US Pat. No. 9,903,278

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING OPERATING PARAMETER OF A GAS-TURBINE AEROENGINE

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

6. An apparatus for estimating operating parameter of a gas-turbine aeroengine mounted on an aircraft and having at least
a high-pressure turbine rotated by injection of high-pressure gas produced upon ignition and combustion of an air-fuel mixture
in a combustion chamber, and a low-pressure turbine located downstream of the high-pressure turbine to be rotated by low-pressure
gas exiting the high-pressure turbine, comprising:
a high-pressure turbine rotational speed sensor adapted to detect a rotational speed of the high-pressure turbine (N2);

an engine inlet temperature sensor adapted to detect an inlet temperature of the engine (T1);

a first bleed off valve position sensor adapted to detect a first amount of bled air flowing through a high-pressure compressor
connected to the high-pressure turbine and bled through a first bleed off valve;

a second bleed off valve position sensor adapted to detect a second amount of bled air flowing through the high-pressure compressor
connected to the high-pressure turbine and bled through a second bleed off valve;

a compressor outlet pressure calculator configured to calculate a corrected rotational speed of the high-pressure turbine
(N2K1) corrected by the inlet temperature of the engine (T1) based on the rotational speed of the high-pressure turbine (N2) detected by the high-pressure turbine rotational speed sensor and the inlet temperature of the engine (T1) detected by the engine inlet temperature sensor, and configured to calculate an outlet pressure of the high-pressure compressor
(P3) by retrieving preset first characteristics by at least the calculated corrected rotational speed of the high-pressure turbine
(N2K1) and the first amount of bled air detected by the first bleed off valve position sensor;

a first compressor outlet pressure compensating value calculator configured to calculate a compensating value (?P3) of the outlet pressure of the high-pressure compressor (P3) by retrieving preset second characteristics by at least the second amount of bled air detected by the second bleed off valve
position sensor; and

a final compressor outlet pressure calculator configured to calculate the outlet pressure of the high-pressure compressor
(P3) finally based on the outlet pressure of the high-pressure compressor (P3) calculated by the compressor outlet pressure calculator and the compensating value (?P3) calculated by the first compressor outlet pressure 30 compensating value calculator.

US Pat. No. 9,890,856

HYDRAULIC PRESSURE SUPPLY APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A hydraulic pressure supply apparatus for a vehicle in which an internal combustion engine, as a motive power source, is
brought to an automatic stop when predetermined stop conditions are satisfied, and is restarted when predetermined restart
conditions are satisfied during the automatic stop, and in which motive power of the engine is transmitted to drive wheels
via a power transmission apparatus, the hydraulic pressure supply apparatus supplying operating hydraulic pressure to the
power transmission apparatus, the hydraulic pressure supply apparatus comprising:
an oil pump for supplying operating hydraulic pressure to the power transmission apparatus, using the engine as a motive power
source, said oil pump being connected to the power transmission apparatus via an oil passage;

an accumulator that is connected to the oil passage, and is capable of accumulating hydraulic pressure;
a switching valve that is capable of effecting communication between said accumulator and the oil passage by opening during
operation of the engine, and cutting off the communication between said accumulator and the oil passage by closing during
the automatic stop of the engine;

manual stop determination means for determining whether or not the engine is under a manual stop caused by turn-off of the
ignition switch of the vehicle;

control means for performing manual stop-time control for opening said switching valve, when it is determined that the engine
is under the manual stop;

a hydraulic pressure sensor for detecting hydraulic pressure in the oil passage; and
failure determination means for determining based on the hydraulic pressure detected by said hydraulic pressure sensor when
a predetermined determination start time period elapsed after start of the manual stop-time control during the performance
of the manual stop-time control by said control means, whether or not a pressure accumulation device including said accumulator
and said switching valve is in failure,

wherein the predetermined determination start time period is set based on a time period which is taken until hydraulic pressure
from said accumulator is provided to said hydraulic pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,879,642

STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A straddle type vehicle comprising:
a body frame;
a power unit supported to said body frame; and
a throttle body connected to said power unit and adjusting an intake air amount, wherein a gyro sensor for detecting behavior
of the vehicle is arranged in said throttle body, wherein

said gyro sensor is arranged in a bracket supported to said throttle body,
said gyro sensor is supported to said bracket through a collar;
said collar includes a cylindrical tube portion, and an annular flange portion having an outer diameter larger than an outer
diameter of said tube portion;

said bracket includes a supporting portion, which is formed into a plate capable of supporting said collar;
said supporting portion has a long hole including
a large-diameter portion opened in the thickness direction of said supporting portion, and having an inner diameter which
is the same or larger than the outer diameter of said flange portion, and

a small-diameter portion continuous with said large-diameter portion, and having an inner diameter which is the same as the
outer diameter of said tube portion, or larger than the outer diameter of said tube portion and smaller than the outer diameter
of said flange portion; and

said collar is supported to said supporting portion, such that said tube portion is inserted into said small-diameter portion,
and said flange portion is arranged so as to sandwich said small-diameter portion at least from the upper side.

US Pat. No. 9,834,257

SUBFRAME STRUCTURE

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

1. A subframe structure for being disposed at a front of a vehicle and fixed to or floatably supported by a vehicle-body member,
the subframe structure comprising:
a front subframe made of steel and a rear subframe made of a light metal in which the subframe structure is divided in a front-rear
direction of the vehicle,

wherein:
the front subframe comprises a pair of left and right side members extending in approximately parallel with each other,
the rear subframe comprises a pair of left and right rear side sections; and a rear cross section connecting the left and
right rear side sections,

the left and right side members include extension sections extending in a rearward direction of the vehicle respectively,
the left and right side members each include first left and right flange sections respectively, on both laterally inward and
laterally outward sides thereof,

the left and right rear side sections each include second left and right flange sections respectively, on both laterally inward
and laterally outward sides thereof,

the left and right rear side sections are stacked on the left and right side members respectively,
the first left flange sections and the second left flange sections are welded together,
the first right flange sections and the second right flange sections are welded together,
the left side member and the left rear side section define a left closed section defining a left space therebetween,
the right side member and the right rear side section define a right closed section defining a right space therebetween, and
the left and right side members define left and right bolt-through holes communicating with the left and right spaces respectively,
the left and right side members are fastened to the left and right rear side sections by left and right bolts extending through
the left closed section and the right closed section respectively, and

the left and right bolts extend through the left and right bolt-through holes, and also through the left and right spaces
respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,811,781

TIME-SERIES DATA PREDICTION DEVICE OF OBSERVATION VALUE, TIME-SERIES DATA PREDICTION METHOD OF OBSERVATION VALUE, AND PROGRAM

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

1. A time-series data prediction device, including a computer processing unit, for predicting power demand by calculating
a predicted value of an observation value based on time-series data of an observation value, comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires a plurality of observation values from an energy demand notification device that continue
at predetermined time intervals, as a prediction data, from time-series data of an observation value of a predetermined observation
target and that acquires the plurality of observation values that continue at the predetermined time intervals, as a test
data, from the time-series data excluding the prediction data and that acquires a training data from the time-series data
excluding the prediction data and the test data, wherein the energy demand notification device acquires the plurality of observation
values of energy demand from a sensor attached to a power distribution board;

a prediction model generation unit that generates a prediction model to calculate time-series data, which is an observation
value predicted based on the given time-series data, using the training data;

a prediction unit that calculates a predicted value of an observation value using the prediction model generated by the prediction
model generation unit and the prediction data acquired by the acquisition unit;

a storage unit that stores a prediction model used in the past; and
an evaluation unit that evaluates a prediction accuracy of the prediction model generated by the prediction model generation
unit using the test data, wherein:

the evaluation unit compares at least a predicted value calculated by the prediction model acquired from the storage unit,
a predicted value calculated by the prediction model generated by the prediction model generation unit, and a predicted value
calculated by an average use prediction model to acquire a predicted value based on an average of time-series data of a predetermined
period, using the test data,

the evaluation unit sets a clustering flag and an average flag to off and a prediction model rewrite flag to on when a no-cluster
prediction model is selected, the prediction model rewrite flag and the clustering flag to on and the average flag to off
when a cluster-specific prediction model is selected, the prediction model rewrite flag, the average flag, and the clustering
flag to off when a previous prediction model is selected, and the average flag to on when an average use prediction model
is selected, and

the prediction unit calculates a predicted value of an observation value using a prediction model having a best result of
the comparison of the evaluation unit and the prediction data acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,777,876

CONNECTOR

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A connector that connects a pipe with a flange, the connector comprising;
a housing that has a connection hole where the pipe is inserted,
a retainer that has a latching portion arranged at a location facing the connection hole, wherein the latching portion retains
the pipe by engaging with the flange, and

a checker that is supported by the housing at a retaining position and that moves from the retaining position to a connection
confirmation position when the pipe is inserted into the connection hole to a normal connection position, wherein,

the housing includes engagement catches that are arranged at locations where the checker is inserted,
the checker includes engagement protrusions that engage with the engagement catches to support the checker at the retaining
position,

when the checker is pushed at the normal connection position, the retainer, which engages with the flange at the normal connection
position, moves in a direction away from the flange and releases the engagement between the latching portion and the flange
such that the pipe is pulled out from the connection hole,

the checker includes (i) a checker base and (ii) activation pieces that are side cantilevers projecting from both sides of
the checker base to surround the connection hole,

the activation pieces include pressed portions projecting from the activation pieces toward a center of the connection hole,
and latching catches at free ends of the activation pieces,

the pressed portions are disposed midway along a length of the activation pieces such that when the pressed portions are pressed
in touch with the flange, the distance between the activation pieces is expanded,

the retainer is integrally formed with the housing,
the retainer includes a pair of arc shaped cantilevers that surround the connection hole,
the retainer includes a load-bearing portion at each free end of the arc shaped cantilevers,
the checker includes a press-down piece that applies a force to expand a distance between the pair of cantilevers of the retainer
by engaging with the load-bearing portion, and

a press-down end of the press-down piece of the checker is engaged with the load-bearing portion of the retainer at the normal
connection position.

US Pat. No. 9,731,747

STEERING WHEEL STRUCTURE

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

1. A steering wheel structure, comprising:
a steering wheel main unit that is supported by a steering shaft;
a horn circuit that sounds a warning sound at a time of a horn operation; and
a steering equipment component that is to be attached to the steering wheel main unit,
wherein the steering wheel main unit and the steering equipment component are provided with a lock portion with which the
steering equipment component is retained on the steering wheel main unit when, in attaching the steering equipment component,
the steering equipment component is pushed in the steering wheel main unit by a predetermined stroke or longer,

wherein the steering wheel main unit and the steering equipment component are each provided with an energizing portion, the
energizing portions energize the horn circuit through mutual contact thereof,

wherein the lock portion is provided with a contact structure in which in attaching the steering equipment component, the
energizing portions are in contact connection to each other until the steering equipment component is pushed in by the predetermined
stroke or longer, and in which the contact connection between the energizing portions is interrupted when the steering equipment
component is pushed in by the predetermined stroke or longer,

wherein the lock portion comprises: an attachment pin that is protrudingly provided through a first of the steering equipment
component and the steering wheel main unit; and a pin reception portion that is provided in a second of the steering equipment
component and the steering wheel main unit and receives a front end portion of the attachment pin,

wherein a shaft portion of the attachment pin has: an engaging recess portion that opens to an outer circumferential side
of the shaft portion; and a guide wall portion that is arranged so as to be adjacent to a shaft front end side of the engaging
recess portion, and

wherein the pin reception portion is provided with an escape restriction member that, in attaching the steering equipment
component, is in abutment with the guide wall portion until the steering equipment component is pushed in by the predetermined
stroke or longer, and that goes into the engaging recess portion to restrict the attachment pin from escaping when the steering
equipment component is pushed in by the predetermined stroke or longer.

US Pat. No. 9,765,731

CANISTER ARRANGEMENT STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle comprising: a canister arrangement structure in which a canister for adsorbing evaporated fuel
in a fuel tank is disposed below step floors on which feet of an occupant are placed,
wherein the step floors are installed as a left and right pair and are directly supported from below by left and right step
frames, a main frame of the vehicle has a head pipe and down tubes, the step frames located outwardly away from the main frame
in a vehicle-width direction and connected to the down tubes, the step frames extending in a back and forth direction on the
outside of the down tubes in the vehicle-width direction to define spaces between the main frame and the step frames which
are covered from above by the step floors, the step frames disposed inside of a body cover which covers the step frames from
the sides, and the canister is disposed in one space on the inside of one step frame in the vehicle-width direction and is
supported by the one step frame.

US Pat. No. 9,728,887

CONNECTOR WATERPROOFING STRUCTURE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A connector waterproofing structure for watertightly sealing a gap between openings of cavities of a pair of housings which
accommodate terminals, the connector waterproofing structure comprising:
a first annular member formed at a first end surface of a first one of the housings at a location that is adjacent to a first
opening through the first end surface,

a second annular member formed at a second end of a second one of the housings at a location that is adjacent to a second
opening through the second end surface, the second annular member is deformed by engagement with the first annular member,

wherein the second annular member is pressed to an outer peripheral surface of the first annular member, when the pair of
housings are fitted together, and

an end face of a tip end portion of the second annular member and an inner face of the tip end portion of the second annular
member do not contact with the first annular member.

US Pat. No. 9,751,515

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

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

1. A vehicle travel control apparatus comprising:
a detection part that detects an operation state of an accelerator pedal by a driver;
an automatic travel control part that performs an automatic travel control in which a vehicle is automatically stopped according
to a predetermined condition and independent of the operation of the driver; and

an erroneous start limitation control part that limits a drive amount when the vehicle is started according to the operation
state of the accelerator pedal detected by the detection part, wherein

the erroneous start limitation control part decreases the degree of limitation of the drive amount when the vehicle is started
in a case where the vehicle is automatically stopped according to the automatic travel control compared to a case where the
vehicle is stopped according to the operation of the driver.

US Pat. No. 9,751,168

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ASSEMBLING VEHICULAR COMPONENTS

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

1. An adjustable locator for use with a jig to facilitate assembly of a vehicular damper and a knuckle, the adjustable locator
comprising:
an adjuster plate configured to locate an upper section of the damper relative to each of the jig and the knuckle during assembly;
a guide body disposed at an opposite side of the adjuster plate from the damper;
a shim configured for insertion between the adjuster plate and the guide body, insertion of the shim causing the adjuster
plate to change the relative orientation between the damper and the knuckle;

a biasing device configured to apply a biasing force to the guide body that biases the guide body toward the damper and thereby
fix the shim between the guide body and the adjuster plate, such that applying a force to the guide body that is greater than
the biasing force of the biasing device in a direction opposite to the biasing force of the biasing device enables the shim
to be removed from between the guide body and the adjuster plate; and

a stopper plate, wherein
the adjuster plate includes at least one bolt extending from a surface of the adjuster plate facing away from the damper,
the guide body defines at least one hole that is disposed and configured for the at least one bolt to extend therethrough,
the stopper plate defines at least one aperture that is disposed and configured for the at least one bolt to extend therethrough,
the stopper plate being spaced from the guide body in a longitudinal direction of the at least one bolt and facing a surface
of the guide body that faces away from the damper,

the biasing device includes at least one spring that is disposed around and coaxial with the at least one bolt, the at least
one spring being disposed between a surface of the stopper plate facing the damper and the surface of the guide body facing
away from the damper,

the at least one bolt includes a threaded end portion that projects from the stopper plate in a direction away from the damper,
and

the threaded end portion of the at least one bolt defines a diameter that is smaller than a diameter of a non-threaded adjacent
section of the bolt, the diameter of the threaded end portion being sufficiently small to extend through the at least one
aperture of the stopper plate, while the diameter of the non-threaded adjacent section of the bolt being larger than a diameter
of the at least one aperture of the stopper plate.

US Pat. No. 9,658,450

VEHICLE HEADS-UP DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle system comprising:
a heads-up display device for use in a motor vehicle for displaying a graphic element in view of an occupant while the occupant
views an environment through a display screen of the heads-up display device, the heads-up display device including a projector
configured to project a graphic element on the display screen through at least one reflector housed within a dashboard;

a first air duct housed within the dashboard for directing air flow within a passenger compartment, wherein a first light-transmitting
section having a closed cross-section along its longitudinal extent of the first air duct is formed of a light-transmitting
material adapted to allow the projected graphic element to pass therethrough; and

a second air duct housed within the dashboard for directing air flow within the passenger compartment, wherein a second light-transmitting
section of the second air duct is positioned adjacent to the first light-transmitting section, the second light-transmitting
section being formed of a light-transmitting material adapted to allow the projected graphic element to pass therethrough.

US Pat. No. 9,688,224

VEHICLE ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicle electric power supply apparatus mounted in a vehicle, the vehicle being provided with an internal combustion
engine and an operation switch which is used to output a signal that commands starting and stopping of the internal combustion
engine corresponding to an operation of an operator, the apparatus comprising:
a first power source;
a second power source that is connected in parallel to the first power source;
a DC-DC converter that is connected between the first power source and the second power source;
a resistance and a rectifier that are connected between the first power source and the second power source, the rectifier
being provided such that a current flows in a direction from the first power source to the second power source;

a switch that is connected in parallel to the DC-DC converter and is connected between the first power source and the second
power source;

an opening and closing unit that is used to open and close the switch; and
a control unit that controls the DC-DC converter and the opening and closing unit,
wherein,
when the internal combustion engine is stopped corresponding to the signal that is output from the operation switch, the control
unit sets the switch to be OFF using the opening and closing unit, and the control unit causes the second power source to
be discharged and the first power source to be charged until an output voltage of the second power source reaches a first
voltage that is less than a voltage of the first power source, and prevents the output voltage of the second power source
from decreasing to less than a minimum safeguard voltage, by electric power supply from the second power source to the first
power source via the DC-DC converter.

US Pat. No. 9,647,304

BATTERY COOLING STRUCTURE INCLUDING HEAT TRANSFER SHEET

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

1. A battery and battery cooling structure, comprising:
a battery module in which a plurality of battery cells are stacked,
intermediate holders sandwiched between adjacent ones of the battery cells,
a cooling plate, and
a heat transfer sheet that has a capability to be deformed by pressure, the heat transfer sheet being held between the cooling
plate and a cooling surface of the battery module, the cooling surface of the battery module extending along a stacking direction
of the battery cells, and heat of the battery module is transferred from the cooling surface to the cooling plate via the
heat transfer sheet to thus carry out cooling,

wherein the cooling plate is a hollow member in which a cooling medium passage is formed for a cooling medium to flow,
wherein the heat transfer sheet comprises grooves formed in an outer peripheral part and a middle part thereof, the groove
formed in the middle part having a width smaller than a width of the groove formed in the outer peripheral part,

wherein the grooves formed in the outer peripheral part and the middle part are positioned so as to correspond to the intermediate
holders when the heat transfer sheet is held to face the cooling surface of the battery module,

wherein the cooling plate is provided below the battery module in a vertical direction, and
wherein the heat transfer sheet is placed in contact with lower faces of the battery cells.

US Pat. No. 9,673,466

FUEL CELL MODULE

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

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

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

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

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

a start-up combustor for combusting the raw fuel and the oxygen-containing gas to produce the combustion gas,
wherein the fuel cell module includes:
a first area where the exhaust gas combustor and the start-up combustor are provided;
an annular second area around the first area and where the reformer and the heat exchanger are provided; and
an annular third area around the second area and where the evaporator is provided,
and wherein a stress relaxing portion for relaxing heat stress is provided at least along a border between the first area
and the second area, along a border between the second area and the third area, or along an outermost portion of the third
area.

US Pat. No. 9,638,627

INTEGRATING SPHERE

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

1. An integrating sphere, comprising:
a structure having a spherical inner wall that forms a spherical space;
an LED circuit board equipped at one end with a light-emitting device configured to radiate a light in the space at an input
port formed at the structure to be diffuse-reflected on the spherical inner wall and equipped at other end with a heat sink;

a measuring port formed at the structure to pass the light diffuse-reflected on the spherical inner wall on a measured object
on a measurement surface;

an output port formed at the structure to output a reflected light of the diffuse-reflected light passing the measuring port
and reflected on the measured object outside;

a detector configured to be detachably connected to the output port to receive the outputted reflected light; and
a measuring guide configured to be detachably attachable to the structure from outside of the measuring port for positioning
the integrating sphere on the measured object on the measurement surface, the measuring guide having a center hole configured
to allow an operator to visually position the measuring guide on the measured object on the measurement surface, the center
hole being configured to pass light from the measuring port to the measured object and to pass light reflected off the measured
object to the measuring port,

wherein the measuring guide comprises a covering portion configured to position the integrating sphere so that the output
port is placed opposite to the center hole, and

wherein the covering portion is configured to fit inside the measuring port of the integrating sphere.

US Pat. No. 9,670,702

LOCK CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A lock control device for a vehicle, comprising:
a door lock device that is configured to cause a door of the vehicle to be in an unlocked state or a locked state;
a door handle that is provided on an outer plate of the door, and that is configured to be operated in order to allow the
door to become an open state from a closed state;

a sensor array that is provided on the outer plate of the door in a vicinity of the door handle and that is arranged with
a plurality of contact detection sensors which are capable of detecting a contact with a predetermined detection object; and

a controller that is configured to control the door lock device to be in the unlocked state when the contact detection sensors
of the sensor array sequentially detect the contact moving in a first direction which is a direction from the sensor array
toward the door handle,

wherein the plurality of contact detection sensors are arranged in a direction along a longitudinal direction of the door
handle,

wherein the sensor array is arranged at a second direction-side of the outer plate of the door adjacent to the door handle,
the second direction being a direction opposite to the first direction, and

wherein the sensor array and the door handle are arranged next to each other along the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,634,305

BATTERY MODULE WITH COVERING PLATES

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

1. A battery module assembly comprising:
a battery module having a shape of a generally rectangular solid and formed by stacking plural rectangular battery cells;
at least four plates covering the battery module from four directions, the plates including:
a pair of side plates arranged along two side wall faces, opposing to each other in a stacking direction of the battery cells,
of the battery module;

a lower plate that swingably supports one end of the pair of side plates by a pair of hinge mechanisms located on corners
of the battery module and that is arranged along a lower wall face of the battery module; and

an upper plate that is arranged along an upper wall face of the battery module so as to be opposite to the lower plate, and
that connects the other ends of the pair of side plates to each other, wherein

the side plates and the upper plate are tightened and fixed by use of a fastening member with pressure being applied in the
stacking direction of the battery cells in order to fix the battery module, wherein

a seat for supporting an electrode plate serving as an output terminal of the battery module is arranged on a surface of the
upper plate,

wherein the battery module has a structure in which the battery cells and separators, which are arranged to secure a predetermined
gap between the battery cells, are alternately stacked, each separator defining a frame adapted to receive therein adjacent
battery cells,

wherein the adjacent battery cells inserted into the separator together with the separator form a cooling air passage,
wherein each of the separators includes a top plate and a bottom plate coupled to the top plate by a pair of side separator
plates, and a partition bar spaced from each of the side separator plates and spanning between the top and bottom plates,
the separators are formed with positioning projections received in positioning holes formed respectively in the upper plate
and the lower plate.

US Pat. No. 9,623,752

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle power supply system which converts electric power into AC (Alternating Current) power from a DC (Direct Current)
power source mounted in an electrically driven vehicle and supplies the AC power to an external AC device of the electrically
driven vehicle, the vehicle power supply system comprising:
a trunk room which is provided in the electrically driven vehicle;
a power supply connector having a power supply port which is provided within the trunk room and electrically connected to
the DC power source; and

an inverter device which is provided separately from the electrically driven vehicle, is disposed within the trunk room to
convert the electric power into the AC power from the DC power source and supplies the AC power to the external AC device
connected to the inverter device,

wherein the trunk room is provided therein with an inverter installation space where the inverter device is installed at a
position which does not overlap with the power supply port when viewed from a forward and rearward direction of the electrically
driven vehicle, and

wherein the inverter device is provided with a connection cable which is drawn from a side surface thereof and of which a
front end portion has a connector portion connected to the power supply port.

US Pat. No. 9,611,934

SHIFT CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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

9. A shift control apparatus for an automatic transmission, comprising:
a controller configured to control the automatic transmission, the automatic transmission comprising:
a first input shaft, a second input shaft, and an output shaft disposed parallel to each other;
a first clutch and a second clutch to transmit a driving force of a drive source to the first input shaft and the second input
shaft, respectively; and

gear trains to establish shift stages between the first and second input shafts and the output shaft through selecting synchronizing
devices,

wherein when a predetermined current shift stage is established between the output shaft and the first input shaft to which
the driving force is transmitted through engagement of the first clutch and when a target shift stage which is different from
the predetermined current shift stage and at which the first clutch is engaged is estimated, the controller controls a predetermined
one of the synchronizing devices to be engaged so as to establish a standby shift stage different from the predetermined current
shift stage and the target shift stage, and

wherein when the standby shift stage does not lie between the predetermined current shift stage and the target shift stage,
the controller controls the first clutch to be disengaged and the second clutch to be engaged, and controls a synchronizing
device among the synchronizing devices for the predetermined current shift stage to be disengaged and a synchronizing device
among the synchronizing devices for the target shift stage to be engaged during a disengagement of the first clutch, and then
controls the second clutch to be disengaged and the first clutch to be engaged.

US Pat. No. 9,604,672

VEHICLE BODY REAR STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body rear structure, comprising:
a pair of side sills provided at left and right sides of a vehicle body respectively and extending in a substantially front-rear
direction of the vehicle body;

a pair of rear side frames provided at left and right sides of a vehicle body rear portion respectively and extending in the
substantially front-rear direction of the vehicle body;

a rear sub-frame, both ends of which in a vehicle width direction are connected to the rear side frames respectively, and
supporting a part of left and right rear suspension devices; and

left and right braces, each including a front end portion joined to a corresponding one of the side sills and rear end portion
joined to a middle area of the rear sub-frame in the vehicle width direction, wherein

the rear sub-frame includes left and right first arm supports each supporting a first suspension arm of the respective suspension
devices in a swingable manner, and

an intermediate area between the front end portion and the rear end portion of each of the left and right braces is connected
to a corresponding one of the first arm supports.

US Pat. No. 9,592,610

REMOTE CONTROLLER

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

1. A remote controller for making a user remotely manipulate a robot moving autonomously, comprising:
a first manipulation processing element configured to recognize a designated route input by the user via an input device,
and to recognize a boundary of a designated region and a position and an external shape of an object existing in the designated
region; and

a second manipulation processing element configured to determine whether the designated route satisfies a stable movement
requirement, wherein the stable movement requirement is satisfied when it is determined that the robot is capable of moving
according to the designated route without straying away from the designated region and with a low possibility of coming into
contact with the object, on the basis of the recognition result of the first manipulation processing element, and the second
manipulation processing element is also configured to transmit a first command signal to the robot only after determining
that the stable movement condition is satisfied by the designated route, the first command signal making the robot move according
to the designated route.

US Pat. No. 9,595,753

ANTENNA ARRANGEMENT STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

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

1. An antenna arrangement structure for a vehicle communication apparatus, in which interior antennas are arranged inside
a vehicle interior surrounded by a vehicle body including right and left side sills formed of material reflecting an electromagnetic
wave and extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle body, a floor panel laid between the right and left side sills,
and respective door inner panels of right and left doors positioned in a vicinity of the right and left side sills, and the
interior antennas can communicate with a portable terminal device existing inside the vehicle interior over radio,
wherein the interior antennas include right and left leaky coaxial cables capable of transmitting, to inside of the vehicle
interior, a radio wave of a high-frequency zone having a frequency of 150 MHz or higher generated by a signal generator, and

the right and left leaky coaxial cables are positioned, on a more inner side in a vehicle width direction than the right and
left door inner panels, either at a lower portion of the vehicle interior and above the right and left side sills or at the
lower portion of the vehicle interior and above both end portions in the vehicle width direction of the floor panel, and extend
in a vehicle longitudinal direction,

wherein the right and left leaky coaxial cables are covered with right and left side sill covers to cover at least a part
of the right and left side sills and the floor panel.

US Pat. No. 9,595,253

ACTIVE NOISE REDUCTION SYSTEM, AND VEHICULAR ACTIVE NOISE REDUCTION SYSTEM

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

1. An active noise reduction system that actively reduces noise, the system comprising:
a first sound collecting unit disposed in a first space in a closed space, that collects sound generated in the first space;
a second sound collecting unit disposed in a second space situated away from the first space in the closed space, that collects
sound generated in the second space;

a first sound output unit that is disposed in the first space and outputs sound;
a second sound output unit that is disposed in the second space and outputs sound; and
an active noise reduction device that performs control to output a cancellation sound that reduces noise in the closed space,
from at least one of the first sound output unit and the second sound output unit,

the active noise reduction device including:
a first audio compositing unit that generates first composite audio generated by compositing audio signals of a first cancellation
sound with audio collected by the second sound collecting unit, the first cancellation sound being generated by referencing
the noise and audio collected by the first sound collecting unit, and

a second audio compositing unit that generates second composite audio generated by compositing audio signals of a second cancellation
sound with audio collected by the first sound collecting unit, the second cancellation sound being generated by referencing
the noise and audio collected by the second sound collecting unit,

wherein the active noise reduction device
performs control to output the first composite audio to the first sound output unit, while outputting the second composite
audio to the second sound output unit, and

at the time of generating the first and second composite audios, performs processing to remove audio components from each
of the audio collected by the first sound collecting unit and the audio collected by the second sound collecting unit, the
audio components belonging to a frequency band associated with noise that is to be reduced in the closed space.

US Pat. No. 9,567,032

BRAKE CALIPER ARRANGEMENT STRUCTURE FOR MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A brake caliper arrangement structure for a motorcycle comprising:
a swing arm that rotatably supports a rear wheel;
a brake caliper for braking; and
a brake caliper for parking which can maintain a parked state;
wherein the brake caliper for braking and the brake caliper for parking are provided on the swing arm,
and the brake caliper for braking and the brake caliper for parking are both arranged in front of an axle of the rear wheel
when viewed from a side,

and the brake caliper for parking is arranged at a position on a vehicle widthwise inside of the swing arm and overlapping
the swing arm, and the brake caliper for braking is arranged above the swing arm.

US Pat. No. 9,556,931

ELEMENT FOR METALLIC BELT

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

1. An element for a metallic belt used in a belt-type continuously variable transmission,
the belt-type continuously variable transmission including: a drive pulley and a driven pulley each of which has a pulley
groove defined by a fixed pulley half and a movable pulley half; and a belt including an element and wound around the pulley
groove of each of the drive pulley and the driven pulley,

a constant-angle inclined generatrix portion in which a generatrix is inclined at a constant angle to widen the pulley groove
radially outward being formed on a radial inner side of a surface of contact, with the element, of at least the fixed pulley
half out of the fixed pulley half and the movable pulley half,

a curved generatrix portion in which the generatrix is curved to gradually increase an inclination angle while widening the
pulley groove radially outward being formed on a radial outer side of the surface of contact,

the belt-type continuously variable transmission changing a gear ratio by: moving the movable pulley half of one pulley out
of the drive pulley and the driven pulley away from the fixed pulley half of the one pulley to increase a width of the pulley
groove of the one pulley; and moving the movable pulley half of the other pulley out of the drive pulley and the driven pulley
closer to the fixed pulley half of the other pulley to decrease a width of the pulley groove of the other pulley, and

a locking edge portion that contacts an adjacent element is formed in the element;
a belt radial outer portion of a side edge of the element is linearly shaped to come into line contact with the constant-angle
inclined generatrix portion of any of the drive pulley and the driven pulley;

a projecting portion located below the locking edge portion and extending inward in a belt radial direction is provided at
each of lower ends of both side edges of the element; and

when the element and the curved generatrix portion on the radial outer side of any of the drive pulley and the driven pulley
contact each other, the projecting portion bends inward in an axial direction of the pulley.

US Pat. No. 9,556,800

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AEROPLANE GAS TURBINE ENGINE

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

1. An apparatus for controlling an aeroplane gas turbine engine having a plurality of sensors, a plurality of devices for
operating the engine, and first and second control channels first control channel comprising:
a first command value calculation unit that calculates a first command value for controlling operation of the engine through
the devices based on signals outputted from the sensors;

a first outputting unit that sends the first command value calculated by the first command value calculation unit to the devices
for operating the engine;

a first failure level determiner that determines whether any of the sensors and the devices is abnormal based on the signals
outputted from the sensors, determines that the first control channel is failed if any of the sensors and the devices is determined
to be abnormal, and determines a failure level of the first control channel in numerical value depending on degree of abnormality;
and

a first transmitter that transmits the determined failure level of the first control channel to the second control channel,
and

the second control channel comprising:
a second command value calculation unit that calculates a second command value for controlling operation of the engine through
the devices based on signals outputted from the sensors;

a second outputting unit that sends the second command value calculated by the second command value calculation unit to the
devices for operating the engine;

a second failure level determiner that determines whether any of the sensors and the devices is abnormal based on the signals
outputted from the sensors, determines that the second control channel is failed if any of the sensors and the devices is
determined to be abnormal, and determines a failure level of the second control channel in numerical value depending on degree
of abnormality; and

a second transmitter that transmits the determined failure level of the second control channel to the first control channel,
wherein
the first control channel further comprises a first receiver that receives the failure level of the second control channel
transmitted by the second transmitter,

the second control channel further comprises a second receiver that receives the failure level of the first control channel
transmitted by the first transmitter, and

when both of the first and second control channels are determined to be failed, the first or second outputting units compare
the failure levels of the first and second control channels, determines that one of the first and second control channels
having a smaller failure level is in an active condition and one of the first and second control channels having a greater
failure level is in a standby condition, and sends one of the first and second command values of the one of the first and
second control channels in the active condition to the devices for operating the engine.

US Pat. No. 9,555,847

SUSPENSION ASSEMBLY TRANSPORT DEVICE

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

1. A suspension assembly conveyance apparatus for lifting up and conveying a suspension assembly including left and right
hubs to be connected to vehicle wheels, the hubs being provided at opposite ends of the assembly in a vehicle widthwise direction,
the apparatus comprising:
left and right attachments configured to be releasably mounted to the hubs from an outside in the vehicle widthwise direction;
receiving members for supporting the attachments such that the attachments do not move horizontally in relation to corresponding
the receiving members;

left and right arm members having the receiving members at lower ends thereof, said arm members provided for moving the receiving
members in the vehicle widthwise direction; and

a carrying mechanism for carrying the attachments, the receiving members and the left and right arm members together,
wherein each of the attachments includes a disc-shaped body portion having a fitting hole formed coaxially and centrally therein
and configured to receive an annular portion of the hub, where said annular portion protrudes outwardly in the vehicle widthwise
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,550,419

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN AUGMENTED REALITY VEHICLE INTERFACE

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

1. A method for providing an augmented reality vehicle interface comprising:
receiving an image of a vehicle with an image capturing device;
identifying points of interest within portions of the image of the vehicle that correspond with vehicle features;
identifying a user classification category of the user that is capturing the image of the vehicle, wherein identifying the
user classification category of the user that is capturing the image of the vehicle includes determining whether a driver
or a passenger is operating the image capturing device while capturing the image of the vehicle, wherein determining whether
the driver or the passenger is operating the image capturing device includes determining a cardinal and ordinal position of
the image capturing device with respect to the vehicle while the user is capturing the image of the vehicle, wherein a guidance
point is assigned at a location of a front portion of the vehicle that is based on the cardinal position of the image capturing
device, and the guidance point is utilized to determine the ordinal position of the image capturing device, wherein determining
whether the driver or the passenger is operating the image capturing device includes determining a location within the vehicle
where the user capturing the image of the vehicle is located, wherein determining the location within the vehicle where the
user capturing the image of the vehicle is located includes determining directional degrees of the location of the image capturing
device with respect to the guidance point, wherein the location of the vehicle includes at least one of: a left front seat
of the vehicle, a center front seat of the vehicle, a right front seat of the vehicle, a left rear seat of the vehicle, a
center rear seat of the vehicle, and a center right seat of the vehicle, and wherein the user classification category is identified
based on the location within the vehicle where the user capturing the image of the vehicle is located;

presenting an augmented reality image of the vehicle by overlaying one or more virtual user interface objects on the points
of interest, wherein the one or more virtual user interface objects are overlaid as one or more circular points of focus over
the points of interest, wherein the one or more virtual user interface objects are presented based on whether the driver or
the passenger is operating the image capturing device while capturing the image of the vehicle; and

controlling the vehicle features via the one or more virtual user interface objects.

US Pat. No. 9,553,493

ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE

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

1. A rotary electric machine comprising:
a motor rotor; and
a coolant supply unit configured to supply a cooling fluid for cooling the motor rotor,
the motor rotor including:
a rotational shaft having one end and another end opposite to the one end;
a tubular member extending along the rotational shaft, having a bottom wall disposed on the one end side of the rotational
shaft and an opening disposed on the another end side of the rotational shaft, the bottom wall being fixed to an outer circumferential
surface of the rotational shaft; and

a rotor core fixed to an outer circumferential surface of the tubular member,
wherein the coolant supply unit has an outlet hole at a point spaced apart from and facing the bottom wall of the tubular
member in an axial direction of the rotational shaft, the outlet hole being configured to supply the cooling fluid toward
the bottom wall of the tubular member,

the bottom wall of the tubular member has a through hole extending along the axial direction of the rotational shaft, and
the cooling fluid is supplied through the through hole to inside of the tubular member,
a first protrusive wall is annularly formed on the bottom wall of the tubular member and projects toward the one end side
of the rotational shaft from a portion positioned radially outward of the through hole, and

the outlet hole is disposed radially inward of the first protrusive wall and faces the bottom wall of the tubular member in
the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,553,416

WIRE CONNECTION STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE OPTIONAL PARTS

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

1. A wire connection structure for a vehicle optional part, the wire connection structure comprising a power socket connected
to a power supply of a vehicle, the wire connection structure obtaining a power supply for an optional part by cutting in
a feeder path supplying electric power to the power socket,
wherein a main-side output cord for supplying electric power to the power socket is branched from a main harness in which
a plurality of wires are bundled;

the power socket and the main-side output cord are disconnectably connected to each other through a pair of couplers;
an optional part harness for supplying electric power to the optional part attached to one end side thereof is provided at
another end portion thereof with an option-side output cord and an input cord which are bifurcated from a gathering part;

the option-side output cord and the power socket are disconnectably connected to each other through a pair of couplers, and
the input cord and the main-side output cord are disconnectably connected to each other through a pair of couplers;

the option-side output cord is formed to be longer than the input cord; and
at the time of additionally installing the optional part in the vehicle, the option-side output cord of the optional part
harness for the optional part to be additionally installed is connected to the power socket, and the main-side output cord
or the option-side output cord which has been connected to the power socket is bent into a U shape and then connected to the
input cord.

US Pat. No. 9,541,526

NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING DEVICE FOR TESTING A WELDED REGION OF A WORKPIECE

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

1. A non-destructive testing device, comprising:
a magnetic flux generator having an excitation controller, and
a detection processor, which are adapted to generate a magnetic flux density by applying a magnetic field to a measurement
subject,

said testing device further comprising a magnetic flux detection element,
said detection processor further adapted to:
measure magnetic flux emitted from a plurality of locations on the measurement subject by way of the magnetic flux detection
element,

calculate, after the magnetic field is discontinued, a plurality of time constants of transient change in magnetic flux, and
detect an internal structure of the measurement subject from a distribution state of the time constants,
wherein the magnetic flux detection element comprises a plurality of microcoils arranged in a vertical line and a horizontal
line, the lines forming a cross shape,

wherein the detection processor is adapted
to dispose the magnetic flux detection element at a predetermined location on the measurement subject,
to performs a first measurement using a first subset of microcoils of the plurality of microcoils arranged in the vertical
line, and

to perform a second measurement by way of a second subset of microcoils of the plurality of microcoils arranged in the horizontal
line at the same location as the predetermined location, and

wherein the detection processor is adapted to estimate a center location of a nugget formed inside of the measurement subject
and/or diameter of the nugget,

by calculating an intersection between: a perpendicular line passing through a central point of a connecting line of first
two points extracted, by acquiring measurement results from the first measurement, and extracting from the measurement results
the first two points of corresponding to two microcoils of the first subset of microcoils, the first two points corresponding
to a contour line of the nugget; and

a perpendicular line passing through a central point of a connecting line of second two points extracted, by acquiring measurement
results from the second measurement, and extracting from the measurement results the second two points corresponding to two
microcoils of the second subset of microcoils, the second two points corresponding to the contour line of the nugget;

setting the intersection thus calculated as a center location, and calculating a diameter of a circle passing through the
first two points or the second two points centering around the center location.

US Pat. No. 9,541,577

CURRENT APPLICATION DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR ELEMENT

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

1. A current application device, comprising:
a contacting section which includes a plurality of projections for contacting a contact region within an active region of
a semiconductor element and for applying a test current thereto, in which the plurality of projections consist of inner side
projections for contacting an inner side contact region of the active region and outer side projections for contacting an
outer side contact region of the active region surrounding the inner side contact region, the outer side projections surrounding
the inner side projections, and an arrangement density of the outer side projections is greater than an arrangement density
of the inner side projections; and

a pressing section which presses the contacting section against the semiconductor element such that the plurality of the projections
contact the contact region,

wherein an arrangement area of each of the outer side projections is larger than an arrangement area of each of the inner
side projections.

US Pat. No. 9,533,415

CONTROL DEVICE FOR MOBILE ROBOT

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

1. A control device for a mobile robot which is caused to travel by moving three or more limbs extended from a base body thereof,
the control device being configured to control an operation of the mobile robot so as to cause an actual motion of the mobile
robot to track a desired motion thereof and also to cause at least a controlled external force element, which is a prescribed
type of element defining a position of a total floor reaction force central point as a point of application of total floor
reaction force, to track a desired value for the controlled external force element, the control device comprising:
a required total floor reaction force central point position calculating unit configured to calculate a required total floor
reaction force central point position as a position of the total floor reaction force central point, by using as a factor
a first total floor reaction force center reference position which is defined on the basis of a current time's supporting
region and a next time's supporting region, the current time's supporting region being a smallest convex region including
ground contact surfaces of current time's supporting limbs which are located on the ground during a current time's free limb
period that extends from when at least one limb out of the three or more limbs is lifted until when the same is landed, the
next time's supporting region being a smallest convex region including ground contact surfaces of next time's supporting limbs
which include the at least one limb and which are located on the ground during a next time's free limb period that extends,
after the landing of the at least one limb, from when at least one limb different from the at least one limb is lifted until
when the same is landed; and

a desired controlled external force element value determining unit configured to successively determine a desired value of
the controlled external force element on the basis of the calculated required total floor reaction force central point position.

US Pat. No. 9,513,118

STRAIN GAGE DEVICE AND METHOD

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

1. A strain gage device for positioning and applying strain gages in vehicles, comprising:
an alignment jig for fixing a position relative to a cylinder bore in an associated engine block;
a rotatable member selectively rotatable relative to the alignment jig to a desired angular position; and
at least one arm pivotally mounted to the rotatable member for applying a strain gage to the associated engine block, the
at least one arm having at least one end spaced apart from the rotatable member for carrying the strain gage, the at least
one arm pivotable about the rotatable member to radially move the at least one end relative to an axis of rotation of the
rotatable member for applying the strain gage at a location spaced apart axially from the rotatable member; and

a locking device for locking an angular position of the rotatable member relative to the alignment jig, wherein the locking
device includes:

at least one alignment jig aperture defined by the alignment jig;
at least one rotatable member aperture defined by the rotatable member, wherein the rotatable member is rotatable to position
the at least one rotatable member aperture in registry with the at least one alignment jig aperture; and

a pin receivable through the at least one alignment jig aperture and the at least one rotatable member aperture when in registry
with one another to lock the angular position of the rotatable member relative to the alignment jig, and

wherein the at least one alignment jig aperture is a plurality of apertures disposed in circumferentially spaced relation
to one another about a central circular aperture defined by the alignment jig in which the rotatable member is received.

US Pat. No. 9,511,682

VEHICLE, AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

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

1. A vehicle comprising:
a left electric motor mechanically connected to a left wheel;
a right electric motor mechanically connected to a right wheel;
an electric motor controller, which is configured to control a left motive power that is a motive power generated by the left
electric motor, and control a right motive power that is a motive power generated by the right electric motor; and

an electric power source electrically connected to the left electric motor and the right electric motor;
wherein the electric motor controller is configured to:
determine a left and right sum upper limit value, which is a maximum value of a sum of the left motive power and the right
motive power, based on the electric power that is capable of being supplied from the electric power source;

determine a target left motive power for the left electric motor and a target fight motive power for the right electric motor,
based on the left and right sum upper limit value, a target left and right difference, which is a target value for a difference
between the left motive power and the right motive power, and a target left and right sum, which is a target value for a sum
of the left motive power and the right motive power;

determine a left loss electric power based on the target left motive power and a rotational state quantity of the left electric
motor, and a right loss electric power based on the target right motive power and a rotational state quantity of the right
electric motor;

correct the left and right sum upper limit value based on the left loss electric power and the right loss electric power,
to thereby determine a corrected left and right sum upper limit value;

correct the target left motive power and the target right motive power based on the corrected left and right sum upper limit
value and the target left and right difference; and

control the left electric motor and the right electric motor based on the target left motive power and the target right motive
power, which have been corrected.

US Pat. No. 9,508,199

MOBILE DEVICE COMMUNICATING WITH MOTOR VEHICLE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle system for a motor vehicle comprising:
an electronic control unit configured for installation and use as part of a motor vehicle;
an onboard navigation system;
an interface configured for enabling communication between the onboard navigation system and a mobile device;
a display device; and
a computer-readable medium in communication with the electronic control unit having stored thereon computer-readable instructions
for instructing the electronic control unit to perform actions comprising:

receiving information from the mobile device;
computing a mobile device validity and quality rating for the information received from the mobile device;
computing an onboard validity and quality rating for information from the onboard navigation system;
evaluating the mobile device quality rating to determine whether the information received from the mobile device is accurate;
notifying a user, via the display device, whether the information received from the mobile device is determined to be accurate;
prompting the user, via the display device, to select whether to integrate at least one feature of the mobile device; and
integrating the at least one feature of the mobile device with the onboard navigation system for receiving further information
from the mobile device when the information received from the mobile device is determined to be accurate and when the user
selects, via the display device, to integrate the at least one feature of the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 9,508,000

OBJECT RECOGNITION APPARATUS

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

1. An object recognition apparatus comprising:
a candidate image extraction unit that extracts a candidate image part, which is an image part of an object having a quantity
of characteristics of a pedestrian, from a pickup image of a camera;

a distance calculation unit that calculates a distance between a corresponding real space position and the camera on the candidate
image part extracted by the candidate image extraction unit; and

a candidate image determination unit configured to:
set a determination area in real space at a predetermined distance in front of the vehicle and bounded by a length in an imaging
direction of the camera and a width in a horizontal direction orthogonal to the imaging direction;

determine if a first predetermined number of candidate image parts fall within the determination area based on the corresponding
real space positions of the candidate image parts; and

determine that the candidate image parts having the corresponding real space positions thereof falling within the determination
area have a low possibility of being image parts of a pedestrian.

US Pat. No. 9,487,261

STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE WITH LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. A straddle type vehicle comprising:
a liquid crystal display device including a liquid crystal panel and a back light source arranged on a rear side of a display
surface of the liquid crystal panel;

a main controller which receives predetermined inputs pertaining to a current operating state of the vehicle or to a rider's
intended operations of the vehicle; and

a sub-controller for controlling said liquid crystal panel and said back light source;
wherein said sub-controller is configured to
switch the back light source from a normal output state to a low output state when the main controller determines that the
vehicle is idle, and

switch the back light source back to the normal output state if the main controller determines that the vehicle is not idle;
and

wherein the main controller is configured to determine that the vehicle is idle when, for at least a predetermined time period,
a vehicle speed is 0 km/s and a shift position is neutral and a throttle value opening amount is 0 and there is no input from
a starter switch and there is no input from an engine stop switch and a gyro signal is maintained in a constant range and
an input from an acceleration sensor is maintained in a constant range.

US Pat. No. 9,489,849

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING ROAD CONDITIONS USING BLIND SPOT INFORMATION

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

1. A system for monitoring conditions on a roadway for a vehicle comprising:
a control unit monitoring a number of times that a plurality of existing blind spot information sensors coupled to the vehicle
detect objects around the vehicle when the vehicle is moving, the number of times indicating traffic congestion on lanes of
the roadway adjacent to and carrying traffic in a same direction as the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,483,053

ARRANGEMENT OF AREA WIRE FOR UNMANNED AUTONOMOUS OPERATING VEHICLE AND CONTROL APPARATUS OF THE SAME

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

1. An apparatus for controlling an unmanned autonomous operating vehicle having an electric motor supplied with power from
a battery for operating an operating machine, prime movers for driving wheels, and magnetic sensors for detecting intensity
of a magnetic field of an area wire,
the apparatus comprising:
a circular charging device detecting area set to be used for detecting a position of a charging device installed on the area
wire, a center of the charging device detecting area being at the charging device;

a turn-back portion including a pair of bending wire portions facing each other, the pair of bending wire portions being formed
by bending the area wire at a first position on an opposite side of the charging device across an operating area defined by
the area wire toward the charging device detecting area and again bending the area wire at a second position within the charging
device detecting area toward the first position, the pair of bending wire portions being separated from each other by a predetermined
distance, an area between the pair of bending wire portions being outside the operating area so that the operating area is
divided into two zones through the pair of bending wire portions; and

a controller adapted to control the vehicle in an operating mode to run about in the operating area through the wheels driven
by the prime movers to perform an operation using the operating machine while determining whether the vehicle is inside the
operating area based on signals from the magnetic sensors to allow the vehicle to go across the area between the pair of bending
wire portions based on a comparison of a time period that the vehicle is determined to be outside the operating area with
a threshold value, and to control the vehicle in a return mode to turn about when the vehicle is determined to have reached
the charging device detecting area and subsequently run toward the area wire to be guided to the charging device when the
vehicle is to be returned to the charging device so as to charge the battery.

US Pat. No. 9,469,361

VEHICLE INCLUDING STEPS

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

1. A vehicle comprising:
steps provided on left and right sides of the vehicle, respectively, and configured for supportively receiving feet of a vehicle
occupant thereon;

a step operating mechanism that is configured to selectively change a step position; and
a control unit operatively connected to said step operating mechanism, said control unit being operable to change a position
of the step in response to at least one of an acceleration operation, a deceleration operation, and a turn operation of the
vehicle,

wherein:
the step operating mechanism is configured to change a height of the step for the occupant; and
the control unit is configured to control the step operating mechanism to raise the height of the step position on an opposite
side to a turn direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,452,755

VEHICLE TRAVEL CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicle travel control apparatus having a vehicle speed control unit which controls a vehicle speed of an own vehicle
based on a target vehicle speed of the own vehicle set beforehand, comprising:
a vehicle speed detection unit which detects an actual vehicle speed of the own vehicle;
an external situation recognition unit which recognizes an external situation in the surroundings of the own vehicle;
a utility function determination unit which determines a particular utility function from a plurality of utility functions
based on the target vehicle speed and the detected vehicle speed, wherein each of the utility functions represents a predetermined
functional relationship between a manipulated variable for vehicle speed control, which is a manipulated variable for controlling
the vehicle speed of the own vehicle, and a utility index value, which is an index value representing an effectiveness degree
of controlling the vehicle speed of the own vehicle according to each value of the manipulated variable for vehicle speed
control;

a travel inhibition degree function determination unit which determines a particular travel inhibition degree function from
a plurality of travel inhibition degree functions based on the recognized external situation, wherein each of the travel inhibition
degree functions represents a predetermined functional relationship between the manipulated variable for vehicle speed control
and a travel inhibition degree index value, which is an index value representing an inhibition degree of the travel of the
own vehicle estimated in a case where the vehicle speed of the own vehicle is controlled according to each value of the manipulated
variable for vehicle speed control; and

an appropriateness function determination unit which determines a particular appropriateness function by combining the particular
utility function and the particular travel inhibition degree function, wherein the particular appropriateness function represents
a relationship between the manipulated variable for vehicle speed control and an appropriateness of each value of the manipulated
variable for vehicle speed control,

wherein the vehicle speed control unit is configured to calculate the appropriateness of each value of the manipulated variable
for vehicle speed control using the particular appropriateness function, and to control the vehicle speed of the own vehicle
by manipulating a driving/braking force of the own vehicle according to the value of the manipulated variable for vehicle
speed control corresponding to a highest calculated appropriateness.

US Pat. No. 9,428,067

VEHICLE RUNNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM UNDER RENEWABLE ENERGY

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

1. A vehicle running management system under renewable energy comprising:
a charging site, having an electric generator, which is supplied with renewable energy from the electric generator and system
energy from a system energy source;

a charging site manager for managing an amount of renewable energy in the charging site;
an electrically driven vehicle having a vehicle-mounted electric storage device which is charged with renewable energy and
system energy that are sent from the charging site when the vehicle-mounted electric storage device is electrically connected
to the charging site; and

a vehicle manager for managing an amount of renewable energy stored in the vehicle-mounted electric storage device of the
electrically driven vehicle;

wherein the vehicle manager manages a remaining amount of renewable energy stored in the vehicle-mounted electric storage
device as the remaining amount increases and decreases when renewable energy is charged into the vehicle-mounted electric
storage device and renewable energy is discharged from the vehicle-mounted electric storage device, and

wherein the vehicle manager further manages a remaining amount of system energy stored in the vehicle-mounted electric storage
device and a total remaining amount of energy stored in the vehicle-mounted electric storage device,

wherein the vehicle manager calculates a loss as a difference between a total discharged amount representing a total transmitted
amount of electric energy, which includes renewable energy and system energy measured at the charging site, and a total charged
amount in the vehicle-mounted electric storage device which is measured by the vehicle manager, and

if the loss is smaller than the amount of system energy transmitted from the charging site, then the vehicle manager manages
the loss entirely as an amount of system energy, and if the loss is greater than the amount of system energy transmitted from
the charging site, then the vehicle manager covers the loss with the amount of system energy and manages a shortage of the
amount of system energy as the amount of renewable energy.

US Pat. No. 9,421,876

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING APPARATUS

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

1. An electric vehicle charging apparatus equipped with a power storage apparatus that is capable of being charged with an
outside vehicle charger, the apparatus comprising:
a vehicle-side charging connector that is attachably and detachably connected to a charger-side connector provided in the
charger;

vehicle-side charging positive pole and negative pole lines that connect the vehicle-side charging connector and the power
storage apparatus;

a diode that is provided in the vehicle-side charging line, in which a forward direction is connected toward the power storage
apparatus from the charger;

a resistor that is disposed in the vehicle to connect the vehicle-side charging positive pole line and the vehicle-side charging
negative pole line, at a location on the lines extending between the diode and the vehicle-side charging connector;

a stored power voltage detection unit that detects the voltage of the power storage apparatus;
a voltage acquisition unit that acquires the voltage between the charger-side positive pole connector and the charger-side
negative pole connector; and

an abnormality determination unit which determines that the diode is in a breakdown state based on the voltage of the power
storage apparatus when charging of the power storage apparatus and the voltage between the charger-side positive pole connector
and the charger-side negative pole connector,

wherein a resistance value of the resistor is equal to a resistance value of the diode in the breakdown state.

US Pat. No. 9,415,821

ARTICLE STORAGE STRUCTURE FOR AUTOMATIC TWO-WHEELED VEHICLES

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

1. An article storage structure for an automatic two-wheeled vehicle, comprising:
a cover member which covers a vehicle external side;
an article storage portion which is disposed inside the cover member and enables to store an article;
a lid member which opens or closes an opening portion of the article storage portion;
a pivot which is provided in the lid member, which defines a rotational axis along an external surface of the lid member,
and which is formed to project laterally from the lid member; and

a rotary damper which is provided on the rotational axis and on a side of the pivot, and which is engaged with one end portion
of the pivot so as to dampen a rotation of the lid member,

wherein the lid member opens by means of its own weight
a ride-on-space is defined between a rear cover covering a rear surface side of a head pipe at a vehicle front portion and
a mounting seat,

the rear cover includes an outer panel situated on an outer side of a vehicle body and an inner panel situated on an inner
side of the outer panel, the outer panel and the inner panel being superposed one on the other,

one end portion of the pivot and the rotary damper is held between the outer panel and the inner panel,
a fastening stay fastening the pivot and the rotary damper together to the inner panel is provided, and
the fastening stay is covered with the outer panel.

US Pat. No. 9,410,487

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR GENERAL PURPOSE MACHINE

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

1. An apparatus for controlling a general purpose engine having a choke valve disposed at an intake air passage, a choke valve
opening/closing mechanism that opens/closes the choke valve, a choke valve opening regulating mechanism having regulating
member that regulates opening of the choke valve opened/closed by the choke valve opening/closing mechanism and a heater that
can heat the regulating member, and a heater connection terminal that connects the heater to a power circuit, comprising:
a temperature detector that detects temperature of the general purpose engine;
a heater connection determiner that determines whether the heater is connected to the heater connection terminal; and
a choke controller that controls operation of the choke valve opening/closing mechanism based on the detected temperature
to open/close the choke valve when it is determined that the heater is connected to the heater connection terminal, while
informing a user to manually open/close the choke valve by a manual opening/closing mechanism when it is determined that the
heater is not connected to the heater connection terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,404,445

EVAPORATED FUEL TREATMENT APPARATUS

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

1. An evaporated fuel treatment apparatus, comprising:
a fuel tank configured to reserve fuel, the tank being mounted on a vehicle having an internal combustion engine;
a canister provided between communication passages connecting the fuel tank and atmosphere to collect evaporated fuel exhausted
from the fuel tank through the communication passage;

an on-off valve provided at the communication passage connecting the canister and the atmosphere to open the canister to the
atmosphere or close the canister from the atmosphere;

a tank internal pressure detection section configured to detect a tank internal pressure of the fuel tank;
a control section configured to issue an instruction to open or close the on-off valve; and
a diagnosis section configured to perform leak diagnosis of an evaporated fuel tightly-closed system including the fuel tank,
wherein, after an ignition switch of the vehicle is turned off, in a first diagnosis stage in which the on-off valve is in
a close state, according to the instruction from the control section, the diagnosis section performs a first leak diagnosis,
based on a relationship between the tank internal pressure detected by the tank internal pressure detection section and a
predetermined first threshold value; and after the first leak diagnosis is completed, in a second leak diagnosis stage in
which the on-off valve is in the close state, according to the instruction from the control section, the diagnosis section
performs a second leak diagnosis, based on a relationship between the tank internal pressure detected by the tank internal
pressure detection section and a predetermined second threshold value,

wherein the on-off valve is once opened, according to the instruction from the control section, after the first leak diagnosis
is completed,

and wherein the first threshold value used in the first diagnosis stage is set with a larger deviation from an atmospheric
pressure compared with the second threshold value used in the second diagnosis stage.

US Pat. No. 9,403,439

POWER GENERATION CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A power generation control device, comprising:
a power generator driven by an internal combustion engine;
a storage battery for storing electric power generated by the power generator; and
a controller for controlling the internal combustion engine and the power generator,
wherein the controller is arranged such that:
the controller determines whether or not to permit the power generator to generate power, depending on a state of the storage
battery;

if the controller permits power generation, then the controller sets a power generation amount that corresponds to an output
that is necessary, for cruising, corresponding to a driving state, and sets an add-on power generation amount that corresponds
to an electric power amount that is necessary corresponding to a vehicle state and the driving state;

if total of the power generation amount and the add-on power generation amount is higher than a maximum power generation amount,
the controller controls the internal combustion engine and the power generator, based on the maximum power generation amount;
and

if the total of the power generation amount and the add-on power generation amount is lower than or equal to the maximum power
generation amount, the controller controls the internal combustion engine and the power generator, based on the total of the
power generation amount and the add-on power generation amount.

US Pat. No. 9,399,372

VEHICLE WHEEL

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

1. A vehicle wheel comprising:
a well portion;
a sub air chamber member disposed on an outer circumferential surface of the well portion, the sub air chamber member functioning
as a Helmholtz resonator in a tire air chamber;

a vertical wall being provided to stand on the outer circumferential surface of the well portion, the vertical wall having
a first vertical wall surface extending in a circumferential direction of the outer circumferential surface,

wherein the well portion including a rising portion, the rising portion including a second vertical wall surface extending
in the circumferential direction and being opposite to the first vertical wall surface in a width direction of the outer circumferential
surface, wherein

the first vertical wall surface includes a first groove portion extending in the circumferential direction and the second
vertical wall surface includes a second groove portion extending in the circumferential direction,

the sub air chamber member is fitted between the first vertical wall surface and the second vertical wall surface and includes:
a main body formed of resin and including a sub air chamber and a communication hole communicating the sub air chamber with
the tire air chamber;

a first flange portion extending from the main body toward the first vertical wall surface and extending in the circumferential
direction, the first flange portion being engaged with the first groove portion of the first vertical wall surface; and

a second flange portion extending from the main body toward the second vertical wall surface and extending in the circumferential
direction, the second flange portion being engaged with the second groove portion of the second vertical wall surface,

in a state in which one of the first flange portion and the second flange portion is caused to be partially engaged in the
corresponding one of the first groove portion and the second groove portion, the other of the first flange portion and the
second flange portion is entirely pressed toward the outer circumferential surface to cause the one of the first flange portion
and the second flange portion to be engaged in the corresponding one of the first groove portion and the second groove portion
and cause the other of the first flange portion and the second flange portion to be engaged in the corresponding one of the
first groove portion and the second groove portion, such that the sub air chamber member is secured to the outer circumferential
surface, and

wherein the one of the first flange portion and the second flange portion includes a length in the width direction shorter
than a length of the other of the first flange portion and the second flange portion.

US Pat. No. 9,394,860

MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A motorcycle in which a carbon fiber is used for an air cleaner unit, and outside air is introduced through the air cleaner
unit into an engine, comprising:
a lamination layer part formed by laminating plural kinds of materials is arranged in a region of at least a portion of the
air cleaner unit, and the lamination layer part is formed of a carbon fiber layer and an elastic material layer;

an air intake duct for introducing the outside air; and
a casing body provided with an opening to be connected to the air intake duct, wherein
each of the carbon fiber layer and the elastic material layer is provided in multiple layers in the lamination layer part,
and the lamination layer part comprises a first lamination layer part and a second lamination layer part of which the elastic
material layer is thicker than that of the first lamination layer part,

the second lamination layer part is arranged around the opening,
the upper surface of the casing body is formed with a recess portion for accommodating a battery,
the recess portion is formed in the first lamination layer part,
a cushioning material is arranged between the first lamination layer part and the battery, and
the battery is mounted on the upper surface of the casing body by fastening a battery cover for covering the battery.

US Pat. No. 9,375,744

VEHICLE HOOD FIXTURE

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

1. A temporary supporting fixture for painting an associated hood of a vehicle, said fixture comprising:
a first elongated beam having a first length and including at least two hook members extending from an engagement side of
the fixture, said hook members configured for releasable attachment to said hood;

a second elongated beam having a second length greater than the first length and including at least two hook elements extending
from the engagement side of the fixture and configured for releasable attachment to said hood, the second elongated beam further
including at least two adjustable extensions protruding from the engagement side of the fixture and configured for engagement
with a surface of the hood, the second elongated beam being disposed in a generally parallel position relative to the first
elongated beam; and

at least one strut extending between said first and second elongated beams, the at least one strut configured to attach to
a lower surface of the first elongated beam and an upper surface of the second elongated beam such that the first elongated
beam is disposed in a horizontal plane that is elevated with respect to a horizontal plane of the second beam.

US Pat. No. 9,373,999

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

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

1. A power supply device comprising:
a plurality of output circuits, each provided with a reactor and a power supply connected in series; and
a control device that performs a step-up operation of the power supply at a predetermined step-up ratio in a switching cycle
that comprises a first period, second period, a third period and a fourth period so as to repeatedly and alternately switch
the serial connection state and the parallel connection state in the switching cycle, wherein:

a first period during which current that flows to at least one of the reactors of part of the plurality of output circuits
changes with an increasing trend, and current that flows to the other reactor changes with a decreasing trend;

a second period during which current that flows to the one reactor changes with a decreasing trend and current that flows
to the other reactor changes with an increasing trend;

a third period during which a serial connection state, where the plurality of output circuits are connected in series to an
electrical load, is set; and

a fourth period during which a parallel connection state, where the plurality of output circuits are connected in parallel
to the electrical load, is set;

wherein, in the first period, the control device configured to maintain an output voltage of the power supply device substantially
constant; and

wherein, in the second period, the control device configured to change the current that flows to the one reactor and the current
that flows to the other reactor until the current that flows to the one reactor and the current that flows to the other reactor
become equal while maintaining an output voltage of the power supply device substantially constant.

US Pat. No. 9,371,769

ENGINE EQUIPPED WITH SECONDARY AIR SUPPLY DEVICE

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

1. An engine equipped with a secondary air supply device where a cylinder extends obliquely to define a space therebeneath,
which comprises:
a cooling fan disposed laterally of the cylinder;
a carburetor disposed closer to the space than the cooling fan;
an exhaust muffler disposed opposite from the carburetor with the cylinder interposed therebetween and in communication with
a cylinder head, provided on the cylinder, via an exhaust pipe;

a secondary air introduction pipe connected to the exhaust pipe and extending from the exhaust pipe to the space so that an
inlet end portion of the secondary air introduction pipe is located in the space;

an intake nozzle provided in communication with the inlet end portion of the secondary air introduction pipe and having an
opening portion that opens directly to the atmosphere such that air sucked in through the opening portion of the intake nozzle
by exhaust pulsation of the engine is directed to the secondary air introduction pipe via the intake nozzle, the opening portion
of the intake nozzle being located in the space and directed to open in an opposite direction from the cooling fan; and

a partition wall disposed between the opening portion of the intake nozzle and the carburetor, the partition wall supporting
the intake nozzle and disposed between the opening portion of the intake nozzle and the cooling fan.

US Pat. No. 9,365,163

DEVICE FOR VISUALLY CONFIRMING FORWARD DIRECTION

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

1. A device for visually confirming a forward direction that allows a crew member to visually confirm a desired range on a
forward side including forward right and left sides of a vehicle, the device comprising:
a first reflecting mirror that reflects the desired range; and
a second reflecting mirror that reflects a reflected image reflected on the first reflecting mirror toward the crew member,
wherein the first reflecting mirror is arranged on a dashboard that is located inside the vehicle, and the second reflecting
mirror is arranged on a lower side of the dashboard and below the first reflecting mirror,

wherein a first light transmitting part and a second light transmitting part are disposed in an area that connects the first
reflecting mirror and the second reflecting mirror and an area that connects the second reflecting mirror and an eye-point
of the crew member,

wherein a protruded part that protrudes to the inside of the vehicle is disposed on the dashboard, and
wherein the first reflecting mirror is disposed on a face of the protruded part that is located on the forward side of the
vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,366,372

CONNECTING DEVICE

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

1. A connecting device for a fluid passage comprising:
a female coupling member having a first connecting portion on one end side thereof;
a male coupling member having, on one end side thereof, a second connecting portion to be connected to the first connecting
portion, a passage formed in the female coupling member and a passage formed in the male coupling member being connected to
each other through a connection of the first connecting portion and the second connecting portion;

a first operating mechanism for driving one of the female coupling member and the male coupling member to cause the first
connecting portion and the second connecting portion to approach each other;

a second operating mechanism for driving said one of the female coupling member and the male coupling member to separate the
first connecting portion and the second connecting portion from each other; and

a controller configured to control a thrust generated in each of the first operating mechanism and the second operating mechanism,
wherein one of the female coupling member and the male coupling member includes a supplying hole for supplying a cleaning
fluid toward the first connecting portion and the second connecting portion, and a discharging hole for discharging the cleaning
fluid from the first connecting portion and the second connecting portion,

wherein one of the female coupling member and the male coupling member is provided with a seal member for closely coming in
contact with an opposing one of the female coupling member and the male coupling member, and

wherein, when cleaning the first connecting portion and the second connecting portion with the cleaning fluid, the controller
controls the thrust generated in the first operating mechanism to be greater than a cleaning fluid supply force, which is
generated by the supply of the cleaning fluid through the supplying hole and acts in a direction as to separate the first
connecting portion and the second connecting portion from each other against the thrust generated in the first operating mechanism,
and to be equal to or smaller than the thrust generated in the second operating mechanism, and controls the first operating
member and the second operating member so as to separate the first connecting portion and the second connecting portion from
each other within a range in which the seal member closely comes in contact with the opposing one of the female coupling member
and the male coupling member.

US Pat. No. 9,353,827

TOOTHED BELT

GATES UNITTA ASIA COMPANY...

1. A toothed belt comprising:
a belt body in which one face is provided with at least a tooth portion and a tooth bottom portion alternately positioned
in a belt longitudinal direction;

the belt body comprising a tooth rubber layer provided along an outer periphery of the tooth portion provided on the one face;
and

the tooth rubber layer comprises a cured rubber composition containing between 3 and 10 parts by weight of high-density polyethylene
with respect to 100 parts by weight of matrix rubber.

US Pat. No. 9,353,830

LINK-PLATE CHAIN FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

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

1. A link-plate chain for a continuously variable transmission, comprising:
a plurality of link plates interconnected in a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction to be wound around an input
pulley and an output pulley, the link plates being formed with pin holes;

a plurality of rocker pins extending in the transverse direction and inserted through the pin holes of the link plates to
interconnect the link plates; and

retainer pins attached at ends in the transverse direction of the rocker pins to prevent detachment of the link plates from
the rocker pins, wherein

the link plates include an outermost link plate placed at an end in the transverse direction and formed with a pin hole,
the rocker pins include a pair of outside rocker pins and a pair of inside rocker pins inserted through the pin hole of the
outermost link plate, the pair of outside rocker pins being placed at both ends of the pin hole in the longitudinal direction,
the pair of inside rocker pins being placed inside the pair of outside rocker pins in the longitudinal direction, and

the retainer pins include outside retainer pins attached to the pair of outside rocker pins facing the outermost link plate
and inside retainer pins attached to the pair of inside rocker pins facing the outermost link plate, the inside retainer pins
being attached more outward in the transverse direction than the outside retainer pins.

US Pat. No. 9,346,507

FRONT STRUCTURE OF STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A front structure of straddle vehicle comprising:
a body frame;
right and left side cowls arranged in front of the body frame;
a cowl stay provided on the front portion of the body frame;
a headlight stay supporting a headlight is attached to the cowl stay, and
a separate intermediate member attached to a lower portion of the headlight stay supporting the headlight, simultaneously,
and

the intermediate member including:
two side cowl engaging portions on the right side cowl for engaging the right side cowl in a vicinity of a joint portion of
the right side cowl, and

two additional side cowl engaging portions on the left side cowl for engaging the left side cowl in a vicinity of a joint
portion of the left side cowl,

wherein the headlight stay includes an upper stay portion, a middle stay portion, and a lower stay portion arranged on right
and left sides of a headlight housing of the headlight stay, and

the upper stay portions of the headlight stay extend upwardly from the headlight housing of the headlight stay.

US Pat. No. 9,347,614

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TANK REFILLING USING ACTIVE FUELING SPEED CONTROL

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

1. A method of filling a compressed gas tank, comprising:
determining a fill time (tfinal) predicted to produce a gas final temperature (Tfinal);

determining a final pressure (Pfinal) calculated to produce a state of charge of 100% within the compressed gas tank;

delivering gas to the compressed gas tank at a pressure ramp rate (RR) that achieves the final pressure (Pfinal) at a conclusion of the fill time (tfinal), wherein the gas is delivered to the compressed gas tank using a dispenser;

calculating a mass average pre-cooling temperature (MAT) of the gas;
calculating an estimated end of fill mass average enthalpy of the gas dispensed to the tank based on at least the mass average
pre-cooling temperature (MAT); and

calculating the fill time (tfinal) based on the estimated end of fill mass average enthalpy.

US Pat. No. 9,328,791

VARIABLE DAMPING FORCE DAMPER

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

1. A variable damping force damper comprising:
a hollow cylinder containing hydraulic oil sealed therein;
a columnar piston configured to reciprocate in the cylinder and separate an interior of the cylinder into a rod-side oil chamber
and a piston-side oil chamber; and

a piston rod having the piston at an end thereof,
wherein the piston comprises:
an inner yoke made of a ferromagnetic material, the inner yoke being secured to the piston rod and having an outer peripheral
surface coaxial with the cylinder; and

an outer yoke made of a ferromagnetic material, the outer yoke having an inner peripheral surface coaxial with the outer peripheral
surface of the inner yoke and opposing the outer peripheral surface of the inner yoke via a predetermined gap,

and wherein the piston further consists of a single electromagnetic coil disposed in the gap;
and wherein the piston further comprises:
a communication oil passage having an opening in at least one of axial ends and connecting the rod-side oil chamber and the
piston-side oil chamber with each other;

a valve plate configured to have elasticity and close the opening of the communication oil passage, the valve plate being
made of a ferromagnetic material and attracted in a closing direction by a magnetic force of the electromagnetic coil;

an additional communication oil passage having an opening in an axial end opposite to an axial end in which the opening of
the communication oil passage is provided, and connecting the rod-side oil chamber and the piston-side rod chamber with each
other; and

an additional valve plate configured to have elasticity and close the opening of the additional communication oil passage,
the additional valve plate being made of a ferromagnetic material and attracted in a closing direction by a magnetic force
of the electromagnetic coil,

wherein the inner yoke and the outer yoke are connected with each other by a metallic connection member at a position different
from that of the electromagnetic coil in an axial direction, the connection member being made of a ferromagnetic material
and connecting the inner yoke and the outer yoke at an axially intermediate position of the inner yoke and the outer yoke.

US Pat. No. 9,329,051

NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD TO SCROLL TO USER SELECTED POINT OF INTERESTS (POIS)

HONDA MOTOR CO. LTD., To...

1. A navigation system comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory storing program instructions that when executed by the processor, causes the
processor to:

display a map;
display a cursor indicating a present location of a vehicle on the map;
display a menu screen to enter a user selected point of interest (POI) search criteria;
display a POI list showing POIs matching the user selected POI search criteria, wherein the POI list is limited to a predetermined
number of POIs matching the user selected POI search criteria when the vehicle is moving;

display markings on the map to POIs matching the user selected POI search criteria;
move the map to a user selected marking; and
center the map on the user selected marking.

US Pat. No. 9,316,138

SADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle vehicle comprising:
a body frame including a head pipe and a pair of main frames extending rearwardly from the head pipe;
an engine mounted on the body frame, the engine including a front-side cylinder directed toward a front side of the vehicle
and a rear-side cylinder directed toward a rear side of the vehicle;

an air cleaner disposed in a space defined between the front-side cylinder and the rear-side cylinder on an upper side of
the engine; and

a secondary air supply system having a reed valve between the air cleaner and an exhaust passage of the engine, the secondary
air supply system adapted to supply secondary air from the air cleaner into the exhaust passage of the engine or to stop the
supply of the secondary air, with the engine and the air cleaner disposed between the pair of main frames;

wherein the reed valve includes a front-side reed valve used for the front-side cylinder and a rear-side reed valve used for
the rear-side cylinder;

the front-side reed valve is disposed at a front portion of the air cleaner, with a longitudinal direction of the front-side
reed valve set along a height direction; and

the rear-side reed valve is disposed at a rear portion of the air cleaner, with a longitudinal direction of the rear-side
reed valve set along a transverse direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,296,311

FUEL-CELL VEHICLE

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

1. A fuel-cell vehicle comprising:
a storage container that stores fuel gas charged by an external filling device;
a fuel cell system that supplies the fuel gas stored in the storage container to a fuel cell and causes the fuel cell to generate
electricity, the fuel-cell vehicle travelling using the fuel cell as a power source;

a state detection unit that detects a physical state regarding the storage container, the physical state being used for monitoring
an amount of the fuel gas charged in the storage container;

a transmitter that transmits, to the external filling device, a data signal generated on the basis of a detection value output
from the state detection unit;

a request detecting unit that generates a communication start request signal in response to a predetermined operation performed;
and

a control unit that controls the state detection unit, the transmitter, and the request detecting unit,
wherein the control unit includes a signal generating unit that determines a transmission value indicating the physical state
on the basis of the detection value output from the state detection unit and generates a data signal in accordance with the
transmission value and a communication starting unit that upon detecting the communication start request signal, enables the
transmitter to transmit the data signal regardless of whether the fuel cell system is running, and

wherein the signal generating unit sets the transmission value to a reference value preset on the basis of the detection value
output from the state detection unit if the fuel cell system is not running and sets the transmission value to a value obtained
by correcting the reference value so that the amount of fuel gas monitored by the external filling device increases if the
fuel cell system is running.

US Pat. No. 9,296,382

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RESPONDING TO DRIVER BEHAVIOR

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

1. A method of controlling a vehicle system in a motor vehicle, comprising:
receiving monitoring information from a monitoring system, the monitoring information including information from the vehicle
system and information about a state of a driver;

determining a body state index for the driver using the monitoring information, the body state index characterizing drowsiness
of the driver, the monitoring information including information from the vehicle system and information about the state of
the driver;

changing a control parameter of the vehicle system as a function of the body state index, wherein the control parameter is
used to determine if a function of the vehicle system should be activated;

determining a control coefficient using the body state index, wherein the control coefficient varies as a function of the
body state index, wherein determining the control parameter further includes using the control coefficient; and

modifying control of the vehicle system using the control parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,261,169

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION CONTROLLER

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

1. An automatic transmission controller for controlling an automatic transmission that transmits a driving force from a drive
source to a wheel of a vehicle while shifting the driving force by selecting a gear ratio from a plurality of gear ratios
in accordance with a driving state of the vehicle,
the automatic transmission including
a starting mechanism connected to the drive source,
a plurality of planetary gear mechanisms each including rotation elements that are a sun gear, a carrier, and a ring gear,
and

a plurality of engagement mechanisms that connect or hold fixed the rotation elements of the planetary gear mechanisms and
that set the plurality of gear ratios of the automatic transmission by means of a combination of engagements between the plurality
of engagement mechanisms and the rotation elements, one of the plurality of engagement mechanisms being a mechanical engagement
mechanism that permits switching of a rotational direction of one of the rotation elements of the plurality of planetary gear
mechanisms,

the automatic transmission controller comprising:
a neutral controller that performs neutral control in which transmission of the driving force from the drive source to an
output shaft is stopped so as to allow the mechanical engagement mechanism to switch the rotational directions for a forward
gear and a reverse gear and to allow rotation in each of the forward gear and the reverse gear;

a neutral control permission determiner that determines whether or not to permit the neutral control; and
an engagement controller that, when the neutral control determiner permits the neutral control, allows rotation of an input
shaft of the automatic transmission, and that, in a case where the output shaft of the automatic transmission is rotated by
a wheel of the vehicle in a rotational direction such that the vehicle moves backward, sets the plurality of engagement mechanisms
including at least the mechanical engagement mechanism so as to fix the output shaft of the automatic transmission to a casing
of the automatic transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,261,473

NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING SYSTEM

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

1. A non-destructive testing system using a non-destructive testing method by infrared lock-in thermography, wherein the non-destructive
testing method:
performs heating of a surface on one side of a lamination joining portion of different metal materials from a heating light
irradiation source, the heating being in a certain preset waveform;

obtains infrared images from radiant energy from the surface on the one side, the radiant energy being caused by the heating
in the certain waveform, the infrared images being obtained with a certain cycle by an infrared camera;

obtains an amount and a phase of infrared light by computation processing, based on brightness of each unit pixel of the obtained
infrared images; and

determines whether joining of the different metal materials is effective or defective,
the non-destructive testing system comprising:
a testing object handling device that transports and grips a testing object;
a testing position control unit that controls the testing object handling device and thereby sets the surface of the lamination
joining portion of the testing object to certain positions and certain directions respectively relative to the heating light
irradiation source and the infrared camera;

a heating control unit that controls irradiation with heating light from the heating light irradiation source;
an infrared image obtaining unit that obtains the infrared images obtained by the infrared camera, based on heating in the
certain preset waveform from the heating control unit;

a phase image obtaining unit that obtains an amount and a phase of infrared light by computation processing, based on brightness
of each unit pixel of the obtained infrared images, and further creates a phase image; and

an effectiveness/defectiveness determining unit that, based on the obtained phase image, determines whether or not a region
with a phase delay larger than a certain preset determination value is present in the lamination joining portion,

wherein when infrared intensity of an infrared image obtained in an initial period of the heating out of the infrared images
obtained, based on the heating in the certain preset waveform, by the infrared image obtaining unit via the infrared camera
exceeds a predetermined intensity threshold,

the testing position control unit adjusts the direction of the lamination joining portion while maintaining the certain positions
of the surface of the lamination joining portion respectively relative to the heating light irradiation source and the infrared
camera,

and thereafter, the heating control unit again performs irradiation with the heating light so that the infrared image obtaining
unit again obtains infrared images;

wherein the region with a phase delay is a representation of phase delays of the respective pixels of the infrared images;
and

wherein the phase delay is a numeric value determined by performing computation processing for analysis of the phase of infrared
light with respect to a temporal transition of the brightness of each pixel of the infrared images for a specific frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,255,778

GAUGE APPARATUS HAVING PROFILE ASSEMBLY

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

1. A gauge apparatus, comprising:
an extension assembly dimensioned to engage a radially extending circumferential edge in a component;
a profile assembly being configured as a sleeve member slidably engaging an outer periphery of the extension assembly, the
profile assembly further comprising an annular profile edge region and configured to reciprocally coaxially travel relative
to the extension assembly, and the profile assembly being configured to cease coaxial movement in response to making travel-interfering
contact with a travel-interfering surface associated with the circumferential edge; and

a gauge-indicator assembly being coupled to the profile assembly, and the gauge-indicator assembly being configured to indicate
an amount travelled by the profile assembly once the profile assembly is stopped from moving coaxially, wherein the profile
assembly is spring biased to a gauge-indicator assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,252,450

FUEL CELL STACK

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

1. A fuel cell stack formed by stacking a plurality of fuel cells in a stacking direction, the fuel cells each being formed
by sandwiching an electrolyte electrode assembly between a first separator and a second separator, the electrolyte electrode
assembly including an anode, a cathode, and an electrolyte interposed between the anode and the cathode,
wherein at least the first separator includes:
a sandwiching section for sandwiching the electrolyte electrode assembly, a reactant gas channel for supplying a reactant
gas along an electrode surface being formed in the sandwiching section;

a reactant gas supply section, a reactant gas supply passage for supplying the reactant gas to the reactant gas channel extending
through the reactant gas supply section in the stacking direction; and

a load absorbing mechanism provided in the reactant gas supply section for absorbing a load applied in the stacking direction,
and

wherein the load absorbing mechanism includes:
a pair of coupling members for coupling a pair of the reactant gas supply sections that are adjacent to each other in the
stacking direction and through which the reactant gas flows, the coupling members having spring property for absorbing the
load applied in the stacking direction; and

a seal member for preventing leakage of the reactant gas from the reactant pas supply section, and
wherein outer dimensions of one of the pair of coupling members are larger than outer dimensions of the other of the pair
of coupling members;

the outer circumferential end of the one of the pair of coupling members is folded so as to cover the outer circumferential
end of the other of the pair of coupling members which is interposed between a pair of the seal members, thereby to join the
pair of coupling members and the pair of seal members together.

US Pat. No. 9,239,022

CONTROL DEVICE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An internal-combustion engine controller for an internal-combustion engine including cylinders, a crank sensor, and a top
dead center (TDC) sensor, the internal-combustion engine controller comprising:
a cylinder-determining information storing unit that stores as cylinder-determining information an actual crank angle of each
cylinder at a time of stopping the internal-combustion engine;

an actual stroke-determining unit that:
reads a signal from the crank sensor and a signal from the TDC sensor,
estimates a current crank angle of each cylinder based on the actual crank angle at the time of stopping the internal-combustion
engine stored in the cylinder-determining information storing unit and the signal read from the crank sensor,

determines, based on the signals read from the crank sensor and the TDC sensor, a current actual crank angle of each cylinder
and thereby determines a current actual stroke of each cylinder, and

calculates a difference between the estimated crank angle and the determined actual crank angle;
a fuel injection-controlling unit that:
performs an initial fuel injection toward a predetermined cylinder at a timing based on the estimated crank angle of the predetermined
cylinder, the initial fuel injection being a fuel injection performed first toward the predetermined cylinder during a time
of starting the internal-combustion engine and before the determination of the actual stroke,

calculates a crank angle advance from the timing of the initial fuel injection toward the predetermined cylinder to a timing
of the determination of the actual stroke by the actual stroke-determining unit, and

injects, after the determination of the actual stroke by the actual stroke-determining unit, an amount of fuel injection corresponding
to a driving condition at a fuel injection timing corresponding to the actual stroke to start the internal-combustion engine;
and

an injection timing-determining unit that:
calculates, based on the estimated crank angle at the timing of the initial fuel injection toward the predetermined cylinder
and the difference calculated by the actual stroke-determining unit, an actual crank angle at the timing of the initial fuel
injection toward the predetermined cylinder,

calculates, based on the calculated actual crank angle and the crank angle advance from the timing of the initial fuel injection
toward the predetermined cylinder to the timing of the determination of the actual stroke, the crank angle advance being calculated
by the fuel injection-controlling unit, an angle to determine whether to inject fuel for the predetermined cylinder at a next
cycle, and

determines, by comparing the calculated angle to determine whether to inject fuel for the predetermined cylinder at the next
cycle with a predetermined angle, whether or not fuel injected in the initial fuel injection toward the predetermined cylinder
and fuel to be injected toward the predetermined cylinder at a first-coming fuel injection timing after the determination
of the actual stroke of the predetermined cylinder by the actual stroke-determining unit are combined at the same combustion
timing, the fuel injection toward the predetermined cylinder at the first-coming fuel injection timing being a fuel injection
to be performed first after the determination of the actual stroke of the predetermined cylinder,

wherein the fuel injection-controlling unit controls, based on a result of the determination by the injection timing-determining
unit, a fuel injection at the first-coming fuel injection timing after the determination of the actual stroke of the predetermined
cylinder.

US Pat. No. 9,235,990

VEHICLE PERIPHERY MONITORING DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle periphery monitoring apparatus for monitoring a periphery of a vehicle using an image captured by an image capturing
device mounted on the vehicle, comprising:
an animal detection processor configured to detect an animal as an object to be monitored from the image; and
an animal hazard degree judgment section configured to judge whether the animal is a hazardous animal which may possibly affect
travel of the vehicle or not based on a posture shape of the animal which is detected from the image;

wherein the animal hazard degree judgment section judges that the animal is a hazardous animal if an angle of a neck of the
animal with respect to a torso thereof is directed upwardly in the posture shape of the animal.

US Pat. No. 9,233,454

GRINDING STONE, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF GRINDING STONE, AND MANUFACTURING APPARATUS OF GRINDING STONE

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

1. A grinding stone comprising:
a base member; and
a plurality of abrasive grains,
wherein each of the abrasive grains is attached to the base member, each of the abrasive grains has a polyhedral shape in
which mutually opposed surfaces are parallel to each other, and distances between a first pair of the mutually opposed surfaces
are different from other pairs of mutually opposed surfaces depending on the polyhedral shape of the abrasive grains,

wherein, in each of the abrasive grains, a minimum distance of said distances is a value within a predetermined range, and
wherein 80% or more of the abrasive grains are arranged in a state such that a surface of one of the parallel opposed surfaces
of each of the plurality of abrasive grains, which has said minimum distance therebetween, is in contact with a surface of
the base member so that a projecting height of each of said 80% or more of the abrasive grains from the base member corresponds
to said minimum distance.

US Pat. No. 9,199,361

FASTENING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

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

1. An apparatus for use with an input drive in fastening threaded fasteners of different types, comprising:
an input hub for operative engagement with the input drive;
two opposed fastening arms extending radially outwardly from and fixed relative to said input hub, each fastening arm comprising
a fastening output socket rotatably mounted at a distance from said input hub for cooperative engagement with threaded fasteners
of a respective type, and a drive mechanism for operatively coupling said fastening output socket to said input drive via
said input hub such that, upon engagement with said input hub, activation of said input drive reorients the apparatus by rotating
the fastening arms relative to the input hub; and

a blocking mechanism configured to block the continued rotation of the fastening arms at a selected orientation for one of
the fastening arms to operate a corresponding fastening output socket,

wherein said blocking mechanism comprises a locking mechanism to lock the apparatus in said selected orientation, and said
locking mechanism includes one or more structural indentations fixedly disposed relative to said fastening arms for mating
engagement with one or more corresponding deployable structures fixedly disposed relative to the input drive.

US Pat. No. 9,203,102

FUEL CELL

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

1. A fuel cell comprising a membrane electrode assembly and a pair of metal separators sandwiching the membrane electrode
assembly, the membrane electrode assembly including a solid polymer electrolyte membrane, a first electrode provided on one
surface of the solid polymer electrolyte membrane, a second electrode provided on another surface of the solid polymer electrolyte
membrane, the first electrode having a first electrode catalyst layer and a first gas diffusion layer, the second electrode
having a second electrode catalyst layer and a second gas diffusion layer, a surface size of the first electrode catalyst
layer being smaller than a surface size of the second electrode catalyst layer,
wherein a frame shaped barrier layer is provided at least around the second electrode catalyst layer or around the first electrode
catalyst layer such that an inner end of the frame shaped barrier layer is overlapped with an outer portion of the second
electrode catalyst layer and an outer portion of the first electrode catalyst layer when viewed along a direction in which
the membrane electrode assembly and metal separators are stacked.

US Pat. No. 9,193,259

TANK COVER ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE OF STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A tank cover attachment structure for a straddle vehicle, comprising:
a fuel tank that is attached to a body frame member provided above an engine and stores fuel to be supplied to said engine,
said body frame member extending in a width direction of the vehicle,

tank covers that cover an area ranging from a side of said fuel tank to a side of an upper portion of said engine, and
left and right tank supporting brackets that are attached to respective left and right portions of said body frame member
below a front portion of said fuel tank and connect left and right front edge portions of said fuel tank to said body frame
member respectively,

wherein engaging portions, which extend outside in the width direction of the vehicle relative to connecting portions of said
tank support brackets that are fixed to said fuel tank, are integrally provided to said tank supporting brackets, and said
tank covers are connected to the engaging portions.

US Pat. No. 9,198,269

GROUNDING APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD

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

1. An apparatus for grounding an object to be coated via an electrostatic coating process, the object having a grounding conductor
coupled thereto, the apparatus comprising:
a grounding element; and
a ground cover structurally coupled to said grounding element;
said cover and said grounding element being moveable relative to one another between a receiving position for receiving the
grounding conductor for conductive coupling between the grounding conductor and one of said grounding element and said cover,
and a covering position for at least partially covering said conductive coupling, and wherein said cover at least partially
encases said grounding element when in said covering position.

US Pat. No. 9,188,030

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH VARIABLE VALVE OPENING CHARACTERISTICS

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

1. An internal combustion engine with variable valve opening characteristics, comprising:
an outer camshaft including a first cam provided on an outer circumference of the outer camshaft to open and close a valve;
an inner camshaft provided inside the outer camshaft to be rotatable relative to the outer camshaft and including a second
cam provided on the outer circumference of the outer camshaft to open and close the valve, the second cam being rotatable
integrally with the inner camshaft and being rotatable relative to the first cam;

an urging device provided between the outer camshaft and the inner camshaft to apply a relative rotational force to the outer
camshaft and the inner camshaft;

a cam phase changing device comprising:
a first rotating member rotatable in synchronization with a crankshaft;
a second rotating member rotatable integrally with one of the outer camshaft and the inner camshaft and rotatably connected
to the first rotating member;

an advance-angle-side oil hydraulic chamber provided between the first rotating member and the second rotating member; and
a retard-angle-side oil hydraulic chamber provided between the first rotating member and the second rotating member, a cam
phase of said one of the outer camshaft and the inner camshaft being changed by switching between oil hydraulic circuits that
communicate with the advance-angle-side oil hydraulic chamber and the retard-angle-side oil hydraulic chamber;

a locking device provided to connect another of the outer camshaft and the inner camshaft to the first rotating member with
a predetermined cam phase; and

a cam holder is provided that rotatably supports the outer camshaft and is provided adjacent to the cam phase changing device,
wherein the urging device is provided between the cam phase changing device and the first cam which is a cam that is closest
to the cam phase changing device of all cams provided on the outer camshaft and the inner camshaft so that the location of
the urging device is close to the cam holder,

wherein the urging device is located on the outer circumference of the outer camshaft,
wherein the urging device has a first end directly connected to the outer camshaft by a first pin, and a second end directly
connected to the inner camshaft by a second pin, and

wherein the urging device is located between the first cam and the cam phase changing device in an axial direction of the
inner camshaft.

US Pat. No. 9,182,032

LUBRICATION STRUCTURE OF GEAR CHANGE MECHANISM

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

1. A lubrication structure of a gear change mechanism, comprising:
an actuation valve that displaces, in accordance with a shift position selected by a driver of a vehicle, the gear change
mechanism to the shift position that has been selected;

a valve body that houses the actuation valve;
a detent member that is disposed in a vicinity of the valve body and that is interlocked with an operation of the actuation
valve; and

an elastic contact member that is elastically engaged in a selective manner to a plurality of groove portions formed in the
detent member, wherein

the valve body includes a supply port that supplies a hydraulic oil to the detent member, and
the actuation valve communicates the supply port and a drain oil passage in the valve body with each other when the driver
selects a predetermined shift position.

US Pat. No. 9,175,401

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SLIDING MEMBER AND SLIDING MEMBER

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

1. A sliding member having a sliding face that slides in a slid member, comprising:
a resin layer containing silver particles having an average particle diameter ranging from 4 ?m to 30 ?m on the surface of
a piston skirt formed of aluminum or aluminum alloy; and

a silver coating layer containing silver particles and constituting the sliding face on the resin layer, wherein the silver
particles of the silver coating layer and the silver particles in the resin layer are fused with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,157,488

CLUTCH APPARATUS

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

1. A clutch apparatus comprising:
a clutch outer member linked and coupled to an input member;
a clutch inner member operatively connected to an output member;
a plurality of drive friction plates engaging said clutch outer member;
a plurality of driven friction plates interleaved with said drive friction plates and engaging said clutch inner member;
a pressure bearing plate disposed in confronting relation to one of said drive friction plates and said driven friction plates
that is disposed at an end along an axial direction of said clutch inner member;

a presser plate sandwiching said drive friction plates and said driven friction plates between itself and said pressure bearing
plate;

a plurality of clutch springs for exerting a biasing force to bias said presser plate to compress said drive friction plates
and said driven friction plates between said presser plate and said pressure bearing plate; and

compressive force boosting means for boosting the biasing force applied from said clutch springs to said presser plate in
response to accelerated rotation of said clutch inner member;

wherein said compressive force boosting means includes movable spring retainer means retaining said clutch springs under compression
between said movable spring retainer means and said presser plate, and a cam mechanism operatively connected between said
clutch inner member and said output member and having, as one of components thereof, a movable cam member that is separate
from said clutch inner member and said movable spring retainer means for movement along said axial direction independent of
said clutch inner member in response to accelerated rotation of said clutch inner member;

said movable cam member having an engaging member for engaging said movable spring retainer means when said movable cam member
moves along said axial direction and moving said movable spring retainer means in a direction to compress said clutch springs.

US Pat. No. 9,145,167

REAR WHEEL STEERING VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle with rear wheel steering, comprising:
a motion stability control system that defines an on condition in which stability control is provided to the vehicle and an
off condition in which stability control is not provided to the vehicle;

a manual switch that includes an on position to set the motion stability control system to the on condition and an off position
to set the motion stability control system to the off condition;

a rear wheel steering device including a rear wheel actuator that steers a right and left rear wheel and a rear wheel steering
control unit that controls the rear wheel steering actuator; and

an abnormal condition processing unit that forces the motion stability control system to be in the on condition even when
the manual switch is in the off position upon detection of an abnormal condition of the rear wheel steering device.

US Pat. No. 9,133,925

POWER PLANT

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

1. A power plant for driving two rotating shafts which are differentially rotatable with each other, comprising:
a double pinion gear that is formed by a first pinion gear and a second pinion gear which are integrally formed with each
other;

a pinion gear that is in mesh with said first pinion gear;
a carrier member that is rotatable, said carrier member rotatably supporting said double pinion gear and said pinion gear;
a sun gear that is rotatable and is in mesh with said pinion gear;
a first ring gear that is rotatable and is in mesh with said first pinion gear, said first ring gear being connected to one
of the two rotating shafts;

a second ring gear that is rotatable and is in mesh with said second pinion gear, said second ring gear being connected to
the other of the two rotating shafts;

a first energy input/output device that is connected to said carrier member and is capable of inputting and outputting rotational
energy; and

a second energy input/output device that is connected to said sun gear and is capable of inputting and outputting rotational
energy.

US Pat. No. 9,120,185

WORKPIECE SUPPORT APPARATUS

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

1. A workpiece support apparatus comprising:
a plurality of support members configured to support a workpiece from a bottom surface of the workpiece at a machining position
in which a cut machining is performed;

a moving unit configured to move each support member along a moving path to the machining position while the support member
is held at a first holding position in which the workpiece is supported or a second holding position which is spaced apart
from the first holding position;

a displacement unit configured to displace at least one support member from the first holding position to the second holding
position or from the second holding position to the first holding position along a machining trajectory, before the support
member arrives at the machining position whenever each support member is moved to the machining position; and

a fixing unit configured to fix the support member which is displaced to the first holding position or the second holding
position, at the first holding position or the second holding position.

US Pat. No. 9,108,560

SEAT BELT FAILURE WARNING APPARATUS

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

1. A seat belt failure warning apparatus comprising:
a wearing state detection section that detects wearing or non-wearing of a webbing of a seat belt device;
a drawing-out amount detection section that detects a drawing-out amount of the webbing;
a failure determination unit that determines whether the seat belt device has had a failure or not;
a display section that switchingly displays a variety of information including failure information of the seat belt device
which indicates that the seat belt device has had a failure as a determination result by the failure determination unit; and

a control unit that controls display of the display section,
wherein when the wearing state detection section detects non-wearing of the webbing and the drawing-out amount detection section
detects drawing-out of the webbing after the failure determination unit determines the seat belt device has had a failure,
the control unit causes the display section to display failure information of the seat belt device regardless of a display
priority of information.

US Pat. No. 9,111,448

WARNING SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE DETERMINING AN ESTIMATED INTERSECTION CONTROL

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

1. A warning system for a motor vehicle, the warning system comprising:
at least one sensor for providing information associated with operating conditions of the motor vehicle;
a driver vehicle interface configured to provide information to a driver of the motor vehicle;
a warning interface configured to provide alerts or warnings to the driver of the motor vehicle;
at least one database configured to store roadway information associated with a plurality of roadways;
an electronic control unit (ECU) comprising at least one processor, the ECU being in communication with the at least one sensor,
the driver vehicle interface, the warning interface, and the at least one database, wherein the ECU is configured to operate
the warning system based on the roadway information by performing the steps of:

receiving information related to the motor vehicle at or near an intersection of a first roadway and a second roadway;
determining whether traffic control information associated with the intersection is stored in the at least one database;
wherein, upon determining that traffic control information is not available for the intersection, estimating a type of intersection
control device associated with the intersection by retrieving a first characteristic of the first roadway from the at least
one database, retrieving a second characteristic of the second roadway from the at least one database, associating the first
roadway with a first class using the first characteristic to the select the first class from a plurality of classes according
to a roadway classification scheme, associating the second roadway with a second class using the second characteristic to
select the second class from the plurality of classes, comparing the first class and the second class, and determining the
type of intersection control device based on the comparison of the first class and the second class, the intersection control
device being associated with the first roadway, and further determining a type of intersection control device for the second
roadway; and

providing an alert to the driver of the motor vehicle using the warning interface regarding a potential violation of at least
one of the intersection control device associated with first roadway and the intersection control device associated with the
second roadway.

US Pat. No. 9,103,737

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM TESTING DEVICE AND METHOD

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

1. A passive vehicle brake system testing device, comprising:
an extendable rod;
a steering wheel engaging element located at a proximal end of the extendable rod and a brake pedal engaging element located
at a distal end of the extendable rod;

a first sensor adapted to detect an amount of brake pedal travel produced by a user of the device by detecting extension of
the extendable rod;

a second sensor adapted to detect an amount of depressing force applied to the brake pedal by a foot of the user, the second
sensor mounted on a foot contact portion of the brake pedal engaging element so as to reside beneath the foot of the user
when the foot of the user is placed against the foot contact portion of the brake pedal engaging element;

a controller in electronic communication with the first and second sensors so as to receive output signals therefrom, the
controller including a microprocessor and memory and programmed to analyze data provided by at least the first sensor and
the second sensor; and

a display associated with the controller for indicating at least a pass or failure status of a brake system test to the user
of the device.

US Pat. No. 9,096,162

INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE, INFORMATION DISPLAY METHOD FOR VEHICLE, VEHICLE AND MOUNTING MEMBER

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

1. An information display system for a vehicle, comprising:
an information display device mounted on a vehicle and configured to display vehicle information;
a mounting member fixed to the vehicle; and
a personal digital assistant detachably mounted on the vehicle via the mounting member in such a manner that at least a part
of the vehicle information displayed on the information display device becomes obscured by the personal digital assistant
and comprising:

a communication device configured to acquire at least vehicle information which is displayed on the information display device
and which becomes obscured by the personal digital assistant mounted on the vehicle; and

a display device configured to display the vehicle information acquired using the communication device,
wherein the personal digital assistant includes an imaging device provided on an opposite surface of the display device and
the personal digital assistant is mounted on the vehicle in a rotatable manner about a horizontal axis, and

wherein only an upper portion of the information display device becomes obscured by the personal digital assistant.

US Pat. No. 9,098,766

CONTROLLED HUMAN POSE ESTIMATION FROM DEPTH IMAGE STREAMS

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

1. A computer based method for estimating a pose of a human subject, the method comprising:
receiving an image of the human subject;
detecting a plurality of detected features of the human subject on the image, the detected features comprising representations
of anatomical body parts on the human subject;

determining that at least one undetected feature is missing or occluded based on the detected features;
augmenting the detected features with at least one predicted feature to replace the at least one undetected feature, the at
least one predicted feature generated using a previous pose estimated using a posture model and a previously received image;
and

estimating a pose of the human subject using the posture model, the posture model estimating the pose using the detected features,
the at least one predicted feature, and a plurality of kinematic constraints, the posture model using an inverse kinematic
computation configured to, for each of the expected features:

reduce an error between the expected feature and a corresponding one of the detected features,
except that for the at least one undetected feature, instead reducing an error between the expected feature and the at least
one corresponding predicted feature.

US Pat. No. 9,096,275

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure comprising: left and right floor frames extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle body
for supporting a floor panel; left and right side frames extending in the front-rear direction of the vehicle body away from
near respective one end portions, in the front-rear direction, of the left and right floor frames; and a sub frame disposed
underneath the left and right side frames,
characterized in that the left and right floor frames each have a generally U cross-sectional shape and each include a floor
frame bottom section and a pair of floor frame side wall sections projecting upward from opposite side ends, in a vehicle
width direction, of the floor frame bottom section,

the left and right floor frames each include, in an interior space of the generally U cross-sectional shape, a left or right
bulkhead projecting upward from the floor frame bottom section, and a left or right collar section of a hollow shape provided
on the left or right bulkhead and extending in the vehicle width direction,

the sub frame includes left and right sub-frame one end sections extending toward the one end portions of the left and right
floor frames,

the left and right sub-frame one end sections each have a generally U cross-sectional shape and include a sub frame bottom
section and a pair of sub frame side wall sections projecting upward from opposite side ends, in the vehicle width direction,
of the sub frame bottom section, and

the pair of sub frame side wall sections of each of the left and right sub-frame one end sections are fitted over the pair
of floor frame side wall sections of the left or right floor frame, but also connected to the pair of floor frame side wall
sections of the left or right floor frame, by means of a connection member passed through the collar section of the left or
right floor frame, in such a manner that the pair of sub frame side wall sections are pivotable in an up-down direction of
the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 9,091,188

CAMSHAFT SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A camshaft support structure for an internal combustion engine, comprising:
a cylinder head having a valve gear chamber;
a camshaft;
a plurality of bearings provided in the valve gear chamber of the cylinder head and including a terminal bearing supporting
the camshaft to be rotatable with respect to the cylinder head about a rotational axis, the terminal bearing being disposed
at one end of the camshaft, the camshaft including a journal portion and a camshaft extending portion, the journal portion
being supported on the terminal bearing, the camshaft extending portion projecting longitudinally outward from the journal
portion along the rotational axis;

an auxiliary machine drive cam provided on the camshaft extending portion that projects longitudinally outward from the journal
portion along the rotational axis, the auxiliary machine drive cam including a first surface facing the terminal bearing in
an axial direction along the rotational axis of the camshaft;

an auxiliary machine having a plunger provided to be moved forward and backward by the auxiliary machine drive cam;
a pulsar plate projecting from the camshaft in a radial direction of the camshaft and provided on an opposite side of the
auxiliary machine drive cam with respect to the terminal bearing, the pulsar plate having a second surface facing the terminal
bearing in the axial direction, each of the first surface and the second surface are provided in slidable contact with the
terminal bearing;

an auxiliary machine support housing coupled to the cylinder head to cover the camshaft extending portion, the auxiliary machine
drive cam and the pulsar plate from above; and

a rotation sensor configured to detect a rotation of the pulsar plate,
wherein the auxiliary machine drive cam and the pulsar plate sandwich the terminal bearing to restrict movement of the camshaft
in the axial direction along the rotational axis of the camshaft,

wherein the auxiliary machine and the rotation sensor are coupled to the auxiliary machine support housing, and
wherein a portion of an edge wall of the valve gear chamber expands outward such that the camshaft extending portion and the
auxiliary machine drive cam are disposed inside the valve gear chamber adjacent to the portion of the edge wall that expands
outward.

US Pat. No. 9,065,089

FUEL CELL

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

1. A fuel cell comprising:
a membrane electrode assembly including a first electrode, a second electrode, a resin frame member, and an electrolyte membrane
provided between the first electrode and the second electrode in a stacking direction, the resin frame member being disposed
on an outer periphery of the membrane electrode assembly;

a first separator; and
a second separator, the membrane electrode assembly being provided between the first separator and the second separator in
the stacking direction, each of the first and second separators including a reactant gas channel through which a reactant
gas is to be supplied along an electrode surface of the membrane electrode assembly and a reactant gas manifold through which
the reactant gas is to flow in the stacking direction, the resin frame member including a first surface, a second surface,
a first buffer portion, and a second buffer portion, the second surface being opposite to the first surface in the stacking
direction, the first buffer portion being provided on the first surface of the resin frame member, the first buffer portion
being located outside of a power generation region of the membrane electrode assembly and connected to the reactant gas channel
and the reactant gas manifold of the first separator, the second buffer portion being provided on the second surface of the
resin frame member, the second buffer portion being located outside of the power generation region and connected to the reactant
gas channel and the reactant gas manifold of the second separator, the second buffer portion being independent from the first
buffer portion,

wherein the resin frame member includes a first protruding portion on which at least a portion of the first buffer portion
is disposed and a second protruding portion on which at least a portion of the second buffer portion is disposed, the first
buffer portion and the second buffer portion each extending beyond an edge of the resin frame member disposed adjacent to
the power generation region, and

wherein the resin frame member has an external shape such that the resin frame member is disposed inward from the reactant
gas manifold.

US Pat. No. 9,056,579

HEADLAMP DEVICE FOR TWO-WHEELED MOTOR VEHICLE

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

1. A headlamp device for a two-wheeled motor vehicle, comprising:
a mounting stay attached to a front part of a body of the two-wheeled motor vehicle and extending forward from the front part
of the vehicle body;

a non-divided headlamp case having a hole for allowing insertion of the mounting stay, and a front opening formed at a front
part thereof;

a connecting element for connecting the headlamp case to the mounting stay; and
a lamp unit mounted to a front part of the headlamp case in such a manner as to cover the front opening and having a light
emitting element,

wherein the mounting stay has a front part inserted through the hole of the headlamp case into the headlamp case and secured
to an interior part of the headlamp case by the connecting element, and

wherein the interior part of the headlamp case comprises a plurality of pillar-shaped parts disposed on an inner surface of
the headlamp case, the connecting element comprising a plurality of fastening elements, and the front part of the mounting
stay is in contact with the pillar-shaped parts and secured by the fastening elements to the pillar-shaped parts.

US Pat. No. 10,589,671

3D PRINTED AIR BLADDER MESH ELASTOMER MATERIAL

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

1. A printed vehicle component comprising:a network of interconnected braces defining an array of cells; and
a fluid chamber arranged within the network and including an aperture providing access to an interior of the chamber;
wherein the network and the chamber are integrally formed of a flexible polymer material.

US Pat. No. 10,589,752

DISPLAY SYSTEM, DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

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

1. A display system, comprising:a first display unit that displays an image indicating a driving assist state of a vehicle which includes an automated driving state;
a second display unit that displays an image that resembles a road on which the vehicle travels; and
a display control unit that allows the second display unit to display approximately the entire region of a region corresponding to a recommended lane applied to a control unit that performs the automated driving in a predetermined color, and allows a target trajectory generated by the control unit that performs the automated driving to be displayed in a region narrower than the recommended lane,
wherein in a case where lane changing of the vehicle is executed by the automated driving, the display control unit allows approximately the entire region of a lane that is a lane changing destination to be displayed in a predetermined color, and then allows an image that gives an advance notice of the lane changing to be displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,588,260

LAWN MOWER

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

1. A lawn mower, comprising:a work unit including a housing having a downward-facing opening and a cutter blade rotatably provided in the housing such that when rotated, the cutter blade cuts grass and generates a transport air flow flowing from the opening of the housing to an inside;
a grass clippings receptacle configured to receive grass clippings cut by the work unit;
a grass clippings transport passage connecting an interior of the housing with the grass clippings receptacle;
a shutter device including a shutter configured to selectively open and close the grass clippings transport passage and an actuator configured to drive the shutter;
a controller configured to control the shutter device; and
a pressure sensor provided in the grass clippings transport passage to detect a pressure in the grass clippings transport passage,
wherein the controller is configured to control the shutter device based on the pressure detected by the pressure sensor,
wherein the pressure sensor is located in a part of the grass clippings transport passage between the shutter and an end of the grass clippings transport passage on a side of the grass clippings receptacle, and
wherein the controller is configured to fully close the shutter in a case where the pressure detected by the pressure sensor is lower than or equal to a predetermined first threshold pressure at a time after a predetermined transition period has elapsed from a start of driving of the work unit.

US Pat. No. 10,544,729

ABNORMALITY DETERMINING VALVE CONTROL DEVICE AND SYSTEM

KEIHIN CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A valve control device configured to control a drive mechanism of a valve on the basis of a degree-of-opening signal for the valve and a startup signal for an engine, the valve control device comprising:a drive circuit configured to,
when it is determined on the basis of the startup signal that the engine is stopped, generate a drive signal that puts the valve in a fully closed state, and
when it is determined on the basis of the startup signal that the engine is started, generate a test drive signal for test-driving the valve before generation of a normal drive signal associated with normal driving of the valve; and
processor configured to determine, on the basis of the degree-of-opening signal during the test driving, whether or not an abnormality has occurred in the drive mechanism,
wherein, when the processor determines that the abnormality has occurred in the drive mechanism, the drive circuit stops generating the test drive signal and the normal drive signal, and
wherein the valve is a wastegate valve provided for a supercharger of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,543,840

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM FOR AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING VEHICLE BASED ON GENERATED TARGET SPEED

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

1. A vehicle control system comprising:a detection section configured to detect a presence and state of nearby vehicles traveling in a vicinity of a subject vehicle, the detection section being capable of detecting the nearby vehicles including at least a first vehicle traveling ahead of the subject vehicle in a current lane in which the subject vehicle is traveling and a second vehicle traveling ahead of the subject vehicle in an adjacent lane adjacent to the current lane, a distance between the subject vehicle and the first vehicle traveling in the current lane being compared with a distance between the subject vehicle and the second vehicle traveling in the adjacent lane in a traveling direction of the subject vehicle such that the nearby vehicle closest to the subject vehicle in the traveling direction is selected as a benchmark vehicle among the detected nearby vehicles;
a target speed generation section comprising at least one of a course generation section and a following control section and configured to generate a target speed of the subject vehicle based on the detected state of the benchmark vehicle; and
a travel control section configured to automatically control at least acceleration and deceleration of the subject vehicle based on the target speed generated by the target speed generation section.

US Pat. No. 10,532,742

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

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

1. A control system for a vehicle incorporated with a steer by wire steering device for steering a road wheel by using a steering motor according to a steering input applied to a steering member, the steering motor being mechanically decoupled from the steering member, the control system comprising:an idle strop control unit for starting an idle stop operation to stop an engine mounted on the vehicle when a plurality of prescribed idle stop conditions are satisfied, and restarting the engine when a prescribed restart condition is satisfied;
a steering input angle sensor for detecting a steering input angle of the steering member;
a reaction force motor for supplying a steering reaction force to the steering member;
a steering output angle sensor for detecting a steering output angle of the road wheel;
a vehicle speed sensor for detecting a traveling speed of the vehicle;
a steering motor control unit for controlling the steering motor so as to cause the road wheel to be steered at an angle commanded by the steering input angle of the steering member; and
a reaction force motor control unit for controlling the reaction force motor to generate a reaction force applied to the steering member;
wherein the idle stop conditions include that the traveling speed of the vehicle detected by the vehicle speed sensor has fallen below a first value; and
wherein, when the vehicle speed is lower than the first value but higher than a second value which is lower than the first value in the idle stop operation, the steering motor control unit executes a position keep control whereby the steering motor is electrically braked, and the reaction force motor control unit operates the reaction force motor as a dynamic brake.

US Pat. No. 10,507,843

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

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

1. A vehicle control system comprising:a driving controller configured to, by executing any one of a plurality of driving modes having different automatic control levels from each other, execute any one of
automated driving for automatically performing at least one of velocity control and steering control over a vehicle and
manual driving for performing both of said velocity control and steering control over said vehicle based on operation on a main operator by an occupant of said vehicle;
an armrest for an occupant sitting on a driver's seat of said vehicle to put his/her arm on; and
an armrest relative position controller configured to control a drive unit such that a position of said armrest relative to said occupant sitting on said driver's seat varies between said automated driving and said manual driving executed by said driving controller,
wherein
said drive unit drives said driver's seat in a longitudinal direction,
said armrest is supported so as not to move in conjunction with longitudinal movement of said driver's seat, and
said armrest relative position controller controls said drive unit to drive said driver's seat rearward to locate said armrest at a position ahead of said driver's seat and locate said armrest at a relative position where said armrest is usable by the occupant.

US Pat. No. 10,507,714

AUTOMOTIVE SEALING MEMBER

Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd...

1. An automotive sealing member comprising: a mount base to be attached to a flange formed along a perimeter of an opening provided for a body of an automobile, the sealing member sealing a gap between the perimeter of the opening and an opening/closing member for covering or uncovering the opening, whereinthe mount base includes an outer wall to be arranged further toward the outside of a cabin than the flange, an inner wall to be arranged further toward the inside of the cabin than the flange, and a bottom wall connecting the outer and inner walls together, an end of the outer wall and an end of the inner wall, which are opposite to the bottom wall, forming a space therebetween which is open to allow the mount base to be attached to the flange through a tip end of the flange,
a protrusion and an outer foam are provided for an inner face of the outer wall facing the inside of the mount base, the protrusion coming into contact with an exterior face of the flange facing the outside of the cabin, the outer foam being made of an elastic foaming material and coming into contact with the exterior face of the flange,
a flexible seal lip is provided for an inner face of the inner wall facing the inside of the mount base, the flexible seal lip extending toward the outer wall, further approaching the bottom wall as it goes toward a tip end thereof, and coming into contact with an interior face of the flange facing the inside of the cabin,
a bottom foam is provided for an inner face of the bottom wall facing the inside of the mount base, the bottom foam being made of an elastic foaming material, being spaced from the outer foam toward the inside of the cabin, and bulging toward the space, and
a distance between the outer foam and the bottom foam in a width direction of the automobile is smaller than a thickness of a thinnest portion of the flange.

US Pat. No. 10,487,941

STROKE SENSOR AND SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE

NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD., ...

1. A stroke sensor comprising:a shaft that extends in a direction along an axial line;
a housing that extends along the shaft, houses the shaft in a state where the shaft protrudes outside, and supports the shaft slidably in the direction along the axial line;
a detection part that detects a slide amount of the shaft; and
a cover that covers a slide end on a protrusion side of the shaft in a slide region between the shaft and the housing while allowing a relative movement between the shaft and the housing, wherein
a flange surface that extends radially outward from the slide end is provided on the housing,
an axial direction seal that is in close contact with the flange surface in the direction along the axial line is provided on the cover,
a fixation member that presses the axial direction seal to be in contact with the flange surface is further provided,
a protrusion wall that protrudes outward in the direction along the axial line from an outer circumferential part of the flange surface is provided on the housing, and
the fixation member has a bowl shape and includes a circumferential wall that is fitted to the protrusion wall and a bottom wall that continues to the circumferential wall and that presses the axial direction seal to be in contact with the flange surface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,357

VARIABLE VALVE TRAIN

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

1. A variable valve train of an internal combustion engine, comprising:two camshafts rotatably supported in a cylinder head of the internal combustion engine;
a crankshaft for the engine;
cylindrical cam carriers coaxially surrounding the camshafts, respectively, to be rotatable with and axially slidable relative to the camshafts, the cam carriers having thereon a plurality of cam lobes for operating engine valves and being different in cam profile and axially adjacent to each other; and
cam changeover mechanisms for axially shifting the cam carriers to change over the cam lobes for operating the engine valves,
wherein the cam changeover mechanisms include respectively:
changeover pins provided for advancing and retracting movements for fitting engagement with and disengagement from lead grooves formed around the cam carriers; and
changeover driving shafts provided with cam mechanisms for operating the changeover pins to advance and retract for fitting engagement with and disengagement from the lead grooves,
wherein the cam lobes are operable to act on the engine valves by way of rocker arms, and
wherein the rocker arms are rockably supported on the changeover driving shafts.

US Pat. No. 10,452,569

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DESIGNING A VIRTUAL PLATFORM BASED ON USER INPUTS

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

1. A system comprising:a memory that stores instructions for executing processes for designing a virtual platform based on user inputs; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions, wherein the instructions cause the processor to:
receive, via an input device, a plurality of user inputs;
in response to receiving the plurality of user inputs, generate the virtual platform having one or more successful inputs, wherein the one or more successful inputs of the virtual platform are based on the plurality of user inputs; and
store the virtual platform on a storage device such that a user may utilize the virtual platform on a computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,439,405

POWER STORAGE APPARATUS, TRANSPORT DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD

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

1. A power storage apparatus comprising:a first storage module comprising:
a first capacitor; and
a first detector to detect first current input to and output from the first capacitor;
a second storage module comprising:
a second capacitor; and
a second detector to detect second current input to and output from the second capacitor;
a charge-discharge circuit connected to the first capacitor and the second capacitor to charge and discharge the first capacitor and the second capacitor; and
circuitry configured to
control the charge-discharge circuit to control charging and discharging between the first capacitor and the second capacitor; and
determine whether or not at least one of the first detector or the second detector is to be corrected based on the first current and the second current during charging and discharging between the first capacitor and the second capacitor,
wherein the circuitry calculates an average value of the first current and the second current, and
wherein the circuitry determines that the at least one of the first detector or the second detector is to be corrected if a difference between at least one of the first current or the second current and the average value is larger than a threshold current.

US Pat. No. 10,421,165

APPARATUS AND METHODS OF INSTALLING AND VERIFYING INSTALLATION OF A SEAL MEMBER IN A COMPONENT

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

1. An apparatus for use in installing and verifying installation of a seal member in a component, said apparatus comprising:a housing defining an interior sized to receive the component therein, and a moveable lid selectively positionable between a loading position and a sensing position; and
at least one seal sensor coupled to said moveable lid and configured to selectively align with a first sensing point on the component when said moveable lid is in the sensing position, said at least one seal sensor configured to only actuate when pressed against the seal member positioned at the first sensing point.

US Pat. No. 10,352,373

MULTIPLE PLATE CLUTCH

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

1. A multiple plate clutch, comprising:a main spring that is provided between a clutch center fixed in an axial direction and a pressure plate displaceable in the axial direction and presses a plurality of clutch plates in a clutch engagement direction, and
a lifter plate for lifting the pressure plate in a clutch release direction,
wherein a sub pressure plate which is separate from and displaceable relatively to the pressure plate is provided,
wherein a sub spring for pressing the pressure plate in a clutch engagement direction is provided,
wherein when the lifter plate is lifted by a predetermined amount, the lifter plate separates the sub pressure plate from the pressure plate, thereby cutting off a sub spring load transmission passage to the pressure plate,
wherein the sub spring and the sub pressure plate are disposed at an opposite side of the pressure plate as the lifter plate,
wherein the pressure plate is provided with a hole portion,
wherein a release member having a release boss is inserted in the hole portion, and
wherein when the lifter plate is lifted by the predetermined amount or more, the release boss comes into contact with the sub pressure plate, whereby the sub pressure plate is separated from the pressure plate.

US Pat. No. 10,344,854

ENGINE ROOM TEMPERATURE RISE RESTRICTING APPARATUS

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

1. An engine room temperature rise restricting apparatus for restricting a temperature rise in an engine room of a vehicle, the vehicle including an engine, a continuously variable transmission configured to continuously change and output a rotating speed of an output shaft of the engine, and a grille shutter configured to open or close in accordance with an open or close instruction to allow or prohibit a flow of an outside air into the engine room in which the engine and the continuously variable transmission are installed,the engine room temperature rise restricting apparatus, comprising:
an open and close detector configured to detect an open and close of the grille shutter; and
a controller including a CPU and a memory coupled to the CPU, wherein the CPU and the memory are configured to perform:
detecting a stuck-closed failure of the grille shutter of a condition that the grille shutter remains closed regardless of the open instruction for the grille shutter, based on a signal from the open and close detector; and
controlling a speed ratio of the continuously variable transmission so that an upper limit of an engine rotational speed or an engine driving force when the stuck-closed failure is detected is smaller than an upper limit of the engine rotational speed or the engine driving force when the stuck-closed failure is not detected.

US Pat. No. 10,213,925

WORKPIECE CONTACT STATE ESTIMATING DEVICE AND WORKPIECE CONTACT STATE ESTIMATION METHOD

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

1. A workpiece contact state estimating device adapted to estimate, at a time of performing an operation for moving a workpiece held by a distal end portion of a manipulator to a desired position by the manipulator, a state of contact of the workpiece with a peripheral object, which is an object existing in a periphery of the desired position, comprising a controller that includes a processor programmed to cause the controller to function as:a measurement value acquiring unit that acquires a measurement value of a contact acting force, which is a force acting on the manipulator according to a contact reaction force applied to the workpiece from the peripheral object at a time of contact of the workpiece with the peripheral object; and
an estimation processing unit that estimates, as an actual state of contact of the workpiece with the peripheral object, one of a plurality of types of contact states based on a feasible contact acting force range, which is a feasible range of a value of the contact acting force prepared in advance for each of the plurality of types of contact states determined in advance as feasible states of contact of the workpiece with the peripheral object, and the measurement value of the contact acting force,
wherein
the processor is further programmed to cause the estimation processing unit of the controller to function as:
a first determining unit that determines whether or not a measurement value of the contact acting force is a value that belongs only to the feasible contact acting force range corresponding to one contact state among the plurality of types of contact states, and to determine whether or not the one contact state is the actual contact state in a case where a determination result of the first determining unit is affirmative;
an evaluation index value calculating unit that uses a predetermined first evaluation function configured to indicate a degree of difference between a value of the contact acting force, which corresponds to any given value of the contact reaction force, and the measurement value for each of the plurality of types of contact states to determine a value of the contact reaction force at which the degree of difference becomes a minimum under a predetermined constrained condition that defines the range of a value of the feasible contact reaction force in each contact state and to determine an evaluation index value, which is a value of the first evaluation function corresponding to the determined value of the contact reaction force; and
a second determining unit that determines whether or not the degree of difference indicated by the evaluation index value determined for one contact state is smaller than the degree of difference indicated by the evaluation index value determined for each contact state other than the one contact state, and
the processor is further programmed to cause the estimation processing unit to estimate the one contact state as the actual contact state in a case where the determination result of the first determining unit is affirmative and a determination result of the second determining unit is affirmative.

US Pat. No. 10,137,571

OPERATION CONTROL SYSTEM AND OPERATION CONTROL METHOD

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

1. An operation control system comprising:a movable member having a first mechanical element;
an actuator which moves the movable member at a variable velocity;
a second mechanical element which is configured separately from the movable member and which is fixed at a position so as to be capable of making contact with the first mechanical element;
an operation state recognizing unit which recognizes an operation state including a position and a velocity of the first mechanical element; and
an actuator control unit that outputs, to the actuator, a stop instruction for stopping an operation of the actuator in a case where the position and the velocity of the first mechanical element recognized by the operation state recognizing unit depart from a predetermined allowable range in a two-dimensional coordinate system, the two-dimensional coordinate system expressed by a position and a velocity,
wherein in a case where a predetermined conditional expression is established which uses a position and a velocity of the first mechanical element, a collision time, a component indicating an allowable force which is allowable for the first mechanical element or the second mechanical element, a component indicating a resistance force applied to the movable member by the actuator, and a component indicating an inertia force applied to the first mechanical element, the actuator control unit determines that the position and the velocity of the first mechanical element are within the allowable range.

US Pat. No. 10,137,578

JOINT STRUCTURE, HAND DEVICE, ROBOT ARM AND ROBOT

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

1. A joint structure comprising:a base; and
a link that is movable with respect to the base, and to which a load is applied from an object,
wherein the link includes: a first link member that is movable with respect to the base; a second link member that is movable with respect to the first link member, and to which a load is applied from the object; an elastic member that is provided between the first link member and the second link member; a drive mechanism that transmits a drive force to the first link member; and an engagement mechanism provided between the base and the second link member,
the elastic member biases the second link member in a direction opposite to a direction in Which a load is applied to the second link member from the object so that a position of the second link member with respect to the first link member is maintained at a predetermined position, and
the engagement mechanism engages the base with the second link member to fix the base to the second link member when the load is applied to the second link member from the object so that the position of the second link member with respect to the first link member is moved from the predetermined position against a biasing force of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,111,378

ELECTRIC LAWN MOWER CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. An apparatus for controlling operation of a walk-behind electric lawn mower equipped with,a frame configured to be movable over a lawn growth area by a user by hand from behind;
an electric motor mounted on the frame;
a blade cutter provided at an underneath surface of the frame to be connected to the electric motor and configured to cut grass on the lawn growth area when driven by the electric motor;
a rechargeable battery mounted on the frame to be connected to the electric motor and configured to discharge electric power so as to apply to the electric motor as operating electric power and to be charged by a regenerative electric current that is generated by the electric motor during regenerative braking of rotation of the blade cutter;
a motor driver circuit configured to adjust supply of the operating electric power to the electric motor, and
a control unit configured to control operation of the motor driver circuit;
the improvement comprises
a first switching element disposed in a current path connecting the rechargeable battery and the electric motor to allow passage of charge current from the electric motor to the rechargeable battery when turned ON and block the passage of the charging current when turned OFF;
a resistor interposed in the current path;
a second switching element interposed in the current path in series with the resistor to allow the passage of the charge current from the electric motor to the resistor when turned ON and block the passage of the charge current when turned OFF;
a rechargeable battery temperature detector configured to produce an output indicating a temperature of the rechargeable battery; and
an internal circuit voltage detector configured to produce an output indicating an internal voltage of the motor driver circuit;
wherein the control unit configured to control ON/OFF of the first and second switching elements based on the outputs of the rechargeable battery temperature detector and the internal circuit voltage detector.

US Pat. No. 10,105,742

DRAW PRESS DIE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

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

1. A draw press die assembly comprising:an upper die secured to a slide connected with at least one connection rod that is operably connected to an upper die drive mechanism to move the upper die;
a lower die positioned beneath the upper die;
a blankholder for supporting an associated workpiece, said blankholder connected to a cushion plate via pins; and
a blankholder drive mechanism mounted in the upper die for movement therewith, the blankholder drive mechanism configured to oscillate the blankholder at a frequency greater than 15 Hz relative to the upper die, and such oscillation includes movement of the blankholder in a direction parallel to a direction in which the upper die is moved by the upper die drive mechanism during a press operation, wherein movement of the blankholder away from the upper die during oscillation is effected by the blankholder drive mechanism and movement of the blankholder back toward the upper die during oscillation is effected by the cushion plate via the pins;
wherein the upper die and the blankholder release the workpiece during each movement of the blankholder away from the upper die during oscillation.

US Pat. No. 10,081,357

VEHICULAR COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

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

1. A vehicle control system for use with a host vehicle configured for travel along a path, and at least one source of host vehicle speed and location data, and traffic data relevant to the host vehicle's location on the path, the vehicle control system comprising:a processor that is configured to:
access a current host vehicle location and speed data that is provided by the at least one source,
detect, using a vehicular communications network, data from a merging vehicle intending to merge into the path of the host vehicle,
detect, using the vehicular communications network, data from preceding traffic in the path of the host vehicle,
determine a speed and location of the merging vehicle intending to merge into the path of the host vehicle from data transmitted over the vehicular communications network,
determine a speed and location of preceding traffic on the path of the host vehicle from data transmitted over the vehicular communications network, and
predict whether the speed of the preceding traffic or the speed of the merging vehicle will slow down during the merge based on statistical analysis using the speed and the location of the preceding traffic and the speed and the location of the merging vehicle, and
a vehicle controller configured to receive an instruction from the processor to control a speed of the host vehicle based on a predicted speed of preceding traffic and a predicted speed of the merging vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,060,174

SLIDING DOOR MODULE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A sliding door module comprising:a resin base coupled to an inner panel of a sliding door;
a window glass lifting and lowering device configured to lift and lower a window glass; and
a door movement device configured to move the sliding door,
wherein the window glass lifting and lowering device and the door movement device are coupled to the base,
the window glass lifting and lowering device includes first and second cables that pull the window glass, a first drum that winds the first and second cables, a pulley that is located above the first drum and tensions the first and second cables in cooperation with the first drum, and a first motor that rotates the first drum,
the door movement device includes third and fourth cables that pull the sliding door, a second drum that winds the third and fourth cables, and a second motor that rotates the second drum, and
the first motor is located at substantially the same height as the first drum or downward from the first drum.

US Pat. No. 10,038,343

POWER RECEPTION APPARATUS AND WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD

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

1. A power reception apparatus that uses resonant magnetic coupling to receive wireless power transmission from a power transmission apparatus, comprising:a power reception coil configured to receive power from a power transmission coil of the power transmission apparatus;
a relative distance detection section configured to detect a relative distance between the power transmission coil and the power reception coil;
a power transmission efficiency detection section configured to detect initial power transmission efficiency of the wireless power transmission performed by using a default value of a resonance frequency;
a database configured to store a combination of the relative distance and the power transmission efficiency, and the resonance frequency corresponding to the combination;
a power transmission frequency setting section configured to read from the database the resonance frequency corresponding to the combination of the relative distance and the initial power transmission efficiency and to set the read resonance frequency as a power transmission frequency to be used in the wireless power transmission; and
a power transmission request section configured to notify the power transmission apparatus of the power transmission frequency set by the power transmission frequency setting section and request the wireless power transmission with the power transmission frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,030,769

GEARBOX OF POWER UNIT

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

1. A gearbox of a power unit comprising:a constant mesh transmission including a main shaft, a counter shaft having a shaft axis arranged parallel to a shaft axis of said main shaft, a plurality of drive gears provided on said main shaft, and a plurality of driven gears meshing with said plurality of drive gears and provided on said counter shaft;
a cylindrical shift drum having lead grooves formed on a drum outer surface, and having a rotation center line arranged parallel to said shaft axis of said main shaft and said shaft axis of said counter shaft;
a shift drum feed mechanism for rotating said shift drum at a predetermined feed angle;
a drive shifter provided on said main shaft in such a manner as to be movable in the axial direction of said main shaft, and freely engageable with and disengageable from at least one of said drive gears adjacent thereto, among said drive gears;
driven shifters provided on said counter shaft in such a manner as to be movable in the axial direction of said counter shaft, and freely engageable with and disengageable from at least one of said driven gears adjacent thereto, among said driven gears;
a drive side-shift fork having an engaging portion engaging with said lead groove, and guided by said lead groove to move said drive shifter in the axial direction of said main shaft; and
driven side-shift forks having engaging portions engaging with said lead groove, and guided by said lead grooves to move said driven shifters in the axial direction of said counter shaft, wherein:
said drive side-shift fork and said driven side-shift forks are arranged on one side of a plane, which passes through said shaft axis of said main shaft and said shaft axis of said counter shaft;
said shift drum is arranged between said drive side-shift fork and said driven side-shift forks when viewed in the axial direction of said shift drum;
said lead grooves include circumferential groove portions extending in the circumferential direction of said shift drum, and axially shifted groove portions continuous with said circumferential groove portions, and shifted in the axial direction of said shift drum from said circumferential groove portions;
at least one of said lead grooves is a common lead groove, with which said drive side-shift fork and said driven side-shift fork are engaged;
said engaging portion of said drive side-shift fork and said engaging portion of said driven side-shift fork engaged with said common lead groove are engaged at an angular interval, which is a positive multiple integral of said feed angle, with respect to a rotation center of said shift drum; and
said drive side-shift fork engaged with said common lead groove and said driven side-shift fork engaged with said common lead groove are guided by the same said axially shifted groove portion of said axially shifted groove portions, and thereby establish speeds of said transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,030,834

LIGHT DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A light device for a vehicle, comprising:first light sources oriented to an irradiation direction of the light device for a vehicle;
second light sources directed to an opposite direction of the irradiation direction;
a first base plate that mounts at least one of the first light sources and the second light sources; and
a lens that allows irradiation light of the first light sources and irradiation light of the second light sources to permeate therethrough, wherein
the first base plate is disposed perpendicularly to the irradiation direction of the light device for a vehicle, and
wherein the light device further comprises:
a housing formed of an opaque material, the lens mounted to the housing and the first base plate is accommodated in a space formed between the lens and the housing;
a reflector engaged to an inside of the housing and mounted to the first base plate, an outer periphery section of the reflector is extended toward the irradiation direction with the reflector outer edge from the first light sources in the opposite direction of the irradiation direction toward a base of the housing, the reflector reflects the irradiation light of the second light sources to the irradiation direction; and
wherein an end of the first base plate is bent to define a first extension section integral with the first base plate that surrounds the first light sources and stands so as to be oriented to the irradiation direction thereby preventing the irradiation light of the first light sources from leaking sideways, further including a second base plate separate from and mounted to the first base plate that mounts the second light sources; and wherein an end of the second base plate is bent to define a second extension section integral with the second base plate that surrounds the second light sources and stands in an opposite direction of the first extension section thereby preventing the irradiation light of the second light sources from leaking sideways.

US Pat. No. 10,023,260

STEERING SYSTEM FOR SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A steering system of a saddle-ride type vehicle, said system comprising:a front fork that includes a steering shaft at an upper end and supports a front wheel at a lower end;
a steering arm that is attached to the steering shaft;
a steering force transmit member that is turnably supported by a steering stem that is disposed in a body frame; and
a steering system link that joins the steering arm and the steering force transmit member that is disposed rearward of the steering arm,
wherein the steering system link is provided with a steering force detection sensor that is configured to detect a steering force transmitted to the steering shaft,
wherein the steering system link includes a steering system link member that extends in the vehicle longitudinal direction between the steering arm and the steering force transmit member, and
wherein the steering force detection sensor is configured to detect a tension force and a compression force applied to an axial direction of the steering system link member.

US Pat. No. 10,023,029

VEHICLE DOOR

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

1. A vehicle door comprising:a door body having an inner panel and an outer panel;
a door sash mounted to an upper part of the door body;
a window opening defined by the door sash and an upper edge of the door body;
a window panel blocking at least part of the window opening;
a panel support frame supporting at least part of a peripheral edge of the window panel; and
a beltline reinforcing member mounted to one of the inner panel and the outer panel so as to extend along the upper edge of the door body,
wherein the beltline reinforcing member includes an upper extension part extending along the door sash further upward than the upper edge of the door body, and the panel support frame is sandwiched between the door sash and the upper extension part,
wherein the vehicle door further comprises a garnish covering an external surface of the door sash and is formed by a member separate from the panel support frame, and the upper extension part has an external surface covered by the garnish, and
wherein the upper extension part has an upper end positioned at a vertically intermediate position of the door sash relative to a height dimension of the door sash, and the garnish is held in direct contact with the panel support frame at a portion of the panel support frame above the upper end of the upper extension part.

US Pat. No. 10,017,209

VEHICLE-BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle-body front structure comprising:a front pillar;
a front side frame extending, from an inside of the front pillar in a vehicle width direction, to a vehicle front, and having a first front end portion;
a damper housing standing from the front side frame to a portion in front of the front pillar;
an upper member extending from the front pillar through the damper housing to the vehicle front, and having a second front end portion joined to the first front end portion of the front side frame from outside in the vehicle width direction,
wherein the upper member includes a portion extending substantially horizontally from the front pillar to the damper housing, and an inclined portion extending downward in an inclined manner from the damper housing to the vehicle front,
wherein the inclined portion has a substantially M-shaped portion in side view, and the substantially M-shaped portion includes three curve portions of a front curve portion, a center curve portion, and a rear curve portion sequentially in this order toward a vehicle rear, and
wherein the upper member has a substantially rectangular cross section comprising an upper inner corner portion and an upper outer corner portion, and has a recessed portion disposed at only one of the upper inner corner portion or the upper outer corner portion, the recessed portion being located between two adjacent curve portions among the front curve portion, the center curve portion, and the rear curve portion.

US Pat. No. 10,016,803

BLANKING DIE AND METHOD OF BLANKING SHEET METAL THEREWITH

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

1. A blanking die, comprising:a blanking apparatus configured to form a series of at least two metallic blanks from sheet metal fed along a first direction, wherein the blanking apparatus performs a single cutting stroke to form the series of at least two metallic blanks; and
an ejection apparatus configured to eject a first one of the series of the metallic blanks out of the blanking die in a predetermined direction and a second one of the series of the metallic blanks out of the blanking die in the predetermined direction, wherein the predetermined direction and the first direction are substantially parallel; wherein the ejection apparatus comprises:
a front ejector;
a rear ejector having an ejecting mechanism and a cavity;
a rear ejector frame configured to movably support the ejecting mechanism, wherein the ejecting mechanism is stored in the cavity until the ejecting mechanism is needed, wherein when the ejecting mechanism ejects the second one of the metallic blanks in the predetermined direction, the rear ejector frame raises the ejecting mechanism from a storage position in the cavity in which the ejecting mechanism is stored to an ejection position above the cavity, wherein after the single cutting stroke, the first metallic blank is elected by the front ejector without contacting the ejecting mechanism and the second metallic blank is transported to the front ejector by the ejecting mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,001,204

VIBRATION ISOLATION STRUCTURE OF POWER UNIT INCLUDING TORQUE DAMPERS

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

1. A vibration isolation structure of a power unit including an internal combustion engine and transmissions, of which one said transmission has a plurality of transmission gears and a power transmission shaft that pivotally supports the plurality of transmission gears, the vibration isolation structure comprising: torque dampers provided between a pair of transmission gears adjacent to each other and the power transmission shaft in the one transmission,wherein at least one of the torque dampers comprises a plurality of coil springs each having a central axis disposed substantially perpendicular to a central axis of the power transmission shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,003,094

FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING FUEL CELL SYSTEM

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

1. A fuel cell system comprising:a fuel cell to generate electric power with heat;
a cathode off-gas discharge passage connected to the fuel cell, cathode off-gas discharged from the fuel cell to flow through the cathode off-gas discharge passage;
a sealing valve which is provided in the cathode off-gas discharge passage and to which the heat is transmitted from the fuel cell;
a first temperature sensor to detect a valve temperature of the sealing valve;
a refrigerant circulation circuit in which a refrigerant is to be circulated to cool the fuel cell;
a second temperature sensor provided in the refrigerant circulation circuit to detect a fuel cell temperature of the fuel cell through the refrigerant; and
circuitry configured:
to calculate a sealing valve estimated temperature by subtracting a correction value from the fuel cell temperature detected by the second temperature sensor after the fuel cell stops generating the electric power and after the sealing valve is closed;
to determine whether at least one of the valve temperature and the sealing valve estimated temperature is lower than a predicted freezing temperature; and
to open the sealing valve when it is determined that the at least one of the valve temperature and the sealing valve estimated temperature is lower than the predicted freezing temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,995,369

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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

1. An automatic transmission, comprising:an input member disposed inside a casing and rotated by a driving force transmitted from a drive source;
a planetary gear mechanism having a plurality of elements rotatable inside the casing;
a plurality of engaging mechanisms switchable to a coupled state in which the elements are coupled to one another, or switchable to a fixed state in which the elements are fixed to the casing, comprising
a switching mechanism switchable between the fixed state and a reverse rotation preventing state that allows a normal rotation and prevents a reverse rotation of corresponding elements among the plurality of elements; an output member outputting a rotation; and
a control part controlling the engaging mechanisms and recognizing a rotational speed of the drive source and a stop request for the drive source, wherein
the automatic transmission is configured to output a rotation of the input member to the output member while changing speed in a plurality of gear positions with the planetary gear mechanism and the engagement mechanisms, and
the control part switches the switching mechanism in a state in which the stop request for the drive source is not recognized and the rotational speed of the drive source is equal to or greater than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,997,990

CONVERSION APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT, AND CONTROL METHOD

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

1. A conversion apparatus, comprising:a conversion module which has a plurality of phases, each of which has a converter capable of performing a voltage conversion of an electric power discharged from or charged in a power source and a sensor detecting a current value of a phase current flowing the converter, and in which the plurality of phases are electrically connected in parallel; and
a controller which controls each of a plurality of the converters with a control signal generated based on a predetermined duty ratio,
wherein the controller includes
a first determination unit which determines a basic duty ratio common to all of the plurality of phases, such that the conversion module inputs or outputs a target voltage or a target current,
a second determination unit which determines a correction duty ratio for correcting the basic duty ratio at each of the plurality of converters, and
a generation unit which generates a control signal based on the basic duty ratio and the correction duty ratio,
wherein the second determination unit determines the correction duty ratio based on a difference between a plurality of phase currents flowing in the plurality of converters respectively, and
the second determination unit sets an upper limit value or a lower limit value of the correction duty ratio based on the basic duty ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,985,505

ROTOR OF ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE

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

1. A rotor of a rotating electric machine, comprising:a rotor core including a plurality of steel sheets that are stacked and having a plurality of magnet insertion holes that are arranged in a circumferential direction;
permanent magnets inserted into the magnet insertion holes; and
a filler with which spaces between the permanent magnets and inner walls of the magnet insertion holes are filled,
wherein the rotor core includes
a first core block in which a plurality of the steel sheets are stacked, and
a second core block in which a plurality of the steel sheets are stacked and that is disposed adjacent to the first core block, and
wherein, in the first core block, at least one of the steel sheets that faces the second core block is a filler-vestige-accommodating steel sheet that has hole portions located at positions opposed to filler injection portions of the magnet insertion holes of the second core block.

US Pat. No. 9,971,012

SOUND DIRECTION ESTIMATION DEVICE, SOUND DIRECTION ESTIMATION METHOD, AND SOUND DIRECTION ESTIMATION PROGRAM

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

1. A sound direction estimation device comprising:a processor; and
microphones collecting sounds from sound sources,
wherein the processor is programmed with instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to function as:
a transfer function storage unit configured to store transfer functions of the sound sources in correlation with directions of the sound sources;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a number of classes to be searched and a search interval for each class based on a desired search range and a desired spatial resolution for searching for the directions of the sound sources; and
a sound source localization unit configured to search the search range for every search interval using a transfer function, to estimate the direction of at least one of the sound sources based on a search result, to update the search range and the search interval based on the estimated direction of the sound source until the number of classes calculated by the calculation unit is reached, and to estimate the direction of at least one of the sound sources,
wherein the sound source localization unit is configured
to determine whether the transfer function corresponding to an azimuth of the search interval is stored in the transfer function storage unit,
to read the transfer function corresponding to the azimuth of the search interval from the transfer function storage unit when it is determined that the transfer function corresponding to the azimuth of the search interval is stored in the transfer function storage unit,
to calculate an interpolated transfer function by interpolating the transfer function corresponding to the azimuth of the search interval by a Frequency Time Domain Linear or a Bi-linear Interpolation method when it is determined that the transfer function corresponding to the azimuth of the search interval is not stored in the transfer function storage unit, and
to estimate the directions of the sound sources using the read transfer function or the calculated interpolated transfer function,
wherein the Frequency Time Domain Linear or the Bi-linear Interpolation method comprises calculating the interpolated transfer function with a Frequency Domain Linear or the Bi-linear Interpolation method and a Time Domain Linear Interpolation method,
wherein the Frequency Time Domain Linear or the Bi-linear Interpolation method further comprises:
decomposing the calculated interpolation transfer function with the Frequency Domain Linear or the Bi-linear Interpolation method into a phase expression and an amplitude expression based on the Frequency Domain Linear or the Bi-linear Interpolation method; and
decomposing the calculated interpolation transfer function with the Time Domain Linear Interpolation method into another phase expression and another amplitude expression based on the Time Domain Linear Interpolation method,
wherein the Frequency Time Domain Linear or the Bi-linear Interpolation method further comprises combining the phase expression decomposed based on the Frequency Domain Linear or Bi-linear Interpolation method with the another amplitude expression decomposed based on the Time Domain Linear Interpolation method, and
wherein the calculation unit is configured to calculate the number of classes (S) according to a following expression:
where d0 represents the search range, ds represented the search interval of a given class s, and s is an integer representing the given class with a value between 1 and S, and wherein the search interval ds of the given class s is determined using the following expression:so that a search number for each class is constant in all of the classes and a total search number in all the classes is minimized.

US Pat. No. 9,972,315

SPEECH PROCESSING DEVICE, SPEECH PROCESSING METHOD, AND SPEECH PROCESSING SYSTEM

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

1. A speech processing device comprising:a sound source localization unit configured to determine a sound source position from acquired speech;
a reverberation suppression unit configured to suppress a reverberation component of the speech to generate dereverberated speech;
a feature quantity calculation unit configured to calculate a feature quantity of the dereverberated speech;
a feature quantity adjustment unit configured to multiply the feature quantity by an adjustment factor corresponding to the sound source position to calculate an adjusted feature quantity;
a speech recognition unit configured to perform speech recognition using the adjusted feature quantity; and
a model update unit configured to select a predetermined number of position-dependent acoustic models on the basis of the likelihood calculated by using the adjusted feature quantity and a position-dependent acoustic model of each sound source position and linearly combines model parameters of the selected position-dependent acoustic model to generate a position-dependent acoustic model corresponding to the sound source position,
wherein the speech recognition unit performs speech recognition using the acoustic model generated by the model update unit.

US Pat. No. 9,973,135

ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE

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

1. A rotary electric machine control system comprising:a rotary electric machine which includes a rotor;
a rotation speed sensor which detects the number of rotations of the rotor;
a temperature sensor which detects a temperature of the rotary electric machine; and
a control device which controls a rotation of said rotor of said rotary electric machine,
wherein said control device calculates an operation time of said rotary electric machine based on the detected number of rotations of said rotor and the detected temperature of said rotary electric machine and calculates a fatigue degree of said rotor or a parameter involved with said fatigue degree on the basis of said calculated operation time, and
said control device limits the number of rotations of said rotor or warns a user when said calculated fatigue degree of the rotor or the parameter involved with said fatigue degree exceeds a predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,970,887

DEFECT INSPECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREFOR

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

1. A defect inspection method of inspecting whether or not a defect exists on an object to be photographed, by irradiating striped illumination with respect to the object to be photographed, and based on an image obtained from the object to be photographed, comprising the steps of:irradiating striped illumination on the object to be photographed from a striped illumination irradiating unit;
photographing, by an image capturing unit, the object to be photographed which is irradiated with the striped illumination, and obtaining a source image;
obtaining a first filter-processed image by a first filtering process that carries out either one of a maximum value filtering process or a minimum value filtering process with respect to the source image;
obtaining a second filter-processed image by a second filtering process that carries out a remaining one of the minimum value filtering process or the maximum value filtering process with respect to the first filter-processed image;
obtaining a difference image in which a difference from the source image is determined using the second filter-processed image as a background image; and
performing a binarization process with respect to the difference image, and obtaining a binarized image for determining whether or not a defect exists within an imaging range.

US Pat. No. 9,969,369

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle brake system comprising:a brake controller installed in a vehicle to control the vehicle brake system;
a sensor installed in the vehicle and configured to be able to detect a collision impact on the vehicle in a state where the vehicle and an engine of the vehicle are stopped;
a first hydraulic pressure generator that generates a hydraulic pressure in hydraulic oil in accordance with a driver's operation through a brake actuation member;
a second hydraulic pressure generator that generates a hydraulic pressure in the hydraulic oil in response to a hydraulic pressure generation command received from the brake controller for automatic braking; and
at least one brake device that is operatively connected to the first and second hydraulic pressure generators and that is able to be actuated by the hydraulic pressure from the first hydraulic pressure generator or by the hydraulic pressure from the second hydraulic pressure generator to generate and apply braking force to at least one of wheels of the vehicle, wherein
the brake controller sends the hydraulic pressure generation command to the second hydraulic pressure generator, thereby causing the second hydraulic pressure generator to generate the hydraulic pressure and perform the automatic braking when the sensor detects the collision impact, and
the brake controller controls the automatic braking such that the braking force generated by the second hydraulic pressure generator when the sensor detects the collision impact in a state where the vehicle and the engine of the vehicle are stopped is smaller than the braking force generated by the second hydraulic pressure generator when the engine is running.

US Pat. No. 9,944,326

VEHICLE BODY SIDE PORTION STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body side portion structure comprising:a side sill disposed at a side portion of a vehicle body and extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle body;
a rear side floor panel that is joined to a rear portion of a floor panel of the vehicle body and extends towards a rear of the vehicle body, and that extends in a vehicle width direction and is joined to the side sill; and
a rear middle floor panel that is provided at an inner side of the rear side floor panel in the vehicle width direction and that covers an energy storage,
wherein the rear middle floor panel includes a vertical wall portion provided at an outer side thereof in the vehicle width direction, and
wherein the rear side floor panel includes a weakened portion and is joined to an outer side of the vertical wall portion in the vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,944,342

STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A straddle vehicle comprising:a fuel tank;
a first tank cover designed to cover a part of said fuel tank;
a second tank cover joined to said first tank cover and designed to cover another part of said fuel tank;
a fastening member designed to join said first tank cover and said second tank cover together, said fastening member being disposed to face an outer surface of said fuel tank;
at least one of said first tank cover and said second tank cover having a convex portion facing the surface of said fuel tank at a position near said fastening member;
said second tank cover is coupled to said first tank cover with said fastening member while being laid on an outer side of said first tank cover;
said first tank cover has an opening portion in a portion adjacent to a joint portion at which said first tank cover is joined to said second tank cover with said fastening member; and
a shielding wall protruding in a direction toward an inner surface of said second tank cover is provided on a part of an outer edge of said opening portion.

US Pat. No. 9,944,280

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle control system, comprising:a plurality of controllers which control operation of a vehicle including an internal combustion engine configured to drive a first wheel which is one of a front wheel and a rear wheel, a first electric motor connected to the internal combustion engine, and a second electric motor driving a second wheel which is the other one of the front wheel and the rear wheel; and
a communication network which is connected to the plurality of controllers to interconnect the plurality of controllers to each other such that communication is performed between the controllers, wherein
the plurality of controllers include a first controller which controls the internal combustion engine, a second controller which controls the first electric motor, and a third controller which controls the second electric motor,
the plurality of controllers each detect occurrence of abnormality in communication among the plurality of controllers via the communication network, and
when occurrence of abnormality is detected in the communication of the second controller with the other controllers via the communication network, the first controller stops operation of the internal combustion engine, and the third controller performs control such that the second electric motor outputs power for the vehicle to travel.

US Pat. No. 9,938,890

UNIFLOW TWO-STROKE ENGINE

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

1. A uniflow two-stroke engine, comprising:a cylinder receiving a piston such that the piston can reciprocate therein and defining a combustion chamber above the piston;
an exhaust port having one end in communication with an upper end portion of the cylinder;
an exhaust valve that opens and closes the exhaust port;
a scavenging port having a scavenging orifice at one end, the scavenging orifice being in communication with a lower part of a side portion of the cylinder such that the scavenging port is selectively brought into communication with and shut off from the combustion chamber by the piston;
an exhaust gas recirculation passage having one end in communication with a part of the side portion of the cylinder above the scavenging orifice and the other end in communication with the scavenging port such that the exhaust gas recirculation passage is selectively brought into communication with and shut off from the combustion chamber by the piston; and
a one-way valve provided to the exhaust gas recirculation passage and permitting a flow of gas from the combustion chamber toward the scavenging port via the exhaust gas recirculation passage while preventing a flow of gas in the opposite direction,
wherein the scavenging port has a downstream portion extending along the circumferential direction on a radially outer side of a cylinder sleeve forming the cylinder,
wherein the exhaust gas recirculation passage extends through the cylinder sleeve in the radial direction and connects the scavenging port with the inside of the cylinder sleeve, and
wherein the one-way valve consists of a reed valve mounted to an outer circumferential surface of the cylinder sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,914,461

VEHICLE ROLL ANGLE ESTIMATION DEVICE

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

1. A device for successively estimating a roll angle of a vehicle body, comprising:
an acceleration and angular velocity detector including an acceleration sensor and an angular velocity sensor mounted on said
vehicle body, and when an axis extending in the front-rear direction of the vehicle body, an axis extending in the vehicle
width direction of the vehicle body, and an axis extending in the up-down direction of the vehicle body are respectively defined
as an x axis, a y axis, and a z axis of a local coordinate system fixed to the vehicle body, configured to be capable of detecting
x-axis acceleration which is acceleration in the x-axis direction, y-axis acceleration which is acceleration in the y-axis
direction, x-axis angular velocity which is angular velocity about the x axis, and z-axis angular velocity which is angular
velocity about the z axis;

a vehicle speed detector configured to detect a speed of said vehicle body in a traveling direction;
a pitch angle estimator configured to successively estimate a pitch angle of said vehicle body, and calculate an estimated
value of the current pitch angle by use of a detection value of speed in the traveling direction detected by said vehicle
speed detector, a detection value of x-axis acceleration detected by said acceleration and angular velocity detector, and
a previous estimated value of said pitch angle;

a roll angle velocity estimator configured to successively estimate roll angle velocity of said vehicle body, and calculate
an estimated value of the current roll angle velocity by use of detection values of x-axis angular velocity and z-axis angular
velocity detected by said acceleration and angular velocity detector, a previous estimated value of said roll angle, and the
previous estimated value of the pitch angle estimated by said pitch angle estimator;

a correction value calculator configured to successively calculate a correction value for estimating the roll angle of said
vehicle body, and calculate said correction value by use of the detection value of speed in the traveling direction detected
by said vehicle speed detector, detection values of z-axis angular velocity and y-axis acceleration detected by said acceleration
and angular velocity detector, the previous estimated value of said roll angle, and the previous estimated value of the pitch
angle estimated by said pitch angle estimator; and

roll angle estimated value calculator configured to calculate an estimated value of the current roll angle of said vehicle
body by integrating a value obtained by correcting the estimated value of roll angle velocity estimated by said roll angle
velocity estimator by use of the calculated value of the correction value calculated by said correction value calculator.

US Pat. No. 9,902,082

VEHICULAR INTERIOR MEMBER MANUFACTURING METHOD AND AIRBAG RUPTURING GROOVE MANUFACTURING METHOD

NAKATA COATING CO., LTD.,...

1. A manufacturing method of a vehicular interior member having a hard substrate layer at a back side of the vehicular interior
member, a skin layer to cover an exterior surface of said hard substrate layer, and an airbag rupturing groove formed in the
vehicular interior member and configured to break during deployment of an airbag, wherein said airbag rupturing groove is
formed by:
providing a metal blade having flattened edge,
protruding the edge of the metal blade from the back side of said vehicular interior member through the hard substrate layer
and partially into said skin layer to form the rupturing groove, wherein a thickness of said skin layer into which said metal
blade has not protruded corresponds to a remaining thickness of said skin layer,

using a first eddy-current displacement sensor for confirming whether said metal blade is not detected at a first detecting
position that corresponds to a minimum permissible value that is permitted as said remaining thickness of said skin layer,

using a second eddy-current displacement sensor for confirming whether or not said metal blade is detected at a second detecting
position that corresponds to a maximum permissible value that is permitted as said remaining thickness of said skin layer,
wherein

the first detecting position and the second detecting position are located at different positions in a thickness direction
of said skin layer, and

adjusting a height of the metal blade if the metal blade is not detected at both the first and second detecting positions
or if the metal blade is detected at both the first and second detecting positions so that the metal blade achieves a specified
height to be detected by the second eddy-current displacement sensor at the second detecting position and so as not to be
detected by the first eddy-current displacement sensor at the first detecting position.

US Pat. No. 9,903,723

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STORING AND RECALLING LOCATION DATA

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

1. A method, comprising:
detecting a connection between a device and a vehicle;
after detecting the connection, identifying a first set of data stored on the device, the first set of data including a last
known location of the vehicle;

comparing a current value of a vehicle sensor to a historical value of the vehicle sensor, wherein the historical value was
captured from the vehicle sensor at about a time the first set of data was stored on the device; and

when the current value of the vehicle sensor is the same as the historical value of the vehicle sensor, using the first set
of data to define a current location of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,905,833

ENERGY STORAGE APPARATUS

GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LT...

1. An energy storage, apparatus comprising:
an energy storage device including an external terminal;
a bus bar electrically connected to the external terminal of the energy storage device; and a lead line electrically connected
to the bus bar, wherein

the bus bar includes a bus bar body which is in contact with the external terminal of the energy storage device and includes
a portion to be connected where the lead line is connected to the bus bar, and an other portion which is contiguously formed
with the portion to be connected,

the bus bar body includes a first side and a second side which is arranged on a side opposite to the first side,
the portion to be connected is located between the first side and the second side in a direction perpendicular to the first
side, and

the bus bar body has a cut extending beyond the portion to be connected toward the second side.

US Pat. No. 9,869,243

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. An internal combustion engine for a vehicle wherein a crankshaft is supported for rotation on a crankcase forming a part
of an engine main body and speed change gear shafts, extending in parallel to the crankshaft and forming a part of a transmission
for changing the speed of rotational power from the crankshaft, are supported for rotation on the crankcase so as to be disposed
on one side of the crankshaft, the internal combustion engine for a vehicle comprising: a cover coupled to the crankcase on
one end side of the crankshaft in an axial direction; a plurality of oil filters attached to an outer side wall of the cover
on an opposite side to the transmission with respect to the crankshaft and disposed in an upwardly and downwardly juxtaposed
relationship relative to each other; wherein the cover is coupled to the crankcase through a partition wall and the cover
cooperates with the partition wall to form therebetween an oil reservoir for temporarily reserving oil; a lower half portion
of the outer side wall of the cover is formed as an inclined wall portion inclined so as to be spaced away from the transmission
toward an upper side; an oil filter of a large size is attached to an upper portion of the inclined wall portion; and an oil
filter of a small size is attached to an intermediate portion of the inclined wall portion in the upward and downward direction.

US Pat. No. 9,871,957

ENVIRONMENT RECOGNITION UNIT AND ROBOT

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. An environment recognition unit comprising:
a frame;
a camera disposed at a forward side in the frame and configured to capture an image in a forward direction from the frame;
a control circuit disposed at a backward side in the frame, at a position backward from the camera, and configured to control
the camera;

a pair of distance sensors arranged at sides of the frame;
a first cooling mechanism provided adjacent to the control circuit at the backward side in the frame; and
a second cooling mechanism provided adjacent to the camera at the forward side in the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,865,949

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONNECTOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a base plate having multiple lands; and
a connector for electrically connecting the base plate to an outside electric device arranged at an outside of the electronic
device, wherein

the connector has a connector housing and multiple terminals supported by the connector housing, and each one end of the terminals
outwardly extends from a side surface of the connector housing and is electrically connected to a corresponding land formed
in the base plate,

the multiple terminals are arranged in a first direction of the connector housing and the multiple terminals are divided into
at least a first terminal group and a second terminal group, which are arranged in a second direction of the connector housing,
wherein the second direction is perpendicular to the first direction,

each of the terminals has
a first terminal portion extending in a third direction of the connector housing, which is perpendicular to the first direction
and the second direction, a part of the first terminal portion being supported by the connector housing;

a bent portion connected to an end of the first terminal portion; and
a second terminal portion extending from the bent portion to the corresponding land formed in the base plate,
the connector housing has a first terminal supporting body for supporting the terminals of the first terminal group and a
second terminal supporting body for supporting the terminals of the second terminal group, the first terminal supporting body
has a first step surface from which each end of the terminals of the first terminal group outwardly extends, the second terminal
supporting body has a second step surface from which each end of the terminals of the second terminal group outwardly extends,
and the first step surface is located at a position closer to the base plate in the second direction than the second step
surface,

the bent portion of the terminal of the second terminal group is located at a position of the third direction, which is more
away from the first step surface of the connector housing in the third direction than the bent portion of the terminal of
the first terminal group,

a second projecting terminal length of the first terminal portion of the terminal of the second terminal group, which outwardly
extends in the third direction between the second step surface and the bent portion, is smaller than a first projecting terminal
length of the first terminal portion of the terminal of the first terminal group, which outwardly extends in the third direction
between the first step surface and the bent portion, and

the terminals are collectively structured to mitigate resonance resulting from vibrations.

US Pat. No. 9,845,851

SPRING MECHANISM AND LINEAR MOTION DISPLACEMENT MECHANISM

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

1. A spring mechanism comprising:
a transducer that has an elastic deformation part with a film shape, which is structured so as to be able to elastically extend
and contract in a direction along a face, depending on input energy; and

a supporting member which supports an edge part of the elastic deformation part of the transducer, wherein
the spring mechanism further comprises:
a first element member and a second element member which are arranged on both sides in a direction of a central axis line
of the elastic deformation part of the transducer, so as to face to the elastic deformation part at a distance from the elastic
deformation part, respectively, and are also fixed to the supporting member, respectively;

a cylindrical member that is provided so as to extend toward the first element member from the elastic deformation part of
the transducer in the same direction as the central axis line of the elastic deformation part of the transducer, also is arranged
so as to slidably penetrate the first element member, and is formed into a hollow cylindrical shape in which one end part
on the elastic deformation part side of the transducer is opened; and

a rod member which is provided so as to extend toward the cylindrical member from the second element member side coaxially
with the cylindrical member, and is slidably inserted in the cylindrical member, and

one set of the cylindrical member and the rod member is arranged on the central axis line of the elastic deformation part
of the transducer, or a plurality of sets of the cylindrical member and the rod member are arranged so as to align at an equiangular
distance along a circumference of a circle around the central axis line of the elastic deformation part of the transducer,
which has a fixed radius from the central axis line.

US Pat. No. 9,835,096

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT CONTROL FOR A VEHICULAR ENGINE

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

1. A variable displacement controller for use with a vehicular engine that includes multiple cylinder assemblies, the controller
including a processor for performing various operations, comprising:
receiving data indicative of ambient temperature;
receiving data indicative of at least one of engine speed and vehicle speed;
determining an engine torque value based on the received data indicative of engine speed;
determining a normal torque limit based on the data indicative of vehicle speed if the ambient temperature is greater than
or substantially equal to a predetermined threshold temperature;

determining a cold torque limit based on the data indicative of vehicle speed if the ambient temperature is less than the
predetermined threshold temperature, wherein a vehicle speed associated with a given torque limit value of the cold torque
limit is greater than a vehicle speed associated with the given torque limit value of the normal torque limit;

comparing the determined engine torque value to the determined torque limit; and
selectively activating/deactivating at least one of the engine cylinder assemblies based on the comparison between the engine
torque value and the torque limit, such that the at least one of the engine cylinder assemblies is deactivated if the engine
torque value is less than the torque limit, and the at least one of the engine cylinder assemblies is activated if the engine
torque value is greater than or equal to the torque limit.

US Pat. No. 9,828,055

REAR FUEL TANK

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

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle, comprising:
an engine;
a vehicle body frame that supports the engine;
a swing arm that extends rearward from the vehicle body frame and that has a rear end with a rear wheel vertically swingably
disposed thereat;

a rear fuel tank that is supported by a rear part of the vehicle body frame, the rear fuel tank comprising a lateral tank
part that is disposed on a lateral side of the rear wheel, and a front tank part that is disposed in front of the rear wheel
and that is connected to a front side of the lateral tank part; and

a fuel pump configured to feed fuel in the rear fuel tank to the engine,
wherein an opening is provided in the rear fuel tank for mounting therein the fuel pump, the opening being formed in a position
on an inner side of the front tank part in a vehicle width direction in comparison with a lateral wall of the lateral tank
part on the inner side in the vehicle width direction,

wherein a fuel pump is offset to either a right side or a left side from a centerline of the rear wheel in the vehicle width
direction, and wherein a battery is disposed on the other side in order to prevent overlapping with a fuel pump mounting part
when viewed from above.

US Pat. No. 9,809,258

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure which includes,
a side sill extending on a side of a vehicle body in a front-rear direction, and
a pillar having a lower end joined to the side sill and extending upward;
wherein
the side sill comprises:
a side-sill outer which is formed, to have a hat-like cross section, by,
a pair of an outer upper wall and an outer lower wall which face each other,
an outer side wall which extends to outer ends, in a vehicle-width direction, of the outer upper wall and the outer lower
wall,

an outer upper flange which extends upward from an inner end, in the vehicle-width direction, of the outer upper wall, and
an outer lower flange which extends downward from an inner end, in the vehicle-width direction, of the outer lower wall; and
a side-sill inner which is formed, to have a hat-like cross section, by,
a pair of an inner upper wall and an inner lower wall which face each other,
an inner side wall which extends to inner ends, in the vehicle-width direction, of the inner upper wall and the inner lower
wall,

an inner upper flange which extends upward from an outer end, in the vehicle-width direction, of the inner upper wall, and
an inner lower flange which extends downward from an outer end, in the vehicle-width direction, of the inner lower wall;
wherein the outer upper flange and the inner upper flange are joined and the outer lower flange and the inner lower flange
are joined so as to form a closed cross section;

the pillar comprises:
a joined portion located in a lower end portion of the pillar, and sandwiched and joined between the outer upper flange and
the inner upper flange;

a first extended portion and a second extended portion which extend in the closed cross section of the side sill from the
joined portion, and are arranged at a predetermined distance from each other in the front-rear direction; and

an extension which has an upper end joined to at least one of the first extended portion and the second extended portion,
and a lower end sandwiched and joined between the outer lower flange and the inner lower flange.

US Pat. No. 9,810,319

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. An apparatus for controlling an automatic transmission that is connected to a prime mover mounted on a vehicle and changes
speed of rotation of the prime mover to transmit the speed of rotation to driven wheels, having a torque converter interposed
between the prime mover and the automatic transmission and equipped with a lock-up clutch, a hydraulic supply circuit that
supplies hydraulic pressure to the lock-up clutch and the automatic transmission, and a controller that controls operation
of the lock-up clutch and the automatic transmission through the hydraulic supply circuit, comprising:
a rotational speed ratio calculator that calculates a ratio of an input rotational speed of the automatic transmission relative
to an output rotational speed of the prime mover; and

a lock-up clutch engage-position sticking determiner that causes the controller to form a lock-up clutch engaging circuit
through the hydraulic supply circuit when it is determined that predetermined operating conditions of the vehicle are satisfied
at vehicle drive-off, determines whether engage-position sticking malfunction of the lock-up clutch has occurred based on
the calculated ratio and a change rate of the output rotational speed of the prime mover when the lock-up clutch engaging
circuit has been formed, and causing the controller to implement fail-safe control when the sticking is determined.

US Pat. No. 9,812,915

ROTOR FOR ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE HAVING THROUGH PIECE HOLES AND RIBS

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

1. A rotor for a rotary electric machine, comprising:
a rotor core being rotatable around a rotational axis, the rotor core including a plurality of steel plates stacked in a stacking
direction parallel to the rotational axis and having a plurality of magnet insertion holes at every first circumferential
space, each of the plurality of steel plates comprising:

a plurality of magnet insertion piece holes provided at every said first circumferential space, the plurality of magnet insertion
piece holes constituting the plurality of magnet insertion holes when the plurality of steel plates are stacked in the stacking
direction while the plurality of steel plates are rotated by the first circumferential space and a predetermined number of
the plurality of steel plates are stacked in the stacking direction;

a plurality of through piece holes penetrating each of the plurality of steel plates at every second circumferential space
in the stacking direction on a radially inner side of the plurality of magnet insertion piece holes, the first circumferential
space and the second circumferential space being different from each other;

a radially inner side annular ring provided on a radially inner side of the plurality of through piece holes;
a radially outer side annular ring provided on a radially outer side of the plurality of through piece holes; and
a plurality of ribs provided between the plurality of through piece holes and connecting the radially inner side annular ring
and the radially outer side annular ring,

wherein a first one of the magnet insertion piece holes of a first one of the steel plates entirely overlaps a second one
of the magnet insertion piece holes of a second one of the steel plates when viewed in the stacking direction, and

wherein a first one of the through piece holes of the first one of the steel plates partially overlaps a second one of the
through piece holes of the second one of the steel plates when viewed in the stacking direction.

US Pat. No. 9,809,231

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING GESTURE BASED CONTROL OF A VEHICLE SYSTEM

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

1. A computer-implemented method for executing gesture based control of a vehicle system, comprising:
receiving a plurality of signals that pertain to a plurality of muscle movements from a plurality of electromyography (EEG)
sensors disposed within a gear shift knob, wherein receiving the plurality of signals includes analyzing each of the plurality
of signals and determining a predetermined code value that corresponds to each of the plurality of signals;

determining at least one gesture based on the plurality of signals, wherein determining the at least one gesture includes
acquiring a plurality of gestural attribute values that correspond to the predetermined code value, wherein determining the
at least one gesture further includes combining the plurality of gestural attribute values that correspond with the predetermined
code value into a gesture code;

determining an interaction command with at least one vehicle system that is currently being utilized based on the at least
one gesture, wherein the at least one vehicle system is identified as currently being utilized based on a vehicle system user
interface associated with the at least one vehicle system that is being presented based on a user input, wherein a first haptic
feedback is provided through the gear shift knob when the interaction command is not determined based on the at least one
gesture; and

outputting the interaction command to the at least one vehicle system, wherein the interaction command is outputted to control
the at least one vehicle system to execute the interaction command, wherein a second haptic feedback is provided to indicate
at least one of: the at least one vehicle system is executing the interaction command based on the gesture, and the at least
one vehicle system has executed the interaction command based on the gesture.

US Pat. No. 9,732,655

EXHAUST PURIFYING DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A method of operating an internal combustion engine including an exhaust purifying device, the exhaust purifying device
comprising:
an exhaust passage having an upstream end connected to an exhaust port of the engine and a downstream end provided with a
catalytic converter;

a secondary air passage having a downstream end connected to an intermediate point of the exhaust passage and an upstream
end communicating with the atmosphere; and a reed valve provided in an upstream end of the secondary air passage to permit
air flow from the atmosphere to the exhaust passage but not in the opposite direction;

wherein the method comprises:
providing the internal combustion engine including the exhaust purifying device;
providing the exhaust purifying device including the reed valve; and
operating the engine at a prescribed exhaust frequency, the prescribed exhaust frequency being a resonance frequency of the
reed valve divided by z, where z is an integer from two to five (2?z?5), such that the reed valve undergoes resonant vibration
during operation of the engine.

US Pat. No. 9,725,127

FRONT WHEEL SUPPORTING FRAME STRUCTURE OF SADDLE-RIDE VEHICLE

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

1. A front wheel supporting frame structure of a saddle-ride vehicle, comprising:
a main frame which extends in vehicle front-rear directions; and
upper and lower arms which extend in the vehicle front-rear directions and by which a front wheel is supported to be swingable
in up-down directions,

wherein the front wheel supporting frame structure further comprises:
a lower frame extending forward in a vehicle lower portion from a rear portion of the main frame and then extending upward
in a vehicle front portion,

an upper connection portion to which a rear end portion of the upper arm is swingably connected is formed in an upper front
portion of the main frame,

an extending portion extending downward is formed in a lower front portion of the main frame,
a lower connection portion to which a rear end portion of the lower arm is swingably connected is formed in the extending
portion, and

an upper front portion of the lower frame is connected to the extending portion,
wherein a joining portion is formed in the extending portion, the joining portion being joined to the upper front portion
of the lower frame using a fastener,

wherein the joining portion is formed in a front portion of the extending portion, and
wherein the upper front portion of the lower frame is joined to the joining portion by using the fastener configured to fasten
the upper front portion in the vehicle front-rear directions.

US Pat. No. 9,751,563

SUBFRAME FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle subframe mounted on a vehicle body, comprising:
a body portion having an upper member and a lower member joined to the upper member below thereof, in which the upper member
and the lower member are cooperatively to constitute a closed cross section;

a plurality of support portions provided with respect to the body portion to support a plurality of suspension arms correspondingly;
a first support portion, of the support portions, provided on a left side in a width direction and on a front side in a longitudinal
direction of the vehicle body;

a second support portion, of the support portions, provided on a right side in the width direction and on the front side in
the longitudinal direction;

a third support portion, of the support portions, provided on the left side in the width direction and on a rear side in the
longitudinal direction; and

a fourth support portion, of the support portions, provided on the right side in the width direction and on the rear side
in the longitudinal direction, wherein

a plurality of regions are defined in the body portion in a plan view, by a straight line connecting the first support portion
and the fourth support portion and a straight line connecting the second support portion and the third support portion,

the regions include a first region spreadly extending from an intersection point between the straight lines toward the left
side in the width direction, a second region spreadly extending from the intersection point toward the right side in the width
direction, a third region spreadly extending from the intersection point toward the front side in the longitudinal direction,
and a fourth region spreadly extending from the intersection point toward the rear side in the longitudinal direction,

a first hole portion is provided to straddle over the first region and the fourth region in at least one of the upper member
and the lower member, and a second hole portion is provided to straddle over the second region and the fourth region in at
least one of the upper member and the lower member, and

the first hole portion and the second hole portion are disposed such that the area of the first hole portion in the plan view
located in the first region is larger than an area thereof in the plan view located in the fourth region, and the area of
the second hole portion in the plan view located in the second region is larger than an area thereof in the plan view located
in the fourth region.

US Pat. No. 9,751,569

AUTOMOBILE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. An automobile body structure in which a side sill and a roof side rail are connected by a center pillar, wherein
at least part of the center pillar is formed from a pair of CFRP laminates that oppose each other on an inside and an outside
in a vehicle width direction and a plurality of metal plates that join the pair of CFRP laminates in the vehicle width direction
so as to form a closed cross-section.

US Pat. No. 9,751,583

ENGINE SUPPORTING STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle, comprising:
a vehicle body frame including frame bodies comprising, as viewed from a side, a head pipe, and a pair of left and right main
frames extending rearward from the head pipe,

wherein a pair of left and right pivot frames extends downward from rear portions of the main frames,
a down frame extends downward from the head pipe, and
a pair of left and right lower frames extend rearward from a lower end of the down frame and connect to lower ends of the
pair of left and right pivot frames, the left and right pivot frames being coupled to each other by a cross member; and

an engine comprising a crankcase portion configured to support a crankshaft, and a cylinder portion extending upward from
the crankcase portion,

wherein the engine is supported in a lower portion of the vehicle body frame by a front hanger attached to at least one of
the down frame and the lower frames to support a front portion of the crankcase portion,

a rear hanger is attached to the pivot frames to support a rear portion of the crankcase portion,
the front hanger and the rear hanger are high-rigidity hangers having high rigidity,
the engine is supported in the vehicle body frame by a plurality of low-rigidity hangers, wherein at least a portion of the
plurality of low-rigidity hangers is disposed between the high-rigidity hangers along the frame bodies of the vehicle body
frame,

the front hanger comprises a front upper hanger attached to the down frame to support a front upper portion of the crankcase
portion,

a first low-rigidity hanger is disposed on the down frame, and
at least a portion of the first low-rigidity hanger is disposed between the front upper hanger and the rear hanger, as viewed
from the side, to support a front portion of the cylinder portion.

US Pat. No. 9,694,664

VEHICLE DRIVE APPARATUS

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

24. A vehicle drive apparatus comprising:
a motor connected to a wheel of a vehicle to transmit power from the motor to the wheel;
a case including a reservoir to store liquid fluid used for at least one of cooling of the motor, lubrication of the motor,
cooling of a power transmission path between the motor and the wheel, and lubrication of the power transmission path, the
case having an opening through which an inside of the case is to fluidly communicate with an outside of the case;

a cover member removably mounted on the opening to close the opening in a state where the cover member is mounted on the opening,
the cover member forming a part of the case and including at least two communication holes through which an inner side of
the cover member is to fluidly communicate with an outer side of the cover member in the state where the cover member is mounted
on the opening;

a sensor configured to detect a property of the liquid fluid and including a detector disposed in the reservoir, the sensor
being provided in a first communication hole of the at least two communication holes and being fixed to the cover member,
a second communication hole of the at least two communication holes constituting a part of a fluid flow path extending from
the inside of the case to the outside of the case, the fluid flow path having an intake port through which the liquid fluid
is to be drawn, the intake port being provided at a first end of the fluid flow path, the first end being disposed in the
reservoir, the fluid flow path including an inside fluid flow path provided from the second communication hole to the intake
port; and

a separate member fixed to the cover member to define the inside fluid flow path,
wherein the sensor and the separate member are disposed so as to overlap each other when viewed in a vertical direction,
wherein the separate member has a concave portion provided to face the sensor, and
wherein at least part of the sensor is disposed in the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 9,688,332

HEADLAMP ASSEMBLY FOR A SADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A headlamp assembly for a saddle-type vehicle, said headlamp assembly comprising:
left and right light-emitting portions arranged on left and right sides, respectively, each of the light-emitting portions
comprising a light source and a concave reflector disposed proximate the light source for reflecting light forwardly, each
reflector having an inclined surface, and having an upper surface and a rear surface, the inclined surface being configured
such that the rear surfaces of the reflectors extend in directions separating from each other as the reflectors extend rearwardly,
and two heat sinks each having an L-shape cover the upper surface and rear surfaces, respectively, of the reflectors;

a housing which supports the light emitting portions while covering the light emitting portions from behind; and
a lens which covers a front side of the light emitting portions while allowing light to pass therethrough;
wherein a driver for driving the light sources of the left and right light-emitting portions is arranged behind and between
the left and right reflectors, said driver having power lines to connect the driver to the light-emitting portions;

wherein the driver is supported on an outer side of a rear surface wall of the housing and is arranged in a recessed, forwardly
indented portion which is formed in the rear surface wall of the housing, and

wherein the rear surface wall of the housing bulges in a rearwardly projecting manner to form spaces behind the heat sinks
whereby air around the heat sinks forms convection flows,

wherein the power lines are shortened due to the placement of the driver and the headlamp assembly is compact due to the structure
of the headlamp assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,690,136

VEHICULAR DISPLAY APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicular display apparatus comprising:
a first light source and a second light source;
a display plate including
a diffusion portion that transmits and diffuses first light from the first light source, and
a plurality of transmission display portions, each transmitting second light from the second light source to permit the second
light to transmit through and illuminate a prescribed shape portion;

a liquid crystal display unit to provide a liquid crystal display using the first light diffused by the diffusion portion
as back light,

the display plate including
a slit formed in a border portion that is defined as being between (i) each of the transmission display portions and (ii)
the diffusion portion, the slit having a length and two ends of the length, the length being formed to be extended along the
border portion, and

a connection portion that connects the diffusion portion with each of the transmission display portions, the connection portion
being arranged to be connected with one of the two ends of the slit,

a light shielding wall to provide a partition between a first light path from the first light source to the diffusion portion
and a second light path from the second light source to each of the transmission display portions, the light shielding wall
including a convex portion that is inserted into the slit; and

a circuit board to which the first light source and the second light source are mounted;
wherein:
the plurality of transmission display portions are a first transmission display portion and a second transmission display
portion;

the first transmission display portion and the second transmission display portion are arranged to be adjacent to each other
via a predetermined intervening region in the display plate;

the diffusion portion includes (i) a convexly intervening sub-portion and (ii) a different sub-portion from which the convexly
intervening sub-portion is protruding, the convexly intervening sub-portion corresponding to the predetermined intervening
region so that the convexly intervening sub-portion of the diffusion portion is sandwiched between the first transmission
display portion and the second transmission display portion;

the slit is formed as each of a first slit corresponding to the first transmission display portion and a second slit corresponding
to the second transmission display portion, wherein the convexly intervening sub-portion of the diffusion portion is sandwiched
between the first slit and the second slit;

while the convexly intervening sub-portion protruding from the different sub-portion is provided as reaching a peripheral
end of the display plate to separate the first transmission display portion and the second transmission display portion from
each other;

the first slit is formed in a first border portion, the first slit having a first length and two first ends of the first length,
the first length being formed to be extended along the first border portion,

the first border portion containing a first sub-portion and a second sub-portion connected with the first sub-portion,
the first sub-portion being defined in between (i) the first transmission display portion and (ii) the different sub-portion
of the diffusion portion,

the second sub-portion being defined in between (i) the first transmission display portion and (ii) the convexly intervening
sub-portion of the diffusion portion; and

the second slit is formed in a second border portion, the second slit having a second length and two second ends of the second
length, the second length being formed to be extended along the second border portion,

the second border portion containing a third sub-portion and a fourth sub-portion connected with the third sub-portion,
the third sub-portion being defined in between (i) the second transmission display portion and (ii) the different sub-portion
of the diffusion portion,

the fourth sub-portion being defined in between (i) the second transmission display portion and (ii) the convexly intervening
sub-portion of the diffusion portion,

the display plate is arranged to face the circuit board;
each of the transmission display portions faces the second light source and displays a prescribed shape formed by the prescribed
shape portion contained in each of the transmission display portions by transmitting the second light from the second light
source through the prescribed shape portion; and

the diffusion portion faces the first light source and transmits and diffuses the first light from the first light source
while propagating the first light through an internal portion of the diffusion portion,

the first light propagated through the internal portion of the diffusion portion being prevented from leaking to each of the
transmission display portions by the slit.

US Pat. No. 9,682,737

VEHICLE WITH SEATING ASSEMBLY

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

1. A vehicle including a seating assembly for an occupant to be seated thereon and a tilting mechanism tilting said seating
assembly, the vehicle comprising:
a controller configured to control said tilting mechanism, and
wherein said tilting mechanism serves as a mechanism for tilting a seating surface of said seating assembly, and said controller
carries out a first control process for tilting said seating surface such that said seating assembly has a rear portion lifted
upwardly on a basis of acceleration of said vehicle and a second control process for tilting said seating surface such that
said seating assembly has a front portion lifted upwardly on a basis of deceleration of said vehicle, and

wherein said controller decides that the vehicle is ready to start when a clutch of the vehicle cuts off power transmission
and a transmission of the vehicle is in other than a neutral position when a vehicle speed of the vehicle is zero, and carries
out the first control process for tilting said seating surface such that said seating assembly has the rear portion lifted
upwardly when said controller decides that the vehicle is ready to start, and carries out a third control process for returning
said seating surface into a position in which said seating surface lies flatwise horizontally when said controller decides
that the vehicle is not ready to start.

US Pat. No. 9,646,791

CIRCUIT BREAKER DEVICE

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

1. A circuit breaker device comprising: a power supply; a circuit that is connected to the power supply; a switch that is
capable of switching between connection and disconnection between the power supply and the circuit; and a circuit breaker
that is capable of disconnecting the power supply, wherein:
the switch is provided with a driving part that switches between connection and disconnection between the power supply and
the circuit, according to an energization state; and

the circuit breaker is provided with:
a main body connection part that has a pair of circuit terminals connected to the power supply;
a connector connection part that has a pair of connector circuit terminals involved in energization of the driving part;
a main body that can be attached to and detached from the main body connection part, and that has a shorting terminal capable
of shorting the pair of circuit terminals in a state of being attached to the main body connection part;

a connector that can be attached to and detached from the connector connection part, and that has a connector shorting terminal
that shorts the pair of connector circuit terminals when attached to the connector connection part; and

a restriction member that restricts attachment of the connector to the connector connection part.

US Pat. No. 9,641,056

CONDUCTIVE WIRE PIECE SUPPLY METHOD AND CONDUCTIVE WIRE PIECE SUPPLY DEVICE

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

1. A conductive wire piece supply method for supplying a receiving unit with conductive wire pieces each with a rectangular
cross section and having a predetermined length, width, and thickness, which is sent from a sending unit, the method comprising:
an arrangement step of arranging a first slot portion at a position where the sending unit sequentially sends the conductive
wire pieces one by one with a posture in which a thickness direction coincides with a vertical direction and a length direction
coincides with a sending direction;

a superposing step in which the first slot portion arranged in the arrangement step receives the conductive wire pieces sent
from the sending unit by a predetermined number in such a way that the conductive wire pieces are superposed in the thickness
direction to obtain a conductive wire piece set including the predetermined number of conductive wire pieces;

a carrying step of carrying the conductive wire piece set obtained in the superposing step from the first slot portion to
a second slot portion; and

a rotation step of rotating the second slot portion, to which the conductive wire piece set has been carried, about a rotation
axis line parallel to the second slot portion by a rotation angle so that the conductive wire piece set has a posture corresponding
to the receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,640,066

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIMITING REMOTE CONTROL BETWEEN A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ONE OR MORE VEHICLE SYSTEMS

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

1. A method for limiting remote control between a portable electronic device and one or more vehicle systems in a vehicle,
comprising:
connecting the portable electronic device to the vehicle;
sending one or more remote control commands from the portable electronic device to the one or more vehicle systems, wherein
the one or more remote control commands are executed for remotely controlling the one or more vehicle systems from the portable
electronic device;

determining one or more countermeasure controls associated with the one or more remote control commands; and
restricting execution of the one or more remote control commands from the portable electronic device being utilized by at
least one non-driving passenger of the vehicle if it is determined that the one or more countermeasure controls are associated
with the one or more remote control commands, wherein restricting the execution of the one or more remote control commands
includes receiving an input of a remote disable input button presented on a control user interface of the vehicle and disabling
the execution of a remote passenger control application on the portable electronic device based on a corresponding selection
of one of the one or more countermeasure controls, wherein a countdown is initiated based on a predetermined grace period
upon receiving the input on the remote disable input button and initiating enablement of the remote passenger control application
on the portable electronic device upon receiving a remote enable input before the countdown has been fully completed.

US Pat. No. 9,630,605

ELECTRIC BRAKE DEVICE

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

1. An electric brake device comprising:
an electric hydraulic pressure generator configured to generate a hydraulic pressure in accordance with a brake operation
of a driver with an electric motor;

a rotational angle sensor configured to detect a rotational angle of the electric motor; and
an electric motor controller configured to control an output torque of the electric motor corresponding to the rotational
angle, wherein

the electric motor controller controls the output torque of the electric motor by advancing a detection value of the rotational
angle sensor,

wherein the rotational angle sensor is attached to the electric motor with a first advance amount angle of a mechanical offset
of an attachment position, and

wherein the electric motor controller electrically advances the detection value of the rotational angle sensor with an additional
second advance amount angle such that an optimum advance amount angle is obtained by summation of the first advance amount
angle and the additional second advance amount angle, the optimum advance amount angle corresponding to maximum torque generated
by the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 9,630,648

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE

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

1. An electric power steering apparatus comprising:
a steering column and a housing which are integrally interconnected;
a magnetostrictive torque sensor that detects torque produced in a steering shaft;
bearings that rotatably support the steering shaft on the steering column;
a steering wheel attached directly on one end of the steering shaft;
a universal joint provided on another end of the steering shaft;
a pinion shaft connected to the steering shaft via the universal joint;
a rack shaft operably connected to the pinion shaft; and
a worm gear mechanism accommodated in the housing and transmitting an assisting torque generated by an assisting torque motor
to the steering shaft,

wherein:
the magnetostrictive torque sensor includes a magnetostrictive film provided on an outer circumferential surface of the steering
shaft, and a detection section provided in opposed relation to the magnetostrictive film for detecting variation in magnetic
permeability,

the bearings are provided on only two axially-spaced portions of the steering shaft in such a manner that the detection section
and the worm gear mechanism are disposed between the bearings, the bearings consisting of at least one first bearing provided
on the steering column between the detection section and the steering wheel and at least one second bearing provided on the
housing between the detection section and the universal joint,

a rotational torque detection device is constituted by the magnetostrictive torque sensor that detects intensity and direction
of rotational torque acting on the steering shaft as the steering wheel rotates,

the electric power steering apparatus further comprises an assisting torque motor that generates assisting torque based on
a result of detection by the rotational torque detection device and imparts the generated assisting torque to the steering
shaft, and

a number of the at least one second bearing is larger than a number of the at least one first bearing.

US Pat. No. 9,631,679

MULTIPLE PLATE CLUTCH

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

1. A multiple plate clutch comprising:
a main spring provided between a clutch center fixed in an axial direction and a pressure plate displaceable in the axial
direction and presses a plurality of clutch plates in a clutch engagement direction; and

a lifter plate for lifting the pressure plate in a clutch release direction, wherein
a sub spring for urging the pressure plate in a clutch engagement direction through the lifter plate is pinched in the axial
direction between the clutch center and the lifter plate,

the lifter plate is lifted by a predetermined amount or more to thereby cut off urging force of the sub spring to the pressure
plate,

the multiple plate clutch has a clutch outer disposed at an outside of the clutch center in a radial direction,
the plurality of clutch plates contain outer friction plates provided to the clutch outer and inner friction plates provided
to the clutch center,

the outer friction plates and the inner friction plates being alternately arranged between the clutch center and the pressure
plate,

the main spring is disposed at an opposite side to the lifter plate through the clutch center in the axial direction and between
a hub portion of the clutch center and the pressure plate,

the lifter plate is supported displaceably in the axial direction on the pressure plate, and
the pressure plate is provided with a stopper plate with which the lifter plate comes into contact and which limits displacement
of the lifter plate.

US Pat. No. 9,613,459

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IN-VEHICLE INTERACTION

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

1. A method for interaction in a vehicle, comprising:
establishing a bi-directional interaction session via a communication link between a heads-up display operated by a driver
and a passenger display operated by a passenger, wherein the heads-up display and the passenger display are communicatively
coupled to the vehicle, and wherein the passenger display is physically separate from the heads-up display;

upon receiving a first interaction input from the driver associated with a point of interest in a real-time point of view
of the driver viewed through the heads-up display, generating a first augmented reality object based on the first interaction
input, the point of interest, and the real-time point of view of the driver, and displaying the first augmented reality object
on the heads-up display;

transmitting via the communication link the first augmented reality object to the passenger display for displaying the first
augmented reality object on the passenger display;

upon receiving a second interaction input from the passenger at the passenger display, determining if the point of interest
is visible by the driver in an updated real-time point of view of the driver viewed through the heads-up display;

generating a second augmented reality object based upon the second interaction input, the first augmented reality object,
and the determination of whether the point of interest is visible by the driver; and

transmitting via the communication link the second augmented reality object to the heads-up display for displaying the second
augmented reality object on the heads up display in accordance with the determination of whether the point of interest is
visible by the driver;

wherein upon determining the point of interest is visible by the driver in the updated real-time point of view of the driver
viewed through the heads-up display, transmitting via the communication link the second augmented reality object includes
transmitting via the communication link the second augmented reality object to the heads-up display for displaying the second
augmented reality object on the heads-up display at a location corresponding to the point of interest in the updated real-time
point of view of the driver;

wherein upon determining the point of interest is not visible by the driver in the updated real-time point of view of the
driver viewed through the heads-up display, generating the second augmented reality object includes generating the second
augmented reality object based on a local view perceivable to the passenger on the passenger display and transmitting via
the communication link the second augmented reality object to the heads-up display.

US Pat. No. 9,605,248

HYPERTHERMOSTABLE ENDOGLUCANASE BELONGING TO GH FAMILY 12

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

1. An isolated recombinant hyperthermostable endoglucanase comprising:
a polypeptide comprising an amino acid sequence represented by SEQ ID NO: 3 or SEQ ID NO: 11;
and
at least one region selected from the group consisting of a cellulose-binding module, a linker domain, a signal peptide and
a tag.

US Pat. No. 9,598,065

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONTROLLER, AND CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An engine controller for controlling an internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine operatively coupled
to an automatic transmission and including a plurality of cylinders, the engine controller in signal communication with the
internal combustion engine, the automatic transmission, and a displacement adjusting mechanism, the engine controller configured
to:
determine an operating condition of the internal combustion engine; and
communicate to at least one of the automatic transmission to shift to one of a plurality of gear configurations, each of the
plurality of gear configurations corresponding to a range of operating conditions of the internal combustion engine, and the
displacement adjusting mechanism to one of activate and deactivate at least one cylinder of the plurality of cylinders,

wherein the engine controller determines that a shift from a first gear configuration of the plurality of gear configurations
to a second gear configuration of the plurality of gear configurations requires a positive torque from the internal combustion
engine when the at least one cylinder is deactivated, and the engine controller communicates with the displacement adjusting
mechanism to activate the at least one deactivated cylinder such that the plurality of cylinders are activated before the
shift from the first gear configuration to the second gear configuration and the positive torque are completed.

US Pat. No. 9,592,816

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS

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

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:
a pair of drive units connected respectively to a left drive wheel and a right drive wheel of a vehicle, the drive units having
respective clutches configured to selectively transmit and block drive power from respective prime movers, wherein the drive
power from one of the prime movers is transmittable to one of the left and right drive wheels via one of the clutches and
the drive power from another of the prime movers is transmittable to another of the left and right drive wheels via another
of the clutches; and

a controller configured to detect respective power transmitting capabilities of the respective clutches, calculate a difference
between the power transmitting capabilities of the respective clutches, and adjust the drive power from the one or other prime
mover or the power transmitting capabilities of the clutches if the difference between the power transmitting capabilities
of the respective clutches is equal to or greater than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,586,642

ROLLING TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A rolling vehicle including a pair of left and right front wheels and a vehicle body capable of rolling, the rolling vehicle
comprising:
a pair of left and right arm members supported in a swingable manner by the vehicle body on inner sides in a transverse direction
for supporting the pair of left and right front wheels in a steerable manner on outer sides in the transverse direction, respectively;
and

a shock absorber support arm of which a central portion in the transverse direction is supported in a swingable manner by
the vehicle body, said shock absorber support arm being connected to the pair of left and right arm members through shock
absorber units on outer sides in the transverse direction, respectively;

wherein the left and right shock absorber units are disposed on outer circumference sides of turning trajectories of the pair
of left and right front wheels, respectively, and center axes of the left and right shock absorber units are disposed rearwardly
of the pair of left and right front wheels in a side view.

US Pat. No. 9,564,132

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD BETWEEN AN ON-VEHICLE VOICE RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND AN OFF-VEHICLE VOICE RECOGNITION SYSTEM

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

11. A system in a vehicle, comprising:
a microphone configured to receive a first voice input representation from a first user;
a voice recognition location unit configured to determine whether a voice recognition process should be performed by a voice
recognition system in the vehicle or external to the vehicle, the voice recognition system performing a computer based voice
recognition in the vehicle to the first voice input for generating a first voice recognition result;

a confidence value unit configured to determine a confidence value of the in-vehicle performed voice recognition process representing
a likelihood that the first voice recognition result is correct; and

a communications unit configured to transmit the first voice input representation to an external system in response to a determination
that the voice recognition process should be performed external to the vehicle;

wherein the determination is generated by the voice recognition location unit responsive to the confidence value being lower
than a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,550,417

SADDLE-RIDING TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-riding vehicle comprising:
a power unit including an internal combustion engine and a transmission coupled to the internal combustion engine;
a vehicle body frame supporting said power unit with a crankshaft oriented in longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
a front fork steerably supported on said vehicle body frame;
a front wheel rotatably supported on said front fork;
a transmission compartment defined in said power unit and housing said transmission therein;
a shift motor for supplying rotational power;
a speed reducer gear mechanism for reducing the speed of the rotational power from said shift motor having a first end connected
to the shift motor; and

a master arm having a first end connected to a second end of the speed reducer gear mechanism and a second end connected to
a shift drum of the transmission,

wherein angular movement of the speed reducer gear mechanism creates angular movement of the shift drum by being transmitted
through the master arm,

wherein a main motor body of said shift motor is disposed in overlapping relation to said transmission compartment as viewed
in a side elevation of the vehicle,

wherein said speed reducer gear mechanism includes a speed reducer cover covering said speed reducer gear mechanism, and
wherein said shift motor has a portion covered with said speed reducer cover as seen in a front view of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,541,122

OUTBOARD MOTOR

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

1. An outboard motor configured to be mounted on a hull, comprising:
an engine including a crankshaft disposed parallel to a gravity axis and a cylinder block, the crankshaft including a crank
journal constituting a main rotation axis of the crankshaft, a crank pin connected to a piston through a connecting rod, and
a crank arm connecting the crank pin to the crank journal in an eccentric state, the cylinder block including a journal supporting
part rotatably supporting an outer circumferential surface of the crank journal;

a vertical shaft connected to the crankshaft to be rotated around the gravity axis;
a thrust bearing disposed between the journal supporting part and the crank arm in an axial direction of the crankshaft; and
an urger disposed at a position between the crankshaft and the vertical shaft to urge the crankshaft upward in a direction
parallel with the gravity axis.

US Pat. No. 9,541,193

SHIFT CONTROL SYSTEM

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

1. A shift control system comprising:
engine speed detecting means that detects an engine speed;
multistage transmission that switches engagement conditions of a dog clutch by displacing shift forks driven in an axial direction
of a shift drum along with turning of the shift drum by an operation of a shift operating element, the dog clutch being constituted
by meshing engagement between a driving side dog and a driven side dog of transmission gears respectively mounted to a main
shaft and a countershaft;

gear position detecting means that detects a transmission gear;
shifting operation detecting means that detects an operation of the shift operating element; and
an output control part that restricts output of an engine when an up-shifting operation is detected by the shifting operation
detecting means,

wherein the output control part releases output restriction of the engine before the gear position detecting means detects
that switching to a next-stage transmission gear by the up-shifting operation of the shift operating element is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,536,353

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC IN-VEHICLE VIRTUAL REALITY

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

1. A computer-implemented method for in-vehicle dynamic virtual reality, comprising:
receiving vehicle data from a portable device, the portable device operably connected for computer communication to an output
device, the portable device including position and motion sensors to obtain vehicle data independently from the vehicle, wherein
the vehicle data is vehicle dynamics data of the vehicle and an orientation and a location of the vehicle;

receiving user data from at least one of the portable device or the output device, the user data including at least an orientation
and a location of a user and determining an orientation and a location of the user relative to the vehicle based on the vehicle
data and the user data;

generating a virtual view based on the vehicle data, the user data and a virtual world model, the virtual world model including
one or more components that define the virtual view, wherein generating the virtual view includes augmenting one or more components
of the virtual world model according to the orientation and the location of the vehicle and the orientation and the location
of the user relative to the vehicle;

determining a temporal-motion rendering speed based on the vehicle data and the user data, wherein the temporal-motion rendering
speed is a time-based correlation of differences between the orientation, the location and a motion of the user relative to
the orientation, the location, and a motion of the vehicle, wherein the orientation, the location and the motion of the user
are based on the user data and the orientation, the location, and the motion of the vehicle are based on the vehicle data;
and

rendering the virtual view to the output device by controlling the output device to update display of the virtual view according
to the temporal-motion rendering speed.

US Pat. No. 9,534,565

EVAPORATED-FUEL PROCESSING APPARATUS

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

1. An evaporated-fuel processing apparatus comprising:
a sealing valve which is arranged in a communication path between atmosphere and a fuel tank mounted on a vehicle having an
internal combustion engine, and shuts an internal space of the fuel tank off from the atmosphere;

an open/close member which covers a fuel filling port of the fuel tank;
a tank-internal-pressure detection unit which detects an internal pressure of the fuel tank;
an open/closed-state detection unit which detects an open/closed state of the open/close member;
a refueling-intention-information acquisition unit which acquires information indicating an intention of refueling;
a running-state-information acquisition unit which acquires information on a running state of the vehicle;
a control unit which issues an opening command for opening the sealing valve when the refueling-intention-information acquisition
unit acquires the information indicating an intention of refueling, and allows the open/close member to open when a time elapsed
from a moment at which the opening command is issued exceeds a first predetermined time; and

an informing unit which provides an operator with information about refueling,
wherein:
the control unit issues the opening command when the refueling-intention-information acquisition unit acquires the information
indicating the intention of refueling, allows the open/close member to open when the internal pressure of the fuel tank converges
in a predetermined pressure range, and maintains the sealing valve in an open state when the open/closed-state detection unit
detects that the open/closed state of the open/close member transitions from an open state to a closed state, and causes the
informing unit to provide the operator with alarm information indicating that the open/close member is in the open state,
in a period from a moment at which the control unit issues the command to close the sealing valve until a moment at which
the open/closed-state detection unit detects a transition of the open/close state of the open/close member from the open state
to the closed state,

and wherein the control unit issues a command to close the sealing valve when the running-state-information acquisition unit
acquires information indicating that the vehicle starts running.