Toyota Patent Grants

Illumination system for generating a boundary between a shaded area and an irradiated area

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9732926
An illumination system includes: a light irradiation unit that projects light toward a predetermined illumination area; an image acquisition unit that acquires an image of the illumination area; an object detecting unit that detects a shading object based on image information of the illumination area, acquired by the image acquisition unit; an information generating unit that generates the control information for setting each of the plurality of reflecting mirrors to an on state or an…

Apparatus and method of measuring components in a manufacturing process

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9733145
A data collection and processing system includes a hand-held tool for measuring the spacing between two locations on a test object such as automobile body panels. The tool generates and transmits a measurement signal to a remote data processing unit in response to a single operator input. The data processing unit compares the measurement signal with a predetermined range of values and classifies the measurement signal as either in-range data (i.e., when the measurement falls within the…

Vehicle control device

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9733642
A vehicle control device is capable of switching a driving state of a host vehicle between manual driving and autonomous driving, and determines whether or not another vehicle exists in a driver's blind area set in advance diagonally behind the host vehicle in a case where the driving state of the host vehicle is autonomous driving and when the host vehicle reaches a check timing set in advance. In addition, the vehicle control device executes the control in a case where it is determined…

Control device for in-vehicle solar cell

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9733660
A control device which performs at least MPPT control of output of a solar cell mounted in a vehicle includes a determination unit that determines whether the vehicle is in a travelling state or a stationary state. Different methods are applied when the vehicle is determined to be in the travelling state and in the stationary state respectively.

Vehicle location estimation apparatus and vehicle location estimation method

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734718
An azimuth of the direction of travel of the host vehicle is acquired, a radius of the road on which the host vehicle is traveling is estimated, a location of another vehicle is acquired, an azimuth of the direction of travel of the other vehicle is acquired, the other vehicle is positioned on a coordinate system, an origin of which is the host vehicle, and an axis of which is the estimated road radius in the direction of travel of the host vehicle, and determination is made on whether…

Semiconductor device

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9735081
A semiconductor device capable of carrying out temperature detection appropriately by a temperature sensor is provided. In a semiconductor device disclosed herein, a first width of a first portion within a front surface insulating film (that is, part located in an upper part of an active region among a part extending along a first side of a front surface electrode that is closer to the temperature sensor) is wider than a second width of a second portion within the front surface…

Vehicle door structure

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9731583
A vehicle door structure 1 includes a lock mechanism 40. The lock mechanism 40 includes a portion to be locked 50 provided to a guided body 18, a first locking portion 60 arranged at a position that corresponds to the portion to be locked 50 when the slide door 6 is in the fully closed position, and a second locking portion 70 arranged at a position that corresponds to the portion to be locked 50 when the slide door 6 is in the fully open position. The portion to be locked 50, in the…

Drive device for hybrid vehicle

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9731590
A first bearing device (68) rotatably supports a rotor shaft (30) of a motor (MG2) on a driven gear (24) side in an axial direction of the rotor shaft (30). A second bearing device (70) rotatably supports one (32) of a driven gear shaft (28) and an output shaft (32). The one (32) of the driven gear shaft (28) and the output shaft (32) is arranged radially inward of the other (28) one of the driven gear shaft (28) and the output shaft (32). A third bearing device (72) is arranged between…

Vehicle front section air intake structure

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9731592
A vehicle front section air intake structure of a vehicle, equipped with a radiator support, comprises a radiator grille; a hood inner panel; a radiator support cover disposed between an upper end portion of the radiator support and the hood inner panel; and an air intake duct that guides air toward an engine. The radiator support cover includes a cover ventilation section that causes an air current from the radiator grille to flow between the radiator support cover and the hood inner…


Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9731611
A vehicle capable of being externally charged, in which a vehicle-mounted power storage device is charged using electric power supplied from a charging cable external to the vehicle, an ECU executes a smart verification process for communicating with an electronic key located within a prescribed verification range and verifying whether the electronic key is an authorized user's key or not, when it is detected that a user has operated a switch for locking the charging cable. When smart…

Information provision apparatus and information provision method

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9731618
An information provision apparatus including: a provision control unit (40, 30) configured to provide a vehicle passenger with energy replenishment information relating to energy replenishment of a vehicle-driving energy supply source (20) that is capable of storing regenerative energy regenerated from rotational energy of a vehicle wheel, when a remaining energy amount of the energy supply source (20) falls below a determination reference value; and a modification unit (40) configured…

Vehicle and control method for vehicle

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9731619
A vehicle includes a generator, an engine, a main battery, an auxiliary battery, and a controller. The engine is configured to perform a load operation and a self-supported operation. The controller is configured to control charging and discharging of the auxiliary battery. When an upper limit of an allowable charging power of the main battery decreased and a command power is in a state in which the load operation and the self-supported operation are alternately switched, the controller…

System and method for traffic signal recognition

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9731661
Detecting traffic signaling of a mobile environment includes receiving image frames captured by an imaging device to detect a traffic signal candidate therefrom based on at least a vehicle location. A score having a predefined value is established for the traffic signal candidate. The traffic signal candidate is tracked by incrementing the score when the traffic signal candidate is determined to appear, based on a probabilistic estimator that indicates an expected value for a location of…

Promoter and use thereof

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9732338
The promoter of the present invention causes a desired gene to be highly expressed, especially in thermotolerant yeast. The promoter is located upstream of the PIR1 gene or the CTR1 gene on the Kluyveromyces marxianus chromosome and comprises a region controlling expression of the PIR1 gene or the CTR1 gene.

SiC single-crystal ingot, SiC single crystal, and production method for same

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9732436
Provided are an SiC single-crystal ingot containing an SiC single crystal having a low threading dislocation density and low resistivity; an SiC single crystal; and a production method for the SiC single crystal. The SiC single crystal ingot contains a seed crystal and a grown crystal grown by a solution process in which the seed crystal is the base point, the grown crystal of the SiC single crystal ingot containing a nitrogen density gradient layer in which the nitrogen content…

SiC single crystal and method for producing same

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9732437
A low-resistance p-type SiC single crystal containing no inclusions is provided. This is achieved by a method for producing a SiC single crystal wherein a SiC seed crystal substrate 14 is contacted with a Si—C solution 24 having a temperature gradient in which the temperature falls from the interior toward the surface, to grow a SiC single crystal, and wherein the method comprises: using, as the Si—C solution, a Si—C solution containing Si, Cr and Al, wherein the Al content is 3 at…

Production apparatus and production method of SiC single crystal

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9732441
An apparatus for producing an SiC single crystal includes a crucible for accommodating an Si—C solution and a seed shaft having a lower end surface where an SiC seed crystal (36) would be attached. The seed shaft includes an inner pipe that extends in a height direction of the crucible and has a first passage. An outer pipe accommodates the inner pipe and constitutes a second passage between itself and the inner pipe and has a bottom portion whose lower end surface covers a lower end…

Electrically heated catalyst device

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9732651
An electrically heated catalyst device includes: a carrier configured to carry a catalyst; a pair of electric diffusion layers formed on an outer peripheral surface of the carrier so as to be opposed each other; and wiring members each fixed to each of the electric diffusion layers, and the carrier is electrically heated via the wiring members. Each of the electric diffusion layers is formed so as to be divided into a plurality of regions in an axial direction of the carrier.

Oxygen sensor and oxygen sensor control device

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9732657
In this invention, an EMF oxygen sensor is subjected to an activation process applying unidirectional voltage between an atmosphere electrode and an exhaust electrode thereof. A control device controlling the oxygen sensor in which a voltage was applied with the atmosphere electrode being positive, additionally applies unidirectional voltage between the electrodes to make the atmosphere electrode positive, for example, when the oxygen sensor was used under an environment in which the…

Abnormality diagnosis system of internal combustion engine

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9732658
An abnormality diagnosis system of an internal combustion engine which is provided with an exhaust purification catalyst 20 which can store oxygen is provided with a downstream side air-fuel ratio sensor 41 downstream of the catalyst and a catalyst abnormality diagnosis system which uses an output air-fuel ratio of the downstream side air-fuel ratio sensor when performing active air-fuel ratio control as the basis for diagnosing an exhaust purification catalyst for abnormality. The…