Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170177954
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to methods, systems, and apparatuses for virtual sensor data generation and more particularly relates to generation of virtual sensor data for training and testing models or algorithms to detect objects or obstacles, such as wheel stops or parking barriers. A method for generating virtual sensor data includes simulating a three-dimensional (3D) environment comprising one or more objects. The method includes generating virtual sensor data for a plurality of positions of one or more sensors within the 3D environment. The method includes determining virtual ground truth corresponding to each of the plurality of positions, wherein the ground truth includes information about at least one object within the virtual sensor data. The method also includes storing and associating the virtual sensor data and the virtual ground truth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Scott Vincent Myers
  • Publication number: 20170178514
    Abstract: A computing device for a vehicle imaging system includes a data storage medium and a processing device programmed to execute computer-executable instructions stored on the data storage medium. The instructions include capturing an image of an area ahead of a host vehicle in a convoy with at least one other vehicle, wirelessly pairing with a mobile device associated with the at least one other vehicle, and presenting an image captured by the mobile device associated with the at least one other vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alan George Dry
  • Publication number: 20170174252
    Abstract: A steering assistance actuator for a vehicle includes a actuator shaft, a torque sensor, a motor, a drive mechanism and a drive housing. The actuator shaft is rotatable about a first axis. The actuator shaft includes an integral torque sensor. The motor has an output shaft rotatable about a second axis. The second axis is substantially parallel to the first axis. The drive mechanism is disposed between and drivingly connects the motor and the steering column. The drive mechanism provides a speed reduction from the motor to the actuator shaft. The drive housing encloses the torque sensor and the drive mechanism and is separate from a steering gear. The drive housing also has a mounting feature to which a housing of the motor is fixed. The drive housing also has a first bearing and a second bearing rotatably supporting the actuator shaft in the drive housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley G. Hochrein, Jack E. Barry, James Philip Cooper, Alex Parker, Joseph Washnock, Salvador Toledo, Timothy Patrick Diez, Thomas Philip Flanagan
  • Publication number: 20170174218
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle generates a change-operating-mode signal to change operation from a normal mode with an engine engaged and running to a coasting mode with the engine disengaged and/or switched off in response to a freewheeling distance exceeding a threshold. The freewheeling distance may be based on state parameters of the motor vehicle, such as position, speed, acceleration, weight, tire pressure, braking pressure, and air resistance, for example, data related to a second vehicle obtained from forward sensors, for example, and/or ambient parameters such as air temperature, wind speed, and wind direction, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Joachim HANSEN, Harald STOFFELS, Bernd SCHUMACHER, Moritz Klaus SPRINGER
  • Publication number: 20170174060
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a windshield, a backlite spaced from the windshield, and a moonroof. The moonroof is moveable relative to the windshield and the backlite between a closed position and an open position. When in the closed position, the moonroof is adjacent to both the windshield and the backlite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Nania
  • Publication number: 20170174159
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a system for adapting at least one component of a vehicle. The vehicle component is operatively connected to an active material or formed from the active material. The active material is capable of changing at least one property in response to an activation signal. The activation signal is determined by at least one biometric variable of a vehicle occupant. Furthermore, the disclosure relates to a method for adapting a component of a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Claudia STEINAM
  • Publication number: 20170174248
    Abstract: A steering wheel for a motor vehicle has an outer steering wheel rim. The outer steering wheel rim is fixedly connected, via at least one spoke, to a steering wheel pot arranged in a steering wheel center. The steering wheel pot, on the base side, has a steering wheel hub for fixing to a steering column. The steering wheel hub is configured as a load cell for detecting a load acting on the steering wheel hub. Such a steering wheel may be used to facilitate various tests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Wolfgang KUEHLWETTER
  • Publication number: 20170174203
    Abstract: A steering wheel position control system for a vehicle comprises a controller for a vehicle. The controller includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor. The controller is programmed to receive values from the sensors. The controller commands a pivot mechanism to bias a steering wheel to a stowed position based on values from the sensors. The controller also deploys an air bag based on values from the sensors, wherein the steering wheel is pivoted out of a space envelope of the deployed airbag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Brown, John P. Joyce, Scott J. Lauffer, Steven R. El Aile, Samer Abbas
  • Publication number: 20170174209
    Abstract: A backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer includes a brake module and a throttle module. The system further includes a controller having a vehicle speed detector and coupled with the brake module and the throttle module for implementing a backup mode including detecting an adverse operating condition and then adjusting at least one of the brake module and the throttle module and terminating the backup mode upon detecting the adverse operating condition for a time interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Roger Arnold Trombley, Thomas Edward Pilutti, Nathaniel Abram Rolfes, Michael Hafner
  • Publication number: 20170174212
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for operating a first motor vehicle, in which rear sensor values are captured from a second motor vehicle following the first motor vehicle. A brake pedal of the first motor vehicle is monitored for actuation. A risk value for a rear end collision is determined in response to detected actuation by evaluating the captured sensor values. The risk value determined is compared with a threshold value, and an alarm signal is generated in response to the threshold value being exceeded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe GUSSEN, Frederic STEFAN, Christoph ARNDT
  • Publication number: 20170174215
    Abstract: An operating mode is determined for a vehicle according to respective control states of each of a plurality of vehicle subsystems that include braking, steering, and propulsion. The operating mode is one of manual control, partial manual control, and no manual control. A route for the vehicle is determined based in part on the operating mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fling Tseng, Dimitar Petrov Filev, Johannes Geir Kristinsson, Joseph Wisniewski, Shiqi Qiu, Imad Hassan Makki
  • Patent number: 9682671
    Abstract: A vehicle system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a DC/DC converter bus adapted to operate at a first voltage set-point and a low voltage battery bus adapted to operate at a second voltage set-point different from the first voltage set-point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Ferrel, David Anthony Symanow, Karin Lovett, Cathleen Tistle
  • Patent number: 9682691
    Abstract: A stop/start vehicle includes at least one controller that, in response to predicting a vehicle stop, initiates an engine pre-shutdown protocol such that vehicle subsystems begin to prepare for engine shutdown prior to a speed of the vehicle reaching approximately zero to reduce time between the speed of the vehicle reaching approximately zero and engine shutdown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xiaoyong Wang, Ryan Abraham McGee
  • Patent number: 9682677
    Abstract: An airbag assembly for a seatbelt restraint such that the deflated airbag lays flat when it is stacked and secured to a webbing of the seatbelt. The airbag is assembled from a plurality of material strips. The strips are edge joint welded together so that the joints lay flat between the individual strips comprising the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Srinivasan Sundararajan, Derek Board, Edward J. Desmet, Kevin Pline
  • Patent number: 9682681
    Abstract: A side airbag comprises a first side, a second side, a main portion and an extension portion. The main portion has a recess in the first side. The extension portion is supported by and is in communication with the main portion. A first tether is between the main portion and the extension portion. A vent is disposed in the main portion and selectively is moveable from a closed orientation to an open orientation. A second tether extends from the second side to the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Patel, Zhibing Deng, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Patent number: 9682685
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reducing condensate accumulation at a charge air cooler (CAC) during cold ambient conditions. During defrosting conditions, an air conditioner may be operated to dehumidify a cabin space while heat is rejected into a cooling circuit. Warm coolant may be directed to a CAC bypassing a radiator to expedite CAC heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Ravi Gopal, Sunil Katragadda
  • Patent number: 9682729
    Abstract: A vehicular instrument panel having a reinforcement that includes a plurality of chopped carbon fibers within a nylon resin, a substrate coupled to the reinforcement comprising a plurality of chopped carbon and chopped glass fibers within a nylon resin, and a steering column bracket defined from the substrate comprising a plurality of chopped carbon fibers within a nylon resin. The bracket engages a steering column such that the substrate and bracket support the steering column. The plurality of chopped carbon and glass fibers in the substrate can be segregated such that the carbon fibers and the glass fibers are each substantially concentrated within respective driver-side and passenger-side portions of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Webb, Kalyanaraman Bharathan, Tim Beard, Bernard Gerard Marchetti
  • Patent number: 9682694
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an electrical load may be automatically activated to consume electrical energy produced during driveline braking so that driveline braking may be extended. The electrical load may be a windscreen heater or other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Nathan Banker, Alex O'Connor Gibson, Jeffrey Allen Doering, James William Loch McCallum, David Oshinsky
  • Patent number: 9682699
    Abstract: Systems and methods for shifting a transmission of a hybrid driveline that includes an electric machine that operates in a regeneration mode are presented. The systems and methods may adjust a feedforward motor torque command via an adaptive parameter in response to an error that is based on percentage of shift complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bernard D. Nefcy, Daniel Colvin, Felix Nedorezov, Todd McCullough
  • Patent number: 9682705
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine with auto-stop and auto-start functions. The vehicle additionally includes a braking system configured to apply braking torque to vehicle wheels. The vehicle further includes a controller configured to control the engine and braking system via an ACC system in response to a detected forward object. The controller is configured to automatically control the braking system in response to a distance to the detected forward object falling below a first predefined threshold and a vehicle speed falling below a second predefined threshold. In response to these inputs, the controller automatically controls the braking system to apply a braking torque to hold the vehicle stationary in the absence of powertrain torque based on a current road grade. The controller additionally controls the engine to auto-stop in response to these inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hafiz Shafeek Khafagy, Kirk Pebley, Aaron L. Mills, Chad Michael Korte
  • Patent number: 9682731
    Abstract: A vehicular instrument panel, including a substrate comprising a plurality of chopped carbon and chopped glass fibers within a nylon resin, the substrate defines an airbag canister. The plurality of chopped carbon and chopped glass fibers are segregated such that the chopped carbon fibers are substantially concentrated within a driver-side portion of the substrate and the airbag canister, and the chopped glass fibers are substantially concentrated within a passenger-side portion of the substrate. The substrate can also include a boundary region such that the plurality of chopped carbon and glass fibers in the substrate are substantially mixed in the boundary region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kalyanaraman Bharathan, Jeff Webb, Tim Beard, Bernard Gerard Marchetti
  • Patent number: 9682733
    Abstract: A tonneau cover is provided for a pick-up truck. The tonneau cover includes a cover element of sufficient expanse to span a cargo box of the pick-up truck, a storage compartment depending from an underside of the cover element and an access opening in the cover element in communication with the storage compartment. An access flap in the cover element overlies the access opening and may be displaced between open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Brandon Buckhalt
  • Patent number: 9682609
    Abstract: A passenger comfort system determines a travel time to a pickup location, detects a present cabin environment, determines a target cabin environment, and determines an environment adjustment time to adjust the present cabin environment to the target cabin environment. The passenger comfort system activates at least one vehicle climate control in accordance with the environment adjustment time and the travel time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 9682640
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a frame. A seat and seatback are disposed on the frame. A seating cushion assembly includes a plurality of closed base cells disposed on the frame. Each base cell includes a fixed volume of fluid disposed therein. A plurality of trim cells are disposed on the base cells and include a variable volume of fluid disposed therein. The trim cells are in communication with a fluid pump. An adjustable seatback support panel is disposed behind the base cells and is pivotally coupled to the frame. A static base is disposed behind the support panel. An adjustable reclination cell is disposed between the support panel and the static base. The reclination cell is adjustable between an inflated condition that pivots the support panel forward and a deflated condition that pivots the support panel rearward, thereby altering the reclination angle of the seatback relative to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alan George Dry
  • Patent number: 9682649
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a winch configured to engage a retractable cord is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a light source configured to emit an excitation emission at a first wavelength. The excitation emission is configured to activate an illumination of at least a portion of the retractable cord. A first photoluminescent portion is disposed on the retractable cord and configured to emit a first output emission having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength in response to receiving the excitation emission. The first photoluminescent portion may serve as a marker or visible notification of a position or portion of the retractable cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 9682651
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting system is provided herein. The system includes a substrate having alternating first and second portions. A first and second light source are each operable to emit light toward the substrate, wherein each of the first and second portions are configured to luminesce in response to excitation by light emitted from one of the first and second light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Mahendra Somasara Dassanayake
  • Patent number: 9682662
    Abstract: A seat back for a vehicle includes a frame and an electronic display. A pyrotechnic fastener supports the electronic display on the frame. The pyrotechnic fastener includes a first portion fixed to the frame, a second portion fixed to the electronic display, and a pyrotechnic element. During a frontal impact of the vehicle, the pyrotechnic element may be activated to lower the electronic display resulting in increased travel space for the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Steven Vinton
  • Patent number: 9682669
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processing device programmed to determine an ignition state and a vehicle speed. The processing device powers at least one vehicle subsystem if the ignition state is off and the vehicle speed is above a predetermined threshold. The processing device may disable the vehicle subsystem when the vehicle speed falls below the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Acuna, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider, Karl William Wojcik, James Michael Weinfurther, David James Tippy, Barb LeMaigre
  • Patent number: 9683468
    Abstract: Various methods for operating a camshaft are provided. In one example, a method of operating a camshaft comprises: adjusting the camshaft based on a desired camshaft position, the desired camshaft position determined based on a camshaft position indicated by a camshaft sensor and a camshaft position indicated by a camshaft actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Yan Wang
  • Patent number: 9683400
    Abstract: A vehicle computer is programmed to receive weather data from a remote server, to determine a frequency, based on the weather data, to obtain precipitation data from one or more vehicle sensors. The computer is further programmed to obtain the precipitation data, and to close one or more vehicle windows based at least in part on the precipitation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Theodore Momcilovich, Mark Allan Lippman
  • Patent number: 9683497
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a throttle based on an intake oxygen sensor output. In one example, a method may include adjusting a position of a throttle based on a dilution threshold and a total aircharge dilution level, the total dilution aircharge level based on an output of an intake oxygen sensor. Additionally, spark timing may be adjusted based on the total aircharge dilution level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gopichandra Surnilla, Michael Howard Shelby, James Alfred Hilditch, Jason Williams
  • Patent number: 9683483
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for exhaust leak management in an engine. The exhaust leakage management system may include a port disposed to capture leaked exhaust along a movable portion associated with a turbine. The exhaust leakage management system may also include a three-way valve at a bifurcation of the port, directing leaked exhaust either to a first passage fluidically connected to a crankcase of the engine or to a second passage fluidically connected to a downstream portion of an exhaust pipe, depending on engine operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Karl Bidner, Jack Adams, Mrdjan J. Jankovic
  • Patent number: 9685796
    Abstract: A current equalizer is provided for first and second battery elements connected in parallel to supply a DC link. A first constant resistance carries a first current from the first battery element to the DC link. A first variable resistance is connected in parallel with the first constant resistance. A second constant resistance carries a second current from the second battery element to the DC link. A second variable resistance is connected in parallel with the second constant resistance. A balancer inversely adjusts the first and second variable resistances in response to relative magnitudes of the first and second currents. As a result, the total currents supplied from each battery element to the DC link are equalized because the effective total resistance in series with each battery element compensates for the difference in the internal battery resistances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Eric Poirier
  • Patent number: 9683512
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a high-pressure fuel pump to mitigate audible ticking noise associated with opening and closing of a digital inlet valve of the high-pressure pump. To reduce the ticking noise associated with the high-pressure pump when the engine is idling, a solution is needed that is simple and does not involve retrofitting the fuel system with noise, vibration, and harshness countermeasures to mask the noise. Pressure devices and associated operation methods are provided that involve adding a combination of several check valves, an accumulator, and a flow control valve with weep channels to allow the digital inlet valve to be deactivated during engine idling as defined by a threshold engine speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark L. Stickler, Vince Paul Solferino, Paul Zeng, Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Robin Ivo Lawther, Patrick Brostrom, Jacob Jensen, Christopher Woodring, Joseph F. Basmaji, Mark Meinhart, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 9683500
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reducing EGR estimation errors during lean engine operating conditions. During lean engine operation, EGR is disabled if the estimated exhaust air-fuel ratio becomes leaner than a lean threshold. The lean threshold is adjusted based on an upper limit of EGR errors that may be tolerated by the engine at a given engine speed and load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gopichandra Surnilla, Todd Anthony Rumpsa, James Alfred Hilditch, Timothy Joseph Clark, Ralph Wayne Cunningham, Julia Helen Buckland, Daniel Joseph Styles
  • Patent number: 9683502
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for identifying imbalanced cylinder and mitigating the imbalanced cylinder. In one example, a method may include identifying an imbalanced cylinder based on readings from two exhaust gas oxygen sensors positioned upstream and downstream of a catalyst in an exhaust passage, and mitigating the imbalance based on the magnitude of a fault determined from the readings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael James Uhrich, Mario Anthony Santillo, Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 9683505
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for identifying and rejecting asymmetric faults that cause engine emissions to be biased rich or lean. In one example, a method for an engine system comprises generating a UEGO sensor feedback set-point adjustment based on slower and faster time components within an outer loop of a catalyst control system; generating an inner-loop bias-offset correction from the slower time component; and indicating degradation of the engine system based on a comparison of the bias-offset correction to a degradation threshold. In this way, the total outer-loop control authority is increased while maintaining drivability and noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) constraints and meeting emission standards in the presence of an air-to-fuel ratio biasing fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mario Anthony Santillo, Stephen William Magner, Michael James Uhrich, Mrdjan J. Jankovic
  • Patent number: 9683506
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for assessing the presence or absence of cylinder air-fuel ratio deviation that may result in air-fuel ratio imbalance between engine cylinders. In one example, the method may include assessing the presence or absence of air-fuel ratio errors based on deviation from an expected air-fuel ratio during a deceleration fuel shut-off event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hassene Jammoussi, Imad Hassan Makki, Michael I. Kluzner, Robert Roy Jentz
  • Patent number: 9683511
    Abstract: An engine system and method for adjusting pressure of fuel supplied to an engine responsive to compressibility of fuel supplied to the engine is disclosed. In one example, the engine is operated with a fuel pump in an off state to determine compressibility of fuel supplied to the engine. Fuel pressure supplied to the engine is adjusted responsive to the fuel compressibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Ross Dykstra Pursifull, David Ord
  • Patent number: 9683493
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a compression ratio of a combustion chamber. In one example, a method may include altering an axial position and rotational orientation of a control element comprising a spark plug and a fuel injector in response to an engine operation. The method further includes changing a distance between intake and exhaust valves of a cylinder to the control element, the spark plug, and the fuel injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hans Guenter Quix, David van Bebber, Florian Huth
  • Patent number: 9683513
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving fuel injection of an engine that includes a cylinder receiving fuel from a direct fuel injector are disclosed. In one example, a transfer function or gain of a direct fuel injector is adjusted in response to an exhaust lambda value and a pulse width of a plurality of split fuel injections provided to an injector of the cylinder during a cylinder cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adithya Pravarun Re Ranga, Gopichandra Surnilla, Joseph Norman Ulrey, Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 9683525
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for a canister purge valve. A method comprises rotating an armature within a valve body in the canister purge valve as the canister purge valve opens and closes during a purge operation. The armature is encircled at a first end by an elastomer seal with multiple angled wings that enable rotation of the armature about a central longitudinal axis during the purge operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Scott Koller, Kevin William Plymale, Dennis Seung-Man Yang, Michael Wene
  • Patent number: D789840
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kemal Curic, Shawn Wehrly, David Woodhouse
  • Patent number: D789846
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kemal Curic, Shawn Wehrly, David Woodhouse
  • Patent number: D789848
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, William K. Moore, Jonathan Fontaine
  • Patent number: D789850
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Svensson, Craig S. Metros, Darrell Paul Behmer, Eric Stoddard
  • Patent number: D789851
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Svensson, Craig S. Metros, Darrell Paul Behmer, Eric Stoddard
  • Patent number: D789856
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Max Wolff, Solomon Song
  • Patent number: D789864
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Solomon H. Song, Soohyoung Kim
  • Patent number: D789898
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Russell Allan Sims, Cary Ochen Diehl