Toyota Patent Grants

Hydraulic control unit

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9689494
A hydraulic control unit configured to improve energy efficiency is provided. The hydraulic control unit is comprised of: a feeding passage that delivers fluid from at least any of an oil pump and an accumulator storing hydraulic pressure to an actuator; a draining passage that discharge the fluid from the actuator to a drain spot; and a discharging means that is configured to selectively discharge the fluid from the actuator to the accumulator through the feeding passage, if the fluid…

Situation-based transfer of vehicle sensor data during remote operation of autonomous vehicles

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9690290
Arrangements relating to the transfer of data from an autonomous vehicle to a remote operation computing system while the autonomous vehicle is operating in a remote operational mode are described. A driving environment of the autonomous vehicle can be sensed using a sensor system to acquire driving environment data. The sensor system includes a plurality of different types of sensors. A driving environment complexity can be determined. The availability of a communication channel between…

Touch-type input device

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9691315
A touch-type input device includes a touch panel including drive electrodes and sensor electrodes. Capacitors are formed at intersections of the drive electrodes and sensor electrodes. A controller determines whether a conductive foreign matter exists on the touch panel from raw data values indicating changes in the capacitances of the capacitors from initial reference values. The controller determines touching of the touch panel from control data values indicating changes in the…

Semiconductor device

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9691870
A semiconductor device including a semiconductor substrate and an electrode formed from an alloy containing aluminum, silicon and titanium. The silicon content in the electrode is from 0.5 to 1.0% by weight relative to the total weight of the electrode, the titanium content in the electrode is from 0.8 to 3.0% by weight relative to the total weight of the electrode, and the thickness of the electrode is at least 1 ?m.

IGBT

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9691888
An IGBT includes a rectangular trench including first to fourth trenches and a gate electrode arranged inside of the rectangular trench. An n-type emitter region includes a first emitter region being in contact with the first trench, and a second emitter region being in contact with the third trench. A body contact region includes a first body contact region being in contact with the second trench, and a second body contact region being in contact with the fourth trench. A surface body…

Electrical storage device with improved sealing property

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692021
An electrical storage device includes a case, an electrode assembly accommodated in the case, an electrode terminal, a terminal insulating member, and an annular sealing member. The electrode terminal has a base located inside the case and a polar column portion, which projects from the base. An inner surface of the case at the circumference of the through hole and/or a tip end of the terminal insulating member on the side corresponding to the base has a tapered portion. A…

Manufacturing method of sealed battery

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692033
The invention provides a manufacturing method of a sealed battery that includes a power generating element, a housing member, a lid member, a collector terminal member, and a first insulating member. This manufacturing method includes compressing the first insulating member with a protruding portion of the lid member. The method includes measuring a position of the lid member and a compression load applied by the lid member, and stopping compressing when a slope of the change in the…

Nonaqueous electrolyte rechargeable battery

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692048
A positive electrode collector includes a main body layer and a surface layer. The surface layer is provided at least at a portion of a surface of the main body layer where the positive electrode mixture layer is provided, and is made of a carbon material. A first positive electrode active material is made of first lithium complex oxide having a layered crystal structure. A second positive electrode active material includes a particle made of second lithium complex oxide having an…

Substrate and metal layer manufacturing method

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9693456
This substrate includes an insulating substrate having a first surface and a second surface, and a metal layer of a metal plate bonded to the first surface. The insulating substrate has a through hole. The metal layer includes: a bent section that is inserted through the through hole and bulges from the first surface toward the second surface; and outer periphery sections that are positioned around the bent section and are bonded to the first surface. The bent section has a first end and…

Method for working steel sheet, and apparatus for working steel sheet

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9687900
Provided is a technique capable of inexpensively working a steel sheet. A method for working a workpiece with an apparatus for working a workpiece, includes: a drawing step for performing drawing with a drawing device having an upper die and a lower die; and a cutting step for cutting the drawn workpiece with a cutting device having nibblers. The nibbler has a cylindrical case, a punch housed in the case, which reciprocates in a top-bottom direction to punch the workpiece, and a die…

Disk wheel

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9688096
In a disk wheel, a metal insert member is embedded in a resinous bolt-fastening part having a bolt hole. The insert member includes: an opposing surface which is opposed to a resin member of the bolt-fastening part; a bonding area a bonded to the resin member within the opposing surface; and a non-bonding area within the opposing surface. The non-bonding area is not bonded to the resin member, but extends from the bonding area so as to receive a load generated when the resin member…

Electrically driven vehicle

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9688114
An electrically driven vehicle includes: a vehicle body provided with the vehicle interior, a battery which is mounted to the vehicle body and is able to be used for running, an electric heater which executes an air-conditioning operation which uses an electrical power of the battery when air-conditioning vehicle interior, a power generation device which is at least partly removably mounted to the vehicle body and executes another air-conditioning operation other than the…

Driving assistance apparatus

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9688274
A driving assistance apparatus includes: an obstacle detecting unit configured to detect an obstacle outside a host vehicle and acquire obstacle information including a distance to the obstacle; a collision avoidance control unit configured to execute driving force suppression control for intervening to suppress driving force on the basis of the obstacle information acquired by the obstacle detecting unit; and a driving force return control unit configured to execute driving force return…

Control system for vehicle

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9688277
If a predicted compression-time in-cylinder temperature Tp having a positive correlation with the intensity of predicted pre-ignition is equal to or higher than a pre-ignition threshold value Tig when a request for automatic start is made, a forward/reverse switching mechanism is placed in a released state, and an engine is automatically started. If the predicted compression-time in-cylinder temperature Tp is lower than the pre-ignition threshold value Tig, the forward/reverse switching…

Suspension tower plate and suspension tower

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9688309
In a suspension tower plate, in a plate body that is made of a sheet metal and is a part of an upper wall portion of a suspension tower, three suspension fixing portions are disposed. Three suspension fixing portions fix to an upper end part of a suspension. Further, in the plate body, a bend portion is disposed on an outer periphery side of the three suspension fixing portions. In the suspension fixing portion and the bend portion like this, strain is likely to be generated by an upward…

Automobile front pillar lower structure

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9688310
Deformation of a vehicle compartment is suppressed at the time of a small overlap collision. A front pillar lower structure (10) includes a gusset (50) joined to a lower end portion of a pillar reinforcement (41). In the gusset (50), a front wall (50B) and a lower wall (50C) extend from a side wall (50A) located on the outer side in a vehicle width direction of a rocker reinforcement. The front wall (50B) covers the rocker reinforcement (29) from the vehicle front side, while the lower…

Vehicle body front portion structure

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9688311
At a vehicle, rockers and torque boxes are connected, from a front side, to first connecting portions of spacers. Joined portions of the rockers and the torque boxes are reinforced, and a front wheel directly hitting the joined portion at a time of a collision is suppressed. Separation of a joined portion of a front pillar and a dash panel, whose origin is separation of the previously-mentioned joined portion, can be suppressed. Front portions of the spacers are disposed further toward a…

Vehicle floor lower structure

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9688314
A vehicle floor lower structure comprises a floor panel that configures a floor of a vehicle; a fuel tank that is disposed at a vehicle body lower side of the floor panel; an exhaust pipe that extends from an engine toward a vehicle body rear side, and that passes at a vehicle width direction outer side of the fuel tank; and a left and right pair of under reinforcements that are joined to a lower face of the floor panel and that respectively extend along a vehicle body front-rear…

Compact hoist for overhead applications

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9688328
A compact overhead traveling hoist system for transferring product elements from a remote marshalling area to an assembly line work station includes an elevated rail system with a fixed longitudinally extending runway rail and a laterally extending bridge rail which is displaceable along the runway rail. A rail trolley is carried for controlled bi-directional displacement along the bridge rail. A hoisting device is carried by the rail trolley and includes a base member, an object…

Filament winding method and filament winding apparatus

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9688505
Provided are a filament winding method and a filament winding apparatus, in which, when a new bobbin is mounted on a bobbin rotation driving device, the control device is programmed to rotate the bobbin and oscillate a dancer while maintaining a state where a distal end of filament unwound through the dancer is fixed further beyond the dancer and the filament is stretched. The control device is programmed to obtain a bobbin diameter of the bobbin mounted on the bobbin rotation driving…