Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170214988
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly comprises a seat having a lower seat and a seatback extending upwardly from the lower seat. The seatback comprises a forward facing surface, a rearward facing surface, a headrest mounted on an upper portion of the seatback and received within a headrest cup disposed on the forward facing surface of the seatback, a speaker assembly mounted in the headrest cup, and a resonance cavity formed proximate the headrest cup within which the speaker assembly is received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Ferretti, Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Preuss, Keith Allen Godin, David Frederick Lyons
  • Publication number: 20170211609
    Abstract: A Bowden cable, including a cable transmitting tensile force from an operator side to an active side and a sheath guiding the cable, and a retention device arranged at an end side of the sheath limiting movement of the cable with respect to the sheath in the direction of the operator side. The retention device operative to allow movement of the cable with respect to the sheath when a tensile force acting between the cable and sheath exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Philipp Meise, Ivan Jan Mathieu Ernest Bruggen
  • Publication number: 20170210247
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a base, a seat rotatably disposed on the base, a magnet generating a magnetic field, and a sensor. The sensor is programmed to measure an angular displacement of the seat relative to the base based at least in part on an orientation of the magnetic field generated by the magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. Rao, Jialiang Le, Saeed David Barbat
  • Publication number: 20170211489
    Abstract: A system of one or more computers configured to perform operations or actions by virtue of having software, firmware, hardware, or a combination of them installed on the system that causes the system to perform the actions. The programs can be configured to perform operations, when executed by computer, cause the computer to perform the actions. One general aspect includes a system, a program to initiate an evaporative control engine off natural vacuum test in a vehicle and identify a geolocation where a fuel was obtained for the vehicle. The system then determines an e100 value and an e0 value for a temperature of the fuel and determines a vehicle percentage of ethanol of the fuel using at least the e100 value, the e0 value, a timestamp, and a fuel tank pressure and adjusts at least one engine parameter based upon the percentage of ethanol of the first fuel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fling Tseng, Imad Hassan Makki, Pankaj Kumar, Aed M. Dudar, Robert Roy Jentz
  • Publication number: 20170210424
    Abstract: A vehicle frame includes a first frame rail and a second frame rail spaced from each other. A casing is supported by the first frame rail, and elongated in a direction extending away from the second frame rail. The casing is deformable relative to the first frame rail, and houses an electronic component. During a vehicle small offset frontal impact, the casing moves from an initial position to a deflected position, deflecting some of the load of the impact away from backup structures of the vehicle. In the deflected position, the casing may also contact a front portion of a wheel, positioning the front portion of the wheel inboard the frame of the vehicle relative to a rear portion of the wheel, which may minimize the load transferred to the backup structures and/or detach the wheel from the vehicle to minimize the possibility of intrusion into the backup structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew B. Makowski, Jayanth Kumar Basavalingiah, Jamil M. Alwan, Tanveer Pasha Mahaboob Sab
  • Publication number: 20170210420
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle having an active roll control and an active steering system designed to map a steering-wheel setting angle predetermined by a driver of the motor vehicle in accordance with a predetermined steer response onto a steer angle of the motor vehicle. The method includes operating the active steering system in a normal operating mode having a normal steer response and upon determining an active roll control fault operating the active steering system in a fallback operating mode in accordance with an fallback steer response, the fallback steer response different from the normal steer response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Saeger, Simon Baales, Michael Seemann
  • Publication number: 20170210248
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a base, a seat rotatably disposed on the base, a sensor, and a processor. The sensor is programmed to measure an angular displacement of the seat relative to the base and output a displacement signal representing the angular displacement. The processor is programmed to receive the displacement signal and deploy at least one passive safety device based at least in part on the angular displacement represented by the displacement signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. Rao, Mark A. Cuddihy, Saeed David Barbat
  • Publication number: 20170210391
    Abstract: A temperature of a vehicle propulsion subsystem is measured. At least two countermeasures are actuated, including actuating a vehicle climate control subsystem and opening at least one vehicle window when the temperature exceeds a first threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Publication number: 20170210263
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly for a motor vehicle has a lower seat comprising a cushion frame assembly connected to a vehicle floor, the cushion frame assembly comprising a cushion pan that forms a forward portion of the cushion frame assembly. A pair of independent thigh supports is symmetrically disposed along either side of a longitudinal centerline of the vehicle seating assembly and is operably coupled to the cushion pan, wherein each of the independent thigh supports comprises a resilient member having a predetermined hysteresis support-curve to provide independent and resilient support for each thigh of an occupant's legs. A cushion foam assembly is disposed above and operably coupled to the cushion frame, a forward portion of the cushion foam assembly being supported by the pair of independent thigh supports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: JOHNATHAN ANDREW LINE, Marcos Silva Kondrad, David Frederick Lyons, Daniel Ferretti, Kevin Wayne Preuss
  • Publication number: 20170210256
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly has a seat having a lower seat and a seatback extending upwardly from the lower seat. The seatback has a lower stationary seatback base portion having a seatback frame assembly, and an upper movable seatback hood module vertically adjustable relative the lower stationary portion. The upper movable seatback hood module has an upper seatback slide bracket, and a plurality of rail guides slidably engaging a rail. An electric motor drive unit engages a driven member to vertically adjust the upper movable seatback hood module relative the lower stationary portion when the electric motor drive unit is actuated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Preuss, Johnathan Andrew Line, Christian J. Hosbach, David Frederick Lyons, Scott Ferrier
  • Publication number: 20170210257
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly for a motor vehicle has a lower seat and a seatback extending upwardly from the lower seat. The seatback comprises a forward facing surface, a rearward facing surface, and a headrest mounted on an upper portion of the seatback and received within a central recess disposed on the forward facing surface of the seatback, wherein the seatback further comprises a headrest dovetail mounted on the headrest and a dovetail receiver mounted within the recess having a slot into which the headrest dovetail is received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Preuss, Johnathan Andrew Line, David Frederick Lyons, Christian J. Hosbach
  • Publication number: 20170210262
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly has a seat having a lower seat and a seatback extending upwardly from the lower seat. The lower seat comprises a cushion frame assembly connected to a vehicle floor and a cushion leg jounce bracket comprising a base and a paddle connected with the cushion frame assembly. The paddle extends upwardly and forwardly to form a vertical gap between a distal end of the paddle and a forward portion of the cushion frame assembly to provide independent and resilient support for an occupant's thighs. A cushion foam assembly is disposed above and is attached to the cushion frame, a forward portion of the cushion foam assembly being supported by the paddle of the cushion leg jounce bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, David Frederick Lyons, Kevin Preuss, Daniel Ferretti, Christian J. Hosbach
  • Publication number: 20170210316
    Abstract: The invention concerns a bumper unit for a motor vehicle, with a bumper cross-member which is connected to a vehicle structure via a crumple element. To provide a bumper unit which has optimal crash behavior on frontal impacts both with small overlap and with larger overlap, according to the invention it is provided that a deformation element is arranged on the bumper cross-member outside of the crumple element with a deformation portion running obliquely relative to a vehicle longitudinal axis X, towards and spaced from the vehicle structure. It is proposed that the deformation element has a rearward running connecting portion which is connected to the bumper cross-member and a center portion running towards the outside from the connecting portion and adjoining the deformation portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Tobias DUFFE
  • Publication number: 20170210329
    Abstract: A door assembly for a vehicle includes a door, an inflator mounted to the door, and a passive restraint. The passive restraint has a first airbag chamber and a second airbag chamber. The first airbag chamber is in communication with the inflator and is inflatable from an uninflated position to an inflated position. The second airbag chamber is in communication with the inflator and is inflatable from an uninflated position to an inflated position. The first airbag chamber in the inflated position extends transverse to the second airbag chamber in the inflated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. Rao, Mark A. Cuddihy, Saeed David Barbat
  • Publication number: 20170210325
    Abstract: A steering wheel assembly for a vehicle includes a steering wheel and an airbag that is supported by the steering wheel. The airbag is inflatable away from the steering wheel in an inflation direction. An airbag tether includes a first end coupled to the steering wheel, and a second end spaced from the first end and coupled to the steering wheel. The airbag is disposed between the steering wheel and the airbag tether. During a frontal impact of the vehicle, the airbag tether may be positioned independent of steering wheel position to restrict inflation of the airbag adjacent a thorax of a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mangala A. Jayasuriya, Robert William McCoy
  • Publication number: 20170210322
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a base, a driver seat rotatably disposed on the base, a sensor, and a processor. The sensor is programmed to measure an angular displacement of the driver seat relative to the base and output a displacement signal representing the angular displacement. The processor is programmed to receive the displacement signal and select at least one of a plurality of passive safety devices based at least in part on the angular displacement represented by the displacement signal and only deploy the selected passive safety devices during a collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. Rao, Mark A. Cuddihy, Saeed David Barbat
  • Publication number: 20170210201
    Abstract: A computing device determines that a first time for a first sound generated by a vehicle to reach a first sound maximum amplitude and a second time for a second sound generated by the vehicle to reach a second sound maximum amplitude are within a range. An object that reflects the second sound is identified based on an interval between receipt of the first and second sounds. A speed of sound is determined based at least in part on the time interval and a distance to the object. A humidity is determined based at least in part on the speed of sound. A vehicle subsystem is adjusted based on the humidity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alfred Green, David Karl Bidner
  • Publication number: 20170210368
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a brake system of a vehicle including determining if the vehicle is stopped. Determining a current brake pressure, a braking deceleration and a dynamic brake pressure corresponding to the braking deceleration. Based on the current brake pressure and the dynamic brake pressure determining a differential brake pressure. A holding brake pressure for holding the vehicle is determined based on the differential brake pressure and operating the brake system with the holding brake pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Svensson, Ashrit Das
  • Publication number: 20170210191
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a motor vehicle having an active roll control system and an air suspension system including operating the air suspension system in a normal mode, according to a normal air spring setting. Upon determining a fault or malfunction of the active roll control system operating the air suspension in a fallback mode, according to a fallback air spring setting, wherein the fallback mode is different from the normal mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Saeger, Simon Baales, Michael Seemann
  • Publication number: 20170210193
    Abstract: An adjustment system and method for adjusting a chassis property of a motor vehicle wherein an understeering sensitivity of the motor vehicle is increased upon detecting that a trailer has been coupled to the motor vehicle. A detection unit operates to detect when a trailer is attached or coupled to the motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Saeger, Simon Baales, Michael Seemann
  • Patent number: 9713965
    Abstract: An example method includes intentionally precharging a powertrain of an electric vehicle for an first time period that is different than a second precharge time period. An example electric vehicle assembly includes a precharge contactor transitionable back and forth between an open state and a closed state, a first main contactor, a second main contactor, and a controller configured to selectively close the second main contactor after the precharge contactor has been closed for a first time period that is different than a second precharge time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Wesley Edward Burkman, Ryan J. Skaff, Karin Lovett, Bryan Michael Bolger
  • Patent number: 9713963
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to send likelihood-of-success request, including vehicle state information. The processor is further configured to receive information representing likelihood of reaching route points, utilizing a current vehicle charge, along with effects on the likelihood based on one or more power utilization changes. The processor is also configured to interactively display the received information and receive power utilization change selection. Also, the processor is configured to calculate a new likelihood of reaching the points based on the selection and display updated information based on the calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yimin Liu, Perry Robinson MacNeille, Michael Edward Loftus
  • Patent number: 9713953
    Abstract: A powertrain mount assembly configured to connect a powertrain to a side rail of a vehicle frame structure, wherein the powertrain mount assembly comprises: a mounting bracket comprising a first side wall and a second side wall spaced apart from the first side wall, the mounting bracket being configured to receive a resilient member and a bracket arm between the first and second side walls, the bracket arm being connectable to the powertrain; and a first support bracket connectable to a surface of the side rail, wherein the first side wall of the mounting bracket is fastenable to the first support bracket and wherein the first support bracket is configured to be connected to the side rail at a location between the first and second side walls of the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jon Horseman, Matthew David George Shynn, Peter Brook, Alan Thorpe, Michael Ross, Matt Sykes
  • Patent number: 9714677
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, a coated connecting rod includes a first head including a first aperture, a second head including a second aperture, and a body connecting the first and second heads along a longitudinal axis, wherein the first head further includes face and back thrust surfaces abutting the first aperture and an anti-friction coating partially contacting at least one of the face and back thrust surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Rick L. Williams
  • Patent number: 9714031
    Abstract: A vehicle, a vehicle parking assist system, and a parking method, is provided. A powertrain and a steering system may be operated to guide the vehicle into a parking location to complete a drive cycle based on a default tire radius, a tire angular velocity acquired during a drive cycle in response to a steering angle of the steering system exceeding a threshold value, and wheel and GPS vehicle speeds for the drive cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Kerem Bayar, Michael Edward Brewer
  • Patent number: 9714030
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting leaks in an intake manifold of an engine. In one example, a method may include closing all intake valves of all cylinders of the engine during an engine shut down responsive to vacuum in the intake manifold reaching a pre-determined vacuum level. The method may further include indicating a leak in the intake manifold responsive to a change in a level of vacuum in the intake manifold after closing all the intake valves of all cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Chingpo Liu
  • Patent number: 9714706
    Abstract: A vehicle driver interface eliminates the need for the direct driver selection of a park mode. Instead, a park mechanism is automatically engaged in response to either a transition into an ignition Off state, or detection of the absence of a driver. The park mechanism is released in response to selection of a drive mode, which can be either a forward drive mode or a reverse drive mode. To permit idling with the driver present, an electronic park brake is automatically engaged when the vehicle comes to a stop in a drive mode, and is automatically released when the driver taps the accelerator pedal. A stay-in-neutral mode overrides the automatic engagement of the park mechanism or the electronic parking brake to permit operations such as towing the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hubert Szawarski, Mark A. Cuddihy, Craig Pattinson, Thomas Overbeck
  • Patent number: 9714051
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle includes an input including a rotatable rotary element and a controller. The controller executes a trailer backup assist mode including interpreting a first instantaneous position of the rotary element as a trailer control commanding position and generating a vehicle steering command based thereon. The controller also executes a parking assist mode including implementing a parking assist action corresponding to a second instantaneous position of the rotary element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 9713975
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly for a motor vehicle has raised seatback that includes a permeable foam layer having a plurality of spaced apertures. A distribution system having airflow passages is juxtaposed against the permeable foam layer, such that the airflow passages of the distribution system are in fluid communication with the apertures in the permeable foam layer. A carrier assembly is juxtaposed against the distribution system and has an upper portion having a central annual member supported by a plurality of flexible radial arms, to which is attached a blower in fluid communication with the airflow passages of the distribution system and the apertures in the permeable foam layer. Warm air from the permeable foam layer is displaced away from the permeable foam layer and is circulated through the raised seatback by operation of the blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Akbar Berry, Johnathan Andrew Line, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello, Richard Joseph Soyka, Marcos Silva Kondrad
  • Patent number: 9714029
    Abstract: A vehicle includes at least one electric machine and an inverter for selectively transmitting power to the electric machine. The inverter includes a power module. At least one controller controls the electric machine and the inverter. The controller at least temporarily disables the inverter during a power cycle such that power to the electric machine is inhibited. In response to the disabling of the inverter, the controller resets the duty cycle commands for the power module, and re-enables the inverter during the same power cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rimma Isayeva, William Reynolds, Jonathan Andrew Butcher
  • Patent number: 9714590
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for using a crankcase vent tube pressure or flow sensor for diagnosing a location and nature of crankcase system integrity breach. The same sensor can also be used for diagnosing air filter plugging and PCV valve degradation. Use of an existing sensor to diagnose multiple engine components provides cost reduction and sensor compaction benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Eric Rollinger, Robert Roy Jentz, Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 9714613
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a throttle during deceleration fuel shut off (DFSO). In one example, a method may comprise controlling a position of a throttle in an air inlet of an engine propelling a vehicle, in relation to vehicle operator commands, and during a deceleration fuel shut off mode, increasing opening of said throttle independently of said operator commands when speed of said vehicle is or is expected to fall below a desired speed or desired speed trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Kevin Holub, Thomas G. Leone
  • Patent number: 9714614
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for controlling an aspirator control valve in an engine. An example method comprises closing the aspirator control valve responsive to diagnosing a first engine degradation condition and opening the aspirator control valve in response to diagnosing a second engine degradation condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Luehrsen, Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 9713980
    Abstract: A vehicle is equipped with a spotlight. The spotlight has a rod that passes through a pillar of the vehicle, such as the A-pillar. The A-pillar includes one or more beams. The beam is provided with an aperture or a through-hole for the rod to pass through. One or more sleeves are provided with a tubular body and a flange. The flange is secured to the beam and is oriented such that the tubular body passes at least partially through the aperture or through-hole. The sleeve provides an engagement surface that surrounds the rod of the spotlight while improving structural rigidity of that portion of the pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Henry W. Hausler, Michael James Freeman
  • Patent number: 9713998
    Abstract: An airbag system includes an airbag. The airbag includes a face portion configured such that when the airbag is inflated; the face portion forms a corrugated section. The corrugated section has a plurality of corrugations. The plurality of corrugations is configured to impede movement of an occupant's head from a center of the airbag toward a side of the airbag during impact. The plurality of corrugations is formed using a plurality of tethers attached to the face portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammed Omar Faruque, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 9714027
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving engine restart operations occurring during a transmission shift in a hybrid vehicle. Engine speed is controller during cranking and run-up to approach a transmission input shaft speed that is based on the future gear of the transmission shift. Engine speed is controlled via adjustments to spark, throttle, and/or fuel, to expedite engine speed reaching the synchronous speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Steven Yamazaki, Jeffrey Allen Doering, Wei Liang, Rajit Johri, Xiaoyong Wang, Ming Lang Kuang, Scott Thompson, David Oshinsky, Dennis Reed, Adam Banker
  • Patent number: 9714620
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving boost response in a turbocharged engine. In one example, a method may include in response to a tip-out following a tip-in, when an exhaust catalyst temperature is within a threshold range, deactivating fuel injectors to the engine and increasing air flow to an exhaust turbine based on a desired increase in a turbine speed to maintain the turbine speed at or above a threshold speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Douglas Kuechler, Dev Saberwal, Kevan Bates, Trevor Losch, Justin Lesniak, Michael M. S. Simon
  • Patent number: 9714618
    Abstract: A system and method for improving engine emissions is described. In one example, engine emissions may be improved via increasing rotational resistance of a turbocharger while a temperature of an exhaust after treatment device is less than a threshold temperature. The system and method may reduce an amount of time for the after treatment device to reach an operating temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Durand Byrd, Keith Michael Plagens, William Charles Ruona
  • Patent number: 9715006
    Abstract: A homodyne radar system includes a mixer that outputs a signal having a mixer output frequency that is a frequency difference between two input signals. When the frequency difference is small, low frequency noise may mask the actual signal. A variable phase shifter is added to one of the mixer inputs to change the phase at a predetermined rate of change. The phase shifter shifts the frequency of the input signal so that the mixer output frequency is offset by the predetermined rate. The low frequencies are mapped to frequencies that are above the noise frequencies. The phase shift may be achieved by adding a constant phase at predetermined time intervals. The sampling frequency for the resulting signal may need to be increased to accommodate the higher frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: James Paul Ebling
  • Patent number: 9714749
    Abstract: A vehicle grille assembly is provided herein and includes a light-transmissive grille. At least one light guide is contained within the grille and a light source is configured to supply light to the at least one light guide to illuminate the grille.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Michael A. Musleh
  • Patent number: 9716787
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive coordinate information identifying an upcoming cellular dead zone on a vehicle route. The processor is also configured to generate an alert to the upcoming cellular dead zone. The processor is further configured to offer an automatic call-back for an ongoing phone call and automatically call back a number associated with the ongoing phone call in response to exiting the cellular dead zone if the call was dropped in the cellular dead zone and the offer was accepted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante, Manoharprasad K. Rao
  • Patent number: 9715442
    Abstract: An apparatus may receive bus data from a vehicle, may receive removable media storing an application and settings, and may interface with an external test hardware device. The apparatus may include a processor programmed to set up the test hardware device in accordance with the settings, and execute the application using the bus data and the external test hardware devices as configured. The apparatus may also update an indicator associated with a device category of a connected test hardware device to indicate presence of the test hardware device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Alexander, Peter Treman, Jason Robert Brown
  • Patent number: 9715665
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for detecting a working condition of one or more vehicle components includes communicating with a cellular communication module in a vehicle over a telecommunications network. A vehicle component characteristic or identifier for the vehicle components is received over the telecommunication network. One or more operation status identifiers for the one or more vehicle components based on data from the vehicle is also received. A location for servicing or purchasing the one or more vehicle components based on the vehicle component characteristic or identifier is determined. A service status of the one or more vehicle components based on the one or more operation status identifiers is also determined. Based on the service status, a message including an identification of the vehicle components and a service or purchase location for the vehicle components is generated. The message is transmitted to a terminal for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Yellin Schondorf, Robert Bruce Kleve, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Dilip B. Patel, Brian Bennie, Gregory Swadling
  • Patent number: 9716259
    Abstract: A vehicle underbody includes a tray structure, a battery pack having a plurality of footers and a bracket; and an enclosure surrounding the battery pack. The bracket has a wall attached to the enclosure, a ledge attached to the footers, and a stepped deformation region between the wall and ledge. The stepped deformation region deforms in response to impact to absorb energy associated with the impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajaram Subramanian, Amar Marpu, Saravanan Paramasivam, Mladen Marjanovic, John Jardine
  • Patent number: 9716294
    Abstract: A battery controller with monitoring logic for a model-based battery control of a battery performs battery current characterizing, parameter and state variable abnormality detection, and bound checking of error signals between measured and predicted output variables to generate an output. Switching between closed-loop operation (i.e., the model-based battery control) and open-loop operation (i.e., a traditional battery control) is done based on the output of the monitoring logic such that closed-loop stability and performance are reasonably guaranteed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yonghua Li, Richard Dyche Anderson, Anthony Mark Phillips, Xu Wang
  • Patent number: 9716762
    Abstract: A message broker may initialize, responsive to a connection notification published via vehicle connection to a vehicle-associated topic tree topic to which a service delivery network is subscribed, a lost-connection notification to be published to the topic by the broker upon broker identification of the connection as lost, and when a periodic notification over the connection to the message broker is missed, publish the lost-connection notification to the vehicle-associated topic. A service delivery may receive a message publish request for a vehicle topic via a message broker to which the service delivery network and vehicle subscribe; and send a wakeup message to the vehicle out-of-band from the message broker to request the vehicle to reconnect to the message broker when a type of the message requires the vehicle to be connected to publish the message and the vehicle is disconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Brian Petersen, Ritesh Pandya, Joseph Paul Rork, Praveen Yalavarty
  • Patent number: 9714619
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for indicating water at an oxygen sensor based on power consumption of a heating element of the oxygen sensor. In one example, water may be indicated at an oxygen sensor positioned in an intake of an engine responsive to power consumption of the heating element of the oxygen sensor increasing above a baseline level. Engine operating parameters may then be adjusted based on the water indication and the power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gopichandra Surnilla, Richard E. Soltis, Dan A. Makled, Timothy Joseph Clark
  • Patent number: D792822
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, William K. Moore
  • Patent number: D792824
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: George Bucher, Dean Carbis
  • Patent number: D792990
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kemal Curic, Shawn Wehrly