US Pat. No. 10,613,111

WHEEL-SPEED TONE RING APPARATUS

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1. An apparatus comprising:an axle of a vehicle; and
a tone ring coupled to the axle, the tone ring having teeth distributed about a peripheral edge of the tone ring, each tooth having a ramp-shaped surface to be sensed by a wheel speed sensor as the tone ring rotates with the axle, the ramp-shaped surface angled relative to a rotational axis of the axle and facing in a direction perpendicular to a direction of travel of the teeth of the tone ring.

US Pat. No. 10,611,325

BUMPER WITH PEDESTRIAN SAFETY FEATURES

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1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a bumper having an at least partially metallic shell mounted to the vehicle by way of a mount, wherein at least a portion of the mount is configured to bend to allow movement of the shell in response to a collision,
wherein the mount includes a bracket having at least one tab fastened to the shell,
wherein the shell has at least one tab fastened to the at least one tab of the bracket, and
wherein the at least one tab of the bracket and the at least one tab of the shell are configured to bend to allow movement of the shell in response to the collision.

US Pat. No. 10,611,332

COLLAPSIBLE FLUID RESERVOIR IN A VEHICLE FOR PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle cooling system comprising:a system support structure;
a radiator attached to said structure;
a reservoir attached to said radiator, said reservoir having first and second arms; and
a hinge assembly between said first arm and said structure and a breakaway connector between said second arm and said structure, whereby said assembly allows said reservoir to be rotated from an operational position before said connector is broken to an impact-responsive position after said connector breakage,
wherein said hinge assembly includes a pin attached to one of said system support structure or said first arm and a pin-fitting, C-clip snap feature attached to the other of said first arm or said system support structure, said pin-fitting snap feature being rotatably snapped on to said pin.

US Pat. No. 10,583,862

VEHICLE ROOF BOW

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1. A vehicle comprising:first and second roof rails spaced from each other; and
a forward member and rearward member connected to each other and each extending from the first roof rail to the second roof rail; and
the forward member including a beam and a finger, the finger being on the first roof rail and extending from the beam away from the rearward member.

US Pat. No. 10,583,871

VEHICLE COMPONENT AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING

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1. A method of constructing a vehicle component, comprising: depositing a first layer of a first metal; laser sintering the first layer of the first metal; extruding a filament of a second metal onto a surface of the sintered layer; depositing a second layer of the first metal on the filament; and depositing a plurality of layers of the first metal and a plurality of filaments of the second metal to form a tube elongated along an axis, the tube defining a cavity elongated along the axis, wherein at least one of the filaments of the plurality of filaments is elongated along the axis; wherein each filament of the plurality of filaments is the sole filament disposed on the respective layer of the first metal; wherein the tube has an inner surface facing the cavity and an outer surface, and at least one filament of the plurality of filaments is disposed closer to the outer surface than the inner surface and at least one filament of the plurality of filaments is disposed closer to the inner surface than the outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,585,411

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY CONTROL USING SERIAL COMMUNICATION

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1. A vehicle power system comprising:a host controller configured to supply a slave controller with a first voltage, wherein the slave controller is a first slave controller of a plurality of slave controllers; and
wherein each of the plurality of slave controllers are configured to:
determine a respective received voltage;
determine a respective difference between the respective received voltage and a respective nominal operating voltage; and
transmit the respective difference to the host controller;
wherein each respective received voltage is greater than the respective nominal operating voltage; and
wherein the host controller is further configured to:
receive a plurality of respective differences from the plurality of slave controllers;
determine a lowest respective difference; and
reduce the first voltage by the lowest respective difference.

US Pat. No. 10,583,875

AUTOMOTIVE DECKLID SPOILER WITH AERODYNAMICALLY SHAPED AIRFOIL SECTIONS

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1. An apparatus, comprising:a spoiler body having a plurality of tunnels defining an open area between the spoiler body and a vehicle exterior surface, wherein each tunnel has an uppermost wall having an airfoil section, and wherein the spoiler body includes at least one vehicle attachment area that is positioned between at least two of the tunnels.

US Pat. No. 10,584,652

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ENGINE WITH AN ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN COMPRESSOR

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9. An engine operating method, comprising:via a controller, reducing output of an electrically driven compressor that provides air to an engine according to an upper threshold output of the electrically driven compressor, the upper threshold output of the electrically driven compressor based on a temperature of a liquid that passes through the electrically driven compressor and the engine; and
via the controller, adjusting a device to reduce the temperature of the liquid in response to reducing the upper threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,586,448

HAZARD MITIGATION FOR ACCESS TO PASSENGER VEHICLES

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1. A method, comprising:detecting, via at least one sensor, a hazardous condition in a pedestrian travel path external to and proximate a stationary vehicle;
calculating, via a processor, a safety metric corresponding to the hazardous condition;
analyzing, via the processor, the safety metric relative to a predetermined threshold; and
automatically notifying a vehicle occupant of the hazardous condition in the event the safety metric satisfies the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,585,430

REMOTE PARK-ASSIST AUTHENTICATION FOR VEHICLES

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1. A vehicle comprising:an autonomy unit to control motive functions for remote parking;
a communication module to receive a signal for remote parking from a mobile device; and
a controller configured to:
present an image upon receiving the signal;
receive, via the communication module, audio identification from the mobile device;
authenticate the mobile device to initiate remote parking in response to determining the audio identification corresponds to the image; and
include an indicator in the image for authenticating the mobile device that identifies a number of alphabetic characters of the audio identification that corresponds to the image.

US Pat. No. 10,585,431

MOBILE DEVICE TETHERING FOR A REMOTE PARKING ASSIST SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:projector lamps;
an active safety module configured to, when activated, autonomously park the vehicle; and
a body control module configured to:
determine an initial location of a mobile device;
determine a current location of the mobile device using a current position received from the mobile device, the current position being defined relative to the initial location; and
when the mobile device is within a virtual boundary, enable an autonomous parking system of the active safety module;
visually indicate the current location in relation to the virtual boundary; and
with the projector lamps, project a representation of the virtual boundary, wherein characteristics of the representation of the virtual boundary change depending on at least one of a state of the autonomous parking system, whether the vehicle is in motion, and the current location of the mobile device in relation to the virtual boundary.

US Pat. No. 10,585,433

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMOTIVE DRIVE MODE SELECTION

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1. A method comprising:receiving information relating to a condition of a vehicle from a vehicle sensor module;
comparing the information to a drive mode threshold;
selecting a drive mode change based on the information satisfying the drive mode threshold; and
sending the drive mode change to a brake module of the vehicle, the brake module operating at least one other operation module of the vehicle to adjust vehicle operation based on the drive mode change.

US Pat. No. 10,585,439

VEHICLE INSPECTION

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1. A system, comprising a computer, programmed to:receive, from an aerial drone, a vehicle wireless signal and image data that identifies a vehicle, a vehicle location, and determine the vehicle status including a status of a component in the vehicle based on the received vehicle wireless signal and the received image data;
store a criterion that includes at least one of approved vehicles, deficient vehicles, and a next shipping batch of vehicles;
identify the vehicle from the received image data; and
based on a status of the component with respect to the criterion, transmit an instruction to the vehicle to actuate the component.

US Pat. No. 10,586,226

INTEGRATION OF VEHICLE BOUNDARY ALERT SYSTEM WITH EXTERNAL TRANSACTION EQUIPMENT

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1. A vehicle boundary alert system for a vehicle comprising:one or more boundary alert sensors including at least one non-camera sensor and a plurality of cameras, each of the cameras associated one of a plurality of detection zones;
a display disposed in the vehicle; and
a controller programmed to, in response to establishing communication with an external transaction system to perform a transaction, (i) activate the boundary alert system to monitor the at least one non-camera sensor for potential threats proximate the vehicle and (ii) cause the display to show screen data received from the external transaction system in a first display zone to facilitate the transaction, and, responsive to signals from the at least one non-camera sensor being indicative of a potential threat in one of the detection zones, change the display to show a video stream from one of the cameras associated with the one of the detection zones in a second display zone.

US Pat. No. 10,584,719

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR A VARIABLE INLET DEVICE OF A COMPRESSOR

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1. A compressor, comprising:a casing forming a recirculation passage surrounding an intake passage;
an active casing treatment surrounding a wall separating the intake passage and the recirculation passage and adapted to selectively control a flow of gas through a plurality of ports disposed in the wall;
an impeller;
an adjustable device positioned in the intake passage, upstream of the impeller, and including a plurality of pivotable and adjacently arranged blades forming a ring; and
an actuation port disposed in the wall separating the intake passage and the recirculation passage, where the actuation port is positioned between an upstream end and a downstream end of the adjustable device, adjacent to outer surfaces of the adjacently arranged blades.

US Pat. No. 10,583,699

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICLE TPMS LOCALIZATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,584,727

MULTI-MATERIAL RESTRAINER JOINT

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1. A fastener for use in joining workpieces comprising:a plastically deformable head portion;
a platform disposed at a bottom of the head portion; and
a distal end portion extending from the platform and defining at least one elastically deformable locking member,
wherein the plastically deformable head portion is in the form of a stub in a pre-installed state and extends directly from the platform, wherein the platform is wider than the plastically deformable head portion.

US Pat. No. 10,583,710

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING VEHICLE SENSING DEVICES

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1. A method, comprising:calibrating a first vehicle humidity sensor positioned inside a cabin of a vehicle via obtaining one or more humidity measurements with one or more personal computing devices positioned inside the cabin responsive to determining that the one or more personal computing devices are positioned within a threshold distance from the first vehicle humidity sensor; and
adjusting a vehicle heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system responsive to calibrating the first vehicle humidity sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,583,717

VEHICLE DOOR SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle door system having first and second upper doors independently movable between an open position and a closed position to cover only a top portion of an opening in a body of a vehicle and to open in an upward direction, and first and second lower doors independently movable to cover only a bottom portion of the opening, wherein the lower doors are translated by arms laterally with respect to the opening in the body of the vehicle to open in a lateral direction, the first and second upper doors each including a deployable portion configured to form at least a portion of a canopy extending away from the body of the vehicle when at least one of the upper doors is at least partially open.

US Pat. No. 10,583,724

REMOVABLE VEHICLE ROOF CAP ASSEMBLIES WITH SELF-ALIGNING MOUNTING SYSTEMS

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1. A vehicle, comprising:a windshield header;
a body structure aft of the windshield header;
a roof cap removably mounted between the windshield header and the body structure;
a latching assembly configured to latch the roof cap to the windshield header; and
a bracket assembly configured to self-articulate into engagement with the body structure to secure the roof cap relative to the body structure,
wherein the bracket assembly includes an alignment bracket mounted to the roof cap and a receiving bracket mounted to the body structure,
wherein the receiving bracket is mounted within a space extending between the body structure and a passenger cab of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,584,521

MECHANISM TO OPEN HOOD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A motor vehicle secondary hood latch release mechanism for a hood of a motor vehicle, comprising:a striker disposed on a forward lower surface of the hood;
a pivotably mounted secondary hood latch comprising a locking hook adapted to engage the striker at a first distal end and a downwardly extending lever having a cam engaging surface at a second distal end, the secondary hood latch urged to a first position in engagement with the striker and having a second position disengaged from the striker; and
a longitudinally actuated release push button assembly, the push button assembly comprising a push button having a forward position and a rearward position, a guide along which the push button moves between the forward position and the rearward position, and a longitudinally extending actuator operatively coupled with the push button, wherein the longitudinally extending actuator comprises an inclined cam surface that engages and displaces the cam engaging surface of the downwardly extending lever to actuate the secondary hood latch from the first position to the second position as the push button is moved from the forward position to the rearward position.

US Pat. No. 10,584,526

PRIORITY DRIVEN POWER SIDE DOOR OPEN/CLOSE OPERATIONS

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1. A vehicle comprising:a body structure having a door opening;
a door structure that is movable between a closed position closing off the door opening, and a fully open position;
a frameless door glass system including a first electrically-powered actuator that can be actuated to move a glass window between open and closed positions;
a powered latch including a second electrically-powered actuator that can be actuated to unlatch the powered latch;
a powered door presenter having a third electrically-powered actuator that can be actuated to extend a push member to shift the door structure from the closed position to a partially opened position that is between the closed position and the fully open position; and
a controller operably connected to the first, second, and third electrically-powered actuators, wherein the controller is configured to:
actuate the first electrically-powered actuator to shift the glass window away from the closed position;
actuate the second electrically-powered actuator to unlatch the powered latch; and
actuate the third electrically-powered actuator to shift the door structure from the closed position to the partially open position after actuating the first and second electrically-powered actuators.

US Pat. No. 10,583,760

ARMREST AND SUPPORT FOR AN ARMREST ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A support for an armrest, comprising:a plurality of interconnected ribs wherein at least one rib of said plurality of interconnected ribs includes (a) a first end section having a first proximal end and a first distal end, (b) a second end section having a second proximal end and a second distal end, (c) an intermediate section including a weakened zone, said intermediate section connecting said first distal end and said second distal end, wherein said first end section is offset from said second end section and (d) a first support gusset at said first proximal end.

US Pat. No. 10,583,775

VEHICLE LIGHT ASSEMBLY

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1. A vehicle light assembly comprising:a housing operably coupled with a roof structure of a vehicle and movable between a first position and a second position;
an arm including a first end portion and a second end portion, the first end portion pivotably coupled to a first support and the second end portion directly and fixedly coupled in a stationary connection to an interior surface of the housing at a rear edge of the housing, wherein the first end portion extends upward from the roof structure;
a bracket extending downwardly from the housing, the bracket configured to retain a light bar; and
one or more light sources disposed within the light bar.

US Pat. No. 10,583,787

VEHICLE RETAINER SOLUTION

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1. A vehicle, comprising:a surface having a receptacle, the receptacle comprising:
a perimeter wall extending outward from an interior wall to a bezel that engages with the surface;
a tab-receiving portion defined by the perimeter wall; and
a closeout structure coupled within the receptacle and movable between an extended position and a retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,583,795

ENERGY ABSORBING INSTRUMENT PANEL COMPONENT

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1. An assembly comprising:an instrument panel;
an energy absorbing device supported by the instrument panel, the energy absorbing device including a wall and a projection disposed between the wall and the instrument panel; and
the projection includes a receptacle spaced from the wall and a plunger fixed to the wall, the plunger extending away from the wall to a distal end, the receptacle extending in a direction away from the wall beyond the distal end of the plunger and defining a cavity, the plunger disposed in the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,583,797

CARRIER FOR AIRBAG

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle seat assembly comprising:a seat having a seat bottom and a seat back extending upwardly from the seat bottom;
an arm connected to the seat, the arm moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position;
a carrier supported by the arm, the carrier spaced from the seat bottom and having a bottom surface facing the seat bottom when the arm is in the deployed position, and the carrier spaced from the seat back when the arm is in the deployed position defining an occupant seating area between the carrier and the seat back;
an airbag supported by the carrier;
the airbag inflatable to an inflated position in a direction toward the seat bottom; and
the carrier includes a carrier frame supporting a first lid and a second lid, the carrier frame between the first and second lids, and the airbag disposed between the first and second lids.

US Pat. No. 10,587,150

AMBIENT RF BACKSCATTER COMMUNICATION FOR VEHICLE REMOTE CONTROL

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1. A communication system for a vehicle comprising:a wireless fob carried outside the vehicle comprising an RF-harvesting power supply responsive to ambient RF signals, and comprising a switchable antenna generating a backscatter communication signal;
a receiver in the vehicle adapted to detect the backscatter communication signal from the wireless fob;
a harvesting emulator in the vehicle responsive to the ambient RF signals to duplicate a concurrent response present in the RF-harvesting power supply of the wireless fob; and
a vehicle-powered RF transmitter in the vehicle activated to broadcast energizing RF radiation around the vehicle when the duplicated response is below a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,583,830

MOBILE DEVICE TETHERING FOR A REMOTE PARKING ASSIST SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A system comprising:a key fob that communicates on a first set of frequencies;
a remote parking application executing on a mobile device, the mobile device communicating on a second set of frequencies;
a vehicle with first and second wireless modules and a processor, the vehicle to:
estimate a region of probability representative of possible locations of the mobile device based on a first signal strength indicator;
when the region of probability overlaps a virtual boundary:
poll the key fob;
estimate a distance of the key fob from the vehicle based on a second signal strength indicator; and
when the key fob is within the virtual boundary, perform remote parking commands received from the remote parking application.

US Pat. No. 10,583,835

METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY ADAPTING ACCELERATION IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle performed by a vehicle controller configured to execute program instructions, comprising:automatically adapting vehicle acceleration controlled by the vehicle controller responsive to a cruise control setpoint acceleration associated with a speed limit detected by a detection device of the vehicle, and a drive setpoint acceleration based on the cruise control setpoint acceleration, wherein a cruise controller determines a distance control setpoint acceleration based on a detected vehicle distance from a vehicle traveling ahead, and wherein the drive setpoint acceleration is limited by the distance control setpoint acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,576,934

DECENTRALIZED CLOUD-BASED AUTHENTICATION FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a first server from an autonomous vehicle, first extracted feature data, the first extracted feature data representing biometric features of a user;
determining, by the first server, that the first extracted feature data is associated with an authentication identifier;
sending, by the first server, the authentication identifier to a second server;
determining, by the second server, a first user account associated with a ride request for the autonomous vehicle;
determining, by the second server, that the first user account is associated with the authentication identifier; and
sending, by the second server, an access token to the autonomous vehicle,
wherein the autonomous vehicle is prevented from accessing the authentication identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,581,039

TRACTION BATTERY ASSEMBLY

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8. A traction-battery assembly comprising:a retention structure defining a pair of receiving portions on opposite sides of the structure, the portions each having an inboard wall with a heat exchanger thereon; and
a pair of arrays each including cells having terminals arranged on a terminal side of the array, wherein each of the receiving portions has a portion of one of the arrays disposed therein such that the terminal side is touching the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,576,941

PUMP WITH TIRE FILL ASSIST

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1. A pump system comprising:a user interface device programmed to prompt a user to select one or more of a mobile device and a vehicle and to receive a first user input representing the mobile device or vehicle selected by the user, wherein the user interface device is further programmed to prompt the user to select a tire of the vehicle and to receive a second user input representing the tire selected by the user;
a pneumatic pump;
a hose attached to the pneumatic pump;
a nozzle disposed on the hose and configured to attach to the selected tire of the vehicle;
a placard reader configured to capture an image of a vehicle placard that shows a target tire pressure associated with the selected tire of the vehicle; and
a processing device configured to receive a target tire pressure for the tire from the placard reader, receive a current tire pressure of the tire wirelessly transmitted from a tire pressure monitor incorporated into the selected tire, and control operation of the pneumatic pump according to the target tire pressure and the current tire pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,579,252

AUTOMOTIVE TOUCHSCREEN WITH SIMULATED TEXTURE FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

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1. A control system for a vehicle with first and second passenger seats, comprising:a touchscreen display for displaying a graphical HMI and detecting at least one contact point on the display established manually by touching by a finger of a passenger;
a haptic texture system having an electrode disposed across the touchscreen display and first and second signal generators generating first and second oscillating signals coupled to the first and second seats, respectively, to produce a respective potential difference between the finger and the electrode resulting in a corresponding perceived texture as the finger slides over the touchscreen display; and
a control circuit determining which of the oscillating signals is associated with a detected touch of a finger to identify a corresponding seat, wherein the control circuit has a nonvisual mode triggered according to occupancy in the second seat, wherein when the first seat is identified in the nonvisual mode then control actions are executed in response to a finger touch at a location defined by the graphical HMI, and wherein when the second seat is identified in the nonvisual mode then finger touches are ignored at least at some of the locations defined by the graphical HMI and the control circuit sets at least a frequency or amplitude of the oscillating signal to vary the perceived texture generated across the touchscreen display to convey nonvisual information.

US Pat. No. 10,579,512

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TESTING SOFTWARE FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

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1. An apparatus for testing software for autonomous vehicles comprising:a client device configured to transmit a work order for autonomous test drives, the work order including configuration instructions that describe hardware and calibration, environment instructions that describe an environment including an extra-urban environment, an urban environment, and a highway environment, and operating instructions that describe a route to be followed in each environment;
a cloud server, in cooperation with a global data communication network, configured to process the work order to select an autonomous vehicle from a set of globally available autonomous vehicles, plan the autonomous test drives, book the autonomous vehicle selected from the set of globally available autonomous vehicles, and book a test track located in proximity of the autonomous vehicle for a duration of the autonomous test drives;
wherein the global data communication network is configured to plan and coordinate the test drives such that autonomous vehicles and test tracks in different testing facilities on different continents are booked for the work order; and
a simulation terminal in communication with an autonomous vehicle having an interface that enables a remote configuration planned by the cloud server and defined by the work order such that the autonomous vehicle performs the test drives defined by the work order, wherein a test report is output to the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,580,286

V2X COMMUNICATION SYSTEM UTILIZING RFID

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1. A vehicle comprising:one or more controllers, programmed to
responsive to detecting an accident event and an unavailability of a telematics controller, generate an emergency message to broadcast by a radio-frequency identification (RFID) transceiver, and responsive to detecting a digital entity within a predetermined range from the vehicle, send the emergency message to the digital entity, and
responsive to detecting the RFID transceiver is unavailable, send the emergency message via a secondary wireless controller including at least one of: a near-field communication controller (NFC), a Bluetooth controller, or a WiFi controller.

US Pat. No. 10,578,236

HOSE AND SYSTEM FOR HOSE CLAMP REGISTRATION

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1. A hose comprising:a hose body;
a clamp seat area encircling an exterior surface of the hose body;
an end segment of the hose body folded over the clamp seat area; and
an opening through the end segment aligned over the clamp seat area, the opening being sized and shaped to provide access to the clamp seat area.

US Pat. No. 10,580,300

PARKING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a parking management system comprising at least one processor in communication with at least one memory, an image of an environment;
receiving, by the parking management system, a user-designated area of the image of the environment, wherein the user-designated area comprises an unmarked parking area;
determining, by the parking management system, a plurality of unmarked parking spaces in the unmarked parking area; and
assigning, by the parking management system, a first vehicle to a first unmarked parking space in the unmarked parking area.

US Pat. No. 10,582,351

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VEHICULAR COMMUNICATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a cellular modem;
a transceiver; and
a controller configured to access a cellular network, programmed to:
responsive to identifying a plurality of cellular devices within the vehicle, identify a cellular device of the plurality of cellular devices to connect to by a seat location via triangulation using the transceiver,
establish, via the transceiver, a wireless link to the cellular device, the cellular device being configured to access the cellular network using a personal Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) profile stored to the cellular device,
obtain the personal SIM profile from the cellular device via the wireless link,
establish, via the cellular modem, a first cellular connection over the cellular network using a vehicle SIM profile using a first cellular standard,
establish, via the cellular modem, a second cellular connection over the cellular network using the personal SIM profile using a second cellular standard, the second cellular standard being different than the first standard,
instruct the cellular device via the wireless link to disable access of the cellular device to the cellular network using the personal SIM profile,
transfer vehicle diagnostic data over the first cellular connection,
transfer entertainment data over the second cellular connection,
responsive to disconnection of the cellular device from the vehicle via the wireless link, terminate the second cellular connection, and
delete memory of the controller that stores the personal SIM profile upon termination of the second cellular connection.

US Pat. No. 10,580,304

ACCELEROMETER-BASED EXTERNAL SOUND MONITORING FOR VOICE CONTROLLED AUTONOMOUS PARKING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprisinga body control module to communicatively couple to a mobile device;
a infotainment head unit communicatively coupled to an accelerometer mounted on a window of the vehicle; and
an autonomy unit to autonomously park the vehicle in response to a first key word detected by the accelerometer when a button is activated on the infotainment head unit and a message from the mobile device is being periodically received.

US Pat. No. 10,578,013

BENDABLE HEAT SHIELD FOR SIMPLIFIED SERVICING OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A heat shield for protecting a heat sensitive vehicle component from heat generated by a nearby heat source, the shield comprising:a first end;
a second end;
an intermediate area, said first end, said second end, and said flexible intermediate area having a long axis, said flexible intermediate area positioned between said rigid first end and said rigid second end, said rigid first end and said rigid second end extending from opposite ends of said flexible intermediate area, said flexible intermediate area having a flexing channel perpendicular to said long axis,
wherein said first end and said second end are formed from at least one layer of material selected from the group consisting of aluminum, steel, stainless steel, aluminized steel, galvanized steel, aluminum clad steel, and low carbon steel.

US Pat. No. 10,576,995

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE CONTROL PROCEDURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle comprising:by a controller, during an automatic parking maneuver and in response to an engine torque of the vehicle being at an automatic parking maneuver maximum torque threshold for a predefined period of time, interrupting or terminating the automatic parking maneuver and returning full control of the vehicle to a driver of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,581,361

MULTIPLE INVERTER SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRIC MACHINE

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1. A vehicle comprising:an electric machine including windings having a nonzero phase offset;
first and second inverters configured to drive the electric machine as a result of toggling of switches according to respective pulse width modulation (PWM) signals; and
one or more gate drivers configured to generate the PWM signals based on fundamental waveforms having a phase shift that is based on the nonzero phase offset and carrier waveforms having a carrier waveform phase offset that is based on a frequency and phase shift of the fundamental waveforms.

US Pat. No. 10,581,363

ISOLATED DUAL BUS HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVETRAIN

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A powertrain for a vehicle comprising:a Y-wound generator and Y-wound motor coupled via respective neutral terminals;
a generator inverter coupled between the Y-wound generator and a generator bus;
a motor inverter coupled between the Y-wound motor and a motor bus;
a traction battery having first and second terminals each selectively coupled to the neutral terminals;
a first switch coupled between the neutral terminals and a negative terminal of the traction battery; and
a second switch coupled between the neutral terminals and a positive terminal of the traction battery, wherein the second terminal is further coupled to bus terminals of the generator and motor bus.

US Pat. No. 10,578,036

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION AND HEAT RECOVERY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:during engine cold-start conditions, actuating a diverter valve coupled to a bypass passage to a fully closed position and closing an EGR valve to enable exhaust flow from downstream of a first exhaust catalyst to upstream of a second exhaust catalyst via a main exhaust passage;
after activation of at least the second exhaust catalyst, actuating the diverter valve to a partially open position and closing the EGR valve to enable a first portion of exhaust to flow from downstream of the first exhaust catalyst to upstream of the second exhaust catalyst via a heat exchanger housed in the bypass passage, and a second, remaining portion of exhaust to flow from downstream of the first exhaust catalyst to upstream of the second exhaust catalyst via the main exhaust passage, the first portion and the second portion of exhaust combining upstream of the second exhaust catalyst and then flowing through the second exhaust catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,577,012

STEERING WHEEL ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A steering wheel assembly comprising:a steer-by-wire steering wheel including a central axis about which the steer-by-wire steering wheel rotates to control direction of travel of a motor vehicle;
a support arm comprising a first end, a second end and a boss at the second end, the steer-by-wire steering wheel being coupled to the first end of the support arm so as to permit rotation of the steer-by-wire steering wheel about the central axis; and
an interior trim portion comprising a track, wherein the track comprises a pair of spaced apart channels either side of an aperture through which the support arm extends, and wherein the boss extends into each of the pair of spaced apart channels,
wherein the second end of the support arm is slidably coupled to the track and the track is configured such that the steer-by-wire steering wheel is movable relative to the interior trim portion from a first deployed position in which a first occupant of the motor vehicle steers the steer-by-wire steering wheel to a position away from the first deployed position, and,
wherein the steer-by-wire steering wheel is movable relative to the interior trim portion from the first deployed position to a stowed position in which the steering wheel is stowed in or on the interior trim portion.

US Pat. No. 10,578,038

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SECONDARY AIR INJECTION COORDINATION WITH EXHAUST BACK PRESSURE VALVE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine comprising:during an engine cold-start, adjusting an exhaust back pressure valve position based on a desired exhaust back pressure;
determining an actual exhaust back pressure upstream of the valve;
delivering a desired secondary air amount into an exhaust passage upstream of a catalyst based on the actual exhaust back pressure;
adjusting a spark retard amount based on the actual back pressure; and
increasing a fuel injection amount based on the actual back pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,578,048

WIDE RANGE ACTIVE COMPRESSOR FOR HP-EGR ENGINE SYSTEMS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:responsive to an exhaust manifold pressure decreasing below a threshold pressure, decreasing compressor efficiency and increasing a pressure differential between an exhaust system upstream of a turbine and an intake system downstream of the compressor; and
responsive to increasing the pressure differential, opening an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve to flow exhaust gas from the exhaust system to the intake system, wherein decreasing the compressor efficiency comprises adjusting an active casing treatment of the compressor to open a choke slot of the active casing treatment, thereby flowing intake air to an impeller of the compressor via an intake passage of the compressor and via the choke slot.

US Pat. No. 10,577,023

ROOF FRAME BRACKET ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A roof frame comprising:a roof rail including a bottom;
a bracket assembly including a bracket inner and a bracket outer fixed to each other, the bracket inner and the bracket outer fixed to the bottom of the roof rail; and
a pillar including a pillar inner fixed to the bracket inner and a pillar outer fixed to the bracket outer, the pillar inner and the pillar outer fixed to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,577,029

SHAPE-MEMORY MATERIAL PROVIDING SOFT OPEN AND CLOSURE ASSISTANCE FOR TAILGATE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a cargo box;
a tailgate moveable relative to the cargo box between an open position and a closed position;
a cable affixed to the cargo box and the tailgate, wherein at least a portion of the cable includes a shape-memory material; and
a controller configured to activate the shape-memory material when the tailgate moves between the open and closed positions such that, when the tailgate moves to the open position, activation of the shape-memory material resists an opening force of the tailgate and, when the tailgate moves to the closed position, activation of the shape-memory material assists with closure of the tailgate.

US Pat. No. 10,577,030

POWERED TAILGATE REMOVAL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A removal assembly, comprising:a lock that rotates together with a powered tailgate when the powered tailgate is coupled to a vehicle in a coupled position and moved back-and-forth between an open and a closed position, the lock rotatable between an locked position that blocks movement of the powered tailgate from the coupled position, and an unlocked position that permits removal of the powered tailgate.

US Pat. No. 10,577,035

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MOUNT A WHEEL IN MULTIPLE POSITIONS ON A VEHICLE BODY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a mounting plate to be coupled to a vehicle;
a first stud extending from the mounting plate; and
an aperture in the mounting plate arranged such that the first stud and a fastener received by the aperture are to hold a vehicle wheel coupled to the mounting plate at a first position and a second position spaced from the first position, the vehicle wheel transferable to the second position from the first position by rotating the vehicle wheel about the first stud.

US Pat. No. 10,578,067

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND MOBILE DEVICE COORDINATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a vehicle processor configured to:
receive a broadcast from a phone identifying the phone;
send vehicle GPS coordinates to the identified phone;
receive a handshake request from the phone, responsive to the vehicle GPS coordinate broadcast;
determine that the phone is inside the vehicle based on having received the handshake request;
wirelessly connect to the phone;
receive a request to start the vehicle;
and
start the vehicle based on the determination that the authorized phone is present within the vehicle as evidenced by the handshake request having been received responsive to the GPS coordinates.

US Pat. No. 10,578,070

ROCKER PINION STARTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine starter system, comprising:a ring gear coupled to an engine crankshaft; and
a pinion gear coupled to a starter motor, where the pinion gear has a plurality of centrifugally engaging elements for engaging an outer surface of the ring gear;
where the outer surface is included on an outer circumferential surface or an axially aligned surface on an axial side of the ring gear.

US Pat. No. 10,580,386

IN-VEHICLE PROJECTED REALITY MOTION CORRECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a headset comprising a first sensor configured to receive light beams; and
a vehicle comprising:
a second sensor configured to collect inertial data of the vehicle; and
a localizer device fixedly positioned in the vehicle and configured to transmit the light beams in sweeping motions, wherein inertial forces of said localizer device correspond with the inertial data, and movement of said localizer device and said second sensor match; and
a computing device communicatively coupled to the headset, said second sensor, and said localizer device and configured to:
based on the light beams received at said first sensor, determine a headset pose; and
based on the headset pose and the inertial data, generate a headset image that synchronizes with the inertial forces,
wherein said localizer device is further configured to transmit the light beams in a horizontal sweeping motion and in a vertical sweeping motion,
wherein the computing device is further configured to determine the headset pose based on timing differences between a first occurrence of receiving the light beams in the horizontal sweeping motion at said first sensor and a second occurrence receiving the light beams in the vertical sweeping motion at said first sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,576,813

MOUNTING BRACKET FOR A VEHICLE COMPONENT AND METHOD OF FORMING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A mounting assembly comprising:a first bracket formed by a member having a main portion defining a first face configured to contact a vehicle component and a second face, with a secondary portion extending outwardly from the main portion via a necked region, wherein the main portion forms a tab region defining the second face, the tab region defining an end surface connecting first and second side surfaces about the second face, and wherein the necked region extends outwardly from the tab region to the secondary portion;
a second bracket defining a third face configured to contact a vehicle chassis and a fourth face; and
an isolator mount element extending between and contacting the second and fourth faces.

US Pat. No. 10,576,825

HEATED CHARGE PORT AND ASSOCIATED HEATING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle assembly, comprising:a power converter;
a charge port assembly; and
a thermal conduit that conveys thermal energy from the power converter to the charge port assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,576,828

VARIABLE VOLTAGE CONVERTER MODULATION OBTAINING LOWER MINIMUM BOOST RATIO

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A variable voltage converter in an electric drive system, comprising;an upper switching device connected in series with a lower switching device between a positive bus and a negative bus, wherein a DC link voltage VDC is provided between the positive bus and negative bus which is adapted to be coupled to an inverter of the electric drive system;
an inductance for coupling a junction between the upper and lower switching devices to a DC power source wherein the DC power source provides a DC voltage VB less than DC link voltage VDC; and
a controller configured to drive the upper and lower switching devices according to respective PWM gate signals adapted to provide an expected boost ratio of the variable voltage converter
wherein the PWM gate signals have a nominal dead-time insertion for both the upper and lower switching devices when the expected boost ratio is greater than a predetermined boost ratio, and wherein the PWM gate signals are without dead-time insertion for the upper switching device and the lower switching device remains continuously off when the expected boost ratio is greater than one and is less than the predetermined boost ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,576,833

VEHICLE CHARGER POSITIONING METHOD AND CHARGER ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A charger positioning method, comprising:positioning a charging plug of a conductive charger relative to a charge port of a vehicle based on an intensity of a magnetic field that is transmitted from a plurality of coils distributed about the charge port or about the charging plug, the positioning including moving the charging plug from a non-charging position to a charging position, wherein the plurality of coils are noncharging coils, wherein the plurality of coils are configured to be turned on when inductive charging using the inductive charger.

US Pat. No. 10,576,840

BATTERY SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hybrid vehicle system, comprising:a hybrid vehicle including an internal combustion engine and an electric motor mechanically coupled to a drive system of the hybrid vehicle;
a battery system comprising a plurality of cells, wherein the plurality of cells of the battery system is electrically coupled to the electric motor of the hybrid vehicle, the battery system further comprising one or more additional cells selectively electrically couplable to the electric motor; and
a controller configured with computer readable instructions stored on non-transitory memory for:
operating the hybrid vehicle in a first operating mode, in which the plurality of cells in the battery system provides power to the drive system;
operating the hybrid vehicle in a second operating mode, in which the plurality of cells in the battery system receives power from the drive system;
determining a state of charge of one or more of the plurality of cells of the battery system and a temperature of the battery system; and
responsive to the state of charge of the one or more of the plurality of cells of the battery system being below a threshold value or the temperature of the battery system being below a threshold value,
electrically connecting the plurality of cells in the battery system cells and the one or more additional cells in the battery system together so as to increase a voltage of the battery system;
permitting a stop-start operation of the internal combustion engine of the hybrid vehicle;
determining a voltage requirement of the battery system at least partially based on a current operating mode or an anticipated operating mode of the hybrid vehicle; and
adjusting a configuration of the plurality of cells in order to increase or decrease the voltage of the battery system according to the voltage requirement;
wherein the plurality of cells and the one or more additional cells are provided within a first group of cells and a second group of cells, wherein a configuration of the first group of cells is adjustable and a configuration of the second group of cells is not adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,578,124

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR A VARIABLE INLET DEVICE OF A COMPRESSOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

10. A method, comprising:in response to engine operation relative to a surge threshold of a compressor, adjusting a variable inlet device (VID) positioned in and across an inlet conduit of the compressor, upstream of an impeller, between an open position where an inner surface of the VID does not restrict flow through the VID, from an inlet end to an outlet end of the VID, and a closed position where the inner surface narrows along a length of the VID and generates swirl flow at the outlet end of the VID, wherein the VID includes a plurality of adjacently arranged blades forming a ring around a central axis of the compressor, where inner surfaces of the plurality of adjacently arranged blades form the inner surface of the VID and a flow passage through the VID, and wherein each blade of the plurality of adjacently arranged blades includes an inlet end and an outlet end, the inlet end arranged upstream from the outlet end in the inlet conduit, wherein adjusting the VID between the open position and the closed position includes passively adjusting the VID between the open position and the closed position via an actuation port arranged in a wall of the inlet conduit, between the inlet conduit and a recirculation passage surrounding the inlet conduit and in fluid communication with the inlet conduit, upstream of the VID and downstream of a leading edge of the impeller, where the actuation port is positioned between the inlet end and the outlet end of the VID, adjacent to outer surfaces of the plurality of adjacently arranged blades.

US Pat. No. 10,576,848

STORAGE ENCLOSURE WITH MOVABLE MEMBER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A storage enclosure for a vehicle comprising:a seatback including a back;
an outboard member;
a ceiling;
a tray wherein the tray comprises a base with at least one wall extending upward from the base; and
a cargo area floor, wherein the cargo area floor and the back of the seatback in a substantially horizontal position define a cargo loading surface;
wherein the tray is selectively operable to transfer cargo along the cargo loading surface and in a longitudinal direction between a passenger area and a cargo area and in a latitudinal direction in the cargo area;
wherein the tray is selectively operable to define the storage enclosure in the cargo area that is at least partially defined by the seatback in a substantially vertical position, the outboard member, and the ceiling; and
wherein one or more rails are coupled to the cargo loading surface and wherein the tray is coupled to the one or more rails and slides along the one or more rails.

US Pat. No. 10,576,851

CARGO LOADER

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat back;
a track attached to the seat back; and
an extendible member moveably engaged with the track, wherein the extendible member is moveable along the seat back between a retracted position and an extended position, wherein the extendible member extends outside a vehicle when the extendible member is in the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,576,854

BOLSTER SECTIONS FOR A SEATING ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE INCORPORATING A METALLIC SUPPORT ELEMENT AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME VIA OVERMOLDING THE METALLIC SUPPORT ELEMENT WITH FOAM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seating assembly for a vehicle comprising:a seat and a seatback, each comprising a structural support and a cushion assembly attached to the structural support;
wherein, each of the cushion assemblies of the seat and the seatback comprises:
a primary support section positioned to support an occupant of the vehicle, the primary support section comprising a foam portion;
a first bolster section disposed laterally to one side of the primary support section; and
a second bolster section disposed laterally to another side of the primary support section;
wherein, each of the first bolster section and the second bolster section comprises a metallic support element and a foam portion at least partially surrounding the metallic support element; and
wherein, each of the metallic support elements comprises a first end attached to the structural support, a second end attached to the structural support, and a rod-like or tubular portion between the first end and the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,578,148

CARABINER INCLUDING A REMOVABLE GATE SECTION CARRYING A BOTTLE OPENER FEATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A carabiner, comprising:a hook section;
a gate section including a cantilever spring;
a pivot connecting said gate section to said hook section wherein said pivot includes a first trunnion carried on said hook section and a first gudgeon carried on said gate section, said first trunnion being received in said first gudgeon; and
a bottle opener feature carried on said gate section wherein said bottle opener feature includes a first lug and a second lug.

US Pat. No. 10,576,867

TAILGATE TIE DOWN SYSTEMS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A tailgate tie down system, comprising:a first plate assembly;
a second plate assembly; and
a strap irremovably connected to each of the first plate assembly and the second plate assembly when the first plate assembly and the second plate assembly are received within tailgate latch opening,
wherein each of the first plate assembly and the second plate assembly includes a plate body and a striker barrel,
wherein the plate body includes a vertical section and a horizontal section, and the strap is connected to the horizontal section,
wherein the horizontal section includes a slot and the strap is positioned through the slot and is removably secured to an underside of the horizontal section by a fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,576,869

SELF-RETRACTABLE CARGO NET

Ford Global Technologies,...

6. A vehicle, comprising:a cargo assembly arranged vertically on a side panel of a vehicle trunk, the assembly including a spool having a roll arranged between two caps, a net wound around the roll and defining en opening adjacent one of the caps; and
a vehicle hook arranged on a side of a trunk opposite the spool, wherein the assembly further include a rod arranged on an end of the net and including at least one cargo hook configured to engage with a vehicle hook arranged on a side of a trunk opposite the spool.

US Pat. No. 10,576,879

RETRACTABLE ILLUMINATED RUNNING BOARD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An illumination system for a vehicle running board apparatus comprising:at least one lighting module in connection with a step portion of the running board, the lighting module extending longitudinally along the running board proximate to a plurality of doors of the vehicle, wherein the at least one lighting module comprises a plurality of lighting modules positioned in the running board below each of the plurality of doors and
a waveguide forming an emission surface extending longitudinally along a side portion of the step portion; and
a controller in communication with at least one occupancy sensor, the controller configured to:
identify a location in the passenger compartment available for occupancy in response to information communicated from the occupancy sensor; and
illuminate each of the lighting modules to indicate a selected door of the plurality of doors, wherein the selected door corresponds to the location in the passenger compartment available for occupancy.

US Pat. No. 10,576,881

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE B-PILLAR PROXIMITY WARNING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

2. An autonomous vehicle comprising:a body structure and front and rear doors on opposite sides thereof and B-pillars between upper portions of the front and rear doors;
a vehicle control system comprising an autonomous driving sensing system configured to detect pedestrians and the locations of pedestrians relative the body structure, and wherein the vehicle control system is configured to determine a distance from the opposite sides to pedestrians;
a warning light system on the at least one of the B-pillars, wherein the warning light system including light sources that are configured to emit green light if a pedestrian is detected at a first distance or a distance greater than the first distance, yellow light if a pedestrian is detected at an intermediate distance that is between the first distance and a second distance that is less than the first distance, and red light if a pedestrian is detected at a distance equal to or less than the second distance;
wherein the warning light system does not emit green light, yellow light, or red light if a pedestrian is detected at a third distance that is greater than the first distance;
wherein the first distance is 5 feet, the second distance is 0.75 feet, and the third distance is 6 feet;
wherein the warning light system includes a first region that emits green light, a second region adjacent the first region that emits yellow light, and a third region adjacent the second region that emits red light;
wherein the first, second, and third regions are arranged in a vertical row;
wherein the first region includes three discrete light sources that emit green light;
wherein the second region includes three discrete light sources that emit yellow light;
wherein the third region includes three discrete light sources that emit red light; and
the warning light system is configured to simultaneously illuminate at least one discrete yellow light source and at least one discrete red light source if a pedestrian moves towards the autonomous vehicle from a distance that is greater than the second distance to a distance that is less than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,578,676

VEHICLE MONITORING OF MOBILE DEVICE STATE-OF-CHARGE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a mobile device including:
a sensor to measure a state of charge (SOC);
a communication module to send the SOC; and
a processor; and
a vehicle including:
a communication node to receive the SOC;
a charging station; and
a controller to:
determine a predicted SOC based on the SOC, a rate-of-change, and a travel time to a destination; and
instruct to utilize the charging station when the predicted SOC is less than a threshold,
wherein the processor of the mobile device is configured to:
identify when the mobile device is communicatively decoupled from the vehicle, and
when the mobile device and the vehicle are communicatively decoupled, emit at least one of an audio alert, a visual alert, and a haptic alert in response to determining that the SOC is less than a second threshold,
wherein, when the mobile device and the vehicle are communicatively decoupled, the processor is configured to:
identify, in response to determining that the SOC is less than the second threshold, an open public charging station from an external network; and
provide directions to the open public charging station.

US Pat. No. 10,578,678

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING DEGRADATION OF POWER SOURCE IN VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an electric power converter;
a power source configured to filter voltage ripple generated by the electric power converter;
a detection circuit configured to:
determine an unfiltered measurement of the power source and a filtered measurement of the power source; and
generate a differential signal by comparing the unfiltered measurement and the filtered measurement;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions executable by said processor, the instructions causing said processor to determine a state of health of the power source based at least in part on the differential signal.

US Pat. No. 10,576,887

FEEDBACK OPERATION OF A VEHICLE BRAKE PEDAL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a brake pedal of a vehicle, comprising:detecting signals generated by a multiplicity of pressure-sensitive sensors arranged on a foot support element;
comparing the signals with a minimum threshold value;
determining, when the signals exceed the minimum threshold value, that a braking process is occurring;
only upon the determination of the braking process, comparing the signals with at least one predetermined condition with respect to a local distribution of pressure on the sensors;
determining from the comparison a variable characterizing at least one of a position and an orientation of an operator's foot relative to the foot support element; and
communicating a feedback signal characterizing the variable to the operator.

US Pat. No. 10,576,892

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A HYBRID CAMERA VIEW IN A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:cameras;
a display; and
processors configured to:
generate, via the cameras, a real-time view of an area within a field of view surrounding the vehicle using currently-captured images, and a time-delayed view of a region outside the field of view using previously-captured images;
determine a vehicle movement status comprising yaw rate, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, pitch rate, and roll rate;
calibrate the display view based on the vehicle movement status; and
display the calibrated display view at the display, wherein the calibrated display view comprises a hybrid view of the real-time view and the time-delayed view such that the real-time view of the area within the field of view surrounding the vehicle using the currently-captured images and the time-delayed view of the region outside the field of view using the previously-captured images are displayed in different colors.

US Pat. No. 10,576,893

VEHICLE LIGHT ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

12. An illumination assembly, comprising:a window optically coupled with a projection assembly, wherein the window includes an inner panel and an outer panel;
a luminescent structure disposed within the window and excited by the projection assembly, wherein the luminescent structure is disposed within the inner and outer panels;
a controller configured to activate the projection assembly to selectively illuminate indicia on the window in a first orientation when the vehicle is unoccupied and a second orientation opposite the first orientation when the vehicle is occupied; and
a reflective film disposed between the luminescent structure and the inner panel.

US Pat. No. 10,576,898

PORTABLE TRANSPORT CONTAINER AND TRANSPORT CONTAINER HOLDER SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A portable transport container comprising at least one base panel and at least four side panels that are connected to one another with pivotable connections in order to enable a movement of the transport container at least between an open use position and a closed storage position, the at least one base panel and the four side panels being composed primarily of plastic, wherein a plurality of reinforcing elements including a plastic film are connected near to a surface either to the base panel or to one of the four side panels; wherein certain reinforcing elements from the plurality of reinforcing elements connect diagonally opposite corners at least of the base panel or one of the four side panels to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,576,918

VEHICLE CONSOLE WITH COUPLED MOTION AND ENHANCED STORAGE CAPABILITIES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus for an interior vehicle compartment including a floor, comprising:a seat adapted for moving in a travel direction;
a console adapted for moving in coordination with the movable seat; and
a stationary base for housing auxiliary components, the base extending above the floor and supporting the console for movement in the travel direction.

US Pat. No. 10,527,653

ULTRA-HIGH BANDWIDTH CURRENT SHUNT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A current measurement system comprising:a shunt; and
a controller configured (i) measure a plurality of voltage values across the shunt over a predetermined interval and output a signal indicative of a current flowing through the shunt and derived from a convolution of the voltage values and a time-domain admittance of the shunt and (ii) generate a comparison signal indicative of the current and derived from a product of the voltage values and an inverse of a resistance of the shunt.

US Pat. No. 10,525,841

GATE DRIVER WITH SHORT CIRCUIT PROTECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle power module comprising:a first switch configured to drive a load; and
a first gate driver configured to
output a fast turn-off signal when a current of the load is less than a threshold;
responsive to a current of the load exceeding the threshold for a period defined by a mask timer, output a soft turn-off signal to the first switch, and
responsive to a turn-off request received prior to expiration of the mask timer while the current exceeds the threshold, inhibit output of the fast turn-off signal to the first switch for a duration greater than the period.

US Pat. No. 10,525,843

COMMON MODE CURRENT REDUCTION HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electric machine comprising:a rotor;
a stator defining a plurality of teeth separated by slots;
first conductors arranged in the slots to form phase windings for driving the rotor; and
a second conductor arranged in the slots to form a secondary winding configured to produce a voltage indicative of a common mode voltage caused by phase voltages applied to the phase windings, wherein the second conductor passes through some of the slots that include the first conductors such that the voltage includes an induced voltage component from each of the phase windings.

US Pat. No. 10,525,861

LEG SUPPORT OPTIONS FOR SLEEPER SEATS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seating assembly comprising:a seat operably coupled with a seatback and including:
a calf support rotatably coupled with the seat;
an extendable support configured to move linearly relative to the calf support; and
a pivot bar linking a proximal end of the extendable support with a distal end of the calf support, such that the extendable support is rotatable relative to the calf support about a pivot axis disposed at a junction of the distal end of the calf support and the proximal end of the extendable support when the extendable support is fully extended.

US Pat. No. 10,531,341

ECALL PLUS TO ECALL ONLY TRANSITION AND RECOVERY PATH

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a telematics controller, programmed to
responsive to detecting transition from eCall Plus mode to eCall Only mode, and to acknowledgement from a service delivery network (SDN) of an alert of the transition sent to the SDN by the controller, reattach to a network in eCall Only mode; and
responsive to transition from eCall Only mode to eCall Plus mode, reattach to the network in eCall Plus mode.

US Pat. No. 10,526,821

KEYLESS VEHICLE DOOR LATCH SYSTEM WITH POWERED BACKUP UNLOCK FEATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A keyless door latch system for doors of motor vehicles, the keyless door latch system comprising:a door latch including a powered lock defining locked and unlocked conditions whereby the latch does not release when the powered lock is locked;
a first electrical power supply;
an electronic controller operably connected to the powered lock;
a backup device including a second electrical power supply configured to be operably connected to the powered lock;
a user input device configured to communicate with the electronic controller and with the backup device, the user input device including first and second user input features, and wherein the door latch system is configured to cause the electronic controller to unlock the powered lock utilizing electrical power from the first electrical power supply if a user actuates the first user input feature, and wherein the door latch system is configured to cause the backup device to unlock the powered lock utilizing electrical power from the second electrical power supply if a user actuates the second user input feature, whereby a lock cylinder is not required to unlock the door latch in the event the door latch cannot be unlocked utilizing power from the first electrical power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,526,821

KEYLESS VEHICLE DOOR LATCH SYSTEM WITH POWERED BACKUP UNLOCK FEATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A keyless door latch system for doors of motor vehicles, the keyless door latch system comprising:a door latch including a powered lock defining locked and unlocked conditions whereby the latch does not release when the powered lock is locked;
a first electrical power supply;
an electronic controller operably connected to the powered lock;
a backup device including a second electrical power supply configured to be operably connected to the powered lock;
a user input device configured to communicate with the electronic controller and with the backup device, the user input device including first and second user input features, and wherein the door latch system is configured to cause the electronic controller to unlock the powered lock utilizing electrical power from the first electrical power supply if a user actuates the first user input feature, and wherein the door latch system is configured to cause the backup device to unlock the powered lock utilizing electrical power from the second electrical power supply if a user actuates the second user input feature, whereby a lock cylinder is not required to unlock the door latch in the event the door latch cannot be unlocked utilizing power from the first electrical power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,525,898

ELECTRONIC DEVICE HOLDER FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

Ford Global Technologies,...

6. A mounting system for a device holder, comprising:a locking plate slideably mounted to a mounting bracket via a fastener received through a slot of the locking plate and a mounting aperture of the mounting bracket; and
a bezel removeably mounted to the mounting bracket and having a mounting member with a body portion with an inset groove and an angled outermost portion, wherein a portion of the locking plate is received in the inset groove when the bezel is mounted to the mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,525,899

DISPLAY SCREEN ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An assembly, comprising:a support substrate;
a display screen;
a bracket receiving and holding said display screen wherein said bracket includes at least one display screen mounting point, a body having a first end, a second end and an intermediate section between said first end and said second end, a first mounting tab and a second mounting tab projecting from said intermediate section and wherein said intermediate section includes a first segment, a second segment, a third segment, a fourth segment and a fifth segment, a first bend connecting said first segment to said second segment, a second bend connecting said second segment to said third segment, a third bend connecting said third segment to said fourth segment, and a fourth bend connecting said fourth segment to said fifth segment;
a deformable mounting feature to absorb energy in event of an impact to said display screen, said deformable mounting feature including a first compression joint and a second compression joint joining said bracket and said support substrate wherein said first compression joint is provided at said first mounting tab and said second compression joint is provided at said second mounting tab; and
a frangible mounting feature, independent from said deformable mounting feature, to further dissipate energy from said impact, said frangible mounting feature including a first breakaway joint and a second breakaway joint wherein said first breakaway joint is provided at said first end and said second breakaway joint is provided at said second end and wherein said first compression joint and said second compression joint are inboard said first breakaway joint and said second breakaway joint.

US Pat. No. 10,528,055

ROAD SIGN RECOGNITION

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1. A method, comprising:determining a road sign location in LIDAR data;
identifying a road sign in one or more video images based on the road sign location determined from the LIDAR data, wherein the video images are from a video camera and the LIDAR data are from a LIDAR sensor, wherein identifying the road sign in the video images based on the road sign location includes isolating video images of the road sign from the video images based on the road sign location, and the isolated video images are projected homographically so as to appear as if the video camera acquired the video images of the road sign location at a right angles to the primary face of the road signs; and
including the road sign in a digital map based on the road sign identity and the road sign location.

US Pat. No. 10,525,923

BELT LOAD MODULATION FOR VEHICLE FRONT OBLIQUE IMPACTS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system comprising:a sensor;
a controller programmed to receive a signal from the sensor indicating detection of a lateral acceleration of a vehicle impact; and
a seatbelt retractor including a load limiting mechanism selectively releasable from a high load mode to a low load mode;
the controller is programmed to release the load limiting mechanism from the high load mode to the low load mode at a predetermined time in response to a signal from the sensor indicating a lateral acceleration of the vehicle impact is above a threshold value; and
the controller is programmed to prevent switching of the load limiting mechanism from the high load mode to the low load mode in response to a signal from the sensor indicating a lateral acceleration of the vehicle impact is below the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,525,925

DOOR ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A door assembly comprising:a door trim panel;
a first airbag coupled to the door trim panel and inflatable to an inflated position;
a second airbag coupled to the door trim panel and spaced in a vehicle-rearward direction from the first airbag and inflatable to an inflated position; and
an inflator in simultaneous fluid communication with both the first and second airbags when the first and second airbags are in the inflated positions;
wherein the first airbag in the inflated position extends farther inboard than the second airbag in the inflated position;
the door trim panel includes a first seam and a second seam that are each frangible when pushed by one of the first and second airbags inflating;
the door trim panel includes a first breakaway panel positioned to be contacted by the first airbag when inflating, and the first seam defines an edge of the breakaway panel; and
the door trim panel includes a second breakaway panel, and the second seam defines an edge of the second breakaway panel.

US Pat. No. 10,525,928

DEPLOYABLE PANEL FOR PEDESTRIAN IMPACT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system comprising:a bumper;
an actuator fixed to the bumper;
a panel fixed to the actuator and moveable relative to the bumper;
a first bracket fixed to one of the bumper and the panel;
a second bracket fixed to the other of the bumper and the panel and moveably engaged with the first bracket; and
a spring-loaded lock fixed to the first bracket and biased against the second bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,525,929

SEATBELT ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of operating a seatbelt comprising:allowing webbing to slide between a lap portion and a torso portion through an unlocked weblock of a tongue assembly;
upon forces exerted by an occupant on the webbing, the weblock locking the webbing from movement between the lap and torso portions while increasing tension in the lap portion via the tongue assembly, and wherein the weblock includes a pivotable flange pushing the webbing through a cutout in a tongue plate to lock the webbing in the locked position while retracting lap portion into the tongue assembly, causing the increase in tension in the lap portion.

US Pat. No. 10,525,930

SHOULDER BELT GUIDE FOR A VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seating assembly of a vehicle comprising:a seatback comprising a top portion and a headrest extending above the top portion, the seatback comprising:
a first boss receiver; and
a second boss receiver; and
a first shoulder belt guide fastened to the seatback adjacent the top portion and configured to retain a first shoulder belt of an occupant restraint assembly;
the first shoulder belt guide comprising:
a lateral section that includes a lateral belt contact surface configured to contact the first shoulder belt, and a seatback contact surface that contacts the seatback and is disposed on the opposite side of the lateral section as the lateral belt contact surface;
an inner section upwardly extending from the lateral belt contact surface;
an outer section upwardly extending from the lateral belt contact surface opposite of the inner section;
a channel configured to retain the first shoulder belt, the channel formed by the lateral belt contact surface, the inner section, and the outer section; and
a first boss and a second boss extending from the seatback contact surface, the first boss disposed within the first boss receiver of the seatback, and the second boss disposed within the second boss receiver of the seatback.

US Pat. No. 10,528,850

OBJECT CLASSIFICATION ADJUSTMENT BASED ON VEHICLE COMMUNICATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:detecting an object via a camera of a first vehicle;
determining, via a processor of the first vehicle, first classification data that includes a first classification confidence and a location for the object;
broadcasting the first classification data from the first vehicle to enable a second vehicle to identify second classification data that includes a second classification confidence for the object;
determining, via a second processor of the second vehicle, that the first classification data and the second classification data includes the location;
collecting the second classification data at the first vehicle from the second vehicle;
determining, via the processor of the first vehicle, a reliability score for the second vehicle; and
adjusting the first classification confidence for the object based on the second classification data and the reliability score of the second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,529,968

BATTERY ASSEMBLY WITH BIASED COMPONENT PROFILES TO PROMOTE BATTERY CELL TO HEAT EXCHANGER CONTACT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A battery assembly, comprising:a cell stack;
an array structure that includes a tray, a cover, and a cold plate; and
at least one of said tray and said cover includes a biased profile configured to bias said cell stack and said cold plate together such that said cold plate directly contacts a surface of each of a plurality of battery cells of said cell stack,
wherein said tray and said cover are positioned on opposite sides of said cell stack.

US Pat. No. 10,525,967

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVING TRANSMISSION SHIFTING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:operating a hybrid-electric vehicle with a mechanical transmission with a plurality of clutches responsive to an operator input, the mechanical transmission separate from an engine via a driveline disconnect clutch;
in response to each of an automatic request to restart the engine and to shift the transmission, and after release of an off-going clutch, initiating application of an on-coming clutch and applying a load from the engine to an input shaft of the transmission via initiating application of the driveline disconnect clutch, the application of the on-coming clutch and the application of the driveline disconnect clutch initiated concurrently.

US Pat. No. 10,525,970

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING AN ENGINE START IN A HYBRID VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A driveline operating method, comprising:while propelling a vehicle via an electric machine with a first clutch of a dual clutch transmission open and a second clutch of the dual clutch transmission open, controlling a first target input shaft of the dual clutch transmission to a first speed, while controlling a first non-target input shaft of the dual clutch transmission to a second speed, the first clutch coupled to the first target input shaft and the second clutch coupled to the first non-target input shaft; and
transmitting torque to one or more driven vehicle wheels via an engine configured to propel a vehicle by connecting an engine crankshaft to the first non-target input shaft via increasing a torque of the second clutch while the engine is increasing speed to the first speed.

US Pat. No. 10,529,479

INDUCTOR COOLING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an inductor assembly having a coil, and a flange extending around a periphery thereof; and
a transmission case containing therein a transmission of the vehicle, wherein the transmission case forms
a sealing wall having an outer periphery and a sealing surface forming a seal with the flange,
a bottom surface extending from the sealing wall, wherein the sealing wall, the bottom surface, and the inductor assembly define a cavity to contain coolant such that a portion of the coil adjacent to the bottom surface is spaced away from the bottom surface and in direct contact with the coolant,
a coolant inlet defining an inlet bore through the sealing wall in fluid communication with the cavity, and
a coolant outlet defining an outlet bore through the bottom surface, perpendicular to the inlet bore and in fluid communication with the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,529,229

TRAFFIC SYSTEM LINKED ILLUMINATING VEHICLE ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle system, comprising:an illuminating vehicle assembly including a plurality of grille bars each having at least one light source;
a control system configured to communicate with a traffic control device and control the illuminating vehicle assembly to emit lighting effects that are synchronized with the traffic control device,
wherein the lighting effects include a visual countdown that mimics an amount of time remaining in a current cycle of the traffic control device; and
a global positioning system (GPS) in communication with the control system.

US Pat. No. 10,527,144

TORQUE CONVERTER WITH VARIABLE PITCH STATOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING VARIABLE PITCH STATOR FOR A TORQUE CONVERTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of manufacturing a variable pitch torque converter stator comprising:positioning a framework, including an outer ring, a plurality of blades, a plurality of pivot members, and a plurality of actuation members, so the pivot members are seated in a stator body and the actuation members are coupled to a stator piston, the pivot and actuation members being non-rotatably coupled to opposite ends of corresponding blades; and
removing the outer ring from the framework.

US Pat. No. 10,527,144

TORQUE CONVERTER WITH VARIABLE PITCH STATOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING VARIABLE PITCH STATOR FOR A TORQUE CONVERTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of manufacturing a variable pitch torque converter stator comprising:positioning a framework, including an outer ring, a plurality of blades, a plurality of pivot members, and a plurality of actuation members, so the pivot members are seated in a stator body and the actuation members are coupled to a stator piston, the pivot and actuation members being non-rotatably coupled to opposite ends of corresponding blades; and
removing the outer ring from the framework.

US Pat. No. 10,529,235

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VIRTUAL TRANSFORMATION OF STANDARD OR NON-CONNECTED VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for marking vehicles comprising:a vehicle comprising sensors, an accelerator, brakes, a processor, and memory;
a marking program configured to:
mark an outside vehicle as one of either V2X or standard,
measure position of a marked standard vehicle,
assign a confidence to the measured position,
compare the confidence to a threshold,
transmit, based on the comparison, a supplemental position measurement request
to an outside V2X vehicle; and
a reaction program configured to transmit electronic instructions to a V2X vehicle and to only send visual cues to a standard vehicle, the electronic instructions and the visual cues based on a comparison of properties of the vehicle versus properties of the sensed vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,526,023

VEHICLE TAILGATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A tailgate comprising:internal and external panels secured to upper and lower panels, wherein a cavity is defined between the upper, lower, internal, and external panels, and wherein an upper-central portion of the internal panel that is adjacent to the upper panel defines an opening to the cavity;
a latching mechanism disposed within the cavity, between the opening and a door handle, and adjacent to the opening;
a one piece unitary integral access panel secured to the internal panel over the opening and latching mechanism, the access panel defined by an upper edge, a lower edge, a left edge, a right edge, a single substantially planar exterior surface, and a web, wherein the substantially planar exterior surface is perpendicular to the upper panel and spans an entire area that is between the upper edge, lower edge, left edge, and right edge of the access panel, and wherein the upper edge extends above the upper panel and the web extends from the access panel between the upper and lower edges and overhangs only a portion of the upper panel when the tailgate is in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,530,142

INTERLOCKING WIRE CONDUITS FOR VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:wiring; and
conduits including a first conduit and a second conduit that each include:
an inner surface defining a pathway for the wiring;
an outer surface;
annular ribs extending from the outer surface and defining annular grooves; and,
flanges protruding from distal ends of the annular ribs and configured to interlock with the flanges of the other of the conduits.

US Pat. No. 10,530,021

SAMPLE COUPLED CHEMIRESISTOR FOR THERMAL EVENT DETECTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

15. A system for monitoring temperature of a battery pack, comprising:at least one battery cell;
a chemiresistor within the pack having a resistance;
at least one temperature-sensitive sample, each of the samples corresponding to and in contact with each of the battery cells, configured to, responsive to a cell temperature change, release a gas to change the resistance; and
a controller coupled with the chemiresistor and configured to, responsive to detecting the resistance change greater than a threshold change, reduce power supplied by the pack.

US Pat. No. 10,518,665

SHIELD FOR ATTACHMENT TO A SEAT BASE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a seat including a seat base having a lateral side with a mounting bracket projecting transversely therefrom;
a shield adapted for shielding the lateral side of the seat base, the shield including a recess having at least one strengthening rib forming at least a portion of a receiver for receiving at least a portion of the mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,519,701

VEHICLE DOOR CHECK MECHANISM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle door check mechanism comprising:a door holder bar having an end stop at one end thereof and being adapted at an opposite end by a transverse receiver in the door holder bar for attachment to part of a body structure of a motor vehicle;
a support housing fastened within a door cavity of a door of the motor vehicle to a structural part of the respective door and having a passage through which the door holder bar extends; and
a pneumatic retarder in a form of a bellows located on the door holder bar having at least one vent, the bellows being located between the end stop and the support housing and being compressed between the end stop and the support housing when the door approaches a fully open position so as to force air out through the at least one vent in a restricted manner thereby retarding motion of the door towards the fully open position.

US Pat. No. 10,519,704

GLOVE BOX ASSEMBLY WITH LIVING HINGE AND METHODS OF INSTALLING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A glove box assembly, comprising:a first tab adapted for coupling to a dashboard substrate;
a glove box door comprising a second tab;
a living hinge;
a hinge pin located within the tabs, and
wherein the tabs are pivotably coupled to the hinge pin and the living hinge retains a longitudinal position of the hinge pin, and
further wherein the first tab comprises a pair of raised portions and the second tab is interposed between the pair of raised portions.

US Pat. No. 10,518,684

VEHICLE SEAT BOLSTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seat assembly, comprising:a seat member having a support surface;
a pair of pivotable seat member bolsters disposed on opposing sides of the seat member; and
a seat base supporting the seat member and having a wraparound sidewall that extends continuously from a front edge of one of the pair of pivotable seat member bolsters to a front edge of another of the pair of pivotable seat member bolsters, wherein the wraparound sidewall includes first and second side portions, each of the first and second side portions having a top surface positioned exterior of and above a bottom portion of one of the pair of seat member bolsters, and further wherein each of the pair of seat member bolsters extends vertically beyond the top surface of the respective side portion of the first and second side portions.

US Pat. No. 10,518,693

PICKUP TRUCK CARGO-RESTRAINT SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cargo-restraint apparatus comprising:a housing defining an opening;
a shaft extending through the housing and rotatable relative to the housing;
a spool supported on the shaft within the housing, the spool being rotationally fixed to the shaft and rotatable within the housing via the shaft;
a strap extendable through the opening and including a fix end attached to the spool and a free end adapted to attach to an object, the strap being wound on the spool such that the spool rotates in a first direction when the strap is extended and rotates in a second direction when the strap is retracted;
a strap-return mechanism including a biasing member having a first portion fixed to the housing and a second portion fixed to the shaft, wherein the biasing member urges the shaft in the second direction to retract the strap onto the spool;
a ratchet assembly disposed in the housing and including a gear fixed to the shaft and a pawl fixed to the housing, the pawl being biased to engage with the gear, wherein the gear and the pawl are configured to mesh when the gear is rotated in the first direction to resist rotation of the shaft and inhibit extension of the strap and configured to not mesh when the gear is rotated in the second direction to permit rotation of the shaft in the second direction; and
a release actuator connected to the pawl and configured to disengage the pawl from the gear when actuated, wherein the strap-return mechanism automatically retracts the strap when the release actuator is actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,523,565

MOBILE DEVICE NETWORK ADDRESS SERVER UPDATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a telematics control unit (TCU) of a vehicle programmed to:
receive a short message service (SMS) message from a phone number of a mobile device;
identify, from the message, an updated network address of the mobile device to use for data traffic addressed to or from the mobile device; and
send the updated network address of the mobile device to a packet data network (PDN) server configured to route the data traffic between the network address of the mobile device and the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,522,802

TRACTION BATTERY ENCLOSURE COMPRESSION LIMITER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A traction battery assembly, comprising:a first portion of an enclosure;
a second portion of the enclosure; and
a compression limiter, the first portion overmolded to the compression limiter, wherein the compression limiter is annular, and a radially outer surface of the compression limiter is formed with a groove that receives a tongue of the first portion such that portions of the compression limiter radially overlap with the tongue.

US Pat. No. 10,518,705

ACTIVE TORSIONAL BUCKLING AND LATERAL SHEAR MECHANISM FOR RUNNING BOARD BRACKETS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A bracket adapted to attach a running board to a rocker of a vehicle, comprising a body having a plurality of running board deflection-inducing portions, the plurality including at least a torsional buckling-inducing portion and a rotational moment-inducing portion wherein the torsional buckling-inducing portion comprises a rocker mounting portion defining an included angle to vehicle y-axis and to a vehicle x-axis when mounted to the rocker.

US Pat. No. 10,518,710

MOUNTING BRACKET FOR CONSOLE BACKGROUND

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A mounting bracket to hold a console frame member between adjacent front seats of a vehicle, the mounting bracket comprising,a base support component having a planar and longitudinally extending base portion and a back support portion having a first end and a second end, wherein the back support portion extends vertically, with respect to the plane of the base portion, from one longitudinal edge of the base portion such that a substantial right angle is formed between the base portion and an entirety of the back support portion;
a first side component plate extending from the first end of the back support portion in a first plane positioned at a first angle with respect to the base portion and the back support portion; and
a second side component plate extending from the second end of the back support portion in a second plane positioned at a second angle with respect to the base portion and the back support portion,
wherein the mounting bracket is capable of sustaining at least one of static impact load and dynamic impact load applied on it at a speed minimum of about 24.1 kph.

US Pat. No. 10,519,992

SPRING CLIP WITH A SINGLE RESILIENT CANTILEVERED LEG

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A spring clip, comprising:a base;
a post carried on said base; and
a single resilient cantilevered leg depending from said post wherein opposite said single resilient cantilevered leg said post includes two tapered guide ribs defining an intervening channel wherein each tapered guide rib of said two tapered guide ribs has a first width W1 at a first end and a second width W2 at a second end wherein W1>W2, wherein said first end engages said base and wherein said single resilient cantilevered leg includes an S-curve segment and a distal end having a double blocked notch.
US Pat. No. 10,518,719

IRIDESCENT VEHICULAR TRIM ASSEMBLIES AND MULTI-SHOT INJECTION MOLDING METHODS FOR MAKING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An iridescent, vehicular trim assembly, comprising:a polymeric base comprising an exterior surface; and
an over-molded element joined to at least a portion of the exterior surface,
wherein each of the element and the base comprises a polymeric material and an exterior surface with an integral diffraction grating having a thickness from 250 to 1000 nanometers and a period from 50 nanometers to 5 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,518,740

SEATBELT ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of operating a seatbelt comprising:allowing for webbing sliding between a lap portion and a torso portion through a tongue assembly when unlocked; and
upon forces exerted by an occupant on the webbing, a weblock and a secondary weblock both locking the webbing from movement between the lap and torso portions, wherein, in the locked position, the weblock flexes to provide payout in the torso Portion.

US Pat. No. 10,518,742

LOAD LIMITING SEATBELT RETRACTOR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A seatbelt retractor comprising:a spool rotatably connected with a base by a piston and a cylinder;
the piston fixed to one of the base and the spool;
the cylinder receiving the piston and fixed to the other of the base and the spool; and
a cutter disposed between and fixed to one of the piston and the cylinder and in engagement with the other of the piston and the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,523,109

VEHICLE CAPACITOR ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle inverter assembly comprising:a radiator-style thermal plate assembly including first and second vertical components having vertical coolant channels in fluid communication with horizontal coolant channels of one or more horizontal components;
a capacitor assembly disposed upon an upper horizontal component of the one or more horizontal components and between upper portions of each of the first and second vertical components; and
one or more power cards disposed between the one or more horizontal components,
wherein the vertical coolant channels are arranged with the capacitor assembly for direct thermal conductive communication and the horizontal coolant channels are arranged with the one or more power cards for direct thermal conductive communication.

US Pat. No. 10,518,751

VEHICLE IMAGE SENSOR CLEANING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle computer comprising:a memory; and
a processor programmed to execute instructions stored in the memory, the instructions include comparing a captured image of a predetermined object to a target image of the predetermined object to quantify a first noise characteristic of the captured image, comparing the first noise characteristic to a first predetermined threshold, and detecting debris on an image sensor that outputs the captured image as a result of comparing the first noise characteristic to the first predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,524,396

SENSOR ASSEMBLY WITH COOLING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A sensor assembly comprising:an elongated tubular beam;
a chamber positioned to receive air from the beam, the chamber having a plurality of outlet holes;
a sensor thermally connected to the chamber; and
a plurality of fins disposed in the chamber;
wherein the chamber is toroidal and defines a circumferential direction; and
the fins are oblique to the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,520,038

METHOD OF MANIPULATING A BEARING CAP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of manipulating a bearing cap for a machine, the method comprising:attaching a bearing clip to the bearing cap, where the bearing cap is configured to retain a bearing within an opening of the bearing cap, where the bearing clip has a handling formation extending away from a central axis of a through hole and a body portion of the bearing clip in opposing directions, where the bearing clip includes a third projection extending down an axial end face of the bearing cap, and where the bearing clip includes the through hole extending through the body portion; and
using the handling formation of the bearing clip to manipulate the bearing cap.

US Pat. No. 10,520,045

VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle transmission comprising:a plurality of clutches each defining a balance dam chamber;
a shaft partially defining a pressurized fluid circuit, that includes each chamber, and an outlet; and
a pressure relief valve disposed within the shaft between the fluid circuit and the outlet and configured to open at a threshold pressure of the fluid circuit, wherein the threshold pressure decreases as rotational speed of the shaft increases.

US Pat. No. 10,518,765

ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC DRIVE VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A stability control system for a vehicle comprising:a brake controller configured to, based on a received instability signal, provide a brake force to a first wheel; and
a motor controller configured to, based on the instability signal, provide a motor torque to a second wheel on an opposite side of the first wheel wherein the brake and motor signals are provided in a coordinated time sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,518,767

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING AN ENGINE START IN A HYBRID VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A driveline operating method, comprising:propelling a vehicle solely via an electric machine while an engine of the vehicle is off and not connected to a dual clutch transmission, the electric machine positioned in a driveline downstream of the transmission; and
engaging a first target gear with a first target input shaft to the transmission and engaging a first non-target gear with a first non-target input shaft to the transmission with the engine off and while first and second clutches of the dual clutch transmission are open in response to entering a driveline mode where the vehicle is propelled solely via the electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,520,305

DETERMINING VEHICLE WHEEL MISALIGNMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A computer, comprising:a processor and memory storing instructions executable by the processor, the instructions comprising, to:
receive sensor data from a sensor in a vehicle operating in a fully autonomous mode;
using the data, determine a misalignment value; and
based on the value, perform one of a plurality of vehicle driving functions, wherein the plurality includes:
slowing the vehicle according to a maximum speed threshold based on a first misalignment value,
stopping the vehicle based on a second, larger misalignment value, and
performing a different function based on a third misalignment value that is less than the first misalignment value.

US Pat. No. 10,520,588

MAINTAINING CLEAN LASER LENS WINDOWS USING LIGHT ABSORBING MATERIALS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:applying a coating having first and second components to an exterior surface of a lens of a laser sensor, the first component including a thermogenic light-absorbing (TLA) material; and
irradiating the TLA material from a light source within the laser sensor to generate heat from the TLA material to cause the second component to form an active coating, the heat generated by the TLA material causes the second component to cure, solidify, or undergo a phase change.

US Pat. No. 10,522,141

VEHICLE VOICE RECOGNITION INCLUDING A WEARABLE DEVICE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A wearable computing device comprising:an audio output; and
a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor such that the processor is programmed to:
receive, from a user, a verbal input not interpretable by a vehicle computer;
interpret the verbal input to locate in the memory at least one datum predetermined to be interpretable by the vehicle computer;
generate an audio message corresponding to the verbal input including the at least one datum, and
send the audio message including the at least one datum predetermined to be interpretable by the vehicle computer to the vehicle via the audio output.

US Pat. No. 10,518,816

METHOD OF MANAGING WATER ENTERING THROUGH A HOOD VENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of managing water entering through a hood vent of a hood assembly including an inner hood panel and an outer hood panel, said method comprising: collecting said water in a water collection tray of said hood vent underlying said inner hood panel; delivering said water, through a first water drain of said hood vent, to a water channel of a hood insulator; and discharging said water from a second water drain in said hood insulator.

US Pat. No. 10,519,842

EXHAUST SENSOR MODULE SHIELD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A shield for an exhaust sensor module comprising:a base plate having first and second opposed ends;
first and second opposed side walls extending from the base plate, each side wall extending between the first and second ends of the base plate;
a first flange extending outwardly from the first end and co-planar with the base plate;
a second flange extending outwardly from the second end and co-planar with the base plate;
a first mounting leg extending outwardly from the first end; and
a second mounting leg extending outwardly from the second end;
wherein the shield is rotationally symmetric about an axis extending through and normal to the base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,518,820

RETRACTABLE TRUCK BED EXTENDER WITH REMOVABLE SUPPORT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus for extending a vehicle bed including a tailgate, comprising:first and second retractable members for projecting from the tailgate in an extended position to increase an effective length of the vehicle bed and for being recessed within the tailgate in a retracted position, the first and second retractable members including aligned openings; and
a cross bar for positioning in the aligned openings of the first and second retractable members.

US Pat. No. 10,519,855

ENGINE ASSEMBLY WITH INSULATED CRANKSHAFT BEARING HOUSING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine assembly for a motor vehicle, the assembly comprising a bearing housing portion configured to support a bearing for a crankshaft of the engine assembly, wherein the bearing housing portion comprises a bearing interface surface configured to interface with the bearing and an end face adjacent to the bearing interface surface, the end face being arranged so as to face a web of the crankshaft when installed;wherein the engine assembly further comprises a thermal insulation layer provided on the end face, the thermal insulation layer being positioned between the end face of the bearing housing portion and the web of the crankshaft when the crankshaft is installed in the engine assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,521,677

VIRTUAL SENSOR-DATA-GENERATION SYSTEM AND METHOD SUPPORTING DEVELOPMENT OF VISION-BASED RAIN-DETECTION ALGORITHMS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for generating a plurality of electronically annotated digital image files suitable for use as training data in a machine learning process, the method comprising:traversing, by a computer system, one or more virtual cameras over a virtual road surface in a simulation;
recording, by the computer system, a plurality of electronic digital image files corresponding to signals output by the one or more virtual cameras during the traversing; and
converting, by the computer system, the plurality of electronic digital image files to training data by electronically annotating each electronic digital image file thereof with ground-truth data indicating whether virtual precipitation from the simulation is encoded therewithin.

US Pat. No. 10,518,602

AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF HEATING AND COOLING OF A VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY PURSUANT TO PREDICTIVE MODELING THAT RECALIBRATES BASED ON OCCUPANT MANUAL CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling a temperature altering element within a seating assembly of a vehicle comprising:with the temperature altering element configured to impart heating or cooling to an occupant of the seating assembly within which the temperature altering element is disposed, and with the vehicle further comprising:
a controller in communication with the temperature altering element, the controller including a Pre-established Predictive Activation Model setting forth rules governing activation of the temperature altering element as a function of data relating to Certain Identifiable Conditions; and
a user interface configured to allow the temperature altering element to be manually activated or deactivated;
collecting data relating to the Certain Identifiable Conditions while a first occupant is occupying the seating assembly;
determining, by comparing the collected data to the rules of the Pre-established Predictive Activation Model, whether the collected data satisfies the rules of the Pre-established Predictive Activation Model so as to initially automatically activate the temperature altering element; and
automatically activating the temperature altering element;
wherein, the rules of the Pre-established Predictive Activation Model are a function of at least one of the following Certain Identifiable Conditions: (i) time of day; (ii) engine speed; (iii) vehicle speed; (iv) whether windshield wipers have been activated; (v) level at which a climate control system in the vehicle is blowing air; (vi) whether air conditioning has been activated; (vii) whether a rear window defrost has been activated.

US Pat. No. 10,519,890

ENGINE PARAMETER SAMPLING AND CONTROL METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a fluid delivery system in a vehicle powerplant, comprising:sampling a fluid pressure in a port injection section of the delivery system;
determining if an isolation valve positioned upstream of a first pump is degraded based on the fluid pressure, where the isolation valve separates the port injection section from a direct injection section; and
indicating isolation valve degradation in response to the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,518,613

SWING CLAMP FOR CONNECTING PANELS OF MOTOR VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a first panel having an opening;
a second panel configured to cover the opening;
at least one swing clamp attached to the second panel, wherein the swing clamp is configured to clamp the second panel to the first panel, wherein the swing clamp includes a shaft disposed along an axis and an arm projecting from the shaft, and wherein the swing clamp is configured such that the arm is both rotatable about the axis and linearly translatable along the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,519,901

LOW-PRESSURE EGR VALVE HAVING A CONDENSATE LINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve comprising:a housing having:
a first side configured to be coupled with a fresh air inlet;
a second side configured to be coupled with an outlet;
an exhaust-gas inlet defined at a bottom of the housing;
one or more inner surfaces defining at least one path to direct a condensate, when present at any point on a bottom surface of an inside of the housing, to a low point within the housing directed by gravity, wherein the at least one path drops monotonically;
a condensate drain arranged at the bottom of the housing adjacent to the exhaust-gas inlet and closer to the first side than the second side, and where the condensate drain directs the condensate to a condensate collection container arranged outside of the housing, and the condensate collection container having an exit connectable to an exhaust-gas path and designed to discharge, to the exhaust-gas path, a quantity of condensate located in the condensate collection container to a portion of the exhaust-gas path upstream of the exhaust-gas inlet;
the outlet configured to be fluidically coupled with a turbo compressor; and
instructions stored in non-transitory memory for controlling opening of the exit responsive to predetermined conditions, including selectively releasing condensate to the portion of the exhaust-gas path upstream of the exhaust-gas inlet when it is not determined to raise an exhaust-gas temperature, and not release condensate when it is determined to raise the exhaust-gas temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,518,626

HYBRID VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine;
an electric machine;
a torque converter having an impeller rotatably coupled to the engine, and a turbine;
a first one-way clutch configured to, responsive to
turbine and electric machine speeds being equal, couple the turbine and the electric machine in a first rotational direction to transfer power from the turbine to the electric machine, and
the electric machine speed being greater than turbine speed, isolate the turbine from the electric machine, wherein the first one-way clutch is a selectable one-way clutch that is configured to, responsive to being activated, couple the turbine and the electric machine in the first rotational direction in response to the turbine and the electric machine speeds being equal and isolate the turbine from the electric machine in response to the electric machine speed being greater than turbine speed when activated, and responsive to being deactivated, to isolate the turbine from the electric machine at all the electric machine and the turbine speeds; and
a second selectable one-way clutch configured to, responsive to
being activated, couple the turbine and the electric machine in a second direction, that is opposite of the first direction, to transfer power from the electric machine to the turbine, and
being deactivated, isolate the turbine and the electric machine at all the electric machine and the turbine speeds.

US Pat. No. 10,523,759

DETERMINING INFRASTRUCTURE LAMP STATUS USING A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A computer, comprising:at least one processor and memory storing instructions executable by the at least one processor, the instructions comprising, to:
receive a light input from an array of photovoltaic cells carried by a vehicle;
based on the light input, determine that an infrastructure lamp is in a degraded state or a failure state; and
transmit a report to a backend system based on the determination,
wherein each of the photovoltaic cells is an electrical device that converts light energy into electricity according to a photovoltaic effect to at least partially power to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,519,917

ENGINE OPERATION BASED ON INTEGRATED STARTER-GENERATOR TEMPERATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine; and
a controller configured to,
responsive to indication of a temperature of a starter-generator exceeding a de-rated threshold, command the engine to start and disable engine automatic shut-off,
responsive to indication of the temperature exceeding a disable threshold, or the temperature exceeding the de-rated threshold and a traction battery discharge power being less than a threshold, command the engine to start and shed a load, and
responsive to indication of the temperature dropping below the de-rated threshold and dropping below a first threshold, enable engine shut-off, wherein the first threshold is less than the de-rated threshold and the de-rated threshold is less than the disable threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,520,951

VEHICLE FORMATION MANAGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a first vehicle including a crossbar switch and a unidirectional antenna coupled to the crossbar switch, the first vehicle being configured to form a plurality of networks each including the first vehicle and a second vehicle traveling in a formation with the first vehicle using the crossbar switch and the antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,516,189

HIGH VOLTAGE BUS CONTACTOR FAULT DETECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for a vehicle comprising:a pair of electrical buses connected to a positive terminal of a traction battery via a shared positive contactor and connected to a negative terminal of the traction battery via a respective one of a pair of negative contactors, such that each bus is connected in parallel with the traction battery and transfers power between the traction battery and a corresponding electrical load when the positive and respective one of the negative contactors are closed; and
a controller configured to, responsive to a request to close the contactors and a difference between voltage magnitudes of the buses being greater than a predefined threshold, actively discharge one of the buses to reduce the difference.

US Pat. No. 10,516,193

BATTERY THERMAL FIN AND METHOD OF THERMAL ENERGY TRANSFER USING A THERMAL FIN

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A battery assembly, comprising:a frame; and
a thermal fin extending through an aperture in the frame, the thermal fin configured to transfer thermal energy between a battery cell and a thermal exchange plate, the thermal fin including a base, a platform, and a stem extending from the base to the platform,
wherein the platform contacts at least one battery cell on a first side of the frame, and the base is disposed on an opposing, second side of the frame, the stem extending through the aperture of the frame from the base to the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,513,166

VEHICLE HVAC SYSTEM WITH AUXILIARY COOLANT LOOP FOR HEATING AND COOLING VEHICLE INTERIOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a passenger compartment;
a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system including (a) a refrigerant loop having an evaporator, (b) a coolant loop having a first coolant loop heat exchanger and (c) a first blower moving air through said evaporator and said first coolant loop heat exchanger into said passenger compartment;
an auxiliary coolant loop thermally coupled to said refrigerant loop and said coolant loop, including a first heat exchanger thermally coupled to said refrigerant loop, a second heat exchanger positioned within said passenger compartment, a third heat exchanger thermally coupled to said coolant loop and a pump moving a coolant through said auxiliary coolant loop;
a flow control valve controlling a flow of coolant within said auxiliary coolant loop to said third heat exchanger; and
an expansion valve controlling flow of refrigerant within said refrigerant loop to said first heat exchanger;
wherein a temperature of said coolant within said auxiliary coolant loop is controlled by said flow control valve and said pump.

US Pat. No. 10,514,191

DE-ICING CONTROL IN A VAPOR COMPRESSION HEAT PUMP SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An electrified vehicle comprising: a vapor compression heat pump system including an outside heat exchanger and a compressor; and a controller programmed to, responsive to exchanger ice condition detection, output a speed command transition map from a bumpless transfer algorithm architecture to increase compressor speed in compliance with predefined noise, vibration, and harshness standards to eliminate the exchanger ice condition via increased coolant temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,514,457

LANE CHANGE ADVISOR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:while piloting a vehicle by adaptive cruise control:
determining a lane change maneuver based on the adaptive cruise control and determined traffic in an adjacent lane; and
displaying a prompt to an occupant based on the lane change maneuver, including displaying a safe field of travel based on an available lateral acceleration, wherein the available lateral acceleration is a function of a coefficient of friction and a longitudinal acceleration, and the safe field of travel is further based on factors including an intended lane change distance and a lane change maneuver time.

US Pat. No. 10,513,185

ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE GROUND FAULT MONITORING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electrified vehicle charger comprising:a diode bridge configured to rectify an alternating current (AC) source;
contactors coupling the AC source with a traction battery; and
a controller configured to open the contactors responsive to a magnitude of a potential at an output of the diode bridge, corresponding to a zero crossing of a potential of the AC source, exceeding a threshold that is greater than a defined set point determined by minimum allowed impedance between a positive high voltage DC bus and ground.

US Pat. No. 10,513,958

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PARTICULATE FILTER REGENERATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:during a non-combusting condition of an engine coupled to a vehicle, responsive to a higher than first threshold soot load on a particulate filter (PF) coupled to an exhaust passage of the engine and a PF temperature greater than a threshold temperature needed for soot oxidation in presence of oxygen,
activating, via an electronic controller, an electric booster in an intake system of the engine to route compressed air to the PF for PF regeneration,
wherein the electric booster is coupled to a conduit in parallel with an intake passage of the engine, the conduit coupled to the intake passage of the engine downstream of an intake compressor and upstream of a charge air cooler.

US Pat. No. 10,513,961

NOX OFFSET DIAGNOSTIC DURING ENGINE SOAK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:at vehicle-off of an engine-driven vehicle, waiting for a first duration before waking up a powertrain control module (PCM) and activating a heater of an exhaust NOx sensor;
at NOx sensor light-off, waiting for a second duration, and then performing a NOx sensor self-diagnostic (SD) test; and
once a third duration has elapsed since NOx sensor light-off, the third duration longer than the second duration, performing a NOx sensor offset test.

US Pat. No. 10,513,194

METHOD FOR CHARGING THE STARTER BATTERY OF A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a vehicle having a traction battery, a starter battery, and a control module, comprising, by the control module:determining that the vehicle is connected to an external power supply, and while connected to the external power supply;
activating current supply from the external power supply to the starter battery in response to the traction battery exceeding a first threshold and the starter battery being below a second threshold; and
deactivating current supply from the external power supply a predetermined time after the starter battery exceeds a third threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,513,197

VEHICLE ELECTRICAL PORT INDICIA

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a port;
indicia surrounding the port; and
a controller configured to, responsive to a charging cable being connected to the port before a scheduled charge event is active, illuminate at least a portion of the indicia in a first color symbolizing that the scheduled charge event is pending without electricity transfer, and illuminate corresponding portions of the indicia to indicate a present state of charge relative to a user-defined charge limit in a second color, wherein a portion of the indicia is operable to enable a user to override the scheduled charge event and begin charging.

US Pat. No. 10,513,198

ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM AND CHARGING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A charging system, comprising:a charger that conveys energy wirelessly to an electrified vehicle when the charger is disposed against a surface of the electrified vehicle, the energy used to charge a traction battery of the electrified vehicle; and
a magnet that secures the charger to the surface of the electrified vehicle to dispose the charger against the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,513,967

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a vehicle, comprising:determining an estimate of fluid level in a vertical, hollow standpipe fluidically coupled to a coolant overflow reservoir;
determining a compensation term based upon vehicle motion data;
forming an adjusted estimate of fluid level by adding the compensation term to the estimate of fluid level; and
adjusting an actuator in response to the adjusted estimate of fluid level,
wherein the coolant overflow reservoir has an internal recess to hold fluid, wherein the vertical standpipe is positioned external to the coolant overflow reservoir and includes an internal recess to hold fluid, a bottom-most level of the internal recess of the vertical standpipe positioned vertically below a bottom-most level of the internal recess of the coolant overflow reservoir, and wherein a sensor is coupled to the bottom-most level of the internal recess of the vertical standpipe.

US Pat. No. 10,513,204

SEATING ASSEMBLY PIVOT BRACKET

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A lifter mechanism for an edge of a seat cushion comprising:a primary suspension and a secondary suspension; and
a bracket detachable from and rotatable about a transverse bar extending laterally between opposed lower seat frame members, wherein the bracket includes a forward lever coupled to the secondary suspension and a rearward portion coupled to a linkage, and the linkage is coupled to a seatback, wherein the forward lever raises an edge of the secondary suspension upon the seatback pivoting to a predetermined reclined position, wherein the forward lever includes a pin that is slidably coupled to a channel in the secondary suspension.

US Pat. No. 10,513,973

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENGINE CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:responsive to imminent over-speeding of a turbocharger shaft while a system battery is at a higher than threshold state of charge,
applying negative torque from an electric motor onto the turbocharger shaft while concurrently applying positive torque from a belt-integrated starter generator (BISG) onto an engine crankshaft; and
reducing engine fueling to maintain overall engine torque output.

US Pat. No. 10,513,206

VEHICLE SEAT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seat back having a front surface and a rear surface;
a panel movable along the rear surface from a stowed position adjacent the rear surface to a deployed position facing the front surface; and
an airbag supported on the panel and inflatable toward the front surface along a surface of the panel facing the front surface to an inflated position in which the airbag contacts the panel.

US Pat. No. 10,513,226

STORAGE SYSTEM FOR RETAINING SMALL ITEMS IN A CONFINED SPACE WITHIN A LARGER CARGO AREA OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A storage system, comprising:a plurality of panels having perimeters including a first set of crenulations allowing said plurality of panels to be interconnected into a multiwalled structure defining a storage compartment;
a receiver formed in a cargo compartment floor, said plurality of panels being received and held in said receiver when stowed; and
a first set of lug receivers in sidewalls of a cargo compartment and a second set of lugs receivers in a rear face of a rear seat oriented toward said cargo compartment wherein said first set of crenulations include a plurality of alternating projecting lugs and notches and said receiver comprises a recessed bottom wall and a plurality of sidewalls having a second set of crenulations cooperating to receive and hold said first set of crenulations.

US Pat. No. 10,516,813

SENSOR ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A sensor assembly comprising:a housing having an airfoil shape, wherein an airfoil shape is defined as having an exterior pressure surface and an exterior suction surface and when moving in a direction of travel producing a force perpendicular to the direction of travel resulting from comparatively lower pressure experienced by the exterior suction surface than experienced by the exterior pressure surface, wherein the housing includes an attachment end, and both surfaces are elongated together away from the attachment end;
a sensor attached to the housing, disposed on the exterior suction surface, and spaced from the exterior pressure surface; and
a nozzle attached to the housing and directed toward the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,513,227

PICKUP TRUCK HAVING CARGO BED WITH SIDE MOUNTED BICYCLE RACK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A rack for supporting a bicycle frame relative to a cargo bed of a pickup truck for moving in a travel direction, comprising:a carrier having an L-shape with an upstanding telescoping portion for supporting the frame of the bicycle; and
a guide for guiding movement of the carrier in the travel direction, the carrier having a lower portion slidably engaging the guide wherein the carrier comprises a connector for connecting the carrier to the guide for relative movement, the carrier being mounted to the connector for pivoting between a stowed position aligned with the travel direction and an extended position transverse to the travel direction and wherein the upstanding telescoping portion is pivotally mounted to the lower portion for moving between an erect position for supporting the bicycle frame and a retracted position for assuming the stowed position of the carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,513,997

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INTAKE AIR FILTER DIAGNOSTICS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine method, comprising:during unfueled cranking of an engine while the engine is spun in reverse, indicating a blocked intake air filter based on air flow through an exhaust system relative to air flow through an intake system and further based on a change in the air flow through the exhaust system upon opening a secondary path to atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,513,998

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PULSED LIFT PUMP CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a fuel system, comprising:operating a fuel lift pump in a pulsed energy mode with a ramped duty cycle; and
adjusting a lift pump command ramp rate responsive to a measured ramped rate of pressure downstream of the lift pump during the ramped duty cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,516,305

VARIABLE FLUX BRIDGE FOR ROTOR OF AN ELECTRIC MACHINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle electric machine assembly comprising:a stator core defining a cavity;
a rotor disposed within the cavity and including a channel between a first magnet and a second magnet; and
a bridge disposed within the channel for translation between at least a first and a second position,
a first elongated triangular shaped non-magnetic guide mounted on a first side of the channel at a substantially central channel region and a second elongated triangular shaped non-magnetic guide mounted on a second side of the channel at the substantially central channel region,
wherein the translation of the bridge adjusts a path of magnetic flux from the rotor to the stator core based on the bridge position,
the non-magnetic guides are of a material having low friction coefficient characteristics to assist in facilitating translation of the bridge within the channel,
the non-magnetic guides extend into the rotor away from the channel,
the first non-magnetic guide having a first surface defining the channel, and a second surface opposite to the first surface, parallel with an end of the first magnet, and
the second non-magnetic guide having a first surface defining the channel, and a second surface opposite to the first surface, parallel with an end of the second magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,513,233

HOUSING AND SHIELD FOR TRAILER-MOUNTED SENSORS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A housing for mounting a sensor to a trailer structural element, comprising:a shield body defining a sensor cavity within a closed bottom, an open face, and a perimeter wall with a side opening;
a mounting post extending from the closed bottom into the sensor cavity adapted to affix the sensor at a predetermined orientation in the shield body; and
a pair of side wings extending laterally from the perimeter wall, each having a respective groove adapted to retain a respective strap loop tensioned over the groove and the structural element;
wherein the perimeter wall has a base edge, wherein the side wings each has a base surface opposite the grooves,
and wherein the base edge and the base surfaces have a contoured profile configured to orient the housing in a predetermined direction on the structural element,
wherein the predetermined orientation and the predetermined direction are configured to assure that the sensor is mounted at a predetermined spatial alignment;
wherein the contoured profile is comprised of a V-shape configured to automatically seat the housing on the structural element with the V-shaped profile extending parallel to a longitudinal axis of the structural element when the structural element is comprised of a round post; and
wherein the side opening is configured to convey a cable extending between the sensor and a vehicle towing the trailer,
wherein the closed bottom includes a keying feature matched to the sensor for ensuring that the sensor is affixed in the predetermined orientation,
and wherein the predetermined orientation places an attachment point between the cable and sensor proximate to the side opening.

US Pat. No. 10,513,234

VEHICLE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM TO FACILITATE INTEGRATION OF THIRD-PARTY BATTERIES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle electrical system comprising:a battery to provide power to one or more vehicle systems;
a terminal to allow a third-party load and third-party battery to be coupled to the one or more vehicle systems at the terminal;
a relay to selectively couple the third-party load and the third-party battery to the one or more vehicle systems; and
a controller to:
control operation of the relay according to a determined current drawn by the third-party load and third-party battery, and
in response to a detected engine ignition activation, provide an output signal and isolate the terminal, via the relay, from the battery if a determined voltage is above a first threshold value being a value of voltage at which it is determined that an external charger is being used to charge the third-party battery.

US Pat. No. 10,514,007

AIR INTAKE SYSTEM FOR AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An air intake system for an engine, comprising:a first air inlet duct providing intake air to an engine intake conduit, including:
an opening positioned external to an engine compartment; and
a section extending from the opening to a housing of the engine intake conduit and forming an enclosed flow path, where an engine hood forms a boundary between the engine compartment and a plurality of external components;
a second air inlet duct positioned upstream of the engine intake conduit, including:
an opening positioned external to the engine compartment; and
a section extending from the opening to the housing of the engine intake conduit and forming an enclosed flow path; and
a foam plug including temperature dependent material selectively impeding airflow through the second air inlet duct, where the foam plug spans the opening of the second air inlet duct;
where the first air inlet duct receives airflow from a first flow channel extending through a gap between the engine hood and a headlamp of a vehicle in which the engine is mounted.

US Pat. No. 10,512,986

LASER WELDING PROCESS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of welding a first and second part, comprising:forming a spacer bead on the first part by directing a first laser beam on one side thereof;
assembling the second part to the one side; and
welding the second part to the first part by directing a second laser beam in a partial circular pattern adjacent the spacer bead and forming an end portion of a weld terminating radially inside the partial circular pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,513,254

METHODS AND SYSTEM PROVIDING VEHICLE DRIFT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A driveline operating method, comprising:receiving a steering angle and an accelerator pedal position to a controller; and
adjusting output of a driveline torque source to induce vehicle side slip via the controller in response to the steering angle being greater than a threshold angle and the accelerator pedal position being greater than a threshold position, wherein adjusting the output of the driveline torque source includes increasing the output of the driveline torque source to induce the vehicle side slip.

US Pat. No. 10,513,256

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING HYBRID VEHICLE TRANSMISSION GEAR SHIFTING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A driveline operating method, comprising:during a first condition, adjusting a transmission input torque actuator during a power-on upshift torque transfer phase via a controller in response to a transmission instantaneous lower input torque threshold, the transmission instantaneous lower input torque threshold responsive to torque capacity of an on-coming clutch, a torque ratio of a transmission engaged in a first gear, and a torque ratio of the transmission engaged in a second gear.

US Pat. No. 10,513,265

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLE REGENERATIVE BRAKING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A driveline method, comprising:adjusting a clutch torque of a differential's clutch in response to a difference between a second wheel braking torque and a first wheel braking torque; and
adjusting an electric machine regenerative torque in response to the first wheel braking torque and the first wheel braking torque and the clutch torque.

US Pat. No. 10,513,270

DETERMINING VEHICLE DRIVING BEHAVIOR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:determining a driving responsiveness (DR) value using a weighted sum comprising indices of a transition probability matrix (Q), the Q being derived from likelihood of transition data (?) between a plurality of driving modes from a set of interacting multiple model (IMM) instructions, wherein a driving mode is a classification of driving aggressiveness, wherein likelihood of transition data (?) between driving modes is a probability that a vehicle will, in the near future, change from one of the plurality of driving modes to another of the plurality of driving modes.

US Pat. No. 10,514,303

SENSOR POD WITH BREATHABLE CABIN INTERFACE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A pod comprising:a base complementary in shape to a vehicle roof and including a central opening therethrough;
a plurality of sensor attachment fixtures fixed to the base adjacent to an outer periphery of the base; and
a shell fixed to and covering the base and defining a cavity enclosing the sensor attachment fixtures and having a plurality of windows aligned with the sensor attachment fixtures.

US Pat. No. 10,513,284

WHEELED PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A device comprising:a platform for carrying a payload;
first and second wheel clusters mounted to the platform at respective first and second ends thereof for independent powered rotation relative thereto about a cluster axis, each cluster comprising three drive wheels independently powered about their respective wheel axes, the respective wheel axes being parallel with the cluster axis; and
a controller commanding powered rotation of the first and second clusters and of each of the drive wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,514,322

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ASSESSING TIRE HEALTH

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a vehicle speed sensor; and
a processor to:
obtain load data for a wheel of a vehicle, obtain speed data for the vehicle, determine a power associated with heating a tire coupled to the wheel based on the load data and the speed data, and determining a condition of the tire based on the power.

US Pat. No. 10,515,620

ULTRASONIC NOISE CANCELLATION IN VEHICULAR PASSENGER COMPARTMENT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. Apparatus in an automotive vehicle, comprising:an ultrasonic sensor disposed to sense an ultrasonic wave entering the passenger cabin at greater than 30 kHz;
an antinoise processor calculating an antinoise signal adapted to at least partially cancel the ultrasonic wave at a predetermined location in the cabin; and
an ultrasonic speaker coupled to the processor to project the antinoise signal into the predetermined location to attenuate the ultrasonic wave at the predetermined location.

US Pat. No. 10,516,901

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ADVANCED AUDIO/VIDEO STREAM MANAGEMENT TO INCREASE ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a processor configured to:
reach a planned advertisement playback point in a live broadcast;
responsive to reaching the point, begin advertisement playback, over the live broadcast, from a stored buffer of advertisements predesignated by a broadcast entity for playback in the live broadcast; and
accelerate advertisement playback from the buffer at a predefined acceleration rate, responsive to determining that acceleration will result in a certain number of advertisements completing playback by a target time, the target time:
being ahead of when the same advertisements will complete playback in the live broadcast and
being a projected time ahead of vehicle arrival at a destination, resulting in a time gap between the target time and an actual projected arrival time, wherein the processor is configured to insert an additional advertisement into the time gap, once created through acceleration, to meet the certain number of advertisements achievable through acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,514,086

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO ALIGN BELT INTEGRATED STARTER GENERATOR TENSIONERS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An alignment method, comprising:mounting a tensioner on a rotating electrical module (REM), the tensioner having at least one tensioner arm with a bearing seat;
mounting the REM onto a measuring fixture;
measuring axial and angular offset of a pulley of the REM; and
machining the bearing seat of the tensioner arm based on the measured offsets of the pulley of the REM.

US Pat. No. 10,516,145

BATTERY PACK ARRAY RETENTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A battery assembly, comprising:a first endplate of a first battery array;
a second endplate of a second battery array;
an enclosure wall secured directly to the first and second endplates from outside an open area of a battery pack enclosure;
a mechanical fastener that secures the enclosure wall to the first endplate; and
a bracket between the first endplate and a surface of the enclosure wall that faces the open area, the mechanical fastener extending through a first aperture in the enclosure wall, and a second aperture in the bracket to engage a bore within the first endplate.