Nissan Patent Grants

Hybrid vehicle mode-switching control device

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9545912
A hybrid vehicle mode-switching control device for a hybrid vehicle controls that an output of an engine and/or motor in response to a mode-switch request. In a case of a difference between an actual transmission gear ratio and a target transmission gear ratio, a deficit with respect to the requested drive power occurs that causes discomfort to the driver. The drive power surplus or deficit caused by the transmission gear ratio deviation can eliminated by correcting of the motor torque…

Structure for front part of vehicle

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9545951
A vehicle-body front structure includes vehicle-body side structural members extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle body at both sides of the vehicle body, a power train arranged between the vehicle-body side structural members at the both sides of the vehicle body, and a load transmission member attached to at least one of the vehicle-body side structural members or the power train with at least part of the load transmission member located outside the vehicle-body side…

Reactive fluorine-containing highly branched polymer and curable composition containing the same

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9546298
A material for a surface modifying agent with which the problems of insufficient durability as abrasion and chemical resistances of surface modification effect in polyurethane surface modification by the prior surface modifying agent are resolved, and is immobilized in a matrix resin firmly and improved in durability. A reactive fluorine-containing highly branched polymer obtained by: polymerizing monomer A having in a molecule two or more radically polymerizable double bonds, monomer B…

Fuel cell system and operating method thereof

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9548503
A fuel cell system includes: a fuel cell stack (S) formed by stacking multiple unit cells (C) horizontally and having, in the stacked body, manifolds through which to supply and discharge reaction gases to and from each of the unit cells (C); and drainage paths (1A, 1B) extending from an anode-off-gas discharge manifold (M), on both end sides of the fuel cell stack (S) in the stacking direction of the unit cells, respectively.

Holding apparatus for fuel cell electrolyte membrane

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9539730
A holding apparatus for a fuel cell electrolyte membrane includes a support having a flat surface part which supports an electrolyte membrane on which catalyst layers are disposed, and which constitutes a membrane electrode assembly. The flat surface part has a frame-shaped recess positioned outside an outer circumference of the catalyst layers, and the recess is connected to an air-sucking section, and attracts the electrolyte membrane by sucking air in the recess.

Glass temperature detecting system, window fog detecting system, air-conditioning system for vehicles, and window fog detecting method

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9539878
A window fog detecting system for detecting fog on a windshield of a vehicle, including: a glass temperature detecting system including a contact temperature sensor attached to a portion of the windshield on the driver's seat side of the center in a width direction of the windshield, or to a portion where ceramic print is applied on the upper-side periphery of the windshield; a humidity detection device which detects the humidity of air in a vicinity of the inner surface of the…

Spring mounting structures for a fuel lid

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9539896
A spring mount assembly has a stationary structure, a movable panel pivotally coupled to the stationary structure for movement between a closed position and an open position, a strip spring having a first mounting portion at a first end and a second mounting portion at a second end opposite the first end, and a first spring mounting structure disposed on one of the movable panel and the stationary structure, the first spring mounting structure comprising a first base for engaging the…

Contactless power supply device

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9539908
A power receiving coil (22) is installed at a front portion on a lower surface of a floor panel (40) close to steered front wheels (W) and elongated across a lower open portion of a tunnel portion (42) located in the center of a vehicle (1). Therefore, the power receiving coil (22) can be accurately aligned with a power transmission coil (12) on the load surface side to face each other with a sense of steering in such a manner as to align the center of the vehicle with the power…

Vehicle front end structure

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9539934
A vehicle front end structure includes a bumper fascia, a headlamp assembly and a front grille. The bumper fascia has a main body and a projecting portion extending upwardly from the main body. An inboard side of the projecting portion includes a flange. The headlamp assembly includes a housing installed to the bumper fascia above the main body via a projection extending in an inboard direction from an inboard side of the housing. The projection includes an attachment part releasably…

Vehicle compartment assembly

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9539954
A vehicle compartment assembly includes a housing with a first site wall, a second side wall, a first end wall, a second end wall and a bottom wall. The first and second side walls, the first and second end walls and the bottom wall define a storage cavity within the housing. The first side wall includes a first projection extending into the storage cavity. The second side wall includes a second projection extending into the storage cavity toward the first projection. The first…

Vehicle tool box assembly

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9539957
A vehicle tool box assembly includes a storage area disposed in a vehicle cargo space and a tool box disposed in the storage area. The tool box includes a body having opposite first and second end walls and an upper surface extending between upper ends of the first and second end walls. A plurality of cut-outs is formed in the upper surface and configured to receive tools. A first lip extends upwardly from the upper surface at the first end wall. A second lip extends upwardly from the…

Acceleration suppression device for vehicle, and acceleration suppression method for vehicle

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9540000
An acceleration suppression device for a vehicle and an acceleration suppression method for a vehicle can reduce a reduction in drivability due to the operation of an acceleration suppression control while crossing an intersection. If it is determined that an intersection lying ahead of an own vehicle is detected, a process is implemented to suppress an acceleration suppression control in a travel distance range in which the travel distance of the own vehicle after detecting the…

Vehicle interface input receiving method

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9540016
A vehicle interface input receiving method comprises operating a controller to selectively enter or refrain from entering a user input device controlling mode. While in the user input device controlling mode, the method determines a presence of first and second contact conditions at first and second predetermined locations, respectively, with the first contact condition being on a vehicle steering wheel, and controls a user input device to change from a deactivated state to an activated…

Marker aided autonomous vehicle localization

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9541409
A method and apparatus for marker aided autonomous vehicle localization are disclosed. Marker aided autonomous vehicle localization may include an autonomous vehicle identifying transportation network information, identifying an origin, identifying a destination, generating a plurality of candidate routes from the origin to the destination based on the transportation network information, wherein each route from the plurality of routes indicates a distinct combination of road segments and…

State recognition system and state recognition method

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9542605
It is provided a state recognition system configured to recognize a state of a traveling road on which a vehicle travels, the state recognition system being configured to: select a substance adhered on a lens of a camera mounted on the vehicle in an image captured by the camera; and determine whether the traveling road is on-road or off-road by determining a type and an amount of the selected adhered substance.

Device for producing packaged electrode and method of producing packaged electrode

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9543560
A device for producing a packaged electrode having an electrode sandwiched between a pair of separators includes: a conveyance unit configured to sequentially overlay the electrode and the pair of separators from a front end side in a conveying direction while conveying the electrode and the pair of separators; a joining unit configured to join lateral edges of the pair of separators together, the lateral edges being positioned in a direction intersecting the conveying direction; and a…

Non-carbon mixed-metal oxide electrocatalysts

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9543591
Electrocatalysts having non-corrosive, non-carbon support particles are provided as well as the method of making the electrocatalysts and the non-corrosive, non-carbon support particles. Embodiments of the non-corrosive, non-carbon support particle consists essentially of titanium dioxide and ruthenium dioxide. The electrocatalyst can be used in fuel cells, for example.

Fuel cell system and control method for fuel cell system

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9543603
In a fuel cell system that includes a fuel cell that generates power in response to an electrochemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen contained in air, and a compressor that supplies air to the fuel cell, in which an idle stop is executed to stop power generation by the fuel cell when a required load falls to or below a predetermined value, and during the idle stop, air is supplied in accordance with a voltage condition between a cathode and a anode of the fuel cell, regardless of…

Terminal block

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9543671
A terminal block for electrically connecting a plurality of first wires connected to an electric motor and a plurality of second wires connected to a power conversion device for supplying drive power of the electric motor includes a case, a plurality of terminals housed in the case and configured to connect the plurality of first wires and the plurality of second wires to each other, a partition wall provided between the plurality of terminals to electrically isolate the plurality of…

Trim panel

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9543684
A trim panel having a main body, a plurality of attachment structures and a dummy electric connector. The main body has a trim surface and an attachment surface opposite the trim surface. The plurality of attachment structures are formed on the attachment surface and are configured to contact and engage a separate panel securing the main body to the separate panel and covering an aperture formed in the separate panel. The dummy electric connector is formed on the attachment surface. The…