US Pat. No. 9,444,173

RETRACTILE SOCKET ADAPTER FOR 12V OUTLET

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A retractile power outlet socket for a vehicle, comprising:
a socket body including a first electrical contact providing an electrical current from a vehicle power source;
a displaceable retractile cap including a head portion for carrying a second electrical contact, the head portion including
a flange for receiving a sealing gasket; and

a resilient member disposed to bias the displaceable cap away from the first electrical contact.

US Pat. No. 9,321,320

RIDE PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION IN AN ACTIVE SUSPENSION SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of controlling a vehicle suspension for a wheel via a controller, the method comprising:
repeatedly calculating a vertical velocity of the wheel until the vertical velocity exceeds a first velocity threshold;
in response to the vertical velocity exceeding the first velocity threshold, initiating a timer and maintaining a damping
level of an adjustable damping mechanism of the vehicle suspension at an initial value while repeatedly recalculating the
vertical velocity of the wheel until a recalculated vertical velocity exceeds a second velocity threshold; and

in response to the recalculated vertical velocity exceeding the second velocity threshold before the timer exceeds a first
time threshold, sending an adjustment signal to the adjustable damping mechanism of the vehicle suspension to increase the
damping level of the suspension.

US Pat. No. 9,470,190

ENGINE INTAKE MANIFOLD HAVING A CONDENSATE-CONTAINMENT TRAY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine intake manifold comprising:
a manifold chamber configured to receive positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) gas from a PCV conduit outlet, the manifold
chamber including a condensate-containment tray with a plurality of baffles forming a plurality of separate cavities below
the PCV conduit outlet, where at least a portion of the condensate-containment tray is positioned in a valley between two
cylinder banks; and

one or more intake manifold runners coupled to each of the cylinder banks.

US Pat. No. 9,156,395

LOW PROFILE HIGHLY EFFICIENT VEHICULAR LED MODULES AND HEADLAMPS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle lighting module, comprising:
a lens having an input surface including a purality of near-field lens elements, and an exit surface, each element having
a different focal length; and

an LED light source positioned to direct incident light through the input surface,
wherein the elements are configured to shape the light from the input surface into a collimated light pattern emanating from
the exit surface containing at least 60% of the incident light.

US Pat. No. 9,393,863

FUEL FILLER SPUD DIFFUSER

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system for diffusing a fuel inflow for a vehicle, comprising:
a fuel tank, containing fuel, a portion of which exists in the form of vapor, an upper portion of the tank forming a tank
ceiling;

a fuel filler spud, defining a fuel inlet on a vehicle exterior and extending into the fuel tank to define a fuel outlet;
and

a diffuser mounted on the fuel filler spud for diffusing fuel flowing into the tank, the diffuser being formed as a protrusion
extending from a lower portion of the spud, generally curving upward toward the spud and expanding in width with respect to
distance from the spud, the protrusion having a plurality of grooves formed thereon, for splitting the flow into at least
two streams, thereby increasing a fuel inflow surface area and producing a diffused fuel flow;

wherein the tank ceiling includes at least one of a baffle or an existing rib, towards which the protrusion is aimed during
operation, the protrusion being curved towards the tank ceiling, facilitating diffusion during fuel inflow.

US Pat. No. 9,285,012

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH COMPENSATION WEIGHT ARRANGED ON THE CRANKSHAFT AND SERVING AS AN IMBALANCE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCTION OF THE CRANKSHAFT

Ford Global Technologies,...

17. An internal combustion engine with cylinders and with a crank drive comprising a crankshaft having an axis, the engine
comprising:
a crankcase in which the crankshaft is mounted, said crankcase having a crankshaft throw for each cylinder, said throws being
arranged spaced apart along the crankshaft axis; and

a compensation weight extending from a periphery of one or more of said crankshaft throws and being arranged on the crankshaft,
said weight having an outward-facing side that has an arcuate form, said outward-facing side runs in the peripheral direction
and has a constant distance from a reference axis that is parallel to the crankshaft axis and spaced by a distance ?.

US Pat. No. 9,470,185

ENGINE-OFF NATURAL VACUUM TESTING FOR VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT ENGINE VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:
adjusting an evaporative emissions leak test parameter based on a ratio of cylinder run time of a deactivatable cylinder of
an engine to total vehicle run time; and

indicating degradation based on the adjusted parameter, wherein the degradation is a leak of a fuel system.

US Pat. No. 9,415,769

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A POWERTRAIN IN A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle powertrain, comprising:
limiting engine speed to a first predetermined speed when a battery discharge limit is at least a predetermined discharge
limit and an accelerator pedal position is less than a first predetermined position; and

allowing the engine speed to exceed the first predetermined speed when the battery discharge limit is below the predetermined
discharge limit and the accelerator pedal position is less than the first predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 9,394,864

MULTI-FREQUENCY QUARTER-WAVE RESONATOR FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A noise attenuation element for vehicles, comprising:
a tube having an overall length;
a valve seat disposed in the tube;
a valve body; and
a wire fixed to an interior closed end of the tube and connected to the valve body, wherein retraction of the wire moves the
valve body axially within the tube into sealed engagement with the valve seat defining a tube effective length that is less
than the overall length.

US Pat. No. 9,228,628

CRUSH-CAN ATTACHED TO A FRAME RAIL THROUGH A VEHICLE BODY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An impact absorption assembly for a vehicle having an outer body structure, the assembly comprising:
a frame rail;
a bumper on an opposite side of the outer body structure from the frame rail; and
a crush-can attached to the bumper and the frame rail, wherein the outer body structure defines an opening, wherein the crush-can
extends through the opening, and wherein the crush-can is unattached to the outer body structure.

US Pat. No. 9,102,215

AIRFLOW CONTROL IN FLOOR MODE FOR VEHICLE WITH MULTIPLE SEATING ROWS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A comfort system for a motor vehicle, wherein the vehicle includes a passenger cabin with a front seat zone, a second row
zone, and a third row zone, and wherein the vehicle includes at least one seat occupancy sensor for determining at least whether
the third row zone is occupied, the comfort system comprising;
only one blower for driving an airflow, wherein the one blower drives the airflow to each of the front seat zone, the second
row zone, and the third row zone;

a heat exchanger for exchanging heat with the driven airflow and outputting a conditioned airflow;
a front register for delivering at least a portion of the conditioned airflow to the front seat zone;
a rear duct including a second row outlet for delivering at least a portion of the conditioned airflow to the second row zone
and a third row outlet for delivering at least a portion of the conditioned airflow to the third row zone;

at least one flow controller in the rear duct for controllably supplying the conditioned airflow to at least the third row
outlet; and

a comfort controller for coupling to the seat occupancy sensor and to the flow controller, the comfort controller configured
for:

detecting whether the third row zone is occupied;
if the third row zone is occupied, then turning on the second row outlet and the third row outlet to supply conditioned airflow
to the front seat zone, the second row zone, and the third row zone;

if the third row zone is not occupied, then:
closing off the third row outlet;
detecting whether the second row zone is occupied;
if the second row zone is not occupied, then closing off the second and third row outlets to supply conditioned airflow to
only the front seat zone; and

if the second row zone is occupied, then turning on the second row outlet to supply the conditioned airflow to only the front
seat zone and the second row zone until a desired comfort level is achieved in the second row zone.

US Pat. No. 9,121,472

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH COMPENSATION WEIGHT ARRANGED ON THE CRANKSHAFT AND SERVING AS AN IMBALANCE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCTION OF THE CRANKSHAFT

Ford Global Technologies,...

10. An engine comprising:
a crankshaft;
a crankcase at least partially enclosing the crankshaft; and
a compensation weight arranged on the crankshaft including a peripheral surface of an outward-facing side, a distance between
a rotational axis of the crankshaft and the peripheral surface varying along the length of the peripheral surface; and

where the distance from the peripheral surface of the outward-facing side running in the peripheral direction to the longitudinal
axis of the crankshaft is given by the function s(?) and s(?) =R+R [1?cos(?)+1/?- 1/?, (1- 2 sin2(?))0.5], where R designates the distance s(?=0) in the center plane, a is the rotary angle of the crankshaft starting from a piston
at bottom dead center, and ? is the ratio r/L, with L as the connecting rod length and r as the crank radius.

US Pat. No. 9,300,017

DETECTING BLOCKAGE OF AIR FLOW THROUGH VEHICLE TRACTION BATTERY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for a vehicle having a traction battery comprising:
an intake passage between a passenger cabin and the battery;
a battery fan for supplying air from the passenger cabin to the battery via the intake passage; and
a controller configured to generate a signal indicating blockage of air flow through the battery when a difference in temperature
within the intake passage and within the passenger cabin is greater than a predetermined temperature difference magnitude.

US Pat. No. 9,290,229

BICYCLE CHAIN STAY COUPLING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first bracket component coupled to a seat tube of a bicycle frame;
a connecting component of a chain stay of the bicycle frame; and
a coupling component engaged in series between the connecting component and the first bracket component about a common axle
of the first bracket component and the connecting component, the coupling component including an elastomeric material and
being configured to provide shock absorption between the first bracket component and the connecting component.

US Pat. No. 9,169,675

CLOSURE DEVICE FOR A COMPARTMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A closure device for a vehicle glove compartment, said closure device comprising:
a flap that functions as a latch handle and configured to pivot to an open position and pivot to a closed position of the
glove compartment, the flap displaceable to a blocked position by a first force acting on an outer surface of the flap in
a first direction, wherein the flap comprises a pivoting mechanism with a lock, the flap movable by the first force to the
blocked position where the lock is moved into engagement with a locking element to prevent pivoting of the flap and thereby
lock the flap in the blocked position, wherein when the first force is removed from acting on the outer surface, said flap
is displaceable to a released position by a second force acting in a second direction opposite to the first direction, in
which when the flap is in the released position the flap may pivot from the released position to the open position or to the
closed position, and wherein a spring provides the second force that biases the flap in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,174,573

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO COACH DRIVER OF MANUAL TRANSMISSION VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of coaching a driver of a vehicle having a manual transmission comprising:
monitoring, in a controller, a clutch input speed, a clutch output speed, and a clutch torque;
based on the input speed, output speed, and torque, estimating a clutch power dissipation; and
in response to the power dissipation exceeding a power threshold for longer than a duration threshold, automatically outputting
a suggested driving technique change to mitigate clutch degradation.

US Pat. No. 9,404,411

TURBOCHARGER SYSTEM HAVING AN AIR-COOLED SOLENOID VALVE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A turbocharger system, comprising:
a turbine bypass conduit in fluidic communication with a turbine inlet and a turbine outlet;
a wastegate actuator coupled to a wastegate in the turbine bypass conduit adjusting a wastegate position; and
an air-cooled solenoid valve coupled to the wastegate actuator adjusting a position of the wastegate actuator and air-cooled
via airflow traveling through an intake conduit and to a compressor mechanically coupled to a turbine.

US Pat. No. 9,156,422

ACTIVE BOLSTER WITH MULTIPLE BLADDERS ON SINGLE TRIM PIECE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An active bolster for protecting a passenger in a seating area of an automotive vehicle during a crash event, comprising:
an interior trim panel of the vehicle, wherein the trim panel has a front surface facing the seating area and a back surface
including a plurality of closed bonding tracks spaced laterally across the panel;

a plurality of bladder walls, each having an outer flange bonded to a respective bonding track, a plurality of pleats disposed
annularly adjacent the respective outer flange and defining a respective extension length, and central mounting towers attaching
the respective bladder wall to a fixed reaction structure;

a plurality of micro gas generators, each mounted to a respective bladder wall for supplying inflation gas to inflate the
respective bladder wall during the crash event;

wherein inflation of each bladder wall causes unfolding of the respective pleats while the trim panel deploys away from the
fixed reaction structure by a non-uniform distance resulting from at least one bladder wall having a pleat extension length
not equal to the pleat extension length of another laterally-spaced bladder wall.

US Pat. No. 9,147,890

FUEL CELL WITH EMBEDDED FLOW FIELD

Ford Global Technologies,...

6. A system comprising:
an automotive vehicle including a fuel cell stack configured to provide power to move the vehicle, the fuel cell stack including
a plurality of fuel cells each having (i) a porous plate with an embedded flow field formed therein, (ii) a catalyst ink,
including an ionomer and hydrophobic additives, supported on and within the porous plate and (iii) a proton exchange membrane
in contact with the porous plate and catalyst, wherein a porosity of the porous plate in a vicinity of the proton exchange
membrane is less than a porosity of the porous plate away from the proton exchange membrane.

US Pat. No. 9,050,913

VEHICLE LOAD FLOOR ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle load floor, comprising:
a seatback pivotal to a stowed position;
a cargo floor rearward the seatback; and
a foldable panel assembly movable between stored and deployed positions and including:
a first panel having a first end pivotally coupled with the seatback;
a second panel pivotally coupled with a second end of the first panel opposite the first end; and
a hinge coupled between bottom surfaces of the first and second panels, wherein the deployed position includes the seatback
in the stowed position and top surfaces of the first and second panels extending rearward to define a planar support surface
spanning to the cargo floor, and wherein the stored position includes the second panel disposed between the first panel and
the seatback.

US Pat. No. 9,586,517

EXTERIOR MIRROR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH LIQUID CONTAINER REFILL FUNNEL

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An exterior mirror for a motor vehicle, comprising:
a mirror housing;
a filling funnel disposed within the housing, the filling funnel having an inlet opening tapering in the direction of an interior
of the housing to a tubular section; and

at least one liquid container disposed in an engine compartment of the motor vehicle that may be refilled through the funnel.

US Pat. No. 9,478,809

FLEXIBLE COMPOSITE SOLID POLYMER ELECTROCHEMICAL MEMBRANE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A flexible electrochemical membrane comprising:
a flexible polymer sheet having a first side and a second opposed side spaced apart by a thickness; and
an array of inorganic solid electrolyte pillars supported by the polymer sheet, each pillar extending through the thickness
of the sheet with a first exposed end adjacent to the first side and a second exposed end adjacent to the second side to form
an ionically conductive pathway across the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,453,599

BI-CHANNEL COOLANT TUBE HAVING CROSSOVER CHANNELS TO ALLOW COOLANT INTERACTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A bi-channel coolant tube comprising:
a first fluid-carrying channel;
a second fluid-carrying channel;
a base wall shared by both said first and said second fluid-carrying channel;
a divider separating said first and second fluid-carrying channels; and
a fluid-passing window formed in said divider, said window having an edge, said divider including a surface, a portion of
said surface attached to said edge and extending away from said surface at an angle, said portion and said divider being perpendicular
to said base wall.

US Pat. No. 9,097,166

INTEGRATED FUEL CATALYST MONITOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of monitoring catalyst performance, comprising:
computing a total fuel mass following a deceleration fuel shut-off event and an exhaust gas oxygen sensor switch;
applying the computed total fuel mass to a support vector machine to generate a classification output, the support vector
machine including a clustering algorithm configured to reduce a number of support vectors;

indicating catalyst degradation based on the classification output.

US Pat. No. 9,439,245

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR FOR A LAMINATED WINDOW

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electrical connector for a window having two panes of glass with at least one laminating interlayer interposed between
and bonded to the two panes of glass and an electrical device interposed between the two panes of glass, wherein the electrical
connector comprises an electrically conductive strip for connecting one input of the electrical device to a source of electrical
power, wherein the electrically conductive strip is bonded on all sides to the at least one laminating interlayer to form
a water impervious seal therebetween, and wherein the electrically conductive strip has a first portion interposed between
said one pane of glass and the laminating interlayer for connection to the electrical device and a second portion interposed
between the other pane of glass and the laminating interlayer for connection to the source of electrical power, and a third
portion joining the first and second portions together, wherein the third portion extends through the laminating interlayer
and is bonded to the laminating interlayer to form the water impervious seal, and wherein the first portion of the electrically
conductive strip terminates in contact with said one pane of glass at a location between said one pane of glass and the laminating
interlayer.

US Pat. No. 9,394,842

METHOD FOR IMPROVING ENGINE STARTING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine starting method, comprising:
providing a constant air mass to an engine after engine run-up until a predetermined condition, the constant air mass provided
at a first altitude and a second altitude, a desired amount of vacuum provided by the engine at the first altitude, an additional
amount of vacuum than the desired amount of vacuum provided by the engine at the second altitude, the second altitude lower
than the first altitude;

adjusting ignition timing to provide a torque to achieve a desired engine idle speed while the engine inducts the constant
air mass; and

advancing spark timing toward minimum spark advance timing for best engine torque (MBT) timing in response to an increase
in engine torque while the engine inducts the constant air mass.

US Pat. No. 9,437,890

PURGE ASSEMBLY FOR A FUEL CELL SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A fuel cell system comprising:
a fuel cell stack; and
a purge assembly in fluid communication with the fuel cell stack, the purge assembly having:
a separator defining a chamber for receiving a recirculated fuel stream including a fluid portion and an impurities portion,
a purge valve positioned downstream of the separator for purging the impurities portion from the fuel cell system, and
a drain conduit connecting the separator and the purge valve, and having an outer passage connected to a lower end of the
chamber and forming a fluid trap to collect the fluid portion, and an inner passage nested within the outer passage and extending
through the fluid trap for delivering the impurities portion to the purge valve, the inner passage having a free end extending
into the chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,297,327

OPERATION OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

19. A system, comprising:
an engine;
a more-upstream exhaust gas oxygen sensor;
a more-downstream exhaust gas oxygen sensor;
an emission control device; and
a controller with instructions executable to:
during a first condition comprising decreased scavenging, adjusting fuel injection based on a more-upstream air-fuel ratio;
and

during a second condition comprising increased scavenging, stopping monitoring of the emission control device, and adjusting
fuel injection based on one or more more-downstream air-fuel ratios and not based on the more-upstream air-fuel ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,074,553

CYLINDER BLOCK ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cylinder block assembly, comprising:
a cylinder block including a cylinder, two crankshaft supports at a bottom of the cylinder block, first and second cylinder
block exterior sidewalls ending above a centerline of a crankshaft supported by the supports, where the two crankshaft supports
are formed out of a single continuous piece of material and surround the circumference of the crankshaft; and

a structural frame coupled to the cylinder block, the structural frame including first and second structural frame exterior
sidewalls extending above the centerline of the crankshaft and coupled to the first and second cylinder block exterior sidewalls.

US Pat. No. 9,373,044

TRAILER LANE DEPARTURE WARNING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A lane departure warning system for a vehicle towing a trailer, comprising:
an imager detecting a lane boundary on a roadway;
a sensor detecting a hitch angle between the vehicle and the trailer;
a controller determining a lateral offset of the trailer relative to the vehicle based on the hitch angle and a length of
the trailer; and

a warning apparatus generating a signal when the lateral offset crosses the lane boundary.

US Pat. No. 9,073,486

DEPLOY AND EXTEND STEP PAD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a first step pad;
a second step pad rotatably attached to the first step pad;
a telescoping extension disposed within the second step pad and configured to extend from the second step pad to an extended
position outboard relative to a rear wheel,

wherein the telescoping extension includes an inner portion and an outer portion, wherein the inner portion and the outer
portion are configured to extend from the second step pad and wherein the inner portion is configured to extend from the outer
portion; and

a reinforcement core extending through the telescoping extension.

US Pat. No. 9,260,103

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE HAVING AN ELECTRIC HEATER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for controlling a hybrid vehicle having an engine and an electric heater, comprising:
estimating an actual energy consumption, using a controller, of the electric heater in response to receipt of a heat request,
the actual energy consumption being based on an actual power consumption of the electric heater over a predetermined period
of time, wherein the actual power consumption is based on a measured total vehicle power consumption adjusted by subtracting
power consumed by all vehicle components using electrical power other than the electric heater;

comparing the actual energy consumption of the electric heater with a corresponding threshold using the controller; and
starting the engine, using the controller, when the actual energy consumption is below the corresponding threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,284,920

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STOPPING AND STARTING AN ENGINE WITH DEDICATED EGR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating an engine, comprising:
deactivating a dedicated EGR (DEGR) cylinder group of a multi-cylinder engine in response to an imminent engine shutdown condition
and prior to deactivating a non-DEGR cylinder group to purge EGR from an intake system;

monitoring an EGR amount after deactivating; and
deactivating the non-DEGR cylinder group and shutting down the engine in response to the monitored EGR amount falling below
a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,187,129

VEHICLE BODY MOUNT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A body mount assembly for use in coupling a cab to a frame of a vehicle, the body mount assembly comprising:
a cross member comprising aluminum and having a longitudinal axis and a rectangular cross-section generally perpendicular
to the longitudinal axis and defining an inner passage, the cross member including a first outer surface portion and a second
oppositely disposed outer surface portion, wherein each of the first surface portion and the second surface portion respectively
include first and second openings that are aligned with one another, further wherein each of the first and second openings
is in communication with the inner passage; and

a collar comprising aluminum and having an inner, generally cylindrically shaped portion defining a center axis and a first
collar passage that includes the center axis, the collar further having an outer portion also defining the center axis, the
collar further including a plurality of walls interconnecting the inner portion and the outer portion,

wherein the collar is located in the inner passage of the cross member and the first collar passage aligned with the first
and second surface openings of the first and second cross member surface openings.

US Pat. No. 9,481,277

ADJUSTABLE HEADREST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:
a seatback coupled to a seat cushion;
a headrest assembly supported from the seatback and operable between neutral and surround configurations, wherein the headrest
assembly includes: a headrest bun having a lower portion configured to move between extended and retracted positions;

one or more side supports adjustably coupled to the headrest bun and operable between upright and deployed positions;
a drive system comprising:
a shaft rotatable coupled to the first and second support struts between first and second positions; and
first and second support arms disposed on the shaft and operably coupled to the first and second side supports, wherein the
first and second support arms are configured to rotate with the shaft as the first and second support arms move between the
upright and deployed positions.

US Pat. No. 9,399,962

METHOD FOR DETERMINING AND COMPENSATING ENGINE BLOW-THROUGH AIR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of compensating engine cylinder blow-through via a controller, comprising:
sensing via a sensor;
receiving an output of the sensor in to the controller;
estimating a difference between a total cylinder air mass flow curve and a maximum volumetric efficiency curve via the controller;
and

adjusting an engine actuator operatively connected to the controller and controlling supply of a combustion constituent to
a cylinder in response to the estimated difference.

US Pat. No. 9,297,296

METHOD FOR DISCHARGING CONDENSATE FROM A TURBOCHARGER ARRANGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine method, comprising:
determining engine operating conditions including an initial engine pressure;
determining whether it is time to open a drain valve based on the engine operating conditions, and if so, opening the drain
valve, the drain valve arranged in a connecting line, the connecting line coupled to an outlet of a condensate reservoir,
the condensate reservoir fluidly coupled to an intake tract downstream of a charge air cooler; and

closing the drain valve in response to an engine pressure decreasing below the initial engine pressure by a threshold amount,
wherein the opening the drain valve includes opening the drain valve at pre-determined time intervals during engine operation.

US Pat. No. 9,296,310

TRACTION BATTERY THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A traction battery comprising:
cells stacked in an array; and
thermal plates spaced apart to define a gap that receives the array, and including a plurality of tapered fins each extending
out from only one of the thermal plates into the array and partially spanning the gap, and interleaved with the cells, wherein
the cells are rotated at an oblique angle relative to an interior side of the thermal plates to seat against the fins.

US Pat. No. 9,156,340

ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE PROTECTION APPARATUS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A protection apparatus for a battery having an energy storage device arranged between two wheelhouses comprising:
a U-beam protective element external to the battery, spanning between the wheelhouses, secured to a floor panel via flanges,
defining a continuous surface and a beam width substantially equal to a battery fore-aft width relative to opposing rolling
directions of wheels; and

a plurality of supports secured to the wheelhouses to retain and orient the U-beam above the battery.

US Pat. No. 9,151,219

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SURGE CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A boosted engine method, comprising:
if a compressor surge limit margin exceeds a threshold, boosting the engine and maintaining a valve coupling a compressor
inlet to a compressor outlet at a semi-open, default position;

if the margin is below the threshold, shifting the valve from the semi-open position to a fully-open position;
responsive to a transient torque demand increase by a vehicle operator, shifting the valve from the semi-open position to
a fully-closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,108,614

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ADAPTING A DRIVELINE DISCONNECT CLUTCH TRANSFER FUNCTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A driveline disconnect clutch adaptation method, comprising:
adjusting application force of a driveline disconnect clutch in a vehicle driveline in response to a torque sensor, where
the driveline includes the driveline disconnect clutch and a torque converter lockup clutch.

US Pat. No. 9,296,432

ALUMINUM ALLOY VEHICLE STRUCTURAL COMPONENT DEFINING AN OUT-OF-PLANE APERTURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An automotive component defining an out-of-plane aperture comprising:
an aluminum alloy structural component having a side including a main portion defining a recessed portion that is encircled
by the main portion and has a thickness that is substantially equal to a thickness of the main portion, the recessed portion
having a bed sub-portion that is substantially parallel to the main portion and a strain hardened sub-portion connecting the
bed sub-portion to the main portion, wherein the bed sub-portion is out-of-plane with the main portion and defines an aperture,
and wherein the bed sub-portion is sized such that a width of the bed sub-portion extending between a perimeter of the aperture
and the strain hardened sub-portion is at least 6 millimeters.

US Pat. No. 9,180,912

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STEERING TORQUE COMPENSATION DURING BRAKING EVENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for steering torque compensation carried out in a controller of a vehicle having a steering system, comprising:
detecting a braking event from actual vehicle information;
determining an actual steering torque signal;
determining a torque compensation signal representative of a difference between the actual steering torque signal and a target
steering torque signal;

generating a request to implement the torque compensation signal; and
implementing the torque compensation signal during the detected braking event.

US Pat. No. 9,538,691

POWER INVERTER FOR A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A power inverter comprising:
power modules each including opposing major sides that each define a pocket recessed therein, and being arranged in a stack
such that pockets adjacent to each other cooperate to form coolant chambers interleaved with the modules; and

flow guide assemblies each disposed within one of the coolant chambers and including fins configured to alter shape based
on a temperature of the coolant to alter a turbulence associated with the coolant.

US Pat. No. 9,126,550

SLIDING DEFLECTOR ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle frame assembly comprising:
a main rail;
a deflector assembly including:
a front member having an inboard end pivotally coupled to the main rail and an outboard end;
a rear member having an inboard end slidably coupled to the main rail and an outboard end pivotally coupled to the outboard
end of the front member; and

a tension member disposed between the inboard ends of the front member and the rear member, wherein the deflector assembly
is operable between a normal use position wherein the tension member is slack and a collision position wherein the tension
member is taut.

US Pat. No. 9,080,523

METHOD TO IMPROVE BLOWTHROUGH VIA SPLIT EXHAUST

Ford Global Technologies,...

18. An engine system, comprising:
an engine cylinder having a first exhaust valve, a second exhaust valve, and a third valve;
a turbocharger;
a first exhaust passage communicating the first exhaust valve directly to only a turbine of the turbocharger;
a second exhaust passage communicating the second exhaust valve directly to only an emission control device;
a third passage communicating the third valve directly to only an inlet of the turbocharger compressor.

US Pat. No. 9,622,159

PLUG-AND-PLAY INTERACTIVE VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPONENT ARCHITECTURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:
a wireless transceiver configured to scan for advertised services; and
a processor programmed to
receive a service identifier of a service from the wireless transceiver,
verify a name included in the service identifier indicates that the service identifier is an in-vehicle component, and
decode, from the service identifier, a relative location within a vehicle, a zone controlled by the in-vehicle component,
and a category of functionality of the in-vehicle component.

US Pat. No. 9,403,487

VEHICLE DEPLOYABLE FRONT STEP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a latch assembly connected to the vehicle having a primary and a secondary latch configured to maintain a hood in primary
and secondary closed positions, respectively;

a step assembly disposed within a front portion of the vehicle, the step assembly having a stowed and a deployed position;
and

a hood release disposed within a vehicle cabin configured to release the primary latch and deploy the step assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,297,331

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A DIRECT INJECTION FUEL PUMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of operating a direct injection fuel pump, comprising:
in response to engine knock,
during a first condition where the first condition is a first engine load, operating the direct injection fuel pump with a
first piston lift amount;

during a second condition where the second condition is a second engine load greater than the first engine load, the second
condition different from the first condition, operating the direct injection fuel pump with a second piston lift amount, the
second piston lift amount greater than the first lift amount;

in the absence of engine knock, deactivating the direct injection fuel pump; and
activating the direct injection fuel pump from a deactivated state via engaging a low lift cam profile in response to fuel
pressure less than a threshold in a fuel rail supplied fuel by the direct injection fuel pump while direct fuel injectors
coupled to the fuel rail are deactivated in response to the absence of engine knock.

US Pat. No. 9,157,848

DING DETECTION SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method to identify and classify deformations on a sheet metal panel, the method comprising:
applying an abrasive screening material to the sheet metal panel's surface to identify deformations present on the sheet metal
panel, the screening material being in the form of an object having dimensions substantially smaller than the dimensions of
the sheet metal panel, wherein the application of the screening material includes swiping the screening material over the
entire surface of the sheet metal panel, the screening material being abrasive in texture but sufficiently smooth to avoid
scratching the sheet metal panel, thereby establishing screened deformations;

rubbing an area around each identified deformations with a tool to determine the size of the identified deformations; and
measuring the screened deformations employing a measuring rule to classify each identified deformation.

US Pat. No. 9,394,872

METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE STOPPING AND STARTING OF AN ENGINE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A control system for an engine of a motor vehicle having an inlet manifold in which is mounted a throttle valve to vary
the flow of air to the engine, comprising:
a pressure sensor configured to sense the absolute pressure in an inlet manifold of the engine downstream from the throttle
valve;

a number of inputs to a control module providing signals indicative of when the engine should be stopped and started and the
speed of the engine;

an actuator coupled to the throttle valve; and
a starter device configured to start the engine;
where the control module is operable to initiate an engine shut-down and close the throttle valve in the inlet manifold of
the engine when the inputs indicate that an engine shut-down is signalled and is further operable to restart the engine using
the starter device during the shut-down if the inputs indicate that starting is signalled, the engine speed is between predefined
upper and lower limits and the absolute pressure sensed by the pressure sensor indicates that the absolute pressure in the
inlet manifold of the engine is below a predefined limit.

US Pat. No. 9,199,293

HEADER BEAM OF A VEHICLE FRAME AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A method of forming a vehicle header, comprising:
providing a generally straight beam with a hollow body portion;
securing a beam end with a clamping device that rotates relative to an opposing beam end;
bending the beam into a windshield curvature, the beam end being free of bending;
striking a forward extending flange of the beam to form roof panel engaging notches along a windshield curved edge; and
attaching the end to opposing A-pillars.

US Pat. No. 9,103,246

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING VACUUM DEGRADATION IN A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine vacuum system, comprising:
an engine including a crankcase vent and an oil separator located along the crankcase vent; and
a vacuum pump in fluidic communication with the engine and a vacuum consumer, a vacuum pump inlet port in fluidic communication
with a passage entering an interior of the engine, the passage absent an oil pump along its length.

US Pat. No. 9,296,341

TIP OUT STYLE VEHICLE INTERIOR DOOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A console assembly comprising:
a console housing having a plurality of surfaces that define a void, wherein two of the surfaces include upper and lower console
protrusions; and

a member disposed within the void having upper and lower member protrusions on two surfaces that engage with the corresponding
console protrusions, the member configured to slidably rotate along the console and member protrusions between first and second
positions about an axis external the member.

US Pat. No. 9,284,924

VEHICLE REFUELING DETECTION METHOD UTILIZING HYDROCARBON SENSOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a fuel system, comprising:
unlocking a fuel door responsive to completion of depressurization of a fuel tank indicated based on output from a hydrocarbon
sensor positioned in a line which couples the fuel tank with a fuel vapor canister.

US Pat. No. 9,181,992

TORQUE CONVERTER FOR MOTOR VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A torque converter assembly, comprising:
an engine output shaft;
a turbine including a turbine frictional element rotatably fixed thereto;
a transmission input shaft;
a converter housing rotationally fixed to the output shaft and including a housing frictional element;
a lock-up clutch including a disc-shaped member rotationally fixed to and axially slidable on the input shaft;
a first hydraulic fluid filled cavity applying pressure to a first side of the disc to axially move the member along the input
shaft toward engaging the housing frictional element to mechanically couple the input shaft to the output shaft;

a second hydraulic fluid filled cavity applying pressure to an opposed second side of the disc to axially move the member
along the input shaft toward engaging the turbine frictional element to mechanically couple the input shaft to the turbine;

wherein the torque converter includes two external connections for hydraulic fluid, a first connection for hydraulic fluid
that is under a converter charging pressure (CC) and a second connection for hydraulic fluid that is under a converter discharging
pressure (CDC);

wherein the lock-up clutch is configured to decouple the input shaft from both the output shaft and the turbine when the CC
is substantially equal to the CDC;

wherein the lock-up clutch is configured to couple the transmission input shaft to the engine output shaft if the CC is lower
than the CDC;

wherein the lock-up clutch is configured to couple the transmission input shaft to the turbine when the CC is higher than
the CDC; and

wherein the lock-up clutch is configured to decouple the transmission input shaft when the CC is substantially equal to the
CDC.

US Pat. No. 9,296,309

CUSTOMIZED BATTERY CHARGING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a motor configured to provide drive torque;
a storage device connected to the motor and configured to receive power from an external supply for facilitating charging;
a climate control system configured to heat and cool at least one of a passenger compartment and the storage device;
a user interface configured to provide a charge level selection; and
at least one controller configured to:
receive input indicative of a present charge value, an identity of a present driver from a key, an ambient temperature, and
a climate control system power consumption, disable charging when the present charge value corresponds to the charge level
selection: and

modify the charge level selection based on historic climate control system power consumption associated with the present driver
and the ambient temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,404,430

LOGIC-BASED SLIDING DOOR INTERLOCK

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A transportation vehicle comprising:
a fuel door on a first side of the vehicle and having an open position and a closed position;
a sensor providing a fuel door ajar signal indicating whether the fuel door is in the open position or the closed position;
a sliding door on the first side of the vehicle for passenger ingress and egress, wherein the sliding door is movable between
an open position and a closed position, wherein the open position of the sliding door interferes with the open position of
the fuel door, and wherein the sliding door has an interior door handle and an exterior door handle;

at least one power lock switch for manually generating a lock signal or an unlock signal;
a child lock switch for manually generating a power child locking signal or a power child unlocking signal;
an electronically-controlled latch system in the sliding door responsive to 1) a power lock command for putting the latch
system in an outside locked state for preventing the sliding door from being moved from the closed position using the exterior
door handle, 2) a power unlock command for putting the latch system in an outside unlocked state for enabling the sliding
door to be moved from the closed position using the exterior door handle, 3) a child lock command for putting the latch system
in an inside locked state for preventing the sliding door from being moved from the closed position using the interior door
handle, and 4) a child unlock command for putting the latch system in an inside unlocked state for enabling the sliding door
to be moved from the closed position using the interior door handle;

a lock controller coupled to the sensor, the power lock switch, the child lock switch, and the latch system, the lock controller
responding to the fuel door moving to the open position by 1) preserving a current outside locked or unlocked state and a
current inside locked or unlocked state, 2) initiating or maintaining the outside locked state and inside locked state, and
3) after the fuel door moving to the closed position, restoring or maintaining the preserved current outside locked or unlocked
state and the preserved current inside locked or unlocked state;

a combustion engine; and
an engine controller coupled to the engine, wherein the engine controller stops the combustion engine in response to the door
ajar signal.

US Pat. No. 9,363,318

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LAUNCHING AN APPLICATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle computing system comprising:
a controller communicating with a transceiver and programed to:
in response to a portion of a first application being downloaded at the controller, configure a wireless signal with a first
application identifier that uniquely identifies the first application to be launched at a nomadic device;

broadcast the wireless signal including the first application identifier via the transceiver; and
receive data associated with the first application launched at the nomadic device.

US Pat. No. 9,296,037

ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC RIVET AND METHOD OF RIVETING AND WELDING PARTS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A rivet adapted to secure two parts together that define a hole comprising:
a tubular member that extends through the hole from a first side of the two parts to a second side of the two parts, the tubular
member including an electrode and a liquid contained within the tubular member, and a stored charge connected to the electrode
that is adapted to create a shockwave within the liquid in order to deform the tubular member into a predetermined shape such
that a first flange engages the first side and a second flange engages the second side; and

wherein upon discharge of the stored charge, the electrode forms a shockwave, which creates a first solid state weld between
the first flange and the first side and a second solid state weld between the second flange and the second side.

US Pat. No. 9,296,301

ENVIRONMENT-AWARE REGENERATIVE BRAKING ENERGY CALCULATION METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of operating a vehicle, comprising:
determining a proposed vehicle trip route;
during planning the proposed vehicle trip route, calculating a total amount of discounted regenerative energy available for
the proposed trip route based on static and dynamic physical conditions extending over the proposed trip route and base regenerative
braking parameters for the vehicle, said calculation comprising estimating ire a total amount of discounted regenerative energy
to be generated from regenerative braking over the entire proposed trip route, the discounted regenerative energy at any point
along the proposed trip route calculated by discounting an amount of regenerative energy with respect to a base regenerative
braking energy at any point along the proposed trip route, the base regenerative braking energy at any point along the proposed
trip route determined from respective static physical conditions predicted to be present at any point along the route, the
discounting determined from respective dynamic physical conditions predicted to be present at any point along the proposed
trip route, the total amount of discounted regenerative energy estimated to be generated further comprising using regenerative
calibration information for the vehicle, the estimation prior to travelling along the proposed trip route; and,

implementing regenerative braking of the vehicle along said proposed trip route using the discounted regeneration energy.

US Pat. No. 9,168,925

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING GRADE AND ROLLING DIRECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, comprising:
adjusting an actuator in response to a rolling direction estimated from a correlation coefficient, where the correlation coefficient
is a summation of unsigned wheel speed values and vehicle longitudinal acceleration values.

US Pat. No. 9,403,479

VEHICLE AND VEHICLE SEAT BELT SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A seat belt system for a vehicle seat comprising:
a D-ring assembly including a visible-light source;
a tongue;
an anchor;
a retractable belt strap passing through the D-ring and tongue, and terminating at the anchor;
a buckle configured to receive the tongue; and
a controller programmed to, in response to a detected trigger condition requiring a vehicle occupant to locate the position
of the D-ring, illuminate the visible-light source.

US Pat. No. 9,272,708

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:
an autonomous mode controller configured to control a vehicle in an autonomous mode;
an entertainment system controller configured to determine whether the vehicle is operating in the autonomous mode or a non-autonomous
mode and present media content on a first display when the vehicle is operating in the autonomous mode and on a second display,
and not the first display, when the vehicle is operating in a non-autonomous mode,

wherein the entertainment system controller is configured to present the media content on the first display when the vehicle
is operating in the autonomous mode and transfer presentation of the media content to the second display when the vehicle
is operating in the non-autonomous mode.

US Pat. No. 9,212,704

ELECTROMAGNETICALLY ACTUATED CLUTCH

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A clutch mechanism, comprising:
a case;
a locking ring rotationally secured to the case;
an electromagnetic coil axially slidable toward the locking ring when energized;
a gear;
a lever that pivots in response to the sliding of the coil causing the locking ring to move a greater axial distance than
the coil for all positions of the lever and to selectively engage the gear and hold the gear rotationally secured to the case.

US Pat. No. 9,055,422

SELECTIVE ALERT PROCESSING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:
a processor configured to:
engage a do-not-disturb (DND) state;
block an incoming call while the DND state is active;
determine that a blocked call corresponds to a phone approved to bypass the DND state; and
facilitate communication with the phone after blocking the call by automatically calling back the phone after blocking the
phone and determining that the phone is approved to bypass the DND state.

US Pat. No. 9,346,385

VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY WITH MULTI-CONTOUR SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:
a seating surface;
a plurality of polymeric mats, each including a memory metal encased therein, each polymeric mat having a first side operably
coupled with an underlying support structure and a second side proximate the seating surface;

an electrical source operably coupled to the memory metal in each polymeric mat and configured to supply energy to the memory
metal in each polymeric mat;

a controller in communication with the plurality of polymeric mats and configured to deliver a predetermined electrical input
to the memory metal of each polymeric mat, wherein the predetermined electrical input manipulates each polymeric mat to a
deformed state, and wherein deformation of the plurality of polymeric mats to the deformed state operates a cushion assembly
between a multitude of comfort positions; and

an air bladder disposed below the plurality of polymeric mats, the air bladder being operable between an inflated condition
and a deflated condition, wherein the plurality of polymeric mats are configured to move into an arched position when in the
deformed state and wherein the air bladder is configured to form undulations corresponding to each of the plurality of polymeric
mats.

US Pat. No. 9,109,772

OPTICAL ELEMENT FOR A VEHICLE LIGHTING ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An optical element for vehicle exterior light distribution, comprising:
a first surface facing a light source and having a first optical design including a light diffusion pattern; and
a second surface facing outwardly from the vehicle and having second optical design, the second optical design including a
wedge design, the wedge design including a first wedge wall and a second wedge wall converging with the first wedge wall,
the second wedge wall extending at an angle to the first wedge wall, wherein at least one of said first and second wedge walls
includes micro-flutes.

US Pat. No. 9,416,746

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, METHOD FOR SWITCHING OFF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND ENGINE CONTROL DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:
during engine operation with non-shutdown conditions, operating the engine with lean combustion when an NOx storage capacity
of a lean NOx trap is below a threshold;

responsive to an engine shut down signal being detected, delaying engine shutdown and operating the engine with rich combustion
until regeneration of the lean NOx trap reaches a threshold level; and

responsive to the engine shut down signal not being detected, determining that an engine shutdown is expected within a given
period of time and operating the engine with rich combustion until regeneration of the lean NOx trap reaches the threshold
level.

US Pat. No. 9,297,282

CAM PHASER SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine system comprising:
a drive component directly coupled to a first end of a phaser driveshaft and mechanically coupled to a crankshaft;
a cam phaser coupled to a second end of a camshaft and mechanically coupled to and spaced away from the drive component, the
cam phaser configured to alter a timing of the camshaft; and

the phaser driveshaft extending an entire length of the camshaft, a second end of the phaser driveshaft coupled to the cam
phaser and mechanically coupled to the drive component, wherein

the cam phaser and the drive component are positioned on opposing ends of the camshaft, without any other sprocket and cam
adjustment mechanisms therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,297,338

DIESEL PARTICULATE FILTER PASSIVE REGENERATION DURING STATIONARY POWER TAKE-OFF

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:
during select power take-off conditions, in response to an indication to regenerate a diesel particulate filter, injecting
a first urea amount to engine exhaust and reducing an EGR rate and adjusting combustion phasing of the engine; and

during non-power take-off conditions, in response to the indication, injecting a second urea amount less than the first and
increasing the EGR rate relative to the power take-off conditions;

wherein the select power take-off conditions comprise the engine being in a stationary power take-off mode.

US Pat. No. 9,421,857

MODULAR POWERTRAIN COMPONENT FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An assembly, comprising:
a torque converter including a casing supported for rotation about an axis;
a hub forming part of the torque converter casing;
a clutch including first plates secured to the hub via a spline;
a leg fixed against axial displacement and supporting the hub via the spline;
a retainer limiting axial movement of the first plates and leg on the spline;
an electric machine rotor secured to the hub.

US Pat. No. 9,108,553

VEHICLE SEAT SUSPENSION SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat suspension assembly comprising:
a rear support having a plurality of wire mounting apertures and configured for engagement with a torsion tube of a vehicle
seat;

first and second spring members having end portions engaged with the rear support;
intermediate cushion pan connectors disposed on each of the first and second spring members; and
a cross support coupled with the first and second spring members and including power and data wire routing apertures.

US Pat. No. 9,302,706

ARTICULATED CONNECTION FOR TRANSFERRING A STEERING MOVEMENT ONTO A VEHICLE WHEEL

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An articulated connection for transferring a steering movement to a vehicle wheel, the articulated connection comprising:
an axle journal configured to be coupled to the wheel;
a steering arm configured to receive a steering movement at a coupling section of a free end of the steering arm and transfer
the steering movement to the axle journal, the steering arm being bendable so as to elastically deflect with respect to the
axle journal; and

a limiting device disposed such that at least the coupling section of the steering arm impacts the limiting device to limit
an amount of deflection of the steering arm in at least one direction.

US Pat. No. 9,284,931

ENGINE FUEL PUMP AND METHOD FOR OPERATION THEREOF

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of pressuring fuel for a direct injection fuel system via a fuel pump in an engine, comprising:
during a first mode, adjusting a magnetic solenoid valve (MSV) to control pump outlet pressure; and
during a second mode, deactivating the MSV and controlling pump outlet pressure via a noise-reducing valve assembly on an
inlet side of the fuel pump, where the noise-reducing valve assembly includes a spool valve and a reed valve.

US Pat. No. 9,610,967

STEERING WHEEL ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of manufacturing a steering wheel assembly comprising the steps of:
forming a plurality of inner layer sections;
molding an intermediate layer onto each of said plurality of inner layer sections;
covering said intermediate layer of each of said plurality of inner layer sections; and
securing each of said plurality of inner layer sections adjacent a corresponding inner layer section of said plurality of
inner layer sections, and around an armature.

US Pat. No. 9,615,391

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF GESTURE-BASED DETECTION OF DRIVER MOBILE DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:
a display;
a wireless transceiver configured to detect presence of mobile devices; and
a controller, configured to
identify multiple mobile devices within a vehicle using the transceiver;
prompt, on the display, an action specifying a designated vehicle location to move a mobile device to allow the controller
to identify which of the mobile devices is a driver device;

associate the mobile device moved to the location as the driver device;
receive a second gesture-based identifying action performed using another device; and
replace the device associated as the driver device with the another device responsive to the second gesture-based identifying
action.

US Pat. No. 9,340,199

METHOD OF BRAKING IN HYBRID VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hybrid electric vehicle comprising:
a driveline configured to deliver a powertrain torque to vehicle wheels;
friction brakes configured to deliver a braking torque to the vehicle wheels;
an internal combustion engine configured to deliver positive torque to the driveline;
an electric motor configured to alternately deliver positive and negative torque to the driveline; and
a controller programmed to respond to a request to transition from positive wheel torque to negative wheel torque by
commanding the engine and electric motor to reduce the powertrain torque from an initial positive value to a positive threshold
value at a first rate of change,

commanding the brakes to exert a brake torque while commanding the engine and electric motor to reduce the powertrain torque
from the positive threshold value to a negative threshold value at a second rate of change having a magnitude less than a
magnitude of the first rate of change to mitigate a lash crossing disturbance, and

commanding the brakes to increase the brake torque to zero while commanding the electric motor to reduce the driveline torque
from the negative threshold value to a target negative value at a third rate of change having a magnitude greater than the
magnitude of the second rate of change.

US Pat. No. 9,296,358

HEAD, TORSO AND KNEE COMBO AIRBAG

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An airbag system for mitigating motor vehicle occupant injuries in the event of a high speed impact event of a motor vehicle
with a frontal rigid barrier or other structure disposed in front of the motor vehicle, wherein the motor vehicle includes
an occupant compartment having a forward facing front seat upon which an occupant is supported and an instrument panel disposed
in front of and facing the forward facing front seat, wherein the instrument panel has an upper portion and a lower portion,
the airbag system comprising:
a dual chambered combined head, torso, and knee airbag mounted on the instrument panel, the combined head, torso, and knee
airbag having a stowed condition and an inflated condition, wherein the combined head, torso, and knee airbag in the inflated
condition has a head and torso chamber and a lower extremities chamber in fluid communication with the head and torso chamber;

a single multidirectional inflator operationally coupled with each of the head and torso chamber and the lower extremities
chamber responsive to electrical actuation for inflating the combined head, torso, and knee airbag with a gas;

an impact detection sensor for generating a signal upon an impact event; and
a controller for processing the signal generated by the detection sensor and electrically actuating the multidirectional inflator
upon computing a predetermined impact severity to the motor vehicle, wherein the head and torso chamber in the inflated condition
acts against a head and a torso of the occupant so as to generate a restraining force against the occupant to mitigate contact
of the occupant's head and torso with the upper portion of the instrument panel during the impact event and the lower extremities
chamber in the inflated condition acts against a pair of knees of the occupant so as to mitigate contact of the occupant's
knees with the lower portion of the panel during the impact event, and wherein the head and torso chamber and the lower extremities
chamber each experience a rate of pressure rise during the impact event, the rate of pressure rise within each of the head
and torso chamber and the lower extremities chamber being substantially the same.

US Pat. No. 9,296,390

HYBRID VEHICLE EXHAUST DIAGNOSTICS

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A method for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:
in response to an engine pull-down request when a vehicle speed is greater than a first threshold speed:
inhibiting engine shutdown;
enabling deceleration fuel shut off;
monitoring a rich to lean transition at an air/fuel sensor in an exhaust of the vehicle;
indicating sensor degradation based on the rich to lean transition at the air/fuel sensor; and
shutting down the engine after monitoring the rich to lean transition at the air/fuel sensor for a duration; and
in response to an engine pull-down request when the vehicle speed is greater than a second threshold speed which is less than
the first threshold speed:

inhibiting engine shutdown;
enabling deceleration fuel shut off;
monitoring a rich to lean transition upstream and downstream of a catalyst in the exhaust of the vehicle where engine shutdown
is inhibited in response to exhaust gas sensors upstream and downstream of the catalyst reading rich and not inhibiting engine
shutdown when exhaust gas sensors upstream and downstream of the catalyst are reading lean; and

indicating catalyst degradation based on the rich to lean transition upstream and downstream of the catalyst; and
shutting down the engine after monitoring the rich to lean transition upstream and downstream of the catalyst for a duration.

US Pat. No. 9,212,809

PHOTOLUMINESCENT DYNAMIC LIGHTING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A lighting apparatus comprising:
a circuit comprising an exposed conductive portion conductively connected to an isolation terminal configured to be disposed
in a panel defining a cavity forming an opening;

a light source configured to emit a first emission; and
a photoluminescent portion disposed proximate the light source and configured to convert at least a portion of the first emission
to a second emission, wherein the second emission is output from the cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,121,356

STOP/START CONTROL TO INCREASE MICROHYBRID VEHICLE BATTERY CHARGE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A stop/start vehicle comprising:
an engine;
a battery having a nominal target state of charge; and
a stop/start system programmed to, in response to an identification of a drive cycle destination for the vehicle, increase
the target state of charge for the battery above the nominal and control, during the drive cycle, an automatic stopping and
starting of the engine to charge the battery to the increased target state of charge.

US Pat. No. 9,108,517

PLUG-IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE INTERLOCK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for a plug-in vehicle, comprising:
an electronic control unit coupled to a powertrain of the vehicle and configured to detect a false indication from a cord
set indicator associated with a charging cord being coupled to the vehicle while the vehicle is activated such that the vehicle
continues to be continuously activated in response to the false indication from the cord set indicator.

US Pat. No. 9,267,457

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ENGINE DURING A RESTART

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle engine, the engine being coupled to a transmission, comprising:
in response to a first operating condition, restarting the engine by engaging an engine starter and at least partially engaging
the transmission to assist in spinning-up of the engine from rest while a vehicle is traveling;

adjusting at least one of a throttle position, spark advance, cam angle, and fuel timing in response to a second operating
condition during the engine restarting; and

further comprising adjusting the throttle position responsive to an operator torque demand.

US Pat. No. 9,285,014

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A transmission comprising:
an input;
an output;
first, second, third, and fourth shafts;
a first gearing arrangement configured to fixedly impose a linear speed relationship among the input, the first shaft, and
the second shaft;

a second gearing arrangement configured to fixedly impose a proportional speed relationship between the second shaft and the
third shaft;

a third gearing arrangement configured to fixedly impose a linear speed relationship among the third shaft, the output, and
the fourth shaft; and

a fourth gearing arrangement configured to selectively impose a linear speed relationship among the first shaft, the input,
and the output.

US Pat. No. 9,238,484

INTEGRATED LATERAL LOAD-TRANSMITTAL SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A load-transfer system comprising:
a pusher disposed within a vehicle door in an idle position distal from a vehicle frame structural member; and
a transmittal zone of the vehicle door proximate the pusher and the structural member, wherein when the vehicle door receives
a side-impact load, the pusher moves through the transmittal zone to a collapsed position into engagement with the structural
member and transfers the side-impact load to the structural member.

US Pat. No. 9,193,247

VEHICLE DOOR TRIM PANEL SHUT FACE FEATURE TO REDUCE DEFLECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A door assembly for a vehicle, the assembly having a front end and a back end, the assembly comprising:
an inner door structure;
an interior trim panel attached to said door structure; and
a shut face, said shut face including an external, outer surface and an internal, engineered surface, said engineered surface
having a plurality of alternating raised areas having surfaces and recessed areas having surfaces, said raised areas extending
from said outer surface toward the front end of the assembly, each of said raised area having a height, the height of at least
one raised area being greater than the heights of other raised areas.

US Pat. No. 9,394,844

FUEL CONTROL FOR SPARK IGNITED ENGINE HAVING A PARTICULATE FILTER SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

8. A method for processing particulate matter, comprising:
directing exhaust gases from a spark-ignited gasoline engine to an exhaust system, said exhaust system an upstream three-way
catalyst followed by a particulate filter, followed by a downstream three-way catalyst;

during particulate filter regeneration, adjusting a gasoline engine air-fuel mixture, including oscillating the air-fuel mixture
between a lean air-fuel mixture and a rich air-fuel mixture while shifting an entire oscillating air-fuel ratio lean entering
the particulate filter; and

during non-particulate filter regeneration, adjusting the gasoline engine air-fuel mixture, including oscillating the air-fuel
mixture between a lean air-fuel mixture and a rich air-fuel mixture while maintaining an overall stoichiometric air-fuel entering
the particulate filter, a period of oscillation during the regeneration based on an amount of soot trapped in the particulate
filter.

US Pat. No. 9,731,654

SLIDING CARGO TONNEAU COVER

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A tonneau cover assembly for a vehicle cargo area, comprising:
a tonneau retractor assembly; and
an actuator disposed to urge the tonneau retractor assembly against a vehicle seatback;
wherein the actuator comprises a bracket arrangement including a pair of opposed brackets each slidingly receiving a tonneau
retractor pivot rod end therein.

US Pat. No. 9,267,657

VEHICULAR LIGHTING ASSEMBLIES PROVIDING UNIFORM ILLUMINATION THROUGH LED SOURCE LOCATION AND SPACING CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicular lighting assembly, comprising:
a chamber defined by isotropically luminant back and side surfaces, a depth, and a front surface having a lens aperture; and
LED sources on the back surface,
wherein each source has a beam angle?a light exit angle, and is spaced from the other sources?the depth divided by a predetermined
factor between approximately 1.0 and 2.5.

US Pat. No. 9,233,586

DUAL FUNCTION TOW HOOK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A dual function tow hook, comprising:
a body forming a tow hook, wherein said body is asymmetrically-shaped and includes a first free end and a second free end,
wherein each of the first and second free ends have at least one mounting aperture for mounting the body of the tow hook directly
to a vehicle; and

an integral step formed in said body, wherein said integral step is recessed in an upper surface of said body and has a grooved
tread face extending between a first end wall and a second end wall, said integral step being formed in said body between
said first and second free ends.

US Pat. No. 9,227,630

SMOOTHING HYBRID VEHICLE ENGINE SHUTDOWN

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of smoothing hybrid vehicle engine shutdown comprising:
powering an engine and rotating an electric machine while a clutch between the engine and machine is disengaged;
unpowering the engine while the machine remains rotating with the clutch disengaged;
controlling deceleration of the unpowered engine by controlling the clutch to transfer torque from the rotating machine to
the unpowered engine and decreasing rotation of the machine.

US Pat. No. 9,281,547

TRACTION BATTERY THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A thermal management system comprising:
a battery having a plurality of ports for conducting fluid to regulate temperature;
a manifold having a plurality of connector ports corresponding to the plurality of battery ports;
a receiving portion formed on the manifold; and
a clip formed on the battery and engaging the receiving portion with an interference fit to retain the manifold to the battery
so the connector ports remain fluidly sealed to the battery ports.

US Pat. No. 9,127,799

FLUID CONDUIT WITH VARIABLE FLOW RESISTANCE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A variable flow resistance conduit comprising:
a fluid line having an elongate, hollow body casing having a sealed chamber containing a dilatant fluid exhibiting a volume
increase under increasing pressure, the volume increase causing a reduction in an effective flow cross section of the fluid
line in reaction to an increase in the shear rate of a fluid flowing through the fluid line.

US Pat. No. 9,475,441

UNIQUE AND EFFICIENT GRILLE DESIGN WITH INTEGRATED ENERGY ABSORBER AND ENERGY ABSORBER WITH LOCKING FEATURE

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. An energy absorber assembly for a motor vehicle, comprising:
a first deformable energy absorbing component; and
at least one deformable second energy absorbing component associated with a motor vehicle grille assembly;
wherein the first energy absorbing component defines at least one receiver for slottingly engaging a portion of the at least
one second energy absorbing component whereby the receiver and the at least one second energy absorbing component portion
remain engaged on receiving an impact.

US Pat. No. 9,299,198

FLEET VEHICLE AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT MONITORING

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A system comprising:
a server programmed to
receive, from a plurality of vehicles, fleet alerts identifying vehicle locations and status of aftermarket equipment installed
to the plurality of vehicles, and

generate, based on the fleet alerts, fleet data providing the vehicle locations and corresponding status of the aftermarket
equipment of the vehicles of the fleet; and

a management system, programmed to display the vehicle locations and the corresponding status overlaid on a map.

US Pat. No. 9,730,341

HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERY COVER WITH ELECTRICAL DISCONNECT

Ford Global Technologies,...

8. A traction battery system for a vehicle comprising:
a traction battery having terminals;
a battery cover retaining the traction battery;
an access panel removably connected to the battery cover and positioned to cover the terminals, wherein the access panel has
a flange extending from an exterior surface; and

a service disconnect electrically engaged with a circuit to electrically connect the traction battery to the terminals and
mechanically engaged with the access panel such that an interior face of the service disconnect retains the flange to hold
the access panel against the battery cover when in a first position, wherein the service disconnect is configured to be slid
along the battery cover from the first position to a second position to disconnect the traction battery from the terminals
and rotated from the second position to a third position to disengage the interior face from the flange to release the access
panel from the battery cover.

US Pat. No. 9,781,866

VEHICLE POWER MODULE ASSEMBLIES AND MANIFOLDS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle power module assembly comprising:
a multi-level housing defining first and second chambers arranged with one another to form a stepped manifold for influencing
coolant flow, an inlet opening into the first chamber, and an outlet opening from the second chamber; and

a stacked array of frames to support the housing, each frame defining a channel in at least partial registration with the
outlet opening, and located proximate to at least one power inverter.

US Pat. No. 9,781,867

POWER MODULE ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE POWER INVERTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A power module assembly for a power inverter of a vehicle, the power module assembly comprising:
a housing including a panel extending between opposing end caps and having an inner side defining a first connection feature
extending along a longitudinal direction of the panel, wherein the housing further includes a cavity at least partially defined
by the inner side and the end caps, and at least one of the end caps defines a coolant port; and

an array of cards disposed within the cavity and each having opposing major sides and minor sides extending therebetween,
wherein at least one of the cards defines a second connection feature extending across one of the major sides of the card
and engaging with the first connection feature to connect the card and the panel, and wherein a coolant passage that is in
fluid communication with the port is defined between the at least one card and the panel, and is configured to convey coolant
directly across the at least one card.

US Pat. No. 9,145,840

AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ENGINE THEREIN

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating an engine in a vehicle comprising:
providing an amount of fuel to the engine based on a ratio of an actual toque output by the engine to an expected torque output
by the engine, wherein the actual torque is based on current to or from a generator mechanically coupled with the engine and
the expected torque is based on at least one operating parameter of the engine.

US Pat. No. 9,597,945

AUTOMOTIVE HVAC SYSTEM WITH SUCTION SURFACES TO CONTROL LOCAL AIRFLOW

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A heating, ventilating, air conditioning system for providing an airflow in a vehicle having a plurality of seating locations
in a passenger cabin for respective passengers of the vehicle, comprising:
a plurality of outlet vents providing a shared outlet airflow to be distributed to the plurality of seating locations;
a plurality of suction returns disposed at various air return locations adjacent to the seating locations within the vehicle;
an air handling unit in fluid communication between the suction returns and the outlet vents;
a plurality of flow control elements each in series with at least one respective suction return for selectably modifying a
respective flow of the respective suction return in response to a respective flow command so that a corresponding seating
location receives a modified portion of the shared outlet airflow;

an occupancy determining apparatus for identifying one or more seating locations for receiving enhanced airflow; and
a controller for generating the respective flow commands in response to the identified seating locations.

US Pat. No. 9,569,967

COLLISION WARNING FOR A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES ...

1. A method of warning a driver of a vehicle of a predicted collision comprising:
operating a proximity sensor to determine a position of an obstacle relative to the vehicle;
determining a steering angle of the vehicle;
predicting a vehicle trajectory based on the steering angle;
identifying a collision zone on the vehicle predicted to contact the obstacle based on the vehicle trajectory and a vehicle
geometry; and

operating a visual display to indicate to the driver a position and a predicted trajectory of the collision zone.

US Pat. No. 9,221,314

WHEEL SUSPENSION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A wheel suspension for a motor vehicle, comprising:
a wheel guide arm to which a wheel of the motor vehicle may be rotatably mounted,
an articulation member to which the wheel guide arm is attached, and
at least one connecting member mounted to a structure of the vehicle, wherein the articulation member is connected to and
movable relative to the vehicle structure via the at least one connecting member, and the wheel guide arm is attached to the
articulation member at a point of attachment by a rotary joint, wherein the rotary joint is rotatable in a first position
and is fixed in terms of rotation in a second position.

US Pat. No. 9,321,090

FORMING TOOLS HAVING TEXTURED SURFACES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of manufacturing metal-formed components having a desired shape, comprising the steps of:
contouring a surface of a forming tool for forming a metal blank into the desired shape, wherein respective portions of the
metal blank flow over the contoured surface during forming;

identifying an intrinsic material flow pattern imparted to the metal blank according to a uniform coefficient of resistance
for the contoured surface;

comparing the intrinsic material flow pattern to a desired flow in order to identify regions of the contoured surface having
an insufficient flow that creates areas in the formed metal blank receiving less than a desired amount of metal; and

applying a surface microtexture onto the contoured surface in a pattern selected to alter metal flow along the identified
regions by providing a reduced coefficient of friction in the identified regions relative to a coefficient of friction of
adjacent regions of the contoured surface;

wherein the step of applying a surface microtexture onto the contoured surface is comprised of laser etching of microscopic
dimples according to the pattern, wherein the dimples are formed as raised features above the contoured surface, and wherein
each dimple is in a range of about 5-10 ?m in length and about 3 ?m in height.

US Pat. No. 9,854,717

CHARGER COOLING AIR SOURCE SELECTION METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A controller-implemented charger cooling air source selection method, a controller causing steps comprising:
cooling a vehicle battery charger by opening an outside air vent door of the vehicle and drawing outside air through the outside
air vent door while maintaining a recirculation door in a closed configuration, the outside air vent door in a rear portion
of the vehicle, the recirculation door in a front portion of the vehicle;

determining whether the outside air vent door will close in response to an attempt to close the outside air vent door caused
by the controller; and

if the outside air vent door will not close, establishing and maintaining positive air pressure in a cabin of the vehicle
by ensuring an open configuration of the recirculation door in the vehicle, the recirculation door configured to close the
cabin to outside air through the recirculation door in the closed configuration and open the cabin to outside air through
the recirculation door in the open configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,650,081

FRONT END MODULE FASCIA RETENTION HOOK

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A fastener for connecting a first vehicle module to a second vehicle module, the fastener including a body comprising a
head having a substantially planar capturing surface configured for releasably engaging a portion of the second vehicle module,
wherein the body includes a base configured for attachment to a back of the first vehicle module and a neck extending between
the base and the head, the fastener further including at least one reinforcing rib structure protruding from the neck.

US Pat. No. 9,487,151

GLOVE BOX OWNER'S MANUAL/ELECTRONIC DEVICE STORAGE

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A motor vehicle storage compartment, comprising:
a housing defining an interior storage space and including a top having a cutout defining a rear lip for supporting at least
a portion of an item in a supplemental storage area;

a front support assembly including a pivoting door configured to bias between a first open position and a first closed position,
the pivoting door when biased to the first closed position supporting an opposed portion of the item and the pivoting door
when biased to the first open position allowing the item to fall into the interior storage space; and

an access door movable between a second open position and a second closed position for allowing or preventing access to the
interior storage space.

US Pat. No. 9,481,316

HIDDEN STORAGE BOX AND MULTI-PURPOSE UTILITY TABLE FOR LIGHT PICKUP TRUCKS

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A storage box system for a motor vehicle, comprising:
a folding storage box; and
a sliding rail assembly for translating the folding storage box between a hidden storage position below a cargo bay of the
motor vehicle and a deployed position extending from a rear portion of the motor vehicle,

whereby the folding storage box does not occupy any existing cargo space of the motor vehicle in the hidden storage position
and the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 9,296,296

FRONT END ACCESSORY DRIVE BRACKET AND MOUNTING METHOD FOR AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine-mounting system, comprising:
a component with two upper flanges and two lower flanges;
a mounting structure comprising an upper bracket, the upper bracket comprising a semi-circular groove and a shaft-wise opening,
the groove including a lip that is acutely angled away from a horizontal plane defined by a lower edge of the groove, the
mounting structure further comprising a lower bracket, located vertically below the upper bracket, the lower bracket comprising
a semi-circular groove and a shaft-wise opening with a closed portion;

a first connector inserted through the two upper flanges, a shank of the first connector configured to be placed in the groove
of the upper bracket, after the first connector is inserted through the two upper flanges, to hang the component from the
upper bracket, the shank held in place in the groove of the upper bracket by the angle of the lip; and

a second connector configured to be inserted through the two lower flanges and the lower bracket while the first connector
is hanging from the upper bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,523,326

METHOD FOR DIRECT INJECTION OF SUPERCRITICAL FUELS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a fuel system, comprising:
adjusting a fuel injector control parameter based on an exhaust air-fuel ratio;
selectively adjusting the fuel injector control parameter further based on a fuel pump gain;
operating a fuel injector based on the fuel injector control parameter; and
wherein the selectively adjusting includes:
adjusting the fuel injector control parameter further based on the fuel pump gain in response to a determination that the
fuel is subcritical at the fuel pump; and

not adjusting the fuel injector control parameter further based on the fuel pump gain in response to a determination that
the fuel is supercritical at the fuel pump.

US Pat. No. 9,423,319

MODULAR RIGID BARRIER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A rigid barrier system, comprising:
a steel floor plate resting on a base layer; and
a modular barrier that includes a base piece configured to be affixed to and extend upwardly from the floor plate and a face
piece including a substantially flat face and configured to be to be horizontally movably mounted to the base piece.

US Pat. No. 9,353,853

CONTROL OF TRANSMISSION LATCH VALVE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling a latch valve transition from a latched state to a de-latched state, the method comprising:
in the latched state, commanding a first pressure value greater than a latch pressure value such that a line pressure is supplied
to a hydraulically actuated transmission clutch; and

in response to a target pressure value being greater than an upper threshold, commanding a second pressure value less than
the upper threshold to accelerate movement of a latch spool, and

while the latch spool is moving toward a de-latched position, increasing the commanded pressure from the second pressure value
to the target pressure value.

US Pat. No. 9,216,891

REFUELING ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A FLOW GUIDE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A refueling assembly of an engine comprising:
an external housing;
a door positioned within the external housing; and
a flow guide positioned within the external housing and downstream of the door, the flow guide including an inlet in fluidic
communication with the door; an outlet to flow fuel into a downstream filler pipe in fluidic communication with a fuel tank
during a refueling operation; a nozzle seating section receiving a fuel nozzle during the refueling operation, the nozzle
seating section including a planar surface which tapers in a downstream direction and is parallel to a central axis of the
flow guide; and a contraction section positioned downstream of the planar surface,

the flow guide further including an extension section having a substantially constant diameter positioned downstream of the
contraction section.

US Pat. No. 9,212,627

DIESEL ENGINE WATER IN FUEL SEPARATOR AND RESERVOIR AUTOMATIC DRAIN SYSTEM AND CONTROL STRATEGY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine method, comprising:
automatically draining water from a diesel fuel system into an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system in response to an EGR
flow above a threshold flow; and

adjusting an amount of EGR in response to the water introduced from the diesel fuel system.

US Pat. No. 9,114,714

HIGH VOLTAGE CHARGE PACK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:
a portable high voltage (HV) charging apparatus (HVCA);
a low voltage (LV) energy storage device (ESD) at a first vehicle having terminals releasably coupled to said HVCA;
a high voltage (HV) energy storage device (ESD) at a second vehicle having terminals releasably coupled to said HVCA;
wherein said HVCA is configured to releasably couple a control module for said HV ESD;
wherein said HVCA is configured to receive energy from said LV ESD and controllably provide energy to said HV ESD to boost
said HV ESD output voltage; and wherein said HVCA is configured to charge said HV ESD while said HV ESD is offline, isolated
from electrical components other than said HVCA and said control module.

US Pat. No. 9,511,676

PORTABLE EV ENERGY TRANSFER APPARATUS AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A system comprising:
an electrified vehicle (EV); and
a stand-alone self-contained EV energy transfer apparatus (EVETA) releasably coupled to said EV, comprising an electronics
assembly encased at a hand-portable housing, said housing configured to receive an external AC load, said EVETA configured
to transfer energy from an energy storage device (ESD) at said EV to an electric load releasably coupled to said EVETA, said
electric load external to said EV and said EVETA, said EVETA comprising a cable affixed to and extending from said housing
at a first end including at its opposing end a connector configured for releasably electrically coupling a charge inlet at
said EV, said charge inlet compatible with electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) charging apparatus, said cable configured
to provide energy from said EV ESD to said EVETA, a DC/AC inverter configured to receive DC input from said EV ESD via said
cable, said cable directly coupled to a pre-charge circuit directly coupled to said DC/AC inverter, and provide AC output
to an AC outlet at said housing, a controllable DC/DC converter directly coupled to said pre-charge circuit and configured
to provide a DC output, a control module configured to authorize said energy transfer, a human machine interface (HMI), and
a fault detection module (FDM) configured to detect an isolation fault.

US Pat. No. 9,267,409

REVERSE FLOW HYDROCARBON TRAP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hydrocarbon trap for reducing cold start vehicle emissions comprising:
a substrate having at least one exhaust gas passage therethrough, the walls of said exhaust gas passage including a hydrocarbon
trapping material and an oxidative catalyst thereon;

said substrate including an inlet for hot exhaust gas from a vehicle engine and an outlet for said exhaust gas;
said exhaust gas passage further including an inlet channel having first and second ends, said first end of said inlet channel
communicating with said exhaust gas inlet, an outlet channel having first and second ends, said second end of said outlet
channel communicating with said exhaust gas outlet, and

an intermediate channel having first and second ends, said first end of said intermediate channel communicating with said
second end of said inlet channel and said second end of said intermediate channel communicating with said first end of said
outlet channel, wherein said intermediate channel is oriented such that the flow of exhaust gas through said at least one
exhaust gas passage is reversed from the direction of flow in said inlet and outlet channels.

US Pat. No. 9,045,166

SHORT OFFSET SHEET METAL REINFORCEMENT TO LIMIT ROTATION DURING CRASH

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle frame comprising:
a pillar having an interior surface defining a pillar cavity and a deflection area;
a U-shaped first reinforcement at least partially disposed on the interior surface at the deflection area; and
a U-shaped second reinforcement coupled to and positioned within a cavity defined by the first reinforcement at first and
second edges of the second reinforcement, wherein a continuous and uninterrupted gap is defined between a front of the first
reinforcement and a rear of the second reinforcement proximate the deflection area, each of first and second reinforcements
opening in a common direction toward the interior surface and the second reinforcement nested within the first reinforcement.

US Pat. No. 9,901,014

PERISTALTIC PUMP FOR POWER ELECTRONICS ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A power electronics assembly comprising:
a packaging assembly supporting a power electronics device;
a thermal management system supporting the packaging assembly and including a thermal plate including a solid wall including
magnetic particles defining a channel; and

two emitters sequentially arranged along and external to the channel to each impart a force upon the wall via a magnetic field
to operate as a peristaltic pump to adjust a channel cross-sectional area to control coolant flow.

US Pat. No. 9,701,268

BIRDS BEAK BRACKET SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A bracket for connecting a vehicle fascia element directly to a vehicle front end module bolster without engaging a vehicle
headlamp assembly, comprising:
a fascia-engaging portion; and
a bolster-engaging portion including one or more locator structures configured for engaging cooperating structures disposed
on the bolster to self-orient the bracket in a predetermined orientation,

whereby any movement of the vehicle headlamp assembly is independent of movement of the vehicle fascia element.

US Pat. No. 9,688,208

STORAGE BIN DOUBLE TRACK SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A sliding storage compartment assembly for a motor vehicle, comprising:
a storage bin slidably received in a storage bin holder by a dual track assembly defined by opposed sets of rails and cooperating
opposed sets of tracks;

wherein each of the opposed sets of rails and cooperating opposed sets of tracks are vertically and laterally offset one from
another;

further wherein each rail of the opposed sets of rails and each track of the cooperating opposed sets of tracks are disposed
whereby a rail length dimension does not overlap another rail length dimension and a track length dimension does not overlap
another track length dimension.

US Pat. No. 9,381,819

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHARGING OR DISCHARGING AND ELECTRICAL DEVICE BY CONTROLLING SWITCHES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus for charging and discharging an electrical device in a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:
a first power source configured to provide low voltage (LV) energy;
a switch for enabling and disabling the first power source;
a second power source configured to provide high voltage (HV) energy for charging the electrical device;
a first contactor comprising a first switch and a first winding, the first winding being connected to the first power source
for receiving the LV energy and the first switch being connected to the second power source for receiving the HV energy, the
first contactor being configured to enable the second power source to provide the HV energy to the electrical device for charging
thereof in response to the switch enabling the first power source; and

a second contactor comprising a second switch and a second winding, the second winding being connected in series with the
first winding and in series with the first power source for receiving the LV energy and the second switch being connected
to the second power source for receiving the HV energy, wherein the switch is connected between the first power source and
at least one of the first winding and the second winding such that the second contactor is in an open state in response to
the switch enabling the first power source.

US Pat. No. 9,211,848

STORAGE UNIT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A storage assembly for a motor vehicle, comprising:
a cover assembly coupled to a sidewall of a motor vehicle, wherein the cover assembly is operable between stowed and deployed
positions relative to the sidewall;

a movement control mechanism having one or more control arms, wherein the one or more control arms are coupled to a storage
space at a first end and further coupled to the cover assembly at a second end;

a latching mechanism disposed on the cover assembly and configured to retain the cover assembly in the stowed position;
wherein the cover assembly includes upper and lower cover parts; and
wherein the upper cover part includes an end portion, the end portion defining a ground support configured to support the
cover assembly on a floor surface when the cover assembly is in the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,059,219

PREDICTING ENERGY CONSUMPTION FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE USING VARIATIONS IN PAST ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electric vehicle, comprising:a data storage module to hold a range of past energy consumption rates for the electric vehicle; and
a controller to calculate a predicted energy consumption for the electric vehicle based on variations in the past energy consumption rates across the range, wherein the controller non-linearly decreases a predicted distance to empty as a battery state of charge decreases.

US Pat. No. 9,188,223

HAPTIC FEEDBACK SHIFT INDICATOR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A shift indication system for a vehicle comprising:
a haptic feedback device including an array of actuators, the haptic feedback device configured to detachably couple to a
steering wheel; and

a controller programmed to, in response to an engine speed traversing a predetermined threshold, activate the actuators with
a first pattern if the speed is increasing to prompt a vehicle operator to perform an upshift and a second pattern if the
speed is decreasing to prompt a vehicle operator to perform a downshift.

US Pat. No. 9,359,942

TURBOCHARGER WASTE GATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a turbocharger, comprising:
opening and closing a waste gate of the turbocharger after each compression stroke during a cycle of the engine;
adjusting an opening amount of the waste gate in response to engine intake air pressure via a controller that senses engine
intake pressure;

and where the waste gate is mechanically coupled to a crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 9,290,212

CARBON FIBER PREPREG-WRAPPED BEAM STRUCTURES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A beam sub-assembly for a vehicle, the sub-assembly comprising:
a central beam member; and
at least one first prepreg bonded only to a first portion of an exterior surface of the beam member and not bonded to a second
portion of the exterior surface of the beam member, the at least one first prepreg covering an entire length of the beam member
along the first portion.

US Pat. No. 9,290,076

VENTILATION CONTROL DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A ventilation system of a motor vehicle comprising:
a first motor rotating a cam to position a first flap;
a second motor driving a mechanism to position a second flap; and
a counterstop movable by the second motor between an operative position wherein it prevents rotation of the cam beyond a reference
position, and an inoperative position wherein it permits rotation of the cam away from the reference position, the mechanism
having an idle region over which the counterstop moves without moving the second flap.

US Pat. No. 9,284,899

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF CLEANING A CONTROL VALVE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of cleaning a turbocharger bypass control valve, the control valve being operable to vary a position of a bypass
valve and thereby vary an amount of flow bypass across a turbine or compressor of a turbocharger for an engine,
wherein the control valve is in fluidic communication with a fluid at a first reference pressure and a fluid at a second reference
pressure, the control valve comprising a movable shuttle configured to selectively transmit the first reference pressure or
second reference pressure such that a duty cycle of the shuttle determines an output pressure of the control valve, the position
of the bypass valve being determined by an output pressure of the control valve,

wherein the method comprises:
determining whether the control valve requires cleaning;
adjusting the duty cycle of the shuttle so as to increase a flow of fluid through the control valve and clean the control
valve; and

adjusting a throttle position of the engine and thus an engine torque output to compensate for an adjustment in an amount
of boost provided by the turbocharger.

US Pat. No. 9,278,718

ANTI-THEFT DEVICE FOR TAILGATES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A tailgate assembly of a truck comprising:
an anchor on the truck;
a cable attachable between the tailgate and the anchor;
a clip defining an opening for receiving the anchor;
a finger secures the clip to the anchor and is deflectable allowing disconnection of the clip and the anchor; and
a lock on the clip and slidable between a blocking position that prevents deflection of the finger and a releasable position
allowing deflection.

US Pat. No. 9,636,996

HIGH-EFFICIENCY BODY-ON-FRAME AIR DEFLECTOR SEALING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. An airflow sealing system for a body-on-frame vehicle, comprising at least one flexible interface configured to control
an airflow between a vehicle body-mounted cooling pack assembly and a vehicle chassis-mounted air intake assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,285,282

MAGNETIC SENSOR PACKAGING FOR TRANSMISSIONS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A transmission comprising:
a transmission case;
an output shaft having a magnetized region;
bearings supporting the shaft; and
a sensor housing having a magnetic torque sensor for detecting torque of the output shaft, the housing being directly between
the transmission case and the shaft and supported over the bearings thereby maintaining spacing between the sensor and the
shaft and being affixed to the transmission case to be held in place as the shaft rotates.

US Pat. No. 9,284,896

METHOD FOR MAXIMIZING MICROHYBRID AUTO START-STOP AVAILABILITY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of maximizing usage of start-stop operation for a vehicle equipped with a start-stop system and having an engine,
a battery, and electrical components, and further having a battery management module including a processor, the method comprising:
measuring an electric current (IL) drawn by a set of electrical components of the vehicle, from the battery;

determining an internal resistance of the battery of the vehicle (RB), employing the battery management module, utilizing inputs from one or more temperature sensors positioned to monitor the
battery temperature;

determining a resistance of a starter motor loop circuit (RS) coupled to the engine and the battery of the vehicle, employing the battery management module, utilizing inputs from one
or more temperature sensors positioned to monitor the loop circuit temperature; and

calculating a closed-circuit voltage of the battery of the vehicle (VB), using the current drawn by the set of electrical component (IL), the internal resistance of the battery (RB), and the resistance of the starter motor loop circuit (RS), employing the processor; and

carrying out the start-stop operation for the engine of the vehicle if the closed-circuit voltage of the battery of the vehicle
is predicted to be above a pre-determined value.

US Pat. No. 9,272,712

VEHICLE ENERGY CONSUMPTION EFFICIENCY LEARNING IN THE ENERGY DOMAIN

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:
controlling a vehicle based on a learned energy consumption efficiency associated with a high voltage battery of the vehicle,
the controlling step executed by a control module configured to monitor the learned energy consumption efficiency, wherein
the controlling step is suspended during steep grade driving conditions.

US Pat. No. 9,098,854

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING A GLOBAL REPRESENTATION OF A PRODUCT DEFINITION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A computer-implemented method for generating a global representation of a product definition, the method comprising:
receiving at one or more computers local representation of a product definition that includes at least one feature family,
wherein each feature family includes data defining one or more product features, and the product definition further including
one or more corresponding rules defining one or more relationships between one or more product features, and the product definition
being stored in a computer storage medium associated with the one or more computers;

receiving from the one or more computers input selecting one or more feature families of interest;
identifying the one or more rules that provide a relationship connecting the one or more feature families to the selected
feature families of interest;

converting the identified rules to one or more positive logic rule groups; and
generating one or more global representations of the product definition, wherein the one or more global representations are
generated by interacting the one or more positive logic rule groups to produce a result that defines the relationship between
the interacted positive logic rule groups and storing the results that are determined as being valid.

US Pat. No. 9,303,592

CRANKCASE VENTILATION TUBE DISCONNECT DETECTION VIA HUMIDITY SENSOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine method, comprising:
estimating ambient and crankcase ventilation tube humidity with a humidity sensor positioned in a crankcase ventilation tube;
measuring intake manifold pressure with a pressure sensor;
if the measured intake manifold pressure is less than barometric pressure, adjusting engine operation based on estimated ambient
humidity; and

if the measured intake manifold pressure is greater than or equal to barometric pressure, indicating whether the crankcase
ventilation tube is degraded based on the estimated ambient humidity.

US Pat. No. 9,283,921

DRIVER AIRBAG MODULE HAVING MULTIPLE DEPLOYMENT PATHS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A driver airbag module, comprising:
an inflator;
a cushion defining a vent on a side adjacent a steering wheel when inflated; and
a fabric diffuser disposed within the cushion, including a forward panel defining an inlet at a center portion of the forward
panel interconnected to a rearward panel via a plurality of spaced apart, semicircular seams having at least one linear segment,
and defining an aperture between the spaced apart seams and including a pair of lateral apertures arranged diametrically opposite
to one another configured to direct gas from the inflator toward the vent such that, upon occupant impact with the cushion,
the side including the vent deploys through and forward of the steering wheel wherein the semicircular seam directs gas flowing
from the inlet of the fabric diffuser and through the aperture directly to an upper portion of the cushion.

US Pat. No. 9,175,629

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING TRANSIENT TORQUE RESPONSE

Ford Global Technologies,...

17. A method comprising:
during a transient condition, when a desired inlet manifold pressure is greater than a throttle inlet pressure of a first
throttle,

if a pressure drop across a second throttle that is positioned upstream from the first throttle in an intake passage is greater
than a pressure threshold, opening the second throttle to increase the first throttle inlet pressure;

if a volumetric efficiency is less than a threshold, adjusting a variable valve timing system to decrease an internal EGR
trapping in cylinders of the engine; and

if a LP-EGR flow delivered to the intake passage from a LP-EGR system is greater than an EGR threshold, reducing the LP-EGR
flow.

US Pat. No. 9,090,225

SHOULDER BELT LATCH LOAD-LIMITING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seat and seat belt arrangement for a vehicle comprising:
a vehicle floor;
a seat attached to said floor;
a latch assembly including a latch plate, said plate including a deformable pin;
a shoulder belt attached to said latch assembly and associated with said pin;
a lap belt attached to said latch plate at an attachment point; and
a latch plate anchor to which said latch assembly releasably attaches.

US Pat. No. 9,862,317

AUTOMATED DEFROST AND DEFOG PERFORMANCE TEST SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A system for evaluating performance of a vehicle window defrosting/defogging apparatus, comprising:
at least one computing device comprising a processor and a memory; and
one or more imagers operatively connected to the computing device and configured for obtaining one or more images of one or
more windows of a vehicle;

wherein the processor is configured to execute non-transitory computer-executable instructions for analyzing the one or more
images to determine a defrosted/defogged portion of the one or more windows at predetermined time intervals, for controlling
a level of illumination within at least a field of view of the one or more imagers, and for aligning the one or more images
with a predetermined template.

US Pat. No. 9,863,843

HIGH-VOLUME, LONG-RANGE HEADLAMP AIMING

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A method for aiming a vehicle headlamp, comprising:
by an indexing aim box imager, capturing at least one first headlamp and/or first headlamp-adjacent vehicle feature image
and determining therefrom a first headlamp optical center;

by at least one fixed imager aimed at a displaceable aiming surface, capturing at least one second headlamp low beam cutoff
image and determining therefrom a second headlamp cutoff height;

translating the indexing aim box from the first headlamp to the second headlamp;
by the indexing aim box imager, capturing at least one second headlamp and/or second headlamp-adjacent vehicle feature image
and determining therefrom a second headlamp optical center; and

determining a first headlamp cutoff height from at least one first headlamp light beam low beam cutoff image captured by the
at least one fixed imager.

US Pat. No. 9,371,000

TRANSMISSION HAVING INTEGRATED TRANSMISSION PUMP AND ACCESSORY DRIVE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A transmission comprising:
an input shaft;
a primary drive gear fixed to the input shaft and having a first set of gear teeth;
a first transmission pump drive gear with a second set of gear teeth in meshing engagement with the first set of gear teeth,
the first transmission pump drive gear configured to transmit power from the input shaft to a transmission pump;

a transmission case having provisions to support a first accessory drive unit, the first accessory drive unit having a first
accessory drive gear with a third set of gear teeth, the provisions configured to support the first accessory drive unit such
that the third set of gear teeth are in meshing engagement with the first set of gear teeth;

a transmission pump shaft coupled to the transmission pump; and
a second transmission pump gear fixed to the transmission pump shaft and having a fourth set of gear teeth in continuous meshing
engagement with the second set of gear teeth.

US Pat. No. 9,365,242

TUBULAR VEHICLE ROOF PILLAR REINFORCEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle pillar comprising:
an outer panel extending from a roof to a rocker;
a reinforcement attached to the outer panel extending from the roof to a lower end spaced from the rocker, the reinforcement
defining an opening in one side extending upwardly from the lower end of the reinforcement to at least 30% of the outer panel
height; and

an inner panel attached to the outer panel and rocker to enclose the lower end.

US Pat. No. 9,961,808

POWER ELECTRONICS SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A power-electronics assembly comprising:a plurality of power modules each including
a power stage having opposing major sides,
a body encasing the power stage and having front and back sides,
a coolant channel recessed into the front side at a location adjacent to one of the major sides and including a receiving end and an exit end, and
a crossover passageway extending through the body and having an inlet port located at the exit end and an outlet port defined in the back side and axially offset to the inlet port to be located in alignment with the receiving end such that the crossover passageway extends between the inlet port and the outlet port at an oblique angle relative to the front side; wherein
the power modules are arranged in a linear stack such that the front and back sides of adjacent power modules are disposed against each other, the coolant channels are interleaved with the power stages, and the crossover passageways connects adjacent coolant channels in fluid communication to form a series coolant circuit extending through the stack.

US Pat. No. 9,855,901

FLANGE FOR EXTERIOR ORNAMENTATION

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A vehicle body panel assembly, comprising:
a fuel filler housing opening including a segmented flange for attachment of a fuel filler housing; and
a fuel filler housing opening insert configured for attaching to the segmented flange.

US Pat. No. 9,371,071

METHOD FOR REFUELING MOTOR VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:
determining, via a vehicle computer, that a current fuel-tank fill-level matches a stored fill-level, stored prior to a refueling
process; and

calculating an average fuel-consumption when the current fill-level matches the stored fill-level, based on distance traveled
since the refueling process and a total amount of fuel received by the vehicle, as indicated by stored fuel-dispensed data
received from one or more fuel pumps, since the stored fill-level was stored.

US Pat. No. 9,303,580

DETECTION OF DIESEL FUEL GELLING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for diagnosing a performance issue in a vehicle system having a diesel engine, a fuel system, and an on-board
diagnostic system, comprising:
cranking the engine; and
if a pressure sensed in the fuel system during or after the cranking of the engine is determined to differ by a threshold
amount from a pressure sensed during a previous cranking of the engine, indicating excessive fuel viscosity in the on-board
diagnostic system only if a temperature sensed in the vehicle system is below a threshold temperature, wherein indicating
the excessive fuel viscosity includes setting a check-engine code indicative of the excessive fuel viscosity in the on-board
diagnostic system, the check-engine code distinguishing the excessive fuel viscosity from other fuel-system issues including
fuel-filter clogging or fuel-injector malfunction.

US Pat. No. 9,267,427

VARIABLE GEOMETRY TURBINE VANE

Ford Global Technologies,...

19. A method of controlling exhaust gas flowing through a turbine of a turbocharger, comprising:
during engine braking, expanding exhaust gas through a variable geometry nozzle of the turbocharger; and
disrupting flow via flow disrupting grooves on a surface of nozzle vanes upstream from exhaust vanes of the turbocharger,
wherein the surface of the nozzle vanes faces turbine blades.

US Pat. No. 9,239,016

CATALYST HEATING WITH EXHAUST BACK-PRESSURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating an engine, comprising:
closing an exhaust back-pressure valve in response to a component temperature;
adjusting intake and/or exhaust valve operation in response to closing the exhaust back-pressure valve to reduce cylinder
internal exhaust gas recirculation (EGR); and

while the exhaust back-pressure valve is closing, indicating degradation of an exhaust back-pressure system if a designated
engine operating parameter remains constant.

US Pat. No. 9,221,494

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE DIRECTIONAL STABILITY OF A VEHICLE, ASSOCIATED STEERING SYSTEM AND VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of controlling directional stability of a vehicle having a steering system comprising an active power steering
assistance system, the method comprising:
a) acquiring vehicle dynamics data;
b) identifying a state of directional stability from the acquired vehicle dynamics data;
c) measuring a torque of the steering system, at least in the directional stable state of the vehicle;
d) calculating a final compensation torque;
e) actuating the active power steering assistance system with the final compensation torque to counter-compensate the torque
of the steering system and measured in step c),

f) providing a torque value on a basis of the vehicle dynamics data acquired in step a);
g) calculating a torque component from the torque measured in step c), minus the torque value provided in step f);
h) calculating a preliminary compensation torque on a basis of the torque component calculated in step g); and
i) calculating the final compensation torque in step d) from a sum of the preliminary compensation torque calculated in step
h) and the torque value provided in step f).

US Pat. No. 9,132,740

AUTOMOTIVE EXTERIOR LAMP ASSEMBLY WITH CHARGE PORT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An automotive vehicle capable of receiving power from an electrical power grid, the vehicle comprising:
a battery charger; and
an exterior lamp assembly including (i) an illumination source and (ii) an electrical port configured to be electrically connected
with the electrical power grid, wherein the electrical port is electrically connected with the battery charger.

US Pat. No. 9,716,762

REMOTE VEHICLE CONNECTION STATUS

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A system comprising:
a message broker computing device including one or more hardware processors, configured to
initialize, responsive to a connection notification published via a vehicle connection to a vehicle-associated topic tree
topic to which a service delivery network is subscribed, a lost-connection notification to be published to the topic by the
broker upon broker identification of the connection as lost, and

when a periodic notification over the connection to the message broker is missed, publish the lost-connection notification
to the vehicle-associated topic.

US Pat. No. 9,406,932

COMPOSITION FOR REDUCING MOISTURE IN A BATTERY ELECTROLYTE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A lithium-ion battery comprising:
a positive electrode;
a negative electrode;
an electrolyte including LiPF6;

a separator situated between the electrodes; and
at least one of the electrodes including an atomic intermetallic material including a proton absorbed state.

US Pat. No. 9,371,766

ENGINE-ON TIME PREDICTOR FOR AFTERTREATMENT SCHEDULING FOR A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method to control a hybrid electric vehicle comprising:
in response to a compression ignition engine operating based on an engine-on request, performing an exhaust aftertreatment
procedure if an overlap percentage is greater than a threshold value, the overlap percentage calculated as a ratio between
a predicted engine-on time and a completion time for the procedure, the predicted engine-on time determined using at least
one driving pattern during a completion time for the procedure.

US Pat. No. 9,359,941

METHOD FOR PURGING CONDENSATE FROM A CHARGE AIR COOLER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a charge air cooler, comprising:
responsive to a condensate level in the charge air cooler being greater than a threshold condensate level, increasing boost
pressure and maintaining a requested level of torque by routing a portion of air flow exiting the charge air cooler to an
intake passage upstream of a compressor.

US Pat. No. 9,312,722

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BATTERY POWER MANAGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

8. A method for controlling a battery pack comprising:
outputting first state variable values based on pack terminal voltage and current data having frequency content greater than
a threshold value and second state variable values based on pack terminal voltage and current data having frequency content
less than the threshold value;

outputting feedback gains associated with the first and second state variable values based on impedance parameters defining
an equivalent circuit model of the pack;

outputting current limits for the pack based on the feedback gains and the first and second state variable values; and
operating the pack based on the limits.

US Pat. No. 9,287,547

MATERIAL AND COATING FOR INTERCONNECTOR BUSBARS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:
electroplating a nickel outer layer onto a base layer;
forming a busbar from the base layer and nickel outer layer to obtain a busbar nickel outer layer contacting a busbar base
layer; and

joining the busbar to a battery cell terminal such that the busbar nickel outer layer contacts the battery cell terminal;
wherein the nickel outer layer does not include a significant amount of any element other than nickel.

US Pat. No. 9,846,495

HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING VEHICULAR GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE DISPLAY

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A human machine interface system for controlling operation of a graphical user interface being displayed by a display module
on a display located in a vehicle, the human interface system comprising:
an interface device operable to control the graphical user interface, the interface device including a knob member and a touchpad,
wherein the knob member is moveable, and the touchpad detects a touch by the user;

an interface operation module controlling the interface device and receiving input data from the interface device in response
to an operation of the interface device; and

a device selection module designating at least one of the knob member or the touchpad as an active device based on a device
selection criteria;

wherein:
the interface operation module transmits data from the knob member to the display module and disregards data from the touchpad
in response to the device selection module designating the knob member as the active device and the touchpad as an inactive
device;

the interface operation module transmits data from the touchpad to the display module and disregards data from the knob member
in response to the device selection module designating the touchpad as the active device and the knob member as the inactive
device; and

the device selection criteria identifies at least one of the knob member or the touchpad as the active device based on at
least one of a movement of the knob or an input touch detected by the touchpad, such that:

the device selection module designates the knob member as the active device and the touchpad as the inactive device in response
to the knob member being moved a distance greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold; and

the device selection module designates the touchpad as the active device and the knob member as the inactive device in response
to the interface operation module recognizing the input touch detected by the touchpad as a valid input.

US Pat. No. 9,462,545

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A BATTERY SAVER UTILIZING A SLEEP AND VACATION STRATEGY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A cellular communication module utilized within a battery-powered vehicle, comprising:
a processor configured to:
activate an extended power mode, following a vehicle key-off, wherein the extended power mode allows the cellular communication
module to establish a data session with a cellular communication network for a first time period;

activate a low power mode, utilizing less current than the extended power mode, following a time-out of the extended power
mode, wherein the low power mode allows the cellular communication module to maintain a registered cellular connection with
the cellular communication network for a second time period; and

activate a sleep mode, upon time-out of the low power mode, wherein the sleep mode includes a reoccurring wake-up cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,862,327

MULTI-PURPOSE STORAGE COMPARTMENT

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A dash panel storage compartment for a vehicle, comprising:
a storage bin disposed within the dash panel; and
a top-mounted storage bin closure adapted for pivoting about an axis and sliding between a deployed and a stowed configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,709,333

MULTIPURPOSE RACK FOR PROCESSING PARTS THROUGH MULTIPLE MANUFACTURING PROCESSES

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A rack for simultaneously processing a plurality of parts, comprising:
a frame;
a plurality of defined locations on said frame for receiving and holding individual parts for processing;
a latching assembly for locking said parts to said frame in said defined locations; and
a security feature for indicating if said latching assembly is opened after said parts have been loaded and locked into said
defined locations on said frame,

wherein said frame including a first post, a first upright, a second post, a second upright, a first support arm and a second
support arm wherein said first support arm extends between said first post and said first upright and said second support
arm extends between said second post and said second upright, wherein said first support arm includes a first plurality of
part locating elements and said second support arm includes a second plurality of part locating elements, wherein said first
and second plurality of part locating elements comprise a plurality of spaced retaining grooves provided in said first and
second support arms, wherein said frame further includes a first plate having a third plurality of part locating elements
and wherein said third plurality of part locating elements comprise tabs received within open ends of said plurality of parts
whereby said first, second and third locating elements locate a first group of parts in said defined locations on said frame
so that no one part touches another part.

US Pat. No. 9,707,899

CONSOLE LID INTEGRATED DUAL PAWL LATCHING PACKAGE

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A vehicle console assembly, comprising:
a bin defined by a floor and a bin side wall having a top edge including a pair of opposed strikers;
a console including a console side wall dimensioned to receive the bin therein, the console side wall including a top edge
configured to define an included angle relative to the bin top edge;

and
a hinged bin lid configured for raising and lowering in a vehicle fore-aft direction and having a dual pawl latching mechanism
disposed on a bottom surface thereof;

wherein the dual pawl latching mechanism does not extend beyond an exterior dimension defined by the bin lid.

US Pat. No. 9,399,961

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AIR FUEL RATIO CONTROL AND DETECTING CYLINDER IMBALANCE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising:
an engine having a plurality of cylinders;
an exhaust gas sensor; and
a controller having instructions for:
adjusting engine operation responsive to cylinder air/fuel imbalance, the imbalance determined based on a number of counted
air-fuel ratio differentials normalized to a total number of air-fuel ratio differentials calculated from feedback from the
exhaust gas sensor over a given duration.

US Pat. No. 9,292,952

TASK MANAGER AND METHOD FOR MANAGING TASKS OF AN INFORMATION SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A task manager for an information system of a vehicle comprising:
a computer configured to
receive at least one of (i) input representing a query or command to the information system and (ii) input representing an
operating state of the vehicle;

generate two or more audio output tasks to be played by an audio output based on the input, each of the audio output tasks
including data representing at least one spoken word, an event after which to play the audio output task and a priority parameter;

schedule the audio output tasks for play based on the events and priority parameters; and
play the audio output tasks based on an occurrence of the events and a comparison of at least some of the priority parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,283,934

ADJUSTABLE BRAKE PEDAL SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A brake pedal assembly comprising:
a mounting bracket defining a pivot axis;
an adjustment subassembly pivotally connected to the mounting bracket about the pivot axis and defining a slot;
a pedal feel simulator having a cam follower moving along a cam surface supported by the mounting bracket during pivoting
of the adjustment subassembly; and

a brake pedal arm rotatable about the pivot axis and having a wheel translating within the slot during pedal adjustment.

US Pat. No. 9,278,710

SYMMETRIC STEER LINKAGE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An assembly comprising: a twin I-beam front suspension system; and a symmetric steering linkage operatively coupled to
the suspension system, the linkage including a center link and first and second connecting members connected to the link,
the first connecting member residing entirely on a first side of a plane bisecting a length of the link, and the second connecting
member residing entirely on a second side of the plane opposite the first side; wherein the first connecting member is connected
to the center link at a first location, the second connecting member is connected to the center link at a second location,
and wherein the assembly further comprises a steering damper connected to the center link at a location that is not between
the first and second locations.

US Pat. No. 9,850,695

DOOR RESTRAINT MECHANISM

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A door restraint system for a vehicle, comprising:
a retractor comprising a torsion bar;
a retractor brake comprising a linear actuator operatively connected to a braking mechanism; and
a retractor-deployed stay spooled by the torsion bar for selectively restraining opening of a vehicle door.

US Pat. No. 9,796,314

TRACK COVER FOR MOVING AXIS COMPARTMENT DOOR

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. An assembly for mounting a door with a vehicle compartment, comprising:
an arm coupled with the compartment and with the door;
a carrier rotatably coupled with the door and slidably translatable along the track;
a track; and
a track cover configured for engaging a portion of the carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,796,317

CUP HOLDER RETENTION FEATURE

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A cup holder assembly for a vehicle, comprising:
a door configured for translation between an open and a closed configuration;
at least one fixed receiver sidewall;
at least one first cup holder surface provided by a bottom surface of the door, wherein the at least one first cup holder
surface is configured to upwardly extend at least a portion of the at least one fixed receiver sidewall when the door is in
the open configuration, and wherein the at least one first cup holder surface includes the at least one resilient container
biasing member;

at least one second cup holder surface provided by the at least one receiver sidewall; and
a retention system comprising at least one resilient container biasing member and at least one resilient container supporting
member.

US Pat. No. 9,789,823

ILLUMINATED TIERED CARGO AREA STORAGE FOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A storage system for a vehicle cargo area, comprising at least one floor-mounted storage compartment including an interior
photoluminescent material that luminesces in response to a light emitted by an overlying light source carried by at least
one cooperating deployable shelf or bin.

US Pat. No. 9,222,790

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CROWDSOURCED TOUR CREATION AND PROVISION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system comprising:
a processor, configured to:
receive a request to begin recording user audio from a vehicle audio input;
record user audio and GPS coordinates to be associated with the audio;
recognize an object of interest and record an image or video of the object from the vehicle camera, to be associated with
the audio and the GPS coordinates; and save the audio input, GPS coordinates and image or video as a tour-data file.

US Pat. No. 9,463,723

ARMREST SUBSTRATE HAVING DETACHABLE ELONGATED SUPPORT BANDS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A collapsible vehicle armrest comprising:
an armrest substrate extending between a door frame and a door trim and defining an opening therebetween, the opening having
a longitudinal axis substantially parallel with the door frame;

at least four continuous support bands extending substantially co-planar across the opening and parallel with the longitudinal
axis;

a plurality of selectively detachable stubs extending across each gap defined between adjacent continuous support bands, each
stub being thinner than the support bands, each gap extending through the support bands and across the opening, wherein each
stub is free of alignment with each other of the plurality of stubs in a direction substantially perpendicular to the plurality
of continuous support bands, and wherein each support band is separated from the other of the support bands except at the
stubs; and

a cover member extending over the armrest substrate and the plurality of continuous support bands, wherein the cover member
is vertically supported proximate the opening by the plurality of continuous support bands and the plurality of stubs.

US Pat. No. 9,411,004

CONTINUOUS LEAKAGE DETECTION CIRCUIT WITH INTEGRATED ROBUSTNESS CHECK AND BALANCED FAULT DETECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A circuit, comprising:
a first differential amplifier (DA) configured to detect a voltage V1 at a first voltage divider, said first voltage divider coupled to a chassis and to a positive terminal of a high voltage
energy storage device (ESD);

a second DA configured to detect a voltage V2 at a second voltage divider, said second voltage divider coupled to said chassis and to a negative terminal of said ESD;

a first analog-to-digital converter (ADC) configured to digitize said V1 voltage to provide a V1 value, and digitize said V2 voltage to provide a V2 value;

a third voltage divider coupled to said ESD positive and negative voltage terminals;
a second ADC configured to digitize a voltage V3 detected at said third voltage divider to provide a V3 value;

a digital processor configured to use said V3 value to calculate a VT value representing a voltage between said positive and negative terminals;

wherein said digital processor is configured to use said VT value to calculate a checkproduct CP;
wherein said digital processor is configured to add said V1 and V2 values to provide a sum VS; and

wherein said digital processor is configured to compare said VS to said CP to determine whether a circuit fault exists.

US Pat. No. 9,409,474

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING GRILLE SHUTTERS BASED ON TEMPERATURE AND POSITION FEEDBACK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine method, comprising:
via an electronic controller of an engine:
during a first condition, adjusting grille shutters based on engine coolant temperature (ECT) and additional engine operating
conditions and recalibrating the grille shutters responsive to a position error reaching a threshold error, the position error
determined based on a difference between a commanded position and a feedback position of the grille shutters;

during a second condition when ECT is greater than a threshold temperature, adjusting the grille shutters from a partially
open position based on ECT independent of the additional engine operating conditions and in response to the position error
reaching the threshold error while the ECT is greater than the threshold temperature, waiting to recalibrate the grille shutters
until after the ECT decreases below the threshold temperature; and

during the second condition and after adjusting the grille shutters to a maximal percentage opening, responsive to reaching
the maximal percentage opening and not based on ECT, adjusting the grille shutters to a secondary percentage opening and then
back to the maximal percentage opening, the secondary percentage opening smaller than the maximal percentage opening.

US Pat. No. 9,834,073

TWO-ZONE ADJUSTABLE SUNROOF SHADE

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A dual zone shade assembly for a vehicle sunroof, moonroof, or panoramic roof, comprising a central sliding shade guide
and a pair of sliding shade panels;
wherein the pair of sliding shade panels each includes a latch adapted to engage the sliding shade guide and each of the pair
of sliding shade panels are adapted to engage a sliding shade panel lockpin to allow retraction of the sliding shade guide.