Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170080835
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a first seating unit having a backrest, which includes a front side and a back side. An armrest I operably coupled with an intermediate portion of the back side and is configured for use by a passenger seated in a second seating unit disposed behind but laterally offset from the first seating unit. The armrest is moveable between an in-use position, wherein an upper surface of the armrest is generally horizontally positioned and available to support the passenger, and a stowed position, wherein the armrest is generally adjacent to a rear face of the backrest of the first seating unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Teresa Mendicino, Torsten Gerhardt, David Woodhouse, Lewis Blaber
  • Publication number: 20170084099
    Abstract: A key fob includes a power amplifier including an output having an output impedance. A radio frequency antenna connected to the power amplifier output represents a first load impedance to the power amplifier output in a space substantially free of interference for radio frequency transmissions, and a second load impedance to the power amplifier output when a hand of a user is capacitively coupled to the antenna. The difference between the second load impedance and the output impedance of the power amplifier is less than the difference between the first load impedance and the output impedance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Wisnewski, Tye Arthur Winkel, John Frederick Locke, Lawrence Banasky, Thomas Joseph Hermann
  • Publication number: 20170080900
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a sensor programmed to output an occupant or object detection signal indicating a presence of an unauthorized occupant or unauthorized object in a host vehicle. An autonomous mode controller is programmed to determine, from the occupant or object detection signal, whether to operate the host vehicle in an autonomous mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johannes Huennekens, Samuel Ellis, Greg Foletta
  • Publication number: 20170080980
    Abstract: A vehicle sill reinforcement includes a first elongate member and a second elongate member. Each of the first elongate member and the second elongate member includes steps and walls disposed in alternating arrangement along an axis. The walls of the first elongate member are fixed to the walls of the second elongate member. The steps of the first elongate member and the steps of the second elongate member are aligned along the axis and define cavities therebetween. The steps and walls of the sill reinforcement resist buckling in response to both vertical and horizontal components of impact force applied to the sill reinforcement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jamil M. Alwan, Abdelmonaam Sassi, Thiag Subbian, Djamal Eddine Midoun
  • Publication number: 20170080834
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a cushion assembly having a plurality of closed base cells disposed on a seat frame. A plurality of trim cells are disposed on the base cells. An adjustable seatback support panel is disposed behind the base cells. A static base is disposed behind the support panel. Side pivot cells are disposed between the seatback support panel and the base cells that allow for lateral flexibility of a seatback surface relative to the support panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alan George Dry
  • Patent number: 9601837
    Abstract: A friction-welded ground assembly that includes an alloy substrate with a clearance hole; an aluminum alloy weld nut having a bolt bore and an outer wall; and a grounding bolt. The bore is located substantially within the clearance hole and a portion of the outer wall is joined to the substrate at a friction-welded attachment. Further, the bolt is threaded within the bore. In addition, a method for making a ground includes the steps: rotating an aluminum alloy weld nut having an outer wall at a predetermined speed; lowering the outer wall of the rotating nut into contact with an aluminum alloy substrate to generate a frictional force for a friction time; arresting the rotation of the nut; and applying an axial forging force to the outer wall and the substrate for a forging time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Dupuis, Michael William Danyo, Kimberly Ann Lazarz, Steven Rewalt
  • Patent number: 9597934
    Abstract: An integral fifth wheel cross member assembly for a pick-up truck bed. The fifth wheel cross member assembly is secured to the left and right frame rails between two intermediate cross members. The box is attached to the frame with the fifth wheel cross member already in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Henry W. Hausler, Corey John Jarocki, Joseph L. Buchwitz, Andrew Kammerzell
  • Patent number: 9597943
    Abstract: A duct for a heating/ventilation/air conditioning system of a vehicle includes a first end and a second end spaced a distance from the first end. An orifice extends between the first end and the second end. A semi-circular surface is disposed at the second end. The semi-circular surface extends about a radius having the same length as the distance between the first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence C. Karas, Mukesh Kumar, Eric R. Yerke, Robert Steven Sawyer
  • Patent number: 9597664
    Abstract: The current invention refers to the LNT and the SCR catalysts designed for combined LNT-SCR applications. LNT catalysts are based on proton-conducting oxides of fluorite structure, namely Ca (Sr)—La—Ce (Zr, Pr) mixed oxides in which up to 40 mol-% of lanthanum is replaced by calcium and/or strontium, and up to 66 mol-% of cerium is replaced by zirconium and/or praseodymium, further combined with Pt—Pd or Pt—Pd—Rh precious metal components. SCR catalysts are Cu/zeolite modified by citrate treatment or Cu—Ce, Mn—Ce or Co—Ce/modified zeolite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Albert N. Chigapov, Robert Ukropec, Brendan Patrick Carberry, Nina Shishkina
  • Patent number: 9601923
    Abstract: Exemplary methods are disclosed, which may include providing a conductive component configured to conduct a current to at least two electrical systems or elements. Methods may further include determining one of the electrical elements as a low-priority system and a second one of the electrical elements as a high-priority system, measuring or estimating a current associated with the at least two electrical systems to establish the current exceeds a predetermined parameter, and deactivating the low-priority system in response to at least the determination of the current exceeding the predetermined parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brian D. Rutkowski, David J. Rutkowski
  • Patent number: 9597945
    Abstract: An HVAC system provides airflow in a vehicle having a plurality of seating locations in a passenger cabin for respective passengers of the vehicle. The system includes a plurality of outlet vents and a plurality of suction returns disposed at various air return locations adjacent to the seating locations within the vehicle. An air handling unit is in fluid communication between the suction returns and the outlet vents. A plurality of flow control elements are provided, each one in series with at least one respective suction return for selectably modifying a respective flow of the respective suction return in response to a respective flow command. An occupancy determining apparatus identifies one or more seating locations for receiving enhanced airflow. A controller generates the respective flow commands in response to the identified seating locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Clay W. Maranville, Christopher M. Greiner, Paul B. Hoke, Michael E. Hesse, Lakhi Goenka, John C. Schneider
  • Patent number: 9597947
    Abstract: A method of assembling vehicle-body components includes positioning a first component on a second component. The first component has a different coefficient of thermal expansion than the second component and one of the first and second components defines a slot. The method also includes loosely installing a bolt though the slot and the first and second components, and creating a joint in the first and second components. The method further includes heating the first and second components, which causes the first and second components to move relative to each other due to thermal expansion in response to the heating. This movement causes the joint to fail. The method also includes tightening the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Peter A. Friedman, Aindrea McKelvey Campbell, Garret Sankey Huff, Amanda Kay Freis, Ronald David Ketelhut, S. George Luckey, Jr., Laurent Bernard Chappuis
  • Patent number: 9597977
    Abstract: An energy conversion system transfers energy between an energy source, or storage unit, and an electric device via a first port and a second port and at least one of receives and provides energy via a third port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chingchi Chen, Michael Degner
  • Patent number: 9598022
    Abstract: A center console assembly is provided. That center console assembly includes a storage compartment and a cooperating cover as well as a cup holder outside of the storage compartment. In addition, the center console assembly includes a console tray including a first mounting element and a second mounting element. The first mounting element secures the console tray in a first position within the storage compartment while the second mounting element secures the console tray in a second position in the cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Maria Fernanda Medina Luna, Omar Mendoza Vera
  • Patent number: 9597990
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback defining a cavity generally accessible via a slot disposed on a back panel of the seatback. A plurality of cover members extend over the cavity and operate between a flexed position and an unflexed position. The plurality of cover members are substantially flush with a planar portion of the back panel in the unflexed position. An elastic member is disposed on an inner-surface of the back panel proximate the plurality of cover members. The elastic member and the cover members define a pocket. The elastic member is configured to expand into the cavity, thereby expanding the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello, Christian J. Hosbach, Mandeep Singh Sidhu
  • Patent number: 9598032
    Abstract: A tire rotation blocking apparatus is disclosed for preventing a front tire of a vehicle from moving toward a passenger compartment in a small offset rigid barrier front-end collision. In one embodiment, an elongated bar is received by a plurality of guide members that each define an aperture extending in a longitudinal direction and that are fixedly attached to the vehicle. An actuator, such as a pyrotechnic device, is operatively connected to the bar to drive the bar longitudinally between the wheel and the passenger compartment in a front-end collision. In another embodiment, the actuator includes a spring attached to the bar, or blocker, that is released to drive the bar in a forward longitudinal direction. At least one stop engages the bar to hold the bar in the blocking position between the wheel and the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Laike Misikir, Matthew B. Makowski, Shekar Prabhakar Erasala, Djamal Eddine Midoun
  • Patent number: 9598027
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a cladding element including several layers for a floor area of a luggage compartment in a vehicle, with a cover layer facing the luggage compartment, an acoustic foam layer facing the vehicle body, and a heavy layer arranged between the cover layer and the acoustic foam layer, which further includes a carrier layer of a foamed thermoplastic material, which is arranged between the acoustic foam layer and heavy layer, as well as to a method for manufacturing the cladding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Emre Turker, Ayhan Durademir, Volkan Cimber, Ferit Nogay
  • Patent number: 9598107
    Abstract: Several different cross sections of beam having more than four sides are disclosed that may form a central portion of a beam having end portions that have four sides. The end portions of the beams may be received by frame rails. The central portion of the beam between the frame rails may be formed with more than four sides. The additional sides may be recessed beads or protruding ribs. Beams having arcuate recesses or arcuate ribs may be provided on the central portion of the beam. The end portions of the beams may extend outboard of the frame rails. The ribs or beads on the central portion of the beam may provide equivalent performance to four-sided beams having considerably thicker walls. Weight reduction is achieved because the central portion is made of a thinner material while retaining strength by forming beads or ribs in the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Tau Tyan, Yu-Kan Hu, Leonard Anthony Shaner, Saeed David Barbat
  • Patent number: 9598045
    Abstract: A side airbag for protection for vehicle occupants includes an interior wall separating the airbag into upstream and downstream chambers and defining an opening between two chambers adjacent a lower end of the airbag. A flow deflector between the opening and an exterior vent combines with the wall to define a channel therebetween. The channel directs inflation gasses exiting the opening into an upper end of the airbag, after which the gasses must flow around an upper end of the deflector (adjacent an outlet end of the channel) before reaching the exterior vent. The resulting S-shaped flow path serves to maintain the airbag in the inflated state for a longer time and urges an outboard arm of an occupant in a forward an upward direction to reduce the likelihood that that arm may be trapped between the inflating airbag and the occupant's thorax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Felix Haenel, Christopher Curtis
  • Patent number: 9598063
    Abstract: A motor vehicle braking method wherein the vehicle includes a brake operating unit generating a braking signal based on brake pedal travel. The method includes the step of measuring the vehicle deceleration and pedal position during vehicle braking and determining an actual ratio between the measured deceleration and pedal position. In addition, a target ratio is provided based on vehicle deceleration for a defined pedal position. Wherein the actual ratios compared with the target ratio and a braking adjustment is provided when the actual ratio deviates from the target ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Svensson, Tim Jurkiw
  • Patent number: 9598076
    Abstract: A controller for an autonomous vehicle received audio streams from one or more microphones and one or more image streams from one or more cameras. The audio streams are processed to identify audio features that potentially correspond to a motorcycle. The video streams are likewise processed to identify image objects that have movement and/or visual attributes corresponding to a motorcycle. The audio features and image objects are correlated. If a correlation is identified among the audio features and image objects, then a potentially lane-splitting motorcycle may be determined to be proximate. Actions may be taken to avoid collision with the lane-splitting motorcycle, such as avoiding lane changes, signaling longer, or performing lane changes more slowly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jinesh J. Jain, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Kyu Jeong Han
  • Patent number: 9598085
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle powertrain is configured to provide a regenerative-braking torque limit on a transmission during a regenerative-braking downshift. The regenerative-braking downshift event has sequential boost, start, torque, inertia, and end phases. The transmission may be operated in absence of a regenerative-braking torque limit during the boost and start phases to recapture more energy. The transmission may be operated with a regenerative-braking torque limit during the torque and inertia phases to protect for an input shaft speed dip that may occur without the limit. The limit may be removed once the regenerative-braking downshift event is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bernard D. Nefcy, Mark Steven Yamazaki, Yanan Zhao, Scott J. Lauffer, Francis Thomas Connolly, Zhengyu Dai, Matthew John Shelton
  • Patent number: 9598071
    Abstract: A control strategy for a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain having an engine, a motor, and a transmission includes operating the powertrain according to a motor power loss term that is adapted based on battery power supplied to the motor, motor power output, and an estimated motor power loss such that the motor power loss term changes over time and converges to a constant value to thereby be indicative of actual motor power loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajit Johri, Wei Liang, Xiaoyong Wang, Mark Steven Yamazaki, Ming Lang Kuang, Ryan Abraham McGee
  • Patent number: 9598632
    Abstract: A method of depositing a photoluminescent material into a surface of the polymeric material is disclosed. The method comprises dissolving the photoluminescent material in water to create a solution. The temperature of the solution is then controlled at a predetermined temperature. The surface is contacted by the solution at the predetermined temperature for a predetermined time, thereby infusing the surface with the photoluminescent material. Following the predetermined time, the solution is removed from the surface by rinsing the surface with water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Talat Karmo, Arsen Terjimanian
  • Patent number: 9599014
    Abstract: Various methods for operating a wastegate are provided. In one example, a method of adjusting a linked valve actuator system comprises applying, in addition to feedback position control adjustments, a non-harmonic oscillation to an actuator of the linked valve actuator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Luehrsen, Yan Wang
  • Patent number: 9599013
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting intake airflow through two parallel induction passages. In response to increased torque demand, intake airflow may be directed through a first induction passage including an exhaust-driven turbocharger compressor and through a second induction passage including an electric compressor. Further, after the turbocharger compressor increases speed, intake airflow may be directed again through the first induction passage to further increase boost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Chris C. Ahrns
  • Patent number: 9599052
    Abstract: Embodiments for reactivating a catalyst are provided. In one example, a method for reactivating a catalyst coupled to an engine comprises when the engine is restarted following deactivation, adjusting a degree of fuel enrichment based on an engine off duration and an engine air amount during the restart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Mahlon Ranspach, Marc G. Uphues, Allen Lehmen
  • Patent number: 9599036
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating an engine in a two-valve diagonal blow-through mode during which a majority of blow-through is directed via a first intake valve positioned diagonally across a first exhaust valve in order to increase a distance of flow path from the intake valve to the exhaust valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Brad Alan VanDerWege, Brad Alan Boyer
  • Patent number: 9599046
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving combustion in a highly exhaust gas diluted engine are disclosed. The methods and systems may be provided in an engine that includes independent control of cylinder valves with respect to other cylinder valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Michael Howard Shelby, Daniel Joseph Styles, James Alfred Hilditch, Brad Alan Boyer
  • Patent number: 9599048
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are described for deactivation and reactivation of a cylinder bank in a V-engine. In one example, the cylinder bank is deactivated responsive to an indication of misfire based on crankshaft acceleration and exhaust air fuel ratio. The cylinder bank is reactivated sequentially based on exhaust catalyst temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Paul Glugla, Robert Sarow Baskins, Joseph Patrick Whitehead, Craig Alan Smith, Timothy Robert Gernant, Scott Richard Hughes
  • Patent number: 9598985
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for an engine with a cam torque actuated variable cam timing phaser. Phaser positioning control is improved by reducing inaccuracies resulting from inadvertent spool valve and/or phaser movement when the spool valve is commanded between regions. In addition, improved spool valve mapping is used to render phaser commands more consistent and robust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Pietrzyk, Ed Badillo, John Eric Rollinger
  • Patent number: 9601788
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a primary fuel stream to a fuel cell stack is provided. The apparatus includes an ejector that is configured to receive the primary fuel stream from a fuel supply. The apparatus is further configured to receive the recirculated fuel stream from the fuel cell stack to provide a combined fluid stream for delivery to the fuel cell stack. The ejector includes an elastic conduit for varying a flow of the combined fluid stream based on a power level of the fuel cell stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt David Osborne, Mark A. Pellerin, Milos Milacic
  • Patent number: 9599062
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for adjusting a pilot injection during initial engine operation from vehicle manufacture. In one example, a method comprises delivering a first proportion of fuel as the pilot injection, and only decreasing the first proportion of fuel responsive to learning an injector flow characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michiel J. Van Nieuwstadt, Brien Lloyd Fulton, Aaron John Oakley
  • Patent number: 9599060
    Abstract: A method of operating an engine with dual fuel injection capabilities to enable fuel rail over-pressure control is shown. The method comprises operating an engine cylinder with only port injection, while selectively activating and deactivating a direct injector in response to an estimated minimum fuel injection mass from the direct injector. Direct fuel injection is actuated until the minimum fuel mass injected by the direct injector has reached a lower threshold that is above an NVH limit of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ethan D. Sanborn, Joseph Lyle Thomas, Daniel Dusa
  • Patent number: 9599057
    Abstract: A method and system for improving starting of an engine is presented. In one example, the method selects a first cylinder to receive fuel since engine stop the cylinder's position relative to the cylinder's top-dead-center compression stroke. The method also describes adjusting a number of fuel injections for a first combustion event since engine stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander O'Connor Gibson, Steven Wooldridge, Joseph Lyle Thomas, David Oshinsky
  • Patent number: 9599075
    Abstract: An aspirator coupled between an inlet of a compressor and an engine intake manifold may include sonic/supersonic expansion curves for both forward and reverse flow through the aspirator. Suction flow may enter a first entraining port coupling an ambient side of the aspirator with a vacuum source during reverse flow through the aspirator, whereas suction flow may enter a second entraining port coupling a manifold side of the aspirator with the vacuum source, the first entraining port counter sunk relative to a nominal slope of the aspirator to reduce flow disruption caused by the port during forward flow through the aspirator. A radial-flow aspirator shut-off valve arranged in series with the aspirator may be controlled to enable or disable motive flow through the aspirator, and motive flow may enter the valve in a direction perpendicular to a motive flow axis of the aspirator when the valve is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Luehrsen, Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 9599082
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a direct injection fuel pump. The methods and system control pressure within a compression chamber so as to improve fuel pump lubrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brad Alan VanDerWege, Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 9599071
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing a filter integrated within a fuel vapor canister. In one example, a method may include diagnosing restriction of a canister filter based on a duration to reduce a pressure in an evaporative emissions control system including the canister to a reference pressure, and further based on an initial pressure difference across the canister when a canister purge valve is opened when the evaporative emissions control system is at the reference pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 9599072
    Abstract: A method for purging a fuel vapor canister buffer, comprising: opening a fuel tank isolation valve; opening a canister purge valve; and drawing a vacuum on a fuel tank sufficient to open a capless refueling assembly vacuum relief mechanism. In this way, the fuel vapor canister buffer may still be purged to intake even under conditions where the canister vent line is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Publication number: 20170072763
    Abstract: A user device is identified as being operated by a vehicle occupant. An operation being performed by the user device is identified. A road condition is determined. A vehicle suspension is adjusted based at least in part on the identified user device operation and the road condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Davor David Hrovat, Hongtei Eric Tseng, Li Xu, Dimitar Petrov Filev
  • Publication number: 20170072944
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a vehicle having different operating modes affecting emissions include activating, by a vehicle controller, at least one of the different operating modes affecting emissions selected in response to an estimated population density of a designated area associated with a current location or an anticipated future location of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Alain Marie Roger CHEVALIER, Evangelos BITSANIS, Michael MARBAIX
  • Publication number: 20170072895
    Abstract: An air curtain assembly includes a side air curtain having a top edge and being inflatable from an uninflated position to an inflated position. In the uninflated position, the side air curtain extends along a longitudinal axis. A first flap is attached to the top edge and an elongated flap is attached to the first flap. The elongated flap extends from the first flap at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis. As such, as the air curtain inflates from the uninflated position to the inflated position, the elongated flap is disposed between the side air curtain and a side roof rail of the vehicle to limit or prevent abrasion of the side air curtain as the side air curtain is inflated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Marc David Nedelman
  • Publication number: 20170072890
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes an airbag and an inflator in communication with the airbag. The airbag includes a top side and includes a front side and a rear side each extending from the top side. The front side and the rear side define two extensions spaced from each other along the top side and a recess disposed between the extensions along the top side. The airbag includes a depressed region extending from the recess. The front side and the rear side are connected to each other along the depressed region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Pardeep Kumar Jindal, Edward Joseph Abramoski, Matthew B. Makowski
  • Publication number: 20170072898
    Abstract: An airbag includes a first panel having a perimeter, and a second panel connected to the first panel along the perimeter of the first panel. The first panel and the second panel define an inflation chamber between the first and second panels. The first panel has a tab extending from the perimeter of the first panel and transverse to the perimeter of the first panel. The tab is connected to the second panel. A vent on the tab is in communication with the inflation chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Deepak Patel, Eric D. Veggian, Sean B. West
  • Publication number: 20170072959
    Abstract: A method for controlling a motor vehicle take-off from rest including the steps of transitioning the vehicle from a brake holding mode to an engine driving mode and then accelerating the vehicle in a forward direction until a set vehicle target speed has been reached. The method including maintaining the vehicle at the set target speed until a driver of the vehicle intervenes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Graham Bergin
  • Publication number: 20170072947
    Abstract: A method, including: detecting a distance between a vehicle and an object. The method also includes determining, based on the distance between the vehicle and the object, that a path of travel of the vehicle presents a risk of collision between the vehicle and the object. The method also includes causing at least one of a wheel angle, a vehicle drivetrain, and vehicle braking to be changed to reduce the risk of collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Publication number: 20170075357
    Abstract: A method including: receiving a synchronization signal and collecting a rolling shutter image of a modulated light on a sensor, determining a primary frequency from the rolling shutter image, and comparing the primary frequency to an expected primary frequency image to determine a directional movement related to a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Dehua Cui, John William Schmotzer, Dave A. Herman
  • Publication number: 20170072889
    Abstract: A deployable device of a roof impact absorbing apparatus for a vehicle includes a bottom panel, a top panel opposite the bottom panel, and a cavity between the top panel and the bottom panel. The roof impact absorbing apparatus includes a headliner adjacent to the bottom panel, and an inflator in communication with the cavity. The deployable device is formed of a thermoplastic elastomer and is flexible relative to the headliner. During a rollover of the vehicle, the deployable device in the deployed position may reduce the amount of impact energy transferred to the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael James Whitens, Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammed Omar Faruque, Iskander Farooq
  • Publication number: 20170072943
    Abstract: A system for providing electric creep in a manual transmission vehicle having an accelerator pedal, a brake pedal, and an engine uses an electric motor configured to provide creep torque to a transmission output shaft when the manual transmission is in neutral, the electric creep mode is activated and the engine is auto-stopped. The system may provide forward or reverse creep torque. The system may cancel the electric creep in response to a vehicle door opening, a driver unbuckling a seatbelt, or depressing the accelerator pedal or the clutch pedal, or shifting the manual transmission out of neutral.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Edward PEDLAR, David HESKETH
  • Publication number: 20170072962
    Abstract: A vehicle includes at least one autonomous driving sensor configured to detect a traffic flow pattern relative to an intersection. An autonomous mode controller is configured to determine the state of the traffic control device. The autonomous mode controller may estimate when the state of the traffic control device is likely to change based on the traffic flow pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Meyer, Jeffrey Allen Doering