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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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12/31/15 / #20150380743

Metal oxygen battery containing oxygen storage materials

A method of storing oxygen in a cathode including an oxygen storage metal-organic framework (“mof”) material comprising a mixture of ionic conductive material, electron conductive material and catalyst material within the mof.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150379790

Key fob security copy to a mobile phone

A mobile device having a transceiver, a microphone, and a processor programmed to control a vehicle function at a vehicle computing system based on a received voice command via the microphone. The transceiver is configured to receive key fob security codes having predefined key assignments from the vehicle computing system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150379458

Marking the surface of metal coils with material property data

A marking system for a rolled metal coil to provide markings containing data about material properties within the metal proximate the markings. The material property data may be used for allocating blanks from the coil for different vehicle body stampings. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150379437

Method and system for on-demand transportation services

Data relating to travel of a plurality of users, including destinations of the plurality of users and flight arrival delay data, are received. The plurality of users are assigned to a plurality of groups based on the data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150377190

Motor vehicle and air filter box

A motor vehicle is provided which has an engine, an inlet air section for supplying the engine with inlet air, a compressor arranged in the inlet air section and a vortex generator arranged in the inlet air section upstream of the compressor. The vortex generator has at least one guide vane for generating a vortex in the inlet air and a vortex generator outlet having a first radius. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150377165

Adaptive cam angle error estimation

Methods and systems for correcting cam angle measurements for engine-to-engine build variation are disclosed. In one example, a method comprises learning cam angle corrections to update a measured cam angle responsive to air-fuel ratio errors during selected conditions, and learning air and fueling errors responsive to the air-fuel ratio error otherwise. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150376759

Device for thermally coating a surface

The invention relates to a device for thermally coating a surface, which has at least one housing, a cathode, which is designed as a consumable wire and at least one insulation element, wherein the housing has a non-detachable anti-adhesion layer.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375820

Foldable electric bicycle

A foldable bicycle includes a frame, a front wheel assembly, and a rear wheel assembly. The frame defines a pivot axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375818

Pickup box front sill, floor and headboard construction

An aluminum pickup bed is assembled from a stamped headboard, a stamped floorpan, and a roll formed front sill. The headboard, a floorpan flange extending downwardly from the floorpan, and a front wall of the front sill form a three piece sandwich structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375808

Floor load structure for vehicle body to frame mount

A vehicle floor structure includes a cross member having a substantially constant cross section shape. A spacing member is disposed beneath the cross member for securing to a chassis frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375807

Transverse sill reinforcement for a truck bed and method of making a sill reinforcement

A sill reinforcement assembly is provided for a sill area of a pick-up truck bed that is supported on and connected to a pair of frame rails. A unitary one-piece aluminum reinforcement is secured to the frame rails below the pick-up truck bed by a frame bolt fastener. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375806

Cast load structure for vehicle body to frame mount

A mounting member for securing a vehicle body to a chassis frame includes a horizontal base wall defining a mounting hole used to assemble the body to a receptacle on the frame. The mounting member further includes a plurality of side walls extending from the base wall to connect to a floor panel of the vehicle body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375805

Crush tube and support structure for a pickup truck bed

A vehicle includes a pair of longitudinal frame rails and a bed above the frame rails. A plurality of roll-formed aluminum cross-members contact the bed and are disposed between the bed and the frame rails for additional support of the bed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375804

Light weight tailgate structure

A pick-up truck tailgate is disclosed that is constructed of components made of aluminum alloys. A hinge reinforcement and hinge plate reinforce a lower corner of the tailgate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375802

Cargo bed support assembly for a truck

A cargo bed assembly for a pickup truck includes an aluminum truck bed above a pair of frame rails. A plurality of roll-formed 6000-series aluminum cross-members extend along a width of the truck bed and contact the underside of the truck bed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375801

Pickup box with reinforced tie-down locations

One of more cross members of a pickup bed structure include a hole in a flange in a location that is advantageous for installation of aftermarket accessories. The hole does not extend through the floorpan itself. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375800

Composite reinforcement for vehicle body structures

A reinforcement received between facing surfaces of adjacent panels that may be part of a hinge pillar of a vehicle such as a pickup truck and the panels may be aluminum. The reinforcement may be a one-piece molded structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375795

Method of fastening vehicle parts

An improved joining process interlocks parts together and avoids breakthrough in joints that would otherwise be infeasible. The process is used to join a relatively thin rear part to a relatively thick front part. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375794

Gap joint for closed section load transfer

A hydro-formed body side rail is assembled by a bracket to a front header. The front header is an extruded cross-car structural support that is joined to the body side rail by a framed joint. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375793

Vehicle frame bracket

A frame portion for a vehicle includes a pillar component extending along a first direction and a beam component at least partially extending along a second direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction. The beam component has a rear end proximate the pillar component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375792

Multilayer component assembly for automobiles

An automotive aluminum alloy component assembly includes a first vehicle component defining a first joint region and a first cutout. The assembly also includes a second vehicle component defining a second joint region. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375791

Pickup truck cab with e-coat holes

A floor pan for a body-in-white vehicle includes a front seat footwell portion and a rear seat footwell portion. The front seat footwell portion defines a front fluid passage hole for porting a surface treatment liquid during submersion of the floor pan in a surface treatment bath. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375790

Bowtie shaped roof bow

A roof bow for a vehicle is provided that has a “bow-tie” shape including a central portion flanked by two triangular portions. The triangular portions are joined to right and left roof brackets that are, in turn, joined to right and left roof rails. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375749

System and method for hybrid vehicle control during wheel slip events to limit generator speed

A method for controlling a hybrid vehicle having a transmission coupled to vehicle wheels, an internal combustion engine, a planetary gearset coupled to the engine and to a differential output shaft to drive the vehicle wheels, a traction motor coupled through gearing to the differential output shaft and the planetary gearset, a generator coupled to the planetary gearset and electrically coupled to the traction motor, a traction battery coupled to the generator and the traction motor, and at least one controller in communication with the engine, the traction motor, and the generator includes limiting engine speed in response to a wheel slip event to an engine speed limit based on motor speed and generator speed to prevent the generator speed from exceeding a corresponding threshold when the wheel slip event terminates.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375706

Side and seat-back airbag

An airbag has a main panel and at least one side panels that is arranged to extend substantially perpendicularly from the main panel when the airbag is inflated. At least one inflator is arranged to inflate all of the panels. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375704

Wrap-around curtain for a vehicle

A vehicle curtain system comprises a curtain having at least a front wall and two side walls, at least one pretensioner having a corresponding pretensioner cable, and a plurality of tethers, each having a first end attached to the curtain.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375694

Method of forming a grounding point on an aluminum member

A method of providing an electrical grounding point on an aluminum structural member of a motor vehicle. The member is hydro-formed to produce a closed cross-section, after which a hole surrounded by a flange is formed in a wall of the member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375693

Compression limiting clip for a bracket assembly

A bracket assembly includes a polymer bracket that has a first side, a second side, and an opening that extends between the first and second sides. A compression limiting clip includes a plate portion coupled with the second side. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375686

Ramp bracket

A ramp bracket assembly for selectively storing a ramp in a rear of the vehicle is disclosed. The ramp bracket includes a mounting plate, a support plate, and a retaining channel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375685

Customizable console for a motor vehicle

A customizable console system for a motor vehicle includes two or more console organizers of substantially any desired configuration, a base unit having a receiver for alternately holding one of the organizers and a storage receiver for receiving and holding any of the organizers not in use and held in the receiver of the base unit.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375684

Tip out style vehicle interior door

A console assembly includes a console assembly housing with a member disposed within a wall thereof that is rotatable between a plurality of positions. The member includes a passenger accessible feature that is not accessible when the member is in a first, closed position and is accessible when the member is placed in the second, open position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375678

Illuminated steering assembly

A lighting system for a vehicle steering assembly is provided herein. The lighting system includes a member extending from a steering column. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375677

Illuminated steering assembly

A lighting system for a vehicle steering assembly is provided herein. The lighting system includes a steering wheel having a central hub and a rim connected to the hub through a spoke. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375665

Ramp member

A ramp member is disclosed that cooperates with a connection member mounted to a portion of a vehicle, such as a tailgate. The ramp member comprises a first ramp section defining a connection end and a connector element fixedly secured to the connection end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375650

Power articulating headrest assembly

A vehicle headrest assembly includes a headrest member operably coupled to a seatback. The headrest member is moveable between upright and folded positions relative to the seatback. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375638

Automatic presentable swiveling seat

An automobile seat includes a cushion, a back coupled with the cushion, and a mounting unit. The mounting unit includes a mounting track and an actuator slidably coupled with the mounting track and coupled with the cushion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375608

Ductless cooling system for a vehicle power storage unit

A vehicle includes a floor, a seat including a back, and a traction battery module located behind the seat. The seat and floor form an air passageway, underneath the seat, from a cabin to the traction battery module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375604

Damping and stiffening of a vehicle body panel

A damping and stiffening assembly for a body panel. The assembly includes a first damping patch and a second damping patch that are attached to the body panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375595

Floor console

A floor console includes a climate control unit. A bracket of the floor console unit includes an interior surface facing the climate control unit and an exterior surface opposite the interior surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375578

Automatic wheel to tire pressure sensor correlation in distributed architecture

The wheel locations for wireless tire pressure monitoring sensors are automatically learned by comparing the timing of sensor message transmissions to directly measured wheel rotation, such as from an anti-lock brake system. In order to synchronize the data to be detected and compared across a distributed electronic system, first timestamps are applied to rf sensor messages upon reception in a receiver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375293

Electro-hydraulic rivet and method of riveting and welding parts

A method of riveting two metal parts through a hole with an electro-hydraulic riveting tool. The electro-hydraulic riveting tool includes a tube that is inserted in the hole and an electrode that is inserted within the tube. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/31/15 / #20150375208

Metal oxide stabilized platinum-based orr catalyst

In at least one embodiment, an oxygen reduction reaction catalyst (orr) and a method for making the catalyst are provided. The method may include depositing a metal oxide on a graphitized carbon or graphene substrate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150373175

System and method of arbitrating audio source streamed by mobile applications

A system for attenuating vehicle audio for mobile application audible statements, the system comprising a vehicle computing system having one or more processors for playing audio in the vehicle from a plurality of different audio sources. The system also includes a wireless transceiver for communicating signals from a mobile computing device for processing by the vehicle computing system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150372284

Battery mounting system

A battery is mounted in a hybrid electric automotive vehicle. The battery is held by a restraining bar across top surfaces of a plurality of cells that comprise the battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150371092

Low-speed impact detection sensor array

A vehicle system has a sensor array and a processing device. The sensor array includes a first group of sensors and a second group of sensors. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150370932

Rear seat design and frontal impact simulation tool

A system includes receiving a vehicle characteristic, a rear seatbelt characteristic, and an occupant characteristic and simulating a frontal impact based on the received characteristics. The method further includes determining, via a computing device, an optimal location of at least one component of a rear seatbelt based at least in part on the simulated frontal impact and whether at least one criterion is satisfied.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150370264

Vehicle system and method for providing anticipatory line pressure for transmission engagements

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present discourse includes, among other things, controlling a vehicle by pressurizing a transmission pump in response to an anticipated shift change trigger. The anticipated shift change trigger may include touching a shift device of the vehicle, or detecting that a vehicle occupant is in proximity to the shift device of the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150369872

Distance to empty prediction with long term distance compensation

A vehicle is provided which may include an energy conversion device, an energy source to supply power to the energy conversion device, and at least one controller. The controller may be programmed to, in response to detecting one or more noise factors expected to affect propulsive energy consumption of the energy conversion device from vehicle start until the energy source is empty, output a distance to empty (dte) based on a change in energy consumption rate due to the one or more noise factors and predicted to last at least until the energy source is empty. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150369274

Fastener receptacle and vehicle part

A rivet-nut for a vehicle component includes a tubular barrel and a head attached to the barrel. The barrel includes a sidewall having a threaded section with the first wall thickness and a crush section with the second wall thickness that is less than the first sidewall thickness. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150369254

Turbocharger compressor noise reduction system and method

A turbocharger and a method are disclosed. The turbocharger includes a casing having an inlet end and an outlet end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150369195

Camshaft positioning

Various methods for operating a camshaft are provided. In one example, a method of operating a camshaft comprises: adjusting the camshaft based on a desired camshaft position, the desired camshaft position determined based on a camshaft position indicated by a camshaft sensor and a camshaft position indicated by a camshaft actuator.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150369183

Induction system including a passive-adsorption hydrocarbon trap

An induction system in an engine is provided. The air induction system includes an induction conduit including an air flow passage in fluidic communication at least one combustion chamber in the engine and a passive-adsorption hydrocarbon trap positioned within the induction conduit, a portion of the passive-adsorption hydrocarbon trap defining a boundary of the air flow passage, the passive-adsorption hydrocarbon trap including a breathable layer coupled to a substrate layer coupled to the induction conduit, a hydrocarbon adsorption layer interposing the breathable layer and the substrate layer.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150369180

Systems and methods for stopping and starting an engine with dedicated egr

Methods and systems are provided for operating an engine including a degr system during start-stop and dfso conditions. In one example, the degr cylinder may be deactivated prior to deactivating the non-degr cylinder group and stopping the engine, to purge egr from the intake system.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150369167

Bore bridge and cylinder cooling

An engine has a cylinder head with a deck face defining first and second chambers adjacent to one another and separated by a bore bridge. The body defines a first cooling jacket and a second cooling jacket configured to operate at a lower pressure than the first cooling jacket. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150369157

System and method for reducing engine oil dilution

Methods and systems are provided for modeling an oil dilution qualitative indicator based on an integrated difference between a commanded air-to-fuel ratio and an engine air-to-fuel ratio as determined via an oxygen sensor, cumulative cold engine temperature operating duration, and fuel injection characteristics (timing, duration, number of injections) allowing fuel injection timing modifications that minimize oil dilution when the oil dilution qualitative indicator is greater than a threshold level.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150369151

System and methods for refueling a vehicle

A method for a fuel system, comprising: during a first condition, fluidly coupling a fuel tank to a fuel vapor canister; and fluidly coupling the fuel vapor canister to atmosphere via a deactivated vacuum pump. By fluidly coupling the fuel vapor canister to atmosphere via a deactivated vacuum pump, the fuel tank may be depressurized slowly without requiring a multi-stage or multi-valve fuel tank isolation system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150369150

System and methods for managing refueling vapors

A method for a fuel system, comprising: during a first condition, directing gasses stripped of fuel vapor from a fuel vapor canister to an engine intake while maintaining a fuel tank isolation valve open. By directing the gasses stripped of fuel vapor the engine intake, a restricted vent line may be bypassed during a refueling event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150369139

Method and system for adjusting a compression ratio

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a compression ratio of a combustion chamber. In one example, a method may include altering an axial position and rotational orientation of a control element in response to an engine operation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150369101

Method and system for secondary air injection coordination with exhaust back pressure valve

Methods and systems are provided for controlling and coordinating control of a post-catalyst exhaust back pressure valve and secondary air injection to expedite catalyst heating. By adjusting the exhaust back pressure valve to increase the exhaust backpressure and injecting secondary air into an exhaust passage upstream of the catalyst during cold start conditions, exhaust catalyst activation may be expedited.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150369100

Reverse flow hydrocarbon trap

A reverse flow hydrocarbon trap is provided that improves the conversion of hydrocarbons present in the exhaust gases of a vehicle to more environmentally benign compounds during cold engine starts. The trap includes a substrate having at least one exhaust gas passage therethrough, with the walls of the exhaust gas passage including a hydrocarbon trapping material and an oxidative catalyst. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150368936

Distortion free door handle

An automotive door panel is disclosed. The automotive door panel comprises an outer panel, a bezel, a handle and in inner reinforcement. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150368933

Mechanically initiated speed-based latch device

A pawl actuation device includes a movable input member that shifts from a first position to an actuated position. The pawl actuation device also includes linkage that selectively interconnects the movable input member and the pawl such that movement of the movable input member at a first velocity causes the pawl to shift to an unlatched position, and movement of the movable input member at a second velocity that is substantially greater than the first velocity does not cause the pawl to shift to its unlatched position, such that pawl remains in its latched position.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150367896

Tailgate striker support bracket

A tailgate striker support bracket assembly for a pickup truck box. The assembly having a bracket with a striker support section sandwiched between a striker and a floating striker nut. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150367893

Expandable roof panel perimeter reinforcement

A vehicle roof frame includes an adhering structure having an adhesive carrier and an expanding structural adhesive coupled to at least a portion of an outer surface of the adhesive carrier. The expanding structural adhesive includes an installation state and a structural state, and the structural state has a larger volume than the installation state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150367886

Control modes for a trailer backup assist system

A trailer backup assist system, according to one embodiment, provides a sensor that senses a hitch angle between a trailer and a vehicle. The trailer backup assist system also provides a selection device for selecting a longitudinal direction of the trailer or the vehicle in a static orientation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150367856

Distance to empty prediction with short term distance compensation

A vehicle is provided which may include an energy conversion device, an energy source to supply power to the energy conversion device, and at least one controller in communication with an interface. The controller may be programmed to output a distance to empty (dte) to the interface based on conditions of vehicle components and the energy source compensated by a distance correction factor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150367808

Molded active plastics components for a vehicle airbag assembly

An airbag assembly includes inner and outer panels that are coupled to define a cavity therebetween, an inflatable member disposed within the cavity and at least one reinforcing band disposed within at least the inner panel. The reinforcing band includes a plurality of glass fibers, and each of the plurality of glass fibers includes a coating layer.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150367799

Collision sensing apparatus

An apparatus includes a center component defining a center chamber therein and first and second side components defining first and second chambers therein, respectively. The first and second side components are coupled to opposing ends of the center component with the first and second chambers in fluid communication with the center chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150367796

Energy absorbing member for a bumper assembly of a vehicle

An energy absorbing member for a bumper assembly of a vehicle includes an open-celled foam. A magnetorheological fluid is disposed in the open-celled foam. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150367776

Light assembly operable as a dome lamp

According to one aspect of the present invention, a light assembly of a vehicle is provided herein. The light assembly includes an array of light sources and a plurality of light-directing elements, each configured to direct light received from the light sources in an associated direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150367747

Method for revitalizing and increasing lithium ion battery capacity

A hybrid or electric vehicle includes a lithium-ion battery and a controller. The controller is programmed to discharge the battery through an electrical load to a predetermined voltage less than a voltage associated with zero state of charge such that relative degrees of lithiation associated with the electrodes of the battery change for at least one state of charge resulting in an increase in battery maximum capacity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150367709

Air vent for mitigating hot air in vehicle

An air vent is mounted in a vehicle window frame. The air vent includes a one-piece body having an interior face and an exterior face. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150367708

Tuned air extractor to prevent wind throb in a vehicle

An air extractor is provided for reducing wind throb in a vehicle. The air extractor includes a support having a first opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150367707

Air vent with forced air feature

An air vent is mounted in a vehicle window frame. The air vent includes a one-piece body having an interior face and an exterior face. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150363988

Phone sleeve vehicle fob

A system and method for remotely communicating with a vehicle using a mobile communication device and a sleeve associated with the mobile communication device. The sleeve including a transceiver, the transceiver enabling communication between the mobile communication device and the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150363524

Stress relief in a finite element simulation for springback compensation

A finite-element-analysis simulator may simulate a pre-bend operation of an object design, performed to a raw material in forming an object, to produce simulated pre-bend results, adjust stress tensor components of the simulated pre-bend results to eliminate residual elastic deformation from the simulated pre-bend results, and complete object simulation of the raw material using the adjusted simulated pre-bend results.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150363210

Vehicle download by remote mobile device

A nomadic device may be configured to receive an indication of a software update to download over a local data connection to a vehicle computing system, download the software update from an update server over an approved wide-area data connection unavailable to the nomadic device when located within the vehicle, and provide the software update to the vehicle computing system for installation to the vehicle. A vehicle computing system may be configured receive, from an update server, an indication of a software update, provide the indication, over a local connection, to a nomadic device configured to download software updates when connected to a wide-area data connection unavailable to the nomadic device when located within the vehicle, and receive the software update, downloaded when connected to the wide-area data connection, from the nomadic device over the local connection.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150362997

Vehicle computing system in communication with a wearable device

A vehicle computing system comprising at least one controller configured to communicate with a wearable device. The at least one controller may be configured to receive data defining a first gesture made using the wearable wireless device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150362543

Detection of and response to second leakage detection circuit

A system includes an isolation detection unit (idu) having a first leakage detection circuit and being configured to determine an isolation characteristic for a voltage bus; and a circuit detection and response unit (cdru) configured to determine whether the first leakage detection circuit is coupled to a second leakage detection circuit by a common ground. The cdru can use a change in isolation characteristic of the voltage bus to determine whether a second detection circuit is coupled, and can characterize a coupled circuit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150362052

Transmission and hydraulic control system

A hydraulic control system for an automatic transmission with a torque converter includes two regulator valves controlled by a single variable force solenoid (vfs). A bypass clutch regulator valve increases the pressure to a bypass clutch apply chamber as the vfs pressure increases. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150362004

Clearance hole for self-piercing rivet

A system for attaching layers of material together comprised of a self-piercing rivet, a layer having a clearance hole through which the self-piercing rivet passes on assembly, and a layer free of a clearance hole and into which the self-piercing rivet is at least partially inserted. The system may include a third layer free of a clearance hole. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150361934

Multi-frequency quarter-wave resonator for an internal combustion engine vehicle

A variable noise attenuation element is disclosed that comprises a tube, at least one valve seat, at least one valve body and a wire connected to the valve body. The tube has an overall length that defines a first effective length for noise attenuation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150361927

Systems and methods for boost control

Methods and systems are provided for reducing turbo lag in an engine system configured with a cylinder dedicated for exhaust gas recirculation and distinct turbines coupled to the dedicated egr cylinder and remaining engine cylinders. An air-fuel ratio of combustion in the dedicated cylinder is adjusted responsive to a tip-in event by providing blow-through air and additional fuel based on the amount of heat required to spin up a turbine coupled to the dedicated cylinder and provide the requested boost pressure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150361862

Oil-cooled cylinder block with water-cooled bridge

Systems are provided to providing water to the bore bridges of a cylinder block that contains an oil cooling system. An oil-cooled cylinder block may be desirable to aid in rapidly increasing engine temperature during engine warm-up, but high local temperatures may exist in the bore bridges in between adjacent cylinders, thereby leading to adverse performance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360720

Fuel cell and battery powered vehicle parking

A vehicle system includes a communication interface configured to receive parking information from an infrastructure device. The parking information identifies at least one open parking space and at least one characteristic associated with the parking space. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360691

Regenerative-braking transmission downshift torque limiting

A hybrid vehicle powertrain is configured to provide a regenerative-braking torque limit on a transmission during a regenerative-braking downshift. The regenerative-braking downshift event has sequential boost, start, torque, inertia, and end phases. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360690

Method of controlling vehicle torque

In response to a transmission upshift command and a transmission element speed being greater than a threshold, a controller may reduce a rate of engine air intake prior to initial engagement of an oncoming shift element, at least until a target speed ratio is achieved. This reduction may reduce a transmission input torque such that upshift driveline disturbances are reduced.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360683

Methods and systems for operating a driveline disconnect clutch

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, application of a driveline disconnect clutch to start an engine is described. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360679

Method for controlling an electric machine in a vehicle with an engine disconnect clutch

A method of controlling a vehicle, in which the vehicle includes an engine, a traction motor, and a clutch configured to selectively couple the engine to the motor, includes commanding the traction motor to provide an incremental torque. The motor is commanded to provide the incremental torque in response to the clutch being in a slipping condition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360677

Method and system for selecting an engine operating point for a hybrid vehicle

A vehicle includes a powertrain having an engine and an electric machine (m/g) connected by an upstream clutch, and a gearbox connected to the m/g by a torque converter. A controller is configured to, in response to a park or neutral gear selection and an electrical power request from the m/g, operate the engine at an engine speed and an engine torque based on the request and m/g speed and torque for improved powertrain efficiency. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360675

Methods and systems for improving hybrid vehicle cooling

Systems and methods for improving hybrid vehicle cooling are presented. In one example, an electric pump may supply transmission fluid to a transmission and a driveline integrated starter/generator to cool, operate, and lubricate driveline components. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360674

Methods and systems for improving hybrid vehicle gear shifting

Systems and methods for improving transmission shifting of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, output torque of an electric machine is adjusted in response to a downshift of a fixed step ratio transmission during regenerative braking. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360664

Method for operating an electromechanical vehicle brake system

A method is provided for operating an electromechanical vehicle brake system having an esp module and at least two brake circuits, each brake circuit comprising high and low pressure switching valves, a low pressure storage device, and two wheel brakes. The method comprises, in advance of a possible breaking procedure and based on a trigger factor, filling the low pressure storage device with an amount of brake fluid at a first pre-pressure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360663

Method for operating an electromechanical vehicle brake system

A method for operating an electromechanical vehicle brake system is provided. The method includes determining that an activation condition has been met, selecting a pre-charge pressure based at least in part on the activation condition, building up at least an initial portion of the pre-charge pressure in the brake system, and applying at least the initial portion of the pre-charge pressure to at least one wheel brake.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360640

Self-actuating flow restrictor for a vehicle airbag assembly

An inflatable airbag assembly includes first and second walls sealably connected to define an inflatable bladder having an interior volume that is operable between inflated and deflated states. At least one pleat is defined within at least one of the first and second walls, and defines an expanded portion of the interior volume. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360635

Side pillar air curtain guide

A side pillar air curtain guide includes a main body having an air curtain ramp formed by a plurality of ribs. Those ribs project from the main body at an acute and included angle with the main body so as to provide enhanced deformability in a horizontal direction as an energy absorbing countermeasure in the event of a head impact by an occupant of the vehicle when in a side impact collision.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360634

Apparatus and methods for vehicle structural or semi-structural component assembly enabling tunable deceleration characteristics

A vehicle structural or semi-structural component assembly or crash sensor assembly includes a body, wherein a first portion of the body comprises a polymer composite material and a sensor mount portion of the body is connected to the first portion; and a sensor directly attached to the sensor mount portion. The sensor mount portion comprises a polymer composite material and a flexible reinforcement material over-molded within the polymer composite material. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360616

Automatic closing arrangement for vehicle stowage compartments

A vehicle stowage assembly including a storage compartment defining an opening to permit access to the compartment. A door is movably mounted proximate the opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360610

System and method for improving vehicle wrong-way detection

Systems and methods for improving vehicle wrong-way detection including systems, sensors or features, such as those for system/network clocks, ambient light, driver impairment, automatic cruise control, blind spot warning or configurable vehicle security, either singly or in any combination therewith, may refine and/or modify the confidence level of detecting particular or potential wrong-way incidents. By modifying the confidence level, the system may change the system sensitivity by moving the cutoff point at which an alert activation takes place. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360604

Electroluminescent license plate assembly for vehicles

An exterior vehicle component assembly includes an exterior vehicle component having a license plate cavity and an electroluminescent license plate assembly received and held in that cavity. The electroluminescent license plate assembly includes an electroluminescent panel and a transparent cover panel overlying the electroluminescent panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360578

Batter capacity degradation indication

Methods and systems are described to provide the user with information relating to status of vehicle and battery status based on environment and vehicle use. The user can be educated on the effects of vehicle use and environmental factors on the vehicle battery's status and ability to store charge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360545

Vehicle anti-pinch moonroof control system and method

Systems and methods are provided for a vehicle roof closure that can prevent pinching of obstructions within a roof opening. Example vehicles include a roof having an opening, a panel disposed adjacent to the opening and moveable by a first motor, a shade disposed below the panel and moveable by a second motor having a lower output than the first motor, and a controller configured to close the shade before closing the panel during a close panel operation, and stop the shade if an obstruction is detected within the opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360541

Selective powertrain heating system

A vehicle includes a powertrain having an engine and at least one controller. The controller is programed to selectively heat at least one of a plurality of components of the powertrain with a given amount of waste heat based on an expected decrease in friction power associated with an expected increase in temperature from the given amount of waste heat for each of the components.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360538

Vehicle comfort system with efficient coordination of complementary thermal units

An hvac comfort system operates in a cabin of a vehicle. A plurality of vehicle status parameters are measured including a cabin temperature and a seat occupancy configuration. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360535

Method and device for operating a heat accumulator in a motor vehicle

A method and a device for operating a heat accumulator in a motor vehicle are provided. When the driver switches off the ignition, it is determined on the basis of the current coolant temperature whether there is a need for heat accumulation at this time and whether the benefit thereof depends on when the internal combustion engine is activated again. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150360281

Aluminum porthole extruded tubing with locating feature

An extruded aluminum alloy tube for hydroforming into an automotive body component includes a wall defining a closed perimeter. The wall includes weld seams disposed in the wall and running longitudinally along the tube. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150358456

Method and system for supervising information communication based on occupant and vehicle environment

A vehicle computer system includes one or more processors configured to receive context data representative of a vehicle's environment from one or more modules. The one or more processors are programmed and configured to receive the context data from one or more modules, determine an attention demand value utilizing the context data and a workload value corresponding to the context data, and output an indicator to activate or adjust a do not disturb feature based on the attention demand value.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150357768

Vehicle electronic connector hub

A console assembly includes a console housing with a storage compartment having a member in a wall that is rotatable between a plurality of positions. The member includes an electronic port for connecting an electronic device that is accessible from within the compartment when the member is rotated to a first position and accessible from outside the compartment when the member is rotated to a second position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150357682

Grooved cover for battery array

A battery array according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a circuit connector assembly and a cover that partially covers the circuit connector assembly. The cover includes a groove. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150357657

Control and heating of fuel cell stack coolant thermal mass

A fuel cell system is includes a fuel cell stack with a cooling line arrangement configured to pass coolant through the stack, a pump configured to move the coolant through the arrangement, and at least one controller. The controller is programmed to, in response to a start-up event for the stack at an ambient temperature less than a first threshold value, initiate operation of the stack and to prevent activation of the pump in order to promote static flow conditions within the arrangement.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150357615

Battery assembly reinforcement member

A battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a tray, a battery array mounted to the tray, a cover positioned about the battery array and a reinforcement member disposed between the cover and the battery array.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150356794

Connected vehicle predictive quality

A vehicle system includes a communication interface and a processing device. The processing device is configured to receive performance data associated with at least one of a plurality of vehicle subsystems and generate a message that includes the performance data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150355615

Method and system for battery state of charge estimation

A powertrain having a lithium-ion (li-ion) traction battery including solid active particles is operated according to a state of charge of the battery based on an estimated li-ion concentration profile of a representative solid active particle of a reduced-order model of the battery. The concentration profile is estimated according to the reduced-order model from the measured voltage and current of the battery.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150355283

Method and system for estimating battery model parameters to update battery models used for controls

A powertrain having a traction battery is operated according to performance variables of the battery based on state variables of a reduced-order electrochemical model of the battery. The state variables are estimated by an estimator based on the battery model. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150355067

System for sensing particulate matter

Systems and methods are described for sensing particulate matter in an exhaust system of a vehicle. An example system comprises a first outer tube with a plurality of intake apertures on an upstream surface, a second inner tube with a plurality of intake apertures on a downstream surface, and a particulate matter sensor placed within the second inner tube. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150355066

System for sensing particulate matter

Systems and methods are described for sensing particulate matter in an exhaust system of a vehicle. An example system comprises a first outer tube with a plurality of intake apertures on an upstream surface, a second inner tube with a plurality of intake apertures on a downstream surface, and a particulate matter sensor placed within the second inner tube. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150355064

Method of screening or selection aluminum sheets for a manufacturing process

A method is provided for selecting a heat treated aluminum sheet for use in a manufacturing process. The aluminum sheet is tested for an initial strength value before being stored for a period of time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354698

Controlling an automatic transmission

A method of downshifting an automotive transmission. An on-coming transmission element is stroked while pressure for an off-going element is reduced. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354697

Dual sump transmission hydraulic control system

A hydraulic control system includes a primary sump and an auxiliary sump. When the transmission fluid is warm, fluid remains in the auxiliary sump reducing the volume of oil in circulation throughout the transmission to reduce parasitic losses. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354692

System and method of transferring heat between transmission fluid and coolant in oil pan

A system for transferring heat between a transmission fluid and a coolant in a transmission, such as in a motor vehicle, includes a transmission pump for circulating the transmission fluid and an oil pan having a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger has at least one transmission fluid layer and at least one coolant layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354680

Multi-speed transmission with lay shaft

A transmission gearing arrangement produces seven forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio by selective engagement of two shift elements in various combinations. Some embodiment includes three simple planetary gearsets in conjunction with two axis transfer gear pairs and a layshaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354670

Multi-speed transmission

A family of transmission gearing arrangements produces ten forward and one reverse speed ratios by selective engagement of various combinations of four shift elements. Each disclosed transmission includes four planetary gearsets and six shift elements.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354648

Ventilated brake rotors

A brake rotor for attachment to a wheel of a vehicle may include an outer friction member and an inner friction member. The brake rotor may further include a plurality of fin elements connecting the outer friction member to the inner friction member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354510

On-board method to smoke test a vehicle's evap system using exhaust gas

Systems and methods for smoke testing an evaporative emissions control system of a vehicle using exhaust gas are disclosed. In one example, a method for an engine comprises: during a first condition, routing exhaust gas to a sealed fuel system; and pressurizing the fuel system with the exhaust gas such that exhaust gas will escape from a leak in the fuel system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354492

Method and system for dual fuel engine system

Methods and systems are provided for accurately estimating an engine volumetric efficiency in a multi-fuel engine system operating with different fuels and different injection systems. The volumetric efficiency is revised based on the fraction of each fuel in the total fuel injection amount as well as based on the injection type for each fuel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354491

Adjusting pump volume commands for direct injection fuel pumps

Methods are provided for controlling a direct injection fuel pump, wherein a solenoid spill valve is energized and de-energized according to certain conditions. A control strategy is needed to operate the direct injection fuel pump outside regions where pump operation may be variable and inaccurate, where the regions may be characterized by smaller pump commands as well as smaller displacement volumes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354489

Method and system for humidity sensor diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for an engine including a humidity sensor. Degradation of the humidity sensor may be determined based on a change in intake air relative humidity as compared to a change in intake air temperature or pressure, under selected conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354485

Identification and rejection of asymmetric faults

Methods and systems are provided for identifying and rejecting asymmetric faults that cause engine emissions to be biased rich or lean. In one example, a method for an engine system comprises generating a uego sensor feedback set-point adjustment based on slower and faster time components within an outer loop of a catalyst control system; generating an inner-loop bias-offset correction from the slower time component; and indicating degradation of the engine system based on a comparison of the bias-offset correction to a degradation threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354483

Multivariable low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation control

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a lp-egr valve and an lp intake throttle to provide a desired lp-egr flow rate while maintaining a minimum differential pressure. In one example, a method for a turbocharged engine method comprises: responsive to a differential between intake and exhaust pressure below a threshold, adjusting a lp-egr valve while adjusting a lp intake throttle to regulate a lp-egr flow rate and the differential to respective setpoints; and responsive to the differential above the threshold, saturating the lp-egr valve to minimize the differential while actuating the throttle to regulate the flow rate to its setpoint. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354482

Systems and methods for dedicated egr cylinder valve control

Systems and methods for improving combustion in a highly exhaust gas diluted engine are disclosed. The methods and systems may be provided in an engine that includes independent control of cylinder valves with respect to other cylinder valves.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354480

System and methods for engine-off natural vacuum tests

A method for a vehicle, comprising: during a first condition, closing a canister vent valve responsive to an engine-off event without initiating an engine-off natural vacuum test; during a second condition, following the first condition, closing the canister vent valve responsive to a vehicle-off event; and then initiating an engine-off natural vacuum test. In this way, the completion percentage of the engine-off natural vacuum test will increase.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354478

System and methods for purging a fuel vapor canister

A method for purging a fuel vapor canister, comprising: responsive to a canister load decreasing below a first threshold, reversing a direction of air flow through the fuel vapor canister while maintaining purge air intake at a vent line inlet. By reversing the direction of air flow through the fuel vapor canister, canister regions that would normally retain fuel vapor during a purge event may realize increased desorption when the air flow direction is reversed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354477

Systems and methods for egr control

Methods and systems are provided for reducing torque transients experienced when a dedicated egr cylinder is deactivated to reduce egr. Before deactivating the dedicated cylinder, an intake throttle position and spark timing of remaining engine cylinders is adjusted to build-up torque reserve in anticipation of a negative torque transient at deactivation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354442

System and method for determining turbine degradation and mitigating turbine degradation in a variable geometry turbocharger

A method for operating a vehicle system is described herein. The method includes indicating a variable geometry turbine degradation based on a comparison of a modeled set of turbine pressure values and a sensed set of turbine pressure values, each set of turbine pressure values including a pressure value upstream of the turbine and a pressure value downstream of the turbine and the variable geometry turbine positioned downstream of an engine cylinder.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354441

Wastegate control

Various methods for operating a wastegate are provided. In one example, a method of controlling a linked valve actuator system comprises adjusting the actuator near an end stop based on a learned uncertainty end stop region, the region based on operating conditions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150354253

Low effort outside release handle

A vehicle door includes a handle having an angled or inclined ramp surface. A bellcrank is rotatably connected to the door structure for rotation about a generally horizontal axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150353144

Aluminum alloy vehicle structural component defining an out-of-plane aperture

An aluminum alloy vehicle structural component defining an out-of-plane aperture with its main portion. A recessed portion is inset from the main portion having a bed sub-portion out-of-plane with the main portion that defines the aperture. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150353093

Driver training interface

A driver training vehicle system includes a driver training vehicle and an interface system with an auxiliary control unit that is removably installable in the vehicle. A vehicle control system can receive a brake input from a vehicle driver via a floor pedal in the vehicle as well as a brake input from a vehicle passenger via the auxiliary unit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150353069

Methods and systems providing driveline braking

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, driveline braking may transition from regenerative braking to engine braking to reduce the possibility of battery degradation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150353068

Timing transmission gearing shifts for a hybrid electric powertrain

A transmission shift is timed for a hybrid electric powertrain as a function of a torque capacity of an electric machine relative to a shifting torque required to change gearings of a transmission. A vehicle is being propelled by the machine, with an engine stopped, when the shift is requested. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150353057

Integrated camera mounting and image window cleaning device

An integrated camera mounting and image window cleaning device includes a mounting bracket, a housing and a seal provided between the housing and the mounting bracket. A delivery channel extends around the outer periphery of the image window of the camera allowing the delivery of cleaning fluid which flows across the entire image window for cleaning.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150353052

Defroster nozzle with net over outlet

A defroster nozzle assembly includes a nozzle body defining a conduit and an outlet in communication with the conduit and having a length and a width. A net of a polymeric material extends over the length and width of the outlet and is bonded directly to a portion of the nozzle body adjacent the outlet.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150353040

Deflector structure

A deflector member comprises opposing first and second walls and a plurality of sidewalls arranged adjacent to each other and between the first and second walls, the sidewalls having a cross-sectional shape between the first and second walls that is at least three-sided. The deflector member is adapted to mount to a vehicle frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150353035

Vehicle system with battery boost and bypass control

A vehicle system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a dc/dc converter bus adapted to operate at a first voltage set-point and a low voltage battery bus adapted to operate at a second voltage set-point different from the first voltage set-point.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150353003

Dual direction light producing assembly

A light-producing assembly is provided herein and includes a first portion of leds biased to direct light in a first direction, a second portion of leds biased to direct light in a second direction that is different than the first direction, and a controller for selectively activating the first and/or second portions of leds.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150353002

Headlamp retaining bracket assembly

A vehicle assembly includes a front end module, an upper panel, and a fender covering the upper panel. The vehicle assembly also includes a housing, mounted to the front end module, having a first contour, and a bracket, having a second contour complementary with the first contour, attached with the housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150352972

Estimation and compensation of battery measurement

Hybrid or electric vehicles include a traction battery to store and provide motive energy. For effective operation of the traction battery, operating parameters, such as state of charge and battery power limits, may need to be known. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150352926

Circulation for pressure loss event

An exemplary vehicle is disclosed having a compressible fluid system including at least one sensor configured to determine a fluid pressure present within the compressible fluid system, and a circulator configured to circulate air in the engine compartment. The vehicle is configured to activate the circulator in response to a decrease in the fluid pressure, and in some approaches may also open a grill shutter or other fluid passage into the engine compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150352923

Methods and systems for utilizing waste heat for a hybrid vehicle

Systems and methods for operating an engine that includes an exhaust gas heat recovery system are described. The system may reduce engine warm-up time and increase an amount of time an engine of a hybrid vehicle is deactivated while the hybrid vehicle is powered by a motor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150352920

Suspension system using optically recorded information, vehicles including suspension systems, and methods of using suspension systems

A method for controlling a suspension system of a vehicle, as well as suspension systems, and a vehicle including a suspension system is provided. The suspension system may include at least one adjustable damping device that is controlled via a control signal, such as from a controller of the suspension system, in order to dynamically adjust the damping characteristic of the damping device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150352626

Method of hydroforming an extruded aluminum tube with a flat nose corner radius

A method of hydroforming a vehicle rail from an extruded aluminum tube includes the steps of positioning the extruded aluminum tube into a hydroforming die and partially closing the hydroforming die. Next is the step of applying a liquid under a first level of pressure to the extruded aluminum tube in the hydroforming die. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150349679

Hybrid-vehicle variable-voltage traction motor drive

A method is provided for controlling a traction motor for an electrified vehicle, wherein the motor is driven by a pulse-width modulated inverter. A drive command from a driver of the vehicle is converted into a demanded torque. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150349527

Limit management for multi-function systems

Exemplary methods are disclosed, which may include providing a conductive component configured to conduct a current to at least two electrical systems or elements. Methods may further include determining one of the electrical elements as a low-priority system and a second one of the electrical elements as a high-priority system, measuring or estimating a current associated with the at least two electrical systems to establish the current exceeds a predetermined parameter, and deactivating the low-priority system in response to at least the determination of the current exceeding the predetermined parameter.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150349302

Battery cell shrink-wrap method and assembly

An example battery cell shrink-wrapping method includes covering a side of a battery cell with a section of a shrink-wrap material. The side interfaces with a cold plate when the battery cell is within a battery pack.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150348417

Boundary detection system

Systems and methods provide for tracking objects around a vehicle, analyzing the potential threat of the tracked objects, and implementing a threat response based on the analysis in order to keep occupants of the vehicle safe. Embodiments include a boundary detection system comprising a memory configured to store threat identification information, and a sensor unit configured to sense the object outside the vehicle and obtain sensor information based on the sensed object. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150348058

Apparatus and system for generating vehicle usage model

A vehicle computer system configured to communicate with a mobile device, comprising a wireless transceiver configured to communicate with the mobile device. The vehicle computer system also includes a processor in communication with the wireless transceiver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150347326

Method and apparatus for dynamically updating a vehicle module configuration record

A system includes a processor configured to detect that a vehicle module update has been performed. The processor is further configured to create an identifier associated with a module that indicates an updated status and for each module having an identifier indicating an updated status associated therewith, requesting subscription to a topic, corresponding to the updated module, and specific to an individual vehicle, from a remote server.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150346696

Intentionally increasing a non-torque output of an electric machine in an electric vehicle

An example method includes operating an electric machine to produce a torque output and a non-torque output. The method maintains the torque output and intentionally increases the non-torque output to produce a desired condition in an electric vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150346257

Continuous leakage detection circuit with integrated robustness check and balanced fault detection

A leakage detection circuit with integrated robustness check provides leakage detection and continuous robustness check capability. A circuit can include a first voltage divider coupled to a chassis ground and a positive terminal of a traction energy storage device (esd). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150346060

Modular rigid barrier

A rigid barrier system includes a base piece and a face piece. The face piece may be configured to be to be mounted to the base piece, such that the face piece is laterally movable while mounted to the base piece in an unfixed mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150346041

Multi-directional in-duct combining air-temperature monitor

A combining air-temperature monitor includes a faceted central shaft, a plurality of air-foil rings positioned about the faceted central shaft and a mixing zone proximate the faceted central shaft. The air-foil rings and the faceted central shaft cooperate to direct a plurality of air streams into the mixing zone. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150345939

Illuminated hitch angle detection component

A lighting system for a trailer assembly is provided herein. The lighting system includes a hitch angle detection component having a predefined pattern thereon. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150345938

Luminescent hitch angle detection component

A lighting system for a trailer is provided herein. The lighting system may include a hitch angle detection component disposed on the trailer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150345635

Friction element assembly for a transmission and method of assembly

A friction element assembly for a transmission of a motor vehicle includes a set of plates and friction members. A piston assembly is configured to apply a force to the set of plates and friction members. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150345528

Adjustable tower stud assembly

An adjustable tower stud assembly is disclosed for securing an object, such as a roof rack, to an external panel such as the roof of a vehicle. The object requires more support than can be provided by the external panel and it is also connected to a sub-surface support. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150345436

System and methods for managing fuel tank temperature

A system for an engine, comprising: a fuel tank; a thermal regulator comprising a phase-change material, the thermal regulator coupled to the fuel tank; and an engine coolant passage positioned to transfer thermal energy between engine coolant and the phase-change material. In this way, the temperature of the fuel tank may be managed passively by the phase-change material, and actively by engine coolant, thereby allowing heat energy to be shunted away from the fuel tank, cooling the fuel within the fuel tank, and reducing fuel vapor concentration, thus enabling a fuel vapor canister with a reduced size.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150345435

System and methods for managing fuel vapor canister temperature

A system for an engine, comprising: a fuel vapor canister coupled to a fuel tank; a thermal jacket comprising a phase-change material, the thermal jacket spatially sheathing the fuel vapor canister; and an engine coolant passage positioned to transfer thermal energy between engine coolant and the phase-change material. In this way, the phase-change material may buffer the temperature of the fuel vapor canister by absorbing heat generated during hydrocarbon adsorption, and returning the heat to the vapor canister during hydrocarbon desorption. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150345419

Method and system for pre-ignition control

Methods and systems are provided for enriching an engine cylinder in response to an indication of pre-ignition. The cylinder is enriched by initially increasing a proportion of fuel delivered to the cylinder via a port injector on an open intake valve event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150345410

Supercharged applied ignition internal combustion engine with exhaust-gas turbocharging and method for operating an internal combustion engine of said type

A turbocharged internal combustion engine is provided with at least a partially variable valve train on an intake side wherein the intake valves are controlled to optimize the actuation of a second inlet valve in relation to a first inlet valve for different load conditions.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150345407

Method of fuel injection for a variable displacement engine

Various systems and methods are described for controlling fuel injection in a variable displacement engine. One method for a deactivatable cylinder comprises, before deactivating the cylinder responsive to operating conditions, disabling a port injector and fueling the cylinder only via the direct injector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150345371

Methods and systems for increasing airflow through a charge air cooler to decrease charge air cooler condensate

Methods and systems are provided for increasing airflow through a charge air cooler (cac) in order to purge condensate from the cac. In one example, a method includes increasing airflow through the cac while maintaining torque by one or more of selectively deactivating one or more engine cylinders and increasing boost or opening a compressor bypass valve and increasing boost. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150345188

Vehicle door handle

A vehicle door includes a door structure having an interior space and a ramp disposed within the interior space. The vehicle door further includes a latch and a handle that is pivotably connected to the door structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150345185

Deployable hood release handle

A motor vehicle hood latch mechanism comprises a latch assembly including a primary latch and a secondary latch. The secondary latch restrains the hood in a released position subsequent movement of the primary latch to an unlocked position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150344079

Vehicle front end structure

A vehicle front end structure includes a longitudinally extending upper tube, and a longitudinally extending lower tube. The upper and lower tubes are conjoined to each other along a substantial portion of the total length of the tubes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150344073

Vehicle frame component

A body on frame vehicle includes a sorb impact load management system including front blocker structures for limiting transfer of the sorb impact loads from being transferred to the passenger compartment area. A sorb impact load transfer apparatus in the form of a cable extends between the front end horns of the side rails of the frame to transfer sorb impact loads from the impacted side across the vehicle frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150344067

Trailer curvature control with adaptive trailer length estimation

An apparatus for determining a jackknife condition of a vehicle and trailer is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a processor operable to set an operating range of a hitch angle to a minimum range. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150344026

Methods and systems for operating a driveline clutch

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, operation of a driveline disconnect clutch is adjusted to compensate for clutch wear and manufacturing tolerances.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150344006

Adjustable brake pedal system

A brake pedal assembly for a vehicle having a brake pedal arm having an initial position and an adjustment subassembly configured to adjust the initial position. The brake pedal assembly is further provided with a preload spring configured to provide a preload force to the brake pedal arm and a preload adjustment cam in cooperation with the brake pedal arm. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150344005

Adjustable brake pedal system

A brake pedal assembly for a brake-by-wire system or vehicle having a traction battery. The brake pedal assembly has both a pedal feel simulator and an adjustable brake pedal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150344004

Shift-by-wire vehicle and method to verify securement

A vehicle includes both a transmission park mechanism and an electronic parking brake. As a failure management strategy, a controller monitors vehicle movement to verify that the park mechanism is successfully restraining the vehicle against movement. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150343989

Bumper assembly including airbag

A bumper assembly for a vehicle includes a bumper beam and an energy absorbing member adjacent the bumper beam. An airbag module includes an inflator coupled to the bumper beam and an airbag coupled to the inflator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150343983

Vehicle occupant restraint system for oblique impact

An occupant restraint system for a vehicle includes an airbag module disposed in a column cover. The column cover covers a steering column of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150343965

Truck cab liner with noise absorber

A body for a vehicle, such as a pickup truck, has a passenger cabin including an exterior body panel with an air extractor aperture and an interior trim panel. The trim panel is a liner mounted to the body panel thereby defining a generally-planar laterally extending chamber between them. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150343945

Printed led rylene dye welcome/farewell lighting

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a lighting device disposed on the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150343944

Printed led trim panel lamp

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a circuit disposed on a trim panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/03/15 / #20150343890

Modular hybrid transmission with a one way clutch

A vehicle transmission system having a combustion engine, an electric motor and a transmission includes a first clutch operatively connected between the engine and the motor and a one way clutch. The one way clutch is connected in parallel with the first clutch that permits the engine to increase speed with the clutch disengaged until the engine speed matches the motor speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150341767

Method and system for launching an application

A mobile device comprising at least one controller in communication with one or more transceivers. The one or more transceivers are capable of communication with a vehicle computing system (vcs) and a server. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150341766

Method and system for launching an application

A computer-program product embodied in a non-transitory computer read-able medium that is programmed for communicating accident data to a vehicle computing system (vcs) and at least one server. The computer-program product may comprise instructions for receiving a broadcast notification via short-range wireless communication from the vcs. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150341744

Method and system for launching an application

A mobile device comprising at least one controller in communication with one or more transceivers. The one or more transceivers are capable of communication with a vehicle computing system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150341440

Method and system for launching an application

A vehicle computing system having at least one controller communicating with a transceiver. The at least one controller programed to configure a wireless signal having a first application identifier for a first application to be launched at a nomadic device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150340899

Automatic battery discharge tool

An assembly for discharging a battery using an adjustable variable resistor. A battery is connected to the assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150340794

Energy storage device service interlock

An energy storage device and electrical component are secured under an access cover by a lock. A handle has a key portion that operates the lock. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150340671

Devices and methods for retaining battery cells of traction batteries

A vehicle traction battery cell retainer includes a sidewall defining a plurality of windows each surrounded by a window flange extending therefrom, a top channel extending from the sidewall and terminating in a top flange, and a bottom channel extending from the retainer sidewall, defining a plurality of air bypass windows, and terminating in a bottom flange, the top and bottom flanges arranged for interlocking with an adjacent retainer of the traction battery. A vehicle traction battery assembly includes first and second adjacent battery cell arrays each having associated first and second retainers having a sidewall defining air flow windows and integrated top and bottom channels formed of unitary construction with interlocking flanges to couple the first and second arrays.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150339866

Vehicle energy consumption efficiency learning in the energy domain

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling a vehicle based on a learned energy consumption efficiency. The energy consumption efficiency may be learned in an energy domain by periodically filtering a ratio of a distance traveled to an energy consumed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150339593

Vehicle generated social network updates

A vehicle system includes a navigation system, a communication interface, and a processing device. The navigation system determines a first vehicle location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150339114

Module interface for vehicle updates

A vehicle may include a processor of a vehicle configured to communicate with an update server hosting software updates; and a software update management module connected to the processor and vehicle modules over a vehicle bus and configured to send an update command over the vehicle bus to invoke a software update mode for one of the vehicle modules identified by a software update, and apply the software update to the one of the vehicle modules. A computing system of a vehicle may be configured to request consent from a user to install a software update, when consent is received, install the software updates using a software update management module configured to invoke software update mode for a vehicle module identified by the software update, and apply the software update to the vehicle module, and when consent is not received, display an indication that software updates are available.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150338043

Headlamp assembly with multiple high aspect ratio lenses

A headlight assembly including a plurality of low-beam modules and a plurality of high-beam modules are enclosed in a housing. The low-beam modules include a top reflector disposed above a low-beam led light source that projects a height limited first beam of light through the low-beam lens. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337955

Transmission hydraulic control system including thermal valve

A hydraulic control system provides lubrication fluid to a gearbox via two flow paths in parallel. One of the flow paths includes a passive thermal valve in series with a heat exchanger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337947

Baffle for automotive transmission

A transmission in a vehicle includes a gearbox and a differential. Torque is transferred from an output of the gearbox to an input of the differential via a drive member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337925

Four planetary-gearset step-ratio automatic transmission

A four gearing-arrangement transmission having six shift-elements cooperatively engaging in combinations of three to provide nine forward speeds and one reverse speed. The transmission having a first gearing-arrangement with an end-gear fixedly coupled to a ground. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337869

Self-orienting piston spring accumulator

An accumulator for a vehicle may include a cylinder defining a bore having an inner surface, and a piston moveable within the bore. The piston may include a seal and a guide section defined by a truncated sphere. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337867

Brake vacuum aspirator

A brake vacuum aspirator has a generally known construction and function and includes an optimized bypass flow path including an optimized check valve making the brake vacuum aspirator capable of a performance level not previously obtainable in brake vacuum aspirators. In particular, the brake vacuum aspirator of the exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure includes an enlarged bypass flow path for providing a proximately 9.5 ft3/min of air flow at 7″ of hg so that the brake vacuum aspirator is capable of sufficient performance during alternating wide-open throttle and then full brake application testing simulating high performance driving such as those that may be experienced in vehicle pursuits (e.g., police city pursuit testing) without using any added and costly additional equipment.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337783

Direct injection pump control for low fuel pumping volumes

Methods are provided for controlling a solenoid spill valve of a direct injection fuel pump, wherein the solenoid spill valve is energized and de-energized according to certain conditions. A control strategy is needed to operate the direct injection fuel pump when small fractional trapping volumes are commanded, wherein a small amount of fuel is compressed and sent to the direct injection fuel rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337775

System and methods for purging a fuel vapor canister buffer

A method for purging a fuel vapor canister buffer, comprising: opening a fuel tank isolation valve; opening a canister purge valve; and drawing a vacuum on a fuel tank sufficient to open a capless refueling assembly vacuum relief mechanism. In this way, the fuel vapor canister buffer may still be purged to intake even under conditions where the canister vent line is blocked.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337753

Pressure device to reduce ticking noise during engine idling

Systems and methods are provided for a high-pressure fuel pump to mitigate audible ticking noise associated with opening and closing of a digital inlet valve of the high-pressure pump. To reduce the ticking noise associated with the high-pressure pump when the engine is idling, a solution is needed that is simple and does not involve retrofitting the fuel system with noise, vibration, and harshness countermeasures to mask the noise. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337750

Systems and methods for improving catalyst diagnostics in the presence of sensor degradation

Systems and methods for diagnosing operation of a catalyst are presented. In one example, threshold limits for catalyst variables are adjusted in response to attributes of a catalyst monitor sensor that may vary with sensor age. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337749

Methods and systems for humidity and pcv flow detection via an exhaust gas sensor

Methods and systems are provided for estimating a pcv flow to an engine based on the output of an exhaust gas oxygen sensor. During dfso conditions, a reference voltage of the sensor is modulated initially with an intake throttle open and then with the intake throttle closed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337745

System and method for estimating ambient humidity

Methods and systems are provided for estimating ambient humidity based on a wet bulb temperature and a dry bulb temperature during precipitation, and estimating ambient humidity based on the dry bulb temperature and not based on wet bulb temperature when precipitation is absent.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337719

Wastegate control

Various methods for operating a wastegate are provided. In one example, a method of adjusting a linked valve actuator system comprises applying, in addition to feedback position control adjustments, a non-harmonic oscillation to an actuator of the linked valve actuator system.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337696

Systems and methods for purge and pcv control

Methods and systems are provided for improving purge air-fuel ratio control. Fuel vapors from a canister and the crankcase are selectively purged to a group of cylinders and not to remaining engine cylinders. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150337567

Vehicle door closure system including speed-based latch release

A vehicle door includes a door structure and a movable door handle that is connected to a latch mechanism by a cable. A rotatably biased stop member is connected to the cable. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336612

Lightweight vehicle beam

Several different cross sections of beam having more than four sides are disclosed that may form a central portion of a beam having end portions that have four sides. The end portions of the beams may be received by frame rails. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336583

Method for preventing wheel spin on stopped vehicles

A method comprising: applying a brake force to all four wheels of a motor vehicle to stop the vehicle while torque continues to be applied to its driven wheels; and preventing wheel slippage of the driven wheels by reducing the applied torque when the vehicle is stopped or nearly stopped from moving in a forward direction. In this way, unintentional lateral movement of the vehicle due to creep torque applied to the driven wheels on slippery surfaces can be prevented or corrected.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336568

Selective electric mode for electric vehicle

An example method includes operating an electric vehicle in an electric mode when a speed of the electric vehicle is at or below a threshold speed, and operating the electric vehicle in a hybrid mode when the speed of the electric vehicle is above the threshold speed. The threshold speed is an operator-adjustable threshold speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336566

Vehicle battery power transfer limit management system and method

A vehicle includes a powertrain including an electric machine and a traction battery. The vehicle also includes at least one controller programmed to, during a transmission shift event, cause the electric machine to absorb torque. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336564

Clutch control to enter powersplit hybrid powertrain parallel mode

A selectively actuatable one-way clutch is controlled to brake or release a generator such that a powersplit hybrid powertrain enters or exits a parallel mode of operation. To brake the generator and enter the parallel mode, the clutch is activated while overrunning the generator before the generator is slowed to engage the clutch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336563

Methods and systems for improving hybrid vehicle efficiency

Systems and methods for improving efficiency of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an electric machine provides at least a portion of a driver demand torque to propel a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336533

Side airbag for vehicles

A side airbag for protection for vehicle occupants includes an interior wall separating the airbag into upstream and downstream chambers and defining an opening between two chambers adjacent a lower end of the airbag. A flow deflector between the opening and an exterior vent combines with the wall to define a channel therebetween. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336527

Fastening and sensing apparatus

An apparatus includes a body having a fastening portion and a pressure sensor coupled to the body apart from the fastening portion. The pressure sensor has a chamber therein. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336518

Component group for joining together vehicle parts

A component group is provided for joining together vehicle parts which have to be aligned, adjusted and fastened relative to one another during assembly. The component group includes at least two components which are fastened to the vehicle parts to be connected together and which are able to be displaced relative to one another and which are able to be fixed to one another after adjustment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336517

Rear loaded interior badge

A badge mounting system for a vehicle interior includes a badge plate and an emblem or badge comprised of raised lettering or a design that is formed integrally on the badge plate. A trim panel includes inner and outer surfaces and a badge relief section formed integrally on the trim panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336503

Infinitely adjustable cargo lamp for pickup trucks

A cargo lamp is provided for a pickup truck. The cargo lamp includes a lamp housing, a stop light held in the lamp housing and an adjustable lamp held in the lamp housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336501

Headlight assembly with static bending lights

A headlight assembly including an upper static bending light and a lower static bending light. The upper and lower static bending lights are provided on an inner wall of a headlight assembly that defines an opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336488

Head restraint for a vehicle seat

A head restraint for a vehicle seat, includes a central part having a front surface, an upper side and opposing side surfaces. First and second side parts are operably coupled to the opposing side surfaces of the central part and are operable between supporting and non-supporting positions relative to the central part. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336464

Ultrasonic location for electric vehicle charging system

A charging system for charging a vehicle includes a charging station and a vehicle. The charging station includes a wireless charging coil, at least one ultrasonic sensor oriented to detect a vehicle proximate the coil, and a first wireless communication device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336462

Sonic triangulation method for locating vehicles for hands-free electric vehicle charging

A charging system for charging a vehicle includes a charging station and a vehicle. The charging station includes a wireless charging coil, a sonic receiver oriented to receive sonic signals generated proximate the coil, and a first wireless communications device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336446

Cardan mounting for an air vent

The invention relates to a cardan mounting for an air vent, comprising a fixed part and a moving part, which are each pivotably attached to a cardan ring, wherein the two pivoting axes are arranged at right angles to one another. The cardan ring is elastically deformable, circular-ring-shaped in the uninstalled state and extended along one pivoting axis and compressed along the other pivoting axis, as compared with the circular shape, in the installed state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336315

Gas removal vacuum system for use with mold-in-color tooling

An injection molding tool for molded-in-color injection molding is disclosed. The tool includes a first mold half that includes a mold cavity, a second molding half that includes a molding core, an ejector pin fluidly associated with the first mold half, and a gas removal vacuum system fluidly associated with the ejector pin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336157

Methods of forming hollow extruded vehicle frame component for subassembly attachment

A frame component of a vehicle, such as a header beam that couples between the a-pillars of a vehicle frame, includes an extruded hollow member having top and bottom exterior walls and side walls that together enclose an elongated internal volume of the hollow member. A pair of interior walls extends along the internal volume separating outer load sections adjacent to the side walls from a central attachment section. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150334506

Method and system for a vehicle computing system communicating to a social media site

. . A vehicle computing system comprising at least one controller configured with a transceiver to connect with a server via a communication network connection. The controller may be configured to login to the server via a vehicle identification comprising at least one of a user-name and password for access to profile data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150333383

Biasing a battery cell

An example electric vehicle battery assembly includes a plurality of battery cells, a cold plate, and a biasing device to urge the plurality of battery cells toward the cold plate. An example method includes biasing a battery cell toward a cold plate to enhance thermal energy transfer between the battery cell and the cold plate.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150333379

Thermal management system for an electrified vehicle

A battery system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery pack, a first sensor at an inlet of the battery pack and a second sensor at an outlet of the battery pack.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150333378

Traction battery leakage detection system for electrified vehicle

A leakage detection system for a battery pack of a vehicle may include detection circuitry having a first side connecting a positive terminal of the pack to ground and a second side connecting a negative terminal of the pack to ground, and including no more than one switch among the sides. The system may also include measurement circuitry configured to measure a voltage across a resistor of one of the sides when the switch is open and closed, and a controller programmed to output a leakage associated with the battery pack based on the voltage.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150333240

Printed led heat sink double lock

A light emitting assembly is disclosed. The assembly comprises a heat sink of an electrically conductive material configured to function as a first electrode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150332671

Device and method for speech recognition

A device and a method for speech recognition, usable in a vehicle, with a processing unit for processing audio signals of a user on the basis of a user speech profile assigned to this user. The device is configured to store the user speech profile in an external memory assigned only to this user and located outside the processing unit, and to automatically retrieve the user speech profile stored in the external memory at each start-up of the device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150331686

Over-the-air vehicle issue resolution

A symptom database may associate vehicle parameters indicative of vehicle issues with software updates correcting the issues. A diagnostic server may receive vehicle parameters from a vehicle responsive to vehicle generation of a diagnostic code, utilize the symptom database to identify a software update corresponding to an issue indicated by the vehicle parameters, and provide a response identifying the software update for automatic installation by the vehicle to correct the issue. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150331442

Devices and systems for preventing misalignment in vehicle brake assemblies

An alignment device may include a saddle element configured to sit on a pedal arm of a brake assembly. The saddle element may include first and second u-shaped ends configured to receive the pedal arm. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150331060

Method for the management of the electrical current supply in a motor vehicle

This disclosure relates to a method for the management of the electrical current supply in a motor vehicle having a combustion engine, wherein the charge state of a battery is detected and characterized as a discrete variable that indicates whether the prevailing charge state is below or above a calibrated threshold value. If the discrete variable indicates that the prevailing charge state is below the calibrated threshold value, the battery is charged using a relatively high voltage over a predetermined time period in such a manner that all cells of the battery are charged. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150331030

Method of detecting mechanical interference of a power closure member for a vehicle

A method of fitting a power closure member to a vehicle includes the steps of: (a) detecting, by current sensor, current drawn by a closure member actuator when the closure member is closed and a latch contacts a striker of a lock assembly for the closure member and (b) comparing, by computing device, a detected current to a predetermined current range representative of desired mechanical interference between the latch and the striker.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150330462

Synchronizing device

The invention relates to a synchronizing device with a synchronizer body, a sliding sleeve, a gearwheel with coupling toothing and a synchronizer ring which is displaceable between synchronizer body and coupling toothing axially in and counter to the synchronization direction(s). With the specification of being able to position the synchronizer ring reliably in a neutral position, it is proposed that the synchronizer ring is fixed to the synchronizer body in the neutral position by means of a spring device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150330351

Vehicle heating system and method

Methods and system for providing heat to a vehicle are presented. In one example, a heat pump supplies thermal energy to an engine to reduce engine emissions during engine starting. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150330327

Engine assembly with passageway for reducing oil leakage

In one aspect, the present invention provides an engine assembly, which includes at least one cylinder head including a first surface, and at least one camshaft cover including a second surface, the first and second surfaces together defining a passageway positioned next to a seal for reducing oil leakage. The passageway may be defined by a recess on at least one of the first and second surfaces.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150330320

Adjustments for engine spark using remote data

External data from a second computer external to a vehicle is received in an in-vehicle computer comprising a processor and a memory. At least one derived datum is generated from at least some of the external data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150330318

Method and apparatus for scheduling vehicle startup

A computer implemented method includes logging vehicle startup information. The method also includes determining, via a computer, if timing commonalities exist between logged vehicle startup information instances. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150330290

Method and system for ignition energy control

Methods and systems are provided for improving spark robustness. Spark ignition dwell commands are adjusted based on the fuel fraction delivered via direct injection relative to port injection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150330117

Powered vehicle door latch and exterior handle with sensor

A vehicle door includes a powered latch configured to selectively retain the door in a closed position when the powered latch is latched, and permits the door to be opened when the powered latch is unlatched. The vehicle door further includes an exterior door handle having an outer side that faces away from the door structure, and an inner side that is spaced apart from an outer surface of the door to define a gap. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150330115

Electronic safe door unlatching operations

A powered latch system for motor vehicles includes at least one powered latch that can be controlled based, at least in part, on vehicle operating conditions. The system may be configured to control unlatching of the vehicle doors utilizing data relating to the vehicle speed and/or the existence of a crash event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150330114

Powered latch system for vehicle doors and control system therefor

A latch system for vehicle doors includes a powered latch including a powered actuator that is configured to unlatch the powered latch. An interior unlatch input feature such as an unlatch switch can be actuated by a user to provide an unlatch request. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150330113

Customer coaching method for location of e-latch backup handles

A powered door latch system for vehicles includes a controller configured to receive data concerning vehicle operating conditions. The door latch system also includes at least one electrically powered door latch having a powered actuator that can be actuated by the controller to unlatch the electrically powered latch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150330112

Vehicle door handle and powered latch system

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

11/19/15 / #20150329758

Use of pve lubricants with substitute refrigerants in a mobile air conditioning system

A heat transfer composition for use in a mobile air-conditioning system in a vehicle, includes a first component comprised of a hydrofluoroolefin refrigerant. A second component of the composition includes a polyvinylether lubricant. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150329172

Electric propulsion control system

A bicycle includes at least one pedal and a flywheel. The flywheel rotates in accordance with movement of the pedal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150329110

Parking assistance system

A parking assistance system for supporting a parking maneuver of a motor vehicle, during which the motor vehicle is automatically moved into a parked position. The parking assistance system has an unloading mode that can be activated by a user to enable the unloading of an object and/or to enable the disembarkation of a passenger before completion of the parking maneuver, wherein a temporary stop of the motor vehicle in an unloading position is automatically caused before reaching the parked position in response to the activation of said unloading mode.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150329107

Traffic light anticipation

A vehicle includes at least one autonomous driving sensor configured to detect a traffic flow pattern relative to an intersection. An autonomous mode controller is configured to determine the state of the traffic control device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150329093

Systems and methods for wheel slip control in a vehicle

Methods for controlling wheel slip of a motor vehicle include braking the wheel by supplying a first measured quantity of brake fluid from a modulation cylinder to a brake device of the wheel, determining the wheel slip of the wheel, and moving a second measured quantity of brake fluid between the modulation cylinder and the brake device. When the wheel slip is too small or too large, a change in a volume of the brake fluid in the modulation cylinder is measured and a change in a measure of a braking effect is determined. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150329079

Detecting vehicle door ajar using intrusion sensor

A vehicle includes an intrusion sensor configured to detect a doppler shift in a passenger compartment and output an intrusion signal representing the doppler shift. The vehicle further includes a processing device configured to receive the intrusion signal and activate an alarm if the doppler shift exceeds a predetermined threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150329041

Seatbelt lighting system

A lighting system for a vehicle seatbelt assembly is provided herein. The lighting system includes a light source disposed on a seatbelt webbing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150329006

Variable precharge timing

An example method includes intentionally precharging a powertrain of an electric vehicle for an first time period that is different than a second precharge time period. An example electric vehicle assembly includes a precharge contactor transitionable back and forth between an open state and a closed state, a first main contactor, a second main contactor, and a controller configured to selectively close the second main contactor after the precharge contactor has been closed for a first time period that is different than a second precharge time period.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150329003

Electric vehicle operation to manage battery capacity

Battery state of charge control systems and methods provide techniques to assist in managing battery capacity and battery life under various environmental, operating, and storage conditions. Dynamic management of desired battery soc based on one or more parameters associated with usage patterns and environmental conditions, e.g., charge/discharge patterns, state of charge and/or temperature during storage may extend useful battery life. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150329001

Electric charging method for a vehicle and electric vehicle charging device

A system and method for charging a vehicle having a first battery, such as a high-voltage traction battery, and a second battery, such as a low-voltage battery, include controlling a dc converter or relay to effectively decouple the second battery from the converter when the vehicle is connected to an external power source to reduce or prevent damage to the second battery from extended or prolonged charging. The second battery may be effectively decoupled from the converter by controlling the relay or converter voltage based on state of charge of the second battery so that substantially zero current flows to and from the second battery relative to the converter and any vehicle low voltage consumers/accessories.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150328981

Object positioning method

A fuel tank having one or more support domes configured to engage with, and assist in positioning, a fuel tank insert.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150328977

Apparatus and method for joining a hydro-formed tube to an extrusion

An assembly is provided that includes a front end support frame and radiator support beam. The front end support frame has an end that defines an opening that extends between two facing walls across an inside wall of the tubular structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150328802

Method for finishing matching surfaces in forming tool components

A method for forming a tool for creating a formed component includes providing a forming tool having a core and cavity with respective core and cavity shutoff bands. Core and cavity finished parting planes are determined, wherein the engagement of the core and cavity finished parting planes defines a forming cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150328671

Rotary-draw bending mandrel with galling-resistive inserts

A galling-resistive insert is positioned on an outer surface of a mandrel assembly. The insert is secured at the outer surface of the mandrel assembly and functions to reduce galling of an inner surface of a tubular blank during a rotary-draw bending operation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150328644

Particle separation system

A particle separator including a rotor disposed inside a housing. The rotor has a plurality of magnetic sections that are arranged with alternating poles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150326062

System and method for reducing interference between wireless charging and amplitude modulation reception

. . A method for reducing interference in an inductive charging system is provided. The method includes steps of inductively charging a chargeable device with an inductive charger, detecting the operation of a receiver in an am band, and adjusting at least one of a frequency band employed by the charger and an amount of power provided to the chargeable device by the charger based on the operation of the receiver in the am band.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150326038

System and method for battery power management

A battery management system includes a battery pack and a controller. The controller is configured to receive pack terminal voltage and current data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150325893

Heat retaining vehicle battery assembly

A traction battery assembly includes a battery stack having a first cell defining one end of the stack. An endplate is disposed proximate the first cell. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150325396

Contactor coil current reduction during vehicle battery charging

Methods and systems are described to control the use of electrical power when charging a traction battery. A vehicle module can drive the contactor coils with two set-points for controlling the power into the contactor coils, namely, a travel or vehicle “on” set point and a charging, vehicle “off” set point. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150324708

On-demand transportation

A user is detected in a vicinity of a shared transportation vehicle by identifying a user device and determining a location of the user device. Parameters are determined for user travel of a route of the shared transportation vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150323376

Systems and methods for setting front axle load restoration

A system for setting front axle load restoration for a load distributing trailer hitch that is used to hitch a trailer to a motor vehicle may include at least one sensor associated with a wheel of the motor vehicle. The system may further include at least one controller configured to receive signals from the at least one sensor to estimate one or more corner weights of the motor vehicle based on the signals. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150323326

Method and apparatus for vehicle location updates

A system includes a processor configured to receive destination input. The processor is also configured to request contact input to which notification is to be made when a destination is reached. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150323149

Photoluminescent lighting apparatus for vehicles

A vehicle taillight is disclosed. The vehicle taillight comprises an at least partially light transmissive layer and at least one light generating layer configured to substantially coat a portion of the transmissive layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150323138

System and method for generating vacuum for a vehicle

Systems and methods for improving generation of vacuum for a vehicle are disclosed. In one example, an air conditioning compressor bypass valve is selectively activated to improve generation of vacuum by an engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150323046

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

11/12/15 / #20150323017

Vehicle clutch system including thrust bearing load cell

A clutch system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a thrust bearing and a load sensor positioned relative to the thrust bearing and configured to measure a load exerted against the thrust bearing.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150322905

Dual fuel refueling

Embodiments are disclosed that relate to refueling a dual fuel internal combustion engine. In one example, a method comprises supplying a liquid fuel to a fuel tank configured to store both the liquid fuel and a gaseous fuel, if a pressure in the fuel tank is less than a threshold pressure.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150322904

Systems and methods for improving operation of a highly dilute engine

Systems and methods for improving combustion in a highly exhaust gas diluted engine are disclosed. The methods and systems may be provided in an engine that is supplied two different types of fuel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150322901

Systems and methods for purge air flow routing

A method, comprising: purging fuel vapors from a fuel vapor canister and/or a fuel vapor bleed element to an engine intake with air routed through a transmission bellhousing. In this way, purge air may be warmed by heat generated in the transmission bellhousing during engine operation, thereby increasing desorption efficiency and reducing bleed emissions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150322897

Exhaust-gas-turbocharged applied-ignition internal combustion engine having at least two turbines, and method for operating an internal combustion engine of said type

A method for operating a boosted internal combustion engine is provided. The engine includes a first cylinder in a first cylinder group and a second cylinder in a second cylinder group, each of the first and second cylinders having two activatable outlet openings adjoined by an exhaust line, one of the outlet openings of each of the first and second cylinders coupled to a first turbocharger including a first turbine and one of the outlet openings of each of the cylinders coupled to a second turbocharger including a second turbine, the method comprising: if engine load is less than a threshold load value implementing a first operating mode that includes deactivating the second cylinder, deactivating one of the activatable outlet openings in the first cylinder, and activating one of the activatable outlet opening in the first cylinder.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150322889

Crankshaft for engine and engine assembly employing the same

A crankshaft for an engine, includes: a first number of main journals including a head main journal positioned between one or more first-side main journals and one or more second-side main journals, the head main journal supporting a grooved shell with one or more oil grooves, a second number of pin journals including one or more first-side pin journals and one or more second-side pin journals, the head main journal connected to and being positioned between the first-side and second-side pin journals, a first extended passageway defined by and in communication with the head main journal, the one or more first-side main journals and the one or more first-side pin journals, and a second extended passageway defined by and in communication with the head main journal, the one or more second-side main journals and the one or more second-side pin journals.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150322888

Engine block

An engine block has one or more bores configured for receiving one or more respective pistons; one or more coolant passages; and one or more lubricant passages. At least portions of the coolant passages and lubricant passages are disposed adjacent to and about the bores so as to cool the bores. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150322879

Method and system for direct injection noise mitigation

A method is provided which mitigates the noise of a direct injection system in a port fuel injection and direct fuel injection (pfi-di) engine and reduces nvh hardware. During a cold-start, the engine idle speed may be increased to mitigate the direct injection noise and during a warm idle, the engine cooling fan may be turned on during a direct injector cleanout cycle to mitigate the direct injection noise. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150322870

System and method for emptying a tank

A system for method for emptying a gas storage tank of a vehicle is presented. In one example, engine valve timing is adjusted to facilitate reducing pressure within the gas storage tank. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150322847

Method and system for binary flow turbine control

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting the opening of a scroll valve of a binary flow turbine. Scroll valve adjustments are used at different engine operating conditions to improve engine performance and boost response. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321720

Bicycle including frame with inflatable segments

A bicycle includes a frame, a front steering assembly rotatably coupled to the frame, a front wheel rotatably coupled to the front steering assembly, and a rear wheel rotatably coupled to the frame. The frame includes an inflatable segment and a valve in communication with the inflatable segment for selectively inflating and deflating the inflatable segment.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321704

Hybrid composite utilizing gas-assisted molding geometries

A vehicular instrument panel includes a substrate having a first plurality of chopped carbon fibers and a first plurality of chopped glass fibers within a first nylon resin. The first plurality of chopped carbon fibers and the first plurality of glass fibers in the substrate are segregated such that the carbon fibers and the glass fibers are each substantially concentrated within respective driver-side and passenger-side portions of the substrate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321703

Modular composite intrument panel

A vehicular instrument panel, including a substrate comprising a plurality of chopped carbon and chopped glass fibers within a nylon resin, the substrate defines an airbag canister. The plurality of chopped carbon and chopped glass fibers are segregated such that the chopped carbon fibers are substantially concentrated within a driver-side portion of the substrate and the airbag canister, and the chopped glass fibers are substantially concentrated within a passenger-side portion of the substrate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321672

Shared vehicle management

A location of a shared vehicle is identified. Shared vehicle usage data is obtained for the location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321668

Emergency in-lane steering assist with braking

An emergency in-lane steering assist system for use during a braking event comprises an object sensor for detecting the presence of an object in front of a motor vehicle and providing data from which the distance from the object to the motor vehicle is determined and a velocity sensor providing data from which the forward velocity of the motor vehicle is determined. A controller in communication with the object sensor and the velocity sensor calculates a time to contact (ttc) with the detected object and a steering system is responsive at least in part to operation by the controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321635

Seamless passenger airbag system

An airbag assembly includes a housing having a chute defining an opening. A panel is joined with the chute at a first end and extends over the opening to a second end opposite the first end and elevated with respect thereto. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321614

Internal map pocket

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback defining a cavity generally accessible via a slot disposed on a back panel of the seatback. A plurality of cover members extend over the cavity and operate between a flexed position and an unflexed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321604

In-vehicle micro-interactions

A message specifying one or more queries to be provided via a human machine interface (hmi) is received in a vehicle computer. A total estimated cognitive load is determined for an operator of the vehicle based on an estimated current cognitive load and an estimated cognitive load associated with the one or more queries. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321576

Battery cell state of charge estimation

Hybrid and electric vehicles include a traction battery including many interconnected cells. Effective battery control, such as cell balancing, may rely on an accurate state of charge value for each of the cells. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321561

Fiber composite support for vehicular components

A vehicular instrument panel having a reinforcement that includes a plurality of chopped carbon fibers within a nylon resin, a substrate coupled to the reinforcement comprising a plurality of chopped carbon and chopped glass fibers within a nylon resin, and a steering column bracket defined from the substrate comprising a plurality of chopped carbon fibers within a nylon resin. The bracket engages a steering column such that the substrate and bracket support the steering column. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321560

Hybrid composite instrument panel

A vehicular instrument panel having a reinforcement that includes a plurality of chopped carbon fibers within a nylon resin, and a substrate coupled to the reinforcement comprising a plurality of chopped carbon and chopped glass fibers within a nylon resin. The plurality of chopped carbon and glass fibers in the substrate are segregated such that the carbon fibers and the glass fibers are each substantially concentrated within respective driver-side and passenger-side portions of the substrate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321398

Method of making a hybrid composite instrument panel

A method of forming a vehicular instrument panel includes the steps: melting a first composite comprising carbon fibers and nylon resin; melting a second composite comprising glass fibers and nylon resin; injecting the melted composites into an instrument panel mold such that the carbon and glass fibers are each substantially concentrated within respective driver-side and passenger-side portions of the mold; and cooling the melted composites to form an instrument panel. The method may also include the step: forming a boundary region between the first and second melted composites in the mold such that the carbon and glass fibers in the mold are substantially mixed within the boundary region.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321397

Hybrid composite utilizing injection-expansion molding

A vehicular instrument panel including a substrate having a first plurality of chopped carbon fibers within a first nylon resin and an expanded reinforcement coupled to the substrate having a second plurality of chopped carbon fibers within a second nylon resin. The first plurality of chopped carbon fibers and the first plurality of glass fibers in the substrate are segregated such that the carbon fibers and the glass fibers are each substantially concentrated within respective driver-side and passenger-side portions of the substrate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321282

High capacity aluminum spot weld electrode

A welding electrode assembly is provided including a mounting adapter, a shank and an electrode cap. The electrode assembly includes a shortened shank reinforced over a larger percentage of its length by the mounting adapter and electrode cap. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150321181

Catalyst assembly for treating engine exhaust

A method for treating engine exhaust. The method includes contacting an nox exhaust with an upstream catalyst material coated onto a substrate and including copper or iron loaded in a first zeolite at an upstream loading of 0 to 3.5 g/l to convert the nox exhaust in a first temperature range of 150° c. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150320149

Variable radii flanges for mechanically retained crush tubes

A support assembly for an assembly comprised of an extruded member that defines a cavity, the member including an opening having a plurality of sides, and a crush tube inserted into the cavity of the member and mechanically retained in the member at or near a desired location by flanging the sides of the opening into an open end of the crush tube.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150319815

Esd protection for dynamic lighting

A lighting assembly including a circuit is disclosed. The circuit is configured to be disposed in a panel defining a cavity forming an opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150318640

High voltage connector assembly

A high voltage connector assembly is provide which may include a first connector having a first adapter and a first portion of an identification mark and a second connector having a second portion of the mark and a second adapter which may be configured to engage the first adapter. The first and second portions may be arranged on the connectors such that the portions are aligned to define the mark when the adapters are completely engaged and not aligned otherwise. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150318527

Plasma treatment of an electrochemical membrane

A method for treating an electrochemical membrane includes providing a porous film having a first outer surface and a second opposed outer surface, and treating at least a portion of the first outer surface with an air plasma jet at atmospheric pressure to functionalize the at least a portion of the first outer surface with a plurality of oxygen functional groups. A battery separator has an ionically conductive separator film having a first functionalized outer surface with a plurality of oxygen atoms providing one to twenty percent of the total atoms present on the surface to provide a greater electrolytic uptake than a non-functionalized film. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150318525

Electric vehicle battery assembly enclosure

An example battery assembly enclosure includes a tray and a lid secured to the tray to provide an interior therebetween. A plurality of molded retention features secure a battery assembly received in the interior.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150318524

Terminal holder for electric vehicle battery assembly

An electric vehicle battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery cell, a rail securing the cell, and a terminal holder in direct contact with the rail.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150317847

Method and apparatus for predictive driving demand modeling

A system includes a processor configured to record vehicle inputs during travel over a predefined distance. The processor is also configured to record environmental variables during travel over the predefined distance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150316406

Method and apparatus for locating optimal refueling stations

The illustrative embodiments classify vehicle performance by fuel providers under a variety of driving demands. Individual measured performance may be combined with collaborative crowd-sourced experiences to leverage a vast data set usable to improve statistical accuracy. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150316323

Multipurpose rack for processing parts through multiple manufacturing processes

A rack for simultaneously processing a plurality of parts includes a frame, a plurality of defined locations on the frame for receiving and holding individual parts for processing and a latching assembly for locking the parts to the frame in the defined locations. The rack further includes a security feature for indicating if the latching assembly is opened after the parts have been loaded and locked into the defined locations on the frame.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150316226

Low profile highly efficient led lighting modules and assemblies

A lighting module is provided that includes a single-piece lens having an input surface including a plurality of near-field lens elements, and an exit surface, each element having a different focal length. The lighting module also includes light-emitting diode (led) source positioned to direct incident light through the input surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150316145

Driver aware adaptive shifting

An individual driving value is set as a function of an accelerator pedal position. In turn, a powertrain characteristic is set as a function of the individual driving style. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150316143

Method for shifting a shift-by-wire transmission without engine power

A vehicle according to the present disclosure includes a shift-by-wire transmission, a pressure source configured to selectively provide hydraulic pressure in the absence of engine power, an internal combustion engine, and a controller. The shift-by-wire transmission includes a hydraulic actuator, and the electric pump is in fluid communication with the actuator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150316142

Transmission for motor vehicle and method of pumping transmission fluid through the transmission

A transmission for a motor vehicle includes an input shaft, a transmission pump, a transmission sump and a pump-driving element, which is preferably a drive gear. The drive gear and the transmission pump are located in the transmission sump. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150316128

Multi-speed transmission

A family of transmission gearing arrangements produces up to nine forward and one reverse speed ratios by selective engagement of three shift elements in various combinations. Each disclosed transmission includes four planetary gear sets and six elements. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150316005

Method to improve blowthrough and egr via split exhaust

Methods and systems are provided for a boosted engine having a split exhaust system. In one example, a method comprises directing exhaust from a first cylinder group to one or more of a pre-compressor location, a post-compressor location, and an exhaust turbine, and directing exhaust from a second cylinder group to one or more of the pre-compressor location, and the exhaust turbine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150316003

Method and system for vacuum generation

Various systems and methods are described for reducing motive flow rate through an aspirator. In one example, a method comprises flowing intake air, heated upon passage through an interstitial space of a double wall exhaust system, through an aspirator coupled to an engine vacuum consumption device to reduce motive mass flow rate at the aspirator as exhaust temperature increases. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150316002

Method for increasing vacuum production for a vehicle

Methods and systems for providing vacuum to a vehicle are described. In one example, a method adjusts an engine air-fuel ratio in response to provide additional vacuum to the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150315666

Induction annealing as a method for expanded hydroformed tube formability

A method of hydroforming a workpiece includes the steps of bending the workpiece into a first preliminary shape, pre-forming the workpiece into a second preliminary shape, induction annealing the workpiece at a temperature between 120-160° c. And hydroforming the workpiece to a desired shape.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150314819

Vehicle trim component having beverage retainer and method

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

11/05/15 / #20150314808

Integrated lateral load-transmittal system

According to one aspect of the present invention, a load-transmittal system for a vehicle includes a cross member of a vehicle frame extending substantially perpendicular to a vehicle door. A pusher is disposed within a cavity defined between inner and outer sheet metal panels of the vehicle door, wherein the pusher is disposed distal from the cross member to define an idle state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150314807

Subframe for vehicle including lever for detaching subframe from underbody during front impact

A chassis assembly of a vehicle includes a frame, an underbody supported by the frame, and a subframe connected to the underbody. A connection connects the subframe and the underbody. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150314791

Method and system for driver tailored interaction time alert

A vehicle comprising at least one controller in communication with a transceiver, and the transceiver capable of communication with one or more infotainment features. The at least one controller may be configured to receive a configurable constraint for the one or more infotainment devices. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150314776

Hybrid electric vehicle preferred mode

A vehicle may include a controller programmed to adjust operational parameters defining conditions during which the vehicle is to be operated in electric mode in response to user input selecting an electric mode intensity. A frequency and total duration with which the vehicle is operated in electric mode increases for a given drive cycle as the electric mode intensity increases.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150314768

Vehicle drive away based engine control

A powertrain for a vehicle may include an engine and at least one controller. The controller may be programmed to, while the engine is off and during a generally constant accelerator pedal input, start the engine in response to an increase in relative acceleration of an object in front of the vehicle greater than a threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150314750

Method and system for enabling an authorized vehicle driveaway

Various embodiments may include methods and system for enabling an authorized vehicle driveaway. A vehicle driveaway authorization code for authorizing a vehicle to be driven and a user authorization code that corresponds to the vehicle driveaway authorization code may be generated. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150314725

Illuminated indicator

A gear shifter indicator assembly for a vehicle is provided herein. The gear shifter indicator assembly includes a member having a plurality of indicia thereon. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150314663

Road roughness preview with drive history

A vehicle includes a sensor configured to detect a first road feature, an adjustable suspension system, and a processing device. The processing device is configured to determine, using a drive history map, a location of the vehicle based on the first road feature and apply a suspension profile to the suspension system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150312317

Vehicle proxy lifecycle management

A device may register a mobile application with a vehicle-based computing system (vcs) using an application proxy configured to manage nomadic device connection to the vcs, and utilize the application proxy, by the mobile application, to present a mobile application user interface via a human-machine interface (hmi) of the vcs in accordance with an hmi status received from the vcs and indicative of a level of mobile application hmi access.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150310851

Method and apparatus for extra-vehicular voice recognition training including vehicular updating

A system includes a processor configured to communicate with an application running on an extra-vehicular device. The processor is also configured to determine if new voice-recognition improvement data exists on the device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150310744

Unauthorized vehicle detection

A request for a parking space is received from a requesting vehicle. Data is received from at least one data-collecting vehicle related to at least one parking space. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150310741

Method and apparatus for vehicle message recall

A system includes a processor configured to receive a request for publication of a message to a vehicle. The processor is further configured to determine if the message has a time-sensitive indicia, defining an expiration time, affiliated therewith. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150310740

Method and apparatus for vehicle to vehicle communication and information relay

A system includes a processor configured to detect a primary vehicle emergency-state. The processor is also configured to determine that emergency-services communication through an on-board device is not possible. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150310467

Shared vehicle systems and methods

Data is collected related to an environmental impact of a user's use of a shared vehicle. A score is calculated based on the environmental impact. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150310451

Vehicle driver tracking and reporting

Various structures and methods are described herein to track driving of a restricted driver. In an example, an additional criterion is also tracked, which can be an authorized driving supervisor in the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150310379

Shared vehicle systems and methods

A map indicating respective locations of a plurality of vehicles included in a ride-sharing service is generated. A vehicle is identified in the plurality of vehicles that is in need of relocation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150310287

Gaze detection and workload estimation for customized content display

A vehicle controller identifies a vehicle display within a driver field of view, identifies elements of viewable content including primary elements of viewable content deemed high priority for a current driving situation and secondary elements of viewable content that are driver-specified and deemed safe to display in accordance with a driver workload estimation, receives viewable content, and displays the identified elements of the viewable content on the vehicle display.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150309859

Apparatus and method of error monitoring with a diagnostic module

A vehicle computer system configured to communicate with a mobile device, comprising a wireless transceiver configured to communicate with the mobile device. The vehicle computer system also includes a processor in communication with the wireless transceiver and memory. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150309573

Automotive touchscreen controls with simulated texture for haptic feedback

A vehicle control system uses a touchscreen display to displaying a graphical hmi and detect a contact point where touched by a user's finger. A haptic texture system has an electrode disposed across the touchscreen display and a signal generator generating an oscillating signal to produce a potential difference between the finger and the electrode resulting in a corresponding perceived texture as the finger slides over the touchscreen. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150309165

Detecting radar blockage based on drive history

A vehicle includes a radar sensor for detecting objects in the vehicle path. The radar sensor may become blocked by contaminants or debris. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150308850

Method and apparatus for contact address population and verbal address selection

A system includes a processor configured to receive a verbal instruction identifying a navigation instruction and a contact name. The processor is also configured to retrieve a physical address saved in a vehicle computing system contact entry corresponding to the contact name. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150308719

Method and system for heating a vehicle

Methods and systems for providing controlling environmental conditions in a passenger compartment of a vehicle are presented. In one example, various low cost expansion valves are included in a system that has a receiver positioned downstream of an exterior heat exchanger to provide a climate control system with heating, cooling, dehumidification, and de-icing modes.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150308571

Parking override device for a shift-by-wire transmission

A shift-by-wire transmission includes a gear set having a gear, a shiftable member that is selectively engageable with the gear to put the vehicle in park, and a first intermediate member that is coupled with the shiftable member. The first intermediate member has an engaged position, with the shiftable member engaged with the gear and a disengaged position, with the shiftable member disengaged from the gear, and is biased toward the engaged position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150308523

Method of controlling a transmission clutch

A hydraulically actuated clutch is controlled based on a mathematical model that predicts the position of the clutch piston based on the profile of the commanded pressure over time. During a clutch engagement, a set of delays associated with the preparatory phase of engagement are measured and compared to predicted values. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150308396

Method and apparatus for vehicle and mobile device coordination

A system includes a processor configured to receive vehicle gps coordinates. The processor is also configured to compare the received gps coordinates to known device coordinates. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150308395

Tunable starter resistor

A passive two-terminal circuit element may include a resistor including a carbon-metal composite resistive element. The resistive element is configured to maintain a resistivity that fluctuates less than one tenth of an ohm per ten degree temperature change up to 400 degrees celsius.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150308389

Systems and methods for refueling canister system

Methods and systems are described for depressurizing a fuel tank prior to refueling. In one example, before refueling the fuel tank having a pressure above a first predetermined pressure, the pressure may be released through a first valve to the first predetermined pressure and the first valve may be closed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150308359

Method and system for binary flow turbine control

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting the opening of a scroll valve of a binary flow turbine. Scroll valve adjustments are used at different engine operating conditions to improve engine performance and boost response. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150308329

Vacuum-actuated wastegate

Embodiments for vacuum generation are provided. In one example, a method for an engine including a turbocharger having a compressor driven by a turbine comprises generating vacuum via exhaust flow through an ejector, and applying vacuum from the ejector to a wastegate actuator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150308326

Systems and methods for an engine cooling system expansion reservoir

Methods and systems are provided for an expansion reservoir for an engine cooling system. In one example, a cooling system may include a first cooling circuit and a second cooling circuit, the second cooling circuit configured to operate at a different temperature than the first cooling circuit, wherein the expansion reservoir is configured to receive coolant from and return coolant to the first and second cooling circuits. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150308312

Octane separation system and operating method

An engine method, comprising delivering high octane fuel to a high octane fuel tank and delivering low octane fuel to a low octane fuel tank and injecting atmospheric air into an exhaust system for secondary air injection in response to delivering low octane fuel to an engine.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150308310

Method and system for fuel vapor management

Methods and systems are provided for ventilating a crankcase in an engine. In one example, when the engine is operating boosted under cruising conditions, fuel vapors from the crankcase may flow to each of a compressor inlet and an intake manifold of the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150308301

Hydraulic rolling cylinder deactivation systems and methods

Systems and methods are provided for a poppet valve operator that may be implemented in a hydraulic rolling cylinder deactivation system of a vehicle, wherein a hydraulically operated pivot ball selectively engages a pivot pocket of a rocker arm. Simple and reliable deactivation systems are needed that can fit into limited packaging space while including fewer moving mechanical components that are susceptible to wear and damage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307987

Plasma treated hem flange

A treated hem flange is disclosed. The treated hem flange includes an outer panel and an inner panel including first and second opposing surfaces terminating at a cut edge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307979

Process for producing a brake disk and brake disk

The invention relates to a process for producing a brake disk for a vehicle, in which a friction layer is arranged at least in certain regions on a base body of the brake disk.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307146

Flexible headliner assembly table

A headliner assembly apparatus includes an input delivery device attempting to deliver an input related to a predetermined headliner to a controller that is in communication with the input delivery device. An indexing assembly is in communication with the controller, wherein the indexing assembly positions at least one headliner detail in an installation position in response to the input related to the predetermined headliner. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307106

Driver behavior based vehicle application recommendation

A vehicle computing system may execute a recommendation application to identify driver characteristics descriptive of the driving style of a driver of the vehicle based at least in part on captured vehicle data, determine an application recommendation for a mobile application to be installed by the driver based on the driver characteristics, and to send the application recommendation to the driver.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307101

Vehicle and method to control rolling engagements

When a vehicle driver commands a change in direction of motion while the vehicle is moving above a threshold speed, a controller first applies a braking force to slow the vehicle below the threshold speed and then establishes a power flow path associated with the opposite direction of motion. The braking force may be applied by wheel brakes or, in some situations, by a transmission clutch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307082

Electric vehicle control based on operating costs associated with power sources

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle operates the engine and/or traction motor in response to energy costs or prices received from an external source, such as a user or network. The vehicle can include a battery; an engine; an electric motor; a memory to store a battery charge point, and a controller to modify the battery charge point in response to arbitration criteria to control battery charging from the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307079

Electrified vehicle neutral engine start

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling an electrified vehicle by engaging a parking brake if a battery state of charge is depleted below a predefined threshold.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307076

Systems and methods for improving torque response of an engine

Systems and methods for improving engine torque response are presented. In one example, engine idle speed is increased to shorten engine torque response based on engine operating conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307075

Systems and methods for supplying gaseous fuel to an engine

Systems and methods for supplying gaseous fuel to an internal combustion engine are presented. In one example, a gaseous fuel pump is selectively activated to extend a vehicle's operating range. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307056

Passenger airbag with extended base

An airbag module for a vehicle includes an inflator disposed behind an instrument panel and an airbag arrangement. The airbag arrangement includes a cushion section configured to receive an occupant during impact and a balloon section disposed proximate a base of the cushion section and adjacent the instrument panel such that, upon inflation, the balloon section contacts and pushes against the instrument panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307055

Winged driver airbag

A vehicle includes a steering wheel having a steering wheel cover and an airbag module. The airbag module includes an airbag arrangement and an inflator disposed behind the steering wheel cover. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307052

Corrugated passenger airbag

An airbag system includes an airbag. The airbag includes a face portion configured such that when the airbag is inflated; the face portion forms a corrugated section. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307022

Haptic steering wheel

At least one location of an operator's hand on a vehicle steering wheel is detected. One or more haptic devices may be actuated in the steering wheel to provide a message to the operator, the one or more haptic devices selected for actuation being determined according to the at least one location.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307020

Illuminated exterior strip

A lighting system for a vehicle panel is provided herein. The lighting system includes an outer panel mated to an inner panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150307019

Drivable compression clip

A lamp assembly is provided for installation in an opening of a vehicle body. The lamp assembly includes a lamp container having first and second sides, each of the first and second sides integrally including first and second stops, and at least one clip assembly including a clip, a threaded bolt, and a nut. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150306992

Fully collapsing armrest insert with tunable tensioning elements

A collapsible vehicular armrest substrate includes load-bearing strips extending across a gap defined within a support frame. A first tunable element secures the load-bearing strips in a support position on the support frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150306971

Method to adjust battery minimum state of charge limits based on battery power capability

A hybrid-electric vehicle includes a traction battery. A controller may operate the traction battery within certain state of charge and voltage limits. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150306963

Vehicular charging and protection systems

A charging system for a vehicle. The charging system includes an on-board battery, a charger region and a wireless receiver for generating a charging signal in the charger region to charge a battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150306953

Systems and methods for an externally accessible refueling request switch

A method for a vehicle, comprising: depressurizing a fuel tank while restricting access to a fuel fill line responsive to receiving a refueling request from a refueling request module located external to a vehicle cabin; and allowing access to the fuel fill line responsive to the fuel tank pressure decreasing below a threshold. In this way, all of the steps of a refueling procedure can be carried out entirely outside of a vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150306940

Vehicle hyperthermia avoidance

A vehicle is provided that includes a passenger compartment, one or more movable body panels to expose the passenger compartment to an outside environment, and a motion sensor located in the passenger compartment. The vehicle also includes a temperature sensor located in the passenger compartment, and a controller operable to open the one or more movable body panels when the vehicle is turned off, movement is detected within the passenger compartment prior to opening any door of the vehicle, and temperature in the passenger compartment exceeds a temperature threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150306932

Vehicle wheel suspensions

A wheel suspension for a vehicle may include a wheel carrier and a torsionally stiff transverse control arm. The control arm may include a first front joint element and a first rear joint element pivotably mounted to the wheel carrier. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150305426

Bicycle helmet with integrated electronics

A bicycle helmet includes a shell, a pad, and a sensor system. The sensor system is at least partially disposed on the shell or the pad. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150303837

Controlling magnetic flux in an automotive electric machine

A method of compensating for magnetic flux resulting from variance from a first electric machine to a second electric machine. A magnetic flux change for the first machine is calculated as a function of a flux difference between the first machine and the second machine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150303536

Battery thermal management system

A battery is assembled from cells arranged along an axis. The cells have end faces parallel to the line and first and second sides perpendicular to the faces. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150302750

Parking assistance for a vehicle

Parking assistance for a vehicle includes various elements directed to assessing whether a motion or position of a vehicle is conducive to detecting an available parking slot. In one instance, a signal is received, and the signal is used to calculate a movement parameter. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150302670

Method to adjust fuel economy readings for stored energy

Methods and systems are provided for compensating an instantaneous fuel economy reading for stored energy. One method comprises, when a vehicle undergoes a sufficient change in one or more of square of vehicle speed and vehicle altitude, estimating a conversion factor for fuel due to stored vehicle energy and adjusting the instantaneous fuel economy reading by the estimated conversion factor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150301175

Driver-entry detector for a motor vehicle

Driver-detection technology includes various systems, methods, and apparatuses. For example, an active infrared (ir) sensor might be affixed in a motor-vehicle driver footwell and detect the driver's entry into the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150301120

Bidirectional dc converter-based battery simulator

A battery simulator is configured to provide large energy pulses for hot plug testing while maintaining the ability to quickly respond during random order testing. A simulator can comprise a plurality of cell simulators “cellsims” coupled to a dc power supply. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150300828

Cooperative learning method for road infrastructure detection and characterization

A method for generating street map data includes collecting acceleration, turning, and geolocation data. The data is collected from acceleration sensors, turning sensors, and geolocation systems in at a least one vehicle across a plurality of vehicle drive cycles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150300437

Pendulum absorber with sliding joint

A pendulum absorber assembly including a rotor coupled to a rotating shaft, a pendulum absorber moveably coupled to the rotor and including a preloaded sliding joint coupled to a first counterbalancing section and a second counterbalancing section, the preloaded sliding joint configured to urge the first counterbalancing section away from the second counterbalancing section, and two pins, each of the pins coupled to a different counterbalancing section and the rotor.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150300426

Clutch housing with integrated hydraulic line

A clutch housing for a clutch assembly of a vehicle, the clutch housing comprising a fluid pathway at least partially disposed within a wall of the clutch housing, the fluid pathway forming at least a portion of a fluid line between a clutch slave cylinder and a clutch master cylinder, the fluid line being configured to transfer hydraulic fluid between the clutch slave cylinder and the clutch master cylinder.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150300420

Integrated cooling system for a dry dual clutch of a dual clutch transmission

The invention relates to a dual clutch transmission for motor vehicles, having two transmission sections, a dry dual clutch (1), which transmits the torque from the engine selectively to one of the two transmission sections, and a cooling system having a fan impeller system for active air cooling of the dual clutch (1). To optimize the individual functional parts of the cooling system and to reduce the clutch masses, it is proposed that the central disk (3) and/or at least one contact pressure plate (4, 5) is/are designed as a fan impeller of the fan impeller system (21). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150300287

Methods for detecting high pressure pump bore wear

Methods are provided for detecting high pressure pump bore wear, wherein wear between a piston and bore of a pump may cause an excessive amount of fuel to leak out of a compression chamber of the pump. A reliable method is needed that involves a pump performance model that incorporates a number of physical effects and is verified by real high pressure pump test data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150300276

Electric actuator current control responsive to temperature

Various methods for controlling current supply to a wastegate actuator based on temperature are thus provided. In one example, a method for operating a wastegate comprises limiting a boost amount in response to a current limit based on a temperature of a wastegate actuator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150300236

Bore bridge and cylinder cooling

An internal combustion engine includes a head gasket positioned between a cylinder block and a cylinder head. The cylinder block has first and second cylinders separated by a block bore bridge, and a block cooling jacket with a first passage and a second passage intersecting a block deck face. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150300223

Oil separator in a positive crankcase ventilation system of an engine

An oil separator in a positive crankcase ventilation (pcv) system is described herein. The oil separator includes an oil separation conduit in fluidic communication with an intake conduit and an oil reservoir and an entry conduit including an entry conduit orifice arranged at an angle of between 80 and 100 degrees with regard to the oil separation conduit, the entry conduit orifice opening into the separation conduit at a point between the separation conduit outlet and the separation conduit inlet.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150298678

Traction control for a hybrid electric powertrain

An electric machine and internal combustion engine are coordinated to provide traction control for an automotive vehicle. A propulsive torque limit is set by a controller during a loss of traction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150298677

Coordinated engine start in hybrid vehicle

A method for controlling a hybrid vehicle powertrain, where the powertrain includes a motor and an engine, includes providing a first motor torque in response to an engine start request. The first motor torque cranks the engine through a first compression event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150298635

Bumper component with embedded sensor

Exemplary methods of making a bumper component are disclosed, along with exemplary bumper assemblies and vehicles. An exemplary method may include providing a first mold portion defining at least in part a front surface, and positioning at least one sensor in the first mold portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150298622

Method for reducing reflectance of bright decorative trim under high ambient light conditions

In a dimmable trim component for a vehicle interior, a trim article includes a reflective member having a photoreactive or an electro-optic coating disposed over the reflective member. The reflective member is configured to reflect ambient light. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150298618

Vehicle roof rack system

A vehicle roof rack system for use on a roof of a vehicle which may include a moonroof the roof rack system includes first and second side rail members adapted to be mounted to the roof of the vehicle, the first and second side rail members each including a first channel located proximal a bottom side, a second channel located proximal a top side, a third channel extending substantially perpendicularly between the first and second channels, and a fourth channel extending substantially angularly between the first and second channels and a plurality of crossbows extending between the side rails and movable between a use position and a storage position at a plurality of locations along the side rails and also movable to channels in the rails located proximal the rear of the vehicle for storage of the rails and to provide an unobstructed view out the moonroof.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150298607

Vehicle lighting apparatus with multizone proximity control

A vehicle lighting system is disclosed. The lighting system comprises a group of light sources having a plurality of portions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150298605

Vehicle reading lamp with low intensity light setting

A vehicle reading lamp is provided and includes an outer lens and a light source for illuminating an outer lens. A controller is included for prompting the light source to generate a low intensity light to assist a vehicle occupant in visually locating the reading lamp in dark conditions, wherein when the occupant desires task lighting and subsequently activates the light source, the controller prompts the light source to switch from the low intensity light to a high intensity light.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150298603

Printed led storage compartment

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle storage cavity is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a circuit disposed proximate to and extending significantly along an opening of the cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150298597

Photoluminescent winch apparatus

An illumination apparatus for a winch configured to engage a retractable cord is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a light source configured to emit an excitation emission at a first wavelength. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150298574

Dual motor electric vehicle drive with efficiency-optimized power sharing

An electric vehicle drive has a first motor/generator, a second motor/generator, and a set of wheels. A gear set couples the first and second motor/generators to the set of wheels such that a total wheel torque is selectably divided between the first and second motor/generators. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150298538

Multiple zoned radiator

A radiator according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a first zone that includes a first fan coverage area and a second zone that includes a second fan coverage area that is different from the first fan coverage area.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150298523

Auxiliary heating system for vehicles

An auxiliary heating system for a vehicle interacts with an ignition controller having a run state in which an engine of the vehicle is running and an off state in which the engine is not running. An auxiliary heater has a parking mode for heating a passenger cabin of the vehicle when the ignition controller is in the off state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150281906

Crowd enhanced connectivity map for data transfer intermittency mitigation

A vehicle includes a communication interface, a memory device, and a processing device. The communication interface is configured to communicate over a communication network. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150281374

Remote vehicle connection status

A message broker may initialize, responsive to a connection notification published via vehicle connection to a vehicle-associated topic tree topic to which a service delivery network is subscribed, a lost-connection notification to be published to the topic by the broker upon broker identification of the connection as lost, and when a periodic notification over the connection to the message broker is missed, publish the lost-connection notification to the vehicle-associated topic. A service delivery may receive a message publish request for a vehicle topic via a message broker to which the service delivery network and vehicle subscribe; and send a wakeup message to the vehicle out-of-band from the message broker to request the vehicle to reconnect to the message broker when a type of the message requires the vehicle to be connected to publish the message and the vehicle is disconnected.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150280569

Variable voltage converter with direct output voltage clamping for inverter system controller

A power conversion circuit includes a variable voltage converter (vvc) with a stabilizing means for stabilizing its output voltage. The stabilizing means can be in the form of a diode that clamps the wc output voltage to the wc input voltage so that the output voltage does not drop below the input voltage when a load imposes a sudden power demand. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150280291

Traction battery assembly with spring component

A traction battery thermal plate assembly may include a structure having edge portions defining a cavity and configured to support a battery cell array, a thermal plate disposed within the cavity and adjacent to the array, and a spring assembly disposed within the cavity between the structure and the plate. The spring assembly may be configured to exert a force against the plate such that plate contacts the array to transfer heat between the array and the plate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150280184

Support structure for battery cells within a traction battery assembly

A traction battery assembly may include an array of battery cells having opposing end faces, opposing side faces, and a bottom face. The assembly may also include a pair of end plates and a pair of side plates arranged to form a four-sided enclosure around the end and side faces and configured to compress and retain the cells without being mechanically attached thereto or covering the bottom face. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150280183

Traction battery assembly

A traction battery assembly includes a base plate and a plurality of prismatic cells stacked in an array on the base plate. A spacer assembly surrounds and is in contact with at least a portion of each of the cells. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150280182

Integrated high voltage service disconnect

A traction battery includes a housing. A service disconnect base is disposed on the exterior surface of the housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150279194

Vehicle light anomaly state warning

A vehicle system includes a communication interface in communication with a processing device. The communication interface is configured to receive ambient light information from a remote server over a communication network. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150279125

Variable reporting rate telematics

A vehicle controller may collect vehicle data related to functioning of at least one vehicle system according to reporting settings maintained by the controller; send the vehicle data to a server according to a reporting frequency specified by the reporting settings; and update the reporting settings responsive to receipt from the server of a command configured to cause the at least one controller to adjust the reporting settings. A system may include a server configured to receive vehicle data from a vehicle; identify a vehicle-related trigger condition; evaluate the trigger condition according to the received vehicle data; responsive to trigger condition occurrence, generate a command configured to adjust reporting settings used by the vehicle in providing the vehicle data to the server; and send the command to the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150279035

Camera calibration

First and second angles are measured from a nominal camera centerline to respective first and second positions. The first position is determined by the camera locating a first centerpoint in a first board. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150278150

In-vehicle telematics upgrades

A system may include in-vehicle telematics adapter including a telematics unit configured to implement telematics functions for use within a vehicle, and a vehicle bus emulator connected to a vehicle bus input of the telematics unit configured to provide a simulated vehicle bus to allow the telematics unit to function outside of integration with the vehicle. A method may include receiving, by a vehicle bus emulator having a simulated vehicle bus output connected to a vehicle bus input of a telematics unit, a control notification indicative of user input from a user interface control; and generating a human-machine interface (hmi) control event message specifying the user input to the user interface control via the simulated vehicle bus output.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150277942

Targeted vehicle remote feature updates

A system may include a configurable module having a firmware version supporting multiple functions and a configuration specifying which of the functions are utilized for a vehicle feature; and a controller configured to update the configuration of the module, based on a command published by a server to a controller-subscribed topic tree message topic, the command targeting the vehicle according to one of unique vehicle identifier and the vehicle feature.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150277890

Smart vehicle reflash with battery soc estimator

Electronic modules in motor vehicles are reflashed without encountering errors due to insufficient electrical power becoming available during a reflashing. A server system stores a database of update files together with data corresponding to a respective current draw and a respective reflash time associated with the respective update files when applied in each respective vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150277754

System and method for controlling massage operations of a motor vehicle seat

A system and method for controlling and selecting massage operations of a motor vehicle seat having a plurality of inflatable cushions and a control system controlling inflation of the cushions to perform a massage function. A touch-screen display is used to make inputs to the control system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150277114

System and method for a vehicle system using a high speed network

A non-transitory computer readable storable medium, storing instruction that, when executed by a processor, configure the processor to establish a communication connection with a vehicle navigation system. The processor may receive graphical moving map data from the navigation system at a primary interface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150276883

Resistance based method and system to assess vehicle component integrity

Example embodiments provide systems and methods for a vehicle component structural integrity assessment system, comprising a first connection and a second connection coupled to a conduction path, which is associated with a vehicle component. The conduction path has an initial resistance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150276842

Diagnostic method for contactor resistance failure

A diagnostic method for contact resistance failure includes estimating electrical contact surface resistance of at least one contactor, determining a faulted status of the at least one contactor and indicating the faulted status of the at least one contactor if the at least one contactor is in the faulted status.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150276457

System and methods for fuel level inference

A method for a fuel system, comprising: monitoring a fuel tank pressure during a refueling event; determining a fuel flow rate based on a steady-state portion of the monitored fuel tank pressure; and indicating an amount of fuel added to a fuel tank based on the fuel flow rate. In this way, a fuel tank fill level can be determined following a refueling event, even in a scenario where the fuel level indicator is stuck or malfunctioning.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150276420

Crowd sourced energy estimation

A method of advising a driver of a vehicle may include at a computing system, receiving from the vehicle a predicted energy usage request for a selected route. In response to the request, the method may further include transmitting for each of a plurality of segments defining the selected route, an energy usage estimate based on data indicative of propulsive energy previously used by vehicles to travel the segments and to travel other segments having common characteristics with the segments.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150276116

Sealing device

The invention relates to a sealing device for cylindrical or conical orifices, which is composed of an elongate sealing body made from elastically deformable material, the following components being provided for the deformation of the sealing body: a tension bolt extending through the middle, free passage region of the sealing body, a pressure sleeve seated at the inner end of the tension bolt, a brace which is arranged at the outer end of the tension bolt and through which the tension bolt engages, and an actuation element which acts upon the outer end, projecting through the brace, of the tension bolt and which, when a tensile force is exerted upon the tension bolt, enlarges the sealing body and at the same time its outer circumference.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150276050

Vehicle adapted to control clutch torque based on relative speed data

The rate of change of transmission output torque is computed based on the differential speeds of the axles and of the transmission output shaft adjusting for final drive ratio. The speed of the axle is measured by an anti-lock braking system and communicated to the transmission controller over a communications bus. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150275979

Cooling assembly and method for providing cooling air flow in region of constant velocity joint

An cooling apparatus and method for providing a cooling air flow in a region of a constant velocity joint. The constant velocity joint has a housing comprising a first housing portion and a second housing portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150275816

Rapid zero flow lubrication methods for a high pressure pump

Methods are provided for rapid zero flow lubrication of a high pressure fuel pump, wherein a fuel rail pressure rapidly responds to commanded duty cycles. A method is needed to control operation of the high pressure pump during times when no direct injection is requested by an engine system and when operation of the high pressure pump is continued to maintain pump lubrication. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150275805

Mass flow rate determination

Various systems and methods are provided for a mass flow rate sensor. In one example, a mass flow rate sensor comprises a first signal input, a second signal input, an output for a mass flow rate signal, a first characteristic field, a second characteristic field, each of the first and second characteristic fields associating a mass flow rate value with a pair of values of a revolution rate value and an output pressure value, and a selection unit that comprises a first parameter input and a second parameter input, the selection unit configured to produce a selection signal depending on a pair of parameters respectively received via the first and second parameter inputs and to switch the mass flow rate value of either the first or the second characteristic field through to the output of the mass flow rate sensor depending on the selection signal.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150275738

Method and system for leak detection at a particulate filter

A method and system is provided for correlating a pressure drop across an exhaust particulate filter with the output of an upstream exhaust oxygen sensor and a downstream exhaust oxygen sensor. The pressure drop is then used to infer leakage of the filter during conditions when an exhaust oxygen concentration across the filter is substantially constant. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150275713

Method and system of oil delivery in a combustion engine

Methods and systems are described for an oil delivery system of an engine. In one method, oil is pumped via a lower pressure oil pump to piston cooling jets while oil is separately pumped via a higher pressure oil pump to a cylinder head, bearings, a turbocharger, or a variable valve operation system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274180

Workload estimation for mobile device feature integration

A system may include a device configured to connect to a vehicle data port and a mobile device and including an alert manager. The alert manager may be configured to determine, according to a driver workload estimation, an alert mode indicative of how to process a vehicle user-interface request to access a mobile device feature for use via the vehicle user-interface, and access the feature of the mobile device in accordance with the alert mode.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274169

System and method for energy optimization in autonomous vehicle operation

Vehicle operating systems are autonomously operated. A transient in an upcoming path of the vehicle is determined from a comparison of vehicle path data and vehicle status data to a threshold of mechanism first operating system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274159

E-drive torque sensing vehicle state estimation methods for vehicle control

Vehicle state estimation methods include measuring torque, using the measured torque to formulate a vehicle state estimation for vehicle control and applying the vehicle state estimation to control the vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274156

Method for driver identification of preferred electric drive zones using a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

A method for controlling a powertrain in a hybrid vehicle includes operating in an electric only mode in response to a detected vehicle location being within a designated geographic area. The designated geographic region is designated in response to at least one user selection that was input during a previous drive cycle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274155

Systems and methods for improving vehicle driveline operation

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle driveline are presented. In one example, pressures applied to two different clutches are coordinated such that a pressure boost phase of a driveline disconnect clutch does not occur at a same time as a pressure boost phase of a transmission shifting clutch.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274151

Vehicle power generation mode control method

A vehicle power generation mode control method includes initiating a vehicle power generation mode request; determining whether at least one of the following conditions exists: high engine revolutions per minute is allowed; high voltage or amperage draw is allowed; current fuel level supports power generation mode; and carbon monoxide readings are within acceptable limits; denying requests for engagement of a vehicle transmission if at least one of the conditions exists; and allowing or commanding the vehicle power generation mode.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274148

Delaying lash crossing for a modular hybrid transmission

A method of controlling lash crossing in a hybrid electric automotive powertrain. During deceleration while the powertrain is operating in electric only mode, an input is slowed to a first speed lower than an idle speed of an internal combustion engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274147

Systems and methods for operating a torque converter clutch

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle driveline are presented. In one example, a margin torque for closing a torque converter clutch is adjusted responsive to a state of engine operation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274146

Clutch stroke adaptation on engine shutdown

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling a transmission system of a vehicle by positioning a disconnect clutch at its stroke point in response to a commanded engine shutdown.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274140

System and method for braking recuperation in motor vehicle

A method, carried out in a controller of a motor vehicle having a plurality of wheels, to counteract an undesired influence on the motor vehicle. The method comprises determining, during a braking recuperation process, the undesired influence that is caused by the braking recuperation process and counteracting the determined undesired influence using a vehicle system that affects torques present at one or more wheels of the plurality of vehicle wheels.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274119

Impact tubing for pedestrian protection sensor for automotive vehicle

A sensing and injury mitigation system for a vehicle to identify an object in an impact event is disclosed. The system includes an impact sensing unit comprising an impact sensor and a pressure sensing unit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274118

Impact tubing for pedestrian protection sensor for automotive vehicle

A sensing and injury mitigation system for a vehicle to identify an object in an impact event is disclosed. The system includes an impact sensing unit comprising an impact sensor and a pressure sensing unit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274116

Shape adaptive passenger airbag

A vehicle airbag system comprising an airbag. The airbag may include at least one tether attached to first and second walls of the airbag, wherein each tether includes a tear seam configured to detach when the airbag is inflated with a pressure higher than a predetermined pressure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274107

Pedestrian protection sensing system for vehicle having metal bumpers

A method and apparatus for controlling deployment of the pedestrian head protection devices on a motor vehicle having a metal bumper is disclosed. The disclosed inventive concept involves strategic placement of accelerometer sensing devices and the derivation of a real time impact signal from the signals generated by the accelerometers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274102

Collision sensing apparatus

An apparatus includes a closed body having a varied configuration between a first location and at least a second location. The apparatus further includes a pressure sensor coupled to the closed body at the first location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274098

System and method for closing a contactor on early wake to improve vehicle start time

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling an electrified vehicle by closing a contactor prior to a key on condition of the electrified vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274097

Apparatus for preconditioning a cabin of a non-electric vehicle using power from an external source

An apparatus for preconditioning a cabin of a non-electric vehicle uses power supplied from a source that is external to the vehicle, such as an electrical utility power grid. The non-electric vehicle includes an internal combustion engine, a battery, and an electric machine drive unit that supplies electrical energy to the battery when driven by the internal combustion engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274092

Method and device for forming a composite material

In one or more embodiments, a method of forming a composite material is provided, including: placing a substrate layer and a material layer into a cavity of a forming device; heating the forming device to partially form the substrate layer and the material layer; controlling the temperature of a predetermined position of the cavity to be lower than a forming temperature of the substrate layer and the material layer to avoid forming of the substrate layer and the material layer at the predetermined position.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274069

Lighted vehicle bin assembly and method of calibrating same

A lighted vehicle bin assembly that activates a light source based on motion and recalibrates a sensor is provided. The lighted vehicle bin assembly includes a vehicle storage bin, a light source arranged to illuminate the bin, and a proximity sensor for sensing an object in the bin based on a sensor signal relative to a threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274067

Dome light assembly

A dome light assembly for a vehicle is provided herein. The dome light assembly includes a headliner having a trough and a light-producing assembly arranged as a strip configured to be received in the trough. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274060

Tray system for a truck

A system for accommodating a variety of modular components on a truck bed tray that is assembled to a truck frame. A plurality of first engagement features are provided to secure a heavier attachment to the bed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274050

Vehicle seating assembly with manual cushion tilt

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat base. A thigh support is pivotally coupled to and extends forward from the seat base. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274046

Seat climate control assembly and seat employing the same

According to one or more embodiments, a seat climate control assembly for a seat includes a seatback and a headrest, the seat climate control assembly includes an air intake port positioned on a top portion of the seatback and in fluid communication with the headrest, and an air controller in fluid communication with the air intake port.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274041

Folding vehicle seat

A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat member, a back member, and a base having a track and a guide with horizontal and vertical portions. The seat member is connected to the base by scissors linkage engaging the track to provide vertical and rearward translation of the seat member between use and stowed positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274031

Controlling torque of a vehicle traction motor

A hybrid electric automotive powertrain includes an electric machine operable in propulsive and regenerative modes. The machine has positive and negative torque limits for the propulsive and regenerative modes, respectively, to reduce potential thermal damage to the machine due to overheating. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274027

Redundant electrical power for autonomous vehicles

A system includes a first battery configured to power at least one vehicle subsystem and a second battery configured to power an electric motor to propel a vehicle. A processing device is configured to detect an inadequate power level provided from the first battery to the at least one vehicle subsystem and selectively partition the second battery to power the at least one vehicle subsystem.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274018

Regenerative braking control system and method

A system for controlling regenerative braking in an electrified vehicle to prevent or minimize reduction of overall braking torque during wheel slip events includes an antilock braking system adapted to transmit an antilock braking system active signal and a regeneration powertrain interfacing with the antilock braking system. The regeneration powertrain is adapted to inhibit regenerative braking torque reduction responsive to receiving the antilock braking system active signal during a high deceleration braking event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150274004

Fuel tank auxiliary line

A fuel tank having at least one auxiliary fuel pick up line, in addition to the engine fuel pick up line, which supplies at least one auxiliary unit with fuel from the fuel tank, wherein a inlet is introduced as a side or lateral opening into a wall of the auxiliary line at a distance from a closed tank end of the auxiliary line, and wherein the tank end is closed and rests on a fuel tank bottom.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150273974

Adsorption air-conditioning system

An air-conditioning system which may be included in a motor vehicle may include a single pair of tube-and-plate heat exchangers arranged within a common vacuum enclosure, the heat exchangers selectively coupled with a heat source, a radiator, and an air-conditioning core. During an adsorbing/evaporating mode, coolant may circulate between a first heat exchanger and the radiator and vapor may evaporate from the surface of non-adsorbent-coated plates of the second heat exchanger and be adsorbed at adsorbent-coated plates of the first heat exchanger while coolant circulates between the second heat exchanger and the core. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150273963

Wheel suspension and axle including wheel suspension for a motor vehicle

A single wheel suspension is provided for a rear axle of a vehicle. The single wheel suspension may have a transverse leaf spring, a damper, and a wheel carrier. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150273744

Automotive side view miiror attachment assembly and method of making same

An automotive side view mirror attachment assembly includes a polymeric outer shell having a metal reinforcement member coupled thereto, wherein the polymeric outer shell forms form closures about connecting features of the metal reinforcement member, so as to provide an operably coupling between the polymeric outer shell and the metal reinforcing member that is secured by independent connection locations that are effective to support an external mirror assembly in multiple dimensions.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150273093

Self-disinfecting surface

A self-disinfecting surface covering for a vehicle is disclosed. The surface covering comprising a pair of electrodes substantially conforms to a vehicle panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150273092

Color changing and disinfecting surfaces

An apparatus configured to disinfect a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a first electrode substantially coating a portion of a partially light transmissive panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150271452

Vehicle-based media content capture and remote service integration

A vehicle may include at least one media content capture device. The vehicle may further include a controller in communication with the at least one media content capture device and configured to, responsive to a user request, capture a media content instance using the at least one media content capture device according to media content capture settings of the vehicle, and post the media content instance to an account of a remote service associated with the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150270666

Self-locating busbar assembly and alignment method

A self-locating bus bar assembly for locating a bus bar on a cell terminal of a battery cell includes a bus bar locating tab adapted for attachment to the bus bar; an assembly bracket; a tab opening in the assembly bracket, the tab opening sized and configured to accommodate the bus bar locating tab; and a bracket terminal opening in the assembly bracket, the bracket terminal opening sized, configured and located to accommodate the cell terminal of the battery cell when the bus bar locating tab is disposed within the tab opening.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150270588

Battery thermal management system including bimetallic member

A battery thermal management system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a bimetallic member moveable between a first position and a second position in response to a temperature change to selectively restrict flow of a coolant through a duct.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150270586

Traction battery thermal plate with flexible bladder

A traction battery thermal plate assembly may include a structure having edge portions defining a cavity and configured to support a battery cell array. A flexible bladder may be disposed within the cavity between the structure and array. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150270516

Enhanced fabrication ev battery pack

A battery pack for an electrified vehicle. An illustrative embodiment of the battery pack includes a battery pack frame and a plurality of tubular venting components in the battery pack frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150270081

Hv relay sticking control system and method

A high voltage relay sticking control system for a vehicle having at least one contactor, a high voltage battery pack interfacing with the contactor and a weld diagnostic detection system interfacing with the high voltage battery pack and the contactor includes an increment counter adapted to interface with the contactor, the high voltage battery pack and the weld diagnostic detection system. The increment counter is adapted to transmit at least one set of coil power cycles through the contactor if a weld exists at the contactor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150269844

Method for locating an object in a blind-spot of a vehicle

A method for detecting moving objects in the area surrounding a vehicle by means of a vehicle-mounted sensor system having separate detection zones between which there is at least one detection gap. A crossover of an object between two detection zones across a detection gap is bridged by prediction by means of a transfer algorithm. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150269842

Traffic density sensitivity selector

Data is collected related one or more objects proximate to a first vehicle, the one or more objects including a second vehicle. The collected data is used to generate a virtual map of the one or more objects including the second vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150268746

System and method for enabling touchscreen by passenger in moving vehicle

A system and method for controlling the performance of complex operations on a dashboard-mounted touchscreen in a vehicle moving above a predetermined minimal speed. The system includes a sensor for determining that the touchscreen is intended or going to be touched by driver and/or front seat passenger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150268341

Object detection using ultrasonic phase arrays

A vehicle includes a fascia, a sensor array disposed on the fascia, and a processing device. The sensor array has a plurality of ultrasonic sensors, each configured to output a sensor signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150268338

Tracking from a vehicle

Data related to a person outside of a vehicle can be collected by a computer in the vehicle. The collected data is used to generate a virtual map of one or more targets, including at least the person, proximate to the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150268285

Battery simulator with variable current capacity

A battery simulator can operate to provide different outputs. These outputs provide different characteristics related to how a device under test operates. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150268109

Sensor packaging at output side of front wheel drive (fwd) transmissions

Various packaging designs for placement of a magnetic torque sensor at the output shaft of a front wheel drive transmission are provided. One design provides for mounting a sensor on a chain drive sprocket or integrating a sensor into a modified sprocket bearing mount. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150268053

Trip partitioning based on driving pattern energy consumption

A vehicle includes an electric machine configured to propel the vehicle using battery power. The vehicle also includes a controller programmed to operate the electric machine along a predetermined route based on a superposition of a plurality of partitionings of the route. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150268003

Three-dimensional product camouflage

A camouflage sheet comprises a reflector layer. The sheet has formed thereon a plurality of three-dimensional shapes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267881

Light-producing assembly for a vehicle

A light-producing assembly for a vehicle is provided herein. The light-producing assembly includes a first, second, and third light source and a photoluminescent structure having a first, second, and third photoluminescent material. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267813

Compression piston ring for an internal combusion engine

A compression ring for an engine piston includes an upper and lower face, and an inner face positioned between the upper and lower faces along an inner diameter of the ring. An outer face is positioned between the upper and lower faces along an outer diameter of the ring and is formed by a continuous curve along the axial direction of the ring. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267808

Method and apparatus for driveline softening in a vehicle

A vehicle includes a power source, such as an engine, an electric machine, or combination thereof. A torque converter is selectively coupled to the power source such that drive torque can be altered before being distributed into a transmission of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267801

Method for preheating a powertrain

Methods and systems are described for heating a powertrain prior to an engine start. One method includes heating a coolant by circulating the coolant through a radiator and operating an electric radiator fan, and flowing the coolant across the powertrain. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267784

Multiple speed transmission with integrated low range

A transmission gearing arrangement includes four simple planetary gear sets, a range selection clutch, and five other clutches including one brake. The transmission is operated in high range by engaging the range selection clutch and in low range by disengaging the range selection clutch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267649

Methods and systems for recycling engine feedgas cold-start emissions

Systems and methods are provided for recycling internal combustion engine feedgas exhaust emissions during cold-start conditions. By adjusting a restriction valve provided in an exhaust passage upstream of a catalytic converter, an amount of engine exhaust flowing through the catalytic converter prior to the catalytic converter reaching its operational temperature may be reduced.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267629

Logic-based sliding door interlock

A fuel door and a sliding door are on the same side of a vehicle. The sliding door has power locking and power child locking. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267627

Method for determining the oxygen concentration o2 in a gas flow

Embodiments for determining oxygen concentration using an oxygen sensor are provided. In one example, a method for determining oxygen concentration o2 in a gas flow of an internal combustion engine which is equipped with an engine controller and an oxygen sensor comprises determining the oxygen concentration o2,sens of the gas flow in a ceramic measurement cell of the sensor by current isens which is detected by measurement and which flows when a constant voltage usens is applied and maintained, and correcting the oxygen concentration based on a pressure psens at the measurement cell. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267624

Method for performing a charge exchange in an internal combustion engine

A method and system for perform a charge exchange in internal combustion engine comprising an additional intake and exhaust valve lifts performed during positive pressure gradients between the intake and exhaust systems to reducing scavenging losses and increase torque during low engine speeds.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267609

Engine cover integrated captive fastener

An engine cover assembly having an integrally attached captive or part-in-assembly fastener for attachment to an engine is disclosed. The engine cover assembly includes an engine cover having a fastener aperture formed in a recessed area thereof and a captive fastener assembly integrally attached to the engine cover. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267604

Method for estimating charge air cooler condensation storage with an intake oxygen sensor

Methods and systems are provided for estimating water storage in a charge air cooler (cac). In one example, an amount of water accumulating in the cac may be based on an output of an oxygen sensor positioned downstream of the cac and ambient humidity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267600

Convex fan shroud

A convex fan shroud for use with an automotive engine cooling system having a fan and a fan-cooled, liquid-to-air radiator is disclosed. The convex fan shroud has an optimized shape that leads to high air flow rates through the radiator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267573

Applied-ignition internal combustion engine with variable valve drive

A system and method is provided for an at least partially variable valve drive in an internal combustion engine. In one example, the at least partially variable valve drive comprises a hydraulically adjustable actuating device which may be charged with pressurized oil via an oil pressure line which branches off from an oil circuit.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150267041

Carbon fibers having an internal cavity

A reinforcing fiber is provided comprising a carbon fiber having a length and outer and inner surfaces defining a wall. The wall has a first cross section which defines an outer diameter and an inner diameter and a wall thickness. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266518

Expandable roof panel perimeter reinforcement

A vehicle roof frame includes an adhering structure having an adhesive carrier and an expanding structural adhesive coupled to at least a portion of an outer surface of the adhesive carrier. The expanding structural adhesive includes an installation state and a structural state, and the structural state has a larger volume than the installation state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266511

Extruded metal sub-frame for a vehicle

A sub-frame assembly for supporting a pair of wheels on a vehicle. The base may be an extrusion having a matrix of panels extending in a vertical direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266509

Object detection during vehicle parking

A computer in a vehicle is programmed to collect data related to an object; use the data to generate a virtual map of the object with respect to the vehicle; and provide output based on the virtual map that indicates a risk of the parking operation.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266485

Driver anomaly detection

Vehicle trajectory data is obtained. A variance of the trajectory data is recursively determined. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266482

Method for refueling motor vehicles

A computer-implemented method includes determining, via a vehicle computer, that a current fuel-tank fill-level matches a stored fill-level, stored prior to a refueling process. The method also includes calculating an average fuel-consumption when the current fill-level matches the stored fill-level, based on distance traveled since the refueling process and a total amount of fuel received by the vehicle, as indicated by stored fuel-dispensed data received from one or more fuel pumps, since the stored fill-level was stored.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266481

Extending hybrid electric vehicle regenerative braking

A method for controlling regenerative braking in a hybrid electric powertrain includes using an e-pump to supply fluid to a transmission provided an indication that a torque converter clutch disengagement will occur under current powertrain operating conditions is present, and discontinuing use of the e-pump and using a mechanical pump to supply fluid to the transmission provided the indication that a torque converter clutch disengagement will occur under current powertrain operating conditions is absent.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266476

Coordinating engine start/stop with adaptive cruise control stop-and-go

An automotive vehicle includes engine start/stop (ess) and adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality (accs&g). A method of coordinating operation of the ess and accs&g systems is provided. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266469

Methods and systems for engine cranking

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine may be started in one of two ways depending on operating conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266467

All-wheel-drive system interaction with fuel savings operation of a motor vehicle

A method for controlling vehicle powertrain operation includes activating all-wheel-drive or 4×4-operation provided one of an environmental condition, vehicle use condition and vehicle electrical condition exceeds a corresponding reference, deactivating fuel saving operation provided all-wheel-drive or 4×4-operation is activated, activating fuel saving operation provided none of said conditions indicates need for awd/4×4-operation, deactivating all-wheel-drive or 4×4-operation provided fuel saving operation is activated.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266466

Method and system for adaptive motor power loss estimation in hybrid electric vehicles

A control strategy for a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain having an engine, a motor, and a transmission includes operating the powertrain according to a motor power loss term that is adapted based on battery power supplied to the motor, motor power output, and an estimated motor power loss such that the motor power loss term changes over time and converges to a constant value to thereby be indicative of actual motor power loss.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266464

Slow torque modulation performed by fast actuator

A method for controlling torque modification during a gearshift includes modifying transmission input torque during the gearshift using an actuator having slower and faster responses to a request for slow input torque modification, fulfilling the request using the slower response provided the faster response is unable to fulfill the request, and fulfilling the request using the faster response, provided the faster response can provide the requested torque modification.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266462

System and method for determining engine disconnect clutch torque

A system and method for estimating disconnect clutch torque during engine start with the motor in vehicles having an engine selectively coupled to the motor and transmission may be configured to control motor torque based on a clutch torque estimated from a difference in a measured powertrain state and a predicted powertrain state using motor torque as an input. The powertrain states may include, for example, motor speed, turbine speed, engine speed and clutch torque. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266457

Braking system with selective braking backup system

A brake system for a vehicle may include a primary braking system, a backup braking system, and a braking system controller. The primary braking system may apply braking energy to wheels of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266446

Dual chamber airbag system

A side airbag system for a vehicle has a primary airbag and a secondary airbag at least partially surrounding the primary airbag. The primary airbag comprises at least one primary vent venting into the secondary airbag and the secondary airbag comprises at least one secondary vent. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266438

Collision sensing and energy absorbing apparatus

An apparatus includes an enclosed body defining a chamber therein. The body includes a rearward portion, a forward portion opposite the rearward portion and a first portion extending between the rearward and forward portions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266418

Dual purpose lighting assembly

A dual purpose lighting assembly for a vehicle is provided herein. The dual purpose lighting assembly includes a puddle lamp assembly disposed proximate a doorway and operable to emit light by luminescence to illuminate a ground area outside the vehicle and a dome lamp assembly disposed next to the puddle lamp assembly and operable to emit light by luminescence to illuminate a vehicle cabin area.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266417

Illuminated seatbelt assembly

A lighting system for a vehicle seatbelt assembly is provided herein. The lighting system includes a first seatbelt component configured to couple to a second seatbelt component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266411

Emergency vehicle maneuver communications

Improved vehicle emergency lighting control may be implemented in a vehicle computer. Data may be collected related to a pursuit of a second vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266403

Head restraint for a vehicle seat

A head restraint includes a central part, a fastener for fastening the central part to a backrest of a vehicle seat, and at least one side wing. The side wing is mounted pivotably in relation to the central part between the neutral position and at least one comfort position, and is fixable at least in the comfort position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266387

Traction battery thermal management system

A traction battery assembly includes a battery array having a plurality of stacked cells and a pair of thermal plates arranged to sandwich the array therebetween. Each thermal plate includes a plurality of fins. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266357

Method for preventing condensation on vehicle windows

Methods and systems are described for preventing condensation on a windshield and other windows of a parked vehicle. One method includes following the vehicle shut down, and when a temperature of a windshield is lower than ambient dew point, transferring heat from a powertrain of the vehicle to the windshield via a coolant if a powertrain temperature is higher than the windshield temperature, and transferring heat from ambient air to the windshield via the coolant if the powertrain temperature is lower than the windshield temperature, and ambient temperature is higher than the windshield temperature.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266356

Method and system to enable commands on a vehicle computer based on user created rules

A vehicle computing system has at least one controller in communication with one or more transceivers, where the one or more transceivers are capable of communicating with a wireless device. The at least one controller is configured to recognize a vehicle occupant based on a wireless device connection received at the transceiver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266354

Vehicle cabin venting system and method

A vehicle cabin venting method includes cooling a vehicle battery charger by drawing outside air through a vehicle outside air vent door; and operating a hybrid vehicle battery system to establish and maintain flow of fresh air in a cabin of the vehicle by ensuring an open position of a blend door in the vehicle if the outside air vent door will not close. A vehicle cabin venting system is also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266269

Assembly and method of pretreating localized areas of parts for joining

An assembly and a method of joining a first part with a second part at an attachment area that includes a localized area on the first part. The localized area is cleaned and activated by a plasma jet. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150266079

Composite dies and method of making the same

In one or more embodiments, a composite die includes a die face defining a protrusion and including a first metal, and a die base supporting the die face, the die base including a housing, a first filler positioned within the housing and contacting the protrusion, and a bridging member reinforcing the housing, the housing including a second metal different than the first metal.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150265950

Dual media oil filter

A suction filter for an automatic transmission utilizes two different types of filter media: a coarse filter media and a fine filter media. The two types of media are arranged in series within a housing such that fluid flows through only one of the two filter media. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150264649

Method and apparatus for an alert strategy between modules

. . A telematics control unit comprising a transceiver configured to receive a message from a vehicle module during a sleep mode, the message requesting the telematics control unit to output information via a telecommunications network. The telematics control unit also includes a processor configured to determine whether to output the information or delay the output of the information based upon the message, and output the information to the telecommunications network, or delay outputting the information until the telematics control unit enters a full-power mode or a wake-up cycle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150263397

Side mounted traction battery thermal plate

A battery assembly may include an array of battery cells each having upper and lower ends, a face extending therebetween and partially defining an exterior of the array, and terminals extending from the upper end. The battery assembly may also include an exo-support structure including a plurality of retainer segments configured to support the upper and lower ends and a thermal plate defining one or more channels extending along the exterior of the array. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150263326

Method of welding a bus bar to battery cell terminals

A method of welding a bus bar to battery cell terminals to produce a bus bar clip assembly. A bus bar is provided with spring clips. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150262439

Methods and systems for authenticating one or more users of a vehicle communications and information system

In at least one embodiment, a system for authorizing use of a vehicle communication and information system may include one or more data processors configured to receive information associating one or more devices with a vehicle computer. The data processor(s) may be also configured to receive information identifying a user requesting authorization to command the vehicle controls from the one or more devices associated with the vehicle computer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150261219

Autonomous vehicle with automatic window shade

A vehicle includes at least one autonomous driving sensor and an autonomous mode controller configured to receive signals generated by the autonomous driving sensor. The autonomous mode controller controls at least one vehicle subsystem based at least in part on the signals received. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150260630

Particle sensor, exhaust system and method for determining particles in the exhaust gas

Embodiments of a particle sensor are provided. In one example, a particle sensor for an exhaust system comprises at least two inlet openings for an exhaust-gas flow of the exhaust system, wherein the inlet openings are of different sizes, and at least two sensor elements, wherein in each case one sensor element is arranged downstream of one inlet opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150260537

Method and apparatus for vehicle-based data gathering

A computer implemented method includes accessing a list containing one or more items for purchase. The method further includes receiving a vehicle location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150260529

Remote vehicle navigation system purge

A vehicle includes a navigation system, a communication interface, and a processing device. The navigation system is configured to store location information. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150260442

Method and system for de-icing a heat exchanger

Methods and systems for de-icing an exterior heat exchanger of a vehicle's heat pump are presented. In one example, a positive temperature coefficient (ptc) heater provides heat to refrigerant that de-ices the exterior heat exchanger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150260363

Lamp adjuster to control margins

A vehicle lamp assembly includes a body having a reflector, a lens, and a bulb. The assembly further includes a bezel, at least one adjuster arm attached to the body and to the bezel, and at least one biasing arm attached to the body and to the bezel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150260269

Control valve and method of controlling torque converter lock-up clutch

A motor vehicle includes a transmission having a control valve and a torque converter with a lock-up clutch. The control valve is configured to control both a mode and an apply pressure of the lock-up clutch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150260264

Belt slip monitor

A belt slip monitor system and method configured to determine whether a belt coupled to a motor-generator is slipping based on operational states of first and second movable portions of the belt slip monitor, wherein the operational states of the first and second movable portions are dependent upon the tension in the belt.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150260263

Diamond-like carbon coating on chain guides and tensioning arms for internal combustion engines

A nylon chain tensioning arm and nylon chain guide having diamond-like carbon coatings are provided. The diamond-like carbon coating is formed on the substrate by methods including physical vapor deposition, for example, by sputtering or chemical vapor deposition of coating systems composed of various combinations of amorphous carbon. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150260140

Camshaft position determination

Various methods for determining camshaft position based on position indicated by an electric motor controller are provided. In one example, a method comprises: during cranking of an engine, driving a camshaft of the engine by an electric motor controlled by a motor controller which indicates motor position and position of the camshaft; determining one or more engine operating parameters for controlling the engine during the cranking by an engine controller from the indicated cam position; and after the cranking, identifying the cam position from a sensor coupled to the camshaft.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150260086

Dual wastegate actuation

Various systems and methods for controlling dual wastegates via a single wastegate actuator are provided. In one example, a system comprises a first wastegate comprising a first wastegate valve, a second wastegate comprising a second wastegate valve, and a wastegate actuator coupled to each of the first and second wastegate valves to vary openings of the first wastegate valve and the second wastegate valve according to desired boost.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150260085

Branch communication valve for a twin scroll turbocharger

Methods and systems are provided for a branch communication valve in a twin turbocharger system. A branch communication valve may be positioned adjacent to a dividing wall separating a first scroll and a second scroll of the twin turbocharger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150259953

Self-draining keyed cylinder integrated into door trim

A vehicle door includes an outer panel and an inner frame defining a cavity, wherein a portion of the outer panel defines a generally downward outer surface. A trim member is attached to the outer surface, wherein the trim member and the outer surface define a cylinder receptacle in communication with the cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150259010

Vehicle frame component

A vehicle frame component for limiting the movement of the wheel of the vehicle toward the cab of a cab on frame vehicle including a base member welded to openings in the frame side rail and extending outwardly and located proximal the wheel structure. In one embodiment the vehicle frame component is located forward of the wheel and includes a tire puncture device to deflate the tire during an offset front impact and in a second embodiment the vehicle frame component is located rearward of the wheel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150259009

Collision deflector assembly

A vehicle frame is provided having a frame. The frame includes a main rail and a lateral rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150258994

Vehicle with mass and grade responsive cruise control

A vehicle controller estimates the turbine torque based on measured impeller and turbine speeds. Then, it estimates the tractive force based on gear ratios, tire sizes, and estimates of parasitic losses. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150258974

Stopping a hybrid engine with engine start anticipation

A hybrid electric automotive powertrain includes an engine start/stop system to improve fuel economy. The stop routine provides for quick restarting to avoid delay in a driver change of mind case. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150258959

Passenger airbag with secondary chamber

A vehicle airbag comprises a primary chamber and a secondary chamber affixed to the primary chamber by a seam. A passage is defined between the primary chamber and the secondary chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150258958

Passenger airbag with secondary chamber

A vehicle airbag comprises a primary chamber, a secondary chamber affixed to the primary chamber, and a passage between the primary chamber and the secondary chamber. The primary chamber is configured to contact at least two reaction surfaces, and the secondary chamber is configured to contact one and only one of the at least two reaction surfaces, when the airbag is inflated upon detection of an impact.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150258957

Air bag door hinge for a motor vehicle

An automobile air bag mounting structure includes a chute defining an opening with a first wall extending from the opening, a cover fully sealing the opening, and a hinge member extending integrally between the first wall and a portion of the cover. The hinge member extends from the first housing wall and to the cover in a direction toward the opening with at least one segment therebetween extending away from the opening.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150258956

Passive structural design that improves impact signal during side impact

A vehicle includes a floor structure and one or more tubular rocker structures. Each rocker structure includes an outer cladding and/or an inner structure extending across an interior space of the rocker structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150258955

Seatbelt restraint system for reversible vehicle seat

A vehicle seat includes a back and a cushion. A mounting assembly supports the cushion and includes a first mounting arm coupled with the back and rotatable with respect to the cushion such that the back is translatable over the cushion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150258954

Adaptive suppression of vehicle restraint system

A vehicle has a restraint system with at least two restraint devices. A sensor detects a potential collision object and outputs a signal representing a relative position of the potential collision object to the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150258943

Combined storage and docking unit for a portable electronic device

A combined storage and docking unit for attachment to the instrument panel of a motor vehicle is disclosed in which a portable electronic device such as an mp3 player or gps navigation device can be held in a display position by clamping it between lid and storage box parts of the combined storage and docking unit. The storage box includes a trough shaped portion in which the portable electronic device can be stowed if it is not required to be used. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150258907

Frequency based battery model parameter estimation

A hybrid powertrain system includes a battery and at least one controller. The at least one controller is configured to determine instantaneous battery power limits during operation of the system using filtered battery voltage signals and current input signals. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150256912

Flat panel speaker assembly integrated with vehicle trim

A trim panel assembly for a vehicle incorporates a flat panel speaker. The trim panel defines an interior surface of a passenger compartment of the vehicle and has a speaker aperture with a peripheral edge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150256816

Reconfigurable vehicle modle

A vehicle model including main and secondary modules is provided. The vehicle module may also include vehicle components, a frame, a camera system, and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150255975

High voltage cutoff for electrified vehicles

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

09/10/15 / #20150253536

Autonomous vehicle with adaptive side view mirrors

A vehicle includes at least one side view mirror assembly configured to move to a folded position. A processing device is configured to command the at least one side view mirror assembly to move to the folded position when the vehicle is operating in an autonomous mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150252759

Acoustic attenuator for an engine booster

An acoustic attenuator 20 for an engine booster such as a turbocharger 10 for an engine 4 is disclosed in which the acoustic attenuator 20 includes an attenuator chamber 28 in which is located at least one absorption media 140. The acoustic attenuator 20 is located adjacent an inlet port of the turbocharger 10 so as to attenuate any acoustic pressure waves by dissipative reaction with the absorption media 140 before they have chance to reach other components of a low pressure supply system 50 for the engine 4.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150252748

Method and system for pre-ignition control

Methods and systems are provided for addressing pre-ignition that may be induced in response to actions taken to mitigate a cylinder misfire. An amount of engine load limiting applied may be adjusted to reduce the likelihood pre-ignition while also addressing component over-temperature issues. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150252747

Method and system for pre-ignition control

Methods and systems are provided for reducing late burn induced cylinder pre-ignition events. Forced entry of residuals from a late burning cylinder into a neighboring cylinder may be detected based on engine block vibrations sensed in a window during an open exhaust valve of the late burning cylinder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150252743

Methods and systems for pre-ignition control in a variable displacement engine

Methods and systems are provided for reducing pre-ignition incidence in a variable displacement engine during reactivation from a vde mode. During conditions when one or more deactivated cylinders are reactivated to elevated engine loads, the reactivated cylinder(s) may be temporarily and preemptively enriched to reduce the possibility of cylinder pre-ignition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150252697

Crankcase oil catcher

A crankcase oil catcher configured for placement above a crankshaft and below a piston is described. In one particular example, the crankcase oil catcher has a contour that catches dispersed oil within the crankcase while directing the oil away from a casing wall and towards a crank sump along the contoured surface of the crankcase oil catcher. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251706

Geometric/mechanical isolation of aluminum to steel joining at trim edges for corrosion protection

A joint for a motor vehicle body comprises a first structural member fabricated from aluminum attached to a second structural member fabricated from steel. The second structural member has an adjoining portion that is in substantially juxtaposed abutting relation with the first structural member when the second structural member is attached to the first structural member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251697

Vehicle target identification using human gesture recognition

A trailer target detection system includes a camera located on a vehicle and arranged to capture video images of a trailer towed by the vehicle. The system includes an image processor processing the video images to detect a gesture by a user indicative of position of target on the trailer and identifying location of the target based on the detected gesture. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251693

Trailer backup assist system using gesture commands and method

A trailer target detection system includes a camera located on a vehicle and arranged to capture video images of a trailer towed by the vehicle. The system includes an image processor processing the video images to detect a gesture by a user indicative of position of target on the trailer and identifying location of the target based on the detected gesture. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251667

Method and system for warning a driver of a motor vehicle

An apparatus and method for altering the drivability of a vehicle so as to alert a driver of the vehicle of a potentially hazardous condition. The vehicle has at least one sensor configured to detect the potentially hazardous potential. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251666

Messaging via vehicle steering wheel

One of a condition affecting a vehicle and a planned action of the vehicle are identified. An instruction is provided to actuate movement of a steering wheel in the vehicle, wherein the movement is determined according to the one of the condition and the planned action.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251663

Driver drowsiness detection

Data is collected related to a yaw-rate of a vehicle during a period of time. Based in part on the yaw-rate data, an actual trajectory and an ideal trajectory for the vehicle in the period of time are computed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251661

Method for permitting a performance-enhancing nap in a motor vehicle

The invention relates to a method and a device for permitting a performance-enhancing nap in a motor vehicle. When a vehicle occupant requests a nap function, different vehicle parameters are set such that the performance-enhancing nap is promoted and the vehicle occupant enjoying the nap is woken at a specific time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251657

System and method for managing hybrid vehicle regenerative braking

A vehicle includes a powertrain having an electric machine configured to selectively apply regenerative braking torque to decelerate the vehicle. The vehicle also includes a controller programmed to control a rate of change of a regenerative braking torque limit during a transmission downshift that occurs during a regenerative braking event based on a change in speed of an output shaft of the powertrain caused by the transmission downshift.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251655

Method and device for estimating the distance between a moving vehicle and an object

A method generates at least two individual images of an object using a camera at different times, and estimates a distance from the object in an image registration method and on the basis of a scaling (s(t)) between these individual images. The scaling (s(t)) between the individual images is estimated using a frequency domain analysis.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251654

Hybrid vehicle control when towing

A method for controlling a hybrid vehicle having a trailer hitch includes detecting the trailer hitch being in use, commanding an engine to stop, and commanding the engine to start in response to a torque to accelerate being within a predetermined offset below an unladen vehicle torque pull up schedule.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251653

Methods and systems for extending regenerative braking

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an electrical load may be automatically activated to consume electrical energy produced during driveline braking so that driveline braking may be extended. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251652

Methods and systems for adjusting driveline disconnect clutch operation

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, torque transferred via a driveline disconnect clutch is estimated based on characteristics of a torque converter to improve driveline operation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251651

Methods and systems for conditionally entering a driveline sailing mode

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, a driveline may selectively enter a sailing mode to provide quick driveline torque response with reduced impact on fuel economy.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251649

Active motor damping control of a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain

A hybrid electric vehicle includes an engine and an electric motor both configured to generate a vehicle powertrain torque and a controller programmed to control the powertrain torque for a limited duration in anticipation of a powertrain torque variation scenario using a damping function, wherein the damping function adjusts the vehicle powertrain torque based on a difference between a measured motor speed and a desired motor speed using the electric motor to counteract a powertrain speed oscillation.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251647

System and method for controlling a powertrain in a vehicle

A system and method for controlling a powertrain in a vehicle includes the step of reducing or otherwise modifying a response of the powertrain to accelerator pedal input from a standard powertrain response under certain circumstances, for example, when a position of the accelerator pedal is within a predetermined range and operation of the vehicle meets at least one criteria, including at least one criteria indicative of steady state powertrain operation.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251626

Seat belt system

A seat belt system including a seat belt secured for movement over a d-ring wherein the d-ring includes a magnet and the seat belt includes a plurality of magnetized metal filaments. As the seat belt travels through the d-ring the magnet attracts the plurality of metal filaments and counteracts at least a portion of the normal force of the webbing on the d-ring provided by gravity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251618

System and method for seatbelt use monitoring

A monitoring system for a vehicle having a seat and a restraint with seatbelt webbing includes a webbing length sensor coupled with the restraint, a position sensor, and a processor. The processor is in communication with the webbing length sensor and the position sensor and is programmed to output a signal based on a determination that an extended webbing length is outside an acceptable range of webbing length for an occupant size category assigned using the position sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251615

Wheel assembly kinematic enhancement device

An automotive vehicle includes a wedge fixed by shear connections to a structural member. Upon application of a rearward force, the wedge shears free and moves between the structural member and a wheel assembly where it rotationally displaces a vehicle tire. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251606

Storage unit for a motor vehicle

A storage assembly for use in a motor vehicle for transporting objects is disclosed. The storage assembly includes upper and lower cover parts that are hingedly connected together and also hingedly connected, via the lower cover part, to an interior panel of the motor vehicle, such as a sidewall of a center console. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251597

Illuminated vehicle compartment

An illuminated engine compartment disposed within a vehicle is provided herein. The illuminated engine compartment includes a light-producing assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251596

Luminescent seating assembly

A lighting system for a vehicle headrest is provided herein. The lighting system includes a support attached to a headrest on a first end and removably coupled to a seatback on the opposing end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251595

Vehicle sunshade assembly

A sunshade assembly for a vehicle is provided herein. The sunshade assembly includes a housing and a light-producing assembly coupled to the housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251588

Privacy window assembly

A privacy window assembly of a vehicle is provided herein. The privacy window assembly includes a window of the vehicle and a light-producing assembly coupled to the window having a plurality of light sources. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251580

Vehicle seating assembly with multi-contour system

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seating surface. A plurality of polymeric mats each include a memory metal encased therein, a first side operably coupled with an underlying support structure, and a second side proximate the seating surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251579

Trim and foam assembly for a vehicle seat

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat frame disposed between an integrally formed back panel and an inner close-out panel. A cushion assembly is operably coupled to the inner close-out panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251573

Switch for selecting and adjusting seat-related functions of motor vehicle seats

A motor vehicle seat has a seat inflation system for selectively inflating/deflating a plurality of inflatable cushions in the seat back and/or bottom. A switch for controlling the system includes a display having a first symbol indicating a function of the cushion and a second symbol indicating a parameter of the active function, a plurality of keypads defining a circular perimeter surrounding the display and actuatable to select the active function, and a ring surrounding the perimeter and rotatable to adjust a value of the parameter.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251566

Autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats

A vehicle includes a passenger compartment and at least one seat located in the passenger compartment. The seat can be moved from a front-facing position to a rear-facing position for when the vehicle is operating in an autonomous mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251558

Plug-in vehicle eco charging mode

A system for controlling battery charging in a vehicle includes a traction battery and a controller. The controller is configured to charge the traction battery to a soc that is less than a maximum soc based on an amount of charge predicted to be received from an anticipated regenerative braking event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251556

Battery model with robustness to cloud-specific communication issues

A vehicle may include battery cells and a controller configured to control the vehicle, based on a state observation of the battery cells, using model parameters computed according to controller-determined cell nominal parameters adjusted by remotely-determined cell delta parameters, the delta parameters received from an external computing device responsive to cell measurements relating to a cell battery model sent to the external computing device, the delta parameters indicating adjustments that improve accuracy of the nominal parameters.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251555

Parameter identification offloading using cloud computing resources

A vehicle may include battery cells of a battery and at least one controller configured to control the vehicle based on a state observation associated with the battery according to battery model parameters for the cells received from a computing device external to the vehicle and responsive to measurements relating to a battery model of the cells sent to the computing device.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251542

Capacitor precharging and capacitance/resistance measurement in electric vehicle drive system

An electric drive system for an electric vehicle has a dc power source and a contactor with an output coupled to a main bus and an input adapted to be connected to the dc power source. The contactor is selectably switched between an open state and a closed state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251536

Front end accessory drive bracket and mounting method for an engine

Methods and systems are provided for a bracket and surrounding structure for mounting a front end accessory drive component, such as an alternator, to an engine. Hanging heavy components on brackets may be dangerous and difficult for human operators as well as violate assembly standards. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/03/15 / #20150249908

Method and apparatus for detecting a left-behind phone

A system includes a vehicle computing processor. The processor is configured to, through wireless communication with a phone, and after determining that a vehicle engine is not running, request and receive motion sensor data from the phone. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/03/15 / #20150249741

Nomadic device self user-identification

A controller may send a user-identification request to connected nomadic devices requesting each of the devices to provide an interface to receive user input regarding which device is a driver nomadic device; determine a driver nomadic device based on at least one user-identification response received from the devices responsive to the input; and integrate the connected devices with the controller accounting for which device is the driver nomadic device.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/03/15 / #20150247768

Torque sensor assembly for a motor vehicle and method of measuring torque

A torque sensor assembly is used to measure torque in a powertrain of a motor vehicle, the powertrain including a power source and a transmission. A sensor is coupled to an oil seal housing, which is coupled to the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/03/15 / #20150247348

Adjustable striker for a vehicle closure

An adjustable striker assembly for a vehicle closure. The striker assembly employs at least one threaded connector that when rotated moves a striker relative the vehicle in an axial direction of the threaded connector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/03/15 / #20150246674

Control of electronic limited slip differential while towing

A vehicle includes a control system for reducing oversteer by controlling an electronic limited-slip differential (elsd). The elsd has one or more clutches configured to selectively distribute a controlled and varied amount of drive torque between a pair of wheels during a turn. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/03/15 / #20150246673

Vehicle operator monitoring and operations adjustments

A vehicle computer is configured to perform one or more operations of the vehicle without occupant input. Data is stored relating to a baseline occupant state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/03/15 / #20150246672

Semi-autonomous mode control

A first vehicle may receive at least one message from a second vehicle, the message including data provided by the second vehicle. A computing device in the first vehicle is configured to analyze the data of the at least one message to determine that the second vehicle can operate as a lead vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/03/15 / #20150246669

Methods and systems for hybrid driveline control

Systems and methods for operating and hybrid driveline are presented. In one example, driver demand torque may be supplied to vehicle wheels via a hydraulic torque path and a friction torque path. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/03/15 / #20150246637

Luminescent vehicle seal

A lighting system for a vehicle opening is provided herein. The lighting system includes a seal disposed around a periphery of an opening in the body of a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/03/15 / #20150246609

Tank recess

A tank recess for motor vehicles comprising a recess body having a device for fastening to a vehicle body opening from outside and having a tank feed line sealing portion, characterized in that the recess body has a fold-over sealing edge on the base portion, such that a flange on an inner metal plate of the vehicle body opening is encompassed by the fold-over sealing edge, such that in the installed position the sealing edge is able to be placed sealingly around the flange of the vehicle body opening.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150245190

Method and system for transmitting vehicle data using an automated voice

A vehicle communication system includes one or more processors configured to output a computer generated speech signal for at least a portion of vehicle parameter data based on at least one condition detection signal. The one or more processors are further configured to output the speech signal to a call center over a voice channel via a wireless communication. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150244044

Traction battery thermal plate manifold

A traction battery system for a vehicle is provided. The system may include a plurality of battery cells, a thermal plate, and an inlet manifold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150244039

Traction battery thermal plate with transverse channel configuration

A traction battery assembly for a vehicle is provided. The traction battery assembly may include a battery cell array having a plurality of battery cells. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150244038

Traction battery thermal plate with multi pass channel configuration

A traction battery assembly for a vehicle is provided. The traction battery assembly may include a plurality of battery cells and a thermal plate positioned beneath the battery cells. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150244037

Traction battery thermal plate with longitudinal channel configuration

A traction battery assembly for a vehicle is provided. The traction battery assembly may include a battery cell array and a thermal plate configured to support the battery cell array. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150243283

Disambiguation of dynamic commands

A first computing device registers a first grammar that is stored in a persistent memory of the first computing device and that is a system grammar of the first computing device. The first computing device further registers at least one second grammar associated with an application stored in at least one second computing device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150243159

Method and apparatus for extra-vehicular emergency updates following an accident

A system includes a processor configured to receive instructions from a vehicle computing system (vcs) to being reporting a mobile device location. The processor is also configured to access a list of emergency contacts. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150243151

Power generation shutdown alert

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, communicating an alert to a location remote from a vehicle in response to disabling a power generation mode of the vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150243109

Method for triggering a vehicle system monitor

Methods and systems are provided for improving the frequency of attempting and successfully completing one or more on-board diagnostic routines. Engine operating conditions are predicted based on a vehicle operator's driving pattern and routines are initiated if the predicted conditions match the conditions required for performing the routine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150242392

International keyboard for in-car communication and entertainment system

An in-car communication and entertainment system including an international keyboard having a key (e.g., an abc key) located on a display/screen (e.g., touch screen) enabling a user to toggle through multiple pages of characters, for example accented or special characters associated with a particular language. The key also includes jewels/indicators representing the amount of pages of characters associated with a particular keyboard wherein each jewel or indicator is lit or highlighted to indicate the specific page. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150242198

Silent in-vehicle software updates

A computer-implemented method includes receiving, from a cloud server by a vehicle, a manifest indicating network locations of software updates determined according to an interrogator log generated by the vehicle; installing update binaries retrieved from the network locations to an inactive installation of a plurality of storage installations; and setting the inactive installation to be an active installation upon vehicle restart, in place of another of the storage installation currently set as the active partition.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150241878

Autonomous driving sensing system and method

A computer in a vehicle is configured to operate the vehicle in at least one of an autonomous and a semi-autonomous mode. The computer is further configured to detect at least one condition of a roadway being traveled by the vehicle, the condition comprising at least one of a restricted lane, a restricted zone, a construction zone, and accident area, an incline, a hazardous road surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150241233

Method and apparatus for providing a navigation route with recommended charging

A system includes a processor configured to discover charging station locations within a predefined proximity to a route for which vehicle-charging is required to complete. The processor is also configured to determine a charging cost at each discovered station, including at least battery-damage resulting from a charge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150241226

Autonomous driving sensing system and method

First and second sets of data are collected in a vehicle from respective data sources. Each of the first and second sets of data are provided for determinations respectively selected from first and second categories of autonomous vehicle operations. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150241224

System and method for enabling point of interest information to a navigation system

A point-of-interest information system comprising a transceiver configured to send and receive data and a processor in communication with the transceiver. The processor configured to receive at least a portion of point-of-interest (poi) data from a nomadic device using the transceiver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150241219

Method and apparatus for providing a navigation route having multiple associated points of interest

A system includes a processor configured to access a map, including pre-designated destinations, each destination having a clue associated therewith. The processor is also configured to provide the clue associated with a first destination. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150241018

Vehicle light fixture having internal heatsink for led lamp

A vehicle headlight includes a headlight housing including an external lens and an outer wall that define a headlight interior and a lighting element including a light-emitting diode lamp and an internal heatsink coupled to at least a portion of the lamp. The lamp is in thermal communication with the internal heatsink. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240913

Pendulum-absorber brake

A crankshaft comprising a cheek, a torsion-absorbing pendulum pivotally coupled to the cheek, and a rotational speed actuated brake to oppose motion of the pendulum relative to the cheek. The brake is configured to provide greater opposition to the motion at lower rotational speeds than at higher rotational speeds.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240771

Methods for determining fuel bulk modulus in a high-pressure pump

Methods are provided for finding the bulk modulus of a fuel used in the direct injection system of an internal combustion engine. A method is needed to continuously monitor and reliably calculate the fuel's bulk modulus during engine operation on-board the vehicle, where the fuel's bulk modulus may be used to infer the ratio of fuels in a fuel mixture or determine the density of supercritical propane when propane is used as the injected fuel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240769

Methods for correcting spill valve timing error of a high pressure pump

Methods are provided for correct spill valve timing of a high pressure pump coupled to the direct injection system of an internal combustion engine. A method is needed to monitor and adjust spill valve timing on-board the vehicle, where spill valve timing error may result from sensors error and/or time between command signal and actuation response of the spill valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240760

Snorkel intake dirt inertial separator for internal combustion engine

An integrated snorkel intake inertial separator is provided to removes dust and dirt contaminants from the engine intake system prior to reaching the air cleaner. The snorkel initiates a cyclonic motion at the snorkel inlet that propagates downstream in a downpipe towards the air cleaner. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240756

Methods and systems for purging vehicle fuel vapors

Systems and methods for improving fuel vapor purging for a vehicle are presented. In one example, a fuel vapor storage canister vent valve is housed in a fuel vapor storage canister for the purposes of heating contents of the fuel vapor storage canister and venting the fuel vapor storage canister to atmosphere.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240744

System, method and tooling for flexible assembly of cylinder-head valve trains

An assembly method is provided by orienting a cylinder-head at a first orientation. A first plurality of spring caps and a first plurality of retainer keys are installed into the cylinder-head in the first orientation by a first robot. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240739

Method and system for characterizing a port fuel injector

Various systems and methods are described for calibrating a port injector of a common fuel, dual injector per cylinder engine which includes first and second fuel rails and first and second fuel pumps. In one example, after pressurizing both fuel rails and suspending operation of the two pumps simultaneously, a single cylinder is fueled by a port injector while the remaining cylinders are fueled via their respective direct injectors. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240737

Method for fuel injection control

Methods and systems are described for controlling fuel injection in an engine equipped with a dual injector system including a port injector and a direct injector. A ratio of port injected fuel to direct injected fuel is adjusted based at least on intake valve temperature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240734

Method and system for engine unburned hydrocarbon control

Methods and systems are provided for detecting hydrocarbon ingestion into an engine based on the simultaneous monitoring of cylinder imbalance and an elevated exhaust exotherm. Crankshaft acceleration data is monitored during steady-state and transient engine conditions while exhaust temperatures are estimated during non-regeneration conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240730

Method for estimating charge air cooler condensation storage with an intake oxygen sensor while exhaust gas recirculation is flowing

Methods and systems are provided for estimating water storage in a charge air cooler (cac). In one example, an amount of water accumulating in the cac may be based on an output of an oxygen sensor positioned downstream of the cac, ambient humidity, and egr flow while egr is flowing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240709

Engine control for catalyst regeneration

Methods and systems are provided for injecting water during an engine cylinder deactivation event so as to reduce an exhaust catalyst regeneration requirement following the cylinder deactivation. In one example, water is injected at one or more deactivated engine cylinders to reduce oxidation of the exhaust catalyst. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240708

System and method for reducing vane sticking in a variable geometry turbocharger

A method for operating an engine system is described herein. The method includes moving a plurality of vanes in a variable geometry turbocharger toward a closed position in response to tip-out and after moving the plurality of vanes toward the closed position, moving an egr valve from a fully closed position toward an open position in response to tip-in, the egr valve in fluidic communication with an exhaust sub-system upstream of the turbine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240707

Wastegate valve seat position determination

Various methods for compensating variation in the geometry and position of linkages and valve seats in wastegate assemblies are provided. In one example, a method of operating a wastegate in an internal combustion engine comprises, at engine startup, placing a wastegate valve at a seat, recording a position of the seat and associating the seat position with one or more operating parameters, and modifying a position of a wastegate actuator based on the seat position throughout engine operation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150240339

Tailored rolling of high strength aluminum

A method of processing high strength aluminum sheet is provided. The method may comprise uncoiling a coil of o or f-temper 6xxx or 7xxxx series aluminum alloy sheet, tailored rolling the sheet to form a tailored rolled sheet having at least two different thicknesses, blanking the tailored rolled sheet to form a tailored rolled blank (trb), hot stamping the tailored rolled blank to form a component, and age hardening the component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150239475

Hybrid vehicle and method of operation

A hybrid electric vehicle includes a powertrain controller and an anti-lock braking system (abs) controller. The powertrain controller modulates the torque delivered by an internal combustion engine, a generator, and a motor to deliver a desired torque to two drive wheels. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150239467

Hybrid electric vehicle and method of starting engine

Two methods may be used to start the engine of a hybrid electric vehicle while the vehicle is moving under electric power. When smoothness is most important, a disconnect clutch is partially engaged to initiate engine rotation and then released as the engine accelerates under its own power toward a motor speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150239462

Method and system for improving hybrid vehicle shifting

A method and a system for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, torque converter impeller torque from beginning to end of transmission shifting is adjusted in response to variable driveline inertia. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150239455

Predicting energy consumption for an electric vehicle using variations in past energy consumption

An example method of controlling an electric vehicle includes altering operation of an electric vehicle in response to a predicted energy consumption rate. The method includes adjusting the predicted energy consumption in response to variations in past energy consumption rates.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150239450

Informational based engine stop/start sensitivity control for micro-hev

A controller may be configured to adjust a brake apply and release detection calibration based on a detection sensitivity associated with a predicted driver start/stop intention for a vehicle and an associated confidence level indicative of a likelihood of the predicted driver intention; and perform at least one of engine startup and engine shutdown according to the adjusted brake pedal detection calibration.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150239446

Cable system for a vehicle parking brake

A parking brake assembly for use with a motor vehicle including first and second brake assemblies having a common cable. The assembly including a conduit disposed over the cable wherein one end of the conduit connects to a movable member or brake lever of one of the first and second brake assemblies. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150239373

Pyrotechnic fastener seat arrangement for unbelted occupant protection

A seat assembly including a seat pan that drops vertically in the event of a frontal impact event to help safeguard against the head of an unbelted seat occupant striking the headliner, windshield or other components of the vehicle. The seat assembly includes a seat pan attached to a seat track. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150239352

Vehicle charging system

A system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a slidable bar, a connecting bar attached to the slidable bar and a charging device carried by the connecting bar and movable with the slidable bar.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150239337

Stacking radiator aperture closure panels

An apparatus is disclosed for controlling air flow through a radiator. The apparatus includes a first track and a second track that receive a plurality of panels in a sliding relationship. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150239327

Automotive door structure for sail mounted mirrors

A vehicle door assembly includes a door structure having an inner panel and an outer panel defining an internal cavity that extends about a window surround above a vehicle waistline. The door assembly further defines mirror attachment holes and a plurality of collars affixed within the internal cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150239314

Integral 5-link independent suspension systems

A 5-link independent suspension system for a motor vehicle may include a steering knuckle and a trailing link extending along a single axis. The trailing link may be connected to the steering knuckle and be configured to attach to a frame rail of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150239077

Expanding die for clinching and riveting operations

A die for use with a cold-formed joint tool such as a clinching tool or clinch punch or self-piercing rivet punch. A split die made of a plurality of partial cup-shaped segments is disposed within a collar that defines a recess. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150237662

Systems and methods of gesture-based detection of driver mobile device

A vehicle may be configured to prompt for a gesture-based identifying action, the action to be performed via moving a device, thereby identifying the device for association as the driver device; identify movement of the device in accordance with the gesture-based identifying action; and associate the device, moved in accordance with the gesture-based identifying action, as the driver device.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150236628

Discontinuous pulse width modulation

A discontinuous pulse width modulation technique is used in a controller to control an inverter that converts dc battery power to ac power to operate an electric motor, e.g., in a hybrid electric vehicle. The discontinuous pulse width modulation technique uses only one of the two zero state voltage vectors in its calculations whereas traditional pulse width modulation uses both zero state voltage vectors. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150236440

Grommet assembly for vehicle body panel

A vehicle includes a body panel defining a pass-through, a grommet sealed against the body panel, an electrical connector having a surface defining a sleeve and a tab, and a walled retainer in the grommet and seated within the pass-through. The walled retainer has a prong formed thereon. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150236325

Battery pack separator

An example battery pack separator includes a spacer section and a vent section. The spacer section has a portion that is operative to fit between a first battery cell and a second battery cell along an axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150235557

Autonomous vehicle handling annd performance adjustment

A vehicle includes an autonomous driving sensor configured to detect a road condition and output at least one road condition signal representing the road condition, an autonomous mode controller configured to control the vehicle according to the at least one road condition signal, and a communication module configured to broadcast the road condition signal.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150233784

Headlamp aimer box

A headlamp aimer box includes a housing defining an opening and a tunnel, a window disposed within the opening, and a whiteboard disposed at one end of the tunnel. The box further includes a mirror disposed within the tunnel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150233627

Method and system for reducing the possibility of vehicle heat exchanger freezing

Methods and systems for reducing the possibility of heat pump evaporator fin freezing are described. Evaporator fin temperature is compared to a threshold temperature that varies with vehicle operating conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150233505

Engine fluid line with flexible joint

A vehicle fluid line for transporting high and low pressure fluids of an engine includes a rigid pipe having opposing ends configured to fixedly couple with the engine. An adjustable joint divides a length of the rigid tube into first and second segments. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150233316

Method of diagnosing an exhaust gas sensor

Embodiments for an engine exhaust are provided. In one example, a method comprises categorizing each respective concentration of a plurality of exhaust gas constituents measured by a gas analyzer into one of oxidants or reductants, the gas analyzer receiving exhaust gas flow from an engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150233315

Approach for engine control and diagnostics

Embodiments for an engine exhaust are provided. In one example, a method comprises adjusting a fuel injection amount based on a fractional oxidation state of a catalyst, the fractional oxidation state based on reaction rates of a plurality of exhaust gas species throughout a catalyst longitudinal axis and a set of axially-averaged mass balance and energy balance equations for a fluid phase and a washcoat of the catalyst, and further based on feedback from a downstream air-fuel ratio sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150233283

Exhaust flow valve for twin-scroll turbine and operating methods thereof

A supercharged engine and operating methods thereof are described for adjusting an extent of fluidic coupling between separate channels of a two-channel turbine. In one particular example, a longitudinally displaceable flow transfer valve is arranged for movement lateral to the exhaust airflow that provides coupling between the channels, a position of the flow transfer valve within a flow transfer duct controlling the extent of fluidic coupling in addition to the rate of exhaust-gas flow through a blow-off line that conducts airflow past a rotor of the two-channel turbine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150233144

Striker cover for a vehicle

Striker cover for use with a vehicle closure. The striker cover having two cover pieces with coaxial pivot edges, that when contacted by a latch, pivot into a cam and separate to provide access of the latch to the striker. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150232099

Method to use gps to optimize stopping distance to improve fuel economy

A method of signaling an operator of a motor vehicle to optimize stopping distance including determining a vehicle speed, and determining a preferred time to stop based, at least in part, on the vehicle speed. A maximum acceptable time to stop is determined based, at least in part, on the vehicle speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150232098

Vehicle coasting control system and method

A vehicle coasting control system for a vehicle having a prime mover includes an accelerator pedal positional throughout an accelerator pedal position range; a vehicle controller interfacing with the accelerator pedal, the vehicle controller adapted to control operating speeds of the prime mover of the vehicle corresponding to positions, respectively, of the accelerator pedal within the accelerator pedal position range; and the vehicle controller is adapted to operate the prime mover at idle when the accelerator pedal is positioned at a coast zone within the accelerator pedal position range. A vehicle coasting control method is also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150232086

Smoothing hybrid vehicle engine shutdown

A method of smoothing hybrid vehicle engine shutdown. A powered and rotating electric machine is used to slow deceleration of an unpowered and rotating engine by transferring torque through a clutch from the machine to the unpowered engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150232085

Method for initiating and maintaining a substoichiometric operating mode of an internal combustion engine and internal combustion engine for carrying out a method of this kind

The present disclosure describes systems and methods for recharging a storage catalyst of an internal combustion engine. A method is described, comprising: while operating an engine in a substoichiometric operating mode when the engine is under medium load and responsive to an lnt condition, assisting the engine with an electric machine connected to an engine crankshaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150232083

Active battery parameter identification using conditional extended kalman filter

Hybrid-electric and pure electric vehicles include a traction battery. During vehicle operation, impedance parameters of the traction battery may be estimated. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150232063

Energy absorbing seat belt retractor

An energy absorbing seat belt retractor used with a seat belt assembly of a motor vehicle. The seat belt retractor includes a reel for winding and unwinding the seat belt and an elongated shaft, with the reel attached to the shaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150232061

Remote control seatbelt height adjuster

An apparatus for positioning a vehicle restraint is provided herein having a track and a restraint support configured to slide along the track. A positioner is coupled to the restraint support and a motor, coupled to the positioner, is operable to adjust a position of the restraint support. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150232054

Method of assembling and packing an automotive airbag

A method of assembling an airbag for a seatbelt restraint such that the deflated airbag lays flat when it is stacked and secured to a webbing of the seatbelt. The airbag is assembled from a plurality of material strips. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150232045

Occupant communication system and control method

An occupant communication system (ocs) and control method giving rear row occupant experience and full control to allow unimpeded access to a vehicle's features typically provided to the front row occupants. The ocs having a rear zone master controller controlling a plurality of selected vehicle subsystems within the occupant communication system and a front zone controller in electrical communication with the rear zone master controller that is controlled by the rear zone master controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150232019

Photoluminescent printed led molding

An illumination apparatus configured to seal and substantially conform to a roof ditch of a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a first electrode in connection with a seam of the roof ditch via an adhesive. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150231999

Coupling structure for pull-cup and armrest assembly

A door trim assembly includes an armrest, a pull-cup unit, and an attachment structure. The attachment structure has a first portion with a first flange, a second portion with two second flanges on opposing sides of the first flange, and an attachment member engaged with the at least one first flange and the at least two second flanges. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150231986

Battery capacity estimation using state of charge initialization-on-the-fly concept

Hybrid-electric and pure electric vehicles include a traction battery comprised of many cells. Controlling a battery system may require that a battery state of charge and a battery capacity be known. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150231985

State of charge quality based cell balancing control

Hybrid-electric and pure electric vehicles include a traction battery comprised of many cells. During repeated charge and discharge cycles, the state of charge of the cells may vary from cell to cell. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150231984

Vehicle electric machine control strategy

A vehicle having a traction battery and at least one electric machine for propelling the vehicle is provided. A high voltage dc bus electrically connects the traction battery to the electric machine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150231982

Active battery system estimation request generation

Hybrid-electric and pure electric vehicles include a traction battery. During vehicle operation, impedance parameters of the traction battery may be estimated. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150231981

Vehicle control system for aligning inductive charging connection

A vehicle control system, a surface marking for a surface upon which a vehicle can be positioned and a method of positioning a vehicle is provided. The vehicle control system is configured to position a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150231967

Fuel filler spud diffuser

A system for diffusing a fuel flow for a vehicle. The system includes a fuel tank, containing fuel in both liquid and vapor form. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150231871

Machine and method for forming a headliner

A machine for forming a bonded edge fold on a headliner is disclosed. The headliner includes a ceiling and an edge flange that has a wall section and a backing section. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150231620

Iron-zeolite chabazite catalyst for use in nox reduction and method of making

An iron-zeolite chabazite (cha) catalyst is provided as an scr catalyst for reducing nitrogen oxides (nox) from vehicle engine exhausts. The catalyst is formed by incorporating iron during synthesis of the chabazite zeolite, which eliminates the need for a post-synthesis ion-exchange step and which results in the incorporation of iron into the (cha) zeolite crystal lattice structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150231617

Fe-sapo-34 catalyst for use in nox reduction and method of making

The system and methods described provide for an fe-sapo-34 catalyst in an scr catalyst for reducing nitrogen oxides (nox) from vehicle engine exhausts. In one example, the catalyst is formed by incorporating iron during synthesis of the sapo-34 zeolite, which allows iron to be incorporated into the zeolite crystal lattice structure and eliminates the post-synthesis ion-exchange step. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150231566

Low temperature catalyst/hydrocarbon trap

A low-temperature catalyst is provided for reducing cold-start hydrocarbon emissions. The catalyst comprises a platinum group metal impregnated onto an oxygen storage material. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150229305

Proximity switch assemby with signal drift rejection and method

. . A proximity switch assembly and method for detecting activation of a proximity switch assembly is provided. The method includes steps of generating activation fields with a plurality of proximity sensors associated with a plurality of proximity switches, monitoring amplitude of a signal generated in response to each of the activation fields, subtracting the smallest signal from each of the other signals, and determining activation of one of the plurality of proximity switches based on the subtracted signals. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150228953

Battery cell spacer

Electrified vehicles such as hybrid electric vehicles (hev's), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (phev's), battery electric vehicles (bev's), or fuel cell vehicles differ from conventional motor vehicles in that they are powered by one or more electric machines (i.e., electric motors and/or generators) instead of or in addition to an internal combustion engine. High voltage current for powering these types of electric machines is typically supplied by a high voltage traction battery system having one or more battery cells that store energy.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226403

Illuminating molding for a vehicle

A molding for a vehicle is provided herein. The molding includes a plurality of light sources. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226390

Light-producing assembly for a vehicle

A light-producing assembly for a vehicle is provided herein. The light-producing assembly includes a plurality of light and a photoluminescent structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226320

Pilot downshifting system and method

Methods and systems are provided for performing a multiple gear downshift of a transmission gear by transiently operating in an intermediate gear. In response to air mass flow not reaching a threshold for cac self-cleansing for a set duration, the transmission gear may be downshifted from a higher gear to an intermediate gear, and then to a requested lower gear. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226290

Multi-speed transmission

A family of transmission gearing arrangements provides ten forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratios by selective engagement of shift elements in various combinations. Four simple planetary gear sets are provided, each having a sun gear, a planet carrier, and a ring gear. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226276

Vehicle transmission and method of assembling vehicle transmission

A vehicle transmission includes a transmission shaft, a friction element assembly mounted on the transmission shaft, a piston assembly for actuating the friction element assembly, a snap ring for retaining the friction element assembly and a mounting groove formed in the transmission shaft. The snap ring is installed into the mounting groove by expanding the snap ring and then allowing the snap to contract and enter the mounting groove. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226273

Wet friction clutch

A clutch module for a dual clutch transmission (dct) is designed to improve circumferential fluid distribution to reduce or eliminate an unpleasant noise during engagement. In some embodiments, the reaction plate is restrained in a position offset 1-3 degrees from perpendicular to the housing axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226272

Pressure plate stress-relief grooves for a friction element assembly in a transmission of a motor vehicle and associated method

Stress-relief grooves are provided in a pressure plate of a friction element assembly in a motor vehicle comprising a transmission. The friction element assembly includes a piston assembly provided for applying a force to a set of plates and friction members to cause torque to be transmitted through the friction element assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226172

Method and system of controlling bank to bank component temperature protection during individual cylinder knock control

Methods and systems are provided for improved component temperature protection during individual cylinder knock control. Cylinder spark adjustments may be performed individually based on respective cylinder adaptive knock estimates. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226171

Apparatus and method for starting an engine

An apparatus for starting an engine of a mild hybrid vehicle is disclosed having low and high voltage starting devices and controlled by an electronic controller. The electronic controller is operable to use the high voltage starting device as a motor to crank the engine whenever possible so as to partially discharge a high voltage battery and facilitate the increased use of automatic stopping and starting of the engine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226146

Walk-away vehicle shutdown

A vehicle includes an engine, a park assist system, a passenger detection system configured to detect at least one passenger, and a processing device. The processing device initiates a shutdown sequence when no passengers are present in the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226138

Fuel tank depressurization before refueling a plug-in hybrid vehicle

A method for operating a vehicle system is provided. The method includes monitoring a change in a temperature of the fuel vapor canister coupled to a fuel tank via a canister temperature sensor and adjusting operation of a fuel tank isolation valve based on the change in temperature of the fuel vapor canister.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226126

Exhaust gas turbocharger coupling assembly

An exhaust gas turbocharger coupling assembly configured to couple an exhaust gas turbocharger to an engine exhaust manifold is provided herein. The coupling assembly includes a first flange, the first flange being coupleable to either the engine exhaust manifold or the exhaust gas turbocharger; and one or more overhanging lips coupled to the first flange, the overhanging lips overhanging the first flange so as to define a slot between the first flange and the overhanging lip, where the slot is configured to receive a second flange associated with the other of the engine exhaust manifold or the exhaust gas turbocharger so as to restrict the first and second flanges moving apart when assembled.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226112

Method and system for improving stopping and starting of a turbocharged engine

A system and method for improving engine starting and stopping is described. In one example, turbine vanes are adjusted to increase engine exhaust backpressure to reduce engine stopping time and to limit engine speed overshoot during engine starting. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150226108

Dual inlet and outlet exhaust gas recirculation cooler for turbocharged engine

Methods and systems are provided for a high-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (egr) system of a parallel twin-turbocharged internal combustion engine. Using an egr cooler with a single exhaust inlet and outlet to cool recirculated exhaust gas may increase the complexity and size of the engine package, along with adding unnecessary cost from extra ductwork to decrease the chance of turbocharger boost imbalance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150224998

Systems and methods for scheduling driver interface tasks based on driver workload

A driver interface system includes a processor programmed to receive driver interface tasks to be executed and to selectively delay or prevent at least some of the driver interface tasks from being executed based on a driver workload. The driver workload is derived from a variability of an activity level of a driver relative to a mean value of the activity level as represented by a recursively computed determinant of a covariance of the activity level.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150224997

Method and system for engine and powertrain control

Methods and systems are provided for expediting updating a vehicle's powertrain calibration table. The table is updated with data generated on-board a given vehicle while being matured with data downloaded from a cloud-based network, the downloaded data generated on-board one or more other vehicles having matching powertrain characteristics. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150224984

Method for powertrain operation

A method for starting and operating an engine of a mild hybrid vehicle following start-up is disclosed for an engine having low and high voltage starting devices, and controlled by an electronic controller. The method comprises using the high voltage starting device as a motor to crank the engine whenever possible so as to partially discharge a high voltage battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150224976

Cancelling creep torque in a hybrid vehicle

A hybrid vehicle includes an engine and an electric machine, both capable of propelling the vehicle. The electric machine provides creep torque to propel the vehicle at a slow speed or hold the vehicle when on an incline. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150224975

Dynamic pedal response for vehicle fuel economy

A controller, in response to a change from a first steady pedal condition to a second steady pedal condition, decreases a torque command during the second steady pedal condition based on a difference between a peak torque command achieved during the change and a steady torque command corresponding to the first steady pedal condition. The controller also operates a powertrain to satisfy the torque command.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150224969

Electronic parking brake system

An electronic parking brake system having selectable modes and varying parking brake actuation dependent on the selected mode and amount of parking brake application being requested. The system provides for varying interfaces with varying programmed outputs to control a vehicle's parking brake. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150224949

Vehicle steering and braking deployment logic for pedestrian protection leg stiffener

A method and apparatus for controlling a deployable pedestrian protection leg stiffener of a motor vehicle based upon the vehicle steering angle and/or braking status and/or speed.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150224935

Wheelhouse cladding step

A wheelhouse cladding step assembly includes a step movable between a closed position and an open or deployed position in which the step is located proximal the wheelhouse of the vehicle and provides improved access to the roof and/or rooftop cargo storage of the vehicle. The step is designed to have a shape matching the shape of the wheelhouse of the vehicle and is preferably curved and when in the closed position shows a surface that matches the vehicle trim to hide the step. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150224892

Integrated voltage sense and bus bar system and method for vehicles having a traction battery

A vehicle includes a traction battery having a plurality of battery cells positioned in an array with a non-conductive bus bar housing having a plurality of compartments insulated from one another and containing one or more bus bars each having an integrally formed voltage sense connector. Each compartment may accommodate terminals of a pair of adjacent battery cells to be coupled by the associated bus bar. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150224853

Deployable vent for automotive ventilation system

A ventilation system is provided for a transportation vehicle having a passenger cabin with an interior trim surface. A stationary duct segment receives an inlet air flow and has a stationary outlet hidden behind the interior trim surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150224562

Valve hole flare for vehicle wheels

Exemplary illustrations of a method of making a wheel may include stamping a wheel blank, and forming a lip extending about a periphery of an aperture defined by the wheel blank. The aperture may be configured to receive a valve stem. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150222680

Local network media sharing

A server may provide media output to a vehicle and be configured to compile a combined media content list including metadata describing media content stored by network devices identified by the server; map an instance of media content from a shared playlist maintained by the server to one of the network devices storing the media content according to the content list; and play the instance of media content through the media output.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150222209

Method and system for controlling the regenerative braking of a vehicle

A method of and a system for controlling the regenerative braking of a vehicle includes initiating a regenerative braking mode in response to an initiating control input to an accelerator of the vehicle, the initiating control input comprising a reduction in the degree of actuation of the accelerator of the vehicle, modifying a level of regenerative braking in the regenerative braking mode in response to at least one of a further reduction in the degree of actuation of the accelerator, application of a brake of the vehicle, application of a clutch of the vehicle, and a change of gear of the vehicle, and maintaining a modified level of regenerative braking after the additional control input has been terminated.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150222204

Systems and methods for generating power for an electric sub-assembly of a motor vehicle

A system for generating power for an electric sub-assembly of a motor vehicle may include at least one reverse electrowetting energy harvesting element coupled to a tire of the motor vehicle. The system may further include at least one controller configured to accumulate electric energy generated by the at least one reverse electrowetting energy harvesting element and supply the accumulated electric energy to at least one sub-assembly mounted on the tire.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150222027

Spin-welded electrical ground and spin welding methods

A friction-welded ground assembly that includes an alloy substrate with a clearance hole; an aluminum alloy weld nut having a bolt bore and an outer wall; and a grounding bolt. The bore is located substantially within the clearance hole and a portion of the outer wall is joined to the substrate at a friction-welded attachment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150221995

Pouch-type battery cell with integrated cooling features

A pouch-type battery cell includes a cell electrode having a cell side and a thermally conductive pouch contacting the cell side. The thermally conductive pouch includes a metal layer having a plurality of topographic features, and the features are configured to increase the effective surface area of the pouch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150221915

Traction battery spacer with retention element

A battery assembly includes a plurality of cells stacked to form an array and a plurality of spacers each disposed between an adjacent pair of the cells. Each cell includes at least one terminal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150221150

Method and apparatus for secure vehicle system access from a remote system

A system includes a processor configured to receive a vehicle-access-pin generation request from a vehicle computing system (vcs). The processor is also configured to generate the vehicle-access-pin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150219751

System and method for avoiding dc bias in a homodyne receiver

A homodyne radar system includes a mixer that outputs a signal having a mixer output frequency that is a frequency difference between two input signals. When the frequency difference is small, low frequency noise may mask the actual signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150219706

Vehicle high-voltage systems isolation testing

An isolation test system for a vehicle includes a communication interface, a current sensor, a plurality of impedances and a controller. The controller is programmed to electrically connect a selected one of the impedances between a traction battery of the vehicle and a low voltage subsystem of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150219522

Correlation based fuel tank leak detection

A method for an engine, comprising: sealing a fuel tank; and indicating fuel system degradation based on a comparison of a first correlation coefficient, determined based on a change in fuel tank pressure and a change in fuel tank temperature, to a second correlation coefficient determined based on a change in ambient pressure and a change in ambient temperature. In this way, leak tests, such as engine-off natural vacuum tests, may be performed without knowledge of the properties of the fuel stored in the fuel tank.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150219408

Electric vehicle battery pack spacer

An example battery pack spacer includes a base and at least one rib extending laterally from the base. The rib is configured to turn flow of a coolant through a battery pack.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150219212

Dynamic compensation for clutch control during shift

When a transmission controller issues a control command, such as pressure to control clutch torque, the response may be delayed due to dynamic properties of the control system. These properties can be modeled using a dynamic response model. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150219207

Transmission shift selector assembly

The present disclosure relates to various shift selector assemblies having a shift gate with a plurality of indentations corresponding to transmission shift selections. At least one of the indentations is configured to have a flexible depth so as to selectively restrict and accept a pawl pin, thereby mitigating shift position overshoot.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150219184

Pendulum crank cycloid insert for pendulum crankshaft having integral carrier

A pendulum crankshaft for an internal combustion engine includes a pendulum crankshaft having pendulum crank cycloid inserts. The inserts may thus be formed from high graded hardened steel while the crankshaft may be formed from conventional iron. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150219056

Combined coolant and transmission pump motor drive for stop-start vehicle

A vehicle includes an internal combustion engine having an auto stop function, an electric pump motor drivably coupled to a transmission pump and a heat exchanger pump, and at least one controller. The controller is configured to control the pump motor to operate the transmission pump to supply hydraulic pressure to a transmission, and to operate the heat exchanger pump to provide flow from the engine to a heater core radiator in response to the engine being auto stopped.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150219052

Method and device for determining a charge air mass flow rate

A method for determining charge air mass flow rate comprises a turbocharger speed sensor with a closed loop observer that is based on a modeled turbocharger revolution rate. An open loop charge air mass flow rate is determined in a characteristic field stored in an engine controller and is corrected by the scaled difference between the measured and modeled turbocharger revolution rates. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150219039

Method for coating a bore and cylinder block of an internal combustion engine

A method of producing an enamel coating for a cylinder bore in a cylinder block of an internal combustion engine is provided. The method also provides for coating a cast iron gray cylinder block with an enamel coating.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150219036

Method and system for selecting a cylinder for engine starting

A method and system for improving starting of an engine is presented. In one example, the method selects a first cylinder to receive fuel since engine stop the cylinder's position relative to the cylinder's top-dead-center compression stroke. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150219033

Non-intrusive exhaust gas sensor monitoring

A method for monitoring an exhaust gas sensor coupled in an engine exhaust is provided. In one embodiment, the method comprises indicating exhaust gas sensor degradation based on shape of a distribution of extreme values of a plurality of sets of lambda differentials collected during selected operating conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150219020

Method and system for engine control

Methods and systems are provided for controlling an engine system with a variable cam timing device. In one example, the variable cam timing device is operated to adjust engine valve timing differently at engine stop based on whether the engine stop is in response to an operator request or in response to an automatic controller initiated engine stop without an operator request.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150218999

Methods and systems for an exhaust gas treatment system

Various systems and methods are described for an engine system with an exhaust gas treatment system including a particulate filter. In one example method, accumulated hydrocarbons are removed from the exhaust gas treatment system by increasing an exhaust gas temperature to a first temperature responsive to a particulate filter regeneration request during extended cold idle operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150218981

System and method for reducing friction

Systems and methods are described for reducing friction within a transmission and an internal combustion engine including a pcv system. A gaseous fuel source is fluidly coupled to the transmission via a flow control valve and the transmission, in turn, is fluidly coupled to an air inflow line of the pcv system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217821

Method of setting vehicle geometry and structural joining

A method of manufacturing an aluminum-intensive vehicle body by geometry setting major sub-assemblies together and spot welding aluminum panels to set the geometry of the vehicle body. Adjacent sub-assemblies are then joined together with cold-formed joints, such as self-piercing rivets and clinch joints. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217820

Method for analyzing the robustness of components within a vehicular mechanical system to calculate out-of-specification robustness

A method for increasing the robustness of a mechanism for a vehicle including the steps of determining a primary function of the mechanism, identifying components of the mechanism used during the primary function, analyzing each component under in-specification conditions, analyzing each component under decreasing out-of-specification conditions during performance of the primary function to determine a lower failure value for each component, analyzing each component during performance of the primary function under increasing out-of-specification conditions to determine an upper failure value for each component, determining a modified robustness value for each component, wherein the modified robustness value is between the lower and upper failure values and modifying each component in the vehicular mechanism to have a robustness that is approximately the modified robustness value of the respective component.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217780

Method and apparatus for persistent transferrable customizable vehicle settings

A system includes a processor configured to receive a user request to edit vehicle feature settings from a computer remote from a vehicle. The processor is also configured to retrieve saved vehicle feature setting configurations associated with a vehicle associated with an identified user account. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217755

Vehicle energy management system and method

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling a vehicle in an electric vehicle (ev) mode that utilizes electric-only power to propel the vehicle. The controlling step may be based on a selection of a travel range reservation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217754

Method and apparatus for providing parking instructions to reduce environmental vehicle effects

A system includes a processor configured to receive parking space environmental characteristics, from a vehicle parked in a parking space. The processor is also configured to download weather data for an area in which the parking space is located, covering a time duration for which the vehicle was parked. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217751

Systems and methods for improving engine starting

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine is rotated to increase pressure within a fuel rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217735

Method for operating a hydraulic brake system of a motor vehicle and a hydraulic braking system

A method for operating a hydraulic brake system of a motor vehicle, comprising a pressure generating device used to build up additional brake pressure in a master brake cylinder or in addition to a master brake cylinder and in opposition to further pedal actuation wherein the additional pressure is a function of the pedal actuation travel distance. A method that reduces the limitations of a braking system's physical parameters on the build-up of additional braking pressure.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217733

Transmission and method of engagement

While a transmission range selector is in a park position, a controller engages multiple transmission shift elements to place the transmission in a tie-up state. In the tie-up state, both the transmission output shaft and the turbine shaft are held against rotation by the shift elements. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217726

Method and apparatus for biometric vehicle activation

A system includes a processor configured to detect push-to-start (pts) button engagement. The processor is also configured to scan a finger positioned on a vehicle fingerprint scanner for a fingerprint. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217710

Vehicle sensor assembly with lever assist

A fascia assembly may include a fascia having an inner surface, a sensor assembly including a housing integrated with the inner surface, a sensor having a connector, and a lever rotatably attached to the sensor. The lever may be configured to selectively rotate between first and second positions when inserted into the housing, and may include a tab to prevent mating access to the connector when the lever is in the first position but not in the second position.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217685

Tailgate illumination system

An illumination system for a vehicle includes a truck bed defining a cargo space, a bumper positioned vehicle rearward of the truck bed, and a tailgate defining a recessed surface and rotatable between substantially open and substantially closed positions. A first optically interactive portion is positioned on the truck bed and a second optically interactive portion is positioned on the tailgate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217683

Illuminated instrument panel storage compartment

An illuminated storage assembly disposed within a vehicle is provided herein. The illuminated storage assembly includes a housing defining a storage compartment laterally extending into an instrument panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217681

Illuminating decal for a vehicle

A decal for a vehicle is provided herein. The decal includes a plurality of light sources and a photoluminescent structure configured to luminesce in response to excitation by at least a portion of the light sources. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217665

Vehicle seating assembly having a climate controlled seat utilizing a plenum volume and flexible hoses

A vehicle seating assembly includes a vehicle seat having a body. The body includes a center portion and four corner portions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217656

Portable ev energy transfer apparatus and method

Systems, apparatus, and methods are presented to transfer energy between an energy storage device (esd) at an electrified vehicle (ev) and an ac or dc external load such as an electric grid, appliance or power tool. A portable eveta can engage an ev charge inlet couple an ev, and can provide an ac outlet, a grid interface and a dc connector for coupling external loads. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217655

Vertical wireless power transfer system for charging electric vehicles

A park assist system may, in response to receiving a signal indicating that a remote inductive charge source is within a vicinity of a vehicle, transition from a park assist mode to a wireless charging mode. During the wireless charging mode, the park assist system generates instructions to assist a driver in positioning the vehicle relative to the inductive charge source.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217643

Regenerative braking control system and method

A regenerative braking control system includes at least one sensor adapted to sense a front tire impact event and transmit a sensor signal responsive to the front tire impact event during vehicle braking and a regenerative powertrain interfacing with the at least one sensor and adapted to reduce regenerative braking torque responsive to receiving the sensor signal from the at least one sensor. A regenerative braking control method is also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217642

Energizing an automotive vehicle high voltage bus using a single main contactor

An automotive vehicle high voltage bus is connected to a power source by a circuit having a main contactor and a precharge contactor. To energize the bus, the precharge contactor is closed and then the main contactor is closed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217624

Cross-car structural support with integrated hvac floor duct

A cross-car structure integrates an hvac duct with a structural beam. An upper steel beam has opposing ends attached to opposite body sides. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/06/15 / #20150217510

Method of making reinforced composite articles with reduced fiber content in local areas and articles made by the method

A composite part including a resin matrix and fibers reinforcing the resin matrix in a first portion of the matrix. A second portion of the resin matrix is substantially devoid of fibers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150214584

Battery cooling channel with integrated cell retention features

A battery cooling and retainer assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a first retainer section that includes a first retention feature, a second retainer section that includes a second retention feature, and a cooling channel disposed between the first retainer section and the second retainer section.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150214534

Devices and methods for connecting battery cells

A vehicle traction battery assembly includes a bus bar insulator having a recess configured to receive a bus bar and an opposite side covering the bus bar and defining a welding slot sized to permit a welding beam to weld the bus bar to two adjacent battery cells and to inhibit human contact with the bus bar through the welding slot. A method for assembling a vehicle traction battery having battery cells includes positioning bus bars within corresponding openings of a bus bar insulator that covers one side of each bus bar and has welding slots with a welding slot for each of the battery cells and welding the bus bars to the associated battery cells through the welding slots.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150212807

Apparatus and method of software implementation between a vehicle and mobile device

A vehicle computer system (vcs) configured to communicate with a mobile device, comprising a wireless transceiver configured to communicate with the mobile device. The vcs also includes a vcs software stack configured to interact with a mobile device software stack and a processor configured to receive a message from the mobile device indicating a version of the mobile device software stack. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150211952

Cleaning cycle for capless refueling neck

A method for a vehicle, comprising: following a refueling event, venting a capless refueling assembly to a fuel tank; and then executing an evaporative emissions leak test. In this way, residual fuel trapped in the capless refueling assembly may be removed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150211914

System and methods for ullage space fuel level estimation

A method for a vehicle, comprising: indicating a true fill level of a fuel tank based on a fuel vapor canister temperature profile during a refueling event. In this way, a quantity fuel dispensed over the maximum fill level of the fuel tank may be accounted for, regardless of the fuel level sensor reading.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150211887

Resolver excitation frequency scheduling for noise immunity

An electric machine (e.g., motor or generator) for an electric drive system of an electric vehicle is adapted to be coupled to wheels of the vehicle for conversion between stored electrical energy and rotation of the wheels. A resolver is coupled to the electric machine having a rotor rotating with the electric machine, the resolver responding to an excitation signal to produce a position signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150211625

Manual transmission clutch control using measured torque

A method for controlling a manual transmission includes using a controller to determine a desired torque transmitted through an input clutch and a desired clutch slip for the desired gear after a shift lever is moved to a desired gear position and while a clutch pedal is being released for engaging the clutch; measuring torque in the vehicle drive assembly; using measured torque to determine actual clutch torque transmitted through the clutch; and reducing torque error using the controller to adjust a clutch actuator such that a difference between the desired torque and the actual torque is reduced. Slip error may also be reduced by adjusting the clutch actuator to reduce the difference between the desired slip and measured slip.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150211570

Coated connecting-rod and method of making the same

In one or more embodiments, a coated connecting-rod includes a first head including a first aperture, a second head including a second aperture, and a body connecting the first and second heads along a longitudinal axis, wherein the first head further includes face and back thrust surfaces abutting the first aperture, and an anti-friction coating partially contacting at least one of the face and back thrust surfaces.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150211473

Method and system for pre-ignition control

Methods and systems are provided for reducing late burn induced cylinder pre-ignition events. In response to a late burn combustion event in a cylinder, ignition coil dwell time is extended in the cylinder to reduce unintended combustion delays. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150211433

Method and system for engine control

Methods and systems are provided for restarting an engine when a high pressure fuel pump is degraded. In response to an indication of high pressure fuel pump degradation, fuel may be injected during an intake stroke, rather than a compression stroke, for a selected number of combustion events since the engine restart. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150211432

Method for operating a direct fuel injector

A method, comprising: operating an engine cylinder with fuel from a first injector and not a second injector and activating the second injector in response to a rail pressure increase of a fuel rail, the fuel rail coupled to the second injector. In this way, degradation of the second injector may be reduced by activating the second injector and allowing fuel flow through the second injector to reduce the pressure and temperature of the fuel rail.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150211428

Method and system for improving engine starting

An engine system and method for improving engine starting are disclosed. In one example, engine port throttles are adjusted differently during automatic and operator initiated engine starts. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150211395

Thermostatic bypass valve

A thermostatic bypass valve functions to regulate fluid temperature and also to act as a pressure relief valve using a single valve bore. The poppet valve includes a cylinder with a chamber that is thermally immersed in a source passageway such that the valve state is determined by the temperature of the fluid flowing through the source passageway as opposed to the fluid flowing through a return passageway. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150211383

Internal combustion engine with cooled turbine

An internal combustion engine has a cylinder head with at least one cylinder and a cooled turbine. Each cylinder has at least one outlet opening adjoined by an exhaust line for discharging exhaust gases from the cylinder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150210317

Trailer backup assist system with off-shoot correction

A trailer backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer is provided herein. The system includes a steering input device for controlling a desired curvature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150210270

Methods and systems for a vehicle driveline

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, driveline operating modes may be manually selected to improve hybrid driveline operation during off road conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150210265

Rear defrost control in stop/start vehicle

A method for controlling a stop/start vehicle includes commanding an engine auto start in response to a calibratable time interval elapsing after receiving an electric defroster activation request when the engine is auto stopped. The method may further include activating a defroster after the engine has been auto started. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150210260

Hydraulic brake system for a motor vehicle and fault condition detection for same

The present disclosure provides a hydraulic brake system for a motor vehicle and a method for the detection of a fault condition of the hydraulic brake system. An electronic control device determines at least one pressure value of the brake fluid of the brake system and at least one volume value of the brake master cylinder associated with the pressure value during an operation of a brake master cylinder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150210220

Retractable vehicle grab handle with deploying integrated garment hanger

A deployable hanger for a vehicle comprises a handle operable between deploying and non-deploying positions, two extension members disposed at least partially within the handle and tab members that are free of engagement with the extension members when the handle is in the deploying position, wherein the extension members are oppositely biased toward an extended position, and wherein the tab members selectively engage the extension members when the handle is in the non-deploying position.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150210206

Cable device to restrict headlamp motion in frontal low speed impacts

A motor vehicle headlamp assembly mounted to a front corner of a motor vehicle between a side fender panel and a front body panel has a front portion and a rear portion, a forward mount attached to a front structure of the motor vehicle, and a rearward mount attached to a rear structure of the motor vehicle situated rearward of the front structure. An anchor cable has a first end attached to the rear portion of the headlamp assembly and a second end attached to the motor vehicle proximate the rear structure, whereby the rear portion of the headlamp assembly is substantially restrained from rearward, upward, and outward movement during a low velocity impact event.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150210142

Motor vehicle climate control system

A vehicle climate control system includes a thermal-adsorption heat pump driven by engine exhaust heat, the heat pump including two adsorbers asynchronously switching between adsorbing and desorbing modes, each adsorber coupled with a corresponding antifreeze tank via a plurality of refrigerant-containing wick chambers. Cold heat transfer fluid (htf) flows through the adsorber during the adsorbing mode which causes evaporation of refrigerant from the wick chambers, thereby cooling antifreeze, whereas hot htf flows through the adsorber during the desorbing mode which causes condensation of refrigerant at the wick chambers, thereby heating antifreeze. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150210141

Method and system for vehicle climate control

Methods and system for operating a vehicle climate control system are described. In one example, the vehicle climate control system includes high and low temperature coolant loops that operate in conjunction with a heat pump. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150209855

Methods for making a vehicular subassembly with a notched flange to reduce strain in bending

A method of making a vehicular subassembly includes a step for providing a roof header comprising a hollow member having a long axis, a short axis, and an outer surface that includes a flange. The method also includes a step of stretch bending the member such that the outer surface is substantially in tension and curved in the short axis direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150209769

Hydrocarbon trap with increased zeolite loading and improved adsorption capacity

A hydrocarbon trap is provided for reducing cold-start hydrocarbon emissions. The trap comprises a monolithic flow-through substrate having a porosity of at least 60% and including a zeolite loading of at least 4 g/in3 in or on its walls. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150207859

Vehicle-specific computation management system for cloud computing

A vehicle control and computation system interfaces a task controller in the vehicle with a vehicle-specific computation manager in a cloud network. A wireless data channel couples the task controller and the cloud network. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150207130

Battery cover with electrical disconnect

A traction battery includes a housing that has a tray and a cover, and a plurality of battery components supported by the tray and enclosed by the cover. A service disconnect base is disposed within the housing and is electrically connected with the components by a circuit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150207126

Flexible busbar holder for welded cells

A traction battery assembly is provided including a support member, two battery cells, a busbar, and a segmented busbar holder. The battery cells include adjacent terminals at differing heights relative to the support member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150206430

Vehicle with traffic flow reminder

A vehicle system having at least one sensor configured to output a range signal and a range-rate signal. The range signal represents a distance from a host vehicle to the front vehicle and the range-rate signal represents range-rate information of the front vehicle relative to the host vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150204741

Traction-battery vehicle test trailer

A trailer for a vehicle with a high voltage traction-battery. The trailer may be a self-propelled trailer to substantially match vehicle dynamics and minimize impact on the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150204505

Vehicular lighting assemblies providing uniform illumination through led source location and spacing control

A vehicular lighting assembly is provided that includes a chamber defined by isotropically luminant back and side surfaces, a depth, and a front surface having a lens aperture. The lighting assembly also includes led sources on the back surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150204422

Nine speed automatic transmission

Transmissions with at least four gearing-arrangements and six clutches that produce nine forward speeds and one reverse. The gearing-arrangements may be simple planetary gearsets. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150204283

Multiple tap aspirator with leak passage

Systems and methods are provided for engine systems including a multiple tap aspirator with a throat tap and a diffuser tap. Suction passages coupled to the throat and diffuser taps, respectively, may fluidly communicate via a leak passage with a flow restriction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150204279

Boosted internal combustion engine with partial deactivation and method for the operation of an internal combustion engine of said type

An internal combustion engine system is provided herein. The internal combustion engine includes an active cylinder, a selectively deactivatable cylinder, the active cylinder and selectively deactivatable cylinder each coupled to an intake system and exhaust-gas discharge system, an exhaust-gas turbocharger having a turbine positioned in the exhaust-gas discharge system and a compressor positioned in the intake system, a blower positioned in the intake system downstream of the compressor, and a bypass line bypassing the blower and including a shut-off valve.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150204264

Method and system for engine starting

A method and system for improving starting of an engine is presented. In one example, the method selects a first cylinder to receive fuel since engine stop based on intake valve closing time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150204263

Controlling an internal combustion engine through modeling compensation of pcv fuel flow due to oil dilution

A method for controlling an internal combustion engine based on the amount of un-burned fuel dissolved in the engine oil, and returned into the manifold through the pcv valve as the engine oil temperature rises via adjusting fuel injection into a cylinder from a fuel injector, in a fuel delivery system. The fuel dilution in engine oil and the amount of fuel entering the intake manifold through the pcv valve can be determined based on one or more of oil volume, fuel composition (e.g., ethanol content), oil temperature, engine temperature, engine speed, engine load, engine run time, injected fuel mass, and exhaust gas composition.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150204258

One dimensional three way catalyst model for control and diagnostics

A method comprising adjusting a fuel injection amount based on a fractional oxidation state of a catalyst, the fractional oxidation state based on reaction rates of grouped oxidant and reductant exhaust gas species throughout a catalyst and a low-dimensional physics-based model derived from a detailed two-dimensional model to obtain a one-dimensional model averaged over time and space that accounts for diffusion limitations in the washcoat and accurately predicts emissions during cold start.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150204253

Automatic engine start-stop control

A vehicle system having at least one sensor configured to output a range signal and a range-rate signal. The range signal represents a distance from a host vehicle to the front vehicle and the range-rate signal represents range-rate information of the front vehicle relative to the host vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150204249

Method and system for pre-ignition control

Methods and systems are provided for addressing pre-ignition occurring while operating with blow-though air delivery. A variable cam timing device used to provide positive intake to exhaust valve overlap is adjusted in response to an indication of pre-ignition to transiently reduce valve overlap. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150204130

Door closing apparatus

An apparatus to facilitate vehicle door closing includes a rack gear engaging a pinion gear that are connected between the door and a hinge pillar. A spring is operatively connected to the pinion gear stores energy during a portion of a door opening motion and releases the stored energy to bias the door to close. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150203156

Trailer backup assist system with waypoint selection

A display system for a vehicle attached to a trailer is provided herein. The system includes a display configured to show an aerial view of the vehicle and the trailer and a plurality of waypoints, each indicating a possible parking location for the trailer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150203107

Autonomous vehicle precipitation detection

A presence of precipitation is determined. At least one attribute of the precipitation is identified. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150203106

Hybrid vehicle braking limit determination system and method

A vehicle includes a powertrain having an electric machine configured to selectively apply regenerative torque to cause deceleration in response to braking demand; the powertrain further including a torque converter configured to decouple the electric machine from wheels of the vehicle. The vehicle is also provided with a controller programmed to, during a regenerative braking event, receive a signal defining a regenerative torque limit, and in response to a fault condition associated with the regenerative torque limit, generate a replacement regenerative torque limit based upon a torque converter open speed to decrease roughness during transitions into and out of regenerative braking.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150203105

Engine torque imbalance compensation in hybrid vehicle

A system and method for controlling a fraction motor in a hybrid vehicle includes varying a traction motor torque in response to an engine cylinder misfire. The traction motor torque is varied to compensate for an engine torque shortfall due to the engine cylinder misfire, reducing a torque imbalance caused by the misfire.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150203096

System and method for controlling battery power based on predicted battery energy usage

A system and method for controlling battery power in a hybrid vehicle for a given driver demand that balances battery state of charge and battery capacity limits while operating the engine at a system efficient engine power. Predictive information may be used to predict battery energy usage during a future time window that indicates a charging opportunity (excess power will be absorbed by the battery) or a boosting opportunity (battery power will be discharged). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150203093

System and method for determining vehicle power generation costs

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes controlling a vehicle in a power generation mode to supply power to equipment separate from the vehicle. The controlling step includes estimating a cost of operating the vehicle in the power generation mode.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150203092

Torque based energy management in hybrid vehicle

A system and method for controlling a powertrain in a hybrid vehicle having an engine and a traction motor include commanding the engine to provide an engine torque corresponding with a desired performance characteristic at a current engine speed. The method additionally includes commanding the motor to provide a motor torque to compensate a difference between an operator torque request and the engine torque.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150203091

Powertrain control of a hybrid vehicle in park or neutral

A hybrid vehicle includes an engine and an electric machine selectively coupled to the engine via a clutch. The engine, electric machine, and clutch are arranged along a common axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150203046

Multi-function automotive trunk storage drawer

A vehicle storage drawer includes a frame and a housing slidably attached to the frame with a central aperture defining a receptacle. At least one container is selectively engaged with the receptacle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150203044

Roll cover assembly

A roll cover assembly for covering a cargo space of a vehicle includes a cassette housing an extendable/retractable roll cover, a first receptacle adjacent a first side wall of the cargo space and having a channel configured to slidably guide a first end of the cassette during insertion or removal, a second receptacle adjacent a second side wall of the cargo space and having an opening configured to receive a second end of the cassette and permit pivoting of the cassette about the second end during removal of the first end from the first receptacle, a locking mechanism releasably locking the first end of the cassette into the first receptacle, and a release device actuatable to release the locking mechanism by pulling along a line-of-action parallel with a direction in which the first end of the cassette moves during removal from the first receptacle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150203041

Deploy and extend step pad

A vehicle includes a step pad assembly that includes a first step pad, a second step pad, and a telescoping extension. The second step pad is rotatably attached to the first step pad. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150203010

Suspension seat back and cushion system having an inner suspension panel

A vehicle seating assembly includes a frame and an inner suspension panel coupled to the frame. A plurality of suspension members attach the frame to the inner suspension panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150203005

Vehicle armrest support

A deployable or fixed armrest support for a vehicle includes an elongate body operable between a vertical stowed position and a horizontal deployed position. The elongate body is configured to support the weight of a passenger in the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150202967

Capacitor discharging during deactivation of electric vehicle drive system

A drive system for an electric vehicle includes an input capacitor selectably coupled to a dc power source (e.g., battery) by a contactor. A variable voltage converter couples the input capacitor to a main link capacitor, and an inverter couples the main capacitor to a machine load (e.g., motor and/or generator). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150202965

System and method for controlling regenerative braking in a vehicle

A vehicle and a method for controlling regenerative braking may utilize the maximum available regenerative braking torque for some time during a braking event. As the vehicle speed and/or powertrain torque decreases, the regenerative braking torque is controlled to deviate from the maximum. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150202964

Hybrid vehicle braking system and method

A vehicle includes a powertrain having an electric machine, and friction brakes configured to resist rotation of a vehicle wheel. The further includes at least one controller programmed to (i) issue a command for the electric machine to apply a regenerative torque to decelerate the vehicle in response to driver braking demand, and (ii) cause both a decay in the regenerative torque and a countervailing increase in the resistance of the friction brakes when vehicle speed is reduced to less than a first threshold such that braking demand is substantially satisfied by only the friction brakes when the vehicle speed is less than a second threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150202937

Wheel suspension for a motor vehicle

A wheel suspension for a wheel of a motor vehicle includes a wheel guide arm to which a wheel of the motor vehicle may be rotatably mounted remotely from the vehicle structure of the motor vehicle. The wheel guide arm may be attached via a point of attachment to an articulation member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150201305

Methods and systems for providing location based services in a venue using femtocells

Disclosed are systems, methods and devices for application of location based services in a venue or other local area using mobile centric and network centric positioning techniques. In particular, a venue may deploy an architecture comprising a location server, a location based services application server and an access/location network comprising femtocell transceivers and optionally wifi access points to provide location services and possibly communications services to local mobile devices. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150200497

Electric vehicle service disconnect position indicator

An example assembly includes, among other things, a position indicator configured to be engaged with a service disconnect when the service disconnect is in a seated position, and to be disengaged from the service disconnect when the service disconnect is in an unseated position.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150200428

Serpentine cooling element for battery assembly

A traction battery assembly includes a battery array with a plurality of stacked cells and a serpentine heat exchanger. The heat exchanger defines passageways for coolant to flow therethrough. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150200427

Battery thermal management system for electrified vehicle

A battery thermal management system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a heat spreader, a coolant channel attached to the heat spreader and a supply manifold fluidly connected with the coolant channel and configured to supply a heat transfer medium to the coolant channel. A return manifold is fluidly connected with the coolant channel and configured to expel the heat transfer medium from the coolant channel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150200426

Expanded battery cooling fin

A battery assembly includes a plurality of battery cells and a plurality of fins arranged in an array. Each of the cells has a side portion disposed against the fins. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150200393

Composition for reducing moisture in a battery electrolyte

In at least one embodiment, a lithium-ion battery is provided comprising a positive electrode, a negative electrode, an electrolyte, and a separator situated between the electrodes. At least one of the electrodes may include a proton absorbing material. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150200384

Electric vehicle battery cell having conductive case

An example battery cell for an electric vehicle includes at least one conductive case, and an electrode structure in direct electrical contact with the at least one conductive case. The electrode structure is to selectively provide power to an electric vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150199041

Selectively visible user interface

A user interface for a vehicle is disclosed. The user interface comprises a vehicle panel having a proximity sensor, a first photoluminescent portion and a second photoluminescent portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198673

Battery testing system and method

A battery testing system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a penetrating device and an impedance meter electrically connected to the penetrating device.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198672

Time syncronization between battery controller modules for parameter measurements

A multi-cell battery pack in an electric vehicle is monitored by multiple sensing modules. A primary controller is coupled to a first plurality of cells to measure a predetermined parameter of each cell. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198459

Method and apparatus for electric vehicle trip and recharge planning

A vehicle includes a traction battery, an interface, and at least one processor configured to present, via the interface, a message including a charge-vehicle recommendation for at least one charge station within the drive range, in response to (i) a selected destination for the vehicle lacking a charge facility for the battery and being within a drive range of the vehicle and (ii) a charge station being within the drive range.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198300

Center high mounted stop light

A center high mounted stop light assembly for use in a vehicle includes a stop light housing movable in a passage located center high on a rear end of the vehicle between a first closed position and a second extended position in which utility lights coupled to the stop light housing are deployable and operable to illuminate an area near the rear end of the vehicle. A position sensor detects and signals the position of the stop light housing within the passage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198243

Systems and methods for driveline torque control

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, a difference between estimated torque output of an active torque source in a driveline and actual torque output of the active torque source is mitigated via entering a driveline speed control mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198236

Lock in drive mechanism for assembling an automatic transmission

A mechanism for locking a shifter of an automatic transmission, in a drive position, prior to assembly of the transmission to an automotive vehicle. The mechanism includes a shifter carried in a shifter core. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198210

Automotive assembly line body chip and scratch reducing bumper

An automotive assembly line tool system and method utilizing a heat-shrinkable bumper disposed around a portion of an assembly line tool for absorbing kinetic energy between the portion of the tool and a work-piece on an assembly line. The bumper may be a chemically cross-linked polyolefin heat-shrinkable material having a shore d hardness of 42 or less after being heat-shrunk. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198203

Bearing cap

A bearing cap having a top wall, a side wall extending away from the top wall, a peripheral wall extending away from the top wall forming a receiver, a bottom wall closes the receiver at an axial end facing the top wall, and at least one opening is formed by the peripheral wall to drain moisture from the receiver.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198136

Laser ignition system based diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for using an engine laser ignition system to perform a visual inspection of an engine and diagnose various cylinder components and conditions based on engine positional measurements. Laser pulses may be emitted at a lower power level during an intake and/or exhaust stroke to illuminate a cylinder interior while a photodetector captures images of the cylinder interior. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198135

Laser ignition system based diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for using an engine laser ignition system to perform a visual inspection of an engine and diagnose various cylinder components and conditions based on engine positional measurements. Laser pulses may be emitted at a lower power level during an intake and/or exhaust stroke to illuminate a cylinder interior while a photodetector captures images of the cylinder interior. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198134

Laser ignition system based diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for using an engine laser ignition system to perform a visual inspection of an engine and diagnose various cylinder components and conditions based on engine positional measurements. Laser pulses may be emitted at a lower power level during an intake and/or exhaust stroke to illuminate a cylinder interior while a photodetector captures images of the cylinder interior. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198123

Systems and methods for determining the integrity of a vehicle fuel system

A method, comprising: indicating leakage on a canister side of a fuel system based on a first fuel system pressure following applying a vacuum to the fuel system with a fuel tank isolation valve closed; and indicating leakage on a fuel tank side of the fuel system based on the first fuel system pressure and a second fuel system pressure following applying a vacuum to the fuel system with the fuel tank isolation valve open. In this way, an elcm with a single reference orifice may be used to perform a leak test with two different thresholds for leak detection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198122

Methods and systems for fuel canister purge flow estimation with an intake oxygen sensor

Methods and systems are provided for estimating a fuel canister purge flow based on outputs of an intake manifold oxygen sensor. For example, during boosted engine operation when exhaust gas recirculation (egr) is flowing below a threshold and purge is enabled, purge flow may be estimated based on changes in the sensor output while modulating a canister purge valve between an open and closed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198119

Low-pressure egr valve

An egr valve is provided with a curved connecting surface to allow condensate to flow from an outlet to an exhaust gas inlet of the egr valve during the use of low-pressure egr. The curved connecting surface mitigates condensation and/or ice from entering the intake line and impinging on the compressor wheel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198118

Systems and methods for separation of liquid and gaseous fuel for injection

A method for an engine may comprise, on board a vehicle, supplying fuel from a fuel tank to a fuel separator, wherein the fuel comprises a gaseous fuel solubilized in a liquid fuel, desolubilizing the gaseous fuel from the liquid fuel in the fuel separator, and separating the gaseous fuel from the liquid fuel in the fuel separator.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198115

Cylinder gasket having oil drainback constraint feature for use with internal combustion engine

A gasket for use with in an internal combustion engine having lubricating oil drainback passageways and an integrated exhaust manifold formed in the cylinder head is disclosed. The gasket includes at least one drainback passageway opening to fit substantially around the drainback passageways formed in the cylinder block. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198103

Systems and methods for determining the integrity of a vehicle fuel system

A method, comprising: indicating a leak of a first diameter on a canister side of a fuel system following applying a vacuum to the fuel system with a fuel tank isolation valve closed; and indicating a leak of a second diameter on a fuel tank side of the fuel system, based on a vacuum decay in an isolated fuel tank following applying a vacuum to the fuel system with the fuel tank isolation valve open. In this way, an evaporative leak check module with a single reference orifice may be used to determine leaks of multiple sizes in multiple sectors of a fuel system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198099

Method to improve blowthrough via split exhaust

Methods and systems are provided for a boosted engine having a split exhaust system. One method includes reducing knock by flowing a combination of exhaust from towards the end of an exhaust stroke and blowthrough air to the intake of a compressor via a compressor inlet valve.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198081

Robust direct injection fuel pump system

A method for a pfdi engine may comprise, during a first condition, comprising direct-injecting fuel to the pfdi engine, estimating a fuel vapor pressure, and setting a fuel lift pump pressure greater than the fuel vapor pressure by a threshold pressure difference, and during a second condition, comprising port-fuel-injecting fuel to the pfdi engine, setting a di fuel pump command signal greater than a threshold di fuel pump command signal without supplying fuel to a di fuel rail.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150198079

Liquid-cooled internal combustion engine with selector guide valve, and method for controlling the selector guide valve of an internal combustion engine of said type

A selector guide valve in cooling system of an internal combustion engine is provided. The selector guide valve includes a first control drum independently rotatable and including an inlet receiving engine coolant from a pump and a plurality of coolant openings extending through the first control drum and a second control drum independently rotatable, circumferentially surrounding the first control drum, and including a plurality of coolant openings extending through the second control drum.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197877

System and method for scutching material fibers

In at least one or more embodiments, a system for scutching material fibers includes first and second plates defining a first cavity to receive and discharge material fibers, the first plate including a first number teeth extending into the first cavity and movable in a first direction, the second plate including a second number of teeth extending into the first cavity and movable in a second direction different from the first direction. Teeth as present in the first number and/or the second number of teeth may be spaced apart from each. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197286

Steering shaft retainer and gap hider

An instrument panel subassembly for a motor vehicle has a cross beam providing a main structural support for the subassembly. An instrument panel substrate is mounted to the cross beam. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197282

Trailer backup assist system with object detection

A system for backing a vehicle and a trailer is provided herein. A sensing system is configured to detect objects located in an operating environment of the vehicle and trailer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197281

Trailer backup assist system with lane marker detection

A system for backing a vehicle and a trailer is provided herein. The system includes an imaging system configured to detect contiguous lane markers while imaging an operating environment of the vehicle and trailer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197276

Method for operating an electric steering support for a motor vehicle, and electric steering support and accordingly equipped motor vehicle

A system or method for steering support for a vehicle with a start-stop system is configured to temporarily switch off a running internal combustion engine at the beginning of a stop phase and to restart the internal combustion engine at the end of the stop phase. An electric motor of the steering support is operated with accumulated electric current during the stop phase. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197254

Detection of parking maneuver in a motor vehicle

A motor vehicle detects the occurrence of a parking maneuver using a speed sensor, a transmission gear identifier, and a steering angle sensor. A driver assist system is coupled to the speed sensor, steering angle sensor, and gear identifier which detects the parking maneuver and enters a parking mode in response to 1) the speed sensor indicating braking to a standstill, 2) followed by the gear identifier indicating a selection of a reverse gear, and 3) followed by the steering angle sensor indicating rotation of a steering component according to a predetermined threshold angle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197243

Predictive engine pull up and pull down in hybrid vehicle

A system and method for controlling a hybrid vehicle having an engine configured to automatically stop in response to an engine stop request and automatically start in response to an engine start request include selectively inhibiting an engine stop request based on an anticipated duration of an expected decreased driver power command state to reduce occurrence of successive automatic stops and automatic starts.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197242

Hybrid vehicle transmission shift management system and method

A vehicle is provided with a powertrain including a battery-powered electric motor, an internal combustion engine, a transmission, and a powertrain controller. The controller is programmed to permit an upshift of a transmission gear ratio while a powertrain torque demand is less than a forecasted available powertrain torque sustainable over a predetermined upcoming duration of time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197241

Method and system for engine control

Methods and systems are provided for extending an engine-off period of a hybrid vehicle while reducing engine cold-start emissions. During an engine pull-up to meet operator demand, the engine is held at a higher power for a longer duration to aggressively heat the exhaust catalyst. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197240

Controlling powertrain components for hill-holding in a hybrid electric vehicle

A hybrid electric vehicle includes an engine and a traction motor coupled to the engine by a coupling device or a clutch for providing torque to wheels of the vehicle. An inverter is electrically connected to the traction motor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197237

Hybrid vehicle and method of operation

Some vehicle maneuvers in a hybrid electric vehicle require a high discharge current from the battery. The capacity of a battery to supply a large discharge current depends on, among other things, the recent charge and discharge history. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197236

Methods and systems for driveline torque control

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, driveline oscillations are reduced during engine air-fuel ratio modulation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197235

Extended electric mode operation for hybrid vehicle in green zone

A system and method for controlling a hybrid electric vehicle includes issuing an internal combustion engine start command in response to a traction battery state of charge falling below a first threshold when the engine is off. The system and method further includes inhibiting an engine start command when the battery state of charge is below the first threshold and the engine is off in response to the vehicle being within a designated geographical region.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197234

Power split hybrid electric vehicle motor torque control using state estimation

A vehicle includes a traction motor coupled to a driveline. An engine and a generator are coupled to the driveline through a planetary gearset. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197233

Vehicle engine and electric machine control

A vehicle having an engine, an electric machine, a traction battery configured to supply power to the electric machine; and at least one controller is provided. The at least one controller is programmed to apply a filter to a requested engine power. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197227

Regenerative braking control system and method

A vehicle regenerative braking control system includes a brake pedal; a brake pedal angle sensor interfacing with the brake pedal; a vehicle braking system interfacing with the brake pedal angle sensor, the vehicle braking system adapted to implement friction braking and regenerative braking responsive to receiving a brake pedal angle input signal from the brake pedal angle sensor; and at least one of a brake pedal switch and a brake master cylinder pressure sensor interfacing with the brake pedal and the vehicle braking system. The vehicle braking system is further adapted to implement friction braking and regenerative braking responsive to input from the at least one of a brake pedal switch and a brake master cylinder pressure sensor in the event that the vehicle braking system does not receive the brake pedal angle input signal from the brake pedal angle sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197226

Method and system for operating a motor vehicle brake system

A brake system for a motor vehicle having front and rear axles, the brake system having front and rear axle braking mechanisms operated under pressure control devices for producing a respective brake pressure on the front and rear axles of the motor vehicle. A controller receives signal information from sensors and systems on the motor vehicle to detect initiation of a braking process and detect a current speed of travel of the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197224

Method for operating a braking apparatus with a service and parking brake function

A method for operating a braking apparatus with a service and parking brake function, which braking apparatus can be applied both in a hydraulic manner by means of a hydraulic pressure generator and by means of an electromechanical force generator. A transfer takes place from the pressure generator, which exerts the hydraulic brake application, to the force generator, which exerts the electromechanical brake application, as soon as the braking torque is active at the braking apparatus. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197207

Method and system for determining a primary direction of force resulting from a vehicle collision

A vehicle comprises an acceleration sensing module and a crash direction-computing module. The acceleration-sensing module is configured for generating acceleration information resulting from a vehicle collision event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197201

Snug-fit item holder

An item holder for a vehicle interior includes first and second retention members which are operable between at-rest and recessed positions relative to one another. The first and second retention members have edge portions which are generally arranged in a parallel relationship and define a spacing therebetween for the insertion of an item in use. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197200

Vehicle seat item retention system

A vehicle seat retention system includes a vehicle seating assembly having a seat, which includes a seating surface and a seatback having seatback surface. A continuous peripheral rim is disposed on a first side, a second side, and a front of the vehicle seat, below the seating surface of the vehicle seating assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197194

Photoluminescent lift gate lamp

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination device comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a moveable vehicle closure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197192

Photoluminescent color changing dome map lamp

A lighting device for a vehicle is disclosed. The lighting device comprises at least one light source in communication with a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197191

Photoluminescent vehicle console

A vehicle illumination apparatus is disclosed. The vehicle illumination apparatus comprises a console rotatably connected to a portion of a seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197190

Photoluminescent device holder

An illuminated device storage apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The storage apparatus comprises a console forming an elongated opening leading to a cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197189

Photoluminescent bin lamp

An illuminated vehicle storage apparatus is disclosed. The storage apparatus comprises a bin rotatably connected to a console and configured to be oriented in an open position and a closed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197187

Photoluminescent vehicle graphics

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a surface comprising a first photoluminescent graphic comprising a first absorption range and a second photoluminescent graphic comprising a second absorption range. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197186

Photoluminescent logo for vehicle trim and fabric

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises at least on fabric portion comprising a first photoluminescent portion having a first luminescent absorption range. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197184

Interior exterior moving designs

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises at least one vehicle panel having a first photoluminescent portion and a second photoluminescent portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197181

Photoluminescent vehicle graphics

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a trim portion affixed to a surface comprising a first photoluminescent portion and at least one light source. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197180

Photoluminescent vehicle step lamp

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a step portion and a first light source. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197173

Electro-active polymer actuators for vehicle seating applications

A vehicle seat comprising a seat base and seat back each including a spring structure, planar electro-active polymer actuators, each having a first state and coupled to one of the spring structures, a control in communication with the actuators and configured to deliver a predetermined electrical input to one or more of the actuators, wherein the predetermined electrical input deforms at least one of the actuators to a second state.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197164

Receding horizon regression analysis for battery impedance parameter estimation

A hybrid vehicle includes a battery pack having one or more cells and a controller configured to continuously update battery model parameter values based on generalized linear regression analysis. The analysis updates the parameters using a dataset of independent variable vectors and a dependent variable vector constructed from a series of input currents to the battery pack and corresponding voltage responses of the battery pack that fall within a moving window.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197163

Charge balance system and method

A power system may perform charge balancing for a vehicle. The power system may include a battery including a plurality of modules, each module including a cell and associated resistive circuitry. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197159

Impedance based battery parameter estimation

A hybrid powertrain system includes a battery cell and at least one controller programmed to output an average internal resistance of the cell for a sliding window time period. A mean electrical impedance is calculated by the controller based on a quotient of a fast fourier transform (fft) of a voltage output by the cell and a fft of current input to the cell. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197158

Perturbative injection for battery parameter identification

A battery system includes a traction battery and at least one controller that implement a model of the traction battery. The system may monitor current input and voltage output of the traction battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197153

Vehicle high voltage interlock startup

A vehicle high voltage system may include switches (e.g., igbts, contactors, relays, etc.), wires, a traction battery, electrical components with electrical properties and at least one controller. The at least one controller may be programmed to modulate a switch to provide a testing voltage for the electrical components, which is less than an operating voltage of the battery, and in response to a current flow associated with the testing voltage being less than a predetermined threshold, stop current flow between the battery and electrical components.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197144

Methods and devices for positioning a traction battery on a hybrid or electric vehicle

Vehicles incorporating various methods and devices for mounting a fraction battery include securing the traction battery to a structural member of the vehicle in a manner that releases the traction battery from the structural member of the vehicle in response to an external load applied to the fraction battery that exceeds a threshold. A mounting member includes a slot for guiding movement of the battery away from the external load to reduce or eliminate compressive loading of the battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197075

Polymeric article formed by injection compression molding

According to one or more embodiments, a polymeric article includes a first polymeric layer defining a first portion and a second portion, the first portion having a first side and a second side opposing the first side, the first side being exposed to atmospheric air, and an ink layer and a second polymeric layer, the ink layer being positioned between the second polymeric layer and the second portion of the first polymeric layer.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197070

Composite panel for joining with a clinch joint and method of forming a clinch joint

An assembly comprising a first composite fiber reinforced part that is joined to a second part by a clinch joint. The first part includes a first layer of resin that is reinforced with fibers and a second layer of resin that is devoid of fibers and applied to one side of the first layer of fiber reinforced resin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150197046

Vehicle interior part and method of making the same

The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a method of forming a polymeric skin of a vehicle interior part such as an instrument panel, the method including the steps of heating a molding cavity having a shape of the vehicle interior part, injecting a polymer into the molding cavity to form the polymeric skin, and cooling the molding cavity. The heating may be carried out prior to the injecting. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150195859

Method and apparatus for application data transport handling

A system includes a processor configured to receive communication requests from a plurality of applications executing on a remote device, requesting communication with a vehicle computing system (vcs). The processor is also configured to save an identifier for each requesting application. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150195669

Method and system for a head unit to receive an application

In one embodiment, a system including at least one controller in communication with one or more transceivers. The one or more transceivers are capable of communication with a device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150195364

Secure manipulation of embedded modem connection settings through short messaging service communication

A vehicle may include at least one controller configured to maintain a communication channel over a network between a vehicle and a vehicle service server accessible through an access point node. The at least one controller may be further configured to receive, over the network out-of-band from the communication channel, an update message including updated communication channel connection information, and upon receiving the message, reconnect the communication channel according to the updated connection information. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150195163

Method and apparatus for application launch and termination

A system includes a processor configured to receive a first input corresponding to an application launch command. The processor is also configured to launch a selected application based on the first input. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150195054

Radio station genre categorization

A computer-implemented method includes receiving a request from a user to locate a radio station similar to a radio station currently providing content in a predefined genre to a radio receiver; accessing stored genre information compiled from a radio station scan to locate a second radio station providing content in the genre; and tuning the radio receiver to the second radio station.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150194712

Ev battery pack with battery cooling assembly and method

An electric vehicle battery pack includes an array of battery cells each cell having an upper cell surface and a lower cell surface, the lower cell surface having a positive and a negative terminal; and a thermal assembly in thermally-conductive contact with the upper cell surfaces of the array. A battery pack cooling method is also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150193996

Contents inventory tracking system and protocol

A vehicle inventory system may include a passive entry system configured to authenticate a key fob and including at least one antenna and a controller operably arranged with the at least one antenna. The controller causes, during a tag challenge period, the at least one antenna to transmit at least one tag challenge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150193729

Inventory tracking system classification strategy

A vehicle may include a passive entry system that unlocks the vehicle upon authenticating a fob in a vicinity of the vehicle. The passive entry system further recognizes the vehicle is approaching a restrictive geographic location within which at least one proscribed item is prohibited, receives item data indicative of items located within the vehicle, and provides output indicating whether any of the items is a proscribed item for the restrictive geographic location.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150193598

Method and apparatus for driver notification handling

A system includes a processor configured to receive a notification request from an entity in communication with a vehicle computing system (vcs). The processor is also configured to receive notification content and parameters. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150193326

Method and apparatus for error identification and data collection

A system includes a processor configured to receive identification of a vehicle-computing process use to track. The processor is also configured to initiate tracking when the identified process is requested and record success data relating to successful uses of the identified process. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150193220

Autonomous global software update

A computer-implemented method may include subscribing to a first topic tree topic associated with an installed vehicle software component version; identifying a desired software component version based on a published notification retrieved from the first topic; and when the desired version and the installed version differ, updating a software component using a software update retrieved from a second topic tree topic associated with software updates to the installed version.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150193219

Flexible feature deployment strategy

A vehicle may gather vehicle build configuration information, and provide a vehicle identifier and the vehicle information to a server. The server may determine a feature set configuration of a configurable module of the vehicle based on the vehicle information and vehicle feature associations retrieved from a vehicle data source, and provide, in a message topic of a topic tree associated with the vehicle identifier to which the vehicle is subscribed, a notification to configure the configurable module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150193093

Method and system for a head unit application host

One embodiment includes a system having a user interface display and at least one controller in communication with one or more transceivers. The one or more transceivers are capable of communication with one or more devices. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150193090

Method and system for application category user interface templates

A computer-implemented method includes matching application-identifying information of an application to one of a plurality of available user interface templates, each user interface template defining a presentation of common user interface elements included in each of the templates; and providing content from the application in the user interface formatted according to the presentation of the matching user interface template.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150193030

In-vehicle configurable soft switches

A computer-implemented method may include receiving input to a vehicle-associated computing system (vacs) touch-sensitive display, requesting adjustment to a powered state of an accessory device connected to a switch module; providing, responsive to the input, a command from a vehicle computing system to the switch module, running on the vacs, to adjust a controlled output of the switch module; and updating the user interface to reflect a result of the command.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150192660

Method and system for a head unit application host for a radar detector

A vehicle computer system comprises one or more transceivers in communication with a radar-detector and an off-board server. The vehicle computer system further comprises a processor in the vehicle computer system in communication with the one or more transceivers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150192450

Systems and methods for determining amount of liquid and gaseous fuel

A method may comprise, on board a vehicle, identifying a volume of gaseous fuel in a tank based on a volume of liquid fuel in the tank, the liquid fuel comprising a first fuel and a second fuel, the gaseous fuel comprising essentially the second fuel, and identifying quantities of the first fuel and the second fuel in the tank based on a solubility of the second fuel in the first fuel.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150192423

Vehicle contents inventory system interface

A vehicle inventory interface system may include a user interface configured to present a plurality of vehicle icons each representing a vehicle in a fleet, present at least one list icon associated with each vehicle icon, receive a selection of one of the list icons, and display, in response to the selection, an inventory list associated with the selected list icon and indicating whether items specified by the inventory list are present within the vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150192202

Backup system for electronic transmission range shifting

Emergency shifting is performed in a shift-by-wire (sbw) vehicle during a power failure of a main electrical supply that includes a battery. A shift actuator is configured to mechanically couple to the transmission in order to execute shift events between a plurality of shift positions (including park and neutral) using the main voltage from the main supply during normal conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150192131

Suppression of blade passing frequency tone in automotive air handling system

A noise tone occurring at a blade passing frequency in a blower for an automotive hvac system is suppressed. The blower includes a centrifugal fan and a scroll body disposed around the fan. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150192085

Methods and systems for fuel ethanol content determination via an oxygen sensor

Methods are provided for accurately learning part-to-part variability of an intake or exhaust oxygen sensor. A correction factor is learned based on sensor readings at voltages above and below a voltage corresponding to dry air conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150192084

Methods and systems for fuel ethanol content determination via an oxygen sensor

Methods are provided for accurately learning part-to-part variability of an intake or exhaust oxygen sensor. A correction factor is learned based on a sensor reading in dry air conditions, the dry air reading learned by applying a higher reference voltage to the sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150192081

Methods and system for catalyst reactivation

Embodiments for reactivating a catalyst are provided. In one example, a method for reactivating a catalyst coupled to an engine comprises when the engine is restarted following deactivation, adjusting a degree of fuel enrichment based on an engine off duration and an engine air amount during the restart.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150192078

Method and system for egr control

Methods and systems are provided for improving control of high dilution egr. An intake plenum is divided so that fresh intake air and egr can be delivered to engine cylinders via dedicated plenum portions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150192060

Cooling in a liquid-to-air heat exchanger

An engine cooling system includes a liquid-to-air heat exchanger having an associated fan and a pump forcing convection and a controller communicating with the fan and the pump, the controller increasing fan speed in response to a first gradient in heat transfer rate to power exceeding a second gradient in heat transfer rate to power for increasing pump speed, and increasing pump speed when the second gradient is greater than the first gradient. The controller may increase the pump speed in response to a desired increase in heat transfer rate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150192054

Capacitance-based vehicular component protection systems and configurations

A vehicular component protection system is provided that includes: a controller and a vehicular component; two electrodes electrically coupled to the controller and near the component; a shorting element coupled to the component; and a resistor electrically coupled to the element and controller. The controller activates an alarm upon detecting a change in capacitance between the electrodes or continuity between the element and the resistor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150192041

Valvetrain impact absorber

Embodiments may provide a valve train for an engine including a valve stem configured for reciprocating movement to open and close a port in a combustion chamber of the engine. The valve train may also include an elastomeric element coupled with the valve stem, and a mass may be coupled with the elastomeric element and able to move relative to the valve stem.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150191205

Vehicle hood fold initiator free of structural reinforcement

A vehicle hood includes an outer hood member, an inner hood member attached to an under side of the outer hood member and defining at least one fold-initiating opening through the inner hood member and a plurality of structural reinforcements defined by the inner hood member, wherein the at least one fold-initiating opening is positioned distal from each of the plurality of structural reinforcements.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150191150

Vehicle contents inventory system

A vehicle may include a passive entry system having a controller and at least one antenna within the vehicle. The controller is operably arranged with the at least one antenna, and configured to cause, in response to a trigger event, the at least one antenna to transmit at least one challenge, receive a response to the challenge indicative of a tag in a vicinity of the vehicle, and identify an item based on the tag.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150191145

Deployable upper leg stiffener for pedestrian protection

A pedestrian safety system for use with a motor vehicle includes a vehicle hood movable between a closed position and a raised position wherein a leading edge of the hood is raised relative to a front surface of the vehicle to form a gap, and a leg stiffener movable between a retracted position wherein it is beneath the hood when the hood is closed and a deployed position wherein the stiffener projects through the gap and is forward of the leading edge of the hood when the hood is raised. At least one actuator mounted beneath the hood moves the stiffener between the retracted and deployed positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150191143

Vehicle occupant restraint system

An exemplary vehicle occupant restraint system may include a side airbag attached to a side portion of a vehicle seat. The system may further include a rear airbag attached to a rear portion of the vehicle seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150191125

Sliding door for a storage bin in a vehicle center floor console

A motor vehicle console includes a housing having a pair of side panels that define a storage bin having an opening and an upper panel that extends between the pair of side panels adjacent to the storage bin opening. A rigid door is supported on the housing for movement between a closed position that prevents access to the bin and an opened position that permits access to the bin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150191116

Vehicle cup holder assembly

A vehicle cup holder assembly is provided and includes a cup holder. A cup holder bezel is coupled to the cup holder and has an optical element that receives light and a reflective element that partially encloses the optical element and redirects light propagating inside the optical element, wherein light escapes through a light transmissive region of the optical element.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150191103

Energy conversion system for a vehicle

An energy conversion system transfers energy between an energy source, or storage unit, and an electric device via a first port and a second port and at least one of receives and provides energy via a third port.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150191098

Method and system for extending battery life

A method for extending the life cycle of a battery includes receiving a storage mode status signal at a battery controller and incrementally adjusting a state of charge window over a period of time in response to receiving the storage mode status signal.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150191088

Method and system for contactor weld detection

An example contactor weld detection method for an electric vehicle includes detecting that a contactor is welded closed when the contactor is commanded closed.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150191001

Bonded sheet molding composite automotive components without surface pre-treatment

An automotive assembly comprises a sheet molding composite (smc) element comprising an smc sheet body shaped into a generally smooth functional section and at least one generally planar bonding section. The bonding section comprises a textured surface impressed as a result of molding the smc sheet body in a compression molding tool having a corresponding textured pattern. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150184741

Regulator valve with integrated direct acting solenoid

A control valve for an automatic transmission includes a valve body including a chamber and a control pressure port, metering edges formed in the valve body at the control pressure port, a reference surface formed in the valve body, a spool displaceable along the chamber, and a solenoid module including a pin for displacing the spool, and located in the chamber by contact with the reference surface.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150184620

Method and system for fuel vapor control

Methods and systems are provided for monitoring a fuel vapor recovery system including a fuel tank isolation valve coupled between a fuel tank and a canister. During selected conditions, the valve is modulated and pressure pulsations in the fuel vapor recovery system are monitored. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150184607

Method and system for sampling intake manifold pressure

An engine system and method for improving sampling of a port throttle pressure sensor. In one example, the port throttle pressure sensor is sampled a plurality of times during a cylinder cycle and different engine operating conditions are determined from selected samples. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150184583

Methods and system for inferring throttle inlet pressure

Embodiments for controlling boost pressure in a turbocharged engine are provided. In one embodiment, a method for an engine having a throttle comprises, if an inferred throttle inlet pressure (tip) value is different than a measured tip value, adjusting a wastegate of a turbocharger based on the inferred tip value and not based on the measured tip value, the inferred tip value based on air flow through the throttle, throttle angle, and manifold absolute pressure (map). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150184561

Approach for controlling operation of oil injectors

Various embodiments of systems and methods related to controlling oil injection for piston cooling in an engine are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes during an engine cold start event, enabling oil injection onto a piston of an engine, disabling oil injection after the engine cold start event, and re-enabling oil injection after the engine cold start event based on a first operating parameter.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150183471

Vehicle roof structure including a cast node

The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a vehicle roof structure which includes a cast node including a pillar portion for receiving a pillar and a roof-rail portion for receiving a roof rail, the roof-rail portion having first and second ends, which may have a closed first cross-section and a closed second cross-section, respectively. The closed first cross-section may be different from the closed second cross-section such that the first and second ends are to receive two individual roof rails of different dimensions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150183434

Method for estimating grade and rolling direction

Systems and methods for determining vehicle rolling direction and road grade are disclosed. In one example, a vehicle rolling direction is determined from a correlation coefficient. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150183416

Method and system for stopping an engine

A method and a system for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, a disconnect clutch is operated in response to an engine stop request to adjust an engine stopping position during an engine shutdown. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150183296

Method and system for heating a vehicle

Methods and system for providing heat to a vehicle are presented. In one example, a positive temperature coefficient (ptc) heater provides heat to a passenger cabin and an engine via heating engine coolant. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150180471

Proximity switch having wrong touch adaptive learning and method

A proximity switch assembly and method are provided having wrong touch feedback and adaptive learning. The method includes the steps of detecting multiple attempted activations of a proximity switch that is not allowed, and adjusting one or more settings based on the detected multiple attempted activations to provide adaptive learning. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150180090

Battery degradation accumulation methods

A vehicle includes a traction battery subject to alternating cycling and storage modes and a controller. The controller is programmed to calculate an accumulated degradation for the traction battery based on a degradation profile for the traction battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150180006

Traction battery assembly

A traction battery assembly includes adjacent battery cells supported by a tray and a busbar electrically connecting the adjacent battery cells. The busbar includes a longitudinal midpoint and a pair of bowed sections joined at the midpoint. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150179990

Pouch-type wrap for battery cell

A battery assembly includes a cold plate and a plurality of battery cells arranged in an array. Each of the cells has a bottom in contact with the cold plate and is encased in a dielectric jacket. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150178998

Fault handling in an autonomous vehicle

Data is collected during operation of a vehicle. A determination is made that a confidence assessment of at least one of the data indicates at least one fault condition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150177363

Mobile gunshot detection

A first computer is configured to receive, from at least one second computer in a first vehicle, data relating to a gunshot. The computer is configured to then determine a location of the gunshot from the data, and to transmit a message, including the gunshot location, to at least one third computer in a second vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150177305

Cable joint integrity detection systems and methods

An illustrative embodiment of a cable joint integrity detection systems for an electric vehicle includes an electric vehicle power converter module; a fastener joint on the power converter module; vehicle wiring connections electrically interfacing with the power converter module at the fastener joint; a current sensor electrically interfacing with the fastener joint; and a controller interfacing with the current sensor, the current sensor transmits a sensor signal to the controller to ensure connectional integrity between the fastener joint and the vehicle wiring connections. Cable joint integrity detection methods are also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150177303

Antenna blockage detection

A system includes an antenna having a substrate and a plurality of antenna elements disposed on the substrate. A processing device is configured to measure an aperture function across an aperture of the antenna and determine whether at least one of the antenna elements is blocked based at least in part on the measured aperture function.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150176558

Spark plug fouling detection for ignition system

Methods and systems are provided for determining a type of spark plug fouling. In one example, a method may include differentiating spark plug fouling due to soot accumulation from spark plug fouling due to fuel additive accumulation based on a current on a control wire of the spark plug following application of a dwell command. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150176547

Flexible turbocharger air duct with constricting rings

A turbocharger system includes a flexible duct having an elongated elastomeric body extending longitudinally between first and second ends configured to attach to respective turbocharger devices. A plurality of constricting rings are spaced longitudinally between the ends. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150176512

Method to diagnose scr catalyst

Methods and systems are described for an engine with a scr system including nox sensors upstream and downstream of catalyst. One method includes monitoring scr performance via calculating scr conversion efficiency at different catalyst temperatures. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150176508

Spark plug fouling detection for ignition system

Methods and systems are provided for inferring spark plug fouling due to accumulation of fuel additives thereon. In one example, an engine controller may infer spark plug fouling due to accumulation of fuel additive based on a combination of engine operating parameters correlated with spark plug health. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150176480

System and methods for engine air path condensation management

A system and methods for routing condensate collected in a heat exchanger reservoir to either a combustion chamber of an engine or a position in the engine exhaust based on the type of contaminate in the condensate and operating parameters of the engine or the catalyst are described. In one particular example, the method includes accumulating a portion of compressed air in an accumulator, and when an engine output is below a predetermined amount, coupling a part of the accumulated air with the condensate through a passage into the combustion chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150176478

System and methods for engine air path condensation management

A system and methods for routing condensate collected in a heat exchanger reservoir to either an air intake system or a position in the engine exhaust based on the type of contaminate in the condensate and operating parameters of the engine or the catalyst are described. In one particular example, condensate is routed to a first position along the engine air intake system in a first mode of operation, and a second position upstream of the catalyst along the engine exhaust in a second mode of operation, and a third position downstream of the catalyst along the engine exhaust in a third mode of operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150176446

Turbocharger lubricant coolant

A turbocharger for an internal combustion engine comprising a housing wherein the housing comprises one or more coolant passages for receiving a coolant to cool the turbocharger and one or more lubricant passages for receiving a lubricant to lubricate the bearings. The lubricant may be the lubricant for both the turbocharger bearings and the internal combustion engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150176441

Variable cam timing system and method

A phase control apparatus in a variable cam timing (vct) system of an engine is described herein. The phase control apparatus includes a locking pin coupled to a vane, the locking pin extending into a locking pin recess in a cover plate in a locked configuration, the locking pin and locking pin recess having a backlash and a housing at least partially enclosing the vane and spaced away from the vane forming a gap in the locked configuration.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150175154

Modular hybrid transmission with torque converter baffle

An assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a front module housing an electric machine and an engine disconnect clutch, a transmission aft of the front module, a torque converter axially between the front module and the transmission, and a baffle radially between the torque converter and the transmission.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150175150

System and method for engine idle stop control with starter motor protection

A system and method for controlling engine idle stop in a hybrid vehicle that uses predictive information to schedule engine stops with relatively longer stop duration time to gain more fuel savings and extend life of starter motor. More specifically, predictive information may be used to determine potential vehicle stop events, along with corresponding stop duration times, within a time window. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150175149

System and method for engine idle stop control

A system and method for controlling engine idle stop in a hybrid vehicle balance the extra electrical load imposed on the vehicle during engine stop with the electrical energy saved to achieve net fuel savings. Predictive information is used to determine potential vehicle stops and corresponding stop durations during a time window. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150175127

Key fob security copy to a mobile phone

A vehicle computing system configured to program a mobile device as a key fob. The vehicle computing system includes a processor and a user interface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150175116

High pressure airbag for oblique impact modes

A vehicle includes a dash panel and an airbag module disposed behind the dash panel. The airbag module includes an airbag assembly that defines, upon inflation in a presence of a passenger, a primary chamber adjacent to a passenger side of the vehicle and configured to cushion the passenger upon impact, and a secondary chamber attached to the primary chamber, arranged adjacent to a center of the vehicle, and configured to catch the passenger after impact. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150175070

Affective user interface in an autonomous vehicle

Data may be collected relating to autonomous operation of a vehicle. A first confidence assessment concerning whether the vehicle should operate autonomously may then be generated, and it may be determined whether the first confidence assessment meets or exceeds a predetermined threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150175060

Luminescent vehicle molding

A molding of a vehicle is provided herein. The molding includes a cover panel portion mounted to a body panel of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150175059

Vehicle step lamp

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprise a light source disposed on a step portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150175057

Photoluminescent vehicle illumination

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises at least one light source disposed in a portion of a side mirror assembly of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150175040

Utility seat assembly

A vehicle seating assembly is provided which includes a second row center seating unit including a seatback and a seat that includes a front and a rear. A slide assembly is coupled with the rear of the seat, and the seating unit is operable between a first position wherein a seat is proximate the slide assembly and a second position wherein the seat is slid forward and rotated upward such that the seatback is proximate the slide assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150175039

Armrest retractable upon an adverse event and seat assembly employing the same

The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a seat assembly of a vehicle, including a seat base, a seat back communicating with the seat base, an armrest communicating with at least one of the seat back and the seat base, and a pretension unit connected to the armrest such that the armrest is retractable upon an activation of the pretension unit. The pretension unit may include a pretensioner, a pulley, and a cable.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150175024

Electric vehicle charging

A vehicle and a vehicle battery charging system are disclosed. The vehicle charging system includes a parking structure having solar collector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150174995

Battery array rail assembly with tie bracket

A battery array according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a rail that supports a battery cell and a tie bracket connected to the rail and configured to limit travel of the rail.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150171650

Method and system for charging high voltage battery packs

A method and system for charging high voltage battery packs includes connecting a charger to a power source, connecting the charger to a battery pack, connecting a computer to a battery energy control module of the battery pack and charging the battery pack from the power source through the charger by running a software program on the computer and a system for conducting the method.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150171646

Temperature monitoring hev charger cord assembly and charging method

A temperature monitoring vehicle charger cord assembly includes a wall plug; a pair of power prongs carried by the wall plug; at least one thermal sensor carried by the wall plug, the at least one thermal sensor adapted to monitor a charging temperature; a battery electric vehicle electrical plug; and a microprocessor electrically interfacing with the power prongs, the at least one thermal sensor and the battery electric vehicle electrical plug. The microprocessor is programmed to perform at least one of terminating electrical current and reducing amperes of electrical current flowing from the pair of power prongs to the battery electric vehicle electrical plug if the charging temperature at least meets a predetermined maximum threshold charging temperature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150171640

Battery parameter estimation

A vehicle includes a battery pack and at least one controller programmed to implement a model of the battery pack. The model includes parameters representing an internal resistance and charge transfer impedance of the battery pack, and identified from an extended kalman filter having an augmented state vector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150171542

Tethered usb charger cap

An electrical socket cap includes a tether between the cap and an electrical socket, wherein the tether provides power to the cap. The cap is adapted to close an opening to the electrical socket in a closed position, and further adapted to allow access to the electrical socket in an open position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150171402

Integrated cell separator/high voltage bus bar carrier assembly

An integrated cell separator/high voltage bus bar carrier assembly for a high voltage traction battery includes a cell separator having a plurality of cell separator walls and a plurality of bus bar retention walls carried by the plurality of cell separator walls. A high voltage bus bar is carried by the plurality of bus bar retention walls of the cell separator.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150168497

Leakage detection circuit with integral circuit robustness check

An electrical leakage detection circuit detects electrical leakage of a battery in an electric vehicle. A first transistor switch coupled between a first and second resistor is actuated for coupling the first resistor and the second resistor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167919

Vehicle lamp assembly

A lamp assembly having an area of heat concentration is provided with a conductive surface such as an aluminized coating or an insert that increases the emission of heat from the area of heat concentration. An absorptive surface is applied within the housing or on the bezel to increase thermal absorption at a location disposed above the area of heat concentration. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167792

Multi-speed tranmission

A multiple speed power transmission including: an input shaft, an output shaft, a first gearing assembly imposing a fixed linear speed relationship among five shafts, a second gearing assembly imposing a fixed linear speed relationship among three shafts, two clutches, and four brakes capable of producing nine forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio when clutches and brakes are applied in combinations of two.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167751

Electromagnetically actuated coupler

A wheel end assembly includes a first shaft supported on a knuckle secured to a vehicle frame, including first clutch teeth, a second shaft secured to the halfshaft, a coil, and a collar rotatably secured to the second shaft, axially displaceable relative to the first shaft, including second clutch teeth that alternately engage the first clutch teeth due to an electromagnetic field produced by energizing the coil and disengage from the first clutch teeth.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167710

Methods for joining more than two panels together and assemblies formed by the methods

An assembly for a vehicle and a method of making an assembly including more than three panels stacked together and joined by self-piercing rivets or by clinch joints. A first panel and a second panel are joined together at a first attachment point. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167624

Engine control for limiting catalyst temperature in normal and economy modes

Systems and methods for operating an engine of a vehicle during high engine loads are presented. In one example, fuel may be conserved at higher driver demand torques by limiting engine torque when the engine is operated in an economy mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167614

Vehicle and method of controlling an engine auto-stop and restart

A vehicle includes an engine, a manual transmission having a clutch, and a controller. The controller is configured to, in response to receiving a signal indicative of a deceleration event initiated by the controller when the vehicle is operating with the clutch engaged, command the engine to shut down before an engine stall threshold to prevent a stall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167603

Component catch for crash robustness

Systems are disclosed to restrain movement of engine components in the event of a collision. A system may comprise an upper intake manifold; a cam cover; a shear catch located between the upper intake manifold and the cam cover; an upper component of the shear catch is arranged on the upper intake manifold; a lower component of the shear catch is arranged on the cam cover; and the upper component and the lower component are arranged opposite each other such that they engage when the upper intake manifold is subjected to shear forces. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167576

Post fuel injection of gaseous fuel to reduce exhaust emissions

Methods and systems are provided for delivering gaseous fuel as multiple fuel injections split between an intake stroke, a compression stroke, and/or a power stroke to expedite exhaust catalyst heating during an engine cold-start. Fuel injected in the intake and compression stroke is ignited and combusted. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167573

Method and system for pre-ignition control

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting spark and/or fuel injection to a cylinder based on late combustion, partial burn, or misfire in a neighboring cylinder. In one example, a method may include deactivating spark and fuel injection to a second cylinder receiving exhaust residuals from combustion in a first cylinder, the first cylinder experiencing a misfire or late combustion event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167569

Method and system for controlling engine vacuum production

A method for controlling engine vacuum production is disclosed. In one example, one or more air sources to an engine intake manifold are closed so as to increase an amount of air drawn from another air source. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167564

Methods and systems for operating an engine

Systems and methods for improving operation of an engine are presented. In one example, a threshold torque at which deactivated engine cylinders are reactivated is adjusted in response to a varying engine compression ratio. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167540

Charge air cooler condensate purging cycle

Methods and systems are provided for purging condensate from a charge air cooler to an engine intake. During an engine deceleration event, the vehicle is downshifted into a lower gear to increase rpm and airflow through a charge air cooler to purge stored condensate to the engine intake. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167539

Shuttle valve assembly and method for intercooler condensation removal

Methods and systems are provided for removing condensate from an intercooler of a turbocharged internal combustion engine. Using valves to drain condensate may create a direct fluidic connection between the compressed air of the intercooler and ambient exterior air, allowing both condensate and compressed air to escape due to valve design or failure of valve actuation devices. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167531

Method for warming an internal combustion engine, and internal combustion engine

The disclosure relates to a method for expediting warm up of an internal combustion engine cylinder block and engine oil utilizing an existing oil coolant circuit. A method for warming up an internal combustion engine with at least one cylinder, a cylinder block which is formed by an upper crankcase half mounted to a lower crankcase half, said lower crankcase half containing an oil sump which is fed, via a supply line, by a coolant jacket, an inlet side of said coolant jacket supplied in turn with oil via the oil sump by an oil pump, the method comprising: releasing oil from the coolant jacket via gravity to reduce a cooling capacity of the internal combustion engine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167374

Electric motor control during unreliable power supply operations

A motor system and a method of operating an electric motor that includes monitoring a voltage of power supplied to the motor by a mircrocontroller located in the motor; storing energy within the motor; detecting if the voltage drops below a nonzero threshold; and if the voltage drops below the threshold, immediately operating the microcontroller with the stored energy to store a state of the motor in non-volatile memory located within the motor, and ceasing operation of the motor. This motor operation may be employed with multiple motors in vehicles where voltage drop may occur during an engine start of a vehicle stop/start event.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167359

Hood stop assemblies for a vehicle and methods for setting a position of a vehicle hood

Hood stop assemblies and methods of setting a hood of a vehicle to a support frame. The receptacle includes an interior wall that defines a first part of a linear ratchet. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150167358

Door latch assembly

A vehicle door latch assembly for maintaining the vehicle door in a closed position including during an angled impact to the door latch of the vehicle. The latch assembly includes a catch, a pawl, and an actuator coupled to a door latch base. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150166316

Extendable jack tool and jack assembly employing the same

The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a jack tool including a first shaft including a first tail with a first protrusion connected to a first spring, and a second shaft including a second head with a second aperture to detachably receive the first protrusion of the first shaft upon a force on the first spring translated from a force of different direction on the first protrusion.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150166111

Vehicle body mount

A body frame for mounting to a base frame of a vehicle includes a body mount assembly including an aluminum, tubular cross member having an inner passage and an aluminum collar support received in the inner passage for supporting the tubular cross member once it is coupled to the base frame of the vehicle. The collar support member has a multi-hollows design including an inner and outer, cylindrically-shaped portions and a plurality of equi-angularly spaced, radially extending walls interconnecting the inner and outer portions for providing the body mount the required flexibility during assembly and the required structural support and performance during vehicle use.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150166073

System and method for determining effective road grade characteristic

A vehicle system includes a computer in a vehicle, and the computer includes a processor and a memory. The computer is configured to determine an operational state of a vehicle, calculate a road grade value from data from a first sensor, calculate an effective road grade value from a torque demand value, update modeling variables to map the road grade value substantially to the effective grade value when the operation state is determined to be a steady-state condition, and calculate a road grade characteristic with the road grade value and the modeling variables.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150166069

Autonomous driving style learning

A vehicle includes at least one autonomous driving sensor configured to monitor at least one condition while the vehicle is operating in an autonomous mode. A processing device is configured to control at least one vehicle subsystem while the vehicle is operating in the autonomous mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150166068

Method and system to control vehicle operation

Methods and systems are provided for performing a multiple gear downshift of a transmission gear by transiently operating in an intermediate gear. In response to ambient humidity and a condensate level in a charge air cooler, the transmission gear may be downshifted from a higher gear to an intermediate gear, and then to a requested lower gear. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150166050

Front module for a modular hybrid transmission

A front module housing an electric motor/generator and an engine disconnect clutch for a modular hybrid transmission includes a valve body that houses a hydraulic valve which operates the engine disconnect clutch. The valve body is located at an angle relative to the bottom of the front module, providing fastener clearance for mounting the front module to an internal combustion engine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150166049

Front module for a modular hybrid transmission and a method for connecting/disconnecting the front module from a torque converter

A front module disposed between an engine and a torque converter, and a method for coupling or decoupling the front module to the torque converter is provided. The front module has a housing that defines a cavity and has at least one access window, but preferably two access windows. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150166048

Selective shift transmission initial gear determination

A method of operating a vehicle having a continuously variable transmission to simulate a step-ratio transmission. The method includes increasing an output torque based on a modified accelerator pedal position in response to a corresponding virtual gear selection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150165979

Cargo area retention system

A vehicular cargo retention system includes a first cargo retention rail pivotally coupled with a load floor. A second cargo retention rail is pivotally coupled with the load floor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150165963

Photoluminescent tailgate and step

A vehicle illumination apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a retractable step in connection with a panel of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150165950

Rear seat modular cushion

A vehicle seating assembly includes a composite support structure formed by a lower pressure compression mold and defines at least one open section. A subassembly is disposed over the composite support structure and includes a trim piece integrally formed on the subassembly and defines a center seat and at least one cushion attachment support is disposed adjacent to the at least one open section. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150165943

Door trim armrest substrate structure

A vehicle armrest including a fabric member tensioned across a gap defined between inner and outer armrest substrates that are formed around a portion of the fabric member. At least one buckling member extends across the gap between the inner and outer armrest substrates and a cover member extends over and vertically supported by the fabric member.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150165942

Vehicle armrest with structural fabric substrate

A vehicle armrest includes an inner armrest substrate having at least one buckling member extending to an outer armrest substrate. A gap is defined by the inner and outer armrest substrates and the at least one buckling member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150165935

Pivoting and reclining vehicle seating assembly

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback and a seat base pivotally coupled with the seatback. An upper link is pivotally coupled between an upper portion of the seatback and a rear support. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150165905

Rule-based cruise control system and method

A rule-based vehicle cruise-control system includes a computer in a vehicle, the computer including a processor and a memory, and the computer is configured to control a vehicle speed within a first speed threshold according to a set point inputted to the cruise control system. The computer is configured to determine a current grade value is within a first grade threshold and adjust the set point to control the vehicle speed within a second speed threshold outside the first speed threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150165890

Controlling powertrain torque in a hybrid vehicle

A hybrid electric vehicle includes an engine and an electric machine, both capable of providing torque to transmission gearing. A clutch is disposed between the engine and the electric machine and is configured to selectively couple the engine to the electric machine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150165880

Glass sealing system

A vehicle glass run system includes an inner panel that is coupled to a ring frame. The inner panel, as coupled to the ring frame, defines an assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150162761

Battery discharge device with self-adjusting resistance

A battery discharge device according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a sensor configured to sense a parameter of a high voltage source, a controller in communication with the sensor and a discharge circuit that discharges energy stored on the high voltage source in response to a command signal from the controller. The discharge circuit includes a plurality of resistors connected in parallel to one another.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150161834

User proximity detection for activating vehicle convenience functions

A convenience controller activates a small zone high location precision welcoming detecting function (with high current utilization) in response to a detected arrival of an authorized user into a larger zone low location precision welcoming detecting function (with low current utilization) approach region around a vehicle. A short range transmitter broadcasts a polling signal covering the region. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150161832

Method and apparatus for virtual key delivery

A system includes a processor configured to receive a request for temporary vehicle usage. The processor is also configured to associate a requesting user with an available vehicle and generate a temporary vehicle access code and start code, usable during a predetermined time period. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150160298

Method and system for calibrating current sensor of electric vehicle battery electronics

An electric vehicle battery arrangement includes a current sensor. The current sensor has a core and a magnetic field detector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150159737

Multi-speed transmission

A family of transmission gearing arrangements produces nine forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio. Each arrangement includes a two state shift element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150159716

Brake insulator with thermal barrier

A brake caliper for a brake system of a vehicle includes a caliper body, a piston, and a brake insulator. The piston may be positioned at least partially inside the caliper body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150159699

Driveline components for a motor vehicle and method of assembly

While assembling driveline components for a motor vehicle, one driveline component is rotated relative to another driveline component until the driveline components are properly aligned. This rotation is accomplished through the use of a fastener, which also helps secure the driveline components to one another. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150159615

Engine off temperature management

A vehicle system includes an engine temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of a vehicle engine and a remote engine controller system configured to compare the measured engine temperature to a predetermined threshold. The engine controller selectively activates the engine based on the measured engine temperature relative to the predetermined threshold to prioritize the heating of the engine block over heating of the vehicle cabin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150159601

Bidirectional valved aspirator for surge control and vacuum generation

An aspirator coupled between an inlet of a compressor and an engine intake manifold may include sonic/supersonic expansion curves for both forward and reverse flow through the aspirator. Suction flow may enter a first entraining port coupling an ambient side of the aspirator with a vacuum source during reverse flow through the aspirator, whereas suction flow may enter a second entraining port coupling a manifold side of the aspirator with the vacuum source, the first entraining port counter sunk relative to a nominal slope of the aspirator to reduce flow disruption caused by the port during forward flow through the aspirator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150159599

Air filtration system for an engine

An air filtration system (100) for an engine, the air filtration system (100) comprising: a main filter assembly (102) configured to filter air from a first dirty air inlet (110), the main filter assembly (102) defining a dirty air side (112) of the main filter assembly (102) and a clean air side (114) of the main filter assembly (102); and an auxiliary filter assembly (104) configured to filter air from a second dirty air inlet (116), wherein the auxiliary filter assembly (104) is selectively attachable to the main filter assembly (102) such that when the auxiliary filter assembly (104) is attached air is filtered from the second dirty air inlet (116) to the clean air side (114) of the main filter assembly (102).. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150159582

Engine having composite cylinder block

An engine is provided. The engine includes a thermal set composite cylinder block including a front engine cover attachment interface and a transmission attachment interface and a cylinder liner integrally molded with the composite cylinder block, the cylinder liner defining a portion of a boundary of a cylinder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150159581

Engine having composite cylinder block

An engine is provided. The engine includes a thermo-molded composite cylinder block including a front engine cover attachment interface and a transmission attachment interface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150159578

Method of diagnosing injector variability in a multiple injector system

Various systems and methods are described for diagnosing injector variability in a dual fuel, multi-injector system. In one example, a single injector in one cylinder is enabled while remaining cylinders are fueled with a first fuel and subsequently, a second fuel is injected via the enabled injector into the one cylinder in a predetermined sequence and fuel rail pressure drops are measured. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150159576

Adaptive learning of duty cycle for a high pressure fuel pump

Methods and systems are provided for closed loop operation of a high pressure fuel pump connected to the direct injectors of an internal combustion engine. During operation of the high pressure pump a dead zone may exist where a substantial change in the pump duty cycle does not correspond to a substantial change in the fuel rail pressure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150159573

Method and system for pre-ignition control

Methods and systems are provided for mitigating knock and/or pre-ignition. Each of a spark timing retard, cylinder enrichment, and engine load limiting is adjusted based on a knock sensor output generated in a single defined crank angle window, and not based on knock sensor output generated outside the defined crank angle window. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150159419

Rain onset detection glazing auto-close

A vehicle system may include a plurality of exterior capacitive sensors, such as door handles, and a controller in communication with the plurality of capacitive sensors. The controller may be configured to identify a rain condition based on sensor data received from at least one of the exterior capacitive sensors of the vehicle; ensure an absence of a key fob in proximity of the at least one locked handle and an absence of a subsequent door opening occurrence when unlocked to confirm the rain condition; and initiate a closure action to a power actuator associated with an open vehicle window for a confirmed rain condition.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158527

Trailer backup assist system with waypoint selection

A method of backing a trailer attached to a vehicle is provided herein. The method includes the steps of generating a plurality of waypoints on a display of the vehicle and selecting one of the plurality waypoints. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158490

Method for increasing vacuum production for a vehicle

Methods and systems for providing vacuum to a vehicle are described. In one example, a method adjusts an application force of a transmission clutch in response to a request for additional vacuum.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158480

System and method for controlling a stop/start system for a vehicle engine

A system and method for controlling a stop/start system for an engine in a vehicle include auto starting the engine in response to a transmission gear lever being shifted out of drive when the engine has been auto stopped while the gear lever is in drive. The auto starting is further in response to the gear lever being shifted into another gear and a vehicle brake being released within a predetermined time interval after the gear lever is moved into the other gear.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158477

Vacuum scavenging in hybrid vehicles

A method for a hybrid-electric vehicle may comprise, while the hybrid-electric vehicle is moving and in an absence of fuel being directed to an engine, directing engine intake air through an ejector to supply vacuum to a brake booster independent of a brake booster vacuum.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158451

Curtain airbag with seat engaging feature

A curtain airbag assembly for a vehicle has an airbag with a receiving portion shaped to clamp onto or around a portion of a seat of the vehicle when the airbag is deployed to assist in securing the airbag in place. The receiving portion is formed by supplementary material adjacent to a seam between inner and outer panels of the airbag, the supplementary material forming a clamping pocket which grips an outboard portion of the seat upon inflation of the airbag. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158448

Thin plate structural support for a motor vehicle armrest

A motor vehicle door and armrest assembly using a thin plate that is vertically strong while laterally collapsible. The plate is comprised of a matrix of intersecting parallel struts forming four sided cells having a first set of opposing acute angles and a second set of opposing obtuse angles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158441

Advanced engagement small overlap deflector

A deflector is provided for a vehicle having a bumper that is connected to a frame rail through a crush-can. The deflector includes an engagement portion that extends laterally outward and forward of the frame rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158402

Moveable vehicle armrest assembly

A vehicle includes an armrest and a hinge assembly. The hinge assembly supports the armrest and is rotatable between extended and collapsed positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158397

Method and apparatus for predicting electric vehicle energy consumption

A system includes one or more processors configured to receive a route and receive power-usage-affecting variables. The processor(s) are further configured to break the route into a number of segments. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158395

Estimation and compensation of battery measurement and asynchronization biases

A hybrid or electric vehicle includes a traction battery to store and provide energy for the vehicle. The traction battery includes a number of battery cells. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158394

Method to ensure reliable reception of electric vehicle association messages

A vehicle controller of a vehicle may set a message acceptance type and a time window for response according to a type of association procedure message received from a requester, provide the association procedure message to electric vehicle supply equipment, and return a received response message to the requester when the response message is of the acceptance type and received within the time window, and otherwise reject the response message.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158378

Systems and methods for managing bleed emissions in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

A method for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, comprising: during a first condition, including an engine-off condition and the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle coupled to an external power source; heating a fuel vapor canister based on a fuel tank vacuum; and opening a fuel tank isolation valve to draw heated vapors into a fuel tank. In this way, a passive purge operation may be executed, thereby purging the fuel vapor canister without forcing the engine to turn on. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158377

Systems and methods for managing bleed emissions in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

A method for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, comprising: during a first condition, including an engine-off condition and the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle coupled to an external power source, cooling a vapor canister based on an ambient temperature. In this way, bleed emissions may be reduced in phevs during conditions when the vehicle is parked and recharging at a high ambient temperature.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158369

Method for adjusting fan and compressor power for a vehicle cabin heating system

Systems and methods for operating a heater for a passenger cabin of a vehicle. In one example, fan speed of an evaporator cooling fan is adjusted to improve heating efficiency. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150158368

Automatic temperature override pattern recognition system

Each vehicle in a fleet comprises a climate controller having an auto mode. The auto mode controls climate actuators in response to a model relating sensed climate conditions to respective settings for the actuators. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150154896

Illuminating prismatic badge for a vehicle

A badge mounted on a vehicle is provided herein. The badge includes a housing having a viewable portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150154867

Method and apparatus for crowd-sourced traffic reporting

A system includes a processor configured to project monitoring needs for a road segment. The processor is further configured to contact one or more vehicles traveling on the road segment during a time of monitoring need. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150154859

Method and apparatus for determining traffic conditions

A system includes a vehicle processor configured to detect one or more brake presses. The processor is also configured to detect one or more accelerator presses. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150153014

Luminescent elongated light assembly

An elongated light assembly is disclosed. The elongated light assembly comprises a luminescent portion disposed on a housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150152953

Powertrain roll restrictor

A roll restrictor for restraining movement of a vehicle powertrain relative to a vehicle sub-frame. The roll restrictor has a bracket for coupling to the sub-frame in the form of a generally u-shaped housing defining a central cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150152802

Method for determining an offset of a manifold pressure sensor

Methods and systems are provided for determining an offset of a manifold pressure sensor. In one example, an engine method may include indicating degradation of the manifold pressure sensor based on a sensor offset, the sensor offset based on a manifold pressure measured at a first throttle angle, a barometric pressure at a second throttle angle, a reference manifold pressure at the first throttle angle and reference barometric pressure, and the reference barometric pressure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150152801

Method for inferring barometric pressure at low throttle angles

Methods and systems are provided for estimating barometric pressure based on a reference barometric pressure and manifold pressures at two different altitudes. In one example, a method may include adjusting an operating condition of the engine based on barometric pressure during engine operation at throttle angles less than a threshold, the barometric pressure based on a current manifold pressure relative to a reference manifold pressure at a current throttle angle and reference barometric pressure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150152776

Diagnostic method for multiple speed relay-controlled electric fan

Methods and systems are described for diagnosing a multiple speed, relay controlled engine cooling fan system. One method includes measuring the change in current drawn from a battery-alternator system when fan speed is modified. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150151777

Steering column including a protective cover

A steering column for a motor vehicle may include a steering spindle and a cover. The steering spindle may include an input shaft configured to rotate with a steering wheel, an output shaft rotatably mounted in a steering gear housing, and a swivel joint arranged between the shaft and the output shaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150151763

Method for operating a vehicle powertrain

Methods and systems for controlling a vehicle powertrain that may be automatically stopped and started are presented. In one example, a method adjusts a position of a transmission clutch in response to battery current during engine cranking the method may reduce clutch wear and improve vehicle launch from a stop.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150151748

Method for automatically assessing a risk of collision between a vehicle and an object

A method for automatically assessing the risk of collision between a vehicle and an object includes determining a danger value characteristic of the risk of collision on the basis of the relative position and the relative speed between the vehicle and the object. A braking danger value is determined based on the current distance between the vehicle and a last possible (“last-chance”) position at which it is possible to avoid a collision between the vehicle and the object by braking the vehicle, and a steering danger value is determined based on the current distance between the vehicle and a last possible (“last-chance”) position at which it is possible to avoid a collision between the vehicle and the object by steering the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150151707

Head, torso and knee combo airbag

A motor vehicle airbag system comprises a dual chambered combined head, torso, and knee airbag having a head and torso chamber and a lower extremities chamber in fluid communication with the head and torso chamber. A multidirectional inflator substantially simultaneously inflates both of the head and torso chamber and the lower extremities chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150151703

Vehicle roof support structure including side curtain air bags

A roof rail assembly for a vehicle that includes a body side outer and an interior trim piece connected to the body side outer. The body side outer and the interior trim piece define a cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150151673

Spoiler using photoluminescent illumination

An illumination system for a vehicle includes a rear spoiler with first and second photoluminescent portions disposed on the spoiler and at least one light source configured to emit an emission at a first wavelength. The first and second photoluminescent portions are configured to convert the first wavelength to at least a second wavelength longer than the first wavelength.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150151616

Intrusion mitigation door bracket

A vehicle includes a rocker panel and a pillar reinforcement extending in a direction transverse to the rocker panel. The vehicle further includes a door having a bracket disposed over an intersection of the rocker panel and the pillar reinforcement when the door is in a closed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/04/15 / #20150151486

System and process for producing a composite article

According to one or more embodiments, a system includes a cutter for cutting a composite material to form composite pieces, an ultrasonic welding device for connecting two or more of the composite pieces to form a composite stack, and a compression molding device for forming a composite article from the composite stack. The system may further include a transfer arm for delivering the composite pieces to the ultrasonic welding device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150149088

In-vehicle path verification

A vehicle is operated at least partially autonomously. A predicted path of the vehicle is monitored to identify an object with which the vehicle is likely to collide. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150149066

Engine knock signal transmissive element

Embodiments may provide an engine knock monitoring system that may include an engine block including an engine block body and a cylinder wall defining at least a portion of a combustion chamber. A space may be defined between a top of the cylinder wall and a top of the engine block body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150149043

Method and system for adjusting grille shutters based on temperature and position feedback

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting vehicle grille shutters based on engine coolant temperature. In one example, a method includes adjusting grille shutters based on engine coolant temperature and additional engine operating conditions when engine coolant temperature is below a threshold and adjusting the grille shutters base on the engine coolant temperature only when the engine coolant temperature is above the threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150149023

Modified autonomous vehicle settings

A vehicle includes at least one autonomous driving sensor configured to monitor at least one condition while operating in an autonomous mode. The vehicle further includes a processing device configured to identify at least one occupant, select a profile associated with the occupant, and autonomously operate at least one subsystem according to the selected profile and the at least condition monitored by the at least one autonomous driving sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150149019

Autonomous vehicle identification

A computer in a first vehicle is configured to receive data relating to a second vehicle. The computer may use the data to determine that the second vehicle is being operated at least partially autonomously. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150149018

Wearable computer in an autonomous vehicle

A wearable computing device in a vehicle is identified by a vehicle in a computer. Collected data is received relating to autonomous operation of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150149017

Autonomous vehicle modes

A vehicle operator is identified. Based at least in part on the operator's identity, one or more parameters are determined specifying a mode for autonomously operating the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150149014

Method of controlling a mild hybrid electric vehicle

A method is disclosed for controlling the operation of a mild hybrid electric vehicle having an engine and high and low voltage power systems selectively connectable via a dc to dc converter. The method comprises whenever possible using only a low voltage battery forming part of the low voltage power system to power low voltage loads during an engine e-stop performed automatically to save fuel and reduce emissions and whenever possible using only a high voltage battery forming part of the high voltage power system to recharge the low voltage battery when the engine is restarted following the e-stop.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150149005

Torque monitoring system and method

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling a vehicle using an estimated torque of an electric machine, the estimated torque based on one or more parameters associated with the electric machine that are independent from measured current feedback.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150148192

Methods and systems for a stop/start engine

Systems and methods for improving operation of a vehicle are presented. In one example, automatic engine stopping is inhibited in response to a driver communicating a desire to not automatically stop an engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150147949

Method for adjusting vehicle grille shutters based on vehicle speed and direction of grille shutter adjustment

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting vehicle grille shutters based on a direction of motion of the grille shutters. In one example, a method includes adjusting a motor coupled to the grille shutters based on the direction of motion of the grille shutters, a desired opening of the grille shutters, and vehicle speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150147466

Method for depositing photoluminescent material

A method of depositing a photoluminescent material into a surface of the polymeric material is disclosed. The method comprises dissolving the photoluminescent material in water to create a solution. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150147196

Vacuum brake booster vacuum enhancer

A vacuum enhancer having four apertures, one of which is open to the atmosphere, wherein a piston selectively restricts fluid flow through an ejector based on a pressure differential between a vacuum chamber within the vacuum booster and true atmospheric pressure.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150146445

Photoluminescent vehicle compartment light

A lighting system for a vehicle is disclosed. The system comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on an inner surface of a closure of a compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150145668

Vehicle wheel assembly illumination lamp

A vehicle tire pressure indicator and tire illumination assembly is provided. The assembly includes a light source located on the body of a vehicle near the wheel well and oriented to direct light onto a wheel assembly having a tire. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150145488

Switching overlap avoidance system for controlling power supply system

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling a power supply system to avoid an over-voltage event across one or more switching devices of the power supply system, the controlling step based on switching overlap information that includes instructions for either advancing or retarding a switching signal associated with at least one of the switching devices.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150145472

Motor vehicle having an energy storage device

A motor vehicle is disclosed having an energy storage device that is replenished with energy by inductive coupling with a fixed inductive charging point using a vehicle mounted inductive coupling member. A three dimensional positioning mechanism is used to position the inductive coupling member so that it is aligned with and positioned in close proximity to the fixed charging point thereby ensuring a high coupling efficiency between the inductive coupling member and the fixed charging point. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150145303

Flexible seatback system

A vehicle seat suspension system includes first and second side supports that define a seatback frame. A front trim piece is coupled between the first and second side supports. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150144314

Coupling for electric vehicle battery pack

An example coupling for an electric vehicle battery pack includes an attachment member configured to connect to a cold plate, a fluid inlet extending from the attachment member, and a fluid outlet extending from the attachment member.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150144099

Method of controlling an engine of a motor vehicle

Systems and methods for a vehicle comprising a stop-start system and in particular to a motor vehicle having a belt driven integrated starter-generator (bisg) drivingly connected to an accessory drive belt of an engine of the motor vehicle are provided. The bisg may be used during an engine stop event to preposition the crank at an angle from which it facilitates rapid restart of the engine and during engine running the bisg may be used as a power generator.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150144081

Engine valve deactivation system

A system and method comprising four valves per cylinder of a multi-cylinder engine is provided to control cylinder intake and exhaust valves independently from other cylinders in response to engine operating conditions. The engine valve deactivation system for the engine may comprise two or more cylinders wherein each cylinder has two exhaust valves and two inlet valves. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150143941

Method for releasing or blocking the function of steering wheel or steering column switches on a case-by-case basis, and motor vehicle having steering wheel and steering column switches

The invention relates to a method for case-based enabling or disabling of the function of steering wheel or steering column switches in a motor vehicle. According to the invention, at least one function of one of the steering wheel or steering column switches is enabled or disabled depending on the operation of another steering wheel or steering column switch.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150143863

Electro-hydraulic trimming of a part perimeter with multiple discrete pulses

A trim tool for trimming a part having a complex shape. The trim tool defines a plurality of electro-hydraulic cavities that are separated by walls in a lower die of the trim tool. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150143685

Clinch punch with elastomeric tip

A clinch joint punch includes an elastomeric tip on a distal end of an engagement section. The elastomeric tip may include a partially spherical surface or may be a cylindrical member having a planar circular engagement surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150143681

Driveshaft removal tool with angled tip

A tool for removing a first shaft from a second shaft, in which the first and the second shafts are coupled by fasteners. The tool generally includes the flanged connection and a driving rod. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150142296

Multi-cylinder internal combustion engine and method for operating a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine

A method for partial cylinder cutoff is provided. The method comprises operating a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine with applied ignition, in which an odd number n of cylinders is arranged in line, and during partial-load operation when engine load is below threshold, enabling a partial cutoff of the cylinders, the partial cutoff comprising operating each cylinder only intermittently such that each cylinder is fired and cut off in turn at an interval of (2*720° ca)/n.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150142293

System and methods for diagnosing premature refueling shutoff

A method for localizing restrictions in a fuel system during refueling, comprising: monitoring fuel tank pressure, fuel vapor canister temperature, and evaporative leak check module pressure during a refueling event; and responsive to a premature shutoff event, indicating a location of a restriction among a plurality of locations based on whether monitored pressure and temperature changes during the refueling event are greater than respective thresholds. In this way, the cause of a premature shutoff event may be diagnosed without requiring additional sensors within the fuel system.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150142273

Autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats

A vehicle includes a passenger compartment with an instrument panel located near a front of the passenger compartment. The vehicle further includes at least one seat located in the passenger compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150142271

Flexible optical impact detection sensor for front rail mounted airbag

A flexible optical impact detection sensor is mounted on an outboard portion of the front bumper for signaling an offset rigid barrier impact event to a forward corner of a motor vehicle and deployment of a small offset rigid barrier airbag mounted on the front rail. The airbag is attached proximate a distal end of a front rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150142247

Dual airbags in vehicle with reconfigurable interior

A steering wheel in a vehicle can be in one of an operating position and a stowed position. Crash sensor data is monitored to detect a first and second frontal collision. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150142246

Autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable interior

A vehicle includes a steering wheel located in a passenger compartment. The steering wheel is configured to be moved from an operational position to a stowed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150142245

Autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats

A vehicle includes a passenger compartment and at least one seat located in the passenger compartment. The seat can be moved from a front-facing position to a rear-facing position for when the vehicle is operating in an autonomous mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150142228

Vehicle diagnostic system and method for detecting incorrect cable connections

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling a vehicle in response to a diagnostic test performed to detect an incorrect cable connection of the vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150141197

Methods and systems for driveline mode transitions

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, a method for transitioning between regenerative braking and providing positive torque to a driveline is presented.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150140337

Polymeric article with enhanced ductility and method of making the same

According to one or more embodiments, a polymeric article includes a polymeric composition, which in turn includes a polymeric material in a first weight percent, a non-metallic fibrous material in a second weight percent, and a metallic fiber material in a third weight percent and being intermixed with the non-metallic fibrous material. The polymeric material may include at least one of epoxy, vinyl ester, and/or polyester. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138820

Luminescent trim light assembly

A vehicle trim light assembly is provided herein. The trim light assembly includes a substrate mated to a housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138819

Photoluminescent vehicle panel

A vehicle illumination apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises at least one aperture disposed in a panel of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138818

Door illumination and warning system

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a closure frame configured to engage an opening formed by a body of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138817

Rear vehicle lighting system

A rear vehicle light system is provided herein. The system includes a rear windshield and a plurality of photoluminescent structures that are each disposed at a rear windshield location and configured to luminesce in response to light excitation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138816

Windshield display system

A windshield display system for a vehicle is provided herein and includes a rearview mirror assembly having at least one light source configured to illuminate a location on a windshield. At least one photoluminescent structure is disposed at the location and is configured to luminesce in response to excitation by light emitted from the at least one light source.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138815

Vehicle lighting system with improved substrate

A vehicle lighting system is provided herein. The system includes a substrate having alternating first and second portions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138814

Photoluminescent power distribution box

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus comprises at least one photoluminescent portion disposed proximate a electrical panel disposed in an engine compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138813

Vehicle sun visor providing luminescent lighting

A sun visor is provided herein. The sun visor includes a visor body and a lid coupled to the visor body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138812

Photoluminescent engine compartment lighting

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises at least one photoluminescent portion disposed on at least one feature of an engine compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138811

Photoluminescent fuel filler door

A vehicle illumination apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises an access panel configured to conceal an access region of a fueling receptacle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138810

Vehicle light system with illuminating exhaust

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a surface of a vehicle exhaust system component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138809

Illuminating badge for a vehicle

A badge mounted on a vehicle is provided herein. The badge includes a housing having a viewable portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138808

Vehicle lighting system employing a light strip

A vehicle lighting system is provided herein. The vehicle lighting system includes a light strip including an elongated housing and at least one light source disposed inside the housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138807

Luminescent grille bar assembly

A vehicle grille assembly is provided herein. The grille assembly includes a plurality of grille bars, each including a housing having a first portion and a second portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138806

Photoluminescent cargo area illumination

A vehicle illumination apparatus is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a storage compartment forming an interior cavity disposed in a cargo area and a cover. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138805

Fluid level indicator using photoluminescent illumination

An illumination system for a vehicle container includes a fluid container, a photoluminescent portion disposed on the container, and a light source located proximate the container. The light source is configured to emit light at a first wavelength directed toward the photoluminescent portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138804

Vehicle light system with illuminating wheel assembly

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a surface of a first component of a vehicle wheel assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138803

Vehicle light system with illuminating roof rack

A vehicle lighting system is provided herein. The lighting system includes a roof rack including at least one side rail having a photoluminescent portion configured to illuminate in at least one distinct color due to being excited by at least one wavelength of light. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138802

Vehicle lighting assembly

A vehicle lighting assembly is provided herein. The assembly includes a housing including a light permeable portion and a photoluminescent portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138801

Hidden photoluminescent vehicle user interface

A user interface for a vehicle is disclosed. The user interface comprises a proximity sensor disposed proximate a vehicle panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138800

Photoluminescent scuff plate and grab handle

A lighting system for a vehicle is provided. The system includes at least one light source configured to output a first light at a first wavelength. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138798

Photoluminescent cupholder illumination

An apparatus for illuminating a vehicle cupholder is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a cavity formed by a console. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138797

Photoluminescent blind spot warning indicator

A vehicle indicator apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a forward vehicle pillar and a light source located proximate the forward vehicle pillar. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138796

Photoluminescent vehicle badge

An emblem illumination assembly for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination assembly comprises an external cover defining a profile shape and an optic device proximate the external cover. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138795

Photoluminescent engine compartment lighting

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on an internal surface of a closure of a vehicle compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138794

Photoluminescent puddle lamp

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a downward facing portion of the vehicle and a light source located proximate the downward facing portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138793

Sun visor with photoluminescent structure

A vehicle lighting system is provided. The system includes a sun visor having a visor body movable between a stored position and a use position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138792

Photoluminescent vehicle reading lamp

A vehicle reading lamp is provided. The vehicle reading lamp includes an outer lens and a first surface and a second surface positioned behind the outer lens. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138791

Vehicle backlit assembly with photoluminescent structure

A vehicle backlit assembly is provided and includes a support member and at least one backlit interactive member at least partially extending through an opening in the support member. An excitation source is operable to emit a primary emission for backlighting the at least one backlit interactive member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138790

Vehicle dome lighting system with photoluminescent structure

A vehicle dome lighting system is provided and includes a headliner and a photoluminescent structure coupled to the headliner. At least one excitation source is operable to emit at least one inputted electromagnetic radiation for exciting an associated area of the photoluminescent structure to produce at least one outputted electromagnetic radiation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138789

Vehicle lighting system with photoluminescent structure

A vehicle lighting system is provided and includes a vehicle fixture, an excitation source for emitting at least one inputted electromagnetic radiation, and a photoluminescent structure coupled to the vehicle fixture. The photoluminescent structure includes an energy conversion layer having at least one photoluminescent material formulated to convert the at least one inputted electromagnetic radiation into at least one outputted electromagnetic radiation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150138340

Target monitoring system and method

A target monitoring system and method are provided herein. An imager is configured to image a scene rearward of a vehicle and containing a target disposed on a trailer attached to the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150137747

Photoluminescent disinfecting and charging bin

A charging and disinfecting tray for a vehicle is disclosed. The charging and disinfecting tray comprises a wireless charger for charging an electronic device and a lighting apparatus. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150137593

Voltage control in an electric vehicle

An example voltage control method for a powertrain of a hybrid vehicle includes controlling a power supply system to vary a voltage limit based on temperature.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150137564

Autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats

A vehicle includes a passenger compartment and a bench seat located in the passenger compartment. The bench seat has a bottom portion and a back portion and is configured to move from a front-facing position to a rear-facing position by moving the back portion toward a front of the passenger compartment for when the vehicle is operating in an autonomous mode.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150137556

Deflector with frame rail follower and guide on deflector end

A deflector assembly for a vehicle having a bumper and a frame rail that are connected by a crush-can. The deflector assembly absorbs impact forces in a small overlap rigid barrier test by directing the impact from the barrier in a lateral direction toward the frame rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150137547

Seatback stabilization device and vehicle employing the same

A vehicle door provides for the decoupling of the load path by a cut-out area formed in the door inner sheet-metal. In an impact event the front or lower portion of the door inner sheet-metal is pushed inboard while the cut-out area prevents the dragging of the rear or upper portion of the door inner sheet-metal. In one or more embodiments, a vehicle seatback stabilization device includes a seatback stabilization portion to be connected to a seatback, and a vehicle body connection portion including an aperture to receive a connector of a vehicle body load-bearing structure. The seatback stabilization portion may include first and second stabilization panels positioned with an angle relative to each other. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150137537

Door handle system for an automotive vehicle

A door handle system for an automotive vehicle door includes a door handle and a body panel. The body panel is moveable between a flush position and a recessed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150137531

Piezo based energy harvesting for e-latch systems

A vehicle door includes an electrically-powered latch and a user input feature that can be actuated by a user to cause the electrically-powered latch to unlatch. An electrical energy storage device is operably connected to the electrically-powered latch, and a piezoelectric device is mounted to the door. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150137494

Flexible electro-resistive impact detection sensor for front rail mounted airbag

A flexible electro-resistive impact detection sensor is mounted on an outboard portion of the front bumper for signaling an offset rigid barrier impact event to a forward corner of a motor vehicle and deployment of a small offset rigid barrier airbag mounted on the front rail. The airbag, is attached proximate a distal end of a front rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150137492

Multi-stage airbag in vehicle with reconfigurable

A steering wheel is locatable between an operational position at a driver seat of a vehicle and a stowed position in the vehicle. A first airbag is coupled to the steering wheel, and a multi-stage airbag laterally overlaps the driver seat and a passenger seat of the vehicle next to the driver seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150137489

Driver airbag module having multiple deployment paths

An exemplary driver airbag module may include an inflatable cushion having a chamber that inflates up to a maximum volume. The airbag module may also have a fabric diffuser disposed within the chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150136932

Photoluminescent cupholder illumination

According to one aspect of the present invention, an illuminated cupholder assembly is disclosed. The assembly comprises an upper portion comprising a lower mating portion forming a first diameter and a base portion comprising an upper mating portion forming a second diameter. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150136551

Method for bleeding a vehicle brake system

A method for bleeding at least one part of a hydraulic brake system of a vehicle, wherein the brake system includes a brake circuit whose pressure can be selectively increased by a pump. The increased pressure is applied by the pump to the part of the brake system to be bled for a specified period of time without opening bleed valves.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150136515

Flush and sub-flush protective shields to reduce exhaust soot and condensate deposition

An exhaust assembly that includes an exhaust pipe extending rearward from a vehicle into an exhaust passage, and a fascia coupled to the vehicle defining the exhaust passage. The exhaust assembly further includes a bezel defining an exhaust opening substantially aligned with the pipe, and a sleeve configured within the exhaust opening, which may define an exhaust plane. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150136513

Vehicle front end structure providing pedestrian protection

An exemplary vehicle front end structure may include an energy absorbing structure movable between deployed and non-deployed positions. The structure may further include an actuator system that moves the energy absorbing structure from the deployed position to the non-deployed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150136299

Polymeric composition with intermixed color balloons

According to one or more embodiments, a polymeric article includes a polymeric composition which in turn includes a volume of polymer intermixed with a number of color balloons, at least a portion of the number of color balloons each including a shell enclosing a colored agent.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150136080

Methods and systems for determining engine misfire

Systems and methods for improving detection and mitigation of engine misfire are presented. Engine misfire is determined by sampling exhaust pressure of a cylinder only during a time when an exhaust valve of the cylinder is in an open state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150136076

Method and system for improved dilution purging

Methods and systems are provided for expediting egr purging in a hybrid vehicle during transient operations, such as tip-out to lower load conditions. In response to decreasing engine torque demand, engine fueling is disabled and a motor is used to spin the engine unfueled until a desired lp-egr rate is achieved. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150136074

Method and system for improved dilution purging

Methods and systems are provided for expediting egr purging in a hybrid vehicle during transient operations, such as tip-out to lower load conditions. In response to decreasing engine torque demand, engine fueling is disabled and a motor is used to spin the engine unfueled until a desired lp-egr rate is achieved. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150136068

Liquid injection for scavenging

Methods are provided for controlling an engine. One method may include boosting engine intake air to a cylinder; and injecting an amount of a scavenging fluid into the cylinder based on an amount of cylinder residual exhaust gas. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150135828

System for measuring fluid level

A system for measuring fluid level is provided. The system includes a dipstick configured to be received in a fluid reservoir and having a photoluminescent portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150135705

Method and systems for reducing charge air cooler condensate using a secondary intake throttle

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a secondary intake throttle based on condensate formation in a charge air cooler, the secondary throttle positioned upstream of the charge air cooler. In one example, a method may include decreasing an opening of the secondary intake throttle in response to increased condensate accumulation within the charge air cooler. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150127241

Engine response adjustment

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting an engine output delivered in response to an operator pedal actuation based at least on a grade of vehicle travel. During uphill travel, in the presence of headwinds, and/or in the presence of a vehicle payload, the output may be increased while during downhill travel or in the presence of tailwinds, the output may be decreased. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150127199

Spatial domain optimal electric and hybrid electric vehicle control with path forecasting

A vehicle engine, electric machine and battery are operated, in certain examples, such that a predetermined route is segmented based on varying criteria to determine target battery state of charge at the segment endpoints along the route. The endpoints are a superposition of endpoints defined by predicted powertrain operating mode transitions, predicted vehicle acceleration transitions or predicted road grade transitions along the route.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150126916

Flexible vehicle seat

A method for selecting and controlling massage functions of a motor vehicle seat having a control system comprising the steps of: switching the system to a selection mode and starting the selection mode; providing a menu list having options for querying the user's requirements during the massage; selection of an option by the user and providing predefined responses to the respective query and selection of the response by the user and if necessary repeating the steps for further queries; and terminating the selection mode and automatically determining suitable massage settings on the basis of the user's selection and controlling the massage actuators in the motor vehicle seat on the basis of determined massage settings to perform the massage function.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150126329

System and method for upshift torque modification using an upstream clutch in a hybrid vehicle

A hybrid vehicle has an engine, an electric machine connected to the engine by an upstream clutch, a transmission gearbox connected to the electric machine by a downstream clutch, and a controller. The controller is configured to, in response to a commanded upshift of the gearbox, modulate a pressure of the upstream clutch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150126328

Methods and systems for transitioning between braking modes

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, a method for transitioning between driveline braking and wheel brakes is provided.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150126171

Apparatus and method for detecting a personal communication device in a vehicle

An apparatus for detecting a personal communication device (pcd) in a vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes one or more near field communication (nfc) devices positioned about a driver zone of the vehicle for being wirelessly coupled to the pcd. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150126143

Method and apparatus for vehicle radio station privacy mode control

A system includes a processor configured to receive a request to enable a privacy screen. The processor is further configured to receive a privacy screen engage trigger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150125713

Heat treatment to improve joinability of aluminum sheet

In at least one embodiment, an assembly is provided comprising a first member including a 6xxx series aluminum alloy heat treated to have a yield strength of at least 200 mpa and an r/t (bendability) ratio of up to 0.4. One or more members may be secured to the first member with a rivet (e.g., a self-piercing rivet). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150123822

Method and apparatus for extra-vehicular emergency updates following an accident

A system includes a processor configured to receive instructions from a vehicle computing system (vcs) to being reporting a mobile device location. The processor is also configured to access a list of emergency contacts. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150123427

Door intrusion resistance apparatus for a vehicle

A door intrusion apparatus for a vehicle having a door and a rocker with a vertically extending wall defining a catcher opening. The apparatus includes a projection horizontally extending from the door and a projection trap attached to the vertically extending wall inside the rocker and below the catcher opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150123386

Active bolster with in-mold assembly of bladder and trim panel

An active bolster for an interior trim surface of an automotive vehicle has a plastic-molded outer trim panel with a closed-loop bonding section on an inside surface. A plastic-molded expandable bladder member has a central attachment section configured to attach to a support structure of the vehicle, a bonding flange along an peripheral edge, and a baffle section between the central attachment section and the bonding flange. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150123373

Step pad cargo system

A cargo step pad comprising a container having a bottom and a plurality of sidewalls defining an opening and a lid coupled to the container and operable between a closed position, wherein the lid extends laterally beyond the opening, and an opened position, wherein at least a portion of a back wall of the container is positioned within a volume defined by the inner surface of the lid.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150122229

Method and system for adjusting a fuel tank isolation valve

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting and diagnosing a position of a fuel tank isolation valve (ftiv) of a fuel system. In one example, a method comprises adjusting a ftiv of a fuel system by sending an electrical pulse to the ftiv; and comparing a current draw of the ftiv to a known current draw profile to verify the position of the ftiv. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150122228

Method and system for adjusting a fuel tank isolation valve

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting and diagnosing a position of a fuel tank isolation valve of a fuel system. In one example, a method may include adjusting the fuel tank isolation valve via electrical pulses and tracking a position of the ftiv by counting each of the electrical pulses. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150122224

Method and system for engine control

Methods and systems are provided for fuel systems including a gaseous fuel. Fuel rail over-pressure may be addressed by temporarily closing a fuel tank valve of the gaseous fuel and initiating diagnostics routines to determine if a pressure regulator is degraded. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150122207

Variable displacement solenoid control

Methods are provided for improved control of valve activation/deactivation mechanisms. One example method comprises, adjusting an electromechanical actuator to actuate cylinder valve deactivation/activation mechanisms. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150121999

Refueling detection method

Embodiments for detecting fuel events are presented. In an embodiment, a method comprises performing an action responsive to a fuel event indicated based on output from a hydrocarbon sensor positioned between a fuel tank and a fuel vapor canister. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150121865

Method and system for limiting output of a boosted engine

A method for operating a turbocharged engine is disclosed. In one example, during a first condition an engine operation is adjusted in response to a turbocharger expansion ratio exceeding a first limit and during a second condition an engine operation is adjusted in response to the turbocharger expansion ratio exceeding a second limit that differs from the first limit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150121864

Methods and systems for pcv flow estimation with an intake oxygen sensor

Methods and systems are provided for estimating a positive crankcase ventilation (pcv) flow based on outputs of an intake manifold oxygen sensor. For example, during engine operation when exhaust gas recirculation (egr) and fuel canister purge are disabled, pcv flow may be estimated based on a difference between a first output of the sensor with boost enabled and a second output of the sensor with boost disabled. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150121862

Active exhaust pulse management

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a volume control valve attached to a branch of a split exhaust manifold in a boosted engine system. Volume control valve adjustments are used at different engine operating conditions to improve engine performance and boost response. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150121848

Exhaust throttling for cabin heating

Embodiments for heating a vehicle cabin are disclosed. In one example, a method for an engine comprises pumping coolant from a coolant reservoir to an exhaust component and then to a heater core, the coolant heated by the exhaust component, and during engine warm-up conditions, adjusting a flow rate of coolant into a heater core to maximize heat transfer to a vehicle cabin.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150121847

Exhaust throttling for cabin heating

Embodiments for heating a vehicle cabin are disclosed. In one example, a method for heating a vehicle cabin comprises closing an exhaust throttle while diverting at least a portion of throttled exhaust gas through an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) cooler coupled upstream of the throttle, and transferring heat from the egr cooler to a heater core configured to provide heat to the vehicle cabin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150120178

System for determining clearance of approaching overhead structure

A vehicle system for detecting low clearance locations may include a controller configured to access a geographical information database configured to maintain a plurality of predefined points of interest defined by a clearance height. The controller may communicate with a first sensor to detect a low clearance structure and determine, via a second sensor, a location of the low clearance structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150120173

System and method for controlling a powertrain in a vehicle

A system and method for controlling a powertrain in a vehicle includes a controller configured to control vehicle speed around a plurality of target vehicle speeds based on respective accelerator pedal positions. This control operates when the vehicle is operating outside of a constant speed control process. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150120172

Spark plug degradation detection

Methods and systems are provided for identifying and indicating degradation of an engine cylinder spark plug. In response to a cylinder misfire event during selected engine operating conditions, followed by an occurrence of a threshold number and/or rate of pre-ignition events in the same cylinder, a controller may determine that the spark plug is degraded. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150120157

Road grade estimation for a trailered vehicle

An example vehicle control method includes, among other things, controlling a towing vehicle based upon a trailered vehicle road grade.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150120150

Anti-pinch system for vehicle seating

An anti-pinch system for vehicle seating includes a front seat that has an actuator configured to automatically slide the front seat between the driving position and entry/exit position. A rear seat is fixed rearward from the front seat and has a seatbelt that releasably engages a clasp. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150120149

Vehicle occupant comfort

Data is collected related to motion of a vehicle. Based on the collected data, it may be determined that a threshold associated with motion sickness is exceeded. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150120141

Methods and systems for configuring of a trailer maneuvering system

A system for configuring a trailer model for a trailer maneuvering system is disclosed. The system comprises a controller having a memory and being operable to communicate with the trailer maneuvering system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150120133

Cooling fan assisted engine-off natural vacuum test

A method for a vehicle fuel system, comprising: during an engine-off condition, including an ambient temperature within a threshold range, operating a cooling fan to increase a fuel tank vacuum; and indicating leaks in the vehicle fuel system based on the increased vacuum. In this way, an eonv test may be run at mild ambient temperatures which would not otherwise result in the development of adequate fuel tank vacuum to pass the eonv test.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150120110

Fuel system canister purge control

Methods and systems are provided for improving canister purging during the limited engine operation time in a hybrid electric vehicle. Prior to a transition into an engine-on mode, a canister heater is operated to heat the canister to an optimum temperature based on vehicle operating conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150120108

Method for purging of air intake system hydrocarbon trap

Methods and systems are provided for improving air intake system hydrocarbon trap purging during engine-off time in a hybrid electric vehicle. One method includes opening the throttle during vehicle motion under battery operation and allowing airflow through the trap to purge its contents into the fuel canister via the canister purge valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150120107

Phev energy management control with trip-oriented energy consumption preplanning

A driving pattern based plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (phev) energy consumption preplanning process enables a phev trip-oriented energy management control (temc) to utilize scalable levels of available trip foreknowledge in order to optimize the onboard energy (fuel and electricity) usage. The preplanning process generates an optimal battery state-of-charge (soc) depletion profile for a given trip to be traveled by a phev. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150120106

Vehicle dynamic controls coordination system for dual-axle driven electric vehicles

An electric vehicle (hev/bev/ev) includes a dynamic traction control (dtc) system configured to perform a dtc process and an electric motor enhanced dynamic wheel torque control by brake (edwt-b) system configured to perform an edwt-b process. A controller selects according to a vehicle criterion a combination of the dtc and edwt-b processes to control a vehicle operation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150120082

Method and apparatus for visual accident detail reporting

A system includes a processor configured to request vehicle sensor data upon crash detection. Further, the processor is configured to assemble the data into a graphic representation of a vehicle, including graphic representations of conditions represented by sensor data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150119189

Dynamic mapping of pedal position to wheel output demand in a hybrid vehicle

A hybrid vehicle operates in an electric-drive-only mode and one or more modes using an internal combustion engine. A control pedal is movable to respective positions by a driver for indicating a desired vehicle motion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150119186

Multi-speed transmission

A transmission gearing arrangement has four simple planetary gear sets and five or six shift elements. A ring gear is fixedly held against rotation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150119185

Multi-speed transmission

A transmission gearing arrangement has four simple planetary gear sets and five or six shift elements. One embodiment has three brakes and three clutches and produces nine forward speeds by selective engagement of various combinations of three of the shift elements. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150118600

Microporous layer structures and gas diffusion layer assemblies for enhanced water management in proton exchange membrane fuel cells

A microporous layer forming a portion of a gas diffusion layer assembly positioned adjacent to a catalyst layer within a fuel cell electrode. The microporous includes a first carbon-based material layer comprising a plurality of hydrophobic pores with a diameter of 0.05 to 0.2 μm and a plurality of bores with a diameter of 1 to 20 μm. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150118516