US Pat. No. 10,384,628

ON-BOARD ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES COMPRISING A CONVERTER AND A HIGH-LOAD CONSUMER

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1. An on-board electrical system for motor vehicles, comprising:a primary power supply;
at least one conventional automotive electrical consumer which is connected to the primary power supply in a switchable manner;
a DC voltage/DC voltage converter which, on a primary side, is connected to the primary power supply and, on a secondary side, is connected to a high-load consumer;
a switch that connects the high-load consumer either to an energy storage device that is charged by the DC voltage/DC voltage converter, or the primary power supply via an upper diode, wherein the upper diode allows the high-load consumer to be powered by the primary power supply, but does not allow conventional automotive loads to be powered by the energy storage device and the DC voltage/DC voltage converter, wherein a lower diode is configured to allow recuperation of energy from the high-load consumer while not allowing the energy storage device and DC voltage/DC voltage converter to supply power to the conventional automotive loads powered by the primary power supply;
a controller which controls and operates the switch; and
a device for detecting electrical power of the high-load consumer which is associated with the high-load consumer and is connected at an output end to the controller,
wherein one of two connections of the primary side is connected to one of two connections of the secondary side of the DC voltage/DC voltage converter, and wherein the primary power supply comprises an alternator and a starter battery.

US Pat. No. 10,388,993

BATTERY DEGRADATION ACCUMULATION METHODS

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1. A method for estimating degradation of a battery subject to alternating storage and cycling modes comprising:increasing by a controller a parameter representing total degradation of the battery according to a degradation profile associated with a present mode starting from an initial degradation value that is a sum of accumulated degradation for the present mode and a fraction of accumulated degradation for a prior mode; and
operating by the controller the battery according to the parameter representing total degradation.

US Pat. No. 10,384,639

PLUS-TWO BELT REMINDER SYSTEM

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1. A system comprising:a seat;
a three-point seatbelt engageable with the seat;
a two-point seatbelt including a retractor and a sensor each supported by the seat; and
the two-point seatbelt including a webbing payable from the retractor and a magnetic strip embedded in the webbing and positioned within a readable vicinity of the sensor in a retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,384,641

VEHICLE DRIVER LOCATOR

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1. A vehicle comprising:a driver door, nodes, sensors, puddle lights, and processor(s) configured to:
produce, via the nodes, signal patterns to link with a mobile device of a user;
define an area within the signal patterns and corresponding to the driver door;
responsive to detecting, via the nodes, the mobile device, determine, via the sensors, a trajectory of the user; and
responsive to the trajectory intersecting the area, activate the puddle lights, wherein the trajectory includes estimated future positions of the user determined based on past positions of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,384,645

VEHICLE ENTRY SYSTEMS

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1. A vehicle comprising:a door;
a transparency coupled to the door, comprising
an exterior substrate;
an interior substrate;
an interlayer positioned between the exterior substrate and the interior substrate;
a polarizer positioned on the interlayer; and
an indicium positioned on the interlayer; and
a light source positioned to emit light onto the indicium.
US Pat. No. 10,385,416

RAPID LOCAL ANNEALING OF HIGH STRENGTH STEEL

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1. A method, comprising:heat treating one or more local regions of a steel component having a hardness of at least 450 HV to soften the one or more local regions;
the heat treating including:heating only the one or more local regions to a first target temperature above an Ac3 temperature of the component;cooling the one or more local regions to below an Ac1 temperature of the component;isothermally holding the one or more local regions within a window around a second target temperature below the Ac1 temperature;and cooling the one or more local regions after the isothermally holding such that the one or more regions have a hardness of at most 250 HV.

US Pat. No. 10,385,941

DRAIN PLUG MASS DAMPER

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9. A truck bed of a vehicle comprising:a sheet metal panel defining a drain opening;
a mass damper plug disposed within the opening and including a mass casting having a predefined mass configured to tune a frequency of the panel and plug into a predefined range; and
a bolt engaged with the plug and configured to secure the plug with the panel.

US Pat. No. 10,384,665

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR STARTING AN ENGINE

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1. A powertrain operating method, comprising:closing a belt integrated starter/generator control clutch via a controller in response to a torque of a belt integrated starter/generator not being equal to zero and a belt integrated starter/generator speed being less than a threshold speed; and
opening the belt integrated starter/generator control clutch via the controller in response to the torque of the belt integrated starter/generator being equal to zero or the belt integrated starter/generator speed being greater than the threshold speed.

US Pat. No. 10,384,668

ELECTRIC-ONLY DRIVING WHEN APPROACHING FREQUENT DESTINATIONS

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1. A system for a vehicle comprising:a traction battery;
an engine; and
a controller configured to inhibit requests to start the engine in response to both the vehicle being within a first radius about a previously-identified frequent destination and an available battery energy being greater than twice a total battery energy expended during a prior trip to the destination from a second radius about the destination, the second radius being smaller than the first radius.

US Pat. No. 10,385,960

HYBRID TRANSMISSION COOLANT FLOW MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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1. A transmission assembly comprising:a housing including first and second drainage channels;
an electric motor disposed within the housing adjacent the drainage channels and a torque converter; and
a baffle disposed within the housing upon a housing inner surface, defining an opening to the first and second drainage channels, and including a baffle flange sized for positioning adjacent the torque converter to minimize contact of oil within the housing to the torque converter.

US Pat. No. 10,384,680

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLE LONGITUDINAL CONTROL

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1. A method for longitudinal control of a motor vehicle comprising:determining a drive torque based on a set vehicle speed and actual speed;
calculating an engine speed from said drive torque;
using the higher of the calculated engine speed and an engine idle speed to determine a propulsion torque;
comparing said propulsion torque with said drive torque; and
applying a brake torque to compensate for the difference in said drive torque and said propulsion torque when said propulsion torque is greater than said drive torque.

US Pat. No. 10,385,970

BEARING INTERFACE WITH RECESSES TO REDUCE FRICTION

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1. A bearing interface of an apparatus, the apparatus having a first element and a second element configured to move relative to each other during operation of the apparatus, the first element comprising a first bearing surface configured to engage at least a portion of a second bearing surface of the second element, thereby defining a contact zone between the first bearing surface and the second bearing surface, the first bearing surface having at least a first recess and a second recess indented into the first bearing surface, a dimension of the first recess and the second recess in a direction of movement of the second element relative to the first element being less than a dimension of the contact zone in the direction of movement of the second element, and wherein the first recess comprises a first shape and the second recess comprises a second shape different than the first shape.

US Pat. No. 10,385,972

SELF-SEALING BELLOWS FOR USE WITH VEHICLES

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1. A bellows comprising:a tubular body being expandable and contractible along an axis of the body;
a lining disposed along a surface of the body; and
a liquid or gelatinous material disposed between the body and the lining, the liquid or gelatinous material to flow into an opening in the bellows formed when the bellows is damaged and to harden to seal the opening when exposed to a fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,384,710

ELECTRIC POWER ASSISTED STEERING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES

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1. An electric power assisted steering system, comprising:an electric motor comprising a motor housing, and a motor shaft rotatably supported in the motor housing;
a worm gear shaft operatively connected to the motor shaft and extending into a transmission housing;
a worm gear wheel positioned in the transmission housing; and
a bearing plate comprising a first portion coupled to the motor housing, a second portion coupled to the transmission housing, and an elastic element fastening and elastically coupling the first portion to the second portion;
wherein the motor housing is tiltable relative to the transmission housing to move the worm gear shaft toward and/or away from the worm gear wheel; and
wherein the motor housing is tiltable a first amount under a given force applied to the motor housing in an axial direction and tiltable a second amount greater than the first amount under the same given force applied to the motor housing in a direction tangential to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,385,742

ADJUSTABLE WINDAGE TRAY AND METHOD FOR OPERATION OF THE ADJUSTABLE WINDAGE TRAY

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1. A method for operating an engine system comprising:operating an engine to perform combustion;
determining an engine speed; and
adjusting a flow profile of a plurality of deflectors in a windage tray positioned in a crankcase based on the engine speed.

US Pat. No. 10,385,746

DIESEL PARTICULATE FILTER REGENERATION SYSTEM

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1. A particulate filter, comprising:a filter body;
a first rolling guide and a roller heater each housed within the filter body;
a particulate-trapping material extending from the first rolling guide to the roller heater;
an exhaust inlet, the particulate-trapping material extending across the exhaust inlet, where the exhaust inlet is positioned upstream of the particulate-trapping material;
an exhaust outlet, where the exhaust outlet extends in a direction perpendicular to the exhaust inlet; and
a cavity, where the cavity is surrounded by the filter body, and where the cavity is surrounded by the particulate-trapping material, the cavity aligned with the exhaust outlet and the cavity directly accessible from an exterior of the filter body via the exhaust outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,384,730

ELECTRONIC ACTIVE AIR DAM

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1. An active air dam system, comprising:an air dam comprising a static portion and a sliding portion driven by an actuator system; and
a controller system configured to cause the actuator system to translate the sliding portion vertically between a retracted position and a plurality of deployed positions according to one or both of a vehicle under-engine temperature value input and a vehicle drive train mode input.

US Pat. No. 10,389,352

GATE LOOP DIFFERENTIAL MODE CHOKE FOR PARALLEL POWER DEVICE SWITCHING CURRENT BALANCE

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1. Paralleled power semiconductor circuitry comprising:a pair of power transistors in parallel;
a gate driver configured to power gates of the power transistors; and
a differential mode choke arranged with the pair and gate driver such that a difference in current magnitudes output by the power transistors results in current flow through the choke that (i) lowers a gate voltage of the power transistor with a greater one of the current magnitudes and (ii) raises a gate voltage of the power transistor with a lesser one of the current magnitudes to increase a difference between the gate voltages.

US Pat. No. 10,385,790

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING ENGINE KNOCK

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1. A vehicle system, comprising:an engine including one or more cylinder poppet valve deactivating mechanisms and a knock sensor; and
a controller including non-transitory executable instructions, which, when executed by the controller, cause the controller to select a knock reference value from a first knock reference value and a second knock reference value, divide an integrated output of the knock sensor by the first knock reference value to provide an engine knock indication during a first condition, divide the integrated output of the knock sensor by the second knock reference value to provide the engine knock indication during a second condition, and adjust engine spark timing in response to the engine knock indication.

US Pat. No. 10,384,511

METHOD TO CONTROL BATTERY COOLING USING THE BATTERY COOLANT PUMP IN ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES

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1. A climate-control system for a vehicle, comprising:a controller in communication with a chiller configured to cool a vehicle battery and an evaporator configured to cool a vehicle cabin, the controller configured to output a target chiller pump speed based upon a difference between a battery coolant temperature and a target-battery coolant temperature to mitigate a temperature swing of air entering the cabin, and limiting the target chiller-pump speed in response to an available capacity of the chiller wherein the pump speed is adjusted in response to the capacity of the chiller; and
wherein the capacity of the chiller is defined utilizing a look-up table mapping a cabin thermal load of the vehicle and a difference between an evaporator temperature and a target evaporator temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,390,177

ALERT FOR LEFT-BEHIND MOBILE DEVICE

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10. A method comprising:pairing a wearable device to a mobile device;
receiving, via the wearable device, location information representing a location of the mobile device relative to a host vehicle, wherein the location is a location of the mobile device inside the vehicle, based at least in part on a signal strength indicator, the location including one of a vehicle passenger compartment front or rear, a pocket in a vehicle door, or a vehicle passenger compartment console;
determining whether the mobile device is still paired with wearable device;
generating, via the wearable device, an alert if the mobile device is no longer paired with the wearable device; and
displaying, via the wearable device, the location of the mobile device relative to the host vehicle in response to the generating the alert.

US Pat. No. 10,386,345

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AN OXYGEN SENSOR

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1. An apparatus, comprising:an analyzer including a port to receive engine oil from an engine that has undergone fuel combustion, thereby subjecting the engine oil to fuel products, the analyzer configured to measure molecular parameters of each fraction of the engine oil and output the measured molecular parameters; and
a computing device operably coupled to the analyzer, the computing device storing non-transitory instructions executable to:
receive the measured molecular parameters output from the analyzer;
identify one or more individual hydrocarbon species in the fuel products in the engine oil based on the measured molecular parameters received from the analyzer and a model derived from analyzer data collected from a set of known hydrocarbon species; and
output a notification of the identified one or more individual hydrocarbon species for display on a display device.

US Pat. No. 10,384,561

ACTIVE DISCHARGE CIRCUIT FOR LINK CAPACITOR USING PHASE LEG SWITCHES

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1. A drive system for an electric vehicle, comprising:a DC link capacitor adapted to be coupled to positive and negative DC busses between a DC power source and an inverter;
a phase leg comprising an upper switching device and a lower switching device coupled across the DC link, wherein a junction between the upper and lower switching devices is configured to be coupled to a load;
a gate driver coupled to the phase leg to switch the upper switching device to an ON state according to an upper gate PWM signal and to switch the lower switching device to an ON state according to a lower gate PWM signal during pulse-width modulation of the drive system, wherein the gate driver is configured to discharge the link capacitor by simultaneously activating the upper and lower switching devices to transitional states, and wherein the gate driver discharges the link capacitor by simultaneously switching the upper and lower switching devices according to synchronous pulse trains having a gate voltage corresponding to the ON state and a duration that is too short to obtain the ON state.

US Pat. No. 10,378,417

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EXHAUST PARTICULATE MATTER SENSING

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1. A method comprising:rotating a screen of a particulate matter sensor periodically via an actuator; and
indicating leakage of a particulate filter based on an amount of power supplied to the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,378,425

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A COOLING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE ENGINE

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1. A cooling system of a vehicle engine, comprising;an engine cooling circuit configured to flow a coolant solution;
a vehicle interior heating circuit fluidly coupled to the engine cooling circuit; and
a reservoir configured to store a concentrated antifreeze, the reservoir fluidly coupled to a shutoff element arranged in a flow path between the reservoir and the vehicle interior heating circuit, the shutoff element configured to adjust flow between the reservoir and the vehicle interior heating circuit in at least one operating state of the cooling system, the reservoir arranged inside an expansion tank of the cooling system.

US Pat. No. 10,377,173

MOTOR VEHICLE WHEEL MODULE

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1. A wheel module comprising:a wheel hub;
a wheel bearing separate from the wheel hub;
a drive shaft wherein said wheel hub has an end face toothing engaging a mating toothing on said drive shaft;
a cylindrical spacer element having parallel end faces extending perpendicular to an axis of rotation, said spacer element arranged axially between said wheel bearing and said drive shaft wherein one of said end faces engages an inner race of the wheel bearing and the other end face engages a recess in the drive shaft such that said spacer element spans a junction of said end face toothing and said mating toothing;
said spacer element having a sealing portion extending radially outward to a position adjacent to but not contacting a wheel carrier; and
a screw engaging said wheel hub and having a threaded portion engaging said drive shaft, said screw operative to clamp said spacer element between said inner race and said drive shaft wherein said spacer element establishes a fixed distance between said end face toothing on said wheel hub and said mating toothing on said drive shaft and to preload said wheel bearing wherein a preload force is transmitted through said spacer element.

US Pat. No. 10,378,458

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VARIABLE COMPRESSION RATIO ENGINE

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1. A method for an engine, comprising:actuating a variable compression ratio mechanism of an engine to mechanically adjust a target compression ratio of the engine in accordance with an updated calibration, the updated calibration based on each of fuel flow and peak torque of each cylinder at each compression ratio setting of the mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,378,459

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENGINE CONTROL

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17. An engine system, comprising:an engine having a cylinder;
a variable compression ratio mechanism for mechanically altering a piston position within the cylinder;
a position sensor coupled to the variable compression ratio mechanism;
a spark plug for providing spark to the cylinder;
an intake throttle;
a turbocharger having an intake compressor driven an exhaust turbine;
a knock sensor; and
a controller configured with computer readable instructions stored on non-transitory memory for:
actuating the variable compression ratio mechanism to transition the engine from a higher compression ratio setting to a lower compression ratio setting;
indicating that the mechanism is stuck at the higher compression ratio setting based on output from one or more of the position sensor and the knock sensor; and
responsive to the indication, reducing an intake air charge delivered to the engine via the intake throttle while advancing spark timing.

US Pat. No. 10,378,470

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DIAGNOSING BOOST PRESSURE CONTROL

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15. A vehicle system, comprising:an engine;
a turbocharger including an intake compressor driven by an exhaust turbine; a waste-gate valve positioned in a waste-gate coupled across the exhaust turbine;
a timer; and
a controller with computer-readable instructions stored on non-transitory memory for:
responsive to a change in demanded boost pressure and feedback detected disturbances, adjusting a position of the waste-gate valve and initiating the timer;
monitoring a duration elapsed on the timer to complete a pressure deviation correction corresponding to a demanded difference between an expected boost pressure and an actual boost pressure following the adjusting; and
indicating degraded boost response time to a vehicle driver based on the monitored duration.

US Pat. No. 10,378,472

HYDROCARBON SENSOR DIAGNOSTIC

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1. A system, comprising a computer programmed to:before starting an engine mounted to an engine air intake, collect data from a hydrocarbon sensor mounted along the engine air intake between an exhaust port of an exhaust gas recirculation system and an intake port of a cylinder head while the exhaust gas recirculation system is in an open state and while actuating a fuel injector mounted on the engine air intake; and
determine whether a hydrocarbon sensor fault exists based at least on the collected data.

US Pat. No. 10,377,205

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMPRESSOR CLUTCH CONTROL

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1. A method comprising:with an electronic controller of a vehicle, executing instructions stored in non-transitory memory that, when executed, cause the electronic controller to:
activate an air conditioning system in the vehicle by applying a first voltage to a clutch of a compressor of the air conditioning system to initially engage the clutch, and then applying a second voltage to the clutch to maintain the engagement of the clutch, the second voltage lower than the first voltage; while applying the second voltage to the clutch, determine via the electronic controller whether the clutch is still engaged;
responsive to determining that the clutch is still engaged, continue to apply the second voltage to the clutch; and
responsive to determining that the clutch has disengaged, apply the first voltage to the clutch to re-engage the clutch, and then decrease voltage applied to the clutch from the first voltage to a voltage greater than the second voltage to maintain engagement of the clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,378,485

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PREHEATING A FUEL VAPOR STORAGE CANISTER

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1. An evaporative emissions method, comprising:setting a timer to wake a controller of a vehicle to preheat a fuel vapor storage canister prior to a first anticipated vehicle key-on event that occurs after a first key-off event and before the controller transitions to a sleep mode after the first key-off event; and
after the timer elapses and the controller is awoken:
actuating a canister heating element coupled to the fuel vapor storage canister, the fuel vapor storage canister included in an evaporative emissions system in fluidic communication with a fuel system of the vehicle and an intake of an engine of the vehicle;
commanding closed a canister vent valve in a vent line that couples the fuel vapor storage canister to atmosphere;
maintaining closed a canister purge valve in a purge line that couples the evaporative emissions system to the intake; and
monitoring a pressure of the evaporative emissions system.

US Pat. No. 10,378,486

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DIAGNOSING A VEHICLE FUEL SYSTEM AND EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS CONTROL SYSTEM

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1. A method comprising:setting an initial vent duration for an engine-off-natural-vacuum test for a vehicle based on a set of engine-off-natural-vacuum test results retrieved from a plurality of other vehicles;
commencing the engine-off-natural-vacuum test with a vacuum phase portion when it is determined that the vehicle can pass during the vacuum phase portion based on the retrieved set of engine-off-natural-vacuum test results from the plurality of other vehicles; and
commencing the engine-off-natural-vacuum test with a pressure phase portion when it is determined that the vehicle can pass during the pressure phase portion based on the retrieved set of engine-off-natural-vacuum test results from the plurality of other vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,377,208

USE OF DISCHARGE AIR SENSORS TO CONTROL RECIRCULATION DOOR DURING HEAT REQUEST

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1. A heating system for a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle, comprising:a blower motor;
one or more vents;
a heater core; and
a controller in communication with a humidity sensor, a vehicle speed sensor, an ambient temperature sensor, and a discharge air sensor,
wherein the controller is configured to open a recirculation door as initiated by the humidity, vehicle speed, ambient temperature, and discharge air sensors all sensing data below a respective threshold level and close the recirculation door when at least one of the humidity, vehicle speed, ambient temperature, and discharge air sensors senses data above the respective threshold level.

US Pat. No. 10,377,217

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

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1. An electric vehicle power supply configured convert DC electrical power into AC electrical power comprising:a housing having a lower wall and a vertical wall extending therefrom;
a backing plate secured to and extending from the lower wall;
an inverter assembly having an array of electrical switching units arranged horizontally between the vertical wall and the backing plate; and
a clamp extending from the backing plate and configured to engage a first end of the array to force a second end of the array into engagement with the vertical wall, the clamp including a vertically extending clamping plate, a first wedge block, and a second wedge block, wherein the vertically extending clamping plate engages the first end of the array, the first wedge block tapers in a first direction from the backing plate toward the vertical wall, the second wedge block extends from a backside of the vertically extending clamping plate and tapers in a second direction that is opposite the first direction, and wherein the first wedge block is configured to engage the second wedge block to force the vertically extending clamping plate into engagement with the first end of the array.

US Pat. No. 10,377,218

REINFORCED HEEL KICK ASSEMBLY AND HEEL KICK REINFORCEMENT METHOD

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1. A reinforced assembly, comprising:a heel kick that extends horizontally between rockers of an electrified vehicle;
a first reinforcement bracket that horizontally overlaps with the heel kick and is secured to an outboard portion of the heel kick, the first reinforcement bracket on a driver side outboard portion of the heel kick,
wherein the first reinforcement bracket includes a horizontally extending flange that wraps over at least a portion of a vertically upward facing surface of the heel kick, at least a portion of a rear floor secured to the heel kick, or at least a portion of a rear rail cap; and
a second reinforcement bracket on a passenger side outboard portion of the heel kick.

US Pat. No. 10,377,234

VEHICLE IGNITION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. A vehicle comprising:an ignition system;
a plurality of sensors; and
a processor configured to:
determine, based on data received from the sensors, (i) that a person occupies a driver's seat of the vehicle, (ii) that a key fob corresponding to the vehicle is present, (iii) that an input has been received at a shifter of the vehicle, and (iv) that at least one vehicle door is closed; and
responsively activate the ignition system.

US Pat. No. 10,377,247

HIGH VOLTAGE BATTERY CONTACTOR ARRANGEMENT FOR DC FAST CHARGING

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10. A charging system for a traction battery comprising:first and second contactors, the first contactor being electrically connected to a positive terminal of the battery and the second contactor being electrically connected to a negative terminal of the battery; and
a controller programmed to generate a notification indicating that both contactors are welded closed responsive to, upon charge completion, both a difference between a port voltage across nodes of the contactors and a battery voltage, prior to a command to open of the both contactors, being less than a first threshold and the port voltage, detected after the command to open both of the contactors, being greater than a second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,377,284

HOLDER ASSEMBLY

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1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a receiver positioned in said vehicle seating assembly;
a cup holder assembly comprising:
a connector positioned at a first end of the cup holder assembly for removable engagement with the receiver;
an adjustable cup holder positioned at a second end of the cup holder assembly;
a rotating and telescoping arm intermediately positioned between the first end and the second end of the cup holder assembly, wherein the rotating and telescoping arm is equipped with lateral detents that provide discrete positions for telescoping movements and angular detents that provide discrete positions for rotating movements; and
an attachment elbow that is pivotable relative to the seatback in a first plane through an angle of at least 180 degrees and a second plane through an angle of at least 180 degrees, wherein the first plane is substantially orthogonal to the second plane.

US Pat. No. 10,377,315

IN-BOARD SEAT STORAGE

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1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seat;
a seatback; and
a compartment in a side portion of the seatback, wherein the compartment is pivotably coupled to the side portion at a lower region and resiliently coupled to the side portion at an upper region, and wherein the resilient coupling of the side portion at the upper region biases the compartment to a fully-closed position, and wherein the compartment is equipped with retention material along vertical sections of the compartment that retain items stored in the compartment when the compartment is in an open position.

US Pat. No. 10,377,317

VEHICLE CONSOLE WITH COUPLED MOTION AND ENHANCED STORAGE CAPABILITIES

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1. An apparatus for an interior vehicle compartment, comprising:a seat adapted for moving in a travel direction; and
a console adapted for moving in the travel direction in coordination with the seat, the console including a collapsible portion for collapsing the console from a first length to a second, shorter length in the travel direction as a body portion of the console travels with the seat in the travel direction.

US Pat. No. 10,378,874

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHARACTERIZING SURFACES USING SIZE DATA

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1. A method for characterizing surfaces comprising:taking size measurements of a respective feature of a plurality of manufactured products over time;
transforming the size measurements to frequency-based domain size measurement data;
comparing at least some of the frequency-based domain size measurement data to a predetermined limit to characterize the surface of the features of the manufactured products; and
separating at least one of the manufactured products based on the characterized surface finish.

US Pat. No. 10,378,400

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PARTICULATE FILTER REGENERATION

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18. A vehicle system, comprising:a vehicle;
a torque converter including a lock-up clutch;
a transmission system;
an engine;
a variable compression ratio mechanism for mechanically altering a piston displacement within each engine cylinder;
an exhaust passage including a particulate filter (PF), and each of a pressure sensor and a temperature sensor coupled upstream of the PF; and
a controller with computer readable instructions for:
responsive to each of a lower than threshold PF temperature while PF load is higher than a threshold load and the torque converter is locked, actuating the variable compression ratio mechanism to a position corresponding to a lower compression ratio (CR);
responsive to each of the lower than threshold PF temperature while the PF load is higher than a threshold load and the torque converter is locked, actuating the variable compression ratio mechanism to a position corresponding to a lower compression ratio (CR); and
responsive to PF temperature at the lower CR being lower than the threshold temperature, retarding spark timing towards an updated spark timing stability limit based on a residual gas fraction (RGF) in the cylinder at the lower CR.

US Pat. No. 10,378,404

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AN ENGINE AFTER-TREATMENT SYSTEM

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1. A method for monitoring an engine exhaust after-treatment system, comprising:receiving a first exhaust gas of a desired air-fuel ratio upstream of a first lean NOx trap (LNT);
initiating a richer than stoichiometric regeneration of the first LNT for obtaining a second exhaust gas downstream of the first LNT;
evaluating an air-fuel ratio of the second exhaust gas received downstream of the first LNT;
in response to the evaluated air-fuel ratio of the second exhaust gas being higher than the desired air-fuel ratio, activating injection of a vaporized reductant by an injector disposed downstream of the first LNT to the second exhaust gas for obtaining the desired air-fuel ratio of the second exhaust gas, where the injector is a vaporizer;
receiving the second exhaust gas of the desired air-fuel ratio upstream of a second LNT;
initiating a richer than stoichiometric regeneration of the second LNT for obtaining a third exhaust gas downstream of the second LNT;
evaluating an air-fuel ratio of the third exhaust gas received downstream of the second LNT; and
determining a working state of each of the first LNT and the second LNT based on each of the desired air-fuel ratio of the first exhaust gas, the evaluated air-fuel ratio of the second exhaust gas, and the evaluated air-fuel ratio of the third exhaust gas.

US Pat. No. 10,378,413

UREA MIXER

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1. A mixer comprising:a concave plate located inside an exhaust passage with an opening fluidly coupling the exhaust passage to an auxiliary passage having a urea injector, and where the auxiliary passage is fluidly coupled to a hollow ring physically coupled to an outer surface of the exhaust passage, and where the hollow ring is upstream of the concave plate relative to a direction of incoming engine exhaust gas flow, the hollow ring fluidly coupled to the exhaust passage via a plurality of perforations circumferentially surrounding the exhaust passage,
wherein the auxiliary passage is formed by a J-shaped tube comprising a first tube, a second tube, and a third tube, and where a diameter of the auxiliary passage is less than a diameter of the exhaust passage, and
wherein the first tube is located inside the exhaust passage and is physically coupled to the concave plate and a portion of the second tube located in the exhaust passage, the urea injector is located at an intersection between the third tube and the second tube outside of the exhaust passage, and where the third tube is entirely located outside of the exhaust passage and is physically coupled to a downstream surface of the hollow ring.

US Pat. No. 10,369,962

RESTRAINT SYSTEM

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1. A restraint system comprising:a housing;
a spool rotatably coupled to the housing;
a pinion fixed to the spool;
a rack engaged with the pinion; and
a piston attached to the rack and the housing and filled with a heterogeneous mixture of a liquid and hydrophobic, nanoporous particles.

US Pat. No. 10,370,238

REFUELING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MIXED LIQUID AND GASEOUS FUEL

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1. A method for refueling a fuel tank of a vehicle, comprising:responsive to a first condition, pumping gaseous fuel from the fuel tank into a secondary vapor tank, while storing a liquid fuel and a distinct pressurized gaseous fuel only partially dissolved in the liquid fuel in the fuel tank, wherein during the pumping the secondary vapor tank is fluidically isolated from atmosphere, and wherein the gaseous fuel comprises a first fuel type and the liquid fuel comprises a second fuel type different from the first fuel type.

US Pat. No. 10,373,316

IMAGES BACKGROUND SUBTRACTION FOR DYNAMIC LIGHTING SCENARIOS

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6. A method, comprising:receiving a scene image containing a background and one or more foreground objects of interest;
projecting a normality background image from a normality model, wherein the normality background image contains the background without the one or more foreground objects;
converting the scene image to a first illumination-invariant image using an illumination-invariant color space transformation algorithm;
converting the normality background image to a second illumination-invariant image using the illumination-invariant color space transformation algorithm;
generating a first subtracted image by subtracting the normality background image pixel-wise from the scene image;
generating a second subtracted image by subtracting the second illumination-invariant image pixel-wise from the first illumination-invariant image;
highlighting a plurality of pixels in the first subtracted image based on a standard deviation threshold to obtain a residual image as an identification of at least one of the one or more foreground objects;
applying a multiplying matrix operation between the residual image and the second subtracted image to generate an output image;
displaying the output image on a display device; and
generating a text message, a beeping sound or a flashing light in response to the identification.

US Pat. No. 10,369,988

AUTONOMOUS PARKING OF VEHICLES INPERPENDICULAR PARKING SPOTS

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1. A vehicle comprising:a front corner;
a camera; and
an autonomous vehicle parker to:
detect, via the camera, a perpendicular parking spot and an outer boundary of the perpendicular parking spot;
determine a linear parking path located within the perpendicular parking spot and based on the outer boundary, wherein the linear parking path extends in a first direction and is spaced apart from the outer boundary in a second direction crossing the first direction; and
autonomously turn into the perpendicular parking spot such that the front corner travels along the linear parking path.

US Pat. No. 10,370,044

TIRE CARRIERS FOR VEHICLES AND RELATED METHODS

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1. A tire carrier comprising:a hinge to be pivotally coupled to a vehicle;
a support arm having a first end to be pivotally coupled to the hinge and a second end to receive a tire; and
a jack including a beam and a running gear, the beam to be pivotally coupled to the hinge and the running gear to be coupled to the second end of the support arm.

US Pat. No. 10,372,121

DETERMINATION OF CONTINUOUS USER INTERACTION AND INTENT THROUGH MEASUREMENT OF FORCE VARIABILITY

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1. A system for remotely controlling a vehicle, comprising:the vehicle including an Esteering system, an Edrive system, an Ebrake system, a processor, and memory;
a control module coupled to the processor and configured to:
receive random force variations applied to a touch-sensitive user interface of a mobile device over a period of time, the mobile device being located remotely relative to the vehicle;
determine that the random force variations are inputs indicative of user intent to control vehicle movement using the mobile device in response to calculating a mathematical mean of the random force variations and determining that the mathematical mean lies within predetermined force thresholds over the period of time; and
activate movement of the vehicle upon determining that all of the random force variations over the period of time lie within a fixed range surrounding a predetermined pattern of input force variations over the period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,372,131

VEHICLES CHANGING LANES BASED ON TRAILING VEHICLES

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1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle speed sensor to measure a vehicle speed;
a rearview camera to capture images when the vehicle speed is greater than a threshold; and
a lane controller to:
detect whether there is a trailing vehicle based on the images;
determine, responsive to detecting the trailing vehicle, whether the trailing vehicle is providing a message to change lanes, wherein, to determine whether the trailing vehicle is providing the message, the lane controller is to:
identify whether the trailing vehicle is within a predetermined distance corresponding to the vehicle speed;
identify whether the trailing vehicle is flashing its high beams;
identify whether a turn signal of the trailing vehicle that corresponds to a direction opposite to an adjacent lane is activated; and
determine that the trailing vehicle is providing the message responsive to determining that at least one the trailing vehicle is within the predetermined distance, the trailing vehicle is flashing its high beams, and the turn signal is activated; and
send a lane-changing signal responsive to identifying the message.

US Pat. No. 10,369,857

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO CONTROL VEHICLE TILT

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11. A method comprising:measuring, via a sensor, a height of a person;
determining, by executing instructions with at least one processor, a desired orientation angle of a vehicle to facilitate loading or unloading of an object relative to the vehicle based on the measured height of the person; and
varying a length of at least one adjustable actuator of the vehicle, wherein varying the length of the at least one adjustable actuator causes the vehicle to be at the desired orientation angle.

US Pat. No. 10,369,870

OPERATING MECHANISM FOR REAR HINGED FULLY SEALED INDEPENDENT SIDE OPERATING DOORS

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1. A vehicle door comprising:a door panel slidably operable between a secured position within a door aperture and a staging position partially distal from the door aperture; and
a latch engaged with a striker path during operation of the door panel between the secured and staging positions, and selectively disengaged from the striker path to define open and closed positions of the door panel when the door panel is in the staging position, wherein the striker path is defined by an elongated striker that is fixedly coupled to a vehicle frame and extends longitudinally in a direction parallel with an exterior surface of a forward door, and wherein the latch is fixedly secured to the door panel.

US Pat. No. 10,369,887

INVERTER SYSTEM CONTROLLER POWER OPTIMIZATION

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1. An inverter for a vehicle comprising:a power controller and gale drive board (GDB) electrically in series, the controller including logic circuitry configured to,
responsive to presence of an ignition signal, permit flow of low voltage power through the controller to the GDB to activate the GDB, and
responsive to presence of a wake-up signal, but not the ignition signal, prevent flow of low voltage power through the controller to the GDB and, during the preventing, permit flow of low voltage power to energize a coil of a contactor to close the contactor.

US Pat. No. 10,369,897

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ROUTE COMPLETION LIKELIHOOD DISPLAY

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1. A system comprising:a processor configured to:
receive data from a remote server indicating a vehicle system for which prevention of utilization for a journey's duration increases the probability of successfully reaching a destination on a remaining power charge;
determine if the indicated vehicle system corresponds to a lockable system; and
automatically lock-out the lockable system to prevent lockable system utilization for the journey's duration.

US Pat. No. 10,369,905

TUNED FLEXIBLE SUPPORT MEMBER AND FLEXIBLE SUSPENSION FEATURES FOR COMFORT CARRIERS

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1. A seat support carrier comprising:an upper seatback panel including a lower cross-member and a first set of flexible suspension members undulating in a first direction through a mid portion of the upper seatback panel;
a second set of flexible suspension members undulating in a second direction, different than the first direction, in the lower cross-member; and
a lower seatback panel including an upper cross-member having a third set of flexible suspension members undulating in the second direction, different than the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,369,919

VEHICLE WITH AN INTEGRATED ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE

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1. A multimodal passenger transportation apparatus comprisinga passenger car with a drivers seat, a passenger seat and a center console;
a motorcycle equipped with and autonomously driven by an electric motor; and
a securing apparatus that releasably, fixedly secures the motorcycle to the passenger car, wherein the motorcycle is arranged between the driver seat and the passenger seat in a direction of travel, in a secured state, and at least a portion of the center console supports at least one body part of a motorcycle rider in an operating state of the motorcycle being detached from the passenger car.

US Pat. No. 10,374,298

ANTENNA HOUSING

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1. A vehicle comprising:an antenna housing assembly including:
a first housing enclosing an antenna assembly and a grounding plate;
a second housing enclosing the first housing and a heating ring defining apertures and including resistive heating elements, wherein the antenna assembly and the grounding plate are located vertically above a top-most surface of the heating ring; and
a wiper blade driven by a motor and rotatable about the second housing to clear snow from an exterior of the second housing; and
processor(s) configured to transmit wireless signals via the antenna assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,369,943

IN-VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. A method comprising:receiving a request, from a mobile device, to control an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system of a vehicle;
determining whether a speed of the vehicle exceeds a threshold;
determining whether the mobile device is operated by a passenger of the vehicle; and
responsive to determining that the vehicle's speed exceeds the threshold and the mobile device is operated by a passenger, allowing the mobile device to control the IVI system;
wherein determining whether the mobile device is operated by the passenger of the vehicle comprises:
sending different audio signals from speakers of the vehicle;
determining, from the audio signals as received by the mobile device, a location of the mobile device; and
determining whether the location of the mobile device corresponds to a passenger seat location.

US Pat. No. 10,371,235

MULTIPLE SPEED TRANSMISSION

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1. A transmission comprising:an input shaft;
an output shaft;
first and second intermediate shafts;
a first shiftable gearing arrangement comprising a simple planetary gear set having a sun gear, a planet carrier fixedly held against rotation, a ring gear fixedly coupled to the first intermediate shaft, and a plurality of planet gears supported for rotation relative to the planet carrier and in continuous meshing engagement with both the sun gear and the ring gear, wherein the first shiftable gearing arrangement is configured to selectively constrain the first intermediate shaft and the second intermediate shaft to rotate in opposite directions or to both be stationary;
a second shiftable gearing arrangement configured to selectively constrain the first intermediate shaft to rotate at a first intermediate shaft speed between speeds of the second intermediate shaft and of the input shaft;
a third shiftable gearing arrangement configured to selectively constrain the output shaft to rotate at an output shaft speed between zero and the first intermediate shaft speed and to selectively constrain the input shaft to rotate at an input shaft speed between the first intermediate shaft speed and the output shaft speed;
a first clutch selectively coupling the second intermediate shaft to the input shaft; and
a first brake selectively holding the second intermediate against rotation; and
a second clutch selectively coupling the sun gear to the second intermediate shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,820

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER TO A TAILGATE THROUGH CAPACITIVE COUPLERS

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1. A vehicle comprising:a transmitting circuit in a body of the vehicle configured to transmit power via wireless capacitive transfer;
a receiving circuit in a tailgate of the vehicle configured to receive power via wireless capacitive transfer;
a first set of plates electrically coupled to the transmitting circuit, the first set of plates disposed in a frame that receives the tailgate; and
a second set of plates electrically coupled to the receiving circuit, the second set of plates disposed in-side the tailgate, the second set of plates aligned to the first set of plates when the tailgate is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,845

CONDUCTIVE SYSTEM

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1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seat including a cushion and a seating surface;
a recess defined in the cushion extending in a direction parallel with the seating surface;
an elongate carrier disposed between the recess and the seating surface, the elongate carrier including a plurality of thermoelectric devices having an upper surface and a lower surface configured to change temperature when a voltage is applied to the plurality of thermoelectric devices;
an upper conductor comprising an upper surface and a lower surface;
a lower conductor comprising an upper surface and a lower surface; and
an air mover in fluid communication with the recess and configured to move air through the recess,
wherein the upper conductor, the plurality of thermoelectric devices, the lower conductor, and air in the recess are in thermal communication to transfer heat away from the seating surface or to transfer heat toward the seating surface, and wherein an area of the upper conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices and an area of the lower conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices include an outer peripheral portion defining an interior space wherein the outer peripheral portion includes at least two flexibly resilient first tab members, and wherein the outer peripheral portion also includes at least two flexibly resilient second tab members.

US Pat. No. 10,363,851

MODULAR HEAD RESTRAINT STRUCTURE AND STYLING ENABLEMENT FEATURES

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1. A headrest assembly, comprising:a support member having first and second legs interconnected by an upper cross member;
a front panel coupled to a front side of the support member;
a rear panel coupled to a rear side of the support member, wherein the front and rear panels define a support portion having first and second sides interconnected by an upper portion;
a web member having a plurality of legs interconnecting the first and second sides and upper portion of the support portion, wherein one or more legs of the plurality of legs of the web member includes a receiving aperture disposed therethrough for receiving a fastener; and
a headrest bun releasably coupled to the web member by the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,363,852

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CUSTOMIZING A VEHICLE SEAT

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1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a group of first inflatable bladders, each first bladder having a respective first electromechanical valve coupled therewith;
a pump coupled with each of the first valves;
an occupancy sensor; and
a controller electrically connected with the pump, the occupancy sensor, and with each of the first valves and, upon initially receiving a first signal from the occupancy sensor indicating that the seat is unoccupied, opening all of the first valves to allow air to flow between and among the first bladders and causing the pump to simultaneously inflate the group of first bladders to a predetermined collective pressure and, upon subsequently receiving a second signal from the occupancy sensor indicating that the seat occupied, simultaneously closing all of the first valves to maintain an air distribution level of each of the first bladders according to a distribution of weight of an occupant over the first bladders resulting from the seat being occupied before the controller simultaneously closes all of the first valves.

US Pat. No. 10,363,874

HITCH ASSIST SYSTEM WITH HITCH COUPLER IDENTIFICATION FEATURE AND HITCH COUPLER HEIGHT ESTIMATION

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1. A hitch assist system comprising:an imager for capturing one or more images of a trailer having a hitch coupler;
a user-input device for specifying a location of the hitch coupler in the one or more captured images; and
a controller for:
generating an image patch around the user-specified location;
segmenting the image patch to identify the hitch coupler; and
estimating a trailer height based on both a height and projective geometry of the imager, wherein the projective geometry comprises at least two angles between a first plurality of field of view components and the ground and at least two angles between a second plurality of field of view components and a longitudinal axis of the trailer, and wherein the first and second plurality of field of view components originate from the imager and are selected based on a projective geometry of the imager.

US Pat. No. 10,363,880

VEHICLE SEAT ASSEMBLY HAVING DEPLOYABLE HANGER

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1. A vehicle seat assembly comprising:a seat base;
a seat back coupled to the seat base;
a hanger pivotally mounted to the seat back and having a retaining structure, wherein the hanger pivots forward of the seat back to a use position and pivots rearward to a stowed position; and
a spring biasing the hanger to the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,911

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A BRAKE HOLDING ASSIST

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1. A method for determining a brake torque reduction parameter for brake torque reduction in a motor vehicle with a brake holding assist function comprising:detecting at least one motion parameter of the motor vehicle;
comparing the at least one detected motion parameter with a predetermined threshold value of said motion parameter;
determining a correction value for at least one initial brake torque reduction parameter when said at least one detected motion parameter differs from said predetermined threshold value of said motion parameter;
adjusting the at least one initial brake torque reduction parameter using the correction value to determine at least one optimized brake torque reduction parameter;
wherein the at least one brake torque reduction parameter is a point in time of a brake torque reduction, the at least one initial brake torque parameter is an initial point in time of a brake torque reduction, and the brake torque reduction point in time correction value; and
using the at least one optimized brake torque reduction parameter as a brake torque reduction parameter for the brake torque reduction and changing the point in time of the brake torque reduction and correspondingly the point in time of a vehicle brake release.

US Pat. No. 10,363,933

SMART DRIVER PRESENCE STRATEGY FOR POLICE AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES TO INCREASE AUTO-STOP ENGINE AVAILABILITY

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1. A method of controlling a vehicle, comprising:responsive to an engine being auto-stopped and a signal indicating a driver exiting the vehicle, securing traction wheels against rotation, modifying a convenience feature power consumption from a first state to a decreased second state, and maintaining the engine in an auto-stopped condition; and
responsive to a signal indicating the driver returning to the vehicle, returning the convenience feature power consumption to the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,935

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE HAVING A MANUAL TRANSMISSION

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1. A method of vehicle operation comprising:providing a manual transmission having an idling position, a clutch, and a service brake activated by a brake pedal;
depressing the brake pedal and activating the service brake to bring the vehicle to a stationary state;
stopping engine operation when the vehicle reaches the stationary state, the idling position of the manual transmission is engaged, and the clutch is engaged;
starting engine operation after releasing the brake pedal; and,
generating a brake pressure for a predefined time period starting when releasing the brake pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,364,717

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INCREASING PARTICULATE MATTER DEPOSITION IN AN EXHAUST PARTICULATE MATTER SENSOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:regenerating an exhaust particulate filter responsive to a voltage difference between electrodes of a first planar interdigitated electrode pair, the first electrode pair positioned parallel to a second planar element, the second planar element held at a voltage that is biased with relation to a voltage of at least one of the electrodes of the first pair, wherein a first major surface of the first planar pair and a second major surface of the second planar element face one another such that a center of the first major surface is aligned with a center of the second major surface, wherein the second planar element includes one of a second planar interdigitated electrode pair and a conducting plate, and holding the second planar element at a voltage that is biased includes applying a current to hold the second planar element at a voltage that is more positive than a positive voltage of a first electrode of the first pair or more negative than a negative voltage of a second electrode of the second pair.

US Pat. No. 10,363,959

METHOD FOR ASSISTING A MANEUVERING PROCESS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND PARKING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:during an assisted parking maneuver (APM) in which a stored plurality of values define a maneuvering trajectory followed by a vehicle during the APM, and in response to occurrence of a stuck condition, processing by a controller the values in reverse order to exit the stuck condition by returning the vehicle to a position on the maneuvering trajectory encountered prior to the stuck condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,968

ROCKER ASSEMBLY FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

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1. A rocker assembly comprising:an outer rocker panel defining a slot;
an inner rocker panel attached to the outer rocker panel;
an insert including an upper tube and a lower tube disposed between the outer rocker panel and the inner rocker panel, the upper and lower tubes extending between a front end and a rear end of the rocker assembly; and
a track assembled between the upper and lower tubes, wherein the slot provides access to the track.

US Pat. No. 10,363,971

ADAPTABLE RETAINER

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7. An attachment assembly, comprising:a retainer, comprising
a base;
a body extending from the base; and
an engagement platform coupled to the body by a hinge feature;
a first substrate coupled to the base of the retainer;
a fastener coupled to the engagement platform of the retainer; and
a second substrate coupled to the fastener, wherein the hinge feature comprises a living hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,363,977

HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE SPARE TIRE CARRIERS HAVING CHEBYSHEV LINKAGES

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1. An apparatus, comprising:a spare tire carrier to be coupled to a vehicle, the spare tire carrier including a Chebyshev linkage, the Chebyshev linkage including:
a post having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the post, the post to be coupled to the vehicle;
a first link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the first link;
a second link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the second link; and
a third link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the third link, the third link including an output shaft to carry a spare tire of the vehicle, the output shaft being movable between a raised position and a lowered position relative to an underlying ground surface on which the vehicle is positioned;
wherein the first end of the first link is rotatably coupled to the first end of the post, the second end of the first link is rotatably coupled to the first end of the third link, the first end of the second link is rotatably coupled to the second end of the post, and the second end of the second link is rotatably coupled to the second end of the third link.

US Pat. No. 10,363,796

CONTROL MODULE ACTIVATION OF VEHICLES IN A KEY-OFF STATE

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1. A system comprising:a vehicle at a location in a key-off state including:
a battery;
a communication module; and
an infotainment unit to activate and present media responsive to the communication module receiving an activation signal; and
a remote processor to:
determine a charge level of the battery;
identify a parking duration for the location; and
send the activation signal responsive to the charge level being greater than a threshold associated with the parking duration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,811

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROLLED ACTIVE GRILLE SHUTTER SYSTEM

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1. An active grille shutter system comprising:a number of vanes angularly displaceable between an open position, a closed position, a first commanded position between the open position and the closed position, and a second commanded position between the first commanded position and the closed position;
a motor having a variable hold current applied thereto for maintaining the vanes in the first commanded position and the second commanded position; and
a controller configured to adjust the amount of hold current being applied to the motor, wherein when the vanes are in one of the first commanded position and the second commanded position, the controller increases the amount of hold current being applied to the motor with increasing vehicle speed and decreases the amount of hold current being applied to the motor with decreasing vehicle speed and when the vanes are in the first commanded position at a given vehicle speed a first amount of hold current is applied to the motor to maintain the vanes in the first commanded position and when the vanes are in the second commanded position at the given vehicle speed a second amount of hold current is applied to the motor to maintain the vanes in the second commanded position, wherein the second amount of hold current is greater than the first amount of hold current.

US Pat. No. 10,358,994

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENGINE CONTROL

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1. A method, comprising:in response to flooding of an engine with fuel, sensed during an engine start attempt via sensors and a controller, shutting off fuel delivery to an engine cylinder and operating a laser ignition device of the cylinder to vaporize the fuel while holding an exhaust valve of the cylinder open and an intake valve of the cylinder closed.

US Pat. No. 10,358,998

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A HUMIDITY SENSOR IN A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an air intake for an engine having a humidity sensor;
a system having a reservoir fluidly connected to a nozzle positioned in the air intake; and
a controller configured to activate the system to deliver fluid from the nozzle into the intake for evaporation therein while the engine is inoperative and generate a diagnostic code in response to a change in humidity measured by the sensor being less than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,358,094

ABBREVIATED VISOR ASSEMBLY

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1. A visor assembly, comprising:a visor body;
an electronic device receiver;
a pivot feature connecting said electronic device receiver to said visor body; and
a light shield extending between said electronic device receiver and said visor body wherein said light shield is an accordion wall.

US Pat. No. 10,358,116

VEHICLE SECURITY

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1. A system comprising:a server configured to
responsive to receiving a remote command for a vehicle from an authorized mobile device, transmit the command to the vehicle, the vehicle being configured to responsively execute the command; and
responsive to identifying a security risk for the vehicle based on monitored third-party Internet data after the command is executed, deauthorize the mobile device from remotely commanding the vehicle and transmit a clean-up signal to the vehicle, the vehicle being configured to responsively remove user data from the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,359,085

PIN-MOUNTED ROCKER

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1. A rocker plate assembly comprising:a rocker plate defining a pocket disposed at a periphery of the rocker plate, wherein the rocker plate further includes a pin extending in an axial direction within the pocket; and
a rocker disposed at least partially within the pocket, wherein the rocker is rotatably mounted to the pin wherein the pocket defines an axial depth, the axial depth being less than an axial thickness of the rocker plate, and wherein the pocket further includes a shelf portion disposed within the pocket, the shelf portion having an axial height less than the axial depth of the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,358,134

VEHICLE TRANSMISSION CLUTCH ENGAGEMENT CONTROL SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

11. A vehicle comprising:a transmission having a torque converter and an oncoming clutch; and
a controller programmed to, in response to a torque of an oncoming clutch exceeding an estimated average by a threshold during an engagement, increase the torque of the oncoming clutch via a feedforward command and adjust the torque of the oncoming clutch via a feedback command to compensate for deviations in the torque generated by the feedforward command during the engagement.

US Pat. No. 10,358,143

ABERRANT DRIVER CLASSIFICATION AND REPORTING

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1. A method, comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, a message from a user of a first vehicle, the message indicating an instance of aberrant driving of a second vehicle;
determining, by the one or more processors, that the instance has occurred using one or more classifiers;
receiving, by the one or more processors from one or more sensors of the first vehicle, information of the second vehicle obtained by the one or more sensors; and
generating, by the one or more processors, a warning message that identifies the second vehicle based on the information received from the one or more sensors,
wherein the determining that the instance has occurred using the one or more classifiers comprises:
determining a risk parameter using the one or more classifiers, the risk parameter indicating a possibility that the instance of aberrant driving occurs within a predetermined window of time after receiving the message;
determining that the instance occurs in an event that the risk parameter is greater than a predetermined value; and
incrementally decreasing a value of the risk parameter over a period of time such that, after passage of a predetermined amount of time, the value of the risk parameter is zero.

US Pat. No. 10,358,173

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SUBDIVIDING VEHICLE CAB AND/OR STORAGE SPACE INTO A NUMBER OF SUB-PORTIONS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A device for subdividing a vehicle cab and/or storage space into a number of sub-portions, comprising:one or more deformable walls; and
a drive unit for moving the one or more deformable walls between an open position, in which the walls do not subdivide the cab and/or the storage space, and a closure position, in which the walls subdivide the cab and/or the storage space into the sub-portions, wherein the walls become deformed during movement between the closure position and the open position, wherein the walls are bendable and/or foldable, and wherein the walls comprise bendable and/or foldable glass.

US Pat. No. 10,351,009

ELECTRIC VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEMS

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1. An electric vehicle display system comprising:a battery;
an interface configured to present at least one selectable icon configured to control a battery powered vehicle feature; and
a controller programmed to, in response to state-of-charge (SOC) data indicating that a trip range exceeds a possible driving range, present an alert including a control panel configured to present selectable options that control the vehicle feature to decrease power demand of the feature update the selectable icon to indicate a suggested adjustment.

US Pat. No. 10,352,394

ELASTOMERIC BUSHING HAVING EMBEDDED STRUCTURES FOR IMPROVED THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY AND DAMPING CAPACITY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A bushing for use between components, the bushing comprising:inner and outer metal tubes, each tube having an inner wall;
an elastomeric material formed between said inner walls; and
at least one bundle of metal wires positioned within said material and against one of said inner walls, whereby slidable contact of the surfaces of the individual wires relative to one another and metal-to-metal contact with said inner walls improves thermal conductivity and dampens resonant vibration.

US Pat. No. 10,351,039

RAMP MEMBER

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1. A ramp assembly, comprising:a ramp connected to an arm;
a connector carried by the arm and defining a channel having an opening extending across a width of the ramp;
a connection panel mountable to a vehicle having a width greater than the ramp and wherein the connection panel further comprises a body potion, a raised section and an access groove, the raised section being positioned between the body section and the access groove; and
a connection member selectively engageable to the channel, attached to the connection panel and extending above the connection panel when the connection panel is in a use configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,352,968

CURRENT SHUNT

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1. A shunt comprising:a power terminal having a planar first potential region (FPR) connected to a second potential region (SPR) through a resistive element, the SPR being offset from and parallel to the FPR; and
a sensor terminal having a first potential lead (FPL) connected to the FPR, and a second potential lead (SPL) connected to the SPR and separated from the FPL by an insulation sheet, the SPL and sheet covering the resistive element.

US Pat. No. 10,351,094

VEHICLE AIRBAG WITH ACTIVE VENT

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1. An airbag module comprising:an inflator;
a main body substantially enclosing an interior volume, the inflator in fluid communication with the interior volume, the main body being elastically expandable to an inflated configuration at a first operating pressure;
a vent aperture in the main body; and
a vent cover at least partially overlapping the vent aperture, the vent aperture and the vent cover defining a passage between the vent aperture and the vent cover from the interior volume to outside of the main body, the vent cover configured to constrict the passage proportionately to a pressure increase in the interior volume and configured to open the passage proportionately to a pressure decrease in the interior volume of the main body;
wherein the main body in the inflated configuration has a stiffness that varies based at least in part on the pressure increase in the interior volume.

US Pat. No. 10,355,795

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SHARING PRESET RADIO STATIONS USING A WIRELESS NETWORK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a wireless transceiver to transmit a request for radio presets to a first plurality of vehicles within a range of the vehicle;
a processor to generate a list of local radio stations based on radio presets information received by the wireless transceiver;
an audio system to play audio received from a selected one of the local radio stations; and
radio receiver communicatively coupled to the processor and the audio system to:
wirelessly receive audio broadcast by the selected local radio station; and
detect a low signal strength for at least one of the local radio stations in response to the vehicle traveling out of a broadcast range of the at least one local radio station, wherein in response to detecting the low signal strength, the wireless transceiver is to send a new request for radio presets information to a second plurality of vehicles within the range of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,351,143

VEHICLE-BASED MOBILE DEVICE USAGE MONITORING WITH A CELL PHONE USAGE SENSOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a cellphone usage sensor to monitor an area around a driver's seat; and
a communication enforcer to,
responsive to the cellphone usage sensor detecting usage of a mobile device within the area:
change an operation of the vehicle;
send a message to a different mobile device; and
transmit a notification to the mobile device indicating that the message has been transmitted to the different mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,351,148

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SOUND DIRECTION DETECTION IN A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:microphones at cabin locations to collect audio signals;
filters to isolate frequencies of the audio signals corresponding with vehicle warning sounds;
a circuit to identify a primary microphone that collected a highest amplitude within the isolated frequencies;
haptic devices at feedback locations in a steering wheel corresponding with the microphone locations; and
a cue generator to
provide a haptic cue via a first of the haptic devices corresponding with the primary microphone.

US Pat. No. 10,350,664

FURNACE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR HOT-STAMPING VEHICLE COMPONENTS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A furnace assembly for hot-stamping vehicle components comprising:a support structure defining a cavity and an opening sized to receive a vehicle component blank;
a movable visor mounted to the support structure and defining a first zone partially open to the cavity via the opening and defining a visor opening sized to receive the vehicle component blank;
a heat element disposed within the cavity; and
a set of blocks, each disposed on one side of the heat element to define a second zone and aligned with the opening to receive the vehicle component blank upon the blocks,
wherein the set of blocks and visor are arranged with one another such that portions of the vehicle component blank are heated at different temperatures in the first zone and the second zone.

US Pat. No. 10,350,972

MID-GATE ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A mid-gate assembly, comprising:a displaceable mid-gate including a pass-through opening;
a first access panel received in said pass-through opening of said mid-gate;
a hinge assembly individually connecting said mid-gate to a support structure and said first access panel to said support structure;
a window pocket extending through said mid-gate and said first access panel; and
a window displaceable between an extended position projecting from said mid-gate and a retracted position held in said window pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,352,341

FASTENING MECHANISM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A fastening mechanism fastening a component to a structure comprising:a first fastening member and a second fastening member complementary to the first fastening member;
a spring element provided between said first fastening member and the component;
the first fastening member having a protruding frictional connection support having a bearing face engaging the structure wherein the first fastening member includes an L-shaped projection having a main web and a support web wherein the support web is the frictional connection support wherein the first fastening member includes a sleeve having an internal thread, wherein the second fastening member includes a bolt having a complementary external thread.

US Pat. No. 10,352,854

MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING DUST SENSOR FOR REDUCING DUST RESUSPENSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a scattered light photometer that measures a dust load of air attached to a bumper where resuspended dust occurs during travel; and
a dust reduction device configured to receive measured data of the dust load from the scattered light photometer, and, in response to the measured data, determine a measure that reduces dust resuspension, and initiate the measure, wherein the measure comprises at least spraying water toward a region adjacent to the bumper.

US Pat. No. 10,350,977

COLLAPSIBLE COVER FOR VEHICLE WINDOW OR DOOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a vehicle including a window or door opening along a lateral side thereof;
a collapsible cover for selectively closing and exposing the window or door opening, the cover comprising a plurality of members adapted for pivoting within the window or door opening and for translating to and fro relative to the opening, at least one of the plurality of members being at least partially transparent or translucent for admitting light through the window or door opening when closed; and
a seal for sealing one of the plurality of members to a portion of the vehicle forming the opening, wherein the seal comprises interlocking bulb seals.

US Pat. No. 10,352,266

METHOD OF FUEL INJECTION CONTROL IN DIESEL ENGINES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:reducing a total number of fuel injections provided to a cylinder in a given cylinder cycle in response to a reduction of pressure in a fuel rail, including reducing a total number of pilot fuel injections during high load conditions and reducing a total number of main fuel injections during low load conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,347,928

AIR CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FUEL CELL STACK SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A fuel cell stack (FCS) system comprising:a compressor in fluid communication with an FCS;
a recirculation valve arranged in direct fluid communication, without fluid flow diversion, with the compressor to recirculate all air traveling through the compressor for warming prior to entering the FCS;
a sensor located proximate the FCS; and
a controller programmed to operate the valve based on sensor signals indicating air temperature is below a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,347,058

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE MAINTENANCE EVENT DETECTION AND RECORDING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a maintenance event detector to detect a first maintenance event associated with a vehicle, the first maintenance event being a tire rotation event in which tires of the vehicle are changed from a first tire configuration to a second tire configuration;
a parameter recorder to store in a service log a vehicle location, a time, and a vehicle travel distance at which the first maintenance event occurred; and
a distance targeter to:
determine a target distance for a second maintenance event based on information stored in the service log; and
modify the target distance to a modified target distance such that a first distance traveled on the first tire configuration matches a second distance to be traveled on the second tire configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,343,500

VEHICLE WINDOW ASSEMBLY WITH POLARIZED WINDOWPANES AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A window assembly, comprising:a first polarizing windowpane; and
a second polarizing windowpane, the first and second polarizing windowpanes each independently moveable between a first position that blocks an opening to an interior of a vehicle, and a second position that does not block the opening, wherein, when the first and second polarizing windowpanes are both in the second position, air is free to move through the opening from outside the vehicle to an interior of the vehicle, and wherein a polarizing axis of the first polarizing windowpane is transverse to a polarizing axis of the second polarizing windowpane.

US Pat. No. 10,343,507

HYBRID AUTOMOTIVE POWERTRAIN SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle hybrid powertrain system comprising:front and rear prop shafts configured to drive front and rear wheels respectively; and
a power transfer box including a housing containing therein
a linking shaft having a first end drivably connected to one of the front and rear prop shafts,
a planetary gear set including an outer carrier that has a second end drivably connected to the other of the front and rear prop shafts, a ring gear fixed with the outer carrier, a sun gear rotatable with respect to the linking shaft, planet gears engaged with the ring and sun gears, and an inner carrier fixed with the linking shaft and carrying the planet gears,
an electric machine including a rotor rotatable with respect to the linking shaft, and
a clutch pack including inner clutches carried by the inner carrier and outer clutches carried by the outer carrier, the clutch pack configured to transmit torque between the front and rear prop shafts when the electric machine is inactive, and to variably transfer torque between the front and rear prop shafts to limit speed differences between the front and rear wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,347,896

ELECTRICAL INTERCONNECTS FOR BATTERY CELLS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A battery pack comprising:a pouch cell having electrode tabs extending therefrom, each of the tabs defining perforations extending into the tabs;
a bus bar in contact with the tabs; and
agglomerations of mechanically-bound solid metal particles each filling one of the perforations, wherein the bus bar is mechanically bound and electrically connected to the tabs through the agglomerations.

US Pat. No. 10,347,927

ASSEMBLY FOR THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF A FUEL CELL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A fuel cell assembly comprising:a plate assembly including an anode inlet, a cathode inlet, a first coolant inlet located adjacent the anode inlet on a first plate side, and a second coolant inlet located adjacent the cathode inlet on a second plate side,
wherein the inlets are arranged such that coolant influences reactant temperature at the anode and cathode inlets to encourage formation of a membrane uniform hydration distribution during fuel cell operation.

US Pat. No. 10,338,198

SENSOR APPARATUS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A sensor apparatus comprising:a first housing;
a second housing spaced from the first housing;
a LIDAR sensor attached to the first housing; and
a cylindrical window releasably coupled to the first housing and to the second housing, wherein the window extends from a first end releasably coupled to the first housing to a second end releasably coupled to the second housing, the first end including a first thread engageable with the first housing, and the second end including a second thread engageable with the second housing.

US Pat. No. 10,336,157

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE CLIMATE CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a vehicle climate control system, comprising:transferring thermal energy from a heat pump to a high temperature coolant loop in a first climate control mode; and
transferring thermal energy from the heat pump to a low temperature coolant loop in a passenger cabin cooling mode.

US Pat. No. 10,336,158

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HEATING A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for heating a vehicle, comprising:increasing a temperature of a coolant flowing through a heat exchanger directly coupled to an engine coolant loop by transferring electrical current to a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater from an energy storage device in response to a temperature of an engine being less than a first threshold temperature, where the engine coolant loop includes a heater core, where the PTC heater is included in the heat exchanger, and where the heat exchanger is directly coupled to a heat pump;
flowing the coolant with the increased temperature from the heat exchanger with the PTC heater to the heater core via a coolant conduit;
while the coolant with the increased temperature is flowed from the heat exchanger to the heater core, flowing heated coolant in the engine coolant loop from the engine to the heater core in response to the engine temperature being greater than a second threshold temperature; and
while the temperature of the coolant traveling through the heat exchanger is heated via the PTC heater, increasing the temperature of the coolant in the engine coolant loop via heat transferred from the heat pump through the heat exchanger and then to the engine coolant loop in response to an ambient temperature being greater than a threshold ambient temperature and without mixing or exchanging the coolant in the engine coolant loop with a refrigerant in the heat pump.

US Pat. No. 10,337,696

VEHICLE LENS ASSEMBLY AND LENS MANUFACTURING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle lens assembly, comprising:a transparent base; and
a transparent film including a first layer and a second layer, the first layer bonded directly to the transparent base, the second layer is polymethylmethacrylate-based and is more resistant to ultraviolet radiation than the first layer and the transparent base.

US Pat. No. 10,337,954

VEHICLE HEADLAMP WITH LASER FOR ALIGNMENT OF PROJECTED BEAM PATTERN, AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle headlamp comprising:a housing;
one or more lamps located in the housing;
a beam alignment light source positioned in the housing and configured to aid in alignment of the one or more lamps;
a light source aperture positioned in-line with a travel path of light emitted from the beam alignment light source, the light source aperture equipped with an image filter; and
a beam alignment mechanism operably coupled to the housing and configured to adjust the direction of light from at least one of the one or more lamps.

US Pat. No. 10,336,164

SUN VISOR ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A sun visor assembly, comprising:a support rod displaceable between a first position, extending along a windshield, and a second position extending along a side window;
a visor body carried on said support rod; and
a cam configured to displace said visor body along said support rod from a home position to an extended position as said support rod is displaced toward said second position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,165

SPRING-ACTIVATED EXTENDABLE SUN VISOR BLADE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A carrier assembly for translating a vehicle extendable sun visor between a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration, comprising:a track element defining a channel;
a compression spring disposed within the channel; and
a carrier slidably received within the channel, the carrier including a spring plate detent, wherein the track element includes a detent aperture configured to releasably engage the spring plate detent to retain the vehicle extendable sun visor in the stowed configuration and to disengage the spring plate detent such that the compression spring is released to automatically bias the vehicle extendable sun visor into the deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,337,959

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING EVIDENT DIESEL EXHAUST FLUID CONTAMINATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for use with a diesel exhaust fluid comprising:a diesel exhaust fluid container having an opening; and
a reactive device contacting received diesel exhaust fluid, the reactive device changing to a second state upon exposure to one or more liquid components, the reactive device remaining in a first, not reacted state upon exposure to diesel exhaust fluid containing urea and water.

US Pat. No. 10,336,180

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE COOLING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a vehicle, comprising:estimating a powertrain component cooling demand based on operating conditions;
responsive to the powertrain component cooling demand, concurrently adjusting each of a radiator fan speed, a coolant system pump output, a vehicle grille shutter opening, and a vent opening of vents coupled to an engine insulating enclosure, wherein the concurrently adjusting includes selecting between a first mode of operation including a first setting of each of the radiator fan speed, the coolant system pump output, the vehicle grille shutter opening, and the vent opening, and a second mode of operation including a second, different setting of each of the radiator fan speed, the coolant system pump output, the vehicle grille shutter opening, and the vent opening based on energy loss in the first mode relative to energy loss in the second mode, wherein each of the first mode and the second mode meets the powertrain component cooling demand.

US Pat. No. 10,337,463

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FUEL TANK PRESSURE CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:during a first condition, including a fuel tank pressure above a first threshold, fluidically coupling a fuel tank to a fuel vapor canister while restricting a fuel vapor canister vent path; and
modulating a degree of restriction of the fuel vapor canister vent path.

US Pat. No. 10,336,186

PUSHBUTTON VEHICLE SHIFTER INTERFACE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle pushbutton shifter interface comprising:a support assembly located proximate a panel in a vehicle generally forward of a driver seat; and
a plurality of pushbutton keys arranged horizontally on the support assembly and mechanically actuatable downward by force applied by a user to input vehicle operating modes including vehicle transmission positions, wherein the plurality of pushbutton keys pivot about a horizontal pivot rod to actuate a switch.

US Pat. No. 10,336,191

VEHICLE TACHOMETER DISPLAY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising, by a controller of a vehicle including an engine:detecting that a downshift of a manual transmission of the vehicle is likely; and
displaying, on a tachometer—
a first indicator of a current angular velocity of the engine;
a second indicator of a desired angular velocity;
a filled region having a fill corresponding to a difference between the current angular velocity and the desired angular velocity; and
determining a color for the filled region according to the difference between the current angular velocity and the desired angular velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,340,811

INVERTER SWITCHING DEVICES WITH GATE COILS TO ENHANCE COMMON SOURCE INDUCTANCE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A half-bridge power module comprising;a body encapsulating a pair of transistor dies and positive, negative, and AC conductive tracks for carrying bridge currents;
a pair of gate drive pins projecting from the body; and
a pair of gate drive coils connecting a respective gate drive pin and transistor die, wherein each gate drive coil has at least one winding turn, and wherein the gate drive coils are encapsulated in a region disposed between the positive and negative conductive tracks containing a flux generated by the currents having a locally greatest rate of change.

US Pat. No. 10,336,207

ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE ALLOWING USER TO SET BATTERY CHARGING PROFILE IN-VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An electrified vehicle, comprising:a battery pack, a human-machine interface configured to receive inputs setting a charging profile, and a controller; and
a battery system configured to selectively charge the battery pack in response to an instruction from the controller, the controller configured to instruct the battery system to charge the battery pack consistent with the charging profile, wherein:
the human-machine interface is configured to receive inputs setting the charging profile based on both an electricity cost preference and a charging time preference,
wherein the human-machine interface includes at least one set of charging windows having a plurality of cells arranged in columns and rows, the columns corresponding to one of charging times and electricity cost, and the rows corresponding to the other of charging times and electricity cost, and
the inputs setting the charging profile include a selection of at least one cell corresponding to a desired charging time and electricity cost.

US Pat. No. 10,336,212

TORQUE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:controlling a vehicle using an estimated torque of an electric machine, the estimated torque based on one or more parameters associated with the electric machine that are independent from measured current feedback, wherein the one or more parameters include measured voltages of the electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,339,807

APPARATUS USING SYNC AND BALANCED V2V COMMUNICATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a wireless interface to communicate with an offsite wireless interface; and
a controller to:
identify a location of the vehicle;
determine when the location is within one of multiple concentric intersection zones extending outwardly from an intersection area;
responsive to determining a traffic signal within the intersection area is malfunctioning, generate a traffic optimization plan based on the location being within the one of the zones; and
communicate the traffic optimization plan.

US Pat. No. 10,336,233

FLOOR MAT WITH BOTH INTERLOCKING AND SNAP FIT FEATURES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A floor mat, comprising:a first section having a flap;
a second section;
an interlocking feature connecting said flap and said second section wherein said interlocking feature includes a first set of at least one ridge on said flap and a second set of at least one ridge on said second section, said first set of at least one ridge and said second set of at least one ridge fitting together in an interdigitated configuration; and
a snap fit feature connecting said flap and said second section.

US Pat. No. 10,336,248

ENGINE COVER HAVING EMBEDDED CIRCUIT FOR ILLUMINATED BADGING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cover removably attachable to a vehicle engine having a cover attachment element, the cover comprising:an engine cover having a receptacle for releasable attachment to the cover attachment element, said cover being composed of a polymerized foam;
an illuminated feature attached to said cover;
a contact element associated with said receptacle; and
a circuit embedded in said cover having an end connected with said illuminated feature and an end connected with said contact element.

US Pat. No. 10,336,504

STORAGE DEVICE WITH INFINITELY ADJUSTABLE STORAGE DIVIDER SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A storage device, comprising:a sidewall defining a storage compartment, said sidewall including a guide track wherein said guide track extends continuously along said sidewall and includes radiused corners;
a hub held in said storage compartment, said hub including a plurality of hinge keys; and
a plurality of telescoping panels extending between said hub and said sidewall and dividing said storage compartment into individual chambers, wherein each panel of said plurality of panels includes a guide roller that is captured in and follows said guide track.

US Pat. No. 10,336,254

CAMERA ASSISTED VEHICLE LAMP DIAGNOSIS VIA VEHICLE-TO-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a camera;
a first communication module; and
a processor to:
classify a make and model of a target vehicle based on images captured by the camera;
based on the make and model, determine locations of lamps on the target vehicle;
determine when one of the lamps is not functioning properly; and
when one of the lamps is not functioning properly, send, via the first communication module, an alert to the target vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,276

ENERGY ABSORBER WITH VARYING STIFFNESS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle door comprising:a door inner;
a trim panel fixed to the door inner;
an energy absorber having a vehicle-rearward end and a vehicle-forward end, the energy absorber being disposed between the door inner and the trim panel and elongated in a vehicle-forward direction from the vehicle-rearward end to the vehicle-forward end;
the energy absorber having a first energy-absorbing component defining a cavity facing the trim panel, and a second energy-absorbing component disposed in the cavity; and
wherein the energy absorber has a stiffness that decreases in the vehicle-forward direction;
wherein the second energy-absorbing component includes ribs spaced from each other and elongated transversely to the vehicle-forward direction; and
wherein the first energy-absorbing component includes a rear wall and side walls extending from the rear wall to define the cavity, and wherein the side walls and rear wall of the first energy-absorbing component includes an upward extension at the vehicle-rearward end, the cavity extending into the upward extension.

US Pat. No. 10,336,315

TORQUE MODULATION IN A HYBRID VEHICLE DOWNSHIFT DURING REGENERATIVE BRAKING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for reducing shift shock in a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain system including an engine and a step ratio automatic transmission for delivering an output torque, the method comprising:transferring a first input torque from the engine to the transmission;
effecting a downshift of the transmission during regenerative braking which tends to cause variations in the output torque; and
modulating the first input torque during the downshift to counteract the variations and maintain the output torque substantially constant to reduce the shift shock.

US Pat. No. 10,336,316

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A CLUTCH DURING A REGENERATIVE BRAKING EVENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a controller programmed to,
in response to a decreasing drive wheel torque command during a regenerative braking event, adjust a closed-state torque capacity of a torque converter bypass clutch, disposed between an electric machine and a drive wheel, based on the torque command and in proportion to negative values of the torque command, wherein the drive wheel torque command is filtered by an anti-jerk torque control algorithm, and
in response to an unfiltered drive wheel torque command becoming negative while the filtered drive wheel torque command remains positive during a first period, decrease the torque capacity of the bypass clutch to a minimum closed-state value.

US Pat. No. 10,336,320

MONITORING OF COMMUNICATION FOR VEHICLE REMOTE PARK-ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an autonomy unit for remote parking;
a communication module; and
a controller to:
send a counter signal to and receive a return signal from a mobile device via the communication module;
determine a time period between sending of the counter signal and receipt of the return signal; and
prevent the autonomy unit from causing vehicle movement responsive to determining the time period is greater than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,336,326

LANE DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising:receiving an image from a front-facing vehicle camera;
applying, using one or more processors, a geometric transformation to the image to create a birds-eye view of the image;
analyzing, using the one or more processors, the birds-eye view of the image using a neural network to obtain a lane position associated with the birds-eye view of the image, the neural network being previously trained using side-mounted and downward-facing vehicle camera images to determine a lane position associated with the side-mounted and downward-facing vehicle camera images; and
in response to the lane position associated with the birds-eye view of the image, performing, using the one or more processors, at least one of braking, steering, accelerating, and generating a driver notification.

US Pat. No. 10,336,335

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF AUTOMATIC APPLICATION OF ELECTRONIC PARK BRAKE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a transmission mechanical park system;
an electronic park brake; and
at least one controller programmed to in response to (i) a speed difference of a measured speed and an expected speed of a downstream component of the vehicle that transmits torque downstream of the transmission mechanical park system exceeding a calibratable threshold and (ii) an ignition state of OFF, apply the electronic park brake to restrain movement of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,337,361

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VARIABLE CAM TIMING DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:moving a spool valve of a cam torque-actuated variable cam timing phaser to a detent region after occurrence of a first torsional pulse of a camshaft but before occurrence of a second torsional pulse of the camshaft occurring immediately after the first torsional pulse;
moving the spool valve to adjust the cam torque actuated variable cam timing phaser to a locking position;
holding the phaser at the locking position without engaging a locking pin for a duration; and
after the duration, further moving the spool valve to engage the locking pin.

US Pat. No. 10,337,362

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VARIABLE CAMSHAFT TIMING CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:adjusting a camshaft phaser with a camshaft duty cycle determined based on a sampled camshaft position; and
adjusting the camshaft phaser with an estimated camshaft position determined based on the camshaft duty cycle between sampling the camshaft position,
wherein the estimated camshaft position is determined by adding the sampled camshaft position with an estimated change in the camshaft position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,374

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AN AFTERTREATMENT CATALYST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:flowing lean exhaust gas from a first group of cylinders directly to a three-way catalyst;
flowing rich exhaust gas from a second group of cylinders directly to a steam reforming catalyst; and
flowing exhaust gas from the steam reforming catalyst to the three-way catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,337,384

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING EXHAUST TEMPERATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine coupled in a vehicle, comprising:inferring a composite transient exhaust temperature based on a duty cycle of an exhaust gas sensor heater and further based on vehicle conditions during transient vehicle operation, the vehicle conditions including engine load, vehicle speed, and exhaust flange temperature; and
adjusting engine operation based on the composite transient exhaust temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,387

APPLIED-IGNITION, LIQUID-COOLED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH COOLED CYLINDER HEAD

Ford Global Technologies,...

6. A system, comprising:a cylinder head with integrated exhaust lines merging at a collection point forming an overall exhaust line;
an upper coolant jacket and a lower coolant jacket each integrated in the cylinder head; and
a protective heat shield positioned within the overall exhaust line and having a same cross sectional shape as the overall exhaust line, the protective heat shield including at least one tongue-like projection formed by at least one cut out in one or more directions of at least one individual exhaust line.

US Pat. No. 10,337,389

CONTROL MEANS FOR CONTROLLING THE COOLANT FLOWS OF A SPLIT COOLING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:rotating a rotating body of a control valve of a split cooling system to a position based on conditions to selectively direct coolant flow from an upper side of a cylinder head and from a crankcase to each of a main coolant circuit, a secondary coolant circuit, and an external bypass, and where coolant from the upper side of the cylinder head mixes with coolant from the crankcase and flows to a cooler arrangement without flowing to a heating arrangement for heating a vehicle interior in response to an engine temperature being greater than or equal to a desired engine operating temperature in one of a plurality of control positions.

US Pat. No. 10,337,656

QUICK CONNECT WITH VISUAL INDICATOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:generating an image of an engine quick connect device during engine manufacturing;
digitally measuring, via the image, an angle or a distance between a flexible indicating arm and an outer circumference of the quick connect device;
adjusting subsequent manufacturing operation in response to an indication of less than full engagement of the quick connect device based on the measured angle or distance; and
generating the image of the quick connect device and digitally measuring the angle and the distance, and indicating full engagement of the quick connect device via a visualizing machine, wherein the visualizing machine indicates full engagement when the measured angle is greater than a threshold angle, the distance is greater than a threshold distance, and the arm is visible, wherein the manufacturing is on an engine line, and wherein the visualizing machine includes a camera and a computer.

US Pat. No. 10,329,808

MAGNETIC ANTI-THEFT LOCK SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An anti-theft lock system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a motor vehicle support surface;
a component to be protected from theft; and
an electromagnetic locking feature securing said component to said motor vehicle support surface, said electromagnetic locking feature including an electromagnet fixed to said motor vehicle support surface, a ferromagnetic target fixed to said component and a controller configured to activate said electromagnet in response to an ignition switch of said motor vehicle being switched off.

US Pat. No. 10,322,042

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR OPERATING A MOBILITY SERVICE VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a vehicle, comprising:responsive to a driver request for operating a lifting mechanism coupled to the vehicle received while an engine is at rest,
shifting a transmission into a park position;
restarting the engine; and
then operating the lifting mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,323,618

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENGINE KNOCK SENSOR RATIONALITY CHECK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:via a controller,
responsive to an indication of a knock event from a knock sensor coupled to an engine propelling a vehicle, correlating output of the knock sensor with output of a microphone on-board the vehicle to determine degradation of the knock sensor; and
providing an alert to a vehicle operator responsive to determining degradation of the knock sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,322,634

ESTIMATING BATTERY CAPACITY IN AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a traction battery;
a charger to charge the traction battery; and
a controller configured to control the charger to delay traction battery charging for a battery relaxation period beginning with battery current falling below a threshold, and to measure a first open circuit voltage of the traction battery after the battery relaxation period and before resuming traction battery charging to update a battery capacity value using the first open circuit voltage;
wherein the controller is configured to retrieve a stored value for the battery relaxation period based on battery temperature, age of the traction battery, and a state of charge (SOC) of the traction battery.

US Pat. No. 10,322,643

TRACTION BATTERY WITH REFERENCE SUPERCAPACITOR FOR CHARGE MONITORING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for vehicle battery control, comprising:charging and discharging a traction battery, by a controller, according to a capacity of the traction battery that is derived by the controller from a sensed voltage across a capacitor of a capacitive circuit that is connected in series with the traction battery such that the sensed voltage linearly changes with current during the charging and discharging within an operating range of the traction battery.

US Pat. No. 10,322,657

CLIP ASSEMBLY FOR ALL-WEATHER MATS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A clip assembly for a vehicle floor mat comprising:a top member having a cover, a gasket, first opposing body portions, an attachment member, and a first body; and
a bottom member having a bezel, second opposing body portions, and a second body;
wherein the attachment member includes an attachment clip on an outer wall of the first body and the bezel includes a receiving clip on an inner wall of the second body;
wherein the top member and the bottom member are positioned in the vehicle floor mat with the attachment clip coupled to the receiving clip.

US Pat. No. 10,322,679

VEHICLE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR CARGO MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cargo management system, comprising:a roof rack including a first side rail, a second side rail and a first latch receiver;
a storage compartment rack including a second latch receiver; and
a first cross bar displaceable between a first position carried on said roof rack and a second position carried on said storage compartment rack, said first cross bar including a first clip at a first end wherein said first clip engages with (a) said first latch receiver when in said first position and (b) said second latch receiver when in said second position.

US Pat. No. 10,322,692

CONNECTOR AND A RESTRAINT ASSEMBLY IN A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A connector to attach an accessory member to a vehicle part, comprising:a base including an assembling hole and a connecting hole positioned adjacent to a first end portion of the base to attach the accessory member, wherein the assembling hole is used to receive a fastener that secures the connector to the vehicle part;
a first anchor positioned at a second end portion opposite to the first end portion of the base, the first anchor including a first locking portion; and
a second anchor positioned at a side of the base, wherein the side is located between the first end portion and the second end portion, and is next to and adjacent the second end portion, and wherein the second anchor includes a second locking portion.

US Pat. No. 10,322,705

PRESSURE TAPPING DEVICE AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING A PRESSURE TAPPING DEVICE, AND PRESSURE TAPPING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a fuel storage reservoir connected to the internal combustion engine by a fuel line, fuel stored in the fuel storage reservoir at a storage pressure greater than an ambient pressure;
a pressure tapping device comprising a pressure transmitter, which comprises a first cylinder with a first piston and a second cylinder with a second piston having a fluid-carrying connection to the first cylinder, the pressure tapping device including a fluid-carrying connection to the fuel line and configured to transmit a proportion of pressure energy of a fuel to a working medium, physically separate from the fuel, wherein the pressure tapping device comprises an admission line with an admission line pressure control valve and a discharge line with a discharge line valve, wherein a working pressure of the pressure tapping device is measured by a manometer coupled to the admission line pressure control valve; and
a controller storing non-transitory instructions executable to open the admission line pressure control valve and close the discharge line valve to supply fuel from the fuel line to the first cylinder via the admission line, the controller is also in electronic communication with the manometer measuring the working pressure and the instructions are executable to adjust a position of the admission line pressure control valve based on output from the manometer.

US Pat. No. 10,322,708

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ALTERNATOR OR INTEGRATED STARTER GENERATOR OUTPUT VOLTAGE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a battery;
an engine;
an alternator; and
a controller configured to,
responsive to a command to autostop the engine, reduce voltage output of the alternator to a first target greater than an output voltage of the battery at a first rate that depends on ambient light level, and
responsive to vehicle speed becoming zero, reduce the voltage output at a second rate different than the first rate and initiate the autostop.

US Pat. No. 10,322,711

LOW-VOLTAGE BATTERY CHARGING SPLIT OF HYBRID VEHICLES WITH BELT INTEGRATED STARTER-GENERATORS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an electric machine coupled to a traction battery via an inverter;
a starter-generator mechanically coupled with an engine and electrically coupled with a low-voltage battery;
a controller programmed to charge the low-voltage battery with power from the traction battery, and in response to a torque demand of the electric machine falling below a threshold defined by losses of the inverter, transition to the starter-generator to charge the low-voltage battery; and
a disconnect clutch configured to couple the engine with the electric machine, wherein the controller is programmed to, in response to the engine obtaining a target speed, close the disconnect clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,322,712

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING HYBRID VEHICLE EFFICIENCY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hybrid powertrain operating method, comprising:in response to a first requested engine power trajectory based on an accelerator pedal position progression, transitioning engine operating conditions between a first engine fuel consumption operating region of an engine brake specific fuel consumption (BSFC) map and a second engine fuel consumption operating region of the BSFC man in a first amount of time, the first engine fuel consumption operating region separated from the second engine fuel consumption operating region via engine speed and torque, where an engine consumes fuel in the first and second engine fuel consumption operating regions at an equal rate, and where a third engine fuel consumption operating region of the BSFC map exists in an engine speed and torque region between the engine speed and torque regions of the first and second engine fuel consumption operating regions, wherein the first and second engine fuel consumption operating regions are completely separated by the third engine fuel consumption operating region;
in response to a second requested engine power trajectory based on the accelerator pedal position progression, transitioning engine operating conditions between the first engine fuel consumption operating region and the second engine fuel consumption operating region in a second amount of time; and
adjusting operation of a motor to provide a desired powertrain torque when transitioning engine operating conditions between the first and second engine fuel consumption operating regions.

US Pat. No. 10,322,719

VEHICLE REPOSITIONING SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a communications interface that receives vehicle operator preferences from one of a cell phone and an infotainment system, and parking meter expiration information from a parking meter; a processing device configured to assess a ticketing risk, the ticketing risk determined from a plurality of factors which are additive, the factors selected from a list including peak working hours; inclement weather; other parking meters expiring soon; an APP indicating expiring cars being ticketed; and a social/sporting event or holiday, the processing device configured to generate an instruction signal, where the instruction signal is a function of the ticketing risk; and an autonomous mode controller configured to receive the instruction signal and operate a vehicle as a function of the instruction signal.

US Pat. No. 10,322,725

POWERTRAIN LASH MANAGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine of a vehicle, comprising:in response to an operator foot-off accelerator pedal event,
distinguishing between a driver intent to brake or coast based on one or more of operator foot motion inside the vehicle and a traffic pattern outside the vehicle; and
varying lash adjustments during torque transition through a lash region following the operator foot-off accelerator pedal event based on the driver intent, the lash adjustments including a first lash adjustment during a positive-to-negative torque transition through the lash region and a second lash adjustment during a negative-to-positive torque transition through the lash region, wherein the varying includes, when the driver intent includes coasting, reducing engine torque to a threshold torque level outside the lash region, and disabling each of the first and second lash adjustments, the lash region based on torque converter input and output speeds of a fully unlocked torque converter.

US Pat. No. 10,322,750

POWER STEERING ASSEMBLY MOUNTS WITH TAPERED PROTRUSIONS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a power steering assembly including a housing, the housing including an internally-threaded flexible mount and an internally-threaded rigid mount, the flexible and rigid mounts configured to attach the power steering assembly to a subframe, the rigid mount including a tapered protrusion configured to deform the subframe to reduce movement of the rigid mount relative to the subframe.

US Pat. No. 10,323,550

PROTECTION FOR HYDRAULIC LIFTERS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hydraulic valve lifter, comprising:a lifter body;
a valve deactivator recess defined in the lifter body;
a valve deactivator orifice defined in the valve deactivator recess, the valve deactivator orifice providing a passage for oil into a valve deactivator portion of the valve lifter; and
a filter provided within the valve deactivator recess, the filter located to filter oil flowing into the valve deactivator orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,323,560

EXHAUST GAS MIXER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An exhaust mixer, comprising:a pair of cylindrical tubes perpendicularly intersecting along a central axis of an exhaust conduit, where each of the cylindrical tubes comprises upstream-facing inlets proximal to an exhaust conduit wall and outlets proximal to the intersection and the central axis facing radially outward from the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,315,644

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSITIONING BETWEEN CONTROL MODES WHILE CREEPING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:adjusting torque of a torque source in a driveline including an electric machine in response to a virtual torque converter impeller speed when a torque converter clutch is locked, the virtual torque converter impeller speed based on operating conditions of the electric machine including a battery state of charge.

US Pat. No. 10,315,649

MULTI-SENSOR PROBABILISTIC OBJECT DETECTION AND AUTOMATED BRAKING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising performing, by a vehicle controller:performing a plurality of iterations by:
receiving a plurality of sensor outputs each including an obstruction-indicating feature from a plurality of sensors having a plurality of different sensing modalities;
for a first iteration of the plurality of iterations, calculating a probability according to each sensor output of the plurality of sensor outputs and an estimated distance to the obstruction-indicating feature in the each sensor output, the probability indicating a probability of obstruction;
for subsequent iterations of the plurality of iterations, updating the probability according to each sensor output of the plurality of sensor outputs and the estimated distance to the obstruction-indicating feature in the each sensor output; and
when the probability is sufficiently high to perform collision avoidance, performing collision avoidance;
wherein at least one sensor of the plurality of sensors has multiple directional variances associated therewith;
wherein updating the probability comprises initiating for the first iteration of the plurality of iterations and updating for the subsequent iterations of the plurality of iterations each probability of a plurality of directional probabilities according to each sensor output of the at least one sensor according to both of the estimated distance and a directional variance of the directional variances corresponding to the each probability.

US Pat. No. 10,315,656

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling a motor vehicle having an engine driveably connected to an input of a driveline via an electronically controlled clutch, the method comprising:while the motor vehicle is in a drive mode of operation, in response to an indication that coasting is desirable, automatically transitioning to a coasting mode of operation by controlling the engine to move the driveline into a lash state in which no torque is being transmitted by the driveline and, while the driveline is in the lash state, automatically disengaging the electronically controlled clutch; and
operating the motor vehicle in the coasting mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,315,661

SPEED-BASED WINDOW CONTROL

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a speed sensor; and
a body control module;
wherein, when a side window is open, the body control module is to:
monitor, via the speed sensor, a speed of the vehicle; and
in response to the speed of the vehicle satisfying a first speed threshold:
store, in memory, an initial position of the side window to enable restoring the side window to the initial position;
close the side window; and
activate an air conditioner; and
wherein, when the side window is closed and the air conditioner of an HVAC system is active, the body control module is to:
monitor, via the speed sensor, the speed of the vehicle;
receive an air quality indicator from an external server; and
in response to (a) the speed of the vehicle satisfying a second speed threshold and (b) the air quality indicator satisfying an air quality threshold:
open the side window to the initial position stored in memory; and
deactivate the air conditioner of the HVAC system.

US Pat. No. 10,315,663

ADAPTIVE CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:sensors;
windows;
processors configured to: perform adaptive cooling based on a speed of the vehicle, a fuel economy value and an internal temperature, wherein the adaptive cooling includes adjusting at least one position of a designated amount of the windows in response to the internal temperature of the vehicle not satisfying temperature thresholds, the designated amount being less than all of the windows.

US Pat. No. 10,315,685

STEERING SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A steering system for a motor vehicle, comprising:an articulated bearing comprising a clevis and a mating clevis pivotally connected to the clevis; and
a shaft configured to be fixed to the articulated bearing,
wherein the clevis includes a foot arranged substantially transversely to a longitudinal axis of the clevis, and two arms connected to the foot and substantially extending opposite one another along the longitudinal axis, and wherein the foot includes a longitudinal opening having a cross-sectional contour for receiving the shaft, and
wherein at least one end of the shaft has an external contour complementary to the cross-sectional contour, wherein the cross-sectional contour of the longitudinal opening and the external contour of the shaft are formed to permit the shaft to be received in the longitudinal opening in one single rotational position about the longitudinal axis, and wherein the external contour of the shaft includes at least one external bias comprising a substantially planar recess formed along a secant line of the shaft and extending over a chord of the shaft and the cross-sectional contour of the longitudinal opening includes at least one internal bias comprising a complementary substantially planar protrusion formed along a secant line of the longitudinal opening of the clevis and extending over a chord of the longitudinal opening of the clevis, and wherein the at least one end of the shaft comprises a tapered portion, wherein the substantially planar recess intersects the tapered portion.

US Pat. No. 10,315,691

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO CORRECT CLEAR VISION ERRORS IN A VEHICLE STEERING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first sensor to measure a current position of a steering column of a vehicle;
a second sensor to measure a first position of a steering wheel of the vehicle;
a logic circuit to map the current position to a steering wheel offset; and
an active steering system to apply the steering wheel offset to adjust the steering wheel to a second position different from the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,315,698

SIXTEEN-CORNERED STRENGTHENING MEMBER FOR VEHICLES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A strengthening member for a motor vehicle, comprising a sixteen-cornered cross section consisting of sixteen corners and sixteen sides forming eight internal angles ranging between about 90° and about 145° and eight external angles ranging between about 95° and about 175° , wherein each internal angle of the eight internal angles is positioned directly between one internal angle of the eight internal angles and one external angle of the eight external angles and each external angle of the eight external angles is positioned directly between one internal angle of the eight internal angles and one external angle of the eight external angles.

US Pat. No. 10,315,713

SIDE SPLITTER AND SPLITTER ASSEMBLY WITH DIVE PLANE FEATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A side splitter, comprising:a contoured body including (a) an extension section and a wicker section defining a first included angle of between 75 and 105 degrees, (b) an end plate outboard of said wicker section and (c) a dive plane feature outboard of said end plate wherein said end plate and said dive plane feature form a second included angle of between 0 and 60 degree and said wicker section extends upwardly and rearwardly from said extension section and said dive plane feature arcs upwardly and rearwardly on said end plate.

US Pat. No. 10,315,481

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICLE DYNAMICS ASSIGNMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

11. A system for assigning vehicle suspension dynamics, comprising:a controller configured to:
generate control signals corresponding to a current driving dynamic of a vehicle suspension system;
compute a vehicle state associated with the generated control signals;
when the computed vehicle state is indicative of an anomaly in a predetermined vehicle target, select an anomaly mitigation suspension mode, wherein the anomaly mitigation suspension mode is configured to control the vehicle suspension to achieve a desired suspension height for each of a plurality of predetermined vehicle targets, wherein the predetermined vehicle targets include chassis deterioration, a fuel economy target, a passive static suspension height (PSSH) compensation target, a terrain target, a traffic target, a weather target, and a parking target; and
based on the computed vehicle state and the target anomaly, adjust a suspension height of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,315,490

NOISE-ATTENUATING SNORKEL DUCT FOR AIR-HANDLING SYSTEM RECIRCULATION VENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicular air-handling system comprising:a blower assembly for a vehicle and having a fan;
a return-air baffle positioned within a mixing chamber of the blower assembly and above the fan, the return-air baffle being operable between a fresh-air position, wherein the fan is in communication with a fresh-air duct and a recirculating position, wherein the fan is at least partially in communication with a recirculating duct, and wherein the fresh-air duct and the recirculating duct are attached to the blower assembly at the mixing chamber; and
a noise-attenuating end of the recirculating duct positioned below an instrument panel of the vehicle and oriented perpendicular to and above a portion of a floor below the instrument panel, wherein noise from the fan drawing recirculated air through the recirculating duct is directed into the floor below the instrument panel, and wherein recirculated air enters the recirculating duct in a direction perpendicular to the floor below the instrument panel, and wherein the recirculating duct is unobstructed between the noise-attenuating end and the blower assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,315,499

DUCTLESS COOLING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE POWER STORAGE UNIT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a floor;
a seat including a back;
a traction battery module located behind the seat, the seat and floor forming an air passageway, underneath the seat, from a cabin to the traction battery module;
a plenum, having a bellows configuration, disposed between the air passageway and traction battery module; and
a sealing member fixed to the plenum and back to form a substantially airtight seal therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,315,506

SELECTIVE SHIFT TRANSMISSION INITIAL GEAR DETERMINATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of operating a hybrid-electric vehicle having an engine, a traction battery, a traction motor, a generator and a continuously-variable transmission, comprising:receiving at least one of a user-initiated upshift request and downshift request and a select mode request to simulate to a user a feel of a step-ratio transmission;
outputting for display a virtual gear selected in response to an accelerator pedal position and a current vehicle speed; and
varying an output torque in response to the virtual gear selected and a modified accelerator pedal position and the at least one of a user-initiated upshift request and downshift request, by controlling relative speed between an engine speed, a traction motor speed and a generator speed, the modified accelerator pedal position retrieved from a look-up table accessed using the accelerator pedal position and the virtual gear selected.

US Pat. No. 10,315,540

INERTIA STOP LINK FOR STADIUM STYLE SEAT CUSHION STOWED POSITIONING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A seating assembly for a motor vehicle comprising:a seat support bracket;
a lower seat cushion assembly comprising a lower seat cushion and a frame assembly pivotally and operatively coupled at a rear portion thereof to the seat support bracket and pivotable between a lowered deployed position and a raised stowed position;
a stop surface provided on the seat support bracket;
a latch pivotally and operatively coupled to the frame assembly of the lower seat cushion assembly, the latch having a bearing surface adapted for engagement against the stop surface and having an unlocked condition, wherein the bearing surface of the latch may move relative to the stop surface, and a locked condition, wherein the bearing surface of the latch is retained in engagement against the stop surface when the lower seat cushion assembly is in the raised stowed position; and
an inertia link pivotally and operatively coupled with the frame assembly of the lower seat cushion assembly and operatively coupled with the latch, the inertia link having a first rotational position corresponding to the unlocked condition of the latch allowing movement of the lower seat cushion assembly from the raised stowed position to the lowered deployed position and a second rotational position corresponding to the locked condition of the latch preventing movement of the lower seat cushion assembly from the raised stowed position to the lowered deployed position, the inertia link moving from the first position to the second position upon a predetermined deceleration of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,315,551

ITEM HOLDER HAVING A SELF-ADJUSTING AIR BLADDER SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An item holder, comprising:a receiving well having an upper opening;
first and second air bladders disposed in the receiving well, each of the air bladders including an outer casing with an abutment portion and an upper portion, wherein the upper portions are substantially flush with the upper opening of the receiving well and the abutment portions abut one another along an abutment seam when the air bladders are in an inflated condition; and
filler material disposed within each of the air bladders, wherein the filler material is operable between expanded and compressed conditions and is biased to the expanded condition such that air bladders self-inflate due to an internal force of the filler material acting on the outer casing of each of the air bladders.

US Pat. No. 10,315,582

MOTOR VEHICLE AND A MULTI-FUNCTIONAL COVER FOR SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle comprising:a passenger compartment;
first and second rows of seating mounted in the passenger compartment, the second row of seating being mounted to the rear of the first row of seating and being movable between a normal passenger seating position in which the second row of seating forms a front boundary of a rear load space of the motor vehicle and a stowed position in which the second row of seating is folded and the first row of seating forms the front boundary of the rear load space;
a hinged rear closure member to provide access to the rear load space, a rear boundary of the rear load space being formed at least partially by the rear closure member when the rear closure member is in a closed position; and
a substantially rectangular flexible sheet forming a flexible cover configurable to conceal items located in the load space from view and having a plurality of transversely extending elongate stiffeners forming natural fold lines to aid folding of the flexible cover, wherein when the second row of seating is in the stowed position, the flexible cover is configured in an extended configuration so as to extend from a position adjacent the front row of seating to a position adjacent the rear closure member when the rear closure member is in the closed position and, when the second row of seating is in the normal passenger seating position, the flexible cover is configured in a folded configuration in which the flexible cover is folded back onto itself and the flexible cover extends from a position adjacent the second row of seating to a position adjacent the rear closure member when the rear closure member is in the closed position, wherein the motor vehicle has three rows of seating and the first row of seating is a middle row of seating and the second row of seating is a rear row of seating.

US Pat. No. 10,315,589

REINFORCED VEHICLE COMPONENT COVER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle component cover, comprising:a solid encasement including a plurality of passages;
a support structure embedded within the encasement and including a plurality of lock orifices, with each lock orifice of the plurality of lock orifices positioned to intersect a corresponding passage of the plurality of passages; and
a plurality of arms joined to a flat, planar main section of the support structure and extending through the encasement away from the main section, wherein each arm of the plurality of arms extends away from the main section in a radial direction relative to a lateral axis of the cover, the lateral axis intersecting a midpoint of each lock orifice of the plurality of lock orifices, and wherein an arm of the plurality of arms includes an end adapted to receive a fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,319,964

BATTERY ARRAY FRAME INCLUDING FRAME RAIL INSERT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A battery array frame, comprising:a monolithic frame body extending along a longitudinal axis and including a top frame rail, a bottom frame rail, and frame arms that connect between said top frame rail and said bottom frame rail, wherein said top frame rail and said bottom frame rail extend horizontally and in parallel with said longitudinal axis and said frame arms extend vertically and are transverse to said longitudinal axis, wherein said top frame rail, said bottom frame rail, and said frame arms circumscribe a pocket that is configured to receive a battery cell; and
an insert embedded inside said bottom frame rail between a top wall and a bottom wall of said bottom frame rail.

US Pat. No. 10,315,619

TWO-POINT SUPPLEMENTAL SEATBELT WITH SECONDARY BUCKLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system comprising:a seat with a three-point seatbelt and a two-point seatbelt, the three-point seatbelt having a first switch, the two-point seatbelt having a second switch;
the three-point seatbelt including a continuous webbing extending between a first latch plate and an anchor;
a buckle disposed on the webbing between the first latch plate and the anchor, the buckle being closer to the first latch plate than the anchor;
a second latch plate fixed to the two-point seatbelt and engageable with the buckle; and
a computing device, programmed to:
determine that the seat is occupied;
determine that the three-point seatbelt of the seat is one of buckled and unbuckled based on a condition of the first switch;
determine that the two-point seatbelt of the seat is one of buckled and unbuckled based on a condition of the second switch;
initiate a warning signal upon determining that one of the seatbelts is unbuckled and the seat is occupied; and
terminate the warning signal upon determining that both of the seatbelts are buckled based on the conditions of the first switch and the second switch and that the signal has been initiated.

US Pat. No. 10,308,203

STAB PROOF BACK PANEL FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seating assembly comprising:a seat;
a seatback, the seatback being operably coupled with the seat; and
a back panel disposed on a backside of the seat and comprising:
a metal insert;
an injection molded polymeric panel formed around the metal insert, wherein the metal insert is retained by the polymeric panel by mechanical lock ribbons that extend horizontally and vertically to define a plurality of windows; and
peripheral attachment features disposed about an outer perimeter of the back panel for securing the back panel with a frame of the seatback.