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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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Vehicle with event recording

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

Multiple orientation antenna for vehicle communication

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

Grain boundary diffusion process for rare-earth magnets

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

Expanding time window for remote commands

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

Vehicle gateway network protection

Example systems and method are disclosed for vehicle network gateway protection. An example disclosed method to protect a vehicle includes managing state transitions of a gateway separating a telematic dongle and a vehicle data bus. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Detecting physical threats approaching a vehicle

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting physical threats approaching a vehicle. External sensors on a vehicle capture the environment around the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Control device for a motor vehicle

The disclosure relates to a control device for a motor vehicle, having a sensor unit that is configured to contactlessly detect an object in a sensor zone situated on an outer side of the motor vehicle, and a control unit that is configured to generate a first control signal for at least one actuator according to the detected object, which a movement of an access element can be influenced. In order to improve the reliability and user-friendliness of a control device of a motor vehicle comprising a contactless sensor system, it is provided that the control device comprises a projector unit that is configured to project a light pattern that marks off at least one portion of the sensor zone.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Differential with lubricant control

A system for regulating lubricant temperature within a vehicle axle is provided. A differential housing has a primary chamber that contains the differential, and a secondary chamber separated from the primary chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

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

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

Transmission and transmission clutch system

A vehicle transmission includes a first rotating element, second rotating element, first retainer ring, and second retainer ring. The first rotating element has an exterior surface that defines a first ring groove. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Methods and systems for detecting compressor recirculation valve faults

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

Multi-step combustion chamber with multi-step cylinder head

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

Methods and systems for power take off device torque delivery

Methods and systems are provided for controlling a vehicle engine to deliver desired torque to a power take off device coupled to the engine. In one example, the method may include, learning a filtered pto torque demand during vehicle acceleration, and steady state operation, and during transition in engine states using the learned pto torque demand to adjust engine speed in order to deliver a desired engine torque output for optimal operation of the pto device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Method and system for pre-ignition control

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

12/28/17 / #20170370306

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

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

12/28/17 / #20170370254

Valve lift control device with cylinder deactivation

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

12/28/17 / #20170370141

Bumper stop of a vehicle structural member and a restraint assembly

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

12/28/17 / #20170370133

Inside override emergency handle for door release

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

12/28/17 / #20170370123

Heated mechanism for deployable exterior door handle for a vehicle

A vehicle includes a door-operating mechanism for selectively releasing a vehicle door from a closed position. A door handle is in communication with the door operating mechanism. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/28/17 / #20170369096

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

A method for reducing the steering torque in a steering system of a vehicle. A method including the steps of monitoring a driver's torque as applied by a driver of the vehicle; providing a plurality of torques that can be imposed on the steering system; and reducing the torques that can be imposed on the steering system by a central reduction factor if monitoring of the steering system reveals a violation of a safety criterion.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/28/17 / #20170369066

System and method for driving vehicle accessories

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

12/28/17 / #20170369064

System and method for controlling a torque converter clutch

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

12/28/17 / #20170369057

Lane detection systems and methods

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

12/28/17 / #20170369050

Vehicle tire saturation estimator

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

12/28/17 / #20170369046

System and method for operating a motor vehicle with an electric parking brake

A system and method for operating a motor vehicle with an electric parking brake. The system includes a clutch sensor, generating a clutch sensor signal representing operation of a clutch of the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/28/17 / #20170369029

Seat mounted adjustable seat belt webbing guide

A webbing guide for a vehicle seat includes a base defining a length between a first end and a second end and a guide body coupled with the base and defining a guide channel extending at least partially along a length of the base. A first end of the guide channel is disposed adjacent the first end of the body and is moveable toward and away from the second end of the body.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/28/17 / #20170369016

Detecting hazards in anticipation of opening vehicle doors

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

12/28/17 / #20170369013

Bumper assembly

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

12/28/17 / #20170368984

Lighting system having pointer device

A lighting system is provided herein. The lighting system includes a spotlight is mounted to a vehicle, a controller for operating the spotlight, and a pointer device for specifying an intended target. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/28/17 / #20170368983

Vehicle lighting system having a spotlight

A lighting system of a vehicle is provided herein. The lighting system includes a structure of the vehicle and a spotlight having a body coupled to the structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/28/17 / #20170368982

Police vehicle exterior light control

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

12/28/17 / #20170368977

Cup holder releasably mountable on an armrest of a vehicle

The present disclosure relates to a cup holder releasably mountable to an armrest of a vehicle. The cup holder comprises an end portion having a shape for holding a cup or bottle or beverage container, and an elongated tubular portion having a first end connected to the end portion and a second end, comprising an opening for receiving at least part of the armrest, and a clamping assembly for releasably clamping the armrest when inserted in the opening, without damaging the armrest.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/28/17 / #20170368955

System and method for improving reverse driving capability of electrified vehicles

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

12/28/17 / #20170368954

Illuminated vehicle charging system

A wireless vehicle charging system is provided herein. The charging system includes a charging station having a power source and a charging station interface operably coupled to a primary coil assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/28/17 / #20170368949

Fast charging battery system

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

12/28/17 / #20170368916

Method and system for preventing vehicular molding and avoiding mold smell

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

12/28/17 / #20170368915

System and method for operating an hvac system of a vehicle

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

12/28/17 / #20170368908

Automatic vehicle ventilation and temperature regulation system

A system for ventilating a vehicle cabin includes a powered vent, such as a window or sunroof, for opening and closing to selectively ventilate the vehicle cabin. A controller may be provided for: (1) opening the powered vent based on a pre-determined opening time; (2) controlling the powered vent to activate based on a pre-determined parking location; and/or (3) controlling the powered vent to activate based on a sunlight intensity.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/28/17 / #20170368890

Tire monitor

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

12/28/17 / #20170368727

Maskless method of producing a component having a two-dimensional appearance

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

12/21/17 / #20170366930

Method and apparatus for dynamic localized coordinate download

A system includes a processor configured to receive vehicle speed and heading. The processor is also configured to determine a local data set having coordinates reachable by a vehicle traveling at a projected speed based on the received speed and heading within a predetermined amount of time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170366521

Remote firewall update for on-board web server telematics system

A mobile device includes a processor, a transceiver, and a storage maintaining vehicle associations including phone numbers of telematics control units of vehicles. The device is programmed to identify a change in network address of the transceiver; encrypt the changed network address; and send the encrypted network address to the telematics control units using short message service messages addressed to the phone numbers of the telematics control units. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170366056

Electric machine rotor

An electric machine may include a plurality of sections, each defining a permanent magnet pocket and a field formation chamber. The sections may be stacked to form a rotor such that when walls of the permanent magnet pockets are aligned from end to end, walls of the chambers of at least some of the sections are offset. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170365111

Vehicle puddle lights for onboard diagnostics projection

A diagnostic system of a vehicle is provided herein. The system includes a control unit onboard the vehicle for controlling at least one of a vehicle system and a vehicle subsystem. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170365109

Remaining useful life estimation of vehicle component

A vehicle system includes a processor and a memory accessible to the processor and storing computer-executable instructions. The instructions include receiving data from a plurality of vehicles, generating at least one cluster from the received data, and determining a life cycle profile for a vehicle component based on the at least one cluster. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170365106

Method and apparatus for automatic transmission of medical data

A system includes a processor configured to wirelessly receive crash indicia from a vehicle. The processor is also configured to access an occupant profile including medical data relating to an occupant of the vehicle, identify a public safety access point (psap), and send the medical data to the identified psap, in response to the crash indicia.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170365105

Method and apparatus for inter-vehicular safety awareness and alert

A system includes a processor configured to detect an operating condition of a first vehicle based on at least one sensor of a second vehicle in communication with the processor. The processor is also configured to wirelessly broadcast the operating condition or associated alert including any vehicle identifying traits of the first vehicle as detected by the second-vehicle sensor or other detection systems of the second vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170364776

Training algorithm for collision avoidance using auditory data

A machine learning model is trained by defining a scenario including models of vehicles and a typical driving environment. A model of a subject vehicle is added to the scenario and sensor locations are defined on the subject vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170364072

Vehicle exterior surface object detection

A vehicle system includes at least one autonomous driving sensor programmed to output environment signals representing an environment around an autonomous vehicle and object detection signals representing an object or person on an exterior surface of the autonomous vehicle. The vehicle system further includes an autonomous mode controller programmed to autonomously control the autonomous vehicle in accordance with the environment signals output by the autonomous driving sensor, detect the object or person on the exterior surface of the autonomous vehicle in accordance with the object detection signals, and limit autonomous operation of the autonomous vehicle in response to detecting the object or person on the exterior surface of the autonomous vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170364069

Autonomous behavioral override utilizing an emergency corridor

Systems and methods are disclosed for autonomous behavior override utilizing an emergency corridor. An example disclosed system includes an autonomous vehicle, infrastructure nodes, and an emergency router. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170363408

System and method for determining rotor position offset of an electric machine

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, detecting a position, including a polarity, of a rotor to detect incorrect rotor position offset of an electric machine without generating torque or motion within the electric machine.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170363168

Anti-tilt feature for torsion spring for default-to-park lever

In a default-to-park system for a transmission, a lever member has a cylindrical hub configured to rotate about a spindle. The lever member has a transverse plate including a lever arm connected to a park release actuator and to a link to a park pawl of the transmission. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170363055

Systems and methods for evap leak testing

Methods and systems are provided for regulating evaporative emissions from a fuel system. In one example, a method may comprise spinning an engine unfueled responsive to a hydrocarbon concentration at a fresh air end of a fuel vapor canister increasing above a first threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170363046

Systems and methods for a vehicle cold-start evaporative emissions test diagnostic

Methods and systems are provided for conducting an evaporative emissions test diagnostic on a vehicle fuel system and evaporative emissions control system during engine-on conditions. In one example, a first fuel vapor storage device is separated from a second fuel vapor storage device by a one-way check valve, thus preventing loading of the first fuel vapor storage device during conditions such as refueling operations, diurnal temperature fluctuations, or from running-loss vapors from a vehicle fuel tank. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170363031

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

12/21/17 / #20170363029

Methods and systems for treating vehicle emissions

A method for controlling exhaust gas aftertreatment in an exhaust gas aftertreatment system having at least one nitrogen oxide storage catalyst and at least one catalyst for selective catalytic reduction is provided, wherein, in phases of a high load, a combustion engine is operated with a substoichiometric fuel/air mixture, and nitrogen oxides in the exhaust gas are reduced in the nitrogen oxide storage catalyst to ammonia, which is stored in the catalyst for selective catalytic reduction, and, when the storage capacity of the catalyst for selective catalytic reduction is exceeded, the combustion engine is operated with a superstoichiometric fuel/air mixture, thus allowing nitrogen oxides in the catalyst for selective catalytic reduction to be reduced by the stored ammonia.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170362977

Diesel particulate filter regeneration system

Methods and systems are provided for regeneration of a particulate filter including a filter body having a filter paper looped along a plurality of rolling guides. At least one rolling guide may be a roller heater having a motor and a heater. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170362976

Exhaust system for an engine

An exhaust system for an engine has a volume element such as a muffler or a silencer. First and second exhaust pipes are connected as dual exhaust pipes upstream of or downstream of the volume element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170362973

Engine assembly

An engine assembly is provided. The engine assembly comprises an oil system comprising: a first oil pump configured to supply oil at a first pressure to one or more first components of the engine assembly; and a second oil pump configured to supply oil at a second pressure to one or more second components of the engine assembly, the second pressure being higher than the first pressure; wherein the second oil pump is provided adjacent to a valve train of the engine assembly.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170362860

Device for indicating lock status of a motor vehicle door

A device for indicating lock status of a motor vehicle door includes a door lock status indicator carried on a window of the motor vehicle door. A window for a motor vehicle includes a luminescent door lock status indicator, a luminescent turn signal indicator and a luminescent blind spot indicator.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170362088

Method of forming carbon fibers having internal cavities

A method of forming carbon fibers having internal cavities. The method includes applying a polymer material to a tooling component to form carbon fiber precursor hollow tubes, oxidizing the carbon fiber precursor hollow tubes, and carbonizing the carbon fiber hollow tubes to form carbon fibers, each having a hollow inner cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361878

Truck bed extender formed by a retractable tailgate step and handles

An apparatus for extending a vehicle bed includes a tailgate for raising and lowering relative to the vehicle bed. The tailgate includes a retractable member adapted for extending vertically from the tailgate when lowered, and also for extending horizontally from the tailgate to form a handle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361839

Traction based systems and methods

A first vehicle includes: steering, brakes, memory, sensors, and processor(s) configured to: determine, with the sensors: the first vehicle's acceleration, a second vehicle's acceleration; compute a theoretical collision velocity (tcv) between the first vehicle and the second vehicle based on the accelerations; apply a function or generate a command based on the tcv and a selected coefficient of kinetic friction (cof).. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361836

Vehicle hitch detection system and method

A vehicle hitch detection system is provided. The vehicle hitch detection system includes a camera arranged to capture images of a vehicle hitch and a controller processing the images to detect a powered hitch ornament connected to the hitch based on the processed images when an electrical hitch connection is detected. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361834

System for mitigating vehicle sway

A vehicle includes friction brakes, an axle, and a controller. The axle has an electronic limited-slip differential that includes a variable torque capacity lockup clutch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361831

Methods and system for controlling driveline torque

Systems and methods for operating a hybrid powertrain that includes an engine and a motor/generator are described. The systems and methods adjust torque converter clutch opening responsive to whether or not a motor/generator is available to provide a negative torque to a driveline. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361827

Method and assembly for powertrain braking and friction braking a vehicle

An exemplary method includes applying both friction braking and powertrain braking when decelerating a vehicle to a stop, the applying in response to a driver lifting off an accelerator pedal. An exemplary assembly includes a powertrain brake, a friction brake, and a braking controller configured to command the powertrain brake to apply powertrain braking and the friction brake to apply friction braking to stop a vehicle in response to a driver lifting off an accelerator pedal.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361821

Method and system for an aspirator for a brake booster

Methods and systems are provided for providing vacuum to a brake booster via an aspirator system. In one example, a system may include an aspirator system fluidly coupled with a brake booster with no intervening components located therebetween.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361820

Method and system for an aspirator for a brake booster

Methods and systems are provided for providing vacuum to a brake booster via an aspirator system. In one example, a system may include an aspirator system fluidly coupled with a brake booster with no intervening components located therebetween.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361807

Police vehicle monitor

Systems and methods are disclosed for a police vehicle monitor. An example disclosed police vehicle includes first beacons positioned on a chassis of the police vehicle, second beacons position on a lightbar of the police vehicle, and a police assistance unit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361802

Airbag assembly including airbag and panel having depressed region

An airbag assembly includes an airbag and a panel. The panel extends from a first apex to a second apex each spaced from the airbag. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361792

Method and apparatus for vehicle occupant location detection

A system includes a processor configured to determine the location of a wirelessly-identified device within a vehicle. The processor is also configured to determine a locking schema associated with the device for locking child-lockable vehicle systems and apply the locking schema to corresponding systems in a defined proximity to the determined device location.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361764

Device for indicating a turn signal on a motor vehicle window

A device for indicating lock status of a motor vehicle door includes a door lock status indicator carried on a window of the motor vehicle door. A device for indicating a turn signal of a motor vehicle includes a turn signal indicator carried on a window of the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361761

Fuel port illumination device

An indicator disposed proximate a fuel port of the vehicle is disclosed. The indicator comprises a persistent luminescent layer, a first light source, and one or more circuits. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361760

Lighting module for a motor vehicle

A lighting module for a motor vehicle includes a carrier, such as a single printed circuit board, and a plurality of light sources configured to perform various functions selected from a group including door lock status, turn signal indication, blind spot warning indication and door latch handle illumination.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361756

Pickup truck stake-pocket assemblies

A pickup-truck box includes a bed and a sidewall connected to a longitudinal side of the bed. The sidewall includes an inner panel, an outer panel, and a top rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361755

Tonneau cover with two sets of folding legs

A tonneau cover is provided. That tonneau cover includes a panel, a first set of folding legs carried on the panel and a second set of folding legs carried on the panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361741

Passive air suspended seat comfort layer having areas of differing pressures

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seating frame. A plurality of cellular supports include multiple base cells and multiple support cells. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361735

Tuned flexible support member and flexible suspension features for comfort carriers

A vehicle seat support carrier includes an upper seatback panel having a flexible body portion. A first set of flexible suspension members undulate in a first direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361734

Ball bearing application for seat recliner disk mechanisms

A vehicle seat includes a seat base and a seat back rotationally connected at a pivot. The seat base is rotatable about the pivot between a plurality of rotational positions relative to the seat base. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361723

Wireless charging system coil alignment

A vehicle system includes a controller configured to, responsive to an alignment mode, disable a power rectifier configured to transfer charge between a secondary coil and battery, and enable a precision rectifier to output a voltage responsive to current induced in the secondary coil resulting from current through a corresponding primary coil, and responsive to the voltage exceeding a threshold, enable the power rectifier and disable the precision rectifier.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361698

Methods and systems for a vehicle cooling system

Methods and systems are provided for estimating a cooling demand of a vehicle powertrain component and selecting a mode of operation of a vehicle cooling system based on the estimated cooling demands of the vehicle powertrain component and the energy usage of the cooling system components. Based on the selected operating mode, each of a radiator fan speed, a coolant system pump output, a vehicle grille shutter opening, and an opening of vents coupled to a powertrain component insulating enclosure may be concurrently adjusted to minimize the cooling parasitic losses while satisfying the cooling requirements of the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/21/17 / #20170361682

Vane adjustment device and a vehicle air register assembly

A vane adjustment device for an air register having a front vane and a rear vane is disclosed. The vane adjustment device comprises a rear vane connector rotatably connected to the rear vane about a first axis, an intermediate connector rotatably connected to the rear vane connector about a second axis different with the first axis, and a front vane connector rotatably connected to the front vane, the front vane connector including a sliding portion slidably and rotatably connected to the intermediate connector.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170358944

Illuminated vehicle charging assembly

A wireless vehicle charging system is provided herein. The charging system includes a charging station having a power source and a charging station interface operably coupled to a primary coil assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170358833

Battery chiller control with electronic expansion device

A climate-control system for a vehicle includes a refrigerant subsystem having a chiller and an electronic expansion valve (exv) arranged to selectively route refrigerant to the chiller. The vehicle further includes a coolant subsystem having conduit arranged to circulate coolant through a traction battery and the chiller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170358789

Electrical interconnects for battery cells

A battery pack includes a pouch cell having electrode tabs extending therefrom, each of the tabs defining perforations, a bus bar in contact with the tabs, and respective agglomerations of mechanically bound solid metal particles each filling one of the perforations to mechanically bind and electrically connect the tabs to the bus bar.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170358203

Pedestrian warning system providing adjustable acoustic indications

Systems and methods are disclosed for a pedestrian warning system. An example disclosed method to simulate noise for an electric or noise-dampened vehicle to warning pedestrians includes producing a first sound at a first frequency range from a first sound generator located at a front of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170358159

Key fob with rssi

A key fob includes: communicator(s), a battery, memory, and processor(s) configured to: find signal strengths of received polls; determine, based on the signal strengths, that the received polls have: (a) increased, (b) decreased, (c) leveled off; and if (a), issue a poll response; if (c), not issue the poll response.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170357859

Blind spot detection systems and methods

Example blind spot detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a primary vehicle detects a secondary vehicle ahead of the primary vehicle in an adjacent lane of traffic. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356835

Calculation-based vehicle cabin filtration performance

A method for determining a vehicle heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (hvac) passenger cabin air filter filtration performance includes determining a vehicle-exterior atmospheric particulate contaminant concentration, a passenger cabin air filter efficiency, and an hvac airflow rate. The passenger cabin particulate contaminant concentration is calculated from the determined atmospheric particulate contaminant concentration, passenger cabin air filter efficiency, and hvac airflow rate.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356541

Fastener-free idler pulley

Belt-driven systems, such as a front-end accessory drive for an internal-combustion engine, often include one or more idler pulleys. It is typical for these idler pulleys to be retained by a bolt or bolt and washer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356507

Clutch for continuously variable transmission

A continuously variable transmission includes a first shaft driveably connected to a power-plant and having a first pair of sheave disks, and a second shaft having a second pair of sheave disks. A tension member is connected to the first and second pairs of disks such that power is transmittable between the first and second shafts. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356415

Vehicle and start/stop method for a vehicle engine

A vehicle engine start/stop control method includes shifting an automatic transmission to a park or neutral position and auto-stopping the engine in response the automatic transmission being in the park or neutral position for a predetermined period of time that begins with a shift of the automatic transmission to the park or neutral position.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356414

Vehicle and vehicle engine start-up control method

A vehicle includes an engine, electric machine, starter-generator, and a controller. The engine and electric machine are each configured to propel the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356408

Systems and method for an integrated fuel level and pressure sensor of a fuel tank

Methods and systems are provided for the integration of a fuel level sensor and a fuel pressure sensor in a fuel tank within a fuel system. In one example, an integrated fuel pressure and fuel level sensor for a fuel tank may include a float arm of the fuel sensor coupled to a floating body and a pressure sensor (e.g., a fuel tank pressure transducer) coupled to the floating body, the integrated fuel pressure and fuel level sensor adapted to simultaneously measure fuel level and fuel vapor pressure of the fuel tank.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356402

Engine variable charge motion system

Methods and systems are provided for introducing a charge motion to a cylinder via a protrusion system coupled to an intake port of an engine. In one example, a system may include positioning a tongue from inside a spring-loaded casing to extend into air intake runner, generating desired tumble and swirl along an intake port proximate to an engine cylinder.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356393

Evaporative emissions testing based on ambient light amount

Methods and systems are provided for conducting a test for undesired evaporative emissions in a vehicle fuel system and evaporative emissions control system based on diurnal temperature fluctuations. In one example, a method includes maintaining a vehicle controller in a sleep mode, where a sunrise or sunset event as sensed by a solar cell configured on an external surface of the vehicle triggers the controller to an awake mode whereupon the test for undesired evaporative emissions is conducted. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356382

Systems and methods for adjusting fuel injection based on a determined fuel rail temperature

Methods and systems are provided for detecting a temperature of an engine fuel rail at a plurality of locations along the engine fuel rail. In one example, a method may include detecting temperatures along the engine fuel rail with a plurality of metal film thermocouples adhered to the engine fuel rail and arranged proximate to engine fuel injectors, and adjusting fuel injector operation and/or fuel rail pressure in response to the detected fuel rail temperatures.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356381

System and method for controlling fuel for reactivating engine cylinders

Systems and methods for operating an engine with deactivating and non-deactivating valves are presented. In one example, fuel supplied to cylinders being reactivated is supplied by direct fuel injectors even though the engine is operating in a region (e.g., speed and torque) where under conditions where cylinders are not being reactivated the engine injects fuel solely via port fuel injectors.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356380

Method and system for air-fuel ratio control

Methods and systems are provided for learning fuel injector error for cylinder groups during a deceleration fuel shut-off (dfso), where all cylinders of an engine are deactivated, sequentially firing each cylinder of a cylinder group, each cylinder fueled via consecutive first and second fuel pulses of differing fuel pulse width from an injector. Based on a lambda deviation between the first and second pulses, a fuel error for the injector and an air-fuel ratio imbalance for each cylinder is learned. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356375

System and method for improving cylinder deactivation

Systems and methods for operating an engine with deactivating and non-deactivating valves are presented. In one example, estimates of engine fuel consumption for operating the engine with a plurality of cylinder modes or patterns while a transmission is engaged in different gears are determined and are used as a basis for deactivating engine cylinders.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356374

System and method for mitigating cylinder deactivation degradation

Systems and methods for operating an engine with deactivating and non-deactivating valves are presented. In one example, valves of a cylinder are deactivated in a closed state in response to an indication of degradation of a valve of the cylinder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356373

System and method for operating an engine oil pump

Systems and methods for operating an engine with an oil pump that supplies engine oil to various oil consumers in an engine are presented. In one example, a displacement of a variable displacement engine oil pump is adjusted to provide sufficient oil pressure throughout the engine, but low enough to conserve fuel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356372

System and method for intake manifold pressure control

Systems and methods for operating an engine with deactivating and non-deactivating valves are presented. In one example, engine volumetric efficiency actuators are adjusted in response to a request to activate engine cylinders so that engine intake manifold pressure is drawn down quickly toward its normal state at the engine's present speed and torque.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356371

System and method for controlling busyness of cylinder mode changes

Systems and methods for operating an engine with deactivating and non-deactivating valves are presented. In one example, mode changes between deactivating cylinders is based on an amount of time a valve is deactivated, and the longer the valve is deactivated the sooner cylinder valves may be deactivated. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356370

System and method for controlling engine torque while deactivating engine cylinders

Systems and methods for operating an engine with deactivating and non-deactivating valves are presented. In one example, a position of one or more volumetric efficiency control devices is changed in response to a request to deactivate one or more engine cylinders while at the same time the engine central throttle is adjusted. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356369

System and method for selecting a cylinder deactivation mode

Systems and methods for operating an engine with a plurality of deactivating valves for deactivating engine cylinders are presented. In one example, a plurality of different cylinder operating modes may be available to operate the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356368

Active cylinder configuration for an engine including deactivating engine cylinders

Systems and methods for operating an engine with deactivating and non-deactivating valves are presented. A common engine block and cylinder head may be used in two different vehicles where a first of the two different vehicles includes valves of selected cylinders that are always active when the first of the two different vehicles is operating. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356367

System for method for controlling engine knock of a variable displacement engine

Systems and methods for detecting and controlling knock in an engine are presented. In one example, engine knock sensors are selected based on whether or not certain cylinders are activated and combusting air and fuel or deactivated and not combusting air and fuel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356366

System for method for controlling engine knock of a variable displacement engine

Systems and methods for detecting and controlling knock in an engine are presented. In one example, engine knock sensors are selected based on whether or not certain cylinders are activated and combusting air and fuel or deactivated and not combusting air and fuel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356365

System and method for controlling engine knock

Systems and methods for controlling knock in an internal combustion engine are presented. In one example, spark timing is retarded in engine cylinders where engine knock is indicated and spark is subsequently advanced after it has been retarded. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356364

System and method for reactivating engine cylinders

Systems and methods for operating an engine with deactivating valves are presented. In one example, deactivated valves may be reactivated to increase a rate of camshaft phase indexing relative to engine crankshaft position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356363

Method and system for determining air-fuel ratio imbalance

Methods and systems include determining a cylinder air-fuel ratio imbalance in a multi-cylinder engine. In one example, the method may include sequentially firing an engine cylinder to provide an expected air-fuel deviation and learning cylinder air-fuel ratio imbalance based on an error between an actual air-fuel ratio deviation from a maximum lean air-fuel ratio relative to an expected air-fuel deviation during a deceleration fuel shut-off event.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356360

Systems and methods for inferring fuel vapor canister loading rate

Methods and systems are provided for indicating a restriction in a fuel system vapor recovery line. Responsive to such an indication, methods and systems are provided for taking mitigating actions such that an entirety of a vehicle fuel system and evaporative emissions system, including a fuel filler system, may be diagnosed as to a presence or absence of undesired evaporative emissions, even with the restriction in the vapor recovery line present. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356359

Method and system for engine control

Methods and systems are provided for reducing a spark plug soot load and a combustion chamber soot load by controlling spark plug timing while injecting water or washer fluid. In one example, water or washer fluid is injected during a torque reduction while advancing spark timing so as to provide at least a portion of the torque reduction while opportunistically cleaning soot from the spark plug and combustion chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356358

System and method for adjusting intake manifold pressure

Systems and methods for operating an engine with deactivating and non-deactivating valves are presented. In one example, a position of an engine air intake throttle is adjusted during cylinder deactivation to control intake manifold pressure for cylinder reactivation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356355

System for deactivating engine cylinders

Systems and methods for operating an engine with deactivating and non-deactivating valves is presented. In one example, the engine may include non-deactivating intake valves, deactivating intake valves, and only non-deactivating exhaust valves. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356353

System for reactivating deactivated cylinders

Systems and methods for operating an engine with deactivating and non-deactivating valves are presented. In one example, an estimate of an amount of oil that may intrude into a deactivated cylinder is made. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356336

Engine system with two pistons

An engine system is provided. The engine system includes a first piston movable within a cylinder, a second piston movable within a hollow body of the first piston, the movement defining a boundary of a reservoir within the hollow body, a spring device coupled to the first piston and the second piston, and a vent passage fluidically connecting the reservoir to the cylinder.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356329

Bracketing systems for ducts and hoses in a vehicle's engine compartment

As engines are developing more specific power than earlier versions, the engines move more severely in the engine compartment during torque changes than prior engines. A more robust system to retain engine ducts and tubes is desired, particularly for situations where one end of the duct is mounted to a sub-component in the engine compartment and another end to the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356325

Methods and systems for an engine

Methods and systems are provided for an exhaust bypass valve and a heat exchanger upstream of a three-way valve. In one example, a method may include flowing exhaust gas through one or more of an exhaust passage, bypass passage, recirculating passage, and egr passage based on positions of a three-way valve and a bypass valve.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170356314

Valve deactivating system for an engine

Systems and methods for operating an engine with deactivating valves are presented. In one example, a groove in a camshaft controls oil flow to a valve operator that selectively activates and deactivates a poppet valve of a cylinder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355400

Perforated deformation region for a vehicle hood

A hood for a vehicle includes an inner panel having a deformation region on at least a portion of the inner panel. The deformation region defining a plurality of perforations configured to tear at an area between the perforations. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355381

Methods and apparatus to selectively disable functions of electronic control units

Methods and apparatus to selectively disable functions in electronic control units are disclosed. An example method includes executing, via a processor of an electronic control unit in a vehicle, a first software function and a second software function. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355374

Cylinder deactivation control for driveline braking

Systems and methods for operating an engine with deactivating and non-deactivating valves are presented. In one example, an actual total number of deactivated cylinders may be adjusted to control driveline braking. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355362

Adaptive control of backlash in a vehicle powertrain

A system and method for controlling backlash in a vehicle powertrain includes the step of controlling a torque request of the powertrain with a first control strategy after an occurrence of a backlash predictor and prior to an occurrence of backlash. The first control strategy is modified when backlash occurs during the first control strategy. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355361

System and method for controlling a vehicle powertrain

A system and method for controlling a vehicle powertrain including an engine and a motor operable to propel the vehicle includes reducing a torque of the motor at a first torque reduction rate from a torque level above a minimum motor torque in response to a deceleration request. A torque of the engine is reduced at a second torque reduction rate less than the first torque reduction rate in response to the deceleration request.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355360

System and method for controlling backlash in a vehicle powertrain

A system and method for controlling backlash in a vehicle powertrain includes the step of controlling a torque request of the powertrain with a first control strategy after an occurrence of a backlash predictor and before an occurrence of a backlash. Another step may be employed whereby the torque request is controlled with a second control strategy after the first control strategy and before the occurrence of the backlash such that a torque request level is below a highest torque request level obtained during the first control-strategy.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355342

Vehicle impact absorbing system

A first airbag has a first joining panel. A second airbag has a second joining panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355332

Vehicle energy-absorbing device

An energy-absorbing device includes a beam having a longitudinal axis and a plurality of lobes attached to and positioned sequentially along the beam. The lobes are spaced from each other, deformable relative to the beam, and configured to contact adjacent lobes when deformed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355322

Reversible load floor for a motor vehicle

A reversible load floor is provided for a motor vehicle. The reversible load floor includes a body having a first user surface and a second user surface wherein the first user surface is opposed to the second user surface.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355321

Interior and exterior iridescent vehicle appliques

A vehicle applique is provided that includes a substantially transparent substrate defining first and second surfaces, a decorative film positioned on the first surface of the substrate, and an over-mold positioned over the film. The over-mold defines at least one diffraction grating and a light source is positioned proximate the second surface of the substrate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355319

Integrated ladder rack for a truck

An integrated ladder rack is provided for a truck. That integrated ladder rack includes a first side frame, a second side frame, a first cross member and a second cross member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355299

Active loading surface limiter

A limiting device for a loading area of a motor vehicle is provided. The limiting device has a height which is adjustable relative to a loading surface and may be set to a specific height according to the height of the loaded objects. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355292

Integrated decking arm support feature

A seating assembly includes a seatback having a frame and a cushion assembly. A cushion carrier includes a lower member defining a frame receiving cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355291

Seatback comfort carrier

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback. A back panel includes a front closeout panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355290

Seatback comfort carrier

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback. A back panel includes a front closeout panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355288

Vehicle seatback

A seatback includes a lower frame, an upper frame, and a hinge coupling the lower and upper frames. An actuator is fixed relative to the lower frame, and a cable extends from the actuator to the upper frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355276

System and method for online vehicle battery capacity diagnosis

A vehicle includes a traction battery. The vehicle further includes a controller programmed to generate a capacity estimate of the traction battery and, in response to an amount of energy supplied to the traction battery during a charge cycle being less than an estimated amount of energy stored in the traction battery during the charge cycle, detect that the capacity of the traction battery has changed and alter an operating strategy of the traction battery until the capacity estimate is updated.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355270

Wireless power transfer for vehicles

An inductive charge system may include an inductive charging circuit having a switchgear configured to swap between a step-up converter and a step-down converter. The inductive vehicle charge station or system may include a controller configured to operate the switchgear to switch between the step-up converter and the step-down converter based on presence or absence of a load. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355268

Variable wakeup of a high-voltage charger based on low-voltage system parameters

A method of operating a vehicular system includes charging, by a controller and via an electric vehicle charge station, a low-voltage battery when a module powered by the low-voltage battery is awake and an soc of the low-voltage battery is less than a threshold; and in response to the soc exceeding the threshold, commanding by the controller the module to enter a sleep mode for a sleep duration defined by a power usage of the module such that as the power usage changes, the sleep duration changes.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355267

Self-limiting active discharge circuit for electric vehicle inverter

A dc link capacitor coupled to positive and negative dc busses between a high voltage dc source and an electric vehicle inverter is quickly discharged during a shutdown. An active discharge circuit connected across the link capacitor has a discharge resistor in series with a discharge switch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355263

Blind spot detection systems and methods

Example blind spot detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a primary vehicle detects a secondary vehicle ahead of the primary vehicle in an adjacent lane of traffic. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355260

Methods and systems for aging a fuel tank in a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

Methods and systems are provided for aging a new plastic fuel tank in a vehicle. In one example, during a plug-in event to recharge a battery of the vehicle, the fuel tank is isolated and the fuel pump is actuated to agitate fuel within the tank and increase fuel vapors until the plastic fuel tank becomes aged to a predetermined degree by fuel vapors generated therein. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355240

Vehicle wheel suspension

A wheel suspension unit for a motor vehicle having a longitudinal link, having a first end for pivotable vehicle-side connection, a second end for connection to a wheel carrier, and a blade-like link portion resilient in the direction of the transverse axis (y) and rigid transversely relative thereto. The wheel suspension reduces the number of components by providing a longitudinal link having a resilient portion resilient toward the longitudinal axis (x), wherein the longitudinal link is at least partially produced from a fiber-reinforced plastics material.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355239

Wheel suspension trailing arm and method making same

A wheel suspension unit of a motor vehicle, for example a trailing arm, the trailing arm produced, at least in part, from a fiber-reinforced plastic. The trailing arm including a molded member or tube formed of braided and/or wound continuous fibers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170355120

Systems and methods to fabricate an injection molded piece with a weakened portion

A method is provided to fabricate an injection molded piece with a weakened portion in an injection molding system having a cavity defined by a fixed mold part and a moveable mold part. The method comprises injecting raw material in a liquid state into the cavity to form the injection molded piece; moving a weakening insert into the injection molded piece from a first surface of the injection molded piece; injecting a gas to the first surface of the injection molded piece with a controlled pressure, wherein moving the weakening insert into the injection molded piece and injecting the gas are performed while the injection molded piece is in the liquid state.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/14/17 / #20170354796

Selective amplification of an acoustic signal

The present subject matter relates to systems and methods for selectively amplifying an acoustic signal in a closed environment. In an implementation, a plurality of acoustic signals may be received from within the closed environment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170353350

Software updating device and transmission system for a motor vehicle

A method and associated devices are used for updating software of a motor vehicle by transmitting software-updating data via lifi. A traffic management system includes a plurality of lifi-enabled transceiver modules and a lifi-enabled transceiver module of the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170353177

Discrete power switching devices with reduced common source inductance

Routing of a gate signal for controlling a discrete power switching device (such as in an inverter for an electric vehicle drive) is configured to compensate for the common source inductance inherent in the switching device as a result of its integrated circuit packaging. The power device has a gate signal path via a gate pin and a power signal path via first and second power pins, wherein the gate signal path and the power signal path have a first mutual inductance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170352932

Magnetically controlled traction battery thermal plate

A vehicle traction battery assembly including an array of battery cells, a thermal plate, and a magnetic valve assembly. The thermal plate may be thermal communication with the array and define a flow field therein. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170352930

Peristalic pump for traction battery thermal management system

A vehicle including a traction battery pack, a conduit system, a sensor, an emitter, and a control system is provided. The conduit system may provide a path for coolant to enter and exit the pack and includes a conduit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170352925

Battery communication system for battery packs

A battery pack according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery monitoring integrated circuit (bmic) associated with a grouping of battery cells, a calibration microcontroller configured to store battery data associated with the grouping of battery cells, a main microcontroller; and a data transmission node establishing a shared path for communicating both a status signal from the bmic and the battery data from the calibration microcontroller.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170352276

Method and system for processing crosswind load data for a motor vehicle

For operating a motor vehicle, a travel path of the motor vehicle across a roadway section of a roadway situated ahead of the motor vehicle and in the direction of travel of the motor vehicle is ascertained. The travel path is defined by an instantaneous running condition of the motor vehicle, a virtual local map that contains instantaneous local wind conditions, an instantaneous location of the motor vehicle on the virtual local map, and information relating to the instantaneous environment of the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170352268

Emergency corridor utilizing vehicle-to-vehicle communication

Systems and methods are disclosed for an emergency corridor utilizing vehicle-to-vehicle communication. An example disclosed system includes an emergency vehicle, infrastructure nodes distributed across a municipal area, and an emergency router. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170351480

Dynamically equalizing receiver

Systems and methods are disclosed for a dynamically equalizing receiver. An example disclosed system includes a mobile device and a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170351291

Clutch pedal with force simulation

A clutch pedal for an electrically operated clutch system simulates the pedal forces of a hydraulically actuated clutch. An operating element is pivotably supported on a mounting so as to move along an operating path between a non-operating position and an operating position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170350791

Method and system for evaluating structural vehicle component performance

An assembly to simulate side impacts to a vehicle includes a rocker, a translatable sled, and one or more displacement members. The rocker is secured to a wall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170350460

Brake caliper

A brake caliper, for example a floating caliper, with a caliper housing and a guide element. The guide element fixed on one side to the caliper housing and moveably supported at a free end in a guide bushing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170350430

Positive retention clip for securing foam parts

A single piece retention clip for attaching a foam part to a substrate is disclosed. The retention clip includes a pair of spaced apart and opposed curvilinear retention clip arms, a planar foam part retaining member, and a bridge having a first and second ends. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170350362

System and method for diagnosing an ignition system

A system and method for assessing the presence or absence of ignition coil degradation for an ignition system that includes two ignition coils for each spark plug. Ignition coil degradation may be determined without having to monitor ignition coils via specialized hardware circuitry. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170350351

Systems and methods for vehicle evaporative emissions system diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for conducting a diagnostic routine of the fuel vapor system using pressure generated by raising or lowering a vehicle body element such as a hood or a trunk. In one example, by utilizing lift gate cylinders coupled to the hood or trunk, during raising a hood or trunk, the fuel vapor system may be evacuated and during lowering the hood or trunk, the fuel vapor system may be pressurized. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170350347

Oil flow control for an engine by deflection

An engine is provided with a cylinder block and a ladderframe having a portion of an oil conduit and a deflector. The engine has a metal-to-metal seal positioned between the ladderframe and block to circumferentially surround the oil conduit, and has a gasket seal positioned between the ladderframe and block to be outboard and spaced apart from the oil conduit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170350346

Crankcase oil catcher with movable guide

A crankcase assembly for an engine comprising: a crankcase comprising a crank sump; the crank sump comprising primary and secondary sump volumes; one or more crankcase oil catchers, the crankcase oil catchers comprising surfaces to catch dispersed oil in the crankcase and direct the oil away from a crankcase casing wall and towards the crank sump, wherein the crankcase oil catchers are provided above a crankshaft and below a piston of the engine; and one or more guides to collect oil and guide the oil to the primary sump volume. At least a portion of the guide is movable between a first configuration in which the guide collects the captured oil that would otherwise have.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170350333

Methods and systems for cylinder misfire detection

Methods and systems are provided for detecting cylinder misfire in a vehicle engine via a plurality of sensors, based on dual mass flywheel (dmf) operating frequency. In response to detection of a misfire event, the misfiring cylinders may be deactivated and upon confirmation of dmf operation out of a resonant frequency range, the deactivated cylinder(s) may be sequentially reactivated.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170350332

Method and system for determining air-fuel imbalance

Methods and systems are provided to determine air-fuel imbalance of cylinders in a variable displacement engine. In one example, the method may include during a cylinder deactivation event, sequentially deactivating each cylinder of a cylinder group including two or more cylinders and estimating a lambda deviation for each cylinder following the sequential deactivation of each cylinder of the cylinder group; and learning an air error for each cylinder based on the estimated lambda deviation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170350308

Controlled air entrainment passage for diesel engines

Systems are provided for cooling combustion chamber gasses and increasing an amount of air entrained in an injected fuel spray. In one example, a cooling passage may be included in an internal combustion engine, the cooling passage positioned exterior to a cylinder bore of the engine and coupled to the cylinder bore at a first opening and a second opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170350293

Controlling nitrogen oxide emissions in the exhaust gas of an internal combustion engine

A method is provided for controlling nitrogen oxide emissions in the exhaust gas of an internal combustion engine by means of successive actuation of catalytic converters in the exhaust tract and of the internal combustion engine, wherein the catalytic converters or the internal combustion engine are actuated in succession if the actuation of a first device is not sufficient for reducing the nitrogen oxide emissions. An arrangement for carrying out the method is also provided.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170350277

Assembled turbine housing

An exhaust gas turbine is provided. The exhaust gas turbine includes a first turbine housing part having insulating material extending along an interior surface and a second turbine housing part having insulating material extending along an interior surface, the second turbine housing part coupled to the first turbine housing part to form a volute directing exhaust gas to a turbine wheel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170350167

Motor vehicle door lock status system and related method

A motor vehicle door lock status system is provided. That system includes a door lock actuator, a door lock status indicator for indicating lock status of the multiple motor vehicle doors, and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349223

Retractable truck bed extender with removable support

An apparatus for extending a vehicle bed includes a tailgate having first and second retractable members adapted for being recessed within the tailgate and for projecting therefrom in an extended position when the tailgate is lowered. A removable support is provided for connecting with the first and second retractable members in the extended position for extending the vehicle bed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349216

Light weight hybrid b-pillar

A structural member for a vehicle includes an outer panel defining a u-shaped channel. The outer panel is formed from a first material. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349186

Driver competency during autonomous handoff

A vehicle system includes a processor and a memory accessible to the processor and storing instructions executable by the processor. The instructions include detecting a handoff request indicating a transition of a host vehicle from an autonomous mode of operation to a non-autonomous mode of operation and assessing driver competency. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349179

Methods and system for decelerating a vehicle

A method for improving operation of a vehicle that includes an engine, a transmission, and a torque converter clutch is disclosed. In one example, the method assesses whether or not driver braking is expected and adjusts driveline braking accordingly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349168

Vehicle collision avoidance

A path of a target object is predicted. A path of a non-moving host vehicle is predicted based on at least one of a predetermined host vehicle acceleration and a predetermined host vehicle speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349164

Methods and systems for surge control

Methods and systems are provided for improving surge control. When surge conditions are anticipated, motor torque usage is increased to discharge a battery to a lower state of charge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349146

Keyless vehicle system that enables servicing

A method and system for servicing keyless vehicles is provided. The keyless vehicles include security systems that permit operation of the keyless vehicles if the security system receives a unique security signal from a smartphone. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349142

Keyless car sharing mechanism using smartphones and inbuilt wifi systems for authentication

A method of operating/renting keyless motor vehicles includes configuring a user's smartphone to wirelessly communicate with the security systems of at least a selected keyless vehicle, whereby the user's smartphone can transmit a digital key to the security system of a keyless vehicle to permit operation thereof. A digital key for a selected keyless vehicle is transmitted to the user's smartphone, and the user is provided with an authorization code that can be used to gain entry into the selected vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349141

Method for preventing thefts of motor vehicles

The disclosure relates to a method for preventing thefts of motor vehicles. The method includes detecting motor vehicles within a predetermined neighborhood of a motor vehicle to be monitored. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349133

Side airbag energy management system

A vehicle seating assembly that includes a seat back having a passenger support attached to a trim carrier with a suspension assembly connecting a support structure. The support structure includes a first trim piece, a seat frame, and a rear panel portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349131

Side airbag energy management system

A vehicle seating assembly that includes a vehicle seating assembly that includes a seatback having a passenger support attached to a trim carrier with a suspension assembly connecting a support structure. The support structure includes a first trim piece, a seat frame, and a rear panel portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349130

Seatbelt airbag assembly

A seatbelt assembly includes a webbing guide defining a slot, webbing extending through the slot, an airbag, and a clamp. The airbag includes a fixed end fixed relative to the webbing guide and an inflatable end portion inflatable away from the fixed end along the webbing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349128

System and method for protecting occupants of a vehicle

A protective system for a motor vehicle with automatic electrical seat position control and/or automatic electrical steering wheel adjustment is provided. The protective system includes a seat position control unit, a steering wheel adjustment control unit, an accident detection device and a communications connection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349108

Deployable storage system for a truck

A deployable storage system is provided for a truck. That deployable storage system includes a truck bed wall and a storage cabinet that is integrated into the truck bed wall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349104

Cargo management system incorporating s-shaped channels

A cargo management system is provided for a cargo area of a motor vehicle. The cargo management system includes a first mounting element on a first side wall of the cargo area and a second mounting element on a second side wall of the cargo area. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349094

Dome light assemblies and units that produce natural and courtesy light patterns

A dome light assembly that includes a reflective surface facing an interior; a light-diffusing element over the reflective surface having a plurality of corresponding opposed edges and led sources; and a controller for directing the sources to transmit a plurality of light patterns from the element into the interior based at least in part on a plurality of inputs. Further, each source is configured to direct incident light into the corresponding edge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349090

Automotive window glazings

A vehicle window glazing is provided that includes a transparent substrate defining a first surface with a decorative layer positioned on the first surface defining an indicium. A light source is positioned on the decorative layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349082

Truck bed with selectively actuated magnetic floor sections

A pick-up truck bed having controllably magnetized areas for retaining cargo or attachment devices. A first permanent magnet may be attached below the lower surface of the truck bed with a second permanent being rotatable relative to the first permanent magnet to control the magnetic flux provided to retain objects in the truck bed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349081

Multifunction tonneau cover for a load bed of a truck

A multifunction tonneau cover is provided for a load bed of a truck. That multifunction tonneau cover includes a body having a plurality of leg receivers and a plurality of caps closing the leg receivers in a first mode of operation as a load bed cover. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349077

Modular trunk system

A vehicle trunk storage system may include a vehicle trunk having a trunk floor defining an opening and a lip extending around the opening, and a cart including a compartment and a wheeled base, wherein the lip is configured to receive a bottom of the compartment of the cart within the trunk.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349068

Passive conformal seat with hybrid air/liquid cells

A vehicle seating assembly includes a conformal seating assembly coupled with a rigid shell and includes a seat base, a seatback base, seat side bolsters, and seatback side bolsters. An air-filled sender panel is disposed in the seat base. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349059

Current based six step control

A vehicle powertrain includes a dc-dc converter and a controller. The dc-dc converter is coupled between a traction battery and an inverter for an electric machine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349031

Variable displacement device

A vehicle cooling system may include a variable displacement compressor, and a controller configured to, in response to a determination that the compressor is operating within a gurgling zone that is defined by a predefined range of compressor speeds and currents, generate a current signal defining a displacement for the compressor based on a speed of the compressor and an ambient temperature to control the displacement to reduce refrigerant flow noise.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170349016

Trailer hitch assembly for a vehicle

A trailer hitch assembly for a vehicle includes a tubular beam, a trailer hitch, and a barrel nut. The tubular beam includes a first end sized for disposal within a first vehicle frame bracket, a second end sized for disposal within a second vehicle frame bracket, and a lowered portion therebetween. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

12/07/17 / #20170348703

Particle separation system

A method includes flowing a magnetic and non-magnetic particle-containing liquid across a rotor that has alternating pole electromagnets, energizing the electromagnets and rotating the rotor to generate a changing magnetic field to generate eddy currents in the non-magnetic particles, repelling the non-magnetic particles to a collection point by the changing magnetic field, directing the magnetic particles from the electromagnets to the collection point, and removing the magnetic and non-magnetic particles from the collection point.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170347484

Vehicle power module assemblies and manifolds

A vehicle power module assembly includes a modular manifold, an upper frame, and a plurality of power stages. The modular manifold includes a first base unit defining an inlet chamber, a second base unit defining an outlet chamber, a mid-unit defining one or more ports open to the chambers, and an upper unit defining a first set of slots and a second set of slots in fluid communication with the chambers via the ports. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170347395

Vehicle sensor cold mitigation

A cold vehicle sensor condition can be determined, and the sensor associated with one or more heat source subsystems that provide a heat byproduct during normal operation of the subsystem. At least some of the heat byproduct can be diverted to heat the sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170346412

Power-module assembly

A power inverter includes a plurality of power modules each having a power stage encased in a frame that defines an opening. The power modules are stacked in an array with the power stages being spaced apart to define coolant chambers interleaved with the power stages. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170346144

Sealed battery pack designs

An exemplary battery pack includes a battery assembly and an enclosure assembly housing the battery assembly. The enclosure assembly is arranged to dissipate heat from at least two sides of the battery assembly.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170342938

Method to control fuel spray duration for internal combustion engines

Methods and systems are provided for direct fuel injection. In one example, a fuel injector system includes an injector needle with an injector pin with a curved fuel channel of non-uniform width around the outer circumference of the injector pin, fluidically connected along the length of the curved fuel channel with a fuel reservoir inside the injector pin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170342936

Method for controlling a dual lift pump fuel system

Methods and systems are provided for operating a fuel system comprising two lift pumps. In one example, a method may comprise adjusting operation of a first lift pump to achieve a desired fuel rail pressure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170342931

Fuel tank pressure sensor rationality testing using v2x technology

Methods and systems are provided for conducting a fuel tank pressure transducer rationality test diagnostic procedure in vehicles with sealed fuel tanks. In one example, vehicle-to-vehicle (v2v) or vehicle-to-infrastructure-to-vehicle (v2i2v) technology may be utilized to obtain fuel tank pressure transducer data from a select crowd of vehicles, where the select crowd may be based on the vehicles in the select crowd experiencing similar ambient temperature and weather as the vehicle being diagnosed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170342923

System for sensing particulate matter

Methods and systems are provided for a particulate matter sensor. In one example, the sensor may include a concave inlet for admitting exhaust gas from an exhaust passage downstream of a particulate filter into the sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170342872

Methods and system for operating an exhaust valve of an internal combustion engine

Systems and methods for operating exhaust valves of an internal combustion engine with poppet exhaust valves are described. The systems and methods provide for locking exhaust valves in a closed state when the exhaust valves are in mechanical communication with a base circle of a camshaft lobe. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170342761

Power closure panel system performance optimizer

A power optimizer system for power closure panels includes a closure panel power actuator system comprising at least a motor operatively connected to a vehicle closure panel. A controller is configured to determine an optimal electrical current draw for the power actuator system according to one or more inputs relating at least to a vehicle battery status, a vehicle ambient temperature, a vehicle grade, and a vehicle climate control system status. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170342760

Automated system for closing a closure of a motor vehicle based upon transmission state

An automated system is provided for closing a closure of a motor vehicle. That automated system includes a plurality of closures, a plurality of closure modules for opening and closing that plurality of closures and a control module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170342758

Power closure panel system performance optimizer

A power optimizer system for power closure panels includes a closure panel power actuator system comprising at least a motor operatively connected to a lift-assist member and a closure panel counterbalancing member. A controller is configured at least to determine an optimal electrical current draw for the power actuator system according to one or more inputs relating at least to a vehicle ambient temperature and grade. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170342755

Vehicle having a braked sliding door

A vehicle has a sliding door fitted with a rotatable brake member to apply a braking force to the sliding door when the vehicle is on a slope. The brake member is automatically rotated about a pivot axis x-x by a moveable member forming part of an actuator when the vehicle is resting on a slope into a position in which a braking force is applied to the sliding door by the interaction of the brake member with an elongate track in the form of a sliding door support track.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170341941

Carbon spheres and methods of making the same

Carbon particles are disclosed, as well as methods and systems for forming the particles. In one embodiment, the system may include a receiving vessel configured to receive a liquid carbon precursor and at least one orifice at a bottom of the receiving vessel and configured to release droplets of the precursor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170341654

Adaptive drive control low-traction detection and mode selection

A controller may indicate a low-traction mode of a vehicle when a longitudinal tracking accumulation exceeds a first threshold value and a lateral response accumulation exceeds a second threshold value. The longitudinal tracking accumulation may measure a tally of activation of a traction control system over time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170341641

Vehicle collision avoidance

A plurality of targets are identified. A path for each target is predicted. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170341639

Systems and methods for improving vehicle driveline operation

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

11/30/17 / #20170341637

Methods and systems for assisted direct start control

Methods and systems are provided for controlling a vehicle system including an engine that is selectively shut-down during engine idle-stop conditions, the vehicle system further including a hydraulically actuated transmission component. One example method comprises, during an idle-stop engine shut-down, adjusting a hydraulic actuation of the transmission component to adjust drag torque on the engine to stop the engine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170341625

Load-limiting retractor

A retractor includes a spool, a torsion bar and a torsion tube rotationally fixed to the spool, and a locking member aligned with the torsion bar. The torsion bar and the torsion tube extend coaxially from the spool to respective first ends, and the torsion bar has a key. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170341601

Engine hood insulator in a vehicle and a vehicle including the same

An engine hood insulator is provided. The engine hood insulator includes an insulating layer and a plurality of first elastic connecting elements coupled with the insulating layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170341589

Mounting bracket for console background

A mounting bracket to hold a console frame member includes a base support component, a first side component plate, and a second side component plate. The base support component includes a base portion and a back support portion having a first end and a second end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170341588

Motor vehicle and a multi-functional cover for same

A motor vehicle is disclosed having a flexible cover that is multi-functional in nature and can be configured as a cover for a rear luggage compartment of the motor vehicle as a small item carrier, as an extendible weather protector and as a roof protector for the motor vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170341576

Extended lane blind spot detection

A vehicle system includes at least one sensor that can detect a first target vehicle in a first blind spot and a second target vehicle in a second blind spot. The first blind spot is associated with an adjacent lane relative to a host vehicle and the second blind spot is associated with an extended lane relative to the host vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170341571

Concealed lighting for vehicles

A vehicle illumination apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises an emitting layer comprising a plurality of printed light sources and configured to conform to an outer surface of a panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170341560

Tailgate loading ramp

A loading ramp for a tailgate is stored and transported on the inside wall of the tailgate. The loading ramp includes a base section pivotally connected to an inner wall of the tailgate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170341520

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 current. The controller activates an electrical load to discharge the battery for a predetermined time in response to a charge current of the battery becoming less than the predetermined charge current at a predetermined voltage limit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/30/17 / #20170341493

Vehicle door assist assembly incorporating a high torque operating mechanism

A vehicle includes a door frame coupled to a vehicle frame at a hinge. A door operating mechanism is coupled to the door and vehicle frames for applying rotational force to the door frame about the hinge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170339617

Method and apparatus for dynamic telematics network selection and utilization

A system includes a vehicle-based processor configured to store sim profiles of locally connectable wireless devices on a list in vehicle memory. The processor is also configured to monitor the network signal strengths of different networks associated with different sim profiles as a vehicle travels and, if the signal strength of the presently connected network drops below a predetermined threshold, automatically select and connect to a different cellular network using an associated stored sim profile.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170339529

Method and apparatus for vehicle occupant location detection

A system includes a plurality of wireless transceivers deployed in a vehicle cabin and a processor configured to receive a relay signal from a transceiver, including a device identification and a received signal strength indicator (rssi) associated with a device signal. The processor is also configured to use the rssi and device identification, associated with a single device, included in relay signals from multiple transceivers to determine a device location and store the device location and corresponding possessor identification and location in memory.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170339095

Virtual dns record updating method for dynamic ip address change of vehicle hosted server

A system includes a vehicle modem; a storage maintaining paired device data including phone numbers of mobile devices; and a web server installed to a telematics control unit connected to a vehicle bus. The web server identifies a change in a network address of the vehicle modem, and in response, sends the changed network address to the mobile devices using short message service (sms) messages addressed to the phone numbers of the mobile devices. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170338761

Fractional-order proportional-resonant controller

A closed-loop system may include a plant (an electric machine requiring control) and a fractional-order proportional-resonant controller. The fractional-order proportional-resonant controller may have an order greater than zero and less than or equal to one. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170338526

System and method for acoustic determination of battery cell expansion

A battery pack according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery assembly, a resonant device disposed about the battery assembly, a bracket located between the battery assembly and the resonant device, and at least one modulating device located between the bracket and the resonant device.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170338500

Air control system and method for fuel cell stack system

An airflow control method of an air control system for a fuel cell stack (fcs) includes opening a recirculation valve by a controller to recirculate air through a compressor to increase a temperature of the air prior to entering the fcs to offset a fcs temperature below a predetermined threshold in response to identification to a cold-start event. The recirculation valve may be arranged with the compressor to recirculate air therethrough. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170338041

Low inductance capacitor

A capacitor comprising first and second end sprays respectively located at distal ends of a capacitor cell, a positive polarity bus bar extending from a first wound conductive layer of the capacitor cell adjacent to the first end spray, a negative polarity bus bar extending from a second wound conductive layer of the capacitor cell adjacent to the second end spray, and a capacitor film wrapped around an area between the first and second conductive layers.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170336477

Resistance based method and system to assess vehicle component integrity

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

11/23/17 / #20170336476

Switched high-voltage sampling circuit for electric vehicles

A sampling circuit monitors a high voltage level in an electric vehicle drive. A resistor ladder receives a drive voltage to be sampled and provides sufficient isolation to allow use of low cost switching devices. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170336290

Testing fixture for vehicle impact simulation

A fixture includes a vehicle body and a tube connected to the vehicle body. The tube has an axis, and the fixture includes a piston slideably disposed in the tube along the axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170336285

High-volume, long-range headlamp aiming

A system for aiming a headlamp of a vehicle includes a displaceable aiming surface and an imaging system. The imaging system includes a translatable aim box carrying at least one headlamp imager oriented to capture images of a single headlamp and/or one or more vehicle features adjacent to the single headlamp. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170335811

Gear driven diesel fuel injection pump of an engine

Methods and systems are provided for a gear driven diesel fuel injection pump of an engine. In one example, a front end of an engine includes an idler gear in meshing engagement with a first end of a crankshaft and a fuel pump drive gear in meshing engagement with the idler gear. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170335805

Methods and systems for controlling air flow paths in an engine

Methods and systems are provided for controlling a temperature of gases within a heat exchanger, a ratio of gases output by the heat exchanger, and selectively charging/discharging gases from the heat exchanger to one or both of an intake system or an exhaust system. In one example, a method may include controlling operation of an energy recovery device coupled to the heat exchanger in response to engine operating conditions, and increasing or decreasing flow of exhaust gas and/or compressed intake air into the heat exchanger in response to energy recovery device output.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170335781

Carbon monoxide detection system for a motor vehicle

A carbon monoxide detection system is provided for a motor vehicle. That carbon monoxide detection system includes a carbon monoxide detector, a battery-free power circuit for powering the carbon monoxide detector and a control module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170335780

Method and system for operating an engine

Methods and systems are provided for coordinating operation of a high pressure egr control loop with a boost pressure control loop. In one example, following a tip-in, turbine vane position may be adjusted as a function of a maximum permissible exhaust pressure upstream of a turbocharger turbine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170335778

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

11/23/17 / #20170335764

Bendable heat shield for simplified servicing of internal combustion engine

The disclosed inventive concept allows an underlying component requiring servicing to be serviced without removing the heat shield entirely. The heat shield has two ends and an intermediate bendable area that allows it to flex, thereby giving the service technician access to the underlying component when only some of the fasteners are removed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170335755

Method and system for boost pressure control

Methods and systems are provided for controlling boost pressure in a staged engine system comprising a turbocharger and an upstream electric supercharger based on altitude. During vehicle operation at higher altitudes, where vacuum availability for wastegate actuation is limited, boost pressure may be provided by operating the electric supercharger more aggressively. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170335754

Method and system for boost pressure control

Methods and systems are provided for controlling boost pressure in a staged engine system comprising a turbocharger and an upstream electric supercharger. In one example, a method may include coordinating the operation of the electric supercharger and an electric supercharger bypass valve and to open the electric supercharger bypass valve to reduce the extent and duration of electric supercharger overboost.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170335753

Method and system for boost pressure control

Methods and systems are provided for controlling boost pressure in a staged engine system comprising a turbocharger and an upstream electric supercharger. In one example, a method may include accelerating an electric supercharger to choke the flow of air to the engine in the event of turbocharger overboost.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170335751

Monitoring engine coolant

An engine coolant temperature sensor configured to earth through the engine coolant such that an alarm will trigger when coolant is absent.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170335748

Methods and systems for controlling air flow paths in an engine

Methods and systems are provided for controlling the temperature and ratio of gases within a gas mixing tank reservoir and selectively charging/discharging gases from the reservoir to one or both of an intake system or an exhaust system. In one example, a method (or system) may include storing exhaust gas and/or compressed intake air into a gas mixing reservoir, and increasing or decreasing flow of coolant to the reservoir based on engine operating conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170335743

Exhaust sensor module shield

An exhaust sensor module assembly has a sensor module and a shield. The shield is shaped to receive the module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170335726

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

11/23/17 / #20170334483

System and method for operating a motor vehicle

A motor vehicle including a sensor device detecting the current vehicle surroundings and an auxiliary device producing a steering torque on a steering control of the motor vehicle. A data processing device connected to the sensor device and the auxiliary device determines a free escape lane for the motor vehicle by considering the signals of the sensor device to determine existence of an imminent impact or collision in a current driving situation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334440

Accident attenuation systems and methods

Example accident attenuation systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method determines a speed of a second vehicle approaching from behind a first vehicle and determines a distance between the first and second vehicles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334427

Hybrid vehicle operating strategy during loss of motor controllability

A vehicle includes a hybrid powertrain. The hybrid powertrain includes an engine and an electric machine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334423

System and method for powering a power consuming vehicle accessory during an off state of the vehicle

A hybrid battery system of an automotive vehicle provides power to various features without running an internal combustion engine.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334392

Driver detection steering wheel

Example systems and methods for a driver detection steering wheel are disclosed. An example disclosed vehicle includes a steering wheel, a driver, a detector, and an enabling module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334382

Protective guard for restraints control module

A guard for a restraints control module includes a corrugated base and right and left corrugated sidewalls. The sidewalls extend above the base and are spaced from a restraints control module secured to the base. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334381

Energy absorber with fixed angled fins

An energy absorbing system includes a carrier having a wall extending along a longitudinal axis. The energy absorber has a first leg and a second leg extending in a first direction away from the wall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334368

Active vehicle interior trim panel with accordion fold

An active trim panel is for covering at least a portion of a pillar in a vehicle interior. The panel may include a body for covering the portion of the pillar. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334362

Restraints control module attachment assembly

A bracket and restraints control module assembly attached to the tunnel in the floor of a vehicle. The bracket includes a base plate and an intermediate plate supporting the restraints control module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334358

Box step with release button that illuminates

A step assembly of a vehicle is provided herein. The step assembly includes a box step having a release button that luminesces in response to excitation light and continues to luminesce for a period of time after the excitation light cease to be provided. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334354

Method and apparatus for animal presence alert through wireless signal detection

A system includes a processor configured to detect a wireless signature indicating an animal presence within a predefined proximity to a vehicle. The processor is also configured to issue an alert to vehicle occupants responsive to the wireless signature detection, the alert varying based on detected signal strength. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334351

Courtesy lighting system and method for a door of a motor vehicle

A courtesy lighting system is provided for a door of a motor vehicle. That courtesy lighting system includes an audio speaker, a light source, a network interface connected to the audio speaker and the light source and a control module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334344

Vehicle roof rack system

A vehicle is provided that includes a body defining a roof. A roof rack is operably coupled to the roof through a plurality of mounting features and configured to support cargo. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334342

Illuminated automotive glazings

A vehicle is provided that includes a glazing that has a first glass substrate and a second glass substrate. A polymeric interlayer is positioned between the first and second glass substrates and a phosphorescent layer is positioned on the polymeric interlayer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334336

Vehicle lighting assembly

A lighting assembly for a vehicle is provided herein. The lighting assembly includes first and second sets of light sources disposed on a bumper of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334334

Cargo management system incorporating a mat of memory foam

A cargo management system is provided. That cargo management system includes a mat of memory foam and at least one adjustable stop positioned below the mat and forming a raised hump in the mat to help retain cargo from shifting or rolling during motor vehicle operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334330

Footrest assembly for a motor vehicle

A footrest assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. That footrest assembly includes a footrest, a wiring shield and a foam body sandwiched between the footrest and the wiring shield.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334326

Vehicle seat and headrest with dynamic impact energy management system

A vehicle seat includes a seatback with a back panel having a plurality of score lines defining a deflectable upper portion of the back panel. A headrest includes a housing with front and rear covers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334296

Controlling operation of electrified vehicles traveling on inductive roadway to influence electrical grid

A method for influencing the efficiency of an electrical grid includes coordinating operation of a first electrified vehicle and a second electrified vehicle traveling along an inductive roadway and having opposite power needs in a manner that influences an amount of energy supplied by the electrical grid during an inductive roadway event.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334294

Fault protection for electric drive systems

A vehicle power system includes a controller configured to issue commands to open a selected set of switches of an inverter and then to operate the selected set of switches according to a pulse width modulation signal having an increasing duty cycle such that input current to a battery is driven towards zero and a magnitude of d-axis current of the drive system is reduced in response to a fault with an electric drive system.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334284

Active grill shade

A grille shade assembly for a vehicle includes a deployable flexible grille shade and one or more drive elements for translating the flexible grille shade between a deployed and a stowed position. A motor is operatively connected to the one or more drive elements. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334274

Electric soft cap for pickup truck bed

A deployable cap assembly for a pickup truck bed includes a collapsible frame assembly, at least one motor operatively connected to the collapsible frame assembly, and a frame guide system. A flexible cover is attached to the collapsible frame assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170334168

Hybrid adhesive system for metal and composite assemblies

A metal or composite component assembly includes a first metal or composite component, a second metal or composite component, and an adhesive layer arranged on an interface of the first and second components and bonding the first and second components. The adhesive layer comprises a fast-cure low-strength adhesive and a high-strength structural adhesive.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170332463

Illuminated vehicle badge

A vehicle badge is provided herein. The badge includes one or more light sources configured to illuminate in a pseudorandom sequence. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170332458

Vehicle lighting assembly

A vehicle is provided herein. The vehicle includes a panel having a light-producing assembly including a plurality of light sources arranged therein and attached to the panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170332446

Heated windshield indicator

A windshield assembly is provided herein. The windshield assembly includes a windshield having a frit and an indicator thermally coupled to the windshield to visually coincide with the frit and operable to illuminate in order to indicate a relative temperature of the windshield.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170331795

Vehicle data encryption

A wireless communication system includes a server, in communication with a vehicle controller. The server, in response to receiving from the controller a software update request including a timestamp, identifies a long key associated with the vehicle, encrypts the update beginning at a key offset into the long key generated from a manipulation of a data ordering of the timestamp, and transmits the encrypted update to the controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170331160

Wireless traction battery force sensor

A traction battery of a vehicle includes a temperature compensated passive wireless surface acoustic wave sensor within the traction battery and a controller. The temperature compensated passive wireless surface acoustic wave sensor is configured to receive a broadcast signal and transmit a reflected signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170330456

Traffic lights control for fuel efficiency

Data is received from each of a plurality of vehicles proximate to an intersection indicating a kinetic energy and a time to the intersection. An optimized timing of a traffic light is determined based on an aggregation of the kinetic energies and times to intersection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170330395

Adaptive vehicle control

A controller includes a processor programmed to determine, for a vehicle, a first control input based on input data and first reference parameters. The processor is further programmed to operate the vehicle according to the first control input. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170330393

Mobile telemetry system

An automotive vehicle may include a processor configured to buffer records of vehicle information created at a scheduled acquisition rate, and to buffer event files of vehicle information created upon the occurrence of predetermined triggering events. The processor may be further configured to cause the buffered records to be wirelessly transmitted on a last-in first-out basis if a signal strength in a vicinity of the vehicle is greater than a first predetermined threshold, and to cause the buffered files to be wirelessly transmitted if the signal strength is greater than a second predetermined threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170328959

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

A vehicle system includes a high voltage battery and at least one control module configured to monitor the high voltage battery and command a visual warning in response to a disconnect event of the high voltage battery. The visual warning may be produced by a hazard light.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170328744

Mechanical force gauge

A mechanical force gauge assembly includes a bracket, a housing, a hand member, a spring, a first ring, and a plunger. The bracket is for mounting to a vehicle frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170328466

Transmission and hydraulic control system

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

11/16/17 / #20170328452

Multiple-mode continuously variable transmission

A continuously variable transmission includes four shift elements to establish three forward driving ranges and one reverse driving range. Two of the forward driving ranges utilize recirculating power flow paths in which the power transmitted through the variator is much smaller than the power transmitted by the transmission. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170328330

Hybrid electric vehicle engine cranking

A system for a vehicle includes an electric machine configured to transfer power between an engine and traction battery, an auxiliary battery electrically connected with and isolated from the traction battery, and a controller programmed to, after receiving an engine start request, initiate an engine start using the batteries in response to available traction battery power being below a threshold, and initiate the engine start using the traction battery but not the auxiliary battery otherwise.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170328317

Water/snow management for air intake system to active grill system interface

An air intake assembly for a vehicle includes a vehicle-forward air intake inlet, an airflow diverter opening, and a moisture-diverting gutter surrounding a portion of the vehicle-forward air intake inlet. The moisture-diverting gutter may surround at least a top and opposed sides of the vehicle-forward air intake inlet. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170328292

Powertrain control system

A vehicle includes a transmission, a torque converter coupled to the transmission, a controller in communication with the transmission and the torque converter; a driver seat, a passenger seat, and a back seat coupled to the transmission, and sensors configured to detect occupancy of the seats. The sensors are in communication with the controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170328287

Cylinder deactivation control system

A vehicle includes a transmission; a torque converter coupled to the transmission; a controller in communication with the transmission and the torque converter; a driver seat, a passenger seat, and a back seat coupled to the transmission; and sensors configured to detect user occupancy of the seats. The sensors are in communication with the controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170328263

Method and system for exhaust gas heat recovery

Methods and systems are provided for controlling exhaust flow and recovering heat from exhaust gas under different operating conditions. In one example, motive flow of fresh air via an ejector coupled to an exhaust bypass assembly may be utilized to divert exhaust through a heat exchanger during cold-start conditions and heat extracted from the exhaust gas may be utilized for passenger cabin heating and other vehicle heating demands. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170327158

Collapsible tailgate arrangement and related method

An apparatus for partially covering an end of a vehicle bed includes a tailgate comprising a frame adapted for moving between a raised position and a lowered position relative to the vehicle bed. The frame supports at least one member adapted for moving along the frame to at least partially expose the end of the vehicle bed without moving the frame to the lowered position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170327108

Tow damping system

A vehicle includes a trailer hitch, an axle having an electronic limited slip differential, and a controller. The electronic limited slip differential includes a variable torque capacity lockup clutch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170327106

System and method for hybrid vehicle engine starts

A method for operating a powertrain of a hybrid vehicle is provided. The method includes outputting via a controller an engine speed command that is based on a predicted impeller speed of a torque converter and corresponds to the accelerator tip-in to output a torque from the engine to wheels of the vehicle in response to detection of an accelerator pedal tip-in greater than a predetermined threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170327105

Minimizing engine pull-ups and gear shifts in a hybrid vehicle

A hybrid vehicle includes powertrain components such as an engine, an automatic transmission, and a traction motor selectively coupled to the engine via a clutch and to the transmission. At least one controller is programmed to control these powertrain components. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170327104

Control system for a hybrid-electric vehicle

A hybrid-electric vehicle includes a power system, a controller, a driver seat, a passenger seat, a back seat, and sensors. The controller is in communication with the sensors and the power system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170327102

Driveline lash control method during driver tip-in/out

A vehicle includes a motor positioned between an engine and a driveline connected to a vehicle wheel, and a controller. The controller controls engine torque and maintains motor torque during wheel torque and driveline component torque reversals to limit a vehicle output torque rate of change through a lash region associated with a range of driveline torque ratios. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170327095

System and method for operating a motor vehicle with a brake holding assist

Determining a brake torque reduction parameter for brake torque reduction in a motor vehicle having a brake holding assist function. The determination including detecting a motion parameter of the motor vehicle and analyzing the detected motion parameter to determine a correction value for a brake torque reduction parameter. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170327080

Vehicle network communication protection

A vehicle includes a gateway controller configured to interface a diagnostic port to a vehicle communication network. In response to a perimeter alarm system being in an armed state, transfer of messages from the diagnostic port to the vehicle communication network is inhibited. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170327037

Adaptive rear view display

System and methods to provide an adaptive rear view display are disclosed. An example disclosed first vehicle includes a rear view camera and an adaptive display controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170327035

Methods and systems for beyond-the-horizon threat indication for vehicles

Methods and systems for beyond-the-horizon threat indication (bhti) for vehicles are described. A system and a method may involve receiving motion information of a first vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170327034

Lighting apparatus for vehicle decklid

A vehicle notification system is disclosed. The system comprises a light generating layer conforming to a surface of a decklid configured to enclose a storage compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170327005

Hybrid electric vehicle creep control

A vehicle includes an engine, and a transmission including a torque converter having an impeller. The vehicle further includes an electric machine configured to provide drive torque to the impeller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170327001

Dual mode igbt gate drive to reduce switching loss

A vehicle powertrain includes an electric machine, an inverter including an igbt having a gate configured to flow current through a phase of the electric machine, and a gate driver. The gate driver is configured to supply power onto the gate via a voltage regulated source, and in response to a collector current of the igbt exceeding a previous steady state current through the phase, transition to a current regulated source to drive the gate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170326986

Bus leakage resistance estimation for electrical isolation testing and diagnostics

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

11/16/17 / #20170326968

Method and system for diagnosing an active grill shutter system fault in a hybrid electric vehicle

A method is provided for diagnosing an ags system fault in a hybrid electric vehicle. That method includes validating shutter movement and inferring shutter position based upon stall current of a shutter drive motor and current drawn by an hev traction motor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170326953

Sun visor having extended range of motion

An extended-range sun visor assembly includes a rail and a sun visor panel. The sun visor panel is releasably mounted to the rail at an inboard sun visor panel end and slidably mounted to the rail at an outboard sun visor panel end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170326937

Vehicle suspension control systems and devices, and related methods

A method of controlling a suspension system of a vehicle includes identifying an amplitude and a frequency of at least one harmonic event in a topology of a surface to be traversed by the vehicle, and, with a controller, altering at least one response characteristic of at least one adjustable component of the suspension system based on at least one of the amplitude and frequency of the harmonic event. Systems and methods relate to controlling vehicle suspension systems.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170324853

Apparatus for storing and deploying a cell phone

An apparatus is provided for storing and deploying a cell phone. That apparatus includes a guide track and a carriage displaceable along the guide track between a storage position and a deployed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170324126

Effectively cooled battery assemblies

A battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery cell, a cooling device extending at least partially through the battery cell, and a coolant manifold connected to the cooling device.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170324122

Sensitive strain-based soc and soh monitoring of battery cells

Battery packs and soc monitoring systems are disclosed. The battery pack may include first and second adjacent battery cells and a strain gauge positioned between the first and second battery cells. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170324100

Fuel cell multifunction cathode valve

A fuel cell system in a vehicle has a cathode and an anode. A compressor has an inlet and an outlet, the outlet being configured to outlet a compressed air from the compressor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170324074

Battery pack array separator

An exemplary method of securing battery cells of a battery pack includes limiting upward movement of a separator by blocking movement of a projection with a structure. The projection extends from a spacer section of the separator and has a hook shape with an upwardly extending portion outside the structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170322389

Expandable mirrors

Various expandable mirrors and a vehicle having the same are described. An expandable mirror may include a first pane having a first reflective surface and a second pane having a second reflective surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170322041

Network based storage of vehicle and infrastructure data for optimizing vehicle routing

A method for routing a vehicle includes determining, based on aggregated drive data from a plurality of sources, route costs for a plurality of potential driving routes for a vehicle based on reliability of an automated driving feature or driver assistance feature. The method includes selecting a route of the one or more potential driving routes based on the route costs. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170322040

Route generation using road lane line quality

A method for routing a vehicle includes identifying one or more driving routes between a current location of a vehicle and a destination. The method includes determining a route cost for the one or more driving routes based on lane marking quality of a roadway within a corresponding driving route. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170321864

Light-emitting diode lamps with thermally conductive lenses

A light-emitting diode (led) lamp is provided that includes: an led source coupled to a housing; and a lens over the source and coupled to the housing. The lens, or a portion of the lens, includes a plurality of glass beads, each having a metal-containing coating (e.g., a coating comprising at least one of ni, al, cu, in and brass) and dispersed in a polymeric matrix (e.g., an acrylic or a polycarbonate). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170321767

Method for operating an automatic start/stop system in a vehicle utilizing a fluid launch clutch

A system and method for operating a vehicle equipped with an automatic stop and start system is disclosed. The vehicle includes an internal combustion engine, an automatic transmission and a fluid launch device with an impeller disconnect clutch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170321757

Drivetrain component connecting system

A vehicle includes a first drivetrain component and a second drivetrain component. The first drivetrain component defines a splined orifice. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170321738

Process for joining fiber composite materials using self-piercing rivets

A process for joining fiber composite materials using self-piercing rivets. The process includes contacting first and second panels. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170321735

Anti-shear-off plastic pin locator

A pin locator includes a body having a base and a pin projecting from the base. The base includes an undercut in a first face around the pin and a sink saver in a second face of the base. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170321616

Method and system for engine control

Methods and systems are provided for synergizing the benefits of a multi-fuel engine in a hybrid vehicle system. During engine operation, in response to a change in driver demand, the controller may opt to switch fuels or maintain a current fuel while using stored power assist. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170321615

Method and system for engine control

Methods and systems are provided for integrating a vcr engine with a cvt transmission. Responsive to a driver demand, a controller may determine whether to maintain a current compression ratio or transition to an alternate compression ratio based on the fuel economy benefit of the transition and further based on any engine limitations that may be incurred at the engine speed-load following the transition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170321614

Systems and methods for control of turbine-generator in a split exhaust engine system

Methods and systems are provided to control exhaust energy delivered to a turbine of a turbine-generator coupled to a split exhaust engine system in order to limit turbine over-speed conditions and/or reduce generator vibration or reduce component over-heating conditions. In one example, a method may comprise in response to turbine speed greater than a threshold speed, selectively deactivating a first exhaust valve of one or more cylinders of a first and second cylinder group.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170321589

Method and system for exhaust particulate matter sensing

Methods and systems are provided for a particulate matter (pm) sensor assembly positioned downstream of a diesel particulate filter in an exhaust system. In one example, a method may include rotating the pm sensor assembly inside an exhaust passage to generate an output, the rotation based on exhaust flow conditions within the exhaust passage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170321579

Crankcase oil catcher with an aperture and seal

A crankcase oil catcher, the crankcase oil catcher comprising one or more surfaces configured to catch dispersed oil in a crankcase and direct the oil along the surfaces of the crankcase oil catcher away from a crankcase casing wall and towards a crank sump.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320518

Turn recovery human machine interface for trailer backup assist

A backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer includes an input receiving a backing command and outputting a control signal based thereon. A controller receives the control signal, generates a vehicle steering command based on the control signal, and determines a length of a recovery period based on the control signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320498

Method and system for engine control

Methods and systems are provided for integrating a bi-fuel engine with a cvt transmission. Responsive to a driver demand, a controller may determine whether to maintain usage of a current fuel or transition to an alternate fuel based on the cost efficiency of the transition and further based on any engine limitations that may be incurred at the engine speed-load following the transition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320497

Method for operating an automatic start/stop system in a vehicle utilizing a torque converter

A system and method for operating an automatic start/stop system in a motor vehicle having an internal combustion engine, an automatic transmission and a torque converter with an impeller disconnect clutch is disclosed. A controller may implement an engine start/stop system by, at appropriate times, stopping engine by halting fuel and restarting engine when propulsion is needed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320495

Off-road autonomous driving

A vehicle system includes a processor with access to a memory storing instructions executable by the processor. The instructions include determining whether an autonomous host vehicle can traverse an environmental obstacle, and if the autonomous host vehicle can traverse the environmental obstacle, controlling an active suspension system in accordance with the environmental obstacle and controlling the autonomous host vehicle to traverse the environmental obstacle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320493

Enhanced vehicle operation

A confidence value is determined for data collected for a lane assist subsystem in a vehicle. A section curvature is identified for a section of a roadway when the confidence value is below a confidence value, threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320486

Methods and system for starting an engine of a hybrid vehicle

Systems and methods for starting an engine of a hybrid vehicle are disclosed. The systems and methods disclosed may apply to series or parallel hybrid driveline configurations. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320485

Method and system for engine control

Methods and systems are provided for synergizing the benefits of a variable compression ratio engine in a hybrid vehicle system. A vehicle controller may hold the engine in a lower compression ratio during engine pull-ups and pull-downs, in particular when passing through a low speed region where compression bobbles can occur. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320484

Methods and system for mitigating undesirable conditions 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 classify transmission degradation in response to an estimated transmission input shaft speed that is determined from transmission output shaft speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320482

Method and system for hybrid vehicle control

Methods and systems are provided for synergizing the benefits of an engine exhaust driven fuel reformer in a hybrid vehicle system. A vehicle controller may hold the engine in a narrow operating range where fuel reformer operation is optimal while using motor and/or cvt adjustments to address transients generated as driver demand varies. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320474

Method for operating a vehicle braking assist system

A method for operating a braking assistance system of a vehicle, wherein the braking assistance system assists a braking of the vehicle by a vehicle braking device in the event of a hazard braking. To differentiate between the hazard braking and a normal braking, at least two variables, representing a braking demand of a driver of the vehicle, are ascertained and a threshold value is established for each variable wherein hazard braking is recognized when at least the two variables exceed their particular threshold value, whereupon an automated braking intervention by the braking assistance system is initiated with the aid of the vehicle braking device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320460

Airbag with individually tunable compartments

An airbag includes a manifold having an outer panel and an inflation chamber defined at least in party by the outer panel. The airbag further includes a first compartment and a second compartment spaced from the first compartment connected to the outer panel and positioned external to the inflation chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320456

Bracket for front crash sensor

A front end structure is provided for a vehicle that includes a bracket for attaching front crash sensors to the vehicle. The front end structure includes an engine compartment and a hood connected to the engine compartment by a hood latch and a pair of hinges. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320453

Relay control box assembly

An electrical system for a vehicle is provided. The electrical system includes a control unit configured to control operation of one or more vehicle systems. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320442

Article storage device in a vehicle

An article storage device comprises a housing having a storage space defined by a bottom and a plurality of sidewalls; and a partition plate extending between two opposing sidewalls of the housing, perpendicular to a bottom of the housing, and dividing the storage space into a plurality of compartments. The partition plate is pivotably coupled to the opposing sidewalls of the housing via a pivot.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320439

Auto-adjusting side-view mirrors

A vehicle side-view mirror control system includes a pair of extendable side-view mirrors and a controller configured to receive and store one or more trailer identifying indicia and one or more predetermined extendable side-view mirror configurations. The controller is configured to control translation of at least one of the pair of side-view mirrors to a one of the one or more predetermined extendable side-view mirror configurations according to the one or more stored trailer identifying indicia. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320414

Seat frame side shield with integral mounting bridge

A side shield is provided for a seat frame. That side shield includes a body having a housing and an integral mounting bridge as well as a seat control switch assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320379

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

11/09/17 / #20170320374

Method and system for vehicle climate control

Methods and system for operating a vehicle climate control system are described. In one example, the vehicle climate control system includes high and low temperature coolant loops that operate in conjunction with a heat pump. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170320373

Intuitive preconditioning interface

A vehicle includes an hvac system with compressor(s), pump(s), valve(s), chiller(s); a touchscreen and processor(s) configured to: (1) display a preconditioning scheduling interface having line segments; (2) in response to touchscreen tap(s): place points on the segments, cycle the placed points between different kinds of points; and (3) precondition the vehicle via the hvac based on times associated with the placed points.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170310190

Rotor endcap

A vehicle electric machine may include a stator having end windings extending axially from the stator. A rotor may be disposed within the stator and including an endcap having an outer face defining outlets and a furrowed outer periphery with an edge configured to distribute coolant released from the outlets onto the outer face to different axial locations of the end windings during rotation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170310189

Stator cooling for electric machines

A vehicle electric machine may include a rotor. The rotor may cooperate with a stator including a core having an end face, and end windings extending from the end face. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170309977

Battery thermal energy transfer assembly and method

An exemplary battery thermal transfer assembly includes a thermal interface material having a first side with a plurality of protrusions compressed against a plurality of battery cells, and an opposing, second side interfacing with a thermal exchange plate. Another exemplary battery thermal transfer assembly includes a thermal interface material sheet having a first side with a plurality of protrusions compressed against a plurality of battery cells, and an opposing, second side interfacing with a thermal exchange plate.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170309976

Battery thermal management system

A battery thermal management system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery pack, a coolant subsystem including a chiller configured to cool the battery pack, and a refrigerant subsystem including at least one evaporator. The coolant subsystem is arranged to exchange heat with the refrigerant subsystem within the chiller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170309921

Fuel cell electrode

A fuel cell electrode includes a carbon nanofiber substrate and a continuous film of up to 100 atom-thick monolayers forming a network of interconnected electrocatalyst nanoparticles deposited on the carbon nanofiber substrate such that at least some of the nanoparticles are directly adhered to uppermost nanofibers of the substrate to form a layer resistant to electrocatalyst depletion.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170309914

Pre-lithiated lithium ion battery cell

A lithium ion battery cell includes an anode, a cathode, and a sacrificial lithium-containing material on the cathode configured to decompose to release lithium ions in response to first application of charge current to the cell to prompt formation of a solid-electrolyte interphase via a reaction of the lithium ions on a surface of the anode adjacent to the cathode.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170309875

Array frame design for electrified vehicle battery arrays

A battery array includes a frame body extending along a longitudinal axis and including a top surface, a bottom surface, and frame arms that connect between the top surface and the bottom surface. In some embodiments, the array frame includes at least one lifting arm that extends from the top surface and establishes an engagement area for engaging and lifting the frame body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170309098

Systems and methods for phone-as-a-key range extension

Systems and methods for phone-as-a-key range extension are disclosed. An example disclosed vehicle includes an integrated antenna array with a plurality of antenna located on a roof of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170308948

Electrified vehicle activity center ranking

An exemplary activity center ranking method includes ranking a plurality of activity centers based on what activity centers were visited in connection with previous charges, and communicating at least one of the plurality of activity centers to an operator of an electrified vehicle based on the ranking and proximity to the charging station.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170308817

Apparatus and method to reserve, locate and operate a vehicle from an on-demand vehicle service

In at least one embodiment, an apparatus for reserving and accessing a vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes a transceiver and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170308759

Perception-based speed limit estimation and learning

Systems, methods, and devices for estimating a speed limit are disclosed herein. A system for estimating a speed limit includes one or more perception sensors, an arbitrated speed component, an attribute component, an estimator component, and a notification component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170308075

Determination of continuous user interaction and intent through measurement of force variability

A system for controlling a vehicle from a remote device, such as a mobile device, is disclosed. In one embodiment, the mobile device includes a mobile phone. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170307138

Cellular structures with twelve-cornered cells

A cellular structure may include a plurality of cells each having a twelve-cornered cross section. The twelve-cornered cross section may include twelve sides and twelve corners creating nine internal angles and three external angles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170307137

Cellular structures with twelve-cornered cells

A cellular structure may include a plurality of cells each having a twelve-cornered cross section. The twelve-cornered cross section may include twelve sides and twelve corners creating eight internal angles and four external angles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170307069

Driver interface

A vehicle driver interface includes a mode selector, such as a shift lever, and two shift paddles. The shift paddles perform different functions according to which driving mode is selected via the mode selector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170307051

Belt slip monitor

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

10/26/17 / #20170307005

Connecting rod for an internal combustion engine

An engine has a connecting rod with a big end dimensioned such that a lower face height is a function of an upper face height, a face-to-face width, and a strap height and width. First and second bearing shells are received by the big end under a specified clamp load to form a convex axial profile in response to the big end dimensions, and a crankshaft crank pin interfaces with the convex axial profile. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170306893

System and methods for improving fuel economy

Methods and systems are provided for controlling engine operation in a hybrid vehicle, where the vehicle engine comprises one or more cylinders dedicated to recirculating exhaust to the intake manifold. In one example, if an engine load decreases below a level where dedicated exhaust gas recirculation may lead to combustion stability issues, engine load may be increased above the demanded load and the excess power used to charge a system battery, or if the battery state of charge is above a threshold, the engine may be shut down and the vehicle propelled via battery power. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170306892

Systems and methods for removing coking deposits in a fuel injection system

Methods and systems are provided for reducing coking deposits in a fuel injection system. In one example, a method may comprise humidifying intake air of an intake system of an engine in response to a determination that fuel injector coking is occurring, or after a duration has passed since a most recent humidification event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170306884

Intake manifold dual port seal gasket

A gasket arrangement for use between an intake manifold and a cylinder head of an internal combustion engine is provided. Individual runner grooves are formed around each of the manifold runner openings. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170306881

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

10/26/17 / #20170306874

Vehicle driver model

A method of testing an automotive vehicle estimates acceleration for multiple time windows. Each of the time windows has a different length. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170306858

Method and system for engine control

Methods and systems are provided for using compression heating to heat a cylinder piston before cylinder combustion is resumed. Cylinder heating is achieved using combinations of slow unfueled engine rotation where the engine cylinders are heated via compression stroke heating, and slow compressor rotation where the cylinders are heated via compression heating. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170306838

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

10/26/17 / #20170306831

Cylinder head of an internal combustion engine

An engine is provided with a cylinder head defining a coolant jacket therein that is formed from a series of passages interconnected by a series of curved junctions to direct coolant about spark plugs, exhaust valves, and an integrated exhaust manifold in the head. The cooling jacket has a first longitudinal passage with an annular section about a spark plug, a second longitudinal passage with an annular section about an exhaust valve, and a third passage surrounding an integrated exhaust manifold and fluidly connecting the first and second passages. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170306814

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

10/26/17 / #20170306811

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

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

10/26/17 / #20170306808

Cam drive system for an engine

Methods and systems are provided for a cam drive system of an engine. In one example, a front end of an engine includes an idler gear assembly including an idler gear and idler pulley, the idler gear in meshing engagement with a first end of a crankshaft and the idler pulley coupled to and sharing a rotational axis with the idler gear. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170306679

Door system to provide check function and assist door closing and opening in a vehicle

A door system to provide a check function and door closing assistance in a vehicle is provided. The door system comprises a door hinge, a clip assembly attached to the door hinge and a door closing assist device disposed adjacent to the door hinge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170306647

System for identifying the location of a hidden closure latch release on a motor vehicle

A system is provided for easily locating a closure latch release and opening a closure of a motor vehicle. That system includes the closure latch release which may be hidden from view by a body element of the motor vehicle and a highlight feature adjacent the closure latch release that is in clear or plain view so that the closure latch release may be quickly and conveniently located.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170306519

Method and device for producing a wear-resistant surface on a workpiece

A method including closing upper and lower ends of a bore with upper and lower closure element, respectively; introducing a cathode into the bore; and flowing an electrolyte through an annular space between a wall of the bore an outer surface of the cathode to provide an inner surface of the bore with a wear-resistant surface by electrolysis.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305496

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

10/26/17 / #20170305480

Spare tire release device with dual slider mechanism

A spare tire release device is provided for a motor vehicle. That spare tire release device includes a wheel cradle, a first slider mechanism to displace the wheel cradle in a first direction and a second slider mechanism to displace the wheel cradle in a second direction whereby the wheel cradle may be maneuvered for easy access to a spare tire and wheel held in the cradle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305468

Slider bracket for a vehicle underbody structure

A vehicle includes a bumper, a floor and a subframe. The subframe is attached to the floor at a plurality of attachment points and below the bumper. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305415

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

10/26/17 / #20170305413

Methods and systems for starting an engine

Methods and systems are provided for improving engine restart operations occurring during a transmission shift in a hybrid vehicle. Engine speed is controller during cranking and run-up to approach a transmission input shaft speed that is based on the future gear of the transmission shift. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305412

Speed limiting of altitude compensation for target engine speed in hybrid electric vehicles

A system and method for controlling a hybrid vehicle having an engine, first and second electric machines coupled to a traction battery and configured to operate primarily as a motor and a generator, respectively, and a controller in communication with the engine and the first and second electric machines include increasing target engine speed from a sea level speed to deliver a demanded engine power at altitude up to an nvh engine speed limit. The system and method may reduce the demanded engine power based on an attainable engine power associated with the nvh engine speed limit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305411

System and methods for improving fuel economy

Methods and systems are provided for controlling hybrid vehicle engine operation, where the vehicle engine comprises one or more cylinders dedicated to recirculating exhaust to an intake manifold. In one example, during an engine cold-start event or other event where temperature of one or more exhaust catalysts are below a temperature needed for catalytic activity, fuel injection to the dedicated exhaust gas recirculation cylinder(s) is maintained shut off, while its intake and exhaust valves are maintained activated, thus enabling the dedicated exhaust gas recirculation cylinder(s) to route air to the intake manifold of the engine, resulting in exhaust gas lean of stoichiometry that may serve to heat the catalyst. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305408

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

10/26/17 / #20170305378

Connector and a restraint assembly in a vehicle

The present disclosure provides a connector to attach an accessory member to a vehicle part. The connector includes a base including an assembling hole and a connecting hole positioned adjacent to a first end of the base to attach the accessory member, a first anchor positioned at a second end portion of the base opposite to the first end portion and a second anchor positioned adjacent to a side of the base between the first end portion and the second end portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305371

Connectionless communication with interior vehicle components

A vehicle component may operate in a plurality of connectionless functional states including a watchdog state in which the component broadcasts advertisements indicating presence of the vehicle component to personal devices; a notify state in which the component broadcasts cycles of advertisements indicating available features of the component; and a process command state in which the component broadcasts current feature state advertisements responsive to command advertisements received from the personal devices. A personal device may operate in a plurality of connectionless functional states including an acquire interface state in which the personal device collects information indicative of component functions based on non-connectable advertisements from in-vehicle components; a display interface state in which the personal device provides a user interface of controls based on information collected during the acquire interface state; and a process command state in which the device broadcasts command advertisements responsive to operator input to the user interface.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305367

Wiring protection device in a vehicle

A wiring protection device in a vehicle comprises a support base and a support branch. The support base includes a fixed end and a free end opposite the fixed end and extending away from the fixed end, and a guide rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305364

Sliding joint applique

A composite applique assembly for a vehicle interior trim piece includes a flexible receiver element and a flexible insert connected to the flexible receiver element by a sliding joint. An end of the flexible receiver element is fixedly connected to a vehicle door element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305363

Sliding joint applique

A composite applique assembly for a vehicle interior trim piece includes a flexible receiver element and a flexible insert connected to the flexible receiver element by a sliding joint. An end of the flexible receiver element is fixedly connected to a vehicle door element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305354

Object holding device for a vehicle seat

The present invention provides an object holding device used in a vehicle seat. The object holding device comprises an object holder coupled to an extendable device via a deployment rod and is extended and retracted in and out a map pocket of the vehicle seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305351

Folding mirror apparatus and method for improving fuel efficiency

A folding mirror apparatus is provided for improving the fuel efficiency of a motor vehicle. That folding mirror apparatus includes a first exterior mirror, a second exterior mirror and a sensor array for monitoring an area around the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305333

Rear trunk button localization for end user

A system for identifying a location of an external vehicle feature on approach by a user of the vehicle is disclosed, comprising (1) a vehicle including a steering system, a drive system, a brake system, a processor, and memory; (2) a control module coupled to the processor and configured to receive a wireless communication from a mobile device indicative of a user's proximity to the vehicle; and (3) a brake module coupled to the control module and configured to illuminate a lighting device on receipt of the wireless communication to identify a location of the vehicle feature.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305325

Bed extender incorporating one or more retractable lines

A bed extender is provided for a bed of a truck. That bed extender includes a reel mounted to a first sidewall of the bed, a line received on that reel, and a fastener carried on a distal end of the line. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305303

Vehicle seat electrical connector bracket assembly

A vehicle seat bracket assembly is provided that includes a bracket connected to a vehicle seat structure and including one or more retention features. The vehicle seat bracket assembly also includes an electrical connector module receivably connected to the bracket via the one or more retention features. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170305242

Roof support for autonomous vehicle sensors

A sensor support structure for a vehicle includes a roof panel supported by bodyside pillars and a support structure. The support structure is attached to the roof via a mounting ring extending in a substantially rectangular shape around a portion of the roof panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170304886

Forming method and die assembly using a bead with a step

An exemplary die assembly includes, among other things, a first die having a male bead, a second die having a female bead configured to receive the male bead to hold a workpiece between the first die and the second die, and a step in the male bead, the female bead, or both. An exemplary forming method includes, among other things, holding a workpiece between a male bead of a first die and a female bead of a second die, wherein the male bead, the female bead, or both have at least one step.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170304884

Hot-stamping furnace and method of hot stamping

A hot-stamping furnace includes a housing defining a heating chamber partitioned into compartments configured to have different temperatures. The heating chamber includes an opening that is at least partially covered by a door movably mounted on the housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/26/17 / #20170304811

Catalyst trap

A catalytic converter includes a hydrocarbon catalyst trap including bea zeolite configured to adsorb iso-octane at ambient temperatures and desorb iso-octane at temperatures between 150° c. And 170° c., and active metal supercage impregnated usy zeolite configured to adsorb and coke iso-octane at temperatures greater than 150° c.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170294973

System and method for remote keyless system characterization

Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and method for characterizing the radio frequency (rf) functionality of a vehicle remote keyless system (rks) by separating and precisely characterizing the individual bits of the overall rks system in an enclosed controlled environment. More specifically, this rks characterization system includes an enclosed testing chamber for isolating the key fob from the vehicle, and a simulation control system that manipulates rf signals between the key fob and the vehicle for controlled rf signal analysis between the components. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170294183

Systems and methods for electronic sound enhancement tuning

Example systems and methods for electronic sound enhancement tuning are disclosed. An example disclosed method includes sampling, with a microphone, an audio profile of engine noises in a cabin of a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170294121

Detecting available parking spaces

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting available parking spaces in a parking environment. Radar systems are utilized to gather data about a parking lot environment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170293910

Wireless payment transactions in a vehicle environment

A wireless transaction request may be received by a vehicle from a retailer. The vehicle may validate that the vehicle is located in proximity to the retailer and may receive confirmation of the request from a vehicle occupant. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170293816

Virtual sensor data generation for wheel stop detection

The disclosure relates to methods, systems, and apparatuses for virtual sensor data generation and more particularly relates to generation of virtual sensor data for training and testing models or algorithms to detect objects or obstacles. A method for generating virtual sensor data includes simulating, using one or more processors, a three-dimensional (3d) environment comprising one or more virtual objects. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170293814

System and method for inspecting road surfaces

A method of inspecting a road for substances includes generating a flash of infra-red light at a wavelength to illuminate a portion of the road. The wavelength corresponds to an absorption wavelength of a substance to be detected. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170293808

Vision-based rain detection using deep learning

A method is disclosed for using a camera on-board a vehicle to determine whether precipitation is failing near the vehicle. The method may include obtaining multiple images. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170292925

Non-contact quality control of fiber composites

Systems and methods for conducting non-destructive testing of fiber composite components are disclosed. The system may include a wire coil proximate the component and a power source connected to the wire coil. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170292599

Two-piece zero distortion pulley assembly having outer bearing raceway

A zero distortion bearing pulley including a bearing is provided. The bearing clamps axially on the outer bearing raceway instead of radially. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170292578

Cushion module for assessing comfortability

A cushion module is provided herein and includes a mounting manifold and a retaining plate. An array of pneumatic assemblies is coupled to and disposed between the mounting manifold and the retaining plate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170292476

Systems and methods for preventing fuel tank overfilling

Methods and systems are provided for preventing fuel tank overfilling during refueling events, wherein overfilling of the fuel tank is prevented by delivering a pressure pulse to the fuel tank responsive to a fuel fill level reaching a predetermined threshold, or responsive to an attempt to add additional fuel subsequent to the fuel fill threshold being reached. In one example, an onboard pressure vessel is actively pressurized via an onboard pump, where the pressure may be actively released and routed to the fuel tank to induce an automatic shutoff of a refueling dispenser pump under predetermined conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170292475

Systems and methods for opportunistic vehicle evaporative emissions test diagnostic

Methods and systems are provided for opportunistically conducting an evaporative emissions test diagnostic procedure in order to indicate the presence or absence of undesired evaporative emissions in a vehicle evaporative emissions control system and fuel system. In one example, tire pressure and barometric pressure are monitored, and responsive to a tire pressure decrease in the absence of a barometric pressure increase, along with an indication that the vehicle transmission is in neutral and that the vehicle is not traveling downhill, the evaporative emissions system and fuel system may be sealed and the presence or absence of undesired evaporative emissions indicated based on a vacuum-build. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170292469

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

10/12/17 / #20170292465

System and methods for controlling air fuel ratio

Methods and system for controlling air-fuel ratios in an internal combustion engine are disclosed. One embodiment comprises, adjusting a sensor calibration correction value of an exhaust sensor upstream of a catalyst based on an exhaust sensor downstream of the catalyst. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170292431

Method and system for exhaust gas heat recovery

Methods and systems are provided for exhaust gas heat recovery at an exhaust gas heat exchanger. Exhaust gas may flow in both directions through an exhaust bypass passage and the heat exchanger coupled to the bypass passage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170292422

Emission control system and reductant injector

An emission control system for an engine is described herein. The emission control system includes a reductant injector extending into an exhaust conduit upstream of a catalyst, the reductant injector including a reductant passage receiving reductant from a reductant reservoir and a first exhaust gas inlet receiving exhaust gas from the exhaust conduit, a boundary of the first exhaust gas inlet at least partially delineated by an inlet wall extending into an interior exhaust passage from an outer housing surface, the interior exhaust passage adjacent to the reductant passage and receiving exhaust gas from the first exhaust gas inlet and fluidly separated from the reductant passage.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170292313

Enhanced service

A computing device determines that one or more users have departed a vehicle. The computing device determines whether a vehicle door is ajar. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170292220

Fiber tow surface treatment system

Systems and methods for plasma treating fiber tows (e.g., carbon fiber tows) are disclosed. The system may be a fiber tow treatment system, including an air-plasma source configured to emit a plasma stream and a support surface spaced apart from the air-plasma source and configured to contact the plasma stream when emitted. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291645

Collision counter measure structure attached to a sub-frame including a leg that contacts a frame rail

A collision countermeasure apparatus includes an impact absorbing body attached to an outboard side of a sub-frame and a rigid link. The rigid link is attached to the impact absorbing body at an outboard location and extends upward to an outer side of a frame rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291642

Articulated sliding links for deflecting a vehicle in a small offset collision

A collision countermeasure apparatus for a vehicle includes a longitudinally extending frame rail that defines a transverse opening adjacent a front end. An extension is partially received in a bumper that defines an open end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291639

Modular pro tba knob for open storage areas

A vehicle trailer backup assist control module for positioning in an open area of a vehicle is disclosed, comprising a control device configured to mate electrically and mechanically with a modular adapter for removable positioning the module in the open area of the vehicle, a user interface for receiving gestures from a user and for providing feedback to the user, at least one visual indicator for indicating a status of the control device and/or of a trailer backup assist function of the vehicle, and a data port for transmitting and receiving data to and from the vehicle for controlling a trailer backup assist function of the vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291604

Analytic design of pedal override for adjustable speed limiting

A system for overriding a vehicle speed limit setting via accelerator pedal override is disclosed, comprising a vehicle including steering, an accelerator pedal, brakes, a processor, and memory, and a vehicle speed limit override module coupled to the processor and configured to override the speed limit setting by calculating an override threshold based on the set speed limit and accounting for variable vehicle weight, road grade or other unknown loads.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291600

Methods and systems for adjusting engine operation based on weather data

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

10/12/17 / #20170291599

Methods and systems for a driveline dual mass flywheel

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, compensation is provided for a dual mass flywheel positioned in a vehicle driveline. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291577

Systems and methods for estimating torque in a locked vehicle system

A system for estimating torque in a locked vehicle system may include a locking mechanism comprising a stiff material. The system may further include a controller configured to estimate an amount of torque in the locked vehicle system based on a deformation of the stiff material.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291576

Belt assembly including plus-two-point belt reminder

A plus-two-point belt system is disclosed. The plus-two-point belt system includes a longitudinal webbing anchored at a first end to a seat and fixed at a second end to a retractor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291575

Belt assembly including payout measurement

A belt assembly includes a belt retractor, a sensor having a detection field, and a belt retractably payable from the belt retractor through the detection field. The belt has a webbing and a plurality of markers fixed to the webbing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291554

Removable and expandable storage unit for a motor vehicle

A storage unit is provided for a motor vehicle. That storage unit includes an expandable body and a connector that releasably secures the expandable body to a component of the motor vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291553

Storage bin system for a motor vehicle

A storage bin system is provided for a motor vehicle. That storage bin system includes a first cargo compartment sidewall having a first storage cavity with a first rearwardly oriented access opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291534

Illuminated exterior strip

A light strip for a vehicle panel is provided herein. The light strip includes a light-producing assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291528

Rope tie down apparatus

A tie-down apparatus is disclosed for a pick-up truck bed that includes a cleat having a base portion adapted to be attached to the pick-up truck bed and a loop portion defining an opening for receiving an elongated strand threaded through the opening. A neck portion is provided between the base portion and the loop portion that is adapted to be wrapped by the strand. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291523

Articulating thigh extension trim tensioning slider mechanism

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat frame, a first extendable member disposed on a forward portion of the seat frame and operable between an extended position and a retracted position. Each of the first and second extendable members comprises a movable housing, a trim cover stock disposed above an upper surface of housing and having a first fixed upper edge, an integrated track disposed on a lower surface of the housing, a trim payout slider operably coupled with the integrated track, a trim payout attachment operably coupled with the trim payout slider and operably coupled with a second lower movable edge of the trim cover stock, and a linkage system operatively coupling the movable housing to the trim payout attachment to maintain tension on the trim cover stock as either of the first and second extendable members is operated between the extended and retracted positions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291522

Articulating mechanical thigh extension composite trim payout linkage system

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat frame seat frame having a seat frame, a first and second extendable members disposed on a forward portion of the seat frame and operable between an extended position and a retracted position. Each of the first and second extendable members comprises a movable housing, a support base attached to the seat frame and slidably coupled to the movable housing, a trim cover stock partially disposed above an upper surface of the movable housing and having a first fixed upper edge and a second movable lower edge, and a linkage system operatively coupling the movable housing to the second movable lower edge of the trim cover stock to maintain tension on the trim cover stock as either of the first and second extendable members is operated between the extended and retracted positions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291521

Multi-component spring system for dynamic thigh and cushion support

A vehicle seat includes a tilt plate rotationally coupled at a first horizontal axis to a front of a base. A cushion spring extends from a rear of the base to the tilt plate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291520

Overmolded track for an integrated thigh-extension of a vehicle seat

A thigh-extension for a vehicle seat includes a metallic thigh-extension plate, an extension track defined by a low-friction resin overmolded onto the thigh-extension plate and a thigh-extension slider having an integral groove slidably engaged with the extension track to define a plurality of thigh-extension positions.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291512

Aligning tower structure for locating a side shield on a base of a vehicle seat

A vehicle seat includes a seat base, a side shield coupled to the seat base and defining inward and outward surfaces and an attachment tower extending from a central portion of the inward surface to an attachment flange of the seat base. The side shield conceals the attachment tower and the attachment flange, and the attachment tower defines a guide for connecting the attachment tower and flange.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291508

Torsion spring bushing

A vehicle seating assembly is provided which includes a seat back and a seat base operably connected to the seat back. The seat base has a seat base frame that includes a torsion tube extending laterally between at least two side members. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291477

Vehicle door assist assembly incorporating a high torque operating mechanism

A vehicle includes a door frame coupled to a vehicle frame at a hinge. A door operating mechanism is coupled to the door and vehicle frames for applying rotational force to the door frame about the hinge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291472

Method for operating a vehicle climate control system

A method for controlling torque of an air conditioner compressor is disclosed. In one example, the air conditioner compressor is a variable displacement compressor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291469

Electronic ventilation register control system for a motor vehicle

A ventilation register control system is provided for a motor vehicle. That ventilation register control system includes four ventilation registers and a control module configured to independently open and close each ventilation register.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170291215

Method and apparatus for producing a hybrid connection

A method for producing a connection between a sandwich element and a metal element is disclosed herein. In this method, the sandwich element has an interlayer arranged between two cover elements. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170288254

Fuel cell stack with tension device

The invention relates to a fuel cell stack having a cell stack of mutually adjacently arranged individual cells and a tension device for compressing the cell stack. Each individual cell has two electrode layers and an electrolyte layer arranged between the electrode layers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170288187

Vent devices for electrified vehicle battery packs

A battery pack according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an enclosure that houses at least one battery cell and a vent device comprised of a polymeric material and adapted to discharge battery vent byproducts vented by the battery cell to a location external to the enclosure while preventing ingress of environmental fluids into the enclosure.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170288185

Battery pack securing method

An exemplary securing method includes securing a battery pack relative to a portion of an electrified vehicle by engaging a retention feature inside a perimeter of a battery pack enclosure, and by fastening the battery pack enclosure to the portion with at least one fastener outside the perimeter. The perimeter is established by a plurality of sidewalls and endwalls of the battery pack enclosure.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170287338

Systems and methods for improving field of view at intersections

Systems and methods for improving field of view at intersections are disclosed. An example first vehicle includes a camera and a blind spot assister. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170286785

Interactive display based on interpreting driver actions

Systems and methods for an interactive display based on interpreting driver actions are disclosed. An example disclosed vehicle includes a camera, a microphone, and a vehicle assist unit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170285791

Touch detection on a curved surface

A system includes a curved window and a light energy emitter arranged exterior to the curved window. The system includes a light energy receiver arranged exterior to the curved window and arranged to detect light energy emitted by the light energy emitter. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170285629

Remote control device for the remote control of a motor vehicle

The disclosure concerns a control device for the remote control of a motor vehicle including a display device for visualizing the surroundings of the motor vehicle detected by motor vehicle sensors of the motor vehicle, and a motor vehicle symbol in a surrounding area of the motor vehicle. An input device inputs a desired parking position within the detected surrounding area of the motor vehicle by displacement of the motor vehicle symbol that is represented on the display device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170285179

Method and system for determining the accuracy of a satellite-based navigation system

The disclosure relates to a method for determining the accuracy of a satellite-based navigation system for a vehicle during operation on a test route. The method includes providing a light beam propagating essentially perpendicularly to the direction of travel along the test route at each of two selected measurement points on the test route. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170284786

Methods for positioning rechargeable tire pressure monitoring sensors

Example systems and methods for aligning tire pressure monitoring sensors on a vehicle are disclosed. An example disclosed method includes positioning the front wheels on first and second dynamometers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170284515

Multiple speed transmission

A family of transmission gearing arrangements produces nine forward and one reverse speed ratio by selective engagement of various combinations of three clutches or brakes. Each transmission gearing arrangement includes a front shiftable gearing arrangement configured to establish a variety of speed ratios between an intermediate shaft and an input shaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170284421

Active swirl device for turbocharger compressor

Methods and systems are provided for mitigating noise generated by a compressor operating at low flow rates. A swirl device with two concentric flow passages upstream of the compressor directs intake air flow to the compressor through two different flow paths, depending on air flow rates. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170284312

Method for performing a charge exchange in an internal combustion engine

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

10/05/17 / #20170284279

Cooling system

A cooling system for an internal combustion engine is provided. The cooling system comprises: a cooling passage provided within an engine housing of the engine, the cooling passage configured to carry a bulk flow of coolant to cool the engine housing, wherein the bulk flow of coolant within the cooling passage is driven by convection or a pump; and one or more additional cooling passages provided within the engine housing, each configured to introduce a flow of coolant into the cooling passage; one or more additional cooling passage pumps configured to pump coolant within the additional cooling passages; wherein the engine housing comprises one or more high temperature regions, which are at a higher temperature than one or more low temperature regions of the engine housing; and wherein the additional cooling passages are configured to direct the introduced coolant towards the one or more high temperature regions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170284265

Scr device

Methods and systems are provided for an scr device configured to store an amount of urea. In one example, a system may include rotating a plurality of plates in the scr as exhaust gas flows through the scr.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170284142

Automatically closing vehicle door

A door assembly for a vehicle includes a door and a check strap pivotally coupled to the door. An engagement member is releasably engageable with the check strap. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170284141

Bellows spring damper

A damper for a storage compartment closure includes a bellows chamber and damper air passage structures each configured to provide an air volume intake during a bellows chamber extension that is less than an air volume expulsion during a bellows chamber compression. One damper air venting structure is a valve having a translatable lid including an aperture defined therethrough. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282974

Vehicle subframe assembly

A vehicle includes a frame, a subframe, a powertrain, a steering gear, and a bracket. The subframe is fastened to the frame at a subframe attachment point, and the subframe is movable relative to the frame along a collision path in response to a frontal collision. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282930

Method and apparatus for predictive driver assistance

A system includes a processor configured to predict upcoming driver behavior based on a correlation between received context variables and previously observed driver behavior. The processor is also configured to request confirmation that predicted behavior is intended by a driver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282920

Method of controlling a motor vehicle

A method of controlling the operating mode of a motor vehicle includes transitioning between driving and coasting modes and vice-versa automatically in response to a driver trigger. The method controls an engine of the motor vehicle to bring a driveline driven by the engine via an electronically controlled clutch into a lash state before engaging or disengaging the electronically controlled clutch thereby preventing driveline disturbances from being produced by the transition.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282917

System and methods for adaptive cruise control based on user defined parameters

Systems and methods for adaptive cruise control based on user defined parameters are disclosed. An example disclosed vehicle includes a gps receiver configured to provide a location of the vehicle, an adaptive cruise control; and a cruise control adjuster. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282916

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

10/05/17 / #20170282914

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

10/05/17 / #20170282911

Vehicle odometry system

A current value of a state-of-motion from a second controller can be received by a first controller. The first controller determines a subset of a target value of the state-of-motion to be achieved by a subsystem and transmits a command to a third controller in communication with the subsystem to achieve the subset of the target value of the state-of-motion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282908

Methods and systems for a vehicle driveline

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, driveline operating modes may be manually selected to improve hybrid driveline operation during off road conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282902

System and method for coordinated operation of integrated starter generator and power converter in a vehicle

A vehicle includes a hybrid powertrain with a motor/generator electrically coupled to a high-voltage bus to provide propulsion. The vehicle also includes an integrated starter/generator electrically copulated to a low-voltage bus and configured to start the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282888

Initiating preparations for engine autostop prior to vehicle stop

A stop/start vehicle includes at least one controller that, in response to predicting a vehicle stop, initiates an engine pre-shutdown protocol such that vehicle subsystems begin to prepare for engine shutdown prior to a speed of the vehicle reaching approximately zero to reduce time between the speed of the vehicle reaching approximately zero and engine shutdown.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282819

Integrated power distribution system for a vehicle

Embodiments include a vehicle power distribution system comprising a vehicle battery having a nominal voltage; a plurality of electric loads, each load being associated with a rated voltage; and an integrated circuit coupled to the vehicle battery and comprising a plurality of solid-state circuitry blocks respectively coupled to the electric loads, each block including a circuit protection system and configured to supply the rated voltage associated with the electric load coupled to the block. Embodiments also includes a vehicle power distribution module comprising an integrated circuit configured to receive a first voltage from a vehicle battery and to supply respective rated voltages to a plurality of electric loads, the integrated circuit comprising a plurality of solid-state circuitry blocks, and each circuitry block including a circuit protection system and being coupled to a respective one of the electric loads.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282814

Shift console for a motor vehicle

A shift console for a motor vehicle includes a receiving region for a shift lever. In order to provide a beverage holder for the central seat of a front seat row of a motor vehicle, the shift console comprises a beverage holder which is able to be stowed in a stowed position in the shift console and which is able to be adjusted into a use position horizontally adjacent to the shift console.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282810

Deployable, expandable storage assembly for a motor vehicle

A deployable and expandable storage assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. That storage assembly includes a panel, an expandable linkage assembly and a cover. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282808

Console lid integrated dual pawl latching package

A vehicle center console assembly includes a console having a side wall dimensioned to receive a bin therein and a bin including a side wall having a top edge including a pair of opposed strikers. A hinged bin lid includes a dual pawl latching mechanism disposed on a bottom surface thereof whereby the dual pawl latching mechanism does not extend beyond an exterior dimension defined by the bin lid. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282787

Running board illumination system with passive marker light glow

A running board illumination system is provided for a motor vehicle. That running board illumination system includes a first illumination element and an optical lens for directing light emitted by the first illumination element onto a running board of the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282772

Securing arrangement for fitting a foot mat

A securing arrangement for fitting a foot mat to the floor of the foot space of a motor vehicle may have at least one securing element, wherein the securing element has an upper portion which is constructed for releasable fitting of the foot mat, and a pin which is connected to the upper portion and which is guided through an opening in the floor. There is further provided a clamping element which is locked to the pin at the side of the floor facing away from the upper portion in order to thus clamp the floor between the upper portion and the clamping element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282769

Upholstered element for a vehicle seat

An upholstered element for a vehicle seat, with a padded core and an upholstery covering arranged thereon, wherein the padded core has a concave region and the upholstery covering is connected inside the concave region to the padded core by way of at least two linear connecting devices, wherein at least one end region of one connecting device is close to another connecting device. In order to permit an improved connection of the padded core and upholstery covering, the at least one end region is spaced from the other connecting device by a connection-free region and runs at an angle to the other connecting device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282768

Independent cushion thigh support

A vehicle seating assembly includes a base seat defining a seating surface configured to position an h-point of an occupant at a predetermined location. The base seat includes first and second sides. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282761

Split wing armrest dual pawl latch mechanism

A latch assembly for a vehicle armrest may include a pair of pawls fixed on opposite sides of a coupler, each pawl including a projection on each end thereof, and a pair of paddles each engaging one of each pawls and configured to cause inward translation of at least one of the pawls in response to an actuation at one of the paddles, wherein an inward translation of one pawl causes, via the coupler, an inward translation of the other pawl to disengage the projections from a console.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282760

Adjustable armrest

An armrest for a vehicle includes an armrest element and a floating support assembly configured for selectively pivoting the armrest element in a vehicle-fore and -aft motion. The floating support assembly includes at least one vertically translatable support arm pivotally attached to the armrest element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282759

Kinematic back panel

A seating assembly for a vehicle includes a seat having a seat cushion assembly. A seatback is pivotally coupled with the seat and includes a seatback cushion assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282757

Anthropomorphic upper seatback

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback frame. An articulating upper thoracic region is operably coupled with the seatback frame and includes a cross-vehicle support, a torso vertical support, and a suspension support. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282747

Charging system for vehicle battery

A vehicle power system includes circuitry including a transformer having a single primary coil and at least two secondary coils electrically isolated from one another, one of the secondary coils being electrically connected to a traction battery and another of the secondary coils being electrically connected to an auxiliary battery, and a controller configured to operate the circuitry to transfer power from the primary coil to each of the batteries at a same time.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282741

Energy management of an electrified vehicle

A system and method for controlling the electrical power consumption of selected consumers of an electric vehicle limits power to consumers in dependence upon the prevailing charge state of a battery that is provided for driving the vehicle. The electric power consumption of high current consumers is adjusted to use an available residual amount of energy in an efficient manner. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282738

Systems and methods to determine electric vehicle range based on environmental factors

Example systems and methods to determine electric vehicle range based on environmental factors are disclosed. An example disclosed vehicle includes a battery pack, a hvac control module, and an electronic control unit that includes a range calculator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282737

Methods and systems for extending electric idle

Systems and methods for operating a vehicle in an electric idle mode are presented. The vehicle electrical idle mode may be characterized as a mode where the vehicle's engine is off; the vehicle increases torque to vehicle wheels responsive to an application of an accelerator pedal, release of a brake pedal, or a vehicle occupant shifting a transmission; and the vehicle's battery supplies electrical energy to devices of the vehicle being operated by a vehicle occupant.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282718

Wireless power transfer to a tailgate through capacitive couplers

Systems to wirelessly power transfer to a tailgate are disclosed. An example disclosed vehicle includes a transmitting circuit in a body of the vehicle configured to transmit power via wireless capacitive transfer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282684

Method of operating an environmental control system

One or more environmental control systems of a vehicle are automatically operated. A position of an occupant of the vehicle in their circadian cycle is determined. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282674

Engine start-up method for hybrid vehicle

A vehicle includes an engine, a climate control system, a cabin, and a controller. The controller is programmed to, in response to the climate control system supplying heat to a vehicle cabin and receiving a request for an economy mode, decrease an engine coolant temperature engine start threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282665

Encoded electromagnetic based ride height sensing

Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a ride height sensing system that includes an encoded electromagnetic source as an input unit for a hall effect sensors and the signal from the electromagnet is encoded to enable the rejection of ambient magnetic field. In various embodiments of the present disclosure, a band pass filter is used for signal processing of the encoded electromagnetic data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282441

System and process for producing a composite article

A method of producing a composite article is disclosed that includes generating composite plies from a low tack composite prepreg material, connecting, by an ultrasonic welding device, two or more of the composite plies by increasing their tackiness to form a composite stack, and forming, by a compression molding device, a composite article from the composite stack.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282319

Workpiece holding fixture for machining multiple prismatic parts

A workpiece fixture assembly is provided herein. The workpiece fixture assembly includes a baseplate including an engagement surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282314

Workpiece holding fixture for machining multiple prismatic parts

A workpiece holding fixture is provided herein. The workpiece holding fixture includes a baseplate including an engagement surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170282166

Multiple zeolite hydrocarbon traps

Hydrocarbon (hc) traps are disclosed. The hc trap may include a first zeolite material having an average pore diameter of at least 5.0 angstroms and configured to trap hydrocarbons from an exhaust stream and to release at least a portion of the trapped hydrocarbons at a temperature of at least 225° c. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170279329

Electric machine thermal management

A system for a vehicle includes a transmission housing, and an electric machine including a stator core disposed within the housing such that the housing and core define a channel circumscribing a body of the core. The channel is configured to circulate pressurized transmission coolant and to permit seepage of the coolant into a clearance between the housing and core caused by surface roughness of the housing and core to envelop the core with the coolant.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170278399

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

09/28/17 / #20170278393

Methods for vehicle management and systems for traffic management

A method for vehicle management, and a traffic management system is provided. The vehicle management includes allowing a start of a corresponding vehicle when one of a plurality of unique identified removable cards (uirc) is connected to one of a plurality of vehicles, and matches the corresponding vehicle, and connecting a plurality of started vehicles, via each of the unique identified removable cards, to enable communication among the plurality of started vehicles such that each of the plurality of started vehicles outside a coverage of a vehicle management center is capable of directly obtaining traffic information from nearby vehicles of the plurality of started vehicles.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170278330

Method and apparatus for wireless vehicular access device authentication

A computer-implemented method includes receiving a request from a mobile device to activate a recognition sequence. The method also includes transmitting a plurality of time-stamped recognition codes to the device, responsive to the request. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170278326

Driver indentification using vehicle approach vectors

Systems and methods for driver identification using vehicle approach vectors are disclosed. An example disclosed vehicle includes a plurality of beacons configured to connect to a first mobile device and a second mobile device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170278303

Method and system for virtual sensor data generation with depth ground truth annotation

Methods and systems for generating virtual sensor data for developing or testing computer vision detection algorithms are described. A system and a method may involve generating a virtual environment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170278194

Vehicle damage detector

A vehicle damage detector includes: a vehicle with a motor, a suspension, a wheel, a sensor configured to report a suspension displacement; processor(s) configured to: estimate existing suspension damage based on the reports, project marginal future suspension damage based on a route and the existing suspension damage, calculate a marginal decrease in vehicle value from taking the projected route.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170276490

Gps-based area recognition in vehicles

The disclosure relates to a method for determining by means of numeric geoposition data that specify the current geoposition of a vehicle, and digital maps that contain area polygons, which in each case represent a geographic area on the earth, in the vehicle in which of the various areas the vehicle is currently located. According to the disclosure, a boundary precheck is initially performed, wherein candidate area polygons are selected, which are located in the vicinity of the current vehicle position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170276236

Vehicle steering systems

A steering system comprises a first engagement member; a second engagement member to be engaged with the first engagement member; a supporting portion to support the second engagement member; and an elastic member at least partially enclosed in the supporting portion to apply a preload to the second engagement member and absorb an impact load. The elastic member has a first deformation under a first load and at least a second deformation under a second load greater than the first load, and a ratio of the first load to the first deformation is less than a ratio of the second load to the second deformation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170276181

Driveshaft with single constant-velocity joint and locking mechanism

A vehicle has a transfer case that is configured to receive power from a transmission, and transfer the power to one or both of a front axle and a rear axle. The transfer case has an output, such as an output rod, that delivers the power to a differential on one of the axles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170276152

Transmission and transmission clutch system

A transmission includes a case, a clutch pack, a piston. The case defines a bore that transitions along a step from a first to a second diameter. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170276113

Vehicle start-stop system

A vehicle starter assembly includes a switching circuit configured to operate in a charging state and a discharging state, and a first energy storage device and a second energy storage device electrically connected to the switching circuit. The first energy storage device and the second energy storage device are connected in parallel to one another in the charging state and in series with one another in the discharging state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170276102

Method and system for vacuum generation in an intake

Methods and systems are provided for a vacuum generating device. In one example, a vacuum generating device comprises a venturi device upstream of an annular fixture for adjusting an amount of vacuum provided to a vacuum consumption device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170276095

Systems and method for an exhaust gas recirculation cooler coupled to a cylinder head

Methods and systems are provided for an egr system including an egr cooler module directly mounted to a cylinder head. In one example, the egr cooler module includes an egr inlet port, an egr outlet port, a coolant inlet port, and a coolant outlet port all arranged parallel with each other and directly mounted to a first side of a cylinder head to interface with passages internal to the cylinder head. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170276067

Methods and systems for boost control

Methods and systems are provided for pressure control in a boosted engine system. A variable geometry turbine (vgt) geometry, and/or wastegate (wg), and/or an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) valve opening is adjusted based a difference between the exhaust pressure and an intake pressure, and optionally other signals (e.g., engine speed, exhaust pressure) in order to reduce the difference between exhaust and intake manifold pressures, thereby reducing pumping work losses.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170276062

Branch communication valve for a twin scroll turbocharger

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

09/28/17 / #20170276061

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

09/28/17 / #20170276045

Method and system for emissions reduction

Methods and systems are provided for operating a branched exhaust assembly in a vehicle engine in order to increase catalyst efficiency and reduce engine emissions. In one example, a method may include, during a cold-start condition, flowing exhaust first through a three-way catalyst then through an underbody converter and then through a turbine, each exhaust component housed on different branches on the branched exhaust assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170275931

Lock system for dual vehicle closures

A vehicle includes a body structure having an opening, a liftgate panel movably mounted to the body adjacent the opening, and a decklid that is movably mounted to the liftgate. The vehicle includes a lock member that is movable to first, second, and third positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274933

Twenty-eight-cornered strengthening member for vehicles

A strengthening member for a motor vehicle and a vehicle including a strengthening member are provided. The strengthening member can have a cross-section that has twenty-eight corners and includes sides and corners arranged to create sixteen internal angles and twelve external angles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274890

Load based engine start-stop control

An engine control system for a vehicle includes a controller that initiates a start of the engine in response to a state of charge (soc) of a battery falling below an engine start threshold, initiates a stop of the engine in response to the soc exceeding an engine stop threshold, and adjusts a value of the engine start threshold based on whether a load remote from the vehicle is drawing power from the battery.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274877

Systems for distributing braking force and related methods

A system includes a controller configured to individually control brake force applied to steered wheels of a vehicle. The controller is configured to release a braking force from a first brake associated with a first steered wheel of the vehicle when the vehicle is stationary, and the controller is further configured to subsequently release a braking force from a second brake of a second steered wheel when the vehicle remains stationary after braking force is released from the first wheel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274874

Systems and methods for efficient automatic vehicle washing

Systems and methods are provided for automatically cleaning the exterior surfaces of a vehicle. The systems can include a motorized robot, cleaning element, and camera all communicatively linked to a processor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274852

Vehicle bumper assembly

A bumper assembly includes a bumper beam, an inner extension, an outer extension, and a reinforcing element. The bumper beam extends longitudinally from a first end to a second end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274849

Vehicle bumper assembly

A bumper assembly includes a bumper beam, an extension, a crush can, and a bracket. The bumper beam extends longitudinally from a first end to a second end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274829

Interior and exterior cargo management system incorporating a grate

A cargo management system is provided for a motor vehicle. That cargo management system includes a grate that is displaceable between a first use position mounted inside the motor vehicle and a second use position mounted outside the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274828

Running board assembly having multiple step pads

A running board assembly of a vehicle is disclosed herein. A deployment mechanism is movable between a retracted position and an extended position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274825

Vehicle communication system

A vehicle includes a vehicle seating assembly defining a first occupant space. The assembly includes a seat bottom and a seat back operably coupled to the seat bottom. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274822

System and method for generating a hybrid camera view in a vehicle

Embodiments include a vehicle comprising a plurality of cameras for capturing images within a field of view surrounding the vehicle; a processor for generating a real-time view of an area within the field of view using currently-captured images, and a time-delayed view of a region outside the field of view using previously-captured images stored in a memory; and a display for displaying a hybrid view comprising the real-time view and time-delayed view. Embodiments also include a vehicle camera system comprising a plurality of cameras configured to capture images within a field of view surrounding the vehicle, and a processor configured to generate a real-time view of an area within the field of view using currently-captured images, a time-delayed view of a region outside the field of view using previously-captured images stored in a memory, and a hybrid view of the vehicle by integrating the time-delayed view into the real-time view.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274808

Cup holder assembly with removable cup holder insert

A cup holder assembly is provided. That cup holder assembly includes a body having a first cup well and a first resilient insert. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274787

Inductive charger alignment systems for vehicles

An inductive charger alignment system for a vehicle that includes: a plurality of on-board inductive receiving coils adapted to charge an on-board power source; an alignment controller coupled to the coils; an on-board signal element, e.g., a pair of headlamps, coupled to the controller; and an off-board inductive transmitter coil. Further, the controller is configured to direct the element to communicate an alignment between the receiving coils and the transmitter coil to an on-board driver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274777

Variable voltage convert system with reduced bypass diode conduction

A vehicle powertrain includes a bypass diode and a controller. The bypass diode is configured to clamp an inverter dc terminal voltage to a battery voltage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274776

Dynamic igbt gate drive to reduce switching loss

A vehicle powertrain includes an igbt that conducts current between a supply and load. The vehicle powertrain also includes a controller that applies voltage to a gate of the igbt at a first level for a first duration that depends on a capacitance of the gate, and increases the voltage over a second duration based on a rate of change of the current falling below a threshold defined by a supply voltage for the load.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274773

Center stack module

A vehicle instrument panel module is provided herein. The module includes a display portion including a display. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274765

Pushbutton vehicle shifter interface

A pushbutton shifter interface is provided on a vehicle and includes a plurality of pushbutton keys arranged horizontally on a dashboard. The pushbutton shifter interface may be fixedly coupled with the dashboard generally forward of a driver seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274737

Air pollution reacting system in a vehicle

An air pollution reacting system in a vehicle comprises at least one air pollution measuring device installed in a vehicle and configured to measure an air pollution level of ambient air; and an air pollution reacting device configured to take at least one action in response to an air pollution level determined by the air pollution measuring device.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274736

Air outlet assemblies for vehicle ventilation systems

The present disclosure provides an air outlet assembly for a vehicle ventilation system. The air outlet assembly includes a housing; a plurality of vanes having ends rotatably reside on the housing; and a flexible linkage including a plurality of first rods connecting to the vanes' ends, respectively and a second rod connecting the first rods. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170274712

Vehicle wheel illumination assembly using photoluminescent material

A vehicle wheel illumination 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. A tire pressure indicator detects tire pressure of the tire. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170272935

Method and apparatus for cellular subscription tethering

A system includes a processor configured to access a cellular sim profile of a portable cellular device connected to a vehicle computer. The processor is also configured to obtain account parameters from the sim profile, identifying a cellular provider and user account and provide cellular connectivity, using vehicle telematics hardware, through a connection established on the basis of the obtained account parameters.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170271957

Electric machine for vehicle

A vehicle electric machine includes a rotor, and a stator having a core with an end face and end windings adjacent to the end face. An annular cooling trough has an outer sidewall and a bottom. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170271956

Electric machine for vehicle

An electric machine for a vehicle includes a stator having slots and a yolk region defining a plurality of channels extending between the opposing end faces of the stator. Windings extend through the slots and have end windings adjacent to the end faces. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170271955

Electric machine for vehicle

A vehicle electric machine includes a stator having an end face and a yoke region defining a channel. End windings are adjacent to the end face. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170271954

Over mold with integrated insert to enhance heat transfer from an electric machine end winding

An electric machine includes a stator. The stator has a plurality of slots defined between a plurality of laminated protrusions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170271951

Thermal management assembly for an electrified vehicle

An electric machine for an electrified vehicle is provided. The electric machine may include a stator, a ring plate, an encasement, and a fastener. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170271940

Thermal management assembly for an electrified vehicle

A cover for a housing of an electric machine is provided. The cover may include an inner sidewall and an outer sidewall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170270800

Formulating lane level routing plans

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for formulating lane level routing plans. In general, aspects of the invention are used in motorized vehicles to guide a driver to a terminal vehicle configuration according to a lane level routing plan that balances travel time with routing plan robustness. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170270374

Pedestrian detection and motion prediction with rear-facing camera

Systems, methods, and devices for pedestrian detection are disclosed herein. A method includes receiving one or more images from a rear-facing camera on a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170269908

Scripting on a telematics control unit

A telematics control system includes: an external server configured to serialize a script with an external protocol buffer and transmit the serialized script to a tcu; a vehicle having sensors and the tcu, the tcu configured to: deserialize the script with a tcu protocol buffer, execute the script via an interpreter preloaded on the tcu, store data from the sensors based on the script.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170269695

Orientation-independent air gesture detection service for in-vehicle environments

A vehicle sensor may indicate heading angle. A plurality of seating zones may each include an orientation sensor indicating seating angle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170269605

Systems, methods, and devices for fusion of predicted path attributes and drive history

A method for providing path attributes to controllers in a vehicle includes determining a most probable path for a vehicle. The method includes obtaining attributed predicted path attributes based on a map and obtaining drive history path attributes based on a drive history. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170268895

Systems, methods, and devices for communicating drive history path attributes

A method for providing path attributes to controllers in a vehicle includes determining a location of a vehicle and a future driving path for the vehicle. The method includes determining, based on a drive history for the vehicle or a driver of the vehicle, drive history path attributes for the future driving path. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170268476

Spark plug fouling detection for ignition system

A method for determining a level of spark plug fouling and providing an indication to change the spark plugs of an ignition system is provided. The method includes providing a dwell command on a control wire of an ignition system and generating an indication of a recommendation to change a spark plug of the ignition system based upon a current on the control wire.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170268451

Methods and systems for engine fuel and torque control

Methods and systems are provided for accurately estimating intake aircharge based on the output of an intake oxygen sensor while flowing egr, purge, or pcv hydrocarbons to the engine. The unadjusted aircharge estimate is used for engine fuel control while the hydrocarbon adjusted aircharge estimate is used for engine torque control. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170268447

Methods and systems for engine fuel and torque control

Methods and systems are provided for accurately estimating intake aircharge based on the output of an intake oxygen sensor while flowing egr, purge, or pcv hydrocarbons to the engine. The unadjusted aircharge estimate is used for engine fuel control while the hydrocarbon adjusted aircharge estimate is used for engine torque control. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170268440

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

09/21/17 / #20170268411

Method and system for engine cooling system control

Methods and systems are providing for improving engine coolant level estimation to reduce engine overheating. The level of fluid in a coolant overflow reservoir is inferred based on the fluid level in a hollow vertical standpipe fluidically coupled to the reservoir at top and bottom locations, while the fluid level in the standpipe is estimated based on echo times of an ultrasonic signal transmitted by a sensor positioned in a recess at the bottom of the vertical standpipe. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170268393

Transmission oil filter assembly

A transmission oil filter is assembled from a filter element, a base, and a cover. Each of the three pieces extends beyond the filtration media to form an inlet channel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170268231

Method of joining panels with flow drill screws and an adhesive to form an assembly

A method of joining a first panel and a second panel with an adhesive and flow drill screws is provided. The adhesive is applied in a continuous strip and the flow drill screws are inserted through the first panel, the continuous strip of adhesive, and through a second panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170268135

Method of separating fiber tows

Methods and systems for separating fiber tows (e.g., carbon tows) are disclosed. The system may include a chamber defining first and second openings and a hollow interior therebetween. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170268086

Recovery heat treatment of highly strained components

A method of recovery heat treatment of a workpiece includes contacting at least a portion of the workpiece with a fluid heated to a temperature sufficient to heat the at least a portion of the workpiece to a predetermined temperature range in a predetermined time period. The method may be implemented as a first step of a two-stage recovery heat treatment or annealing process, followed by a second step of heating the at least a portion of the workpiece to a final target temperature by another annealing process.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267294

Active air dam

An air deflector assembly for a vehicle includes a vertically translatable air deflector and linear actuators actuated in series by a driver to vertically translate the air deflector. The air deflector includes one or more rails configured for sliding translation within one or more cooperating vehicle-mounted tracks. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267285

Removable steering-wheel assembly for an autonomous vehicle

A steering-wheel assembly includes an actuator, an actuator controller, a steering wheel, an attachment, and a data connector (referred to hereinafter as a first data connector). The actuator controller includes a processor and a memory and is communicatively coupled to the actuator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267274

Steering column including a protective cover

A steering column for a motor vehicle may include a steering spindle and a cover. The steering spindle may include an input shaft configured to rotate with a steering wheel, an output shaft rotatably mounted in a steering gear housing, and a swivel joint arranged between the shaft and the output shaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267253

Avoiding or alleviating travel sickness in a vehicle

The disclosure relates to a method and a device for avoiding or alleviating travel sickness in a vehicle, wherein the vehicle exhibits an automated driving mode in which the vehicle moves along at least partly in automated manner. A method according to the disclosure comprises the following steps: estimating at least one parameter that is characteristic of the probability of the occurrence of travel sickness in an occupant of the vehicle, establishing, on the basis of this parameter, at least one measure that is suitable for the alleviation or avoidance of travel sickness in the occupant of the vehicle, and communicating an item of information relating to this at least one measure to the driver.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267242

Controlling engine auto-start while in reverse

A stop/start hybrid vehicle includes an engine configured for stopping and restarting during travel, a multiple-ratio transmission, a brake pedal, and an electronic parking brake. The transmission can be shifted into reverse gear either when the brake pedal is applied or unapplied. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267236

Method and system for motor vehicle longitudinal control

The invention relates to a method for longitudinal control of a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle having an engine and a braking system. The method including receiving a torque demand from a controller for controlling the speed of the vehicle, and providing a torque on the basis of this torque demand, whereby, depending on the value of the torque demand, a brake torque counteracts the torque demand to control longitudinal vehicle movement.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267210

Seat-belt retractor assembly

A restraint system includes a housing, a spool, a disc, a cutter, a plate, and an actuator. The spool is rotatably coupled to the housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267204

Downwardly inflatable vehicle airbag

A vehicle interior includes a roof, a seat including a seatback, and an airbag supported by the roof. The airbag is inflatable away from the roof to an inflated position surrounding the seatback. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267185

Versatile article retainer assembly for a motor vehicle

An article retainer assembly is provided. That article retainer assembly includes a housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267184

Multi-purpose storage compartment

A vehicle dash panel storage compartment includes a storage bin disposed within the dash panel and a top-mounted storage bin closure. The storage bin closure is configured to translate between a deployed position covering the storage bin and a stowed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267177

Vehicle lane boundary position

A method for determining a position of a vehicle in a lane includes receiving perception information from a first camera positioned on a first side of a vehicle and a second camera positioned on a second side of the vehicle. The method includes determining, using one or more neural networks, a position of the vehicle with respect to lane markings on the first side and the second side of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267170

Geofencing application for driver convenience

A vehicle computer system, comprising a wireless transceiver configured to communicate with a mobile device. The vehicle computer system further comprises a processor configured to output an alert to a driver of a vehicle indicating a location of a hazardous area when the vehicle is in a pre-defined distance from a boundary of a geo-fence of the driver defining the hazardous area, and activate a vehicle function addressing the hazardous area based upon the vehicle entering a boundary of the geo-fence.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267162

Smart light assembly and smart lighting system for a motor vehicle

A smart light assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. That smart light assembly includes an electronic sensing device dedicated to the smart light assembly, an adjustable beam light source and a controller directly connected to the adjustable beam light source. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267158

Hinged cargo tie-down cleat

A retaining apparatus includes a base member having a backing portion engaging a first side of a fixed plate and a cleat engaging a second side of the fixed plate. A neck portion connects the backing portion to the cleat and slidingly engages a keyway hole in the fixed plate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267157

Pick-up truck bed with rope tie-down cleats and method of manufacturing tie-down cleats

A tie-down assembly for a pick-up truck bed that includes a cleat including a base having first and second feet defining first and second fastener receiving holes, a body portion extending from an outer side of the feet, and first and second arms extending from the body portion that are spaced from the feet and define tie-down holes. Fasteners inserted into the first and second fastener holes secure the cleat to the pick-up truck bed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267147

Composite seat structure

A vehicle seating assembly is provided that includes a seatback and a seat base operably connected to the seatback. The seat base includes a seat base frame having a rear tube extending laterally between at least two side members, a seat cushion assembly, and a composite seat pan positioned between the seat cushion assembly and the seat base frame and having a plurality of recessed features configured to couple over the rear tube and side members. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267141

Dual suspension seating assembly

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback and a seat base. The seat base is operably coupled to the seatback. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267129

Vehicle seat assembly with integral child seat module

A vehicle seat assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. The vehicle seat assembly includes a vehicle seat having a seat back and a seat bottom as well as a child seat module integrally formed with the seat back. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267117

Hybrid/electric vehicle charge port door

A battery charge display system includes a display assembly attached to a cover of a charge port, and a controller. The display assembly having a first indicator coupled to a first surface of the cover and a second indicator coupled to a second surface of the cover. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267094

Aerodynamic body panel system for air flow management at a rear underside of a motor vehicle

A body panel system is provided for a motor vehicle. That body panel system includes a rear diffuser having a front air inlet. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267085

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

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

09/21/17 / #20170267074

Powered dual closure system for vehicles

A vehicle closure including a rotatable lift gate and a decklid that is rotatably connected to the liftgate. First and second electrically powered actuators provide powered opening and powered closing of the liftgate and the decklid, respectively. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267073

Independently operating motor vehicle doors with an articulating door interface

A door system is provided for a motor vehicle. That door system includes (a) a first independently operable first, door, (b) an independently operable second door, (c) an articulating door interface carried on the first door and (d) a guide on the motor vehicle body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267072

Trim panel assemblies of a vehicle and methods of assembling the same

The present disclosure provides a trim panel assembly of a vehicle. The trim panel assembly includes a first member having a first surface and a second surface, and including a first assembling area, a first groove positioned on the first surface along a peripheral of the first assembling area, and a plurality of first through-holes positioned in the first groove and spaced apart from each other; and a second member including a first main body corresponding to the first assembling area, and a plurality of leg portions extending from the first main body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267070

Method for regenerating odor absorbent in a motor vehicle hvac system

A method is provided for regenerating an odor absorbent in a motor vehicle hvac system. That method includes the step of heating and regenerating the odor absorbent using heat from a heater core of the hvac system.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170267055

Thermal management assembly for an electrified vehicle

An encasement of an electric machine of an electrified vehicle is provided. The encasement may include a base sidewall, an inner sidewall, and an outer sidewall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170266685

Device for recovering energy from exhaust air

There is provided an energy recovery device for recovering energy from exhaust air which flows through a discharge line. The energy recovery device includes a heat exchanger device having at least a first heat exchanger unit and a heat pump, wherein the heat pump is connected at the high-temperature side thereof to the first heat exchanger unit and is arranged at the low-temperature side thereof in the exhaust air flow in the exhaust air flow direction downstream of the first heat exchanger unit or is connected at the low-temperature side thereof to a second heat exchanger unit which is connected downstream of the first heat exchanger unit in the exhaust air flow direction.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170265337

Power electronics system

A power-electronics assembly includes a plurality of power modules each having a body, a power stage disposed in the body and having opposing major sides, and a coolant channel defined in the body at a location adjacent to one of the major sides. The modules are arranged in a stack such that the coolant channels are interleaved with the power stages. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170265022

Method and apparatus for providing portable telematics services

A processor may be configured to detect an electronic tag in proximity to a vehicle wireless receiver. The processor may also be configured to wirelessly receive communication provider account information from the electronic tag via the receiver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170264284

Dynamic igbt gate drive to reduce switching loss

A vehicle includes an electric machine, an igbt, and a gate driver. The igbt has a gate, an emitter, and a collector and is configured to flow an electric charge through a phase of the electric machine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170264153

Electric machine rotor

A rotor may include a planar lamination having permanent magnets arranged therein, and an inner edge defining an opening configured to receive a driveshaft. The planar lamination may include a driveshaft key, and a relief notch and scallop disposed on each side of the driveshaft key. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170264152

Electric machine rotor

An electric machine rotor includes a lamination configured to rotate about a central axis and a plurality of pairs of permanent magnets. Each pair of permanent magnets is arranged in a v-shaped pattern and affixed within the lamination to create a magnetic field for rotation of the lamination. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170263986

Assembly and method to maintain clearance to a thermal fin within a battery assembly

An exemplary battery assembly includes, among other things, a thermal fin, a frame holding the thermal fin, and a stand-off of the frame configured to limit relative movement of the thermal fin toward a thermal exchange plate. An exemplary thermal fin positioning method, includes limiting relative movement of a thermal fin toward a thermal exchange plate using a stand-off disposed upon a battery cell assembly frame.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170263975

Batteries including solid and liquid electrolyte

Rechargeable batteries (e.g., li-ion) including hybrid liquid and solid electrolytes are disclosed. One embodiment of a battery may include an anode; a cathode; an ionically-conductive separator between the anode and cathode; and an electrolyte suspension including a plurality of solid electrolyte particles dispersed in a liquid electrolyte solution. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170263954

Fuel cell stack thermal management

Fuel-cell thermal management systems and control schemes therefore are disclosed. In one embodiment, the system may include a fuel-cell stack, a heat-exchanger, a thermal battery including a material having a melting temperature of 50-120° c., a first coolant loop including the fuel-cell stack and the thermal battery and excluding the heat-exchanger, and a second coolant loop including the fuel-cell stack, the thermal battery, and the heat-exchanger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170263950

Proton exchange membrane fuel cell with stepped channel bipolar plate

A fuel cell assembly includes a pair of corrugated bipolar plates. Each of the plates is defined by peak portions and sidewalls connecting the peak portions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170263911

Method of welding a bus bar to battery cell terminals

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

09/14/17 / #20170263904

Methods for forming ionically conductive composite separators

A method of forming a conductive composite separator. The method includes providing a plurality of particles within a bulk separator material; and applying an ac electric field to the particles and the bulk separator material while the bulk separator material is in a liquid state to align the particles into at least one ionically conductive aligned particle region within the bulk separator material.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170263117

Method and apparatus for congestion reduction through cooperative adaptive cruise control

A system includes a processor configured to determine traffic density over a road segment. The processor is also configured to model traffic parameters to maximize traffic flow over the road segment, based on the traffic density and travel characteristic data received from a plurality of vehicles exiting the road segment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170262274

Over-the-air trigger to vehicle interrogator updates

A vehicle may subscribe to a topic of a topic tree maintained by a message broker and associated with the vehicle. The vehicle may send, to a service delivery network, an interrogator log enumerating configuration information of the vehicle generated responsive to a trigger message published to the topic by the network, and retrieve a manifest indicating network locations of updates determined by the network from the interrogator log.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170261994

Curb detection for vehicle parking

Systems and methods for curb detection for parking are disclosed. An example vehicle parking assist system includes a processor and memory. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170261990

Systems and methods for driving risk index estimation

A vehicle implements driving risk estimation. The vehicle includes a processor and a program stored in memory. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170261417

Method and system for exhaust particulate matter sensing

Methods and systems are provided for a particulate matter sensor positioned downstream of a diesel particulate filter in an exhaust system. In one example, a particulate matter sensor may include an outer non-perforated tube including a plurality of negative electrodes formed along the inner surface, a guiding tube including a perforated central element and an inner tube, the central element including a plurality of positive electrodes formed along the outer surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170261273

Cooling system for vehicle sensor modules

A cooling system for a vehicle sensor module includes an active internal gas circulation system and a cold plate. The sensor module includes a light detector sensor disposed in a sealed housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170261099

Vehicle transmission control module reset detection and mitigation

A system and method for controlling a vehicle include a manual transmission operated by a controller in communication with shift actuators and programmed to, in response to each controller reset less than a threshold number of resets, control each shift actuator that was not moving at the time of the reset based on respective shift actuator positions stored prior to the reset, and to control the shift actuators to limit available gear ratios in response to the reset exceeding the threshold number of resets.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170261047

Method to identify automatic transmission lubrication oil flow rates corresponding to a running vehicle without direct oil flow measurements

A method of determining automatic transmission lubrication fluid flow rates corresponding to a running vehicle without direct oil flow measurements is disclosed. A set of in-vehicle clutch torques for a chosen clutch pack during a gear shift event for a set of shift conditions is obtained. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170260954

Method of controlling an engine of a motor vehicle

A vehicle start-stop system includes an engine and a controller. The controller is programmed to operate the system in a first mode when a first input is selected, and in a second mode when a second input is selected. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170260923

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

09/14/17 / #20170260922

Methods and systems for adjusting sensors and actuators during engine fuel-off conditions

Methods and systems are provided for monitoring and adapting sensors and actuators in the induction system and exhaust system of an internal combustion engine during a period of time in which fresh air is flowing through the internal combustion engine without fuel delivery. According to the disclosure, the period of time in which fresh air is flowing through the internal combustion engine when fuel delivery is turned off and the monitoring and adapting is being carried out is extended by transferring torque produced by electric motor to the internal combustion engine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170260919

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

09/14/17 / #20170260918

Systems and methods for fuel vapor canister purge

Methods and systems are provided for controlling the purging of a fuel vapor canister coupled to a vehicle fuel tank, configured for capturing and storing vapors emanating from the tank. In one example, two canister purge valves are coupled in series in a fuel vapor conduit between the fuel vapor canister and engine intake, one at the intake manifold and one at the fuel vapor canister, such that fine control over the introduction of fuel vapors into the engine is maintained via the purge valve at the intake manifold, while thorough purging of the fuel vapor canister may be regulated via the purge valve at the fuel vapor canister. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170260916

Exhaust-gas-turbocharged internal combustion engine with partial deactivation

Embodiments for operating an engine having parallel turbochargers and two fluidically coupleable, separated intake manifolds is provided. In one example, a method includes responsive to a first condition, operating a first cylinder group of an engine, deactivating a second cylinder group of the engine, and blocking fluidic communication between a first intake manifold coupled to the first cylinder group and a second intake manifold coupled to the second cylinder group, and responsive to a second condition, activating the second cylinder group and establishing fluidic communication between the first and second intake manifolds.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170260915

Engine 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 a first portion of exhaust gas to a turbine, from the turbine to at least one aftertreatment device, then from the at least one aftertreatment device to atmosphere, and flowing a second portion of exhaust gas to the at least one aftertreatment device, bypassing the turbine, then from the aftertreatment device to atmosphere, during a second condition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170260914

Systems and methods for reducing vehicle evaporative emissions

Methods and systems are provided for managing fuel vapor in a vehicle evaporative emissions system configured with a fuel vapor canister for capturing and storing vapors from a vehicle fuel tank. In one example, a three-way valve is positioned between the fuel vapor canister and atmosphere, and may function during engine-off conditions to direct fuel tank vapors through the fuel vapor canister where they may be adsorbed, and then to an intake manifold of the engine where a second adsorbent for capturing and storing fuel vapors is positioned. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170260913

Engine system with rotatable flow guide

An engine system provided. The engine system includes a rotatable flow guide including a flow altering surface positioned upstream of an intake valve having a first side with a curved contour, the flow altering surface generating tumble and swirl flow patterns of intake airflow entering a cylinder through the intake valve in a plurality of active positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170260898

Method for controlling transitions in a variable displacement engine

Methods and systems are provided for controlling transitions between engine operating modes in a four-cylinder engine. One method includes transitioning engine operation between two-cylinder, three-cylinder, and four-cylinder modes wherein the transitioning includes a sequence of firing events such that successive firing events are separated by at least 120 crank angle degree intervals.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170260896

Condensation control in a charge air cooler by controlling charge air cooler temperature

Methods and systems are provided for reducing corrosion of a charge air cooler and reducing engine misfire due to condensate formation. In response to charge air cooler outlet temperature, electric fan operation and grille shutter opening is adjusted. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170260892

Two-port integrated exhaust manifold for an internal combustion engine having three cylinders

Methods and systems are provided for a 2-port integrated exhaust manifold for an inline-3, inline-6, v-6, and/or v-12 engine. In one example, a system may include an exhaust manifold integrated within a cylinder head of an engine block. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170260795

Method of controlling a movable closure member of a vehicle

A method of controlling a movable closure member of a vehicle is provided. The method includes the steps of: determining an initial position of the movable closure member; initiating movement of the movable closure member; and switching power between a first shunt and a second shunt when the movable closure member is at an intermediate position between the initial position and a final position of the movable closure member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170260792

Door restraint mechanism

A door restraint system includes a retractor, a retractor brake, and a retractor-deployed stay for selectively restraining opening of a vehicle door. The retractor-deployed stay is configured to spool to and from the retractor as vehicle door is translated between a closed configuration and one or more opened configurations. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259879

Electric bicycle

A bicycle includes a frame including first and second segments pivotable relative to each other between a folded position and an unfolded position. A magnet is fixed relative to the first segment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259826

Method and system for controlling a vehicle

A method for improving operating a vehicle that includes an accelerator pedal is disclosed. In one example, the method assesses a vehicle for accelerator pedal degradation and applies control actions to the vehicle is accelerator pedal degradation is determined. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259810

System and method for coupled and decoupled engine starting in a hybrid vehicle

A system and method for controlling engine starting in a hybrid vehicle having first and second electric machines include starting the engine in response to an engine start request using the first electric machine and releasing second electric machine reserved engine starting torque for use in propelling the vehicle. The first electric machine may be controlled to start the engine in response to the first engine start after key-on and when the vehicle speed is below a corresponding threshold, with the second electric machine used when vehicle speed is above the threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259808

System and method for engine starting in a hybrid vehicle based on engine stop position

A system and method for controlling engine starting in a hybrid vehicle having an engine, a first electric machine selectively coupled to the engine by a first clutch, a second electric machine coupled to the engine, a step-ratio transmission selectively coupled to the electric machine by a second clutch include starting the engine using either the first electric machine or the second electric machine based on engine stop position. The first electric machine may be a low voltage starter motor or integrated starter-generator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259807

Method and system for providing torque-assist

A system and method for providing torque-assist to a rotary shaft of an internal combustion engine control an electric machine in response to operation of an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) valve to assist the rotation of the rotary shaft. The system and method facilitate periodic operation of the egr valve to purge condensation without objectionable torque reduction when the engine is operating near full load.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259806

Electrified vehicle with power dissipation feature

An electrified vehicle according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an energy recovery mechanism, and a controller configured to selectively activate at least a battery cooling mode to dissipate excess power from the energy recovery mechanism.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259803

System and method for powering start-stop and hybrid vehicle components and accessories

A vehicle includes an engine cranked by an electric machine powered by a first battery, a first plurality of components powered by the first battery, a second plurality of components powered by a second battery, and a processor programmed to isolate the second battery and associated components from the first battery and associated components at least during engine cranking. The first battery may be a low voltage battery having a first chemistry, such as a lead-acid battery with associated components that are less sensitive to voltage variation induced by engine cranking or starting, such as heated mirrors, seats, wipers, a climate control blower, power windows/doors, and auxiliary pumps. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259801

Vehicle lane placement

A system of one or more computers can be configured to perform particular operations or actions by virtue of having software, firmware, hardware, or a combination of them installed on the system that in operation causes or cause the system to perform the actions. One or more computer programs can be configured to perform particular operations or actions by virtue of including instructions that, when executed by data processing apparatus, cause the apparatus to perform the actions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259795

Method and system for control of motor vehicle longitudinal movement

A method for the automated control of the longitudinal movement of a motor vehicle having an automated positive acceleration process in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle and an automated deceleration in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle. An acceleration variable is determined based on a jerk value and limited in terms of absolute value. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259785

Locking assembly and method with authenticated unlocking of electric vehicle supply equipment

An exemplary locking assembly includes, among other things, a lock that transitions between a first state that prevents disengaging electric vehicle supply equipment from a charge port and a second state that permits the disengaging. A control module is configured to command the lock to transition from the first to the second state in response to a user interaction with a selector device and an authentication of the user interaction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259783

Methods and systems for starting a vehicle

Systems and methods for selectively activating operation of one or more vehicle powertrain elements are presented. In one example, a propulsion source of a vehicle is activated in response to a driver moving a shift lever from a first location to a second location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259772

Vehicle table with deployable airbag

A vehicle interior includes an interior compartment and a table in the interior compartment. The table has a top surface including a perimeter. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259771

Vehicle seat side air bag assembly

A vehicle seat includes a frame, a cover, and a seat side airbag assembly. The seat side airbag assembly includes a chute mounted to the frame and extending to the cover. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259768

Water collection system for a pickup truck

A pickup truck including a truck bed, a truck box, a storage tank, and a water filtration system is provided. The truck box is mounted to the truck bed and defines a cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259766

Bumper reinforcing assembly

A vehicle front end includes a bumper and a carrier attached to the bumper. A plurality of fins are movably attached to the carrier and are spaced from each other. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259755

Vehicle badge

A badge is provided herein. The badge includes a housing having a front viewable portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259752

Double hook attachment system

A tablet device holder assembly may include a housing defining an housing opening and including a housing lip arranged on a first side of the housing above the housing opening, and a removable bezel having a projection configured to extend through the housing opening and defining a projection opening that when the bezel is rotated to an installed state, the lip is received within the projection opening to maintain the bezel on the housing.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259750

Integrated bicycle rack attachment feature for rear spoiler

A bicycle carrier attachment for a vehicle includes at least one bracket held within an interior of a vehicle spoiler. The at least one bracket is attached to a portion of the vehicle and held within the spoiler interior. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259714

Sliding mechanism for a vehicle floor console and a floor console sliding armrest assembly

A sliding mechanism for a vehicle floor console is disclosed. The sliding mechanism comprises a base portion including a panel and a sliding groove, the sliding groove being positioned at the end of the panel and having an opening, and a guide portion including a guide rail disposed in the sliding groove and being slidable in the sliding groove. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259698

Detecting occupant presence on a vehicle seat

A system for detecting that an occupant is present in a vehicle seat. The system includes a bladder disposed in the vehicle seat, a pressure sensor, and a fluid pump. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259691

Coolant channels for power module assemblies

A vehicle power module assembly is provided. The assembly may include a first frame, a second frame, and power stages. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259689

Battery state of charge estimation based on reduced order electrochemical models

A vehicle may include a battery having positive and negative electrodes. The vehicle may also include a controller programmed to charge and discharge the battery according to a state of charge that is based on an effective surface lithium-ion concentration of one of the electrodes, and an effective surface lithium-ion concentration of the other of the electrodes derived from a center-to-surface lithium-ion concentration profile of the one of the electrodes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259688

Battery capacity estimation based on open-loop and closed-loop models

A vehicle power system may include a controller programmed to output an electric only range indicator based on a change in capacity of a traction battery derived from open-loop and closed-loop estimates of change in state of charge of the traction battery. The change in capacity may be proportional to a ratio of the open-loop estimate to the closed-loop estimate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259687

Circuit and method for detection of battery cell degradation events

A battery management system for a vehicle includes a controller configured to, in response to a rate of change of voltage during discharge of a battery cell exceeding a first threshold more than a predetermined number of times over a predefined duration, output an error signal, and in response to the rate of change exceeding a second threshold greater than the first, output the error signal.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259686

Battery power management in hybrid vehicles

A vehicle may include a controller programmed to charge and discharge a battery according to an upper power limit that is based on estimates of ion-concentration profiles in the battery. The controller may be programmed such that for a given state of charge and temperature of the battery, the upper power limit increases as the profiles flatten. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259685

Battery terminal voltage prediction

A vehicle may include a controller programmed to discharge and charge a battery according to battery terminal voltage values predicted for future time instants traversed by a leading edge of a temporal sliding window having a selectable period based on resistance and capacitance parameters representing the battery and a duration of the selectable period. The battery terminal voltage values may be further predicted based on a state of charge of the battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259684

Power capability estimation for vehicle battery systems

A controller of a vehicle may be programmed to charge and discharge a battery according to a state of charge derived from model parameters defining one of a series of rc circuits that characterize frequency response of the battery to input current and that each has a time constant proportional to another of the time constants, and a proportionality parameter indicative of proportional relationship between the time constants. The proportionality parameter may be such that a ratio of the resistances of the rc circuits is equal to a ratio of the capacitances of the rc circuits.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259673

System and method for vehicle wireless vehicle charging communications using location based services

A system and method for managing communications with a vehicle wireless charging station include a vehicle having a battery configured for wireless charging and a vehicle computing system having a transceiver and a processor programmed to broadcast a signal by the vehicle computing system using the transceiver to establish a communication link with a vehicle wireless charging station in response to a current vehicle location being within a specified range of a previously authorized vehicle wireless charging station. The system and method may include a vehicle hmi to prompt a user for input to authorize communication with a wireless charging station that is not recognized or that has not been previously authorized. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259672

Power-module assembly with dummy module

A power-electronics system includes a plurality of power modules each having a power stage and defining a side pocket. The power stages are stacked in an array such that the side pockets are interleaved with the power stages. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259670

Control system for regenerative braking in a hybrid vehicle

A vehicle includes a powertrain, an electric machine, a battery, and a controller. The powertrain is configured to transfer motive power to the electric machine to charge the battery during regenerative braking. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259644

Nested hvac lines

A heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (hvac) conduit includes a first hvac line at least partially nested within a second hvac line having a configuration defining a u- or c-shaped receiver in cross-section. The first hvac line is fabricated of a first material and the second hvac line is fabricated of a second material that is different from the first material.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259478

Method for in-mold manufacturing of a decorative structural plastic part such as an air register louver

A decorative structural plastic part is provided. That part includes an integral body having a structural plastic layer, a decorative face formed from an in-mold-decoration or imd and an imd-compatible plastic layer bridging between the structural plastic layer and the imd. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259470

Method of producing a decorative structural plastic part

A method is provided for producing a decorative structural plastic part. That method includes the steps of two-shot molding a structural plastic layer with a decoration-compatible plastic layer, mechanically bonding the structural plastic layer with the decoration-compatible plastic layer to form an integral plastic part body and applying a decoration to the decoration-compatible plastic layer following molding.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170259059

Transcranial neurostimulation system for a vehicle

A transcranial neurostimulation system for a vehicle, the transcranial neurostimulation system comprising at least one electrode formed into an article of vehicle furniture such as a headrest of a seat.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170257345

Secure tunneling for connected application security

A computing platform of a vehicle may receive a request, from a mobile application accessing a secure vehicle function, to create a secure tunnel between the computing platform and the mobile device; retrieve an application certificate from the mobile application; and validate the creation of the secure tunnel using the application certificate and a module certificate from a local policy table of the computing platform. A mobile device, connected to a computing platform of a vehicle may execute a mobile application requiring a secure vehicle function; send a request to create a secure tunnel with the computing platform responsive to access of by the mobile application of the secure vehicle function; and send to the computing platform an application certificate corresponding to the mobile application to validate creation of the secure tunnel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170257047

Control of alternator with front end accessory drive

Control of alternator/starters for providing electrical power to a vehicle and rotating an engine is disclosed. In one example, the alternator/starter provides a differential action whereby torque on an input side of the alternator may be maintained while speed of an output side of the alternator may be varied. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170257017

Alternator with front end accessory drive

Alternator/starters and methods for providing electrical power to a vehicle and rotating an engine are disclosed. In one example, the alternator/starter provides a differential action whereby torque on an input side of the alternator may be maintained while speed of an output side of the alternator may be varied. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170256966

Portable electric vehicle supply equipment (evse) system

An electrified vehicle includes a surface, an electric vehicle supply equipment (evse) system attachable to the surface, and a retention assembly configured to removably secure the evse system to the surface. The retention assembly includes a first segment affixed to the surface and a second segment affixed to the evse system.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170255843

Vehicle lane learning

A system of one or more computers can be configured to perform particular operations or actions by virtue of having software, firmware, hardware, or a combination of them installed on the system that in operation causes or cause the system to perform the actions. One general aspect includes a system, including a computer having a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor such that the computer is programmed to receive an image of at least one lane marker from an image capture device mounted to a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170254886

Ultrasound range correction

A vehicle system includes a processor having a memory. The processor is programmed to receive a first distance signal output by a radar sensor and calibrate an ultrasound sensor in accordance with the first distance signal output by the radar sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170254458

Hose and system for hose clamp registration

The present application provides various examples that may include a hose and a system. The hose may include a hose body, where an end segment of the hose body may be foldable over a clamp seat area of the hose body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170254416

Method of assembling a friction element assembly for a transmission

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

09/07/17 / #20170254309

System and method for controlling a stop-start vehicle after jump start or battery replacement

A stop-start vehicle and a method of controlling a stop-start vehicle include a controller configured to, in response to a power-reset event, inhibit an engine auto-stop function. The controller is additionally configured to, in response to a successful key start event subsequent the power-reset event, cease the inhibiting of the engine auto-stop function.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170254298

Cylinder head of an internal combustion engine

An engine is provided with a cylinder head having a bridge region surrounded by an exhaust face, an exhaust passage intersecting the exhaust face, and an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) passage fluidly coupled to the exhaust passage and intersecting the exhaust face. The head defines an upper cooling jacket having a cavity or fluid passage extending from the jacket towards a head deck face and to a closed end wall within the bridge region. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170254283

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

09/07/17 / #20170254279

Vehicle and method of controlling a vehicle

A vehicle and method for controlling a vehicle having a variable displacement engine with an auxiliary machine connected directly to the engine crankshaft and to an energy storage device includes switching from a cylinder disablement (vde) mode to a normal mode when the torque demand and engine speed lie outside an outer range defined by a first threshold (tout), and switching from the normal mode to the vde mode when the torque demand and engine speed lie within an inner range, which lies within the outer range and defined by a second threshold (tin). When operating in a band between the two thresholds, the auxiliary machine draws energy from the energy storage device and supplements the output torque from the engine if operating in the vde mode, and derives torque from the engine crankshaft to recharge the energy storage device if operating in the normal mode.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170254251

Method and system for exhaust particulate matter sensing

Methods and systems are provided for a particulate matter sensor positioned downstream of a diesel particulate filter in an exhaust system. In one example, a particulate matter sensor assembly may include an outer stepped tube, an inner stepped tube positioned within the outer tube, and a plate having sensor element positioned inside the inner tube, the inner and the outer tube generating a step in the assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170254245

Mixer for mixing exhaust gas

Systems are provided for a mixer configured to be used in either an intake or exhaust passage. In one example, a mixer in the intake passage may be adapted to mix egr with intake air and a mixer in the exhaust passage may be adapted to mix urea with exhaust gas.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170254230

Composite hybrid cam carrier

A cam carrier assembly includes a body made of a material lighter than aluminum. The body has a first side operably coupled with a cylinder head and a second side having bearing surfaces with bearing inserts. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170253279

Outer panel for a motor vehicle

An outer panel is provided for a motor vehicle. That outer panel includes an outer panel body made from a non-ferromagnetic material and a ferromagnetic element connected to an inner surface of the outer panel body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170253245

Smart driver presence strategy for police and commercial vehicles to increase auto-stop engine availability

A method of controlling a stop-start vehicle includes, in response to an engine being in an auto-stopped condition and a signal indicative of a driver exiting the vehicle, maintaining the engine in the auto-stopped condition. The method additionally includes securing vehicle wheels against rotation and reducing a convenience feature power consumption.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170253244

Hybrid vehicle and lash mitigation strategy

A drivetrain system includes a controller that is programmed to, in a presence of a request for increased drivetrain torque that results in reversal of drivetrain torque direction, command an increase in drivetrain torque at a reduced rate while a value that is based on drivetrain speed difference remains within a predetermined range absent a braking torque request exceeding a threshold. The controller is further programmed to command the increase at an accelerated rate upon the braking torque request exceeding the threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170253243

Spare tire detection

A pressure of a spare tire of a vehicle is determined. Whether the spare tire is installed is determined based at least in part on the pressure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170253241

Autonomous vehicle operation based on interactive model predictive control

A system includes a computing device programmed to receive a set of goals for a vehicle and identify a travel area for the vehicle for a time period. The computing device receives data indicating predictability of driving conditions of the travel area and determines that the predictability is sufficient to control the vehicle according to model predictive control. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170253215

Cargo blind end cap assembly in a vehicle

A cargo blind end cap assembly of a vehicle comprises an end cap to receive a cargo blind bar and a seat belt retainer to retain and release a seat belt tongue. The seat belt retainer is coupled to the end cap.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170253203

Bumper

A bumper assembly includes an elongated beam and a pair of crush cans. The elongated beam includes a plurality of reinforcing walls extending horizontally that define a gap in a central portion of the beam. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170253194

Vehicle badge

A badge is provided herein. The badge includes a substrate attached to a housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170253180

Customizable vehicle charge status tones

A vehicle includes an audio transducer and a controller. The controller is configured to, in response to a state of charge (soc) of a battery crossing a charge level threshold (clt) set by a user of the vehicle, activate the audio transducer to generate an indication that the soc has crossed the clt and that is defined by data provided by the user and linked with the clt according to a rule specified by the user.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170253140

Battery cell state of charge initialization in a presence of voltage measurement uncertainty

A vehicle includes a traction battery and a controller. The controller is programmed to detect a voltage measurement error associated with a battery cell. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170253125

System and method for modulating power to vehicle accessories during auto-start and auto-stop

A method of controlling power to a vehicle accessory gradually shuts down power to the vehicle accessory and gradually restores power to the vehicle accessory. After a request for an auto-shutdown of an internal combustion engine of a vehicle is detected, power to the vehicle accessory is reduced on a predetermined schedule responsive to such detection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170252949

Systems and methods for internal thread forming in composite materials

Systems for defining an internally threaded bore in a composite material component include one or more thread forming tools each defining a thread forming portion and a locating fixture configured to hold the one or more thread forming tools in a predetermined configuration defining a pattern of internally threaded bores to be provided in the composite material component. The thread forming portions include a plurality of thread forming surfaces each defining a pitch, a crest fillet radius, and a root fillet radius, and define internally threaded bores having an interior helical thread defining a plurality of full crest radii and a plurality of full root radii. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170251092

Mobile device control for powered door

A vehicle door system is disclosed. The system comprises an actuator, at least one communication circuit, and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170250591

Electric motor cooling system

An electric motor system includes a stator and a cover. The stator has windings that are affixed to an end periphery of the stator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170249846

Autonomous vehicle passenger locator

A system of one or more computers configured to perform particular operations or actions by virtue of having software, firmware, hardware, or a combination of them installed on the system that in operation causes or cause the system to perform the actions. One general aspect includes a first computer having a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor such that the first computer is programmed to send parameters describing a target passenger to a mobile drone. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170249844

Autonomous probability control

An action probability factor is developed based at least in part on a plurality of probability arrays predicting one or more probabilities of a deviation from at least one of a planned vehicle direction, position, speed, and acceleration. Levels of autonomous control are transitioned based at least in part on the action probability factor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170249797

Multi-passenger door detection for a passenger transport

A vehicle door system for a for-hire vehicle (fhv) and a method of calculating a transport fare includes providing a fhv having an actuator configured to adjust a position of a door relative to a door opening. An apparatus is configured to receive vehicle occupancy data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248955

Collision avoidance using auditory data

A controller for an autonomous vehicle receives audio signals from one or more microphones. The audio signals are input to a machine learning model that classifies the source of the audio features. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248953

Autonomous peril control

At least one object having a risk of collision with the vehicle is detected. Levels of autonomous control are transitioned in response to detection of a potential collision based at least in part on an autonomous peril factor which includes a probability of collision and a magnitude of possible damage in the event of a collision.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248952

Autonomous occupant attention-based control

Signals are received from a plurality of sources, representing aspects of the vehicle, a vehicle operator, and an environment surrounding the vehicle. An alertness factor and a readiness factor are developed based at least in part on the signals. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248951

Autonomous confidence control

Signals are from a plurality of sources representing aspects of the vehicle and an environment surrounding the vehicle. An autonomous confidence factor is developed based on component confidence levels for at least one of the signals. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248243

Noise attenuated fill limit vent valve

Systems are provided for a noise attenuation device for a valve. In one example, a system may include a single noise attenuation device located below a base of a fill limit vent valve.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248224

Pushbutton vehicle shifter interface using proximity sensing

A pushbutton shifter interface is provided that includes a movable assembly supporting a plurality of pushbutton keys. The pushbutton shifter interface also includes a proximity sensor arrangement configured to sense a user proximate the pushbutton keys and interfacing with one of the keys and an actuator actuating the movable assembly to a use position in response to sensing the user proximate the pushbutton keys. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248219

Damper cover and attachment interface for a crankshaft damper

Methods and systems are provided for a crankshaft damper cover for a crankshaft damper of a crankshaft in an engine. In one example, a crankshaft damper cover shaped to fit within a cavity of a crankshaft damper and including an inset and an annular ring embedded within the inset, where the annular ring includes tabs adapted to mate with an inner surface of the crankshaft damper. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248202

Dual clutch transmission for motor vehicles

A dual clutch transmission for motor vehicles has first and second input shafts, two clutches selectively coupling the input shafts the engine, two intermediate shafts arranged parallel to the transmission input shafts, gearwheel pairs configured to transmit power between the input shafts and the intermediate shafts, and output gearwheels arranged on each of the two intermediate shafts. The output gearwheels mesh with the differential wheel and are selectively coupled to the respective intermediate shaft by one of the coupling devices. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248200

Dual clutch transmission for motor vehicles

A dual clutch transmission for motor vehicles has first and second input shafts, two clutches configured to selectively couple the input shafts to an engine, two intermediate shafts arranged parallel to the input shafts, gearwheel pairs of which a fixed gearwheel is arranged on one of the input shafts and a freely rotating gearwheel is arranged on one of the intermediate shafts, freely rotating output gearwheels arranged on each of the two intermediate shafts and meshing with a differential wheel, and coupling devices configured to selectively couple the freely rotating gearwheels to the respective intermediate shaft, of which at least the coupling devices for the output gearwheels are of double acting design. A dual clutch transmission of this kind makes a large number of gears possible without significantly increasing the dimensions of the transmission or the weight thereof.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248104

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

08/31/17 / #20170248100

Head gasket for an internal combustion engine

An engine is provided with a block forming a cylinder, a head, and a gasket positioned between the block and the head. The gasket has first and second outer layers and a distance layer positioned therebetween. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248097

Extruded cylinder liner

Extruded cylinder liners and methods of forming the same are disclosed. The extruded engine cylinder liner may include a cylindrical body having a longitudinal axis and defining an inner surface and an outer surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248096

Methods and systems for fuel rail pressure relief

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting operation of fuel injectors of an internal combustion engine to reduce injector ticking noise during direct injection fuel rail pressure release. The method includes first reducing a significant part of the direct injection fuel rail pressure via a mechanical high pressure pump relief valve and only if further pressure relief is required then intermittently activating the direct injector to inject in small amount of fuel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248089

Methods and systems for adjusting engine airflow based on output from an oxygen sensor

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a throttle based on an intake oxygen sensor output. In one example, a method may include adjusting a position of a throttle based on a dilution threshold and a total aircharge dilution level, the total dilution aircharge level based on an output of an intake oxygen sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248061

System and method for determining exhaust temperature

Methods and systems are provided for accurately inferring an exhaust temperature during steady-state and transient vehicle operation based on the duty cycle of an exhaust gas sensor heating element. A steady-state temperature is inferred based on an inverse of the duty cycle, and then adjusted with a transfer function that compensates for transients resulting from changes in vehicle speed, and load, and for the occurrence of tip-in and tip-out events. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248056

Methods and systems for exhaust gas heat recovery

Methods and systems are provided for exhaust flow in an engine system including a split-exhaust manifold for expediting exhaust catalyst light-off and engine warm-up while reducing condensation in the engine system. In one example, a method may include, before exhaust catalyst light-off, flowing all or more exhaust gases, via a first exhaust valve and a first exhaust manifold, to an exhaust catalyst by passing a heat exchanger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170248055

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

08/31/17 / #20170247933

Temperature control for powered vehicle doors

A vehicle door controller is disclosed. The vehicle door controller is in communication with an actuator configured to control a door and is further in communication with a temperature sensing device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170247927

Power management for vehicle door system

A vehicle door system is disclosed. The system comprises an actuator, a power source, and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170247926

Moving object detection for power door system

A vehicle door system is disclosed. The system comprises a door actuator, at least one sensor, and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170247060

Fastener for providing a clamp load between two parts

A rocker assembly for a vehicle includes an upper rocker panel, a lower rocker panel, and a fastener. The fastener connects the upper and lower rocker panels. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170247059

Rocker reinforcement bracket having anti-corrosion holes

A bracket for a rocker panel assembly includes a first flange and a second flange. The second flange is at an end of a body opposite the first flange and extends parallel to the first flange. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170247053

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

08/31/17 / #20170247040

Autonomous vehicle control transitioning

Signals are received from a plurality of sources, representing operating characteristics of a vehicle and an environment surrounding the vehicle. A plurality of operational factors are developed based on the signals. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170247034

Method and system for increasing engine braking

A method of increasing engine braking of an engine for a vehicle, the method including: determining the change in kinetic energy of the vehicle over a period; determining the energy output from a drivetrain of the vehicle over the period; comparing the change in kinetic energy to the energy output; and increasing the engine braking of the vehicle when the change in kinetic energy is greater than the energy output over the period.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170247027

Paddle shifter control of hybrid powertrain

A vehicle comprises a hybrid powertrain includes an electric machine coupled between an automatic gearbox and an engine. The vehicle includes paddle shifters configured to output a driver requested gear change. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170247025

System and method for modeling and estimating engine cranking torque disturbances during starts and stops

A method of controlling a hybrid vehicle includes commanding a first electric machine to provide a compensating torque. The compensating torque is based on a calculated cylinder pressure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170247016

Keyless vehicle systems

A keyless vehicle entry and start system for 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

08/31/17 / #20170247014

Spring-assist lock and release lower leg front-end stiffener

A vehicle front-end stiffener includes a hinge bracket pivotally coupled to a support bracket. The hinge bracket supports a stiffener beam. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170247010

Vehicle seat part

A vehicle seat part has a cover with a tear seam and an airbag module with an airbag and a force concentrator. The force concentrator partially surrounds the airbag. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170247006

Rotatable seat energy absorption

A vehicle seat is rotatable about an axis perpendicular to a vehicle floor from a forward-facing position to a rear-facing position. The seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170247001

Air tight sealing support clip for attaching fluid-carrying tube to substrate

A support clip for attaching a fluid-carrying tube or line to a substrate is disclosed that provides an air tight seal on a single fluid-carrying tube or line or on multiple fluid-carrying tubes or lines when the tubes are secured between two different surfaces. The support clip has two mated elastomeric surfaces defined by upper and lower halves that account for minor surface-to-surface variations while still maintaining an air tight seal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170246994

Vehicle component with a mounting component for attachment of a functional component

This document relates to a vehicle component with a mounting element to which a functional component can be attached. The mounting element has a reception region and a connection region. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170246985

Vehicle illumination system

An illumination system for a vehicle is provided that includes a vehicle having a rear spoiler, a light assembly located on an underside of the spoiler, a sensor for sensing a location of a person proximate to the spoiler, and a controller for controlling the light assembly to illuminate an area proximate the rear of the vehicle when a person is detected proximate to the spoiler.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170246973

Hidden foldable tray table

The present disclosure is directed to a table that may be selectively stored in a portion of a vehicle console. An outer housing member having a storage cavity therein attaches to a side of the vehicle console. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170246967

Manual seat height adjuster mechanism

A manually operated seat height adjustment actuator mechanism includes a rotatory actuator-driven torque input mechanism defining a first axis and a torque output mechanism defining a second axis offset from the first axis. The rotatory actuator-driven torque input mechanism is provided by a planetary gear assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170246963

Systems and methods for battery state-of-health monitoring

A vehicle includes a battery, and a controller programmed to charge and discharge the battery based on a health indicator output by a model that describes changes in internal resistance of the battery over time identified from (i) a plurality of different representative battery usage aggressiveness drive cycles and (ii) changes in internal resistance of the battery that are derived from a state of charge, temperature, and current associated with the battery.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170246962

Vehicle charge system

A vehicle charge station includes at least a first and second interface coupled with a power converter and a controller. The controller is configured to, in response to detecting a bev classified vehicle coupled with the power converter via the first interface while flowing a charge current to a phev classified vehicle via the second interface, redirect the charge current from the second interface to the first interface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170246959

Fault detection in a multi-high voltage bus system

A vehicle bus system includes a controller programmed to, after issuing a command to close a pair of contactors arranged to share a battery terminal and each configured to power a load when closed, initiate pre-charge of another terminal in response to voltages across the contactors exceeding corresponding closed-state thresholds, and generate a notification and preclude initiation of the pre-charge in response to one of the voltages being less than the corresponding closed-state threshold.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170246950

Device for influencing an air flow in an engine compartment of a motor vehicle

The present disclosure relates to a device for influencing an air flow within an engine compartment of a motor vehicle. The device comprises an adjusting means for adjusting the device between two end positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170246944

Axle assembly for hybrid electric vehicle

A hybrid rear axle provides a variety of functionality in addition to the functionality of a non-hybrid axle. The axle transmits power from an electric motor to the drive wheels at two selectable speed ratios to propel the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170246943

Motor vehicle with at least partially electric drive

The disclosure concerns a motor vehicle with at least partially electric drive, having a floor structure of a motor vehicle bodyshell and a traction battery. The traction battery is arranged on an underside of the floor structure and is connected thereto. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/31/17 / #20170246673

Rapid prototype stamping tool for hot forming of ultra high strength steel made of aluminum

A method for producing a forming tool having a forming punch and a mating die corresponding to the forming tool for forming a substrate is provided, which includes the steps of preparing at least the forming punch of the forming tool from a light metal and forming a protective coating on at least one region on a surface of at least the forming punch of the forming tool. The protective coating is applied to a region that is configured to contact the substrate, and in one form, the light metal is aluminum or an aluminum alloy. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170245401

Power module assembly for a vehicle power inverter

A power module assembly includes opposing end caps collectively having coolant ports and a row of cards that each have a major side defining a projection extending across the card. A side panel extends between the end caps such that the panel and row define a channel in fluid communication with the ports and configured to convey coolant directly across the cards. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170245107

Method and apparatus for geo-fencing using wireless point sources

An illustrative system includes a processor configured to receive a boundary defining a geo-fence and a vehicle identifier. The processor is also configured to associate a plurality of existing dedicated short range communication (dsrc) transceivers with the boundary and send the vehicle identifier to each of the associated dsrc transceivers.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170244812

Compression algorithms for vehicle-bus-messaging of preview data

Systems and methods for communicating data to a control system of a vehicle are described. A system may include a server, which generates a set of coefficients using an approximation function and based on path-preview data indexed to future values of a road attribute with respect to a road traveled by the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170244298

Thermal management assembly for an electrified vehicle

An electric machine for a vehicle may include a stator, a rotor, and a coolant channel assembly. The stator may include a core defining a cavity and windings disposed within and partially protruding out of the cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170244160

Directing electromagnetic waves in vehicle communications

A vehicle may include a conductive housing surrounding an antenna and defining an aperture having a size at least equal to a wavelength of signals radiated by the antenna. A controller may be configured to orient the conductive housing to direct the aperture at a direction of travel to guide electromagnetic radiation from the antenna. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170244072

Extruded battery case

An exemplary battery cell assembly includes, among other things, an extruded case that provides an open area, and an electrode of a battery pack of an electrified vehicle. The electrode is held within the open area. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170243481

Method and apparatus for traffic light state alerts

A system includes a processor configured to receive a wireless light-state notification as a vehicle approaches a traffic light. The processor is also configured to determine an appropriate vehicle action based on at least the light-state, a vehicle speed and a vehicle proximity to the traffic light and recommend the appropriate action to the vehicle driver.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170243411

Electric vehicle supply equipment diagnostic method and assembly

An exemplary reporting method includes the steps of receiving diagnostic data from electric vehicle supply equipment, and then reporting the diagnostic data through an interface of an electrified vehicle. An exemplary electrified vehicle assembly includes a controller of an electrified vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170243408

Method and apparatus for enhanced telematics security through secondary channel

A system includes a processor configured to wirelessly receive a vehicle system command from a remote source over a first communication channel. The processor is also configured to open a second communication channel with an apparent command-originating source, responsive to receiving the command. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170243072

Automotive vehicle navigation using low power radios

A navigation system for a parking area comprises a plurality of nodes and a server communicating with the nodes. Each node comprises a camera capturing images of the parking area and a low power radio transmitting a radio signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170242801

Method and apparatus for cyclical key-off file replacement

A system includes a processor configured to erase external working memory and program a target image of an authenticated update file into the erased working memory. The processor is also configured to erase a first internal memory location, containing data to be replaced by an update, and program portions of the target image to the first internal memory location for finite time periods following a plurality of key-offs, until a full target image is programmed in internal memory.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170242679

Method and apparatus for over the air updates

A system includes a processor configured to, in response to a notification received from a remote network that an update to vehicle software is available, assemble a list of installed vehicle software versions. The processor is also configured to transmit the list of installed versions to a remote update server. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170242678

Method and apparatus for vehicle software update installation

A system includes a processor configured to detect a vehicle key-off. The processor is also configured to delete from a primary memory (“internal memory”) of an electronic control unit an existing software version for which a new software version update exists in a secondary memory of the ecu. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170242079

System and method for identifying vehicle battery decay

A vehicle includes a traction battery. A controller is configured to operate the traction battery according to a capacity estimate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170241880

Stone impact simulator

A stone impact simulator is provided. That stone impact simulator includes a projectile propulsion section to propel a projectile toward a test sample and a projectile capture section to capture the projectile after the projectile ricochets off of the test sample. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170241861

Airbag testing apparatus

A test apparatus includes a linear motion generator, an airbag, a plate, a platform, an anthropomorphic test device, and a crushable member. The airbag is spaced from the linear motion generator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170241540

Methods and systems for improving hybrid vehicle cooling

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

08/24/17 / #20170241510

Engine balance assembly using electric motors

A balance assembly for an engine is provided. The balance assembly includes a first electric motor coupled to the engine and configured to rotate a first eccentric mass relative to the engine, the first eccentric mass being coupled to a first shaft of the first electric motor, and a second electric motor coupled to the engine and configured to rotate a second eccentric mass relative to the engine, the second eccentric mass being coupled to a second shaft of the second electric motor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170241394

System and method for detecting engine knock and misfire

A system and method for providing multiple commands to an ignition coil driver circuit to provide spark, ion signal integration, and ignition coil shunting during a cycle of a cylinder is presented. In one example, multiple voltage pulses are provided over a single conductor communication link. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170241376

Evaporative emissions diagnostic during a remote start condition

Methods and systems are provided for conducting an evaporative emissions test responsive to an indication of a vehicle remote engine start event. In one example, responsive to an indication of a remote start and further indication that the vehicle is not occupied, intake manifold vacuum is utilized to reduce pressure in the fuel system and evaporative emissions system to a threshold, wherein the fuel system and evaporative emissions system are sealed, and undesired evaporative emissions indicated responsive to a pressure bleed-up rate greater than a threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170241369

Method for reducing cylinder air-fuel ratio imbalance

Methods and systems are described for monitoring air/fuel imbalance in cylinders of an engine. Engine speed signals are sampled and then run through a notch filter set to the sampling frequency. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170241363

Vehicle sensor output processing

A vehicle control system includes a processor programmed to control a vehicle subsystem according to a recovered signal generated from an output signal of a sensor, and a product of a time constant of the sensor and filtered changes of the output signal with respect to time such that a magnitude and phase of the recovered signal approach a magnitude and phase of an input signal to the sensor.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170241357

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

08/24/17 / #20170241355

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

08/24/17 / #20170241321

Systems and methods for performing 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 performed after a key-off event. In one example, a method may comprise waiting a duration to perform a sd test of a nox sensor after a key-off event until engine operating conditions stabilize and reach a set of qualifying conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170241308

Oil maintenance strategy for electrified vehicles

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, selectively powering a heating device to augment heating of an engine oil associated with an engine of a vehicle in a manner that influences an oil quality value of the engine oil.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170241191

One-piece closure member for a vehicle

A closure panel including an outer shell for closing an opening defined by a vehicle body and an inner reinforcement. The outer shell and inner reinforcement are formed as a plurality of additive layers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170241170

Motor vehicle door lock status system and related method

A motor vehicle door lock status system is provided. That system includes a door lock actuator, a door lock status indicator for indicating lock status of the multiple motor vehicle doors, and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170241169

Wireless-based system and method for opening a hood of a motor vehicle

A wireless-based system is provided for opening the hood of a motor vehicle. That wireless-based system includes a wireless latch release actuator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170241167

Auto-lock system for door window frame lateral retention

A lateral impact retention system for a vehicle door includes a door window frame retainer configured for mounting to the vehicle body and a pivoting catch configured for mounting to a window frame of the door. The pivoting catch engages the retainer when the door is subjected to a door-displacing lateral impact, but is not connected to any door-operating mechanism of the door. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240204

Trailer length and hitch angle bias estimation

A backup assist system for a vehicle and trailer combination includes a steering system and a first sensor detecting a first dynamic condition of the combination. The system further includes a controller receiving a value for the first dynamic condition from the first sensor at a plurality of instances. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240167

System and method for vehicle subsystem failure mitigation

A computer for, e.g., a mass market passenger vehicle operable by a virtual driver in autonomous and/or semi-autonomous mode, is programmed to determine that a current vehicle braking capacity exceeds each of a first braking target and a mitigation threshold at a current vehicle speed. The computer is further programmed to compare the current vehicle speed to an engine breaking threshold and generate a transmission control message providing data to operate a vehicle transmission. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240166

Vehicle pump condition response method and assembly

An exemplary pump condition response method includes, in response to a pump condition, operating an engine to discontinue or prevent a first stop-start cycle during a drive cycle. The method permitting a second stop-start cycle during the drive cycle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240161

Deceleration control system for a hybrid vehicle

A vehicle control system includes a controller that is programmed to, in response to an accelerator lift-pedal event, generate a drag torque, with at least one of an engine and electric machine, having a magnitude that is based on a deceleration fuel shut-off torque of the engine and a desired power output of the electric machine, and limit the drag torque to a threshold value that is based on the deceleration fuel shut-off torque.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240116

Storage bin double track system

A sliding storage compartment assembly for a motor vehicle includes a storage bin slidably received in a storage bin holder by a dual track assembly defined by opposed sets of rails and opposed sets of cooperating tracks. Each of the opposed sets of rails and opposed sets of cooperating tracks are vertically and laterally offset one from another. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240111

Child seat monitoring system and method

Embodiments include a vehicle comprising a user interface, a first sensor coupled to a child seat for detecting a child seat belt status; a gear selector for selecting a vehicle gear, and a processor communicatively coupled to the first sensor and the gear selector, and configured to cause the user interface to present a first notification if a first alarm condition is detected based on the child seat belt status and a selected gear. Embodiments also include a method of providing child seat monitoring in a vehicle, the method comprising receiving a gear position from a vehicle gear selector, receiving a child seat belt status from a first sensor coupled to a vehicle child seat, and presenting a first notification using a vehicle user interface if the gear position is a non-park position and the child seat belt status is unbuckled.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240100

Vehicle badge

A badge for a vehicle is provided herein. The badge includes a substrate attached to a housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240085

Vehicle beverage holder assembly

A beverage container holder may include a beverage container receptacle, a gimbal set including outer, middle and inner gimbals surrounding and connected to the receptacle to correct a position of the receptacle in response to an external force, and an inner cover extending from the inner gimbal and having a first position extending over at least a portion of the middle gimbal and a second position contacting the middle gimbal to inhibit the external force.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240084

Wallet relief in seat cushion

A vehicle seat includes a seat member having a support cushion with a first hardness value. A relief member is disposed in the support cushion and has a second hardness value that is less than the first hardness value of the support cushion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240076

Inflatable air cushion system and seat assemblies including the same

The present disclosure provides an inflatable air cushion system of a vehicle seat. The inflatable air cushion system includes an inflatable air cushion positioned within a side supporting portion of the seat and configured to expand away from a middle supporting portion of a cushion substantially in a widthwise direction, an inflator connecting to the inflatable air cushion, and a controller for controlling the inflator to inflate the inflatable air cushion in response to a passenger occupancy signal.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240075

Vehicle seat bottom with independently deployable devices

A seat bottom includes a frame, a first thigh support, a second thigh support, and a controller. The first thigh support and the second thigh support are each supported by the frame and are independently movable relative to the frame to adjustable positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240074

Vehicle seat bottom with independently deployable devices

A seat bottom includes a frame, a first thigh support, and a second thigh support. The first thigh support and the second thigh support are each supported by the frame and independently movable relative to the frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240070

Release lever counterweight

A counterweighted release lever for a vehicle seat back release mechanism is described. The release lever includes a counterweight providing sufficient weight to move a center of mass of the release lever towards a release lever pivot point disposed adjacent to the counterweight. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240064

Virtual assessment of battery state of health in electrified vehicles

A vehicle includes a traction battery and a controller programmed to operate the traction battery according to an estimated value of a battery state of health parameter. The estimated value is updated based on drive cycle parameters of the vehicle over a time interval. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240060

Charging indicator light control

A present location of a host vehicle is determined. A processor detects that the host vehicle is connected to a charging station. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240056

Ss-l wireless power transfer compensation circuit

A secondary side wireless power transfer compensation circuit includes a secondary coil, a capacitor in series with the secondary coil, and an inductor in parallel with the secondary coil and capacitor. The inductor has an impedance matching a reflected impedance of a load electrically connected thereacross such that the secondary coil achieves resonance with a primary coil coupled therewith at a predetermined frequency that depends on the impedance.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240025

Vane adjustment device for an air register and an air register assembly

A vane adjustment device in an air register includes a front vane connector pivotably connected to a front vane and a rear vane connector pivotably connected to a rear vane. The front vane connector includes a sliding member substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the front vane and the rear vane connector includes a first joint. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240024

Method and system for operating a heat pump of a vehicle

Methods and systems for providing control of a heat pump of a motor vehicle are presented. In one operating mode, speed of a heat pump compressor is controlled responsive to an outlet pressure of the heat pump compressor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170240023

Vehicle climate control method

A method for controlling a climate control system is disclosed. In one example, the climate control system includes an air mixing valve that is adjusted in response to an energy conversion device load demand. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170239703

Method for monitoring quality of hot stamped components

A controller alters a cycle time of a die arrangement, configured to hot stamp metal into components and having an active cooling system, based on an amount of heat transferred from the components to the active cooling system such that a grain structure of the components transitions from an austenitic state to a martensitic state.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170237131

Array frame design for electrified vehicle battery arrays

A battery array frame according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a frame body, and a thermal fin including a body embedded in the frame body and a leg that extends outside of the frame body. The thermal fin is flexible between a first position in which the leg is spaced farther from a surface of the frame body and a second position in which the leg is spaced closer to the surface of the frame body.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170236342

Vehicle key activated travel log system

A vehicle key activated travel log system of a vehicle includes a first key with a first key identification code; a second key with a second key identification code different from the first key identification code; and a travel log unit to identify first key and the second key. The system generates a first log book when the first key is identified to start the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170236340

Potential chassis damage identification, validation, and notification

A vehicle has one or more accelerometers for detecting acceleration of a chassis component. One or more separate sensors are also provided in the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170236011

Method and arrangement for assessing the roadway surface being driven on by a vehicle

The disclosure relates to a method and an arrangement for assessing the roadway surface being driven on by a vehicle. In a method according to the disclosure, on the basis of at least one image recorded with a camera that is present on the vehicle, the roadway surface being driven on by the vehicle is classified using a classifier. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234917

Resistance measurement tool

A tool to measure resistance of a wire harness is disclosed herein. An example disclosed tool includes a connector with first and second plugs. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234916

Vehicle communications signal diagnostics using radio receiver

An automotive diagnostic tool includes an antenna, a speaker, and a controller. In response to a vehicle diagnostic request, the controller generates a carrier frequency that corresponds to a predetermined frequency associated with electromagnetic emissions from an imbalanced differential channel in the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234786

Methods and systems for prediction of sensor response time

Methods and systems are provided for predicting response time of a particulate matter (pm) sensor and resetting the pm sensor upon completion of response time prediction, independent of actual or predicted soot load on pm sensor. Soot accumulation data collected during steady state vehicle operation may be fitted with a time-based polynomial function and sensor output and regeneration schedule may be estimated from the curve fit even if the overall signal is noisy.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234755

Variability compensation for paired shafts and sensors

A transmission utilizes an output torque sensor that relies upon magnetization of a section of the output shaft. The sensor produces an electrical current that varies as the torque transmitted by the shaft varies. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234696

Driver coaching system

A driver coaching system may have an input device generating an input signal indicative of a road condition. The system may also include an advisory device determining an output conveyed to a driver and indicative of a fuel efficiency rating based on an actual vehicle speed and an optimum fuel efficient speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234687

Predictive vehicle task scheduling

A vehicle system includes a processor having a memory. The processor is programmed to predict a vehicle key-on time based on a next destination of a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234394

Folding bellows for use with a vehicle subassembly

A folding bellows for protecting an interior of the folding bellows effectively from environmental influences and managing pressure changes in the interior. The folding bellows having a gas-tight casing including a plurality of folds in an axial direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234359

Crankshaft

It is common for crankshafts of internal combustion engines to have main bearing journals provided between each of the conrod bearing journals. However, to reduce engine friction, the fewest main bearing journals that can be used while still meeting the design targets is preferred. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234283

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

08/17/17 / #20170234269

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

08/17/17 / #20170234265

Heat exchanger for a rankine cycle in a vehicle muffler

A vehicle is provided with an engine having an exhaust gas system comprising a muffler body containing a valve controlling exhaust gas flow through a tuning tube. The vehicle has an expander, a condenser, a pump, and an evaporator in sequential fluid communication in a closed loop containing a working fluid. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234246

System and methods for purging an air intake system hydrocarbon trap to a fuel vapor canister

A method for a vehicle engine is presented, wherein during a first condition, a vehicle controller is placed in a sleep mode following a vehicle-off event and then awoken following a duration, at which time contents of an air intake system hydrocarbon trap are purged to a fuel vapor canister by operating an electric motor to rotate the vehicle engine in a reverse direction. Rotating the vehicle engine in a reverse direction causes atmospheric air to enter an intake of the engine via an exhaust of the engine, desorbing hydrocarbons bound to the air intake system hydrocarbon trap. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234208

Multiple intake air coolers arranged in parallel

Charge air coolers (cacs) are commonly used in pressure-charged, internal combustion engines to reduce the temperature of the air entering the combustion chamber. Typically, one cac is provided and all of the intake air is inducted past the one cac. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234201

Urea mixer

Methods and systems are provided for a urea mixer. In one example, a urea mixer may include a plurality of outlets located adjacent a throat of a venturi passage.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234196

Method and system for reducing particulate emissions

Methods and systems are provided for filtering particulate matter in an exhaust passage of an engine system. In one example, a method may include during a cold start condition comprising an engine temperature being less than a threshold engine temperature, directing engine exhaust gas to an exhaust particulate filter, and during a warm engine condition, directing engine exhaust gas to bypass the exhaust particulate filter, wherein the warm engine condition comprises the engine temperature being greater than or equal to the threshold engine temperature and fuel being combusted in the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234053

Methods and systems for opening of a vehicle access point

Methods and systems for opening an access point of a vehicle. A system and a method may involve receiving wirelessly a signal from a remote controller carried by a user. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170234052

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

08/17/17 / #20170233016

Truck bed spacer

A crush-tube assembly for securing a truck bed to a frame of a vehicle. The crush-tube assembly includes a first hole defined by the truck bed, a crush-tube defining an inner diameter, a cross-member defining a second hole, and a frame defining a third hole. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232969

Systems and methods for managing torque

A method of managing torque at a vehicle standstill includes outputting torque from a powertrain to satisfy a driver torque demand. The method also includes, in response to a nonzero torque demand resulting in vehicle standstill, applying a friction brake to maintain the vehicle standstill and substantially reducing output torque of the powertrain during friction brake application. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232961

System and method for automatic activation of autonomous parking

A system for parking a vehicle is disclosed. In various embodiments, the system includes a vehicle including a motor, sensors, a steering system, a processor, and a memory; an autopark program operatively connected to the vehicle's steering system; a navigation program operatively connected to the vehicle and configured to determine the vehicle's speed and lane with the sensors, to evaluate the data, and in response to the evaluation, to automatically execute the autopark program.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232956

Hybrid vehicle and method of reducing engine lugging

A vehicle includes an electric machine, an engine, an engine mount, and a controller. The engine has a base speed that corresponds to a speed of the electric machine and an engine power demand. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232955

Method and system for controlling catalyst temperature

A method and a system for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine exhaust after treatment device is cooled at an opportunistic time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232926

Vehicle hood assembly with deployable pedestrian protection

A hood assembly for a vehicle includes an inner hood, an outer hood, and a deployable device. The outer hood is fixed relative to the inner hood and defines a gap between the inner hood and the outer hood. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232925

Vehicle hood assembly with deployable pedestrian protection

A hood assembly for a vehicle includes an inner hood, an outer hood, and a plurality of deployable devices. The outer hood is fixed relative to the inner hood. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232916

Locator fastener with bolt mis-alignment feature

A fastener assembly includes a stud and a nut. The stud has a proximal end and a distal end with a body therebetween. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232886

Three mode police mirror

A warning indicator system for a vehicle side-view mirror includes light sources disposed to emit light in patterns and/or colors visible through a partially light-reflective surface. One or more processors are operatively configured to actuate the light sources in predetermined sequences defining a stealth mode, a pursuit mode, and a traffic advisor mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232873

Integrated cooling system for an adjustable headrest assembly

A headrest assembly is removeably supported on a vehicle seat having a seatback with a seatback frame. The headrest assembly includes a headrest bun operably coupled to a housing via a powered linkage system for driving the headrest bun between extended and retracted positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232872

Deformable armrest having a patterned array of channels

An automotive armrest includes an elastic core defining a patterned array of channels extending therethrough such that the elastic core exhibits a predetermined target vertical stiffness and a predetermined target lateral stiffness different than the predetermined target vertical stiffness. The automotive armrest also includes a skin arranged with the elastic core.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232865

Thermal management system for fast charge battery electric vehicle

An electric vehicle thermal management system may include a traction battery assembly, a coolant circuit, an exchanger, a charge port assembly, and a control system. The traction battery assembly may include a thermal plate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232841

Active fuel control system for aggressive drivers

A vehicle includes a fuel pump configured to deliver fuel to an internal combustion engine. The vehicle also includes an accelerometer configured to detect acceleration of a vehicle component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232824

Illuminated window assemblies and methods for making the same

An illuminated window assembly that includes a glass substrate; a light barrier over the substrate having a reflective interior-facing and a tinted exterior-facing surface; a light-diffusing element over the barrier having first and second opposed edges; and an led source or spaced led sources configured to direct incident light into the first opposed edge. Further, a thickness of the element at the first opposed edge is greater than a thickness at the second opposed edge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232786

Wheel locking assembly and method

A wheel locking assembly is provided for securing a wheel to a wheel hub of a motor vehicle. That wheel locking assembly includes a locking cylinder and a wheel retainer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170232554

Laser welding process

A method is disclosed for welding a first part and second part together. A spacer bead is first formed on the first part by directing a laser beam on one side of the first part. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170230626

Video display with photo-luminescent dyes

A video display system includes a light source configured to generate light and a substrate having a plurality of pixels deposited on a first side of the substrate. Each of the pixels is formed from a plurality of photo-luminescent dyes, and the light source is configured to project light onto the first side of the substrate to illuminate at least a subset of the photo-luminescent dyes in a raster pattern to generate an image. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170229933

Utilization of magnetic fields in electric machines

An electric machine may include a plurality of stator sections each formed from one or more stator laminations stacked to form a stator. The stator may have windings arranged therein to form magnetic poles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170229821

Connector with self-powered mating detection

A connector with self-powered mating detection is disclosed. An example disclosed connector pair includes a first connector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170229766

Antenna and accessory mounting device for a motor vehicle

An antenna mounting device is provided for a motor vehicle. That antenna mounting device includes a body having a first mounting end with a first cross section and a second mounting end with a second, different cross section. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170229690

Beam system for electrified vehicle battery packs

A battery pack according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a tray, a cover mounted to the tray and a beam system including a first beam attached to the tray and a second beam attached to the cover.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170229683

Multiple cell integrated casings

The disclosure provides a battery cell casing for holding a plurality of cell elements, each electrode structure in its own compartment. The disclosed casing eliminates the need for some individual cell walls and replaces them with shared wall partitions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170229020

Parallel parking assistant

The present disclosure relates to parking systems and parking methods. One parking system may include: a vehicle having an accelerator, brakes, wheels, sensors, a display, a processor, and memory; a parking assist program stored in the memory and configured to: receive dimensions of a parallel parking spot and the vehicle, project, based on the received dimensions, whether the vehicle can: exit the parallel parking spot with a future leading block, and exit the parallel parking spot with a future trailing block.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170228946

Adjusting diagnostic tests based on collected vehicle data

A system comprising a processor is programmed to receive, from a plurality of vehicles, sets of diagnostic test data relating to a performed diagnostic test. Each set of diagnostic test data includes a test output value and one or more corresponding test condition values. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170228089

Vehicle human interface assembly

A vehicle human interface assembly has an interior trim portion of a vehicle, a flexible membrane, and a frame defining an opening. The flexible membrane extends over the opening such that the flexible membrane is in tension and is capable of being depressed by a user to form a depression in the membrane in a range of locations within the opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170227960

Autonomous vehicle with modular control interface

A vehicle system includes communication circuitry programmed to communicate with a controller that is removable from an autonomous vehicle. The system further includes a processor programmed to receive control signals, which are associated with manually controlling the autonomous vehicle in a non-autonomous mode, transmitted from the controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170227959

Vehicle operation states

Upper and lower limits of one or more parameters are established for each of a plurality of states of operation of a vehicle. One of the plurality of states for operating the vehicle is identified based at least in part on the parameters, data describing a human operator, and data describing an environment around the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170227119

Vehicle shifter interface using proximity sensing

A shifter interface is provided that includes a user interface panel. The shifter interface also includes a plurality of proximity sensors arranged to provide proximity switches on the panel, wherein the proximity switches form fixed input keys that are selectable by a user to enter an operating mode of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170227118

Pushbutton vehicle shifter interface using proximity sensing

A pushbutton shifter interface is provided that includes a movable assembly supporting a plurality of pushbutton keys. The pushbutton shifter interface also includes a proximity sensor arrangement configured to sense a user proximate the pushbutton keys and interfacing with one of the keys and an actuator actuating the movable assembly to a use position in response to sensing the user proximate the pushbutton keys. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170227116

Gear assembly

A gear assembly comprising first and second gears configured to mesh with each other, the first gear comprising inner and outer ring elements and a resilient ring element disposed between and coupled to the inner and outer ring elements, the outer ring element comprising first gear teeth which mesh with second gear teeth of the second gear, wherein the first and second gears each comprise a positioning ring axially spaced apart from the first and second gear teeth, the positioning rings being configured to engage each other and limit the position of the first and second gear teeth relative to each other.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170227114

Transmission with output torque sensor

An output shaft of a transmission is fixed to a planetary gearset carrier. Output torque is measured via a surface acoustic wave sensor affixed to a face of the carrier between two adjacent planet gears and radially inside a weld joining the carrier face to an opposite carrier face. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170227113

Transmission fluid conditioning for electrified vehicles

An electrified vehicle according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a transmission and an electrically powered heating device configured to selectively warm a transmission fluid circulated inside the transmission.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170227075

Temperature based clutch control

A vehicle includes a clutch to couple a motor and transmission, and a controller that, in response to a regenerative braking request and a temperature being within a first range, partially capacitizes the clutch for regenerative torque transfer therethrough with slip, and in response to another regenerative braking request and the temperature being within a second range less than the first, fully capacitizes the clutch prior to regenerative torque transfer therethough to preclude slip.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170227074

Vehicle with wheel-end disconnect and associated control method

One vehicle wheel is disconnected from a differential while the vehicle is in a front wheel drive mode. A controller checks for a malfunction of the differential while the vehicle is in the front wheel drive mode and in response to a request to enter an all wheel drive mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170226970

Methods and systems for a variable volume engine intake system

Methods and systems are provided for varying the volume of an engine intake system to increase the volumetric efficiency of the engine. In one example, a resonance system may be coupled to the engine intake system and a position of a movable element in the resonance system may be varied to vary the volume of the chamber in accordance with engine speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170226967

Convection heating assisted engine-off natural vacuum test

Methods and systems are provided for conducting an engine off natural vacuum test in a vehicle in order to indicate the presence or absence of undesired evaporative emissions. In one example, a vehicle fuel system and evaporative emissions system are sealed from atmosphere, and responsive to a pressure increase below an expected threshold, the fuel system and evaporative emissions system are actively pressurized via circulating hot engine coolant to a heater core and blowing hot air through the vehicle cabin to the fuel system via a three way ventilation valve in the rear of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170226954

Zero flow lubrication for a high pressure fuel pump

Methods and systems are providing for improving zero flow lubrication (zfl) of a high pressure fuel pump coupled to direct fuel injectors via a direct injection fuel rail. A zfl transfer function for the fuel pump is learned while fuel is at non-nominal fuel bulk modulus conditions and corrected for variations from a nominal fuel bulk modulus estimate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170226944

Method and system for pre-ignition control

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

08/10/17 / #20170226943

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

08/10/17 / #20170226941

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

08/10/17 / #20170226938

Auto-ignition internal combustion engine suitable for hcci operation, and method for operating an internal combustion engine of said type

Methods and systems are provided for an auto-ignition internal combustion engine comprising an exhaust gas recirculation arrangement, an intake system, and an exhaust gas discharge system for the discharge of exhaust gases, in which the internal combustion engine is operable, at least in a first, stoichiometric operating mode, by way of a spatial ignition method (hcci mode). For the aftertreatment of the exhaust gas in the first operating mode, a three-way catalytic converter is provided in the exhaust gas discharge system for reducing nitrogen oxides and oxidizing unburned hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170226924

Method for operating an internal combustion engine with parallel supercharging and with an activatable turbine, and internal combustion engine for carrying out a method of said type

Embodiments for an engine coupled to a first turbocharger and a second turbocharger are provided. One example includes responsive to a first condition, deactivating a first turbine of the first turbocharger and meeting a boost demand via operation of the second turbocharger, and responsive to deactivating the first turbine, increasing a pressure at a compressor-side end of a bearing arrangement of a shaft of the first turbocharger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170226923

Intake system for an internal combustion engine

An engine includes a cylinder head having a first face defining an entrance to an intake port, and an intake manifold having a second face defining an outlet from a runner. The first and second faces mate to fluidly connect the entrance and the outlet, and an area mismatch or offset exists between the entrance and the outlet. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170226920

Cooling module assembly and method of sealing a cooling module assembly

A cooling module assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. That cooling module assembly includes a radiator module and a charge air cooler module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170226916

Particulate matter sensor

Methods and systems are provided for sensing particulate matter in an exhaust system of a vehicle. An example system comprises a particulate matter sensor inside a tube configured to receive a portion of exhaust gas in an exhaust passage.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170226904

Reductant tank as a heat storage device

A method for operating an engine system is provided. The method includes during a first operating condition, flowing oil from an oil sump to a heat exchanger attached to a reductant tank and transferring heat from oil flowing through the heat exchanger to reductant stored in the reductant tank. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170226788

Vehicle closure member power actuator control

A system and method are disclosed for controlling the opening and closing of a closure panel for a vehicle. The system includes a power actuator having a motor for opening and closing the closure panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225711

Situational deactivation of lane keep assist system

A method for controlling a lane keep assist system comprises the combination of predicting that a driver may initiate a lane change without using a turn indicator switch and temporarily deactivating the lane keep assist system in response to such prediction.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225710

Indication of vehicle direction of travel

A vehicle may include a processor programmed to control operation of the vehicle. The processor may control operation of the vehicle according to an indication of a direction of travel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225692

Trailer safety chain attachment monitoring system

A vehicle includes a controller and a frame having a receiver including an electrical connector configured to connect to a trailer having a plurality of chains. The plurality of chains each includes a sensor configured to transmit a position of the chain relative to a winch disposed on the trailer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225683

Method of shifting a transmission

A method of controlling a continuously variable transmission (cvt) simulates a step-ratio transmission upshift. To simulate a step-ratio torque phase, the input torque is gradually reduced before beginning to change the variator ratio. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225675

Step-ratio transmission control for a hybrid vehicle

A shift strategy is provided for a hybrid electric vehicle to cause a speed of a motor to approach a target motor speed to increase fuel economy for an engine operating in a hybrid drive mode. A controller shifts the transmission according to a magnitude of a driver torque demand, the current rotor or impeller speed, and whether the motor is consuming or producing current. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225674

Methods and systems for adjusting cylinder air charge

Systems and methods for improving operation of an engine are presented. In one example, a position of a throttle is adjusted along with other actuators to improve engine starting.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225672

Methods and system for improving hybrid vehicle efficiency

Systems and methods for operating a hybrid powertrain that includes an engine and a motor/generator are described. The systems and methods provide different ways to transition engine operating conditions between two low engine fuel consumption operating regions that are separated by a higher engine fuel consumption operating region. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225670

Methods and system for estimating driveline torque of a hybrid vehicle

Systems and methods for operating a hybrid powertrain that includes an engine and a motor/generator are described. The systems and methods align in time an estimated motor torque and an actual motor torque to provide an estimated driveline torque. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225658

Autonomous ecologic rainwater collection system for replenishing washer fluid in a motor vehicle

A rainwater collection system is provided for a motor vehicle. That rainwater collection system includes a rainwater collector, a gate for the rainwater collector and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225649

Load limiting seat belt buckle assemblies

A seat belt buckle assembly includes a buckle housing; a plate extending from the buckle housing and defining a slot; and a bracket including a rivet engaged in the slot. The plate and rivet are configured such that, in response to an impact force that exceeds a threshold acting to pull the buckle housing away from the bracket, the slot plastically deforms, permitting the buckle housing and plate to translate relative to the bracket.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225644

Pretensioning, force-limiting seat belt assembly

A seat belt assembly for a vehicle includes a pretensioner, and a cable connected to the pretensioner. The seat belt assembly includes a torsion bar having a plurality of teeth. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225641

Vehicle airbag including hub and segments extending radially from the hub

An airbag for a vehicle includes a hub, a first segment, a second segment, and a third segment. The first segment extends radially from the hub in a first direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225628

Motorized camera mount

Example motorized camera mounts are described. In one implementation, an apparatus for mounting a camera to a vehicle includes a motor and a rotatable shaft operatively coupled to the motor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225615

Fuel level indicator

An indicator disposed proximate a fuel port of the vehicle is disclosed. The indicator comprises a persistent luminescent layer, a first light source, and one or more circuits. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225612

Vehicle light strip

A vehicle light strip is provided herein. The vehicle light strip includes a housing member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225593

Method of positioning a vehicle seat

A method of moving a vehicle seat between a forward-facing orientation and a rear-facing orientation includes the steps of: translating the vehicle seat within the vehicle along a track, the track extending in a direction having a component in a lengthwise direction of the vehicle and in a width-wise direction of the vehicle; and rotating the vehicle seat relative to the track.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225576

Method and system for monitoring temperature of a power distribution circuit

A system of a vehicle includes a processor configured to control output current of a remote power distribution circuit (pdc) connected to the vehicle according to a temperature change of a power line or return line of the pdc. The temperature change is derived from a pdc output voltage or output current change. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225570

Removable steering wheel and pedals for autonomous vehicle

A dashboard assembly for a vehicle includes a dashboard defining a receiving niche. The niche is alignable with a driver seat location, and is selectively fillable by each of a removable steering module and a removable filler module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225566

Method and device for recognising the condition of vehicle occupants

The physical and/or mental condition of a vehicle occupant can be recognized on the basis of a bcg (ballistocardiograph) signal, which is obtained by means of a bcg sensor. The bcg sensor is an mem sensor; a cross-correlation of the bcg signal with heartbeat parameters is carried out in an optimum filter, which heartbeat parameters are varied within predefined limits to find a maximum of the cross-correlation function; and probable peaks are located in a cross-correlation function found in this manner and the heart rate is calculated therefrom.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225560

Active grill shutter actuation system

A grille shutter actuation system for a vehicle includes a grille shutter, a linear actuator having a cylinder with first and second orifices and a piston. The piston is connected to the grille shutter for moving same. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/10/17 / #20170225546

Sun visor assembly

A sun visor assembly may include a visor having a first attachment including a first magnet, and a second attachment arranged on a vehicle headliner and including a pair of spaced supports and a pin maintained therein, wherein the pin includes a second magnet and is rotatable with respect to the supports, wherein the first attachment is configured to selectively attach to the second attachment via the first and second magnets, and further wherein the pin is rotatable in an attached state to adjust an angle of the visor.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170223288

Automotive imaging system including an electronic image sensor having a sparse color filter array

Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide an automotive imaging system including an electronic image sensor having a sparse color filter array (cfa). The use of a sparse cfa results in: (1) improved image quality; and/or (2) cost savings by enabling use of a less complex, cheaper lens without any or any substantial reduction in image quality.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170222641

Dynamic igbt gate drive to reduce switching loss

An inverter includes an n-channel igbt, with a freewheeling diode, coupled to a phase of an electric machine, and has a mosfet coupling a local voltage with a gate of the igbt and configured to transition from saturation to linear operation as a current flow direction through the diode switches from positive to negative while the igbt initiates a current through the electric machine.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170222361

Electrical connection system

An electrical connection system includes a male connector and a female connector. The male connector has a longitudinal extension. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170221365

Bollard receiver identification

The disclosure relates generally to methods, systems, and apparatuses for automated or assisted driving and more particularly relates to identification, localization, and navigation with respect to bollard receivers. A method for detecting bollard receivers includes receiving perception data from one or more perception sensors of a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170221334

Methods and systems for workplace safety risk avoidance

A method is provided to avoid risk at a workplace. The method comprises establishing an indication including a first region with a first safety level at the workplace; determining a position of an object in the workplace and generating position information; and issuing a first alert if it is determined that the object is in the first region based on the position information and the indication.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170221116

Method and apparatus for secure processing of fuel delivery requests

A system includes a processor configured to wirelessly instruct fuel dispensation initiation over a direct wireless connection between a vehicle and a refueling truck, responsive to a wireless request made by the refueling truck, the request including a valid token and a refueling truck mac id with which the wireless connection is established.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170219369

System and method for navigation guidance using a wireless network

Embodiments include a method for providing navigation guidance to a vehicle using roadside infrastructure communicatively coupled to a wireless network, the method comprising receiving, from a first vehicle, a request for navigation guidance to a destination; determining a first maneuver for navigating towards the destination from an initial location; and transmitting the first maneuver to the first vehicle. Embodiments also include a vehicle comprising a wireless transceiver for communicating with roadside infrastructure forming a wireless network, and a processor configured to: select a first unit included in the roadside infrastructure based on proximity to an initial location of the vehicle; send, to the first unit, a user-entered request for navigation guidance to a destination; and receive, from the first unit, a first maneuver for navigating towards the destination from the initial location.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170219366

Vehicle and electric bicycle charge monitoring interface

A vehicle system includes a charging interface that is configured to connect to a bicycle battery and a processing device programmed to determine a state of charge of the bicycle battery. The processing device further estimates traveling ranges of a vehicle and a bicycle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170219028

Clutch engagement for a transmission when in park

A transmission includes a first hydraulic clutch, a second hydraulic clutch, a third hydraulic clutch, a pump and a controller. The first, second, and third hydraulic clutches are configured to established a parked-ready condition upon engagement of all three clutches. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218912

Internal combustion engine having a spark plug

Methods and systems are provided for an internal combustion engine having at least one combustion chamber for burning a fuel mixture and a spark plug for performing spark ignition of the fuel mixture in the combustion chamber. The spark plug includes electrodes for generating an ignition spark at a location within the combustion chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218889

Compression-limiting fastener for attaching intake manifold flange having compliance ring to cam cover

A compression limiting fastener assembly includes a plastic intake manifold having an attachment flange and a molded and tuned compliance ring formed on the attachment side of the flange, a plastic cam cover having a threaded attachment insert, a compression limiting bolt fastener for attaching the intake manifold to the cam cover, and a spring stem compression limiter that, when fully threaded into its attachment position, prevents over-compression and possible damage to the plastic components while providing 100% compression. The compliant ring of the intake manifold is concentric with a fastener bore formed through the intake manifold attachment flange. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218887

Low-pressure egr valve

An exhaust gas recirculation (egr) valve is disclosed including a housing having a first side configured to be coupled with a fresh air inlet, a second side configured to be coupled with an outlet, and an exhaust-gas inlet defined at a bottom of the housing. The housing may include one or more inner surfaces defining at least one path to direct a condensate, when present at any point on a bottom surface of an inside of the housing, to a low point within the housing directed by gravity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218885

Systems and methods for limited emissions refueling

A method is presented, comprising, during a first condition, including an active refueling event, receiving an indication of hydrocarbon breakthrough from the fuel vapor canister; and flowing refueling vapors into an intake manifold responsive to the indication of hydrocarbon breakthrough. Flowing refueling vapors into an intake manifold traps the vapors there until engine start-up, when the vapor can be combusted by the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218884

Arrangement for introducing water into the intake manifold of an internal combustion engine and control device

Methods and systems are provided for introducing water into an intake manifold of an internal combustion engine. In one example, the system may include a water container, a water inlet for inputting water into the intake manifold, and a throttle valve that is arranged between an intake manifold inlet and the internal combustion engine, with the water container arranged at a higher point than the water inlet and the water inlet opening into the intake manifold downstream of the throttle valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218880

Internal combustion engine having at least one cylinder head comprising at least two cylinders

Systems are provided for an integrated exhaust manifold that may be used in a variety of engine systems. In one example, an integrated exhaust manifold may include a central axis running from an inlet end to an outlet end of the integrated exhaust manifold and two exhaust outlets arranged at the outlet end and coupled to a common collecting line, the two exhaust outlets symmetrically positioned across the central axis and having a same diameter, where each exhaust outlet of the two exhaust outlets has a passage axis arranged parallel to the central axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218878

System and method for in-cylinder thermal energy recovery and controlling cylinder temperature

Methods and systems are provided for an in-cylinder thermal energy recovery device that utilizes the rankine cycle to recover energy from exhaust gasses that may be used to produce additional work in the vehicle. In one example, a method may include outfitting the head area of each cylinder of an engine with a tube array comprising one or more tubes passing through the combustion chamber of the corresponding cylinder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218871

System and method for hill ascent speed assistance

A method and apparatus to assist a vehicle ascending a hill are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a trailer connection component configured to determine whether a trailer is connected to the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218865

Method and system for exhaust gas heat recovery

Methods and systems are provided for exhaust gas heat recovery at a split exhaust gas heat exchanger. Exhaust gas may flow in both directions through an exhaust bypass passage and the heat exchanger coupled to the bypass passage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218839

Systems and methods for a crankshaft of a piston engine

Methods and systems are provided for the design and manufacture of a crankshaft of a piston internal combustion engine. In one example, a crankshaft comprises a crankshaft throw, the crankshaft throw comprising a crankpin and crank webs. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218834

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

The disclosure relates to a supercharged internal combustion engine with an intake system and an exhaust gas discharge system that include two turbochargers arranged in series, a turbo-generator, and an electrically-driven compressor. During engine operation with mid-to-high exhaust gas flow rates, excess exhaust gas that bypasses the high-pressure turbocharger may be directed through the turbo-generator to generate electricity that may be provided to drive the electrically-driven compressor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218826

Exhaust heat recovery and hydrocarbon trapping

Methods and systems are provided for exhaust heat recovery and hydrocarbon trapping at an exhaust bypass assembly. Exhaust gas may flow in both directions through an exhaust bypass passage and each of a hc trap and a heat exchanger coupled to the bypass passage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218824

Methods and systems for an exhaust aftertreatment device

Systems are provided for an exhaust gas aftertreatment device, in particular in a motor vehicle, having a catalyst accommodated in a housing which, along its length, has a first end section, a catalyst section, and a connecting section. The housing further comprising a particulate filter located downstream of the catalyst.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170218801

Oil supply circuit of an engine

Methods and systems are provided for an internal combustion engine having an oil circuit. In one example, a system may include a rising oil line from a block to a cylinder head of an engine; a main oil line in the head; and an oil siphon system including a reservoir positioned between, and having at least one portion at a lower elevation than both, a section the rising line and a section of the main oil line so that oil flows into, and remains in, the reservoir when the engine is shut-off. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170217753

Systems and methods for limited emissions refueling

A method is presented, comprising, during a first condition, including an active refueling event, receiving an indication of hydrocarbon breakthrough from the fuel vapor canister; and restricting flow of fuel vapor through a fuel vapor canister vent pathway responsive to the indication of hydrocarbon breakthrough. Restricting the fuel vapor canister vent pathway will cause fuel tank pressure to increase, thus triggering an automatic shutoff of a refueling dispenser. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170217503

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

08/03/17 / #20170217500

Vehicle canopy

A vehicle canopy includes a vehicle body defining a roof opening. A roof is connected to the vehicle body across the roof opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170217498

Pressurized air insert for side impacts

A frame assembly for a vehicle includes a rocker elongated along an axis and defining a tubular cavity elongated along the axis. The vehicle frame assembly includes a sealed pressurized insert disposed in the cavity and elongated along the axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170217483

Clearance and preload adjustment for steering mechanism using piezoelectric elements

A steering mechanism having a piezoelectric element to adjust component clearance and preload based on steering inputs, road inputs, and time in service. The piezoelectric element positioned in the steering mechanism for electric adjustment so that the clearance and preload can be adjusted electrically in response to steering inputs, road inputs, and time in service. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170217434

Tracking objects within a dynamic environment for improved localization

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for tracking objects within a dynamic environment for improved localization. Sensing devices are utilized to gather data about a vehicle's environment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170217433

Tracking objects within a dynamic environment for improved localization

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for tracking objects within a dynamic environment for improved localization. Sensing devices are utilized to gather data about a vehicle's environment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170217401

Hinge for a vehicle hood

A hinge for a hood of a vehicle includes a first bracket, a member coupled to and rotatable relative to the first bracket, and a second bracket coupled to and rotatable relative to the member. An actuator includes a base connected to the first bracket and a rod moveable relative to the base. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170217399

Passenger airbag having head orienting extension and depression

An airbag system includes an airbag having a main portion having a first periphery. The main portion is inflatable in an inflation direction to a first thickness. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170217388

Protective cover for vehicular control module

Embodiments include a protective cover for a control module mounted to a vehicle surface using attachment mechanisms that extend perpendicularly from the vehicle surface. The protective cover comprises a rigid top portion having a top surface and four sidewalls configured to cover the control module and engage the vehicle surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170217378

Retractable and adjustable hook assemblies

A vehicle hook assembly may include a housing having an internal cavity receiving a slidable portion having a hook at a distal end thereof and a rail extending along a side of the slidable portion and at least one depressible knob configured to maintain the slidable portion at a fixed lateral positon relative to the housing in a relaxed state and to allow lateral movement of the slidable portion relative to the housing in a depressed state.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170217351

Inflatable cushion disposed between front and rear seats of a vehicle

A vehicle includes a floor, a rear seat, and a front seat rotatable relative to the rear seat from a first position facing the rear seat to a second position facing away from the rear seat. An inflatable cushion is supported by the floor and is disposed between the front seat and the rear seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170217330

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

08/03/17 / #20170217279

Vehicle cabin air conditioning and battery cooling system

A vehicle includes a cooling arrangement that includes an air conditioning loop and a battery cooling loop connected together by a common chiller and arranged to cool each of cabin air and a battery. A coolant three-way proportional control valve is connected to the chiller and the battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170217276

Roadway-crossing-anomaly detection system and method

A method for improving the safety and comfort of a vehicle driving over a railroad track, cattle guard, or the like. The method may include receiving, by a computer system, one or more inputs corresponding to one or more forward looking sensors. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170215165

Vehicular connectivity map

The present disclosure relates to a connectivity system with: (a) a vehicle including an accelerator, brakes, steering, a cellular network antenna, a processor, and memory; (b) a connectivity program operatively coupled with the vehicle antenna and configured to: receive a connectivity map, sample connectivity, transmit the samples, anticipate connectivity based on the connectivity map, and generate an instruction for another program based on the anticipated connectivity.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170214988

Integrated sound system

A vehicle seating assembly comprises a seat having a lower seat and a seatback extending upwardly from the lower seat. The seatback comprises a forward facing surface, a rearward facing surface, a headrest mounted on an upper portion of the seatback and received within a headrest cup disposed on the forward facing surface of the seatback, a speaker assembly mounted in the headrest cup, and a resonance cavity formed proximate the headrest cup within which the speaker assembly is received.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170214104

Battery cooling fin

A thermal fin according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a body, a leg that extends from the body and a thickened region of the body including a first thickness that is greater than a second thickness of another region of the body.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170214099

Battery thermal management system including thermoelectric device

A battery thermal management system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery pack, a coolant subsystem configured to cool the battery pack, and a thermoelectric device disposed within the coolant subsystem and selectively activated to augment cooling of the battery pack.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170214016

Electronics umbrella for electrified vehicle battery packs

A battery pack according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an electronics module and an electronics umbrella positioned to channel moisture away from the electronics module.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170214015

Traction battery assembly

A traction battery assembly includes adjacent battery cells supported by a tray and a busbar electrically connecting the adjacent battery cells. The busbar includes a longitudinal midpoint and a pair of bowed sections joined at the midpoint. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170214013

Battery pack array retention

An exemplary battery assembly includes an endplate of a battery array, and an enclosure wall secured directly to the endplate from outside an open area of a battery pack enclosure. An exemplary method of securing a battery array includes positioning a battery array within an open area of an enclosure and, from a position outside the open area, securing an endplate of a battery array directly to a wall of a battery pack enclosure.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170214012

Battery pack array retention

An exemplary battery assembly includes an endwall, an endplate, and a flange secured within a recess to secure the endwall relative to the endplate. One of the endwall or the endplate provides the flange, and the other of the endwall or the endplate provides the recess.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170214011

Battery pack with slide-in battery assembly

A battery pack according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an enclosure and a battery assembly retained relative to the enclosure. One of the battery assembly and the enclosure includes a groove configured to receive a flange of the other of the battery assembly and the enclosure as the battery assembly is slid into engagement with the enclosure.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170213551

Acoustic and domain based speech recognition for vehicles

A processor of a vehicle speech recognition system recognizes speech via domain-specific language and acoustic models. The processor further, in response to the acoustic model having a confidence score for recognized speech falling within a predetermined range defined relative to a confidence score for the domain-specific language model, recognizes speech via the acoustic model only.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170213549

Dynamic acoustic model switching to improve noisy speech recognition

An automatic speech recognition system for a vehicle includes a controller configured to select an acoustic model from a library of acoustic models based on ambient noise in a cabin of the vehicle and operating parameters of the vehicle. The controller is further configured to apply the selected acoustic model to noisy speech to improve recognition of the speech.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170213541

System and method for personalized sound isolation in vehicle audio zones

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

07/27/17 / #20170213461

System and method for vehicle group communication via dedicated short range communication

Systems and methods for vehicle group communication via dedicated short range communication (dsrc) network are discloses. An example disclosed vehicle includes a dsrc controller configured to communicate with a dsrc network. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170213401

System and method for vehicular dynamic display

One example dynamic display system includes: (a) a vehicle including steering, an accelerator, brakes, sensors recording sensor data, a display, a processor, and memory; (b) a display program operatively coupled to the processor and configured to: determine a user hindrance rating based on the sensor data, and select instructions from a pool of instructions based on the hindrance rating and a user-selectable fidelity level, the pool of instructions including visual cues, and audio cues.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170213149

Training algorithm for collision avoidance

A machine learning model is trained by defining a scenario including models of vehicles and a typical driving environment. A model of a subject vehicle is added to the scenario and sensor locations are defined on the subject vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211802

Illumination apparatus utilizing conductive polymers

A light emitting assembly is disclosed. The light emitting assembly comprises a first electrode and a second electrode extending parallel to the first electrode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211674

Bypass clutch for a torque converter

A transmission includes a case having a front support that defines a reservoir, and a first passageway in fluid communication with the reservoir. The transmission also includes a torque converter having a bypass clutch having a piston disposed between a balance chamber and an apply chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211609

Cable assembly for use with a vehicle

A bowden cable, including a cable transmitting tensile force from an operator side to an active side and a sheath guiding the cable, and a retention device arranged at an end side of the sheath limiting movement of the cable with respect to the sheath in the direction of the operator side. The retention device operative to allow movement of the cable with respect to the sheath when a tensile force acting between the cable and sheath exceeds a threshold value.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211588

Methods and systems for a supercharged internal combustion engine

Methods and systems are provided for a swirl generating device upstream of a compressor. In one example, a method for actuating the swirl generating device, which is located in a ring-shaped duct, adjust a swirl of charge air flowing through the ring-shaped duct to the compressor in response to engine operating conditions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211528

Angled fasteners

A joint in a system for conducting a fluid has a first duct and a second duct that is coupled together via fasteners. Typically, the fasteners are placed into tabs that are affixed to the ducts and shafts of the fasteners run in the same direction as the duct. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211527

Intake manifold having slosh prevention baffles

A method and a system to restrict the flow of accumulated liquid water from the intake manifold into the cylinders of an internal combustion engine by reducing the velocity of contained liquid water as it moves through the containment feature during vehicle maneuvering are disclosed. The body of the intake manifold includes a water containment feature having a water containment reservoir having an open upper portion and water-restricting interior walls. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211518

Variable capacity, configurable hydrocarbon emissions trap

Methods and systems are provided for a vapor canister couple to a fuel tank of a vehicle. A series of fluidically coupled, variable capacity bleed elements, externally coupled to a sidewall of the vapor canister, capture the bleed emissions resulting from desorption of fuel vapors from an adsorbent material inside the vapor canister. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211517

System and methods for controlling fuel vapor canister purge operations

Methods and systems are provided for controlling fuel vapor canister purging operations in an evaporative emissions control system of a vehicle. In one example, responsive to an indication of a decrease in tire pressure greater than a threshold, the evaporative emissions control system may be sealed and canister purging operations may be suspended until the tire pressure rises to another threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211506

Machine with reduced cylinder friction

A machine having a cylinder, the configuration of the machine being such that a body portion of a piston of the machine periodically engages an inner surface of the cylinder during operation of the machine, this engagement defining a contact zone between the body portion of the piston and the inner surface of the cylinder, the inner surface of the cylinder having an enhanced bearing region comprising one or more recesses indented into the inner surface, the enhanced bearing region being smaller than the inner surface of the cylinder and being substantially centered on the contact zone.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211495

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

A method for an engine may comprise, responsive to a first condition comprising a reference voltage of a first exhaust oxygen sensor operating in variable voltage mode increasing above a threshold voltage, determining a change in an output of the first exhaust oxygen sensor corresponding to the increase in the reference voltage, correcting the output of the first oxygen sensor based on the output change, and adjusting engine operation based on the corrected output. In this way, the accuracy of air-fuel estimates based on the exhaust gas sensor can be preserved, and closed loop fuel control of the engine can be maintained even when the exhaust oxygen sensor is operating vvs mode, thereby reducing engine emissions, increasing fuel economy, and increasing vehicle drivability.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211489

Network based sharing of automated fuel characteristics

A system of one or more computers configured to perform operations or actions by virtue of having software, firmware, hardware, or a combination of them installed on the system that causes the system to perform the actions. The programs can be configured to perform operations, when executed by computer, cause the computer to perform the actions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211457

Applied-ignition, liquid-cooled internal combustion engine with cooled cylinder head

Methods and systems are provided for thermally insulating an integrated exhaust manifold for a cylinder head of an applied-ignition, liquid-cooled internal combustion engine. In one example, a method may include regional insulation at a collection point where individual exhaust lines and/or partial exhaust lines merge to form an overall exhaust line within the cylinder head. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211456

Internal combustion engine with exhaust-gas aftertreatment system and method for operating an internal combustion engine of said type

An exhaust system for an internal combustion engine is provided. The exhaust system includes an exhaust manifold receiving exhaust gas from a cylinder, an emission control device positioned downstream of the exhaust manifold, an electric heating device positioned in an exhaust line upstream of the emission control device and downstream of the exhaust manifold, the electric heating device including a frame at least partially surrounding a heating element, and an adjustment device configured to, during operation of the internal combustion engine, adjust the drag generated by the electric heating device in an exhaust gas flow through the exhaust line.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211444

Method of monitoring an exhaust gas aftertreatment system

The subject matter of the disclosure relates to a method of diagnosing nox storage catalyst during the operation of a motor vehicle. The method uses two diagnosis sub-methods having various sensitivities with respect to sulfur contamination of the nox storage catalyst. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211437

Lubrication system monitoring assembly and method

An exemplary monitoring assembly includes a sensor that provides a first output when a lubricant reservoir holds a first amount of a contaminant, and a different, second output when the lubricant reservoir holds a different, second amount of the contaminant. A lubrication system monitoring controller operatively coupled to the sensor and configured to initiate a maintenance mode in response to the second output.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211419

Turbine housing

The internal combustion engine is provided which may include a cylinder head, a turbine, and a turbine housing. The turbine housing may include an exhaust gas passage, at least one coolant fluid passage, and a wall between the passages. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211309

Systems and methods for vehicle interior protection from precipitation

Systems and methods are provided for preventing damage to a vehicle interior due to precipitation. The systems can include a location module, window control module, and rain sensor all communicatively linked to a processor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211306

Center track design for a sliding door

A sliding door mounting system for a vehicle includes a center track configured to support a sliding door between open and closed positions. The center track member includes a first zone and a second zone with a first bend disposed therebetween at a first angle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170211298

Deformable outside handle rear hook or plunger

A handle for doors of motor vehicles includes an outer portion that can be grasped by a user, and an inwardly-extending plunger or hook that operably interconnects the handle to the door latch via a bell crank (that is part of the handle base or chassis depending on the type of handle architecture used). The plunger is made of a ductile material such as metal, and includes a crumple zone that causes the plunger to deform axially and/or bend sidewardly in the event an axial and/or a bending impact load.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210431

Spare wheel lift mechanism for a motor vehicle

A spare wheel lift mechanism is provided for a motor vehicle. That spare wheel lift mechanism includes a holder for receiving and holding the spare wheel and a support for the holder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210427

Rocker insert formed by connected tubular members

An elongated beam, or rocker assembly, is disclosed that includes a first panel and a second panel attached to the first panel to define a cavity. A reinforcement is disposed in the cavity that includes a first tubular member adhesively connected to the first panel inside the cavity and a pair of tubular members are connected with an adhesive to the second panel, to each other, and the first tubular member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210426

Stepped honeycomb rocker insert

A rocker assembly, or an elongated beam, for a vehicle that includes an outer panel, a side sill and an insert disposed in a cavity. The insert includes a plurality of layers of reinforcements made up of hexagonal cells having interconnected walls defining a plurality of transversely extending open cells that define openings extending perpendicularly relative to the length of the rocker assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210424

Vehicle frame including bracket for small offset rigid barrier test

A vehicle frame includes a first frame rail and a second frame rail spaced from each other. A casing is supported by the first frame rail, and elongated in a direction extending away from the second frame rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210420

System and method for operating a vehicle having an active roll control system

A method for operating a motor vehicle having an active roll control and an active steering system designed to map a steering-wheel setting angle predetermined by a driver of the motor vehicle in accordance with a predetermined steer response onto a steer angle of the motor vehicle. The method includes operating the active steering system in a normal operating mode having a normal steer response and upon determining an active roll control fault operating the active steering system in a fallback operating mode in accordance with an fallback steer response, the fallback steer response different from the normal steer response.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210391

Vehicle propulsion cooling

A temperature of a vehicle propulsion subsystem is measured. At least two countermeasures are actuated, including actuating a vehicle climate control subsystem and opening at least one vehicle window when the temperature exceeds a first threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210390

Preconditioning electrified vehicle subsystems based on weather forecasts

A method for preconditioning various subsystems of an electrified vehicle according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, scheduling preconditioning of a battery pack, an interior cabin, a transmission and an engine of the electrified vehicle prior to a next expected usage time based at least on a weather forecast.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210371

Brake fade and brake capacity gauge

A controller can display via an instrument cluster a brake capacity based on a temperature of friction material of at least one brake of a vehicle and a predicted brake fade threshold that is derived from a speed, mass, and current angle of inclination of the vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210368

System and method for operating a vehicle brake

A system and method for operating a brake system of a vehicle including determining if the vehicle is stopped. Determining a current brake pressure, a braking deceleration and a dynamic brake pressure corresponding to the braking deceleration. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210354

Motor vehicle with dust collector

A motor vehicle includes at least one air-conducting structure. That at least one air conducting structure is arranged downstream of a vehicle wheel in the direction of travel, for conducting at least some of the air in a wake of the vehicle wheel to a dust collector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210351

Exterior view camera washer system with elastic, changeable, self-wetting and cleaning mechanism

A vehicle camera washing system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system includes a housing configured for supporting a vehicle camera, a housing cover having an aperture for a lens of the vehicle camera, the housing cover removably positioned on a face of the housing, a circular groove positioned in the face of the housing, a first wiper anchor fixedly positioned in the groove, a second wiper anchor movably positioned in the groove, and elastic wiper extending from the first wiper anchor to the second wiper anchor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210341

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

07/27/17 / #20170210339

Random seed entry number to eliminate key sequence capture

A vehicle entry system includes a lock mechanism, an interface, and a control. The control receives a plurality of code digits by presenting a displayed number on the interface that is initially a random number and at least one of changing or receiving an entry of the displayed number based on a signal from the input. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210330

Airbag assemblies in a vehicle

An airbag assembly in a vehicle is provided. The airbag assembly comprises a base and a housing to be inserted into the base, the housing includes a first connection part protruding from an outer wall of the housing and a second connection part extending from the first connection part and facing the outer wall and the base includes a first slot extending in a first direction and a second slot extending from the first slot at a second direction different from the first direction, and the first slot includes an open end to receive the first connection part. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210329

Door-mounted airbag assembly

A door assembly for a vehicle includes a door, an inflator mounted to the door, and a passive restraint. The passive restraint has a first airbag chamber and a second airbag chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210325

Steering wheel assembly including an airbag tether

A steering wheel assembly for a vehicle includes a steering wheel and an airbag that is supported by the steering wheel. The airbag is inflatable away from the steering wheel in an inflation direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210322

Autonomous vehicle restraint deployment

A vehicle system includes a base, a driver seat rotatably disposed on the base, a sensor, and a processor. The sensor is programmed to measure an angular displacement of the driver seat relative to the base and output a displacement signal representing the angular displacement. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210316

Bumper unit for a motor vehicle

The invention concerns a bumper unit for a motor vehicle, with a bumper cross-member which is connected to a vehicle structure via a crumple element. To provide a bumper unit which has optimal crash behavior on frontal impacts both with small overlap and with larger overlap, according to the invention it is provided that a deformation element is arranged on the bumper cross-member outside of the crumple element with a deformation portion running obliquely relative to a vehicle longitudinal axis x, towards and spaced from the vehicle structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210305

Connector used for connecting vehicle parts and a vehicle employing the same

A connector used in a vehicle part comprises a base plate connected with the vehicle part; and a clip housing disposed on the base plate and forming a receiving space with the vehicle part. The base plate includes a reinforcement portion disposed in the receiving space.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210291

Drive history parking barrier alert

A driving assistance system includes a drive detection component, a presence component, and a notification component. The drive detection component is configured to determine that a vehicle or driver is exiting or preparing to exit a parking location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210281

Vehicle rear illumination

A vehicle is presented that includes a lift gate operably connected to a body and operable between open and closed positions. A taillight is positioned at a rear end of the body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210265

Adjustable cup holder assembly for a motor vehicle door

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

07/27/17 / #20170210263

Integrated independent thigh supports

A vehicle seating assembly for a motor vehicle has a lower seat comprising a cushion frame assembly connected to a vehicle floor, the cushion frame assembly comprising a cushion pan that forms a forward portion of the cushion frame assembly. A pair of independent thigh supports is symmetrically disposed along either side of a longitudinal centerline of the vehicle seating assembly and is operably coupled to the cushion pan, wherein each of the independent thigh supports comprises a resilient member having a predetermined hysteresis support-curve to provide independent and resilient support for each thigh of an occupant's legs. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210262

Integrated independent thigh supports

A vehicle seating assembly has a seat having a lower seat and a seatback extending upwardly from the lower seat. The lower seat comprises a cushion frame assembly connected to a vehicle floor and a cushion leg jounce bracket comprising a base and a paddle connected with the cushion frame assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210257

Extended seatback module head restraint attachment

A vehicle seating assembly for a motor vehicle has a lower seat and a seatback extending upwardly from the lower seat. The seatback comprises a forward facing surface, a rearward facing surface, and a headrest mounted on an upper portion of the seatback and received within a central recess disposed on the forward facing surface of the seatback, wherein the seatback further comprises a headrest dovetail mounted on the headrest and a dovetail receiver mounted within the recess having a slot into which the headrest dovetail is received.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210256

Adjustable upper seatback module

A vehicle seating assembly has a seat having a lower seat and a seatback extending upwardly from the lower seat. The seatback has a lower stationary seatback base portion having a seatback frame assembly, and an upper movable seatback hood module vertically adjustable relative the lower stationary portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210255

Armrest with deployable cup holder

An armrest is provided for a seat. That armrest includes a body and a deployable cup holder carried on the body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210248

Autonomous vehicle restraint selection

A vehicle system includes a base, a seat rotatably disposed on the base, a sensor, and a processor. The sensor is programmed to measure an angular displacement of the seat relative to the base and output a displacement signal representing the angular displacement. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210247

Vehicle seat position sensing

A vehicle system includes a base, a seat rotatably disposed on the base, a magnet generating a magnetic field, and a sensor. The sensor is programmed to measure an angular displacement of the seat relative to the base based at least in part on an orientation of the magnetic field generated by the magnet.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210235

Charging system with luminescent portion

An exemplary electrified vehicle assembly includes a charging system having a luminescent portion. The charging system is configured to electrically couple together a charging station and an electrified vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210233

Variable carrier switching frequency control of variable voltage converter

A controller is configured to select a rate of change direction of an output voltage of a variable voltage converter (vvc) based on a direction of current flow associated with a capacitor of the vvc, and to adjust a magnitude of the rate of change direction based on directions of current flow associated with the capacitor and an electric machine coupled to the vvc.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210222

Methods and systems for a fuel system

Methods and systems are provided for a fuel system including a fuel filler pipe, an anti-siphoning device, and a fuel tank. In one example, a manufacturing method may include internally welding an anti-siphon device to a fuel filler pipe, applying a metal coating to the welded device and pipe including the internal welds, and externally welding the coated pipe including the device to a fuel tank. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210208

Vehicle shade assembly and a vehicle rear window package tray shade assembly

The invention provides shade assembly in a vehicle comprising a housing including a gap for moving in and out of a shade; and a cover having a first segment and a second segment. The cover is connected to the housing and moveable with the shade between a closed position to conceal the gap and an open position exposing the gap and the first segment contacts an outer side of the housing and the second segment contacts an inner side at the closed position.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210206

Temperature sensor for the heat exchanger of a motor vehicle air conditioning system

A temperature sensor for measuring the temperature of a surface of the heat exchanger of a motor vehicle air conditioning system. The sensor includes a sensor housing constructed for assembly in an opening of a heat exchanger housing and having a sensor head constructed for thermal contact with a heat exchanger surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210203

Consumption-optimization system for motor vehicles by adapting the passenger compartment air conditioning

Methods and systems are provided for controlling an air conditioning system of a motor vehicle. In one example, a cabin of the vehicle may be heated firstly to a first temperature by flowing coolant to a heat exchanger, coolant may be diverted away from the heat exchanger and toward the engine in order to increase a temperature of the engine, and the coolant may then flow again to the heat exchanger in order to heat the cabin to a second temperature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210201

Humidity estimation

A computing device determines that a first time for a first sound generated by a vehicle to reach a first sound maximum amplitude and a second time for a second sound generated by the vehicle to reach a second sound maximum amplitude are within a range. An object that reflects the second sound is identified based on an interval between receipt of the first and second sounds. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210196

Systems and methods for thermal battery control

Methods and system for operating a thermal storage device of a vehicle system are provided. In one example, a method comprises estimating a temperature of a thermal battery after the battery and coolant included therein have reached thermal equilibrium, and determining a state of charge of the battery based on the estimated temperature and one or more chemical properties of two phase change materials included within the battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210193

System and method for adjusting a motor vehicle chassis

An adjustment system and method for adjusting a chassis property of a motor vehicle wherein an understeering sensitivity of the motor vehicle is increased upon detecting that a trailer has been coupled to the motor vehicle. A detection unit operates to detect when a trailer is attached or coupled to the motor vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170210191

System and method for operating a vehicle having an active roll control system

A system and method for operating a motor vehicle having an active roll control system and an air suspension system including operating the air suspension system in a normal mode, according to a normal air spring setting. Upon determining a fault or malfunction of the active roll control system operating the air suspension in a fallback mode, according to a fallback air spring setting, wherein the fallback mode is different from the normal mode.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170209994

Replacement tool for driveshaft yoke bushings

A replacement tool removes an old bushing or installs a new bushing in a driveshaft yoke. A fixture has a guide chamber facing a bushing bore and a first threaded passage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170208471

Motor vehicle having a communications device

The disclosure relates to a motor vehicle having a communications device. The communications device comprises at least one wireless communications module, which facilitates a wireless communications link between at least one vehicle component, which is connected via a communications line to the wireless communications module, and a communications partner. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170208439

Method and apparatus for normalizing navigation data for vehicle computing system playback

A system includes a processor configured to communicate wireles sly with a mobile device, wherein the processor is further configured to receive output data from a navigation application running on the mobile device. The processor is also configured to send data back through the mobile device to a standardization system, including a request for standardization, running on a remote system, if the output data is in an unusable format. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170207626

Adjusting electrified vehicle operation to balance electrical grid

A method for balancing electrical grid production with electrical grid demand, according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, adjusting operation of an engine of an electrified vehicle during a drive event to either conserve a state of charge of a battery pack in response to a first grid condition of an electrical grid or deplete the state of charge of the battery pack in response to a second grid condition of the electrical grid.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170207501

Thermistor assembly including elastomeric body

A thermistor assembly includes an elastomeric body, a thermistor housed at least partially inside the elastomeric body, and a thermistor tip that protrudes outside of the elastomeric body. The thermistor assembly may be used within a battery assembly of an electrified vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170206440

Fixation generation for machine learning

The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and apparatuses for automated fixation generation and more particularly relates to generation of synthetic saliency maps. A method for generating saliency information includes receiving a first image and an indication of one or more sub-regions within the first image corresponding to one or more objects of interest. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170206434

Low- and high-fidelity classifiers applied to road-scene images

Disclosures herein teach applying a set of sections spanning a down-sampled version of an image of a road-scene to a low-fidelity classifier to determine a set of candidate sections for depicting one or more objects in a set of classes. The set of candidate sections of the down-sampled version may be mapped to a set of potential sectors in a high-fidelity version of the image. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170206426

Pedestrian detection with saliency maps

Systems, methods, and devices for pedestrian detection are disclosed herein. A method includes receiving an image of a region near a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170205831

System for distance to stop

A distance to stop a vehicle is received. A trajectory including a plurality of acceleration segments, being respective portions of the trajectory prescribing at least one of an acceleration and a jerk elapsing for a specified period of time, is plotted according to the distance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170205823

Method and device for operating a motor vehicle

The disclosure relates to a method and a device for operating a motor vehicle. The vehicle exhibits a first driving mode in which an at least partial automation of the control of the vehicle is obtained. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170205314

Oxygen sensor element blackening detection

The present description relates generally to methods and systems for detecting thermal aging and blackening in oxygen sensors. Thermal aging and blackening effects may be differentiated based on a monitored change in impedance in each of a pump cell and a nernst cell of the oxygen sensor following application of an alternating voltage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170205248

Altitude integrated navigation with dsrc network

The present disclosure generally relates to navigation systems and methods incorporating altitude data from a dedicated short range communications (dsrc) network.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204967

Vehicle transmission with accumulator

A vehicle powertrain includes an engine driven variable displacement pump and an accumulator. A switch network controls the flow of fluid among the pump, the accumulator, a line pressure circuit of a valve body, and the sump, enabling several operating modes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204961

Differential mounting system

According to one embodiment, a vehicle powertrain includes an engine having a first locking feature defining first mating surfaces, and a differential coupled to a transfer case via a driveshaft. The differential includes a second locking feature defining second mating surfaces. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204955

Differential assembly

A vehicle differential assembly comprising: a casing; a rotatable carrier provided within the casing; a pair of side gears, each side gear being meshingly engaged with one or more pinion gears rotatably coupled to the carrier, wherein the side gears are integrally formed with respective stub shafts that extend beyond both the carrier and casing, the stub shafts being solid and comprising radially external splines that are configured to engage respective drive shaft assemblies.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204945

Systems and methods for tensioning a belt of a belt drive of an internal combustion engine

Methods and systems are provided for tensioning a belt of a belt drive of an internal combustion engine. In one example, a movable tensioning means assigned to an active tensioner is provided, which applies a force to a belt of a belt drive, and the active tensioner is controlled such that a compression of a spring of the tensioner is at least countered, so that a movement of the tensioning means under the load of the belt is at least hindered. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204917

One-way clutch with electro-magnetic solenoid

A controllable one-way clutch includes a first race and a second race. The first race has a periphery with a tooth. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204910

Method of manipulating a bearing cap

A method of manipulating a bearing cap for a machine, the method comprising: attaching an intermediate member to the bearing cap, the intermediate member having one or more handling formations; and using the handling formations of the intermediate member to manipulate the bearing cap.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204827

Method for operating a direct-injection internal combustion engine, and applied-ignition internal combustion engine for carrying out such a method

Systems and methods are provided for operation of fuel injectors within an applied-ignition, direct-injection internal combustion engine. In one example, a needle of a fuel injector is moved from a retracted position to an extended position relative to a plurality of injection holes of a nozzle of the fuel injector, with at least one injection hole being separated from a fuel supply system earlier than each other injection hole. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204826

Multi-hole fuel injector with sequential fuel injection

Methods and systems are provided for direct fuel injection. In one example, a fuel injector system includes an injector needle with an injector pin with a curved fuel channel around the outer circumference of the injector pin, fluidically connected along the length of the curved fuel channel with a fuel reservoir inside the injector pin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204817

Intake manifold water management negative draft containment features

A method and a system to eliminate the flow of accumulated liquid water from the intake manifold into the cylinders of an internal combustion engine are disclosed. Particularly, the disclosed inventive concept provides a negative draft to the top of a water containment feature in the form of opposed baffles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204813

Engine exhaust gas recirculation system with at least one exhaust recirculation treatment device

An exhaust gas recirculation system for an engine is provided. The system comprises an exhaust duct configured to receive and exhaust gases from the engine; an exhaust gas recirculation duct configured to recirculate a portion of the exhaust gases within the exhaust duct to the intake of the engine; and at least one recirculation treatment device provided in the exhaust gas recirculation duct, wherein the recirculation treatment device comprises a catalyst configured to encourage removal of contaminants from the recirculated exhaust gases.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204803

System and methods for fuel pressure control

Methods and systems are provided for operating a lift pump of an engine fuel system. In one example, a method may comprise closed loop operating a lift pump of a fuel system based on a difference between a desired fuel rail pressure and an estimated fuel rail pressure, and open loop operating the lift pump to the desired fuel rail pressure in response to a fuel flow rate in a direction of a fuel rail through a check valve positioned between the lift pump and the fuel rail decreasing to a threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204800

Methods and systems for estimating ambient pressure using an oxygen sensor

Methods and systems are provided for leveraging the pressure dependency of an oxygen sensor for estimating an engine ambient pressure. An intake or exhaust oxygen sensor is used for ambient pressure estimation by applying a reference voltage to the sensor while the engine is being pulled-down in a hybrid vehicle, and correcting an output of the sensor for dilution effects due to ambient humidity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204796

Method for mitigating wet-fouling of spark plugs

Methods and systems are provided for the mitigation of wet-fouling of the spark plugs of an engine. In one example, a method may include, after spark plug fouling has been detected prior to an engine start, drawing fresh air through the evap system of an engine, heating it, and flowing the heated gas through one or more cylinders of an engine while the engine is not rotating.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204761

Gasoline particle filter temperature control

Methods and systems are provided for controlling particulate filter temperature during non-combustion conditions. In one example, a method for an engine includes responsive to a particulate filter temperature above a threshold temperature and while operating the engine with deceleration fuel shut-off (dfso), fully closing a throttle valve configured to regulate flow of intake air to the engine, and responsive to intake manifold pressure dropping below a threshold pressure while the throttle valve is fully closed, adjusting a position of the throttle valve based on the particulate filter temperature.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204750

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

07/20/17 / #20170204651

Method for automatic closure of a vehicle tailgate

The disclosure concerns a method for the remote-controlled operation of a tailgate of a motor vehicle. A sensor arrangement of the motor vehicle detects environmental data of the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204649

Motor vehicle door with displaceable rear side and quarter windows

A motor vehicle door includes a door body, a first window carried on the door body and a second window carried on the door body. A window drive system displaces the first and second windows between opened and closed positons. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204648

Motor vehicle door with two windows and independent window drive system

A motor vehicle door includes a door body and first and second windows carried on that door body. A window drive system independently displaces the first and second windows between closed and opened positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170204640

Integrated center console latch opening close-out feature

A storage bin shell for a vehicle includes a main bin portion defining a storage bin having a latch opening and an integrated latch opening close-out member configured to provide a latch opening close-out. The integrated latch opening close-out member includes a hinged portion, which may be a living hinge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203795

Structural reinforcement for vehicle upper rear corner panel

A structural reinforcement assembly for a vehicle body structure is provided. The assembly may include a pillar portion, a roof cross member, and a bead formation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203791

Chassis-subframe arrangement for improving crash protection

A chassis-subframe is attached to a vehicle body and is connected via a plurality of fastening means to high load-bearing body parts. The chassis subframe is connected to the load-bearing body parts by the fastening means indirectly via a sacrificial plate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203790

Twelve-cornered strengthening member for a vehicle with straight and curved sides and an optimized straight side length to curved side radius ratio

A strengthening member for a vehicle, a vehicle including a strengthening member, and a method of making a strengthening member for a vehicle is provided. The strengthening member can have a twelve-cornered cross section that includes sides and corners. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203762

Electric parking brake usage for vehicle powertrain out of operation conditions

A vehicle includes a powertrain and an electric parking brake. A controller activates the electric parking brake in response to the powertrain transitioning to an off state that inhibits production of propulsive torque during an ignition cycle when a vehicle speed is less than a predetermined speed and in a presence of conditions that inhibit the powertrain from transitioning to an on state that permits production of propulsive torque.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203759

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

07/20/17 / #20170203752

Mitigating transient current effects in engine autostart/stop vehicle

A vehicle includes an engine and a controller programmed to autostart and autostop the engine. In an autostopped state, engine autostarts are inhibited in the presence of transient currents caused by activation of electrical loads. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203747

Active front steering current control for engine stop/start vehicles

A vehicle includes an engine configured for autostop and autostart. The vehicle further includes an electric actuator for an active front steering system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203743

Flare-type brake line assembly and method of making the same

A flare-type brake line assembly includes (a) a brake tube having a flare with a first sealing surface, (b) a brake component having a port with a second sealing surface and (c) a tube nut to secure the brake tube and brake component together. At least one of the two sealing surfaces is treated to increase the coefficient of friction between those surfaces. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203738

Return-to-park spring

A parking mechanism in a vehicle is controlled to rotate, which engages and disengages a pawl with a spoke or gear of a wheel to selectively hold the wheel against rotation in park. A spring is connected to the parking mechanism at a first end, and is connected to the transmission housing or a stop block at a second end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203710

Side air curtain bag

An airbag assembly for a motor vehicle is provided. The airbag assembly comprises an airbag and a deployable ramp configured to unfurl with the airbag when the airbag is deployed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203709

Seatback flexible slip plane joint for side air bag deployment

A vehicle seatback assembly includes a cushion assembly having a seating surface. A back panel includes a first side portion, a second side portion, and a back portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203708

One-piece fascia with integrated energy absorber

One-piece, integrated vehicle fascia and energy absorbers and methods of forming the same are disclosed. The one-piece vehicle fascia may include a fascia body and an energy absorber integrally formed with the fascia body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203701

Adjustable support for a vehicle

A vehicle cover, such as a tailgate adapted for being raised and lowered relative to the vehicle or a vehicle bumper, includes an adjustable support for supporting an object, such as a gun or fishing pole. In one embodiment, the tailgate includes a recess adapted for receiving the support in an inactive condition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203686

Illuminated badge

A vehicle is provided herein. The vehicle includes a body panel and a badge attached to the panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203675

Method for dynamic adaptation of lateral support to vehicle states in motor vehicle seats with a seat surface and with a backrest and corresponding seat

A method for adjusting a motor vehicle seat includes receiving pressure signals from pressure sensors disposed in a grid network on outside surfaces of edge bladders of the seat. The method further includes raising or lowering a fluid pressure within the edge bladders using the pressure signals, including lowering of the bladder pressure on the door side on recognizing an entry or exit situation only if a load-related pressure rise in bladders on the door side has occurred.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203674

Mechanical manual leg tilt

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat frame. A support bracket is rotatably coupled with the seat frame, and is coupled with a front seat cushion tube supporting a forward portion of a seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203667

Charging strategies to mitigate lithium plating in electrified vehicle battery

A vehicle includes a traction battery and a controller in communication with the battery and programmed to control battery charging in response to a user-selected one of a plurality of charging strategies having different charging rates based on detection of lithium plating in the battery. The charging strategies may include options for faster charging with an urgent or emergency charging strategy selectable a limited number of times to mitigate battery performance degradation associated with lithium plating. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203666

Battery charging system and servicing method

A vehicle servicing method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure incomes, among other things, disconnecting a high voltage battery pack of an electrified vehicle from a high voltage bus, connecting an external energy source to an inverter system controller after disconnecting the high voltage battery pack, starting an engine of the electrified vehicle using energy from an external energy source, and charging the high voltage battery pack using power from the engine.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203660

Vehicle control based on lithium plating detection in electrified vehicle battery

A vehicle having a traction battery with at least one cell includes a controller coupled to the traction battery and programmed to control charging and discharging of the traction battery in response to detecting lithium plating in the at least one cell indicated by a ratio of differential voltage of the at least one cell as a function of time to cell charging rate of the at least one cell. The ratio may be compared to a threshold associated with current battery state of charge to indicate lithium plating when the ratio is below the threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203655

Controlling operation of electrified vehicle travelling on inductive roadway to influence electrical grid

A method for balancing electrical grid production with electrical grid demand according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling an electrified vehicle prior to and during an inductive roadway event to either conserve a state of charge of a battery pack in response to a first grid condition of an electrical grid or deplete the state of charge of the battery pack in response to a second grid condition of the electrical grid.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203654

Closed loop feedback control to mitigate lithium plating in electrified vehicle battery

A vehicle having a traction battery with at least one cell includes a controller coupled to the traction battery and programmed to modify traction battery current in response to a difference between a lithium plating parameter target value and a lithium plating parameter actual value to reduce the difference. The lithium plating parameter or indicator may be based on a differential open circuit voltage of a battery cell, or a ratio of differential voltage of the at least one cell as a function of time to cell charging rate of the at least one cell.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203651

Mounting unit comprising drive shaft and drive shaft holder as well as motor vehicle comprising mounting unit

A mounting unit for a motor vehicle, comprising a drive shaft bracket fastening a drive shaft to a mounting component of the motor vehicle. The drive shaft bracket is fastened to the mounting component of the motor vehicle by a fastening portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170203352

Methods and systems to form a product in a press

A method to form a product from a work-piece in a press is provided. The press includes a top tooling and a bottom tooling and a clamping device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170201138

Utilization of magnetic fields in electric machines

An electric machine may include an adjacent pair of laminations each defining pockets having permanent magnets arranged therein to form magnetic poles. The laminations may be stacked in a pole-skewed fashion to form a portion of a rotor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170201137

Utilization of magnetic fields in electric machines

An electric machine may include a plurality of sections each having permanent magnets arranged therein to form magnetic poles. The laminations may be stacked to form a rotor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170200955

Carbon nanofiber catalyst substrate

Fuel cell catalyst layers and methods of making the same are disclosed. The fuel cell catalyst layer may include a catalyst substrate including a non-woven mat of carbon nanofibers, each having a surface portion and a bulk portion bounded by the surface portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170200403

Illuminating badge for a vehicle

A badge mounted on a vehicle is provided herein. The badge includes a substrate and a housing attached thereto defining a cavity therebetween. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170200373

Enhanced park assist system

A vehicle park assist system may include a sensor, a signal device, and a controller configured to locate via the sensors an available parking place and activate the signal device in response to locating the available parking place and recognizing a park trigger indicative of a desire to park in the available parking place upon passing the available parking place.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170200372

Parallel parking system

A parallel parking system may include a controller configured to generate an alert identifying a discrepancy between a permitted parking distance that is defined by local requirements and a recommended parking distance that is defined by a minimum distance between an object adjacent to an available parking place to avoid contact with the object and an open vehicle door in a parked position in response to the recommended distance exceeding the permitted distance.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170200370

System and method for virtual transformation of standard or non-connected vehicles

In various embodiments, the present disclosure includes a system for reducing vehicular collisions having: (a) a vehicle comprising sensors, an acceleration system, a braking system, a processor, and memory; and (b) programs operatively coupled to the vehicle including: (1) a marking program configured to mark an outside vehicle as v2x or standard; (2) a reaction program configured to generate a signal in response to the mark, the signal being based on the mark.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170200369

System and method for coordinating v2x and standard vehicles

In various embodiments, the present disclosure includes a system for reducing vehicular collisions having: (a) a vehicle comprising sensors, an acceleration system, a braking system, a processor, and memory; and (b) programs operatively coupled to the vehicle including: (1) a marking program configured to mark an outside vehicle as v2x or standard; (2) a reaction program configured to generate a signal in response to the mark, the signal being based on the mark.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170200336

System and method for profile indication on a key fob

A key fob associated with a select one of a plurality of driver profiles stored in a vehicle memory is provided. The key fob comprises a memory for storing a profile indication for identifying the driver profile associated with the key fob, and an output device for presenting the profile indication. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170200334

Personal device location authentication for secured function access

A personal device may perform a first triangulation using signal strength information of connections between the personal device and a plurality of in-vehicle components of a vehicle. A secured function request may be sent from the personal device to an access component of the vehicle when a location of the personal device is determined to be within the vehicle by the personal device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170200325

Diagnostic test performance control system and method

A cloud-based server is communicatively coupled to vehicle computing devices and is programmed to receive a first fault message transmitted from a first vehicle, the first fault message providing data to indicate an unsuccessful performance of a first diagnostic test, such as an onboard diagnostic (obd) test, in the first vehicle and one or more vehicle operating conditions during the unsuccessful performance of the first diagnostic test in the first vehicle. The server is further programmed to determine, from the one or more vehicle operating conditions, one or more required conditions for an expected successful performance of the first diagnostic test and generate a first performance message to communicate the one or more required conditions for the expected successful performance of the first diagnostic test.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170200063

Low- and high-fidelity classifiers applied to road-scene images

Disclosures herein teach applying a set of sections spanning a down-sampled version of an image of a road-scene to a low-fidelity classifier to determine a set of candidate sections for depicting one or more objects in a set of classes. The set of candidate sections of the down-sampled version may be mapped to a set of potential sectors in a high-fidelity version of the image. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170199834

Vehicle subsystem communication arbitration

A vehicle subsystem includes a first signal including a first master value is transmitted from a first failsafe device and a third failsafe device. A first, signal is transmitted via a primary bus. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170198783

Low profile torsional damper for shafts

A torsional damper according to the present disclosure includes an inner sleeve and an outer sleeve. The inner sleeve is configured to couple with a shaft, arranged concentrically with an axis of rotation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170198671

System and methods for reducing vehicle evaporative emissions

Methods and systems are provided for reducing evaporative emissions in a vehicle during engine-off conditions responsive to an indication of undesired fuel outflow from one or more fuel injectors. In one example, at an engine-off event, an electric motor is operated to spin a vehicle engine unfueled to position a cylinder receiving fuel from a fuel injector with undesired fuel outflow with an intake valve open and an exhaust valve closed, and subsequently an onboard vacuum pump is activated to purge the contents of the cylinder to a fuel vapor canister. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170198667

Noise attenuation device for an intake system of an internal combustion engine

Methods and systems are provided for a noise attenuation device. In one example, a system may include a noise attenuation device located downstream of a throttle body with a height less than or equal to a difference in diameter between a bore of the throttle body and an intake passage.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170198665

Exhaust gas temperature regulation in a bypass duct of an exhaust gas recirculation system

An exhaust gas recirculation system is provided in a motor vehicle to pass exhaust gas out of an exhaust tract into an intake tract of a motor vehicle, said system having a cooler device and a bypass duct, wherein the bypass duct is bounded by a double wall, which can be filled with a gas to thermally insulate the bypass duct and with a liquid to cool or heat the bypass duct. A method for controlling the temperature of a bypass duct of the exhaust gas recirculation system is furthermore provided.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170198664

Condensate management system for an exhaust gas cooler and heat recovery device

Methods and systems are provided for condensate management in an egr cooler of an engine system. In one example, an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) system with an egr cooler is coupled to an exhaust system and to an intake system of an engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170198662

System and methods for fuel system recirculation tube diagnostic

Methods and systems are provided for indicating restrictions in a fuel system vapor recirculation line. In one example, a fuel tank is evacuated responsive to a fuel level below a threshold, and if the vacuum is relieved via a negative pressure relief valve in a capless fuel filler system, the negative pressure relief valve is indicated to be functional such that, responsive to a fuel level greater than a threshold, the fuel system may be evacuated and a restriction may be indicated in the vapor recirculation line responsive to the negative pressure valve not relieving the applied vacuum. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170198661

Direct-injection supercharged internal combustion engine having water injection, and method for operating an internal combustion engine of this type

Systems and methods are provided for a direct-injection engine having at least one cylinder head comprising at least one cylinder, in which each cylinder is assigned an injection nozzle which: is at least connectable to a fuel reservoir which serves for storing fuel, is secured in a nozzle holder, and is fitted with a nozzle needle which is displaceable in the direction of a longitudinal axis in a nozzle needle guide and, opens up at least one nozzle hole in order to introduce fuel. A control piston may be mounted movably on the injection nozzle, is displaceable in a translatory manner along the longitudinal axis of the injection nozzle between an inoperative position and a working position, and closes at least one fluid connection in the inoperative position and opens up same in the working position in order to introduce water into the associated cylinder.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170198651

System and method for selective cylinder deactivation

Embodiments for operating an engine with skip fire are provided. In one example, a method comprises during a skip fire mode or during a skip fire mode transition, port injecting a first fuel quantity to a cylinder of an engine, the first fuel quantity based on a first, predicted air charge amount for the cylinder and lean of a desired air-fuel ratio, and direct injecting a second fuel quantity to the cylinder, the second fuel quantity based on the first fuel quantity and a second, calculated air charge amount for the cylinder.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170198647

Method and system to provide engine torque

An exemplary method of providing torque-assist to a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine includes, among other things, assisting a rotation of the crankshaft using an electric machine during the transition between stages of a multi-stage forced induction system.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170198503

Door latch assembly

A vehicle door latch assembly for maintaining the vehicle door in a closed position including during an angled impact to the door latch of the vehicle. The latch assembly includes a catch, a pawl, and an actuator coupled to a door latch base. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197636

System and method for feature activation via gesture recognition and voice command

Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and method for activating a vehicle feature through gesture recognition and voice command by an authorized user. Generally, a vehicle control system of the present disclosure obtains gesture commands and voice commands from an authorized user and communicates with a body control module to complete the vehicle feature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197628

System and method for controlling a transmission gear shift

A system and method for controlling a transmission gear shift in a vehicle having a driveline and an electric motor operable to output torque to the driveline includes applying a negative motor torque to the driveline to reduce driveline oscillations resulting from the transmission gear shift. The negative motor torque is based on vehicle conditions occurring after the transmission gear shift has begun and before the transmission gear shift is complete.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197626

Management of autonomous vehicle lanes

A system of one or more computers can be configured to perform particular operations or actions by virtue of having software, firmware, hardware, or a combination of them installed on the system that in operation causes or cause the system to perform the actions. One general aspect includes a system, including a server computer having a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor such that the computer is programmed to detect a first vehicle in a first lane adjacent to a second lane and plan a first vehicle trajectory for the first vehicle to be placed in a queue in the first lane and, from the queue, transition from the first lane to the second lane based upon at least one determined characteristic of the first vehicle and a second vehicle trajectory and control the first vehicle based upon the first vehicle trajectory.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197615

System and method for reverse perpendicular parking a vehicle

A method for parking a vehicle in a parking lot includes generating steering commands for the vehicle while in the lot based on an occupancy grid and plenoptic camera data. The occupancy grid indicates occupied areas and unoccupied areas around the vehicle and is derived from map data defining parking spots relative to a topological feature contained within the lot. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197614

Ev mode shift strategy for hybrid vehicle

A vehicle includes and an engine, a motor, a transmission, and a controller. The transmission is configured is to receive power from the engine and the motor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197611

Methods and system for improving efficiency of a hybrid vehicle

Systems and methods for operating a hybrid powertrain that includes an engine and a motor/generator are described. The systems and methods adjust battery charging and discharging as well as engine and motor torque based on whether or not the vehicle is operating in a cruise control mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197609

Ev mode shift strategy for hybrid vehicle

A vehicle includes a generator, a battery, a transmission, and a controller. The generator is configured to recharge the battery at a maximum power output when a generator speed is above a threshold speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197607

Methods and system for mitigating engine and motor torque disturbances of a hybrid vehicle

Systems and methods for operating a transmission of a hybrid powertrain that includes a motor/generator are described. The systems and methods may improve engine starting during engine starts where little or larger driver demand torques are requested. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197571

Sequentially buckling vehicle crush can

A vehicle crush can includes a first portion, a second portion spaced from the first portion, and an intermediate portion extending from the first portion to the second portion. The first portion, second portion, and intermediate portion are aligned on a longitudinal axis and taper from the first portion to the second portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197568

System identifying a driver before they approach the vehicle using wireless communication protocols

A vehicle wireless beacon scheduling system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system includes a vehicle including steering, an accelerator, brakes, a processor, and memory. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197560

Trim component for a vehicle and a trim component for a vehicle's trunk

A trim component in a vehicle comprises a bezel and a gap cover. The bezel includes a first end and a second end spaced apart from the first end by an installation gap. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197553

Under-seat vehicle compartment having a clamp assembly for engaging a tube support and for absorbing tolerances and movement related noise

A storage container for a vehicular seat includes a cushion pan for supporting a cushion. A lateral support bar extends between opposing side members and is positioned below the cushion pan. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197550

Vehicle proximity indicator

Embodiments include a vehicle comprising an end facing an external object, at least one vehicle light positioned adjacent to the end and projecting a light pattern onto the object, a window adjacent to the end, and at least one proximity indicator coupled to the window at a predetermined position corresponding to an expected location of the light pattern on the object when the end is located a predetermined distance from the object. The proximity indicator can be removably adhered to the window. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197543

Vehicle illumination assembly

A vehicle side marker is provided herein. The side marker may include a translucent lens having a texture thereon. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197530

Adjustable headrest assembly with neck support feature

A headrest assembly includes a front surface and a frame member disposed within an interior of the headrest bun. First and second hinge members are coupled to opposite sides of the frame member and first and second side supports are operably coupled to the first and second hinge members, such that the first and second side supports are independently operable between stowed and extended positions relative to the headrest bun. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197523

System and method for vehicle seat monitoring

Embodiments include a vehicle comprising a seat, a first sensor coupled to the seat for detecting a seat angle, and a processor communicatively coupled to the first sensor and the seat, and configured to output a control signal for correcting the seat angle if the seat angle is not within a predetermined range of values. Embodiments also include a method of correcting a position of a vehicle seat having an occupant seated therein. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197518

Recovering braking energy via dynamic mobile wireless power transfer

Systems and methods for recovering brake energy via dynamic wireless power transfer. The system may include a first charging pad disposed at a first location of a road structure and configured to receive an electric power wirelessly from a contributing vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197515

Vehicle chargeport closure

A two part closure for a combo chargeport for use on an electric vehicle is provided. The closure comprises: an inner part including a dust cover for a dc chargeport; and an outer part configured to cover the ac chargeport. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197511

Power inverter for a vehicle

A power inverter includes an array of stacked cards each having switches arranged to transform direct current from a battery into alternating current (ac). Each of the cards also includes a first terminal attached to some of the switches and configured to pass ac therefrom to a first electric machine, and a second terminal attached to other of the switches and configured to pass ac therefrom to a second electric machine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197504

Fuel control regulator system with acoustic pliability

A fuel control regulator system for a vehicle is disclosed in which a restraint control module registers an acceleration/deceleration that falls outside of predetermined limits. In one embodiment, the fuel control regulator system includes a vehicle including steering, an accelerator, brakes, one or more audio devices in proximity to one or more front crash sensors recording sensor data, a processor, and memory. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197489

Driver personalized climate conditioning

An hvac system for a vehicle includes infrared skin temperature sensors for measuring actual skin temperatures of the driver and a cabin temperature sensor for measuring an actual cabin temperature of ambient air within the passenger cabin. A controller module stores a target cabin temperature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197483

Spring pad for vehicle suspension

A spring pad arranged between a terminal winding of a helical spring of a vehicle wheel suspension. The winding defines a rolled spring end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/13/17 / #20170197303

Disconnection tool for quick-disconnect couplings

A hand tool for releasing a quick-detach coupling (qdc) from engagement with a mating component includes a handle having first and second spaced-apart forks defining a gap therebetween, a generally u- or v-shaped elastic element attached to the handle and having first and second arms with distal ends disposed adjacent opposite sides of the gap, and first and second contact elements attached to the ends of the respective arms and projecting toward the gap. The tool is adapted to be positioned adjacent to and urged toward a qdc so the forks encircle the qdc. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170194615

Battery cell separator having contoured profile

A battery cell separator includes a top surface and a bottom surface. A body extends between the top surface and the bottom surface and includes a first contoured surface on a first side of the body and a second contoured surface on a second side. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170192429

Autonomous vehicle emergency operating mode

A vehicle computing device has a data storage medium and a processing device programmed to execute instructions stored on the data storage medium. The instructions include detecting an emergency vehicle near an autonomous host vehicle, receiving operational data from nearby vehicles, and transmitting the operational data to the emergency vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170192091

System and method for augmented reality reduced visibility navigation

Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide an augmented reality reduced visibility navigation system for detecting objects under reduced visibility conditions using a vehicle radar system and an augmented reality display on a windshield or a rearview mirror. More specifically, in one embodiment, a radar-based vehicle control system of a first vehicle detects objects, such as other vehicles, in the vicinity of the first vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170191442

Method of fuel injection control

Methods and systems are provided for improving engine performance at high load conditions with reduced combustion phasing while maintaining in-cylinder peak pressures within limits. Following a pilot fuel injection, a main fuel injection is split into multiple smaller injections, the smaller injections spread around a timing of the main fuel injection so that peak cylinder pressures for each injection are within cylinder pressure limits. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170191436

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

07/06/17 / #20170191435

Method for estimating charge air cooler condensation storage and/or release with two intake oxygen sensors

Methods and systems are provided for estimating water storage in a charge air cooler (cac). In one example, engine operation may be adjusted responsive to water storage parameters at the cac, the water storage parameters based on an output of a first oxygen sensor positioned downstream of the cac and a second oxygen sensor positioned upstream of the cac. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170191386

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

07/06/17 / #20170190361

Extruded multi-component motor vehicle sub-frame

A motor vehicle sub-frame is provided. That motor vehicle sub-frame includes a front cross member, a rear cross member and first and second side rails connected to the front and rear cross members at each side of the sub-frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170190305

Systems and methods for securing grommet to wiring

Systems and methods are provided for securing wiring to a grommet with embedded lubricant by employing a series of pressure rings both on the interior and exterior of the grommet opening. In exemplary implementation, a tie strap is tightened around the wiring and then forced into the grommet opening before a second tie strap is tightened around both the wiring and grommet opening.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170190300

Sensor apparatus

A vehicle roof mount includes at least one datum feature. The datum feature is provided according to at least one datum. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170190299

Retractable bicycle carrier

A bicycle carrier system for a vehicle includes a rail assembly configured for translation between a stored position within a vehicle fascia and a fully deployed position. The rail assembly includes one or more sliding rails each carrying a plurality of pivoting anchors. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170190296

Article retainer for a seat cushion in a motor vehicle

An article retainer is provided for a seat cushion in a motor vehicle. That article retainer includes a plurality of anchors fixed to the motor vehicle and an x-shaped strap assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170190282

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 light pipe having a first end and a second end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170190273

Vehicle furniture

An article of vehicle furniture includes one or more adaptive support elements. Each of the adaptive support elements includes a carbon fiber layer operable between support and configurable conditions and a heating element in thermal communication with the carbon fiber layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170190253

Vehicle cruise control with multiple set points

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

07/06/17 / #20170190231

Bushing assembly

A bushing assembly having a clamping member producing a clamping force acting on a resilient, compressible bushing interposed between respective bridge portions of a housing portion and a support portion. The clamping member is arranged at substantially ninety degrees with respect to the direction in which a clamping force is applied to the resilient, compressible bushing.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170190141

Injection molding of hollow articles

A hollow article such as an active bolster for an automobile is formed of an injection molded panel having a ridge and furrow adjacent a panel perimeter and an injection molded sheet having a bonding section at a sheet outer periphery, wherein the bonding section is within the furrow. An injection molded bond is formed between the bonding section and furrow, wherein a compression area where the sheet overlies a region of the panel adjacent the furrow is configured to constrain the bond to the furrow. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170189953

Method of forming extruded vehicle body component

A method includes extruding an elongate member that has a longitudinally extending cross section, bending the elongate member about a first axis and subsequently about a second axis, non-parallel to the first axis, to form a vehicle body component.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170186423

Method for detecting driving noise and improving speech recognition in a vehicle

The disclosure concerns a method for recognizing driving noise in a sound signal that is acquired by a microphone disposed in a vehicle. The sound signal originates from the surface structure of the road. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170185391

Methods and apparatus for software updating

A computer-implemented method includes receiving a restore command to restore a vehicle computing system (vcs) system state. The method further includes restoring a base system state to a known, functional state and obtaining a list of applications previously installed on the vcs. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170185146

Vehicle notification system including transparent and mirrored displays

Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a vehicle notification system. The vehicle notification system includes at least one transparent display device, at least one mirror display device, and an eye tracker, and is configured to determine which display device the vehicle's driver is looking at and display notifications on that display device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170184413

Information display system and method

A trip gauge for a vehicle information display may convey vehicle trip information and vehicle range information graphically to assist drivers in qualitatively visualizing and determining whether they can successfully make it to their destination before an on-board energy source is depleted. The trip gauge may include indicators corresponding to the relative locations of the vehicle, the destination, and a projected zero charge location associated with the vehicle's range or distance to empty value. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170182983

Devices and systems for preventing misalignment in vehicle brake assemblies

A vehicle brake assembly includes an actuation lever coupled to a brake pedal. The brake assembly also includes a push rod of a brake booster. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170182958

Method and apparatus for a near field communication system to exchange occupant information

A system includes a plurality of antennas, positioned to be capable of receiving a wireless near field communication (nfc) device signal associated with a device located in any one of a driver's back pocket or front pocket, a center console or a passenger seat. The system also includes an nfc reader, in communication with the plurality of antennas. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170182909

Control of power flow in battery cells of a vehicle

A vehicle includes a battery pack with a plurality of battery cells. The battery pack is configured to power an electric machine that propels the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170182888

Head-up display for a vehicle

The disclosure relates to a head-up display for a vehicle. The head-up display includes a combiner screen that is arranged between a viewer and a window pane of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170182873

Structural underbody support in a vehicle

A vehicle frame and underbody assembly includes a pair of longitudinal frame rails and a rear bumper assembly connected to the frame rails via crush cans. A panel is secured to the frame rails, and ends at an edge spaced from the rear bumper assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170178514

Convoy vehicle look-ahead

A computing device for a vehicle imaging system includes a data storage medium and a processing device programmed to execute computer-executable instructions stored on the data storage medium. The instructions include capturing an image of an area ahead of a host vehicle in a convoy with at least one other vehicle, wirelessly pairing with a mobile device associated with the at least one other vehicle, and presenting an image captured by the mobile device associated with the at least one other vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170178414

Method and apparatus for wireless parking meter payment

A system includes a processor configured to add time to a parking meter in response to wireles sly receiving a request to add additional time from a vehicle computer, including charging a payment method, included with the request, for the added time, the request being received in response to a notification sent by the processor to the vehicle computer a predetermined amount of time before time on the parking meter expires.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170178328

Drawbar scan solution for locating trailer hitch point

A system for locating an imaged hitch point between a vehicle and a trailer is provided herein. An imaging device is configured to capture images of the trailer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170177973

Template matching solution for locating trailer hitch point

A system for detecting a hitch angle between a vehicle and a trailer is provided herein. An imaging device is configured to capture images of the trailer and a controller is configured to process images captured by the imaging device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170177954

Virtual sensor data generation for wheel stop detection

The disclosure relates to methods, systems, and apparatuses for virtual sensor data generation and more particularly relates to generation of virtual sensor data for training and testing models or algorithms to detect objects or obstacles, such as wheel stops or parking barriers. A method for generating virtual sensor data includes simulating a three-dimensional (3d) environment comprising one or more objects. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170177949

Trailer type identification system

A trailer type identification system is provided herein. The system includes an imaging device for capturing images of a trailer connected to a vehicle, and a controller for analyzing the captured. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170175817

Engine block with recessed main bearing cap

Systems are provided for an engine block assembly comprising a cylinder block, bearing caps and crankshaft main bearings. In one example, an engine block assembly may comprise a cylinder block, a bearing cap bolted to the cylinder block, the bearing cap comprising: a first recess included in a first surface, a second recess included in a second surface opposite the first surface, and a thrust surface interfacing with a crankshaft bearing, where a rigidity of the thrust surface may vary along an axial profile of the thrust surface due to the first and second recesses. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170175688

Intake manifold having failure controlling features

An intake manifold is provided that comprises a plurality of intake manifold runners 12, and each intake manifold runner comprises at least one elongated rib 15 and at least one elongated blister 14. The elongated rib 15 and the at least one elongated blister 14 operate together to control structural failure of the intake manifold in an impact event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170175668

Coated bore aluminum cylinder liner for aluminum cast blocks

Engine blocks and methods of forming engine blocks are disclosed. The engine block may include a cast aluminum body and a plurality of cast-in liners. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170175667

Methods and systems for a fuel injector assembly

Methods and systems are provided for moving an injector needle of a fuel injector assembly from a first position to a second position to provide a first fuel injection at the first position, and moving the needle from the second position to the third position to provide a second fuel injection at the third position, and moving the needle back to the first position via the second position, and providing a third fuel injection at the second position. In this way, three fuel injections may be performed during a single actuation cycle of the injector during a single combustion cycle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170175660

Air charge estimation via manifold pressure sample at intake valve closing

Methods and systems are provided for the estimation of an aircharge into a cylinder used to adjust an engine operating parameter, based on a manifold pressure signal stored in a buffer. In one example, a method may include sampling an intake manifold pressure sensor signal at even increments of time, stamping it with its corresponding crank angle and storing it in a buffer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170175617

Charge air cooler shroud with access panel

A charge air cooler shroud is provided. That charge air cooler shroud includes a main body having an access opening and a removable access panel carried on the main body and covering the access opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170175607

Methods and systems for introducing reductant into an exhaust passage

Methods and systems are provided for an exhaust passage having a plurality of catalysts. In one example, a method may include injecting reductant via one or more injectors of the exhaust passage and monitoring injection conditions by flowing exhaust gas to the engine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170175594

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

06/22/17 / #20170174501

Systems and methods for preventing fuel tank overfilling

Methods and systems are provided for enabling a vehicle operator to select a desired amount of fuel to add to a fuel tank, and wherein overfilling of the tank is prevented by pressurizing the fuel system with an onboard pump. In one example, the tank may be sealed to induce an automatic shutoff of a refueling dispenser if the fuel level is below the capacity of the tank, and in another example, wherein it is indicated that the tank is full, the fuel system may be pressurized via the pump to induce automatic shutoff of the refueling dispenser and to prevent further overfilling of the tank. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174266

System for attaching vehicle fenders to a common front end structure

A vehicle assembly system and related method are provided. The vehicle assembly system includes a first fender for a first vehicle model having a first shape, a second fender for a second vehicle model having a second, different shape, a front end structure common to the first vehicle model and the second vehicle model, and a support common to the first vehicle model and the second vehicle model. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174261

Vehicle turn signal detection

Systems, methods, and devices for detecting a vehicle's turn signal status for collision avoidance during lane-switching maneuvers or otherwise. A method includes detecting, at a first vehicle, a presence of a second vehicle in an adjacent lane. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174252

Electrically controlled steering assistance actuator

A steering assistance actuator for a vehicle includes a actuator shaft, a torque sensor, a motor, a drive mechanism and a drive housing. The actuator shaft is rotatable about a first axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174248

Steering wheel for a motor vehicle

A steering wheel for a motor vehicle has an outer steering wheel rim. The outer steering wheel rim is fixedly connected, via at least one spoke, to a steering wheel pot arranged in a steering wheel center. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174218

Method for operating a motor vehicle

A method for operating a motor vehicle generates a change-operating-mode signal to change operation from a normal mode with an engine engaged and running to a coasting mode with the engine disengaged and/or switched off in response to a freewheeling distance exceeding a threshold. The freewheeling distance may be based on state parameters of the motor vehicle, such as position, speed, acceleration, weight, tire pressure, braking pressure, and air resistance, for example, data related to a second vehicle obtained from forward sensors, for example, and/or ambient parameters such as air temperature, wind speed, and wind direction, for example.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174215

Vehicle mode determination

An operating mode is determined for a vehicle according to respective control states of each of a plurality of vehicle subsystems that include braking, steering, and propulsion. The operating mode is one of manual control, partial manual control, and no manual control. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174212

Method for operating a motor vehicle

The disclosure relates to a method for operating a first motor vehicle, in which rear sensor values are captured from a second motor vehicle following the first motor vehicle. A brake pedal of the first motor vehicle is monitored for actuation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174209

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

06/22/17 / #20170174203

Movable steering wheel for autonomous vehicle

A steering wheel position control system for a vehicle comprises a controller for a vehicle. The controller includes a processor and a memory. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174177

Seatbelt buckle assemblies and seat assemblies including the same

The seatbelt buckle assembly comprises a buckle; a buckle supporting member connected to the buckle and including thereupon a first aperture and an opposing second aperture spaced apart along a width direction together to receive a fastener for assembling the buckle supporting member to the structural frame; and a spring to contact the buckle supporting member and the structural frame.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174159

System and method for adapting a vehicle component using an active material

The disclosure relates to a system for adapting at least one component of a vehicle. The vehicle component is operatively connected to an active material or formed from the active material. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174157

Key off energy management system

A vehicle may include a body controller programmed to limit operation of at least one vehicle feature to reduce battery consumption during transit of the vehicle in response to a vehicle flag indicating a transport status, and to enable operation of the at least one vehicle feature during manufacturing in response to the vehicle flag indicating a factory status.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174153

Back panel lower clip anchorage features for dynamic events

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback frame having a lower cross member. A back panel is operably coupled to the seatback frame and includes internal posts configured to receive a retention clip. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174151

Attachment sleeve and vehicle interior trim employing the same

An attachment sleeve to attach an article to a base comprises first and second walls connected to each other with a first wall angle there-between, a first connector extending from the first wall and including a first head, a foot and a first neck positioned there-between along a depth direction, and a second connector extending from the second wall and including a second head, a second foot and a second neck positioned there-between along the depth direction. The first neck is more bendable than the second neck.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174150

Trim assembly with robust attachment feature

A trim assembly is provided. That trim assembly includes a trim applique having a mounting boss and a hook. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174149

Handle device and a trunk carpet assembly

A handle device includes: a housing, a handle unit including a base portion and a handle portion. The base portion includes a first track and is pivotably connected to the housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174142

Storage assembly and vehicle console employing the same

A storage assembly is provided to include a housing; a floor supported on the housing; an arm supported on the floor and elastically retractable between a retracted position and an extended position along a first direction; a drive member supported on the housing and including a cavity with an opening to receive a portion of the arm in the extended position; and a resistance member supported on the housing and including a shoulder at least partially retractably extendable through the opening to support the arm.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174140

Drawer assembly with anti-squeak and rattle system

A drawer assembly is provided. That drawer assembly includes a bezel and a drawer carried on the bezel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174130

Hitch angle detection for trailer backup assist system using multiple imaging devices

A trailer backup assist system is provided herein. A plurality of imaging devices is configured to capture rear-vehicle images. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174128

Centerline method for trailer hitch angle detection

A system for detecting a hitch angle between a vehicle and a trailer is provided herein. An imaging device is configured to capture images of the trailer and a controller is configured to process the captured images. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174124

Illuminated vehicle panel

A vehicle is provided that includes a panel. The panel includes a substrate defining a first surface and a second surface disposed on opposite sides thereof, a phosphorescent structure positioned on the first surface of the substrate, and a photoluminescent structure positioned on the second surface of the substrate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174119

E-track tie down system for a vehicle cargo bed

A vehicle includes a truck bed side panel, a docking plate, an e-track, and a clamp. The truck bed side panel has a top surface, a side surface, and an overhang extending from the top surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174110

Self-adjusting cup holder assembly

A self-adjusting cup holder assembly is provided. That cup holder assembly includes a housing having an open cavity and a flexible well held in that cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174097

System and method for controlling multiple electric drives

An electric vehicle includes a plurality of electric drive units coupled to one or more axles of the electric vehicle. The drive units have an associated power loss map that is approximated by a plurality of second-order polynomials. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174060

Vehicle with moonroof and panoramic glass

A vehicle includes a windshield, a backlite spaced from the windshield, and a moonroof. The moonroof is moveable relative to the windshield and the backlite between a closed position and an open position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174049

Dynamically controlled vapor compression cooling system with centrifugal compressor

A vapor compression cooling system includes a centrifugal compressor(s) for compressing a primary fluid in a cycle including at least two compressions, and a control module for controlling the centrifugal compressor dependent upon at least a condition of a secondary fluid. The module controls a power of the centrifugal compressor by adjusting a speed of the motor driving the compressor and/or an opening of guide vanes associated with at least one impeller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174046

Method and device for starting an air exchange operation

The document relates to a method and a device for starting an air exchange operation of a ventilation, heating and/or air-conditioning system which feeds recirculation air and/or fresh air to a space for at least one person. The air exchange operation is started if the person activates a dedicated operator control element, provided with a characteristic symbol for air exchange operation, and includes appreciably increasing previously applicable setting values both with respect to the portion of fresh air in the air fed to the space and also for an air flow targeted at least one person in the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174023

Hitch angle detection for trailer backup assist system

A system for determining a hitch angle between a vehicle and a trailer is provided herein. An imaging device is configured to capture images of the trailer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170174022

Multi-stage solution for trailer hitch angle initialization

A system for initializing hitch angle detection is provided herein. An imaging device is configured to capture images of a trailer connected to a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170173915

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

06/15/17 / #20170170542

Vehicle antenna assembly with cooling

A vehicle may include a battery and an antenna assembly mounted on the vehicle. The antenna assembly may be mounted on the roof of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/15/17 / #20170168493

Identification of acceptable vehicle charge stations

A vehicle may require an electric recharge. A request may be sent to obtain identification of charge locations along a route. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/15/17 / #20170167975

Motor vehicle having dust sensor for reducing dust resuspension

The disclosure relates to a motor vehicle comprising a dust sensor. The dust sensor is a scattered light photometer according to the disclosure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/15/17 / #20170167951

System for sensing particulate matter

Methods and systems are provided for sensing particulate matter in an exhaust system of a vehicle. An example system comprises a particulate matter sensor inside a tube configured to receive a portion of exhaust gas in an exhaust passage.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/15/17 / #20170167909
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