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Automotive window glazings

A vehicle window glazing is provided that includes a transparent substrate defining a first surface with a decorative layer positioned on the first surface defining an indicium. A light source is positioned on the decorative layer. A conductive lead is electrically coupled to the light source and extends along the... Ford Global Technologies

High voltage battery contactor arrangement for dc fast charging

A charging system for a high voltage battery includes a pair of contactors each electrically connected to one of positive and negative terminals of the battery and configured to enable charging of the battery when closed; and a controller programmed to generate a notification indicating that one of the contactors... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Integrated changing table

An integrated changing table assembly includes a pivoting panel associated with a vehicle seatback, the pivoting panel including at least one deployable leg member configured for engaging a vehicle cargo area floor when the pivoting panel is deployed. The pivoting panel may be stowed in a recess defined in the... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Hexalobular fastener drive tool with shroud

A fastener drive tool includes a hexalobular drive bit and a shroud concentrically disposed about the hexalobular drive bit. In addition, a fastener driving arrangement includes a screw fastener having a drive head with a cavity defined by a hexalobular sidewall. The fastener driving arrangement also includes a fastener drive... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  User demanded climate control in a vehicle

A climate control system in a vehicle comprises a first vent unit adjacent to a driver seat; a second vent unit adjacent to a passenger seat; a climate control device configured to provide conditioned air to an occupant compartment; and a user input device to enable selection of a first... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Climate control method and system

A climate control method for a vehicle including the steps of determining a moisture level of an occupant of the vehicle; and adjusting a climate control system of the vehicle depending on the moisture level of the occupant.... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Vent register with hollow actuator carrying a fragrance element

A vent register includes an adjustable vane, an actuator carried on the adjustable vane and a fragrance element carried on the actuator. A related method of distributing a fragrance in a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle is also disclosed.... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Two-layer polarized visor

A visor assembly for a vehicle includes a visor body comprising adjacent hingedly connected panels each fabricated of a polarizing material. A closure is provided to hold the adjacent panels in a closed configuration. The assembly may further include an articulating mirror assembly whose movement is independent of any movement... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Protective cover system and related method

A protective cover system for a motor vehicle includes a first roller, a first cover wound onto the first roller, a second roller and a second cover wound onto the second roller. The protective cover system also includes a control module for displacing the covers between stowed and deployed positions... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Off-board charger for high-voltage battery charging

An off-board battery charger for a vehicle may include a high-voltage connector having first, second and power supply connector ports. The first connector port connects to a vehicle controller via a first cable. The second connector port connects to a vehicle battery via a second cable. And, the power supply... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Seat bolster trim having flexible interior facing for an optimal bolster cushion

A vehicle seat includes a seat base having a side bolster cover. A bolster is disposed under the side bolster cover. The bolster has a static bolster carrier and an operable portion that is operable relative to the bolster carrier to define a plurality of bolster positions. A flexible interior... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Adjustable truck bed divider with dual roll covers

A truck bed divider assembly includes a body, a first roller, a first cover wound on the first roller, a second roller and a second cover wound on the second roller.... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Pedestrian detection when a vehicle is reversing

Techniques and implementations pertaining to detection of moving objects, such as pedestrians, when a vehicle moves in a rearward direction are described. A method may involve identifying a region of interest when a vehicle moves in a rearward direction. The method may involve detecting a moving object in the region... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Extruded multi-layer molded running board

A vehicle running board includes opposing vertical walls extending along a length of a tubular structure and including a carbon-fiber component. Opposing horizontal walls extend between the opposing vertical walls and include a glass component. The opposing vertical and opposing horizontal walls form the tubular structure having a generally rectilinear... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Grab handle assembly with retractable article hanger

A grab handle assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. That grab handle assembly includes a grab handle, a reel, a line wound on the reel and an anchor point for the line when the line is extended from the reel.... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Automatic sliding roof rail system

A system for providing storage on a vehicle roof is provided. The system comprises at least one partially hollow pillar for supporting the vehicle roof, a rail adapted to being raised and lowered relative to the vehicle roof between a deployed position for receiving cargo and a non-deployed position. An... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Vehicle dashboard safety features

A vehicle includes: a dashboard with load sensors and airbag(s), a seat, processor(s) configured to: (a) detect load on the dashboard, (b) generate a display based on (a), (c) count time elapsed since (b), (d) activate a vibrating motor of the seat based on (a) and (c), (e) count time... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Antitheft security a motor vehicle

An antitheft security system for a motor vehicle includes a license plate locking mechanism and a control module. The license plate locking mechanism functions to secure a license plate to the motor vehicle. The control module includes a controller configured to interrupt power from a power source of the motor... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  System and determining engine pull-up threshold

A system and method for modifying the engine pull-up (EPU) logic within a hybrid vehicle based on max motor torque that accounts for the drop or change in available motor torque due to the opening/slipping of a torque converter bypass clutch during engine starts is disclosed. An engine pull-up threshold... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Vehicle with park assist

A vehicle including: motor(s), steering, sensors, processor(s) configured to: (a) load a stored parking spot; (b) via the sensors, map an area leading the vehicle; (c) intersect virtual segments with locations on the map based on (a); (d) compare a current heading, based on (c), to a desired heading, based... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Hood assembly incorporating a fluid reservoir

A motor vehicle hood assembly includes a hood shell and a fluid reservoir having a body including a stringer section and a plurality of finger sections that are connected to and extend from the stringer section. The fluid reservoir may be provided packaged between the hood shell and an insulation... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Crankcase ventilation valve for an engine

A positive crankcase ventilation valve for an engine is provided with a valve body defining apertures fluidly coupling a crankcase and an intake manifold of the engine, with each aperture sized to prevent an entrained oil droplet from flowing therethrough. The valve has a valve element supported by the body... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Methods and systems for a two-stage turbocharger

The disclosure relates to a supercharged, direct-injection internal combustion engine having an intake system for the supply of charge air and having an exhaust-gas discharge system for the discharge of exhaust gas and having at least two series-connected exhaust-gas turbochargers which each comprise a turbine arranged in the exhaust-gas discharge... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Systems and methods for generating auxiliary torque

Systems and methods for generating auxiliary torque are provided. In one example, a method for controlling a supercharger comprises, responsive to requested torque exceeding spark authority of an engine, varying a current applied to a motor of the supercharger to provide an amount of torque to a crankshaft of the... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Methods and systems for an oxygen sensor

Methods and systems are provided for reducing blackening of an oxygen sensor due to voltage excursions into an over-potential region. Before transitioning the sensor from a lower voltage to an upper voltage during variable voltage operation, an operating temperature of the sensor is reduced via adjustments to a sensor heater... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Systems and methods for indicating canister purge valve degradation

Methods and systems are provided for indicating whether a canister purge valve in a vehicle evaporative emissions control system is degraded. In one example, an air intake system hydrocarbon (AIS HC) trap temperature may be monitored during a refueling event, and responsive to an indication that the AIS HC trap... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Direct-injection, supercharged internal combustion engine with high-pressure fuel pump, and operating an internal combustion engine of said type

A direct-injection, supercharged internal combustion engine having at least one cylinder, in which each cylinder is equipped with a direct injection apparatus, a fuel supply system comprising a high-pressure side and a low-pressure side, and a high-pressure piston pump comprising a piston displaceable in translational fashion between a bottom dead... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Insert nut and fastening system with integral seal and bumper

An insert nut includes a body having an opening at a first end, an end wall at a second end and an internal cavity extending between the opening and the end wall. A seal is carried on the body around the opening. In addition, a fastening system is provided. That... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Vehicle trim assembly

A trim assembly for a vehicle is provided herein. The trim assembly includes a substrate and a housing forming a cavity therebetween. A conductive layer is coupled to the housing and has first and second portions each including an electrically conductive material. The first portion is separated from the second... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Virtual sensor data generation for bollard receiver detection

The disclosure relates to methods, systems, and apparatuses for virtual sensor data generation and more particularly relates to generation of virtual sensor data for training and testing models or algorithms to detect objects or obstacles, such as bollard receivers. A method for generating virtual sensor data includes simulating a 3-dimensional... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Virtual sensor-data-generation system and method supporting development of algorithms facilitating navigation of railway crossings in varying weather conditions

A method for generating training data is disclosed. The method may include executing a simulation process. The simulation process may include traversing a virtual, forward-looking sensor over a virtual road surface defining at least one virtual railroad crossing. During the traversing, the virtual sensor may be moved with respect to... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  System and personalized sound isolation in vehicle audio zones

Embodiments include a vehicle comprising an audio system configured to create a plurality of audio zones within a vehicle cabin, and at least one display communicatively coupled to the audio system. The display is configured to display a separate user interface for each audio zone. Each user interface comprises an... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  High voltage cutoff for electrified vehicles

Systems and methods provide an alternative high voltage cutoff technique for disconnecting a high voltage battery from an electrical network of a vehicle in the event of a fault condition. Embodiments include a vehicle system comprising an electrical bus and a battery module coupled to the electrical bus via a... Ford Global Technologies

 new patent  Predicting vehicle movements based on driver body language

Systems, methods, and devices for predicting driver intent and future movements of a human driven vehicles are disclosed herein. A computer implemented method includes receiving an image of a proximal vehicle in a region near a vehicle. The method includes determining a region of the image that contains a driver... Ford Global Technologies

Furnace assembly and hot-stamping vehicle components

A furnace assembly for hot-stamping vehicle components includes a support structure, a movable visor, a heat element, and a set of blocks. The support structure defines a cavity and an opening sized to receive a blank. The movable visor is mounted to the support structure and defines a first zone... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180001784

Battery coolant circuit control

A vehicle includes a refrigerant system having a chiller and a coolant system having a chiller loop and a radiator loop. The chiller loop is arranged to circulate coolant through the chiller, and the radiator loop is arranged to circulate coolant through a battery, a radiator, and a bypass valve... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180001802

Inertia driven rotatable upper seat portion for rear passenger head clearance

A seating assembly for a vehicle includes a base. A seatback having a lower portion is rotatably coupled to the base and an upper portion is pivotably coupled to the lower portion by at least one pivot joint. The at least one pivot joint is disposed on a front portion... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180001814

Vehicle headlamp alignment system and method

A vehicle headlamp alignment system is provided that includes a headlamp located on a vehicle, an adjuster module for adjusting aim of the headlamp, and a camera located on the vehicle. Sensors may determine distance and orientation of the vehicle relative to a wall. A controller processes images of a... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180001816

Photoluminescent vehicle appliques

A vehicle applique is provided that includes a decorative layer and an over-mold positioned over the decorative layer. The over-mold is substantially transparent. A semiconductor layer is positioned on an opposite side of the decorative layer from the over-mold. The semiconductor layer is configured to emit light through the decorative... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180001826

Cover for a gap behind a rear seat backrest in a vehicle

A cover is provided for covering a gap between a rear seat backrest of a vehicle and a luggage space cover of the vehicle, which cover extends in the transverse direction of the vehicle. The cover has a surface element which can be pulled out of a housing of the... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180001841

Vehicle identification number carpet cover

A carpet cover is provided for a vehicle identification number. That carpet cover includes a first layer of material having a first window and a first flap closing the first window as well as a second layer of material having a second window and a second flap closing the second... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180001866

Motor vehicle comprising improved deflection member of a safety belt device and method

A motor vehicle comprises a three-point safety belt device to a motor vehicle seat, wherein the safety belt device comprises a belt, a belt magazine, a belt buckle for releasably securing the belt and a deflection member. The deflection member is provided for guiding the belt emerging from the belt... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180001870

On-demand driver systems and methods

Example on-demand driver (ODD) systems and methods are described herein. An example method includes generating, with an ODD system, a softkey for a vehicle associated with an agreement between a driver-in-need (DIN) and an ODD, monitoring, with the ODD system, a location of an ODD device carried by the ODD,... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180001872

Method of preventing a windshield wiper from freezing to a windshield and related circuit

A method of preventing a windshield wiper from freezing to a windshield of a vehicle is provided. The method broadly includes the steps of: (a) receiving information relating to an ambient condition of the vehicle; (b) switching power to a motor for driving the windshield wiper in a first direction... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180001885

Method and system for torque control

Methods and systems are provided for reducing torque pulsations during hybrid engine shutdown and restarts. A valve actuating mechanism may be actuated to operate an engine with a selected valve lift profile during engine restart and shutdown events that is distinct from the valve lift profile applied during cylinder combustion.... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180001896

System and performing an engine stop and start for a rolling vehicle

Methods and systems for improving operation of a vehicle driveline that includes an engine and an automatic transmission with a torque converter are presented. In one non-limiting example, the engine may be stopped while a vehicle in which the engine operates is rolling. A transmission coupled to the engine may... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180001928

Enhanced yaw rate trailer angle detection initialization

A trailer backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer includes a sensor module adapted to attach to the trailer and generate a trailer yaw rate or a trailer speed. The trailer backup assist system also includes a vehicle sensor system that generates a vehicle yaw rate and a... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180002951

Sliding key

A key assembly includes a key: defining a retaining recess, being slideably received in a key rail, and having a key pin; a slider: with extensions, defining a pin void receiving the key pin, and being configured to both pivot and translate with respect to the key pin; the extensions... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180002967

Seal based object detection for vehicle door assist system

A door assist system for a vehicle is disclosed. The system comprises an actuator configured to control a position of the door about a hinge assembly. An interference sensor forms a portion of a door opening seal and is configured to detect an obstruction in a plurality of detection regions.... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180002972

Methods and systems for opening of a vehicle access point using audio or video data associated with a user

Methods and systems for opening an access point of a vehicle. A system and a method may involve receiving wirelessly a signal from a remote controller carried by a user. The system and the method may further involve receiving audio or video data indicating the user approaching the vehicle. The... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003092

System and reducing engine oil dilution

Methods and systems are provided for filtering an oil dilution amount based on a current value of the oil dilution amount. In one example, filtering the oil dilution amount may include decreasing a sensitivity of filtering at lower oil dilution below a threshold; otherwise, increasing the sensitivity of filtering. The... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003102

Method and system for improving turbocharger efficiency

Methods and systems are provided for enhancing turbocharger performance for a boosted engine system configured to operate with a pattern of deactivated cylinders. In one example, a method may include, in response to a demand for boost, operating with a cylinder pattern based on boost demand and turbocharger configuration. The... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003114

Methods and systems for open loop and closed loop control of an exhaust gas recirculation system

Methods and systems are provided for estimating exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) flow in an engine including an EGR system. In one example, a method may include operating the EGR system in an open loop feed forward mode based on an intake carbon di oxide sensor output above a threshold engine... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003140

Internal combustion engine with injection device arranged in the cylinder barrel, and operating an internal combustion engine of said type

Examples are directed to a fuel injection device positioned in a cylinder liner. In one example, a cylinder includes a combustion chamber which is jointly formed by a piston crown of a piston, by a cylinder barrel which laterally delimits the combustion chamber, and by a cylinder head. The cylinder... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003142

Driver initiated remote engine start for vehicle preconditioning having battery charge maintenance priority

A method includes remotely starting an engine of a vehicle in response to a command, from a remote user of the vehicle, to start the engine for preconditioning the vehicle. The method assesses a charge level of a battery of the vehicle following engine start and adjusts engine-on time and... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003143

Control of a rolling stop-start vehicle engine

A vehicle includes electric brakes, an engine with a starter, a battery and a controller. The battery has a voltage and is configured to power the starter, the electric brakes, and the controller. The controller is configured to, in response to a speed of the vehicle falling within a specified... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003203

Fastening system and method using a compressible sleeve

An exemplary fastening system includes, among other things, a first component providing a first aperture, a second component providing a second aperture, and a fastener. The fastener has a shaft extending from a head. The shaft extends along an axis through the first aperture and the second aperture to clamp... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003210

Blind rivet-nut and securing a component to a carrier

A blind rivet-nut having an annular-flange-like setting head and a hollow shaft for securing a blind rivet-nut in an opening of a carrier. The hollow shaft has a free end having a threaded portion for receiving a threaded element of a tensioning tool. A clamping portion adjacent to the setting... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003290

Gear unit for motor vehicle

A gear unit for a motor vehicle including an axially extending worm gear shaft, rotatable about a rotation axis, and cooperating with a worm gear wheel. The worm gear shaft supported, on one side of the worm gear wheel, through a first rotary bearing, on a housing and on the... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003291

Gear unit for motor vehicle

A gear unit for a motor vehicle having a drive shaft extending axially and mounted rotatably, and a worm gear shaft which cooperates with a worm gear wheel. A torque-transmitting coupling connects the drive shaft to one end of the worm gear shaft with the other end supported by a... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003292

Gear unit for motor vehicle

A gear unit for a motor vehicle including a rotatable worm gear shaft rotating about a rotation axis and cooperating with a worm gear wheel in an engagement region spaced from the rotation axis. A pivotable rotary bearing mounts the worm gear shaft on a housing on one side of... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003293

Gear unit for motor vehicle

A gear unit for a motor vehicle having a rotary bearing supporting a worm gear shaft, rotatable about an axially extending rotation axis, on a housing. The rotary bearing pivotable about a pivot axis and includes a spherical outer face and a stationary pivot ring. The gear unit includes a... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003297

Method of adjusting a gear lever neutral position

A vehicle includes a gear shifter operable to shift a manual transmission. An actuator is connected to the shifter and actuatable to bias the shifter to at least a first or second neutral position. The vehicle further includes a controller configured to bias the shifter, via the actuator, to one... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180003358

Vehicular signal and daytime running light assemblies with uniform illumination

A vehicular signal assembly that includes an inner chamber defined by a substrate comprising LED light sources and spaced apart, corresponding Fresnel lenses; and an outer chamber defined by the Fresnel lenses and an outer lens comprising optical elements. The outer lens can have a width of at least 12... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180004224

Autonomous driving unit for a self-driving motor vehicle

An autonomous driving unit for a self-driving motor vehicle is provided. The autonomous driving unit includes a memory that stores route data for a determined route, wherein the route data are based on the drive along the determined route. The autonomous driving unit also includes a control unit, which is... Ford Global Technologies

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01/04/18 / #20180006347

Battery coolant circuit control

A vehicle includes a traction battery arranged to be cooled by a chiller of a refrigerant system, and a radiator of a coolant system. The coolant system includes a proportioning valve having a pair of first and second outlets that each selectively receives a proportion of coolant flowing into the... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180006532

Coolant flow distribution using coating materials

Electronic devices are disclosed including hydrophobic or oleophobic coatings that control coolant flow therein or thereon. In at least one embodiment, an electric machine is provided including a stator core defining a cavity, windings disposed within the cavity and including end windings protruding from the cavity, and one or more... Ford Global Technologies

01/04/18 / #20180007814

Coolant flow distribution using coating materials

Electronic devices are disclosed including hydrophobic or oleophobic coatings that control coolant flow therein or thereon. In at least one embodiment, a power inverter cold plate is provided including coolant inlet, a coolant outlet, a coolant flow spreading region, a coolant flow collection region, and a coolant heat-transfer region disposed... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170368727

Maskless producing a component having a two-dimensional appearance

A method is provided of producing a component part for a motor vehicle. That method includes the steps of molding a first portion of an integral body from a chrome-platable material and molding a second portion of the integral body from a molded-in-color, non-platable material. This is followed by the... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170368890

Tire monitor

A vehicle includes: a tire monitor, located in a wheel arch and configured to: project beam(s) onto a tire, measure reflection(s) of the beam(s); memory, processor(s) configured to, based on the reflection(s): build a two-dimensional (2D) profile of the tire, compare depths of the built profile to depths of a... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170368908

Automatic vehicle ventilation and temperature regulation system

A system for ventilating a vehicle cabin includes a powered vent, such as a window or sunroof, for opening and closing to selectively ventilate the vehicle cabin. A controller may be provided for: (1) opening the powered vent based on a pre-determined opening time; (2) controlling the powered vent to... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170368915

System and operating an hvac system of a vehicle

In a method for operating a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system of a vehicle, an input of an instruction of a user for the HVAC system is performed by means of a user interface. The HVAC system executes the input instruction. Furthermore, an olfactory signal is generated for... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170368916

Method and system for preventing vehicular molding and avoiding mold smell

A system is for preventing molding on an evaporator associated with a vehicle air conditioning system for supplying conditioned air to a vehicle passenger cabin. The system includes a blower for selectively directing airflow over the evaporator and a controller for controlling the blower based on a sensed humidity adjacent... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170368949

Fast charging battery system

A battery system includes a housing, a battery array inside the housing, a first wiring path that bypasses the battery array, and a second wiring path electrically connected to the battery array. The battery system is adapted to charge a battery pack of an electrified vehicle using AC power, DC... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170368954

Illuminated vehicle charging system

A wireless vehicle charging system is provided herein. The charging system includes a charging station having a power source and a charging station interface operably coupled to a primary coil assembly. The primary coil assembly includes a primary coil therein for generating a magnetic field. An illumination system is disposed... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170368955

System and improving reverse driving capability of electrified vehicles

A method includes controlling an electrified vehicle by modifying a state of charge (SOC) window associated with an energy storage device of the electrified vehicle in response to a reverse driving event or a trailer towing event.... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170368977

Cup holder releasably mountable on an armrest of a vehicle

The present disclosure relates to a cup holder releasably mountable to an armrest of a vehicle. The cup holder comprises an end portion having a shape for holding a cup or bottle or beverage container, and an elongated tubular portion having a first end connected to the end portion and... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170368982

Police vehicle exterior light control

Systems and methods are disclosed for a police vehicle exterior light control. An example disclosed police vehicle includes first beacons positioned on a chassis of the police vehicle, second beacons positioned on a lightbar of the police vehicle, and a plurality of spotlights on the lightbar. The example police vehicle... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170368983

Vehicle lighting system having a spotlight

A lighting system of a vehicle is provided herein. The lighting system includes a structure of the vehicle and a spotlight having a body coupled to the structure. A light assembly is disposed inside the body and is configured to project a light beam outwardly from the body. The operation... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170368984

Lighting system having pointer device

A lighting system is provided herein. The lighting system includes a spotlight is mounted to a vehicle, a controller for operating the spotlight, and a pointer device for specifying an intended target. The controller aims the spotlight in the direction of the intended target based on input provided by the... Ford Global Technologies

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12/28/17 / #20170369013

Bumper assembly

A bumper includes a carrier having a wall extending along a longitudinal axis, and a first leg and a second leg extending away from the wall in a first direction. A plurality of fins are movably attached to the carrier between the first leg and the second leg, and are... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170369016

Detecting hazards in anticipation of opening vehicle doors

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting hazards in anticipation of opening vehicle doors. Vehicle sensors (e.g., rear viewing cameras) can be used to detect and classify traffic, for example, as pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters, wheel chair, etc., approaching on the side of... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170369029

Seat mounted adjustable seat belt webbing guide

A webbing guide for a vehicle seat includes a base defining a length between a first end and a second end and a guide body coupled with the base and defining a guide channel extending at least partially along a length of the base. A first end of the guide... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170369046

System and operating a motor vehicle with an electric parking brake

A system and method for operating a motor vehicle with an electric parking brake. The system includes a clutch sensor, generating a clutch sensor signal representing operation of a clutch of the motor vehicle. A gear selection sensor generates a sensor signal indicating a particular gear selection or position of... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170369050

Vehicle tire saturation estimator

A vehicle and associated method for calculating tire saturation is provided. The method may include the stability control computer calculating slip ratio and longitudinal force for the tire, calculating tire longitudinal stiffness by dividing longitudinal force by slip ratio, calculating tire saturation from tire longitudinal stiffness, and the stability control... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170369057

Lane detection systems and methods

Example lane detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives an image from a front-facing vehicle camera and applies a geometric transformation to the image to create a birds-eye view of the image. The method analyzes the birds-eye view of the image using a neural network,... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170369064

System and controlling a torque converter clutch

Methods and systems for operating a torque converter clutch of an automatic transmission are presented. In one non-limiting example, the torque converter clutch is closed to provide a threshold torque capacity during a vehicle launch. If an engine torque request is less than the threshold torque capacity, the torque converter... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170369066

System and driving vehicle accessories

Methods and systems for driving vehicle accessories of a vehicle that includes an automatic transmission are presented. In one non-limiting example, the vehicle accessories are driven via a vehicle's kinetic energy while an engine of the vehicle has stopped rotating. Vehicle accessories are driven from a location of a driveline... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170369096

Method for reducing steering torque in a steering system of a vehicle

A method for reducing the steering torque in a steering system of a vehicle. A method including the steps of monitoring a driver's torque as applied by a driver of the vehicle; providing a plurality of torques that can be imposed on the steering system; and reducing the torques that... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170370123

Heated mechanism for deployable exterior door handle for a vehicle

A vehicle includes a door-operating mechanism for selectively releasing a vehicle door from a closed position. A door handle is in communication with the door operating mechanism. The door handle is operable between a flush position, wherein an outer face of the door handle is flush with a portion of... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170370133

Inside override emergency handle for door release

A motor vehicle emergency handle door release comprises a housing having a pair of opposed walls and one of a pair of opposed pivot bosses disposed on an interior surface of each of the opposed walls. A pivotable handle comprises a pivot mount, a lever disposed on one side of... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170370141

Bumper stop of a vehicle structural member and a restraint assembly

The present disclosure provides a bumper stop for a vehicle structural member. The bumper stop includes a main body having a supporting surface, an assembling surface opposite to the supporting surface and a side surface between the supporting surface and the assembling surface; and a hollow conical portion partially surrounding... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170370254

Valve lift control device with cylinder deactivation

Methods and systems are provided for a valve lift control device. In one example, a method may include rotating an adjusting camshaft of the valve lift control device in order to adjust a valve lift of one or more cylinders.... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170370306

Systems and methods for targeted heating in an evaporative fuel vapor canister purge

Methods and systems are provided for an ultrasonic wave generator within a vehicle emissions control system. In one example, a frequency of ultrasonic waves may be applied to a fuel vapor canister, the frequency adjusted in response to an estimate of hydrocarbon distribution within a vapor canister received from temperature... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170370311

Method and system for pre-ignition control

Methods and systems are provided for improving the detection and mitigation of high speed pre-ignition. In one example, high speed pre-ignition is detected based on concurrent or sequential changes in an integrated knock sensor output in a knock window as well as a pre-ignition window. The high speed pre-ignition is... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170370319

Methods and systems for power take off device torque delivery

Methods and systems are provided for controlling a vehicle engine to deliver desired torque to a power take off device coupled to the engine. In one example, the method may include, learning a filtered PTO torque demand during vehicle acceleration, and steady state operation, and during transition in engine states... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170370323

Multi-step combustion chamber with multi-step cylinder head

A combustion system is provided for an internal combustion engine including a cylinder head and a piston. In one example, a combustion system may include a cylinder head with a second cylinder surface angled relative to a first cylinder surface, an intake port coupled to the first cylinder surface, an... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170370371

Methods and systems for detecting compressor recirculation valve faults

Methods are provided for identifying degradation in components of a compressor recirculation valve (CRV). One method may include inferring degradation of the CRV based on adaptation of a compressor surge line outside an expected range.... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170370424

Transmission and transmission clutch system

A vehicle transmission includes a first rotating element, second rotating element, first retainer ring, and second retainer ring. The first rotating element has an exterior surface that defines a first ring groove. The second rotating element is configured to limit movement of friction plates during clutch engagement. The second rotating... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170370448

Tensioning pulley arrangement for a belt drive and belt drive having the tensioning pulley arrangement

The tensioning pulley arrangement for a belt drive in an engine, is provided. In one example, the tensioning pulley arrangement includes a first tensioning pulley and a second tensioning pulley tensioning a belt with a spring force and a spring preload force generated by a first spring device coupled to... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170370465

Differential with lubricant control

A system for regulating lubricant temperature within a vehicle axle is provided. A differential housing has a primary chamber that contains the differential, and a secondary chamber separated from the primary chamber. A sump is in the primary chamber for collecting lubricant. An inlet to the secondary chamber allows the... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170371032

Control device for a motor vehicle

The disclosure relates to a control device for a motor vehicle, having a sensor unit that is configured to contactlessly detect an object in a sensor zone situated on an outer side of the motor vehicle, and a control unit that is configured to generate a first control signal for... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170371339

Detecting physical threats approaching a vehicle

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting physical threats approaching a vehicle. External sensors on a vehicle capture the environment around the vehicle. Approaching targets detected by the external sensors can be fed into a neural network to recognize and/or classify approaching targets as... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170372535

Vehicle gateway network protection

Example systems and method are disclosed for vehicle network gateway protection. An example disclosed method to protect a vehicle includes managing state transitions of a gateway separating a telematic dongle and a vehicle data bus. The example method also includes, when the gateway is in a field state, blocking first... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170372537

Expanding time window for remote commands

A vehicle includes: receiver(s), a timer counting time, memory, and processor(s) configured to: receive a timestamped signal from a fob; compare the timestamp to a time window; reject the timestamp if the timestamp is outside the time window; expand the time window with the counted time; compute the time window... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170372822

Grain boundary diffusion process for rare-earth magnets

In at least one embodiment, a single sintered magnet is provided having a concentration profile of heavy rare-earth (HRE) elements within a continuously sintered rare-earth (RE) magnet bulk. The concentration profile may include at least one local maximum of HRE element concentration within the bulk such that a coercivity profile... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170373384

Multiple orientation antenna for vehicle communication

Systems and apparatus are disclosed for a multiple orientation antenna for vehicle communications. An example multiple orientation antenna includes a housing and a first and second set of shutters embedded into the housing. The example multiple orientation antenna also includes a waveguide disposed within the housing defining a first and... Ford Global Technologies

12/28/17 / #20170374324

Vehicle with event recording

A vehicle including: sensors, processor(s) configured to: make a primary detection; list objects located within a calculated focus area; mark the listed objects as partially identified or fully identified; estimate velocities of the partially identified objects; select connected vehicles based on the estimated velocities; instruct the connected vehicles to: record... Ford Global Technologies








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