Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170110772
    Abstract: A battery assembly may include an array of battery cells, a conduit system, and an emitter. The conduit system delivers coolant for thermally communicating with the array and defines a channel with a flexible wall having dielectric particles. The emitter is located proximate the wall and programmed to selectively output a voltage or electric field to impart a dielectrically driven compression force on the particles to adjust a cross-sectional area of the channel to control a flow of the coolant therethrough. The channel may be a flexible resin-based tube including piezoelectric materials. The emitter may output a voltage to move the piezoelectric materials. The channel may be a flexible resin-based tube including materials having electrostriction properties. The emitter may output an electric field to move the materials having electrostriction properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alvaro Masias, Brian Joseph Robert
  • Publication number: 20170106819
    Abstract: An electrical system for a motor vehicle is provided. The electrical system includes one or more vehicle batteries configured to provide electric power to one or more vehicle systems, a terminal configured to allow third party loads and/or third party batteries to be electrically coupled to the electrical system at the terminal, a relay configured to selectively couple the terminal to the vehicle batteries, and a controller configured to control the operation of the relay. A method of controlling the operation of an electrical system for a motor vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Anthony RICHARDSON, Yucel AYBAR
  • Publication number: 20170108870
    Abstract: A vehicle computing device includes a data storage medium and a processing circuit. The processing circuit is programmed to receive from the data storage medium, a vehicle characteristic associated with an autonomous vehicle, receive historical data associated with the vehicle characteristic at a first road segment, determine a correction factor for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the historical data, and apply the correction factor to the vehicle characteristic to operate the autonomous vehicle in accordance with the historical data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Douglas Raymond Martin
  • Publication number: 20170106711
    Abstract: An isolation portion for a suspension member may include a substantially monolithic material configured to couple to a connected end of each of a first link and second link of the suspension member. The substantially monolithic material may be configured to dampen a vibration between the first link and the second link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Keith WESTON, Jorge RIVAS
  • Publication number: 20170106855
    Abstract: Systems and methods for limiting a current operating speed of a vehicle are disclosed. A position of the vehicle relative to an abrupt road change in front of the vehicle and a current operating speed are determined. Information regarding a profile of the abrupt road change is detected. Based on the determined position and current operating speed, a brake torque output is adjusted to reduce the current operating speed. Based on the profile, suspension parameters associated with the vehicle are dynamically adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael LAVOIE, Miguel A. BAHENA
  • Publication number: 20170106847
    Abstract: A method for actuating an electric vacuum pump of a brake booster including indirectly ascertaining a negative pressure in the brake booster. Depending on the indirectly ascertained negative pressure, and on a pumping capacity of the vacuum pump, ascertaining at least one activation parameter for the vacuum pump. Activating the vacuum pump in accordance with the activation parameter, when the indirectly ascertained negative pressure drops below a predefined minimum value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ian Moore, Christian Schmaler, Matthias Baumann
  • Publication number: 20170106821
    Abstract: A vehicle frame component for limiting the movement of the wheel of the vehicle toward the cab of a cab on frame vehicle including a base member welded to openings in the frame side rail and extending outwardly and located proximal the wheel structure. In one embodiment the vehicle frame component is located forward of the wheel and includes a tire puncture device to deflate the tire during an offset front impact and in a second embodiment the vehicle frame component is located rearward of the wheel. The vehicle frame component has particular utility during an offset front impact where the offset is less than approximately twenty-five percent (25%) of the width of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ajay Kumar Gupta, Narayana Venugopal, John Charles Caris, Mark Wlotkowski, Charles Ko, Leonard Anthony Shaner
  • Publication number: 20170107964
    Abstract: A system and method for starting/stopping an engine in a moving vehicle include stopping the engine, by a controller, in response to a time needed to start the engine from a stopped state and attain an engine speed corresponding to a driveshaft speed when stopping the engine being less than a target time, and starting the engine in response to the time needed reaching the target time. A start/stop vehicle having an engine includes a driveshaft speed sensor and a controller configured to stop the engine while the vehicle is moving with a vehicle speed below a threshold speed in response to a time associated with starting the engine and powering a driveshaft to attain a driveshaft speed measured by the driveshaft speed sensor and stored from a previous engine stopping event being less than a threshold time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Dashwood CRISP, Rainer BUSCH
  • Publication number: 20170106915
    Abstract: A crush can to an automotive vehicle has a twelve-cornered cross section comprising sides and corners creating internal angles and external angles. A geometry of the cross section varies between a front section and a rear section of the crush can. The geometry of the cross section is optimized using a plurality of control parameters including a lateral width, a vertical width, a taper ratio, a front scaling factor, and a rear scaling factor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Tau TYAN, James Chih CHENG, Raj JAYACHANDRAN, Ching-Hung CHUANG, Yiping XIE, Yuan WANG, Leonard Anthony SHANER, Yu-Kan HU
  • Publication number: 20170106870
    Abstract: A method and system for determining the pressure in a brake booster used to actuate a brake system having at least one main brake cylinder. The brake booster connected in a fluid-conducting manner by a non-return valve to an intake manifold of an internal combustion engine. A reduced pressure loss in the brake booster resulting from actuation of the main brake cylinder is balanced with the reduced pressure gain in the brake booster as a result of a pressure difference between the brake booster pressure and the intake manifold pressure. The reduced pressure gain in the brake booster is determined based on time the air mass flow between the brake booster and the intake manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ian Moore, Matthias Baumann, Christian Schmaler, Martin Knuettel
  • Patent number: 9623713
    Abstract: A spring and damping device for a wheel suspension in motor vehicles includes an upper region, a lower region, and a damping element arranged between the upper region and the lower region. The device further includes a coil spring element and a rubber spring element. The coil spring element and the rubber spring element are arranged one behind the other along a center axis of the damping element such that the coil spring element is positioned to exert a force on the rubber spring element. The device allows a spring rate to be adjusted based either on sensed conditions, or by driver input. The spring rate may be adjustable between discrete settings or continuously variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Peter Wolf-Monheim
  • Patent number: 9623624
    Abstract: An insert is assembled to a base interior part at either an edge or a corner of the part that is later wrapped with a cut and sewn jacket cover. The assembly comprises a substrate, an insert and a cover. The substrate has a base edge and the insert has a contour defining edge attached to the substrate with the contour defining edge aligned with the base edge. The cover is wrapped over the insert and the substrate to provide a wrapped edge that covers over the contour defining edge. A method of manufacturing a covered interior part of a vehicle comprises securing an insert having a contour defining edge to the interior panel and wrapping the insert and the interior panel with a cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Hadley Muiter, Alan Curtis Moran, Jr., Shariq Alam
  • Patent number: 9623857
    Abstract: A front module housing an electric motor/generator and an engine disconnect clutch for a modular hybrid transmission includes a valve body that houses a hydraulic valve which operates the engine disconnect clutch. The valve body is located at an angle relative to the bottom of the front module, providing fastener clearance for mounting the front module to an internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Anatole Frait
  • Patent number: 9623797
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus comprises at least one luminescent portion disposed in a cavity formed by a handle portion of a closure of the vehicle. The apparatus further comprises a panel disposed in the cavity comprising a reflective surface. The panel is configured to receive light and reflect a first light portion of the environmental light toward the luminescent portion charging a persistent luminescent material of the luminescent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Sleiman N. Abdelnour, Stephen Kenneth Helwig
  • Patent number: 9623826
    Abstract: A seat includes a seat back having a frame and a cover, an impact absorbing device, and an actuator in communication with the impact absorbing device. The impact absorbing device is movable from a stowed position to a deployed position. The impact absorbing device includes a base connected to the frame, a panel adjacent to the cover in the stowed position and spaced from the cover in the deployed position, and an intermediate portion connected to the base and the panel. The intermediate portion defines a chamber between the base and the panel. The intermediate portion has a portion thickness and the panel has a panel thickness greater than the portion thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tzu-Chen Weng, Srinivas Reddy Malapati, Djamal Eddine Midoun, Sean Timothy Ryan
  • Patent number: 9623858
    Abstract: A vehicle has an engine, a fuel tank, and a controller configured to selectively operate the engine, during one or more drive cycles, until a specified fraction of fuel from the tank has been consumed in response to expiration of a predefined time period to limit fuel degradation. A powertrain system has a traction battery, an engine, a fuel tank, and a controller configured to selectively operate the engine in response to a quality of fuel in the tank being below a threshold until a specified fraction of fuel has been consumed, thereby limiting fuel degradation. A method of controlling a vehicle includes, in response to expiration of a predefined time period, selectively operating an engine, during one or more vehicle drive cycles, such that state of charge of a traction battery is generally maintained until a specified fraction of fuel in a fuel tank has been consumed to limit degradation of the fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sangeetha Sangameswaran, William David Treharne, Robert David Hancasky
  • Patent number: 9623831
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a three-chambered airbag and associated system. The three-chambered airbag may comprise pressure differentials between the different chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Krish E. Aekbote, Srinivas Reddy Malapati
  • Patent number: 9623761
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a battery that receives energy from a charge station remote from the vehicle, and a controller. The controller may request that the station provide information about an electrical parameter associated with energy being supplied by the station, may determine information about an electrical parameter associated with energy received by the battery, and may prevent the battery from further receiving energy if the provided information is different than the determined information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Allan Roy Gale, Paul Theodore Momcilovich, Michael W. Degner
  • Patent number: 9624858
    Abstract: A method, comprising: setting an engine intake airflow parameter based on an engine oil viscosity index. In this way, engine operating conditions that depend on engine friction and engine intake airflow, such as engine idling speed and engine friction torque, may be determined and implemented with an increased consistency. This in turn may decrease the possibility of engine stalls and improve engine performance, particularly at low temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas G. Leone
  • Patent number: 9625303
    Abstract: A dipstick assembly includes a handle and a dipstick contacting the handle and being supported thereby, where the handle includes a waist portion including a first material and a head portion including a second material, the first material including a thermoplastic elastomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alan Charles Reaume
  • Patent number: 9624872
    Abstract: An engine system, comprising a metal engine valve with a coating that includes a phosphate, an additive delivery apparatus coupled to one or more engine cylinders, and an additive tank with an amount of additive located coupled to the additive delivery apparatus. The additive may include a chemical that reacts with the valve coating to produce a dry film lubricant that may be periodically injected into the engine chambers to provide valve lubrication and protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Karl Bidner, Mark Allen Dearth
  • Patent number: 9624876
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for compensating a pulse width of a signal applied to a solenoid purge valve based on an input voltage, and delays in opening and/or closing the solenoid valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 9624882
    Abstract: An aspirator for a brake system is provided having the integrated functions of a flow bypass and a check valve for automotive applications to achieve various suction flow openings in response to different engine operating condition to enhance brake boost performance. The brake system includes a brake vacuum booster, an engine having an intake manifold, an aspirator having a movable total flow divergence nozzle, the aspirator being connected to the manifold, and a vacuum line connecting the booster to the aspirator. The aspirator includes a body having an internal end wall. A biasing element such as a spring is provided between the movable total flow divergence nozzle and the internal end wall of the aspirator body. The body of the aspirator includes an air flow path having an upstream area and a downstream area. The movable motive flow nozzle is positioned in the downstream area of the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Xiaogang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9624943
    Abstract: A noise tone occurring at a blade passing frequency in a blower for an automotive HVAC system is suppressed. The blower includes a centrifugal fan and a scroll body disposed around the fan. An outlet extends from the scroll body to conduct an air flow from a cutoff point of the scroll body. An inlet is coupled to the scroll body defining an inlet throat comprising an arcuate ring extending between a base and an annular end coaxially disposed over the fan. A partial-perimeter wall extends upstream from the arcuate ring having a height between about 4% and about 6.5% of an inner diameter of the annular end. The wall spans a perimeter portion of the circumference of the throat between about 120° and about 180°. As a result, noise at the blade passing frequency is suppressed without any significant reduction in air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis M. Jones, Zhengyu Liu, John Azar
  • Patent number: 9628011
    Abstract: Method and systems are provided for adjusting an engine load exerted on a vehicle engine by an alternator mechanically coupled to said engine. In one example, a method may include when decelerating a vehicle driven by an engine, recharging a battery by an alternator driven by said engine, and during engine idle speed control, when engine speed is less than desired, in a first mode reducing electrical power to selected devices, and in a second mode offsetting a set point of desired engine ignition timing to a new set point when engine speed is higher than desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Anthony DeMarco, John Curtis Hickey, Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Joseph Norman Ulrey
  • Patent number: 9625115
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a surface comprising a first photoluminescent graphic comprising a first absorption range and a second photoluminescent graphic comprising a second absorption range. The illumination apparatus further comprises at least one light source configured to emit a first emission at a first wavelength. The first wavelength is substantially aligned with the first absorption range to generate a higher level of fluorescence from the photoluminescent first graphic than the second photoluminescent graphic. In this way, the illumination apparatus is operable to selectively illuminate the first photoluminescent graphic and the second photoluminescent graphic substantially independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 9625530
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide systems and methods for a vehicle component structural integrity assessment system, comprising a first connection and a second connection coupled to a conduction path, which is associated with a vehicle component. The conduction path has an initial resistance. A controller is configured to transmit a signal upon the detection of a change in the resistance of the conduction path from the initial resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Alvaro Masias
  • Patent number: 9626175
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving a restore command to restore a vehicle computing system (VCS) system state. The method further includes restoring a base system state to a known, functional state and obtaining a list of applications previously installed on the VCS. The method also includes for each application previously installed on the VCS, finding a version of the application compatible with the restored base system state. Also, the method includes installing the version of each application compatible with the restored base system state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher K. Davey, Rajya Adibhatla, Chad Evert Esselink, Gerald P. Humphreys, Salwan H. Ishac
  • Patent number: 9626867
    Abstract: A system and method for suppressing collision warning in a host vehicle is provided. The system receives position data from a remote vehicle. The host vehicle suppresses a collision warning when a detected stationary object is in a safe-zone based on the remote vehicle position data, thereby preventing false collision warnings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Roger Arnold Trombley
  • Patent number: 9627666
    Abstract: An exemplary battery pack filtering device includes, among other things, a frame that provides at least one passageway to communicate air through the frame to an interior of a battery pack, a desiccant held by the frame, and a membrane configured to block liquid from communicating through the at least one passageway to the interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Steven Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9628619
    Abstract: A controller may send a user-identification request to connected nomadic devices requesting each of the devices to provide an interface to receive user input regarding which device is a driver nomadic device; determine a driver nomadic device based on at least one user-identification response received from the devices responsive to the input; and integrate the connected devices with the controller accounting for which device is the driver nomadic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Joel J. Fischer
  • Patent number: 9623859
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Roger Arnold Trombley, Thomas Edward Pilutti, Nathaniel Abram Rolfes, Michael Hafner
  • Patent number: 9623866
    Abstract: Systems and methods for adjusting an engine air flow transfer function and engine actuators based on the engine air flow transfer function are presented. The system and method may be applied to hybrid powertrains having a capability to estimate engine torque based on operating characteristics of a motor during vehicle operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Douglas Raymond Martin, Bruce Colby Anderson
  • Patent number: 9623904
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a jackknife condition of a vehicle and trailer is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a processor operable to set an operating range of a hitch angle to a minimum range. The processor monitors the hitch angle while the vehicle is operated in a forward direction and increases the operating range based on the hitch angle observed during the monitoring. The processor is further operable to utilize the increased operating range to prevent a jackknife condition during a guided reverse operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Christos Kyrtsos
  • Patent number: 9623917
    Abstract: An airdam is provided for a motor vehicle. The airdam includes an extruded body having a J-shaped cross-section defining a forward tilt angle and a curved lip. The body may include a crescent shaped profile or a bell curve shaped profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ira Jason Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9624823
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for a turbocharged multi-cylinder internal combustion engine comprising a two-channel turbine and at least two groups of cylinders, wherein one group of cylinders is switchable responsive to an engine load over a threshold. Exhaust lines of each group of cylinders are arranged in a targeted manner to couple with the turbine such that the switchable group is attached to one channel and the active group is attached to the other channel to reduce the difference in distances that pressure pulses travel, wherein a shut-off element is provided in the channel attached to the switchable group and may be moved to block exhaust flow through the channel when the cylinders are deactivated, thus improving the partial deactivation and turbocharging characteristics of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Helmut Matthias Kindl, Werner Willems, Vanco Smiljanovski, Norbert Andreas Schorn, Franz Arnd Sommerhoff, Andreas Kuske, Joerg Kemmerling, Franz Brinkmann, Rob Stalman
  • Patent number: 9624844
    Abstract: A system for method for emptying a gas storage tank of a vehicle is presented. In one example, engine valve timing is adjusted to facilitate reducing pressure within the gas storage tank. The system and method may extend the use of the gas stored in the gas storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Donald J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9624850
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reducing exhaust energy delivered to a turbine of a turbine-generator coupled to a split exhaust engine system in order to reduce turbine over-speed conditions and/or to reduce a generator output. In one example, a method may include retarding a first timing of a first exhaust valve utilized to deliver a blowdown portion of exhaust energy to the turbine, and/or advancing a second timing of a second exhaust valve utilized to deliver a scavenging portion of exhaust energy to an exhaust catalyst in response to a turbine speed greater than a threshold speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Thomas G. Leone, Daniel Joseph Styles, Karen Elizabeth Maceroni
  • Patent number: 9624853
    Abstract: A method for purging a fuel vapor canister, comprising: responsive to an indication of vapor slugs, reversing a direction of air flow through the fuel vapor canister while maintaining purge air intake at a vent line inlet. By reversing the direction of air flow through the fuel vapor canister, the vapor slugs may be adsorbed within the fuel vapor canister and may not affect engine operation. In this way, purge operation may be maintained and emissions may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Mark W. Peters, Richard Shimon
  • Patent number: 9624855
    Abstract: Embodiments for controlling an exhaust back-pressure valve are provided. In one example, a method for operating an engine comprises closing an exhaust back-pressure valve in response to a component temperature, adjusting intake and/or exhaust valve operation in response to closing the exhaust back-pressure valve to reduce cylinder internal exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), and while the exhaust back-pressure valve is closing, indicating degradation of an exhaust back-pressure system if a designated engine operating parameter remains constant. In this way, degradation of the exhaust back-pressure system may be diagnosed while maintaining combustion stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Peter C. Moilanen
  • Patent number: 9625019
    Abstract: A family of transmission gearing arrangements utilize one or two ball variators to establish a continuous range of speed ratios between an input and an output. In each case, the range of speed ratios includes an infinite ratio in which the output is stationary as the input rotates. In some embodiments having two ball variators, the outputs of the variators are combining using a planetary gear set. In other embodiments having two variators, the outputs of the variators are combined using clutches, which may be switchable one-way clutches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Allen Janson, Donald Edward Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20170101131
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for a motor vehicle configured to recognize an exceptional situation by querying at least one sensor and if necessary applying a corrective or applied steering torque to a steering wheel. The driver assistance system configured to differentiate between a lower reliability and a higher reliability and upon the recognition to set the steering torque depending on the reliability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Peter W.A. Zegelaar, Helmuth Bosch, Michael Schiebahn, Yvette Keidies
  • Publication number: 20170101038
    Abstract: A method for selecting and controlling massage functions of a motor vehicle seat having a control system comprising the steps of: switching the system to a selection mode and starting the selection mode; providing a menu list having options for querying the user's requirements during the massage; selection of an option by the user and providing predefined responses to the respective query and selection of the response by the user and if necessary repeating the steps for further queries; and terminating the selection mode and automatically determining suitable massage settings on the basis of the user's selection and controlling the massage actuators in the motor vehicle seat on the basis of determined massage settings to perform the massage function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amber LaVerne Hall, Michael Kolich, Keith Allen Godin, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Publication number: 20170103508
    Abstract: An imaging system for an automated production line comprising: a primary imaging device configured to capture an image of an item on the automated production line and compare the image of the item to one or more verification images stored in a database; a secondary imaging device configured to capture one or more of the verification images and update the database in parallel with the operation of the primary imaging device while the automated assembly line is in operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Tsunou CHANG, Jonathan Richard BISHOP
  • Publication number: 20170101124
    Abstract: A steering assembly, including a steering wheel having a receiving opening arranged on a base member of the steering wheel and a steering rod having an end portion at least partially received in the receiving opening. The receiving opening has an inner contour and the end portion of the steering rod has an outer contour that corresponds to the inner contour. The receiving opening also has a conical expansion located downstream, with respect to an assembly direction of the steering wheel and steering rod, of the inner contour. The steering rod includes a frustoconical transition portion located downstream, with respect to the assembly direction of the steering wheel and steering rod, of the outer contour. The frustoconical transition portion is complementary to the conical expansion of the receiving opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Birger Assmann, Andre Wilmsen, Martin Fassbender
  • Patent number: 9618938
    Abstract: A system includes a computer programmed to determine, along a nominal path to be traversed by a vehicle, a potential field representing a driving corridor for the vehicle. The computer is further programmed to identify a position of the vehicle relative to the potential field at a current time, and apply a torque to q steering column of the vehicle. The torque is based at least in part on the position. The potential field includes an attractive potential that guides the vehicle to remain within the corridor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
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