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Recent patent applications related to Ford Global Technologies Llc. Ford Global Technologies Llc is listed as an Agent/Assignee. Note: Ford Global Technologies Llc may have other listings under different names/spellings. We're not affiliated with Ford Global Technologies Llc, we're just tracking patents.

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12/25/14 / #20140380240

System and method for a human machine interface

A vehicle computer system comprising a wireless transceiver configured to send a nomadic device human machine interface to a nomadic device in a web browser format. The vehicle computer system further comprises a vehicle server utilizing a contextual data aggregator that utilizes vehicle data and off-board data to generate a dynamic human machine interface, the server further configured to generate an in-vehicle human machine interface for output on a vehicle display and generate the nomadic device human machine interface for the nomadic device to display.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140379246

Vehicle driver-model controller with energy economy rating adjustments

A controller with energy economy rating (eer) calibration logic is configured to adjust a look-ahead time and feed-forward mapping window for vehicle controls according to eer.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140379240

Method and system for estimating fuel composition

Methods and systems are provided for operating a fuel system configured to deliver a gaseous fuel to an engine. Following tank refilling, the fuel composition is selectively updated based on fuel tank pressure, temperature, and air content data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140379217

Maximum trailer angle determination and control for a trailer backup assist system

The trailer backup assist system has a human machine interface coupled to a controller having a setup module, a calibration module, an activation module and a control module configured to receive trailer measurements, apply trailer measurements, activate and control vehicle systems to calibrate and implement a curvature control algorithm that controls the reverse movement of the vehicle-trailer combination in a manner consistent with a driver request. When incorrect trailer measurements have been entered, the trailer backup assist system recognizes the error, initiates a warning and requests corrective action to correct the trailer measurements. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140379206

Method and system for cylinder compression diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for performing a non-intrusive engine compression test. When compression testing is requested, a hybrid vehicle engine may be spun unfueled using energy from a battery driven electric motor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140379174

Vehicle initiated remote engine start for battery charge maintenance and driver initiated remote engine start for vehicle preconditioning having battery charge maintenance priority

One method for remotely starting an engine of a vehicle includes notifying, from the vehicle, a remote user of the vehicle that a battery of the vehicle has a charge level below a predetermined threshold. This method includes remotely starting the engine to charge the battery with energy from the engine upon receiving from the user a confirmation to start the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140379164

Lane monitoring with electronic horizon

Apparatus for a vehicle operated on a roadway having lane markers includes an optical sensor providing optical data of the roadway. A first lane model is stored in an electronic memory in response to detected lane markers in the optical data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140378270

Multi-speed transmission

A family of transmission gearing arrangements provides a plurality of forward speed ratios and one or more reverse speed ratios by selective engagement of shift elements in various combinations. Three simple planetary gear sets are located on the input axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140378265

Transmission with integrated clutch and gear set

A transmission includes a simple planetary gear set and several clutches. A first clutch selectively couples the carrier of the planetary gear set to a first shell. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140378042

Vehicle air extraction system and method

An automotive vehicle air extraction system in fluid communication with a cabin of the vehicle is provided. The extraction system may have a housing arrangement and a pair of extractors attached to the housing arrangement. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140377675

Centrifugal water separator for a fuel cell system

A fuel cell system includes a fuel cell stack in fluid communication with a separator. The separator has a first portion and a second portion forming a chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140377671

Purge assembly for a fuel cell system

A fuel cell purge apparatus for a fuel cell system has a separator defining a chamber for receiving a recirculated fuel stream including a fluid and impurities. The apparatus has a drain conduit with an outer passage connected to the chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140377059

Introduction of exhaust gas recirculation at a compressor blade trailing edge

Methods and systems are provided for injecting exhaust gases from an exhaust gas recirculation system proximate to a trailing edge of a compressor wheel of a compressor. In one example, a compressor of a turbocharger may include an exhaust gas recirculation inlet volute within a casting of the compressor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140377051

Turbocharger

Systems and methods are disclosed for a turbocharger compressor, the system comprising: an actuatable annular disk comprising choke slots therein; an outer annular disk comprising choke slots therein; and an actuator to rotate the actuatable annular disk relative to the outer annular disk to vary alignment of the choke slots of the actuatable annular disk and the outer annular disk. The actuator may be controlled by an engine controller responsive to operating conditions of the compressor and actuated to align choke slots. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140375237

Determination of hysteresis controller band for ipmsm-based drive system

Methods of providing a control band for a hysteresis controller are presented. A method can determine a control band analytically to avoid the time and costs associated with manual calibration of a hysteresis controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140375109

Seat-belt load limiter

A device that limits a load of a seat belt includes various elements. For example, the device includes a seat-belt webbing and a shoulder anchor to which a portion of the webbing is secured. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140375013

Independent wheel suspension for the driven wheels of a vehicle

An independent wheel suspension for the driven wheels of a vehicle is disclosed. The suspension includes a wheel carrier for rotatably supporting a wheel of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140374498

Vehicle heating system and method of using the same

In one or more embodiments, the present invention provides a vehicle heating system for a vehicle with an engine and a charge air cooler, the vehicle heating system including a high-temperature cooling circuit coupled to the engine, a low-temperature cooling circuit coupled to the charge air cooler and including a low temperature cooler, and a heating heat exchanger coupled to the low-temperature cooling circuit.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140374455

Vehicle trim panel having beverage retainer

A vehicle trim panel assembly is provided having a beverage retainer formed in a storage compartment on the door of an automotive vehicle. The trim panel assembly includes a storage receptacle and a trim panel arranged to define at least a portion of the storage receptacle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140374208

Friction brake for a dog clutch

A dog clutch, includes a first ring secured to an overrunning brake rotatable race, including first teeth, a first disc, the second ring angularly displaceable relative to the discs, a non-rotating, axially displaceable second ring including second teeth engageable with the first teeth and a second disc engageable with the first disc, a first spring urging the discs into mutual contact, and a second spring urging the first and second rings apart.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140374177

Fuel system control

Methods and systems are provided for accurately confirming fuel tank depressurization before unlocking a fuel door to enable refueling. Following a refueling request, a fuel system may be sealed from the atmosphere while one or more fuel system valves are adjusted to divert fuel tank pressure or vacuum to an engine intake. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140374058

System for thermal management of a vehicle and method for vehicle cold start

A method, comprising during a vehicle engine cold start, opening a first valve coupled between a first container containing an adsorbent and a second container containing an adsorbate, circulating a first fluid through a first conduit coupled to a first heat exchanger located within the first container and a second heat exchanger located outside the first container, and circulating a second fluid through a second conduit coupled to the second heat exchanger. In this way, heat may be generated at the adsorber during a cold start and subsequently transferred to the cooling jacket of the vehicle engine and/or other vehicle compartments, thereby decreasing the warm-up time for the engine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140373960

Bi-channel coolant tube having crossover channels to allow coolant interaction

A bi-channel tube for use in a heat exchanger is disclosed having a passageway or window formed in the common wall or divider separating the adjacent channels. This arrangement permits a controlled amount of interaction of the fluids flowing in the adjacent channels in the bi-channel tube. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140373820

Method and system adjusting an exhaust heat recovery valve

A method for adjusting an exhaust heat recovery valve is presented. In one embodiment, the method may control an amount of boost provided by a turbocharger to an engine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140373676

Engine cranking torque referenced to an engine stop position

A method for restarting a vehicle engine that is stopped at a known crank angle includes actuating a clutch located in a torque path between a starting motor and the engine with desired pressure related to the known crank angle during the restart, and using the starting motor to drive the engine during the restart.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/25/14 / #20140373560

Internal heat exchanger with integrated receiver/dryer and thermal expansion valve

A hvac system including a multi-function unit for conditioning and controlling the flow of refrigerant. The multi-function unit may be contained within a housing that houses a receiver/dryer, integral heat exchanger and thermal expansion valve.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140372019

Information display system and method

An efficiency gauge from a vehicle information display may incorporate vehicle range information in addition to an efficiency indicator. The range information may be displayed as an area on the efficiency gauge indicating a safe operating region for average driving in order for the vehicle to reach a target destination entered by a driver before an on-board energy source is depleted. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140371999

Priming a start-stop vehicle transmission pump

A method of controlling a start-stop vehicle transmission pump, includes: assessing how long an engine has been turned off; and when the engine has been turned off for longer than a predetermined threshold and the vehicle is on, priming the transmission pump.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140371989

Method and system for detecting steering wheel contact

In accordance with various exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure describes methods and systems for detecting steering wheel contact by a user. A test signal may be transmitted to a power assisted steering system of a vehicle, where the test signal may apply torque to the steering wheel of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140371987

Reconfigurable steering wheel with visual feedback related to vehicle systems

An automotive vehicle steering wheel having at least one touch screen display associated therewith is disclosed. The touch screen display is configured to: (i) display interactive icons, each indicative of an associated vehicle functionality, (ii) receive selective input from a vehicle driver touching the icons to control said associated functionality; and (iii) selectively display passive information directed to the operation of the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140371986

Suspension control for pulse/glide green cruise control

A method is described comprising modulating vehicle speed about a target speed by operating a vehicle with an engine at high output and then operating the vehicle with the engine off, and adjusting operation of a suspension system based on the vehicle operation with the engine at high output and the engine off to control vehicle pitch during the modulating of vehicle speed about the target speed.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140371985

Suspension control system to facilitate wheel motions during parking

A method for controlling an active suspension system of a vehicle during a curb parking operation, so as to position a portion of the vehicle on a street and a portion of the vehicle on a curb. The method includes steps of activating a curb parking function of the active suspension system, acquiring inputs pertinent to the curb parking operation, and determining, by a controller, if a curb parking operation is feasible for the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140371948

Enhanced crosswind estimation

A device may identify a first forgetting factor accounting for a rate of change of vehicle uncertainty and a second forgetting factor accounting for a rate of change of crosswind estimation. The device may utilize a recursive-least-squares heuristic executed by a crosswind and vehicle uncertainty estimator and specialized with the first and second forgetting factors to determine vehicle uncertainty and crosswind estimation from driver steering inputs and crosswind disturbance inputs, the first and second forgetting factors accounting for relatively slower-changing vehicle uncertainty and relatively faster-changing crosswinds.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140371027

Multiple clutch module

A multiple clutch module for an automatic transmission integrates at least two multi-plate wet clutches into a single module. Each of the clutches includes a set of separator plates interleaved with at least one friction plate and a piston configured to compress the separators plates and friction plates. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140371024

Multi-speed transmission

A transmission gearing arrangement produces nine forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio by selective engagement of three shift elements in various combinations. Two planetary gear sets are configured to rotate about an input axis while two planetary gear sets are configured to rotate about a second axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140371023

Multi-speed transmission

A family of transmission gearing arrangements provides between eight and ten forward speed ratios and a reverse speed ratio. Three planetary gear sets are located on the input axis and a fourth planetary gear set is located on an offset axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140370839

Method and system for emergency call arbitration

A method of call arbitration includes connecting a vehicle computing system to a remote phone system. The vehicle computing system is used to transmit a pre-recorded or dynamically generated message to the remote phone system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140370815

Methods and apparatus for lost connection handling

A computer-implemented method, executable by a vehicle computing system (vcs), includes determining that a connection between a wireless device and a vcs has been lost. The method further includes determining if a driver is present in the vehicle, upon a lost link detection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140370795

Vehicle speed controlled active grille shutter system

An active grille shutter system for use in a moving vehicle is provided herein and includes at least one vane angularly displaceable between an open position and a closed position, a motor having a hold current applied thereto for maintaining the at least one vane in a vane position, and a controller for adjusting the amount of hold current being applied to the motor based on vehicle speed.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140370377

Treated current collector foil

In at least one embodiment, a battery is provided comprising an electron beam-treated current collector having an increased surface energy compared to an untreated current collector and an electrode disposed on a treated surface of the current collector. The electrode may include a water-soluble binder uniformly coating a surface of the current collector and the treated current collector may have a contact angle with the water-soluble binder of 70 degrees or less. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140369803

Variable discharge compressor control

Embodiments are disclosed that relate to controlling a compressor. In one example, method of controlling a compressor comprises regulating a discharge capacity of the compressor via a control current supplied to a control device, holding the control current supplied to the control device at substantially zero amperes for a first duration, and stepping the control current from substantially zero amperes to a sustainable current that provides a sustainable level of a performance parameter of the compressor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140369376

Battery pack thermistor test method

A battery pack thermistor test method includes charging a battery pack, monitoring a rise in average temperature reported by at least one thermistor on the battery pack over a predetermined time period, preparing at least one thermistor slope by calculating a least square fit of time vs. Temperature for the at least one thermistor and comparing the at least one thermistor slope to process-defined thermistor slope limits.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140368475

In-vehicle multimedia unit with interface for portable device

An in-vehicle multimedia unit for a motor vehicle having an interface for a portable multimedia appliance (such as a smartphone, mp3 player or tablet pc), wherein all the multimedia functions and contents are provided solely by the portable appliance. Also a method for providing multimedia functions and content in a motor vehicle having an in-vehicle multimedia unit.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140368329

Method and apparatus for fuel filling monitoring

A system includes a processor and an external fuel indicator. The processor is configured to instruct powering of a digital display in response to detection that one or more power-up indicators has been satisfied. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140367981

Bumper beam including a tubular aluminum substrate wrapped with pre-impregnated carbon fiber fabric layers

A bumper beam includes an aluminum tubular carrier that is wrapped with a plurality of carbon fiber fabric layers. The carbon fiber fabric is pre-impregnated with a two-part epoxy resin system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140367980

Bonded and rotatable vehicle sensor assembly

An automotive vehicle fascia assembly is provided. The fascia assembly includes a bumper cover and an impact sensor assembly attached to, without mechanically fastening, the bumper cover. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140367979

Bonded vehicle sensor assembly

An automotive vehicle fascia assembly is provided. The fascia assembly includes a bumper cover and an impact sensor assembly attached to, without mechanically fastening, the bumper cover. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140367434

Cup holder and storage bin assembly

A removable cup holder insert includes a support body, a first flap and a roll pin pivotally mounting the first flap to the support body. A first spring biases the first flap so as to pivot on the roll pin outwardly from the support body so that it can engage and steady a beverage container in position in a cup holder to which the insert is mounted.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140367433

Cup holder and storage bin assembly

A cup holder assembly includes a housing having a track member, wherein an insert, having first and second sides, is adjustably received on the track member in a vertical manner. The insert is adapted to be positioned within the housing in either an upright or inverted position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140366845

Method for operating a direct fuel injection system

A method, comprising: during engine cylinder operation with fuel from a first injector and not a second injector: increasing a rail pressure of a fuel rail coupled to the second injector in response to a temperature increase of a tip of the second injector. In this way, by raising the rail pressure of a fuel rail coupled to the second injector in response to a temperature increase of a tip of the second injector, the method may be utilized to prevent a vapor space from forming within the tip of the second injector which is exposed to the heat of combustion within the engine cylinder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140366836

Actuator for lobe switching camshaft system

Systems and methods for actuating lobe switching in a camshaft system in an engine are disclosed. In one example approach, a method comprises deploying a first pin into a groove of a camshaft outer sleeve while a second pin remains in place due to an absence of a groove in which to deploy, and maintaining the second pin in place with a ball locking mechanism even after the second pin is exposed to a vacated groove in the camshaft outer sleeve.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140366722

Particulate filter overheat protection

A thermal fuse is installed in the exhaust flow path in or from a diesel particulate filter (dpf) of a combustion engine. At a temperature corresponding to overheating, or imminent overheating, of the dpf, the thermal fuse is activated to generate a signal initiating steps to avoid overheating of the dpf, such as shutting down of the engine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140366508

Water injection for catalyst oxygen reduction and temperature control during transient events

Methods and systems are provided for injecting water based on duration of cylinder deactivation, and exhaust catalyst temperature during an engine cylinder deactivation event so as to reduce an exhaust catalyst regeneration requirement following the cylinder deactivation, and to prevent catalyst degradation.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/18/14 / #20140366506

System and method for a movable exhaust aftertreatment device in an internal combustion engine

The present application relates to an exhaust-gas aftertreatment device and to a method for exhaust-gas aftertreatment. According to one aspect of the present application, the exhaust-gas aftertreatment device has, in the exhaust manifold of the internal combustion engine, a filter passage with, for the exhaust-gas stream, a through-path that is variably adjustable over time during the operation of the exhaust-gas aftertreatment device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc








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