US Pat. No. 10,309,944

ELECTROSTATIC PM SENSOR ELECTRODE DIAGNOSTICS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electrostatic particulate matter (PM) sensor, comprising:first and second spaced apart electrodes forming a bulk gap therebetween having a bulk distance and a localized gap therebetween having a localized distance less than the bulk distance; and
a controller configured to maintain a voltage between the electrodes that is constant during a first operating state and to increase the voltage between the electrodes during a second operating state to induce an electrostatic discharge at the localized gap if there are no electrical faults in the PM sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,300,777

TRUCK TAILGATE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a truck bed;
a tailgate, rotatably secured to the bed, having internal and external panels secured to each other via a sidewall extending therebetween, the external panel defining an outer periphery, and the sidewall and internal panel collectively forming a first radius extending adjacent and internal to a corner of the periphery; and
a cover secured to the tailgate and over the first radius.

US Pat. No. 10,300,810

SEAT FLIP UP CUSHION LATCH

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A latch assembly for a vehicle seat comprising:a cushion latch coupled to a cushion pan wherein the cushion latch includes a support bracket and a pin wherein the pin is coupled to at least one resilient element and a pull strap; and
a latch catch bracket coupled to a support arm and including an angled edge to help guide and extend the pin of the catch bracket to a receiving member;
wherein the pin of the cushion latch engages the latch catch bracket to immobilize the cushion pan.

US Pat. No. 10,301,863

MOUNTING AND ALIGNING A VEHICLE SIDE DOOR MOTOR WITHIN THE CURRENT BILL OF PROCESS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A mounting assembly for a vehicle side door motor, comprising a motor mounting bracket configured to allow a radial adjustment of a side door motor element for alignment of a motor element longitudinal axis with a side door hinge assembly longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,302,445

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NAVIGATION GUIDANCE USING A WIRELESS NETWORK

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for providing navigation guidance to a vehicle using wireless communication with roadside units, the method comprising:receiving, from the vehicle, at a wireless transceiver of a first roadside unit, a request for navigation guidance to a destination;
determining, using a processor of the first roadside unit, a route for navigating to the destination from an initial vehicle location;
transmitting a first portion of the route to the vehicle, using the wireless transceiver;
transmitting a remaining portion of the route to at least one additional roadside unit, using the wireless transceiver.

US Pat. No. 10,301,166

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE REFUELING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:via a controller with instructions therein,
during refueling a fuel tank of a vehicle at a gas station storage tank, routing fuel vapors from the fuel tank to a fuel vapor storage canister positioned in an onboard evaporative emissions system that is coupled to the fuel tank;
during the refueling, adjusting a rate of the routing fuel vapors to the fuel vapor storage canister by controlling a duty cycle of a valve that selectively couples the fuel tank to atmosphere responsive to an indication of a vehicle offboard fuel vapor recovery infrastructure at a gas station;
adjusting a fuel vapor storage canister load threshold as a function of an expected loading of the fuel vapor storage canister during the refueling;
monitoring a fuel vapor storage canister load during the refueling; and
comparing the fuel vapor storage canister load to the fuel vapor storage canister load threshold to indicate whether the valve is functioning as desired.

US Pat. No. 10,300,947

TWENTY-EIGHT-CORNERED STRENGTHENING MEMBER FOR VEHICLES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A strengthening member, comprising:a cross section consisting essentially of twenty-eight corners and twenty-eight sides creating twenty internal angles and eight external angles; and
at least one recessed area extending along a length of the strengthening member.

US Pat. No. 10,300,954

DUAL A-PILLAR OR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a first A-pillar spanning between a roof rail and shotgun, and carrying a windshield;
a second A-pillar, spanning between the roof rail and a hinge pillar, and a C-pillar, the frame assembly defining a side ingress/egress opening spanning between the second A-pillar and C-pillar; and
an upper connection bracket including a first concaved flange portion attached to the first A-pillar and a second concaved flange portion attached to the second A-pillar.

US Pat. No. 10,300,748

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICLE TPMS LOCALIZATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:TPMS sensors;
a communication module; and
a processor to:
receive, via the communication module, a localization request for a tire location from a mobile device near the tire location;
wake up the TPMS sensors to pair with the mobile device;
determine signal strength values of communication between the TPMS sensors and the mobile device; and
identify which of the TPMS sensors is at the tire location based on the signal strength values.

US Pat. No. 10,294,882

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ADJUSTING FUELING OF ENGINE CYLINDERS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:estimating each of a current direct injection (DI) fuel fraction, a DI upper limit, and a DI lower limit as operator torque demand changes, wherein the DI upper limit and the DI lower limit are based on engine speed and engine load;
during a first condition, non-intrusively commanding the current DI fuel fraction and learning a DI transfer function based on an air-fuel ratio error relative to the current DI fuel fraction;
during a second condition, intrusively commanding one of the DI upper limit and the DI lower limit, and learning the DI transfer function based on the air-fuel ratio error relative to the commanded DI upper or DI lower limit; and
delivering fuel to a cylinder of the engine via a direct injector and a port injector based on the learned DI transfer function.

US Pat. No. 10,293,653

OBSTACLE AVOIDANCE SYSTEM WITH ACTIVE SUSPENSIONS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An obstacle avoidance system comprising:a sensor configured to obtain data external to a vehicle;
an active suspension coupled to a wheel of the vehicle, the active suspension including an actuator and a spring and disposed between a body of the vehicle and a control arm connected to the wheel of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
identify, based on the obtained data, an obstacle in a path of the wheel;
determine whether the vehicle is able to steer the wheel around the obstacle;
determine whether the vehicle is able to stop before the wheel hits the obstacle; and
responsive to determining that the vehicle is unable to at least one of steer the wheel around the obstacle or stop before hitting the obstacle, independently control the active suspension to rapidly elevate the wheel by controlling the actuator to:
when the obstacle has a first size, retract to lift the control arm and compress the spring to cause the wheel to be lifted over the obstacle, and
when the obstacle has a second greater size, retract to lift the control arm and compress the spring, extend to lower the control arm and decompress the spring, and re-retract to re-lower the control arm and recompress the spring to cause the wheel to jump airborne over the obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,293,673

ELECTRIC CREEP TORQUE CONTROL IN VEHICLES HAVING A MANUAL/MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A vehicle comprising:an engine;
a manual transmission coupled to the engine;
a motor configured to power driven wheels of the vehicle; and
a controller programmed to
auto-stop the engine responsive to accelerator and clutch pedals being released, a brake pedal being depressed, and the transmission being in neutral, and
responsive to the engine being auto-stopped and electric creep being requested, power the driven wheels via the motor based on position of the brake pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,295,250

VEHICLE-BASED SMART COOLER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cooler for a vehicle comprising:an electric cooling unit;
a plurality of sensors;
a wireless node to communicatively couple to the vehicle; and
a cooling control unit to:
monitor a charge margin of the vehicle, the charge margin being a difference between a current power bus voltage of the vehicle and voltage at which a battery of the vehicle cannot provide a starter current; and
in response to the charge margin being below a threshold, activate a power management technique.

US Pat. No. 10,295,014

ROBUST PENDULUM CRANK BUMPER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A pendulum crankshaft assembly for an internal combustion engine comprising:a crankshaft;
a pendulum carrier attached to said crankshaft;
a pendulum attached to said pendulum carrier;
a bumper clip attached to said pendulum carrier and to said crankshaft, said bumper clip having a bumper leg and a fastener leg, said bumper leg of said bumper clip having a pendulum carrier-passing channel formed therein; and
a rubber or elastomeric bumper attached to said bumper leg.

US Pat. No. 10,296,816

GENERATING TRAINING DATA FOR AUTOMATIC VEHICLE LEAK DETECTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising, by a computer system:generating a plurality of training data sets, each including an arrival image having a parking position in its field of view, a departure image corresponding the arrival image, and a classification of the departure image, a portion of the training data sets including departure images having simulated fluid spills; and
training a machine learning model according to the training data sets to identify fluid leaks;
wherein generating the plurality of training data sets comprises, for each training data set:
defining a three-dimensional model of a parking scenario for the each training data set; and
rendering the arrival image of the each training data set from the three-dimensional model from a point of view of a camera mounted to a vehicle in the parking scenario.

US Pat. No. 10,297,092

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICULAR DYNAMIC DISPLAY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:sensors;
a display;
a user interface associated with vehicle features; and
a processor configured to:
determine, via the sensors, a level of confusion for using the user interface;
receive a user-selected fidelity level corresponding to a desired degree of assistance; and
based on the level of confusion and the user-selected fidelity level, select one of a plurality of instructions for using the user interface; and
present selected instruction on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,293,777

MULTI-CUSHION AIRBAG ASSEMBLIES FOR REDUCING ROTATIONAL VELOCITY OF AN OCCUPANT'S HEAD

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An airbag assembly comprising:a first inflatable airbag cushion for receiving a head of an occupant during a collision event in which the occupant moves in a forward and lateral direction, wherein the first inflatable airbag cushion, when inflated, is disposed forward of a vehicle occupant position;
a second inflatable airbag cushion that, when inflated, is disposed laterally adjacent to and extends further rearward than the first inflatable airbag cushion, wherein a rearward portion of the second inflatable airbag cushion comprises a lateral protrusion that covers at least a portion of a rearward surface of the first inflatable airbag cushion, and wherein a forward portion of the lateral protrusion is directly coupled to a rearward portion of the first inflatable airbag cushion,
wherein the lateral protrusion is coupled via one or more of stitching and welding along a length of the rearward surface of the first inflatable airbag cushion covered by the lateral protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,297,880

BATTERY THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A battery thermal management system, comprising:a battery pack;
a coolant subsystem including a chiller configured to cool said battery pack;
a refrigerant subsystem including at least one evaporator, said coolant subsystem arranged to exchange heat with said refrigerant subsystem within said chiller; and
a tap line located between an inlet and an outlet of the at least one evaporator and configured to communicate a refrigerant directly to a cold side of said chiller.

US Pat. No. 10,294,833

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VARIABLE CAM TIMING DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:during a first condition, moving a cam timing phaser to a locking position without prepositioning and holding the phaser in the locking position without engaging a locking pin, wherein moving the phaser to the locking position without prepositioning during the first condition includes moving a spool valve solenoid to a retard region when a current position of the phaser is advanced of the locking position, and moving the spool valve solenoid to an advance region when the current position of the phaser is retarded of the locking position;
during a second condition, moving the phaser to the locking position with prepositioning and holding the phaser in the locking position with the locking pin engaged, wherein moving the phaser to the locking position with prepositioning during the second condition includes moving the spool valve solenoid to preposition the phaser advanced of the locking position, and then moving the spool valve solenoid to a detent region during camshaft torsional pulses; and
during a third condition, moving the phaser to the locking position without prepositioning and holding the phaser in the locking position with the locking pin engaged, wherein an engine speed is higher in the second condition as compared to the third condition.

US Pat. No. 10,257,730

STATUS TESTS OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NODES OF VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:communication nodes including a first node and a second node, the first node to send a first of test signals to and receive a second of the test signals from the second node, the communication nodes include an exterior node configured to wirelessly communicate with a mobile device to initiate passive entry into a vehicle cabin; and
a controller to:
determine signal strengths of the test signals; and
at least partially disable passive entry passive start responsive to determining one or more of the communication nodes is impaired based upon the signal strengths.

US Pat. No. 10,252,611

ACTIVE SEAL ARRANGEMENT FOR USE WITH VEHICLE CONDENSERS

Ford Global Technologies,...

5. An active seal arrangement for use with an engine cooling system having a first heat exchanger and a second heat exchanger spaced apart from one another, the arrangement comprising:a pair of seals, each seal of said pair of seals having a first end and a second end, said first end of each seal being directly and pivotably attached to opposite sides of the first heat exchanger, each seal of said pair of seals being selectively movable between a full closed position and a full open position, said first end of each seal remaining in direct contact with said first heat exchanger during operation between said full closed position and said full open position, said second end of each seal being in direct contact with said second heat exchanger only when in said full closed position;
a seal position controller operatively connected to said pair of seals; and
a temperature sensor operatively connected to said controller.

US Pat. No. 10,256,485

FUEL CELL PURGE LINE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A fuel cell anode purge line comprising:an elongated water-scavenging body having a single cylindrical inlet portion, a single outlet portion having an outlet valve, and a cylindrical scavenged reservoir configured to accumulate water and fluidly connect the inlet and outlet portions so as to direct a flow of purge gas from the inlet portion through the reservoir such that the purge gas transfers the water towards the outlet valve, wherein the inlet portion includes a venturi extending from an internal wall of the inlet portion to define a discontinuous surface and to increase velocity of the purge gas impacting the water in the reservoir so that the purge gas forms a jet capable of increasing a volume of water transported towards the outlet valve.

US Pat. No. 10,253,689

ENGINE TRIGGER WHEEL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine, comprising:a cylinder block; and
a crankshaft rotationally supported by the cylinder block, the crankshaft including:
a flywheel flange at one end of the crankshaft, the flywheel flange arranged outside an end wall of the cylinder block;
an end counterweight arranged proximate to the flywheel flange and interior to the end wall, the end counterweight including a first portion that extends further outward in a radial direction, relative to a longitudinal axis of the crankshaft, than a second portion of the end counterweight; and
an engine trigger wheel stamped from a single piece of steel, comprising:
a central annular portion that is annular with an inner edge defined by a central aperture, the central aperture mounted on a circumferentially extending inner wall of a recess of the end counterweight; and
a cylindrical rim portion arranged around an outer periphery of the central annular portion, the cylindrical rim portion turned over and extending outward from the central annular portion in a direction of an axis of rotation of the trigger wheel and overlying an outer periphery of the end counterweight, where the cylindrical rim portion is spaced away from the outer periphery of the end counterweight, in a direction perpendicular to the axis of rotation of the trigger wheel, by a gap, the gap maintained around the circumference of the trigger wheel, the cylindrical rim portion having a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart trigger teeth and the central annular portion has a plurality of apertures formed therein to move a center of mass of the trigger wheel away from the axis of rotation of the trigger wheel, the plurality of apertures spaced apart from one another and asymmetrically positioned around a circumference of the central annular portion, on a side of the central annular portion that corresponds to the second portion of the end counterweight, wherein there are a number of circumferentially spaced, stamped apertures in the cylindrical rim portion and each of the trigger teeth is formed by a land between two adjacent apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,252,687

VEHICLE SIDE IMPACT DETECTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

16. A system comprising a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:determine that a door of a vehicle is in an open position;
disable a pressure sensor in an instrument panel of the vehicle as a result of determining that the door is in the open position;
determine that the door of the vehicle is in a closed position; and
enable the pressure sensor in the instrument panel of the vehicle as a result of determining that the door is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,252,688

MONITORING A VEHICLE CABIN

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A computer, comprising a processor and memory storing instructions to perform steps executable by the processor, the steps comprising:receiving image data that includes a vehicle seat and an occupant within a vehicle cabin;
determining, using the received image data, an orientation of the vehicle seat and an orientation of the occupant; and
based on the determination, performing a vehicle function that includes translating, reclining, or rotating the vehicle seat, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,253,728

EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS DETECTION METHOD WITH VEHICLE SELF LEVELING SUSPENSION COMPENSATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

6. A system for a controller of a vehicle comprising:a fuel system coupled to an evaporative emissions control system, the fuel system and the evaporative emissions control system isolatable from atmosphere via one or more valves;
a fuel tank housed within the fuel system, the fuel tank comprising one or more fuel tank vent valves;
an active suspension system;
a fuel level sensor for determining a fuel level in the fuel tank;
a plurality of on-board inertial sensors for determining a vehicle compound angle; and
one or more of a seat load cell(s), a door sensing technology, and an onboard camera(s);
wherein the controller is configured with instructions stored in non-transitory memory that, when executed, cause the controller to:
responsive to a vehicle-off event:
determine the fuel level in the fuel tank;
determine the vehicle compound angle via the plurality of on-board inertial sensors;
determine a vehicle-occupancy via the one or more of the seat load cell(s), the door sensing technology, and the onboard camera(s); and
responsive to the fuel level and the vehicle compound angle above a predetermined threshold and a determination that the vehicle is not occupied:
level the vehicle a determined amount via employing the active suspension system;
isolate the fuel system and the evaporative emissions control system;
conduct an evaporative emissions test procedure; and
subsequent to completion of the evaporative emissions test procedure:
 return the vehicle to a default state via employing the active suspension system.

US Pat. No. 10,286,800

CONTROL PILOT LATCH-OUT MECHANISM TO REDUCE OFF-BOARD ENERGY CONSUMPTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a charger;
a charge port including circuitry configured to interface with a control pilot of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) to establish, when connected, a pilot signal between the charger and EVSE to wake-up the charger; and
a controller programmed to, responsive to an interrupt condition, open the pilot signal via a pilot latch out mechanism to interrupt the connection between the pilot signal and the controller to reduce power consumed by the charger by placing the controller into a sleep state and reconnect, responsive to a power sustaining relay signal waking the controller, the pilot signal via the pilot latch out mechanism to allow power to be provided to the controller and restore normal operation.

US Pat. No. 10,286,807

LOCATION-BASED ELECTRIC VEHICLE PREEMPTIVE COOLING FOR DC FAST CHARGE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a traction battery;
a battery cooling system configured to cool the traction battery; and
a controller configured to
request activation of the battery cooling system to cool the traction battery prior to arrival at a DCFC station in response to a signal indicating an expected DCFC event, and
inhibit the activation in response to an expected duration of the expected DCFC event being less than a predefined duration.

US Pat. No. 10,286,816

VEHICLE LOADSPACE FLOOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle loadspace floor comprising:a first deployable portion; and
a second deployable portion, the first and second deployable portions cooperating to form a rearward-facing seat extending through an opening of a loadspace of a vehicle when deployed from the loadspace floor, wherein the second deployable portion deploys to form a bumper protector that extends downward, wherein the first deployable portion deploys to form a seat back of the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,286,824

SPREADER PLATE LOAD DISTRIBUTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seating assembly comprising:a seat including a seat frame, the seat generally defining a seating surface;
a seatback pivotally coupled with the seat;
a carrier disposed on the seat frame and supporting a multi-contour seating component that is adjustable to change a contour of the seating surface;
a cushion assembly disposed over the multi-contour seating component of the seat and in communication with a climate control system; and
a spreader plate disposed below the cushion assembly, the spreader plate configured to balance load distribution across the seating surface when the multi-contour seating component is activated, the spreader plate comprising:
flex recesses defined in forward and rearward walls of the spreader plate;
lateral flex breaks that allow limited flexure of the spreader plate; and
an inner opening in communication with the climate control system.

US Pat. No. 10,290,158

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSESSING THE INTERIOR OF AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system for a vehicle comprising:an infrared (IR) camera sensing an interior of the vehicle;
a visible light camera operably coupled to the controller and having the interior of the vehicle in a field of view thereof;
a controller coupled to the IR camera and programmed to—
receive a first output of the IR camera;
receive a second output of the IR camera subsequent to the first output;
if a change between the first output and the second output indicates an anomaly, invoke a remedial action;
receive a third output of the visible light camera; and
if the change between the first output and the second output indicates the anomaly, (a) identify a region of interest (ROI) in the third output corresponding to the anomaly and (b) transmit the ROI to a dispatcher.

US Pat. No. 10,286,825

SUPPORT ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A support assembly for a vehicle seat comprising:a base plate;
a support plate operably coupled to the base plate at a peripheral edge; and
a fluid supply positioned between a ventilation material and a carrier of the vehicle seat, the fluid supply in fluid communication with first and second inflatable members positioned between the base plate and the support plate, the first and second inflatable members being independently inflatable by the fluid supply.

US Pat. No. 10,286,830

HINGED CARGO TIE-DOWN CLEAT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A retaining apparatus comprising:a base member including a backing portion engaging a first side of a fixed plate configured for securement to a bed, a cleat engaging a second side of the fixed plate, and a neck portion connecting the backing portion to the cleat and slidingly engaging a keyway hole in the fixed plate; and
a locking member coupled to the base member by a hinge, wherein the locking member
in a disengaged position is spaced from the fixed plate such that the backing portion and the cleat sandwich an offset section of the fixed plate, and
is pivotable to an engaged position that engages an edge of the keyway hole.

US Pat. No. 10,286,837

VEHICLE LIGHT ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a pair of light assemblies disposed on opposing sides of a rear portion of a vehicle, wherein each light assembly includes a housing and a lens;
a light source disposed in the housing and configured to create a first predefined illumination pattern; and
a controller configured to selectively activate a first illumination pattern from one of the pair of housings corresponding to a direction of a vehicle steering wheel rotation, the first illumination pattern configured to illuminate an area vehicle forwardly and rearwardly of the light assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,252,751

INFLATABLE TUNNEL REINFORCEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

11. A method for laterally reinforcing an underbody of a vehicle, comprising:at a controller, receiving an indication of a side impact condition; and
in response, inflating an inflatable tunnel reinforcement disposed within a longitudinally-extending tunnel structure at the underbody into engagement with a longitudinally-extending and rotatable driveshaft, disposed within the tunnel structure and adapted to transmit rotational power, thereby forming a continuous load path between interior walls of the tunnel structure and the driveshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,286,848

STORAGE TRAY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle cargo area, comprising:a retention structure having an upper portion, a vertical portion, an arcuate portion, and an angled portion; and
a storage tray having a coupling portion that removably couples to the retention structure by passing over the vertical portion and engages with the vertical portion such that the coupling portion is secured in the retention structure.

US Pat. No. 10,286,880

SENSOR CLEANER

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system, comprising:a nozzle directed toward a sensor window; and
a Venturi valve including a suction chamber, an internal nozzle directed to the suction chamber, and a discharger that is connected to the nozzle, wherein the Venturi valve is connected to a fluid input valve and an air source.

US Pat. No. 10,285,880

WHEELCHAIR DOCK

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A wheelchair-dock system comprising:a floor including an elongated depression, the depression defining a lateral direction;
a member movable in the lateral direction between an extended position over the depression and a retracted position;
an actuator drivingly coupled to the member; and
a position sensor coupled to the member.

US Pat. No. 10,287,936

OIL DRAIN FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine, comprising:a cylinder block including:
a plurality of cylinders, each cylinder including a piston disposed therein and a coolant jacket arranged adjacent to at least a wall of each cylinder;
a crankcase including a plurality of bulkhead walls separating pistons of the plurality of cylinders, where at least two bulkhead walls include at least two crankcase breathing windows disposed symmetrically therein where a first crankcase breathing window is arranged in a first bulkhead wall and a second crankcase breathing window is arranged in a second bulkhead wall opposite the first bulkhead wall from a crankshaft, and where the crankcase breathing windows fluidly couple two adjacent crankcase bays, wherein a top of the at least two crankcase windows is below a central axis of an aperture of the crankcase configured to receive the crankshaft; and
at least two oil drain-back passages including an entrance into the crankcase at the crankcase breathing windows, wherein the at least two oil drain-back passages are arranged radially exterior to the coolant jacket and extend through the first and second bulkhead walls, and where a first oil drain-back passage is shaped to receive suction from the first crankcase breathing window and where a second oil drain-back passage is shaped to receive suction from the second crankcase breathing window.

US Pat. No. 10,287,937

EXHAUST SYSTEM FOR AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An exhaust system for an engine comprising:a first volume element;
first and second exhaust pipes connected to and extending downstream of the first volume element, the first exhaust pipe having a first length (L1);
a second volume element connected to the first and second exhaust pipes, and downstream of the first volume element; and
a valve positioned in the second exhaust pipe at a distance (D) from the first volume element, wherein D is less than L1, wherein the second pipe is a first resonator for the first pipe and is formed by a first section of the second pipe between the first volume element and the valve in a closed position;
wherein a second section of the second pipe between the second volume element and the valve is a second resonator for the first pipe with the valve in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,280,663

LIFT ASSIST LOCK ASSEMBLY AND LOCKING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An assembly, comprising:a cylinder;
a piston; and
a lock transitionable between an unlocked position that permits extension and retraction of the piston relative to the cylinder, and a locked position that limits retraction of the piston relative to the cylinder, the lock blocked from transitioning from the locked to the unlocked position when a load supported by the piston exceeds a threshold load.

US Pat. No. 10,266,134

VEHICLE ACCESSORY POWER MANAGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine configured to operate in a start-stop mode; and
a power management system configured to:
receive an input requesting use of a vehicle accessory in an accessory mode; and
responsive to the input, reduce an electrical load, disable the start-stop mode, and enable use of the accessory mode.

US Pat. No. 10,262,810

MOVEABLE CONTACT SUPPORT STRUCTURE AND SUPPORTING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A contactor assembly, comprising:a moveable contact that moves back and forth between an electrically coupled position with a plurality of stationary contacts, and an electrically decoupled position with the stationary contacts;
an actuator assembly that engages the moveable contact and extends through an aperture in the moveable contact; and
a support structure configured to limit flexing of the moveable contact when in the electrically coupled position,
wherein the moveable contact includes a first side that electrically contacts the stationary contacts when the moveable contact is in the electrically coupled position, and an opposite second side, the support structure having a first portion disposed adjacent to the first side and a second portion disposed adjacent to the second side, the actuator assembly extending through both an aperture in the first portion of the support structure and an aperture in the second portion of the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,247,256

CLUTCH ASSEMBLY FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

16. A clutch comprising:a clutch housing connected to first friction disks;
a clutch hub having an annulus connected to second friction disks and defining oil holes each having an entrance on an inner surface of the annulus; and
air passageways extending through the annulus and having an entrance radially inboard and offset of the entrances of the holes.

US Pat. No. 10,249,196

FLOW CORRIDOR DETECTION AND DISPLAY SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle corridor detection system comprising:sensors configured to measure a space in front of a vehicle;a module having trajectory data predictive of vehicle trajectories via a memory defining vehicle dimension data, a dynamic memory including behavior and skill data, and a processor to combine the space with the trajectory data to detect a corridor, and quantify a risk level associated with the corridor, wherein vehicle progress through the corridor is monitored by the sensors and stored in the dynamic memory indicative of driver behavior; and a display to represent the corridor and risk level.

US Pat. No. 10,243,191

FLEXIBLE MULTI-LAYERED BUS BAR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A bus bar assembly, comprising:a first layer; and
a second layer directly adjacent the first layer, the first layer and the second layer each having a section made of a first material and extending from a first end portion to an opposing, second end portion, the first and second end portions include a second material different than the first material,
wherein the first end portion comprises an extension of the first material and a cladding of the second material, the extension extending from the section made of the first material, the cladding placed against a first side of the extension.

US Pat. No. 10,240,665

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TENSIONING A BELT OF A BELT DRIVE OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for tensioning a belt of a belt drive of an internal combustion engine not in operation and having a crankshaft, in addition to the belt as a traction means a first driving wheel arranged on the crankshaft and a third wheel arranged on a shaft of a starter assigned to the belt drive, wherein the belt is guided around the driving first wheel and the third wheel, and a movable tensioning means assigned to an active tensioner is provided, which engages in the belt under application of force by a spring, forming a contact zone, and applies tensile forces to the belt along its longitudinal axis for tensioning, comprising:controlling the active tensioner such that a compression of the spring is at least countered, so that a movement of the tensioning means under a load of the belt is at least hindered;
and then exciting the belt to vibration in the contact zone by use of the starter so that the tensioning means, exposed to the force of the spring, is moved further in the direction of the belt under expansion of the spring, whereby the belt is tensioned
wherein the belt is excited to vibration by
in a first step, the activating the starter to apply a pre-definable torque to the belt drive, wherein the pre-definable torque is selected smaller than a break-free moment at which the crankshaft is set in rotation; and
in a second step, changing the torque applied by the starter to the belt drive to excite the belt to vibrate in the contact zone
wherein the first step and the second step are repeated with a frequency which corresponds to a resonant frequency of the belt drive.

US Pat. No. 10,240,964

FUEL FILL VOLUME ESTIMATION USING VIRTUAL ZONE AND FUEL TANK FLOAT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a dashboard display;
a fuel tank float coupled to a fuel sender card and;
an engine control module to:
divide a fuel tank into zones, the zones including a first zone, the first zone being an area of the fuel tank that is not measurable by the fuel sender card;
when the vehicle is not in motion and a position of the fuel tank float changes by a threshold amount, measure an initial fuel level;
when the position of the fuel tank float does not change for a threshold period of time, measure a final fuel level;
responsive to the final fuel level being in one of the zones that is not the first zone and the initial fuel level being in the first zone, calculate an amount of fuel added to the fuel tank based on the measurements of fuel injected to an engine by fuel injectors and measurements of the fuel sender card; and
display the amount on the dashboard display.

US Pat. No. 10,240,728

MULTIFUNCTION PORTABLE UTILITY LIGHT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a liftgate including a trim panel and a receiver provided in said trim panel; and
a portable utility light releasably held in said receiver, said portable utility light including a housing, having a lens and an external reflector, and a light source held in said housing wherein said external reflector is exposed along said trim panel when said portable utility light is held in said receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,240,505

CONTROLLING NITROGEN OXIDE EMISSIONS IN THE EXHAUST GAS OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

7. A method, comprising:responsive to a tailpipe NOx level exceeding a setpoint, adapting a base reductant storage amount for a first aftertreatment device, including determining a first difference between the tailpipe NOx level and the setpoint and adapting the base reductant storage amount according to the first difference;
supplying reductant to the first aftertreatment device according to the adapted base reductant storage amount;
responsive to the adapted base reductant storage amount exceeding a maximum reductant storage amount, adapting a regeneration parameter for a second aftertreatment device, including determining a portion of an adaption signal that overflows from the adaption of the base reductant storage amount when NOx storage in a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) device is at a limit, the portion determined by determining a second difference between the adapted base reductant storage amount and the maximum reductant storage amount, and adapting the regeneration parameter according to the second difference; and
regenerating the second aftertreatment device according to the adapted regeneration parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,240,545

AIR CHARGE ESTIMATION VIA MANIFOLD PRESSURE SAMPLE AT INTAKE VALVE CLOSING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:sampling an intake manifold pressure sensor signal at pre-specified, even increments of time, wherein the pre-specified, even increments of time are independent of an engine speed;
stamping the sampled signal with an engine crank angle stamp that corresponds to an engine crank angle at a time the sampled signal was sampled;
after the stamping, storing each stamped sampled signal in a buffer, wherein a capacity of the buffer is based on the engine speed;
processing the stored sampled signals in the buffer at even increments of engine crank angle based on the engine crank angle stamp; and
adjusting an engine operating parameter based on a selected one of the processed sampled signals.

US Pat. No. 10,232,740

ADJUSTABLE SEATBACK RECLINE ANGLE AND WARNING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat assembly, comprising:a seat portion;
a seatback pivotally coupled to the seat portion;
a frame assembly having a seatback portion disposed within the seatback;
a sensor operably coupled to the seatback portion of the frame assembly for measuring a recline angle of the seatback;
a controller configured to monitor the recline angle of the seatback;
an actuator coupled to the seatback portion of the frame assembly, wherein the actuator is controlled by the controller and configured to automatically move the seatback, such that the recline angle of the seatback is below the predetermined recline angle threshold; and
a warning system operably coupled to the controller for sending an alert to a seat occupant when the recline angle of the seatback exceeds a predetermined recline angle threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,234,555

STEERING WHEEL ACTUATION

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1. A method, comprising:determining a time to a collision and a field of safe travel;
selecting one of a first and a second haptic output based on (a) the field of safe travel and (b) a predetermined time threshold;
delivering the first haptic output via a steering wheel when the time to collision is greater than the predetermined time threshold; and
delivering the second haptic output via the steering wheel when the time to collision is less than or equal to the predetermined time threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,234,861

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE WORKLOAD ALLOCATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a first vehicle component at least partially controlling a vehicle action;
a second vehicle component at least partially controlling the vehicle action; and
a coordination controller programmed to coordinate control of the vehicle action, wherein the coordination controller is programmed to detect a first vehicle component failure, select a vehicle priority from among a performance priority, an efficiency priority, and a safety priority, select a vehicle mode according to the selected vehicle priority, and allocate workloads of the first vehicle component and the second vehicle component according to the selected vehicle mode.

US Pat. No. 10,234,869

VEHICLE DESTINATIONS

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1. A computer comprising a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor such that the computer comprises programming to:detect a request from a first user device in a host vehicle to drive to a first waypoint different from a pick-up destination to which a host vehicle is driving;
then send a request notification to a second user device remote from the vehicle; and
then control the host vehicle to continue driving to the pick-up destination if a message is received from the second user device denying the request.

US Pat. No. 10,233,852

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING ENGINE CYLINDERS

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1. An engine control method, comprising:activating and deactivating a cylinder of an engine via a controller in response to an engine cylinder firing fraction and a remainder value, the remainder value based on the engine cylinder firing fraction.

US Pat. No. 10,235,911

ILLUMINATING BADGE FOR A VEHICLE

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1. A badge for a vehicle, comprising:a substrate and a housing attached thereto defining a cavity therebetween;
first and second light sources disposed within the cavity and configured to emit an excitation light;
a first photoluminescent structure disposed between the light source and a viewable portion and separated from the light source by a gap, the gap having a varied thickness;
a second photoluminescent structure disposed between the first photoluminescent structure and the viewable portion and extending to a position rearwardly of the light source, wherein the first and second photoluminescent structures are configured to convert the excitation light into a converted light of a different wavelength; and
a light scattering layer having a varied thickness and disposed between the first and second photoluminescent structures, a maximum thickness of the light scattering layer disposed between the first and second light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,227,798

TAILGATE HANDLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A handle assembly for opening and closing a vehicle door wherein the handle assembly comprises:a recess in an exterior surface of the vehicle door;
a cover over the recess wherein the cover is coupled to the vehicle door and is moveable between an open position and a closed position, wherein the cover is actuated by a biasing mechanism;
a seal between the exterior surface of the vehicle door and the cover; and a handle member coupled to the cover and retained in the recess when the cover is in the closed position and released from the recess when the cover is in the open position;
wherein the handle member is configured to de-latch the vehicle door.

US Pat. No. 10,226,799

CARGO BED SUPPORT ASSEMBLY FOR A TRUCK

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1. A method of manufacturing a reinforcement assembly for a truck bed comprising:roll forming an aluminum sheet to form a cross-member having a base, a pair of opposing sidewalls extending from the base, and a pair of flanges each extending from one of the sidewalls and substantially parallel with the base;
extruding an aluminum reinforcement member; and
attaching the reinforcement member to the cross-member to space the cross-member from a frame rail of the truck;
wherein the base and the sidewalls of the reinforcement member define a channel, and wherein the step of attaching includes attaching the cross-member within the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,228,696

WIND DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. A method comprising:receiving, by a wind detection system, sensor data from a sensor mounted to a vehicle the sensor being a LIDAR (light detection and ranging) sensor;
receiving, by the wind detection system, images from a camera mounted to the vehicle;
receiving, by the wind detection system, pitch and yaw data from at least one of an accelerometer and a gyroscope;
detecting particles around the vehicle by using the sensor data and the images;
receiving, by the wind detection system, map data associated with the vehicle's current geographic location;
receiving, by the wind detection system, weather data associated with the vehicle's current geographic location;
determining, by the wind detection system, a wind condition near the vehicle based on fusion of the sensor data, the images, the pitch and yaw data, the map data, and the weather data;
responsive to determining that the wind condition near the vehicle is severe, determining, by the wind detection system, a best action to avoid or mitigate wind-caused impact on the vehicle; and
implementing, by the wind detection system, the best action.

US Pat. No. 10,215,106

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING EXHAUST VALVE TIMING

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1. An engine operating method, comprising:adjusting a commanded exhaust valve opening timing via a controller in response to an exhaust valve opening timing determined from a rate of change of pressure in a cylinder of an engine; and
decreasing an amount of fuel injected to the engine via the controller in response to the exhaust valve opening timing determined from the rate of change of pressure in the cylinder of the engine being in advance of the commanded exhaust valve opening timing and engine load being greater than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,208,642

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A SOOT SENSOR

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1. A method comprising:diverting exhaust gas from an exhaust pipe to a parallel exhaust pathway outside the exhaust pipe during engine operation, where the exhaust pathway includes rotatable plates coupled to a filtering material in a fixed housing;
adjusting the engine operation via a controller based on a rotational speed of the plates, the rotational speed correlated to a soot load of the plates; and
regenerating the plates in response to the rotational speed being greater than a threshold rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,208,644

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR OPERATING AN EXHAUST OXYGEN SENSOR BASED ON WATER CONTACT AT THE SENSOR

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1. An engine method, comprising:indicating water at an exhaust oxygen sensor positioned in an engine exhaust passage based on a sensor parameter of the exhaust oxygen sensor while operating the exhaust oxygen sensor in a variable voltage (VVs) mode where a reference voltage is adjusted from a lower, first voltage to a higher, second voltage;
adjusting one or more of sensor operation and engine operation based on the indicating water, wherein the sensor parameter includes a pumping current of the exhaust oxygen sensor when the exhaust oxygen sensor is operated at the second voltage; and
indicating water at the exhaust oxygen sensor in response to the pumping current of the exhaust oxygen sensor being higher than a threshold current, and wherein the adjusting the exhaust oxygen sensor operation incudes operating the exhaust oxygen sensor in the VVs mode until the pumping current falls below the threshold current.

US Pat. No. 10,208,650

MONITORING ENGINE COOLANT

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1. An engine coolant temperature sensor comprising:an earth wire configured to earth through engine coolant in a coolant conduit and trigger an alarm when coolant is absent in the coolant conduit, wherein the only connection of the earth wire within the temperature sensor is to a housing.

US Pat. No. 10,207,628

VEHICLE LIGHT ASSEMBLIES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a bezel defining a lamp cavity; and
a lamp assembly comprising:
a base slide coupled with the bezel, wherein the base slide defines a recessed groove;
a lamp slide slidably coupled with the recessed groove;
a housing bracket coupled to the lamp slide and to a lamp housing; and
an adjuster coupled to the lamp slide through a row of teeth and configured to move the lamp housing through the lamp cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,208,657

DIAGNOSTIC METHOD FOR A COMPRESSOR RECIRCULATION VALVE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising:an engine;
a turbocharger for providing a boosted aircharge to the engine, the turbocharger including an exhaust turbine and an intake compressor;
an intake throttle positioned in an intake passage downstream of the intake compressor;
a wastegate coupled across the exhaust turbine;
a continuously variable recirculation valve (CCRV) coupled across the intake compressor, the CCRV including a CCRV throttle and a CCRV position sensor;
a throttle inlet pressure sensor coupled to the intake passage upstream of the intake throttle and downstream of the intake compressor; and
a control system with computer-readable instructions stored on non-transitory memory for:
actuating a change in position of the CCRV;
determining degradation of the CCRV based on feedback from the CCRV position sensor indicating the CCRV throttle did not change position in response to the actuating; and
during a first condition, indicating degradation of the CCRV position sensor; and
during a second condition, indicating degradation of the CCRV throttle.

US Pat. No. 10,208,659

COORDINATION OF CAM TIMING AND BLOW-THROUGH AIR DELIVERY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:directing intake air from an intake manifold, downstream of a compressor, to an exhaust manifold, upstream of a turbine via each of external EGR and positive valve overlap through a cylinder, wherein amounts of air directed via EGR and air directed via positive valve overlap are adjusted based on conditions, the adjustments including increasing the amount of air directed via EGR when a valve timing adjustment is outside of a range.

US Pat. No. 10,207,636

SEATBELT STOWAGE ASSEMBLY

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1. A seatbelt stowage assembly comprising:a housing including an outer rim and a cover and defining a compartment, wherein the housing is disposed within a headliner of a vehicle and configured to house a seatbelt in a stowed position; and
a light source disposed within the compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,207,637

DOME LIGHT ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A dome light assembly for mounting to a headliner in a motor vehicle, comprising:a mounting bracket including (a) a flange, engaging an upper face of said headliner, and (b) a receiver;
a lamp housing including a fastener secured to said receiver; and
a light source held on said lamp housing;
said dome light assembly being characterized by said receiver including an aperture in said mounting bracket, said aperture being irregular in shape and including an insert portion and a locking portion, said insert portion being oriented along a first axis and said locking portion being oriented along a second axis oriented at an angle to said first axis, and said fastener being a T-shaped lug projecting from said lamp housing.

US Pat. No. 10,207,641

VEHICLE PROXIMITY INDICATOR

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1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle light on a rear end of the vehicle, the vehicle light having at least two lenses that create a corresponding number of proximity light spots onto an object behind the vehicle when the rear end of the vehicle is at least a first distance from the object; and
a rear window with a number of proximity indicators, each corresponding with one of the at least two lenses, each of the proximity light spots aligning with a corresponding one of the proximity indicators when the rear end of the vehicle is located a second distance from the object, the second distance closer than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,209,709

LIDAR SENSOR FROST DETECTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a LIDAR sensor having a lens; and
a processor programmed to receive sensor signals from the LIDAR sensor, estimate frost accumulation on the LIDAR sensor from the sensor signals, compare the estimated frost accumulation to a predetermined threshold representing an amount of frost accumulation on the lens of the LIDAR sensor, output a defrost signal to the LIDAR sensor to command the LIDAR sensor to execute a defrost operation as a result of determining that the frost accumulation exceeds the predetermined threshold, prevent a host vehicle from operating in an autonomous mode as a result of determining that the estimated frost accumulation exceeds the predetermined threshold, and output a signal to a user interface located in the host vehicle instructing a vehicle occupant to manually remove the frost from the lens of the LIDAR sensor to resume autonomous operation of the host vehicle,
wherein the processor is programmed to prevent the host vehicle from operating in the autonomous mode by outputting a signal instructing an autonomous mode controller to prohibit autonomous operation of the host vehicle, and
wherein the LIDAR sensor executes the defrost operation to melt the frost on the lens of the LIDAR sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,208,706

MACHINERY CASING PORTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A first machinery casing portion having a first sealing face configured to engage a second sealing face of a second machinery casing portion to form a sealed joint therebetween in an assembled configuration, the first machinery casing portion comprising:a recess configured to receive a bead of sealant, wherein the recess includes a sloping surface adjacent to the first sealing face; and
an opening configured to receive a fastener, wherein at least a portion of an edge of the opening directly adjoins a lower surface of the recess;
wherein the edge of the opening is vertically offset from the first sealing face.

US Pat. No. 10,208,715

INTEGRAL CYLINDER HEAD WITH AN EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATOR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A power train system comprising:an exhaust manifold having an exhaust flow and a control valve for releasing exhaust gas; and
layered material defining an integrated engine cylinder head and an exhaust gas recirculator, connected to the exhaust flow and the valve, including a tubular inlet defining a plurality of branches around the cylinder head and having a plurality of nozzles extending into cavities of intake ports of the cylinder head, each of the branches surrounding an exterior surface of one of the intake ports such that there is no seal between the recirculator and the cylinder head.

US Pat. No. 10,207,696

TIMING TRANSMISSION GEARING SHIFTS FOR A HYBRID ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of controlling a hybrid powertrain comprising:receiving a transmission shift request while an electric machine, which is always drivingly connected to vehicle wheels, is propelling a vehicle and an engine is stopped; and
timing completion of the shift request as a function of a torque capacity of the machine relative to a shifting torque required to complete the shift request.

US Pat. No. 10,207,697

MOVABLE STEERING WHEEL FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A steering wheel position control system for a vehicle comprising:a processor;
a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:
receive values from at least one sensor;
command a pivot mechanism to bias a steering wheel from a driving position to a stowed position based on values from the sensor;
deploy an airbag based on values from the sensor; and
wherein the steering wheel in the stowed position is on a lower side of a dashboard and is out of a space envelope of the deployed airbag such that a driver in a seated upright position is not able to reach the steering wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,207,711

VACUUM BOOST FOR VEHICLE BRAKING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for controlling brake vacuum within a brake booster on a vehicle that includes an engine and a transmission, comprising:determining an intake manifold vacuum in response to actuation of a brake pedal;
downshifting the transmission to increase engine speed and intake manifold vacuum in response to the intake manifold vacuum being less than a desired brake booster vacuum; and
reducing torque of the engine to maintain a constant power output of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,207,746

VEHICLE FLOOR PAN

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A floor pan assembly comprising:a side sill having a vertically extending lower portion and a contiguous, horizontally extending top wall; and
a floor pan including a weld flange having a height H1 welded to said lower portion along a full length of the floor pan and an extended weld flange having a height H2 higher than H1 and welded to said top wall along a limited length of the floor pan.

US Pat. No. 10,209,286

RESISTANCE MEASUREMENT TOOL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A tool for measuring resistance of a wire harness comprising;a connector having first and second plugs;
a resistor electrically coupled to the first plug; and
a thermal switch electrically coupled between the resistor and the second plug, wherein a node between the resistor and the thermal switch is only shared by the resistor and the thermal switch.

US Pat. No. 10,208,854

TERRAIN ADAPTIVE SHIFT SCHEDULING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of selecting transmission gear ratios comprising:maintaining a counter indicating road gradient magnitudes over previously traversed territory;
commanding shifts among discrete gear ratios using a first shift schedule based on changes in a measured speed and a driver demand;
in response to the counter exceeding a threshold, selecting a second shift schedule and commanding shifts among the discrete gear ratios using the second shift schedule;
upon selecting the second shift schedule, recording a location associated with the change in shift schedule; and
in response to subsequent operation using the first shift schedule in a vicinity of the location, selecting the second shift schedule and commanding shifts among the discrete gear ratios using the second shift schedule before the counter exceeds the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,211,689

ELECTRIC MACHINE ROTOR

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1. An electric machine comprising:a rotor defining a plurality of cavities circumferentially distributed about an outer periphery thereof and having an outer surface defining a plurality of slots each extending into one of the cavities to reduce stress concentration in lamination material between the cavities and outer surface, the cavities defining a triangular mass-reduction cutout nested within a pair of permanent magnets arranged in a V-shaped pattern opening to the outer surface forming magnetic poles.

US Pat. No. 10,207,600

INFLATABLE AIR CUSHION SYSTEM AND SEAT ASSEMBLIES INCLUDING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An inflatable air cushion system of a vehicle seat, comprising:an inflatable air cushion positioned within a side supporting portion of the seat with a length and a width configured to be fitted into the side supporting portion of the seat, wherein the inflatable air cushion includes a first portion formed of non-inflatable material and a second portion formed of inflatable material, and wherein the first portion is positioned adjacent to the middle supporting portion of the cushion and the second portion substantially expands in a widthwise direction away from the middle portion when charged;
an inflator connecting to the inflatable air cushion; and
a controller to control the inflator to inflate the inflatable air cushion in response to a passenger occupancy signal.

US Pat. No. 10,207,609

VEHICLE SEAT BACK WITH FEATURE FOR GRASPING OF SEATBELT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

10. A seat assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a seat back having a cushion surface forming a bolster along an outboard lateral edge thereof, a recess formed in the bolster below a top of the bolster, the bolster including a radiused edge having a smaller radius on at least one of an inboard side and an outboard side at the recess than a second radius elsewhere along the bolster, the recess having a bottom bordered by sidewalls, the recess being located approximately half way between a top and a bottom of the seat back; and
a retractable seatbelt when stowed extending along the bolster between the top and a bottom thereof, a portion of the seatbelt passing over the recess to create a first space between a first edge of the seatbelt and the cushion surface, wherein the recess and the first edge of the seatbelt are disposed on an outboard side of the bolster.

US Pat. No. 10,202,898

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FUEL INJECTION CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:actuating a variable compression ratio mechanism of a cylinder to provide a compression ratio selected based on engine operating conditions;
adjusting a split ratio of fuel direct injected into the cylinder in an intake stroke relative to a compression stroke based on the selected compression ratio; and
adjusting a timing of a start of injection of an intake stroke direct fuel injection in the intake stroke based on the selected compression ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,202,934

CYLINDER HEAD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cylinder head for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a plurality of exhaust outlets distributed along a longitudinal axis of the cylinder head, each exhaust outlet of the plurality of exhaust outlets configured to align with a corresponding exhaust gas transfer tube of an exhaust manifold, each exhaust outlet of the plurality of exhaust outlets including a mating surface configured to receive flanges on the corresponding exhaust gas transfer tube; and
at least two abutment shoulders, each of the at least two abutment shoulders associated with a different exhaust outlet of the plurality of exhaust outlets and extending beyond a respective mating surface, the at least two abutment shoulders integral with a remainder of the cylinder head, each of the at least two abutment shoulders having an abutment surface configured to interface with the corresponding exhaust gas transfer tube to restrict a lengthwise contraction of the exhaust manifold, wherein the at least two abutment shoulders are spaced to form respective first gaps between each abutment surface of each of the at least two abutment shoulders and a corresponding exhaust gas transfer tube when the exhaust manifold and the cylinder head are first assembled.

US Pat. No. 10,196,088

TARGET MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

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13. A target monitoring system comprising:an imager capturing an image of a target on a trailer; and
a controller:
identifying the target in the image;
modifying the image to increase a pixel size of the target relative to a total pixel size of the image if the pixel size of the target fails to meet a minimum pixel threshold;
compressing the modified image; and
analyze the compressed modified image to determine trailer hitch angle information.

US Pat. No. 10,199,699

LOW PROFILE BATTERY ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES

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1. A battery assembly, comprising:a cold plate;
a plurality of battery cells atop said cold plate;
a sidewall including a first flange adjacent a top surface of said plurality of battery cells and a second flange extending beyond a bottom surface of each of said plurality of battery cells to a position that is adjacent to a side of said cold plate, said second flange directly attached to said side; and
a weld bead configured to secure said second flange to said side.

US Pat. No. 10,197,412

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system comprising, a computer programmed to:navigate a vehicle to a charge location upon determining that light received by a vehicle sensor is below a light threshold, and that a current vehicle charge level or a predicted charge level is below a charge threshold;
wherein the charge location is selected from a photovoltaic charge location and an induction charge location by comparing the predicted or current charge level to a second charge threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,195,655

VIBRATION ASSISTED FREE FORM FABRICATION

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1. A system for forming a workpiece comprising:first and second manipulators housing opposing first and second tools;
first and second vibration sources adapted to concurrently vibrate the first and second tools according to different first and second vibration parameters as the first and second tools move on the workpiece; and
a controller adapted to adjust the first and second vibration parameters based on a position of the first and second tools on the workpiece, wherein the first and second tools are configured to move along first and second predetermined paths and to exert force on first and second opposing surfaces of the workpiece to form the workpiece without penetrating the first and second surfaces, and wherein the first vibration source is configured to vibrate the first tool in a direction substantially parallel to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,195,916

SUSPENSION ISOLATION PORTIONS, AND SUSPENSION MEMBERS INCORPORATING SAME

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1. An isolation portion for a suspension member, comprising:a substantially monolithic material configured to couple to a connected end of each of a first link and second link of the suspension member;
wherein the substantially monolithic material is disposed along an entire interior surface of a recess within at least one of the first and second links to dampen a vibration between the first link and the second link.

US Pat. No. 10,197,980

POWER WINDOW CONTROL APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

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1. A vehicle comprising:a plurality of windows;
a switch including a plurality of window selector buttons each corresponding to one of the windows and including an indicator; and
a controller configured to,
in response to actuation of the switch exceeding a predefined amount of time, open each of the windows a predefined distance, and
in response to the vehicle being in park or neutral clutch positions, illuminate the indicators.

US Pat. No. 10,197,236

VEHICLE HEADLAMP SYSTEM WITH OBSTACLE SENSOR AND HEATED PHOTOCHROMIC LENS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A headlamp system for a vehicle, comprising:a headlamp comprising a photochromic lens, a primary light source for transmitting a headlamp pattern, a secondary light source and a lens heating system;
an imaging sensor; and
a controller that directs the secondary light source and the heating system to darken and lighten a portion of the lens in response to an exterior object sensed by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,196,996

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DIAGNOSING AN ENGINE INTAKE HUMIDITY SENSOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:after an engine-off duration:
combusting fuel at cylinders of the engine while flowing gases through the engine in a first direction;
switching to flowing gases through the engine in an opposite, second direction while not combusting fuel;
during the flowing gases in the second direction, obtaining an output of a humidity sensor positioned in an engine intake; and
indicating degradation of the humidity sensor based on the output.

US Pat. No. 10,196,999

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRE-IGNITION CONTROL

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1. A method for an engine, comprising:operating the engine with knock sensor output intensity occurring within a first window for a combustion event in a cylinder;
in response to the knock sensor output intensity detected within the first window, enriching the cylinder in proportion to the knock sensor output intensity;
operating the engine with knock sensor output intensity occurring within a second window for the combustion event in the cylinder being higher than a threshold; and
in response to the knock sensor output intensity detected within the second window being higher than the threshold, retarding spark ignition in proportion to the enriching and a difference between the knock sensor output intensity and the threshold, the first window partially overlapping the second window, the first window indicating pre-ignition and the second window indicating knock.

US Pat. No. 10,197,000

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DIAGNOSING A VEHICLE HUMIDITY SENSOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a baseline humidity measurement via a humidity sensor positioned in an intake system of an engine;
while rotating the engine unfueled in a reverse direction, injecting a fluid into an exhaust system coupled to the engine which is drawn by the engine into the intake system; and
rationalizing the humidity sensor as a function of a humidity measurement of the injected fluid by the humidity sensor and the baseline humidity measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,195,983

MOTOR VEHICLE JACK POSITIONING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle jack positioning system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a light source located adjacent a jack point for said motor vehicle; and
a controller configured to activate said light source in response to a data signal representative of a triggering event.

US Pat. No. 10,197,023

SADDLE FUEL TANK

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1. A saddle fuel tank comprising:a main module mounted inside a first chamber, where a top end of the module includes a flange that is positioned within a crimped opening on an external side of a top wall of the saddle fuel tank; and
a sub-side module mounted inside a secondary chamber, the sub-side module including a flange that is positioned within a crimped region on an internal side of a bottom wall of the secondary chamber to secure the sub-side module.

US Pat. No. 10,196,000

VEHICLE TRUNK

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1. A vehicle trunk comprising:a panel having a leg protruding past a perimeter thereof; and
a trunk floor defining a recess and cavity, the leg occupying
a first portion of the cavity to secure the panel perpendicular to the floor, and
a second portion of the cavity different from the first to secure the panel flush within the recess such that the panel is disposed over unoccupied portions of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,196,001

TAMBOUR DOOR AND STORAGE CONSOLE INCORPORATING A TAMBOUR DOOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A tambour door, comprising:an articulated substrate including integral overmolded guides and integral overmolded splines; and
a plurality of slats carried on said articulated substrate wherein said integral overmolded splines extend between said plurality of slats.

US Pat. No. 10,196,009

COVER FOR A SWITCH

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A switch assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a switch having a base extending from a surface of the vehicle;
first and second flexible members extending outwardly from said base in a normal position; and
a cover including a body having a hole through which said switch extends, and first and second retainers supported by said body, said first and second retainers each include a groove facing the hole and a guide surface extending upward toward said base from a bottom surface of the first or second retainer for deflecting one of said first and second flexible members from the normal position toward said base to a deflected position during placement of said cover, and wherein said one of said first and second flexible members returns to the normal position when said cover is placed such that an upper portion of said flexible member is retained within said groove.

US Pat. No. 10,196,047

CONTAMINATION PREVENTION OF VEHICLE CAMERAS AND SENSORS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an exterior;
a camera along the exterior and including a lens;
a controller to:
determine, based upon images captured by the camera, whether a contaminant is approaching the lens; and
identify a contaminant state upon determining the contaminant is approaching the lens;
a nozzle to spray washer fluid to prevent contamination of the lens responsive to the controller identifying that the contaminant is a liquid; and
a shield that actuates between an open position and a closed position, the shield is housed adjacent to the camera at the open position, the shield covers the lens to prevent the contaminant from contacting the lens at the closed position, the shield is transparent to enable the camera to capture the images when the shield is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,193,544

MINIMIZING RINGING IN WIDE BAND GAP SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A power conversion circuit, comprising:first and second semiconductor switches; and
a drive circuit configured to create a period of operational overlap for the first and second switches by setting a gate voltage of the first switch to an intermediate value above a threshold voltage of the first switch, during turn-on and turn-off operations of the second switch, wherein, during the period, a gate voltage of the second switch is steady or substantially steady.

US Pat. No. 10,193,627

DETECTION OF VISIBLE LIGHT COMMUNICATION SOURCES OVER A HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A visible light communication (VLC) method, comprising:capturing frames of a scene with a camera;
assembling an enhanced dynamic range image sequence from the frames;
detecting at least one VLC source in the enhanced sequence occupying a respective subwindow;
optimizing an exposure at the subwindow according to a brightness of the respective VLC source;
capturing a plurality of subwindow images using the optimized exposure; and
decoding VLC data visible in the subwindow images.

US Pat. No. 10,190,812

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING THE POSSIBILITY OF VEHICLE HEAT EXCHANGER FREEZING

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A vehicle system, comprising:an evaporator including evaporator fins;
a compressor in fluidic communication with the evaporator;
a condenser in fluidic communication with the evaporator and the compressor;
grille shutters; and
a controller including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory for:
adjusting a temperature threshold in response to a grille shutter position of the grille shutters,
in response to a temperature of the evaporator fins being within a predetermined temperature of the temperature threshold and a rate of change of the temperature of the evaporator fins exceeding a threshold rate of change, performing an action to reduce a possibility of evaporator fin freezing; and
adjusting the temperature threshold in response to ambient temperature, where the adjustment based on the grille shutter position is a larger adjustment than the adjustment in response to the ambient temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,189,348

MOTOR VEHICLE UNDERTRAY TRIM PANEL HAVING AN AIR INLET

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle undertray trim panel comprising an air inlet which is delimited toward a vehicle engine compartment and toward a roadway by an upper and a lower flat element, respectively, which flat elements extend arcuately rearward and upward in the direction of the engine compartment, in which components to be cooled of the vehicle are situated, wherein the upper flat element runs, starting from a front end which lies in a vehicle longitudinal direction, in front of an internal combustion engine of the motor vehicle and below a front radiator, approximately horizontally and at a spacing below an oil sump of the internal combustion engine and then in a continuously steeper curve to its rear end which lies behind the oil sump and which is adjoined by a planar air ram plate which extends by a small amount substantially vertically upward, and then ends substantially freely in the engine compartment, and wherein the lower flat element runs, from a front end which lies in the vehicle longitudinal direction behind the rear end of the upper flat element, in a steeper curve than the upper flat element rearward and upward to a rear end which lies even further rearward and substantially higher than the rear end of the upper flat element.

US Pat. No. 10,189,357

REDUCED RIPPLE CONVERTER FOR HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEMS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A powertrain for a vehicle comprising:a DC/DC converter, including an inductor and output capacitor, coupled between a traction battery and an electric drive unit; and
a controller configured to, in response to an electrical connection between the vehicle and an AC grid, couple the output capacitor and inductor in series and across terminals of the traction battery to absorb reactive power from the AC grid.

US Pat. No. 10,189,392

VEHICLE CENTER CONSOLE WORKING SURFACE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A center console for a vehicle comprising:a lid having a first release lever that releasably engages with a latch; and
a pivoting assembly comprising a working surface that is deployable while the lid is in a closed position, the pivoting assembly being independently operable from the lid and having a second release lever that releasably engages with the latch.

US Pat. No. 10,193,494

VEHICLE GLASS ROOF SYSTEMS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A glass roof system, comprising:a first glass layer;
a second glass layer;
a photovoltaic module;
a switching film powered by the photovoltaic module, wherein the switching film is positioned between the first glass layer and the second glass layer and is positioned axially between a first solar cell and a second solar cell of the photovoltaic module; and
a control module configured to selectively control the switching film based on a passenger cabin temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,183,550

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HEATING A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

15. A vehicle climate control method, comprising:receiving refrigerant at a receiver positioned directly downstream of an outlet of an exterior heat exchanger and directly upstream of an inlet of a first side of an internal heat exchanger in a refrigerant loop of a vehicle climate control system, wherein the refrigerant loop includes the exterior heat exchanger, an interior heat exchanger, and the internal heat exchanger, wherein an inlet of a second side of the internal heat exchanger is directly fluidically coupled to an outlet of the interior heat exchanger, wherein the internal heat exchanger is configured to transfer thermal energy between refrigerant flowing through different regions of the refrigerant loop, and wherein the refrigerant is received in a cooling mode, a heating mode, a de-icing mode, and a dehumidification mode.

US Pat. No. 10,185,881

TRAFFIC-LIGHT DETECTION AND CLASSIFICATION USING COMPUTER VISION AND DEEP LEARNING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising:converting an RGB frame to an HSV frame;
filtering a saturation channel of the HSV frame by at least one threshold value to obtain at least one saturation frame;
extracting at least one contour from the at least one saturation frame;
cropping out a first portion of the RGB frame, the first portion encompassing an area including the at least one contour; and
classifying, by an artificial neural network, the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,183,603

ARMREST WITH DEPLOYABLE CUP HOLDER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An armrest for a seat, comprising:a body;
a deployable cup holder carried on said body, said deployable cup holder including a translating base and an erectable well wall carried on and extending vertically from said translating base, wherein said erectable well wall includes (a) a first section fixed to said translating base, (b) a second section, including a bottom wall, pivotally attached to said translating base, (c) an elongated slot in said first section, (d) a guide tab carried on said second section wherein said guide tab is received in said elongated slot and (e) a pivot pin connecting said bottom wall to said translating base and wherein said second section is displaceable between a first position nested with said first section and a second position opposed to said first section and forming a cup well between said first section and said second section.

US Pat. No. 10,183,609

ROPE TIE DOWN APPARATUS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A tie-down apparatus for a pick-up truck bed comprising:a cleat including a base portion adapted to be attached to the pick-up truck bed, a loop portion defining an opening for receiving an elongated strand threaded through the opening, and a gripper provided on a distal end of the loop portion that defines a concave rope receptacle, and wherein a plurality of teeth are provided in the receptacle to facilitate holding the strand, wherein the concave rope receptacle is formed by two protrusions that extend from one side of the loop portion, wherein each of the protrusions include a wall that includes the teeth, and wherein the wall of each protrusion defines a V-shaped recess with the wall of the other protrusion, and wherein the loop portion extends at an oblique angle relative to the base portion and is spaced at a distal end from the pick-up truck bed when the apparatus is attached to the pick-up truck bed, and wherein the two protrusions are provided on the one side of the loop portion that faces the pick-up truck bed.

US Pat. No. 10,183,615

INDICATOR LIGHT TO CORRECTLY POSITION JACK UNDER VEHICLE IN AN UNLIGHTED ENVIRONMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A jack locator system comprising:a vehicle rocker panel having an outer surface and an underside below said surface;
a jack attachment point on said panel underside for receiving the load engaging saddle of a jack;
a jack placement indicator light positioned on said panel outer surface at a location above said point, said light being arrow-shaped and pointing to said lack attachment point;
a pressurized tire; and
a tire pressure sensor associated with said light, whereby said sensor controls light illumination based on tire pressure, said light being illuminated when air pressure within said pressurized tire falls below an established threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,183,634

AUTOMOTIVE DITCH MOLDING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A roof ditch molding comprising:a base including side portions extending from a central portion and an outer surface wherein the base includes grooves extending longitudinally along the outer surface; and
an over-mold disposed over the outer surface of the base with a portion that fills the grooves, the over-mold defining first and second lips that extend away from the base transversely from the side portions of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,183,659

VEHICLE UNDERSIDE IMPACT AVOIDANCE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system for installation in a vehicle, comprising:a camera configured to be mounted facing a front of the vehicle; and
a computer that includes a processor and a memory, and that is programmed to:
receive first and second images from the camera;
determine a height of an obstacle located to the front of the vehicle using at least the first and second images; and
based at least in part on the height and a slope of the obstacle, send an instruction via a communications bus to a component controller to control a speed of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,183,663

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR STARTING AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:during a first engine restart,
cranking an engine via a motor with a disconnect clutch between the engine and the motor at least partially disengaged while delaying fueling of the engine until only after an engine speed is above a threshold speed and a direction of engine rotation is positive from a first time to a second, later time of the cranking, with no intermediate engine reversals, the engine fueling resumed while maintaining the disconnect clutch partially disengaged via clutch slippage; and
during a second engine restart,
cranking the engine via the motor with the disconnect clutch between the engine and the motor at least partially disengaged and with an intermediate engine reversal, while delaying fueling of the engine until only after the engine speed is above the threshold speed and the direction of engine rotation is positive from a third time to a fourth, later time of the cranking and after a threshold duration after the intermediate engine reversal, the engine fueling resumed while maintaining the disconnect clutch partially disengaged via clutch slippage.

US Pat. No. 10,183,674

HYBRID/ELECTRIC VEHICLE MOTOR CONTROL DURING STEP-RATIO TRANSMISSION ENGAGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a step-ratio automatic transmission having a plurality of hydraulically actuatable transmission clutches selectively engageable to provide at least one forward gear and at least one reverse gear;
an electric machine selectively coupled to the transmission;
a main pump powered by the electric machine and supplying oil to actuate selected ones of the plurality of hydraulically actuatable transmission clutches;
a gear selector configured for selecting one of a park, neutral, forward, and reverse driving state for the automatic transmission; and
a controller configured to stop the electric machine when the gear selector selects park or neutral, to operate the electric machine in a speed control mode using a higher controller gain in response to the gear selector selecting forward or reverse while the electric machine is stopped until the electric machine and the main pump reach a first speed threshold to reduce engagement delay of at least one of the plurality of hydraulically actuatable transmission clutches, and to operate the electric machine using a lower controller gain when the electric machine and the main pump exceed the first speed threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,183,677

ICE AND SNOW DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. A method comprising:activating an ice and snow detection system responsive to receiving weather data indicating a likelihood of ice or snow on a roadway proximate a vehicle;
receiving data from a plurality of vehicle sensors;
analyzing the received data to identify ice or snow on the roadway; and
responsive to identification of ice or snow on the roadway:
adjusting vehicle operations; and
reporting the ice or snow condition to a shared database;
wherein analyzing the received data to identify ice or snow on the roadway includes:
determining a current height of the roadway surface;
comparing the current height of the roadway surface to a previously recorded height of the roadway surface; and
determining that ice or snow is present on the roadway when the current height of the roadway surface is greater than the previously recorded height of the roadway surface.

US Pat. No. 10,179,489

TOW-HOOK ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A tow-hook assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a bracket defining an opening configured to receive a hook; and
a brace attached to at each side of the opening on a backside of the bracket via at least one attachment mechanism and including a projection extending through the opening to an opposite side of the bracket, the brace including a support extending from the projection and configured to attach to a portion of the hook to recess the hook within the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,179,493

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE HAVING AN ACTIVE ROLL CONTROL SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a motor vehicle comprising:providing an active roll control system;
providing an air suspension system;
operating the air suspension system in a normal operating mode according to a normal air spring setting;
checking for a malfunction of the active roll control system;
if a malfunction of the active roll control system is detected, operating the air suspension in a fallback operating mode according to a fallback air spring setting different from the normal air spring setting; and
wherein a spring constant of a front air spring of the air suspension system of the motor vehicle is higher according to the fallback air spring setting than according to the normal air spring setting and a spring constant of a rear air spring of the air suspension system of the motor vehicle is lower according to the fallback air spring setting than according to the normal air spring setting.

US Pat. No. 10,179,529

SEATBACK WITH A SEATBELT WEBBING RETAINING MEMBER WITH A RELEASABLY COUPLED END TO ALLOW THE INSERTION OF AND TO RETAIN A WEBBING SECTION OF A SEATBELT ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seatback for a vehicle comprising:a midline;
an upper back support section configured to support the upper back of an occupant, the upper back support section having a rearward facing surface;
a headrest and webbing retainer support member attached adjacent to the rearward facing surface of the upper back support section, the headrest and webbing retainer support member including:
a headrest attachment portion;
an extension portion extending between the upper back support section and the headrest attachment portion;
a first upper seatbelt webbing contact portion disposed to a first side of the midline, and extending laterally and downward from the extension portion,
a first attachment section extending downward from the first upper seatbelt webbing contact portion;
a first seatbelt webbing retaining member disposed to a first side of the midline, the first seatbelt webbing retaining member having a medial end, a lateral end further away from the midline than the medial end, and a middle portion between the medial end and the lateral end,
a headrest attached to the headrest attachment portion of the headrest and webbing retainer support member, the extension portion elevating the headrest above the upper back support section;
wherein, the medial end of the first seatbelt webbing retaining member is affixed and the lateral end is releasably coupled to the first attachment section of the headrest and webbing retainer support member; and
wherein, the middle portion is disposed above the first upper seatbelt webbing contact portion forming a gap configured to retain a first webbing section of a seatbelt assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,179,531

ADJUSTABLE CUP HOLDER ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE DOOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An adjustable cup holder assembly, comprising:a support including a guide track and a drag bar; and
a cup holder including (a) a body, having a well, (b) an actuator and (c) a drag wherein said cup holder may be displaced along said guide track and secured in various positions on said support by engaging said drag with said drag bar.

US Pat. No. 10,179,542

VEHICLE CLIMATE STATUS INDICATOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A climate status indicator in a vehicle, comprising:a light guide positioned around a perimeter of a vent; and
a light device operatively coupled to at least one vent fin of the vent;
wherein the light guide and/or the light device provide a visual climate status to indicate a fan speed or a desired fan speed that controls climate in the vehicle using a lighting pulse rate.

US Pat. No. 10,179,582

MODULAR HYBRID TRANSMISSION WITH A ONE WAY CLUTCH

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A transmission system comprising:a hybrid one-way clutch having selectively shifted rockers;
a one-way clutch connected in parallel to the hybrid one-way clutch between an engine and a motor; and
means for actuating the rockers are actuated when an engine speed matches a motor speed to shift the rockers from a bidirectional slip condition to a one-way slip condition locked in a first rotational drive direction.

US Pat. No. 10,179,590

PARK OUT ASSIST

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:detecting a distance between a vehicle and an object, and a location of a curb;
determining, based on the distance between the vehicle and the object and based on the location of the curb, that a path of travel of the vehicle presents a risk of collision between the vehicle and the object; and
causing by a processor, without considering operator input, a wheel angle to be changed to reduce the risk of collision.

US Pat. No. 10,180,120

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING VEHICLE SENSING DEVICES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:in response to shutdown of an engine configured to propel a vehicle, and to conditions being met for calibrating an intake humidity sensor positioned in an intake manifold of the engine, requesting a humidity estimate from one or more weather devices; and
calibrating the intake humidity sensor based on a confidence level in the one or more weather devices and a difference between the humidity estimate and an intake humidity sensor measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,180,137

REMANUFACTURING A TRANSMISSION PUMP ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of remanufacturing a pump for an automotive transmission comprising:removing a first gear assembly, having first inner and outer gears, from the pump;
machining a bore of the pump from a first depth to a greater second depth;
installing a second gear assembly, having second inner and outer gears, in the machined bore, the second gear assembly having a same horizontal geometry and a greater axial depth than the first gear assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,173,643

OBJECT DETECTION FOR VEHICLES

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1. A vehicle comprising:a pair of cameras disposed on the vehicle and oriented to view an entrance to the vehicle; and
a processor configured to compare a profile image of a passenger's facial feature from one camera of the pair with a frontal image of the passenger's facial feature from the other camera of the pair, and responsive to the facial features being different, lock the entrance to prevent access to an interior of the vehicle by the passenger, wherein the processor is further configured to generate a three dimensional model of the facial features using the profile image and frontal image, wherein the facial features are different when the three dimensional model is invalid.

US Pat. No. 10,173,674

TRACTION BASED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A first vehicle comprising:sensors; and
processor(s) configured to:
determine, via the sensors: frictions of a road at which the first vehicle traversed; and a trailing vehicle's location and acceleration;
calculate an adjusted trailing vehicle's acceleration when the second vehicle is at a predetermined distance from a portion of the road with a predetermined friction;
compute a theoretical collision velocity (TCV) based on the adjusted trailing vehicle's acceleration;
generate a command based on the TCV and a selected coefficient of kinetic friction (COF); and
wherein the generated command automatically causes the first vehicle to preemptively flash brake lights at a frequency associated with the generated command.

US Pat. No. 10,166,865

AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF DRIVELINE STATES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle driveline comprising:determining demands to power secondary wheels for each of a plurality of vehicle related conditions detected by sensors;
scaling the demands for each condition;
summing the scaled demands;
powering only primary wheels when the summed demands are less than a reference value;
powering the primary and secondary wheels when the summed demands equal or exceed the reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,166,900

INTERNAL UPPER SEATBACK SUPPORT FOR DRIVING AND SLEEPER SEATS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a frame having first and second side members;
a seatback and a head restraint supported on the frame;
a paddle having a lower pivot rod pivotally coupled between the first and second side members of the frame, the paddle being disposed proximate a top portion of the seatback, below the head restraint; and
a bladder disposed between the paddle and the frame and operable between:
an inflated condition wherein the paddle is pivoted forward to support one of the upper back and neck of an occupant; and
a deflated condition wherein the paddle is pivoted rearward into the seatback.

US Pat. No. 10,166,993

CUSTOMER DRIVING MODE FOR VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:memory to store restricted information including a default cabin temperature;
a vehicle module;
a gateway interface to receive a diagnostic tool; and
a processor to:
receive, from the diagnostic tool, a request including security credentials for the restricted information;
determine whether to enable the diagnostic tool to modify the default cabin temperature based on the security credentials of the request; and
control the vehicle module based on the default cabin temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,168,018

VEHICLE LIGHT FIXTURE HAVING INTERNAL HEATSINK FOR LED LAMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle headlight comprising:a headlight housing including an external lens and an outer wall that define a headlight interior;
a lighting element including a light-emitting diode lamp; and
an internal heatsink having a rear portion extending from the rear of the lighting element and a flange portion that extends from a side of the lighting element, wherein the lamp is in thermal communication with the internal heatsink, and wherein the lighting element is disposed within the headlight interior and coupled to an element receptacle defined by the outer wall, and wherein the flange portion of the internal heatsink is in thermal communication with the external lens.

US Pat. No. 10,167,763

FLUID FLOW ADJUSTMENT DOOR WITH PIVOTABLE INNER DOOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A door, comprising:a pivotable outer door coupled to a fluid passage at a first pivot location;
a pivotable inner door within the outer door and coupled to the outer door at a second pivot location; and
a detent at a first end of the inner door shaped to couple a ball at an inner surface of the outer door, the ball biased away from the inner surface of the outer door by a spring.

US Pat. No. 10,166,995

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FEATURE ACTIVATION VIA GESTURE RECOGNITION AND VOICE COMMAND

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a wireless communication module to obtain a gesture command and a voice command from a user located outside of the vehicle;
a vehicle control system configured to:
receive the gesture command representative of motion of the user recorded by a mobile device from the mobile device communicatively coupled to the wireless communication module;
determine a vehicle feature associated with the gesture command;
activate the determined associated vehicle feature;
subsequently receive the voice command from a microphone; and
supplement the activated vehicle feature based on the voice command.

US Pat. No. 10,160,499

ROCKER ASSEMBLY WITH A PULTRUDED LOAD DISTRIBUTION INSERT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A rocker assembly comprising:a rocker reinforcement panel;
a side inner panel attached to the rocker reinforcement panel and defining a cavity; and
an elongated bar having a constant cross-section perpendicular to the length of the bar and defining a plurality of elongated openings disposed within the cavity, the bar includes polymer resin including strands of continuous fiber roving that are embedded in the polymer resin and extend along a full length of the bar.

US Pat. No. 10,160,501

ROOF PANEL REINFORCEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A vehicle comprising:a lower roof bow extending transversely between roof rails and defining a lower channel wall; and
an integrally-formed roof panel having
longitudinal rails extending parallel to the roof rails, and
an upper roof bow secured to the lower roof bow and including an upper channel wall having
an interior surface spaced from the lower channel wall to define a channel therebetween, and
an exterior surface defining an exterior surface of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,161,326

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CYLINDER MISFIRE DETECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:operating a dual mass flywheel (DMF) within a resonant frequency threshold range; responsive to the DMF operating within the range, indicating cylinder misfire based on each of a crankshaft torsional vibration, an exhaust air fuel ratio, and an exhaust gas temperature; and
operating the DMF outside the range; responsive to the DMF operating outside the threshold range, indicating cylinder misfire based on only the crankshaft torsional vibration.

US Pat. No. 10,161,332

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A SPLIT EXHAUST ENGINE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine operating method, comprising:flowing air from an intake manifold through a plurality of engine cylinders to a junction of an exhaust passage and a bypass passage in response to a condition, the junction positioned along the exhaust passage between first and second emission control devices; and
flowing exhaust gas to the first emission control device while flowing the air to the junction;
where the condition is a flow rate into the engine exceeding a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,161,347

ZERO FLOW LUBRICATION FOR A HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:while not direct injecting fuel into a still rotating engine,
learning a transfer function between a duty cycle for a high pressure fuel pump and fuel rail pressure for a direct fuel injector at a first fuel condition; and
performing closed-loop control of fuel rail pressure at a second fuel condition by applying a duty cycle that is based on the learned transfer function and a correction factor.

US Pat. No. 10,161,351

GASEOUS FUEL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:for each of a high and a low pressure portion of a fuel system including a gaseous fuel, indicating an external leak based on a loss of mass from the fuel system, the loss of mass based on a change in a total mass including combining separately tracked fuel masses in each of the portions based on respective temperatures and pressures at first and second instances following an engine off condition, and indicating an internal leak based on a comparison of the tracked fuel mass in each of the portions to each other, all valves between a fuel tank of the fuel system and an engine fuel injector of the fuel system being maintained closed during the tracking of each fuel mass, wherein the valves between the fuel tank and the engine fuel injector comprise a fuel tank isolation valve arranged downstream of the fuel tank and upstream of a pressure regulator and a fuel line valve arranged downstream of the pressure regulator and upstream of the engine fuel injector, wherein the high pressure portion of the fuel system is downstream of the fuel tank isolation valve and upstream of the pressure regulator, and wherein the low pressure portion of the fuel system is downstream of the pressure regulator and upstream of the line valve.

US Pat. No. 10,160,423

VEHICLE CLEANING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A computer comprising a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instruction, the processor programmed to:upon determining that obstruction of a window exceeds a first threshold and a reservoir fluid level is above both of two level sensors vertically spaced in the reservoir, wash the window using fluid from the reservoir; and
upon determining that obstruction of an external sensor exceeds a second threshold and the fluid level is above at least one of the level sensors, wash the external sensor using fluid from the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,151,233

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAINTAINING AN ENGINE COOLANT LEVEL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine method, comprising:in response to a relative amount of glycol in an engine coolant being higher than a threshold amount, and in response to an engine coolant level being lower than a threshold coolant level during increase coolant temperature levels, selectively supplying water from an on-board water collection system to a coolant reservoir based on water quality.

US Pat. No. 10,150,472

METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY ASSESSING A RISK OF COLLISION BETWEEN A VEHICLE AND AN OBJECT

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1. A method of operating an electronic controller to assess a collision risk between a vehicle and an object, comprising:determining, based on signals received from sensors detecting kinematics of the vehicle and of the object, a) a last-chance braking-avoidance position beyond which collision is unavoidable by braking the vehicle and b) a last-chance steering-avoidance position beyond which collision is unavoidable by steering the vehicle;
determining a braking danger value (BDV) based on a current distance to the last-chance braking-avoidance position and a steering danger value (SDV) based on a current distance to the last-chance steering-avoidance position, at least one of the values expressing a probability of colliding with the object and being linearly time-dependent over a finite time period before reaching the respective last-chance braking-avoidance and last-chance steering-avoidance positions; and
assessing the collision risk based on the BDV and the SDV.

US Pat. No. 10,150,516

PICKUP TRUCK BOX REINFORCEMENT FOR FIFTH WHEEL PEDESTAL

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1. A pickup truck bed with a fifth wheel pedestal, comprising:a floor having longitudinally extending ribs;
a fifth wheel cross member assembly spaced from the floor and attached to a pair of frame rails that directly receive loads applied by the fifth wheel pedestal; and
a reinforcement panel having transversely extending ribs attached to a lower surface of the floor above and spaced from the fifth wheel cross member assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,144,428

TRAFFIC LIGHT OPERATION

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1. A system, comprising a computer including a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:identify a plurality of vehicles predicted to pass through an intersection;
determine a specified spacing for each of the plurality of vehicles;
assign an acceleration and a start time to each of the plurality of vehicles based at least in part on actuation of a traffic light to maintain the specified spacing between the plurality of vehicles prior to actuation of the traffic light, at least one vehicle's start time being different from another vehicle's start time; and
instruct actuation of one or more vehicle subsystems based on the assigned acceleration and start time upon actuation of the traffic light.

US Pat. No. 10,146,317

VEHICLE ACCESSORY OPERATION BASED ON MOTION TRACKING

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1. A vehicle comprising:a window wiper motor assembly configured to move a wiper on a window; and
at least one controller configured to
communicate with at least one personal activity tracking device that outputs a signal indicative of a hand motion of at least one occupant, and
in response to the signal indicating a horizontal side to side wiping motion, activate the assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,144,048

HIGH STIFFNESS AND HIGH ACCESS FORMING TOOL FOR INCREMENTAL SHEET FORMING

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1. A tool for an incremental forming of a sheet of material, the tool comprising:an adapter having a first diameter, said adapter having an outer periphery;
a shank to which said adapter is attached, said shank having a second diameter, said first diameter of said adapter being greater than said second diameter of said shank; and
a first and a second ball-end tip directly attached to said outer periphery of said donut-shaped adapter, each of said ball-end tips having a different diameter,
wherein said adapter and said first and second ball-end tips lie in a first axial plane,
wherein said shank and said adapter lie in a second axial plane, said first and second axial planes being perpendicular to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,144,322

POWER HEAD RESTRAINT WITH FLEXIBLE CLOSEOUT COVER MEMBER

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1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seatback having an upper portion;
an adjustable headrest assembly supported on the upper portion of the seatback, the adjustable headrest assembly having a headrest bun and an adjustment mechanism comprising an actuator and a linkage system for adjusting the headrest bun between extended and retracted positions, wherein a spacing is defined between the headrest bun and a portion of the adjustment mechanism; and
a flexible cover member disposed on the seatback and having a plate member coupled to a frame assembly by first and second extendable members, wherein the portion of the adjustment mechanism abuts an inner surface of the plate member to move the plate member towards a deployed position within the spacing as the headrest bun is driven towards the extended position, and further wherein the first and second extendable members are operable between at-rest and extended positions and move to the extended position as the plate member moves to the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,144,356

CONDENSATION DETECTION FOR VEHICLE SURFACES VIA LIGHT TRANSMITTERS AND RECEIVERS

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1. A vehicle comprising:a side mirror including a front surface and a back surface;
a light transmitter coupled to a vehicle door adjacent to the side mirror for emitting a light beam toward the side mirror;
a first light sensor coupled to the back surface for detecting a first light intensity of the light beam; and
an opaqueness detector that determines whether condensation is on the side mirror based upon the first light intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,138,781

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO IMPROVE COLD-START CATALYST LIGHT-OFF

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1. A turbocharger system, comprising:a shaft rotationally coupled to a turbine and a compressor; and
a shaft locking mechanism that inhibits movement of the shaft responsive to engine cold-start conditions, wherein the shaft locking mechanism is a passive shaft locking mechanism, and wherein the passive shaft locking mechanism includes a phase-transitioning material that surrounds the shaft and is within recesses of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,131,321

SYSTEM FOR KEYLESS VALET PARKING

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1. A vehicle comprising:a valet dongle;
a dock configured to connect to the valet dongle; and
a processor executing instructions to enable the valet dongle to authorize keyless entry and keyless ignition when the valet dongle is removed from the dock while an ignition of the vehicle is on and an authorized passcode is provided via an infotainment head unit.

US Pat. No. 10,131,325

ENHANCED WIPER ASSEMBLY

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1. A wiper assembly for a window of a vehicle, the assembly comprising:a wiper blade having a fluid extraction opening, wherein the fluid extraction opening comprises an elongate slot extending along a length of the wiper blade;
a fluid discharge outlet remote from the wiper blade;
a fluid tight conduit connecting the fluid extraction opening to the fluid discharge outlet, the fluid tight conduit configured to carry water away from the fluid extraction opening, thereby reducing the amount of water left on the window following wiping and improving visibility for a driver of the vehicle;
a suction pump configured to draw air and water into the fluid extraction opening and through the fluid tight conduit of the wiper assembly; and
one or more additional extraction openings,
wherein the wiper blade includes one or more internal channels in fluidic communication with the fluid extraction opening and configured to connect the fluid extraction opening to the fluid tight conduit and, wherein each of the one or more internal channels is in fluidic communication with a different one of the one or more additional extraction openings or a different subset of the extraction openings to the others of the one or more channels.

US Pat. No. 10,131,342

ENGINE FRICTION MODEL ADAPTATION

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1. A hybrid powertrain comprising:an engine having a crankshaft and a throttle body;
an electric machine including a rotor selectively coupled to the crankshaft via a disconnect clutch;
a transmission including a torque converter having an impeller fixed to the rotor, a turbine disposed on an input shaft of the transmission, and a bypass clutch configured to selectively transmit torque from the impeller to the turbine; and
a controller programmed to, in response to the bypass clutch being open or slipping and the disconnect clutch being closed, command a throttle position of the throttle body based on an error between measured and estimated speeds of the impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,131,344

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING HYBRID VEHICLE

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1. A method for controlling a hybrid vehicle having a battery, and an engine selectively coupled to a multi-speed transmission having discrete gear ratios, comprising:initiating, by a controller, a gear shift of the multi-speed transmission responsive to speed of the engine exceeding a first engine speed threshold if a battery state of charge (SOC) is above an (SOC) threshold, and exceeding a second engine speed threshold if the battery state of charge is not above the SOC threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,131,357

VEHICLE CONTROL DURING TIP-IN

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1. A vehicle powertrain comprising:an engine;
an engine controller programmed to command the engine to produce a torque equal to the lesser of a driver demand torque based on a pedal position and a transmission torque limit;
a transmission gearbox having a one-way clutch with a slip speed; and
a transmission controller in communication with the engine controller and programmed to
respond to the slip speed decreasing to less than a first threshold by reducing the transmission torque limit to less than the driver demand torque; and
respond to the slip speed further decreasing to less than a second threshold by gradually increasing the transmission torque limit to the driver demand torque.

US Pat. No. 10,131,363

VEHICLE WITH MODE GUIDANCE

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1. A vehicle comprising:a motor, sensors, steering, a suspension, a terrain mode switch, and processor(s) configured to:
implement a selected terrain mode by tuning at least one of the motor, the steering, and the suspension;
record selected terrain modes;
place the recorded selections into first and second groups, the first group only including selections recorded within a first timespan, the second group only including selections recorded with a second timespan, the second timespan being longer than the first timespan;
compute a confidence factor based on the first and second groups of the recorded selections;
determine a road condition based on the sensors; and
display guidance based on the confidence factor and the road condition.

US Pat. No. 10,134,206

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VIDEO COMPOSITION, SYNCHRONIZATION, AND CONTROL

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1. A system comprising:a smart-phone processor configured to:
receive a camera-generated video recording feed;
receive a vehicle data feed from a processor-connected vehicle;
convert the vehicle data feed into images;
add the images to the video recording feed in real-time;
synchronize the video feed and the converted vehicle data feed images based on a monotonic timer as a reference for both feeds; and
save a combined feed including the video with images from the adding.

US Pat. No. 10,131,204

SMART CONNECTED CLIMATE CONTROL

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1. A system comprising:a computing device programmed to
identify an upcoming user transition from a first climate-controlled context to a second climate-controlled context; and
precondition the second context in accordance with a correlation, for current environmental conditions, of climate control selections in the first context to different climate control selections in the second context, the correlation identified according to a user profile including historical climate control selections and environmental conditions across a plurality of climate-controlled contexts,
wherein one of (i) the first climate-controlled context is a home premises and the second climate-controlled context is a vehicle or (ii) the first climate-controlled context is the vehicle and the second climate-controlled context is the home premises.

US Pat. No. 10,131,211

WINDSHIELD CONTAMINANT REDUCING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

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1. A contaminant reducing assembly, comprising:an aerodynamic wing positioned directly in front of a windshield relative to a direction of flow over the windshield, the aerodynamic wing configured to influence a flow of air over the windshield, the aerodynamic wing including an outwardly facing surface and an inwardly facing surface, the outwardly facing surface having a convex profile.

US Pat. No. 10,131,272

WARNING LIGHT SYSTEM WITH DEDICATED WINDSHIELD HEATING ELEMENT

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1. A warning light system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a warning light assembly, wherein said warning light assembly includes a light source and a lens that directs light from said light source through a designated portion of the windshield; and
a heating element carried on a windshield of the motor vehicle, vehicle forward of said warning light assembly;
wherein said lens has a front face through which said light from said light source is directed through the windshield and said heating element has a shape corresponding to said lens.

US Pat. No. 10,131,282

SEAT EXTENDER/BARRIER PANEL FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

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1. A cargo assist apparatus for a motor vehicle, comprising:a panel;
a translating and pivoting connector including:
a slider and a panel support, said panel support being pivotally connected to said panel and to said slider; and
a guide including an elongated T-shaped slot, the guide being carried on a motor vehicle support, said motor vehicle support adapted for connection to the motor vehicle, wherein the slider translates along said guide; and
a flap pivotally connected to said panel and displaceable between a home position extending along said panel and a projecting position;
whereby said panel is displaced between a stowed position below an upper face of a seat bottom, a first deployed position projecting above said upper face and a second deployed position projecting forward from said upper face.

US Pat. No. 10,131,295

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SECURING GROMMET TO WIRING

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1. A system for securing wiring to a grommet comprising:a first tie strap disposed around and in contact with the wiring, the first tie strap disposed inside an opening of the grommet;
and a second tie strap disposed around both the wiring and an exterior portion of the grommet.

US Pat. No. 10,126,739

REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE FOR THE REMOTE CONTROL OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

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1. A control device for remote control of a vehicle comprising:a display device for visualizing an area surrounding the vehicle as detected by vehicle sensors and a vehicle symbol indicating a position of the vehicle within the area;
an input device for inputting a desired parking position within the area, wherein the vehicle symbol represented by the display is displaced into the desired parking position,
wherein the control device is configured to, in response to displacing the vehicle symbol into the desired parking position, control, via a park assist system, the vehicle to achieve the desired parking position by causing half a wheel revolution of vehicle wheels by a forward or reverse movement of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,129,643

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE INGRESS AND EGRESS

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1. A vehicle system, in a host vehicle, comprising:a plurality of speakers, each associated with one of a plurality of vehicle components, wherein at least one of the plurality of vehicle components includes a vehicle door and wherein the plurality of speakers includes a door speaker associated with the vehicle door; and
a processor programmed to select the door speaker to play a sound associated with the vehicle door,
wherein the door speaker is selected to play the sound as a result of detecting a location of a passenger outside the host vehicle near the vehicle door.

US Pat. No. 10,124,789

IN-RANGE CURRENT SENSOR FAULT DETECTION

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4. A method of controlling a power system for a vehicle comprising:in response to a request to activate the vehicle, measuring a first open circuit voltage of a fraction battery prior to start of a drive cycle;
measuring a current flow of the traction battery during the drive cycle;
after vehicle deactivation, measuring a second open circuit voltage of the traction battery;
detecting an error state for a current sensor associated with the traction battery based on a difference between the open circuit voltages and the current flow; and
in response to detecting the error state, generating an output indicating the error state of the current sensor and reducing a power limit of the electric machine for a subsequent drive cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,123,465

POWER-MODULE ASSEMBLY

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1. A method comprising:arranging power stages in a cavity of a container such that the power stages are spaced apart from walls of the container;
inserting a core between each of the power stages;
putting resin into the cavity, the cores displacing the resin and creating resin-free areas;
curing the resin to form a power-module housing having chambers created by the resin-free areas, wherein the core is disposed in the chambers;
removing the core to reveal coolant pockets within the chambers; and
installing a manifold on top of the power stages, wherein the manifold further includes an inlet stub defining a port, and wherein the manifold is inserted into the cavity such that the inlet stub extends through a wall of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,119,438

POSITIVE CRANKCASE VENTILATION SYSTEMS AND ENGINE SYSTEMS INCLUDING THE SAME

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1. An engine system, comprising:an intake manifold including a manifold body downstream of an intake port, wherein the manifold body includes a first through-aperture and a second through-aperture spaced apart from the first through-aperture;
a positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system including a first PCV branch and a second PCV branch communicated fluidly with the first through-aperture and the second through-aperture of the manifold body, respectively, and configured to route a blow-by gas in a crankcase to the intake manifold; and
a variable valve assembly to regulate a flown passing through the first PCV branch or a second PCV branch.

US Pat. No. 10,112,613

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING TORQUE

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1. A method comprising:outputting torque from a powertrain to satisfy a driver torque demand;
responsive to a nonzero torque demand resulting in vehicle standstill, applying a friction brake to maintain the vehicle standstill and reducing output torque of the powertrain during friction brake application;
maintaining application of the friction brake for a predetermined duration of time following a shift from a motive transmission gear to a non-motive transmission gear; and
responsive to the driver torque demand deviating from the nonzero torque demand by more than a predetermined amount, satisfying driver torque demand using the powertrain and releasing the friction brake.

US Pat. No. 10,114,156

VEHICLE COMPONENTS UTILIZING INFRARED REFLECTIVE DETECTABLE LAYER AND INFRARED TRANSMISSIVE DECORATIVE LAYER

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1. A vehicle body panel, comprising:a substrate defining an exterior surface;
a detectable layer positioned on the exterior surface and configured to interact with a first band of an electromagnetic spectrum, wherein the detectable layer has a thickness of from about 12 ?m to about 75 ?m;
a decorative layer positioned on the detectable layer and configured to reflect a portion of a second band of the electromagnetic spectrum and transmit the first band of the electromagnetic spectrum; and
a top layer positioned on the decorative layer and configured to transmit the first and second bands of the electromagnetic spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,112,654

C-PILLAR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE BODY

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1. A vehicle C-pillar assembly comprising:a C-pillar;
a rear quarter extension for mounting to the C-pillar and including an arc portion; and
a rocker panel for mounting to the rear quarter extension to define a horizontal joint therebetween and including a notch providing space for the arc portion to extend upward along the C-pillar.

US Pat. No. 10,112,573

ROTATABLY SUPPORTED AIRBAG

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1. An assembly comprising:a base having a pinion;
an airbag supported by the base;
a rack configured to engage the pinion; and
a pyrotechnic device configured to move the rack relative to the base and cause the rack to engage the pinion and rotate the base upon actuation of the pyrotechnic device.

US Pat. No. 10,113,611

TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPER AND ENGINE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING THE SAME

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1. A torsional vibration damper mounted at a crankshaft of an engine, comprising:a hub including:
a first mounting surface,
a second mounting surface opposite to the first mounting surface,
a first mounting hole configured to receive the crankshaft, and
at least one slot spaced apart from the first mounting hole;
an inertia ring; and
an elastomer element disposed between the hub and the inertia ring;
wherein the at least one slot is configured such that a center-of-gravity of the torsional vibration damper is offset from a central axis of the crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,107,208

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO OPERATE AN ENGINE

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8. An engine method, comprising:deactivating an engine cylinder and holding exhaust valves of the engine cylinder closed over an entire engine cycle while intake valves of the engine cylinder open and close in response to engine operating conditions; and
advancing intake valve timing of the engine cylinder while the engine cylinder is deactivated, the intake valve timing is advanced until an amplitude of an intake manifold pressure pulse is less than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,106,206

STRUCTURAL STORAGE COMPARTMENT IN A VEHICLE CABIN

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5. An automotive vehicle comprising:an interior cabin bound by a cabin floor and a cabin ceiling;
a body structure including a pair of opposing B-pillars;
a cross beam extending across the cabin, located closer to the cabin floor than the cabin ceiling, and mounted to the B-pillars; and
a luggage compartment sized to receive passenger luggage, mounted to a surface of the cross beam, and having a planar upper surface providing a table top.

US Pat. No. 10,106,078

VEHICLE LAMP ASSEMBLY

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1. A vehicle overhead console, comprising:a housing and a substrate defining a cavity therebetween;
a light source positioned on a circuit board and within the cavity;
a reflector within the housing having a first end portion that surrounds the light source and a second end portion proximate a first lens, the first lens non-parallel to the circuit board;
a trim member having a thickness that varies laterally disposed on the first lens; and
a second lens non-parallel to the first lens and attached to the trim member.