US Pat. No. 10,518,635

FUEL SUPPLY PORTION STRUCTURE OF FUEL SUPPLY PIPE

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

1. A fuel supply portion structure of a fuel supply pipe, comprising:a tubular portion having an opening into which a nozzle of a refueling gun is inserted and a connection port to which the fuel supply pipe for supplying fuel to a fuel tank is connected;
a flap mechanism which is provided on an opening side of the tubular portion and is pressed by the nozzle to open the opening when the nozzle is inserted through the opening;
a drain hole formed in the tubular portion and communicating inside and outside of the tubular portion;
an inner diameter member attached to an inner wall of the tubular portion; and
a drain hole on-off valve for opening and closing the drain hole, wherein
the drain hole on-off valve is disposed on a placement surface located at a lowermost side of the fuel supply portion structure on an inner wall of the inner diameter member,
the placement surface is made of an inclined surface falling from the opening side toward the connection port with respect to a horizontal plane of the vehicle, and
a wall portion rising toward the opening is provided on the opening side of the inclined surface.

US Pat. No. 10,513,193

SERVER DEVICE

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

1. A server device that manages charge/discharge of an electricity storage unit that is mounted within a charging/discharging device of a transport equipment, the server device comprising:an analysis unit that includes circuitry configured to perform time-series analysis of a power amount supplied from a power supplier to a power system located outside of the transport equipment and a power amount supplied from the power system to a power consumer to perform demand/supply prediction of power in the power system;
a decision unit that includes circuitry configured to decide a time, at which discharge of the electricity storage unit to the power system or charge of the electricity storage unit by power supplied from the power system is performed, based on a result of the power demand/supply prediction obtained by the analysis unit and a minimum trading unit of a power amount managed when power is exchanged with the power system; and
a transmission unit that includes circuitry configured to initiate transmission, to the charging/discharging device, of an instruction including the time at which the discharge or the charge is performed, the time being decided by the decision unit.

US Pat. No. 10,513,993

TECHNIQUE OF DETECTING INTAKE PRESSURE OF FUEL

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. An intake pressure detection apparatus comprising:an intake pressure sensor provided in an intake path of a single cylinder engine and configured to detect an intake pressure;
a crank angle sensor configured to detect a crank angle of the single cylinder engine;
a sampling unit configured to sample the intake pressure detected by the intake pressure sensor when the crank angle detected by the crank angle sensor becomes a sampling start angle; and
a calculation unit configured to extract M intake pressures of relatively small values of N intake pressures sampled by the sampling unit and acquire, as a bottom pressure, an average value of P intake pressures remaining after several intake pressures of relatively large values and several intake pressures of relatively small values of the M intake pressures are excluded.

US Pat. No. 10,513,237

HEAD PROTECTION AIRBAG APPARATUS

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. Ahead protection airbag apparatus comprising:an airbag which is stored on an upper edge side in a vehicle inner side of a window of a vehicle and is deployed and inflated so as to cover the vehicle inner side of the window by flowing inflation gas; and
a protector which stores a folded body of the airbag folded such that a lower edge side of the airbag comes close to an upper edge side of the airbag,
wherein the upper edge side of the airbag is attached to an upper edge side portion of a vehicle body side on the upper edge side of the window,
wherein the upper edge side portion includes a vehicle body side member which partially protrudes toward the vehicle inner side in a vicinity of an upper side of a storage region of the folded body,
wherein the protector includes:
a main body part which covers an outer peripheral side of the folded body excluding an inflation-deployment direction side of the airbag; and
a cover part which is disposed in a disposition region of the vehicle body side member and interposed between the folded body and the vehicle body side member, and
wherein the cover part includes a door part which is capable of being opened such that a tip end side is rotated upward while covering a region extending from a vehicle inner side lower corner part to a vehicle inner side surface of the vehicle body side member when the airbag is being deployed and inflated.

US Pat. No. 10,512,214

LAWN MOWER WITH WATERPROOFED DRIVING SOURCE

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

1. A lawn mower comprising:a traveling frame provided with traveling wheels;
a driving source mounting portion formed in the traveling frame;
a driving source mounted in the driving source mounting portion and including a downward rotating shaft; and
a lawn mowing unit positioned below the traveling frame and attached to the rotating shaft,
a lower end of the driving source mounting portion and a lower end of the driving source being exposed from a bottom surface of the traveling frame,
wherein when the traveling frame is viewed from below, a flat annular frame-side seal surface which is positioned so as to surround the lower end of the driving source mounting portion and an annular lawn mowing unit peripheral surface which is positioned so as to surround the frame-side seal surface are formed in the bottom surface of the traveling frame,
a waterproof member configured to waterproof a portion between the bottom surface of the traveling frame and the lower end of the driving source is in tight contact with the frame-side seal surface,
when the lawn mower is viewed from below, the lawn mowing unit peripheral surface is formed over a range from an outer circumferential edge of the frame-side seal surface to at least an outer circumferential edge of the lawn mowing unit,
at least an inner circumferential edge of the lawn mowing unit peripheral surface is positioned higher than the outer circumferential edge of the frame-side seal surface, and
a boundary between the outer circumferential edge of the frame-side seal surface and the inner circumferential edge of the lawn mowing unit peripheral surface is formed into a shape of a step over an entire circumference.

US Pat. No. 10,514,039

HYDRAULIC CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A hydraulic control device comprising:a mechanical oil pump;
an electric oil pump having an electric motor;
a pressure control valve connected between the mechanical oil pump and the electric oil pump;
a first flow passage adapted to supply an oil flow from the electric oil pump to a transmission; and
a second flow passage, which branches off from a midstream location of the first flow passage, and is adapted to supply a portion of the oil flow exiting from the electric oil pump to the pressure control valve;
wherein the pressure control valve includes:
a first supply port to which an oil flow from the mechanical oil pump is supplied;
a first discharge port adapted to transmit the oil flow from the mechanical oil pump to the electric oil pump;
a second supply port to which the oil flow from the second flow passage is supplied;
a third supply port to which a pilot pressure from the second flow passage is supplied; and
a valve body which is moved by the pilot pressure supplied from the third supply port;
wherein, when the rotational speed of the electric motor is an appropriate rotational speed, the valve body is in a first position, in which communication between the second supply port and the first discharge port is blocked, and when the rotational speed of the electric motor exceeds the appropriate rotational speed, the valve body is in a second position, in which the second supply port and the first discharge port are placed in communication.

US Pat. No. 10,514,357

CHEMICAL SENSOR BASED ON LAYERED NANORIBBONS

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

1. A chemical sensor, comprising:a substrate comprising at least one layer having a planar surface;
a plurality of nanoribbons of an active layered nanomaterial positioned on the layer of the planar surface of the substrate, wherein the plurality of nanoribbons have a substantially uniform edge configuration of a number of edges, and wherein the plurality of nanoribbons are configured as a plurality of parallel beams on the layer to increase a ratio of the number of edges to planar surface, wherein the ratio correlates to a sensitivity for the chemical sensor;
a source terminal for providing a charge to the plurality of nanoribbons;
a gate terminal for supplying the charge via the source terminal; and
a drain terminal for receiving a current from the source terminal based on the charge,
wherein a measured change in electrical or physical properties of at least a portion of the plurality of nanoribbons indicates presence of a substance.

US Pat. No. 10,502,337

SOLENOID VALVE

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

1. A solenoid valve comprising:a body including a flow channel as a passage of fluid;
a movable core provided movably relative to the body;
a solenoid coupled to the body, and configured to move the movable core in an axial direction when the solenoid is excited by energization;
a fixed member provided inside the solenoid, and made of magnetic material; and
a valve plug provided at an end of the movable core, and configured to switch a communication state of the flow channel,
wherein the fixed member includes:
a tubular guide part in which the movable core is movably accommodated;
a core part extending coaxially with and continuous with the guide part, the core part being configured to attract the movable core by excitation of the solenoid; and
a flange part expanded radially outwardly from the guide part,
wherein a thick portion is provided on a boundary portion between the flange part and the guide part,
wherein the thick portion has a rectangular cross-sectional shape or circular-arc cross-sectional shape,
wherein the rectangular cross-sectional shape or the circular-arc cross-sectional shape does not include a further projection in cross-section,
wherein the flange part abuts against a sealing member provided at an insertion part of the body, for preventing the fluid from leaking out, and
wherein the movable core is disposed within a cavity in the fixed member, the movable core and the cavity both being cylindrical.

US Pat. No. 10,491,733

PRIVACY MANAGEMENT

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

1. A system for privacy management, comprising:an interface component implemented via a processing unit receiving a user input indicative of a privacy scheme option selection for an application;
a management component implemented via the processing unit generating a privacy scheme based on the privacy scheme option selection;
a sensor detecting a presence of a passenger within a vehicle;
a privacy component implemented via the processing unit selecting a mode of operation of the system based on the presence of the passenger within the vehicle, wherein the privacy component implements the privacy scheme by selecting a display of the vehicle from a first vehicle display or a second vehicle display based on the mode of operation of the system; and
a notification component implemented via the processing unit rendering a shortcut for the application for the selected display based on the presence of the passenger, the privacy scheme, and the mode of operation, wherein the privacy scheme option selection at least one of enables or disables rendering of the shortcut of the application in a private mode,
wherein the privacy scheme option selection at least one of enables or disables notifications associated with a vehicle operation assistance system,
wherein an application marked as private is disabled from running based on the privacy scheme option selection being the private mode.

US Pat. No. 10,480,639

VEHICLE DRIVE APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicle drive apparatus, comprising:a rotating shaft extending along an axial line in a first direction;
a planetary gear mechanism including a sun gear provided around the rotating shaft, a ring gear provided around the sun gear, a planetary gear between the sun gear and the ring gear to engage with the sun gear and the ring gear, a planetary shaft extending parallel to the axial line to rotatably support the planetary gear, and a carrier configured to support the planetary shaft;
a rotor including a plate portion formed in a substantial ring shape adjacent the planetary gear and a cylindrical portion connected to an outer periphery of the plate portion to transmit a torque through the planetary gear mechanism from the rotor to the rotating shaft or from the rotating shaft to the rotor; and
an oil passage forming part configured to form an oil passage so as to lead a lubricating oil supplied from a hydraulic power source through the plate portion to the planetary gear,
wherein the oil passage forming part includes plate through holes and a shaft through hole,
the plate through holes are formed axially in the plate portion so as to penetrate the plate portion and arranged in a circumferential direction along a circle with a radius defined as a distance from the axial line to the planetary shaft, and
the shaft through hole is formed inside the planetary shaft so as to penetrate the planetary shaft from an end surface to an outer peripheral surface of the planetary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,480,646

CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A control apparatus of an automatic transmission including a plurality of planetary gear mechanisms and engaging mechanisms configured to establish a gear range by switching inputs/outputs of the plurality of planetary gear mechanisms, comprising:an oil pressure supply device configured to supply an oil pressure to operate the engaging mechanisms between an engaging state and a release state in which the engaging state is canceled; and
a gear change controller configured to control an operation state of each of the engaging mechanisms of the planetary gear mechanisms to establish one gear range of a plurality of gear ranges,
wherein the gear change controller calculates a temperature of each of the engaging mechanisms in the gear range after a gear change,
calculates a cooling rate of each of the engaging mechanisms in the gear range after the gear change based on the temperature and the operation state of each of the engaging mechanisms,
calculates an allowable temperature of each of the engaging mechanisms in the gear range after the gear change based on the cooling rate of each of the engaging mechanisms, and
executes gear change control of restricting the gear change to the gear range in a case in which the temperature of each of the engaging mechanisms in the gear range after the gear change is predicted to be not less than the allowable temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,479,137

VEHICLE WHEEL

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

1. A vehicle wheel comprising:a sub air chamber member as a Helmholtz resonator located in a tire air chamber and on an outer peripheral surface of a well portion, the sub air chamber member including
an upper surface member disposed inside the tire air chamber,
a lower surface member disposed on an outer peripheral surface side of the well portion, and
a plurality of bridge sections formed by causing the upper surface member and the lower surface member to strike on and get joined to each other, wherein
an end-to-end distance of an opening part of a certain one of the bridge sections opening on an upper surface of the upper surface member is set longer than a distance to an end portion of an opening part of a different one of the bridge sections adjacent to the certain bridge section and
wherein the sub air chamber member includes beads which are formed by rendering the lower surface member partially recessed toward the upper surface member, the beads extending in a width direction of the vehicle wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,483,509

ENERGY STORAGE APPARATUS, MOVING BODY, AND ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM

BLUE ENERGY CO., LTD., K...

1. An energy storage apparatus comprising:an energy storage device including a surface having a first end face from which an external terminal protrudes and a second end face on an opposite side from the first end face; and
a retaining member that includes paired end portions disposed on opposite sides of the energy storage device in a second direction orthogonal to a first direction in which the external terminal protrudes and a coupling portion for coupling the paired end portions and that retains the energy storage device,
wherein the coupling portion includes
a main body portion facing the energy storage device in a third direction orthogonal to the first direction and the second direction,
a first extending portion extending along the first end face from the main body portion, and
an end extending portion extending along the end portion from the main body portion,
a drain portion is provided to a position of the energy storage apparatus near the second end face, and
the main body portion, the first extending portion, and the end extending portion are continuously connected to each other to thereby form first end corner portions of the coupling portion;
the energy storage apparatus further comprising an insulating member for covering at least a face of the coupling portion facing the energy storage device,
wherein the coupling portion has a second extending portion extending along the second end face from the main body portion,
the insulating member has a convex part positioned astride the main body portion and the second extending portion between each of the end portions and the energy storage device adjacent to the end portion, and
the drain portion is disposed on an outer side of the convex portion in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,204

FAILURE DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING FAILURE

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

1. A failure determination apparatus comprising:an electricity storage;
a state sensor to detect a state of the electricity storage;
a data accumulator to accumulate data including time-series states of the electricity storage acquired by the state sensor as accumulated data; and
a controller to determine, based on the accumulated data, whether a failure occurs in at least one of the electricity storage or the state sensor, wherein
the electricity storage comprises a plurality of electricity storage cells,
the state sensor detects equalizing time required to equalize storage capacity among the electricity storage cells as the data,
the data accumulator detects a total value of the equalizing time as the accumulated data,
the controller determines, based on the total value, whether a failure occurs in at least one of the electricity storage and the state sensor, and
the controller determines that a failure occurs in the plurality of electricity storage cells if the total value of the equalizing time is lower than an equalization time threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,480,586

CONSTANT VELOCITY JOINT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

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

1. A constant velocity joint comprising an outer member including a cup part and a shaft, an inner member inserted into the outer member, and a torque transmitting member configured to carry out transmission of torque and interposed between the outer member and the inner member; whereinthe shaft is made of steel,
the cup part is made of a light alloy in which a bottomed hole is formed,
the cup part has an inner wall on which a groove is formed, the groove receives the torque from the torque transmitting member, and the cup part further comprises a high hardness layer made up from a multilayer structure made of ceramic or cermet as a principal component thereof on an inner surface of the cup part including at least an inner surface of the groove and an inner bottom surface of the bottomed hole, and the high hardness layer is a thermally sprayed layer.

US Pat. No. 10,476,083

ELECTRODE MANUFACTURING METHOD

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

1. An electrode manufacturing method for manufacturing an electrode by applying electrode ink to an electrode substrate having markings provided at a first interval while conveying the electrode substrate, the method comprising:a pre-coating thickness information generation step of measuring a thickness of the electrode substrate at a second interval smaller than the first interval between neighboring two of the markings before applying the electrode ink, and generating a plurality of pieces of pre-coating thickness information including information about a measurement position of one of the two markings;
a coating step of applying the electrode ink to the electrode substrate after the pre-coating thickness information generation step;
a post-coating thickness information generation step of measuring the thickness of the electrode substrate at a third interval smaller than the first interval between the two markings in a region to which the electrode ink has been applied, and generating a plurality of pieces of post-coating thickness information including information about the measurement position of the one of the two markings that is same as in the pre-coating thickness information generation step;
a length ratio calculation step of detecting a length between the two markings in each of the pre-coating thickness information generation step and the post-coating thickness information generation step, and calculating a ratio of the length between the two markings in one generation step of the pre-coating thickness information generation step and the post-coating thickness information generation step to the length between the two markings in the other generation step;
a measurement position correction step of performing correction by dividing position information measured for each of the plurality of pieces of thickness information in the other generation step by the length ratio calculated in the length ratio calculation step to obtain a plurality of pieces of corrected thickness information in the other generation step;
a coating thickness calculation step of determining the thickness of the electrode substrate in the other generation step corresponding to the measurement position of the pre-coating or post-coating thickness information in the one generation step as a value on a corrected thickness interpolation line obtained by linearly interpolating the measurement positions of the plurality of pieces of corrected thickness information in the other generation step, and calculating, as a coating thickness, a difference between the determined thickness in the other generation step and the thickness of the electrode substrate at the measurement position in the one generation step; and
a determination step of determining the electrode as a non-defective product if the coating thickness calculated in the coating thickness calculation step is in a predetermined range and determining as a defective product if not in the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,465,849

GAS FILLING METHOD

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

1. A gas filling method for connecting a tank that stores gas and a supply source that supplies gas by a piping, and filling gas in the tank, the method comprising:acquiring a pre-start upstream pressure that is a pressure in the supply source side of the piping before the start of the supply of gas;
starting the supply of gas from the supply source after the pre-start upstream pressure is acquired;
acquiring a post-start upstream pressure that is a pressure in the supply source side of the piping after the start of the supply of gas;
acquiring a post-start flowrate that is a flowrate of gas in the same period as a period in which the post-start upstream pressure is acquired;
estimating the pressure loss generated in the piping at the time of the supply of gas by using the pre-start upstream pressure, the post-start upstream pressure, and the post-start flowrate; and
stopping the supply of gas so that a tank pressure that is the pressure in the tank becomes a predetermined target pressure by using the pressure loss,
wherein the post-start upstream pressure is acquired in two or more different acquisition periods defined between a time when the flowrate of gas is 0 and a time when the flowrate of the gas reaches a predetermined target flowrate, and
the post-start flowrate is acquired in the same period as each of the acquisition periods, and the pressure loss generated in the piping at the time of the supply of gas in the piping is estimated by using the pre-start upstream pressure, and the post-start upstream pressure and the post-start flowrate acquired in each of the acquisition periods.

US Pat. No. 10,469,987

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING DEVICE SUBJECTIVE VEHICLE PASSIVE FUNCTIONS

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

1. A computer-implemented method for providing device subjective vehicle passive functions comprising:determining a type of portable device that is connected to a vehicle;
determining at least one positional threshold value pertaining to the type of portable device, wherein the at least one positional threshold value is associated with at least one passive function zone of the vehicle;
determining if the portable device is located within the at least one passive function zone of the vehicle based on evaluating at least one positional threshold value pertaining to the type of portable device; and
controlling at least one vehicle system to enable at least one passive function based on determining that the portable device is located within the at one passive function zone.

US Pat. No. 10,464,434

ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM, TRANSPORTATION UNIT, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM

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

1. An energy storage system comprising:an energy storage mounted in a transportation unit;
a connector that is electrically connectable to an external power transmission management apparatus, and that, in a connected state, allows power transmission, via the power transmission management apparatus, between an external power system electrically connected to the power transmission management apparatus, and one or more external energy storages electrically connected to the power transmission management apparatus;
a power transmission circuit interposed between the connector and the energy storage;
a controller that has a function of controlling the power transmission circuit,
wherein the controller has
a function that, in a state where the connector is electrically connected to the power transmission management apparatus, performs A control processing to control the power transmission circuit in accordance with a command issued from the power transmission management apparatus so that power transmission is performed between the energy storage and the power system, and
a function that, when a degree of variation in states of charge of a plurality of energy storages including the energy storage and the one or more external energy storages is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold value, performs B control processing to control the power transmission circuit before the A control processing is performed to reduce the degree of variation, in accordance with a command issued from the power transmission management apparatus so that power transmission is performed between the energy storage and the one or more external energy storages via the power transmission management apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,457,346

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle including a vehicle body, a front wheel that is disposed anterior to the vehicle body and that is steerable about a steering axis, and a front fork that supports the front wheel, the vehicle body including a vehicle body frame and a steering rotation unit that is supported on the vehicle body frame and that rotates about the steering axis, the vehicle comprising:a variable trail length mechanism that varies a trail length of the front wheel, the variable trail length mechanism including an oscillation shaft that extends in a vehicle width direction to thereby connect the front fork oscillatably with the steering rotation unit,
wherein the oscillation shaft is disposed at a position overlapping an axis of the front fork in a vehicle side elevational view,
wherein the steering rotation unit includes a steering shaft journaled by a head pipe of the vehicle body frame, a top bridge fixed to an upper end portion of the steering shaft, and a bottom member fixed to a lower end portion of the steering shaft, and
wherein the oscillation shaft is disposed at, in a side elevational view, a position overlapping the axis of the front fork and closer to the bottom member than to the top bridge.

US Pat. No. 10,457,137

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING OPENING/CLOSING OF SHUTTER FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A system for controlling opening/closing of a shutter for a vehicle, the shutter being disposed at an opening section through which outside air is introduced into a driving source housing chamber that houses a driving source of the vehicle, the system comprising:a temperature sensor that detects a temperature in the driving source housing chamber or a temperature of the driving source; and
a control device configured to provide:
an opening/closing control unit that brings the shutter into an open state when the temperature detected by the temperature detecting unit exceeds a predetermined threshold, and brings the shutter into a closed state when the temperature is equal to or lower than the threshold; and
a traveling state predicting unit that includes a map information acquiring section that acquires map information related to a map around the vehicle, and a path information acquiring section that acquires path information related to paths on which the vehicle travels, and predicts a traveling state of the vehicle after a lapse of a predetermined time based on the map information acquired by the map information acquiring section and the path information acquired by the path information acquiring section,
the opening/closing control unit including a threshold changing section that changes the threshold based on the traveling state of the vehicle after the lapse of the predetermined time predicted by the traveling state predicting unit,
wherein the traveling state predicting unit includes a prediction period changing section that changes a prediction period with which the traveling state of the vehicle is predicted, based on the map information and the path information, and
wherein the prediction period changing section sets the prediction period to be shorter than normal time when a prediction that the traveling state of the vehicle frequently changes is made, and sets the prediction period to be longer than the normal time when a prediction that the traveling state of the vehicle is monotonous is made.

US Pat. No. 10,457,224

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE AND ORNAMENTAL MEMBER

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

1. A vehicle body structure including a door and an ornamental member attached to an outer surface of an outer edge portion of the door,wherein the ornamental member includes an inner member and an outer member, the inner member includes:
an attachment portion pasted to the outer surface by a pasting unit; and
an extending portion that extends from the attachment portion beyond the outer edge portion, the extending portion including a parallel surface which is parallel to the outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,235

OCCUPANT DETECTING SYSTEM

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

1. An occupant detection system comprising:a load detector detecting a load of an object placed on a seat;
a temperature detector disposed adjacent to the load detector and detecting a temperature;
a correction controller configured to correct the load detected by the load detector when (i) and (ii) are met:
(i) a time change amount of the temperature detected by the temperature detector is larger than a predetermined threshold value of the time change amount of the temperature, and
(ii) the time change amount of the load detected by the load detector is smaller than a predetermined threshold value of the time change amount of the load, wherein the correction controller corrects the load detected by the load detector by subtracting the time change amount of the load from the load detected by the load detector; and
a determination controller configured to determine a sitting condition of the object on the seat by using the load corrected by the correction controller.

US Pat. No. 10,458,548

PISTON RING AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

NIPPON ITF, INC., Kyoto ...

1. A piston ring, comprising:a ring-shaped substrate; and
an amorphous carbon film, coated on a surface of the ring-shaped substrate,
wherein the amorphous carbon film is formed using a CVD method, and
increasing regions in which an sp2/sp3 ratio that is a ratio of sp2 bonding to spa bonding continuously increases and decreasing regions in which the sp2/sp3 ratio continuously decreases are alternately formed from the substrate surface toward a film surface, and the sp2/sp3 ratio continuously changes on borders between the increasing regions and the decreasing regions so that soft films having a low sp2/sp3 ratio and hard films having a high sp2/sp3 ratio are formed in an alternately layered manner; and
the decreasing regions are configured to be equal in number to or one region fewer than the increasing regions.

US Pat. No. 10,454,287

CHARGING STATION FOR UTILITY VEHICLE

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

1. A charging station for a utility vehicle installed at a boundary of a working area for charging an onboard battery of the vehicle that detects a magnetic field generated during flow of electric current through a boundary wire laid around the working area and is driven by electric motors to run the working area based on the detected magnetic field, the charging station comprising:a base plate that is installed at the working area to retain the vehicle;
a pair of charging terminals connectable with battery charging terminals of the onboard battery of the vehicle;
a charger connected to an electric power supply, and configured to apply a voltage to the charging terminals when the vehicle is at the charging station and the battery charging terminals of the onboard battery of the vehicle are connected to the charging terminals;
a first wire that is installed at the base plate and is connected to the charger independently of the boundary wire, the first wire having a first loop that loops with a first loop diameter and first projecting segments that project from the first loop toward one end of the base plate symmetrically with respect to an axis connecting a midpoint of the pair of charging terminals and a center of the first loop; and
a second wire that is installed at the base plate and is connected to the charger independently of the boundary wire and the first wire, the second wire having a second loop that loops with a second loop diameter that is larger than the first loop diameter and second projecting segments that project from the second loop toward the one end of the base plate symmetrically with the first projecting segments;
wherein the charger is configured to supply an area signal to the second wire to delineate the charging station to the vehicle when the vehicle is remote from the charging station, and to supply an area signal to the first wire to guide the vehicle to a docking position for docking with the pair of charging terminals.

US Pat. No. 10,449,971

TRAVEL CONTROL DEVICE

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

9. A non-transitory computer readable medium storing a vehicle control program for causing an on-board computer to execute processing, the processing comprising:(i) performing a lane change by automatically guiding a vehicle from a traveling lane to another lane as a lane change destination by using a lane change information;
(ii) displaying the traveling lane and the another lane on a display device based on the lane change information and displaying a guide indication including a starting position of the lane change and a finishing position of the lane change simultaneously on the displayed traveling lane and the displayed another lane, respectively;
(iii) acquiring a real image by imaging the traveling lane on which a subject vehicle travels and the another lane adjacent to the traveling lane,
wherein the step (i) automatically generates a track of the lane change of the subject vehicle based on the acquired real image and automatically performs the lane change in accordance with the generated track of the lane change, and
wherein the step (ii):
displays the acquired real image or a computer graphic image that includes at least a lane mark based on the real image on the display device,
displays the guide indication including the starting position of the lane change and the finishing position of the lane change on the lane mark in the real image or the lane mark in the computer graphic image, displayed on the display device, and
displays a lane keeping guide indication from a position corresponding to a time when a direction indicator starts blinking to the starting position of the lane change on the display device with the displayed lane mark, the lane keeping guide indication indicating to stay in the traveling lane.

US Pat. No. 10,451,108

SQUEEZE FILM DAMPER BEARING DEVICE

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

1. A squeeze film damper bearing device comprising an inner race that is fitted around an outer periphery of a rotating shaft, a bearing retaining member, an outer race that is supported on an inner periphery of the bearing retaining member via an annular space forming a squeeze film, and a plurality of rolling bodies that are disposed between the inner race and the outer race,wherein a pair of annular projections projecting toward the inner periphery of the bearing retaining member are provided on an outer periphery of opposite end parts in an axial direction of the outer race, wherein a distance between the inner periphery of the bearing retaining member and an extremity face of each of the pair of annular projections is less than a distance between the inner periphery of the bearing retaining member and all portions of the outer periphery of the outer race between the pair of annular projections in the axial direction of the outer race, and
wherein when a load in a radial direction acting on the rotating shaft is less than a predetermined value, a state in which the extremity face of each of the pair of annular projections is not in contact with the inner periphery of the bearing retaining member is maintained, and when the load in the radial direction acting on the rotating shaft is the predetermined value or greater, the extremity face of each of the pair of annular projections contacts the inner periphery of the bearing retaining member.

US Pat. No. 10,436,406

VEHICLE LAMP FITTING

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

1. A vehicle lamp fitting comprising:a plurality of arranged light sources and a light guide body into which light from the plurality of light sources is introduced, wherein:
the light guide body includes:
a light entry section into which the light from the plurality of light sources is incident;
a light exit surface extending in an arrangement direction of the plurality of light sources;
a step-shaped first lens cut section provided between the light entry section and the light exit surface and extending in the arrangement direction;
a step-shaped second lens cut section provided between the first lens cut section and the light exit surface and extending in the arrangement direction; and
a first recessed section in which the first lens cut section is formed, and a second recessed section in which the second lens cut section is formed,
the first recessed section and the second recessed section are separated from each other and are mutually opened in different directions,
the light guide body is formed in a flat shape with a suppressed vertical width,
in a front-rear direction, the light entry section, the first lens cut section, the second lens cut section, and the light exit surface are arranged in order,
the first recessed section and the second recessed section are separated from each other in the front-rear direction,
the first recessed section and the second recessed section are mutually opened in different directions in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,627

CABLE STRUCTURE AND VEHICLE

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

1. A pair of cable structures comprising:a first cable including a power line, on which connectors are provided at both ends of the power line, and a tube that covers the power line; and
a second cable including a power line, on which connectors are provided at both ends of the power line, and a tube that covers the power line,
wherein the first cable and the second cable have a waterproof function,
wherein a space inside the tube of the first cable communicates with a space inside the tube of the second cable,
wherein a ventilation-tube connecting portion, to which a ventilation tube is connected, is provided on the tube of the first cable or the tube of the second cable, and
wherein the space inside the tube of the first cable and the space inside the tube of the second cable are capable of being ventilated through the ventilation-tube connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,417,665

SERVER, NAVIGATION DEVICE, AND DISTRIBUTION EXCLUSION AREA SETTING METHOD IN ADVERTISING INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

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

1. A server which distributes advertisement information to a navigation device in a vehicle, comprising:a database which stores the advertisement information; and
a distribution unit which selects the advertisement information from the database and distributes the advertisement information to the navigation device;
wherein the advertisement information which the distribution unit selects from the database relates to facilities existing within a distribution area of a predetermined range from a current location of the navigation device and the distribution unit modifies the selected advertisement information which is distributed to the navigation device by setting a distribution exclusion area within the distribution area, and excluding any of the advertising information in the distribution exclusion area,
wherein the distribution exclusion area includes at least a portion of a travel area through which the vehicle has traveled during a predetermined time period prior to a current time of the navigation device, or at least a portion of a travel area through which the vehicle has traveled over a predetermined distance prior to arriving at the current location of the navigation device, and
wherein either
the distribution unit sets the at least a portion of the travel area through which the vehicle has traveled during the predetermined time period that was set to the distribution exclusion area by setting in the travel area as a starting point, a first point in which travel of the vehicle during a first predetermined time period prior to the current time is traced back, and as an ending point, a second point in which prior travel of the vehicle during a second predetermined time period is traced back from the first point; or
the distribution unit sets the at least a portion of the travel area through which the vehicle has traveled over the predetermined distance to the distribution exclusion area by setting in the travel area as a starting point, a third point in which a first predetermined distance in prior travel of the vehicle is traced back from the current location, and as an ending point, a fourth point in which a second predetermined distance in prior travel of the vehicle is traced back from the third point.

US Pat. No. 10,414,343

SEATBACK POCKET

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

1. A seatback pocket structure, comprising:a back board forming a back side of a seatback; and
a pocket forming board attached to the back board to define a seatback pocket between the back board and the pocket forming board;
wherein the back board includes a main part defining a major plane of the back board, and a cantilever tab having a base end connected to the main part and adapted for elastic bending deformation, the pocket forming board being connected to a free end part of the cantilever tab, and
wherein the cantilever tab is defined by a slit formed in the back board.

US Pat. No. 10,414,461

OPERATION DEVICE OF STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. An operation device of a straddle type vehicle said operation device comprising:a switch box having a plurality of switches, and being provided adjacent to and on an inner side in an axial direction of a grip portion, which is configured to be held by a rider and provided on both left and right ends of a handle bar extending in a left-right direction of the straddle type vehicle; and
a controller configured to operate at least two functions of equipment mounted on said straddle type vehicle,
wherein said controller includes a controller operation portion configured to provide rotary and other freely moving operations, a rotary shaft, and press-buttons,
wherein the rotary shaft of said controller is disposed outside the switch box and inside said controller operation portion, and is disposed lower than a lower wall face of said switch box,
wherein said controller includes a rotation angle detector configured to detect a rotation angle of said controller operation portion,
wherein said rotation angle detector includes a rotation detected body and a rotation angle sensor,
wherein said rotation detected body is detected by the rotation angle sensor,
wherein said controller operation portion is configured to provide
rotary operations for selecting a function menu out of a plurality of function menus, and
press-button functionality for determining the selected function menu,
wherein the rotary shaft is cylindrically shaped, and
wherein the rotary shaft and the press-buttons are disposed on a same axis of the controller extending in a front to rear direction of the straddle type vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,411,231

ENERGY STORAGE APPARATUS

GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LT...

1. An energy storage apparatus, comprising:an energy storage device containing a case where a corner portion is formed by a first wall portion and a second wall portion;
an opposedly facing member which opposedly faces the first wall portion; and
an insulator covering at least a region of the opposedly facing member which opposedly faces the energy storage device,
wherein the opposedly facing member contains a body disposed along the first wall portion and an extension portion extending from the body along the second wall portion,
wherein the insulator contains a cover portion which extends to a distal end of the extension portion from a boundary position between the extension portion and the body along an opposedly facing surface of the extension portion which opposedly faces the second wall portion, is folded back at the distal end, and extends along an outer surface of the extension portion opposite to the second wall portion,
wherein a first inner surface of the cover portion, which opposedly faces the opposedly facing surface of the extension portion, includes a projecting portion which projects toward the opposedly facing surface,
wherein the projecting portion extends in a direction toward the distal end from the boundary position,
wherein the energy storage apparatus includes a plurality of energy storage devices,
wherein the energy storage devices are disposed in a state where the first wall portions and the second wall portions are directed in same directions respectively, and
wherein the first inner surface includes the plurality of projecting portions arranged at intervals in a direction that the plurality of energy storage devices are arranged in a row.

US Pat. No. 10,406,880

REINFORCING STRUCTURE OF SUSPENSION ARM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

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

1. A reinforcing structure of a suspension arm in a vehicle suspension comprising a plurality of suspension arms, one ends of which being connected to a vehicle body of a vehicle and the other ends of which being connected to a knuckle, whereinat least one of the suspension arms comprises a main body and a pair of attachment portions provided at both ends of the main body,
each of the pair of attachment portions is provided with a substantially cylindrical through-hole for connection to the vehicle body or the knuckle,
at least one of the pair of attachment portions is provided with an annular reinforcing member for reinforcing around the through-hole,
the reinforcing member is bonded to at least one of the pair of attachment portions via an adhesive so as to surround the substantially cylindrical through-hole,
the reinforcing member comprises a shear force acting portion to which a shear force is applied, and a peel force acting portion to which a peel force is applied, when a compression or tension force is applied to the suspension arm, and
a layer thickness of the adhesive at the peel force acting portion is set larger than that of the adhesive at the shear force acting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,411,280

FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF SHUTTING DOWN THE SAME

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

1. A method of shutting down a fuel cell system including a fuel cell, comprising:generating power via an electrochemical reaction between a fuel gas and an oxidant gas;
outputting a shutdown command to the fuel cell to stop generating power;
controlling the fuel cell to supply the fuel gas and to continue generating power during an oxygen consumption process to consume oxygen in the oxidant gas circulating in a cathode system of the fuel cell even when the shutdown command is output to the fuel cell;
detecting at least one of voltage, current, and power output from the fuel cell during the oxygen consumption process;
determining whether an abnormality occurs during the oxygen consumption process based on at least one of the voltage, the current, and the power; and
controlling the fuel cell to stop generating power during the oxygen consumption process when it is determined that abnormality occurs.

US Pat. No. 10,408,115

ELECTRIC GENERATOR COOLING STRUCTURE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An electric generator cooling structure for an internal combustion engine, wherein an electric generator for generating electric energy upon rotation of a crankshaft supported in a crankcase of the internal combustion engine has an outer rotor rotatable in unison with said crankshaft, said outer rotor being of a bottomed hollow cylindrical shape and supporting magnets on an inner circumferential surface thereof, and an inner rotor having coils disposed in said outer rotor, comprising:a first cooling oil passage and a second cooling oil passage that are branched from a lubricating oil passage of a lubricating system of the internal combustion engine toward said electric generator;
a first ejection port defined in a downstream end of said first cooling oil passage for ejecting lubricating oil to an outer side surface of said outer rotor; and
a second ejection port defined in a downstream end of said second cooling oil passage for ejecting lubricating oil to said inner stator disposed in said outer rotor,
wherein said lubricating system of the internal combustion engine includes a scavenging pump and a feed pump, the scavenging pump and the feed pump being coaxially arranged, and
wherein said first cooling oil passage and said second cooling oil passage are branched from a scavenger lubricating oil passage which guides lubricating oil discharged from said scavenging pump.

US Pat. No. 10,399,455

VEHICLE HIGH-VOLTAGE SYSTEM EQUIPMENT UNIT, VEHICLE BATTERY UNIT AND VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle high-voltage system equipment unit comprises:a high-voltage system equipment;
a cooling fan for taking in air from a passenger compartment;
an electric equipment; and
a case for accommodating therein the electric equipment, the high-voltage system equipment and the cooling fan,
wherein the high-voltage system equipment is cooled with air taken in from the passenger compartment,
wherein the cooling fan is provided on an upstream side of the high-voltage system equipment, and an air discharge portion is provided on a downstream side of the high-voltage system equipment,
wherein a branch portion for dividing a flow of air used to cool the high-voltage system equipment is provided in the air discharge portion,
wherein an air flow regulating portion is provided on an upstream side of the branch portion,
wherein the air flow regulating portion is formed integrally with the high-voltage system equipment,
wherein the cooling fan is provided in a bottom portion of the case,
wherein the electric equipment is provided above the cooling fan, and
wherein the high-voltage system equipment is provided on one side in a front-rear direction of a vehicle with respect to the cooling fan and is inclined obliquely upwards.

US Pat. No. 10,400,819

SQUEEZE FILM DAMPER BEARING DEVICE

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

1. A squeeze film damper bearing device comprising an inner race that is fitted around an outer periphery of a rotating shaft, an outer race that is supported on an inner periphery of a bearing retaining member and has an end face in an axial direction of the outer race that is adjacent to an end plate fixed to the bearing retaining member, a plurality of rolling bodies that are disposed between the inner race and the outer race, and an annular space that is defined by abutment with a pair of seal rings between the outer race and each of the bearing retaining member and the end plate, the annular space forming a squeeze film,wherein the annular space comprises a first space facing an outer peripheral face of the outer race and defined between the outer peripheral face of the outer race and the bearing retaining member and in which one of the pair of seal rings is disposed, and a second space facing the end face in the axial direction of the outer race and defined between the end face in the axial direction of the outer race and the end plate and in which a different one of the pair of seal rings is disposed, the second space being continuous with the first space and extending from the outer peripheral face of the outer race to an inner peripheral face of the outer race that faces the inner race.

US Pat. No. 10,399,603

VEHICLE FRAME STRUCTURAL MEMBER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

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

1. An internal reinforcement comprising:an elongate body including a base positioned opposite a crown;
a shelf extending along the crown, the shelf includes an upper surface positioned parallel to a first leg of a concave frame structure and mates with the first leg; and
a compressive member extending along the base, the compressive member includes a first wall with a lower surface positioned parallel to a second leg of the concave frame structure and mates with the second leg,
wherein the compressive member includes a second wall and an energy absorbing structure extending between the first wall and the second wall, and
wherein the energy absorbing structure is a honeycomb structure.

US Pat. No. 10,384,601

OPERATOR FEEDBACK SYSTEM

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

1. An operator feedback system of a vehicle for reporting acceleration experienced by one or more passengers in a rear passenger seating area to an operator of the vehicle, the operator feedback system comprising:an inertial measurement unit (IMU) integrated in one or more components of the vehicle in the rear passenger seating area, the IMU configured to measure one or more acceleration parameters of the one or more components along one or more axes of the IMU;
an in-vehicle electronic device that reports the one or more measured acceleration parameters and one or more preset limiting acceleration parameters to the operator and the one or more passengers of the vehicle; and
a control circuitry configured to:
compare the one or more measured acceleration parameters to the one or more preset limiting acceleration parameters; and
notify the operator of the vehicle via the in-vehicle electronic device based on the one or more measured acceleration parameters exceeding the one or more preset limiting acceleration parameters;
wherein the one or more preset limiting acceleration parameters are configured to be modified by the one or more passengers or the operator of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,385,745

EXHAUST PURIFYING DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An exhaust purifying device for an internal combustion engine provided in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine to purify exhaust of the internal combustion engine comprising:a column-shaped honeycomb carrier comprising a plurality of cells extending from an exhaust inflow side end surface of the honeycomb carrier to an exhaust outflow side end surface of the honeycomb carrier and each being a flow passage of the exhaust, the plurality of cells being defined by porous partitions;
a cylindrical case member configured to house the honeycomb carrier;
a holding member provided between the honeycomb carrier and the case member to surround an outer circumference of the honeycomb carrier;
a buffer member provided on a peripheral edge of at least one of the inflow side end surface and the outflow side end surface of the honeycomb carrier so as to regulate movement of the honeycomb carrier along a central axis direction of the honeycomb carrier; and
a setting member secured to the case member and including a position regulation member configured to contact the buffer member to regulate movement of the buffer member;
wherein the buffer member includes a recess into which the position regulation member of the setting member is fitted.

US Pat. No. 10,386,036

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:a ventilation section that forms a ventilation port through which air in an internal space of a lamp body enters and exits;
a cap that covers the ventilation section;
a waterproof wall that surrounds a periphery of the cap; and
a water-resistant cover that covers an opening section of the waterproof wall and an outer circumference of the waterproof wall,
wherein the water-resistant cover comprises a drain port further outside than the waterproof wall in a radial direction when seen in an axial direction of the waterproof wall, and
a space between an upper section of a circumferential wall section of the cap and the ventilation section is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,384,270

CUTTING TOOL

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

1. A machining tool for cutting a work component, comprising:a cutting tool body;
a cutting tool insert comprising a cutting tool insert body having a cutting surface along a portion of an external surface that defines a circumference of the cutting tool insert;
a first cartridge insertable into and removable from the cutting tool body, the first cartridge having a first insert pocket defined therein and configured to receive the cutting tool insert, the cutting tool insert rotatable between at least first and second fixed positions in the first insert pocket, a first portion of the cutting surface exposed when the cutting tool insert is in the first fixed position, and a second portion of the cutting surface exposed when the cutting tool insert is in the second fixed position; and
a second cartridge insertable into the cutting tool body when the first cartridge is removed and removable from the cutting tool body, the second cartridge having a second insert pocket defined therein and configured to receive the cutting tool insert, the second insert pocket being offset compared to the first insert pocket of the first cartridge, the cutting tool insert rotatable between at least first and second fixed positions in the second insert pocket, a third portion of the cutting surface exposed when the cutting tool insert is in the first fixed position of the second insert pocket, and a fourth portion of the cutting surface exposed when the cutting tool insert is in the second fixed position of the second insert pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,377,436

SIDE COVER STRUCTURE FOR MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A side cover structure for a motorcycle, which is to be arranged for covering a lateral side of the motorcycle at a position between a fuel tank and an engine, comprising:a side cover, which includes a window for allowing vision therethrough,
a side lower cover, which covers below said side cover, wherein said side lower cover includes a surface portion for attaching from inside of said window of said side cover, and
a garnish, which is made attachable/detachable to/from the outside of said window,
wherein said surface portion of said side lower cover carries a design shape thereon for being seen when said garnish is taken off from said side cover at said window.

US Pat. No. 10,378,492

AIR-CLEANER STRUCTURE OF SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. An air-cleaner structure of a saddle-ride type vehicle, comprising an air-cleaner case placed between an occupant seat and a head pipe located forward of the occupant seat,wherein
the air-cleaner case includes a bottom half and a top half, the bottom half being disposed in a space surrounded by a rear face of the head pipe and a pair of left and right frame members extending from the head pipe toward a rear of the saddle-ride type vehicle, the top half being situated above the frame members,
the top half is formed in a vertical two division structure, the vertical two division structure of the top half having a dividing surface inclined in a longitudinal direction of the saddle-ride type vehicle,
the top half is provided with an intermediate case joined to the bottom half and an upper case attached to a top face of the intermediate case, an opening is formed in an underside of the upper case, an upper-case flange protruding outward of the opening is formed at a bottom edge of the upper case, and a mating surface between the upper-case flange and the intermediate case is the dividing surface along which the top half is divided vertically into two,
an air-cleaner element is mounted along the dividing surface,
the dividing surface is inclined upwardly toward a front of the saddle-ride type vehicle at a larger angle than an inclination of an extension plane of a rotation path of a top bridge of the saddle-ride type vehicle supporting a front fork in a position above the head pipe, the dividing surface is arranged to cross the extension plane, and a front end of the upper-case flange is situated upward of the top bridge to provide a clearance in an up-down direction of the saddle-ride type vehicle between the front end of the upper-case flange and the top bridge,
the upper-case flange of the top half is formed in a trapezoidal shape with a long side on a front side of the saddle-ride type vehicle in top view,
the air-cleaner element includes a frame and a filter supported on inner sides of the frame, and
the frame is formed in a trapezoidal shape with a long side on the front side in top view corresponding to the trapezoidal shape of the upper-case flange of the top half.

US Pat. No. 10,378,493

PIPING CONNECTION STRUCTURE

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

1. A piping connection structure of a vehicle comprising:a throttle body connected to a power unit of the vehicle to adjust an intake air amount;
a fuel injection device for injecting fuel to an intake passage including said throttle body;
first piping attached to said fuel injection device; and
second piping provided separately from said first piping, and having an end part connected to said first piping so as to intersect with said first piping, wherein
a connection part between said first piping and said second piping has a long adjustment hole, which extends so as to allow adjustment of a relative angle between said first piping and said second piping;
said connection part includes a flow path forming portion forming a flow path that guides fuel from said second piping to said first piping, a first connection part provided on one side of said flow path forming portion, and a second connection part provided on the other side of said flow path forming portion opposite to said first connection part;
said adjustment hole includes a first adjustment hole formed in said first connection part, and a second adjustment hole formed in said second connection part,
when viewed from a vehicle width direction, in said first connection part and said second connection part, said first adjustment hole and said second adjustment hole are shifted closer to a side in which said second piping is connected to said connection part with respect to a center of said first piping,
said fuel injection device includes a first injector and a second injector;
said first injector and said second injector are arranged side by side in the vehicle width direction;
said first piping extends in the vehicle width direction, so as to straddle said first injector and said second injector;
a supporting member having branch ends and supporting said first piping with said branch end is provided in said throttle body; and
spacers are provided between said branch ends of said supporting member and said first piping.

US Pat. No. 10,375,477

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A SHARED AUDIO EXPERIENCE

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

10. A system for providing a shared audio experience, comprising:a memory storing instructions when executed by a processor cause the processor to:
receive data associated with at least one audio stream, wherein a sound wave is generated from the at least one audio stream;
analyze the sound wave associated with the at least one audio stream;
determine a plurality of audio frequencies associated with the at least one audio stream based on the analysis of the sound wave;
determine a plurality of audio elements associated with each of the plurality of audio frequencies associated with the at least one audio stream;
determine at least one audio source to provide audio associated with each of the plurality of audio elements; and
control the at least one audio source to provide the audio associated with each of the plurality of audio elements, wherein the at least one audio source is at least one of: at least one speaker of a vehicle and a speaker system of a portable device.

US Pat. No. 10,367,213

METHOD OF CONTROLLING FUEL CELL SYSTEM

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

1. A method of controlling a fuel cell system including a fuel cell, comprising:circulating a coolant through a fuel cell circulation passage in which the fuel cell and a gas liquid separator are provided;
controlling a valve selectively to connect or disconnect the fuel cell circulation passage and an air conditioning equipment circulation passage in which an air conditioning mechanism is provided;
determining whether the coolant includes air bubbles more than or equal to a threshold amount; and
maintaining the valve to connect the fuel cell circulation passage and the air conditioning equipment circulation passage to circulate the coolant through the air conditioning equipment circulation passage when it is determined that the coolant includes air bubbles more than or equal to the threshold amount, when the valve connects the fuel cell circulation passage and the air conditioning equipment circulation passage, and when a temperature of the fuel cell is higher than or equal to a threshold temperature even if the air conditioning mechanism stops.

US Pat. No. 10,360,893

ACTIVE VIBRATION AND NOISE CONTROL DEVICE AND ACTIVE VIBRATION AND NOISE CONTROL CIRCUIT

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

1. An active vibration noise control apparatus comprising:a basic signal generating unit configured to output a basic signal indicating a target input which is a target noise or a target vibration;
an adaptive control circuit configured to perform an adaptive control on the basic signal to output a control signal;
a canceling output generating unit configured to generate a canceling output as a canceling sound for the target noise or a canceling vibration for the target vibration based on the control signal;
a first error detection unit configured to detect a first error as a difference between the canceling output and the target input at a first evaluation point, and output a first error signal; and
a second error detection unit configured to detect a second error as a difference between the canceling output and the target input at a second evaluation point, and output a second error signal,
wherein the adaptive control circuit comprises:
an adaptive filter configured to generate the control signal on a basis of the basic signal or a reference signal based on the basic signal;
a filter coefficient calculation unit configured to calculate a filter coefficient of the adaptive filter based on the basic signal or the reference signal and at least one of the first error signal and the second error signal;
a cross-correlation value calculation unit configured to calculate a cross-correlation value between the first error signal and the second error signal; and
a canceling output limiting unit configured to determine whether or not the cross-correlation value is smaller than a cross-correlation threshold value, and limit an increase in the canceling output in a case where it is determined that the cross-correlation value is smaller than the cross-correlation threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,358,859

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INHIBITING AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT OF A BARRIER

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

1. A computer-implemented method for inhibiting automatic movement of a barrier, comprising: determining a current state of the barrier when a vehicle travels through at least one first zone associated with the barrier; analyzing sensor data to determine if at least one individual or object is located within a movement path of the barrier, wherein at least one barrier control signal is sent to automatically control movement to open or close the barrier based on the current state of the barrier; inhibiting a sending of the at least one barrier control signal from the vehicle to a barrier controller associated with the barrier that is automatically sent to move the barrier once the vehicle travels through at least one second zone upon determining that the at least one individual or object is located within the movement path of the barrier; and presenting a user interface alert relating to inhibiting the automatic movement of the barrier upon inhibiting the sending of the at least one barrier control signal from the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,362,463

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING NEAR-FIELD COMMUNICATION WITHIN A VEHICLE

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

1. A communication system for a vehicle comprising:a near-field communication (NFC) antenna module mounted to a support structure of the vehicle;
a printed circuit board (PCB) that is disposed within the NFC antenna module;
a NFC transceiver that is disposed on the PCB; and
a NFC antenna that is operably connected to the NFC transceiver and is disposed on the PCB, wherein a top plan view of the NFC antenna has a polygonal shape to conform to at least one interior portion of a covering panel of the vehicle, wherein the NFC antenna module is configured to hold the PCB and the NFC antenna adjacent to the at least one interior portion of the covering panel of a center console of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,354,295

RECEPTION SYSTEM AND RECEPTION METHOD

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

1. A reception system, comprising at least one processor configured to function as:a visitor recognition unit that recognizes a visitor;
a receiving person recognition unit that recognizes a receiving person that corresponds to the visitor based on a speech signal spoken by the visitor;
a receiving person contact information storage unit that stores contact information of the receiving person;
a notification unit that sends a notice indicating that the visitor has arrived, to a terminal which corresponds to the contact information of the receiving person stored by the receiving person contact information storage unit; and
a receiving person selection unit that selects contact information of a substitute receiving person associated with the receiving person in a case where the receiving person is absent when the notification unit sends the notice to the terminal which corresponds to the contact information of the receiving person,
wherein the notification unit sends the notice to a terminal which corresponds to the contact information of the substitute receiving person selected by the receiving person selection unit when the receiving person is absent.

US Pat. No. 10,351,165

STEER BY WIRE STEERING SYSTEM

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

1. A steer by wire steering system for a vehicle, comprising:a steering member for receiving a steering input;
a reaction force actuator for applying a reaction force to the steering member;
a steering actuator for steering a road wheel;
a clutch for selectively connecting the road wheel mechanically to the steering member;
a control unit for controlling operation of the reaction force actuator, the steering actuator and the clutch; and
a failure detection unit for detecting a failure in the steering system;
wherein the control unit is configured to operate in a steer by wire mode whereby the clutch is disengaged, and the reaction force actuator produces a reaction force in a normal manner, and a power assist mode whereby the reaction force actuator produces an assist steering torque corresponding to the steering input applied to the steering member; and
wherein the control unit is configured to operate in an emergency mode when a failure is detected by the failure detection unit while the control unit is operating in the steer by wire mode;
the emergency mode including
commanding the clutch to engage,
terminating the steer by wire mode,
performing a position keep control whereby the steering actuator is driven so as to maintain a fixed steering angle of the road wheel,
initiating the power assist mode, and
once the clutch is fully engaged, terminating the position keep control.

US Pat. No. 10,353,391

TRAVEL CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A travel control device that controls automatic driving to assist driving operations of a driver, or controls automatic driving to enable traveling without requiring driving operations of the driver, comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:
setting an upper limitation of a vehicle body behavior amount in relation to start, deceleration, or turning of a vehicle during the automatic driving;
in response to determining that the vehicle velocity is in excess of a vehicle velocity threshold value or not, alleviating the upper limitation of a vehicle body behavior amount based on the vehicle being in a stopped state, or based on the vehicle velocity being lower than the vehicle velocity threshold value;
limiting a travel enabled region in which the vehicle is capable of traveling in accordance with a detection of a stop signal of a traffic light; and
initiating a movement, deceleration, or turning of the vehicle in response to alleviating the limitation,
wherein the vehicle body behavior amount includes a yaw rate of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,338,196

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AVOIDING SENSOR INTERFERENCE USING VEHICULAR COMMUNICATION

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

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling sensor data acquisition using a vehicular communication network, comprising:establishing an operable connection for computer communication between a first vehicle and one or more remote vehicles within a communication range of the first vehicle using the vehicular communication network, wherein the first vehicle and the one or more remote vehicles operate based upon a common time base according to a global time signal;
receiving, from each of the one or more remote vehicles, capability data that includes a sensor actuation time slot of each of the one or more remote vehicles indicting a time slot at which sensors of each of the one or more remote vehicles are actuating, and wherein the sensor actuation time slot of each of the one or more remote vehicles are different;
dividing a clock cycle into a plurality of time slots based on one or more remote vehicles; and
controlling, according to the plurality of time slots and the sensor actuation time slot, sensor actuation of a sensor of the first vehicle and the sensors of each of the one or more remote vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,340,762

STATOR FOR ELECTRIC ROTARY MACHINE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE STATOR

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

1. A stator for an electric rotary machine comprising:a stator core, which has plural slots; and
a coil, which is attached to the stator core, wherein:
the coil has plural slot coils and plural connection coils, each slot coil being inserted into the slot, each connection coil connecting the slot coils in a position lying further axially outwards than an axial end face of the stator core, and the coil being constituted in such a way that the slot coil and the connection coil are joined at an abutment portion;
the connection coil is accommodated in an accommodating portion, which is provided in an insulation plate that is made of an insulation material and that is disposed outwards of the axial end face of the stator core;
the connection coil is such that a connection coil main body extends from one side to an other side in a circumferential direction;
the connection coil main body abuts against the insulation plate in such a state that the connection coil is accommodated in the accommodating portion; and
in a hole portion, where the abutment portion is accommodated, of the insulation plate, the connection coil and the slot coil are spaced apart from the insulation plate in the circumferential direction to thereby form a first gap portion.

US Pat. No. 10,338,230

MULTIPATH ERROR CORRECTION

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

1. A system for multipath error correction, comprising:a global positioning system (GPS) component determining a first GPS position of a vehicle at a first time and a second GPS position for the vehicle at a second time;
an image capture component monitoring for a change of lane associated with the vehicle between determination of the first GPS position and the second GPS position for the vehicle; and
an error correction component calculating an updated position for the vehicle by performing a comparison between the change of lane information and the second GPS position of the vehicle and setting the updated position for the vehicle as the second GPS position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,281

AIRBAG APPARATUS

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

1. An airbag apparatus to be arranged along an angled portion of a side wall of a vehicle body panel, the angled portion including a lower surface extending in a substantially horizontal direction and facing downward and a side surface extending upward from the lower surface, the side surface having a locking portion capable of a temporary hanging of the airbag apparatus therefrom, the airbag apparatus comprising:an airbag that can be inflated and unfolded;
at least one fixing member that is directly fixed to an edge of the airbag and has a temporary fixing claw having a projecting portion which protrudes downward such that the projecting portion of the temporary fixing claw is capable of engagement with the locking portion of the side surface, thereby hanging the airbag apparatus therefrom; and
a protector that holds the airbag and has a contact portion, an upper edge portion of the contact portion extending in the substantially horizontal direction and being in direct contact with the lower surface of the angled portion of the vehicle body panel along the substantially horizontal direction when the airbag apparatus is hung on the angled portion, wherein
the contact portion includes
a base plate that is provided to extend from a main body of the protector generally in a vehicle width direction, and
a plurality of ribs that extend upward from the base plate, each of the plurality of ribs each having the upper edge portion which is in direct contact with the lower surface of the angled portion of the vehicle body panel when the airbag apparatus is hung on the angled surface.

US Pat. No. 10,337,872

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

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

1. A vehicle control system comprising:an autonomous driving controller configured to execute autonomous driving which autonomously controls at least one of speed control and steering control to allow a vehicle to travel along a route to a destination; and
a factor acquisition section configured to acquire a factor which is independent of a travel requirement for the vehicle to travel by autonomously driving along the route to the destination, wherein
the autonomous driving controller changes a plan of the autonomous driving based on the factor acquired by the factor acquisition section.

US Pat. No. 10,333,246

WATERPROOF STRUCTURE OF CONNECTOR

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A waterproof structure of a connector in which cavities respectively accommodating terminals are formed respectively in a pair of housings configured to be fitted to each other, wherein in each of the pair of housings, an annular member surrounding an opening of the cavity is formed to protrude in a fitting direction,wherein one of the annular members has a plurality of corner parts in which an outer circumferential surface is inclined so as to spread outward in a radial direction from a leading end to inward,
wherein the outer circumferential surface presses an inner circumferential surface of the other annular member in fitting, and in a cross section orthogonal to the fitting direction,
wherein the plurality of corner parts are positioned to be symmetrical with each other with respect to a central axis of the annular member,
wherein a curvature of the outer circumferential surface of the plurality of corner parts is larger than a curvature of the outer circumferential surface of other portions of the one of the annular members, and
wherein an inclination angle of the outer circumferential surface of the plurality of corner parts with respect to the fitting direction is larger than an inclination angle of the outer circumferential surface of other portions of the one of the annular members with respect to the fitting direction.

US Pat. No. 10,325,171

OBJECT DETECTION DEVICE, DRIVING ASSISTANCE DEVICE, OBJECT DETECTION METHOD, AND OBJECT DETECTION PROGRAM

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

1. An object detection device comprising:a camera configured to image surroundings of a vehicle provided with the object detection device;
a control device including a processor configured to operate as:
a characteristic point extraction unit configured to extract characteristic points of another vehicle from an image captured by the camera;
a characteristic point grouping processing unit configured to group the characteristic points extracted by the characteristic point extraction unit and set a horizontal edge narrowing-down region based on the grouped characteristic point group;
a horizontal edge extraction unit configured to extract horizontal edges that are characteristic lines of approximately horizontal direction components in a search region of the image captured by the camera;
an overlap determination unit configured to extract the horizontal edges within the horizontal edge narrowing-down region; and
a detection object recognition unit configured to specify a specific horizontal edge satisfying a predetermined condition among the extracted horizontal edges within the horizontal edge narrowing-down region, set a region where the specific horizontal edge is a positional reference and is expanded toward all of the left, right, up, and down directions in the image as a recognition region, and recognize a detection object within the recognition region,
wherein the recognition region is set such that the specific horizontal edge is expanded by a first predetermined pixels toward the up direction, a left end of the specific horizontal edge is expanded by a second predetermined pixels toward the left direction, a right end of the specific horizontal edge is expanded by the second predetermined pixels toward the right direction, and the specific horizontal edge is expanded by a third predetermined pixels toward the down direction,
wherein the first predetermined pixels, the second predetermined pixels, and the third predetermined pixels are set based on a position of the specific horizontal edge on the image, and
wherein the horizontal edge narrowing-down region is set to be larger than a minimum rectangular region that contains the grouped characteristic point group.

US Pat. No. 10,324,464

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

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

1. A vehicle control system comprising:an automated driving controller configured to execute one driving mode of a plurality of driving modes, the plurality of driving modes including an automated driving mode in which at least one of speed control or steering control of a vehicle is performed automatically, and a manual driving mode in which both the speed control and the steering control of the vehicle are performed based on operation by an occupant of the vehicle;
a collection controller configured to collect information related to control history of one or both of the speed control and the steering control of the vehicle performed based on the operation by the occupant of the vehicle while the manual driving mode is being executed by the automated driving controller; and
a driving characteristics derivation controller configured to derive driving characteristics for each occupant of the vehicle based on the information collected by the collection controller,
wherein the automated driving controller reflects, to the automated driving, the driving characteristics for each occupant of the vehicle derived by the driving characteristics derivation controller when executing the automated driving mode,
a route on which the vehicle travels includes different types of routes including a first type of route and a second type of route, the second type of route having the same or stricter speed limit compared to the speed limit of the first type of route,
when the vehicle travels on the first type of route, the automated driving controller determines whether there is derived driving characteristics for the first type of route, if there is not the derived driving characteristics for the first type of route, the automated driving controller uses the driving characteristics of the second type of route derived by using information collected when the vehicle traveled on the second type of route in the manual driving mode so as to reflect the driving characteristics of the second type of route to the automated driving mode for the first type of route.

US Pat. No. 10,322,726

GEAR SHIFTING CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A gear shifting control device comprising:a pedal operation detection unit which detects a gear shifting operation of a shift pedal; and
a control unit which performs output suppression control for suppressing output of an engine in accordance with the gear shifting operation detected by the pedal operation detection unit,
wherein the control unit includes:
a change rate calculation unit which calculates a time change rate of a pedal load detection value detected by the pedal operation detection unit;
a load prediction unit which obtains a pedal load prediction value after a specified time elapses from the time change rate;
a pedal load determination unit which determines whether or not the pedal load detection value reaches a first threshold value;
a predicted value determination unit which determines whether or not the pedal load prediction value exceeds a second threshold value when the pedal load detection value reaches the first threshold value; and
an output suppression control unit which performs the output suppression control when it is determined that the pedal load prediction value exceeds the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,322,742

STEERING DEVICE

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

1. A steering device mounted on a vehicle, comprising:a steering body having a rim to be gripped by a driver, left and right sensors installed in left and right portions of the rim, respectively, each of the left and right sensors being configured to detect a signal relating to a driver's condition;
a left harness and a right harness connected to the left and right sensors, respectively, to transmit the respective signals therefrom; and
a detection circuit connected to the left and right harnesses and configured to detect the driver's condition on a basis of the detected signals from at least said left and right sensors,
wherein a wire length of the left harness from said detection circuit to said left sensor is substantially equal to a wire length of the right harness from said detection circuit to said right sensor, and
wherein the steering body has
a core metal installed in a center portion of the steering body, on which a substrate and a leather member are provided, and
an electroconductive film for left sensor and an electroconductive film for right sensor each stacked on said core metal by interposing the substrate and the leather member between each electroconductive film and the said core metal,
said left harness extending from said detection circuit is soldered to said left sensor in a direct or indirect manner,
said right harness extending from said detection circuit is soldered to said right sensor in a direct or indirect manner, and
a hard member harder than said substrate is provided between said soldered portion and said substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,322,753

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body front structure comprising:an upper member including a main body section extending forward from a substantially central portion of a front pillar in an upward/downward direction; and an extension section extending forward and downward from the main body section,
wherein the main body section includes a first L-shaped member having a substantially L-shaped cross section,
the extension section includes a second L-shaped member having a substantially L-shaped cross section,
the main body section and the extension section include a third L-shaped member having a substantially L-shaped cross section,
the third L-shaped member is formed over the main body section and the extension section, and a closed cross section is formed by joining flanges formed on both end portions of the first L-shaped member and the second L-shaped member in the vehicle body width direction,
either one of the first L-shaped member and the second L-shaped member has an extension portion, that overlaps a wall surface of the other one of the first L-shaped member and the second L-shaped member different from the flange of the other one of the first L-shaped member and the second L-shaped member, and the extension portion is welded to the wall surface by at least one of a plurality of welded sections separated from each other in a vehicle body forward/rearward direction and welded sections continuously welded in the vehicle body forward/rearward direction,
either one of the first L-shaped member and the second L-shaped member having the extension portion has an overlapping section that overlaps a wall surface of the other one of the first L-shaped member and the second L-shaped member different from the flange of the other one of the first L-shaped member and the second L-shaped member, and
a fender attachment bracket is sandwiched between the overlapping section and the wall surface which the overlapping section overlaps.

US Pat. No. 10,320,269

TRANSPORT DEVICE

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

1. A transport device that transports workpieces in a predetermined direction on plural transport rails, comprising:a backflow prevention mechanism that prevents backflow in which the workpieces are moved in the direction opposite to the predetermined direction, wherein
the backflow prevention mechanism has two backflow prevention valves attached to an end portion of each of the transport rails, and
each of the backflow prevention valves has:
an inductive plate inclined with respect to the predetermined direction from the center of the transport rail to the side along the predetermined direction; and
a coupling plate combining a center side end portion of the inductive plate positioned close to the center of the transport rail and a side surface of the transport rail.

US Pat. No. 10,315,621

VEHICLE LOCKING AND UNLOCKING CONTROL SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle locking and unlocking control system, comprising:a lock trigger that is provided outside a vehicle and outputs an output signal when operated by a person;
a vehicle side transmitter is configured to transmit a transmission request signal according to reception of the output signal output by the lock trigger;
a mobile wireless terminal is configured to transmit a response signal according to reception of the transmission request signal transmitted by the vehicle side transmitter;
a vehicle side receiver configured to receive the response signal transmitted by the mobile wireless terminal;
a locking controller configured to determine whether or not the response signal received by the vehicle side receiver is suitable for a unique identification signal of the vehicle and output a lock signal on the basis of a result of the determination and the reception of the output signal output from the lock trigger;
a door lock mechanism configured to lock a door according to the lock signal output by the locking controller;
a first determiner configured to determine whether a driving source for driving the vehicle is in an on state or a power supply of the vehicle is in an on state;
a second determiner configured to determine whether or not the mobile wireless terminal is outside the vehicle;
a door state detector configured to detect an open state of the door;
an alarm output unit configured to output an alarm; and
an alarm controller configured to cause the alarm output unit to output an alarm after it is determined by the first determiner that the driving source of the vehicle is in an on state or the power supply of the vehicle is in an on state, the output signal output from the lock trigger has been received, and a predetermined period of time has elapsed from a time when it is determined by the second determiner that the mobile wireless terminal is outside the vehicle, and cause the alarm output unit not to output the alarm when it is detected by the door state detector that the door is in the open state before the predetermined period of time elapses.

US Pat. No. 10,315,633

VEHICLE BEHAVIOR CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle behavior control device for use in a vehicle comprising: a brake pedal;a master cylinder that generates a hydraulic pressure in response to an operation with the brake pedal;
an electrical hydraulic pressure generator that is connected to the master cylinder and electrically generates a hydraulic pressure based on the operation with the brake pedal; and
a wheel cylinder that is arranged in each wheel of the vehicle for braking,
wherein the vehicle behavior control device controls a brake hydraulic pressure to be applied to the wheel cylinder so as to control behavior of the vehicle, and
wherein, in a case where brake control is executed such that a brake hydraulic pressure not based on the operation with the brake pedal is generated if the brake pedal is not being operated, a hydraulic pressure applied to a wheel cylinder in a diagonal wheel that is positioned diagonal from a brake wheel for controlling the behavior of the vehicle is adjusted to the hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,295,143

LIGHT UNIT AND VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A light unit attached to a vehicle, the unit comprising:an outer lens configured to form a part of an outer surface of the vehicle;
a housing connected to the outer lens and provided with a light source configured to illuminate an outside of the vehicle, the housing comprising a hole; and
a ventilation mechanism configured to ventilate a space between the outer lens and the housing,
wherein the ventilation mechanism includes:
a first passage including, at one end, a first opening connected to the hole and communicating with the space;
a second passage including, at one end, a second opening that opens to a front side of the vehicle;
a third passage including, at one end, a third opening that opens to a rear side of the vehicle;
a connecting passage to which the other end of the first passage, the other end of the second passage, and the other end of the third passage are connected; and
an inner diameter of the connecting passage is larger than an inner diameter of the other end of the first passage connected to the connecting passage, and is smaller than a sum of the inner diameter of the other end of the first passage connected to the connecting passage and an inner diameter of the other end of the second passage connected to the connecting passage.
US Pat. No. 10,294,497

HIGHLY EFFICIENT ETHANOL-FERMENTATION YEAST

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

1. An ethanol-fermentative yeast, the ethanol-fermentative yeast being effective to produce ethanol from pentose and hexose and deposited to NITE Patent Microorganisms Depositary under the accession number NITE BP-01964 into which at least one gene selected from self-cloned pyruvate decarboxylase and formate dehydrogenase is introduced.

US Pat. No. 10,286,861

CABLE REEL

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

1. A cable reel comprising:a stator member;
a rotor member rotatably connected to the stator member;
a flexible cable that provides an electrical connection between the stator member and the rotor member; and
a locking member formed integrally with the rotor member and comprising a plurality of fragile portions and a plurality of engaging members,
wherein each of the plurality of fragile portions is located between the rotor member and a corresponding one of the plurality of engaging members, and
wherein the plurality of engaging members engage with the stator member, wherein the locking member further comprises a ring portion disposed over the stator member; and wherein the plurality of engaging members are joined to the ring portion.

US Pat. No. 10,280,011

WORKPIECE POSITION DETECTING METHOD AND HANGER MAINTENANCE-WORK NECESSITY JUDGING METHOD

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

1. A workpiece position detecting method for detecting, by a position detection unit, a stop position of a predetermined portion of each of workpieces which are supported individually by a plurality of hangers, when each of the workpieces is stopped after being transferred together with the hangers by a transfer mechanism, or a stop position of a predetermined portion of each of the hangers when each of the hangers is stopped, the method comprising the steps of:recording, multiple times, a difference between the stop position of the predetermined portion of the workpiece or the hanger when the hanger is stopped after transferring the workpiece, and a reference stop position set in advance;
performing a statistical processing based on the differences recorded the multiple times to thereby calculate a compensation amount for each of the hangers;
disposing the position detection unit at a compensated position obtained by adding the compensation amount to the reference stop position; and
detecting, by the position detection unit disposed at the compensated position, the stop position of the predetermined portion of the hanger or the stop position of the predetermined portion of the workpiece stopped after being transferred by the hanger.

US Pat. No. 10,279,418

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RESISTIVE SPOT WELDING

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

1. A method of resistive spot welding a stack of sheet metal having a stack ratio of at least seven, the method comprising:contacting a first welding tip to a first side of a stack of sheet metal, wherein the stack of sheet metal includes a plurality of sheets of sheet metal;
contacting a second welding tip to a second side of the stack of sheet metal, wherein the second welding tip includes a contacting surface area less than a contacting surface area of the first welding tip, wherein each of the first welding tip and the second welding tip comprises a spherical welding tip, and wherein the second side of the stack of sheet metal includes a thinnest exterior sheet of the plurality of sheets of sheet metal of the stack of sheet metal;
applying a squeeze pressure to the stack of sheet metal between the first welding tip and the second welding tip; and
applying a first current pulse for a first duration followed by a second current pulse having a lower current than the first current pulse for a second duration longer than the first duration to the stack of sheet metal between the first welding tip and the second welding tip to resistively spot weld the stack of sheet metal, wherein a welding nugget is initially formed closer to the second welding tip than the first welding tip.

US Pat. No. 10,283,007

TRAINING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDING

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

1. A training system for a motorcycle comprising:a plurality of sensors monitoring operating conditions of the motorcycle, the plurality of sensors being coupled to the motorcycle and comprising at least one gyroscope, wherein the operating conditions monitored by the gyroscope comprise a tilt angle of the motorcycle and a body lean of a rider of the motorcycle;
a processor coupled to the plurality of sensors and a navigation system;
the navigation system indicating a location and a route traveled by the motorcycle and determining whether the location and the route has been previously ridden through by the motorcycle using the processor and a global positioning system (GPS);
and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory storing program instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
analyze the operating conditions monitored by the plurality of sensors along the route by comparing the operating conditions monitored by the plurality of sensors along the route with an optimized run along the route using physical limitations of at least one of a roadway, the motorcycle, or the rider of the motorcycle; and
in response to the navigation system determining that the motorcycle is riding the previously ridden route, provide feedback to the rider of the motorcycle while the motorcycle is re-riding the route based on the comparison to increase a riding performance, wherein the feedback comprises instructions on how to adjust at least one of the operating conditions being monitored by the plurality of sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,279,697

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING A CHARGE LOAD

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

1. A computing device for estimating a charge load and a charge time for at least one electric vehicle, said computing device configured to:store, in a first database coupled to said computing device, charging characteristics associated with the at least one electric vehicle;
receive, from a first of the at least one electric vehicle, a state of charge of the first electric vehicle and a vehicle identification of the first electric vehicle;
determine a location of the first electric vehicle;
determine whether charging characteristics associated with the first electric vehicle are stored in the first database, the charging characteristics associated with the first electric vehicle including at least one of a vehicle make, a vehicle model, a battery energy capacity, and a charger power capacity of the first electric vehicle;
query a second database using the vehicle identification to retrieve the charging characteristics associated with the first electric vehicle from the second database when the computing device determines that the charging characteristics associated with the first electric vehicle are not stored in the first database;
determine an estimated peak charge time and an estimated peak charge load based on the charging characteristics associated with the first electric vehicle and the state of charge of the first electric vehicle;
determine whether the first electric vehicle is authorized to charge based at least on the estimated peak charge time, the estimated peak charge load, the location of the first electric vehicle, and an energy demand on a transformer that provides electricity to a first charging station at the location of the first electric vehicle;
instruct the first charging station to charge the first electric vehicle at a first power level, when the computing device determines that the first electric vehicle is authorized to charge; and
one of (i) instruct the first charging station to charge the first electric vehicle at a second, reduced power level, and (ii) instruct the first charging station to not charge the first electric vehicle, when the computing device determines that the first electric vehicle is not authorized to charge.

US Pat. No. 10,284,069

VOLTAGE CONVERSION DEVICE AND APPARATUS

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

1. A voltage conversion device comprising:a voltage conversion unit connected to a power source having current-voltage characteristics such that an output voltage of the power source changes according to an output current of the power source and such that the rate of change of the output voltage with respect to the change of the output current changes according to the output current, the voltage conversion unit being configured to be able to output power obtained by converting a voltage of power input from the power source; and
a control unit configured to be able to selectively perform a control process of a current control mode in which the voltage conversion unit is operated to control an input current or an output current of the voltage conversion unit, and a control process of a voltage control mode in which the voltage conversion unit is operated to control an input voltage or an output voltage of the voltage conversion unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to selectively switch between the current control mode and the voltage control mode in a preset manner on the basis of the current-voltage characteristics and to perform a control process of each of the control modes,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform the control process of the voltage control mode in a region, within an operating region of the power source defined by the current-voltage characteristics, in which the voltage change rate which is the rate of change of the output voltage of the power source with respect to the change of the output current of the power source is greater than the current change rate which is the rate of change of the output current of the power source with respect to change of the output voltage of the power source,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform the control process of the current control mode in a region, within the operating region, in which the current change rate is greater than the voltage change rate.

US Pat. No. 10,281,273

SENSING SYSTEM AND SENSING METHOD

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

1. A sensing system comprising:a sensor configured to acquire information about surrounding space at a certain time interval;
a drive mechanism which causes a reference axis of the sensor to swing about an axis in a range not smaller than a first angle and not larger than a second angle in a drive mechanism coordinate system;
a desired trajectory determining section which is operable, in a case where a current-time cycle for the reference axis of the sensor to make one swing is divided into a first period, including a time point at which an angle of the reference axis of the sensor becomes the first angle, the time point not falling on a beginning or an end of the first period, a second period, including a time point at which an angle of the reference axis of the sensor becomes the second angle, the time point not falling on a beginning or an end of the second period, a first intermediate period, being a period between the first period and the second period, and a second intermediate period, being a period between the second period and a first period in a next-time cycle, to determine
a first desired trajectory representing a time series of angle of the reference axis of the sensor in the first period in the current-time cycle, a first derivative with respect to time of the first desired trajectory being continuous in the first period in the current-time cycle,
a second desired trajectory representing a time series of angle of the reference axis of the sensor in the second period in the current-time cycle, a first derivative with respect to time of the second desired trajectory being continuous in the second period in the current-time cycle, an inclination of a tangent line to the second desired trajectory at a beginning of the second period in the current-time cycle being identical to an inclination of a tangent line to the first desired trajectory at an end of the first period in the current-time cycle, an inclination of a tangent line to the second desired trajectory at an end of the second period in the current-time cycle being identical to an inclination of a tangent line to the first desired trajectory at a beginning of the first period in the next-time cycle,
a third desired trajectory representing a time series of angle of the reference axis of the sensor in the first intermediate period in the current-time cycle, the third desired trajectory being configured with the tangent line to the first desired trajectory at the end of the first period in the current-time cycle, and
a fourth desired trajectory representing a time series of angle of the reference axis of the sensor in the second intermediate period in the current-time cycle, the fourth desired trajectory being configured with the tangent line to the second desired trajectory at the end of the second period in the current-time cycle; and
a drive mechanism controlling section which controls an operation of the drive mechanism so as to track each of the desired trajectories determined by the desired trajectory determining section.

US Pat. No. 10,273,905

EXHAUST EMISSION CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An exhaust emission control device for an internal combustion engine comprisinga plurality of reed valve chambers respectively including reed valves, and provided to a cylinder head portion of a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine,
the reed valve chambers being formed by covering recessed portions provided to the cylinder head portion respectively with reed valve covers, and
the reed valve chambers having upstream sides which communicate with the atmosphere via a separate secondary air supply pipe provided to the cylinder head portion; and downstream sides which communicate with exhaust ports via communication passages provided to the cylinder head portion, and
the reed valves being interposed between the upstream sides and the downstream sides of the reed valve chambers, and the reed valves being opened by exhaust pulsation pressure, wherein
in the cylinder head portion, the plurality of reed valve chambers are disposed with spaces therebetween,
the plurality of reed valve covers communicate individually with the secondary air supply pipe, and the reed valve covers are connected in series by the secondary air supply pipe, and
the plurality reed valve covers are integrally formed with the secondary air supply pipe into an integrated passage-cover unit that is releasably connected to the cylinder head portion and covered by a cylinder head cover.

US Pat. No. 10,268,206

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR UTILITY VEHICLE

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

1. An apparatus for controlling operation of a utility vehicle that detects a magnetic field generated by an area signal in electric current supplied from an electric power supply through a boundary wire installed around a working area and is driven by an electric motor powered by an onboard battery that is to be charged at a charging station to run within the working area based on the detected magnetic field, comprising:a connecting/disconnecting device that is installed at a location between the electric power supply and the boundary wire to be operable by a user to connect/disconnect supply of the electric current from the electric power supply to the boundary wire; and
an electronic control unit having a microprocessor and a memory,
wherein the microprocessor is configured to function as:
a reconnection determining unit configured to determine whether after power supply from the electric power supply to the boundary wire was once disconnected, the power supply from the electric power supply to the boundary wire is reconnected by the connecting/disconnecting device;
a return instruction signal inserting unit configured to insert a return instruction signal indicating the vehicle to return to the charging station on the area signal when the reconnection determining unit determines that the power supply is reconnected; and
a running control unit configured to control operation of the electric motor to make the vehicle run to the charging station when the return instruction signal inserting unit inserts the return instruction signal on the area signal.

US Pat. No. 10,260,456

ENGINE-DRIVEN WORKING MACHINE

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

1. An engine-driven working machine in which an outer case is formed in a substantially rectangular shape in plan view so that a length of the outer case in one direction orthogonal to a short-side direction of the outer case is longer than a length of the outer case in the short-side direction, and an engine is housed in an inside of the outer case, comprising:a crankshaft of the engine, which is disposed orthogonal to the one direction of the outer case;
an intake port and an exhaust port that are disposed in the one direction of the outer case;
a carburetor that is disposed at a side of the intake port;
a muffler that is disposed at a side of the exhaust port; and
a cover unit that is disposed in the outer case and houses a whole of the engine, wherein:
the cover unit has a cover covering the engine at one side of the short-side direction and a shroud covering the engine at an other side of the short-side direction,
the outer case has an undercover formed in a substantially rectangular shape in plan view so that a length of the undercover in the one direction is longer than a length of the undercover in the short-side direction, and
a front lower portion and a rear lower portion of the cover unit are connected to the undercover.

US Pat. No. 10,262,541

CONVOY TRAVEL CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A convoy travel control apparatus, comprising:a communication portion that communicates with another vehicle;
a travel control portion that actualizes travel in convoy with the another vehicle through communication via the communication portion;
a joining control portion;
a forward imaging portion that takes an image of a preceding vehicle;
an image recognition portion that, by recognizing an image taken by the forward imaging portion through image processing, recognizes an identification number allocated to the imaged preceding vehicle; and
an identification information sharing portion that receives an identification number allocated to a convoy vehicle incorporated into the group of convoy vehicles, wherein:
when an own vehicle is travelling in convoy, if the communication portion has received, from an independent vehicle not incorporated in group of convoy vehicles travelling in convoy, request information to incorporate the independent vehicle into the group of convoy vehicles, then the joining control portion exercises control, which is for incorporating the independent vehicle into the group of convoy vehicles, on the group of convoy vehicles via the communication portion,
if the identification number allocated to the imaged preceding vehicle matches with the identification number allocated to the convoy vehicle, then the joining control portion determines that the imaged preceding vehicle is the convoy vehicle,
if the independent vehicle is travelling behind the group of convoy vehicles, then the joining control portion decelerates the group of convoy vehicles, and
if the independent vehicle is travelling in front of the group of convoy vehicles, then the joining control portion transmits, via the communication portion, information that requires to accelerate the group of convoy vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,245,955

VEHICLE CAPABLE OF SUPPRESSING AN IMPACT TO BATTERY UNITS AT A TIME OF COLLISION

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

1. A vehicle comprising:a first battery unit comprising a front module group which has a plurality of battery modules and which is arranged under a front seat of the vehicle, a middle module group which has a plurality of battery modules and which is arranged under a rear seat of the vehicle, and a front casing accommodating the front module group and the middle module;
a second battery unit comprising a rear module group which has a plurality of battery modules and which is arranged in a rear portion of the vehicle, and a rear casing accommodating the rear module group; and
a rear sub frame arranged in a region surrounding the second battery unit, wherein
the front casing and the rear casing are independently fixed to a skeletal structure of the vehicle,
a space is provided between the front casing and the rear casing,
a front frame of the rear sub frame is arranged in the space, and
the front frame is overlapped with the front casing and the rear casing in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,249,088

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE VIRTUAL REALITY CONTROL OF MOVABLE VEHICLE PARTITIONS

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

1. A computer-implemented method for remote virtual reality control of movable vehicle partitions, comprising:displaying a three-dimensional virtual reality model of at least a portion of a vehicle on a display of an output device, the output device located remotely from the vehicle, the vehicle having one or more movable vehicle partitions;
receiving images that capture gestures made in relation to the three-dimensional virtual reality model displayed on the output device from one or more imaging devices of the output device;
identifying one or more vehicle commands in a sequence based on the images that capture the gestures made in relation to the three-dimensional virtual reality model, the one or more vehicle commands defining control of the one or more movable vehicle partitions, and storing the one or more vehicle commands in the sequence in a memory of the output device;
receiving real-time video feed from one or more imaging devices located adjacent to the vehicle;
wherein the display of the output device includes a first user interface and a second user interface, displaying the three-dimensional virtual reality model on the first interface and streaming the real-time video feed of the vehicle to the second interface;
and upon determining the output device is located within a predetermined range of the vehicle based upon receiving an authentication signal at the output device from the vehicle when the output device is located within the predetermined range, transmitting the one or more vehicle commands in the sequence from the memory of the output device to the vehicle and executing the one or more vehicle commands at the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,089

COLLISION AVOIDANCE ASSIST APPARATUS, COLLISION AVOIDANCE ASSIST METHOD, AND PROGRAM

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

6. A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium including a program for causing a computer to execute:(a) calculating an estimated time to collision, which is an amount of time for a first moving object to arrive at a virtual line that extends from a right end portion of a second moving object in a travel direction of the second moving object and that is parallel to the travel direction of the second moving object, and determining whether the second moving object will cross into a scheduled region, which the first moving object will cross after the estimated time to collision elapses, prior to the first moving object;
(b) estimating a relationship between a future location of the first moving object after the estimated time to collision elapses and a future location of the second moving object after the estimated time to collision elapses based on a change in a current location of the second moving object when it is determined that the second moving object will cross into the scheduled region prior to the first moving object in (a);
(c) determining whether or not the second moving object is capable of crossing in front of the first moving object without colliding with the first moving object based on the relationship estimated in (b), and determining whether or not the relationship estimated in (b) satisfies a predetermined condition; and
(d) performing a drive assist of the first moving object by controlling an output unit that includes at least one of a reporting device, a braking device, and a steering device in response to a first determination result that the second moving object is capable of crossing in front of the first moving object without colliding with the first moving object and a second determination result that the relationship estimated in (b) satisfies the predetermined condition,
wherein the program further causes the computer to execute steps of:
obtaining a hazard region including a region of the estimated future location of the second moving object after the estimated time to collision time elapses, and an extension region that extends rearward in the travel direction of the second moving object positioned at the estimated future location of the second moving object estimated in (b); and
performing the drive assist of the first moving object by controlling the output unit in a case where the hazard region, and the future location of the first moving object after the estimated time to collision elapses, overlap each other.

US Pat. No. 10,246,930

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING AND DETERMINING A STATUS OF A BARRIER

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

1. A computer-implemented method for remotely controlling and determining a status of a barrier, comprising:determining that a vehicle is parked at a predetermined vicinity of the barrier, wherein an initial state of the barrier is determined upon determining that the vehicle is parked at the predetermined vicinity of the barrier;
determining that the vehicle is departing away from the barrier and sending at least one barrier control signal to remotely control movement of the barrier, wherein the at least one barrier control signal is sent to a barrier controller associated with the barrier to traverse the barrier to a closed state when it is determined that the initial state of the barrier is an opened state or a partially opened state;
determining a current state of the barrier, wherein the current state of the barrier is determined based on a wireless internet communication that occurs upon determining that the barrier has not traversed to the closed state based on RF communication that occurs immediately prior to the vehicle being located outside of a RF communication range with the barrier controller, wherein the wireless internet communication occurs upon determining that the vehicle is located outside of the RF communication range with the barrier controller; and
presenting the current state of the barrier, wherein the current state of the barrier is presented to display if the current state of the barrier is the closed state based on the at least one barrier control signal sent to remotely control movement of the barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,247,198

COMPRESSOR HOUSING

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

1. A compressor housing of a compressor that uses an impeller provided in an intake air flow path of an internal combustion engine of a vehicle more to a downstream side than a blow-by gas recirculation part in which blow-by gas of the internal combustion engine recirculates, to pressurize intake air flowing through the intake air flow path, the compressor housing comprising:an impeller chamber that houses the impeller to be rotatable, and an intake air duct that extends along an axis line of the impeller and introduces intake air to the impeller chamber, and
a breather duct that extends in the radial direction of the impeller and introduces blow-by gas into the intake air duct,
wherein the intake air duct includes an inner-wall face that connects with an intake air inlet formed in the impeller chamber,
wherein a step part that is arc shaped along a circumferential direction of the impeller and has a distance along the radial direction of the impeller from the axis line that is farther at a downstream side than at an upstream side thereof is formed in the inner-wall face more to an upstream side along the axis line than the intake air inlet,
wherein a blow-by gas inlet connecting an inner circumferential face of the breather duct and the inner-wall face is provided vertically above the intake air inlet in a state where the compressor housing is mounted on the vehicle, and
wherein the blow-by gas inlet is provided in the intake air flow path more to a downstream side than the step part.

US Pat. No. 10,239,560

SUBFRAME FOR VEHICLE

F-TECH INC., Kuki (JP) H...

1. A vehicle subframe comprising:a lower member being a plate-like member located on a lower side of a vehicle body;
an upper member being a plate-like member facing the lower member on an upper side of the vehicle body; and
a front member being a plate-like member located on a front side of the vehicle body of the lower member and the upper member, wherein
the front member is intervened between an end on the front side of the vehicle body of the lower member and an end on the front side of the upper member to connect therebetween, and an end on a rear side of the vehicle body of the lower member and an end on the rear side of the upper member are connected with each other, to constitute a body portion exhibiting a closed sectional shape closed in a front-rear direction and in a vertical direction of the vehicle body,
the front member includes a pair of right and left projecting portions projecting from the body portion in a width direction of the vehicle body,
each of the projecting portions extends toward the upper side, while projecting from the body portion in the width direction, to have an upper end, and exhibiting a convex shape to the front side, with the upper end functioning as a front attachment portion to the vehicle body, and
each of the projecting portions includes an upper wall having the upper end, a lower wall opposed to the upper wall, and a side wall connecting the upper wall and the lower wall, and respective ends of the upper wall, the lower wall, and the side wall of each of the projecting portions are connected to a reinforcing member fixed to the body portion, to form a closed cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,242,835

HARNESS HOLDER, POWER EQUIPMENT UNIT, AND VEHICLE

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

1. A power equipment unit comprising:a power equipment which supplies electric power to a motor;
a controller which controls the power equipment; and
a harness which connects the power equipment and the controller,
wherein a part of the harness is housed in a harness holder, and the harness holder comprises:
a holder main body whose upper portion is open;
a reinforced part which is integrally provided on the holder main body and which extends from a bottom of the holder main body toward the upper portion thereof; and
a holder cover which covers the upper portion of the holder main body and which has an opening through which the reinforced part passes,
wherein a power converter which converts the electric power of the power equipment is disposed to be adjacent to the power equipment, and
wherein the harness holder is disposed around a border between the power equipment and the power converter to extend in a direction perpendicular to an arranging direction of the power equipment and the power converter.

US Pat. No. 10,232,688

VEHICLE DOOR LATCH REINFORCEMENT ASSEMBLY

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

1. A reinforcement assembly for a vehicle door, comprising:a base member including a main wall portion extending laterally from an inboard side of the vehicle door to an outboard side of the vehicle door and an outboard flange portion extending from an outboard end of the main wall portion along the outboard side of the vehicle door; and
a stiffener including a laterally extending stiffener main wall portion overlaid onto the main wall portion to reinforce the base member,
wherein a pair of notches extend into the main wall portion of the base member from an inboard end of the main wall portion toward the outboard end of the main wall portion, the notches define the main wall portion into three fingers having distal ends at or adjacent the inboard side of the vehicle door.

US Pat. No. 10,234,348

TOROUE SENSOR TERMINAL BLOCK STRUCTURE

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

1. A torque sensor terminal block structure including a torque sensor for detecting torque of an electric motor which outputs driving force for driving a load, the torque sensor comprising:a strain body interposed on a power transmission path from the electric motor to the load;
a power detector constituting a bridge circuit which outputs a detection signal according to a strain of the strain body as a signal indicating a driving force transmitted from the electric motor to the load; and
a terminal block which acquires the detection signal of the power detector and transmits the output result to a signal processing circuit section,
wherein
the terminal block is a plate with one surface of the terminal block and another surface of the terminal block set parallel to a plane in which a magnetic flux density changes when the electric motor rotates,
the power detector is composed of a first tension side gauge, a second tension side gauge, a first compression side gauge, and a second compression side gauge,
each of the first tension side gauge, the second tension side gauge, the first compression side gauge, and the second compression side gauge has one stranded wire formed by spirally twisting single wires at both ends,
the first tension side gauge and the first compression side gauge are provided on the one surface of the terminal block, and the second tension side gauge and the second compression side gauge are provided on the other surface of the terminal block,
one end of the single wire of the first tension side gauge and one end of the single wire of the first compression side gauge are connected to each other on the one surface of the terminal block,
one end of the single wire of the second tension side gauge and one end of the single wire of the second compression gauge are connected to each other on the other surface of the terminal block,
the other end of the single wire of the first tension side gauge and the other end of the single wire of the second compression side gauge are connected across the terminal block,
the other end of the single wire of the first compression side gauge and the other end of the single wire of the second tension side gauge are connected across the terminal block.

US Pat. No. 10,227,103

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. 10,219,437

POWER EQUIPMENT WITH CYLINDER DEACTIVATION ENGINE

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

1. Power equipment, comprising:an equipment main body provided with a propelling device;
a power source for selectively powering the propelling device;
an internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders and supported by the equipment main body;
an engine control unit for selectively deactivating at least one of the cylinders;
a work implement connected to the engine in a power transmitting relationship;
a clutch provided in a power transmission path between the engine and the work implement;
a central control unit for controlling an operation of the propelling device, the clutch and the engine control unit, wherein the central control unit is configured to start the engine with two or more of the cylinders activated, to cause the engine control unit to operate the engine at a prescribed rotational speed, and to cause the engine control unit to deactivate at least one of the cylinders when the engine has reached a stable state at the prescribed rotational speed; and
an operation console for manually commanding an operation of the work implement,
wherein the central control unit is further configured to:
reactivate at least one of the cylinders that are previously deactivated when the operation of the work implement is commanded from the operation console, and increase a rotational speed
of the engine to a higher rotational speed than the prescribed rotational speed before engaging the clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,220,749

CENTER CONSOLE WITH DUAL ROTATING COVERS

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

1. A center console for a vehicle, comprising:a base;
a storage compartment disposed within the base having an upwardly facing opening; and
a cover hingedly connected to the base for selectively covering the opening of the storage compartment, the cover comprising:
a first cover portion;
a second cover portion;
a first rod positioned between the first cover portion and the second cover portion, the first rod having a first end seated in the first cover portion and a second end seated in the second cover portion; and
a first reversible section disposed around the first rod, the first reversible section axially rotatable about the first rod between a first position and a second position, the first reversible section comprising:
a first side exposed when the first reversible section, which defines a first armrest, is in the first position; and
a second side exposed when the first reversible section is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,221,804

FUEL INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A fuel injection control device for an internal combustion engine in which fuel is supplied through a cylinder fuel injection valve that injects fuel inside a cylinder, and through a port fuel injection valve that injects fuel into an air intake port, the fuel injection control device comprising:a demanded fuel amount computation unit that computes a demanded fuel amount demanded by the internal combustion engine;
a cylinder injection amount computation unit that computes a cylinder injection amount, this being an amount of fuel to be injected through the cylinder fuel injection valve;
an actual fuel pressure detection unit that detects an actual value of pressure of fuel supplied to the cylinder fuel injection valve as an actual fuel pressure;
a cylinder injection amount correction unit that, based on a degree of drop in the actual fuel pressure with respect to a target fuel pressure, this being a target value for the fuel pressure, corrects the cylinder injection amount toward a decrease side such that fuel injection through the cylinder fuel injection valve ends by a specific target injection end timing; and
a port injection amount computation unit that computes a port injection amount, this being an amount of fuel to be injected through the port fuel injection valve, based on the computed demanded fuel amount and the corrected cylinder injection amount.

US Pat. No. 10,221,805

CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A controller for an internal combustion engine comprising:a combustion condition parameter obtaining unit that obtains a combustion condition parameter representing a combustion condition of an in-cylinder gas injected into a cylinder in an internal combustion engine;
a fuel ratio parameter obtaining unit that obtains a fuel ratio parameter representing a fuel ratio of the in-cylinder gas;
a target value setting unit that sets a target value for the combustion condition parameter depending on the obtained fuel ratio parameter;
an ignition timing calculator that calculates ignition timing using a feedback control such that the combustion condition parameter becomes equal to the set target value; and
an ignition controller that controls an ignition plug to ignite at the ignition timing.

US Pat. No. 10,220,799

SENSOR BRACKET

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

1. A sensor bracket comprising:a bracket body having an upper surface which is attached to a vehicle and having a spring mount portion at a side surface of the bracket body;
a sensor mounted on the bracket body and configured to detect a state around the vehicle;
a spring member provided to the spring mount portion of the bracket body in such a manner that the spring member abuts against the sensor and biases the sensor in a direction that maintains a mounted state and position of the sensor when the sensor is mounted on the bracket body, the spring member being detachable from the spring mount portion and attachable thereto and configured to engage with the spring mount portion by being pushed toward the spring mount portion with a tool when the spring member is attached to the spring mount portion; and
a tool-displacement restriction portion formed at the side surface of the bracket body and configured to receive one end of the tool, thereby restricting a displacement range of the tool, while allowing the tool to move pivotally about the one end of the tool for pushing the spring member toward the spring mount portion of the bracket body.

US Pat. No. 10,225,962

POWER CONVERTER

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

1. A power converter comprising:an electronic device that includes a semiconductor chip or a semiconductor module and constitutes a part of a predetermined power conversion circuit;
a refrigerant flow channel member in which a refrigerant for cooling the electronic device flows;
a flat refrigerant pipe portion that is alternately stacked along with the semiconductor chip or the semiconductor module, is provided for a refrigerant for cooling the semiconductor chip or the semiconductor module to flow therein, and includes a contact surface portion which comes into contact with a principal surface of the semiconductor chip or the semiconductor module to exchange heat;
an inlet pipe portion that is disposed at one end of the refrigerant pipe portion and through which the refrigerant flows to the refrigerant pipe portion;
an outlet pipe portion that is disposed at the other end of the refrigerant pipe portion and through which the refrigerant flows from the refrigerant pipe portion;
an inlet connection portion that connects the inlet pipe portion to the refrigerant flow channel member and is formed of a tubular elastic member; and
an outlet connection portion that connects the outlet pipe portion to the refrigerant flow channel member and is formed of a tubular elastic member,
wherein the inlet connection portion is directly connected to the inlet pipe portion, and the outlet connection portion is directly connected to the outlet pipe portion.

US Pat. No. 10,225,717

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING DSRC COMMUNICATIONS

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

1. A DSRC controller used for controlling a dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) device, said DSRC controller comprising a processor communicatively coupled to a memory device, said processor programmed to:store a communication profile of the DSRC device, wherein the communication profile includes rules for transmitting and receiving electronic communications by the DSRC device;
receive DSRC zone information describing a DSRC zone;
determine a current location of the DSRC device;
compare the current location to the DSRC zone information;
determine whether the DSRC device is located within a DSRC zone based on the comparison; and
if the determination is that the DSRC device is located within the DSRC zone, update the communication profile of the DSRC device to turn off transmission of electronic messages within the DSRC zone by the DSRC device.

US Pat. No. 10,220,845

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING VEHICLE COLLISION AVOIDANCE AT AN INTERSECTION

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

1. A computer-implemented method for providing vehicle collision avoidance at an intersection, comprising:determining environmental parameters associated with a vicinity of the intersection,
estimating a path of travel of a reference vehicle and a target vehicle, wherein the path of travel of the reference vehicle and the target vehicle are based on the environmental parameters and parameters pertaining to a positional location, a directional location, and vehicle dynamics of the reference vehicle and the target vehicle;
estimating a probability of collision between the reference vehicle and the target vehicle at the intersection based on the path of travel of the reference vehicle and the target vehicle, wherein the probability of collision includes at least one value that is indicative of an intensity of collision and a propensity of collision between the reference vehicle and the target vehicle; and
providing a collision avoidance response, wherein the collision avoidance response is based on the probability of collision between the reference vehicle and the target vehicle at the intersection.

US Pat. No. 10,220,854

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AT LEAST ONE PASSENGER OF A VEHICLE BY A PATTERN OF MOVEMENT

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

1. A computer-implemented method for identifying at least one passenger of a vehicle 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 at least one passenger related to at least one non-driving area of 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 passenger movement pattern, wherein the at least one passenger of the vehicle does not include a driver of the vehicle;
identifying the at least one passenger of the vehicle based on the at least one data point being consistent with the at least one predetermined passenger movement pattern;
executing a vehicle settings profile associated with the at least one passenger of the vehicle that is identified; 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 at least one passenger of the vehicle that is identified.

US Pat. No. 10,224,783

ENGINE-DRIVEN WORKING MACHINE

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

1. An engine-driven working machine in which an engine and a muffler are housed in an inside of an outer case, comprising:a tail pipe that is provided at a lower portion of the muffler and communicates with the muffler;
a discharge port that is disposed above an exhaust port of the tail pipe, and is formed in the outer case;
a protector that covers the muffler and the tail pipe and has an opening disposed to face the discharge port; and
a baffle plate that is disposed to face the discharge port, extends downward, and a lower end of the baffle plate is located in a vicinity of an upper end of the muffler so as to guide cooling air, which is sent from a cooling fan to below the muffler, and
the exhaust port of the tail pipe is arranged to be opened upward at a lower part of a space partitioned by the protector and the baffle plate.

US Pat. No. 10,220,670

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:a floor panel;
a battery module disposed inside a vehicle interior; and
an exhaust duct that is arranged above the floor panel, the exhaust duct discharges air that has cooled the battery module,
wherein the exhaust duct is connected to side trims on both sides,
wherein air that has been discharged from the exhaust duct is discharged into the vehicle interior from below a rear seat and from a rearward position with respect to the rear seat through spaces formed between side members and the side trims, and
wherein the exhaust duct includes:
a first exhaust port provided at the duct end portion and connected to the side trim; and
a second exhaust port provided at a portion between a battery connecting portion and the duct end portion so as to oppose the floor panel.

US Pat. No. 10,181,672

LID RETAINING STRUCTURE

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

1. A lid retaining structure for a power supply socket, which is equipped with a main body portion including a power supply terminal configured to supply electrical power from a battery of a vehicle by insertion of an external terminal through an entrance, and a lid configured to cover the entrance, comprising:a handle of the vehicle;
a component supporting section configured to support a component of the vehicle on the handle; and
a stay configured to support the power supply socket on the handle;
wherein the handle comprises a pipe handle supported steerably on a front portion of the vehicle, and a grip disposed on an end of the pipe handle and which is gripped by an occupant of the vehicle;
the component supporting section supports the component on the pipe handle at a location closer to a vehicle body center than the grip;
the stay comprises at least one supported section supported on the pipe handle, a flat section jointly forming a gap between the pipe handle and the flat section and which extends upwardly from the at least one supported section, and a main body supporting section, which is bent from the flat section so as to separate away from the handle, and configured to support the main body portion;
the main body portion is supported on the main body supporting section so that the entrance is located above the main body supporting section;
the lid is connected to the main body portion via a connecting part at a location above the main body supporting section;
the lid, which is detached from the entrance, is retained in a space surrounded by the flat section, the pipe handle, and the component supporting section;
wherein the stay is attached to the pipe handle such that the space is opened to receive the lid;
wherein the space receives a distal end of the lid; and
wherein the distal end of the lid is located opposite to a portion of the lid connected to the connecting part.

US Pat. No. 10,166,677

STATE PREDICTION SYSTEM

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

6. A state prediction method executed by at least one processor according to program instructions stored in a memory coupled to the processor, the method comprising:a first trajectory generation step for generating a reference trajectory based on a current state of an object, in accordance with a first model, the reference trajectory representing a transition mode of a probability density distribution of a future state of the object;
a second trajectory generation step for generating a plurality of candidate trajectories based on the current state and a plurality of candidate states of the object, in accordance with a second model, the plurality of candidate trajectories each representing a transition mode of a probability density distribution from the current state to each of the plurality of candidate states of the object;
a trajectory specification step for evaluating a degree of approximation of each of the plurality of candidate trajectories generated in the second trajectory generation step to the reference trajectory generated in the first trajectory generation step, for specifying as a first candidate trajectory, a candidate trajectory having the degree of approximation being in a specified rank or higher over a first specification period, and for specifying as a second candidate trajectory, another candidate trajectory which is from a last time point of being the first candidate trajectory to before elapse of a second specification period; and
outputting the first candidate trajectory and the second candidate trajectory to a control device of a robot, and controlling operation of the robot based on the first candidate trajectory and the second candidate trajectory,
wherein the trajectory specification step includes a step of specifying as the first candidate trajectory, a candidate trajectory having the degree of approximation being in a specified rank or higher over the first specification period and the degree of approximation being equal to or more than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,151,356

HYDRAULIC ENGAGEMENT DEVICE

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

1. A hydraulic engagement device that includes a cylinder, a piston that is slidably fitted to the cylinder, an oil chamber defined between the piston and the cylinder, and a plurality of friction engagement elements disposed between a first member and a second member that are rotatable relative to each other, in which oil pressure acting on the oil chamber is used to slide the piston relative to the cylinder whereby the plurality of friction engagement elements are engaged with one another in such a manner as to couple the first member and the second member together so as not to be relatively rotatable, the hydraulic engagement device comprising:a sealing member provided on one of the cylinder and the piston; and
a release groove provided on the other one,
wherein, when a stroke of the piston exceeds a predetermined level due to a progression of wear of the friction engagement elements, the oil chamber releases oil pressure through the sealing member and the release groove.

US Pat. No. 10,099,378

MOBILE ROBOT

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

1. A mobile robot comprising:a base body assembly;
a plurality of movable links including a plurality of leg links extended from the base body assembly; and
a joint provided between a distal end portion of each of the movable links and the base body assembly such that each of the movable links can be moved with respect to the base body assembly,
wherein the base body assembly is constituted of a lower base body from which the plurality of leg links are extended and an upper base body connected to the lower base body such that the upper base body is relatively rotatable about an axial center in the direction of a trunk axis with respect to the lower base body,
the upper base body can be operated in a state in which a front side of the upper base body is oriented to face the same direction as a front side of the lower base body and in another state in which the front side of the upper base body is oriented to face the same direction as a rear side of the lower base body by a relative rotation about the axial center in the direction of the trunk axis,
each of the leg links is configured to be bendable such that a middle portion between a distal end portion thereof and the lower base body juts out toward either the front side or the rear side of the lower base body,
the mobile robot includes at least one of an external world condition observation instrument for observing an external world condition on the front side of the upper base body and an arm link as a movable link extended from the upper base body, and
the mobile robot is configured to be capable of selectively performing a first travel motion, in which the mobile robot travels in the direction of a front side of the upper base body by a motion in which a distal end portion of each of the plurality of the leg links is lifted off and then landed following the lifting off in a state in which the front side of the upper base body is oriented to face the same direction as the front side of the lower base body, and a second travel motion, in which the mobile robot travels in the direction of the front side of the upper base body by a motion in which a distal end portion of each of the plurality of the leg links is lifted off and then landed following the lifting off in a state in which the front side of the upper base body is oriented to face the same direction as the rear side of the lower base body.

US Pat. No. 9,987,940

PRIORITY BASED VEHICLE CONTROL STRATEGY

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

1. A method for sending a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) request comprising:receiving a V2G request for a specific geographical region;
determining which of a plurality of vehicles are in the specific geographic region;
determining, based on historical data of the plurality of the vehicles and at least one of a number of discharge cycles and a frequency of usage, a subset of the plurality of vehicles located in the specific geographic region to discharge electrical energy stored therein; and
sending a signal to the subset of the plurality of vehicles to cause the subset of the plurality of vehicles to discharge the stored electrical energy.

US Pat. No. 9,896,149

HANDLEBAR-MOUNTED SWITCH DEVICE FOR A SADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE, AND VEHICLE INCLUDING SAME

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

1. A handlebar-mounted switch device in which a plurality of switch activation operators, respectively corresponding to a
plurality of switches, are arranged on surfaces of a switch case mounted on a steering handlebar of a saddle-type vehicle,
said switch case being disposed adjacent to a grip disposed at an end portion of the handlebar, said switch device comprising:
first and second switch activation operators for respectively activating first and second switches are disposed on a front
surface of the switch case, which faces forwardly in a vehicle front-rear direction, the second switch activation operator
is placed above the first switch activation operator, and inward of the first switch activation operator in a vehicle width
direction; and

a guide surface formed on a side surface of the switch case above the first switch activation operator and facing the grip,
said guide surface inclining to extend upwardly as it moves inward in the vehicle width direction, wherein

the guide surface is disposed closer to the grip than is the second switch activation operator,
a first manipulation surface of the first switch activation operator extends in a direction at a first angle to a vertical
plane, inclusive of an axis of the handlebar, in a part where the switch case is provided on the handlebar, and

a second manipulation surface of the second switch activation operator extends in a direction at a second angle to the vertical
plane, where the second angle is larger than the first angle.

US Pat. No. 9,899,688

FUEL CELL

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

1. A fuel cell comprising:
a plurality of stacked unit cells, each including a membrane-electrode assembly and a separator that is stacked on the membrane-electrode
assembly,

wherein the separator includes,
a separator plate that overlaps the membrane-electrode assembly when seen from a stacking direction,
a first terminal portion configured to protrude from the separator plate toward an outer side in a direction perpendicular
to the stacking direction, the first terminal portion having a distal end,

a plate covering portion configured to cover an outer peripheral edge of the separator plate, and
a terminal covering portion formed integrally with the plate covering portion and covering the distal end of the first terminal
portion,

and wherein a plurality of the first terminal portions, which are adjacent to each other in the stacking direction, include
offset portions which shift from each other when seen from the stacking direction, and are covered with the terminal covering
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,887,601

STATOR OF ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE

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

1. A stator of a rotary electric machine, comprising:
a plurality of teeth that are disposed in a circumferential direction;
coils of a plurality of phases that are wound around the teeth; and
at least two or more coils of a same phase among the coils of the plurality of phases being connected in parallel with respect
to each other, the coils including coil winding portions that are wound around the teeth, coil ends that are drawn out from
the coil winding portions and that are drawn around in the circumferential direction, and connection portions that are each
a connection of one end portions of the coils of the same phase among the coils of the plurality of phases, wherein

an insulating member in which a groove portion that is open to at least an outer diameter side and that is formed with a first
wall surface and a second wall surface that oppose each other are provided in each of the teeth,

each of the coil ends is housed in a corresponding groove portion,
a first convexity that protrudes towards a second wall surface side is formed on the first wall surface,
a second convexity that protrudes towards a first wall surface side is formed on the second wall surface,
the first convexity and the second convexity are formed at offset positions with respect to each other in the circumferential
direction, and

each of the connection portions is drawn out towards the outer diameter side from between the corresponding first convexity
and second convexity.

US Pat. No. 9,884,303

REFORMER

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

1. A reformer for reforming a raw fuel which primarily contains hydrocarbon, comprising:
a tubular casing including having disposed inside the tubular casing:
a reforming chamber having a raw fuel passage through which the raw fuel flows;
a supply chamber disposed upstream of the reforming chamber, for uniformly supplying the raw fuel to the raw fuel passage;
and

a discharge chamber disposed downstream of the reforming chamber, for uniformly discharging the raw fuel from the raw fuel
passage,

wherein
the raw fuel passage is divided by a plurality of partition plates disposed inside the casing into a first raw fuel passage,
a second raw fuel passage, and a third raw fuel passage that are filled with and carrying a reforming catalyst;

a cross-sectional area of the raw fuel passage is reduced stepwise from an upstream side of the reforming chamber to a downstream
side of the reforming chamber and wherein the first raw fuel passage is defined by the tubular casing and at least one of
the plurality of partition plates to form a generally semi-circle cross-section, the second raw fuel passage is defined by
the tubular casing and multiple ones of the plurality of partition plates to form a first circular sector cross-section, and
the third raw fuel passage is defined by the tubular casing and multiple ones of the plurality of partition plates to form
a second circular sector cross-section, wherein the cross-sectional area of the second raw fuel passage is smaller than the
cross-sectional area of the first raw fuel passage, and the cross-sectional area of the third raw fuel passage is smaller
than the cross-sectional area of the second raw fuel passage;

the first and second raw fuel passages, and the second and third raw fuel passages each have upstream and downstream portions
being positioned across reversers;

the upstream portion is a first flow direction such that the raw fuel flows in one direction;
the downstream portion is a second flow direction such that the raw fuel flows in a direction opposite to the one direction;
wherein a second cross-sectional area of the downstream portion which traverses the second flow direction is smaller than
a first cross-sectional area of the upstream portion which traverses the first flow direction.

US Pat. No. 9,860,430

EMBLEM COVER ASSEMBLY

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

1. A sensor system assembly for a motor vehicle, comprising:
a sensor; and
a cover assembly, comprising:
a first thermoplastic layer, the first thermoplastic layer having an outer edge and an inner edge defining a first opening
for receiving the sensor; and

a second thermoplastic layer, the second thermoplastic layer having an outer edge and an inner edge defining a second opening
for receiving the sensor, the second opening being aligned with the first opening, the outer edge of the second thermoplastic
layer being interlocked with outer edge of the first thermoplastic layer, and the inner edge of the second thermoplastic layer
being interlocked with the inner edge of the first thermoplastic layer.

US Pat. No. 9,831,506

FUEL CELL MODULE

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

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

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

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

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

a start-up combustor for combusting the raw fuel and the oxygen-containing gas to produce the combustion gas,
wherein the fuel cell module includes:
a first area where the exhaust gas combustor and the start-up combustor are provided;
an annular second area around the first area and where the reformer and the evaporator are provided;
an annular third area around the second area and where the heat exchanger is provided; and
an annular heat recovery area around the third area as a passage of fluid for recovery of heat radiated from the third area
toward an outer circumference of the fuel cell module.

US Pat. No. 9,796,270

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND FUEL CELL VEHICLE

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

1. A power supply system comprising:
a fuel cell that outputs a fuel cell voltage;
a power storage device that outputs a power storage device voltage;
a load;
a first voltage adjusting device that adjusts the fuel cell voltage and applies the adjusted fuel cell voltage to the load;
a second voltage adjusting device that adjusts the power storage device voltage and applies the adjusted power storage device
voltage to the load; and

a controller that controls the first voltage adjusting device and the second voltage adjusting device, wherein
when an absolute value of a difference between a secondary voltage at the load in the second voltage adjusting device and
the fuel cell voltage is less than a predetermined allowable voltage value or when an absolute value of a difference between
a fuel cell current flowing from the fuel cell into the first voltage adjusting device and a command value of the fuel cell
current exceeds a predetermined allowable current value, the controller switches the second voltage adjusting device from
a direct coupling state to a voltage adjusting state.

US Pat. No. 9,796,426

COWL STRUCTURE

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

1. A cowl structure comprising:
a long cowl main body that is connected to an upper portion of a dashboard panel making up a front wall of a passenger compartment
of a wheeled vehicle, and that is continuous with a lower end of a windshield glass,

wherein the cowl main body has, at a rear edge thereof,
an outer glass contact portion that is disposed parallel to an outer surface of the windshield glass, and that is brought
into close contact with the windshield glass, and

an inner glass contact portion that has a lip that presses an inner surface of the windshield glass,
wherein the lip has a bent shape or a curved shape and is made up of a proximal-side first lip portion and a distal-side second
lip portion with a bending point of the bent shape of the lip or a curving point of the curved shape of the lip as a boundary
portion separating the first lip portion and the second lip portion,

wherein the lip has the bent shape or the curved shape such that
in a state where the windshield glass has not yet been inserted between the outer glass contact portion and the inner glass
contact portion, the lip is postured such that a distal end of the lip is positioned closer to the outer glass contact portion
than all other portions of the lip, and

in a state where the windshield glass has been inserted between the outer glass contact portion and the inner glass contact
portion, the lip is postured such that the boundary portion is positioned closer to the outer glass contact portion than all
other portions of the lip, and

wherein the second lip portion extends from the boundary portion towards the distal end of the lip while moving away from
the windshield glass with respect to the first lip portion.

US Pat. No. 9,714,062

SADDLE-RIDE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-ride vehicle, comprising:
a grip mounted on a vehicle body frame for a passenger who rides behind an operator; and
a rear side cowl and a rear center cowl for covering the vehicle body frame, the rear side cowl overlapping the rear center
cowl in a length wise direction of the vehicle,

wherein said rear center cowl includes a first portion overlapping with the grip in the length wise direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,714,063

SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-ride vehicle comprising:
a vehicle body frame including a head pipe;
a front wheel suspension arranged below the head pipe;
a handlebar arranged above the head pipe for steering the front wheel suspension; and
a front cowl supported on the vehicle body frame for covering an upper part of the front wheel suspension and the handlebar
from a front side of the vehicle,

wherein the front cowl is provided with:
an introduction port arranged below the handlebar, that is opened to the outside in a vehicle width direction of the front
wheel suspension and that introduces a flow of air; and

a guide wall arranged behind the introduction port, and inclined upwardly to a rear side of the vehicle and inwardly in the
width direction of the vehicle as viewed from a front view of the vehicle for guiding the flow of air.

US Pat. No. 9,714,835

NAVIGATION SYSTEM, NAVIGATION SERVER, NAVIGATION CLIENT, AND NAVIGATION METHOD

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

1. A navigation system composed of a navigation server and a navigation-client,
the navigation server comprising:
a server storage unit configured to store a server map in which each location point is described by a coordinate value including
latitude and longitude, and a link for route calculation is described by a group of coordinate values;

a first server arithmetic processing element configured to receive designated location point information from the navigation-client,
and to recognize each of two designated location points based on the designated location point information, and then by using
a server map, to search for one or a plurality of server routes constituted by a plurality of links connecting the two designated
location points; and

a second server arithmetic processing element including a designator for designating a display manner of each link according
to a level of travelling cost, the display manner including one of color and brightness, and configured to transmit route
information in which an arrangement manner of the server route searched by the first server arithmetic processing element
is expressed by coordinate values, the route information also including the level of travelling cost of each link and the
display manner of each link designated by the designator according to the level of travelling cost, addressed to the navigation-client,

the navigation-client comprising:
a client storage unit configured to store a client map in which each location point is described by a coordinate value including
latitude and longitude;

an image output device;
a first client arithmetic processing element configured to transmit the designated location point information to the navigation
server; and

a second client arithmetic processing element configured to receive the route information from the navigation server, and
to make the image output device display a client route for travel guidance superimposed on the client map, the client route
being a route having an arrangement manner in the client map which matches the arrangement manner expressed by the coordinate
values included in the route information and the level of the travelling cost of each link in the client route being reflected
in the display manner of each link in the client route on the image output device, while the level of the travelling cost
is not reflected in the display manner of each link not included in the client route, the display manner being designated
by the route information, and the display manner of each link in the client route including one of color and brightness.

US Pat. No. 9,714,631

AIR INTAKE STRUCTURE OF STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. An air intake structure of a straddle vehicle in which an air cleaner is arranged below a tank member disposed above left
and right main frames, comprising:
the tank member being formed of a straddle covering from an upper side to each lateral side of the left and right main frames;
the air cleaner including a main chamber, located between the main frames, and a pair of sub-chambers, each sub-chamber located
on an outside in a vehicle width direction of the main frames;

an element being arranged in each sub-chamber; and
an element lid covering the element from the outside in the vehicle width direction and being fastened to each sub-chamber,
wherein a rear section of the sub-chamber and a rear section of the element are located in a space formed between each outside
wall surface of the main frames and an inside wall surface of the tank member,

wherein a front section of each sub-chamber and a front section of the element are located in a forward direction of the space
and project forwardly of the tank member in a side view of a vehicle body, and the front section of each sub-chamber is provided
with a fastener for fastening the element to the lid, and

wherein each element lid has a rearwardly projecting claw portion, each sub-chamber being provided, at the rear section thereof
located in the space, with an aperture portion into which the claw portion is inserted and engaged from a front side.

US Pat. No. 9,714,690

METAL BELT FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

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

1. A metal belt for a continuously variable transmission, the metal belt, which is wound around a drive pulley and a driven
pulley and transmits a driving force between the two pulleys, comprising a pair of metal ring assemblies that are arranged
side by side in a width direction and a large number of metal elements that are latched to the pair of metal ring assemblies
in a state in which the metal elements are stacked in a fore-and-aft direction,
the metal element comprising a pair of ring slots with which the pair of metal ring assemblies engage, a neck part that is
positioned between the pair of ring slots, a body part on which is formed a saddle face that is continuous with a radially
inner side of the neck part and supports an inner peripheral face of the pair of metal ring assemblies, and an ear part that
is continuous with a radially outer side of the neck part and opposes an outer peripheral face of the pair of metal ring assemblies,
and

a rocking edge being provided at the radially outer end of a front face of the body part, the rocking edge being a fulcrum
for pitching of the metal element, wherein

the metal element has a nose projecting forward at a front face thereof, and has a hole at a rear face thereof, the hole being
capable of being fitted with a nose of the adjacent rear metal element,

a recess is formed in a rear face of the neck part, and
the height in a radial direction of a radially inner end of the recess coincides substantially with the height in a radial
direction of the rocking edge.

US Pat. No. 9,713,956

VEHICLE-TO-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM PROVIDING A SPATIOTEMPORAL LOOK AHEAD AND METHOD THEREOF

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

1. A method for representing an area in front of a vehicle on a trailing vehicle comprising:
connecting with the vehicle through vehicle-to-vehicle communications;
displaying an augmented reality indicator representing the area in front of the vehicle, wherein the augmented reality indicator
is presented above the vehicle on the trailing vehicle and simulates a three-dimensional perspective of a road ahead of the
preceding vehicle; and

displaying spatiotemporal information within the augmented reality indicator of a leading vehicle identified by the vehicle
and communicated to the trailing vehicle through the vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

US Pat. No. 9,644,524

COOLING WATER PASSAGE STRUCTURE

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

1. A cooling water passage structure comprising:
an internal combustion engine;
a water pump; and
a communication member having a cooling water communication passage for supplying cooling water from the water pump to a cooling
water passage in the internal combustion engine,

wherein the cooling water communication passage is formed by a water pump housing containing the water pump, a first cooling
water passage, and a second cooling water passage;

cooling water from the water pump housing passes through the first cooling water passage and the second cooling water passage
to reach the cooling water passage in the internal combustion engine;

the second cooling water passage is a cylindrical passage extending in a direction orthogonal to an operating axis of the
water pump, the second cooling water passage being displaced from an operating plane of the water pump;

the first cooling water passage has a triangular part with a substantially triangular shape that widens from a vertex on the
upstream side and an upper communication part;

the upper communication part is configured to allow an upper portion of the triangular part to communicate with the second
cooling water passage; and

the upper communication part extends to the second cooling water passage and has substantially a same width as a width of
the upper surface of the triangular part.

US Pat. No. 9,580,128

HARNESS ROUTING STRUCTURE FOR SADDLED VEHICLE

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

1. A harness routing structure for a saddled vehicle used in the saddled vehicle, the harness routing structure for a saddled
vehicle comprising:
a steering handle supported by a head pipe;
a passenger-sitting seat disposed at rear side of the steering handle;
a step floor section that is disposed between the steering handle and the seat and disposed under the steering handle and
the seat, and that is for a passenger who sits on the seat to place his/her legs thereon;

a side body cover section configured to cover a vehicle body side surface;
a center cover section extending from the side body cover section in a vehicle width direction;
a fuel tank that is disposed in a space surrounded by the side body cover section and the center cover section, and that includes
a fuel filler opening at an upper surface thereof; and

a refueling tray that is disposed to surround a periphery of the fuel filler opening, and that is configured to be supported
by the fuel tank,

wherein a straddling space into which the passenger passes his/her legs to ride the vehicle is formed at an upper side of
the center cover section and between the steering handle and the seat, and

a harness member extending from a front side of the straddling space to a rear side of the straddling space is routed below
the center cover section, is passed through a side of the refueling tray, and is routed between the side body cover section
and the refueling tray.

US Pat. No. 11,031,610

FUEL CELL STACK

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

1. A fuel cells stack comprising a stack body including a plurality of power generation cells stacked in a stacking direction, the power generation cells each including a membrane electrode assembly and metal separators provided on both sides of the membrane electrode assembly, the membrane electrode assembly including an electrolyte membrane and electrodes on both sides of the electrolyte membrane,wherein a seal bead protruding in the stacking direction of the stack body is formed in the metal separator in a manner that the seal bead contacts an outer portion of the membrane electrode assembly or a frame provided on the outer portion of the membrane electrode assembly; and
insulators and end plates sandwiching the stack body in the stacking direction are provided at both ends of the stack body in the stacking direction in a manner that the seal bead is deformed elastically, and
wherein the stack body includes end metal separators positioned at both ends in the stacking direction;
an end seal bead protruding outward in the stacking direction is formed in each of the end metal separators;
each of the seal beads and the end seal beads extends in a wavy pattern in a plan view viewed in the stacking direction;
a seal member configured to contact the end seal bead is provided in an outer portion of the insulator or the end plate;
a width of the seal member is larger than a maximum width of the end seal bead;
the seal member extends straight in the plan view viewed in the stacking direction;
the end seal bead extending in the wavy pattern in the plan view viewed in the stacking direction includes a first protrusion protruding in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the end seal bead extends, and a second protrusion protruding in a direction opposite to the direction in which the first protrusion protrudes; and
the width of the seal member is larger than a distance between a protruding end of the first protrusion and a protruding end of the second protrusion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,779

FRONT VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A front vehicle body structure in which a sub-frame is provided below a power unit room of a front portion of a vehicle,wherein the sub-frame includes a pair of longitudinal frames extending in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle body and a horizontal frame connecting rear portions of the longitudinal frames,
wherein the longitudinal frame includes a steel frame made of steel and a light metal frame made of light metal,
wherein the steel frame is configured by:
a front member which has a closed cross-section extending in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body and is not joined to the light metal frame by friction stir welding; and
a rear member which is disposed below the light metal frame and is joined to the light metal frame by friction stir welding,
wherein a rear portion of the front member is joined to a front end portion of the rear member,
wherein the longitudinal frame includes a bent portion to be a starting point at which the longitudinal frame is bent in the vertical direction, and
wherein the bent portion is provided in a portion on the front side of the vehicle body with respect to the front end portion of the rear member in the front member of the steel frame on the front side of the vehicle body with respect to a front end portion of the light metal frame.

US Pat. No. 11,028,808

INJECTOR DEVICE

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

1. An injector device comprising:a casing enabling fluid to flow in and flow out;
a first plunger and a second plunger accommodated inside the casing; and
a drive unit configured to cause the first plunger and the second plunger to displace, wherein the drive unit comprises:
a coil unit arranged along an axial direction of the casing and configured to apply a driving force to the first plunger, and
a spring configured to urge the first plunger to move toward an opposite direction to a predetermined direction;
the first plunger and the second plunger are configured to integrally displace in a first operation of the drive unit, and the first plunger is configured to displace relative to the second plunger in a second operation of the drive unit;
the second plunger has a flow path along which the fluid flows;
the first plunger is inserted into the flow path and is displaceable relative to the second plunger to open and close the flow path; and
the first plunger internally includes a flow passage communicating with the flow path of the second plunger to guide the fluid having flowed in the casing to the flow path, wherein the flow path is continuously open.

US Pat. No. 11,031,883

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ACTUATOR

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

3. A method of manufacturing an actuator in which a cylindrical dielectric elastomer layer and cylindrical electrode layers have been concentrically laminated in such a manner that the electrode layers respectively face an inner circumferential surface and an outer circumferential surface of the dielectric elastomer layer, comprising:forming a first electrode layer by providing an electrode material to an outer circumferential surface of a shaft section of a layer forming jig;
forming a dielectric elastomer layer by providing a paste of dielectric elastomer material to an outer circumferential surface of the electrode layer; and
forming a second electrode layer forming by providing the electrode material to the outer circumferential surface of the dielectric elastomer layer,
wherein the forming the dielectric elastomer layer comprises:
providing a plate section that has an insertion hole with a diameter larger than an outer diameter of the electrode layer, wherein the diameter is based on a coating thickness of the paste of dielectric elastomer material,
disposing the paste of the dielectric elastomer material onto the plate section and over the insertion hole, and
inserting a distal end of the shaft section into the insertion hole, whereby the paste of the dielectric elastomer material is coated onto the outer circumferential surface of the electrode layer.

US Pat. No. 11,028,874

BALL JOINT

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A ball joint with variable friction resistance, the ball joint comprising:a ball stud having a joint ball which is held in a joint housing in order to move relative thereto in an articulated manner,
the joint housing comprising static and movable housing parts that can move relative to one another, and which engage on opposite sides of the ball join,
a transmission by which at least the movable housing part is movable so as to exert a variable pressure on the joint ball,
the transmission having first and second transmission elements on each of which a respective ball track, of helical shape relative to a rotational axis, is formed,
the first and the second transmission elements resting against one another, in an axial direction which is coincident with the rotational axis, via at least one ball that is guided between the ball tracks of the first and the second transmission elements, and
the first transmission element is mounted to move axially and can be brought into pressing contact with the movable housing part, the second transmission element being mounted so as to rotate about the rotational axis such that rotation of the second transmission element axially moves the first transmission element so as to exert an axial force on the movable housing part.

US Pat. No. 11,028,620

DOOR STRUCTURE

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

1. A door structure of a vehicle body including an outer handle, comprising:a cover member that forms an outer surface of the outer handle;
a sensor that detects approach of a user to the cover member or contact of the user with the cover member;
a marker that is provided on a portion of an outer surface of the cover member coinciding with a detection area of the sensor;
a base member on which the sensor is attached;
a shield that extends outward in a vehicle width direction from an upper end part of the base member, the shield being provided in a position coinciding with the detection area; and
a water stop member that is interposed between the marker and the shield, wherein
the water stop member is interposed between an inner surface of an area of the cover member on which the marker is provided and an upper surface of the shield, the water stop member being in surface contact with the inner surface of the area of the cover member and the upper surface of the shield,
the sensor includes a sensor upper wall forming the detection area,
an upper surface of the sensor upper wall is in surface contact with a lower surface of the shield,
the water stop member includes an eave provided to extend downward from a lower end of the water stop member and to wind inward in the vehicle-width direction so as to grasp a portion of the shield in order to mount the water stop member to the shield, and
a lower end of the eave is positioned lower than the sensor upper wall.

US Pat. No. 11,028,634

MANIPULATION DETECTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A manipulation detecting device for a vehicle comprising:a sensor electrode that is configured to have a capacitance that increases as a detection target approaches the sensor electrode; and
circuitry that is configured to selectively open and close an opening-closing body of a vehicle by controlling an actuator, wherein
the circuitry is configured to selectively open and close the opening-closing body when the opening-closing body is in a stopped state and the capacitance of the sensor electrode is greater than or equal to a first proximity determination value and smaller than a second proximity determination value, the first proximity determination value being used to determine proximity of the detection target to the sensor electrode, and the second proximity determination value being greater than the first proximity determination value.

US Pat. No. 11,027,623

INFORMATION PROCESSING SERVER AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

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

1. An information processing server, comprising:an information input unit configured to recognize a deviation of a present drivable distance determined according to a present actual remaining amount of energy at a present time point of a mobile body from a last drivable distance determined according to a last actual remaining amount of energy at a last time point of the mobile body, and a travel efficiency that is an amount of energy consumption per a unit travel distance of the mobile body or a travel distance per a unit energy consumption of the mobile body, the deviation and the travel efficiency being issued from a mobile terminal cooperating with the mobile body, the mobile terminal being separated from the mobile body;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the deviation recognized by the information input unit is equal to or higher than a threshold that is a positive value;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a present amount of energy charge completed between the last time point and the present time point in the mobile body, by dividing the deviation by the travel efficiency of the mobile body recognized by the information input unit or by subtracting the travel distance between the last time point and the present time point from the deviation and dividing by the travel efficiency, in the case where the determination unit determines that the deviation is equal to or higher than the threshold; and
an information output unit configured to transmit the present amount of energy charge estimated by the estimation unit to the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 11,028,921

ARRANGEMENT STRUCTURE OF GEAR POSITION DETECTING SENSOR

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

1. An arrangement structure comprising a multi-position transmission and a gear position detecting sensor configured to detect a gear position of the multi-position transmission, which gear position is shifted according to a turn motion of a shift drum,wherein an end portion of the shift drum is fitted with a first end portion of an elongated shaft configured to be rotated coaxially with the shift drum,
the arrangement structure comprising:
a first sensor which is fitted to a second end portion of the elongated shaft and which is configured to detect a turn position of the elongated shaft; and
a second sensor which is located outside in a radial direction of the elongated shaft between the first end portion and the second end portion of the elongated shaft, and which is configured to detect that the elongated shaft is located at a specified turn position,
wherein:
the first sensor and the second sensor are fitted from the outside of a transmission case of the multi-position transmission and are exposed to the outside of the transmission case,
the transmission case has two rotary member receiving portions formed on its surface side, each of the two rotary member receiving portions having peripheral edge portions formed vertically and configured to receive a rotary member rotated in conjunction with an engine to input a driving force to the multi-position transmission,
and the second sensor is arranged in a receiving depressed portion opened to a lower side of the transmission case at a position between the two rotary member receiving portions.

US Pat. No. 11,026,366

POWER EQUIPMENT

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

1. Walk-behind power equipment, comprising:a main body provided with at least one front wheel and a pair of left and right rear wheels;
a work unit provided on the main body;
a pair of left and right travel motors provided for the respective rear wheels;
a handle connected to the main body and extending rearward and upward;
a tilt angle detector that detects a tilt angle of the main body;
a yaw rate detector that detects a yaw rate generated on the main body; and
a control unit that drive-controls the travel motors,
wherein the control unit determines whether the main body is in a rearward tilted state based on the tilt angle, and if it is determined that the main body is not in the rearward tilted state, the control unit performs straight-line travel control to set a rotational speed difference between the left and right travel motors to reduce the yaw rate, and if it is determined that the main body is in the rearward tilted state, the control unit does not perform the straight-line travel control.

US Pat. No. 11,027,647

EMBOSSED SMART FUNCTIONAL PREMIUM NATURAL LEATHER

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

1. A functional leather assembly defining a first surface and a second surface opposite from the first surface, the functional leather assembly including:a leather substrate comprising a first side facing the first surface of the functional leather assembly, and a second side opposite from the first side and facing the second surface of the functional leather assembly;
an electrically conductive trace on the first side of the leather substrate;
a pigmented coating on the first side of the leather substrate and covering the trace; and
an embossed texture embossed into the first surface of the functional leather assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,027,651

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE, VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

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

1. A vehicle control device comprising:a recognizer configured to recognize a surrounding environment of a vehicle;
a driving controller configured to perform speed control and steering control of the vehicle based on a recognition result of the recognizer;
a communication unit configured to communicate with a terminal device of a user boarding the vehicle;
a vehicle exterior notification unit configured to notify information regarding vehicle identification to the vehicle exterior; and
a notification controller configured to cause the communication unit to transmit information for notifying the information regarding the vehicle identification to the terminal device and to cause the vehicle exterior notification unit to notify the information regarding the vehicle identification when the driving controller causes the vehicle to travel toward a position at which the user is located, wherein the notification controller is further configured to:
cause the communication unit to transmit the information for notifying the information regarding the vehicle identification to the terminal device, and
cause the vehicle exterior notification unit to notify the information regarding the vehicle identification, when a distance between the terminal device and the vehicle or a distance between a boarding area in which the user boards the vehicle to the vehicle, is within a predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 11,027,401

SOCKET

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

1. A socket comprising:an outer socket having a substantially cylindrical shape,
an inner socket having a substantially cylindrical shape and arranged to face an inner periphery of the outer socket;
an urging member configured to urge the inner socket toward one end of the outer socket; and
a lock/unlock mechanism configured to allow the inner socket positioned at the one end of the outer socket by the urging member to be rotated in a circumferential direction with respect to the outer socket, and to restrict the inner socket displaced toward the other end of the outer socket against an urging force of the urging member from being rotated in the circumferential direction with respect to the outer socket,
wherein a connection part to be connected with a rotating tool is formed at either one end in an axial direction of the socket, and a fitting part to be connected with a fastener is formed at the other end.

US Pat. No. 11,027,664

REARVIEW MONITOR APPARATUS

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

1. A rearview monitor apparatus, comprising:a display provided on an instrument panel of a vehicle, arranged further outward in a vehicle width direction than a range in which a steering is projected in a front-to-rear direction of the vehicle, and that displays a captured external image to a driver; and
a housing formed to surround a periphery of the display,
wherein the housing includes
an upper surface arranged above the display,
a side surface arranged outside in the vehicle width direction of the display and that faces the outside, and
a visor that extends in a vehicle rearward direction beyond the display from vehicle rearward positions of the upper surface and the side surface and that forms an opening part in a vehicle rearward direction, and
a first recess part of which a depth gradually increases toward a vehicle frontward direction towards an inside in the vehicle width direction from an outer end in the vehicle width direction is formed on the upper surface side of the visor.

US Pat. No. 11,027,685

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:a front plate portion that faces in a vehicle front-rear direction;
an inclined portion that obliquely descends rearward from a lower end of the front plate portion and is coupled to a floor panel making up a floor surface of a cabin;
an arch-shaped portion that is located at outer end portions in a vehicle width direction of the front plate portion and the inclined portion and makes up a wheel arch-shaped rear portion of a tire house;
a front side frame that is located inward of the arch-shaped portion in the vehicle width direction and extends from the front plate portion to the inclined portion in the vehicle front-rear direction;
a reinforcement panel that is placed over the arch-shaped portion; and
a cross-member that is joined to an inner end portion of the reinforcement panel in the vehicle width direction, wherein
the reinforcement panel is disposed only in an area outward of an innermost portion of the arch-shaped portion in the vehicle width direction, and
the reinforcement panel is joined to the inclined portion with the cross-member via a ridge line joint portion that is set up along a ridge line between the arch-shaped portion and the inclined portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,692

AIR BAG DEVICE

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

1. An air bag device comprising:an inflator; and
a bag unit configured to be deployed on a front part of a vehicle body with a gas supplied from the inflator,
wherein the bag unit comprises a first bag, a second bag, and a connector which are connected to one another to form an annular configuration,
wherein the bag unit is configured to be deployed on a hood of the vehicle body or on a right or left fender of the vehicle body through a gap defined between a front end portion of the hood and a grill of the vehicle body,
wherein the connector directly connects between a lower end portion of the first bag and a lower end portion of the second bag, and
wherein, when the bag unit is deployed, the first bag and the second bag are erected on the vehicle body such that the first bag, the second bag, and the connector of the bag unit form a substantially triangular shape as a whole and the connector serves as a bottom portion of the substantially triangular shape and is capable of coming into abutment with the hood or the right or left fender.

US Pat. No. 11,027,728

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising one or more processors, wherein the one or more processors:recognize one or more objects based on a detection result obtained by an outside sensor configured to detect an outside state of a vehicle;
predict a possibility that the one or more objects recognized contact or approach the vehicle; and
form as an integrated item, a unified object, a boundary of which is determined from positional relationship between two or more objects that are present within a predetermined distance range among the one or more objects recognized,
in predicting the possibility that the one or more objects recognized contact or approach the vehicle, the one or more processors predict the possibility that the unified object formed contacts or approaches the vehicle, instead of respective objects that make up the unified object, and
in forming the unified object, the one or more processors extract representative objects from the two or more objects making up the unified object at predetermined angle intervals with respect to an angular direction centered at a position of the vehicle, and determine at least two vertices to form a polygon from positions of the representative objects.

US Pat. No. 11,027,735

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

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

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising:a processor that executes executable components stored on a memory, the executable components comprising:
a first detection part configured to detect states of other vehicles that are traveling around a vehicle and exist in a predetermined detection region;
a control plan generation part configured to generate a control plan for the vehicle according to a result of determining whether the other vehicles are detected by the first detection part; and
a travel control part configured to read the control plan generated by the control plan generation part and to control acceleration, deceleration, or steering of the vehicle according to an event contained in the control plan,
wherein the control plan generation part is configured to generate the control plan of the vehicle according to one of the other vehicles that satisfies a predetermined condition among the other vehicles that are detected by the first detection part,
wherein the control plan generation part is configured to, in response to determining that the one of the other vehicles that satisfies the predetermined condition cannot be detected,
set a virtual vehicle that virtually simulates the one of the other vehicles that satisfies the predetermined condition and generate the control plan of the vehicle, and
set the virtual vehicle as a stationary body in an outer edge of the detection region of the first detection part, and
wherein while executing a lane change event from a present lane to an adjacent lane, the control plan generation part
sets lane change target position candidates between multiple other vehicles on the adjacent lane,
estimates, for each lane change target position candidate of the lane change target position candidates, future position changes of a first vehicle traveling in front of the lane change target position candidate, a second vehicle traveling behind the lane change target position candidate, and a third vehicle traveling in front of the vehicle in the present lane, and
determines a lane change target position from the lane change target position candidates based on estimations of the future position changes.

US Pat. No. 11,027,736

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ANTICIPATORY LANE CHANGE

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

1. An anticipatory lane change system for assisting a host vehicle positioned in a current lane that is changing to a first gap in an adjacent lane, the anticipatory lane change system comprising:a non-transitory memory storing instructions that are executed by a processor and cause the processor to:
identify a potential lane change location and receive proximate vehicle data associated with proximate vehicles, wherein the proximate vehicle data includes proximate vehicle identifiers and proximate vehicle current kinematic data;
predict future kinematic data for a future time for a set of proximate vehicles of the proximate vehicles, wherein the future kinematic data describes a pair of proximate vehicles including a first preceding vehicle and a second preceding vehicle, of the set of proximate vehicles, and a second gap separating the first preceding vehicle and the second preceding vehicle, wherein the first preceding vehicle is positioned between the second preceding vehicle and the host vehicle in a longitudinal direction, and wherein the future kinematic data is based on iteratively comparing the proximate vehicle current kinematic data to a prediction model of a set of prediction models;
determine whether the first gap will be available at the potential lane change location at the future time based on the future kinematic data, wherein the first gap is located between the first preceding vehicle and the host vehicle in the longitudinal direction; and
initiate a lane change maneuver for the host vehicle in response to determining that the first gap will be available at the potential lane change location at the future time.

US Pat. No. 11,027,748

AUTOMATIC DRIVING CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. An automated driving control device, comprising:a non-transitory memory; and
a processor configured to operate as:
a recognition unit adapted to recognize a peripheral monitoring state of a driver;
an automated controller adapted to perform an automated control of at least one of steering, acceleration and deceleration of a vehicle, and terminate the automated control of the at least one of steering, acceleration and deceleration, in the case that a switching operation is carried out to prioritize manual control of the at least one of steering, acceleration and deceleration during the automated control; and
a determination unit adapted to determine a state of ease of the switching operation;
on the basis of the peripheral monitoring state recognized by the recognition unit and the state of ease of the switching operation determined by the determination unit, the automated controller:
alters a degree of all of automated controls which are permitted to be executed in relation to all of automated controls that are capable of being executed, or
alters a permitted amount of change of vehicle behavior over time when at least one of steering, acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle is performed in the automated control,
wherein the recognition unit recognizes, as the peripheral monitoring state, whether or not the driver is inattentive,
wherein the determination unit determines, as the state of ease of the switching operation, whether or not the driver is contacting the steering wheel of the vehicle, and
wherein the automated controller lowers an upper limit of a lateral acceleration generated while the vehicle is traveling on a ramp or the vehicle is making a lane change, in the case that the inattentive state of the driver is not recognized by the recognition unit and the determination unit determines that the driver is not contacting the steering wheel, compared to a case in which the inattentive state of the driver is not recognized by the recognition unit, and it is determined by the determination unit that the driver is contacting the steering wheel.

US Pat. No. 11,021,112

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

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

1. A display control device comprising:an image storing section for storing a plurality of captured images in association with image capturing locations on a road; and
a display control section for
causing a plurality of captured images to be successively displayed, each captured image corresponding to one of a plurality of positions that are identified based on a position of a currently displayed image and a user operation identifying a direction relative to the currently displayed image,
causing the captured image and an object that is related to an image capturing location of the captured image to be displayed such that the object is arranged on a display screen corresponding to the image capturing location for each captured image, the object representing a target that is positioned within a predetermined distance from the image capturing location,
arranging, for each captured image, the object on a position of the display screen that is based on a positional relationship between a position of the target and the image capturing location,
arranging the object relative to a reference position, and
arranging the object lower than the reference position in response to causing a subsequently captured image to be displayed, the subsequently captured image not including the target because the position of the target is behind the image capturing location.

US Pat. No. 11,024,472

SWITCH DEVICE

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

1. A switch device actuated by a tilt operation of an operation element, wherein the operation element is disposed in a recess provided in a lower surface of a controller attached to a vehicle ceiling part,wherein
the operation element is supported in the recess by a support block,
the operation element comprises:
an inclined portion inclined at an upward gradient from a vehicle front toward a vehicle rear;
a protruding portion that is formed by the inclined portion and that has a top that is a lowermost end of the inclined portion, the top being provided on a vehicle front side of a point on the operation element that has an equal distance from opposite ends of the operation element in a front-back direction; and
a rotary shaft disposed on a side of the protruding portion the vehicle front side of the point, the rotary shaft rotatably attaches the operation element to the support block,
the inclined portion forms a tilt operation surface that tilts so that the rotary shaft is at a center of rotation, and
the top is disposed on the inclined portion, on a vehicle front side of the rotary shaft a predetermined distance from the rotary shaft to the vehicle front.

US Pat. No. 11,021,143

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR USE IN BRAKE CALIPER INSPECTION

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

1. A brake caliper inspection apparatus comprising:a housing comprising:
an interior; and
a plurality of ports that provide access to said interior; and
a plurality of components each coupled to a respective port of said plurality of ports, said plurality of components comprising:
a sensor configured to monitor a gauge pressure within said interior;
a nozzle configured to channel fluid, including at least one of air or liquid, into and out of said interior; and
a viewing dome that is transparent to provide a view into said interior such that an air-to-liquid ratio is determinable based on the presence or size of an air bubble within said interior and visible at said viewing dome.

US Pat. No. 11,021,145

CONTROL DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

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

1. A control device for a hybrid vehicle including an internal combustion engine, a first motor generator that generates electric power using power of the internal combustion engine, a battery, and a second motor generator that is connected to drive wheels and is driven by electric power supplied from at least one of the battery and the first motor generator, the battery being chargeable with regenerative electric power obtained by operating the second motor generator as a generator during braking of the drive wheels, the control device being configured to:drive the first motor generator as an electric motor with the regenerative electric power;
execute a braking control, in which the internal combustion engine functions as a load of the first motor generator, when a variable representing a state of charge of the battery according to high and low of a value is equal to or more than a predetermined value; and
change the predetermined value based on a running condition of the hybrid vehicle, wherein
the braking control includes a first braking control of performing both a charge of the battery with the regenerative electric power and a drive of the first motor generator with the regenerative electric power and a second braking control of performing only the drive of the first motor generator with the regenerative electric power, and
an amount of the regenerative electric power used for the drive of the first motor generator is controlled, based on a running speed of the hybrid vehicle, during the first braking control.

US Pat. No. 11,021,165

DRIVING ASSISTANCE DEVICE, DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM, PROGRAM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DRIVING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

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

1. A driving assistance device that supports driving of a driver, comprising a processor, the processor functions as:a driving state detection portion that detects a driving state of a vehicle by the driver;
an environment detection portion that detects an environment in which the vehicle travels;
an emotion detection portion that detects the driver's emotion or change in emotion;
a characteristic estimation portion that estimates the driver's characteristic with respect to the vehicle on the basis of the driving state of the driver in the detected environment, and the driver's emotion or change in emotion during the driving state; and
a change portion that changes setting of various control in the vehicle on the basis of the driver's characteristic estimated by the characteristic estimation portion, wherein:
the characteristic estimation portion functions as:
a skill evaluation portion that generates skill evaluation parameters including braking, acceleration, engine behavior, and suspension behavior used to evaluate a driving skill of the driver in an environment on the basis of the driving state detected by the driving state detection portion and the environment detected by the environment detection portion, and
an emotion evaluation portion that generates an emotion evaluation parameter evaluating an emotion of the driver in an environment on the basis of an emotion or change in emotion detected by the emotion detection portion and the environment detected by the environment detection portion;
the processor, by the emotion evaluation portion, plots the driver's emotion or the change in emotion detected by the emotion detection portion on a map having regions divided into a region in which the driver's emotion that has been determined to be appropriate for driving is associated with and a region in which the driver's emotion that has been determined to be inappropriate for driving is associated with, and changes values of the skill evaluation parameter and the emotion evaluation parameter based upon a location or directional change of location of the plotted emotion on the map; and
by the setting change portion, changes setting of engine output that includes a throttle valve, suspension setting that includes a damping force of a damper, and a braking force and an activation timing of a braking device in the vehicle on the basis of the changed skill evaluation parameter and emotion evaluation parameter.

US Pat. No. 11,021,167

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

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

1. A vehicle control device comprising: a controller including a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, the memory storing software that is executable by the processor, the software, when executed by the processor, causing the controller to execute processes that control one or more devices mounted in a vehicle, the processes including: communicating with an external device, updating the software according to a communication with the external device, and predicting a state of the vehicle, and receiving an operation from an occupant of the vehicle; and a power supply configured to supply power to the controller, wherein the controller predicts that a connection between the power supply and the controller is to be disconnected in the near future when the controller receives a preliminary operation for physically disconnecting the connection between the power supply and the controller, the controller interrupts an update of the software when the controller predicts that the connection between the power supply and the controller is to be disconnected in the near future during the update of the software, and the preliminary operation includes an operation for opening: a first lid portion partitioning a first space in which the power supply or the controller is installed; or a second lid portion partitioning a second space in which a wiring connecting the power supply and the controller is present.

US Pat. No. 11,021,192

UNDERBODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A underbody structure of a vehicle body, comprising:a floor tunnel protruding upward from a floor panel of a vehicle and extending in a vehicle body forward/rearward direction;
a tunnel brace laid on the floor tunnel and extending in a vehicle width direction;
a tunnel lower frame installed on a lower surface of the floor panel and to which the tunnel brace is connected;
a floor frame installed on an upper surface of the floor panel;
a gusset configured to connect the tunnel lower frame to the floor frame; and
a heat insulation plate that is disposed at a front side of a tunnel cross member of the floor tunnel and that is attached to the tunnel lower frame using a pair of attachment sections in the vehicle body forward/rearward direction,
wherein the tunnel brace has:
a front convex section formed at a front side of a vehicle body and extending in the vehicle width direction;
a central groove section that is formed rearward in the vehicle body than the front convex section and that is extending along the front convex section in the vehicle width direction; and
a rear convex section that is formed rearward in the vehicle body than the central groove section and that is extending along the central groove section in the vehicle width direction,
the front convex section, the central groove section and the rear convex section are formed to have equal width dimensions with each other in the vehicle body forward/rearward direction, and the tunnel brace is formed so as to have an M-shaped cross section by the front convex section, the central groove section and the rear convex section,
a front edge portion and a rear edge portion of a central section of the tunnel brace are formed in a curved manner such that a width dimension of the tunnel brace in the vehicle body forward/rearward direction has a maximum value at both end portions in the vehicle width direction, and has a minimum value at the central section in the vehicle width direction, and
the tunnel brace is attached between the pair of attachment sections of the heat insulation plate.

US Pat. No. 11,022,476

SOUND EMISSION ANALYSIS

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

1. A system for sound emission analysis, comprising:a sensor detecting an audio sample, wherein the audio sample includes an engine audio sample associated with acoustic information of a motorcycle engine;
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform:
signal processing to isolate the engine audio sample from background noise associated with the audio sample;
analyzing the isolated engine audio sample for a characteristic indicative of a fuel level of the motorcycle; and
estimating the fuel level for the motorcycle based on the isolated engine audio sample.

US Pat. No. 11,021,202

POSITION LIGHT-INTEGRATED BLINKER APPARATUS

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

1. A position light-integrated blinker apparatus for a saddle riding vehicle, said apparatus comprising:a blinker-light light source;
a plurality of position-light light sources including a first light source and a second light source; and
a housing which houses both the blinker-light light source and the position-light light sources,
a light guide member facing the position-light light sources and having an annular shape in a front view,
wherein:
the position-light light sources and the blinker-light light source are disposed on a shared substrate,
the first light source and the second light source are disposed on opposite ends of a diameter of a circle formed by the light guide member,
a position light light-emitting region, formed by illumination of the position-light light sources, surrounds a blinker light light-emitting region formed by illumination of the blinker-light light source, and
the light guide member is configured to be irradiated with light from the position-light light sources to thereby form the position light light-emitting region.

US Pat. No. 11,021,220

BOAT MANEUVERING SUPPORT DEVICE

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

1. A boat maneuvering support device for a boat including an outboard motor which is mounted on a stern of the boat and whose steering angle is variable, a power device which is configured to output a thrust force in a port-starboard direction of the boat, and a steering mechanism which is configured to change the steering angle, the boat maneuvering support device comprising:a rotational speed detection unit which is configured to detect a rotational speed of a propeller of the outboard motor; and
a control unit which is configured to control a magnitude of the thrust force output by the power device according to the rotational speed of the propeller and the steering angle corresponding to the operation of the steering mechanism,
wherein the control unit is configured to control the magnitude of the thrust force output by the power device so as to change a balance between a magnitude of a first turning force which makes the boat turn by a thrust force of the outboard motor and a magnitude of a second turning force which makes the boat turn by the thrust force of the power device, and
wherein when the steering mechanism is operated at an angular velocity equal to or higher than a threshold in a state where the rotational speed of the propeller is equal to or higher than a predetermined value, the control unit is configured to limit the steering angle to an upper limit value and control the power device to output the thrust force in a direction opposite to a turning direction.

US Pat. No. 11,020,714

WASHER LIQUID SUPPLY SYSTEM

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

1. A washer liquid supply system, comprising:a washer tank mounted on a vehicle to store washer liquid;
a supply section mounted on the vehicle to supply the washer liquid in the washer tank to an object of the vehicle;
a passage section connecting the washer tank to the supply section; and
a bubbling section disposed in the passage section to make the washer liquid contain bubbles,
wherein the supply section supplies the washer liquid containing the bubbles to the object;
wherein the bubbling section is air-tight from outside thereof and includes:
a throttle section;
a diameter-shrinking portion being disposed on a side of the washer tank of the throttle section and having a passage cross-sectional area becoming smaller as a position of the passage cross-section goes toward a downstream side to deposit air dissolved in the washer liquid; and
a diameter-expanding portion being disposed on a side of the supply section of the throttle section and having the passage cross-sectional area becoming larger as the position of the passage cross-section goes toward the downstream side, and
wherein the passage cross-sectional area of an end of the diameter-expanding portion on the side of the supply section of the throttle section is smaller than the passage cross-sectional area of an end of the diameter-shrinking portion on the side of the washer tank.

US Pat. No. 11,022,027

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH REDUCED ENGINE KNOCKING

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

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising: a cylinder block defining a cylinder; a cylinder head attached to an upper end surface of the cylinder block; an intake port formed in the cylinder head and provided with an intake valve for selectively closing the intake port; an exhaust port formed in the cylinder head and provided with an exhaust valve for selective closing the exhaust port; and a piston slidably received in the cylinder; a combustion chamber being defined by an inner circumferential surface of the cylinder, an end surface of the cylinder head facing the cylinder, a crown surface of the piston, an inner surface of the intake valve, and an inner surface of the exhaust valve;wherein at least one of the inner circumferential surface of the cylinder, the end surface of the cylinder head, the crown surface of the piston, the inner surface of the intake valve and the inner surface of the exhaust valve includes a mirror surface region formed as a mirror surface having an arithmetic average roughness of 0.3 ?m or less, and a rough surface region formed as a rough surface having an arithmetic average roughness of 0.3 ?m or more,
wherein the mirror surface region is placed in a part where the flow velocity of an intake air becomes higher than at other parts of the combustion chamber in the intake stroke,
wherein the rough surface region is placed in a part where the flow velocity of the intake air becomes higher than at other parts of the combustion chamber in the compression stroke, and
wherein at least one of the valves includes a valve stem and a head provided at one end of the valve stem, and the head is provided with a head surface facing the combustion chamber, an annular face configured to be seated on a valve seat formed in the cylinder head, and a peripheral surface located between the head surface and the annular face, the head surface being formed as the mirror surface region, the peripheral surface being formed as the rough surface region.

US Pat. No. 11,022,032

ENGINE

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

8. An engine, comprising:a cylinder head that forms an intake port connected to a combustion chamber;
a throttle body that is joined to the intake port and adjusts a degree of an opening of an intake passage by rotating a throttle vale around a rotation axis of a valve shaft, the throttle vale being fixed to the valve shaft; and
a case that stores a drive member and supports a drive motor, the drive member being fixed to the valve shaft, the drive motor generating a drive force that is transmitted to the drive member,
wherein the case overlaps with the intake port as seen in a side view,
wherein a drive shaft of the drive motor is entirely positioned on a cylinder head side of an imaginary plane that comprises mating surfaces of the cylinder head and a cylinder block, the imaginary plane intersects with a plane including the outer end of the intake port; and,
wherein a longitudinal axis of the drive shaft is parallel to the imaginary plane and the plane including the outer end of the intake port.

US Pat. No. 11,025,119

ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE

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

1. A rotary electric machine comprising:a stator having a stator core with a plurality of slots, into which a coil and an insulating sheet layer are inserted,
wherein the insulating sheet layer includes: an insulating sheet disposed so as to surround the coil, an inner surface adhesive layer which is formed by an adhesive material for adhering the insulating sheet layer with the coil and which is formed on at least a part of the insulating sheet layer on a side closer to the coil, and an outer surface adhesive layer which is formed by an adhesive material for adhering the insulating sheet layer with the inner surface of the slots,
at least one side surface of the coil, which is inserted into the slots, extending along a radial direction of the stator core and an inner surface of the slots are adhered with each other via the outer surface adhesive layer, the insulating sheet, and the inner surface adhesive layer,
at least one end surface of the coil, which is inserted into the slots, perpendicular to the radial direction of the stator core is in contact with the insulating sheet, and
the insulating sheet and the outer surface adhesive layer are provided between the one end surface of the coil and the inner surface of the slots.

US Pat. No. 11,022,059

ABNORMALITY DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An abnormality determination apparatus of an internal combustion engine in which an intake passage located upstream of a forced-induction system and a crankcase are connected by a breather line, comprising:an intake flow rate detection detector that detects an intake flow rate in the intake passage; and
an abnormality determination unit that determines abnormality of the breather line, wherein
the abnormality determination unit:
determine a length of time T during which a rotation second-order component of a fluctuation waveform of the intake flow rate is equal to or more than a threshold for each peak in fluctuation of the rotation second-order component over a predetermined period of time,
accumulates the length of time T to obtain an accumulated value of length of time, and
determines occurrence of the abnormality of the breather line when the accumulated value is less than a predetermined accumulation threshold,
wherein the rotation second-order component of the fluctuation waveform of the intake flow is a fluctuation waveform which fluctuates twice per revolution of a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 11,025,134

MOTOR AND DUCTED FAN HAVING HEAT RADIATION PORTIONS FOR COOLING MAGNETS

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

1. A motor, comprising:a rotor core which rotates about an axis;
a plurality of magnets which extend in an axial direction of the axis inside the rotor core and are disposed in a circumferential direction;
a shaft body which is disposed coaxially with the rotor core and has a hollow portion through which a fluid is able to pass from a first side to a second side in the axial direction; and
a plurality of heat radiation portions which are disposed along the magnet in the circumferential direction and have a planar portion disposed to be parallel to a side surface of the magnet facing a radial direction,
wherein the heat radiation portion extends in a direction from the first side to the second side in the axial direction beyond a second side core end surface located on the second side in the axial direction of the rotor core.

US Pat. No. 11,021,049

ACTIVE NOISE VIBRATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

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

1. An active noise vibration control apparatus comprising:a housing that has an outer core;
an inner core that is disposed inside the outer core; and
an electromagnetic coil that is positioned between the outer core and the inner core,
wherein a space between the outer core and the inner core is filled with a magneto-rheological elastomer containing magnetic particles; and
a content rate of the magnetic particles in a magnetic path-forming portion of the magneto-rheological elastomer between the outer core and the inner core is higher than a content rate of the magnetic particles in a portion other than the magnetic path-forming portion of the magneto-rheological elastomer.

US Pat. No. 11,022,083

INJECTOR ALIGNMENT APPARATUS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

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

1. An alignment apparatus for aligning at least one injector body to be installed into an engine component along a first direction, the alignment apparatus comprising:a first alignment member configured to swing from a clearance position to an alignment position, wherein the first alignment member is configured to align the at least one injector body along a second direction when in the alignment position; and
a second alignment member configured to align the at least one injector body along a third direction by contacting the at least one injector body via a first and second contacting portion, wherein the second alignment member is configured to contact the injector via the first and second contacting portion when the first alignment member is in the alignment position and the second alignment is configured to maintain contact with the at least one injector body while the first alignment member swings from the alignment position back to the clearance position, wherein the first alignment member is pivotally connected to the alignment apparatus at a first pivotable connection and to a driving link at a second pivotable connection, wherein a linear force provided by the driving link causes the first alignment member to swing from the alignment position to the clearance position.

US Pat. No. 11,021,070

BATTERY PACK AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING BATTERY PACK

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

1. A battery pack comprising a plurality of stacked single battery cells, a case for housing the plurality of stacked single battery cells, and a vehicle body fastening member for fastening the case to a vehicle body frame,wherein the vehicle body fastening member is provided separately from the case, is connected to at least one of two side wall parts opposing each other in a width direction of the case by a hooking structure facing an upper surface and a lower surface of the side wall part, and is independently provided at a plurality of arbitrary positions along a length direction of the case,
wherein the vehicle body fastening member has a clamping part which abuts the upper surface and the lower surface of the side wall part to clamp the side wall part from above and below, and the vehicle body fastening member is hooked and connected to the side wall part by the clamping part.

US Pat. No. 11,021,077

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle power supply system comprising:a first motor generator connected to a first wheel of a vehicle;
a second motor generator connected to a second wheel;
a first circuit to which a first power converter that transfers power to and from the first motor generator and a first power storage device are connected;
a second circuit to which a second power converter that transfers power to and from the second motor generator and a second power storage device are connected;
a voltage converter that converts a voltage between the first circuit and the second circuit;
a required driving force acquisition unit that acquires a required driving force; and
a charging and discharging control device that controls charging and discharging of the first and second power storage devices by operating the first and second power converters and the voltage converter,
wherein the vehicle is able to travel in a drive mode of any of an all-wheel drive mode in which the first and second wheels are used as driving wheels and a two-wheel drive mode in which the first wheel is used as a driving wheel and the second wheel is used as a driven wheel,
the vehicle power supply system further comprises a drive mode setting unit that sets the drive mode on the basis of the required driving force, and
the charging and discharging control device drives the first motor generator with power that is discharged from the first power storage device in a case where the drive mode is the two-wheel drive mode.

US Pat. No. 11,016,497

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

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

1. A vehicle control system comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitates performance of operations, comprising:
determining a schedule of a running locus and speed control of a subject vehicle;
performing automated driving including at least speed control of the subject vehicle based on the schedule;
causing a display device to display information representing a position or a section at which the subject vehicle accelerates or decelerates in the speed control in association with information representing a running locus based on the schedule in a case in which there is an amount of change in a current vehicle speed or a planned vehicle speed that is equal to or greater than a first threshold,
accepting an operation of a driving operation system for changing the position or the section at which the subject vehicle accelerates or decelerates in the speed control that is made by an occupant of the subject vehicle,
for an operation amount input by the occupant, setting a second threshold when the automated driving is released and changed to a manual driving and a third threshold that is smaller than the second threshold at which the position or section is changed where the automated driving is performed,
changing the schedule performing the speed control of the automated driving based on the operation based on the operation amount of the operation control system input by the occupant, when the operation of the operation control system that changes at least one of a start position, an end position, or section of acceleration of deceleration in the speed control of the automated driving when the operation amount is equal to or greater than the third threshold and equal to or less than the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 11,013,170

POWER EQUIPMENT

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

1. Power equipment, comprising:a main body;
a work unit provided on the main body;
a work motor that drives the work unit;
a tilt angle detector that detects a tilt angle of the main body;
a control unit that drive-controls the work motor;
a travel motor that drives a wheel provided on the main body; and
an operation inputter that inputs a signal corresponding to an operation by an operator to the control unit,
wherein the control unit performs prohibition control that prohibits driving of the work motor when the tilt angle becomes greater than or equal to a predetermined tilt angle determination value and a change rate of the tilt angle becomes greater than or equal to a predetermined change rate determination value,
the tilt angle detector is an acceleration sensor that outputs a signal corresponding to an acceleration,
the control unit performs low-pass filtering process on the signal from the acceleration sensor to remove at least a portion of the signal corresponding to a dynamic component of the acceleration, and calculates the tilt angle based on the signal that has been subjected to the filtering process, and
the control unit drive-controls the travel motor according to the signal from the operation inputter, and changes a filter used in the low-pass filtering process according to the signal from the operation inputter.

US Pat. No. 11,014,468

MANAGEMENT DEVICE, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

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

1. A management device that manages replacement of batteries, comprising:an obtaining portion that obtains, from a first battery, specific information that specifies identification information of a vehicle to which the first battery has been attached, and identification information of the first battery;
an authenticating portion that authenticates a user of the vehicle by using the specific information and the identification information of the first battery that have been obtained by the obtaining portion; and
a replacement receiving portion that receives replacement of the first battery if the authenticating portion authenticates the user, wherein
when the first battery is attached to the vehicle, the vehicle writes, to the first battery, specific information that specifies identification information of the vehicle,
the authenticating portion transmits, to a management server that stores user information in association with a combination of identification information of a vehicle and identification information of a battery, the specific information and the identification information of the first battery, and obtains, from the management server, a result of authentication of the user, and
if the management server stores user information in association with a combination of identification information of a vehicle specified by the specific information and the identification information of the first battery, the management server determines that the user is valid, and if the management server does not store user information in association with a combination of identification information of a vehicle specified by the specific information and the identification information of the first battery, the management server notifies a user identified based on the user information stored in association with the identification information of the first battery and not based on the user information stored in association with the identification information of the vehicle, of a warning via a wireless network.

US Pat. No. 11,014,471

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising a plurality of seats arranged in a fore and aft direction in a cabin of the vehicle, each seat being supported in the cabin so as to be rotatable around a vertically extending rotational axis,wherein at least one of the seats includes a support column extending vertically from a floor of the cabin, and a seat cushion supported at an upper end of the support column so as to be rotatable around the vertically extending rotational axis,
the support column is provided with a foot rest configured to support a sole of a passenger seating on the corresponding seat cushion and to be located in a direction corresponding to a front of the seat cushion with respect to the support column, and
at least one of the seats is provided with an arm having a base end pivotally attached to a part of the seat so that a free end of the arm can be selectively positioned in a use position located above and in front of the corresponding seat cushion and a stowed position located below a seat surface of the seat cushion, and a support member attached to the free end of the arm so as to be rotatable around a rotational axis extending laterally.

US Pat. No. 11,014,508

COMMUNICATION SUPPORT SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION SUPPORT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

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

1. A communication support system comprising:a microphone that is mounted in an interior of a vehicle;
a sound output device that is mounted in the interior of the vehicle;
a recognizer configured to recognize spoken content included in sound data collected by the microphone; and
a controller configured to generate a delivery message to be delivered from a passenger who has output the collected sound to another passenger based on a result of the recognition performed by the recognizer, generates sound based on the generated delivery message, and causes the sound output device to output the generated sound to the other passenger,
wherein the controller is configured to determine whether or not the other passenger has responded to the speaking of the passenger who has output the collected sound based on the result of the recognition performed by the recognizer, and in a case in which the other passenger has not responded to the speaking of the passenger who has output the collected sound, the controller is configured to cause the sound generated based on the collected sound to be output toward the other passenger.

US Pat. No. 11,018,353

FUEL CELL SEPARATOR MEMBER AND FUEL CELL STACK

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

1. A fuel cell separator member comprising:a separator forming a unit cell of a fuel cell stack and a plate-shaped load receiving portion provided on the separator so as to protrude outwardly from an outer peripheral portion of the separator, the unit cell including an opposite separator located on an opposite side of the separator across a membrane electrode assembly,
wherein the separator includes:
a sealing portion provided around the outer peripheral portion of the separator and making close contact with the membrane electrode assembly to prevent leakage of fluid from between the membrane electrode assembly and the separator;
a rib protruding from the separator at a portion between the sealing portion and the load receiving portion toward the opposite separator and extending in a line along an extending direction of the sealing portion; and
a reinforcing rib extending from the rib in a direction that crosses an extending direction of the rib, and
an opening is formed in at least one end of the rib in the extending direction thereof.

US Pat. No. 11,018,366

METHOD OF PRODUCING FRAME EQUIPPED MEMBRANE ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY, THE FRAME EQUIPPED MEMBRANE ELECTRODE AND FUEL CELL

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

1. A method of producing a frame equipped membrane electrode assembly,the frame equipped membrane electrode assembly comprising:
a membrane electrode assembly including an electrolyte membrane and electrodes provided on both sides of the electrolyte membrane; and
a frame member provided on an outer peripheral portion of the membrane electrode assembly;
the frame equipped membrane electrode assembly being sandwiched between a pair of separators to form a fuel cell, the pair of separators each including a buffer configured to connect a reactant gas flow field and a fluid passage together, the reactant gas flow field being configured to allow a reactant gas to flow along an electrode surface, the fluid passage being configured to allow the reactant gas to flow in a direction perpendicular to the electrode surface, the method comprising:
a first joining step of joining a first resin frame film and a second resin frame film together in a thickness direction to form a film joint body;
a welding step of spot welding a resin sheet to a portion of the first resin frame film facing the buffer when the fuel cell is formed, after the first joining step, to form the frame member including the first resin frame film, the second resin frame film, and the resin sheet; and
a second joining step of joining the frame member to the outer peripheral portion of the membrane electrode assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,014,525

AIRBAG SYSTEM

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

1. An airbag system comprising: an inflator; and a bag unit configured to deploy on an engine hood of a vehicle body by using a gas from the inflator, wherein the bag unit is divided into bags back and front and right and left, wherein the bags include adjacent bags communicating with each other through communication paths, wherein the bags include at least one upright bag configured to deploy to be upright on at least one fender of left and right fenders of the vehicle body, wherein the adjacent bags include: a front bag configured to deploy at a front side of the vehicle body: a rear bag configured to deploy behind the front bag: and the at least one upright bag configured to deploy at sides of the front bag and the rear bag when deployed, wherein the gas flows from the front bag through communication paths to the rear bag and the at least one upright bag, and wherein the front bag and the rear bag communicate with the at least one upright bag.

US Pat. No. 11,017,615

INFORMATION PROCESSING SERVER THAT PROVIDES INFORMATION OF POSITION OF CHARGING STATION, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, VEHICLE, CONTROL METHOD OF VEHICLE, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM

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

1. An information processing method comprising:receiving, from a vehicle chargeable from an outside, predetermined information of the vehicle;
estimating, based on the predetermined information received from each of a plurality of vehicles, a position of a charging station used to charge the vehicle, wherein the position of the charging station has not been reflected on map information;
confirming an existence of the estimated charging station; and
providing information of the estimated position of the confirmed charging station such that the estimated position of the charging station is reflected on map information,
wherein the confirming comprises transmitting information for promoting confirmation of the estimated charging station to one of a vehicle and a communication apparatus associated with the vehicle, and confirming the existence of the estimated charging station based on a response to the information for promoting confirmation.

US Pat. No. 11,014,548

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

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

1. A vehicle control system comprising:a power generation unit including an engine that outputs motive power used by an electric motor and the electric motor that generates power using the motive power which is output by the engine;
a storage battery that accumulates power generated by the power generation unit;
an electric motor for traveling, connected to a driving wheel of a vehicle, which rotates the driving wheel by performing drive using power supplied from the power generation unit or the storage battery;
a processor; and
a memory communicatively coupled to the processor, the memory having stored therein computer-executable components instructions, the computer-executable components comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires a schedule of an occupant of a vehicle, a date, and a day of the week associated with each other;
a destination prediction unit that predicts a future destination on the basis of a past schedule and a future schedule of the schedule acquired by the acquisition unit and a traveling history of the vehicle, the future destination which includes a destination not registered in the future schedule, and the traveling history which includes date and time information, a departure point, and a destination;
a traveling planning unit that generates traveling plan information indicating a traveling plan of the vehicle in the future schedule in accordance with a route to the destination predicted by the destination prediction unit; and
a power generation control unit that controls the power generation unit in the future schedule on the basis of the traveling plan information generated by the traveling planning unit,
wherein the destination prediction unit predicts a first destination of the future destination on the basis of the traveling history at a day that the past schedule is empty, the first destination which is periodically used by the occupant.

US Pat. No. 11,014,558

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicle control apparatus, comprising:a vehicle sensor adapted to detect a behavior of a host vehicle;
an external environment sensor adapted to acquire external environmental information around a periphery of the host vehicle; and
a travel control device adapted to control traveling of the host vehicle in a first control state and a second control state, in a manner so that the host vehicle conforms to the external environmental information on the basis of a behavior of the host vehicle;
wherein,
the vehicle sensor is constituted by a first vehicle sensor and a second vehicle sensor which are capable of detecting at least one of the same behaviors; and
in the case it is detected that a detection accuracy of either one of the first vehicle sensor or the second vehicle sensor is less than a predetermined accuracy, the travel control device suppresses the travel control in the first control state, and in the case that the detection accuracy of both the first vehicle sensor and the second vehicle sensor is greater than or equal to a predetermined accuracy, the travel control device permits traveling in the first control state.

US Pat. No. 11,014,573

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle control device comprising:a controller configured to allow switching between an automated drive control in which at least one of steering and acceleration or deceleration of a vehicle is automatically controlled and a manual drive control in which the steering and the acceleration or deceleration of the vehicle is manually controlled according to an operation of a driver; and
a driving force output unit comprising at least one of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor as a drive source and configured to output a driving force for the vehicle to travel in response to a required amount of driving force required by the operation of the driver, the driving force output unit having a plurality of drive modes and being configured to switch between the plurality of drive modes which include at least a first drive mode and a second drive mode, the first and second drive modes having different output-allowable ranges within which the driving force is allowed to output according to the required amount of the driving force, the range of the first drive mode being larger than the range of the second drive mode, wherein
the control device is configured to control the driving force output unit to switch the drive mode to the first drive mode having the larger output-allowable range when a request for switching to the manual drive control is made during execution of the automated drive control.