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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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System and methods for voice-controlled seat adjustment

A control system for a vehicle having a seat with a first moveable portion and an adjustment actuator coupled with the first moveable seat portion includes a voice input device, a touchscreen input device, and a controller in communication with the adjustment actuator, the voice input device, and the touchscreen input device. The controller has a processor programed to interpret a first adjustment command from one of a voice command received from the voice input device and a manual command received from the touchscreen input device, carry out a first seat adjustment by causing the adjustment actuator to move the first moveable seat portion according to the first adjustment command, and to present information related to the first adjustment command on the touchscreen.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Method and arrangement for routing vehicles in road traffic

A central routing unit receives traffic-related data from vehicles that are involved in the road traffic, and transmits routing information to at least one vehicle on based on the traffic-related data that is received by the central routing unit. The central routing unit may transmit the routing information by displaying a dynamically-generated quick response (qr) code on at least one digital traffic sign.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Reuseable keyfob for use prior to sale of keyless vehicle

A keyfob and related method of utilizing a keyfob prior to a sale of a new vehicle to a purchaser having a virtual keyfob are provided. The method broadly includes the steps of pairing a keyfob to a computer of the new vehicle at an assembly plant, using the keyfob to switch a mode of the new vehicle between an assembly mode and a transportation mode, and unpairing the keyfob from the computer upon pairing the computer to the virtual keyfob of the purchaser. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Rapid traffic parameter estimation

Data about vehicle movement at a stoplight are collected. A stoplight cycle time is predicted with a probability model. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Self-warning system for unlocked connectors

A sealing gasket for an electrical connector system includes a resilient element configured to seal an interface between a header surface and a connector surface. The sealing gasket further includes thin-film sensing elements in contact with the resilient element that are configured to define a resistance of an electrical network based on a force applied to the sealing gasket. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Differential and differential lubricating fluid management system

A differential is provided. The differential includes a housing that has a sump, an input shaft, a ring gear, a carrier that is affixed to the ring gear, and a diverter. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Liquid cooled fan clutch

A liquid cooled viscous fan clutch transfers torque from a driving plate driven by an engine crankshaft to a driven plate connected to a cooling fan. Heat generated in a working fluid is transferred to a second fluid, such as engine coolant or transmission fluid, flowing through a cooling jacket. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Systems and methods for fuel vapor canister purging

Methods and systems are provided for purging a fuel vapor canister. In one example, a method may include during boosted engine operating conditions, utilizing regulated compressed air from an engine intake to purge fuel vapors stored in the fuel vapor canister. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Methods and systems for port fuel injection control

Methods and systems are provided for reducing hot fuel vapor formation in a port injection fuel rail. In one example, a method may include operating a dual fuel injection system with at least a calibrated minimum amount of port fuel injection over a wide range of engine operating conditions, even as conditions change. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Methods and systems for dual fuel injection

Methods and systems are provided for reducing fueling errors resulting from pressure pulsations in a port injection fuel rail. The pressure pulsations result from pressure pulsations generated in a high pressure fuel pump delivering fuel to both the port injection fuel rail and a direct injection fuel rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Systems and methods for fuel injection

Methods and systems are provided for pressurizing a step chamber of a direct injection fuel pump. In one example, the step chamber may be pressurized to a pressure higher than an output pressure of a lift pump, the lift pump supplying fuel to the direct injection fuel pump. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Systems and methods for fuel injection

Methods and systems are provided for a direct injection fuel pump. In one example, pressure in a step chamber of the direct injection fuel pump may be regulated to a substantially constant pressure during an entire pump cycle including a compression stroke and a suction stroke.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Systems and methods for fuel injection

Methods and systems are provided for delivering fuel to a port injector fuel rail in a port fuel direct injection (pfdi) engine. In one example, the port injector fuel rail may receive fuel from each of a compression chamber and a step chamber of a direct injection fuel pump coupled in the pfdi engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Systems and methods for operating an evaporative emissions system

Methods and systems are provided for selectively cooling a fuel vapor canister based on vehicle operating conditions, or in response to an anticipated or requested refueling event. In one example, canister cooling elements are powered by solar cells coupled to the vehicle, thereby cooling the canister during conditions wherein bleed emissions are likely to occur. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/29/16 / #20160376975

Exhaust flow device

Methods and systems are provided for a mixer. In one example, the mixer may include a plurality of projections spatially separated from one another along an exhaust conduit.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/29/16 / #20160375937

Bracket for improved impact loading performance

A bracket for a vehicle is provided including a four-way fastener locator portion and a slip plane portion. The fastener locator portion includes a cross-member configured to allow passage therethrough of a portion of a fastener received in the fastener-receiving portion on application of a force meeting or exceeding a predetermined impact load. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/29/16 / #20160375935

Sixteen-cornered strengthening member for vehicles

A strengthening member for a motor vehicle, the strengthening member has a cross section that comprises sixteen corners and includes sides and corners creating eight internal angles and eight external angles. Each internal angle ranges between about 90° and about 145° and each external angle ranges between about 95° and about 175°. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/29/16 / #20160375893

Methods and system for operating a powertrain during regenerative braking

Systems and methods for operating a transmission of a hybrid powertrain that includes a motor/generator are described. The systems and methods may adjust one or more actuators in response to an estimated transmission input shaft speed that is determined from transmission output shaft speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/29/16 / #20160375857

Load limiting retractor with hall effect switch

A seatbelt retractor assembly includes a disk having a cam surface and a cam follower surface. A lever that engages the cam surface when the lever is in a disengaged position and engages the cam follower surface when the lever is in an engaged position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/29/16 / #20160375855

Cantilevered windshield support for pedestrian protection

A vehicle including a vehicle frame and a cowl box assembly. The cowl box assembly has a cowl box and a cowl top panel, a cantilevered support extends from a rear edge of the cowl top panel to a lower edge of a windshield. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/29/16 / #20160375853

Air curtain unit including mounting clip

An air curtain unit of a vehicle includes an inflator assembly and an air curtain that is in fluid communication with the inflator assembly. A clip includes a hook that extends at least partially around the air curtain. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/29/16 / #20160375835

Vehicle cargo organiser

A cargo organiser for a vehicle includes a frame at least partially forming a floor of a cargo area of the vehicle. The cargo organizer includes one or more elongate elements extendable across an opening defined by the frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/29/16 / #20160375799

Seating arrangement for a passenger vehicle

A vehicle seating assembly includes a front seat and a rear seat, each having a backrest and a squab. The front and rear seats are arranged in a staggered duplex overlapping relationship. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/29/16 / #20160375722

Center cap for a motor vehicle wheel

A center cap is provided for a motor vehicle wheel. That center cap includes a disc-shaped body having a plurality of radially arrayed mounting projections for engaging in a plurality of cooperating slots in the wheel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160372908

Cable fastening device

A fastening device for a cable is operatively connected to a motor vehicle. The fastening device includes a holder fixedly secured to the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160372803

Flex tubing for vehicle assemblies

Flex tubing for a vehicle assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a tube body made of a metallic material, the tube body including a first rigid segment, a second rigid segment and a flexible segment extending between the first rigid segment and the second rigid segment.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160372733

Bus bar assembly including biased bus bar

An assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a plurality of battery cells and a bus bar assembly received over the plurality of battery cells. The bus bar assembly comprises a housing, a bus bar received within the housing and a retention device disengageable from the bus bar to move the bus bar between a first position and a second position.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160372726

Battery pack filtering device and method

An exemplary battery pack filtering device includes, among other things, a frame that provides at least one passageway to communicate air through the frame to an interior of a battery pack, a desiccant held by the frame, and a membrane configured to block liquid from communicating through the at least one passageway to the interior.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160372725

Twist-lock battery pack attachment device

An exemplary method of securing a battery array includes attaching a twist-lock to a case, and securing a battery array to the case by rotating the twist-lock from a first position to a second position. Another exemplary method of securing a battery array includes securing a twist-lock to a case, and rotating the twist-lock from a first position to a second position where a portion of a battery array is clamped between the twist-lock and the case.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160371982

Device and method for assisting a driver in driving his vehicle into and out of a parking space in a parking facility

A device and method for assisting a driver when parking his vehicle in a parking installation and removing his vehicle therefrom is provided. The vehicle is equipped with a driving assistance system which permits remote-controlled movement and steering. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160371980

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

12/22/16 / #20160371164

Sent error generator

A test generator includes a computer programmed to receive at least one input instruction including a message to be transmitted by the test generator and an error command indicating errors to be introduced into the transmission. The computer is further programmed to generate a data frame formatted according to a single-edge-nibble-transmission protocol. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160370252

Systems and methods for emissions leak detection

Methods and systems are provided for detecting leaks in an emissions control system of a vehicle. In one example, a method comprises monitoring an equivalent resistance of a leak detection circuit, and indicating a leak responsive to the equivalent resistance not equal to a threshold resistance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369968

Vehicular light guides and assemblies with uniform illumination

A light guide is provided that includes a light chamber defined by isotropically luminant top, bottom, and back surfaces, and a front surface having a translucent lens. The light guide also includes a reflective diaphragm within the chamber that defines a top gap between the diaphragm and the top surface, and a bottom gap between the diaphragm and the bottom surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369865

Acoustical absorber with integral fastener

An acoustical absorber is provided. That absorber includes a body incorporating an integral fastener. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369765

Pilot fuel injection adaptation

Methods and systems for adapting pilot fuel injection pulse widths are disclosed. In one example, pilot fuel injection values are varied to determine adjustments to a fuel injector transfer function and a glow plug is activated in response to a request to adapt the fuel injector transfer function so that adaptation may be improved.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369762

Method and system for engine control

Methods and systems are provided for improving engine spark and torque control. In one example, adaptive spark control of an engine may include a modifier that adjusts the inferred fuel octane estimate and a spark adaptation based on ambient humidity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369739

Cylinder head

A cylinder head for an internal combustion comprises a plurality of exhaust outlets distributed along a longitudinal axis of the cylinder head, wherein the exhaust outlets are configured to align with corresponding exhaust gas transfer tubes of the exhaust manifold and each exhaust outlet comprises a mating surface configured to receive flanges on the exhaust gas transfer tubes. The cylinder head further includes two or more abutment shoulders, each abutment shoulder associated with a different exhaust outlet and extending beyond the mating surfaces, the abutment shoulders being integral with the remainder of the cylinder head. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369738

System and method for air-fuel mixture formation in an internal combustion engine

Methods and systems are provided for forming an air-fuel mixture in a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine. In one example, a system may include an adjustable intake line coupled to an inlet opening of the cylinder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369733

User interface with stop-start benefit metric

A vehicle according to the present disclosure includes an engine configured to autostop and autostart during a drive cycle. The vehicle additionally includes a user interface and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369728

Method for estimating charge air cooler condensation storage and/or release 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 in charge air exiting the cac may be based on an output of an oxygen sensor positioned downstream of the cac. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369726

Method for operating a motor vehicle having a start/stop system

A method for operating a motor vehicle having an internal combustion engine, a service brake, a brake booster, a parking brake, a wheel-speed sensor and an inclination sensor is disclosed. The method including measuring the speed of motor vehicle using the wheel-speed sensor to create a speed signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369724

Method and system for torque control

Methods and systems are provided for detecting air-fuel ratio imbalances across all engine cylinders. In one example, a method (or system) may include indicating cylinder imbalance based on each of the exhaust air-fuel ratio, exhaust manifold pressure, and cylinder torque weighted by a confidence factor, where in the confidence factor is determined based on operating conditions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369721

System and method for improving canister purging

Systems and methods are provided for controlling a purging operation of a fuel vapor canister in a boosted engine. One method comprises purging stored fuel vapors from the fuel vapor canister to an inlet of the compressor via an ejector while bypassing a canister purge valve, the ejector being fluidically coupled to the fuel vapor canister by a distinct passage coupled upstream of the canister purge valve, where motive flow through the ejector may be regulated by a shut-off valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369718

Method for crankcase ventilation in a boosted engine

Methods and systems are provided for ventilating a crankcase in a boosted engine. An example method may include selectively enabling one of crankcase ventilation and aspirator motive flow via an electrically controlled valve, the aspirator motive flow being enabled in response to a demand for vacuum from a vacuum consumer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369717

Method for charge pressure control of an internal combustion engine with turbines arranged in parallel, and internal combustion engine for carrying out such a method

Embodiments for controlling boost pressure during transient conditions are disclosed. In one example, a method includes, responsive to deactivation of a first turbine of a first turbocharger, deactivating an exhaust valve of a cylinder to flow exhaust gas from the cylinder to a second turbine of a second turbocharger, and adjusting a speed of the second turbocharger via an electric machine coupled to the second turbocharger in a generator mode; and responsive to activation of the first turbine, activating the exhaust valve to flow exhaust gas from the cylinder to the first turbine and the second turbine, and adjusting the speed of the second turbocharger via the electric machine in an auxiliary drive mode.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369716

Methods and systems for boost control

Methods are provided for improving boost pressure control in a boosted engine system. In one example, during a tip-in, an air bypass coupled across an intake compressor of the engine system may be kept open for a predetermined time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369713

System and method for canister purging

Methods and systems are provided for enhancing purge flow when applying shallow intake manifold vacuum. An alternate purge route that circumvents the more restrictive canister purge valve and directs purge vapors through a branched path via a less restrictive mechanical purge valve is used during low intake manifold vacuum conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369710

Method and system for an engine

Methods and systems are provided for a variable displacement engine. In one example, a method may include flowing charge air from a deactivated cylinder to an adjacent firing cylinder.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369687

Engine exhaust temperature control

Methods and systems for improving operation of an engine at higher speeds and loads are disclosed. In one example, fuel may be injected to an exhaust system of the engine so that temperatures of exhaust system components may be reduced when the engine is operated at higher speeds and loads.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369676

Distributed control of selective catalytic reduction systems

Methods and systems are provided for modeling a reductant temperature and storage distribution of a scr catalyst axially and radially. In one example, a method may include modeling an expected distribution of stored reductant among a plurality of axial zones and a plurality of radial zones of an scr catalyst arranged in an engine exhaust passage and comparing the expected distribution with a reductant storage setpoint of each zone to adjust radial and axial storage locations.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369673

Dual rate diesel particulate filter leak monitor

Methods and systems are provided for detecting leaks in a diesel particulate filter (dpf). In one example, a faster leak detection routine may be performed during a single drive cycle to detect large leaks in the dpf. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369536

Articulating closure mechanism for non-aligned closure panels

A liftgate/decklid assembly for a motor vehicle includes a liftgate panel hingedly connected to the vehicle to define a liftgate swing arc. A decklid panel is hingedly connected to the liftgate panel to define a decklid swing arc. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160369535

Articulating closure mechanism for non-aligned closure panels

A liftgate/decklid assembly for a motor vehicle includes a liftgate panel hingedly connected to the vehicle to define a liftgate swing arc. A decklid panel is hingedly connected to the liftgate panel to define a decklid swing arc. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368543

Tailgate latching architecture for cost and performance

A vehicle includes a cargo box having an opening and opposed apertures on opposite sides of the opening. The vehicle further includes a tailgate having locks retaining a pair of outwardly-biased pins in retracted positions when the tailgate is open. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368538

Vehicle component impact deflector

A deflection assembly for a vehicle including a vehicle component to be fastened or connected to a vehicle body. A connecting member extends through the vehicle component in an axial direction and is used for fastening the vehicle component to the vehicle body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368519

Device for ventilating a steering wheel surround and method for operating the device

A device is provided for ventilating a steering wheel surround of a vehicle. The device includes at least one adjustable air vent in the vicinity of the steering wheel, wherein the adjustability of the at least one air vent is configured to reach with an airflow at least one imaginary point on the steering wheel at different rotational angles of the steering wheel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368509

Method for adjusting a position of a component of a vehicle

A method for determining a suitable position of an adjustable component of a vehicle is provided. A 3d image of an occupant of the vehicle is captured by a 3d camera. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368498

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

12/22/16 / #20160368489

Systems and methods for vehicle park assist

A vehicle parking assist system includes at least one processor configured to establish communication with a parking automation system external to a vehicle to assist in a parking maneuver. The parking automation system includes at least one sensor to provide a measured distance value from an object to the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368486

Methods and system for starting an engine of a hybrid vehicle

Systems and methods for cranking an engine of a hybrid vehicle that includes an electric machine to crank the engine and propel the vehicle are disclosed. In one example, engine cranking speed and engine cranking source are selected in response to vehicle operating conditions that may affect whether or not an electrical power source has sufficient energy to crank the engine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368485

Methods and system for operating a driveline disconnect clutch

Systems and methods for operating a transmission of a hybrid vehicle's driveline are presented. In one example, the systems and methods estimate a driveline disconnect clutch stroke pressure and gain via extending a line from a non-zero driveline disconnect clutch torque capacity to a zero driveline disconnect clutch torque capacity.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368467

Speed limiting comfort enhancement

A vehicle includes a steering system, a vehicle speed detector, a brake system, and a control system. The control system is coupled with steering system for implementing a backup mode for reversing a trailer including controlling the steering system to maintain the trailer along a path. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368454

Method and apparatus for secure pairing

A system includes a processor configured to receive a request from a mobile device to utilize a vehicle resource. The processor is also configured to determine that a first key has been used to start a vehicle a first time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368452

System and method for occupant height

An image is received from an image sensor. The image includes an occupant's head. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368442

Birds beak bracket system

An attachment system for connecting a vehicle fascia birds beak element to a vehicle front end module bolster includes a bracket having a fascia-engaging portion and a bolster-engaging portion. The bolster-engaging portion includes one or more bracket locator structures configured for engaging cooperating structures disposed on the bolster to self-orient the bracket in a predetermined orientation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368435

Compression algorithms for vehicle-bus-messaging of preview data

Disclosures teach providing data over a vehicle bus, data providing values for a road attribute indexed to points anticipated to be traversed by a vehicle. To compress the data, a server may fit a regression function to the data with coefficients applied to kernels in the function. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368433

Trim panel mounting system for securing a trim panel to a substrate

A trim panel mounting system is provided for securing a trim panel to a substrate. That trim panel mounting system includes a push pin, a push pin holder and a trim panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368430

Loudspeaker arrangement in a vehicle

Embodiments include a loudspeaker arrangement in a vehicle comprising a plurality of loudspeakers positioned in a pillar of the vehicle. The pillar is coupled to at least one vehicle door frame and extends from a vehicle roof to a vehicle floor, and at least one of the plurality of loudspeakers is a low-frequency loudspeaker. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368424

Retractable cargo net for vehicle

A vehicle having a cargo area partially defined by a floor and a lift gate includes a support rod anchored for rotational movement substantially within a recess beneath the floor and adjacent the lift gate. A flexible member, such as a cargo net, is attached to the support at a first end and rolled around the support in a stowed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368422

Method for adjusting a position of a vehicle mirror

A method for adjusting an angular positon of a vehicle based on the position and gaze direction of the eye (or eyes) of a driver of the vehicle, and where the driver's line-of-sight intersects the mirror. A camera images the driver's eyes and determines and tracks the position, gaze direction, and any changes therein. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368402

Armrest substrate having detachable elongated support bands

A collapsible vehicle armrest includes an armrest substrate extending between a door frame and a door trim and defining an opening therebetween. The opening has a longitudinal axis substantially parallel with the door frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368397

Occupant weight and height estimation

A vehicle classification system includes a processor programmed to determine a seated height and seated weight associated with a vehicle occupant. The processor is further programmed to assign a classification to the vehicle occupant based at least in part on a ratio of the seated weight to the seated height.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368379

Vehicle display unit

A display unit for a vehicle includes a screen module and a cover. A bracket supports the screen module and the cover. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368373

Fuel tank baffle with pivotable vanes

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

12/22/16 / #20160368366

Methods and systems for adjusting vehicle grille shutters based on engine operation

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting grille shutters based on engine coolant temperature and a difference in aerodynamic drag between the grille shutter positions. In one example, the grille shutters may be adjusted into a position closer to a first smaller opening when a difference in aerodynamic drag between the first and second positions is large. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368345

Method of controlling climate in a parked vehicle

A method of controlling a temperature in a vehicle passenger compartment of a parked vehicle is provided. The method broadly includes the steps of: (a) sensing a temperature (tin) inside the vehicle at a predetermined time (tp); (b) comparing the sensed temperature (tin) to a preferred temperature (tp); (c) confirming an absence of any object near a front and a rear of the parked vehicle; (d) turning on an engine of the parked vehicle if the absence of any object is confirmed and the sensed temperature (tin) is not the preferred temperature (tp); and (e) utilizing a climate control system to change the temperature (tin) inside the vehicle passenger compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368335

Tire preconditioning for electrified vehicles

An electrified vehicle according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a tire and an electrically powered heating device configured to selectively warm the tire. The heating device may be powered during on-plug conditions to precondition the tire.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368317

Motor vehicle wheel module

A wheel module for a motor vehicle, the wheel module including a wheel carrier, a wheel hub, a wheel bearing separate from the wheel hub that supports the wheel hub on the wheel carrier, and a drive shaft for driving the wheel hub. The wheel hub having end face toothing engaging a mating toothing on the drive shaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368188

Integral locator pin for a plastic component

A locator pin is provided for a plastic component. The locator includes a main rib, a first secondary rib intersecting the main rib at a first intersection and a second secondary rib intersecting the main rib at a second intersection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368079

Method for the non-releasable connection of components or component regions and non-releasable connection

A method for the connection of components or component regions and a non-releasable connection produced in this manner. Two connection faces are partially welded to each other with an adhesive layer being incorporated between the two connection faces. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160368078

Method of welding workpieces together while minimizing distortion

A method is provided for welding workpieces together while minimizing distortion in those workpieces. That method includes loading the workpieces to be welded together into a periphery clamp welding fixture. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/22/16 / #20160367963

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

12/15/16 / #20160365775

Reliable current sensing for inverter-controlled electric machine

Phase currents of an inverter-driven electric machine are measured by mounting phase conductors of each respective phase current into a central passage of a respective flux core. A plurality of current sensors are mounted into a gap of each respective flux core to generate a respective plurality of current signals for each phase current. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160365762

Surface groove patterns for permanent magnet machine rotors

A permanent magnet electric machine includes a rotor configured to rotate about an axis. The rotor is comprised of axially stacked sections. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160365746

Device for wireless charging having a plurality of wireless charging protocols

A receiver device configured to charge a chargeable device is provided that includes an inductive region including at least one receiver coil for receiving magnetic flux from an inductive charging system and a conductive region including contacts for receiving electric power from a conductive charging system. The conductive region includes a first and a second plurality of contacts and a connector for transferring the electric power received from the inductive or conductive charging system to the chargeable device to charge the chargeable device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160365561

Traction battery electrical joint

An exemplary assembly includes an array plate of a traction battery and an insert held by the array plate. The insert is in electrical communication with a bus bar of the traction battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160365554

Battery cell spacer for establishing dielectric barriers within a battery assembly

A battery cell spacer according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a body extending between a top surface and a bottom surface and a saddle disposed at the top surface of the body and configured to establish a barrier surface between metallic components.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160365551

Battery cell retention assembly and method

An exemplary retention assembly includes a plurality of battery cells, a heat exchange structure, and a strap that pulls together the heat exchange structure and the plurality of battery cells.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363766

Method and apparatus for controlling the position of a head-up display image combiner

A head-up display in a motor vehicle has an image combiner movable between an active position, in which it is situated in the field of view of a driver of the vehicle, and an inactive position, in which it is situated close to a surface of or within an instrument panel. The position of the image combiner is controlled depending on signals from vehicle devices that indicate a likelihood or probability of a fogging condition of the windshield. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363765

Apparatus and method for controlling the intensity of an image generated by a head- up display device

A head-up display (hud) device for a motor vehicle has a projector generating a polarized light signal directed at a display surface (such as a windshield or separate combiner plate) for viewing by a driver of the vehicle. A light sensor is disposed adjacent to the projector to detect and measure the intensity of ambient light entering the vehicle and control the intensity of the light generated by the projector in dependence on the measured ambient light intensity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363509

Rough road simulation

A system includes a platform for receiving a test device programmed to output a data signal. A shaft is spaced from the platform. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363501

System and method for testing seat pressure sensor

A system for testing a pressure sensor of a seat includes a loading device and a processor. The loading device removably applies weight to the seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363247

Quick connect system for automotive fluid transport lines

A quick connect system for joining two fluid lines has a receiver with a first end mounted to a first line, a center section to receive a tip of a second line, and a second end defining a cylindrical sleeve spaced from the second line. A snap retainer comprises a plurality of molded stave members and a tension band. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363217

Transmission assembly

Two brakes of a transmission utilize the transmission front support as a clutch housing. One brake, which selectively holds a sun gear against rotation, is located on the inside of a cylindrical wall of the front support. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363139

Aspirator for internal combustion engine having integrated flow bypass and check valve

An aspirator for a brake system is provided having integrated functions of a flow bypass and a check valve for automotive applications to achieve various suction flow openings in response to different engine operating condition to enhance brake boost performance. The brake system includes a brake vacuum booster, an engine having an intake manifold, an aspirator having a movable convergence nozzle, the aspirator being connected to the manifold, and a vacuum line connecting the booster to the aspirator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363104

Methods and systems for dual fuel injection

Methods and systems are provided for reducing fueling errors resulting from pressure pulsations in a port injection fuel rail. The pressure pulsations result from pressure pulsations generated in a high pressure fuel pump delivering fuel to both the port injection fuel rail and a direct injection fuel rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363096

Engine assembly

An engine cylinder head is provided. The engine cylinder head includes a portion of a first combustion chamber, an upper coolant core and a lower coolant core directing heat from the first combustion chamber and including a first coolant passage and a second coolant passage, the first coolant passage and the second coolant passage laying along a lateral axis, at least a portion of the first coolant passage separated from the second coolant passage via first and second walls.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363093

Engine exhaust valve shield

An internal combustion engine has a cylinder head defining an exhaust valve guide bore with a side wall and an end wall, and an exhaust valve stem passage extending between an exhaust port and the end wall of the bore. A diameter of the passage is less than a diameter of the bore. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363091

Methods and system mitigating direct injection degradation

Methods and systems for simultaneously operating port fuel injectors and direct fuel injectors of an internal combustion engine are described. In one example, operation of a port fuel injector is deactivated in response to an indication of reduced performance of a direct fuel injector so that degradation of the direct fuel injector may be reduced.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363090

Methods and system for reducing particulate matter produced by an engine

Methods and systems for simultaneously operating port fuel injectors and direct fuel injectors of an internal combustion engine are described. In one example, port fuel injection timing is adjusted to reduce particulate matter formation in the engine so that particulate filter loading may be reduced until a time when the particulate filter may be purged.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363089

Methods and system for improving fuel delivery amount accuracy

Methods and systems for simultaneously operating port fuel injectors and direct fuel injectors of an internal combustion engine are described. In one example, a duration of a port fuel injection window is increased to improve engine performance and a direct fuel injector fuel pulse width is dynamically adjusted to improve accuracy of an amount of fuel delivered during a cylinder cycle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363088

Methods and system for transitioning between fuel injection windows

Methods and systems for simultaneously operating port fuel injectors and direct fuel injectors of an internal combustion engine are described. In one example, different duration port fuel injection windows are provided to maximize fuel injection amount and improve accuracy of an amount of fuel injected during a cylinder cycle via port and direct fuel injectors.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363087

Methods and system for improving accuracy of injecting smaller amounts of fuel to an engine

Methods and systems for simultaneously operating port fuel injectors and direct fuel injectors of an internal combustion engine are described. In one example, a port fuel injection window is shorted to provide time for scheduling a direct fuel injector pulse width so that the direct fuel injector pulse width may be adjusted so that a desired amount of fuel enters a cylinder.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363072

Methods and systems for stopping an engine

Systems and methods for improving operation of a stop/start vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine throttle position is adjusted in response to whether or not a starter engages a flywheel during engine stopping. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363066

Methods and system mitigating port injection degradation

Methods and systems for simultaneously operating port fuel injectors and direct fuel injectors of an internal combustion engine are described. In one example, operation of all of an engine's port fuel injectors may be adjusted in response to degradation of a sole port fuel injector so that an engine may operate as desired with a plurality of direct fuel injectors.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363046

Method for monitoring a traction mechanism drive of an internal combustion engine, and internal combustion engine for carrying out a method of this type

Systems and methods are provided for determining the length of a traction mechanism that is part of a traction drive of an engine. In one example, a method includes determining a position of a movable tensioning device relative to a traction mechanism drive using measuring technology, determining an actual length las′ of a traction mechanism computationally using the position of the tensioning device, determining a length change Δl with respect to a predefinable setpoint length las computationally using the computationally determined actual length las′, and adjusting one or more operating parameters based on the length change.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363039

Integrated cooling air shroud assembly

An integrated air shroud assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. That air shroud assembly includes a body having a radiator opening, a charge air cooler opening and a cooling fan opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363030

Systems and methods for running a nox self-diagnostic test

Methods and systems are provided for detecting nox sensor degradation based on results from a nox sensor self-diagnostic (sd) test. In one example, a method may comprise: determining that a nitrogen oxide (nox) sensor is degraded if outputs received from the sensor via a can bus during a self-diagnostic test are outside a threshold range. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363023

Method and system for vacuum control

Methods and systems are provided for controlling and coordinating control of a post-catalyst exhaust throttle and an egr valve to expedite catalyst heating. By closing both valves during an engine cold start, an elevated exhaust backpressure and increased heat rejection at an egr cooler can be synergistically used to warm each of an engine and an exhaust catalyst. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363019

System and methods for reducing particulate matter emissions

A method for a vehicle comprises responsive to installation of a new exhaust particulate filter, doping fuel with an ash-producing additive, and combusting the doped fuel to produce ash, wherein the ash deposits as an ash coating on the new exhaust particulate filter. In this way, a filtration efficiency of an exhaust particulate filter can be increased quickly as compared to a filter with no deposited ash coating, inexpensively as compared to conventional methods using membranes, and with a lower back pressure drop as compared to conventional methods.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160363012

Hydraulic circuit for valve deactivation

Methods and systems are provided for deactivating a valve actuation mechanism. In one example, a system may include a hydraulic gallery that may deliver a restricted flow of hydraulic fluid from a hydraulic flow restrictor to a pressure relief valve within a valve deactivation oil control valve, and during a second condition may deliver an unrestricted flow of hydraulic fluid from the valve deactivation oil control valve to the hydraulic flow restrictor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160362138

Carbon fiber reinforced polymer assembly

An impact absorbing assembly comprises a cfrp part including a first portion and a second portion that are connected by a metal bending hinge connector. The metal bending hinge connector bends in response to an impact force being applied to the assembly to inhibit the cfrp part from cracking the metal bending hinge connector may be a tubular member that defines an opening extending from a first end to a second end of the tubular member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160362135

Trailer length estimation method using trailer yaw rate signal

A backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer includes a trailer sensor module generating a trailer yaw rate and a vehicle sensor system generating a vehicle yaw rate and a vehicle speed. The system further includes a controller determining an estimated length of the trailer based on an estimated hitch angle, the vehicle yaw rate, the vehicle speed, and the trailer yaw rate in view of a kinematic relationship.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160362104

Collision mitigation and avoidance

An intersection of a host vehicle and a target vehicle is identified. Data relating to the target vehicle are collected. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160362095

By-wire fallback braking mode for brake-by-wire systems in vehicles

A vehicle includes a brake-by-wire system that delivers a certain amount of brake fluid pressure to wheel brakes depending upon the position of a brake pedal. A brake-by-wire fallback or backup mode of operation is also provided. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160362094

Method for operating a vehicle brake system

A method for controlling a brake system of a motor vehicle wherein a central generation of brake-fluid pressure takes place electrically and essentially mechanically decoupled from the movement of a brake-actuating element. The brake pressure of individual wheels can be selectively modified depending on driving-dynamics parameters by activating hydraulic check-valve and drain-valve elements. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160362084

Autonomous vehicle theft prevention

A destination request may specify a destination location for an autonomous vehicle identified by a vehicle identifier. The request may be for uniqueness of a timestamp of the destination request. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160362083

Soft close safety belt tongue/latch plate stowage compartment

A vehicle safety belt webbing and tongue/latch plate stowage assembly includes a safety belt webbing retractor disposed in a compartment and a pocket disposed adjacent to the compartment and configured for receiving the safety belt tongue/latch plate therein. The pocket is defined by at least a divider and a door configured for translation between an open configuration and a closed configuration. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160362072

Cover assembly to detachably contact an interior trim and interior trim assembly employing the same

The present invention, in one or more embodiments, provides a cover assembly to detachably contact an interior trim. The cover assembly includes a cover, having along a longitudinal direction, head and tail portions and a middle portion positioned there-between. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160362068

Magnetic parts holder and motor vehicle tailgate assembly incorporating same

A motor vehicle tailgate assembly is provided. That tailgate assembly includes a tailgate body and a magnetic element inside the tailgate body forming a magnetic parts holder on an outer surface of the tailgate body.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160362049

Automated defrost and defog performance test system and method

A system for evaluating performance of a vehicle window defrosting apparatus includes at least one computing device having at least a processor and a memory, and one or more imagers configured for obtaining images of one or more windows of a vehicle. The processor is configured to execute instructions for analyzing the images to determine a defrosted portion of the one or more windows at predetermined time intervals, including controlling illumination to optimize the system's ability to distinguish cleared window areas. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160362031

Cup holder assemblies

A cup holder assembly includes a pair of planar bodies each defining a rim, and a pair of fabric pouches that are each attached to one of the rims. The planar bodies are pivotably attached to each other and are configured such that, in a folded position, the rims are stacked and the fabric pouches are nested within each other, and in a deployed position, the rims and fabric pouches are side-by-side.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160362017

Method and apparatus for identifying battery pack types

A method, apparatus, and system are disclosed for analyzing a vehicle battery system of a hybrid or electric vehicle that includes a battery pack and a battery controller. More specifically, a battery controller is disclosed for determining battery identification information of the battery pack based on a configuration of active and non-active pins in a connection module between the battery pack and the battery controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160362013

Dynamic grid loading using plug-in electrified vehicles

A vehicle includes a traction battery configured to be coupled to a power network that is controlled by a grid management system. The vehicle further includes a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160361991

Underbody air and thermal management system for a motor vehicle

An underbody air and thermal management system is provided for a motor vehicle. That system includes an aero shield having a louver system selectively displaceable between an open position and a closed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160361990

Traction battery cooling system

A vehicle includes a traction battery and a cooling system. The cooling system has a chiller, a radiator, and conduit and valving arranged to form a thermal circuit configured to selectively transport heat via coolant from the traction battery to the radiator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160361975

Controlling hvac compressor speed in a vehicle

A heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (hvac) system in a hybrid or battery-electric vehicle is provided. The hvac system includes a compressor that has its own dedicated motor to control its speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160361974

Electric vehicle heating distribution system and method

A heating system for an electric vehicle includes a heat pump subsystem, an electric heater subsystem, and a controller. The heating system further includes one or more sensors for determining an ambient temperature value and a heat pump operational efficiency metric value and for providing those values to the controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160361973

Method and apparatus for avoiding windowpane misting in a vehicle

An apparatus for avoiding windowpane misting in a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, by activating an anti-misting mode on the basis of measured values of the air humidity and air temperature in the interior of the vehicle and the outside temperature in the environment of the vehicle, a dew or frost point being determined from the measured values. The determination of the dew or frost point is based on variables which are the measured values of the air humidity and the air temperature plus their respective tolerances.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160361966

Thermal transmission structure for creating heat generated graphics on external vehicle panels

A vehicle includes a body panel coupled to a vehicle frame and having an outer surface and an inner surface, a thermal structure disposed proximate the inner surface of the body panel, wherein the thermal structure includes at least one of a heat-emitting portion and a heat-absorbing portion, wherein the thermal structure is in communication with the outer surface of the body panel to define an ambient temperature portion and a differential temperature portion, and wherein the differential portion is in communication with the thermal structure and cooperates with the thermal structure to generate a predetermined pattern. A controller having at least one of a humidity sensor and a temperature sensor is in communication with the outer surface of the body panel, wherein the controller operates the thermal structure according to data delivered to the controller from at least one of the humidity and temperature sensors.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160361963

Motor vehicle wheel suspension

A wheel suspension for a motor vehicle wheel for damping nvh effects, wherein the nvh effects are transmitted from an automatic transmission to the driven wheel via the drive train at idle. The nvh effects can potentially be transmitted from the wheel to the vehicle structure via the wheel suspension. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/15/16 / #20160361948

Center cap for a motor vehicle wheel including internal release lever

A center cap is provided for a motor vehicle wheel. The center cap comprises a body having a front side and a rear side. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160360027

Method and apparatus for vehicle to mobile phone communication

A system includes a processor configured to receive a vehicle event and determine a wireless device present connection state relative to a vehicle infotainment system. The processor is further configured to communicate with a remote server through a vehicle modem, including transmission of the wireless device present connection state, based on the occurrence of the vehicle event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160360023

Method and apparatus for vehicle to mobile phone communication

A system includes a processor configured to receive a vehicle event and determine a wireless device present connection state relative to a vehicle infotainment system. The processor is further configured to communicate with a remote server through a vehicle modem, including transmission of the wireless device present connection state, based on the occurrence of the vehicle event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160359208

Traction batery thermal management method and system

An exemplary method includes circulating a fluid through a heat exchanger and a battery pack when the battery pack requires cooling, and circulating the fluid through an exhaust gas heat recovery device and the battery pack when the battery pack requires heating. An exemplary system includes a battery pack, a heat exchanger, an exhaust gas heat recovery device, and a fluid valve moveable to a cooling position that permits a fluid to circulate between the heat exchanger and the battery pack and a heating position that permits the fluid to circulate between the exhaust gas heat recovery device and the battery pack.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160358474

Parking assist method and system

A method for determining if a vehicle will fit into a parking space with one or more doors of the vehicle open begins with capturing an image of the space. A simulated three-dimensional representation of the space is created from the image, the dimensions of the space are determined using the three-dimensional representation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160358472

Method and apparatus for charging station monitoring

A system includes a processor configured to receive indication that a chargeable vehicle is within proximity to a known charging point. The processor is also configured to determine if the charging point is available for immediate use. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160358395

Shielded communications system

A system includes a vehicle receiver and a fob. The fob includes a shield which defines a shield cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160358392

Method and apparatus for remote vehicle keypad enablement and disablement

A system includes a processor configured to determine that a number of invalid attempts to input a code into a vehicle door keypad has passed a predetermined threshold. The processor is also configured to notify a registered user through a vehicle telematics system of the invalid attempts and selectively ignore future attempts to input the code.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160358031

Method and apparatus for crowdsourced vehicle identification

A system includes a processor configured to obtain an image of a vehicle plate. The processor is also configured to determine identification characters present in the image. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160356668

Method and system for detecting fluid leak via a strain gauge

Methods and systems are provided for determining a fluid leakage of a vehicle component. In one example, a method may include measuring a strain of an underbody cover in order to determine the fluid leakage.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160356377

Electro-mechanical one-way-clutch and method of operation

A transmission utilizes an electro-magnetically actuated selectable one-way-clutch. The one-way-clutch prevents rotation of a transmission member in both directions when a current exceeds a threshold and permits rotation in only one direction otherwise. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160356248

Aspirator for internal combustion engine having integrated flow bypass and check valve

An aspirator for a brake system is provided having integrated functions of a flow bypass and a check valve for automotive applications to achieve various suction flow openings in response to different engine operating condition to enhance brake boost performance. The brake system includes a brake vacuum booster, an engine having an intake manifold, an aspirator having a movable total flow divergence nozzle, the aspirator being connected to the manifold, and a vacuum line connecting the booster to the aspirator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160356247

Systems and methods for canister filter diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing a filter integrated within a fuel vapor canister. In one example, a method may include diagnosing restriction of a canister filter based on a duration to reduce a pressure in an evaporative emissions control system including the canister to a reference pressure, and further based on an initial pressure difference across the canister when a canister purge valve is opened when the evaporative emissions control system is at the reference pressure.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160356237

Method and system for fuel system control

Methods and systems are provided for increasing a lift pump voltage to a high threshold voltage responsive to a di pump efficiency being below a threshold efficiency, and increasing a lift pump voltage to a first threshold voltage less than the high threshold voltage responsive to a main jet pump fuel reservoir level being less than a first threshold reservoir level. The approach increases fuel jet pump performance and thereby reducing engine stalls induced by fuel vaporization, while maintaining di pump efficiency and fuel economy.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160356236

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

12/08/16 / #20160356228

Method and system for engine cold-start control

Methods and systems are provided for improving engine start roughness. In one example, a method for reducing engine start nvh includes operating the engine with a split fuel injection while advancing injection timing as engine coolant temperature increases. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160356211

Systems and methods for engine air-path reversion management

Methods and systems are provided for injecting air from a compressed air source into an intake port of a miller cycle engine. In one example, a method may comprise positioning an intake valve, coupled to a cylinder of a four-cycle internal combustion engine, in an open position during a portion of an intake stroke through a portion of a compression stroke of a piston reciprocating within said cylinder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160356190

Internal charge air feed from rocker cover integrated intake runners

A high pressure charge air feed arrangement for an internal combustion engine is provided. The arrangement includes an intake having a high pressure output, a rocker cover having an intake runner defining a high pressure charge flow path, and a gas and oil separator having a flow accelerator with input and output sides. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160356185

Arrangement for reducing torsional loading of a camshaft

An engine comprising a camshaft, the engine coupleable to an auxiliary device driven from the camshaft, the camshaft comprising: a plurality of valve cams each configured to actuate a respective intake valve or exhaust valve of the engine, an angular orientation of the valve cams about the rotational axis of the camshaft defined by the operational requirements of the valves; and an auxiliary device cam configured to actuate a drive element of the auxiliary device via one or more cam lobes, the auxiliary device cam having an angular orientation about the rotational axis of the camshaft, and the drive element having an angular orientation about the rotational axis of the camshaft, wherein the angular orientation of the drive element of the auxiliary device is selected respective to the angular orientation of the valve cams such that each actuation event of the auxiliary device occurs between two successive valve actuation events.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160356071

Hinged vehicle door operating mechanism having multiple slides for increasing torque during operation

A vehicle door assembly includes a vehicle door having a door cavity defined between outer and inner panels. The door is rotationally operable about a door hinge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160355976

Method of splitting fiber tows

A fiber tow and methods for separating a fiber tow are disclosed. The fiber tow may include adjacent filaments and a polymer coating covering at least a portion of the adjacent filaments. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160355390

Fuel vapor blocking valve control

Methods and systems for controlling and reducing current consumption of a vapor blocking valve are disclosed. In one example, current supplied to the vapor blocking valve is adjusted proportionately to fuel tank pressure to compensate for fuel tank pressure acting on the vapor blocking valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160355193

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

12/08/16 / #20160355191

Controlling access to an in-vehicle human-machine interface

An in-vehicle computer is programmed to determine that a driver's hands are at least one predetermined location in the vehicle, the at least one predetermine location including a location on a steering wheel, determine that a vehicle passenger is in a safe position with respect to a human-machine interface; and provide passenger access to the human-machine interface such that the passenger may access operations of the computer that are inaccessible to the driver.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160355182

System and method for controlling vehicle components based on camera-obtained image information

Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide systems and methods for provide monitoring a vehicle's surroundings, predicting when a navigation route will pass through a closed road, preemptively modifying the navigation route to avoid the closed road, identifying changes in speed limit, and identifying dangerous debris in the roadway. One embodiment of the camera-based vehicle control system includes a camera configured to obtain image information and a processor configured to: analyze the image information; if a reroute condition is satisfied based on the image information, implement an alternate navigation route; if a threat condition is satisfied based on the image information, cause an output device to output a threat alert; and if a speed condition is satisfied based on the image information, modify a vehicle speed setting.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160355149

Vehicle cord connection assembly and interior trim assembly

A cord connection assembly of a vehicle includes a wall, a door movable to and defining a space from the wall, and a receptacle received within the space and to detachably connect a plug with a cord. At least one of the wall and the door include a through-aperture to receive the cord such that first and second parts of the cord are positioned respectively inside and outside of the space when the plug is connected to the receptacle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160355127

Vehicle and vehicle door clearance notification system

A vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes a door and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160355124

Molded electroluminescent automotive interior components

An electroluminescent interior trim component for a vehicle includes a shaped electroluminescent polymer film and an interior trim component molded to the shaped film. A controller causes the electroluminescent film to emit a predetermined sequence of light colors and/or light intensities. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160355116

Cup holder retention feature

A cup holder assembly includes a door configured for translation between an open and a closed configuration, at least one receiver sidewall, and at least one first cup holder surface provided by a bottom surface of the door and configured to upwardly extend at least a portion of the receiver sidewall when the door is disposed in an open configuration. A retention system for a container is provided, including at least one container biasing member and at least one container supporting member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160355114

Vehicle seating assembly with manual independent thigh supports

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat base. First and second independent thigh supports are pivotally coupled to the seat base. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160355071

Air extraction system and method for a motor vehicle

An air extraction system is provided for a motor vehicle. That air extraction system includes a trim air discharge outlet, an extractor and an extractor duct extending between the trim air discharge outlet and the extractor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/08/16 / #20160353707

Pet transport

A deployable pet carrier assembly for a vehicle includes a sliding rail guide system configured to attach the pet carrier to a vehicle seat back and collapsible front, rear, and side walls defining a box structure when deployed. An actuator is provided, configured to retain or release the pet carrier walls for transitioning the pet carrier between a collapsed configuration and a deployed configuration. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160352120

Electric vehicle high-voltage system alert

. . A vehicle includes a traction battery, an auxiliary battery, a voltage converter selectively coupled with the traction battery and coupled with the auxiliary battery, an indicator, and a controller. The controller may be programmed to activate the indicator to indicate presence of a voltage on a high-voltage bus indicative of a current from the traction battery to the auxiliary battery during an ignition-off period in response to detecting an auxiliary voltage on a low-voltage bus less than a minimum voltage and a voltage on the high-voltage bus greater than a predetermined threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160351981

Cooling modes to manage a high voltage battery for a vehicle

A vehicle climate control system includes a cooling system including a chiller, a coolant circuit, a refrigerant circuit, a pump, and a compressor. The coolant circuit bypasses the chiller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160351863

Battery structure having an absorbent lining impregnated with a base for containment and neutralization of acid

A battery system of a vehicle includes a battery, a battery tray configured to support the battery, and a battery pouch. The pouch has a plurality of side walls and a bottom defining a space sized to accommodate the battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160351207

Discreet emergency response

A vehicle system includes a microphone programmed to capture sounds in a passenger compartment of a vehicle and output a sound signal. A speech analyzer analyzes the sound signal for distressed speech and for action words. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160350939

Non-functioning headlight warning

A vehicle system includes a processing device programmed to identify a first zone and a second zone in an image of an area ahead of a vehicle. The processing device compares a first brightness associated with the first zone to a second brightness associated with the second zone to determine a brightness difference. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160348869

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

12/01/16 / #20160348741

Electro-magnetic and centrifugal clutch

A clutch includes a first race, a second race, a pawl, a post, and a shoe. The second race defines a cam surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160348698

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

12/01/16 / #20160348627

Direct injection fuel pump

Methods and systems are provided for a direct injection fuel pump. The methods and system control pressure within a compression chamber so as to improve fuel pump lubrication.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160348614

System and methods for mechanical vacuum pump exhaust

A system for an engine is provided, the system comprising a vacuum pump at least partially deposed within an engine crankcase, and a fuel vapor canister coupled to an exhaust conduit of the vacuum pump via a one-way valve. By coupling the vacuum pump exhaust to the fuel vapor canister, unmetered fuel vapor flow to the engine intake may be reduced, thus decreasing engine stall events. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160348600

System and method for determining exhaust temperature

Methods and systems for estimating engine exhaust gas temperature and adjusting engine operation based on the engine exhaust gas temperature are disclosed. In one example, an offset value for a resistive heating element of an oxygen sensor is determined so that the resistive heating element may be a basis for providing accurate engine exhaust gas temperatures.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160348598

Methods and systems for an exhaust gas recirculation system

Methods and systems are provided for an exhaust gas recirculation valve. In one example, a system may include a valve being cleaned following a delay subsequent an engine shut-down.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160348568

Internal combustion engine and coolant pump

An engine cylinder block forms a cooling jacket adjacent to a cylinder and that intersects a deck face adapted to mate with a cylinder head. The cooling jacket has an inlet passage intersecting a mounting face adapted to mate with a coolant pump housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160348562

Exhaust system

Methods and systems are provided for flowing exhaust gas in an exhaust system of an engine. In one example, a method may include flowing exhaust gas through a turbine, from the turbine to at least one aftertreatment device, and then from the at least one aftertreatment device to atmosphere, during a first condition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160348544

Method and system for variable cam timing device

Methods and systems are described for an engine with a cam torque actuated variable cam timing phaser. Phaser positioning control is improved by reducing inaccuracies resulting from inadvertent spool valve and/or phaser movement when the spool valve is commanded between regions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160347452

Automotive drone deployment system

This disclosure generally relates to an automotive drone deployment system that includes at least a vehicle and a deployable drone that is configured to attach and detach from the vehicle. More specifically, the disclosure describes the vehicle and drone remaining in communication with each other to exchange information while the vehicle is being operated in an autonomous driving mode so that the vehicle's performance under the autonomous driving mode is enhanced.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160347390

Selectable fixed and rotational seat frame assembly for a vehicle frame

A seat attachment system for a vehicle frame includes a vehicle frame having a lower seat-bracket receptacle defined within a frame base and an upper seat-bracket receptacle defined within an upper frame member, a seat frame attached to the vehicle frame at the lower and upper seat-bracket receptacles and a lower seat-bracket set comprising a rotation-free lower bracket and a rotational lower bracket, wherein the lower seat bracket receptacle receives one of the rotation-free lower bracket and the rotational lower bracket, wherein when the rotation-free lower bracket is attached to the lower seat-bracket receptacle and the seat frame is coupled with the rotation-free lower bracket, the seat frame is free of rotational movement, and wherein when the rotational lower bracket is attached to the lower seat-bracket receptacle and the seat frame is coupled with the rotational lower bracket, the seat frame is capable of rotational movement.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160347365

Method and device for supporting a driving maneuver of a motor vehicle

The invention concerns a method and a device for supporting a driving maneuver of a motor vehicle. With a method according to the invention for supporting a driving maneuver of a motor vehicle, said support is carried out based on the sensor-based detection of the surroundings of the vehicle using at least one ultrasonic sensor, wherein the sensitivity of said at least one ultrasonic sensor is adjusted based on input data characteristic of the current condition of the surface beneath the motor vehicle, not on input data provided by the ultrasonic sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160347308

Selective electric mode for electric vehicle

An exemplary method includes using a controller to automatically operate a vehicle in an electric mode when an actual speed of the vehicle is at or below a set threshold, and to automatically operate the vehicle in a hybrid mode when the actual speed is above the set threshold. The method further including adjusting the set threshold using a selector device such that the set threshold is changed without influencing the actual speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160347282

Keyless handoff control

A vehicle system includes a communication module programmed to receive a handoff mode signal from a remote device. A processing device is programmed to receive the handoff mode signal and enable a vehicle handoff mode in response to receiving the handoff mode signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160347279

Timed independent vehicle secure compartment access

An access system for a vehicle may include a controller. The controller may be configured to respond to receiving an unlock signal indicative of an unlock request by causing a compartment closure to unlock for a predetermined time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160347240

Running board illumination system and method for a motor vehicle

A running board illumination system is provided for a motor vehicle. That system includes a first illumination element having a first color, a second illumination element having a second, different color and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160347224

Thin seat with plastic matrix and thin foam

A vehicle seating assembly includes a support frame partially enclosed by a panel assembly. A carrier is defined by a unitary polymeric matrix. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160347206

Self-adjusting rear seat cushion for comfort and storage

A vehicle seating assembly having a seat including a support frame. A seatback is pivotally coupled with the seat and is adjustable between a passenger support position configured to support the weight of a passenger and a cargo position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160347198

Battery pack thermal management

An exemplary assembly includes a traction battery of an electrified vehicle, and a blend door moveable between a first position that permits a first flow of air to move toward the traction battery and a second position that permits a second flow of air to move toward the traction battery. The first flow includes more air that has moved through an engine compartment than the second flow.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160347169

Methods and systems for a detachable fuel pipe of a vehicle fueling system

Methods and systems are provided for a detachable fuel pipe of a vehicle fuel system. In one example, a method may include, in response to a detected vehicle collision, removing physical and fluidic couplings between the detachable fuel pipe and a fuel tank. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160347162

Motor vehicle frame with cantilevered engine mount bracket

A motor vehicle body structure includes a frame rail and a bracket attached to the rail and adapted for attaching an engine mount. The bracket has a first portion secured to the frame rail beneath the engine mount and at least one cantilever portion projecting at one end beyond the first portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/01/16 / #20160347143

Vehicle active suspension system and method of control

A vehicle active suspension system, a vehicle, and a method of controlling a vehicle active suspension system are provided. The vehicle active suspension system may include a suspension actuator and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160345341

Context-based wireless network link access prioritization system

A vehicle wireless network access system includes a wireless connection switch disposed within a vehicle and configured to, in response to receiving a data transfer request, establish a wireless connection with one of a plurality of network links according to a prioritization of the network links that is based on a speed of the vehicle and an expected path of travel of the vehicle relative to the network links.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160344766

Spoofing detection

A method for preventing spoofing in an automotive network, the method comprising storing at least one address of a first vehicle electronic control unit and detecting at least one message from a plurality of second electronic control units on a vehicle communications bus, the at least one message having an originating address that matches the at least one address of the electronic control unit and determining that said at least one message was sent by a source other than the electronic control unit; and generating and transmitting a negative acknowledgment (nack) message to at least one module on the bus in the automotive network, instructing the plurality of second electronic control units to take no action on the at least one message.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160344386

Proximity sensor assembly having interleaved electrode configuration

A proximity switch assembly and method for detecting activation of a proximity switch assembly is provided. The assembly includes a plurality of proximity switches each having a proximity sensor providing a sense activation field. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160344203

Current balancing device for parallel battery cells in an electrified vehicle

A current equalizer is provided for first and second battery elements connected in parallel to supply a dc link. A first constant resistance carries a first current from the first battery element to the dc link. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160344075

Thermal management system for a vehicle

A vehicle includes a heat pump subsystem configured to circulate refrigerant through a condenser and an evaporator; and a coolant subsystem. The coolant system is configured to circulate coolant through a radiator, a powertrain component, a heater core, and a heat exchanger that is arranged to transfer heat from the refrigerant to the coolant. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160344061

Battery assembly with multi-function structural assembly

A battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a first cell stack including a plurality of battery cells and a structural assembly including a first pocket sized and shaped to receive the first cell stack. The structural assembly is configured to assert a compressive load on the first cell stack and at least partially enclose the first cell stack.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341626

Adaptor for a capless fuel tank filler pipe

Methods and systems are provided for an adaptor for a capless filler pipe of a fuel tank for leak detection testing of a vehicle. In one example, the system may include a threaded hollow shaft having a top end able to receive a nozzle of a leak detection machine, the hollow shaft inserted through a mouth of a filler pipe of a fuel tank, a gasket arranged on the hollow shaft, and an end cylinder having an elastic piece on the hollow shaft configured to create an airtight seal with the fuel mouth. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341567

Custom navigational data based on user recognition

An image of a vehicle user is captured. The image is compared to a corresponding account image in a preset profile. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341387

Apparatus for radiating light from a virtual source

A lighting assembly that includes an led source that generates a light cone (solid angle); and a transparent near field lens having a front surface, a collimating surface, and an aspherical groove. The collimating surface collimates the light cone into a beam that reflects off of the front surface toward the aspherical groove, and the aspherical groove directs the beam away from the lens as an exit cone from a virtual focal point, positive virtual focal ring or a negative virtual focal ring. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341298

Transmission oil filter assembly

A transmission filter assembly utilizes a filter cartridge that slides axially with respect to the filter chamber. In normal operation, a spring pushes the filter cartridge into a position such that fluid flows into the interior of the cartridge, through filter media, and then radially out of the cartridge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341269

Damped brake components and methods of manufacturing the same

A brake component may include a body and at least one sheathed cable positioned within the body. The at least one sheathed cable may include a plurality of wires, each of the plurality of wires having a surface in sliding contact with a surface of at least one adjacent wire of the plurality of wires. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341161

Fuel delivery assembly

A fuel delivery assembly in an engine is provided herein. The fuel delivery assembly includes a surge pot including a housing with an inner wall enclosing fuel during engine operation, a fuel pump submerged within the fuel, the fuel pump including an inlet receiving fuel from the surge pot, and a fuel filter receiving fuel from an outlet of the fuel pump and positioned external to the inner wall.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341156

Modular fuel vapor canister

Methods and systems are provided for a fuel vapor canister with a modular configuration that may include a number of physically and releasably coupled canister modules, each module including a temperature sensor embedded therein and filled with one of a number of adsorbents. The temperature sensors may be utilized in combination with information regarding module position and the adsorbents within each module to indicate whether one or more of the individual canister modules are not functioning as desired, where such indications are determined during either refueling events, or during canister purging events. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341155

Method and system for diagnosing a purge ejector

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing a purge path ejector used for purging fuel vapors from a canister under boosted engine conditions. The response of an exhaust gas sensor is monitored during each of vacuum purging of the canister and a subsequent boost purging of the canister, and compared to stoichiometry, to diagnose the ejector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341148

Composite cylinder block for an engine

A cylinder block for an engine includes a first composite portion having a first surface adjacent to a first recess, a second composite portion having a second surface adjacent to a second recess, and a cylinder liner received by the first and second recesses and positioned between the first and second portions. The first surface is adapted to mate with the second surface along a plane extending through the cylinder liner.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341143

Method and system for supplying fuel to an engine

Methods and systems are presented for adjusting an amount of fuel supplied to an engine via port and direct fuel injectors during transient engine operating conditions where the fuel injection amount is adjusted responsive to the transient engine operating conditions. In one example, a fuel injection amount is adjusted based on a time constant for a filter that is based on a direct fuel injection fuel fraction.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341141

Method for detecting fuel system degradation

Methods and systems are provided for detecting leaks in an engine fuel system coupled in a vehicle including a first fuel tank and a second fuel tank, and a canister coupled together via a three-way valve. A leak test may be initially performed on the first fuel tank by supplying vacuum to the first fuel tank. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341133

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

11/24/16 / #20160341132

Systems and methods for multiple aspirators for a constant pump rate

Methods and systems are provided for a parallel arrangement of at least two valved aspirators, with a high pressure source such as an intake throttle inlet coupled to a motive inlet of the arrangement and a low pressure sink such as an intake throttle outlet coupled to a mixed flow outlet of the arrangement. Intake throttle position and respective valves arranged in series with each aspirator of the arrangement are controlled based on intake manifold pressure and/or a desired engine air flow rate, for example such that a combined motive flow rate through the arrangement increases as intake manifold pressure increases. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341114

Turbocharger system having an air-cooled solenoid valve

A turbocharger system is provided. The turbocharger system includes a turbine positioned downstream of a combustion chamber and a turbine bypass conduit in fluidic communication with a turbine inlet and a turbine outlet. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341103

Bleed valve assembly

Methods and systems are provided for a bleed valve assembly for an engine. In one example, a method (or system) may include a fastener comprising a threaded shank received within a bore of the engine, a bleed bore within the fastener, and a bleed plug including a threaded portion received within the bleed bore of the fastener. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160341091

Emissions reduction system

An exhaust system for a diesel engine is disclosed. The exhaust system may include a diesel oxidation catalyst (doc) configured to receive exhaust gases from the engine and oxidize hydrocarbons in the exhaust gases and a passive nox adsorber (pna) downstream from the doc and configured to store nox from the exhaust gases at temperatures up to 150° c. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160340940

Alternate backup entry for vehicles

A door latch system for doors of motor vehicles includes an input device such as a keypad and a backup electrical power supply to unlock the door latch in the event the primary power supply fails, thereby eliminating the need for a lock cylinder. The door latch system is configured to supply electrical power from the primary electrical power supply to unlock the latch upon receiving a signal from a mobile phone, and to supply electrical power from the backup electrical power supply to unlock the latch if an authorized code is input via the keypad.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160340236

Surface treatment of glass bubbles

A method is provided for treating the outer surfaces of a plurality of glass bubbles. That method includes loading a plurality of glass bubbles into a processing vessel having a roughened lining and displacing the processing vessel so that the plurality of glass bubbles move against the roughened lining to thereby roughen the outer surfaces. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339965

Method of enhancing in-service structural performance of a sheet metal component

A method is provided for enhancing in-service structural performance of a sheet metal component incorporating a discontinuity. The method comprises heat-treating a zone of the sheet metal component a predetermined distance from the discontinuity thereby changing the strength and ductility of the zone and shifting the deformation induced in the sheet metal component by a subsequent deformation event away from the discontinuity to the zone.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339964

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

11/24/16 / #20160339928

Method and system for increasing driver awareness

A system or method of increasing driver awareness in a first vehicle includes establishing a connection, by a vehicle controller of the first vehicle, between the first vehicle and at least one of a second vehicle and a central server, and adjusting an operational frequency of a visual system of the first vehicle in response to determining that the first vehicle may encounter a potential hazard from information provided by the connection.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339920

Systems and methods for improving manual transmission shifting

Systems and methods for improving shifting of a manual transmission coupled to an engine are presented. In one example, a load provided to the engine is increased in response to a transmission gear upshift so that engine speed may be quickly decreased to synchronize with transmission input speed, thereby allowing quicker manual transmission gear shifts.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339916

Systems and methods for smooth driving mode transitions for a motor vehicle

A driving mode system for a motor vehicle includes a controller configured to transition from a first driving mode to a second driving mode by transitioning from the first driving mode to an intermediate driving mode and from the intermediate driving mode to the second driving mode. The controller is further configured to calculate the intermediate driving mode based on values for both the first driving mode and the second driving mode and control the motor vehicle according to the second driving mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339896

Systems and methods for detecting a stuck brake friction component

A system for detecting a stuck brake friction component of a motor vehicle may include a tire pressure monitoring system and a steering wheel angle sensor. The system may also include a controller configured to receive signals from the tire pressure monitoring system and the steering wheel angle sensor and to generate a notification if the signals indicate that one or more of the friction components of the vehicle's braking system is stuck in an engaged position.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339884

Vehicle stability control system and method

A vehicle stability control system comprises a 5-sensor cluster and a stability controller configured to communicate with the 5-sensor cluster and receive signals corresponding to a lateral acceleration, a longitudinal acceleration, a yaw rate, a roll rate, and a pitch rate from the 5-sensor cluster. The stability controller can also be configured to determine a braking amount or a throttle amount to maintain vehicle stability. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339880

Method and device for operating a vehicle which is capable of autonomous driving

The disclosure relates to a method for operating a motor vehicle which is capable of driving either under the control of a human driver who is located on board the motor vehicle or autonomously, at least over certain sections of a route, and which is able to avoid collisions, detect adverse effects on the driver and bring about emergency stops. Accordingly, the motor vehicle has an emergency braking assistant, and if an adverse effect on the driver is detected in the autonomous driving mode, a characteristic curve which is preset for emergency braking operations is changed in such a way that an emergency braking operation is initiated at an earlier point and the braking force is built up more slowly than in the non-autonomous driving mode.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339862

Tunable crash bolster

An apparatus comprises a vehicle door closeout panel. The closeout panel comprises a pelvis bolster having a plurality of load points. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339855

Cable assembly for an electric vehicle that includes floor supported and sub-floor components

A power supply cable including high voltage wires and connectors for a traction motor, charger, upper battery pack and lower battery pack. The power supply cable includes a clamshell shield housing that protects the cable as it is routed over a rear seat pedestal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339852

Method and apparatus for securing a vehicle wiring harness

A vehicle wiring harness retainer assembly and a method of securing a vehicle wiring harness are provided. The vehicle wiring harness retainer assembly may include a fastener head, a first strap, and a second strap. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339846

Integrated cargo cover

A cargo cover assembly for a vehicle seat split seatback includes a plurality of retractors and a flexible panel configured to deploy from and retract into each retractor. At least one support rod is associated with each flexible panel, configured for releasably coupling inboard ends of adjacent aligned support rods to define a substantially transverse flexible panel support rib.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339840

Method and apparatus for assisting a maneuvering procedure of a vehicle

The disclosure relates to a method and an apparatus for assisting a maneuvering procedure of a vehicle. In the course of a method for assisting a maneuvering procedure of a vehicle, image data relating to the environment of the vehicle are registered by using at least one vehicle-specific sensor provided on the vehicle, and on the basis of these image data a visual representation of the environment of the vehicle is transmitted to the driver, said method having the following steps: receiving further image data relating to the environment of the vehicle that were registered by at least one external sensor, linking the image data received from this external sensor with the image data registered by the at least one vehicle-specific sensor, and transmitting a visual representation of the environment of the vehicle to the driver on the basis of the linked image data.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339837

Vehicle system and method for activating hazard lights during battery disconnect events

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, activating hazard lights of an electrified vehicle in response to a high voltage battery disconnect event.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339835

Method for controlling a vehicle headlamp system

A method for operating an electronically-controlled headlamp system of a motor vehicle capable of generating different light distributions, including a high-beam distribution and a low-beam distribution. The roadway region illuminated by the headlamps during the adjustment of the high-beam distribution comprises a high-beam region and a dimmed region, and the border between the high-beam region and the dimmed region is defined by at least one high-beam edge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339779

System and method for increasing regenerative braking in a rear-wheel-drive-based platform with four-wheel-drive capability

A vehicle includes a power source configured to provide drive torque, a front axle, a rear axle, and a transfer case configured to distribute drive torque from the power source between the front axle and the rear axle. The vehicle additionally includes a clutch arranged between the front axle and the transfer case. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339777

Multi-mode powersplit hybrid transmission

A family of hybrid electric transmissions operate in at least three modes based on selective engagement of shift elements. In a low mode, torque in a mechanical power flow path is multiplied for better low speed performance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339764

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

11/24/16 / #20160339760

Cabin and battery cooling control for electrified vehicles

A vehicle includes a battery arrangement, a chiller, a coolant circuit configured to direct coolant through the chiller and battery arrangement, a refrigerant circuit including a compressor, valve, and evaporator, and a controller. The controller is programmed to alter a speed of the compressor and a position of the valve based on a pressure and temperature of refrigerant output from the chiller to alter a temperature of the coolant.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160339757

Suspension system wear extent estimation

The present subject matter relates to a method for estimating extent of wear of a suspension system in a vehicle using a computing device. The baseline operational parameters of the suspension system are received, and motion parameters of vehicle are detected. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160337933

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

11/17/16 / #20160337816

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

11/17/16 / #20160337815

Determining vehicle occupant location

A method includes receiving one or more messages including a first message from a first mobile device. The first mobile device is wearable. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160337814

Determining vehicle occupant location

A method includes receiving, in a vehicle computer, a message from a first user device including data concerning movement of the first user portable device. The computer associates the movement data with one of a left vehicle door opening and a right vehicle door opening.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160335817

Vehicle system communicating with a wearable device

A system includes a user interface and a controller in communication with a transceiver and the user interface. The controller is configured to receive a predefined threshold and alert for a vehicle indication at the user interface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160334547

Method and apparatus for localized vehicle-sourced weather observations

A system includes a processor configured to receive recorded weather-related observation data from a plurality of vehicles in a building locality. The processor is also configured to combine the received weather-related observation data with remote weather data received from a remote source. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160334260

Dipstick assembly and method of forming the same

A dipstick assembly includes a handle and a dipstick contacting and being supported on the handle, where the handle includes a waist portion including a first material and a head portion including a second material, the first material including a thermoplastic elastomer.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160333909

Assembly component incorporating multi-step doghouse

An assembly component is provided that includes a body and a multi-step doghouse. The multi-step doghouse is carried on the body and includes a keyhole opening having multiple pin retaining positions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160333837

Direct injection pump control

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. An example control strategy is provided for operating the direct injection fuel pump when fuel vapor is detected at an inlet of the direct injection fuel pump. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160333827

Auto-ignition internal combustion engine with exhaust-gas turbocharging and exhaust-gas recirculation

Embodiments of an internal combustion engine are provided. In one example, an engine includes at least one cylinder, an intake system for supplying charge air to the at least one cylinder, an exhaust-gas discharge system for discharging exhaust gas from the at least one cylinder, a first exhaust-gas turbocharger including a first turbine arranged in the exhaust-gas discharge system and a first compressor arranged in the intake system; and an exhaust-gas recirculation (egr) system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160333815

Method and system for supplying fuel to an engine

An engine system and method for adjusting pressure of fuel supplied to an engine responsive to compressibility of fuel supplied to the engine is disclosed. In one example, the engine is operated with a fuel pump in an off state to determine compressibility of fuel supplied to the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160333809

Method and system for determining air-fuel ratio imbalance via engine torque

Methods and systems are presented for assessing the presence or absence of engine torque deviation which may indicate air-fuel ratio imbalance between engine cylinders. In one example, the method may include assessing the presence or absence of engine torque variation based on engine torque deviation from a desired engine torque during a deceleration fuel shut-off event.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160333775

Spark-ignited internal combustion engine with electrically drivable exhaust gas turbocharger, and method for operating an internal combustion engine of this type

The disclosure relates to a spark-ignited charged internal combustion engine coupled to an exhaust gas turbocharger with a compressor mounted on a rotatable shaft, the rotatable shaft coupled to a turbine and to an electric auxiliary drive. The electric auxiliary drive of the exhaust gas turbocharger may be activated to increase rotational speed of the rotatable shaft to drive the compressor to supply boost to the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160333774

Twin scroll turbocharger in a variable displacement engine

Methods and systems are provided for operating an engine with variable displacement engine (vde) operation coupled to a twin scroll turbocharger. One method comprises directing exhaust from a first outer cylinder and a first inner cylinder of four cylinders to a first scroll of the twin scroll turbocharger, directing exhaust from a second outer cylinder and a second inner cylinder of the four cylinders to a second scroll of the twin scroll turbocharger, and during a first condition, firing all four cylinders with uneven firing.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160333627

Ice breaking strategy for vehicle side windows

Described herein is a vehicle side window system and method for implementing an ice breaking strategy. The ice breaking strategy receives and analyzes sensor information from one or more environmental sensors to determine when to preemptively implement an ice breaking routine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332679

Tonneau cover with integrated storage compartment

A tonneau cover is provided for a pick-up truck. The tonneau cover includes a cover element of sufficient expanse to span a cargo box of the pick-up truck, a storage compartment depending from an underside of the cover element and an access opening in the cover element in communication with the storage compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332672

Underbody structure for absorbing energy to improve roof structure integrity during side impact

A vehicle body assembly including a frame with an outrigger secured to the frame below a passenger compartment. The passenger compartment includes a plurality of pillars supporting a roof, a first rocker assembly and a second rocker assembly disposed on opposite sides of the passenger compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332670

Chassis assembly including connector breaking feature

A chassis assembly of a vehicle includes an underbody and a subframe. A connector extends along an axis and connects the subframe and the underbody. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332635

Hand-on steering wheel detection

Data representing movement of a portable device is received. A vibrational torque signal within that data corresponding to the vibration of a steering wheel is identified. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332620

Method for detecting leaks in an intake manifold

Methods and systems are provided for detecting leaks in an intake manifold of an engine. In one example, a method may include closing all intake valves of all cylinders of the engine during an engine shut down responsive to vacuum in the intake manifold reaching a pre-determined vacuum level. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332617

Methods and systems for selectively adapting engine air flow

Systems and methods for adjusting an engine air flow transfer function and engine actuators based on the engine air flow transfer function are presented. The system and method may be applied to hybrid powertrains having a capability to estimate engine torque based on operating characteristics of a motor during vehicle operation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332616

Battery state of charge control with preview information classification

In a vehicle, a controller divides a route into route segments. The controller operates a traction battery over the route segments to achieve a target state of charge upon completion of one of the route segments. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332607

Method for operating a vehicle brake system

A method for operating a hydraulic motor vehicle brake system with an anti-lock brake system having a plurality of brake cylinders associated with the wheels to be braked. A central pressure generating device generates a hydraulic brake pressure, wherein the hydraulic brake pressure is distributed to the brake cylinders and may be selectively modified for individual brake cylinders or a group of brake cylinders. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332593

Grab handle bracket

An a-pillar grab handle attachment bracket configured to connect a grab handle to an a-pillar structure of a motor vehicle is disclosed. The bracket comprises a first flange, a second flange, and a body portion connecting the first and second flanges. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332589

Wearable data management during an incident

A computer is programmed to receive data from one or more vehicle sensors. The computer identifies an incident based on the data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332579

Multi-function/position cover system for a vehicle cargo area

A vehicle having first and second seat rows supported by a floor and a lift gate for accessing a cargo area partially defined by the second seat row, the floor, and the lift gate includes first and second flexible covers positioned within at least one cassette in a retracted position. The at least one cassette is positioned adjacent a floor of the vehicle behind the second seat row. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332573

Parking assist overlay

A vehicle system includes a camera and a display device. The camera is configured to capture an image and the display device is programmed to display the image. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332572

Imaging system for locating a moving object in relation to another object

Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles include a rechargeable traction battery. An automated vehicle charging system is configured to charge the traction battery with minimal operator intervention. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332544

Blow molded vehicle parts with foam layer and hollow core

An armrest for a captain's chair of a vehicle includes an outer layer and an inner layer including a foaming agent and defining a hollow core. At least one of the inner layer and the outer layer may include a reinforcing material and/or may be varied in thickness along its length. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332538

Rear passenger ingress/egress and methods

A seat repositioning system for improving rear passenger ease of entry/exit to and from vehicle includes at least a seat position controller and associated logic for controlling movement of a front seat of the vehicle. The position controller is configured to cause at least a portion of a displaceable front seat of the vehicle to move forwardly when the system is enabled. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332537

Bushing assembly and vehicle seat assembly employing the same

The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a bushing assembly to support a seat frame, where the bushing assembly includes first and second bushings connected to first and opposing second sides of the seat frame. The first and second bushings are comprised of first and second polymeric materials and include first and second support portions with first and second longitudinal lengths along a longitudinal direction, respectively, wherein the first longitudinal length differs than the second longitudinal length.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332533

Maintaining a vehicle battery

A method is provided for determining a lower voltage set-point, an upper voltage set-point, a temperature-dependent upper current set-point, a time limit value, and a lower current hysteresis threshold set-point based on a measured temperature of a battery. A charge current from a battery charging circuit is provided. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332520

Hybrid vehicle and method of heating engine coolant

A vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes an engine, an electric machine, an electric heater, and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332504

System and method for de-icing a heat pump

Methods and system for providing de-icing a heat pump heat exchanger and heating a vehicle passenger cabin are presented. In one example, a heat pump that experiences icing of exterior heat exchanger fins may be operated in a cooling mode where a passenger cabin heat exchanger operates as an evaporator to improve de-icing of the exterior heat exchanger fins.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160332502

Hvac control for vehicles with start/stop engines

A vehicle hvac system is described that comprises a front control interface, a rear control interface, and a climate controller. The front control interface may be manipulated by the driver in the front seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160330292

Method and apparatus for module remote request handling

A system includes a processor configured to receive a request from a vehicle module and identify a receiving entity for the request. The processor is further configured to send the request to the identified entity and to receive a response from the identified entity and forward the received response to the vehicle module.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160329594

Solid state battery

A solid state battery including an extruded, interconnected network of a first electrochemically active material forming a plurality of channels; an electrolyte coated onto surfaces of each of the plurality of channels and forming a plurality of coated channels; and a second electrochemically active material situated within each coated channel.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160328745

Method and apparatus for routing including advertiser waypoints

A system includes a processor configured to receive a destination and advertiser selection criteria. Further, the processor is configured to determine an advertiser route, including an advertiser location, alternative to a fastest or shortest route, based on the advertiser selection criteria. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160328173

Scalable and flexible operating system platform

A computer includes at least one bootloader program that includes instructions to instantiate a management layer that includes a first operating system kernel and a virtual machine manager that executes in the context of the operating system kernel. The management layer includes instructions to instantiate, after the management layer is running, at least one second operating system that executed in the context of the virtual machine manager.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160327119

Pendulum crank bumper

A bumper for a pendulum that cannot inadvertently become loose is disclosed. The pendulum has at least one and preferably a pair of spaced apart, elongated bumpers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160327058

Hinge interface for two-piece fan shroud

A cooling fan shroud for an internal combustion engine has a fan port including a fixed cylindrical segment and a movable cylindrical segment mounted by a hinge. A pivot plate on the movable cylindrical segment is compressed with a base plate on a shroud main body so that a loading rib on one plate provides a frictional resistance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160327006

Heating element operation and engine start-stop availability

A vehicle includes a rear visibility component having a heating element. The vehicle further includes an engine and at least one controller programmed to auto-start and auto-stop the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160326996

Method and system for vacuum generation using a throttle comprising a hollow passage

Various systems and methods are described for generating vacuum within an engine intake. A system may comprise an intake throttle including a throttle plate, where the throttle plate may comprise a hollow interior passage, which in turn may be coupled to a vacuum consumption device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160326995

Inlet manifold with water-transporting straws

An inlet manifold includes a plenum including a plenum floor and a plenum cover positioned next to the plenum floor, and at least one straw supported on and extending from the plenum floor toward the plenum cover to transport water.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160326990

Increasing crankcase ventilation flow rate via active flow control

Methods and systems are provided for coordinating throttle bypass flows from brake booster vacuum reservoir, a fuel vapor purge system, and a crankcase ventilation system via active, electrical control of a crankcase ventilation valve. In one example, a method may include actively opening the crankcase ventilation valve to allow crankcase ventilation flow into the engine during conditions in which doing so will not result in engine air flow rate and/or engine fuel flow rate exceeding desired rates. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160326938

Exhaust flow device

Methods and systems are provided for a mixer. In one example, a system may include a mixer with three separate portions, each portion comprising a plurality of misaligned perforations.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160326782

Access handle system for a motor vehicle

An access handle system for a motor vehicle incorporates a handle carried on the motor vehicle adjacent the tailgate closure. The handle is displaceable between a storage position and a deployed position about an axis a and adjustable between at least a first position and a second position by translation along the axis a.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160326779

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

11/10/16 / #20160325779

Hands-off steering wheel governed by pedestrian detection

A vehicle may be steered without a driver's hands being on a vehicle steering control mechanism. A presence of an object within a predetermined distance of the vehicle may be detected using data from at least one object detection sensor that provides data to at least one of a passive safety system, a lane control system, a speed control system, and a brake control system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160325737

Opportunistic charging of hybrid vehicle battery

A control system for a modular hybrid electric vehicle operates an internal combustion engine at a torque level above the driver demanded torque improving the engine's efficiency. A traction motor driveably connected to the engine is operated at a torque level such that the combined torque satisfies the driver demand. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160325726

Battery state of charge control using route preview data

A vehicle includes an engine and at least one controller. A first engine cycling command based on route information and a second engine cycling command independent of route information are generated. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160325694

Flexible single piece sliding door

A door assembly for a vehicle interior opening includes a track extending in an imperfect arc and a door supported by the track and slidable therealong through the imperfect arc. The door comprises a single piece, flexible body, having a plurality of crests defining generally planar surfaces extending parallel to each other in a lateral direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160325686

Retractable cargo cover with integral storage compartment

A cargo cover apparatus includes a housing, a cover retracting mechanism held in the housing and a cargo cover. The cargo cover incorporates an integral storage compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160325664

Vehicle pillar transfer aid

A pillar for a vehicle includes a recess provided in a portion thereof for use as a transfer aid when exiting or entering the vehicle. The recess may be provided in a side wall of the pillar. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160325653

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

11/10/16 / #20160325647

Flexible seatback system

A vehicle seat suspension system includes first and second side supports defining a seatback structure. An upper component and a lower component are provided, each including at least two outwardly extending flex members. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160325640

E-bike trailer control

A target speed of an electric bicycle is determined. A first motor controller of the electric bicycle is instructed to adjust a first motor to substantially achieve the target speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160322631

Composition for reducing moisture in a battery electrolyte

In at least one embodiment, a method of scavenging hydrogen in a lithium-ion battery is provided. The method may comprise including an atomic intermetallic material in at least one of a positive electrode or a negative electrode of a lithium-ion battery and reacting hydrogen present inside the lithium-ion battery with the atomic intermetallic material to form a metal hydride. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160321771

Ride-sharing range contours

A ride-sharing server may identify a set of ride-sharing users within a range contour indicative of a threshold of at least one of cost, and time and the number of occupants surrounding a driver route; send a set of ride-sharing options to a driver device, the ride-sharing options indicating the ride-sharing users; send a set of ride-sharing options to a rider device; and receive, from the driver device, a selection of one of the ride-sharing options to pick up one of the ride-sharing users; receive, from the ride device, a selection of one of the ride-sharing options to reserve one of the ride-sharing drivers or cancellation of a selection. A mobile device may receive, from the ride-sharing server, the set of ride-sharing options; display a user interface including the ride-sharing options; receive a selection of one of the ride-sharing options to pick up one of the ride-sharing users; and send the selection to the ride-sharing server.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160321566

Ride-sharing joint rental groups

A ride-sharing server may receive, from a user, a vehicle-rental request including trip characteristics specifying an origin location, a destination location, and time constraints; identify another user having rental criteria matching that of the vehicle-rental request; send a rent-share request to the user and the other user to rent-share as a joint-rental group; and rent a vehicle to the joint-rental group when the rent-share request is confirmed. A mobile device of a ride-sharing user may send, to a rent-sharing server, a vehicle-rental request including trip characteristics specifying an origin location, a destination location, and time constraints; receive, from the rent-sharing server, a rent-share request to rent-share a vehicle as a joint-rental group including another user having rental criteria matching that of the vehicle-rental request; and responsive to the rent-share request, rent the vehicle as the joint-rental group.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160320285

Method and system for resistive-type particulate matter sensors

Methods and systems are provided for reducing soot sensor electrode degradation in harsh chemical environment introduced as a result of desulfation of a lean nox trap positioned upstream of the soot sensor. In one example, a method may include in response to the sox load being higher than the threshold, prior to initiating desulfation of lnt, operating the soot sensor in a pre-desulfation mode where the negative electrode is connected to the positive electrode for a brief duration, while the positive electrode is disconnected from the positive electrode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160320198

Ride-sharing routing using contextual constraints

A computing device may receive an indication of a change in constraint data, the change altering a vehicle-external factor used to determine at least one of a time, cost, intermediate waypoint, origin, and destination constraint of an upcoming user route; determine an alternate route for the user in accordance with the constraint, as altered; and send an update to a mobile device of the user indicating the alternate route. A mobile device of a user may receive, from the user, a contextual constraint specifying an element of external constraint data to be tested and a value against which the element is to be tested; display, to the user, a route constructed satisfying the contextual constraint based on the external constraint data; and when the external constraint data is changed, display a received message indicating a proposed update to the route.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160320195

Ride-sharing long-term ride-share groups

A ride-sharing server may request users associated with a long-term ride-share group to confirm attendance to an upcoming group route from an origin to a destination; receive confirmation from one of the users confirming attendance to the group route; construct the group route according to the confirmation and current travel conditions; and inform a rental server of use of a vehicle for the group route. A mobile device of a ride-sharing user may receive, from the ride-sharing server, a request to confirm attendance in an upcoming ride-sharing route of a long-term ride-share group; display a user interface identifying the long-term ride-share group and requesting the ride-sharing user to confirm or deny the attendance; and send a response message to the ride-share server responsive to receiving confirmation or denial from the user interface.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160320194

Ride-sharing user path disturbances and user re-routing

A ride-sharing server may receive an indication of a disturbance of one or more paths within a multi-modal transportation system. The server may also identify a ride-sharing user as scheduled to travel, using a rented vehicle, along the one or more paths indicated as being disturbed; determine an alternate route for the ride-sharing user; and send an update to a mobile device of the ride-sharing user indicating the alternate route. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160319902

Flat plane pendulum carrier for a crankshaft pendulum and methods of attachment thereto

A pendulum absorber fixed to the crankshaft of an engine comprises a pendulum and a pendulum carrier attached to the pendulum carrier attachment boss of the crankshaft. The first preferred embodiment provides a crankshaft web having spaced apart part pendulum carrier attachment bosses that define a carrier groove. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160319781

Air cleaner filter assembly for motor vehicles operating in extreme weather conditions

A filter assembly for a motor-vehicle air cleaner may include a main filter, an auxiliary filter set apart from the main filter, and a filter mount fixed to and supporting the main filter and the auxiliary filter. In an example embodiment, the filter mount is fittable in and removable from a housing of the air cleaner, and includes a sealing element passing between the main filter and the auxiliary filter.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160319776

Systems and methods for reducing bleed emissions

A method for a fuel system is provided. A vacuum is applied to a fuel vapor canister side of the fuel system, and hydrocarbon breakthrough is indicated responsive to a fuel vapor canister side pressure inflection point indicative of a decay in fuel vapor canister side vacuum. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160319775

Systems and methods for determining fuel vapor canister capacity

A fuel system is provided, comprising a solenoid valve positioned to regulate flow of fuel vapor between a fuel tank and a fuel vapor canister. The solenoid valve may include an indicator of changes in fuel vapor canister temperature resulting from fuel vapor adsorbing to adsorbent material within the fuel vapor canister and from fuel vapor desorbing from the adsorbent material. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160319758

Methods and systems for efficient engine torque control

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

11/03/16 / #20160319740

Engine cover assembly feature

An engine cover having a feature that macro aligns the engine cover to the engine to quickly orientate the engine cover for correct assembly is provided. The features allow the installer to align the engine cover by touch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160319730

Engine system with intake air-supply turbine and motor-driven compressor

A method for operation of an engine. The method includes during a first operating condition, permitting intake airflow through an intake air-supply turbine positioned upstream of a cylinder to drive a generator, the generator coupled to an energy storage device, and inhibiting intake airflow through a motor-driven compressor arranged in parallel flow arrangement with the intake air-supply turbine, the motor driven compressor coupled to a motor coupled to the energy storage device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160319718

System and methods for purging residual exhaust and uncombusted fuel to an exhaust catalyst

A method for an engine is provided. Following an engine-off event, engine cylinders are sequentially positioned with an intake valve open and an exhaust valve open. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160319706

External oil groove on a hydraulic lash adjuster

Methods and systems are provided for a valve actuating mechanism. In one example, a method includes flowing hydraulic fluid from a first gallery to a second gallery via an external metered hydraulic fluid passage of a hydraulic lash adjuster.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160319417

Thermal spray for corrosion protection

Methods of applying a corrosion protection layer and components protected thereby are disclosed. In one embodiment, a corrosion-resistant assembly is provided including a first metal component joined to a second metal component, a joint interface between the first and second components, and a corrosion protection layer covering at least a portion of the joint interface, the corrosion protection layer including aluminum or zinc. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160318471

Side curtain airbag assembly for a motor vehicle

A side curtain airbag assembly for a motor vehicle has an airbag that includes a pair of deployable outwardly extending tongues. The tongues project are positioned so as to engage an upstanding structural member such as a “b” pillar when they are inflated/deployed so that the “b” pillar is sandwiched between the two tongues. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160318451

Detachable/resizable trunk organizer

A vehicle trunk organizer assembly includes one or more tracks or track receivers associated with a vehicle trunk floor and an organizer unit including one or more tracks or track receivers. The one or more tracks are configured to be slidably received in the one or more track receivers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160318440

Printed led exterior mirror indicators

A warning indicator system for a vehicle includes an indicator for providing visible signals in a portion of a rear vision minor housing. The indicator may be operatively connected to one or both of a proximity sensor system and to a turn signal control system of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160318398

Electrified vehicle connector

An exemplary power splitting assembly for an electrified vehicle includes a connector providing at least a portion of a first path and at least a portion of a second path. The first path is to transmit power between a traction battery and a first component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160318383

Sealing arrangement for a movable window pane

A sealing arrangement for a movable window pane in a vehicle door provides a rain channel. The sealing arrangement including a base body which has a receiving region for an edge region of the window pane including projections which oppose one another in the receiving region and having a first projection which extends from the outer projection of the opposing projections from a connecting point into the receiving region and in the closed state of the window pane bears against an outer face of the window pane. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160318378

Spring-activated extendable sun visor blade

A carrier assembly for a vehicle extendable sun visor includes a track element defining a channel, a compression spring disposed within the channel, and a carrier slidably received within the channel, the carrier including a spring plate detent. A first compression spring end may contact a first track element end and a second, opposed compression spring end may contact the carrier. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160316499

Identification of a broadband connection

A computer in a vehicle communication head unit is configured to operate a communication network. The computer further configured to broadcast a connection type or responds with this information upon request. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160315509

Electric machine for a vehicle

An electric machine for a vehicle includes a rotor and a plurality of laminations stacked to form a stator core. Each of the laminations has teeth extending towards the rotor and defining slots. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160315366

Traction battery assembly

A battery assembly includes a plurality of battery cells arranged in an array. The array has first and second longitudinal sides and a plurality of spacers interleaved with the cells to create an air gap between adjacent cells to allow air circulation between the cells. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160315300

Battery array including integrated lifting features

A battery array according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a plurality of battery cells, a support structure surrounding the plurality of battery cells and a first lifting feature protruding from a first wall of the support structure.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160315298

Traction battery assembly

A traction battery assembly includes first and second arrays each having cells with terminals on a terminal side of the array. The arrays are arranged with the terminal sides facing each other. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160314690

Traffic complexity estimation

A vehicle system includes at least one environmental sensor and a processing device. The environmental sensor is programmed to collect traffic information. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160314629

Gps-enabled on demand vehicle tracking via a mobile software application

An on demand tracking system for a vehicle includes a mobile device configured to establish a connection with the vehicle using a unique identifier, in response to receiving geographic coordinates of the vehicle, to provide to a remote server data defining geographic boundaries encompassing the coordinates without explicitly identifying the coordinates to the remote server to request a map, to display the map, and to delete the coordinates.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160314362

Depth mapping camera for door inside

A vehicle door has a swing radius, a light_field camera, and a controller. The light-field camera is configured to detect the presence of an object within the swing radius of the door. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160313171

Methods and systems for fuel level indicators in a saddle fuel tank

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing fuel level indicators in a saddle fuel tank. In one example, a method may include determining degradation of each of the first and the second fuel level indicators included in a first compartment and a second compartment of a saddle tank based on a correlation between changes in fuel tank pressure during the refueling event and an indication by the fuel level indicators of the first and the second compartment reaching full capacity.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312884

Diagnostics for clutch torque estimation

A transmission for a vehicle includes a plurality of clutches that are individually selectively engaged to establish particular power flow paths. The amount of torque flowing through any clutch can be estimated while the clutch is being engaged, being disengaged, or being held locked. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312878

Axle heat absorber

An axle includes a differential, a cover, and a heat absorber. The differential has a ring gear disposed within a housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312876

Vehicle and insulating device for gearbox

A vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes a power source, at least one wheel, a gearbox. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312853

Damper hub assembly and method of forming the same

In one or more embodiments, a damper hub assembly includes a hub with a through-aperture defined by an aperture wall and to receive therein a portion of a crankshaft, the aperture wall including face and back surfaces and a wall surface positioned there-between, and an insert contacting the face and back surfaces and the wall surface.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312837

Cv joint gasket

A constant velocity joint includes a body, a cup, an annular array of bolts, and an annular gasket. The body has a first planar surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312729

Humidity sensor diagnostics

Embodiments for testing a humidity sensor are provided. One example method comprises indicating degradation of a humidity sensor based on a humidity sensor output and output from an intake gas composition sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312721

Method for regenerating a nox storage catalytic converter

Methods and systems are provided for regenerating a nox storage catalytic converter of a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine comprising selectively switchable cylinders. During permissible engine operating conditions, the switchable cylinders may be deactivated in order to regenerate the nox storage catalytic converter using the rich exhaust from the active cylinders blended with un-combusted gas from the deactivated cylinders.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312718

Methods and systems for vehicle ambient hydrocarbon level monitoring

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a vehicle operation based on an output of a hydrocarbon sensor located in a canister vent line coupling a fuel vapor canister and the atmosphere in order to reduce exhaust and evaporative emissions, and improve fuel economy while providing improved cabin comfort. Specifically, in response to determining an ambient hydrocarbon amount greater than a threshold based on the hydrocarbon sensor output during purging, the purging operation may be terminated, and the canister may be sealed from the atmosphere. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312693

Hoop spring in a pressure reactive piston

Systems and methods are provided for varying a compression ratio in an engine having a pressure reactive piston. The pressure reactive piston may include a piston crown, and a spring positioned within the piston crown, wherein the spring includes a first ring, a second ring comprising a plurality of apertures, a rolling element positioned within each of the plurality of apertures, and a third ring. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312690

Compressor and motor vehicle

A compressor for an internal combustion engine is provided. The compressor includes a compressor shaft having compressor blades attached thereto, positioned in an intake air duct, and rotating about an axis during compressor operation and a magnetic bearing positioned upstream of the compressor blades in the intake air duct, including a ring positioned around the compressor shaft, stator electrics arranged in the ring, and at least two magnets arranged on the compressor shaft configured to exert a magnetic force on the stator electrics to form an air gap between the ring and the compressor shaft.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312689

Exhaust gas passage with aftertreatment system

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting flow of exhaust gas from downstream of an exhaust turbine outlet to an exhaust gas aftertreatment device inlet via a compact turbine outlet cone with adjustable swirl vanes. Exhaust flow reaching the exhaust gas aftertreatment device is adjusted based on a desired exhaust gas temperature and exhaust gas flow rate at the aftertreatment device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312687

Internal combustion engine with two-stage supercharging capability and with exhaust-gas aftertreatment arrangement, and method for operating an internal combustion engine of said type

A supercharged internal combustion engine includes at least two exhaust-gas turbochargers arranged in series, wherein a first exhaust-gas turbocharger serves as a low-pressure stage and a second exhaust-gas turbocharger serves as a high-pressure stage. A second turbine of the second exhaust-gas turbocharger may be present upstream of a first turbine of the first exhaust-gas turbocharger, and a second compressor of the second exhaust-gas turbocharger may be arranged in an intake system downstream of a first compressor of the first exhaust-gas turbocharger and a first bypass line may branch off upstream of the second turbine and join back at a junction point between the first turbine and the second turbine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312686

Crankcase ventilation pressure management for turbocharged engine

A crankcase ventilation system for a turbocharged engine has full bi-directional flow for an idle state and a boosted state. A pcv valve provides air flow from the crankcase to the intake manifold in the idle state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312670

Oil system for a diesel engine and method for operating a diesel engine

An example oil system is provided, including at least one oil chamber forming an oil sump, an oil reservoir, which is arranged separately from the oil chamber, and at least partially arranged at the same geodetic height as the oil chamber, and at least one fluid connection which connects the oil chamber to the oil reservoir. An electric shut-off unit may block the fluid connection of the oil chamber to the oil reservoir in a blocking state and at least partially release the same in a release state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160312517

Vehicle and method of opening and closing a door of the vehicle

A vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes a door that has a swing radius, a light-field camera, and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160311438

Hybrid/electric vehicle motor control during step-ratio transmission engagement

A vehicle includes a step-ratio automatic transmission having clutches engageable to provide forward and reverse gears, an electric machine selectively coupled to the transmission, a main pump powered by the electric machine and supplying oil to actuate selected transmission clutches, a gear selector configured for selecting a transmission gear, and a controller configured to stop the electric machine when the gear selector selects park or neutral, to operate the electric machine in a speed control mode using a higher controller gain in response to the gear selector selecting forward or reverse while the electric machine is stopped until the electric machine and the main pump reach a first speed threshold to reduce engagement delay of at least one of the transmission clutches, and to operate the electric machine using a lower controller gain when the electric machine and the main pump exceed the first speed threshold.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160311433

Method of operating a transmission clutch

A manual transmission is partially automated by utilizing a controller to regulate the torque capacity of the clutch. Under most circumstances, the controller manipulates the clutch according to driver manipulation of a clutch pedal to simulate a non-automated manual transmission. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160311419

Failure tolerant vehicle speed

An autonomous vehicle control sub-system includes first and second brake control modules that are communicatively and electrically connected to one another and a plurality of wheel-speed sensors communicatively connected to the first brake control module. The first module is programmed to receive wheel-speed data from the wheel-speed sensors. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160311405

Vehicle camera cleaning system

A vehicle camera cleaning system includes an air source and a computer processing unit configured to communicate with the air source. The air source is configured to apply an air flow to a lens of a camera. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160311399

Seat belt height adjuster system and method

A system for a vehicle includes a seat belt height adjuster and a sensor configured to determine eye location of a driver of the vehicle. A control module is in communication with the sensor and the seat belt height adjuster. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160311394

Vehicle airbag with active vent

An apparatus includes a main body substantially enclosing an interior volume. The main body is elastically expandable to an inflated configuration. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160311392

Airbag for oblique vehicle impacts

An airbag system for a vehicle includes an inflator and an airbag defining an inflation chamber in communication with the inflator. The airbag includes a first extension and a second extension spaced from each other and each in communication with the inflation chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160311385

Vehicle safety power management

A vehicle system with a processing device programmed to determine an ignition state and determine a vehicle speed and then send a control signal to enable power for at least one vehicle subsystem if the ignition state is off and the vehicle speed is above a predetermined threshold.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160311384

Vehicle safety power management

A vehicle system includes a processing device programmed to determine an ignition state and a vehicle speed. The processing device powers at least one vehicle subsystem if the ignition state is off and the vehicle speed is above a predetermined threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160311369

Battery joint monitoring method and assembly

An exemplary method includes providing an alert in response to an analysis of an array that includes at least a first recorded value and a second recorded value, the first recorded value corresponding to an electrical parameter of a battery joint under a first set of operating conditions, the second recorded value corresponding to the electrical parameter of the battery joint under a second set of operating conditions.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160311367

Seat having ambient lighting

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback. A support frame is partially enclosed by a seatback panel assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160309624

Power module assembly and manifold

A vehicle power module assembly including an array of frames each defining a passthrough and step is provided. The frames may be stacked such that the passthroughs are in at least partial registration with one another and the steps align to define an inlet manifold having first and second chambers extending a length of the array. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160309623

Vehicle power module assemblies and manifolds

A vehicle power module assembly is provided. The vehicle power module assembly may include a multi-level housing defining first and second chambers, an inlet opening into the first chamber, and an outlet opening from the second chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160309622

Power-module assembly

A method of forming a power-module assembly includes arranging power stages in a cavity of a container such that the power stages are spaced apart from walls of the container. The method further includes inserting a core between each of the power stages, and installing a manifold on top of the power stages. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160309617

Electrified vehicle array plate that houses at least one electronic module

An exemplary assembly includes an array plate, and an electronic component held within a cavity of the array plate. An exemplary method includes housing an electronic component within a cavity of an array plate, and holding a battery cell of an array with the array plate.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160309614

Power inverter for a vehicle

A power inverter includes a plurality of power modules stacked in an array. A plurality of coolant chambers are interleaved with the modules. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160308481

Power-module assembly and method

A power inverter includes a plurality of power modules that each have a frame defining a cavity, and a power stage disposed within the cavity. Each of the frames have a pair of engaging surfaces. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160308480

Power-module assembly for a vehicle

A power-module assembly includes a plurality of power modules that each have a power stage with opposing major sides and minor sides surrounded by a frame. The frame extends past the major sides and cooperates with the major sides to define pockets on each side of the power module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160308262

Peristaltic pump for traction battery thermal management system

A battery assembly including an array of battery cells, a conduit system, and an emitter is provided. The conduit system may deliver coolant for thermally communicating with the array and may define a channel with a wall having dielectric or magnetic particles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160308259

Method for operating a battery

This disclosure relates to a method for operating a battery of a motor vehicle, wherein parameters are continuously monitored by means of a system of the motor vehicle, said parameters representing the state of the battery, and at least one risk minimizing strategy that includes measures for changing the battery situation is implemented if an evaluating unit of the system generates an alarm signal on the basis of a parameter that is being monitored.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160308187

Busbar assembly for vehicle traction battery

A vehicle traction battery assembly including a pair of battery cells and a busbar is provided. Each of the battery cells may include a terminal and one or more locating features. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160308179

Traction battery assembly

A traction-battery assembly includes a retention structure having a separator and first and second openings on opposing sides of the separator. The assembly also includes first and second arrays each having cells arranged such that terminals of the cells are on a terminal side of the array. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160308178

Electrified vehicle plate with integrated compression limiter

An exemplary assembly of an electrified vehicle includes a compression limiter integrated into a plate of a battery pack array. An exemplary method includes forming a portion of a plate of a battery pack array about a longitudinal axis to provide a compression limiter.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160307473

Nameplate assembly and fastener

A fastener and nameplate assembly are provided. The nameplate assembly includes a nameplate having a hollow mounting post. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160306624

Vehicle control storage methods and systems

A vehicle can include methods and systems to update controls for a plurality of vehicle systems that operate using updatable controls, wherein each control is mounted in vehicle persistent memory as an image. The controls are stored in non-volatile vehicle memory that has a size less than twice a size of all of the controls loaded thereon. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160306455

Motion based capacitive sensor system

A proximity sensing system may include a conductive first trace and a conductive second trace adjacent to, interleaved with, and electrically isolated from the first trace. A density of the traces varies along a first axis such that rates of change of capacitance between the traces associated with movement, through an electric field, of an object in a direction of the first axis at a constant velocity are indicative of the direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305791

Vehicle energy alert systems and methods

A vehicle alert system may include a controller configured to receive a waypoint and a current vehicle energy, determine a route to the waypoint and vehicle energy necessary to accomplish the route, receive waypoint information indicative of non-driving energy consumption associated with the waypoint, and generate an adjustment factor based on the non-driving energy consumption. The controller may further be configured to attribute the adjustment factor to the vehicle energy necessary to accomplish the route, determine whether the attributed vehicle energy exceeds the current vehicle energy, and issue an alert in response to the attributed vehicle energy exceeding the current vehicle energy.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305542

Smart transmission shift delay method and system for climate control for a vehicle

A method and system for the cancellation of transmission shift delay as a function of an optimum target temperature is disclosed. Once the pre-selected optimum target is achieved the shift delay is cancelled and the transmission is upshifted. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305540

Transmission shift schedule optimization based on calculated specific fuel consumption

A vehicle includes a transmission and a controller. The controller is configured to receive a torque request, calculate an sfc for satisfying the torque request in an initial gear and in an alternate gear, and command the transmission to shift from the initial gear into the alternate gear in response to the calculated sfc for satisfying the torque request in the alternate gear being less than the calculated sfc for satisfying the torque request in the initial gear.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305388

Auto stop parameter threshold adjustment

A vehicle controller may initiate an auto stop of an engine in response to a value of an auto stop parameter falling within a specified range and alter the specified range based on learned information derived from vehicle data to change a frequency or duration of auto stops of the engine.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305364

Systems and methods for piston cooling

Methods and systems are provided for supplying cooling oil to a piston of an engine cylinder. In one example, a method may include repeatedly activating an oil supply only during a part of a cylinder cycle synchronous with a reciprocating motion of the piston. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305363

System for piston cooling

Systems and methods are provided for cooling a piston arranged within a cylinder of an engine. Oil received from a connecting rod bearing and crank journal interface may be transferred via an internal conduit in a connecting rod coupled to the piston wherein the internal conduit is formed within a hollow flange of the connecting rod. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305357

Crankcase integrity breach detection

Methods and systems are provided for using a crankcase vent tube pressure or flow sensor for diagnosing a location and nature of crankcase system integrity breach. The same sensor can also be used for diagnosing air filter plugging and pcv valve degradation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305352

System and method for controlling canister purging

Methods and systems are provided for controlling canister purge flow in a boosted engine. An example method for the boosted engine comprises, during boosted conditions, flowing stored fuel vapors from a canister into an ejector coupled in a compressor bypass passage, the flowing bypassing a canister purge valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305302

Method and system for reducing engine exhaust emissions

Methods and systems are provided for addressing engine cold-start emissions while an exhaust catalyst is activated. In one example, a method for improving exhaust emissions may include flowing ionized air into an engine exhaust, downstream of an exhaust catalyst, to oxidize exhaust emissions left untreated by the catalyst. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305179

Window regulator and method of providing articulating motion to a window in a vehicle door

A window regulator is provided for a window in a vehicle door. The window regulator includes a drive mechanism having a first cable and a second cable. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305174

Bump stop assembly

A bump stop assembly is provided for an access door. The assembly comprises a bump stop configured to couple to the access door or a door frame and a door closure gauge movably coupled to the bump stop. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305173

Moving axis compartment door

An assembly for mounting a door with a vehicle compartment includes an arm coupled with the compartment and with the door and a constant-force spring having a coil coupled with one of the door and the compartment and an end coupled with the other of the door and the compartment such that a contraction of the spring causes the door to move with rotation of the arm.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305171

Vehicle deployable front step

A vehicle and a hood release system are provided. The vehicle may include a hood release lever disposed within a vehicle cabin connected to a hood latch assembly and a step assembly disposed within a front portion of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160305168

Adjustable decklid latch assembly

A decklid assembly includes a striker that movably engages a vehicle body structure. The striker includes first and second opposed surfaces that face each other. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304157

Electric bike motor using sensed air speed

An electric bike is described and includes an air speed sensor to sense air speed at the bike, an electric motor to impart motive force to the bike, and a controller operatively connected to the motor, the controller to control the electric motor using the air speed sensed by the air speed sensor. The controller includes a set electric-motor parameter for the output power of the motor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304150

Electric cycle

A kit for an electric cycle includes a powertrain module including a case, a battery disposed in the case, an electric motor in communication with the battery and disposed in the case, and a connecting port on the case. The kit includes a first module including a frame member configured to releasably engage the connecting port and a wheel rotatably connected to the frame member, a second module including a frame member configured to releasably engage the connecting port, and a releasable locking feature on the connecting port.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304129

Vehicle roof with truss structure

A vehicle roof support structure including a pair of reinforcing truss members. The roof support structure includes a header, a roof bow, right and left roof rails, and a center roof support. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304128

Variable width platform vehicle body structure and method

A method of varying vehicle width on a single platform includes providing a plurality of vehicles, where each vehicle includes a side sill extending longitudinally along a lower portion of a vehicle body. The side sill defines a door opening interface on each opposing side of the vehicle body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304096

Brake control for stop/start vehicle

A vehicle includes an engine having auto-stop and auto-start conditions. The vehicle additionally includes a braking system having an auto-hold function. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304091

Vehicle control in traffic conditions

A vehicle may include a steering wheel assembly, a powertrain, and a controller. The steering wheel assembly may include an interface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304086

Method for increasing electric operation in hybrid electric vehicles

A hybrid electric vehicle includes an internal combustion engine configured to provide power to traction wheels, and a controller. The controller is configured to, in response to the engine being off and a power request exceeding an engine-start threshold, delay an engine start when vehicle speed is below a predetermined value. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304085

Methods and system for downshifting during regeneration

Systems and methods for shifting a transmission of a hybrid driveline that includes an electric machine that operates in a regeneration mode are presented. The systems and methods may adjust a feedforward motor torque command via an adaptive parameter in response to an error that is based on percentage of shift complete.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304076

Input torque trim for transmission shift control during regenerative braking

A system and method for controlling a step-ratio transmission gearshift during a regenerative braking event for a hybrid vehicle having an engine selectively coupled to an electric machine and an automatic transmission control transmission input torque based on a measured shift profile and a target shift profile. A torque trim term may be added to the transmission input torque or electric machine output torque in response to a difference between the measured and target shift profiles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304075

Methods and system for shifting a hybrid vehicle

Systems and methods for shifting a transmission of a hybrid driveline that include a torque converter with a lockup clutch are presented. The systems and methods may adjust a feedforward motor torque command to match application of motor torque to a time that a gear clutch closes so that shifting may be improved and so that driveline torque disturbances may be less noticeable.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304048

Active glove box door with ventilated reaction plate

An active glove box door includes a bladder member joined along an outer perimeter with a front wall by a hot weld seam to form an inflatable bladder. The bladder member includes a circumferential pleat for unfolding in response to an inflation gas during a crash event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304046

Energy absorbing seatback panel

A seatback includes a frame and a panel rotatably coupled to the frame. A support bracket is attached to the frame with a lever is rotatably coupled to the support bracket. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304045

Restraint characteristics configuration for passenger zones

A vehicle includes at least one controller that may be configured to set a parameter for a vehicle zone based on data from an occupant detection sensor associated with the zone. The controller may be configured to respond to a signal from a nomadic device indicative of a profile of an occupant selected from a plurality of potential occupant profiles and an assignment of the occupant to the zone. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304032

Headrest electronic device holder

An electronic device holder provides a top mounted tablet holder with a thirty degree rotational limit to its rearward swinging motion of a mounting surface. This concept has the dual benefit that the path of the electronic device holder and a viewer's upper body do not intersect during an impact event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304029

Vehicle camera enclosure

A vehicle camera enclosure for enclosing a vehicle camera includes a housing having an inner edge defining an opening and a cover extending across the opening. The cover is outwardly rotatable away from the inner edge from a closed position to an open position.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304017

Cushion pan for a vehicle seat assembly

A cushion pan for a vehicle seating assembly includes a body portion having at least one pocket including a module retention aperture disposed therein. First and second suspension assembly retainers are disposed in the body portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160304016

Independent cushion extension and thigh support

A seating assembly includes a seat frame. A first leg support is pivotally coupled with a forward portion of the seat frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160303996

Electric motor vehicle and operating method for an electric motor vehicle

The disclosure concerns an operating method for an electric motor vehicle with at least one electrical machine as the traction motor and with an operating element for preselecting a coasting function, wherein, if the coasting function is preselected by the driver, under predetermined conditions the operating mode is automatically changed into a coasting mode, in which neither a drive torque nor a drag torque is exerted on the wheels of the vehicle. According to the disclosure, the predetermined conditions include the conditions that the gas pedal is in a neutral position and that the current speed of the vehicle is at or is greater than a preset value. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160303995

Vehicle power module assemblies

A vehicle power stage assembly is disclosed which may include a power stage housing, a power stage supported by the housing, and a pair of stacked dc leadframes. The pair of stacked dc leadframes are of opposite polarity and spaced apart from one another. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160303992

Electrified vehicle predictive low-voltage battery alert

A vehicle includes a traction battery and an auxiliary battery. A battery management system may be configured to transfer energy from the traction battery to the auxiliary battery during an ignition-off period. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160303980

Deployable vehicle inductive charging assembly

A charge plate receiver assembly for an electric vehicle includes an inductive charge plate receiver and a swing arm pivotally secured to a mounting surface. The charge plate receiver is pivotally secured to the swing arm such that the charge plate receiver travels along an arc defined by a length of the swing arm when the assembly moves between a retracted position and a deployed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160303968

Adaptive vehicle interface system

A vehicle interface system may include an interface configured to present selectable features, and a controller programmed to generate a feature probability for each selectable feature based at least in part on at least one historical selection of each selectable feature at a time from vehicle key-on, and display certain of the selectable features based on the generated feature probabilities.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160303967

Immobilizer system for a motor vehicle

An immobilizer system for a motor vehicle having an starter mechanism and a substance detector for detecting impairing drugs/substances in a driver's bode, the allowing the vehicle to be started/operated only when the substance detector delivers a result which is below a limit value. An electronic controller of the immobilizer system is programmed by the driver to pre-specify which restrictions the starter mechanism is subject to if the substance detector delivers a positive test result (above a limit level). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160303946

Hybrid vehicle split exhaust system with exhaust driven electric machine and a/c compressor

A hybrid vehicle includes an exhaust turbine disposed in an exhaust path coupled to an electric machine and a compressor for an air-conditioning system. The vehicle includes a controller that controls the electric machine based on a difference between the power demand of the compressor and the power generated by the exhaust turbine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160303640

Increased bottom sheet thickness on cast alloys for mechanical joining of certain materials

A system for attaching material stack-up layers of at least two layers together using mechanical fasteners is disclosed. The material stack-up comprises at least an upper layer and a lower layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160301300

Method and apparatus for coupling cancellation

A dc to dc power converter includes a switching circuit and an lc filter configured to reduce parasitic inductance. The lc filter includes an inductor, capacitor, and a coil positioned and oriented relative to and electrically connected with the capacitor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160301057

Bus bar assembly for electrified vehicle batteries

A bus bar assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a plurality of battery cells and a bus bar assembly that electrically connects the plurality of battery cells. The bus bar assembly includes a flexible cable, a voltage sense lead connected to the flexible cable, and a bus bar connected to the voltage sense lead.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160300559

Control system having active noise and vibration centralized control through digital network

A control system provides centralized active noise control (anc) and active vibration control (avc) through a digital network. The control system includes a controller, an audio sub-system, and a vibration sub-system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160300417

Systems and methods for mobile phone key fob management

A vehicle system includes one or more vehicle processors programmed to: provide a user interface to program a first wireless device as a new vehicle key and to delete a second wireless device as an existing vehicle key. The one or more vehicle processors may be further programmed to wirelessly transmit vehicle key security codes from the vehicle to the first device to program the first device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160300408

V2x fuel economy data analysis

A fuel economy data analysis system includes a processor programmed to, in response to receiving signals indicative of a refueling event notification and an estimated fuel economy from a vehicle, and the estimated fuel economy being less than a benchmark, output signals indicative of an alert for the vehicle and a manufacturer of the vehicle indicating that the estimated fuel economy is less than the benchmark.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160299617

Vehicle passenger input source identification

A vehicle system includes a signal generator programmed to output an occupant signal. A processing device is programmed to identify a location of at least one occupant based at least in part on whether a user input provided to a touch-sensitive display device includes the occupant signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160299169

Press-fit tone wheel for a speed-sensing apparatus

A planetary gearset is provided in a transmission for a vehicle. The planetary gearset includes a carrier that rotates about the axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160298722

Engine crankshaft including a planetary gear balance unit

Methods and systems are provided for an engine crankshaft including an un-balanced mass coupled to a planetary gear set driven by the engine crankshaft. In one example, a system may include an engine crankshaft as a sun gear for a planetary gear set, with a single un-balanced mass coupled to an outer ring of the planetary gear set. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160298709

Ventilated brake rotors

A brake rotor for attachment to a wheel of a vehicle may include outer and inner friction members, and a plurality of fin elements connecting the outer friction member to the inner friction member. Each fin element may include radially spaced first and second pillars that are connected by a single bridge portion to define an opening in the fin element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160298708

Brake rotors with inclined posts

A brake rotor for attachment to a wheel of a vehicle may include an inner friction member and an outer friction member. The brake rotor may further include a plurality of posts connecting the inner friction member to the outer friction member, each post inclining at an angle between the inner friction member and the outer friction member.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160298697

Transmission with high speed clutch hub

A clutch hub is selectively held against rotation by a brake and selectively coupled to an input shaft by a clutch. The clutch pack for the brake is splined to the outside of the clutch hub while the clutch pack for the clutch is splined to the inside. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160298692

Output shaft adapter

A transmission includes an output shaft. The output shaft is configured to transmit torque from the transmission through an output shaft flange to a driveshaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160298579

Systems and methods for depressurizing a fuel tank

Methods and systems are provided for depressurizing a fuel tank prior to refueling the fuel tank. One example method includes adjusting a latchable refueling valve to a latched open position to enable vapor flow from the fuel tank to a vapor canister at a first rate, and responsive to fuel tank pressure being higher than a first pressure threshold after a pre-determined duration at the latched open position, modifying the latchable refueling valve to an unlatched open position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297476

Trailer backup aid speed limiting via braking

A trailer backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer includes a brake system and a throttle sensor module outputting a throttle application signal. The system further includes a control module estimating a road grade beneath the trailer and outputting a brake torque request to the brake system based on the estimated road grade and the throttle application signal.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297475

Fastening mechanism

A fastening mechanism used to connect or fasten a component to a structure or frame. The mechanism includes first and second complementary fastening members. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297435

Method and system for vehicle cruise control

Methods and systems are presented for improving performance of a vehicle operating in a cruise control mode where a controller adjusts torque output from a vehicle to maintain vehicle speed within a desired range. The methods and systems include adapting a vehicle dynamics model and a vehicle fuel consumption model that provide input to nonlinear model predictive controller.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297427

Methods and systems for engine stopping

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine is stopped to a desired position via slipping a driveline disconnect clutch so that engine starting may be improved.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297419

Methods and system for controlling torque flow through a torque converter

Systems and methods for operating a hybrid vehicle driveline that includes an engine and a motor are presented. In one example, the systems and methods include one or more control modes where engine and/or motor speed or torque is adjusted responsive to different control parameters during a vehicle launch from zero speed or a creep speed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297418

Methods and system for launching a vehicle

Systems and methods for operating a hybrid vehicle driveline that includes an engine and a motor are presented. In one example, the systems and methods include one or more control modes where engine and/or motor speed or torque is adjusted responsive to different control parameters during a vehicle launch from zero speed or a creep speed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297411

Trailer backup aid speed limiting via braking

A trailer backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer is provided herein. The system includes a brake system and a steering system of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297400

Vehicle controller delivery mode

A vehicle may detect vehicle actions, compare the vehicle actions to first vehicle actions associated with first mode settings of a vehicle controller and to second vehicle actions associated with second mode settings of a vehicle controller, and transition the mode settings of the vehicle controller to the first mode settings responsive to the vehicle actions matching the first vehicle actions. The controller may be a vehicle body controller, and the mode settings may describe a locking behavior of the body controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297391

Airbag bracket and vehicle airbag system

An airbag bracket includes a self-fastening protrusion extending from a plate-like metallic base. The base includes a tongue onto which the protrusion is molded using a polymeric material. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297368

Versatile instrument panel storage

A vehicle dash panel storage compartment includes a storage compartment including at least a top, a bottom, and sides defining a storage slot, and a pivoting mechanism configured to translate the storage compartment between a stowed configuration within an interior of a housing of the instrument panel and a variety of deployed configurations. Optionally, the top may be hingedly connected to the storage compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297366

Printed led animated mirror turn signal

A warning indicator system for a vehicle includes an indicator for providing visible signals within a reflective surface of a rear-vision mirror, operatively connected to at least a turn signal control system of the vehicle. The indicator is defined by a plurality of images activated sequentially to present an animated image to a viewer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297362

Vehicle exterior side-camera systems and methods

A vehicle exterior viewing system is described. The displayed images represent the external environment around a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297360

Apparatus and method for actively determining height clearance and generating alerts

In at least one embodiment, an apparatus includes a controller coupled to a first sensor positioned on a first object external to a vehicle and configured to receive first information indicative of a height of the first object from the first sensor via bluetooth low energy (ble) and store second information corresponding to a height of the vehicle. The controller is further configured to receive third information corresponding to a height of overhead obstacle positioned external to the vehicle and to compare at least one of the first information and the second information to the third information. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297356

Printed led warning indicator signal

A warning indicator system for a vehicle includes an indicator for providing visible signals within a reflective surface of a rear-vision mirror. The indicator is operatively connected to a proximity sensor system and to a turn signal control system of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297334

Center armrest lock

A locking assembly for a vehicle armrest includes a pivoting stopping member disposed below an armrest body and a catch wire disposed on a seat back frame member. A retractable stop pin maintains engagement of the pivoting stopping member and the catch wire. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297281

Air-conditioning system with vacuum enclosure

An air-conditioning system is provided for a motor vehicle. That system includes a vacuum enclosure having a refrigerant, a first section and a second section. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297269

Vehicle wheel suspension

A wheel suspension for a vehicle including a carrier having a rotatably mounted bearing element. A spring damper strut connects to the carrier and the vehicle structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160297239

Wheel with spokes including integral step providing improved access to a cargo bed of a motor vehicle

A wheel is provided for a motor vehicle. The wheel includes a hub, a rim and a plurality of spokes that extend between the hub and the rim. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160295523

Key fob transmission compensation

A method for adjusting a power setting of a key fob includes receiving an input signal from a sensor by a processor. The processor determines, based at least in part on the input from the sensor, that a person is holding the key fob. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160294119

High voltage connector assembly

A high voltage connector assembly includes a first connector and a second connector. The first connector has two tiers of pins and a first portion of an identification mark. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160294049

Fob case for reduced transmission interference

A fob includes a case, an antenna, at least one input device, and a positioning element. The case has an interface portion and a handle portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160293914

Vehicle enclosure for preventing access to high voltage components

A vehicle assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an enclosure, a high voltage component housed inside the enclosure and a blocking member configured to restrict access to the high voltage component along a path that extends through the enclosure.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160293007

Apparatus and method for transmitting static and dynamic information to a personal communication device in a vehicle

In at least one embodiment, an apparatus for transmitting vehicle information to a portable personal communication device (pcd) is provided. The apparatus comprises a communication module positioned in the first vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160291806

Customizable instrument cluster user interface

A vehicle may include a display, human-machine-interface (hmi) controls, and an information display system. The information display system may receive input to the hmi controls to transition to a next screen in a sequence of bookmarked user-interface screens otherwise available, via the display, within a set of navigable categories of user-interface screens, and update the display to provide the next screen responsive to the input. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160291095

Tester for wireless electrified vehicle charger

An exemplary assembly for testing a wireless charge transmit system includes a portable tester that is configured to mimic a vehicle mounted charge receive system and to wirelessly interface with a wireless charge transmit system.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160290296

Injection valve for an internal combustion engine

The disclosure relates to an injection valve for an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle, having a cooling device for cooling the injection valve. The mentioned cooling device is a thermosiphon cooling device, wherein the thermosiphon cooling device comprises a reservoir volume, and wherein the cooling element has a thermally conductive connection to the reservoir volume.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160290286

Fuel system diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for detecting a fuel tank oil-canning event during conditions when a vacuum is applied to the fuel tank, such as during a fuel system leak test or during purging of a fuel system canister. In one example, a method may include comparing the fuel tank pressure changes during a leak test to changes in fuel tank temperature or fill level and indicating fuel tank oil-canning in response to a higher than threshold rise in fuel tank pressure during or following application of vacuum to the fuel tank while each of a fuel temperature and fill level remain unchanged. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160290285

Method and system for purge control

Methods and systems are provided for purging a fuel vapor canister during conditions when purge vacuum is limited, such as during boosted conditions. An exhaust-driven purge pump is used to flow positive pressure air through a canister, and purge the canister to a compressor inlet. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160290265

Method and system for selecting fuel octane

Methods and systems are presented for providing information to a vehicle driver allows the driver to make an informed decision regarding selecting higher or lower octane fuel to operate the vehicle. In one example, the driver is presented fuel cost per unit distance traveled based on operating the vehicle on higher octane fuel and lower octane fuel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160290263

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

10/06/16 / #20160290220

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

Systems and methods are provided for controlling boost pressure in an engine system with a parallel turbocharger. One example method includes, responsive to a first condition, deactivating a first compressor of a first turbocharger, activating each first exhaust valve of each cylinder of an engine, and deactivating each second exhaust valve of each cylinder of the engine to flow exhaust gas from the engine to a second turbocharger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160290219

Pressure-charged combustion engine having a double-flow turbine and grouped cylinders

Methods and systems are provided for a pressure-charged combustion engine having at least one cylinder head comprising at least two cylinders. In one example, a system may include each cylinder having at least one outlet port, at least two cylinders configured to form two groups each comprising at least one cylinder, exhaust lines joined together to form an overall exhaust line which provides an exhaust manifold, the exhaust lines connected to an exhaust turbocharger and equipped with rotor blades wherein each rotor blade comprises a first inlet edge facing the flows and a second inlet edge facing the flows connected to one another at a connection point forming an inflection.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160290218

Internal combustion engine with two-stage supercharging capability and with exhaust-gas aftertreatment arrangement, and method for operating an internal combustion engine of said type

A supercharged internal combustion engine includes at least two exhaust-gas turbochargers arranged in series, wherein a first exhaust-gas turbocharger serves as a low-pressure stage and a second exhaust-gas turbocharger serves as a high-pressure stage. A second turbine of the second exhaust-gas turbocharger may be present upstream of a first turbine of the first exhaust-gas turbocharger, and a second compressor of the second exhaust-gas turbocharger may be arranged in an intake system downstream of a first compressor of the first exhaust-gas turbocharger and a first bypass line may branch off upstream of the second turbine and join back at a junction point between the first turbine and the second turbine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160290216

System and methods for a high temperature radiator heat absorber

Methods and systems are provided for a phase change material (pcm) integrated radiator. In one example, a method may include adjusting a radiator control valve into a first position to flow coolant only through a first zone of a radiator containing phase change material (pcm) and not through a second zone of the radiator not containing phase change material. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160290208

Crash energy absorbing muffler

A muffler (101) for a vehicle, the muffler (101) having at least one first crumple feature (105) and at least one second crumple feature (107), the first and the second crumple features (105, 107) being configured to absorb the energy of an impact load to the muffler (101). The first crumple feature (105) is configured to deform at a first level of impact loading and the second crumple feature (107) is configured to deform at a second level of impact loading.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160290015

Vehicle door latch with release linkage bypass device

A latch system for vehicle doors includes a bypass mechanism that mechanically disconnects a linkage assembly if an exterior door handle is moved towards an open position at a high speed. The bypass mechanism ensures that the door latch mechanism does not unlatch in the event a crash causes the exterior door handle to move open at a high speed, while providing for normal unlatching operation if the exterior door handle is opened at a relatively low velocity by a user.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288786

Trailer curvature control and mode management with powertrain and brake support

A backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer includes a brake module and a throttle module. The system further includes a controller having a vehicle speed detector and coupled with the brake module and the throttle module for implementing a backup mode including detecting an adverse operating condition and then adjusting at least one of the brake module and the throttle module and terminating the backup mode upon detecting the adverse operating condition for a time interval.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288770

Vehicle key off load reduction via off-board sensor

A remote sensing device is utilized to activate boundary alert sensors in a vehicle to reduce current loading during a key-off condition. Communication between the remote sensing device and the vehicle is via a radio-frequency interface that is part of a remote keyless entry system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288766

Seatbelt payout measuring device and system

A seatbelt payout measuring device with a rewind spring having a first end connected to a center spool and a second end connected to a rewind spring housing. A dielectric material layered immediately adjacent to the rewind spring forming a first layer and an electrolytic coil with dielectric material layered on both sides forming a second layer, isolating the rewind spring from the electrolytic coil. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288762

Vehicle side airbag with secondary chamber

A side curtain airbag that has a rear chamber, a front chamber and a secondary chamber affixed to said front chamber. The side curtain air bag has tear stitching and permanent stitching connecting the secondary chamber to an inboard panel of the air curtain such that, in a deployed state, the secondary chamber occupies a gap between a driver airbag and the curtain airbag.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288761

Vehicle impact absorbing system

A vehicle includes an instrument panel, a front airbag, a first side curtain airbag, and a second side curtain airbag and two front seats. The front seats are disposed between the first side curtain airbag and the second side curtain airbag. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288752

Articulating support in a vehicle seat

A plurality of pads are configured to be arranged in a vehicle seat. A plurality of passive movement devices are provided to be respectively arranged behind, and to cause movement of, the plurality of pads. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288751

Articulating support in a vehicle seat

A first pad and a second pad are configured to be arranged in a vehicle seat. A plurality of passive movement devices are provided to be respectively arranged behind, and to cause movement of, the pads. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288732

Seat belt buckle incorporating a display

A seat belt buckle for receiving a latch plate of a vehicle seat belt includes a housing having a slot for receiving the latch plate, a locking mechanism within the housing for securing the latch plate within the slot, a display supported by the housing for displaying information and for releasing the latch plate from the locking mechanism when depressed, and a cable connected to a vehicle power source to provide power for the display. The display includes a controller and a transceiver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288723

Detachable tote bag system for a motor vehicle

A detachable tote bag system is provided for a motor vehicle. That tote bag system includes a vehicle seat, a tote bag receiver on the vehicle seat and a detachable tote bag releasably held by the receiver.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288720

Versatile tonneau cover and storage system for a motor vehicle

A storage system for a motor vehicle includes a floor panel, a cargo space overlying the floor panel, a storage compartment underlying the floor panel and a versatile tonneau cover. The tonneau cover is displaceable between a storage position in the storage compartment and at least one use position in the cargo space. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288694

Loading rail and sliding block for a loading rail

A sliding block for a loading rail includes a central part defining a coupling structure along an upper face thereof. The sliding block further includes at least one side part defining an undercut having an inner face directed toward the central part and angled away from the central part in a direction along a central axis of the central part away from the upper face.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288681

Multilayer seat

A vehicle seat includes a lower seating structure and a raised seatback support, wherein one of either the lower seating structure or raised seatback support consists of a multilayer assembly. The multilayer assembly includes a flexible static layer, a flexible dynamic layer having an adjustable firmness, a suspension layer formed from tunable springs which support a flexible panel, and a frame supported carrier including a protective recess within which the suspension layer is cradled.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288680

Vehicle seat having extendable bolsters and thigh supports

A vehicle seating assembly for a vehicle has a lower seat with a center seat cushion and a forward thigh supporting portion having a first refracted position and a second extended position. A leading edge of the forward thigh supporting portion is longitudinally displaced forward of the lower seat in the second extended position relative the first retracted position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288678

Vehicle seating assembly having a blower mounted to the seatback against a plastic matrix

A vehicle seating assembly for a motor vehicle has raised seatback that includes a permeable foam layer having a plurality of spaced apertures. A distribution system having airflow passages is juxtaposed against the permeable foam layer, such that the airflow passages of the distribution system are in fluid communication with the apertures in the permeable foam layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288675

Center armrest inertial lock

An inertial lock assembly for a vehicle armrest includes a stopping member disposed on an armrest attachment bracket and a catch pin for engaging the stopping member. The catch pin is disposed on an armrest link journaled at one end to the attachment bracket and at an opposed end to an armrest frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288669

Reclining rear seat system for a motor vehicle

A reclining rear seat system is provided for a motor vehicle. That reclining rear seat system includes a front seat, a first actuator for displacing the front seat between a first position and a second position, a reclining rear seat and a second actuator for displacing the reclining rear seat between an upright position and fully reclined position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288668

Deployable thigh support in a vehicle seat

First and second pads are configured to be arranged at a front of a vehicle seat. First and second passive movement devices are provided to be respectively arranged under, and to cause movement of, the first and second pads. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288659

Battery thermal conditioning to extend battery useful life in electrified vehicles

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, conditioning a battery assembly of an electrified vehicle to a desired thermal level in a manner that extends useful life of the battery assembly, the conditioning step including heating or cooling the battery assembly with a thermal management system operable during both vehicle on conditions and vehicle off conditions.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288616

Supplemental heating subsystem and method for a vehicle climate control system

A supplemental heating subsystem is provided for a vehicle climate control system including an air flow control door. The supplemental heating subsystem includes a controller configured to control the supplemental heating subsystem, a supplemental heating element responsive to the controller and an actuator for positioning the door responsive to the controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288613

Apparatus and a method for preventing snow infiltration of a vehicle hvac system

An apparatus and method are provided for preventing snow infiltration of a vehicle hvac system. The apparatus includes a fresh air inlet door for drawing fresh air into the vehicle hvac system, an actuator for opening and closing that fresh air inlet door and a controller connected to the actuator and configured to close the inlet door when the ignition switch of the motor vehicle is switched off.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160288565

Vehicle wheel

A vehicle wheel rim with a center arranged between a rim shoulder on the outside of the rim and a rim shoulder on the inside of the rim. The rim shoulders spaced apart from one another in the axial direction, each ending in a rim flange at the axially outer or inner edge of the rim. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160285360

Method and apparatus for electromagnetic interference reduction

A dc to dc power converter includes switching circuitry and an lc filter. The lc filter includes a capacitor electrically connected between an inductor and coil. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160285197

Self-sealing electrical connector

A connector assembly includes a housing, a plurality of pins disposed on the housing, a pin chamber disposed on the housing, and a cap disposed on the chamber. The cap has a plurality of holes for receiving the pins. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160284333

Control system for noise generated by functional hardware components

A system includes a microphone, a controller, and a speaker. The microphone is configured to detect noise generated by a functional hardware component due to user interaction with the component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160283361

Method and apparatus for in-vehicle hardware and software testing

An apparatus may receive bus data from a vehicle, may receive removable media storing an application and settings, and may interface with an external test hardware device. The apparatus may include a processor programmed to set up the test hardware device in accordance with the settings, and execute the application using the bus data and the external test hardware devices as configured. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160282226

Vehicle and method of using a spare tire

A spare tire monitoring system is provided. The spare tire monitoring system includes a controller programmed to output a signal indicating that a spare tire is currently being used in response to a difference between a radius of a first tire and a radius of a second tire exceeding a threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160281861

Transmission hydraulic control system

An automatic transmission uses 6 shift elements applied in combinations of four to establish ten forward speed ratios and a reverse speed ratio. The automatic transmission uses a hydraulic control system to control engagement of the six elements, control engagement of a torque converter bypass clutch, control engagement of a parking pawl, and to provide fluid for a hydrodynamic torque converter and for lubrication. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160281846

Transmission component failure detection and avoidance

A method of operating a transmission includes measuring an output torque, estimating a gearbox input torque using a model, and estimating gearbox component torques based on a detailed gearbox model. The model used to estimate the input torque varies depending on whether a torque converter is locked, open, or slipping. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160281845

Transmission calibration tool

A transmission calibration tool automatically generates a detailed gearbox model based on a user input transmission topology description. During transmission calibration, the tool accepts inputs from transmission speed and torque sensors and estimates component torques for each gear element and each shift element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160281844

Transmission hydraulic control system

An automatic transmission uses 6 shift elements applied in combinations of four to establish ten forward speed ratios and a reverse speed ratio. The automatic transmission uses a hydraulic control system to control engagement of the six elements, control engagement of a torque converter bypass clutch, control engagement of a parking pawl, and to provide fluid for a hydrodynamic torque converter and for lubrication. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160281843

Transmission hydraulic control system

An automatic transmission uses 6 shift elements applied in combinations of four to establish ten forward speed ratios and a reverse speed ratio. The automatic transmission uses a hydraulic control system to control engagement of the six elements, control engagement of a torque converter bypass clutch, control engagement of a parking pawl, and to provide fluid for a hydrodynamic torque converter and for lubrication. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160281711

Gerotor pump for a vehicle

A gerotor pump is provided with a body defining a chamber with cylindrical wall sections and having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, and a cover. An internally toothed gear member is supported for rotation within the chamber about a first axis, and has a cylindrical outer wall defining a series of grooves. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160281660

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

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

09/29/16 / #20160281630

Method for mitigating cavitation

Methods and systems are provided for mitigating loss of engine torque due to cavitation in a fuel pump. One example approach is adjusting engine operation or fuel pump operation based on ambient conditions and a measured engine torque being lower than a desired engine torque after a pre-determined duration. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160281616

Transmission input torque management

A method of operating a vehicle includes measuring a transmission output torque, measuring impeller and turbine speeds, estimating a transmission component torque, and adjusting an engine torque to avoid overstressing a transmission component such as a gear. The method does not rely on an accurate estimate of engine torque. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160281551

Hydraulic circuit for valve deactivation

Methods and systems are provided for deactivating a valve actuation mechanism. In one example, a system may include first and second hydraulic galleries for supplying hydraulic fluid to a switchable roller finger follower, and a third hydraulic gallery for promoting the flow of air away from the first hydraulic gallery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280277

Vehicle hood stiffener

A vehicle hood includes an inner panel, an outer panel coupled to the inner panel, and an insert disposed between the outer panel and the inner panel. The insert is formed of a material that is brittle relative to a material of the outer panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280276

Front end module fascia retention hook

A fastener for securing a first vehicle module to a second vehicle module includes a head having a substantially vertical capturing surface configured for releasably engaging a portion of the second vehicle module, a body having a base configured for attachment to a back of the first vehicle module and a neck extending between the base and the head. The neck includes at least one reinforcing rib structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280274

Vehicle structural reinforcing device

A vehicle includes a chassis having a pair of rails spaced from each other and a deployable reinforcing device extending between the rails. The deployable reinforcing device includes a beam disposed between the pair of rails and including walls and hinges connected in alternating arrangement. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280273

Vehicle structural reinforcing device

A vehicle chassis includes a pair of rails spaced from each other. A beam is disposed between the pair of rails and defines a cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280269

Extruded metal sub-frame for a vehicle

A sub-frame assembly supports 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

09/29/16 / #20160280268

Vehicle and vehicle parking system

A vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes a camera configured to detect a target object in a parking space and a controller programmed to advance the vehicle into the parking space based on a yaw angle of the vehicle and a distance to the target object in response to the camera detecting the presence of the target object. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280267

Steering angle control for multiple features

An autonomous steering system for a vehicle includes a park assist steering module configured to generate a first steering angle command across a communication network of the vehicle. A backup assist steering module is also configured to generate a second steering angle command across the communication network of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280261

System and method for hitch angle detection

A hitch angle detection system is provided herein. Ultrasonic transducers are disposed on a rear vehicle structure and are configured to transmit ultrasonic waves in a rearward vehicle direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280258

Handwheel obstruction detection and inertia compensation

A vehicle steering system includes a first sensor sensing a pinion angle of a handwheel and a second sensor sensing a torsion bar windup angle. An autonomous steering module generates a steering command having an input torque signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280227

Brake assisted vehicle engine restart on a road grade

A method for restarting an engine of a vehicle stopped on a grade, comprising the steps of engaging a gear of a transmission through which the engine and wheels of the vehicle are drivably connected mutually, using brake pressure to engage wheel brakes and produce a road gradient wheel torque that holds the vehicle stationary on the grade, initiating an engine restart, operating the engine to produce wheel torque equal to or greater than the road gradient wheel torque, and releasing the brake pressure.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280214

Hybrid electric vehicle and method of control

A vehicle and a method of controlling a vehicle are provided. The vehicle may include a controller programmed to, in response to a change from a first to a second powertrain operating mode, operate an engine and electric machine to increase a state of charge target of a traction battery to increase propulsion torque available from the electric machine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280207

Vehicle performance preload enabler

A hybrid vehicle includes a traction battery having a battery fan, an engine, an electric machine coupled to the battery, and a controller or at least one powertrain module having a controller. The controller is programmed to respond to a change in a user selected powertrain operating mode to a performance mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280206

Torque assist based on battery state of charge allocation

A hybrid vehicle includes a traction battery, an internal combustion engine, an electric machine configured to provide torque assistance to the engine, and a controller or a powertrain control system having a controller. The controller is programmed to respond to a percentage of state of charge (soc) allocated for torque assistance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280205

Coordinating non-demand engine start and stop with gear shift

A control strategy is provided for a hybrid vehicle that will increase drivability during low or decreasing driver demands. Coordination between shifting the transmission and stopping or (non-demand) starting of the engine can increase drivability. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280168

Body-on-frame bumper step pad with seal between bumper beam and radiator grill

A front bumper step for a vehicle includes a step portion and a gap seal configured to prevent a flow of air through a gap defined between a front bumper fascia of the vehicle and a front grille assembly of the vehicle. The gap seal may be provided as an integral unit with a step pad portion of the front bumper step portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280161

Vehicle front seat adjustment based on anthropometric characteristics of a rear passenger

A vehicle system includes a front row seat and at least one controller. The front row seat may be a driver seat or a front passenger seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280160

In-vehicle particulate sensor data analysis

A vehicle may include particulate sensors configured to generate particulate data indicative of size and quantity of ambient particulates. The vehicle may also include a computing device configured to receive the particulate data from the at least one particulate sensor, compare the particulate data to a signature data identifying a particulate condition, and adjust a vehicle setting to address the particulate condition or alert the user of the particulate condition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280144

Vehicle storage box incorporating a standard interface plate connection

A vehicle-bed storage box includes a container having an interior volume, an interface plate disposed within a vehicle-bed sidewall that selectively receives the container against the vehicle-bed sidewall and over a vehicle-bed wheelhouse, the interface plate including a securing recess and an interface bracket extending from at least one sidewall, the interface bracket including a rotating mechanism operable between a plurality of rotational positions, including an engaged position and a secured position when the interface bracket is received by the interface plate, the engaged position being defined by the rotating mechanism being free of engagement with the securing recess and further defined by the interface bracket being at least partially operable within the interface plate, and wherein the secured position is defined by the rotating mechanism being engaged within the securing recess and the interface bracket being substantially free of movement within the interface plate.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280088

Electrified vehicle busbar assembly

An exemplary electrified vehicle busbar assembly includes a housing, a clamping beam held by the housing, and a plurality of busbars held by the housing.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280086

Vehicle and charging system for a vehicle

A vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes a charging port configured to couple to a connector of an external power source in order to recharge a battery, a lock to secure the connector to the charging port, an electrical actuator configured to transition the lock between a locked condition and an unlocked condition when energized and maintain the locked or unlocked condition when de-energized, and a mechanical lock override configured to transition the lock to the unlocked condition.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280074

System and method for controlling regenerative braking in a vehicle

A system and method for controlling regenerative braking in a vehicle having an electric motor and a torque-converter clutch may include the step of implementing a regenerative-braking torque request based at least in part on a speed of the motor and a slip of the torque-converter clutch. A motor torque command based at least in part on a deceleration of the motor may be sent to and used to control the motor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280073

Electrified vehicle energy dissipation

An exemplary electrified vehicle assembly includes a coolant circuit and a controller configured to selectively direct energy into at least one component of the coolant circuit to provide a negative wheel torque.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280067

Rear occupant warning system

A vehicle occupant alert system may include an in-vehicle sensor configured to detect an object in a rear seat of a vehicle, and a controller configured to receive, from the sensor, an indication of an object in the rear seat, and to transmit, in response to the indication, presence information to a mobile device to cause the mobile device to transmit a command to a wearable device including instructions for an alert at the wearable device.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280060

Integrated nvh decoupler and front impact brace

An integrated noise, vibration, and harshness (nvh) decoupler and front impact brace for a vehicle includes one or more brackets configured for attaching at a first end to a front grille support member and at an opposed end to a radiator support member, and an air flow deflector strip associated with the one or more brackets. The air flow deflector strip is carried by the brackets, and is configured to substantially prevent a flow of air through a gap defined between the front grille support member and a lower air deflector of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160280048

Vehicle body structure

A method of assembling vehicle-body components includes positioning a first component on a second component. The first component has a different coefficient of thermal expansion than the second component and one of the first and second components defines a slot. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160276843

Battery charge strategy using discharge cycle

. . A battery management system for a vehicle includes a controller programmed to charge a battery at a predetermined charge rate. The controller discharges the battery for a predetermined time in response to a terminal voltage of the battery exceeding a predetermined voltage limit that results in a reduced charge rate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160275795

Safety pedal obstruction and command intention detection

A vehicle includes a footwell object detection sensor to detect objects in the footwell. The footwell object detection sensor includes an object detection sensor and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160275361

Driver visual sensor behavior study device

A sensor test system may include a controller coupled to at least one test device and a sensor, the controller configured to receive test instructions including a plurality of test sequences, instruct at least one display unit to display an item based on the test sequences, receive response data from the test device indicative of a driver behavior, the response data including timing information and test device information, compile the response data based on the timing information and the test device information, receive sensor data acquired by the sensor during the test sequences, compare the compiled response data to the sensor data, and determine an accuracy of the sensor based on the comparison.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160275329

Apparatus and method for transmitting traffic-related data in road traffic

An apparatus and a method for transmitting traffic-related data in road traffic include transmitting the traffic-related data in the form of dynamically generated qr codes from a transmission or display device to a mobile unit hosted by at least one vehicle, and wherein the mobile unit hosted by the vehicle is designed likewise to transmit dynamically generated qr codes. The mobile unit may include an organic light emitting diode (oled) display, or a smartphone, tablet, or similar device positioned for visibility through a vehicle window.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160275235

Active bolster vent distribution for stress and load management

An active bolster mounts at an interior trim surface of a passenger compartment in an automotive vehicle. A plastic-molded front wall deploys in a deployment direction toward a passenger in the passenger compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160274664

Proximity switch assembly having haptic feedback and method

A proximity switch assembly and method for detecting activation of a proximity switch assembly and providing feedback is provided. The assembly includes a plurality of proximity switches each comprising a proximity sensor providing a sense activation field. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160274073

Method and system for an oxygen sensor

Examples are provided for estimating an amount of fuel in an engine oil and an effect of the fuel on a gas sensor. In one example, an apparatus may include an analyzer to analyze an engine fluid and a computing device operably coupled to the analyzer, the computing device storing non-transitory instructions executable to determine fuel dilution in engine oil based on speciation of hydrocarbons in fuel in the engine oil determined based on output received from the analyzer.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160273922

Method for operating an autonomous vehicle on a courier route

A method for operating a motor vehicle when the driver thereof needs to accomplish a series of tasks (such as delivery and/or pick-up of items) along a route that each require the driver to park the motor vehicle, to leave it and to cover certain distances on foot. The motor vehicle is able to operate both under the control of a human driver aboard the motor vehicle or autonomously without driver intervention. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160273615

Stamped steel pendulum and pendulum carrier for crankshaft

A pendulum assembly comprises a cold forged steel or cold formed steel pendulum attached to a cold forged steel or cold formed steel carrier. The carrier is attached to the crankshaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160273574

Methods and systems for powering a generator with a vehicle power take-off

Methods and systems are presented for powering a generator via a flexible driveshaft coupled to a vehicle power take off unit. In one example, a flexible driveshaft with a non-rotatable outer sheath and inner, rotatable mandrel may be coupled to a generator complementary connector to power the generator with torque from a power take off unit.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160273498

Aspirator motive flow control for vacuum generation and compressor bypass

Systems and methods are provided for engine systems including a first multiple tap aspirator with a motive inlet coupled to an intake upstream of an air induction system throttle and a mixed flow outlet coupled to an intake manifold, and a second multiple tap aspirator with a motive inlet coupled to the intake upstream of a main throttle and a mixed flow outlet coupled to the intake downstream of the air induction system throttle. During non-boost conditions, intake air may be selectably diverted around a compressor and through the first and/or second aspirator based on desired vacuum generation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160273485

Piston with enhanced cooling and engine assembly employing the same

A piston of an internal combustion engine is provided and includes a piston skirt enclosing at least a portion of an underside of a piston crown. A cooling oil passageway is provided on the underside of the piston and extends from a first part to a second part of the underside, where the first part is closer than the second part to a fluid flow from a cooling oil source. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160273473

Fuel level indication noise monitor

Methods and systems are provided for monitoring fuel level indicator noise in a sealed fuel tank system. In one example, the method includes comparing the outputs of a fuel level indicator and fuel tank pressure sensor in a sealed tank. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160273435

Controller for exhaust heat conversion to heat and electricity

An exhaust gas heat recovery system for a vehicle is configured to selectively distribute a fluid heated by engine exhaust to a first path for generating electricity and a second path for heating one or more powertrain components of the vehicle. A controller selects a distribution of the fluid to the first and second paths based on minimizing a fuel consumption of an engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160272255

Vehicle underbody structure

A vehicle is provided. The vehicle has an underbody that includes a floor panel, a pair of laterally spaced side members affixed to opposing lateral side portions of the floor panel, a plurality of cross members affixed to and spanning the pair of side members, a longitudinal member affixed to and spanning two adjacent cross members, and a mounting element affixed to the longitudinal member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160272247

Front end of a motor vehicle

A motor vehicle front end crash-load carrying structure has at least one side rail on each side of the vehicle extending in the vehicle longitudinal direction, an a-pillar extending upward from the side rail, and a reinforcement extending between the a-pillar and the side rail. The reinforcement is made up of a longitudinally-extending rear element fixed to the a-pillar and extending forward therefrom outboard of the side rail, and a transversely-extending forward element fixed to and extending inboard from a forward end of the rear element, an inboard end of the forward element abutting an outboard surface of the side rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160272196

Vehicle location accuracy

A controller may maintain a last-known vehicle location, and, when satellite-positioning data is unavailable from a satellite-based positioning-system module, utilize compass data and stability control data to estimate a current vehicle location from the last-known vehicle location. The controller may avoid use of the compass data to estimate the current vehicle location when the vehicle is accelerating or decelerating in east or west headings.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160272186

Method of controlling aspirator motive flow

Methods and systems are provided for controlling an aspirator shut-off valve in an engine of a hybrid vehicle. One example method includes opening the aspirator shut-off valve following a shut-down command to the engine when engine speed is between a first engine speed and a second engine speed, the first engine speed being lower than an idle speed and the second engine speed occurring before an imminent engine stop. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160272170

Brake system and method for operating same

A brake system for a motor vehicle including front wheel brakes, rear wheel brakes, and a hydraulic system supplying hydraulic fluid to the wheel brakes. An electronic brake control connected to the hydraulic system actuates the hydraulic system to build up a brake pressure and supply the wheel brakes with the hydraulic fluid. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160272160

Enhanced wiper assembly

A wiper assembly for a window of a vehicle and a method of cleaning a window are provided. The wiper assembly includes a wiper blade having a fluid extraction opening, a fluid discharge outlet remote from the wiper blade and a fluid tight conduit connecting the fluid extraction opening to the fluid discharge outlet. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160272159

Vehicle window cleaning apparatus

Apparatus for cleaning a window of a vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes: a fluid extraction opening provided on the vehicle in proximity to the window of the vehicle; a suction pump mounted in the vehicle; and a fluid tight conduit extending between the fluid extraction opening and the suction pump.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160272122

Storage assembly and vehicle interior trim assembly employing the same

In one or more embodiments, a storage assembly to be at least partially received underneath a trim panel of a volume of space is provided to include a storage floor positioned at least partially within the volume of space, a first connector about which the storage floor pivots relative to the trim panel, a cover providing covering to the storage floor, and a second connector spaced apart from the first connector and supporting the cover such that the cover may move relative to the storage floor.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160272081

Real-time battery estimation

Vehicle systems and methods can include a traction battery and a controller to implement a state estimator configured to output battery state based on internal resistance of the traction battery and a system dynamics estimation of the traction battery using discrete battery measurements of voltage and internal resistance, and operate the traction battery according to output of the state estimator. For example, the controller can identify a system dynamics model of the traction battery using a battery input current profile and a battery output voltage profile measured within a predefined time period, transform the identified system dynamics model to a state-space model having a diagonal system matrix consisting of system eigenvalues through the eigendecomposition, estimate battery current limits and available power limits from the transformed system dynamics model, and operate the traction battery according to system dynamics model identified using estimated battery current limits and available power limits.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160272080

Battery open-circuit voltage measurement using reverse current pulse

A battery management system for a vehicle includes a controller programmed to apply a current pulse to reverse a current flow through a battery to reduce or remove cell polarization. After the current pulse, an open-circuit voltage is measured as the terminal voltage of the battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160272017

Tire inflation-deflation response system

A method of controlling a vehicle includes providing a driver alert in response to a detected tire pressure deviation from a nominal tire pressure exceeding a first threshold. The method additionally includes providing audio or visual directions to a service station in response to the detected tire pressure deviation from the nominal tire pressure exceeding a second threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160271724

Pulse joining cartridges

A pulsed joining tool includes a tool body that defines a cavity that receives an inner tubular member and an outer tubular member and a pulse joining cartridge. The tubular members are nested together with the cartridge being disposed around the outer tubular member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160271663

Method for producing a structural element

The present disclosure relates to a method for producing a structural element. A number of upper and/or lower rollers arranged one after the other in a direction of rolling is rolled in a metal strip to produce a varying thickness in the metal strip. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160269524

Voice profile-based in-vehicle infotainment identity identification

A computing platform of a vehicle may communicate with a plurality of mobile devices. The computing platform may identify a voice profile as matching voice input received from a user, the voice profile associated with one of a plurality of mobile devices within the vehicle; perform speech recognition on the voice input using the voice profile to determine a voice command; and process the voice command in the context of the mobile device associated with the voice profile. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160268955

Temperature based electric machine control

A vehicle having at least two electric machines includes an oil circulation path that circulates oil through the electric machines. A controller commands the electric machines to fulfill torque demands. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160268944

Voltage injection-based cable swap detection

A vehicle includes an electric machine and a controller configured to inject a voltage into the electric machine. The controller measures the currents caused by the voltage and processes the currents using a discrete fourier transform to determine positive and negative sequence currents. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160268614

Fuel cell purge line system

A fuel cell anode purge line includes an elongated water-scavenging body having a single inlet portion, a single outlet portion having an outlet valve, and a scavenged reservoir configured to accumulate water and fluidly connect the inlet and outlet portions so as to direct a flow of purge gas from the inlet portion through the reservoir such that the purge gas entrains the water in the flow and transfers the water towards the outlet valve.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160268562

Compression limiters for electrified vehicle battery assemblies

A battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a compression limiter including a body and an attachment head near a first end of the body and configured to engage a structural member of the battery assembly.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160267727

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

09/15/16 / #20160267726

Regenerative braking coaching system

A vehicle includes a regenerative braking system, which may include an electric machine, configured to provide regenerative braking torque to vehicle traction wheels. The vehicle further includes at least one controller configured to provide indicia for display to indicate performance of the regenerative braking system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160266013

Vehicle closure cycling device and method

A vehicle closure cycling device is provided. The device includes a fixture, a first actuator mounted to the fixture and displaceable to open the vehicle closure and a second actuator mounted to the fixture and displaceable to close the vehicle closure at a predetermined closing speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160265644

Insulated vehicle wall structures

A vehicle subsystem according to an exemplary aspect of the present discourse includes, among other things, a wall structure and a thermal resistance feature internal to the wall structure and configured to inhibit heat loss through the wall structure.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160265580

Lightweight, stiff in compression, connecting rod for a reciprocating piston engine

A connecting rod is provided for a reciprocating piston engine. The connecting rod includes a body having an embedded structural tube for increasing the stiffness of the connecting rod.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160265487

Engine with exhaust gas recirculation

A cylinder head for an engine defines first and second exhaust runners fluidly coupled to an exhaust passage extending transversely in the head to an exhaust port on an exhaust side. The head defines an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) passage connected to the exhaust passage and extending longitudinally to an egr port on the exhaust side. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160265456

System and methods for purging a fuel vapor canister

A method for purging a fuel vapor canister, comprising: responsive to an indication of vapor slugs, 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, the vapor slugs may be adsorbed within the fuel vapor canister and may not affect engine operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160265452

Method and system for laser pressure transducer

Methods and systems for provided for accurately estimating an engine intake or exhaust manifold pressure using a laser pressure transducer. Laser circuitry is coupled to a pressure sensitive diaphragm that is mounted to the engine manifold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160265446

Bracket assembly for an intake manifold, the intake manifold and method of operating the same

In one or more embodiments, a bracket assembly for an intake manifold having a shaft is provided to include a bracket to be positioned at least partially external to the intake manifold and defining a shaft aperture to partially receive the shaft, and an elastic retainer to be positioned at least partially between the shaft and a wall of the shaft aperture. The elastic retainer may be positioned to contact the shaft or may be positioned to contact an external surface of the intake manifold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160264194

Extruded airdam for reducing the lift and drag of a motor vehicle

An airdam is provided for a motor vehicle. The airdam includes an extruded body having a j-shaped cross-section defining a forward tilt angle and a curved lip. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160264176

Thin-walled magnesium diecast shock tower for use in a vehicle

A shock tower assembly includes a cast shock tower body composed of magnesium or magnesium alloy and at least one steel bridging bracket. An insulating adhesive layer is formed between the tower body and the bracket. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160264137

Vehicle stopping assist and speed control system

A vehicle, a vehicle speed control system, and a method of controlling vehicle speed are provided. The vehicle may include a powertrain and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160264116

Braking systems including compressible medium to modify brake fluid pressure

Brake actuators for a motor vehicle braking system, braking systems including the brake actuators, and motor vehicles including the brake actuators are provided. A brake actuator includes a chamber enclosing a volume configured to hold a quantity of brake fluid, a piston, a piston actuator, and a compressible medium. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160264099

Low-profile ventilation system for a motor vehicle

A low-profile ventilation system is provided for a motor vehicle. That low-profile ventilation system includes an inlet duct having an inlet-free top wall, a sidewall and a bottom wall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160264044

Vehicle sun visor

A vehicle sun visor is provided. The sun visor includes a base portion, a vanity minor, and a lighting arrangement that includes a power source. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160264039

Camouflaged vehicle having additional lighting equipment

A camouflaged vehicle includes a vehicle having lighting equipment and a plurality of windows, a camouflage positioned over an exterior of the vehicle and allowing visibility through at least a portion of the plurality of windows, and additional lighting equipment supported by said vehicle outside of said camouflage. At least a portion of the lighting equipment may be visible through the camouflage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160264020

Variable creep torque

An exemplary creep torque selection method includes selecting an amount of reverse creep torque for a vehicle. The selecting is independent from an amount of forward creep torque for the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160264005

Electrified vehicle cable having an inductor portion

An exemplary electrified vehicle assembly includes a cable connected to an electrified vehicle battery. The cable has a coiled portion providing an inductor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160263986

Axle assembly for hybrid electric vehicle

A hybrid electric vehicle axle includes two separate pinion gears meshing with a single beveled ring gear. One pinion gear conveys power from the internal combustion powertrain while the other pinion conveys power from an electric motor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160263968

Adjustable door glass attachment bracket

A glass panel attachment bracket for a vehicle includes a receiver for receiving at least a portion of a glass panel. The receiver includes at least one adjustable fastener adapted for impinging on a surface of the portion of the glass panel received in the receiver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160263966

Vent adjusting system

A vehicle air vent system may include a vehicle air vent having an airflow mechanism configured to control the direction of airflow therefrom, a user interface positioned around a periphery of the vent; and a controller programmed to, based on a received touch point signal from the interface, instruct the mechanism to direct airflow from the vent in a direction corresponding to a location of the received touch point signal.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160263961

Passenger cabin preconditioning during dc fast charging events

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, automatically preconditioning a passenger cabin of an electrified vehicle during a dc fast charging event of a battery assembly if the electrified vehicle is turned off.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160263800

Method of molding a composite sheet

A method is provided for molding a composite sheet in an injection molding press including a female mold tool and a cooperating male mold tool. The method includes the steps of loading the composite sheet into an open mold, positioning a heating element between the composite sheet and the female mold tool to preheat the composite sheet and a cavity of the female mold tool and removing the heating element and closing the mold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160263638

Temperature measurement device for metal sheet

In at least one embodiment, a metal blank is provided including a metal sheet having a surface including at least one pair of channels defined therein. Each channel may have a first portion extending from an edge of the blank and a second portion in an interior of the blank. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160261291

Service provider adaptive vehicle antenna

A vehicle may include a plurality of antennas each associated with a different radio frequency; and a modem including a radio-frequency transceiver and an antenna control processor configured to selectively connect a selected one or more of the plurality of antennas having a radio frequency matching at least one frequency associated with a desired service provider to the transceiver. The vehicle may also determine whether a service-provider-recommended alternate frequency is available, responsive to service provider signal strength being below a predefined signal strength; and if so, direct the modem to switch to an antenna associated with the alternate frequency, and otherwise, cycle to a next available antenna frequency.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160261213

Reliable current sensing for inverter-controlled electric machine

Phase currents of an inverter-driven electric machine are measured by mounting phase conductors of each respective phase current into a central passage of a respective flux core. A plurality of current sensors are mounted into a gap of each respective flux core to generate a respective plurality of current signals for each phase current. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160260270

Secure keypad code entry

A keypad having a plurality of switches identifies a numerical value according to user input to the plurality of switches. The numerical value may be computed as a total count of the plurality of switches that are swiped across in a consistent direction or may be computed as a total count of the plurality of switches that are simultaneously pressed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160259439

Multi-touch keyless entry pad

A vehicle includes an external keypad, having a touchpad. The keypad may be configured to identify an access code according to user input to the touchpad, the access code including one of (i) a numerical value indicating a count of simultaneously pressed keys of the touchpad, and (ii) a swipe pattern including a press, slide, and release from the touchpad; and send the access code to a controller to facilitate access to a vehicle unlock user interface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160258993

Ac traction motor fault detection using dc bus leakage hardware

An electrified vehicle has first and second dc buses and a chassis ground. A leakage detector has a detector switch and detector resistor in series between the first bus and chassis ground. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160258591

Luminescent vehicle molding

A lighting apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The lighting apparatus comprises a cover portion mounted to a body panel and forming an opening extending along a perimeter of the body panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160258556

Plated sealing system for vehicle assembly

A sealing system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an exterior plate, an interior plate, a first seal received against the exterior plate and configured to restrict moisture ingress through the exterior plate and a second seal received against the interior plate and configured to restrict moisture ingress through the interior plate.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160258495

Magnetically actuated clutch assembly

A clutch assembly includes a first clutch including a cam plate, a pocket plate and axially pivoting struts that drivably connect the plates for rotation in a first rotary direction, and disconnect the plates when the cam plate rotates in a second direction relative to the pocket plate, and a second clutch including a first cam plate, a first pocket plate, a coil and first struts that drivably connect the first cam plate and the first pocket plate for rotation in the second direction and disconnect the first cam plate and the first pocket plate when the coil is energized and the first cam plate rotates in the first direction relative to the first pocket plate.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160258464

Rivets with anti-rotational features

Semi-tubular self-piercing rivets and solid rivets are provided with surface features such as recesses or lobes. The recesses or lobes engage the panels that are joined by the rivet to prevent rotation of one or both panels after rivet insertion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160258376

Method and system for determining air-fuel ratio imbalance

Methods and systems are presented for assessing the presence or absence of cylinder air-fuel ratio deviation that may result in air-fuel ratio imbalance between engine cylinders. In one example, the method may include assessing the presence or absence of air-fuel ratio errors based on deviation from an expected air-fuel ratio during a deceleration fuel shut-off event.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160258375

Method and system for determining air-fuel ratio imbalance

Methods and systems are presented for assessing the presence or absence of cylinder air-fuel ratio deviation that may result in air-fuel ratio imbalance between engine cylinders. In one example, the method may include assessing the presence or absence of air-fuel ratio errors based on deviation from an expected air-fuel ratio during a deceleration fuel shut-off event.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160258371

Methods and systems for estimating exhaust pressure with a variable voltage oxygen sensor

Methods and systems are provided for estimating an engine exhaust pressure based on outputs from an exhaust oxygen sensor. In one example, a method may include estimating an exhaust pressure of exhaust gas flowing through an engine exhaust passage based on a difference between a first output of an oxygen sensor disposed in the exhaust passage and a second output of the oxygen sensor and then adjusting engine operation based on the estimated exhaust pressure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160258350

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

09/08/16 / #20160257369

Removable powerpack and seat for a bicycle

A bicycle may include a detachable seat assembly configured to disconnect from a bicycle frame, the detachable seat assembly including a housing, a post extending from the housing and a seat supported by the post, the seat having two flaps extending from and foldable at a joint and configured to fold around the post.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257346

Energy absorbing rocker assembly

An exemplary rocker assembly includes a vehicle rocker at a lateral side of a vehicle, and a battery rocker at a lateral side of a battery pack of the vehicle. An exemplary energy absorbing method includes directing a first portion of a side load through a first load path that extends through a vehicle rocker at a lateral side of a vehicle, and directing a second portion of the side load through a second load path that extends through a battery rocker at a lateral side of a battery pack.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257341

Topographical integration for trailer backup assist system

A trailer backup assist system for vehicles utilizes surface slope data to provide an alert to an operator if a problematic operating condition is present and/or imminent while the vehicle is backing up with a trailer attached thereto. The trailer backup assist system may also be configured to utilize surface slope data to control steering, braking, or other vehicle operating parameter while the vehicle is backing up with a trailer attached thereto. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257339

Steering system for a motor vehicle and method for operating same

A method operates a steering system of a motor vehicle having a steerable wheel controlled using a steering wheel. The method begins by ascertaining a prevailing control angle of the steering wheel of the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257338

Steering systems including locking controls for a motor vehicle, and motor vehicles including steering systems

A steering locking system is provided for a motor vehicle that includes a pin, a locking disc to receive the pin, an actuation device, and a control unit. The actuation device is configured to control movement of the pin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257304

System and method for parallel parking a vehicle

A system for parallel parking a vehicle in a target parking space is provided herein. A sensing system is configured to detect objects located proximate the target parking space. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257303

Park assist with tire radius consideration

A vehicle, a vehicle parking assist system, and a parking method, is provided. A powertrain and a steering system may be operated to guide the vehicle into a parking location to complete a drive cycle based on a default tire radius, a tire angular velocity acquired during a drive cycle in response to a steering angle of the steering system exceeding a threshold value, and wheel and gps vehicle speeds for the drive cycle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257295

Systems and methods for adjusting kinetic energy in a hybrid vehicle before and during a change in road grade

A method of controlling a hybrid vehicle includes automatically varying a current vehicle speed away from a target vehicle speed. The automatic variation of vehicle speed is response to an adaptive cruise control system being active with a target vehicle speed being selected, and in response to an anticipated change in power demand for maintaining the target vehicle speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257288

Systems and methods to improve fuel economy using adaptive cruise in a hybrid electric vehicle when approaching traffic lights

A method for controlling a vehicle includes automatically controlling vehicle brakes to decelerate the vehicle at a braking deceleration rate in response to an anticipated stop at a traffic signal and an adaptive cruise control system being active. The method further includes, in response to the vehicle decelerating to an intermediate speed, releasing the vehicle brakes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257284

Seat-belt mounting system

An apparatus includes a mounting plate having at least one deformable opening arranged to receive a securing member. The opening is configured to deform when a load on the mounting plate exceeds a predetermined threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257276

Vehicle seat assembly with side-impact airbag deployment mechanism

A vehicle seatback assembly includes an outer shell coupled to a seatback carrier via a releasable coupling arrangement. The releasable coupling arrangement can take various forms in order to securely couple the outer shell to the seatback carrier. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257272

Vehicle seat thermistor for classifying seat occupant type

A thermistor-based system and method for distinguishing between adult and child passengers and, of the child passengers, between those seated in a child restraint system and those seated in a child booster is provided. The disclosed inventive concept includes at least one classification thermistor/temperature sensing device, at least one reference thermistor, an algorithm to compute and classify conditions, and related wiring and hardware. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257229

Movable inserts for concealing child safety seat anchors in a vehicle

A method and apparatus for concealing the crs anchor of a vehicle when not in use and exposing the anchor when crs attachment is required. The inventive concept disclosed herein provides the use of concealing seat trim that can be removed, slid, or rotated to reveal the crs anchor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257225

Enhanced fixed anchor accessibility for child safety seat anchors in a vehicle

A method and apparatus for displacing a portion of either or both of a vehicle seat back and a seat base to reveal a crs anchor are disclosed. The inventive concept disclosed herein provides the use of a seat back foam displacing assembly that includes a user-operable actuator, an interface attachment member, and a tension extension member connecting the actuator and the interface attachment member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257219

Coverless battery assembly for electrified vehicle

An electrified vehicle according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a floor pan and a battery assembly mounted to an underside of the floor pan. The battery assembly includes an open top such that the floor pan acts as a cover of the battery assembly.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257217

System and method for adjusting battery pack state of charge limits

Systems and methods for operating a battery pack supplying power to propel a vehicle are disclosed. One example method comprises, adjusting a battery pack state of charge window in response to vehicle mass. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257198

In-vehicle component user interface

A system may include an in-vehicle component, including a first control set to configure the component, configured to identify a device associated with a user approach to the component; and send an interaction request to the device to cause the device to display a user interface for the component including a second control set to configure the component, the second control set including at least one function unavailable in the first control set. A personal device may receive, from an in-vehicle component including a first control set to configure the component, a user interface definition descriptive of a second control set to configure the component; and receive, from the component, a request to display a user interface for the component including the second control set to configure the component, the second control set including at least one function unavailable in the first control set.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257197

Methods and system for providing vehicle performance feedback

Systems and methods for supplying feedback to a driver of a vehicle so that transmission shifting busyness may be reduced are presented. In one example, the systems and methods include increasing resistance of an accelerator pedal in response to a difference between an available powertrain torque and a desired powertrain torque.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160257186

Motor vehicle with drip resistant textured-paint surface feature around body side opening above door

A motor vehicle has a body including a header margin at least partially defining a body side opening. The motor vehicle further includes a first door received in and closing at least a first portion of the body side opening and a drip resistant textured-paint surface feature provided along the header margin above the first door.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160256921

Process and tool for forming a vehicle component

A tool and a process for forming a vehicle component is provided. An insert has a lost core generally encapsulated by a cast metal shell. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160255185

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

09/01/16 / #20160253895

Method and apparatus for occupant customized wellness monitoring

A system includes a processor configured to wirelessly connect to a wearable device. The processor is also configured to determine a device-wearer identity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160253699

Method and apparatus for advertisement screening

A system includes a processor configured to initiate a new user-model for advertising evaluation based on a user request. The processor is also configured to add basic user demographic information to the model. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160252608

Digital beamforming based resolution of out-of-path targets showing up as in-path due to grating lobes in array antenna radars

An antenna system, such as a radar antenna system, includes an array of antenna elements and a controller. The controller outputs an in-path indicator in response to an angle of arrival for a target being less than a threshold angle for a given range to the target. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160252026

Method and system for improved dilution tolerance

Methods and systems are provided for improving combustion stability, in particular during transient operations such as tip-out to lower load conditions, when egr is being purged. Until a desired lp-egr rate is achieved, fuel may be delivered as a split injection with at least an intake stroke injection and a compression stroke injection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160252025

Engine refurbishment using ionized air

Methods and systems are provided for refurbishing an engine using ionized air. During a service mode, a service technician may stream ionized air from an external ionized air source to an engine cylinder via the engine intake system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160251989

Systems and methods for differential heating of exhaust catalysts

Exhaust aftertreatment systems and methods are described for reducing emissions output therefrom. In one example, an exhaust gas aftertreatment system comprises a first catalyst downstream of a branchpoint in a first exhaust pathway, a second catalyst downstream of the branchpoint in a second exhaust pathway, an electrical heater positioned upstream of the branchpoint for heating the exhaust flow, a control unit for adjusting an exhaust heating current of the electrical heater, and a valve for adjusting a distribution of exhaust flow to the first and second catalyst, the control unit including instructions to adjust the valve responsive to a substrate temperature within one or more of the first and second catalysts. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160251052

Bicycle with detachable head-tube subassembly

A bicycle may include a detachable head subassembly comprising a fork configured to support a front wheel, and handlebars connected to the fork via a stem at least partially disposed in a head-tube. The head-tube has a first attachment feature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160251036

Vehicle hinge assembly and method of operating the same

In one or more embodiments, a hinge assembly is provided to a vehicle including first and second parts with the first part including a hinge aperture, where the hinge assembly includes a hinge arm to be connected to the second part and partially received through the hinge aperture, and a hinge skirt including a skirt aperture to partially receive the hinge arm, the hinge skirt to be positioned between the first and second parts.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160251033

Collapsible hood inner structure to absorb and dissipate energy

A hood assembly for a vehicle includes an outer panel and an inner panel. The inner panel includes a plurality of slots or apertures defined in a portion of an edge thereof, disposed to cause a controlled deformation of a left side edge and a right side edge of the hood assembly on receiving a frontal impact. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160251016

Selectable autonomous driving modes

A vehicle system includes a user interface device and an autonomous mode controller. The user interface device receives a user input representing a driving mode selection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160251012

Methods relating to exhaust after-treatment devices

The present disclosure relates to an operating method for a motor vehicle having a hybrid drivetrain where in a demand check, at least one exhaust-gas after-treatment actual value, which characterizes a current exhaust-gas after-treatment actual state, is compared with an exhaust-gas after-treatment setpoint value, and if, in the event of a deviation of the exhaust-gas after-treatment actual value from the exhaust-gas after-treatment setpoint value, a demand for a measure is detected. The measure comprises supplying charge gas, which has recirculated exhaust gas, to the internal combustion engine during overrun operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160250988

Vehicle impact energy absorber

A seat includes a seat back having a frame and a cover, an impact absorbing device, and an actuator in communication with the impact absorbing device. The impact absorbing device is movable from a stowed position to a deployed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160250983

Methods and systems to determine and communicate driver performance

A method of rating driver effectiveness based on vehicle data compared to other vehicles that have driven over the same road segment includes storing driving speed data over a road segment for a plurality of vehicles. The method further includes calculating a nominal speed profile for the road segment based on the driving speed data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160250979

Luggage compartment hook organizer

A vehicle cargo system includes a support fixed to a roof of the cargo system. The support has a first edge and a second edge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160250969

Vehicle mirage roof

A vehicle system includes a camera configured to capture a live video feed of a view above a vehicle and a display panel configured to display the live video feed of the view above the vehicle in real time inside the vehicle. The display panel may be attached or adhered to the interior roof surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160250926

System and method for reducing vehicle generated carbon dioxide emissions

A system is disclosed having a primary vehicle and a secondary vehicle that is carried by the primary vehicle when not in use. The system further includes at least one of an immobilizing device to immobilize the primary vehicle if the secondary vehicle is removed from the primary vehicle, a data storage device for storing information regarding usage of the primary and secondary vehicles, a user interface device for displaying information regarding usage of the primary and secondary vehicles, and a user prompt for providing information regarding potential opportunities for use of the secondary vehicle to encourage usage of the secondary vehicle and lower co2 emissions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160250781

Panel assembly and method of forming the same

A method of forming a panel assembly from a including a through-aperture defining head and tail edges along a thickness direction, may include contacting at least a portion of the tail edge with a polymer, moving a volume of the polymer toward the head edge within the through-aperture, and heating the volume of the polymer to form the panel assembly.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160250671

Cleaning of a charge-air cooler in a system with exhaust gas recirculation arrangement

Methods and systems are provided for cleaning a water-cooled charge-air cooler. In one example, a method may include condensing water present in the supplied charge-air and exhaust gas which may exist in gaseous and droplet form, and purging the condensate along with the exhaust gas. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160248905

Apparatus and method for in-vehicle location of a mobile device

In at least one embodiment, an apparatus including a controller that is electrically coupled to a plurality of transceivers within a vehicle for enabling bi-directional wireless communication via bluetooth low energy (ble) between the controller and an occupant communication device (ocd). The controller is further configured to: transmit an advertisement signal indicative of the vehicle being in motion from each transceiver to the ocd via ble and to receive, at each transceiver, a scan request signal from the ocd via ble at a first power level. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160248133

Cold plate assembly for electrified vehicle batteries

An assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a top plate piece, a bottom plate piece and tubing sandwiched between the top plate piece and the bottom plate piece.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160248129

Battery thermal management system

A battery thermal management system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery assembly and a coolant subsystem that circulates coolant through the battery assembly. The battery assembly is heated by a first portion of the coolant from an engine if a temperature of the battery assembly is below a first temperature threshold and is cooled by a second portion of the coolant from a chiller if the temperature is above a second temperature threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160247339

Sequence for accessing keypad reprogramming mode

A vehicle includes a controller, in communication with a vehicle keypad and at least one key fob authorized to access the vehicle. The controller may be configured to enter a keypad programming mode responsive to receipt of a predefined sequence including button presses of fob controls of the at least one key fob; receive a personal code entered to the keypad; and store the personal code for comparison with keypad input of a user requesting to unlock the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160247333

Method and apparatus for vehicle warning light handling

A system includes a processor configured to detect a vehicle condition associated with a warning light. The processor is also configured to obtain explanatory information explaining the cause of the warning light. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160247330

Method and apparatus for dynamic position reporting rate determination

A system includes a processor configured to receive a geo-fence definition defining a geographic perimeter or point. The processor is also configured to receive a vehicle location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160247329

Tire rotation warning

A vehicle includes a tire rotation reminder system. The system includes a controller that generates a tire rotation reminder based on a predicted driving time for attaining a predetermined difference in tread wear between front tires and rear tires. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245405

Method for reducing the amount of fuel used by an engine of a motor vehicle

A method is disclosed for reducing the fuel used by an engine of a motor vehicle. The method limits the speed at which the engine can rotate when a predefined engine upper speed limit necoul for the particular gear in which the motor vehicle is currently operating has been reached or limiting the road speed of the motor vehicle when a predefined vehicle road speed has been reached. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245351

Active cancellation of brake torque variation

Systems and methods for cancelling brake torque variation in a motor vehicle are disclosed. Signals indicative of brake torque variation are received at a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245323

Mechanical joining top sheet isolation

A system is provided for attaching a layer of a metal to other layers in a material stack-up using a metal mechanical fastener that does not allow for direct contact between the fastener and the metal layer, thereby neutralizing any galvanic reaction between the metal sheet and the fastener and avoiding corrosion. The metal layer may be any of several metals, including magnesium. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245240

Humidity sensor diagnostic method using condensation clearing heater

A diagnostic method for a capacitive humidity sensor comprising a heater, and a capacitance-sensing element that individually identifies heater, temperature-sensing element, or capacitance-sensing element degradation. By this method, individual elements of the sensor may be replaced or compensated for to allow for further operation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245224

Ptwa coating on pistons and/or cylinder heads and/or cylinder bores

A surface of a piston and/or a cylinder head and/or a cylinder bore of an internal combustion cylinder with selectively applied plasma transferred wire arc coating which acts as a thermal barrier improving fuel efficiency and reducing fuel emissions and a method of producing the plasma transferred wire arc coating on a surface of a piston and/or cylinder head and/or a cylinder bore of a compression ignition and/or spark ignition engine.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245221

Methods and systems for mitigating fuel injector leak

Methods and systems are provided for performing mitigating actions in response to detecting a fuel injector leak. In one example, a method may include in response to detecting a fuel injector leak, performing first high pressure mitigating actions including increasing a fuel rail pressure, increasing a pulse width delivered to the leaking fuel injector, and commanding fuel injection during compression stroke; in response to the first mitigating actions not reducing the leak below a threshold rate, performing second high pressure mitigating actions including increasing the fuel rail pressure, increasing the pulse width delivered to the leaking injector, and commanding fuel injection during intake stroke for a cylinder receiving fuel from the leaking injector; and in response to the second mitigating actions not reducing the leak below the threshold rate, reducing the fuel rail pressure, and commanding intake stroke fuel injection to all cylinders.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245220

Method for operating a common rail injection arrangement for an internal combustion engine have a stop-start system

Methods and system are provided for operating a fuel system of a stop-start engine system. In one example a method may comprise powering off a lift pump and maintaining a volume control valve in a closed position during an engine stop to maintain a fuel pressure within a fuel rail and one or more fuel injectors. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245218

Method for cooling a direct injection pump

Methods and systems are provided for cooling a high pressure fuel pump. One method includes, when a spill valve is in a pass-through state, circulating fuel from a compression chamber of the high pressure fuel pump to a step room of the high pressure fuel pump. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245213

Methods and systems for an intake oxygen sensor

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a reference voltage for an intake manifold oxygen sensor based on ingestion of hydrocarbons from a fuel system canister and/or an engine crankcase. During conditions when purge or crankcase ventilation hydrocarbons are ingested in the intake aircharge, the intake oxygen sensor is transitioned from operating at a lower reference voltage to a higher reference voltage where the effects of the ingested hydrocarbons on the sensor output are nullified. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245212

Methods and systems for an oxygen sensor

Methods and systems are provided for accurately learning the zero point of an intake gas oxygen sensor during selected engine no-fueling conditions. The learned zero point is used to infer egr flow and accordingly adjust egr valve control. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245204

Methods and systems for estimating an air-fuel ratio with a variable voltage oxygen sensor

Methods and systems are provided for estimating an exhaust air/fuel ratio based on outputs from an exhaust oxygen sensor. In one example, a method may include adjusting engine operation based on an air-fuel ratio estimated based on an output of the exhaust oxygen sensor and a learned correction factor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245203

Method of controlling the stopping and starting of an engine

A method of stopping and starting an engine of a vehicle having a manually operated clutch system including a clutch for driveably connecting the engine to a transmission includes controlling stopping and starting of the engine based on first and second clutch engagement thresholds selected based on whether the clutch is being engaged or disengaged. The first threshold corresponds to a more disengaged state of the clutch than the second threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245200

Vehicle method for barometric pressure identification

A vehicle method for barometric pressure identification, including adjusting engine operation responsive to barometric pressure, the barometric pressure based on a pressure change at a sector of the fuel system when the sector is sealed with the vehicle travelling. The method may utilize a pressure change at the sealed sector of the fuel system, such as a sealed fuel tank, to identify barometric pressure, even with the engine off for extended durations of vehicle travel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245199

Method for reducing air flow in an engine at idle

Methods and systems are provided for controlling air ingestion in an engine during idle conditions. One example approach includes adjusting an opening of a common shut-off valve via an electronic controller, the common shut-off valve regulating each of motive flow through an aspirator and crankcase ventilation (cv) flow from a crankcase. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245198

Methods and systems for humidity determination via an oxygen sensor

Methods are provided for determining ambient humidity based on outputs from an intake air or exhaust gas sensor. In one example, an oxygen sensor may be operated as a variable voltage sensor, between a lower first voltage and a higher second voltage, to determine a dry air oxygen reading. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245193

Methods and system for fuel ethanol content estimation and engine control

Methods and systems are provided for determining an amount of alcohol in fuel injected into an engine based on outputs from an exhaust gas sensor. In one example, a method includes estimating a first fuel alcohol content based on an air-fuel ratio estimated with the exhaust oxygen sensor and estimating a second fuel alcohol content based on a change in sensor output during modulating a reference voltage of the exhaust oxygen sensor between a first and second voltage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245192

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

08/25/16 / #20160245190

Ambient humidity detection transmission shifts

Various method for operating an engine responsive to transmission shifts under non-fueling conditions are provided. In one example, a method of operating an internal combustion engine comprises deactivating at least one engine cylinder, performing a diagnostic while the at least one engine cylinder is deactivated and while the engine is operating under high load, predicting a transmission shift, and responsive to the predicted transmission shift, reducing engine load below the high load and terminating the diagnostic.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160245159

Exhaust gas-turbocharged internal combustion engine comprising a radial compressor with guide device arranged in the diffuser, and method for operating an internal combustion engine of said type

Methods and systems are provided for an adjustable diffuser of a turbocharger compressor. In one example, a compressor includes a diffuser formed in a compressor housing downstream of an impeller of the compressor, the diffuser including guide blades mounted on a rotatable annular support of the diffuser. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160244094

Rear suspension systems with rotary devices for laterally tiltable multitrack vehicles

A suspension system for a laterally tiltable, multitrack vehicle may include a balancer system extending between first and second trailing arms. The suspension system may further include a rotary device acting between the trailing arms. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160244049

System and method for controlling hybrid vehicle

A hybrid vehicle and method for reducing fuel consumption include upper and lower engine speed limits set based upon whether the state of charge of a battery electrically connected to an electric machine, which may be implemented by an integrated starter-generator is sufficiently high to permit the electric machine to provide a temporary torque boost to an engine of the motor vehicle. If the state of charge of the battery is sufficiently high to permit temporary torque boosting, then the upper and lower engine speed limits are reduced from baseline upper and lower limits to adjusted upper and lower limits to reduce fuel consumption of the engine without adversely affecting nvh.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160244044

Battery state of charge engine shut-off threshold based on predicted operation

A vehicle includes an engine; a fraction battery; and a controller or a battery control system having a controller. The controller is programed to respond to a predicted duration of charge sustaining operation for a drive cycle and a speed of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160244043

Battery charging strategy in a hybrid vehicle

A vehicle includes an engine, a motor selectively coupled to the engine, a transmission selectively coupled to the motor, and a controller. The motor is able to operate as a motor (to provide torque to the transmission) and a generator (to charge a battery). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160244029

Vehicle car wash mode

A vehicle system includes a processing device programmed to receive a first user input signal and activate a car wash mode in response to receiving the first user input signal. Activating the car wash mode includes temporarily disabling at least one vehicle safety system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160244022

Vehicle control action sequence for operator authentication

When a vehicle is not in a motive mode, a controller may monitor operator input entered via vehicle controls that have functions other than access control, and enable the vehicle to transition to the motive mode if the operator input matches a predetermined vehicle-enable action sequence. The controller may also, responsive to operator input requesting to record the vehicle-enable action sequence, construct a vehicle-enable action sequence according to subsequent operator input entered by the operator via the vehicle controls; and apply the vehicle-enable action sequence as a requirement to be repeated by a vehicle operator to enable transition to motive mode.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160244010

Method and apparatus for predictive vehicle preconditioning

A system includes a processor configured to access a schedule of vehicle start times. The processor is also configured to select a scheduled key-on time, when a current time is within a tunable proximity to the scheduled key-on time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160244005

Wheel rim-mounted regeneration coil-magnet system

A bicycle includes a frame, a charging circuit carried by the frame and configured to capture energy associated with movement of the bicycle, a power module carried by the frame, and a switch disposed electrically between the charging circuit and power module. The power module, in response to an indication that the bicycle is travelling downhill, closes the switch to enable energy transfer between the charging circuit and power module.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160243992

Vehicle deployable front step

A vehicle and a hood release system are provided. The vehicle may include a hood release lever disposed within a vehicle cabin connected to a hood latch assembly and a step assembly disposed within a front portion of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160243969

Cup holder assemblies

A cup holder assembly includes a pair of planar bodies each defining a rim, and a pair of fabric pouches that are each attached to one of the rims. The planar bodies are pivotably attached to each other and are configured such that, in a folded position, the rims are stacked and the fabric pouches are nested within each other, and in a deployed position, the rims and fabric pouches are side-by-side.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160243958

Vehicle inclination based battery state of charge target

A hybrid vehicle includes a fraction battery, a powertrain coupled to the battery, and a controller or a battery management system having a controller. The controller is programmed to set a state of charge (soc) target for the battery according to losses associated with the powertrain and an angle of inclination of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160243947

Battery state of charge target based on predicted regenerative energy

A hybrid vehicle includes an engine; a traction battery; and a controller or a vehicle control system having a controller. The controller is programmed to respond to a state of charge (soc) of the traction battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160243931

Fuel tank pressure sensor rationality for a hybrid vehicle during refueling

Methods and systems are provided for performing fuel tank pressure sensor rationality for a hybrid electric vehicle during refueling. In one example, a method may include indicating degradation of the fuel tank pressure sensor based on the pressure detected in the canister vent line when the canister vent line is restricted.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160243921

Vehicle ventilation system incorporating an inlet duct including a poppet valve

A vehicle ventilation system includes an inlet duct incorporating a poppet valve. The system also includes an evaporator core, a heater core, an air discharge duct and a blower. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160243920

Electrified vehicle conditioning using grid power

An exemplary method includes conditioning an electrified vehicle to maintain a target conditioning level using power from a grid source. The conditioning either lasts from a conclusion of a first drive cycle to the beginning of a second drive cycle that is subsequent the first drive cycle, or lasts from a conclusion of a first drive cycle for set time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160243918

Rear suspension systems for laterally tiltable multitrack vehicles

A rear suspension system for a laterally tiltable, multitrack vehicle may include first and second trailing arms. The rear suspension system may further include first and second balancer systems acting between the first and second trailing arms. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160241695

System and method of facilitating communication between a mobile device and vehicle computer system

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

08/18/16 / #20160240865

Corrosion resistant metal bipolar plate for a pemfc including a radical scavenger

The present disclosure includes fuel cell bipolar plates and methods of forming a radical scavenging coating on a bipolar plate. The bipolar plates may include a steel substrate, a middle layer contacting the steel substrate and including a bulk material and a radical scavenging material, and a conductive layer contacting the middle layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160239317

Method and apparatus for application management and control

A system includes a processor configured to load a dashboard application including control over a secondary application. The processor is also configured to determine, via the dashboard application, a condition associated with the launch of the secondary application. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160238127

Methods and system for operating a vehicle transmission

Systems and methods for operating a transmission of a hybrid vehicle's driveline are presented. In one example, the systems and methods adjust operation of an electrically driven transmission pump that supplies transmission fluid to one or more transmission components in response to a rotational stopping position of a mechanically drive transmission pump.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160237946

Bulkhead insert for an internal combustion engine

An engine includes a cylinder block defining at least one main bearing bulkhead adjacent to a cylinder, and a crankshaft rotatably housed within the block by a main bearing. A bulkhead insert has a cap portion, and an insert portion provided within the bulkhead. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160237945

Piston crown to raise compression ratio

A piston includes a crown having a deck, a spark recess, an exhaust valve recess, and an intake valve recess. The piston also includes a wedge disposed on the crown extending from the exhaust valve recess and the intake valve recess toward the spark recess above the deck. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160237922

Method and system for knock control

Methods and systems are provided for improving engine knock control by accounting for a drop in charge cooling efficiency of a knock control fluid at higher temperatures. In response to the prediction of an elevated temperature of a knock control fluid at a time of release from a direct injector, a pulse width of the injection is adjusted. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160237884

Turbocharger system having an air-cooled wastegate actuator

A system and methods for a vehicle are provided for adjusting each of a speed of a radiator fan and a position of grille shutters of the vehicle responsive to a temperature at a wastegate exceeding a temperature threshold. In one example, a system may include a radiator fan at a front end of a vehicle, an engine coupled to an exhaust passage, a turbine in the exhaust passage having a bypass conduit, a wastegate positioned in the turbine conduit, and the wastegate receiving airflow from downstream of the radiator fan via a cooling duct.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160236680

System and method for parallel parking a vehicle

A system for parallel parking a vehicle into a target parking space is provided herein. The system includes a user input device through which one or more parking parameter selections are made. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160236677

Methods and systems for engine starting during a shift

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, torque demand of a driveline after a shift is forecast to determine if it is desirable to start the engine early so that engine torque is available after the shift. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160236670

Methods and system for operating a vehicle transmission

Systems and methods for operating a hybrid vehicle driveline that includes an engine and a motor are presented. In one example, the systems and methods include one or more speed control modes where torque output of a motor is adjusted responsive to different control parameters in the different control modes.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160236659

Steering wheel mounted trailer brake controllers and systems

A trailer brake controller for a motor vehicle may include a control unit configured to be mounted behind a spoke of a steering wheel of the vehicle, and a brake lever coupled to the control unit and extending along the control unit such that, when the control unit is mounted behind the spoke of the steering wheel, the brake lever extends above and/or below the spoke in a direction substantially perpendicular to the spoke. The brake lever may be configured to transmit a force applied to the lever by the driver to the control unit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160236644

Belly pan and energy absorption system for a motor vehicle

A belly pan is provided for a motor vehicle. The belly pan includes a body having at least one stiffener with a forwardmost zone of peak section force f1, an intermediate zone of peak section force f2 and a rearwardmost zone of peak section force f3 where f1<f2<f3. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160236604

Cup holder system for a motor vehicle

A cup holder system is provided for a motor vehicle. The cup holder system includes a storage bin having a housing and a cover. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160236601

Seatback with collapsible internal support unit

A vehicle seat includes a cushion and a seatback rotatably coupled with the cushion, the seatback defining a height. The seatback further has an internal support unit with a connecting member extending through a portion of the height and a plurality of flexible ribs extending from the connecting member to ends fixed with the seatback. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160236597

Air-suspended seat surfaces for folding vehicle seats

A vehicle seat includes a cushion having a coverstock defining a seat surface with a flexible central region and a flexible edge region. The vehicle seat further includes a compressible edge bladder beneath the coverstock edge region and a first compressible inflation bladder positioned beneath the coverstock central region and in fluidic communication with the edge bladder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160236594

Air-suspended seat surfaces for folding vehicle seats

A vehicle seat includes a seatback having a coverstock defining a seat surface with a flexible lower region and a flexible upper region. The seatback further has a compressible upper bladder beneath the coverstock upper region and a compressible inflation bladder positioned beneath the coverstock lower region and in fluidic communication with the upper bladder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160236592

Cantilever snap tab attachment device

An attachment device is provided for securing a first workpiece to a second workpiece. The attachment device includes an attachment head and a receiver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160236587

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

An exemplary electric vehicle includes a data storage module to hold a range of past energy consumption rates for an electric vehicle, and a controller to calculate a predicted energy consumption for the electric vehicle based on variations in the past energy consumption rates across the range. An exemplary vehicle assembly includes a data storage module to hold a range of past energy consumption rates for an electric vehicle, and a controller configured to calculate a predicted energy consumption for the electric vehicle based on variations in the range. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160236586

Vehicle battery charge preparation for post-drive cycle power generation

A vehicle includes a connector for coupling a battery in the vehicle to a load external to the vehicle. An energy management system includes a controller that is programmed to operate the battery in a vehicle according to a target state of charge range that is defined by upper and lower state of charge limits. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160236537

System and method of controlling ventilation of a passenger compartment of a vehicle

A system and method of controlling ventilation of a passenger compartment of a vehicle. An intake vent may be opened to allow ambient air to enter the passenger compartment and an exhaust vent may be opened to allow cabin air to exit the passenger compartment when the cabin air temperature is greater than the adjusted ambient air temperature value and a precipitation condition is not present.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160233530

Fuel cell assembly with cooling system

A fuel cell assembly includes a fuel cell arrangement having first and second plates sandwiching a membrane electrode assembly. The arrangement defines first and second header regions that each include supply and return headers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160233525

Multilayer coating for corrosion resistant metal bipolar plate for a pemfc

The present disclosure includes a fuel cell bipolar plate including a coating and methods for forming the coating. The bipolar plate may include a steel substrate and a coating contacting the steel substrate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160233468

Battery enclosure surrounded by internally reinforced cylindrical impact absorbing elements

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

08/11/16 / #20160233467

Impact absorbing elements attached to the outer surface of a battery enclosure

A battery housing for a traction motor battery of a vehicle is disclosed that includes a plurality of elongated impact absorbing members attached to the walls of the enclosure. The impact absorbing members may be integrally formed with the walls of the enclosure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160233464

Battery enclosure with arc-shaped elongated impact absorbing ribs

An enclosure for a traction motor battery of a vehicle is disclosed that includes a plurality of impact absorbing members on the exterior of the enclosure. The impact absorbing members have an arc-shaped or partially cylindrical wall and a flat wall that define a partially cylindrical pocket. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160233460

Method and apparatus for attaching a crushable carbon fiber reinforced polymer structure to the outer surface of a battery enclosure

A battery housing for a traction motor battery of a vehicle is disclosed that includes a plurality of elongated impact absorbing carbon fiber reinforced polymer members attached to the walls of the enclosure. The impact absorbing members may be corrugated members that have ridges and furrows connected by ramp surfaces that define trapezoidal spaces relative to the sides of the enclosure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160233061

Heated air plasma treatment

The present disclosure includes atmospheric plasma systems and methods for plasma treating a surface. The plasma system may include a plasma probe configured to receive a source air that is at or above atmospheric pressure and discharge a plasma from a probe tip. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160230882

Transmission and method of controlling clutch during ratio change

A transmission and control method are disclosed which ensure proper stroke pressure and minimize torque transients during a shift event. The transmission includes a clutch having a torque capacity based on a fluid pressure, a torque sensor adapted to measure a torque value that varies in relationship to the torque capacity, and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160230713

Snap-in spring clip assembly

A snap-in spring clip assembly includes a discrete clip cleat and a fastener carried on the clip cleat. The discrete clip cleat includes a body having a base, a first rib depending from the base and a second rib depending from the base. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160230696

Hybrid composite cylinder head

An engine cylinder head comprising an internal metal structure formed from a metal material and an external polymer composite structure formed from a polymer composite material, wherein the external polymer composite structure at least partially surrounds the internal metal structure.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160230695

Reciprocating piston engine with liner

A reciprocating piston engine which has a cylinder block, at least one combustion chamber arranged in the cylinder block and a liner which borders the combustion chamber and is composed of a first material is provided. In one example, the reciprocating piston engine comprises a reinforcing element composed of a second material for the radial reinforcement of the liner, said reinforcing element being arranged between the cylinder block and the liner and at least partially surrounding the liner, with the second material having a higher modulus of elasticity than the first material.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160230684

System and methods for operating an exhaust gas recirculation valve based on a temperature difference of the valve

Methods and systems are provided for determining changes in a flow area of an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) valve for egr flow estimates due to a change in temperature difference between a stem and body of the egr valve. In one example, a method includes adjusting an egr valve based on an estimate of egr flow, the egr flow estimated based on a pressure difference across the egr valve and an adjusted valve flow area. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160230683

System and methods for diagnosing soot accumulation on an exhaust gas recirculation valve

Methods and systems are provided for determining changes in a flow area of an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) valve for egr flow estimates due to soot accumulation on the egr valve. In one example, a method includes indicating soot accumulation on the egr valve based on a difference in egr flow estimated with an intake oxygen sensor and with a pressure sensor coupled across the egr valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160230682

System and methods for adjusting an exhaust gas recirculation valve based on multiple sensor outputs

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) valve based on a final egr estimate. In one example, a method may include adjusting the egr valve based on a final egr flow estimate, the final egr flow estimate based on a first egr flow estimated with a differential pressure sensor across the egr valve, a second egr flow estimated with an intake oxygen sensor, and accuracy values of each of the first and second egr flows. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160230680

Engine speed control via alternator load shedding

Method and systems are provided for adjusting an engine load exerted on a vehicle engine by an alternator mechanically coupled to said engine. In one example, a method may include when decelerating a vehicle driven by an engine, recharging a battery by an alternator driven by said engine, and during engine idle speed control, when engine speed is less than desired, in a first mode reducing electrical power to selected devices, and in a second mode offsetting a set point of desired engine ignition timing to a new set point when engine speed is higher than desired.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160230649

Internal combustion engine with turbine

Methods and systems are provided for controlling a turbine within an internal combustion engine. In one example, a turbine system within an internal combustion engine may include at least one turbine with a housing that may further include at least one impeller mounted on a rotatable shaft, inlet and outlet regions, and at least one overpressure line including a self-controlling valve for controlling the flow of exhaust gas.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160230648

Methods and systems for boost control

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting operation of an electric motor coupled to a compressor at high altitude engine operation. In one example, the method may include adjusting a ratio of electric compressor assist provided by an electric motor to an intake compressor relative to turbine assist provided via a wastegate during engine idling conditions as well as during transmission gearshifts. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160230644

Cooling system diagnostic method

A method for operating an engine cooling system is provided. The method includes monitoring a coolant temperature profile after engine shut-down and indicating a low coolant level based on the coolant temperature profile determined after engine shut-down.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160230627

Muffler

The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a muffler, where the muffler includes a housing extending along a longitudinal direction, and a resonator device supported on the housing and including a body, the body including a first portion and a second portion spaced apart from and to be in fluid communication with the first portion, the fluid communication being positioned in a direction transverse to the longitudinal direction, at least one of the first portion and second portion being of a closed-loop in cross-section. The muffler of the present invention may effectively enhance reduction of low frequency noise without having to necessarily increase package volume.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160230624

Crankcase integrity breach detection

Methods and systems are provided for using a crankcase vent tube pressure or flow sensor for diagnosing a location and nature of crankcase system integrity breach. The same sensor can also be used for diagnosing air filter plugging and pcv valve degradation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229467

Compact efficient system to quickly raise and slowly lower an air dam

A front air dam assembly for a vehicle includes a translatable front air deflecting panel for altering an airflow beneath the vehicle, a deploying mechanism for translating the front air deflecting panel between a raised position and one or more deployed positions, and a rapid raising mechanism for rapidly raising the front air deflecting panel from the one or more deployed positions. A controller in operative communication with the deploying mechanism and the rapid raising mechanism controls the operation thereof. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229452

Speed optimized trajectory control for motor vehicles

A trailer backup assist system for motor vehicles includes an auxiliary user input feature that can be used by a vehicle operator to provide a steering curvature command corresponding to a desired vehicle path curvature without requiring a user to move a steering wheel of the motor vehicle. The trailer backup assist system is configured to control a vehicle speed while the vehicle is backing up with a trailer attached thereto utilizing an input comprising at least one of a steering curvature command and an angle of a trailer relative to the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229451

Trailer backup assist system with adaptive steering angle limits

A trailer backup assist system includes a sensor that measures a hitch angle between a vehicle and a trailer. A steering system controls a steering angle of the vehicle between physical angle limits. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229403

Apparatus and method to maximize vehicle functionality and fuel economy with improved drivability during engine auto stop-start operations

An auto stop-start equipped vehicle power management system includes a primary power source supplying energy to an electrical starter to crank a vehicle engine and a secondary power source coupled in parallel to the primary power source. The secondary power source supplies energy to electric loads during an engine auto stop-start operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229393

Method of engaging transmission system of a hybrid vehicle

A traction motor of a hybrid electric vehicle drives a primary pump to provide pressurized hydraulic fluid to engage a power flow path of a multi-ratio transmission. To reduce fuel consumption, the motor is maintained at zero speed until a shift lever is moved into a drive position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229348

Interior trim assembly for a vehicle

An interior trim assembly includes a door trim substrate, a compartment supported by the door trim substrate, and an armrest connected by a hinge along an edge to an inner side wall of the compartment. The compartment includes the inner side wall, and end walls, and supports at least one sub-compartment for storing items therein. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229325

Combined cup holder and storage bin

A combined cup holder and storage bin is provided. Such a device includes a rotating body having a first feature, a second feature and a third feature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229322

Value assembly for seatbacks and cushions

A method of assembling a vehicle seat assembly is provided. The method comprises the steps of providing a preassembled front seatback module and a seatback frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229320

Vehicle seat with muscle massage system

A vehicle seat includes a cushion and a seatback coupled with the cushion. The vehicle seat further includes a first set of independently inflatable massage bladders coupled within the seatback. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229308

Battery enclosure having t-shaped guides on the outer surface for stiffeners and impact absorbing elements

A battery housing for a traction motor battery of a vehicle is disclosed that includes attachments retained by parallel t-shaped guides on the outer surface of the walls of the enclosure. The attachments are oriented to extend either in a horizontal orientation or vertical orientation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229265

Vehicle speed induced ventilation for motor vehicle

A supplemental air distribution system for a motor vehicle includes comprising one or more supplemental ducts for directing ambient air from an exterior of the motor vehicle to a passenger cabin interior. The one or more supplemental ducts each include an actuable door for allowing and preventing airflow. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229257

Vehicle and vehicle cabin air extraction system

A vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes an air extraction outlet located on an interior panel that partially defines an interior cabin of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229252

Enhanced road characterization for adaptive mode drive

A vehicle selectively operates in a plurality of operational modes. The operational modes carry with them different commands for operating a controlled suspension system such as a continuously controlled damping suspension system, a controlled steering system such as an electronic power-assist steering system, and a powertrain of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229248

Vehicle suspension and method for controlling same

A vehicle suspension system having a twist beam axle including a crossbeam and two trailing arms connected thereto. The rear ends of each trailing arm, in the motor vehicle longitudinal direction, having with a wheel mount for fastening a motor vehicle wheel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160229097

Plastic part with reduced read-through

A mold assembly includes a first mold portion defining a cavity having a first wall with an edge and a second mold portion defining a surface positionable at a predetermined distance from the edge. A lifter is positionable within the cavity and is spaced apart from the first wall and the surface, the lifter including a plurality of pins extending toward the first wall and aligned in a first direction generally parallel with the edge.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160226041

Vehicle frame mounted high voltage battery assembly

A battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a tray, a battery pack received within the tray, a cover positioned over the battery pack and a mounting assembly connected to the tray and including at least one bushing configured to establish an interface with a vehicle component.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160226040

Variable volume battery assembly

A battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an enclosure assembly defining an interior and a variable volume device integrated into a wall of the enclosure assembly and configured to modify a volume of the interior.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160223813

Methods and systems for managing a vehicle computer to record information and images

A vehicle recording event method and device to monitor one or more parameters at the vehicle based on a trigger condition during a vehicle drive event. The method may receive, via a vehicle computing system, a configuration from a handheld device to output at least a portion of one or more parameters at a heads-up display (hud). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160223433

Testing fixture for vehicle rollover simulation

A testing fixture for a vehicle includes a tube and a piston slideably disposed in the tube. A seat belt d-ring is mounted t the piston. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160223432

Method and system for exhaust particulate matter sensing

Methods are described for increasing the sensitivity of particulate matter detection in an exhaust system of a vehicle. An example particulate matter sensor assembly comprises a pair of planar interdigitated electrode structures held at a voltage bias with respect to each other. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160222929

Method of controlling aspirator motive flow

Methods and systems are provided for controlling an aspirator shut-off valve in a boosted engine. One example method includes increasing an opening of the aspirator shut-off valve to allow motive flow through an aspirator in response to engine speed between a first, lower speed and a second, higher speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160222924

Latchable valve and method for operation of the latchable valve

A fuel system is provided, including a fuel tank isolation valve comprising an actuation coil and a latchable valve shaft at least partially disposed within the actuation coil. A controller may be configured to indicate a position of the valve shaft based on a measured current-voltage relationship between the first and second terminal wires during a condition in which the magnetic field generated by actuation coil current has a flux density below a threshold required to adjust a position of the latchable valve shaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160222914

Reinforced composite cylinder block

Systems and methods are provided for forming an engine comprising a thermoset composite engine block. One example method includes reinforcing the engine block with a plurality of metal strips, wherein a first portion of the plurality of metal strips are positioned in a substantially transverse direction of the engine block and a second portion of the plurality of metal strips are positioned in a substantially longitudinal direction of the engine block. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160222903

Methods and systems for powertrain control

Methods and systems are provided for calibrating powertrain output in a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method for a vehicle comprises displaying a multi-parameter powertrain calibration map on a display device, and, responsive to user input, selectively adjusting the displayed calibration map along at least one parameter and not adjusting the calibration map past one or more predetermined thresholds. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160222899

Method and system for exhaust catalyst warming

Methods and systems are provided for leveraging engine skip-fire operation during an engine cold-start to expedite catalyst heating. Based on the heat flux required, the engine may be operated with a group of cylinders selectively deactivated, with spark retard on remaining active cylinders increased, and with engine speed increased to reduce nvh issues during the skip-fire operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160222898

Method and system for maintaining a dfso

Methods and systems are provided for controlling a length of dfso. In one example, a method may include adjusting the length of dfso based on a particulate filter temperature change.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160222897

Methods and systems for indicating water at an oxygen sensor based on sensor heater power consumption

Methods and systems are provided for indicating water at an oxygen sensor based on power consumption of a heating element of the oxygen sensor. In one example, water may be indicated at an oxygen sensor positioned in an intake of an engine responsive to power consumption of the heating element of the oxygen sensor increasing above a baseline level. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160222890

Method of controlling aspirator motive flow

Systems and methods are described for controlling an aspirator control valve in an engine. An example method comprises closing the aspirator control valve responsive to diagnosing a first engine degradation condition and opening the aspirator control valve in response to diagnosing a second engine degradation condition.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160222871

Method and systems for a charge air cooler bypass

The present disclosure concerns a charge cooler with an air cooler in a first air path and with a bypass in a second air path which is connected in parallel to the first air path, wherein a thermal insulation is assigned to the bypass which thermally isolates the bypass from the air cooler, wherein the air cooler has a double-walled base body with an outer wall and with an inner wall, wherein the thermal insulation is arranged on the inner wall. The present disclosure also concerns a valve for such a charge cooler, and a turbo-charged internal combustion engine with such a charge cooler, and a motor vehicle with such an internal combustion engine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160222857

System and method for regenerating a particulate filter

Methods and systems are provided for determining soot stored in a particulate filter and regenerating the particulate filter. In one example, a method provides for operating oxygen sensors in a way that allows water in exhaust gases to be determined. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221631

Cantilevered rear stay and suspension for a shaft driven bicycle

A bicycle having a drive-shaft connecting a crank to an internal hub gearbox on a rear wheel. The bicycle having a suspension system and a cantilevered rear stay that connects the rear wheel to the frame and maintains the hub in a relative radial distance from the crank to maintain contact of the drive-shaft with the crank and gearbox. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221612

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

08/04/16 / #20160221597

Steering wheel assembly for a vehicle

A steering wheel assembly includes an armature having a hub, a rim and at least two spokes extending between the hub and the rim, and a damper. The damper connects the at least two spokes and the hub and prevents contact between the spokes and hub. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221596

Steering wheel assembly for a vehicle

A steering wheel assembly includes an armature, and a plurality of exterior shell sections. Each of the exterior shell sections include an inner layer, an intermediate layer, and an outer layer, and have a counterpart or corresponding exterior shell section. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221561

Brake booster system

Methods and systems are provided for detecting a fault within a brake booster system of a vehicle. In one example, a method may include measuring the pressure of a brake booster chamber and the pressure of an inlet manifold, comparing the booster chamber and inlet manifold pressures, determining the faulty source, and restricting the use of an electrical system in case of a fault. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221525

Passenger protection system

A passenger protection system includes a rotatable arm, a rotation mechanism rotatably attached to the rotatable arm, and a flexible sheet connected to the rotatable arm and connectable to a vehicle roof.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221513

Trim assembly having storage compartment with trap door

A trim assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. The trim assembly includes a trim panel, a storage compartment in the trim panel and a trap door. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221501

Closure lock status display system and related method

A doorlock status display system is provided for a motor vehicle. That system includes a door module and a lock status display module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221499

Steering wheel bezel with integrated horn switch function

A steering wheel assembly for a motor vehicle includes a steering wheel having a rim, a hub, and spokes connecting the rim and hub. An airbag module is disposed on the hub. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221483

Seat cushion pan assembly

A vehicle seating assembly having a seat back including a polymeric body portion defining a support frame having a plurality of forwardly extending connection pins disposed about a periphery of a forward surface of the support frame. A flexible comfort carrier is disposed over a front surface of the polymeric body portion and includes a multitude of openings defining a support matrix configured to support the weight of a passenger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221471

Selectable fixed and rotational seat frame assembly for a vehicle frame

A seat attachment system for a vehicle frame includes a vehicle frame having a lower seat-bracket receptacle defined within a frame base and an upper seat-bracket receptacle defined within an upper frame member, a seat frame attached to the vehicle frame at the lower and upper seat-bracket receptacles and a lower seat-bracket set comprising a rotation-free lower bracket and a rotational lower bracket, wherein the lower seat bracket receptacle receives one of the rotation-free lower bracket and the rotational lower bracket, wherein when the rotation-free lower bracket is attached to the lower seat-bracket receptacle and the seat frame is coupled with the rotation-free lower bracket, the seat frame is free of rotational movement, and wherein when the rotational lower bracket is attached to the lower seat-bracket receptacle and the seat frame is coupled with the rotational lower bracket, the seat frame is capable of rotational movement.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221458

Vehicle conductive charge port having cooling infrastructure

A vehicle conductive charge port is configured to conductively transfer charging current from an external source to the vehicle for charging a traction battery of the vehicle. A cooling system is configured to cool the charge port depending on a temperature of the charge port. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221457

System and method for vehicle power management

A power management system for a vehicle having wheels and an electric machine operable to provide torque to drive at least one of the wheels includes a first energy storage system capable of supplying power to operate the electric machine. The system also includes a second energy storage system capable of supplying power directly to at least one vehicle load at a lower voltage than the first energy storage system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221456

Smart energy management to improve electrified vehicle battery life

A battery charging system includes a charger that is configured to charge and discharge a battery. The battery system further includes a controller programmed to operate the charger based on a state of charge of the battery to, during a storage duration, maintain the state of charge at a partial charge level. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221436

Systems and methods for an externally accessible refueling request switch

Systems are provided for a fuel system comprising an external refueling request switch accessible at or near a refueling door, thus enabling methods that may include initiating depressurization of a fuel tank responsive to an operator engaging the refueling request switch. The status of depressurization may be communicated to the operator via on one or more led displays located either inside the refueling assembly or located at the refueling door. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221413

Climate control system for a vehicle

A vehicle includes a climate control system having a heat pump subsystem. The heat pump subsystem has a cabin loop with interior and exterior heat exchangers, and a battery loop with a battery chiller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221385

Motor vehicle wheel

A wheel for a motor vehicle having a wheel rim connected to a wheel flange via wheel spokes. At least one wheel spoke having a higher mass than at least one of the remaining wheel spokes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/04/16 / #20160221295

Injection molding of hollow articles

Described are joint designs, tooling, and molding methods for a hollow object, such as an automobile bolster. The methods and structures provide a process and system that facilitates mold alignment, part alignment, material strength, design adaptability, efficient processing, reduced labor, increased production rates, reduced energy consumption per part, aesthetically pleasing surfaces, and reduces or eliminates the need for welding.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160218338

Battery pack venting assembly and method

. . An exemplary assembly includes, among other things, a plurality of vent chambers each associated with a battery array. The assembly further includes a vent conduit disposed on the plurality of vent chambers to receive vented fluid from the plurality of vent chambers.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160218335

Battery pack cover for an electrified vehicle

An exemplary battery pack cover includes a polymer layer and a metallic layer grounded to a chassis of an electric vehicle. An exemplary method includes shielding battery cells of a battery pack against electromagnetic interference and thermal energy using a multilayer cover that is grounded to a chassis of an electrified vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160218332

Battery array frame including frame rail insert

A battery array frame according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a frame body extending along a longitudinal axis and including a top frame rail, a bottom frame rail and frame arms that connect between the top frame rail and the bottom frame rail. An insert extends inside the frame body.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215877

Vehicle and method to control rolling engagements

When a vehicle driver selects reverse while a vehicle is moving forward, a transmission controller applies friction shift elements within the transmission to create a partial tie-up condition to decelerate the vehicle. Once the vehicle slows below a threshold speed, the controller engages a selectable one way brake and releases some of the friction shift elements to engage a reverse gear ratio.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215833

Thermoelectric energy recovery from a brake system

An exemplary brake assembly includes a brake pad, an actuator that selectively moves the brake pad to contact a rotor, and a thermoelectric generator device housed outside the brake pad. The thermoelectric generator device generates power in response to a temperature difference within the brake assembly.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215748

Systems and methods for injecting gaseous fuel during an exhaust stroke to reduce turbo lag

Methods and systems are provided for injecting and combusting an amount of gaseous fuel during an exhaust stroke of a cylinder combustion event in order to reduce turbo lag and reduce a duration of time required for an exhaust catalyst to light-off during transient events. In one example, when an increase in torque demand is greater than a threshold, a first amount of gaseous fuel may be combusted during a compression stroke of a cylinder combustion event and a second amount of gaseous fuel may be combusted during an exhaust stroke of the combustion event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215740

Fuel filter

Embodiments for a fuel filter are provided. In one example, a diesel fuel filter comprises a header having an inlet port, an outlet port, a recirculation inlet port, and a recirculation outlet port; and a filter body made having different material than the header, the filter body coupled with the header and housing a filter membrane. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215738

Intake manifold secondary gas distribution via structural posts

An intake manifold for an internal combustion engine comprises upper and lower shell members with outer flanges. The shell members define a manifold cavity having a plenum and a plurality of runners. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215734

Systems and methods for reducing airflow restriction through emissions control systems

A method for a fuel system is presented, comprising directing purge air through a first fuel vapor canister but not a second fuel vapor canister based on a load of the first fuel vapor canister being greater than a threshold. In this way, purging of the first canister may be prioritized and completed without passing desorbed fuel vapors through the second canister, thereby reducing the amount of time needed to purge the first canister, and reducing overall emissions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215715

Systems and methods for inferring fuel vapor canister loading rate

A method is provided, comprising indicating a fuel vapor canister load based on a steady-state fuel vapor circulation rate in a vapor recovery line during a refueling event; and adjusting a canister purging operation in response to the indicated fuel vapor canister load. Restrictions in the vapor recovery line may increase the rate of fuel vapor canister loading during a refueling event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215714

Systems and methods for inferring fuel vapor canister loading rate

A method is provided, comprising indicating a fuel vapor canister load based on a steady-state fuel vapor circulation rate in a vapor recovery line during a refueling event; and adjusting a canister purging operation in response to the indicated fuel vapor canister load. Restrictions in the vapor recovery line may increase the rate of fuel vapor canister loading during a refueling event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215713

Systems and methods for inferring fuel vapor canister loading rate

A method is provided, comprising indicating a fuel vapor canister load based on a steady-state pressure in a vapor recovery line during a refueling event; and adjusting a canister purging operation in response to the indicated fuel vapor canister load. Restrictions in the vapor recovery line may increase the rate of fuel vapor canister loading during a refueling event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215711

System and methods for purging residual exhaust and uncombusted fuel to a fuel vapor canister

A method for an engine is presented, comprising, following an engine-off event, positioning a first engine cylinder with an intake valve open, opening a canister purge valve; and purging contents of the first engine cylinder to a fuel vapor canister. In this way, uncombusted fuel that may otherwise be emitted from the engine during a prolonged diurnal soak may be stored within the fuel vapor canister, thus decreasing overall vehicle emissions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215710

Ignition plug for a cylinder in a combustion engine

The present disclosure relates to an ignition plug for initiating combustion in a cylinder of a combustion engine, wherein the cylinder can be operated in an active mode and in a deactivated mode. The ignition plug comprises a housing that can be connected to the cylinder, an insulator is fastened to the housing and comprises an axial bore hole and a middle electrode is arranged in the axial bore hole to form an annular gap between the middle electrode and the insulator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215706

Method and system for pre-ignition control

Methods and systems are provided for addressing pre-ignition by mechanically varying a piston displacement within a combustion chamber. In response to pre-ignition, a static compression ratio may be reduced until a threshold lower compression ratio is reached. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215704

Method and system for an engine variable charge motion system

Methods and systems are provided for introducing a charge motion to a cylinder via a bladder in an intake manifold runner. In one example, a system may include positioning a bladder in an intake port proximate to a cylinder.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215681

Method for operating a combustion engine having a split cooling system and cylinder shutdown

Methods and systems are provided for a coolant system. In one example, a method may include flowing coolant to active cylinder during a cold-start.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160215680

Control means for controlling the coolant flows of a split cooling system

Methods and systems are provided for a split cooling system for an engine. In one example, a system may include a valve with a plurality of positions for diverting coolant or mixing coolant based on engine conditions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214676

Folding bicycle

A folding bicycle has a main-frame with a bottom bracket, crank, pedals, and a seat post. A front is attached to the main-frame by a front hinge having an axis parallel to the crank axis, and has a mono-fork suspension. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214657

Cargo bed extension

A vehicle includes a cargo bed extension having a base that is operable to translate relative to, and stow beneath a vehicle cargo bed. The cargo bed extension also includes a pair of opposing secondary sidewalls extending from the base that are adapted to latch to opposing sides of the cargo bed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214617

Method for determining a relative gradient of a roadway

A method for determining an incline in a road that is some distance ahead of a motor vehicle relative to the section of road that is currently being driven on by the motor vehicle, wherein images of the road that is ahead of the motor vehicle are recorded by a camera, road path lines are identified ahead of the motor vehicle in the recorded images and the relative incline is calculated with reference to the differences in the courses of the road path lines at different distances.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214599

Hybrid vehicle and downshifting strategy in a hybrid vehicle

A vehicle includes an engine, an electric machine, an engine disconnect clutch, and a transmission input configured to transmit power from the engine and electric machine to a transmission. The vehicle also includes a controller program to close the disconnect clutch and start the engine before downshifting in response to an anticipated transmission downshift in which a predicted speed of the transmission input after the downshift will be outside a predetermined speed range or a torque capacity of the electric machine will be less than a predicted required torque after the downshift.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214596

System and method for adjusting driveline operation

Methods and systems for determining driveline control parameters for a vehicle are described. In one example, a method for requesting a vehicle to operate in a specific operating region based on a request from a cloud network is described. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214592

Method for cleaning a valve

A method and system for cleaning a brake booster aspirator shut-off valve are provided. The shut-off valve is operable to selectively permit flow of intake air through an aspirator; the aspirator bypasses a throttle of an engine and provides a vacuum source for a brake booster. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214560

Seat arrangement with side airbag

A seat arrangement for a vehicle includes a side airbag. The seat arrangement includes a support frame to which the side airbag is fixed in position and which is upholstered by an upholstery member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214558

Vehicle seat bottom with airbag module

A vehicle seat has an airbag module arranged in a seat bottom cushion. The seat bottom cushion is covered by a cover and comprises at least a first, relatively softer, “comfort” foam element adjacent to the cover and a second, relatively harder or firmer, “protective” foam element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214555

Two dimensional pedestrian impact sensing

A vehicle system includes a sensor that outputs an impact signal and a processing device that is programmed to calculate an acceleration envelope from the impact signal, determine a number of times the impact signal crosses a predetermined threshold, and determine whether the impact signal represents a pedestrian impact. Whether the impact is a pedestrian impact is based at least in part on the acceleration envelope and the number of times the impact signal crosses the predetermined threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214549

Load compartment cover having sound-absorbing characteristics

The invention relates to a load compartment cover having sound-absorbing characteristics. A load compartment is provided between the rear seats and a tailgate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214547

Magnet fastener assembly

A magnet fastener assembly includes a carrier having a body including a magnet seat with a conical bottom wall and an outer rim wall. A magnet cup is received within the rim wall overlying the conical bottom wall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214540

Vehicle trim panel assembly with tapered accommodation and retrieval slot

A vehicle trim panel assembly includes a body defining a storage compartment and an access opening to that storage compartment. The body includes a front storage compartment wall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214539

Cargo area divider system

A vehicle having a storage compartment includes a floor defining a track, a plurality of panels pivotally connected to the floor, and an arm pivotally attached to an upper portion of each of the panels. The arm is adapted to be pivoted to a folded position in the plane of the panel to a floor supported position connected to the track. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214512

Power articulating headrest assembly

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback. A head restraint is operably coupled with the seatback by first and second support posts. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214502

System and method for battery control using rms current

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, monitoring a root mean square (rms) current of a component for a time window, and adjusting a flow of current relative to a battery such that a slope of the rms current gradually approaches zero as the rms current approaches an rms current limit for the time window.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214490

Power generation mode optimization

A vehicle including a powertrain having an electric machine, an engine, a traction battery, and a controller are provided. The controller may be programmed to, in response to a state of charge of the traction battery being less than a threshold while the traction battery is powering a device external to the vehicle, operate the powertrain to charge the traction battery at a rate based on an ambient temperature irrespective of an electric load requested by the device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214484

Bus leakage resistance estimation for electric vehicle

Electrical bus isolation is detected for an electrified vehicle having a dc power source connected to positive and negative buses. The positive bus is connected to chassis ground, and a resulting first current is sensed that flows through a negative bus leakage resistance and a balanced leakage resistance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214465

Thermodynamic system in a vehicle

A vehicle includes an engine having an exhaust system, and a heat pipe containing a phase change material. The heat pipe has a condenser region and an evaporative region in thermal contact with the exhaust system, and defines a vapor space and a liquid space separated by a wicking layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214462

Thermodynamic system in a vehicle

A vehicle is provided with an expander, a condenser, a pump, and a heater in sequential fluid communication in a thermodynamic cycle containing a working fluid. The thermodynamic cycle is provided for waste heat recovery in the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214460

Active seal arrangement for use with vehicle condensers

An active seal arrangement associated with a radiator and condenser of a vehicle is disclosed. At least one movable seal is provided. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214459

Volatile organic compound purge system for a motor vehicle

A volatile organic compound purge system is provided for a motor vehicle. The purge system includes a blower and a computing device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214456

Adaptive vehicle climate control system and method

Vehicle climate control systems include heating, ventilating and air conditioning (hvac) systems for adjusting the vehicle cabin temperature. The hvac system can deliver heated or cooled air to the vehicle interior to achieve a desired temperature inside the vehicle cabin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160214450

Trailer hitch

A trailer hitch includes a cross-vehicle beam and a receiver welded to the cross-vehicle beam. The cross-vehicle beam extends from a first end to a second end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160213802

Device and method for fragrancing an inner space of a motor vehicle

A vehicle system includes a container adapted to hold a fluid fragrance substance, a pump connected to the container, a capillary pipe connected to the pump and sized to retain the fluid fragrance substance within the capillary pipe when the pump is off, and an evaporation grid connected to the capillary pipe. The evaporation grid may have open porosity and be at least partially positioned within a vehicle ventilation channel to selectively provide fragrance to the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160211774

Power converter with pre-compensation for dead-time insertion

A power converter has a phase leg with upper and lower switching devices coupled across a dc link. A junction between the devices is coupled to a load. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160211773

Power converter with dead-time variation to disperse distortion

A power converter receives a dc supply voltage across a phase leg. The phase leg comprises an upper switching device and a lower switching device coupled across the dc link, wherein a junction between the upper and lower switching devices is configured to be coupled to a load. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160211772

Power converter with selective dead-time insertion

A power converter has one or more phase legs, each with upper and lower switching devices. A current sensor detects a magnitude of a current flow from a respective leg. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160210775

Virtual sensor testbed

A computing device comprising a processing circuit and a data storage medium. The computing device is programmed to receive virtual sensor data that represents data collected by a virtual sensor associated with autonomously operating a virtual vehicle in a virtual environment and process the virtual sensor data to identify a limitation of a real-world sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160210757

Target monitoring system with lens cleaning device

An imaging system of a vehicle is provided herein. A camera is configured to capture images of a rear vehicle scene containing a trailer attached to the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160210383

Virtual autonomous response testbed

A computing device includes a processing circuit and a data storage medium, and is programmed to receive a user input representing a vehicle control action associated with operating a virtual vehicle in a virtual environment, virtually navigate the virtual vehicle through the virtual environment according to the vehicle control action, collect virtual sensor data, and process the virtual sensor data collected.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160210382

Autonomous driving refined in virtual environments

A computing device includes a processing circuit and a data storage medium. The computing device is programmed to receive a user input selecting at least one testing parameter associated with autonomously operating a virtual vehicle in a virtual environment, simulate the virtual environment incorporating the at least one testing parameter, virtually navigate the virtual vehicle through the virtual environment, collect virtual sensor data, and processing the collected virtual sensor data.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160210131

Vehicle control update methods and systems

Methods and systems to update controls in vehicle modules. Updating controls can include downloading an update to a vehicle from a server, upon interruption of the update, sending a download instruction to a proxy operating on a mobile device to resume update download at an offset location, resuming download of the update from the offset location using the mobile device, and sending the resumed part of the update from the mobile device to the vehicle when the vehicle requests an update from the proxy. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160210110

Audio synchronization between vehicles and mobile devices

A system including a vehicle computing platform and a mobile device may synchronize, over a connection between the vehicle computing platform and the paired mobile device, media content retrieved from a hardware source of media content of the vehicle. Responsive to a trigger event indicative of discontinued playback, the system may synchronize a playback position into the media content being played back by the vehicle, to allow the mobile device to continue the playback.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160209292

Systems and methods for evaporative emissions leak testing

A method for a fuel system is provided, comprising adjusting a volume of a sealed fuel tank while maintaining spatial compartmentalization of bulk fuel within the sealed fuel tank, and indicating degradation of the sealed fuel tank based on a change in fuel tank pressure. In this way, the fuel tank may be tested for leaks without being unsealed, and without engaging the fuel pump or other elements of the fuel delivery system.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160209280

Transmission and transfer case with torque sensing

A powertrain incorporates a link shaft between the transmission output shaft and downstream components in order to facilitate use of a torque sensor. The link shaft includes an inner section splined to the output shaft and an outer section treated to produce a magnetic field that varies based on transmitted torque. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160209099

De-icing control in a vapor compression heat pump system

A vapor compression heat pump (vchp) system for an electrified vehicle and a method for de-icing the vchp system is provided. The electrified vehicle may include a vehicle cabin, the vchp system, and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160208884

Pneumatically tuned vehicle powertrain mounts

A system for securing a powertrain component to a body structure of a vehicle may include first and second mounts each having a base and a first elastomeric barrier secured to and extending from the base defining an air filled chamber, and a connector coupling the air filled chambers, the connector sized to provide an associated air volume that reduces stiffness of the first elastomeric barrier at an excitation frequency corresponding to a target engine speed. The air filled chambers may be hermetically sealed and pressurized above atmospheric pressure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160208817

Blower assembly for a vehicle

A blower assembly includes a housing having a scrolled wall, a motor having an output shaft extending within the housing, an impeller positioned within the housing and mounted to the output shaft for creating an airflow along an airflow path within the housing, an airflow outlet, and a scroll cut-off. The scroll cut-off is a membrane positioned between the scrolled wall and the air flow outlet, and forms a substantially continuous surface with the scrolled wall and with the airflow outlet, along the airflow path. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160208816

Blower assembly for a vehicle

A blower assembly includes a housing having a scrolled wall, a motor having an output shaft extending within the housing, an impeller positioned within the housing and mounted to the output shaft for creating an airflow along an airflow path within the housing, an airflow outlet, and a scroll cut-off. The scroll cut-off may rotate about its central or center axis and forms a substantially continuous surface with the scrolled wall and with the airflow outlet, along the airflow path, in a first position and defines an air gap. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160208815

Blower assembly for a vehicle

A blower assembly includes a housing having a scrolled wall, a motor having an output shaft extending within the housing, an impeller positioned within the housing and mounted to the output shaft for creating an airflow along an airflow path within the housing, an airflow outlet, and a scroll cut-off. The scroll cut-off forms a substantially continuous surface with the scrolled wall at a downstream end and with the airflow outlet at an upstream end, along the airflow path, in a first position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160208757

Direct injection fuel pump system

Systems and methods are provided for operating a direct injection fuel pump. One example system comprises an accumulator positioned within a bore of the direct injection fuel pump in a coaxial manner wherein the accumulator is positioned downstream from a solenoid activated check valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160208681

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

07/21/16 / #20160208680

Exhaust control valve branch communication and wastegate

Methods and systems for adjusting a branch communication and wastegate valve in a dual scroll turbocharger system are provided. In one example, a method may include adjusting the branch communication and wastegate valve in a passage connecting a first scroll, a second scroll, and a wastegate passage may control an amount of exhaust flow to a turbine during certain engine operating conditions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160208678

Degas bottle having centrifugal air separator for use in engine cooling system

A degas bottle for inducing a cyclonic direction of flow to incoming coolant is disclosed. The degas bottle includes a body and an air separator having a cylindrical wall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160208671

Protective shields to reduce exhaust soot and condensate deposition

An exhaust assembly that includes an exhaust pipe extending rearward from a vehicle; and a bezel in close proximity with, or coupled to, a vehicle fascia, the bezel comprising rearmost surfaces and inner surfaces. The exhaust assembly further includes a sleeve substantially aligned with the pipe, tangentially aligned with the inner surfaces. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160208517

Vehicle tailgate locking element guard

The invention relates to a guard for locking elements that extend inwardly, or protrude, from an inner surface of a tailgate of a passenger motor vehicle. The guard is disposed in the region of the locking elements. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207541

Vehicle start control

A vehicle may include a controller programmed to, while operating an engine responsive to a remote start request and in response to exhaust sensor data indicative of engine closed loop operation, operate the engine and an electric machine to provide power to a low voltage battery and a high voltage battery at respective rates that are based on a target engine torque, and a temperature of the engine or electric machine.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207530

Rear collision avoidance and mitigation system

Data is collected from vehicle sensors to generate a virtual map of objects proximate to the vehicle. Based on the virtual map, an in-vehicle computer determines a traffic condition in front of and behind a host vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207529

Vehicle side impact control

A vehicle system includes a sensor and a processing device. The sensor is configured to detect an impact vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207528

Method for operating a driver assistance system to perform an autonomous parking maneuver

A method of performing an autonomous parking maneuver of a vehicle begins with a human vehicle operator/driver issuing a command to a parking assistance system that the parking maneuver requires at least one vehicle wheel to encounter a vertical obstruction (such as a curb) undetected by a sensor providing information to the system. In reaction to the command, the paring assistance system entering an operating mode wherein a setpoint speed of the vehicle during the maneuver is increased so that it is better adapted to deal with the vertical obstruction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207525

Hybrid vehicle and method of disengaging an overdrive clutch in a hybrid vehicle

A vehicle includes an engine and electric machine connected to a planetary gear, a one-way clutch, and a controller. The one-way clutch transfers torque from the planetary gear to an overdrive gear. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207495

Velocity based pedestrian sensing

A vehicle system includes a sensor configured to output an impact signal and a processing device programmed to calculate an acceleration envelope from the impact signal, calculate a velocity envelope from the acceleration envelope, determine a threshold value based at least in part on a vehicle speed, and compare the acceleration envelope to the threshold value. The processing device is further programmed to output a control signal to deploy a pedestrian protection countermeasure if the acceleration envelope exceeds the threshold value.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207487

Seat mechanism inertia locking system

An inertia locking system for a seat of a vehicle includes a base member that is fixed to a seat structure and a double d shaped shaft that rotates with a cam to allow the seat back to be adjusted. A movable inertia locking bracket has an opening including a circular portion and a slot portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207479

Methods and systems for loss of communication detection in a vehicle network

Methods and systems are provided for detecting loss of communication in a vehicle network. In one example, a method may include determining a diagnostic time threshold based on an estimated duration for failure of vehicle operation under current operating conditions due to a loss of communication with a control module in the vehicle network. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207468

Integrated sliding armrest and hinge assembly subsystem for a console assembly

A hinged sliding armrest subsystem for a motor vehicle console assembly includes a console storage compartment lid, a console storage compartment upper element, and a pivoting hinge connecting the console lid and the console storage compartment upper element, all fabricated as a unit. A molded track for receiving a sliding armrest may be included in the console storage compartment lid. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207467

Vehicle cargo area package tray storage system

A cargo area for a vehicle includes a package tray behind the rear seat having an upper surface and a lower surface. The package tray is rotated about an axis to uncover the cargo area. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207454

Haptic vehicle alert based on wearable device

A vehicle includes a controller that communicates with a wearable device having a haptic mechanism. In response to an alert event detected by the vehicle, the controller outputs a signal to activate the haptic mechanism. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207448

Exit warning system for a motor vehicle having a sliding door

An exit warning system is provided for a motor vehicle having a sliding door. That exit warning system includes a sliding door status sensor, a projector and a warning signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207433

Independent thigh extension and support trim carrier

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat base. A seatback is operably coupled to a rear of the seat base. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207423

Vehicle seat configured to improve access

The present invention includes a vehicle seat having a seat portion and a seatback. The vehicle seat further includes a plurality of air bladders disposed in the seat portion and a plurality of air bladders disposed in the seatback. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207376

Auxiliary vehicle hvac system for efficient multi-zone spot cooling

A vehicle air-conditioning system includes a primary loop coupled to an air-conditioner that cools a refrigerant in the primary cooling loop for delivery to a primary heat exchanger, a secondary cooling loop in communication with the primary heat exchanger, wherein cooling from the refrigerant is transferred to a coolant in the secondary cooling loop and a secondary heat exchanger for transferring cooling from the coolant to air delivered to a rear of a vehicular passenger cabin.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160207282

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

07/21/16 / #20160206981

Filter diagnostics and prognostics

Various systems and methods are provided for a lubricant filter. In one example, a method for a lubricant filter comprises indicating a condition of the filter based on a difference between a measured pressure differential and an expected pressure differential during select conditions in which all lubricant pumped by a pump upstream of the filter flows into the filter.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160204634

Instrument panel storage system incorporating a removable storage bin

An instrument panel storage system is provided for a motor vehicle. That storage system includes an instrument panel having a storage cavity defining a first docking station and a removable storage bin held in the cavity at the first docking station. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160204403

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

07/14/16 / #20160204400

Retention assembly for traction battery cell array

A traction battery assembly is provided. The traction battery assembly may include an array of battery cells, a pair of endplates, a strap, and an attachment fitting. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160203652

Efficient telematics data upload

A vehicle electronic control unit (ecu) may control a vehicle subsystem and be configured to receive from a remote server via a vehicle telematics unit (tcu), a parameter definition of a processed parameter to be computed by the ecu; generate the processed parameter according to the parameter definition based on a raw parameter generated by the ecu; and send the processed parameter to a vehicle data buffer associated with the ecu for upload to the remote server via the tcu.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160202966

Vehicle control update methods and systems

A vehicle can include methods and systems to update controls in vehicle modules. The systems and methods can include receiving a control update for a receiving vehicle module to be stored at a first memory location, installing the received controls at the first memory location, running the module using controls at a second memory location, checking the controls at the first memory location, if checking is valid, operating the vehicle module using the controls at the first memory location in place of the controls at the second memory location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160202719

Systems and methods for pressure actuated pedal control

Electronic pedal control systems and methods for a vehicle are provided. One electronic pedal control system includes a first sensor configured to produce a first output corresponding to a user applied force and a second sensor configured to produce a second output corresponding to a release of user applied force. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160202036

System and method for characterizing surfaces using size data

A system and method for characterizing surfaces includes using a measuring device to take size measurements of a manufactured product. The raw measurement data is transformed from a time-based domain to a frequency-based domain using a mathematical algorithm. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160201626

Method and system for increasing vacuum generation by an engine

A method and a system for providing vacuum via an engine are described. In one example, introduction of a gaseous fuel is ceased in response to a request for the engine to provide vacuum to a vehicle vacuum system.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160201615

System and method for improving canister purging

Systems and methods are provided for controlling a purging operation of a fuel vapor canister in a boosted engine. One method comprises purging stored fuel vapors from the fuel vapor canister to an inlet of the compressor via an ejector while bypassing a canister purge valve, the ejector being fluidically coupled to the fuel vapor canister by a distinct passage and motive flow through the ejector being regulated by a shut-off valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160201614

Fuel system control

Methods are provided for reliving excess vacuum from a fuel tank. In response to elevated fuel tank vacuum levels, a canister purge valve is opened to dissipate the vacuum to an engine intake manifold while the engine is not combusting. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160201613

System and method for improving canister purging

Systems and methods are provided for improving a purge flow from a canister via a canister purge valve in a boosted engine. One method comprises adjusting an opening of a shut-off valve to regulate compressor bypass flow through an aspirator, during boosted conditions, to generate vacuum at the aspirator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160201612

Common shut-off valve for actuator vacuum at low engine power and fuel vapor purge vacuum at boost

Methods and systems are provided for generating vacuum via an ejector arranged in a compressor recirculation flow path and an aspirator arranged in a throttle bypass path, where a suction port of the ejector is coupled with a canister purge valve having two outlet ports. In one example, the canister purge valve may include only a single flow restriction, the flow restriction arranged in a path coupling a fuel vapor purge system with the intake manifold when a solenoid of canister purge valve is open, such that a path coupling the fuel vapor purge system with the suction port of the ejector does not include any flow restrictions upstream of the suction port.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160201593

Method and system for fuel injection

Methods and systems are provided for injecting fuel into a combustion chamber of an engine. In one example, a system may include a hollow cone-shaped injector and a control unit to control the injector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160201584

Methods and systems for surge control

Methods and systems are provided for calibrating a compressor surge line. In one example, a method may include adjusting the compressor surge line based on a vehicle speed in addition to a compressor pressure ratio. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160201583

Multi-cylinder otto-cycle engine and method for operating the same

The disclosure relates to an engine having a cylinder head which is divided into multiple sections which each delimit a combustion chamber of a cylinder of the engine and which each comprise inlet and outlet ducts, inlet and outlet valves, and a spark device which is fastened in a through hole of the cylinder head section, for at least one cylinder head section a throttle flap being provided for completely closing the corresponding inlet duct in the event of a deactivation of the associated cylinder. In the at least one cylinder head section, a first gas flow duct is formed between the through hole and the outlet duct, and the spark device is in the form of a rotary slide valve with integrated spark electrodes and is configured to selectively either keep the first gas flow duct closed or connect said first gas flow duct to the associated combustion chamber.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160201534

Emission control device regeneration

Various methods are provided for operating an emission control device. In one example, a method for an emission control device including a catalyst and a filter comprises passively regenerating the filter, and adjusting, via a controller, a duration of active regeneration of the filter based on an oxygen storage capacity of the emission control device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160201533

Systems and methods for opportunistic diesel particulate filter regeneration

Methods and systems are provided for opportunistic regeneration of a diesel particulate filter based on cloud based traffic information and navigation information. In one example, a method may include determining initiation of regeneration, termination of regeneration and a degree of regeneration based on information from a lead vehicular network and navigation information in order to reduce a regeneration fuel penalty.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160201532

Idle speed gpf regeneration

Systems and methods are described for coordinating the regeneration of a gasoline particulate filter to a time duration when engine output falls below a predetermined load threshold selected to indicate a low power state of the engine. In one particular example, the engine is configured to adjust engine operations to regenerate the particulate filter responsive to engine output falling below a predetermined low power threshold, the regeneration further based on an estimated duration that the output falls continuously below the low power threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160201520

Method and system of controlling a thermodynamic system in a vehicle

A vehicle has a vehicle system with a waste heat fluid. An expander, a condenser, a pump, and an evaporator are provided in sequential fluid communication in a thermodynamic cycle containing a working fluid. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160201519

Heat exchanger for a rankine cycle in a vehicle

A vehicle includes a rankine cycle containing a working fluid for waste heat recovery and has an evaporator. The evaporator has a heat exchanger tube positioned for generally horizontal flow of the working fluid therethrough. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160200558

Vehicle storage area lift assembly

A lift assembly for a utility vehicle storage area includes a floor supported by a scissor mechanism, an actuator for raising the scissor mechanism and the floor from a neutral position to an elevated position, a plurality of rollers attached to the floor, guide members attached to the scissor mechanism and within which the plurality of rollers move, and a detent protruding into one of the guide members to resist rotation of at least one of the plurality of rollers and create a pivot point about which the floor rotates to a pivoted position. The floor may be rotated to the pivoted position from the neutral position, the elevated position, or any position between the neutral and elevated positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160200351

Integration of stop-start and active front steering

A vehicle includes an engine configured to auto stop and auto start. The vehicle includes an active front steering system with an electric actuator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160200311

Controlling a hybrid vehicle having an overdrive coupling member

A hybrid vehicle includes an engine coupled to a planetary gearset and an electric motor configured to provide motor torque directly to a torque transfer set. An overdrive clutch is configured to, when engaged, bypass at least a portion of engine torque to an overdrive shaft directly connected to the torque transfer set. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160200309

Method for controlling a hydraulic brake system of a motor vehicle

A method of controlling a brake system of a motor vehicle having a braking assistance function. The brake system including a master brake cylinder, activated with a brake pedal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160200267

Hvac condenser condensate deflector that deflects and channels the hvac condensate

An acoustic barrier panel for reducing transmission of sound between a motor vehicle engine compartment and a motor vehicle passenger compartment includes an integral motor vehicle heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (hvac) unit condensate deflector. The hvac unit condensate deflector may be defined in a material of the acoustic barrier panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160200260

Hidden storage box and multi-purpose utility table for light pickup trucks

A storage box system for a motor vehicle includes a folding storage box and a sliding rail assembly for translating the folding storage box between a hidden storage position below a cargo bay of the motor vehicle and a deployed position extending from a rear portion of the motor vehicle. The storage box includes at least a back and opposed sides being connected to a floor for transitioning between a folded configuration and an unfolded configuration. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160200244

Inductively coupled bin light

A storage bin for a motor vehicle includes a storage bin storage compartment and a storage bin lid hingedly connected to the storage compartment. The lid includes a light source disposed to illuminate an interior of the storage compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160200213

Bi-directional current sensing using unipolar sensors with closed loop feedback

A vehicle includes a ferromagnetic core having a winding, defining a gap, and configured to concentrate a net field in the gap. The vehicle also includes a controller programmed to flow a current in the winding such that an angle of the net field relative to a unipolar sensor in the gap is approximately zero and an intensity of the net field is at least twice that of a bi-directional field in the gap radiated from a conductor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160200211

Customized battery charging

A vehicle is provided with a motor that is adapted to provide drive torque and a storage device that is connected to the motor and adapted to receive power for charging from an external supply. The vehicle also includes a user interface and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160200209

Circuit and method for battery leakage detection

A battery management system includes a switching element configured to selectively couple a resistive network in parallel with a capacitor that couples a voltage bus and a ground reference. A controller is programmed to, in response to activating the switching element for a predetermined time, output a diagnostic according to a leakage resistance that is based on a time associated with a predetermined change in a voltage across the capacitor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160200201

Systems and methods for determining a duty cycle for a variable voltage converter

A vehicle includes a traction battery, an electric machine, and a variable voltage converter. The variable voltage converter includes an inductor and is disposed electrically between the traction battery and electric machine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160200166

Adaptive control of automotive hvac system using crowd-sourcing data

A motor vehicle comprises an hvac system including a climate control circuit coupled to onboard sensors, a human-machine interface, and climate actuators. The actuators are responsive to respective command parameters generated by the control circuit in response to the sensors and the human-machine interface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160199899

Forming tools having textured surfaces

A forming tool stamps sheet metal blanks into a desired shape. A contoured surface is defined for the forming tool so that respective portions of the metal blank flow over the contoured surface during forming. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160198525

Selective heating of vehicle side window

An exemplary assembly includes a side window moveable between a first position and a second position, a heating element that selectively heats the side window, the heating element generating more heat when the side window is in the first position than when the side window is in the second position.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160197352

Physiochemical pretreatment for battery current collector

A battery electrode having improved adhesion is disclosed. The electrode may include a copper current collector, a layer of copper hydroxide contacting the copper current collector, a buffer layer contacting the layer of copper hydroxide, the buffer layer including a flexible material and a conductive material, and an electrode active material layer contacting the buffer layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160196731

Smart device vehicle integration

A vehicle computing system includes at least one processor configured to communicate with a remote smoke detector device includes a smart device interface configured to provide access to the remote smoke detector device, a scripting application configured to utilize the smart device interface to execute scripting settings to manage the remote smoke detector, and a user interface of the scripting application configured to output one or more messages from the remote smoke detector.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160196361

Method of forming hemming tool

A method of forming a hemming tool includes providing a computer generated model of a panel including a flange in an unhemmed position and of a hemming tool including a hemming surface. Hemming the flange with the hemming tool is virtually simulated in the computer generated model. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160195451

Method of calibrating a wet clutch for generating transfer functions on a test bench

A bench test calibration method for generating wet clutch torque transfer functions includes obtaining in-vehicle clutch torques at a set of shift conditions; performing a series of bench tests at various clutch pack clearances and lubrication oil flow rates at the set of shift conditions; adjusting clutch pack clearances and lubrication oil flow rates during the series of bench tests in response to a difference between a bench test measured clutch torques and the corresponding in-vehicle clutch torques exceeding a threshold; and recording relationships between first bench test measured torques and force profiles of a clutch actuator relative to the adjusted clutch pack clearances and lubrication oil flow rates for each of the set of shift conditions as a first transfer function.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160195404

Peer to peer car sharing social-graph configurator

A server comprising a transceiver configured to communicate data with a remote vehicle computer system and a car-reservation system. The server further includes a processor configured to utilize the data to output a car-sharing social-graph, the car-sharing social-graph including a vehicle for sharing, a vehicle-location, a user-location, and a potential parking-spot for sharing the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160195348

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

07/07/16 / #20160195242

Luminescent grille bar assembly

A grille assembly of a vehicle is provided herein and includes at least one grille bar. A first photoluminescent structure is provided at a first location of the at least one grille bar and is configured to luminesce when excited by light emitted from a light source. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160195046

Air intake duct ice ingestion features

An engine system including an air intake duct positioned upstream of an engine cylinder may include an ice ingestion feature for retaining condensation. An ice ingestion feature may include indents formed in the bottom of an air intake duct wall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160195031

Partial deactivation of an internal combustion engine

Methods and systems are provided for an internal combustion engine having at least two cylinders configured in such a way that they form two groups, at least one cylinder of a first group being a cylinder which is operational in the event of a partial deactivation of the engine, and at least one cylinder of a second group being formed as a load-dependently switchable cylinder. An inlet-side throttle element is provided with at least one intake line of the switchable cylinder, by means of which the size of the flow cross section of the intake line can be varied, whereby the charge-air flow rate supplied to the deactivated cylinder in the event of a partial deactivation of the engine can be adjusted. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160194999

Method for adjusting a grille shutter opening

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a grille shutter opening based on an estimated amount of fuel in oil dilution. In one example, a method may include adjusting a grille shutter opening to a closed position in response to an oil dilution amount above a threshold, the position determined based on the oil dilution amount in addition to each of engine coolant temperature and acceleration/deceleration.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160194008

Torque converter clutch capacity based on regenerative braking request

A vehicle includes an engine, a transmission, and an electric machine configured to provide drive torque and regenerative braking torque. The electric machine is selectively coupled to the engine via a clutch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160193996

Method and device for assisting a maneuvering process of a motor vehicle

A device and a method for assisting an automatic/automated maneuvering process, such as a parking maneuver, of a motor vehicle. The automated maneuvering assistance system plans a movement path for the vehicle, determines a recommended position outside of the vehicle from which a vehicle operator can effectively visually monitor the vehicle following the movement path; and communicates the recommended position to the operator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160193977

Unique and efficient grille design with integrated energy absorber and energy absorber with locking feature

An energy absorber assembly for a motor vehicle includes a first deformable energy absorbing component and at least one deformable second energy absorbing component associated with a grille assembly of the motor vehicle. The first energy absorbing component defines at least one receiver for engaging a corresponding portion of the at least one second energy absorbing component whereby the receiver and the mating surface remain engaged on receiving an impact. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160193968

Personal electronic device dock

A portable electronic device dock includes a storage unit and a lid, wherein the lid is adapted to clamp a portable electronic device between a portion of the lid and a portion of the storage unit to retain the portable electronic device in a user-accessible display position. The device dock includes a slide assembly adapted to bias the lid to an open position and a clutch assembly adapted to retain the lid in a clamped position on the portable electronic device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160193959

Vehicle lamp assembly generating animated image and method

A vehicle puddle lamp assembly is provided and includes a plurality of light projectors located on a vehicle and configured to illuminate different lighted image patterns on a ground surface adjacent to the vehicle. The vehicle puddle lamp assembly also includes a controller for sequentially activating the plurality of light projectors to generate an animated lighted image on the ground surface.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160193902

Sun visor with switchable cover overlying vanity mirror

A sun visor for a vehicle includes a visor body, a minor carried on the visor body and a cover overlying the minor. A control module controls operation of the cover and switches the cover between an opaque state wherein the mirror is hidden from view and a transparent state wherein the mirror is visible to view and available for use.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160193895

Smart connected climate control

A system may receive historical climate control selections by a user and environmental conditions across a plurality of climate-controlled contexts; identify a correlation of temperature settings in a first of the climate-controlled contexts to temperature settings in a second of the climate-controlled contexts for an environmental condition; and update a user profile of the user according to the correlation. The system may also identify an upcoming user transition from a first climate-controlled context to a second climate-controlled context; and precondition the second context in accordance with the correlation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160193634

Screen cleaning system for a motor vehicle

A screen cleaning system for a motor vehicle includes a screen cleaning device and a dedicated receiver for holding the screen cleaning device. That receiver is integrated into the interior trim of the motor vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160172797

Electrical connector for an electronic device holder

An electronic device holder includes a mounting surface configured to receive an electronic device. A door is operably coupled to the mounting surface and is moveable between open and closed positions relative to the mounting surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160172723

Battery gassing mitigation through catalyzed precipitation

A secondary battery including a positive and negative electrode, a separator, an electrolyte, and a gas mitigation device is disclosed. The gas mitigation device may include a catalyst configured to catalyze a reaction to form a solid phase material from one or more gases generated during operation of the battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160172696

Methods for determining anode integrity during fuel cell vehicle operation

A system and methods are provided for testing anode integrity during vehicle operation. In one example described, the system and methods allow for anode leak tests during vehicle operation based on a flow of hydrogen into a fuel cell, the flow of hydrogen into the fuel cell maintaining the vehicle power while the leak test is performed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160171122

Multimodal search response

A received search query is provided via one of text input and speech input. At least one search topic is identified based on the received search query. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160170775

Telematics update software compatibility

A vehicle may receive a software update to be installed to a vehicle electronic control unit (ecu); perform compatibility testing for vehicle ecus according to tokens from the vehicle ecus indicating respective software version levels of the vehicle ecus to determine a compatibility result; and switch the software update into active use on the vehicle when the compatibility result indicates an allowable configuration of software version levels. A vehicle ecu may receive tokens from other of the vehicle ecus indicating respective software version levels of the other vehicle ecus; determine whether the ecu is the most up-to-date ecu based on the tokens; and if so, determine a compatibility result indicative of compatibility of the version levels, or otherwise, receive the compatibility result from the ecu that is the most up-to-date.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160170733

Encryption for telematics flashing of a vehicle

A vehicle may receive an encrypted software update responsive to an update request to an update server; identify a key offset into a long key stored to the vehicle according to a timestamp of the update request; and decrypt the encrypted software update according to the long key indexed to the key offset. An update server may receive, from a vehicle, an update request including a timestamp and a vehicle identifier; retrieve a long key according to the vehicle identifier; identify a key offset into the long key according to a timestamp of the update request; and encrypt a software update into an encrypted software update to send to the vehicle according to the long key indexed to the key offset.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169684

Traffic control device detection

An example vehicle system includes a speed sensor that measures a speed of a host vehicle and a processing device programmed to compare the speed to a speed threshold and determine an amount of time the speed is below the speed threshold. The processing device detects the presence of a traffic control device based on the amount of time the speed is below the speed threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169367

Axle carrier cover defining support ribs between vehicle mounting surfaces

A cover for an axle carrier assembly having a carrier-mounting surface on a first side, vehicle-mounting surfaces on a second side, and first and second support ribs extending between the vehicle-mounting surfaces on the second side to provide support for the axle carrier assembly. The first and second support ribs may extend across the second side of the cover connecting the vehicle-mounting surfaces to each other. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169294

Universal joint with protective shield

A constant velocity (cv) joint includes a shield to protect a j-boot from damage due to projectiles such as stones and to prevent ballooning. A rigid portion of the shield is fixed to a ring, which is adapted for fixation to a powertrain component such as a transmission. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169171

Modular intake manifold

An intake manifold is adapted for use with an engine in a front wheel drive vehicle and a rear wheel drive vehicle, for example, with both a transversely mounted and longitudinally mounted engine. The intake manifold is modular and includes a plenum body defining a first port and a second port. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169170

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 selectively deactivating one or more engine cylinders and increasing boost. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169147

Methods and systems for fixed and variable pressure fuel injection

Methods and systems are provided for operating a high pressure injection pump to provide each of high fixed fuel pressure at a first direct injection fuel rail and high variable fuel pressure at a second direct injection fuel rail. The direct injection fuel rail pressure can be raised above a pressure provided with a lift pump via a fuel system configuration that includes various check valves, pressure relief valves, and a spill valve positioned between an inlet of the high pressure injection pump and the port injection fuel rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169145

Methods and systems for high pressure port fuel injection

Systems and methods for improving fuel injection of an engine that includes a cylinder receiving fuel from two different fuel injectors is disclosed. In one example, fuel is supplied to port fuel injectors and direct fuel injectors via a same high pressure fuel pump, and high pressure port fuel injection is activated at times where direct fuel injection would supply less fuel than is desired or an inconsistent amount of fuel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169144

Methods and systems for fixed and variable pressure fuel injection

Methods and systems are provided for operating a high pressure injection pump to provide each of high fixed fuel pressure at a port injection fuel rail and high variable fuel pressure at a direct injection fuel rail. Port injection fuel rail pressure can be raised above a pressure provided with a lift pump via a fuel system configuration that includes various check valves, pressure relief valves, and a spill valve positioned between an inlet of the high pressure injection pump and the port injection fuel rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169138

Oxygen sensor control responsive to resistance and impedance

Various methods are provided for operating an oxygen sensor. In one example, a method of operating an oxygen sensor including a heater comprises sampling a first heater resistance at a first temperature, and determining a resistance-temperature transfer function relating heater resistance to heater temperature based on the first heater resistance and a second heater resistance at a second temperature, the second temperature different from the first temperature.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169131

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

06/16/16 / #20160169096

Methods and system for controlling compressor surge

Systems and methods for operating a compressor and a compressor recirculation valve of a turbocharged engine to avoid the possibility of compressor surge are presented. The systems and methods position the compressor recirculation valve responsive to a compressor surge line that is based on two other compressor surge lines that may be a function of compressor pressure ratio and compressor flow.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169092

Methods and system for determining compressor recirculation valve sludge

Systems and methods for determining the presence or absence of deposits that may accumulate within a compressor recirculation valve positioned in parallel with a turbocharger compressor are presented. The systems and methods adjust actuators to maintain engine operation such that it may be more difficult for a driver to become aware that a compressor recirculation valve diagnostic is being executed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169091

Methods and system for compensating compressor recirculation sludge

Systems and methods for compensating for deposits that may accumulate within a compressor recirculation valve positioned in parallel with a turbocharger compressor are presented. The systems and methods adjust actuators to maintain engine operation such that it may be more difficult for a driver to become aware that a compressor recirculation valve diagnostic is being executed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169089

Methods and system for improving compressor recirculation valve operation

Systems and methods for improving compressor recirculation valve operation of an engine that includes a compressor are presented. The systems and methods adjust a position of a waste gate while the compressor recirculation valve is operated in a closed loop mode to maintain engine intake manifold throttle inlet pressure during a diagnostic mode to adapt operation of the compressor recirculation valve.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169079

Rankine cycle for a vehicle

A vehicle includes a pump, an evaporator, and an expander in sequential fluid communication in a closed loop containing a condenser configured to transfer heat between a working fluid and ambient air. The vehicle has a generator driven by the expander. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160169075

Combination exhaust gas heat exchanger/noise reduction member

A combination exhaust gas heat exchanger and noise reduction unit is disclosed, whereby a heat exchanger and a noise reduction member are arranged side-by-side and integrated as a unit. A heat exchanger outlet opens directly into a chamber of the noise reduction member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160168676

Air quenched heat treatment for aluminum alloys

Methods of processing an air-quenchable aluminum alloy component are provided. The method may include solution heat treating the component, air-quenching the component, and artificially aging the component to a yield strength of at least 200 mpa. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167717

Pick-up truck box and accessory interface system

An interface system is provided for a truck box. An interface plate is attached to a recess formed in a sidewall of the truck box. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167659

Electronic control of manual transmission clutch

A controller adjust a clutch actuator position is response to movement of a clutch pedal. During an engagement or a disengagement, the controller monitors sensor signals to determine the actuator position corresponding to the touch point. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167621

Entry assist system for a motor vehicle

An entry assist system for a motor vehicle includes a door, a door operation module to open and close the door and a starter actuator for starting an engine of the motor vehicle. The entry assist system further includes a control subsystem. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167613

Rollover passenger protection

A passenger protection device includes an airbag having a roof panel arranged to deploy to cover at least a portion of and at least one tether having a first end attached to a first attachment point on a surface of the airbag that faces a vehicle roof when the airbag is deployed, and a second end attachable to a second attachment point.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167605

Power window control apparatus and system

A vehicle window system may include a switching mechanism having a plurality of window selector buttons each corresponding to one of a plurality of windows, and a single drive button for receiving input to move one or more of the windows according to statuses of the selector buttons. The window system may also include a controller configured to lock one of the windows in response to an indication that the window selector button corresponding to the one of the windows has been depressed for at least a predefined amount of time.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167593

Attachment apparatus to connect an electronic device holder to a seat structure

A mounting system includes a vehicle seat having a seatback frame with a forwardly rolled support flange. The forwardly rolled support flange defines a cavity and is disposed on an upper portion of the seatback frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167588

Vehicle console bin utilizing a constant force spring

A console assembly includes an outer frame having a bin aperture defined therein, wherein an arcuate back wall extends from the bin aperture to within the outer frame. A rotatable bin is disposed in the bin aperture and includes an interior volume accessible through a rim. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167587

Electronic device holder for a vehicle seat

An electronic device holder includes a mounting surface configured to receive and retain an electronic device. First and second doors are disposed on opposite sides of the mounting surface and are gearingly engaged to one another on a rear side of the mounting surface for synchronized lateral movement between open and closed positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167550

Energy absorbing collapsible armrest with tunable stiffening feature

A vehicular armrest assembly includes a laterally collapsible substrate having a gap defined between inner and outer substrate portions. A tunable stiffening feature is disposed on the collapsible substrate and has an aperture positioned over the gap, and engagement tabs that engage the inner and outer substrate portions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167544

Battery impact absorbing system

An impact absorbing system includes a first rocker panel and a second rocker panel spaced from the first rocker panel, a housing including a bottom extending between the first and second rocker panels and a side extending from the bottom, and an energy absorber that is deformable relative to the side and defines a repeating pattern of cells. The energy absorber is bonded to the side between the side and the first rocker panel and each cell has a central axis transverse to the side.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167543

Detecting blockage of air flow through vehicle traction battery

Air is supplied from a passenger cabin of a vehicle to an intake passage between the passenger cabin and a battery of the vehicle. The vehicle may be an electric vehicle such as a hybrid electric vehicle (hev) or a battery-only electric vehicle (bev). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167540

Current sensor for a vehicle

A vehicle includes a battery configured to operate at a current, during a drive cycle, in a nominal current range for a time greater than in a maximum current range. A controller is programmed to output a voltage based on the current according to a gain calibrated to be greater in the nominal current range than in the maximum current range to increase resolution in the nominal current range. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167535

Charge cycle strategy for vehicles using smaller cross section cable

A vehicle includes a traction battery that is coupled to an external charger via a charge port. The traction battery has a maximum charge current. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167531

Vehicle battery charging system and method

A vehicle includes a battery, a secondary coil, and a controller programmed to, in response to a transmission shift into a torque enabled state during charge current flow from the secondary coil to the battery, interrupt the charge current flow to discontinue charging of the battery prior to drive off of the vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167516

Method and apparatus for infotainment system control through a wireless device operating-system-independent protocol

A system includes a wireless device processor configured to communicate wirelessly with a remote vehicle infotainment system. The processor is also configured to receive web-based control display instructions from the vehicle infotainment system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167486

Vehicle accessory operation based on motion tracking

A vehicle includes a vehicle computing system (vcs) and a vehicle accessory system that may be a window wiper mechanism, a power lift gate, a door lock mechanism, a convertible mechanism or a sunroof mechanism. The vcs communicates with an activity tracking band worn on a wrist of a vehicle occupant. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160167432

Axle carrier housing with a swept support rib

An axle carrier housing for a beam axle assembly having at least one continuous transversely extending support rib with a portion of the support rib swept longitudinally rearward of a pair of axle tubes. The support rib has end portions initiating adjacent where the axle tubes connect to the housing and a central portion extending offset from the axle tubes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160164881

Remote vehicle application permission control and monitoring

A vehicle may identify an application identifier of a mobile application executed by a mobile device paired with the vehicle; query a local policy table for application permissions associated with the application identifier, the application permissions defining which user interface features, vehicle information elements, and vehicle functions are accessible to the mobile application; and provide the mobile application with vehicle access in accordance with the application permissions. The vehicle may also identify the application permissions additionally according to a mobile device identifier of the mobile device paired with the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160163130

Method and apparatus for connected vehicle system wear estimation and maintenance scheduling

A system includes a processor configured to receive vehicle identifying data. The processor is also configured to receive system wear-related data from a vehicle system-utilization event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160161974

Acceleration and braking mechanism kit for a vehicle

An acceleration and braking mechanism kit autonomously controls a vehicle brake pedal and a vehicle accelerator pedal. The kit includes a support bracket and bell crank supported on the support bracket for connection with an acceleration pedal or a brake pedal of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160161831

Hidden camera assembly with microprocessor control

A hidden camera system for a vehicle includes a cover, a camera, a pulse width drive motor, a linkage connecting the drive motor to the cover and the camera and a control system. The control system modulates output of the drive motor and electronically monitors operation of the hidden camera assembly as the camera is displaced between a hidden or home position and a fully deployed position.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160161642

Hard-coat infused polycarbonate headlamp lens and related method

A headlamp lens includes a polycarbonate substrate and an infused protective skin covering on at least one surface of the polycarbonate substrate.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160161266

Vehicle passenger identification

At least one first model represents a person. A request to pick up a passenger includes a first location and a personal identifier for the passenger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160160913

Radially deflectable bushing and steering gear assembly using the same

A bushing is provided for adjusting to differences in diameter between concentric elements of an assembly. The bushing may be provided with a plurality of leaf springs coupled to one another to form parts of a wall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160160868

Methods and systems for real-time compressor surge line adaptation

Methods and systems are provided for adapting a compressor surge line in real-time. In one example, a method may include retarding a surge line in response to a number of surge events greater than a threshold number of surge events, and advancing the surge line in response to a number of aggressive tip-out events, that do not result in surge, greater than a threshold number of tip-out events.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160160808

Systems and methods for determining canister purge valve degradation

A method is provided, comprising: during a first condition, opening a fuel tank isolation valve while maintaining a canister purge valve closed; and indicating degradation of the canister purge valve based on an output of a universal exhaust gas oxygen (uego) sensor. The uego sensor output will indicate whether any fuel vapor vented from the fuel tank reaches intake through the commanded closed canister purge valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160160806

Sludge detection and compensation for the continuously variable compressor recirculation valve

Methods and systems are provided for improving boost pressure control by adjusting a variable compressor recirculation valve. In one example, a method may include adjusting a position of a continuously variable compressor recirculation valve based on amount of sludge accumulation on the valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160160792

System and method for improving vacuum generation

Methods and systems for improving vacuum generation for a diesel powered vehicle that includes a mechanically engine driven vacuum pump are presented. In one non-limiting example, engine idle speed may be increased in response to a number of braking events and/or a request for vacuum based on an amount of stored vacuum.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160160790

Direct injection pump control

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. An example control strategy is provided for operating the direct injection fuel pump when fuel vapor is detected at an inlet of the direct injection fuel pump. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160160747

Diagnostic method for a compressor recirculation valve

Methods are provided for identifying degradation in components of a compressor bypass valve (cbv). One method comprises commanding a periodic signal to the cbv and indicating degradation of a throttle of the cbv based on changes in pressure at an inlet of an intake throttle in response to the periodic signal.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160160746

Diagnostic method for a compressor recirculation valve

Methods are provided for identifying degradation in components of a compressor recirculation valve (crv). One method includes differentiating between degradation of a throttle of the crv and a position sensor of the crv based on each of a throttle inlet pressure and commanded position of the throttle of the crv. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160160744

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

06/09/16 / #20160160723

Method and system for removing ash within a particulate filter

Methods and systems are provided for injecting water to reduce an ash load on a pf. In one example, a method may include injecting water from a reservoir to between a pf and a three-way catalyst in order to reduce an ash load.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160160721

Exhaust soot control system

Systems and methods are described for sensing soot (particulate matter) in an exhaust system of a vehicle. An example system comprises a sensor housing an exhaust inlet, an exhaust outlet, and a soot filter affixed across the exhaust outlet, and a piston with the housing, affixed to a spring via a conductive surface, the spring fluidly separated from the exhaust chamber by a piston seal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160160553

Automatic dual electric motor tailgate lift system

A motor vehicle tailgate power lift system for displacing a motor vehicle tailgate between a closed position and at least one open position includes a first actuator for lengthening and shortening a first stay cable attached to a first tailgate side and a second actuator for lengthening and shortening a second stay cable attached to a second, opposed tailgate side. First and second sensors disposed on a motor vehicle body to which the tailgate is hingedly attached independently detect a latching operation of a first tailgate latch and a second tailgate latch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160160540

Vehicle door latch with inertial lock

A vehicle door includes a latch mechanism having a fork-bolt that is configured to engage a striker and prevent opening of the vehicle door when the latch mechanism is in a latched configuration. The latch mechanism includes a lock mechanism that disconnects an exterior door handle from the latch mechanism when the latch mechanism is locked. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159410

Compensator assembly for a vehicle frame

A compensator assembly for a vehicle frame includes a base member having a clip engaging a first frame component spaced from a second frame component. An extension member is threadably coupled with the base member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159409

Vehicle frame joint assembly and method of forming the same

In one or more embodiments, a vehicle frame joint assembly includes a first frame portion including an adaptor, a second frame portion defining a cavity to receive at least a portion of the adaptor, and a first adhesive layer positioned between the adaptor and the cavity when the first frame portion is connected to the second frame portion.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159406

Vehicle body structure

A vehicle body structure includes a side sill formed of high strength steel and a seat cross-member formed of high strength steel. A floor pan is welded to at least one of the side sill and the seat cross-member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159363

Torque converter having variable pitch stator and bypass clutch

A transmission includes a torque converter with both a variable pitch stator and a bypass clutch. These are controlled in two modes to maintain a target slip speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159360

Autonomous vehicle cornering maneuver

An example vehicle system includes a sensor and a processing device. The sensor is configured to identify a first location and a second location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159357

System and method for generating vacuum via an engine

Methods and systems for improving vacuum generation for an engine that may be operated at higher altitudes are presented. In one non-limiting example, a transmission that is mechanically coupled to the engine may be shifted from a gear to neutral in response to an actual total number of times a vehicle brake pedal is applied and partially released while the vehicle is stopped and the brake pedal is applied.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159350

Vehicle speed adjustment

A vehicle system includes a sensor that detects a speed of at least one nearby vehicle and outputs a speed signal representing the speed of the at least one nearby vehicle. The vehicle system further includes a processing device programmed to determine a set point speed based on the speed signal output by the sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159348

Mitigation of input device failure and mode management

A trailer backup assist system includes a sensor that senses a hitch angle between a vehicle and a trailer. The trailer backup assist system also includes a steering input device that provides a backing path of the trailer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159347

Sensor failure mitigation system and mode management

A trailer backup assist system includes a sensor that senses a hitch angle between a vehicle and a trailer. The trailer backup assist system also includes a steering input device that provides a backing path of the trailer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159319

Seat belt retractor including pretensioner and slack remover

A seat belt retractor includes a housing and a spool supported by the housing. Webbing is wound around the spool. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159274

Vehicle wheel assembly illumination lamp

A vehicle wheel 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

06/09/16 / #20160159271

Adjustment device for aiming two oppositely pivoted lamp elements of a motor vehicle

An adjustment device is provided for aiming two oppositely pivoted lamp elements. That device includes a single aim adjuster screw, a first connection connecting the adjuster screw to a first lamp element and a second connection connecting the adjuster screw to a second lamp element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159258

Console armrest assembly with dampening strut and integrated inertial lock

A console armrest assembly includes a support, a displaceable cover and a hinge pivotally attaching that cover to the support. A dampening strut is connected between the hinge and the support. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159240

Pattern based charge scheduling

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, scheduling charging of an energy storage device of an electrified vehicle based on a learned key-on pattern. The learned key-on pattern is derived by recursively updating the probability that a subsequent key-on event is likely to occur at any given time and day.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159188

System and method for estimating damper temperature

Systems and methods for controlling a damper force based on temperature are disclosed. Signals associated with a damping force value of one or more dampers are received at a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159187

System and methods for preventing wheel hop during a burnout event in a motor vehicle

Systems and methods for stabilizing a vehicle during a traction control event are disclosed. Signals indicative of wheel speed and velocity of the vehicle may be received at a controller of the vehicle and compared to determine wheel slip. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160159174

Towing device

A device comprises an outer sleeve and an inner sleeve that is rotatably supported at least partly in an interior of the outer sleeve. A hollow axle is located in an interior of the inner sleeve, and a skewer is supported within an inner region of the hollow axle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160158699

Zoned catalyst system for reducing n2o emissions

A catalyst system for reducing n2o emissions in the exhaust system of a vehicle is provided and comprises a support in communication with the exhaust gas stream, with the support including an exhaust gas inlet and an exhaust gas outlet. The support has at least one exhaust gas passage therethrough. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160156290

High frequency injection-based high voltage interlock

A power inverter for driving an electric machine is configured to apply a voltage to the electric machine based on a high-frequency injection current. Three phase currents are measured and input into a current controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160156111

Electrical ground assembly for a vehicle

An electrical ground assembly includes a vehicle component defining a hole, and a fastener. The fastener includes a flange defining an aperture extending completely therethrough, and a barrel disposed within the hole. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160156078

Air-cooled battery module for a vehicle

A high voltage battery module comprises a plurality of battery cells stacked in an array. The array is covered on its ends by a pair of opposing end plates, and is covered on its sides by a pair of opposing sidewalls. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160156074

Battery module having side compression structure with heat exchanger

A battery module according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a first array of battery cells along a first axis, and a second array of battery cells along a second axis. The battery cells of the first and second arrays each include axially facing walls. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160153851

Magnetic sensor packaging for transmissions

Designs to package a magneto-elastic torque sensor in an automotive transmission for volume production applications are provided. A transfer case assembly includes a transfer case shaft having a magnetized region and a magnetic torque sensor, for detecting torque of the transfer case shaft, mounted on at least one bushing supporting the transfer case shaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160153544

Transmission fluid warm-up system and method

A vehicle includes a transmission having gears lubricated by oil and a variable voltage converter (vvc). The vvc includes an inductor arranged such that the oil contacts the inductor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160153395

Engine cover having a retainer to secure an engine accessory

A cover has an aperture through which an accessory gains access to the interior side of the cover and a cavity. The accessory may be any kind of sensor or actuator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160153391

Methods and systems for adjusting a direct fuel injector

Systems and methods for improving fuel injection of an engine that includes a cylinder receiving fuel from a direct fuel injector are disclosed. In one example, a transfer function or gain of a direct fuel injector is adjusted in response to an exhaust lambda value and a first pulse width of two pulse widths provided to an injector of a cylinder during a cylinder cycle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160153390

Methods and systems for learning variability of a direct fuel injector

Systems and methods for improving fuel injection of an engine that includes a cylinder receiving fuel from a direct fuel injector are disclosed. In one example, a transfer function or gain of a direct fuel injector is adjusted in response to an exhaust lambda value and a pulse width of a plurality of split fuel injections provided to an injector of the cylinder during a cylinder cycle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160153388

Identifying fuel system degradation

Various methods are thus provided for identifying degradation in a fuel system. In one embodiment, a method of operating a fuel system comprises applying a pulse to a fuel pump responsive to detecting that lift pump pressure corresponds to a fuel vapor pressure, ceasing application of the pulse responsive to detecting that the lift pump pressure corresponds to a relief setpoint pressure, and indicating degradation in the fuel system if the detected lift pump pressure deviates from an expected fuel rail pressure, including distinguishing among degradation in the fuel pump, a lower pressure fuel pressure sensor, a fuel rail pressure sensor, and a pressure relief valve.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160153387

Methods and systems for adjusting a direct fuel injector

Systems and methods for improving fuel injection of an engine that includes a cylinder receiving fuel from two different fuel injectors is disclosed. In one example, a transfer function or gain of a direct fuel injector is adjusted in response to an exhaust lambda value and a first pulse width of two pulse widths provided to an injector of a cylinder during a cylinder cycle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160153386

Methods and systems for adjusting fuel injector operation

Systems and methods for improving fuel injection of an engine that includes a cylinder receiving fuel from two different fuel injectors is disclosed. In one example, a transfer function or gain of a direct fuel injector is adjusted in response to an exhaust lambda value and a fraction of fuel supplied to a cylinder during a cylinder cycle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160153385

Method for lift pump control

Methods and systems are provided for controlling a low pressure pump in port fuel direct injection (pfdi) engines. One method includes, when operating a high pressure pump in a default pressure mode, pulsing the low pressure pump when pressure in a high pressure fuel rail decreases below a threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160153384

Systems and methods for sensing fuel vapor pressure

Systems and methods for sensing fuel vapor pressure are provided. In one example, a method for a vehicle comprises: during an engine start after the engine has been off for at least a minimum duration, actively controlling fuel pressure in the fuel system to a vapor-liquid volume ratio greater than zero and then recording sensed fuel pressure and temperature in the fuel system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160153383

Optimizing intermittent fuel pump control

Various methods are provided for operating a fuel pump. In one example, a method of operating a fuel pump comprises iteratively reducing an on-duration of a low pressure fuel pump pulse, until a peak outlet pressure of the fuel pump decreases from a peak outlet pressure corresponding to a previous pulse, to identify a minimum pulse duration, and applying a pulse having the minimum pulse duration to the fuel pump.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160152282

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

06/02/16 / #20160152265

Systems and methods for correcting steering offsets

A system for correcting a steering offset generated by an active steering system of a vehicle may include a steering wheel angle sensor and a controller configured to receive a signal from the steering wheel angle sensor. The controller may be configured to determine a steering state based on the signal, and, subject to the determined steering state, calculate an offset reduction factor based on the signal to determine a new steering offset.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160152189

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

05/26/16 / #20160149274

Battery assembly including battery cells wrapped with thermally conductive film

A battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a plurality of battery cells and a thermally conductive film wrapped around each of the plurality of battery cells. Each thermally conductive film is contiguous with six sides of each of the plurality of battery cells.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160149191

Traction battery assembly having snap-in bus bar module

A traction battery includes a cell having a terminal defining a surface with a top and at least one sidewall. The traction battery also includes a busbar having an interior defining a top engaging with the top of the terminal, and at least one side surface engaging with the sidewall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160147563

Method and apparatus for brought-in device communication request handling

A system includes a processor configured to receive an incoming message request identifying a requesting application and requested user interface. The processor is also configured to determine an incoming message priority value. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160146704

Misfire detection with crankshaft vibrations

Methods and systems are provided for engine misfire detection. In one example, a method may include sampling crankshaft fluctuations with a first and a second sampling window, wherein the first and second windows overlapping each other; and identify misfire based on the sampled signals. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160146339

Powertrain control based on bearing speed

A speed sensor is integrated with a bearing of a transmission. The speed sensor may sense rotation of a bearing cage using a proximity sensor or may sense passage of the rolling elements themselves using an acceleration sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160146263

Universal joint with protective shield

A constant velocity (cv) joint includes a conical shield to protect a j-boot from damage due to projectiles such as stones. In order to facilitate vehicle assembly, the conical shield is divided into a number of leaves which each flex radially to permit installation of bolts. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160146157

Concentric conical fuel vapor canister

A fuel vapor canister is presented, comprising two or more pneumatically coupled concentric adsorbent beds, a vent port configured to deliver fresh air to an outermost concentric adsorbent bed, and a purge port configured to couple an engine intake to an innermost concentric adsorbent bed. The concentric adsorbent beds facilitate improved purging of the canister, thus decreasing bleed emissions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160146146

Method and system for fuel system control

Methods and systems are provided for enforcing a minimum fuel lift pump commanded voltage that is determined as a function of commanded lift pump pressure and fuel flow rate. The minimum fuel lift pump voltage is applied when the commanded voltage is lower than the minimum voltage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160146139

Method and system for air charge estimation

Systems and methods are provided. In one example, a method for an engine comprises adjusting an air charge estimate for a first cylinder based on a firing pattern of a second cylinder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160146136

Systems and methods for lp-egr delivery in a variable displacement engine

Methods and systems are provided for controlling lp-egr flow in a variable displacement engine. In one example, a method may include providing a higher fixed lp-egr percentage relative to a total intake air flow during a vde mode, and providing a lower fixed egr percentage relative to the total intake air flow during a non-vde mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160146127

Method for pre-ignition control

Various systems and methods are described for controlling pre-ignition in a boosted engine in a newly manufactured vehicle. One method comprises, during a pre-delivery phase of the vehicle, operating the boosted engine in a pre-delivery calibration with a first, higher enrichment, in response to a pre-ignition event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160146126

Method for pre-ignition control in a pre-delivery phase

Various systems and methods are described for controlling spark plug fouling and pre-ignition in a newly manufactured vehicle. One method comprises, during a pre-delivery phase of the newly manufactured vehicle including an engine, operating the engine with a first setting for air/fuel ratio to reduce spark plug fouling, and adjusting the first setting of the air/fuel ratio responsive to pre-ignition.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160146100

Systems and methods for a variable geometry turbine nozzle

Various systems and methods are described for a variable geometry turbine. In one example, a nozzle vane includes a stationary having a first cambered sliding surface and a sliding vane having a second cambered sliding surface where the second cambered sliding surface includes a flow disrupting feature in contact with the first sliding cambered surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160146087

Muffler shield and muffler assembly employing the same

In one or more embodiments, a muffler shield includes a shield body extending in a longitudinal direction and defining a middle portion positioned between first and second side portions along a transverse direction, a cross-section of the middle portion and at least one of the first and second side portions respectively defining a middle profile and a side profile shorter than the middle profile.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160146076

Vehicle with integrated turbocharger oil control restriction

A vehicle incorporates a turbocharged internal combustion engine and a crankcase ventilation system. That crankcase ventilation system includes a first vent line connecting a cam cover at a first spigot to an air inlet duct at a second spigot. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144864

Transmission and integrated transfer case

A transfer case and transmission are designed to permit the transmission hydraulic control system to control a range selection coupler and a torque on demand clutch in the transfer case. Two pressure circuits are transmitted from the transmission to the transfer case: a high range circuit and a low range circuit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144852

Method and apparatus for starting an engine of a modular hybrid transmission based upon demanded torque

A control system including a method and apparatus for operating a hybrid vehicle. A disconnect clutch selectively separates an electric machine from a combustion engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144847

Vehicle underside impact avoidance

A camera is configured to be mounted facing a front of a vehicle. A computer is programmed to receive first and second images from the camera, determine a height of an obstacle located to the front of the vehicle using at least the first and second images, and, based at least in part on the height of the obstacle, send an instruction via a communications bus to a component controller to control a speed of the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144826

Methods and systems for a vehicle computing system to communicate with a device

A smartwatch having at least one controller in communication with an user interface and a transceiver. The transceiver configured to communicate with a nomadic device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144801

Retention clip for interior vehicle components

“a retention clip for an interior vehicle component may include a base and a pair of frame members extending from the base. Each of the frame members may include a primary wing arranged with the base to secure the clip to a sheet metal portion and may have a body including a flared portion partially cutout from the body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144794

Glove box owner's manual/electronic device storage

A motor vehicle storage compartment includes a housing defining an interior storage space and a top having a cutout defining a rear lip for supporting at least a portion of an item. A pivoting front support is provided, configured to bias between an open position and a closed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144793

External down stops for glove box

A glove box supported by an instrument panel includes a storage compartment displaceable between an open position and a closed position, and at least one resilient arm protruding from an exterior surface of the storage compartment through an aperture in the instrument panel. The resilient arm may have a first surface for contacting an edge of the aperture and deflecting the resilient arm during installation of the storage compartment and a second surface for limiting displacement of the storage compartment once installed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144753

Vehicle seat with ramp for facilitating iso fix child seat installation

A vehicle seat includes a seatback and a seat bottom having a seating surface. A child car seat anchoring system is provided behind the vehicle seat and extends between the seatback and seat bottom. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144721

System and method for optimizing regenerative braking in adaptive cruise control

A vehicle includes traction wheels, an electric machine configured to provide regenerative braking torque to the traction wheels, wheel brakes configured to provide friction braking torque to the traction wheels, and at least one power source configured to provide drive torque to the traction wheels. The vehicle additionally includes, a sensor configured to detect a forward object, and at least one controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144689

Hvac system with travel time based control

A system for providing efficient climate control in a vehicle. The system has an hvac system configured to receive a user-defined temperature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144684

Anti-skate device for applying damping torque to an axle

An anti-skate device for a drive axle of a motor vehicle may include a free-spinning body having an axis of rotation that is generally perpendicular to the drive axle of the vehicle. The free-spinning body may be coupled to the drive axle by a rotational damper.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144680

Suspension systems for laterally tiltable multitrack vehicles

A laterally tiltable, multitrack vehicle suspension may include first and second steering knuckles. The suspension may also include a first set of control arms connected to the first steering knuckle and a second set of control arms connected to the second steering knuckle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144542

In-mold decorative appliquÉ with textured surface

A manufacturing method for a plastic-molded automotive interior trim component produces a curvilinear finished surface with a relatively flat portion and a relatively curved portion. A decorative film subcomponent is molded with a substantially smooth outer surface that is pigmented with a desired color of the finished surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160144306

Oil filter adaptor and method of forming the same

The present invention in one or more embodiments provides an oil filter adaptor to engage an oil filter, where the oil filter adaptor includes a base and a neck extending from the base in a first direction and to engage the oil filter, the neck including a wall defining therein a passageway extending at least partially in the first direction, the wall defining thereupon a through-aperture extending in a wall thickness direction. The oil filter adaptor of the present invention may pre-discharge oil flowing out thereof when the oil filter is removed, avoiding oil splashing due to an otherwise large efflux of oil in a very short period of time.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160143531

Method and apparatus for biometric data gathering and dissemination

A system includes a processor configured to determine that a vehicle accident has occurred. The processor is also configured to connect to a detected wearable device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160141984

Method and system for traction motor torque ripple compensation

Torque ripple produced by a traction motor of an electric vehicle when the motor produces torque from a motor current is compensated for by modifying operation of the motor according to a difference between an expected position of the motor to produce a desired torque from the current and the actual position of the motor when producing torque from the current.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160141569

Traction battery assembly with thermal device

A traction battery includes a first thermal plate disposed within a case, and cells disposed on the first thermal plate. A bracket arrangement is disposed within the case. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160140649

Method and apparatus for automated rental key dispensal and return

A system includes a processor configured to receive rental return information. The system is also configured to verify deposit of a key fob. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160139073

Oxygen sensor control based on water contact

Various methods for operating an oxygen sensor are provided. In one example, a method of operating an oxygen sensor comprises applying power to a heater of the oxygen sensor, and indicating whether water is in contact with the oxygen sensor based on a time rate of change of a temperature of the oxygen sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160138878

Method and system for a dual loop coolant system

Methods and systems are provided for a dual loop coolant system used to control an engine transmission oil temperature. In one example, a high temperature coolant loop comprises a first heat exchanger and a control valve positioned upstream of the first heat exchanger whose coolant flow is separate from a second, low temperature coolant loop containing a second heat exchanger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160138553

Spark plug fouling detection

Methods and systems are provided for detecting spark plug fouling in an ignition system of an engine. In one example, a method may include directing current flow into a primary winding of an ignition coil of the ignition system for a duration of dwell period responsive to a dwell command from a controller, reducing the current flow to discharge an initial spark, and discharging additional sparks. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160138502

Engine block heater failure detection

A vehicle system includes a sensor that measures an engine block heating characteristic associated with an engine block heater. A processing device is programmed to determine an operating state of the engine block heater based on the engine block heating characteristic measured. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160138500

Methods and systems for cylinder bank misfire detection and reactivation

Various systems and methods are described for deactivation and reactivation of a cylinder bank in a v-engine. In one example, the cylinder bank is deactivated responsive to an indication of misfire based on crankshaft acceleration and exhaust air fuel ratio. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160138447

Method and system for gas particulate filter

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing a particulate filter located in an exhaust runner of an engine cylinder. In one example, a method may include flowing exhaust from a first cylinder through a first particulate filter in a first runner, and flowing exhaust from a second cylinder through a second particulate filter in a second runner. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160138420

Split turbocharger bearing assembly

A turbocharger bearing assembly of a split turbocharger for an engine is disclosed in which key rotational parts are rotatably supported by a pair of spaced apart bearings located in a bore of a tubular bearing housing forming part of a bearing assembly. The rotational parts of the turbocharger bearing assembly are balanced as a unit before the turbocharger bearing assembly is assembled to a cylinder block of the engine by insertion into a bore formed in the cylinder block.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160138321

Frameless-door window operating system

A frameless-door window operating system is provided for a vehicle door. The system includes a door actuator, a door latch controller, a window controller and a door window displaceable between a closed position and an indexed position providing clearance to open the door.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160138306

Universal global latch system

A powered latch system for a door of a vehicle including a latch assembly, actuatable inside and outside handles, a powered actuator and a door controller that causes the powered actuator to unlatch the latch assembly upon actuation of the inside and outside door handles. The latch assembly may be mechanically unlatched by a user within a vehicle interior even if the powered actuator does not actuate due to a loss of electrical power or other failure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160137193

Vehicle torque control

A vehicle includes a powertrain having an electric machine operatively coupled to a transmission and selectively coupled to an engine, and a controller. The controller, while operating the powertrain in an electric mode and in response to an accelerator pedal position initiating a transmission ratio change that results in a request to operate the powertrain in a hybrid mode and an engine start fault, outputs a cancellation request to cancel the transmission ratio change.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160137192

Methods and systems for temperature sensor fault detection

A vehicle includes a transmission, a motor, and at least one controller. The motor is configured to be selectively coupled to the transmission. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160137190

Controlling a clutch between an engine and a motor during a shift event in a hybrid vehicle

A hybrid electric vehicle includes an engine, an electric motor, a transmission gearbox, and a clutch selectively coupling the engine to the electric motor. Engine speed can drop dramatically when operating at high speeds during a scheduled shift event in the gearbox. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160137182

Hybrid vehicle including a prevent powertrain gear hunting strategy

A vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes an engine, a motor, and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160137144

Lightweight floating license plate bracket

A motor vehicle fascia assembly includes a fascia panel and a floating license plate bracket providing a lower profile, improved air flow to a vehicle engine, and reduced interference with sensors associated with the fascia assembly.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160137135

Storage assembly for use with vehicle storage platform

The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a storage assembly for a vehicle with a storage platform, where the storage assembly includes a retaining part including a retaining portion, the retaining part being at least pivotably connected to the storage platform, and an elastic part connected with the retaining part such that the elastic part exerts a pulling force the retaining part toward a rear of the vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160137134

Vehicle step system

A vehicle step system and method incorporating an end of a vehicle bumper. The step system includes an end of the bumper movable between a first, closed position and a second, open position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160137111

Vehicle seat back with feature for grasping of seatbelt

A seat assembly for a vehicle includes a seat back having a cushion surface forming a bolster along a lateral edge thereof, a recess formed in the bolster, and a retractable seatbelt. When in a stowed condition, the seatbelt extends along the bolster between a top a bottom thereof, and a portion of the seatbelt passes over the recess to create a space between an edge of the seatbelt and the cushion surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160137102

Vehicle occupant classification

A vehicle system includes at least two sensors. A first sensor is configured to output a child restraint signal indicating a presence of a child restraint system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160137089

Power spike mitigation

A vehicle system includes a processing device programmed to monitor a vehicle battery, predict a vehicle maneuver, and determine whether the vehicle battery has sufficient charge for a vehicle to execute the predicted maneuver. The processing device is further programmed to perform a preparatory action if the vehicle battery lacks sufficient charge for the vehicle to execute the predicted maneuver.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160137053

Aerodynamic device to optimize air flow through heat exchangers

An air flow optimization device is provided for motor vehicle heat exchangers. The device includes a body having a first air flow opening with an inlet side and an outlet side. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160137030

Methods and system for heating a hybrid vehicle

Systems and methods for providing heat to a passenger cabin of a hybrid vehicle that includes an internal combustion engine are presented. The systems and methods may selectively operate the internal combustion engine with one or more engine cylinders deactivated and may selectively flow coolant to one or more cylinders to improve passenger cabin heating in response to a request for passenger cabin heat.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160137028

Intelligent climate control system for a motor vehicle

An intelligent climate control system includes presence sensors for detecting the presence of individuals in the seats of the vehicle. Further, the system includes vents for directing conditioned air toward the detected individuals. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160136714

High stiffness and high access forming tool for incremental sheet forming

An tool for the incremental forming of material sheeting is disclosed. The tool comprises a forming tip, a shank, and an interface adapter positioned between the forming tip and the shank. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160134383

Multiple transceiver and antenna verification system

A system includes a control unit and multiple transceivers connected by a communication bus. The transceivers are respectively connected to antennas. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160133998

Magnetically controlled traction battery thermal plate

A vehicle traction battery assembly is provided. The vehicle traction battery assembly may include an array of battery cells, a thermal plate in thermal communication with the array and defining a coolant path, and an electromagnet. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160133997

Battery assembly with array frame and integrated heat exchanger

A battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an array frame including a frame body and a slot formed through the frame body. A heat exchanger is received within the slot.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160133906

Traction battery busbar carriers for pouch battery cells

A vehicle including an array of pouch battery cells, a pair of carriers, and a plurality of busbars is provided. The array of pouch battery cells may each have terminal tabs of opposite polarity extending from opposing cell faces. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160133897

Low profile battery assembly for electrified vehicles

A battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a plurality of battery cells and a support structure positioned about the plurality of battery cells. The support structure includes at least one sidewall and the at least one sidewall includes a first flange that extends adjacent a top surface of each of the plurality of battery cells and a second flange that extends beyond a bottom surface of each of the plurality of battery cells.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160133896

Battery assembly including structural foamed materials

A battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery array and a foam shell that surrounds the battery array.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160133895

Battery pack retention assembly and retention method

An exemplary assembly includes an extrusion providing a channel that receives a portion of a battery cell frame. The extrusion is securable to a support to secure the battery cell frame relative to the support.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160133364

Fixtures and methods for forming aligned magnetic cores

Magnetic cores and method and fixtures for forming the same are disclosed. The magnetic core may comprise a magnetic body including magnetic grains and a magnetic flux path, the magnetic grains aligned in a plurality of distinct directional alignments to conform to the magnetic flux path. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131701

Battery testing system and method

A battery testing method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling a temperature of an environmental chamber that houses at least one battery cell during a test cycle to maintain a relatively constant temperature of the at least one battery cell throughout the test cycle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131088

Method and system for egr control

Methods and systems are provided for engine dilution control via direct injection of water from a reservoir. In one example, a method may include during select conditions, direct injecting fluid from a reservoir into an egr cooler. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131073

Method and system for engine control

Methods and systems are provided for controlling exhaust emissions by adjusting an injection profile for different fuels injected into an engine cylinder from different fuel injectors during engine start and crank. By splitting fuel injection during start and cranking so that fuel of lower alcohol content is port injected and fuel of higher alcohol content is direct injected as one or multiple injections, the soot load of the engine can be reduced and fuel economy can be improved.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131072

Methods and systems for adjusting fueling of engine cylinders

Systems and methods for improving fuel injection of an engine that includes a cylinder receiving fuel from two different fuel injectors is disclosed. In one example, fueling errors for each of the two fuel injectors are determined based on fractions of fuel supplied by the two fuel injectors during different engine operating conditions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131066

Method for diagnosing a vacuum actuator

Methods and systems are described for diagnosing degradation of a vacuum actuator in an engine system. An example method comprises indicating degradation of the vacuum actuator based on an estimate of flow of air into and out of a vacuum reservoir. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131065

System and methods for cbv diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing compressor bypass valve degradation. In one example, a method may include indicating degradation of a compressor bypass valve coupled in a compressor bypass based on intake aircharge temperature measured upstream of a compressor inlet via an air charge temperature sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131060

Catalyst heating with exhaust back-pressure

Embodiments for controlling an exhaust back-pressure valve are provided. In one example, a method for operating an engine comprises closing an exhaust back-pressure valve in response to a component temperature, adjusting intake and/or exhaust valve operation in response to closing the exhaust back-pressure valve to reduce cylinder internal exhaust gas recirculation (egr), and while the exhaust back-pressure valve is closing, indicating degradation of an exhaust back-pressure system if a designated engine operating parameter remains constant. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131054

Systems and methods for control of turbine-generator via exhaust valve timing and duration modulation in a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for reducing exhaust energy delivered to a turbine of a turbine-generator coupled to a split exhaust engine system in order to reduce turbine over-speed conditions and/or to reduce a generator output. In one example, a method may include retarding a first timing of a first exhaust valve utilized to deliver a blowdown portion of exhaust energy to the turbine, and/or advancing a second timing of a second exhaust valve utilized to deliver a scavenging portion of exhaust energy to an exhaust catalyst in response to a turbine speed greater than a threshold speed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131053

Method and system for knock control

Methods and systems are provided for improving engine knock tolerance, in particular when rapidly ramping in lp-egr from low levels of egr. Until a desired lp-egr rate is achieved, fuel may be delivered as a split injection with at least an intake stroke injection and a compression stroke injection to compensate for the transport delay in egr filling the intake system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131048

Method and system for secondary fluid injection control in an engine

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting the amount of secondary fluid being injected into an engine. In one example, a method may include adjusting an amount of secondary fluid injected at an engine cylinder based on a secondary fluid injection amount estimated from outputs of an exhaust oxygen sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131046

Systems and methods for control of turbine-generator via valve deactivation in a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided for reducing exhaust energy delivered to a turbine of a turbine-generator coupled to a split exhaust engine system in order to reduce turbine over-speed conditions and/or to reduce a generator output. In one example, a method may include deactivating a blowdown exhaust valve utilized to deliver a blowdown portion of exhaust energy to the turbine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131016

System and method for a turbocharger driven coolant pump

Methods and a system are provided for powering a coolant pump to drive a coolant flow through a charge air cooler using exhaust gas-driven rotations of a turbocharger. In one example, a method may include adjusting a coolant flow through a charge air cooler with a coolant pump, the coolant pump mechanically driven by rotative power from a turbocharger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131013

Systems and methods for sensing particulate matter

Systems and methods are provided for sensing particulate matter in an exhaust system of a vehicle. In one example, a system includes a tube with a plurality of gas intake apertures on an upstream surface, the tube having a horseshoe shape with a rounded notch on a downstream surface and a plurality of gas exit apertures positioned along a length of the rounded notch and a particulate matter sensor positioned inside the tube. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160131006

System and method for controlling an engine that includes low pressure egr

Methods and systems for operating an engine that includes a low pressure egr passage and a selective reduction catalyst are disclosed. In one example, an actuator is adjusted in response to a nox mass flow rate in the low pressure egr passage.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129952

Vehicle spare tire stowage assembly

A tire stowage assembly for a vehicle is provided. The tire stowage assembly may include a housing, an output shaft, an arm, and a slidable member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129920

Lane departure feedback system

A lane departure warning system for a vehicle includes a positional input device and a seat having an inflatable bladder therein and a vibrational unit coupled with the bladder. A controller is communicatively coupled with the positional input device and with the vibrational unit and includes electronic circuitry programmed to detect a lane departure based on a signal from the positional input device and to cause the vibrational unit to vibrate in response thereto.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129918

Electric range impact factor display and algorithms

A method is provided for estimating range per full charge (rpc) for a vehicle. The method includes a controller which may, in response to detecting presence of a predefined condition impacting vehicle energy consumption, output to an interface by a controller a rpc and indicia indicative of an extent to which the predefined condition is affecting the rpc. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129912

Vehicle cornering modes

A curve length, a curve size, and a curve heading angle change of a roadway being traveled by a vehicle are determined. Each of the curve length, the curve size, and the curve heading angle are compared with one or more threshold values to obtain a driving mode request.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129880

Seat belt presenter fault indication

A vehicle system includes a seat belt buckle configured to receive a seat belt. The seat belt buckle is moveable between a first position and a second position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129877

Buckle guide

A guide mechanism may be provided in a buckle assembly including an inner sleeve and an outer sleeve. The guide mechanism in one example includes notches in the outer sleeve mateable to notches in a tongue piece. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129869

Flexible electro-resistive impact detection sensor for front rail mounted airbag

A sensing device for actuating an airbag system in a motor vehicle comprises an airbag having a stowed condition and an inflated condition, an inflator operationally coupled with the airbag responsive to electrical actuation for inflating the airbag with a gas, an impact detection sensor for generating a signal upon an offset impact event, and a controller for processing the signal generated by the sensor and electrically actuating the inflator upon computing a predetermined impact severity to a forward corner of the motor vehicle. The motor vehicle further comprises a front bumper beam attached proximate a distal end of a front rail and the sensor comprises a flexible electro-resistive sensor mounted to a rear side of an outboard portion of the front bumper beam.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129846

Retention feature for snap-in attachments

A coupling system includes a glovebox panel having inner and outer surfaces and a keyhole slot disposed therethrough having an enlarged portion leading to a narrowed portion. A ramped flange is disposed on the outer surface of the glovebox panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129845

Folding seat assembly with internal storage compartment

A folding seat assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. The folding seat assembly includes a seat back, a seat base and an internal storage compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129830

Self energized seat belt tongue light

A restraint system for a vehicle includes a seat assembly and a seat belt assembly. The seat assembly includes a buckle having a buckle sensor operatively connected to a buckle light source. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129815

Head restraint with a multi-cell bladder assembly

A vehicle seating assembly includes a pump and a headrest. The headrest has a support base, a flexible foam layer coupled with the support base, a flexible substrate overlying the foam layer and defining an outer surface, and an inflatable bladder assembly positioned between the base and the foam layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129805

Battery pack thermal management

An exemplary assembly includes a blend structure moveable between a first position and a second position. The blend structure in the first position permits a first flow of air. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129801

Vehicle and method for authenticating a charge station

A charge station includes a controller that initiates charging of a battery of a vehicle and notifies the vehicle in response to an electrical parameter measured and reported by the vehicle not being approximately equal to a same electrical parameter measured at the charge station. The electrical parameter may be power, voltage or current.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129797

Method and system for pre-cooling traction battery in anticipation of recharging at charging station

Methods and systems for electric vehicles, such as a battery electric vehicle (bev) and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (phev), include pre-cooling a traction battery of the vehicle upon an indication that the vehicle is being driven to a charging station. The pre-cooling is done by an on-board battery cooling system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129768

Bi-directional element drive system

A bi-directional element drive system includes a motor having a drive shaft, a cable anchor and a cable connector. The cable connector is carried on the drive shaft and has two ends connected to the cable anchor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129763

Method of controlling a climate control system

A method of controlling a climate control system. The method may include positioning a valve to block airflow from a desiccant to a port, permit airflow from the port to a blower, and circulate air through the desiccant and then through a trim component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129759

Air extractor grille

An air extractor vent is disclosed for a vehicle. A package tray defines an opening adjacent the lower edge of a rear window. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160129659

Wrapped part assembly with edge/corner defining inserts

An insert is assembled to a base interior part at either an edge or a corner of the part that is later wrapped with a cut and sewn jacket cover. The assembly comprises a substrate, an insert and a cover. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160127294

Method and apparatus for location related social reminder provision

A system includes a processor configured to determine a vehicle destination. The processor is also configured to access a driver-owned media delivery account to determine context-relevant information relating to the destination. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160125868

Electrified vehicle noise cancellation

Systems, apparatus and methods for cancelling a noise voltage at a vehicle are presented. An noise cancellation system (ncs) can be configured to null an earth-to-body voltage at the vehicle to prevent its interference with a receiver system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160125673

Method of predicting the future operation of a vehicle

A method for predicting the future operation of a vehicle is disclosed which uses stored data representative of commonly followed routes to predict the future operation of the vehicle for the current trip. By establishing that the route currently being followed is comparable to one of the commonly followed routes, information relating to that ‘common route’ is then used to predict the future operation of the vehicle for the current trip.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160125366

Method and apparatus for interactive vehicle service reception

A system includes a processor configured to retrieve an appointment from a service appointment schedule. The processor is also configured to contact a vehicle associated with the retrieved appointment and determine if the vehicle is on-site at a service location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160123793

Apparatus for customizing a vehicle seat for an occupant

An apparatus for customizing a vehicle seat includes a seat having a cushion and a back coupled thereto and a plurality of force sensors in respective locations along the cushion and the back. The apparatus further includes electronic circuitry coupled with the plurality of sensors and programmed to associate forces sensed by ones of the plurality of force sensors with the respective locations thereof and to output the sensed forces and associated areas.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160123753

Method and apparatus for dynamic destination arrival time updating

A system includes a processor configured to receive vehicle information including at least location and fuel level. The processor is also configured to determine a current estimated time-of-arrival (eta) to an event-associated destination based on travel time from the location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160123683

Inlet air turbulent grid mixer and dimpled surface resonant charge air cooler core

A resonant charge air cooler is provided having internal structures for producing vortexes in the air flow, thus inducing turbulence and increasing heat transfer efficiency. The air cooler includes an inlet tank, an outlet tank and a plurality of tubes fluidly connecting the inlet and outlet tanks. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160123511

Duct assembly with a connector

A duct assembly comprises a first duct. The duct assembly may further include a first connector and a second connector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160123379

Engine crankshaft

A crankshaft in an engine is provided. The crankshaft includes only two outer bearing journals configured to attach to two outer crankshaft bearings, only a single inner bearing journal positioned axially between the two outer bearing journals configured to attach to an inner crankshaft bearing, an unsupported section positioned axially between the inner bearing journal and one of the outer bearing journals, and only three rod journals each configured to attach to a separate piston rod.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160123292

Cold temperature engine start strategies

A method of starting a vehicle may include, in response to an expected driver entry, stroking a clutch configured to couple an engine to an electric machine for a predetermined time period. The method may further include, in response to an engine start request received during the predetermined time period, providing power to the electric machine to spin the electric machine at a speed at least equal to a target engine cranking speed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160123283

Engine intake manifold having a condensate-containment tray

An engine intake manifold is provided. The engine intake manifold includes a manifold chamber configured to receive positive crankcase ventilation (pcv) gas from a pcv conduit outlet, the manifold chamber including a condensate-containment tray with a plurality of baffles to form a plurality of separate cavities below the pcv conduit outlet.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160123260

Method of pre-emptively regenerating a lean nox trap

A method of predicting the future use of a vehicle or an engine of the vehicle is used to evaluate whether nox slippage from a lean nox trap is likely to occur during a current drive cycle and also for scheduling when favorable conditions are likely to exist to purge the lean nox trap before the slippage of nox from the lean nox trap is expected to occur.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160123257

Post-catalyst cylinder imbalance monitor

Methods and systems are provided for detecting cylinder air-fuel imbalance. In one example, a method may include adjusting engine operation based on an indication of cylinder air-fuel imbalance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160123244

Method and system for supplying liquefied petroleum gas to a direct fuel injected engine

A method for supplying fuel to a direct injection fuel pump of an internal combustion engine is described. In one example, pressure and/or temperature of a fuel supplied to the direct injection fuel pump may be adjusted to ensure liquid fuel is supplied to the direct injection fuel pump so that the possibility of engine air-fuel ratio errors may be reduced.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160123222

Wastegate assembly in a turbine

A wastegate assembly in a turbine of an internal combustion engine is provided. The wastegate assembly includes a wastegate conduit bypassing a turbine rotor, a valve sealing plate configured to seat and seal on a wastegate conduit outlet in a closed position, and a flow diverting tab coupled to the valve sealing plate, extending upstream of the wastegate conduit outlet, and separating a wastegate conduit outflow and a turbine rotor outflow.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160123198

Engine with external cam lubrication

An engine, such as a variable displacement engine, has a camshaft retainer. The camshaft retainer has a cap adapted to cooperate with a carrier to support first and second overhead camshafts for rotation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160121951

Proximity-based bicycle alarm

An alarm system for a vehicle, such as a bicycle, includes a touch sensor electrically connected to a vehicle frame. The touch sensor outputs an alarm signal based on a proximity of a person to the vehicle frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160121942

Spare tire assembly for a motor vehicle

A spare tire assembly for a motor vehicle includes a spare tire mounted on the wheel and a strap system. The strap system has a first end, a second end and an intermediate section. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160121937

Fastening apparatus for vehicle sheet component

An assembly includes a sheet component, a joint base, and a brazed bond therebetween. The sheet component includes aluminum and an aperture, and the joint base has first and second portions and a fastener coupling. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160121918

Method and system for stowing steering column in an autonomous vehicle

A stowing steering column is provided for use with an autonomous vehicle that is capable of traveling at a slower rate of speed and a higher rate of speed, depending on the situation. A high range of travel at a high rate of speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160121904

Method and apparatus for predictive driving-mode learning and enablement

A system includes a processor configured to receive a vehicle location and to access driver-specific driving-mode-change data for the vehicle location. The processor is also configured to determine, based on the accessed data, if a vehicle driving-mode-change has previously occurred at the vehicle location and context a sufficient number of times to cross a predefined threshold and, if so, to automatically change a vehicle driving-mode to the driving-mode associated with the previous driving-mode-change.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160121861

Automatic brake hold with low speed maneuverability

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

05/05/16 / #20160121835

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

05/05/16 / #20160121750

Method for controlling a voltage source for charging a battery of a motor vehicle

A method for controlling a voltage source is used to charge a battery of a motor vehicle, wherein the desired voltage value of the voltage source is selected and controlled. The method changes between at least two charging modes at planned time intervals, wherein a first charging mode applies a different desired voltage value for charging the battery than a second charging mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160121749

Bus pre-charge with vehicle power converter

A vehicle includes an electric machine, a traction battery to power the electric machine, and a starting, lighting and ignition (sli) battery. The vehicle also includes a galvanically isolated dc-dc converter connecting the batteries and having a bus capacitance in parallel therewith. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160121691

System and method for operating a heat pump

Methods and system for operating a heat pump in different operating modes and providing a predictable heat pump response when the heat pump is transitioned between the different operating modes are presented. In one example, a controller that includes executable instructions for providing a bumpless compressor command for operating the heat pump is disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160121679

Suspension member for a motor vehicle and method of making same

A suspension member having an arm member and a ball joint section. The ball joint section having an opening receiving a press fit ball joint. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160121678

Suspension member for a motor vehicle and method of making same

A control arm or transverse link having a ball joint seat for receiving a press-fit ball joint. The material of a portion of the ball joint seat in a region provided for press-fit contact with the ball joint having a reduced material thickness. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160121677

Suspension member for a motor vehicle and method of forming the same

A suspension member for a motor vehicle including a control arm or transverse link having a ball joint seat for receiving a press-fit ball joint. The ball joint seat including a reinforcement section formed from the material of the suspension member in a region thereof provided for friction or press-fit contact with the ball joint. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160118701

Support structure for traction battery assembly with integrated thermal plate

A vehicle including a pair of spaced apart battery cell arrays, a pair of sub-structures configured to retain the arrays, and a thermal plate assembly disposed between the arrays is provided. Each of the sub-structures may include opposing endplates and opposing upper and lower sidewalls secured to the endplates and each having a flange extending toward and overlapping with the respective flange of the other sub-structure to join the sub-structures without mechanical fastening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160118700

Traction battery thermal management

A vehicle traction battery assembly includes at least one battery cell array, and an electronics assembly configured to manage power flow of the battery assembly. The vehicle traction battery assembly also includes a thermal plate defining a first portion in contact with the at least one array and a second portion in contact with the electronics assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160117927

Method and system for assisting a vehicle parking process

A method of operating a parking assistance system involves operating a first sensor onboard a parking vehicle to obtain a first distance measurement to a parked vehicle, and transmitting a first wireless signal which activates a second sensor onboard the parked vehicle. The second sensor obtains a second distance measurement to the parking vehicle and transmits the result via a second wireless signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160117921

Personalized route indices via crowd-sourced data

Traffic incident information may be clustered to determine geographical locations in which a statistically-increased level of traffic incidents occur. Indices indicative of vehicle operating conditions within the locations may be generated according to crowd-sourced event information factors and an index function including coefficients defining contributions of the factors to the indices. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160117906

Methods for monitoring the state of a battery in a motor vehicle

An internal temperature of a battery is determined at defined intervals at different moments in time and is transmitted to an evaluation unit, which continuously determines a temperature gradient at least from the temperature values by dividing the temperature change in an interval by the time change in this interval. At least one limit value for the temperature gradient is stored in the evaluation unit, and the evaluation unit generates an alarm signal when the temperature gradient determined by the evaluation unit reaches this limit value.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160116130

Color infused automobile headlamp lens

A method of forming a headlamp assembly includes molding a one-piece lens from a substantially clear polymer material having a slightly yellow tint. A blue dye is infused into an outer surface of the lens to a maximum depth of about 6-10 microns such that the outer surface has a blue appearance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160116044

Torque converter having variable pitch stator and bypass clutch

A transmission includes a torque converter stator with controllable blade angle. A controller adjust the blades by commanding fluid pressures in hydraulic circuits routed to the stator hub. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160116003

Clutch mechanism for motor vehicles

A clutch mechanism for motor vehicles, having a dry individual clutch or a dual clutch, transmits torque from an engine to the transmission or selectively to one of two transmission sections. The clutch has a central disk and, on at least one side, a pressure plate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160115986

System for riveting from opposite sides of a workpiece

A system for attaching layers of a material stack-up of at least three layers together using rivets alternatingly place on each side of the stack-up is disclosed. The system includes a material stack-up comprising an upper layer, an intermediate layer and a lower layer, a first rivet attaching the upper layer and the intermediate layer, and a second rivet attaching the lower layer and the intermediate layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160115918

Integrally-molded intake manifold connector for engine cover of combustion engine

An engine cover system for joining a cover with an intake manifold body. A plurality of structural ribs project from an external surface of the body including a pair of parallel ribs. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160115911

Crankcase ventilation for turbocharged engine

An internal combustion engine for an automotive vehicle has an intake manifold receiving fresh air via an inlet duct. The engine includes a crankcase. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160115910

Exhaust system and methods for efficient exhaust heat recovery

Systems and methods are described for heating engine coolant by transferring heat from an exhaust flow to the engine coolant via a heat exchanger positioned in an exhaust gas heat recovery line coupled to the egr cooler responsive to an egr valve position. In one particular example, a branching pathway of the egr cooler is positioned downstream of the egr cooler and allows exhaust gas to be routed to the egr cooler and/or exhaust gas heat exchanger based on the egr valve position, which allows for control of the amount of heat transferred to the engine coolant as well as exhaust gas recirculation into the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160115885

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

04/28/16 / #20160115884

Method and system for engine temperature control

Methods and systems are provided to improve engine temperature control. Cylinders scheduled for deactivation may have their exhaust retained in the cylinder by holding an exhaust valve closed on the preceding firing cycle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160115879

Method and system for air fuel ratio control and detecting cylinder imbalance

Air/fuel imbalance monitoring systems and methods for monitoring air/fuel ratio imbalance of an internal combustion engine are disclosed. In one embodiment, adjusting engine operation responsive to cylinder air/fuel imbalance based on a determined total number of instances where sensed peak-to-peak exhaust air-fuel ratios differentials are less than a threshold normalized to a total number of peak-to-peak oscillations. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160115878

Method and system for particulate matter control

Methods and systems are provided for particulate matter control in an engine configured for skip-fire operation. A cylinder pattern selected for selective cylinder deactivation, including a total number of deactivated/active cylinders as well as individual deactivated cylinder identities, may be adjusted based on an engine soot load, or a parameter indicative of engine soot load such as engine coolant temperature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160115838

Systems and methods for managing diesel exhaust fluid stratification

A method for an exhaust system is provided, comprising adjusting reductant injection responsive to a reductant concentration, the reductant concentration based on concentration sensor readings and vehicle motion. If the reductant freezes, the reductant may stratify, leading to inaccurate concentration sensor readings. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160114836

Reinforced moldable rivet assembly for a vehicle

An assembly of vehicle components includes first and second components abutting each other. At least one of the first and second components includes a non-metallic material. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160114805

Driver-centric learning

A vehicle system includes a remote device having a processor programmed to receive driver data in real-time during operation of a first vehicle. The processor processes the driver data to determine a driver behavior. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160114803

Clutch torque trajectory correction to provide torque hole filling during a ratio upshift

A control system and method for controlling a multiple gear ratio automatic transmission in a powertrain for an automatic transmission having pressure activated friction torque elements to effect gear ratio upshifts. The friction torque elements are synchronously engaged and released during a torque phase of an upshift event as torque from a torque source is increased while allowing the off-going friction elements to slip, followed by an inertia phase during which torque from a torque source is modulated. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160114802

Method and system for selecting vehicle performance

Methods and systems for selecting vehicle operating modes in response to output of remote security token devices are described. In one example, a vehicle operating mode may be determined when two key fobs having different, but valid, security token assignments are present within a vehicle cabin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160114797

Method for assisting a maneuvering process of a motor vehicle, and parking assistance device

A method for assisting a maneuvering process of a motor vehicle, and a parking assistance device are provided. In a method for assisting a maneuvering process of a motor vehicle, wherein longitudinal and lateral control of the movement of the motor vehicle is carried out on the basis of predefined setpoint values of the direction of travel, speed or steering angle in order to automatically carry out the maneuvering process, at least some of these setpoint values and the chronological sequence in which the setpoint values are predefined during the maneuvering process are stored.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160114796

Method and device for a vehicle control procedure

A method for a vehicle control procedure, wherein in the case of this vehicle control procedure a closed loop control of the vehicle velocity is performed on the basis of a predetermined desired value, may comprise the following steps: determining on the basis of at least one predetermined criterion whether in the case of the closed loop control the vehicle velocity leaves a value range that is defined by at least one velocity threshold value while taking into consideration a tolerance range that defines predetermined, permitted deviations from this value range; and implementing a corresponding measure while modifying the vehicle control procedure in dependence upon the result of this determination procedure, wherein the determination procedure is performe