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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-based lighting control

Infrastructure lighting is controlled from a vehicle. Wireless communication exists between the vehicle and at least one light source of the infrastructure lighting. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Method and apparatus for efficient vehicle data reporting

A system includes a processor configured to send data, for transmission to a remote computer, to a local wireless device in communication with a vehicle computer including the processor, the sending responsive to a determination that a remote cellular connection cannot be established via a vehicle modem, and the data including an instruction for the device to transmit the data to the remote computer.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Entertainment apparatus for a self-driving motor vehicle

The disclosure relates to an entertainment apparatus for a self-driving motor vehicle. The entertainment apparatus is designed to use a plurality of interior surfaces in an interior of the motor vehicle as reproduction surfaces for image data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Rotor endplate for electric machine

An electric machine is provided. The electric machine may include a rotor disposed on a shaft and an endplate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Method for adjusting magnetic permeability of electrical steel

A core lamination includes a first region defined by a ferromagnetic electrical steel substrate having a predefined magnetic permeability and a second region having a lower magnetic permeability than the first region, the second region defined by the substrate selectively overcoated with at least one non-ferrous element from period 2-5, or a combination thereof.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Protection circuit for oscilloscope measurement channel

A system includes a surge protection circuit electrically connected via a signal transmission line between a source and an oscilloscope, and including a diode configured to be reverse biased, responsive to a voltage of the source being less than a threshold, to decouple an impedance of the circuit from the transmission line and forward biased, responsive to the voltage being greater than the threshold, to couple the impedance to absorb excess energy of the voltage.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Genderless electric terminals for vehicles

Method and apparatus are disclosed for genderless electric terminals of vehicles. An example genderless electric terminal includes a first arm, a second arm opposite the first arm, and a wall integrally connecting the first arm and the second arm to define a slot. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Solid state battery

A method of forming a solid state battery is disclosed. In a moisture-free inert atmosphere, the method includes combining unreacted solid electrolyte precursors to form a green sheet, stacking the green sheet in between porous electrodes to form a solid state battery, and heating the battery to a melting point temperature of the precursors such that the precursors form a liquid phase penetrating pores in the electrodes to form ion conducting channels in the battery.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Time-controlled cartridge heater for fuel cell knock out drain

A vehicle is powered by a fuel cell system. The fuel cell system includes a water separator with a reservoir for accumulating water from the fuel cell system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Method and system for anthropomorphic testing device

A method includes receiving data including 3-dimensional scans of a plurality of torsos, dividing each scan into a plurality of cross-sections, calculating an area for each cross-section, and calculating a torso volume based on the calculated areas. The method may include fitting a curve defined by parameters to each cross-section. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Method and apparatus for vehicle system wear prediction

A system includes a processor configured to wirelessly receive first usage data in conjunction with a wear-state report, indicating a sensed level of system wear, from a plurality of vehicles. The processor is also configured to aggregate and analyze the first usage data to determine common parameters and corresponding values indicative of the sensed level of system wear. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Vehicle usage pattern evaluation

A computing device includes a processing circuit and a data storage medium. The processing circuit is programmed to receive first vehicle usage data associated with a first user and second vehicle usage data associated with a second user. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Facilitating lane-splitting by motorcycles

A controller of a motorcycle determines that the motorcycle is lane-splitting. The controller transmits a notification to vehicles in proximity to the motorcycle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

Power module testing apparatus

A testing apparatus includes a holster including a jack defining a conductive periphery configured to connect with a reference lead of the voltage probe to form a common ground. The apparatus includes a shunt defining first and second regions of different potential having predetermined difference. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274624

Elastomeric bushing having embedded structures for improved thermal conductivity and damping capacity

An elastomeric bushing for vehicle suspension includes inner and outer metal tubes, an elastomeric material between the tubes, and one or more bundles of woven wires (ropes or cables) in entangled or mesh form wherein at least a portion of the wires contact at least one of the tubes. The bushing has enhanced thermal conductivity via metal-to-metal contact and improved damping capacity to reduce heat buildup inside the material upon cyclic loading and unloading. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274606

One-way clutch for a vehicle

A one-way clutch includes a first clutch member, a second clutch member disposed coaxially with the first clutch member for rotation relative to the first clutch member, and an electromagnetic actuator assembly. The assembly is supported on one of the clutch members and configured to engage the other of the clutch members. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274577

Reduced diameter head rivet

An assembly, for example an automotive assembly, is provided that includes an upper workpiece, a lower workpiece, and a rivet extending through the upper workpiece and into the lower workpiece. The rivet, which may be a self-piercing rivet (spr) in one form, includes a head portion and a shaft portion extending from the head portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274574

Tolerance compensating device

A tolerance compensating device includes a body having a fastener receiver. A first set of tabs and a second set of tabs are provided around the fastener receiver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274510

Stop-start system

A vehicle and associated method of operating a vehicle having an engine, a user interface configured to select a start-stop mode, and a controller communicating with the engine and the user interface automatically shutdown and restart the engine, and inhibit the automatic engine shutdown or restart responsive to any of a first group of inhibitors, or alternatively, any of the first group and a second group of inhibitors depending on the start-stop mode selected via the user interface.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274509

Start-stop system

Systems and methods are provided for a vehicle including a start-stop system configured to shut down and restart an engine of the vehicle automatically based on a brake value of a brake system. In one example, the method may include determining a first threshold brake value as a first function of a gradient of a surface on which the vehicle is positioned, determining a second threshold brake value as a second function of the gradient, wherein a difference between the first and second threshold brake values varies as a function of the gradient, shut down the engine when the brake value exceeds the first threshold brake value, and restart the engine when the brake value drops below the second threshold brake value. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274488

Method and system for engine water injection

Methods and systems are provided for injecting water stored in a water reservoir at a plurality of locations in an engine system, including directly into engine cylinders, upstream of a turbocharger turbine, and at an exhaust manifold, and controlling a water level of the water reservoir. In one example, a method may include supplying the water stored in the water reservoir to one or more of a water injection system, a windshield wiper system, an engine coolant system, and a drinking water system based on water supply conditions and responsive to engine operating conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274474

Method and system for an engine

Methods and systems are provided for fueling an engine of a vehicle during an exit from a deceleration fuel shut-off (dfso) condition. In one example, a method may include fueling the engine using a compression stroke direct injection during the exit from the dfso condition to reach a first engine torque threshold, and may further include increasing a separation between the compression stroke direct injection and a spark to gradually increase the engine torque to a second, higher engine torque threshold, and thereafter transitioning engine fueling from the compression stroke direct injection to an intake stroke direct injection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274471

Systems and methods for a variable displacement engine

Methods and systems for an engine are provided for monitoring cylinder valve deactivation of an engine. One example method includes, responsive to a request to diagnose a cylinder valve actuator of an engine during a non-fueling condition of the engine, commanding an egr valve open and determining a first exhaust gas flow, and deactivating one or more cylinder valves and indicating cylinder valve actuator degradation when a second exhaust gas flow is not less than a threshold relative to the first exhaust gas flow.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274469

Methods and systems for an exhaust oxygen sensor operation

Methods and systems are provided for activating a universal exhaust gas oxygen (uego) sensor activation during each of a pre-delivery phase and a post-delivery phase of a vehicle. In one example, a method may include during the pre-delivery phase, following an engine start, using a lower current flowing via a heater coupled to the uego sensor to heat the uego sensor and during the post-delivery phase, following an engine start, once exhaust temperature reaches a threshold temperature, using a higher current flowing via the heater coupled to the uego sensor to heat the uego sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274458

Method and system for engine control

Methods and systems are provided for indicating degradation of a vcr mechanism that mechanically alters a cylinder compression ratio. Degradation is detected based on an elevated knock incidence and increased spark retard usage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274436

Methods and systems for an engine start using an electrically drivable compressor

Methods and systems are provided for expediting turbine spool up during an engine restart following an engine stop while a vehicle is in motion. In one example, a method includes, in response to engine restart conditions being met, operating an electrically driven compressor to supply compressed air to a turbocharger turbine for expedited turbine spool up during engine cranking.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274429

Systems and methods for a cooling system of a vehicle engine

Methods and systems are provided for a cooling system for a vehicle engine. In one example, the cooling system includes a coolant solution circulated through both an engine cooling circuit and a vehicle interior heating circuit that is fluidly coupled to the engine cooling circuit, and a reservoir containing concentrated antifreeze. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274415

Methods and systems for a diesel oxidation catalyst

Methods and systems are provided for a diesel oxidation catalyst. In one example, the diesel oxidation catalyst comprises a washcoat with different catalytically active portions for reacting with one or more of carbon containing compounds and nox. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274413

Methods and systems for a diesel oxidation catalyst

Methods and systems are provided for a diesel oxidation catalyst. In one example, the diesel oxidation catalyst comprises a washcoat with different catalytically active portions for reacting with one or more of carbon containing compounds and nox. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274270

Bezel-less release button

A bezel-less actuator button is disposed on a seat assembly and is operable between at-rest and actuated positions. The actuator button is coupled to a trim cover that covers a cushion member of the vehicle seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180274052

Rapid local annealing of high strength steel

Systems and methods for locally softening high strength steel are disclosed. One method may include heat treating one or more local regions of a steel component having a hardness of at least 450 hv to soften the local region(s) to a hardness of at most 250 hv. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180273092

Motor vehicle parking assistance system and method

A method for assisting entry or exit of a motor vehicle into and from a parking space. The motor vehicle equipped with a steering wheel and at least one steering servomotor capable of applying a steering angle steered wheels of the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180273088

Power steering assembly mounts with tapered protrusions

Example power steering assembly mounts with tapered protrusions apparatus disclosed herein include a power steering assembly. The power steering assembly includes a housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180273087

Method for operating a power steering system

A method for operating a steering assist system of a motor vehicle, in which during a steering movement of the driver while driving the vehicle a steering assistance is determined. The steering assistance provided by an electro-hydraulic or electro-mechanical drive and may depend on the vehicle speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180273048

Vehicle lane direction detection

A roadway lane direction is identified based on vehicle sensor data of a traffic sign, a direction of a parked vehicle, and a marking on a surface of the roadway lane. A trajectory of a vehicle is determined to differ from the roadway lane direction, and a vehicle component is then actuated.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180273047

Vehicle propulsion operation

A period of time that a vehicle propulsion will be deactivated at a traffic stop is predicted. A distance for a vehicle to coast without input from the vehicle propulsion to stop the vehicle at the traffic stop is determined between the vehicle and the traffic stop when the predicted period of time exceeds a time threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180273040

Lane groove effect compensation

Compensation for an effect of lane grooves in a roadway on driving behavior of a vehicle is performed, wherein lane grooves are detected by a device designed for this purpose such as a stereo camera. Information regarding a character of the lane grooves is transmitted to a control device, and control commands are transmitted by the control device to a steering device of the vehicle, or to actuators of vehicle wheels, in order to counteract the effect of the lane grooves on the driving behavior.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180273035

Retractable vehicle control

A system includes an elongate member having a connection end electrically coupleable to an attachment point at an external surface of a vehicle. The system includes a motion sensor arranged to detect motion of the elongate member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180273022

Off-board power transmission

A vehicle includes a power plant, an electrical port, and a controller. The controller is configured to transmit a signal to the inverter via a conductor of the port indicating a maximum power available. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180273019

Controlling motor torque to reserve battery energy in a hybrid vehicle

A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a traction motor, a battery, and a controller. The controller is programmed to, responsive to the engine achieving maximum torque capacity while the engine and motor operate to completely satisfy a demand that exceeds the maximum torque capacity, maintain the engine at the maximum torque capacity and reduce torque output of the motor to a non-zero value such that the engine and motor do not operate to completely satisfy the demand.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180273017

Method for decelerating a vehicle moving at low speed

The invention relates to a method for decelerating a vehicle (10) moving at low speed (vv), in particular by using a hydraulically or pneumatically operated braking system (26), with the following steps: determining, by means of the speed sensor (32), whether the speed (vv) of the vehicle (10) falls short of a predeterminable first limiting value (vc1); if the speed (vv) of the vehicle (10) falls short of the first limiting value, increasing the propulsion torque (ma) transmitted to the drive train (18); and decelerating the vehicle (10) by increasing the braking torque (mb) acting on the wheels (20) by means of the controller (36).. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180273015

Engine oil dilution control in a hybrid vehicle

A vehicle includes an engine and a controller programmed to, responsive to an estimated oil dilution level of the engine exceeding a first threshold, issue commands such that regenerative braking is inhibited to increase a temperature of the engine, and responsive to the estimated oil dilution level falling below the first threshold, discontinue issuing the commands.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272998

Sensor cleaner

A system includes a nozzle directed toward a sensor window and a venturi valve including a discharger that is connected to the nozzle. The venturi valve is connected to a fluid input valve and an air source.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272987

Robust seat belt usage sensor

A seatbelt assembly includes a seatbelt, a conductive sensing conductor and a conductive shield. The seatbelt has a lap band. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272986

Pedestrian protection system for a motor vehicle

A pedestrian protection apparatus for a motor vehicle front end has a leg-contacting segment which, in a pre-impact position, is arranged completely above an approach plane of the vehicle (which is defined by way of a front approach angle of the motor vehicle), and can be adjusted into a post-impact position by means of a force deflecting apparatus by way of at least proportionally vertical deflection of an impact force which acts along the longitudinal direction. In a post-impact position, the contact segment is arranged at least partially below the approach plane and lower than a bumper crossmember.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272983

Restricted-opening door hinge for automotive air bag chute

An air bag chute assembly mounts a passenger air bag module to an automotive instrument panel. An outer flange collar of the assembly attaches to the instrument panel and defines a windshield-facing side. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272977

Monitoring a vehicle cabin

A computer that includes memory that stores instructions executable by a processor. The computer may be programmed to: receive image data that includes a vehicle seat and an occupant within a vehicle cabin; determine, using the received data, an orientation of the seat and an orientation of the occupant; and perform a vehicle function based on the determination.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272967

Vehicle console with coupled motion and enhanced storage capabilities

An apparatus for an interior vehicle compartment comprises a seat adapted for moving in a travel direction and a console coupled to the movable seat. The console may include one or more of the following: (a) a collapsible portion for collapsing as a body portion of the console travels with the movable seat in the travel direction; (b) a stepped interface for connecting with the movable seat; (c) a rear drawer with a tiltable door to facilitate access by rear passengers; and (d) a deployable holder for a mobile handheld computer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272965

Enhanced vehicle system notification

A plurality of messages received within a predetermined period of time are prioritized. Each of the messages include data relating to one of a plurality of vehicle systems. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272962

Wire harness routing aid

Method and apparatus are disclosed for a wire harness routing aid. An example wire harness routing aid for a vehicle includes an extruded core made of a thermosetting polymer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272952

Doors off storage

A vehicle includes a cargo area. A recessed area is defined within a cargo floor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272946

Condensation detection for vehicle surfaces via light transmitters and receivers

Method and apparatus are disclosed for condensation detection for vehicle surfaces via light transmitters and receivers. An example vehicle includes a side mirror including a front surface and a back surface, a light transmitter adjacent to the front surface for emitting a light beam toward the side mirror, a first light sensor adjacent to the back surface for detecting a first light intensity of the light beam, and an opaqueness detector that determines whether condensation is on the side mirror based upon the first light intensity.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272945

Condensation detection for vehicle surfaces via ambient light

Method and apparatus are disclosed for condensation detection for vehicle surfaces via ambient light. An example vehicle includes a side mirror including a front surface and a back surface, a front sensor adjacent the front surface for collecting a first ambient light intensity, a back sensor adjacent the back surface for collecting a second ambient light intensity, and an opaqueness detector that detects whether condensation is on the side mirror based upon comparing the first ambient light intensity and the second ambient light intensity.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272943

Controlling side-view mirrors in autonomous vehicles

A method includes capturing a first image of a first vehicle mirror deployed to a first position by a second vehicle. The second vehicle captures a second image of the mirror deployed to a second position and analyzes the first and second images to determine an operational status of the mirror.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272942

Controlling side-view mirrors in autonomous vehicles

A method includes deploying a vehicle mirror to a first position and receiving first image data representing the mirror from a second vehicle. The mirror is deployed to a second position and second image data representing the mirror is received. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272939

Environment-dependent interface

According to the disclosure, a method is made available to reduce a time duration for an adaption of eyes of a driver of a motor vehicle when changing from events occurring in front of the motor vehicle to a screen arranged in a driver's compartment of the motor vehicle. In particular, the method according to the disclosure also makes a reduction available in the time period for the adaption of the eyes of the driver in the opposite direction.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272936

Detection and presentation of obstructed vehicle views

Method and apparatus are disclosed for detection and presentation of obstructed vehicle views. An example vehicle includes a first side mirror, a first camera adjacent to the first side mirror, a first sensor module to detect opaque material on the first side mirror, an obstruction identifier to determine whether viewing of a first area via the first side mirror is obstructed, and a display to present, via the camera, the first area responsive to the obstruction identifier determining viewing via the first side mirror is obstructed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272931

Vehicular dome and roof light assemblies that produce functional and decorative light patterns

A dome light assembly that includes a light-producing element comprising a polymeric film between two glass substrates, a reflective surface facing an interior, and a plurality of edges; and a controller configured to direct led sources to (a) excite photoluminescent structures within the element to transmit decorative light patterns, and (b) transmit functional light patterns, into the interior. Further, the sources are configured to direct incident light into the edges.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272911

Door lock transition method and assembly

An exemplary door lock transition method includes transitioning a door lock of a vehicle from a deactivated state to an activated state based on a door lock schedule that includes a deactivated period where the door lock is scheduled to be in the deactivated state, and an activated period where the door lock is scheduled to be in the activated state. An exemplary door lock transition assembly includes, a door lock of a vehicle, and a control system configured to transition the door lock from a deactivated state to an activated state based on a door lock schedule.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272904

Leg support options for sleeper seats

A seating assembly includes a seat operably coupled with a seatback. A calf support is rotatably coupled with the seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272903

Leg support options for sleeper seats

A seating assembly includes a seatback. A seat is operably coupled with the seatback. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272902

Rotational elements for seating assemblies

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

09/27/18 / #20180272887

Method and apparatus for assembly of a battery array

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, compressing at least one battery module to a desired dimension prior to installing the battery module into an array. Another method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, inducing a residual stress into a battery module to compress the battery module to a desired dimension prior to being installed in an array. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272870

Dual-bus battery precharge circuit

A power control system for a vehicle includes a precharge circuit that is configured to selectively couple a resistor across either a main or return contactor that are configured to selectively couple terminals of a battery to a load bus. The power control system includes a controller programmed to, in response to a precharge request in a presence of the main contactor being closed when commanded to open and the return contactor being open, couple the resistor across the return contactor to precharge the load bus.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272843

Vehicle window assembly with polarized windowpanes and method of operating same

A window assembly includes a first polarizing windowpane, and a second polarizing windowpane. The first and second polarizing windowpanes are each independently moveable between a first position that blocks an opening to an interior of a vehicle, and a second position that does not block the opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272841

Integrated roof bow and hvac duct with a headliner providing a close-out wall of the duct

A vehicle having a body including a roof supported between spaced roof rails. A plurality of roof bows extend between and are attached to the roof rails that reinforce the roof. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272834

Cooling apparatus and method for cooling a battery in a vehicle by means of a coolant and vehicle having such a cooling apparatus

A cooling apparatus for cooling a battery in a vehicle by means of a coolant includes a first coolant circuit including a first heat exchanger for heat transfer between the coolant and the battery, a pumping device, and a collecting vessel for the coolant connected to one another by means of coolant lines. A condensate line connects the collecting vessel to an air conditioning system of the vehicle for the introduction of condensate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272832

Interchangeable operable duct with blocking component for a driver-only function

A vehicle air-handling system includes a heat exchanger, a blower in communication with the heat exchanger, and an operable duct having driver and passenger portions that are each in communication with the heat exchanger and the blower. When the blower is activated, the driver portion continuously delivers blower air and the passenger portion selectively delivers blower air.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272831

Method and apparatus for determining information concerning a particle load in an airflow flowing into a vehicle interior

A method is specified for determining information concerning a particle load of an airflow flowing into a vehicle interior. That method includes determining the initial mass of a filter at the start of a time interval, by means of strain gauges, passing an airflow through the filter for a time interval, determining the end mass of the filter at the end of the time interval, by means of strain gauges, ascertaining the mass difference between the end mass and the initial mass of the filter and outputting of information, based on the ascertained mass difference, concerning the particle load of the airflow. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/27/18 / #20180272820

Vehicle suspension

A vehicle axle suspension having a leaf spring unit suspending a rigid axle on a structural component or portion of the vehicle. The leaf spring unit arranged on the vehicle to extend parallel with a longitudinal axis of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180269671

Busbar with dissimilar materials

An exemplary busbar assembly includes a first strip including a first material, and a second strip including a second material different than the first material. The first strip extends continuously from a first connector portion to a second connector portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180269547

Thermal management assembly for traction battery cells

A vehicle traction battery assembly may include a traction battery cell, a case, and a thermal plate. The case may define a cavity to receive the traction battery cell and has a first side defining a first form feature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180269518

Battery cell compression method and assembly

An exemplary method includes, among other things, winding a curable material at least partially about a plurality of battery cells that are compressed by a fixture. An exemplary assembly includes, among other things, a plurality of battery cells compressed by a fixture, and a curable material wound around the plurality of battery cells.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180269455

Busbar assembly for an electrified vehicle and method of forming the same

A battery assembly according to a non-limiting aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an array of battery cells, with each cell including a terminal, and a busbar assembly having a first busbar component and a second busbar component. Further, each of the terminals are electrically coupled to both the first busbar component and the second busbar component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180269454

Quick connect assembly for busbars in an electrified vehicle

A battery assembly according to a non-limiting aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a busbar, an array of battery cells including an electrical terminal, and a quick connect assembly mechanically and electrically coupling the busbar to the electrical terminal.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180269441

Traction battery pack plate with retention flange

An exemplary battery assembly includes, among other things, battery cells distributed along an axis and disposed on a base. A bracket extends axially along a side of the battery cells. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180268622

Distributed vehicle data storage and access

A system for a vehicle includes a local data server configured to receive, via a network connection with the vehicle, data indicative of operating parameters of the vehicle, define a plurality of indices, each index corresponding to a segment of the received data, send the indices to an end user data server; and, in response to a request, from the end user data server, including at least one of the indices, send the corresponding segment.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180268566

Vehicle localization using cameras

According to one embodiment, a system for determining a position of a vehicle includes an image sensor, a top-down view component, a comparison component, and a location component. The image sensor obtains an image of an environment near a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180267526

Rideshare vehicle connectivity to passenger devices

A ride-share server communicates with both a primary-connected device and a secondary-connected device over a wide-area network. The ride-share server is programmed to receive a request from the secondary-connected device to apply a setting change to a vehicle, and responsive to verifying the secondary-connected device is authorized to command the vehicle, send a second request to the primary-connected device to direct the primary-connected device to command the vehicle to implement the setting change. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180266978

Vehicle window having moisture sensor

A proximity switch and moisture sensing assembly includes a vehicle window and a proximity switch including a proximity sensor located on the window and providing an activation field. The proximity switch and moisture sensing assembly also includes control circuitry monitoring a signal responsive to the activation field, determining a switch activation based on the signal, and determining a moisture value based upon the signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180266366

Exhaust gas recirculation mixer

Methods and systems are provided for an exhaust gas recirculation mixer. In one example, a mixer may include a separate chambers configured to receive exhaust gas and intake gas, and where the exhaust gas and intake gas merge in an outlet of the mixer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180266362

Evaporative emissions testing using inductive heating

Methods and systems are provided for conducting an evaporative emissions test on a fuel tank and an evaporative emissions system in a vehicle. In one example, pressure for the evaporative emissions test is provided by inductive heating of the fuel tank while the vehicle undergoes an inductive battery charging operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180266357

Methods and systems for dual fuel injection

Methods and systems are provided for reducing port injection fuel errors by selectively reactivating a direct fuel injector. Responsive to an increase in driver demand received while delivering fuel to a cylinder via port injection only, wherein the increase in driver demand is received late in the port injection window, the port injection error is addressed by reactivating a direct injector on the same engine cycle and delivering at least a portion of the fuel mass corresponding to the error via the direct injector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180266354

Method and system for monitoring air filter condition

Methods and systems are provided for determining condition of an air filter coupled to an intake passage of an engine system. In one example, a method may include estimating a resistance of the air filter based on a manifold air charge value. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180266351

Method and system for engine cold-start

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting engine cranking speed, fueling, and spark initiation to increase fuel vaporization during cold-start conditions. In one example, a method may include, during engine cold-start, cranking the engine at a lower speed relative to a nominal cranking speed while injecting fuel and disabling spark for a number of engine cycles, and after the completion of the number of engine cycle increasing the cranking speed and initiating spark.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180266350

Method and system for engine cold-start

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting engine cranking speed, fueling, and spark initiation to increase fuel vaporization during cold-start conditions. In one example, a method may include, during engine cold-start, cranking the engine at a lower speed relative to a nominal cranking speed while injecting fuel and disabling spark for a number of engine cycles, and after the completion of the number of engine cycle increasing the cranking speed and initiating spark.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180266339

Methods and systems for a fuel injector

Methods and systems are provided for a fuel injector coupled to mixing passages for entraining combustion chamber gases with a fuel injection to decrease formation of soot throughout a range of engine operating parameters. In one example, a method includes decreasing a combustion chamber temperature in response to an amount of sensed light.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180266292

Methods and systems for an aftertreatment catalyst

Methods and systems are provided for a steam reforming catalyst. In one example, a method may include flowing exhaust gas from a first cylinder bank directly to a three-way catalyst, flowing exhaust gas from a second cylinder bank directly to a steam reforming catalyst, and flowing exhaust gas from the steam reforming catalyst to the three-way catalyst.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180266285

System and method for a phase control apparatus of a cam timing system

Methods and systems are provided for a phase control apparatus in a variable cam timing (vct) system of an engine, the phase control apparatus having a locking pin coupled to a rotor vane and engageable with a locking pin recess in the phase control apparatus cover plate. In one example, a method for assembling the phase control apparatus may include positioning respective retarded side surfaces of the rotor vane and the housing in face-sharing contact while positioning respective retarded side surfaces of the locking pin and the locking pin recess in face-sharing contact and maintaining a backlash gap between only the advanced side surfaces of the locking pin the locking pin recess.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180266161

Smart hinge assembly for a tailgate of a motor vehicle

A smart hinge assembly includes a fixed hinge pin, a rotary drive cup including a hinge pin socket to engage the fixed hinge pin and a drive cup position sensor. That drive cup position sensor is configured to monitor current rotary position of the rotary drive cup.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180266149

Inertial lock systems for push-push latch style vehicle drawers

Inertial lock systems for push-push latch style vehicle drawers or storage bins including an inertia lock to maintain a drawer in a closed position under a g-force. A shaft is rotatably mounted on a drawer housing; an inertia member is mounted on the shaft; and a confining member is mounted on the shaft and disposed opposite to the inertia member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265150

Flexible headliner assembly table

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

09/20/18 / #20180265142

Active aerodynamic underbody shield system and method of lift balance adjustment

An active aerodynamic underbody shield system includes an underbody shield with a vent, a panel displaceable between a vent closing position and a vent opening position, an actuator to displace the panel and a controller for the actuator. The controller is configured to open the vent during vehicle braking to reduce downforce and therefore provide better lift balance adjustment for the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265136

Vehicle structure including reinforcement extending between rockers

A vehicle structure including a first rocker, a second rocker, and a reinforcement. The first rocker is spaced from the second rocker. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265127

Road camber compensation

A steering compensation apparatus includes a road camber determiner to determine a first road camber at a road position in front of a vehicle using wheel trajectory data and height data of the road position, a road camber logic circuit to select, via a torque mapper mapping a plurality of road cambers to a plurality of first compensating torques, a first compensating torque corresponding to the first road camber and a steering controller to drive a motor to deliver the selected first compensating torque to a steering rack at the road position responsive to the first road camber.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265124

Systems and methods for correcting steering offsets

A system for correcting a steering offset generated by an active steering system of a vehicle includes a vehicle comprising a pair of steered road wheels. The system also includes a controller configured to direct a change to an angle of the steered road wheels when a determined steering state of the vehicle is a steering slowly state.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265088

Secure idle for a vehicle generator

Method and apparatus are disclosed for secure idle for a vehicle generator. An example vehicle includes an outlet external to the vehicle, a power inverter dedicated to supplying ac power to the outlet, and a powertrain control module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265071

Variable compression ratio engine

Methods and systems are provided for a variable compression ratio engine. In one example, an engine system may comprise: varying a compression ratio of a cylinder by selectively releasing combustion charge from the cylinder through a bleed valve on a cylinder head; and transforming the released combustion charge into usable electrical power at a turbine generator coupled downstream of the bleed valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265049

Sensor and cleaning apparatus

An apparatus includes a sensor supported by a sensor arm, a fan mounted in a position that is fixed relative to the sensor, and a duct. The sensor includes a cylindrical window defining an axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265048

Sensor cleaning system

A system includes a sensor base, a sensor cover having a window that is rotatably mounted to the base. The system includes a contacting cleaner and a contactless cleaner. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265043

Proximity switch and humidity sensor assembly

A proximity switch assembly with humidity sensing is provided that includes a proximity sensor providing an activation field and control circuitry monitoring a signal responsive to the activation field, determining a switch activation based on the signal, and determining a humidity value based on the signal.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265042

Vehicle window proximity switch and moisture sensor assembly

A proximity switch and moisture sensing assembly includes a vehicle window and a proximity switch including a proximity sensor located on the window and providing an activation field. The proximity switch and moisture sensing assembly also includes control circuitry monitoring a signal responsive to the activation field, determining a switch activation based on the signal, and determining a moisture value based upon the signal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265038

Vehicle communications

A control system for a vehicle includes a controller configured to send a mobile application part protocol (mapp) message to the server requesting that further commands be sent via the mapp. The control system may send the mapp message responsive to receiving a message containing a wakeup command from a server and being unable to establish a packet switched connection with the server. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265033

Restraint system

A restraint system includes a housing, a spool rotatably coupled to the housing, and an actuator fixed relative to the housing. The spool has a base plate with holes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265031

Side airbag with necking chamber

A side airbag for a vehicle includes a main chamber and a necking chamber. The main chamber has an opening for connecting to an inflator and a first thickness in an inflated condition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265027

Impact absorbing system

An impact absorbing system includes a vehicle floor, a rocker, and a reinforcement member. The rocker is disposed below the vehicle floor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265023

Additively manufactured lattice core for energy absorbers adaptable to different impact load cases

An energy absorber including a cover defining a cavity and a lattice core. The lattice core includes rod-shaped links having first and second ends connected at spaced nodes to form a three-dimensional structure disposed inside the cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265019

Autonomous vehicle conversion

An assembly includes a sensor module having an external surface configured to receive a seal and defining a perimeter. The assembly includes a plurality of sensors supported by the sensor module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265011

Retention mechanism for a forward folding seat assembly

A folding seat assembly for e vehicle includes a folding seat pan that is pivotally mounted to a support surface and includes a mounting aperture disposed therethrough. A seatback is coupled to the support surface and includes an outwardly extending bracket with an upwardly extending engagement feature disposed thereon. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265010

Two-tier cushion storage system and integrated feature options

A seating assembly includes a base. A cushion assembly is rotatably coupled with the base proximate a forward portion of the cushion assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265009

Storage assembly and a center console in a vehicle

A storage assembly comprises a first cover having a first foot portion, a second cover having a second cover and a housing. The housing includes a first rail extending at a height direction and having a first end, a second rail extending at the height direction and having a second end, and a cavity forming a storage space. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180265008

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

09/20/18 / #20180264999

Side marker illumination

A vehicle includes a side mirror positioned on an a-pillar. A light assembly is coupled with a bottom surface of the side mirror. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180264980

Four-component armrest assembly and method of manufacturing same

An armrest assembly includes a support substrate, a fabric layer stretching across a receiver of the support substrate and a matrix interface connecting the fabric layer to the support substrate. A cushion overlies the fabric layer and the receiver and a coverstock conceals the cushion and the fabric layer while closing the receiver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180264978

Retention mechanism for a forward folding seat assembly

A hinge assembly for a folding vehicle seat includes upper and lower arms pivotally coupled to one another between open and closed positions. The lower arm is fixedly coupled to a support surface, such as a vehicle body, and the upper arm is fixedly coupled to a lower surface of a seat pan. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180264963

Inductive charging active suspension

A vehicle computer includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions. The processor is programmed to determine a target charging height based on charging information received from a remote server and adjust a height of an inductive pick-up in a host vehicle in accordance with the target charging height prior to an inductive charging process.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180264922

Sliding vehicle window having minimal perimeter seal

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

09/20/18 / #20180264918

Bonding bracket for an operable vehicle window having a partially open adhesive channel

An operable vehicle window includes a glass panel, a locating adapter coupled to a bottom edge of the glass panel and adhesive disposed with a glass-receiving channel of the locating adapter. The glass-receiving channel includes a first portion that engages inboard and outboard sides of the glass panel and a second portion that engages only an outboard portion of the glass panel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/20/18 / #20180263313

Method of interacting with proximity sensor with a glove

A glove is provided that includes a body configured to engage a hand and a plurality of finger sheaths configured to cover fingers of the hand. The glove also has an electrically conductive ink disposed at least at the tip of at least one of the finger sheaths to interact with a proximity sensor, such as a capacitive sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180254903

End-to-end vehicle secure ecu unlock in a semi-offline environment

Method and apparatus are disclosed for end-to-end vehicle secure ecu unlock in a semi-offline environment. An example vehicle electronic control unit includes a first processor and a second processor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180254790

Method and apparatus for vehicle message routing

A system includes a processor configured to route a telematics message to all networks not pre-identified as backbone networks in response to a directionality bit, included in a can identifier, indicating non-backbone routing. The processor is also configured to route the telematics message to any pre-identified backbone networks in response to the directionality bit indicating backbone routing.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180254675

Electric machine rotor

A rotor includes a unitary, single material substrate defining a rotor lamination having pockets defining legs and configured to contain permanent magnets therein to establish a magnetic pole of the rotor. The rotor includes a first region having a predefined magnetic permeability. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180254529

Lithium replenishment for containing capacity loss in li ion batteries

A lithium-ion battery includes a housing, an electrode assembly within the housing, and a high capacity regenerating electrode. The high capacity regenerating electrode is within the housing and electrically isolated from the electrode assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180253990

Information display systems and method for display an efficiency gauge and target

An information display system includes a display including an energy consumption gauge having a bar. The display system includes a controller in communication with the display and configured to instruct the display to include an average efficiency indicator relatively arranged on the bar based on a calculated driver efficiency value, and instruct the display to include a peer efficiency indicator relatively arranged on the bar based on a peer efficiency value.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180252610

Cleaning cycle for capless refueling neck

A method for a vehicle, comprising: following a refueling event, venting a capless refueling assembly to a fuel tank; and then executing an evaporative emissions leak test. In this way, residual fuel trapped in the capless refueling assembly may be removed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180252384

Vehicle light assembly

A light assembly for a vehicle is provided herein. The light assembly includes a housing and a lens. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180252298

Brake clutch connection

A transmission is provided. The transmission may include a planetary gearset. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180252197

Controlling variable compression ratio with a pressure-reactive piston

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting an ignition timing of an internal combustion engine responsive to a biasing force of a pressure-reactive piston. In one example, an engine may include a pressure-reactive piston having a top wall biased away from a piston base by a pressure of gas contained within the base. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251368

Funnel for a fuel tank filler pipe

Systems are provided for refueling a fuel tank of a motor vehicle via a funnel including an insert. In one example, a system may include a funnel including an insert coupled to an inner circumference of the funnel, the insert including a plurality of projections positioned on an inner perimeter of the insert. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251164

Removable tailgate with locking hinge

A hinge assembly for moving a tailgate about a hinge axis. The hinge assembly includes a first hinge part and a second hinge part for mating with the first hinge part. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251162

Hood vent water management system and hood assembly

A hood assembly includes a hood body and a hood vent water management system. The hood vent water management system includes a hood vent having a mounting bracket including a water collection tray and a first water drain and a hood insulator including a water channel and a second water drain. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251155

Assisting drivers with roadway lane changes

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for assisting drivers with roadway lane changes. In general, aspects of the invention are used in motorized vehicles to guide a driver to a more efficiently operating lane of a multi-lane roadway. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251136

Enhanced lane behavior detection

A lane behavior detection value that is a measure of wrist movement of a vehicle occupant is determined. A mechanism in a wearable device is actuated when the lane behavior detection value exceeds a threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251131

Methods and system for operating a hybrid vehicle

Methods and systems are provided for operating a driveline of a hybrid vehicle that includes an internal combustion engine, an electric machine, an integrated starter/generator, and a transmission are described. In one example, transmission output torque and electric machine torque are adjusted while a brake pedal and accelerator pedal are contemporaneously applied.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251119

System and method for in-vehicle resolver alignment

A method, implemented in one or more controllers in a vehicle, includes, in a presence of a propulsive demand of the vehicle that is driven by an engine and an electric machine, holding electric machine current at a predetermined magnitude and sweeping an angle, defined between a reference current and a reference iq component, through a predetermined range. The method further includes operating the electric machine thereafter according to a resolver offset derived from a value of the angle corresponding to an iq component crossing zero.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251117

Hybrid vehicle powertrain torque hole fill during transmission shift

A vehicle includes an engine and an electric machine coupled to a gearbox. A controller is programmed to predict, at an onset of a shift, a supplemental torque profile to fill a torque hole expected during the shift and an available electric machine torque during the shift. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251106

Method for operating a motor-vehicle braking system

A method for operating a braking system of a motor vehicle equipped with a wheel-slip control device, wherein the braking system includes an electrohydraulic service brake, set to generate braking forces independently of an actuation by an operator. The system having a mechanical or electromechanical parking brake actuated by an actuating element, and acting, in particular, on the rear wheels of the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251104

Adjustable brake apparatus for use with vehicles

Adjustable brake apparatus for use with vehicles are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a brake lever to control braking of a vehicle and a handle coupled to the brake lever. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251091

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

09/06/18 / #20180251086

Vehicle frame component

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

09/06/18 / #20180251052

Collapsible lift mechanism for h-point lift

A seat assembly forms a substantially horizontal plane for an exposed surface of each of a lower seat cushion and a seatback cushion of a seatback. The seat assembly comprises a lifter mechanism for a rearward edge of the lower seat cushion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251050

Seatback lift mechanism for a supine motor vehicle seating assembly

A motor vehicle comprises an upper back support comprising a substantially u-shaped tubular member pivotally attached at a first end to one of a pair of opposed lateral seatback frame members and pivotally attached at a second end to the other of the pair of opposed lateral seatback frame members, a substantially rigid planar base attached to a central portion of the tubular member, a latch operably coupling the first end of the tubular member to the one of a pair of opposed lateral seatback members to restrain the tubular member in one of a plurality of positions between a stowed position and a fully raised position, and a cushion disposed above the upper back support to form a movable exposed surface.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251049

Seatback lift mechanism for a supine motor vehicle seating assembly

A motor vehicle comprises an upper back support comprising a substantially u-shaped tubular member pivotally attached at a first end to one of a pair of opposed lateral seatback frame members and pivotally attached at a second end to the other of the pair of opposed lateral seatback frame members, a substantially rigid planar base attached to a central portion of the tubular member, a latch operably coupling the first end of the tubular member to the one of a pair of opposed lateral seatback members to restrain the tubular member in one of a plurality of positions between a stowed position and a fully raised position, and a cushion disposed above the upper back support to form a movable exposed surface.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251048

Mechanism for a supine motor vehicle seating assembly

A seat assembly forming a substantially horizontal plane for an exposed surface of each of a lower seat cushion and a seatback cushion of a seatback comprises a lifter mechanism for a rearward edge of the lower seat cushion. The lifter mechanism comprises a bracket pivotable about a transverse bar fixedly mounted to a frame assembly for a lower seat assembly, the bracket comprising a forward lever and a rearward lever; and a link pinned at a first end to the seatback and pinned at a second end to the rearward lever by a slot. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251047

Vehicle seats including bladders

A vehicle includes a seatback defining a loading surface and operable between deployed and undeployed positions. A seat base is positioned proximate the seatback. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251044

Front seat sleeper seat and features

A seating assembly for a vehicle includes a seat having an extendable leg support. A seatback is operably coupled with the seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251042

Door mounted vehicle seat

A vehicle includes a body and a door moveable relative to the body between the open and closed position. The vehicle includes a seat fixed relative to the door. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251037

Retractable jumper cable vehicle assembly

Method and apparatus are disclosed for retractable jumper cable vehicle assembly. An example vehicle includes an exterior surface, a battery, a retractable cable, a jumper plug coupled to the retractable cable and electrically connected to the battery via the retractable cable, and a compartment along the exterior surface to house the jumper plug when the retractable cable is retracted. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251028

Rear drive unit clutch assembly

A clutch for a rear drive unit (rdu) selectively couples one of the half-shafts to an intermediate shaft. The clutch is actuated with a ball-ramp mechanism having a plate that rotates in response to rotation of a motor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251022

Insert for a fuel tank filler pipe

Systems are provided for refueling a fuel tank of a motor vehicle via an insert for a filler pipe. In one example, a system may include an insert coupled to an inner circumference of the filler pipe, the insert including a plurality of projections positioned on an inner circumference of the insert. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251014

Vehicle including pivotable panel extending across door opening

A vehicle structure including a roof beam and a first pillar and a second pillar each fixed relative to the roof beam. The first pillar and the second pillar are spaced from each other defining a door opening extending from the first pillar to the second pillar. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180251000

Methods and apparatus to calibrate height sensors of a vehicle suspension

Methods and apparatus to calibrate height sensors of a vehicle suspension are described herein. An example method includes measuring a first voltage output of a height sensor coupled to a control arm of a suspension when the control arm is at a first position, associating the first voltage output to the first position of the control arm, measuring a second voltage output of the height sensor when the control arm is at a second position, associating the second voltage output to the second position of the control arm, measuring a third voltage output of the height sensor when the control arm is in a third position, and associating the third voltage output to the third position of the control arm.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180250857

Method of forming a headrest assembly

A method of forming a headrest assembly includes providing a first mold that encloses a first cavity in a closed condition. A support is positioned in the first cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

09/06/18 / #20180250854

Molded polymeric structures having a metallized surface

A molded metallized polymeric structure includes a metal plate-able polymer component having a metallized surface wherein the component includes one or more locking members. The molded metallized polymeric structure additionally includes a polymer resin coupled to one or more binding regions of the metallized surface wherein the polymer resin is positioned to be in contact with the one or more locking members. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180242400

Heat generating system for a motor vehicle

A heat generating system for a motor vehicle includes a carbon nanotube heating element and a controller. The controller is configured to activate the carbon nanotube heating element in response to a wireless activation signal received from a remote communication device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180242113

Method and apparatus for vehicular device-function control

A system includes a processor configured to transmit a series of impulses into a vehicle interior. The processor is also configured to receive data from a wearable-device receiver receiving the impulses, the data indicating arrival times and magnitudes of the impulses. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180242076

Aerodynamically vented subwoofer

A vehicle subwoofer assembly may include an extractor duct including a first portion and a second portion configured to extract air from the vehicle via a vent, and a subwoofer assembly connected to the duct, wherein the duct is configured to extract air from the vehicle and vent air from the subwoofer.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180241337

Reduced ripple inverter for hybrid drive systems

A powertrain for a vehicle includes a wye wound electric machine and a controller. The electric machine is coupled with an inverter. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180241269

Electric machine with stator windings for reduced torque ripple

An electric machine includes a stator carrying two sets of multiphase windings. The sets are electrically isolated from each other and have an angular space displacement of a° electric corresponding to a torque ripple of harmonic order n. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180241262

Electric machine rotor

A rotor includes nested v-shaped inner and outer pockets defining corresponding pole arc angles relative to a common center bridge axis and vertex, respective inner and outer top bridges, and respective inner and outer center bridges. A ratio of corresponding pole arc angle dependent functions and a ratio of a sum of the inner top bridges and center bridge widths to a sum of the outer top bridges and center bridge widths are same.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180241260

Fixtures and methods for forming aligned magnetic cores

Magnetic cores and method and fixtures for forming the same are disclosed. The magnetic core may comprise a magnetic body including magnetic grains and a magnetic flux path, the magnetic grains aligned in a plurality of distinct directional alignments to conform to the magnetic flux path. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180241089

Solid state battery

A method of producing a solid state battery includes pre-coating a solid electrolyte surface with a metal to form a sacrificial layer and contacting a metal alloy with the sacrificial layer such that the sacrificial layer and the metal alloy react to form a eutectic liquid metal interface layer, at room temperature and between the electrolyte and a lithium anode, configured to alloy with the liquid metal interface layer at operating potential.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180241019

Traction battery enclosure compression limiter

An exemplary traction battery assembly includes, among other things, a first portion of an enclosure, a second portion of the enclosure, and a compression limiter. The first portion is overmolded to the compression limiter. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180240321

Civil-defense system

A computer is programmed to receive a command to broadcast an alert; determine a plurality of routes, each for one of a plurality of ground vehicles; and instruct each ground vehicle to follow its respective route while playing a message from external speakers. The computer may be integrated into, for example, a civil-defense system.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180240290

Method and apparatus for statistical vehicle element failure analysis

A system includes a processor configured to receive report of a vehicle part malfunction, along with vehicle travel history covering at least a predefined time period. The processor is also configured to obtain condition data relating to environmental conditions encountered by the vehicle during the travel history. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180239969

Free space detection using monocular camera and deep learning

According to one embodiment, a method for detecting free space near a vehicle includes obtaining an image for a region near a vehicle. The method includes generating, based on the image, a plurality of outputs that each indicate a height for an image column of the image where a boundary of a drivable region is located. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180239483

Position control touchscreens for vehicles

Method, apparatus, and computer readable media are disclosed for position control touchscreens for vehicles. An example vehicle includes a center console touchscreen for controlling vehicle settings, a seat, a seat motor coupled to the seat, a position control touchscreen adjacent to the seat for controlling seat settings, and a position adjuster communicatively coupled to the position control touchscreen. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180239361

Autonomous driving at intersections based on perception data

Systems, methods, and devices for predicting a driver's intention and future movements of a proximal vehicle, whether an automated vehicle or a human driven vehicle, are disclosed herein. A system for predicting future movements of a vehicle includes an intersection component, a camera system, a boundary component, and a prediction component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238436

Cooling device for vehicle components

Methods and systems are provided for a cooling device connected to components of a motor vehicle. The cooling device influencing a fluid flow moving past the vehicle components. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238435

Snubber with scoop feature for automotive tranmission

A snubber for an automotive transmission includes a generally flat surface configured to limit radially-outward movement of a drive member that transfers torque from a transmission gearbox output to a differential input. A mouth of the snubber is fluidly coupled to an internal cavity that capturing transmission fluid as the fluid is moved around due to movement of the drive member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238434

Baffle for automotive transmission

A baffle for a transmission of a vehicle is provided. The transmission includes a gearbox that outputs torque to a differential, which distributes the torque to the wheels. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238416

Vehicular vibration isolation apparatus

A hydraulic mount for a vehicle shock absorber includes a first housing portion, a second housing portion, an orifice plate and a diaphragm connected together to define a first chamber and a second chamber in the hydraulic mount. A first resilient member disposed on the orifice plate defines a first sub-chamber in the first chamber and a second resilient member disposed on the orifice plate defines a second sub-chamber in the second chamber.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238413

Vehicular vibration isolation system and apparatus

No numbers found in figures. An example vehicular shock absorbing apparatus includes a shock absorber, a hydraulic mount operatively coupled with the shock absorber, a first decoupler movably disposed in a first portion of the hydraulic mount, and a second decoupler movably disposed in a second portion of the hydraulic mount.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238363

Castellated joint for improved adhesive coverage when using mechanical fixings and adhesive in one joint

An assembly is provided that includes a castellated upper substrate defining a plurality of alternating troughs and ridges. A lower substrate is disposed adjacent the upper castellated substrate, and an adhesive material is disposed between the castellated upper substrate and the lower substrate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238291

Hybrid module, hybrid unit and motor vehicle as well as starting process for an internal combustion engine

Embodiments for a hybrid drive are provided. In one example, a hybrid module for arrangement on an internal combustion engine, which is configured for starting the internal combustion engine, includes an electric motor, for generating a torque, and an output element connected in a torque-transmitting manner to the electric motor and positioned on an output axle, for transmission of the torque to a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238290

System and method for altering start-stop events

A vehicle is provided. The vehicle may include a controller that, in response to a number of engine stops that occur within a first predefined time period exceeding a user defined threshold value, inhibit further engine auto stops. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238289

Vehicle battery reporting and auto-charge

A storage maintains charge times for vehicles. A processor of a server is programmed to periodically determine a time interval since each of the vehicles has been started according to the charge times. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238261

Hydrocarbon sensor diagnostic

A hydrocarbon sensor diagnosis system includes a computer programmed to collect data from a hydrocarbon sensor while an exhaust gas recirculation system is in an open state. The hydrocarbon sensor is mounted along an engine air intake between an exhaust port of the exhaust gas recirculation system and an intake port of a cylinder head. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238255

Methods and system for injecting water at different groups of cylinders of an engine

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting an amount of water injected upstream of a group of cylinders based on a determined maldistribution of water among cylinders during a water injection event. In one example, a method may include injecting a first amount of water upstream of a first group of cylinders and a different, second amount of water upstream of a second group of cylinders based on operating conditions of the respective cylinder groups. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238254

Methods and system for operating a vehicle with a vented hood and rain tray

Methods and systems are provided for controlling a speed of a vehicle based on whether a rain tray is coupled within the vehicle, below a vented hood of the vehicle. In one example, a method may include maintaining a vehicle speed of a vehicle below a set vehicle speed threshold and alerting a vehicle operator of the set vehicle speed threshold when it is detected that a rain tray is installed in the vehicle, below a vent of a vented hood of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238248

Method and system for selective cylinder deactivation

Systems and methods are provided for increasing the accuracy of air charge estimation for a cylinder that is selectively deactivatable. A controller may deactivate the cylinder in accordance with a firing pattern selected based on torque demand. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238219

Methods and systems for an exhaust gas aftertreatment device

Methods and systems are provided for an exhaust gas aftertreatment device. In one example, a method may include adjusting one or more engine operating parameters to produce ammonia in an ammonia generating device in response to an ammonia demand.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238206

Engine dipstick

An engine with an engine casing and a dipstick. The dipstick extends into the engine casing and has a free end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180238098

Systems and methods for door collision avoidance

A vehicle includes: (a) a rotatable door including: a door stop assembly configured to arrest opening of the door; a rotatable handle; a haptic feedback assembly arranged to vibrate the handle; (b) processor(s) configured to simultaneously activate the door stop and haptic feedback assemblies. The haptic feedback assembly is disposed within the rotatable handle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180237077

Vehicle joint assembly with expandable structural material

A vehicle joint assembly may include a lower housing, an upper housing, an expandable material, first and second vehicle components, and a fastener. The lower housing may define a first cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180237072

Vehicle body including reinforcement on rocker panel

A vehicle body includes a rocker panel elongated along an axis. The vehicle body includes a pillar fixed to the rocker panel and elongated in a direction transverse to the axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180237056

Methods and apparatus for determining kinetic friction in electromechanical steering actuators

Methods and apparatus for determining kinetic friction in electromechanical steering actuators are disclosed herein. In some examples, the apparatus comprises a steering controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180237033

System and method for sound direction detection in a vehicle

A vehicle is provided comprising a cabin area, a steering wheel, a plurality of microphones positioned in the cabin area and configured to have pick-up sensitivity in select directions, and a cue generator configured to provide a haptic cue on the steering wheel in response to a sound detected by the plurality of microphones. Also provided are systems and methods for indicating a detected sound direction in a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180237016

Customized electric parking brake response to maintain engine auto-stop with brake released

A vehicle control method includes, by a controller, while an engine is auto-stopped and an electric parking brake is engaged, auto-starting the engine without releasing the electric parking brake responsive to application of an accelerator pedal less than a predefined amount, and auto-starting the engine and releasing the electric parking brake responsive to application of the accelerator pedal greater than the predefined amount. The method also includes comprising auto-stopping the engine and engaging the electric parking brake responsive to vehicle speed being less than a predefined threshold speed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180237012

Autonomous vehicle towing

A computer that includes a processor and memory that stores instructions executable by the processor, so that the computer is programmed to: instruct a host vehicle to follow a leader vehicle; monitor driving behavior of the leader vehicle; and instruct the host vehicle to cease following the leader vehicle based on an abnormal driving action of the leader vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236997

Methods and systems for thermal management of a vehicle

Methods and systems are provided for a estimating a drive train temperature for a journey. In one example, a method comprises requesting a vehicle operator to input one or more travel parameters for the journey, predicting travel parameters the vehicle operator omitted to input, and displaying an estimated fuel economy for the journey, where the estimated fuel economy is based on the estimated drive train temperature, which is based on the travel parameters.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236975

Object detection for vehicles

A vehicle includes a pair of cameras disposed on the vehicle and oriented to view an entrance to the vehicle. The vehicle also includes a processor configured to compare a profile image of a passenger's facial feature from one of the pair with a frontal image of the passenger's facial feature from the other of the pair. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236972

Automatic power door opening on sustained presence

A power door system for a vehicle including a plurality of power-operated doors is provided. The system includes a passive remote entry device configured to emit a signal to one or more cooperating vehicle receivers and a controller configured to cause the power door system to open the at least one power-operated door when the passive remote entry device signal is received and an individual is detected in a predefined activation zone for a predetermined period of time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236970

Two-point supplemental seatbelt with secondary buckle

A vehicle includes seats having both a primary three-point seatbelt and a supplemental two-point seatbelt. Occupation of a first seat is determined. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236967

Seatbelt assembly including a two-point seatbelt

A seat assembly for a vehicle includes a seat, and a first seatbelt having a first end and a second end. The first end of the first seatbelt is coupled to the seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236948

Vehicle jack bracket assembly

A bracket assembly four securing a hydraulic jack in a vehicle. The bracket assembly including a base and two support walls opposite each other and extending outwardly from the base to support the hydraulic jack. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236945

Vehicle interior and exterior cargo management system

A cargo management system includes a roof rack, a storage compartment rack and a first cross bar. The first cross bar is displaceable between a first position carried on the roof rack and a second position carried on the storage compartment rack. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236944

Pickup box adaptable side-mounted rail

An accessory support for a vehicle cargo area includes a guide assembly adapted to provide vertical and lateral adjustability and at least one support member slidably carried by the guide assembly. The guide assembly includes a first pair of guide rails each including one or more vehicle z-axis oriented guide channels and a second pair of guide rails each including one or more vehicle y-axis oriented guide channels.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236943

Vehicle storage compartment

A vehicle storage compartment includes a structural skeletal frame and a compressible shell supported on and in contact with back and sides of, and enveloping, the skeletal frame to form an owner's manual bin having interior rear walls partially defined by exposed surfaces of the skeletal frame.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236910

Holder assembly

A holder assembly includes a connector positioned at a first end of the holder assembly. An accessory-engagement portion is positioned at a second end of the holder assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236908

Armrest for a vehicle

A vehicle armrest includes a unitary frame defining a horizontal portion having a thinner pliable body and a thicker stiffer perimeter surrounding the body, and first and second vertical portions extending in opposite directions from ends of the horizontal portion. The first vertical portion abuts an inner doorframe, and the horizontal and first vertical portions define a cavity configured to retain a cushion over the body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236900

Child safety seat anchor assembly

The problem of a front seat occupant moving the front seatback so far so as to interfere with the proper positioning of a rear-facing child safety seat or to touch a child's legs while sitting in a front-facing child safety seat is solved by transforming the lower anchor into a segment of an electrical circuit with a normally open switch that is forced to the closed position when a child safety seat attachment system has attached to the lower anchor and the vehicle prevents the front seat from moving beyond a present distance toward the rear seat. The closing of the electrical circuit can be used to supply an input signal to a controller in the vehicle programmed to notify the operator that a child safety seat has been attached to prevent the front seat from moving beyond a fixed distance from the rear seat.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236882

System and method for noise reduction in electrified vehicle powertrain with multi-three-phase electric drive

An electric machine is configured with at least two sets of phase windings. A plurality of power switches is configured to selectively couple voltage terminals to each of the phase windings. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236879

Wireless power transfer system parameter estimation

A vehicle is provided with a coil and a sensor. The coil is adapted to receive power wirelessly in single-phase form from an external coil. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236877

Hybrid drive system

A powertrain for a vehicle includes an electric machine coupled with a first inverter, a traction battery and a second inverter. The traction battery is coupled between a neutral terminal of the electric machine and a negative terminal of the first inverter. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236866

Hybrid vehicle powertrain with manual transmission

An exemplary powertrain assembly includes a first electric machine that selectively drives one or more wheel driveshafts, and a second electric machine that, through a manual transmission, selectively drives one or more wheel driveshafts. An engine, through the manual transmission, selectively drives the same wheel driveshaft selectively driven by the second electric machine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236853

Integrated sunroof drainage conduit

A sunroof drainage conduit integrated into a heating, ventilation and air conditioning duct (hvac) duct for a vehicle is provided. The duct may include an elongated, hollow body defining an air passage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236848

Convertible top incorporating a heat generating element

A convertible top includes an outer layer, a liner and a heating element between the outer layer and the liner. The heating element may comprise a carbon nanotube heating element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236828

Tire-diagnosis system

A computer is programmed to determine that a first vehicle and a second vehicle are in a platoon without an intervening vehicle, receive a thermal image of a tire of the first vehicle from the second vehicle, navigate a route for the first vehicle based upon determining that the thermal image exceeds a threshold.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236827

Method and system for vehicle tire inflation

Methods and systems are provided for using a forced induction system as a source of compressed air to pressurize a portable pressure vessel for inflating tires. In one example, a method may include providing instructions to the operator to initiate the method which includes the operator coupling the portable pressure vessel to a connection port included on the induction passage of the induction manifold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180236753

Vehicular polymeric glazing

A polymeric glazing of a vehicle includes a polycarbonate glazing substrate having interior and exterior vehicle sides, a hardcoat layer applied directly to the interior vehicle side, and a co-extruded film, having polycarbonate and polymethylmethacrylate portions, in direct contact with the exterior vehicle side such that the polymeric glazing lacks a hardcoat layer outside the exterior vehicle side and the polymethylmethacrylate portion forms an outer-most layer of the polymer glazing.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/23/18 / #20180235372

Deployable and retractable writing surface

A deployable armrest writing assembly comprises an armrest, a writing surface, and a bridging segment. The bridging segment is connected to the writing surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180235082

Bending method for printed circuit board

A bendable printed circuit board is provided. The bendable circuit board may include a circuit board having first and second sections and at least one plated wire that electrically connects and mechanically joins the first and second sections together. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180234843

Secure session communication between a mobile device and a base station

A vehicle includes: (i) a main telematics module, (ii) a connectivity module including antenna(s) and processor(s). The connectivity module is configured to: (a) authenticate a mobile device via a vehicle-access-key (vak); (b), if (a), issue an ephemeral-session-key (dsk) to the mobile device; (c), if (b), establish an active session with the mobile device; (d) encrypt all messages to the mobile device with the vak during (a) and with the dsk during (c). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180234498

Smart routing for on-vehicle telematics protocol

A vehicle system includes a gateway including a database and configured to transfer messages between a plurality of controllers, each controller connected to one of a plurality of nodes, the gateway further configured to broadcast, to all the nodes, a request message received from a first controller for receipt by a second controller, receive, from a first node, a response message from the second controller for receipt by the first controller, and link, in the database, the first node and the second controller.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180234446

Systems and methods for security breach detection in vehicle communication systems

Systems and methods for detection of security breaches in intravehicular communication systems are disclosed. In some embodiments, this may include intravehicular communication using messages sent with a checksum and a dynamic mathematical operator field. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180233996

Methods for tuning magnetic properties of electrical steel cores for electrical devices

Methods for tuning properties of electric machines are disclosed. A method for reducing core loss in an electric machine includes punching a plurality of laminations from one or more electrical steel sheets that results in one or more cut edges. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180233789

Traction battery integrated thermal plate and tray

A vehicle traction battery assembly may include a traction battery and a battery tray. The traction battery is for powering a portion of an electrified vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180233724

Traction battery spacer with retention element

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

08/16/18 / #20180232959

Enhanced central gateway for vehicle networking

A central gateway of a vehicle includes a processor and a storage connected to a plurality of vehicle buses. The gateway receives raw data from an electronic control unit (ecu) via one of the vehicle buses, augments the raw data with availability, classification, and context information, publishes the raw data to a publish/subscribe topic hosted to the storage, and subscribes at least a second ecu of the vehicle to the topic. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180232223

Method and apparatus for multi cycle vehicle software update compliance handling

A system includes a processor configured to query one or more vehicle electronic control unit (ecu) modules to determine current software versions installed on the ecu modules, responsive to a multi-cycle update process resuming. The processor is also configured to pause the update process, responsive to the query identifying a change in at least one software version to a different version from when the update process first began. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180232190

Display device for a motor vehicle

The disclosure specifies a display device for a motor vehicle. The display device has a memory unit that stores visual requirements of vehicle occupants, an identification component that identifies a vehicle occupant, a processing unit that is designed to assign the visual requirements to an identified vehicle occupant and transfer the assigned visual requirements to a display. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180231282

Air conditioning system connector

A vehicle air conditioning system connector is provided. The connector includes: a first supply port, a second supply port, a first return port, a second return port, a first branch port and a second branch port.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180231101

Balancer shaft assemblies

Methods and systems are provided for balancer shaft assemblies featuring bearing caps. In one example, a system may include a bearing cap connected to a housing surrounding a balancer shaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180230935

Cylinder block for internal combustion engine

An engine and a method of forming an engine are provided. The engine has a block that defines a cooling jacket extending continuously about an outer perimeter of first and second siamesed cylinders. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180230934

Liquid-cooled internal combustion engine

An internal combustion engine with coolant jackets is provided. The internal combustion engine includes a cylinder head coupled to a cylinder block to form a first cylinder, an upper head-associated coolant jacket including a coolant conduit traversing the cylinder head, a lower head-associated coolant jacket fluidly separated from the upper cylinder head coolant jacket and including a coolant conduit traversing the cylinder head vertically below the upper head-associated coolant jacket, and a block-associated coolant jacket including, a first coolant passage having an inlet in fluidic communication with a coolant pump outlet and an outlet in fluidic communication with an inlet of the lower head-associated coolant jacket, and a second coolant passage having an inlet in fluidic communication with an outlet of the lower head-associated coolant jacket and an outlet in fluidic communication with a heat exchanger.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180230930

Methods and system mitigating direct injection degradation

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

08/16/18 / #20180230725

Rotary hinge assembly

A rotary hinge assembly includes a fluid chamber filled with a fluid and a constricted section with a throat area which is tunable by a throat tuner to control the fluid flow passing through the constricted section. Within the fluid chamber, a rotary connecting pin is mounted so that a first longitudinal end of the pin is connected to a door, and a second longitudinal end of the pin is concentrically and rotatably mounted within the fluid chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180230720

Latch mechanism for storage box

A latch mechanism for a vehicle storage box may include a pair of pawls fixed on opposite sides of a coupler and configured to cause inward translation of one pawl in response to actuation at the other pawl, and a sliding element arranged between each of the pawls and the coupler, the sliding element including at least one retention mechanism to fix the pawl to the sliding element and further including a biasing element to compress the pawl to further engage the pawl with the retention mechanism.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180230289

Low cost high heat polymer with improved sound deadening properties made with recycled plastics

A high heat polymer with improved sound deadening properties is provided. The material includes recycled pet (polyethylene terephthalate) as its base polymer and combination of mineral fillers and fibers to improve heat deflection temperatures and to create a barrier within the polymer that blocks noise. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229779

Powered hinge assembly and powered tailgate assembly incorporating that powered hinge assembly

A powered hinge assembly includes a first gate hinge feature, a drive unit connected to the first gate hinge feature and a controller configured to displace the first gate hinge feature to an installation position upon connection to a power source. A powered tailgate assembly, incorporating the powered hinge assembly, and a method of installing a tailgate are also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229778

Mechanical interface

A vehicle includes a first metallic body panel, second metallic body panel, and spacer. The first metallic body panel is secured to the second metallic body panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229777

Vehicle floor pan

A floor pan assembly is disclosed that includes a side sill extending in a longitudinal direction that has a lower portion and a top surface. The floor pan may include a weld flange having a height h1 that is welded to the lower portion along a full length of the floor pan and an extended weld flange having a height h2 that is higher than h1 and welded to the top surface of the side sill along a limited length of the floor pan. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229752

Heated steering wheel system

A system may include a steering wheel assembly including a plurality of heat mat sections configured to selective heat a subset of the steering wheel, and a controller coupled to the heat mat sections via at least one connector, the controller configured to instruct the connector to provide current to at least one of the heat mat sections based on a user preference associated with an identified user.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229731

Coordinated actuation of vehicle stop modes

A vehicle includes an engine operable in an auto stop-start (ss) mode. The engine is adapted to auto stop and auto start in the ss mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229729

Methods for vehicle speed accuracy compensation

A method and system for calibrating a speed displayed in a vehicle is provided. In one example, a method includes adjusting a determination of vehicle speed responsive to character recognition of an image from an on-board camera of the vehicle, the image including an external speed measurement source (such as a radar speed sign) displaying a speed measurement. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229728

Vehicle control during tip-in

A vehicle powertrain includes an engine and a transmission, each controlled by controllers that communicate with one another. When the vehicle is coasting in certain gears, a one-way clutch over-runs. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229723

Feedback-based control model generation for an autonomous vehicle

A computer system receives data sets for a driving maneuver at a location, such as data regarding a state of a vehicle, an external environment indicated by external sensors, and user feedback regarding the driving maneuver. Data sets may be collected from users having various demographic and behavioral attributes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229720

Method and mechanism that assists a parking process of a motor vehicle

A method and a device assist a parking process of a motor vehicle. A number of different parking options are determined that differ from each other regarding the parking space to be accessed during the parking process. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229716

Method for controlling the parking process of a hybrid electric vehicle

The invention relates to a method for controlling the parking process of a hybrid electric vehicle, in particular a mild hybrid electric vehicle, in which an electric motor and an internal combustion engine can act on the drive train at the same time and in which, furthermore, a starter motor is connected to the drive train. The principle of electric parking is to be solved by the invention. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229714

System and method for controlling lash crossing in a vehicle powertrain

A vehicle is disclosed having a motor and engine selectively coupled to the motor via a clutch. The vehicle includes a controller configured to, in response to a vehicle wheel torque reversal, open the clutch to disconnect the engine from the motor, command the engine to enter a speed control mode, and control a motor output torque through a region surrounding the vehicle wheel torque reversal to reduce torque disturbances in a vehicle driveline.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229712

Systems and methods for meeting wheel torque demand in a hybrid vehicle

Systems and methods are shown for meeting wheel torque demand in a hybrid vehicle with an engine, a dual clutch transmission coupled to a driveline of the vehicle downstream of the engine, and an electric machine coupled to the driveline downstream of the dual clutch transmission. In one example, a method comprises transferring transmission input torque through a clutch of the dual clutch transmission controlled to a first capacity, and in response to a desired transmission input torque exceeding the capacity, increasing torque output of the electric machine coupled downstream of the dual clutch transmission to assist in meeting a wheel torque demand. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229698

Methods and apparatus to perform brake sweeping procedures on vehicle brakes

Example methods and apparatus to perform brake sweeping procedures on vehicle brakes are described herein. An example apparatus includes a controller to determine when a vehicle has made a turn, compare an angle at which the vehicle has turned to an angle threshold, and schedule a brake sweeping procedure based on the comparison.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229694

Self-cleaning system for interior of a motor vehicle

A self-cleaning system is provided for the interior of a motor vehicle. That self-cleaning system includes a photoactive self-cleaning surface, a sun shade, an actuator displacing the sun shade between an opened position and a closed position and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229692

System and method of operating windshield wipers of a semi-autonomous motor vehicle

A windshield wiper operating system is provided for a semi-autonomous motor vehicle. That windshield wiper operating system includes a windshield wiper, a windshield wiper drive motor and a controller configured to deactivate the windshield wiper operation when raining and the semi-autonomous motor vehicle is in autonomous driving mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229691

Controller for vehicle wiper system

A system for a vehicle wiper is disclosed. The system comprises a first rain sensor disposed on a fore portion of a vehicle and a second rain sensor disposed on an aft portion of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229688

Vehicle with water detection

A vehicle includes an engine compartment and two rockers fixed relative to the engine compartment. The two rockers define a passenger cabin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229681

Roof mounted airbag assmebly for rear seat

An airbag assembly includes a base member and an airbag supported by the base member and being inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag includes a panel and a plurality of sheets attached to the panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229676

Short-circuit protection for vehicle redundant power architecture

A power distribution system for a vehicle includes a plurality of switching devices arranged in a circuit to selectively control power flow between a plurality of buses operating within a same voltage range. The power distribution system further includes a controller programmed to, in response to the switching devices being in a state to transfer power between the buses and a current flowing through one of the buses exceeding a predetermined current, operate the switching devices to isolate the buses.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229668

Optimized powertrain control module bracket

A bracket for supporting a vehicle control module, such as a powertrain control module, is disclosed. The bracket includes a body having a base wall, nodes or support posts, and side walls. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229667

Vehicle tailgate system

A vehicle tailgate includes an internal panel, upper panel, lower panel, pair of side panels, and pair of tie-down brackets. The internal panel extends from the upper panel to the lower panel and between the pair of side panels. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229658

Vehicle monitoring system and method

A vehicle system is provided herein. The vehicle system includes an imager generating images of a scene rearward of a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229649

Vehicle hazard notification system

A hazard notification system for a vehicle is disclosed. The system comprises a plurality of exterior lights and a positioning system configured to identify a location of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229644

Automotive exterior lamp assembly with charge port

A vehicle includes a battery charger and an exterior lamp assembly. The assembly includes a housing defining a cavity, and an electrical port including at least one electrical terminal disposed within the cavity, electrically connected with the battery charger, and configured to be electrically connected with an electrical power grid remote from the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229642

Device for securing loads on a loading surface of a vehicle

A device for securing loads on a loading surface of a vehicle, comprising at least one floor plate retained on the loading surface and having recesses arranged to be distributed in a grid-like manner, rods or tubes which are able to be releasably fixed in the recesses and at least one limiting element which at two ends in each case comprises at least one fastener, the ends of the limiting element being able to be releasably fastened thereby to a free end of the rods or tubes. The at least one limiting element is configured as a flexible strap.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229637

Two-piece all-weather floor mat with integreated snap-fit locking feature

A multi-piece floor mat for a vehicle is provided. The floor mat includes a first section and a second section that are configured to assemble to one another to create a single floor mat assembly that spans across two or more floor regions of respective seating areas of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229632

Vehicle seating assembly

A vehicle seating assembly comprises a body with a center portion and four corner portions and a seating surface. A supporting layer is disposed below the body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229616

Charging energy recapture assembly and method

An exemplary charging energy recapture assembly includes a fluid loop outside a traction battery of an electrified vehicle. The fluid loop communicates a charger fluid through a charger to the electrified vehicle and returns the charger fluid to a charging station without combining the charger fluid with a vehicle fluid. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229609

Control of redundant power architecture for a vehicle

A power distribution system for a vehicle includes a switching circuit configured to selectively enable power flow between a first bus and a second bus operable within a common voltage range. The power distribution system further includes a controller programmed to, in response to power flow being inactive and a current flowing through the first bus exceeding a current threshold, operate the switching circuit to enable power flow from the second bus to the first bus.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229600

Fuel tank vapor suppression devices

A fuel vapor suppression system in a fuel tank in a vehicle comprises a fuel storage compartment, an opening, an inlet check valve in the opening connected to a fuel filler pipe, and a vapor suppression device disposed in the fuel storage compartment and connected with the inlet check valve. The vapor suppression device may include a cylindrical mesh body having a pore size of no less than 1 mm. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229596

Hybrid transaxle

A power-split hybrid transmission includes a direction reversing mechanism between the transmission input and a power-splitting planetary gear set. The transmission input is driven by an internal combustion engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229585

Method of controlling an air plume expelled from a motor vehicle air register

A method for controlling an air plume expelled from an air register includes configuring a plurality of vanes of the air register to provide the air plume with a width w1 when in a first position to direct the air plume in a first direction, such as toward an individual in the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle, and a width w2 when in a second position to direct the air plume in a second direction such as away from the individuals where w1>w2.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229562

Tow-hook assembly

A tow-hook assembly may include a vehicle frame and a bumper arranged thereon, and a tow-hook assembly configured to attach to the vehicle bumper and provide a tow-hook. The assembly may include a bracket defining an opening configured to receive the tow-hook, and a brace attached to a backside of the bracket and including a projection extending through the opening to the opposite side of the bracket.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229560

Monitoring tires of vehicles via personal area networks

Method and apparatus are disclosed for monitoring tires of vehicles via personal area networks. An example vehicle includes a body, nodes spaced apart on the body, a tire, a transceiver coupled to the tire, and a tire detector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229437

Windshield bond strength assessment by terahertz spectroscopy

A method of assessing cure rate of an adhesive adhering a windshield to a flange includes, by a controller, operating a terahertz beam generator to direct a terahertz beam at a windshield-flange interface, periodically measuring the light from the beam reflected from the adhesive, and outputting a cure rate of the adhesive based on a refractive index associated with the light from the beam reflected from the adhesive.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229330

Hybrid steering wheel armature

A steering wheel armature includes a hub, a spoke and a rim. The hub has a first portion and a second portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229249

Nozzle for discharging compressed air

The present disclosure relates to a nozzle for discharging compressed air having a circumferential surface section which extends from a feed end to a discharge end and extends at least partially axially, and an end section produced in one piece, which extends radially inward from the circumferential surface section at the discharge end. In order to allow efficient and targeted compressed air discharge, the present disclosure envisages that a plurality of helical passages extend through the end section, each of which slopes in a tangential direction, at least in some section or sections, and into each of which a first discharge opening for compressed air opens.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180227765

Cellular service borrowing using dedicated short range communication technology

Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide systems and methods for cellular service borrowing between vehicles. More particularly, the system uses dedicated short range communication (dsrc) technology in telematics. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180227695

In-vehicle, multi-dimensional, audio-rendering system and method

A method is disclosed for issuing audio alerts within the cabin of a vehicle. The method may include detecting a condition programmatically assigned an audio alert and a virtual source for the audio alert. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180227654

Integrated speaker and light

An integrated speaker and lamp assembly includes a speaker diaphragm and a light source directing light through the speaker diaphragm. A related method of integrating a speaker and a lamp is also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180227548

Vehicle scratch detection and monitoring

A method and apparatus are disclosed for vehicle scratch detection and monitoring. An example vehicle includes insulated wires located below an exterior surface, a communication device, a camera to capture an image of an area around the exterior surface, and a scratch detector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180225970

Advanced v2x event dissemination

Disclosed is a host vehicle including: motor(s), sensors, processor(s) configured to: (i) package sensed data into a first unit; (ii) determine whether a vehicle-to-infrastructure connection is (a) active or (b) inactive; (iii) if (a), append a true flag to the unit and if (b) append a false flag to the unit; (iv) transmit the first appended unit over a vehicle-to-vehicle connection; (v) determine whether a second appended unit, received over a vehicle-to-vehicle connection, includes (c) a true flag or (d) a false flag; (vi) if (d), transmit the second appended unit over the vehicle-to-infrastructure connection; (vii) if (c), not transmit the second appended unit over the vehicle-to-infrastructure connection.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180225965

Apparatus using sync and balanced v2v communication

A vehicle equipped with a wireless communication interface is configured to communicate with other similarly equipped vehicles within an intersection area. By including the wireless communication equipment to communicate with other vehicles within the intersection area, a traffic optimization tool running on one or more of the vehicles is enabled to direct traffic through the intersection area even in the case where one or more traffic signals are malfunctioning.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180225890

System and method for assessing the interior of an autonomous vehicle

An autonomous vehicle includes interior sensors including an ir camera and a visible light camera. Images of an interior of the vehicle are captured using the cameras both before and after a passenger rides in the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180224937

Input and output device with tactile feedback

An input and output device includes a speaker diaphragm and a touch sensor carried on the speaker diaphragm. The input and output device may also include a display device oriented to display an image through the speaker diaphragm and the touch sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180224861

Vehicle repositioning for evaporative emission reduction

A vehicle includes an evaporative emission control system. A position of the vehicle is determined. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180224859

Tornado detection systems and methods

Example tornado detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives data from a sensor mounted to a vehicle and analyzes the received data using a deep neural network. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180224847

Non-autonomous steering modes

A computer is programmed to detect a request to steer a host vehicle. The computer is further programmed to determine a steering angle of the host vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180224054

Heatshield for a band clamp

A heatshield for a band clamp, the heatshield comprising: an attachment member configured to be inserted axially into the clamp; and a thermal insulator secured to the attachment member, the thermal insulator being configured to at least partially extend over an outer surface of the clamp when the attachment member is inserted into the clamp.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180223958

Multi-speed transmission

A transmission gearing arrangement includes four simple planetary gear sets, three brakes, and four clutches. The transmission produces two reverse gear ratios and twelve forward speed ratios in response to engagement of the brakes in clutches in combinations of three. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180223876

Cooling fans for engine cooling system

Systems and methods are provided for a bladeless radiator cooling fan. In one example, a system may include a plurality of bladeless entrainment discs surrounded by a shroud, each bladeless entrainment disc including a hollow central opening that enables unrestricted ambient airflow through the cooling fan, and a source fan for providing airflow to the bladeless entrainment that is encased by a housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180223835

Wear-resistant coating for oil pump cavity

Oil pumps having wear-resistant coatings applied thereto and methods of applying the coatings are disclosed. The oil pump may include an aluminum housing that defines a cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180223760

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

08/09/18 / #20180223751

Method and system for boosted engine system

Methods and systems are provided for operating an electric supercharger as an on-board air pump and/or vacuum pump. During conditions when a vehicle is not being propelled and the vehicle engine is idling, a portion of an air intake passage is sealed and the supercharger is operated to deliver compressed air into the sealed portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180223726

Connecting arrangement for turbocharger actuator

Methods and systems are provided for an actuator connected to a turbocharger via a connecting arrangement. In one example, a system may include a connection arrangement which yields above a threshold force. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180223718

Stamped aerodynamic deflector for vehicle muffler

A two-piece, stamped muffler having an integrally-attached aerodynamic shield having a flat bottom shape is disclosed. The muffler may be formed with a substantially flat lower surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180223707

Engine housing component

An engine housing component is provided, the housing component defining two or more drain channels configured to receive oil separated from a crankcase ventilation system and to drain said oil through the housing component, wherein the engine housing component comprises two or more drain features, each of the drain features corresponding to one of the drain channels, wherein each of the drain features is configured to allow an oil drain pipe to be coupled to the drain feature such that the oil drain pipe is in fluid communication with the corresponding drain channel, wherein a first drain feature differs from the or each of the other drain features, such that a particular oil drain pipe configured to couple to the first drain feature is not couplable to the other drain features. An engine housing assembly and kit of oil drain pipes is also provided.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180223581

Hood energy management apparatus for hood overslam protection and flush fit

A hood energy management apparatus includes an energy dissipation feature having a magnetic component and a pneumatic component as well as a hood bumper carried on the energy dissipation feature. A related method of managing hood closing energy and also automatically providing proper hood fit and finish is also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180223569

Magnetic anti-theft lock system and method

An anti-theft lock system for a motor vehicle includes a motor vehicle support surface, a component to be protected from theft and an electromagnetic locking feature securing the component to the motor vehicle support surface. An anti-theft mirror and a method of preventing theft of a frangible component from a motor vehicle are also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222531

Roof structure with integrated roof rack and accessory attachment assemblies

A roof structure is disclosed for a vehicle that comprises a roof bow including a wall forming part of an exterior roof surface of the vehicle. The wall defines a keyhole opening that is adapted to receive a retainer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222494

Enhanced curve negotiation

Data on an impending curve, speed, and acceleration of a vehicle are collected. A curve attention output that is a measure of the vehicle speed, the vehicle acceleration, and the curvature of the impending curve is determined based at least in part on the data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222489

Customer driving mode for vehicles

An access assessment tool is described for providing a technical solution for selectively controlling access to restricted information and/or implementation of restricted functionalities based on a current vehicle mode and/or validated credentials. The access assessment tool described herein controls the validation of a user or diagnostic tool requesting access to restricted information or implementation of a restricted function before allowing access to the restricted information or allowing implementation of the restricted function.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222485

System and method for generating vacuum via an engine

Methods and systems for improving vacuum generation for an engine that may be operated at higher altitudes are presented. In one non-limiting example, a transmission that is mechanically coupled to the engine may be shifted from a gear to neutral in response to an actual total number of times a vehicle brake pedal is applied and partially released while the vehicle is stopped and the brake pedal is applied.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222477

Speed controller for a vehicle

Method and apparatus are disclosed for a speed controller for a vehicle. An example disclosed vehicle includes a power train control unit and an autonomy unit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222468

Torque disturbance management system and method

A hybrid electric vehicle has a powertrain including an internal combustion engine, an electric machine, and a transmission coupled to controller(s) that control torque disturbances arising from changing output torques of the engine, electric machine, and transmission. A torque disturbance threshold is adjusted for driver comfort, and is used to respond to torque demand signals from the vehicle systems, including a battery charging subsystem, and a driver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222462

Determining friction data of a target vehicle

A computer that includes a processor and memory that stores instructions executable by the processor. The instructions may include generating, at a host vehicle, a roadway friction map by: detecting a velocity change of a target vehicle; calculating friction data based on the velocity change; and storing the friction data.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222406

Grommet with tie-strap tower

Disclosed is a grommet for protecting a tube, the grommet including a first port, a second port, and a flexible bellows disposed therebetween. The first port defines a central axis and includes: a conduit leading to the bellows and a first strap tower defining at least one first strap aperture. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222405

Grommet with tie-strap tower

Disclosed is a grommet for protecting a tube, the grommet including a first port, a second port, and a flexible bellows disposed therebetween. The first port defines a central axis and includes: a conduit leading to the bellows and a first strap tower defining at least one first strap aperture. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222400

Device holders

A device holder to hold an electronic device is provided. The device holder comprises an upper arc arm; a lower arc arm; and a drive device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222394

Expandable and reconfigurable console

A center console includes a base and a bin supported on the base. The bin has a first section and a second section that define a variable volume storage compartment.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222386

Enhanced lane negotiation

A time to lane crossing that is a measure of a time for a vehicle to cross from a lane to another lane, is determined. A lane negotiation characteristic that is a measure of a mean vehicle offset front the lane, is determined. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222385

Heads-up display with point of display audio alert capability

A heads-up display includes a transparent speaker diaphragm and an image projector oriented to project an image onto the transparent speaker diaphragm. The heads-up display has the capability of providing visual data and an audio alert from a single point source.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222384

Audio of external speakers of vehicles based on ignition switch positions

Method and apparatus are disclosed for audio of external speakers of vehicles based on ignition switch positions. An example vehicle includes an exterior surface, an external speaker positioned along the exterior surface, an ignition switch, and a speaker controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222381

Vehicle light assembly

A light assembly is provided herein. The light assembly includes a pair of light assemblies disposed on opposing sides of a rear portion of a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222373

Item holder having a self-adjusting air bladder system

An item holder includes a receiving well with an upper opening. First and second air bladders are disposed in the receiving well. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222372

Item holder having a self-adjusting air bladder system

An item holder includes a receiving well with a sidewall and an upper opening. One or more air bladders are disposed within the receiving well and are operable between inflated and deflated conditions within the receiving well. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222371

Pivotable armrest with bolt mechanism

An armrest for a motor vehicle has a housing body and an arm support fitted pivotably on the housing body. A rotatably mounted bolt is provided on the arm support with a bolt tongue which, in a locking position, interacts with a striker plate on the housing body, as a result of which a pivoting of the arm support away from the housing body is blocked. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222362

Internal upper seatback support for driving and sleeper seats

A vehicle seating assembly includes a frame having first and second side members. A seatback and a head restraint are supported on the frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222312

Apparatus and method for reducing overall weight of rear differential cooling system

A method and apparatus are provided to reduce the overall weight of a rear differential cooling system of a motor vehicle. The apparatus includes a body panel system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222290

Automotive interior air quality carbon cannister status and replacement/regeneration control

An air filtration system for a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle includes a filter bed positioned downstream from a blower motor and upstream from one or more vents. The air filtration system additionally includes a heater coupled to the filter bed, a sensor configured to measure a functional capacity of the filter bed, and a controller configured to regenerate the filter bed using the heater as initiated by the real-time sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222286

Method to heat the cabin while cooling the battery during fast charge

A thermal management system of a vehicle is disclosed. The vehicle includes a battery-coolant system including a chiller defining a thermal capacity and an electronic expansion valve arranged to selectively route fluid to the cooler. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222284

Method of mitigating temperature buildup in a passenger compartment

A method of mitigating temperature buildup in a passenger compartment of a vehicle is provided. The method includes the steps of: (a) monitoring a temperature differential between a temperature inside the passenger compartment and an ambient temperature of the passenger compartment; (b) generating power utilizing the temperature differential; and (c) actuating a passive mitigation accessory when the temperature differential is above a predetermined threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222277

Rear axle suspension for a vehicle

A rear axle suspension includes a holder for pivotable connection of a connecting portion of a semirigid axle to a vehicle superstructure the holder is stationary relative to the vehicle superstructure and has a first and a second holding arrangement for an axle pin. The first and second holding arrangements are arranged on both sides of the connecting portion along a pin axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222266

Control arm for wheel suspension

A control arm for a wheel suspension of a motor vehicle. The control arm including a base body having a spring seat for receiving a helical spring of the wheel suspension. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222264

Vertically articulating trailer hitch receiver for vehicle

The disclosed inventive concept provides a vertically articulating trailer hitch assembly for use with a vehicle, and particularly for use with an autonomous vehicle. The trailer hitch assembly is pivotally attached to the vehicle frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222072

Hand-operated rotary belt cutter

The disclosed inventive concept provides a rotary cutter and method of accurately cutting a ribbed transmission belt lengthwise to a desired width. The rotary cutter includes an upper portion having a handle end and a pivot end and a lower portion having a handle end and a pivot end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/09/18 / #20180221959

Method of manufacturing a manganese bismuth alloy

A method of increasing volume ratio of magnetic particles in a mnbi alloy includes operating a jet miller fed with a mnbi alloy powder containing magnetic particles and non-magnetic particles with gas flow parameters selected such that, only for the magnetic particles, a gas drag force is greater than a centrifugal force within the jet miller to separate the magnetic particles from the non-magnetic particles.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180220555

Fluid management for autonomous vehicle sensors

An autonomous vehicle includes an autonomous-driving system having at least one autonomous vehicle component disposed at a roof region of the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle further includes a thermal management system adapted to transmit a coolant in proximity to the autonomous vehicle component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180220429

Phone-as-a-key localization based on object detection

Method and apparatus are disclosed for phone-as-a-key localization based on object detection. An example disclosed vehicle includes sensors, wireless nodes, and a phone key unit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180219546

Resonant gate driver

A gate driver of a power device includes a power supply and a resonant circuit. The power supply may have a positive potential and a negative potential. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180219507

Multiple inverter hybrid drive system

A powertrain for a vehicle includes and electric machine and a plurality of inverters. The electric machine may include a stator defining a plurality of stator teeth separated by slots that are configured to accept windings. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180219455

Lightweight rotor endplate for electric machine

An electric machine is disclosed. The electric machine may include a rotor and an endplate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180219267

High-efficiency hydrogen-powered motor vehicle

A motor vehicle includes an electrolysis device for decomposing water into hydrogen and oxygen, a storage battery, a hydrogen-powered energy source providing motive power for the motor vehicle and a controller configured to prioritize routing excess vehicular-generated electrical energy to the electrolysis device over the storage batter. A related method of efficiently operating a hydrogen-powered motor vehicle is also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180219261

Multifunctional ion pouch battery cell frame

A lithium ion pouch battery cell includes a rigid frame forming a skeleton of the cell and defining an aperture, an anode, a separator, and a cathode disposed within the aperture. The anode and cathode each include a current collector with an exposed tab portion, and a pair of terminals, integrated into the frame, each having an exterior portion and an interior portion bonded to one of the current collectors.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180219191

Multifunctional pouch battery cell frame

A pouch battery cell includes a rigid frame forming a skeleton of the cell and defining an aperture, an anode, a separator, a cathode, and a thermal transfer device disposed within the aperture, the anode and cathode each including a current collector with an exposed tab portion bonded to a terminal, integrated into the frame, and the thermal transfer device integrated into the frame and partially extending to the cell exterior.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180218470

Personalized seat system for rideshare vehicle interior

A vehicle is selected by the server to perform a ride-share. A seating location within the vehicle is identified. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180217966

Web rendering for smart module

A system includes a personal device in communication with a vehicle component and an on-board server and including a processor programmed to receive, from the component, an advertisement defining a low-footprint interface template and a unique identifier indicative of a corresponding rich content interface template, send, to the server, a request including the identifier to provide the corresponding template, and, upon receipt of the corresponding template, render a rich content user interface based on the corresponding template.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180217953

Method and apparatus for distributed computing using controller area network protocols

A system includes a first electronic control unit (ecu) processor configured to function as a scheduler, connected to a bus on a controller area network. The processor is also configured to receive an availability notification, indicating ecu available processing power, from a second ecu connected to the bus. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180217831

Method and apparatus for secure multi-cycle vehicle software updates

A system includes a processor controlling a vehicle module (vm) in communication with a telematics control unit (tcu) over a bus. In this embodiment, the processor is configured to receive an authentication request, including a counter value, from the tcu. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180217828

Over-the-air updates security

A system for a vehicle includes a controller configured to receive encrypted software updates including a first signature, decrypt the received software updates using a decryption key received with update instructions indicative of available software updates, and install the decrypted updates in response to detecting that the first signature matches a second signature generated by the controller using a signature verification key.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216950

Platform for rating and sharing route-specific data

The present disclosure extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for providing a socially based platform for rating routes of travel based on member user experience.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216666

Bearing arrangement

A bearing arrangement for connecting two components including a bearing bushing having an inner sleeve and an elastic element surrounding the inner sleeve. Two connection portions are arranged axially on both sides of the inner sleeve wherein a connector having a shaft portion extending through the inner sleeve applies a clamp force compressing the connection portions axially against the inner sleeve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216649

Insert for joining components

A joined structure includes a first component, a second component, and an insert. The first component is formed of a fiber-reinforced material and has a hole defining an axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216591

Fuel pump mounting

Methods and systems are provided for mounting a fuel pump to a cylinder head of an engine. In one example, a mounting system may comprise: an engine fuel pump mounted directly to a cylinder head cap positioned underneath a cam cover, the cap including a raised portion having a first and a second cap mounting boss, and a main opening for directly receiving the fuel pump, wherein each of the first and second cap mounting bosses couple to a flange formed on a bottom portion of the fuel pump. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216584

Hood insulator having an integral air box closeout feature

An engine air induction system includes an air box and a hood insulator. The air box has an open top and a perimeter seal extending continuously around the open top. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216581

Exhaust gas recirculation system and method for operation thereof

An engine system is provided. The engine system may include an exhaust gas heat exchanger valve including an actuatable valve plate, a valve actuation assembly adjusting the position of the valve plate through operation of mechanical linkage coupled to the valve plate, and a flow reversal valve positioned in a coolant passage, the flow reversal valve configured to reverse the coolant flow in a flapper coolant conduit to trigger actuation of the mechanical linkage.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216562

Fuel injector diagnostics in a variable displacement engine

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing a degraded fuel injector delivering undesired additional fuel in a variable displacement engine. In one example, a method includes, responsive to an indication of a cylinder air-fuel imbalance, deactivating a subset of cylinders of a multi-cylinder engine, performing a power balance test to determine an output of each cylinder after a duration of deactivation, and indicating that a deactivated cylinder has a degraded fuel injector responsive to the output being lower than a threshold output.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216510

Exhaust gas aftertreatment

An arrangement of an internal combustion engine with at least one first and one second nitrogen oxide storage catalytic converter is provided, wherein the first nitrogen oxide storage catalytic converter is arranged within a low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation circuit. A method for operating the arrangement is furthermore provided, wherein the nitrogen oxide storage catalytic converters can be used for the production of ammonia under operating conditions with a high load by providing rich exhaust gas conditions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216371

Flush-mounted door handle for vehicles

An electronic door latch includes a sensor mounted inside of an outer surface of the door. The sensor may be a proximity sensor, a touch sensor or other suitable sensor configured to determine if a user's hand is present. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216319

Vehicle-to-trailer transfer of harvested and purified water

A system for transferring harvested drinking water from a vehicle to a trailer towed behind the vehicle includes a vehicle reservoir for collecting water from a vehicle heat-exchanger. The reservoir includes a heating element for heating water within the vehicle reservoir. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216204

Method for producing a press-quenched component, and press mold

The present disclosure relates to a method for producing a press-quenched component from a hot-formable steel sheet blank, in which, in a first step, the blank is heated to a temperature of approximately 900° c. And, in a second step, the blank is arranged in a press mold and formed, wherein a drawing bead is created on the blank and the region of the press mold in which the drawing bead is arranged is heated prior to introduction of the blank into the press mold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215570

Application device for low cost covering on sir wire, tether wires, and any round rod shaped component

A tape dispenser is disclosed. The tape dispenser may include a pair of spools that are configured to carry tape and a spring disposed between the spools. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215419

Vehicle roof structure corner connector

A vehicle body includes a longitudinal roof spine and a plurality of roof bows extending laterally from the roof spine to a plurality of pillars that extend upwardly from a lower body structure. The roof bows and pillars are connected by corner connectors that include a plug end that is received in an opening defined at an outer end of the roof bow. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215416

Vehicle roof support assembly

A vehicle roof structure assembly includes a mounting bracket having a first aperture disposed therethrough. The vehicle roof structure assembly further includes a roof bow having a longitudinal body portion defining an inner channel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215412

Static steering windup reduction

A vehicle includes a steering system. The steering system pivots a wheel of a vehicle to a first road wheel angle relative to a starting position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215383

Vehicle systems and methods for reducing electrified vehicle noise, vibration, and harshness

A method includes controlling an electrified vehicle by automatically commanding an output torque from an electric machine if the electrified vehicle is in park and an engine start or stop request has been received. A road grade may be used to determine whether or not to command the output torque.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215374

Self-parking vehicle

A computer is programmed to, upon determining that a user has departed a vehicle, identify available parking spaces based at least in part on one of stored parking restrictions and vehicle sensor data. The computer is programmed to select one of the parking spaces based at least in part on a distance to a respective parking space and an environmental condition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215373

Semi-stationary surface

A computer is programmed to predict, based at least in part on a stored road topology for a predetermined vehicle route, a vehicle body orientation based on lateral, longitudinal, and vertical accelerations predicted for the route. The computer is programmed to, based on the predicted vehicle body orientation, adjust at least one of an orientation of the vehicle body and an orientation of an object in the vehicle as the vehicle traverses the route.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215345

Remote starting of engines via vehicle keypads

Method and apparatus are disclosed for remote starting of engines via vehicle keypads. An example vehicle includes a keypad, a communication module to communicate with a mobile device designated as a wireless key, and a vehicle activator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215338

Vehicle impact absorbing system including chest load reduction

An airbag for a vehicle includes a top, a bottom, a first panel, and a second panel spaced from the first panel. The airbag includes a first leg, a second leg, and a middle leg. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215335

Restraint device deployment calibration

A method for developing restraint device deployment timings includes selecting a first restraint device as a reference device, determining a deployment time range for the first restraint device, selecting a second restraint device, and determining a deployment time range for the second restraint device relative to the deployment time range of the first restraint device.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215328

Twin sheet belly pan and method of production

A belly pan includes a first sheet having at least one energy management feature and a second sheet having a smooth aerodynamic surface. The first sheet is bonded to the second sheet. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215327

Scuff plate for cargo retention

A scuff plate for a vehicle includes a sloped front side in physical contact with a cargo-area floor panel. The cargo-area floor panel can have a slope angle greater than zero in a downward direction and the sloped front side can have a ramp angle at least equal to the slope angle in an upward direction.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215326

Reversible load floor

A reversible load floor for a vehicle includes a first side defining a planar surface. The reversible load floor also includes a second side disposed opposite of the first side. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215320

Cupholder assemblies

A cupholder is provided. The cupholder preferably includes a fixed cupholder and a reversible cupholder pivotally attached with and nested within the fixe cupholder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215319

Composite seat side storage bin

A seating assembly includes a base. A cushion assembly is rotatably coupled with the base proximate a forward portion of the cushion assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215317

Powered running board assembly and method of operation

A powered running board assembly includes a running board and an actuator to displace the running board between a stowed position and a deployed position. That actuator includes a housing and a telescoping arm oriented along a first axis oblique to the running board. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215312

Illuminated assembly

An illuminated assembly is provided herein that includes a light-diffusing element disposed between an outer panel and an inner panel. A light source is configured to direct light into a first portion of the light-diffusing element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215298

Self-adjusting rear seat cushion for comfort and storage

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

08/02/18 / #20180215296

Vehicle seating assembly having abrasion resistant bolster insert

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback frame. A bolster insert is positioned on a side bolster of the seatback frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215294

Vehicle seating assembly having abrasion resistant slip cover

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback having a seatback frame. A bolster insert is positioned on a left side bolster and a right side bolster of the seatback frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215290

Seat carrier for a vehicle seat

The invention relates to a seat carrier for a vehicle seat having a position displacement device for the vehicle seat, which is secured to at least one transverse seat carrier which is arranged on the base of the vehicle, and having a deformation device which is arranged between the position displacement device and the transverse seat carrier and which absorbs by means of deformation catapult movements of vehicle occupants which occur in the event of a collision. It is proposed that at least one crashbox be provided between the position displacement device and the transverse seat carrier as a deformation device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215272

Regenerative braking system and method

A hybrid electric vehicle (hev) and methods for operation having a powertrain that includes an engine, an electric machine and storage battery, and a transmission coupled via a drive shaft to wheels having regenerative-friction brakes. The hev and transmission incorporate regenerative and adaptive braking and a capability to detect nearby obstacles and other vehicles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215269

Fault detection of a bypass diode in a variable voltage convert system

A vehicle powertrain includes a variable voltage converter, a bypass diode and a controller. The bypass diode may be coupled in parallel with the converter and configured to clamp an output of the converter to a battery voltage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215247

Apparatus for a clutch disconnect in a hybrid vehicle

A vehicle comprising an electric motor configured to drive power to rear wheels of the vehicle. The vehicle also includes a mechanical disconnect configured to engage, when closed, a plurality of half shafts corresponding to the rear wheels and a drive shaft coupled to a differential, and to engage, when open, the drive shaft but not the plurality of half shafts.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215231

Method to control battery cooling using the battery coolant pump in electrified vehicles

A climate-control system for a vehicle, comprising a controller in communication with a chiller configured to cool a vehicle battery and an evaporator configured to cool a vehicle cabin. The controller is configured to output a target chiller-pump speed based upon a difference between a battery coolant temperature and a target-battery coolant temperature to mitigate a temperature swing of air entering the cabin, and limiting the target chiller-pump speed in response to an available capacity of the chiller.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

08/02/18 / #20180214988

Severing device

The present disclosure relates to a severing device for mechanically severing metal-containing 3d objects from a base plate of a 3d printing apparatus. According to the present disclosure, the severing device has at least one first machining unit firmly connectable to the 3d printing apparatus with at least one machining tool which has a working zone which encompasses at least part of an area of the base plate.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180213414

Communicatively coupling mobile devices to wireless local area networks of vehicles

Method and apparatus are disclosed for communicatively coupling mobile devices to wireless local area networks of vehicles. An example vehicle includes a communication module for a wireless local area network including an internal antenna and an external antenna. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180213351

In-vehicle device position determination

A system comprising a mobile computing device that includes a processor and a memory. The memory storing programming executable by the processor to detect an identifier in each of two or more of asynchronous light sources detected by a light sensor, the identifier including a position of the light source and use at least a coordinate system having an origin in the light sensor and the position of the light source, to determine a location of the mobile device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180212780

Control interface for autonomous vehicle

A system includes a control computer that is programmed to perform an authentication based on an encryption key, upon being connected to a vehicle communication network. The computer is programmed to control vehicle operation including at least one of propulsion, braking, and steering, upon authentication by a vehicle computer that is physically attached to the communication network.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180212379

Hinged low profile modular electrical power bar for a vehicle

Systems and apparatus are disclosed for a hinged low profile modular electrical power bar of a vehicle. An example disclosed vehicle power bar includes a connector including first and second sockets. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180212351

Electrical connector for a removable tailgate

Systems and apparatus are disclosed for an electrical connector for a removable tailgate. An example connector for a vehicle tailgate includes a body, a hyperboloid socket and dielectric oil. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180212292

Electrified vehicle battery packs with battery attachment features

A battery pack includes a heat exchanger plate having a first attachment feature and a battery assembly having a second attachment feature configured to engage the first attachment feature as the battery assembly is moved against the heat exchanger plate to thermally couple the battery assembly to the heat exchanger plate.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180212291

Battery pack array frames with grounded thermal fins

A battery pack includes a support structure, an array frame mounted relative to the support structure, and a thermal fin held within the array frame and grounded to the support structure. The thermal fin may include a grounding extension that is grounded to the support structure.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180211753

Holding tools for permanent magnets and methods to use the same

A holding tool to handle a first permanent magnet in a stack of permanent magnets is provided. The holding tool comprises a body including a holding portion including an electromagnet, and a switch disposed on the body and electrically connected to an electrical circuit of the electromagnet and configured to energize the electromagnet by connecting the electrical circuit and de-energize the electromagnet by disconnecting the electrical circuit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180211752

Dynamically suspended headliner

A vehicle headliner assembly includes a roof structure having an electromagnet disposed thereon. The vehicle headliner assembly further includes a headliner having at least one permanent magnet disposed thereon. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180211403

Recurrent deep convolutional neural network for object detection

According to one embodiment, a system includes a sensor component and a detection component. The sensor component is configured to obtain a plurality of sensor frames, wherein the plurality of sensor frames comprise a series of sensor frames captured over time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180211128

Object detection using recurrent neural network and concatenated feature map

According to one embodiment, a system includes a sensor component and a detection component. The sensor component is configured to obtain a first stream of sensor data and a second stream of sensor data, wherein each of the first stream and second stream comprise a plurality of sensor frames. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180211121

Detecting vehicles in low light conditions

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting vehicles in low light conditions. Cameras are used to obtain rgb images of the environment around a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180211120

Training an automatic traffic light detection model using simulated images

A scenario is defined that including models of vehicles and a typical driving environment as well as a traffic light having a state (red, green, amber). A model of a subject vehicle is added to the scenario and camera location is defined on the subject vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180211119

Sign recognition for autonomous vehicles

An autonomous vehicle includes both a lidar sensor and a camera. A point cloud from the lidar sensor is processed to remove points corresponding to a ground plane and points having a reflectivity below a reflectivity threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180210447

Wind detection systems and methods

Example wind detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives data from a vehicle-mounted sensor and determines whether airborne particles are identified in the received data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180209499

Protective cover for vehicle brake

A braking apparatus for a vehicle including a wheel suspension part attached to a body of the vehicle and a wheel hub attached to the wheel suspension part. An attached air-cooled brake disk rotates relative to the wheel suspension part. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180209498

Hybrid lightweight brake disk and production method

The present disclosure relates to a hybrid lightweight brake disk and a method for producing the hybrid lightweight brake disk. The hybrid lightweight brake disk includes a brake chamber and a friction ring with at least one circular, outer friction surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180209468

Corrosion protection for mechanical joints

Systems and methods for reducing or eliminating corrosion in joined materials are disclosed, for example, multi-material joints. The system may include a sealing device including a body and a tip. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180209463

Receiver assembly

A receiver assembly includes a housing supporting a receiver at least partially within the housing. The receiver includes interior walls forming a cavity accessible through a slot formed in a face of the receiver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180209457

Clip for a vehicle door assembly

A vehicle door assembly includes a door and a trim panel. The trim panel has a mount defining an aperture with a main portion and a keyway. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180209393

Unified system for warming vehicle components using an exhaust gas heat recovery system

An exhaust gas heat recovery (eghr) system for a vehicle is configured to selectively distribute a fluid heated by engine exhaust through a coolant path for heating an engine, a transmission and a battery during cold operating conditions until a desired operating temperature is reached. In response to receiving one or more heating requests from the engine, transmission and/or battery, a controller distributes the fluid through the coolant path according to a priority level for each heating request received, wherein the priority level for each heating request may be based on current vehicle operating conditions and/or driver demand.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180209368

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

07/26/18 / #20180209359

Systems and methods for managing purge pathway pressure in turbocharged engines

Methods and systems are provided for operating an evaporative emissions system in a turbocharged engine. In one example, a method may include pulsing open a canister purge valve responsive to the turbocharged engine entering a boosted mode of operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180209324

Cooling fan and active grille shutter control

A system for optimizing power consumption of a vehicle includes a cooling fan, an active grille shutter (ags) system, and a plurality of heat exchangers. At least one controller is provided including a processor including computer-executable instructions for selecting a pairing of a cooling fan speed and ags system position to provide a required airflow to a dominant one of the plurality of heat exchangers, or to an entire vehicle component system, at a minimum total combined cooling fan and ags system power consumption. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180209191

Lock device in an armrest console and an armrest console employing the same

A lock device for keeping a cover of an armrest console at a full open position comprises a rotation arm having an arm body attached to the cover including a fixed portion and an end. The rotation arm is pivotably connected to a console body of the armrest console, and a detent is disposed at the end of the rotation arm. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208255

Vehicle spare tire lift assembly

A tire lift assembly may include an upper plate, a rod, and a pair of handles. The rod may connect the upper plate to a trunk support surface spaced from the upper plate to receive a tire therebetween. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208252

Tailgate work surface

A tailgate cover assembly may include a first panel having a beaded side and a flat side, and a first ledge extending from one end of the first panel, and a second panel having a beaded side and a flat side, and a second ledge extending from an end proximate to the first panel, the second ledge configured to overlap the first ledge to attach the first panel to the second panel wherein the flat side of the first panel aligns with the flat side of the second panel to form a tailgate cover having a beaded side and a flat side.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208248

Vehicle front impact sensor with impact resistant carriage

A vehicular radar assembly includes a radar mount positioned proximate an engine compartment within a vehicle. A radar carriage is slidably coupled to the radar mount and having a radar module coupled thereto. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208210

Removable vehicle control

A system comprising a vehicle control device that includes a body fittable to a vehicle receptacle. An engagement pin is mounted to a side of the body, releaseably lockable to a receptacle hole. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208190

Collision avoidance systems and methods

Example collision avoidance systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives data from multiple sensors mounted to a first vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208186

Collision mitigation and avoidance

A time to collision is determined between a turning host vehicle and each of a plurality of targets. Based on a lateral distance and a longitudinal distance, a minimum distance is determined between the turning host vehicle and each of the plurality of targets. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208185

Vehicle occupancy indication and utilization thereof

Techniques pertaining to vehicle occupancy indication and utilization thereof are described. A method may involve determining occupancy information regarding a number of occupants in a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208179

System and method for fast engine starts with belt integrated starter generator assist during locking of disconnect clutch

A vehicle having an engine, a starter-generator, and a controller is disclosed. The controller is configured to respond to an engine start command, operate the engine to produce excess torque beyond a demand torque, and in response to engine speed achieving a threshold, operate the starter-generator to load the engine to consume the excess torque and drive the engine speed toward an electric machine speed, and engage a clutch to couple the engine and an electric machine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208175

Vehicle powertrain controller and method

A hybrid electric vehicle having a powertrain including an engine and an electric machine, and controllers configured to derate powertrain output torque below a nominal maximum to a fault-torque limit, in response to a vehicle fault or issue. The vehicle and controllers are also configured to transiently increase powertrain torque output above the fault-torque limit in response to a torque demand that exceeds the limit, and which is needed to enable a predicted vehicle maneuver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208173

Hybrid vehicle and method of controlling an engine disconnect clutch for engine start-up

A vehicle includes an engine, a transmission, a clutch, and a controller. The clutch is configured to couple the engine and transmission during engine starts. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208156

Global stolen vehicles tracking

A vehicle information server maps a unique identifier of a stolen vehicle to a network identifier of the vehicle. Responsive to receiving the network identifier of the stolen vehicle and identifying access of the network identifier to a component of the network, a service provider server of a service provider network indicates a physical location of the component and a time of access of the component to a vehicle theft system.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208151

Electronic seatbelt

A computer that can be programmed to, among other things, receive a message associated with an electronic seatbelt buckle in a vehicle from one of: a vehicle switch, a mobile device, or a remotely-located server, and in response to receiving the message, actuate the buckle to release a clip therefrom.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208150

Electronic seatbelt

A seatbelt buckle that includes a housing, an attracting member, an attractable element, and a plate adapted to retain a seatbelt clip within the housing. The member, the element, and the plate may be carried by the housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208142

Collar shaped airbag

An assembly for a vehicle comprises a seat. The assembly includes a collar supported by the seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208135

Wind noise throb reduction system and method

A wind noise throb reduction system includes a controller configured to reduce wind noise throb, an active noise cancellation subsystem responsive to the controller and a dynamic airflow control subsystem responsive to the controller. A related method of reducing wind noise throb in a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle is also provided.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208129

Vehicle trunk and tire replacement mat

A vehicle trunk mat may include a first side and a second side. The second side is opposite the first side and includes a first surface having anti-slip characteristics. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208128

Retention device for fitting a mobile electronic device in a motor vehicle

A retention device is provided for fitting a mobile electronic device in a motor vehicle. The retention device has a storage compartment for the insertion of the mobile electronic device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208122

Pivoting hanger with positive retention

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat and a seatback. A retainer assembly is positioned in a rearward portion of the seatback. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208121

Linear-travel hanger assembly

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat and a seatback. A retainer assembly is positioned in a rearward portion of the seatback. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208120

Hidden storage compartment within center console

A vehicle includes a console disposed between driver and passenger seats and adjacent an instrument panel. The console defines a storage area. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208119

Wind noise reduction apparatus and method

A wind noise reduction apparatus for a motor vehicle includes a mirror housing, a mirror held in the mirror housing and a control module. That control module is configured to displace the mirror housing to reduce wind noise while simultaneously displacing the mirror to maintain a constant visual field.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208118

Mirror assembly and method of reducing wind noise throb

A mirror assembly includes a support arm, a mirror housing carried on the support arm and a mirror body held in the housing. A dynamic surface is provided on the support arm. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208113

Acoustic warning signal detection for motor vehicles

A method for operating a motor vehicle having at least one sound sensor for detecting acoustic signals generated outside the vehicle includes the steps of detecting an acoustic signal by means of the sensor, classifying the detected acoustic signal as a warning signal if the detected signal has defined features, determining the speed of the vehicle, determining the steering angle of the vehicle, defining an action to be carried out by the motor vehicle in response to the detected warning signal, and carrying out the defined action if the speed of the motor vehicle undershoots a defined threshold value and the steering angle of the vehicle exceeds a defined threshold value. The defined action may be a steering and/or braking maneuver by the vehicle, and/or may be alerting a driver of the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208106

Illuminated trailer tow hitch receiver assembly

An illuminated hitch receiver assembly for a vehicle includes a light source associated with one of a hitch receiver or a drawbar. A light source actuator is associated with a vehicle-mounted wiring connector or a light source connector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208105

Light system

A window for a vehicle is provided herein. The window includes a light guide disposed between an outer panel and an inner panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208103

Self-retractable cargo net

A cargo assembly arranged vertically on one of the side panels of a vehicle trunk may include a spool including a roll arranged between two caps, a net configured to be wound around a spool, and a rod arranged on an end of the net and including at least one cargo hook configured to engage with a vehicle hook arranged on a side of a trunk opposite the spool.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208102

Tie down cleat assembly having increased functionality

A tie down cleat assembly includes a cleat body having a mounting lug, a first receiver, a second receiver and a third receiver. The multiple receivers provide versatility, enhancing the functionality of the cleat for tie down purposes.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208098

Docking apparatus

The present disclosure provides a docking apparatus for receiving an article. The docking apparatus includes a mounting bracket; and a docking assembly pivotally connected to the bracket. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208094

Moveable tray assembly

A moveable tray assembly for a vehicle includes a tray portion and a collapsible cup portion coupled to the tray portion. The cup portion is extendible downward from the tray portion and sized to fit within a cupholder recess. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208092

Fastening device for fastening a seat cover

A fastening device for fastening at least a part of a seat cover of a seat. The fastening device comprises a first holding unit arranged on a surface, which faces a seat user, of the seat cover, and a second holding unit which can be arranged on a counter-surface which is opposite the surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208088

Reversible writing surface for soft armrest applications

An armrest unit is disclosed that is selectively moveable between a first configuration, whereby the armrest is used as a traditional armrest, and a second configuration whereby the armrest is usable as a writing surface. The armrest unit comprises an armrest and a mounting pin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208084

Deployable elongated member

A seat assembly includes a seatback, an elongated member, a pyrotechnic device, and a wire. The seat assembly may be in a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208079

System and method for protecting high-voltage components

A power distribution system for a vehicle includes a first contactor configured to selectively couple a traction battery and an inverter that operates an electric machine via switch control. The system includes a second contactor that selectively couples an electrical load and the traction battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208055

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

07/26/18 / #20180208049

Flush-mounted active grille shutter system

A flush-mounted active grille shutter system includes a grille defining a plurality of airflow openings and including a plurality of bushings and a translatable blocking member translatable along guide slots defined by the plurality of bushings between an open position exposing the plurality of airflow openings and a closed position blocking the plurality of airflow openings. An actuator bracket carries an actuator configured to translate the translatable blocking member between the open position and the closed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208028

Self-defrosting sensor

A computer is programmed to modify an electrical property to adjust an opacity of a sensor cover window. The computer is programmed to actuate an excitation source to emit electro-magnetic beams toward the cover window.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208027

Variable transmission moon roof module with multiple transparent panels

A moon roof module includes a first transparent panel, a second transparent panel and a third transparent panel packaged in a compartment between the first transparent panel and the second transparent panel. The moon roof module also includes an actuator configured to displace the third transparent panel between a first position and a second position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208022

Vehicle structural air duct

A vehicle body structure includes spaced roof rails and a structural air duct. The air duct has at least two bows connecting between the roof rails and defining first and second channels. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208018

Systems and methods for controlling electrically powered heating devices within electrified vehicles

An electrified vehicle includes a passenger cabin, an electrically powered heating device configured to heat airflow for conditioning the passenger cabin, and a controller configured to selectively command actuation of the electrically powered heating device based on a target discharge air temperature, an actual discharge air temperature, and an amount of power available.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208006

Tow-hook assembly

A retractable tow-hook assembly may include a vehicle frame and a bumper arranged thereon, a cable attached to the vehicle frame, and a tow-hook arranged at an end of the cable and stored within the bumper during non-use and removed from the bumper and extendable via the cable during use.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/26/18 / #20180207703

System and method for punching and attaching to fascia

Systems and methods for punching and attaching components to vehicle fascia are disclosed. The system may include a first robot including a punching end of arm tool (eoat) and configured to punch openings in a vehicle fascia and a second robot configured to attach components having an adhesive applied thereto to the vehicle fascia adjacent to the openings. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180205341

Electric vehicle electric drive system

A vehicle may include an inverter, a motor coupled to the inverter, and a traction battery coupled to the inverter and having a terminal voltage equal to a rail voltage between rails of the inverter such that the rail voltage is unregulated. The vehicle may also include a voltage converter configured to reduce the terminal voltage below an intermediate bus voltage threshold on an intermediate bus, and an auxiliary converter configured to draw power from the intermediate bus to supply auxiliary loads.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180205340

Multiple inverter system for an electric machine

A vehicle may include an electric machine including windings having a nonzero phase offset. The vehicle may further include first and second inverters configured to drive the electric machine as a result of toggling of switches. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180204569

Voice assistant tracking and activation

According to one embodiment, a system for voice assistant tracking and activation includes a tracking component, a wake component, a listening component, and a link component. The tracking component is configured to track availability of a plurality of voice assistant services. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180204464

User configurable vehicle parking alert system

A parking place alert system may include an interface, and a controller configured to generate an alert to be displayed via the interface and identifying a set of available park assist features selected in response to an indication that an available parking place is of a user identified type that defines a desired vehicle orientation and position relative to other parked vehicles.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180204463

Vehicle lane changing

A computer is programmed to score a requested vehicle lane change and actuate vehicle components to perform the lane change upon determining that the score is less than a predetermined threshold within the predetermined time.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180204460

Collision mitigation and avoidance

A distance offset is determined based on a determined time to collision, a relative lateral distance, and a relative longitudinal distance between the target and a host vehicle. A threat estimation is determined based on the distance offset and a distance threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180204398

Vehicle sensor health monitoring

Techniques and examples pertaining to vehicle sensor health monitoring are described. A processor of a road-side station may receive first data from a vehicle and receive second data from one or more sensors associated with the road-side station. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180204393

Method for monitoring component life

Methods and systems are provided for reliably prognosing a vehicle component, such as a vehicle battery or an intake air filter. A state of degradation of the component is predicted based on a metric that is derived from a sensed vehicle operating parameter, the parameter selected based on the component being diagnosed, as well as based on past driving history and future driving predictions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180203457

System and method for avoiding interference with a bus

A method for avoiding interference with a bus. The method includes detecting a bus and obtaining image data from the bus, such as information displayed on the bus. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180203447

Object tracking by unsupervised learning

A computing device in a vehicle can determine an object by determining a first rectangular bound centered on the object based on joint probabilities of first 3d data points, then determining the object by determining a second rectangular bound centered on the object based on joint bayesian probabilities of second 3d data points conditioned on the first rectangular bound and piloting the vehicle based on the determined object.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180203446

Object tracking by unsupervised learning

A computing device in a vehicle can determine one or more objects based on 3d data points by determining a joint bayesian probability of each of the one or more objects, conditioned on previously determined objects, and pilot the vehicle based on the determined one or more objects, wherein the objects have parameters including locations, sizes, poses, speeds, directions and predicted paths.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180203445

Generating simulated sensor data for training and validation of detection models

A scenario is defined that 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

07/19/18 / #20180203130

V2v collaborative relative positioning system

A method is provided of enhancing gps data of a host vehicle within a cluster. V2v messages within the cluster are exchanged. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202545

Hybrid vehicle clutch control system

A vehicle includes a powertrain and a controller. The powertrain includes a transmission torque converter having a bypass clutch disposed between an electric machine and a drive wheel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202502

Hybrid transmission having electro-magnetically actuated pawl clutch

An electro-magnetically actuated pawl clutch is adapted to establish a fixed overdrive ratio in a powersplit type hybrid gearing arrangement. The electro-magnetically actuated clutch includes an inner race splined to the transmission input shaft and an outer race fixed to a first gear that is supported for rotation about the input shaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202409

Vehicle energy management

A computer that includes at least one processor and memory. The processor of the computer can be programmed to execute instructions stored on the memory that include controlling, based on a temperature, which of a plurality of power sources of a vehicle battery are coupled to a starter circuit during a vehicle ignition event.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202399

Multiple orifice aspirator having customer-adjustable flow volume for use with a vacuum system

A manually adjustable aspirator is disclosed for use in a vacuum system for a vehicle having a vacuum source. The aspirator includes a passageway having a diameter that can be adjusted by a vehicle operator for different altitudes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202398

Method for monitoring component life

Methods and systems are provided for reliably prognosing a vehicle component, such as a vehicle battery or an intake air filter. A state of degradation of the component is predicted based on a metric that is derived from a sensed vehicle operating parameter, the parameter selected based on the component being diagnosed, as well as based on past driving history and future driving predictions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202396

Method and system for an exhaust heat exchanger

Methods and systems are provided for exhaust gas heat recovery and exhaust gas recirculation (egr) cooling using a single split heat exchanger. Exhaust heat from each of a first portion of exhaust routed to the intake manifold as egr and a second portion of exhaust diverted via a bypass passage for exhaust heat recovery may be transferred to a coolant flowing through the heat exchanger. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202383

Methods and system for central fuel injection

Methods and systems are provided for leveraging the charge cooling effect of a manifold fuel injection. A charge cooling effect of a scheduled manifold fuel injection may be predicted based on feedback received from a manifold charge temperature sensor during a preceding manifold injection event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202376

Vehicle method for barometric pressure identification

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

07/19/18 / #20180202349

Systems and method for charge air cooler de-icing

Methods and systems are provided for de-icing a charge-air cooler of a boosted engine system when the engine is turned off. In one example, a method may include recirculating air through a bypass passage including an activated electric supercharger and the cac. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202347

Cooling assembly for temperature control

Methods and systems are provided for cooling assembly configured to control a temperature of a vehicle component relying on cooling from a cooling air stream. In one example the cooling assembly may include a plurality of blades fixed to a surface of a cooling device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202330

Oil system with clog resistant oil filter

Systems are provided for an oil system including a filter with a large surface area. In one example, a system may include an oil filter with a prismatic shape. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202212

Assembly and method to slow down and gently close door

An improved selective power assist device includes a controller for controlling a motor selectively coupled to the door and a clutch interposed between a drive shaft and a motor shaft, each having an angular velocity, whereby the motor is operatively coupled with and decoupled from the door. A brake assembly is disposed to synchronize the angular velocities of the drive shaft and the motor shaft allowing the clutch to operatively couple the motor with the door.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201329

Tailgate assembly with integrated table and seating subassembly

A tailgate assembly includes a tailgate having an internal storage compartment. A table and seating subassembly is displaceable between a stowed position held in that internal storage compartment and a use position deployed from that internal storage compartment.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201325

Roof frame including a brace reinforcing arched members

A vehicle structure includes a body and a roof frame. The roof frame includes two side members, two cross members and a brace. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201320

Vehicle frame

A vehicle frame for a vehicle includes a rail and an engine cradle. The rail has a front portion, a rear portion spaced from the front portion, and a middle portion between the front portion and the rear portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201258

Collision mitigation and avoidance

A respective confidence level of a potential collision is determined for each of a plurality of targets based on each target's heading angle and distance from a host vehicle. A threat number is determined for each target when its respective confidence level is above a threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201257

Windshield stone impact response

A vehicle includes a windshield having an integral pressure sensor. A signal from the pressure sensor is used to identify an impact against the windshield as a stone impact. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201256

Autonomous parking of vehicles inperpendicular parking spots

Method and apparatus are disclosed for autonomous parking of vehicles in perpendicular parking spots. An example vehicle includes a front corner, a camera, and an autonomous vehicle parker. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201254

Ride control systems and methods

Example ride control systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives a request to initiate a drive session to help a baby fall asleep in a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201250

Method and system for torque management in hybrid vehicle

Methods and systems are provided for managing torque arbitration for a hybrid powertrain. In one example, a method may include operating the hybrid powertrain over a predetermined route with a torque arbitration, and updating the torque arbitration based on a vehicle mass.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201215

Restraint system

A restraint system for a vehicle includes a floor, a platform, and a deployable device. A hinge couples the platform to the floor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201210

Method and apparatus for attaching police push bars

A push-bar assembly including a push-bar and a pair of push-bar supports. The push-bar supports are attached by a pair of upper brackets and a pair of lower brackets. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201200

Roof rack for a vehicle and a vehicle having the same

A roof rack for a vehicle is provided. The roof rack includes at least one roof rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201198

Roof rack system for a motor vehicle

A roof rack system includes a guideway and a first cross bar displaceable along that guideway. Further, the roof rack system includes a first drive module for displacing the first cross bar along the guideway. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201196

In-board seat storage

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat and a seatback. The seatback further includes a compartment in a side portion of the seatback. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201172

Glove box door assembly

A vehicle glove box assembly may include a glove box defining a compartment, a door arranged on the glove box moveable between open and closed positions, and a tray assembly arranged on and hinged to the door and pivotable with respect to the door to provide a flat surface in a deployed position.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201153

Connector-integrated endplate for battery electric vehicles

An integrated endplate for a battery pack includes an inner wall and an outer wall. The outer wall has a first side adjacent to the inner wall and a second side opposite the first side. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201151

Battery health evaluation

A vehicle includes a battery health evaluation system. A vehicle battery is electrically loaded upon determining that an ambient temperature equals or exceeds a first temperature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201129

Method for operating a motor vehicle with selectable all-wheel drive

The invention concerns a method for operating a motor vehicle with selectable all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive is implemented with no central differential and the rear axle is implemented with no axle differential. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201122

Fuel drip retention

A fuel drip retention system includes a computer programmed to actuate one of a pump or a starter motor to generate a vacuum in an evaporation line between a fuel nozzle receiving port and a vapor canister. The vacuum is generated upon determining that fuel has stopped flowing into a fuel tank.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201114

Hybrid transaxle

A hybrid transaxle permits location of a traction motor in a more favorable location, decreasing the risk of occupant injury in a vehicle collision. Axis transfer gearing moves the generator off the engine axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201099

Line register

An automobile air vent register is described. The register uses a rotating vent cover, and an elongate opening in a configuration providing good air flow control within a limited space.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201091

Vehicle body with hvac unit

A vehicle includes a vehicle body and an hvac unit. The vehicle body has a first structure and a second structure that define a gap. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/19/18 / #20180200745

Camera and washer spray diagnostic

A system including a computer programmed to actuate a spray device on a first vehicle and to receive an image, from a second vehicle, of the actuated spray device. The computer determines whether a spray device fault exists based at least on the image of the actuated spray device, and transmits the spray device fault via a first vehicle communications network.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/12/18 / #20180198401

Variable voltage converter modulation obtaining lower minimum boost ratio

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

07/12/18 / #20180198378

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

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

07/12/18 / #20180197413

Controlling parking room for vehicles

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

07/12/18 / #20180197048

Generating training data for automatic vehicle leak detection

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

07/12/18 / #20180196999

Method to analyze a profile of movement

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

07/12/18 / #20180196656

Software update management

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

07/12/18 / #20180196428

Driver interactive system for semi-autonomous modes of a vehicle

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

07/12/18 / #20180195894

Vehicle load indicator

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

07/12/18 / #20180195870

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

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

07/12/18 / #20180195470

Method and system for exhaust heat exchanger diagnostics

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

07/12/18 / #20180195467

Methods and system for a hydrocarbon sensor rationality check

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

07/12/18 / #20180195423

Oil drain for an internal combustion engine

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

07/12/18 / #20180194366

Autonomous-vehicle-control system and method incorporating occupant preferences

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

07/12/18 / #20180194362

Driver training system

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

07/12/18 / #20180194361

Adaptive climate control system

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

07/12/18 / #20180194356

Methods and systems for powertrain nvh control in a vehicle

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

07/12/18 / #20180194351

Cruise control system for a motor vehicle

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

07/12/18 / #20180194345

Mobile terminal device for use with a vehicle

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

07/12/18 / #20180194342

Control of transmission during regenerative braking

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

07/12/18 / #20180194340

Power capture during a line lock event

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

07/12/18 / #20180194335

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

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

07/12/18 / #20180194324

Method to operate a motor vehicle with a portable control device

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

07/12/18 / #20180194322

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

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

07/12/18 / #20180194321

Method to lock, unlock and start a vehicle

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

07/12/18 / #20180194317

Seat supported airbag

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

07/12/18 / #20180194293

Multi-configurable cargo panel system

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

07/12/18 / #20180194289

Extruded multi-layer molded running board

A vehicle running board includes opposing vertical walls extending along a length of a tubular structure and including a carbon-fiber component. Opposing horizontal walls extend between the opposing vertical walls and include a glass component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

07/12/18 / #20180194287

Mirror device

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

07/12/18 / #20180194277

Vehicle badge

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

07/12/18 / #20180194275

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

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

07/12/18 / #20180194245

Vehicle battery recharge controller based on a gassing rate

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

07/12/18 / #20180194236

Integrated wireless power transfer system

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

07/12/18 / #20180194234

Variable voltage converter control in vehicles

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

07/12/18 / #20180194230

Operating unit for an in-vehicle system

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

07/12/18 / #20180194227

Vehicle with multiple vehicle driver position

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

07/12/18 / #20180194203

Vehicle keypad formed in a window

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

07/12/18 / #20180194186

Shock absorbers having internal jounce control

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

07/12/18 / #20180194110

Thermal and mechanical shock resistant laminated metal plate assembly

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

07/12/18 / #20180194086

Smoothing of a surface of an article formed from a plastic

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

07/12/18 / #20180194065

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

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

07/12/18 / #20180193923

Additive manufacturing method

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

07/05/18 / #20180189796

Autonomous driving certification generalizer

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

07/05/18 / #20180189049

Pre-shutdown swap verification

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

07/05/18 / #20180187768

Gear unit for a motor vehicle

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

07/05/18 / #20180187634

Charge motion control valve

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

07/05/18 / #20180187625

Internal combustion engine with cylinder head

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

07/05/18 / #20180187614

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

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

07/05/18 / #20180187611

System and method to operate an engine

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

07/05/18 / #20180187583

Methods and systems for an exhaust gas aftertreatment system

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

07/05/18 / #20180187462

Tailgate for a vehicle

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

07/05/18 / #20180186417

Loose layered build components and vehicle front end assembly strategy

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

07/05/18 / #20180186404

Passive steering for tilting vehicle

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

07/05/18 / #20180186377

Flat tow assistance

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

07/05/18 / #20180186369

Collision avoidance using auditory data augmented with map data

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

07/05/18 / #20180186361

Methods and system for delivering powertrain torque

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

07/05/18 / #20180186325

Airbag assembly

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

07/05/18 / #20180186324

Vehicle impact energy absorber

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

07/05/18 / #20180186323

Energy absorber with varying stiffness

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

07/05/18 / #20180186319

Impact energy absorber member for a vehicle

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

07/05/18 / #20180186307

Package tray umbrella holder

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

07/05/18 / #20180186286

Spatial auditory alerts for a vehicle

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

07/05/18 / #20180186277

Loose layered build components and vehicle front end assembly strategy

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

07/05/18 / #20180186276

Loose layered build components and vehicle front end assembly strategy

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

07/05/18 / #20180186263

Seatback with collapsible internal support unit

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

07/05/18 / #20180186260

Removable head restraint bun feature

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

07/05/18 / #20180186259

Modular head restraint structure and styling enablement features

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

07/05/18 / #20180186257

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

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

07/05/18 / #20180186224

Sliding vehicle window having minimal perimeter seal

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

07/05/18 / #20180186041

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

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

06/28/18 / #20180180432

Vehicular traffic pattern application

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

06/28/18 / #20180180424

In-vehicle tracking apparatus and method

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

06/28/18 / #20180180076

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

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

06/28/18 / #20180179993

Systems and methods for intelligent vehicle evaporative emissions diagnostics

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

06/28/18 / #20180179981

Methods and systems for power take off device torque delivery

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

06/28/18 / #20180179962

System and method for adjusting exhaust valve timing

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

06/28/18 / #20180178733

Expandable top for vehicle center console

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

06/28/18 / #20180178701

Adjustable cup holder assembly for a motor vehicle door

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

06/28/18 / #20180178700

Operable tray tables for a vehicular armrest

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

06/28/18 / #20180178685

Seat bottom tension member

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

06/28/18 / #20180178645

Fuel tank baffle with pivotable vanes

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

06/21/18 / #20180176783

Vehicle assembly

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

06/21/18 / #20180175953

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

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

06/21/18 / #20180175685

Rotor for shaping airgap flux density

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

06/21/18 / #20180175682

Slotted rotor-bridge for electrical machines

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

06/21/18 / #20180175681

Electric machine rotor

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

06/21/18 / #20180175553

Vehicle connectors for monitoring connection with trailer connectors

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

06/21/18 / #20180175469

Fastening assembly and method

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

06/21/18 / #20180175340

Battery support assembly and method

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

06/21/18 / #20180174458

Inter-vehicle warnings

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

06/21/18 / #20180173961

Automatic vehicle leak detection

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

06/21/18 / #20180172148

Continuous variable transmission with mechanical lock

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

06/21/18 / #20180172137

Systems and methods for improving driveline efficiencies of electrified vehicles

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

06/21/18 / #20180172131

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

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

06/21/18 / #20180172063

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

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

06/21/18 / #20180172045

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

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

06/21/18 / #20180171937

Method and system for engine water injection

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

06/21/18 / #20180171936

Methods and system for adjusting engine water injection

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

06/21/18 / #20180171935

Method and system for engine water injection

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

06/21/18 / #20180171934

Method and system for engine water injection

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

06/21/18 / #20180171917

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171916

Methods and systems for dual fuel injection system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171914

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171913

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171911

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171909

System and method to activate and deactivate engine cylinders

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

06/21/18 / #20180171908

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171907

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171906

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171905

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171904

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171902

Systems and methods for inferring barometric pressure

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

06/21/18 / #20180171899

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171898

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171897

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171891

Method and system for pulsed engine water injection

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

06/21/18 / #20180171887

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171886

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171885

System and method for providing egr to an engine

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

06/21/18 / #20180171884

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171883

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171868

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171867

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180171864

Methods and system for water injection control

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

06/21/18 / #20180171693

Hidden sliding door assembly for a motor vehicle

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

06/21/18 / #20180170453

Upper rail for pickup truck box assembly

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

06/21/18 / #20180170452

Pickup box header and integrated toolbox assembly

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

06/21/18 / #20180170445

Vehicle frame

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

06/21/18 / #20180170363

Methods and systems for adjusting engine operation based on weather data

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

06/21/18 / #20180170353

Systems and methods for a split exhaust engine system

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

06/21/18 / #20180170319

Washing apparatus for a sensor enclosure

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

06/21/18 / #20180170311

Keypad master code

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

06/21/18 / #20180170307

Determining an occupancy status of a vehicle seat

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

06/21/18 / #20180170301

Side curtain including a strip connected to an inboard panel

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

06/21/18 / #20180170300

Restraint system

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

06/21/18 / #20180170296

Lap-belt length detecting seatbelt assembly

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

06/21/18 / #20180170283

Magnetic fastener

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

06/21/18 / #20180170266

Fiber reinforced-pultruded running board

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

06/21/18 / #20180170232

Folding console for motor vehicle seat

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

06/21/18 / #20180170209

Traction battery pack service panel

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

06/21/18 / #20180170201

Vehicle charging system for dc fast charging electrified vehicles

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

06/21/18 / #20180170180

Vehicle tachometer display

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

06/21/18 / #20180170179

Vehicle cruise control with multiple set points

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

06/21/18 / #20180170162

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

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

06/21/18 / #20180170160

Automotive water-shield with drip ledge to prevent water leaks

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

06/21/18 / #20180170149

Air register with hybrid door closure

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

06/21/18 / #20180169730

Cooling of dies using solid conductors

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

06/14/18 / #20180167013

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

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

06/14/18 / #20180167007

Methods and systems for efficient engine torque control

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

06/14/18 / #20180166669

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

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

06/14/18 / #20180166201

Inductor assembly support structure

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

06/14/18 / #20180166073

Speech recognition without interrupting the playback audio

Systems, methods, and devices for capturing speech input from a user are disclosed herein. A system includes a playback audio component, an audio rendering component, a capture component, a filter component, and a speech recognition component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180165359

Radio-station-recommendation system and method

A method of recommending radio stations including the step of generating a plurality of driver models. Each driver model may correspond to a different driver and documents audio content listened to by that driver while driving. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180164833

Autonomous vehicle object detection

A computer in a vehicle can determine a first distance from a vehicle to a traffic object and receive, via a network interface, a second distance from a second vehicle to the traffic object and a third distance from the second vehicle to the vehicle. The computer can determine a fourth distance by triangulation based on the second distance and the third distance and pilot the vehicle based on combining the first distance and the fourth distance.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180164830

Parking-lot-navigation system and method

A system and method for assisted or autonomous parking of a vehicle is disclosed. The method may begin when the vehicle approaches a feeder lane within a parking lot. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180164823

Autonomous vehicle post-fault operation

Vehicles can be equipped to operate in both autonomous and occupant piloted mode. Vehicles can be equipped with hardware and software to determine a driving-acceptable region defined by lateral and longitudinal coordinates relative to a first vehicle, wherein the lateral and longitudinal coordinates are based on the locations and sizes of one or more second vehicles and the location and size of a roadway. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180164809

Autonomous school bus

An autonomous bus includes sensors and actuators sufficient to perform autonomous navigation. The controller of the bus receives a route and proceeds to pick-up locations along the route. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180163942

Vehicle lighting assembly

A vehicle lighting assembly is provided herein. The vehicle lighting assembly includes a back panel configured to couple to a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180163860

Torque converter valve

A torque converter is disclosed. The torque converter includes a cover, a turbine shroud disposed within the cover defining a charging chamber, and a torus chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180163835

Transaxle having chain final drive

A transmission uses a chain and sprocket final drive that provides all final drive torque multiplication in addition to transferring power to the differential axis. The transmission includes a front support structure that provides for a small driving sprocket. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180163809

Particle vibration damper assembly for a vehicle

A vehicle vibration damper assembly may include a bracket, a canister, and steel shot. The bracket is for mounting to an engine compartment rail in mechanical contact with an engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180163790

Clutch assembly for automatic transmission

A clutch for an automatic transmission includes a clutch pack having a first set of friction disks interleaved with a second set of friction disks. The clutch further includes an annulus having an outer surface connected to the first friction disks and an inner surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180163659

System and method for diagnosing a postive crankcase ventilation valve

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing a positive crankcase valve during a vehicle key-off event. In one example, a method may include controlling a fluid flow from a crankcase of an engine to an intake manifold of the engine via a positive crankcase ventilation valve, and indicating whether the positive crankcase valve is stuck open responsive to spinning the engine unfueled in a reverse direction, and indicating whether the positive crankcase valve is stuck closed responsive to spinning the engine fueled but without spark in a forward direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180163649

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

06/14/18 / #20180163647

Fuel vapor flow based on road conditions

Methods and systems are provided for regulating engine operating parameters such as exhaust gas recirculation (egr) based on road roughness conditions. Based on increased road roughness estimation, egr flow rate may be opportunistically raised, enabling nvh associated with elevated egr levels to be masked by nvh associated with rough road conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180163613

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

06/14/18 / #20180163449

Viscous damper with integral spring

A viscous damper includes a damper housing and a shaft extending through the damper housing. The shaft includes a first exposed end and a second exposed end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162456

Vehicle component and method of constructing

A method of constructing a vehicle component includes depositing a layer of a first metal, extruding a filament of a second metal onto the layer, and depositing a second layer of the first metal on the filament.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162453

Rear rail barrel nut reinforcement

A reinforcement assembly for a rear rail of a vehicle is disclosed that includes inner and outer bulwark brackets. The brackets include radially extending walls that are welded to inner and outer walls and a bottom wall of the rear rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162411

Tire blowout control

A vehicle control system to mitigate adverse effects relating to the performance and stability of a vehicle that experienced a tire blowout includes a computer programmed to determine a type of tire blowout based at least on a location of the tire blowout and a steering angle at the time of tire blowout, and based at least on the type of tire blowout, to limit at least one of a powertrain and a braking of a vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162399

Infrastructure-centric vehicle mode selection

Methods and apparatus are disclosed for infrastructure-centric vehicle mode selection. An example vehicle includes a gps receiver to provide a location of the vehicle, memory storing instructions, and a processor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162398

Vehicle all-wheel drive control system

A vehicle includes a first axle, second axle, driveshaft, engine, clutch, and controller. The first and second axles are coupled by the driveshaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162359

Enhanced engine and battery operation

Information of a plurality of locations on a route for a vehicle is received. A plurality of segments of the route is identified based at least in part on the information. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162354

Dynamic torque profiles based on drive mode selection

A method for controlling an electric rear axle drive (erad) includes, responsive to a vehicle being in drive, operating the erad such that any torque output by the erad to drive rear wheels forward is less than torque output to drive front wheels forward. The method further includes, responsive to the vehicle being in reverse, operating the erad such that torque output by the erad to drive the rear wheels backwards is more than any torque output to drive the front wheels backwards.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162353

Fuel pump control system for saddle fuel tanks

A vehicle includes a fuel tank, a jet pump and a controller. The fuel tank has a passive side and an active side. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162347

Engine friction model adaptation

A hybrid powertrain includes an engine having a crankshaft and a throttle body, and an electric machine having a rotor selectively coupled to the crankshaft via a disconnect clutch. A transmission of the powertrain includes a torque converter having an impeller fixed to the rotor, a turbine disposed on an input shaft of the transmission, and a bypass clutch configured to selectively transmit torque from the impeller to the turbine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162312

Airbag with side chambers

An airbag includes a middle chamber having a front panel and first and second side panels spaced from each other and extending from the front panel. The airbag includes a first side chamber attached to the first side panel and a second side chamber attached to the second side panel, and a manifold chamber spaced from the front panel and attached to and in fluid communication with the middle chamber and the first and second side chambers.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162310

Door mounted airbag assembly with concave surface

An airbag includes folds with each fold having an apex and limbs. The limbs extend from the apex to the limbs of an adjacent fold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162299

Vehicle console with coupled motion and enhanced storage capabilities

An apparatus for an interior vehicle compartment comprises a seat adapted for moving in a travel direction and a console coupled to the movable seat. The console may include one or more of the following: (a) a collapsible portion for collapsing as a body portion of the console travels with the movable seat in the travel direction; (b) a stepped interface for connecting with the movable seat; (c) a rear drawer with a tiltable door to facilitate access by rear passengers; and (d) a deployable holder for a mobile handheld computer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162285

Integrated latch/bumper combination

A latch assembly for a vehicle bin includes a latch housing having an integrated bumper. The latch housing defines a latch opening and a base adapted to carry the bumper. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162283

Vehicle console with coupled motion and enhanced storage capabilities

An apparatus for an interior vehicle compartment comprises a seat adapted for moving in a travel direction and a console coupled to the movable seat. The console may include one or more of the following: (a) a collapsible portion for collapsing as a body portion of the console travels with the movable seat in the travel direction; (b) a stepped interface for connecting with the movable seat; (c) a rear drawer with a tiltable door to facilitate access by rear passengers; and (d) a deployable holder for a mobile handheld computer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162272

Micro-electromechanical system for use in vehicle doors to increase sound quality vehicle performance of the vehicle doors

A vehicle includes a three-axis accelerometer attached to a door and in communication with a processor. A speaker is in communication with the processor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162257

Vehicle cup holder having adjustable lit fingers

A vehicle cup holder is provided and includes a base and a sidewall together defining an interior space for receiving a beverage container. A number of fingers extend through the sidewall for retaining the beverage container. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162255

Carpet in a vehicle and method to manufacture the same

A carpet in a vehicle is provided. The carped includes a polypropylene layer, a felt layer, and at least one first fastener disposed between the pp layer and the felt layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162253

Collision-responsive tray table for a vehicle seat

A vehicle includes a seatback having a rear-mounted and rotationally operable tray table selectively operable between a plurality of rotational positions. An actuator is coupled to the seatback and the tray table, wherein in response to a decelerating impact, the actuator applies a generally downward force that biases the tray table toward a safety position against a back surface of the seatback.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/14/18 / #20180162245

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

06/14/18 / #20180161806

Relating to flow optimized washcoating

A method of applying a non-homogenous catalyst coating to a surface is provided. The method may include partially masking the surface with a first template; applying a first washcoat slurry to those parts of the surface not masked by the first template; partially masking the surface with a second template; and applying a second washcoat slurry to those parts of the surface not masked by the second template.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180159440

Active gate clamping for inverter switching devices with enhanced common source inductance

An inverter phase leg has upper and lower gate drive circuits supplying gate drive signals to upper and lower transistors. Each gate drive circuit includes an active clamp for selectively deactivating the upper and lower transistors. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180158334

Vehicle collision avoidance

A computer, programmed to: receive image data from a vehicle sensor; associate a plurality of geometric shapes with the image data of a target vehicle; monitor the plurality of geometric shapes for a condition indicative of the target vehicle moving to avoid a roadway obstacle; and in response to the condition, provide a steering instruction to avoid the obstacle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180158260

Steering operation

A reference vehicle is identified from data measuring changes in steering wheel angles of a plurality of vehicles. A target vehicle's steering wheel angle deviations is compared to steering wheel angle deviations of the reference vehicle a target vehicle component is actuated upon determining that a difference of the target vehicle's change of steering wheel angle and the reference vehicle's change of steering wheel angle exceeds a predetermined threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180157329

Vehicle user input control system and method

A vehicle user input control system and method is provided having a user input located on a vehicle, a plurality of proximity sensors located proximate the user input, and a controller processing signals generated by the proximity sensors to detect at least one of a trajectory and orientation of a hand proximate to the user input and determining the hand is associated with one of a driver and passenger of the vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180156629

Vehicle seat with system and method for communicating navigation instructions

A vehicle includes a navigation system outputting at least one route guidance instruction and a vehicle seat having a plurality of inflatable bladders therein and an inflation assembly for selectively inflating and deflating the bladders independently. A controller is in communication with the navigation system and with the vehicle seat to cause the inflation assembly to inflate and deflate selected ones of the bladders to indicate a component of the at least one route guidance instruction.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180156333

Override for shifting a shift-by-wire transmission

An override mechanism for a shift-by-wire transmission includes a housing having a first pin aperture and a shaft extending into the housing. The override mechanism further includes a reel plate having a second pin aperture. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180156178

Stop-start vehicle system and method

A vehicle and method of controlling a vehicle having an engine and braking system having an associated braking pressure include stopping the engine responsive to the brake pressure being above a first threshold, restarting the engine responsive to the brake pressure falling below a second threshold, reducing the second threshold for a predetermined time after the vehicle speed falls below a speed threshold, and resetting the second threshold after the predetermined time. The predetermined time may be modified based on input from a user interface or a user-selected vehicle operating mode.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180156165

Charge air cooler with an integrated bypass

A charge air cooler may include inlet and outlet chambers adjacent one another and separated by a baffle defining a bypass passage for airflow therethrough. The charge air cooler may also include heat exchange conduits connected between the inlet and outlet chambers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180156162

Evaporative emissions diagnostics for a multi-path purge ejector system

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing a high load purge line of a boosted engine system for undesired evaporative emissions. In one example, a method for diagnosing the high load purge line includes drawing vacuum in the high load purge line under natural aspiration conditions and concurrently purging a fuel vapor canister. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180156155

Method of honing high-porosity cylinder liners

Methods of honing a surface are disclosed. The method may include spraying a coating having an initial average bulk porosity onto an engine bore wall and honing the coating to create an intermediate honed surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180156143

Method and system for exhaust heat recovery

Methods and systems are provided for exhaust gas heat recovery using a bottoming cycle comprising an exhaust heat exchanger. In one example, a method may include maintaining a target thermal energy input to the heat exchanger by opportunistically flowing exhaust through the heat exchanger after storing a portion of thermal energy from the exhaust in a thermal storage device or prior to flowing exhaust through the heat exchanger, heating the exhaust by drawing thermal energy from the thermal storage device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180156142

Method and system for exhaust gas recirculation and heat recovery

Methods and systems are provided for a single heat exchanger coupled to a main exhaust passage upstream of one or more exhaust catalysts or in between two exhaust catalysts for exhaust heat recovery and exhaust gas recirculation (egr) cooling. In one example, in the pre-catalyst configuration of the heat exchanger, during exhaust heat recovery, a portion of exhaust may be routed via the heat exchanger while the remaining portion of exhaust may be routed directly to the exhaust catalysts, and fueling may be adjusted on a per-cylinder basis to maintain a target exhaust air-fuel-ratio at the exhaust catalysts.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180156102

Isolator in a vehicle exhaust system and an exhaust system including the same

An isolator in an exhaust system of a vehicle is provided. The isolator comprises a bracket to be connected with an under body of the vehicle; and a gas filled cushion at least partially embedded in the bracket. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180156095

Systems and method for exhaust warm-up strategy

Methods and systems are provided for controlling a vehicle engine to adjust exhaust warm-up strategy based on a vehicle network information. In one example, in response to an expected decrease in temperature of a catalyst of a vehicle below a threshold and an estimated duration thereof based on communications external from the vehicle, a method may include delaying catalyst heating actions, when the catalyst heating actions are determined to be unable to heat up the catalyst to threshold temperatures. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154953

Vehicle spare tire and towing system

A vehicle includes a frame, load floor, subfloor, spare tire, jack, and a tow-eye. The frame defines a trunk. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154952

Active tire spoiler system and method

An active tire spoiler system includes a first tire spoiler, a second tire spoiler and a control module. That control module includes a controller configured to displace the first tire spoiler and the second tire spoiler between a stowed position and a deployed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154946

Hood assembly incorporating a fluid reservoir

A motor vehicle hood assembly includes a hood shell and a fluid reservoir having a body including a stringer section and a plurality of finger sections that are connected to and extend from the stringer section along a longitudinal axis of the hood shell. The fluid reservoir may be provided packaged between the hood shell and an insulation layer of the hood assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154921

Folding steering wheel

A folding steering wheel includes a first section, a second section and a pivot. The pivot connects the first section to the second section. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154906

Autonomous vehicle processor self-diagnostic

A vehicle system includes a processor programmed to perform a self-diagnostic test, of the processor, in response to receiving an impact signal. The impact signal represents an impact involving a host vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154894

Methods and systems for controlling a vehicle being overtaken.

A method is provided to control a first vehicle when the first vehicle is being overtaken. The method comprises determining whether a rear vehicle is overtaking; and controlling a speed of the first vehicle when it is determined that the rear vehicle is overtaking.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154865

Authentication of mobile devices for vehicle communication

Methods and apparatus are disclosed for authentication of mobile devices for vehicle communication. An example mobile device for vehicle communication authentication a communication module to receive a signal from a vehicle, memory including an application for accessing digital keys, and key accessor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154836

Sliding package tray cargo cover

A cargo area for a vehicle includes a load floor, a package tray, and a pair of cargo area side walls each comprising a package tray translating element including a vehicle-forward facing guide surface for translating the package tray between at least one deployed position at a spaced distance above the load floor and a stowed position on the load floor. Vehicle-forward upper and lower indents are disposed at spaced intervals along the vehicle-forward facing guide surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154823

Vehicle lamp system

A vehicle mirror assembly is provided herein. The mirror assembly includes a housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154822

Illuminated rack

A vehicle roof rack includes a first side-rail and a second side-rail. Each of the rails define a first groove and a second groove. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154821

Headlight setting activation via a stalk switch

Method, apparatus, and computer storage media are disclosed for headlight setting activation via a stalk switch. An example vehicle includes a stalk switch and a headlamp controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154804

Inertia stop link for stadium style seat cushion stowed positioning

A motor vehicle seating assembly comprises a seat support bracket, a lower seat cushion mounted to the seat support bracket, and a latch pivotally mounted to the lower seat cushion. An inertia link is pivotally and operatively coupled with the lower seat cushion and operatively coupled with the latch, the inertia link having a first rotational position corresponding to an unlocked condition of the latch, allowing movement of the lower seat cushion between a raised stowed position and a lowered deployed position, and a second rotational position corresponding to a locked condition of the latch, preventing movement of the lower seat cushion from the raised stowed position to the lowered deployed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154787

Adaptive boost voltage for hybrid vehicle operation

A powertrain includes a dc-dc converter, an electric machine, and a controller. The dc-dc converter may be configured to output a bus voltage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154786

Dithering a pulse width modulated base frequency to reduce ev noise

A vehicle powertrain includes an inverter coupled with an electric machine and a controller. The controller may be configured to dither a base frequency of a pulse width modulated (pwm) signal, by less than an amount that is based on a rotational speed of the machine and the base frequency, to operate the inverter such that energy at sidebands and harmonics of the base frequency are reduced by distributing the energy to reduce audible vibrations of the powertrain.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154784

Gate driver with temperature compensated turn-off

A vehicle powertrain includes a switch configured to provide a drive current to an electric machine and coupled with a diode array and a gate driver. The gate driver may be configured to, in response to a voltage across the array exceeding a threshold while providing the drive current in a presence of a turn-off request, confine operation of a resistive switch to a linear region to decrease a rate of change of the drive current proportional to the voltage.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154763

Grill shutter operation

A first vehicle instructs a second vehicle to move a grill shutter to a specified position. An image of the grill shutter is captured. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154743

Vehicle door assembly with removable door panel for easy ingress and egress

A vehicle door assembly includes a primary door body having a receiver, a removable interior door panel and a retainer. That retainer secures the removable interior door panel to the receiver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154737

Reducing externally variable displacement compressor (evdc) start-up delay

An externally-controlled variable displacement compressor (evdc) cold-start method is described including, during an evdc cold-start procedure, iteratively alternating an amount of a control current supplied to an electronic control valve (ecv) associated with the evdc between no control current and a full control current. Systems for implementing the described method are provided.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154727

Methods and apparatus to control vehicle tilt

Methods and apparatus to control vehicle tilt are disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus includes a plurality of actuators of a vehicle, where each actuator is to be length adjustable, and a controller communicatively coupled to the actuators, where the controller to vary a height of at least one of the actuators to adjust a tilt of the vehicle to facilitate loading or removal of an object relative to the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154720

Transverse link for a wheel suspension of a vehicle and method for the production thereof

The present disclosure provides a transverse link for a wheel suspension of a vehicle that includes at least one wheel-side attachment structure and at least one structure-side attachment structure. The wheel-side and structure-side structures are connected to each other by a connection structure which extends therebetween. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

06/07/18 / #20180154716

Self-closing electric socket cover

A computer is programmed to actuate an electric socket mounted to an exterior of a vehicle to close upon determining that the vehicle's speed exceeds a predetermined threshold, that a cover is open, and that the electric socket is in an electrically disengaged state.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180152113

Inverter switching devices with gate coils to enhance common source inductance

A selectable increase in the common source inductance is obtained by a layout for a power module used for a half-bridge phase leg in an inverter for an electrically-driven vehicle. The power module comprises a pair of transistor dies connected to positive, negative, and ac conductive tracks for carrying bridge currents. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180151901

Method of operating a fuel cell during a soak time period

A method of operating a fuel cell including an anode and cathode during shutdown and soak time periods. The method includes closing a cathode inlet valve upstream of an inlet of the cathode to prevent air from entering the fuel cell through the cathode inlet; and maintaining an anode outlet valve downstream of an inlet of the anode in a closed state to prevent air from leaking into the fuel cell through the anode outlet.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180151858

Battery pack array frames with integrated fastener housings

A battery pack includes a support structure, an array frame including a fastener housing, and a fastener received through the fastener housing for mounting the array frame to the support structure. The array frame may be mounted to the support structure using a top-down approach that includes inserting a fastener through a fastener housing of the array frame.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180151316

Rocker switch element for motor vehicles with protection against unwanted actuation

A rocker switching control element for electrical sliding roofs on a vehicle overhead panel has an actuation rocker formed as a switch with switching positions and is arranged on a substantially planar control panel. The actuation rocker is recessed such that it does not project beyond the panel edge region. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180149782

Vehicle components utilizing detectable layers

A vehicle body panel includes a substrate defining an exterior surface. A detectable layer is positioned on the exterior surface and is configured to interact with a first band of an electromagnetic spectrum. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180149333

Low-profile efficient vehicular lighting modules

A vehicle lighting module includes a silicone lens having an input surface and an exit surface, and a light source. The lens defines a near-zero draft between the input surface and the exit surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180149107

Methods and systems for fuel injection control

Methods and systems are provided for continuously estimating a direct injector tip temperature based on heat transfer to the injector from the cylinder due to combustion conditions, and heat transfer to the injector due to flow of cool fuel from the fuel rail. Variations in the injector tip temperature from a steady-state temperature are monitored when the direct injector is deactivated. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180149081

Foam plug for engine cover fastener pocket

An engine cover assembly including a fastener concealing plug is disclosed. The plug includes a conical wall having upper and lower ends. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180149080

Stud-engaging engine cover pocket plug

An engine cover assembly including a stud-engaging engine cover pocket plug is disclosed. The plug conceals the cover fastener assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180149048

Method of adaptively controlling a motor vehicle engine system

A method is disclosed for adaptively controlling an engine system of a motor vehicle comprising the steps of evaluating the outputs from angular position sensors associated with inlet and exhaust camshafts of an engine of the engine system to establish whether differences between the currently measured positions and previously saved positions are the result of elongation of an endless drive used to drive the camshafts or due to some other reason. If it is confirmed that the differences are due to elongation of the endless drive then the measured values of angular position are used in the control of a number of engine functions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180148969

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

05/31/18 / #20180148307

Spare wheel assembly winch with force dependent cable release mechanism

A spare wheel assembly winch having a force dependent cable release mechanism is disclosed. In one embodiment, the sheave includes a series of breakaway features that can be torn if the tension on the spare tire cable exceeds the predetermined level, thus allowing the inner, gear-containing portion of the sheave to rotate independently of the outer, cable-holding portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180148105

Header beam of a vehicle frame and method of forming the same

A header beam couples between a-pillars of a vehicle frame. The header beam is formed from a generally straight beam segment that is extruded to have a hollow body portion with supportive legs extending within the hollow interior along the length of the beam segment, defining uninterrupted forward and rearward box sections for supporting continuous load paths on the header beam. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180148095

Modular vehicle platform and related methods

Modular vehicle platforms are disclosed. An example modular platform includes a frame to couple to a body of a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180148057

Vehicle park mechanism actuation

A vehicle includes an engine and a vehicle park mechanism. The vehicle further includes a controller configured initiate an auto-stop of the engine in response to an auto-stop condition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180148047

Multi-sensor probabilistic object detection and automated braking

A controller receives outputs from a plurality of sensors such as a camera, lidar sensor, radar sensor, and ultrasound sensor, which may be rearward facing. A probability is updated each time a feature in a sensor output indicates presence of an object. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180148038

Identifying in-range fuel pressure sensor error

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing an in-range error of a pressure sensor arranged downstream of a lift pump in a fuel system of a vehicle. In one example, a method may include performing feedback control of the lift pump based on output of the pressure sensor, monitoring the pressure sensor output for flattening during the application of the voltage pulses, and adjusting operation of the fuel system depending on whether the pressure sensor output flattens for at least a threshold duration, which is indicative of an in-range error. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180148037

Identifying in-range fuel pressure sensor error

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing an in-range error of a pressure sensor arranged downstream of a lift pump in a fuel system of a vehicle. In one example, a method may include performing feedback control of the lift pump based on output of the pressure sensor, monitoring the pressure sensor output for flattening during the application of the voltage pulses, and adjusting operation of the fuel system depending on whether the pressure sensor output flattens for at least a threshold duration, which is indicative of an in-range error. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180148014

Belt assembly allowing payout measurement

A belt assembly includes a belt, a first sensor and a second sensor. The belt has a webbing and a plurality of markers distinct from the webbing and fixed thereto. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180147990

Luminescent windshield display

A display system of a vehicle is provided herein. The display system includes light sources and an indicator that luminesces in response to light excitation by the light sources. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180147976

Vehicle tailgate tie-down

A vehicle is provided herein. The vehicle includes a tailgate adapted to pivotally latch to a vehicle cargo box. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180147968

Cup holder

A cup holder includes a support, a first arm connected by a first pivot to the support and a second arm connected by a second pivot to the support. The cup holder further includes a first link connected by a third pivot to the first arm and by a fourth pivot to the second arm and a second link connected by a fifth pivot to the first arm and a sixth pivot to the second arm whereby the first arm and second arm are displaceable between a stowed position and a deployed position to hold a cup.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180147967

Cup holder assembly

A cup holder assembly includes a console with an opening, a cup holder movable within the opening between front and rear positions, and a flexible band. The flexible band is connected to front and rear ends of the cup holder such that the cup holder and band together extend to a length of the opening when the cup holder is in at least one of the front and rear positions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180147965

Handle assembly of a vehicle door

A handle assembly of a door of a vehicle comprises an auxiliary handle disposed on an inner surface of the door, and moveable between a deployed position and a normal position; a driving device to move the auxiliary handle; and a control device configured to instruct the driving device to move the auxiliary handle based on a door condition.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180147928

Protective cover system and related method

A protective cover system for a motor vehicle includes a first roller, a first cover wound onto the first roller, a second roller and a second cover wound onto the second roller. The protective cover system also includes a control module for displacing the covers between stowed and deployed positions covering one or both of the motor vehicle bumper and an interior cargo floor of the motor vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/31/18 / #20180147918

Vehicle curtain

A vehicle includes a lift gate operable between the open and closed positions and includes an interior trim panel. A track assembly is positioned on a perimeter of the interior trim panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180145442

Charge port assembly and molding method

A charge port assembly for an electrified vehicle includes a housing having an opening and a first interchangeable seal removably received within the opening. A molding method for molding a charge port assembly includes injecting a first shot of material into a mold cavity to form a housing of the charge port assembly, positioning an insert within the mold cavity, and injecting a second shot of material into the mold cavity to form an interchangeable seal within the housing.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180144383

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

05/24/18 / #20180144382

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

05/24/18 / #20180144203

Traffic-light detection and classification using computer vision and deep learning

A method is disclosed for detecting and classifying one or more traffic lights. The method may include converting an rgb frame to an hsv frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180144202

Brake light detection

Systems, methods, and devices for detecting brake lights are disclosed herein. A system includes a mode component, a vehicle region component, and a classification component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180144200

Detection of lane-splitting motorcycles

A controller receives images from a rearward-facing camera having an inter-lane region in the field of view thereof. A region of interest of the images is identified corresponding to the inter-lane region. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180144199

Vehicle vision

A computer is programmed to detect an object based on vehicle camera image data. The computer determines a light source and determines, based in part on a light source position, that the detected object is a shadow. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180143631

Sinkhole detection systems and methods

Example sinkhole detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives data from multiple sensors mounted to a vehicle and analyzes the received data to identify a sinkhole in a roadway ahead of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180142812

Flared exhaust gas pressure tube having keyed washer

An exhaust gas pressure tube assembly and a method for making the tube are disclosed. The assembly includes a keyed washer having a concave conical opening and an exhaust gas pressure tube having an open end for attachment to the boss. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180142775

Transmission oil filter with internal magnets

A transmission oil filter includes a housing having a bottom cover defining a top side, a bottom side, and an inlet. A filter is disposed in the housing to filter contaminates and fines from the oil passing therethrough. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180142693

Blower assembly for a vehicle

A blower assembly includes a housing having an air inlet side and a scrolled wall, a motor having an output shaft extending within the housing, and an airflow outlet. A wheel is mounted to the output shaft for rotation within the housing and has a plurality of blades for creating an airflow along the scrolled wall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180142663

Method and system for ignition coil control

Methods and systems are provided for determining an ignition coil dwell time based on an estimated ignition coil temperature. In one example, a method may include estimating the ignition coil temperature based on heat transfer between engine and the ignition coil, heat transfer between ambient and the ignition coil, and internal resistive heating of the ignition coil.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180142606

Overflow cap air vent

One general aspect includes a cap for a the overflow reservoir bottle, including a lower cup having a syncline void, said syncline void having by a wall extending above and below at least one surface of the lower cup. The cap also includes an upper cup with an anticline projection nesting adjacent to the syncline void of the lower cup, and said upper cup affixed to the lower cup, with at least one vent to permit gas to traverse the overflow reservoir bottle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180142601

Non-intrusive air/fuel sensor diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing a fault condition of an exhaust gas oxygen sensor downstream of a catalyst in an exhaust system of a vehicle. In one example, a method may include determining a ratio of a rate of change of a fractional oxidation state of the catalyst to a rate of change of an output voltage of the oxygen sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180142600

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

05/24/18 / #20180142508

Locator feature for automotive interior doors

An interior door assembly for a vehicle includes an outer door panel including at least one bumper retainer associated with an inner door locator feature. The at least one bumper retainer is defined by an aperture dimensioned to receive a portion of a bumper therein. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180142054

Additive manufacturing process

An additive manufacturing method. The method includes mixing a reflective material including fibers with a photopolymer resin to form a resin mixture having a loading of the reflective material of at least 3 wt. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141594

Tailgate assembly

A tailgate assembly of a vehicle includes a tailgate, a left workpiece holder, and a right workpiece holder. The tailgate is elongated along an axis from a vehicle-left end to a vehicle-right end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141589

Patch welded blank on an a-pillar

A body for a vehicle includes an a-pillar defining a c-channel along a first surface of the a-pillar. The body further includes a support disposed within the c-channel and defining a shape matching the c-channel to mate the support along an entirety of the first surface via pre-formed spot welds aligned with the first surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141584

Synchronizing vehicle steering

Vehicle steering can be synchronized by first, turning the steering rack from lock-to-lock to determine a steering rack midpoint, second, turning the steering wheel from lock-to-lock to determine a steering wheel midpoint, third, synchronizing the steering rack with the steering wheel based on the steering rack midpoint and the steering wheel midpoint, and fourth, piloting a vehicle based on the synchronized steering rack and steering wheel; wherein the steering rack is mechanically decoupled from a steering wheel of the vehicle before turning the steering rack from lock-to-lock and before turning the steering wheel from lock-to-lock.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141567

Vehicle sensor calibration using wireless networkconnected sensors

Method and apparatus are disclosed for vehicle sensor calibration using wireless network-connected sensors. An example disclosed vehicle includes a communication controller and a sensor manager. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141558

Vehicle traction and all-wheel drive control system

A vehicle includes a first axle, second axle, first clutch, second clutch, and controller. The first and second axles are coupled by a driveshaft. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141557

Regenerative braking downshift control using predictive information

A vehicle may include an engine selectively coupled to a motor and a transmission. The vehicle may include a controller configured to, in response to actuation of a brake pedal, command the transmission to downshift during a regenerative braking event based on a regenerative braking downshift torque. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141552

Vehicle systems and methods for electrified vehicle battery thermal management based on anticipated power requirements

A method includes controlling an electrified vehicle based on a route selected for a desired thermal management of a battery. An electrified vehicle includes at least one battery and a control system configured with instructions for automatically controlling the electrified vehicle based on the route selected for the desired thermal management of the battery.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141542

Modular hybrid transmission with torque converter baffle

An assembly includes a front module housing an electric machine and an engine disconnect clutch, a transmission aft of the front module, a torque converter axially between the front module and the transmission, and a baffle radially between the torque converter and the transmission.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141538

Methods and system for improving response of a hybrid vehicle

Systems and methods for operating a driveline of a hybrid vehicle are disclosed. In one example, an engine may enter or stay in one of two cylinder modes in response to a request to a negative torque capacity of an electric machine being insufficient to provide a desired driveline braking torque. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141536

Engine assembly

An internal combustion engine assembly for a motor vehicle is provided. The engine assembly comprising: an engine; an electric motor; and a balance shaft comprising an eccentric mass, wherein the electric motor is configured to selectively rotate the balance shaft in order to balance a vibration characteristic of the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141511

Deployable device mounted to vehicle frame

A vehicle includes a frame, a wheel supported by the frame; and a device fixed to the frame. The device includes an inflator and an inflatable member in fluid communication with the inflator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141493

Badge assemblies that emanate visible iridescent patterns

A badge assembly that includes a translucent, polymeric badge comprising an edge and an interior surface with a diffraction grating having a thickness from 250 nm to 1000 nm and a period from 50 nm to 5 microns; led sources oriented toward the edge; and fascia configured to obscure the sources. Further, the grating diffracts light from the led sources through the badge as a visible iridescent pattern.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141488

Notification device for vehicle

A vehicle lighting device is disclosed. The device comprises a plurality of light sources configured to selectively emit a first light color and a second light color and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141486

Illuminated running board

A vehicle includes a running board operable between deployed and undeployed positions. The running board includes a light source. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141472

Net build process for seating subassembly

A vehicle seat subassembly includes a first bracket and a second bracket rotatably coupled with the first bracket. First and second pins are welded to the first bracket, and an alignment plate is welded to the second bracket. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141458

Battery pre-heating prior to fast charge

A vehicle includes a thermal system for a battery; and a controller for the thermal system. The controller may be configured to, during vehicle motion, cool the battery when a temperature of the battery exceeds a lower threshold and inhibit transfer of power with the battery when the temperature exceeds an upper threshold, and while coupled with a charge station, heat the battery to a temperature between the lower threshold and the upper threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141445

Vehicle charging system

A system includes a slidable bar, a connecting bar attached to the slidable bar, and a charging device carried by the connecting bar and movable with the slidable bar. The charging device may be automatically aligned to a receiving device of an electrified vehicle using motion of the electrified vehicle to move the charging device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141432

Reservoir with ratcheting support structure

Methods and systems are provided for a reservoir including a ratcheting support column. In one example, a support column for a reservoir includes a first portion and a second portion configured to move toward each other when pressed together. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141418

Multifunction drive system for a moon roof and other applications

A moon roof system includes a moon roof, a roller shade and a multifunction drive system. That multifunction drive system includes a single drive motor including a drive shaft, a first drive link connected to a first accessory or moon roof, a second drive link connected to a second accessory or roller shade and a transmission for selectively connecting the drive shaft to the first drive link and the second drive link. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141417

Moon roof assembly with integral hybrid solar trim panel

A moon roof assembly includes a moon roof housing, a sliding moon roof panel and a hybrid solar trim panel. The hybrid solar trim panel is carried on the moon roof housing and extends at least partially around the sliding moon roof panel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/24/18 / #20180141415

Vehicle door reinforcing beam

A vehicle door including a door inner and a reinforcing beam fixed to the door inner. The reinforcing beam includes a first layer and a second layer bonded to each other. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180138902

Sensorless temperature compensation for power switching devices

An inverter for an electric vehicle drive has a bridge including a plurality of power switching devices having respective insulated gate terminals and emitter terminals. A pwm circuit determines switching commands for controlling the bridge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180138694

Short detection and prevention for inverter sensor inputs

A vehicle may include an inverter including a tristate buffer. The vehicle may further include a short detection circuit connected to the inverter configured to output an inhibit signal indicative of abnormal electrical behavior to the tristate buffer such that inverter output is disabled. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180138530

Circuit and method for cell voltage sensing in fuel cell stack

A vehicle system includes a voltage sensing circuit configured to detect voltages across cells in a fuel cell stack, and powered by a power supply sharing a voltage reference with the cells and having a voltage magnitude greater than a sum of voltage magnitudes of the cells. The system further includes a controller configured to, responsive to a change in polarity in at least one of the voltages indicative of freezing of the cells, issue an alert notification.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180137756

Detecting and responding to emergency vehicles in a roadway

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting and responding to emergency vehicles in a roadway. Aspects of the invention can be used to detect emergency vehicles and properly yield to emergency vehicles depending on roadway configuration. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180137750

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

05/17/18 / #20180137697

Vehicle sound activation

A computer is programmed to receive audio data from a first vehicle sensor following an instruction to a second vehicle to actuate sound output. The computer generates diagnostic data about the received audio data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180137381

Vehicle driver locator

A vehicle may include: a motor, nodes, sensors, puddle lights, and processor(s) configured to: command the nodes to produce high power signal patterns to link with a mobile device; command at least some of the nodes to produce low power signal patterns to link with the mobile device based detecting the high power link; activate at least some of the puddle lights based on the low power link. The vehicle may activate at least some of the puddle lights based on the low power link by running processing software on measurements captured by the nodes based on the low power link.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180137374

Detecting foliage using range data

A system for detecting and identifying foliage includes a tracking component, a tracking parameters component, and a classification component. The tracking component is configured to detect and track one or more features within range data from one or more sensors. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180136667

Vehicle destinations

A computer is programmed to detect requests for a host vehicle to drive to various destinations. The computer is further programmed to send request notifications of the requests to the user devices of an owner of the host vehicle and, under certain conditions, a user of the host vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180136003

Method and apparatus for vehicular travel assistance

A system includes a processor programmed to send first and second recommended routes to a wireless device in response receiving a present vehicle location stored when the vehicle was parked and also a received destination and departure time. The first recommended route is based on travel-time factors corresponding to the destination and departure time and specified routing and timing preferences. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180135990

Methods and devices to select a travel mode and travel route management systems

A method implemented in a travel mode selection device is provided. The method comprises obtaining weather information, determine rating indices for a plurality of travel manners corresponding to the weather information, and recommending at least one travel mode based on the rating indices.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180135744

Upshift control for regenerative braking

A vehicle includes a powertrain and a controller. The powertrain includes a transmission mechanically coupled to an electric machine and configured to transfer torque between a wheel and the electric machine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180135577

Fuel pressure pulsation damping device and fuel system including the same

The present disclosure provides a fuel pressure pulsation damping device in a fuel return line between a high pressure pump and a fuel tank, in a fuel system. The fuel pressure pukation damping device hie hies a housing having an inlet pipe, an outlet pipe and an intermediate pipe; and a rotatory impeller positioned in the intermediate pipe.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180135574

Saddle fuel tank

Methods and systems are provided for a fuel tank mounted to a vehicle. Specifically, a saddle fuel tank comprising of a primary and secondary fuel compartment, each compartment having a module for mounting a fuel pump, fuel sensor and other accessories is disclosed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180135573

Vacuum actuated multi-frequency quarter-wave resonator for an internal combustion engine

A variable noise attenuation element includes at least two tube sections that define an overall tube length that defines a first effective length and associated first peak frequency for noise attenuation, and a valve having a valve member. The valve joins the tube sections together and includes openings that permit communication between the tube sections when the valve is in an open configuration. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180135570

Pressure measurement apparatus for an engine

A pressure measurement apparatus for an engine is provided. The pressure measurement apparatus includes a gas flow path component of one of an intake system or an exhaust system, and a differential pressure sensor having a sensor body defining first and second pressure ports, wherein the sensor body is configured to cooperate with an opening in a wall of the gas flow path component so that at least one of the first and second pressure ports terminates inside the gas flow path component in an assembled configuration.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180135551

Systems and methods for operating a lift pump

Methods and systems are provided for operating a lift pump of an engine fuel system. In one example, a method may comprise predicting when a fuel rail pressure will decrease below a threshold assuming that a lift pump remains off. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180135550

Systems and methods for operating a lift pump

Methods and systems are provided for operating a lift pump of an engine fuel system. In one example, a method may comprise limiting a lift pump voltage to a lower first level when powering on a lift pump from off. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180135504

Liquid-cooled internal combustion engine comprising a cylinder block, and method for producing an associated cylinder block

Methods and system are provided for a cooling arrangement of an engine. In one example, the cooling arrangement may include first and second cooling ducts, where the second cooling ducts are arranged in gaps formed between adjacent cylinders and the first ducts are arranged outside of the gaps of the adjacent cylinders.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180135488

Exhaust system

Methods and systems are provided for scr devices cascaded along an exhaust passage. In one example, a method may include adjusting a reductant injection pressure based on a temperature of one or more of the scr devices.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180135481

Exhaust passage having first and second catalysts

Methods and systems are provided for at least one catalyst and an oxygen filter. In one example, a method may include filtering oxygen through the oxygen filter and flowing oxygen poor exhaust gas to a catalyst.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180135342

Systems and methods for a refueling request

Methods and systems are provided for opening a refueling door. In one example, a method may include gradually opening the refueling door in proportion to a fuel tank depressurization rate.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134322

Hood outer checking fixture feature

A hood panel checking fixture feature is provided by a locator slot defined in an edge of the hood panel. The locator slot may be defined in a rear edge of the hood panel and may be configured to engage a cooperating locator provided in a checking fixture to substantially prevent rotational movement of the hood panel in a y-axis direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134317

Motor vehicle having an asymmetric structure

A motor vehicle is disclosed having a-pillars and b-pillars on a first side of the motor vehicle and a b-pillar but no ‘a’ pillar on a second side of the motor vehicle. A wrap around window extends from the a-pillar on the first side of the motor vehicle substantially without interruption to the b-pillar on the second side of the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134314

Trailer backup offset determination

A system for calibrating a backup assist system for a trailer attached to a vehicle is provided which includes a hitch sensor continuously measuring a hitch angle between the vehicle and the trailer. A controller is configured to determine an offset of the measured hitch angle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134312

Steering system with active compensation for road disturbances

A vehicle includes an adaptive front steering system including an assist motor that provides an overlay angle superimposed on a steering wheel angle. External torque to the assist motor is estimated by a controller and evaluated to determine whether it is the result of an external disturbance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134310

System and method for determining vehicle steering misalignment

A method for detecting steering misalignments in an adaptive steering system of a motor vehicle, wherein the adaptive steering system has a steering wheel angle sensor for detecting a value representative of a steering wheel angle, an adaptive angle unit for detecting a value representative of an adaptive angle, and a wheel angle detection unit for detecting a value representative of a wheel angle. The method including detecting a value representative of the steering wheel angle, detecting a value representative of the adaptive angle, detecting or determining a value representative of the wheel angle, and computing a comparison value.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134301

Systems and methods for active engine mount diagnostics

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing whether active engine mounts configured to isolate engine vibration from a cabin and chassis of a vehicle are functioning as desired. In one example, engine vibrations are actively induced, and the active engine mounts are alternately controlled to a first, dampening mode, and to a second, stiffening mode for predetermined time periods, where resultant chassis vibrations are monitored during the predetermined time periods. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134298

Method for creep cancellation in hybrid drivelines

According to one embodiment of this disclosure, a vehicle having an electric machine and at least one controller is described. The electric machine may be configured to generate creep torque to move the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134292

Method for braking a vehicle on a slope

A method for braking a vehicle to a stop on a sloping section of a roadway wherein a slope inclination of the roadway section, a vehicle speed, an acceleration, and a vehicle brake operation status of the vehicle are continuously ascertained. The slope inclination of the roadway section and the vehicle brake operation status are compared with predetermined threshold values. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134279

Operation of power electronics during battery communication loss

A vehicle includes a battery control module and a controller. The battery control module may be configured to issue at regular intervals a message indicative of an soc of a battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134276

Regenerative torque limit control

A vehicle includes a powertrain and at least one controller programmed to, in response to a brake request and a shaft speed associated with a speed of the vehicle achieving a starting speed that is defined by a torque of the powertrain that changes with brake demand at a given shaft speed, reduce a regenerative torque limit that constrains regenerative braking torque over a blend-out duration based on the shaft speed.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134272

Methods and system for downshifting a transmission

Systems and methods for operating a driveline of a hybrid vehicle are disclosed. In one example, an engine may enter or stay in one of two cylinder deactivation modes or enter or stay in a combustion mode in response to a request to downshift a transmission while a vehicle in which the engine resides is coasting.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134271

Vehicle systems and methods for reducing electrified vehicle noise, vibration, and harshness

A method includes controlling an electrified vehicle by automatically engaging a braking device if the electrified vehicle is in park and an engine start or stop request has been received. Controlling the electrified vehicle includes preventing a brake lamp from illuminating during engagement of the braking device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134253

Remote keyless entry message authentication

Method and apparatus are disclosed for remote keyless entry authentication. An example remote keyless entry system includes a key fob and a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134249

Bracket for sliding mechanism

A sliding mechanism includes a first part and a second part adapted for sliding translation within the first part. A bracket attached to the first part includes a bracket guide rib structure for constraining a lateral motion of the second part, including a rib defining an unbroken interface surface for the second part. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134248

Guide rib structure for sliding mechanism

A sliding mechanism a first part and a second part adapted for sliding translation within the first part. A guide rib structure is included on the first part to constrain a lateral motion of the second part, including one or more ribs each defining at least one inclined plane. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134247

Extendable vehicle grille

A vehicle comprising a base, a grille and a bumper. The grille is supported by the base, and is movable between a retracted position and an extended position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134236

Localized silicone heat shielding for extension dash panels

A method for making an insulated vehicle extension dash panel includes injection molding an extension dash panel from a structural polymer. The method further includes adding a plurality of components to a mixer to form an insulating foaming layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134235

Vehicle-integrated reaching aid

A vehicle includes trim panel walls defining a cargo compartment. At least one trim panel wall has an indented portion defining a recess. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134225

Seat extender/barrier panel for a motor vehicle

A cargo assist apparatus is provided for a motor vehicle. That cargo assist apparatus includes a panel and a translating and pivoting connector whereby the panel is displaced between a stowed position below an upper face of the seat bottom, a first deployed position projecting above the upper face and a second deployed position projecting forward from the upper face.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134222

Luggage compartment for a vehicle

A vehicle includes a seat mount, and a luggage compartment. The instrument panel has a steering-wheel opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134221

Integrated running board and side skirt system and related method

An integrated running board and side skirt system is provided for a motor vehicle. That system includes a combined running board and side skirt and a control module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134216

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

05/17/18 / #20180134212

Vehicle driver locator

A vehicle may include: a motor, nodes, sensors, puddle lights, and processor(s) configured to: command the nodes to produce high power signal patterns to link with a mobile device; command at least some of the nodes to produce low power signal patterns to link with the mobile device based detecting the high power link; activate at least some of the puddle lights based on the low power link. The vehicle may activate at least some of the puddle lights based on the low power link by running processing software on measurements captured by the nodes based on the low power link.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134211

Light activation sequence of a vehicle

A lighting system of a vehicle is provided herein and includes a headlamp, a taillight, and a controller configured to operate the headlamp and the taillight. The controller implements an activation sequence based on a state of a door. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134177

Battery enclosure surrounded by internally reinforced cylindrical impact absorbing elements

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

05/17/18 / #20180134176

Battery recharge notification and automatic recharge

A vehicle includes a low-voltage battery, a high-voltage battery, and a converter that decreases voltage provided from the high-voltage battery to the low-voltage battery. A system controller of the vehicle is programmed to use the converter, in a key-off cycle, to charge the low-voltage battery a calibrated number of times that the low-voltage battery drops below a predefined state-of-charge threshold, and send a wireless notification a subsequent time the low-voltage battery drops below the threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134172

Absorbing power down energy of an external motor device in a power generation vehicle

A vehicle includes a traction battery and a controller. The controller, in response to termination of current flow from the traction battery to a tool that is plugged in to the vehicle that results in shutting down of the tool, actuates a switch such that current resulting from the shutting down flows from the tool to the traction battery for regenerative energy capture.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134169

High voltage bus contactor fault detection

A system for a vehicle includes a pair of electrical buses connected to terminals of a traction battery via a shared positive contactor and a pair of negative contactors. The system further includes a controller configured to, responsive to a request to close the contactors and a difference between voltage magnitudes of the buses being greater than a predefined threshold, actively discharge one of the buses to reduce the difference.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134142

Hybrid transaxle

Two hybrid transaxles permit location of a traction motor in a more favorable location, decreasing the risk of occupant injury in a vehicle collision. Each transaxle uses a direction preserving power transfer mechanism to transfer power from the traction motor to a countershaft such that the countershaft rotates in the same direction as the traction motor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134132

Flexible powered tonneau cover for a pickup truck bed

An apparatus for covering a pickup truck bed is provided. The apparatus includes a flexible cover for selectively extending to at least partially cover the pickup truck bed and at least partially retracting to form a roll. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/17/18 / #20180134121

Reinforcement pillar for a vehicle having an integrated heater duct

A reinforcement assembly for a structural pillar includes an upper reinforcement that extends over a top of a wheel house and first and second surfaces. An area extends between the first and second surfaces such that the area defines a substantial right triangle over the wheel house. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180132173

Method and apparatus for data transfer connection management

A system includes a processor configured to receive a data transfer request including a priority designation. The processor is also configured to determine whether a wireless connection, having a predefined characteristic associated with the priority designation, is available. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180131908

Visor assembly for a vehicle

A visor assembly for a vehicle includes a touchscreen. The touchscreen has a touch-sensitive layer, a metalized layer, and a display layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180131767

Autonomous vehicle management

A computer is programmed to store start and end locations for a vehicle route, and receive input, including a user identifier, when the vehicle is at the start location. The computer is further programmed to navigate the vehicle from the start location to a third location distinct from the start and end locations, and receive, when the vehicle is at the third location, input including the user identifier and data indicating that a user has left the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180131522

Controller area network message authentication

Method and apparatus are disclosed for controller area network message authentication. An example disclosed vehicle includes a data bus and a first control unit communicatively coupled to the data bus. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180131372

Holographic proximity switch

A vehicle switch is provided that includes a substrate. A holographic film is positioned on the substrate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180131052

Battery thermal management systems for electrified vehicles

An electrified vehicle includes a vehicle body establishing an interior space, a battery pack mounted within the interior space, and a battery thermal management system including a control module configured to command evacuation of hot air within the interior space if an external temperature of the battery pack exceeds a predefined temperature threshold.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180131051

Thermal exchange plate assembly for vehicle battery

A battery assembly according to a non-limiting aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an array of battery cells, and a thermal exchange plate assembly adjacent the array. The thermal exchange plate assembly includes an inlet, an outlet, a main channel, and a bypass channel configured to direct fluid from the inlet to the outlet while substantially bypassing the main channel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180130592

Inductor cooling systems and methods

Inductor cooling systems and methods are disclosed. A vehicle inductor cooling system may include an inductor assembly secured to a vehicle transmission case and including a core and a conductive coil wrapped around the core. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180130591

Inductor cooling systems and methods

Inductor cooling systems and methods are disclosed. A vehicle inductor cooling system may include an inductor assembly, a flange extending around a periphery of the inductor assembly, and a sealing wall having an outer periphery and a sealing surface forming a seal with the flange. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180130590

Inductor cooling systems and methods

Inductor cooling systems and methods are disclosed. A vehicle inductor cooling system, may include an inductor assembly, a flange extending around a periphery of the inductor assembly, an inductor cover having a sealing surface forming a seal with the flange, a cavity defined by the inductor cover and the inductor assembly, and a first opening defined in the inductor cover configured to provide coolant to the cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180130589

Inductor cooling systems and methods

Inductor cooling systems and methods are disclosed. A vehicle may include a transmission case including a coolant inlet and an inductor assembly having a flange extending around a periphery thereof. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180130346

Systems and methods for vehicular application of detected traffic flow

A host vehicle consistent with the present disclosure is configured to detect pass events performed by adjacent vehicles. According to some embodiments, adjacent vehicles occupy a lane aligned with (i.e., heading in the same direction as) and immediately next to the host vehicle's lane. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180130274

Systems and methods for selective vehicle access

A vehicle includes: motor(s), door lock(s), processor(s) configured to: attempt a direct link with a mobile device based on receiving a key fob command; attempt an indirect link with the mobile device based on failing to establish the direct link; accept and implement the command upon establishing the direct or indirect link; reject the command upon failing to establish the direct and indirect link.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180130266

Automated system for suggesting wiper replacement

A system for determining a need for a vehicle windshield wiper blade replacement includes a detector for detecting a wiper blade operating noise and a processor configured to determine a wear condition requiring wiper blade replacement from the detected wiper blade operating noise. On determining the wear condition, the processor provides a display including at least a windshield wiper blade wear condition warning and a listing of one or more suggested replacement wiper blades. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180130176

Constructing map data using laser scanned images

A computer that includes a processor and memory that stores processor-executable instructions. The processor can be programmed to: generate a plurality of transform patch images (ptpis) by applying a mathematical transform operator to a plurality of map-perspective patch images (pmppis) received from at least one vehicle laser-scanner; combine at least some of the ptpis into a single patch image; and construct a map patch image using the single patch image.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128623

Vehicle localization based on wireless local area network nodes

Method and apparatus are disclosed for vehicle localization based on wireless local area network nodes. An example disclosed vehicle includes a wireless network controller and a location tracker. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128375

Plated sealing system for vehicle assembly

A sealing system includes an exterior plate, an interior plate, a first seal received against the exterior plate and configured to restrict moisture ingress through the exterior plate, and a second seal received against the interior plate and configured to restrict moisture ingress through the interior plate. The sealing system may be used to seal around tubing that extends through a vehicle battery enclosure.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128371

Vehicle roll-away prevention

A brake interlock feature prevents release of the park mechanism unless a driver is depressing the brake pedal. This is intended to prevent the vehicle from rolling following park release. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128337

Dry friction damped metallic material and methods of manufacturing and using same

A method and system for improving the vibration damping properties in a metal product are disclosed. The product incorporates a dry friction, layered metallic damping material having embedded therein one or more woven mesh layers comprised of wire ropes of bundled wires. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128305

Recessed spring washer flow drill screw

A screw for use in joining workpieces, for example automotive body parts, is provided that includes a head portion, an externally threaded shank extending from the head portion, a flow-hole-forming tip disposed at a distal end portion of the externally threaded shank, and a recessed spring washer disposed under the head portion. The recessed spring washer is configured to apply a clamping load to joined workpieces as they expand and contract.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128274

Supercharged internal combustion engine with compressor

Methods and systems are provided for a turbocharger. In one example, the turbocharger may include one or more cooling devices for cooling a compressor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128257

Peristaltic pump for inductor thermal management

A vehicle inductor assembly includes an inductor, a thermal plate, an emitter, and a controller. The inductor is secured within a housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128228

Fuel injector with variable flow direction

A fuel injector and method are disclosed wherein an injector body defines a cavity and passages from an inlet at the cavity through an outside surface of the injector body. Each passage may have a first inner contour at a first angle and a second inner contour at a second angle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128224

Fuel rail for internal combustion engine

The present disclosure provides a fuel rail for use with an internal combustion engine. The fuel rail includes a plurality of fingers extending away from the fuel rail. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128194

Methods and system for adjusting engine operation based on evaporated and condensed portions of water injected at an engine

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting engine operation based on estimated vaporized and condensed portions of water injected during a water injection event. In one example, a method may include injecting an amount of water into the intake manifold in response to engine conditions and inferring vaporized and condensed portions of the injected water based on the injected amount and a change in manifold temperature following the injection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128162

Wastegate for an engine system

Methods and systems are provided for a wastegate of a turbocharger including a valve plate, valve actuation mechanism, and a bifurcated wastegate passage. In one example design, the wastegate may include a valve plate having an interior with a multiplane curved surface and a first mating feature centered along the curved surface, the curved surface forming a raised edge and a side opening on opposite sides of the valve plate; and a passage bifurcated by a central wall, an end of the central wall including a second mating feature adapted to have face-sharing contact with the first mating feature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128161

Wastegate for an engine system

Methods and systems are provided for a wastegate of a turbocharger including a valve plate, valve actuation mechanism, and a wastegate passage. In one example design, the wastegate may include a valve plate having flow formations such as a multiplane curved surface on an interior of the valve plate and a side opening; a passage including a constricted section positioned upstream of the valve plate, the valve plate positioned at an end of the passage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128157

Pre-chamber ignition system

Methods and systems are provided for a pre-chamber ignition system. In one example, a pre-chamber ignition system may include a pre-chamber extending into a combustion chamber, a piston protrusion shaped to fit through a bottom aperture of the pre-chamber, and a plurality of orifices formed by sidewall of the pre-chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128149

Methods and systems for operating an exhaust oxygen sensor based on water contact at the sensor

Methods and systems are provided for operating an exhaust oxygen sensor coupled to an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine in response to detecting water at the sensor. In one example, a method may include indicating water at an exhaust oxygen sensor positioned in an engine exhaust passage based on a sensor parameter of the exhaust oxygen sensor while operating the exhaust oxygen sensor in a variable voltage (vvs) mode where a reference voltage is adjusted from a lower, first voltage to a higher, second voltage; and adjusting one or more of sensor operation and engine operation based on the indicating water.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128145

Method and system for an exhaust diverter valve

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing an exhaust diverter valve in an engine system and adjusting the diverter valve position to regulate vehicle exhaust noise so that the same exhaust diverter valve can be used to reduce emissions and expedite engine heating during a cold-start as well as regulate exhaust noise. In one example, a method for diverter valve diagnostics may include determining diverter valve degradation during an engine cold-start, when the diverter valve is closed, based on the change in the temperature upstream of the diverter valve from the temperature at engine start. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128142

System and method for diesel exhaust fluid injector cleaning

Methods and systems are provided for cleaning a urea-clogged diesel exhaust fluid (def) injector included in a selective catalytic reduction (scr) engine exhaust after-treatment system. In one example, a method may include, responsive to a diagnostic code indicating a clogged def injector, operating an engine in a def injector cleaning mode comprising operating the engine at a high idle speed, activating a def pump to deliver a desired amount of def at a desired flowrate, and measuring a duty cycle of def pump activation during def delivery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128138

Exhaust gas treatment systems and methods

A system, device and a method for gas treatment is provided. The gas treatment system comprises a generator, one or more corona devices and separation device disposed in sequence along an exhaust gas flow direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180128022

Electronic vehicle access control system

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

05/10/18 / #20180128016

Self-contained lock/unlock indicator for installation within a vehicle door panel

A vehicle door includes a lock indicator assembly having an operable housing and an internal locking pin engaged with the operable housing and biased to a downward position within the operable housing, an interior door panel having a receptacle, wherein the operable housing is received within the receptacle and a lock rod operable to engage an underside of the operable housing and move the locking pin to an upward position.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180127040

Electric bicycle

The disclosure relates to an electric bicycle. The electric bicycle comprises an electric motor for at least temporarily assisting or replacing a pedal operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180127038

Wheeled personal transportation device

A device for transporting a payload (to include a human user) over varied terrain. A platform accommodates the payload. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180127025

Voltage compensating anti-catch algorithm for active front steering system

A vehicle implements a steering anti-catch (sac) algorithm that reduces a superimposition angle added to the steering wheel angle in order to reduce occurrence of steering catch. The superimposition angle may be determined according to an afs system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180127021

Systems and methods for improving torque feel in column epas

A controller for a power steering system estimates rack force and its derivative, such as based on lateral acceleration, yaw rate, vehicle speed, or other parameters. A control torque is calculated based on the rack force, its derivative, and the vehicle speed and is summed with an input torque from the driver to determine an amount of assist torque to provide. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180127013

Wheeled personal transportation device

A motorized device for transporting a human or inanimate payload. A platform is configured to accommodate the payload and a pair of wheel clusters are mounted to the platform at opposite ends thereof and are powered in both rotation and in translation relative to the platform, for example by one or more electric motors housed in or on the platform or wheel clusters. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180127012

Wheeled personal transportation device

A motorized device for transporting a human or inanimate payload. A platform is configured to accommodate the payload and a pair of wheel clusters are mounted to the platform at opposite ends thereof and are powered in rotation relative to the platform, for example by one or more electric motors housed in or on the platform or wheel clusters. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126995

Traffic light operation

A plurality of vehicles predicted to pass through an intersection are identified. An acceleration and a start time are assigned for each of the vehicles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126992

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

05/10/18 / #20180126984

Object tracking using sensor fusion within a probabilistic framework

A controller receives outputs form a plurality of sensors such as a camera, lidar sensor, radar sensor, and ultrasound sensor. Sensor outputs corresponding to an object are assigned to a tracklet. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126983

Vehicle collision severity mitigation

Vehicles can be equipped with a computing device to determine two or more paths of available paths for the vehicle that each include a predicted impact with an object. The computing device can determine a time to impact, vehicle speed and direction and object speed and direction, and an object type. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126981

Vehicle pitch control during a stop

A system for vehicle pitch control during braking includes a pitch component and a rebound component. The pitch component is configured to determine that a vehicle has a forward pitch during braking. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126975

System and method to prevent driveline float in lash region

A vehicle includes an engine and an electric machine coupled to a gearbox through a torque converter. The vehicle includes a controller programmed to command an engine torque and an electric machine torque to achieve a predetermined positive torque at the input of the torque converter when a driver demand torque at the torque converter input decreases to fall within a range between the predetermined positive torque and a predetermined negative torque.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126964

Automatic brake hold with low speed maneuverability

A transportation vehicle has an autohold selector, such as a push button switch or other human-machine interface (hmi). A gear selector in the vehicle includes forward and reverse gear positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126960

System and methods for assessing the interior of an autonomous vehicle

An autonomous vehicle includes interior sensors including a camera, ir camera, electro-chemical sensor, humidity sensor, and temperature sensor. Initial and final outputs of these sensors are captured for a trip conveying one or more passengers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126955

System for detecting windshield wiper noise and related methods

A system for detecting noise generated by a windshield wiper on a vehicle including a cabin is provided. The system includes a detector for detecting noise generated by the windshield wiper. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126947

Seat belt assembly

A seat assembly includes a seat back and a headrest adjustably coupled to the seat back. The headrest defines a first guide passage and a second guide passage, each extending through the headrest. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126943

Fixing devices for a curtain air bag in a vehicle

A fixing device for a curtain airbag is provided. The fixing device comprises a bracket extending substantially along a lengthwise direction configured to receive a portion of folded curtain airbag, a leg connected to and pivotable to the bracket the bracket and a joint. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126941

Vehicle seat assembly including airbag

A seat assembly for a vehicle includes a seatback and a seat bottom extending away from the seatback. An airbag is supported by the seat bottom and includes a middle member having a first end and a second end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126925

Anti-rocking bracket for vehicle pillar trim

A vehicle pillar trim piece bracket includes a body carrying a panel- or flange-engaging portion held in a first plane and a trim piece stand-off portion held in a second plane that is different from the first plane. In combination, the body, the panel- or flange-engaging portion, and the trim piece stand-off portion may define a three-dimensional l shape. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126923

Cover for a switch

A cover for a switch includes a body having a thru-hole for receiving the switch. Retainers supported by the body each have a groove facing the thru-hole and guide surfaces extending upward from an edge of a bottom surface of the retainers to a lower edge of the groove. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126922

Vehicle trim components

A vehicle includes an instrument panel. A trim piece is positioned on the instrument panel and includes a surface defining a pattern. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126919

Versatile cup and device holder

A cup and device holder includes a housing having a first end wall, a second end wall, a first sidewall, a second sidewall and a bottom wall defining a storage compartment. The holder further includes a first divider connected to the first and second sidewalls of that housing and a second divider connected to the bottom wall.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126886

Inner carrier module for seatback assembly

A seatback assembly includes an inner carrier module having an upper cross member. The upper cross member includes first and second mounting slots and first and second access apertures disposed therethrough. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126834

Motor vehicle door assembly with water management feature on window subassembly

A motor vehicle door assembly includes a door having an internal compartment and a door latch mechanism within that internal compartment. The motor vehicle door assembly also includes a window subassembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126832

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

05/10/18 / #20180126828

Door assembly

A door assembly includes a door and a pusher. The door defines a cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126826

Windshield wrapped vehicle pillar

A vehicle includes a driver side pillar extending between a door and a roof. The pillar forms a face having an outer edge adjacent the driver side door and an inner edge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/10/18 / #20180126817

Vehicle damping control

A system for damping control for a vehicle includes a parameter component and a damping adjustment component. The parameter component is configured to determine one or more driving parameters of a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180124805

Method and apparatus for vehicle to cloud network traffic scheduling

A system includes a processor configured to receive a data transfer request including a data transfer constraint. The processor is also configured to receive a vehicle route. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180124664

Method and apparatus for triggered telematics carrier swap

A system includes a processor configured to determine that a cellular signal strength has dropped below a predefined threshold strength. The processor is also configured to request a new cellular carrier from a remote network, responsive to the determination that the signal strength has dropped below the threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180124515

Autonomous vehicle ingress and egress

A vehicle system includes a plurality of speakers and a processor. Each of the plurality of speakers is associated with one of a plurality of vehicle components. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180124177

Method and apparatus for advanced vehicle data delivery using secondary device

A system includes a processor configured to receive sensor data from a vehicle sensor. The processor is also configured to determine an existence of a condition for which information display has been designated. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180123478

Inverter switching devices with common source inductance layout to avoid shoot-through

A phase leg in an inverter bridge has an upper transistor with upper gate, collector, and emitter terminals, wherein the upper gate and emitter terminals are arranged to create an upper common source inductance. A lower transistor has lower gate, collector, and emitter terminals, wherein the lower gate and emitter terminals are arranged to create a lower common source inductance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180123197

Battery thermal management assembly and method

An exemplary battery thermal management assembly includes a first structure having a first material composition, and a second structure having a different, second material composition. The second structure is configured to exchange thermal energy between a battery array and a fluid communicated through a fluid channel that is bounded by the first and second structures. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180123104

Battery enclosure vent assembly and venting method

An exemplary assembly includes an enclosure wall of an enclosure that houses at least one battery cell, and a vent of the enclosure wall. The vent is configured to move from a first position to a second position in response to an increase in a pressure within an interior of the enclosure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180123102

Traction battery pack shield and shielding method

An exemplary battery assembly includes a shield having a floor and walls extending transversely away from the floor. The shield provides a cavity configured to receive a battery pack of an electrified vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180123101

Traction battery energy absorbing method and assembly

An exemplary battery pack assembly includes an enclosure having a plurality of horizontally facing sides extending between a first and a second vertically facing side to provide an interior, a component within the interior, and a pocket of the first vertically facing side. The pocket is vertically recessed such that a pocket floor of the pocket is vertically aligned with a portion of the component.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180123098

Traction battery retention assembly

An exemplary traction battery retention assembly includes an attachment feature formed with a portion of an enclosure that houses a battery array. The attachment feature is sized such that a portion of the attachment feature can be received within an attachment feature of the battery array to hold the battery array within the enclosure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180122236

Antenna validation for vehicle-to-vehicle communication

Systems, methods and apparatus are disclosed for antenna validation for vehicle-to-vehicle communication. An example disclosed vehicle includes a wireless communication module and an antenna calibrator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180121763

Object classification adjustment based on vehicle communication

Method, apparatus and computer readable media are disclosed for object classification adjustment based on vehicle communication. An example vehicle includes a camera to detect an object and an object classifier. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180121071

Vehicle display based on vehicle speed

Methods, apparatus, and computer storage media are disclosed for vehicle display based on vehicle speed. An example vehicle includes a speed sensor to measure a vehicle speed, a display controller to compare the vehicle speed to a threshold, and a display. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180120860

Apparatus that automatically maneuvers a wheelchair relative to a vehicle

The disclosure relates to a method and an apparatus to automatically maneuver a wheelchair relative to a vehicle. The vehicle has a first sensor arrangement comprising at least one sensor, and the wheelchair has a second sensor arrangement comprising at least one sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180120858

Pedestrian face detection

A controller for a vehicle is programmed to detect a pedestrian in an image received from a camera, determine whether a face of the pedestrian is present in the image, and cause the vehicle to change lanes based on the absence of the face.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180120857

Road sign recognition

Vehicles can be equipped with computing devices, networks, sensors and controllers to determine, modify, and/or augment a digital map of the surrounding real world. Computing devices included in a vehicle can determine road sign locations in lidar data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180120855

Steering capability prediction

Vehicles can be equipped to operate in both autonomous and occupant piloted mode. A computing device included in a vehicle can determine estimated steering velocities for a steering system of a vehicle as a function of respective steering angles and time steps and determine a path for the vehicle to travel based on the estimated steering velocities.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180120837

Emergency evacuation using autonomous driving

Methods and systems for detecting a medical emergency related to the driver of a vehicle are described. Various data, such as in-situ biophysical data of the driver, a medical history of the driver, and in-situ motion data of the vehicle, are employed to determine a possible medical emergency. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180120830

Method to operate a portable input device that controls a motor vehicle

The disclosure relates to a method for operating a portable input device to control a motor vehicle. The input device has a pressure-sensitive touchscreen. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180120415

Vehicle detection of external objects

A vehicle computer is programmed to receive reflections of radio-magnetic beams transmitted by an antenna mounted to a vehicle body, and, when it is determined that the vehicle is moving, determine whether the vehicle body has changed shape based on the received reflections and a predetermined base reflection pattern. The computer is further programmed to generate a second base reflection pattern based at least on the received reflections and the predetermined base reflection pattern. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180120171

Method and device for applying a flexible seal to the periphery of a component

The present disclosure provides a method and device for applying a flexible seal to a periphery of a component, in particular a door of a motor vehicle. The seal is transported to an application site on the component at a variable speed and connected to the component migrating along the periphery of the component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119815

Brake mechanism for hybrid vehicle engine

A hybrid vehicle powertrain assembly includes a combustion engine, an electric machine, an input shaft, a ratchet mechanism, and a controller. The input shaft selectively couples the engine and electric machine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119808

Methods and systems for operating a driveline of a hybrid engine powertrain

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting clutch pressures and electric machine torques as a function of a stability metric threshold(s) in order to balance performance and charging of an onboard energy storage device. In one example, a method comprises during an upshift of a transmission from a first gear to a second gear, adjusting a clutch pressure of the transmission to adjust slippage of a clutch in response to a vehicle stability control parameter exceeding a threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119806

Method and control for operating transmission during clutch failure when shifting from gear to neutral

A vehicle includes a transmission having a first neutral with a first combination of engaged clutches and a second neutral with a second combination of engaged clutches. The first neutral has more engaged clutches than the second. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119805

Method and control for operating transmission during clutch failure

A vehicle includes a transmission having a first neutral with a first combination of engaged clutches and a second neutral with a second combination of engaged clutches. The second neutral has more engaged clutches than the first neutral. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119803

Transmission control to avoid gain switch during shift

In a transmission hydraulic control system, a gain control valve may be used to switch between a low gain and a high gain based on line pressure. Line pressure may be controlled as a function of turbine torque. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119801

Methods and systems for engaging and disengaging a vehicle park state

Methods and systems are provided for entering into a parked state in a hybrid electric vehicle that includes a dual clutch transmission. In one example, a driveline operating method comprises in response to a first condition, engaging a first gear and engaging a second gear of a dual clutch transmission in response to a request to enter a vehicle park state where an output of a transmission is held from rotating, and in response to a second condition, engaging a third gear and engaging a fourth gear of a dual clutch transmission in response to a request to enter a vehicle park state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119758

Methods and system for applying a driveline disconnect clutch

Systems and methods for improving operation of a driveline disconnect clutch for a hybrid vehicle shifting are presented. In one example, pressure of a working fluid supplied to the driveline disconnect clutch is adjusted in response to a rate of change in accelerator pedal position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119757

Two-phase transmission clutch staging

In order to pre-stage a clutch piston in preparation for clutch engagement, a controller commands a high current to a casting integrated direct acting solenoid (cidas) valve. This staging is performed in two distinct phases wherein the current is higher in the first phase than in the second phase. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119756

Adaptation of off-going clutch torque

A vehicle includes a transmission and a controller. The transmission has clutches and multiple speed ratios that are established during gear upshifts upon torque being transferred from off-going to oncoming clutches. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119716

Multi-material restrainer joint

A fastener for use in joining workpieces, for example automotive body parts such as a roof to a body frame member, is provided that includes a plastically deformable head portion, a platform disposed at a bottom of the head portion, and a distal end portion extending from the platform and defining at least one of elastically deformable locking member. The head portion is heat staked to one workpiece, and the elastically deformable locking member engages another workpiece to secure the workpieces together. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119665

Method and system for spark plug cleaning

Methods and systems are provided for controlling spark plug fouling in newly manufactured vehicles. In one example, an engine is operated with a first, more aggressive spark discharge schedule when in a pre-delivery state and transitioned to a second, less aggressive spark discharge schedule when in a post-delivery state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119652

Method of cleaning an exhaust gas recirculation valve

A method of cleaning an egr valve operatively connected to an exhaust flow from an engine includes determining when cleaning is required, and when cleaning is required, operating the engine in a high temperature mode in which the temperature of exhaust gas exiting the engine is increased while producing a flow of exhaust gas having a low unburnt hydrocarbon content. The method further includes opening the egr valve to allow hot exhaust gas to flow therethrough so as to remove combustion by-products that are fouling the egr valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119624

Method and system for exhaust gas recirculation and heat recovery

Methods and systems are provided for exhaust heat recovery and egr cooling via a single heat exchanger. In one example, a method may include selecting a specific mode of operation of an engine exhaust system with the heat exchanger based on engine operating conditions and an estimated fuel efficacy factor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119599

Fuel injector having three stages

An engine, fuel injector, and method are disclosed. The method may include aligning an exhaust gas passage with an exhaust gas source to allow exhaust gas to enter a pre-chamber for a first duration; aligning a fuel passage with a fuel source to allow fuel to enter the pre-chamber for a second duration; and aligning injector nozzle connectors with injector nozzles, for a third duration, to allow a mixture of the fuel and the exhaust gas to be injected from the pre-chamber to the combustion chamber.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119597

Systems and methods for rapid engine coolant warmup

Methods and systems are provided for regulating coolant flow in a vehicle cooling system during an engine startup event. In one example, a method may include, during an engine startup event, controlling a flowpath of an engine coolant in a vehicle cooling system via a passive valve and an actively regulatable valve, and responsive to an engine coolant temperature below a threshold at the engine startup event, isolating the flowpath of engine coolant to a subsection of the cooling system to enable rapid warming of the engine coolant without stagnating the engine coolant at an engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119595

Systems and methods for controlling airflow through a power steering system

Methods and systems are provided for preventing overheating of a power steering system. In one example, a method includes operating an engine cooling fan based on a steering wheel angle and an engine speed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119593

Method for operating an exhaust gas aftertreatment device of a motor vehicle

The present disclosure provides a method for operating an exhaust gas aftertreatment device for cleaning an exhaust gas flow of a motor vehicle with an internal combustion engine operated in normal mode with oxygen surplus. An oxygen store arranged downstream of an nox storage catalyst of the exhaust gas aftertreatment device receives oxygen in normal mode, and during a regeneration mode emits oxygen for converting breakthrough hydrocarbons and/or carbon monoxide. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119578

Waste heat recovery for power generation and engine warm up

Methods and systems are provided for heating an engine and generating energy from a common waste heat recovery system. In one example, a method comprises, responsive to a first condition, expanding a working fluid of a waste heat recovery system via an expander to generate electricity, and responsive to a second condition, compressing the working fluid of the waste heat recovery system via the expander to transfer heat to an engine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119474

Vehicle tailgate assembly

A vehicle tailgate assembly includes a tailgate adapted to pivotally latch to a vehicle cargo box. A hinge pivot is coupled to the tailgate and includes an electromagnetic cylinder and a vane hub positioned within the cylinder and coupled to at least one of the tailgate and the cargo box. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180119471

Articulating hinge system for independently opening automotive doors

An automotive vehicle is provided having a body with an opening without a pillar. First and second doors cover the opening, and a translatable hinge, such as a gooseneck hinge, connects the first door to the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118280

Pickup box d-pillar assembly

A pickup truck box assembly includes a truck bed, an inner side panel, and a d-pillar. The truck bed is secured on a rear edge to a rear cross-member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118276

Instrument panel to front cowl attachment

A stiffening assembly for a vehicle cowl panel includes a pair of cooperating c-shaped brackets. Each of the pair of cooperating c-shaped brackets comprises cooperating bracket arms adapted for holding opposed ends of the pair of cooperating c-shaped brackets at varying distances from one another. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118263

Method for differentiating driver input

A method for distinguishing intentional steering movements of a driver for influencing an intentional driving path of a motor vehicle from corrective steering movements of the driver as a reaction to unexpected deviations of the motor vehicle from the intentional driving path including ascertaining an instantaneous undisturbed motion of the vehicle along the driving path and calculating a reference value for a steering angle (sar) corresponding to the ascertained, undisturbed motion of the motor vehicle or a reference value for a steering velocity (svr) corresponding to the ascertained, undisturbed motion of the motor vehicle. Comparing the reference value(s) (sar; svr) with instantaneous steering-angle values (sa(t)) or instantaneous steering-velocity values (sv(t)) and ascertaining whether a difference between the instantaneous steering-angle value (sa(t)) and the corresponding reference steering-angle value (sar) or a difference between the instantaneous steering-velocity value (sv(t)) and the corresponding reference steering-velocity value (svr) exceeds a predetermined error-limit value (Δe) which is established for the calculation of the reference values (svr; sar). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118250

Crumple element for a safety steering column

The disclosure concerns a crumple element for a steering column. In order to provide a reliable, structurally simple steering column, according to the disclosure, it is provided that the crumple element has first and second connecting portions arranged axially at an end to connect adjacent steering column parts, and an interrupted crumple portion arranged in between the first and second connecting portions, and is able to deform by a threshold force acting axially, while the connecting portions are deformation-resistant to the threshold force. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118218

Method and apparatus for vehicular adaptation to driver state

A system includes a processor configured to determine an emotional state of a vehicle occupant based on information gathered from a vehicle sensor. The processor is also configured to determine if an emotional state response action has been predesignated for responding to the emotional state and enact the predesignated emotional state response action to alter a physical vehicle characteristic.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118217

Input torque control during transmission shift

A controller commands an engine torque level in response to a driver demanded torque based on an accelerator pedal position. If the driver demanded torque decreases rapidly during or just prior to a torque phase of a shift, the controller commands the engine to temporarily generate torque exceeding the driver demand. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118214

Method and control for operating a transmission in neutral

A vehicle powertrain includes an engine and a transmission coupled to the engine. The transmission has a first neutral state in which a first combination of clutches are engaged and a second neutral state in which a second combination of clutches are engaged. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118213

Motor vehicle and autonomous or semi-autonomous maneuvering around an obstacle

An autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle and maneuvering method for a vehicle for overcoming an obstacle may include detecting the obstacle in front of and/or behind the motor vehicle by a detection device, moving the motor away from the obstacle to come to a standstill at a defined distance x, wherein the running direction of a wheel is facing towards the obstacle. The method may also include accelerating the motor vehicle toward the obstacle within a power-limiting range of a drive unit of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118212

Vehicle transmission clutch engagement control system

A vehicle includes a transmission having a torque converter, an oncoming clutch, and a controller. The controller is programmed to, in response to a torque of the oncoming clutch exceeding an estimated average by a threshold during an engagement, increase the torque of the oncoming clutch via a feedforward command and adjust the torque of the oncoming clutch via a feedback command to compensate for deviations in the torque generated by the feedforward command during the engagement.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118210

Vehicle operator notification system

A vehicle includes an ignition, selector, and controller. The ignition is configured to start and shutdown the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118196

Methods and systems for adapting clutches of a vehicle transmission

Methods and systems are provided for controlling clutch capacity in a hybrid electric vehicle. In one example, a method includes adjusting values of a transfer function of a clutch of a dual clutch transmission in response to an operating condition of an engine and/or operating condition of an integrated starter/generator coupled to the engine while a vehicle is propelled via an electric machine coupled to the dual clutch transmission, and maintaining a driver demand wheel torque at vehicle wheels via adjusting torque of the electric machine in response to the operating condition of the engine and/or operating condition of the integrated starter generator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118194

Control system for a clutch during a regenerative braking event

A vehicle includes an electric machine, battery, torque converter bypass clutch, drive wheel, and controller. The electric machine is configured to recharge the battery via regenerative braking. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118193

Torque converter clutch engagement pressure control for regenerative braking

A vehicle system may include a controller configured to increase, after a specified delay, an engagement pressure of a torque converter clutch prior to occurrence of the event to a target pressure that is based on a regenerative braking torque estimate associated with the event such that a portion of energy associated with the event is converted to electricity. The controller may increase the engagement pressure in response to an accelerator pedal release and an expected regenerative braking event.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118190

Methods and systems for operating a driveline of a hybrid vehicle powertrain

Methods and systems are provided for operating a driveline of a hybrid vehicle powertrain, where the driveline includes an electric machine downstream of a dual clutch transmission, which is downstream of an engine. In one example, a method comprises communicating from a transmission, a torque to accelerate transmission components from a first speed to a second speed with first and second clutches of a dual transmission open, the communicating performed while an electric machine coupled to the dual clutch transmission at a location downstream of the dual clutch transmission is providing torque to propel a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118185

Methods and systems for engine-off disengagement of a vehicle park state

Methods and systems are provided for launching a vehicle in an electric-only mode of operation. In one example, a driveline operating method comprises engaging a parking pawl to an output shaft of a dual clutch transmission in response to a request to engine a vehicle into a parked state, and disengaging the parking pawl via rotating an engine via an integrated starter/generator in response to a request to propel the vehicle solely via power of an electric machine positioned downstream of the dual clutch transmission. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118184

Methods and systems for a hybrid vehicle

Methods and systems are provided for operating a driveline of a hybrid vehicle that includes an internal combustion engine, an electric machine, and a transmission are described. In one example, the engine is started and coupled to the driveline via closing a clutch of a dual clutch transmission. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118151

Airbag assembly including a deflector

An airbag assembly for a vehicle that includes a housing, an airbag supported by the housing, a deflector pivotally coupled to the housing, and a lock between the deflector and the housing. The lock is moveable relative to the deflector and the housing from an unlocked position disengaged with at least one of the deflector and the housing to a locked position engaged with both the deflector and the housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118136

Integrated bracket

Methods and systems are provided for an integrated bracket for securely retaining one or more cables of a harness to a vehicle body. In one example design, the integrated bracket may include a first plate with an opening to receive a fastener to securely attach the bracket to the vehicle body; an inlet gate coupled to the first plate; a second plate coupled and angled to the first plate; a protection shield extending from the first plate; and an exit gate attached to the second plate, each gate having an extending arm pair. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118122

Seat assembly with integral security paperwork organizer

A seat assembly includes a seat, having a seat bottom and seat back, and a security organizer integrated into the seat back. The security organizer includes a hard shell cover, a security lock mechanism that secures the hard shell cover in a closed position and a security compartment fully closed and concealed by the hard shell cover when in the closed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118120

Console assembly with self-leveling storage bin

A console assembly includes a base, a lid attached to the base and a storage bin that is pivotally attached to the lid by a self-leveling feature.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118118

Track assisted sliding tray cargo cover

A vehicle having a cargo area accessible through a lift gate opening frame and partially defined by a floor and side quarter panels is provided. The vehicle includes guide tracks supported by the side quarter panels and a tray movable between a stowed position adjacent the floor and at least one deployed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118117

Door blocker for a vehicle

A door blocker for a vehicle includes a rotation platform positioned between first and second lateral drive members. The rotation platform is operably coupled to the first and second lateral drive members. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118101

Vehicle illuminated trim

A vehicle film is provided herein. The vehicle film includes a base layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118087

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

05/03/18 / #20180118086

Vehicle roof pillars with receptacles for connectors on an outer side

A vehicle roof structure including a plurality of roof support pillars that include a plurality of receptacles on an outer surface of the pillars. The receptacles are adapted to receive a connector for securing an article to a vehicle either directly or by means of a tie down strap. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118085

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

05/03/18 / #20180118067

Lightweight modular back and cushion assemblies

A vehicle seating assembly for a motor vehicle has a lower seat and a seat back extending upwardly from the lower seat, and includes a cushion frame assembly having a lower seat cushion frame and a seat back cushion frame. A lower seat cushion module is mounted to the lower seat cushion frame of the cushion frame assembly, the lower seat cushion module comprising an epp-based lower seat foam core and a lower seat trim cover fitted about an external surface of at least a portion of the foam core. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118048

Electrical system and methods for a vehicle

Systems and methods for supplying electrical power to two electrical buses that operate at different voltages are disclosed. In one example, two or more switches are selectively opened and closed to electrically couple and decouple a first alternator and a second alternator from the respective buses. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180118034

Regenerative braking method

A vehicle system includes a controller that is programmed to, in response to a speed differential between the vehicle and a forward detected object, decelerate the vehicle at a first rate during a first period via regenerative braking alone and decelerate the vehicle at a second rate during a second period, following the first period, to reduce a distance to the forward detected object from an initial distance to a minimum distance.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

05/03/18 / #20180117992

Method for operating a vehicle air-conditioning system

The invention relates to a method for operating a vehicle air-conditioning system in dependence on the difference between the temperature of the engine coolant at the inlet into the heating heat exchanger and the temperature of the air at the outlet out of the heating heat exchanger. The measured or estimated temperatures of the coolant at the inlet into the heating heat exchanger and of the air at the outlet out of the heating heat exchanger are checked to determine whether their values indicate fault states of components of the air-conditioning system.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180109762

Display system utilizing vehicle and trailer dynamics

A vehicle and trailer display system is disclosed. The display system includes a plurality of imaging devices disposed on the vehicle, each having a field of view. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180109155

Stator slot configurations for electric machines

An electric machine may include a rotor. The electric machine may include a stator surrounding the rotor having teeth defining slots having at least two cross-sectional areas housing windings having uniform cross-sectional areas that fill each of the cross-sectional areas of the slots to substantially similar proportions relative to other slots such that slots housing windings having different phases have different cross-sectional areas than slots housing windings having same phases.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180108958

Battery thermal management system including bimetallic member

A battery thermal management system includes one or more bimetallic members moveable between a first position and a second position in response to a temperature change to selectively restrict flow of a coolant through a duct.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180108919

Nanostructured pemfc electrode

An electrode for a fuel cell includes a catalyst layer adjacent to a gas diffusion layer and a proton exchange membrane, and ionomer-free active metal-loaded carbon nanostructures and active metal-free ionomer-coated carbon nanostructures arranged to define pores therebetween to facilitate transport of reactant gases and product water in the fuel cell.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180108369

Vehicle ambient audio classification via neural network machine learning

A method and an apparatus for detecting and classifying sounds around a vehicle via neural network machine learning are described. The method involves an audio recognition system that may determine the origin of the sounds being inside or outside of a vehicle and classify the sounds into different categories such as adult, child, or animal sounds. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180108350

Identifying contacts using speech recognition

A system receives candidate strings from a speech recognition engine. Where the speech recognition indicates success, the candidate string may be reported or otherwise used. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180107206

Device that assists a maneuvering procedure of a motor vehicle

The disclosure relates to a device that assists a maneuvering procedure of a motor vehicle. The device comprises an operator control unit, and is configured to bring about a continuation of the maneuvering procedure only for as long as a predetermined actuation of the operator control unit is performed by an operator who is monitoring the maneuvering procedure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180106631

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

A method for providing path attributes to controllers in a vehicle includes receiving drive history data for a future driving path of the vehicle, wherein the drive history data comprises a first data format. The method includes generating a message for a controller comprising path attributes from the drive history data according to a subscription list, wherein the message comprises a controller data format based on an indication by the subscription list. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180106364

Neutral state movement protection for an automatic transmission

A controller is provided to, in response to a speed of the vehicle exceeding an allowable speed based on a measured grade while the vehicle is running and in neutral or park, actuating a vehicle holding mechanism to stop the vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180106353

Drive unit with limited slip and driveline disconnect capability

A clutch assembly includes a first clutch assembly having first clutch plates rotatably fixed to a first shaft and first carrier plates rotatably fixed to a clutch basket. The clutch assembly further includes a second clutch assembly having second clutch plates rotatably fixed to a second shaft and second carrier plates rotatably fixed to the clutch basket. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180106306

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

04/19/18 / #20180106301

Multiple-stage ball ramp actuator

A multiple-stage ball ramp actuator includes an axially movable outer ring having at least one outer groove and an outer ball disposed in the outer groove. The multiple-stage ball ramp actuator further includes an axially movable inner ring rotatably fixed relative to the outer ring. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180106299

Clutch plate separation for drag loss reduction

According to embodiments of the present disclosure, a clutch pack is provided. The clutch pack includes a first set of clutch plates arranged in an alternating configuration with a second set of clutch plates. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180106252

Vane spacing for a variable displacement oil pump

A vane fluid pump for a vehicle component has an inner rotor supported within a cam ring. A series of vanes is positioned within a series of slots in an inner rotor to define and separate a series of non-uniformly sized segmented pumping chambers to disrupt harmonics during operation to reduce pressure ripples and associated tonal noise. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180106214

Intake valve fairing for a cylinder head of an engine

An engine has a cylinder head defining an intake port with a roof defining first and second valve guide bores upstream of first and second siamesed intake valve seats for a cylinder. The head has first and second asymmetric fairings extending outwardly from the roof and positioned directly upstream of respective bores. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180106209

Method and system for engine starting control

Methods and systems are provided for restarting an engine when a high pressure fuel pump is degraded. In response to an indication of high pressure fuel pump degradation, fuel may be injected during an intake stroke, rather than a compression stroke, for a selected number of combustion events since the engine restart. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180106205

Method and system for catalytic conversion

Methods and systems are provided for regulating exhaust flow through an exhaust system of an engine. In one example, a method may include directing exhaust from downstream of a catalytic converter to a compressor storage tank in response to an engine air-fuel ratio deviating from stoichiometry. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105211

Hinge cover for a ditch mounted liftgate assembly

A vehicle includes a roof ditch extending longitudinally, a first trim component covering a first portion of the roof ditch, a hinge mounted to a second portion of the roof ditch and connected to a liftgate, and a second trim component supported for pivotal movement. The second trim component covers the second portion of the roof ditch and at least a portion of the hinge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105178

Automatic engine start-stop control during driver exit events

A vehicle includes an engine and a controller programmed to autostop and autostart the engine. The controller is further programmed to, in response to receiving signals indicative of a driver exiting the vehicle while the engine is auto stopped, autostart the engine, and after expiration of a predetermined duration, autostop the engine and inhibit vehicle propulsion until an ignition cycle is initiated.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105157

System and method for controlling electrified vehicles

A hybrid vehicle may include a battery coupled to a converter to provide power to a generator and motor via the converter, and a controller programmed to select one of a battery voltage supplied by the battery and an boosted or updated voltage converted by the converter to meet a torque demand of the generator or motor and having the lower energy loss associated therewith, wherein the boosted voltage is iteratively selected to minimize energy loss.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105155

Pressure tapping device and motor vehicle having a pressure tapping device, and pressure tapping method

Methods and systems are provided for a pressure tapping device for a motor vehicle where a portion of the pressure energy generated at the fuel storage reservoir is transmitted to a working medium, physically separate from the fuel via the pressure tapping device. The pressure tapping device is fluidically coupled to a pressure actuator and enables the pressure operation via transmission of the pressure energy and adjustment of valves diverting flow from the fuel storage reservoir to the engine intake through the pressure tapping device.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105154

Brake booster system, and method for assisting a braking operation of a motor vehicle

A brake booster system for assisting a braking operation of a motor vehicle having a brake booster is provided. The brake booster system may include a pressure piston of a brake master cylinder, an actuating element which is configured for deflecting the pressure piston, and a brake booster which is divided into two chambers by way of a diaphragm, the first chamber is connected to the pressure piston and has a pressure p1 and the second chamber is connected to the actuating element and has a pressure p2. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105140

Windshield wiper system for minimizing ice buildup and freezing of windshield wipers

A motor vehicle windshield wiper system includes a windshield wiper and a controller. The controller is configured, in response to a threat of freezing precipitation, to park the windshield wiper in a parked position with a first end of the windshield wiper oriented toward a top edge of the windshield and a second end of the windshield wiper oriented toward a bottom edge of the windshield. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105125

Tuned resonance hv interlock

A high-voltage system for a vehicle includes a module having a resonant circuit coupled across powerlines, and a controller. The controller is programmed to, during a power up of the high-voltage system, propagate on the powerlines a first signal at a fundamental frequency for a first period. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105121

Vehicle trim portion connection bracket

A vehicle trim portion connection bracket is provided. The bracket includes a first flange having a connecting portion configured to be coupled to a trim portion and a second flange configured to be coupled to a support member of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105120

Mounting structure for truck box side

A vehicle includes a box, a plate and a compartment. The box is attached to a cab at a headboard and includes two sidewalls extending perpendicularly from the headboard and a bed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105118

Trunk lid stowage sytem

A motor vehicle trunk lid stowage system comprising a shelf member and first and second flexible side walls attached to respective ends of the shelf member. The first and second side walls are configured to be attached to an underside of a motor vehicle trunk lid. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105086

Seat suspension with maximized downward deflection feature

A seat assembly includes a seat frame assembly supporting a cushion carrier. A suspension system is suspended from the cushion carrier and includes one or more deflectable spring members that are fixedly coupled to a front portion of the cushion carrier at a first end and moveably coupled to a rear portion of the cushion carrier at a second end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105080

Inflatable member

An inflatable member includes a fluid delivery assembly positioned at intervals between an upper and a lower sheet. A plurality of fluid cells is defined by a series of ridges formed by a lower sheet of the inflatable member.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105078

Multi-functional vehicle seat

A seat for a vehicle is disclosed herein. The seat is configurable in a normal seating position in which a seat base is substantially horizontally arranged and a seatback is arranged in an upright position and a bulkhead configuration in which the seat base and the seatback are both substantially vertically arranged. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105077

Tip and slide system for a vehicle seat

A vehicle seat includes a seatback pivot rotationally operable relative to a slidable base, a first cam in communication with the seatback pivot to activate a track-overslide actuator of the base when the seatback pivot is in a rear-entry position and a second cam in communication with the seatback pivot. When the track-overslide actuator is activated, forward operation of the base locks the seatback pivot in the rear-entry position.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105076

Reconfigurable seating assembly

A vehicle seating assembly includes a lower leg support, a seat, and a seatback. A seat rotational member rotatably couples the lower leg support to the seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105070

Method of configuring a vehicle seating assembly

A method of configuring a vehicle seating assembly includes the step of providing a vehicle seating assembly that has a seat rotational member that rotatably couples a lower leg support to a seat and a seatback rotational member that rotatably couples the seat to a seatback. The method further includes the step of receiving input of a user's desired configuration of the vehicle seating assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105060

Systems and methods for charging a battery

A system for a vehicle includes an interpack switch configured to connect portions of a traction battery when closed to transfer electric charge therebetween, and a controller configured to, responsive to a request, operate the switch to disconnect the portions and to initiate transfer of electric charge to each of the portions in parallel and at a same time.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105058

Vehicle power supply control

Electrical load. A vehicle voltage control system includes a controller programmed command an output voltage of the power converter to a voltage that is a maximum of target voltages associated with electrical loads that are electrically coupled to the auxiliary battery and activated, a battery charging voltage when a demand for auxiliary battery charging is present, and a float voltage associated with the auxiliary battery.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105053

Method and apparatus for wireless charging access point identification

A system includes a processor configured to detect communication signals from an access point. The processor is also configured to determine an access point affiliation with a wireless charging pad based on data included in the communication signals, the data also providing charging pad compatibility characteristics. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105046

Low charge acceptance mitigation

A vehicle may include a battery and a controller programmed to set a bus voltage threshold such that during a next charging event a voltage of the battery achieves a desulfation value. The controller may set the bus voltage threshold in response to charge acceptance of the battery falling below a predetermined sulfation value. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105022

Temperature based blower strategy for acoustic comfort

A vehicle climate system includes a blower and a controller. The controller is configured to, responsive to input of a particular user selected climate setting, operate the blower with an initial power having a predetermined value corresponding to the climate setting provided that cabin temperature is outside a predetermined range. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180105009

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

04/19/18 / #20180104732

Draw die and binder lock

A single action draw press and a draw die set for the single action draw are disclosed. The single action draw press and die include a bolster and a stationary punch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/19/18 / #20180104135

Custom massage programming using touchscreen interface

A massage system includes a seat having a first surface, a first massage assembly beneath the first surface and including a first matrix of inflatable bladders, and an interface including a touchscreen. The system further includes a controller displaying an image of the matrix on the touchscreen, receiving a touch input from the touchscreen, interpreting the touch input as an indication of a desired massage sequence, and causing the first massage assembly to implement the desired massage sequence.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180103354

Method and apparatus for wireless vehicle location assistance

A system includes a processor configured to determine that a vehicle is in a parked state. The processor is also configured to detect a user device wireless signal, at one or more vehicle antennas. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180103318

Responding to hvac-induced vehicle microphone buffeting

Method and apparatus are disclosed for responding to hvac-induced vehicle microphone buffeting. An example disclosed vehicle includes a microphone, a speaker, and a buffeting detector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180102670

Vehicle battery status detection by tracking a temperature gradient

This disclosure generally relates to a system, apparatus, and method for diagnosing a vehicle battery for further charging purposes. A battery diagnostic tool is provided to receive temperature information on the vehicle battery during a vehicle battery charging operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180102577

Metal-air battery for a vehicle

A metal-air battery for a vehicle may include an electrolyte and/or an electrode that is readily replaceable and/or drainable and/or fillable by an end user of the vehicle. The electrolyte may be replaced while the metal-air battery is installed on the vehicle, or while the metal-air battery is installed on a battery station, which may be separate from the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180102010

Electronic child lock control system

A child-proof door lock control system for a vehicle includes a human-machine interface (hmi) and a computing device comprising a memory, storage, and one or more processors. The one or more processors include computer-executable instructions defining protected controls accessible via the hmi for operating one or more child-proof locks. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180101997

Hydrocarbon-emissions monitoring

A first vehicle includes a hydrocarbon sensor and a controller in communication with the hydrocarbon sensor. The controller is programmed to receive data from the hydrocarbon sensor indicating hydrocarbon emissions and determine that the hydrocarbon emissions originated in a second vehicle and are exceed a predetermined threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180101739

Rear obstacle detection and distance estimation

The disclosure relates to systems and methods for estimating or determining the motion of a vehicle and/or the distance to objects within view of a rear camera. A method for rear obstacle detection using structure from motion includes identifying image features in a first frame corresponding to features in a second frame, wherein the first frame and the second frame comprise adjacent image frames captured by a rear-facing camera of a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180101503

Method and device for assessing signals

The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for assessing signals that may be measurement signals as the result of a measurement which was previously carried out or of calculated values. In a method for assessing signals, the assessment is carried out based on whether the signals are in a determined tolerance range over a predefined period. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180101472

Method and device for testing a software program

The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for testing a software program. The method of the present disclosure simulates, in a simulation process, a predetermined scenario on a test platform in a test scenario. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180101179

Autonomous personal mobility systems

Autonomous personal mobility systems including one or more personal mobility vehicles, each personal mobility vehicle including a navigation system configured to provide autonomous point-to-point navigation within a specified geographic area, and one or more sensors configured to detect obstructions proximate to the personal mobility vehicle, so as to enable the navigation system to avoid the detected obstructions. The system includes one or more kiosks configured to store the one or more personal mobility vehicles and charge the one or more personal mobility vehicles while stored. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180101170

Method and system for controlling an autonomous vehicle

The present disclosure includes a method of controlling an autonomous vehicle. The method comprises determining one or more operational parameters of the vehicle, and an ability of a driver to control one or more systems of the vehicle manually. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180100711

Method of flowing coolant through exhaust heat recovery system after engine shutoff

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a flow of coolant through a coolant system including a rear axle heat exchanger. In one example, a method may include flowing coolant through the coolant system while an engine is not operating. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180100709

Dual loop cooling system energy storage and reuse

Methods and systems are provided for a dual loop coolant system used to control an engine temperature. In one example, cooling capacity is transferred from a low temperature loop to a heat exchanger, and cooling capacity stored in the heat exchanger is transferred to a high temperature loop (e.g., an engine coolant loop). ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180100621

Cellular structures with twelve-cornered cells

A cellular structure may include a plurality of cells. Each cell of the plurality of cells may have a twelve-cornered cross section. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180100574

Brace for powerplant

A powertrain includes a transmission case, a transfer case, a front axle housing, and a webbed brace. The transfer case and front axle housing are directly fastened to the transmission case. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180100467

Cam cover assembly cap plug for flexible use of cylinder head accessory drive

A cam cover cap plug for use with a cylinder head assembly to fill the opening that remains when an accessory unit such as a read utility pump is not utilized. The cam cover cap plug is preferably a one-piece, molded component formed from a plastic or a metal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180100460

System and method for operating engine cylinders

Systems and methods for activating and deactivating cylinders of an engine that may activate and deactivate one cylinder independent of other cylinders are presented. In one example, an engine cylinder firing fraction and a remainder value that is based on the engine cylinder firing fraction are a basis for activating and deactivating engine cylinders. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180100458

Method and system for secondary fluid injection control in an engine

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting the amount of secondary fluid being injected into an engine. In one example, a method may include adjusting an amount of secondary fluid injected at an engine cylinder based on a secondary fluid injection amount estimated from outputs of an exhaust oxygen sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180100424

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 a cylindrical assembly with a circular plate and a plurality of dividers located therein.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180100423

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 a spherical assembly with an oblong chamber located therein.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180100332

Window short drop for a vehicle with an electronic latch

Method and apparatus are disclosed for window short drop for a vehicle with an electronic latch. An example door of a vehicle includes a door control unit communicatively coupled to an electronic latch. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099859

Systems and methods for detection of vehicle misfueling

Methods and systems are provided for identifying misfueling of a vehicle fuel tank with a fuel that is not of a correct type for the vehicle being refueled. In one example, and method may include routing fuel vapors from a vehicle fuel tank to a fuel vapor storage canister during a refueling operation, and responsive to an indication of misfueling, where the indication of misfueling includes a monitored pressure in the fuel tank below a misfueling pressure threshold, and where the misfueling pressure threshold is adjusted as a function of expected pressure in the tank during refueling, actively terminating the refueling event. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099856

Systems and methods for controlling vehicle refueling

Methods and systems are provided for refueling a vehicle configured with an onboard refueling vapor recovery (orvr) system, such that a loading of a fuel vapor canister configured to capture and store fuel vapors, is reduced. In one example, during the refueling, a rate at which fuel vapors are routed to the fuel vapor canister is adjusted responsive to an indication that the vehicle is refueling at a gas station equipped with offboard fuel vapor recovery infrastructure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099705

Vehicle with round passenger compartment

A vehicle includes a wall having a cylindrical shape and surrounding a passenger compartment. The vehicle includes a table in the passenger compartment, a circular track fixed in the compartment and extending around the table, and a plurality of seats mounted to and independently slidable along the track.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099696

Twelve-cornered strengthening member

A strengthening member for an automotive vehicle comprises a twelve-cornered cross section including sides and corners creating internal angles and external angles. Each internal angle ranges from about 100° to about 110°, and each external angle ranges from about 105° to about 130°.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099693

Method and system for detecting steering wheel contact

In accordance with various exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure describes a method and system for detecting a state of hand/steering wheel contact. In one exemplary embodiment, a test signal is generated and a torque in accordance with the test signal is applied to a power-assisted steering system and the resultant steering wheel torque signal is measured. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099673

Creep torque and electric drive in manual transmission vehicles

A vehicle having a manual transmission, adaptive cruise control, and an electric motor/generator includes electric creep and electric crawl modes that use the electric motor/generator to propel the vehicle when in traffic. Creep mode may be enabled and the engine stopped automatically when the transmission is in neutral and the vehicle is stationary. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099663

Vehicle with environmental context analysis

A host vehicle may include: motor(s), brakes, sensors, processor(s) configured to: (a) predict a target path of a target vehicle based on lane boundaries of a virtual map; (b) compare the target path to a predicted host path of the host vehicle; (c) apply the brakes based on the comparison; (d) predict the target path and the host path as shapes, each having a two-dimensional surface area; (e) determine whether the shapes intersect, and based on the determination, (f) calculate a first timespan where the target vehicle reaches the intersection, and (g) a second timespan where the host vehicle reaches the intersection.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099658

Adapting engine-on time to driver aggressiveness in a hybrid vehicle

A vehicle includes an engine and at least one controller. In response to a change in a rate of change of a driver control input to the vehicle, the at least one controller is programmed to alter conditions under which the engine will be started and stopped such that engine-on time increases due to the rate increasing and decreases due to the rate decreasing.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099646

Multi-sensor precipitation-classification apparatus and method

A vehicle is disclosed that uses data from different types of on-board sensors to determine whether meteorological precipitation is failing near the vehicle. The vehicle may include an on-board camera capturing image data and an on-board accelerometer capturing accelerometer data. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099631

Reinforcement block

A vehicle bumper assembly may include a fascia, a bumper beam arranged inside of the fascia including an upper portion and a lower portion, and a reinforcement block arranged only on the upper portion of the bumper beam and configured to absorb energy and to eliminate contact of the upper portion with the fascia during a collision.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099629

Iris seal power outlet closure

A power outlet seal for a vehicle includes an iris seal and an actuator knob configured to translate the iris seal between an opened configuration and a closed configuration. The iris seal is defined by a plurality of blades disposed concentrically on a base ring. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099628

Wiring attachment assembly and wiring system for a motor vehicle

A wiring attachment assembly includes a stud having at least one channel, a gripping washer engaging the stud in the at least one channel and a wiring conduit including a receiver engaging and holding the stud. A wiring system, incorporating the wiring attachment assembly and an insulator element, as well as a method of wiring for a power folding seat are also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099624

Fastener assembly for interior trim in a vehicle

A fastener assembly for an interior trim part in a vehicle is provided. The fastener assembly comprises a fixed element and a movable element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099619

Motor vehicle with integrated bike rack

A motor vehicle is provided incorporating an integrated bike rack. That bike rack includes a support arm, a first sill segment that is received in a slot and aligned with a closure sill of the motor vehicle when the bike rack is in a stowed position and a second sill segment that is received in a slot and aligned with the closure sill when the bike rack is in a deployed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099609

Smart drop off lighting system

A lighting system is provided herein. The lighting system includes a number of lights and a portable electronic device carried by a vehicle occupant. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099608

Vehicle foot pedal assembly having proximity sensing

An illuminated vehicle foot pedal assembly is provided that includes a foot pedal and at least one light source located on the foot pedal. The assembly further includes at least one proximate sensor disposed on the pedal for sensing an operator's foot proximate to the pedal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099607

Illuminated vehicle foot pedal assembly

An illuminated vehicle foot pedal assembly is provided that includes a foot pedal and at least one light source located on the foot pedal. The assembly further includes at least one proximate sensor disposed on the pedal for sensing an operator's foot proximate to the pedal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099606

Vehicle light diagnostic

A first vehicle includes a light and a controller in communication with the light. The controller is programmed to detect a second vehicle positioned to sense the light, transmit a first message to the second vehicle requesting observation of the light, actuate the light to change state in response to a second message from the second vehicle, and receive a third message from the second vehicle specifying a state of the light.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099603

Vehicle loadspace cover with cargo fixing point

A vehicle loadspace cover is provided that is securable to a portion of a vehicle. The loadspace cover comprises a cargo fixing point configured to secure an item of cargo to the loadspace cover.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099602

Vehicle containing sales bins

Autonomous vehicle is provided which includes a plurality of sales bins positioned on a side of the vehicle. An awning is configured to deploy from the vehicle over the sales bins. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099601

Hydraulic crane for vehicle

A stowable hydraulic crane for a vehicle load bed includes a boom, a mast configured to pivot between a deployed configuration and a stowed configuration in a load bed sidewall receiver, and a base. A hydraulic member is provided to tilt the boom. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099596

Collapsible car seats to increase cargo space and flexibility

A vehicle seat includes a cushion and a seatback coupled with the cushion. At least one of the cushion and the seatback includes a base and an extension portion moveable along an axis toward and away from the base, an expandable fabric member coupled between the base and the extension portion, and an expandable support structure positioned on an interior of the expandable fabric member.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099595

Articulating mechanical thigh extension composite trim payout linkage system

A motor vehicle seating assembly comprises a seat frame, a cushion fixedly attached at a first end thereof to the seat frame, and a motor disposed on the seat frame and operably coupled with a displaceable second end of the cushion, wherein actuation of the motor operates the cushion between an extended position and a retracted position.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099589

Vehicle loadspace floor

A vehicle loadspace floor comprising a first deployable portion and a second deployable portion, the first and second deployable portions cooperating to form a rearward-facing seat extending through the opening of a loadspace of the vehicle when deployed from the loadspace floor.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099574

Gate driver with short circuit protection

A vehicle includes an electric machine configured to provide propulsive force to the vehicle, and a power inverter configured to supply power from a traction battery to the electric machine using a first and second switch configured as a half-bridge, wherein the first switch is controlled by a gate driver. The gate driver is configured to operate in a soft turn-off mode when a load current exceeds a threshold for a time period defined by a mask timer, operate in a fast turn-off mode when the load current is below the threshold, and in response to a turn-off request received prior to expiration of the mask timer after the load current exceeds the threshold, enable the soft turn-off mode.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099560

Torque element and cap assembly including the same

The present disclosure provides a torque element to transmit torque between a first part and a second part of a cap assembly. The torque element includes a base having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface; and an annular wall extending from the base in a direction away from the second surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099550

Collapsible cover for vehicle window or door

An apparatus for partially covering a door or window opening in a vehicle comprises a collapsible cover. The cover may include a plurality of movable members adapted for moving along a support to at least partially expose the door or window opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099538

Seat mounts for side load spring on a twist beam axle

A vehicle includes a rear wheel suspension including a twist beam axle. The vehicle also includes upper and lower mounts for a spring and each defining a seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099537

Trailer coupler

A coupler assembly for a trailer hitch includes: a pin extender comprising electrical pins and first slots; a pin receiver comprising pin slots and second and third slots; a housing comprising fourth slots; first stabilizers disposed in the first and second slots; second stabilizers disposed in the third and fourth slots. Each stabilizer includes a spring and a solid head, and the electrical pins are disposed in the pin slots.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099475

Cellular structures with twelve-cornered cells

A cellular structure may include a plurality of cells. Each cell of the plurality of cells may have a twelve-cornered cross section. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/12/18 / #20180099446

Heat stake and method of eliminating heat stake sink marks in a plastic part

A heat stake for a plastic part includes a body having a proximal end, a flared section and a distal end. The proximal end has a first cross-sectional area a1 and the flared section has a second cross-sectional area a2 where a1<a2. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180097266

Electric vehicle battery cooling using excess cabin air conditioning capacity

A battery thermal management system includes a passenger cabin air-conditioning refrigerant loop including at least one evaporator in fluid communication with a chiller and a battery pack coolant loop in fluid communication with the chiller. A controller is configured to determine whether a temperature of the at least one evaporator falls within a predetermined temperature range, and if so to cause a valve to bypass a refrigerant from the air-conditioning refrigerant loop to the chiller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180096668

Hue adjustment of a vehicle display based on ambient light

Methods and apparatus are disclosed for hue adjustment of a vehicle display based on ambient light. An example vehicle includes a display, an ambient light sensor to monitor ambient light of the vehicle, and a master lighting controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180096602

Vehicle assistance

A computer is programmed to receive a message from a second vehicle indicating a fault in a second vehicle component. The computer is further programmed to modify an area of control of the first vehicle to include a location of the second vehicle, and to provide a control instruction to the second vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180096545

User proximity detection for activating vehicle convenience functions

A convenience controller activates a small zone high precision welcoming detecting function (with high current utilization) in response to a detected arrival of an authorized user into a larger zone low precision approach region around a vehicle (with low current utilization). A short range transmitter broadcasts a polling signal covering the region. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180095059

Systems and methods for humidity determination and uses thereof

Methods and systems are provided for conducting measurements of relative humidity via the use of either an ultrasonic sensor positioned on the vehicle, or via another sensor. In one example, responsive to a request for a relative humidity measurement and an indication of fueled engine operation, the ultrasonic sensor may be utilized, whereas responsive to an indication of non-fueled engine operation, another sensor may be utilized. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180095058

Systems and methods for humidity determination and uses thereof

Methods and systems are provided for conducting measurements of relative humidity via the use of an ultrasonic sensor. In one example, the ultrasonic sensor for conducting the relative humidity measurement is selected from a plurality of ultrasonic sensors positioned at various locations on the vehicle, and where the selecting is accomplished in some examples via the use of one or more onboard cameras configured to identify suitable objects that are stationary with respect to the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180095057

Systems and methods for humidity determination and uses thereof

Methods and systems are provided for conducting measurements of relative humidity using an ultrasonic sensor. In one example, a plurality of ultrasonic signals having different frequencies are transmitted from a single sensor, and attenuation values of reflected signals are determined only for those signals determined to have the same transit time from transmission to receipt, and where frequency of the plurality of ultrasonic signals may be changed responsive to an indication that the signals may be below a signal-to-noise threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180095034

Device that generates salt-state information of a road

In order to obtain information about a salt-state of a road independently of drivers, a method that generates information about the salt-state of a road is specified that includes a determination of salt-state-dependent measurement values, processing of the measurement values into information about the salt-state of the road and outputting of the information about the salt-state of the road. A corresponding device that generates information about the salt-state of a road comprises sensors that determine of salt-state-dependent measurement values, a processing unit that is configured to process determined measurement values into information about the salt-state of the road, and output the information about the salt-state of the road.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180094611

Internal combustion engine with exhaust-gas recirculation arrangement and method for operating an internal combustion engine of said type

A method for operating an internal combustion engine is provided. The method includes closing an egr valve positioned in an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) conduit downstream of an egr cooler, the egr conduit coupled to an intake system and an exhaust system and determining a profile of exhaust pressure waves in the exhaust system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180094610

Supercharged internal combustion engine with cooled exhaust-gas recirculation arrangement

Methods and systems are provided for a cooling arrangement. In one example, a method for the cooling arrangement may comprise adjusting exhaust-gas recirculate and/or exhaust gas flow to first and second coolers of the cooling arrangement in response to one or more of an exhaust-gas recirculate demand and an energy recovery demand.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180094597

Method and system for plug fouling monitoring and cleaning

Methods and systems are provided for detecting spark plug fouling and cleaning up fouled spark plug during pre-delivery phase of a vehicle. In one example, a method may include updating a spark plug fouling index saved in the non-volatile memory of the vehicle based on engine operating parameters, and indicating spark plug fouling based on the updated index. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180094593

Method and system for controlling water injection

Methods are provided for optimizing usage of water from a water injection system that injects water into the engine responsive to engine operating conditions such as knock, exhaust temperature, and dilution demand. An amount of water selected for injection purposes, as well as an order of water injection responsive to the various engine operating conditions, is varied based on a current water level relative to a predicted future water level. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180094578

Engine assembly with insulated crankshaft bearing housing

An engine assembly for a motor vehicle is provided. The assembly comprises a bearing housing portion configured to support a bearing for a crankshaft of the engine assembly, wherein the bearing housing portion comprises a bearing interface surface configured to interface with the bearing and an end face adjacent to the bearing interface surface, the end face being arranged so as to face a web of the crankshaft when installed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180094566

Protective device for preventing exhaust gas escape

Methods and systems are provided for a coupling device and enclosure for an interface through which exhaust gas flow. The coupling device secures two sides of the interface to one another and the enclosure surrounds the interface and seals exhaust gases within the enclosure in an event that the interface becomes separated.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180094563

Method and system for catalyst feedback control

Methods and systems are provided for catalyst control. In one example, a method may include controlling an air-fuel ratio downstream of a catalyst by adjusting fuel injection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180094556

Particulate filter regeneration system and method

Methods and systems are provided for regenerating a particulate filter of a vehicle. In one example, a method may include, during a non-engine operating condition, regenerating a particulate filter coupled in an exhaust system downstream of an engine by activating an electric heater of the particulate filter and directing intake air through the particulate filter, the intake air bypassing the engine, and adjusting an electrical load of the electric heater responsive to one or more of exhaust temperature and intake airflow. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180094332

Method of manufacturing different versions of a pillar reinforcement with a common mold

A method includes forming a short version of a pillar reinforcement and a long version of the pillar reinforcement from a short blank and a long blank, respectively. The long blank includes a first portion and a second portion joined to the first portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093722

Spare tire presentation apparatus

A spare tire presentation apparatus includes a base, a four bar linkage and a sliding platform. The four bar linkage connects the base to the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093711

Vehicle hood support for accommodating front loaded components during installation and related methods

An apparatus for providing reliable support for a part of a vehicle, such as the hood, above a bolster is provided. The apparatus includes a support for supporting the vehicle hood. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093696

Steering wheel assembly and heated steering wheel system

A steering wheel assembly includes an inner body, a heat sink material overlying the inner body and a heating mat overlying the heat sink material. The steering wheel assembly also includes an outer wrap overlying the heating mat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093675

Wake alarm for vehicles with an autonomous mode

Method and apparatus are disclosed for a wake alarm for vehicles with an autonomous mode. An example disclosed vehicle includes a sensor and a camera to monitor a state of a driver, and a transition manager. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093674

Method and apparatus for testing a driver assistance system

The disclosure relates to a method and an apparatus that tests a driver assistance system. In a method that tests a driver assistance system in a vehicle, the vehicle includes at least one visual sensor, and the driver assistance system initiates a vehicle reaction based on input data provided by the visual sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093669

Vehicle and start/stop method for a vehicle

A vehicle includes an engine, automatic transmission, and a controller. The engine is configured to auto-start and auto-stop. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093657

Methods and systems for improving transmission shifting

Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine is couple to a transmission in response to a transmission upshift to reduce transmission output shaft torque disturbances.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093656

Low-voltage battery charging split of hyrbid vehicles with belt integrated starter-generators

A vehicle includes an electric machine, a starter-generator, and a controller. The electric machine is coupled to a traction battery via an inverter. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093629

Collision sensing apparatus

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

04/05/18 / #20180093591

Mechanical seat dump assembly with remote actuator

A seat dump assembly includes an actuator, a seat dump mechanism remote from the actuator, a mechanical seat adjustment accommodation device, a first cable connecting the actuator to the mechanical seat adjustment accommodation device and a second cable connecting the mechanical seat adjustment accommodation device to the seat dump mechanism.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093576

Electromechanical integrated machine for electrified vehicles

An electromechanical integrated machine (eim) according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an internal rotor coupled to a vehicle wheel and an external rotor coupled to a flywheel. An electrified vehicle according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a first eim associated with a first wheel, a second eim associated with a second wheel, a battery having energy to power the first and second wheels, and a flywheel to receive energy from the first and second eims during braking. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093561

Motor vehicle undertray trim panel having an air inlet

A motor vehicle undertray trim panel having an air inlet which is delimited toward the vehicle and the roadway by upper and lower flat elements, respectively, which extend arcuately rearward and upward in the direction of a vehicle components. The upper flat element runs, starting from a front end which lies in the vehicle longitudinal direction, in front of, adjacent to or behind an internal combustion engine of the motor vehicle and below a front radiator, first of all approximately horizontally and at a spacing below an oil sump of the internal combustion engine and then in a continuously steeper curve to its rear end which lies behind the oil sump and which is adjoined by a planar air ram plate which runs such that it is directed by a small amount substantially vertically upward, and then ends substantially freely in the engine compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093560

Motor vehicle undertray trim panel having an air inlet

A motor vehicle undertray trim panel having an air inlet delimited toward the vehicle and toward the roadway by upper and lower flat elements, respectively, which extend arcuately rearward and upward in the direction of a vehicle engine compartment for air flow cooling. The rear end of the upper flat element is adjoined by a planar air ram plate which runs by a small amount substantially vertically upward, and ends substantially freely in the engine compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093547

Directional climate control system with infrared targeting

A heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (hvac) system has a steerable outlet for directing a stream of treated air into a passenger compartment of a vehicle. A thermographic imager is configured to capture thermographic images covering a fixed region within the passenger compartment in which an occupant is potentially located. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093546

Directional climate control system with infrared targeting

A heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (hvac) system has a steerable outlet for directing a stream of treated air into a passenger compartment of a vehicle. A thermographic imager is configured to capture thermographic images covering a fixed region within the passenger compartment in which an occupant is potentially located. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

04/05/18 / #20180093350

Additive production method

The present disclosure provides an additive production method of producing an object by metal powder being applied in a production region in layers by an application device. The metal powder is applied to a base member along a construction face and is partially molten by a laser beam and solidified. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180090966

System and method for communicating dynamic charging attributes of a charging station

Embodiments include a wireless charging station comprising a power supply having an adjustable power output and configured to wirelessly transfer the power output to an external device having wireless charging capability; and a wireless transceiver configured to advertise a plurality of power values available at the power supply for wirelessly charging the device and to receive, from the device, a request for power at a selected one of the advertised power values. Other embodiments include a method for communicating dynamic charging attributes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180090828

Antenna assembly

An antenna assembly includes: (a) a ground plane, having a plateau, (b) a roof panel overlying the ground plane around the plateau, (c) a metal foil overlying said plateau and (d) an antenna including a base juxtaposed to the plateau. The antenna assembly is characterized by a through roof panel connection so as to provide a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180089918

Detection and protection against jam intercept and replay attacks

Method and apparatus are disclosed for detection and protection against jam intercept and replay attacks. An example disclosed key fob includes a first wireless transceiver tuned to communicate via a first frequency band, second wireless transceiver tuned to communicate via a second frequency band, and a communicator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180089621

Method and apparatus for coordinated food delivery

A system includes a processor configured to receive a request for a delivery order to a current saved-route destination. The processor is also configured to present food delivery options corresponding to the destination. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180089460

Patient-centered vehicle emergency application and web interface that provides emergency personnel with vehicle data and personalized occupant health information

A mobile device stores medical credentials for one or more occupants of a vehicle. Responsive to receipt of an indication of an emergency event at the vehicle, the mobile device sends the credentials, an authentication code, and vehicle information to a cloud server to cause the cloud server to construct web content including the vehicle information and medical information accessible using the credentials. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180089133

Fail functional automated driving

A vehicle system includes a first communication path and a second communication path. The vehicle system further includes a processor programmed to determine a first communication speed associated with communicating over the first communication path and a secondary communication speed associated with communicating over the second communication path. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180088931

In-vehicle auxiliary memory storage

An embedded modem communicates over a vehicle bus with controllers that each include data storage. The embedded modem queries the controllers over the bus to identify controllers having available storage, such that if the available storage is located on a priority controller, the embedded modem sends received data over the bus to the priority controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180088770

Automotive touchscreen with simulated texture for the visually impaired

Electrostatic friction textures on a touchscreen panel are used to create the sensation of braille text in a contextual menu adapted to an automotive environment. In particular, a center stack touchscreen friction display in a passenger vehicle provides one set of touch controls and hmi data to the driver while simultaneously providing either the same control options and hmi to the passenger in braille form or a completely different set of information and menu structure in braille form. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180087483

Efficiency enhancement to a laser ignition system

Methods and systems are provided for expediting heating of intake valves to improve engine startability. An engine laser ignition system is operated prior to, and during, an engine start to heat intake valves, thereby improving fuel vaporization. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180087469

Cylinder head with valve deactivators

To improve fuel efficiency, some gasoline engines are equipped with valve deactivators in some of the cylinders so that at low torque conditions only a subset of the total number of cylinders are active. In prior art engines, particularly when they have four valves per cylinder, space is tight. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180087468

Cylinder bore with surface characteristics for improved tribological properties, and method

The invention relates to a cylinder bore and a method. The cylinder bore is configured to receive a piston for reciprocating movement therein and has a pressure side and a counter-pressure side. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180087465

Methods and systems for high pressure fuel pump cooling

Methods and systems are provided for temperature control of a high pressure pump (hpp) of a direct injection system. When direct injection is disabled, the hpp and the associated direct injectors are intermittently operated when the hpp temperature rises above a modeled threshold temperature. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180087453

Systems and methods for a variable geometry turbine nozzle

Various systems and methods are described for a variable geometry turbine. In one example, a nozzle vane includes a stationary having a first cambered sliding surface and a sliding vane having a second cambered sliding surface where the second cambered sliding surface includes a flow disrupting feature in contact with the first sliding cambered surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180087452

Methods and systems for coolant system

Methods and systems are provided for controlling coolant flow through parallel branches of a coolant circuit including an ac condenser and a charge air cooler. Flow is apportioned responsive to an ac head pressure and a cac temperature to reduce parasitic losses and improve fuel economy. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180087451

Methods and systems for coolant system

Methods and systems are provided for controlling coolant flow through parallel branches of a coolant circuit including an ac condenser and a charge air cooler. Flow is apportioned responsive to an ac head pressure and a cac temperature to reduce parasitic losses and improve fuel economy. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180087450

Methods and systems for coolant system

Methods and systems are provided for controlling coolant flow through parallel branches of a coolant circuit including an ac condenser and a charge air cooler. Flow is apportioned responsive to an ac head pressure and a cac temperature to reduce parasitic losses and improve fuel economy. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180087428

Warm-up of a catalytic aftertreatment device

An apparatus and method for improving warm-up of a catalytic aftertreatment device is disclosed in which the flow to a catalyst brick is controlled using a flow control device so as to restrict the flow of exhaust gas to only a central core of the catalyst brick when rapid heating of the catalyst brick is desired to reach a light-off temperature and to otherwise allow the flow of exhaust gas to the entire front face of the catalyst brick. By restricting the area of the catalyst brick to which exhaust gas can flow the energy density of the exhaust gas flowing to the central core is higher than it is when there is no restriction of flow thereby reducing the time needed to warm-up the catalyst brick to a minimum light-off temperature.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180087422

Method and system for a hc trap

Methods and systems are provided for a hc trap in a bypass passage. In one example, a method may include closing a diverter valve to flow exhaust gas from a main exhaust passage to the bypass passage during a cold-start.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180087415

Oil supply unit and motor vehicle

Methods and systems are provided for an oil supply unit with a collecting vessel for collecting oil. In one example, a method may include maintaining a pressure of the collecting vessel during an engine off, wherein maintaining the pressure may further include maintain a temperature of the oil in the collecting vessel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180087308

Anti-chucking device for a motor vehicle closure

An anti-chucking device for a motor vehicle closure includes a wedge and a receiver. That receiver includes (a) a first stopper and a second stopper defining a throat there between and (b) a pop-up mechanism in the throat.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086391

Truck bed extender with webbing

An apparatus is for extending a vehicle bed. A tailgate is provided for lowering to provide a tailgate opening for providing access to the vehicle bed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086386

Exoskeleton vehicle upper body structure

A vehicle body exoskeleton includes a plurality of nodes each defining a receptacle. A plurality of tubes have first and second end portions smaller than and tapering inwardly from a main portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086384

Compressible stopper behind headlamp for protecting closures against damage during a low speed collision

An apparatus for protecting against damage to a vehicle during a low speed collision. The apparatus includes a headlamp adapted to breakaway to provide the vehicle with front end compliance for pedestrian protection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086365

Ball nut assembly for a rack electrical power assist steering system

A ball nut assembly receives rotational motion from a belt and converts rotational motion into linear motion of a steering rack. The ball nut assembly includes a support bearing having an outer race and an inner race, the inner race including one of a spline and a recess. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086326

Method for diagnosing fault in a vacuum system including a check valve

A method for fault diagnosis of a vacuum system having a vacuum source and a vacuum consumer connected to the vacuum source via a connecting line with a non-return valve disposed in the connecting line upstream of the vacuum source. The method including indirectly determining a vacuum in the vacuum consumer based on an estimated vacuum value. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086323

Method for operating a motor vehicle hydraulic brake system

A method for operating a hydraulic brake system of a motor vehicle having a brake booster and a hydraulic brake boost wherein a brake pressure is detected and an underpressure, prevailing in an underpressure chamber of the brake booster is estimated on the basis of the detected brake pressure. The hydraulic brake boost controlled based on the estimated underpressure, with the estimated underpressure taking into account an actuation of the hydraulic brake boost.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086306

Vehicle wheel anti-theft system and method

Embodiments include a vehicle comprising a plurality of wheels, each wheel including a pressure sensor and a wireless transceiver; a central transceiver configured to obtain tire pressure and signal strength information from each of the wireless transceivers; and a processor communicatively coupled to the central transceiver and configured to detect removal of one of the wheels based on the signal strength information obtained from the wireless transceiver included in the removed wheel. Other embodiments include a method comprising obtaining tire pressure and signal strength information from each of a plurality of wireless transceivers respectively coupled to a plurality of wheels included in a vehicle; and detecting, using one or more processors, removal of one of the wheels from the vehicle based on the signal strength information obtained from the wireless transceiver included in the removed wheel.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086303

Plus-two belt reminder system

A plus-two belt system is provided. The plus-two belt system is a supplement to a traditional three-point belt system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086290

System, method, and apparatus for preserving vehicle battery

Embodiments include a vehicle power distribution unit comprising a plurality of connection paths respectively connecting a plurality of electric loads to a vehicle battery, and a power saving module configured to receive a key fob input indicating user selection of one of a plurality of vehicle power modes, and disconnect a subset of the plurality of electric loads from the vehicle battery based on specifications associated with the selected vehicle power mode. Other embodiments include a vehicle system comprising a power distribution unit including a plurality of connection paths respectively connecting a plurality of electric loads to a vehicle battery; a key fob configured to enable user selection of one of a plurality of vehicle power modes; and a power saving module configured to disconnect a subset of the plurality of electric loads from the vehicle battery based on specifications associated with the selected power mode.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086285

Telescopic load floor structure

A telescopic load floor for a vehicle cargo area includes at least one load floor panel defined by a plurality of nesting members. A guide rail element guides translation of the plurality of nesting members between an open and a closed configuration. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086278

Support assembly of a vehicle

A personal mobility device support assembly integrated with a vehicle includes a pair of assemblies, a connector member, and a bracket. Each of the pair of assemblies includes a housing secured within a rear panel portion of the vehicle, a first member mounted to translate from within the housing, and a second member pivotally mounted to the first member to rotate between stowed and deployed positions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086275

Storage device for a pick-up box

A vehicle having a pick-up box includes a front wall, first and second sidewalls, and a tailgate forming a pick-up box. A first slide member is longitudinally mounted to one of the first and second sidewalls and a second slide member is disposed for telescopic movement between a stowed position and an extended position within the first slide member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086274

Glove box bin bumper stops

A storage compartment for a vehicle glove box includes at least one bumper stop defined by a resilient tab disposed on a storage compartment sidewall, the resilient tab including a cam face, a stop face, and a finger tab accessible from an interior of the storage compartment. The cam face may define an arcuate configuration. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086255

Vehicle illuminated trim

A trim member for a vehicle is provided herein. The trim member includes a carrier structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086239

Passive pressure recovery device for passive air suspended seats

A passive pressure recovery system for an air suspended seat includes a fluid tight support cell. A trim stock is disposed over the fluid tight support cell. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086219

Vehicle charger positioning method and charger assembly

An exemplary charger positioning method includes, among other things, positioning a charging plug of a conductive charger relative to a charge port of a vehicle based on a wireless transmission between the conductive charger and the vehicle. An exemplary charger assembly includes a transmitter system associated with one of a vehicle or a conductive charger, a receiver system associated with the other of the vehicle or the conductive charger, and an actuator that moves a charging plug of the conductive charger to a charging position in response to a transmission from the transmitter system.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086212

Vehicle-to-vehicle charging system

A vehicle charging system includes an electrical storage device, an extendable arm attachable to a vehicle, and an induction mat supported by the extendable arm. The induction mat is electrically coupled to the electrical storage device, and configured to wirelessly receive an electric charge while the extendable arm is in an extended position.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086210

Safety critical systems control in autonomous vehicles

The health and integrity of safety critical vehicle systems of a vehicle can be determined by energizing the safety critical vehicle systems with a first power source, determining a first voltage of the first power source, and then determining a second voltage of a second power source. Comparing the first and second voltages can determine the health and integrity of safety critical vehicle systems.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086200

Transmission having power take-off

A transmission includes a primary drive gear fixed to an input shaft and an idler gear meshing with the primary drive gear. A transmission pump is arranged to receive power from the idler gear. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086178

Adaptive control of automotive hvac system using crowd-sourcing data

A motor vehicle comprises an hvac system including a climate control circuit coupled to onboard sensors, a human-machine interface, and climate actuators. The actuators are responsive to respective command parameters generated by the control circuit in response to the sensors and the human-machine interface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086175

Methods and systems for coolant system

Methods and systems are provided for controlling coolant flow through parallel branches of a coolant circuit including an ac condenser and a charge air cooler. Flow is apportioned responsive to an ac head pressure and a cac temperature to reduce parasitic losses and improve fuel economy. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086174

Methods and systems for coolant system

Methods and systems are provided for controlling coolant flow through parallel branches of a coolant circuit including an ac condenser and a charge air cooler. Flow is apportioned responsive to an ac head pressure and a cac temperature to reduce parasitic losses and improve fuel economy. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180086135

Space-saving spare wheel assembly having ergonomic handles for use with a vehicle

A spare wheel assembly comprising a tire and a rim to which the tire is attached is disclosed. The rim includes a center mounting plate having a center bore, inner and outer opposed flanges, and a disk between the center bore and the flanges. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/29/18 / #20180085863

Joining machines with a position guide system

A joining machine to join work-pieces together comprises a body, at least one scanner disposed on the body and configured to collect data on the work-pieces and convert the data to a scanned image, a guide device and a positioning device. The positioning device is configured to determine a join position according to the scanned image and instruct the guide device to indicate the join position on the work-pieces to an operator of the machine.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180083537

Switching overlap avoidance system for controlling power supply system

A method includes controlling a power supply system to avoid an over-voltage event across one or more switching devices of the power supply system. The controlling is based on switching overlap information that includes instructions for either advancing or retarding a switching signal associated with at least one of the switching devices.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180083244

Integrated modules for battery packs

A battery pack includes a battery assembly including a grouping of battery cells and an integrated module attached to the grouping of battery cells. The integrated module includes an upper section housing at least one electronics component and a lower section establishing a vent chamber.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180083242

Battery assembly including structural foamed materials

A battery assembly includes a battery array and a foam shell that surrounds the battery array. The battery array may be housed within a foam shell, and a barrier can be secured to the foam shell to establish a battery assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180083239

Battery cell support assembly

An exemplary support assembly for a battery array includes, among other things, a frame and an insert secured to the frame. The insert is configured to hold at least one battery cell within the frame. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180083231

Battery pack cover system

A battery pack includes an enclosure assembly including a tray and a cover system secured relative to the tray. The cover system includes a first cover and a second cover that overlap one another. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180082811

Window switch assembly of a vehicle

A window switch assembly of a vehicle comprises a base; a rail on the base; and a control member partially received in the rail and slidable in the rail. The rail includes a first rail body extending at a traverse direction, a first end portion and a second end portion communicated with the first rail body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180082590

Vehicle-to-vehicle cooperation to marshal traffic

Apparatus and methods are disclosed for vehicle-to-vehicle cooperation to marshal traffic. An example disclosed cooperative vehicle includes an example vehicle-to-vehicle communication module and an example cooperative adaptive cruise control module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180082585

Navigation systems for a vehicle and an auxilliary vehicle

A navigation system for a vehicle and an auxiliary vehicle comprises a processing module configured to obtain information on an energy level of a power source in the auxiliary vehicle and determine a remaining traveling range of the auxiliary vehicle based on the energy level; and a navigation module configured to suggest at least one stop for the vehicle between a starting place and a destination based on the remaining traveling range of the auxiliary vehicle and an environment condition.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180082492

Arrangements for collecting diagnostic information regarding vibrations of wheel-tire assembly and drive-line components of a wheeled vehicle

A method for identifying vehicle vibration includes receiving signals indicative of a vehicle vibration from one or more vehicle sensors while the vehicle is in operation. The method also includes determining a magnitude of the vehicle vibration at one or more target frequency bands. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180082312

Feedback for vehicle dealership or service providers

A method for obtaining customer feedback includes receiving an indication that a service or sale of a vehicle has been completed. The method includes identifying a customer corresponding to the service or sale and sending a request to the customer for feedback about the service or sale. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180081670

Prioritization of updates for over-the-air distribution

Priority data is accessed to determine a priority of a software update specific to a vehicle to be updated. The software update is pushed to a vehicle responsive to the priority indicating that the software update is an add-on authorized for use by the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180081372

Conveying system with an automatic tethering function

A conveying system having automatic tethering function comprises an electrically driven mobile conveying device and a portable transmitting device (“beacon”). The conveying device automatically follows the transmitting device at a predetermined distance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180081357

Geocoded information aided vehicle warning

Methods and apparatus are disclosed for geocoded information aided vehicle warning. An example disclosed vehicle includes range detection sensors and a threat detector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180081057

Metal bridge detection systems and methods

Example metal bridge detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives lidar data from a lidar system mounted to a vehicle and receives camera data from a camera system mounted to the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180080896

Compensating oxygen sensor aging

Various methods are provided for compensating changes in the relati