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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 relation between impedance setpoint and operating temperature in an oxygen sensor. In one embodiment, a method of operating an oxygen sensor comprises adjusting an impedance setpoint based on a change in dry air pumping current of the oxygen sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180080854

Vehicle impact testing

A system, includes a base and a track supported by the base. The system includes a block movably attached to the track. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180080852

Trailer for measuring operating characteristics of a vehicle

A vehicle trailer for attaching to a vehicle and analyzing operating characteristics of the vehicle is provided. The trailer includes a frame having a tongue configured to attach to a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180080557

Extruded gasket side by side end cut system

An extruded interlocking flexible gasket with a first side with at a least one first side spline and at least one first side groove on the gasket to be positioned between a first member and a second member. The gasket further having a second side with at a least one second side spline and at least second first side groove on said extruded gasket, wherein said first side interlocks with said second side when said first side is immediately adjacent to said second permitting the at a least one first side spline to be interlocked with at least the second side groove, and extending continuously therealong.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180080517

Damping assemblies for a vehicle part to reduce an impact

A damping assembly in a vehicle is provided. The damping assembly comprises a rod; a spring disposed along a lengthwise direction of the rod; and a buffer pad including a connection end coupled to the rod and an external end opposing the connection end and including a buffer surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180080427

Deterrence of ignition of a vehicle engine when a fuel nozzle is in a fuel intake area

Methods, apparatus, and computer readable media are disclosed for deterrence of ignition of a vehicle engine ignition when a fuel nozzle is in a fuel intake area. An example vehicle includes a fuel intake area, a camera, and a processor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180080418

Systems and methods for fuel vapor canister purge routing

A method for an engine is presented, wherein purge air is routed through a fuel vapor canister during a first condition such that desorbed fuel vapor traverses a canister purge port en route to an engine intake, and wherein purge air is routed through a fuel vapor canister during a second condition such that desorbed fuel vapor traverses a canister load port en route to the engine intake. Bypassing the canister purge port during a canister purge event allows for cleaning adsorbed fuel vapor from the canister even if flow through the canister purge port is restricted. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180080417

Systems and methods for purging a fuel vapor canister

A method for an engine is presented, wherein during a first condition, pressurized gas from an engine coolant degas bottle to an ejector positioned in a vent line coupled to a fuel vapor canister; and the contents of the fuel vapor canister are purged to an engine intake. The ejector may draw atmospheric air into the fuel vapor canister, thus enabling purging of the fuel vapor canister even when an engine intake vacuum is below a threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180080414

System and methods for extracting water from a mechanical air conditioning system for water injection

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting an amount of friction brake effort and an air conditioning compressor load to collect water for water injection into an engine. In one example, a method may include adjusting the ac compressor load of a mechanical air conditioning system and an amount of friction brake effort based on a water level in a water storage tank of the water injection system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180080398

System and method to extend operating time of valve actuators of an internal combustion engine

Systems and methods for determining when one or more cylinders of an engine may be deactivated are presented. In one example, different cylinder deactivation strategies are used to determine which engine cylinders are deactivated during an engine cycle in response to an actual total number of valve actuator state changes being greater than a first threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180080342

Split turbocharger bearing assembly

A turbocharger bearing assembly of a split turbocharger for an engine is disclosed in which key rotational parts are rotatably supported by a pair of spaced apart bearings located in a bore of a tubular bearing housing forming part of a bearing assembly. The rotational parts of the turbocharger bearing assembly are balanced as a unit before the turbocharger bearing assembly is assembled to a cylinder block of the engine by insertion into a bore formed in the cylinder block.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180080270

Anti-pinch logic for door opening actuator

A vehicle door system includes a vehicle door and electrically-powered linear and rotary actuators. The vehicle door system also includes a pinch sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079942

Refrigerant blend of r-744 and r-1234yf for use in stationary or mobile air conditioning systems using pag, poe or pve lube oil

A refrigerant composition of r-1234yf and r-744 is disclosed. In some embodiments, the r-744 is 5% or less by weight of the composition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079463

Bicycle safety exclusion zone systems

Bicycle safety exclusion zone systems capable of being attached to a bicycle, comprised of one or more projector-sensor devices and a processing unit. Each projector-sensor device is capable of detecting vehicles in proximity of the bicycle and of projecting at least a portion of a visual safety exclusion zone upon ground surrounding the bicycle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079457

Spare tire presentation device and method

A spare tire presentation device includes a guide, a carriage displaceable along the guide and a spare tire support on the carriage. The spare tire support is displaceable between a first position and a second position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079455

Latch mechanism for an openable box side of a pickup truck

A vehicle includes a box extending from a cab and including a floor and a first sidewall attached to a headboard, via a hinge assembly, disposed normal to the floor and sidewall. The hinge assembly is configured to allow the first sidewall to rotate away from the floor at the headboard. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079426

Autonomous sensing vehicle pedals

A system includes a controller in a vehicle in communication with sensors supported on pedals of the vehicle. The controller includes instructions for determining a user intention based on a detected movement of a foot of the user. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079424

Ice and snow detection systems and methods

Example ice and snow detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method activates an ice and snow detection system in response to receiving weather data indicating a likelihood of ice or snow on a roadway near a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079414

Semiautonomous vehicle control system

A controller includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions. The processor is programmed to activate a first autonomy mode to control steering and at least one of propulsion and braking. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079409

Target vehicle deselection

To deselect a target vehicle, certain actions are taken by an autonomously operating vehicle. An identified lane is identified. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079400

Hydraulic brake apparatus and related methods

Example hydraulic brake apparatus and related methods are described herein. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes a parking brake valve having an inlet fluidly coupled to a pump and an outlet fluidly coupled to a brake. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079383

Airbag assembly

An instrument-panel assembly in a vehicle includes an instrument panel extending along a longitudinal axis and an airbag supported by the instrument panel. The airbag is inflatable from an undeployed position to a deployed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079358

Autonomous vehicle handoff alert

A vehicle alert system includes a processor programmed to receive a handoff request indicating a transition of a host vehicle from an autonomous mode of operation to a non-autonomous mode of operation. The processor is further programmed to output a notification signal in response to receiving the handoff request. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079354

Photoluminescent vehicle appliques

A vehicle applique is provided that includes a decorative layer and an over-mold positioned over the decorative layer. The over-mold is substantially transparent. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079337

Armrest support bridge

An armrest assembly for a vehicle includes an armrest substrate having a vehicle-outboard substrate member, a vehicle-inboard substrate member, and at least one end member holding the vehicle-outboard substrate member and the vehicle-inboard substrate member at a spaced distance from one another. At least one support bridge member is disposed laterally across the spaced distance. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079335

Air bladder with stacked cell system

A seat includes a seat portion with an air bladder having an outer casing. Multiple fluidly interconnected cells are disposed within a cavity of the outer casing and are configured to inflate the outer casing from a deflated condition to an inflated condition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079334

Vehicle seat assemblies

A seat for a vehicle is provided. The seat comprises a lock device having an unlocked position and a locked position and an unlock groove disposed on a seat back. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079315

Active discharge circuit for link capacitor using phase leg switches

A dc link capacitor in a drive system for an electric vehicle is quickly discharged using only local action within an inverter module and without any extra components to dissipate the charge. The inverter has a phase leg comprising an upper switching device and a lower switching device coupled across the capacitor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079281

System and methods for extracting water from a hvac system for water injection

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a position of an air recirculation valve of a hvac system to adjust a ratio of ambient to recirculated air routed to an ac evaporator to collect condensed water for water injection into an engine. In one example, a method may include adjusting the position of the air recirculation valve of the hvac system based on a water level in a water storage tank of the water injection system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/22/18 / #20180079280

System and methods for extracting water from an electric air conditioning system for water injection

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a ratio of friction to regenerative brake effort and running an electric air conditioning compressor to collect condensed water for water injection into an engine. In one example, a method may include adjusting the air conditioning compressor load of the electric ac system and the ratio of friction to regenerative brake effort based on a water level in a water storage tank of the water injection system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180076744

Pseudorandom pwm variation based on motor operating point

. . An electric drive for a vehicle uses an inverter circuit configured to provide a multi-phase ac drive signal to an electric machine according to a pwm drive signal. A pwm controller monitors an operating point of the electric drive and is configured to identify an operating region of the electric drive from a plurality of predetermined regions in response to the monitored operating point. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180076736

Piecewise temperature compensation for power switching devices

A power switching circuit provides temperature compensation for an insulated gate power switching device. A timing circuit determines a switch timing signal comprising desired on and off switching times of the switching device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180076691

Device thermal management assembly and method

An exemplary thermal management assembly includes a fluid jacket securable to an installed position adjacent a structural housing of a device, the fluid jacket providing at least a first side and a second side of a fluid passageway perimeter, the first side transverse to the second side. An exemplary method of managing thermal energy in a device includes positioning a fluid jacket in an installed position where the fluid jacket is adjacent a structural housing of an electric device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180076578

Electric vehicle service disconnect position indicator

An exemplary method of verifying that a service disconnect is seated includes indicating that the service disconnect is seated using a position indicator that selectively engages a handle of the service disconnect. The position indicator is separate and distinct from all portions of the service disconnect.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180076430

Battery pack retention assembly and retention method

An exemplary method of securing portions of a battery pack includes, among other things, slidably engaging a portion of a battery cell frame within a channel of an extrusion, and securing the extrusion to a support to secure the battery cell frame.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180075754

Passenger pickup system and method using autonomous shuttle vehicle

A passenger pickup system and method is provided herein. A mobile electronic device is used by an intended passenger to input a pickup request. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180075741

Detection of oncoming vehicles with ir light

Infrared light is detected in a vehicle computer via an infrared sensor from a source outside the host vehicle. The computer can further determine that the infrared light was generated from a source in a second vehicle, detect the second vehicle based at least partly on the detected infrared light and possibly also partly on input from a host vehicle collision detection sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180075735

Vehicle-paired device range extension method and system

An exemplary method of controlling a vehicle from a remote location includes receiving a first signal from a vehicle-paired device and initiating a vehicle function in response to the first signal. The first signal is sent by the vehicle-paired device in response to a second signal sent from a secondary triggering device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180075673

Vehicle decal

A vehicle having a decal attached thereto is provided herein. The vehicle includes a controller operably coupled with a powertrain of the vehicle and configured to calculate an energy efficiency performance score of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180075565

Passenger validation systems and methods

Example passenger validation systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives, at a vehicle, a transport request indicating a passenger and a pick-up location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180074495

Passenger tracking systems and methods

Example passenger validation systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives, at a vehicle, a transport request indicating a passenger and a pick-up location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180074494

Passenger tracking systems and methods

Example passenger validation systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives, at a vehicle, a transport request indicating a passenger and a pick-up location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180073879

Water depth detection for vehicle navigation

Methods and apparatus are disclosed for vehicle navigation with water depth detection. An example disclosed method includes determining a current and a projected water depth for road segments of and around a current route to a destination. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180073808

Thermal distortion arrestor

A thermal distortion arrestor includes a body having a base and a plurality of positioning lugs that extend from a first face of the base. A related door assembly and method of installing a thermal distortion arrestor in a door assembly are also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180073600

Continuously variable ratio transmission

An automotive transmission comprises first and second gears, planetary gears, and a ring gear. The first gear is rotatable about a first axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180073588

Dry friction damped mechanical and structural metal components and methods of manufacturing the same

A method and system for increasing damping capacity in cast metal parts by utilizing dry friction between individual wires of a sheathed rope is disclosed. The rope is embedded into the part during casting. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180073457

Method and system for knock sensor rationality check

Methods and systems are provided for determining engine knock sensor degradation. In one example, a method may include sending an excitation signal to an actuator to generate vibrations in the absence of engine combustion, and determining engine knock sensor degradation by comparing the knock sensor output with the excitation signal.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180073449

Secondary system and method for controlling an engine

Systems and methods for operating an engine in response to a condition where air flow into an engine via an air filter of an engine air intake is limited are presented. In one example, a canister purge valve is adjusted responsive to accelerator pedal position to reduce engine torque reduction that may be caused by a partially clogged air filter or lower barometric pressure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180073448

Secondary system and method for controlling an engine

Systems and methods for operating an engine in response to a condition of an engine air intake throttle being degraded are presented. In one example, the engine air intake throttle is held closed while a position of a fuel vapor storage canister vent valve is adjusted to control air flow into the engine based on a position of an accelerator pedal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180073444

Method and system for emissions reduction

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

03/15/18 / #20180073443

Throttle valve assembly

A throttle valve assembly is disclosed having a throttle valve mounted within a throttle body to vary the flow of air therethrough. The throttle valve comprises of first and second throttle plates that interact with one another so as to be configurable in a v-shape thereby forming a converging/diverging flow path through part of the throttle body in which the flow of air through the throttle body is restricted and in flat aligned configuration which is minimally intrusive so as to produce substantially no restriction to flow through the throttle body is produced by the throttle valve.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180073442

Engine air induction control system including a throttle valve assembly

An engine air induction control system having throttle valve assembly is disclosed, the throttle valve assembly having a streamlined divergent-convergent valve member slidingly mounted within a divergent-convergent valve chamber defined by a wall of a throttle body. The streamlined valve member is moveable towards and away from an inlet passage of the throttle body by an actuator mechanism to vary an annular air flow area defined between the valve member and the wall defining the valve chamber.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180073418

Method and system for monitoring cooling system

Methods and systems are provided for determining coolant system health. In one example, a method may include predicting degradation in the coolant system based on oscillations of an estimated coolant temperature at an outlet of a radiator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180073403

Oil pan in an engine assembly and a crankcase ventilation system

An oil pan in an engine assembly comprises a housing including a bottom wall and a sidewall and an oil drain tube. The oil drain tube includes a tubing wall and a portion of the sidewall and is integrally formed with the housing.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180073286

Remote secondary hood latch release

A motor vehicle secondary hood latch release mechanism comprises a striker, a primary hood latch, and a secondary hood latch. A remote secondary hood latch release device actuates the secondary hood latch only after a primary hood latch switch provides a signal to the controller indicating that the primary hood latch is in the disengaged position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180073279

Crash safety locking device for a motor vehicle door

A locking device is provided for a door of a motor vehicle. That locking device includes a pin having a first end fixed to the door and a second end including an enlarged head. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072556

Systems and methods for coordinating remote fuel delivery to vehicles

Methods and systems are provided for conducting remote refueling events of a passenger vehicle, and for coordinating said remote refueling events with a fuel tank fill level prior to the remote refueling event, a loading state of a fuel vapor storage device, and current and predicted fuel tank pressure. In one example, an amount of fuel that can be added to the fuel tank without overwhelming a capacity of the fuel vapor storage device is increased responsive to scheduling the remote refueling event to take place at a time when the fuel tank is at a negative pressure, thus resulting in partial purge of the fuel vapor storage device prior to commencing refueling. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072353

Extruded aluminum tailgate cover with track

In one example, a tailgate assembly is provided that includes a front panel and a top panel adjacent to the front panel. A top cover is disposed on the upper panel and extends along the tailgate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072324

Filtration of acoustic contaminate from vehicle safety sensors

A vehicle includes: an audio system, local sensors including a crash sensor, a fuel pump, and processor(s) configured to: (a) select filter(s) based on a determined audio system state; (b) decontaminate present crash sensor data via the filter(s); (c) determine whether to deactivate the fuel pump based on the decontaminated data. The processor(s) are configured to map prior crash sensor data to prior determined audio system states and select the filter(s) by selecting some of the mapped prior crash sensor data.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072321

Vehicle-based mobile device usage monitoring with a cell phone usage sensor

Methods and apparatus are disclosed for vehicle mobile device usage monitoring with a cell phone usage sensor. An example disclosed vehicle includes a cellphone usage sensor and a communication enforcer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072306

Engine and motor control during wheel torque reversal in a hybrid vehicle

A system and method for controlling a hybrid vehicle having an engine selectively coupled by an upstream clutch to an electric machine, which is selectively coupled by a downstream clutch to a step-ratio transmission, include at least one controller programmed to control the engine and the electric machine in response to entering a lash zone in anticipation of a wheel torque reversal to adjust a gain applied to an active motor damping torque controller to reduce driveline oscillations and backlash.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072304

Methods and systems for hybrid vehicle power delivery

Methods and systems are provided for adjusting engine operation of a hybrid vehicle to increase power output, and fuel efficiency. In one example, a method may include operating the engine using an atkinson cycle during a lower than threshold engine torque demand, and a lower than threshold battery state of charge, and operating the engine using an otto cycle during a higher than threshold torque demand. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072284

Vehicle parking assist system

A method for assisting in parking a vehicle, comprises the steps of: initiating a parking sequence having a reference velocity; altering a velocity of the vehicle to about the reference velocity by generating a brake torque during a first mode of operation of a controller; outputting the brake torque to a disturbance estimator; storing the brake torque within the disturbance estimator; and utilizing the brake torque from the disturbance estimator in a second mode of operation of the controller to stop the vehicle at a target location.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072274

Heated and illuminated wiper assembly and method

A wiper assembly includes a wiper arm, a wiper blade carried on the wiper arm and a light source provided between the wiper arm and the raised wiper blade. The wiper assembly may also include a heating element and a controller to control operation of the light source and the heating element.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072272

Windshield cleaning system and method

Disclosed herein is a windshield cleaning system including a computer in electronic communication with a windshield wiper controller, an image device, a fluid applicator, and a fluid heater. The system captures and compares a pre-spray image with a post-spray image, the post spray image acquired after actuating the fluid applicator and before actuating the windshield wiper. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072260

Airbag testing apparatus

A test apparatus includes a linear-motion generator, an airbag, a plate, an anthropomorphic test device, a crushable member, and a guide bar. The linear-motion generator is deployable in a deployment direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072253

Rainwater recycling system and method

A rainwater recycling system for a motor vehicle includes a rainwater collector, a rainwater reservoir connected to the rainwater collector and a heat exchanger to heat rainwater in the rainwater reservoir. A related method of recycling rainwater is also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072252

Vehicle power generation human machine interfaces

A vehicle includes a passenger cabin and a human machine interface (hmi) located remote from the passenger cabin. The hmi includes an electronic display and at least one power outlet adapted to selectively supply power to non-vehicle equipment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072245

Space filler with a vacuum cover

A vehicle having a space filling panel including a polystyrene layer, a polyurethane layer, and a polyethylene cover where the polyethylene cover forms a vacuum sealed space. The polystyrene layer and the polyurethane layer are both positioned in the polyethylene cover's vacuum sealed space. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072242

Vehicle tailgate with integrated sawhorse

An apparatus for a vehicle including a vehicle tailgate having a recess formed therein. A sawhorse is adapted for positioning in the recess in a stowed position and for being removed for use apart from the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072241

Vehicle with an integrated sawhorse

An apparatus for a vehicle including a vehicle bed having a wall with a recess formed therein. The apparatus comprises a sawhorse adapted for positioning in the recess of the vehicle bed in a stowed position and removed for use apart from the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072236

Integrated deployable bike rack assembly for a motor vehicle

A deployable bike rack assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. That deployable bike rack assembly includes a closure, an access panel carried on the closure, a first bike rack support and a second bike rack support. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072230

Controlling side-view mirrors in autonomous vehicles

Side-view mirror deployment in autonomous vehicles can be diagnosed by determining one or more first rates of fuel consumption and deploying one or more side-view mirrors. One or more second rates of fuel consumption can then be determined and one or more deployment states of the side-view mirror can be controlled based on the first rates of fuel consumption and the second rates of fuel consumption.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072217

Hazard light switch assemblies for an automobile

A hazard light switch assembly of an automobile comprises a human-machine interface (hmi) device having a touchscreen and a frame, a hinge connecting the frame of the hmi device to an interior surface of the automobile, and a hazard light switch mounted to an instrument panel of the automobile behind the hmi device. The frame of the hmi device may include a hazard light symbol. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072210

Cup holder insert

A cup holder insert for a vehicle includes a support receiver dimensioned for holding the cup holder insert in a vehicle cup holder receive, at least one secondary receiver carried by the support receiver, and at least one retaining receiver including a retainer. The retainer may include a biasing member configured to urge the retainer into retaining contact with an item held in the one retaining receiver. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072209

Hidden foldable tray table

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

03/15/18 / #20180072199

Apparatus and method for customizing a vehicle seat

A vehicle seat includes a group of first inflatable bladders, each first bladder having a respective first valve coupled therewith and a pump coupled with each of the first valves. The seat further includes a controller in communication with the pump and with the first valves to cause the pump to inflate the first group of bladders to a predetermined pressure and to close the valves to maintain a subsequent inflation level of each of the first bladders.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072190

Management of mobile device control of vehicle systems using policies

Systems and methods for managing mobile device control of vehicle functions and subsystems using policy control are disclosed. A computing platform of a vehicle may receive a request, from a mobile application, to access one or more secure vehicle functions and subsystems. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072181

Location-based electric vehicle preemptive cooling for dc fast charge

Methods and systems for electric vehicles, such as battery electric vehicles (bev) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (phev), include preemptively cooling a traction battery of the vehicle when a dc fast charge (dcfc) event is expected. The expected dcfc event is predicted during a drive cycle and prior to arrival at a dcfc station, based on drive history data of the vehicle or battery state of charge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072180

System and method for charging electrified vehicle low-voltage battery

A vehicle charging system includes a controller programmed to, in response to a charger being coupled to a power source and parameters being indicative of a low charge level of an auxiliary battery and a full charge level of a traction battery, decouple the traction battery from the power converter and the charger and charge the auxiliary battery from the charger.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072179

Vehicle high voltage interlock

A high-voltage interlock system includes a first module including a contactor and a shunt connection, and a second module, having first and second circuits, coupled with the first module via first and second wires. The second module, in response to impedance of the shunt connection exceeding a threshold, inhibits a signal to engage the contactor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072178

Electrified vehicle with expansion interface mechanism for interfacing with secondary electrical device

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling charging and discharging operations of a first high voltage battery of an electrified vehicle and a second high voltage battery of a secondary electrical device connected to the electrical vehicle such that power from the electrified vehicle is selectively used to charge the second high voltage battery and power from the second high voltage battery is selectively discharged to power the electrified vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072158

Direct current voltage clamping in a vehicle

A vehicle system in a hybrid vehicle comprises a controller configured to generate for output a modulated voltage to a direct current capacitor to prevent voltage spikes on the capacitor in response to receiving a reference current via a direct current voltage clamping control block that outputs a reference current in response to a difference between a feedback voltage and a reference voltage exceeding a threshold.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072152

Systems and methods for coordinating remote fuel delivery to vehicles

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing functionality of a vehicle fuel system and a vehicle evaporative emissions system, and one or more components thereof, subsequent to refueling a vehicle fuel tank, and wherein the refueling event may comprise a remote refueling event. In one example, after completion of the refueling event, the fuel system and evaporative emissions system are sealed from atmosphere and from each other, and pressure is monitored in both the fuel system and evaporative emissions system in order to indicate the presence or absence of undesired evaporative emissions in both the fuel system and evaporative emissions system, and to indicate whether the fuel system is effectively sealed from the evaporative emissions system. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072140

Mid-gate assembly for a motor vehicle

A mid-gate assembly includes a mid-gate and a first access panel received in the mid-gate. A window pocket extends through the mid-gate and the first access panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/15/18 / #20180072118

Vehicle tow capacity estimator

Apparatus and methods are disclosed for a vehicle tow capacity estimator. An example disclosed vehicle includes memory and a processor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180070481

Power module assembly and manifold

A vehicle power module assembly including a stacked array of module frames, a manifold, and a pair of endplates is provided. The stacked array of module frames may each define a passthrough in registration with other of the passthroughs to define a manifold cavity, a power stage cavity, and a plurality of outlets open to the respective passthroughs and oriented relative to the power stage cavities to deliver coolant therebetween. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180069426

Vehicle apparatus for charging photoluminescent utilities

A vehicle charging compartment is disclosed. The compartment comprises a charging device comprising a plurality of light sources configured to emit a charging emission. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180068497

Methods and systems for an engine

Methods and systems are provided for a vehicle wirelessly communicating with a central server. In one example, a method may include monitoring faults and sending engine conditions along with driver inputs to the central server for processing.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180068459

Object distance estimation using data from a single camera

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 camera. A system for determining the motion of a vehicle includes a monocular camera mounted on a vehicle, an image component, a feature component, a model parameter component, a model selection component, and a motion component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180067487

Perceiving roadway conditions from fused sensor data

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for perceiving roadway conditions from fused sensor data. Aspects of the invention use a combination of different types of cameras mounted to a vehicle to achieve visual perception for autonomous driving of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180067486

Advanced autonomous vehicle tutorial

A vehicle system includes a user interface, an autonomous mode controller, and a processor. The autonomous mode controller controls a host vehicle in a partially autonomous mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180067090

Electrostatic pm sensor electrode diagnostics

Particulate matter (pm) sensors and diagnostics performed using the pm sensors are disclosed. The pm sensors and diagnostics may be used in exhaust systems, such as vehicle exhaust systems, to detect soot. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066824

Light-emitting diode lamps with thermally conductive lenses

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

03/08/18 / #20180066753

Torque convrter clutch engagement pressure

A vehicle may include a controller configured to, in response to an accelerator pedal release and an expected regenerative braking event, increase an engagement pressure of a torque converter clutch prior to occurrence of the event to a threshold that is based on a regenerative braking torque estimate associated with the event such that during the event, the clutch transfers more torque than the converter. The regenerative braking torque estimate may be based on a difference between an average road grade and a current road grade. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066748

Control system and method for neutral idle operation

A vehicle includes an engine and driven wheels each having an associated friction brake. A brake pedal is operable to engage the friction brakes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066729

Torsional vibration damper and engine assembly including the same

A torsional vibration damper mounted at a crankshaft of an engine is provided. The torsional vibration damper comprises a hub having a first mounting surface and a second mounting surface opposite to the first mounting surface, an inertia ring and an elastomer element disposed between the hub and the inertia ring. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066728

Pendulum for crankshaft having full one-piece bumper to improve nvh

A full, one-piece, wrap around bumper for a crankshaft pendulum is disclosed. The pendulum includes two halves. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066727

Hydraulic engine mount

Methods and systems are provided for manufacturing a hydraulic engine mount. During assembly, one or more gel caps may be inserted into a chamber of the engine mount, the chamber is then filled with a fluid and sealed to allow the gel caps to dissolve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066719

Clutch monitoring

A controllable one-way clutch has a first annular ring with a central axis of rotation and an outer periphery with at least one tooth. A second annular ring is arranged concentrically with the first annular ring and has a second periphery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066714

Sealing system for constant-velocity joint

A constant-velocity joint includes an outer race, inner race, end cap, and seal. The outer race defines a cavity, an opening to the cavity, and a through hole configured to receive a fastener. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066609

Method and system for engine water injection

Methods are provided for reliably self-testing a water injection system that injects water into the engine responsive to engine operating conditions such as knock, the water injection system refilled manually or via the collection of water on-board the vehicle. Responsive to a water injection error, learned based on a change in a defined set of engine parameters while ramping water injection during selected conditions, the presence of clogging in a water line may be determined. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066598

Fuel injection operation

A method of operating an engine with multi-fuel injector per cylinder capabilities to accommodate reaching minimum fuel pulsewidth conditions of any of the injectors under various operating conditions including hot and cold engine starts. The method reduces engine performance and emissions variations resulting from changes in fuel injection mass below minimum mass.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066595

Methods and system for diagnosing sensors by utilizing an evaporative emissions system

Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing sensors in an engine intake by utilizing in an evaporative leak check module pump (elcm pump). In one example, during engine off conditions, the elcm pump in an evaporative emission system of the vehicle may be operated in a pressure mode to flow ambient air from the evaporative emissions system to the intake manifold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066576

Turbocharger system having an air-cooled wastegate actuator

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

03/08/18 / #20180066575

Method and system for wastegate control

Methods and systems are provided for controlling a wastegate coupled to a turbine. In one example, a method may include during steady engine operation, actuating a wastegate to introduce an oscillation in boost pressure, and updating gain of a wastegate feedback controller responsive to the oscillation in boost pressure.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066569

Shroud in a heat exchange assembly in a vehicle

A shroud in a heat exchange assembly of a vehicle comprises a housing connected with a radiator of the heat exchange assembly and spaced apart with the radiator; a ventilation aperture disposed on the housing and spaced apart from a fan receiving opening; and a flow guide structure having sidewalls and connected to the housing. The flow guide structure is configured to guide air flow from the ventilation aperture away from a clearance between the housing and the radiator.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066466

Automotive door power assist

An automated door system includes a door pivotally coupled to a vehicle body at a hinge axis defined by at least one hinge assembly. A power assist device is coupled to the hinge assembly and further coupled to the door. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180066461

Mechanism to open hood

A motor vehicle secondary hood latch release mechanism for a hood comprises a striker disposed on the hood, a secondary hood latch having an externally actuated release pawl, the secondary hood latch urged to a first position in engagement with the striker and a second position disengaged from the striker, and a longitudinally actuated release push button assembly, the push button assembly comprising a push button having a forward position and a rearward position, a guide along which the push button moves between the forward position and the rearward position, and a longitudinally extending actuator operatively coupled with the push button, wherein the longitudinally extending actuator comprises an inclined cam surface that engages and displaces the externally actuated release pawl of the secondary hood latch from the first position to the second position as the push button is moved from the forward position to the rearward position.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065689

Integrated tailgate stake pocket

A tailgate pivotally mountable to a vehicle includes a tailgate body comprising first and second sidewalls, and a strainer disposed between the first and second walls and extending in a longitudinal orientation. The tailgate further includes a stake pocket disposed between the first and second sidewalls and extending substantially orthogonal to the strainer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065687

Body aperture plug and body conversion

A plug for a body aperture in a vehicle body includes a base, a locating surface and a lip portion of the base. The base is shaped and sized to completely overlap the aperture. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065665

Parking assistant for automatic forward or reverse parking

The disclosure relates to a method for automatic forward or reverse parking of a motor vehicle into a perpendicular or transverse parking space. After the driver has stopped the motor vehicle, ahead of the parking space in a position that appears suitable to him/her for a direct parking procedure, has exited the motor vehicle and has started the method via a remote control, according to the disclosure the vehicle is automatically allowed to drive a short distance straight ahead. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065625

Echelon parking

Upon determining that one of a driver condition and a subsystem fault preventing continued operation has occurred, certain actions are taken by an autonomously operating vehicle. An appropriate road-side location for parking is identified. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065624

Vehicle repositioning system

A vehicle system to reduce parking tickets is described. The vehicle system includes a communication interface that receives vehicle operator preferences regarding ticketing risk and parking preferences. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065601

Windshield defroster with secondary ducted outlet

A vehicle defroster includes an inlet for receiving an air flow, a wall dividing the air flow into a primary airflow and a secondary airflow, a primary duct guiding the primary airflow out a primary outlet onto a first portion of a windshield, and a secondary duct guiding the secondary airflow out a secondary outlet onto a second portion of the windshield. The defroster may include a primary chamber receiving the primary airflow and a secondary chamber receiving the secondary airflow. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065598

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

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

03/08/18 / #20180065590

Airbag with at least one extension

An airbag includes a first side panel, a second side panel, a middle panel, and at least one extension. In the inflated position, the first side panel and the second side panel are spaced from each other by the middle panel, the middle panel having a top and a bottom, and a centerline between the first and the second side panels. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065585

Airbag including hub and inflatable fins

An airbag includes a hub defining an inflation chamber and inflatable fins. The inflatable fins are connected to the hub and spaced from each other around a circumference of the hub. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065567

Device holder and seat with a built-in device holder

A device holder is provided for a motor vehicle seat. The device holder includes a housing, a support and a hook. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065560

Tailgate assembly with deployable cantilevered step

A tailgate assembly includes a tailgate and a step subassembly having a rail, a step carried on the rail and a pivot subassembly connecting the rail to the tailgate. That pivot subassembly includes two pivot pins. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065553

Stopped vehicle traffic resumption alert

Apparatus and methods are disclosed for a stopped vehicle traffic resumption alert. An example disclosed vehicle includes a collision detection unit and a traffic monitor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065546

Illumination apparatus for vehicle accessory

An illumination apparatus for a vehicle accessory is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a lighting device disposed proximate the vehicle accessory comprising a persistent luminescent portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065543

Motor vehicle jack positioning system and method

A motor vehicle jack positioning system includes a light source located adjacent a jack point for the motor vehicle and a controller configured to activate the light source in response to a data signal representative of a triggering event.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065541

Aerial light projection system for locating a motor vehicle

An aerial light projection system is provided for locating a motor vehicle. That system includes a light projector configured to project a light beam above the motor vehicle, a transmitting device for transmitting an operator identification signal specific to the motor vehicle, and a controller configured to activate the light projector when an operator of the motor vehicle is within a predetermined proximity of the motor vehicle as indicated by receipt of the operator identification signal specific to the motor vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065537

Directional approach lighting

A lighting system of a vehicle is provided herein. A projector is coupled to a side structure of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065532

Motor vehicle having a sloping footrest

A motor vehicle, such as a narrow motor vehicle, e.g., a left-hand drive motor vehicle, has a driver's seat and a driver's footwell, in which a footrest having a fixed tread surface is mounted. The transverse axis of the tread surface extends at an angle to a horizontal plane in which the front wheel axis of the motor vehicle is situated. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065531

Fasteners for a vehicle carpet

The present disclosure provides a fastener for a vehicle carpet. The fastener includes a receiving portion having a first open end and a second open end, a flange connected at the first open end of the receiving portion, and a plurality of engaging parts disposed on an inner wall of the receiving portion and spaced apart along a perimeter of the inner wall. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065529

Cross-tube attachment hook features for modular assembly and support

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat. An attachment bracket is coupled to an underside of the seat and includes forwardly-extending hook features. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065528

Manual lumbar pump assembly

A pump assembly for a vehicle seatback includes a plurality of air bladders defining a lumbar support and a pneumatic cylinder that has a sealed head slidably disposed within a cylindrical cavity coupled defining an outlet. A selection device operably engages the outlet with a select one of the plurality of air bladders for inflating the select one of the plurality of air bladders.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065522

Vehicle seat with stowable headrest

An apparatus is for providing seating in a vehicle passenger compartment. A vehicle seat includes a headrest for forming at least a portion of a seating surface of the vehicle seat in a stowed position and a panel for forming the portion of the seating surface in a deployed position of the headrest. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065520

Inertia latch for a vehicle armrest using a spring loaded cam

A vehicle seating assembly includes an armrest having a retention pin and operable about a first pivot. An inertial lock is operable about a second pivot to define an idle position defined by the inertial lock biased distal from the retention pin and a deployed position defined by an opposing directional force biasing the inertial lock into selective engagement with the retention pin and holding the armrest in a predetermined rotational position.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065518

Support assembly for a vehicle seat

A support assembly for a vehicle seat includes a base plate and a support plate. The support plate is rotatably coupled to the base plate at a peripheral edge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065515

Modular assembly cross-tube attachment tab designs and functions

A seating assembly includes a seat. A front assembly bracket is coupled to an underside of the seat. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065513

Mobile office seatback module

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat operably coupled with a seatback. The seatback includes an adjustable headrest. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065511

Release mechanism for a reclining vehicle seat

A release mechanism for a reclining vehicle seat assembly includes an activation mechanism, for example a lever or handle, and a transmission. The transmission is coupled to the activation mechanism via a wire for releasing a seat back of the vehicle seat assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065510

Tip and slide system for a vehicle seat

A vehicle seat includes a seatback pivot, a rear-access lever that rotates an overslide cam and a pawl of the seatback pivot. Operation of the rear-access lever with the seatback pivot in a first radial range defines selective rotation of the overslide cam by the pawl. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065508

Seat base for a seating assembly

A seat base for a seating assembly includes a thigh-extension plate and an extension track engaged with the thigh-extension plate. A thigh-extension slider engages with the extension track. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065489

Backup electrical supply for main capacitor discharge

A vehicle may include an electric drive system including switches having gates configured to control the switches. The vehicle may include a galvanic isolation coupling having a primary side electrically connected with an input power source and a secondary side electrically connected with a gate driver circuit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065480

Manual transmission driving assistant

A vehicle with a manual transmission includes vibration devices on the clutch pedal and the accelerator pedal. To assist the driver, a controller activates these vibration devices when the corresponding pedal should be further released. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065454

Pelvic load management using integrated collapsible features in door trim panel

A door assembly for a vehicle includes a door panel and a door trim panel comprising a shaped pelvic load path energy-absorbing feature disposed on a door panel-facing surface of the door trim panel. The shaped pelvic load path energy-absorbing feature is defined by a plurality of stepped surfaces, which in turn may define as various cross-sectional shapes for the shaped pelvic load path energy-absorbing feature.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/08/18 / #20180065295

Three dimensional continuous fabrications

An additive production assembly and method is provided by the present disclosure. The assembly includes a tank containing radiation-curable liquid and has at least one radiation-penetrable sidewall, a projector that projects at least one beam to the sidewall, and a transportation assembly to transport an object. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180063989

Vehicle power module assembly with cooling

A vehicle power system may include a power module assembly having a plurality of alternating heatsinks and phase legs arranged in a deck. Each of the phase legs includes a semiconductor switch in contact with a dielectric layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180063246

Method and apparatus for efficient data transfer protocol in a limited-bandwidth vehicle environment

A system includes a processor configured to receive a 29-bit request transmitted over a vehicle controller area network (can) bus. The processor is also configured to identify a vehicle electronic control unit (ecu) as a target recipient based on a target identifier included with the request. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180062996

Mobile device network address server update

A telematics control unit (tcu) receives a short message service (sms) message from a phone number of a mobile device and identifies an updated network address of the mobile device from the message. The tcu sends the updated network address of the mobile device to a packet data network (pdn) server configured to route data traffic between the network address of the mobile device and the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180062649

Capacitive input pad

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

03/01/18 / #20180062456

Coolant flow distribution using coating materials

A vehicle powertrain includes a stator defining a circular opening having an inner diameter, and a rotor to rotate within the circular opening such that a gap is formed between a rotor surface and the stator at the inner diameter. The powertrain further includes a repellant, coated on the stator and the rotor surface, to control fluid flow in the gap.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180062181

Fuel cell oxidation reduction reaction catalyst

A fuel cell oxidation reduction reaction catalyst comprising a carbon substrate, an amorphous metal oxide intermediate layer on the substrate, and an intertwined matrix of platinum and elemental niobium arranged to form a surface metal layer covering the intermediate layer such that upon oxidation, the niobium binds with oxygen resulting in strengthened bonds between the platinum and the intermediate layer.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180061238

Enhanced lane detection

A roadway lane of a host vehicle is determined based on a sound from an impact between a tire of the host vehicle and a set of protrusions in a roadway. A communication is received from a target vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180061148

Surrogate vehicle sensors

Upon detecting a failure in a sensor in a vehicle, a request for a surrogate sensor is sent. Communications are established with an unmanned aerial vehicle carrying the surrogate sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180060827

Methods and apparatus for automonous vehicle scheduling

Methods and apparatus for autonomous vehicle scheduling are disclosed herein. An example method includes receiving, at a first processor, a first request for a vehicle to travel to a location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180060813

Autonomous delivery vehicle system

An autonomous delivery vehicle system is provided. The system includes a security key transmitter configured to provide a security key to a secure facility server. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180060776

Optimizing selection of battery electric vehicles to perform delivery tasks

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for optimizing selection of battery electric vehicles to perform delivery tasks. Within a group of battery electric vehicles (“bevs”), a bev is selected to perform a delivery task based on battery charge status. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180060725

Physics modeling for radar and ultrasonic sensors

A machine learning module may generate a probability distribution from training data including labeled modeling data correlated with reflection data. Modeling data may include data from a lidar system, camera, and/or a gps for a target environment/object. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180059686

Collision-warning system

A controller includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions in a host vehicle. The processor is programmed to designate a target vehicle as a collision risk upon determining that an intersection angle between the host vehicle and the target vehicle is between preset lower and upper bounds and an absolute value of an azimuth angle rate of change of the host vehicle is below a preset threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180059679

Depth map estimation with stereo images

Vehicles can be equipped to operate in both autonomous and occupant piloted mode. While operating in either mode, an array of sensors can be used to pilot the vehicle including stereo cameras and 3d sensors. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180059663

Permissions for partially autonomous vehicle operation

A vehicle system includes an autonomous mode controller and a processor. The autonomous mode controller is programmed to control a host vehicle in a partially autonomous mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180059209

Method and apparatus for vehicle occupant location detection

A system includes a plurality of vehicle-deployed wireless transmitters and a processor. The processor is configured to receive, from a mobile device, signal strengths of signals from the wireless transmitters as detected by the mobile device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058996

Air quality monitoring system for a motor vechicle

An air quality monitoring system for a motor vehicle includes a plurality of air sampling points on the motor vehicle, a single air quality sensor and a conduit system connecting the plurality of air sampling points with the single air quality sensor.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058984

System, method and apparatus for making evident diesel exhaust fluid contamination

A system, method and apparatus for making evident, diesel exhaust fuel (def) contamination is provided. The system, for use with a diesel exhaust fluid system, includes a container having an opening to receive a diesel exhaust fluid. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058871

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

A method for providing path attributes to controllers in a vehicle includes managing a subscription list that indicates what type of messages or data to which each of a plurality of controllers of a vehicle are subscribed. The method includes determining a future driving path for the vehicle and determining forward path attributes for the future driving path based on a drive history. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058769

Systems and methods for thermal battery control

Methods and system for operating a thermal storage device of a vehicle system are provided. In one example, a method comprises determining a state of charge of the thermal battery based on an accurate estimation of a melting temperature of one or more phase change materials (pcms) at a specific aggregate pressure inside the thermal storage device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058635

Photoluminescent emission system

A vehicle emissions system is provided that includes a tail pipe configured to emit a first emission, a heat shield positioned proximate the tail pipe having a shield substrate. A semiconductor layer is positioned on the shield substrate and configured to convert the first emission into a second emission. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058605

Solenoid valve diverter sleeve

A solenoid valve includes a support bushing and an armature pin axially movable within the support bushing. The solenoid shield further includes a valve rigidly secured to the armature pin. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058579

Shift-by-wire module illumination strategy for vehicle

A vehicle includes a shift by wire (sbw) module that allows for electronic shifting between various gears, such as park, neutral, drive, etc. The sbw module includes one or more buttons that enable the shifting between the various gears. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058575

Shift-by-wire control of vehicle transmission

A vehicle includes a transmission and an associated shift by wire module that is configured to output requests to shift the transmission into various operating modes, such as park, neutral, reverse, etc. A sensor is configured to output noise, vibration, and harshness (nvh) signals during operating mode changes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058572

Multiplexed pressure sensor for vehicle transmission control

A multiplexed sensor for determining pressures of two different chambers of a clutches is provided, utilizing real-time pressure of a balance chamber of a clutch to control that clutch. The transmission includes a balance dam fixed with respect to a clutch housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058557

Hybrid transaxle

A power split hybrid transaxle includes an axis transfer chain and a final drive planetary gear set. The components are arranged such that the power split planetary gear set is opposite the final drive planetary gear set with both located at the front of the transmission. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058530

Cellular structures with sixteen-cornered cells

A cellular structure may include a plurality of cells each cell of the plurality of cells having a sixteen-cornered cross section. The sixteen-cornered cross section may include sixteen sides and sixteen corners. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058506

Mechanically coupled system with variable lever arm for torque coupling and decoupling between input and output

A selective torque transfer device is provided to transfer torque between one rotating component and a decoupled non-rotating component. The torque transfer device has an input shaft that extends along an axis and is connected to an input hub. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058484

W-shaped winged spring clip with at least one reinforcing gusset

A spring clip includes a body having (a) a base, (b) a support post carried on the base, (c) a first cantilever bar carried on the support post, (d) a second cantilever bar carried on the support post and (e) at least one gusset reinforcing the first and second cantilever bars.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058411

Rocker pinion starter

Methods and systems are provided for starting a vehicle engine. In one example, an engine starter system for starting the vehicle engine may comprise a ring gear coupled to an engine crankshaft, and a pinion gear coupled to a starter motor, the pinion gear having rotatable rocker elements for engaging the ring gear. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058405

Methods and systems for a fuel injector assembly

Methods and systems are provided for injecting fuel through three different rows of injector nozzles, where each row of the injector nozzle is arranged along a different vertical plane of the injector body. In one example, an injector needle housed movably inside the injector body may supply high-pressure fuel to each of the rows of injector nozzles sequentially to deliver up to five fuel injections in one actuation cycle of the fuel injector. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058402

Method and system for vacuum generation using a throttle

Methods and systems are provided for a throttle plate and a vacuum consumption device. In one example, a method may include providing vacuum to a vacuum consumption device with a venturi passage inside a throttle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058401

Intake manifold with impressions for improved nvh performance

The disclosed inventive concept provides an intake manifold for an internal combustion engine that demonstrates reduced nvh. The disclosed inventive concept provides an intake manifold having intersecting ribs that extend along both the plenum and the intake runners. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058398

Protective cap for a positive crankcase ventilation port and a method to manufacture

A positive crankcase ventilation system for an internal combustion engine routes blowby gases into the intake of the engine. Because the blowby gases have about 12% water vapor, during cold-weather operation, the water vapor may freeze in the pcv valve or in the port that couples the pcv duct with the intake manifold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058391

System and method for operating an engine

Methods and systems for operating an engine including an external exhaust gas recirculation (egr) system are presented. In one non-limiting example, output of a differential pressure sensor and output of an intake manifold pressure sensor are used as a basis for determining whether or not egr system degradation is present while an engine is operating at conditions other than engine idle conditions.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058388

Systems and methods for an exhaust gas recirculation mixer

Methods and systems are provided for a mixer. In one example, a system may include an egr mixing having a downstream surface with a plurality of venturi tubes extending therefrom.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058386

Systems and methods for on-board data processing

Methods and systems are provided for processing of an on-board diagnostic (obd) test dataset, and transferring parameters of a curve fit to the processed data to an off-board location. In one example, a method may include performing an evaporative emissions system diagnostic test, fitting a curve to at least a part of the data, transferring parameters of the curve fit, along with the start, and end data points to an off-board location for further processing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058384

Systems and methods for diagnosing components in a vehicle evaporative emissions system

Methods and systems are provided for conducting a canister purging operation and for rationalizing components of a vehicle evaporative emission system. In one example, after completion of a refueling event, a first fuel vapor canister purge operation is conducted to desorb hydrocarbon light ends from the fuel vapor canister, and subsequently the canister is heated to desorb hydrocarbon heavy ends from the canister, which are routed to a hydrocarbon sensor to rationalize the hydrocarbon sensor, before being purged to engine intake in a second purging operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058358

Method for determining and applying an engine misfire threshold

Systems and methods for operating an engine operated by a controller that has a capacity to determine whether or not misfire occurs in the engine are presented. In one example, an operating region of the engine is broken into a plurality of zones and a misfire threshold level is dynamically provided for each of the plurality of zones based on slowly updated zone-level statistical parameters and quickly updated buffer-level parameters. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058357

System and method for controlling fuel supplied to an engine

Systems and methods for determining fuel delay in a fuel injected engine with cylinders that may be deactivated are presented. In one example, the fuel injection delay is determined via a cylinder firing schedule array when the cylinder firing schedule array is available. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058353

Method and system for operating an engine stop-start system in a vehicle

A method to control engine stop-start in a vehicle is provided. The method includes a controller outputting an engine command to auto-start an engine based on detection of shifter position change to one of a first set of shifter positions and whether a first predetermined time threshold has expired following the shifter position change in response to presence of an engine auto-stop mode and one of a set of preselected drive modes. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058348

Fuel supply system, internal combustion engine system, and method for supplying an internal combustion engine with an lpg fuel

Methods and systems are provided for a fuel supply system for an internal combustion engine system, in particular of a motor vehicle, having at least one liquefied petroleum gas (lpg) tank for storing an lpg fuel and at least one direct injection unit, which has a direct injection fuel distributor and direct injection valves that can be supplied with fuel via said distributor. In order to improve supply of the internal combustion engine system with lpg fuel, the fuel supply system includes a booster pump inserted between the lpg tank and the direct injection fuel distributor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058347

System and method for operating deactivated cylinders

Systems and methods for operating an engine that includes cylinders that may be deactivated are presented. In one example, intake and exhaust valves of a cylinder may be operated according to valve operation for a conventional four stroke cycle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058346

Variable displacement engine control

Systems and methods for operating an engine in a variety of different cylinder operating modes are presented. In one example, an actual total number of available cylinder modes is increased in response to a vehicle's suspension setting and road roughness. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058341

Internal combustion engine with compressor, exhaust-gas recirculation arrangement and pivotable flap

Methods and system are provided for a flap valve having a sealing element. In one example, a system include a front side of the flap valve having a first sealing element and a back side of the flap valve having a second sealing element, where the first sealing element and the second sealing element are located along a circumferential edge of the flap valve and spaced away from its geometric center.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058340

Supercharged internal combustion engine with compressor, exhaust-gas recirculation arrangement and flap

Methods and systems are provided for an at least partially insulated throttle valve. In one example, a system may include a throttle valve having a first side configured to contact intake air flow and a second side configure to contact exhaust gas recirculate flow, where at least a portion of the second side comprises thermally insulating materials.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058299

Fluid flow adjustment door with pivotable inner door

Methods and systems are provided for a door of an exhaust system of an engine. In one example, a door of an exhaust system may include an outer door pivotable around a first location and an inner door pivotable around a second location, with the inner door positioned within the outer door, and with an amount of opening of an aperture of the outer door adjustable by a position of the inner door.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058298

Photoluminescent engine indicium

A vehicle engine is provided that includes an exhaust manifold configured to emit a first emission. A heat shield is positioned proximate the exhaust manifold and has a shield substrate defining an aperture. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058294

Exhaust gas mixer

Methods and systems are provided for an exhaust gas mixer. In one example, a system may include a mixer configured to alter exhaust gas flow.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058288

Method and system to improve cold-start catalyst light-off

Methods and systems are provided for expediting light-off of a catalyst during engine cold-start conditions by inhibiting rotation of the turbocharger shaft. In one example, a method may include inhibiting rotation of the turbocharger shaft during engine cold-start conditions until the catalyst is operating at a desired efficiency. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058287

Engine exhaust system control

Methods and systems are provided for expediting catalyst warm-up. In one example, a method may include flowing exhaust gas from an engine first through an emission control device and then through a turbine to rotate the turbine in a reverse direction, the rotation of the turbine in the reverse direction generating intake manifold vacuum for a vacuum consumer via a compressor coupled to the turbine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058280

Filter diagnostics and prognostics

Various systems and methods are provided for a lubricant filter. In one example, a method for a lubricant filter comprises indicating a condition of the filter based on a difference between a measured pressure differential and an expected pressure differential during select conditions in which all lubricant pumped by a pump upstream of the filter flows into the filter.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058277

Method and apparatus to regulate oil pressure via controllable piston cooling jets

A method of regulating oil pressure within an engine assembly is provided. The engine assembly includes an oil pump configured to provide oil to an oil system of the engine assembly; a piston cooling jet configured to direct a jet of oil from the oil system towards a piston of an engine; and an electronic control valve configured to control the flow of oil to the piston cooling jet. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180058128

Anti-pinch control system for powered vehicle doors

A vehicle includes a body and front and rear doors having front and rear powered latches, front and rear anti-pinch sensors, and front and rear electrically-powered door openers. The vehicle further includes a controller that is configured to receive an unlatch signal from unlatch sensors/switches and generate a signal to unlatch the front and rear powered latches and actuate the front and rear door openers after the front and rear powered latches are unlatched. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180057723

Blended refrigerant for use in stationary and/or mobile air conditioning systems containing r-134a, r-152a, r-744 and r-1234yf

A refrigerant composition of r-1234yf, r-134a, r-744 and r-152a is described, wherein r-152a and r-134a comprise 16% by weight or less of the overall composition. The refrigerant compositions may be utilized in heat transfer systems as an efficient and environmentally safe refrigerant.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180057075

Vehicle tailgate

A tailgate includes an internal panel, external panel, upper panel, lower panel, latching mechanism, and access panel. The internal and external panels are each secured to the upper and lower panels. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180057071

Grille self-centering guidance tabs

A self-locating fastener tab for connecting a first vehicle element to a second vehicle element includes a body comprising a head portion and a flexible neck portion. The flexible neck portion includes a first neck length, a second neck length, and an intervening flexible length having a greater degree of flexibility than either of the first neck length and the second neck length. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180057067

Vehicle body b-pillar assembly with cell member

A vehicle b-pillar assembly is provided. The vehicle b-pillar assembly includes a t-bracket, a b-pillar inner, a b-pillar reinforcement, a cell member, and a b-pillar outer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180057066

B-pillar assembly for vehicle body

A vehicle b-pillar assembly is provided. The vehicle b-pillar assembly includes a steel t-bracket and a b-pillar outer assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180057065

Active vehicle pillar arrangement for selective wind noise, wind throb, snow buildup and moisture control

An apparatus is for use with a pillar adjacent to a vehicle window, such as a windshield. The apparatus includes a molding for positioning adjacent to the pillar, the molding forming a channel in a deployed condition for receiving moisture from the vehicle windshield, or for reducing the effects of wind throb when a single vehicle window is open. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180057064

Structural reinforcement for vehicle body

A structural reinforcement member for a vehicle body includes a bracket sized for mounting to a roof rail, spanning along the roof rail from a first pillar past a second pillar, and including a first support member extending inboard at a first roof bow. The bracket and the first roof bow are arranged such that the first support member transfers a load applied to the vehicle body to the first roof bow. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180057063

Twenty-eight-cornered strengthening member for vehicles

A strengthening member for a motor vehicle and a vehicle including a strengthening member are provided. The strengthening member can have twenty-eight sides arranged to create twenty internal angles and eight external angles.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180057061

Rear drive unit detachment system and method

An rdu detachment system is provided and includes a front rdu mounting bracket, a rear rdu mounting bracket, a rear cross member including an inclined face oriented toward the rdu and at least one bushing connecting the rear rdu mounting bracket with the rear cross member. A method of detaching an rdu from a rear subframe of a motor vehicle in response to an impact force transmitted to the rdu through a driveline is also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180057060

Cellular structures with fourteen-cornered cells

A cellular structure may include a plurality of cells each cell of the plurality of cells having a fourteen-cornered cross section. The fourteen-cornered cross section may include fourteen sides and fourteen corners. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180057058

Twenty-eight-cornered strengthening member for vehicles

A strengthening member and a vehicle including a strengthening member are provided. The strengthening member can have a cross section including twenty-eight corners and twenty-eight sides creating twenty internal angles and eight external angles, and at least one recessed area extending along a length of the strengthening member.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180057048

Creep assist for steering management

Controlling a vehicle steering system includes determining a rack position of a rack needed to execute a maneuver. A minimum velocity allowing the desired steering angle to be reached is determined. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180057012

Speed-based window control

Apparatus and methods are disclosed for speed-based window control. An example disclosed vehicle includes a speed sensor and a body control module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056995

Autonomous vehicle using path prediction

A controller in a host vehicle includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions. The processor is programmed to calculate an error bound for confidence intervals of a predicted position at a future time of a target vehicle relative laterally to a current position and orientation of the host vehicle at a current time based on a current position and velocity of the target vehicle and the future time.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056990

System and method for autonomous valet parking using plenoptic cameras

Exemplary embodiments provide systems and methods for autonomously valet parking a vehicle based on images obtained from a plurality of plenoptic (light field) cameras. An example vehicle includes a plenoptic camera to obtain an image external to the vehicle and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056988

Vehicle remote starter safety system

Apparatus and methods are disclosed for a vehicle remote starter safety system. An example disclosed vehicle includes range detection sensors and an autonomy unit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056986

Determining available dynamic turning radius

A system includes a computing device that includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056979

Engine stop and start debounce timer for vehicles

A vehicle includes an engine and a controller. The controller starts the engine in response to a brake status before and during a change in vehicle operating mode achieving predetermined states, and expiration of a timer initiated upon completion of the change and having a duration based upon a learned mean mode-specific shift time window. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056974

System and method for controlling a hybrid vehicle in park or neutral

A hybrid vehicle control system and method include a controller programmed to, while a transmission is in park or neutral, start an engine, close a disconnect clutch selectively coupling the engine to an electric machine, and control the electric machine to charge a traction battery in response to the accelerator pedal position exceeding an idle position and being less than a threshold. The controller controls transmission impeller speed in response to accelerator pedal position exceeding the threshold to allow revving the engine in response to accelerator pedal. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056973

Automatic drive mode selection

A vehicle includes, an engine, an electric machine having an associated battery, and a controller. The controller is configured to disable the engine and operate the electric machine to propel the vehicle when a proximity of the vehicle to a destination is less than a drive range of the battery.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056921

Airbag including a secondary panel extending across a valley defining a secondary chamber

An airbag includes a panel, a secondary panel, and an opening. The panel defines an inflation chamber inflatable to an inflated position and includes a valley in the inflated position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056920

Multi-cushion airbag assemblies for reducing rotational velocity of an occupant's head

Airbag assemblies can reduce rotational velocity of an occupant's head during a collision event. Some airbag assemblies include a first airbag cushion that is disposed forward of an occupant and a second airbag cushion that is disposed generally lateral to the occupant. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056919

Vehicle side air curtain with tether including a hole

A side air curtain includes an inner panel and an outer panel defining an inflation chamber. The inflation chamber is inflatable from an uninflated position to an inflated position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056917

Airbag restraint system

A restraint system includes a curtain airbag having an outboard layer and an inboard layer, an extension layer fixed to the inboard layer, and an inflator. The outboard and inboard layers define a first inflation chamber therebetween. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056909

Fog lamp attachment bracket with integrated air curtain duct and fascia support

A bumper assembly for a vehicle includes a bumper fascia having inner and outer surfaces. A support member is welded to the inner surface and at least partially surrounding a fog-lamp aperture. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056906

Frontal shield system for enhanced vehicle compatibility performance

A front end structure is disclosed for a vehicle to enhance vehicle compatibility performance. The front end structure includes a bumper disposed behind a front fascia panel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056892

Vehicle trim panel retainer

A vehicle trim panel retainer is provided. A vehicle door inner includes a bracket for extending into the interior passage, the bracket including an opening. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056891

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

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

03/01/18 / #20180056890

Engine cover applique backing

An apparatus includes an engine assembly and an engine cover. The engine cover includes at least one through hole extending from a top surface to a bottom surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056887

Illuminated vehicle console

An illuminated center console has an outer bin, an inner bin positioned within the outer bin, a light source positioned within the outer bin and configured to emit light into the inner bin, a first and a second support member positioned above the inner and outer bins, and at least one wireless charger positioned proximate the inner bin.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056883

Ramp bracket

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

03/01/18 / #20180056882

Structural composite seat cushion frame and storage lid with lockable latch system

A seating assembly includes a seatback frame having first and second pivot apertures defined on an inside surface of first and second side members, respectively, of the seatback frame. A seat includes a cushion assembly supported on a polymeric seat storage lid having a rear vertical wall and a forward lateral body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056881

Cargo floor system including a retractable floor assembly

A cargo floor system includes a floor pan and a retractable floor assembly. The floor pan includes a recessed storage compartment and an access opening in communication with the recessed storage compartment. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056842

Tailgate assembly with integral ramp system

A tailgate assembly includes a tailgate body and a ramp. The tailgate body has an internal cavity and the ramp is displaceable between a stowed position in the internal cavity and a deployed position extending laterally from the tailgate body. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056834

Seating assembly with climate control features

A seating assembly includes a seat assembly having a seat carrier. A ventilation control bag is disposed on the seat carrier and includes independent forward thigh support regions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056827

Lay in place capillary control system for air suspended seating

A bladder unit includes upper and lower sheets defining opposed portions of a first bladder. The bladder unit further includes a first extruded element having upper and lower faces respectively coupled with the upper sheet and the lower sheet at a portion of a first boundary of the first bladder. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056826

Spreader plate load distribution

A seating assembly includes a seat having a seat frame. The seat generally defines a seating surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056818

Recline assembly used in a rear seat of a vehicle

A recline assembly used in a vehicle seat is provided. The recline mechanism comprises a recline mechanism and a guide bracket disposed on a vehicle body; a latch mechanism disposed on a seatback of the vehicle seat; and a striker coupled to the recline mechanism. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056795

Dual gate solid state devices to reduce switching loss

A vehicle includes an electric machine that provides propulsive force to the vehicle, and a power inverter that supplies power from a traction battery to the electric machine using a first and second switch configured as a half-bridge. The first switch has a first gate, a first gate lead coupled with the first gate and having a first inductance, and a second gate lead coupled with the first gate and having a second inductance greater than the first inductance.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056790

Regenerative braking power distribution

A vehicle system includes a voltage converter configured to electrically isolate and convert power transferred between high voltage (hv) and low voltage (lv) busses, and a controller configured to, responsive to regenerative power exceeding a charge power limit of a traction battery receiving charge via the hv bus, increase an output voltage of the converter to initiate transfer of some of the regenerative power to an auxiliary battery connected with the lv bus.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056766

Active vehicle pillar arrangement for selective wind noise, wind throb, snow buildup and moisture control

An apparatus is for use with a pillar adjacent to a vehicle window, such as a windshield. The apparatus includes a molding for positioning adjacent to the pillar, the molding forming a channel in a deployed condition for receiving moisture from the vehicle windshield, or for reducing the effects of wind throb when a single vehicle window is open. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056764

Moonroof ring

A moonroof ring assembly may include a first portion being formed from a first material, and a second portion being laser welded to the first portion and being formed from a second material, wherein the first material is of a higher strength than the second material.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056758

Vehicle duct with enhanced lighting or cleaning capabilities and related methods

An apparatus for directing lighting and airflow to a vehicle cabin is provided. The apparatus comprises a light for generating ultraviolet light. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056609

Method for producing a composite tube for a motor vehicle body and also composite tube and motor vehicle

The present disclosure provides a composite tube and a method for producing a composite tube for a vehicle body. The method includes the steps of: providing a metal tube; forming the tube into a prespecified shape; introducing a spray gun into the tube; and spraying on a fiber coating in at least one region of the inner side of the tube using the spray gun. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056597

Heat stakes

Apparatus configured to enable the staking of an interfacing part to a base is provided. The apparatus includes a retainer configured to convey a stake and the interfacing part to the base. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056282

Hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxides catalyst trap

A hydrocarbon and nox catalyst trap includes a three-way catalyst, and a zeolite layer adjacent to the three-way catalyst and including alumina and silica arranged to form a repeating skeletal frame that defines cavities including active metal active sites for hydrocarbon and nox trapping such that individual atoms of the active metal are bound to the frame within the cavities via oxygen atoms.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180054858

Thermally conductive skin

A thermally conductive skin includes a plurality of thermal electric devices disposed between, and in thermal contact with, an upper thermally conductive member and a lower thermally conductive member. The thickness of the thermally conductive skin is less than 25 mm. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180054690

Single channel sampling for multiple channel vehicle audio correction

Systems and methods are disclosed for single channel sampling for multiple channel vehicle audio correction. An example disclosed sound system for a vehicle includes a sensing circuit, a channel manager, and a plurality of channel correctors. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180054107

Electric machine end turn channels

An electric machine includes a stator with a core having an end face and a plurality of conductors forming windings that extend adjacent to the end face defining end turns having a toroidal outline. The end turns are formed to define at least one channel in the end turns that traverses the end turns for increasing a surface area for fluid contact and directing a flow of fluid along the toroidal surface.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180053965

Battery capacity degradation resolution methods and systems

A vehicle can include a traction battery and a controller in communication with the battery to determine the battery state using sensed battery electrode capacity to account for battery aging. The sensed battery electrode capacity can be dependent on active lithium ions at a positive electrode of the traction battery. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180053586

Magnetic phase coupling in composite permanent magnet

A composite permanent magnet comprises a first phase including a magnetically hard material and a second phase including a magnetic material. Each of the materials has an anisotropy value selected such that a ratio of the values falls within a predefined range and a resulting grain size of the magnetic material is greater than a predefined threshold defined by the predefined range.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180053414

Traffic alert methods in an intersection and vehicle multi-functional ambient light systems

A method to alert traffic light at an intersection in a vehicle is provided. The method comprises determining a driver intent related to a vehicle driving direction; determining a traffic light status corresponding to the driver intent; determining an alert position in the vehicle based on the driver intent; and illuminating the alert position with at least a first designated color based on the traffic light status.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180053360

Vehicle communication status indicator

Systems and methods are disclosed for a vehicle communication status indicator. An example disclosed vehicle includes a body control module and a keyless entry unit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180053151

Modular transportation system which can be integrated into a motor vehicle

A modular system for transporting objects in a motor vehicle, particularly for purchasing and transporting purchased goods, is disclosed. The system has at least one module which is suitable for receiving objects, can be removed from the system and can be replaced with another module, and can be connected to the system and therefore to the motor vehicle by a plug-and-play connection. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180053066

Method and apparatus for crowdsourced vehicle identification

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

02/22/18 / #20180052541

Ultrasonic haptic control system

An ultrasonic haptic control system for a motor vehicle is provided. The system includes a steering wheel assembly comprising a ring-shaped member configured to be held by an occupant of the vehicle, and rotated about a central axis in order to steer the vehicle; and a plurality of ultrasound emitters associated with the steering wheel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180052467

Managing vehicle refueling operations

A computer for a vehicle is programmed to receive fuel level data over a period of time during a refueling operation. Based on the fuel level data, the computer determines that fuel flow rate during one portion of the refueling operation is materially reduced relative to other portions of the refueling operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180052091

Method and system for exhaust particulate matter sensing

Methods and systems are provided for sensing particulate matter by a particulate matter (pm) sensor positioned upstream, or downstream, of a diesel particulate filter in an exhaust system. The pm sensor may include first and second conductive matrixes each having a three dimensional shape. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180051998

Route generation using road lane line quality

A method for routing a vehicle includes determining, based on roadway section information for two or more potential driving routes for a vehicle, a first route along which a driver assistance feature or an automated driving feature will not be available and a second route along which the driver assistance feature or the automated driving feature will be available. The method further includes providing navigation instructions for the second route to a driver or control system.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180051758

Clutch system for manual transmission vehicles

A vehicle includes an engine, a manual transmission, and a clutch that selectively couples the engine to the transmission. The clutch includes a disk biased to engage a flywheel of the engine, a first actuator that disengages the disk in response to depression of a clutch pedal, and a second actuator that disengages the disk in response to an electric signal from a vehicle controller.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180051756

Clutch system

A clutch includes a piston, backing plate, spring, and spring retainer. The piston and the backing plate define a balance chamber therebetween. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180051727

Tapered clips

A tapered clip comprises a base; and a clip body connected to the base and moveable relative to the base. The clip body includes a clipping member, and the clipping member includes a clip surface having a first clip edge and a second clip edge next to the first clip edge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180051658

Water-injection anti-freezing system

Methods and systems are provided for transferring heat from a coolant to a water injection system reservoir coupled to an engine of a vehicle. The water injection system reservoir may include a first reservoir fluidically coupled to a second reservoir, where the first reservoir is vertically higher than the second reservoir. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180051647

Methods and system for engine control

Systems and methods for determining air-fuel error in an engine fueled via direct and port fuel injection. Errors associated with individual fuel injection systems are distinguished from a common error based on trends in the error correction coefficients of the individual fuel injection systems. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180051646

Methods and system for engine control

Systems and methods for determining air-fuel error in an engine fueled via direct and port fuel injection. Errors associated with individual fuel injection systems are distinguished from a common error based on trends in the error correction coefficients of the individual fuel injection systems. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180051635

Methods and systems for clearing throttle obstruction

Methods and systems are provided for detecting throttle obstructions in a vehicle. In one example, after engine start up, throttle icing condition resulting from the throttle capturing ice fragments originally formed within a charge air cooler or an intake passage upstream of throttle, may be detected. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180051623

Intake port for generating high tumble and swirl

Methods and systems are provided for generating tumble in intake air by creating an asymmetrical annulus opening for flowing intake air into a combustion chamber of an engine cylinder. The asymmetrical annulus opening may be created by changing an angle of an intake valve disc of an intake valve. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180051598

Methods and system for adjusting camshafts

Systems and methods for correcting an engine intake camshaft position and an engine exhaust camshaft position for a variable valve timing engine are described. In one example, intake manifold pressure of an engine is sampled while a motor/generator rotates the engine at a predetermined speed without fuel being supplied to the engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180051498

Electronic control system and sensor for electrically powered vehicle door latches

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

02/22/18 / #20180051493

Keyless vehicle door latch system with powered backup unlock feature

A keyless door latch system for doors of motor vehicles includes a backup electrical power supply to unlock the door latch in the event the primary power supply fails, thereby eliminating the need for a lock cylinder. The latch system includes a user input device having first and second user input features. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050740

Device and method for subdividing vehicle cab and/or storage space into a number of sub-portions

A device for subdividing vehicle cabs and/or storage spaces into a number of sub-portions, comprising a number of deformable walls and a drive unit for moving the walls between an open position, in which the walls do not subdivide the cab and/or the storage space, and a closure position, in which the walls subdivide the cab and/or the storage space into the sub-portions. The walls become deformed during movement between the closure position and the open position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050733

Articulating motor vehicle floor assembly with lift assist

A motor vehicle floor assembly includes an articulating floor body having a first panel and a second panel supported by a linkage. The linkage includes a first link connected to the first panel, a second link connected to the second panel and a first pivot connecting the first link to the second link and defining an articulation joint for the articulating floor body.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050731

Reinforced textile wheel arch liners

Reinforced textile wheel arch liners including a reinforced textile wheel arch liner comprised of a base layer and a reinforcing layer. The base layer and reinforcing layers are comprised at least partially of a thermoformable textile material and disposed upon and bonded to at least part of the base layer. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050687

Speed controlling an electric machine of a hybrid electric vehicle

A hybrid powertrain includes an engine having a crankshaft, and an electric motor having a rotor selectively coupled to the crankshaft via a disconnect clutch. The powertrain further includes a transmission having a torque converter that has an impeller fixed to the rotor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050684

Electric machine torque control during transient phase of bypass clutch

A vehicle includes an engine having a crankshaft, a transmission, an electric machine, and at least one controller. The transmission includes a torque converter having a turbine fixed to a turbine shaft that is driveably connected to driven wheels of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050682

System and method for improving vehicle driveline operation

Methods and systems for operating a hybrid driveline that includes an engine and an electric machine are presented. In one non-limiting example, the engine and electric machine are operated according to a solution of a hamiltonian that includes a first co-state and a second co-state, an engine fuel flow parameter, a rate of change of battery state of charge parameter, and an emissions flow rate parameter.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050677

Method of controlling an aspirator valve

A method of controlling an aspirator valve of a vacuum assisted braking system that rapidly fully opens and closes the aspirator valve when an engine of a motor vehicle has been shut-down and the current conditions indicate that ice is likely to have formed in the aspirator valve. The rapid opening and closing of the aspirator valve breaks up any ice buildup thereby de-icing the aspirator valve and allowing normal aspirator valve operation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050675

Apparatus for reducing a speed of a motor vehicle

The disclosure relates to an apparatus configured to reduce a speed of a motor vehicle to a predetermined value at a predetermined position. The apparatus includes a position-capture device configured to establish the predetermined position by evaluating map data relating to a planned route of the motor vehicle, and a target-setting device for establishing the predetermined value at the predetermined position.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050668

Park lock system for a hybrid electric vehicle

Methods and systems are provided for a park lock system for an automatic transmission. In one example, a park lock system may include a slideable element coupled to a park rod, a lock slot formed by the slideable element, a cam coupled to an end of a shaft, the shaft positioned within a solenoid and moveable by energization of the solenoid, and a pivotable pawl adapted to couple with the lock slot. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050658

Load limiting seat belt buckle assemblies

A seat belt buckle assembly includes a buckle housing; a plate extending from the buckle housing and defining a slot; and a bracket including a rivet engaged in the slot. The plate and rivet are configured such that, in response to an impact force that exceeds a threshold acting to pull the buckle housing away from the bracket, the slot plastically deforms, permitting the buckle housing and plate to translate relative to the bracket.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050654

Airbag including a plurality of fingers extending from an impact surface

An airbag includes a panel and a plurality of fingers. The panel includes an impact surface and defines an inflation chamber inflatable to an inflated state. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050609

Speed controlling an electric machine of a hybrid electric vehicle

A hybrid powertrain includes an engine having a crankshaft, and an electric motor having a rotor selectively coupled to the crankshaft via a disconnect clutch and configured to operate in torque control and in speed control. The powertrain further includes a transmission having a torque converter with 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

02/22/18 / #20180050605

Operation of combined cooling circuit for power electronics and battery

A thermal management system for a vehicle includes a coolant loop routed through a traction battery, a battery chiller, a power electronics device, and a radiator. The system also includes a battery bypass valve in the coolant loop configured to, in a bypass position, bypass the traction battery and the battery chiller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050603

Electrified vehicle dc power conversion with distributed control

An electrified vehicle has a battery pack comprising series-connected battery units providing a main voltage. To supply a lower voltage bus equally from all battery units, a plurality of dc/dc converters are powered by respective units and have their outputs in parallel. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050597

Electrified vehicle power conversion for low voltage bus

An electrified vehicle high voltage battery pack has series-connected battery units or cells combining to provide the high voltage. To power a low voltage bus (e.g., for low voltage accessories or charging a low voltage battery) in a balanced manner, a plurality of dc/dc converters each has an input coupled to a respective battery unit and the converters have respective outputs coupled in parallel to the low voltage bus. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050591

Post-impact control system

A control system in a vehicle includes a sensor and a control module. The sensor is programmed to detect an impact to the vehicle while the vehicle is in a key-off state and output an impact signal in response to detecting the impact. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050587

Method for opening a refueling door of a vehicle and a refueling door assembly

The present disclosure provides a method for opening a refueling door of a vehicle. The method comprises adjusting a speed of opening the refueling door based on a fuel tank vapor pressure in response to a detected refueling request. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050586

Capless refueling mechanism

A capless refueling mechanism attached to a vehicle fuel tank is disclosed. In one example, the capless refueling mechanism includes a guide plate, main opening, misfueling inhibitor mechanism with a first and second pendulum arm mounted within the main opening, and a sealing door pivotably coupled to the refueling mechanism. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050582

Vehicle window weatherstripping having an inner belt with interlocking end details

A vehicle sealing assembly includes a vehicle frame defining a frame cavity. A vehicle door has a door trim panel and an inner frame panel that define a door cavity in communication with the frame cavity. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050579

Operating mechanism for rear hinged fully sealed independent side operating doors

A vehicle door includes a door panel slidably operable between a secured position within a door aperture and a staging position partially distal from the door aperture. A latch is engaged with a striker path during operation of the door panel between the secured and staging positions, and is selectively disengaged from the striker path to define open and closed positions of the door panel when the door panel is in the staging position.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050576

Method for controlling a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system of a vehicle

In a method for controlling a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system of a vehicle, a total air flow is generated by means of a fan. The total air flow is divided into partial air flows which are conducted via outlet openings into several selected zones of a vehicle cab of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/22/18 / #20180050449

Mobility system

The disclosure relates to a mobility system. The mobility system has at least one driven exoskeleton for a person. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180049301

Detecting outages in a led lamp assembly

Apparatus and systems are disclosed for detecting outages in an led lamp assembly. An example disclosed lamp assembly includes a plurality of led circuits serially connected together. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180048473

Software authentication before software update

A programming session may be initiated to a vehicle ecu by an update device. A software update for the ecu may be authenticated by the update device using an authentication key. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180048262

Systems and methods for passively cooling photovoltaic modules

An assembly includes a photovoltaic module including a solar cell and a cooling system including a heat pipe adapted to dissipate heat from the solar cell. A method includes dissipating heat from the solar cell using the heat pipe. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180048060

Antenna housing

An antenna housing assembly includes: a first housing enclosing an antenna assembly and a grounding plate; a second housing enclosing the first housing and a heating ring defining apertures and comprising resistive heating elements; a wiper blade driven by a motor and rotatable about the second housing to clear snow from an exterior of the second housing. The antenna assembly and the grounding plate are located vertically above a top-most surface of the heating ring.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180048038

Thermal exchange plate assembly for vehicle battery

A battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a plurality of battery cells and a thermal exchange plate assembly in contact with the plurality of battery cells. The thermal exchange plate assembly includes a wire mesh structure.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180047293

Platooning autonomous vehicle navigation sensory exchange

A vehicle system includes a communication interface programmed to communicate with a plurality of platooning vehicles, including a rear vehicle, and receive sensor signals transmitted from the rear vehicle. The vehicle system further includes a processor programmed to command the rear vehicle to turn around and programmed to output control signals to the plurality of platooning vehicles. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180047201

Emotive advisory system and method

Information about a device may be emotively conveyed to a user of the device. Input indicative of an operating state of the device may be received. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180046310

Vehicle with headlight control

A vehicle including: a headlight that produces a beam, a touchscreen, a camera, processor(s) configured to: (a) display images captured by the camera on the touchscreen; (b) recast the beam according to touch inputs on the images; (c) disable (b) when the vehicle exceeds a predetermined speed; (d) recast the beam by sweeping the beam from an original position to a final position.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180046186

Enhanced vehicle operation

A plurality of segments of a predetermined route are identified based on a plurality of transition points. A setting of at least one of a plurality of vehicle subsystems is adjusted according to an assigned operating mode when a vehicle enters one of the segments. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180046183

Lidar sensor frost detection

A vehicle system includes a processor programmed to receive sensor signals from a lidar sensor. The processor estimates frost accumulation on the lidar sensor from the sensor signals and compares the estimated frost accumulation to a predetermined threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180046182

Autonomous vehicle failure mode management

A first computer including a processor is programmed to receive an indication of a failure mode in a vehicle and wirelessly transmit the indication of the failure mode to a remote server. The computer is further programmed to receive a revised route to a destination based at least in part on the failure mode and operate the vehicle along the revised route.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180045533

Crowd-sourced electric vehicle charging station identification

A vehicle computer system includes a processor configured to receive a destination, to output a charging station location for display in response to an estimated soc being less than a threshold and the location being within a pre-defined distance from a vehicle, and to not automatically output the location otherwise such that as a difference between the soc and threshold increases, the pre-defined distance increases.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180045250

Driveshaft with vented cv joint

A driveshaft includes a shaft defining a passageway and a constant velocity joint defining an interior and having a cover defining a hole. A grommet is disposed in the hole and defines a fluid passage into the interior. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180045143

Methods and systems for evaporative emissions control

Methods and systems are provided for reducing evaporative emissions from a vehicle by performing a fine leak test at a vehicle assembly plant. Fuel tank pressure generated after a green tank fueling event is monitored as the vehicle moves along an assembly line. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180045128

Method and system for fuel vapor management

Methods and systems are provided for improving the efficiency of canister purge completion. Based on engine operating conditions, a canister is purged to a compressor inlet or a throttle outlet. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180044963

Vehicle with active door zone

A vehicle includes: a frame, a rotatable door; an inhibitor comprising: an arm extending through a selective gate including: upper and lower springs respectively biasing upper and lower rollers against the arm; upper and lower stoppers configured to, upon activation, compress the upper and lower rollers against the arm, thus stopping rotation of the door; sensors, processor(s) configured to: activate and deactivate the stoppers based on sensed events.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180044956

Vehicle having door rear edge opening mechanism

A vehicle is provided comprising a door having a front edge and a rear edge and an opening mechanism provided substantially at the rear edge of the door. The mechanism comprises two pivot locations configured such that the door opens through a combination of rotation at both pivot locations.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180044948

Device and method for locking a motor vehicle door closed in response to a side impact

A locking device is provided for a motor vehicle door. The locking device includes a body having a base, a stake, a lever, a gusset and a rotational axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180044947

Latch internal mechanism

A door for vehicles includes a mechanism that prevents unlatching of the door if the door handle is moved at a high rate of speed, but permits unlatching during normal (e.g. Manual) handle operation. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180044153

Vehicle storage area lift assembly

A lift assembly for a storage area includes a floor supported by a scissor mechanism, an actuator for raising the floor from a neutral position to an elevated position, a plurality of members attached to the floor, guide members within which the plurality of members move, and a detent movable between an extended position wherein a portion of the detent protrudes into the guide member and contacts one of the at least two members sufficient to resist movement of the at least two members and a retracted position wherein the at least two members freely move within the guide members. The floor is movable between a non-extended position and a fully extended position when the scissor mechanism and the floor are in the neutral position, the elevated position, or any position between the neutral and elevated positions, and may be removed from the assembly.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043941

Vehicle liftgate with dual stowable hoists

An apparatus for lifting an object for placement in a vehicle cargo area is provided. The apparatus comprises a liftgate for opening and closing relative to the vehicle cargo area including dual hoists for lifting an object in a balanced manner. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043933

Trailer wheel targetless trailer angle detection

A backup assist system for a vehicle and trailer combination includes a steering system, a camera generating an image of the trailer, and a controller. The controller receives the image and identifying a wheel therein, determines a value in a kinematic model of the vehicle and trailer combination using at least one of an aspect ratio or location of the wheel in the image, and uses the value in the kinematic model to control the steering system.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043891

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

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

02/15/18 / #20180043883

Controlling skidding vehicles

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for controlling skidding vehicles. In general, a vehicle adjusts its configuration to mitigate the skidding. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043878

System and method to control battery current during rolling stop-start events

A vehicle includes an engine and a controller configured to autostop and autostart the engine. Engine autostops are conditioned on a vehicle speed condition. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043867

Performance electric parking brake controllers

Performance electric parking brake controllers determine braking control signals for a performance electric parking brake system of a vehicle based on differing sets of operating conditions of the vehicle. A controller is configured to electromechanically actuate rear brake calipers of the vehicle in response to a first set of operating conditions of the vehicle, to hydraulically actuate front brake calipers and the rear brake calipers of the vehicle in response to a second set of operating conditions of the vehicle, and to hydraulically actuate only the rear brake calipers in response to a third set of operating conditions of the vehicle.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043850

Vehicle emergency broadcast

A communication system for a vehicle includes an accelerometer, and a controller electrically coupled to the accelerometer and configured to respond to a signal indicative of an accident of the vehicle. The controller's response to the signal includes activating an emergency mode, requesting biometric data of occupants of the vehicle, and transmitting data identifying the vehicle, a location of the vehicle and a time of activation, and biometric data.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043847

Pre-charging load using main contactor coil

A vehicle system includes a contactor including a coil and relay, a traction battery, a load, and a controller configured to transfer current from the traction battery through the coil to pre-charge the load without causing the relay to close such that a voltage drop across the relay falls below a threshold value, and subsequently cause the relay to close.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043846

Vehicle power plug converter

Apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed for a vehicle power plug converter. An example disclosed plug-in converter for a vehicle power socket includes a wireless node, a plug, a switch, an accessory power socket and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043842

Tri-fold tailgate work surface

A work table is provided for a pickup truck tailgate. The work table is received in a pocket defined in a rear portion of the truck bed and is deployed to overlie an inner surface of the tailgate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043836

Vehicle with integrated carrying rack

A rack for supporting an article on a rear hatch of a vehicle includes a bracket mounted to an inner panel of the rear hatch. The rack also includes a hinge having a fixed portion mounted to the bracket and a pivotable portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043831

Detachable workpiece support apparatus for a tailgate step

A workpiece support is provided for a pickup truck tailgate. The tailgate includes a retractable step including a pair of step support members. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043823

Vehicle light system

A vehicle light system is provided herein. The light system includes a trim member defining an aperture. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043822

Vehicle light system

A light system for a vehicle is provided herein. The light system includes a trim member defining an aperture. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043813

Pivotal loading apparatus for a tailgate

A tailgate assembly is provided for a pickup truck tailgate. The tailgate assembly includes a tailgate, a bracket, an l-shaped platform, and a retractable link. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043805

Ventilated seat cushion

A seat includes one or more cushions secured to a shell. The cushions include a 3d printed lattice of repeating cells. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043799

Seat back pivot assembly with self-locating feature

A seat back pivot assembly includes a floor mounting bracket and a seat bushing assembly. The floor mounting bracket includes a receiver having an entry end, a locating end and a neck between the entry end and the locating end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043783

Controlled pre-charge circuit arrangement

A vehicle system includes a relay and coil of a contactor. The relay is configured to transfer current between a traction battery and an electrical load when closed. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043772

Transaxle and power take-off unit

A transaxle is designed to accommodate a power take-off unit (ptu). The transaxle utilizes a chain to transmit power from the engine axis to the differential axis and utilizes planetary final drive gearing on the differential axis. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043767

Vehicle capless refueling system

A capless refueling port attached to a fuel tank of a vehicle is presented. In one example, the capless refueling port includes a main opening, an articulating unitary plug mounted within a nozzle chamber of the fuel port, and a drain tube. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043765

Motor vehicle having a frame-like assembly carrier as a component of a bodywork in the front end region

A motor vehicle having a frame-like assembly carrier as a component of a bodywork in the front end region of the motor vehicle which is driven by means of an internal combustion engine. The assembly carrier has an inner side and an outer side and includes a plurality of web-like carriers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043744

Anti-roll systems and related methods

Anti-roll systems and related methods are disclosed. An example anti-roll system includes a first stabilizer bar having a first end to operatively couple to a first wheel assembly of a vehicle and a second stabilizer bar having a first end to operatively couple to a second wheel assembly of the vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/15/18 / #20180043589

Tooling systems and methods to form decorative material on a work-piece

A tooling system to form decorative material on a work-piece comprises a first mold and a second mold to receive and work-piece and the decorative material, a support configured to detachably connect the work-piece. The first mold includes a first lower mold piece, and a first left upper mold piece and a first right upper mold piece, and the second mold includes a second lower mold piece, and a second left upper mold piece and a second right upper mold piece. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180041753

Holographic display system

A display system for a motor vehicle is provided. The display system comprises a holographic projector assembly and a steering wheel assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180041291

System and method for remote keyless system characterization

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

02/08/18 / #20180040930

Space efficient battery pack designs

A battery pack includes a first side oriented battery assembly, a second side oriented battery assembly, and a vent chamber arranged between the first side oriented battery assembly and the second side oriented battery assembly. The first and second side oriented battery assemblies are thus arranged to share a common vent chamber. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180040905

Textured fuel cell components for improved water management

A fuel-cell stack including treated bipolar plates is disclosed, as well as methods of treatment. The bipolar plates may include an active region wherein a fuel-cell reaction is configured to occur and an inactive region configured to supply, collect, and remove fluids from the active region. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180039917

Vehicle ride sharing system and method using smart modules

A vehicle sharing system includes a vehicle having interior transceiver modules associated with different passenger seating areas and a vehicle computing system (vcs) including a processor and a memory in communication with the modules and programmed to detect occupancy status of each seating area based on signals from the modules and to communicate the occupancy statuses to a remote server to facilitate scheduling of ride-sharing passengers for a specified seating area of the vehicle. The reserved seating location may be used to align the seating location/door with a passenger during pick-up, adjust vehicle accessory settings associated with the reserved seating location, and activate a visual indicator to direct the passenger to the assigned/reserved seating location.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180038633

Vehicle-based smart cooler

Example apparatus and methods are disclosed for a vehicle-based smart cooler. An example disclosed cooler includes an electric cooling unit, a plurality of sensors, a wireless node, and a cooling control unit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180038457

External spring to increase tension on belt tensioner for internal combustion engine

An easily attached and highly tunable spring arrangement for use with existing front end accessory drive automatic belt tensioners is provided. The spring arrangement of the disclosed inventive concept includes an external spring that can be attached to tensioners to provide a specifically desired amount of additional tension. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180038427

Depressible pins clutch pack assembly with separator spring

A clutch for an automatic transmission includes a tubular housing surrounding a clutch pack and having an end for engaging with a pressure plate. An annular separator spring on the end provides a biasing force against the pressure plate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180038421

Vehicle transmission and method of assembling vehicle transmission

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

02/08/18 / #20180038328

Internal combustion engine and method for operating an internal combustion engine

Examples are provided for switching an engine fuel supply. One example system includes a direct-injection engine including a cylinder, an lpg tank for storing a lpg fuel, a cng tank for storing a cng fuel, a gas switching valve, a high-pressure pump connected between the lpg tank and the gas switching valve, a pressure-limiting valve connected between the cng tank and the gas switching valve, a fuel distributor configured to be supplied with one or more of the lpg fuel and the cng fuel via the gas switching valve, an lpg injection valve coupled to the cylinder, a cng injection valve coupled to the cylinder, the lpg injection valve and the cng injection valve configured to be supplied with fuel via the fuel distributor; and a controller configured to control the gas switching valve depending on an aggregate state of the fuel disposed in the fuel distributor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180038325

Fuel pump housing with an integrated deflector

Some gasoline engines have a high-pressure fuel pump that is driven by a rotating component of the engine such as the camshaft or crankshaft. In the event of a crash, the fuel lines coupled to the engine should remain intact to avoid fuel spillage. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180038321

Compact ejector system for a boosted internal combustion engine

Vapors in the fuel tank of a vehicle are collected in a carbon canister. An ejector or aspirator is used to purge the carbon canister in a pressure-charged engine in which a positive pressure exists in the intake. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180038319

Methods and system for selecting a location for water injection in an engine

Methods and systems are provided for selecting a location for water injection during a water injection event based on engine operating conditions. In one example, a method may include selecting a location for water injection from each of an intake port of each cylinder, an intake manifold upstream of all engine cylinders, and directly into each cylinder based on engine operating conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180038300

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

02/08/18 / #20180038294

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

02/08/18 / #20180038291

Throttle valve assembly

A throttle valve assembly provided. The throttle valve assembly includes a wedge shaped valve member slidingly mounted within a throttle body defining offset inlet and outlet passages. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180038264

Method of forming an internal combustion engine with a fluid jacket

An engine has a cylinder block with a deck face and at least one cylinder liner with a cylinder axis. The block has a first fluid jacket about the liner, a second fluid jacket about the liner, and a third fluid jacket about the liner. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180038257

Method and system for an exhaust catalyst

Methods and systems are provided for operating an engine exhaust aftertreatment system to increase the efficiency of an exhaust underbody catalyst and reduce engine emissions. In one example, a bypass passage may be coupled to a main exhaust passage and during conditions which may adversely affect functionality of the underbody catalyst, exhaust may be opportunistically routed via the bypass passage avoiding the underbody catalyst. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180038147

Powered driven door presenter for vehicle doors

A vehicle includes a body and a door that is movably mounted to the body. The door has a powered latch and an electrically-powered actuator that extends and retracts a plunger from an inner side of the door. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180038146

Priority driven power side door open/close operations

A vehicle door system includes a frameless door glass system, a powered latch, electrically-powered door presenter, powered door opening mechanism, and a powered door protector including a protective member that is movably mounted to the door structure. A controller selectively actuates the frameless door glass system, powered latch, powered door presenter, powered door opening mechanism, and powered door protector according to predefined criteria to coordinate the powered door functions and provide seamless powered operation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037728

Recycled polypropylene compositions and vehicular components

An exterior trim component for a vehicle is provided that includes: 39% to 45% recycled polypropylene copolymer; 27% to 43% recycled polypropylene homopolymer; 0.5% to 2.5% coupling agent; 0.01% to 0.5% flow enhancing agent; 0.5% to 1.5% coconut shell powder; 5% to 10% synthetic filler; and 3% to 17% carbon fiber (by weight). Further, the component is characterized by a flexural modulus of at least 1750 mpa. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037496

Glass bubbles and low density sheet molding compound incorporating said glass bubbles

A glass bubble includes a hollow glass body having an outer surface with a diameter of between about 16 micrometers and about 25 micrometers and a surface roughness of about 0.01% to about 0.1% of that diameter. A low density sheet molding compound incorporating a plurality of glass bubbles and resin is also disclosed.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037288

Scooter

A scooter is provided. The scooter comprises a frame assembly including a main frame for a user, an extendable frame movably connected to the main frame and configured to be extendable away from the main frame at an interface at which the main frame and the extendable frame meet, and a wheel assembly connected to the frame assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037221

Methods and systems for automatically detecting and responding to dangerous road conditions

A method for automatically detecting and safely traversing an accumulation of ice on an impending bridge. The method automatically identifies, by the vehicle, impending approach of the vehicle to a bridge and senses an accumulation of ice on the bridge. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037219

Deceleration control for a hybrid vehicle during towing

A hybrid vehicle having an engine, an electric machine, and a step-ratio transmission includes a controller programmed to, in response to an accelerator lift-pedal event when operating in a towing mode, learn a vehicle speed, and apply a lift-pedal torque when vehicle speed exceeds the learned vehicle speed, and apply an adjusted lift-pedal torque based on a gear ratio after downshifting the transmission to maintain a constant output shaft torque otherwise.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037205

Vehicle regenerative air brake system

A vehicle includes a vehicle body and a regenerative air brake system disposed inside the vehicle body. The regenerative air brake system includes a conduit, a turbine positioned in the conduit, and an electrical generator operatively connected to the turbine and positioned remotely from the conduit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037190

Closed-form seatbelt retractor assembly

A closed-form seatbelt retractor assembly includes a package tray having sidewalls that define an interior cavity. An aperture is disposed through at least one of the sidewalls. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037189

Ergonomic safety belt latch plate

A latch plate for a vehicle safety belt includes a latch plate tongue element and a grip element. The grip element includes a gripping portion that is held on a plane that is offset from a plane defined by the latch plate tongue element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037187

Dual chamber airbag with asymmetrically tunable parameters and method of manufacturing the same

Embodiments include a vehicle airbag assembly comprising an airbag including a first chamber and a second chamber, a first internal vent permitting gas entry into the first chamber, and a second internal vent permitting gas entry into the second chamber, where the first chamber has a greater volume than the second chamber in an inflated state of the airbag, and the first internal vent is configured for a larger gas flow than the second internal vent. Embodiments also include a vehicle airbag assembly comprising an airbag including a first chamber and a second chamber and at least one internal tether coupled to the second chamber for restricting an inflated depth of the second chamber, where the first chamber has an unrestricted depth and a volume that is larger than a volume of the second chamber in an inflated state of the airbag.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037178

Vehicle electrical system to facilitate integration of third-party batteries

An electrical system for a motor vehicle is provided. The electrical system includes one or more vehicle batteries configured to provide electric power to one or more vehicle systems. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037169

Storage compartment and hanging storage module having illuminated tab

A vehicle storage compartment includes a support structure, power contacts, and a hanging storage module such as a file folder supported on the support structure and electrically coupled to the power contacts. The module includes a storage pocket, support arms supporting the pocket and configured to be supported on the support structure, and electrical conductors coupled to the contacts. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037168

Height adjustable load compartment floor system

A height adjustable floor system for a motor vehicle includes a load compartment floor having front and rear floor members that are pivotally connected together to permit relative rotation about a transverse axis. The load compartment cover can be positioned in upper and lower load carrying positions and be moved between these positions with the aid of a pair of first side supports each having a continuous groove defining a path to be followed by a pair of spaced apart guide members located on left and right sides of the front floor member near to a front end thereof. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037155

Mobile device tracking for control of vehicle subsystems

Apparatus and methods are disclosed for mobile device tracking for control of vehicle subsystems. An example disclosed vehicle includes light panels embedded in the vehicle, wireless nodes, and an auxiliary body control module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037154

Autonomous vehicle headlight deactivation

A vehicle system includes an autonomous driving sensor and a processor. The autonomous driving sensor is programmed to output an object detection signal representing an object near a host vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037149

Self-locking hinge assembly for vehicle swinging desk top

A vehicle seating assembly includes a vehicle desk operably coupled to a rear portion of a seatback. The vehicle desk is movable between at least a stowed position and a use position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037148

Inner carrier substrate trim cover attachment

A motor vehicle seating assembly for a motor vehicle has upwardly extending seat back assembly comprising a seat back frame, a decorative seat back rear panel module, and a seat back cushion and suspension module attached to the seat back frame. The seat back cushion and suspension module further comprises a one-piece composite inner carrier substrate having a pair of vertically extending side members, an upper transverse member, and a lower transverse member having an outer perimeter. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037146

Molded soft back panel

A motor vehicle seating assembly for a motor vehicle having a lower seat assembly and an upwardly extending seat back assembly is disclosed. The upwardly extending seat back assembly comprises a seat back frame and a head rest hood module attached to an upper portion of the seat back frame, the head rest hood module comprising a mount disposed proximate a lower rear edge of the head rest hood module. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037143

Inner carrier substrate mechanical lock with head restraint guide sleeves

A motor vehicle a motor vehicle seating assembly for a motor vehicle has a lower seat assembly and an upwardly extending seat back assembly. The upwardly extending seat back assembly comprises a head restraint having a head restraint pad and a head restraint mounting post depending therefrom, a seat back frame having a vertically oriented frame opening in an upper portion thereof, a seat back and suspension module having an upper portion and a vertically oriented module opening in the upper portion, the frame opening and the module opening being in vertical alignment one with the other, and a head restraint guide sleeve vertically received and retained within the frame opening and the module opening, wherein the head restraint mounting post is received and retained within the head restraint guide sleeve.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037133

Maintaining a vehicle battery

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

02/08/18 / #20180037127

System and method for selecting charging source for electrified vehicle

A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, charging a battery pack of an electrified vehicle using an amount of harvested energy from an energy harvesting device and an amount of energy from a grid. The amount of harvested energy is predicted based on at least a weather forecast.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037105

Reinforced fuel tank

A fuel tank is provided. The fuel tank includes a housing enclosing a fuel, the housing including a reinforcement region having two opposing interior surfaces in face sharing contact with one another and a mechanical fastener extending through the reinforcement region, the mechanical fastener including a first head positioned within an external depression of the reinforcement region.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037092

Air outlet assembly and a method to assemble the same

An air outlet assembly comprises an air housing for air flowing through; a retainer connected to the air housing; a plurality of vanes disposed on the retainer, spaced apart each other and rotatably connected to the retainer; and a sliding link. The sliding link is disposed on an inner surface of the air housing, adjacent to the retainer, coupled with each of the vanes and configured to be slidable on the inner surface so as to orient each of the vanes relative to the air housing.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180037075

Tow hook mounting structure for use with vehicle having curved frame

The disclosed inventive concept provides a robust tow hook mounting structure for use with vehicles having curved frames in which the tow hook remains fixed to the vehicle during a front end impact event. The structure includes weld nuts aligned in a vehicle longitudinal direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180036956

Manufacture of a compact ejector system for a boosted internal combustion engine

Vapors in the fuel tank of a vehicle are collected in a carbon canister. An ejector or aspirator is used to purge the carbon canister in a pressure-charged engine in which a positive pressure exists in the intake. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/08/18 / #20180036841

Polymeric preassembly device and assembly method

An assembly includes a first metallic component, a polymeric preassembly device affixed to the first metallic component, and a second metallic component received over the polymeric preassembly device to loosely connect the first metallic component and the second metallic component.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180034082

Fuel cell purge system and method

A method of operating a fuel cell stack including, prior to shut down, flowing dry purge gas from an inlet port to an outlet port of a fuel cell stack unit cell to purge water from the fuel cell stack and subsequently flowing dry purge gas from the outlet port to the inlet port to further purge water from the fuel cell stack.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180034034

Sensor fuse for an electric battery array

A vehicle power system may include a battery array having at least one battery with a bus bar connected to an electrical bus. The power system may also include a conductive lead of a sensor welded to the bus bar to form a joint defined by a plurality of stitches, a net cross-sectional area of the plurality being less than a cross-sectional area of the lead such that short-circuit current from the battery array melts the joint to protect the sensor.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180033429

Extendable vehicle system

A vehicle system includes a vehicle processor programmed to process a vehicle signal received from an in-vehicle sensor; and process an external signal received from an external sensor of a detectable external device. When connected to the external device, the processor performs a first function using the external signal, and when disconnected from the external device, the processor estimates the external signal to perform the first function and performs a second function.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180033309

Systems and methods of an overtaking lane control

An overtaking lane control system in a vehicle comprises a lane determination unit to recognize road configuration; an obstacle monitoring unit to detect approaching vehicles in adjacent lanes; and an overtaking lane control unit to issue a first alert to a driver to warn the driver to return to a normal lane when the overtaking lane control unit determines that the vehicle has travelled in an overtaking lane for a first predetermined time and it is safe to change to the normal lane.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180032902

Generating training data for a conversational query response system

Training tuples including text and a question and answer corresponding to the text are input to a machine learning algorithm, such as a deep neural network. A q&a model is obtained that outputs questions and answers given an input text. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180032822

Vehicle exterior monitoring

A vehicle assembly includes a side view mirror housing mountable to a vehicle exterior. A first lidar sensor is disposed in the side view mirror housing, has a first field of view, and is pointed in a first direction. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180032821

Vehicle boundary detection

A vehicle includes a camera and processor(s) configured to: record images via the camera; combine the recorded images; identify edges in the combined image by comparing each pixel of the combined image to a threshold; update dimensions of the vehicle based on the identified edges; execute an automatic parking routine based on the updated dimensions.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180031381

Systems and methods to manage filling an energy source in a shared vehicle

A system to manage filling an energy source in a shared vehicle by a plurality of users is disclosed. The system comprises a user identification device to identify a user when the vehicle is started; an energy source filling management device configured to determine energy consumption relative to an allowance allocated for an identified user; and an in-vehicle device to display information on the energy consumption relative to the allowance.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180031111

Bypass control for u-flow transmission oil coolers

A system for bypass control within a transmission oil cooler of u-flow design in a motor vehicle is disclosed. In particular, the system provides for a thermostat configured to selectively bypass transmission fluid directly from an inlet tank to an outlet tank of the transmission oil cooler in response to a temperature difference within the tanks relative a predefined threshold. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180031084

Transmission assembly

The output gear of a transmission is externally supported from an interior support by two ball bearings. The output gear is fixed to a shell. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180031043

Center bearing assembly with shear member

A center-bearing assembly includes an annular housing having a circumferential wall with a lip extending radially inward and includes a flange outboard of the circumferential wall. A roller bearing is sized to encircle a vehicle driveshaft and is disposed within the housing between the lip and the flange. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180030932

Evaporative emissions system check valve monitor for gtdi engines

Methods and systems are provided for conducting a dual test monitor for the presence or absence of undesired evaporative emissions in a vehicle fuel system and evaporative emissions control system. In one example, the dual test monitor includes conducting an evaporative emissions test diagnostic procedure during both boosted and non-boosted conditions during a single drive cycle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180030920

Hybrid composite cylinder head

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

02/01/18 / #20180030908

Methods and system for operating an engine

Systems and methods for increasing engine vacuum production and catalyst heating of a hybrid powertrain are described. In one example, a motor/generator rotates an engine at idle speed while the engine combusts air and fuel without providing torque sufficient to rotate the engine so that spark timing may be advanced or retarded from minimum spark timing for best torque to heat a catalyst and generate vacuum for vacuum consumers.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180030865

Method and assembly for heating an engine fluid

An exemplary fluid heating method includes, among other things, operating an engine of a vehicle to heat an engine fluid during a drive cycle if the vehicle is in a fluid maintenance mode, and heating the fluid prior to the drive cycle if the vehicle is in the fluid maintenance mode and the vehicle is electrically coupled to a grid power source. An exemplary fluid heating assembly includes, among other things, an engine of an electrified vehicle, and a fluid heater that is activated to heat a fluid of the engine in response to the electrified vehicle being in a fluid maintenance mode when electrically coupled to a grid power source.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180030764

Motor vehicle and a door hinge mechanism therefor

A motor vehicle is disclosed having a door that is attached to the motor vehicle by a hinge mechanism providing both full swing opening of the door and full scissor opening of the door. The motor vehicle includes an apparatus to assist with the selection of a preferred mode of door opening based upon an assessment of the surroundings in which the motor vehicle 1 rests. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029637

Enhanced steering operation

An operation mode of a first actuator engaged with a steering rack is determined. An operation mode of a second actuator engaged with a steering column is determined. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029607

Vehicle user-communication system and method

A controller includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions. The processor is programmed to control steering and at least one of propulsion and braking of a vehicle while following a route segment and, during the route segment, to activate a user interface at a frequency based on at least one of an elapsed duration of the route segment, an age of a user, a time of day, and a route-segment topology.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029598

Methods and system for operating a vehicle

Systems and methods for reducing perception of transitions from shifting a transmission from neutral to drive are described. In one example, the transmission is shifted from neutral to drive in response to brake pedal motion before the brake pedal is fully released so that timing of pressurizing clutches and engaging a forward gear is advanced to occur while the brake pedal is still applied.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029592

Enhanced collision avoidance

A driver input representing a steering maneuver associated with non-autonomous operation of a host vehicle is detected. A first target vehicle in an adjacent lane relative to the host vehicle is identified. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029591

Vehicle remote park assist with occupant detection

Systems and methods are disclosed for vehicle remote park assist with occupant detection. An example disclosed vehicle includes range detection sensors and a remote parking unit. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029588

Battery system

A hybrid vehicle battery system that comprises a plurality of cells that are electrically coupled to an electric motor of the vehicle is provided, the electric motor being mechanically coupled to a drive system of the vehicle. The battery system is configured to: determine a voltage requirement of the battery system at least partially based on a current operating mode or an anticipated operating mode; and adjust the configuration of the cells in order to increase or decrease the voltage of the battery system according to the requirement. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029587

Torque modification during an upshift in a hybrid vehicle

A control system is provided to account for differences in engine response times and motor response times during an upshift in a transmission. A vehicle includes a driveline that has an engine, a traction motor, and a transmission selectively connected in series. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029577

Methods for transitioning into reduced braking performance modes upon failure of a primary braking system

Methods for transitioning a braking system between primary and fallback modes are provided. A method in accordance with the present disclosure may include identifying a failure in the functionality of the primary braking system, and, upon identifying the failure, mitigating an abrupt increase in a pedal travel distance required to brake or otherwise decelerate the vehicle so as to provide smooth transition from a primary braking mode to a fallback braking mode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029559

System and method for on-demand passive entry disable

Various embodiment of the present disclosure provide a system and method for disabling a passive entry passive start system (peps) of a vehicle. In one embodiment, the system and method of the present disclosure enable a user of the vehicle to disable the standard peps operations so that the vehicle control module will not unlock the vehicle or automatically start the vehicle as it would under standard operation.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029546

On-board vehicle electrical system having a converter and high-load consumer

An on-board electrical system for motor vehicles has a battery, a generator and at least one normal consumer that is connected to the battery in a switchable manner. A dc voltage/dc voltage converter is connected on its primary side to the battery and on its secondary side to a high-load resistor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029545

On-board electrical system for motor vehicles comprising a converter and a high-load consumer

Methods and systems are provided for an on-board electrical system for a motor vehicle that includes one or more power sources and an electrical subsystem with a switch that can be actuated to selectively bypass a dc/dc converter and a storage device, responsive to electrical parameters such as the power demand of high-power consumers. In one example, when high-power consumers have low and constant power requirements, the switch may be positioned to bridge the dc/dc converter and storage device. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029544

Roof support structure for solar panel module

A support structure for a vehicle roof panel includes a solar panel module. The solar panel module is disposed within an opening defined by an outer periphery of a support structure. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029537

Integrated electronic device holder for cup holder

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

02/01/18 / #20180029536

Motor vehicle drawer assembly

A motor vehicle drawer assembly is disclosed having a slideable drawer and a moveable plate housed in a casing. The drawer and the plate both have overlying compressible members used to restrain from movement an item placed in the drawer when the drawer is in a closed position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029530

Vehicle components utilizing detectable layers

A vehicle is provided that includes an external body panel that includes a license plate positioned on the external body panel. A lighting assembly is disposed on the vehicle and a detectable layer is disposed on at least one of the license plate and the lighting assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029524

Headlamp fastening system for motor vehicles and method

A headlamp fastening system for a vehicle is provided herein. The headlamp fastening system includes a support structure, a headlamp structure, and an alignment element. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029515

Tailgate with integrated ramps

A tailgate assembly for a vehicle includes a pair of hingedly connected panels and at least one extendable ramp member held within a one of the pair of hingedly connected panels. The hingedly connected panels are configured to pivot between a substantially parallel stowed configuration defining a tailgate structure and an opened deployed orientation for use as a portion of a ramp.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029514

Adjustable cup holder base height

A vehicle cup holder assembly having a cup holder defining an interior volume and a cup holder base having a depth relative to a top surface of the cup holder. A spring may be positioned between a bottom edge of the cup holder base and a console bottom surface. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029474

Redundant power supply

A vehicle system includes multiple dc-dc converter circuits, vehicle batteries, and vehicle power distribution buses. Each vehicle battery is electrically connected in parallel to each of the dc-dc converter circuits. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029444

System and method for control of electric vehicle heater

A method for heating a vehicle is disclosed. The method comprises heating coolant with an electric heater and selectively heating the coolant with an engine. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029443

System for multi-zone vehicle heating

A vehicle heating system is disclosed. The system comprises an engine configured to heat a coolant and an electric heater configured to heat the coolant. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

02/01/18 / #20180029431

Personal transportation devices having a driving configuration and a flying configuration

A personal transportation device comprises a frame, a wheel pivotably connected to a frame and switchable between a driving configuration and a flying configuration, a motor to rotate the wheel; and an automatic cruise module. The automatic cruise module is configured to control the wheel and guide the personal transportation device to fly from a first location to a second location according to a designated route as an unmanned aircraft.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180027689

System for moving and/or rotating monitor

A vehicle display system presents a display device in a motor vehicle provided with multiple seating positions and an interior headliner. The vehicle display system comprises a display device, a display device mounting bracket attached to the display device, the mounting bracket having a pair of pivots, each of the pivots being orthogonal to the other, and a plurality of mounting positions provided on the motor vehicle interior headliner. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180027600

Private vehicle-to-vehicle communication

Systems and methods are disclosed for private vehicle-to-vehicle communication. An example disclosed vehicle communication system includes sensors to monitor a target vehicle, and a controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180027476

Method and apparatus for varied-host shared vehicular remote connectivity

A system includes a processor configured to wirelessly broadcast connection credentials including host identification, responsive to a group-creation instruction. The processor is also configured to receive a request from a joining vehicle to join a group. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180027189

Systems, methods, and devices for rendering in-vehicle media content based on vehicle sensor data

A system for providing media content in a vehicle includes a content component, a noise component, and a closed captioning component. The content component is configured to receive content from a content provider, wherein the content is configured for rendering by the media system of a vehicle. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180026321

Battery thermal interface material installation assembly and method

An exemplary thermal interface material installation method includes, among other things, moving a material through a conduit to a cavity within a battery array. The conduit is at least partially provided by a thermal exchange plate of the battery array. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180026320

Battery cell assembly support structure

An exemplary battery cell support structure includes a thermal exchange plate, and a plurality of support fins providing a cavity to receive a battery cell assembly. The plurality of support fins extend directly from the thermal exchange plate. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180026319

Battery thermal management system for electrified vehicle

A battery system includes a first battery module, a second battery module, a supply line, a return line, and a film heater. The supply and return lines are configured to circulate a heat transfer medium in response to a first temperature condition, and the film heat is configured to heat the first battery module and the second battery module in response to a second temperature condition.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180026281

Knock-out valve with an extension tube for fuel cell purging

A knock-out assembly for a fuel cell purge line includes a separator, a valve and a tube. The separator has a drain fluidly coupled to a body attached to an anode. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180026279

Toroidal scavenged reservoir for fuel cell purge line system

A fuel cell system includes a fuel cell stack, a separator and a scavenging reservoir. The separator is downstream of and in fluid communication with the fuel cell stack. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180026250

Flexible multi-layered bus bar

An exemplary bus bar assembly includes a first layer and a second layer directly adjacent the first layer. The first layer and the second layer each have a section made of a first material and extending from a first end portion to an opposing, second end portion. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180025647

Flow corridor detection and display system

A flow corridor detection system for use on a vehicle is provided. The system includes one or more sensors configured to measure available space in front of the vehicle; a data module include vehicle trajectory data that predicts trajectories of other vehicles, a memory defining vehicle dimension data, a dynamic memory having driver behavior and skill data, a processor configured to combine sensor measurements with data from the data module, memory and dynamic memory in order to detect a corridor through which the vehicle can proceed, and to quantify the risk level associated with the corridor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180025640

Using virtual data to test and train parking space detection systems

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for using virtual data to test and train parking space detection systems. Aspects of the invention integrate a virtual driving environment with sensor models (e.g., of a radar system) to provide virtual radar data in relatively large quantities in a relatively short amount of time. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180025553

Stealth mode for vehicles

A vehicle stores privacy settings that specify a plurality of data privacy protections to apply to vehicle communications over a network when the vehicle is in a stealth mode but not when the vehicle is in a normal mode. A telematics control unit of the vehicle indicates transition from the normal mode to the stealth mode responsive to connection of the vehicle to the network via an unknown service provider or responsive to vehicle entry to a predefined geofence area. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180025234

Rear camera lane detection

A method for determining lane information includes receiving perception data from at least two sensors, the at least two sensors including a rear facing camera of a vehicle. The method includes determining, based on the perception data, a number of lanes on a roadway within a field of view captured by the perception data using a neural network. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180024826

Vehicle region-specific software updates distribution

A server receives, from a vehicle, a message indicating a geographic region in which the vehicle is located responsive to vehicle presence in the region for a predefined period, responsive to the message, updates a data store to associate the vehicle with the region, and responsive to a vehicle request for software updates, indicates software updates provided by a regional software delivery network of the region based on the association. In response to determining, based on location information received from a positioning system, that the vehicle is located in a geographic region for a predefined plurality of region checks, a vehicle controller sends an indication of the region to a server. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180024560

Distinguishing lane markings for a vehicle to follow

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for distinguishing roadway surface lane markings for a vehicle to follow. Automated driving or driving assist vehicles utilize sensors to help the vehicle navigate on roadways or in parking areas. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180024552

Autonomous vehicle workload allocation

A vehicle system includes a first vehicle component at least partially controlling a vehicle action and a second vehicle component at least partially controlling the vehicle action. A coordination controller is programmed to coordinate control of the vehicle action. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023972

Method and apparatus for upcoming turn identification and assistance

A system includes a processor configured to determine a navigation instruction execution location within a predefined distance from a vehicle location. The processor is also configured to communicate with a wireless transceiver to receive information identifying an intervening turn-option location, between the execution location and vehicle location. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023745

Clip having positive installation indicator for securing fuel line to foam part

A single piece, installation indicating clip to secure a foam part to a substrate is provided. The clip includes a pair of spaced apart and opposed curvilinear retention clip arms, a planar foam part retaining member, a bridge having first and second ends, and an installation indicator. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023679

Two-piece molded pulley having radial bearing distortion-reducing characteristics

A two piece pulley is provided in which the pulley main housing and the outer pulley shell are molded without the bearing in place, thus eliminating an over-molding process. The pulley main housing is molded with a bear slip fit pocket. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023673

Continuously variable transmission

A variator suitable for an automotive continuously variable transmission utilizes a roller frictionally engaging two rotating plates. The plates are connected to an input such that they rotate at the same speed but in opposite directions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023658

Systems for a crankshaft damper cover

Systems are provided for a damper cover for an engine crankshaft damper. In one example, a damper cover may include a frame and an inset, with extensions of the frame adapted to couple to slots of an engine crankshaft damper, and with portions of the inset positioned between each extension and each corresponding slot. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023656

Device for compensating free inertia forces of a reciprocating piston internal combustion engine

Systems and methods for reducing inertial forces of a reciprocating piston internal combustion engine are described. The systems and methods may provide for counterweights in a form of pistons in cylinders that are moved via electromagnets. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023650

Pawl return spring with inactive coils

A pawl return spring includes a surface contacting portion adapted to contact a transmission housing. The surface contacting portion includes a first connection region and a second connection region opposite the first connection region. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023636

Vibration damper for a hydraulic clutch actuator

The present disclosure relates to a vibration damper for a hydraulic clutch actuator. The vibration damper comprises a rigid housing comprising a chamber, and an inlet port and an outlet port forming a channel, the channel being in fluid communication with said chamber, and a propeller comprising a plurality of at least two blades, the propeller being rotatably mounted in said chamber, and a spiral torsion spring connected to said propeller in such a way that rotation of the propeller causes winding or unwinding of the spring.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023531

Spark plug fouling detection for ignition system

Methods and systems are provided for determining a type of spark plug fouling. In one example, a method may include differentiating spark plug fouling due to soot accumulation from spark plug fouling due to fuel additive accumulation based on a current on a control wire of the spark plug following application of a dwell command. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023523

Secondary system and method for controlling an engine

Systems and methods for evaluating whether or not degradation of an engine air intake air filter is present based on a pressure drop across the air filter are presented. In one example, a mean and standard deviation of a pressure drop across an air filter are a basis for indicating whether or not the air filter is degraded. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023522

System and methods for extracting water from exhaust gases for water injection

Methods and systems are provided for flowing exhaust through a second cooler, arranged downstream of a first cooler and upstream of an intake in an exhaust gas recirculation passage, and extracting condensate for water injection from condensate in cooled exhaust gas exiting the second cooler. In one example, a method may include adjusting the amount of exhaust gas flowing through the second cooler based on an amount of water stored at a water storage tank of a water injection system and engine operating conditions. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023507

Forming assembly and method to provide a component with a passageway

An exemplary forming assembly includes a mold having a cavity to form a component, and an insert having first, second, and third regions. The first region provides a first passageway opening in the component. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023500

Methods and systems for dual fuel injection

Methods and a system are provided for controlling fuel injection in a vehicle engine. The system specifically relates to an engine fueled with both port and direct fuel injectors. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023497

Method and system for 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 desorbed hydrocarbons from the fuel vapor canister to an engine via the sensor during purging of the fuel vapor canister.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023495

Refueling controller

A controller includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions. The processor is programmed to receive a signal indicating engine knocking, adjust an octane requirement in response to the signal, and request a fuel for refueling meeting the octane requirement. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023493

Method and system for operating an engine start-stop system in a vehicle

A method to control engine start-stop in a vehicle is provided. The method includes outputting via a controller an engine command to auto-start the engine based on detection of a predetermined vehicle condition affecting fuel economy of the vehicle, detection of a shift from neutral to another gear position, and whether a predetermined time threshold has expired following the shift in response to detection of a presence of an engine auto-stop mode and a neutral gear position. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023461

Internal combustion engine with exhaust-gas turbocharging arrangement

Systems and methods for operating an engine that includes a cavity in an exhaust manifold of a turbocharged engine are described. The systems and methods may improve engine efficiency and provide a way of controlling temperatures of engine exhaust components. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023450

Method and system for exhaust aftertreatment

Methods and systems are provided for reducing engine emissions using a branched exhaust system. In one example, a branched exhaust system may include a plurality of sub-branches each housing a distinct exhaust component, and an order of exhaust flow through each of the exhaust components may be adjusted based on engine operating conditions and temperature demand of the distinct components.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023448

Method and system for exhaust particulate matter sensing

Methods and systems are provided for a particulate matter (pm) sensor assembly positioned downstream of a diesel particulate filter in an exhaust system. In one example, a pm sensor assembly may include a bent tube having a first, upstream end coupled to an exhaust passage, and a second outwardly flared end at a downstream end of the assembly. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023447

Urea mixer

Methods and systems are provided for a urea mixer. In one example, a urea mixer may include a tube for mixing exhaust gas with urea outside of a main exhaust passage.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180023431

Methods and systems for increasing particulate matter deposition in an exhaust particulate matter sensor

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

01/25/18 / #20180023173

Water-based lubrication for hot forming

A manufacturing control system is arranged to cause an aluminum alloy blank to be heated to at least its solvus temperature, to cause a die set to be sprayed with a lubricant formulation that includes water, lubricant, and a surfactant, to cause the blank to be positioned in the die set while heated such that the blank does not touch the die set, and to cause the die set to close on the blank to form the blank into a part while quenching the part.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022394

Composite structures and vehicle body components

A composite structure includes a metallic plate and a cured-plastic sheet. The metallic plate has and an external boundary and a centrally located offset protruding towards a first side. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022356

Vehicle interior and exterior monitoring

A lidar sensor is mountable to a vehicle exterior with a field of view including a vehicle interior view first portion and a vehicle exterior view first portion. Data can be received from the lidar sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022353

Methods and system for starting an engine

Systems and methods for starting an engine of a hybrid powertrain or driveline that includes an engine and a driveline disconnect clutch are described. In one example, a motor/generator rotates one side of an open driveline disconnect clutch that is coupled to a transmission, and then closes the open driveline disconnect clutch in response to motor/generator acceleration being less than a threshold.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022352

Method and system for controlling water injection

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

01/25/18 / #20180022347

Rear camera stub detection

A method for detecting stubs or intersecting roadways includes receiving perception data from at least two sensors. The at least two sensors include a rear facing camera of a vehicle and another sensor. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022344

Vehicle pivot technique

A vehicle includes: motor(s), steering, processor(s) configured to: (a) receive a current heading; (b) receive a desired heading; (c) calculate a first steering angle (fsa) based on (a) and (b); (d) move the vehicle, via the motor(s) and steering: (i) in a first direction based on the fsa; (ii) in a second, opposing direction, based on an opposite of the fsa.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022339

Method and system for controlling water injection

Methods and systems are provided for synergizing the benefits of engine water injection in a hybrid vehicle system. During engine operation, in response to a change in driver demand, the controller may opt to switch between water injection states while using stored power assist. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022312

Four and six-point seat belt systems

A seat belt assembly includes a first lap belt portion having an anchored end and a first plate, and a second lap belt portion having an anchored end and a second plate. A first shoulder belt having a retractor end and a buckle end extends through a first slot in the first plate between the retractor end and the buckle end. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022298

Acoustical absorber having a body and at least one serrated washer

An acoustical absorber, which may take the form of a shock tower insulator, includes a body made from a sound insulating material and one or more serrated washers fixed to the body. The washers function to retain the body to mounting studs without the need for using a separate fastener.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022290

Systems, methods, and devices for rendering in-vehicle media content based on vehicle sensor data

A system for providing media content in a vehicle includes a vehicle information component, a scene status component, and a content component. The vehicle information component is configured to generate vehicle information about an environment or status of the vehicle based on sensor data from the one or more vehicle sensors. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022283

Under-seat vehicle compartment having a clamp assembly for engaging a tube support and for absorbing tolerances and movement related noise

A storage container for a vehicular seat includes a cushion pan for supporting a cushion. A lateral support bar extends between opposing side members and is positioned below the cushion pan. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022282

Latching mechanism for automotive under seat drawer

An apparatus for selectively latching a drawer for storing objects and movable in a travel direction from beneath an automotive seat. The apparatus comprises one or more latches movable transverse to the travel direction from a latched position retaining the drawer closed and an unlatched position, the latch including a follower. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022280

Removable article carrier for a vehicle

An apparatus for receiving articles in a vehicle cargo area is provided. A collapsible carrier includes at least one locator projection, and a support for supporting the carrier includes a receiver for receiving the locator projection of the carrier to restrict movement of the carrier laterally while allowing the carrier to be separated from the support for removal from the vehicle cargo area. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022256

Articulating locking mechanism for a seatback

An articulating locking mechanism includes a support bracket with an upwardly opening receiving slot having an open top portion and closed bottom portion. A spring member is coupled to the support bracket at a mounting portion and includes a ramp portion disposed adjacent to the receiving slot. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022247

Vertically deployable actuating vehicle armrest

A vehicle armrest includes a top member having a cushion and defining an upper surface. A bottom member is rotationally coupled to a bottom portion of the top member. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022240

Single spring for manual recline

A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat having first and second retainers. A seatback includes a lower cross-member extending between the first and second retainers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022229

System and method for heating electrified vehicle battery packs

A method includes controlling an electrified vehicle by modifying a power output of an engine to power an electric heating device for selectively heating a battery pack of the electrified vehicle.. . ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022228

Electrified vehicle allowing user to set battery charging profile in-vehicle

A system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an electrified vehicle including a battery pack, a human-machine interface configured to receive inputs setting a charging profile, and a controller. The system further includes a battery system configured to selectively charge the battery pack in response to an instruction from the controller. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022220

Signal pin arrangement for multi-device power module

A power module provides one or more power transistors and support elements in a card shape. The pins/terminals for signal-level input/outputs (e.g., gate drive, current sensor, and temperature sensor signals) are arranged in two parallel layers. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022200

Hybrid vehicle and powertrain

A vehicle includes an engine, motor, transmission, and electronically controlled one-way clutch. The engine includes an output. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022198

Hybrid automotive powertrain system and method of operating same

A hybrid powertrain system for a vehicle includes an electric machine, a gear set mechanically connected with the electric machine, and a clutch mechanically coupled with at least one of a primary and secondary driveline assembly. The electric machine is configured to selectively provide motive power to at least one of the primary and secondary driveline assemblies. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022193

Air register assemblies in a vehicle and methods to assemble the same

An air register assembly is provided. The air register assembly includes a housing having an open end, a flange disposed at the open end of the housing, a pair of retainers connecting a plurality of vanes in the housing. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022186

System and method to detect, in a vehicle, blockage of an airflow passage to a power storage unit

A driver of a vehicle is alerted if an air passage from an air source to a battery becomes blocked. The determination as to whether the air passage is blocked may be based on the temperature of the battery, the airflow through the air passage, and the power to a fan used to move air through the air passage.. ... Ford Global Technologies Llc

01/25/18 / #20180022182

Autonomous-vehicle climate-control system

Controlling a vehicle includes determining that an occupancy status of the vehicle is unoccupied, estimating a remaining unoccupied time, and controlling a climate-control system according to climate-control parameters based on at least the occupancy status and the remaining unoccupied time. A climate-control parameter is a value or set of values for an attribute or attributes of vehicle climate control, such as a power status for the climate-control system as a whole, a target temperature for a passenger cabin, power statuses corresponding to individual climate zones of the passenger cabi