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Vacuum jigs including ultraviolet light sensors and methods of operating the same

A method for operating a vacuum jig may include emitting an ultraviolet light from an ultraviolet light source; detecting, using an ultraviolet light sensor, luminescence of a coating on a surface responsive to emission of the ultraviolet light; determining whether the detected luminescence is greater than or equal to a... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Parking assistance control for vehicle with autonomous operation capability

Provided is a method and device parking assistance for a vehicle capable of autonomous operation. The embodiment herein operates to receive a parking zone, which is based on a destination location and a user-defined parking parameter, and includes a plurality of parking locations. When on approach to the parking zone... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Biofunctional materials

The present invention relates to compositions and processes in the field of self-cleaning system using digestive proteins. One composition includes a substrate, a digestive protein capable of decomposing a stain molecule, and a linker moiety bound to both said digestive protein and said substrate. The processes include binding a substrate... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Non-color shifting multilayer structures

An omnidirectional multilayer thin film is provided. The multilayer thin film includes a multilayer stack having a first layer of a first material and a second layer of a second material, the second layer extending across the first layer. The multilayer stack reflects a narrow band of electromagnetic radiation having... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Using information obtained from fleet of vehicles for informational display and control of an autonomous vehicle

Described herein is an electronic control unit in an autonomous vehicle. The electronic control unit may comprise: a memory; and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor may be configured to: detect a first obstacle; determine first data related to the first obstacle; transmit the first data to a... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Intersection traffic signal indicator vehicles

A method of providing current traffic light status information to a driver of an object vehicle for one or more traffic light devices at an intersection is provided. The method includes receiving current traffic light status information by an intersection traffic signal indicator system of the object vehicle from a... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Vehicle roof structures for concealing one or more sensors

A vehicle roof structure for concealing one or more sensors therein includes a roof panel, a windshield extending up to the roof panel, and a spoiler. The spoiler extends across at least a portion of a width of the roof panel and includes a leading portion that is substantially parallel... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Roof sensor housing assemblies that conceal one or more sensors and vehicles incorporating the same

A vehicle includes a roof assembly including a roof outer panel having an outer facing surface and a sensor housing recess that extends below the outer facing surface. The sensor housing recess extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction between a front windshield and a rear windshield. A roof sensor housing... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Water oxidation catalyst including cobalt molybdenum

A process for oxidizing water using hydrated cobalt molybdenum is disclosed. A plurality of hydrated cobalt molybdenum nanoparticles are supported on an electrode and are able to catalytically interact with water molecules generating oxygen. The catalyst can be used as part of an electrochemical or photo-electrochemical cell for the generation... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Systems and methods for adjusting the position of sensors of an automated vehicle

A system for adjusting the position of one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle includes a plurality of sensor arms, a plurality of sensor manipulators attached to each of the plurality of sensor arms. The system can be configured to receive output from the one or more sensors, and... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Non-aqueous magnesium-air battery

A magnesium-air battery is described. The battery comprises: an anode compartment; a cathode compartment; and a membrane separating the anode compartment from the cathode compartment. The anode compartment comprises an anode having magnesium, a magnesium alloy or a material capable of insertion and extraction of magnesium, while the cathode compartment... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Vehicle human-machine interface (hmi) device operation of a handheld mobile device

A method and device for providing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) human-machine interface (HMI) device operation of a non-OEM handheld mobile device is provided. The method and/or device operate to process an access request received via a vehicle network, and transmits, in response to the access request, a HMI configuration request... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Selectively limiting a non-vehicle user input source of a handheld mobile device

A method and device for selectively limiting a non-vehicle user input source of a non-OEM handheld mobile device are disclosed. Upon sensing a docking of the non-OEM handheld mobile device with a vehicle network, and determines a vehicle state level based on vehicle sensor data. When the vehicle state level... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Track for vehicle environment sensors

Arrangements related to sensing systems and methods are described. A sensing system can include a sensor track and one or more sensors. The sensor track can be operatively connected to a vehicle surface, such as at least a portion of a perimeter of a roof of a vehicle. The one... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Surface analysis systems and methods of generating a comparator surface reference model of a multi-part assembly using the same

A surface analysis system that includes one or more processors and one or more memory modules. The surface analysis system identifies one or more visible surface segments of a first part of a first multi-part assembly that includes a second part having one or more hidden surface segments. The surface... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Vehicle docking and control systems for robots

A vehicle for transporting and communicating with a robot includes a vehicle body and a robot dock mechanically coupled to the vehicle body and configured to mechanically couple the robot to the vehicle body. The vehicle also includes an input/output port configured to be electrically coupled to the robot. The... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Device and adjusting vehicle fuel efficiency based on an altered vehicle surface area

A device and method for adjusting vehicle fuel efficiency to responsive to an altered vehicle surface area are disclosed. An operation of the method receives vehicle surface data, which indicates a transition from a first vehicle drag coefficient value relating to a vehicle surface area to a second vehicle drag... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Visually simulating driving plans in autonomous vehicles

A method of autonomous driving includes evaluating information about an environment surrounding a vehicle, identifying a driving maneuver, and generating a driving plan for performing the driving maneuver based on the evaluation of the information about the environment surrounding the vehicle. Additionally, to apprise a user of a risk of... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Vehicle control unit and method to improve vehicle fuel efficiency based on an acceleration parameter

Provided is a method and device for providing feedback for constant acceleration in a vehicle, which includes sampling velocity data at sample rate during an increase in a velocity rate over time to produce a plurality of sampled velocity data. An acceleration parameter is generated based on a difference of... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Two-piece sintered metal ravigneaux carrier

A Ravigneaux planetary carrier assembly is provided for accommodating pinion gears of an automatic transmission. The carrier assembly comprises a powder metal carrier member including a carrier plate having a plurality of integral carrier legs extending therefrom, and a powder metal cover member including a cover plate having a plurality... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Braze retention feature for a carrier assembly

A planetary carrier assembly is provided for a transmission. The carrier assembly comprises a powder metal carrier member including a carrier plate having a plurality of carrier legs extending from the carrier plate, and a powder metal cover member including a cover plate having a plurality of cover legs extending... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Powder metal net shape alignment feature

A powder metal component for a transmission includes a body portion defining a substantially planar major surface, and at least three radially spaced-apart retention features formed in the body portion in a green state, prior to sintering. Each retention feature may include a bore having a shaped geometry extending between... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Integrated fuel pipe clamp with simple ergonomic fitting structure

An integrated clamp assembly for fluid tubes, a fluid tube assembly and a method of connecting automotive fuel tubes. The assembly includes a clamp body with side-by-side channels for receiving complementary-sized side-by-side fluid tubes, a clamp cover, numerous quick connectors to fluidly join the ends of fluid tubes together, and... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Augmented road line detection and display system

An augmented road line display system that includes one or more sensors installed on a vehicle, one or more external databases, and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to receive inputs from the one or more databases, sensors of the vehicle, and a sub-system of the vehicle, build and... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Lidar sensor attached to an actuator

An apparatus and a method for steering a chip scale LIDAR. A light detection and ranging apparatus includes an actuator with at least one pocket and at least one channel connected to the at least one pocket formed inside a material below a top surface of the actuator, a chip... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Human machine interface with haptic response based on phased array lidar

A device and a method for a human machine interface (HMI). The HMI device includes a dome having a hemispherical shape, a base attached to the dome forming an inverted cup like structure with a hollow interior, a chip scale lidar attached on the base and positioned to scan for... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Surface analysis systems and methods of generating a comparator surface reference model of a multi-part assembly using the same

A surface analysis system that includes one or more processors and one or more memory modules. The surface analysis system identifies one or more visible surface segments of a first part of a first multi-part assembly that includes a second part having one or more hidden surface segments. The surface... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Surface analysis systems and methods of identifying visible surfaces using the same

A surface analysis system includes a sensor for generating data regarding a location of an object, one or more processors, and one or more memory modules. The surface analysis system measures a plurality of head locations of a head of an observer within an observation environment during an observation period... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Wearable computing device having a curved back to reduce pressure on vertebrae

A wearable computing device includes a first side portion and a second side portion that partially extend across a shoulder and rest on a front of a user. The device also includes a neck portion connected to the first side portion and the second side portion. The neck portion includes... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Seal for variable dynamic gaps

A sealing system can be used between a first vehicle component and a second vehicle component. As an example, the first vehicle component can be a filler panel, and the second vehicle component can be a bumper panel. The first vehicle component and the second vehicle component can be spaced... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Adaptive vehicle control systems and methods of altering a condition of a vehicle using the same

An adaptive vehicle control system that includes processors, memory modules communicatively coupled to the processors, and machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules that cause the adaptive vehicle control system to determine an autonomous operation profile of a target vehicle positioned in a vehicle operating environment,... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

System and changing driving modes using navigation and control

Methods, systems, and apparatus for automatically changing vehicle driving modes. An automatic shift control system includes a transmission configured to provide engine output for movement of the vehicle and a navigation unit configured to obtain navigational information including a current location of the vehicle. The automatic shift control system includes... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Methods and systems for evaluating a fitting condition of two or more adjacent surfaces

A method for evaluating a fitting condition of two or more adjacent surfaces includes scanning, with a scanner, a first surface, scanning, with the scanner, a second surface adjacent to the first surface, extrapolating, using one or more processors communicatively coupled to the scanner, a first extrapolated curvature of the... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Automatic pause and resume of media content during automated driving based on driver's gaze

A gaze safety module is described herein. In an embodiment, the gaze safety module may comprise a gaze area classifier, a monitoring needs estimator, and a display control. The gaze area classifier may be configured to: receive first sensor data from a sensor; and determine a first gaze classification of... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

Systems and methods for aligning measurement data to reference data

Systems and methods for evaluating a manufactured part to determine whether the shape of the manufactured part corresponds to an expected shape are described. A method to evaluate the manufactured part includes generating a point cloud of the manufactured part from measurement data relating to the manufactured part, generating a... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/25/18 / #20180025484

Systems and methods for providing a combined visualizable representation for evaluating a target object

Systems and methods of providing a combined visualizable representation for evaluating dimensions of a target object are disclosed. A method includes generating a mesh having a plurality of nodes and corresponding to one or more measurements for a target object, overlaying the mesh on a nominal object created from reference... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/25/18 / #20180025962

Power electronics assemblies having a semiconductor device with metallized embedded cooling channels

A power electronics assembly having a semiconductor device that includes a first device surface opposite a second device surface, a semiconductor substrate layer that extends from the first device surface to a substrate-drift interface, a semiconductor drift layer that extends from the substrate-drift interface towards the second device surface, and... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/25/18 / #20180026356

Compact volume scan end-fire radar for vehicle applications

A vehicular radar system with antenna structures to provide volumetric radar scanning for use in vehicles. The vehicular radar system includes a first antenna array having two or more tapered slot end-fire antennas. The vehicular radar system includes a second antenna array having two or more tapered slot end-fire antennas... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/25/18 / #20180026376

Grid bracket structure for mm-wave end-fire antenna array

Bracket structures that structurally support and enhance the performance of millimeter-wave tapered-slot end-fire antennas for use in vehicular radar systems. The system includes a first longitudinal rib and a second longitudinal rib, each defining a first longitudinal slot and having a transmission end and a chip connection end. The system... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/18/18 / #20180015681

Voltage signal adaptor for machine press communication

A voltage signal adaptor includes a housing, a die cable extending outward from the housing and terminating at a die cable end engageable with a manufacturing die comprising one or more die sensors, and a cable receptacle communicatively coupled to the die cable. The cable receptacle is engageable with a... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/18/18 / #20180015804

Automated control of vehicle ventilation system

A computing system for a vehicle is provided. The computing system includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing device, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors, wherein the one or more processors are configured to execute instructions... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/18/18 / #20180015810

Vehicle display screen safety and privacy system

A system for improving safety while providing privacy for a vehicle. The system includes a display screen located within the vehicle, configured to alternate between a displaying state and a non-displaying state. The system includes a window configured to alternate between an opaque state and a transparent state. The system... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/18/18 / #20180015828

Driver and vehicle responsibility matrix

Aspects of the disclosure provide an automated driving system and a method for providing an indication of a driver's responsibilities in a vehicle having an automated driving system. The system includes a display device for displaying information to a driver of the vehicle, and a controller configured to display, at... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/18/18 / #20180015860

Compact mechanical lumbar vehicle seating

A mechanical lumbar system for vehicle seating. The lumbar system may be compact in size so as to require a smaller space within vehicle seating. The lumbar system may be adjustable in 4-ways. The lumbar system may be adjustable in an in and out fashion so as to decrease and... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/18/18 / #20180015878

Audible notification autonomous vehhicles

An object detection and notification system includes an object detection system including logic that detects presence of a target object within a sensing range of a sensor and determines a direction of the target object relative to the autonomous vehicle. A notification system includes logic that provides a sound cue... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/18/18 / #20180015922

Presenting travel settings for selection of nearby vehicle to follow

Arrangements described herein provide adaptive cruise control systems that present travel settings for one or more nearby vehicles. Location information for one or more nearby vehicles can be acquired. Travel settings for the one or more nearby vehicles can be acquired. The travel settings can include a set speed and... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/18/18 / #20180016828

Vehicle sliding door assemblies and vehicles including the same

A vehicle sliding door assembly includes a rail that extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction, a hard stop spaced apart from the rail in a vehicle vertical direction, a slide assembly including a follower member that is slidably engaged with the rail, and a closing member pivotally coupled to the... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/18/18 / #20180016837

Automatic window synchronization system

A system for automatically synchronizing window openings and closings of multiple windows of a vehicle. The system includes a first actuator and a second actuator configured to move a first window and a second window to respective closed positions. The system includes a window control unit configured to receive, at... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/18/18 / #20180017398

Apparatus and determining an optimized route for a highly automated vechicle

A navigation apparatus (including configurable circuitry) and method for displaying a plurality of control parameters to carry out a process for generating at least one optimum route for use in navigation of an autonomous vehicle, receiving a plurality of weights corresponding to the plurality of control parameters to generate a... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/18/18 / #20180018027

Multi-function control knobs for multimedia systems of vehicles

A multimedia system for a vehicle is provided. The multimedia system includes a processor and a multi-function control knob communicatively coupled to the processor. The multi-function control knob is configured to provide control signals to the processor such that the multi-function control knob operates in a first mode or a... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/18/18 / #20180018874

Vehicle presenting penetration metric information on a route

Systems for presenting dedicated short range communication (DSRC) penetration metric information on route are provided. A system for DSRC presenting penetration metric information on route includes a screen, one or more processors, one or more memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors, and machine readable instructions stored... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/11/18 / #20180009407

Deformable energy absorber structures for front hood assemblies of vehicles

A front hood assembly for a vehicle including a front grille may include a sensory assembly, a bumper assembly positioned adjacent to the front grille, and an energy absorber structure. The bumper assembly may include a bumper reinforcement having a front face and a top face, which front face is... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/11/18 / #20180009445

Online learning and vehicle control method based on reinforcement learning without active exploration

A computer-implemented method of adaptively controlling an autonomous operation of a vehicle is provided. The method includes steps of (a) in a critic network in a computing system configured to autonomously control the vehicle, determining, using samples of passively collected data and a state cost, an estimated average cost, and... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/11/18 / #20180009487

Cargo bed extension assembly including cover for a tailgate

A cargo bed extension assembly includes a tailgate structured to be movable between a raised configuration and a lowered configuration. The tailgate includes a cavity formed therein. An extension mechanism is positioned within in the cavity. The extension mechanism includes an extension member coupled to the tailgate so as to... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/11/18 / #20180009549

Systems for transporting, deploying, and docking unmanned aerial vehicles mountable on a ground vehicle

A housing for a ground vehicle-mountable aerial vehicle is provided. The housing includes a base portion defining a cavity and an opening leading into the cavity. The cavity is structured to receive an unmanned aerial vehicle therein. The cavity is configured so as to open upwardly when the housing is... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/11/18 / #20180010505

Switchable radiative energy harvesting systems

Switchable radiative energy harvesting systems and methods of harvesting radiation are disclosed. A system includes an optical filter that includes at least one of an active material and a passive material. The optical filter is switchable between a shield mode and a harvesting mode such that the at least one... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/11/18 / #20180010663

Energy-absorbing structure for vehicle

An energy-absorbing structure includes a first mounting fixture having a base and a cavity formed in the base. The cavity is structured to receive a portion of an energy-absorbing member therein. The cavity has at least one wall, a bottom, and at least a pair of opposed crush initiator portions... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/11/18 / #20180010918

Optimal energy source determination system

A system for providing a recommended route for a vehicle, from a current location to an intermediate destination, to a final destination. The system includes an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to determine a vehicle range exceeding a distance between the current location of the vehicle and the intermediate destination.... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/11/18 / #20180011488

Control policy learning and vehicle control method based on reinforcement learning without active exploration

A computer-implemented method is provided for autonomously controlling a vehicle to perform a vehicle operation. The method includes steps of applying a passive actor-critic reinforcement learning method to passively-collected data relating to the vehicle operation, to learn a control policy configured for controlling the vehicle so as to perform the... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/11/18 / #20180012376

Aligning vision-assist device cameras based on physical characteristics of a user

A vision-assist device may include at least one image sensor for generating image data corresponding to an environment, a user input device for receiving user input regarding one or more physical characteristics of a user, and a processor. The processor may be programmed to receive the image data from the... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/11/18 / #20180012377

Vision-assist devices and methods of calibrating vision-assist devices

Vision-assist devices and methods for calibrating a position of a vision-assist device worn by a user are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of calibrating a vision-assist device includes capturing a calibration image using at least one capturing device of the vision-assist device, obtaining at least one attribute of the... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/04/18 / #20180001766

Ego-vehicles, systems, and methods for monitoring target objects

An ego-vehicle for displaying a behavior of a target object in a spatio-temporal manner may include one or more processors. One or more memory modules are communicatively coupled to the one or more processors. A display is communicatively coupled to the one or more processors. One or more sensors are... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/04/18 / #20180001767

Instrument cluster arrangements for vehicles

An information display system for a vehicle is provided. The information display system includes a steering wheel including a ring portion and a upper opening region within the ring portion, an instrument cluster arrangement positioned forward of the steering wheel and including one or more gauges positioned such that at... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/04/18 / #20180001820

Vehicle video systems including rear mounted video cameras

A vehicle includes a vehicle body that has a cabin area and a cargo area including a truck bed assembly. A tailgate assembly is pivotally connected to the truck bed assembly at a location between a pair of tailgate posts, the tailgate assembly being moveable between a raised configuration and... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/04/18 / #20180001828

Console assemblies having support structures with side impact reinforcements

A support structure that supports a console housing of a console assembly is provided. The support structure is secured to a floor of a vehicle. The support structure includes a pair of side walls and a platform wall. Each side wall has an upper edge, an opposite lower edge, an... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

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01/04/18 / #20180001829

Personal weather protector device holders for vehicles and vehicles including the same

A vehicle includes a vehicle assembly component and a personal weather protector device holder having a device entrance opening provided in the vehicle assembly component. The personal weather protector device holder providing a device holding volume that receives a personal weather protector device through the device entrance opening. The device... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/04/18 / #20180001931

Cross member with inner flanges

A cross member including a base including a first side wall inclined at a first angle with the base and a second side wall inclined at a second angle with the base creating a hollow portion between the first side wall and a second side wall, a first outer flange... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/04/18 / #20180001938

Apparatus and designing deck sill and rear post

An apparatus and a method for designing a reinforcement structure. The reinforcement structure includes a deck sill with a connecting end, having substantially uniform area moment of inertia throughout a length of the deck sill. Also, the reinforcement structure includes a rear post with a connecting end and a free... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/04/18 / #20180002929

Stiffness control in a structural member having an inflatable component

A structural member includes an inflatable member having an elastic, imperforate wall, an outer layer enclosing the inflatable member so as to define a cavity between the inflatable member and the outer layer, and at least one separator member positioned in the cavity so as to separate the outer layer... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/04/18 / #20180003288

Method of reducing required machining on a pin type carrier

A method of reducing the required machining on a pin type carrier, such as a planetary gear carrier, may utilize a combined drilling and milling operation to reduce the required machining. A hole in a surface may be formed during the drilling operation and the surface may be machined to... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

01/04/18 / #20180006644

Parallel devices having balanced switching current and power

A power circuit includes a power source for providing electrical power and two driving transistors being disposed in parallel and receiving electrical power from the power source. Each of the two driving transistors includes a gate terminal, a source connection, and a kelvin source connection. The power circuit also includes... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/28/17 / #20170367921

Vision-assist devices and methods of calibrating image data of a vision-assist device

Vision-assist devices and methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, a vision-assist device includes an image sensor for generating image data corresponding to a scene, a processor, and an inertia measuring unit. The inertia measuring unit is configured to measure forces acting on the image sensor and the orientation of the... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/28/17 / #20170368941

Multipoint emergency responder safety isolation system

Methods, systems, and apparatus for a multipoint safety isolation system. The multipoint isolation system includes one or more isolation triggers that connect to multiple low voltage (LV) battery components and multiple high voltage (HV) battery components. The multiple LV battery components include an LV battery. The multiple HV battery components... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/28/17 / #20170369003

Vehicles and vehicle roof structures for concealing one or more sensors

Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to vehicles and vehicle roof structures for concealing one or more sensors. Vehicle roof structures according to the present disclosure include a roof panel and a window extending at least up to the roof panel. A headliner extends along an interior portion of... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/28/17 / #20170369010

Device and/or system deactivation for energy efficiency improvements in vehicle

A computing system for a vehicle is provided. The computing system includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing system, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors. The processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/28/17 / #20170369051

Occluded obstacle classification for vehicles

Obstacles located in an external environment of a vehicle can be classified. At least a portion of the external environment can be sensed using one or more sensors to acquire sensor data. An obstacle candidate can be identified based on the acquired sensor data. An occlusion status for the identified... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/28/17 / #20170369106

Vehicles with aerodynamic spoiler and retractable sensing systems

A vehicular sensing system, a vehicle and a method of performing one or both of vehicular mapping and navigating operations using the sensing system. The sensing system is secured to a roof or other suitable location on the vehicle and includes one or more sensors configured to acquire at least... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/28/17 / #20170371336

Driving path determination for autonomous vehicles

A method of autonomous driving includes identifying, from detected information about an environment surrounding a vehicle on a roadway, a lateral surface profile of the roadway. Based on the lateral surface profile of the roadway, vertical wheel positions at identified candidate future lateral positions of the vehicle are determined. Based... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/28/17 / #20170371338

Occluded area detection with static obstacle maps

Ray tracing and static obstacle maps can be used in the operation of a vehicle. Sensor data of at least a portion of an external environment of the vehicle can be acquired. A dynamic obstacle in the external environment of the vehicle can be detected based on the acquired sensor... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/28/17 / #20170371346

Ray tracing for hidden obstacle detection

Ray tracing can be used to detect hidden obstacles in an external environment of a vehicle. An outbound sensor signal can be transmitted into an external environment of the vehicle. The outbound sensor signal can be a LIDAR sensor signal. If a return sensor signal is not received for the... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

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12/21/17 / #20170361462

Automated and adjustable platform surface

Methods, systems, and apparatus for an automated platform system. The automated platform system includes a docking station and a personal device connected to an automated robot platform. The automated robot platform includes one or more arms and an adjustable platform surface. The automated robot platform includes one or more imaging... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/21/17 / #20170361502

Methods for determining mold replacement timing in slush mold processing

In embodiments described herein, it may be determined when to replace a degraded slush mold with a non-degraded slush mold by a method that may comprise monitoring a sample media while repeatedly contacting a surface of the sample media with an abrasive material to determine the number of contactings required... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/21/17 / #20170361733

Automatically adjusting vehicle seat back supports of vehicle seat assemblies

A vehicle includes a vehicle seat comprising a seat base structure and a seat back structure pivotally connected to the seat base structure. The seat back structure includes a central adjustable region, an inboard side adjustable region adjacent the central adjustable region and a outboard side adjustable region located adjacent... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/21/17 / #20170361757

Stowable load support structure for tailgate

A load support structure is provided for a vehicle tailgate. The structure includes a base incorporated into the tailgate, a first retaining member positionable in either of a stowed configuration and a raised configuration within a cavity formed in the base, and a second retaining member positionable in either of... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/21/17 / #20170361835

Autonomous parking controller and method based on ambient conditions relating to a vehicle parking location

Devices and methods in an autonomous parking controller for a vehicle are disclosed. When the vehicle is located at a parking location, the method determines whether the parking location includes a parking restriction. When the parking location includes the parking restriction, the example method compares the parking restriction with at... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/21/17 / #20170362861

Touch control of vehicle door locks

A vehicle includes a vehicle door including a vehicle door handle that moves a door latch assembly between a latched configuration and an unlatched configuration. A door lock apparatus is operatively connected to the door latch assembly. An electric motor moves the door lock apparatus between a locked configuration to... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/21/17 / #20170362878

Touch control of vehicle windows

A vehicle includes a vehicle door including a vehicle window and a window regulator connected to the window. An electric motor is connected to the window regulator for moving the vehicle window between an open position and a closed position. A window control system includes a window control zone that... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/21/17 / #20170363032

Hybrid partial and full step quadratic solver for model predictive control of diesel engine air path flow and methods of use

Methods and systems for use of model predictive control (MPC) controllers utilizing hybrid, quadratic solvers to solve a linear feasibility problem corresponding to a nonlinear problem for an internal combustion engine plant such as a diesel engine air path. The MPC solves a convex, quadratic cost function having optimization variables... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/21/17 / #20170364086

Sensor integration into existing vehicle structures

One or more vehicle sensors can be integrated into existing vehicle housings or structures to provide a streamlined appearance, potentially improved sensing capabilities, and a reduction in the use of extra structures to hold the one or more vehicle sensors. In one or more arrangements, one or more vehicle sensors... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/21/17 / #20170364629

Deactivating or disabling various vehicle systems and/or components when vehicle operates in an autonomous mode

A computing system for a vehicle is provided. The computing system includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing system, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/21/17 / #20170364869

Automatic maintenance for autonomous vehicle

A method includes steps of determining, by a computing system of a vehicle, a service center to which the vehicle is to be driven for servicing. The method may further include the steps of, by the computing system, autonomously driving the vehicle from a start location to the service center,... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/21/17 / #20170367215

Cooling systems and synthetic jets configured to harvest energy and vehicles including the same

A cooling system includes a diaphragm, at least one conductor layer disposed on the diaphragm, at least one dielectric film layer, and a controller. The controller is programmed to operate the cooling system in a contact mode and in a non-contact mode. In the contact mode, the diaphragm is controlled... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/14/17 / #20170354985

Spray coating application system

A spray coating application system for dispensing a liquid coating includes an elongated guide rail and a longitudinal slide plate slideably attached to the guide rail. The longitudinal slide plate is movable along a longitudinal axis of the guide rail between a first and second longitudinal positions. A transverse slide... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/14/17 / #20170355371

Systems and methodologies for modifying a vehicle operating profile

A system and method that detects, using processing circuitry, a predetermined energy condition. The processing circuitry determines a geographic location of a vehicle, identifies at least one energy station as a function of a plurality of factors, determines a vehicle range based on an energy level of the vehicle and... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/14/17 / #20170356769

Retractable pillar sensing system

A vehicle sensor system includes a first sensor pod mounted to a pillar structure of the vehicle and a second sensor pod mounted to the pillar structure. A sensor pod deployment mechanism is operatively coupled to the first sensor pod and to the second sensor pod for deploying the first... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357359

Vehicle electronic mobile device systems

The vehicle electronic mobile device system includes an executable software program configured to lock down the tactile input of the electronic mobile device when the electronic mobile device is paired and the vehicle is in a vehicle operating condition. The vehicle electronic mobile device system includes a hands-free system. The... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353597

Methods, systems, and vehicles for disabling a function of one or more mobile devices within a passenger cabin of a vehicle

Embodiments of the present disclosure include methods, systems, and vehicles for disabling a function of one or more mobile devices within a passenger cabin of a vehicle. A method of disabling a function of one or more mobile devices within a passenger cabin of a vehicle according to the present... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/07/17 / #20170348628

Exhaust unit

An exhaust unit includes a dirty air intake opening, a clean air output opening and an airflow path defined between the dirty air intake opening and the clean air output opening. The exhaust unit further includes an upstream quenching section and a downstream filtering section along the airflow path. The... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/07/17 / #20170349045

Spatiotemporal displays for set speed deviation of a vehicle

Arrangements described herein can display a set speed deviation for a vehicle using spatiotemporal patterns. A set speed and an actual speed for a vehicle can be acquired. A deviation between the set speed and the actual speed of the vehicle can be determined. Responsive to determining the deviation between... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/07/17 / #20170349185

Conveyance of required driver behaviors using persistent patterned sound

A computing system for a vehicle includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing system, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to determine... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/07/17 / #20170350965

Lidar systems with expanded fields of view on a planar substrate

A Lidar system configured to have a wide field of view. The LIDAR system includes a substrate. The substrate is planar. An array of electronic laser scan transceiver chips are mounted to the substrate. An lenslet array is spaced apart from the array of electronic laser scans transceivers so as... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/07/17 / #20170352958

Radar transceiver assemblies with transceiver chips on opposing sides of the substrate

The radar transceiver assembly configured to reduce ghost lobes and narrow the receive beams so as to provide a better image resolution relative to current radar transceiver assemblies is provided. The radar transceiver assembly includes a first transceiver chip and a second transceiver chip mounted on opposite sides of the... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353597

Methods, systems, and vehicles for disabling a function of one or more mobile devices within a passenger cabin of a vehicle

Embodiments of the present disclosure include methods, systems, and vehicles for disabling a function of one or more mobile devices within a passenger cabin of a vehicle. A method of disabling a function of one or more mobile devices within a passenger cabin of a vehicle according to the present... Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc








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