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 new patent  Variable voltage converter modulation obtaining lower minimum boost ratio

A variable voltage converter for an electric drive system has upper and lower switching devices in series between positive and negative buses. An inductance couples a junction between the switching devices to a dc battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

 new patent  Power module for inverter switching devices having gate coils shielded from eddy currents

An inverter for an electric vehicle drive has a bridge configuration using power transistors packaged in actively cooled power modules. Control electrodes in the power modules carrying gate signals to drive the transistors contain inductive coils to increase a common source inductance in order to reduce power losses. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

 new patent  Controlling parking room for vehicles

A method to manage a parking area by a system in connection with the vehicle is provided. The system is designed to enter into connection with a vehicle that is looking for a parking space, and to assign a parking position to the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

 new patent  Generating training data for automatic vehicle leak detection

A vehicle controller receives images from a camera upon arrival and upon departure. A location of the vehicle may be tracked and images captured by the camera may be tagged with a location. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

 new patent  Method to analyze a profile of movement

A method to analyze and compare different profiles of movement of at least one road user is provided. A device capable of data acquisition is allocated to the at least one road user. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

 new patent  Software update management

A system for a vehicle includes a controller, and a telematics control unit configured to, in response to receiving instructions indicating transfer and installation techniques supported by the controller to update the controller with a software update, transfer the software update to the controller responsive to vehicle state being compatible with the transfer technique, and install the software update to the controller responsive to vehicle state being compatible with the installation technique.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

 new patent  Driver interactive system for semi-autonomous modes of a vehicle

Method and apparatus are disclosed for a driver interactive system for semi-autonomous modes of a vehicle. An example disclosed vehicle with semiautonomous features includes memory and a processor. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

 new patent  Vehicle load indicator

A system for a vehicle comprises a load sensor configured to sense a load on the vehicle. The vehicle further includes a load indicator where the load indicator is disposed proximate the vehicle such that the load indicator generates an output in response to the load sensed by the load sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

 new patent  Route selection method and system for a vehicle having a regenerative shock absorber

An exemplary route selection method includes directing a vehicle to take a route designated as a preferred route from among a plurality of potential routes. The designation as a preferred route is based in part on a predicted energy recovery from a regenerative shock absorber when the vehicle traverses the preferred route. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

 new patent  Method and system for exhaust heat exchanger diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for carrying out on-board diagnostics of a plurality of components of an exhaust heat exchange system. In one example, degradation of one or more of a heat exchanger and a coolant system fluidically coupled to the heat exchanger may be detected based on a first temperature estimated upstream of the heat exchanger, a second temperature sensor estimated downstream of the heat exchanger, a coolant temperature, and a pressure estimated upstream of the heat exchanger. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

 new patent  Methods and system for a hydrocarbon sensor rationality check

Methods and systems are provided for performing rationality check of a hydrocarbon sensor in an evaporative emission control system. In one example, a method may include sensing fuel vapors vented from a fuel vapor canister to atmosphere via the sensor, and performing sensor rationality check by flowing fuel vapors from a fuel tank to the fuel vapor canister via the sensor during loading of the fuel vapor canister.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

 new patent  Oil drain for an internal combustion engine

An internal combustion engine is provided with one or more oil drain-back passages. The oil drain-back passage include an entrance into a crankcase via a crankcase breathing window, the crankcase breathing window disposed within and through a bulkhead wall of the crankcase. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

 new patent  Autonomous-vehicle-control system and method incorporating occupant preferences

A method is disclosed for incorporating preferences of a human occupant into an autonomous driving experience. The method may include a computer system autonomously controlling speed and steering of a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

 new patent  Driver training system

A computer in a vehicle is programmed to operate a vehicle along a predefined course according to predetermined criteria, record an optimal path through the predefined course based on operation of the vehicle according to the predetermined criteria, monitor operation of at least one vehicle control while the vehicle is operated by a human driver along the predefined course, and actuate the at least one vehicle control based on a predetermined deviance from the optimal path.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194361

 new patent  Adaptive climate control system

Method and apparatus are disclosed for an adaptive climate control system. An example vehicle includes a plurality of sensors to determine the speed of the vehicle, an internal temperature of the vehicle, and a fuel economy of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194356

 new patent  Methods and systems for powertrain nvh control in a vehicle

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting noise, vibration, and harshness (nvh) limits for a vehicle based on a number of occupants in the vehicle. In one example, a method may include responsive to detecting zero occupants, reducing nvh constraints for operating the vehicle and adjusting one or more vehicle operating parameters based on the reduced nvh constraints.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194351

 new patent  Cruise control system for a motor vehicle

A cruise control system controls fuel supplied to an engine of a motor vehicle based in part on whether the vehicle is travelling on a positive gradient, a negative gradient, or a level surface. The system includes a sensor for detecting a position of an accelerator pedal of the vehicle, an inclinometer for detecting a gradient of a surface over which the vehicle is traveling; and an electronic processor operative to set a fuel flow rate. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194345

 new patent  Mobile terminal device for use with a vehicle

A method is proposed that uses sensors of a mobile terminal device with a vehicle. The method includes deploying a mobile terminal with sensors, deploying a vehicle having positioning facilities for the mobile terminal device in or on the vehicle and a processing unit. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194342

 new patent  Control of transmission during regenerative braking

A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, an electric machine, a transmission, and a controller. The transmission is configured to alter clutch pressures in preparation for an upcoming shift between discrete gear ratios (e.g., input-to-output ratio). ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194340

 new patent  Power capture during a line lock event

A vehicle includes a powertrain configured to transfer energy to a tire and including both an engine and an electric machine. The vehicle also includes a controller configured to charge a traction battery with torque captured by the electric machine in excess of torque required to maintain the departure. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194335

 new patent  Adjustment of maximum brake pump speed based on rate of change of target deceleration

Method and apparatus are disclosed for adjustment of maximum brake pump speed based on target and measured decelerations. An example vehicle includes a brake pump having a maximum pump speed. Method and apparatus are disclosed for adjustment of maximum brake pump speed based on rate of change of target deceleration. An example vehicle includes a brake pump having a maximum pump speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194324

 new patent  Method to operate a motor vehicle with a portable control device

The disclosure relates to a method for operation of a motor vehicle with a portable control device. The portable control device is designed to generate control signals to control the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194322

 new patent  Method and apparatus to secure a system for passive unlocking of a vehicle system against relay station attacks

The disclosure relates to a method and an apparatus to secure a system for passive unlocking of a vehicle system, particularly a vehicle unlocking system, against relay station attacks. The system comprises a vehicle-based device that can send on a first radio frequency and receive on a second radio frequency, and a driver-based device that can receive on the first radio frequency and send on the second radio frequency. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194321

 new patent  Method to lock, unlock and start a vehicle

The disclosure relates to a method to lock, unlock and start a vehicle without using a radio key or electronic vehicle key. According to the disclosure, the function of starting the vehicle without actively using the key is blocked when the vehicle is locked. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194317

 new patent  Seat supported airbag

A seating assembly for use in a vehicle includes a seat back and an airbag. The seat back has a bottom, a top, and a midpoint between the bottom and the top. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194293

 new patent  Multi-configurable cargo panel system

A vehicle having a cargo area includes a first cargo panel having a first recess extending into the first cargo panel, and a second cargo panel having a second recess extending into the second cargo panel. The vehicle includes a cargo floor for supporting the first and second cargo panels in an interlocked configuration in contact with the cargo floor. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194289

 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. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194287

 new patent  Mirror device

A mirror device includes at least one planar mirror arrangement which is constructed as a mirror element. The mirror element is resiliently bendable at least about axes parallel or tangential to a mirror element surface or is reversibly foldable about at least one fold line in the mirror element surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194277

 new patent  Vehicle badge

A badge is provided herein. The badge includes a substrate coupled to a bezel. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194275

 new patent  Sidemarker light assembly and motor vehicle light assembly incorporating that sidemarker light assembly

A sidemarker light assembly includes a support bracket, a light blade carried on the support bracket and a light source in communication with the first end of the light blade. Light from that light source is then transmitted through the light blade and emitted from a second end of the light blade to provide a sidemarker indication. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194245

 new patent  Vehicle battery recharge controller based on a gassing rate

Method and apparatus are disclosed for a vehicle battery recharge controller based on a gassing rate. An example vehicle includes a battery with a gassing sensor and a body control module with a battery management controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194236

 new patent  Integrated wireless power transfer system

A charging system includes an inverter configured to receive rectified mains line voltage and current to power a primary coil to induce charge current in a secondary coil of a vehicle. The charging system also includes a controller configured to alter a switching frequency of the inverter based on charge voltage data from the vehicle to cause the inverter to operate to drive a voltage of an energy storage capacitor of a battery charger of the vehicle toward a constant value.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194234

 new patent  Variable voltage converter control in vehicles

A vehicle power system may include a gate driver configured to drive a traction gate and a generator gate corresponding to switches of a variable voltage controller such that the gates have alternating pulse width modulation on periods. The gates may be driven in response to a throughput magnitude falling below a threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194230

 new patent  Operating unit for an in-vehicle system

The disclosure relates to an operating unit for an in-vehicle system to control an operation of at least one in-vehicle electric device of a vehicle. The operating unit includes at least one touch screen, at least one rotary knob that is arranged on the touchscreen and at least one shaft that extends through the touchscreen and is connected in a non-rotatable manner to the rotary knob. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194227

 new patent  Vehicle with multiple vehicle driver position

A vehicle has multiple alternative driving positions, with one or more visual displays assigned to each driving position for depicting content required to drive the vehicle. A selection device identifies a vehicle occupant as a driver, determines a location of the driver within the vehicle, and designates as the active driving position whichever of the alternative driving positions the driver occupies. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194203

 new patent  Vehicle keypad formed in a window

A vehicle capacitive key input pad assembly includes a pad comprising a region defining an illuminated character. The assembly also includes a first electrode having electrode fingers and extending at least partially around the illuminated character region, and a second electrode having electrode fingers and at least partially extending into the character region. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194186

 new patent  Shock absorbers having internal jounce control

Shock absorbers having internal jounce control are disclosed. An example shock absorber disclosed herein includes an inner tube defining a cavity and an outer tube surrounding the inner tube to define a reservoir between the inner tube and the outer tube. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194110

 new patent  Thermal and mechanical shock resistant laminated metal plate assembly

A plate assembly for a motor vehicle may include a first plate, a second arranged substantially parallel to the first plate, the second plate defining a plurality of perforations, and a mesh core including a plurality of wire bundles, the core arranged between the plates, wherein the mesh core is rigidly joined to an inner surface of each plate via the perforations.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194086

 new patent  Smoothing of a surface of an article formed from a plastic

A device and method for smoothing a surface of an article formed at least partially from plastic, in particular a component of a motor vehicle, is provided. The method includes arranging the article in a vacuum-tight chamber, reducing the pressure in the chamber to a partial vacuum of not more than 50 kpa, in particular not more than 34 kpa, and admitting acetone into the chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194065

 new patent  Apparatus for removing an industrial powder from at least one shaped body manufactured generatively using the industrial powder

The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for removing industrial powder from a shaped body manufactured generatively using the industrial powder. The apparatus includes at least one container for holding the shaped body having a vertically adjustable construction platform, a vibrating screen, a tilting device for tilting the container, and at least one catching unit adjoining a transfer end of the vibrating screen for catching the shaped body. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/12/18 / #20180193923

 new patent  Additive manufacturing method

The present disclosure relates to an additive manufacturing method. The method includes applying metallic powder in layers to a base surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189796

Autonomous driving certification generalizer

Methods, devices and apparatuses pertaining to identifying the candidate road segments for autonomous operations are described. A method may involve obtaining data of a first plurality of road segments that are permitted for one or more autonomous operations. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189049

Pre-shutdown swap verification

A system includes a first storage, a second storage, and a vehicle electronic control unit (ecu). The ecu is programmed to download a software update received from a server to the first storage, at keyoff, attempt a reboot of the ecu before vehicle shutdown, and confirm the first storage as being active for booting instead of the second storage, responsive to the vehicle ecu successfully booting to the first storage.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180187768

Gear unit for a motor vehicle

A gear unit for a motor vehicle including a worm gear shaft mounted on a housing with a drive side rotary bearing and a loose end side rotary bearing. The worm gear shaft pretensioned against a worm gear wheel. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180187634

Charge motion control valve

Methods and systems are provided for a charge motion control valve mounted within a flow passage in an intake manifold coupled to an engine. In one example design, a control valve comprises a valve plate with a pivot axis mounted in a body coupled to a manifold runner, the plate having a rear portion overhanging the pivot; and a first sealing surface in the manifold runner to receive a surface of the rear portion of the valve plate when fully opened; and a second sealing surface in the body to receive an opposite surface of the rear portion of the valve plate when fully closed. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180187625

Internal combustion engine with cylinder head

Systems are provided for exhaust gas passages in integrated and conventional exhaust manifolds. In one example, a system may include an exhaust gas passage that has a cross section which features curved limb shapes. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180187614

Evaporative emissions system check valve monitor for a multi-path purge ejector system

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing functionality of a check valve in a vehicle evaporative emissions system, where the check valve functions to prevent unmetered air from entering engine intake under conditions of engine intake manifold vacuum. In one example, a method may include diagnosing whether the check valve is stuck open based on a temperature change at the fuel vapor canister as monitored by a canister temperature sensor, and responsive to an indication that the check valve is stuck open, taking mitigating actions to reduce undesired emissions. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180187611

System and method to operate an engine

Systems and methods for controlling operation of deactivated engine cylinders are presented. In one example, intake valve timing of deactivated engine cylinders is advanced to reduce amplitudes of intake pressure pulsations while exhaust valves of the deactivated engine cylinders are held closed. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180187583

Methods and systems for an exhaust gas aftertreatment system

Methods and systems are provided for an exhaust gas aftertreatment system. In one example, a method may include limiting ammonia desorption from a catalyst in response to an increase in driver demand by activating an electric motor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180187462

Tailgate for a vehicle

A tailgate for a vehicle has a handle having a handle portion for a user and a connection portion connected to an inside surface of the tailgate. In order to provide a tailgate that allows for an ergonomic operation by users having different body heights, the connection portion is movable along the inside surface between first and second positions, the second position being lower than the first position in an open position of the tailgate.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186417

Loose layered build components and vehicle front end assembly strategy

A method of assembling vehicle front end components to a vehicle front end includes the steps of attaching at least one non-skin component to the body, supporting a first skin component using at least one of the at least one non-skin component such that the first skin component is moveable relative the at least one non-skin component, joining a second skin component to the first skin component such that the first skin component and the second skin component are fixed relative one another and moveable relative the at least one non-skin component, and restricting movement of the second skin component relative the at least one non-skin component.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186404

Passive steering for tilting vehicle

A tilting vehicle having a steering system actively steering a front axle and a rear axle having two wheels that can be deflected individually in a vertical manner with respect to a vehicle body and that are independent of the steering system. The wheels of the rear axle can be steered by passive steering device configured to generate a steering force because of a vertical deflection of the wheels as the vehicle body tilts to one side. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186377

Flat tow assistance

A vehicle system includes a processor programmed to establish communication between a first vehicle and a second vehicle, identify one of the vehicles as a towing vehicle and the other as a towed vehicle, and limit operation of the towing vehicle according to constraints associated with the towed vehicle. In some implementations, the vehicle system detects that the towing vehicle is flat-towing the towed vehicle and that the towed vehicle is not operating in a neutral tow mode.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186369

Collision avoidance using auditory data augmented with map data

A controller for an autonomous vehicle receives audio signals from one or more microphones and identifies sounds. The controller further identifies an estimated location of the sound origin and the type of sound, i.e. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186361

Methods and system for delivering powertrain torque

Systems and methods for operating a driveline of a hybrid vehicle are disclosed. In one example, powertrain output is limited or constrained so that powertrain output variation is limited to a desired level at different altitudes. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186325

Airbag assembly

A seat in a vehicle includes a seatback and an airbag assembly. The seatback includes a frame and an upholstery supported by the frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186324

Vehicle impact energy absorber

A system includes an airbag, a seat, a strap, and an inflatable webbing. The airbag is inflatable to an inflated position. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186323

Energy absorber with varying stiffness

A vehicle door includes a door inner and a trim panel fixed to the door inner. An energy absorber having a vehicle-rearward end and a vehicle-forward end is disposed between the door inner and the trim panel and elongated in a vehicle-forward direction from the vehicle-rearward end to the vehicle-forward end. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186319

Impact energy absorber member for a vehicle

An impact energy absorber member for a vehicle configured to protect a lower leg of a pedestrian, with integrated air guiding member for guiding air from a front bumper of the vehicle to a radiator of the vehicle, wherein the impact absorber member comprises at least one vertical flap, wherein the flap is reinforced by a rib that is fixed to the front bumper and/or to a bolster frame of the vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186307

Package tray umbrella holder

A vehicle cargo space comprising a package tray and an umbrella drainage system is disclosed. The package tray cooperates with a rear seat defining a cargo area beneath the package tray. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186286

Spatial auditory alerts for a vehicle

A vehicle includes a plurality of sensors including exterior sensors. Vehicle signals, such as those derived from sensors, are processed to detect alertable conditions and each alertable condition is represented by a created software object. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186277

Loose layered build components and vehicle front end assembly strategy

A headlight assembly for assembly adjacent at least one skin component of a vehicle includes a housing supporting at least one light and a lens attached to the housing. The lens includes at least one attribute for engaging the at least one skin component. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186276

Loose layered build components and vehicle front end assembly strategy

A subassembly for a vehicle front end includes a grille, a housing supporting at least one light, and a lens attached to said housing. The lens has at least one attribute for engaging said grille. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186263

Seatback with collapsible internal support unit

A seatback for a vehicle seat includes a frame and a coverstock defining a seat surface. The seatback also includes a unitary, flexible internal support unit positioned between the frame and the coverstock. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186260

Removable head restraint bun feature

A headrest assembly for a high performance vehicle seat includes front and rear panels that are coupled to front and rear sides of a support member and further coupled to one another. The front panel includes a mounting surface with an outwardly extending frame substantially disposed around the mounting surface to define a receiving cradle. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186259

Modular head restraint structure and styling enablement features

A headrest assembly for a vehicle seat includes a front panel with a base portion and a support portion. A rear panel includes a base portion and a support portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186257

Performance seat assembly with improved entry system and modular head restraint assembly

A seat assembly includes a seatback frame pivotally coupled to a seat member at a recliner mechanism. A first actuator is supported on the seatback frame, and a second actuator is coupled to the seatback frame having upper and lower portions with an intermediate portion disposed between the upper and lower portions. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186224

Sliding vehicle window having minimal perimeter seal

A vehicle includes a window having an internal opening defined by an angled edge forming a clear space generally shaped as a truncated pyramid. An operable window panel is slidable relative to the internal opening to define open and closed positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186041

Method and apparatus for incrementally forming prototype parts with a heated stylus

An incremental forming machine and a process are disclosed that comprise selecting a blank and selecting a stylus that has a tip at one end. The stylus may be heated to a desired temperature before contacting the blank with the stylus to change a characteristic of the blank or part. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/28/18 / #20180180432

Vehicular traffic pattern application

Disclosed is a vehicle including: motor(s), sensors, processor(s) configured to: (a) periodically update a table with present coordinates; (b) compare the tabled coordinates to an intersection boundary; (c) select a portion of the tabled coordinates based on the comparison; (d) transmit the selected portion to server(s). The processor(s) may configured to periodically connect a series of the tabled coordinates with a virtual and continuous line and determine whether any portion of the line falls within the intersection boundary, and if so, select the portion of the tabled coordinates.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/28/18 / #20180180424

In-vehicle tracking apparatus and method

A method of in-vehicle tracking that may begin with establishing a communication link between a mobile device and a navigation system of a vehicle. The navigation system may present driving instructions leading to a destination. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/28/18 / #20180180076

Spring clip with three cantilevered bars and integral 4-way locator

A spring clip includes a body having a base, a support post carried on the base, three cantilevered bars carried on the support post and a 4-way locator fixed to the base.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/28/18 / #20180179993

Systems and methods for intelligent vehicle evaporative emissions diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for conducting tests for undesired evaporative emissions on a vehicle fuel system and evaporative emissions system. In one example, a method may include learning routes commonly traveled by the vehicle, including altitude changes and stop durations, and may further include diagnosing the fuel system and evaporative emissions system based on the learned altitude changes in one example, and may include diagnosing the fuel system and evaporative emissions system based on a learned stop duration in another example. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/28/18 / #20180179981

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 using the learned pto torque demand to adjust engine speed in order to deliver a desired engine torque output for optimal operation of the pto device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/28/18 / #20180179962

System and method for adjusting exhaust valve timing

Methods and systems for adjusting exhaust valve timing of an engine are described. In one example, exhaust valve timing of a compression ignition engine is adjusted responsive to a difference between a commanded exhaust valve opening timing and an actual exhaust valve opening timing, the actual exhaust valve opening timing determined from cylinder pressure.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/28/18 / #20180178733

Expandable top for vehicle center console

A vehicle center console includes an expandable top disposed on a storage bin. The center console is slidably connected to a floor pan and is movable towards the second-row seats. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/28/18 / #20180178701

Adjustable cup holder assembly for a motor vehicle door

An adjustable cup holder assembly is provided. That adjustable cup holder assembly includes a support having a guide track and a drag bar. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/28/18 / #20180178700

Operable tray tables for a vehicular armrest

A vehicle includes an armrest rotationally operable between upright and downward positions. Stowable tray tables are slidable within the armrest between a stowed position within the armrest and a ready position extended from the armrest. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/28/18 / #20180178685

Seat bottom tension member

A lower seating structure comprises an upper support layer, an intermediate resilient layer, a molded bottom seat panel, a seat frame assembly, and a tension member. The molded bottom seat panel extends across a width of the lower seating structure and the tension member is fixedly attached to each of a pair of opposed sides of the molded bottom seat panel and extends across the width of the lower seating structure.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/28/18 / #20180178645

Fuel tank baffle with pivotable vanes

Methods and systems are provided for regulating fuel flow in a fuel tank. In one example, a method may comprise fueling a fuel tank by receiving a nozzle into a filler tube which extends into a fuel tank to fuel the fuel tank, and directing fuel through the tube against vanes in a baffle which forms a compartment within the tank. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180176783

Vehicle assembly

A vehicle assembly is provided. The vehicle assembly comprises: one or more body frame components configured to define an interior of the vehicle; and one or more windows provided within apertures formed in the body frame components, each window comprising one or more first electrically conductive elements, wherein the first electrically conductive elements are configured to selectively limit transmission of electromagnetic waves within the interior of the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180175953

System and method for sharing preset radio stations using a wireless network

Embodiments provide a vehicle comprising a wireless transceiver for transmitting a request for radio presets to a plurality of vehicles within a predetermined proximity of the vehicle; a processor for generating a list of local radio stations based on radio presets information received by the wireless transceiver and a user preference for prioritizing the stations; and an audio system for playing audio received from a selected one of the local radio stations. Embodiments also include a method in a vehicle comprising sending, via a wireless transceiver, a request for radio presets to a plurality of vehicles within a predetermined proximity of the vehicle; generating, using a processor, a list of local radio stations based on radio presets information received by the wireless transceiver and a user preference for prioritizing the stations; and playing, via an audio system, audio received from a selected one of the local radio stations.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180175685

Rotor for shaping airgap flux density

An electric machine may include a rotor defining a cavity containing a magnet, an outer periphery and a top bridge therebetween. The top bridge defines at least two segments. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180175682

Slotted rotor-bridge for electrical machines

An electric machine having a rotor is disclosed. The rotor defines a cavity containing a magnet, an outer periphery, and a top bridge therebetween that includes at least two slots each having a length in a radial direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180175681

Electric machine rotor

A vehicle may include an electric machine. The electric machine may include a stator surrounding sections stacked to form a rotor. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180175553

Vehicle connectors for monitoring connection with trailer connectors

Apparatus are disclosed for vehicle connectors for monitoring connection with trailer connectors. An example connector of a vehicle for coupling a trailer to the vehicle includes a wall defining a cavity to receive a trailer connector, a seal to engage the trailer connector when the cavity receives the trailer connector, and a first trailer-connection sensor disposed in the seal to monitor engagement of the trailer connector with the seal to identify a secure connection with the trailer connector.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180175469

Fastening assembly and method

An exemplary fastening assembly includes a washer having a washer bore to receive a shank of a fastener, and a gasket secured about a radially outer perimeter of the washer. The gasket has an opening that is larger than a head of the fastener such that the gasket is radially spaced from the fastener when the shank is received within the washer bore. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180175340

Battery support assembly and method

An exemplary battery support assembly includes a bladder device with a pocket that receives at least one battery cell of a traction battery. The bladder provides a fluid flow path that diverges at an end of the pocket into a first section on a first side of the pocket and a second section on an opposing, second side of the pocket. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180174458

Inter-vehicle warnings

A host vehicle includes: motor(s), sensors, processor(s) configured to: (a) iterate a series of future properties, comprising future positions, of nearby first and second vehicles based on determined current properties thereof; (b) associate a blindspot with an iterated future position of the second vehicle; (c) determine whether a future position of the first vehicle occupies the blindspot; (d) if so, transmit a message to the second vehicle including a message activation time.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180173961

Automatic vehicle leak detection

A vehicle controller receives images from a camera upon arrival and upon departure. A location of the vehicle may be tracked and images captured by the camera may be tagged with a location. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180172148

Continuous variable transmission with mechanical lock

A vehicle includes a continuously-variable transmission (cvt) that is supplied with power from an input. The cvt also includes a pair of pulleys, at least one of which having a variator that is configured to translate linearly along an axis of the input. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180172137

Systems and methods for improving driveline efficiencies of electrified vehicles

An electrified vehicle includes a transmission system including a differential and an electrically powered heating device configured to selectively warm a differential fluid of the differential. The electrically powered heating device is selectively powered to warm the differential fluid.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180172131

Precisely aligned, friction welded spiral bevel or hypoid ring gear and differential case assembly

A method for manufacturing a case-hardened ring gear/differential case assembly includes attaching a ring gear to a differential case. The case-hardened ring gear and the differential case are fabricated of materials each having differing properties of at least carbon content and melting temperature. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180172063

Motor shaft assembly and assembling method with an insert that provides a fluid conduit

An exemplary shaft assembly includes an outer shaft rotatable about an axis, and a shaft insert that provides a conduit for a fluid and blocks the fluid from flowing radially between the shaft insert and the outer shaft relative to the axis. An exemplary shaft assembling method includes positioning a shaft insert within an outer shaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180172045

Friction element weld element modification to increase corrosion resistance of thermal mechanical joint

A welded structural assembly and method are provided, which in one form includes at least one upper substrate, at least one lower substrate disposed adjacent the upper substrate, and a fastener extending through the upper substrate and into the lower substrate. The fastener is welded to the lower substrate and defines a head portion having an outer periphery and an underside. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171937

Method and system for engine water injection

Methods and systems are provided for coordinating water usage with spark usage based on the effect on an engine torque ratio. Water is injected based on torque ratio at a current spark timing relative to torque ratio at borderline knock to improve the impact of the water injection on the engine performance. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171936

Methods and system for adjusting engine water injection

Methods and systems are provided for water injection at an intake port of an engine toward or away from intake valves in response to engine operating conditions. In one example, a method may include port injecting water away from an intake valve in response to engine knock and port injecting water towards an intake valve in response to engine dilution demand. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171935

Method and system for engine water injection

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting water injection at distinct locations of an engine based on a total water injection error determined from an output of an exhaust oxygen sensor. The method may include injecting water at distinct locations based on a cooling demand and a dilution demand. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171934

Method and system for engine water injection

Methods and systems are provided for assessing the quality of water in a water injection system using existing engine sensors. A change in manifold charge temperature following a water injection may be compared to a change in intake oxygen level to determine an error between an amount of water delivered to the engine and an amount of water actually used in the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171917

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, an amount of opening overlap between a plurality of intake valves and a first set of exhaust valves coupled to the first exhaust manifold may be adjusted responsive to a transition from an estimated combustion air-fuel content to a leaner air-fuel content of the blowthrough air on a cylinder to cylinder basis. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171916

Methods and systems for dual fuel injection system

Methods and systems are provided for reducing lean air-fuel ratio excursions due to degradation of a port injector while fueling an engine via each of port and direct injection. During a pfdi mode of engine operation, responsive to an indication of port injector degradation, such as due to circuit or injector power issues, intake airflow is limited by reducing the opening of an intake throttle. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171914

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, in response to a request to shut down the split exhaust engine system, an intake throttle may be closed and a first valve disposed in a secondary flow passage coupled between the intake manifold, downstream of the intake throttle, and a first exhaust manifold coupled to a first set of exhaust valves, may be opened. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171913

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, a method may include supplying air to an exhaust system at a location downstream of an emissions control device via the first exhaust manifold, the air not having participated in combustion in the engine, the first exhaust manifold in fluidic communication with a first exhaust valve of a cylinder and an intake manifold, the cylinder including a second exhaust valve in fluidic communication with the second exhaust manifold. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171911

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, an air-fuel control method for the engine system may include flowing air from the intake manifold through a plurality of engine cylinders to a junction of the exhaust passage and a bypass passage in response to a condition, the junction positioned along the exhaust passage between first and second emission control devices. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171909

System and method to activate and deactivate engine cylinders

Systems and methods for determining when one or more cylinders of an engine may be activated or deactivated are presented. In one example, an actual total number of active cylinder modes may be increased in response to engine speed and load. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171908

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, a first set of exhaust valves coupled to the first exhaust manifold may be operated at a different timing than a second set of exhaust valves coupled to the second exhaust manifold. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171907

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, in response to an intake throttle being at least partially closed, intake air may be routed from the intake passage to the first exhaust manifold via an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) passage where the intake air may be heated via an egr cooler. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171906

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, a method may include decreasing gas flow from the first exhaust manifold to the intake passage, upstream of a compressor, where a first set of exhaust valves are exclusively coupled to the first exhaust manifold, in response to a condition of the compressor. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171905

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, in response to an electric motor driving an electric compressor positioned upstream of a turbocharger compressor disposed in the intake passage, a position of a valve in an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) passage coupled between the intake passage and the first exhaust manifold may be adjusted based on a pressure in the first exhaust manifold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171904

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, during a cold start, a method may include adjusting a position of a first valve disposed in an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) passage based on an engine operating condition, the egr passage coupled between the first exhaust manifold coupled to a first set of exhaust valves and the intake passage, upstream of a compressor. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171902

Systems and methods for inferring barometric pressure

Methods and systems are provided for determining barometric pressure. In one example, an onboard vacuum pump is utilized to draw a vacuum at a constant flow rate across a reference orifice, and the resulting vacuum level is converted to a barometric pressure. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171899

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, while both a first exhaust valve and second exhaust valve of a cylinder are open, intake air may be routed through a flow passage coupled between the intake passage and the first exhaust manifold, the first exhaust manifold coupled to the first exhaust valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171898

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, each of a first valve positioned in an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) passage, the egr passage coupled between the intake passage and the first exhaust manifold coupled to a first set of cylinder exhaust valves, and a second valve positioned in a flow passage coupled between the first exhaust manifold and the exhaust passage may be adjusted based on a measured pressure in the first exhaust manifold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171897

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, exhaust from a first set of exhaust valves coupled to the first exhaust manifold may be selectively routed to the intake passage via each of a first egr passage coupled to the intake passage upstream of a compressor driven by a turbine and a second egr passage coupled downstream of an outlet of the compressor. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171891

Method and system for pulsed engine water injection

Methods and systems are provided for learning a transport delay for individual cylinders that is associated with maldistribution of water among cylinders during a water injection event. Differences in knock intensity between individual cylinders, following a water injection, are used to identify water maldistribution. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171887

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, one or more valves of a set of first exhaust valves coupled to the second exhaust manifold may be deactivated in response to select engine operating conditions, while maintaining active all valves of a set of second exhaust valves coupled to the first exhaust manifold. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171886

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, an intake valve timing, exhaust valve timing of a first set of exhaust valves coupled to the first exhaust manifold, and a position of an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) valve in an egr passage may be adjusted in coordination with one another in response to a condition at a compressor. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171885

System and method for providing egr to an engine

Methods and systems are provided for providing exhaust gas recirculation to a naturally aspirated internal combustion engine. In one example, exhaust gas is recirculated to an engine intake via a dedicated scavenging manifold and a scavenging exhaust valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171884

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, all intake valves of an engine cylinder may be deactivated, in response to engine load below a threshold, while operating a first exhaust valve coupled to the first exhaust manifold and a second exhaust valve coupled to the second exhaust manifold at different timings. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171883

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, a flow of exhaust (e.g., exhaust gas recirculation) from engine cylinders to the intake passage, upstream of a compressor, via an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) passage and the first exhaust manifold may be adjusted by adjusting a timing of a first set of cylinder exhaust valves coupled to the first exhaust manifold. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171868

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, in response to flowing the exhaust gas recirculation and blowthrough air from the first exhaust manifold to the intake passage via a first set of exhaust valves, a first set of swirl valves coupled upstream of a first set of intake valves may be adjusted to at least partially block intake air flow to the first set of intake valves. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171867

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, the split exhaust engine system may include a first set of exhaust valves fluidly coupled to the exhaust passage, upstream of a turbocharger turbine, a first emission control device (ecd), and a second ecd disposed within the exhaust passage, the second ecd positioned downstream of the first ecd. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171864

Methods and system for water injection control

Methods and systems are provided for selecting a location for water injection during a water injection event based on ambient temperature and humidity, as well as engine operating conditions. In one example, a method may include injecting water upstream of a charge air cooler in response to operating the cooler in heater mode and injecting water downstream of the cooler in response to operating the cooler in cooler mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180171693

Hidden sliding door assembly for a motor vehicle

A sliding door assembly includes a link arm connected to a support surface, a track guide carried on the link arm and a door body including a track that slides over the track guide. A related method of operating a sliding door assembly is also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170453

Upper rail for pickup truck box assembly

A pickup truck box assembly may include a truck bed, a header, an upper rail, and first and second body side panels. The header is mounted to a forward end of the truck bed. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170452

Pickup box header and integrated toolbox assembly

A pickup truck box assembly may include a header, an extruded upper rail, and a toolbox. The header may include a first flange extending at an angle away from a tailgate. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170445

Vehicle frame

A vehicle includes a vehicle frame. The vehicle frame includes two roof rails spaced apart and a rear header elongated along an axis transverse to the roof rails between the roof rails. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170363

Methods and systems for adjusting engine operation based on weather data

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting engine operation based on wirelessly received weather data in conjunction with engine sensor outputs. In one example, a method may comprise receiving a first measurement of a weather parameter from one or more engine sensors and a second measurement of the weather parameter from weather data, the weather data provided by a wireless weather service. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170353

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, the engine system may be installed in a hybrid vehicle, and, in response to a request to restart the engine while the vehicle is being propelled via motor torque only, the engine may be rotated unfueled via the motor torque at less than cranking speed while at least partially opening a valve disposed in a passage coupled between the first exhaust manifold and the intake passage. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170319

Washing apparatus for a sensor enclosure

A washing apparatus is provided for a sensor enclosure. That washing apparatus includes a wiper assembly and a control module. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170311

Keypad master code

A vehicle keypad lock control system includes a computer programmed to determine whether the keypad master code should be deactivated based at least on data received by or stored on the computer. The computer deactivates the keypad master code in response to a determination that the keypad master code should be deactivated. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170307

Determining an occupancy status of a vehicle seat

A computer that may be programmed to: in response to receiving an indication that a vehicle is approaching a geofence boundary, retract slack in a webbing associated with a seat in the vehicle by actuating a seatbelt retractor; then receive measurement data from one or more sensors associated with the seat; using the data, determine whether an occupant occupies the seat; and when no occupant occupies the seat, then transmit an instruction to stop the vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170301

Side curtain including a strip connected to an inboard panel

An airbag includes a panel and a strip. The panel defines an inflation chamber inflatable to an inflated position. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170300

Restraint system

A restraint system includes a side air curtain, a sail panel, and a secondary cushion. The side air curtain is inflatable to an inflated position and has a top edge, a bottom edge, and a forward edge extending from the top edge to the bottom edge. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170296

Lap-belt length detecting seatbelt assembly

A seatbelt assembly includes webbing elongated along a length, a clip slidable along the length of the webbing, an indicator extending along the length of the webbing, and a sensor coupled to the clip and sensitive to the indicator. The seatbelt assembly measures a length of a lap band stretched across an occupant. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170283

Magnetic fastener

The present application discloses a magnetic fastener. The magnetic fastener comprises a magnetic connector including a support bracket having a hole at a bottom; a bottom support including a base and a neck; and an elastic member. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170266

Fiber reinforced-pultruded running board

A running board includes an integral hollow body having a step face and a first sidewall. The integral hollow body is made from a base polymer material with continuous reinforcing fibers running from a first end to a second, opposite end of the first sidewall while the step face is made from unfilled base polymer material. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170232

Folding console for motor vehicle seat

A folding console is provided. That folding console includes a support, a panel connected by a first pivot to the support and a flap connected by a second pivot to the panel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170209

Traction battery pack service panel

An exemplary battery assembly includes an enclosure defining an interior, and a service panel that covers an opening to the interior. The service panel is held relative to the enclosure by a clip. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170201

Vehicle charging system for dc fast charging electrified vehicles

A vehicle charging system includes a battery bank including at least one repurposed battery and a charging station in electrical communication with the battery bank and configured to deliver a dc output from the battery bank to an electrified vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170180

Vehicle tachometer display

A vehicle controller determines likelihood of downshifting, such as by detecting braking and clutch disengagement. In response, the vehicle controller determines a desired angular velocity for the engine for a gear lower than a current gear. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170179

Vehicle cruise control with multiple set points

In various embodiments, the present disclosure includes a cruise control system with (a) a vehicle having a steering system, an accelerator system, a braking system, a battery, a display, a processor, and memory; and (b) a cruise control program, operatively coupled to the accelerator system and configured to display a most recent cruising setpoint and a menu of user-adjustable cruising setpoints.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170162

Window seal assembly for limiting air leaks from a vehicle frame into a passenger cabin of a vehicle

A vehicle door sealing assembly includes a door trim panel and an inner frame panel defining a door cavity, a window positioned proximate the door trim panel and the inner frame panel, a beltline seal disposed between the door trim and inner frame panels and in selective engagement with the window and a leak seal extending between the door trim panel and the beltline seal to divert a flow of air from the door cavity.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170160

Automotive water-shield with drip ledge to prevent water leaks

A water-shield includes a flexible body having a drip ledge. That drip ledge is displaceable between a first position and a second position. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180170149

Air register with hybrid door closure

A hybrid actuator system for a vehicle vent register damper includes a manual actuator mechanism operatively connected to a vent register damper and a power actuator mechanism operatively connected to a portion of the manual actuator mechanism. The power actuator mechanism includes a position member operatively connected to a power actuator and to the portion of the manual actuator mechanism. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/21/18 / #20180169730

Cooling of dies using solid conductors

Dies for forming components, such as sheet components, and methods of producing the dies are disclosed. The die may include a bulk material and a forming surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/14/18 / #20180167013

Self-balancing parallel power devices with a temperature compensated gate driver

A powertrain includes a first and second switch coupled in parallel to drive an electric machine and a gate driver. The gate driver may be configured to, in response to a transition request while a first temperature of the first switch exceeds a second temperature of the second switch, inject a current onto a gate of the second switch to drive rates of change of current through the first and second switch to the electric machine to a same value.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/14/18 / #20180167007

Methods and systems for efficient engine torque control

Method and systems are provided for adjusting an engine torque in response to changes in a desired engine torque. In one example, a method may comprise responsive to increasing desired engine torques, monotonically decreasing an alternator torque to a first level from a second level when not injecting fuel to engine cylinders, and stepping up the alternator torque from the first level to the second level while initiating engine combustion, and then monotonically decreasing the alternator torque from the second level to the first level in response to the alternator torque reaching the first level. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/14/18 / #20180166669

Battery assembly with biased component profiles to promote battery cell to heat exchanger contact

A battery assembly includes a cell stack and an array structure. At least one of the cell stack and the array structure includes a biased profile configured to bias the cell stack and a portion of the array structure together.. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc

06/14/18 / #20180166201

Inductor assembly support structure

A vehicle is provided with a transmission and an inductor assembly that is mounted within a chamber of the transmission. The inductor assembly includes a coil, a core and an insulator having first and second portions that are oriented toward each other. ... Ford Global Technologies Inc








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