Toyota Patent Grants

System and method for determining optimal vehicle component settings

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9707913
Described herein is a system for setting a component of a vehicle for a driver or passenger, such as a vehicle seat or mirror, to increase driver and/or passenger safety. The system includes a vehicle component having at least one user-adjustable setting, such as a recline angle for a seat back. The system also includes a sensor, such as a camera or force sensor, configured to detect body measurement data corresponding to a physical attribute of a user. For example, the body measurement…

Grille assemblies for vehicles

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9707916
Grille assemblies, vehicles including grille assemblies, and methods of concealing one or more components of a vehicle are disclosed herein. A grille assembly may include an inner frame defining a central opening therethrough. The inner frame may include a lower portion having a concealment flange. The concealment flange may extend from the inner frame toward an engine compartment portion of the vehicle at a depth. The concealment flange may extend such that it obscures one or more…

Vehicle seat

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9707917
A vehicle seat includes a side airbag device that includes an inflator and a bag body that inflates in a case in which the bag body is internally supplied with gas generated by the inflator, a side frame to which the side airbag device is attached, and a seatback pad that is attached to the side frame. The seatback pad is provided with an opening through which the inflating bag body passes, and a door that closes off the opening and that is pushed and swung by the inflating bag body so…

Conveyance seat

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9707920
A conveyance seat has a cushion body, at least a portion of which is formed using foam material, and an airbag apparatus having an airbag that is deployed according to a predetermined condition. At least a portion of the airbag apparatus is covered by the cushion body. A door portion is formed on the cushion body, and an opening through which the airbag is able to pass is formed, without tearing the cushion body, by the door portion opening.

Brake control device

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9707943
A brake control device includes: a brake force generator of each wheel configured to generate a brake force according to a brake fluid pressure supplied from a fluid pressure channel; a pressurizer configured to pressurize a brake fluid and send the pressurized brake fluid to the fluid pressure channel; and a brake controller configured to reduce a pressurizing amount of the brake fluid pressure supplied to the fluid pressure channel or reduce the pressurizing amount to 0 before the…

Stopping control apparatus for vehicle

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9707952
A stopping control apparatus for a vehicle includes: a braking apparatus; a gear-type automatic transmission installed in a powertrain; and a control device configured to control the braking apparatus and the automatic transmission. The control device is configured to shift, after a vehicle transitions from a travel state to a stop state, a range of the automatic transmission to a P range under a state where the braking force applied to wheels is a braking force for maintaining the…

Hybrid vehicle

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9707957
When a malfunction occurs in communication between an HV-ECU and an MG-ECU, inverterless running is performed to ensure that a driving torque of a vehicle is applied, by setting inverters in a gate shutoff state and using a braking torque generated in a motor generator rotated by an engine. When the inverterless running resulting from the malfunction in communication is performed, the MG-ECU uses a converter to control a system voltage VH to a predetermined voltage. During the…

Supercharged internal combustion engine

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9708971
A supercharged internal combustion engine according to the present invention includes: a compressor arranged in an intake passage through which air that is taken into a combustion chamber flows and for supercharging intake air; an EGR passage that connects an exhaust passage through which exhaust gas that is discharged from the combustion chamber flows and a compressor upstream passage; an EGR valve for opening and closing the EGR passage; an intake bypass passage for releasing gas that…

Control device of engine with turbocharger and method of controlling the engine

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9708988
A control device of an engine including an exhaust gas turbocharger having an exhaust driven turbine with a turbine wheel and a compressor wheel includes an electronic control unit configured to set a target output torque based on a required value of an output torque for the engine, regulate the output torque of the engine to the target output torque, and limit an increase of an actual output torque of the engine from a timing at which a rate of increase of the actual output torque…

Vehicle control system

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9708992
A vehicle control system is provided to prevent an occurrence of an engine misfire which may be caused by an execution of ignition retard during lean-burn operation of an engine. The vehicle control system is configured to determine a starting point of an inertia phase when a shifting operation is demanded in the lean-burn mode. The vehicle control system is further configured to switch from the lean-burn mode to the stoichiometric mode before the starting point of the inertia phase, and…

Variable displacement swash plate compressor

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9709045
A variable displacement swash compressor includes a housing, a drive shaft, a swash plate, a link mechanism, a piston, a conversion mechanism, an actuator, and a control mechanism. The swash plate is rotatable together with the drive shaft in a swash plate chamber. The conversion mechanism reciprocates the piston in a cylinder bore. The actuator changes the inclination angle of the swash plate. The actuator is rotatable integrally with the drive shaft. The actuator includes a…

Control device of lock-up clutch

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9709166
A control device includes a deceleration flex-torque calculation unit that calculates a target torque capacity of a lock-up clutch when a state of the lock-up clutch is controlled to a deceleration flex control state, an acceleration flex-torque calculation unit that calculates a target torque capacity of the lock-up clutch when the state of the lock-up clutch is controlled to an acceleration flex control state, and a control unit that controls a torque capacity of the lock-up clutch to…

Personalized suggestion of automated driving features

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9709414
A personalized suggestion for an automated driving feature of a vehicle can be made. Driving data for a travel route of a vehicle can be received. The driving data can include vehicle data and driving environment data. Based on the received driving data, it can be determined whether an automated driving feature could have been used for at least a portion of the travel route. Responsive to determining that the automated driving feature could have been used for the at least a portion of…

Motor controller, electric vehicle, and heat stress estimation method for switching element

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9709444
The specification is related to a motor controller, a vehicle including the motor controller and a heat stress estimating method for a switching element. The motor controller includes a switching element, a temperature sensor, and a computer. The switching element is configured to convert output electric power of an electric power supply into motor-driving electric power. The temperature sensor is configured to measure a temperature of the switching element. The computer is configured to…

Fuel cell system and control method therefor

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9711814
A fuel cell system includes an accumulated current value measuring unit. The accumulated current value measuring unit measures an accumulated current value by time integration of current output from the fuel cell in a period during which oxygen is produced by water-splitting reaction in an anode of a negative voltage cell. A control unit uses a first correlation between the accumulated current value in the oxygen generation period and an oxygen consumption rate in the anode and a second…

Terminal connection structure and semiconductor apparatus

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9711884
A terminal connection structure includes a male terminal; and a female terminal having an elasticity and configured to have the male terminal fitted therein such that the female terminal sandwiches the male terminal from opposite sides; wherein the male includes a base material, a first primary coat coated on the base material, a second primary coat coated on the first primary coat, and a surface layer coated on the second primary coat, and the first primary coat and the second primary…

Electrical junction box with ventilation hole in a hood portion

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9711891
An electrical junction box includes a circuit board and a case. The case holds the circuit board therein. The case includes case components bonded to each other such that the case components are liquid-tight to each other. One of the case components includes a connector portion that is liquid-tight to another portion of the one of the case components. The connector portion includes a hood portion to which a mating connector is to be connected. The hood portion includes a ventilation hole…

Power transmission device and power receiving device

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9711995
A power transmission device for transmitting power to a power receiving device in a noncontact manner, including: a power transmission unit for transmitting power to the power receiving device in a noncontact manner; a power supply unit, connected to an external power supply, for supplying power to the power transmission unit, and a housing housing the power transmission unit and the power supply unit, wherein the power supply unit includes first devices disposed around the power…

Motor having a cage wave stator winding

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712010
To provide a motor in which a cage coil formed of a wave winding conductor wire wound in plural turns and with bent portions is inserted in an integral type stator core. The motor including a stator provided with a wave winding coil using a flat conductor and a stator core, and a rotor provided with a rotor shaft is configured such that the wave winding coil includes the cage coil formed of a first wave winding wire assembly wound in plural turns, this assembly being formed of a…

Cooling system for motor

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712021
In a vertical through hole of a rotational shaft, a first protrusion portion and a second protrusion portion protruding from an inner peripheral surface of the vertical through hole are provided in an axial direction of the through hole to form a storage area for storing oil, and discharge holes for directly discharging oil flowing over the first protrusion portion into the transaxle casing are provided in parallel with cooling holes.