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Vehicle-based lighting control

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

Method and apparatus for efficient vehicle data reporting

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

Entertainment apparatus for a self-driving motor vehicle

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

Rotor endplate for electric machine

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

Method for adjusting magnetic permeability of electrical steel

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

Protection circuit for oscilloscope measurement channel

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

Genderless electric terminals for vehicles

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

Solid state battery

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

Time-controlled cartridge heater for fuel cell knock out drain

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

Method and system for anthropomorphic testing device

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

Method and apparatus for vehicle system wear prediction

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

Vehicle usage pattern evaluation

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

Facilitating lane-splitting by motorcycles

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

Power module testing apparatus

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

09/27/18 / #20180274624

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

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

09/27/18 / #20180274606

One-way clutch for a vehicle

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

09/27/18 / #20180274577

Reduced diameter head rivet

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

09/27/18 / #20180274574

Tolerance compensating device

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

09/27/18 / #20180274510

Stop-start system

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

09/27/18 / #20180274509

Start-stop system

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

09/27/18 / #20180274488

Method and system for engine water injection

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

09/27/18 / #20180274474

Method and system for an engine

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

09/27/18 / #20180274471

Systems and methods for a variable displacement engine

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

09/27/18 / #20180274469

Methods and systems for an exhaust oxygen sensor operation

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

09/27/18 / #20180274458

Method and system for engine control

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

09/27/18 / #20180274436

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

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

09/27/18 / #20180274429

Systems and methods for a cooling system of a vehicle engine

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

09/27/18 / #20180274415

Methods and systems for a diesel oxidation catalyst

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

09/27/18 / #20180274413

Methods and systems for a diesel oxidation catalyst

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

09/27/18 / #20180274270

Bezel-less release button

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

09/27/18 / #20180274052

Rapid local annealing of high strength steel

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

09/27/18 / #20180273092

Motor vehicle parking assistance system and method

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

09/27/18 / #20180273088

Power steering assembly mounts with tapered protrusions

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

09/27/18 / #20180273087

Method for operating a power steering system

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

09/27/18 / #20180273048

Vehicle lane direction detection

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

09/27/18 / #20180273047

Vehicle propulsion operation

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

09/27/18 / #20180273040

Lane groove effect compensation

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

09/27/18 / #20180273035

Retractable vehicle control

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

09/27/18 / #20180273022

Off-board power transmission

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

09/27/18 / #20180273019

Controlling motor torque to reserve battery energy in a hybrid vehicle

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

09/27/18 / #20180273017

Method for decelerating a vehicle moving at low speed

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

09/27/18 / #20180273015

Engine oil dilution control in a hybrid vehicle

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

09/27/18 / #20180272998

Sensor cleaner

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

09/27/18 / #20180272987

Robust seat belt usage sensor

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

09/27/18 / #20180272986

Pedestrian protection system for a motor vehicle

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

09/27/18 / #20180272983

Restricted-opening door hinge for automotive air bag chute

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

09/27/18 / #20180272977

Monitoring a vehicle cabin

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

09/27/18 / #20180272967

Vehicle console with coupled motion and enhanced storage capabilities

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

09/27/18 / #20180272965

Enhanced vehicle system notification

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

09/27/18 / #20180272962

Wire harness routing aid

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

09/27/18 / #20180272952

Doors off storage

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

09/27/18 / #20180272946

Condensation detection for vehicle surfaces via light transmitters and receivers

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

09/27/18 / #20180272945

Condensation detection for vehicle surfaces via ambient light

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

09/27/18 / #20180272943

Controlling side-view mirrors in autonomous vehicles

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

09/27/18 / #20180272942

Controlling side-view mirrors in autonomous vehicles

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

09/27/18 / #20180272939

Environment-dependent interface

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

09/27/18 / #20180272936

Detection and presentation of obstructed vehicle views

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

09/27/18 / #20180272931

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

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

09/27/18 / #20180272911

Door lock transition method and assembly

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

09/27/18 / #20180272904

Leg support options for sleeper seats

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

09/27/18 / #20180272903

Leg support options for sleeper seats

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

09/27/18 / #20180272902

Rotational elements for seating assemblies

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

09/27/18 / #20180272887

Method and apparatus for assembly of a battery array

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

09/27/18 / #20180272870

Dual-bus battery precharge circuit

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

09/27/18 / #20180272843

Vehicle window assembly with polarized windowpanes and method of operating same

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

09/27/18 / #20180272841

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

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

09/27/18 / #20180272834

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

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

09/27/18 / #20180272832

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

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

09/27/18 / #20180272831

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

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

09/27/18 / #20180272820

Vehicle suspension

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

09/20/18 / #20180269671

Busbar with dissimilar materials

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

09/20/18 / #20180269547

Thermal management assembly for traction battery cells

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

09/20/18 / #20180269518

Battery cell compression method and assembly

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

09/20/18 / #20180269455

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

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

09/20/18 / #20180269454

Quick connect assembly for busbars in an electrified vehicle

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

09/20/18 / #20180269441

Traction battery pack plate with retention flange

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

09/20/18 / #20180268622

Distributed vehicle data storage and access

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

09/20/18 / #20180268566

Vehicle localization using cameras

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

09/20/18 / #20180267526

Rideshare vehicle connectivity to passenger devices

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

09/20/18 / #20180266978

Vehicle window having moisture sensor

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

09/20/18 / #20180266366

Exhaust gas recirculation mixer

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

09/20/18 / #20180266362

Evaporative emissions testing using inductive heating

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

09/20/18 / #20180266357

Methods and systems for dual fuel injection

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

09/20/18 / #20180266354

Method and system for monitoring air filter condition

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

09/20/18 / #20180266351

Method and system for engine cold-start

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

09/20/18 / #20180266350

Method and system for engine cold-start

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

09/20/18 / #20180266339

Methods and systems for a fuel injector

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

09/20/18 / #20180266292

Methods and systems for an aftertreatment catalyst

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

09/20/18 / #20180266285

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

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

09/20/18 / #20180266161

Smart hinge assembly for a tailgate of a motor vehicle

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

09/20/18 / #20180266149

Inertial lock systems for push-push latch style vehicle drawers

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

09/20/18 / #20180265150

Flexible headliner assembly table

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

09/20/18 / #20180265142

Active aerodynamic underbody shield system and method of lift balance adjustment

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

09/20/18 / #20180265136

Vehicle structure including reinforcement extending between rockers

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

09/20/18 / #20180265127

Road camber compensation

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

09/20/18 / #20180265124

Systems and methods for correcting steering offsets

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

09/20/18 / #20180265088

Secure idle for a vehicle generator

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

09/20/18 / #20180265071

Variable compression ratio engine

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

09/20/18 / #20180265049

Sensor and cleaning apparatus

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

09/20/18 / #20180265048

Sensor cleaning system

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

09/20/18 / #20180265043

Proximity switch and humidity sensor assembly

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

09/20/18 / #20180265042

Vehicle window proximity switch and moisture sensor assembly

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

09/20/18 / #20180265038

Vehicle communications

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

09/20/18 / #20180265033

Restraint system

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

09/20/18 / #20180265031

Side airbag with necking chamber

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

09/20/18 / #20180265027

Impact absorbing system

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

09/20/18 / #20180265023

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

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

09/20/18 / #20180265019

Autonomous vehicle conversion

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

09/20/18 / #20180265011

Retention mechanism for a forward folding seat assembly

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

09/20/18 / #20180265010

Two-tier cushion storage system and integrated feature options

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

09/20/18 / #20180265009

Storage assembly and a center console in a vehicle

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

09/20/18 / #20180265008

Retractable truck bed extender with removable support

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

09/20/18 / #20180264999

Side marker illumination

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

09/20/18 / #20180264980

Four-component armrest assembly and method of manufacturing same

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

09/20/18 / #20180264978

Retention mechanism for a forward folding seat assembly

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

09/20/18 / #20180264963

Inductive charging active suspension

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

09/20/18 / #20180264922

Sliding vehicle window having minimal perimeter seal

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

09/20/18 / #20180264918

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

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

09/20/18 / #20180263313

Method of interacting with proximity sensor with a glove

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

09/06/18 / #20180254903

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

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

09/06/18 / #20180254790

Method and apparatus for vehicle message routing

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

09/06/18 / #20180254675

Electric machine rotor

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

09/06/18 / #20180254529

Lithium replenishment for containing capacity loss in li ion batteries

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

09/06/18 / #20180253990

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

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

09/06/18 / #20180252610

Cleaning cycle for capless refueling neck

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

09/06/18 / #20180252384

Vehicle light assembly

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

09/06/18 / #20180252298

Brake clutch connection

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

09/06/18 / #20180252197

Controlling variable compression ratio with a pressure-reactive piston

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

09/06/18 / #20180251368

Funnel for a fuel tank filler pipe

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

09/06/18 / #20180251164

Removable tailgate with locking hinge

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

09/06/18 / #20180251162

Hood vent water management system and hood assembly

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

09/06/18 / #20180251155

Assisting drivers with roadway lane changes

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

09/06/18 / #20180251136

Enhanced lane behavior detection

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

09/06/18 / #20180251131

Methods and system for operating a hybrid vehicle

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

09/06/18 / #20180251119

System and method for in-vehicle resolver alignment

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

09/06/18 / #20180251117

Hybrid vehicle powertrain torque hole fill during transmission shift

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

09/06/18 / #20180251106

Method for operating a motor-vehicle braking system

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

09/06/18 / #20180251104

Adjustable brake apparatus for use with vehicles

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

09/06/18 / #20180251091

Detecting hazards in anticipation of opening vehicle doors

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

09/06/18 / #20180251086

Vehicle frame component

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

09/06/18 / #20180251052

Collapsible lift mechanism for h-point lift

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

09/06/18 / #20180251050

Seatback lift mechanism for a supine motor vehicle seating assembly

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

09/06/18 / #20180251049

Seatback lift mechanism for a supine motor vehicle seating assembly

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

09/06/18 / #20180251048

Mechanism for a supine motor vehicle seating assembly

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

09/06/18 / #20180251047

Vehicle seats including bladders

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

09/06/18 / #20180251044

Front seat sleeper seat and features

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

09/06/18 / #20180251042

Door mounted vehicle seat

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

09/06/18 / #20180251037

Retractable jumper cable vehicle assembly

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

09/06/18 / #20180251028

Rear drive unit clutch assembly

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

09/06/18 / #20180251022

Insert for a fuel tank filler pipe

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








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