grasping detection unit that the steering wheel is grasped, after grasping of the steering wheel has been requested by the grasping request unit.

US Pat. No. 10,564,071

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INSPECTING DAMPING FORCE VARIABLE MECHANISM, AND METHOD FOR INSPECTING PRESSURE DAMPING DEVICE

Showa Corporation, Gyoda...

1. An examination method for a damping force variable mechanism, the examination method comprising:an operation step of operating a pressure damping device in a state in which the pressure damping device is installed in a vehicle, the pressure damping device being provided with the damping force variable mechanism that changes a damping force according to an input signal; and
a detection step of detecting an output of the vehicle due to the operation step, wherein
the operation step comprises the sub-steps of:
using a signal input device that is separated from the vehicle and inputs a signal to the damping force variable mechanism, the signal having a constant cycle, and
operating the pressure damping device in a state in which the signal is input to the damping force variable mechanism by the signal input device;
the signal input device switches between a plurality of mutually different signals and inputs a selected one of the signals to the damping force variable mechanism as the signal, and
the detection step includes a step of determining whether the output of the vehicle changes at the constant cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,563,706

HYDRAULIC POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

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

1. A hydraulic power transmission device comprising:an input shaft to which a driving force from a drive source is transmitted;
a hydraulic clutch disconnecting the driving force transmitted to the input shaft; and
an output shaft connected to the input shaft via the hydraulic clutch,
wherein the hydraulic clutch includes frictional engagement elements for disconnecting the driving force and a piston chamber applying a pressing force to the frictional engagement elements,
the hydraulic power transmission device further comprising:
an oil pump communicating to the piston chamber and supplying hydraulic fluid flowing into the piston chamber, and
a pressure regulating valve communicating to the piston chamber and regulating pressure of hydraulic fluid flowing out from the piston chamber,
wherein the pressure regulating valve is arranged adjacent to the piston chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,563,732

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

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

1. A power transmission device comprising:an input shaft rotatably supported in a housing and configured to rotate by a driving force that is transmitted to the input shaft from a driving source mounted in a vehicle;
first to fourth planetary gear mechanisms, each comprising three elements that are a sun gear, a carrier, and a ring gear;
a plurality of engagement mechanisms; and
an output member that receives the driving force transmitted from the input shaft via the planetary gear mechanisms and the engagement mechanisms,
wherein the three elements of the third planetary gear mechanism are defined as a first element, a second element, and a third element in an order in which the elements are arranged from one side of an alignment chart at intervals corresponding to a gear ratio of the three elements of the third planetary gear mechanism,
wherein the three elements of the fourth planetary gear mechanism are defined as a fourth element, a fifth element, and a sixth element in an order in which the elements are arranged from the one side of the alignment chart at intervals corresponding to a gear ratio of the three elements of the fourth planetary gear mechanism,
wherein the three elements of the first planetary gear mechanism are defined as a seventh element, an eighth element, and a ninth element in an order in which the elements are arranged from the one side of the alignment chart at intervals corresponding to a gear ratio of the three elements of the first planetary gear mechanism,
wherein the three elements of the second planetary gear mechanism are defined as a tenth element, an eleventh element, and a twelfth element in an order in which the elements are arranged from the one side of the alignment chart at intervals corresponding to a gear ratio of the three elements of the second planetary gear mechanism,
wherein the first element is connected to the input shaft, the tenth element is connected to the output member, a first connection is formed by connecting the second element, the fifth element, and the ninth element together, a second connection is formed by connecting the third element and the twelfth element together, and a third connection is formed by connecting the eighth element and the eleventh element together,
wherein the engagement mechanisms include first to third clutches, first and second brakes, and another brake,
wherein the first clutch is switchable between a connected state in which the first element and the third connection are connected and a released state in which the first element and the third connection are disconnected,
wherein the second clutch is switchable between a connected state in which the second connection and the sixth element are connected and a released state in which the second connection and the sixth element are disconnected,
wherein the third clutch is switchable between a connected state in which the first element and the fourth element are connected and a released state in which the first element and the fourth element are disconnected,
wherein the first brake is switchable between a fixed state in which the seventh element is fixed to the housing and a released state in which the seventh element is released from the housing,
wherein the second brake is switchable between a fixed state in which the sixth element is fixed to the housing and a released state in which the sixth element is released from the housing,
wherein the other brake is switchable between a fixed state in which the third connection is fixed to the housing and a released state in which the third connection is released from the housing,
wherein the first clutch, the first planetary gear mechanism, the second planetary gear mechanism, the third planetary gear mechanism, the fourth planetary gear mechanism, and the third clutch are arranged along the input shaft in that order from the driving source,
wherein the input shaft includes a first input shaft and a second input shaft that are coaxially connected together through a first spline engagement portion and that are capable of being separated from each other in an axial direction,
wherein the first spline engagement portion is disposed between the first clutch and the first element of the third planetary gear mechanism on the input shaft,
wherein the first clutch is connected to the first input shaft,
wherein the first element of the third planetary gear mechanism and the third clutch are connected to the second input shaft,
wherein the first element of the third planetary gear mechanism is removably connected to the second input shaft through a second spline engagement portion,
wherein the first element is the sun gear of the third planetary gear mechanism,
wherein the power transmission device is configured such that: (i) a first torque is applied between a position at which the first clutch is connected to the input shaft and a position at which the first element is connected to the input shaft (ii) a second torque is applied between a position at which a position at which the first clutch is connected to the input shaft and a position at which the third clutch is connected to the input shaft (iii) a third torque is applied between the input shaft and the first clutch; (iv) a fourth torque is applied between the input shaft and the first element and (v) a fifth torque is applied between the input shaft and the third clutch, in which the first torque and the fourth torque are lower than each of the second torque, the third torque and the fifth torque,
wherein the first spline engagement portion is disposed between the position at which the first clutch is connected to the input shaft and the position at which the first element is connected to the input shaft, to which the first torque is applied, and
wherein the second spline engagement portion is disposed between the input shaft and the third clutch, to which the fourth torque is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,557,517

ACTIVE VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICE AND ACTIVE VIBRATION DAMPING METHOD

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

1. An active vibration damping device, comprising:an actuator disposed between a drive source and a vehicle body; and
a computer configured to suppress transmission of vibrations from the drive source to the vehicle body by causing the actuator to actively generate vibrations;
wherein the computer comprises:
a command value calculating unit configured to calculate an operation command value for the actuator from rotation information of the drive source;
a command value correction unit configured to correct the operation command value in accordance with an internal temperature of the actuator;
a target current waveform calculating unit configured to calculate a target current waveform from the operation command value corrected;
a drive control unit configured to apply a drive voltage to the actuator using a voltage duty ratio calculated based on the target current waveform; and
an internal temperature estimating unit configured to estimate the internal temperature on basis of an average duty ratio as an average of the voltage duty ratios in a predetermined interval, wherein
the target current waveform includes a rising current interval and a falling current interval; and
the predetermined interval corresponds to all or a portion of the falling current interval.

US Pat. No. 10,557,398

EXHAUST PIPE STRUCTURE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An exhaust pipe structure for an internal combustion engine in which a tubular exhaust purifying catalyst device including an exhaust purifying catalyst is disposed in a vicinity of the internal combustion engine within an engine room, the exhaust pipe structure comprising:an exhaust pipe main part which curves from a side of the internal combustion engine and extends towards an end of the exhaust purifying catalyst device in a center axis line direction of the exhaust purifying catalyst device; and
an exhaust pipe introduction part that connects the exhaust pipe main part and the end of the exhaust purifying catalyst device, and introduces exhaust gas from the exhaust pipe main part into the exhaust purifying catalyst device,
wherein the exhaust pipe main part is disposed so that a center of an exhaust inlet on the side of the internal combustion engine is offset from the center axis line of the exhaust purifying catalyst device when viewed from a side of the exhaust inlet, and an end of the exhaust pipe main part on a side of the exhaust purifying catalyst device is connected to an outer circumferential side of the exhaust pipe introduction part,
wherein the exhaust pipe introduction part has a space from an end face of the end of the exhaust purifying catalyst device, and extends obliquely to the side of the exhaust purifying catalyst device from the end of the exhaust pipe main part on the side of the exhaust purifying catalyst device until an outer circumferential end of the exhaust purifying catalyst device,
wherein the exhaust pipe introduction part extends obliquely to the side of the exhaust purifying catalyst device in a spiral shape, from one outer circumferential side at which the end of the exhaust pipe main part on the side of the exhaust purifying catalyst device is connected towards another outer circumferential side thereof opposing the one outer circumferential side along a circumferential direction thereof, and there arranged a detection element of an exhaust sensor at a boundary area between the exhaust pipe main part and the exhaust pipe introduction part, and
wherein an end of the detection element of the exhaust sensor is located at a starting point of the swirl flow generated in the exhaust introduction part.

US Pat. No. 10,549,806

EXTERIOR PART OF SADDLED VEHICLE

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

1. An exterior part of a saddled vehicle, the exterior part being formed of a fiber reinforced plastic to constitute an outer surface of the saddled vehicle, the fiber reinforced plastic constituting the exterior part comprising:the fiber reinforced plastic formed by a laminate with a plastic,
the laminate including a plurality of carbon fiber layers hardened by the plastic,
wherein the laminate comprises:
a different color layer disposed between the carbon fiber layers, the different color layer having a color different from a color of the carbon fiber layers, and
a sound insulation layer including an elastic material, the sound insulation layer disposed, in a thickness direction of the laminate, between an outermost one of the carbon fiber layers and the different color layer.

US Pat. No. 10,549,672

VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A vehicle seat including a seat cushion and a seat back connected to a rear end of the seat cushion via a reclining mechanism, comprising:a pair of side frames extending along either side of the seat cushion; and
a cup holder provided in a front end part of one of the side frames;
wherein the cup holder includes
a support wire member including a pair of longitudinal portions having base ends attached to either side of the corresponding side frame and extending in a forward direction, and a cross portion extending between free ends of the longitudinal portions,
a housing member having a pair of side walls, a front wall extending between front edges of the side walls, and side flanges formed in lower edges of the side walls, the side flanges resting on the longitudinal portions of the support wire member, and
a cup shaped container receiving member having an open top and received in the housing member, a bottom end of the container receiving member being provided with a pair of engagement features that are engaged by the longitudinal portions of the support wire member.

US Pat. No. 10,538,686

MULTI-MATERIAL ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF MAKING THEREOF

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

1. A method of making a multi-material assembly comprising:providing an elongated frame member having a length, the elongated frame member being formed by hot-stamping a steel blank coated with an AlSi alloy coating, wherein the elongated frame member includes a body, a first leg and a second leg, the first leg including a first end connected to the body and a second end extending outward from the body, wherein the first end and the second end extend along the length of the elongated frame member and the second end defines a portion of a perimeter of the elongated frame member;
treating an interior surface of the first leg to form a first uncoated portion that has a length that extends along the length of the elongated frame member and is positioned inward of the portion of the perimeter of the elongated frame member defined by the second end, wherein the first uncoated portion is positioned between the first end and the second end of the first leg, wherein the first leg extending from the first end to the first uncoated portion remains coated, and the first leg extending from the first uncoated portion to the second end remains coated;
providing a reinforcement member including at least a first foot, wherein the reinforcement member comprises a material that is dissimilar from the elongated frame member;
applying an adhesive to the first foot of the reinforcement member or the first uncoated portion of the first leg;
positioning the reinforcement member between the first leg and the second leg with the first foot positioned opposite the first uncoated portion with the adhesive positioned therebetween; and
curing the adhesive to secure the first foot to the first uncoated portion.

US Pat. No. 10,541,551

NON-CONTACT POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

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

1. A non-contact power transmission system comprising a charging station including a power transmission unit configured to transmit a certain transmission power in a radial direction, and a vehicle including a power reception unit configured to receive a power in accordance with the transmission power without contact, a control unit of the vehicle comprising:a voltage value detection unit configured to detect a voltage value of a reception power received by the power reception unit;
a storage unit configured to store in advance a voltage value characteristic of a region where, when the power transmission unit is regarded as a coordinate origin and a distance in a radial direction from the coordinate origin is ra, the voltage value is unique relative to the distance ra; and
a moving amount detection unit configured to detect a moving amount of the vehicle, wherein:
a position where a predetermined voltage value is detected by the voltage value detection unit of the vehicle in the region where the voltage value is unique, is set as a detection start position;
when a distance from the detection start position to the coordinate origin is cb, a vehicle speed is Vv, and the moving amount from the detection start position is cvp, the moving amount cvp at a current position is obtained by cvp=?Vv·dt;
the distance ra from the coordinate origin is obtained with reference to the voltage value characteristic by a voltage detected by the voltage value detection unit at the current position; and
when a distance on a vertical axis is x and a distance on a horizontal axis is y in orthogonal two axes of the distance ra in the radial direction with respect to the coordinate origin and the distance cb from the detection start position to the coordinate origin is on the vertical axis, the distance x and the distance y at the current position from the coordinate origin are obtained respectively from
x=(ra2?cvp2+cb2)/(2·cb)
y={(ra+cb+cvp)(ra?cb+cvp)(ra+cb?cvp)(?ra+cb+cvp)}1/2/(2·cb); and
moving the vehicle to a location specified by the x and y coordinates.

US Pat. No. 10,502,123

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A control device for a vehicle including an internal combustion engine and a motor as drive sources, the internal combustion engine including a turbocharger and a wastegate valve, the turbocharger including a turbine disposed in an exhaust passage and a compressor driven by the turbine to rotate and pressurize air to be sucked by the internal combustion engine, the wastegate valve being disposed in a bypass passage that bypasses the turbine, the vehicle having a motor drive mode in which the vehicle runs by using the motor alone as the drive source, the control device comprising:a temporarily stopping unit that automatically stops the internal combustion engine while the vehicle is running in the motor drive mode;
an opening degree detector that detects an opening degree of the wastegate valve; and
a valve controller that sets a target opening degree of the wastegate valve to a predetermined opening degree in the motor drive mode and controls the wastegate valve to make the opening degree detected by the opening degree detector equal to the target opening degree,
wherein the predetermined opening degree is set such that a non-contact condition is satisfied, the non-contact condition being a condition in which an actual opening degree of the wastegate valve does not become smaller than or equal to a fully-closed-state opening degree when an error between the detected opening degree and the actual opening degree becomes equal to an expected maximum value, the actual opening degree being estimated using a reference opening degree value measured using the opening degree detector at a predetermined operating time when the wastegate valve is at a fully-closed-state opening degree.

US Pat. No. 10,502,812

MOVABLE BODY WHICH ALLOWS DETECTION OF AXIAL DEVIATION OF AXIS OF SURROUNDINGS DETECTOR

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

1. A movable body comprising:a surroundings detector that is attached to a predetermined part of the movable body and detects an object present in a predetermined region around the movable body with a predetermined field of view angle having an axis as a center; and
a marker that is provided to the movable body at a position located in front of the surroundings detector as viewed from the surroundings detector and is provided outside a field of view range set based on the field of view angle, the marker being used to detect an axial deviation of the axis of the surroundings detector,
wherein
the surroundings detector is a radar unit, and the axis is a radio wave axis,
the movable body further includes a radio wave transmissive member that is attached in front of the radar unit as viewed from the radar unit,
the marker includes a high radio-wave-reflecting member and is provided outside a field of view range of the radar unit set based on the field of view angle projected on the radio wave transmissive member and is provided within a limit sensing range of the radar unit, and
the marker includes a plurality of markers that are provided on the radio wave transmissive member,
wherein the plurality of markers are provided so as to surround the radio wave axis of the radar unit and to form a marker field of view,
the movable body further comprising:
an axial deviation amount calculation controller that calculates amount of axial deviation between the radio wave axis and a marker axis, the marker axis being a central axis of the marker field of view;
a transmittance calculation controller that calculates transmittance of the radio wave transmissive member by using the amount of axial deviation between the marker axis and the radio wave axis; and
a calibration controller that calibrates the amount of axial deviation of the radio wave axis, and calibrates the transmittance.

US Pat. No. 10,487,942

TRANSMISSION STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A transmission structure for a vehicle, the transmission structure comprising:a transmission (82, 201) having a plurality of speed change stages, the transmission (82, 201) including a speed change operation mechanism (170, 220) that has an output portion (178) receiving an input motion produced by a speed change operation and changing a speed change stage and a transmission case (160, 210) that houses the speed change operation mechanism (170, 220), a part of the transmission case (160, 210) being constituted by a transmission holder (162, 162M) rotatably supporting at least one end of a speed change shaft (108, 208) of the transmission (82, 201);
the transmission case (160, 210) supporting an actuating shaft member (174, 222) that constitutes a part of the speed change operation mechanism (170, 220), and receives an operating input and transmits a speed change motion of the transmission (82, 201), and
a part of the transmission holder (162, 162M), the actuating shaft member (174, 222) being disposed in the part of the transmission holder (162, 162M), including a through hole (162g) that the actuating shaft member (174, 222) is disposed so as to pass through.

US Pat. No. 10,479,311

AIRBAG COVER

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An airbag cover adapted to be jointed with an airbag housing for covering an airbag which is housed in the airbag housing in a folded-up configuration, the airbag cover comprising:a door that is openable when pushed by the airbag as inflated for allowing airbag emergence;
a hinge region of the door that holds the door as opened; and
a tearable region that is disposed in a circumference of the door and configured to break when pushed by the airbag for allowing the door to open, the tearable region comprises:
a bridged tear region that includes a plurality of perforations formed through the airbag cover and a plurality of bridging regions disposed between the perforations, and is configured to break when the bridging regions break, the bridged tear region being disposed at a leading end portion of the door as opened, distant from the hinge region; and
a plurality of thinned tear regions, each thinned tear region of the plurality of thinned tear regions includes a continuous thinned region and is configured to break when the thinned region breaks, one of the thinned tear regions being disposed in an area ranging from a first end of the hinge region to a first end of the bridged tear region and another one of the thinned tear regions being disposed in an area ranging from a second end of the hinge region to a second end of the bridged tear region,
wherein the bridged tear region is arranged in a U shape and includes a leading end region which is disposed distant from the hinge region, corners which bend from both ends of the leading end region, and two regions which extend from the corners and continued to the thinned tear regions.

US Pat. No. 10,476,338

STATOR FOR ELECTRIC ROTARY MACHINE

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

1. A stator for an electric rotary machine comprising:a stator core which has plural slots; and
segmented coils of a plurality of phases, wherein:
the stator core is provided with a base plate at least one side thereof in an axial direction;
the segmented coils of the plurality of phases include plural slot coils which are individually disposed in the plural slots of the stator core and which extend substantially linearly, and plural connection coils which are individually disposed in the base plate and which make up bridge portions by connecting the slot coils of a same phase together;
the connection coil is accommodated in a connection coil accommodating groove formed on a front surface of the base plate;
the base plate is provided with a communication portion on an outer circumferential surface thereof for communicating with the connection coil accommodating groove; and
the base plate is provided with a guide portion on the outer circumferential surface thereof integrally with the base plate or separately from the base plate to guide refrigerant to the communication portion.

US Pat. No. 10,476,203

CONNECTOR

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A connector comprising:a first connector which comprises a tubular outer housing and an inner housing received in the outer housing and in which a plurality of first terminals are provided in the inner housing;
a second connector which comprises a counterpart housing having a bottomed tubular shape and configured to receive the inner housing at a time of being inserted into the outer housing and in which a plurality of second terminals are provided in an inner surface of a bottom portion of the counterpart housing;
an elastic member which is provided in the outer housing and urges the inner housing toward a front side of the first connector in a fitting direction; and
a lock member which is provided in an opening end of the counterpart housing,
wherein the outer housing comprises a mechanism configured to elastically deform the lock member in a direction toward the inner housing in a middle of fitting the first connector and the second connector, and to allow the lock member to elastically return in a direction away from the inner housing at a time of completely fitting the first connector and the second connector,
wherein the inner housing comprises a lock part configured to be locked by the lock member which is begin elastically deformed in the middle of fitting the first connector and the second connector, and to be released from locking by the lock member when the lock member elastically returns at the time of completely fitting the first connector and the second connector,
wherein in the middle of fitting the first connector and the second connector, the lock member retreats the inner housing to a back surface of the first connector in the fitting direction against an urging force of the elastic member by a lock of the locking member to the lock part, and
wherein at the time of completely fitting the first connector and the second connector, the second connector allows the elastic member to elastically return and moves the inner housing in the fitting direction to the front side of the first connector by a release of the lock of the locking member to the lock part, so that the inner housing is guided toward the bottom portion of the counterpart housing, and the first terminal and the second terminal are connected with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,461,353

FUEL CELL STACK

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

4. A fuel cell stack comprising:a stack of fuel cells, each of the fuel cells generating electric power by an electrochemical reaction between a fuel gas and an oxidant gas;
a pair of end plates respectively disposed at ends of the stack of fuel cells in a stacking direction; and
a fluid manifold member disposed on at least one of the end plates, the fluid manifold member allowing a fluid to flow through the fuel cells, the fluid being one of a coolant, a fuel gas, and an oxidant gas,
wherein the fluid manifold member includes a manifold body and a flange portion that is fixed to the at least one of the end plates, the flange portion being directly connected to the manifold body at a location,
wherein the flange portion includes a flange body formed with a protrusion as a single element, the protrusion directly contacts the flange body, the protrusion protrudes directly from the at least one of the end plates and protrudes outward in the stacking direction, and the protrusion extends away from the stack of fuel cells beyond the location at which the manifold body directly connects to the flange portion in the stacking direction,
wherein the protrusion protrudes outward in the stacking direction beyond the flange body,
wherein the flange portion that is fixed to the at least one of the end plates by a plurality of bolts, and
wherein a bolt of the plurality of bolts extends through the protrusion in the stacking direction.

US Pat. No. 10,446,011

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING REAR SEAT MONITORING WITHIN A VEHICLE

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

1. A computer-implemented method for providing rear seat monitoring within a vehicle, comprising:activating a vehicle camera system to capture images of at least one rear seat of the vehicle;
determining if at least one rear seat passenger is located within the at least one rear seat of the vehicle, wherein image data associated with the images of the at least one rear seat of the vehicle is analyzed to determine if the at least one rear seat passenger is located within the at least one rear seat;
determining that an ignition of the vehicle is disabled; and
providing at least one type of alert upon determining that the ignition of the vehicle is disabled, wherein the at least one type of alert is based on if the at least one rear seat passenger is determined to be located within the at least one rear seat of the vehicle, wherein the at least one type of alert is based on if the at least one rear seat passenger is not determined to be located within the at least one rear seat of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,435,025

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle control device disposed in a host vehicle which is capable of making a course change automatically within a travel route, comprising:an external environment recognition unit configured to recognize a preceding vehicle traveling in front of the host vehicle; and
a vehicle operation setting unit configured to determine a vehicle operation of the host vehicle, and to set a value exhibited by the vehicle operation at a time of making the course change to be less than or equal to an upper limit value thereof;
wherein the vehicle operation setting unit sets the upper limit value to a greater value in a case in which the preceding vehicle is recognized by the external environment recognition unit, compared to a case in which the preceding vehicle is not recognized by the external environment recognition unit.

US Pat. No. 10,436,105

EXHAUST STRUCTURE

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

1. An exhausting structure for an internal combustion engine including a plurality of cylinders aligned in an aligning direction, comprising:an exhaust manifold including a collector to collect exhaust gases exhausted from the cylinders; and
a supercharger including a turbine housing connected to the exhaust manifold, the turbine housing comprising:
an inflow port communicating with the collector;
a blade housing including a blade space to house a turbine having turbine blades; and
an inflow member, which is a conduit, including an inflow passage formed to communicate from the inflow port to the blade space,
wherein the inflow member comprises a sensor mount part to mount a sensor to detect a state of the exhaust gas in the inflow passage, and a tapered portion of the conduit having a width in the aligning direction of the cylinders decreasing as going from the inflow port to the blade space sensor mount part, are formed,
wherein a center of the sensor mount part is offset in the aligning direction by a predetermined distance relative to a center of a width of the inflow port and disposed on one side the center of the width of the inflow port in the aligning direction of the cylinders, and
wherein the tapered portion has a first wall on the one side of the center of the width of the inflow port and a second wall on an another side of the center of the inflow port, wherein the first wall is flat and a width from the second wall to an axis through the center of the sensor mount part perpendicular to the aligning direction decreases from the inflow port to the sensor mounting part, the exhausting structure further comprising an outflow port, and a first connecting member,
wherein the turbine housing further comprises:
an outflow passage communicating from the blade space to the outflow port and a waste gate passage communicating from the inflow passage to the outflow passage; and
a waste gate valve, installed at the first connecting member, to adjust a flow rate of the exhaust gas in the waste gate passage; and
wherein the first connecting member connects the inflow passage to the waste gate passage on a downstream side in a flowing direction of the exhaust gas from the sensor mount part; and
wherein the waste gate valve is disposed on the another side of the center of the width of the inflow port in the aligning direction.

US Pat. No. 10,436,131

CONTROL DEVICE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A control device of an internal combustion engine that includes a turbocharger which has a compressor which pressurizes air taken into the internal combustion engine and a turbine which is connected with the compressor and driven to rotate by kinetic energy of exhaust gas of the engine, an exhaust gas flow amount variable device which changes a flow amount of exhaust gas blown to a turbine wheel of the turbine, and an exhaust gas reflux mechanism which includes an exhaust gas reflux path which connects an exhaust path and an intake path of the engine together, refluxes exhaust gas of the engine to the intake path, and is provided between an upstream side of the turbine in the exhaust path and a downstream side of the compressor in the intake path, the control device comprising:a target boost pressure calculation unit that calculates a target boost pressure in accordance with a requested torque for the engine;
a boost pressure detection unit that detects an air pressure which is pressurized by the compressor as a boost pressure;
a boost pressure control unit that calculates an opening control amount of the exhaust gas flow amount variable device such that the detected boost pressure matches the target boost pressure and controls the boost pressure by changing an opening of the exhaust gas flow amount variable device;
a target boost pressure decrease assessment unit that detects a decrease state where a target boost pressure decrease amount that indicates a decrease amount of the target boost pressure per unit time exceeds a prescribed decrease amount threshold value; and
an execution condition assessment unit that assesses an execution condition for speed restriction control to decrease a changing speed of the opening control amount immediately after the decrease state is detected,
wherein the execution condition assessment unit assesses that the execution condition is satisfied in a state where exhaust gas reflux by the exhaust gas reflux mechanism is executed and in a case where the decrease state is detected and the opening control amount exceeds a restriction start threshold value before a prescribed maintaining time elapses from a time point when the target boost pressure decrease amount decreases from the decrease state where the target boost pressure decrease amount exceeds the prescribed decrease amount threshold value to the prescribed decrease amount threshold value or less immediately after the detection,
wherein the boost pressure control unit calculates a restriction opening control amount so as to decrease the changing speed of the opening control amount in a direction to decrease the opening of the exhaust gas flow amount variable device in a case where the execution condition is assessed as satisfied, and
wherein the boost pressure control unit controls the opening of the exhaust gas flow amount variable device using the restriction opening control amount when the execution condition is assessed as satisfied, the restriction opening control amount being less than the opening control amount.

US Pat. No. 10,439,476

COOLING STRUCTURE FOR ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE

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

1. A cooling structure for a rotating electric machine, comprising:a stator comprising:
a stator core including a yoke part and teeth, the yoke part having an annular shape, the teeth extending from the yoke part in a radial direction of the rotating electric machine, the teeth having a conductor winding part that is based on a prism shape;
an insulating member; and
a plurality of coils provided by winding a conductor around the conductor winding part via the insulating member, the plurality of coils being arranged in an annular shape when viewed in a rotational axis direction of the rotating electric machine, each of the plurality of coils including a corner portion having an arc shape when viewed in the radial direction;
a plurality of refrigerant supply ports that are arranged at a distance from the plurality of coils in the rotational axis direction; and
a refrigerant supply passage to guide a refrigerant to the plurality of refrigerant supply ports, the plurality of refrigerant supply ports being arranged at a distance from each other at least in a circumferential direction of the rotating electric machine,
wherein the plurality of coils includes a first coil provided at a highest location of the plurality of coils when the cooling structure is oriented in an operational state, the first coil being symmetrically aligned on a vertical plane defined along a vertical direction of the cooling structure oriented in the operational state, the vertical plane including a rotational axis of the rotating electric machine,
the plurality of refrigerant supply ports being arranged substantially symmetrically on both sides of the vertical plane,
the plurality of refrigerant supply ports including a single first refrigerant supply port arranged opposite to a center of the first coil on the vertical plane,
the plurality of refrigerant supply ports including a plurality of second refrigerant supply ports, each of the plurality of second refrigerant supply ports being arranged opposite to the corner portion located at a vertically upper side of a respective coil of the plurality of coils, on both sides of the vertical plane,
wherein the stator core stands in the vertical direction so that the rotational axis of the rotating electric machine becomes horizontal,
wherein, when viewed in the rotational axis direction, each of the plurality of second refrigerant supply ports is arranged at a position corresponding to a corresponding coil of the plurality of coils which is positioned on an upper side of the rotational axis in the vertical direction,
wherein the more upward each of the plurality of coils is positioned in the vertical direction, the more outward a corresponding second refrigerant supply port of the plurality of second refrigerant supply ports is positioned in the radial direction, and
wherein the more toward a horizontal plane extending through the rotational axis each of the plurality of coils is positioned in the vertical direction, the more toward the rotational axis a corresponding second refrigerant supply port of the plurality of second refrigerant supply ports is positioned in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,439,239

SHUTDOWN METHOD OF FUEL CELL STACK AND FUEL CELL SYSTEM THEREFOR

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of shutting down a fuel-cell stack during operation, the method comprising:detecting a leakage condition within the fuel-cell stack, the fuel-cell stack including a plurality of fuel cells, each fuel cell comprising:
a first portion defining an anode and an anode flowpath coupled to a first source, the first source containing a first reactant,
a second portion defining a cathode and a cathode flowpath coupled to a second source, the second source containing a second reactant, and
a proton-transmissive electrolyte disposed between the first portion and the second portion;
in response to the detecting the leakage condition, reducing pressure in the first portions by shutting off a supply of the first reactant to the anodes, the reducing including manipulating at least one of a first valve and a second valve, the first valve being fluidly disposed in the anode flowpaths and the second valve being fluidly disposed in the cathode flowpaths;
increasing a concentration of an inerting fluid in the cathode flowpaths by manipulating at least one of the first valve and the second valve to promote consumption of at least a portion of the first reactant and the second reactant within the second portions until at least one of a terminal voltage and a first-portion pressure associated with the detected leakage condition is below a respective predetermined level; and
conveying at least a portion of the inerting fluid from the second portions to the first portions.

US Pat. No. 10,430,950

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING INSTANCE SEGMENTATION

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

1. A system comprising:a memory that stores instructions for executing processes for performing instance segmentation; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions, wherein the processes comprise:
generating a learning objective that uses pair-wise relationships between pixels in an input image;
sampling pixels in each object instance to determine whether the sampled pixels are within a same object instance;
training a neural network using the learning objection, wherein the neural network is configured to make pixel-wise predictions and to assign a cluster index to each pixel of the input image, with each pixel cluster being an object instance;
performing a graph coloring to assign a color to each of the object instances, with adjacent object instances having different colors;
performing a connected component extraction to recover each object instance based on the graph coloring; and
generating a rendered image having the assigned color applied to each object instance.

US Pat. No. 10,427,686

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. A vehicle control system comprising:an automated driving controller configured to
automatically control at least one out of acceleration, deceleration, and steering of a vehicle,
perform automated driving control in one mode of a plurality of predetermined different modes which require different levels of automated driving, which comprise a first mode and a second mode, the first mode requiring a lower degree of a responsibility for a driver to monitor surroundings of the vehicle and allowing a higher permission level of a non-driving operation as compared with the second mode, and
transition the first mode to the second mode among the plurality of predetermined different modes in accordance with a travel environment of the vehicle; and
an informing section configured to predict a timing at which the mode of the automated driving will transition from the first mode to the second mode and to inform a driver in the vehicle of a predicted period of continuation time of the second mode when the second mode is started, based on the predicted timing of transitioning from the first mode to the second mode,
wherein the informing section comprises a predicted period of continuation time calculation section that calculates the predicted period of continuation time based on a current position of the vehicle and traffic information related to a route to a destination the vehicle is travelling to,
wherein the informing section informs the driver of the predicted period of continuation time calculated by the predicted continuation time calculation section, and
wherein the predicted continuation time calculation section
calculates a distance on a route of travel by the vehicle based on the current position of the vehicle and a position at which the congestion is predicted to end obtained from the traffic information, and calculates a first period of time based on the calculated distance and the vehicle speed of the vehicle,
calculates a second period of time for the vehicle to reach a predetermined speed by acceleration of the vehicle at a predetermined acceleration from the position at which the congestion is predicted to end, and
calculates the predicted period of continuation time based on the calculated first period of time and the calculated second period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,414,303

SEAT

Tachi-S Co., Ltd., Tokyo...

1. A seat comprising: a seat member that includes a cushioning material; and a fastening member that allows a trim cover to be detachably attached to a predetermined position on the seat member; wherein:the fastening member is constituted by a slide fastener that includes: a fastener part constituted by one fastener half and another fastener half; and a slider part that slides along the fastener part so as to open and close the one fastener half and the other fastener half;
at least part of a base part provided in the one fastener half is embedded in the cushioning material;
part of the other fastener half is fixed to the trim cover;
the one fastener half is accommodated in a drag-in groove;
at least part of the base part has a width larger than a thickness of the one fastener half in a thickness direction of the one fastener half; and
the base part is provided with a projection that extends in the depth direction of the drag-in groove.

US Pat. No. 10,415,645

TORQUE TRANSMISSION DEVICE

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

1. A torque transmission device comprising:end joints each comprising a shaft shape and configured to transmit torque from one side to an other side;
serrated portions each formed on an outer circumferential surface of a corresponding one of the end joints at an end of the end joint;
a cylindrical member fitted to a region of each of the serrated portions at an inner circumferential surface of the cylindrical member;
connection members each comprising a cylindrical shape and connecting a corresponding one of the end joints to the cylindrical member, each of the connection members comprising:
a larger diameter portion fitted to an outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical member at an end of the cylindrical member; and
a smaller diameter portion fitted to a corresponding one of the serrated portions, the smaller diameter portion comprising an end surface comprising at least one hollow portion, the hollow portion being constituted by a hollow formed in the end surface in an axial direction, the hollow portion allowing a clearance to communicate with an exterior of the connection member, the clearance being provided between the serrated portion and the smaller diameter portion;
lock members each disposed at a position adjacent to the serrated portion in a corresponding one of the end joints so as to abut and lock the end surface of the smaller diameter portion of a corresponding one of the connection members.

US Pat. No. 10,399,238

ROBOT HAVING A BASE BODY, A SHOULDER JOINT MECHANISM ASSEMBLY, AND A MOVABLE LINK COUPLED TO THE BASE BODY THROUGH THE SHOULDER JOINT MECHANISM ASSEMBLY

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

1. A humanoid robot comprising:a base body;
a pair of leg link parts each coupled at one end to the base body via a hip joint mechanism and at an opposite end to a foot flat part, the foot flat part being configured to contact a ground surface;
a pair of shoulder joint mechanism assemblies; and
a pair of movable links each rotatably coupled to the base body through a respective one of the pair of shoulder joint mechanism assemblies,
wherein each of the pair of shoulder joint mechanism assemblies comprises a first shoulder joint mechanism disposed inside the base body and rotatably coupled to the base body, and a second shoulder joint mechanism protruding from the base body and rotatably coupled to the first shoulder joint mechanism at one end and a respective one of the pair of movable links at another end,
wherein a fulcrum of rotation of each of the movable links is an axis of rotation of the first shoulder joint mechanism associated therewith inside the base body, the axis of rotation of the first shoulder joint mechanism being a yaw axis of the robot oriented in a vertical direction of the humanoid robot, the vertical direction of the humanoid robot extending between the foot flat part and an upper end of the base body when the robot is in a reference posture, wherein the reference posture is a state in which the humanoid robot stands straight with the foot flat part contacting the ground surface and the base body aligned over the pair of leg link parts with the hip joint mechanism in a neutral position with substantially no bend,
wherein each second shoulder joint mechanism is movable between a first position at which the second shoulder joint mechanism is extended in a longitudinal direction of the robot, and a second position at which the second shoulder joint mechanism is extended laterally outwardly in a width direction of the robot, by rotation of the first shoulder joint mechanism associated with the second shoulder joint mechanism around the axis of rotation of the first shoulder joint mechanism associated with the second shoulder joint mechanism,
wherein the vertical direction of the robot is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the robot and the width direction of the robot, and the longitudinal direction of the robot is perpendicular to the width direction of the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,400,841

DYNAMIC DAMPER, VIBRATION ISOLATOR, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MAGNETIC VISCOUS ELASTOMER

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

1. A dynamic damper comprising:a housing made of non-magnetic material;
a movable part movable in response to an external input force;
an exciting coil that generates a magnetic field having an intensity corresponding to a current supplied thereto;
a magnetic viscoelastic elastomer having a magnetic viscoelastic property controlled in accordance with a magnitude of magnetic field generated by the exciting coil;
a plurality of magnetic members forming a magnetic path transmitting the magnetic field generated by the exciting coil as an annular closed magnetic circuit,
wherein the movable part includes at least one of the plurality of the magnetic members; and
wherein the magnetic viscoelastic elastomer is disposed to form the closed magnetic circuit by connecting one of the magnetic members forming the movable part to another one of the magnetic members to transmit the magnetic field in a one-way direction inside the magnetic viscoelastic elastomer in accordance with a direction of the magnetic field generated by the exciting coil.

US Pat. No. 10,399,417

TWO PIECE ROOF AND MOUNTING FOR SXS VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A roofing system for vehicles, comprising:a front panel that connects to a front, first lateral member of a roll cage of the vehicle and extends rearward over a front passenger seat to a rearward, second lateral member of the roll cage; and
a rear panel that overlaps and connects to the front panel at a lateral seam including a channel formed in one of the front panel and the rear panel and a seal between the front panel and the rear panel, wherein the front panel and rear panel are coupled to the rearward, second lateral member via a fastener rearward of the lateral seam.

US Pat. No. 10,384,552

POWER TRANSMISSION AND RECEPTION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE WITH GRAPHICAL ALIGNMENT

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

1. A power reception apparatus, comprising:a secondary coil which receives electric power in a non-contact manner from a primary coil which is disposed on a plane defined by a front-rear direction and a left-right direction which are at right angles to each other;
a drive part for changing a relative position of the secondary coil on the plane relative to the primary coil;
a display unit; and
a processing unit for processing an image to be displayed on the display unit,
wherein the processing unit determines a target zone on the plane which includes the primary coil,
the processing unit calculates the relative position and a gradient of the secondary coil relative to the primary coil based on a coupling coefficient between the primary coil and the secondary coil, and a change with time in the coupling coefficient,
the processing unit displays information on the relative position in relation to the front-rear direction and the left-right direction and information on the gradient of the secondary coil or a corrected gradient of the secondary coil on the display unit,
the processing unit does not display information on the relative position in relation to the left-right direction on the display unit, in an event that the secondary coil is included in the target zone in relation to the left-right direction, and
the processing unit changes a display mode of displaying the information on the relative position which is displayed on the display unit according to a change in the relative position in relation to the front-rear direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,884

GEAR SHIFT CONTROL DEVICE, A VEHICLE USING THE SAME, AND GEAR SHIFT CONTROL METHOD

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

1. A gear shift control device adapted to control a gear shift mechanism that enables a rotational speed output from a drive source to be changed into speeds of a plurality of shift stages by a manual operation,wherein the gear shift mechanism includes a plurality of engagement mechanisms and engages the plurality of engagement mechanisms to establish any one of the plurality of shift stages,
the gear shift control device is adapted to set a desired shift stage based on the manual operation and to perform a gear shift to the set desired shift stage, and
in a case where the gear shift to the desired shift stage is a gear shift that skips one or more shift stages and requires that two or more engagement mechanisms among the plurality of engagement mechanisms that are currently engaged be switched, the gear shift to the desired shift stage is performed such that the engagement mechanisms to be switched via a shift stage or stages to be skipped are switched one by one.

US Pat. No. 10,363,896

OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE

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

1. An occupant protection device which is disposed together with an under-cover of an instrument panel, has a harness connected to an inflator to protect a knee portion of an occupant, the occupant protection device comprising:a case in which a first surface is disposed along a lower end of the under-cover and the harness is disposed on a side surface intersecting the first surface and extending in forward and backward direction of a vehicle, and
an overhanging portion provided protruding from a side wall of the case on a side below the harness in a vehicle width direction,
wherein the harness is wired along an outer surface of the side wall, and
a plurality of gussets are provided bridging the overhanging portion and the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,363,774

TUBELESS SPOKED WHEEL STRUCTURE

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

1. A tubeless spoked wheel structure comprisinga tubeless spoked wheel including a rim and a tire defining an air space, and wire spokes connecting the rim and a hub to integrate the wheel, the air space sealed to maintain a pressure of the tire, wherein
the rim includes an annular raised portion arranged around the entirety of a centerline of the rim in a vehicle width direction, the annular raised portion having a bore with an internal thread that is arranged along the annular raised portion and is not in communication with the air space, the annular raised portion protruding radially inwardly to have a height corresponding to a length of the internal thread,
each spoke includes
a spoke head arranged at a distal end nearer to the rim, and
an external thread arranged at a basal end nearer to the hub,
the rim and the distal end of each spoke are connected with a connection including
a connecting member having an outer periphery including an external thread that is screwed into the internal thread,
each internal thread in the rim extends parallel to a radial direction of the rim, the connecting member is connected to the internal thread parallel to the radial direction of the rim,
the connecting member has a hollow for receiving the spoke head of the spoke that is engaged rotatably about a central axis of the connecting member, the connecting member is screwed into the internal thread, and
the external thread arranged at the basal end of each spoke is screwed in a nipple assembled with the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,358,052

SEAT LIFTER STRUCTURE AND VEHICLE SEAT EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

ADIENT ENGINEERING AND IP...

1. A seat lifter structure for raising or lowering a cushion seat by raising or lowering a side frame provided on the cushion seat with respect to a support member, the seat lifter structure comprising:a sector rotatably supported by said support member, said sector being arranged facing with said side frame by being pinched and fixed by a pair of flange expanded portions formed on a tubular shaft member rotatably supported by said side frame, and said sector rotating around an axial line of said tubular shaft member along said side frame when said side frame is raised and lowered;
a ring-shaped spacer having a first ring-shaped abutting surface facing with said sector and said first ring-shaped abutting surface having a first outer diameter, and a second ring-shaped abutting surface facing with said side frame and said second ring-shaped abutting surface having a second outer diameter different from said first outer diameter, said ring-shaped spacer being installed in a first orientation between said sector and said side frame with an axial line of said tubular shaft member as a central axis; and
a biasing member biasing and abutting said sector to said first abutting surface and biasing and abutting said side frame to said second abutting surface by biasing said sector and said side frame in a direction of approaching.

US Pat. No. 10,343,645

SEATBELT SHOULDER ANCHOR

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

1. A roll bar system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a roll bar pipe having a first hole formed in the roll bar pipe and a second hole formed in the roll bar pipe, a center of the second hole being aligned along a cross-sectional diameter of the roll bar pipe with a center of the first hole;
a collar disposed within the first hole and the second hole of the roll bar pipe and a having a threaded inner surface, wherein the collar is welded to a portion of a first edge of the roll bar pipe that defines the first hole formed in the roll bar pipe and to a portion of a second edge of the roll bar pipe that defines the second hole formed in the roll bar pipe;
a seat belt assembly, comprising:
a seat belt; and
an anchor, the anchor including an engagement mechanism for engaging the seat belt and a flange having a fastener hole; and
a fastener for attaching the flange of the anchor to the collar, the fastener being engaged with the threaded inner surface.

US Pat. No. 10,348,041

CONNECTOR STRUCTURE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. A connector structure installed in an electric vehicle comprising:a plurality of connectors;
an inter-connector conductive member configured to electrically connect the plurality of connectors; and
a casing configured to house the inter-connector conductive member,
wherein a cover is attached to an unused connector of the plurality of connectors,
the inter-connector conductive member includes:
a first conductive member electrically connected with a first electrode conductive portion of a first connector of the connectors;
a second conductive member electrically connected with a second electrode conductive portion of a second connector of the connectors;
a first connection terminal provided to the first conductive member; and
a second connection terminal provided to the second conductive member; and
a fuse is inserted in and electrically connected with the first connection terminal and the second connection terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,340,535

FUEL CELL SYSTEM

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

1. A fuel cell system comprising:a fuel cell that generates electricity through an electrochemical reaction between a fuel gas and an oxidant gas;
an oxidant gas supply piping that supplies the oxidant gas to the fuel cell;
an oxidant gas discharge piping that discharges the oxidant gas from the fuel cell;
an air compressor disposed on the oxidant gas supply piping;
a turbine disposed on the oxidant gas discharge piping and provided on the same shaft as the air compressor;
a pressure regulating valve disposed on the oxidant gas discharge piping between the fuel cell and the turbine;
a check valve that is provided between the turbine and the pressure regulating valve and that communicates with outside air so as to introduce an external air to the turbine; and
an air filter disposed at an outside air side of the check valve,
wherein a housing that constitutes the turbine has an air suction port of the turbine which is provided integrally with the housing or provided separately from the housing, and
wherein a wall of the air suction port is provided with the check valve that provides communication between an inside and an outside of the air suction port and the air filter is attached to the wall so as to cover the check valve.

US Pat. No. 10,308,258

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RESPONDING TO DRIVER STATE

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

1. A method of controlling a vehicle system in a vehicle, comprising:receiving monitoring information from one or more monitoring systems of the vehicle;
determining a first driver state of a driver and a second driver state of the driver based on the monitoring information from the one or more monitoring systems, wherein the first driver state is a behavioral driver state of the driver and the second driver state is a physiological driver state of the driver;
determining a combined driver state index by evaluating the first driver state and the second driver state together;
modifying a system status of the vehicle system as a function of the combined driver state index to increase alertness of the driver;
determining a third driver state of the driver based on the monitoring information from the one or more monitoring systems, wherein the third driver state is a vehicular sensed driver state;
determining a change in the combined driver state index based on the third driver state; and
modifying the vehicle system as a function of the third driver state.

US Pat. No. 10,309,455

SQUEEZE FILM DAMPER BEARING DEVICE

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

1. A squeeze film damper bearing device comprising an inner race that is fitted around an outer periphery of a rotating shaft, an outer race that is supported on an inner periphery of a bearing retaining member with an annular space defined between an outer periphery of the outer race and the inner periphery of the bearing retaining member, a plurality of rolling bodies that are disposed between the inner race and the outer race, and an oil supply source that supplies oil to the annular space via an oil passage so as to form a squeeze film,wherein the squeeze film damper bearing device further comprises:
an open/close valve that opens and closes the oil passage; and
an electronic control unit in communication with a rotational speed detector that detects a rotational speed of the rotating shaft, the electronic control unit controlling operation of the open/close valve,
wherein when the rotational speed of the rotating shaft detected by the rotational speed detector reaches a predetermined rotational speed, the electronic control unit controls the open/close valve so as to change oil pressure of the squeeze film to change vibration characteristics of the rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,300,853

SIGN DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A sign display apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a sign information detector that detects sign information of a traffic sign existing on a road or on a road marking ahead of the vehicle;
a display device that displays the sign information detected by the sign information detector;
a control circuit configured to: (i) control the display device; (ii) detect an effective section of the detected traffic sign in which the traffic sign is considered to be effective; and (iii) determine whether or not the detected sign information contains textural information including a predetermined or more number of characters; and
a memory which stores therein simplified textural information in association with the textural information of a corresponding traffic sign, the simplified textural information being composed of a reduced number of the characters representing the corresponding traffic sign, wherein
when it is determined that the detected sign information contains the textural information including the predetermined or more number of characters, the display device is controlled to display the simplified textural information composed of the reduced number of the characters representing the corresponding traffic sign.

US Pat. No. 10,302,194

SHIFT CHANGE PRACTICE DEVICE

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

1. A shift change practice device for an operator to practice a shift change operation in a manual transmission vehicle provided with a clutch operable for the operator to disconnect and connect a transmission, thereby conducting a shift change from a first shift position to a second shift position during a disconnection of the clutch, the device comprising:an optimum speed calculation unit configured to calculate an optimum value or an optimum range of an engine revolution speed for the second shift position;
a detector configured to detect an engine revolution speed in a state where the clutch is disconnected;
a revolution speed comparison unit configured to determine whether or not the detected engine revolution speed is equal to the optimum value or whether or not the detected engine revolution speed fall within the optimum range, in a state where the clutch is disconnected; and
a notification instruction unit configured to cause an informing device to inform the operator of a result from the revolution speed comparison unit when it is determined that the detected engine revolution speed is equal to the optimum value or the detected engine revolution speed falls within the optimum range, in the state where the clutch is disconnected.

US Pat. No. 10,289,249

INPUT DEVICE

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

1. An input device operable by a user allowing an object contact or come close to an input surface of the input device and configured to identify a user's input operation among different types of input operations, the input device comprising:an input operation identification means for identifying the user's input operation based on whether or not a movement distance corresponding to a distance that the object moves along the input surface exceeds a distance threshold value;
a touch time measurement means for measuring touch time during which the object contacts or comes close to the input surface; and
a threshold value setting means for setting the distance threshold value and allowing the distance threshold value to vary depending upon the touch time measured by the touch time measurement means such that the distance threshold value set to the input operation having the measured touch time which is longer than a predetermined touch time is larger than the distance threshold value set to the input operation having the measured touch time which is the predetermined touch time,
wherein the input device is mounted on a movable body.

US Pat. No. 10,252,636

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:an electric device;
a cover which is configured to cover the electric device; and
a cooling circuit which is configured to cool the electric device with a refrigerant,
wherein an air-venting member is provided in the cooling circuit,
wherein a cover through portion is provided in the cover, and
wherein the air-venting member is disposed to the cover through portion from an inner side of the cover and is configured such that an air discharging operation is performed from an outer side of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,290,888

METHOD OF OPERATING FUEL CELL SYSTEM WITH PERFORMANCE RECOVERY CONTROL

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

1. A method of operating a fuel cell system, the fuel cell system comprising:a fuel cell having a membrane electrode assembly, the membrane electrode assembly including an anode, a cathode, and a solid polymer electrolyte membrane interposed between the anode and the cathode, the fuel cell configured to generate electrical energy by electrochemical reaction of a fuel gas supplied to the anode and an oxygen-containing gas supplied to the cathode,
a fuel gas supply apparatus configured to supply the fuel gas;
an oxygen-containing gas supply apparatus configured to supply the oxygen-containing gas, and allowing the oxygen-containing gas to be circulated through a closed circulation channel connected to the cathode; and
a water content adjusting device configured to adjust water content of the oxygen-containing gas prior to being circulated through the closed circulation channel connected to the cathode by controlling a humidification ratio, which is a ratio of an amount of the oxygen-containing gas exposed to humidification to an amount of the oxygen-containing gas not exposed to humidification,
the method comprising the steps of:
determining that performance recovery control of the fuel cell should be started;
upon determining that the performance recovery control should be started, increasing water content to be supplied to the membrane electrode assembly by the water content adjusting device by operating a control valve to increase the humidification ratio of the oxygen-containing gas prior to being circulated through the closed circulation channel connected to the cathode, while maintaining power generation voltage of the fuel cell at 0.3 V or lower in a state where an entirety of the oxygen-containing gas is circulated through the circulation channel temporarily.

US Pat. No. 10,285,328

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 member extending in opposite horizontal directions with respect to the rotation shaft, the cutter blade including longitudinally opposite end portions, each end portion extending between a front leading edge, in a rotating direction of the end portion, and an opposite trailing edge, the front leading edge and the trailing edge defining the width of the end portion,
the cutter blade including, on each of the longitudinally opposite end portions thereof, a blade section formed along the front leading edge, and an air lift section extending from the opposite trailing edge of the end portion while curving rearward and upward relative to the trailing edge for producing swirling air flows and ascending air flows, wherein in a side view of each end portion an entirety of the end portion that includes the air lift section from the front leading edge to the opposite trailing edge curves upward and an upper surface of the air lift section extends smoothly and not at an angle from an upper surface of the end portion so that the upper surface of the air lift section and the upper surface of the entirety of the end portion that includes the air lift section together define a continuous smooth curved surface from the front leading edge to a rear end of the air lift section,
the air lift section on each of the longitudinally opposite end portions of the cutter blade having a vertical downward wing formed integrally thereon, the vertical downward wing extending downward via a bent section that is bent downward from at least a rear half portion, in the rotating direction, of an outer peripheral edge of the air lift section,
the vertical downward wing being formed in a vertical plate shape and extending along the outer peripheral edge of the air lift section which is curved toward the rotation shaft,
the bent section having a radius set to gradually increase as the air lift section curves rearward and upward in the rotating direction.

US Pat. No. 10,287,662

ALUMINUM ALLOY CAST PRODUCT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

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

1. An Al alloy cast product comprising 3.2% to 7.2% by weight of Mg, 0.28% to 0.6% by weight of Sc, and 3.1% to 4.3% by weight of at least one of Cu and Mn, whereinthe Al alloy cast product has an Fe content and an Si content as unavoidable impurities, with the Fe content being 0.07% by weight or less and the Si content being 0.06% by weight or less, and contains, in a metal texture of the Al alloy cast product, 3% by volume or less of Al3Sc particle having a particle diameter of 5 to 10 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,287,928

VALVE OPERATING APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A valve operating apparatus for use in an internal combustion engine, comprising:a cam;
a rocker arm rotatable about a rotational shaft and driven by the cam; and
a valve configured to be pushed by a pusher of the rocker arm,
wherein the internal combustion engine has a cylinder lying horizontally,
wherein the rocker arm has a weight portion adjusting the center of gravity of the rocker arm to position the pusher above the rotational shaft while the cam is held out of abutting contact with the rocker arm,
wherein the cam includes an entire periphery that is in a circumferential direction of the rotational shaft and comprises a base-circle portion in a completely round shape and a cam lobe projecting radially outwardly from the base-circle portion,
wherein the valve is on a first side of the rotational shaft with respect to an axial direction of the cylinder and the cam is on a second side of the rotational shaft with respect to an axial direction of the cylinder,
wherein the weight portion is located on the first side of the rotational shaft, and
wherein the weight portion has a weight such that the rocker arm is turned to a position that the rocker arm abuts against the valve when the entire periphery of the cam is out of abutment with the rocker arm.

US Pat. No. 10,253,843

VIBRATION REDUCTION APPARATUS OF HYBRID VEHICLE

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

1. A vibration reduction apparatus of a hybrid vehicle, comprising:a prime mover;
a first shift mechanism including a first rotating shaft and a plurality of gears contained in a first gear group, and configured to output a rotation of the first rotating shaft to a third rotating shaft through any of the plurality of gears contained in the first gear group to shift a gear ratio;
a second shift mechanism including a second rotating shaft and a plurality of gears contained in a second gear group, and configured to output a rotation of the second rotating shaft to the third rotating shaft through any of the plurality of gears contained in the second gear group to shift the gear ratio;
a first clutch configured to connect or disconnect an output shaft of the prime mover and the first rotating shaft to transmit or non-transmit a torque of the prime mover to the first rotating shaft;
a second clutch configured to connect or disconnect the output shaft of the prime mover and the second rotating shaft to transmit or non-transmit the torque of the prime mover to the second rotating shaft;
an electric motor connected to the first rotating shaft, the electric motor being capable of generating electricity;
a driving part configured to drive the first shift mechanism, the second shift mechanism, the first clutch and the second clutch;
a controller configured to control the driving part and the electric motor so that, in a first mode, the torque of the prime mover is output to the electric motor through the first rotating shaft and is output to the third rotating shaft through the second shift mechanism, and in a second mode, the torque of the prime mover is output to the third rotating shaft through the second shift mechanism and a torque of the electric motor is output to the third rotating shaft through the first shift mechanism; and
a differential rotation detector configured to detect a difference between a rotational speed of the output shaft of the prime mover and a rotational speed of the second rotating shaft,
wherein the controller controls the driving part and the electric motor so as to switch an operation mode from the first mode to the second mode, when the difference detected by the differential rotation detector in the first mode is within a predetermined range continuously for a predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,263,227

ENERGY STORAGE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LT...

1. An energy storage apparatus comprising:an energy storage device;
an opposedly facing member which opposedly aces the energy storage device in a first direction;
an adjacent member which opposedly faces the opposedly facing member in the first direction and is disposed adjacently to the energy storage device in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; and
an engaging portion where the adjacent member and the opposedly facing member are engaged with each other in a movable manner;
wherein the engaging portion includes: a hole which is formed in one of either the opposedly facing member or the adjacent member, the hole having a center axis thereof extending in the first direction; and a shaft portion which is formed on the other of either the opposedly facing member or the adjacent member, the shaft portion being inserted into, the hole in a state where a gap is formed between an outer peripheral surface of the shaft portion and an inner peripheral surface which defines the hole.

US Pat. No. 10,260,454

CRANKSHAFT SUPPORT STRUCTURE

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

1. A crankshaft support structure comprising a bearing cap press fitted and fastened to a crankcase, with a crankshaft rotatably supported between the crankcase and the bearing cap,wherein the bearing cap includes a bearing cap side wall portion such that a press-fit load is exerted between the crankcase and the bearing cap side wall portion when the bearing cap is press fitted to the crankcase, and a bearing cap bottom surface portion making contact with the crankcase when the bearing cap is press fitted to the crankcase,
a first angle portion where part of the bearing cap side wall portion is cut out and a second angle portion where part of the bearing cap bottom surface portion is cut out are formed in a region including a part where respective extension portions of the bearing cap side wall portion and the bearing cap bottom surface portion intersect each other,
the crankcase includes a crankcase side wall portion making contact with the bearing cap side wall portion, and a crankcase bottom surface portion making contact with the bearing cap bottom surface portion, with a gap provided between the crankcase side wall portion and the first angle portion and between the crankcase bottom surface portion and the second angle portion,
the crankcase is formed with a cutout portion having an arcuate portion cut out in an arcuate shape to secure the gap from the first angle portion to the second angle portion, the cutout portion formed in a part where respective extension portions of the crankcase side wall portion and the crankcase bottom surface portion intersect each other,
a portion of the cutout portion which interconnects the crankcase side wall portion and one end of the arcuate portion is a first rectilinear portion which is interconnected to a position that is spaced from the first angle portion and which extends linearly to a side separated from the first angle portion in a first fixed inclination angle,
a portion of the cutout portion which interconnects the crankcase bottom surface portion and another end of the arcuate portion is a second rectilinear portion which is interconnected to a position that is spaced from the second angle portion and which extends linearly to a side separated from the second angle portion in a second fixed inclination angle, and
the one end of the arcuate portion and the crankcase side wall portion are separated by the first angle portion and the another end of the arcuate portion and the crankcase bottom surface portion are separated by the second angle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,246,157

INVERTED PENDULUM VEHICLE

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

1. An inverted pendulum vehicle, comprising:a vehicle body frame;
a main wheel combining a plurality of driven rollers arranged along a circle such that rotational center lines of the driven rollers are each directed along a tangential line of the circle;
a pair of drive disks rotatably supported by the vehicle body frame around a laterally extending rotational center line;
a plurality of drive rollers arranged on each drive disk along a circumferential direction and configured to engage the driven rollers of the main wheel in a skewed relationship thereto;
a pair of drive units including a pair of electric motors for individually driving the drive disks under an inverted pendulum control;
a control unit for controlling the drive units so as to maintain the vehicle in an upright position;
a tail wheel arm extending from the vehicle body frame in a rearward direction and having a base end pivotally attached to a part of the vehicle body frame around a laterally extending pivot center line;
a tail wheel rotatably supported by a free end of the tail wheel arm; and
a stand attached to a part of the vehicle body frame for supporting the vehicle in a forwardly tilted, park position by engaging a road surface;
wherein the pivot center line of the base end of the tail wheel arm is located inside a circle centered around a center of the tail wheel in the upright position of the vehicle and having a radius which is equal to a distance between the center of the tail wheel and the rotational center line of the drive disks in side view, and
wherein with respect to a hypothetical tail wheel arm having a base end pivotally attached to the rotational center line of the drive disks and a free end supporting a tail wheel, a first line is defined as a line extending along the hypothetical tail wheel arm when the vehicle is in the upright position, and a second line is defined as a line extending along the hypothetical tail wheel arm when the vehicle is in the forwardly tilted, park position, the pivot center line of the base end of the tail wheel arm being located on or above a bisector of an angle formed by the first line and the second line in side view.

US Pat. No. 10,240,629

HOOK AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING AND USING THE SAME

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

1. A hook for lifting a component, said hook comprising:a hook body comprising:
a coupling portion having an elongate aperture defined therein for receiving at least a portion of a chain; and
an engaging portion extending from said coupling portion, said engaging portion defining a hook opening sized for receiving a first portion of the component therein; and
a unitary latch pivotably coupled to said coupling portion and pivotable between a first position and a second position relative to said hook body, said unitary latch occluding the hook opening in the second position, wherein said unitary latch includes a chain aperture defined therein that is aligned with said elongate aperture such that the portion of the chain extends through each of said elongate aperture and said chain aperture and causes said unitary latch to pivot between the first and second positions in response to a load being applied to said hook.

US Pat. No. 10,232,886

STRUCTURAL REINFORCEMENT MEMBER FOR A VEHICLE BODY

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

1. A vehicle body comprising:a structural member having an inner surface defining an elongated cavity, the structural member including an outer panel member joined to an inner panel member;
a reinforcement member positioned in the cavity of the structural member wherein a gap is provided between the reinforcement member and the inner surface of the structural member, the reinforcement member including:
an outer section facing the outer panel member and having a closed cross-sectional portion,
a separate inner section facing the inner panel member, and
a tension web interposed between and contacting the outer section and inner section, the tension web being secured to the outer panel member and inner panel member, the closed cross-sectional portion being adapted to increase stiffness and stability to the tension web; and
an adhesive secured to the reinforcement member, the adhesive is activatable to expand toward the inner surface of the structural member to define a joint between the reinforcement member and the structural member and to at least partially fill the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,232,903

INVERTED PENDULUM VEHICLE

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

1. An inverted pendulum vehicle, comprising:a vehicle body frame;
a main wheel combining a plurality of free rollers arranged along a circle such that rotational center lines of the free rollers are each directed along a tangential line of the circle;
a pair of drive disks each carrying a plurality of free rollers arranged along a circumferential direction and configured to engage the free rollers of the main wheel;
a pair of drive units including a pair of electric motors for individually driving the drive disks under an inverted pendulum control;
a battery mounted on the vehicle body frame to supply electric power to the electric motors; and
a saddle mounted on the vehicle body frame for seating a rider;
wherein the two drive units are positioned one behind the other between the saddle and a rotational center line of the main wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,236,752

COIL SEGMENT MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

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

1. A coil segment manufacturing apparatus for manufacturing coil segments in which insulation coatings of both ends have been removed and which have a plurality of different lengths, from a coil conducting wire material provided with an insulation coating, comprising:a conducting wire material feeder which feeds the conducting wire material along a feeding route by a plurality of different feeding amounts corresponding to the plurality of different lengths;
a coating remover which removes the insulation coating of the conducting wire material at a removal position on the feeding route; and
a conducting wire material cutter which cuts the conducting wire material at a predetermined cutting position on the feeding route;
wherein
the coating remover is configured to change the removal position according to the feeding amounts,
the conducting wire material feeder repeats a feeding operation to feed the conducting wire material by interposing a predetermined processing time,
the coating remover and the conducting wire material cutter perform the removal and the cutting respectively, within the predetermined processing time,
the conducting wire material has four side surfaces including a first side surface to a fourth side surface,
the coating remover comprises:
a first remover which removes the insulation coating of the first side surface of the conducting wire material and the second side surface thereof which is an opposite side of the first side surface, at a first removal position; and
a second remover which removes, at a second removal position, the insulation coating of the third side surface and the fourth side surface at a same portion as the portion of the conducting wire material, at which the insulation coating have been removed by the first remover, and
the first remover and the second remover perform the removing within the predetermined processing time.

US Pat. No. 10,232,739

VEHICLE SEAT HANDLE

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

1. A seating system for a vehicle comprising:a pair of seats arranged in a side-by-side configuration, each of the seats having a seat cushion supported on a seat frame, and a seat back;
a console positioned between the pair of seats on an inboard side of the seats;
at least one of the pair of seats comprising a handle disposed on the inboard side of the seat cushion for grasping the seat cushion to remove the seat cushion from the seat frame.

US Pat. No. 10,226,975

FITTING DEVICE FOR TIRE ASSEMBLY AND FITTING METHOD FOR TIRE ASSEMBLY

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

1. A fitting device for a tire assembly, which applies a striking force in vicinity of a pair of bead portions of a tire assembled onto a wheel, so as to increase adhesion between the wheel and the tire, comprising:an arm configured to move toward the tire;
a striking roller attached to the arm and configured to apply a striking force in vicinity of the bead portions;
a receiving roller configured to receive the tire to which the striking force is applied; and
an elastic member configured to elastically support the receiving roller;
wherein, within vicinity of the pair of bead portions, the striking force is applied, by the striking roller, in vicinity of one of the bead portions, and a reaction force is applied, by the receiving roller, in vicinity of the other bead portion.

US Pat. No. 10,227,013

CONTACT CHARGING METHOD AND CONTACT CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. A contact charging method for an electric vehicle, comprising the steps of:providing a power supplying device, which includes a power line retaining part in which a V-shaped groove is provided that faces toward a side portion of the electric vehicle and is formed to open in upper and lower directions of the electric vehicle and to extend in a running direction of the electric vehicle, and in which a positive electrode power line on one inner surface and a negative electrode power line on another inner surface of the V-shaped groove of the power line retaining part are fixed to the power line retaining part respectively along the running direction and at positions to maintain an insulation distance mutually therebetween;
providing a charging arm accommodated in the side portion of the electric vehicle, the
charging arm including on a distal end thereof a positive electrode power reception unit and a negative electrode power reception unit, which are disposed so as to face the corresponding positive electrode power line and the corresponding negative electrode power line of the power supplying device, the positive electrode power reception unit and the negative electrode power reception unit each having a shape of a rolling wheel to roll by contact with the power supplying device; and
extending the charging arm out in a vehicle widthwise direction to press the V-shaped groove and bringing into contact simultaneously the positive electrode power line of the power supplying device and the positive electrode power reception unit of the charging arm, and the negative electrode power line of the power supplying device and the negative electrode power reception unit of the charging arm, and charging an electrical storage device for driving of the electric vehicle while the distal end of the charging arm being positioned away from a bottom of the V-shaped groove,
wherein the respective surfaces of the positive electrode power reception unit and the negative electrode power reception unit in contact with the positive electrode power line and the negative electrode power line are inclined with respect to an axis of the rolling wheel of the respective positive electrode power reception unit and the negative electrode power reception unit, the axis extending in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the charging arm.

US Pat. No. 10,227,902

OVERHEAD CAMSHAFT ENGINE

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

1. An overhead camshaft engine, comprising:a cylinder block defining a cylinder in cooperation with a cylinder head;
a crankcase attached to a lower part of the cylinder block to define a crankcase chamber in cooperation with a part of the cylinder block;
a bearing retaining member attached to a part of the cylinder block such that an entirety of the bearing retaining member is contained inside the crankcase chamber, the bearing retaining member defining a central bore;
a first bearing fitted into a bearing hole provided in the cylinder block to rotatably support a first end of a crankshaft of the engine;
a second bearing fitted into the central bore of the bearing retaining member to rotatably support a second end of the crankshaft, the central bore of the bearing retaining member fitted with the second bearing being coaxial with the bearing hole of the cylinder block fitted with the first bearing;
a camshaft rotatably supported in an upper part of the cylinder head and provided with a camshaft pulley;
a crankshaft pulley attached to a part of the second end of the crankshaft projecting outward from the second bearing; and
a timing belt passed around the camshaft pulley and the crankshaft pulley.

US Pat. No. 10,226,887

MOLD APPARATUS AND RESIN MOLDING METHOD

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

1. A mold apparatus for resin molding a molded article that has a main body part and an undercut part; the mold apparatus comprising:a mold main body that molds the main body part;
a rotary core that molds the undercut part, and mold releases by rotationally moving in a direction separating from the undercut part; and
a restricting core that restricts movement of the rotary core by sandwiching between the mold main body and the rotary core during molding, and releases restriction of the rotary core by moving in a direction exiting from between the mold main body and the rotary core during mold release of the rotary core from the undercut part,
wherein the rotary core includes:
a rotary core main body part having a cavity forming face that molds the undercut part; and
a core housing part that is arranged opposite the cavity forming face in the rotary core main body part, and in which a rotary core-side contact face contacts the restricting core and is formed in a planar shape, and
wherein the restricting core includes:
a stationary mold contact face that contacts the mold main body, is laterally opposite a restricting core-side contact face formed in a planar shape that contacts the rotary core, and is formed in a planar shape on a back side of the restricting core.

US Pat. No. 10,227,940

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A control device of an internal combustion engine to control an equivalence ratio of an air-fuel mixture of the internal combustion engine, comprising:a fuel injection valve which injects fuel to a cylinder of the internal combustion engine;
an exhaust gas sensor which detects an equivalence ratio of exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine;
a first identifying unit which models a system from a fuel injection amount of the fuel injection valve to an output of the exhaust gas sensor, as an injection amount-sensor output model with a first model formula including first model parameters and a second model formula including a second model parameter, and which successively identifies values of the first model parameters;
a second identifying unit which models a system from an output value of the first model formula to the output of the exhaust gas sensor as a port equivalence ratio-sensor output model with the second model formula, and which successively identifies a value of the second model parameter based on the output of the exhaust gas sensor;
a controller which determines a value of the fuel injection amount of the fuel injection valve based on the first model parameters; and
an electronic control unit which drives the fuel injection valve so that the fuel injection amount determined by the controller is realized,
wherein the first model formula outputs an equivalence ratio of the exhaust gas in an exhaust port of the internal combustion engine based on the fuel injection amount and the first model parameters,
wherein the second model formula outputs the output of the exhaust gas sensor based on the equivalence ratio of the exhaust port and the second parameter,
wherein the first identifying unit updates the values of the first model parameters while the internal combustion engine is under a specific first operating condition and does not update the values of the first model parameters while the internal combustion engine is not under the first operating condition, and
wherein the second identifying unit updates the value of the second model parameter while the internal combustion engine is under a second operating condition of which range is wider than that of the first operating condition.

US Pat. No. 10,220,847

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising:a trajectory generation unit, a target speed calculation unit, a traveling control unit, a derivation unit, and a correction unit, each unit comprising a software function unit which functions by a central processing unit or a hardware function unit including an application specific integrated circuit,
the trajectory generation unit being configured to generate a locus of a position of an own vehicle for each predetermined time in a future as a trajectory of the own vehicle;
the target speed calculation unit being configured to calculate a target speed of the own vehicle for each position on the trajectory generated by the trajectory generation unit;
the traveling control unit being configured to control traveling of the own vehicle on the basis of the target speed calculated by the target speed calculation unit;
the derivation unit being configured to
derive a first difference between a position on the trajectory generated by the trajectory generation unit and a current position of the own vehicle every time the predetermined time elapses, and
derive a second difference between the position on the trajectory generated by the trajectory generation unit and a predicted arrival position of the own vehicle which is predicted where the own vehicle arrives after the predetermined time lapses if the own vehicle travels on the basis of the target speed calculated by the target speed calculation unit; and
the correction unit being configured to correct the target speed calculated by the target speed calculation unit on the basis of one or both of the first difference and the second difference derived by the derivation unit.