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Sensorless temperature compensation for power switching devices

An inverter for an electric vehicle drive has a bridge including a plurality of power switching devices having respective insulated gate terminals and emitter terminals. A pwm circuit determines switching commands for controlling the bridge. ... Ford Global Technologies

Short detection and prevention for inverter sensor inputs

A vehicle may include an inverter including a tristate buffer. The vehicle may further include a short detection circuit connected to the inverter configured to output an inhibit signal indicative of abnormal electrical behavior to the tristate buffer such that inverter output is disabled. ... Ford Global Technologies

Circuit and method for cell voltage sensing in fuel cell stack

A vehicle system includes a voltage sensing circuit configured to detect voltages across cells in a fuel cell stack, and powered by a power supply sharing a voltage reference with the cells and having a voltage magnitude greater than a sum of voltage magnitudes of the cells. The system further includes a controller configured to, responsive to a change in polarity in at least one of the voltages indicative of freezing of the cells, issue an alert notification.. ... Ford Global Technologies

Detecting and responding to emergency vehicles in a roadway

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting and responding to emergency vehicles in a roadway. Aspects of the invention can be used to detect emergency vehicles and properly yield to emergency vehicles depending on roadway configuration. ... Ford Global Technologies

Pedestrian warning system providing adjustable acoustic indications

Systems and methods are disclosed for a pedestrian warning system. An example disclosed method to simulate noise for an electric or noise-dampened vehicle to warning pedestrians includes producing a first sound at a first frequency range from a first sound generator located at a front of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies

Vehicle sound activation

A computer is programmed to receive audio data from a first vehicle sensor following an instruction to a second vehicle to actuate sound output. The computer generates diagnostic data about the received audio data. ... Ford Global Technologies

Vehicle driver locator

A vehicle may include: a motor, nodes, sensors, puddle lights, and processor(s) configured to: command the nodes to produce high power signal patterns to link with a mobile device; command at least some of the nodes to produce low power signal patterns to link with the mobile device based detecting the high power link; activate at least some of the puddle lights based on the low power link. The vehicle may activate at least some of the puddle lights based on the low power link by running processing software on measurements captured by the nodes based on the low power link.. ... Ford Global Technologies

Detecting foliage using range data

A system for detecting and identifying foliage includes a tracking component, a tracking parameters component, and a classification component. The tracking component is configured to detect and track one or more features within range data from one or more sensors. ... Ford Global Technologies

Vehicle destinations

A computer is programmed to detect requests for a host vehicle to drive to various destinations. The computer is further programmed to send request notifications of the requests to the user devices of an owner of the host vehicle and, under certain conditions, a user of the host vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies

Method and apparatus for vehicular travel assistance

A system includes a processor programmed to send first and second recommended routes to a wireless device in response receiving a present vehicle location stored when the vehicle was parked and also a received destination and departure time. The first recommended route is based on travel-time factors corresponding to the destination and departure time and specified routing and timing preferences. ... Ford Global Technologies

Methods and devices to select a travel mode and travel route management systems

A method implemented in a travel mode selection device is provided. The method comprises obtaining weather information, determine rating indices for a plurality of travel manners corresponding to the weather information, and recommending at least one travel mode based on the rating indices.. ... Ford Global Technologies

Upshift control for regenerative braking

A vehicle includes a powertrain and a controller. The powertrain includes a transmission mechanically coupled to an electric machine and configured to transfer torque between a wheel and the electric machine. ... Ford Global Technologies

Fuel pressure pulsation damping device and fuel system including the same

The present disclosure provides a fuel pressure pulsation damping device in a fuel return line between a high pressure pump and a fuel tank, in a fuel system. The fuel pressure pukation damping device hie hies a housing having an inlet pipe, an outlet pipe and an intermediate pipe; and a rotatory impeller positioned in the intermediate pipe.. ... Ford Global Technologies

Saddle fuel tank

Methods and systems are provided for a fuel tank mounted to a vehicle. Specifically, a saddle fuel tank comprising of a primary and secondary fuel compartment, each compartment having a module for mounting a fuel pump, fuel sensor and other accessories is disclosed. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180135573

Vacuum actuated multi-frequency quarter-wave resonator for an internal combustion engine

A variable noise attenuation element includes at least two tube sections that define an overall tube length that defines a first effective length and associated first peak frequency for noise attenuation, and a valve having a valve member. The valve joins the tube sections together and includes openings that permit communication between the tube sections when the valve is in an open configuration. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180135570

Pressure measurement apparatus for an engine

A pressure measurement apparatus for an engine is provided. The pressure measurement apparatus includes a gas flow path component of one of an intake system or an exhaust system, and a differential pressure sensor having a sensor body defining first and second pressure ports, wherein the sensor body is configured to cooperate with an opening in a wall of the gas flow path component so that at least one of the first and second pressure ports terminates inside the gas flow path component in an assembled configuration.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180135551

Systems and methods for operating a lift pump

Methods and systems are provided for operating a lift pump of an engine fuel system. In one example, a method may comprise predicting when a fuel rail pressure will decrease below a threshold assuming that a lift pump remains off. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180135550

Systems and methods for operating a lift pump

Methods and systems are provided for operating a lift pump of an engine fuel system. In one example, a method may comprise limiting a lift pump voltage to a lower first level when powering on a lift pump from off. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180135504

Liquid-cooled internal combustion engine comprising a cylinder block, and method for producing an associated cylinder block

Methods and system are provided for a cooling arrangement of an engine. In one example, the cooling arrangement may include first and second cooling ducts, where the second cooling ducts are arranged in gaps formed between adjacent cylinders and the first ducts are arranged outside of the gaps of the adjacent cylinders.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180135488

Exhaust system

Methods and systems are provided for scr devices cascaded along an exhaust passage. In one example, a method may include adjusting a reductant injection pressure based on a temperature of one or more of the scr devices.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180135481

Exhaust passage having first and second catalysts

Methods and systems are provided for at least one catalyst and an oxygen filter. In one example, a method may include filtering oxygen through the oxygen filter and flowing oxygen poor exhaust gas to a catalyst.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180135342

Systems and methods for a refueling request

Methods and systems are provided for opening a refueling door. In one example, a method may include gradually opening the refueling door in proportion to a fuel tank depressurization rate.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134322

Hood outer checking fixture feature

A hood panel checking fixture feature is provided by a locator slot defined in an edge of the hood panel. The locator slot may be defined in a rear edge of the hood panel and may be configured to engage a cooperating locator provided in a checking fixture to substantially prevent rotational movement of the hood panel in a y-axis direction. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134317

Motor vehicle having an asymmetric structure

A motor vehicle is disclosed having a-pillars and b-pillars on a first side of the motor vehicle and a b-pillar but no ‘a’ pillar on a second side of the motor vehicle. A wrap around window extends from the a-pillar on the first side of the motor vehicle substantially without interruption to the b-pillar on the second side of the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134314

Trailer backup offset determination

A system for calibrating a backup assist system for a trailer attached to a vehicle is provided which includes a hitch sensor continuously measuring a hitch angle between the vehicle and the trailer. A controller is configured to determine an offset of the measured hitch angle. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134312

Steering system with active compensation for road disturbances

A vehicle includes an adaptive front steering system including an assist motor that provides an overlay angle superimposed on a steering wheel angle. External torque to the assist motor is estimated by a controller and evaluated to determine whether it is the result of an external disturbance. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134310

System and method for determining vehicle steering misalignment

A method for detecting steering misalignments in an adaptive steering system of a motor vehicle, wherein the adaptive steering system has a steering wheel angle sensor for detecting a value representative of a steering wheel angle, an adaptive angle unit for detecting a value representative of an adaptive angle, and a wheel angle detection unit for detecting a value representative of a wheel angle. The method including detecting a value representative of the steering wheel angle, detecting a value representative of the adaptive angle, detecting or determining a value representative of the wheel angle, and computing a comparison value.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134301

Systems and methods for active engine mount diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing whether active engine mounts configured to isolate engine vibration from a cabin and chassis of a vehicle are functioning as desired. In one example, engine vibrations are actively induced, and the active engine mounts are alternately controlled to a first, dampening mode, and to a second, stiffening mode for predetermined time periods, where resultant chassis vibrations are monitored during the predetermined time periods. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134298

Method for creep cancellation in hybrid drivelines

According to one embodiment of this disclosure, a vehicle having an electric machine and at least one controller is described. The electric machine may be configured to generate creep torque to move the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134292

Method for braking a vehicle on a slope

A method for braking a vehicle to a stop on a sloping section of a roadway wherein a slope inclination of the roadway section, a vehicle speed, an acceleration, and a vehicle brake operation status of the vehicle are continuously ascertained. The slope inclination of the roadway section and the vehicle brake operation status are compared with predetermined threshold values. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134279

Operation of power electronics during battery communication loss

A vehicle includes a battery control module and a controller. The battery control module may be configured to issue at regular intervals a message indicative of an soc of a battery. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134276

Regenerative torque limit control

A vehicle includes a powertrain and at least one controller programmed to, in response to a brake request and a shaft speed associated with a speed of the vehicle achieving a starting speed that is defined by a torque of the powertrain that changes with brake demand at a given shaft speed, reduce a regenerative torque limit that constrains regenerative braking torque over a blend-out duration based on the shaft speed.. . ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134272

Methods and system for downshifting a transmission

Systems and methods for operating a driveline of a hybrid vehicle are disclosed. In one example, an engine may enter or stay in one of two cylinder deactivation modes or enter or stay in a combustion mode in response to a request to downshift a transmission while a vehicle in which the engine resides is coasting.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134271

Vehicle systems and methods for reducing electrified vehicle noise, vibration, and harshness

A method includes controlling an electrified vehicle by automatically engaging a braking device if the electrified vehicle is in park and an engine start or stop request has been received. Controlling the electrified vehicle includes preventing a brake lamp from illuminating during engagement of the braking device.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134253

Remote keyless entry message authentication

Method and apparatus are disclosed for remote keyless entry authentication. An example remote keyless entry system includes a key fob and a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134249

Bracket for sliding mechanism

A sliding mechanism includes a first part and a second part adapted for sliding translation within the first part. A bracket attached to the first part includes a bracket guide rib structure for constraining a lateral motion of the second part, including a rib defining an unbroken interface surface for the second part. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134248

Guide rib structure for sliding mechanism

A sliding mechanism a first part and a second part adapted for sliding translation within the first part. A guide rib structure is included on the first part to constrain a lateral motion of the second part, including one or more ribs each defining at least one inclined plane. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134247

Extendable vehicle grille

A vehicle comprising a base, a grille and a bumper. The grille is supported by the base, and is movable between a retracted position and an extended position. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134236

Localized silicone heat shielding for extension dash panels

A method for making an insulated vehicle extension dash panel includes injection molding an extension dash panel from a structural polymer. The method further includes adding a plurality of components to a mixer to form an insulating foaming layer. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134235

Vehicle-integrated reaching aid

A vehicle includes trim panel walls defining a cargo compartment. At least one trim panel wall has an indented portion defining a recess. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134225

Seat extender/barrier panel for a motor vehicle

A cargo assist apparatus is provided for a motor vehicle. That cargo assist apparatus includes a panel and a translating and pivoting connector whereby the panel is displaced between a stowed position below an upper face of the seat bottom, a first deployed position projecting above the upper face and a second deployed position projecting forward from the upper face.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134222

Luggage compartment for a vehicle

A vehicle includes a seat mount, and a luggage compartment. The instrument panel has a steering-wheel opening. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134221

Integrated running board and side skirt system and related method

An integrated running board and side skirt system is provided for a motor vehicle. That system includes a combined running board and side skirt and a control module. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134216

Vehicle proximity indicator

Embodiments include a vehicle comprising an end facing an external object, at least one vehicle light positioned adjacent to the end and projecting a light pattern onto the object, a window adjacent to the end, and at least one proximity indicator coupled to the window at a predetermined position corresponding to an expected location of the light pattern on the object when the end is located a predetermined distance from the object. The proximity indicator can be removably adhered to the window. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134212

Vehicle driver locator

A vehicle may include: a motor, nodes, sensors, puddle lights, and processor(s) configured to: command the nodes to produce high power signal patterns to link with a mobile device; command at least some of the nodes to produce low power signal patterns to link with the mobile device based detecting the high power link; activate at least some of the puddle lights based on the low power link. The vehicle may activate at least some of the puddle lights based on the low power link by running processing software on measurements captured by the nodes based on the low power link.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134211

Light activation sequence of a vehicle

A lighting system of a vehicle is provided herein and includes a headlamp, a taillight, and a controller configured to operate the headlamp and the taillight. The controller implements an activation sequence based on a state of a door. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134177

Battery enclosure surrounded by internally reinforced cylindrical impact absorbing elements

A battery enclosure for the battery of an electric vehicle is disclosed that is provided with cylindrical impact absorbing tubular members. The tubular members are arrayed about the battery enclosure between an inner wall and an outer wall in a spaced relationship. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134176

Battery recharge notification and automatic recharge

A vehicle includes a low-voltage battery, a high-voltage battery, and a converter that decreases voltage provided from the high-voltage battery to the low-voltage battery. A system controller of the vehicle is programmed to use the converter, in a key-off cycle, to charge the low-voltage battery a calibrated number of times that the low-voltage battery drops below a predefined state-of-charge threshold, and send a wireless notification a subsequent time the low-voltage battery drops below the threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134172

Absorbing power down energy of an external motor device in a power generation vehicle

A vehicle includes a traction battery and a controller. The controller, in response to termination of current flow from the traction battery to a tool that is plugged in to the vehicle that results in shutting down of the tool, actuates a switch such that current resulting from the shutting down flows from the tool to the traction battery for regenerative energy capture.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134169

High voltage bus contactor fault detection

A system for a vehicle includes a pair of electrical buses connected to terminals of a traction battery via a shared positive contactor and a pair of negative contactors. The system further includes a controller configured to, responsive to a request to close the contactors and a difference between voltage magnitudes of the buses being greater than a predefined threshold, actively discharge one of the buses to reduce the difference.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134142

Hybrid transaxle

Two hybrid transaxles permit location of a traction motor in a more favorable location, decreasing the risk of occupant injury in a vehicle collision. Each transaxle uses a direction preserving power transfer mechanism to transfer power from the traction motor to a countershaft such that the countershaft rotates in the same direction as the traction motor. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134132

Flexible powered tonneau cover for a pickup truck bed

An apparatus for covering a pickup truck bed is provided. The apparatus includes a flexible cover for selectively extending to at least partially cover the pickup truck bed and at least partially retracting to form a roll. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/17/18 / #20180134121

Reinforcement pillar for a vehicle having an integrated heater duct

A reinforcement assembly for a structural pillar includes an upper reinforcement that extends over a top of a wheel house and first and second surfaces. An area extends between the first and second surfaces such that the area defines a substantial right triangle over the wheel house. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180132173

Method and apparatus for data transfer connection management

A system includes a processor configured to receive a data transfer request including a priority designation. The processor is also configured to determine whether a wireless connection, having a predefined characteristic associated with the priority designation, is available. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180131908

Visor assembly for a vehicle

A visor assembly for a vehicle includes a touchscreen. The touchscreen has a touch-sensitive layer, a metalized layer, and a display layer. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180131767

Autonomous vehicle management

A computer is programmed to store start and end locations for a vehicle route, and receive input, including a user identifier, when the vehicle is at the start location. The computer is further programmed to navigate the vehicle from the start location to a third location distinct from the start and end locations, and receive, when the vehicle is at the third location, input including the user identifier and data indicating that a user has left the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180131522

Controller area network message authentication

Method and apparatus are disclosed for controller area network message authentication. An example disclosed vehicle includes a data bus and a first control unit communicatively coupled to the data bus. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180131372

Holographic proximity switch

A vehicle switch is provided that includes a substrate. A holographic film is positioned on the substrate. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180131052

Battery thermal management systems for electrified vehicles

An electrified vehicle includes a vehicle body establishing an interior space, a battery pack mounted within the interior space, and a battery thermal management system including a control module configured to command evacuation of hot air within the interior space if an external temperature of the battery pack exceeds a predefined temperature threshold.. . ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180131051

Thermal exchange plate assembly for vehicle battery

A battery assembly according to a non-limiting aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an array of battery cells, and a thermal exchange plate assembly adjacent the array. The thermal exchange plate assembly includes an inlet, an outlet, a main channel, and a bypass channel configured to direct fluid from the inlet to the outlet while substantially bypassing the main channel.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180130592

Inductor cooling systems and methods

Inductor cooling systems and methods are disclosed. A vehicle inductor cooling system may include an inductor assembly secured to a vehicle transmission case and including a core and a conductive coil wrapped around the core. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180130591

Inductor cooling systems and methods

Inductor cooling systems and methods are disclosed. A vehicle inductor cooling system may include an inductor assembly, a flange extending around a periphery of the inductor assembly, and a sealing wall having an outer periphery and a sealing surface forming a seal with the flange. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180130590

Inductor cooling systems and methods

Inductor cooling systems and methods are disclosed. A vehicle inductor cooling system, may include an inductor assembly, a flange extending around a periphery of the inductor assembly, an inductor cover having a sealing surface forming a seal with the flange, a cavity defined by the inductor cover and the inductor assembly, and a first opening defined in the inductor cover configured to provide coolant to the cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180130589

Inductor cooling systems and methods

Inductor cooling systems and methods are disclosed. A vehicle may include a transmission case including a coolant inlet and an inductor assembly having a flange extending around a periphery thereof. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180130346

Systems and methods for vehicular application of detected traffic flow

A host vehicle consistent with the present disclosure is configured to detect pass events performed by adjacent vehicles. According to some embodiments, adjacent vehicles occupy a lane aligned with (i.e., heading in the same direction as) and immediately next to the host vehicle's lane. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180130274

Systems and methods for selective vehicle access

A vehicle includes: motor(s), door lock(s), processor(s) configured to: attempt a direct link with a mobile device based on receiving a key fob command; attempt an indirect link with the mobile device based on failing to establish the direct link; accept and implement the command upon establishing the direct or indirect link; reject the command upon failing to establish the direct and indirect link.. . ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180130266

Automated system for suggesting wiper replacement

A system for determining a need for a vehicle windshield wiper blade replacement includes a detector for detecting a wiper blade operating noise and a processor configured to determine a wear condition requiring wiper blade replacement from the detected wiper blade operating noise. On determining the wear condition, the processor provides a display including at least a windshield wiper blade wear condition warning and a listing of one or more suggested replacement wiper blades. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180130176

Constructing map data using laser scanned images

A computer that includes a processor and memory that stores processor-executable instructions. The processor can be programmed to: generate a plurality of transform patch images (ptpis) by applying a mathematical transform operator to a plurality of map-perspective patch images (pmppis) received from at least one vehicle laser-scanner; combine at least some of the ptpis into a single patch image; and construct a map patch image using the single patch image.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128623

Vehicle localization based on wireless local area network nodes

Method and apparatus are disclosed for vehicle localization based on wireless local area network nodes. An example disclosed vehicle includes a wireless network controller and a location tracker. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128375

Plated sealing system for vehicle assembly

A sealing system includes an exterior plate, an interior plate, a first seal received against the exterior plate and configured to restrict moisture ingress through the exterior plate, and a second seal received against the interior plate and configured to restrict moisture ingress through the interior plate. The sealing system may be used to seal around tubing that extends through a vehicle battery enclosure.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128371

Vehicle roll-away prevention

A brake interlock feature prevents release of the park mechanism unless a driver is depressing the brake pedal. This is intended to prevent the vehicle from rolling following park release. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128337

Dry friction damped metallic material and methods of manufacturing and using same

A method and system for improving the vibration damping properties in a metal product are disclosed. The product incorporates a dry friction, layered metallic damping material having embedded therein one or more woven mesh layers comprised of wire ropes of bundled wires. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128305

Recessed spring washer flow drill screw

A screw for use in joining workpieces, for example automotive body parts, is provided that includes a head portion, an externally threaded shank extending from the head portion, a flow-hole-forming tip disposed at a distal end portion of the externally threaded shank, and a recessed spring washer disposed under the head portion. The recessed spring washer is configured to apply a clamping load to joined workpieces as they expand and contract.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128274

Supercharged internal combustion engine with compressor

Methods and systems are provided for a turbocharger. In one example, the turbocharger may include one or more cooling devices for cooling a compressor. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128257

Peristaltic pump for inductor thermal management

A vehicle inductor assembly includes an inductor, a thermal plate, an emitter, and a controller. The inductor is secured within a housing. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128228

Fuel injector with variable flow direction

A fuel injector and method are disclosed wherein an injector body defines a cavity and passages from an inlet at the cavity through an outside surface of the injector body. Each passage may have a first inner contour at a first angle and a second inner contour at a second angle. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128224

Fuel rail for internal combustion engine

The present disclosure provides a fuel rail for use with an internal combustion engine. The fuel rail includes a plurality of fingers extending away from the fuel rail. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128194

Methods and system for adjusting engine operation based on evaporated and condensed portions of water injected at an engine

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting engine operation based on estimated vaporized and condensed portions of water injected during a water injection event. In one example, a method may include injecting an amount of water into the intake manifold in response to engine conditions and inferring vaporized and condensed portions of the injected water based on the injected amount and a change in manifold temperature following the injection. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128162

Wastegate for an engine system

Methods and systems are provided for a wastegate of a turbocharger including a valve plate, valve actuation mechanism, and a bifurcated wastegate passage. In one example design, the wastegate may include a valve plate having an interior with a multiplane curved surface and a first mating feature centered along the curved surface, the curved surface forming a raised edge and a side opening on opposite sides of the valve plate; and a passage bifurcated by a central wall, an end of the central wall including a second mating feature adapted to have face-sharing contact with the first mating feature. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128161

Wastegate for an engine system

Methods and systems are provided for a wastegate of a turbocharger including a valve plate, valve actuation mechanism, and a wastegate passage. In one example design, the wastegate may include a valve plate having flow formations such as a multiplane curved surface on an interior of the valve plate and a side opening; a passage including a constricted section positioned upstream of the valve plate, the valve plate positioned at an end of the passage. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128157

Pre-chamber ignition system

Methods and systems are provided for a pre-chamber ignition system. In one example, a pre-chamber ignition system may include a pre-chamber extending into a combustion chamber, a piston protrusion shaped to fit through a bottom aperture of the pre-chamber, and a plurality of orifices formed by sidewall of the pre-chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128149

Methods and systems for operating an exhaust oxygen sensor based on water contact at the sensor

Methods and systems are provided for operating an exhaust oxygen sensor coupled to an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine in response to detecting water at the sensor. In one example, a method may include indicating water at an exhaust oxygen sensor positioned in an engine exhaust passage based on a sensor parameter of the exhaust oxygen sensor while operating the exhaust oxygen sensor in a variable voltage (vvs) mode where a reference voltage is adjusted from a lower, first voltage to a higher, second voltage; and adjusting one or more of sensor operation and engine operation based on the indicating water.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128145

Method and system for an exhaust diverter valve

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing an exhaust diverter valve in an engine system and adjusting the diverter valve position to regulate vehicle exhaust noise so that the same exhaust diverter valve can be used to reduce emissions and expedite engine heating during a cold-start as well as regulate exhaust noise. In one example, a method for diverter valve diagnostics may include determining diverter valve degradation during an engine cold-start, when the diverter valve is closed, based on the change in the temperature upstream of the diverter valve from the temperature at engine start. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128142

System and method for diesel exhaust fluid injector cleaning

Methods and systems are provided for cleaning a urea-clogged diesel exhaust fluid (def) injector included in a selective catalytic reduction (scr) engine exhaust after-treatment system. In one example, a method may include, responsive to a diagnostic code indicating a clogged def injector, operating an engine in a def injector cleaning mode comprising operating the engine at a high idle speed, activating a def pump to deliver a desired amount of def at a desired flowrate, and measuring a duty cycle of def pump activation during def delivery. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128138

Exhaust gas treatment systems and methods

A system, device and a method for gas treatment is provided. The gas treatment system comprises a generator, one or more corona devices and separation device disposed in sequence along an exhaust gas flow direction. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128022

Electronic vehicle access control system

A vehicle door includes a powered latch mechanism and an interior door handle having first and second sensors disposed on opposite sides of the interior door handle. The first and second sensors are configured to detect the presence of a user's hand to control operation of the powered latch mechanism. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180128016

Self-contained lock/unlock indicator for installation within a vehicle door panel

A vehicle door includes a lock indicator assembly having an operable housing and an internal locking pin engaged with the operable housing and biased to a downward position within the operable housing, an interior door panel having a receptacle, wherein the operable housing is received within the receptacle and a lock rod operable to engage an underside of the operable housing and move the locking pin to an upward position.. . ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180127040

Electric bicycle

The disclosure relates to an electric bicycle. The electric bicycle comprises an electric motor for at least temporarily assisting or replacing a pedal operation. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180127038

Wheeled personal transportation device

A device for transporting a payload (to include a human user) over varied terrain. A platform accommodates the payload. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180127025

Voltage compensating anti-catch algorithm for active front steering system

A vehicle implements a steering anti-catch (sac) algorithm that reduces a superimposition angle added to the steering wheel angle in order to reduce occurrence of steering catch. The superimposition angle may be determined according to an afs system. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180127021

Systems and methods for improving torque feel in column epas

A controller for a power steering system estimates rack force and its derivative, such as based on lateral acceleration, yaw rate, vehicle speed, or other parameters. A control torque is calculated based on the rack force, its derivative, and the vehicle speed and is summed with an input torque from the driver to determine an amount of assist torque to provide. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180127013

Wheeled personal transportation device

A motorized device for transporting a human or inanimate payload. A platform is configured to accommodate the payload and a pair of wheel clusters are mounted to the platform at opposite ends thereof and are powered in both rotation and in translation relative to the platform, for example by one or more electric motors housed in or on the platform or wheel clusters. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180127012

Wheeled personal transportation device

A motorized device for transporting a human or inanimate payload. A platform is configured to accommodate the payload and a pair of wheel clusters are mounted to the platform at opposite ends thereof and are powered in rotation relative to the platform, for example by one or more electric motors housed in or on the platform or wheel clusters. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126995

Traffic light operation

A plurality of vehicles predicted to pass through an intersection are identified. An acceleration and a start time are assigned for each of the vehicles. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126992

Off-road autonomous driving

A vehicle system includes a processor with access to a memory storing instructions executable by the processor. The instructions include determining whether an autonomous host vehicle can traverse an environmental obstacle, and if the autonomous host vehicle can traverse the environmental obstacle, controlling an active suspension system in accordance with the environmental obstacle and controlling the autonomous host vehicle to traverse the environmental obstacle.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126984

Object tracking using sensor fusion within a probabilistic framework

A controller receives outputs form a plurality of sensors such as a camera, lidar sensor, radar sensor, and ultrasound sensor. Sensor outputs corresponding to an object are assigned to a tracklet. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126983

Vehicle collision severity mitigation

Vehicles can be equipped with a computing device to determine two or more paths of available paths for the vehicle that each include a predicted impact with an object. The computing device can determine a time to impact, vehicle speed and direction and object speed and direction, and an object type. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126981

Vehicle pitch control during a stop

A system for vehicle pitch control during braking includes a pitch component and a rebound component. The pitch component is configured to determine that a vehicle has a forward pitch during braking. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126975

System and method to prevent driveline float in lash region

A vehicle includes an engine and an electric machine coupled to a gearbox through a torque converter. The vehicle includes a controller programmed to command an engine torque and an electric machine torque to achieve a predetermined positive torque at the input of the torque converter when a driver demand torque at the torque converter input decreases to fall within a range between the predetermined positive torque and a predetermined negative torque.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126964

Automatic brake hold with low speed maneuverability

A transportation vehicle has an autohold selector, such as a push button switch or other human-machine interface (hmi). A gear selector in the vehicle includes forward and reverse gear positions. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126960

System and methods for assessing the interior of an autonomous vehicle

An autonomous vehicle includes interior sensors including a camera, ir camera, electro-chemical sensor, humidity sensor, and temperature sensor. Initial and final outputs of these sensors are captured for a trip conveying one or more passengers. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126955

System for detecting windshield wiper noise and related methods

A system for detecting noise generated by a windshield wiper on a vehicle including a cabin is provided. The system includes a detector for detecting noise generated by the windshield wiper. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126947

Seat belt assembly

A seat assembly includes a seat back and a headrest adjustably coupled to the seat back. The headrest defines a first guide passage and a second guide passage, each extending through the headrest. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126943

Fixing devices for a curtain air bag in a vehicle

A fixing device for a curtain airbag is provided. The fixing device comprises a bracket extending substantially along a lengthwise direction configured to receive a portion of folded curtain airbag, a leg connected to and pivotable to the bracket the bracket and a joint. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126941

Vehicle seat assembly including airbag

A seat assembly for a vehicle includes a seatback and a seat bottom extending away from the seatback. An airbag is supported by the seat bottom and includes a middle member having a first end and a second end. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126925

Anti-rocking bracket for vehicle pillar trim

A vehicle pillar trim piece bracket includes a body carrying a panel- or flange-engaging portion held in a first plane and a trim piece stand-off portion held in a second plane that is different from the first plane. In combination, the body, the panel- or flange-engaging portion, and the trim piece stand-off portion may define a three-dimensional l shape. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126923

Cover for a switch

A cover for a switch includes a body having a thru-hole for receiving the switch. Retainers supported by the body each have a groove facing the thru-hole and guide surfaces extending upward from an edge of a bottom surface of the retainers to a lower edge of the groove. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126922

Vehicle trim components

A vehicle includes an instrument panel. A trim piece is positioned on the instrument panel and includes a surface defining a pattern. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126919

Versatile cup and device holder

A cup and device holder includes a housing having a first end wall, a second end wall, a first sidewall, a second sidewall and a bottom wall defining a storage compartment. The holder further includes a first divider connected to the first and second sidewalls of that housing and a second divider connected to the bottom wall.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126886

Inner carrier module for seatback assembly

A seatback assembly includes an inner carrier module having an upper cross member. The upper cross member includes first and second mounting slots and first and second access apertures disposed therethrough. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126834

Motor vehicle door assembly with water management feature on window subassembly

A motor vehicle door assembly includes a door having an internal compartment and a door latch mechanism within that internal compartment. The motor vehicle door assembly also includes a window subassembly. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126832

Vehicle with moonroof and panoramic glass

A vehicle includes a windshield, a backlite spaced from the windshield, and a moonroof. The moonroof is moveable relative to the windshield and the backlite between a closed position and an open position. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126828

Door assembly

A door assembly includes a door and a pusher. The door defines a cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126826

Windshield wrapped vehicle pillar

A vehicle includes a driver side pillar extending between a door and a roof. The pillar forms a face having an outer edge adjacent the driver side door and an inner edge. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/10/18 / #20180126817

Vehicle damping control

A system for damping control for a vehicle includes a parameter component and a damping adjustment component. The parameter component is configured to determine one or more driving parameters of a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180124805

Method and apparatus for vehicle to cloud network traffic scheduling

A system includes a processor configured to receive a data transfer request including a data transfer constraint. The processor is also configured to receive a vehicle route. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180124664

Method and apparatus for triggered telematics carrier swap

A system includes a processor configured to determine that a cellular signal strength has dropped below a predefined threshold strength. The processor is also configured to request a new cellular carrier from a remote network, responsive to the determination that the signal strength has dropped below the threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180124515

Autonomous vehicle ingress and egress

A vehicle system includes a plurality of speakers and a processor. Each of the plurality of speakers is associated with one of a plurality of vehicle components. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180124177

Method and apparatus for advanced vehicle data delivery using secondary device

A system includes a processor configured to receive sensor data from a vehicle sensor. The processor is also configured to determine an existence of a condition for which information display has been designated. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180123478

Inverter switching devices with common source inductance layout to avoid shoot-through

A phase leg in an inverter bridge has an upper transistor with upper gate, collector, and emitter terminals, wherein the upper gate and emitter terminals are arranged to create an upper common source inductance. A lower transistor has lower gate, collector, and emitter terminals, wherein the lower gate and emitter terminals are arranged to create a lower common source inductance. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180123197

Battery thermal management assembly and method

An exemplary battery thermal management assembly includes a first structure having a first material composition, and a second structure having a different, second material composition. The second structure is configured to exchange thermal energy between a battery array and a fluid communicated through a fluid channel that is bounded by the first and second structures. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180123104

Battery enclosure vent assembly and venting method

An exemplary assembly includes an enclosure wall of an enclosure that houses at least one battery cell, and a vent of the enclosure wall. The vent is configured to move from a first position to a second position in response to an increase in a pressure within an interior of the enclosure. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180123102

Traction battery pack shield and shielding method

An exemplary battery assembly includes a shield having a floor and walls extending transversely away from the floor. The shield provides a cavity configured to receive a battery pack of an electrified vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180123101

Traction battery energy absorbing method and assembly

An exemplary battery pack assembly includes an enclosure having a plurality of horizontally facing sides extending between a first and a second vertically facing side to provide an interior, a component within the interior, and a pocket of the first vertically facing side. The pocket is vertically recessed such that a pocket floor of the pocket is vertically aligned with a portion of the component.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180123098

Traction battery retention assembly

An exemplary traction battery retention assembly includes an attachment feature formed with a portion of an enclosure that houses a battery array. The attachment feature is sized such that a portion of the attachment feature can be received within an attachment feature of the battery array to hold the battery array within the enclosure. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180122236

Antenna validation for vehicle-to-vehicle communication

Systems, methods and apparatus are disclosed for antenna validation for vehicle-to-vehicle communication. An example disclosed vehicle includes a wireless communication module and an antenna calibrator. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180121763

Object classification adjustment based on vehicle communication

Method, apparatus and computer readable media are disclosed for object classification adjustment based on vehicle communication. An example vehicle includes a camera to detect an object and an object classifier. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180121071

Vehicle display based on vehicle speed

Methods, apparatus, and computer storage media are disclosed for vehicle display based on vehicle speed. An example vehicle includes a speed sensor to measure a vehicle speed, a display controller to compare the vehicle speed to a threshold, and a display. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180120860

Apparatus that automatically maneuvers a wheelchair relative to a vehicle

The disclosure relates to a method and an apparatus to automatically maneuver a wheelchair relative to a vehicle. The vehicle has a first sensor arrangement comprising at least one sensor, and the wheelchair has a second sensor arrangement comprising at least one sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180120858

Pedestrian face detection

A controller for a vehicle is programmed to detect a pedestrian in an image received from a camera, determine whether a face of the pedestrian is present in the image, and cause the vehicle to change lanes based on the absence of the face.. . ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180120857

Road sign recognition

Vehicles can be equipped with computing devices, networks, sensors and controllers to determine, modify, and/or augment a digital map of the surrounding real world. Computing devices included in a vehicle can determine road sign locations in lidar data. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180120855

Steering capability prediction

Vehicles can be equipped to operate in both autonomous and occupant piloted mode. A computing device included in a vehicle can determine estimated steering velocities for a steering system of a vehicle as a function of respective steering angles and time steps and determine a path for the vehicle to travel based on the estimated steering velocities.. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180120837

Emergency evacuation using autonomous driving

Methods and systems for detecting a medical emergency related to the driver of a vehicle are described. Various data, such as in-situ biophysical data of the driver, a medical history of the driver, and in-situ motion data of the vehicle, are employed to determine a possible medical emergency. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180120830

Method to operate a portable input device that controls a motor vehicle

The disclosure relates to a method for operating a portable input device to control a motor vehicle. The input device has a pressure-sensitive touchscreen. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180120415

Vehicle detection of external objects

A vehicle computer is programmed to receive reflections of radio-magnetic beams transmitted by an antenna mounted to a vehicle body, and, when it is determined that the vehicle is moving, determine whether the vehicle body has changed shape based on the received reflections and a predetermined base reflection pattern. The computer is further programmed to generate a second base reflection pattern based at least on the received reflections and the predetermined base reflection pattern. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180120171

Method and device for applying a flexible seal to the periphery of a component

The present disclosure provides a method and device for applying a flexible seal to a periphery of a component, in particular a door of a motor vehicle. The seal is transported to an application site on the component at a variable speed and connected to the component migrating along the periphery of the component. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119815

Brake mechanism for hybrid vehicle engine

A hybrid vehicle powertrain assembly includes a combustion engine, an electric machine, an input shaft, a ratchet mechanism, and a controller. The input shaft selectively couples the engine and electric machine. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119808

Methods and systems for operating a driveline of a hybrid engine powertrain

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting clutch pressures and electric machine torques as a function of a stability metric threshold(s) in order to balance performance and charging of an onboard energy storage device. In one example, a method comprises during an upshift of a transmission from a first gear to a second gear, adjusting a clutch pressure of the transmission to adjust slippage of a clutch in response to a vehicle stability control parameter exceeding a threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119806

Method and control for operating transmission during clutch failure when shifting from gear to neutral

A vehicle includes a transmission having a first neutral with a first combination of engaged clutches and a second neutral with a second combination of engaged clutches. The first neutral has more engaged clutches than the second. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119805

Method and control for operating transmission during clutch failure

A vehicle includes a transmission having a first neutral with a first combination of engaged clutches and a second neutral with a second combination of engaged clutches. The second neutral has more engaged clutches than the first neutral. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119803

Transmission control to avoid gain switch during shift

In a transmission hydraulic control system, a gain control valve may be used to switch between a low gain and a high gain based on line pressure. Line pressure may be controlled as a function of turbine torque. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119801

Methods and systems for engaging and disengaging a vehicle park state

Methods and systems are provided for entering into a parked state in a hybrid electric vehicle that includes a dual clutch transmission. In one example, a driveline operating method comprises in response to a first condition, engaging a first gear and engaging a second gear of a dual clutch transmission in response to a request to enter a vehicle park state where an output of a transmission is held from rotating, and in response to a second condition, engaging a third gear and engaging a fourth gear of a dual clutch transmission in response to a request to enter a vehicle park state. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119758

Methods and system for applying a driveline disconnect clutch

Systems and methods for improving operation of a driveline disconnect clutch for a hybrid vehicle shifting are presented. In one example, pressure of a working fluid supplied to the driveline disconnect clutch is adjusted in response to a rate of change in accelerator pedal position. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119757

Two-phase transmission clutch staging

In order to pre-stage a clutch piston in preparation for clutch engagement, a controller commands a high current to a casting integrated direct acting solenoid (cidas) valve. This staging is performed in two distinct phases wherein the current is higher in the first phase than in the second phase. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119756

Adaptation of off-going clutch torque

A vehicle includes a transmission and a controller. The transmission has clutches and multiple speed ratios that are established during gear upshifts upon torque being transferred from off-going to oncoming clutches. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119716

Multi-material restrainer joint

A fastener for use in joining workpieces, for example automotive body parts such as a roof to a body frame member, is provided that includes a plastically deformable head portion, a platform disposed at a bottom of the head portion, and a distal end portion extending from the platform and defining at least one of elastically deformable locking member. The head portion is heat staked to one workpiece, and the elastically deformable locking member engages another workpiece to secure the workpieces together. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119665

Method and system for spark plug cleaning

Methods and systems are provided for controlling spark plug fouling in newly manufactured vehicles. In one example, an engine is operated with a first, more aggressive spark discharge schedule when in a pre-delivery state and transitioned to a second, less aggressive spark discharge schedule when in a post-delivery state. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119652

Method of cleaning an exhaust gas recirculation valve

A method of cleaning an egr valve operatively connected to an exhaust flow from an engine includes determining when cleaning is required, and when cleaning is required, operating the engine in a high temperature mode in which the temperature of exhaust gas exiting the engine is increased while producing a flow of exhaust gas having a low unburnt hydrocarbon content. The method further includes opening the egr valve to allow hot exhaust gas to flow therethrough so as to remove combustion by-products that are fouling the egr valve. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119624

Method and system for exhaust gas recirculation and heat recovery

Methods and systems are provided for exhaust heat recovery and egr cooling via a single heat exchanger. In one example, a method may include selecting a specific mode of operation of an engine exhaust system with the heat exchanger based on engine operating conditions and an estimated fuel efficacy factor. ... Ford Global Technologies

05/03/18 / #20180119599

Fuel injector having three stages

An engine, fuel injector, and method are disclosed. The method may include aligning an exhaust gas passage with an exhaust gas source to allow exhaust gas to enter a pre-chamber for a first duration; aligning a fuel passage with a fuel source to allow fuel to enter the pre-chamber for a second duration; and aligning injector nozzle connectors with injector nozzles, for a third duration, to allow a mixture of the fuel and the exhaust gas to be injected from the pre-chamber to the combustion chamber.. ... Ford Global Technologies








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