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 new patent  Identifying external devices using a wireless network associated with a vehicle

Examples of techniques for identifying external devices using a wireless network associated with a vehicle are disclosed. In one example implementation, a method includes initializing, by a processing system, an unsecure wireless network identified by a service set identifier (ssid). ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

 new patent  Vehicle control systems and methods for multi-intent queries input by voice

An infotainment system of a vehicle includes: a primary intent module configured to determine a primary intent included in voice input using automated speech recognition (asr); and an execution module configured to, via a first hardware output device of the vehicle, execute the primary intent. A secondary intent module is configured to: based on the primary intent, determine a first domain of the primary intent; based on the first domain of the primary intent, determine a second domain; and based on the voice input and the second domain, determine a secondary intent included in the voice input using asr. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

 new patent  Enhanced voice recognition task completion

A method for recognizing speech in a vehicle includes receiving speech at a microphone installed to a vehicle, and determining whether the speech includes a navigation instruction. If the speech includes a navigation instruction, the speech may be sent to a remote facility. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

 new patent  Systems and methods for outputting engine sound when engine is off

When the engine is off and not combusting fuel for one of an auto-stop portion of an auto-stop/start event and operation in a sail mode, a selection module sets at least one of: a selected torque based on a pseudo torque output of the engine; and a selected engine speed based on a pseudo engine speed determined for the one of the auto-stop portion of the auto-stop/start event and the operation in the sail mode. A sound control module, based on the at least one of the selected engine speed and the selected torque, sets at least one of: a frequency at which to output a predetermined engine sound; and a magnitude for outputting the predetermined engine sound at the frequency. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

 new patent  Method and apparatus for detection of battery drain

A method and apparatus detecting battery drain are provided. The method includes: collecting critical data parameters from a plurality of electronic controller units (ecus); identifying at least one ecu that is active from among the plurality of ecus based on the critical data parameters and storing ecu snapshot data of the identified at least one ecu; determining an activity of the identified at least one ecu based on the ecu snapshot data and the critical data parameters; determining battery drain information based on at least one from among the ecu snapshot data, the critical data parameters, the activity of the identified at least one ecu, current draw information and fleet information; and outputting determined battery drain information. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

 new patent  Vehicle entertainment system

A vehicle includes an autonomous driving system and a vehicle entertainment system. The autonomous driving system has an environmental monitoring system that is configured to monitor an object within an external operating environment. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

 new patent  Lidar-radar relative pose calibration

A method and apparatus for calibrating a lidar system at a first location with a radar system at a second location. A calibration target is placed at a location and orientation with respect to the lidar system and the radar system. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

 new patent  Detection of current sensor malfunction

A machine control system and a method of detecting a current sensor malfunction include obtaining a first current signal from a first current sensor corresponding with a first phase of a multi-phase machine, obtaining a second current signal from a second current sensor corresponding with a second phase of the multi-phase machine, and obtaining a position signal indicating an angular position of a rotor of the multi-phase machine corresponding with values of the first current signal and the second current signal. A determination is made of whether the current sensor malfunction occurred in the first current sensor or the second current sensor based only on the values of the first current signal and the second current signal at four of the angular positions of the rotor.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

 new patent  Method of leak testing a low conductivity part

A method of leak testing a fluid passage of a part manufactured from a low conductivity material includes measuring an electrical resistance between an interior wall surface of the fluid passage of the part, and an exterior wall surface of the fluid passage of the part. The measured electrical resistance is compared to a threshold value to determine if the measured electrical resistance is equal to or greater than the threshold value, or if the measured electrical resistance is less than the threshold value. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

 new patent  Synchronizer for radially applied dog clutch for a vehicle

A radially applied dog clutch for a vehicle transmission. The clutch includes a driving member configured to rotate about an axis and including a cavity extending radially from the axis, a driving tooth slidably movable within the radially extending cavity, a driven member coaxially surrounding the driving member and including a radially inward extending driven tooth, and a synchronizer coaxially positioned between the driving member and the driven member.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

 new patent  Radially applied dog clutch with bi-directional ratcheting for a vehicle transmission

A dog clutch for a vehicle transmission includes a driving member configured to rotate about an axis and including a cavity extending radially from the axis, a driving tooth slidably movable within the radially extending cavity, a driven member coaxially surrounding the driving member and including a radially inward extending driven tooth axially aligned with the driving tooth, an actuator shaft coaxially positioned within the driving member and movable along the axis, a retainer on the actuator shaft, a bullet actuator coaxially mounted on the actuator shaft, and a biasing member coaxially mounted on the actuator shaft and positioned between the bullet actuator and the retainer.. . ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

 new patent  Dog clutch for a vehicle transmission

A dog clutch for a vehicle transmission includes a driving member configured to rotate about an axis and including a cavity extending radially from the axis, a driving tooth slidably movable within the radially extending cavity, a driven member coaxially surrounding the driving member and including a radially inward extending driven tooth, an actuator coaxially positioned within the driving member and movable along the axis to selectively engage the driving tooth with the driven tooth, and a biasing member radially inwardly biasing the driving tooth into contact with the actuator.. . ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

 new patent  Method of calculating an angular position of a crankshaft during a fuel injection event

A method of calculating an angular position of a crankshaft at the occurrence of a fuel injection event includes integrating a first polynomial function, and integrating a second polynomial function. The integrated second polynomial function is then divided by the integrated first polynomial function to calculate the angular position of the crankshaft at the occurrence of the fuel injection event. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

 new patent  Method to select optimal mode on a multi-mode engine with charging

A control method for selecting an optimal multiple step operating mode for a multiple cylinder motor vehicle engine system having variable lift includes prioritizing each of a full torque capacity (ftc) mode having all cylinders operating at high lift, a first reduced capacity economy mode (rce1) having all cylinders operating at low lift, and a second reduced capacity economy mode (rce2) having fewer than all of the cylinders operating at low lift with at least one cylinder deactivated based on predicted fuel economy of each of the modes. Multiple constraints are applied to each of the prioritized modes including incorporating boost as one of the constraints by calculating a maximum torque capacity for each mode that is a function of a current boost pressure. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/16/18 / #20180230889

 new patent  Inlet device for a catalytic converter

An inlet device for a catalytic converter is disclosed, which includes an inner shell, an outer shell and a flange. The inner shell, outer shell and flange each have a fastening end with a fastening opening. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/16/18 / #20180230870

 new patent  Engine oil pump with electronic oil pressure control

A variable displacement vane pump with electronic oil pressure control provides efficient pumping of engine oil precise regulation of engine oil pressure. The variable displacement oil pump includes a rotor supported in a housing for rotation about an axis of rotation and a slide ring movably supported in the housing. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/16/18 / #20180230864

 new patent  Method of controlling camshaft phase based on humidity

A method of phasing the opening and closing of internal combustion engine intake and exhaust valves relative to the rotation of the crankshaft is based upon changes in engine speed, engine load and ambient relative humidity. During certain conditions of higher humidity, in order to maintain good combustion stability and thus overall engine operation, it is necessary to reduce intake and exhaust valve overlap by adjusting the phase of the intake and exhaust camshafts. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229730

 new patent  Stabilizing power supply voltage to a load during auto start

A circuit for compensating for low battery voltage available to power a load includes a power source, an inductor electrically coupled to the power source, a first switch configured to control current flow from the power source to the inductor, and a first diode connecting a first supply rail to the inductor. The circuit also includes a second switch configured to electrically connect the anode of a second diode to the inductor, with the cathode of the second diode connected to a second supply rail. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229587

 new patent  Vehicle environment imaging systems and methods

A vehicle includes a vision system configured to output a signal indicative of exterior conditions in a vicinity of the vehicle and a temperature sensor configured to output a signal indicative of an interior temperature of the vehicle. The vehicle also includes a plurality of articulable openings arranged to allow fluid flow communication between an interior and an exterior of the vehicle. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229582

 new patent  Systems and methods for auxiliary seat climate control

Methods and systems for controlling a climate control system of a vehicle are provided. The provided system and method determines whether an auxiliary seat is in fluid communication with the climate control system. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229568

 new patent  Spring module with negative and positive stiffness springs

A strut assembly for a suspension corner employed in a vehicle having a vehicle body and a road wheel includes a damper. The strut assembly also includes an elastic unit having at least one spring module acting in concert with the damper to suspend the vehicle body relative to the road wheel. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229366

 new patent  Redundant underactuated robot with multi-mode control framework

A robotic system includes a jointed mechanism, position sensors, and a controller. The mechanism has an end-effector, and further includes actively-controlled joints and passive joints that are redundant with the actively-controlled joints. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/16/18 / #20180229328

 new patent  Weld schedule for resistance spot welding of aluminum alloy workpieces

Aluminum-base alloy workpieces have surfaces with films of aluminum oxide which inhibit good contact with weld faces of resistance spot weld electrodes and the faying surfaces of, for example, sheet workpieces stacked for welding. Sometimes, the surfaces of the sheets also are coated with an adhesive or a sealer which further complicates welding. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180226661

Plate structure for a fuel cell

A plate structure includes a plate having a planar portion defining a datum plane. The plate includes a raised bead seal and a tunnel protruding away from the datum plane. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180225964

Integrated interface for situation awareness information alert, advise, and inform

Systems and method are provided for generating an integrated interface in a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving data associated with an environment of the vehicle; encoding the environment data into a plurality of layers; extracting data from the plurality of layers into a point cloud; projecting the point cloud onto a meta-template defining a basic element and manipulable features of the basic element; and generating display data based on the projecting.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180224860

Autonomous vehicle movement around stationary vehicles

In one embodiment, a method for controlling movement of an autonomous vehicle around a stationary vehicle includes obtaining data, via one or more sensors, pertaining to the stationary vehicle; making a plurality of initial determinations pertaining to the stationary vehicle, via a processor, based on the data; determining whether the stationary vehicle is double parked, via the processor, based on the plurality of initial determinations; and facilitating movement of the autonomous vehicle around the stationary vehicle, via instructions provided by the processor, if it is determined that the stationary vehicle is double parked.. . ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180224286

Methods and systems to convey autonomous/semi-autonomous feature available roadways

Methods and apparatus are provided for navigation of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a navigation system includes: a map database, and a navigation processor. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180224283

Methods and systems for localization of a vehicle

Systems and method are provided for localizing a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving, by a processor, sensor data from a sensor of the vehicle; filtering, by the processor, the sensor data for data associated with static elements of the environment; determining, by the processor, realtime height values associated with the static elements; correlating, by the processor, the realtime height values with defined height values associated with a map of the environment; localizing, by the processor, the vehicle on the map based on the correlated realtime height values and the defined height values; and controlling, by the processor, the vehicle based on the localizing.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180224081

Vehicle headlight

A vehicle headlight includes an led lamp that emits a light bundle in a first main direction of propagation. A first reflector for deflecting the light bundle from the first main direction of propagation into a second main direction of propagation. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180223712

Vehicle having a nitrogen oxides storage converter and on-board method for monitoring and diagnosing the nitrogen oxides storage converter

A vehicle includes a nox storage converter to receive exhaust gases from a diesel engine, store at least a minimum amount of the nox at a temperature below a storage threshold, release the nox at a temperature above a releasing threshold, oxidize hydrocarbon, and oxidize carbon monoxide. An input temperature sensor at an entrance to the nox storage converter determines an input temperature of the exhaust gases. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180223709

Function based continuous exhaust valve control

A system for controlling exhaust noise in a vehicle includes a variable exhaust valve for an exhaust system, and an exhaust valve controller operatively connectable to the variable exhaust valve. The exhaust valve controller is configured to retrieve two or more control conditions, and determine an operational intent based on the two or more control conditions. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180223385

Increasing steel impact toughness

In a method for increasing steel impact toughness, the steel composition contains from about 5 wt % to about 10 wt % manganese and has a martensite finish temperature (mf) below room temperature. The steel composition is exposed to hot forming to form a steel part. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222473

Collision avoidance for personal mobility devices

A system and method including a handheld mobile device for use with a personal mobility device, wherein the handheld mobile device comprises at least one camera, a processor, and a visual display, wherein the handheld mobile device is configured to: capture images of one or more nearby objects using the at least one camera; process the captured images by evaluating the captured images to determine at least one collision risk factor indicative of the magnitude of risk of a potential collision between the personal mobility device and the one or more nearby objects; display at least part of the captured images on the visual display; and transmit one or more notifications based on a value of the collision risk factor(s) to indicate the magnitude of risk of potential collisions between the personal mobility device and the one or more nearby objects.. . ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222389

Method and apparatus for adjusting front view images

A method and apparatus for adjusting front view camera images are provided. The method includes determining whether a front mounted license plate is present; in response to determining that the front mounted license plate is present, adjusting an image of a front view camera to remove a part of the image including an area where the front mounted license plate is present and displaying the adjusted image; and in response to determining that the front mounted license plate is absent, displaying the image of the front view camera including a part of the area where the front mounted license plate would be mounted.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222340

Smart-charging apparatus for use with electric-vehicle-sharing stations

A remote smart-power server receives reservation data indicating parameters for a planned vehicle use, such as pick-up time, pick-up location, and drop-off time. Systems of the present technology are in various embodiments used in connection with electric vehicles. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222293

Vehicle door assembly including storage bin that is translatable in fore-aft direction

A vehicle door assembly according to the present disclosure includes a door inner structure and a storage bin. The door inner structure includes an outer side panel and an armrest. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180222150

Method for joining dissimilar metals and articles comprising the same

Disclosed herein is an article comprising a first metal layer; a second metal layer that is chemically different from the first metal layer; and a third metal layer disposed between the first metal layer and the second metal layer and contacting both the first metal layer and the second metal layer; where the third metal layer is chemically similar to either the first metal layer or the second metal layer; where at least two metal layers that are chemically similar are welded together through a clearance opening located in a metal layer that is not chemically similar to the at least two metal layers.. . ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/09/18 / #20180221934

Die assembly for a stamping press

A die assembly for use in a stamping press is provided. The die assembly includes a first die plate, a first curved die stiffener, and a first die shoe. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180220082

Method and apparatus for augmenting rearview display

A method and apparatus for augmenting a rear view display are provided. The method includes detecting a condition for augmenting a rear view display, in response to detecting the condition for augmenting the rear view display, combining a first image of a first camera facing a first area behind a vehicle and a second image of a second camera facing a second area behind a vehicle, and displaying the combined image on the rear view display. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180220081

Method and apparatus for augmenting rearview display

A method and apparatus for augmenting a rear view display are provided. The method includes: detecting a condition for augmenting a rear view display; and in response to detecting the condition for augmenting the rear view display, receiving a first image from a first camera facing an first area behind a vehicle and displaying the received first image on the rear view display. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180219203

Battery for an electric vehicle

A battery for an electric vehicle includes first and second pairs of modules in electrical communication with each other. The first pair of modules includes a first module and a second module. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180218071

Methodology for generating a consistent semantic model by filtering and fusing multi-source ontologies

A system, for filtering and fusing multi-source ontologies. The system includes a tangible processing controller unit and non-transitory computer-readable storage device in communication with the tangible processing controller unit. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180217603

Efficient situational awareness from perception streams in autonomous driving systems

A system and method is taught for data processing where an environment around the self-vehicle is encoded into ego centric and geocentric overlapping coordinate systems. The overlapping coordinate systems are then divided into adaptively sized grid cells according to characteristics of environments and the self-vehicle status. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180217595

Efficient situational awareness by event generation and episodic memory recall for autonomous driving systems

A system and method is taught for data processing in an autonomous vehicle control system. Using information is acquired from the vehicle, network interface, and sensors mounted on the vehicle, the system can perceive situations around it with much less complexity in computation without losing crucial details, and then make navigation and control decisions. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180217245

Detecting abrupt deceleration using doppler effect of signal change

Examples of techniques for detecting abrupt deceleration of a vehicle using doppler change of a received signal are disclosed. In one example implementation according to aspects of the present disclosure, a computer-implemented method may include establishing, by a processing device, a radio link between a transceiver in the vehicle and a remote transceiver. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180217050

Invasive active dynamic tests to determine surface coefficient of friction

A method for testing to determine a coefficient of friction between a vehicle wheel and a surface with which the vehicle wheel is in contact (“surface mu”) includes the steps of calculating a surface mu confidence level based upon an evaluation of a locale of interest, an evaluation of visual cues sensed by the vehicle at the locale of interest, and/or an evaluation of vehicle signals at the locale of interest and scheduling the vehicle to perform active dynamic testing at the locale of interest. The method further includes the steps of performing the active dynamic testing, wherein the testing comprises commanding the vehicle to perform one or more of propulsion torqueing, regenerative torqueing, or brake torqueing of at least one wheel of the vehicle, receiving a measured parameter from the at least one wheel during said testing, and calculating a surface mu value for the locale of interest.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216966

System and method for using actuator coil inductance to diagnose stuck differential

A system is disclosed for detecting when an electronic locking (e-locker) differential of a vehicle is in a stuck condition. The system may have an e-locker differential for driving a plurality of wheels, and may be configured to move between first and second positions, one of which places the e-locker differential in a locked state, and the other of which places it in an unlocked state. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216795

Motor vehicle lamp and motor vehicle

A motor vehicle light includes an optical waveguide system and a reflector. The optical waveguide system is arranged in the focal line of the reflector and is configured to project a plurality of light beams onto the reflector to generate a light signature having a plurality of parallel light beams emitting from the motor vehicle light. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216658

Lightweight connecting rod with tailored stiffness

In various aspects, a lightweight connecting rod for an internal combustion engine is provided. The lightweight connecting rod has one or more of: hollow regions, lattice regions, or weight reduction apertures. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216594

Starting a motor vehicle drive unit

The present disclosure pertains to remote starting of a drive unit in a stationary motor vehicle. The drive unit includes one or more driving wheels, a clutch and a gearbox for coupling and decoupling the drive unit and the driving wheels. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216593

Diamond like carbon (dlc) coating for ethanol-blended fuel injector applications

A vehicle part or component includes a surface that is configured to contact a fuel containing ethanol. The surface has a layer of non-hydrogenated diamond like carbon (nh-dlc) material disposed on the surface. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216580

Enhanced long route egr cooler arrangement with bypass

An internal combustion engine includes an air intake system in communication with a plurality of cylinders. An exhaust system is in communication with the plurality of cylinders. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216563

Method to determine reference airflow actuator positions for a gasoline engine

A method to determine reference actuator positions for a gasoline engine, includes entering a base torque request, a known spark advance, a known cam position and a known exhaust gas recirculation (egr) valve position into an inverse torque model to generate a first iteration desired air per cylinder (apc) value. The first iteration desired apc value is passed through a deadband filter to produce a filtered first iteration desired apc signal. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216550

Internal combustion engine employing a dedicated-cylinder egr system

A multi-cylinder engine includes first and second subsets of cylinders. A dedicated-cylinder exhaust gas recirculation (egr) system is associated with the second subset of cylinders. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216548

System and method for determining supercharger drive ratio in a vehicle propulsion system

A method and system for determining a drive ratio of a supercharger in a vehicle propulsion system includes sensing an engine speed of an engine in the propulsion system, providing an engine speed signal based upon the sensed engine speed, sensing an inlet air pressure of the supercharger, providing a supercharger inlet air pressure signal based upon the sensed supercharger inlet air pressure over a dedicated communication channel to a processor in the vehicle, and determining, in the processor, a drive ratio for the supercharger based upon the engine speed signal, the supercharger inlet air pressure signal, and a lobe count of the supercharger.. . ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216519

Multiple turbulator heat exchanger

The present disclosure relates to an air-to-air charge air cooler (cac) for cooling air supplied to an internal combustion engine. The cac may have a housing and a plurality of trays located in the housing. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216517

Prognostic system and method for an electric coolant pump

A thermal management system includes an electric coolant pump, power source, and controller. The pump is in fluid communication with a heat source and a radiator, and has pump sensors for determining a pump voltage, speed, and current. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216501

Mass-efficient rocking component

A monolithic rocker arm component includes a first lateral wall defining a first aperture and a first mass reducing feature, an opposing second wall defining a second aperture and a second mass reducing feature, a pushrod receiving member that bridges the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall at a first end of the rocker arm, and a tongue element that bridges the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall at a second end of the rocker arm. The pushrod receiving member routes oil from the first towards the second end. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216395

Method and apparatus for controlling movement of liftgate

A method and apparatus for controlling movement of a liftgate are provided. The method includes: capturing an image of a pattern on a surface; determining a distance between the liftgate and the surface based on the image of the pattern; and controlling a movement of the liftgate based on the determined distance.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180216205

Two-step hot forming of steels

Methods for press hardening steel alloys comprised of medium-mn are provided. The press-hardened steel alloy may have an ultimate tensile strength (uts) of at least 1,700 mpa and a tensile elongation of at least 8%. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215424

Aerodynamic strakes for underbody panels of motor vehicles

Disclosed are body panel strakes for improved vehicle aerodynamics, methods for making and methods for using such aerodynamic strakes, and motor vehicles employing aerodynamic strakes for reducing turbulent flow and developing higher static pressure at the rear of the vehicle. An underbody panel for a motor vehicle is disclosed. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215391

Methods and systems for detecting road surface using crowd-sourced driving behaviors

Methods and systems are provided for determining a road surface condition. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving vehicle data; constructing, by the processor, a driver behavioral model based on the vehicle data; determining, by the processor, a surface condition based on the driver behavioral model; and generating a signal based on the surface condition.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215386

Vehicle propulsion systems and methods

A host vehicle includes a combustion engine configured to provide a propulsion torque to satisfy a propulsion demand. The vehicle also includes at least one sensor configured to detect a position of a reference vehicle. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215377

Bicycle and motorcycle protection behaviors

Systems and method are provided for controlling an autonomous vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving sensor data from one or more sensors of the vehicle; processing, by a processor, the sensor data to determine a cyclist in proximity to the vehicle; in response to the determined cyclist, selecting, by the processor, a behavioral mode from a plurality of behavioral modes; adjusting, by the processor, at least one control parameter based on the selected behavioral mode; and controlling the autonomous vehicle and/or a notification light based on the at least one control parameter.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215307

Method for operating a headlamp arrangement, headlamp system and motor vehicle

A method and headlight system is disclosed for operating a headlamp arrangement of a motor vehicle. At least one sensor monitors an area in the traveling direction in front of the motor vehicle. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215300

Arcuately adjustable footrest

An adjustable footrest for an occupant of a vehicle is presented herein. An embodiment of the system includes the features of an arcuate base, motor, and footrest. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215291

Head restraint assembly with an integrated display

A head restraint assembly is presented herein. The assembly includes a head restraint pad, post, nonconductive collar, and electronic male component. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215249

Powertrain including an electric machine, an internal combustion engine and a continuously variable transmission

A powertrain includes an internal combustion engine, an electric machine including a rotor, a geartrain including a pump drive mechanism, a first clutch and a second clutch and a variator for a continuously variable transmission (cvt). The internal combustion engine is rotatably coupled to the rotor of the electric machine by activation of a second clutch. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215245

Structural enhancements of an electric vehicle

An electric vehicle includes a chassis frame, a battery pack, and a brace. The battery pack includes a support structure vertically spaced at least in-part from the chassis frame. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180215237

System and method for hvac outlet flow control vent using electrically responsive vanes

A system is disclosed for controlling a direction of a fluid flow. The system may include a vent for channeling the fluid flow. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180214983

Method for laser welding aluminum workpieces

A method of laser welding a workpiece stack-up (10) that includes at least two overlapping aluminum workpieces (12, 14), at least one of which includes a protective anti-corrosion coating (38), is disclosed. The disclosed method includes advancing the laser beam (56) relative to the top surface (26) of the workpiece stack-up (10) along a travel path (78, 78′, 78″, 78′″) that imposes bidirectional movement of the laser beam (56). ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180214934

Blind flow screw joining of materials

A two-part mechanical fastener comprising an elongated body with a bore slidably carrying a mandrel adapted to interferingly engage the body is described. The fastener body has one or more protuberances on its exterior surface. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180214860

Highly stable platinum group metal (pgm) catalyst systems

A method of stabilizing a catalyst system includes hydrothermally treating an aluminum oxide catalyst support having ≥about 95 volume % of γ-al2o3 phase by heating to a temperature of about 800° c. To about 1,200° c. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

08/02/18 / #20180214859

Sinter-resistant stable catalyst systems by trapping of mobile platinum group metal (pgm) catalyst species

Methods of preparing a sinter-resistant catalyst include forming a dual coating system. A surface of a particulate catalyst support contacts a first liquid precursor including a metal salt with an element selected from the group consisting of: aluminum (al), cerium (ce), zirconium (zr), titanium (ti), silicon (si), magnesium (mg), zinc (zn), and combinations thereof. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180213541

Selective antenna allocation

Examples of techniques for selective antenna allocation are disclosed. In one example implementation according to aspects of the present disclosure, a computer-implemented method may include receiving a first request for an antenna from a first transceiver. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180212259

Fuel cell microseal and a method of manufacture thereof

A microseal for a metal bead seal joint includes a substantially horizontal surface, first and second substantially vertical surfaces disposed on opposite ends of the substantially horizontal surface, and a contoured surface operatively configured to adhere to a portion of a metal bead. The contoured surface may be disposed opposite the substantially horizontal surface and may be integral to the first and second substantially vertical surfaces. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180210193

System and method for utilizing inertial force for water displacement

A self-cleaning lens system disposed adjacent a camera is disposed. The system may incorporate a piezoelectric (pzt) lens system having a first pzt element secured to a first peripheral portion of the lens element, which may be responsive to an alternating current (ac) signal applied to the first pzt element. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180210067

Synchronization of spatially distributed radar

A method of synchronizing a plurality of spatially distributed multi-input multi-output (mimo) radar systems includes designating one of the plurality of mimo radar systems that includes a linear frequency modulator as a master mimo radar system, and designating each of the other plurality of mimo radar systems as slave mimo radar systems. Each of the slave mimo radar systems receives an output of the linear frequency modulator. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180209507

Vibration damper

A vibration damper includes a housing and a piston rod construct and arranged to reciprocate along an axis and with respect to the housing. The housing defines first and second ports. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180209493

Control of an actuator for actuating a motor vehicle clutch

A method is disclosed for controlling an actuator to activate a motor vehicle clutch. A shift operation is acquired for a motor vehicle transmission. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208206

Systems and methods for classifying driver skill level and handling type

A vehicle control system includes a skill level module that determines a skill level of a driver of the vehicle based on both (i) a lateral acceleration of the vehicle and (ii) a longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle. A handling module determines a handling type based on a rate of change of a steering wheel angle. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208205

Systems and methods for classifying driver skill level

A vehicle control system includes a function that relates (i) pairs of lateral and longitudinal acceleration values to (ii) skill values. A skill module: receives both (i) a lateral acceleration of the vehicle and (ii) a longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle; and, using the function, determines a skill value of a driver of the vehicle based on both (i) the lateral acceleration of the vehicle and (ii) the longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208187

Method and apparatus for preventing collision with trailer

A method and apparatus for preventing a collision with a gate of a vehicle are provided. The method includes: determining whether a hitch in a vehicle bed will be coupling with a trailer; determining whether a gate of the vehicle bed is in a closed position; and performing at least one from among displaying a warning of a potential collision and opening the gate of the vehicle bed, if it is determined that the hitch in the vehicle bed will be coupling with the trailer and the gate of the vehicle bed is in the closed position.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208182

Vehicle dynamics actuator control systems and methods

A vehicle control system includes a first error module that determines a first yaw error based on a difference between a yaw rate of the vehicle and a target yaw rate. A second error module determines a second yaw error based on the first yaw error and a target yaw error. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208132

Insulation module for motor vehicle and motor vehicle

An insulation module for a floor of a motor vehicle includes a panel of a molded and bound fiber material. The panel extends along a longitudinal axis (x). ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208095

Adjustable footrest

An adjustable footrest for an occupant of a vehicle is presented herein. The footrest includes: a footpad, motor, and stem. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208082

Seat arrangement for a vehicle, a vehicle with the seat arrangement and a method for adjusting a vehicle seat of a seat arrangement

A seat arrangement for a vehicle includes a vehicle seat and a seat backrest. The seat backrest can be switched from an upright position into a folded position with an electric and/or electronic adjusting device for switching the seat backrest from the upright position into the folded position. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208017

Hvac systems and methods for controlling zoned interior temperatures of a vehicle including display of thermographic anthropomorphic figures

A heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system is provided that includes a memory and a control module. The memory stores settings. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208012

Vehicle with adjustable dampers and control method therefor

The stiffness of dampers for wheels on the front and rear axles are selectively controlled with a control unit. The control unit is configured to detect if the vehicle travels in a curve. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180208009

Damper with tuned vibration absorber

A shock absorber includes a first tube defining a first chamber and a piston head movably disposed within the first chamber. A hollow piston rod extends from the piston head. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/26/18 / #20180207711

Method of riveting involving ultrasonic pulses

A method of riveting a first substrate and a second substrate with a rivet includes delivering a first ultrasonic pulse to a respective exterior surface of the first substrate at a predefined target area, via an ultrasonic device. The first ultrasonic pulse is configured to soften the first substrate at a first softening temperature. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180205729

Method and apparatus for encryption, decryption and authentication

A method, apparatus and system for encryption, decryption and/or authentication are provided. The method includes: generating vehicle data based on information detected at a vehicle component; generating a dynamic secret key based on a symmetric secret key stored at a first device and at least one from among information about a vehicle and information about a driver of a vehicle; and generating a message authentication code to authenticate the vehicle data by using the generated dynamic secret key. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180205457

Automotive light based communication system for user equipment

A vehicle and a method of communication for a vehicle is disclosed. The vehicle includes an on-board gateway for communication using visible light communication (vlc) and a visible light transceiver that is operated by the on-board gateway to enable vlc data communication. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180205399

Apparatus for multi carrier aggregation in a software defined radio

A apparatus for dynamically modifying filter characteristics of a delta-sigma modulator in order to receive and transmit radio frequency signals over a wide frequency range. The system is used for wide bandwidth radio system designed to adapt to various global radio standards and, more particularly, to a cellular radio architecture that employs a combination of a single circulator, programmable band-pass sampling radio frequency (rf) front-end and optimized digital baseband that is capable of supporting all current cellular wireless access protocol frequency bands.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180205367

Tunable bandpass filter

A single-chip tunable bandpass filter is provided having a bandpass filter circuit with all tuning components for the bandpass filter circuit formed on the single-chip to provide a programmed center frequency for the tunable bandpass filter. The bandpass filter circuit may include, but is not limited to, a plurality of serially coupled singe stage biquad filter circuits coupled to an input formed on the single-chip and configured to provide a bandpass filtered output signal to an output formed on the single-chip. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180204456

Multi-vehicle sensor sharing

A method of a vehicle obtaining sensor data originating at one or more of other vehicles includes receiving input from an operator or system within the vehicle, and generating a request for the sensor data based on the input. The request specifies one or more parameters and the one or more parameters include a location at which the sensor data is obtained. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180203108

Iterative approach to achieve angular ambiguity resolution

A system and method to achieve angular ambiguity resolution in a two-dimensional doppler synthetic aperture radar system include transmitting pulses using a plurality of transmit elements during movement of a platform on which the system is mounted. Reflections are received from a target resulting from the pulses and the reflections are processed to determine a doppler measurement. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202549

System and method for ratio control in a vehicle continuously variable transmission

A method and system for controlling a ratio of a continuously variable transmission coupling a prime mover to a driven member in a vehicle. The method includes determining a current ratio of the continuously variable transmission, determining a projected ratio from a first ratio path of a predetermined ratio map, calculating a gradient between the current ratio and the projected ratio, determining whether the calculated gradient satisfies a gradient constraint, setting a control ratio to the projected ratio if the calculated gradient satisfies the gradient constraint, setting a control ratio to a modified ratio if the calculated gradient does not satisfy the gradient constraint, the modified ratio being based upon a ratio that satisfies the gradient constraint, and controlling the ratio of the continuously variable transmission to the control ratio.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202485

Prop-shaft for a vehicle

A vehicle, a prop-shaft and a method of reducing noise in a vehicle are provided. The prop-shaft includes a cylindrical shaft having a hollow interior. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202380

Linear parameter varying model predictive control for engine assemblies

An lpv/mpc engine control system is disclosed that includes an engine control unit connected to multiple sensors. The engine control unit receives, from the sensors, signals indicative of desired engine torque and engine torque output, and determines, from these signals, optimal engine control commands using a piecewise lpv/mpc routine. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202342

Method and apparatus for monitoring a particulate filter

A method for monitoring particulate filter disposed in an exhaust aftertreatment system of an internal combustion engine includes determining, via a differential pressure sensor, a pressure differential across the particulate filter, and determining an initial parameter associated with soot loading on the particulate filter based upon the pressure differential. A first adjustment to the soot loading is determined based upon a passive regeneration effect, a second adjustment to the soot loading is determined based upon an off-engine temperature effect, and a third adjustment to the soot loading is determined based upon occurrence of an interrupted regeneration event. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202202

Device for holding a floor panel of a vehicle in an open position to provide access to an underfloor storage compartment disposed underneath the floor panel

A device holds a floor of a vehicle in an open position to provide access to an underfloor storage compartment that is covered by the floor when the floor is in a closed position. The device includes a mounting bracket fixed to the vehicle and a support tab pivotally connected to the mounting bracket. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180202041

Method and system for manufacturing a stainless steel substrate with a corrosion resistant coating

A method and system for manufacturing a corrosion resistant performs the steps of: (1) providing a substrate; (2) moving the substrate to a cleaning chamber via the conveyor; (3) cleaning the substrate; (4) moving the substrate into a first pressure chamber; (5) moving the substrate out of the first pressure chamber; (5) determining a first temperature change in the substrate at the first pressure chamber; (6) adjusting a second heat source at a second pressure chamber based on the first temperature change; and (7) moving the substrate into the second pressure chamber. The system includes at least one pressure chamber housing a heat source wherein a temperature sensor is disposed at the inlet and at the outlet of the pressure chamber. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201802

Self-healing polyurethane nano-micro capsules for automotive painting

A self-healing paint and protective coating system includes multiple microcapsules embedded into a protective layer applied to a panel. Each of the multiple microcapsules includes a target substance and a polymeric material covering encapsulating the target substance. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201243

Methods of learning long term brake corner specific torque variation

Systems and methods are provided for controlling a vehicle using a specific torque of a brake system. In one embodiment, a method of using a specific torque of a brake system for a vehicle includes: determining a brake pressure of the brake system during a braking operation; determining a deceleration of the vehicle during the braking operation; determining a vehicle mass and a wheel radius; estimating a specific torque of the brake system based on the brake pressure and the deceleration; and operating the vehicle based on the specific torque.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201227

Vehicle environment imaging systems and methods

A vehicle includes at least one imaging device configured to generate image data indicative of a vicinity of the vehicle. The vehicle also includes a user interface display configured to display image data from the at least one imaging device. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201197

Adjustable device placement system of console bin

An adjustable device placement system of a vehicle includes a center console bin of an armrest. A separator wall within the center console bin divides the center console bin into a first section and a second section. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201135

Control element for a motor vehicle

A control element for a motor vehicle provides a palpable response when touched. The control element includes a sensor, a touch-sensitive surface, which when touched causes the sensor to respond. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201120

Closure system, in particular for a motor vehicle

A closure or grille airflow shutter system, particularly for a motor vehicle includes a first shutter featuring at least one first adjustable shutter element with a first adjustment travel between a first and a second position. A second shutter features at least one second adjustable shutter element with a second adjustment travel between a first and a second position. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201117

Automatically-shiftable hybrid transaxle

An automatically-shiftable transaxle includes an input member configured to receive an external power-source torque and rotate about a first axis. The transaxle also includes torque transmitting device(s) and a gear-train, each operatively connected to the input member for selecting transaxle speed ratios, and a first transfer gear operatively connected to the gear-train and rotatable about the first axis. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180201113

Dynamically adjustable engine mounts for a motor vehicle

A vehicle includes a chassis, and a drivetrain supported by the chassis. The drivetrain includes a prime mover and a transmission mechanically linked to the prime mover. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/19/18 / #20180200835

Powder bed fusion system with point and area scanning laser beams

A powder bed fusion system includes a plurality of individual build chambers, with each individual build chamber including an area laser scanner optical device and a point laser scanner. A single, area beam delivery system and the plurality of build chambers are moveable relative to each other, such that the area beam delivery system may be positioned to provide an area scanning laser beam to any of the area laser scanner optical devices in any of the plurality of build chambers. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180198352

Rotor and method of forming same

. . A method of forming a rotor includes isolating a bridge area of an electrical steel lamination. The bridge area is disposed between a first portion of the electrical steel lamination and a second portion of the electrical steel lamination that is adjacent to the first portion. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180198141

Method to detect fuel cell gas leak

A method for determining if there is a gas leak in an anode volume of a fuel cell stack in a fuel cell system. The method includes determining a total amount of gas loss in the anode volume of the fuel cell stack during a predetermined period of time, and monitoring losses of the gas from the anode volume during the predetermined period of time, such as reaction losses, crossover losses and overboard losses. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180198115

Method for reducing residual water content in battery material

A method for reducing residual water content in a battery material includes placing the battery material having residual water adsorbed therein in a channel substantially sealed from an ambient environment. A gaseous mixture is caused to flow through the battery material in the channel. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180197401

Systems and methods to detect unexpected electric bicycle events

An unexpected event detection system is provided for a rider operating an electric bicycle. The system includes a bicycle data unit configured to receive bicycle data from the electric bicycle; a wireless device data unit configured to receive device data from a wireless device; an unexpected event module coupled to receive the bicycle data from the bicycle data unit and to receive the device data from the wireless device, the unexpected event module configured to identify an unexpected event associated with the electric bicycle based on the bicycle data and the device data and to generate an alert message upon identification of the unexpected event; and an alert module coupled to the unexpected event module and configured to initiate sending the alert message to an assistance center.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180197023

Methods and systems for providing notifications on camera displays for vehicles

Methods and systems are provided for providing notifications on camera displays for vehicles. In accordance with one embodiment, camera is mounted on a body of the vehicle, and is configured to generate camera images. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180196443

Methods and systems for processing local and cloud data in a vehicle and a cloud server for transmitting cloud data to vehicles

Methods and systems are provided for receiving local data via a vehicle sensing module of a vehicle control system, receiving remote data via a cloud interface unit of the vehicle control system from a cloud server, and processing the local data and the remote data via a processing unit of the vehicle control system. Based on the processing of the local data and the remote data, at least one vehicle feature is controlled. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180196436

Methods and apparatus for optimizing a trajectory for an autonomous vehicle

A method for performing autonomous operation of a vehicle is provided. The method obtains object data, by a plurality of vehicle onboard sensors; obtains road data, by one or more cameras onboard the vehicle; determines, by at least one processor, an initial vehicle trajectory, based on the object data and the road data; identifies, by the at least one processor, a set of constraints associated with the initial vehicle trajectory; determines a final vehicle trajectory, based on the potential vehicle trajectory and the set of constraints; and transmits the final vehicle trajectory to a steering mechanism onboard the vehicle.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180196106

Method and apparatus for isolating root cause of low state of charge of a dc power source

A vehicle including an internal combustion engine, a dc power source and a controller are described. The internal combustion engine includes an engine starting system and an electrical charging system. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180195988

Method of determining volatile organic compounds

A number of variations may involve a method that may include providing a non-conductive layer. A conductive layer may be provided and may overly the non-conductive layer to form a sensor device. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180195911

Estimating a cabin temperature of a vehicle

Methods and systems are provided for estimating a temperature of a cabin of a vehicle and using the estimated cabin temperature. The methods and systems obtain, via at least one temperature sensor, a surface temperature of at least a first internal surface of the cabin of the vehicle. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180195599

Sound dampening coating for a transmission housing and method for applying a sound dampening coating on a transmission housing

A method for applying a sound dampening coating on a surface of a vehicle transmission housing includes providing the transmission housing, and applying a sound dampening material directly on a surface of the transmission housing.. . ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180195555

Journal bearings with surface features for improved bearing oil supply

Disclosed are journal bearing assemblies, methods for making and methods for using journal bearing assemblies, and motor vehicles employing journal bearing assemblies. A disclosed friction-reducing journal bearing assembly includes a first (upper) bearing shell insert and a second (lower) bearing shell insert. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180195455

Engine combustion phasing control during transient state

An engine assembly includes an engine with an engine block having at least one cylinder. A crankshaft is moveable to define a plurality of crank angles from a bore axis defined by the cylinder to a crank axis defined by the crankshaft. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180195332

System with pulleys and steel cable for pick up truck end gate position adjustment

A cargo box for a pickup truck includes a base portion having a first end, a second end, and an intermediate portion defining the cargo box. A first side wall extends on a first side of the cargo box. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180194353

Fault-tolerant automotive braking system

A vehicle includes a fault-tolerant braking system that controls a brake assembly which is configured to adjust a braking force applied to one or more wheels. The fault-tolerant braking system further includes a brake-by-wire (bbw) system and a vehicle control module (vcm). ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180194300

Stake joint fastening system

A vehicle door trim panel fastening system is presented herein. The system includes a stake joint and mating part. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180194299

Joining arrangement and method with molded stake and aperture

Arrangements and methods are provided for joining. The joining arrangement includes a stake extending outward from a surface of a first substrate or panel. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180194228

Adaptive instrument cluster

An adaptive instrument cluster for a vehicle actively repositions during driving so that at least one or more depicted instruments remain viewable at most steering wheel angles. The instrument cluster may include an electronic display on which one or more instruments are depicted during vehicle operation. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180194212

Structural enhancements of an electric vehicle

An electric vehicle includes a chassis frame and a battery pack disposed below and engaged to the chassis frame. The chassis frame includes a first cross member, and the battery pack includes a support structure having a first cross component. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180194211

Structural enhancements of an electric vehicle

An electric vehicle includes a bushing mount and a battery pack having a support structure engaged to the bushing mount.. . ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180194196

Systems and methods utilizing heat pumps to recover thermal energy from exhaust gas

Thermal management systems for a vehicle powered by internal combustion engines (ices) are provided. Systems include a coolant circuit configured to circulate a coolant and transfer heat between the coolant and a heat consumer appurtenant to the vehicle, and a refrigerant circuit configured to circulate a refrigerant such that the refrigerant is capable of extracting heat from exhaust gas generated by the ice and subsequently transferring heat to the coolant. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180194189

Spring-damper assembly

A spring-damper assembly for a suspension corner employed in a vehicle having a vehicle body and a road wheel includes a fluid spring configured to suspend the vehicle body relative to the road wheel. The spring-damper assembly also includes a damper configured to attenuate compression and rebound oscillations of the fluid spring. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/12/18 / #20180194087

Method for manufacturing a leak tight porous component

A method for manufacturing a leak tight porous component includes the steps of forming a porous component; applying a first application of a surface sealant layer to the component; providing pressurized gas into a wall of the component via a known leak in the surface sealant; applying liquid to the component while pressurized gas is flowing into the wall of the component via the known leak. The method further includes the steps of inspecting the component for the formation of bubbles; identifying a new leak area in the component; removing at least a substantial amount of liquid from the component; and applying a second application of surface sealant to the new leak area.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180191888

Wireless-enabled consumer port apparatus for accommodating after-market devices flexibly in vehicles

A vehicle system, for implementation at a subject vehicle, including a vehicle storage component having a device-discovery module that, when executed by a vehicle processing unit, determines, using vehicle communication hardware, presence of non-subject-vehicle devices. The storage component also includes a service-discovery module that, when executed, uses the communication hardware in determining needs of various devices including any of the non-subject-vehicle devices and any vehicle device. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180188079

Systems for observing a rotation of a wheel

Systems are provided for observing a rotation of a wheel of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a system includes: a wheel insert positioned within a center bore of the wheel. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180187762

Limited slip differentials with centrifugal spring mass actuator for vehicle powertrains

Disclosed are limited slip differentials (lsd), methods for making and methods for using such lsds, and motor vehicles employing an lsd. An lsd for a motor vehicle is disclosed that includes a differential casing that drivingly connects to the driveshaft, and two side gears rotatably mounted inside the casing. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180187618

System and method for vehicle engine speed control during a garage shift

A method and system for controlling vehicle engine speed during a garage shift includes determining a k-factor of a torque converter, and controlling an engine speed based upon the determined k-factor.. . ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180187581

Oil pan assembly

An oil pan assembly for a vehicle is provided which reduces and the movement of the oil pan relative to the engine block, and reduces the mechanical strain on the room temperature vulcanizing (rtv) layer between the oil pan and the engine block. The oil pan assembly includes a brace and an oil pan having a base and sidewalls, and optionally an oil pan cover. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180186412

Aerodynamic floor pan for a vehicle

A floor pan includes a mid-body portion having a bottom wall. The bottom wall includes a forward end and a rearward end spaced from each other along a longitudinal axis. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180186383

Tracking diagnostic for continuously variable valve systems

A variable valve, method, and diagnostic system are provided that determine accuracy of a position of a variable valve. The variable valve, method, and diagnostic system are configured to determine a system error, the system error being the difference between a commanded position of the valve and a measured position of the valve provided through a feedback signal of the valve. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180186359

System and method for propulsion system control

A method and system for controlling a vehicle that includes a first propulsion system with a first torque generator and coupled to a first drive member, a second propulsion system with a second torque generator and coupled to a second drive member. The method includes measuring a speed of the first drive member, estimating a speed of the first drive member using a model of the first propulsion system that includes a modeled first rotational inertia and a modeled first translational inertia that are rigidly connected to each other and a model of a first coupling between the modeled first propulsion system and a model of the second propulsion system, and comparing the measured speed of the first drive member to the estimated speed of the first drive member.. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180186328

Systems and methods for deployable reaction surface for roof rail airbag system

An occupant restraint system of a vehicle includes a roof rail airbag that is located at a roof rail of the vehicle and above a door of the vehicle and that is configured to deploy in an outboard direction. A deployment device, when triggered, deploys the roof rail airbag. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180186264

Twist-lock articulating assist mechanism

An assist mechanism, attachable to a frame, includes an assist bezel and an assist handle. The assist bezel has a clip attachable to the frame. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180186262

Vehicle seat accessory

An accessory adapted to releasably affix to at least one rail of the adjustable headrest for a vehicle seat is herein presented. The accessory includes a body and grommet. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180186229

Transmission for a hybrid powertrain

A transmission for a hybrid powertrain includes a first input, a second input, a third input, and an output. A sun gear is attached to and rotatable with the first input. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180186178

Isolator design for vehicle wheel

A number of variations may include a vehicle which may have a vehicle body and a vehicle hub operably coupled to the vehicle body. A vehicle wheel may be operably coupled to the vehicle hub. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180186144

Metallic microsphere thermal barrier coating

A metallic thermal barrier coating for a component includes an insulating layer having a plurality of metallic microspheres applied to a substrate. A second metallic non-permeable layer is bonded to the insulating layer such that the sealing layer seals against the insulating layer. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc

07/05/18 / #20180185921

Sheet metal system and manufacturing process joining incremental forming and direct metal deposition

A sheet metal system having incremental forming and direct metal deposition, includes a plate. A groove is created in the plate. ... Gm Global Technology Operation Llc








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