US Pat. No. 10,320,220

CONFIGURABLE HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEMS

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1. A powertrain for a vehicle comprising:an electric machine, having electrically isolated windings, coupled with an inverter; and a controller programmed to configure respective terminals of the windings to form a Y-connection, and responsive to an electrical connection to establish current flow between the vehicle and a 3-phase power grid, reconfigure the respective terminals such that each is coupled to a respective phase of the 3-phase power grid and responsive to an electrical connection between the vehicle and a single-phase power grid, decouple the Y-connection, couple a capacitor between a first winding terminal and a second winding terminal, and couple the second winding terminal and a third winding terminal to the single-phase power grid.

US Pat. No. 10,316,897

DRIVE HUB FOR PLANET PINION CARRIER FREENESS CHECK

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1. An assembly, comprising:a sun gear including external gear teeth and internal axial spline teeth;
a drive hub including a first body having radial holes and a second body having a chamfer at an axial end;
inserts, each including a sleeve in one of the holes and secured to the first body, a plunger located in the sleeve, and a spring urging the plunger radially outward toward engagement with the spline teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,316,901

CLUTCH PLATE SEPARATION FOR DRAG LOSS REDUCTION

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1. A clutch pack comprising:a first set of clutch plates arranged in an alternating configuration with a second set of clutch plates, the first set of clutch plates having a plurality of friction pads made of friction material and defining channels in the friction material around a periphery of the pads, configured to allow lubricant to flow around and between the friction pads,
wherein each of the friction pads defines a groove in the friction pad disconnected from the channels, thereby creating a flow induced pressure region forcing the first set of clutch plates to a center between the second set of clutch plates.
US Pat. No. 10,315,630

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE BRAKING ASSIST SYSTEM

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1. A method for braking a vehicle comprising:providing a vehicle braking device, including a brake pedal;
providing a brake pedal sensor, said brake pedal sensor providing a brake pedal travel signal;
using said brake pedal travel signal to ascertain a brake pedal travel and brake pedal speed, each representing a vehicle driver braking demand and establishing a threshold value for each of said brake pedal travel and said brake pedal speed, wherein an automated braking intervention by a braking assistance system occurs when said brake pedal travel and said brake pedal speed exceed their particular threshold value;
providing the vehicle with a hazard situation sensor generating a sensor output, using said sensor output to generate a hazard situation indication, and changing the threshold values based on the hazard situation indication.

US Pat. No. 10,319,221

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICULAR APPLICATION OF DETECTED TRAFFIC FLOW

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1. A host vehicle comprising:sensors configured to detect passing vehicles; and
processor(s) configured to:
count the passing vehicles;
determine a desired pass history threshold; and
generate a display based on a predetermined portion of the passing vehicle count exceeding the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,288,246

VEHICLE HEADLAMP ASSEMBLY

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1. A vehicle headlamp assembly comprising:a housing;
a lens supported by the housing;
a connecting member connected to the housing between the housing and the lens and extending circumferentially about the housing, the connecting member being a different type of material than the housing and the lens, and the connecting member being deformable relative to the housing; and
fingers connected to the housing between the housing and the lens;
wherein the connecting member includes a plurality of segments in alternating arrangement with the fingers circumferentially about the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,288,249

PATTERN STYLING FOR REDUCING GLARE IN VEHICLE LIGHTING ASSEMBLIES

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1. A vehicle lighting assembly, comprising:a housing;
a lens supported by the housing;
a lighting component including a reflector body and a bezel mounted inside the housing;
a metallic layer formed on a first portion of the lighting component to establish a reflective surface;
a micro-pattern formed on a second portion of the lighting component to establish a non-reflective surface; and
a coating that includes a phosphor mixture applied to the micro-pattern,
wherein the reflective surface and the non-reflective surface are part of the reflector body, and the bezel comprises a second reflective surface and a second non-reflective surface.

US Pat. No. 10,279,753

RETRACTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE HOLDER

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1. An apparatus for holding an electronic device in a motor vehicle, comprising:a trim panel;
a telescoping ball joint support;
a cradle carried on said telescoping ball joint support wherein said cradle includes a base and an easel carried on said base and said apparatus is displaceable between a stowed configuration, wherein said telescoping ball joint support is concealed inside said trim panel, and a deployed configuration; and
a pivot connecting said easel to said base whereby said easel is pivoted with respect to said base between a first position and a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,281,296

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE TRIP AND RECHARGE PLANNING

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1. A system comprising: a processor configured to: set a point on a digital map projected as being a maximum travelable distance, on a current charge level, by a vehicle in a first direction from a present location; adjust a first direction heading radially by a predefined value; repeat the steps of setting and adjusting until a perimeter surrounding a vehicle location on the map is defined by a line connecting the set points; display the digital map, including the perimeter representing a travelable area, on a vehicle display; and responsive to a destination being outside the travelable area, notify a user that charging may be needed to reach the destination.

US Pat. No. 10,279,799

DYNAMIC TORQUE PROFILES BASED ON DRIVE MODE SELECTION

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1. A method for controlling an electric rear axle drive (eRAD), comprising:responsive to a vehicle being in DRIVE, operating the eRAD such that torque output by the eRAD to drive rear wheels forward is less than 50% of a total commanded torque;
responsive to the vehicle being in REVERSE, operating the eRAD such that torque output by the eRAD to drive the rear wheels backwards is 60-90% of the total commanded torque; and
reducing torque output by the eRAD to drive the rear wheels backwards to less than 50% of a total commanded torque in response to a total commanded torque being greater than a total available torque at the eRAD.

US Pat. No. 10,279,803

TRAILER CURVATURE CONTROL AND MODE MANAGEMENT WITH POWERTRAIN AND BRAKE SUPPORT

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1. A backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer, comprising:a vehicle brake system;
a vehicle throttle;
a vehicle speed sensor; and
a controller:
coupled with the brake system, the throttle, and the speed sensor;
implementing a backup mode including controlling at least one of the brake system or the throttle to attempt to maintain a vehicle speed below a threshold speed; and
terminating the backup mode upon detecting that the vehicle speed is above the threshold speed for a predetermined time interval.

US Pat. No. 10,279,817

METHOD FOR PROVIDING A PRESSURE POINT FOR A HAPTIC GAS PEDAL OF A HYBRID VEHICLE

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1. A method for operating a hybrid vehicle, comprising:operating the vehicle with an exclusively electric drive when accelerator pedal travel is less than a pressure point or until a battery state of charge requires starting an engine, the pressure point associated with increased force for further pedal travel and set in response to both the battery state of charge being above a threshold and operating conditions satisfying a predefined application case including the vehicle being located in a speed zone having a speed limit below a predetermined threshold as determined by a traffic sign sensor wherein the operating conditions comprise activation of a vehicle park assist system.

US Pat. No. 10,281,113

VEHICLE GRILLE

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1. A vehicle lighting assembly comprising:a panel defining an integrally formed cavity and a locator;
a circuit board disposed along the panel and defining an opening, the locator disposed within the opening;
a light source coupled to the circuit board, the light source disposed within the cavity; and
a substrate disposed along an opposing side of the circuit board from the panel.

US Pat. No. 10,279,839

TRAILER BACKUP ASSIST REMOTE KNOB STATE MANAGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A steering input system for a trailer backup assist system, comprising:an input apparatus, including:
a housing; and
a user-manipulable input element coupled with the housing; and
a controller:
detecting a predetermined state of the input apparatus and determining if the predetermined state meets a corresponding activation requirement;
only when the predetermined state meets the corresponding activation requirement, implementing a trailer backup assist mode including generating a vehicle steering command based on an instantaneous position of the input element; and
preventing implementation of the trailer backup assist mode when the predetermined state does not meet the corresponding activation requirement.

US Pat. No. 10,279,842

TWENTY-EIGHT-CORNERED STRENGTHENING MEMBER FOR VEHICLES

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1. A strengthening member for a motor vehicle, comprising:twenty-eight sides arranged to create twenty internal angles and eight external angles.

US Pat. No. 10,280,890

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND MOBILE DEVICE COORDINATION

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1. A system comprising:a processor configured to:
receive requests from a plurality of phones to connect to a single vehicle connection;
retrieve an ordered ranking of the phones, placing at least one of the phones higher than another;
attempt to connect to a highest ranked phone first;
continue connection attempts with lower ranked phones, when connection attempts with higher ranked phones fail; and
establish connection with a phone upon success of a connection attempt.

US Pat. No. 10,281,921

AUTONOMOUS PARKING OF VEHICLES IN PERPENDICULAR PARKING SPOTS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a front corner;
a sensor; and
a parking controller to:
detect, via the sensor, a perpendicular parking spot;
determine a linear parking path located within the perpendicular parking spot along which the front corner is to travel;
determine an approaching turn path to the linear parking path; and
autonomously turn along the approaching turn path and the linear parking path into the perpendicular parking spot.

US Pat. No. 10,282,194

METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO UPDATE A VEHICLE COMPUTING SYSTEM

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1. A vehicle computing system comprising a first memory device in selective communication with either a first processor that executes one or more vehicle operations or a second processor that receives software updates;a second memory device in selective communication with either the second processor or the first processor;
a first switch circuit that selectively switches between the first processor and the first and second memory devices; and
a second switch circuit that selectively switches between the second processor and the first and second memory devices,
wherein the second processor is configured to receive and store a software update in the second memory device while the first processor is in communication with the first memory device,
wherein the vehicle computing system is configured to,
receive notification that the software update is available at the second memory device, and
responsive to receiving the notification:
automatically control the first switch circuit to toggle communication with the first processor from the first memory device to the second memory device for execution of the software update by the first processor from the second memory device, and
automatically control the second switch circuit to toggle communication with the second processor from the second memory device to the first memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,279,635

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE TIRE INFLATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system, comprising:an engine;
a forced induction system coupled to an intake passage of the engine;
a drivetrain with a tire;
a portable pressure vessel releasably coupleable to the forced induction system via a connection port, and further releasably coupleable to the tire; and
a display device presenting instructions to execute a series of steps to prepare the portable pressure vessel for filling.

US Pat. No. 10,279,650

ADAPTIVE VEHICLE CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

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1. A method, comprising:automatically adjusting an occupant comfort level inside a vehicle during ECO mode of a climate control system of the vehicle, the step of automatically adjusting including modifying a temperature inside the vehicle and actuating at least two of an electrically heated/cooled seat, an electrically heated glass, and an electrically heated steering wheel,
wherein the step of modifying the temperature inside the vehicle includes offsetting the temperature by a predefined temperature offset value, and;
the predefined temperature offset value is a function of an ambient temperature, heating feature settings, a drive mode, and a sunload.

US Pat. No. 10,282,984

INDUCTIVE LOOP DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. A method comprising:storing, by a driving assistance system of a vehicle, an offset location indicating a location of a detectable zone relative to a receiver location of a global positioning system (GPS) receiver of the driving assistance system;
receiving, by the driving assistance system, from a central storage system, information identifying a plurality of inductive loops in the proximity of the vehicle;
determining, by the driving assistance system, a first location of a first inductive loop being approached by the vehicle according to the information;
determining, by the driving assistance system, whether a current trajectory of the vehicle will activate the first inductive loop; and
responsive to determining that the current trajectory of the vehicle will not activate the first inductive loop, adjusting, by the driving assistance system, the vehicle's trajectory such that a location of the vehicle is positioned relative to the first location such that the offset location is positioned effective to enable activation of the first inductive loop.

US Pat. No. 10,279,656

VEHICLE HEATING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

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1. A vehicle heating system for a vehicle with an engine and a charge air cooler, comprising:a high-temperature cooling circuit coupled to the engine, said high-temperature cooing circuit having an extended circuit having a check valve in fluid communication with a thermostat;
a low-temperature cooling circuit coupled to the charge air cooler and including a low-temperature cooler;
a single heating heat exchanger coupled to said low-temperature cooling circuit and said high-temperature cooling circuit; and
a redirecting valve positioned downstream of the charge air cooler and upstream of said single heating heat exchanger, said redirecting valve operable between a first position and a second position,
wherein, when the redirecting valve is in one of the first and second positions, the single heating heat exchanger is in communication with the low-temperature cooling circuit via a first bypass downstream of the redirecting valve,
wherein said heating heat exchanger is positioned downstream of the charge air cooler such that said heating heat exchanger can receive coolant exiting the charge air cooler prior to entering said low-temperature cooler.

US Pat. No. 10,279,658

VEHICLE VOC REDUCTION SYSTEM

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1. A VOC (volatile organic compounds) reduction system for a vehicle, comprising:a VOC reducer to be in fluid communication with an interior of the vehicle;
a rechargeable battery unit to at least partially power the VOC reducer, wherein the rechargeable battery unit is independent of a built-in power system of the vehicle; and
a transmitter to transmit operation commands to the VOC reducer,
wherein the transmitter is positioned on a key chain for a key to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,279,659

VEHICLE KEYPAD FORMED IN A WINDOW

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1. An input pad assembly comprising:a light transmissive medium comprising a window;
a proximity sensor positioned on the medium;
a fluorescent pattern located on the medium; and
a light source positioned outside of the window near an edge to edge light the window and illuminate the fluorescent pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,279,664

VEHICLE SUNSHADE

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1. A vehicle comprising:a sunshade having independently movable first and second portions slidable within a track assembly;
a first handle disposed on the first portion and a second handle disposed on the second portion;
a storage assembly operably coupled to the sunshade, wherein the storage assembly includes a housing having an upward surface extending above the sunshade; and
a lamp assembly operably coupled to the sunshade.

US Pat. No. 10,279,677

MOTOR VEHICLE UNDERTRAY TRIM PANEL HAVING AN AIR INLET

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1. A motor vehicle undertray trim panel having an air inlet which is delimited toward a vehicle engine compartment and toward a roadway by way of an upper and a lower flat element, respectively, which flat elements extend arcuately rearward and upward in a direction of a vehicle engine compartment space, wherein a rear end of the upper flat element is adjoined by a planar air ram plate which is directed substantially vertically upward and ends substantially freely in the engine compartment, and wherein the air inlet contains eddy producing structures, the eddy producing structures either being a plurality of air guiding plates which extend along a vehicle vertical axis and a vehicle longitudinal direction in the air inlet and which are curved transversely such that an overall flow cross section in the vehicle longitudinal direction is substantially constant, or being a plurality of small air inlets which are integrated into the air inlet, wherein the lower flat element is rearward of the upper flat element and extends in a steeper curve than the upper flat element.

US Pat. No. 10,281,990

VEHICLE USER INPUT CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

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1. A vehicle user input control system comprising:a user input device located on a vehicle;
a plurality of proximity sensors arranged in a plurality of rows and columns and located on at least one side of the user input device; and
a controller processing signals generated by the proximity sensors to detect at least one of a trajectory of a hand based on movement and orientation of the hand based on signal patterns generated by the proximity sensors proximate to the user input device, determining the hand is associated with one of a driver and passenger of the vehicle based on the detected at least one of the trajectory and orientation of the hand, and controlling at least one function based on the hand being determined as a driver or passenger.

US Pat. No. 10,279,684

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING HEATING IN A HYBRID VEHICLE USING A POWER SOURCE EXTERNAL TO THE HYBRID VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

13. A system for controlling heating of a battery in a hybrid electric vehicle using a power source external to the vehicle, the system comprising:an electrical port integrated in the hybrid vehicle and configured to receive electric power from the power source;
a heater in the hybrid electric vehicle electrically coupled to the electrical port and configured to heat the battery;
a temperature sensor in the hybrid electric vehicle;
a system controller in the hybrid electric vehicle configured to receive a command signal and a feedback signal including battery-life information and to generate a heater control signal based on the command signal and the feedback signal to control distribution of electric power from the power source between charging the battery and the heater;
a heater switch configured to receive the heater control signal to control an amount of energy transferred from the power source to the heater to heat the battery to a predetermined temperature and to maintain the battery within a predetermined temperature range; and
a battery controller configured to receive a temperature signal from the temperature sensor and generate the feedback signal based in part on the temperature signal.

US Pat. No. 10,279,714

SEATING ASSEMBLY WITH CLIMATE CONTROL FEATURES

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1. A seating assembly comprising:a seat assembly including:
a seat carrier supported on a seat frame and including first and second independently adjustable thigh supports;
a ventilation control bag disposed on the seat carrier and including first and second independent forward thigh support regions;
a spacer fabric disposed over the ventilation control bag and including first and second independent forward thigh support regions;
a permeable foam heater mat disposed over the spacer fabric and including first and second independent forward thigh support regions; and
a permeable seat trim cover disposed over the permeable foam heater mat; and
a seatback assembly including:
a seatback carrier including an upper region and a lower region, the upper region being pivotable relative to the lower region, the seatback carrier comprising:
a vent fan assembly operably coupled with the seatback carrier;
a ventilation control bag in communication with the vent fan assembly;
a spacer fabric disposed over the ventilation control bag;
a permeable foam heater mat disposed over the spacer fabric; and
a permeable seatback trim cover disposed over the permeable foam heater mat.

US Pat. No. 10,279,720

LEG SUPPORT OPTIONS FOR SLEEPER SEATS

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1. A seating assembly comprising:a seatback; and
a seat operably coupled with the seatback and including:
a calf support rotatably coupled with the seat;
a first bladder assembly disposed behind the calf support and configured to rotate the calf support outward approximately 90 degrees from a design position to a deployed position;
an extension rotatably coupled with the calf support; and
a second bladder assembly disposed between the calf support and the extension and configured to rotate the extension from a stored position to a support position.

US Pat. No. 10,279,722

CUP HOLDER MICRO-TENSIONER

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1. A vehicle beverage receptacle, comprising:a beverage receptacle including a plurality of fingers protruding radially inwardly into the receptacle to maintain a beverage container within the receptacle;
a band arranged around an outer perimeter of the receptacle and engaging a backside of the fingers to apply a radially inward force at the fingers; and
a tension adjustment mechanism including a wheel at least partially exposed at a surface of the receptacle, the wheel configured to receive user input to adjust the tension of the band and adjust the force applied at the fingers.

US Pat. No. 10,279,725

VEHICLE LOAD BOX RAIL TRIM BRACKETS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A rail trim bracket for securing a trim piece to a vehicle load box rail, comprising:a housing;
a clamp; and
a cam disposed between the housing and clamp,
wherein the housing, the clamp and the cam are configured to interact to create a retention-release mechanism to allow rotation of the clamp from an open position to a clamped position to attach the trim piece to the load box rail.

US Pat. No. 10,279,738

VEHICLE LAMP ASSEMBLY

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1. A lens for a lamp assembly, the lens comprising:a base structure defining a radial portion including a plurality of grooves extending radially from a central point and a plurality of concentrically aligned channels intersecting the plurality of grooves, an outer channel and two adjacent grooves defining a sector, wherein each sector includes one or more ridges; and
a central portion of the base structure including a generally flat outer surface, wherein the base structure is operably coupled with a light source, and wherein light emitted by the light source that strikes the one or more ridges proximate a summit at incident angles of about zero degrees passes through the one or more ridges without substantial diversion.

US Pat. No. 10,279,749

ROOF RACK FOR A VEHICLE AND A VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

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1. A roof rack for a vehicle, comprising:at least one roof rail including:
a main body having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end;
a pivoting mechanism having a pivoting shaft, wherein the pivoting shaft is connected to the first end of the main body such that the main body is pivotable about an axis defined by the pivoting shaft; and
a locking mechanism disposed at the second end of the main body and configured to lock and release the second end of the main body,
wherein the locking mechanism comprises a latch catch and an operation button, and wherein the latch catch is configured to engage with a latch bolt on a roof of the vehicle to lock the second end, and the operation button is configured to release the latch catch.

US Pat. No. 10,275,664

PERCEPTION-BASED SPEED LIMIT ESTIMATION AND LEARNING

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1. A system comprising:one or more perception sensors configured to generate perception data about a region near a vehicle;
an arbitrated speed component configured to determine that an arbitrated speed limit is not available;
an attribute component configured to detect one or more environmental attributes based on the perception data;
an estimator component configured to determine an estimated legal speed limit based on the environmental attributes in response to the arbitrated speed component determining that the arbitrated speed limit is not available; and
a notification component configured to provide the estimated speed limit to an automated driving system or driver assistance system, whereby the automated driving system or the driver assistance system controls a driving speed of the vehicle based on the estimated speed limit.

US Pat. No. 10,273,874

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMPRESSOR OUTLET TEMPERATURE REGULATION

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1. An engine method, comprising:estimating a compressor speed profile for a future horizon of vehicle operation based on current and predicted engine operating conditions, the compressor speed profile including a predicted compressor speed at each point of different time points of the future horizon; and
adjusting an engine torque output responsive to each of a degree and a duration over which the predicted compressor speed, at a point of the different time points of the compressor speed profile, exceeds a threshold speed.

US Pat. No. 10,272,850

ROOF MOUNTING FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE SENSOR ASSEMBLY

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1. A mount for a roof-mounted vehicle sensor assembly, the mount compatible in shape with a moonroof opening in a vehicle roof panel, the mount comprising:a cap sized to overlap the moonroof opening;
the cap having a plurality of attachment features to connect to the sensor assembly;
a seal for disposition between the cap and the roof panel; and
a plurality of support members for connecting the cap to roof rails.

US Pat. No. 10,272,602

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING IN-MOLD DECORATIVE APPLIQUé WITH TEXTURED SURFACE

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1. A method of manufacturing a plastic-molded automotive interior trim component having a curvilinear finished surface with a relatively flat portion and a relatively curved portion, comprising the steps of:molding a decorative film subcomponent with a substantially smooth outer surface and an inner surface, wherein the decorative film subcomponent has a shape generally conforming to the curvilinear finished surface, and wherein at least the outer surface is pigmented with a desired color of the finished surface;
placing the decorative film subcomponent into a mold, wherein the mold has a film-receiving surface with a three-dimensional texture configured to emboss a consistent textured pattern having a substantially uniform, undistorted appearance on both the relatively flat portion and the relatively curved portion; and
in-mold laminating a structural backing member with the decorative film subcomponent by injecting molten plastic material against the inner surface of the decorative film subcomponent in the mold to form a structurally rigid component, wherein pressure of the molten plastic material expands the decorative film subcomponent to form the embossed textured pattern in the decorative film subcomponent with a consistent appearance that is uniform and undistorted covering at least part of the relatively flat portion and at least part of the relatively curved portion.

US Pat. No. 10,272,858

BUMPER ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle component comprising:a main panel extending in a first direction;
a plurality of lobes extending in a second direction transverse to the first direction; and
a plurality of ridges extending in the second direction, each ridge extending around a subset of the lobes;
wherein each lobe has a forward panel facing in the second direction and a plurality of side panels extending from the forward panel opposite the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,274,400

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EXHAUST PARTICULATE MATTER SENSING

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1. A sensor assembly, comprising:rows of flow guides arranged between a front surface and a rear surface of the assembly, each flow guide having a positive electrode and a negative electrode formed along different surfaces of the flow guide, where the different surfaces are opposite left and right side surfaces of the flow guide;
a plurality of gaps formed between the rows of flow guides; and
multiple projections arranged between a top surface and a bottom surface of the assembly, wherein the multiple projections are triangular extensions that are each positioned inside the plurality of gaps, and wherein an axis of a vertex of each triangular extension and an axis of each of the flow guides overlap one another within the plurality of gaps.

US Pat. No. 10,272,864

CRUSHABLE DOOR ASSEMBLY

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1. A door assembly comprising:a monolithic base including a top panel having a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
the monolithic base including an attachment panel extending downwardly from the first end at an acute angle; and
the monolithic base including an outer panel extending downwardly from the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,272,868

ROOF MOUNTED AIRBAG ASSEMBLY FOR REAR SEAT

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1. A system comprising:a roof including a first side and a second side spaced from each other;
a base member supported by the roof;
an airbag supported by the base member and being inflatable to an inflated position;
the airbag including a panel in the inflated position having a first portion extending along the roof from the base member to a distal end adjacent to the roof and a second portion extending transverse to the roof from the base member to a distal end spaced from the roof;
the panel including a first side edge and a second side edge spaced from each other and each extending along the first portion and the second portion, the first side edge being adjacent the first side of the roof, and the second side edge being adjacent the second side of the roof; and
an external tether disposed adjacent to each side edge of the panel, the external tethers extending from the distal end of the first portion to the roof.

US Pat. No. 10,273,895

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING ENGINE STALL

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15. A vehicle system, comprising:an electric machine;
an engine;
a driveline disconnect clutch mechanically coupled to the engine and the electric machine; and
one or more controllers including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory to indicate an engine stall in response to a first engine torque being less than a second engine torque, the first engine torque based on torque converter impeller torque and torque of the electric machine, the second engine torque based on engine operating conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,272,872

BELT ASSEMBLY ALLOWING PAYOUT MEASUREMENT

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1. A belt assembly comprising:a belt having a webbing and a plurality of markers distinct from and fixed thereto equally spaced a first longitudinal distance thereon in a longitudinal direction;
a first sensor and a second sensor each having an associated detection field directed toward the belt and responsive to the markers in the associated detection fields; and
the second sensor being a second longitudinal distance from the first sensor, the second longitudinal distance being less than the first longitudinal distance.

US Pat. No. 10,273,901

CAM CARRIER INSERT

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1. A system, comprising:a cylinder head with a cam bearing tower;
a cam carrier insert positioned in the cylinder head; and
a camshaft, the camshaft directly supported by the cam bearing tower of the cylinder head and directly supported by the cam carrier insert, where the cam carrier insert is positioned between the camshaft and the cylinder head.

US Pat. No. 10,273,906

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENGINE EXHAUST CATALYST OPERATIONS

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9. A method, comprising:during an engine cold-start condition, injecting fuel into a cylinder of an engine via a fuel injector while injecting an initial amount of water into an intake manifold of the engine via a water injecting system, continuing the injecting of the initial amount of water until an engine speed reaches a threshold speed and thereafter adjusting an amount of injected water based on a level of water stored within an exhaust catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,273,907

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENGINE-OFF NATURAL VACUUM LEAK TESTING

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9. A method, comprising:adjusting an evaporative emissions leak test parameter based on a time-weighted driving aggressiveness index for an immediately previous drive cycle;
sealing a fuel system from atmosphere;
responsive to a fuel system pressure profile reaching an inflection point while fuel tank pressure is still increasing, determining a likelihood of a fuel system pressure reaching a pressure threshold;
terminating a pressure rise portion of an evaporative emissions leak test responsive to the likelihood being less than a threshold; and
indicating degradation based on the adjusted evaporative emissions leak test parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,273,139

REFUELING ADAPTER

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1. A refueling adapter comprising:a nozzle section; and
an inlet section coupled to and positioned upstream of the nozzle section, the inlet section including a restrictor element extending across an inlet section flow passage and an anti-sealing rib coupled to an inlet section housing and axially extending along the inlet section flow passage,
where the nozzle section removably engages with a cap-less refueling port, and
where the anti-sealing rib is axially spaced away from the restrictor element, where the anti-sealing rib is positioned upstream of the restrictor element, where the refueling adapter does not include a conductive material, where the restrictor element is circular, where the restrictor element is positioned perpendicular to an axis of the nozzle section, where the restrictor element includes a mesh, screen, or grate, where the refueling adapter is a non-black color, and where a diameter of the restrictor element is less than a diameter of the nozzle section of the refueling adapter, the restrictor element forming flow passages between an outside edge of the restrictor element and the nozzle section.

US Pat. No. 10,272,886

VEHICLE SENSOR SYSTEM

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1. A sensor system comprising:a base including first and second windows;
first and second optical sensors supported by the base and positioned to receive light through the first and second windows;
first and second nozzles directed at the first and second windows;
a manifold in fluid communication with the first and second nozzles;
a liquid reservoir in fluid communication with the manifold; and
an air compressor in fluid communication with the manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,273,927

CONTROLLING VARIABLE COMPRESSION RATIO WITH A PRESSURE-REACTIVE PISTON

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:estimating a biasing force of a pressure-reactive piston disposed within a combustion chamber of an engine; and
adjusting an operating parameter of the engine based on the estimated biasing force,
wherein the biasing force is estimated based on at least one of an output of an engine coolant temperature sensor, an output of an engine exhaust gas temperature sensor, or an output of an engine oil temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,278,029

VEHICLE BASED COMMUNICATION OF LOCATION DATA BETWEEN EXTERNAL APPLICATIONS AND DEVICES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a controller coupled to a transceiver and configured to:
in response to subscribe requests from at least two mobile device applications communicating with the transceiver,
establish a monitored connection to an active one of the applications, and
in response to at least one of destination and waypoint signals from the monitored connection, communicate the signals to inactive applications; and
communicate a current location to one of the inactive applications.

US Pat. No. 10,272,907

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FAST ENGINE STARTS WITH BELT INTEGRATED STARTER GENERATOR ASSIST DURING LOCKING OF DISCONNECT CLUTCH

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling a vehicle engine and starter-generator comprising:in response to receiving a start command, increasing an engine torque above a demand torque to generate excess torque;
in response to engine speed achieving a threshold, applying a load to the engine by decreasing a starter-generator torque to consume the excess torque; and
engaging a disconnect clutch to connect the engine with a driveline of the vehicle immediately after applying the load.

US Pat. No. 10,272,909

HYBRID VEHICLE ENGINE START/STOP SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine and a motor each configured to propel the vehicle;
a battery configured to power the motor; and
a controller programmed to selectively start the engine based on a state of charge of the battery and air pollution content such that as the air pollution content increases a state of charge engine startup threshold decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,272,398

STATIC FLOW MIXER WITH MULTIPLE OPEN CURVED CHANNELS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A flow mixer, comprising:a plurality of open channels coupled to a central support structure, each open channel of the plurality of open channels having a head bending in a first direction along a longitudinal axis of an exhaust passage, a tail bending in a second direction along the longitudinal axis, and a set of lobes at the tail, and where each of the plurality of open channels is parallel to the longitudinal axis along which exhaust gas flows.

US Pat. No. 10,272,912

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, comprising:reducing powertrain torque in response to a speed of the vehicle being greater than a speed at which vehicle brakes have capacity to fully stop the vehicle when an accelerator pedal is applied more than a threshold amount at a present temperature of vehicle brakes,
where the powertrain torque is reduced via at least partially closing a throttle.

US Pat. No. 10,272,917

FLAT TOW ASSISTANCE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a processor programmed to establish communication between a first vehicle and a second vehicle, identify one of the first vehicle and the second vehicle as a towing vehicle and the other of the first vehicle and the second vehicle as a towed vehicle, and wherein the processor is programmed to limit operation of the towing vehicle according to constraints of an electric motor of the towed vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,272,923

DRIVER-CENTRIC LEARNING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a remote device having a processor programmed to receive driver data in real-time during operation of a first vehicle, process the driver data, and generate a command signal commanding a system associated with a second vehicle to update at least one parameter in accordance with the driver data,
wherein the system of the second vehicle operates in accordance with the at least one parameter updated in accordance with the driver data received at the second vehicle from the remote device.

US Pat. No. 10,272,925

INTEGRATED PERFORMANCE BRAKING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a hand-operated lever of a vehicle;
a data interface to operatively couple the lever to an anti-lock braking system (ABS) of the vehicle;
a brake controller to cause at least one wheel of the vehicle to lock via the ABS when the lever is rotated to a defined angular position; and
a limiter to prevent the ABS from locking the at least one wheel based on vehicle conditions or settings.

US Pat. No. 10,272,948

FRONT RAIL FOR VEHICLE UNDERBODY ASSEMBLY WITH VARIED STRENGTH ZONES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle underbody assembly comprising:a pair of front rails each including a front portion, a mid-portion, and a backup portion;
a hinge pillar attached to each backup portion;
a crush can attached to each front portion; and
a bumper attached to each crush can via bumper supports,
wherein the front and backup portions are heat treated to have a higher strength than the mid-portion spanning onto both sides of a rail bend-portion.

US Pat. No. 10,272,952

MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING AN ASYMMETRIC STRUCTURE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A motor vehicle comprising:a body; and
a roof connected to the body by an A-pillar connecting a front end of the roof to the body and a first B-pillar extending between the roof, the body, and the A-pillar on a first side of the body, a second B-pillar connecting the roof to the body, and wherein no A-pillar connects the roof to the body on a second side of the body, wherein the roof includes a diagonal roof member connected at one end to an upper end of the A-pillar on the first side of the body and connected at an opposite end to an upper end of the second B-pillar on the second side of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,273,739

AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR CLOSING A CLOSURE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE BASED UPON TRANSMISSION STATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

3. A method of closing an open closure of a motor vehicle, comprising:monitoring, by a first device, a transmission state of said motor vehicle;
monitoring, by a second device, an open/close status of a closure of the motor vehicle;
closing, by command of a control module, an open closure when said transmission is shifted out of park and said open closure is detected; and
alerting said occupant to the open closure by voice message via a voice processor.

US Pat. No. 10,272,737

ADAPTIVE CONTROL OF AUTOMOTIVE HVAC SYSTEM USING CROWD-SOURCING DATA

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of adaptive climate control system operation in a vehicle, comprising the steps of:sensing climate conditions and control settings in the vehicle;
adjusting command parameters of the climate control system according to the sensed climate conditions and control settings;
sending a cloud request to a remote server including peer environmental parameters associated with the vehicle;
receiving a response from the remote server;
parsing the response into crowd data and weights that indicate a confidence level of the crowd data; and
applying the crowd data and weights to a fuzzy rule set to further adjust the command parameters, wherein the fuzzy rule set is further responsive to the sensed climate conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,272,739

METHOD FOR DISABLING A FOOTWELL AREA VENTILATION OF INDIVIDUAL SEATS OF A VEHICLE, AND DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A device, comprising:at least one setting device;
an air-conditioner controller;
a memory;
one or more temperature sensors;
a ventilation system for a motor vehicle having a number of seats; and
at least one shut-off device for the footwell area ventilation for at least one seat, which is set such that the footwell area ventilation for the seat is released or shut off wherein said air-conditioner controller is configured to switch off the footwell area ventilation for the at least one seat with aid of at least one shut-off device when a set air distribution mode provides or causes a footwell area ventilation and when said footwell area ventilation for the at least one seat is not desired, wherein the footwell area ventilation for the at least one seat is shut off when a temperature of the air conducted into the footwell area lies below a first limit value and when the temperature of the air conducted into the footwell area lies above a second limit value, and wherein the first limit value and/or the second limit value is set with aid of the at least one setting device.

US Pat. No. 10,272,741

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR HEATING A HYBRID VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine operating method, comprising:routing coolant to a first group of cylinders of an engine of a vehicle that are active and not to a second group of cylinders of the engine that are deactivated via a controller in response to both a request to increase passenger cabin heating and a driver demand torque less than a threshold torque; then
removing the request to increase passenger cabin heating while the driver demand torque is still less than the threshold torque; and
stopping the engine and propelling the vehicle via an electric machine responsive to the request to increase passenger cabin heating being removed while the driver demand torque is still less than the threshold torque.

US Pat. No. 10,272,744

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

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, operable in a cooling mode and a heating mode, for heating and cooling a passenger compartment, said HVAC system including a refrigerant loop and an expansion device; and
an auxiliary coolant loop including a pump, a first heat exchanger, a second heat exchanger, and a first flow control valve, a third heat exchanger, a fourth heat exchanger, a fifth heat exchanger and a second flow control valve wherein said pump moves a coolant through said auxiliary coolant loop and wherein said first heat exchanger is thermally coupled to said refrigerant loop in the cooling mode, said second heat exchanger and said fourth heat exchanger are positioned in said passenger compartment and said third heat exchanger and said fifth heat exchanger are thermally coupled to said refrigerant loop;
wherein a first temperature of said coolant within said auxiliary coolant loop is controlled utilizing at least one of said (a) first flow control valve and (b) said pump and a second temperature of said coolant moving through said fourth heat exchanger is controlled utilizing said second flow control valve and said pump.

US Pat. No. 10,272,747

CONVERTIBLE DOOR ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A convertible door assembly, comprising:an upper door section defining a window opening;
a lower door section;
a releasable locking feature retaining said upper door section to said lower door section; and
a window displaceable between a raised position, closing said window opening, and a lowered position concealed within an internal door cavity formed in said upper door section and said lower door section.

US Pat. No. 10,276,848

PROTECTIVE VEHICLE BATTERY CAGE AND METHOD OF MAKING A BATTERY CAGE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A battery cage assembly method comprising:assembling a first plurality of longitudinal and transverse spaced tubes and a plurality of spaced inverted U-shaped frames having a frame height corresponding to a battery height to form a first sub-assembly;
welding each of the first plurality of longitudinal and transverse spaced tubes to one of the plurality of spaced inverted U-shaped frames;
assembling a second plurality of spaced tubes and a plurality of spaced frames to form a second sub-assembly; and
assembling the plurality of spaced frames to the spaced inverted U-shaped frames to enclose a battery pack.

US Pat. No. 10,274,032

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A BRAKE DISK AND BRAKE DISK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A brake disk for a vehicle, in which a friction layer is arranged at least in certain regions on a base body of the brake disk, said brake disk being produced in particular by a process, wherein (a) an adhesion-promoter layer is arranged between the friction layer and the base body and is arranged on the base body so as to surround it completely, (b) particles are arranged in the friction layer and some of said particles protrude from the friction layer and some of said particles mesh with said adhesion-promoter layer and (c) after finishing, the adhesion-promoter layer has a thickness of 200 ?m, the friction layer having a thickness of 30 ?m to 50 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,275,076

VEHICLE HUMAN INTERFACE ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

20. A motor vehicle human interface assembly comprising:an interior trim portion of a motor vehicle;
a flexible membrane;
an opening, the flexible membrane extending over the opening such that the flexible membrane is initially in tension, wherein the flexible membrane is capable of being depressed by a user to form a depression in the flexible membrane in a range of locations within the opening;
one or more flexible membrane sensors configured to determine the location at which the flexible membrane has been depressed by the user, the one or more flexible membrane sensors providing a signal indicating the location at which the flexible membrane has been depressed;
a controller configured to control one or more systems of the motor vehicle based on the signal from the one or more flexible membrane sensors; and
a frame is provided in the interior trim portion such that the flexible membrane and a surrounding surface of the interior trim portion are substantially flush, wherein the frame defines the opening and the flexible membrane extends over the frame and is integral with the surrounding surface of the interior trim portion.

US Pat. No. 10,272,771

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AGING A FUEL TANK IN A PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a plug-in hybrid vehicle, comprising:during a plurality of plug-in events to recharge a battery of the vehicle, isolate contents within a plastic fuel tank from both an internal combustion engine of the vehicle and from atmosphere; and
operating a fuel pump coupled to the plastic fuel tank during each of the plurality of the plug-in events until the plastic fuel tank becomes aged to a predetermined degree by fuel vapors generated therein, where aging the plastic fuel tank to the predetermined degree is expanding the plastic fuel tank to a dimensional equilibrium.

US Pat. No. 10,277,129

SWITCHING OVERLAP AVOIDANCE SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:controlling a power supply system to avoid an over-voltage event across one or more switching devices of the power supply system, the controlling step based on switching overlap information that includes instructions for advancing one or more pulse edges of a switching signal associated with at least one of the switching devices,
wherein the switching signal includes multiple sets of rising edges and falling edges, wherein advancing the one or more pulse edges of the switching signal includes advancing a first rising edge or a first falling edge, but not both, of a first set of the multiple sets.

US Pat. No. 10,272,785

FAULT DETECTION OF A BYPASS DIODE IN A VARIABLE VOLTAGE CONVERT SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle powertrain comprising:a variable voltage converter;
a bypass diode coupled in parallel with the converter and configured to clamp an output of the converter to a battery voltage; and
a controller configured to, while in a boost mode and in response to a rate of change of a converter inductor current exceeding a boost threshold, open switches of the converter to divert propulsive energy through the bypass diode.

US Pat. No. 10,272,790

VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:automatically aligning a charging device of a charging system relative to a receiving device of an electrified vehicle using motion of the electrified vehicle to move the charging device, wherein automatically aligning the charging device includes engaging wheel guides of the charging system along inner surfaces of wheels of the electrified vehicle as the electrified vehicle is moved in a direction toward the charging system; and
moving a slidable bar in a lateral direction as the wheel guides engage the inner surfaces of the wheels to position the charging device over top of the receiving device.

US Pat. No. 10,272,536

ROLLER TOOL FOR MAKING A BRAKE DISK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A roller tool for roughening a friction ring of a brake disk, comprising:a roller body including inner and outer ends and protrusions; each end having a circumference, the inner end circumference being smaller than the outer end circumference; and
a support frame including short and long legs connected to the outer and inner ends, respectively, and an arm connecting therebetween, that forms a roller body axis of rotation intersecting the arm at an angle.

US Pat. No. 10,272,793

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AVAILABILITY OF VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system, comprising:a telematics unit configured to wirelessly communicate with a second telematics unit of a second vehicle electrically coupled to a charging station;
a processor configured to obtain a remaining charge time from the second vehicle, using the telematics unit;
a display for displaying the remaining charge time in association with information related to the second vehicle; and
a user interface for receiving a user input associated with the displayed information, wherein in response to the user input, the processor prompts, via the user interface, entry of a message to an operator of the second vehicle, and the telematics unit sends the message to the second telematics unit for relay to a mobile communications device associated with the second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,273,828

TURBINE HOUSING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An internal combustion engine having at least one cylinder head and having at least one turbine comprising:a turbine housing including:
an exhaust gas passage;
at least one coolant fluid passage; and
a wall between the exhaust gas passage and the at least one coolant fluid passage having:
a first area (Aexhaust) contacting exhaust gases; and
a second area (Acoolant) contacting coolant, and
wherein the following applies: Acoolant/Aexhaust ?1.2.

US Pat. No. 10,272,807

EFFICIENT CONTROL OF TEMPERATURE ALTERING SYSTEMS WITHIN A VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seating assembly for a vehicle comprising:an external surface and multiple temperature altering systems disposed beneath the external surface;
at least one sensor associated with the seating assembly; and
a controller in communication with the least one sensor and the multiple temperature altering systems,
wherein, when an object having a size is placed on the external surface of the seating assembly and the temperature of the external surface of the seating assembly is to be altered, the controller determines, based on information provided by the at least one sensor, which of the multiple temperature altering systems to activate as a function of the size of the object, such that, the larger the size of the object, the more of the multiple temperature altering systems the controller will activate, and the controller then activates those temperature altering systems.

US Pat. No. 10,272,812

CUP HOLDER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cup holder, comprising:a fixed support;
a first arm connected by a first pivot to said support, said first arm including a first end and a second end and said first pivot is between said first end and said second end;
a second arm connected by a second pivot to said support, said second arm including a third end and a fourth end and said second pivot is between said third end and said fourth end;
a first link connected by a third pivot to said first arm and by a fourth pivot to said second arm;
a second link parallel to said first link, said second link being connected by a fifth pivot to said first arm and a sixth pivot to said second arm; and
a cup support depending from said second arm, said cup support including (a) a first slide element displaceable along a first section of said second arm so as to extend beyond said fourth pivot and (b) a second slide element displaceable along a second section of said second arm so as to extend beyond said sixth pivot;
wherein said third pivot is adjacent said first end, said fourth pivot is adjacent said third end, said fifth pivot is adjacent said second end, said sixth pivot is adjacent said fourth end, said first arm is curved, said second arm is curved, said first section includes a first guide track, said first slide element includes a first guide track follower, said second section includes a second guide track, said second slide element includes a second guide track follower, said first arm includes a third section and a fourth section, and said first arm includes a first extension element displaceable along said third section and a second extension element displaceable along said fourth section.

US Pat. No. 10,272,819

LOOSE LAYERED BUILD COMPONENTS AND VEHICLE FRONT END ASSEMBLY STRATEGY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A headlight assembly for assembly adjacent at least one skin component of a vehicle front end comprising:a housing supporting at least one light; and
a lens attached to said housing, said lens including at least one attribute for engaging the at least one skin component, wherein said at least one attribute includes an aperture extending through said housing, wherein said at least one attribute is formed in said lens, said aperture is a hole having a countersunk portion and said countersunk portion is formed in said lens and extends a distance from a surface of said lens for guiding the at least one skin component.

US Pat. No. 10,272,831

INTERIOR LIGHTING ASSEMBLIES AND UNITS THAT PRODUCE NATURAL AND COURTESY LIGHT PATTERNS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An interior lighting assembly, comprising:a light barrier comprising a metallized reflective surface facing an interior;
a light-diffusing element over the reflective surface having a plurality of corresponding opposed edges and LED sources; and
a controller for directing the sources to transmit a natural light pattern from the element into the interior based at least in part on an environmental input,
wherein each source is configured to direct incident light into the corresponding edge.

US Pat. No. 10,272,832

LIGHTING PIPE INTEGRATED WITHIN SUNROOF TRIM RING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A trim component comprising:a trim reinforcement having tapered sidewalls extending from an inner portion of the reinforcement, terminating at an edge to define a moonroof opening, and including carriers integrally formed with and projecting away from the trim reinforcement;
a backing layer wrapping around the edge to define a trim ring, wherein the carriers extend around the trim ring; and
at least one light pipe disposed within the integrated carriers.

US Pat. No. 10,267,210

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING AIRFLOW THROUGH A POWER STEERING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for an engine, comprising:an engine cooling system including at least one engine cooling fan;
a steering wheel coupled to a hydraulic power steering system, the hydraulic power steering system including a power steering fluid cooler and a pump driven by the engine; and
a controller configured to store instructions in non-transitory memory that, when executed, cause the controller to:
receive an indication of an engine speed;
receive an indication of a steering wheel angle;
responsive to a condition wherein the engine speed is greater than an engine speed threshold for more than a first duration and wherein the steering wheel angle is greater than a steering wheel angle threshold for more than the first duration, overriding a current engine cooling fan logic; and
adjusting operation of the at least one engine cooling fan for a second duration based on the engine speed and the steering wheel angle.

US Pat. No. 10,267,212

FLUID LOOP FILLING ASSEMBLY AND FILLING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An assembly, comprisinga manifold having an interior area;
a baffle dividing a portion of the interior area into a first region that is part of a first fluid loop of a vehicle, and a second region that is part of a separate, second fluid loop of the vehicle; and
a reservoir configured to hold a supply of liquid that is in fluid communication with both the first and second regions,
the baffle including a first portion and a second portion vertically below the first portion, the first portion extending longitudinally in a first direction that is aligned with a general direction of flow of the liquid to the manifold from the supply, the second portion extending longitudinally in a second direction that is transverse to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,269,520

PERMANENT MAGNET CONTACTOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A power system comprising:an electrical contactor including a pair of plates arranged to scissor between open and closed positions, the plates having magnets embedded therein such that
in the closed position, a subset of the magnets having opposite polarity are aligned to encourage touching of electrical contacts of the plates, and
in the open position, a subset of the magnets having same polarity are aligned to encourage separation of the electrical contacts.

US Pat. No. 10,267,222

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TRANSITIONS IN A VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising transitioning an engine with only four cylinders between two-cylinder, three-cylinder, and four-cylinder modes of operation, the transitioning including a sequence of at least two firing events, wherein the at least two firing events are successive and are separated by crank angle degrees dependent on the mode of operation and may occur over a range of degrees with a minimum of 120 degrees, wherein the engine operates with uneven firing intervals in the four-cylinder mode, the uneven firing intervals including four successive firing events of a cycle with two successive firing events having a 120 crank angle degrees firing interval, and another two successive firing events of the cycle having a 240 crank angle degrees firing interval.

US Pat. No. 10,267,481

ILLUMINATING VEHICLE ASSEMBLIES WITH ILLUMINATED BADGES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

13. An illuminating vehicle assembly, comprising:a badge mounted to an external surface of a grille component and including a light source and a first circuit board;
a first thermally conductive adhesive between the first circuit board and the external surface;
a control module received at an internal surface of the grille component and including a second circuit board; and
a second thermally conductive adhesive between the second circuit board and the internal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,267,482

VEHICULAR LIGHTING ASSEMBLIES AND HEADLAMPS WITH CONDENSER LENSES CONFIGURED TO PREVENT SOLAR DAMAGE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicular lighting assembly, comprising:a parabolic reflector;
a condenser lens comprising a non-planar rear surface;
an outer lens;
a bezel between the lenses; and
a light source that emanates light that strikes the reflector and exits the assembly through the lenses,
wherein the non-planar rear surface comprises quantum dots with an excitation emission between about 800 and 1000 nm and is configured to reflect ambient light entering the condenser lens away from the bezel.

US Pat. No. 10,267,243

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PULSED ENGINE WATER INJECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:injecting water into an engine intake manifold as a plurality of pulses from a water injector, the pulsing adjusted with reference to intake valve timing based on output from an intake manifold oxygen sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,267,256

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR KNOCK CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising:an engine;
a crankshaft position sensor configured to measure a position and speed of the engine;
a knock sensor configured to measure vibrations of the engine;
a variable displacement engine (VDE) mechanism configured to selectively disable one or more cylinders of the engine; and
a controller storing instructions in non-transitory memory executable to:
during fuel-cut operation, heat a first cylinder of the engine by adjusting the VDE mechanism to hold cylinder valves of the first cylinder closed while a piston of the first cylinder compresses trapped gas in the first cylinder; and
upon fuel reactivation, re-learning a profile of the crankshaft position sensor responsive to lack of knock in the heated first cylinder, the lack of knock detected based on output from the knock sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,267,258

METHOD OF HONING HIGH-POROSITY CYLINDER LINERS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:spraying a coating having an initial average bulk porosity onto an engine bore wall;
honing the coating to create an intermediate honed surface;
cleaning the intermediate honed surface; and
honing the intermediate honed surface with a cutting force of 110-130 kgf after the cleaning step to create a honed surface having an average porosity greater than the initial average bulk porosity.

US Pat. No. 10,271,399

REAR VEHICLE LIGHTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A lighting system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a first rear combination lamp and a second rear combination lamp each including a first lighting section configured to selectively illuminate a first color and a second lighting section including multi-colored light emitting diodes (LEDs) configured to selectively illuminate the second lighting section one of a second color and a third color; and
a controller configured to selectively illuminate each of the first and second lighting sections.

US Pat. No. 10,267,068

ELECTRONIC VEHICLE ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electronic control system for controlling vehicle access, comprising:an electronic control system including a vehicle network operably interconnecting a programmable controller to a vehicle data system, the vehicle data system including at least one sensor configured to provide data concerning at least one vehicle operating parameter;
a plurality of electronically powered latch mechanisms that are configured to be actuated to shift from a latched configuration to an unlatched configuration upon receipt of a signal from the electronic control system; electrically conductive elements;
first and second capacitive electrodes, wherein the electrically conductive elements are electrically coupled to the electrodes and the electronic control system such that actuation of the first and second electrodes causes corresponding first and second signals to be transmitted to the electronic control system;
an unlatch switch that is operably connected to the programmable controller;
an unlock switch that is operably connected to the programmable controller; and
wherein the programmable controller has an internal door lock status memory, and the programmable controller is configured to set the door lock memory state to the unlocked state if the programmable controller receives a signal from the unlock switch, and wherein the programmable controller is configured to determine that a user has grasped the interior handle if the first capacitive electrode detects that a user's hand is present at the same time as the second capacitive electrode also detects the presence of a hand, and wherein the programmable controller is configured to unlatch the powered latch mechanism when a signal from the unlatch switch is received if the door lock memory state is set to an unlocked state and the programmable controller has determined that a user's hand is present, and wherein the controller is configured such that the controller does not unlatch the powered latch mechanism when a signal from the unlatch switch is received after a predefined non-zero time interval of detecting the presence of a hand even if the presence of a hand is detected when the signal from the unlatch switch is received.

US Pat. No. 10,267,070

GLOVE BOX ASSEMBLY WITH EXTERNAL LATCH MECHANISM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A glove box assembly, comprising:a door;
a lock mechanism including a first striker and a second striker carried on said door, a first latch rod, a second latch rod and a biasing element biasing said first latch rod and said second latch rod into engagement with said first striker and said second striker; and
a lock release mechanism
wherein (a) said first latch rod includes a first proximal end and a first distal end and said second latch rod includes a second proximal end and a second distal end, (b) said first proximal end is pivotally connected to a first lug of a first gear and (c) said second proximal end is pivotally connected to a second lug of a second gear.

US Pat. No. 10,267,071

TAILGATE FOR A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A tailgate for a vehicle with a handle comprising:a handle portion for a user;
a connection portion connected to an inside surface of the tailgate, wherein the connection portion is movable along the inside surface between a first position and a second position, the second position being lower than the first position in an open position of the tailgate; and
at least one rail disposed on the inside surface, wherein the connection portion slidably engages the at least one rail, and wherein the handle portion is flexibly connected to the connection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,266,048

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COORDINATING REMOTE FUEL DELIVERY TO VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for a vehicle, comprising:a fuel system, including a fuel tank that supplies fuel to a combustion engine;
an evaporative emissions control system, removably coupled to the fuel system, the evaporative emissions system including a fuel vapor storage canister for capturing and storing fuel tank vapors;
a fuel tank isolation valve, positioned in a conduit between the fuel tank and the fuel vapor storage canister;
a canister vent valve, positioned in a vent line between the fuel vapor storage canister and atmosphere;
a first pressure sensor, positioned in the conduit between the fuel tank and the fuel vapor storage canister;
a second pressure sensor, positioned between the fuel vapor storage canister and the canister vent valve; and
a controller storing instructions in non-transitory memory, that when executed, cause the controller to:
indicate a refueling event that adds fuel to the fuel tank is complete;
command closed both the fuel tank isolation valve and the canister vent valve;
monitor pressure in the fuel system via the first pressure sensor, and monitor pressure in the evaporative emissions system via the second pressure sensor; and
indicate whether the fuel tank isolation valve is functioning as desired responsive to pressure in the fuel system and the evaporative emissions system converging to a common pressure over a predetermined time duration.

US Pat. No. 10,266,088

VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY HAVING ABRASION RESISTANT BOLSTER INSERT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seatback frame; and
a bolster insert in direct physical contact with, and extending over, at least one of a front surface and an inner surface of the seatback frame, the bolster insert presenting a generally continuous surface to an occupant, and a foam layer and a trim cover contoured to expose the bolster insert when fully assembled.

US Pat. No. 10,267,911

STEERING WHEEL ACTUATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,267,410

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO CONTROL VEHICLE OPERATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:in response to an ambient humidity level, charge air cooler temperature, and a request to downshift a transmission gear from a higher gear to a lower gear, transiently operating at an intermediate gear before shifting to the lower gear.

US Pat. No. 10,267,412

UPSHIFT CONTROL FOR REGENERATIVE BRAKING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a controller programmed to, in response to release of an accelerator pedal and an indication of an expected regenerative braking event having a timing falling within a transmission upshift time window, prevent a clutch of a transmission from disengaging until first occurrence of reapplication of the accelerator pedal or removal of the indication, to inhibit a transmission upshift prompted by the release when an anticipated gear ratio resulting from the upshift is predicted to decrease a speed of a generator shaft below a constant power region of a generator.

US Pat. No. 10,268,199

MANAGING VEHICLE REFUELING OPERATIONS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system for autonomous operation of a vehicle comprising:a computer programmed to:
receive, from a fuel level sensor in a vehicle fuel tank, during a refueling operation of the vehicle coupled to a fuel pump, first data indicating a fuel level in the vehicle selected according to first and second times between which an overpressure shutoff is not expected;
determine a flow rate based on the first data;
collect second data, the second data including data from previous refueling operations for one or both of the vehicle and the fuel pump;
determine, based on the first and second data, and when the flow rate is below a predetermined flow rate, a failure mode for the refueling operation for at least one of the vehicle and the fuel pump; and
output a refueling failure indication for the at least one of the vehicle and the fuel pump based on the failure mode to at least one of an interface and a server, wherein the first and second times are selected within a middle time period of the refueling operation that excludes a beginning time period at a beginning of the refueling operation and an ending time period at an end of the refueling operation, and further wherein a time period between the first time and the second time is greater than a predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,268,207

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE NETWORK BANDWIDTH BRIDGING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a telematics controller, connected to a first modem to communicate over a wide-area network;
an autonomous vehicle controller, connected to a second modem to communicate over the network, programmed to send autonomous vehicle commands determined using autonomous vehicle data to control the vehicle; and
a scheduler controller programmed to direct the telematics controller and autonomous vehicle controller to simultaneously communicate autonomous vehicle data over the network using the first and second modems.

US Pat. No. 10,258,535

VEHICLE SEAT WITH MUSCLE MASSAGE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A method for implementing a massage sequence in a vehicle seat, comprising:causing inflation, to a first predetermined inflation level, of a first bladder in a first location within the vehicle seat;
after a time interval, causing deflation of the first bladder; and
when the first bladder passes a first deflation threshold level, causing inflation of a second bladder positioned within the vehicle seat in a second location adjacent and diagonal to the first location;
wherein:
the first and second bladders overlie a seat adjustment bladder also positioned within the vehicle seat;
each of the first and second bladders are rectangular in shape so as to define a lower-inside corner and an upper-outside corner with respective first and second edges extending from the lower-inside corner, the first edge being parallel with the centerline of the seatback, and are arranged to extend diagonally such that the lower inside corner of the second bladder overlaps with the upper outside corner of the first bladder with the respective first edges being parallel to and successively offset from each other away from each other; and
the massage sequence is implemented in one of a plurality of seat configurations achieved by one of inflation or deflation of the seat adjustment bladder.

US Pat. No. 10,259,370

ITEM HOLDER HAVING A SELF-ADJUSTING AIR BLADDER SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An item holder, comprising:a receiving well having an upper opening;
a plurality of air bladders disposed in the receiving well and operable to deflate from an at-rest position to a retracted position as an item is received in the receiving well, wherein each air bladder includes an outer casing, a portion of which is configured to abut the outer casing of at least two other air bladders of the plurality of air bladders and wherein the portion of the outer casing abutting the at least two other air bladders is largest when the plurality of air bladders are in the at-rest position; and
a controller coupled to a sensor and an inflation system, wherein the controller initiates an inflation sequence of the inflation system to inflate the air bladders as the item is removed from the receiving well in response to the sensor sensing that the item is removed.

US Pat. No. 10,259,376

VEHICLE EXTERIOR LIGHTING SYSTEMS

Ford Global Technologies,...

19. A vehicle lighting system, comprising:a lens assembly;
a light diffusing fiber trapped between a first lens and a second lens of the lens assembly;
a first portion of the light diffusing fiber arranged in a first geometric space of the lens assembly for providing a parking light; and
a second portion of the light diffusing fiber arranged in a second, different geometric space of the lens assembly for providing a side marker light.

US Pat. No. 10,260,414

FOAM PLUG FOR ENGINE COVER FASTENER POCKET

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A removable plug for use with an engine cover having a fastener pocket, the engine cover being attachable to an engine with a fastener, the plug comprising:an upper end and a lower end, said lower end having a fastener-receiving recessed area;
an upper circumferential ring;
a conical wall formed between said upper circumferential ring and said lower end; and
a lower circumferential ring formed on said conical wall thereby dividing said conical wall into an upper conical wall and a lower conical wall, said upper conical wall having a taper and said lower conical wall having a taper, said tapers being the same, said lower circumferential ring having an upper ramped surface immediately adjacent said upper conical wall, a lower ramped surface immediately adjacent said lower conical wall, and a radial surface formed between said upper and lower ramped surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,263,236

BATTERY CELL SECURING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A battery cell securing assembly, comprising:a rail of a first cell assembly received within a slot of a second cell assembly to secure the first and a second cell assemblies relative to each other; and
a rail terminal disposed within a rail surface of the rail that faces back toward an electrode structure of the first cell assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,262,476

STEERING OPERATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system, comprising a computer including a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:identify, from a plurality of vehicles, a vehicle having a smallest average steering wheel angle deviation of each of the plurality of vehicles;
compare a target vehicle's steering wheel angle deviations to the identified vehicle's steering wheel angle deviations; and
actuate a target vehicle component upon determining that a difference of the target vehicle's steering wheel angle deviation and the identified vehicle's steering wheel angle deviation exceeds a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,262,536

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHARGING STATION MONITORING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system comprising:a processor configured to:
receive indication that a chargeable vehicle is within GPS coordinates defining a charging point area;
determine if the charging point is available for immediate use, responsive to the indication;
notify a vehicle driver of an immediately available charging point, including providing localized guidance to the charging point; and
offer an option to receive charging-point availability notification when the charging point is not available for immediate use.

US Pat. No. 10,262,539

INTER-VEHICLE WARNINGS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:motor(s), sensors, processor(s) configured to:
iterate a series of future properties, comprising future positions, of nearby first and second vehicles based on determined current properties thereof;
associate a blindspot with an iterated future position of the second vehicle;
responsive to a future position of the first vehicle occupying the blindspot,
transmit a message to the second vehicle;
adjust a dimension of the blindspot based on a future property of the first vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,245,951

HYBRID TRANSMISSION WITH DUAL-DRIVE PUMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hybrid transmission comprising:an input shaft adapted for fixation to an internal combustion engine;
an output shaft co-axial with the input shaft and driveably connected to a differential;
a motor configured to propel the output shaft with the input shaft stationary;
a driving sprocket selectively coupled to the input shaft by a first one-way-clutch and selectively coupled to the output shaft by a second one-way-clutch;
a driven sprocket;
a chain engaging both the driving sprocket and the driven sprocket; and
a pump driveably connected to the driven sprocket.

US Pat. No. 10,247,245

BEVEL FACESPLINE WITH LINE CONTACT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicular shaft assembly, comprising:a hub having a hub face defining an annular array of hub-teeth disposed about a hub axis; and
a universal joint having a joint face engaged with the hub face, the joint face defining an annular array of joint-teeth about a joint axis, each joint-tooth having beveled side surfaces and inclining away from the hub face as a distance from the hub axis increases, wherein each joint-tooth includes a length and an upper surface extending along the length, and the joint face defines a root surface between each joint-tooth, and wherein the upper surfaces define a first angle with the joint axis and the root surfaces define a second angle with the joint axis that differs from the first angle.

US Pat. No. 10,247,280

FOUR PLANETARY-GEARSET STEP-RATIO AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A transmission comprising:four planetary-gearsets each having gear-elements including a sun, a carrier, and a ring, wherein the first planetary-gearset sun is fixedly coupled to a ground and the first planetary-gearset carrier is fixedly coupled to the second planetary-gearset ring;
a first shift-element selectively coupling the second planetary-gearset carrier to the ground;
a second shift-element selectively coupling the first planetary-gearset ring to a first one of the third planetary-gearset gear-elements;
an input fixedly coupled to the second planetary-gearset sun and to a first one of the fourth planetary-gearset gear-elements; and
an output fixedly coupled to a second one of the third planetary-gearset gear-elements.

US Pat. No. 10,250,115

INVERTER SWITCHING DEVICES WITH COMMON SOURCE INDUCTANCE LAYOUT TO AVOID SHOOT-THROUGH

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A phase leg comprising;an upper transistor having upper gate, collector, and emitter terminals, the upper gate and emitter terminals arranged to create an upper common source inductance;
a lower transistor having lower gate, collector, and emitter terminals, the lower gate and emitter terminals arranged to create a lower common source inductance;
an upper commutation diode coupled across the upper collector and emitter terminals and in parallel with the created upper common source inductance;
a lower diode coupled across the lower collector and emitter terminals and substantially in parallel with the created lower common source inductance; and
a power module substrate carrying a plurality of conductive layers, wherein the conductive layers define a positive rail and a negative rail arranged between first and second mounting regions, wherein the upper transistor and the lower diode are mounted to the substrate in the first mounting region, and wherein the upper transistor and the lower diode are mounted to the substrate in the first mounting region;
wherein the transistors are connected in series between positive and negative bus terminals and have an intermediate junction providing an output of the phase leg, wherein the upper diode has an anode terminal connected to the intermediate junction substantially bypassing the created upper common source inductance; and wherein the lower diode has an anode terminal connected to the negative bus terminal substantially bypassing the created lower common source inductance.

US Pat. No. 10,246,044

VEHICLE HOOD ASSEMBLY WITH DEPLOYABLE PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle hood assembly comprising:an inner hood;
an outer hood fixed relative to the inner hood;
a plurality of deployable devices spaced from each other between the inner hood and the outer hood, the deployable devices each defining an inflation chamber and being formed of thermoplastic elastomer; and
a plurality of inflators each disposed inside one of the deployable devices;
wherein each deployable device includes a clip fixing the respective inflator; wherein each clip is a single continuous unit with the respective deployable device.

US Pat. No. 10,246,103

VEHICLE ODOR REMEDIATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising:detecting, based in part on a first location of a vehicle and weather data, a condition for removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the vehicle, the first location being a current location of the vehicle;
determining that a first level of VOCs in the vehicle is greater than a predetermined level;
selecting a second location to expedite removal of the VOCs; and
navigating the vehicle to the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,245,904

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO FACILITATE TPMS BROADCAST MODE SELECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

16. A vehicle tire pressure monitoring system comprising:sensors disposed in wheel and tire assemblies of the vehicle; and
a processor in communication with the sensors and configured to:
receive an unencrypted signal including first tire pressure data;
selectively enter an encrypted communication mode with the sensors based on the first tire pressure data;
transmit an encrypted request to the sensors for second tire pressure data;
receive an encrypted signal from the sensors including the second tire pressure data; and
authenticate the unencrypted signal based on the first tire pressure data and the second tire pressure data.

US Pat. No. 10,232,856

VEHICLE USER-COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A controller comprising a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions, wherein the processor is programmed to:receive a command to control steering and at least one of propulsion and braking of a vehicle;
control the steering and at least one of the propulsion and the braking while following a route segment;
calculate a frequency based on at least one of an elapsed duration, a time of day, and a route-segment topology stored in the memory, wherein the elapsed duration is a time interval beginning when the processor began controlling received the command to control the steering and at least one of the propulsion and the braking; and
during the route segment, repeat instruct a user interface to repeatedly generate an output at the calculated frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,221,743

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EXHAUST PARTICULATE MATTER SENSING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:adjusting an amount of opening of an inlet to a particulate matter sensor positioned in an exhaust flow in response to an exhaust flow rate of the exhaust flow upstream of the particulate matter sensor,
wherein the adjusting includes increasing the amount of opening of the inlet when the exhaust flow rate falls below a threshold rate and further includes decreasing the amount of opening of the inlet when the exhaust flow rate exceeds the threshold rate; and
wherein the particulate matter sensor includes a first flow redirector and a flow controller positioned at the inlet, where an end of the flow controller is positioned a distance away from the first flow redirector to generate a gap at the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,224,584

BATTERY PACK HEAT EXCHANGER

Ford Global Technologies,...

9. A battery pack heat exchanger, comprising:a wall of an enclosure, the enclosure providing an open area that receives a battery array;
a heat exchanger lid held against the wall to provide a chamber that receives a fluid to exchange thermal energy with the battery array through the wall when the fluid is within the chamber and outside the open area;
a divider separating the chamber into at least a first region and a second region, the first region is configured to communicate a flow of fluid through the chamber in a first direction, the second region is configured to communicate a flow of fluid through the chamber in a second direction opposite the first direction; and
an opening permitting the flow of fluid in the first region of the chamber to move to the second region of the chamber,
wherein the heat exchanger lid is securable to the wall in a first position and alternatively securable to the wall in a second position, the opening is closer to a first axial end of the wall when the heat exchanger lid is in the first position than when the heat exchanger lid is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,220,722

OPERATION OF COMBINED COOLING CIRCUIT FOR POWER ELECTRONICS AND BATTERY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a coolant loop including a traction battery, a battery chiller, a power electronics device, and a radiator;
a battery bypass valve in the coolant loop configured to, in a bypass position, bypass the traction battery and the battery chiller; and
a controller programmed to, in response to a demand for cabin cooling being greater than a predetermined demand, command the battery bypass valve to the bypass position.

US Pat. No. 10,220,737

KINEMATIC BACK PANEL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seating assembly for a vehicle comprising:a seat including a seat cushion assembly;
a seatback pivotally coupled with the seat and including a seatback cushion assembly; and
a polymeric hard back panel operably coupled with the seatback and comprising:
a recessed portion; and
a controlled deformation portion including a rupture line configured to split during a rear impact collision of said vehicle, resulting in flaps of the controlled deformation portion extending rearward relative to the seatback, wherein the controlled deformation portion is generally concealed from rearward view by a pocket wall.

US Pat. No. 10,220,742

MULTI-COMPONENT SPRING SYSTEM FOR DYNAMIC THIGH AND CUSHION SUPPORT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a tilt plate coupled to a base and rotationally operable about a first horizontal axis;
a cushion spring extending from a rear of the base to the tilt plate proximate the first horizontal axis; and
a thigh support rotationally coupled to the tilt plate, wherein the thigh support is biased by a dynamic spring away from the tilt plate toward an unloaded state.

US Pat. No. 10,220,745

INNER CARRIER SUBSTRATE TRIM COVER ATTACHMENT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A motor vehicle seating assembly for a motor vehicle having a lower seat assembly and an upwardly extending seat back assembly, the upwardly extending seat back assembly comprising;a seat back frame;
a decorative seat back rear panel module; and
a seat back cushion and suspension module attached to the seat back frame, the seat back cushion and suspension module further comprising a one-piece composite inner carrier substrate having a pair of vertically extending side members, an upper transverse member, and a lower transverse member, wherein an outer edge of each of the vertically extending side members, upper transverse member, and lower transverse member form an outer perimeter, and a plurality of attachment openings disposed about the outer perimeter at discrete locations, and a seat back trim cover having an outer perimeter having a plurality of seat back trim cover attachment fasteners disposed about a perimeter of the seat back trim cover at locations corresponding to the discrete locations of the outer perimeter of the one-piece composite inner carrier substrate, and
wherein the decorative seat back rear panel module comprises a pair of vertically extending, forward facing, and opposed side edges that each include a plurality of vertically aligned molded-in attachment receptacles and the outer edge of the vertically extending side members of the one-piece composite inner carrier substrate includes a plurality of vertically aligned molded-in attachment fasteners aligned and corresponding with the attachment receptacles of the decorative seat back rear panel module, wherein the one of the plurality of attachment fasteners of the one-piece composite inner carrier substrate are resiliently secured by one of the plurality of the attachment receptacles of the decorative seat back rear panel module when the sear back cushion and suspension module is assembled.

US Pat. No. 10,220,747

FULLY COLLAPSING ARMREST INSERT WITH TUNABLE TENSIONING ELEMENTS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A collapsible vehicular armrest substrate comprising:a collapsible grid;
a tunable element extending perpendicularly through the collapsible grid for positioning and securing the collapsible grid to a perimetrical frame in a support position; and
a tension-adjusting mechanism that is threadably adjusted to set a predetermined tension limit of the tunable element, wherein the collapsible grid disengages from the support position when the tunable element experiences an actual tension greater than the predetermined tension limit.

US Pat. No. 10,220,750

INNER CARRIER SUBSTRATE MECHANICAL LOCK WITH HEAD RESTRAINT GUIDE SLEEVES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A motor vehicle seating assembly for a motor vehicle having a lower seat assembly and an upwardly extending seat back assembly, the upwardly extending seat back assembly comprising:a head restraint having a head restraint pad and a head restraint mounting post depending therefrom;
a seat back frame having a vertically oriented frame opening in an upper portion thereof;
a seat back and suspension module having an upper portion and a vertically oriented module opening in the upper portion, the frame opening and the module opening being in vertical alignment one with the other, wherein the seat back and suspension module comprises a one-piece composite inner carrier substrate having an upper portion and a trim cover having an upper portion, wherein the module opening comprises an opening in each of the upper portion of both of the one-piece composite inner carrier substrate and the trim cover; and
a head restraint guide sleeve vertically received and retained within the frame opening and the module opening, wherein the head restraint mounting post is received and retained within the head restraint sleeve guide;
wherein the one-piece composite inner carrier substrate comprises an upper transverse member having a resilient locking pawl disposed adjacent the opening in the one-piece composite inner carrier substrate and the head restraint guide sleeve comprises a tubular member having an outer cylindrical surface, the outer cylindrical surface of the head restraint guide sleeve having a locking tab, wherein when the outer cylindrical surface of the head restraint guide sleeve is received within the opening in the upper transverse portion of the one-piece composite inner carrier substrate, and the locking tab of the head restraint guide sleeve resiliently displaces the resilient locking pawl until fully inserted, upon which the resilient locking pawl mechanically engages the locking tab to prevent withdraw of the head restraint guide sleeve from the aligned opening in the upper transverse portion of the one-piece composite inner carrier substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,221,779

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING EGR TO AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine method, comprising:ejecting a second portion of exhaust gas from combustion in a cylinder during a cycle of the cylinder to a scavenge manifold at a first time, the cylinder included in a naturally aspirated engine; and
ejecting fresh air from the cylinder to the scavenge manifold during the cycle of the cylinder at a second time, the second time different from the first time.

US Pat. No. 10,220,752

ADJUSTABLE HEADREST ASSEMBLY WITH NECK SUPPORT FEATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A headrest assembly, comprising:a headrest bun;
a friction hinge arranged on a vertical pivoting axis and having an upper portion disposed above a pivoting lower portion, the upper portion directly connected to an internal frame member disposed within a fixed upper portion of the headrest bun; and
a side support coupled to the lower portion of the friction hinge below the fixed upper portion of the headrest bun, wherein the side support is configured to pivot between stowed and extended positions along the vertical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,221,781

HYBRID VEHICLE WITH TURBO LAG REDUCTION APPARATUS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:an engine coupled to a turbo lag reduction assembly having an auxiliary compressor and pressure tank that are coupled to a clutch driven by a driveshaft powered by vehicle wheel rotation;
a turbocharger having an engine exhaust turbine rotationally coupled to an engine intake compressor turbine, wherein the pressure tank is coupled to an upstream location of the engine intake compressor turbine and is configured to store and discharge a predetermined volume of compressed air to spin the engine intake compressor turbine; and
at least one controller configured to:
engage the clutch responsive to a braking signal, until the compressor has recharged the pressure tank.

US Pat. No. 10,220,754

INFLATABLE MEMBER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An inflatable member for a vehicle seating assembly comprising:an upper sheet;
a lower sheet;
a fluid delivery assembly positioned at intervals between the upper and lower sheets, wherein the fluid delivery assembly is surrounded on at least two sides by the upper and lower sheets;
a plurality of fluid cells defined by a series of ridges formed by the lower sheet, wherein the series of ridges sealably couple to at least one of an underside of the fluid delivery assembly and the upper sheet in an air-tight manner, wherein the fluid delivery assembly corresponds with the series of ridges, and wherein the plurality of fluid cells are provided with fluid from the fluid delivery assembly; and
a support structure abutting an underside of the lower sheet, wherein the support structure includes a recess that receives the inflatable member, and wherein the inflatable member extends beyond the recess when inflated to a use condition.

US Pat. No. 10,221,784

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FUEL VAPOR MANAGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of canister purging comprising:controlling an air flow rate into an engine to achieve an operator demand for power, the air flow rate provided from a compressor or from induction by the engine through a throttle; and
controlling flow of a purge mixture when a preselected fuel vapor fraction of total engine fuel is reached, where the controlling includes adjusting a fuel purge flow rate so that the preselected fuel vapor fraction of the total engine fuel is maintained as engine fueling changes with load, even if a higher purge flow rate than the adjusted fuel purge flow rate is possible.

US Pat. No. 10,221,787

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:operating a variable displacement engine with an induction ratio based on operator torque demand;
responsive to throttle position being within a threshold distance of wide open throttle, independent of the operator torque demand, increasing the induction ratio,
wherein the induction ratio is a commanded induction ratio; and
estimating an actual induction ratio based on a modeled mass air flow through the throttle and a sensed manifold pressure rate of change across the throttle, comparing the commanded induction ratio to the estimated actual induction ratio, and indicating degradation of a variable displacement engine mechanism based on the comparing.

US Pat. No. 10,223,852

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SELECTIVE VEHICLE ACCESS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:motor(s), door lock(s), processor(s) configured to:
attempt a direct link with a mobile device based on receiving a key fob command;
attempt an indirect link with the mobile device based on failing to establish the direct link;
accept and implement the command upon establishing the direct or indirect link;
reject the command upon failing to establish the direct and indirect link.

US Pat. No. 10,221,792

TWO-STAGE CATALYST REGENERATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for controlling an engine, comprising:cutting off fuel to the engine during a deceleration event;
open loop operating an engine air/fuel ratio rich of stoichiometry for a predetermined time after said deceleration event ends;
feedback controlling said air/fuel ratio on average around a value rich of stoichiometry for a preselected time after said predetermined time; and
feedback controlling said air/fuel ratio to gradually return to stoichiometry after said preselected time.

US Pat. No. 10,220,769

VEHICULAR IMAGE PROJECTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A computer, comprising a processor and a memory including instructions executable by the processor to:identify, based on received data, a target object within a predetermined distance of a planned path for a vehicle;
determine a target symbol ground location based on the planned path and a maximum distance from the target object for projecting the symbol; and
project, by a light source in the vehicle, a symbol to the target symbol ground location.

US Pat. No. 10,220,773

WINDSHIELD BLACKOUT WITH VIEWING WINDOW AND BLACKOUT WINDOW FEATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a windshield blackout;
a viewing window provided in said windshield blackout;
an ornamental device provided behind said viewing window; and
a light source behind said ornamental device to back illuminate said ornamental device.

US Pat. No. 10,221,806

CYLINDRICAL ENGINE BORE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cylinder bore comprising:an inner surface including an axial travel area and an axial non-travel area including two discontinuous axial lengths of the cylindrical bore and the axial travel area extending therebetween, a nominal diameter of the axial travel area is greater than that of the axial non-travel area; and
a plurality of annular grooves formed in the two discontinuous axial lengths of the cylindrical bore, the axial travel area including a plurality of grooves having a square wave shape of a uniform dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,220,784

LUMINESCENT WINDSHIELD DISPLAY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A display system of a vehicle, comprising:light sources and respective silicone lenses coupled with a headliner;
an indicator that luminesces in response to light excitation by the light sources; and
a controller for selectively operating each of the light sources based on input from one or more proximity sensors, the indicator luminescing in one of a number of colors depending on which of the light sources is activated, and each color indicating the proximity of a detected object relative to the vehicle and a vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,220,785

CONTROLLING SIDE-VIEW MIRRORS IN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising:determining by a computer comprising a processor and a memory in a first vehicle operating in an autonomous mode that a second vehicle is within a range to detect a side-view mirror;
deploying, in the first vehicle operating in an autonomous mode, a side-view mirror to a first position;
receiving, from the second vehicle, a first image representing the side-view mirror;
deploying the side-view mirror to a second position;
receiving from the second vehicle a second image representing the side-view mirror;
analyzing by the computer the first and second image to determine an operational status of the side-view mirror;
verifying by the computer that the operational status of the side-view mirror is one of (1) stuck in the first position, (2) stuck in the second position, (3) stuck in between the first and second positions, and (4) deployable in each of the first and second positions; and
outputting by the computer the operational status to at least one of a display and a remote computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,220,786

CONTROLLING SIDE-VIEW MIRRORS IN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

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1. A method comprising:capturing, by a computer comprising a processor and a memory in a second vehicle, a first image of a side-view mirror deployed to a first position in a first vehicle operating in an autonomous mode, wherein the second vehicle is within a range to detect the side-view mirror on the first vehicle;
capturing, by the computer, a second image of the side-view mirror deployed to a second position;
analyzing, by the computer, the first and second images to determine an operational status of the side-view mirror;
verifying, by the computer, that the operational status of the side-view mirror is one of (1) stuck in a first position, (2) stuck in the second position, (3) stuck in between the first and second positions, and (4) deployable in each of the first and second positions; and
outputting, by the computer, the operational status to at least one of a display and a remote computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,220,790

PIVOTING HANGER WITH POSITIVE RETENTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seat;
a seatback;
a retainer assembly positioned in a rearward portion of the seatback, wherein the retainer assembly comprises:
a recess;
a bezel positioned about a perimeter of the recess; and
an arcuate hanger pivotably coupled to a lower portion of the recess, wherein the arcuate hanger engages with an upper portion of the recess when in a stowed position such that an aperture is maintained between an inside surface of the arcuate hanger and a rear surface of the bezel, and wherein the aperture is of sufficient dimensions to prevent crushing an article supported by the arcuate hanger when the arcuate hanger is in the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,221,818

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VACUUM GENERATION USING A THROTTLE COMPRISING A HOLLOW PASSAGE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:connecting a vacuum consumption device via a hollow shaft to a throttle plate positioned in an engine intake passage, the throttle plate having a hollow interior passage; and
decreasing an opening of the throttle plate in response to the vacuum consumption device requesting vacuum to increase vacuum production at a constricted portion of the hollow interior passage.

US Pat. No. 10,220,793

BICYCLE ATTACHMENT SYSTEM FOR A TRUCK BED

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A bicycle attachment system, comprising:a truck bed including at least one wall, wherein the at least one wall is a front wall of said truck bed;
a first access door adapted for at least partially forming a first compartment between said first access door and a portion of the at least one wall of the truck bed, said first compartment provided in the front wall of said truck bed, and said first access door further adapted for providing access to said first compartment; and
a first bike fork trap in said first compartment,
wherein said first access door includes a first hinge and said first access door pivots about said first hinge between a first opened position allowing access to said first compartment and a first closed position concealing said first bike fork trap.

US Pat. No. 10,221,821

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ENGINE DURING A RESTART

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle engine coupled to a transmission, comprising:in response to a first condition, restarting the engine by at least partially engaging the transmission to push-start and assist the engine in spinning-up from rest while a vehicle is traveling;
when providing increased push-starting transmission torque, positioning a throttle to a first position; and
when providing less push-starting transmission torque, positioning the throttle to a second, different position.

US Pat. No. 10,224,656

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR FOR A REMOVABLE TAILGATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A bushing for a tailgate connector comprising:a first cap defining a first split line;
a second cap defining a second split line;
a cylindrical body between the first and second caps, the cylindrical body defining a chamber and a third split line, the third split line extending from the first cap to the second cap through the chamber, the third split line being coaxial with the first and second split lines to facilitate penetration of a connector pin through the bushing; and
dielectric oil partially filling the chamber, the oil coating the connector pin as the connector pin passes through the chamber to provide corrosion resistance for the connector pin.

US Pat. No. 10,221,822

STOP-START VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling a vehicle having an engine and braking system having an associated brake pressure, comprising, by a vehicle controller:stopping the engine responsive to the brake pressure being above a first threshold;
restarting the engine responsive to the brake pressure falling below a second threshold;
reducing the second threshold for a predetermined time based at least in part on a driver-selected vehicle operating mode; and
resetting the second threshold after the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,220,795

DEVICE HOLDER AND SEAT WITH A BUILT-IN DEVICE HOLDER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A device holder for a motor vehicle seat, comprising:a housing;
a support;
a hook wherein said support and said hook are displaceable between a stowed position and a deployed position to hold a device therebetween; and
a biasing mechanism connected to said hook and urging said hook toward said support so as to provide a gripping force to the device held between said hook and said support, said biasing mechanism being selected from (a) a web having a first end connected to said hook and a second end connected to a spring loaded spool carried on said housing and (b) a constant force ribbon spring having a first end connected to said hook and a second end connected to a spindle mounted by a trunnion to said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,220,796

DEVICE HOLDERS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A device holder, comprising:a base;
an upper arc arm;
a lower arc arm; and
a drive device,
wherein the upper arm and the lower arc arms are attached to the drive device and moveably between a non-use position and a use position and the drive device enables a synchronized movement of the upper arc arm and a lower arc arm at opposite directions and the upper and lower arc arms are curved about an axis substantially parallel to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,223,892

CIVIL-DEFENSE SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A computer comprising a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions, the processor programmed to:receive a command to broadcast an alert;
instruct a plurality of stationary sirens to activate;
determine a target area that excludes a coverage area of the stationary sirens;
divide the target area into individual target areas, each for one of a specified plurality of ground vehicles;
determine a plurality of routes, each for one of the individual target areas; and
instruct each ground vehicle to follow its respective route while playing a message from external speakers.

US Pat. No. 10,220,804

FOG LAMP ATTACHMENT BRACKET WITH INTEGRATED AIR CURTAIN DUCT AND FASCIA SUPPORT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a bumper fascia having a fog-lamp aperture; and
a fog-lamp support member disposed on an inner surface of a bumper assembly, the fog-lamp support member defining an outer frame that supports a fog lamp and a vent screen within the fog-lamp aperture, wherein the fog-lamp support member defines an enclosed integral air-curtain duct that extends from the vent screen and into a wheel well via an aperture in a wheel well liner.

US Pat. No. 10,220,806

MONITORING AND ALERTING VEHICLE OCCUPANTS FOR IGNITION SYSTEMS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a cabin;
a touchscreen within the cabin;
an engine to activate responsive to the touchscreen receiving a passcode;
seats within the cabin;
occupancy sensor modules to detect occupancy of the seats; and
a warning controller to:
initiate a timer upon detecting, via the occupancy sensor modules, that an occupant has exited the cabin;
responsive to the touchscreen receiving a reentry of the passcode while the timer is initiated, deactivate the timer to prevent an alert from being emitted; and
emit the alert responsive to the timer reaching a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,220,807

RESTRICTED-OPENING DOOR HINGE FOR AUTOMOTIVE AIR BAG CHUTE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An air bag chute assembly for an automotive instrument panel, comprising:an outer flange collar configured to attach to the instrument panel and defining a window-facing side;
a tubular chute extending interiorly from the collar to a lower end defining a deployment path configured to receive an inflating air bag from an air bag module;
a door flap disposed in an upper end of the chute and spaced from the collar;
an S-shaped hinge with a first edge arranged along a side of the door flap; and
an apron extending in a predetermined direction laterally into the deployment path from the window-facing side of the collar, the apron comprising a plurality of pockets spaced along the window-facing side of the collar, each pocket having an inner end receiving a second edge of the hinge so that a sweep zone of the door flap is shifted in the predetermined direction by a distance corresponding to a reduction in a width of the deployment path at the upper end caused by the apron.

US Pat. No. 10,221,600

VEHICLE BODY SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a roof panel defining a recess;
a hinge bracket secured to the roof panel within the recess;
a cover disposed in the recess and having a doghouse extending downward toward the bracket; and
a retaining clip having a head disposed within the doghouse, a stem extending downward from the head beyond the doghouse, and a biasing element forcing an opposing surface of the stem into contact with an edge of the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,220,833

HYBRID POWERTRAIN SPEED CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle powertrain comprising:an engine and electric machine coupled by a clutch;
a torque converter configured to couple the electric machine to an output shaft; and
a controller configured to
alter torque output of the electric machine to reduce a difference between a desired rotational speed and an actual rotational speed of the torque converter, and
change thresholds that limit a maximum value of the difference according to powertrain operation.

US Pat. No. 10,220,839

VEHICLE HITCH DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A trailer backup assist system comprising:a camera arranged to capture images of a vehicle hitch;
an image processor processing the images to detect an illuminated hitch ornament connected to the hitch when an electrical hitch connection is detected, wherein the processor detects an object connected to the hitch and determines the object is the illuminated hitch ornament when the object is not moving with a dynamic hitch angle; and
control circuitry comprising a microprocessor and memory configured to enable the trailer backup assist system when the hitch ornament is not detected and disable the trailer backup assist system when the hitch ornament is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,222,134

DUAL LOOP COOLING SYSTEM ENERGY STORAGE AND REUSE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:responsive to a first condition, transferring cooling capacity from a first coolant loop to a heat exchanger, the first condition including a temperature of the first coolant loop being less than a first threshold;
storing cooling capacity transferred from the first coolant loop in a phase change material (PCM) inside the heat exchanger;
responsive to a second condition, transferring heat from a second coolant loop to the heat exchanger, the second condition including a temperature of the second coolant loop being more than a second threshold, the second threshold being higher than the first threshold; and
a first valve positioned between the heat exchanger and the first coolant loop for the first coolant loop to bypass the heat exchanger, and a second valve positioned between the heat exchanger and the second coolant loop for the second coolant loop to bypass the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,220,851

INFRASTRUCTURE-CENTRIC VEHICLE MODE SELECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:antennas;
memory;
a traction control system; and
processors to:
when the vehicle is in a vicinity of an infrastructure of interest, determine a low traction anomaly value based on a longitudinal traction anomaly value, the longitudinal traction anomaly value based on a number of alerts over a period from the traction control system; and
responsive to the low traction anomaly value satisfying a threshold, change a driving mode of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,221,899

MULTIPLE-STAGE BALL RAMP ACTUATOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A multiple-stage ball ramp actuator comprising:a drive gear;
a stationary ring;
an outer ring engaged with the drive gear at an exterior surface of the outer ring, the outer ring having at least one outer ring groove and an outer ball disposed between the outer ring groove and the stationary ring; and
an inner ring engaged with an interior surface of the outer ring such that the inner ring is rotatably fixed relative to the outer ring about a central axis and is axially movable relative to the outer ring along the central axis, the inner ring having at least one inner ring groove and an inner ball disposed between the inner ring groove and the stationary ring, wherein rotation of the outer ring in a first rotatory direction displaces the outer ball, and wherein further rotation of the outer ring in the first rotatory direction displaces the inner ball.

US Pat. No. 10,221,903

VEHICLE WITH WHEEL-END DISCONNECT AND ASSOCIATED CONTROL METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a differential having an input shaft, a first axle shaft, and a second axle shaft;
a first wheel fixedly coupled to the first axle shaft;
a second wheel selectively coupled to the second axle shaft by a clutch;
a power take-off unit configured to selectively couple a transaxle output to a driveshaft;
a rear drive unit configured to selectively couple the driveshaft to the differential input shaft; and
a controller programmed to respond to a request to enter an all wheel drive mode by
engaging the clutch and power take-off unit only if a ratio of a speed of the input to a speed of the first axle shaft is less than a first threshold and
inhibiting engagement of the clutch and power take-off unit if the ratio exceeds the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,220,881

CELLULAR STRUCTURES WITH FOURTEEN-CORNERED CELLS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A cellular structure comprising a plurality of cells, each cell of the plurality of cells having a fourteen-cornered cross section comprising fourteen sides and fourteen corners, wherein a shape of each cell of the plurality of cells includes a central portion and four lobes extending outward from the central portion.

US Pat. No. 10,220,886

COMPENSATOR ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE FRAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

9. A method for installing a vehicle moonroof comprising steps of:disposing a base member of a compensator assembly proximate an attachment aperture of a roof-rail bracket;
disposing a support flange of a moonroof assembly proximate the bracket to define a gap; and
threading a fastener through the base member and attachment aperture to threadably operate an extension member of the compensator assembly toward and into engagement with the support flange to maintain the gap, wherein a sleeve includes inner and outer surfaces and a first set of vertically oriented protrusions that extends inward from the inner surface of the sleeve and a second set of vertically oriented protrusions that extend outward from the outer surface of the sleeve, and wherein the sleeve is retained in the extension member for frictionally retaining the fastener until the extension member contracts the support flange, wherein the engagement between the first set of vertically oriented protrusions of the sleeve and the fastener defines a first coefficient of friction.

US Pat. No. 10,220,893

SPARE TIRE RELEASE DEVICE WITH DUAL SLIDER MECHANISM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A spare tire release device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a wheel cradle;
a first slider mechanism to displace said wheel cradle in a first direction, wherein said first slider mechanism includes a first guide fixed to a body of said motor vehicle and a first slide member that slides along said first guide;
a second slider mechanism to displace said wheel cradle in a second direction whereby said wheel cradle may be maneuvered for easy access, wherein said second slider mechanism includes a second guide fixed to said first slide member and a second slide member fixed to said wheel cradle wherein said second slide member slides along said second guide, and wherein said second guide and said second slide member are telescoping; and
a pulley mechanism for displacing said wheel cradle in said first direction between a stowed position and a partially deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,221,927

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION WITH OVERDRIVE

Ford Global Technologies,...

5. A transmission comprising: a variator configured to transmit power from a first shaft to a second shaft; a first gearing arrangement configured to selectively alternately establish fixed positive and negative speed ratios between the second shaft and a third shaft, fixedly coupled to a differential, in response to engagement of first and second clutches respectively; and a second gearing arrangement configured to selectively establish a fixed positive speed ratio between the first and third shafts.

US Pat. No. 10,221,933

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING POWER TRAIN AIR RESISTANCE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system, comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a transmission enclosed within a transmission case that is fluidically coupled to a gaseous fuel source, the transmission case having an amount of gaseous fuel located therein; and
a purge canister fluidically coupled to the transmission case via a line, wherein the transmission case is further fluidically coupled to a motor case, a generator case, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,221,940

NEUTRAL STATE MOVEMENT PROTECTION FOR AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system for a vehicle comprising:a controller configured to, in response to a speed of the vehicle exceeding an allowable speed based on a measured road grade while an engine is running and a shift lever is in a neutral or park position, actuating a vehicle holding mechanism to stop the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,221,946

SECURITY FASTENER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A fastener having a head comprising:a unidirectional inner drive including an inner lobe having an inner ramp surface adjacent to an inner drive abutment surface receives a torque to effect only a clockwise rotation of the fastener; and
a concentric unidirectional outer drive including an outer lobe having an outer ramp surface adjacent to an outer drive abutment surface receives an inverse torque to effect only a counter-clockwise rotation of the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,224,525

BATTERY SUPPORT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD WITH A DIVERGING FLOW PATH

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A battery support assembly, comprising:a bladder device with a pocket that receives at least one battery cell of a traction battery, the bladder providing a fluid flow path that diverges at an end of the pocket into a first section on a first side of the pocket and a second section on an opposing, second side of the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,220,671

ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE CONDITIONING USING GRID POWER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:conditioning an electrified vehicle to maintain a target conditioning level using power from a grid source, the conditioning either lasting from a conclusion of a first drive cycle to the beginning of a second drive cycle that is subsequent the first drive cycle, or lasting from a conclusion of a first drive cycle for set time.

US Pat. No. 10,224,017

ACTIVE SOUND DESENSITIZATION TO TONAL NOISE IN A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle with an electric motor comprising:a microphone;
speakers; and
an active sound desensitizer configured to:
randomize channels of the speakers based on multiple uncorrelated broadband sound profiles;
determine upper and lower frequency band limits for a band-limited filter;
generate a desensitizing sound based on the upper and lower frequency band limits and the randomized channels; and
broadcast the desensitizing sound via the speakers.

US Pat. No. 10,220,686

VEHICLE INCLUDING PIVOTABLE PANEL EXTENDING ACROSS DOOR OPENING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle structure comprising:a roof beam including a first side and a second side spaced from each other;
a first pillar and a second pillar each fixed relative to the roof beam, the first and second pillars being spaced from each other defining a door opening extending from the first pillar to the second pillar;
a front door and a rear door both disposed in the door opening;
a panel pivotally connected to the roof beam and pivotable relative to the roof beam to a lowered position, the panel disposed adjacent the first side of the roof beam; and
a second panel pivotally connected to the roof beam and pivotable relative to the roof beam to a lowered position, the second panel disposed adjacent the second side of the roof beam;
the panel, in the lowered position, extending across the door opening from the first pillar to the second pillar; and
the panel and the second panel each having a cross member abutting the roof beam in the lowered positions, the cross members aligned with each other to provide a structural load path when the panel and the second panel are in the lowered positions.

US Pat. No. 10,220,707

BUS LEAKAGE RESISTANCE ESTIMATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A bus leakage estimation method in an electrified vehicle with a battery, first DC bus, second DC bus, and a chassis, comprising:measuring battery voltage and a first chassis Thévenin voltage with respect to the battery;
coupling a test resistance between the first DC bus and the chassis and measuring a second chassis Thévenin voltage;
estimating a first bus leakage resistance in response to the Thévenin voltages and the battery voltage without a current measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,220,709

SOLAR PANEL POWER POINT TRACKER INTEGRATED WITH VEHICLE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. Apparatus for a vehicle with an electric-start internal combustion engine, comprising:a DC accessory bus configured to connect to a plurality of electrical accessories;
a primary DC bus adapted to connect to a main DC battery and to an electric starter for the engine;
a voltage quality unit including a voltage converter configured to convert a voltage on the primary DC bus to a stabilized voltage on the DC accessory bus during a starting operation of the electric starter, wherein the voltage quality unit includes bypass switches for connecting the primary DC bus to the DC accessory bus when the electric starter is not in the starting operation; and
a solar panel generating an output voltage at a panel output;
wherein the bypass switches further connect the voltage converter between the panel output and an auxiliary load when the electric starter is not in the starting operation, and wherein the voltage converter converts the solar panel output voltage to an optimized voltage that optimizes power transfer to the auxiliary load.

US Pat. No. 10,220,710

FUZZY LOGIC BASED SLIDING MODE CONTROL OF VARIABLE VOLTAGE CONVERTER

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a DC-DC converter including an inductor and outputting a voltage based on a signal; and
a controller programmed to generate the signal as a sum of an open-loop estimate to achieve a reference voltage and a term that drives a ratio of a first difference between a reference current and a current through the inductor to a second difference between the reference voltage and the voltage to a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,220,713

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An electric vehicle charging system comprising:a computing device having a processor and a memory storage device, wherein the computing device is programmed to initiate electric charging of a first vehicle while the first vehicle is locked to a charging station and provide access to a second vehicle locked to the charging station while the first vehicle is charging,
wherein providing access to the second vehicle includes the computing device sending a signal to the charging station commanding the charging station to unlock the second vehicle from the charging station while the first vehicle is locked to the charging station.

US Pat. No. 10,196,739

PLASMA VAPOR DEPOSITED (PVD) COATING PROCESS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:overlaying a primer polymer layer onto a substrate surface;
overlaying a chrome metallic layer onto the primer polymer;
depositing a plasma vapor deposited (PVD) oxide layer of a thickness of 1 to 5 nanometers onto the chrome metallic layer and having a parameter of color change of the underlying chrome metallic layer determined according to the following equation:
?E*ab=?(?L*)2+(?a*)2+(?b*)2
wherein L is a color brightness of the oxide layer, and a and b are color-opponent dimensions of the PVD oxide and chrome metallic layers, wherein ?E*ab is less than 2.3; and
overlaying an exposed polymeric layer onto the PVD oxide layer to form a protective layer at the interface between the exposed polymeric layer and the oxide layer.

US Pat. No. 10,196,002

VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a support structure defining a bin;
a subassembly disposed over the support structure and including a cushion, the subassembly defining a void within the cushion, wherein the void has a larger cross-sectional area than the bin; and
a seat insert disposed within the void and disposed over the bin, wherein the vehicle seating assembly is frameless.