US Pat. No. 9,457,809

COLLISION POSSIBILITY DETERMINATION APPARATUS, DRIVE ASSIST APPARATUS, COLLISION POSSIBILITY DETERMINATION METHOD, AND COLLISION POSSIBILITY DETERMINATION PROGRAM

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

1. A collision possibility determination apparatus comprising:
an input part that includes at least one of a camera and a radar device; and
a functional part that includes a processor, the functional part comprising:
an identifying part programmed to detect an object and identify a location of the object based on information received by
the input part;

a first analysis part programmed to identify a travel direction and a travel speed of the object based on the information
received by the input part, to predict a future location of the object based on information relating to the object output
from the identifying part, and to generate first information based on the predicted future location of the object, the first
information having a value which increases as an overlap amount between the future location of the object and an intended
travel path of a vehicle becomes greater;

a second analysis part programmed to generate second information based on a current location of the object identified by the
identifying part, the second information having a value which increases as a lateral distance between the current location
of the object and the intended travel path of the vehicle decreases; and

a determination part programmed to determine a total risk degree related to a possibility of colliding with the object based
on both of the first information and the second information.

US Pat. No. 9,240,609

FUEL CELL AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING FUEL CELL

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

1. A fuel cell comprising: membrane electrode assemblies and separators connected together in a stack, wherein
the membrane electrode assemblies each include a pair of electrodes, and an electrolyte membrane interposed between the electrodes,
and two of the separators are provided between adjacent ones of the membrane electrode assemblies such that two separators
have surfaces which engage each other,

an outer circumferential end of at least one of the two separators includes a step which is spaced from an outer circumferential
end of the other of the two separators thereby defining a gap between the outer circumferential ends of the two separators;

an adhesive layer is provided which both fills the gap and integrally includes an end surface adhesive layer which protrudes
outwardly from the outer circumferential ends of the two separators and extends in a thickness direction of the two separators
to cover outer circumferential end surfaces of the two separators, such that the adhesive layer has a substantially T-shaped
cross section as a whole, thereby bonding the two separators together,

at least one of the outer circumferential end surfaces of the two separators includes a first side edge forming the gap and
a second side edge distant from the gap in the thickness direction, and the end surface adhesive layer is terminated at a
position between the first side edge and the second side edge.

US Pat. No. 9,306,521

VEHICULAR AUDIO PROCESSING UNIT AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM INCLUDING SAME

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

1. A vehicular audio processing unit, comprising:
a receiver that is configured to receive voice data by wirelessly communicating with a first external device;
an audio processor that applies predetermined audio processing to the voice data received by the receiver;
a transmitter that is configured to transmit the voice data to which the audio processor applies the predetermined audio processing
by wirelessly communicating with a second external device that can output a sound; and

an operational status detector that detects an operational status of a vehicle with which the vehicular audio processing unit
is provided,

wherein the audio processor modifies the predetermined audio processing based on the operational status detected by the operational
status detector to the voice data received by the receiver,

wherein the operational status detector acquires running sound of a vehicle on which the vehicular audio processing unit is
disposed, creates sound data in an opposite phase to sound data of the running sound, and mixes the sound data in an opposite
phase to running sound with the voice data received by the receiver, and

wherein the operational status detector detects engine speed of an engine of the vehicle, the audio processor has a memory
which stores sound data in an opposite phase to engine noise corresponding to the engine speed, and the audio processor performs
the predetermined audio processing such that it mixes the sound data in an opposite phase to engine noise corresponding to
the detected engine speed with the voice data received by the receiver.

US Pat. No. 9,217,378

CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A controller for an internal combustion engine, comprising:
an intake valve driving mechanism that has a first intake cam and a second intake cam selectively used to open/close an intake
valve, a valve lift changing mechanism that selectively switches an actively driving intake cam, which is an intake cam actually
opening/closing the intake valve, to either the first intake cam or the second intake cam, and a valve phase changing mechanism
that changes the phase angles of the first and the second intake cams relative to the phase angle of a crankshaft, the profiles
of the first and the second intake cams being set such that, in the case where the intake valve is opened/closed by the first
intake cam, the lift amount of the intake valve and the angle width of an open valve period are both larger than those in
the case where the intake valve is opened/closed by the second intake cam,

the profiles of the first and the second intake cams being set such that an angle width of an open valve period of the intake
valve opened by the first intake cam is larger than an angle width between a top dead center and a bottom dead center and
the angle width of the open valve period of the intake valve opened by the second intake cam becomes an angle width that is
closer to an angle width between the top dead center and the bottom dead center than an angle width of the open valve period
of the intake valve opened by the first intake cam, and the profiles of the first and the second intake cams being also set
such that, in the case where the intake valve is opened/closed by the first intake cam and in the case where the intake valve
is opened/closed by the second intake cam, the amounts of air charged into the combustion chamber of the internal combustion
engine during the open valve period of the intake valve by the respective intake cams or the effective compression ratios
of the combustion chamber agree with each other in both cases in a specific state in which the phase angle of the first intake
cam and the phase angle of the second intake cam are controlled such that a phase angle at a start of opening of the intake
valve by the first intake cam and a phase angle at a start of opening of the intake valve by the second intake cam agree with
each other at a predetermined lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle on a lead angle side relative to the phase angle
at the top dead center,

an intake cam switching control unit, which defines the first intake cam out of the first and the second intake cams as the
intake cam for a low-load operation of the internal combustion engine and defines the second intake cam as the intake cam
for a high-load operation of the internal combustion engine, and controls the valve lift changing mechanism to switch the
actively driving intake cam according to the load on the internal combustion engine; and

a cam phase control unit, which controls the valve phase changing mechanism to change the phase angle of the actively driving
intake cam according to the load on the internal combustion engine at the time of opening/closing the intake valve by each
of the first and the second intake cams,

wherein the cam phase control unit controls the valve phase changing mechanism such that, at the time of opening/closing the
intake valve by the first intake cam, the phase angle at the start of opening of the intake valve changes in a lead angle
direction within a range between the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle and a predetermined first lag-angle-side
valve opening start phase angle closer to a lag angle end than the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle as the
load on the internal combustion engine increases, and also controls the valve phase changing mechanism such that, at the time
of opening/closing the intake valve by the second intake cam, the phase angle at the start of opening of the intake valve
changes in a lag angle direction within a range between the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle and a predetermined
second lag-angle-side valve opening start phase angle closer to a lag angle end than the lead-angle-side valve opening start
phase angle as the load on the internal combustion engine increases,

the intake cam switching control unit switches the actively driving intake cam in the specific state,
the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle and the first lag-angle-side valve opening start phase angle are set beforehand
such that, in the case where the intake valve is opened/closed by the first intake cam, the amount of air charged into the
combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine during the open valve period of the intake valve or the effective compression
ratio of the combustion chamber increases as the phase angle at the opening start of the intake valve changes in the lead-angle
direction within the range between the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle and the first lag-angle-side valve
opening start phase angle, and

the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle and the second lag-angle-side valve opening start phase angle are set
beforehand such that, in the case where the intake valve is opened/closed by the second intake cam, the amount of air charged
into the combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine during the open valve period of the intake valve or the effective
compression ratio of the combustion chamber increases as the phase angle at the opening start of the intake valve changes
in the lag angle direction within the range between the lead-angle-side valve opening start phase angle and the second lag-angle-side
valve opening start phase angle.

US Pat. No. 9,212,403

TOPCOAT

Midori Hokuyo Co., Ltd., ...

1. A coated natural leather that is produced by obtaining a natural leather through a leather tanning step involving a tanning
agent containing chromium or glutaraldehyde as well as steps for re-tanning using a re-tanning agent comprising synthetic
tannin and a first resin, where the synthetic tannin comprises (A) a condensation product of an aromatic sulfonic acid and
formaldehyde, or an aromatic sulfonic acid and a condensation product of an aromatic sulfonic acid and formaldehyde, (B) a
methylene cyclocondensation product of an aromatic sulfonic acid and a hydroxyl aromatic compound, or an aromatic sulfonic
acid and a methylene cyclocondensation product of an aromatic sulfonic acid and a hydroxy aromatic compound, and (C) glyoxal,
while the resin comprises (A) an acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, acrylic acid ester, a methacrylic acid polymer ester or a
mixture thereof, and (B) a polycondensation product of melamine and formaldehyde, where the leather is re-tanned using the
re-tanning agent, dyeing using a dying agent comprising an acid water-based dye, and greasing using a greasing agent constituted
by (A) synthetic oil and a natural oil, or (B) a mixed oil comprising synthetic oil and a natural component, and then forming
on the surface of the natural leather, in this order,
a pre coat that comprises a second resin, a pigment, an auxiliary and water,
a base coat that comprises a third resin, a pigment an auxiliary, a touch agent, a leveling agent and water,
a color coat layer comprising a mixture of (1) 48 to 90 percent by weight of a hard component of a resin containing at least
two-component polyurethane resin with (2) 52 to 10 percent by weight of a soft component of a resin containing at least two-component
polyurethane resin, the hard component of a resin having a 10% modulus that is over 2.3 but not more than 3.0, and the soft
component of a resin having a 10% modulus that is over 0.0 but not more than 1.0, and

a top coat layer comprising a mixture of (1) 15 to 35 percent by weight of a medium component of a resin containing at least
two-component polyurethane resin with (2) 65 to 85 percent of a soft component of a resin containing at least two-component
polyurethane resin, the medium component of a resin having a 10% modulus that is over 1.0 but not more than 2.3, and the soft
component of a resin having a 10% modulus that is over 0.0 but not more than 1.0,

wherein when the surface of the coated natural leather is measured using a KES-SE-SR-U roughness friction tester, the smoothness
(SMD) is 2.5 ?m or less, slickness (MIU/MMD) is 25 or more, and wear resistance test result using a Gakushin friction fastness
tester is 4,000 times or more.

US Pat. No. 10,094,968

VEHICULAR DISPLAY APPARATUS

NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicular display device comprising:a light source;
a light guide that guides light emitted from the light source;
a diffusion member that diffuses at least part of the light emitted from the light guide;
a facing member having a hole provided therein so that a portion where the hole is provided overlaps at least a part of the diffusion member; and
a convex light guide having a main portion interposed between the diffusion member and the facing member and a projecting portion projecting into the hole from the main portion.

US Pat. No. 9,604,612

BRAKE HYDRAULIC PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

Autoliv Nissin Brake Syst...

1. A brake hydraulic pressure control device for a vehicle, the control device comprising:
an anti-lock hydraulic pressure adjustment unit that is configured to carry out adjustment involving individually adjusted
brake hydraulic pressures applied to wheel brakes for front wheels and wheel brakes for rear wheels of the vehicle, in order
to prevent the front wheels and the rear wheels from attaining a locked state when braking;

allowable differential pressure setting means that sets a first allowable differential pressure between the brake hydraulic
pressures of the wheel brakes for the left and right front wheels and a second allowable differential pressure between the
brake hydraulic pressures of the wheel brakes for the left and right rear wheels, operation of the anti-lock hydraulic pressure
adjustment unit being controlled so that a maximum applied differential pressure between brake hydraulic pressures of the
left and right wheel brakes for at least one of the front wheels and the rear wheels is no greater than the first or second
allowable differential pressure that is set by the allowable differential pressure setting means; and

hydraulic pressure acquisition means that acquires a lock hydraulic pressure, which is a hydraulic pressure sensed by a pressure
sensor when starting anti-lock brake control for a respective wheel brake,

wherein the allowable differential pressure setting means sets the first and second allowable differential pressures by selecting
a maximum among three components including a vehicle body speed component, determined according to an estimated vehicle body
speed, a lateral acceleration component determined according to a lateral acceleration sensed by a lateral acceleration sensor,
and a coefficient of friction component determined according to a coefficient of friction of a road surface on which the vehicle
is traveling, the coefficient of friction determined based on sensed values of the lock hydraulic pressures of the wheel brakes
for the front wheels,

wherein during normal operating conditions, the allowable differential pressure setting means selectively sets the first allowable
differential pressure so as to correspond to a coefficient of friction of the road surface on which the vehicle is traveling,
and

wherein, during low-friction conditions, when the lock hydraulic pressure of either of the wheel brakes for the front wheels
acquired by the hydraulic pressure acquisition means is no greater than a predetermined value which corresponds to a low coefficient
of friction, the allowable differential pressure setting means sets the first allowable differential pressure by selecting
a larger value between the vehicle body speed component and the lateral acceleration component.

US Pat. No. 9,463,727

VEHICLE SEAT COVERING ASSEMBLY

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

1. A vehicle seat cover assembly configured to attach to a back portion of a vehicle seat, comprising:
a base member provided on the back portion of the vehicle seat to form a back surface of the vehicle seat, the base member
including a first portion and a second portion, the base member including at least one connecting component to permit interlocking
engagement therewith;

a covering configured to be connected to the base member to cover a portion of the base member, the covering including at
least one first opening formed therein configured to receive at least one fastening component therethrough; and

a fastening member including the at least one fastening component configured to attach the covering to the base member, wherein
the covering is positioned intermediate to the fastening member and the base member such that the at least one fastening component
of the fastening member engages the at least one connecting component of the base member, thereby attaching the covering to
the base member, and the at least one connecting component of the base member includes a opening defining an extension, the
extension configured to be inserted into at least one second opening formed in the covering to facilitate attachment of the
covering to the base member.

US Pat. No. 9,272,613

STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A straddle type vehicle, said vehicle comprising:
an engine disposed between a front wheel and a rear wheel and supported on a vehicle frame,
a radiator disposed on at least one vehicle side portion in front of a driver and serving to cool the engine,
a cowl covering the radiator, said cowl extending forward of the radiator and serving to introduce traveling air flow into
said radiator, and serving to exhaust heated exhaust air flow from the radiator via an exhaust outlet laterally outside the
vehicle at a location in front of the driver,

wherein said cowl is configured such that a part of the introduced traveling air flow bypasses inwardly of the radiator in
a vehicle width direction and is exhausted via a cool air flow outlet laterally inside, in the width direction of the vehicle,
relative to the exhaust air flow from the radiator.

US Pat. No. 9,126,634

STRUCTURE FOR FRONT PORTION OF VEHICLE

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

1. A structure for a front portion of a vehicle, comprising:
a windshield lower member supporting a front glass from below;
a cross member fixed on the windshield lower member and disposed between paired left and right front pillars;
paired left and right damper housings disposed in front of left and right ends of the cross member and supporting a damper,
respectively;

and paired left and right damper housing supports disposed between the cross member and the damper housings for draining,
toward vehicle side areas, water after having flowed in from the vehicle outside;

wherein the windshield lower member and the cross member define a closed cross section extending in a vehicle width direction
and serving as an air intake path;

wherein the cross member has, in rear of the damper housing supports, paired left and right outside air intake openings for
outside air to pass therethrough;

wherein the windshield lower member includes a blower air intake opening opened to face either one of the outside air intake
openings and connecting with a blower;

wherein the damper housing has an upper surface defining a flow regulating surface for outside air to flow thereon; and
wherein the outside air intake opening has a lower edge positioned above the flow regulating surface.

US Pat. No. 9,067,618

TOUCH-BASED SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AN AUTOMOTIVE STEERING WHEEL

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

1. A system for generating a vehicle steering signal, comprising:
a non-rotatable steering control mounted about a steering axis, the steering control comprising a pressure sensor configured
to generate an output signal in response to hand movements along the steering control;

a hub;
at least one spoke connecting the steering control to the hub, wherein the hub is offset from the steering axis; and
a control unit configured to generate the vehicle steering signal based on the output signal from the pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,272,699

TORQUE CONTROL DEVICE OF DRIVING SOURCE

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

1. A torque control device of at least one driving source comprising:
a vehicle driving device comprising:
the driving source,
an input shaft that rotates due to a driving force of the driving source,
a continuously variable transmission for shifting a rotation of the input shaft and transmitting the rotation to an output
shaft; and

a start clutch arranged between a driven shaft and the output shaft in a torque transmission line of the continuously variable
transmission, a rotating shaft installed downstream of the output shaft, the start clutch configured to switch between transmitting
and not transmitting the driving force to the output shaft;

at least one ratio detection means for detecting a ratio of the continuously variable transmission; and
at least one output torque control means for controlling an output torque of the driving source;
wherein, when the ratio of the continuously variable transmission detected by the ratio detection means is on a lower ratio
side than a predetermined threshold value, the output torque control means performs a control to restrict an upper limit value
of the output torque of the driving source to a 2nd value that is smaller than a 1st value that is another upper limit value
of the output torque when the ratio is on a higher ratio side than the threshold value, and

wherein the threshold value of the ratio of the continuously variable transmission is determined based on a ratio between
the 1st value and the 2nd value, and based on a value on a lowest ratio side of the ratio of the continuously variable transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,981,641

BODY RESERVOIR ASSEMBLY

Autoliv Nissin Brake Syst...

1. A body reservoir assembly, comprising:a body comprising a master cylinder portion, the body having an upper surface and having a recessed port formed therein extending downwardly from said upper surface for receiving a fluid supply port, the body having a connecting boss protruding upwardly from the upper surface and having a hole formed therein to receive a fastener, and
a reservoir having a hollow interior chamber formed therein, the reservoir being connected to the upper surface of the body, the reservoir having at least one fluid supply port extending downwardly thereon which fits nestingly into the recessed port of the body and allows a fluid to move between the interior chamber thereof and an inside of the body, the reservoir further having a recessed portion formed on a bottom surface thereof for receiving the connecting boss of the body therein,
the reservoir further including a reservoir side connecting portion comprising a pair of spaced-apart, downwardly protruding flanges formed in the recessed portion and connected to the body, the flanges being alignable with, and configured to receive an upper portion of the connecting boss therebetween, each of the flanges having a through hole formed therein to receive the fastener;
wherein:
the connecting boss defines a body side connecting portion formed on the upper surface of the body and connected to the reservoir;
the reservoir side connecting portion and the body side connecting portion are connected to each other by the fastener;
the reservoir includes a contact portion where the bottom surface of the reservoir contacts the upper surface of the body; and
a center of the hole formed in the connecting boss is located at a position higher than the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,865,898

POWER STORAGE MODULE AND FIXING STRUCTURE OF POWER STORAGE MODULE

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

1. A power storage module comprising a plurality of power storage cells that are stacked in a stacking direction, a pair of
end plates that are superimposed on outermost ones of the power storage cells at opposite ends in the stacking direction,
a frame that is connected to the pair of end plates via fastening portions at opposite ends, and an insulating insulator that
is clamped between the frame and the power storage cells, wherein
in a mounted state the insulator comprises a first rib that extends in a direction intersecting the stacking direction,
wherein the insulating insulator extends over an area covering the outermost ones of the power storage cells in the stacking
direction and is opposed to all of the plurality of power storage cells, and

wherein the first rib protrudes outwardly and integrally from a flat surface of the insulating insulator from a side opposite
the power storage cells toward a direction away from the power storage cells.

US Pat. No. 9,485,812

HIGH FREQUENCY HEATING COIL

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

1. A high frequency heating coil, in order to subject to high frequency heating a pipe-shaped workpiece, the pipe-shaped workpiece
being formed to extend along an axis of the workpiece and comprising a main body part and a flange part, the main body part
having a closed cross section, and the flange part being formed along an axial direction of the workpiece and projecting outward
in a radial direction from an outer peripheral face of the main body part, the high frequency heating coil comprising a loop
part that surrounds the main body part and a pair of lead-out parts that extend outward radially along the flange part from
opposite ends of the loop part which are located close to each other in a direction along the axis of the workpiece and face
opposite side faces of the flange part,
wherein the pair of lead-out parts are offset from each other toward opposite sides in the axial direction of the workpiece,
wherein the pair of lead-out parts are curved into a U-shape, a V-shape, or a squared U-shape, and
wherein the pair of lead-out parts form a loop when viewed from a direction at right angles to the axis.

US Pat. No. 9,248,863

VEHICLE BODY SUPERSTRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body superstructure comprising:
a roof side rail extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle body on and along an upper part of a vehicle body side section;
a roof panel having an outer end portion, in a vehicle width direction, thereof mounted on the roof side rail; and
a roof arch extending in the vehicle width direction below the roof panel, wherein
the roof side rail includes:
a rail flange on which the roof panel is mounted;
a rail vertical wall hanging down from an outer end, in the vehicle width direction, of the rail flange;
a rail bottom wall extending from a lower end of the rail vertical wall to the outside in the vehicle width direction; and
a bulging section formed by allowing the rail bottom wall and the rail vertical wall to bulge toward a center in the vehicle
width direction in order to accommodate a slide rail for a sliding door, and

the roof arch has:
an outer end portion, in the vehicle width direction, thereof directly joined to the bulging section, the outer end portion
having a front end joined directly to a front end of the bulging section, and a rear end joined directly to a rear end of
the bulging section;

first arch flanges directly joined to and along a lower surface of the rail flange, the rail flange being inclined upwardly
toward the center in the vehicle width direction of the vehicle body; and

second arch flanges directly joined to a lower surface of the rail bottom wall.

US Pat. No. 9,975,532

MASTER CYLINDER APPARATUS

Autoliv Nissin Brake Syst...

1. A master cylinder apparatus, including a base member, to which an operation of a brake operator is input, the base member having a plurality of flow passages formed therein for a brake fluid, said master cylinder apparatus comprising:a cylinder unit formed as an integral part of the base member;
a master cylinder that is provided inside of the cylinder unit of the base member and which is configured to generate a fluid pressure when the operation of the brake operator is input thereto;
a stroke simulator disposed inside of the base member and arranged in parallel to the master cylinder, the stroke simulator configured to apply an operation reaction force of the brake operator to the brake operator;
three solenoid valves that are mounted on one surface of the base member situated on a side of the base member spaced away from the cylinder unit, said solenoid valves being operable to selectively open and close the flow passages,
wherein two of the solenoid valves are arranged symmetrically across a center axis extending parallel to an axial direction of the master cylinder when the master cylinder apparatus is viewed from a direction perpendicular to the one surface of the base member;
the master cylinder apparatus further comprising two pressure sensors for detecting brake fluid pressures in the flow passages, the pressure sensors mounted on the one surface of the base member,
wherein the three solenoid valves and one of the pressure sensors are arranged to form corners of a quadrilateral, and the other pressure sensor is arranged inside of the quadrilateral.

US Pat. No. 9,643,585

STROKE SIMULATOR

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

1. A stroke simulator comprising:
a first cylinder having a sliding surface formed therein;
a second cylinder coaxially formed in communication with the first cylinder;
a simulator piston disposed in the first cylinder, said simulator piston being displaced by sliding on the sliding surface
in response to a hydraulic pressure which is generated by a hydraulic pressure generating unit due to an operation of a brake
operating element by a driver; and

a reaction force generating unit disposed in the second cylinder, said reaction force generating unit being connected with
said simulator piston, and including a pair of spring members arranged coaxially;

wherein:
the first cylinder has a mounting groove formed therein substantially at a middle portion in an axial direction thereof;
a cup seal is fitted in the mounting groove for sealing a gap formed between the simulator piston and the sliding surface
in the middle in the axial direction of the sliding surface so as to maintain alignment of the simulator piston with respect
the axial direction of the first cylinder;

the simulator piston is in contact with the cup seal at the middle portion in the axial direction of the sliding surface regardless
of state of the displacement thereof;

the second cylinder further includes a first spring seat member having a cup-shaped cylinder portion closed at the front side
thereof; and

the first spring seat member is fixed to the simulator piston such that an opening of the cup-shaped cylindrical portion is
closed by a front end wall of the simulator piston and a portion of the front end wall of the simulator piston is disposed
in the cup-shaped cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 9,493,976

VEHICLE OPENING/CLOSING MEMBER DAMPER APPARATUS AND VEHICLE OPENING/CLOSING MEMBER STOPPER APPARATUS

PIOLAX INC., Yokohama-Sh...

1. A vehicle opening/closing member damper apparatus which is disposed between an opening portion provided in a vehicle and
an opening/closing member attached to the opening portion for preventing a vibration of the opening/closing member upon its
closure, the vehicle opening/closing member damper apparatus including:
a piston comprising a flange-shaped piston main body and a pair of piston rods which project respectively from both end faces
of the piston main body;

a cylinder comprising a cylinder main body which accommodates the piston main body slidably and cylindrical portions which
are provided at both end portions of the cylinder main body so as to be opposite with each other and which support respectively
the pair of piston rods slidably, an interior of the cylinder being filled with a viscous fluid;

a fastener which is attached to one of the cylindrical portions to secure the cylinder to one of a circumferential edge of
the opening portion and the opening/closing member; and

an elastic member which biases so that one of the piston rods projects from an other of the cylindrical portions and a distal
end portion of the piston rod abuts an other of the circumferential edge of the opening portion and the opening/closing member.

US Pat. No. 9,322,450

TORQUE ROD

YAMASHITA RUBBER KABUSHIK...

1. A torque rod comprising an arm portion being formed of a material which is lower in specific gravity than iron, a ring
portion being formed on each end in a longitudinal direction of said arm portion, and a rubber bushing being integrally provided
with each of said ring portions, said ring portion having an inner peripheral wall,
wherein a weight is fitted into a concave portion recessed in an inward direction of said inner peripheral wall of said ring
portion such that said weight is located outside of a restraint line of said rubber bushing by said ring portion, said restraint
line being formed by a joining surface between the inner peripheral wall of the ring portion and an outer peripheral wall
of the bushing.

US Pat. No. 9,102,231

WAVE SUPPRESSION STRUCTURE FOR FUEL TANK

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

1. A fuel tank comprising a wave suppression structure, and a tank main body,
said wave suppression structure comprising
a wave suppression member including a basket-shaped container;
a hollow porous member housed in said basket-shaped container, and having a large number of holes formed therein for giving
resistance to passage of fuel; and

porous member support projections projectingly provided on the basket-shaped container so as to form an overall annular shape;
wherein:
said wave suppression member is to be disposed in an interior portion of the tank main body;
said basket-shaped container has through holes formed therein for permitting a piping disposed in the interior of the tank
main body to extend through the through holes formed in the basket-shaped container thereby supporting the wave suppression
member at a predetermined position in the fuel tank;

the basket-shaped container is formed from two members joined for sandwiching the piping therebetween at joint surfaces of
the two members;

the porous member is housed in the basket-shaped container so that an outer face of the porous member opposes an inner face
of the basket-shaped container and to oppose an outer face of the piping, the joint surfaces of the two members extending
to be parallel with the piping that passes through the basket-shaped container; and

the porous member support projections are fitted in axially opposite ends of the porous member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,932

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle control device which is configured to be capable of implementing automatic driving or providing an automatic driving assist, comprising:an external environment state detecting unit adapted to detect a state of external environment of a vehicle;
a lane information acquisition unit adapted to acquire lane information that is capable of specifying shape of a lane in which the vehicle intends to travel, on basis of a detection result by the external environment state detecting unit;
a state detecting unit adapted to detect a low speed traveling state in which speed of the vehicle is less than or equal to a predetermined value;
a target steering angle generating unit adapted to generate a target steering angle for the vehicle from a relationship between lane information acquired from the lane information acquisition unit and an attitude of the vehicle, during a period in which the low speed traveling state is being detected; and
a steering angle control unit adapted to control a steering angle of the vehicle so as to agree with the target steering angle generated by the target steering angle generating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,032,122

MANAGEMENT METHOD, MANAGEMENT DEVICE, AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing a management program that causes a computer to execute a process, the computer being configured to store connection information with respect to objects and folders representing a hierarchical location, the objects and the folders being management targets maintained in hierarchical structure, the connection information including information identifying connection sources and connection destinations, the process comprising:performing an analysis process based on the stored connection information with respect to a first group indicating a first object group or a first folder group at a first hierarchical location or a first mixture group of objects and folders at the first hierarchical location, and a second group indicating a second object group or a second folder group at a second hierarchical location or a second mixture group of objects and folders at the second hierarchical location, which are specified as output targets of information indicating connections;
determining, as a forward direction, a connection between management targets in a combination, for each combination of a first management target reaching to one second management target and the one second management target to which the first management target reaches, upon reaching the one second management target that is either one of the object or the folder included in the second group as a connection destination by the analysis process, in which one or a plurality of objects or folders that are connection destinations are traced from each of one or more first management targets being the object or the folder included in the first group set as a connection source;
determining, as a backward direction, a connection between management targets in a combination, for each combination of a third management target reaching to one fourth management target and the one fourth management target to which the third management target reaches, upon reaching the one fourth management target that is either one of the object or the folder included in the first group as a connection destination by the analysis process, in which one or a plurality of objects or folders that are connection destinations are traced from each of one or more third management targets being the object or the folder included in the second group set as a connection source;
determining, as a mixture of the forward direction and the backward direction, a connection between a fifth management target that is either one of the object or the folder included in the first object group or the first folder group or the first mixture group of object and folders, and a sixth management target that is either one of the object or the folder included in the second object group or the second folder group or the second mixture group of object and folders; and
displaying, at a display device, a matrix of the first group and the second group indicated as output targets, the matrix indicating each connection by the determined forward direction, the determined backward direction, or the mixed direction.

US Pat. No. 9,637,101

CYLINDER DEVICE AND VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

Autoliv Nissin Brake Syst...

1. A cylinder device comprising:
a front piston that is arranged on a front side at a bottom side of a bottomed cylinder hole;
a rear piston that is arranged on a rear side of the cylinder hole; and
a regulation mechanism that is arranged between the front piston and the rear piston to regulate separation distance between
the front piston and the rear piston, wherein

the regulation mechanism includes a retainer that is attached to the front piston, a bolt that has its head engaged with the
retainer and is screwed in a screw hole formed in the rear piston, a spring seat member that is installed on the rear piston,
and a spring that is compressively arranged between the retainer and the spring seat member,

the spring seat member includes a spring reception part that projects toward the retainer to receive a rear end of the spring,
a cup seal holding part that projects to an opposite side from the retainer of the spring reception part to hold a cup seal
arranged on the rear piston, and a projection part that projects toward the opposite side from the retainer, and

the projection part becomes abuttable on the retainer by a stroke of the rear piston if the spring reception part and the
cup seal holding part are installed reversely-oriented on the rear piston.

US Pat. No. 9,482,199

HYDRAULIC PRESSURE SUPPLY SYSTEM

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

1. A hydraulic pressure supply system for supplying hydraulic pressure to a hydraulic clutch which connects and disconnects
between an internal combustion engine that is installed on a vehicle as a motive power source and is stopped when predetermined
stop conditions are satisfied and restarted when predetermined restart conditions are satisfied, by a starter device that
is not used as a motive power source of the vehicle, and drive wheels of the vehicle,
wherein the stop conditions include a condition that a speed of the vehicle is not higher than a predetermined stop vehicle
speed which is larger than 0,

the hydraulic pressure supply system comprising:
a first hydraulic pressure supply device that uses the engine as a motive power source, and supplies hydraulic pressure to
the clutch;

a second hydraulic pressure supply device that supplies hydraulic pressure to the clutch by being driven by a motive power
source other than the engine;

detection means for detecting at least one of the speed of the vehicle and a rotational difference parameter indicative of
a difference in rotational speed between an output shaft of the clutch and an input shaft of the clutch; and

hydraulic pressure control means for controlling clutch supply hydraulic pressure which is hydraulic pressure supplied to
the clutch, according to at least one of the vehicle speed and the rotational difference parameter, by said detection means,
when the restart conditions of the engine have been satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,137,873

SIDE-BY-SIDE ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE

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

1. An all-terrain vehicle comprising:a frame including a front frame part and a rear frame part, the rear frame part is separate from and connected to the front frame part via frame joints which are spaced laterally from one another in a width direction of the vehicle;
a seating surface supported by one of the front frame part and the rear frame part;
an engine supported by the rear frame part, the engine is positioned behind the seating surface;
left and right front wheels operably coupled to the front frame part and drivingly coupled to the engine via a front drive unit;
left and right rear wheels operably coupled to the rear frame part and drivingly coupled to the engine via a rear drive unit; and
a brake system mounted to the frame and including front wheel brakes for the respective left and right front wheels and rear wheel brakes for the respective left and right rear wheels, the brake system further including a brake modulator and a master brake cylinder operably connected to the brake modulator, the brake modulator mounted to the front frame part.

US Pat. No. 9,227,266

SEAM WELDING WARPAGE PREVENTION METHOD AND APPARATUS

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

1. A seam welding warpage prevention apparatus comprising:
a pair of welding electrodes for clamping the members to be welded that are not uniform in thermal contraction with respect
to an energization direction due to difference in material or thickness there between while applying pressure and current
to the members;

a current supply means; and
an offset mechanism
wherein the welding electrodes are roller electrodes and each of the pair of welding electrodes include an electrode holding
unit, a rotation axis protruding from the electrode unit, and a roller electrode fixedly mounted at the tip of the rotation
axis,

wherein the offset mechanism includes a motor or a fluid pressure cylinder, and a transmission mechanism that transmits a
drive force from the motor or the fluid pressure cylinder to the electrode holding unit that is included in one of the pair
of welding electrodes,

wherein the offset mechanism offsets, from among the pair of welding electrodes, a welding electrode that abuts on one of
the members to be welded having a higher thermal contraction in an advancing direction ahead of a welding electrode that abuts
on one of the members to be welded having a lower thermal contraction, and

wherein the offset mechanism affects the electrode abutting the member to be welded having higher thermal contraction, so
that a vertical line through the rotation axis of said electrode advances in a direction ahead of a vertical line through
the rotation axis of the electrode abutting the member with lower thermal contraction.

US Pat. No. 9,216,660

ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN VEHICLE

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

1. An electrically driven vehicle comprising:
a first electric motor configured to generate motive power to operate a first driving wheel;
a second electric motor configured to generate motive power to operate a second driving wheel;
a first power drive device corresponding to the first electric motor and extending in a first direction;
a second power drive device corresponding to the second electric motor and extending in the first direction;
a first heat sink which has a plurality of first cooling fins extending in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction
and which is attached to a first lateral surface of the first power drive device;

a second heat sink which has a plurality of second cooling fins extending in the second direction and which is attached to
a second lateral surface of the second power drive device, the second lateral surface being provided to face the first lateral
surface;

a baffle member including a first partition wall which is provided integrally with the baffle member and which is arranged
between the first heat sink and the second heat sink, the baffle member closing a space defined between the first power drive
device and the second power drive device at a first end and a second end of the space, the first end being opposite to the
second end in the first direction;

a first air guide passage which houses the first heat sink and in which cooling air is to flow in the second direction, the
first air guide passage being provided between the first partition wall and the first power drive device; and

a second air guide passage which houses the second heat sink and in which cooling air is to flow in the second direction,
the second air guide passage being provided between the first partition wall and the second power drive device,

wherein the first cooling fins and the second cooling fins are disposed within the first air guide passage and the second
air guide passage, respectively, so as to face each other.

US Pat. No. 9,181,733

VEHICLE DOOR HANDLE SYSTEM

Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lo...

1. A vehicle door handle system comprising: a handle pivotally supported by a base member, at least one portion of the base
member being attached to an outer panel of a vehicle door; and a lever member pivotally supported by a spindle fixed to the
base member and having an axis extending through the outer panel substantially at a right angle to the outer panel, the lever
member being interlocked in abutment with a handle arm configured to pivot with the handle, the lever member is configured
to be linked to a latch device, and wherein
an attachment part which attaches the base member to the outer panel is fixed coaxially with the spindle, the attachment part
comprising an attached surface formed in an end portion of the spindle on a side opposite from the base member and a bolt
having an expanded-diameter head part and coaxially screwed to the spindle, the expanded-diameter head part interposing a
reinforcement plate between the attached surface and the expanded-diameter head part, and the reinforcement plate being fixedly
attached to the outer panel.

US Pat. No. 9,932,024

VEHICLE BRAKE HYDRAULIC PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS

AUTOLIV NISSIN BRAKE SYST...

1. A vehicle brake hydraulic pressure control apparatus installed in a vehicle, the vehicle brake hydraulic pressure control apparatus comprising:a vehicle holding control section for performing vehicle holding control by holding a brake hydraulic pressure; and
a gradient acquiring section for acquiring a road surface gradient,
wherein the vehicle holding control section is configured to release the holding of the brake hydraulic pressure based on an accelerator operation of a driver, and
wherein when an absolute value of the road surface gradient acquired by the gradient acquiring section is less than a predetermined value, the vehicle holding control section completes releasing of the holding of the brake hydraulic pressure before a drive torque of the vehicle starts increasing, and when the absolute value of the road surface gradient is equal to or more than the predetermined value, the vehicle holding control section completes releasing of the holding of the brake hydraulic pressure after the drive torque of the vehicle starts increasing.
US Pat. No. 9,764,536

METHOD OF FORMING A MULTI-LAYER PAINT FILM

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

1. A method of forming a multi-layer paint film comprising:
forming a first base paint film in which an aqueous first base paint (A) is coated over an electrodeposited cured paint film;
forming a second base paint film in which an aqueous second base paint (B) is coated over the first base paint film without
carrying out preliminary drying by heating after forming the first base paint film;

forming a clear paint film in which preliminary drying is carried out by heating after forming the second base paint film,
a single-liquid type clear paint (C) is coated over the second base paint film; and

heating and curing in which the first base paint film, the second base paint film, and the clear paint film are heated and
cured at the same time, wherein the first base paint (A) includes water-soluble or water-dispersible polyurethane resin (A1)
of acid value of less than 15 mg KOH/g and hydroxyl group value from 10 to 100 mg KOH/g and titanium oxide (A2) of specific
surface area not more than 13 m2/g, and the water-soluble or water-dispersible polyurethane resin (A1) includes from 4 to 15 mass % with respect to the resin
solid fraction of the water-soluble or water-dispersible polyurethane resin (A1) of at least one of ethylene oxide units and
propylene oxide units, and the mass content ratio of the titanium oxide (A2) is from 40 to 60 mass % with respect to the paint
solid fraction of the first base paint (A).

US Pat. No. 9,688,162

MODULAR SEAT CONTROL SWITCH SYSTEM

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

1. A modular electronic automobile seat controller for use with an associated vehicle seat having a vehicle seat frame, comprising:
a main control module fixedly mountable to the vehicle seat frame, the main control module having a length L1 and comprising: a first surface; and, at least one manually actuated electronic seat control that controls a first associated
electronic seat device;

a first expansion module comprising: a first surface; and, at least one manually actuated electronic seat control that controls
a second associated electronic seat device;

a first male bus connector having a length L2, wherein L2 is less than L1;

a first opening that defines a first female bus connector that receives the first male bus connector to form an electronic
mating connection between the main control module and the first expansion module; and,

wherein one of: (1) the first male bus connector extends from the first surface of the main control module and the first opening
is formed in the first surface of the first expansion module; and, (2) the first male bus connector extends from the first
surface of the first expansion module and the first opening is formed in the first surface of the main control module.

US Pat. No. 9,484,668

CONNECTOR DEVICE

JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONIC...

1. A connector device comprising a connector and a mating connector connectable with each other, wherein:
the mating connector comprises a mating housing, a mating primary terminal and a mating secondary terminal;
the mating primary terminal and the mating secondary terminal are held by the mating housing;
the connector comprises a housing, a primary terminal, a secondary terminal, an operation member and a push-back mechanism;
the primary terminal is held by the housing;
the operation member is attached to the housing;
a movement of a part or whole of the operation member relative to the housing causes a state of the operation member to be
changed from an initial state to a first state, and another movement of a part or whole of the operation member relative to
the housing causes the state of the operation member to be changed from the first state to a second state;

when the operation member is in the initial state, the primary terminal is unconnected to the mating primary terminal, and
the secondary terminal is unconnected to the mating secondary terminal;

when the state of the operation member is changed from the initial state to the first state, the primary terminal is moved
relative to the mating primary terminal to be connected to the mating primary terminal;

when the state of the operation member is changed from the first state to the second state, the secondary terminal is moved
relative to the mating secondary terminal to be connected to the mating secondary terminal; and

when the state of the operation member is changed to the first state, the push-back mechanism applies a push-back force to
the operation member, wherein the push-back force pushes back the operation member to change the state of the operation member
back toward the initial state.

US Pat. No. 9,457,769

WIPER BLADE

Mitsuba Corporation, Gun...

1. A wiper blade for wiping a windshield of a vehicle, wherein the wiper blade is attached to a distal-end part of a wiper
arm which is subjected to swinging drive by a drive source, the wiper blade comprising:
a blade rubber formed into a long shape, the blade rubber having a lip part brought into sliding contact with the windshield,
a main-body part integral with the lip part, and a neck part connecting the lip part to the main-body part;

a rubber holder formed into a long shape, attached to the distal-end part of the wiper arm, and adapted to hold the main-body
part of the blade rubber, the rubber holder having a fin part pressing the blade rubber toward the windshield when a wind
flows along the windshield while the vehicle is moving;

a pair of caps which are respectively attached to longitudinal end parts of the blade holder; and
a cover member provided to a bottom part of at least one of the caps, wherein the cover member has three portions which respectively
correspond to a front side, a rear side, and an end side of the blade rubber, and which protrude toward the windshield so
as to continuously cover the main-body part, the neck part, and one end portion of the front side, the rear side, and the
end side of the blade rubber while exposing only the lip part of the blade rubber to the outside, wherein the main-body part
and the neck part are covered by the cover member, leaving only the remaining lip part exposed.

US Pat. No. 9,305,410

AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF VALET MODE FOR SMART ENTRY SYSTEMS

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

1. A key fob cooperating with an associated mechanical key, the key fob comprising:
a key fob housing including a slot for receiving the associated mechanical key;
a control in the housing for transmitting wireless signals to a vehicle to actuate components on the vehicle; and
a plurality of Hall effect switches in the housing, each Hall effect switch being in electrical communication with the control,
wherein at least one of the Hall effect switches is configured to change a respective operating state based upon detecting
a positive magnetic field and at least one other Hall effect switch is configured to change an operating state based upon
detecting a negative magnetic field, wherein each Hall effect switch is associated with an integrated circuit and the integrated
circuit is software configurable to output an output signal to the control and a respective magnetic field to selectively
configure a respective magnetic field that is detected, which results in the change in the respective operating state of each
Hall effect switch,

wherein the slot is elongated in a first direction and is configured to receive a blade of a mechanical key, and
wherein the housing includes an upper surface, a lower surface and a key head facing surface spanning between the upper surface
and the lower surface, wherein the slot extends into the housing from the key head facing surface, wherein the plurality of
Hall effect switches are disposed adjacent the key head facing surface and the key head facing surface has a smaller surface
area as compared to the upper surface and the lower surface.

US Pat. No. 9,188,099

STARTER

MITSUBA CORPORATION, Kir...

1. A starter comprising:
a motor unit which generates a rotary force by applying current;
an output shaft which rotates by the rotary force applied from the motor unit;
a housing in which at least one side end of the output shaft is rotatably supported;
a pinion mechanism configured with a pinion gear having helical teeth, the pinion gear being installed slidably on the output
shaft and is meshed with a ring gear of an engine in a helical engagement, a pinion inner member which is provided unrotatable
relative to the pinon gear while slidable in the axial direction relative to the pinion gear, and a pinion spring which is
provided between the pinon gear and the pinion inner member;

a clutch mechanism which is installed between the output shaft and the pinion mechanism to transmit the rotary force of the
output shaft to the pinion mechanism;

a movement regulation unit which is installed between the output shaft and the clutch mechanism and regulates that the pinion
mechanism and the clutch mechanism slide toward one side by equal to or larger than a predetermined value by interfering with
the clutch mechanism; and

an electromagnetic device configured to apply or shut off a current to the motor unit, and biases a suppressing force toward
the ring gear to the pinion gear through the clutch mechanism,

wherein the pinion spring is configured as a damper mechanism upon the pinion gear abutting the ring gear, and
wherein a load receiving member is installed in the housing, the load receiving member which contacts an end surface of the
output shaft to receive a thrust load generated from the output shaft, when the thrust load generated in the pinion gear towards
one side of the output shaft by meshing between the pinion gear and the ring gear in a helical engagement is transmitted from
the pinion gear to the output shaft through the clutch mechanism and the movement regulation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,064,420

AUGMENTED REALITY HEADS UP DISPLAY (HUD) FOR YIELD TO PEDESTRIAN SAFETY CUES

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

1. A method for safely guiding a vehicle driver to yield to a pedestrian, comprising:
determining a turn lane based upon a proximity of a vehicle to the turn lane prior to the vehicle entering the turn lane;
detecting a pedestrian entering the turn lane;
three dimensionally mapping a forward view including the pedestrian and the turn lane; and
spatially overlaying an augmented reality display on a volumetric heads up display for the vehicle driver comprising projecting
a yielding indication adjacent to a determined crosswalk path across the turn lane.

US Pat. No. 10,137,770

EXHAUST DEVICE OF MOTORCYCLE

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

1. An exhaust device for a motorcycle having a pipe section extending below an engine for guiding an exhaust gas therefrom rearwardly with respect to a vehicle body and housing a catalyzer therein, and a muffler connected to a rear end of said pipe section, comprising:an upstream oxygen sensor positioned upstream of said catalyzer and a downstream oxygen sensor positioned downstream of said catalyzer, wherein
said downstream oxygen sensor is disposed in either a position overlapping a stand device for supporting a vehicle as viewed from below the vehicle body when said stand device is stored, or a position overlapping a stand receiver for abutting against said stand device as viewed from below the vehicle body when said stand device is stored,
said pipe section includes a larger-diameter portion having an increased diameter for housing said catalyzer therein,
said larger-diameter portion is positioned below a cylinder block of said engine and in front of a crankcase of said engine,
said engine has a cylinder whose cylinder axis is inclined forwardly of the vehicle body with respect to a vertical direction,
said larger-diameter portion is disposed such that said larger-diameter portion has an axis substantially parallel to said cylinder axis,
said upstream oxygen sensor and said downstream oxygen sensor are mounted outwardly from the insides of said pipe section and said muffler in the vehicle widthwise direction,
said downstream oxygen sensor is positioned to overlap with both of a part of said stand device and said stand receiver as viewed from below the vehicle body, and
the front, rear and lower sides of said downstream oxygen sensor are covered with a plate-like member.

US Pat. No. 10,086,727

VEHICLE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat pad; and
a bracket configured to be held by the seat pad;wherein:the seat pad includes a first pad member and a second pad member that is firmer than the first pad member;
the bracket includes an embedded portion embedded in the second pad member and a protrusion that protrudes outward from the second pad member;
a through-hole is formed in the embedded portion; and
the protrusion includes an attachment surface in which a hole for attachment of a component is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,777,751

BRAKING DEVICE

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

1. A braking device having a reservoir that stores a brake fluid and a master cylinder that generates brake fluid pressure
by an operation with a brake operator, said braking device comprising a base of the master cylinder having multiple ports
formed therein including at least one inlet port into which a brake fluid is input and plural outlet ports from which the
brake fluid is output, said multiple ports provided proximate one another on a single side of the base of the master cylinder,
wherein the outlet ports do not function as inlet ports when the brake fluid is input into the inlet ports, and all of said
multiple ports face in the same direction.
US Pat. No. 9,745,649

HEAT-RESISTING STEEL FOR EXHAUST VALVES

DAIDO STEEL CO., LTD., A...

1. A heat-resistant steel for exhaust valves, consisting of:
0.45?C<0.60 mass %,
0.30 19.0?Cr<23.0 mass %,
5.0?Ni<9.0 mass %,
8.5?Mn<10.0 mass %,
2.5?Mo<4.0 mass %,
0.01?Si<0.50 mass %, and
0.01?Nb<0.30 mass %,
with the balance being Fe and unavoidable impurities;
the heat-resistant steel for exhaust valves satisfying 0.02?Nb/C?0.61 and 4.5?Mo/C?8.0.

US Pat. No. 9,647,525

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE WITH CURRENT LIMIT BASED ON OUTPUT CURRENT AND INPUT VOLTAGE

Shindengen Electric Manuf...

1. A power supply device, comprising:
a first inverter that converts a first direct-current voltage into a first alternating-current voltage based on a switching
operation of a plurality of first switching elements forming a first bridge circuit and outputs the first alternating-current
voltage; and

a second inverter that converts a second direct-current voltage into a second alternating-current voltage synchronized with
the first alternating-current voltage based on a switching operation of a plurality of second switching elements forming a
second bridge circuit and outputs the second alternating-current voltage,

wherein the first inverter has:
a first limiter value setting part that sets a first limiter value;
a first peak limiter circuit that inhibits the first switching elements from performing the switching operation when a value
that is responsive to an output current reaches the first limiter value, and makes the first switching elements perform the
switching operation when the value that is responsive to the output current is lower than the first limiter value; and

a first controlling part that increases the first limiter value based on an increase of the value that is responsive to the
output current and the first direct-current voltage, and

the second inverter has:
a second limiter value setting part that sets a second limiter value;
a second peak limiter circuit that inhibits the second switching elements from performing the switching operation when the
value that is responsive to the output current reaches the second limiter value, and makes the second switching elements perform
the switching operation when the value that is responsive to the output current is lower than the second limiter value; and

a second controlling part that increases the second limiter value based on an increase of the value that is responsive to
the output current and the second direct-current voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,429,086

ENGINE CONTROL DEVICE AND COGENERATION APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE ENGINE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. An engine control device for controlling starting of an engine, comprising:
a needle valve assembly including a step motor having a motor shaft for undergoing a rotational movement, a plunger for undergoing
a linear vertical movement converted from the rotational movement of the motor shaft, and a needle valve body, the needle
valve body having a needle disposed on the plunger, and an orifice, the needle and the orifice defining an opening therebetween,
the opening having an opening degree variable to one of a plurality of opening degrees including a first opening degree provided
by the opening being opened by 50% and a second opening degree provided by the opening being opened by 70%, the needle being
operable in response to the linear vertical movement of the plunger to vary the opening degree for adjusting a flow rate of
gas to mix with an air into a fuel-air mixture to be supplied to the engine;

a control section connected to the needle valve assembly for controlling the needle valve assembly to set the opening degree
of opening, the control section being configured to start, upon detection of a first operation signal, a predetermined number
of times or less of cranking with the opening degree set by the control section to the first opening degree in accordance
with the first operation signal, and start, if a number of rotations of the engine has not yet reached a predetermined value
through the cranking with the opening degree set to the first opening degree, the predetermined number of times or less of
cranking with the opening degree set by the control section to the second opening degree,

wherein the plurality of opening degrees further includes a third opening degree larger than the second opening degree, and
the control section is operable to start the predetermined number of times or less of cranking with the opening degree set
to the third opening degree if after varying the opening degree from the second opening degree back to the first opening degree
the number of rotations of the engine has not yet reached the predetermined value through the cranking with the opening degree
set to the first opening degree; and

a shut-off valve connected to the needle valve assembly and the control section to be controlled by the control section to
open for a predetermined period of time to allow supply of gas from a fuel supply source to the needle valve assembly during
the predetermined number of times or less of cranking.

US Pat. No. 9,183,999

VEHICLE PUSH BUTTON SWITCH

Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lo...

1. A vehicle push button switch in which a case fixed to a vehicle body or a lid openably and closably attached to the vehicle
body is provided with a guide portion for guiding a linear movement of a push button operable by being pushed from outside
of a vehicle and supports a switch used to change a switching state in response to a push operation of the push button, wherein
the case includes: a first case member fixed to the vehicle body or the lid; a second case member fixed to the first case
member and having the guide portion and an opening portion surrounded by the guide portion; and an elastic member having an
entire outer peripheral flange portion interposed between the first and second case members in such a way that a center portion
of the elastic member faces the opening portion,

the push button is connected to the center portion of the elastic member such that an elastic force of the elastic member
urges the push button in a return direction,

the switch is housed in a housing chamber formed between the first case member and the elastic member and is supported by
the first case member such that the switching state is changed in response to bending of the center portion of the elastic
member which occurs with the push operation of the push button, and

a restricting surface restricting expansion of the elastic member by coming in contact with the elastic member is formed in
the inner surface of the second case member, in the peripheral edge of the opening portion, and displacement of the elastic
member away from the switch is restricted by the restricting surface, the elastic member having an elastic member main portion
which is formed closer to the center portion than the flange portion and covering the switch from a rear side, the elastic
member main portion being placed, at a portion thereof remote from the flange portion, in abutment against the restricting
surface.

US Pat. No. 9,164,281

VOLUMETRIC HEADS-UP DISPLAY WITH DYNAMIC FOCAL PLANE

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

1. A vehicle heads-up display device for displaying graphic elements in view of a driver of a vehicle while the driver views
an environment through a windshield of the vehicle, comprising:
a first projector configured to project, through the windshield of the vehicle, a first graphic element on a first focal plane
in view of the driver while the driver views the environment through the windshield, the first focal plane oriented substantially
perpendicularly to a line-of-sight of the driver; and

a first actuator on which the first projector is mounted, the first actuator configured to linearly move the first projector
in a direction towards or away from at least one lens, wherein linearly moving the first projector causes the first focal
plane of the first graphic element to move in a direction of the line-of-sight of the driver, wherein the first actuator is
configured to linearly move the first projector in a direction substantially perpendicular to the line-of-sight of the driver
such that the first focal plane is moved substantially perpendicularly to the direction of movement of the first projector.

US Pat. No. 10,342,154

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

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

1. A power supply apparatus comprising a battery, an inverter and a housing in which the battery and the inverter are housed, wherein a groove portion for drainage is formed on at least an upper part of an opening portion of the housing, the groove portion includes a main wall extending to an inner side of the housing from an upper surface of the housing, a groove bottom portion connected to the main wall and forming a bottom of the groove portion, and a front wall rising up from a front side of the groove bottom portion, which is opposite to the main wall, a space is formed in a part surrounded by the main wall, the groove bottom portion and the front wall, a cover, which covers the opening portion, is arranged on the opening portion, and the cover comprises at least one first fixing claw and at least one second fixing claw, said at least one first fixing claw being inserted into the space of the groove portion and extending toward the groove bottom portion, and said at least one second fixing claw that presses the groove portion from an outside of the groove portion, the at least one second fixing claw includes a pressing portion and a support portion, the pressing portion presses the front wall of the groove portion from the outside of the groove portion so that the front wall is between the pressing portion and the at least one first fixing claw, and the support portion supports the groove bottom portion of the groove portion from below.

US Pat. No. 9,669,745

MAT FASTENER

PIOLAX, INC., Yokohama-S...

1. A mat fastener for preventing a mat disposed on a carpet provided on a vehicle body panel from moving, the mat fastener
comprising:
a first fixing member fixed to the carpet;
a second fixing member fixed to the mat; and
an operational mounting member configured to mount the second fixing member to the first fixing member,
wherein the first fixing member comprises
a supporting portion configured to support the operational mounting member, and
an engaging portion configured to hold the second fixing member,
wherein the second fixing member comprises
a locked portion configured to be locked on the operational mounting member, and
an engaged portion configured to be engaged with the engaging portion in a state where the second fixing member is mounted
to the first fixing member,

wherein the engaging portion comprises a first portion and a second portion having a width less than a width of the first
portion,

wherein, upon operation of the operational mounting member so as to lock the locked portion from a state where the engaged
portion is yet to be engaged with the engaging portion, the second fixing member approaches the first fixing member to cause
the second portion of the engaging portion to engage with the engaged portion, and

wherein the engaging portion is configured to hold the second fixing member such that the second fixing member is inhibited
from moving in a direction away from the first fixing member.

US Pat. No. 9,593,404

NITROCARBURIZED CRANKSHAFT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

DAIDO STEEL CO., LTD., A...

2. A method of manufacturing a nitrocarburized crankshaft which is obtained by
subjecting a bainitic microalloyed steel to a forging and a machining, and
further subjecting the bainitic microalloyed steel to at least a strain releasing heat treatment and
a subsequent nitrocarburizing treatment,
the bainitic microalloyed steel containing, as essentially added elements, in terms of mass %:
0.16% to 0.40% of C;
0.13% to 1.0% of Si;
1.0% to 2.0% of Mn;
0.05% to 0.40% of Mo; and
0.05% to 0.30% of V, and the bainitic microalloyed steel optionally further containing, as arbitrarily added elements, in
terms of mass %:

0.01% to 0.1% of S;
0.005% to 0.2% of Ti;
0.001% to 0.03% of Al;
0.50% or less of Cr;
0.5% or less of Cu; and
0.5% or less of Ni,
with the balance being Fe and unavoidable impurities,
wherein at least a content of P as one of the unavoidable impurities is suppressed to be 0.025% or less,
wherein the microalloyed steel is selected so as to satisfy:
[C]+0.27[Mn]+0.32[Cr]+0.27[Mo]+0.38[V]?0.72,
[C]+0.01[Si]+0.09[Mn]+0.13[Cr]+0.12[Mo]+0.28[V]<0.65, and
[C]+0.11[Si]+0.11[Mn]+0.09[Cr]+0.21[Mo]+0.60[V]?0.54,
in which [M] represents a content of element M in terms of % by mass, and
wherein the strain releasing heat treatment is performed to satisfy the following expressions regarding a holding temperature
T (° C.) and a holding time t (hr):

21.6+14.2[C]+1.5[Si]+2.6[Mn]+6.5[Cr]+2.7[Mo]+1.6[V]+10?7×?h12?3.7×10?3×?h1<0.70,

and
?h1=(T+273)×(20+Log(t).

US Pat. No. 9,193,337

BRAKE HYDRAULIC PRESSURE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd., ...

1. A brake hydraulic pressure control system for vehicle comprising:
a brake operation element;
an operation amount detecting unit for detecting an operation amount of the brake operation element;
an electric motor that is driven, based on the operation amount detected by the operation amount detecting unit;
a piston that operates forward and backward, accompanying rotation of the electric motor; wherein the displacement amount
of the piston is controlled by the electric motor in order to perform holding control, based on a reference brake pressure
that is necessary for maintaining a stop state of the vehicle,

a wheel cylinder for braking wheels by a brake hydraulic pressure corresponding to a displacement amount of the forward and
backward operation of the piston;

an offset pressure setting unit for setting an offset pressure;
a holding-control start reference pressure setting unit for setting a holding control start reference pressure, based on a
reference brake pressure; and

a holding-control required fluid pressure setting unit for setting a holding control required fluid pressure serving as a
target fluid pressure after starting the holding control;

wherein if a physical amount correlating with a rotational speed of the electric motor has become greater than or equal to
a predetermined value, the holding control start reference pressure serving as a threshold value for starting the holding
control is set higher than the reference brake pressure, and

wherein the offset pressure setting unit sets the offset pressure, corresponding to the physical amount correlating with the
rotational speed of the electric motor, and

wherein the holding control start reference pressure is set to a magnitude obtained by adding the offset pressure to the reference
brake pressure, and

wherein if the holding control start reference pressure is higher than the reference brake pressure when the driver required
fluid pressure has become lower than the holding control start reference pressure, the holding-control required fluid pressure
setting unit sets the holding control required fluid pressure to a value higher than the reference brake pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,165,197

VEHICLE SURROUNDINGS MONITORING APPARATUS

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A vehicle surroundings monitoring apparatus for performing an object recognition on an object located in the vicinity of
a vehicle on the basis of an image captured by an infrared camera mounted in the vehicle, comprising:
a structure recognition unit that detects whether a featured image portion group is included in the captured image, the featured
image portion group including:

i) first and second high luminance image portions lined up side by side vertically or horizontally and a third high luminance
image portion located below the first and second high luminance image portions, and

ii) a feature indicating that a similarity of one of a luminance distribution and a shape between the first high luminance
image portion and the second high luminance image portion is higher than between the third high luminance image portion and
at least one of the first and second high luminance image portions,

wherein upon detecting the featured image portion group in the captured image, the structure recognition unit determines that
at least the third high luminance image portion is an image of a component of a traffic signal structure.

US Pat. No. 9,108,619

CONTROL DEVICE FOR LOCKUP CLUTCH

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

1. A control device for a lockup clutch comprising
a lockup clutch of a torque converter disposed between an engine and a transmission,
a first temperature sensor that detects a water temperature of the engine,
a second temperature sensor that detects an oil temperature of the transmission, and
engagement permission means that permits engagement of the lockup clutch in a first case where the water temperature of the
engine detected by the first temperature sensor is at least a first set temperature, a second case where the water temperature
is less than the first set temperature and at least a second set temperature which is less than the first set temperature
and the oil temperature of the transmission detected by the second temperature sensor is at least a third set temperature
which is less than the second set temperature, or in a third case,

vehicle speed detecting means detecting a vehicle speed, and
control region determination means that determines whether or not the running conditions of a vehicle are in a tight region
of the lockup clutch where the lockup clutch is completely engaged,

wherein the vehicle speed detected by the vehicle speed detecting means is at least the predetermined value, and the control
region determination means determines that the running conditions of the vehicle are in the tight region, even not in the
first and second cases, the engagement permission means permits complete engagement of the lockup clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,023,968

ELECTRIC AL—ZR ALLOY PLATING BATH USING ROOM TEMPERATURE MOLTEN SALT BATH AND PLATING METHOD USING THE SAME

Dipsol Chemicals Co., Ltd...

1. An electric Al—Zr alloy-plating bath which comprises(A) an aluminum halide;
(B) one or at least two kinds of compounds selected from the group consisting of N-alkylimidazolium halides, N,N?-alkylimidazolium halides, N-alkylpyrazolium halides and N,N?-alkylpyrazolium halides;
(C) a zirconium halide; and
(D) an aromatic organic solvent selected from the group consisting of benzene, toluene, xylene and combinations thereof,
wherein the bath comprises the aluminum halide (A) and the compound (B) in a molar ratio ranging from 1:1 to 3:1, and
wherein the amount of (C) zirconium halide is 5-20 g/L, and the amount of (D) aromatic organic solvent is 5-10% by volume.

US Pat. No. 9,672,739

MAP DATA UPDATE DEVICE

Alpine Electronics, Inc.,...

1. A server apparatus comprising a map data update device configured to update map data on the basis of movement history data
of a moving body, the server apparatus comprising:
a movement history recording unit configured to cause movement history data relating to at least one moving body to be stored
in a movement history storage unit, wherein the movement history data includes data of a traveling locus and data of a traveling
speed of a vehicle; and

a road associated information setting unit configured to determine and set road associated information to be applied to a
road link of a new road, on the basis of the movement history data stored in the movement history storage unit for a region
where an existing road is not present on the map data;

wherein the road associated information setting unit is configured to specify a connection-source existing road and a connection-target
existing road connected with the new road at both ends of the new road, and to determine and set a road type of the new road
from among an expressway, a local road, and a ramp road as a piece of the road associated information, on the basis of road
types set on the map data for the specified existing roads and traveling speeds of a plurality of vehicles indicated by movement
history data relating to the new road.

US Pat. No. 9,368,815

FUEL CELL

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

1. A fuel cell comprising:
a membrane electrode assembly including a first electrode, a second electrode, and an electrolyte membrane provided between
the first electrode and the second electrode in a stacking direction; and

a separator provided on the membrane electrode assembly, the separator comprising:
a reactant gas inlet manifold through which a reactant gas is to flow in the stacking direction;
a reactant gas outlet manifold through which the reactant gas is to flow in the stacking direction;
a reactant gas channel through which the reactant gas is to be supplied along an electrode surface of the membrane electrode
assembly, the reactant gas channel connecting the reactant gas inlet manifold to the reactant gas outlet manifold;

an inlet connection channel provided between the reactant gas inlet manifold and the reactant gas channel and including a
plurality of channel grooves;

an inlet buffer portion provided between the inlet connection channel and the reactant gas channel to regulate flow of the
reactant gas,

the reactant gas channel and the inlet buffer portion are configured so that a pressure drop through the inlet buffer portion
being less than a pressure drop through the reactant gas channel when the reactant gas flows from the reactant gas inlet manifold
to the reactant gas channel;

an outlet buffer portion provided between the reactant gas channel and the reactant gas outlet manifold to regulate flow of
the reactant gas; and

an outlet connection channel provided between the outlet buffer portion and the reactant gas outlet manifold and including
a plurality of channel grooves,

the outlet buffer portion and the outlet connection channel are configured so that a pressure drop through the outlet buffer
portion being less than a pressure drop through the outlet connection channel when the reactant gas flows from the reactant
gas channel to the reactant gas outlet manifold.

US Pat. No. 9,290,170

VEHICLE-BODY ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRIC BRAKE ACTUATOR

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

1. A vehicle body attachment structure for an electric brake actuator for a vehicle brake system including an input device
to which braking operation by an operator is input and an electric brake actuator for generating a hydraulic brake pressure,
based on at least an electric signal according to the braking operation,
wherein the electric brake actuator includes:
an electric motor that drives, based on the electric signal;
a driving force transmission section for transmitting a driving force of the electric motor; and
a cylinder mechanism for applying a pressure to brake fluid by moving a piston along an axial direction by the driving force
transmitted from the driving force transmission section,

wherein a mount portion for attaching the electric brake actuator to a vehicle body is provided in a vicinity of a center
of gravity of the electric brake actuator;

wherein:
the electric brake actuator is provided with a penetration hole penetrating along a direction substantially perpendicular
to an axial line of the cylinder mechanism,

the electric brake actuator is supported by a fixing member penetrating through the penetration hole;
a first boss portion is provided at one end portion along an axial direction of the penetration hole;
a second boss portion is provided at another end portion along the axial direction of the penetration hole; and
a third boss portion is provided along a vertical downward direction perpendicular to the axial line of the penetration hole,
and wherein the electric brake actuator is supported at three points formed by the first to third boss portions.

US Pat. No. 9,263,688

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MATERIAL, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND ORGANIC PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL CONTAINING THE SAME

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

1. A photoelectric conversion material that acts as an electron donor for donating an electron or an electron acceptor for
accepting an electron, comprising:
a condensed carbocyclic ring polymer obtained by reaction of a polyphenylene prepared by polymerizing monomers represented
by the following general formulae (1) and (2):

wherein R1 to R6 in the general formula (1) independently represent a hydrogen atom or a solubilizing group, the monomer represented
by the general formula (1) exhibits a higher solubility in an organic solvent with the solubilizing group than without the
solubilizing group, Ar in the general formula (2) represents an unsubstituted or substituted aromatic group, and R7 and R8
in the general formula (2) independently represent a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted or substituted aromatic group, a methyl
group, or a silyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,200,585

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

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

1. A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine, the control apparatus comprising:
a cylinder internal pressure sensor to be integrated with a fuel injection valve provided to inject fuel into a combustion
chamber of the internal combustion engine, the cylinder internal pressure sensor being configured to detect cylinder internal
pressure in the combustion chamber;

a fuel injection parameter calculator configured to calculate an opening time and an opening start time of the fuel injection
valve in accordance with an operation state of the internal combustion engine;

a driving device to drive the fuel injection valve in accordance with the opening time and the opening start time that are
calculated by the fuel injection parameter calculator; and

a sensor output signal processing device configured to generate a cylinder internal pressure detection signal based on a cylinder
internal pressure sensor output signal output from the cylinder internal pressure sensor, the sensor output signal processing
device being configured to set a noise reduction period in accordance with the opening time and the opening start time of
the fuel injection valve and configured to reduce, during the noise reduction period, noise that is included in the cylinder
internal pressure sensor output signal and that is caused by opening of the fuel injection valve.

US Pat. No. 9,998,996

VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle communication system comprising:a mobile terminal having a display screen and a terminal controller and configured to perform an ON/OFF operation of the display screen through the terminal controller or by a user of the mobile terminal;
a vehicle having an in-vehicle controller that periodically performs a telecommunication with the mobile terminal at a first periodic interval of time when a connection with the mobile terminal is established, the in-vehicle controller being configured to periodically send an inquiry signal for establishing the connection to a vicinity of the vehicle at a second periodic interval of time when the connection with the mobile terminal is not established; and
a door lock status sensor configured to detect that a status of a door of the vehicle is changed from a locked status to an unlocked status,
wherein the terminal controller of the mobile terminal performs a scanning operation that searches for the inquiry signal from the vehicle for establishing the connection, the scanning operation being periodically performed at a third periodic interval of time when the connection with the mobile terminal is not established;
wherein the terminal controller of the mobile terminal is configured to switch the third periodic interval of time between at least two periods comprising a first period and a second period shorter than the first period, the terminal controller being configured to set the third periodic interval of time to be the second period when the terminal controller determines that the display screen of the mobile terminal is ON; and
wherein the in-vehicle controller periodically sends the inquiry signal for establishing the connection to the vicinity of the vehicle at a fourth periodic interval of time when the door lock status sensor detects that the status of the door is changed from the locked status to the unlocked status, the fourth periodic interval of time being shorter than the second periodic interval of time.

US Pat. No. 9,771,643

CARBURIZED PART, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THEREOF, AND STEEL FOR CARBURIZED PART

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

1. A carburized part comprising a carburized layer formed by performing a carburizing treatment to an outer surface of steel,
the steel consisting of, in terms of % by mass:
0.15% to 0.25% of C,
0.15% or less of Si,
0.4% to 1.1% of Mn,
0.8% to 1.4% of Cr,
0.25% to 0.55% of Mo,
0.015% or less of P,
0.035% or less of S, and
a remainder of Fe and unavoidable impurities,and the steel satisfying the following relation:
0.10?[Mo]/(10[Si]+[Mn]+[Cr])?0.40
wherein [M] represents a content of element M in terms of % by mass,
wherein, in the carburized part, a maximum C content of the carburized layer in terms of % by mass is within a range of 0.61%
to 0.75%, and

wherein
a hardness HVd=25 ?m at a depth of 25 ?m below the outer surface of the steel is 650 Hv or higher,

a hardness HVd=50 ?m at a depth of 50 ?m below the outer surface of the steel is 750 Hv or lower,

a difference between the hardness HVd=25 ?m and the hardness Hvd=50 ?m is 50 Hv or smaller, and

the hardness HVd=25 ?m is less than the hardness Hvd=50 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,731,636

VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A vehicle seat comprising:
a first member;
a second member allowed to turn relative to the first member to thereby shift between a first state in which the second member
faces the first member and a second state in which the second member is farther from the first member than in the first state;

a first electric device provided in the first member;
a second electric device provided in the second member;
a first electric wire connected to the first electric device;
a second electric wire connected to the second electric device;
a tying part that ties the first electric wire and the second electric wire together into a bundle, wherein the tying part
is fixed to the first member; and

a cover member that includes a cover body configured to cover a shaft on which the second member is allowed to turn relative
to the first member,

wherein the second electric wire is partially laid in an interior of the cover body,
wherein the cover member further includes a protective portion protruding out from the cover body and extending along a portion
of the second electric wire extending out from the cover body, and

wherein the second electric wire enters the cover body via an opening formed in an upper portion of the cover body, passes
through the interior of the cover body and exits a lower portion of the cover body via the protective portion and is directed
by the protective portion in a lateral direction of the vehicle seat.

US Pat. No. 9,648,155

MOBILE TERMINAL, ONBOARD DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. In combination an onboard device and a separate mobile terminal that performs communication with the onboard device, wherein:
the onboard device comprises:
a first processor programmed to control functions of the onboard device, the first processor including
a reception unit configured to receive a sound played by an application program operating in a foreground of the mobile terminal;
an output unit configured to output the sound received by the reception unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire instructions inputted to the onboard device to switch a sound source by selecting
application programs of the mobile terminal; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit instructions to the mobile terminal including information indicating an application
program which is executed in the mobile terminal, the information directing switching an application program having been in
operation in a foreground until immediately before in the mobile terminal, to a background, and switching an application program
having been in operation in a background until immediately before in the mobile terminal, to a foreground, to switch a sound
source acquired by the acquisition unit; and

the mobile terminal comprises:
a second processor programmed to control functions of the mobile terminal, the second processor including
a communication control unit configured to control reception of the instructions from the onboard device to switch a sound
source of the mobile terminal;

a switching unit configured to switch the application program having been in operation in a foreground until immediately before,
to a background, on the basis of the received information instructing to switch a sound source, and to switch an application
program having been in operation in a background until immediately before, to a foreground, based on the instructions received
from the onboard device; and

a sound control unit configured to stop playing a sound of the application program having been in operation in a foreground
until immediately before, and to start playing a sound of the application program having been in operation in a background
until immediately before, based on the switch by the switching unit.

US Pat. No. 9,316,265

TORQUE DAMPER APPARATUS

Kabushiki Kaisha F.C.C., ...

1. A torque damper apparatus comprising:
driving clutch discs and driven clutch discs of a multiple disc clutch configured to transmit torque of an engine when press-contacted
to each other and to cut-off the transmission of the torque when released from the press-contacted condition;

a hub gear formed with a spline for holding the driven clutch discs and adapted to receive the torque under the press-contacted
condition of the driving and driven clutch discs;

damper springs having spring characteristics for damping variation of the torque transmitted via the hub gear;
an urging member united to the hub gear by fastening means for transmitting the torque from the hub gear to the damper springs
by urging the damper springs; and

a torque transmitting member holding the damper springs and outputting the torque transmitted from the urging member via the
damper springs;

wherein the torque transmitting member comprises windows having a thickness dimension of the torque transmitting member sufficient
to receive the fastening means, and wherein the hub gear and the urging member are fastened together by the fastening means
within the windows, wherein at least a portion of the hub gear, at least a portion of the urging member, and at least a portion
of the fastening means are disposed within the window.

US Pat. No. 9,302,621

OBJECT RECOGNITION IN LOW-LUX AND HIGH-LUX CONDITIONS

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

1. A computer-implemented method for capturing image data, the method comprising: determining an illumination level using
a low-lux sensor and a high-lux sensor, the low-lux sensor assigned to capture image data in illumination levels below a threshold
illumination level, the high-lux sensor assigned to capture image data indicating gestures from a driver or a passenger in
a vehicle with illumination levels above a threshold illumination level; determining, by an illumination threshold module,
whether the determined illumination level is below a threshold illumination level; processing image data captured by the low-lux
sensor when the illumination level is below the threshold illumination level; and processing image data captured by the high-lux
sensor when the illumination level is above the threshold illumination level.

US Pat. No. 9,103,361

CLIP

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

1. A clip system, comprising a clip for fixing and a plurality of objects to be fixed in a stacked state containing first
and second objects to be fixed,
the first object to be fixed being disposed as a lowermost layer and having a protruding portion protruding in the stacking
direction and a first through-hole formed in the protruding portion,

the second object to be fixed being disposed as an upper most layer and having a second through-hole formed therein, the clip
comprising:

a clip body that can be accommodated between the first through-hole and second object to be fixed in a state where the protruding
portion of the first object to be fixed is inserted through the second through-hole of the second object to be fixed;

displacement portions provided on both end portions of the clip body along a virtual line set with respect to the clip body
and extending in a penetrating direction of the first through-hole in a state where the clip body is accommodated in the first
through-hole,the displacement portions each extending toward each other;

engagement portions provided at leading end side of the displacement portions so as to protrude from the clip body, the engagement
portions being engaged with the protruding portion of the first object to be fixed when the clip body in an engageable state
where it is accommodated in the first through-hole in an attitude in which the vertical line follows the penetrating direction
of the first through-hole is pulled out from the first through-hole and being reduced in protruding amount from the clip body
by the elastic deformation of either of the displacement portions; and

curved protruding portions provided at both end portions of the clip body on an opposite side to the protruding side of the
engagement portion from the clip body and along the virtual line so as to protrude from the clip body, the curved protruding
portions each being engaged with a curved corner portion formed in the second object to be fixed when the clip body is engaged
and the curved protruding portions protrude in a curved manner toward each other.

US Pat. No. 10,070,584

LAWN MOWER

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

1. A lawn mower comprising:a housing including an opened bottom;
a rotation shaft extending in a vertical direction of the housing and including a lower end positioned within the housing;
a cutter blade provided for the rotation shaft and accommodated in the housing, the cutter blade extending along a horizontal line which is perpendicular to the rotation shaft;
a flap provided for at least part of the cutter blade, the flap having a flap angle changeable along the horizontal line;
an actuator configured to provide an output to control the flap angle of the flap; and
a transmission mechanism configured to transmit the output of the actuator to the flap,
wherein the rotation shaft comprises a hollow shaft; and
the transmission mechanism is accommodated inside the hollow shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,035,497

WIPER BLADE

Mitsuba Corporation, Kir...

1. A wiper blade which is attached to a wiper arm provided to a vehicle to make reciprocating wiping-out motion on a windshield, the wiper blade including:a blade rubber in contact with the windshield,
a holder member which holds the blade rubber, and
a washer apparatus provided to a coupling portion between the blade rubber and the holder member and having first injection nozzles each of which injects washer liquid,
wherein the blade rubber includes:
a main body portion held by the holder member;
a lip portion which is in contact with the windshield;
a neck portion through which the main body portion is connected to the lip portion,
the main body portion, the lip portion, and the neck portion collectively forms a pair of groove portions,
the washer apparatus is set to be shorter in length than the blade rubber in a longitudinal direction thereof,
the first injection nozzles includes:
inner-peripheral-side-oriented injection nozzles each having an opening which injects washer liquid toward the groove portions of the blade rubber; and
outer-peripheral-side-oriented injection nozzles each having an opening oriented in a direction of one longitudinal end of the blade rubber.

US Pat. No. 9,711,766

ENERGY STORAGE APPARATUS

GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LT...

1. An energy storage apparatus comprising:
an energy storage device;
a spacer arranged adjacently to the energy storage device in a first direction;
a holder that holds the energy storage device and the spacer; and
an insulator arranged between the spacer and the holder, wherein the spacer includes
a base that forms a passage in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction between the base and the energy storage
device adjacent in the first direction; and

an extending portion extending from the base in the first direction, and
the insulator includes
a first insulating portion arranged between the extending portion of the spacer and the holder; and
a first sealing portion being in contact with the extending portion.

US Pat. No. 9,604,552

SEAT FOR VEHICLES

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat which can be retracted in a retraction floor which is formed in a position lower than a vehicle body floor
and which is positioned at a front side of the vehicle seat, the vehicle seat comprising:
a seat back that is arranged on the vehicle body floor,
a seat cushion that is pivotally connected to the seat back,
a leg retaining member that is arranged on the vehicle body floor, and
a support leg that is detachably retained by the leg retaining member and supports the seat cushion,wherein:
the seat back is pivotally connected to the vehicle body floor and pivotal in a forward direction relative to the vehicle
body floor to move the seat cushion to the retraction floor,

the support leg is pivotal relative to the seat cushion in accordance with a pivotal movement of the seat back,
the support leg is detachable from the leg retaining member when the seat back pivots in the forward direction to move the
seat cushion toward the retraction floor and when the seat back has reached a predetermined pivoted position, and a front
end portion of the seat cushion is brought into contact with a surface of the retraction floor before the support leg makes
contact with the surface of the retraction floor.

US Pat. No. 9,570,723

ELECTRIC STORAGE APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTRIC STORAGE APPARATUS

GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LT...

1. An electric storage apparatus, comprising:
an electric storage device;
an insulating member arranged in alignment with the electric storage device; and
a sandwiching member comprising a metal configured to sandwich the insulating member with the electric storage device such
that a surface of the insulating member faces the electric storage device and another surface of insulating member, which
opposes the surface of the insulating member, faces the sandwiching member,

wherein one of the insulating member and the sandwiching member includes a recess including an opening on a surface, an inner
circumference on a bottom of the recess being larger than a diameter of the opening, and

wherein an other of the insulating member and the sandwiching member includes a projection located inside the recess, a diameter
of the projection increasing toward the distal end of the projection such that an outer circumference of the projection is
larger than the diameter of the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,128,702

ROTOR OF ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

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

1. A rotor of a rotary electric machine comprising:a rotor core having a plurality of magnet insertion holes arranged at first circumferential intervals, the rotor core including a plurality of steel plates each having:
a plurality of magnetic insertion hole pieces arranged at the first circumferential intervals and constituting the plurality of magnetic insertion holes when the plurality of steel plates are stacked on one another; and
a plurality of through hole pieces arranged at second circumferential intervals different from the first circumferential intervals and extending through the plurality of steel plates in an axial direction; and
permanent magnets disposed in the plurality of magnet insertion holes, wherein
the rotor core includes:
a first core block including the plurality of steel plates stacked by rotational stacking at a rotational stacking angle equal to a common multiple of the first circumferential interval and the second circumferential interval such that a pair of adjacent ones of the steel plates of the first core block are stacked at differing rotational positions, and
a second core block including the plurality of steel plates stacked by the rotational stacking at the rotational stacking angle equal to the common multiple from a position shifted by an angle corresponding to the first circumferential interval, the position being shifted relative to the first core block.

US Pat. No. 10,112,648

VEHICLE STEERING DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle steering device comprising:an electric motor configured to apply an assist torque to assist steering of a steering system of a vehicle;
a steering torque detecting unit configured to detect a steering torque required for steering said steering system;
a steering angle detecting unit configured to detect a steering angle of said steering system;
a vehicle speed detecting unit configured to detect a vehicle speed;
a cruise control unit configured to perform cruise control to keep a vehicle speed of the vehicle at a predetermined value; and
a controller configured to control a driving current of said electric motor based on said steering torque to perform control of said assist torque to said steering system, wherein
said controller further includes an anti-one-side pull controlling unit configured to compute an anti-one-side pull current value that is to be fed to said electric motor for suppressing a one-side pull behavior of said vehicle,
said anti-one-side pull controlling unit comprises:
an integrating unit configured to calculate an integrated torque value that is an integrated value of said steering torque;
an anti-one-side pull steering angle value calculating unit configured to calculate, according to said integrated torque value, the amount of displacement of an anti-one-side pull steering angle value that corresponds to a midpoint steering angle of said steering system for suppressing the one-side pull behavior of said vehicle; and
a mapping information storing unit configured to store mapping information in which the amount of displacement of said anti-one-side pull steering angle value and said anti-one-side pull current value corresponding to the amount of displacement of said anti-one-side pull steering angle value are associated with each other,
said anti-one-side pull controlling unit:
computes said anti-one-side pull current value corresponding to the amount of displacement of said anti-one-side pull steering angle value with reference to said mapping information, and,
when said vehicle is under said cruise control and said vehicle speed is below a predetermined threshold, performs control to make the amount of displacement of said anti-one-side pull steering angle value smaller than that obtained when said vehicle speed is equal to or above said predetermined threshold,
wherein the amount of displacement of the anti-one-side pull steering angle value corresponds to the amount of moving of the midpoint of said steering system.

US Pat. No. 9,962,730

METHOD FOR THE FORMATION OF MULTI-LAYER PAINT FILMS

BASF Japan Ltd., Tokyo (...

1. A method for the formation of a multi-layer paint film comprising a colored paint film layer and a clear paint film layer, comprisingforming an electro-deposition coating by an electro-deposition coating process on a base material so as to form a cured electro-deposited paint film comprising an L-value of from 30 to 50,
coating over the cured electro-deposited paint film with a first colored paint coating process comprising a first aqueous colored paint (A) comprising from 50 to 60 mass % with respect to the whole paint solid fraction of a titanium oxide of a specific surface area not more than 13 m2/g so as to form a first colored paint film,
carrying out a preliminary heating process with the first colored paint film after an interval of 3 to 8 minutes from the application of the coating to produce a preliminary heated first colored paint film,
carrying out a clear coating process in which a coating of a clear paint (C) is applied over the preliminary heated first colored paint film to form a clear paint film, and
heating and curing the clear paint film and the preliminary heated first colored paint film at the same time,
wherein the L-value of the first colored paint film is 85 or above and the difference between the paint solid fraction content of the first colored paint film 2 minutes after coating the first aqueous colored paint (A) and the paint solid fraction content of the first aqueous colored paint (A) immediately before coating is from 4 to 11 mass %.

US Pat. No. 9,682,485

LIFTER CUPS WITH AT LEAST ONE CHANNEL AND CONCENTRIC SLITS

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

1. A cup for engaging and lifting an object, said cup comprising:
a mounting portion; and
a flexible engaging portion configured to form a sealing disk for engaging the object, wherein
said sealing disk has at least one channel that completely and contiguously encircles a central axis of the cup, said at least
one channel being configured to diffuse a fluid from a contact surface with the object, said at least one channel being formed
between a pair of channel walls, each of said pair of channel walls comprising a pair of raised portions separated by a concentric
slit; and

a depth of the at least one channel is greater than a depth of the concentric slit.

US Pat. No. 9,422,835

VALVE TRAIN SYSTEM DRIVE DEVICE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, AND ENGINE INCORPORATING SAME

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

1. In an engine having a crankcase and a crankshaft provided in the crankcase, and having a valve train system and an idle
gear that transmits power from the crankshaft to the valve train system, the engine further having an idle shaft that is provided
in parallel to the crankshaft and which rotatably supports the idle gear thereon, and a case cover that covers a portion of
the crankcase, the improvement comprising a valve train system drive device comprising:
a crankcase-side boss part formed on a wall of the crankcase for supporting a first end of the idle shaft;
a case-cover-side boss part formed inside the case cover for supporting a second end of the idle shaft;
wherein joint parts, that are configured to selectively engage with each other, are formed at the case-cover-side boss part
and at the second end of the idle shaft, respectively, and wherein engagement of the joint parts with each other precludes
the idle shaft from rotating.

US Pat. No. 9,364,882

ROLLER HEMMING DEVICE AND ROLLER HEMMING METHOD

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

1. A roller hemming device, comprising:
a large diameter roller which has a large tapered surface for performing a preliminary bending on a flange of a workpiece
at a predetermined bending angle; and

a small diameter roller which has a small cylindrical surface for performing a regular bending to fold the flange,
wherein the small diameter roller is coaxially disposed with the large diameter roller,
the small diameter roller and the large diameter roller are enabled to relatively move in an axial direction,
an outer diameter of the small cylindrical surface is smaller than a minimum outer diameter of the large tapered surface,
and

the small diameter roller protrudes from the large diameter roller through an axial pressing operation.

US Pat. No. 9,322,476

VEHICLE ENGINE OIL SEAL

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

1. A vehicle engine oil seal comprising:
an elastic member with a seal lip portion having at least a main lip portion and a sub lip portion,
wherein the elastic member is formed of a composition containing a fluororubber and a fluororesin and has projecting portions
at least on a surface of the main lip portion, the projecting portions being substantially formed of the fluororesin contained
in the composition and having an average diameter of 5 to 20 ?M,

the fluororesin is a copolymer including a polymerization unit derived from ethylene and a polymerization unit derived from
tetrafluoroethylene and has a melting point of 120° C. to 340° C.,

the fluororubber is a polymer including a polymerization unit derived from vinylidene fluoride, and
a ratio (PIR0.51/PIR0.52) of a characteristic absorption peak (PIR0.51) by IR analysis derived from the fluororubber at a depth of 0.5 ?m from the surface of the main lip portion to a peak (PIR0.52) derived from the fluororesin at the depth of 0.5 ?m is smaller than a ratio (PIR1.21/PIR1.22) at a depth of 1.2 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,233,608

VEHICLE DRIVE DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle drive device comprising:
a left electric motor connected to a left wheel of a vehicle;
a right electric motor connected to a right wheel of the vehicle; and
an electric motor controller that controls a torque of the left electric motor and a torque of the right electric motor,
wherein a generation of an excess slippage occurs above a predetermined amount of either the left wheel or the right wheel,
the electric motor controller changes the torque of the electric motor connected to the wheel at which the excess slippage
occurred by only a first change amount, and also changes the torque of the other electric motor connected to the other wheel
by only a second change amount having a sign that is opposite the first change amount, the first change amount and the second
change amount having absolute values that are approximately the same, and

wherein when shifting the torque of the left electric motor and the torque of the right electronic motor, a torque difference
of the left electric motor and the right electric motor is changed and a total sum of torque of the left electric motor and
the right electric motor does not change before and after the shift.

US Pat. No. 9,109,562

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A fuel supply device for an internal combustion engine including an injector that supplies fuel into an intake port, the
fuel supply device comprising:
a fuel tank; and
a diaphragm pump for supplying fuel from the fuel tank to the injector by being driven by pressure variation within a crankcase
of the internal combustion engine, the diaphragm pump including: a pump casing; a diaphragm partitioning an interior of the
pump casing into at least a negative pressure chamber; a pump chamber defined in the pump casing; a plunger connected to the
diaphragm in such a manner that the plunger is movable with the diaphragm in an advancing/retracting direction in the pump
chamber; a coil spring normally urging the diaphragm in such a direction where the plunger advances in the pump chamber; and
a fuel inlet port and a fuel delivery port communicating with the pump chamber, fuel introduced into the pump chamber via
the fuel inlet port being deliverable to the fuel delivery port by the plunger advancing in the pump chamber;

an oil separation pipe in a form of a pipe extending generally straight in a vertical direction and communicating with an
interior of the crankcase; and

an oil separator interposed between an upper-end opening of the oil separation pipe and the negative pressure chamber, the
oil separation pipe and the oil separator being provided integrally on the pump casing,

wherein a pressure receiving area of the plunger over which the plunger receives, at an end surface thereof in the advancing/retracting
direction, pressure from the pump chamber is set smaller than a pressure receiving area of the diaphragm over which the diaphragm
receives pressure from the negative pressure chamber in the advancing/retracting direction.

US Pat. No. 9,096,981

SNOWBLOWER ADJUSTABLE DEFLECTOR CONTROL DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

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

1. An adjustable snowblower deflector control system comprising:
a control cable connected at one end to a movable deflector of a discharge chute of a snowblower;
a control lever pivotably connected to a machine handle of the snowblower, the control lever comprising a first end comprising
a grip portion, a second end connected to the control cable, and at least one protrusion extending from the control lever;
and

a lever guide connected to the machine handle, the lever guide comprising a plurality of openings configured for receiving
the at least one protrusion, wherein the lever guide is configured to selectively retain the at least one protrusion in any
of one or more angular positions corresponding to one or more deflector positions;

wherein the control lever is movable away from the lever guide such that the at least one protrusion is movable out of engagement
with the lever guide; and

wherein the at least one protrusion comprises a cam surface on one edge of the at least one protrusion, the cam surface configured
for urging the control lever away from the lever guide when a force exerted on the control lever pushes the cam surface against
an edge of a respective one of the plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,137,956

INVERTED PENDULUM VEHICLE

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

1. An inverted pendulum vehicle configured to be operated under an inverted pendulum control and comprising a vehicle body including a saddle provided in an upper part of the vehicle body,wherein the vehicle is configured to be selectively placed in a parked condition where the inverted pendulum control is terminated and the vehicle body is supported by a stand in a forwardly or rearwardly tilted position, and an upright condition where the vehicle body is held in an upright position under the inverted pendulum control, the vehicle further comprising a display unit for providing a guide on an operation for putting the vehicle body into the tilted position from the upright position or into the upright position from the tilted position according to a state of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,607

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:
an internal temperature estimating unit configured to calculate an internal temperature of the actuator;
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 the internal temperature;
a drive control unit configured to apply a drive voltage to the actuator using a voltage duty ratio based on the corrected operation command value; and
a point number calculating unit configured to obtain an integer value point number which is set so as to become larger as a period of rotation of the drive source becomes longer; and
wherein the internal temperature estimating unit comprises:
an output average duty ratio calculating unit configured to calculate an output average duty ratio, which is an average of target values or actually measured values of the voltage duty ratios that are used for realizing the operation command value, when the period of rotation of the drive source is a predetermined period;
a reference average duty ratio calculating unit configured to calculate, on basis of the operation command value and the point number, a reference average duty ratio, which is an average of the voltage duty ratios that realize the operation command value when the internal temperature is a reference temperature and the period of rotation of the drive source is the predetermined period;
an average duty ratio rate-of-change calculating unit configured to calculate, from the operation command value and the point number, an average duty ratio rate of change, which indicates a relationship between an amount of change of the internal temperature and an amount of change of an average duty ratio which is an average of the voltage duty ratios, when the period of rotation of the drive source is the predetermined period; and
an internal temperature calculating unit configured to calculate as the internal temperature a value obtained by adding the reference temperature to a product of the average duty ratio rate of change and a deviation between the output average duty ratio and the reference average duty ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,046,618

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE CONTROL INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

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

1. A method for vehicle control integrating environmental conditions, comprising:receiving a current physiological parameter from a wearable device associated with a vehicle occupant in a vehicle;
detecting a physiological overload trigger by comparing the current physiological parameter to a predetermined threshold, wherein the physiological overload trigger is detected when the current physiological parameter exceeds the predetermined threshold;
determining a physiological overload trigger type of the physiological overload trigger based on the current physiological parameter, wherein the physiological overload trigger type is at least one of a cognitive overload trigger type, a physical overload trigger type, and a visual overload trigger type;
determining a current position of the vehicle from a position determination device, wherein the current position of the vehicle correlates with the onset of the physiological overload trigger;
querying a geodatabase for data associated with the current physiological parameter, the physiological overload trigger type, and the current position of the vehicle, wherein the data includes physiological parameters, vehicle parameters, and environmental parameters about a group of subjects;
determining a physiological overload level based on the data by aggregating the physiological parameters, the vehicle parameters, and the environmental parameters returned in response to querying the geodatabase;
selecting, based on the physiological overload level, one or more vehicle systems of the vehicle for controlling; and
controlling the selected one or more vehicle systems of the vehicle based on the physiological overload level to decrease the physiological overload level or to eliminate the physiological overload trigger.

US Pat. No. 10,024,384

POWERTRAIN STRUCTURE INCLUDING TORQUE DAMPER DISPOSED BETWEEN DRIVE AND DRIVEN SHAFTS

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

1. A powertrain structure comprising:a drive shaft and a driven shaft disposed coaxially, with end surfaces opposed to each other, and
a torque damper interposed between the drive and driven shafts which permits power to be transmitted from the drive shaft to the driven shaft,
wherein:
the torque damper includes a drive-side damper half body fitted to a shaft end part of the drive shaft and a driven-side damper half body fitted to a shaft end part of the driven shaft, with the damper half bodies joined together such that relative rotation therebetween is restricted by engagement of circumferential end surfaces of the respective half bodies which are opposed to each other, and a damper spring interposed between the damper half bodies such that the damper spring straddles both a drive-side spring recess and a driven-side spring recess respectively formed, with openings opposed to each other, in the opposing circumferential end surfaces of the drive-side damper half body and the driven-side damper half body, and
one of a drive-side fitting part, which is formed between the drive-side damper half body and the shaft end part of the drive shaft, and a driven-side fitting part, which is formed between the driven-side damper half body and the shaft end part of the driven shaft, has a smaller clearance in a radial direction of the shafts and the other of the drive-side fitting part and the driven-side fitting part has a larger clearance in the radial direction of the shafts to allow the shaft body and the damper half body to move relative to each other in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,944,340

LED HEADLIGHT STRUCTURE FOR MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A light emitting diode (LED) headlight structure for a motorcycle having:headlight LED elements for emitting low beam and high beam illumination,
a headlight printed circuit board (PCB) to which said headlight LED elements are mounted,
a reflector assembly having low and high beam reflectors, configured to reflect said low beam and high beam illumination emitted by said headlight LED elements toward the front of the motorcycle,
said LED headlight structure constructed by combining said headlight PCB with an upper portion of said reflector assembly,
said LED headlight structure positioned within a space connecting a headlight case and a headlight lens, and mounted on both sides of motorcycle,
characterized in that:
said headlight PCB mounts at least said headlight LED elements on one side of the motorcycle to one plate,
said high beam illumination is emitted at the inside of the motorcycle and said low beam illumination is emitted at the outside of the motorcycle on one side of the motorcycle,
an extension member is positioned forward of the reflector assembly and between said headlight case and said headlight lens, and
a window structure is formed at said extension member, the window structure configured for passing portions of said low and high beam illumination reflected by the reflector assembly therethrough,
wherein an upper border of said window structure is located close to an upper portion of the low beam reflector and is located below the high beam reflector, with respect to a front view of the motorcycle, and
wherein the upper border of said window structure is oriented obliquely in a downward direction toward the inside of the motorcycle.

US Pat. No. 9,666,378

POWER STORAGE MODULE

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

1. A power storage module comprising a plurality of power storage cells and a plurality of power storage cell holders which
the power storage cells and the power storage cell holders are stacked alternately in a stacking direction, a pair of end
plates that are superimposed at opposite ends in the stacking direction of the power storage cells and the power storage cell
holders, a frame that connects the pair of end plates, an insulator that has an insulating property and covers the frame,
and an insulating bus bar plate that has a metal plate electrically connecting the plurality of power storage cells to each
other,
wherein the power storage cell is covered by a condensation-preventing sheet other than a non-covered portion that corresponds
to opposite surface portions which are not covered by the condensation-preventing sheet, and the non-covered portion at one
of the opposite surface portions is covered by the power storage cell holder, the insulator, and the bus bar plate,

wherein the bus bar plate covers electrodes of the power storage cells,
wherein the insulator comprises a plurality of first ribs that extend vertically in a vehicle-mounted state, each of the plurality
of first ribs being disposed in parallel on an outer face of the insulator, and

wherein the insulator further comprises a plurality of second ribs, each of the plurality of second ribs being connected between
two adjacent first ribs.

US Pat. No. 9,541,418

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GESTURE-BASED POINT OF INTEREST SEARCH

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

1. A vehicle-based computer-implemented method for retrieving information associated with a point of interest (POI), the method
comprising:
accessing, using a processor, location data, from one or more location sensors, identifying a current location of a vehicle;
analyzing, using the processor, the location data to find a micromapped region, wherein analyzing the location data to find
the micromapped region comprises:

analyzing the current location of the vehicle to generate a retrieval region in front of the vehicle, wherein a shape of the
retrieval region is based on a speed of the vehicle; and

identifying the micromapped region within the retrieval region as the micromapped region;
retrieving, using the processor, from a POI data server, a micromap corresponding to the micromapped region, the micromap
including information associated with one or more points of interest inside the micromapped region;

receiving, by the processor, from a camera system, a data signal representing an identifying gesture performed by a user inside
the vehicle, the identifying gesture oriented in a direction and identifying an object exterior to the vehicle;

performing, using the processor, gesture recognition on the data signal to determine a direction vector representing the direction
of the identifying gesture;

analyzing, using the processor, the direction vector and the location data to generate a target region corresponding to the
object identified by the identifying gesture;

retrieving, using the processor, from the micromap, information associated with one or more points of interest located in
the target region, wherein retrieving, from the micromap, information associated with one or more points of interest located
in the target region comprises:

determining, using the processor, whether the target region overlaps with the micromapped region;
responsive to determining that the target region overlaps with the micromapped region, accessing, using the processor, the
micromap to retrieve the information associated with the one or more points of interest located within the target region;
and

providing, using a display, the retrieved information to the user, the retrieved information including information associated
with the object identified by the identifying gesture.

US Pat. No. 9,401,683

VEHICULAR ACTIVE SOUND EFFECT GENERATING APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicular active sound effect generating apparatus comprising:
a waveform data table for storing waveform data of one period;
a rotational frequency detecting unit for detecting a rotational frequency of an engine of a vehicle;
a reference signal generating unit for generating a harmonic reference signal based on the rotational frequency by reading
the waveform data from the waveform data table;

a control signal generating unit for generating a control signal to generate a sound effect to be output into a passenger
compartment of the vehicle, based on the reference signal;

an accelerator opening detecting unit for detecting an accelerator opening of the vehicle;
an amplitude-adjusted control signal generating unit for generating an amplitude-adjusted control signal by adjusting an amplitude
of the control signal depending on the accelerator opening;

a plurality of speakers for outputting the sound effect based on the amplitude-adjusted control signal;
wherein the speakers include a front speaker positioned in a front portion of the vehicle and a rear speaker positioned in
a rear portion of the vehicle; and

a delay unit for giving a delay to a sound effect output from the rear speaker, such that the sound effect output from the
rear speaker is delayed in comparison with a sound effect output from the front speaker, depending on both an accelerator
opening change which represents a change per unit time in the accelerator opening and the accelerator opening itself,

wherein the delay unit changes an amount of the delay given to the sound effect output from the rear speaker, depending on
a magnitude of the accelerator opening change and the accelerator opening itself so as to reflect an operation of an accelerator
pedal in the amount of the delay.

US Pat. No. 9,321,460

RAILROAD CROSSING BARRIER ESTIMATING APPARATUS AND VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:
an avoidance controller configured to perform an avoidance control process for avoiding a collision between the vehicle and
an external object by automatically steering the vehicle around the external object, if the external object is present on
a route of the vehicle, or if the external object is about to enter the route;

the avoidance controller comprising:
an external object position judger configured to judge over a period of time a three-dimensional relative position and relative
apparent shape of the external object with respect to a position of the vehicle; and

a railroad crossing barrier estimator configured to estimate the presence of a railroad crossing barrier by estimating that
the external object is the railroad crossing barrier when the transverse width of the relative apparent shape of the external
object increases and the height of the relative apparent shape of the external object decreases over the period of time;

wherein, if the external object is estimated as the railroad crossing barrier, the avoidance controller cancels or changes
the avoidance control process with respect to the railroad crossing barrier to prevent the vehicle from automatically steering
around the railroad crossing barrier.

US Pat. No. 9,162,564

FUEL TANK

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

1. A fuel tank comprising an upper-half tank body and a lower-half tank body which are made from bowl-shaped steel plates
and which integrally include an upper flange and a lower flange in their peripheral edges, respectively, the upper and lower
flanges being superposed on and liquid-tightly connected to each other,
wherein the upper and lower flanges and a support plate flange, which is formed in a peripheral edge portion of a bowl-shaped
bottom supporting plate arranged to cover a bottom surface of the lower-half tank body, are connected together by crimping
into a roll shape to form an annular thick-walled connection in which an end portion of the upper flange laterally abuts and
directly contacts an end portion of the lower flange and an end portion of the support plate flange, and the lower flange
laterally abuts and directly contacts the end portion of the support plate flange;

wherein annular reinforcing ribs leading to opposite sides of the connection are formed in the upper-half and lower-half tank
bodies;

wherein the steel plate of at least the upper-half tank body is a colored steel plate having an outwardly exposed surface;
wherein the annular thick-walled connection is formed such that tip edges of the end portions of the upper flange, the lower
flange, and the support plate flange are not exposed to an outside of the connection; and

wherein each of the annular reinforcing ribs is defined by an annular step rising from an outer surface of each of the upper-half
tank body and the lower-half tank body.

US Pat. No. 9,102,230

FUEL TANK OPENING AND CLOSING DEVICE

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An open-close device for fuel tank configured to open and close a fuel passage for supplying a fuel discharged from a refueling
nozzle to a fuel tank, the open-close device comprising:
a tubular body having a tube main body configured to form the fuel passage;
a valve support member having: a valve support main body in a cylindrical shape to be inserted into the tube main body; and
a filler port configured to define part of the fuel passage; and

a flap valve mechanism having: an open-close member pressed by an edge of the refueling nozzle to open the filler port; a
shaft support mechanism provided on the open-close member and the valve support member to support the open-close member in
a rotatable manner; a spring arranged to press the open-close member in a closing direction; and a gasket configured to seal
between an opening periphery of the filler port and the open-close member, wherein

the shaft support mechanism comprises: a shaft member formed on one end of the open-close member; a bearing member having
a shaft support hole, in which the shaft member is supported in a rotatable manner relative to the valve support member; and
a rotation restricting mechanism configured to restrict rotation of the shaft member supported in the shaft support hole,
wherein

the bearing member is configured to support the shaft member to be movable in the shaft support hole between a first position
where the open-close member warps the gasket and a second position where the open-close member does not warp the gasket, and

the rotation restricting mechanism comprises: a restricting element provided on the opening periphery of the filler port;
and a restricted element provided on the shaft member to be engaged with the restricting element, wherein

at the first position, the restricting element is engaged with the restricted element to restrict rotation of the shaft member,
so that the open-close member is moved in a direction of warping the gasket, while maintaining an attitude substantially parallel
to a plane where the gasket is placed, and

at the second position, the restricting element is disengaged from the restricted element, so that the open-close member is
rotatable about the shaft member.

US Pat. No. 10,433,357

MARINE TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK BUILDING SYSTEM AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS TERMINAL FOR SMALL BOATS

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

1. A system for building a marine telecommunications network to communicate from boats navigating on sea to a base station on land with a telecommunications terminal mounted on each of the boats;wherein the telecommunications terminal is configured to build the telecommunication network to establish communication paths enabling mutual communication between one of the boats that exists out of communication range with the base station and other of the boats that exists within the communication range such that the one of the boats communicates with the base station;
wherein the telecommunications terminal mounted on each of the boats comprises:
a command transmit unit configured to transmit a connect-request command requesting connection to the base station;
a response receive unit configured to receive a connect-request OK response in reply to the connect-request command transmitted from the telecommunications terminal of a transmit source;
a communication path establishing unit configured to establish the communication path with the telecommunications terminal of the transmit source; and
a data transmit/receive unit configured to transmit data between the base station through the communication path established by the communication path establishing unit;
wherein the data transmit/receive unit of the telecommunications terminal mounted on the one of the boats includes:
a position data receive unit configured to receive position data from at least two of the boats with a directional antenna and to determine angle difference of the at least two boats; and
a position inference unit configured to infer a position of the one of the boats based on the position data from the at least two boats and the determined angle difference of the at least two boats.

US Pat. No. 10,137,943

VEHICLE BODY ASSEMBLY

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

1. A vehicle body assembly comprising:a frame having a forward frame part defining a passenger cabin and a rear frame part defining a load carrying bed;
a separate rear fender removably fastened to the rear frame part, wherein a gap is provided between the forward frame part and the rear fender; and
a separate rear fender fairing mounted to an inside surface of the rear fender, the rear fender fairing including a seal located in the gap and sealingly engaging both the forward frame part and the rear fender.

US Pat. No. 10,059,323

VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle driving system comprising:a left wheel driving system having a first motor which drives a left wheel of a vehicle and a first speed changer which is provided on a power transmission path between the first motor and the left wheel; a right wheel driving system having a second motor which drives a right wheel of the vehicle and a second speed changer which is provided on a power transmission path between the second motor and the right wheel; and a motor controller which controls the first motor and the second motor, wherein:
the first and the second speed changers each has first to third rotational elements;
the first motor is connected to the first rotational element of the first speed changer;
the second motor is connected to the first rotational element of the second speed changer;
the left wheel is connected to the second rotational element of the first speed changer;
the right wheel is connected to the second rotational element of the second speed changer;
the third rotational element of the first speed changer and the third rotational element of the second speed changer are connected to each other;
the vehicle driving system further includes:
a rotation restricting mechanism comprising a first brake and a second brake and configured to shift between a released state and an applied state and which restricts a rotation of the third rotational elements when shifted to the applied state; and
a rotation restricting unit controller which controls the rotation restricting mechanism such that the rotation restricting mechanism is shifted between the released state and the applied state; and
in a process of shifting the rotation restricting mechanism from the applied state to the released state by the rotation restricting unit controller, the motor controller controls the first motor and the second motor so that a torque sum of the first motor and the second motor approaches zero while maintaining a torque difference between the first motor and the second motor.

US Pat. No. 10,054,952

AUTOMATIC OPERATION VEHICLE

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

1. An automatic operation vehicle that automatically performs an operation in an operation area, the vehicle comprising:a moving direction determination circuit configured to determine a moving direction of the automatic operation vehicle;
an image analysis circuit configured to extract a marker included in an image captured by a camera provided on the automatic operation vehicle; and
a survey circuit configured to acquire, by triangulation, position information of the marker extracted by the image analysis circuit,
wherein when the survey circuit starts acquiring the position information of the marker,
the moving direction determination circuit determines, as the moving direction, a direction in which the automatic operation vehicle does not come into contact with the marker, and an angle difference with respect to a direction from a current position of the automatic operation vehicle to the marker is smaller than 90°.

US Pat. No. 9,945,446

DRIVING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A driving system for a vehicle comprising:a drive source;
a driven portion, which is driven by the drive source to propel a vehicle;
a unidirectional power transmitting unit, which is provided on a power transmission path between the drive source and the driven portion, and which is engaged when rotational power in one direction on a drive source side is inputted into a driven portion side, is disengaged when rotational power in the other direction on the drive source side is inputted into the driven portion side, is disengaged when rotational power in one direction on the driven portion side is inputted into the drive source side, and is engaged when rotational power in the other direction on the driven portion side is inputted into the drive source side;
a connection/disconnection unit, which is provided on the power transmission path in parallel to the unidirectional power transmitting unit so as to connect or disconnect the power transmission path by being applied or released; and
a connection/disconnection unit controller, which controls a release and an application of the connection/disconnection unit, wherein:
the driving system further comprises a counting unit, which acquires a fact that the drive source generates rotational power in the one direction having a magnitude of torque equal to or greater than a predetermined magnitude of torque when the connection/disconnection unit is applied to connect the drive source side and the driven portion side together, and then which stores a generation number of times that the rotational power generated by the drive source in the one direction equals or exceeds the predetermined magnitude of torque; and
the connection/disconnection unit controller controls the connection/disconnection unit based on the generation number of times stored in the counting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,610,928

VEHICLE BRAKE HYDRAULIC PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicle brake hydraulic pressure control apparatus installed in a vehicle changing a drive torque transferred to a wheel
during a halt, the apparatus comprising:
vehicle holding means for performing vehicle holding control that holds an actual brake hydraulic pressure applied to the
wheel during the halt; and

storage means for storing a holdable hydraulic pressure capable of holding the halt of the vehicle before and after the drive
torque changes during the halt;

wherein, when determining that the actual brake hydraulic pressure is equal to or greater than the holdable hydraulic pressure
stored in the storage means at a start of the vehicle holding control, the vehicle holding means holds the actual brake hydraulic
pressure without increasing the actual brake hydraulic pressure, and when determining that the actual brake hydraulic pressures
is less than the holdable hydraulic pressure, the vehicle holding means increases the actual brake hydraulic pressure to the
holdable hydraulic pressure and holds the holdable hydraulic pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,458,542

MATERIALS AND DESIGN FOR AN ELECTROCATALYTIC DEVICE AND METHOD WHICH PRODUCES CARBON NANOTUBES AND HYDROCARBON TRANSPORTATION FUELS

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

1. An electrocatalytic method of producing carbon nanotubes, comprising
providing an electrocatalytic reactor comprising a supported catalyst and a barrier comprising a material permeable to oxygen
ions and impermeable to at least CO2, CO, H2, H2O and hydrocarbons;

contacting working and counter electrodes to the supported catalyst;
contacting the supported catalyst with a carbon-containing feedstock component comprising at least one member selected from
the group consisting of CO, CH4, C2H2, and C2H4, and a hydrogen-containing feedstock component under electrocatalytic conditions sufficient to reduce the carbon-containing
feedstock component;

applying a voltage across the working and counter electrodes and thereby biasing the barrier,
heating the supported catalyst to a temperature ranging from 600 to 1000° C., and
producing carbon nanotubes at the surface of the supported catalyst,
producing dioxygen at a side of the barrier opposite the supported catalyst, and
removing dioxygen from the electrocatalytic reactor,
wherein the barrier is sufficiently biased to conduct oxygen ions from a first side where the supported catalyst contacts
with the carbon-containing feedstock component and the hydrogen-containing feedstock component to the side of the barrier
opposite the supported catalyst.

US Pat. No. 9,284,005

FRONT STRUCTURE OF SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A front cowl for use with a saddle-ride vehicle provided with at least one headlight and an air introduction passage in
a front portion of the front cowl of a vehicle body, comprising:
a duct forming said air introduction passage, said duct being opened in a forward direction and being configured to introduce
a flow of air rearwardly, said duct including a front duct half body and a rear duct half body;

a mesh member having a peripheral portion positioned between the front duct half body and the rear duct half body, said mesh
member extending substantially orthogonally across a width direction of the duct;

at least one support case being fixed to and penetrating the mesh member;
wherein the at least one headlight is a LED as a respective source of light, said LED being placed inside the air introduction
passage while being positioned within the at least one support case.

US Pat. No. 9,260,096

BRAKE FLUID PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

NISSIN KOGYO CO., LTD., ...

1. A brake fluid pressure control apparatus for executing rollover prevention control, in which a brake is applied to at least
one wheel of a vehicle at a timing when a rollover tendency of the vehicle is detected through a rollover detection parameter
while the vehicle is turning, the brake fluid pressure control apparatus comprising:
a parameter calculation unit that calculates the rollover detection parameter; and
a steering maneuver determination unit that determines whether or not an abrupt steering maneuver is made,
wherein the parameter calculation unit calculates a first composition roll angle as the rollover detection parameter by combining,
at a predetermined first composition roll angle weight assignment ratio, a first roll angle with a second roll angle, the
first roll angle being equivalent to an actual roll angle and the second roll angle being obtained using a parameter which
changes with a phase earlier than the first roll angle, and

wherein the parameter calculation unit calculates the first composition roll angle by changing the first composition roll
angle weight assignment ratio such that a weight of the second roll angle is higher when the steering maneuver determination
unit determines that the abrupt steering maneuver is made than when the steering maneuver determination unit determines that
the abrupt steering maneuver is not made.

US Pat. No. 9,249,700

OIL PUMP UNIT WITH VARIABLE FLOW RATE

YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. An oil pump unit with a variable flow rate comprising:
a feed oil pump having a first intake port and a first discharge port and accommodating a first pump rotor;
a control oil pump having a plurality of second intake ports, second discharge ports and accommodating a plurality of second
pump rotors disposed on a driving shaft; and

an oil path switching valve having an oil inlet and an oil outlet and opening/closing oil pressure return holes communicating
with the second discharge ports, wherein:

the oil path switching valve and the control oil pump are separately disposed,
the second intake ports and the second discharge ports communicate through valve-mounting surfaces formed at the control oil
pump,

the oil inlet and the oil outlet of the oil path switching valve communicate through body-mounting surfaces matching with
the valve-mounting surfaces,

the second intake ports and the second discharge ports, which correspond to each of the plurality of second pump rotors, are
disposed opposite to each other in an axial direction of the pump driving shaft,

the oil path switching valve is disposed under the pump driving shaft,
the plurality of second pump rotors include a first control pump rotor and a second control pump rotor,
the oil inlet is kept communicating with the discharge port of the first control pump rotor is disposed at a first oil path
switching portion that switches an oil path of the first control pump rotor in the oil path switching valve,

one valve-longitudinal end of a valve body in the oil path switching valve is disposed adjacent the oil inlet,
an oil pressure receiving first valve portion that receives oil pressure from the oil inlet is disposed at the one valve-longitudinal
end of the valve body,

the valve body has a first valve portion disposed adjacent the first oil path switching portion, a second valve portion disposed
adjacent a second oil path switching portion that switches an oil path of the second control pump rotor in the oil path switching
valve, and

the second valve portion is open to the other valve-longitudinal end of the valve body and accommodates an urging member that
urges the valve body toward the one valve-longitudinal end.

US Pat. No. 9,079,511

VEHICLE SEAT POWER TRACK ENHANCEMENTS

Johnson Controls Tedhnolo...

1. A vehicle seat power track for an automobile vehicle seat in a vehicle comprising:
a lower rail secured to a vehicle;
an upper rail having an upper surface wherein, the upper rail supports the vehicle seat, and travels with support of the lower
rail;

a lead screw member coupled to the upper rail and disposed between the lower and upper rails and extending in the longitudinal
direction of the rails;

a transmission member including a mounting bracket coupled to the lead screw, and the transmission member being positioned
between the rails and on a front end of the lower rail;

a shunt that is integral with the mounting bracket;
a motor coupled to the transmission member to move the transmission member along the lead screw and to adjust the lower and
upper rails with respect to one another thereby adjusting the position of the vehicle seat; and

a position sensor coupled to the top surface of the upper rail that senses to sense the shunt to generate a signal indicating
a position of the vehicle seat, the position sensor positioned on a rear end of the upper rail.

US Pat. No. 9,931,934

VEHICULAR POINTER-TYPE RESIDUAL QUANTITY METER

NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicular pointer-type residual quantity meter comprising:a display panel that has a scale part, the scale part allows a driver to recognize a residual quantity, and a non-scale part that differs from the scale part;
a pointer unit that is disposed behind the display panel;
a pointer driver body unit that carries out a movement of the pointer unit in a real space; and
a control unit that controls the pointer driver body unit whereby the pointer unit indicates one of metering regions in the scale part in replay to a current value of the residual quantity, and the control unit controls the pointer driver body unit whereby, when the residual quantity decreases to zero, the pointer unit moves from a metering region corresponding to a zero residual quantity in a direction opposite to a metering region corresponding to a residual quantity value greater than zero to the non-scale part of the display panel,
the pointer unit includes a pointer that forms an illuminating section,
the vehicular pointer-type residual quantity meter further comprises a light source for the illuminating section,
the scale part includes a light-transmitting member that is capable of transmitting light from the light source,
the non-scale part includes a light-shielding member that is capable of shielding light from the illuminating section,
when the residual quantity decreases to zero, the pointer moves from a position behind the light-transmitting member to a position behind the light-shielding member so as to prevent the pointer from being recognized by the driver,
the pointer includes an oblong pointer body and a pointer body extension unit disposed adjacent to the pointer body,
the pointer body and the pointer body extension unit together form the illuminating section, and
immediately before the residual quantity decreases to zero, the pointer body and the pointer body extension unit remain recognizable by the driver, and when the residual quantity decreases to zero, the pointer unit moves to the non-scale part so as to prevent the pointer body and the pointer body extension unit from being recognized by the driver.

US Pat. No. 9,809,057

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE INFORMATION TRANSFER RATE BETWEEN A DRIVER AND VEHICLE

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

1. A computer implemented method for determining an information transfer rate for a vehicle, the method comprising:
measuring driver information from a driver information sensing device, wherein the driver information includes steering information;
measuring vehicle information from a vehicle information sensing device, wherein the vehicle information includes acceleration
information;

calculating the information transfer rate using the driver information and the vehicle information;
retrieving a baseline information transfer; and
calculating a driver safety factor using the information transfer rate and the baseline information transfer rate.

US Pat. No. 9,640,819

FUEL CELL SYSTEM

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

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

a partial oxidation reformer for reforming a mixed gas of a raw fuel chiefly containing hydrocarbon and an oxygen-containing
gas thereby to produce the fuel gas, and supplying the fuel gas to the fuel cell stack;

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

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

the control device includes a partial oxidation reformer adjuster, a combustion starter, and a power generator, wherein, based
on at least any of a reforming state in the partial oxidation reformer, a combustion state in the exhaust gas combustor and
a temperature TST of the fuel cell stack, the partial oxidation reformer adjustor adjusts a temperature TRE of the partial oxidation reformer, a supply amount of raw fuel supplied to the partial oxidation reformer and a supply amount
of oxygen-containing gas supplied to the partial oxidation reformer, the combustion starter starts combustion in the exhaust
gas combustor, and the power generator starts power generation in the fuel cell stack,

wherein the control method comprises:
starting power generation of the fuel cell stack using the power generator when the temperature TRE of the partial oxidation reformer heated by the fuel gas is within a range of 700° C.?TRE?900° C., an air/fuel ratio (O2/C) is within a range of 0.45?O2/C?0.55, and the temperature TST of the fuel cell stack is 650° C. or more, (650° C.?TST); and

adjusting, using the partial oxidation reformer adjuster, the temperature TRE of the partial oxidation reformer, the supply amount of raw fuel supplied to the partial oxidation reformer, and the supply
amount of oxygen-containing gas supplied to the partial oxidation reformer, when the temperature TRE of the partial oxidation reformer is not within a predetermined range, and the air/fuel ratio (O2/C) is not within a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,636,853

MOLDED BODY, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, SEAT MATERIAL FOR VEHICLES, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

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

1. A molded body comprising:
a first molded object molded with a first foam material; and
a second molded object molded with a second foam material different from the first foam material,
wherein the first molded object and the second molded object each include an interlocking profile and the first molded object
and the second molded object are interlocked to each other by means of respective interlocking profiles at a boundary portion
between the first and second molded objects to prevent mutual separation of the first and second molded objects, and

wherein the first molded object includes an upright portion oriented upright and divided into a first member on an upper side
thereof and a second member on a lower side thereof, the second member being positioned under the first member, the second
member being molded with a foam material different from the first foam material, and the first and second members each include
an interlocking profile and the first and second members are interlocked to each other by means of the respective interlocking
profiles at a second boundary portion between the first and second members to prevent mutual separation of the members,

wherein the second boundary portion between the first and second members entirely linearly extends such that an extending
direction of the second boundary portion obliquely intersects a thickness direction of the first member and the second member
to form an acute angle with respect to the thickness direction of the first member and the second member.

US Pat. No. 9,446,750

VALVE SYSTEM OF BRAKING DEVICE

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

1. A valve system of a braking device comprising:
a valve that is a normally closed solenoid valve and disposed in a connection passage connected to a liquid flow passage via
which a master cylinder communicates with a wheel cylinder;

a valve-opening operation unit for performing an opening operation of the valve by applying a first operating voltage or current
to the valve; and

a holding operation unit for performing a holding operation of holding an open state of the valve by applying to the valve
a holding voltage or current smaller than the first operating voltage or current and a second operating voltage or current
larger than the holding voltage or current after the valve-opening operation,

wherein the master cylinder generates a fluid pressure through an operation applied to a brake pedal; the wheel cylinder generates
a frictional braking force through the fluid pressure; and the holding operation unit applies to the valve, alternately, the
holding voltage or current for a predetermined time and the second operating voltage or current during the holding operation.

US Pat. No. 9,423,022

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING VEHICULAR TRANSMISSION OUTPUT TORQUE

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

1. An apparatus for distributing torque output by a transmission of a vehicle, the transmission being shiftable between multiple
gears, the apparatus comprising:
a first clutch assembly;
a second clutch assembly;
an electronic storage device that stores a blended gear number;
a first controller configured to determine a target gear number and an actual gear number during shifting between the gears
of the transmission, the target gear number being equal to a value of a gear number to which the transmission is shifting,
the actual gear number being equal to a value of a gear number from which the transmission is shifting; and

a second controller in electrical communication with the first clutch assembly and the second clutch assembly, and configured
to:

compare the target gear number to the actual gear number, and to retrieve the blended gear number from the storage device
if the target gear number is greater than the actual gear number,

determine an approximate value for a gear ratio that decreases in proportion to a rate of decrease in torque output by the
transmission based on the blended gear number,

estimate a value of the torque output by the transmission based on the determined gear ratio; and
instruct at least one of the first clutch assembly and the second clutch assembly to vary the torque transmitted thereby based
on the estimated value of the torque output by the transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,333,938

DUAL CHAMBERED PASSENGER AIRBAG

TK Holdings Inc., Auburn...

1. An airbag comprising:
an outer shell defining an interior of the airbag;
a divider positioned in the interior so as to divide the interior into a first chamber and a second chamber; and
a valve mechanism operatively coupled to the divider, the valve mechanism including:
an opening enabling fluid communication between the first and second chambers; and
a flap positioned in the second chamber overlying the opening, the flap being structured to deflect in a direction away from
the opening responsive to a pressure differential urging a flow of gas from the first chamber through the opening into the
second chamber, the flap also being structured to block the opening responsive to a reverse pressure differential urging a
flow of gas from the second chamber through the opening into the first chamber, the flap including at least one attachment
edge along which the flap is attached to the divider and at least one non-attachment edge along which the flap is not attached
to the divider,

wherein the valve is structured so that the at least one non-attachment edge overlaps an edge of the opening during application
of the reverse pressure differential to the flap, thereby forming a gas flow passage defined by a portion of the edge of the
opening and a portion of the at least one non-attachment edge.

US Pat. No. 9,150,181

NET STRUCTURE FOR A VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:
a vehicle frame;
a passenger seating compartment having a head area arranged to be occupied by a occupant's head when seated in the passenger
compartment;

a side opening for providing ingress and egress with the passenger seating compartment;
a roll cage frame at least partially defining the side opening;
a door arranged in the side opening for selectively closing a door opening portion of the side opening; and
a net structure having a first connection to the door or to the vehicle frame forward of the door, a second connection to
the roll cage frame at or adjacent an upper portion of the passenger seating compartment and a third connection to the roll
cage frame, a tautness axis defined between the second connection and the third connection that is forward of the head area,
the net structure taut along the tautness axis.

US Pat. No. 9,120,524

STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle, comprising:
a pair of right and left main frames extending from a head pipe of a front portion of the vehicle to a rear direction of the
vehicle;

an engine disposed below said main frames;
a fuel tank disposed above said main frames;
an air cleaner disposed above said engine and adjacent to said fuel tank;
wherein the air cleaner is disposed in a front direction side of said fuel tank, and a part of the air cleaner is disposed
in a lower direction side of the fuel tank, and wherein an inner side portion of the air cleaner disposed between said pair
of right and left main frames and an outer side portion of the air cleaner disposed so as to bulge to an outer side in a width
direction of the vehicle of said pair of right and left main frames, are connected,

wherein the outer side portion is configured such that a forefront portion in a front direction side of the vehicle comprises
a convex bulge facing forwardly and positioned forward of said inner side portion and bulges to a further forward direction
side of the vehicle relative to said inner side portion, and

wherein the outer side portion is one of a pair of right and left outer side portions.

US Pat. No. 9,092,308

OUTPUT CONTROL APPARATUS FOR ONBOARD IMAGE DISPLAY

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

1. An output control apparatus for an onboard image display apparatus, the output control apparatus controlling an output
of a signal to be supplied to the image display apparatus mounted in a vehicle, being connectable to a mobile information
terminal, and receiving an image information transmitted from the mobile information terminal to output the received image
information to the image display apparatus, the output control apparatus comprising:
at least two connection units via which the mobile information terminal is connected to the output control apparatus; and
a detection unit configured to detect a single terminal connection state in which only a single mobile information terminal
is connected to the output control apparatus by detecting that all of the at least two connection units are connected to the
single mobile information terminal,

wherein the output control apparatus determines whether the vehicle is in a predetermined non-stop state, and
wherein the output control apparatus enables the output of the image information received through the connection units when
the following conditions are satisfied:

i) the vehicle is in the predetermined non-stop state, and
ii) the detection unit detects the single terminal connection state.

US Pat. No. 9,090,149

CONVERTIBLE SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

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

1. A convertible system for a vehicle comprising:
a pair of movable structural side rails, each side rail being connected at a forward end to a structural pillar of a vehicle
body and hinged via a linkage at a rear end;

a front structural header spanning between the forward ends of the side rails, the side rails together with the front structural
header defining a roof opening;

a side rail latching mechanism mounted to at least one side rail for releasably attaching the forward end of the at least
one side rail to one of the structural pillars;

a roof member including a flexible, foldable roof panel sized to cover the roof opening and a panel header secured to and
covered by a forward end portion of the roof panel, the panel header having a forward part and a rear part, and lateral end
portions movably coupled to the side rails, the roof member being movable between a closed position, at least one pre-defined
intermediate opened position, and a fully opened position;

a transverse roof support located rearward of the panel header and spanning between the side rails, the roof panel covering
the transverse roof support, the rear part of the panel header track guided to pivot upwardly relative to the side rails and
slide over the transverse roof support as the roof member is retracted to the fully opened position, the transverse roof support
adapted to move with the panel header to the fully opened position, the roof member together with the pair of side rails and
transverse roof support being further movable to a stowed position rearward of a vehicle occupant cabin; and

a roof member latch mechanism mounted to the panel header for releasably attaching the forward part of the panel header to
the front structural header.

US Pat. No. 10,139,821

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AUTONOMOUSLY NAVIGATING UTILITY VEHICLE

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

1. An apparatus for controlling an operation of an autonomously navigating utility vehicle equipped with a prime mover to travel about a working area delineated by a boundary wire laid thereat, the working area being divided into at least a first area and a second area connected by a third area that is narrower than the first and second areas, the apparatus comprising:a magnetic sensor installed on the autonomously navigating utility vehicle to produce output indicating a magnetic field generated by an electric current passing through the boundary wire;
a position sensor that produces output indicating a position of the autonomously navigating utility vehicle; and
an electronic control unit having a CPU and a memory,
the CPU controls the autonomously navigating utility vehicle to circuit along the boundary wire in trace mode based on the output from the magnetic sensor, and generates a map of the working area comprised of an array of cells based on the output from the position sensor;
the CPU, in generating the map, identifies boundary cells of the cells in the array passed over by the autonomously navigating utility vehicle during the trace mode, and identifies third area cells of the boundary cells that are located in the third area based the third area cells being within a predetermined range from other ones of the boundary cells;
the CPU identifies the autonomously navigating utility vehicle positioned in the first area, identifies a final target position for the autonomously navigating utility vehicle in the second area, sets a first target position at a first one of the third area cells at an entrance of the third area that is adjacent to the first area and farthest from the second area, outputs control signals which cause the prime mover to drive the autonomously navigating utility vehicle through the first area toward the first target position, sets a second target position at a second one of the third area cells at an exit of the third area, outputs the control signals which cause the prime mover to drive the autonomously navigating utility vehicle through the third area toward the second target position, and outputs the control signals which cause the prime mover to drive the autonomously navigating utility vehicle through the second area to the final target position.

US Pat. No. 10,101,743

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. A vehicle control system, comprising:a processor configured to function as:
a recognizing part to recognize a position and surroundings of a vehicle per se; and
a control part to automatically control an automatic driving of at least one of acceleration and deceleration and steering of the vehicle per se, and determine whether a starting condition containing that the vehicle per se has passed by a preset passing location is met by referring to the position and surroundings of the vehicle per se recognized by the recognizing part, and start the automatic driving when determining that the starting condition is met; and
a sensor, detecting a speed of the vehicle per se, and
the starting condition contains that the speed of the vehicle per se detected by the sensor is faster than a set speed.

US Pat. No. 9,994,286

STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A straddle vehicle comprising:a body frame;
a footrest on which a rider places his/her foot;
a shift lever arranged in front of the footrest, and rotated by the rider's operation by foot to shift gears of the vehicle;
a shift detection mechanism for detecting an operation of the shift lever; and
a power unit supported to said body frame;
wherein said footrest is supported to a center frame constituting a part of said body frame below a seat of the rider;
said shift detection mechanism is connected to said shift lever, provided in front of said footrest and said center frame, and is supported to a front frame constituting a part of said body frame; and
a rotary shaft of said shift lever is oriented in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,944,228

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE CONTROL INTEGRATING HEALTH PRIORITY ALERTS OF VEHICLE OCCUPANTS

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

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling a vehicle, comprising:receiving physiological data from one or more wearable computing devices, wherein each of the one or more wearable computing devices is associated with one or more vehicle occupants in the vehicle;
determining a health state of the one or more vehicle occupants based on the physiological data, the health state describing a current condition of each of the one or more vehicle occupants;
determining a priority level for the health state of each of the one or more vehicle occupants; and
controlling one or more vehicle systems of the vehicle based on the health state of each of the one or more vehicle occupants and according to the priority level of the health state of each of the one or more vehicle occupants.

US Pat. No. 9,890,722

FUEL INJECTION CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

4. A fuel injection control method for an internal combustion engine in which fuel injected into an intake passage including
intake ports of the engine by fuel injection valves is supplied to cylinders, comprising:
detecting temperature of the engine;
determining whether or not a predetermined condition necessary for injecting fuel from the fuel injection valves is satisfied;
executing instantaneous injection when it is determined that the predetermined condition is satisfied after cranking of the
engine is started except when the instantaneous injection is inhibited, the instantaneous injection performed by injecting
fuel from one of the fuel injection valves for a predetermined cylinder for which an associated intake valve of the engine
is in a valve-closed state when the predetermined condition is satisfied;

setting an instantaneous injection time period which is a time period over which fuel is to be injected by the instantaneous
injection;

calculating a parameter indicative of a ratio of a time period over which fuel is injected when the intake valve associated
with the predetermined cylinder is opened to the instantaneous injection time period, according to the instantaneous injection
time period and timing in which the instantaneous injection is executed, as a leaning influence ratio;

setting a threshold value based on the detected temperature of the engine; and
inhibiting the instantaneous injection when the calculated leaning influence ratio is larger than the set threshold value,
wherein the fuel injection valve for the predetermined cylinder injects an entirety of the fuel for the predetermined cylinder
during each cycle of the internal combustion engine,

wherein the fuel injection valves are each disposed so as to inject the fuel in a direction toward a respective intake port
of the intake passage,

wherein, when executing instantaneous injection is performed, fuel is injected instantaneously when it is determined that
the predetermined condition is satisfied in a direction toward the associated intake valve of the engine that is in the valve-closed
state, and

wherein, when inhibiting the instantaneous injection, the instantaneous injection is not performed during starting of the
internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 9,741,516

ELECTROMAGNETIC RELAY FOR VEHICLE

MITSUBA CORPORATION, Kir...

1. An electromagnetic relay, comprising:
a base;
an iron core around which a coil is wound;
a yoke which supports the iron core and forms a magnetic path together with the iron core;
a contact portion which is configured with a movable contact and a fixed contact between the base and the coil;
a coil terminal to which the coil is connected;
a fixed contact terminal which is inserted at the base;
a movable contact terminal which is attached to a vertical wall of the yoke; and
a movable contact spring which is attached to the vertical wall of the yoke, wherein:
the movable contact spring supports the movable contact of the contact portion,
the movable contact spring supports the movable contact such that the movable contact is configured to contact and separate
with respect to the fixed contact,

the movable contact spring has a first attaching seat attached to the vertical wall of the yoke, and an operating piece that
is bent and extends from the first attaching seat to be interposed between the base and the coil,

the movable contact is attached to a front end of the operating piece,
an iron piece is installed on a surface of the operating piece at the coil side,
the operating piece is installed so that the iron piece is separated from the iron core,
when the iron core is magnetized as a first electric current is applied to the coil, the operating piece is elastically deformed,
the iron piece is adhered onto the iron core, and such that the movable contact comes into contact with the fixed contact
and a second electric current is supplied to the fixed contact terminal and the movable contact terminal,

the yoke has an upper wall facing the base with a certain gap therebetween, and the vertical wall of the yoke that is bent
and extends in a direction approximately vertical to the upper wall,

the iron core is fixed to the upper wall and a first end of the movable contact spring, and a first end of the movable contact
terminal is fixed to the vertical wall of the yoke so as to be aligned in a short direction of a direction in which the upper
wall and the vertical wall of the yoke are connected of the yoke,

the movable contact terminal, comprising an external connecting portion, is molded integrally to a second attaching seat attached
to the vertical wall of the yoke and the external connecting portion of the movable contact terminal that extends from the
second attaching seat toward a side opposite to the yoke while interposing the base,

the first attaching seat of the movable contact spring includes a first arm portion that is arranged on a width direction
of the vertical wall of the yoke,

the second attaching seat of the movable contact terminal includes a second arm portion that is arranged on the width direction
of the vertical wall of the yoke, the second arm portion being adjacent to the first arm portion along the width direction
of the vertical wall of the yoke,

a first welding point, positioned between the vertical wall of the yoke and a first end of the first attaching seat,
a second welding point, positioned between the vertical wall of the yoke and a first end of the second attaching seat, and
a magnetic field, formed by supplying the second electric current to the fixed contact terminal and the movable contact terminal,
is in a same direction as a magnetic field formed by supplying the first electric current to the coil.

US Pat. No. 9,764,789

SIDE COVER STRUCTURE OF SADDLE-RIDE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A side cover structure of a saddle-ride vehicle includes a head pipe; a frame extending rearwardly from the head pipe and
side covers for covering the frame from left and right sides, wherein:
a bent portion is bent toward an outside in a vehicle width direction from a base portion, said bent portion being formed
on the side cover, and an opening is formed in the base portion positioned in the vicinity of the bent portion;

said side cover including a base side cover which includes the base portion and an outer side cover for covering the base
side cover, with said opening being concealed by the outer side cover;

said outer side cover including an upper outer side cover and a lower outer side cover positioned below the upper outer side
cover; and

a connecting line formed by connecting a lower end of the upper outer side cover and an upper end of the lower outer side
cover extends frontward and downwardly as viewed in a side view.

US Pat. No. 9,751,389

VEHICLE FRAME WATER BAFFLE ARRANGEMENT, WATER BAFFLE AND METHOD

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

1. A water baffle for a vehicle frame, comprising:
a body shaped to complementarily fit within a first closed section of the vehicle frame; and
a drain spout extending from the body into an adjacent second closed section of the vehicle frame to direct any moisture from
the first closed section into the second closed section, wherein the drain spout extends through an aperture defined in a
panel member defining the first closed section of the vehicle frame.

US Pat. No. 9,682,482

AUTONOMOUS MOVING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF AUTONOMOUS MOVING DEVICE

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

1. An autonomous moving device comprising:
a measuring unit configured to measure a position and a posture of a person who is present in a predetermined area;
an attention state estimating unit configured to estimate a first attention state of the person on the basis of information
indicating the position and the posture of the person measured by the measuring unit;

a state analyzing unit configured to determine a corrective course of action for correcting the first attention state on the
basis of the estimated first attention state and a predetermined second attention state; and

an action planning unit configured to determine an action corresponding to the determined corrective course of action,
wherein
the attention state estimating unit estimates a gaze direction in which the person present in the predetermined area watches
as the first attention state on the basis of the information indicating the posture measured by the measuring unit,

the second attention state includes a position of a focusing object which is an object which the person is desired to watch
and information indicating the focusing object, and

the attention state estimating unit compares the estimated gaze direction with a focusing direction from the person to the
focusing object and determines whether the person watches the focusing object on the basis of the comparison result.

US Pat. No. 9,501,935

INTELLIGENT FORWARD COLLISION WARNING SYSTEM

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

1. An intelligent forward collision warning system, comprising:
a detection device mounted on an ego vehicle, the detection device being configured to detect at least a first preceding vehicle
immediately ahead of the ego vehicle and a second preceding vehicle immediately ahead of the first preceding vehicle;

a vehicle speed sensor configured to detect a traveling speed of the ego vehicle;
a first time to collision (TTC) computing unit for computing a first TTC given as a time to collision for the ego vehicle
in relation to the first preceding vehicle according to a speed of the first preceding vehicle determined from an output of
the detection device and the traveling speed of the ego vehicle detected by the vehicle speed sensor;

a second TTC computing unit for computing a second TTC given as a time to collision for the first preceding vehicle in relation
to the second preceding vehicle according to the speed of the first preceding vehicle and a speed of the second preceding
vehicle determined from an output of the detection device; and

a determination unit for producing a warning signal upon detecting a critical state of the first or second preceding vehicle:
wherein when the first preceding vehicle is traveling in a lane adjacent to that of the ego vehicle, and the second preceding
vehicle is traveling in a lane adjacent to that of the first preceding vehicle remote from that of the ego vehicle or in a
same lane as that of the ego vehicle, the critical state comprises an event where the first TTC and the second TTC as measured
without regard to the lanes are below a first threshold value and a second threshold value, respectively, and the second preceding
vehicle is moving toward the lane of the first preceding vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,440,629

ELECTRIC BRAKE DEVICE

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

1. An electric brake device in which a brake pressure is generated by actuating, by a rotational driving force of an electric
motor, a hydraulic control piston enclosed in a cylinder body, and an actuator housing including a mechanism-enclosing portion
which encloses an actuator mechanism converting the rotational driving force around an output shaft of the electric motor
into a linear driving force of the hydraulic control piston is connected to the cylinder body, and a brake-fluid enclosing
portion in the cylinder body is partitioned off from the mechanism-enclosing portion with a sealing member, wherein the electric
brake device comprises a communication hole which realizes communication between the mechanism-enclosing portion and atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 9,409,557

VALVE SYSTEM OF BRAKING DEVICE

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

1. A valve system of a braking device comprising:
a valve that is a normally closed solenoid valve and disposed in a connection passage connected to a liquid flow passage via
which a master cylinder communicates with a wheel cylinder;

a valve-opening operation unit for performing an opening operation of the valve by applying a first operating voltage or current
to the valve; and

a holding operation unit for performing a holding operation of holding an open state of the valve by applying to the valve
a holding voltage or current smaller than the first operating voltage or current and a second operating voltage or current
larger than the holding voltage or current after the valve-opening operation,

wherein the master cylinder generates a fluid pressure through an operation applied to a brake pedal; the wheel cylinder generates
a frictional braking force through the fluid pressure; and the holding operation unit applies to the valve, alternately, the
holding voltage or current for a predetermined time and the second operating voltage or current during the holding operation.

US Pat. No. 9,163,598

ENGINE WITH VARIABLE FLOW RATE OIL PUMP

YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. An engine with a variable flow rate oil pump including a main pump section and a subsidiary pump section having mutually
different discharge rates, and an oil pressure-adjusting valve that adjusts supply oil pressure from the main pump section
and the subsidiary pump section to oil pressure supply destinations, the engine comprising:
a main discharge passage that extends from the main pump section;
a subsidiary discharge passage that extends from the subsidiary pump section and joins the main discharge passage via the
oil pressure-adjusting valve;

a subsidiary relief passage that extends from the oil pressure-adjusting valve to the suction side of the subsidiary pump
section;

a main relief passage that extends from the oil pressure-adjusting valve to the suction side of the main pump section separately
from the subsidiary relief passage; and

a check valve that is provided on the downstream side of the oil pressure-adjusting valve in the subsidiary discharge passage
and cuts off the flow of oil from the main discharge passage side to the oil pressure-adjusting valve side,

wherein the oil pressure-adjusting valve has a main pressure-adjusting chamber for adjusting the discharge rate of the main
pump section, a subsidiary pressure-adjusting chamber for adjusting the discharge rate of the subsidiary pump section, and
a valve body that performs partitioning between the main pressure-adjusting chamber and the subsidiary pressure-adjusting
chamber in an oil-tight manner.

US Pat. No. 9,156,638

APPARATUS FOR MARKING AND ORDERING PLATE BLANKS, AND LOAD AND RECEIVING MAGAZINES THEREFOR

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

1. An apparatus for feeding successive plate blanks through an indicia marking process so as to produce finished plates stacked
and ordered in a receiving magazine, the apparatus comprising:
a load magazine operably configured to hold a plurality of plate blanks and successively present a single plate blank at a
load magazine opening thereof; and

an actuator arm operable to interact with said single plate blank at said opening to linearly move said single plate blank
along a travel path through the indicia marking process to successively produce the finished plates, and successively deliver
the finished plates into a receiving magazine via a receiving magazine opening thereof such that the finished plates are successively
inserted in order into a receiving magazine adjacent previously finished plates maintained in the receiving magazine so as
to form the stack of finished plates;

wherein said receiving magazine opening is located in a side wall of a receiving magazine housing configured to receive therethrough
a single plate into said receiving magazine housing.

US Pat. No. 9,127,185

WATERBORNE MID-COAT PAINT COMPOSITION

BASF Japan Ltd., Tokyo (...

1. A waterborne mid-coat paint composition comprising (A) a water-soluble or water-dispersible polyester resin, (B) a melamine
resin, and (C) polypropylene glycol, where component (A) comprises a polyester resin made waterborne by adding 7-20 mass %,
based on the resin solids content of component (A), of (a) a C1-3 alkoxy group-containing glycol monoalkyl ether to a polyester resin of resin acid value 25-35 mgKOH/g and then neutralizing
with a secondary amine and/or tertiary amine, and component (B) comprises a methylated melamine resin and a methyl/butyl mixed
alkylated melamine resin, and the content ratio based on resin solids content by mass of the methylated melamine resin to
the methyl/butyl mixed alkylated melamine resin is between 50/50 and 90/10, and the content ratio based on resin solids content
by mass of component (A) to component (B) is from 70/30 to 90/10, and component (C) comprises a number average molecular weight
of between 400 and 1,200, and the content of component (C) by mass percentage is between 1 and 10 mass % in terms of the combined
resin solids contents of component (A) and component (B).

US Pat. No. 9,092,394

DEPTH BASED CONTEXT IDENTIFICATION

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

1. A computer-implemented method of recognizing verbal commands, comprising:
capturing at least one depth image by a depth camera positioned in a vehicle, each of the depth image covering at least part
of a user and comprising pixels representing distances from the depth camera to the at least part of the user;

recognizing a pose or gesture of the user based on the captured depth image;
generating gesture information based on the recognized pose or gesture, the gesture information indicating a direction pointed
by the user outward of the vehicle towards a point-of-interest outside the vehicle;

determining one or more devices among a plurality of devices that are likely to be targeted by the user for an operation by
analyzing the gesture information and without performing speech recognition on an audio signal including an utterance by the
user;

selecting a plurality of verbal commands associated with the one or more devices determined as likely being targeted;
receiving the audio signal including the utterance by the user at a time when the at least one depth image is being captured;
and

determining a device command for operating the one or more devices likely being targeted by performing speech recognition
on the audio signal using the selected plurality of verbal commands, the determined device command representing an action
associated with the point-of-interest.

US Pat. No. 10,798,855

POWER CONVERSION DEVICE

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

1. A power conversion device comprising:two heat dissipation portions each having a refrigerant flow channel through which a refrigerant circulates and a mounting surface;
a plurality of element arrays each including a high side arm element and a low side arm element and provided between the two heat dissipation portions which are disposed opposite to each other;
a plurality of first element arrays in which the plurality of element arrays delivering power to and/or from a first motor capable of a power-running operation using power supplied from a power storage device are disposed side by side in a first direction on the mounting surface according to a plurality of phases of the first motor; and
a plurality of second element arrays in which the plurality of element arrays delivering power to and/or from a second motor capable of generating power for running of the first motor are disposed side by side in the first direction on the mounting surface according to a plurality of phases of the second motor,
wherein the plurality of first element arrays and the plurality of second element arrays are disposed at positions facing each other in a second direction intersecting the first direction,
wherein the refrigerant flow channel includes
a refrigerant supply port passing through in a third direction orthogonal to the first direction and the second direction,
a first flow channel extending in the first direction from the refrigerant supply port, and
a plurality of first branching flow channels that branch from the first flow channel so as to correspond to each phase of the plurality of first element arrays and the plurality of second element arrays, and extend in the second direction at positions overlapping the first element arrays and the second element arrays in a plan view seen from the third direction,
wherein, in each of the first branching flow channels, the plurality of first element arrays are located on an upstream side of the first branching flow channel in the second direction with respect to the plurality of second element arrays, and
wherein the refrigerant supply port provided in one of the two heat dissipation portions and the refrigerant supply port provided in the other of the two heat dissipation portions are connected at a position overlapping each other in the third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,925

FRP DRIVE SHAFT

FUJIKURA RUBBER LTD., To...

1. An FRP drive shaft comprising an end joint joined to at least one end of an FRP cylinder via an outer collar,wherein said end joint includes a serrated portion on an outer periphery thereof,
wherein said outer collar includes a small-diameter collar portion and a large-diameter collar portion which is greater in diameter than said small-diameter collar portion,
wherein said serrated portion is press-fitted into an inner periphery of said FRP cylinder and fixed to an inner periphery of said small-diameter collar portion,
wherein a gap between an inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion and an outer periphery of said FRP cylinder is filled with an adhesive for fixing said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion and said outer periphery of said FRP cylinder to each other, and
wherein said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion includes a constant-diameter portion which is formed on a first area of said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion and an adhesive-accumulating tapered portion which is formed on a second area of said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion, said first area of said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion being closer to said small-diameter collar portion than said second area of said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion,
wherein a distance between said constant-diameter portion and said outer periphery of said FRP cylinder is substantially constant,
wherein said adhesive-accumulating tapered portion is configured to progressively increase a radial distance between said adhesive-accumulating tapered portion and said outer periphery of said FRP cylinder in a direction away from said small-diameter collar portion, and
wherein said adhesive-accumulating tapered portion is open, along an axial direction, at a position where a distance between said adhesive-accumulating tapered portion and said outer periphery of said FRP cylinder is a maximum.
US Pat. No. 10,099,252

METHOD FOR FORMING MULTILAYER COATING FILM

KANSAI PAINT CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for forming a multilayer coating film, comprising:(1) a step of applying an aqueous first base coating composition (A) onto a cured electrodeposition coating film to form a first base coating film (BC1) with a thickness of 15 to 35 ?m in terms of a cured film thickness thereof;
(2) a step of applying an aqueous second base coating composition (B) onto the first base coating film without preheating, to form a second base coating film (BC2) with a thickness of 8 to 18 ?m in terms of a cured film thickness thereof;
(3) a step of applying a clear coating composition (C) onto the second base coating film after preheating, to form a clear coating film with a thickness of 25 to 50 ?m in terms of a cured film thickness thereof; and
(4) a step of heat-curing the first base coating film, the second base coating film, and the clear coating film simultaneously to form a cured coating film,
wherein the aqueous first base coating composition (A) contains from 15 to 35 parts by mass of an aqueous polyester resin (a), from 15 to 30 parts by mass of an aqueous acrylic resin (b), from 15 to 30 parts by mass of an aqueous urethane resin (c), and from 15 to 35 parts by mass of a melamine resin (d), each based on 100 parts by mass of the total resin solid content of the resin (a), resin (b), resin (c) and resin (d),
wherein the aqueous polyester resin (a) is obtained by an esterification or transesterification reaction of a polybasic acid component and an alcohol component and has an acid value of 15 to 25 mgKOH/g and a number average molecular weight of 1,000 to 5,000, wherein the polybasic acid component contains an aromatic ring-containing polybasic acid and/or an alicyclic ring-containing polybasic acid in a ratio of 65 to 75 mol % based on the total amount of polybasic acids,
wherein the aqueous acrylic resin (b) is an acrylic emulsion obtained by emulsion polymerization of monomer components containing, based on the total mass of monomers, from 45 to 80 mass % of a polymerizable unsaturated monomer having an alkyl group with 4 to 8 carbon atoms, from 1 to 10 mass % of a hydroxyl group-containing polymerizable unsaturated monomer, from 1 to 10 mass % of a carboxyl group-containing polymerizable unsaturated monomer, and from 0 to 53 mass % of another polymerizable unsaturated monomer,
wherein the aqueous urethane resin (c) is obtained by reacting a polyurethane prepolymer that is obtained by reaction of a polyisocyanate compound, a polyol compound containing a polycarbonate polyol having an alicyclic structure, and an acidic group-containing polyol compound, with a chain extender having reactivity with an isocyanate group of the polyurethane polymer, and a ratio of the alicyclic structure contained is from 45 to 65 mass % based on solid content,
wherein a breaking energy at 20° C. of a coating film formed of the aqueous first base coating composition (A) is 0.6 kgf·mm or more,
wherein a peel strength at a coating film interface of the cured electrodeposition coating film and the first base coating film, as measured by surface-interfacial cutting method (SAICAS method), is 0.4 kN/m or more, and
wherein in an infrared absorption spectrum, a melamine migration rate that is a value obtained by dividing a peak height ratio of a composite film composed of the first base coating film and the second base coating film by a peak height ratio of a single film of the first base coating film, is from 0 to 25%, wherein each peak height ratio is a ratio between an infrared absorption peak height of ester group at 1,725 cm?1 and an infrared absorption peak height of melamine resin at 814 cm?1.

US Pat. No. 10,073,003

SEEDING DEVICE AND SEEDING METHOD

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

1. A seeding device including a seeder, from which a jet flow containing liquid particles and gas is jetted out, the seeding device being configured to discharge tracer particles made up of the liquid particles, comprising:a tubular body that surrounds the jet flow along a center axis of the tubular body in a jetting direction of the jet flow so as to allow a part of the liquid particles in the jet flow to adhere to an inner wall of the tubular body, wherein
the seeder comprises two nozzles with each nozzle having a respective center axis that cross each other,
each of the two nozzles is configured to spray liquid while atomizing the liquid with compressed air,
the tubular body is configured to discharge liquid particles in the jet flow that have progressed in atomization inside of the tubular body from a tip end thereof as tracer particles, by deriving the jet flow from the tip end thereof while maintaining the center axis of the flow at a center portion of the jet flow in a constant direction,
a distance from a starting end of the jet flow where the liquid particles are jetted out by each of the two nozzles, to the tip end of the tubular body in the jetting direction of the jet flow, is set so a value that is obtained by dividing the distance by a diameter of the jet flow is 50 or more, the diameter of the jet flow being located at the starting end of the jet flow where the liquid particles jetted out by each of the two nozzles collide,
the inner wall of the tubular body comprises an annular protrusion that protrudes inwardly and annually, and is provided at an exit of the tubular body,
the two nozzles are disposed apart from the inner wall in the inner side to jet out the jet flow,
the seeder jets out the jet flow containing liquid particles and air while setting a the starting end at a vicinity of collision of liquid particles from the two nozzles, and
the inner wall of the tubular body is free from partitions orthogonal to a flowing direction of the jet flow in an area between the annular protrusion and the two nozzles.

US Pat. No. 9,701,291

VEHICLE BRAKE HYDRAULIC PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicle brake hydraulic pressure control apparatus capable of performing braking force holding control that holds a braking
force for a vehicle to maintain a halt state when the vehicle is at a halt, the vehicle brake hydraulic pressure control apparatus
comprising:
an acceleration acquiring section for acquiring an output value of an acceleration sensor detecting a front-rear direction
acceleration of the vehicle;

a limiting section for limiting a magnitude of the output value acquired by the acceleration acquiring section within a predetermined
limit value;

a filter limiting a change of a value output by the limiting section in a predetermined direction; and
a holding section for determining a holding pressure according to a value output by the filter and, based on the holding pressure,
holding the braking force.

US Pat. No. 9,669,688

TAILGATE-EQUIPPED VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A tailgate-equipped vehicle body structure comprising:
a tailgate for opening and closing a rear opening section provided in a rear section of a vehicle; and
a sub door provided on the tailgate for opening and closing a sub door opening section provided in the tailgate,
an upper surface of a lower edge portion of the rear opening section and an upper surface of a lower edge portion of the sub
door opening section being located in substantially flush with each other,

wherein the tailgate includes an inner panel disposed adjacent to a vehicle interior and an outer panel disposed adjacent
to a vehicle exterior and having a closed sectional shape defined with respective flanges of the inner and outer panels joined
to each other, the respective flanges of the inner and outer panels joined to each other constituting a joined flange part
projecting in an up-down direction of the vehicle in the lower edge portion of the sub door opening section, and

wherein the tailgate further includes a gate-side step covering the joined flange part from above, and
an upper surface of an upper wall portion of the gate-side step constituting the upper surface of the lower edge portion of
the sub door opening section.

US Pat. No. 9,590,264

ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE

GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LT...

1. An electric storage device, comprising:
an electrode assembly formed by stacking a positive electrode plate and a negative electrode plate, the electrode assembly
including a projection formed by at least one of the positive electrode plate and the negative electrode plate projecting
in a stacked state, the projection including a bound portion formed by binding a distal end side of the projection and a sloping
portion sloping from a proximal end side of the projection toward the bound portion;

a backing member arranged to face at least one of both surfaces of the bound portion;
a current collector including a connection piece arranged to face at least an other of both surfaces of the bound portion;
a case housing the electrode assembly, the backing member, and the current collector, the electrode assembly being supported
by the current collector within the case,

wherein the backing member includes:
a base extending along a surface of the bound portion; and
a pair of skirts diverging from each other and extending from the base toward a proximal end side of the projection along
a surface of the sloping portion.

US Pat. No. 9,421,957

BRAKING DEVICE

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

1. A braking device comprising:
a master cylinder that generates a brake hydraulic pressure by operation of a brake operation unit;
a slave cylinder that displaces a slave piston by an electric motor which is driven in response to operation amount of the
brake operation unit and generates a brake hydraulic pressure, and has a slave cylinder body provided with an opening section
into which the slave piston can be inserted from outside, the slave cylinder having a top and a bottom in an installed configuration
thereof;

a guide piston that blocks the opening section of the slave cylinder body and surrounds an outer periphery of the slave piston,
the guide piston being installed in the slave cylinder body in a manner so as to be immovable in an axial direction in relation
to the slave cylinder body;

a first seal member that is provided on the slave piston and seals in sliding contact with an inside wall of the slave cylinder
body; and

a second seal member that is provided on the guide piston and seals in abutment against the inside wall of the slave cylinder
body, wherein

the slave piston includes a rod portion which fits slidably inside of the guide piston, and an enlarged diameter flange portion
having an abutting surface which comes into contact with an annular surface of the guide piston when the slave piston is in
an initial position, the enlarged diameter flange portion having a diameter larger than a diameter of the rod portion, and

at least one of the abutting surface of the enlarged diameter flange portion of the slave piston and the annular surface of
the guide piston is provided with a cut-out section which extends in a radial direction, the cut-out section defining a channel
extending between the rod portion and an outer edge of the enlarged diameter flange portion when the slave piston is in the
initial position thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,157,201

SNOW PLOW

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

1. A snow plow comprising a travel frame having a travel device, an auger housing having an auger and capable of being raised
and lowered relative to the travel frame, a raising/lowering drive mechanism for raising and lowering the auger housing, and
a control unit for controlling the raising/lowering drive mechanism,
wherein the snow plow comprises a relative angle detection unit for detecting the angle of the auger housing relative to the
travel frame, and a horizontal detection unit for detecting the horizontal state of the auger housing relative to the direction
of gravity,

the control unit controls the raising/lowering drive mechanism so that the auger housing becomes horizontal, and
the control unit performs a control so as to stop the raising/lowering drive mechanism when the control unit assess that one
of a first condition and a second condition is satisfied, the first condition being that the relative angle be zero and the
second condition being that the auger housing be horizontal.

US Pat. No. 9,095,945

AUTOMATED STEERING CENTERING ASSEMBLY

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

1. An automated vehicle steering centering assembly for a centering process for marking a center of a steering column, the
automated vehicle steering centering assembly comprising:
a housing connected to an associated robotic arm for movement therewith;
a drive mechanism mounted to the housing;
a chuck rotatably connected to the drive mechanism, the chuck including a moveable gripper jaw having a splined inner surface
for mating with a splined portion of the steering column; and

a pneumatic mechanism mounted to the housing and operably connected to the chuck, wherein air pressure supplied from the pneumatic
mechanism to the chuck moves the gripper jaw between an open position and a closed position so as to grip the steering column.

US Pat. No. 9,091,306

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

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

8. A power transmission device which transmits motive power transmitted from a driving element to a driven element, comprising:
a first element having variable stiffness and configured to receive the motive power from the driving element and to transmit
the motive power to the driven element;

a second element having variable viscosity and configured to receive the motive power from the driving element and to transmit
the motive power to the driven element;

a first modification unit configured to modify the stiffness of the first element; and
a second modification unit configured to modify the viscosity of the second element,
wherein the second modification unit modifies the viscosity according to the stiffness modified by the first modification
unit so that damping of vibration of the driven element is predetermined damping.

US Pat. No. 10,131,223

HEAT BAFFLE CLIP SHIELD

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

1. A fuel tank for a motor vehicle, comprising:a fuel tank body;
a baffle to protect the fuel tank body from heat from an exhaust chamber located near the fuel tank body, the baffle comprising:
a clip receiving portion formed in the baffle having a generally frusto-conical shape, the clip receiving portion having a base portion recessed from a planar surface of the baffle, the clip receiving portion having a hole in the base through which a clip is inserted; and
an inclined wall extending from the base to the planar surface of the baffle, the inclined wall having a first radius about an axis perpendicular to the base at the base and a second radius about the axis at the planar surface, the second radius being greater than the first radius, the inclined wall having a hole between the planar surface and clip receiving portion;
a clip for attaching the baffle to the fuel tank body, the clip being inserted through a hole in the baffle and received by a clip receiver in the fuel tank body; and
a clip shield secured to the baffle to cover the clip, the clip shield comprising:
a solid body having a radius substantially similar to the second radius of the clip receiving portion, a front side facing the exhaust chamber, and a rear side facing the baffle; and
a spring foot extending from the rear side of the clip shield, the spring foot having a hook distal end that is pushed radially inward by the inclined wall as the clip shield is installed, the hook distal end of the spring foot being insertable into the hole in the inclined wall of the clip receiving portion, the hook distal end moving radially outward when installed in the hold, the hook distal end creating an interference fit with the inclined wall to prevent unintentional removal of the clip shield.

US Pat. No. 10,053,053

OCCUPANT DECISION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An occupant decision device for a vehicle that has a vehicle seat provided with a seat belt device of which one end is fixed to a vehicle floor and a plurality of load sensors disposed on four corners of a seal cushion of the vehicle seat, the occupant decision device comprising:first portion load detecting bodies comprising load sensors disposed on a first end portion of the vehicle seat that detect a first portion load of the vehicle seat;
second portion load detecting bodies comprising load sensors disposed on a second end portion of the vehicle seat that detect a second portion load of the vehicle seat;
an occupant decision section that decides a type of occupant on the vehicle seat from at least one of a state where the vehicle seat is vacant, a state where a child seat is attached, a state where a large-build adult is seated or a state where a small-build adult is seated based on the total load detected by the first and second portion load detecting bodies, and maintains or changes a decision result of the type of the occupant;
a seat belt wearing detection body that detects a tongue of the seat belt device being engaged with a buckle;
a buckle load calculation section that calculates a buckle load, which is the first portion load of the vehicle seat where the buckle is disposed, based on the first portion load detected by the first portion load detecting bodies; and
a child decision section that prohibits the occupant decision section from changing a decision to a decision result that the small-build adult is seated in the vehicle seat and changes the decision to a decision result that the child seat is attached on the vehicle seat when an engagement of the tongue with the buckle is detected by the seat belt wearing detection body and the buckle load calculated by the buckle load calculation section is less than a predetermined buckling load threshold for a predetermined period of time in a case where the occupant decision section decides that the small-build adult is seated in the vehicle seat based on the total load detected by the first and second portion load detecting bodies, wherein the child decision section allows the decision result that small-build adult is seated in the vehicle seat when the buckle and the tongue have not been engaged for a predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,035,373

METHOD FOR AFFIXING DECORATIVE OBJECT AND DECORATIVE OBJECT

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

1. A method of affixing a decorative object in which the decorative object is configured to be affixed to an object to be decorated, comprising the steps of:a holding force adjusting step of causing a holding force of the decorative object with respect to an affixing film to differ locally depending on a curvature of the object to be decorated, to which the decorative object is to be affixed;
a step of attaching the decorative object to a surface on a side of the affixing film that faces toward the object to be decorated;
a step of placing the affixing film in facing relation to the object to be decorated; and
a step of, after air inside a cover member and a vessel has been reduced in pressure, introducing a fluid into a space between the affixing film and the cover member, to thereby pressure bond and affix the decorative object on the object to be decorated,
wherein, in the holding force adjusting step, the holding force of the decorative object with respect to the affixing film is made to differ locally, by locally changing a charge amount between the affixing film and the decorative object.

US Pat. No. 10,030,749

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

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

1. A continuously variable transmission comprising:an input shaft into which driving force from a drive source is inputted;
a belt type continuously variable transmission mechanism that is formed from a first pulley, a second pulley, and an endless belt;
an output shaft that outputs the driving force whose speed has been changed by the belt type continuously variable transmission mechanism;
a first input path that transmits the driving force from the drive source to the first pulley;
a first input switching mechanism that switches the driving force from the drive source toward the first input path side;
a speed decreasing mechanism that is disposed in the first input path and decreases the speed of an input to the first pulley;
a second input path that transmits the driving force from the drive source to the second pulley;
a second input switching mechanism that switches the driving force from the drive source (E) toward the second input path side;
a speed increasing mechanism that is disposed in the second input path and increases the speed of an input to the second pulley;
a first output path that outputs the driving force from the second pulley;
a second output path that outputs the driving force from the first pulley, a first output switching mechanism that is disposed in the first output path and switches the driving force from the second pulley toward the output shaft side; and
a second output switching mechanism that is disposed in the second output path and switches the driving force from the first pulley toward the output shaft side,
the first pulley comprises a first fixed pulley and a first movable pulley, the second pulley comprises a second fixed pulley and a second movable pulley, the first fixed pulley and the second fixed pulley are disposed at mutually diagonal positions, the first movable pulley and the second movable pulley are disposed at mutually diagonal positions,
the first input switching mechanism is disposed on the input shaft or on a rotating shaft on a rear face of the first movable pulley of the first pulley, the second input switching mechanism is disposed on a rotating shaft on a rear face of the second fixed pulley of the second pulley or on the input shaft,
the first output switching mechanism is disposed on a countershaft relatively rotatably fitted around an outer periphery of the input shaft on the first output path, and the second output switching mechanism and the output shaft are disposed on a rotating shaft on a rear face of the first fixed pulley of the first pulley.

US Pat. No. 9,950,643

REAR STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE BODY

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

1. A rear structure of a vehicle body, the rear structure comprisinga floor panel;
a rear bulkhead coupled to the vehicle body in a state of being erected from the floor panel, the rear bulkhead partitioning a passenger compartment from a cargo compartment; and
a seat anchor that is coupled to the rear bulkhead for supporting a child seat,
wherein the seat anchor includes:
an anchor bracket including at least two portions coupled to the rear bulkhead, the at least two portions being spaced apart from each other in a vehicle widthwise direction;
a substantially U-shaped anchor portion whose both end portions are attached anchor bracket; and
a connection portion coupled to the floor panel, wherein the connection portion is disposed at an intersection point at which a center line of the anchor bracket in the vehicle widthwise direction and a center line of the anchor portion in the vehicle widthwise direction intersect with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,873,406

WIPER APPARATUS

Mitsuba Corporation, Kir...

1. A wiper apparatus having: a drive mechanism for swinging a wiper for wiping a windshield of a vehicle; and a casing in
which the drive mechanism is housed and an output shaft is provided, and which is fixed to a vehicle body,
wherein the wiper apparatus has a pair of fixing parts:
a first fixing part provided in the casing and fixed to the vehicle body; and
a second fixing part provided in the casing and fixed to the vehicle body at a position different from the first fixing part
in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle body,

wherein an outer edge of the first fixing part is the same in shape as an outer edge of the second fixing part, and
mounting holes are provided in the first fixing part and in the second fixing part respectively, and
the center of the mounting hole of the first fixing part, the center of the mounting hole of the second fixing part, and the
output shaft are located on a straight line when viewed from a direction of the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,855,913

AIRBAG APPARATUS

TAKATA CORPORATION, Toky...

7. An airbag apparatus, comprising:
an airbag having a vent hole formed therein;
an inflator configured to emit gas for inflating the airbag; and
a chamber configured to accommodate the inflator therein inside the airbag, the chamber having at least one discharge aperture
for discharging gas emitted from the inflator to an inside of the airbag, and having a wall part configured to guide the emitted
gas to the discharge aperture,

wherein an external surface of the wall part is configured to partially cover the vent hole upon collapse of the chamber toward
the vent hole, and

wherein the external surface has a tip thereof configured to extend outwardly from the vent hole upon the collapse of the
chamber toward the vent hole.

US Pat. No. 9,732,826

CENTRIFUGAL PENDULUM VIBRATION CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A centrifugal pendulum vibration control device that is disposed between an engine and a transmission and controls vibrations
resulting from rotation fluctuation of the engine, comprising:
an input member rotated by the engine;
a first inertia mass body supported on the input member via a first link member so as to be capable of pendulum motion;
a second inertia mass body supported on the first inertia mass body via a second link member so as to be capable of pendulum
motion,

wherein the input member and the second inertia mass body are coaxially disposed so as to be relatively rotatable, and
wherein rotation of the input member relative to the second inertia mass body causes a rotation of the first link member in
a direction opposite to a rotation of the second link member.

US Pat. No. 9,685,664

FUEL CELL STACK

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

1. A fuel cell stack comprising:
a plurality of fuel cells that are stacked, each of the fuel cells including a membrane electrode assembly and a separator
that are stacked, the membrane electrode assembly including an electrolyte membrane and a pair of electrodes sandwiching the
electrolyte membrane therebetween;

a reactant gas channel through which a reactant gas flows along a surface of the separator;
a reactant gas inlet manifold and a reactant gas outlet manifold through which the reactant gas flows in a direction in which
the separator is stacked;

an inlet buffer portion that connects an inlet of the reactant gas channel to the reactant gas inlet manifold; and
an outlet buffer portion that connects an outlet of the reactant gas channel to the reactant gas outlet manifold,
wherein the inlet buffer portion includes a plurality of linear inlet guide protrusions, and inlet guide channels, which connect
the reactant gas inlet manifold to the reactant gas channel, are formed between the linear inlet guide protrusions,

wherein a pitch between the linear inlet guide protrusions increases with increasing distance from the reactant gas inlet
manifold,

wherein the outlet buffer portion includes a plurality of linear outlet guide protrusions, and outlet guide channels, which
connect the reactant gas outlet manifold to the reactant gas channel, are formed between the linear outlet guide protrusions,
and

wherein a pitch between the linear outlet guide protrusions is uniform.

US Pat. No. 9,624,956

WATERPROOF CLIP

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

1. A waterproof clip made of an elastic material, configured for fixing an interior material to a panel member, the waterproof
clip comprising:
a shaft portion that is configured to penetrate a through-hole of the interior material and is configured to be press-fitted
to a fixation hole of the panel member; and

a plate portion provided at a rear end of the shaft portion in an insertion direction thereof and configured to come into
contact with a surface of the interior material, wherein

the shaft portion comprises a main body portion which is located on a rear end side in the insertion direction, and a tapered
portion which is located on a front end side in the insertion direction and whose diameter becomes smaller from the main body
portion, and the tapered portion is substantially solid,

a number of bulging portions which are configured to elastically come into contact with an inner peripheral surface of the
fixation hole are formed on an outer peripheral surface of the main body portion,

each of the bulging portions is formed to become narrower toward a front side in the insertion direction of the shaft portion
and

a hollow portion is formed in an inner portion of the main body portion, the hollow portion being open to the plate portion
and extending to a position near a rear end of the tapered portion in the insertion direction.

US Pat. No. 9,512,652

OPENING/CLOSING OPERATION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE OPEN/CLOSE DOOR

Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lo...

1. An opening/closing operation device for a vehicle open/close door, comprising:
a handle having a first end attached to the open/close door and a second end having a guide arm portion extending into the
open/close door, the handle configured to swing about the first end when an opening operation force is exerted on the handle
such that the second end of the handle including the guide arm portion is displaced from a first position to a second position
in the direction of the opening operation force;

a latch mechanism configured to maintain a closed state of the open/close door; and
a lever pivotally supported by the open/close door, the lever including a first arm portion received within an opening provided
in the guide arm portion and a second arm portion configured to transmit the opening operation force to the latch mechanism,

wherein a contacting tip of the first arm portion is in contact with a contact surface formed on an inside surface of the
opening provided in the guide arm portion and is configured to slide along the contact surface from an initial-stage contact
portion to a latter stage contact portion as the handle is displaced from the first position to the second position thereby
causing the lever to pivot,

wherein the initial-stage contact portion is disposed closer to an exterior of the open/close door than the latter stage contact
portion, and

wherein the latter-stage contact portion is formed continuously with the initial-stage contact portion along the contact surface
and in a plane orthogonal to the movement direction of the guide arm portion such that the latter-stage contact portion comes
into contact with the contacting tip of the first arm portion of the lever at a latter stage of the manipulation of the handle.

US Pat. No. 9,506,560

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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

1. An automatic transmission that achieves each of a plurality of shift stages by a combination of engagement and release
of a plurality of engagement mechanisms, the automatic transmission comprising:
a detector that detects an operating state of the engagement mechanisms; and
a control device that determines whether or not abnormality has occurred, based on a result of detection performed by the
detector,

wherein the control device determines that abnormality has occurred in a case where the operating state of the engagement
mechanisms does not match a predetermined operating state such that the control device determines that abnormality has occurred
when:

a number of engagement mechanisms in an engaged state fails to match one of a plurality of predetermined numbers of engagement
mechanisms in the engaged state, or

a combination of the engagement mechanisms in the engaged state and the engagement mechanisms in a released state fails to
match a predetermined combination of the engagement mechanisms in the engaged state and the engagement mechanisms in the released
state, and

wherein the control device does not use a vehicle speed for determining that abnormality has occurred.

US Pat. No. 9,452,788

TOP PART STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE BODY

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

1. A vehicle body comprising:
a roof side rail extending in a front-rear direction on a side part of the vehicle body, the roof side rail being formed by
a rail inner, a rail outer joined to a vehicle outer side of the rail inner to form a cross-section, and a rail stiffener
sandwiched between the rail inner and the rail outer to partition the closed cross-section; and

a pillar extending downward from the roof side rail, a top part structure of the vehicle body including:
a bulkhead joined, at an intersection portion between the pillar and the roof side rail, to the rail stiffener, fastened by
a bolt to the rail inner, and disposed so as to partition the closed cross-section between the rail inner and the rail stiffener,

wherein the bulkhead has a cap-shaped cross-section formed by:
an inner side wall fastened to the rail inner;
a front wall extending from a front end of the inner side wall to a vehicle outer side;
a rear wall extending from a rear end of the inner side wall to the vehicle outer side;
a first front flange extending forward from the front wall; and
a first rear flange extending backward from the rear wall.

US Pat. No. 9,453,575

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. 9,400,385

VOLUMETRIC HEADS-UP DISPLAY WITH DYNAMIC FOCAL PLANE

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

1. A heads-up display system for displaying graphic elements in view of a user while the user views an environment disposed
at a position spaced from the heads-up display system, the heads-up display system comprising a plurality of projectors each
projecting a graphic element on a unique focal plane in the view of the user while the user views the environment, each unique
focal plane being disposed in the environment, wherein the plurality of projectors comprise:
a first projector projecting a first graphic element on a first focal plane in view of the user while the user views the environment,
the first focal plane oriented substantially perpendicularly to a line-of-sight of the user; and

a second projector projecting a second graphic element on a second focal plane in view of the user while the user views the
environment, the second focal plane oriented substantially perpendicularly to the line-of-sight of the user and being different
than the first focal plane,

wherein the first projector projects moves the first focal plane in a direction of the line-of-sight of the user, and the
second projector moves the second focal plane in the direction of the line-of-sight of the user independently of the first
focal plane.

US Pat. No. 9,328,647

EXHAUST PIPE STRUCTURE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An exhaust pipe structure for an internal combustion engine wherein exhaust pipes are respectively connected to four cylinders
of a four-cylinder internal combustion engine, comprising:
two long exhaust pipes that are each individually, operatively connected to a first two of the cylinders of the four-cylinder
internal combustion engine;

two short exhaust pipes that are each individually, operatively connected to a second two of the cylinders of the four-cylinder
internal combustion engine, the two short exhaust pipes are formed as short exhaust pipes having a short pipe length relative
to a long pipe length of the two long exhaust pipes;

a difference in a pipe length between the long exhaust pipes and the short exhaust pipes is set to be between 150 mm and 300
mm for outputting an appealing and harmonious exhaust sound;

wherein the four-cylinder internal combustion engine is a V-shaped four-cylinder internal combustion engine with two cylinders
being arranged side by side in two respective banks;

the exhaust pipes from the cylinders in the two respective banks are collected in order to independently provide exhaust systems
for each of the two respective banks; and

one short exhaust pipe and one long exhaust pipe are collected in the exhaust systems for each of the two respective banks.

US Pat. No. 9,327,697

BRAKING DEVICE

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

1. A braking device comprising:
a master cylinder that generates a first brake hydraulic pressure by operation of a brake operation unit; and
a slave cylinder of tandem type that actuates a rod by an electric motor which is driven in response to operation amount of
the brake operation unit and displaces two pistons to generate a second brake hydraulic pressure, wherein:

a piston on a proximal side of the rod, of the two pistons of the slave cylinder, is a second piston having a piston body,
and a piston spaced away from the rod in a displacement direction is a first piston having a cylindrical bore formed therein,

the second piston has a forward end formed integrally with the piston body and configured to fit slidably inside the cylindrical
bore of the first piston; and

the pistons are arranged so that an inner periphery of an opening section provided in a backward side in the displacement
direction of the first piston overlaps with part of one side along an axial direction of the second piston.

US Pat. No. 9,260,040

VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A vehicle seat comprising:
a seat back that is tiltably provided with respect to a floor of a vehicle body or a seat cushion which is disposed along
an extension direction of the floor;

a side bolster that is provided between the outside in a width direction of the seat back and a side wall of the vehicle body;
a lock mechanism that includes a lock provided on the seat back, and a striker which is disposed at a rear of the seat back
and is fixed onto the vehicle body, the lock mechanism fixing the seat back at an erection position; and

a supporting bracket that is provided on the vehicle body or the seat cushion to tiltably support the seat back, wherein
a backrest surface of the seat back and a front surface of the side bolster are provided to connect to each other, wherein
a vehicle body member configured to have the striker and the supporting bracket is disposed on a rear side of the side bolster,
wherein

a position determination mechanism is provided in the side bolster and in at least one of the striker and the supporting bracket
to determine position of the side bolster with respect to the vehicle body member, and wherein

the position determination mechanism includes: an engagement hole that is provided in at least one of the striker and the
supporting bracket; and a protruding piece that protrudes from a rear surface of the side bolster and is insertable into the
engagement hole.

US Pat. No. 10,093,385

STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A straddled vehicle including:a steering stem which is turnably supported on a head pipe provided in a front part of said vehicle;
a top bridge which is provided on an upper end part of said steering stem;
a pair of front forks which are respectively supported by left and right fork insertion holes of said top bridge;
a front wheel braking unit which is placed on a side that includes a first front fork of said pair of front forks and configured to apply braking force to a front wheel;
an ABS modulator which is disposed behind said top bridge and configured to control the braking force of said front wheel braking unit; and
a brake pipe which connects said ABS modulator and said front wheel braking unit to each other,
said straddled vehicle comprising a supporter which is placed on a side that includes a second front fork of said pair of front forks at a position ahead of said top bridge with respect to said vehicle and configured to support said brake pipe,
wherein said brake pipe
extends from a part of said vehicle behind said top bridge and passes through a space between said head pipe and said second front fork below said top bridge to be supported by said supporter,
extends upward through said supporter and curves toward said first front fork while passing through a higher position than said top bridge, and
extends along said first front fork to be connected to said front wheel braking unit.

US Pat. No. 10,033,232

LAMINATE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LAMINATED CORE

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

1. A method for manufacturing a laminate used for manufacturing a laminated core, the method comprising the steps of:feeding a metal sheet drawn from a roll thereof to a progressive die;
stamping out a plurality of workpieces from the metal sheet in the progressive die, wherein each of the workpiece comprises:
a circumferential yoke portion,
a plurality of magnetic pole portions radially extending from the yoke portion, and
a temporarily-interlocking portion provided between the magnetic pole portions adjacent to each other; and
obtaining the laminate including the workpieces integrated by the temporarily-interlocking portion, wherein the laminate comprises:
a circumferential yoke part,
a plurality of magnetic pole parts radially extending from the yoke part, and
a temporarily-interlocking part between the magnetic pole parts adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,033,062

FUEL CELL STACK AND MOUNT STRUCTURE THEREFOR

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

1. A fuel cell stack comprising a plurality of fuel cells for generating electrically energy by electrochemical reactions of a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing gas, the fuel cells being stacked together in a stacking direction, end plates being provided at both ends of the fuel cells in the stacking direction, at least one of the end plates having a fluid manifold member configured to allow a coolant, a fuel gas, or an oxygen-containing gas as fluid to flow through the fuel cells,wherein the fluid manifold member is connected to a pair of fluid passages configured to allow the fluid to flow through the fuel cells of a single fuel cell stack in the stacking direction;
the fuel cell stack further comprises a mount member attached to the one of the end plates;
the mount member is configured to cover the fluid manifold member, and fix the fuel cell stack to an installation position; and
the mount member is configured to cover the fluid manifold member at a position where the fluid manifold is connected to the end plate.

US Pat. No. 10,026,294

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,751,565

VEHICLE FRONT BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle front body structure comprising:
a front side frame extending in a vehicle body front-rear direction;
a bumper beam extension provided to a front end portion of the front side frame;
a bumper beam provided to the bumper beam extension and extending in a vehicle width direction; and
a subframe provided below the front side frame,
wherein the front side frame has a first fragile portion that is disposed in an intermediate portion of the front side frame
in the vehicle body front-rear direction,

wherein the subframe has a second fragile portion that is disposed in an intermediate portion of the subframe in the vehicle
body front-rear direction, and has an extension portion that extends further forward substantially in the vehicle body front-rear
direction than the front end portion of the front side frame, and

a front edge portion of the extension portion is disposed so as to substantially coincide with a front surface of the bumper
beam in the vehicle body front-rear direction when the bumper beam and the bumper beam extension are crushed by an impact
load,

wherein the vehicle front body structure further comprises a subframe support portion that connects a front end portion of
the subframe to the front end portion of the front side frame from below and that has a supporting oblique surface that extends
toward the first fragile portion.

US Pat. No. 9,517,758

VEHICLE BRAKING DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle braking device, comprising:
a primary hydraulic pressure generating unit configured to generate a primary hydraulic pressure in accordance with a braking
operation by a driver;

a braking operation quantity detecting unit which detects a quantity of the braking operation;
a control unit which determines a target hydraulic pressure based on the detected quantity of the braking operation;
a secondary hydraulic pressure generating unit which generates a secondary hydraulic pressure by operation of an electric
actuator, and wherein the control unit controls the actuator such that the secondary hydraulic pressure tracks the target
hydraulic pressure based on the braking operation;

a braking operation force detecting unit which detects a correlation value of a force of the braking operation, the correlation
value correlating to at least one of the primary hydraulic pressure and a load of depression of a brake operating member of
the vehicle, and

wherein:
the control unit also performs switching control, in accordance with whether the quantity of the braking operation detected
by the braking operation quantity detecting unit is smaller than a predetermined threshold value or not, the switching control
involves switching between controlling the secondary hydraulic pressure generating unit to generate the secondary hydraulic
pressure based on the detected quantity of the braking operation, and controlling the secondary hydraulic pressure generating
unit to generate the secondary hydraulic pressure based on the correlation value of the control operation force or on both
the correlation value of the control operation force and the quantity of the braking operation; and

the predetermined threshold value is based on the braking operation quantity at the time when the brake operating member of
the vehicle approaches a maximum stroke position thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,373,858

METHOD FOR STARTING FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND STARTING APPARATUS FOR FUEL CELL SYSTEM

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

1. A method for starting a fuel cell system, the method comprising:
operating an oxidizer gas bypass passage by an oxidizer gas bypass passage controller to supply oxidizer gas to a diluter
from an oxidizer gas supply device under a condition where an oxidizer gas supply passage is sealed by an oxidizer gas supply
passage sealing device and an oxidizer exhaust gas exhaust passage is sealed by an oxidizer exhaust gas exhaust passage sealing
device, the oxidizer gas bypass passage being branched from the oxidizer gas supply passage and connected to the oxidizer
exhaust gas exhaust passage to bypass a fuel cell, the fuel cell being provided to generate electric power by an electrochemical
reaction between fuel gas supplied to an anode side and oxidizer gas supplied to a cathode side, the oxidizer gas supply device
being provided to supply the oxidizer gas to the fuel cell through an oxidizer gas supply passage, the oxidizer gas bypass
passage controller being configured to control an operating state of the oxidizer gas bypass passage, the oxidizer gas supply
passage sealing device being provided to seal the oxidizer gas supply passage downstream of a branch portion where the oxidizer
gas bypass passage is branched from the oxidizer gas supply passage, the oxidizer exhaust gas exhaust passage sealing device
being provided to seal the oxidizer exhaust gas exhaust passage upstream of a connection portion where the oxidizer gas bypass
passage is connected to the oxidizer exhaust gas exhaust passage, the diluter being provided to connect a downstream side
of a fuel exhaust gas exhaust passage to a downstream side of the oxidizer exhaust gas exhaust passage;

operating a fuel exhaust gas recirculation passage by a fuel exhaust gas recirculation passage controller to supply fuel gas
to the fuel cell from a fuel gas supply device, the fuel exhaust gas recirculation passage controller being configured to
control an operating state of the fuel exhaust gas recirculation passage, the fuel gas supply device being provided to supply
the fuel gas to the fuel cell through the fuel gas supply passage;

operating a fuel exhaust gas exhaust passage by a fuel exhaust gas exhaust passage controller to exhaust an anode residual
gas remaining on the anode side of the fuel cell into the diluter and to replace anode-side gas in the fuel cell with the
fuel gas by opening a fuel exhaust gas exhaust passage sealing device after the fuel exhaust gas recirculation passage is
operated, the fuel exhaust gas exhaust passage controller being configured to control an operating state of the fuel exhaust
gas exhaust passage through which fuel exhaust gas is to be exhausted from the fuel cell, and sealing the fuel exhaust gas
exhaust passage by the fuel exhaust gas exhaust passage controller after the operating of the fuel exhaust gas exhaust passage.

US Pat. No. 9,260,064

HEAT REFLECTIVE MATERIAL

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

1. An assembly for managing heat and acoustic energy generated by an engine comprising:
an acoustic absorbing layer; and
a heat reflective coating secured to the acoustic absorbing layer, the heat reflective coating comprising:
a polymeric material defining a plurality of channels passing through the polymeric material; and
a plurality of heat reflecting additives deposited in the polymeric material.

US Pat. No. 9,166,074

METAL SILICIDE NANOWIRE ARRAYS FOR ANTI-REFLECTIVE ELECTRODES IN PHOTOVOLTAICS

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method of fabricate single-crystalline metal silicide anti-reflective and light trapping photovoltaic nanowire current
collector electrodes, comprising:
a) exposing a planar surface of a metal foil photovoltaic substrate to oxygen or hydrogen at an elevated temperature; and
b) growing anti-reflective and light trapping metal silicide nanowires on said planar metal foil photovoltaic substrate surface
by flowing a silane gas mixture over said planar metal foil surface at said elevated temperature, wherein spontaneous growth
of said anti-reflective and light trapping metal silicide nanowires occurs outward from said planar metal foil photovoltaic
substrate surface, wherein said anti-reflective and light trapping metal silicide nanowires are post treated for implementation
as a current collector electrode in a photovoltaic cell, wherein said post treated anti-reflective and light trapping silicide
nanowires are arranged away from said planar metal foil to form a metallic anti-reflective and light trapping photovoltaic
current collector electrode,wherein said photovoltaic cell comprises a transparent electrode, a semiconductor material, said
metallic anti-reflective and light trapping silicide nanowires and said metal foil.

US Pat. No. 9,147,522

IGNITION COIL FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Hitachi Automotive System...

6. An ignition coil for an internal combustion engine, the ignition coil comprising:
a coil section for generating a high voltage;
a coil case for housing therein the coil section;
a plug hole seal for closing an opening in a plug hole in which an ignition plug is disposed;
a space portion divided by an outer peripheral wall disposed on an outer side portion of the coil case; and
an air path for venting air between the space portion and the plug hole, wherein
the space portion is connected, at a first end portion thereof on a side opposite to a side of a second end portion thereof
on which the ignition plug is connected, via a small hole to a first end of the air path having a second end communicating
with the plug hole,

the second end portion of the space portion on the side on which the ignition plug is connected is open to an atmosphere through
an opening having a path area larger than a path area of the small hole,

the space portion and the air path are formed integrally with the coil case, the ignition coil further comprising:
a sealing member for sealing the first end portion of the space portion on the side opposite to the side of the second end
portion on which the ignition plug is connected, the sealing member forming part of the air path connecting the plug hole
to the space portion via the small hole,

the space portion has the small hole formed, at the first end portion on the side opposite to the side of the second end portion
on which the ignition plug is connected, to extend in a direction in which the ignition plug is inserted into the plug hole,

the sealing member for covering the air path and the small hole forms a horizontal path connecting the air path and the small
hole, and

the air path extends in a direction in which the ignition coil is inserted into the plug hole and has an end portion connected
to the plug hole.

US Pat. No. 9,097,042

FRONT BODY STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A front body structure for a vehicle comprising:
an openable and closable hood including a hood skin forming an exterior surface of the front body structure and a hood frame
provided on an interior surface of the hood skin, the hood frame comprises a substantially C-shaped peripheral edge unit;

a bulkhead provided below the hood;
a hood locking device provided in the bulkhead;
a striker bracket provided on the hood frame;
a striker extending from the striker bracket for engaging the hood locking device;
a frame reinforcing unit provided in front of the striker bracket for reinforcing the hood frame, wherein the peripheral edge
unit bulges away from the hood skin on the periphery of the frame reinforcing unit in portions other than the front side of
the vehicle; and

a reinforcement secured to the hood frame and positioned between the frame reinforcing unit and at least a portion of the
hood skin.

US Pat. No. 9,067,513

SEAT SLIDE POSITION DETECTION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A seat slide position detection device for a vehicle, comprising:
a fixed rail attached to a vehicle floor;
a movable rail supported to the fixed rail slidably in a longitudinal direction of the fixed rail;
a detected portion disposed in a predetermined area of the fixed rail extending in the longitudinal direction;
a seat cushion frame fixedly held by the movable rail; and
a position sensor attached to the movable rail via the seat cushion frame and having a sensor detector in a position of the
position sensor opposed to the detected portion, wherein the position sensor comprises a protrusion with an extremity portion
in contact with the movable rail,

wherein the position sensor has an extended portion,
wherein the extended portion extends in a vertical direction towards the fixed rail, and
wherein the protrusion is provided on the extended portion and protrudes toward the movable rail in a lateral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,808

RECESSED SEAM STRUCTURE FOR COVER

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

1. A seat having a recessed seam, comprising:a cushion material;
a cover element covering the cushion material, the cover element including an outer surface and an inner surface, the cover element being attached to the cushion material;
a recessed seam defined in the cover element such that a predetermined portion of the cover element is recessed inwardly into the cushion material;
a mating fastener provided between the cover element and the cushion material at a location corresponding to the recessed seam, the mating fastener being configured to permit repeated coupling of the cover element and the cushion material, the mating fastener comprising:
a first fastener including a first engagement element, the first fastener being fixed to the inner surface of the cover element along the recessed seam;
a second fastener including a second engagement element, the second fastener having a base portion fixedly provided in the cushion material;
the first and second engagement elements being positioned in the cushion material to permit mutual engagement for placing the first fastener and second fastener in a joined condition between the cover element and the cushion material to thereby couple the cover element and the cushion material, and permit disengagement thereof from each other for placing the first fastener and second fastener in a separated condition between the cover element and the cushion material to thereby allow the cover element to be released from the cushion material; and
a slider configured to cause the mutual engagement and disengagement of the first engagement element and second engagement element, the slide being slidingly movable along the first and second engagement elements,
wherein the base portion of the second fastener is formed of an elongated planar material to provide an elongated planar base portion in the second fastener,
wherein the second fastener further includes an elongated rectangular base material having a first end provided with the second engagement element and a second end opposite to the first end,
wherein the elongated planar base portion of the second fastener is integrally fixed to the second end of the elongated rectangular base material to extend in a transverse direction of the elongated rectangular base material, and
wherein the elongated planar base portion is fixed to the cushion material in a direction along the recessed seam.

US Pat. No. 10,131,215

FLEXIBLE TONNEAU COVER ASSEMBLY

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

1. A flexible tonneau cover assembly, comprising:a first side rail positioned on a first side wall of a cargo box of a motor vehicle;
a second side rail positioned on a second side wall of the cargo box of the motor vehicle;
a sliding element slidably received in each of the first side rail and the second side rail;
a spring block inserted within each of the first side rail and the second side rail;
a spring located between the sliding element and the spring block in each of the first side rail and the second side rail;
a front rail removably attached to the sliding element in each of the first side rail and the second side rail;
a flexible tonneau cover, a front end of the flexible tonneau cover attached to the front rail;
a rear rail removably attached to each of the first side rail and the second side rail side rail, a rearward end of the flexible tonneau cover being attached to the rear rail, the tonneau cover being rolled up in a longitudinally forward direction around the rear rail in a stored position; and
wherein the spring tensions the flexible tonneau cover in a longitudinally forward direction.
US Pat. No. 10,119,146

HIGHLY EFFICIENT ETHANOL-FERMENTATIVE YEAST

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

1. A highly efficient ethanol-fermentative yeast, the fermentative yeast effectively producing ethanol from pentose and hexose,wherein the fermentative yeast has xylose utilization and ethanol fermentation performance improved, in comparison with a wild strain of Meyerozyma guilliermondii, by performing habituation of the wild strain of Meyerozyma guilliermondii in culture in a medium in which a mutagen is added to an enzymatically saccharified liquid derived from rice straw treated with ammonia, the mutagen including any one of an ethylating agent, a base analog and a nitroso compound, and selecting yeasts growing in the medium and
wherein the fermentative yeast is deposited to National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) Patent Microorganisms Depositary under the accession number NITE BP-01962.

US Pat. No. 10,059,194

FLUID STORAGE APPARATUS

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

1. A fluid storage apparatus comprising:a flexible container that includes an inlet port, through which a fluid is injected, and a discharge port, through which the fluid is discharged, and that expands and contracts in accordance with an amount of the fluid in the flexible container; and
a guiding mechanism that linearly guides the flexible container in accordance with expansion and contraction of the flexible container,
wherein the guiding mechanism includes
a guiding column provided adjacent to the flexible container and extending linearly, and
a slider provided on an upper end portion of the flexible container and including a guiding hole in which the guiding column is inserted,
wherein the fluid storage apparatus further comprises
a top-surface-shape control mechanism that comprises a gas discharge valve that is disposed on a top surface of the flexible container and that discharges gas present in the flexible container, the top-surface-shape control mechanism controlling a shape of the top surface in such a manner as that a valve-arranged portion, which is a portion of the top surface on which the gas discharge valve is disposed, is positioned higher than other portions of the top surface,
wherein the fluid is a liquid,
wherein the top surface of the flexible container is planar when the flexible container is fully filled with the liquid,
wherein the flexible container includes a top plate having the top surface, the top plate is flexible, and
the top-surface-shape control mechanism deforms the top plate such that the valve-arranged portion is positioned higher than other portions of the top surface when the fluid is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,056,793

STATOR INCLUDING INTEGRATED CORES AND HOLDER

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

1. A stator comprising:a plurality of divided cores annularly arranged and forming a stator core; and
an annular holder disposed outside the stator core and integrally holding the plurality of divided cores,
wherein
each of the plurality of divided cores has an opposite surface opposing an inner circumferential surface of the holder, a joint surface provided to join to neighboring divided cores of the plurality of divided cores, and a recess part extending parallel to a center axis line of the stator core provided on the opposite surface, the recess part having a first sidewall and second sidewall which define a recess of recess part and are separated from each other in a circumferential direction of the stator core, with the first sidewall being disposed on a counterclockwise side of the recess of the recess part in the circumferential direction of the stator core, and the second sidewall being disposed on a clockwise side of the recess of the recess part in the circumferential direction of the stator core,
the holder includes projection parts provided on the inner circumferential surface of the holder, each of the projection parts entering the recess part of a respective one of the plurality of divided cores and formed so as to come into contact along an edge, on a side of the holder, of only one sidewall of the first sidewall and the second sidewall of the recess part of the respective one of the plurality of divided cores, with the other sidewall of the first sidewall and the second sidewall of the recess part of the respective one of the plurality of divided cores being spaced from and not in contact with the holder, and
the projection parts include a first group of projection parts which each contact only the first sidewall among the first sidewall and the second sidewall of the recess part of the respective one of the plurality of divided cores, and a second group of projection parts which each contact only the second sidewall among the first sidewall and the second sidewall of the recess part of the respective one of the plurality of divided cores, and the projection parts alternate in the circumferential direction of the stator core between projection parts of the first group and projection parts of the second group.

US Pat. No. 10,032,370

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ENABLING MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE BASED SECURE INTERACTION FROM VEHICLES THROUGH MOTION SIGNATURES

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

11. A computer-assisted method for identifying a vehicle in a vehicle manufacturing lane, comprising:receiving, from a sensor array, real-time sensor array data representing a plurality of vehicle manufacturing lanes;
identifying, from the real-time sensor array data, a plurality of vehicles within the vehicle manufacturing lanes;
receiving, from a particular vehicle, a communication including vehicle sensor data representing the particular vehicle and registration data identifying the particular vehicle, wherein the vehicle sensor data includes at least one of velocity and position for the particular vehicle;
estimating movement data for each of the plurality of vehicles from the real-time sensor array data of the vehicle manufacturing lanes;
associating a vehicle of the plurality of vehicles identified from the sensor array data with the registration data identifying the particular vehicle based on comparing the estimated movement data to the vehicle sensor data representing the particular vehicle; and
associating a particular vehicle manufacturing lane with the registration data based on the vehicle identified from the sensor array data being associated with the registration data.