US Pat. No. 10,641,338

BEARING STRUCTURE FOR SHAFT

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

1. A vehicle body front section of a motorcycle comprising:a shaft on which a male thread section is formed and a concave section recessed inside in a radial direction is partially formed in a circumferential direction thereof;
a cylindrical holder in which the shaft is disposed;
a bearing attached between the shaft and the holder and configured to rotatably support the shaft at an opening side thereof at which the holder is open;
a thread engagement member having a female thread section threadedly engaged with the male thread section and a plurality of flat surface sections crossing the circumferential direction of the shaft and formed on an outer circumference thereof, and coaxially threadedly fastened to the shaft from the opening side; and
a locking member having a convex section fitted into the concave section and an engaging section engaged with the plurality of flat surface sections, and partially locked to the shaft and the thread engagement member,
wherein the shaft is disposed over front forks while supporting an axle of a front wheel of a saddle riding vehicle, the concave section is formed in a side surface of the shaft in a vehicle width direction, the plurality of flat surface sections are disposed to be arranged in the circumferential direction of the shaft using the shaft as a symmetrical axis, the engaging section is disposed between two of the plurality of flat surface sections neighboring in the circumferential direction of the shaft, a retaining member for performing a retaining of the locking member above the locking member is provided, the retaining member is formed in a cylindrical shape coaxial with the shaft and having a diameter that is reduced as it goes upward, an inner circumferential surface of an upper end portion of the retaining member abuts an outer circumferential surface of a first end portion of the shaft, a lower end portion of the retaining member abuts an annular section of the locking member, and the retaining member is a dust cover for suppressing adhesion of dust to the first end portion of the shaft, in an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,622,008

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD

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

1. An audio processing apparatus comprising:a computer implemented processor, which includes:
a sound source localization unit configured to calculate a spatial spectrum on the basis of an audio signal of a plurality of channels and determine a sound source direction on the basis of the spatial spectrum;
a first-section detection unit configured to detect a first section that is a section in which a power of the spatial spectrum in the sound source direction is higher than a predetermined amount of power on the basis of the audio signal of the plurality of channels;
a sound source separation unit configured to separate an audio signal of each sound source on the basis of transfer characteristics from the sound source direction, from the audio signal of the plurality of channels within the first section;
a feature amount extraction unit configured to calculate a predetermined type of voice feature amount for each frame for the audio signal of each audio source;
a likelihood calculation unit configured to calculate a first likelihood that a type of sound source according to an audio signal within the first section is voice and a second likelihood that the type of sound source is non-voice;
a speech state determination unit configured to determine whether or not the frame is a speech section, in which a speech state in the frame is speech, on the basis of the audio signal within the first section;
a second-section detection unit configured to determine whether or not a second section, in which power is higher than an average power of the speech section to which the first section belongs, is a voice section on the basis of the first likelihood and the second likelihood within the second section; and a voice recognition unit configured to perform a voice recognition process on the voice feature amount of the second section determined to be the voice section,
wherein the voice section is a section in which the type of the sound source is voice associated with a specific phoneme,
wherein a vector space of a likelihood vector including the first likelihood and the second likelihood includes a voice area in which a type of sound source is voice and a non-voice area in which the type of sound source is a non-voice, and the second-section detection unit detects a section in which the likelihood vector including the first likelihood and the second likelihood for each frame belongs to the voice area, as a voice section, from the first section, and
wherein the second-section detection unit detects the voice section on the basis of an identification boundary of the voice area in the vector space, and the identification boundary is determined using at least a distribution of likelihood vectors based on an audio signal within the voice section.

US Pat. No. 10,604,189

VEHICLE BODY FRONT PART STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body front part structure, comprising:a pair of left and right front side frames extending in a vehicle front-rear direction, and each including an inner member on an inner side and an outer member on an outer side; and
a gusset member arranged on a vehicle width direction outer side of a vehicle front-side end portion of each front side frame, and including an inclination portion which inclines such that, in its plan view, becomes closer to the front side frame toward a vehicle rear, wherein
a vehicle front-side end portion of the outer member includes a width widening portion which becomes wider outward in a vehicle width direction, and
the gusset member includes a fixation portion which is vertically fixed to the width widening portion.

US Pat. No. 10,594,675

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

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

9. A communication apparatus that transmits a challenge code on the basis of a received request signal and performs authentication of an authentication target apparatus transmitting the request signal on the basis of a response code generated on the basis of the challenge code, the communication apparatus comprising:a hardware processor configured to perform a predetermined fail-safe process when a request signal is received a set number of times or more from the authentication target apparatus after the transmission of the challenge code before reception of the response code, the predetermined fail-safe process being a challenge code transmission prohibiting process of not transmitting the challenge code for the request signal received from the authentication target apparatus;
wherein a value of the set number of times is changed in accordance with a communication state.

US Pat. No. 10,587,171

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE

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

1. A manufacturing method of a rotating electric machine, comprising:a step of holding end portions of each of a plurality of conductors, which are projected from slots of a stator core of the rotating electric machine and which are arranged in a radial direction of the stator core to form a plurality of layers, and twisting and bending the conductors while moving the end portions in a circumferential direction,
wherein positions of neutral lines for bending and central lines in a width direction of the conductors are differed by tensile bending conductors of the plurality of conductors that form outer side layers of the plurality of layers in the radial direction and compressive bending conductors of the plurality of conductors that form inner side layers of the plurality of layers in the radial direction, and
wherein the end portions of the conductors of each of the layers have same projecting heights before and after the twisting and bending.

US Pat. No. 10,578,167

VEHICLE CLUTCH APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicle clutch apparatus, comprising:a first rotating shaft and a second rotating shaft each rotatable around an axis line;
a rotating member rotatable around the axis line;
a first clutch of multi-plate wet type configured to connect and disconnect a first power transmission path between the first rotating shaft and the rotating member;
a second clutch of multi-plate wet type configured to connect and disconnect a second power transmission path between the rotating member and the second rotating shaft;
a case member having a non-rotating shaft member of substantially cylindrical shape extending around the axis line; wherein
the first clutch and the second clutch are arranged side by side in an axial direction of the axis line, and each of the first clutch and the second clutch has a plurality of first plates and a plurality of second plates alternately arranged in the axial direction to be rotatable relative to each other, a clutch hub having an inner cylindrical member supporting radially inner end portions of the plurality of first plates movably in the axial direction, and a clutch drum having an outer cylindrical member supporting radially outer end portions of the plurality of second plates movably in the axial direction,
the clutch hub of the first clutch has a first rotating shaft member configured in substantially cylindrical shape around the axis line, radially inward of the inner cylindrical member and integrally rotatably connected to the first rotating shaft,
the clutch hub of the second clutch has a second rotating shaft member configured in substantially cylindrical shape around the axis line, radially inward of the inner cylindrical member and integrally rotatably connected to the second rotating shaft,
the clutch drum of the first clutch and the clutch drum of the second clutch are constituted by a single shared clutch drum, the single shared clutch drum is integrally rotatably connected to the rotating member, and has a third rotating shaft member of substantially cylindrical shape around the axis line radially inward of the outer cylindrical member and radially outward of the second rotating shaft member, and
bearings are provided between an outer peripheral surface of the second rotating shaft and an inner peripheral surface of the non-rotating shaft member, between the outer peripheral surface of the second rotating shaft and an inner peripheral surface of the first rotating shaft member, and between an outer peripheral surface of the second rotating shaft member and an inner peripheral surface of the third rotating shaft member, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,563,750

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE LUBRICATING STRUCTURE AND GASKET

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

1. A power transmission device lubricating structure lubricating a rotation body by immersing the rotation body in a fluid reservoir formed by a lubricating fluid accumulated in a casing of a power transmission device, comprising:a strainer which is provided in the casing; and
a partition member that divides an inner space of the casing,
wherein the strainer includes a suction port which sucks the lubricating fluid from the fluid reservoir, and
wherein the partition member divides the inner space of the casing to define a first room accommodating the rotation body and a second room accommodating the strainer while communicating with the first room at an upper portion,
wherein the suction port is located at a position that is offset relatively to the rotation body in a direction parallel to a rotation center axis of the rotation body,
wherein the casing includes a plurality of casing members connected to each other at opening edges thereof and a gasket is sandwiched between the casing members,
wherein the partition member having a thickness direction parallel to the direction of the rotation center axis of the rotation body is formed by the gasket.

US Pat. No. 10,556,495

POWER APPARATUS

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

1. A power apparatus comprising:a drive motor including a drive rotor and a drive stator disposed to face the drive rotor;
a drive motor shaft mechanically connected to a wheel of a vehicle and configured to rotate integrally with the drive rotor;
an engine;
an engine output shaft mechanically connected to the drive motor shaft and configured to output torque of the engine;
a clutch disposed on a power transmission path between the engine output shaft and the drive motor shaft;
a controller configured to start-control the engine with the torque of the drive motor; and
a magnetic deceleration mechanism including:
a deceleration stator configured to generate a rotational magnetic field;
a first deceleration rotor including a plurality of magnetic pole portions and facing the deceleration stator; and
a second deceleration rotor including a plurality of soft magnetic portions and provided between the deceleration stator and the first deceleration rotor,
wherein the magnetic deceleration mechanism is configured to rotate while maintaining a predetermined collinear relationship between a rotational magnetic field speed of the deceleration stator, a rotational speed of the first deceleration rotor and a rotational speed of the second deceleration rotor by exciting the deceleration stator,
wherein the second deceleration rotor is mechanically connected to the engine output shaft,
wherein the first deceleration rotor is shared with the drive rotor, and
wherein when starting the engine, the controller is configured to make excitation to fix the rotational magnetic field of the deceleration stator in a state where the clutch is released.

US Pat. No. 10,559,835

RESIN-FRAMED MEMBRANE-ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY FOR FUEL CELL

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

1. A resin-framed membrane-electrode assembly for a fuel cell, comprising:a stepped membrane-electrode assembly comprising:
a polymer electrolyte membrane having a first surface and a second surface which is opposite to the first surface and which has an outer perimeter surface portion;
a first electrode disposed on the first surface of the polymer electrolyte membrane; and
a second electrode disposed on the second surface of the polymer electrolyte membrane, the first electrode having planar dimensions larger than planar dimensions of the second electrode, the outer perimeter surface portion of the second surface of the polymer electrolyte membrane extending outward along the second surface from an end of the second electrode so as to be exposed from the second electrode; and
a resin frame member surrounding an outer perimeter of the polymer electrolyte membrane and comprising:
an inner perimeter base end; and
an inner protruding portion having a thickness and protruding from the inner perimeter base end toward a second electrode side, the inner protruding portion including a raised portion and a flat surface portion which extends from the raised portion toward the second electrode side to face the outer perimeter surface portion of the second surface of the polymer electrolyte membrane and on which an adhesive layer is provided so that the adhesive layer lies at least between the flat surface portion and the outer perimeter surface portion, the adhesive layer having a tapered shape in which a thickness of the adhesive layer increases from a tip of the inner protruding portion toward the inner perimeter base end, the flat surface portion extending from the raised portion to the tip.

US Pat. No. 10,548,757

JOINT MECHANISM

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

1. A joint mechanism that connects a first member and a second member in a relatively displaceable manner, comprising:a zigzag structure comprising at least one of a metal member and a resin member, the zigzag structure formed between the first member and the second member such that the zigzag structure extends from the first member toward the second member in a zigzag pattern having an amplitude in a lateral direction, the zigzag structure having an end portion thereof adjacent to the first member and an end portion thereof adjacent to the second member connected to the first member and the second member, respectively, the zigzag structure includes a plurality of connected element members, each of the element members is composed of a plate-like elastic member and includes a top portion and a pair of leg portions which are integrally formed at proximal ends with the top portion and extend in a bifurcated manner from the top portion, wherein each of a pair of opposing edges of a first plate member of the plate-like elastic member composing the top portion and each of edges of a pair of second plate members of the plate-like elastic member respectively composing the pair of leg portions are consecutive, and faces of the pair of second plate members respectively composing the pair of leg portions are opposed to each other, wherein distal ends of leg portions of adjacent element members are connected, and the zigzag structure is deformably configured to allow a length in a direction of an amplitude centerline thereof and a bending degree of the amplitude centerline to be changed, wherein the zigzag structure is biased by its own elasticity so that, when the zigzag structure is deformed, the length of the zigzag structure in the direction of the amplitude centerline is biased to return to a predetermined original length and the bending degree of the amplitude centerline is biased to return to a predetermined original bending degree;
a flexible lengthy member which is disposed to extend from the first member toward the second member, which has one end portion adjacent to the first member fixed to the first member, which is provided to be travelable with respect to the second member, and which applies a force for pressing the zigzag structure between the first member and the second member to the zigzag structure in a state in which a tension is being applied, the flexible lengthy member being disposed to extend at a position adjacent to a top side in the lateral direction of the zigzag structure; and
a tension application unit which is a device for applying the tension to the flexible lengthy member from a side of the other end portion of the flexible lengthy member and which is configured to be capable of changing a magnitude of the tension,
wherein an inter-leg-portion elastic member is provided between each pair of leg portions, which extend in the bifurcated manner from each top portion located on one side in the lateral direction of the zigzag structure,
wherein the inter-leg-portion elastic member is configured such that, upon bending deformation of the zigzag structure in a manner that each of the top portions composing each of the element members separate from each other and also in a manner that the distal ends of the pair of leg portions composing each of the element members approach each other in a state in which a tension of a predetermined value or more is being applied to the flexible lengthy member by at least the tension application unit, the inter-leg-portion elastic member is compressed between the pair of leg portions at a bottom side in the lateral direction of the zigzag structure thereby to generate an elastic force that functions to cancel the bending deformation of the zigzag structure, and
wherein the flexible lengthy member is disposed at an opposite side of the inter-leg-portion elastic member with respect to the top portion.

US Pat. No. 10,550,899

TRANSMISSION FOR WHEELED MACHINE

Honda Motor Co., Tokyo (...

1. A transmission for a manually operated wheeled machine having a drive condition and a freewheeling condition, the transmission comprising:an output shaft having a close-ended channel formed in an end portion thereof, the channel extends in an axially longitudinal direction of the output shaft and is axially spaced from an end face of the output shaft;
a drive gear rotatably mounted on the end portion of the output shaft, the drive gear includes an engaging groove formed in an inner peripheral surface of the drive gear, the drive gear is meshingly engaged with a driven gear carried within a drive wheel of the wheeled machine;
a ratchet having a key portion and a leg portion extending from the key portion in a radial direction of the output shaft, the key portion is received in the channel and is in selective engagement with the engaging groove;
a holder rotatably mounted on the end portion of the output shaft, the holder includes an end face confronting the drive gear, a relief formed in the end face receives the leg portion of the ratchet; and
a friction member secured to the holder and adapted to apply radial friction to the holder to temporarily prevent rotation of the holder with the output shaft in the drive condition of the wheeled machine, and, as a result, the key portion of the ratchet is moved into engagement with the engaging groove of the drive gear, where in the drive condition the output shaft rotates in a first rotational direction together with the drive gear and the holder,
where in the freewheeling condition the output shaft is stationary, an overdrive of the drive gear in the first rotational direction results in disengagement of the key portion of the ratchet with the engaging groove allowing for free rotation of the drive gear about the stationary output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,555,075

ACOUSTIC CHARACTERISTIC CALIBRATION METHOD, ACOUSTIC CHARACTERISTIC CALIBRATION DEVICE, AND FFT CIRCUIT

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

1. An acoustic characteristic calibration method comprising:a step of outputting a reference acoustic signal, a frequency characteristic of which is known, from a sound output unit and inputting the reference acoustic signal to a sound input unit of an acoustic inspection device;
a step of subjecting the signal, which has been input to the sound input unit, to analog-digital (A/D) conversion and then fast Fourier transform (FFT) arithmetic processing thereby to detect a frequency response characteristic of the sound input unit; and
a step of determining a correction factor at each frequency by comparing the frequency response characteristic of the sound input unit and the frequency characteristic of the reference acoustic signal, and calibrating the frequency response characteristic of the sound input unit based on the correction factor,
wherein each of a first calibration sonic signal ?s1 and a second calibration sonic signal ?s2, which have a specified inter-phase relationship in which phases are different, is output from the sound output unit, and a first acoustic signal ?01 and a second acoustic signal ?02 input to the sound input unit are detected according to the first calibration sonic signal ?s1 and the second calibration sonic signal ?s2, and
subtraction as a predetermined complex calculation is carried out on the first acoustic signal ?01 and the second acoustic signal ?02 so as to remove noise sonic signals ?n which are included in the first acoustic signal ?01 and the second acoustic signal ?02 and which are present in an environment of the acoustic inspection device, thereby detecting the frequency response characteristic |?01??02| of the sound input unit.

US Pat. No. 10,551,256

MAGNETOSTRICTIVE TORQUE SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

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

1. A magnetostrictive torque sensor comprising:a magnetostrictive film that is arranged on a rotary shaft having a substantially columnar shape so as to surround the rotary shaft around an axis of the rotary shaft, for detecting a rotational torque about the axis acting on the rotary shaft based on a change in a magnetic property of the magnetostrictive film,
wherein an outer circumferential surface of a sensor region of the rotary shaft has residual compressive stress, and the magnetostrictive film is arranged around the sensor region of the rotary shaft, and
a plated layer of the magnetostrictive film is arranged on the outer circumferential surface of the sensor region which has the residual compressive stress.

US Pat. No. 10,500,951

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:an electric motor which drives a left wheel and a right wheel of the vehicle, and has a rotor and a stator; and
a differential mechanism which has three rotating elements, and configured so that rotation speeds of the three rotating elements satisfy a collinear relationship on a single line in a collinear figure,
wherein the differential mechanism is disposed on a power transmission path between the electric motor to which a propeller shaft is not provided, and the left wheel and the right wheel, and torque is transmitted from an upper end of an output shaft of the electric motor to the differential mechanism,
wherein, when defining the three rotating elements as a first rotating element, a second rotating element and a third rotating element in arrangement order of the collinear figure,
the first rotating element is mechanically connected to one wheel, which is either one among the left wheel and the right wheel,
wherein the second rotating element is mechanically connected to the electric motor,
wherein the third rotating element is mechanically connected to the other wheel which is the other one among the left wheel and the right wheel,
wherein the left wheel and the right wheel are disposed biasing to one side relative to a center in a front/rear direction of the vehicle,
wherein the electric motor is disposed so that the rotation axis of the rotor extends along a vertical direction of the vehicle, and is disposed so that the rotor is located lower than a first power transmission member disposed on a power transmission path between the electric motor and the differential mechanism, and
further is arranged so that the rotation axis of the rotor of the electric motor is disposed so as to be located more to the one side relative to the front/rear direction center in relation to:
a second power transmission member disposed on the power transmission path between the first rotating element and the one wheel,
a third power transmission member disposed on the power transmission path between the third rotating element and the other wheel, or
the differential mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,493,834

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:a floor panel;
a pair of left and right front seats which are disposed on the floor panel; and
a high-voltage battery which is disposed between the front seats and which is held on a frame member, wherein
a guide member which guides the frame member is provided between the front seats on the floor panel,
the guide member has a pair of left and right guide rails and a positioning portion which controls a position of the frame member in relation to the guide member in at least a front-rear direction,
a center tunnel having a space of a trapezoidal cross section is formed on the floor panel so as to extend in the front-rear direction,
the high-voltage battery is disposed on the center tunnel,
leg portions are provided on the frame member so as to extend obliquely downwards along the center tunnel,
the leg portions are fastened to side inclined surface of the center tunnel,
a space where the guide member is provided is formed between a bottom surface of the frame member and an upper surface of the center tunnel,
the pair of left and right guide rails have width increasing portions which expand gradually transversely as the width increasing portions extend from a rear to a front, and wherein
the frame member has a pair of left and right side wall portions which define a transverse space that is wider than a transverse space defined between the guide rails, the pair of left and right side wall portions extending downwards from the bottom surface of the frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,493,923

VEHICLE SEAT HOOK ASSEMBLY

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

1. A vehicle seat having a vehicle seat hook assembly, comprising:a seat back having a front side, a rear side and an upper distal portion;
a headrest movably secured to the upper distal portion for movement between a headrest retracted position and a headrest extended position; and
a seat hook disposed on the seat back and moveable between a seat hook retracted position and a seat hook extended position, wherein movement of the headrest from the headrest retracted position to the headrest extended position causes movement of the seat hook from the seat hook retracted position to the seat hook extended position and movement of the headrest from the headrest extended position to the headrest retracted position causes movement of the seat hook from the seat hook extended position to the seat hook retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,486,531

VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle display system comprising:an operation switch configured to be provided in a vehicle and to distinguish and detect a non-operative touch and an operation with respect to the operation switch by an operator;
a display device configured to be provided at a position at which the operator can visually recognize the display device; and
a control device configured to display, on the display device, information regarding a function to be executed when an operation with respect to the operation switch is detected based on the non-operative touch with respect to the operation switch being detected,
wherein the operation switch includes:
a first switch configured to execute a travel support operation of the vehicle; and
a second switch configured to perform a control of the travel support operation,
wherein,
when a non-operative touch with respect to the second switch is detected in a state in which an execution of the travel support operation is not permitted, the control device displays information regarding a vehicle traveling state necessary for permitting the execution of the travel support operation on the display device, and
wherein,
when a non-operative touch with respect to the second switch is detected in a state in which an execution of the travel support operation is permitted but is not executed, the control device displays information regarding an operation with respect to the operation switch necessary for executing the travel support operation on the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,487,557

MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICLE WINDOW ASSEMBLIES

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

1. An apparatus for use in measuring operational characteristics of a motorized window assembly coupled to a vehicle door panel, the window assembly including a motor and a window, said apparatus comprising:a support frame comprising a first fastening device for use in coupling said support frame to the door panel, and a second fastening device for use in coupling to an upper portion of a window frame of the door panel;
a first sensor coupled to said frame for use in measuring displacement of the window;
a second sensor configured to be electrically coupled between the motor of the window assembly and a power supply, said second sensor for use in measuring an amount of current supplied to the motor; and
a third sensor coupled to said frame and for use in measuring a force applied to the window by the motor;
wherein said support frame is removably coupleable to the door panel via said first and second fastening devices.

US Pat. No. 10,491,677

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTACTING VEHICLE FOR TANDEM PARKING

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

1. A method of notification comprising:scanning, by a camera mounted on a first vehicle that is parked in tandem with a second vehicle, an image including a vehicle identifier of the second vehicle parked in tandem with the first vehicle, wherein a driver of the first vehicle is remote from the first vehicle;
extracting, by a processor coupled to the camera, the vehicle identifier for the second vehicle from the image;
transmitting, by a wireless modem operably connected to the camera, a notification request for the second vehicle including the extracted vehicle identifier of the second vehicle;
receiving, via the wireless modem, contact information for the second vehicle; and
transmitting, via the wireless modem, a request to move the second vehicle based on the contact information for the second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,487,938

RESIN CASE FOR CONTROL UNIT FOR TRANSMISSION

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

1. A resin case to be installed in a vehicle, comprising:a case body having a mount surface mounted directly on an external wall of a vehicle transmission casing and having an outer surface which constitutes part of a case of a control unit for a vehicle transmission such that the outer surface of the case body is placed outside of the external wall of the vehicle transmission casing, the case body having a first connector to which a harness is electrically connected, the harness being electrically connected to a functional component inside the transmission casing; and
a rib formed on the outer surface of the case body outside of the external wall of the vehicle transmission casing, the rib comprising a peripheral rib that protrudes from the outer surface of the case body toward the external wall of the vehicle transmission casing and surrounds at least part of a periphery of the first connector at the outer surface of the case body facing at least the external wall of the transmission casing, the peripheral rib extending to a position closer to the external wall than the mount surface of the case body.

US Pat. No. 10,486,661

STOP CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A stop control device comprising:a stop intention detector configured to detect a stop intention of a driver which indicates the driver's intention to stop a vehicle when the vehicle is traveling;
an unable-to-drive state detector configured to detect that the driver is in an unable-to-drive state which indicates that the driver is considered unable to continue to drive the vehicle;
a stop controller configured to perform automatic stop control which decelerates and stops the vehicle in a controlled manner, when said stop intention and/or said unable-to-drive state is detected; and
a state display device configured to display, on a display, information indicating at least one of states which comprise an activation state of said automatic stop control, an operation state of the automatic stop control, and an inactivation state of the automatic stop control,
wherein said stop controller starts the deceleration of the vehicle at a first deceleration speed upon the detection of any one of said stop intention and said unable-to-drive state, and starts the deceleration at a second deceleration speed higher than the first deceleration speed upon the detections of both of said stop intention and said unable-to-drive state.

US Pat. No. 10,479,374

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CUSTOMIZING VEHICLE CONNECTIONS OF OCCUPANTS EQUIPPED WITH WEARABLE DEVICES

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

1. A system comprising:a memory that stores instructions for customizing connections to a vehicle of one or more occupants equipped with a wearable device; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions, wherein the instructions cause the processor to:
detect one or more occupants of the vehicle equipped with a respective wearable device;
determine a status of each of the one or more occupants equipped with the wearable device based on one or more motions;
distinguish between a driver of the vehicle and one or more passengers of the vehicle; and
customize the connections to the vehicle based on the status of each of the one or more occupants by prioritizing a secondary device of the driver equipped with the wearable device over other secondary devices in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,194

OVER FENDER AIR GUIDE AND SNORKEL PROTECTION

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

1. An air intake system for supplying air to a snorkel of a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a wheel well, a wheel disposed in the wheel well, a first body panel defining a side of an engine compartment of the vehicle, and a second body panel attached to the first body panel and located above and defining the wheel well, the air intake system comprising:a first air intake vent having a first opening and a snorkel located underneath the second body panel defining a first air pathway to the snorkel; and
a scoop disposed in the first air intake vent, wherein air entering the first air intake vent passes the scoop and follows the first air pathway to the snorkel and wherein the scoop comprises:
a base portion attached to a body component defining a back wall of the lower air intake vent;
a longitudinally transverse portion extending forward from the base portion; and
a laterally transverse portion extending from an upper edge of the base portion and an upper edge of the longitudinally transverse portion; and
wherein air entering the first air intake vent passes the scoop and follows the first air pathway to the snorkel.

US Pat. No. 10,472,175

CARRIAGE-UTILIZING CONVEYING EQUIPMENT

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

1. Carriage-utilizing conveying equipment comprising:workpiece-conveying carriages that travel on a traveling path including a horizontal curved path section in a state where the carriages are coupled to each other so as to freely swing relatively horizontally around a vertical support shaft; each carriage including a frame portion whose front and rear ends are coupled to an adjacent carriage with front and rear vertical support shafts and including a floor board portion which is supported by the frame portion;
the floor board portion including a floor board main portion having a protruding arc-shaped end edge concentric with one of the front and rear vertical support shafts and including a floor board sub-portion having a recessed arc-shaped end edge concentric with another one of the front and rear vertical support shafts;the protruding arc-shaped end edge of the floor board main portion in a first carriage and the recessed arc-shaped end edge of the floor board sub-portion in a second carriage adjacent in a forward/backward direction to the first carriage are adjacent such that the protruding arc-shaped end edge of the first carriage and the recessed arc-shaped end edge of the second carriage are relatively rotatable at a same height around the common vertical support shaft located at arc centers of each of the protruding and recessed arc-shaped end edges and the floor board main portion which overhangs, in one direction, from one end portion of the frame portion in the first and second carriages is supported on an overhanging portion which overhangs from the floor board sub-portion of the frame portion in the adjacent carriage so as to be freely relatively rotated;an upper bearing to which the vertical support shaft is removably attached in an up/down direction is provided in an end portion of the frame portion of the carriage on a side of the floor board main portion;
a lower bearing which is overlaid on a lower side of the upper bearing and through which the vertical support shaft protruded from the upper bearing is inserted so as to be freely relatively rotated is provided in an end portion of the frame portion on a side of the floor board sub-portion; and
an opening portion through which the vertical support shaft is inserted/removed with respect to the upper bearing is provided in the floor board portion, and a cover floor board in the floor board portion which blocks the opening portion and which is freely attached/detached are provided.

US Pat. No. 10,476,117

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle power supply system comprising:a plurality of battery modules each having a plurality of high-voltage batteries;
a case for accommodating the plurality of battery modules; and
a cooling circuit having a radiator, a cooling pump, a plurality of battery cooling units for cooling the plurality of battery modules,
the case being disposed below a floor panel, wherein:
the plurality of battery modules include a front battery module which is disposed under a front seat, and at least two rear battery modules which are disposed under a rear seat;
the front battery module is laid out flat under the front seat;
the at least two rear battery modules include an upper rear battery module and a lower rear battery module, which are superposed vertically under a front of a seat cushion of a rear seat;
the front battery module has a battery capacity which is smaller than a total of battery capacities of the at least two rear battery modules;
the upper rear battery module has a battery capacity which is smaller than that of the lower rear battery module;
in the cooling circuit,
the plurality of battery module cooling units are connected in parallel by piping;
the radiator and the cooling pump are disposed outside the case;
the plurality of battery module cooling units, the piping, a branch portion which is provided to an upstream side of the plurality of battery module cooling units, and a merging portion which is provided to a downstream side of the plurality of battery module cooling units are provided inside the case; and
a first flow rate control device is disposed at an upstream side or a downstream side of a front battery module cooling unit for cooling the front battery module; and a second flow rate control device is disposed at an upstream side or a downstream side of an upper rear battery module cooling unit for cooling the upper rear battery module.

US Pat. No. 10,476,396

ELECTRIC POWER CONVERSION DEVICE

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

1. An electric power conversion device comprising:a semiconductor element section having an upper arm element and a lower arm element;
a capacitor;
an element-side first electrode conductor electrically connected to one of the upper arm element and the lower arm element and extending toward one side in a first direction;
an element-side second electrode conductor electrically connected to the other one of the upper arm element and the lower arm element and extending toward the one side in the first direction;
a capacitor-side first electrode conductor electrically connected to the capacitor and extending toward other side in the first direction; and
a capacitor-side second electrode conductor electrically connected to the capacitor and extending toward the other side in the first direction,
wherein the element-side first electrode conductor and the element-side second electrode conductor face each other and constitute an element-side conductor set,
the capacitor-side first electrode conductor and the capacitor-side second electrode conductor face each other and constitute a capacitor-side conductor set,
the element-side first electrode conductor comprises an element-side first connecting surface that overlaps with the capacitor-side first electrode conductor,
the element-side second electrode conductor comprises an element-side protrusion protruding further toward the one side in the first direction than the element-side first electrode conductor,
the element-side protrusion comprises an element-side second connecting surface that overlaps with the capacitor-side second electrode conductor,
the capacitor-side first electrode conductor comprises a capacitor-side protrusion protruding further toward the other side in the first direction than the capacitor-side second electrode conductor,
the capacitor-side protrusion comprises a capacitor-side first connecting surface that overlaps with the element-side first connecting surface,
the capacitor-side second electrode conductor comprises a capacitor-side second connecting surface that overlaps with the element-side second connecting surface,
the element-side first connecting surface and the capacitor-side first connecting surface extend parallel to each other and are electrically connected to each other since the element-side first connecting surface and the capacitor-side first connecting surface overlap with each other, and
the element-side second connecting surface and the capacitor-side second connecting surface extend parallel to each other and are electrically connected to each other since the element-side second connecting surface and the capacitor-side second connecting surface overlap with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,471,788

ELECTROMAGNETIC SUSPENSION APPARATUS

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

1. An electromagnetic suspension apparatus comprising:an electromagnetic actuator that is provided in parallel with a spring member provided between a vehicle body and a wheel of a vehicle and generates a driving force related to vibration damping of the vehicle body;
an information acquisition unit that acquires at least one of vehicle state information on a stroke speed of the electromagnetic actuator, a sprung speed, an unsprung speed, a roll velocity, and a pitch velocity;
an equivalent frictional force calculation unit that calculates an equivalent frictional force of the electromagnetic actuator based on the vehicle state information acquired by the information acquisition unit; and
a driving force control unit that calculates a target driving force of the electromagnetic actuator and controls a driving force of the electromagnetic actuator using the calculated target driving force,
wherein
the information acquisition unit acquires a vehicle speed as a running state quantity, and
when the vehicle speed acquired by the information acquisition unit is not more than a predetermined vehicle speed threshold, the driving force control unit corrects to reduce the equivalent frictional force calculated by the equivalent frictional force calculation unit as compared with when the vehicle speed exceeds the vehicle speed threshold, and corrects the target driving force based on the corrected equivalent frictional force.

US Pat. No. 10,465,583

EXHAUST-GAS-PURIFICATION CATALYTIC HEATING DEVICE

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

1. An exhaust-gas-purification catalytic heating device that houses a current heater in a conductive metallic housing where a catalytic unit is housed, the current heater being arranged at an upstream side of the catalytic unit along a distribution direction of exhaust gas,wherein the current heater has a negative electrode directly coupled to the housing electrically coupled to an external ground wire,
the current heater has a positive electrode with which a rod-shaped terminal is continuous, the terminal passing through the housing in an electrically insulating state so as to be electrically coupled to a power line outside the housing, and
the terminal has a portion protruding from the housing, the protruding portion being covered with a terminal cover.

US Pat. No. 10,458,598

HIGH PRESSURE TANK

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

1. A high pressure tank comprising:a resin liner configured to contain a fluid; and
a cap including a supply/discharge hole, formed in the cap, configured to allow for supplying and discharging the fluid to and from the liner, wherein:
a cylindrical portion is formed with the liner in a protruding manner, in a state where the cylindrical portion is inserted in the supply/discharge hole, a direction from a distal end to a proximal end of the cylindrical portion is a supply direction of the fluid for the liner;
a seal groove is formed in an inner circumferential surface of the supply/discharge hole, a seal member configured to seal a gap between the inner circumferential surface of the supply/discharge hole and an outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical portion and a back-up member disposed on an upstream side of the seal member in the supply direction are provided in the seal groove;
the seal groove has a tapered groove surface facing toward the back-up member, the tapered groove surface being apart from the outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical portion from an upstream side to a downstream side in the supply direction; and
the back-up member has a tapered member surface facing toward the tapered groove surface, the tapered groove surface having a diameter expanding from the upstream side to the downstream side in the supply direction, wherein:
an inclination angle of the tapered member surface with respect to an axial direction of the back-up member is larger than an inclination angle of the tapered groove surface with respect to the axial direction of the supply/discharge hole; and
in a state where the tapered member surface is aligned with the tapered groove surface, a distance between a first line and a second line is equal to or greater than half of a distance between the first line and a third line, the first line extending along the axial direction of the supply/discharge hole and passing through one end of the tapered member surface on the downstream side in the supply direction, the second line extending along the axial direction of the supply/discharge hole and passing through another end of the tapered member surface on the upstream side in the supply direction, the third line extending along the axial direction of the supply/discharge hole and passing through an end portion of the back-up member on the downstream side in the supply direction, facing toward the outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,459,448

DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

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

1. A driving assistance apparatus comprising one or more processors functioning as:a location detection unit configured to detect, as an assistance location candidate, a location at which driving assistance for a vehicle is necessary in a driving area of the vehicle;
a registration processing unit configured to register the assistance location candidate as an assistance location if the assistance location candidate detected by the location detection unit satisfies a registration condition;
a driving assistance unit configured to provide driving assistance to the vehicle at the assistance location registered by the registration processing unit; and
a region segmentation unit configured to segment the driving area to set a first activity region in which a reference position is included and an activity frequency of the vehicle is estimated to be relatively high and a second activity region in which the activity frequency of the vehicle is estimated to be relatively low, wherein
in a case where the assistance location candidate falls in the second activity region, the registration processing unit eases the registration condition compared to a case of falling in the first activity region.

US Pat. No. 10,457,162

VEHICULAR OCCUPANT DETERMINATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicular occupant determination apparatus comprising:a load detection portion that detects a load of either a left part or a right part of a seat portion of a vehicle seat in a vehicle;
an occupant determination portion, provided in at least one ECU, that determines any one of occupant types on the vehicle seat based on the load detected by the load detection portion, and maintains or transits a determination result of the occupant types;
an acceleration detection portion that detects an acceleration in a width direction of the vehicle, the acceleration being generated in the vehicle;
a transition prohibition portion, provided in the at least one ECU, that prohibits a transition of the determination result of the occupant types in a transition prohibition state;
a drive state detection portion that detects a drive state of the vehicle to generate a detection value;
a prohibition release portion, provided in the at least one ECU, that releases the transition prohibition state so as to enable the transition of the determination result: and
a buckle switch that detects a wearing of a seatbelt by an occupant,
wherein:
the at least one ECU determines whether the acceleration in the width direction is greater than a predetermined acceleration threshold,
the at least one ECU also determines whether the vehicle is driving based on the detection value from the drive state detection portion,
the at least one ECU further also determines whether the wearing of the seatbelt is performed based on a signal from the buckle switch, and
the prohibition release portion permits the determination result to transit in response to a determination that the acceleration in the width direction is greater than the predetermined acceleration threshold, a determination that the vehicle stops and a determination that the seatbelt is not worn.

US Pat. No. 10,455,882

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING REAR COLLISION WARNING WITHIN A HELMET

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

1. A computer-implemented method for providing a collision warning using an image capture device mounted on a rear portion of a helmet, the method comprising:receiving a series of image frames from the image capture device, wherein the series of images capture a scene in a rearward direction;
receiving spatial position data about the helmet from an inertial measurement unit integrated with the helmet, wherein the spatial position data includes at least one of a roll angle, a yaw angle, and a pitch angle of the helmet;
adjusting an orientation of the series of image frames based on the spatial position data so that the orientation of the series of image frames is level with an orientation of the scene;
identifying a target vehicle in each image frame of the series of image frames using object recognition;
calculating a cross-area of the target vehicle in each image frame of the series of image frames;
calculating a rate of change of a position of the target vehicle based on the cross-area of the target vehicle in each image frame of the series of image frames;
calculating a speed of the target vehicle based on the rate of change of the position of the target vehicle; and
controlling an output device coupled to the helmet to generate the collision warning based on the speed of the target vehicle and the rate of change of the position of the target vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,461,290

ELECTRIC STORAGE APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTRIC STORAGE APPARATUS

GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LT...

1. An electric storage apparatus, comprising: a plurality of electric storage devices which are arranged in a first direction; and an abutment arranged in alignment with, and disposed on both ends of the electric storage devices in the first direction, wherein each of the abutments includes at least three members stacked in the first direction, wherein each of the members includes a positioning part including a first surface forming a recess recessed in the first direction and a back surface of the first surface forming a projection projecting opposite to the plurality of electric storage devices, in the first direction,wherein the positioning parts of the members are arranged at positions corresponding to one another such that a first one of the positioning parts, a second one of the positioning parts, and a third one of the positioning parts are sequentially arranged in the first direction,
wherein adjacent members are relatively positioned by inserting a positioning part of one of the adjacent members into a positioning part of an other of the adjacent members,
wherein the first one of the positioning parts that is arranged on a side closest to the electric storage devices includes an insulating member, and the second one of the positioning parts and the third one of the positioning parts comprise a metal including a molded metal plate subjected to a metal plating, and
wherein, in the first direction, the second one of the positioning parts is disposed between the recess of the first one of the positioning parts and the recess of the third one of the positioning parts of the members.

US Pat. No. 10,461,292

ENERGY STORAGE APPARATUS AND COVER MEMBER

GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LT...

1. An energy storage apparatus comprising:a spacer;
an energy storage device disposed adjacently to the spacer in a first direction and having an external terminal on an end surface thereof in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; and
a cover member holding a bus bar connected to the external terminal and extending along the end surface of the energy storage device having the external terminal,
wherein the spacer has a first connecting portion to which the cover member is connected on an end portion thereof in the second direction, and
the cover member has a second connecting portion which engages with the first connecting portion in a state where movement of the cover member in a direction away from the spacer in the second direction is restricted,
wherein the first connecting portion is disposed on the end portion of spacer at an intermediate position in a third direction orthogonal to the first and the second directions.

US Pat. No. 10,454,315

KEYLESS ENTRY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR POWERING THE KEYLESS ENTRY DEVICE

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

1. A method for powering a keyless entry device for a vehicle, comprising:providing the keyless entry device having a charging battery, a rechargeable battery, at least one long range function button for a long range function, and at least one short range function button for a short range function;
charging the rechargeable battery using the charging battery;
sending a short range transmission from the keyless entry device to the vehicle using the charging battery when the short range function is selected using the at least one short range function button; and
sending a long range transmission from the keyless entry device to the vehicle using the rechargeable battery when the long range function is selected using the at least one long range function button,
wherein the charging battery has a charging battery state of charge, the rechargeable battery has a larger burst current delivery capacity than the charging battery, and the rechargeable battery has a rechargeable battery state of charge, and
wherein the charging battery and the rechargeable battery are included in the keyless entry device, which is integrally formed as a single device, and
wherein the charging battery is connected to a controller via a line, the rechargeable battery is connected to the line via an isolation device, and wherein a diode is positioned between the charging battery and the rechargeable battery along the line and configured to stop current from flowing from the rechargeable battery to the charging battery,
wherein charging the rechargeable battery using the charging battery includes determining a short length of time of the charging using a value of a counter of the keyless entry device;
wherein the value of the counter is decreased, when the rechargeable battery state of charge is greater than a first predetermined state of charge threshold, and the value of the counter is increased, when the rechargeable battery state of charge is less than a second predetermined state of charge threshold
wherein the short length of time of the charging is equal to a first predetermined short charge time, when the value of the counter is greater than or equal to a first predetermined counter value and less than or equal to a second predetermined counter value;
the short length of time of the charging is equal to a second predetermined short charge time, when the value of the counter is greater than or equal to a third predetermined counter value and less than or equal to a fourth predetermined counter value;
the short length of time of the charging is equal to a third predetermined short charge time, when the value of the counter is greater than or equal to a fifth predetermined counter value and less than or equal to a sixth predetermined counter value;
the short length of time of the charging is equal to a fourth predetermined short charge time, when the value of the counter is greater than or equal to a seventh predetermined counter value and less than or equal to an eighth predetermined counter value; and
the short length of time of the charging is equal to a fifth predetermined short charge time, when the value of the counter is greater than or equal to a ninth predetermined counter value and less than or equal to a tenth predetermined counter value; and
wherein charging the rechargeable battery using the charging battery is stopped, when at least one of the following occurs:
the short length of time has elapsed, any button of the keyless entry device is actuated, a smart trigger is detected by the keyless entry device, a stop charge command is received by the keyless entry device from the vehicle, the rechargeable battery state of charge exceeds a predetermined third state of charge threshold, or the charging battery state of charge is below a predetermined charging battery low charge threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,442,472

VEHICLE FLOOR PANEL

Suzuki Motor Corporation,...

1. A vehicle floor panel comprising:a floor panel main body made of a fiber-reinforced resin;
a plurality of recesses protruding on one of a lower surface and an upper surface of the floor panel main body and depressed on the other of the surfaces, and arranged by being spaced away from one another; and
a rib connecting two adjacent ones of the recesses on the one of the surfaces of the floor panel main body.

US Pat. No. 10,441,961

ELECTROSTATIC COATING DEVICE

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

1. An electrostatic coating device comprising:a body part configured to be mountable to a leading end of a robot arm;
a head part separate from the body part, the head part having a rotary atomizing head that sprays coating material to which high voltage has been applied from a cascade which is configured to output an electric power and have a columnar body that is coaxially disposed along an axis of the body part;
a coupler configured to couple the body part and the head part;
a first path disposed to span the body part and the head part, through which a first fluid is fed, and to which high voltage is applied;
a second path disposed to span the body part and the head part, through which a second fluid is fed, and is grounded to earth,
wherein the first path includes:
a body-side first path disposed at a side of the body part;
a head-side first path disposed at a side of the head part; and
a first connector disposed at the coupler, and configured to connect the body-side first path and the head-side first path;
wherein the second path includes:
a body-side second path disposed at a side of the body part;
a head-side second path disposed at a side of the head part; and
a second connector disposed at the coupler, and configured to connect the body-side second path and the head-side second path;
wherein the coupler has a surface-butting part configured by a first end face that is an end face of the body part and a second end face that is an end face of the head part abutting each other; and
a substitution part configured by the first end face and the second end face in-between while spreading spatially along the surface-butting part except the first connector and the second connector so as to form a substituted space having gas replaced inside thereof;
wherein the substitution part includes:
an air supply part including an air supply source and air supply controller;
an air supply path configured to be connected the air supply part;
a blowing port that is formed in the first end face or the second end face, while the blowing port is connected to an air supply path thereby blowing air into the surface-butting part, and
an exhaust port that is formed in the other of the first end face or the second end face, and through which air stagnating at the surface-butting part is discharged,
wherein the blowing port is arranged at an opposite side to the exhaust port interposing the cascade.

US Pat. No. 10,443,516

METHOD OF ESTIMATING ANTIKNOCK PROPERTIES OF MULTI-FUEL INJECTION INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A method of estimating antiknock properties of a multi-fuel injection internal combustion engine that injects only a low octane fuel on a low load side and injects both of the low octane fuel and a high octane fuel on a high load side and of controlling an operation of the multi-fuel injection internal combustion engine, the method comprising:a first estimation step of acquiring a value of an antiknock property-correlated parameter while only the low octane fuel is injected in a first load range, and estimating an antiknock property of the low octane fuel by using the acquired value;
a second estimation step of acquiring a value of the antiknock property-correlated parameter when a current load is determined to be within a second load range which is on a load side higher than the first load range, the low octane fuel and the high octane fuel being injected in the second load range, and estimating an antiknock property of the high octane fuel by using the acquired value and the antiknock property of the low octane fuel estimated in the first estimation step; and
a controlling step of controlling the operation the multi-fuel injection internal combustion engine based on the estimated antiknock property of the low octane fuel and the estimated antiknock property of the high octane fuel,
wherein the first estimation step is performed in response to a determination that a predetermined wait time has passed following a prior completion of the first estimation step or in response to a determination that a new fuel feeding has been performed, and
wherein the antiknock property-correlated parameter is a parameter correlated to a change rate of an injection volume of the low octane fuel and the high octane fuel with respect to a predetermined reference injection volume, the injection volume of the low and high octane fuels being determined based on a feedback control law such that a detection value of an air-fuel ratio sensor provided to an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine becomes a predetermined target value to allow estimation of the antiknock property of the low octane fuel and the antiknock property of the high octane fuel without causing knocking in the multi-fuel injection internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,447,115

ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE AND DRIVING SYSTEM

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

1. A rotary electric machine, comprising:a rotor which includes a rotor core and a plurality of permanent magnets disposed in the rotor core;
a stator which includes a stator core and a coil disposed in the stator core, and is disposed on an outer peripheral side of the rotor to face the rotor; and
a case which accommodates the rotor and the stator, and includes a storage portion for storing liquid therein,
wherein a lower part of the rotor is immersed in the storage portion, and
the case is provided with a liquid guiding portion which extends from an upper side toward the permanent magnet or a peripheral part of the permanent magnet, and guides liquid scraped to an upper part of the rotor by the rotor to the permanent magnet or the peripheral part.

US Pat. No. 10,436,320

TRANSMISSION STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO. LTD., To...

1. A transmission structure for a vehicle, the transmission structure comprising:a transmission having a plurality of speed change stages, the transmission including a speed change operation mechanism and a transmission case that houses the speed change operation mechanism,
the speed change operation mechanism including:
an actuator as an operation driving source;
a reduction gear meshing with the actuator;
a torsion bar assembly;
a shift shaft;
a shift drum coupled to the shift shaft; and
a shift fork that is coupled to the shift drum and is engaged with a main shaft gear group provided to a main shaft of the transmission and with a counter shaft gear group provided to a counter shaft of the transmission,
the torsion bar assembly including:
the torsion bar, as a torque transmitting member, configuring a shaft;
a first gear that is attached to one end portion of the torsion bar and meshes with the reduction gear; and
a second gear disposed on another end portion of the torsion bar and meshing with a gear of the shift shaft;
the transmission case includes a holding portion holding an intermediate portion of the torsion bar in an axial direction of the torsion bar, the intermediate portion being located at a position away from the second gear.

US Pat. No. 10,436,598

NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND NAVIGATION DEVICE

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

1. A navigation system including a navigation device provided on a vehicle and configured to output route guidance information to a human-machine interface (HMI) device and an external device having a navigation function connected to the navigation device, the navigation device comprising:an external device detection unit configured to detect an input from the external device; and
an output control unit configured to control output of route guidance information to the HMI device,
wherein the route guidance information includes a direction guidance indicator for a travel direction of the vehicle,
the output control unit is configured to selectively output route guidance information provided either by a navigation function included in the navigation device or by the navigation function included in the external device to the HMI device, and
when the external device detection unit has detected an input from the external device, the output control unit is configured to output the direction guidance indicator provided by the navigation function included in the external device to the HMI device in an output mode different from when the direction guidance indicator is output to the HMI device by the navigation function included in the navigation device.

US Pat. No. 10,436,262

CONTROL DEVICE FOR POWER TRANSMISSION MECHANISM

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

1. A control device for a power transmission mechanism of a vehicle, the vehicle having a power transmission mechanism that comprises a power transmission path transmitting power from a power source to a first driving wheel and a second driving wheel, and a power transmission element arranged in the power transmission path between the power source and the second driving wheel, the control device comprising: a control section, controlling a fastening force of the power transmission element so as to control power transmission capacity of the power transmission mechanism from the power source to the second driving wheel, whereinwhen the control section acquires that the vehicle transitions from a traveling state to a stop state, the acquisition triggers the control section to increase the power transmission capacity.

US Pat. No. 10,427,635

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING FRONT PASSENGER SEAT

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

1. A method for adjusting a front passenger seat in a motor vehicle, comprising the steps of:identifying a user identification apparatus proximate to the motor vehicle;
accessing a user profile associated with the user identification apparatus, the user profile including a predetermined home position for the front passenger seat;
determining whether the front passenger seat is occupied; and
adjusting a position of the front passenger seat to the predetermined home position if the front passenger seat is not occupied.

US Pat. No. 10,421,450

VEHICLE WITH FIRST AND SECOND POWER SOURCES

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

1. A vehicle comprising:a first power source that drives a wheel;
a second power source that drives the wheel or another wheel;
a clutch that is provided on a power transmission path between the wheel and the first power source, and that is disengaged or engaged according to a pressure applied to the clutch to cause the power transmission path to be a disconnected state or a connected state;
a target power input device that receives an input from a driver for setting a target vehicle power that is a target value of power generated by the first power source and the second power source, and setting a target transmission capacity of the clutch that is a target value of an output limit value of the clutch;
a power controller that controls the first power source and the second power source based on the target vehicle power; and
a clutch controller that controls the pressure to be applied to the clutch, based on the target transmission capacity,
wherein the power controller, in case of switching from drive by the second power source to drive by the first power source, determines a specified power of the second power source by using a ratio of the target transmission capacity to the target vehicle power, and controls the second power source by using the specified power.

US Pat. No. 10,425,023

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE

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

1. A control device for performing rotation control of a rotary electric machine by supplying a first driving waveform and a second driving waveform respectively to a pair of switching elements which make up part of upper and lower arms in an inverter circuit, the control device comprising:a plurality of rotation angle sensors fixedly disposed along a rotational direction of the rotary electric machine and configured to output detection signals in accordance with an angle of rotation of the rotary electric machine;
an interpolation angle calculating unit configured to calculate an interpolation angle indicating the angle of rotation by interpolating a discrete angular level which is identified based on a combination of the detection signals obtained by the plurality of rotation angle sensors;
a modulation amount determining unit configured to determine an amount of modulation of a driving waveform from a combination of the interpolation angle calculated by the interpolation angle calculating unit and a rotational speed of the rotary electric machine; and
a driving waveform generating unit configured to generate the first driving waveform which is a rectangular driving waveform, and further generate the second driving waveform by performing pulse modulation on a rectangular driving waveform by the amount of modulation determined by the modulation amount determining unit.

US Pat. No. 10,414,301

COOLING STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE HIGH-VOLTAGE ELECTRIC PARTS

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

1. A cooling structure for vehicle high-voltage electric parts which are disposed behind a rear seat, comprising:an air inlet passage having an air inlet port which is disposed higher than a seat cushion of the rear seat and communicating with the high-voltage electric parts so as to supply an air inside a passenger compartment to the high-voltage electric parts to cool the high-voltage electric parts; and
a cooling fan which causes the air inside the passenger compartment to flow,
wherein a side seatback is disposed transversely outward of a main seatback of the rear seat, the side seatback comprising:
a transversely inward portion which lies transversely inwards from a transversely central position of the side seatback and which is curved so as to gradually project to a front of a vehicle as it goes away from the main seatback; and
a transversely outward portion which lies transversely outwards from the transversely central position of the side seatback and which is formed substantially linearly,
wherein an opening portion for taking in the air inside the passenger compartment into the air inlet passage opens toward the front of the vehicle in the substantially-linear transversely outward portion of the side seatback, and
wherein a seatbelt in an unfastened state is disposed on the curved transversely inward portion of the side seatback.

US Pat. No. 10,415,446

EXHAUST PURIFYING FILTER

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

1. An exhaust purifying filter which is provided in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine and captures and purifies particulate matters in an exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine, comprising:a filter substrate in which a plurality of cells extending from an inflow-side end surface of the exhaust gas to an outflow-side end surface are partitioned and formed by a porous partition wall and an inflow-side cell in which an opening in the outflow-side end surface is sealed and an outflow-side cell in which an opening in the inflow-side end surface is sealed are alternately disposed, and
a three-way catalyst which is carried on the partition wall,
wherein a difference between a total volume of pores having pore diameters within a range of 0.1 ?m to 10.7 ?m in pore distribution of the exhaust purifying filter and a total volume of pores having pore diameters within a range of 0.1 ?m to 10.7 ?m in pore distribution of the filter substrate is 0.015 ml/g to 0.06 ml/g.

US Pat. No. 10,400,850

SHOCK ABSORBER

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A shock absorber, comprising:a cylindrically-shaped mounting member having an outer peripheral surface bonded at one end or both ends, the mounting member having an outer diameter at an end surface side smaller than an outer diameter at a center portion; and
a reinforcement welding performed at the end surface side of the mounting member at a bonding portion of the mounting member,
wherein
the mounting member is bonded by projection welding, and
the reinforcement welding is performed by arc welding.

US Pat. No. 10,400,651

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An exhaust gas purification device for an internal combustion engine, the device comprising:an exhaust gas purification device main body that is provided in an exhaust channel of the internal combustion engine, and purifies exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine; and
a cover of quadrate shape that is provided so as to cover at least part of the exhaust gas purification device main body, and shields radiated heat from the exhaust gas purification device main body,
wherein the cover has a plurality of convex ribs formed on the surface thereof, and
wherein the ribs include a radial rib formed radially from a central part with a point of intersection of diagonal lines of the cover as the center, and a circumferential rib formed continuously over the entire circumference of a circle with the point of intersection as the center.

US Pat. No. 10,396,390

FUEL CELL STACK FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A fuel cell stack for a vehicle, comprising:a stack body in which a plurality of power generating cells configured to generate electric power by electrochemical reaction of fuel gas and oxidant gas are stacked; and
a stack casing housing the stack body and mounted within a vehicle, the stack casing comprising:
an upper panel which constitutes an upper surface part of the stack casing, the upper panel including:
an outer plate; and
an inner plate arranged between the outer plate and the stack body in a height direction along a height of the vehicle to constitute a flow passage between the outer plate and the inner plate such that the flow passage communicates with an interior of the stack casing and an exterior of the stack casing.

US Pat. No. 10,391,925

VEHICLE HEADLIGHT WITH A PLURALITY OF INNER NON SPHERICAL LENSES TRANSMITTING LIGHT FROM A HIGH BEAM AND A LOW BEAM LIGHT SOURCE

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

1. A headlight structure of a saddled vehicle, comprising a headlight, wherein the headlight is mounted on the saddled vehicle in use, the headlight including a housing, a low-beam light source and a high-beam light source each formed of a light emitting diode that is housed in the housing and radiates light, a control board that has a circuit and that controls lighting from the low-beam light source and the high-beam light source, and a non-spherical inner lens, for the low-beam light source, that is provided in the housing and allows a light beam emitted from the low-beam light source to be transmitted through the non-spherical inner lens for the low-beam light source, a non-spherical inner lens, for the high-beam light source, that is provided in the housing and allows light beam emitted from the high-beam light source to be transmitted through the non-spherical inner lens for the high-beam light source, whereinthe control board is separately provided from the low-beam light source and the high-beam light source,
at least part of the control board is disposed at a rear side of the non-spherical inner lens for the low-beam light source, which is configured to be constantly lit during travelling of the saddled vehicle, and wherein the non-spherical inner lens for the low-beam light source and at least part of the control board overlap with each other in a front-rear direction.

US Pat. No. 10,384,622

ILLUMINATED VEHICLE EMBLEM

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

1. A vehicle emblem comprising:a base layer having a first side and a second side that is opposite from the first side,
a cover layer disposed over the first side of the base layer, and
an electroluminescent light source that emits light when activated,
wherein when the electroluminescent light source is not activated, the cover layer has an opaque appearance, and
wherein when the electroluminescent light source is activated, light emitted from the electroluminescent light source is a) transmitted through the cover layer and emitted from a front of the vehicle emblem, and b) emitted from a back of the vehicle emblem that is opposite from the front of the vehicle emblem.

US Pat. No. 10,369,749

THERMAL CAULKING DEVICE

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

2. A thermal caulking device which joins a first member to a second member by melting a boss of the second member being inserted into a through-hole formed in the first member and projecting inwardly from an inner circumferential surface of the first member, the first member having a cylindrical shape and a width gradually increasing from a bottom surface of the first member to an upper surface of the first member, the thermal caulking device comprising:a heat tip having
a main body section whose outer circumferential surface is formed to extend along the inner circumferential surface of the first member and
two plate-like terminal sections extending radially from the main body section and connected to an inner circumferential surface of the main body section; and
a power supply unit arranged above the heat tip and configured to supply electricity to the main body section via the terminal sections,
wherein:
at least either of the main body section and the terminal sections has a non-uniform thickness in a predetermined direction, and
a thickness of the main body section of a connecting portion side connected to each of the terminal sections is larger than a thickness of a remaining portion thereof except for the connecting portion side connected to each of the terminal sections.

US Pat. No. 10,363,830

FUEL CELL VEHICLE

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

1. A fuel cell vehicle comprising:a fuel cell stack that is disposed in a motor compartment provided in a front section of the vehicle and that generates electric power by an electrochemical reaction of fuel gas and oxidant gas;
a fuel tank that is disposed in a rear section of the vehicle and in which the fuel gas is stored; and
a fuel feeding pipe that provides a connection between the fuel cell stack and the fuel tank,
wherein the fuel feeding pipe has an elastic pipe portion that is secured at one end thereof to the fuel cell stack and at the other end thereof to a body-side mounting portion, and
wherein the other end of the elastic pipe portion and the body-side mounting portion are coupled to each other with a securing mechanism configured such that the other end of the elastic pipe portion is disengaged and separated from the body-side mounting portion when the fuel cell stack moves relatively away from the body-side mounting portion in response to application of a predetermined load, the securing mechanism including a pipe-side coupling member fastened to a surface of the elastic pipe portion with bolts that extend through the pipe-side coupling member to the surface of the elastic pipe portion.

US Pat. No. 10,367,223

FUEL CELL STACK

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

1. A fuel cell stack comprising:a stack of power generation cells that are stacked, each of the power generation cells including
a membrane electrode assembly in which electrodes are disposed on both sides of an electrolyte membrane, and
a separator stacked on the membrane electrode assembly;
end plates disposed at both ends of the stack of the power generation cells in a stacking direction; and
a resin fluid manifold member that is disposed on one of the end plates and through which a fluid flows, the fluid being a coolant, a fuel gas, or an oxidant gas,
wherein a plurality of recessed portions are formed, with ribs therebetween, in a contact surface of the resin fluid manifold member, the contact surface being in contact with the one of the end plates,
wherein the ribs have a height that does not extend to a height of the contact surface such that the ribs are spaced apart from the one of the end plates when the resin fluid manifold member is disposed on the one of the end plates.

US Pat. No. 10,359,268

STROKE SENSOR AND SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE

NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD., ...

1. A stroke sensor, comprising:a shaft that extends in a direction along an axial line;
a detected body that is fixed to the shaft;
a housing that extends along the shaft, that houses the shaft, and that supports the shaft slidably in the direction along the axial line; and
a detection body that detects a movement amount of the detected body which moves in accordance with sliding of the shaft,
wherein
the shaft comprises a plurality of shaft members that are connected to each other in the direction along the axial line and that are formed of metal,
a slide part that is in contact with an inner wall of the housing and that slides so as to regulate a movement of the shaft in a direction that is crossed with the axial line is provided on each of the plurality of shaft members,
the housing comprises a first housing half body and a second housing half body that are connected to each other and that are coaxial with the axial line,
a plurality of the slide parts comprises a first slide part that is in contact with an inner wall of the first housing half body and a second slide part that is in contact with an inner wall of the second housing half body,
the inner wall of the first housing half body and the inner wall of the second housing half body have a shape that is different from each other when seen from the direction along the axial line, and
the first slide part and the second slide part have a shape that is different from each other when seen from the direction along the axial line.

US Pat. No. 10,351,393

ENGAGEMENT CONFIRMATION METHOD PERFORMED BY ROBOT

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

1. An engagement confirmation method performed by a robot, in which a second engagement member disposed on a retaining body configured to retain a workpiece is relatively brought closer to a first engagement member disposed on the workpiece, and thereafter, it is confirmed by an operation of the robot whether or not the first engagement member and the second engagement member are engaged with each other, comprising the steps of:operating the robot in accordance with a position control, and relatively bringing the first engagement member closer to the second engagement member; and
switching the robot to a servo float control, and issuing a command to raise the second engagement member relatively with respect to the first engagement member;
wherein the first engagement member and the second engagement member are determined to be engaged with each other when a relative amount of rising of the second engagement member until the second engagement member is stopped is equal to or lies within a predetermined threshold value, whereas the first engagement member and the second engagement member are determined not to be engaged when the relative amount of rising of the second engagement member exceeds the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,350,129

WALKING ASSIST DEVICE

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

1. A walking assist device including a main frame configured to be worn by a user, a power unit mounted on the main frame, a pair of power transmission members pivotally attached to the main frame so as to be rotatable about respective hip joints of the user and to transmit assist force provided by the power unit to left and right femoral parts of the user and a control unit for controlling an operation of the power unit, wherein the control unit comprises:a differential angle computation unit for computing a differential angle between an angular position of the left femoral part of the user relative to a coronal plane of the user and an angular position of the right femoral part of the user relative to the coronal plane of the user;
a differential angle phase computation unit for computing a differential angle phase according to the differential angle; and
an assist force computation unit for computing an assist force to be applied to the user according to the differential angle phase.

US Pat. No. 10,351,181

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MANIPULATING AIRFLOW AROUND AND THROUGH A VEHICLE

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

1. An aerodynamic system for a vehicle including a ducting assembly, the aerodynamic system comprising:a front assembly spaced forward of the vehicle;
a pair of raised C-pillars spaced rearwardly from the front assembly, each of the C-pillars defining an air passage; and
a rear assembly spaced rearwardly from the pair of raised C-pillars including an air inlet adjacent each of the pair of raised C-pillars, a rear spoiler, and a pair of rear slot assemblies adjacent the rear spoiler, the air inlets and the pair of rear slot assemblies configured to be in fluid communication with the ducting assembly, wherein
the air inlets are configured to direct air flow from a front of the vehicle along a first air flow path and to exhaust from the pair of rear slot assemblies, and,
the air passages are located above the air inlets and defined by the C-pillars and an exterior surface of the vehicle body such that air flow from a front of the vehicle into the air passages is directed over the vehicle body and onto the rear spoiler and defines a second air flow path that is separate and distinct from the first air flow path; and
wherein each of the pair of rear slot assemblies is formed below an upper surface of the rear spoiler of the vehicle so as to be in fluid communication with the ducting assembly; and
wherein each of the pair of rear slot assemblies extends adjacent to and through a portion of a rear spoiler.

US Pat. No. 10,352,258

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE HAVING SUPERCHARGER

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

1. A control device for an internal combustion engine that is installed in a vehicle, is connected with a multi-speed automatic transmission, and has a compressor of a supercharger which is provided in an intake path and an air bypass valve which opens or closes a bypass path which bypasses the compressor, the bypass path is a path that connects an upstream side of the compressor to a downstream side of the compressor, the control device comprising:a throttle valve opening degree sensor configured to detect an opening degree of a throttle valve which is arranged on the downstream side of the compressor in the intake path; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
open the air bypass valve based on a change state of the detected opening degree of the throttle valve in a close direction even when the throttle valve is open; and
control the throttle valve in the close direction in acceleration shifting of the automatic transmission to execute torque reduction control which reduces a torque of the internal combustion engine,
wherein the electronic control unit maintains the air bypass valve in a close state in execution of the torque reduction control regardless of the change state of the opening degree of the throttle valve in the close direction.

US Pat. No. 10,328,879

BUMPER BEAN DESIGN FOR CRASH SIGNAL SEPARATION

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

1. A system for airbag deployment within a vehicle, comprising:an airbag;
a bumper beam including:
a left crush can arranged on a left side of the bumper beam; and
a right crush can arranged on a right side of the bumper beam,
wherein the left crush can and the right crush can each include:
a first zone associated with a first stiffness in a vehicle longitudinal direction; and
a second zone associated with a second stiffness in the vehicle longitudinal direction,
wherein the first zone and the second zone are arranged laterally in a vehicle widthwise direction;
at least one sensor receiving one or more signals associated with an impact on the vehicle; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) deploying the airbag at a timing based on one or more characteristics of one or more of the signals and one or more predetermined characteristics associated with the first stiffness of the first zone and the second stiffness of the second zone,
wherein one or more of the characteristics and predetermined characteristics is an amplitude or a wavelength of one or more of the signals.

US Pat. No. 10,330,194

CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A control apparatus for an automatic transmission including a torque converter with a lock-up clutch capable of connecting an output shaft of an engine and an input shaft of the automatic transmission, comprising:a fuel cut determination unit configured to determine, based on a control signal to control the engine, whether fuel cut to cut off fuel supply to the engine is being executed in a case in which a running state of a vehicle is a deceleration state based on detection by a detection unit configured to detect the running state of the vehicle;
a state determination unit configured to determine, based on an operation signal from an ABS device, whether the ABS device of the vehicle is in a normally operating state or in a fail state in which the ABS device does not normally operate;
a rotation speed determination unit configured to determine whether a rotation speed of the input shaft detected by a rotation speed detection unit is not less than a reference rotation speed corresponding to a gear range of the automatic transmission; and
an operation control unit configured to control engagement of the lock-up clutch based on an operation state of the ABS device and a result of comparison between the rotation speed of the input shaft and the reference rotation speed in a state in which the running state of the vehicle is the deceleration state, and the fuel cut is not being executed.

US Pat. No. 10,322,444

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANIPULATION OF NESTED STAMPED PARTS

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

1. An apparatus for rotating an inner stamped part with respect to an outer stamped part, the inner stamped part nested within an aperture formed within the outer stamped part such that a gap is defined between the inner stamped part and the outer stamped part, said apparatus comprising:a plurality of grippers comprising at least a first gripper positioned at a first edge of the inner stamped part, and a second gripper positioned at a second edge of the inner stamped part opposite to the first edge, wherein said plurality of grippers are positioned within the aperture of the outer stamped part and above the inner stamped part; and
a lifter configured to raise the inner stamped part to be received at said plurality of grippers,
wherein said plurality of grippers are configured to:
grip the inner stamped part at the first edge and the second edge, respectively;
rotate the gripped inner stamped part about an axis of rotation, wherein the axis of rotation intersects said first gripper and said second gripper; and
open to release the inner stamped part,
wherein said lifter is further configured to lower the inner stamped part from said plurality of grippers after release of the inner stamped part.

US Pat. No. 10,323,565

COOLING STRUCTURE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A cooling structure for an internal combustion engine comprising: an engine main unit including a crankcase portion, a cylinder portion, and a cylinder head portion, the cylinder portion and the cylinder head portion having therein a cylinder coolant jacket and a cylinder head coolant jacket, respectively; a coolant pump for circulating coolant through coolant circulation paths formed in the cylinder coolant jacket and the cylinder head coolant jacket, the coolant circulation path paths including a radiator-routing passage by way of a radiator and a bypass passage bypassing the radiator, the radiator-routing passage and the bypass passage returning back to the coolant pump; and a thermostat valve for changing over between coolant circulation through the radiator-routing passage and coolant circulation through the bypass passage, wherein the thermostat valve includes a first valve for opening and closing the radiator-routing passage, and a second valve for opening and closing the bypass passage, the first valve and the second valve being operated concurrently; wherein the cylinder coolant jacket is disposed around a cylinder bore in the cylinder portion and is partitioned into two in a cylinder axis direction to thereby form a main cylinder coolant jacket on a side of the cylinder head portion and a sub-cylinder coolant jacket on a side of the crankcase portion, wherein the coolant pump is connected to the thermostat valve by way of the main cylinder coolant jacket and the cylinder head coolant jacket, and wherein the thermostat valve is connected to the coolant pump by way of the sub-cylinder coolant jacket, which forms a part of the bypass passage bypassing the radiator.

US Pat. No. 10,306,828

LAWN MOWER POWERED BY CYLINDER DEACTIVATION ENGINE

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

1. A lawn mower, comprising:a lawn mower main body provided with a propelling device;
a power source for selectively powering the propelling device;
a traveling state sensor for detecting a traveling state of the lawn mower;
an internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders and supported by the lawn mower main body;
an engine control unit for performing a cylinder deactivation control including selectively deactivating at least one of the cylinders;
a cutting blade rotatably supported by the lawn mower main body via a cutter deck and connected to the engine in a power transmitting relationship;
a blade clutch provided in a power transmission path between the engine and the cutting blade;
a height adjustment mechanism provided on the cutter deck for adjusting a height of the cutting blade; and
a central control unit for controlling an operation of the blade clutch, the height adjustment mechanism and the engine control unit;
wherein the central control unit is configured to determine the cylinder deactivation control is to be performed when the lawn mower travelling forward with the cutting blade at a non-elevated height comes to a stop, and to raise the cutting blade to a prescribed elevated height before performance of the cylinder deactivation control.

US Pat. No. 10,309,446

CONNECTING SHAFT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF CONNECTING SHAFT

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

1. A connecting shaft, comprising:a first shaft made of metal, the first shaft including a serration formed on an outer peripheral surface at an end part thereof, the serration including a first region and a second region;
a second shaft made of resin, the second shaft including an inner peripheral surface fitting on the first region of the serration at an end part thereof; and
a collar made of metal, the collar including a first fitting portion fitting on the second region of the serration and a second fitting portion fitting on an outer peripheral surface of the second shaft,
wherein a gap between the outer peripheral surface of the second shaft and an inner peripheral surface of the second fitting portion is filled with an adhesive agent,
wherein the collar includes a projection projected radially outward from an outer peripheral surface of the collar over a whole circumference thereof, and
wherein the adhesive agent is applied from the gap up to the outer peripheral surface of the collar between an end face of the second fitting portion in an axial direction and the projection to cover the end face of the second fitting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,309,481

CONTROL DEVICE OF VARIABLE STIFFNESS MECHANISM

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

1. A control device of a variable stiffness mechanism which includes a first member and a second member, which are relatively displaceable with each other, and a plurality of dielectric elastomers interposed in parallel between the first member and the second member such that an elastic force is generated according to the relative displacement of the first member and the second member, and which is configured to be capable of changing a stiffness of each of the dielectric elastomers by variably manipulating a voltage to be applied to each of the dielectric elastomers, the control device comprising:a first power source that variably outputs a voltage for controlling the stiffness of each of an “m” number (m: an integer of 1 or more) of dielectric elastomers among the plurality of dielectric elastomers to each of the “m” number of the dielectric elastomers;
a second power source that outputs a voltage signal which has a predetermined cycle for estimating an electrostatic capacitance of an “n” number (n: an integer of 1 or more) of dielectric elastomers among the plurality of dielectric elastomers excluding the “m” number of the dielectric elastomers, and which is for supplying a current correlated to the electrostatic capacitance of the “n” number of the dielectric elastomers to each of the “n” number of the dielectric elastomers; and
an electrostatic capacitance estimating unit which acquires a detection value of an energizing current flowing between the second power source and the “n” number of the dielectric elastomers in a state in which the voltage signal is being output from the second power source, and which estimates the electrostatic capacitance of the “n” number of the dielectric elastomers by using the detection value of the energizing current.

US Pat. No. 10,300,796

DRIVE DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND TRANSPORT APPARATUS

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

1. A drive device comprising:a first energy storage having a first power weight density and a first energy weight density;
a second energy storage having a second power weight density higher than the first power weight density and a second energy weight density lower than the first weight density;
a voltage converter to convert a voltage output from the second energy storage;
a driver to be driven with power supplied from at least one of the first energy storage and the second energy storage; and
circuitry configured to
interrupt current from the driver or from the second energy storage to the first energy storage; and
control the voltage converter based on an optimum voltage to output the optimum voltage, with which a driving efficiency of the driver according to a required driving force for the driver is greater than or equal to a threshold value, in a case where the optimum voltage is higher than the voltage of the first energy storage and where a relationship between a voltage output by the first energy storage and a voltage output by the second energy storage satisfies all of a first condition, a second condition, and a third condition, the voltage of the first energy storage being less than or equal to a withstand voltage limit of the driver in the first condition, the voltage of the first energy storage being less than or equal to a first value and the voltage converter converting the voltage of the second energy storage with a maximum conversion rate so as to obtain the first value in the second condition, the voltage of the first energy storage being greater than or equal to a second value and the voltage converter converting the voltage of the second energy storage with a minimum conversion rate so as to obtain the second value in the third condition.

US Pat. No. 10,300,799

VEHICLE AND PROTECTOR STRUCTURE

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

1. In a vehicle configured such that a non-contact electric element for either or both of power transmitting and power receiving is disposed on the lower surface of a vehicle body,said vehicle characterized in that said vehicle has
a covered member protecting said electric element by covering said electric element,
a front protecting member preventing said covered member from contacting with an obstacle on a road surface or said road surface itself in a front direction of said covered member, said front protecting member extending along a front side of said covered member,
a rear protecting member preventing said covered member from contacting with the obstacle on said road surface or said road surface itself in a rear direction of said covered member, said rear protecting member extending along a rear side of said covered member,
the lowest portion of said front protecting member or the lowest portion of said rear protecting member are positioned below the lowest portion of said covered member,
the vehicle characterized in that
said front protecting member has an elongated shape that longitudinally extends in a width direction of the vehicle, and
said rear protecting member has an elongated shape that longitudinally extends in the width direction of the vehicle,
the vehicle characterized in that said front protecting member and said rear protecting member are fixed on the lower surface of said body through a bracket, and
the rigidity of said bracket is lower than the rigidity of said front protecting member and the rigidity of said rear protecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,300,904

MOTIVE POWER SYSTEM, TRANSPORTATION APPARATUS, AND POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD

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

1. A motive power system comprising:a first energy storage device;
a second energy storage device having a higher power density and a lower energy density than the first energy storage device;
an actuator that outputs motive power for driving a target load in response to power supplied from at least one of the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device;
an internal combustion engine that outputs motive power for driving the target load;
a power transmission circuit unit having a function of performing power transmission among the first energy storage device, the second energy storage device, and the actuator; and
a control device having a function of controlling the power transmission circuit unit by using a charge-depleting mode and a charge-sustaining mode,
the charge-depleting mode being a mode in which at least the motive power of the actuator is usable as motive power for driving the target load so that a total stored energy of the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device is consumed,
the charge-sustaining mode being a mode in which at least the motive power of the internal combustion engine is usable as motive power for driving the target load so that the total stored energy of the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device is less consumed than in the charge-depleting mode, wherein
the control device is configured to
control the power transmission circuit unit in the charge-depleting mode in a manner corresponding to a second charge rate that is a charge rate of the second energy storage device, and
control the power transmission circuit unit in the charge-sustaining mode in a manner corresponding to a first charge rate that is a charge rate of the first energy storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,300,906

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, TRANSPORTATION DEVICE, AND POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD

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

1. A power supply system comprising:a first energy storage to supply electric power to an electric load and to be charged by the electric load, the first energy storage being a battery, the electric load being an electric motor or an electric actuator;
a second energy storage to supply electric power to the electric load and to be charged by the electric load, the second energy storage being a battery or a capacitor;
a power transmission circuit via which the electric load is connected to the first energy storage and to the second energy storage; and
circuitry configured to
acquire at least one of a request supply amount of electric power to be supplied to the electric load or a request output amount of regenerative electric power output from the electric load;
calculate a first input or output target amount of electric power for the first energy storage and a second input or output target amount of electric power for the second energy storage in accordance with at least one state quantity including the at least one of the request supply amount or the request output amount;
control the power transmission circuit to control electric power transmission so that the first input or output target amount and the second input or output target amount are satisfied; and
control the power transmission circuit so that a change in an amount of the electric power transmission decreases even though changes in the first input or output target amount and the second input or output target amount are discontinuous,
wherein the circuitry is configured to control the power transmission circuit so that at least one of:
a magnitude of a rate of increase in an actual input or output of the first energy storage when the first input or output target amount discontinuously increases is less than a magnitude of a rate of decrease in the actual input or output of the first energy storage when the first input or output target amount discontinuously decreases; or
a magnitude of a rate of decrease in an actual output of the first energy storage when the first output target amount discontinuously decreases is less than a magnitude of a rate of decrease in an actual input of the first energy storage when the first input target amount discontinuously decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,294,540

STEEL WIRE FOR SPRING AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

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

1. A production method for a steel wire for a spring, the steel wire including 0.05 to 0.8 mass % of C, the method comprising:a first heat cycle step including heating the entirety of the steel wire to a temperature higher than a temperature of austenite transformation point TAC3 and then quenching the steel wire;
a second heat cycle step including heating the steel wire, wherein only a first layer at a surface of the steel wire is heated to a temperature T1, a second layer interior to the first layer is heated to a temperature T2, a third layer interior to the second layer and reaching center of the steel wire is heated to a temperature T3, and then quenching the steel wire, wherein T1>T2>T3, T1 is a temperature higher than the temperature of austenite transformation point TAC3 and T2 is a temperature lower than the temperature of austenite transformation point TAC3; and
a third heat cycle step including tempering heating the entirety of the steel wire to a temperature Ttemp, wherein T3 thereby yielding a steel wire having a structure with the second layer having lower hardness than the first layer and the third layer after the third heat cycle step.

US Pat. No. 10,293,802

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

Autollv Nissin Brake Syst...

1. A vehicle control device comprising:a metallic base substance having a mounting face and a heat dissipating part formed homogeneously thereon;
an electronic control device mounted on the base substance, the electronic control device including a housing mounted on the base substance and enclosing the mounting face and a control board; and
an electric component which is mounted on the control board in a component mounting area,
wherein the heat dissipating part protrudes outwardly from the mounting face and abuts a reverse side of an entirety of the component mounting area on the control board,
wherein the heat dissipating part and the metallic base substance are provided as a unitary component,
wherein the housing includes a partition member formed to partition an inner space of the housing into spaces, including a first housing chamber surrounding the mounting face which is formed between the partition member and a peripheral wall portion of the housing, and a second housing chamber surrounding the heat dissipating part,
wherein the partition member forms a lower opening of the housing into which the heat dissipating part is inserted,
wherein the lower opening of the housing is sized to correspond to the heat dissipating part and the entirety of the component mounting area,
wherein a plurality of electric components composed of solenoid valves and pressure sensors are disposed in a region of an upper half of the mounting face and the heat dissipating art is disposed in a region of a lower half of the mounting face.

US Pat. No. 10,286,741

SUSPENSION ARM FOR VEHICLE

F-TECH INC., Kuki-shi (J...

1. A suspension arm for a vehicle comprising:a wheel attachment portion to which wheels are attached;
a first vehicle-body attachment portion provided at a position inside in a width direction of a vehicle body with respect to the wheel attachment portion;
a second vehicle-body attachment portion provided at a position on a rear side in a front-rear direction of the vehicle body with respect to the first vehicle-body attachment portion;
a first vertical wall that extends to connect the wheel attachment portion and the first vehicle-body attachment portion with each other;
a second vertical wall that extends to connect the wheel attachment portion and the second vehicle-body attachment portion with each other;
a third vertical wall that extends to connect the first vehicle-body attachment portion and the second vehicle-body attachment portion with each other;
an upper wall that extends to connect an upper end of the first vertical wall, an upper end of the second vertical wall, and an upper end of the third vertical wall with each other;
an inner concave portion defined by the first vertical wall, the second vertical wall, the third vertical wall, and the upper wall, and opening downward in a vertical direction of the vehicle body;
a concave wall portion provided in such a manner that the third vertical wall is depressed toward the inner concave portion between the first vehicle-body attachment portion and the second vehicle-body attachment portion;
a first inward flange that is a portion obtained by folding a lower end of the second vertical wall on the second vehicle-body attachment portion side toward the inner concave portion;
a second inward flange that is a portion obtained by folding a lower end of the third vertical wall on the second vehicle-body attachment portion side toward the inner concave portion; and
an outward flange obtained by folding a lower end of the third vertical wall on the first vehicle-body attachment portion side toward an opposite side to the inner concave portion, wherein
the second inward flange extends at least between the second vehicle-body attachment portion and the concave wall portion,
the outward flange extends over the first vehicle-body attachment portion and the concave wall portion, and
a flange switching portion where the second inward flange and the outward flange are switched with each other is provided between the second inward flange and tire outward flange corresponding to a portion where a lower end of the concave wall portion extends to be suspended to the downward side without folding the lower end of the concave wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,272,965

SADDLED-VEHICLE COWL STRUCTURE

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

1. A saddled-vehicle having a handlebar steerably supported by a head pipe, a seat configured to support an occupant thereon, and a cowl structure comprising:a side cowl that covers a side lower part of the seat;
a front cowl;
an air cleaner box provided below the seat and connected to a power unit; and
an air intake duct for supplying outdoor air to the air cleaner box,wherein:the side cowl includes an inner side cowl and an outer side cowl disposed on a vehicle width direction outer side of the inner side cowl,
an air intake port for supplying traveling wind to the air intake duct is provided near a front end portion of the inner side cowl, and the air intake port is covered by the outer side cowl from an outer side thereof,
a side of the head pipe is covered by the front cowl, an air intake passage is formed on an inside of the front cowl, and a rear edge portion of the front cowl is disposed on a front side of the air intake port and further on an outer side than the air intake port, and
the front cowl is configured to supply a traveling wind, passed through the air intake passage, to the air intake duct via the air intake port.

US Pat. No. 10,272,968

SADDLE-RIDING-TYPE VEHICLE SENSOR UNIT ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE

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

1. A saddle-riding vehicle sensor unit attachment structure, comprising:a front fork that pivotally supports a front wheel and that has a rearward extension stay which extends toward a vehicle rearward direction at a lower edge part;
a brake disk that is supported by the front wheel so as to be rotatable integrally with the front wheel;
a pulsar plate which is supported by the front wheel so as to be rotatable integrally with the front wheel and in which a plurality of pickup holes are arranged along a rotation direction;
a brake caliper that is supported by the rearward extension stay and that gives a frictional force to the brake disk at the time of braking; and
a sensor unit that has a wheel speed sensor which detects a rotation speed of the pulsar plate based on a rotation of the pulsar plate and a sensor cable that is connected to the wheel speed sensor and that outputs a signal which is detected by the wheel speed sensor to a control unit, wherein
a brake caliper bracket that holds the brake caliper is attached to the rearward extension stay,
the wheel speed sensor of the sensor unit is attached to a lower position than the rearward extension stay of the brake caliper bracket,
the sensor cable that is drawn from the wheel speed sensor is arranged toward an upward direction at an inner side in a vehicle width direction of the rearward extension stay and is then drawn to an outer side in a vehicle width direction of the brake caliper bracket at an upper position than the rearward extension stay to be supported by the brake caliper bracket,
the brake caliper bracket has a frontward extension part that extends so as to overlap in a side view with the rearward extension stay at a more inner side in the vehicle width direction than the rearward extension stay, and
the sensor cable is inserted through a space between the rearward extension stay and the frontward extension part to be arranged toward an upward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,266,161

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle brake system for braking a vehicle equipped with the vehicle brake system, the vehicle brake system comprising:a brake pedal configured to be pressed down in a press-down operation by a driver in braking the vehicle;
a brake fluid pressure generator configured to generate brake fluid pressure in response to a brake demand including the press-down operation;
a collision determination unit configured to determine whether collision of the vehicle occurs or not; and
a braking controller configured to perform ABS braking control based on an ABS brake demand based on a slip state of each wheel included in the vehicle, the braking controller being configured to, when the collision determination unit determines that the collision of the vehicle occurs, cause the brake fluid pressure generator to perform emergency braking control based on an emergency brake demand, wherein
in a case:
where the collision determination unit determines that the collision of the vehicle occurs,
where the brake pedal is pressed down, and
where the ABS braking control is performed,
the braking controller continues to make the brake fluid pressure generator perform the emergency braking control based on the emergency brake demand instead of braking control based on the press-down operation of the brake pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,263,273

IN-VEHICLE FUEL CELL STACK

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

1. An in-vehicle fuel cell stack comprising a stack body comprising a plurality of power generation cells stacked in a stacking direction, the power generation cells being configured to generate electrical energy by electrochemical reactions of a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing gas, laterally elongated end plates being provided at both ends of the stack body in the stacking direction, the fuel cell stack being mounted in a vehicle,wherein a cell voltage control unit connected to a cell voltage terminal configured to monitor cell voltage is provided on an upper surface or a lower surface of the stack body; and
a protection member is provided on one end plate of the end plates where the cell voltage control unit is provided, and the protection member has protrusions protruding from both sides of the protection member in a horizontal direction, and has a vertically elongated shape so as to extend to a front face of the cell voltage control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,228

BALL JOINT ASSEMBLY HAVING FRICTION COATED COMPONENTS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING A BALL JOINT ASSEMBLY HAVING DEFINED GAPS

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

1. A ball joint assembly comprising:a housing having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the housing at least partially defining a cavity;
a ball stud including a head portion positioned within the cavity and a shaft connected to the head portion, the shaft extending through an opening at the second end of the housing;
a ball race positioned within the cavity at the first end of the housing, the ball race having an inner surface, wherein a portion of the ball race extends past the opening at the second end of the housing;
an interface defined between the inner surface of the ball race and an outer surface of the head portion; and
a solid friction coating positioned within the interface, the solid friction coating coupled to at least one of the inner surface of the ball race and the outer surface of the head portion, wherein the solid friction coating has a hardness of 170 N/mm2 to 230 N/mm2; wherein a central axis of the housing is defined between the first end of the housing and the second end of the housing, the central axis extending through a centerline of the ball joint, an angle A2 between an inner surface of the housing and the central axis is between 8 degrees and 15 degrees, an angle B2 between a lower portion of the ball race and the central axis is between 8 degrees and 15 degrees, and a first gap defines a difference in angle between B2 and A2.

US Pat. No. 10,247,571

REMINDER NOTIFICATION SYSTEM AND REMINDER NOTIFICATION METHOD

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

1. A reminder notification system comprising:a processor, wherein the processor is configured to function as:
a position acquisition unit configured to acquire a position of a user;
a target position setting unit configured to set a target position set, the target position set comprising at least one target position;
a reminder notification unit configured to provide a reminder about a proximity area within a predetermined distance from a target position of the target position set when the position of the user is in the proximity area;
a search unit configured to search for target positions to be included in the target position set within a predetermined search range; and
a target position information notification unit configured to notify of target position information about the target positions included in the target position set within the search range found in the search unit,
wherein the target position setting unit sets the target position set associated with a predetermined category,
wherein the reminder notification unit provides the reminder when the position of the user arrives at at least one proximity area of the target position set belonging to the predetermined category, and
wherein the search unit updates a list of the target positions included in the target position set and belonging to the predetermined category, according to a movement of the position acquisition unit, wherein the target positions that belong to the predetermined category and located within the search range of a new position of the user acquired by the position acquisition unit following movement of the position acquisition unit are added to the target position list when the target position list is updated, and target positions that are not located within the search range of a new position of the user acquired by the position acquisition unit following movement of the position acquisition unit are removed from the target position list when the target position list is updated.

US Pat. No. 10,247,830

VEHICLE POSITION DETERMINATION DEVICE, VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE POSITION DETERMINATION METHOD, AND VEHICLE POSITION DETERMINATION PROGRAM PRODUCT

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

1. A vehicle position determination device, comprising:a hardware processor configured to control:
a coordinates acquisition unit that acquires a position of a vehicle determined in a geographic coordinate system on the basis of information acquired from radio waves coming from a satellite;
a recognition unit that acquires lane information of a road on which the vehicle travels and recognizes the position of the vehicle on the lane; and
a control unit that derives a required correction amount on the basis of a comparison of the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit with the position recognized by the recognition unit, and corrects the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit on the basis of the derived required correction amount, and determines the position of the vehicle in the geographic coordinate system,
wherein the control unit weights one or both of the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit and the position recognized by the recognition unit to derive the required correction amount on the basis of accuracy according to determination of the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit,
wherein when the accuracy is lower than a threshold value, the control unit causes a weight of the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit to be greater than a weight of the position recognized by the recognition unit,
wherein when the accuracy is equal to or higher than a threshold value, the control unit causes a weight of the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit to be smaller than a weight of the position recognized by the recognition unit, and
wherein the weight of the position recognized by the recognition unit is changed by an amount corresponding to the change in the weight of the position acquired by the coordinate acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,113

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine in which an octane number of fuel to be supplied into a cylinder is varied by adjusting a ratio of an amount of low octane number fuel to a total amount of the low octane number fuel and an amount of high octane number fuel having the octane number greater than that of the low octane number fuel, which are to be supplied into the cylinder, the control apparatus comprising:a maximum octane number calculating unit that is configured to calculate a maximum octane number, which is a maximum value of the octane number of fuel capable of being supplied into the cylinder; and
an output limiting unit that is configured to limit an output from the internal combustion engine based on the calculated maximum octane number.

US Pat. No. 10,232,900

SADDLE-RIDE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-ride vehicle comprising:a main frame extending rearwardly in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle and downwardly from a head pipe;
a seat frame extending rearwardly in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle from the main frame;
a rider's seat supported on the seat frame, said rider's seat includes a front portion and at least one engaging hook mounted on a seat bottom surface of the rider's seat, said at least one engaging hook being displaced rearwardly relative to the front portion of the rider's seat;
wherein the seat frame is disposed in a frontward inclined manner toward the main frame such that the seat frame extends away from the seat bottom surface of the rider's seat thus forming a space below the seat bottom surface;
a seat support member is disposed in the space, said seat support member includes an upper surface wall extending in a lateral direction of the vehicle, said upper surface wall includes at least one seat engaging portion for receiving the at least one engaging hook mounted on the seat bottom surface of the rider's seat for securing the rider's seat relative to the seat support member;
leg walls extending downward in a vertical direction of the vehicle from both left and right end sides of the upper surface wall, wherein said leg walls are mounted on the seat frame;
said seat support member is configured to increase in height toward a front side in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
the space has a storage space adjacent to the front side of the seat support member, wherein the storage space is disposed between the seat support member and a fuel tank; and
a front support seat surface for supporting the front portion of the seat is formed on an upper portion of the fuel tank.

US Pat. No. 10,232,689

VEHICULAR DOOR STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicular door structure comprising:a door inner panel in which a work aperture is formed;
a sealing sheet configured to close the work aperture from an inside of a passenger compartment of the door inner panel;
a belt-shaped sealing compound application section formed at an inner side surface of the passenger compartment of the door inner panel and configured to surround a circumferential region of the work aperture; and
an attachment member configured to removably hold a wire-shaped member withdrawn from an outside of the passenger compartment of the door inner panel toward the inside of the passenger compartment through the work aperture and attach the wire-shaped member to the door inner panel,
wherein the attachment member is disposed at a position intersecting with an extension direction of the sealing compound application section,
wherein a sealing compound configured to adhere an outer circumferential edge section of the sealing sheet to an door inner panel side is continuously applied on the sealing compound application section and the attachment member,
wherein the door inner panel comprises a first surface including the sealing compound application section and a second surface recessed toward the outside of the passenger compartment with respect to the first surface,
wherein the attachment member comprises an attachment section attached to the second surface of the door inner panel, and a seal section to which the sealing compound is applied, and
wherein the first surface and the seal section have edge sections adjacent to each other, and
wherein heights of the first surface and the seal section are set to substantially the same height.

US Pat. No. 10,214,221

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING A VEHICLE DRIVER BY A PATTERN OF MOVEMENT

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

1. A computer-implemented method for identifying a vehicle driver by a pattern of movement, comprising:receiving sensor signals from at least one wearable device;
determining the pattern of movement based on data extracted from the sensor signals, wherein the extracted data represents physical movement and biosignal biometric parameters that are fused into combined movement data, wherein the combined movement data is converted into a data package that is indicative of the pattern of movement with respect to at least one movement of the vehicle driver that pertains to the vehicle;
evaluating at least one data point that is extracted from the data package to determine if it is consistent with at least one data point programmed within and extracted from at least one predetermined driver movement pattern;
identifying the vehicle driver based on the at least one data point being consistent with the at least one predetermined driver movement pattern;
executing a vehicle settings profile associated with the identified vehicle driver; and
controlling at least one vehicle system of the vehicle, wherein the at least one vehicle system is controlled based on the execution of the vehicle settings profile associated with the identified vehicle driver.

US Pat. No. 10,215,272

VALVE MECHANISM

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

1. A valve mechanism including a communicating passage that allows a first lubrication loop that supplies a lubricating fluid to a first lubricating part and a second lubrication loop that supplies the lubricating fluid to a second lubricating part to be in communication with each other, the valve mechanism comprising:a housing main body in which a main flow passage guiding some of the lubricating fluid to the communicating passage is formed;
a branch part provided at the housing main body and configured to branch the lubricating fluid into three directions for a first outflow port, a second outflow port, and a third outflow port;
a check valve provided in the communicating passage close to the first outflow port of the housing main body and configured to stop a flow of the lubricating fluid from the first outflow port to the main flow passage; and
a choke part provided at the check valve and configured to adjust a flow rate of the lubricating fluid flowing out from the first outflow port.

US Pat. No. 10,202,788

DOOR OUTER HANDLE

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

1. A door outer handle attached to an outer panel of a vehicle door from the outside, the outer panel having a first attachment hole and a second attachment hole arranged along a longitudinal direction of a vehicle,wherein the door outer handle has an elongated shape extending along the longitudinal direction of the vehicle,
wherein the door outer handle includes, at one longitudinal end, a contact point that comes into contact with an edge of the first attachment hole when the door outer handle is attached to the outer panel, the door outer handle being rotatable in a door's outside-inside direction about the contact point,
wherein the door outer handle includes, at the other longitudinal end, a counter weight inserted inside the door through the second attachment hole, and
wherein the counter weight includes an outer circumferential surface located farthest from the contact point, the outer circumferential surface being a substantially arc shape of a first arc having a center at the contact point in a state in which the door outer handle is attached to the outer panel,
wherein the counter weight includes an inner circumferential surface located closer to the contact point than the outer circumferential surface, the inner circumferential surface being a substantially arc shape of a second arc having a center at the contact point in the state in which the door outer handle is attached to the outer panel, and the counter weight entirely resides between the first arc and the second arc,
wherein the door outer handle includes a rod to operate opening or closing of the door,
wherein the counter weight includes a snap portion to elastically attach the rod to the counter weight, and the counter weight switches from a door closing position to a door opening position to operate the rod when the door outer handle is pulled outward,
wherein the snap portion is entirely located between the inner circumferential surface and the outer circumferential surface, and
wherein the snap portion is disposed to overlap with the counter weight in a plan view,
the door outer handle includes a handle body extending in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and an elastic body biasing the handle body inward in a vehicle width direction,
in a state in which the door outer handle is pulled outward, the counter weight is in the door opening position such that a top end of the counter weight is positioned below a top end of the handle body and a lowest end of the counter weight is positioned above a lowest end of the handle body and such that the door outer handle is attached to the second attachment hole by inserting and moving the counter weight along a linear trajectory without fine tuning of the position of the counter weight in the radial direction about the contact point and vertical direction with respect to the second attachment hole during assembly of the door outer handle to the outer panel.

US Pat. No. 10,202,035

FUEL SHUTOFF VALVE

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

1. A fuel shutoff valve attached to an upper portion of a fuel tank and shutting off communication between the fuel tank and an outside of the fuel tank by opening and closing a communication passage for communicating between an inside of the fuel tank and the outside of the fuel tank, the fuel shutoff valve comprising:a first valve mechanism including a cylindrical valve chamber, a coil disposed to surround the cylindrical valve chamber, and a movable core, the first valve mechanism enabling the communication between the fuel tank and the outside of the fuel tank by moving the movable core lower; and
a second valve mechanism including a valve body disposed inside the movable core, the second valve mechanism enabling the communication between the fuel tank and the outside of the fuel tank by shifting a level of the valve body due to pressure from the inside of the fuel tank or the outside of the fuel tank,
wherein the second valve mechanism includes two bias members, each of the members having a biasing force, biasing the valve body, and the second valve mechanism enables the communication with the pressures from the inside of the fuel tank and the outside of the fuel tank, the pressure from the inside of the fuel tank opposing one of the biasing forces of the two bias members and the pressure from the outside of the fuel tank opposing the other one of the biasing forces of the two bias members.

US Pat. No. 10,202,919

ENGINE OUTPUT CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. An engine output control device for controlling engine output at a time of a downshift speed change of a transmission, the engine output control device comprising:a crankshaft sensor for detecting an actual engine speed of a crankshaft; and
a throttle grip capable of adjusting the engine output according to an operation of a rider;
wherein the smaller of a requested engine output calculated on a basis of the actual engine speed and a rider requested engine output adjusted by the throttle grip is output as the engine output, and
wherein the engine output control device has a meshing portion formed in a projecting manner at one of a pair of speed change gears included in the transmission, is provided with a meshed portion into which the meshing portion is inserted at the other of the pair of speed change gears, and outputs the smaller of the requested engine output and the rider requested engine output as the engine output until relative rotation between the meshing portion and the meshed portion in a state of the meshing portion being inserted in the meshed portion is ceased in a power transmitting direction between the pair of speed change gears.

US Pat. No. 10,202,922

STARTUP CONTROL DEVICE, LOCK DETERMINATION METHOD, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING STARTER MOTOR

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

1. A startup control device that controls operation of a starter motor for starting an internal combustion engine, the startup control device comprising:an energization controller that turns on and off energization of the starter motor by a battery; and
a lock determination part that determines whether said internal combustion engine is in a locked state where the internal combustion engine is not started by said starter motor, wherein:
said energization controller is configured to stop energization of said starter motor when said lock determination part determines that said internal combustion engine is in a locked state after energization of said starter motor; and
said lock determination part is configured to
estimate an energization current value of said starter motor based on a temperature of said battery, an SOC of said battery, and an output voltage of said battery when energizing said starter motor,
set, to a first time, a lock determination time between start of energization of said starter motor and determination that said internal combustion engine is in a locked state, according to said estimated energization current value, and
determine that said internal combustion engine is in a locked state if a speed of said internal combustion engine does not exceed a predetermined speed before an elapsed time after energization of said starter motor exceeds said set lock determination time.

US Pat. No. 10,199,956

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD COMBINING A FIRST CONTROL SIGNAL AND A SECOND CONTROL SIGNAL

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

1. A power supply system comprising:a power supply;
a converter to convert voltage of electric power supplied from the power supply; and
a processor configured to
generate a first control signal to control the converter to output a target voltage or a target current via a feedback control based on the first control signal;
generate a second control signal to detect a state of the power supply;
combine the first control signal and the second control signal to control the converter; and
detect the state of the power supply based on a feedback signal that contains a component of the second control signal, wherein
the first control signal is used to generate a DC component in the electric power supplied by the power supply, and the second control signal is used to generate an AC component in the electric power, and
the processor generates the second control signal outside a feedback loop, and the second control signal has a frequency higher than a frequency that corresponds to a control cycle of the feedback control.

US Pat. No. 10,189,345

CONTROL OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND ROTATING ELECTRICAL MACHINE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a transmission;
a clutch interposed between the internal combustion engine and the transmission;
a first rotating electrical machine connected to a first wheel via the clutch;
a second rotating electrical machine connected to a second wheel or the first wheel without going through the clutch;
an electric power storage device that supplies electric power to the first rotating electrical machine and the second rotating electrical machine; and
a power controller that controls power of the internal combustion engine, the first rotating electrical machine, and the second rotating electrical machine,
wherein the power controller, when adding additional power to the power of the internal combustion engine, allocates the electric power to the second rotating electrical machine with priority over the first rotating electrical machine to generate power by the second rotating electrical machine with priority over the first rotating electrical machine,
wherein the power controller controls the power of the internal combustion engine and the second rotating electrical machine such that sum of the power of the internal combustion engine and the power of the second rotating electrical machine exceeds maximum transmission power of the clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,188,577

ELASTIC FORCE GENERATING DEVICE

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

1. An elastic force generating device comprising:an elastic structure which is comprising of a multilayer construction formed by alternately stacking a plurality of elastic members, each elastic member of the plurality of elastic members incorporates one or more hermetically sealed air chambers, with each hermetically sealed air chamber of the one or more hermetically sealed air chambers having a volume that decreases by compression, and a plurality of partition plates having higher stiffness than that of the elastic members, the elastic structure has through holes extending in a stacking direction and a total length in the stacking direction that is greater than a minimum width of each of the elastic members in a direction orthogonal to the stacking direction;
a flexible lengthy member inserted in a particular through hole of the through holes of the elastic structure; and
a tension imparting mechanism which is a mechanism adapted to variably impart a tension to the flexible lengthy member, the tension imparting mechanism is adapted to transmit a force between the flexible lengthy member and the elastic structure such that, at a time of imparting a tension to the flexible lengthy member, a force for compressing the elastic structure in the stacking direction increases as the tension increases.

US Pat. No. 10,183,635

DRAINAGE STRUCTURE FOR WINDSHIELD

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

1. A drainage structure for a windshield which comprises a windshield disposed at a front of a vehicle cabin, a front pillar disposed outside the windshield in a vehicle width direction, and a drainage groove recessed concavely toward an inside of the vehicle cabin between the windshield and the front pillar and configured to discharge captured water downward,wherein the drainage groove comprises a basic groove portion that opens toward a front surface side of the windshield between a side end surface on the windshield side and an opposite wall of the front pillar facing the side end surface, an expansion groove recessed concavely toward an inside of the windshield in the vehicle width direction from a bottom side of the basic groove portion, and a wall portion configured to protrude toward an opening side of the basic groove portion from a position of the bottom of the basic groove portion which is spaced apart in the vehicle width direction from each of the side end surface on the windshield side and the opposite wall of the front pillar.

US Pat. No. 10,179,627

FRICTIONAL PROPULSION DEVICE AND VEHICLE USING SAME

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

1. A frictional propulsion device, comprising:a body frame;
a main wheel including an annular core member having a rotational center line extending laterally and a plurality of driven rollers fitted on and arranged circumferentially along the annular core member so as to be rotatable around tangential lines of the annular core member at respective positions thereof on the annular core member;
a support shaft supported by the body frame and extending laterally across an interior of the main wheel;
a pair of drive disks positioned on either side of the main wheel and rotatably supported by the support shaft;
a plurality of drive rollers supported along an outer periphery of each drive disk so as to be each rotatable around a rotational center line extending in a skewed relationship to a rotational center line of the corresponding drive disk, an outer circumferential surface of each drive roller being in engagement with an outer circumferential surface of the driven rollers;
a drive unit supported by the body frame to individually rotatively drive the drive disks; and
a plurality of guide rollers rotatably supported by the body frame and engaging at least one of the driven rollers not engaged by any of the drive rollers from either side.

US Pat. No. 10,180,174

FLUCTUATION ATTENUATOR

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

1. A fluctuation attenuator configured to transmit a driving force output from a motor to a power transmission device while attenuating a fluctuation of the driving force of the motor, the fluctuation attenuator comprising:a first rotor connected to one of said motor and said power transmission device;
a housing portion provided in said first rotor and extending in a shape of an arc around a rotation axis line of said first rotor and along a circumferential direction of said first rotor;
a second rotor connected to the other of said motor and said power transmission device and axially aligned with the first rotor so as to rotate with the first rotor while enabling a relative angular displacement relative to said first rotor;
a plurality of supporting members inserted into said housing portion so as to be slidable along the circumferential direction of said first rotor, at least one of the supporting members being configured to contact the second rotor in the circumferential direction;
an elastic body held in inserting holes of said supporting members and having ends in the circumferential direction such that each end of said elastic body contacts said supporting members in a non-transmission state, wherein
at least one of said supporting members has a cutout portion which allows at least a part of at least one end of elastic body to expose such that said second rotor first contacts said exposed part of said at least one end of said elastic body and then contacts said at least one of the supporting members, and
said at least one of said supporting members has a clearance portion which recesses outward in the radial direction from said inserting hole so as to be located away from said elastic body such that said clearance portion does not contact said elastic body.

US Pat. No. 10,175,683

TEACHING DATA PREPARATION DEVICE AND TEACHING DATA PREPARATION METHOD FOR ARTICULATED ROBOT

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

1. A teaching data preparation device for an articulated robot, for carrying out an operation in accordance with teaching data to sequentially move an end effector, which is attached to a distal end of an arm, to a plurality of working points that are set on a workpiece, comprising:a preexisting data storage unit configured to store in association with each of the working points, and from among data relating to working points of a preexisting workpiece, preexisting position data that indicates positions of the working points, and preexisting orientation data that indicates orientations of the end effector at the working points;
a new data supplying unit configured to supply, from among data relating to working points of a new workpiece, new position data that indicates positions of the working points, and incomplete new orientation data that indicates orientations of the end effector at the working points; and
an orientation data preparing unit configured to search for and retrieve the preexisting position data that approximates the new position data based on a judgement that a difference between the preexisting position data stored in the preexisting position data storage unit and the new position data of the new data supplying unit lies within a predetermined range, extract the preexisting orientation data that is associated with the retrieved preexisting position data, and complete the incomplete new orientation data using the extracted preexisting orientation data.

US Pat. No. 10,173,490

DYNAMIC DAMPER CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A dynamic damper control device comprising:a vibration controlled object that vibrates in accordance with a vibration source;
a mounting member that is connected to the vibration controlled object;
a magnetorheological elastomer that elastically connects the mounting member and a mass member;
an electromagnet that generates a magnetic force to be applied to the magnetorheological elastomer; and
an elasticity properties controller that controls elasticity property of the magnetorheological elastomer by adjusting a current supplied to the electromagnet,
the elasticity properties controller including:
a target frequency determining unit that determines a target frequency by using a vibration state of the vibration source,
a first acceleration obtaining unit that obtains a first acceleration of the mass member,
a second acceleration obtaining unit that obtains a second acceleration of the vibration controlled object, and
a predetermined variable calculator that calculates a predetermined variable of a transfer function of the first acceleration with respect to the second acceleration at the target frequency,
wherein, if the predetermined variable is a numeric value other than 0, the elasticity properties controller changes the magnetic force generated in the electromagnet.

US Pat. No. 10,166,896

SEAT BELT ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE FOR OFF-ROAD VEHICLE

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

1. A seat belt attachment structure for an off-road vehicle comprising:a seat including a seat frame and at least a first occupant sitting position positioned adjacent a second occupant sitting position, each occupant sitting position having opposing sides;
a seat belt for each sitting position that is capable of being fastened and unfastened, each seat belt including a shoulder belt, a waist belt, and a tongue plate, wherein each seat belt when fastened is fixed at three points including at a retractor housing the shoulder belt, at an anchor fixing the waist belt on the same side of the sitting position as the retractor, and at a buckle positioned on the other side of the sitting position that detachably engages the tongue plate when the seat belt is fastened; and
at least a first appendage that extends upward from the seat frame and is positioned along the seat frame in the vehicle width direction between the first and second sitting positions, wherein the tongue plate of the seat belt of the first sitting position and either the tongue plate or the anchor of the seat belt of the second sitting position are attached to the first appendage when the seat belts of the first and second sitting positions are fastened, and wherein the anchor or the buckle of the first sitting position and the anchor or the buckle of the second sitting position are fixed to the first appendage at different positions along the length and the height of the vehicle.
US Pat. No. 10,167,535

MAGNESIUM CASTING ALLOY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

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

1. A magnesium casting alloy comprising Mg, Zn and Y,wherein a content of Zn is at least 1.2 atomic % but no more than 4.0 atomic %,
a content of Y is at least 1.2 atomic % but no more than 4.0 atomic %,
a composition ratio Zn/Y of Zn to Y is at least 0.9 but no more than 1.1,
an Mg purity of an Mg mother phase is at least 97.0%, and
a thermal conductivity is at least 80.0 W/m·K.

US Pat. No. 10,160,006

COATING DEVICE AND COATING METHOD

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

1. A coating device comprising:a discharge nozzle group which includes a plurality of discharge nozzles having open/close valves and in which the plurality of discharge nozzles are arranged so as to be aligned;
a pipe collection portion which is arranged on an upstream side of a plurality of discharge pipelines that respectively communicate with the plurality of discharge nozzles forming the discharge nozzle group and in which the plurality of pipelines are collected;
a plurality of supply units which are arranged on an upstream side of the pipe collection portion and which can supply a viscous material to the discharge nozzle group;
a switch portion which is arranged between a supply portion and the pipe collection portion and which can switch between an opened state where the viscous material from the supply portion is supplied to the discharge nozzle group and a closed state where the viscous material is not supplied to the discharge nozzle group; and
a control portion which operates with respect to a first time zone, a second time zone, a third time zone and subsequent time zones, wherein for respective time zones, flow rates of the viscous material discharged from the discharge nozzle group differ from each other and wherein respective time zones are continuous,
the control portion makes, in the first time zone, a predetermined supply unit among the plurality of supply units supply the viscous material to the discharge nozzle group at a first flow rate, wherein the predetermined supply unit completes preparation of the viscous material in the first time zone,
stops, at a timing at which the first time zone is switched to the second time zone, the supply in the predetermined supply unit and makes another supply unit among the plurality of supply units that completes a preparation of the viscous material supplied in the second time zone, start the supply of the viscous material to the discharge nozzle group at a second flow rate and makes, in the second time zone, the another supply unit supply the viscous material at the second flow rate and
makes the predetermined supply unit start a preparation of the viscous material necessary in any one of the third time zone and the subsequent time zones.

US Pat. No. 10,151,255

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

5. A control device for an internal-combustion engine, comprising:circuitry to
calculate, in accordance with an operating state of the internal-combustion engine, a basic supercharging pressure of intake gas generated by a supercharger provided in the internal-combustion engine,
acquire a flow rate change state parameter that correlates with a change state of the flow rate of the intake gas controlled by a flow rate control mechanism provided in the internal-combustion engine,
calculate a correction value in accordance with the flow rate change state parameter,
calculate an estimated supercharging pressure of the intake gas by correcting the basic supercharging pressure with the correction value,
set a target supercharging pressure which is a target of the estimated supercharging pressure, and
control operation of the supercharger using the estimated supercharging pressure so that the estimated supercharging pressure is substantially equal to the target supercharging pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,118,594

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION FOR A SMART ENTRY DOOR HANDLE IN A VEHICLE

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

1. A computer-implemented method for reducing power consumption for a smart entry door handle in a vehicle comprising:determining if a portable device is located within a polling range of the vehicle;
supplying a first predetermined amount of power to the smart entry door handle if it is determined that the portable device is located within the polling range of the vehicle; and
supplying a second predetermined amount of power to the smart entry door handle if it is determined that the portable device is located outside of the polling range of the vehicle;
wherein supplying the second predetermined amount of power to the smart entry door handle includes supplying an amount of power to a communication device of the vehicle in order to provide a default polling mode,
wherein the default polling mode includes the communication device of the vehicle transmitting a predetermined number of polling signals within a predetermined time period,
wherein supplying the first predetermined amount of power to the smart entry door handle includes supplying a reduced amount of power relative to the second predetermined amount of power to the communication device of the vehicle in order to provide a reduced polling mode, and
wherein the reduced polling mode includes the communication device of the vehicle transmitting a reduced number of polling signals within the predetermined time period relative to the predetermined number of polling signals transmitted within the predetermined time period in the default polling mode.

US Pat. No. 10,100,914

GEAR

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

1. A gear comprising:a toothed member at a radially outer side;
a boss at a radially inner side;
two connectors connecting the toothed member and the boss to each other such that the toothed member, the boss, and the connectors define a sealed space, the two connectors being fixed to the toothed member and the boss; and
a dynamic damper disposed in the sealed space.

US Pat. No. 10,093,157

TWO-STAGE SUN VISOR MOUNTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

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

1. A mounting system for attaching an accessory to a body member of a motor vehicle, the body member having an inner edge defining an opening within the body member, comprising:a base inserted into the opening of the body member, comprising:
a hook-shaped first engagement feature, the first engagement feature for engagement with the body member of the motor vehicle; and
a base aperture;
a clip disposed within the base aperture and the body member of the motor vehicle, the clip defining a second engagement feature, the clip comprising:
a first pair of legs;
a second pair of legs connected to the first pair legs at a top portion of the clip; and
first and second flexible tab members extending from the top portion of the clip biased outwardly between the first and second pairs of legs into engagement with the inner edge of the body member; and
a cap, comprising:
a cap base;
a plunger extending from a first side of the cap base, the plunger inserted into the base aperture and into the clip, the plunger abutting the flexible tab members, thereby maintaining the flexible tab members in engagement with the body member; and
a first multi-tab clip extending from a first side of a bottom side of the cap, comprising:
a first sloped hook at a distal end of the first multi-tab clip, the first sloped hook in engagement with the edge of the base aperture when the cap is in a first configuration, the first sloped hook creating an interference fit with the edge of the base aperture preventing accidental removal of the cap from the base; and
a first retention tab located between the first sloped hook and the bottom side of the cap, the first retention tab in engagement with edge of the base aperture when the cap is in a second configuration, the first retention tab creating an interference fit with the edge of the base aperture preventing accidental removal of the cap from the base.

US Pat. No. 10,066,425

CONSOLE APPARATUS FOR AUTOMOBILE

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

1. A console apparatus for an automobile, comprising:a console main body, arranged between a left seat and a right seat of the automobile;
a slide component, supported at the console main body in a manner of being capable of sliding in a front-rear direction of the automobile;
a locking unit, locking a forward slide of the slide component when the slide component is located at a rear moving position;
an unlocking unit, unlocking the slide component locked by the locking unit at the rear moving position according to an unlocking operation; and
a force applying unit, applying a forward force to the slide component when the slide component is located at the rear moving position, and making the slide component slide forwards when the locking of the slide component at the rear moving position is unlocked,
wherein the slide component slides rearwards to the rear moving position from a second rear moving position closer to a front side than the rear moving position, so that the force applying unit stores an applying force which makes the slide component slide forwards,
wherein the force applying unit applies a force to a middle position between the rear moving position and a front end position of the slide component.

US Pat. No. 10,066,744

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND POWER UNIT FOR A VEHICLE, AND VEHICLE INCLUDING SAME

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

1. A transmission apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a main shaft to which rotary power of an engine is routed through a clutch, and which is provided with a plurality of drive gears including a drive-side shifter gear;
a countershaft provided with a plurality of driven gears including a driven-side shifter gear, the driven gears rotated by the plurality of drive gears;
a plurality of shift forks configured to move the drive-side shifter gear and the driven-side shifter gear in an axial direction;
a shift drum provided with a lead groove for engagement with end portions of the shift forks;
a drum angle sensor configured to detect a rotary angle of the shift drum;
a shift spindle provided with a clutch actuator configured to operate the clutch, and also with a shift actuator configured to operate the shift drum;
a spindle angle sensor configured to detect a rotary angle of the shift spindle;
a motor configured to rotate the shift spindle; and
a controller configured to control the motor;
wherein the clutch has a partial engagement state between a fully engaged state and a disengaged state thereof,
wherein, when the shift spindle is rotated to a shift-down side, the clutch actuator is rotated prior to the shift actuator, and
wherein during operation of the apparatus, the controller rotates the shift spindle to a shift-up side and stores, as a standard duty, a driving duty of the motor at the time when the rotary angle of the shift drum reaches a drum angle threshold, thereafter rotates the shift spindle to the shift-down side, and learns a rotary angle of the shift spindle at the time when the standard duty is generated, as a touch point at which the clutch is put into the partial engagement state.

US Pat. No. 10,054,218

VEHICLE AND ACCESSORY CONTROL SYSTEM

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

1. A control system for a vehicle, the vehicle including a powertrain and an accessory, the control system comprising:an actuator configured to operate in a powertrain mode to control an aspect of the powertrain, and to operate in an accessory mode to control an aspect of the accessory; and
a selector configured to switch the actuator between the powertrain mode and the accessory mode;
wherein the actuator is a paddle shifter configured to be disposed adjacent a steering wheel to enable actuation while one of the vehicle operator's hands grasps the steering wheel, the paddle shifter having a first lever on one side of the steering wheel, and a second lever on an opposite side of the steering wheel, the first lever and the second lever each being operable to shift gears of the vehicle when the vehicle is in the powertrain mode; and
wherein the accessory is a winch, the first lever and the second lever each being operable to operate the winch when the vehicle is in the accessory mode.

US Pat. No. 10,041,805

NAVIGATION SERVER AND PROGRAM

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

1. A server which is communicably connected respectively to a portable terminal and a vehicle-mounted navigation device mounted on a vehicle, the server comprising:a wireless unit;
a storage unit that stores facility information;
a facility retrieval unit that retrieves facility information that satisfies predetermined criteria from the storage unit in response to an information distribution start request received from the vehicle-mounted navigation device via the wireless unit;
a first determination unit that determines whether the portable terminal is present inside the vehicle based on current vehicle position information received from the vehicle-mounted navigation device via the wireless unit and current position information of the portable terminal received from the portable terminal via the wireless unit; and
a facility information providing unit that directly transmits the facility information retrieved by the facility retrieval unit to both the vehicle mounted navigation device and the portable terminal via the wireless unit when the first determination unit determines that the portable terminal is present inside the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,041,582

VEHICLE ACCESSORY CONTROLS, AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

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

1. A control system for use with a vehicle having handlebars that are configured to enable vehicle steering, the handlebars defining a pair of grasping portions that are disposed to facilitate grasping by a vehicle operator's hands, the vehicle including a powertrain and an accessory, the control system comprising:a manually actuable primary selector disposed adjacent one of the grasping portions to enable manual actuation while one of the vehicle operator's hands grasps the one grasping portion, the primary selector being configured to be in selective electrical communication with the powertrain to operate in a powertrain mode to control a function of the powertrain; and
a manually actuable override selector disposed adjacent the one grasping portion, the override selector being configured to activate an override mode in which the primary selector is in selective electrical communication with the accessory to control a function of the accessory, and in which electrical communication with the powertrain is terminated.

US Pat. No. 10,012,130

COOLING SYSTEM

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

1. A cooling system, comprising:a radiator that is mounted in a vehicle and circulates a cooling medium to release heat of the cooling medium;
a fan configured to generate cooling air to cool the radiator; and
a shroud that is provided between the fan and the radiator and is configured to guide the cooling air,
wherein the shroud comprises a double structure having an internal space,
wherein the internal space is configured to enable the cooling medium to pass through the internal space when the cooling medium circulates,
wherein the radiator is mounted in a saddle-type vehicle as the vehicle, and
wherein an additional radiator configured to circulate the cooling medium common with the radiator is provided at a front part of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,005,415

DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OCCUPANT

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

1. A determination apparatus for occupant comprising:a weight sensor configured to detect a weight of an object on a seat in a vehicle;
a lateral acceleration sensor configured to detect lateral acceleration, the lateral acceleration being acceleration in a width direction of the vehicle and having a positive or negative sign based on the width direction;
a storage unit configured to store:
a lateral acceleration threshold, the lateral acceleration threshold indicating whether occupant determination for an occupant on the seat is to be conducted and having a positive or negative sign, and
a table in which an occupant region for use in the occupant determination is set, the table being made based on the weight and the lateral acceleration; and
a processing unit configured to conduct the occupant determination on the basis of the weight, the lateral acceleration, and the table when the lateral acceleration is higher than the lateral acceleration threshold,
wherein the weight sensor is disposed at one width wise direction side of the seat such that the weight detected by the weight sensor increases when the lateral acceleration is exerted in the one width wise direction and the weight detected by the weight sensor decreases when the lateral acceleration is exerted in an opposite direction opposite to the one width wise direction, and
the processing unit determines whether the lateral acceleration is higher than the lateral acceleration threshold, and when the lateral acceleration is not higher than the lateral acceleration threshold, the processing unit does not conduct the occupant determination.

US Pat. No. 9,994,281

HANDLE POSITION-ADJUSTMENT STRUCTURE OF STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A handle position-adjustment structure of a straddle vehicle comprising:a right and left pair of front forks arranged on both sides of a front wheel for supporting the front wheel;
a top bridge including insertion holes into which the right and left pair of said front forks are inserted, and connecting the right and left pair of said front forks with each other;
a right and left pair of handle holders arranged above or below said insertion holes, and having a cylinder portion inserted into said front fork in such a manner so as to be rotatable around an axis of said front fork; and
an adjustment hole allowing adjustment of a position of the handle holder;
wherein:
the position of said handle holder is adjustable by a fixing member inserted into said adjustment hole and one of said top bridge and said handle holder;
said fixing member is oriented in a direction perpendicular to said axis of said front fork;
an extension portion is provided in said top bridge, and extends toward said handle holder from the top bridge, and
said fixing member is inserted into said extension portion and said adjustment hole.

US Pat. No. 9,995,187

INTAKE VALVE APPARATUS FOR USE WITH A COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

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

1. A valve assembly for use with a combustion engine, comprising:a valve stem having a plunger end; and
a valve head having a central axis and a stem portion connected to the plunger end of the valve stem, the valve head having a hollow interior portion defining interior floor and ceiling surfaces, the interior floor surface terminating at an outer circumference of the hollow interior portion, the valve head including ribs that extend between the interior floor and ceiling surfaces and that extend radially around the valve head central axis from within the stem portion to the outer circumference of the hollow interior portion, the ribs being configured such that a majority of an upper surface of each rib contacts the ceiling surface, at least one of the ribs intersecting the central axis of the valve head, and at least one of the ribs extending from the outer circumference of the hollow interior portion and terminating at a location that is spaced away from the central axis.

US Pat. No. 9,990,540

OPERATION ESTIMATION APPARATUS, ROBOT, AND OPERATION ESTIMATION METHOD

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

1. An operation estimation apparatus comprising:a distance measurement sensor that measures a distance for a predetermined range; and
at least one processor in communication with the distance measurement sensor and configured to operate as:
a human-body processing unit that detects a person on the basis of a distribution of distances measured by the distance measurement sensor;
a tracking unit that assigns an identifier to each person detected by the human-body processing unit;
a situation estimation unit that estimates a reaction of the person on the basis of a human data height which is a value of a height direction included in the measured distance in a first period set by prompting the person to start and end hand raising, wherein the situation estimation unit measures the human data height for each person to which the identifier is assigned by the tracking unit a plurality of times in the first period, extracts an identifier for which a plurality of human data heights are in the predetermined range, and estimates the reaction of the person corresponding to the extracted identifier; and
a control unit that outputs a signal indicating a prompt for the person to start or end the hand raising and controls behavior of a robot on the basis of the estimated reaction of the person.

US Pat. No. 9,988,116

REMOVABLE SEAT FRAME FOR ENGINE INSTALLATION

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

1. A method of installing an engine assembly in a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle comprising a frame body defining a cabin area and an engine area, the engine area being primarily accessible from the cabin area during installation of the engine assembly, a seat frame removably attached to the frame body in the cabin area, and a seat assembly removably attached to the seat frame, comprising the steps of:lowering the engine assembly into the cabin area of the frame body;
moving the engine assembly along a longitudinal axis into the engine area of the frame body;
lowering the engine assembly onto an engine mount in the engine area of the frame body;
attaching the seat frame to the frame body in the cabin area; and
attaching the seat assembly to the seat frame.

US Pat. No. 9,988,120

DIRECTION INDICATOR AND REARVIEW MIRROR STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

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

1. A combined direction indicator and rearview mirror structure for a vehicle, comprising:a direction indicator for a vehicle that selectively emits a forward blinking light for announcing a change of direction of said vehicle; and
a rearview mirror having a mirror housing which supports a mirror body therein,
wherein the mirror housing includes a projecting portion which partially covers a vehicle-widthwise outer part of the direction indicator, and in a side view, a front part of the projecting portion extends forward and downwardly with respect to a vehicle body, overshadowing the covered portion of the direction indicator;
wherein the direction indicator angularly and adjustably supports said mirror housing,
and wherein said mirror housing is mounted with at least a part thereof disposed above and in front of said direction indicator.

US Pat. No. 9,983,369

ARTICULATE JOINT MECHANISM HAVING CABLE

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

1. An articulate joint mechanism including a first link, a second link, a coupling mechanically connecting the first link with the second link in a mutually moveable manner at least with one degree of freedom, and an optical fiber cable extending from the first link to the second link via the coupling, the optical fiber cable including a fiber cable core and a sheath surrounding the fiber cable core, the mechanism comprising:a first cable retaining part provided in a part of the first link and including a sheath fixing part fixedly securing the sheath to the first link and a core fixing part fixedly securing the fiber cable core to the first link via the sheath and the sheath fixing part; and
a first cable engaging part provided in a part of the first link located between the first cable retaining part and the coupling and including a sheath fixing part fixedly securing the sheath to the first link while allowing the optical fiber core to deflect freely.

US Pat. No. 9,970,489

SYNCHRONIZER AND TRANSMISSION

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

1. A synchronizer comprising:a hub configured to rotate together with a rotating shaft, and including a first outer circumferential surface and first external splines on the first outer circumferential surface;
a sleeve including, on an inner circumferential surface thereof, internal splines to be slidably engaged with the first external splines, and configured to move in an axial direction between a neutral position and an operation position by a shift operation;
a transmission gear adjacent to the hub, relatively rotatably supported by the rotating shaft, having a friction surface on a side of the hub, and including a second outer circumferential surface and second external splines on the second outer circumferential surface;
a blocking ring arranged between the hub and the transmission gear, including a third outer circumferential surface and dog teeth on the third outer circumferential surface to be slidably engaged with the internal splines, and movable in an axial direction so as to be able to frictionally engage with the friction surface; and
a synchronous spring attached on the third outer circumferential surface of the blocking ring,
when the sleeve is moved in the axial direction from the neutral position to the operation position, the blocking ring being moved in the axial direction and frictionally engaged with the transmission gear, and the internal splines of the sleeve being engaged with the dog teeth of the blocking ring, thereby the rotation of the hub being synchronized with the rotation of the transmission gear, and
the internal splines moving to the transmission gear and engaging with the second external splines, thereby the rotating force of the hub being transmitted to the transmission gear via the sleeve,
wherein the blocking ring comprises:
a notch formed in the third outer circumferential surface; and
a preceding projecting member accommodated in the notch, configured to project toward the second external splines, and supported by the synchronous spring, and
after the rotation of the hub and the rotation of the transmission gear are synchronized by the movement of the sleeve, the preceding projecting member is pressed by the internal splines, and engaged with the second external splines before the internal splines are engaged with the second external splines.

US Pat. No. 9,974,100

IN-VEHICLE UNIT, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

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

1. A communication system, comprising:an in-vehicle unit; a mobile terminal; and a predetermined communicator,
wherein the in-vehicle unit
is configured to determine a connection state of the mobile terminal and a connection state of the communicator,
is configured to send information related to a motor vehicle to the mobile terminal if it is determined that only the mobile terminal is connected,
is configured to send the information related to the motor vehicle to the communicator if it is determined that only the communicator is connected, and
is configured to send the information related to the motor vehicle to the mobile terminal, and is configured to not send the information related to the motor vehicle to the communicator if it is determined that both of the mobile terminal and the communicator are connected,
wherein the mobile terminal is configured to analyze the information related to the motor vehicle, which has been received from the in-vehicle unit, and is configured to send information related to an analysis result thereof to the in-vehicle unit, and is configured to send the information related to the motor vehicle, which has been received from the in-vehicle unit, or the information related to the analysis result thereof to a predetermined information collection device, and
wherein the communicator is configured to send the information related to the motor vehicle, which has been received from the in-vehicle unit, to a predetermined communicator-side device that is provided on a side of the information collection device.

US Pat. No. 9,971,934

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PARTIALLY OCCLUDED OBJECT DETECTION

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

1. A computer-implemented method for partially occluded object detection, comprising:obtaining a response map for a detection window of an input image, wherein the response map is based on a trained model and the response map includes a root layer and a parts layer;
determining visibility flags for each root cell of the root layer and each part of the parts layer based on the response map, wherein the visibility flag is one of visible or occluded;
determining an occlusion penalty for each root cell with a visibility flag of occluded and for each part with a visibility flag of occluded, wherein the occlusion penalty is based on a location of the root cell or the part with respect to the detection window;
determining a detection score for the detection window based on the visibility flags and the occlusion penalties; and
generating an estimated visibility map for object detection based on the detection score.

US Pat. No. 9,972,202

DRIVING SUPPORT METHOD, PROGRAM, AND DRIVING SUPPORT DEVICE

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

1. A driving assistance method for assisting a driver to drive a vehicle provided with an electronic device that comprises an acceleration acquisition device that acquires information indicating a change in an acceleration of the vehicle, and an information presentation device that presents information to the driver, the information indicating that a lane change should be restricted when driving on a travel path having multiple lanes, the method comprising:a congestion warning sign information acquisition step of, by the electronic device, acquiring congestion warning sign information based on the information indicating the change in the acceleration acquired by the acceleration acquisition device, the congestion warning sign information indicating whether or not a change in traffic flow tends toward congestion;
a multi-lane information acquisition step of, by the electronic device, acquiring information indicating whether or not a position of the electronic device is on a travel path having multiple lanes;
a restriction information presentation step of, by the information presentation device, presenting to the driver the information indicating that the lane change is restricted in cases where the position of the electronic device is on the travel path having multiple lanes and the congestion warning sign information indicates that the change in traffic flow tends toward congestion;
a non-restriction information presentation step of, by the information presentation device, presenting the information indicating that lane change is not restricted in cases where the position of the electronic device is on the travel path having multiple lanes and the congestion warning sign information does not indicate that the change in traffic flow tends toward congestion;
a detection step of, by the electronic device, detecting a proportion of a number of driving assistance enabled vehicles to a total number of vehicles in a specific travel path range; and
a presentation operation change step of, by the electronic device, changing a manner of operation of the information presentation device so as to present the information indicating whether or not the lane change is restricted according to the proportion of the number of driving assistance enabled vehicles to the total number of vehicles in the specific travel path range.

US Pat. No. 9,964,163

METHOD OF CONTROLLING ELECTRIC CURRENT OF LINEAR SOLENOID VALVE

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

1. A method of controlling an electric current of a linear solenoid valve by performing, pulse width modulation on a coil current for energizing a linear solenoid of the linear solenoid valve which is open when energized to adjust the hydraulic pressure of a working oil in a hydraulic clutch for transmitting and interrupting rotational drive power from a power source to a drive wheel of a vehicle, the method comprising:setting a duty ratio to a higher value and setting a period of the pulse width modulation to a shorter value as the degree to which said hydraulic clutch is engaged increases from a disengaged state thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,964,956

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION GENERATING DEVICE FOR MOBILE ROBOT

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

1. An operating environment information generating device for a mobile robot which generates, as information for use in operation control of the mobile robot, environment information indicating a spatial arrangement state of a surface portion of an external object existing in an operating environment of the mobile robot, the operating environment information generating device comprising a control device having at least one processor and at least one memory, the at least one memory having stored thereon a program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the control device to function as:an environment information measuring/creating unit which obtains measurement data according to the spatial arrangement state of the surface portion of the external object existing in a measuring object area in a surrounding of the mobile robot using an external-object recognition sensor mounted on the mobile robot and creates the environment information based on the measurement data;
a contact-surface position/posture estimating unit which is operable, when the mobile robot comes into contact with an external object during the operation control of the mobile robot based on the environment information created by the environment information measuring/creating unit, to obtain estimated contact-surface position/posture as estimates of an actual position and posture of a contact surface of the mobile robot with the external object based on a posture state of the mobile robot at the time of the contact; and
an environment information correcting unit which compares position/posture before contact, representing a position and posture before contact with the mobile robot of a portion of the surface portion of the external object corresponding to the contact surface, indicated by the environment information created by the environment information measuring/creating unit before the contact, with the estimated contact-surface position/posture obtained by the contact-surface position/posture estimating unit, and, in a case where a degree of difference between the position/posture before contact and the estimated contact-surface position/posture is a predetermined amount or greater, corrects the environment information in at least the portion corresponding to the contact surface of the surface portion of the external object for which the environment information was created by the environment information measuring/creating unit, in such a way as to conform to the estimated contact-surface position/posture.

US Pat. No. 9,963,170

VEHICLE FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle front structure comprising:a front side frame extending in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle;
a first load transmitting member joined to a front end and an outer surface in a vehicle-width direction of the front side frame, the first load transmitting member having a width tapering from a front of the vehicle toward a rear of the vehicle so as to have a substantially triangle shape when viewed in plan view,
wherein the first load transmitting member includes a substantially U-shaped portion that is open toward the front-side frame;
wherein the vehicle front structure further comprises a longitudinal-plate-shape second load transmitting member joined to and along a bottom of the substantially U-shaped portion of the first load transmitting member; and
wherein the first load transmitting member includes a first groove formed at a part of the bottom thereof, the first groove being recessed in a direction away from the second load transmitting member such that a closed cross section is profiled by the bottom of the first load transmitting member and the second load transmitting member in a continuous manner in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,927,014

STATOR STRUCTURE FOR TORQUE CONVERTER

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

1. A torque converter comprising a pump impeller that is connected to a drive source and rotates around an axis, a turbine runner that is connected to an input shaft of a transmission and rotates around the axis, and a stator structure including a stator that is disposed between the pump impeller and the turbine runner, the stator comprising a first stator that is positioned on an upstream side in a direction of circulation of oil and a second stator that is positioned on a downstream side in the direction of circulation, the first stator being supported on a fixed part via a first one-way clutch, and the second stator being supported on the fixed part via a second one-way clutch,wherein the first stator includes a plurality of blades and the second stator includes a plurality of blades, and
wherein in a view seen along the axis, a blade tip part of each of the blades of the first stator is inclined in a disengagement direction of the first one-way clutch relative to a blade base part and regardless of a relationship between phases of the first stator and the second stator, each of the blades of the first stator is continuously connected at least at one position to one of the blades of the second stator in a direction of the axis.

US Pat. No. 9,927,019

POWER UNIT

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

1. A power unit which includes an internal combustion engine and a transmission configured to change a speed of output power of the internal combustion engine and output the output power of the changed speed from a driving force output power shaft and is mounted on a vehicle, the power unit comprising:the transmission includes input power shafts disposed at a position offset in an axial direction of the driving force output power shaft from the driving force output power shaft so as to have an axial line parallel to the driving force output power shaft and to which rotational power is inputted from the internal combustion engine;
a first casing for supporting the input power shafts for rotation thereon and a second casing having an output power shaft supporting portion on which the driving force output power shaft is supported for rotation are disposed adjacent each other such that the output power shaft supporting portion projects to a side farther than the first casing; and
a breather chamber is formed between first and second case members, said first and second case members form the second casing so as to be disposed above a projection of one end portion of the driving force output power shaft from the output power shaft supporting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,926,821

CYLINDER LUBRICATION SYSTEM FOR TWO-STROKE ENGINE

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

1. A cylinder lubrication system for a two-stroke engine including a scavenging port opening out in an inner circumferential surface of a cylinder, comprising:a lubricating oil supply passage defined in an engine main body and connected to a lubricating oil source; and
a plurality of lubricating oil supply openings opening out in the inner circumferential surface of the cylinder at a point lower than a top ring of a piston located at a bottom dead center, the piston being connected to a connecting rod by a piston pin;
wherein portions of the inner circumferential surface of the cylinder which are disposed on a line perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the piston pin are a thrust side and an antithrust side of the inner circumferential surface of the cylinder,
wherein the engine main body comprises a cylinder block and a cylinder sleeve fitted in the cylinder block, the lubricating oil supply openings being formed in the cylinder sleeve and an annular oil passage that communicates the lubricating oil supply passage with the plurality of lubricating oil supply openings being defined on an outer circumferential surface of the cylinder sleeve,
wherein the lubricating oil supply openings are arranged circumferentially,
wherein, at at least one axial position of the cylinder, the lubricating oil supply openings located nearest to the thrust side and the anti-thrust side are greater in diameter than the lubricating oil supply openings located nearest to portions of the inner circumferential surface of the cylinder which are disposed on a line extending in the longitudinal direction of the piston pin,
wherein the cylinder sleeve includes a lower end projecting from the cylinder block into a crank chamber, the lubricating oil supply openings being formed in the lower end of the cylinder sleeve projecting from the cylinder block into the crank chamber; and
wherein an annular oil passage forming member surrounds a part of the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder sleeve corresponding to the lubricating oil supply openings, and an annular groove serving as the annular oil passage is formed between an inner circumferential surface of the oil passage forming member and the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder sleeve so as to commonly communicate with the lubricating oil supply openings.

US Pat. No. 9,919,473

METHOD FOR PRODUCING FIBER-REINFORCED RESIN BONDED BODY

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

1. A method for producing a fiber-reinforced resin bonded body, for heating connection ends of a first composite member and
a second composite member and thereafter pressing the connection ends between a lower mold and an upper mold to bond the connection
ends, the first composite member and the second composite member each containing a first thermoplastic resin and first discontinuous
fibers having a fiber length La,
the method comprising:
a heating step, in which the first composite member and the second composite member are placed on the lower mold in such a
manner that end surfaces of the connection ends are arranged facing each other at an interval of a first length, the lower
mold is heated by a first heater to melt portions of the first composite member and the second composite member in such a
manner that the melted portions extend inward from the end surfaces over a second length, and a connecting member containing
a second thermoplastic resin and second discontinuous fibers having a fiber length Lb is heated and melted by a second heater;

a stacking step, in which the melted connecting member is placed so as to bridge a space between the melted connection ends
to thereby form a stack;

a pressing step, in which the lower mold and the upper mold are moved closer to each other to press the stack, whereby the
melted portions of the connection ends and the melted connecting member are caused to flow into the space between the end
surfaces and are mixed with each other to form a mixture portion; and

a solidifying step, in which the mixture portion is cooled and solidified, whereby the first composite member and the second
composite member are bonded by the mixture portion to produce the fiber-reinforced resin bonded body,

wherein the first length is equal to or more than ½ of the fiber length Lb, and the second length is equal to or more than
the fiber length La.

US Pat. No. 9,915,343

PULLEY PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR BELT-DRIVEN CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

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

1. A pulley pressure control apparatus for a belt-driven continuously variable transmission that includes a drive pulley connected
to a power source, a driven pulley connected to a driving wheel, and an endless belt looped over the drive pulley and the
driven pulley, and that transmits drive power of the power source to the driving wheel while changing a gear ratio, the pulley
pressure control apparatus comprising:
a pulley pressure controller that controls pulley pressure in the belt-driven continuously variable transmission;
a road surface friction coefficient calculator that detects a coefficient of friction on a road surface; and
a braking force calculator that detects a braking force of a vehicle, wherein
when the vehicle transitions to a decelerating travel mode with the road surface friction coefficient calculator detecting
that the coefficient of friction on the road surface is a predetermined value or lower, the pulley pressure controller increases
the pulley pressure by a predetermined additional amount, and

when the braking force calculator detects an increase in the braking force in the decelerating travel mode, the pulley pressure
controller reduces the additional amount for the pulley pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,909,665

GEAR-SHIFTING MECHANISM DRIVING DEVICE

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

1. A gear-shifting mechanism driving device including a transmission for selectively establishing a gear combination by turning
of a shift spindle for turning a master arm and an actuator as a power source for turning the shift spindle, the gear-shifting
mechanism driving device comprising:
a reduction gear shaft provided in a power transmission path between the actuator and the shift spindle;
a first gear provided on one end side of the reduction gear shaft to receive power from the actuator side; and
a second gear provided on another end side of the reduction gear shaft to transmit power to the shift spindle side;
wherein the reduction gear shaft comprises a torsion bar.

US Pat. No. 9,902,448

UTILITY VEHICLE

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

1. A utility vehicle autonomously navigating in a work area including humps and hollows, having a body and a driven wheel
rotatably fastened to the body, comprising:
an auxiliary driven wheel coaxially fixed to the driven wheel and having an outer diameter smaller than that of the driven
wheel and a width equal to or smaller than that of the driven wheel, wherein

the auxiliary driven wheel has an outer peripheral surface formed in a circular cylindrical shape to contact the ground, an
inner surface connected to the outer peripheral surface, a closed side face fixed to a side face of the driven wheel, and
an opened side face opposing to the closed side face in an axial direction of the driven wheel, the auxiliary driven wheel
being formed at the opened side face with multiple projections projecting outwardly of the auxiliary driven wheel from an
end of the outer peripheral surface in the axial direction,

wherein the outer peripheral surface has:
multiple ribs extending from the closed side face to the opened side face in a direction parallel to the axial direction,
provided at regular intervals over an entire surface of the outer peripheral surface, and continuously bulging out from the
outer peripheral surface to project radially outward from the outer peripheral surface; and

members radially spaced from the inner surface and extending from each of the ribs to adjacent ribs and extending from the
closed side face to the opened side face, along the outer peripheral surface,

wherein the projections project from ends of the ribs, and
wherein each circumferential side of each rib has one of the members fastened thereon.

US Pat. No. 9,902,456

STORAGE PART STRUCTURE OF SADDLE-RIDE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A storage part structure of a saddle-ride vehicle comprising:
a head pipe;
a main frame extending rearwardly from the head pipe;
a storage box arranged adjacent to the main frame wherein the storage box opens upwardly; and
a box lid for covering an opening portion of the upwardly openable storage box in an openable and closable manner;
wherein a key cylinder for operating a box-side locking mechanism for locking the box lid is arranged behind a handle holder
and in front of the storage box; and

the box lid includes:
an arm portion positioned on a side of the key cylinder;
a lower-side box lid; and
an upper-side box lid for covering the lower-side box lid from above; wherein the arm portion is formed on the upper-side
box lid.

US Pat. No. 9,899,028

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

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

1. An information processing device comprising:
a first speech recognizer which performs speech recognition on an input speech signal using first speech recognition data
to generate first text data;

a transceiver which is capable of receiving, from a second speech recognizer which performs speech recognition using second
speech recognition data with higher versatility than the first speech recognition data to generate second text data, the second
text data; and

a controller that determines whether or not to stop an operation of the first speech recognizer based on a communication state
with the second speech recognizer; and

a first preprocessor which performs pre-processing on the speech signal to generate a first acoustic feature quantity, wherein
the first preprocessor includes hierarchical processors of L (where L is a prescribed integer equal to or greater than 1)
hierarchies,

an m-th (where m is an integer equal to or greater than 1 and equal to or less than L) hierarchical processor performs an
m-th hierarchical processing on m-th hierarchical data to generate (m+1)th hierarchical data, first hierarchical data is the
speech signal, and (L+1)th hierarchical data is the first acoustic feature quantity, and

the controller determines to which hierarchy of the hierarchical processors is operated in response to the communication state
when stopping, an operation of the first speech recognizer, wherein

a first hierarchical processor is a sound source localizer which calculates a sound source direction of each sound source
from a speech signal of a plurality of channels,

a second hierarchical processor is a sound source separator which separates the speech signal of the plurality of channels
into sound source-specific speech signals of each of the sound sources, and

a third hierarchical processor is a feature quantity calculator which calculates acoustic feature quantities from the sound
source-specific speed signals.

US Pat. No. 9,887,427

FUEL CELL STACK

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

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

a fluid manifold extending in a stacking direction of the stacked body, the fluid manifold allowing a fluid to flow therethrough,
the fluid being one of a fuel gas, an oxidant gas, and a coolant;

a terminal plate, an insulator, and an end plate that are disposed at each of two ends of the stacked body in the stacking
direction; and

a heat pipe assembly disposed in an outer portion of the fuel cell stack near at least one of the end plates,
wherein the heat pipe assembly includes
a heat receiving portion disposed in the fluid manifold and receiving heat from the fluid, and
a heat dissipation portion extending from a surface of a terminal electrode that is disposed on the terminal plate and that
is exposed to the outside of the fuel cell stack, the heat dissipation portion dissipating heat, received by the heat receiving
portion, to the terminal electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,884,599

VEHICLE FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle front structure comprising:
a front frame member of a vehicle;
a bumper beam disposed at a front section of the vehicle in a vehicle width direction;
a crush box fixed to a rear surface of the bumper beam and having a rear end portion coupled to a front end portion of the
front frame member; and

a corner reinforcement member disposed at a corner portion formed between the rear surface of the bumper beam and a side surface
of the crush box,

wherein an outer surface of the corner reinforcement member is joined in a state in which the outer surface abuts the rear
surface of the bumper beam and the side surface of the crush box,

wherein the bumper beam has an opening formed at an end portion in the vehicle width direction,
wherein the opening is closed by a lid member,
wherein the lid member has an extension section extending toward an inside of the crush box, and
wherein the extension section is coupled to the front frame member together with the crush box.

US Pat. No. 9,879,638

EVAPORATED FUEL TREATMENT DEVICE

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

1. A method of operating an evaporated fuel treatment device comprising:
a sealing valve that is an electromagnetic valve controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) and is provided on a communication
passage between an atmosphere and a fuel tank mounted on a vehicle having an internal combustion engine, and blocks the fuel
tank from the atmosphere;

a canister that is provided between the atmosphere and the sealing valve on the communication passage, and recovers evaporated
fuel discharged through the communication passage from the fuel tank;

a canister internal pressure detection unit that is provided on a canister side relative to the sealing valve on the communication
passage, and detects a canister internal pressure in the canister;

a control part that performs an instruction for opening or closing the sealing valve, and controls a purge;
a diagnostic part that performs a function diagnosis of an evaporated fuel sealing system including the fuel tank, the canister,
and the sealing valve; and

a switching valve that is an electromagnetic valve controlled by the electronic control unit (ECU) and is provided between
the atmosphere and the canister on the communication passage, and opens or blocks the canister to the atmosphere,

wherein:
the diagnostic part performs the function diagnosis of the sealing valve based on whether or not the canister internal pressure
detected by the canister internal pressure detection unit varies beyond a predetermined range during a selected time period,
when the sealing valve, in a closed state, is opened according to the instruction by the control part, while the internal
combustion engine is in operation and the purge, controlled by the control part, is not performed,

the control part performs an instruction for opening the sealing valve, and performs an instruction for closing the switching
valve during stop of the internal combustion engine, and

the canister internal pressure detection unit is used for detection of a tank internal pressure in the fuel tank while the
sealing valve is open and the switching valve is closed according to the instruction by the control part.

US Pat. No. 9,879,711

WHEEL BOLT CAP

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

1. A decorative cap and fastener for fastening a wheel to a hub of a vehicle, comprising:
a fastener head comprising an outer surface and an internal surface defining a cylindrical cavity; anda cap comprising:
an end wall having an external surface and an internal surface;
a side wall extending from an outer periphery of the end wall;
a central member extending longitudinally from the internal surface of the end wall within the side wall; and
a plurality of bumpers extending from the internal surface of the end wall, the plurality of bumpers configured to control
a level of stress on the side walls.

US Pat. No. 9,874,876

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AUTONOMOUSLY NAVIGATING UTILITY VEHICLE

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

1. An apparatus for controlling operation of an autonomously navigating turnable utility vehicle equipped with a body and
a prime mover mounted on the body to make the vehicle travel about a working area delineated by a boundary wire laid thereat
in order to work autonomously, the working area including a first area and a second area connected to the first area, a distance
between mutually facing segments of the boundary wire in the first area being equal to or less than a predetermined value
over a predetermined length, a distance between mutually facing segments of the boundary wire in the second area being greater
than the predetermined value, the apparatus comprising:
a magnetic field strength detector installed on the body to detect a magnetic field strength generated by electric current
passing through the boundary wire;

a travel controlling unit configured to control the prime mover to make the vehicle turn and travel straight forward every
time the vehicle traveling in the working area reaches the boundary wire, based on the magnetic field strength detected by
the magnetic field strength detector;

a value setting unit configured to establish a threshold value that is less than a minimum value of a total magnetic field
strength obtained by adding the magnetic field strengths generated by the mutually facing segments of the boundary wire in
the first area, and is greater than a maximum value of the magnetic field strength generated by each of the mutually facing
segments individually; and

a first area discriminating unit configured to discriminate that the vehicle travels in the first area when the magnetic field
strength detected by the magnetic field strength detector is kept to be greater than the threshold value for a first time
period from a first turn to a second turn of the vehicle, or when the magnetic field strength detected by the magnetic field
strength detector is kept to be greater than the threshold value for a predetermined time period after the first turn.

US Pat. No. 9,876,994

PERSONALIZED AMBIENT LIGHTING

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

1. A system for personalized vehicle ambient lighting on a vehicle, comprising:
a sensor detecting a presence of a user;
an image sensor capturing image color information from an image of the user;
a controller having a processor operably connected to the image sensor, wherein the controller controls capturing of the image
based on the presence of the user;

an image processor extracting image color information associated with the user from the image and generating color values
indicative of a color associated with the user, wherein the processor for the controller generates a light emitting diode
(LED) activation scheme based on the color values;

a first plurality of LEDs; and
a first LED driver connected to the controller and the first plurality of LEDs, wherein the first LED driver activates portions
of the first plurality of LEDs based on the LED activation scheme.

US Pat. No. 9,874,952

VEHICLE USER INTERFACE (UI) MANAGEMENT

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

1. A system for vehicle user interface (UI) management, comprising:
an interface component comprising:
a display portion located at a first position; and
an input portion located at a second position different than the first position, the input portion receiving one or more user
inputs;

an operation component selecting one or more modes for a UI based on one or more of the user inputs;
a presentation logic generating one or more objects based on a selected mode and presence information associated with one
or more of the user inputs, wherein the presence information is indicative of whether a user is in contact with the input
portion of the interface component; and

a rendering component rendering one or more of the objects to form a composite image at the display portion, wherein the rendering
component renders a control object that represents a command or a shortcut based on presence information indicating that the
user is in contact with the input portion of the interface component,

wherein the interface component, the operation component, the presentation logic, or the rendering component is implemented
via a processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,873,437

COORDINATED VEHICLE RESPONSE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DRIVER BEHAVIOR

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

1. A method of controlling vehicle systems in a motor vehicle, comprising:
receiving monitoring information from a response system, the monitoring information including information about a rotation
direction of a head of a driver with respect to the driver and the vehicle;

determining a body state index based on the monitoring information;
detecting a first hazard based on information received from a blind spot monitoring system;
detecting a second hazard based on the first hazard and information received from a lane keep assist system; and
controlling an electronic power steering system based on the body state index, the second hazard and the rotation direction
of the head of the driver.

US Pat. No. 9,868,475

MULTI-MATERIAL JOINT ASSEMBLY, JOINT AND METHOD FOR A VEHICLE

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

1. A multi-material joint for a vehicle, comprising:
a first panel defining a first panel throughole;
a one-piece rivet nut having a rivet nut flange positioned on a first side of the first panel, a rivet nut sleeve extending
from the rivet nut flange that is received through the first panel throughole, a rivet nut axial throughole defined axially
through the rivet nut sleeve, and internal threads radially extending from the rivet nut sleeve into the rivet nut axial throughole,
wherein the rivet nut sleeve is deformed to include a bulged portion disposed on a second side of the first panel to secure
the rivet nut to the first panel;

a non-expanding washer disposed between the first panel and the bulged portion for protecting the first panel from forces
exerted thereon by the bulged portion;

a second panel defining a second panel throughole, the second panel arranged relative to the first panel such that the second
panel throughole is in registry with the first panel throughole;

a third panel defining a third panel throughole, the third panel arranged relative to the first panel such the third panel
throughole is also in registry with the first panel throughole; and

a bolt received through each of the first panel throughole, the second panel throughole and the third panel throughole and
threadedly engaged with the internal threads to secure the second and third panels to the first panel.

US Pat. No. 9,856,683

DOOR HINGE

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

14. A hinge assembly for attaching a door to a sloped member, comprising:
an upright hinge pipe that extends through the door to reinforce the door, the upright hinge pipe having a top end and a bottom
end;

an upper hinge pipe pivotally attached to the top end of the upright hinge pipe and fixedly attached to the sloped member;
and

a lower pivot connecting the bottom end of the upright hinge pipe to the sloped member.

US Pat. No. 9,858,924

VOICE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VOICE PROCESSING METHOD

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

1. A voice processing apparatus comprising:
a sound input unit configured to acquire an audio signal via a microphone;
a voice recognition unit configured to perform voice recognition, via a voice processing device, on the audio signal acquired
by the sound input unit;

an intention understanding unit configured to understand a user's intention on the basis of a recognition result recognized
by the voice recognition unit; and

a question unit configured to question the user via a speaker or an image display unit,
wherein the question unit sets question content for the user according to a predetermined priority,
wherein the question unit generates a confirmation question to confirm whether an understood result understood by the intention
understanding unit is correct and changes the priority on the basis of an understood result of the confirmation question by
the intention understanding unit,

wherein the question unit reduces the question content to less than the current question content according to the priority,
and

wherein the priority is based on a number of questions which have been asked to the user.

US Pat. No. 9,849,795

CONNECTOR ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. A connector attachment structure for an electric vehicle comprising:
an attachment bracket secured to a vehicle body; and
a vehicle connector attached to the attachment bracket and connected through a cable to a vehicle-mounted power switchboard,
wherein the attachment bracket includes
a first bracket having an attachment portion to which the vehicle connector is attached, and
a second bracket secured to the vehicle body and positioned on a vehicle inner side of the first bracket,
wherein the first bracket and the second bracket constitute a closed cross section,
wherein the first bracket protrudes outward in a vehicle width direction to have a space between the first bracket and the
second bracket, and

wherein the closed cross section is a cross section taken along the vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,853,905

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS CONNECTED DEVICE PRIORITIZATION IN A VEHICLE

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

1. A method for managing a plurality of electronic devices with a vehicle, comprising:
establishing operable connections for computer communication between the plurality of electronic devices and the vehicle in
a vehicle network, including each electronic device of the plurality of electronic devices communicating one or more data
types to the vehicle, wherein the one or more data types identifies data types that each electronic device of the plurality
of electronic devices is capable of transmitting to the vehicle via each of the operable connections between each electronic
device of the plurality of electronic devices, wherein the one or more data types are stored at a data storage device;

determining a current vehicle context of the vehicle based on information received from one or more vehicle systems of the
vehicle;

assigning a priority to each electronic device of the plurality of electronic devices based on the current vehicle context,
the one or more data types of each electronic device of the plurality of electronic devices, and a priority rules set stored
at the data storage device; and

upon detecting a trigger event on the vehicle network, controlling data transmission of each of the operable connections between
each electronic device of the plurality of electronic devices and the vehicle based on the priority.

US Pat. No. 9,850,936

MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR MOUNTING COMPONENT

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

1. A mounting structure for a mounting component, comprising:
a cylindrical portion with a radially enlarged portion radially enlarged at one end of the cylindrical portion of the mounting
component; and

a first member including a holding portion for holding the mounting component and to which a second member is mounted by the
mounting component,

the holding portion being provided with:
a housing space for the mounting component, the housing space being formed with a base portion, a side wall portion upstanding
from the base portion, and a seat portion being continuous with a top of the side wall portion and having a bolt through hole
into which a bolt is inserted; and

a mounting component insertion hole provided in the side wall portion for inserting the mounting component into the housing
space,

wherein the bolt through hole abuts on a peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion of the mounting component, and
the holding portion is provided with:
a communication portion for providing communication between the bolt through hole and the mounting component insertion hole,
for allowing passage of the cylindrical portion of the mounting component into the bolt through hole; and

restrictions for forming a narrow portion in the communication portion, the narrow portion being narrower than an outer dimension
of the cylindrical portion of the mounting components;

wherein the seat portion is provided with lightening portions close to the restrictions and receiving portions, for receiving
the radially enlarged portion of the mounting component, are formed at locations overlapping the lightening portions when
viewed from an axial direction of the bolt through hole.

US Pat. No. 9,850,768

TURBINE WHEEL INCLUDING A TURBINE DISK, TURBINE BLADES, AND SEAL PLATES

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

1. A turbine wheel comprising:
a turbine disk including a plurality of groove portions which are formed in its outer periphery;
a plurality of turbine blades respectively including protrusions which are formed on their base ends, and fixed to the turbine
disk by fitting the protrusions into the groove portions in an axial direction;

outer annular grooves each formed in one axial end surface of a corresponding turbine blade, and each opened inward in a radial
direction;

an inner annular groove formed in one axial end surface of the turbine disk, and opened outward in the radial direction; and
seal plates for sealing gaps between the groove portions and the protrusions, each seal plate being fixed to the one axial
end surface of a respective one of the plurality of turbine blades and the one axial end surface of the turbine disk with
a radially outer end portion of the seal plate in contact with a groove bottom of the outer annular groove of the respective
one of the plurality of turbine blades, and with a radially inner end portion of the seal plate in engagement with a step
portion in the inner annular groove,

wherein
each seal plate is formed from an elastic plate member whose radially intermediate portion is curved projecting in a first
direction toward the one axial end surface of the respective one of the plurality of turbine blades and the one axial end
surface of the turbine disk, and

each seal plate includes
an assembly recessed portion, which is recessed in a direction getting closer to the one axial end surface of the respective
one of the plurality of turbine blades and the one axial end surface of the turbine disk, in a position near a radially outer
end of the seal plate, the assembly recessed portion being adapted to receive a tip end of a tool and being formed in a part
of the seal plate that is continuously curved with the radially intermediate portion to project in the first direction, and

a disassembly protrusion, which projects in a direction getting away from the one axial end surface of the respective one
of the plurality of turbine blades and the one axial end surface of the turbine disk, in a position near a radially inner
end of the seal plate,

wherein each seal plate is adapted to elastically deform to flatten a curve of the radially intermediate portion when the
tool, with the tip end received in the assembly recessed portion, is moved in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,845,878

SEALING STRUCTURE

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

1. A sealing structure, comprising:
a tank main body having a filling chamber body with a filling chamber for filling fluid in the filling chamber and a cylindrical
body formed in a cylindrical shape integrally with the filling chamber body;

an insertion member having an insertion portion with a cylindrical outer shape inserted in the cylindrical body;
an O-ring provided between the cylindrical body and the insertion portion to seal fluid;
a first backup ring that is endless and disposed on one side, with respect to an axial direction, of the O-ring to restrict
movement of the O-ring along the axial direction,

wherein an annular housing groove is formed on an inner circumferential surface of the cylindrical body such as to be recessed
outward with respect to a radial direction in order to house the O-ring and the first backup ring,

wherein the cylindrical body is provided with a first cylindrical element integral with the filling chamber body and a second
cylindrical element that is attachable/detachable along the axial direction to/from the first cylindrical element,

wherein, when the second cylindrical element detaches from the first cylindrical element, the housing groove is divided into
a first half groove and a second half groove at a dividing surface along the axial direction such that the first half groove
faces outward,

wherein the dividing surface is a surface on which the first cylindrical element and the second cylindrical element come in
contact with each other; and

wall parts extending in the radial direction are provided at both ends of the housing groove that comprises a first bottom
surface, a second bottom surface, and a third bottom surface, said both ends of the housing groove being bound on both sides
of the housing groove in an axial direction,

wherein each of the wall parts continues from the second bottom surface and the third bottom surface, and a first space is
provided between one of the wall parts and the first backup ring and a second space is provided between the other of the wall
parts and a second backup ring,

wherein the sealing structure is subject to alternate pressure,
wherein the second cylindrical element prevents movement of the second backup ring, and wherein movement of the second cylindrical
element is prevented by a thread portion of the cylindrical body,

wherein the second cylindrical element includes a bottom surface which is on a side of the dividing surface and a top surface
which is opposite to the bottom surface, and wherein the insertion member is a separate body from the second cylindrical element,
and presses the top surface of the second cylindrical element in the axial direction by threadedly engaging with the thread
portion of the first cylindrical element,

wherein the insertion member has a first outer diameter and a second smaller outer diameter, the first cylindrical element
has an outer diameter and an inner diameter, and the second cylindrical element has an outer diameter and an inner diameter,

wherein the first outer diameter of the insertion member corresponds to the inner diameter of the second cylindrical element,
the outer diameter of the second cylindrical element corresponds to the inner diameter of the first cylindrical element, and
the inner diameter of the second cylindrical element corresponds to the second smaller outer diameter of the insertion member.

US Pat. No. 9,818,554

SWITCH-OPERATION-DETERMINING DEVICE

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

1. A switch operation determining device, comprising:
a switch;
a determination circuit for determining whether or not the switch has been operated;
wherein the determination circuit further comprises:
a first resistor, a first diode, and a second diode, which are serially connected in this order from a power source, such
that current flows to ground from the power source; and

a controller that compares an anode potential of the first diode with a threshold potential, and determines that the switch
has been operated if the anode potential of the first diode is lower than the threshold potential;

wherein, between the first diode and the second diode, the second diode is connected in parallel with the switch,
wherein the determination circuit further comprises a second resistor and a third diode, which is connected in series with
the second resistor, and the second resistor and the third diode are connected in parallel with the first resistor, the first
diode, and the second diode, such that current flows to ground from the power source,

wherein a forward voltage of the third diode is set higher than a forward voltage of the first diode, and lower than a sum
of the forward voltages of the first diode and the second diode, and

wherein the threshold potential is an anode potential of the third diode.

US Pat. No. 9,796,293

VEHICLE POWER DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle power device comprising:
a front battery module including a plurality of batteries;
a rear battery module including a plurality of batteries;
a battery case housing the front battery module and the rear battery module; and
a cooling circuit including a cooling pump, a front battery module cooler that cools the front battery module, and a rear
battery module cooler that cools the rear battery module,

the battery case being disposed below a floor panel,
the cooling circuit including cooling internal piping that is provided inside the battery case, that receives coolant from
the cooling pump, and that discharges coolant to outside of the battery case, and

the cooling internal piping including, between the front battery module and the rear battery module, a branched section where
the flow of coolant branches to the front battery module cooler and to the rear battery module cooler and including a flow
path having one end connected to the branched section and another end passing through to outside the battery case through
one side of the battery case in a vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,796,315

CONTAINER HOLDING SYSTEM

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

1. A container holding system comprising:
a housing having a compartment and an upper surface, the upper surface having a support portion for supporting a container
and an opening leading to the compartment;

a support for holding the container, the support being movable between a retracted position in which the support is received
within the compartment, and an extended position in which the support extends out of the compartment and laterally over the
support portion of the upper surface to hold the container on the support portion, and

a latch arm joined to one of the housing and the support, and a receiver joined to the other of the housing and the support
for holding the support in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 9,793,773

STATOR OF ELECTRIC ROTARY MACHINE AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREFOR

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

1. A stator of an electric rotary machine, including:
a stator core having plural slots;
a segmented coil of plural phases; and
plural base plates laminated at each end of the stator core in an axial direction extending along a rotation axis of the rotary
machine,

wherein the segmented coil includes
plural coil bars which are individually inserted in the plural slots in the stator core and which extend substantially straight
and

plural end coil connections which are disposed on each of the base plates to form spanning portions to connect the coil bars
of the same phase together,

wherein each of the plural base plates includes plural through holes configured to receive the plural coil bars, respectively,
wherein each of the plural base plates includes an inner surface located on an inner side thereof in the axial direction and
an outer surface located on an outer side thereof in the axial direction, the plural end coil connections are disposed on
the inner surface and on the outer surface,

wherein the stator core and the plural coil bars form a stator core assembly,
wherein each of the plural base plates is assembled with a corresponding part of the plural end coil connections to form a
corresponding one of plural base plate assemblies,

wherein the stator is configured by the stator core assembly and the plural base plate assemblies laminated at each end of
the stator core assembly, and

wherein the plural base plates include a first base plate and a second base plate both of which are disposed at one end of
the stator core in the axial direction, the second base plate being disposed outward of the first base plate in the axial
direction of the stator core.

US Pat. No. 9,786,935

FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND FUEL CELL SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD

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

1. A fuel cell system comprising:
a fuel cell that generates electric power upon a reaction between a fuel gas and an oxidant gas;
a radiator that releases heat of coolant that cools the fuel cell;
a coolant pump that circulates the coolant;
a temperature detection device that detects a temperature of the coolant;
a coolant introduction path that introduces the coolant to the fuel cell;
a coolant discharge path that discharges the coolant that has already flowed through the fuel cell;
a radiator circulation path that supplies the coolant through the radiator and circulates it from the coolant discharge path
to the coolant introduction path;

a bypass circulation path that bypasses the radiator and circulates the coolant from the coolant discharge path to the coolant
introduction path;

a flow path switching valve that is provided at a connection part between the bypass circulation path and the coolant introduction
path or between the bypass circulation path and the coolant discharge path, and that is configured to supply the coolant to
the bypass circulation path in a case where a temperature of the coolant becomes lower than or equal to a first temperature
threshold value while the fuel cell is generating electric power; and

a control portion configured to perform rapid cooling control of the fuel cell after the fuel cell has stopped generating
electric power,

wherein the control portion comprises a flow path switching control device configured to control the flow path switching valve
in rapid cooling control of the fuel cell so as to supply the coolant to the radiator circulation path until a temperature
of the coolant becomes a second temperature threshold value that is lower than the first temperature threshold value,

wherein the flow path switching valve is a thermostat valve comprising a heater configured to heat the thermostat valve and
to allow the thermostat valve to open and close regardless of the temperature of the coolant, and

wherein the flow path switching control device is configured to supply the coolant to the radiator circulation path until
the temperature of the coolant becomes the second temperature threshold value due to control of heat application to the thermostat
valve performed by the heater, even when the temperature of the coolant becomes lower than or equal to the first temperature
threshold value, after the fuel cell has stopped generating electric power.

US Pat. No. 9,783,227

VEHICLE STEERING DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle steering, device inclusive of a steering member to be operated to change the traveling direction of a vehicle
for performing steering of the vehicle in response to operation of the steering member, comprising:
a first steering assist device having at least a first steering torque sensor, a first assist motor that applies an assist
force for steering to the steering member, and a first control unit; and

a second steering assist device having at least a second steering torque sensor, a second assist motor that applies an assist
force for steering to the steering member, and a second control unit,

wherein
the first and second assist motors are physically separated from each other, but mutually coupled via a steering force transmission
mechanism,

the first and second steering torque sensors are arranged between the steering member and one of the first and second assist
motors, which is located near the steering member, and

the first control unit performs driving control of the first assist motor so as to apply an assist force at least based on
a first steering torque detected by the first steering torque sensor, and

the second control unit performs driving control of the second assist motor so as to apply an assist force at least based
on a second steering torque detected by the second steering torque sensor,

wherein the first and second control units perform the driving control independently from each other, and
wherein a mechanical connection is maintained from the steering member through to wheels of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,783,241

VEHICLE BODY REAR PART STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body rear part structure comprising:
a rear panel that extends in a vehicle width direction at a vehicle body rear part;
a rear pillar that stands upward from an outer end part in the vehicle width direction of the rear panel; and
a corner part that is formed at a joint part between the rear panel and the rear pillar, wherein:
a door opening part is formed by the rear panel, the rear pillar, and the corner part;
the rear panel comprises a rear panel interior on the inner side of a vehicle interior and a rear panel exterior on the outer
side of the vehicle interior;

the rear pillar comprises a rear pillar interior that stands upward in a gravity direction and that has a lower end in the
gravity direction which is joined to an outer end part in the vehicle width direction of the rear panel interior, and a rear
pillar exterior that stands upward in the gravity direction and that has a lower end in the gravity direction which is joined
to an outer end part in the vehicle width direction of the rear panel exterior;

the rear panel interior comprises a rear panel inner flange that extends toward the vehicle body rear from an upper end part
in the gravity direction of the rear panel interior;

the rear panel exterior comprises a rear panel outer flange that extends along the rear panel inner flange;
the rear pillar interior comprises a rear pillar inner flange that extends toward the vehicle body rear from an inner end
part in the vehicle width direction of the rear pillar interior;

the rear pillar exterior comprises a rear pillar outer flange that extends along the rear pillar inner flange;
a plurality of first spot weld parts that join together the rear panel inner flange and the rear panel outer flange by spot
welding are provided at a first weld pitch along a circumferential direction of the door opening part;

a plurality of second spot weld parts that join together the rear pillar inner flange and the rear pillar outer flange by
spot welding are provided at a second weld pitch along a circumferential direction of the door opening part;

at the corner part, a plurality of third spot weld parts that join together, by spot welding, regions of the rear panel inner
flange, the rear panel outer flange, the rear pillar inner flange, and the rear pillar outer flange where at least three of
the flanges overlap with one another are provided at a third weld pitch along a circumferential direction of the door opening
part; and

the third weld pitch is set to be shorter than the first weld pitch and the second weld pitch.

US Pat. No. 9,780,387

FUEL CELL

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

1. A fuel cell formed by stacking a membrane assembly and separators, the membrane electrode assembly including electrodes
and an electrolyte membrane interposed between the electrodes, one of the separators having a generally rectangular shape
with two opposed long sides and two opposed short sides, and comprising:
a reactant gas flow field for allowing a fuel gas or an oxygen-containing gas as one of reactant gases to flow along a separator
surface in one direction, and

a reactant gas passage defined by an opening extending through the separator proximate one of the short sides thereof, and
connected to the reactant gas flow field for allowing the one of the reactant gases to flow in the stacking direction of the
separators;

wherein:
the opening of the reactant gas passage has a tapered shape extending in a flow field width direction intersecting with a
flow direction in the reactant gas flow field; and in the reactant gas passage, a width of the opening on the short side of
the separator is greater at a first edge of the opening near a central longitudinal axis of the separator than the width of
the opening at a second edge of the opening spaced away from said central longitudinal axis in the flow field width direction,

the one of the separators has triangular buffers provided at an inlet and an outlet of the reactant gas flow field, respectively;
the width of the opening decrease continuously from a maximum width proximate the first edge to a minimum width at the second
edge alongside of a corresponding one of the triangular buffers;

the width of the opening of the reactant gas passage is greatest proximate a wide portion of one of the buffers;
one side of the opening of the reactant gas passage is in parallel to one side of the triangular buffers; and
a length of the opening of the reactant gas passage is smaller than a width of the reactant gas flow field in the flow field
width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,738,175

DRIVE DEVICE, TRANSPORT APPARATUS, AND ENERGY STORAGE CONTROL METHOD

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

1. A drive device comprising:
a first energy storage;
a second energy storage which is superior to the first energy storage in energy to weight density and inferior to the first
energy storage in power to weight density;

a booster to boost a first voltage output from the first energy storage;
a motor to be driven by power output from at least one of the first energy storage and the second energy storage; and
a controller to control the booster to operate in a first mode while a voltage point is within a referenced closed region
and to operate in a second mode while the voltage point is outside the referenced closed region, the voltage point representing
a relationship between the first voltage and a second voltage output from the second energy storage in a two-dimensional coordinate
system having a first axis representing the first voltage and having a second axis representing the second voltage, the first
axis being perpendicular to the second axis.

US Pat. No. 9,739,616

TARGET RECOGNITION AND LOCALIZATION METHODS USING A LASER SENSOR FOR WHEELED MOBILE ROBOTS

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

1. A computer implemented method for localizing a wheeled robot/vehicle using a laser sensor, comprising:
scanning an angular section of a surrounding environment of the wheeled robot/vehicle by the laser sensor, wherein the laser
sensor is mounted on a rotary actuator of the wheeled robot/vehicle;

identifying a target, wherein identifying the target includes detecting edges on the target and recognizing a pattern of the
target based on the scanning by the laser sensor, wherein detecting the edges on the target is based on laser sensor measurements
and rotary actuator angular positions of the rotary actuator, and wherein detecting the edges on the target includes identifying
two edges that have a minimum length equal to a minimum depth of the target;

transforming the laser sensor measurements and the rotary actuator angular positions into vehicular coordinates, wherein the
vehicular coordinates are associated to the target as identified from the laser sensor and derived from time instant points
corresponding to the two edges, wherein the time instant points are joined in a straight line;

determining global coordinates for the vehicular coordinates based on a slope of the straight line; and
controlling the wheeled robot/vehicle to travel autonomously based on the global coordinates.

US Pat. No. 9,731,615

GRID OVERLAY FOR A ZIP CODED MAP SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR

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

1. A method for managing a demand response (DR) event request comprising:
dividing a geographic region into a plurality of units, wherein each unit is associated with a specific utility provider;
issuing a DR event request from the specific utility provider for at least one particular unit of the plurality of units;
determining which of a plurality of vehicles are in the at least one particular unit;
determining a subset of the plurality of vehicles that meet qualifying criteria of the DR event request; and
sending a vehicle to grid (V2G) request to the subset of the plurality of vehicles to participate in the DR event request.

US Pat. No. 9,764,765

VEHICLE-BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle-body front structure comprising:
left and right front side frames each having a front end portion, an inner side wall, and an outer side wall;
a bumper beam bridged between the front end portions of the left and right front side frames;
left and right gussets respectively extending from corresponding one of the front side frames to outside in a vehicle width
direction, and each having an outer end portion;

left and right upper members each including a front end portion joined to corresponding one of the outer end portions of the
left and right gussets,

wherein the front side frames each include
a front load absorption portion having a first front end portion coupled with the bumper beam, and configured to be axially
crushed by an impact load that is input to the bumper beam from a vehicle front side, and

a rear load absorption portion provided at a vehicle rear side of the gusset, and configured to be bent by the impact load,
and

wherein, each of the gussets includes a front wall being:
housed in an inner portion of the corresponding front side frame joined to the inner side wall of the corresponding front
side frame, and

sandwiched by the outer side wall of the corresponding front side frame in a vehicle front-rear direction,
wherein the front side frames each include
a frame main body having a substantially U-shaped cross section being open to the outside in the vehicle width direction,
and

a frame back plate constituting the outer side wall and closing the opening of the frame main body,
wherein the frame main body and the frame back plate cause the front side frame to have a closed cross section,
wherein the gussets each include
a gusset main body having a substantially U-shaped cross section being open to the vehicle rear side, and
a gusset back plate closing the opening of the gusset main body, wherein the gusset main body and the gusset back plate cause
the gusset to have a closed cross section,

wherein the gusset main body includes the front wall having an inner flange, the frame main body includes the inner side wall,
and the inner flange of the front wall is joined to the inner side wall of the frame main body, and

wherein the frame back plate includes a front frame back plate and a rear frame back plate, and the front wall is sandwiched
between the front frame back plate and the rear frame back plate in the vehicle front-rear direction.

US Pat. No. 9,764,776

MOTOR VEHICLE ENGINE ROOM AIR AND WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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

1. An air and water management system for an engine room that houses an engine of a motor vehicle, comprising:
an air opening on a side of the motor vehicle, the air opening allowing air to enter and exit the engine room;
an engine cover located in the engine room, the engine cover covering at least a portion of the engine of the motor vehicle;
a rib extending from a top side of the engine cover, the rib creating and defining a gutter on the engine cover between the
rib and a side of the engine room;

wherein air entering the air opening flows over the rib and into the engine room of the motor vehicle; and
wherein the rib blocks debris that enters the air opening from flowing past the gutter and into the engine.

US Pat. No. 9,759,178

PLUG BUILT-IN TYPE OPTICAL MEASUREMENT PROBE, AND OPTICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A plug built-in type optical measurement probe comprising:
a spark section for performing ignition by spark discharge between electrodes;
a light receiving section including an optical window in which light generated at a time of combustion enters through an incidence
surface, a light guide in which light transmitted through the optical window enters, and a light-blocking holder in which
an end portion of the light guide is provided and holds for holding the optical window at an end portion, the light receiving
section being for receiving light, within a field of view, that expands toward out of the light-blocking holder from the incidence
surface of the optical window along a center axis of the light-blocking holder, transmitted through the optical window; and

a plug main body for holding, next to each other, the spark section and the end portion of the light-blocking holder in a
protruded position so that the incidence surface is arranged at a position where discharge light from the spark section does
not enter the field of view of the light receiving section.

US Pat. No. 9,756,296

PERSONALIZED AMBIENT LIGHTING

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

1. A system for personalized vehicle ambient lighting on a vehicle, comprising:
a vehicle entry sensor detecting presence information associated with a user;
a camera comprising an image sensor capturing image color information from an image taken by the camera;
a controller having a processor operably connected to the camera and controlling the camera to take the image when the user
is in view of the camera;

an image processor extracting image color information associated with the user from the image and creating red, green, blue
(RGB) color values indicative of a color associated with the user, wherein the processor for the controller generates a light
emitting diode (LED) activation scheme based on the RGB color values associated with the user;

a first plurality of red, green, blue (RGB) LEDs; and
a first LED driver connected to the controller and the first plurality of RGB LEDs and activating portions of the first plurality
of RGB LEDs based on the LED activation scheme to produce personalized vehicle ambient lighting having a color matching the
color associated with the user.

US Pat. No. 9,719,384

EXHAUST SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An exhaust system comprising:
a muffler body configured wherein a first expansion chamber and a second expansion chamber are separated from each other with
at least a partition therebetween, and a plurality of exhaust pipes extending from an internal combustion engine are connected
to the first expansion chamber;

a communication pipe operatively connected to the first expansion chamber and the second expansion chamber, to merge exhaust
gas from the plurality of exhaust pipes, and to introduce the merged exhaust gas into the second expansion chamber; and

a partition plate arranged inside of the first expansion chamber, for partitioning the first expansion chamber with respect
to each of the exhaust pipes in order to partition each individual space, and having an end surface opposed to an inflow port
of the communication pipe, wherein the partition plate is arranged in a position extending substantially in parallel to an
axial center of the communication pipe and bifurcating the inflow port of the communication pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,718,394

HEADLIGHT-AFFIXING STRUCTURE

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

1. A headlamp-affixing structure in which a headlamp bracket affixes a headlamp, which is positioned above a front bumper,
to a vehicle body,
wherein the headlamp bracket includes a horizontal section that protrudes along a lower edge of the headlamp in a vehicle-widthwise
direction and an upright section that protrudes upward from an inner end of the horizontal section in the vehicle-widthwise
direction forming a substantially L-shape when viewed from a front side,

wherein the headlamp bracket further includes
an upper affixing part for affixing an upper section of the headlamp with a downward-facing fastening member, said upper fixing
part being arranged on the upright section,

a lower affixing part for affixing a lower section of the headlamp with an upward-facing fastening member, said lower fixing
part being arranged on the horizontal section, and

first and second front grille locking parts for locking a front grille, said first front grille locking part being arranged
on a part of the horizontal section on an inside of the lower affixing part in the vehicle-widthwise direction and said second
front grille locking part being arranged on the upright section.

US Pat. No. 9,716,283

METHOD OF STARTING FUEL CELL SYSTEM

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

1. A method of starting a fuel cell system comprising:
a fuel cell that generates electricity by a fuel of an anode and an oxidant of a cathode;
a fuel gas supply unit that supplies a fuel gas containing the fuel to the anode;
an oxidant gas supply unit that supplies an oxidant gas containing the oxidant to the cathode;
a connection and disconnection unit capable of completely switching connection and disconnection between the fuel cell and
an electric load;

a hydrogen pump that circulates the hydrogen through a fuel gas circulation path;
a purge valve disposed on a fuel gas discharge path; and
a control unit that controls the fuel gas supply unit and the oxidant gas supply unit, the method comprising:
a hydrogen concentration acquisition process of acquiring a concentration of hydrogen as the fuel in the anode;
a threshold value determination process of determining whether or not the concentration of the hydrogen acquired by the hydrogen
concentration acquisition process has reached a first threshold value, or a second threshold value, wherein the second threshold
value is less than the first threshold value;

a starting pressure setting process of setting a pressure of the hydrogen that is supplied from the fuel gas supply unit during
execution of starting of the fuel cell for supplying the hydrogen to the anode from the fuel gas supply unit in a state in
which the connection and disconnection unit is shut off based on a determination result determined by the threshold value
determination process; and

a hydrogen substitution process of substituting remaining hydrogen in the anode during shut-down of the fuel cell, with the
hydrogen supplied from the fuel gas supply unit when the starting of the fuel cell is executed,

wherein in the starting pressure setting process, the method includes
defining a first state of the fuel cell system by setting the hydrogen pressure to be less than or equal to a pressure of
the hydrogen during execution of normal power generation that is executed after the starting of the fuel cell is completed,
and

defining a second state of the fuel cell system by setting the hydrogen pressure to be higher than the pressure of the hydrogen
during execution of the normal power generation,

executing the first state of the fuel cell system when it is determined in the threshold value determination process that
the concentration of the hydrogen is greater than or equal to the second threshold value,

executing the second state of the fuel cell system when it is determined in the threshold value determination process that
the concentration of the hydrogen is less than the second threshold value,

the method further comprises a hydrogen pump drive process of driving the hydrogen pump during execution of starting of the
fuel cell,

the hydrogen pump is continuously driven even after the power generation of the fuel cell stack is initiated,
the purge valve is closed after starting of the power generation of the fuel cell stack, and until the starting of the fuel
cell is completed and the driving of the hydrogen pump is stopped,

in the hydrogen substitution process, the remaining hydrogen in the anode during shut-down of the fuel cell is substituted
with the hydrogen supplied from the fuel gas supply unit at the pressure of the hydrogen set in the starting pressure setting
process,

a start signal of the fuel cell system is received at a time t1,
the starting of the fuel cell is executed at a time t2,
the hydrogen pressure reaches a predetermined threshold value at a time t3,
the execution of the normal power generation occurs at a time t4, and the purge valve is closed and the connection and disconnection
unit is in a connected state at the time t4, and

the hydrogen pressure remains constant during the execution of the first state or the second state between the time t3 and
the time t4.

US Pat. No. 9,708,022

FUEL TANK MOUNTING STRUCTURE OF SADDLE-RIDE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A fuel tank mounting structure of a saddle-ride-type vehicle comprising:
a vehicle body frame having a head pipe that steerably supports a front wheel, left and right main frames extending obliquely
downward and rearward from the head pipe, and left and right center frames extending downward from rear ends of the left and
right main frames;

a fuel tank supported on the main frame; and
a seat arranged behind the fuel tank, wherein
the fuel tank is arranged in an elongated manner in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, a rear lower portion of the fuel
tank overlapping with a lower side of the seat,

the fuel tank is mounted on the vehicle body frame by a front side connecting member and a rear side connecting member,
the rear side connecting member extends leftward and rightward in a vehicle width direction from a bottom surface of the fuel
tank, the rear side connecting member comprising end portions being positioned outside of the rear lower portion, and

the end portions of the rear side connecting member in a length direction of the rear side connecting member project outwardly
from side surfaces of the fuel tank as viewed in a top plan view of the vehicle so as not to overlap with the rear lower portion
of the fuel tank and are mounted directly on the left and right main frames or the left and right center frames.

US Pat. No. 9,701,192

FUEL CELL VEHICLE

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

1. A fuel cell vehicle comprising:
a fuel cell stack formed by stacking a plurality of fuel cells configured to generate electrical energy by electrochemical
reactions of a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing gas;

a stack case containing the fuel cell stack, the stack case having at least one opening formed on an upper surface thereof;
a vehicle body equipped with the stack case in the vehicle body; and
a duct member disposed in the vehicle body, the duct member having a proximal end and a distal end,
wherein:
the proximal end of the duct member is connected to the at least one opening of the stack case;
the distal end of the duct member is opened to a fender part of the vehicle body, and
the at least one opening and the duct member are configured to discharge the fuel gas from the stack case to an area outside
of the fuel cell vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,698,440

FUEL CELL MODULE

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

1. A fuel cell module comprising:
a fuel cell stack including a plurality of stacked fuel cells configured to generate electrical energy by electrochemical
reactions of a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing gas;

a reformer configured to perform at least partial oxidation reforming or steam reforming of a raw fuel chiefly containing
hydrocarbon to produce the fuel gas supplied to the fuel cell stack; and

a hydrodesulfurizer configured to remove a sulfur component contained in the raw fuel,
wherein the fuel gas is supplied to the fuel cell stack through a fuel gas supply channel, and the reformer and the hydrodesulfurizer
are provided for the fuel gas supply channel; and

the fuel gas is discharged from the fuel cell stack as a fuel exhaust gas into a fuel exhaust gas channel, and a recycling
channel is connected to the fuel exhaust gas channel and is configured to circulate some of the fuel exhaust gas to return
to a position of the fuel gas supply channel, the position provided upstream of the reformer and the hydrodesulfurizer,

wherein an ejector is provided at a merging section of the recycling channel and the fuel gas supply channel, and is configured
to control a flow rate of the fuel exhaust gas flowing through the recycling channel by negative pressure resulting from supply
of the raw fuel to the reformer or the hydrodesulfurizer.

US Pat. No. 9,698,392

ELECTRICITY STORAGE MODULE AND ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE

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

1. An electricity storage module comprising:
a storage cell group in which a plurality of quadrangular storage cells are stacked;
two end plates provided at two opposite ends of the storage cell group in a stacking direction of the storage cells;
two restraining bands that extend along mutually parallel side surfaces of the storage cell group and that are connected to
the two end plates and restrain the storage cell group, each of the two restraining bands having a flat surface that extends
parallel to the side surfaces of the storage cell group and bent portions that are bent from two opposite ends of the flat
surface in a short-dimension direction and that extend in such a direction that the bent portions of one of the two restraining
bands and the bent portions of the other one of the two restraining bands extend toward each other following shapes of corner
portions of the storage cell group; and

at least one intermediate plate disposed at an internal position in the storage cell group in the stacking direction,
wherein, of the two restraining bands, the bent portions that extend toward each other or portions near the bent portions
are connected to the intermediate plate, and

wherein the bent portions of each of the two restraining bands are a first bent portion and a second bent portion, and the
first bent portion of each restraining band is narrower in width than the second bent portion.

US Pat. No. 9,649,907

VEHICLE AIR-CONDITIONER

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

1. An air-conditioner for a vehicle, comprising:
a first air inlet for selectively introducing outside air from outside a passenger compartment of a vehicle and inside air
from inside the passenger compartment;

a second air inlet for selectively introducing the inside air and the outside air;
a first switching damper for switching opening and closing of the first air inlet;
a second switching damper for switching opening and closing of the second air inlet;
a first passage communicating with the first air inlet;
a second passage communicating with the second air inlet, the second passage being divided by a partition from the first passage
along an entire length of the second passage from the second inlet;

an evaporator and a heater core disposed in the first and second passages in the named order as viewed from the first and
second air inlets;

a defrost outlet disposed at an upper front portion of an instrument panel of the vehicle;
right and left side defrost outlets disposed at opposite right and left sides of the instrument panel;
right and left side vent outlets disposed at opposite right and left sides of the instrument panel;
a pair of laterally juxtaposed center vent outlets disposed at a central portion of the instrument panel that directs airflow
toward a face of a vehicle occupant;

right and left heat outlets disposed at a floor panel of the vehicle;
a side vent/DEFROST switching damper disposed downstream of the heater core; and
a center vent/heater switching damper disposed in the second passage downstream of the heater core,
wherein the side vent/DEFROST switching damper is configured to switchably operate in one of a defrost/side vent position
in which the first passage is connected with each of the defrost outlet, the right and left side defrost outlets and the right
and left side vent outlets, and a side vent position in which the first passage is connected with only the right and left
side vent outlets,

wherein the center vent/heater switching damper is configured to switchably operate in one of a center vent position in which
the second passage is connected with only the pair of laterally juxtaposed center vent outlets, a heater position in which
the second passage is connected with only the right and left heat outlets, and a center vent/heater position in which the
second passage is connected with both the pair of laterally juxtaposed center vent outlets and the right and left heat outlets,

wherein the air-conditioner is configured to operate in plural different modes, including at least a first mode which simultaneously
positions:

the first switching damper to direct the outside air through the first air inlet into the first passage to be conditioned
into a first conditioned air by the evaporator and the heater core,

the side vent/DEFROST switching damper to the defrost/side vent position thereby directing the first conditioned air from
the first passage to the defrost outlet, the right and left side defrost outlets and the right and left side vent outlets
toward windowpanes of the vehicle,

the second switching damper to direct the inside air through the second air inlet into the second passage to be conditioned
into a second conditioned air by the evaporator and the heater core, and

the center vent/heater switching damper to the center vent/heater position thereby directing the second conditioned air from
the second passage to the pair of laterally juxtaposed center vent outlets and the right and left heat outlets into the passenger
compartment.

US Pat. No. 9,651,147

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FAILURE DETERMINATION APPARATUS

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

1. An apparatus for determining failure of an automatic transmission, comprising:
input shafts that input rotation of a prime mover through a pair of clutches, the prime mover being mounted on a vehicle;
an output shaft arranged in parallel to the input shafts;
gears provided between the input shafts and the output shaft;
gear engaging mechanisms that engage one of the gears to the input shafts and the output shaft to establish one of speeds
corresponding to the engaged one of the gears;

a line pressure-regulating valve that pressure-regulates hydraulic pressure discharged from an oil pump to a line pressure;
pressure-regulating valves that pressure-regulate the line pressure regulated by the line pressure-regulating valve;
select valves that selectively supply pressure regulated by the pressure-regulating valves to one of the pair of clutches
and one of the gear engaging mechanisms;

an operating state detector that detects an operating state of the gear engaging mechanisms;
a pressure detector that detects the pressure regulated by the line pressure-regulating valve and the pressure-regulating
valves; and

a failure determiner that determines whether the pressure regulated by the line pressure-regulating valve is equal to or greater
than a predetermined pressure based on an output of the pressure detector when one of the gear engaging mechanisms is supplied
with the pressure so as to establish a speed, but the one of the gear engaging mechanisms is detected to be inoperative by
the operating state detector, and

the failure determiner determines that the line pressure-regulating valve has failed if the pressure regulated by the line
pressure-regulating valve is determined to be less than the predetermined pressure, whereas the failure determiner determines
one from among the pressure-regulating valves and select valves has failed by supplying the pressure to other of the gear
engaging mechanisms and by detecting the operating state of the other gear engaging mechanism if the pressure regulated by
the line pressure-regulating valve is determined to be equal to or greater than the predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,644,413

SEAT HINGE STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE RIDING VEHICLE

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

1. A seat hinge structure for a saddle riding vehicle in which an occupant-riding seat is freely opened and closed with respect
to a vehicle body through a seat hinge provided to one end of the seat, characterized in that the seat hinge has a vehicle-body-side
hinge provided to the vehicle body, and a seat-side hinge which is turnably secured to the vehicle-body-side hinge through
a hinge pin, the seat-side hinge is provided with a projecting portion extending to the vehicle-body-side hinge, and the vehicle-body-side
hinge is provided with a leaf spring having a convex portion capable of coming into contact with the projecting portion, whereby
the projecting portion gets over the convex portion of the leaf spring when the seat is opened and the seat-side hinge is
supported on the leaf spring to keep the seat under an open state.