Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170051707
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing rate of increase of NOx feedgas emissions during an acceleration event in a vehicle having an engine with exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and an electric machine, such as an integrated starter-generator (ISG) coupled to the engine include operating the electric machine to provide an assist torque and reducing engine torque accordingly in response to predicted NOx feedgas emissions exceeding a threshold. The NOx feedgas emissions may be predicted based on an exhaust gas sensor signal or a NOx model based on engine speed, engine torque, and intake EGR ratio. The engine torque may be reduced by reducing an engine torque set point. The electric machine torque may be reduced when a driver demand torque matches the reduced engine torque set point. The electric machine may be used to charge a battery in response to the driver demand torque matching the engine torque set point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James WRIGHT, Paspuleti Ashish Kumar NAIDU, Peter George BRITTLE, Matthew MITCHELL
  • Publication number: 20170050602
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a vehicle includes a seat back and a display assembly supported by the seat back. The seat back includes a headrest supported by the seat back. An airbag is disposed in the headrest in an uninflated position and is inflatable from the uninflated position to an inflated position extending from the headrest. At least a portion of the display assembly is disposed between the airbag and the seat back when the airbag is in the inflated position. During a frontal impact of the vehicle, the airbag may reduce the likelihood of the occupant contacting components of the display assembly and/or the seat back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Steven Vinton
  • Publication number: 20170050680
    Abstract: A mount located in a wheel housing of a motor vehicle, the mount receiving an upper end of a shock absorber. The mount has a plurality of upper receiving points each mounting point for allowing a different shock absorber orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ralf Hintzen, Friedrich Peter Wolf-Monheim, Daniel Mainz, Timothy Drotar, Paul Zandbergen, Nicole Zandbergen
  • Publication number: 20170050674
    Abstract: A vehicle subframe for supporting wheel suspension elements and for mounting a stabilizer extending in a vehicle transverse direction. The subframe including two spaced longitudinal members extending in the vehicle longitudinal direction connected by at least one crossmember extending in the vehicle transverse direction. The crossmember having a hollow profile with a rear crossmember wall facing the stabilizer. The rear crossmember wall having an indentation extending in a longitudinal direction of the crossmember. The indentation faces the interior of the hollow profile wherein the stabilizer partially extends into the indentation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Peter Wolf-Monheim
  • Patent number: 9577902
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive a first input corresponding to an application launch command. The processor is also configured to launch a selected application based on the first input. Further, the processor is configured to monitor for a second input, different from the first input, corresponding to an application kill command, while the selected application is executing and, upon receipt of the second input, terminate the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Joey Ray Grover
  • Patent number: 9573497
    Abstract: The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a seat assembly of a vehicle, including a seat base, a seat back communicating with the seat base, an armrest communicating with at least one of the seat back and the seat base, and a pretension unit connected to the armrest such that the armrest is retractable upon activation of the pretension unit. The pretension unit may include a pretensioner, a pulley, and a cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC.
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammed Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 9578455
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive a geo-fence definition defining a geographic perimeter or point. The processor is also configured to receive a vehicle location. Further, the processor is configured to determine a distance from the vehicle location to a most proximate geo-fence point and determine a reporting-rate that varies based on proximity to the geo-fence. The processor is also configured to report a vehicle location at intervals defined by the reporting-rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Rork, Kevin Michael Bullister, Kelly Lee Zechel
  • Patent number: 9573186
    Abstract: An improved joining process interlocks parts together and avoids breakthrough in joints that would otherwise be infeasible. The process is used to join a relatively thin rear part to a relatively thick front part. A dedicated backer plate is joined to the front and rear parts such that the rear part is sandwiched between the front part and the backer plate. The front part, rear part, and backer plate are plastically deformed to establish interlock by insertion of a self-piercing rivet, clinching, or insertion of a flow drill screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amanda Kay Freis, Jina Kim, Aindrea McKelvey Campbell, David Edward Paul
  • Patent number: 9573443
    Abstract: A vanity mirror and light assembly is provided for use on a vehicle visor. The vanity assembly includes a clear frame molded to a reflective film to define a reflector portion and a partially transmissive portion. The assembly also includes a lighting device located behind the partially transmissive portion of the reflective film to provide a vanity light passing through the partially transmissive portion. A method of forming the vanity assembly in a mold is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chi Li, John Andrew Stakoe
  • Patent number: 9573463
    Abstract: A front wheel drive transmission is adapted for all-wheel drive by the addition of a selectively engageable power take-off shaft. When a disconnect clutch is engaged, power may be transferred to rear wheels via a power take-off unit and a rear drive unit to improve vehicle mobility. When the disconnect clutch is disengaged, various components of the all-wheel drive system do not rotate, reducing parasitic losses and improving fuel economy. To provide packaging space for the disconnect clutch, the differential is moved to the left (driver side) of the driven transfer gear. A planetary differential, such as a double pinion planetary differential, is suitable for this location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Edward Maurer, Andreas E. Perakes, David Allen Janson, Gregory Daniel Goleski
  • Patent number: 9573474
    Abstract: An electric drive system for an electric vehicle has a DC power source and a contactor with an output coupled to a main bus and an input adapted to be connected to the DC power source. The contactor is selectably switched between an open state and a closed state. A link capacitor is coupled to the main bus. A precharge circuit is coupled between the DC power source and the link capacitor comprised of a controlled current source. The controlled current source is selectably activated with the contactor in the open state to charge the link capacitor to a predetermined voltage to before switching the contactor to the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Arnold K. Mensah-Brown, Hasdi R. Hashim, Bruce C. Blakemore, Allan R. Gale
  • Patent number: 9573512
    Abstract: A lighting module is provided that includes a single-piece lens having an input surface including a plurality of near-field lens elements, and an exit surface, each element having a different focal length. The lighting module also includes light-emitting diode (LED) source positioned to direct incident light through the input surface. Further, the elements are configured to shape the light from the input surface into a collimated light pattern emanating from the exit surface containing at least 60% of the incident light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arun Kumar, Mahendra Somasara Dassanayake, Albert Ekladyous, Bruce Preston Williams
  • Patent number: 9573517
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a closure frame configured to engage an opening formed by a body of the vehicle. A light source is disposed proximate an edge of the closure frame such that an emission of light from the light source is projected through a gap between the closure frame and the body. The emission is projected through the gap in response to the closure frame being arranged in an ajar position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 9573516
    Abstract: A rear vehicle light system is provided herein. The system includes a rear windshield and a plurality of photoluminescent structures that are each disposed at a rear windshield location and configured to luminesce in response to light excitation. A plurality of light sources are each configured to supply light to a uniquely associated photoluminescent structure and actuate based on a position of a turn signal lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Vichit Chea
  • Patent number: 9573527
    Abstract: A roll cover assembly for covering a cargo space of a vehicle includes a cassette housing an extendable/retractable roll cover, a first receptacle adjacent a first side wall of the cargo space and having a channel configured to slidably guide a first end of the cassette during insertion or removal, a second receptacle adjacent a second side wall of the cargo space and having an opening configured to receive a second end of the cassette and permit pivoting of the cassette about the second end during removal of the first end from the first receptacle, a locking mechanism releasably locking the first end of the cassette into the first receptacle, and a release device actuatable to release the locking mechanism by pulling along a line-of-action parallel with a direction in which the first end of the cassette moves during removal from the first receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew John Murray, Richard Craven, Daniel Berry, James Neugebauer
  • Patent number: 9577230
    Abstract: A traction battery includes a battery housing having a tray and a cover cooperating to define an interior. A plurality of battery cells are arranged in an array and disposed on the tray within the interior. A service disconnect base is disposed on an exterior surface of the housing and includes a uni-terminal connector having a receptacle disposed within the base and electrically connected to the battery cells. A service disconnect plug is integrally incorporated with a single high voltage cable that is partially disposed in the plug. The service disconnect plug includes a body configured to mechanically engage the base and a prong mechanically connected to the high voltage cable and configured to be received within the receptacle to create an electrical connection between the battery cells and a high voltage bus when the body is engaged with the base. The plug may include a cover portion that enclosures a terminal disposed on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John Paul Gibeau
  • Patent number: 9573519
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a light source disposed proximate an engine compartment configured output an emission to illuminate a component moving at a cyclic rate. The apparatus further comprises a controller configured to selectively illuminate the light source at a lighting frequency. The lighting frequency is configured to generate a strobe effect configured to create a sampled illumination of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, James J. Surman, Benjamin Yilma
  • Patent number: 9573520
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting apparatus is disclosed. The lighting apparatus comprises a vehicle console comprising a storage bin. An emissive portion comprising a luminescent material is disposed proximate the storage bin. A light guide is in optical communication with an exterior glass portion of the vehicle and configured to communicate environmental light to the emissive portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, James J. Surman, Alex Lince
  • Patent number: 9573518
    Abstract: A lighting system of a vehicle is provided herein. A floor console bin is provided having a housing and a movable lid. A reflective target is coupled to the floor console bin. An overhead console is provided having an IR transmitter for emitting an IR signal toward a target location, an IR receiver for receiving and detecting the IR signal reflected by the target, and a projector for illuminating the housing based on detection of the IR signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Pietro Buttolo, Jeffrey Singer
  • Patent number: 9573544
    Abstract: A pair of vehicle door panels defines a cavity. An air sensor has an air inlet protruding into the cavity and senses an air pressure within the cavity. A shield covers the air inlet, has at least one side wall extending away from the air inlet, and defines a chamber configured to collapse in response to an increase in the air pressure to excite the air sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Jeffery Hammoud, Swadad A. Carremm, Dana Conner
  • Patent number: 9573576
    Abstract: Methods for controlling vacuum within a brake booster by modifying powertrain operation include determining an intake manifold vacuum in response to actuation of a brake pedal. Increasing the intake manifold vacuum if the brake booster vacuum is less than a desired brake booster vacuum. In some embodiments, the transmission is downshifted to increase engine speed and intake manifold vacuum. In other embodiments, engine torque is reduced to increase intake manifold vacuum and the torque of the electric machine is increased to maintain a constant output torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Raymond Martin, Dale Scott Crombez, Moses Alexander Fridman
  • Patent number: 9573646
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a bicycle frame defining a bore, and a bicycle seat assembly including a post received in the bore. An indicating unit is configured to indicate a first position of the post along the bore for a first user and a second position of the post along the bore for a second user. An identification unit is configured to identify the first user and the second user. A computing device includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instruction such that the processor is programmed to instruct the indicating unit to indicate the first position when the identification unit identifies the first user and to instruct the indicating unit to indicate the second position when the identification unit identifies the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Lloyd, Jonathan Mundy, Bruce Southey, Simon Potticary, James Neugebauer, Torsten Gerhardt, Richard Craven
  • Patent number: 9573579
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transitioning a torque source between speed control and torque control modes during a vehicle creep mode are disclosed. In one example, torque of an electric machine is adjusted in response to a torque converter model. The torque converter model provides for a locked or unlocked torque converter clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajit Johri, Francis Thomas Connolly, Wei Liang, Bernard D. Nefcy, Xiaoyong Wang, Mark Steven Yamazaki, Ming Lang Kuang, Jeffrey Allen Doering
  • Patent number: 9573630
    Abstract: A pick-up truck tailgate is disclosed that is constructed of components made of aluminum alloys. A hinge reinforcement and hinge plate reinforce a lower corner of the tailgate. A transversely extending reinforcement, including a U-shaped body, is provided within the tailgate that reinforces the central portion of the tailgate. An access panel is provided on the inner panel of the tailgate and includes a hem and fasteners that are assembled to the inner panel through holes formed inboard of the hem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Gray, Jeffrey Alan Firzlaff, Vince Chimento, Joshua Hemphill, Robert Reiners, Kevin Laws, Gerald E. McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 9573528
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a rear panel having an outer surface. A rear pocket is defined by a recess in the rear panel. A rigid polymeric rear door is disposed over the rear pocket and is operable between an open position and a closed position. An outer surface of the rear door is flush with the outer surface of the rear panel when in the closed position. A side pocket is defined by a recess on an inboard side of a vehicle seatback. A rigid polymeric side pocket door is operable between an open position and a closed position. An outer surface of the side pocket door is flush with the outer surface of the rear panel when in the closed position. Flexible sidewalls are disposed between a body and the side pocket door. The flexible sidewalls are constructed from a flexible fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Sean David Fannin, Keith Allen Godin, Marcos Silva Kondrad
  • Patent number: 9574507
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling a purging operation of a fuel vapor canister in a boosted engine. One method comprises purging stored fuel vapors from the fuel vapor canister to an inlet of the compressor via an ejector while bypassing a canister purge valve, the ejector being fluidically coupled to the fuel vapor canister by a distinct passage coupled upstream of the canister purge valve, where motive flow through the ejector may be regulated by a shut-off valve. The shut-off valve may be adjusted based on whether or not the engine is boosted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 9577296
    Abstract: A fluid cooled series/parallel battery pack is provided with a fluid flow system. A plurality of prismatic battery cells are arranged in parallel in two or more rows. Fluid flows in a series flow configuration from an upstream row of batteries to a downstream row of batteries. A bypass passageway provides additional fluid flow to an inner plenum located between the rows of batteries to reduce pressure drop and provide more uniform temperatures within the rows of battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James George Gebbie, Saravanan Paramasivam, Brian Utley, George Albert Garfinkel
  • Patent number: 9573648
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first component having with a first coupling surface and a first axial aperture therethrough. The first component has an axial recess in the first coupling surface. The apparatus further includes a second component having a second coupling surface and a second axial aperture therethrough, and the second component has an axial protrusion extending from the second coupling surface. The axial recess of the first component and the axial protrusion of the second component selectively engage to radially lock the first component relative to the second component and align the first and second apertures upon engagement with each other. The first and second apertures selectively receive a bicycle wheel axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Robert George Thompson
  • Patent number: 9574510
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for estimating an engine exhaust pressure based on outputs from an exhaust oxygen sensor. In one example, a method may include estimating an exhaust pressure of exhaust gas flowing through an engine exhaust passage based on a difference between a first output of an oxygen sensor disposed in the exhaust passage and a second output of the oxygen sensor and then adjusting engine operation based on the estimated exhaust pressure. As one example, both the first and second outputs may be taken while operating the sensor in a variable voltage mode, after increasing a reference voltage of the oxygen sensor from a lower, first voltage to a higher, second voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Makled, Gopichandra Surnilla, Richard E. Soltis, Michael McQuillen
  • Patent number: 9574509
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for estimating exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) flow based on outputs of two different intake oxygen sensors arranged in an engine intake system. In one example, a method may include, when the engine is boosted, adjusting exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) based on a first output of a first oxygen sensor positioned in an intake passage and exposed to EGR gases and a second output of a second oxygen sensor not exposed to EGR gases and exposed to positive crankcase ventilation and purge flow gases. For example, EGR flow may be estimated based on a difference between the first output and the second output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael James Uhrich, Imtiaz Ali, Timothy Joseph Clark, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 9574629
    Abstract: A brake rotor for attachment to a wheel of a vehicle may include an inner friction member and an outer friction member. The brake rotor may further include a plurality of posts connecting the inner friction member to the outer friction member, each post inclining at an angle between the inner friction member and the outer friction member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Fernando Octavio Torres Gutierrez, Juan Carlos Martinez Laurent
  • Patent number: 9574260
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for producing 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tomasz Pawel Grabiec, Ivan Jan Mathieu Ernest Bruggen, Clemens Maria Verpoort, Thomas Schläfer
  • Publication number: 20170044960
    Abstract: A method for preventing overheating of a diesel particulate filter during regeneration when an engine is idling may include using an electric machine to apply a load to the engine and compensating for the increase in applied load by increasing an engine torque set point to reduce the concentration of Oxygen in the exhaust gas flowing to the diesel particulate filter. Increased engine torque may be provided by adjusting air-fuel ratio by enriching an air-fuel mixture supplied to the engine and the diesel particulate filter. The control may be initiated in response to entering an idle mode during regeneration or in response to a measured or estimated temperature of the diesel particular filter exceeding a threshold or limit. Estimated temperature may be predicted using a soot combustion model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Paspuleti Ashish Kumar NAIDU, James WRIGHT, Peter George BRITTLE, Matthew MITCHELL
  • Publication number: 20170043723
    Abstract: A height adjustable floor system for a motor vehicle includes a load compartment floor having front and rear floor members that are pivotally connected together to permit relative rotation about a transverse axis. The load compartment cover can be positioned in upper and lower load carrying positions and be moved between these positions with the aid of a pair of first side supports each having a continuous groove defining a path to be followed by a pair of spaced apart guide members located on left and right sides of the front floor member near to a front end thereof. The rear floor member is used to facilitate the transitioning of the load compartment floor between the two load carrying positions and the first side supports are so configured that in the load carrying positions load is not transferred from the load compartment floor to the guide members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andy Murray, Daniel Berry
  • Publication number: 20170043760
    Abstract: A controller and a control strategy minimizes shift shock in a hybrid electric vehicle during a downshift conducted while the vehicle is in a regenerative braking mode by maintaining total powertrain torque at a desired target during the downshift. The controller has three preferable modes including modulating just engine torque, modulating just electric motor torque or simultaneously modulating both motor and engine torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Barney D. Nefcy, Francis Thomas Connolly, Dan Colvin, Walt Joseph Ortmann, Marvin Paul Kraska, Dale Scott Crombez, Mark Steven Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20170045004
    Abstract: A system and method for increasing engine heating rate to facilitate early introduction of exhaust gas recirculation after a cold start include operating an electric machine connect to the engine to apply a load to the engine. The electric machine may be operated as a generator to produce an increased engine torque demand and increase the rate of engine heating until an engine temperature and an exhaust temperature exceed corresponding thresholds. Operation of the electric machine as a generator may be stopped in response to a battery state of charge exceeding a threshold, or engine load exceeding a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Paspuleti Ashish Kumar NAIDU, Ian HALLERON, Peter George BRITTLE, James WRIGHT
  • Patent number: 9567660
    Abstract: A system and method of verifying that a part is heat treated to strengthen the part. The part is marked with a thermo-chromatic composition before heat treating. The part is then heat treated to strengthen the part and change the color of the thermo-chromatic composition to indicate successful completion of the heat treating process. A detector may act to prevent the inclusion of a non-heat treated part in an assembly by disabling an assembly tool. A controller may also provide data related to the completion of the heat treating process to be recorded in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Aindrea McKelvey Campbell, Amanda Kay Freis, Peter A. Friedman, Rosa Lynda Nuno, S. George Luckey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9567950
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a multiple cylinder internal combustion engine having an exhaust gas turbocharger with a compressor coupled to a turbine include redirecting substantially all intake airflow around the compressor and substantially all exhaust flow around the turbine when an engine operating parameter exceeds an associated threshold. In one embodiment, turbocharger boost is provided below an associated engine speed threshold with the turbocharger compressor and turbine bypassed at higher engine speeds such that the engine operates as a naturally aspirated engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen George Russ
  • Patent number: 9568325
    Abstract: An illustrative method of data gathering includes determining that a vehicle traveling characteristic has changed beyond an expected parameter. The method further includes recording the GPS coordinates of the vehicle and ceasing recording the GPS coordinates of the vehicle when the vehicle traveling characteristic resumes the expected parameter. Finally, the method includes determining and storing a traffic control feature associated with at least one set of the GPS coordinates, if the recorded GPS coordinates of the vehicle correspond to previously recorded GPS coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Schunder, David DiMeo, Mark Scalf
  • Patent number: 9567002
    Abstract: A steering locking system is provided for a motor vehicle that includes a pin, a locking disc to receive the pin, an actuation device, and a control unit. The actuation device is configured to control movement of the pin. The control unit is configured to control rotation of the locking disc and movement of the pin via the actuation device. Further, the control unit is configured to permit movement of the pin into the pocket after the occurrence of a predetermined event. The steering locking system can further include a motor operatively associated with the locking disc. The control unit may be configured to control the motor at a first power level to maintain the motor in a state of readiness and to control the motor at a second power level, different from the first power level, when the locking system detects a torque applied to the steering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Alan Rawlings, Oliver Nehls, Lodewijk Wijffels, Joshua Guerra
  • Patent number: 9566961
    Abstract: A method for operating a braking apparatus with a service and parking brake function, which braking apparatus can be applied both in a hydraulic manner by means of a hydraulic pressure generator and by means of an electromechanical force generator. A transfer takes place from the pressure generator, which exerts the hydraulic brake application, to the force generator, which exerts the electromechanical brake application, as soon as the braking torque is active at the braking apparatus. During the transfer, the braking torque, which is applied by the hydraulic pressure generator and the braking torque which is applied by the electromechanical force generator, is at least as high as the braking torque applied solely by the hydraulic pressure generator before the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Karl-Peter Hesseler, Mike John Mould, Chad Michael Korte, Nadja Wysietzki
  • Patent number: 9566977
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, operation of a driveline disconnect clutch is adjusted to compensate for clutch wear and manufacturing tolerances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alex O'Connor Gibson, James William Loch McCallum, Seung-Hoon Lee, Gregory Michael Pietron, Yuji Fujii
  • Patent number: 9566929
    Abstract: An instrument panel includes a frame, an intermediate airbag supported by the frame in an uninflated position, and a first airbag supported by the frame. The first airbag is disposed in a first direction from the intermediate airbag. The first and intermediate airbags are inflatable to an inflated position. The intermediate airbag includes an extension extending in the first direction in the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jamel E. Belwafa, Michael Barnhart, Frankie Carney, Edward Joseph Abramoski, Saied Nusier
  • Patent number: 9566912
    Abstract: A vehicle stowage assembly including a storage compartment defining an opening to permit access to the compartment. A door is movably mounted proximate the opening. An actuator is operably connected to the door to move the door from an open position to a closed position. After the door has been opened, the actuator automatically closes the door after a predefined period of time has passed from the time at which the door was opened. The stowage assembly may include a mechanical timer or an electronic controller. The actuator may comprise a spring that biases the door towards the closed position, or the actuator may comprise an electric motor or other powered actuator. The assembly may include a sensor to prevent closure while in use and delay closing time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Salman Nazir Shami
  • Patent number: 9566911
    Abstract: A vehicle 1 towing a trailer 4 is fitted with three video cameras 5, 6, 7 fitted to the rear of the vehicle and on each door mirror. A view from any camera can be presented to the driver on a display 11. A predicted trailer path, calculated in a computing unit 10, is also presented to the driver on the display 11 as guide lines overlaid on the camera view. The computing unit 10 is also configured to calculate a hitch angle by tracking the position of a trailer-mounted marker in the camera view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy John Greenwood, Stephen Nicholls, Andrew Stephen Bell Crawford
  • Patent number: D778801
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: George Bucher, Dean Carbis
  • Patent number: D779398
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, Richard Howard
  • Patent number: D779399
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: George Bucher, Dean Carbis
  • Patent number: D779693
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Max Wolff, Solomon Song
  • Patent number: D779716
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Kemal Curic, Darrell Behmer, Christopher Svensson, Moray Callum, Joel Piaskowski