US Pat. No. 9,254,876

APPARATUS FOR REDUCING VEHICLE AERODYNAMIC DRAG

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

1. An apparatus for reducing vehicle aerodynamic drag equipped with air jet devices installed at positions including at least
upper and lower positions of a rear of a vehicle of an almost box-like shape and each having a vibrator connected to a diaphragm
disposed in an enclosed region and adapted to be driven based on a drive signal to vibrate the diaphragm to jet/suck air through
an orifice formed in the enclosed region, comprising:
a vehicle traveling condition detector that detects a traveling condition of the vehicle;
a drive signal determiner that determines the drive signals for the respective air jet devices independently of each other
in terms of at least one of frequency and magnitude based on the detected traveling condition of the vehicle;

and
a vibrator driver that drives the vibrators of the respective air jet devices based on the determined drive signals to vibrate
the diaphragms to jet/suck air through the orifices to reduce aerodynamic drag acting on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,252,444

FUEL CELL SYSTEM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A fuel cell system, comprising:
a fuel cell having an anode and a cathode configured to conduct electro-chemical reaction, fuel gas being supplied to the
anode, and oxidant gas being supplied to the cathode;

a fuel gas circulation path configured to circulate the fuel gas supplied to the anode and supply the fuel gas to the fuel
cell;

a purge valve disposed at downstream of the fuel cell in the fuel gas circulation path configured to open or shut off the
fuel gas circulation path;

a control unit configured to determine whether inside the fuel gas circulation path is in a dry condition or a humid condition
and controlling the purge valve; and

a memory device disposed in the control unit configured to memorize a value in said memory device to indicate whether the
fuel gas existing in the fuel gas circulation path is replaced or not with air which is different from the fuel gas when the
fuel cell stops the electro-chemical reaction, wherein

after the fuel cell system is started up, the control unit configured to control the purge valve in such a manner that an
amount of fluid gas discharged from the fuel gas circulation path when the value memorized in said memory device indicates
that the replacement of the fuel gas with the air has been conducted and the inside of the fuel gas circulation path is in
the dry condition is less than the amount of fluid gas discharged from the fuel gas circulation path when the value memorized
in said memory device indicates that the replacement of the fuel gas with the air has not been conducted.

US Pat. No. 9,242,375

CONTROL DEVICE FOR POWER DEVICE

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

1. A control device of a power device, the power device including an actuator, a first power transmission element having elastic
characteristics with an input unit thereof being connected to a power output unit of the actuator, a second power transmission
element with an input unit thereof being connected to an output unit of the first power transmission element and which converts
and outputs a power imparted to the input unit of the second power transmission element to an elastic force, and a driven
element which is connected to an output unit of the second power transmission element, and which performs an operational movement
by a driving force transmitted from the actuator via the first power transmission element and the second power transmission
element, in which the first power transmission element is more rigid than the second power transmission element, and the control
device which controls the driving force actually imparted to the driven element from the actuator to a target driving force,
the control device comprising at least one processor, the at least one processor programmed to enable the at least one processor
to execute:
a primary side displacement measuring module which generates an output indicating a value of an actual displacement of the
input unit of the second power transmission element;

a secondary side displacement measuring module which generates an output indicating a value of an actual displacement of the
driven element;

a primary side-secondary side displacement difference measuring module which generates an output indicating a measured value
of a primary side-secondary side displacement difference which is a difference between the actual displacement of the input
unit of the second power transmission element and the actual displacement of the driven unit;

a primary side velocity estimating module which generates an estimated value of a primary side velocity which is an estimated
velocity of the input unit of the second power transmission element, at least based on the value of the primary side displacement;

a secondary side velocity estimating module which generates an estimated value of a secondary side velocity which is an estimated
velocity of the driven element, at least based on the value of the secondary side displacement;

a first filtering module which generates a first filtered value which is obtained by performing a low-pass filtering process
to a deviation between the estimated value of the secondary side velocity and the estimated value of the primary side velocity;

a second filtering module which generates a second filtered value which is obtained by performing a low-pass filtering process
to a deviation between a value of an elasticity measured amount, which is either one of the measured value of the primary
side-secondary side displacement difference or an elastic force converted value which is obtained by converting the measured
value of the primary side-secondary side displacement difference to an elastic force generated by the second power transmission
element, and a target value of the elasticity measured amount defined by the target driving force;

an actuator operation target determining module which determines an operation target defining an operation of the actuator
according to a linear combination of the first filtered value and the second filtered value; and

an actuator control module which controls the operation of the actuator according to the determined operation target.

US Pat. No. 9,245,518

ACTIVE VIBRATION NOISE CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. An active vibration noise control apparatus comprising:
a front road wheel vibration detecting unit configured to detect front road wheel vibrations based on an input applied from
a road surface to a front road wheel of a vehicle, and output a front road wheel reference signal representative of the detected
front road wheel vibrations;

a vehicle speed detecting unit configured to detect a vehicle speed of the vehicle;
a delay time calculating unit configured to determine a delay time, which is representative of a difference between respective
times when the front road wheel of the vehicle and a rear road wheel of the vehicle pass through a point, based on the vehicle
speed;

a rear road wheel reference signal outputting unit configured to output a rear road wheel reference signal, which is representative
of predicted rear road wheel vibrations, comprising the front road wheel vibrations delayed by the delay time; and

a canceling sound outputting unit configured to output a front road wheel noise canceling sound, which cancels out front road
wheel vibration noise caused by the front road wheel vibrations at a noise silencing position, based on the front road wheel
reference signal, and output a rear road wheel noise canceling sound, which cancels out rear road wheel vibration noise caused
by the predicted rear road wheel vibrations at the noise silencing position, based on the rear road wheel reference signal,

and a corrective filter configured to reflect a characteristic difference between front road wheel suspensions and rear road
wheel suspensions of the vehicle in the rear road wheel reference signal by correcting the rear road wheel reference signal
prior to being output by the corrective filter, based on the characteristic difference.

US Pat. No. 9,228,638

SHIFT DRIVE MECHANISM FOR MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION

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

1. A shift drive mechanism of a multi-speed transmission where the transmission is configured such that
a group of gears formed of a plurality of drive gears and a group of gears formed of a plurality of driven gears are rotatably
supported on gear shafts arranged parallel to each other respectively in such a state where the drive gears and the driven
gears are meshed with each other for every gear speed,

one group of gears formed of the plurality of gears out of the group of gears formed of the plurality of drive gears and the
group of gears formed of the plurality of driven gears is fixed to one gear shaft, and an engagement changeover mechanism,
which changes over the engagement between the other gear shaft and the respective gears for every gear, is provided between
the other group of gears formed of the plurality of gears and the other gear shaft, and

a control rod is movable in the axial direction on a hollow-shaft center axis of the other gear shaft formed in a hollow shape
so that the engagement changeover mechanism is driven whereby a gear shift is performed, and

a shift pin, which is engaged with a shift guide groove formed on an outer periphery of a shift drum arranged in the vicinity
of a periphery of the other gear shaft and is guided due to the rotation of the shift drum, moves the control rod in the axial
direction, wherein

an intermittent drive mechanism, which intermittently rotates the shift drum for every position of each gear speed by transmitting
the reciprocating rotation of a shift spindle, which is connected to a gear shift operating member, is arranged between the
shift spindle and the shift drum,

wherein the shift drive mechanism includes a shift arm, which has a proximal end portion thereof fixedly mounted on the shift
spindle and is tilted integrally with the shift spindle in a reciprocating manner, and a tilting distal end portion of the
shift arm rotates an upstream-side rotary member.

US Pat. No. 9,228,481

WATER PUMP MOUNTING STRUCTURE IN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A water pump mounting structure comprising:
a water pump cover to rotatably support a pump driving shaft of an actuator, the water pump cover being provided with the
actuator; and

a water pump housing defining a pump chamber to contain an impeller connected to the pump driving shaft, the water pump housing
being connected with the water pump cover at a joint face of the water pump housing, the water pump housing comprising:

an upper extending portion provided on an upper side of an intermediate pump chamber and extending to an opposite side of
the water pump cover with respect to the joint face, the upper extending portion including an upper mounting face provided
to be in contact with a side wall of an engine body of an internal combustion engine when a water pump is mounted on the side
wall of the engine body, the upper mounting face being substantially perpendicular to the joint face, the upper extending
portion comprising:

a first upper fastening portion to be fastened to the side wall of the engine body with a bolt, the first upper fastening
portion being provided at an extension end of the upper extending portion; and

a second upper fastening portion to be fastened to the side wall of the engine body with a bolt, the second upper fastening
portion being provided between the first upper fastening portion and the pump driving shaft; and

a lower extending portion provided on a lower side of the intermediate pump chamber and extending to an opposite side of the
water pump cover with respect to the joint face, the lower extending portion including a lower mounting face provided to be
in contact with the side wall of the engine body when the water pump is mounted on the side wall of the engine body, the lower
mounting face being substantially perpendicular to the joint face, the lower extending portion comprising:

a first lower fastening portion to be fastened to the side wall of the engine body with a bolt, the first lower fastening
portion being provided at an extension end of the lower extending portion; and

a second lower fastening portion to be fastened to the side wall of the engine body with a bolt, the second lower fastening
portion being provided linearly between the first lower fastening portion and the pump driving shaft,

wherein the second upper fastening portion and the second lower fastening portion are respectively disposed closer to the
pump driving shaft than the first upper fastening portion and the first lower fastening portion both in a right-left direction
and in an up-down direction when viewed in a front-rear direction.

US Pat. No. 9,221,320

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SHADING A WINDOW

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

1. A shade system comprising:
a frame coupleable adjacent to a window, said frame including first and second side members;
at least one shade roll assembly coupled to said frame and selectively movable along said first and second side members, said
at least one shade roll assembly comprising:

a cylindrical tube;
a roll position motor slideably coupled to said frame and configured to move said cylindrical tube along said first and second
side members; and

a shade tension motor coupled to said tube for selective in-place rotation of said at least one shade roll assembly; and
a shade member coupled to said at least one shade roll assembly and selectively variably permeable to light.

US Pat. No. 9,224,993

BATTERY PACK ENCASING STRUCTURE AND WALKING ASSISTANCE DEVICE USING SAME

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

1. A battery pack encasing structure, including:
a battery pack having a second part of an electric connector provided in an end part of the battery pack; and
a casing defining a battery pack receiving recess configured to receive the battery pack therein and having a first part of
the electric connector provided in an end part of the battery pack receiving recess corresponding to the end part of the battery
pack, the battery pack receiving recess having a bottom wall opposing a rear wall of the battery pack when the battery pack
is received in the battery pack receiving recess, wherein the bottom wall of the battery pack receiving recess and the rear
wall of the battery pack extend substantially vertically such that the electric connector is positioned in a lower part of
the battery pack encasing structure when the battery pack encasing structure is in a use position; wherein

a drain hole is provided in the end part of the casing at a position laterally offset from the first part of the electric
connector;

a ridge is formed on one of the bottom wall of the battery pack receiving recess and the rear wall of the battery pack;
a groove is formed on the other of the bottom wall of the battery pack receiving recess and the rear wall of the battery pack
and complementary to the ridge when the battery pack is received in the battery pack receiving recess; and

the ridge and the groove each include a part that extends, when the battery pack encasing structure is in the use position,
from an elevated position above the electric connector obliquely downward to a position above the drain hole to guide moisture
formed between the bottom wall of the battery pack receiving recess and the rear wall of the battery pack to the drain hole.

US Pat. No. 9,217,385

FUEL INJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A fuel injection control apparatus for an internal combustion engine in which an exhaust gas in an exhaust passage is purged
using a catalyst, the fuel injection control apparatus comprising:
a first injection controller configured to perform a first injection operation in an intake stroke and configured to perform
a second injection operation in a compression stroke, fuel injection into a cylinder being performed by the first injection
operation and the second injection operation separately during one combustion cycle in the internal combustion engine, the
first injection operation being followed by the second injection operation;

a second injection controller configured to perform both the first injection operation and the second injection operation
in the intake stroke and no injection operation in the compression stroke; and

a selector configured to select fuel injection performed by the first injection controller when the internal combustion engine
is in a warm-up operating state and an idling operating state and configured to select fuel injection performed by the second
injection controller when the internal combustion engine is not in at least one of the warm-up operating state and the idling
operating state,

wherein, when fuel injection performed by the first injection controller is selected, the selector switches fuel injection
to fuel injection performed by the second injection controller from fuel injection performed by the first injection controller
when an operating state of the internal combustion engine changes out of the idling operating state even if the internal combustion
engine has an engine temperature that is lower than a predetermined warm-up temperature, and

wherein, at all times before the warm-up has been finished, fuel injection is switched from fuel injection performed by the
first injection controller to fuel injection performed by the second injection controller when an operating state of the internal
combustion engine changes out of the idling operating state.

US Pat. No. 9,218,057

VEHICULAR DISPLAY SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicular display system comprising:
a mobile device having a mobile display part and an imaging unit for picking up an image, the mobile device is adapted to
be disposed in a predetermined position in a vehicle,

wherein the mobile display part is configured to display contents such that at least one of a display size and a display position
of each of the contents is changed in accordance with positions of eyes of a driver sitting on a driver's seat in the vehicle
with respect to a reference position in the vehicle, the reference position in the vehicle and the positions of the eyes of
the driver in the vehicle are determined based on the reference position from the image and the positions of the eyes of the
driver from the image, and

wherein the predetermined position where the mobile device is disposed is present on an opposite side of the driver with respect
to a steering wheel of the vehicle, and wherein said at least one of the display size and the display position of each of
the contents is changed on the basis of whether or not the mobile display part is obstructed from view by the steering wheel
when the mobile display part is viewed from the positions of the driver's eyes.

US Pat. No. 9,174,677

AUTOMOBILE SUBFRAME

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

1. An automobile subframe in which outer edges, in a vehicle width direction, of a main body part formed from an upper plate
and a lower plate superimposed on one another and inner edges, in the vehicle width direction, of a pair of suspension support
members disposed on opposite sides, in the vehicle width direction, of the main body part are each joined via a joint part
extending in a vehicle body fore-and-aft direction,
wherein the joint part comprises a first joint part in which one of the upper plate and the lower plate is directly superimposed
on and joined to the associated suspension support member, and a second joint part in which the other of the upper plate and
the lower plate is directly superimposed on and joined to the associated suspension support member,

wherein at the first and second joint parts, the upper plate and the lower plate are superimposed on the associated suspension
support member from a same side as each other and joined to the associated suspension support member by friction-stir welding
which is conducted in a same direction as each other,

the first joint part and the second joint part extend in the vehicle body fore-and-aft direction without overlapping each
other,

when the one of the upper plate and the lower plate is superimposed on the associated suspension support member, there are
formed a superimposed part at which the one of the upper plate and the lower plate and the associated suspension support member
are superimposed on one another and an abutment part at which the one of the upper plate and the lower plate and the associated
suspension support member are abutted against each other so as to be flush,

when the other of the upper plate and the lower plate is superimposed on the associated suspension support member, there is
formed an extended part at which the other of the upper plate and the lower plate is extended to a position outwardly of the
abutment part in the vehicle width direction, and

the first joint part is formed at the superimposed part and the second joint part is formed at the extended part.

US Pat. No. 9,169,812

VEHICULAR ENGINE ASSEMBLY HAVING SNORKEL AND VEHICLE INCLUDING SAME

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

1. A vehicular engine assembly comprising:
an engine;
a panel associated with the engine, the panel comprising a panel surface, a first side wall, and a second side wall, wherein
the first and second side walls extend substantially upwardly from the panel surface and define a channel that is configured
to receive an elongated member;

an air box configured to receive ambient air; and
a snorkel in fluid communication with the air box and configured to route the ambient air from the air box to the engine,
the snorkel comprising an attachment tab, the attachment tab comprising a leg member and a foot portion, the foot portion
being adjacent to and overlying at least a portion of each of the first and second side walls;

wherein the attachment tab is external to, and spaced from, the air box; and
wherein the foot portion cooperates with the first and second side walls to at least partially constrain the elongated member
within the channel.

US Pat. No. 9,170,329

OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

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

1. An object detection apparatus for a vehicle comprising:
a radar device configured to transmit an electromagnetic beam forward of a subject vehicle and project reflection points obtained
onto a two-dimensional plane; and

an obstacle determiner configured to determine whether an object detected based on the reflection points projected onto the
two-dimensional plane is an obstacle constituting an obstruction to advance of the subject vehicle, the obstacle determiner
comprising:

a subject vehicle travel path estimator configured to estimate a travel path of the subject vehicle;
a roadside object/preceding vehicle detector configured to detect a roadside object present at a side of the travel path and
a preceding vehicle traveling ahead on the travel path at a speed equal to or greater than a predetermined speed by using
the reflection points; and

a roadside object movement determiner configured to determine, when the preceding vehicle passes the roadside object, whether
a reflection point of the roadside object has moved toward the travel path of the subject vehicle on the two-dimensional plane
within a predetermined time before and after the preceding vehicle passing the roadside object due to moving of the reflection
point of the roadside object to a side of a reflection point of the preceding vehicle on the two-dimensional plane;

wherein the obstacle determiner is configured to determine the roadside object not to be the obstacle when the reflection
point of the roadside object is determined to have moved toward the travel path.

US Pat. No. 9,165,413

DIAGNOSTIC ASSISTANCE

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

1. A method for customizing diagnostic assistance, comprising:
receiving, by a system comprising a processing unit, a snapshot package that comprises a trigger condition and a set of parameters
customized for a vehicle and a vehicle symptom; and

taking, by the system, a snapshot based on a determination that the trigger condition has occurred, the snapshot package,
and a configuration of the vehicle that is indicative of relationships between associated components of the vehicle, the taking
the snapshot comprises recording the set of parameters from the associated components of the vehicle the associated components
comprise

a first component that contributes to the vehicle symptom and at least a second component that does not contribute to the
vehicle symptom, and wherein the taking the snapshot based on the trigger condition and the set of parameters comprises mitigating
an amount of storage space used for snapshot data based on not taking another snapshot of another set of parameters that are
not related to the associated components.

US Pat. No. 9,156,515

FUEL TANK FOR MOTORCYCLE, AND MOTORCYCLE INCLUDING SAME

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

1. A motorcycle comprising:
a vehicle body frame comprising a head pipe,
a fuel tank operatively supported on the vehicle body frame behind the head pipe,
an engine operatively supported on the vehicle body frame below the fuel tank, and
an air cleaner arranged behind the fuel tank,
wherein the fuel tank comprises a left tank member arranged on a left side of the vehicle body frame and a right tank member
arranged on a right side of the vehicle body frame, the left and right tank members configured such that at least one of the
left and right tank members is formed with a recessed portion that is opened upward and inward, that extends rearward, that
subsequently extends downward, and that is formed by a tank wall having a L-shaped cross section, and

further comprising at least one lid member provided to cover an upper opening of the recessed portion, the recessed portion
and lid member cooperating to function as an intake passage for routing intake air to the air cleaner.

US Pat. No. 9,160,981

SYSTEM FOR ASSISTING DRIVING OF VEHICLE

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

1. A driving assisting system comprising:
an imaging device that is mounted on a vehicle to capture images of a rear region of the vehicle including a blind spot region
adjacent to the rear region of the vehicle, the blind spot region being outside of a viewing range of a side mirror, and the
blind spot region covering a region closer to the vehicle in comparison with the viewing range;

an image processing unit that processes images captured by the imaging device to compress an image region corresponding to
the blind spot region on the captured image; and

a display device that displays the image processed by the image processing unit in a manner visible to a driver seated in
the vehicle,

wherein the image processing unit is configured to compress the image region corresponding to the blind spot region such that
the ratio of transition of position of the object in the horizontal direction on the captured image at a position within the
image region corresponding to the blind spot region to transition of distance from the vehicle to the object is substantially
the same as the ratio of transition of position of the object in a horizontal direction on the side mirror at a predetermined
region of the viewing range including its horizontal boundary to transition of distance from the vehicle to the object.

US Pat. No. 9,157,258

VEHICLE INTERIOR LID FOR COVERING TRUNK LID UNLOCKING MECHANISM

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

1. A vehicle assembly for housing an unlocking mechanism provided within a vehicle passenger compartment which is operably
connected to a locking device of a trunk lid, the vehicle assembly comprising:
an interior body panel having an outer surface including an opening portion for receiving an unlocking mechanism; and
a lid removably mounted to the body panel and having a closed position for covering the opening portion and an opened position,
the lid defining a lid body having an exterior surface, an edge portion of the exterior surface being continuous and without
interruption about a periphery of the exterior surface so that the lid body exterior surface is flush with the body panel
outer surface about the entire periphery of the lid body exterior surface,

wherein the opening portion of the body panel includes a bottom wall having an engagement hole, and an interior surface of
the lid body includes an engagement member which is received in the engagement hole, the engagement member securing the lid
to the body panel,

wherein the lid body further includes a retaining member opposite the engagement member, and the bottom wall of the opening
portion includes a retaining hole for movably receiving the retaining member,

wherein the bottom wall of the opening portion further includes a first section and a second section angled inwardly relative
to the first section, the retaining hole being located on the second section.

US Pat. No. 9,145,961

VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle drive system including:
a motor that drives a wheel;
a speed changer that is provided on a power transmission line between the motor and the wheel; and
a case that accommodates the motor and the speed changer,
wherein the motor includes a first and second motors that are disposed left and right respectively in a width direction of
a vehicle,

wherein the speed changer includes a first and second speed changers that are disposed left and right respectively in the
width direction of the vehicle, wherein the case is a common case commonly containing the first motor, the first speed changer,
the second motor and the second speed changer, wherein the first and second motors and the first and second speed changers
are disposed coaxially inside the common case so as to define a common axis,

wherein the first motor and the first speed changer are disposed sequentially in this order from an outer side in the width
direction of the vehicle, and the second motor and the second speed changer are disposed sequentially in this order from an
outer side in the width direction of the vehicle such that the first and second speed changers are disposed between the first
and second motors in the width direction of the vehicle inside the common case,

wherein at least part of a radially outer edge of a rotational element of the first speed changer or a radially outer edge
of a rotational element of the second speed changer is formed smaller in a radial distance from the common axis than each
of a radially outermost edge portion of the first motor and a radially outermost edge portion of the second motor,

wherein an offset space that is recessed further radially toward the common axis than a reference line that is defined by
connecting the radially outermost edge portion of the first motor with the radially outermost edge portion of the second motor
as viewed in a direction perpendicular to the common axis is provided radially outwards of the rotational element of the first
speed changer or the rotational element of the second speed changer, and

wherein at least part of a volumetric capacity chamber that is partitioned from an interior of the common case and that communicates
with the interior of the common case is disposed within the offset space.

US Pat. No. 9,139,247

FRONT STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE, AND VEHICLE INCLUDING SAME

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

1. A front structure for a saddle-ride type vehicle comprising:
a transparent windscreen that covers a front side of at least one gauge, said at least one gauge being arranged in front of
a handlebar; and

a front cowl that is arranged outside of a front fork in a vehicle width direction and that extends in a straddling manner
in front of and behind the front fork in a side view;

wherein the front cowl is arranged below a supporting member for the handlebar, and the front cowl is spaced away from the
windscreen in a vertical direction;

and wherein the outermost end of the windscreen corresponds to a backmost end of the windscreen, and a connection for a main
harness is arranged above the front cowl and behind the backmost end of the windscreen.

US Pat. No. 9,120,453

VIBRATION REDUCING STRUCTURE FOR STEERING WHEEL

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

1. A vibration reducing structure for a steering wheel in which an airbag module is supported in an interior of the steering
wheel via a support pin so as to be capable of vibrating, wherein
the support pin comprises an elastic body,
the support pin is configured to support the airbag module on a frame of the steering wheel,
the elastic body is sandwiched between a first portion and a second portion of a head portion of the support pin,
the first portion and the second portion are arranged in an axial direction of the support pin, and
the airbag module is configured to function as a dynamic damper.

US Pat. No. 9,079,504

ELECTRIC AUTOMOBILE

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

1. An electric automobile in which a power control unit is disposed in a motor room formed at a front section of a vehicle:
wherein a charging port or a power supply port is respectively provided in a left front fender that is arranged on the left
side at the front section of the vehicle to form the motor room and a right front fender that is arranged on the right side
at the front section of the vehicle to form the motor room;

a charging connector or a power supply connector for connection to a charging power supply or an external device is attached
to the charging port or the power supply port;

the charging connector or the power supply connector is disposed in a manner so that a forward end thereof is located rearward
of a forward end of a front wheel, and a rearward end thereof is located forward of a dash panel that partitions the motor
room and a vehicle cabin;

the charging connector or the power supply connector at the side of the left front fender and the power control unit are connected
by a first cable;

the charging connector or the power supply connector at the side of the right front fender and the power control unit are
connected by a second cable; and

a first connection section between the first cable and the power control unit and a second connection section between the
second cable and the power control unit are provided forward of the charging connector or the power supply connector, on an
upper surface or a rear surface of a surface constituting an exterior of the power control unit, and are overlapped with each
other in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,061,562

SUSPENSION CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A suspension control apparatus for use in a vehicle including a variable damping force damper with a damping force adjustable
in accordance with an input signal, the suspension control apparatus comprising:
a wheel speed sensor detecting a wheel speed of each wheel of the vehicle;
a wheel speed variation calculating unit calculating a variation in the wheel speed detected by the wheel speed sensor;
a basic input amount calculating unit calculating an unsprung weight of a suspension of the vehicle using the calculated variation
in the wheel speed;

a state quantity calculating unit calculating a quantity of state of the vehicle by inputting the calculated unsprung weight
into a vehicle model that represents a behavior of the vehicle;

a damper control unit performing a damper control based on the variation in the wheel speed detected by the wheel speed sensor,
by controlling the damping force of the variable damping force damper, the damper control unit performing a skyhook control
using the calculated quantity of the state of the vehicle;

a vehicle body speed estimating unit estimating a vehicle body speed using a vehicle body acceleration of the vehicle; and
a slip determining unit determining that the wheel is in a slipping state when a value detected by the wheel speed sensor
deviates from an estimated wheel speed estimated using the vehicle body speed by a predetermined value or more,

wherein, when the slip determining unit determines that the wheel is in the slipping state, the damper control unit suppresses
the skyhook control using the calculated quantity of the state of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,653,058

UNMANNED OPERATION VEHICLE

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

1. An unmanned operation vehicle comprising a housing, a self-propelled wheel provided in the housing, and an operation unit provided under the housing,wherein the housing includes a camera unit, a stop switch configured to stop driving of the self-propelled wheel and the operation unit when actuated, and a stop switch actuating member configured to actuate the stop switch,
the camera unit is arranged substantially at a center of an upper surface of the housing in a plan view and protrudes upward from the upper surface of the housing, and
the stop switch actuating member is arranged immediately above an upper surface of the camera unit.

US Pat. No. 10,561,063

AUTONOMOUS LAWNMOWER USING LASER SCANNER

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

1. A lawnmower, comprising:a cutting blade;
a laser scanner rotatably mounted above the cutting blade;
a first motor rotatably driving the laser scanner; and
a processor communicatively coupled to the laser scanner and configured to:
obtain laser scanner measurements of a plurality of angles around the lawnmower, each laser scanner measurement including a distance and a received signal strength;
classify a surface at each of the angles based on the distance and the received signal strength; and
determine a navigation path of the lawnmower based on the classification of the surface at each of the angles.

US Pat. No. 10,562,374

VEHICLE AIR INTAKE APPARATUS, AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

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

1. A deflector for use with a vehicle air intake system that directs air from a vehicle exterior to a vehicle interior, the air intake system including an air compartment that is defined by an interior wall and configured to access the air at the vehicle exterior, the interior wall of the air compartment defining an air intake channel that is configured to enable the air to travel from the air compartment toward the vehicle interior, the interior wall of the air compartment defining a drain that is configured and disposed to receive and remove a liquid from the air compartment, the air intake system also including a shield disposed in the air compartment generally between the drain and the air intake channel, the shield being configured and disposed to generally oppose an opposing section of the interior wall of the air compartment, the deflector comprising:a base configured for attachment to a region of the interior wall of the air compartment adjacent a perimeter of the drain; and
a barrier wall connected to the base and including an inner surface that is disposed over the drain when the base is attached to the interior wall of the air compartment, the barrier wall being shaped to define a concavity between the drain and the inner surface, the barrier wall defining an air stream opening that is unobstructed to the air traveling through the deflector as the air flows from the drain and then through the concavity and then exits the air streaming opening in a direction toward the opposing section of the interior wall of the air compartment, and the barrier wall is spaced away from and spaced below the shield when the base is attached to the interior wall of the air compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,507,717

GEAR OPERATING MECHANISM IN TRANSMISSION

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

1. A gear operating mechanism in a transmission which operates fork parts configured to operate synchronous mechanisms attached to rotating shafts included in the transmission mounted in a hybrid vehicle, the gear operating mechanism in the transmission, comprising;a power source;
an operation shaft driven by the power source and movably supported in a rotational direction and an axial direction;
at least one member to be operated corresponding to the fork parts;
an operation engagement piece attached to the operation shaft and configured to move the at least one member to be operated between the reference position and an engagement position;
a release engagement piece attached to the operation shaft and configured to return the at least one member to be operated from the engagement position to the reference position; and
a control unit configured to control an operation of the operation shaft,
wherein the control unit has:
a first release mode using the release engagement piece and a second release mode using the operation engagement piece when the at least one member to be operated is returned from the engagement position to the reference position.

US Pat. No. 10,436,160

ENGINE INTAKE STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. An engine intake structure for an internal combustion engine of a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle body opening formed in a front part of an engine room of the vehicle;
an intake duct member defining an air inlet facing in a forward direction and an air passage extending rearward from the air inlet, the air inlet being positioned higher than the vehicle body opening; and
a flow obstructing member positioned in a straight path extending from the vehicle body opening to the air inlet,
wherein the flow obstructing member comprises an auxiliary device of the vehicle, and the auxiliary device comprises a horn.

US Pat. No. 10,421,372

ELECTRIC POWER TRADE BROKERING SYSTEM, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM AND ELECTRIC POWER TRADE BROKERING METHOD

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

1. An electric power trade brokering system comprising:a task information acquiring unit that acquires task information about a plurality of tasks of a moving body on which a storage battery is mounted and that is movable by utilizing electric power provided from the storage battery; and
a trade counterparty determining unit that determines, based on the task information acquired by the task information acquiring unit, a counterparty to trade electric power with the moving body at a position where at least one task among the plurality of tasks is carried out, wherein
the task information includes information about a position and time at which each task among the plurality of tasks of the moving body is carried out, and
wherein the trade counterparty determining unit has:
an extraction condition determining unit that determines, for at least one task among the plurality of tasks, a period in which the moving body can trade electric power at a position where the at least one task is carried out based on the task information;
an extracting unit that extracts, from a plurality of preregistered candidates, one or more candidates that can trade electric power with the moving body, in the period determined by the extraction condition determining unit, at the position where the at least one task is carried out; and
a trade schedule determining unit that determines a position, period and counterparty of one or more electric power trades based on information about one or more candidates extracted by the extracting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,202,887

COOLING WATER PASSAGE STRUCTURE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A cooling water passage structure for an internal combustion engine provided with a supercharger, comprising:a passage forming member attached to a main body of the internal combustion engine, and internally defining a branch passage communicating with an outlet of a main body water jacket formed in the main body of the internal combustion engine; and
a water temperature sensor provided in the passage forming member to detect a temperature of the cooling water flowing through the branch passage;
wherein the branch passage comprises a main supply passage including an inlet end communicating with the outlet of the main body water jacket and an outlet end communicating with an inlet of a radiator, and a supercharger return passage branching off from the main supply passage and communicating with an outlet of a supercharger water jacket formed in the supercharger, the water temperature sensor being positioned in a part of the main supply passage closer to the inlet end of the main supply passage than a junction between the main supply passage and the supercharger return passage is.

US Pat. No. 10,183,596

VEHICLE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Asaka...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seat cushion detachably attached to a vehicle floor; and
a seat back pivotally attached to the seat cushion via a hinge and including a seat back frame;
wherein the seat back frame includes a pair of side frame members extending along either side of the seat back, a lower cross frame member extending between lower parts of the respective side frame members, and a grip being secure to the lower cross frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,173,676

TRAVEL ASSIST DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING TRAVEL ASSIST DEVICE

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

1. A travel assist device comprising:a travel path recognizing unit configured to recognize a travel path of a user's own vehicle;
a departure judgment unit configured to determine an occurrence of a future or actual departure of the user's own vehicle with respect to the travel path; and
a travel assist control device configured to perform travel assistance by generating a warning vibration in a steering member when the occurrence of the future or actual departure is determined;
wherein, defining a time derivative value of a steering angle of the steering member as a steering angular velocity and defining a time derivative value of the steering angular velocity as a steering angular acceleration, when the warning vibration is generated, the travel assist control device notifies a driver concerning an anti-departure direction or a departure direction, by causing the steering angular acceleration in the anti-departure direction in one period of the warning vibration to be greater than the steering angular acceleration in the departure direction.

US Pat. No. 10,122,271

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 and 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 perform, in the current control mode, a feedback control process for a current control according to a current deviation, which is a deviation between a measured value of the input current of the voltage conversion unit and a first target current, to operate the voltage conversion unit such that the current deviation approaches zero, and the control unit is configured to calculate, in the voltage control mode, the current deviation by using a second target current for voltage control which is a current determined according to a voltage deviation, which is a deviation between a measured value of the input voltage of the voltage conversion unit and a target voltage, and to perform the feedback control process for the current control according to the current deviation calculated by the control unit in the voltage control mode to operate the voltage conversion unit such that the voltage deviation approaches zero.

US Pat. No. 10,071,768

AUTOMOBILE BODY STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR SETTING STRENGTH OF FRONT SIDE FRAME

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

1. An automobile body structure in which a rear end of a front side frame made of metal is fixed to a front face of a dashboard lower panel of a vehicle body formed into a bathtub shape from a fiber-reinforced resin, whereinthe front side frame comprises a plate-shaped fixed portion that is fixed to the front face of the dashboard lower panel, an inclined portion that extends from the fixed portion upward in a forward direction, a bent portion that bends from a front end of the inclined portion in a substantially horizontal direction, and a horizontal portion that extends from a front end of the bent portion in the forward direction,
the front side frame has a front damper housing formed integrally therewith, a power unit support part is formed on an upper face of the front side frame and an inner face in the vehicle width direction of the front damper housing, the power unit support part supporting via a mount an end part in the vehicle width direction of a power unit integrally having an internal combustion engine, an electric motor and a transmission, and a front ridge line formed between a front wall and a vehicle width direction inner wall of the front damper housing and a rear ridge line formed between a rear wall and the vehicle width direction inner wall of the front damper housing are connected to the front side frame, and
the power unit support part of the front side frame is wider than the width in the vehicle width direction of the upper face of the front side frame.

US Pat. No. 10,070,579

LAWN MOWER

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

1. A lawn mower comprising:a housing including an opened bottom;
a rotation shaft extending in a vertical direction of the housing and including a lower end positioned within the housing;
a cutter blade provided for the rotation shaft, and accommodated in the housing;
a drive source configured to drive the cutter blade through the rotation shaft; and
a grass clippings container configured to store lawn grass which is cut by the cutter blade and is transported from the housing by transportation wind generated by the cutter blade;
a flap provided for the cutter blade, the flap having a flap angle changeable along a horizontal line which is perpendicular to the rotation shaft;
an actuator configured to control the flap angle of the flap;
a control unit configured to control the actuator; and
a grass clippings container weight detection unit configured to detect weight of the grass clippings container,
wherein the control unit is configured to control at least one of a rotational speed of the drive source and the flap angle of the flap in correspondence with the weight detected by the grass clippings container weight detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,069,261

BUSBAR TERMINAL, BUSBAR TERMINAL CONNECTION STRUCTURE, AND BUSBAR TERMINAL CONNECTION METHOD

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

1. A busbar terminal connection structure comprising:a conducting wire extending from a motor; and
a busbar terminal configured to electrically connect a terminal base and the conducting wire to each other, the busbar terminal comprising:
a fastening portion fastened to the terminal base;
a crimping portion connected to the conducting wire, the conducting wire having a portion configured to connect to the crimping portion along a direction that coincides with a circumferential direction of the motor; and
a torsion portion interposed between the fastening portion and the crimping portion and extending from the fastening portion to the crimping portion while being twisted, wherein
an axis of the crimping portion is inclined at 30° to 60° with respect to the fastening portion by a plurality of bends disposed in the torsion portion.

US Pat. No. 10,059,398

STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A straddled vehicle in which: a front wheel is suspended on a front fork by a bottom link suspension having a front wheel supporting arm that axially supports an axle of the front wheel and is swingably supported on the front fork; and a brake bracket on which a brake caliper is mounted is connected to the front fork so as to be swingable independently of the front wheel supporting arm, whereina rotary member that is designed to rotate together with the axle is fixed on the axle,
an axle rotation measuring unit that constitutes a wheel speed sensor in collaboration with the rotary member and is configured to detect a difference in turning between the axle rotation measuring unit itself and the rotary member is turnably supported on the axle at a position opposite the rotary member, and
a link mechanism that is configured to turn the axle rotation measuring unit, in response to turning of the front wheel supporting arm, about an axis of the axle and in a direction opposite a direction the front wheel supporting arm turns is provided between the axle rotation measuring unit and the front fork.

US Pat. No. 10,055,916

REMOTE VEHICLE ACCESS SYSTEM

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

1. A remote access system for use with a fob configured to lock and unlock a vehicle, the vehicle including a door having a handle, a window, and a window actuator, the remote access system comprising:a position sensor configured to detect proximity between and relative position of the fob and the door of the vehicle;
a contact sensor configured to detect contact with the handle; and
a processor configured to,
to extend the handle away from the door to a deployed position upon the processor determining that the fob is disposed at a specified position relative to the door closure of the vehicle, and
communicate with the position sensor and the contact sensor to lower the window a predetermined amount that facilitates opening of the door via the window actuator upon the processor determining the handle has been contacted when the handle is in the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,040,483

VEHICLE REAR STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle rear structure comprising:a floor frame extending in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle;
a rear frame extending rearward from the floor frame;
a side sill provided on an outer side in a vehicle-width direction of the floor frame, the side sill being joined to the rear frame via an outrigger; and
a sub-frame mounted to the rear frame from below such that the sub-frame is disposed under the rear frame,
wherein the sub-frame includes a load transmitting member opposite to the outrigger such that an impact load applied to the sub-frame is transmitted to the outrigger via the load transmitting member and the transmitted impact load is distributed to the rear frame and the side sill via the outrigger.

US Pat. No. 10,035,477

CORD MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

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

1. A vehicle console for use with an electronic device having a cord, the vehicle console being disposed adjacent a storage area for storing the electronic device, the vehicle console comprising:a compartment that includes a front portion, a bottom portion, and a back portion, the front and back portions being spaced apart so as to define an open area therebetween, the back portion includes a cord tunnel that extends through the back portion and opens at each of the storage area and the open area such that the cord tunnel is configured to receive the cord therethrough, and the bottom portion defining a channel that is configured to receive the cord;
a port disposed at the front portion of the compartment and configured to connect with the cord; and
a removable cover overlaid across the channel.

US Pat. No. 9,969,442

VEHICLE BODY FRAME INCLUDING STRUCTURAL BULKHEAD WITH ACOUSTIC SPRAY FOAM CONTROL

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

1. A vehicle body frame comprising:a roof side rail extending along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle body frame, the roof side rail including an outer panel, an inner panel fixed to the outer panel to define a cavity therebetween, and a reinforcement panel disposed between and fixedly secured to the outer and inner panels, the reinforcement panel separating the cavity into an inner cavity and an outer cavity, the roof rail having a forward end portion and a rearward end portion; and
an acoustic spray foam control bulkhead secured within the cavity at the rearward end portion of the roof side rail, the bulkhead including a first sidewall and a second sidewall spaced from and opposed to the first sidewall, the first and second sidewalls configured to be complimentary in shape to inner surfaces of the inner panel and reinforcement panel that define the inner cavity, the first and second sidewalls partition the inner cavity and at least partially confine within the inner cavity between the first and second sidewalls an acoustic spray foam injected into an injection inlet aperture provided on the inner panel,
wherein the first and second sidewalls are configured to span between and engage the inner surfaces of the inner panel and reinforcement panel, and the bulkhead further includes a base wall spanning between and connected to the first and second sidewalls, the base wall configured to engage the inner surface of the reinforcement panel,
wherein the reinforcement panel includes an opening, and the bulkhead is configured to guide dispersal of the acoustic spray foam through the opening and into the outer cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,969,312

CONTAINER HOLDER FOR MOTOR VEHICLE

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

1. A container holder for a motor vehicle comprising:a housing for coupling to the motor vehicle;
a cover pivotally coupled to the housing, the cover configured to pivot about a pivot axis that is fixed with respect to the housing from a retracted position to a raised position; and
a plurality of arms coupled to the cover and connected at a central hinge, the plurality of arms configured to swivel about the central hinge from a closed position to an open position to define a cavity, the cavity configured to receive a container.

US Pat. No. 9,945,432

HYDRAULIC CONTROL DEVICE FOR DRIVE POWER DISTRIBUTION DEVICE

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

1. A drive power distribution device comprising:a hydraulic clutch for distributing drive power from a driving source of a vehicle to a main driving wheel and an auxiliary driving wheel;
an oil pump driven with a motor for supplying hydraulic fluid to a piston chamber of the hydraulic clutch;
a hydraulic fluid sealing valve for sealing hydraulic fluid in an oil passage communicating to the piston chamber from the oil pump;
an on-off valve that contains the oil passage between the hydraulic fluid sealing valve and the piston chamber;
an electronic control unit configured to
control driving of the oil pump using the motor and opening and closing of the on-off valve so as to supply a desired hydraulic pressure to the piston chamber, and
calculate drive power of the vehicle;
a hydraulic pressure sensor configured to detect hydraulic pressure of the oil passage; and
a vehicle speed sensor configured to detect vehicle speed of the vehicle,
wherein the drive power distribution device configured so that by closing the on-off valve and driving the oil pump, a hydraulic pressure detected using the hydraulic pressure sensor has reached a target hydraulic pressure corresponding to drive power calculated using the electronic control unit, and thereafter fastening power of the hydraulic clutch is maintained at an oil pressure of hydraulic fluid sealed in the oil passage until the on-off valve is opened, and
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to close the on-off valve at a hydraulic pressure detected using the hydraulic pressure sensor being equal to or less than a predetermined threshold hydraulic pressure and at a vehicle speed detected using the vehicle speed detected using the vehicle speed sensor being equal to or less than a predetermined threshold vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 9,931,931

DRIVING FORCE DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING DRIVING FORCE

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

1. A driving force distribution apparatus for distributing a driving force from a driving source to front and rear wheels of a vehicle, the driving force distribution apparatus comprising:a control device configured to:
calculate a distribution ratio between the driving force to the front wheels and the driving force to the rear wheels on the basis of a static load ratio of a static load of the rear wheels to a static load of the front wheels of the vehicle;
correct the distribution ratio so as to increase or decrease the distribution ratio on the basis of a deviation between a target value of a rotation difference between the front and rear wheels and a measured value of the rotation difference between the front and rear wheels, the target value being determined on the basis of a running state of the vehicle, the rotation difference between the front and rear wheels being a difference in a rotational speed of the front wheels and the rotational speed of the rear wheels, and
adjust the distribution ratio such that the driving force distributed to the rear wheels indicated by the distribution ratio corrected by the control device does not exceed a total driving force; and
a rear differential unit connected to the rear wheels, the rear differential unit configured to be controlled by the control device on the basis of the distribution ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,931,937

VEHICLE INSTALLATION STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle installation structure for fixing an electrical unit provided with plural high-voltage electrical apparatuses and a cooling structure for cooling the plural high-voltage electrical apparatuses to a vehicle frame via a bracket, wherein the cooling structure has a duct member that is made of a non-metal material, and at least one high-voltage electrical apparatus among the plural high-voltage electrical apparatuses is integrally fastened to the bracket together with the duct member by a same connecting member, and a mount portion of the duct member has a block shape; and wherein the connecting member extends through a first hole portion on the at least one high-voltage electrical apparatus, a second hole portion on the mount portion of the duct member, and a third hole portion on the bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,891,035

DISTANCE SENSOR AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

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

1. A capacitive distance sensor comprising:
a first guard electrode;
a conductor comprising a sensor electrode, a lead portion extending from said sensor electrode and a terminal portion connected
to an end of said lead portion and arranged on a side of a measurement target with respect to said first guard electrode;

a second guard electrode arranged on the side of the measurement target with respect to said conductor;
a first insulator arranged between said first guard electrode and said conductor; and
a second insulator arranged between said conductor and said second guard electrode, wherein
said terminal portion has a first surface at a side of the first guard electrode and a second surface at a side of the second
guard electrode as an electric contact for being electrically connected to a signal source,

said first guard electrode comprises a portion overlapping said sensor electrode, a portion overlapping said lead portion
and a portion overlapping said first surface of said terminal portion,

said first guard electrode has one end at a side of said sensor electrode and the other end at a side of said terminal portion,
said second guard electrode comprises a portion overlapping said lead portion,
said second guard electrode has one end at a side of said sensor electrode and the other end at a side of said terminal portion,
said second guard electrode does not overlap said sensor electrode and said second surface of said terminal portion, and
said terminal portion is positioned between the other end of said first guard electrode and the other end of said second guard
electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,739,374

HYDRAULIC PRESSURE SUPPLY APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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

1. A hydraulic pressure supply apparatus for an automatic transmission that conveys hydraulic oil pumped from a reservoir
and discharged by a hydraulic pump to hydraulic actuators and a lubrication system, comprising:
a first oil passage and a second oil passage that connect the hydraulic pump and the hydraulic actuators;
a first regulator valve and a second regulator valve that are installed in the first and second oil passages and depressurize
hydraulic pressure of the hydraulic oil discharged from the hydraulic pump to hydraulic pressure required by the hydraulic
actuators;

a third oil passage and a fourth oil passage that convey hydraulic oil discharged from the first and second regulator valves
to the lubrication system or the reservoir; and

an ejector that has a nozzle connected to one of the third oil passage and the fourth oil passage, an intake connected to
the reservoir, and a diffuser, such that hydraulic oil merged at the diffuser is conveyed to the lubrication system through
a fifth oil passage, other of the third oil passage and the fourth oil passage is connected to the intake of the ejector,
and a hydraulic pressure of hydraulic oil flowing through the one of the third oil passage and the fourth oil passage to be
connected to the nozzle of the ejector is higher than a hydraulic pressure of hydraulic oil flowing through the other of the
third oil passage and the fourth oil passage.

US Pat. No. 9,731,547

FRICTIONAL PROPULSION DEVICE AND OMNI-DIRECTIONAL VEHICLE

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

1. A frictional propulsion device, comprising:
a frame;
a main wheel including an annular core member having a laterally extending central axial center line and a plurality of driven
rollers each rotatably supported on the annular core member about a tangential line of the annular core member;

a support shaft supported by the frame and extending laterally across a hollow interior of the main wheel;
a pair of drive disks rotatably supported by the support shaft on either side of the main wheel, the drive disks being individually
rotatable around a central axial line common to the support shaft; and

a plurality of drive rollers arranged along a peripheral part of each drive disk and each rotatably supported by the drive
disk about a rotational center line at an angle with respect to both a tangential line of the drive disk and the rotational
center line of the drive disk, at least part of the drive rollers engaging the driven rollers of the main wheel;

wherein a diameter of a drive side contact circle defined by points on the drive disk at which the drive rollers contact the
driven rollers is smaller than a diameter of a driven side contact circle defined by the points on the main wheel at which
the driven rollers contact the drive rollers, and the drive disks are vertically offset relative to the main wheel so that
only those drive rollers adjoining the main wheel are in contact with the driven rollers.

US Pat. No. 9,731,620

DRIVE DEVICE, ENERGY STORAGE CONTROL METHOD FOR DRIVE DEVICE, AND TRANSPORT APPARATUS

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

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

a boosting unit configured to boost an output voltage of the first energy storage to perform power distribution control; and
a motor driven by power obtained from at least one of the first energy storage and the second energy storage,
wherein in a two-dimensional coordinate system using a voltage of the first energy storage and a voltage of the second energy
storage as variables, a voltage point representing a relationship between the voltage of the first energy storage and the
voltage of the second energy storage is within a region that satisfies all the following conditions:

a first condition which is that the voltage of the second energy storage does not exceed a withstand voltage limit of the
motor;

a second condition which is that the voltage of the second energy storage is lower than or equal to a value obtained by the
boosting unit by multiplying the voltage of the first energy storage by a maximum boosting ratio; and

a third condition which is that the voltage of the second energy storage is higher than or equal to a value obtained by the
boosting unit by multiplying the voltage of the first energy storage by a minimum boosting ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,726,284

NEUTRAL-HOLD MODE SYSTEM AND METHOD

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

1. A system for maintaining a vehicle in a neutral-hold mode, the vehicle including a shift-by-wire transmission, the system
comprising:
a transmission control unit in signal communication with the shift-by-wire transmission and a first control unit of the vehicle,
the transmission control unit configured to control a gear configuration of the shift-by-wire transmission; and

a second control unit removably coupled to a vehicle control system that is in signal communication with at least the transmission
control unit, wherein the second control unit sends a neutral-hold mode activation signal to the transmission control unit,
causing the transmission control unit to remain powered even if the engine of the vehicle is stopped.

US Pat. No. 9,700,953

ADAPTIVE WELDING APPARATUS, CONTROL SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN ADAPTIVE WELDING APPARATUS

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

1. An adaptive welding apparatus, comprising:
an arc welding robot including a repositionable arc welding gun, the arc welding robot configured to position the arc welding
gun at a location of a joint formed at an interface of a first workpiece and a second workpiece;

a thermographic imager configured to measure a temperature of at least one of the first workpiece and the second workpiece
at the location; and

a controller in signal communication with the arc welding robot and the thermographic imager, the controller configured to
select a weld schedule for forming a weld at the location based on the temperature measured with the thermographic imager
and a joint profile of the location before the weld is formed, wherein the joint profile is determined based on material properties
of the first workpiece and the second workpiece.

US Pat. No. 9,658,243

SYSTEM FOR ALARMING A DRIVER USING A DRIVER STATE ESTIMATION DEVICE

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

1. A system for alarming a driver comprising:
a driver state estimation device for estimating a state of a driver driving a vehicle; and
a stimulating device for stimulating at least one sense of the driver, the at least one sense of the driver being selected
from among a sense of sight, a sense of touch, and a sense of hearing,

wherein the system alarms the driver by stimulating the at least one sense of the driver using the stimulating device based
on the state of the driver estimated by the driver state estimation device,

wherein the driver state estimation device comprises:
an operation target value acquisition unit configured to acquire an operation target value of the driver;
an actual movement amount acquisition unit configured to acquire an actual movement amount of the vehicle;
an actual operation amount acquisition unit configured to acquire an actual operation amount of the driver;
a driver model creation unit configured to create a driver model defining a relationship between a driver's input and a driver's
output by using a difference between the operation target value and the actual movement amount as the driver's input and the
actual operation amount of the driver as the driver's output;

a driver model operation amount acquisition unit configured to acquire a driver model operation amount by inputting the difference
between the operation target value and the actual movement amount into the driver model;

a residual calculation unit configured to calculate a reference model error as a residual, which is obtained from a difference
between the actual operation amount of the driver and the driver model operation amount;

an initial residual setup unit configured to set the residual to be a reference of the driver as an initial residual by choosing
among residuals calculated by the residual calculation unit during an initialization period, which elapses during a predetermined
period from a point of starting an operation of the vehicle or elapses during a predetermined period of time from a point
of a change in a traveling scene including a condition of a traveling road of the vehicle; and

a driver state estimation unit configured to estimate the state of the driver based on the residual calculated by the residual
calculation unit,

wherein the driver state estimation unit estimates the state of the driver based on a result of comparing the initial residual
set by the initial residual setup unit with the residual calculated by the residual calculation unit after the initialization
period has elapsed.

US Pat. No. 9,688,254

STOP CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A stop control system for a vehicle, for stopping an internal combustion engine installed on the vehicle having a brake
system, when predetermined stop conditions are satisfied, restarting the engine when predetermined restart conditions are
satisfied, and controlling a braking force of the vehicle such that the braking force is increased in order to supplement
the braking force of the brake system during a stop of the vehicle, comprising:
cranking means for cranking the engine using power supplied from a predetermined power source when the restart conditions
are satisfied;

a braking force-increasing device that is driven by power supplied from the power source, for increasing the braking force
of the vehicle;

braking force increasing necessity-determining means for determining whether or not the braking force of the vehicle needs
to be increased by said braking force-increasing device during a stop of the engine;

control means for controlling said braking force-increasing device according to a determination result by said braking force
increasing necessity-determining means; and

cranking time period-acquiring means for acquiring a time period of cranking performed by said cranking means,
wherein said braking force-increasing device includes a first braking force-increasing device and a second braking force-increasing
device,

wherein in a case where it is determined that the braking force of the vehicle needs to be increased, said control means inhibits
operations of said first braking force-increasing device and said second braking force-increasing device until the acquired
time period of cranking reaches a first predetermined time period, causes said first braking force-increasing device to operate
while continuing the cranking when the time period of cranking reaches the first predetermined time period, and thereafter,
causes said second braking force-increasing device to operate while continuing the cranking when the time period of cranking
reaches a second predetermined time period that is more than the first predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 9,658,062

TARGET HOLDER AND METHOD OF COUPLING TARGET HOLDER TO VEHICLE WHEEL

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

1. A target holder that can be secured within a central aperture of a vehicle wheel, the target holder comprising:
a base defining a central axis of the target holder, the base having a first end configured to receive a target and an opposing
second end;

a retainer coupled to the second end of the base, the retainer insertable into the central aperture and engageable with the
vehicle wheel to secure the target holder to the vehicle wheel;

a plunger disposed in the retainer; and
a lever pivotably coupled to the base and operatively coupled to the plunger, with the retainer inserted into the central
aperture, the lever is actuateable to move the plunger with respect to the retainer to urge a terminal end portion of the
retainer to expand radially outward with respect to the central axis to engage an inner wall of the vehicle wheel defining
the central aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,685,073

SYSTEMS AND METHODS THAT ENABLE SELECTING A RANGE FOR TWO-WAY WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A KEY FOB AND A VEHICLE

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

1. A computing device for use in selecting a range for communication between a key fob and a vehicle, said computing device
located in the vehicle, said computing device configured to:
receive, from a user at the computing device, a designation of a user-selected range for communication between the vehicle
and the key fob, wherein the user-selected range is independent of any prior communication from the key fob;

store the user-selected communication range; and
transmit a signal corresponding to the user-selected range to the key fob, wherein the signal instructs the key fob to transmit
signals at a specific power level based on the user-selected communication range, wherein the specific power level is independent
of a current distance between the key fob and the vehicle, and wherein the key fob is configured to store the user-selected
communication range for subsequent transmissions.

US Pat. No. 9,630,516

WIRELESS CHARGING

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

1. A system for vehicle-to-vehicle wireless charging, comprising:
an interface component receiving a user input and placing a first vehicle in a charge receiving mode based on the user input;
a sensor component detecting one or more hazards in a real world environment;
a notification component transmitting one or more alerts based on the one or more detected hazards to a second vehicle to
orient the second vehicle within a charging proximity of the first vehicle; and

a secondary charge component generating an induced current based on exposure to a time varying magnetic field generated by
the second vehicle when the second vehicle is oriented within the charging proximity of the first vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,625,018

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

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

1. An automatic transmission apparatus, having:
an input shaft connected to a power source installed in a vehicle;
an output shaft connected to driven wheels;
a continuously variable transmission equipped with a drive pulley connected through a first clutch to the input shaft, a driven
pulley connected through a second clutch to the output shaft, and an endless flexible member wound therearound;

a direct coupling mechanism that is arranged in parallel to the continuously variable transmission and directly connects the
input shaft and the output shaft to transmit rotation of the input shaft to the output shaft at a predetermined transmission
ratio; and

a controller that controls establishing of a first power transmission system by means of the continuously variable transmission
and a second power transmission system by means of the direct coupling mechanism;

wherein the improvement comprises:
the predetermined transmission ratio of the direct coupling mechanism is set to a minimum transmission ratio of the continuously
variable transmission;

the direct coupling mechanism is connected to the input shaft through a third clutch; and
the controller connects the first clutch and the second clutch and disconnects the third clutch when establishing the first
power transmission system, while connecting the third clutch and disconnecting the first clutch and the second clutch when
establishing the second power transmission system.

US Pat. No. 9,616,376

CLASS OF TUNABLE GAS STORAGE AND SENSOR MATERIALS

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

1. A method for storing a gas comprising:
providing a device comprising:
a support deposited on a gate wherein the support is in electrical communication with the gate;
a carbon-containing material deposited on the support, wherein the support is in electrical communication with the carbon-containing
material and wherein the carbon-containing material is separated from the gate by the support; and

a power supply comprising the gate in electrical communication with the support and the carbon-containing material, wherein
the power supply is capable of producing a voltage across the device and wherein the carbon-containing material is configured
to adsorb gas responsive to the applied voltage; and

storing a gas for about 2 to 48 hours by applying a voltage to the device.

US Pat. No. 9,608,956

METHOD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR PERFORMING EXCHANGE OF MESSAGES

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

1. A method for an electronic device equipped with a display unit and a wireless communication unit to display, on the display
unit, information including user information related to a sender, positional information of the sender and message information
desired by the sender to be transmitted to a communication party connected via the wireless communication unit, the method
comprising the electronic device performing the steps of:
calculating relative position information of the sender relative to an own device based on positional information of the sender;
and

displaying, on the display unit, information including user information related to the sender and message information desired
by the sender to be transmitted to the communication party which are sent and received via the wireless communication unit,
and relative position information of the sender relative to the own device,

wherein the step of displaying includes a first display mode control step of displaying the user information and the message
information in a majority region including a central portion of the display unit, and displaying a relative position based
on a relative distance from the own device to the sender without displaying a current position of the sender, on a map, of
devices of members which make communication connection with the own device,

wherein the first display mode control step further includes providing a third display region that is separate from the majority
region in the display unit, and displaying the relative position information of the sender relative to the own device in the
third display region,

wherein the relative position information of the sender relative to the own device is displayed based on a relative distance
between an own device position and a current position of the sender,

wherein the wireless communication unit performs direct wireless communication and is implemented via a programmable processor.

US Pat. No. 9,598,112

FRONT PILLAR FOR A VEHICLE BODY

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

1. A vehicle frame structure comprising:
a front pillar having an internal space defined by a forward wall, a rear wall, an outer lateral side wall, and an inner lateral
side wall, the internal space partitioned by longitudinally extending first and second ribs connecting inside faces of the
forward and rear walls and a laterally extending third rib connecting an inside face of the inner side wall and the first
rib, the first, second and third ribs separating the front pillar into a plurality of interior hollow portions, one of the
hollow portions solely defining an outer lateral portion of the front pillar and the remaining hollow portions defining an
inner lateral portion of the front pillar, two of the remaining hollow portions at least partially defined by the forward
wall being dimensioned smaller than two of the remaining hollow portions at least partially defined by the rear wall, the
two smaller dimensioned hollow portions configured as energy absorbing lobes of the inner lateral portion.

US Pat. No. 9,597,955

STRUCTURE FOR FILLING SECTION OF FUEL FILLER PIPE

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

1. A structure for a filling section of a fuel filler pipe, comprising:
a fuel filler pipe communicating with and connecting between a filling port into which a nozzle of a filling gun is inserted,
and a fuel tank for reserving a fuel; and

an adapter disposed between a panel member of a vehicle body and the fuel filler pipe and including a bottom surface defining
the filling port,

wherein the fuel filler pipe includes a straight pipe section which extends from the filling port to a fuel tank side and
which inclines downward relative to a horizontal direction,

wherein the straight pipe section includes a capless mechanism section including a shutter to open or close the filling port,
and

wherein the straight pipe section includes an end surface proximate to the filling port, and has a cross section which is
formed if the straight pipe section is cut approximately orthogonally to an axial direction of the straight pipe section,

wherein the end surface of the straight pipe section is connected to the filling port of the adapter,
wherein the end surface of the straight pipe section inclines relative to the cross section of the straight pipe section toward
a main body surface of a closed lid section that is provided on the panel member of the vehicle body,

wherein the end surface of the straight pipe section is disposed approximately parallel with the main body surface of the
closed lid section, and

wherein the end surface of the straight pipe section is disposed at an inclination relative to a vertical direction which
is smaller as compared with that of the cross section of the straight pipe section.

US Pat. No. 9,593,986

METHOD OF ESTIMATING MAGNET TEMPERATURE FOR ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINERY

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

1. A method of estimating a magnet temperature of magnets of a rotary electric machine, the rotary electric machine having
a rotating member that includes the magnets, at least the rotating member of the rotary electric machine being cooled by a
coolant, the method comprising:
detecting a temperature of the coolant in a circulation passage of the coolant;
calculating a temperature of the coolant immediately before the coolant comes into contact with the rotating member, taking
the detected temperature of the coolant and a temperature change until the coolant comes into contact with the rotating member
into account,

estimating the magnet temperature with a magnet temperature estimator based on the temperature of the coolant immediately
before the coolant comes into contact with the rotating member and a previously determined loss of the rotating member including
the magnets,

wherein the coolant cools the rotating member after being supplied to a transmission, and
the temperature change until the coolant comes into contact with the rotating member is caused by a loss of the transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,586,296

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MOUNTING PISTON

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

1. A piston assembly apparatus which inserts a piston assembled with a connecting rod into a cylinder bore of a cylinder block
to which a crankshaft is assembled, and tightens a connecting rod cap to the connecting rod such that the piston is connected
to the crankshaft, comprising:
a cylinder block positioning portion for positioning the cylinder block to which the crankshaft is assembled at a predetermined
position;

a crankshaft turning portion for turning the crankshaft, and indexing a turning angle of the crankshaft;
guide rods, each of which has a tip end portion which has an expandable diameter, and the guide rods being insertable each
into one of a pair of holes formed in a semi-circular arc-shaped end portion of the connecting rod to restrict an oscillation
of the connecting rod and the piston when the guide rods are inserted into the pair of holes;

a guide rod engaging portion for engaging the connecting rod with the guide rods by increasing a diameter of the tip end portion
of each of the guide rods when the guide rods are inserted in the pair of holes of the semi-circular arc-shaped end portion
of the connecting rod;

a guide rod drive portion for inserting the guide rods into the cylinder bore via an opening of the cylinder bore, which is
positioned adjacent to a crank chamber of the cylinder bore, and pulling the inserted guide rods which are engaged with the
connecting rod from the cylinder bore to pull the piston assembled with the connecting rod into the cylinder bore; and

a connecting rod cap coupling portion for coupling the connecting rod cap to the semi-circular arc-shaped end portion of the
connecting rod which sits on a crankpin of the crankshaft such that the piston is connected to the crankshaft through the
connecting rod.

US Pat. No. 9,586,612

STEERING GEAR BOX, FRONT BODY FOR VEHICLE FRAME AND METHOD

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

1. A steering gear box for a vehicle, the steering gear box comprising:
a housing having a first end portion and an opposing second end portion;
a first flange coupled to the first end portion to mount a steering shaft to the housing;
a front mounting leg at the first end portion outboard from the first flange, the front mounting leg defining a first aperture
for receiving a fastener to couple the steering gear box to a body casting of the vehicle, the front mounting leg configured
to fail when a predetermined load is applied to the front mounting leg; and

a rear mounting leg at the first end portion outboard from the first flange, the rear mounting leg defining a second aperture
for receiving a fastener to couple the steering gear box to the body casting of the vehicle, the rear mounting leg configured
to withstand the predetermined load applied to the front mounting leg.

US Pat. No. 9,562,642

FOAMABLE FILLING DEVICE

IIDA INDUSTRY CO., LTD., ...

1. A filling device, comprising
a foamed material that is foamed and cured by heat;
a carrier member including:
a mounting portion to which the foamed material is mounted, and a through hole; and
an opening/closing member including a cover portion blocking the through hole, and a biasing portion that biases the cover
portion in a direction blocking the through hole, the opening/closing member being fitted to the carrier member;

wherein the filling device is configured to be disposed within a hollow structural member for a vehicle,
wherein the opening/closing member is configured such that, when the opening/closing member is fitted to the carrier member,
the biasing portion is elastically deformed and biases the cover portion to thereby bring the cover portion into contact with
a seat portion provided at an end of the through hole of the carrier member,

wherein the biasing portion is provided to stand from the cover portion, and includes at a leading end thereof a sliding portion
projecting from the biasing portion at both sides thereof,

wherein the carrier member includes a slit through which the biasing portion is inserted, the slit contacting the sliding
portion of the inserted biasing portion to help prevent the biasing portion from coming off, and

wherein a portion of the biasing portion connected to the cover portion is positioned on a through hole side of the cover
portion, the biasing portion being elastically deformed in a state of extending from the through hole side to the slit to
be inserted through the slit, and generates a biasing force that brings the cover portion into contact with the seat portion.

US Pat. No. 9,561,718

FUEL FILLER SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING SAME

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

1. A fuel filler system for use in a vehicle, said system comprising:
a fuel filler tube including an inner surface and a tube end;
a locking bracket coupled to the inner surface of said fuel filler tube at least partially within said tube end, wherein said
locking bracket includes a first end and a second end; and

a closure device coupleable within said tube end and including an outer wall and a radially movable tab extending from said
outer wall, wherein said radially movable tab engages at least one of said first end and said second end of said locking bracket
after rotation of said closure device from a first rotational position relative to said locking bracket to a second rotational
position relative to said locking bracket to prevent rotation of said closure device relative to said locking bracket, said
closure device further comprising a web flexibly connecting said radially movable tab to said outer wall and a region of weakness
defined in said web, such that upon forcible rotation of said closure device from said second rotational position to said
first rotational position, said region of weakness facilitates separation of said web from said outer wall.

US Pat. No. 9,564,053

SYNCHRONIZED DRIVING ASSIST APPARATUS AND SYNCHRONIZED DRIVING ASSIST SYSTEM

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

1. A synchronized driving assist apparatus comprising:
a first vehicle traveling contemporaneously and synchronously with a second vehicle;
a first speed sensor for determining the speed of the first vehicle and a second speed sensor for determining the speed of
the second vehicle;

a processor configured to:
acquire a first acceleration power spectrum according to acceleration of the first vehicle based on the output of the first
speed sensor;

acquire a second acceleration power spectrum according to acceleration of the second vehicle that is traveling contemporaneously
and synchronously with the first vehicle based on the output of the second speed sensor;

calculate a cross power spectrum between the first vehicle and the second vehicle by using the first acceleration power spectrum
and the second acceleration power spectrum;

calculate coherence from the cross power spectrum; and
evaluate correlation in synchronized driving between the first vehicle and the second vehicle on the basis of the coherence.

US Pat. No. 9,550,275

DISC-SHAPED GRINDSTONE

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

1. A disc-shaped grindstone in which a plurality of split grindstones are provided in an outer circumferential surface of
a disc-shaped base,
wherein the split grindstones include at least one moving grindstone which is movable in an axial direction of the disc-shaped
base,

wherein a corner portion in the axial direction of each split grindstone is formed in a curved surface shape,
wherein at least one split grindstone which is fixed to the disc-shaped base so as not to be movable in the axial direction
among the split grindstones is defined as a fixed grindstone, and

wherein the moving grindstone and the fixed grindstone are formed so that a curvature radiuses of the corner portions in the
axial direction are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,533,703

VEHICLE STEERING DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle steering device comprising:
a steering device configured to turn a steered wheel in accordance with operation of a steering member, the steering device
including first and second motors for steering which are connected to each other through a steering force transmitting mechanism
and have electric characteristics which are set commonly for the motors;

a first current detecting unit configured to directly detect a first current value of a current flowing through the first
motor;

a second current detecting unit configured to directly detect a second current value of a current flowing through the second
motor;

an abnormality diagnosis unit configured to make a diagnosis indicating that the steering device is abnormal when a difference
between the first and second current values detected by the first and second current detecting units exceeds a predetermined
threshold value;

a reaction force application device, including a third motor, configured to apply a reaction force in response to operation
of the steering member; and

a connecting device, disposed between the steering device and the reaction force application device and configured to switch
a mechanical connection between a first rotation shaft on a side of the steering device and a second rotation shaft on a side
of the reaction force applying device to either of a disconnection state or a connection state,

wherein the connecting device comprises:
a hollow cylindrical member provided at either one of the first rotation shaft or the second rotation shaft;
a cam member, disposed at the other, different from the one, of the first and second rotation shafts, which can be housed
in the hollow cylindrical member;

a plurality of pairs of rollers in a gap between the hollow cylindrical member and the cam member;
a plurality of spring members, which are disposed between the rollers of each of the pairs of the rollers, respectively, each
of which applies a biasing force to the associated pair of the rollers in such a direction that the rollers of the pair are
separated;

a switching claw unit provided insertably and removably to and from a gap between the hollow cylindrical member and the cam
member;

a switching device which switches the switching claw unit to either of a disconnection state in which the switching claw unit
is inserted into the gap or a connecting state in which the switching claw unit is removed from the gap; wherein,

when the switching device switches the switching claw unit from the disconnection state to the connecting state in response
to an abnormality diagnosis, a plurality of the spring members are released from a pressure force by the switching claw unit,
which causes the plurality of pairs of rollers to engage with the gap between the hollow cylindrical member and the cam member
in a cuneiform manner, which mechanically connects the first and second rotation shafts to mechanically connect the steering
member and the steered wheel.

US Pat. No. 9,517,678

HIGH-VOLTAGE EQUIPMENT COOLING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND HIGH-VOLTAGE EQUIPMENT COOLING METHOD FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. A high-voltage equipment cooling system for electric vehicle comprising:
a motor that drives an electric vehicle;
a high-voltage equipment that is installed in the electric vehicle to supply power to the motor;
a blowing means for high-voltage equipment that supplies cooling air to the high-voltage equipment;
an outlet valve that opens and closes by the pressure difference between inside and outside of a vehicle compartment and discharges
cooling air heat-exchanged with the high-voltage equipment out of the vehicle compartment;

an air conditioning means that includes:
an ambient air flow channel that extends from an ambient air inlet for inletting air outside the vehicle compartment to a
first discharge port for discharging air into the vehicle compartment;

a cabin air flow channel that extends from a cabin air inlet for air conditioning for inletting air in the vehicle compartment
to a second discharge port for discharging air into the vehicle compartment;

an ambient air fan that is arranged in the ambient air flow channel;
a cabin air fan that is arranged in the cabin air flow channel;
an air cooling means that cools air flowing through the ambient air flow channel and the cabin air flow channel; and
an air heating means that heats air flowing through the ambient air flow channel and the cabin air flow channel,
wherein the ambient air flow channel and the cabin air flow channel are separate from each other;
a channel that branches from a portion on the ambient air flow channel, at a downstream side of the air cooling means but
at an upstream side of the air heating means, to an inlet of the blowing means for high-voltage equipment;

a cabin air inlet for cooling that is arranged at an upstream side of the blowing means for high-voltage equipment and inlets
air from the vehicle compartment in a way that does not pass through the air conditioning means; and

an air inlet mode selection means that is arranged at the portion where the channel branches, and switches a channel for air,
which is sucked into the inlet of the blowing means for high-voltage equipment, between the ambient air inlet and the cabin
air inlet for cooling,

wherein the air outside the vehicle compartment is introduced by the air inlet mode selection means when supplying air cooled
by the air cooling means to the high-voltage equipment from the blowing means for high-voltage equipment.

US Pat. No. 9,512,414

THERMOSTABLE BETA-GLUCOSIDASE

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

1. A thermostable ?-glucosidase comprising a polypeptide consisting of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:1 or 2 and at
least one domain selected from the group consisting of a cellulose-binding module, a linker domain, a signal peptide and a
tag.

US Pat. No. 9,481,249

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. An electric vehicle including a vehicle body, an on-board battery mounted on the vehicle body, and an electric motor supplied
with an electric power from the on-board battery, the electric vehicle being driven by the electric motor to travel,
wherein the vehicle body includes a battery receiving portion for releasably receiving the on-board battery, the battery receiving
portion having vehicle-body-side feeding terminals disposed on a bottom thereof for supplying an electric power of the on-board
battery to a vehicle body side,

wherein the on-board battery has battery-side feeding terminals disposed on a bottom surface thereof for mating with the vehicle-body-side
feeding terminals of the battery receiving portion, wherein the on-board battery has a charge portion disposed on one lateral
surface thereof for allowing an external power supply to charge the on-board battery, the one lateral surface facing one of
left and right sides of the vehicle body, wherein the on-board battery has a discharge portion disposed on an opposite lateral
surface for supplying an electric power of the on-board battery to an outside, the opposite lateral surface facing the other
of the left and right sides of the vehicle body, and wherein the on-board battery has a transformer incorporated therein for
transforming an electric power and/or converting a DC to an AC, and

wherein the vehicle body includes lateral surfaces having a charge side opening for allowing a plug or a connector to pass
through the charge side opening into connection to the charge portion, and a discharge side opening for allowing a plug or
a connector to pass through the discharge side opening into connection to the discharge portion.

US Pat. No. 9,470,305

VARIABLE SPEED CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WALK-BEHIND WORKING MACHINES

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

1. A variable speed control system for a walk-behind working machine, comprising:
a control system base;
a handle;
a control lever comprising a lever arm having a first end that is pivotably attached to the control system base and a second
end substantially opposing the first end that comprises a grip portion, the control lever being selectively pivotable with
respect to the control system base between an adjustable first angular position at which the grip portion of the control lever
is spaced apart from the handle by a first angle and a second angular position at which the control lever is proximate to
the handle, the handle comprising a stop that prevents the control lever from pivoting beyond the second angular position;

a control connector in communication between the control lever and a machine component, wherein the control connector is configured
to control the machine component to be in one of a range of operating states corresponding to the angular position of the
control lever with respect to the control system base; and

a control lever adjustment system configured to selectively adjust the first angle by which the control lever is spaced apart
from the handle when the control lever is in the first angular position to adjust a total angular travel of the control lever
between the first angular position and the second angular position;

wherein the control lever adjustment system comprises a control knob that is rotatable with respect to the control lever,
wherein rotation of the control knob causes adjustment of the first angle by which the control lever is spaced apart from
the handle when the control lever is in the first angular position.

US Pat. No. 9,472,973

NON-CONTACT CHARGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CHARGING BATTERY

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

1. A non-contact charging apparatus which receives power from a power-feeding coil through a power-receiving coil in a non-contact
manner and which charges a battery with the power, the non-contact charging apparatus comprising:
a relative-position detection unit that detects a relative position between the center of the power-feeding coil and the center
of the power-receiving coil; and

a feeding-power changing unit that decreases feeding power from the power-feeding coil on the basis of the detected relative
position, as a deviation amount of the relative position increases,

wherein the feeding-power changing unit performs charging with the feeding power determined on the basis of the relative position
detected by the relative-position detection unit before a start of the charging, and further changes the feeding power on
the basis of a relative position detected at every predetermined time after the start of the charging.

US Pat. No. 9,463,121

WHEELCHAIR ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM FOR INGRESS/EGRESS TO A VEHICLE USING A DOOR OF A VEHICLE AS SUPPORT

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

1. An entry and exit assist system for a vehicle comprising:
a mounting slot formed within a door of the vehicle;
a wheelchair comprising:
a set of wheels;
a seat coupled to the set of wheels, wherein the set of wheels are one of detachable from or foldable under the wheelchair;
a wheelchair seatback; and
a sliding hinge coupled to the wheelchair seatback and the seat adjusting the wheelchair seatback from an upright to one of
a position under or within the seat;

a supporting connector coupled to the wheelchair, the supporting connector sliding into and engaging the mounting slot holding
the wheelchair above a ground area when the set of wheels are one of detached from or folded under the wheelchair; and

a seatback slideably mounted on a track in the vehicle;
wherein closing the door with the supporting connector engaging the mounting slot and holding the wheelchair above a ground
area positions the wheelchair in the vehicle, the seatback providing back support for a user of the wheelchair.

US Pat. No. 9,452,865

ADJUSTABLE SHELF RACK HAVING A MODULAR SHELVING SYSTEM

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

1. An adjustable shelf rack, comprising:
a rack frame including a first vertical support channel coupled to a first side member of the rack frame and a second vertical
support channel coupled to a second side member of the rack frame opposing the first side member, wherein the rack frame further
comprises a channel mounting plate defining a plurality of openings, a fastener positionable within one of the plurality of
openings and an aligned opening defined in the first vertical support channel to couple the first vertical support channel
to the first side member of the rack frame; and

a modular shelving system including at least one shelf pivotally coupled to and extending between the first vertical support
channel and the second vertical support channel, the at least one shelf comprising:

a frame including a plurality of shelf members;
a transverse cross-member removably coupled to the frame; and
a plurality of support assemblies removably coupled to the transverse cross member, each support assembly of the plurality
of support assemblies reconfigurable to facilitate supporting a plurality of different components.

US Pat. No. 9,455,428

BATTERY UNIT CONNECTION STRUCTURE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle, comprising:
a battery holding portion, comprising
paired engaging recessed portions into which supporting shafts of a battery unit are inserted from a direction orthogonal
to a shaft to turnably hold the supporting shafts, and

a vehicle body side connector fixedly disposed between the paired engaging recessed portions and fitted and connected with
a battery side connector; and

a battery unit configured to be detachably attached to the battery holding portion, the battery unit comprising
paired supporting shafts protruding in opposite directions from outer side surfaces, and
the battery side connector supported coaxially with the paired supporting shafts in a turnable manner, and fitted and connected
in a direction orthogonal to the supporting shafts,

wherein the paired supporting shafts of the battery unit are configured to be inserted into the corresponding engaging recessed
portions of the battery holding portion from the direction orthogonal to the shaft while the battery side connector is fitted
and connected to the vehicle body side connector, and wherein the battery unit is operated to turn around the supporting shafts
to a position where the battery unit is fixed with the battery holding portion while causing the battery side connector to
turn relative to the battery unit, and thus the battery unit is connected and fixed with the battery holding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,447,612

DUAL FUNCTION POWER DOOR

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

1. A method of controlling an automatic operation of a power door of a vehicle, comprising:
detecting an actuation of an interior switch by a user;
upon detecting the actuation of the interior switch, determining whether at least one door of the vehicle is locked;
when the at least one door of the vehicle is locked, determining whether a vehicle security is set;
when the at least one door of the vehicle is locked and the vehicle security is set, prohibiting the automatic operation of
the power door;

when the at least one door of the vehicle is not locked or the vehicle security is not set, permitting the automatic operation
of the power door; and

when the at least one door of the vehicle is not locked or the vehicle security is not set and when a recent activation of
a garage door opener is detected, limiting a movement of the power door to a predetermined opening distance.

US Pat. No. 9,446,661

SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A fuel tank for use with a saddle-ride vehicle comprising:
an engine having a cylinder disposed on a crankcase and an intake system component disposed at the rear of the cylinder for
sucking air into the engine, said fuel tank being disposed above the engine for storing fuel to be consumed by the engine;

a fuel suction port being positioned in a bottom of the fuel tank for feeding the fuel to the intake system component; and
fuel collecting means having a wall surrounding the fuel suction port, the fuel collecting means having a fuel flow opening
toward a rear of the vehicle;

wherein the fuel collecting means is provided inside with a fuel return port for returning residual fuel in a fuel pump after
operation to the fuel tank, the fuel pump sucking the fuel in the fuel tank and feeding the fuel to the intake system component.

US Pat. No. 9,434,260

CHARGING CABLE SUPPORT ARM

Kawamura Electric, Inc., ...

1. A charging cable support arm comprising:
a support member configured to be fixed to a wall face or a support post;
a first arm having a side portion and a proximal end portion having an end face portion, the first arm being hinged to the
support member via a connecting hinge, the first arm being rotatable within a horizontal plane;

the support member comprises a first engagement portion that is parallel to and protrudes from the mounting wall face or support
post by predetermined distance, and, a second engagement portion that extends perpendicularly from the mounting wall face
or support post by the predetermined distance to the first engagement portion to form a corner between the first and second
engagement portions, wherein

the connecting hinge is provided at the corner such that the first arm can be rotated in one direction of the horizontal plane
until the side portion of the first arm contacts the first engagement portion, and the first arm can be rotated in another
direction of the horizontal plane until the end face portion of the first arm contacts the second engagement portion such
that the first arm is rotatable by substantially 180 degrees of rotational range in the horizontal plane; and

a second arm hinged to a distal end of the first arm, the second arm being rotatable within a horizontal plane, wherein
the first arm is provided with an insertion hole through which a charging cable is inserted into the first arm, and the second
arm is provided with, at a distal end thereof or near the distal end, a pull-out hole from which the inserted charging cable
is pulled out, and

by use of the charging cable pulled out of the pull-out hole, an electric vehicle is charged.

US Pat. No. 9,421,909

VEHICLE TO PEDESTRIAN COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

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

1. A vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communication system, comprising:
a vehicle operable by a driver and configured to communicate with a first V2P device associated with the vehicle, the first
V2P device configured for:

communicating with at least one vehicle system to acquire vehicle parameters for the vehicle including the first V2P device,
the vehicle parameters including at least one of a location and a speed of the vehicle;

predicting a path of the vehicle based on at least one of the vehicle parameters;
receiving at least one Basic Safety Message (BSM) from a second V2P device associated with a pedestrian via a wireless communications
channel;

acquiring pedestrian parameters for the pedestrian from at least one of the at least one BSM and the second V2P device, the
pedestrian parameters including at least one of a position and a speed of the pedestrian;

determining whether the path of the vehicle intersects with a path of the pedestrian using the vehicle parameters, the at
least one BSM, and the pedestrian parameters; and

when the path of the vehicle intersects with the path of the pedestrian, providing an alert to at least one of a driver of
the vehicle and the pedestrian, wherein the alert includes a directional indication of a location of the pedestrian relative
to the vehicle and at least one of an indication that the pedestrian is distracted with a phone call, an indication that the
pedestrian is distracted with a text-messaging operation, an indication that the pedestrian is distracted with an Internet
browsing operation, and an indication that the pedestrian is distracted by listening to music.

US Pat. No. 9,422,006

FRAME STRUCTURE FOR URGING WHEELS TO A DESIRED POSITION DURING CRASHES

Honda Motor Co., Ltd, To...

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:
a frame;
a subframe that selectively detaches from the frame in a crash event;
a tie rod extending from the subframe; and
a contact member that is mounted for contact with the tie rod when the subframe detaches from the frame, the contact member
mounted to turn an associated wheel to a toe out position upon engagement with the tie rod that increases stroke space with
which to absorb energy in a crash event where the subframe detaches.

US Pat. No. 9,404,433

CONTROL DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH MULTIPLE GROUNDS

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

1. A control device equipped with multiple grounds comprising:
an electronic control unit that processes an electric signal from a sensor detecting a physical value, and outputs an electric
signal to control a control target;

a box-shaped housing that comprises a conductive material and that accommodates the electronic control unit; and
a mounting stay that supports the housing, that comprises a conductive material and that is electrically connected to a vehicle
body at a connection portion,

wherein the electronic control unit includes an internal ground electrically connected to the housing and a power circuit
that supplies electric power for driving the sensor,

wherein the mounting stay has a first mounting part that extends along a first lateral part of the housing and a second mounting
part that extends from one end of the first mounting part along a second lateral part of the housing,

wherein the mounting stay is mountable on the vehicle body such that the connection portion is connected to an end of the
second mounting part which is distal from the one end of the first mounting part,

wherein the housing is electrically connected to the first mounting part and the second mounting part at the first lateral
part and the second lateral part respectively,

wherein the internal ground is divided into a first internal ground provided inside of the housing on a side of the second
mounting part so as to be near the connection portion, and a second internal ground provided inside of the housing on a side
of the first mounting part,

wherein the first internal ground is electrically connected via the housing to the second mounting part and the second internal
ground is electrically connected via the housing to the first mounting part so that the electrical distance from the connection
portion to the second internal ground is farther than the electrical distance from the connection portion to the first internal
ground,

wherein a ground of the control target is connected to the first internal ground,
wherein a ground of the power circuit is connected to the second internal ground, and
wherein a ground of the sensor is connected outside of the housing to the other end of the first mounting part at a position
having an electrical distance from the connection portion that is farther than the first internal ground.

US Pat. No. 9,403,459

SUPPORTING UNIT STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A supporting unit structure of a vehicle seat comprising:
a rubber elastic body that is annular;
a seat-connected member; and
a floor-connected member,
wherein: the seat-connected member is supported by the floor-connected member via the rubber elastic body;
an inner peripheral portion of the rubber elastic body is fastened to either one of the seat-connected member or the floor-connected
member by a nut and a bolt that penetrates the inner peripheral portion and which is screwed into the nut, and an outer peripheral
portion of the rubber elastic body is fastened to a first other one of the seat-connected member or the floor-connected member;

a second other one of the seat-connected member or the floor-connected member comprises a plate shaped member that has a through-hole;
a head of the bolt or the nut is disposed in the through-hole of the plate shaped member so that at least part of the head
of the bolt or the nut overlaps with the plate shaped member in a thickness direction; and

an inner wall of the through-hole constitutes a stopper portion that abuts the head of the bolt or the nut in a radial direction
when the seat-connected member and the floor-connected member are relatively displaced by more than a predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 9,393,995

VEHICLE STEERING DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle steering device comprising:
a steering torque detection unit that detects a steering torque, and a vehicle yaw rate detector that detects a vehicle yaw
rate, the vehicle steering device controlling an electric current value applied to an electric motor to apply an assist torque
to a steering system based on the steering torque;

a one-side pull controller that detects one-side pull of a vehicle, and calculates a correction current value, which corrects
the current value to restrict the one-side pull,

wherein the one-side pull controller:
determines whether the vehicle is in a first vehicle state based on the detected steering torque and the detected vehicle
yaw rate, and if so,

determines whether an absolute value of the steering torque becomes a first steering torque predetermined value or larger
in the first vehicle state, and if so,

determines whether the vehicle yaw rate satisfies a predetermined condition within a first predetermined time period since
the absolute value of the steering torque becomes the first steering torque predetermined value or larger in the first vehicle
state, and if so,

determines that the vehicle is in the one-side pull state and calculates the correction current value in the same steering
torque direction as a direction of the steering torque when the first steering torque predetermined value is satisfied, and

wherein the one-side pull controller:
detects the one-side pull of the vehicle by using the steering torque and the vehicle yaw rate,
pre-stores a relationship between a one-side pull response steering angle value and the correction current value, and
moves a midpoint in the one-side pull response steering angle value in accordance with an integrated value of the steering
torque to decide the correction current value so as to restrict the one-side pull.

US Pat. No. 9,387,740

REAR WHEEL SUSPENSION DEVICE

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

1. A rear wheel suspension device comprising:
a knuckle configured to support a rear wheel;
a suspension arm member configured to link the knuckle to a vehicle body;
a link member configured to link the knuckle to the suspension arm member; and
an actuator configured to push and pull the knuckle in a substantially width direction of the vehicle to adjust camber angle
and toe angle of the rear wheel;

wherein the link member enables the knuckle to rotate in a direction of changing the camber angle and the toe angle;
and wherein a rotation axis of the knuckle defined by the link member is tilted with respect to a longitudinal direction of
the vehicle such that a front portion of the rotation axis in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle is tilted outward
in plan view, and is tilted up or down in side view.

US Pat. No. 9,387,847

FRONT-AND REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLE

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

1. A front- and rear-wheel-drive vehicle comprising:
first drive wheels which are one of front wheels and rear wheels;
second drive wheels which are the other of the front wheels and the rear wheels;
a first drive system configured to drive the first drive wheels; and
a second drive system configured to drive the second drive wheels, wherein the first drive system comprises:
an electric motor configured to generate a driving force for the vehicle;
a motor controller configured to control the electric motor;
an engagement/disengagement unit provided in a power transmission line between the electric motor and the first drive wheels,
and configured to engage or disengage the electric motor side of the power transmission line and the first drive wheels side
of the power transmission line;

an engagement/disengagement controller configured to control a state of the engagement/disengagement unit to engage or disengage
the electric motor side of the power transmission line and the first drive wheels side of the power transmission line; and

a one-way power transmission device provided in the power transmission line, the one-way power transmission device and the
engagement/disengagement unit being provided in parallel between the electric motor side of the power transmission line and
the first drive wheels side of the power transmission line, and the one-way power transmission device being configured to
come into:

a connected state when a forward-direction rotational power is inputted from the electric motor side of the power transmission
line to the first drive wheels side of the power transmission line,

a disconnected state when a reverse-direction rotational power is inputted from the electric motor side of the power transmission
line to the first drive wheels side of the power transmission line,

the disconnected state when the forward-direction rotational power is inputted from the first drive wheels side of the power
transmission line to the electric motor of the power transmission line and

the connected state when the reverse-direction rotational power is inputted from the first drive wheels side of the power
transmission line to the electric motor side of the power transmission line,

wherein, when the vehicle reverses, a reverse driving force to reverse the vehicle is generated at least in the first drive
system, and

wherein, when the reverse driving force is generated in the first drive system, the engagement/disengagement controller controls
the engagement/disengagement unit to engage the electric motor side of the power transmission line with the first drive wheels
side of the power transmission line, and the motor controller drives the electric motor to generate the reverse-direction
rotational power such that the reverse-direction rotational power is inputted from the electric motor side of the power transmission
line to the first drive wheels side of the power transmission line.

US Pat. No. 9,381,836

VEHICLE SEAT HOUSING APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicular seat stowing apparatus comprising a stowing recessed portion formed in a floor and disposed rearwardly of and
below a seat located in a seatable position within a passenger compartment, and a support mechanism supporting the seat to
allow the seat to swing rearwardly from the seatable position to a stowed position in the stowing recessed portion for stowing
the seat in the stowing recessed portion with a bottom surface of the seat facing upwardly,
wherein the support mechanism comprises:
a first support member having a first end portion and a second end portion opposite to the first end portion, the first support
member being attached to a top portion of the floor at the first end portion thereof;

a second support member having a first end portion and a second end portion opposite to the first end portion, the second
support member being attached to the bottom surface of the seat at the first end portion thereof;

a connection shaft pivotally connecting the respective second end portions of the first and second support members to allow
the second support member to swing relatively to the first support member in a front-and-rear direction of a vehicle about
the connection shaft as the seat swings rearwardly from the seatable position to the stowed position; and

a folding mechanism associated with the first and second support members for allowing the first support member and the second
support member to be folded in a lateral direction of the vehicle from an unfolded position in which the first and second
support members protrude from the top portion of the floor and the bottom surface of the seat, respectively, into the passenger
compartment to a folded position in which the first support member and the second support member lie flatwise over the top
portion of the floor and the bottom surface of the seat, respectively, while the seat is in the stowed position in the stowing
recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 9,385,678

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING VOLUME

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

1. A method for controlling a volume, the method implemented using a computing device coupled to a memory device, the method
comprising:
receiving, at the computing device, a first audio input of a plurality of audio inputs, wherein each audio input of the plurality
of audio inputs is associated with an audio source, and wherein each audio input is associated with an audio input volume
and an audio input volume type, wherein the audio input volume type refers to a type of relationship between a master volume
and the audio input volume;

adjusting the master volume;
determining, at the computing device, the audio input volume for the first audio input;
identifying, at the computing device, the audio input volume type associated with the first audio input; and
determining, at the computing device, an updated audio input volume associated with the first audio input based at least partially
on the adjustment of the master volume, the audio input volume type, and the audio input volume associated with the first
audio input.

US Pat. No. 9,384,664

PARKING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A parking assistance device comprising:
a ground object detection unit configured to detect a ground object that defines a parking stall in a predetermined detection
region set in advance on a lateral side of a vehicle;

a parking stall calculation unit configured to, based on the ground object detected by the ground object detection unit, calculate
a parking stall that exists in the detection region; and

a target parking stall setting unit configured to, among a plurality of adjacent parking stalls calculated by the parking
stall calculation unit, set a parking stall in a width direction of the vehicle in a view from a driver's seat of the vehicle
as a target parking stall.

US Pat. No. 9,371,009

MOUNT STRUCTURE FOR FUEL CELL STACK

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

1. A mount structure for mounting a fuel cell stack in a fuel cell vehicle, the fuel cell stack being formed by stacking a
plurality of fuel cells for generating electrical energy by electrochemical reactions of a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing
gas,
wherein the fuel cell stack includes side mounts at both ends in a vehicle width direction, and a rear mount on a rear side
in a vehicle longitudinal direction;

the fuel cell vehicle has first vehicle frames to which the side mounts are fixed, and a second vehicle frame provided below
the fuel cell stack and to which the rear mount is fixed; and

a strength of the side mounts is lower than a strength of the rear mount such that the side mounts are broken prior to breakage
of the rear mount when an external load is applied to the fuel cell vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,358,885

VARIABLE RATIO THROTTLE PEDAL

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

1. A pedal assembly comprising:
a mounting stay;
a pin fixedly secured to the mounting stay;
a one-piece accelerator pedal without moving linkages mounted to the pin for rotational movement about the pin relative to
the mounting stay; and

a throttle cable operatively connected to the accelerator pedal for movement thereby as the accelerator pedal rotates, at
least one of the accelerator pedal and the mounting stay configured to provide a first ratio of pedal stroke movement relative
to cable stroke movement at initial depression of the accelerator pedal, and a different, second ratio of pedal stroke movement
relative to cable stroke movement upon further depression of the accelerator pedal, wherein

the throttle cable is secured to the accelerator pedal for initial movement at an angle relative to a tangent of a pedal travel
path, and the angle ranges from approximately 45° to approximately ?7° relative to the tangent of the pedal travel path.

US Pat. No. 9,347,408

SADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle vehicle, comprising:
a main frame extending rearwardly of the vehicle from a head pipe, said main frame including a hollow inside portion;
an air cleaner including a filter element disposed in the main frame to partition the main frame into a dirty side region
and a clean side region;

an engine disposed below the main frame; and
an intake path member configured to connect the engine and the clean side region to each other;
the main frame having a front opening formed at a front portion thereof for introducing air therethrough;
wherein a communicating opening for communicating with the engine is formed on a lower face side of the clean side region;
the communicating opening is covered with a lid member; and
the lid member includes a first plate member having a communicating hole in which the intake path member to the engine is
inserted, a second plate member for surrounding an outer periphery of the first plate member, and an elastic member provided
between the first plate member and the second plate member.

US Pat. No. 9,346,386

VEHICLE FLOOR MAT

HONDA ACCESS CORP., Niiz...

1. A vehicle floor mat comprising:
a mat main body; and
at least one fastening device for fastening said mat main body to a vehicle,
wherein said fastening device comprises:
at least one first fastening member fixed to the vehicle, said first fastening member having a vertical retainer provided
thereon; and

at least one second fastening member fixed to said mat main body,
wherein said second fastening member comprises:
an insertion receiving section for said retainer to be inserted thereinto in a manner capable of being held thereby;
an upper half body and a lower half body configured to sandwich said mat main body;
first and second cylindrical connection portions separately provided on either one of said upper half body and said lower
half body, and are connected to each other in a through hole in said mat main body to connect said upper half body and said
lower half body to thereby allow said retainer to be inserted into said cylindrical connection portions; and

an extending portion provided around an opening edge of said second cylindrical connection portion, said extending portion
being bended when engaging said upper and lower half bodies with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,343,768

METHOD FOR ACTIVATING FUEL CELL

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

1. A method for activating a fuel cell having an electrolyte membrane containing a solid polymer,
the method comprising the step of sweeping a potential of the fuel cell to obtain a cyclic voltammogram representative of
a current versus voltage relationship for the fuel cell,

wherein
the potential sweeping is continued until:
a number of oxidation peaks of the cyclic voltammogram within a range of 0.1 to 0.3 V increases from one to two, and the two
oxidation peaks satisfy the inequalities of I1/I3?1.2 and I2/I3?1.2 where I1 and I2 are current values of the two oxidation peaks, respectively, and I3 is the minimum current value between the two oxidation peaks, wherein I3 is a local minimum of the cyclic voltammogram and the minimum current value is a current value smallest among current values
existing in a region between the two oxidation peaks along a horizontal axis representing the voltage;

thereafter, an oxidation peak within a range of 0.4 to 0.7 V decreases, and accordingly a charge amount corresponding to the
oxidation peak decreases to 20 mC or less, the oxidation peak within the range of 0.4 to 0.7 V having a start point and an
end point on the cyclic voltammogram, the charge amount defined by an area bounded by a curve of the oxidation peak and a
line connecting the start point of the oxidation peak and the end point of the oxidation peak; and

thereafter, a ratio of I5/I4 increases from less than 1 to 1 where I4 is a current value of a reduction peak within a range of 0.6 to 0.7 V, and I5 is a current value of a reduction peak within a range of 0.7 to 0.8 V,

wherein a first oxidation peak within a range of 0.15 to 0.2 V and a second oxidation peak within a range of 0.25 to 0.3 V
are selected as the two oxidation peaks.

US Pat. No. 9,342,797

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THE DETECTION OF IMPLICIT GESTURES

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

1. A method for enabling a learning implicit gesture control by an occupant of a vehicle, wherein an implicit gesture can
include at least one input from the occupant of the vehicle, comprising:
identifying a first set of features in a plurality of inputs received from a plurality of sensors, wherein the first set of
features are associated with a first vehicle output, the first vehicle output including activation of a feature of at least
one of a plurality of system of the vehicle;

comparing the first set of features to an antecedent knowledge stored in a memory device, the antecedent knowledge including
a plurality of previously extracted and stored features associated with a previously stored system output action, to identify
a system output action corresponding to the first set of features and the first vehicle output, the system output action being
configured to cause the first vehicle output;

detecting a second vehicle output from the plurality of inputs received from the plurality of sensors, wherein the second
vehicle output is associated with an alternate vehicle output that is different than the first vehicle output; and

updating the antecedent knowledge to associate the system output action with the second vehicle output.

US Pat. No. 9,333,832

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN AIR CONDITIONER EFFICIENCY CONTROL FOR A VEHICLE

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

9. A system for providing an air conditioning compressor efficiency control for an air conditioner in a vehicle comprising:
a plurality of modules including a cruise control module for determining one or more driving scores based on one or more vehicle
driving factors;

a vehicle idle prediction component for predicting when the vehicle will be put into the vehicle idle stop state based on
one or more vehicle driving scores including a vehicle cruise control actuation score determined by the cruise control module
that is a rolling summation of the cruise control actuation score over a predetermined amount of time;

an air conditioner control unit that determines an air conditioning operation state based on the prediction of when the vehicle
will be put into the vehicle idle state and enables air conditioning to be provided during at least one of an engine enabled
state and a vehicle idle stop state; and

wherein the air conditioner control unit disables an air conditioner compressor and provides cooling to a vehicle cabin from
a cold storage evaporator when the vehicle operating state is the vehicle idle stop state and continues to provide cooling
to the vehicle cabin from the cold storage evaporator when the vehicle operating state changes from the vehicle idle stop
state to the engine enabled state until a sufficient amount of cold storage material remains frozen.

US Pat. No. 9,331,493

ELECTRIC LOAD CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. An electric load control apparatus comprising:
an electric storage device;
an electric power converter connected to the electric storage device through input electric power lines, and connected through
output electric power lines to an electric load, the electric power converter having switching elements, which are controlled
to energize the electric load with electric power stored in the electric storage device; and

a noise removal filter including a bendable sheet made of a magnetic material wound around at least a portion of at least
one of the input electric power lines and the output electric power lines, with air gaps disposed between coiled sheet layers
of the wound sheet,

wherein the bendable sheet comprises a laminar sheet made up of plural sheets of different magnetic materials corresponding
to different frequencies of noise to be removed.

US Pat. No. 9,321,332

SMART ENTRY SYSTEM

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

1. A smart entry system having an auto lock mode in which an auto lock function to automatically lock at least one door of
a vehicle is executed in response to detection that a mobile device associated with the auto lock function has got away from
the vehicle, the smart entry system comprising:
at least one movable member provided on the vehicle in such a manner as to be visually recognizable from outside the vehicle;
and

a control section that, once the vehicle shifts to the auto lock mode, actuates the at least one movable member to a first
state, the first state being different from a state of the at least one movable member before the vehicle shifts to the auto
lock mode,

wherein once the auto lock function is executed and the at least one door is locked, the control section actuates the at least
one movable member to a second state which is different from the first state and the state before the vehicle shifts to the
auto lock mode.

US Pat. No. 9,289,345

WALKING ASSIST DEVICE

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

1. A walking assist device, comprising:
a first attachment adapted to be installed to an upper body of a human being;
a pair of second attachments adapted to be installed, one to a right leg and the other to a left leg of the human being;
a pair of actuators;
a pair of joint angle sensors configured to output signals based on the right and left hip joint angles, respectively, of
the human being; and

a controller configured to control an operation of each of the pair of actuators on the basis of at least output signals of
the pair of joint angle sensors,

wherein each of the pair of the second attachments is moved with respect to the first attachment by operating each of the
pair of actuators thereby to assist relative periodic motions of the right and left legs with respect to the upper body, and

the controller comprises:
a first phase oscillator output element configured to measure a phase of a period motion of each thigh relative to the upper
body of the human being as each of right and left components of a first phase oscillator on the basis of an output of each
of the pair of joint angle sensors;

a second phase oscillator output element configured to calculate, as a second phase oscillator, a phase having right and left
components that change at velocities based on a difference relative to the right and left components of the first phase oscillator
and right and left components of an intrinsic angular velocity;

an intrinsic angular velocity setting element configured to set the right and left components of a current intrinsic angular
velocity by correcting the right and left components of a previous intrinsic angular velocity by an amount based on a previous
difference between each of the right and left components of the first phase oscillator and each of the right and left components
of the second phase oscillator such that the previous difference approaches a desired difference; and

a control signal generating element configured to generate a control signal that changes the phase of the periodic operation
of each of the pair of actuators according to a change in each of the right and left components of the second phase oscillator,

wherein the control signal generating element is configured to generate a control signal that defines an operational amplitude
of each of the pair of actuators on the basis of a ratio of a desired stride length to a length of a leg of the human being
according to an increasing function that uses the ratio as a variable thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,257,652

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

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

1. A photoelectric conversion material that acts as an electron donor for donating an electron or an electron acceptor for
accepting an electron, comprising
a polymer having at least one structural unit selected from graphenes represented by the following general formulae (1) to
(4):


US Pat. No. 9,225,032

FUEL CELL

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

1. A fuel cell comprising:
a cell unit comprising:
a first separator;
a second separator; and
an electrolyte-electrode assembly having an electrolyte and a pair of electrodes, the pair of electrodes being disposed on
respective sides of the electrolyte, the electrolyte-electrode assembly being sandwiched between the first separator and the
second separator in a stacking direction, wherein

frame members are integrally provided on an outer periphery of the electrolyte-electrode assembly, the frame members being
composed of plastic,

fluid communication holes are provided as through holes in the stacking direction in each of the frame members, the fluid
communication holes having a reactant gas inlet communication hole, a reactant gas outlet communication hole, a cooling medium
inlet communication hole, and a cooling medium outlet communication hole,

a seal member is sandwiched between the frame members that are adjacent to each other in the stacking direction, the seal
member surrounding and sealing the fluid communication holes and an outer periphery of a reaction surface of the electrolyte-electrode
assembly,

the first and second separators each has two plates with an identical outer shape, outer peripheral edges of the first and
second separators being arranged inside the fluid communication holes, and

each of the frame members has a rib continuously formed as part of the plastic of the frame member and projecting in a thickness
direction of the frame member, the thickness direction being parallel to the stacking direction, at least around one of an
entire outer periphery of the frame member and an entire outer periphery of the fluid communication holes.

US Pat. No. 9,216,775

SUBFRAME FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle subframe configured to support left and right suspensions, the vehicle subframe including a left side member
disposed on a left side of a vehicle and extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, a right side member disposed
on a right side of the vehicle and extending in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and a cross member connecting the
left and right side members,
wherein the cross member, a rear section of the left side member and a rear section of the right side member are integrally
formed of aluminum alloy to have a substantially U-shape in a plan view,

wherein the cross member has:
a plurality of radial ribs extending radially from a rear end of a central part of the cross member in the vehicle width direction
to a front end thereof to tilt outward in the vehicle width direction; and

a plurality of parallel ribs intersecting with the radial ribs and extending parallel to the cross member, and
wherein the radial ribs being arranged in such a manner that radial ribs positioned further outward in the vehicle width direction
away from the central part of the cross member form larger tilt angles.

US Pat. No. 9,205,444

INTELLIGENT AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR A PAINT BOOTH

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

1. A method for conditioning exterior air for a spray booth, comprising the steps of:
sensing dry-bulb temperature of the exterior air over time;
sensing relative humidity of the exterior air over time;
selecting a set point that has a particular dry-bulb temperature and particular relative humidity, wherein selecting said
set point is based upon minimizing an amount of energy required to condition the exterior air, the particular dry-bulb temperature
and relative humidity of the set point being future dry-bulb temperature and relative humidity predicted by interpolating
data on the previously sensed dry-bulb temperature and the previously sensed relative humidity of the exterior air in a localized
domain immediately surrounding a manufacturing plant including the spray booth, and extrapolating the interpolated data; and

conditioning the exterior air to the set point.

US Pat. No. 9,194,488

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. An apparatus for controlling a vehicle having an internal combustion engine mounted thereon, a transmission mechanism that
changes rotation of the engine in speed, a torque converter that has a lockup clutch and is disposed between the engine and
the transmission mechanism, a generator that is driven by the engine and generates power, and a vehicle deceleration-time
controller that controls operation of the vehicle to cut off or restrict fuel supply to the engine and to engage the lockup
clutch of the torque converter based on at least a vehicle speed indicative of traveling speed of the vehicle, a speed of
the engine and an accelerator opening, comprising:
a generator load reducing condition determiner that determines whether a condition that enables to reduce load of the generator
is established; and

a disengaging vehicle speed setter that sets a disengaging vehicle speed at which the lockup clutch is to be disengaged based
on the determination by the generator load reducing condition determiner as to whether or not the condition that enables to
reduce load of the generator is established;

wherein the disengaging vehicle speed setter sets a desired power generation value of the generator to a first voltage value
and sets the disengaging vehicle speed at which the lockup clutch is to be disengaged to a first vehicle speed when it is
determined that the condition that enables to reduce the load of the generator is not established, while sets the desired
power generation value of the generator to a second voltage value that is determined based on a detected vehicle speed based
on characteristics preset relative to deceleration of the vehicle and sets the disengaging vehicle speed to a second vehicle
speed that is lower than the first vehicle speed when it is determined that the condition that enables to reduce the load
of the generator is established.

US Pat. No. 9,187,133

FRONT PILLAR CONSTRUCTION HAVING REINFORCEMENT MEMBER FOR VEHICLE FRAME

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

1. A vehicle frame comprising:
a pillar member disposed rearward of a wheel; and
a reinforcement member fixedly secured to the pillar member at a location arranged to break the wheel during small overlap
frontal crashes wherein the wheel is forced rearward toward the pillar member, wherein the reinforcement member has a wedge
shape for breaking the wheel and directing a laterally outward portion of the wheel laterally outward away from the pillar
member, and wherein the pillar member is disposed immediately forward of a side sill member and arranged to extend approximately
perpendicularly upward relative to a longitudinal extent of the side sill member.

US Pat. No. 9,187,136

STRUCTURAL PAN FOR AUTOMOTIVE BODY/FRAME

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

1. A vehicle body comprising:
a pair of laterally spaced longitudinal side rails;
a first cross member and a second cross member longitudinally spaced from the first cross member, each of the first and second
cross members spanning between and interconnecting the side rails; and

a multi-piece well including:
a well floor having a first side, a second side opposite the first side, a first end, and a second end opposite the first
end,

a first frame side support secured to the first side of the well floor and a second frame side support secured to the second
side of the well floor, the first and second frame side supports being separate from the side rails and having first support
members L-shaped in cross-section defining opposite side walls of the well which are spaced inwardly from the side rails in
a lateral direction of the vehicle body,

a first frame end support secured to the first end of the well floor and a second frame end support secured to the second
end of the well floor, the first and second frame end supports defining opposite end walls of the well.

US Pat. No. 9,181,894

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A control system for an internal combustion engine having a throttle valve disposed in an intake passage of said engine,
and an evaporative fuel passage for supplying an evaporative fuel/air mixture to said intake passage, the evaporative fuel/air
mixture being a mixture of air and evaporative fuel generated in a fuel tank for supplying fuel to said engine, said control
system being characterized by comprising:
rotational speed detecting means for detecting an rotational speed of said engine;
intake pressure detecting means for detecting an intake pressure of said engine;
wide-open intake air amount calculating means for calculating a wide-open intake air amount according to the engine rotational
speed, the wide-open intake air amount being an intake air amount corresponding to a state where said throttle valve is fully
opened;

theoretical intake air amount calculating means for calculating a theoretical intake air amount according to the wide-open
intake air amount and the intake pressure, the theoretical intake air amount being an intake air amount corresponding to a
state where no exhaust gas of said engine is recirculated to a combustion chamber of said engine;

intake air amount obtaining means for detecting or estimating an intake air amount of said engine;
evaporative fuel/air mixture amount calculating means for calculating an amount of the evaporative fuel/air mixture supplied
through said evaporative fuel passage to said intake passage;

intake gas amount calculating means for calculating an intake gas amount by correcting the intake air amount using the evaporative
fuel/air mixture amount; and

exhaust gas recirculation ratio calculating means for calculating an exhaust gas recirculation ratio using the theoretical
intake air amount and the intake gas amount,

wherein said engine is controlled using the exhaust gas recirculation ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,174,652

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING DRIVING SKILL ATROPHY

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

1. A computer-implemented method for preventing driving skill atrophy of a driver of a vehicle, the method comprising:
enabling a first set of vehicle features;
monitoring a change in a driving skill level of the driver of the vehicle;
responsive to the monitored change comprising an increase in the driving skill level of the driver, enabling, by a processor,
a second set of vehicle features that includes fewer features than the first set of vehicle features; and

responsive to the monitored change comprising a decrease in the driving skill level of the driver, enabling, by the processor,
a third set of vehicle features that includes more features than the first set of vehicle features.

US Pat. No. 9,156,513

FRONT COWL STAY ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle, comprising:
a body frame having a head pipe and a pair of left and right main frames extending rearward from the head pipe;
an engine disposed below the main frames;
an air cleaner disposed behind the head pipe and above the engine, the air cleaner supplying outside air to the engine; and
a front cowl stay configured to attach a front cowl thereto,
wherein the air cleaner is disposed to straddle the pair of left and right main frames, and wherein
the front cowl stay is fastened to a side of the body frame by a stay-use front fastening portion fastened to a front portion
of the head pipe, a stay-use left fastening portion fastened to a left side portion of the air cleaner, and a stay-use right
fastening portion fastened to a right side portion of the air cleaner.

US Pat. No. 9,158,738

APPARATUS FOR MONITORING VICINITY OF A VEHICLE

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

1. An apparatus mounted on a vehicle for monitoring vicinity of the vehicle, comprising:
imaging means for capturing a time series of images of the vicinity of the vehicle;
extracting means for extracting an object candidate from the captured time series of images;
means for calculating distance (Z0 or Z1) from the vehicle to the object candidate at one point of time from the image captured at the one point of time under the
assumption that the extracted object candidate has a size which is predetermined for an object of a desired category, and
calculating distance (Z0 or Z1) from the vehicle to the object candidate at an other point of time on the basis of a velocity of the vehicle and the distance
(Z0 or Z1) at the one point of time;

means for producing a virtual object which has a size (Ghv) determined by multiplying the size (Ghd0 or Ghd1) of the object candidate in the image captured at the one point of time by a ratio of the distance at the one point of time
and the other point of time;

comparing means for generating a comparison of the size (Ghv) of the virtual object with the size (Ghd1 or Ghd0) of the object candidate in the image captured at the other point of time; and

means for determining that the extracted object candidate is an object of the desired category if the comparison substantially
matches.

US Pat. No. 9,151,238

FAULT DIAGNOSIS METHOD, FAULT DIAGNOSIS SYSTEM, AND FAULT DIAGNOSIS DEVICE FOR ENGINE

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

1. A fault diagnosing method for diagnosing an engine by tracking down a faulty region in the event of a misfire that occurs
in a multicylinder engine having a misfire detecting function, using an external diagnosing machine that communicates with
an engine control unit, comprising the steps of:
reading a diagnostic fault code representative of a misfiring cylinder from the engine control unit into the external diagnosing
machine;

detecting misfire patterns classified depending on whether or not successive misfires occur in the misfiring cylinder; and
tracking down faulty regions according to the detected misfire patterns,
wherein the step of detecting the misfire patterns further comprises the steps of:
idling the engine in accordance with an instruction from the external diagnosing machine in an attempt to repeat a misfire
in the misfiring cylinder;

if a misfire is repeated in the misfiring cylinder, detecting the repeated misfire pattern; and
if a misfire is not repeated in the misfiring cylinder, detecting the misfire pattern based on successive data generated upon
occurrence of a misfire in the misfiring cylinder, which are stored in the engine control unit at a time that the diagnostic
fault code is generated.

US Pat. No. 9,151,655

OIL LEVEL GAUGE STRUCTURE

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

1. An oil level gauge structure having an oil level gauge attachment hole that doubles as an oil filling opening provided
in a casing of an engine and an oil level gauge for closing the attachment hole, comprising:
a columnar portion formed on a lower end side of an external thread of the oil level gauge, the columnar portion having a
predetermined length and extending from the external thread adapted to attach the oil level gauge to a casing, and a guide
hole into which the columnar portion is fitted to restrict the position of the columnar portion, said guide hole is provided
on a lower end side of an internal thread of the attachment hole of the casing;

wherein the columnar portion of the oil level gauge is formed to have an axial length wherein a lower end of the columnar
portion exceeds a depth of the internal thread of the casing.

US Pat. No. 9,145,836

ENGINE MOUNTED CONTROLLER, AND VEHICLE

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

1. An engine mount control apparatus for carrying out a vibration suppression control for suppressing transmission of engine
vibration to a vehicle body by driving an actuator, which is incorporated in an engine mount that supports an engine in the
vehicle body, wherein the engine mount control apparatus is configured to:
judge whether or not the engine is in a completely stopped condition, at a time that an idling stop of a vehicle is released;
in a case that it is judged that the engine is in a completely stopped condition, implement a first restart time control for
suppressing transmission of the engine vibration accompanying motoring of the engine, the first restart time control being
premised on the engine being in the completely stopped condition; and

in a case that it is judged that the engine is not in the completely stopped condition, prohibit the first restart time control.

US Pat. No. 9,140,284

METHOD FOR INSTALLING WORK-PIECE TO MATING STRUCTURE, AND APPARATUS

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

1. An apparatus, comprising:
a work-piece having a critical surface associated with a fit-and-finish surface;
a mating structure; and
a datum having:
a first portion interfaced with the work-piece; and
a second portion interfaced with the mating structure;
wherein, the datum is adapted by melting for adjustment in such a way that the datum facilitates placement of the critical
surface within acceptable tolerance to the fit-and-finish surface once the datum is placed between the work-piece and the
mating structure, and the work-piece is installed to the mating structure.

US Pat. No. 9,126,468

SPRING SEAT

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

1. A spring seat for being interposed between a suspension arm extending in a width direction of a vehicle and a coil spring
mounted in a recessed portion of the suspension arm, the spring seat comprising:
a ring-shaped support portion having an annular outer wall configured to be mounted in the recessed portion of the suspension
arm and receive an outer peripheral surface of the coil spring;

a flange portion integral with the annular outer wall of the ring-shaped support portion and projecting radially outward from
the annular outer wall such that when the spring seat is mounted in the recessed portion of the suspension arm the flange
portion will extend away from the annular outer wall in a direction aligned with the width direction of the vehicle; and

an upright partition portion integral with the flange portion and extending vertically upward from a distal end of the flange
portion beyond an upper end of the annular outer wall of the ring-shaped support portion, and includes a section which extends
obliquely upward in a direction towards a central axis of the ring-shaped support portion whereby the upright partition is
configured to cover an outer side surface of the coil spring when the spring seat is mounted in the recessed portion of the
suspension arm.

US Pat. No. 9,126,494

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STRATEGY

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

1. A computer-implemented method for charging electric vehicles, the method comprising:
tracking a plurality of electric vehicles charging in a sector, each of the plurality of electric vehicles connected to a
charging station and charging according to a first charging strategy determined by the electric vehicle;

responsive to a total electric energy consumption of the sector being above a threshold, determining a second charging strategy
for charging the plurality of electric vehicles; and

transmitting to one or more of the plurality of electric vehicles instructions for charging based on the determined second
charging strategy, each of the one or more electric vehicles charging according to the transmitted instructions instead of
the first charging strategy determined by the electric vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,121,718

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVED VEHICLE NAVIGATION

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., M...

1. A method of revising data in a vehicular navigating system configured to navigate a vehicle to a target point of interest,
comprising:
providing a geographical information database storing location information for a plurality of points of interest and a plurality
of roadways;

detecting a charging status of the vehicle;
when the charging status of the vehicle indicates that the vehicle is connected to and charging at a charging station, recording
a location of the vehicle;

identifying at least one point of interest in the geographical information database proximate the vehicle using the location
of the vehicle;

analyzing the at least one point of interest to determine whether the charging station is publicly accessible; and
only when the charging station is publicly accessible:
using the location of the vehicle when the charging status of the vehicle indicates that the vehicle is charging to update
the location information of the charging station within the geographical information database, and

using historical probe data of the vehicle and the location of the vehicle to update the location information of one of the
plurality of roadways within the geographical information database, the one of the plurality of roadways providing a route
to the charging station.

US Pat. No. 9,121,459

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMITTING APPARATUS

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

1. A driving force transmitting apparatus comprising:
a rotating shaft having an axial direction and being rotatable around the axial direction;
a frictional engagement device including a frictional engagement unit which is disposed around the rotating shaft and which
includes first and second friction members that are alternately stacked in the axial direction;

a piston member that is movable in the axial direction to press the frictional engagement unit so that the first and second
friction members are engaged with each other;

a piston housing that contains the piston member;
a piston chamber which is defined between an inner surface of the piston housing and the piston member and in which an oil
pressure to move the piston member toward the frictional engagement unit is generated;

an oil pressure sensor configured to detect the oil pressure of operating oil in the piston chamber;
an attachment hole which opens in a back surface of the piston housing and to which the oil pressure sensor is attached such
that a sensor axial direction of the oil pressure sensor extends along the back surface of the piston housing;

an operating-oil receiving chamber which is provided in the piston housing and in which a detection portion of the oil pressure
sensor is disposed;

a bubble removing chamber to remove bubbles accumulated in the operating-oil receiving chamber, the bubble removing chamber
being provided in the piston housing at a position adjacent to the operating-oil receiving chamber; and

a bubble discharging groove which is connected to the bubble removing chamber and via which the bubbles are discharged.

US Pat. No. 9,120,512

CONTROL DEVICE AND GAIT GENERATING DEVICE FOR BIPEDAL MOBILE ROBOT

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

1. A control device for a bipedal mobile robot which has two legs with proximal end portions thereof connected to a body through
the intermediary of joints and which is capable of accomplishing motions, including a one-leg hopping motion in which only
one of the two legs leaves from a floor and then lands on the floor while the other leg is off the floor, the control device
comprising:
a desired gait generating unit which generates a desired gait including at least a desired motion of the robot when the robot
performs the one-leg hopping motion such that a horizontal distance in a left and right direction of the robot between a total
center-of-gravity point of the robot and the proximal end portion of the one leg in a state wherein the one leg has landed
on the floor after leaving from the floor is shorter than the horizontal distance therebetween in a state wherein the robot
is standing in an upright posture with only the one leg on the floor, wherein the proximal end portion of the one leg is an
upper end of the one leg; and

a joint control unit which controls operation of each joint of the robot according to the generated desired gait,
wherein the desired motion generated by the desired gait generating unit in the state wherein the one leg has landed on the
floor after leaving from the floor is a desired motion that causes the total center-of-gravity point of the robot and the
proximal end portion of the one leg to be vertically arranged at right above a ground contact surface of the one leg,

wherein the robot has, as an operation mode thereof, a one-leg hopping operation mode, which is a mode for carrying out the
one-leg hopping motions, and an operation mode of both legs alternately leaving from/landing on the floor for the robot to
travel by carrying out both legs alternately leaving from/landing on the floor motion, which consists of the motion of each
leg leaving from the floor and then landing on the floor, alternating between two legs, the control device further comprising:

a first determining unit which sequentially determines whether it is possible to generate the desired gait that satisfies
a predetermined first condition required to continue the motion of the robot in the operation mode of both legs alternately
leaving from/landing on the floor while the robot is moving in the operation mode of both legs alternately leaving from/landing
on the floor;

a second determining unit which sequentially determines whether it is possible to generate the desired gait that satisfies
a predetermined second condition required to continue the motion of the robot by changing a future operation mode of the robot
from the operation mode of both legs alternately leaving from/landing on the floor to the one-leg hopping operation mode in
a case where the determination result given by the first determining unit is negative; and

an operation mode determining unit which maintains the operation mode of the robot to the operation mode of both legs alternately
leaving from/landing on the floor in a case where the determination result given by the first determining unit is affirmative,
or determines the operation mode of the robot on the basis of the determination results given by the first determining unit
and the second determining unit so as to change the future operation mode of the robot from the operation mode of both legs
alternately leaving from/landing on the floor to the one-leg hopping operation mode in a case where the determination result
given by the first determining unit is negative while the determination result given by the second determining unit is affirmative,

wherein the desired gait generating unit generates the desired gait such that the robot performs a motion in the determined
operation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,108,680

AUTOMOBILE CHASSIS FRAME STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:
a vehicle body frame,
a power unit supported on the vehicle body frame,
a floor panel supported on the vehicle body frame,
a wheel operatively attached to the vehicle body frame and having a tire mounted thereon, and a passenger seat disposed above
the floor panel, and

an automobile chassis frame structure comprising a plurality of pipe materials arranged and joined to each other to form a
frame member which is a component of said vehicle body frame,

wherein in a first portion, on a first end of the frame member situated between the tire and the power unit and configured
for supporting one side of the power unit, the plurality of pipe materials extend in a substantially longitudinal direction
of the frame structure and are arranged in a first, substantially vertically stacked direction relative to one another, in
a second portion, on a second end of the frame member situated below a lower face of the floor panel and below the passenger
seat, the plurality of pipe materials extend in the substantially longitudinal direction of the frame structure and are arranged
in a second, substantially horizontal side-by-side direction relative to one another, and in a third, intermediate portion
sandwiched by the first and second portions of the frame member the arrangement of the plurality of pipe materials relative
to one another is changed from the first direction to the second direction,

wherein the plurality of pipe materials are joined to each other in the first and second portions, and are not joined to each
other in the third portion,

and wherein the plurality of pipe materials comprise in one portion in a longitudinal direction a changed strength portion
that has a strength different from other portions.

US Pat. No. 9,101,824

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF VIRTUAL GAMING IN A VEHICLE

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

1. A system for virtual gaming in a vehicle, comprising:
a first imaging device mounted in the vehicle;
a second imaging device mounted in the vehicle;
wherein the first imaging device and the second imaging device and have an image projection mechanism and an image capture
mechanism, the image projection mechanism configured to project images on a game surface, wherein the game surface is an environmental
surface of the vehicle, the image capture mechanism configured to detect a first set of image position data defining a position
of the images relative to the game surface and detect a set of player position data defining a position of one or more players
relative to the position of the images and the game surface;

a game module coupled to the first imaging device and the second imaging device for processing the first set of image position
data and the set of player position data to calculate a second set of image position data based on a game schema;

an image module coupled to the first imaging device and the second imaging device for controlling the image projection mechanism
to project images according to the second set of image position data;

wherein the first imaging device and the second imaging device are both configured to detect and project the images; and
a processor for executing the game module and the image module.

US Pat. No. 9,103,412

ENDLESS POWER TRANSMISSION BELT-TYPE CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

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

1. An endless power transmission belt-type continuously variable transmission comprising a drive pulley formed from a fixed-side
pulley half and a movable-side pulley half, a driven pulley formed from a fixed-side pulley half and a movable-side pulley
half, and an endless power transmission belt wound around a V-face of the drive pulley and a V-face of the driven pulley,
a gear ratio being changed by increasing a groove width of one of the drive pulley and the driven pulley and decreasing a
groove width of the other,
wherein in that the V-faces of at least the fixed-side pulley halves of the drive pulley and the driven pulley have a straight-line
shape for the generatrix of a portion that is radially further inside than a predetermined position and have a curved shape
for the generatrix of a portion that is radially further outside than the predetermined position, the curved shape being curved
in a direction that compensates for a misalignment of the endless power transmission belt.

US Pat. No. 9,098,673

STRUCTURAL OPTIMIZATION FOR VEHICLE CRASHWORTHINESS

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

1. A computer based method for finding optimum thickness of components in a vehicle side structure, the method comprising:
receiving a first grouping of simulation variables, wherein each simulation variable comprises at least two thickness values,
each thickness value is associated with a component in the vehicle side structure;

simulating a roof crush crash test for the first grouping of simulation variables;
simulating a side impact crashworthiness evaluation crash test for the first grouping of simulation variables;
receiving results of the roof crush crash test simulation and the side impact crashworthiness evaluation crash test simulation
on the first grouping of simulation variables;

identifying one or more results from the received results, the one or more results meeting a minimum required result for both
the roof crush crash test simulation and the side impact crashworthiness evaluation crash test simulation;

identifying an intermediate optimum result from the one or more results, the intermediate optimum result corresponding to
a simulation variable with a least amount of total mass in the components of the vehicle side structure from one or more simulation
variables corresponding to the one or more results meeting the minimum required result for both the roof crush crash test
simulation and the side impact crashworthiness evaluation crash test simulation;

generating a second grouping of simulation variables by modifying thickness values in at least one simulation variable of
said first grouping of simulation variables based on the intermediate optimum result;

simulating the roof crush crash test and the side impact crashworthiness evaluation crash test for the second grouping of
simulation variables; and

identifying the optimum thickness of the components in the vehicle side structure, based in part of results of the roof crush
crash test simulation and the side impact crashworthiness evaluation crash test simulation on the second grouping of simulation
variables.

US Pat. No. 9,090,160

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure, comprising:
left and right front side frames positioned at a front portion of a vehicle body and extending in a front-rear direction of
the vehicle body;

a dashboard lower positioned at a rear side of the left and right front side frames and dividing the vehicle body into front
and rear portions;

a floor panel extending in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle body and also extending rearward from a lower portion
of the dashboard lower; and

a tunnel section extending from a center of the vehicle width and a lower end of the dashboard lower to a rear portion of
the floor panel, and bulging upward from the floor panel,

wherein the floor panel includes:
left and right bulging sections disposed on left and right sides of the tunnel section for installation of seats of the vehicle
body; and

a rear tunnel cross member disposed on rear ends of the left and right bulging sections and extending in the vehicle width
direction,

the vehicle body includes:
left and right floor extensions deflected toward the tunnel section along a lower surface of the dashboard lower from rear
ends of the left and right front side frames;

left and right floor frames extending so as to span between the left and right floor extensions and the rear tunnel cross
member, and having a predetermined distance in a vehicle body vertical direction from a rear floor panel; and

an energy container disposed below the bulging sections and supported by the floor frames, and
the floor frames are detachably fixed to the vehicle body from the lower side of the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 9,064,158

VEHICLE SURROUNDINGS MONITORING DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A vehicle surroundings monitoring device comprising:
a candidate animal image portion extraction unit configured to extract, based on an image captured by a camera mounted on
a vehicle, a candidate animal image portion which is a possible image portion of an animal;

a candidate animal area setting unit configured to set a candidate animal area in the image, including the candidate animal
image portion and a surrounding area of the candidate animal image portion;

an edge extraction unit configured to extract a first horizontal edge and a second horizontal edge from the candidate animal
area in the image; and

an animal determination unit configured to determine whether or not a real space object corresponding to the candidate animal
image portion is an animal based on a criterion that the first and second horizontal edges extracted by the edge extraction
unit in the candidate animal area have a strength greater than or equal to a first predetermined strength, wherein the strength
of the horizontal edge is the number of pixel qualified as an edge point among pixels contained in a certain horizontal range
at each vertical position of the image.

US Pat. No. 10,759,275

VEHICLE DRIVE APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicle drive apparatus, comprising:an electric motor including a rotor rotating about an axial line in a vertical direction and a stator arranged around the rotor;
a first planetary gear mechanism of a single pinion type arranged about the axial line radially inward of the rotor so that a torque output from the electric motor is input to the first planetary gear mechanism;
a second planetary gear mechanism of a double pinion type arranged about the axial line radially inward of the rotor and above or below the first planetary gear mechanism so that a torque output from the first planetary gear mechanism is input to the second planetary gear mechanism; and
a torque transmission mechanism configured to transmit a torque output from the second planetary gear mechanism to a pair of drive shafts for driving left and right drive wheels, wherein
the second planetary gear mechanism includes a ring gear to which the torque output from the first planetary gear mechanism is input, a sun gear arranged inside the ring gear, a first planetary gear engaged with the sun gear, a second planetary gear engaged with the ring gear, and a carrier configured to rotatably support the first planetary gear and the second planetary gear in a state where the first planetary gear and the second planetary gear engage with each other,
the torque transmission mechanism includes a first torque transmission unit and a second torque transmission unit, arranged above or below the electric motor in a state offset from each other in the vertical direction,
the first torque transmission unit is configured to transmit a torque output from the sun gear to one of the pair of drive shafts,
the second torque transmission unit is configured to transmit a torque output from the carrier to the other of the pair of drive shafts, and
the pair of drive shafts are located within a height range lower than an upper end of the electric motor and higher than a lower end of the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,589,375

FRICTION STIR WELD TOOL AND METHOD

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

1. A friction stir weld tool for forming a friction stir weld joint, the tool comprising:a rotatable body having a rotatable shoulder for maintaining surface contact and managing plunge depth, a rotatable pin extending from the rotatable shoulder and integrally formed with the rotatable shoulder, and a rotatable annular fillet arranged between the rotatable shoulder and the rotatable pin; and
a stationary body annularly disposed around the rotatable body, the stationary body having a stationary shoulder;
wherein the rotatable body is separated from the stationary body by a gap such that surfaces of the rotatable body and the stationary bode do not contact each other;
wherein a surface of the stationary shoulder that is perpendicular to an axis of rotation of the rotatable body, and an edge of a surface of the rotatable shoulder that is closest to the gap, are both contained in a plane that is perpendicular to the axis of rotation; and
wherein the rotatable annular fillet is a concave wall that extends directly from the rotatable pin directly to the rotatable shoulder, the concave wall continually extending away from a tip of the rotatable pin in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation as it extends radially outward away from the axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,589,391

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RETRACTING A TOOL BIT

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

1. A hold and drive tool for driving a target nut on a target threaded stud, the target threaded stud including a first end, a second end, and a recess defined within the first end, said hold and drive tool comprising:a motorized drive unit;
a drive head portion coupled to said motorized drive unit and comprising:
a socket defining a rotational axis configured to be positioned around the target nut;
a non-rotatable torque arrest member substantially aligned with the rotational axis of said socket and configured to fit at least partially within the recess defined within the first end of the target threaded stud; and
a retracting mechanism including a mounting bracket, a linear actuator and a connecting bracket, wherein the linear actuator is coupled to the mounting bracket and to a first end of the connecting bracket with a second end of the connecting bracket coupled to the non-rotatable torque arrest member, wherein the second end is spaced along the rotational axis from the first end,
wherein upon receipt of a signal, the linear actuator moves said non-rotatable torque arrest member, relative to said socket, along the rotational axis of said socket and away from the target threaded stud, while the target nut remains within said socket, to remove said non-rotatable torque arrest member from within the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,569,824

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle including a vehicle body and a front wheel that is disposed anterior to the vehicle body and that is steerable about a steering axis, 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 between a frontmost position and a rearmost position, the variable trail length mechanism including:
an oscillation unit that is connected with the steering rotation unit so as to be oscillatable in a fore-aft direction and that supports the front wheel; and
a torsion reduction portion that reduces torsion of the oscillation unit in a vehicle width direction through the oscillation unit combined with the steering rotation unit under a condition in which the trail length is changed such that the front wheel is disposed at the rearmost position,
wherein the torsion reduction portion includes a fitted portion disposed in the steering rotation unit and a fitting portion that is disposed in the oscillation unit and that can be fitted in the fitted portion,
wherein the fitting portion fits in the fitted portion when the trail length is changed so that the front wheel is disposed at the rearmost position, and
wherein the fitting portion does not fit in the fitted portion when the trail length is changed so that the front wheel is disposed at the frontmost position.

US Pat. No. 10,562,415

SEAT APPARATUS

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

1. A seat apparatus comprising:a seat on which a passenger of a vehicle sits;
an inputter which is operated by the passenger;
a fixer which fixes a position of the seat until the inputter is operated by the passenger and allows the position of the seat to be movable in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle when the inputter is operated by the passenger;
a reaction force output mechanism configured to output a reaction force, the reaction force being a force in a direction opposite to a direction in which the seat moves; and
a reaction force output controller configured to restrict a movement of the seat by causing the reaction force output mechanism to output the reaction force,
wherein the reaction force output controller causes the reaction force output mechanism to output a larger reaction force when a predetermined condition is satisfied in comparison with a case in which the predetermined condition is not satisfied, the predetermined condition being a condition related to a traveling state of the vehicle or an external environment of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,564,000

INFORMATION DISPLAY DEVICE, INFORMATION DISPLAY METHOD, AND INFORMATION DISPLAY PROGRAM

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

1. An information display device, comprising:a display unit configured to display a point guidance image in which information relevant to event points included in a route to a destination is arranged in an order from a current position to the destination, the event points indicating names of facilities or points; and
a display control unit configured to reduce, in the point guidance image, information relevant to at least some of event points that are not relevant to ending execution of automatic driving among the event points included in the route when a vehicle travels on the route while the automatic driving is executed, as compared with a case in which the vehicle travels on the route while the automatic driving is not executed, the automatic driving being for automatically controlling at least one of acceleration and steering of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,543,796

PROTECTION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE ELECTRICAL COMPONENT

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

1. A protection device for a vehicle electrical component which protects an electrical component in a vehicle in which a battery and a predetermined electrical component are disposed to face each other with a space therebetween in an engine room of the vehicle in which components constituting a power plant or a power train are supported by a vehicle body via a mount and a bracket, wherein the bracket includes:a mount attachment portion attached to the mount fixed to the vehicle body;
a bracket extension portion extending downward from the mount attachment portion; and
a constituent component attachment portion provided at a lower end portion of the bracket extension portion and attached to a component constituting the power plant or the power train,
the protection device for a vehicle electrical component comprising:
a protection block attached to the bracket and configured to protect the electrical component, wherein
the protection block includes:
a bracket attachment portion attached to the constituent component attachment portion; and
a protection block main body extending upward from the bracket attachment portion and gradually away from the bracket extension portion, and having a distal end portion positioned between the battery and the electrical component and facing the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,507,803

WIPER APPARATUS AND NOZZLE UNIT

Mitsuba Corporation, Kir...

1. A wiper apparatus comprising:a wiper blade for wiping a windshield;
a connecting portion disposed on the wiper blade;
an arm piece having a front end side fitted to the connecting portion;
a retainer fixed to a base end side of the arm piece; and
a nozzle unit fixed to the arm piece, the nozzle unit jetting washer fluid toward the windshield wherein
the nozzle unit includes a forward-side block and a backward-side block,
the forward-side block has a forward-side nozzle cap;
the backward-side block has a backward-side nozzle cap;
the forward-side nozzle cap and the backward-side nozzle cap are the same in structure as each other, and
the forward-side nozzle cap and the backward-side nozzle are different in position from each other in a longitudinal direction of the wiper blade, the forward-side nozzle cap has two or more injection nozzles corresponding to first injection-target locations on the windshield, and configured to jet washer fluid toward the first injection-target locations, respectively,
the backward-side nozzle cap has two or more injection nozzles corresponding to second injection-target locations on the windshield, and configured to jet washer fluid toward the second injection-target locations, respectively,
the first injection-target locations and the second injection-target locations are alternately arranged on the windshield in the longitudinal direction of the wiper blade.

US Pat. No. 10,388,923

VEHICLE BATTERY UNIT

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

1. A vehicle battery unit, comprising:first and second battery modules having a plurality of battery cells stacked in a horizontal direction, the second battery module being superimposed on top of the first battery module,
wherein the first battery module comprises first holders disposed between adjacent ones of the plurality of battery cells of the first battery module, respectively, a first support plate disposed in an intermediate part in a stacking direction of the plurality of battery cells of the first battery module at a position in direct contact with adjacent ones of the first holders of the first battery module and having a thickness in the stacking direction larger than thicknesses of the first holders at their portions placed between the adjacent cells, and first end plates disposed in each of opposite end parts in the stacking direction of the plurality of battery cells of the first battery module,
wherein the second battery module comprises second holders disposed between adjacent ones of the plurality of battery cells of the second battery module, respectively, a second support plate disposed in an intermediate part in a stacking direction of the plurality of battery cells of the second battery module at a position in direct contact with adjacent ones of the second holders of the second battery module and having a thickness in the stacking direction larger than thicknesses of the second holders at their positions placed between the adjacent cells, and second end plates disposed in each of opposite end parts in the stacking direction of the plurality of battery cells of the second battery module,
wherein the second support plate is placed on top of the first support plate, the second end plates are placed on top of the first end plates, and the first and second support plates are joined together by a tightening member extending through one of the first and second support plates and being tightened to the other of the first and second support plates, and
wherein the vehicle battery unit further comprises a third battery module having a plurality of battery cells stacked in the horizontal direction, placed side by side with respect to the first battery module in a direction perpendicular to the stacking direction,
wherein the first support plate extends into the third battery module at an intermediate part in the stacking direction of the plurality of battery cells of the third battery module,
wherein third end plates are disposed in each of opposite end parts in the stacking direction of the plurality of battery cells of the third battery module, the third end plates being formed separately from the first end plates,
wherein the first support plate is fixed to a lower plate on which the first and third battery modules are placed,
wherein the first and second support plates are provided with projections which project towards each other, at mutually facing edge portions of the first and second support plates, and
wherein the tightening member extends through the projections.
US Pat. No. 10,370,747

NITRIDED COMPONENT

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A nitrided component having a chemical composition consisting of, by mass percent, C: 0.07 to 0.14%, Si: 0.10 to 0.30%, Mn: 0.4 to 1.0%, S: 0.005 to 0.030%, Cr: 1.0 to 1.5%, Mo: 0.05% or less (including 0%), Al: 0.010% or more to less than 0.10%, and V: 0.10 to 0.25%, Fn1 expressed by Formula (1) is 2.30 or less, and the balance of Fe and impurities, wherein P, N, Ti and O among the impurities are P: 0.030% or less, N: 0.008% or less, Ti: 0.005% or less, and O: 0.0030% or less, in which the surface hardness is 650 to 900 in Vickers hardness, the core hardness is 150 or higher in Vickers hardness, and the effective case depth is 0.15 mm or larger:Fn1=0.61Mn+1.11Cr+0.35Mo+0.47V  (1)where, the symbol of each element in Formula (1) represents the content thereof in mass percent.

US Pat. No. 10,336,147

SPRING GUIDE AND SUSPENSION DEVICE

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A spring guide that supports a coil spring via a rubber sheet, the coil spring elastically supporting a vehicle body, the rubber sheet being formed into an arc shape, the spring guide comprising:a mounting portion which is depressed, the rubber sheet being fitted to the mounting portion; and
a plurality of lock pieces standing at an outer periphery of the mounting portion, wherein
the mounting portion has an arc groove to which the rubber sheet is fitted,
the arc groove has a depth which deepens toward a center portion of the arc groove in a circumferential direction of the arc groove,
at least one of the plurality of the lock pieces is formed at an outer peripheral side of an end portion of the arc groove in the circumferential direction, the depth of the arc groove at the end portion being shallower than at the center portion, and
a height of the lock piece, which is disposed at the end portion of the arc groove in the circumferential direction, from a bottom surface of the arc groove is higher than a height of a sidewall of the arc groove from the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,247,623

IN-TANK VALVE

KEIHIN CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An in-tank valve disposed in a tank in which a high pressure gas is stored in interior thereof, and including in the interior of the tank a detector configured to detect a temperature of the high pressure gas, the detector comprising:a sensor configured to detect the temperature;
wiring connected to the sensor; and
a casing including a fixing member configured to fix the sensor in interior of the casing, at least part of the wiring being accommodated in the casing;
wherein an outer circumferential surface of the casing includes a wiring port through which the wiring is taken out to exterior of the casing, and a flat portion extending along an axial direction of the casing and positioned on an inner side of an outermost circumferential surface of the casing,
the wiring port opens in a direction that is inclined with respect to the axial direction of the casing, and the wiring port is defined by chamfered walls.

US Pat. No. 10,190,678

TWIN-CLUTCH TRANSMISSION

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

1. A twin-clutch transmission comprising:a gear change mechanism wherein an odd-stage main shaft pivotally supports drive-side transmission gears of odd stages and an even-stage main shaft pivotally supports drive-side transmission gears of even stages being disposed on a same axis line, and a countershaft that pivotally supports driven-side transmission gears that constantly mesh with the drive-side transmission gears, respectively, being disposed in parallel to the odd-stage main shaft and the even-stage main shaft;
a twin clutch to which power is transmitted through selective connection of an odd-stage clutch that connects and disconnects power transmission between a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine and the odd-stage main shaft and an even-stage clutch that connects and disconnects power transmission between the crankshaft and the even-stage main shaft; and
synchromesh in which ring teeth formed in a synchronizer ring are interposed between gear dog teeth formed in a first transmission gear pivotally supported relatively rotatably by at least one rotating shaft among the odd-stage main shaft, the even-stage main shaft, and the countershaft and sleeve teeth formed in a synchronizer sleeve that is a second transmission gear or a moving sleeve pivotally supported by the rotating shaft in such a manner so as to be restricted from relative rotation and be movable in axial direction, and the sleeve teeth come into contact with and mesh with the ring teeth and then come into contact with and mesh with the gear dog teeth due to movement of the synchronizer sleeve and thereby the synchronizer sleeve and the first transmission gear are joined to each other while synchronizing with each other,
a gear shift drive mechanism in which driving of an actuator is transmitted for movement of the synchronizer sleeve via a plurality of drive transmitting elements, sequentially;
a gear shift drive displacement detecting unit that detects gear shift drive displacement of the drive transmitting element of the gear shift drive mechanism;
an odd-stage main shaft rotational speed detecting unit that detects rotational speed of the odd-stage main shaft;
an even-stage main shaft rotational speed detecting unit that detects rotational speed of the even-stage main shaft; and
a control unit that executes calculation processing on a basis of an odd-stage main shaft rotational speed detected by the odd-stage main shaft rotational speed detecting unit, an even-stage main shaft rotational speed detected by the even-stage main shaft rotational speed detecting unit, and gear shift drive displacement detected by the gear shift drive displacement detecting unit, and controls the actuator;
wherein the control unit calculates a rotational speed difference (|Na?Nb|) between the odd-stage main shaft rotational speed (Na) and the even-stage main shaft rotational speed (Nb) and learns synchronization start gear shift drive displacement (?s) detected by the gear shift drive displacement detecting unit at timing at which the rotational speed difference (|Na?Nb|) reaches a predetermined synchronization start determination rotational speed difference from gear shift start, and the control unit controls the actuator on a basis of the learned synchronization start gear shift drive displacement (?s).

US Pat. No. 10,183,625

ARMREST WITH ADJUSTABLE CUSHIONS

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:
an outer cover section;
an adjustable center cover section disposed within the outer cover section, the adjustable center cover section movable between a first position and a second position;
wherein an upper surface of the adjustable center cover section is flush with an upper surface of the outer cover section when the adjustable center cover section is in the first position; and
wherein the upper surface of the adjustable center cover section is vertically recessed from the upper surface of the outer cover section when the adjustable center cover section is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,173,726

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE OF AUTOMOBILE

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

1. A vehicle body structure of an automobile, comprising:a vehicle body panel made of a fiber reinforced resin and having a first wall portion which has an outer surface and a recess formed on the outer surface, the recess being configured to house a mount portion of a suspension arm; and
a metallic reinforcing member fitted to said recess and fixed by adhesive, an outer peripheral portion of said reinforcing member being mechanically fastened to said vehicle body panel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,580

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROBOTIC ARM GUARD ASSEMBLIES

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

1. A robotic system comprising:a robotic arm assembly comprising a robotic arm and an end effector coupled to said robotic arm, wherein said end effector is configured to selectively couple to a moveable object;
a guard assembly that is selectively moveable between an open configuration and a closed configuration and comprising a plurality of guard petals, each guard petal of said plurality of guard petals selectively moveable between a retracted configuration and an extended configuration and comprising:
a flexible support structure; and
a fluid bladder coupled to said flexible support structure, wherein said fluid bladder is selectively filled with a fluid to change said fluid bladder between a relaxed configuration and an expanded configuration, wherein said fluid bladder is configured to wrap said flexible support structure around at least a portion of the moveable object when said guard petal is in the extended configuration and said fluid bladder is in the expanded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,128,722

ELECTRICAL CONNECTION STRUCTURE, TERMINAL STRUCTURE, AND VEHICLE

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

1. An electrical connection structure comprising:a first bus bar including a first plate;
a second bus bar including a second plate opposite to the first plate; and
a conductive spring provided between the first plate and the second plate so as to be pressed by the first plate and the second plate and including a plurality of first contact points contacting with the first plate and a plurality of second contact points contacting with the second plate.

US Pat. No. 10,116,147

BATTERY MANAGING DEVICE AND BATTERY MANAGING METHOD

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

1. A battery managing device comprising:a first deriver that derives a provisional value indicating a charge state of a battery provided to a vehicle including an electric motor as a drive source;
a second deriver that derives the charge state of the battery based on a condition obtained by comparing the provisional value and a boundary point between a plurality of ranges divided in accordance with an available charged amount of the battery;
a determiner that determines to which of the ranges the battery belongs based on the charge state of the battery derived by the second deriver; and
an instructor that instructs a control on charging and discharging of the battery in accordance with the region determined by the determiner, wherein
the boundary point is set based on a minimum required available charged amount for the battery belonging to at least one specific range of the ranges, and
the minimum required available charged amount is an available capacity of the battery when the battery is in a predetermined degradation state.

US Pat. No. 10,109,872

FUEL CELL SYSTEM ACTIVATION METHOD AND FUEL CELL SYSTEM

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

1. A method for activating a fuel cell system comprising:a fuel cell that generates electric power with an anode gas supplied to an anode and a cathode gas supplied to a cathode;
an anode gas flow path connected to the anode;
an anode gas supplying device that supplies the anode gas to the anode gas flow path;
a cathode gas flow path connected to the cathode;
a cathode gas supplying device that supplies the cathode gas to the cathode gas flow path;
a voltage detection device that detects a voltage of the fuel cell;
an electrical load configured to connect to the fuel cell;
a control device that controls the anode gas supplying device and the cathode gas supplying device;
a bypass valve that is disposed on a bypass flow path through which the cathode gas can bypass the cathode of the fuel cell and be supplied to a cathode gas discharge flow path;
a sealing inlet valve disposed on the cathode gas flow path; and
a sealing outlet valve disposed on the cathode gas discharge flow path,wherein the fuel cell system comprises a determination device that determines whether or not the anode gas is present in the anode gas flow path, andwherein as an activation time power generation mode of the fuel cell, there are included:a first step of determining whether or not the anode gas is present in the anode gas flow path; and
a second step of driving the cathode gas supplying device and supplying the cathode gas to the cathode through the cathode gas flow path,
wherein when the anode gas is detected in the first step as being present in the anode gas flow path, executing a third step of determining whether or not a voltage of the fuel cell detected by the voltage detection device reaches a predetermined voltage, and when the voltage of the fuel cell reaches the predetermined voltage, executing a fourth step of connecting the electrical load to the fuel cell and performing electric power generation of the fuel cell while maintaining the voltage at or below the predetermined voltage,when the anode gas is detected in the first step as not being present in the anode gas flow path, skipping the third and fourth steps,wherein the method further comprises:opening the bypass valve after the first step;
opening the sealing inlet valve and the sealing outlet valve in the second step; and
closing the bypass valve at a time where a predetermined time has lapsed since the sealing inlet valve and the sealing outlet valve have been opened.

US Pat. No. 10,094,533

MARKING DEVICE FOR LAWN MOWER

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

5. A marking device comprising:a light-emitting unit configured to emit light;
a housing configured to accommodate the light-emitting unit; and
a support configured to support the housing,
wherein the housing includes:
a transmitting portion configured to transmit the light through a circumferential portion of the housing; and
a roof covering the light-emitting unit accommodated in the housing,
the transmitting portion includes a plurality of windows,
the housing includes a side wall member formed between every two adjacent windows of the plurality of windows, and
for each of the plurality of windows, two corresponding adjacent side wall members of the plurality of side wall members are arranged on two sides of the window in a front view.

US Pat. No. 10,082,183

CLUTCH CONTROL HYDRAULIC CIRCUIT FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE INCLUDING SAME

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

1. A clutch control hydraulic circuit for use on a vehicle, comprising:a manual controller arbitrarily controllable by an operator;
a control unit;
an actuator for increasing and decreasing hydraulic pressure based on a control signal from the control unit;
a hydraulic circuit including a first hydraulic pathway connected to the manual controller, a second hydraulic pathway connected to the actuator, and a junction hydraulic pathway which joins the first hydraulic pathway and the second hydraulic pathway; and
a clutch device connected to the hydraulic circuit so that connection and disconnection of the clutch device is controlled by receiving pressure of the hydraulic circuit wherein:
the junction hydraulic pathway is located downstream of the first and second hydraulic pathways;
the hydraulic circuit includes first and second hydraulic circuit control valves connected to the control unit;
the first hydraulic circuit control valve is provided between the first hydraulic pathway and the junction hydraulic pathway, normally switches to an open state when not energized, and switches to a closed state when energized;
the second hydraulic circuit control valve is provided between the second hydraulic pathway and the junction hydraulic pathway, switches to a closed state when not energized, and switches to an open state when energized;
the first hydraulic circuit control valve maintains its closed state, when switched to a non-energized state from an energized state while pressure of the junction hydraulic pathway is higher than pressure of first hydraulic pathway; and
when the first hydraulic circuit control valve is closed in the non-energized state, pressurizing the first hydraulic pathway upstream of the first hydraulic circuit control valve by operation of the manual controller opens the first hydraulic circuit control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,071,782

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. An electric vehicle including a vehicle body frame, a wheel supported by the vehicle body frame, an electric motor for driving the wheel, and a power unit for supplying electric power to the electric motor, the power unit comprising a battery case provided in a rear part of the vehicle body frame and having a rearwardly facing opening, and a battery configured to be detachably placed in the battery case,wherein the battery case includes an upper extension including an upper member configured to be gripped by a hand for lifting the vehicle, and defining a gripping space for receiving the hand between an upper surface of the battery received in the battery case and the upper member, and a latching structure is provided between an upper part of the battery and an opposing part of the battery case, the latching structure including an operating member positioned inside the gripping space.

US Pat. No. 10,060,159

LOCKING SYSTEM

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

1. A locking system comprising:a casing housing a device;
a covering component covering an opening of the casing;
a locking component fastening the casing and the covering component to each other; and
a locking release component that engages with a key receiving portion provided in the locking component and releases fastening by the locking component by causing the locking component to be rotated,
wherein the key receiving portion has a projection provided at a rotational center and a single recess provided away from the rotational center, the projection projecting from a surface of the key receiving portion, the single recess being recessed from the surface of the key receiving portion; and
wherein the locking release component has a releasing side recess that engages with the projection and a releasing side projection that engages with the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,054,508

CONNECTOR WITH SENSOR

SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIM...

1. A connector comprising:a connector body made of resin, the connector body including a first main tubular part configured to be connected to a first pipe, a second main tubular part configured to be connected to a second pipe, and a sensor mounting part; and
a pressure sensor configured to detect pressure of fluid that passes through the connector body, the pressure sensor being mounted to the sensor mounting part, wherein:
the first main tubular part and the second main tubular part connect with each other to form an angle;
the sensor mounting part includes:
a tubular intake part formed in line with a line extending from one of the first main tubular part and the second main tubular part, the tubular intake part including a bottom face; and
a sensor mounting seat that is capable of being mounted with the pressure sensor, the sensor mounting seat communicating with a peripheral-surface opening of the tubular intake part; and
the tubular intake part includes:
a large-diameter part having a first passage aligned and formed coaxially with an end of one of the first main tubular part or the second main tubular part, the first passage being directly connected to and having a same diameter as a diameter of the end of the one of the first main tubular part or the second main tubular part; and
a small-diameter part having a second passage that is connected to the first passage, a diameter of the second passage being smaller than the diameter of the first passage, and a cross-sectional area of the second passage being smaller than a cross-sectional area of the first passage, the second passage having the bottom face of the tubular intake part on an opposite side of the first passage;
the first passage is directly connected to the second passage;
an axial cross section of the second passage is aligned with an axial cross section of the first passage in an axial direction of the tubular intake part; and
the axial cross section of the first passage is aligned, in an axial direction of the tubular intake part, with one of: an axial cross section of a passage of the first main tubular part or an axial cross section of a passage of the second main tubular part.

US Pat. No. 10,052,718

CYLINDRICAL WORKPIECE CUTTING APPARATUS

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

1. A cylindrical workpiece cutting apparatus, in which a metal made cylindrical workpiece is cut into a plurality of metal rings, the apparatus comprising:a holder adapted to hold the cylindrical workpiece;
a laser outputting part adapted to output laser beam from a direction perpendicular to a direction along a horizontally oriented rotating axis of the workpiece to the workpiece held and rotated by the holder;
a position control mechanism adapted to control the laser outputting part to be translated in a vertical direction along the axis of rotation of the workpiece from a first position where an irradiation direction of the laser beam is on a line intersecting with the rotational axis of the workpiece at a right angle to a second position at an upstream side of the rotating direction of the workpiece so that a predetermined acute angle is formed between a cutting direction of the workpiece, corresponding to a tangent direction of an outer circumference of the workpiece, at an irradiation position of the laser beam on the workpiece and an irradiation direction of the laser beam, before the irradiation of the laser beam, and
a dust collection apparatus that collects sputters scattered in a range that is determined based on at least one of a slope of a drag line caused on the workpiece and a height of a dross attached to a cut part of the workpiece, during cutting of the workpiece,
wherein the dust collection apparatus includes:
a dust collection part configured to collect sputters which are scattered in an inner direction of the workpiece, colliding with the holder, being reflected by the holder, and descending downward, and
a reflection part configured to reflect the sputters which are scattered in an outer direction of the workpiece to the dust collection part.

US Pat. No. 10,053,066

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle brake system for braking an own vehicle, the vehicle brake system comprising:a brake pedal configured to be pressed down in a press-down operation by a driver in braking the vehicle;
a brake fluid pressure generator configured to generate brake fluid pressure in response to a brake demand including the press-down operation;
a demanded braking force acquisition unit configured to acquire a demanded braking force based on the press-down operation;
a collision determination unit configured to determine whether collision of the vehicle occurs or not;
a braking controller configured to, when the collision determination unit determines that collision of the vehicle occurs, cause the brake fluid pressure generator to perform emergency braking control of the vehicle based on an emergency braking demand irrespective of the press-down operation by the driver; and
a braking force determination unit configured to determine whether the demanded braking force acquired by the demanded braking force acquisition unit exceeds a predetermined braking force threshold, wherein,
in a case where the collision determination unit determines that collision of the vehicle occurs and where the braking force determination unit determines that the demanded braking force exceeds the braking force threshold, the braking controller shifts an operation position of the brake pedal corresponding to the demanded braking force to a press-down position located further in a press-down direction of the brake pedal than the operation position of the brake pedal corresponding to a braking force equivalent to the demanded braking force when collision of the vehicle does not occur,
wherein
the brake fluid pressure generator comprises:
a first brake fluid pressure generator including a first actuator configured to be driven depending on the press-down operation, the first brake fluid pressure generator configured to generate brake fluid pressure by driving the first actuator; and
a second brake fluid pressure generator including a second actuator configured to be driven depending on brake demand, the second brake fluid pressure generator configured to generate brake fluid pressure by driving the second actuator, and
when the collision determination unit determines that collision of the vehicle occurs, the braking controller causes the second brake fluid pressure generator to perform the emergency braking control of the vehicle based on the emergency braking demand so as to shift the operation position of the brake pedal to the press-down position.

US Pat. No. 10,055,373

REPRODUCTION DEVICE AND REPRODUCTION SYSTEM

FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, Kob...

1. A reproduction device comprising:at least one processor configured to:
establish communication with one external device by enabling a first data communication path between the one external device and the reproduction device so that reproducible content can be supplied from the one external device via the first data communication path;
establish communication with the one external device by enabling a second data communication path between the one external device and the reproduction device such that reproducible content can be supplied from the one external device via the second data communication path;
establish communication with the one external device by enabling a third data communication path between the one external device and the reproduction device such that reproducible content can be supplied from the one external device via the third data communication path; and
upon receipt of an instruction to switch to the first data communication path from the second data communication path, invalidate the second data communication path and validate the first data communication path, the invalidation of the second data communication path being an operation of forming an interruption state of the second data communication path;
upon receipt of an instruction to switch to the second data communication path from the first data communication path, invalidate the first data communication path and validate the second data communication path, the invalidation of the first data communication path being an operation of forming an interruption state of the first data communication path;
upon receipt of an instruction to switch to the third data communication path from the first data communication path, invalidate the first data communication path;
upon receipt of an instruction to switch to the third data communication path from the second data communication path, invalidate the second data communication path;
upon receipt of an instruction to switch to the first data communication path from the third data communication path, validate the first data communication path without invalidating the third data communication path; and
upon receipt of an instruction to switch to the second data communication path from the third data communication path, validate the second data communication path without invalidating the third data communication path.

US Pat. No. 10,057,756

TERMINAL DETECTION METHOD AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE

FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, Kob...

1. A terminal detection method, comprising:transmitting a response request through broadcast communication and searching a terminal device that exists within a predetermined range;
acquiring, from the terminal device, at least specific information of the terminal device in response information that includes the specific information and first information that indicates a function that is possessed by the terminal device, as a response to the response request;
separately executing communication with the terminal device based on the acquired specific information, and acquiring second information that indicates a function that is possessed by the terminal device, in a case where the first information is not included in the acquired response information; and
detecting the terminal device that has a desired function based on the acquired first information and the acquired second information.

US Pat. No. 10,047,639

CAMSHAFT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

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

1. A camshaft for opening and closing engine valves provided respectively in a plurality of cylinders of an internal combustion engine, comprising:a cylindrical outer shaft on which outer cams are provided on an outer circumference thereof;
an inner shaft disposed rotatably in the interior of the outer shaft; and
inner cams, which are fixed to the inner shaft by pins, through notches of the outer shaft, whereby the inner cams are rotated together with the inner shaft, and slide along a circumferential direction on an outer circumferential surface of the outer shaft;
wherein:
the pins each comprise a small diameter portion and a large diameter portion which is larger in diameter than the small diameter portion;
the inner shaft is provided with a plurality of pin holes therein which extend along diametrical directions of the inner shaft, the pin holes are disposed at intervals along an axial direction of the inner shaft, and the directions in which adjacent pin holes extend are arranged at an angle obtained by dividing 360 degrees by the number of cylinders;
each of the pin holes has an inner diameter so that the small diameter portion is loosely fitted, and the large diameter portion is press-fitted therein;
the inner cams are formed with insertion holes having an inner diameter into which the large diameter portion is loosely fitted; and
the inner shaft and the inner cams are fixed in a state in which the large diameter portions are press-fitted into the pin holes through the insertion holes and the notches.

US Pat. No. 10,047,714

FUEL INJECTOR

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

1. A fuel injector, comprising:a nozzle including a tubular nozzle main body extending along a predetermined central nozzle axial line and internally defining a fuel passage, and a nozzle tip portion including a bottom wall defining an annular valve seat facing the fuel passage in a coaxial relationship to the central nozzle axial line, the nozzle tip portion being provided with a plurality of injection holes passed through the bottom wall and surrounded by the annular valve seat; and
a valve member disposed in the fuel passage to be moveable along the central nozzle axial line and configured to be selectively seated on the valve seat;
wherein at least one of the injection holes includes an inner hole section, a middle hole section and an outer hole section in that order from a side of the fuel passage,
the inner hole section extending from an inner surface of the bottom wall obliquely away from a first side relative to a normal line of the inner surface of the bottom wall so as to define a first inner side wall surface on the first side forming an obtuse angle relative to the inner surface on the first side and a second inner side wall surface on a second side opposite to the first side forming an acute angle relative to the inner surface on the second side, the middle hole section including a first middle side wall surface connected to the first inner side wall surface so as to extend obliquely relative to the first inner side wall surface toward the first side, and the outer hole section including a first outer side wall surface connected to the first middle side wall surface so as to extend obliquely relative to the first middle side wall surface toward the first side;
wherein a recess is formed on a radially outer side of an inner end of the inner hole section with respect to the central nozzle axial line and/or a part of the valve member opposing the radially outer side of the inner end of the inner hole section with respect to the central nozzle axial line.

US Pat. No. 10,044,261

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power supply device comprising:a DC power supply circuit for converting an input voltage to an output voltage and outputting the output voltage varying with the input voltage; and
a determination circuit connected to the DC power supply circuit for determining that the DC power supply circuit is normal when the output voltage of the DC power supply circuit is in a predetermined normal output voltage range,
wherein the determination circuit further determines that the DC power supply circuit is abnormal when the output voltage of the DC power supply circuit is in a range outside the predetermined normal output voltage range and the output voltage is in a predetermined abnormality relation relative to the input voltage,
wherein the DC power supply circuit decreases and increases the output voltage with a decrease and an increase in the input voltage, respectively,
wherein the DC power supply circuit outputs the output voltage by multiplication of the input voltage with a predetermined coefficient, and
wherein the determination circuit determines that the DC power supply circuit is abnormal when the output voltage of the DC power supply circuit is in the range outside the normal output voltage range and, as the predetermined abnormality relation, a differential voltage, which is calculated by subtracting the input voltage from the output voltage, is in a range outside a predetermined normal differential voltage range.

US Pat. No. 10,029,692

VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle drive system including an internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders, with a crankshaft of the engine connected to a motive force transmission mechanism through a torsion element and a clutch, and the motive force transmission mechanism coupled to a driveshaft of a vehicle, the vehicle drive device comprising:an engine rotation speed parameter detection unit that detects an engine rotation speed parameter indicating the rotation speed of the crankshaft;
an output shaft rotation speed parameter detection unit that detects an output shaft rotation speed parameter indicating a rotation speed of an output shaft of the clutch;
a misfire determination parameter computation unit that computes a misfire determination parameter indicating torque generated for each cylinder of the engine based on the detected engine rotation speed parameter;
a misfire determination unit that determines misfiring of the engine based on the misfire determination parameter;
a transmission torque reduction control unit that, when misfiring of the engine has been detected by the misfire determination unit, decreases transmission torque of the clutch so as to match a difference between the engine rotation speed parameter and the output shaft rotation speed parameter to a target value; and
a misfiring cylinder identification unit that identifies cylinders in which misfiring is occurring based on the misfire determination parameter computed in a state in which the transmission torque has been decreased by the transmission torque reduction control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,023,069

BATTERY PACK FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. A battery pack for an electric vehicle, said battery pack comprising:a base plate;
a plurality of rectangular battery modules positioned laterally one next to another on the base plate;
a plurality of securing straps, each securing strap provided for a corresponding one of said battery modules and including an upper portion extending longitudinally along an upper surface of the corresponding battery module, a front portion extending downward from a front end of the upper portion along a front surface of the corresponding battery module, a rear portion extending downward from a rear end of the upper portion along a rear surface of the corresponding battery module, a front mounting portion formed in a lower end of the front portion and secured to the base plate, and a rear mounting portion formed in a lower end of the rear portion and secured to the base plate; and
at least one connecting plate extending laterally and fixedly connected to a plurality of the securing straps.

US Pat. No. 10,016,332

ADMITTANCE SHAPING CONTROLLER FOR EXOSKELETON ASSISTANCE OF THE LOWER EXTREMITIES

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

1. An exoskeleton system for assisted movement of legs of a user comprising:a harness worn around a waist of the user;
a pair of arm members coupled to the harness and to the legs;
a pair of motor devices, wherein one of the pair of motor devices is coupled to a corresponding arm member of the pair of arm members moving the pair of arm members for assisted movement of the legs;
a controller coupled to the motor controlling movement of the assisted legs, the controller shaping an admittance of the system facilitating movement of the assisted legs by generating a target DC gain, a target natural frequency and a target resonant peak; and
wherein the dynamics of the leg are modeled as a transfer function of a linear time-invariant (LTI) system, the controller replacing the natural admittance of the leg by the equivalent admittance of the coupled system formed by the leg and the exoskeleton.
US Pat. No. 10,006,013

THERMOSTABLE GLYCOSIDE HYDROLASE

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

1. A polypeptide comprising a protein having glycoside hydrolase activity and an amino acid sequence that is heterologous to the protein having glycoside hydrolase activity, wherein the amino acid sequence of the protein having glycoside hydrolase activity comprises the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1, and wherein the heterologous amino acid sequence is selected from the group consisting of a cellulose-binding module, a linker, a signal peptide and a purification tag.

US Pat. No. 10,000,240

VEHICLE HIGH VOLTAGE EQUIPMENT MOUNTING FOR REAR-END COLLISIONS

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

1. A vehicle in which high voltage equipment is arranged behind a seat and in front of an engine, comprising:an upper member arranged between said seat and said engine, said upper member extending in a vehicle width direction; and
a lower member arranged between said seat and said engine, said lower member extending in the vehicle width direction, said lower member being provided at a location lower than said upper member in a vehicle height direction of the vehicle, wherein
said high voltage equipment is arranged in a space, the space being sandwiched between said upper member provided at an upper end of the space and said lower member provided at a lower end of the space, wherein a position of a bottom of said upper member is lower than a position of a top of said engine in the vehicle height direction, and a position of a top of said lower member is higher than a position of a bottom of said engine in the vehicle height direction.

US Pat. No. 10,001,071

CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A control system for an internal combustion engine that draws air into a cylinder via a throttle valve provided in an intake passage, and performs internal EGR for recirculating exhaust gases of the engine, which have been caused to flow back from an exhaust passage into the intake passage by overlap of an intake valve and an exhaust valve, into the cylinder, the control system comprising:rotational speed-detecting means for detecting a rotational speed of the engine;
intake pressure-detecting means for detecting an intake pressure in the engine;
reference in-cylinder gas amount-calculating means for calculating a reference in-cylinder gas amount, which is an amount of gases filled in the cylinder in a reference state in which the throttle valve is fully open, according to the rotational speed of the engine;
ideal in-cylinder gas amount-calculating means for calculating an ideal in-cylinder gas amount, which is an amount of gases filled in the cylinder in an ideal state in which it is assumed that no exhaust gases of the engine are recirculated into the cylinder, according to the reference in-cylinder gas amount and the intake pressure;
ideal in-cylinder gas temperature-calculating means for calculating a temperature of in-cylinder gases in the ideal state;
in-cylinder gas temperature-calculating means for calculating a temperature of actual in-cylinder gases filled in the cylinder;
in-cylinder gas amount-calculating means for calculating an in-cylinder gas amount, which is an amount of in-cylinder gases actually filled in the cylinder, by correcting the ideal in-cylinder gas amount using the ideal in-cylinder gas temperature according to the in-cylinder gas temperature;
intake air amount-obtaining means for obtaining an intake air amount actually drawn into the cylinder; and
EGR ratio-calculating means for calculating an EGR ratio, which is a ratio of an EGR amount to the in-cylinder gas amount, using the in-cylinder gas amount and the intake air amount.

US Pat. No. 10,003,230

AXIAL-GAP MOTOR-GENERATOR

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

1. An axial-gap motor-generator that operates as a motor or a generator, the axial-gap motor-generator comprising:a case;
a rotor that is accommodated in and rotatably supported by the case, the rotor including a magnet;
a stator that is accommodated in and fixed to the case, the stator including a coil that faces the magnet in an axial direction of a rotating shaft of the rotor; and
a cooling plate that is disposed on an outer side of the stator in a radial direction,
wherein the case includes an air inlet provided in an inner region in the radial direction and an air outlet provided in an outer region in the radial direction, the air outlet being formed between the cooling plate and the case in the axial direction,
wherein the rotor includes an airflow generating groove in an end surface thereof that faces in the axial direction, the airflow generating groove having an extending length in the radial direction,
wherein the cooling plate includes a radial groove in an end surface thereof that faces in the axial direction, the radial groove extending in the radial direction, and
wherein the cooling plate is in contact with an outer peripheral edge of the stator.

US Pat. No. 9,994,155

VEHICLE SIDE-VIEW MIRROR

ISHIZAKI HONTEN CO., LTD....

1. A vehicle side-view mirror comprising:a mirror base, which is fixed to a vehicle body; and
a mirror head, which includes a mirror surface, is attached to the mirror base to be rotatable about an axis vertically extending with respect to the mirror base, and is switchable between a folded position and an operative position, wherein
a gap is formed between the mirror base and the mirror head,
a sleeve, which protrudes upward, is formed on the mirror base,
an opening, into which the sleeve is inserted, is formed in a bottom of the mirror head,
the sleeve has an outer peripheral surface on which a first outer peripheral surface and a second outer peripheral surface, which is located further in an inward radial direction of the sleeve than the first outer peripheral surface, are formed in a circumferential direction,
the second outer peripheral surface is formed so as to extend smoothly in the circumferential direction of the sleeve, and
a passage, which guides wind entering the gap into the mirror head, is formed between the second outer peripheral surface and an inner peripheral surface of the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,994,175

SYSTEM FOR PRECONDITIONING A VEHICLE AND METHOD THEREOF

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

1. A method of preconditioning a vehicle, comprising:detecting an environmental condition outside of the vehicle via a camera;
sending, via a telematics system and using a wireless communication technology, a notification of the environmental condition to a remote device, wherein the remote device couples to the telematics system or a vehicle system of the vehicle via the wireless communication technology;
receiving, via the telematics system, a command from the remote device in response to the notification, wherein the command is related to a vehicle system of the vehicle; and
communicating the command to the vehicle system to cause a preconditioning of the vehicle,
wherein the preconditioning of the vehicle comprises determining, based on determining whether the vehicle is at an indoor or outdoor location, one or more parameters for the preconditioning, and operating one or more components of the vehicle based on the one or more parameters to precondition the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,976,322

VEHICLE LOCK-OUT PROTECTION SYSTEM

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

1. A lock-out protection system of a vehicle having an interior and doors configured to open and close to facilitate ingress to and egress from the interior and being lockable and unlockable upon issuance of corresponding commands, the system configured for use with a portable transceiver that is configured to send and receive signals, the system comprising:a processor configured to, upon receipt of a door lock command when a door is in open position and then moved to closed position:
determine presence or absence of the transceiver inside the vehicle interior and outside the vehicle interior; and
issue a door unlock command if the processor determines that the transceiver is absent both inside the vehicle interior and outside the vehicle interior.

US Pat. No. 9,960,728

ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE WINDING TEMPERATURE ESTIMATION DEVICE AND ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE WINDING TEMPERATURE ESTIMATION METHOD

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

1. A winding temperature estimation device for a rotating electric machine comprising:a rotating electric machine comprising a stator, which has slots and a winding configured with a plurality of segmented conducting wires that are inserted into the slots according to a shape of the slots and that have wire widths corresponding to widths of the slots, and a rotor;
a coolant supply part configured to supply a coolant to the winding and the stator;
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the coolant;
a heat reduction amount calculation part configured to calculate a heat reduction amount from the winding using the temperature of the coolant and a heat resistance of at least a portion between the coolant and the winding;
a heating value calculation part configured to calculate the heating value based on a copper loss and an eddy current loss of the winding; and
a winding temperature calculation part configured to calculate a temperature of the winding using the heat reduction amount from the winding and the heating value due to the loss of the winding.

US Pat. No. 9,950,698

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle brake system for braking a vehicle, the vehicle brake system comprising:a collision state determination section configured to detect a collision state of a vehicle in which the vehicle is in a collision event and to determine whether the collision state is a single collision state that indicates a single collision event or is a multiple collision state that indicates multiple collision events; and
a brake controller configured to start and control braking of the vehicle irrespective of driver's operation when the collision state determination section determines that the vehicle is in the collision event, the brake controller controlling a braking control amount for the braking, wherein
when it is determined by the collision state determination section that the collision state is the multiple collision state during the collision event, the brake controller increases the braking control amount to decelerate the vehicle when the multiple collision events actually occur in comparison with a braking control amount when the collision state is the single collision state.

US Pat. No. 9,950,704

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CHARGING CONTROL

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

1. A charging control device for controlling a charging of a secondary battery with a generator driven by an engine, comprising:a charge current detection unit configured to detect a charge current supplied to the secondary battery;
a discharge current detection unit configured to detect a discharge current supplied from the secondary battery;
a charge/discharge integration unit configured to compute an integrated charge/discharge value of the secondary battery according to the charge current and the discharge current;
a state of charge determination unit configured to determine a state of charge of the secondary battery according to the charge current while the secondary battery is being charged;
a state of charge recognition configured to recognize a state of charge of the secondary battery according to the integrated charge/discharge value as a recognized state of charge and to calibrate the recognized state of charge according to the state of charge determined by the state of charge determination unit;
a charge control unit configured to control the charging of the secondary battery such that the recognized state of charge is maintained at a prescribed upper limit value lower than a fully charged state by switching a generation voltage of the generator, the charge control unit being configured to charge the secondary battery over a prescribed determination time period required for the state of charge determination unit to determine the state of charge immediately after a starting of the engine; and
a terminal disconnection detection unit configured to detect a disconnection of a terminal of the secondary battery;
wherein the charge control unit is configured such that when a disconnection of the terminal of the secondary battery is detected, a secondary battery is reconnected after the disconnection, and a state of charge of the reconnected secondary battery as determined immediately after a subsequent starting of the engine is higher than the prescribed upper limit value, the charge control unit prohibits the charging of the reconnected secondary battery until the integrated charge/discharge value computed since the reconnection of the secondary battery reaches a prescribed discharge value.

US Pat. No. 9,945,477

SHIFT DRUM ANGLE DETECTING DEVICE FOR TRANSMISSION

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

1. A shift drum angle detecting device for a transmission, the shift drum angle detecting device being used for a constant-mesh transmission, the transmission including a main shaft supporting a plurality of driving gears and a counter shaft supporting a plurality of driven gears meshing with the plurality of the driving gears, the shift drum angle detecting device comprising:shift forks engaged with shifter gears of the driving gears and the driven gears;
a shift drum having an outer circumferential surface in which lead grooves to which one ends of the shift forks are locked are formed;
a first sensor shaft provided to the shift drum and rotated integrally with the shift drum;
a first angle sensor detecting a rotational angle of the first sensor shaft;
a speed increasing mechanism increasing an amount of rotation of the first sensor shaft at a predetermined speed increasing ratio, the speed increasing mechanism including
a speed increasing drive member rotated integrally with the first sensor shaft,
a speed increasing driven member driven by the speed increasing drive member and having a diameter smaller than the speed increasing drive member, and
a second sensor shaft rotated integrally with the speed increasing driven member; and
a second angle sensor detecting a rotational angle of the second sensor shaft, the second angle sensor being provided to the second sensor shaft;
a rotational angle of the shift drum being detected by using an output value based on the rotational angle detected by the first angle sensor and an output value based on the rotational angle detected by the second angle sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,944,212

LAMINATED PANEL

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

1. A laminated panel comprising:a core panel having a vertical wall portion which extends in a direction which intersects with a panel surface, and a flat portion which is formed to extend along the panel surface from an end portion of the vertical wall portion;
a pair of face plates which sandwich the core panel from both sides; and
a structural material having a rectangular cross-section portion,
wherein, among the vertical wall portion and the flat portion of the core panel, only the flat portion of the core panel is sandwiched between the rectangular cross-section portion and one of the face plates,
the structural material including:
a peripheral edge structural material which is disposed along peripheral edges of the pair of face plates; and
a connecting structural material which extends in a direction which intersects with the peripheral edge structural material.

US Pat. No. 9,937,972

WINDSHIELD DEVICE FOR SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A windshield device for a saddle-ride type vehicle comprising a windshield portion (31) provided adjustably in height,wherein the windshield portion (31) is attached through a rail member (41), the rail member (41) including an elongate hole (48b),
the windshield device includes a lever member (42) covering the elongate hole (48b) and a lock pin (46) fixed to a body side,
the rail member (41) is provided slidably relative to the lock pin (46) inserted through the elongate hole (48b), and
the lever member (42) includes a plurality of holes (68) with which the lock pin (46) is engageable.

US Pat. No. 9,937,787

FILLER PIPE

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

1. A filler pipe leading to a fuel tank, the filler pipe comprising:a retainer capable of retaining a fuel filler gun inserted through a fuel filler opening; and
a pipe main body extending from the retainer to the fuel tank,
wherein the retainer has a stopper limiting the insertion of the fuel filler gun,
wherein a flow guide is disposed on a fuel tank side of the stopper in the filer pipe, and
wherein a guide portion extending in a direction intersecting a longitudinal centerline extending in a longitudinal direction of the pipe main body is disposed at an end portion of the flow guide located on a fuel tank side of the flow guide,
wherein the flow guide is a split plate extending along the longitudinal direction of the pipe main body,
wherein the split plate partitions an inside of the pipe main body into a one side part and an opposite side part,
wherein the guide portion is disposed in the one side part, and extends from an inner surface of the filler pipe, toward the fuel tank, to a location distanced from the split plate, and
wherein the guide portion is a wall partitioning the one side part into a retainer side and a fuel tank side of the pipe main body to block flow of the fuel between the retainer side and the fuel tank side of the pipe main body.

US Pat. No. 9,919,747

VEHICLE SIDE IMPACT SENSING ASSEMBLY

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

1. A vehicle side impact sensing assembly comprising:
a side impact sensor installed on a center tunnel positioned in a vehicle width center of a body and extending in a vehicle
longitudinal direction; and

a bracket arranged on an upper end portion of the center tunnel and configured to mount the side impact sensor,
wherein the side impact sensor senses a side impact load acting sideways on the body, and outputs an expansion signal to left
and right side curtain airbag devices,

the bracket is formed to have a substantially M-shaped section when viewed from a front part of the body,
the bracket is a member put on the upper end portion of the center tunnel,
the bracket includes left and right vertical legs having plate surfaces pointing in a vehicle width direction, and a horizontal
middle portion positioned between the left and right legs and having a plate surface pointing in a vertical direction,

the left and right legs are overlaid on and joined to left and right side surfaces or an upper surface of the center tunnel,
the middle portion is set to be lower than upper ends of the left and right legs, and overlaid on and joined to the upper
surface of the center tunnel, and

left and right mounting portions for mounting the side impact sensor are formed between the middle portion and the upper ends
of the left and right legs.

US Pat. No. 9,902,394

VEHICLE BEHAVIOR INFORMATION ACQUISITION DEVICE AND VEHICLE TRAVEL CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle travel control device comprising:
a neutral characteristic setting controller configured to set a vehicle velocity-neutral yaw rate characteristic such that
the vehicle velocity-neutral yaw rate characteristic where a behavior of a vehicle is in a neutral state is previously set
based on a vehicle velocity and a steering angle of the vehicle;

a behavior information acquisition controller configured to acquire behavior information including an understeer state of
the vehicle based on an actual yaw rate detected by an actual yaw rate detector, a vehicle velocity detected by a vehicle
velocity detector, a steering angle detected by a steering angle detector, and the vehicle velocity-neutral yaw rate characteristic
previously set by the neutral characteristic setting controller; and

a travel controller configured to perform travel control so that the vehicle velocity of the vehicle follows a predetermined
vehicle velocity, wherein

the behavior information acquisition controller determines whether a deviation between the actual yaw rate and a neutral yaw
rate exceeds a predetermined deviation threshold, wherein the neutral yaw rate being obtained by using the vehicle velocity,
the steering angle, and the vehicle velocity-neutral yaw rate characteristic, and the behavior information acquisition controller
determines that the vehicle is in an understeer state when the deviation exceeds the predetermined deviation threshold, and

the travel controller performs the travel control of the vehicle using the behavior information acquired by the behavior information
acquisition controller.