Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. ; ) is a Japanese public multinational corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, motorcycles and power equipment.Honda has been the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, as well as the world's largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines measured by volume, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year. Honda became the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer in 2001. Honda was the eighth largest automobile manufacturer in the world behind General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Toyota, Hyundai Motor Group, Ford, Nissan, and PSA in 2011.Honda was the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to release a dedicated luxury brand, Acura, in 1986. Aside from their core automobile and motorcycle businesses, Honda also manufactures garden equipment, marine engines, personal watercraft and power generators, amongst others. Since 1986, Honda has been involved with artificial intelligence/robotics research and released their ASIMO robot in 2000. They have also ventured into aerospace with the establishment of GE Honda Aero Engines in 2004 and the Honda HA-420 HondaJet, which began production in 2012. Honda has three joint-ventures in China .In 2013, Honda invested about 5.7% of its revenues in research and development. Also in 2013, Honda became the first Japanese automaker to be a net exporter from the United States, exporting 108,705 Honda and Acura models while importing only 88,357. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Honda Corporation | Date: 2017-03-22

In a lower part structure of a saddle-type vehicle, the number of inside front part exhaust pipes (84) and outside front part exhaust pipes (85) is four in total. Collecting parts (83), where two left ones or two right ones of the exhaust pipes collect, are provided respectively on left and right sides, and a catalyst device (93) is disposed in each of the collecting parts (83). A pair of down frames are provided to separately extend toward left and right sides from a head pipe and extend downward. The inside front part exhaust pipes (84) and the outside front part exhaust pipes (85) are provided in such a manner that the pair of left and right down frames are each interposed between the two exhaust pipes in plan view. The collecting parts (83) are disposed on transverse-directionally inner sides as compared to the down frames. The outside front part exhaust pipes (85) and outside rear part exhaust pipes (87) located on outer sides of the down frames are formed with curved parts (85c) and (87c) of which only portions connected to the collecting parts (83) are curved toward transverse-directionally inner sides. Protectors (96) are provided to cover the curved parts (85c) and (87c) from lateral sides.


Some embodiments are directed to a control system for a sound controller configured to transmit sounds to a vehicle passenger cabin. The system includes a downshift sensor configured to detect a downshift of a vehicle transmission, and an accelerator pedal sensor that is configured to detect whether an accelerator pedal is actuated above a predetermined threshold. A controller controls operation of the sound controller in accordance with a sound control logic that is based on vehicle engine mode, transmission gear selection, accelerator pedal position, and vehicle engine speed. The controller also controls operation of the sound controller in accordance with an audible downshift logic if the downshift sensor detects a downshift of the vehicle transmission and the accelerator pedal sensor detects that the accelerator pedal is not actuated above the predetermined threshold, the audible downshift logic controlling the sound controller to enhance engine sound transmitted to the passenger cabin.


Patent
Honda Corporation | Date: 2017-04-12

Problem To provide a grab rail structure for a saddle-ride type vehicle which is easy for a pillion passenger to grasp a grab rail. Solution A carrier section 30 having a loading surface 31 for loading an article 50 disposed behind a passenger seat 17 is integrally formed with a grab rail 40 extending from a lateral side of the carrier section 30 to a lateral side of the passenger seat 17 to be grasped by a pillion passenger; the grab rail 40 includes a fastened portion 41 fastened to a body below the passenger seat 17, a grip portion 42 curved to be arching as extending from the fastened portion 41 rearward of the body, and a connection portion 43 extending from a rear part of the grip portion 42 to the carrier section 30; and the connection portion 43 extends from the rear part of the grip portion 42 inward in a vehicle width direction as viewed in a plan view to reach the carrier section 30 and is lower than the loading surface 31 of the carrier section 30.


Patent
Honda Corporation | Date: 2017-04-12

To make it possible to inhibit accuracy in wheel speed detection from being deteriorated in a straddle-type vehicle in which: a front wheel is suspended on a front fork by a bottom link suspension having a front wheel supporting arm that is swingably supported on the front fork; and a brake bracket on which a brake caliper is mounted is connected to the front fork so as to be swingable independently of the front wheel supporting arm. A rotary member 57 that is designed to rotate together with an axle 38 is fixed on the axle 38, an axle rotation measuring unit 58 that constitutes a wheel speed sensor 56 in collaboration with the rotary member 57 and is configured to detect a difference in turning between itself and the rotary member 57 is turnably supported on the axle 38 at a position opposite the rotary member 57, and a link mechanism 71 that is configured to turn the axle rotation measuring unit 58, in response to the turning of a front wheel supporting arm 39, about the axis of the axle 38 and in a direction opposite the direction of the front wheel supporting arm 39 turns is provided between the axle rotation measuring unit 58 and the front fork 28.


The invention relates to an autonomous vehicle comprising a driving means and a system including such autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle furthermore comprises at least one environment sensing means (10, 11) for sensing an environment of the autonomous vehicle (1). It furthermore comprises a computing unit (7) configured to perform a mapping function and a localization function. The mapping function is performed on the basis of respective signals supplied from the at least one environment sensing means (10, 11) to build up a map. The localization function localizes the autonomous vehicle (1) within the map and generates respective localization information, The autonomous vehicle (1) further comprises a boundary distance sensing means (12, 13) configured to generate a distance signal correlated to a distance between the autonomous vehicle and a boundary indication means (15). The computing unit (7) is configured to receive the distance signal and to perform at least one of the mapping function and the localization function on the basis of a signal from the at least one environment sensing means (10, 11) and the distance signal from the boundary distance sensing means (12, 13). The system comprises in addition to the autonomous vehicle a boundary wire indicating a border of an entire area in which autonomous driving of the autonomous vehicle (1) shall be performed.


Patent
Honda Corporation | Date: 2017-04-12

[Object] To provide a breather chamber structure for an internal combustion engine wherein the breather chamber can be disposed compactly and the degree of freedom in layout of parts of the internal combustion engine can be raised. [Solving Means] A breather chamber structure for an internal combustion engine (3) includes a crankcase (30), a cylinder body (32) provided upward on the crankcase, and a breather chamber (7) configured to separate oil from oil mist in the crankcase. The breather chamber (7) includes a crankcase side breather chamber (71) provided in the crankcase and open to a joining plane (42) between the crankcase and the cylinder body, and a cylinder side breather chamber (72) provided in the cylinder body and open to the joining plane.


Patent
Honda Corporation | Date: 2017-04-12

To enable readily releasing a parking brake mechanism in a vehicle. In a vehicle provided with a parking brake mechanism (301) including a stopper gear (315) provided to a rear wheel axle (105) that transmits power to a rear wheel (3), a lock pole (320) which is provided adjacent to the stopper gear (315) and which locks the rear wheel (3) by being engaged with the stopper gear (315) and a parking brake operating part that engages the lock pole (320) with the stopper gear (315) by operation, a lock releasing mechanism (310) that actuates the lock pole (320) so as to temporarily release the engagement of the lock pole (320) and the stopper gear (315) in a state in which the parking brake operating part remains located in a parking position is provided.


Patent
Honda Corporation | Date: 2017-04-19

A power plant capable of reducing loss in a fluid passage switching mechanism and enhancing robustness of the power plant. When a second member 33e is in a first position with respect to a first member 33d, a first communication port pp communicating with a fluid pressure supply source 14 and second and third communication ports pm1 and pm2 communicating with first and second pressure chambers 13b and 13c of a fluid pressure motor 13, respectively, communicate, and the second and third communication ports pm1 and pm2 are shut off from a fourth communication port pr connected to a reservoir 31. When the second member is in a second position, the first and second communication ports communicate, the first and third communication ports are shut off from each other, the second and fourth communication ports are shut off from each other, and the third and fourth communication ports communicate. When the second member is in a third position, the first and second communication ports are shut off from each other, the first and third communication ports communicate, the second and fourth communication ports communicate, and the third and fourth communication ports are shut off from each other. The first to fourth communication ports are provided in a plurality of communication port groups each formed by the first to fourth communication ports.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-3.6a-2015 | Award Amount: 6.23M | Year: 2016

Road accidents continue to be a major public safety concern. Human error is the main cause of accidents. Intelligent driver systems that can monitor the drivers state and behaviour show promise for our collective safety. VI-DAS will progress the design of next-gen 720 connected ADAS (scene analysis, driver status). Advances in sensors, data fusion, machine learning and user feedback provide the capability to better understand driver, vehicle and scene context, facilitating a significant step along the road towards truly semi-autonomous vehicles. On this path there is a need to design vehicle automation that can gracefully hand-over and back to the driver. VI-DAS advances in computer vision and machine learning will introduce non-invasive, vision-based sensing capabilities to vehicles and enable contextual driver behaviour modelling. The technologies will be based on inexpensive and ubiquitous sensors, primarily cameras. Predictions on outcomes in a scene will be created to determine the best reaction to feed to a personalised HMI component that proposes optimal behaviour for safety, efficiency and comfort. VI-DAS will employ a cloud platform to improve ADAS sensor and algorithm design and to store and analyse data at a large scale, thus enabling the exploitation of vehicle connectivity and cooperative systems. VI-DAS will address human error analysis by the study of real accidents in order to understand patterns and consequences as an input to the technologies. VI-DAS will also address legal, liability and emerging ethical aspects because with such technology comes new risks, and justifiable public concern. The insurance industry will be key in the adoption of next generation ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles and a stakeholder in reaching L3. VI-DAS is positioned ideally at the point in the automotive value chain where Europe is both dominant and in which value can be added. The project will contribute to reducing accidents, economic growth and continued innovation.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: GALILEO-1-2015 | Award Amount: 3.28M | Year: 2016

Lane-level positioning and map matching are some of the biggest challenges for navigation systems. Although vehicle telematics provide services with positioning requirements fulfilled by low-cost GNSS receivers, more complex road and driver assistance applications are increasingly been deployed, due to the growing demand. These include lane-level information as well as lane-level navigation and prioritised alerts depending on the scenario composition (traffic sign, navigation instructions, ADAS instructions). These applications need a more accurate and reliable positioning subsystem. A good example of these new requirements can be witnessed in the increasing interest in navigation at lane-level, with applications such as enhanced driver awareness, intelligent speed alert and simple lane allocation. As well as the accuracy of positioning data being a big driver, there is also a question around the adaptability of navigation systems to these applications. This depends firstly on the availability of an accurate common reference for positioning (an enhanced map) and secondly, on the level of the provided pose estimation (integrity). However, neither the current road maps nor the traditional integrity parameters seem to be well suited for these purposes. Delivering lane-level information to an in-vehicle navigation system and combining this with the opportunity for vehicles to exchange information between themselves, will give drivers the opportunity to select the optimal road lane, even in dense traffic in urban and extra-urban areas. Every driver will be able to choose the appropriate lane and will to be able to reduce the risks associate with last-moment lane-change manoeuvres. inLane proposes new generation, low-cost, lane-level, precise turn-by-turn navigation applications through the fusion of EGNSS and Computer Vision technology. This will enable a new generation of enhanced mapping information based on crowdsourcing.

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