Toyota Patent Grants

Vehicle information processing apparatus and vehicle information processing method

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573597
Provided is a vehicle information processing apparatus which, in order to link driver operation information to a learning result more smoothly, learns operation information obtained in response to respective vehicle operations performed by the driver in association with locations in which the vehicle operations have been respectively performed. The vehicle information processing apparatus learns a reproducibility of an identical type of operation information in an identical location in…

Method and apparatus for generating and using driver specific vehicle controls

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573600
A driver-specific vehicle control method is provided that can adjust one or more vehicle control systems in response to a difference in current driver driving characteristics with respect to safe driver driving characteristics on the same roadway type and vehicle operating conditions. The method maintains a driver score for each driver of a vehicle, in the form of a set of the driver's driving characteristics scores for each different roadway type. The method, via a control apparatus,…

Instrument panel reinforcement structure

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573627
An instrument panel reinforcement structure has: a housing (24), that is made of metal and is disposed within an instrument panel (16), of a head-up display device (20) that projects image information onto a front windshield glass (14); and an instrument panel reinforcement (18) that is made of metal, and extends along a vehicle transverse direction within the instrument panel, and is joined to the housing.

Variable valve operation control method and apparatus

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574468
A control method and apparatus for a variable engine valve operating control mechanisms which move the engine valves to a safe lift/timing position with respect to a piston to minimize the potential for valve to piston contact during valve surge. At least one engine operating conditions is selected and provided with a threshold triggering a control to move the valves to a safe position in a calibrated, predictive manner in advance of any potential valve to piston contact. The control…

System and method for increasing engine sound during a downshift

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574472
A vehicle includes an engine configured to generate power and noise. The vehicle includes a transmission configured to operate in a first gear corresponding to a first gear ratio and a second gear corresponding to a second gear ratio. The second gear ratio is less than the first gear ratio. The vehicle also includes a noise reduction device coupled to the engine and configured to operate in a first state to reduce the noise of the engine to a first volume and a second state to reduce the…

Wearable smart device for hazard detection and warning based on image and audio data

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576460
A wearable smart device for providing hazard warning information to a user. The wearable smart device includes a microphone configured to detect audio data associated with a potential hazard. The wearable smart device also includes a camera configured to detect image data associated with the potential hazard. The wearable smart device also includes a processor coupled to the microphone and the camera and configured to determine whether the potential hazard presents a real hazard based on…

Providing voice recognition shortcuts based on user verbal input

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576575
A method for determining a voice command shortcut includes receiving a first voice command providing instructions for performing a particular task and a second voice command providing additional instructions for performing the same task. The voice command shortcut may be used in place of the first and second voice commands, which are typically submitted in response to system prompts. The availability of a voice command shortcut is determined based on the first and second voice commands.…

Semiconductor device and method for manufacturing the same

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9577081
A semiconductor device includes a semiconductor substrate that includes an IGBT region. A first lifetime control layer extending along a planar direction of the semiconductor substrate is provided in a range in a drift region that is closer to the rear surface than an intermediate portion of the semiconductor substrate in a thickness direction. A crystal defect density in the first lifetime control layer is higher than any of a crystal defect density in a region adjacent to the first…

Semiconductor device

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9577082
The semiconductor device includes: a plurality of interlayer insulation films, each interlayer insulation film covering a front surface of a corresponding one of the gate electrodes and protruding from the front surface of the semiconductor substrate; the first metal film covering the front surface of the semiconductor substrate and plurality of the interlayer insulation films; and the protective insulation film covering a part of the first metal film. In a cross-section traversing the…

Manufacturing method for square battery and square battery

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9577225
A manufacturing method for a square battery includes: a first process in which an outer terminal and an outer side resin member that separates the outer terminal and an outer surface of a lid body are assembled to the lid body; a second process in which a laser beam is irradiated from the outer surface side of the lid body to weld the lid body to the case body by laser after the first process; and a third process in which the outer side resin member is expanded after the second process.

Resonance-type non-contact power supply system

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9577715
A resonance system that receives power from a power source section is configured by at least a primary resonance coil, a secondary resonance coil, and a load. The output frequency fo of the power source section is set to lie within one of the frequency ranges f1?fn?f2, f3?fo?f4, . . . , f2n-1?fo?f2n. The frequencies f1, f2, f3, f4, . . . , f2n-1, f2n (f1<f2<f3< . . . <f2n-1<f2n) are defined such that, if the input impedances of the resonant system at the time of supply of…

Authentication system and authentication method

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9577997
On-vehicle control units include an attaching section for attaching a message code used to check the validity of the transmission source of communication data, to the communication data. The on-vehicle control units also include an update section for updating a key code and the message code every time communication of communication data has been completed. An authentication section checks communication data and the transmission source thereof on the basis of the result of comparison…

Mobile device connection system

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9578153
A mobile device connection system may identify a mobile device of a present driver and prioritize a wireless connection between the identified mobile device and a built-in hands-free device located in a motor vehicle. The mobile device connection system may include a sensor and a controller. The sensor may be configured to sense an identity of a driver when the driver is within a proximity of the motor vehicle and generate a signal based on the sensed identity. The controller may be…

Smart necklace with stereo vision and onboard processing

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9578307
A wearable neck device for providing environmental awareness to a user, the wearable neck device includes a flexible tube. A first stereo pair of cameras is encased in a left portion of the flexible tube and a second stereo pair of cameras is encased in a right portion of the flexible tube. A vibration motor within the flexible tube provides haptic and audio feedback to the user. A processor in the flexible tube recognizes objects from the first stereo pair of cameras and the second…

Differential device of four-wheel drive vehicle

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573464
A differential device of a four-wheel drive vehicle which is operated in selected one of a two-wheel drive state in which a drive force from a drive power source is transmitted to left and right main drive wheels and a four-wheel drive state in which a drive force from the drive power source is transmitted to the left and right main drive wheels and left and right auxiliary drive wheels, the differential device including a disconnect mechanism with which a power transmission member for…

Electrically driven vehicle

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573487
An electrically driven vehicle (2) is equipped with a motor (9) for running, a first battery (4), a second battery (3), a liquid-cooled cooler that cools the first battery, and a temperature adjuster. The first battery is configured to supply an electric power to the motor, and has a first capacity and a first output. The second battery is configured to supply an electric power to the motor, and has a second capacity that is different from the first capacity, and a second output that is…

Vehicle seat

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573503
A seat pad includes a main portion and a bank portion. When the seat pad is disposed on a seat frame, a reverse face side of the bank portion contacts the seat frame to be supported. When the bank portion is pressed in a seat width direction, the bank portion is flexurally deformed so as to be crushed around a contact portion contacting the seat frame. A contact member is relatively movably provided on a side of the backing material that faces the seat frame, and the seat pad is disposed…

Manufacturing method for vehicle seat

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573505
A vehicle seat includes a base, a buckle mounted on the base, a mounting member used to mount the buckle on the base, and an intermediate member provided between the base and the buckle. The manufacturing method includes providing an assembled body formed by integrating the buckle, the mounting member, and the intermediate member, and mounting the buckle on the base by combining the assembled body with the base.

Vehicle seat haptic indication of future planned driving maneuvers

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573522
Arrangements related to the operation of an autonomous vehicle are described. The autonomous vehicle includes a vehicle seat. It can be determined whether a future planned driving maneuver of the autonomous vehicle includes a change in a current motion of the autonomous vehicle. Responsive to determining that the future planned driving maneuver includes a change in the current motion of the autonomous vehicle, the vehicle seat can be caused to provide a haptic indication of the future…

Tool storage device used in a vehicle

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573534
A tool storage device includes a tool storage portion fitted to a spare tire and having an opening and a tool storage bottom surface and shaped such that an opening size of the opening is greater than an area of the tool storage bottom surface, and the tool storage portion includes a middle storage portion and first and second side storage portions. The middle storage portion has a middle storage bottom surface and side walls and receives an elongated tool, and one of the side walls has…