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Cellular service borrowing using dedicated short range communication technology

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

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

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

Integrated speaker and light

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

Vehicle scratch detection and monitoring

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

Advanced v2x event dissemination

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

Apparatus using sync and balanced v2v communication

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

System and method for assessing the interior of an autonomous vehicle

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

Input and output device with tactile feedback

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

Vehicle repositioning for evaporative emission reduction

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

Tornado detection systems and methods

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

Non-autonomous steering modes

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

Heatshield for a band clamp

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

Multi-speed transmission

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

Cooling fans for engine cooling system

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

08/09/18 / #20180223835

Wear-resistant coating for oil pump cavity

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

08/09/18 / #20180223760

Methods and systems for engine fuel and torque control

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

08/09/18 / #20180223751

Method and system for boosted engine system

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

08/09/18 / #20180223726

Connecting arrangement for turbocharger actuator

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

08/09/18 / #20180223718

Stamped aerodynamic deflector for vehicle muffler

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

08/09/18 / #20180223707

Engine housing component

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

08/09/18 / #20180223581

Hood energy management apparatus for hood overslam protection and flush fit

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

08/09/18 / #20180223569

Magnetic anti-theft lock system and method

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

08/09/18 / #20180222531

Roof structure with integrated roof rack and accessory attachment assemblies

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

08/09/18 / #20180222494

Enhanced curve negotiation

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

08/09/18 / #20180222489

Customer driving mode for vehicles

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

08/09/18 / #20180222485

System and method for generating vacuum via an engine

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

08/09/18 / #20180222477

Speed controller for a vehicle

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

08/09/18 / #20180222468

Torque disturbance management system and method

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

08/09/18 / #20180222462

Determining friction data of a target vehicle

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

08/09/18 / #20180222406

Grommet with tie-strap tower

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

08/09/18 / #20180222405

Grommet with tie-strap tower

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

08/09/18 / #20180222400

Device holders

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

08/09/18 / #20180222394

Expandable and reconfigurable console

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

08/09/18 / #20180222386

Enhanced lane negotiation

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

08/09/18 / #20180222385

Heads-up display with point of display audio alert capability

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

08/09/18 / #20180222384

Audio of external speakers of vehicles based on ignition switch positions

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

08/09/18 / #20180222381

Vehicle light assembly

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

08/09/18 / #20180222373

Item holder having a self-adjusting air bladder system

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

08/09/18 / #20180222372

Item holder having a self-adjusting air bladder system

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

08/09/18 / #20180222371

Pivotable armrest with bolt mechanism

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

08/09/18 / #20180222362

Internal upper seatback support for driving and sleeper seats

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

08/09/18 / #20180222312

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

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

08/09/18 / #20180222290

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

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

08/09/18 / #20180222286

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

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

08/09/18 / #20180222284

Method of mitigating temperature buildup in a passenger compartment

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

08/09/18 / #20180222277

Rear axle suspension for a vehicle

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

08/09/18 / #20180222266

Control arm for wheel suspension

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

08/09/18 / #20180222264

Vertically articulating trailer hitch receiver for vehicle

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

08/09/18 / #20180222072

Hand-operated rotary belt cutter

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

08/09/18 / #20180221959

Method of manufacturing a manganese bismuth alloy

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

08/02/18 / #20180220555

Fluid management for autonomous vehicle sensors

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

08/02/18 / #20180220429

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

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

08/02/18 / #20180219546

Resonant gate driver

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

08/02/18 / #20180219507

Multiple inverter hybrid drive system

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

08/02/18 / #20180219455

Lightweight rotor endplate for electric machine

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

08/02/18 / #20180219267

High-efficiency hydrogen-powered motor vehicle

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

08/02/18 / #20180219261

Multifunctional ion pouch battery cell frame

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

08/02/18 / #20180219191

Multifunctional pouch battery cell frame

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

08/02/18 / #20180218470

Personalized seat system for rideshare vehicle interior

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

08/02/18 / #20180217966

Web rendering for smart module

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

08/02/18 / #20180217953

Method and apparatus for distributed computing using controller area network protocols

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

08/02/18 / #20180217831

Method and apparatus for secure multi-cycle vehicle software updates

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

08/02/18 / #20180217828

Over-the-air updates security

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

08/02/18 / #20180216950

Platform for rating and sharing route-specific data

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

08/02/18 / #20180216666

Bearing arrangement

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

08/02/18 / #20180216649

Insert for joining components

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

08/02/18 / #20180216591

Fuel pump mounting

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

08/02/18 / #20180216584

Hood insulator having an integral air box closeout feature

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

08/02/18 / #20180216581

Exhaust gas recirculation system and method for operation thereof

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

08/02/18 / #20180216562

Fuel injector diagnostics in a variable displacement engine

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

08/02/18 / #20180216510

Exhaust gas aftertreatment

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

08/02/18 / #20180216371

Flush-mounted door handle for vehicles

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

08/02/18 / #20180216319

Vehicle-to-trailer transfer of harvested and purified water

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

08/02/18 / #20180216204

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

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

08/02/18 / #20180215570

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

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

08/02/18 / #20180215419

Vehicle roof structure corner connector

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

08/02/18 / #20180215416

Vehicle roof support assembly

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

08/02/18 / #20180215412

Static steering windup reduction

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

08/02/18 / #20180215383

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

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

08/02/18 / #20180215374

Self-parking vehicle

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

08/02/18 / #20180215373

Semi-stationary surface

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

08/02/18 / #20180215345

Remote starting of engines via vehicle keypads

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

08/02/18 / #20180215338

Vehicle impact absorbing system including chest load reduction

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

08/02/18 / #20180215335

Restraint device deployment calibration

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

08/02/18 / #20180215328

Twin sheet belly pan and method of production

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

08/02/18 / #20180215327

Scuff plate for cargo retention

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

08/02/18 / #20180215326

Reversible load floor

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

08/02/18 / #20180215320

Cupholder assemblies

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

08/02/18 / #20180215319

Composite seat side storage bin

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

08/02/18 / #20180215317

Powered running board assembly and method of operation

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

08/02/18 / #20180215312

Illuminated assembly

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

08/02/18 / #20180215298

Self-adjusting rear seat cushion for comfort and storage

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

08/02/18 / #20180215296

Vehicle seating assembly having abrasion resistant bolster insert

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

08/02/18 / #20180215294

Vehicle seating assembly having abrasion resistant slip cover

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

08/02/18 / #20180215290

Seat carrier for a vehicle seat

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

08/02/18 / #20180215272

Regenerative braking system and method

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

08/02/18 / #20180215269

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

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

08/02/18 / #20180215247

Apparatus for a clutch disconnect in a hybrid vehicle

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

08/02/18 / #20180215231

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

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

08/02/18 / #20180214988

Severing device

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

07/26/18 / #20180213414

Communicatively coupling mobile devices to wireless local area networks of vehicles

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

07/26/18 / #20180213351

In-vehicle device position determination

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

07/26/18 / #20180212780

Control interface for autonomous vehicle

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

07/26/18 / #20180212379

Hinged low profile modular electrical power bar for a vehicle

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

07/26/18 / #20180212351

Electrical connector for a removable tailgate

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

07/26/18 / #20180212292

Electrified vehicle battery packs with battery attachment features

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

07/26/18 / #20180212291

Battery pack array frames with grounded thermal fins

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

07/26/18 / #20180211753

Holding tools for permanent magnets and methods to use the same

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

07/26/18 / #20180211752

Dynamically suspended headliner

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

07/26/18 / #20180211403

Recurrent deep convolutional neural network for object detection

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

07/26/18 / #20180211128

Object detection using recurrent neural network and concatenated feature map

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

07/26/18 / #20180211121

Detecting vehicles in low light conditions

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

07/26/18 / #20180211120

Training an automatic traffic light detection model using simulated images

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

07/26/18 / #20180211119

Sign recognition for autonomous vehicles

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

07/26/18 / #20180210447

Wind detection systems and methods

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

07/26/18 / #20180209499

Protective cover for vehicle brake

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

07/26/18 / #20180209498

Hybrid lightweight brake disk and production method

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

07/26/18 / #20180209468

Corrosion protection for mechanical joints

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

07/26/18 / #20180209463

Receiver assembly

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

07/26/18 / #20180209457

Clip for a vehicle door assembly

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

07/26/18 / #20180209393

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

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

07/26/18 / #20180209368

Fuel tank pressure sensor rationality testing using v2x technology

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

07/26/18 / #20180209359

Systems and methods for managing purge pathway pressure in turbocharged engines

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

07/26/18 / #20180209324

Cooling fan and active grille shutter control

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

07/26/18 / #20180209191

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

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

07/26/18 / #20180208255

Vehicle spare tire lift assembly

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

07/26/18 / #20180208252

Tailgate work surface

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

07/26/18 / #20180208248

Vehicle front impact sensor with impact resistant carriage

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

07/26/18 / #20180208210

Removable vehicle control

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

07/26/18 / #20180208190

Collision avoidance systems and methods

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

07/26/18 / #20180208186

Collision mitigation and avoidance

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

07/26/18 / #20180208185

Vehicle occupancy indication and utilization thereof

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

07/26/18 / #20180208179

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

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

07/26/18 / #20180208175

Vehicle powertrain controller and method

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

07/26/18 / #20180208173

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

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

07/26/18 / #20180208156

Global stolen vehicles tracking

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

07/26/18 / #20180208151

Electronic seatbelt

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

07/26/18 / #20180208150

Electronic seatbelt

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

07/26/18 / #20180208142

Collar shaped airbag

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

07/26/18 / #20180208135

Wind noise throb reduction system and method

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

07/26/18 / #20180208129

Vehicle trunk and tire replacement mat

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

07/26/18 / #20180208128

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

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

07/26/18 / #20180208122

Pivoting hanger with positive retention

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

07/26/18 / #20180208121

Linear-travel hanger assembly

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

07/26/18 / #20180208120

Hidden storage compartment within center console

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

07/26/18 / #20180208119

Wind noise reduction apparatus and method

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

07/26/18 / #20180208118

Mirror assembly and method of reducing wind noise throb

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

07/26/18 / #20180208113

Acoustic warning signal detection for motor vehicles

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

07/26/18 / #20180208106

Illuminated trailer tow hitch receiver assembly

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

07/26/18 / #20180208105

Light system

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








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