Patents Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Publication number: 20180349718
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor that is programmed to activate a vehicle exterior light, and measure a luminance in a predetermined region outside the vehicle based on vehicle camera data. The processor is programmed to determine whether the vehicle exterior light is operational based the measured luminance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan J. Skaff, Tsung-Han Tsai
  • Publication number: 20180346024
    Abstract: A steering input device for a trailer backup assist system includes a control element moveable away from a center position sequentially through a first sub-range and a second sub-range and defining a first stop between the first sub-range and the second sub-range, movement past the first stop being permitted upon a first predetermined movement of the control element. The steering input device further includes a controller generating a vehicle steering command based on a position of the control element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Robert Bell, Donald Jacob Mattern
  • Publication number: 20180345896
    Abstract: An occupant safety system for a vehicle seat is disclosed. The motor vehicle seat has a seat face, a backrest that is adjacent to the seat face and a headrest that is arranged at an upper side of the backrest. At least one airbag is arranged in the headrest. The at least one airbag is constructed in such a manner that, in an inflated state, the at least one airbag prevents an occupant without any belt system from contacting a vehicle roof by acting on shoulders of an occupant in the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frank WERNER, Marius SAWATZKI, Martin SALZ-BREUER, Daniel MECKENSTOCK
  • Publication number: 20180345895
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a bulkhead and an airbag inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag includes a forward-facing panel mounted to the bulkhead and a rearward-facing panel opposite the forward-facing panel. Then airbag in the inflated position has a left extension and a right extension extending from the rearward-facing panel, and an intermediate extension sandwiched between the left extension and the right extension. The intermediate extension extends from the rearward-facing panel farther than the left and right extensions. During a vehicle impact, the momentum of the occupant may move the occupant towards the airbag. The airbag may absorb energy from the head and knees of the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S.M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Publication number: 20180345882
    Abstract: A proximity switch assembly and method are provided having wrong touch feedback and adaptive learning. The method includes the steps of detecting multiple attempted activations of a proximity switch that is not allowed, and adjusting one or more settings based on the detected multiple attempted activations to provide adaptive learning. The method also includes the steps of detecting an allowed activation of the proximity switch based on the adjusted one or more settings, and performing an action in response to the detected allowed activation. The proximity switch assembly includes one or more user perceived feedback devices for generating user perceived feedback when an attempted activation that is not allowed is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter
  • Publication number: 20180345874
    Abstract: A portable electronic device support assembly for a vehicle comprises a housing for placement, a link arm slidably coupled to the housing at a first end of the link arm, and a device support configured to receive a portable electronic device and rotatably coupled to the link arm at a second end of the link arm. The link arm and device support are movable between stowed and deployed positions. A latching mechanism configured to resist movement of the link arm in the deployed position, the latching mechanism comprising a latch movably coupled to the link arm. The latch is resiliently biased such that the latch engages a recess in the housing when the link arm is in the deployed position. An interaction between the device support and the latching mechanism retracts the latch from the recess as the device support rotates relative to the link arm when moving towards the stowed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gavin Thain, Phil Bunn
  • Publication number: 20180346117
    Abstract: An air-conditioning system includes a motor vehicle, in particular a passenger vehicle, and a drone. The drone is configured to be secured, in a secured state, to the motor vehicle and released from the motor vehicle. The drone is a flying drone that is driven using propellers. The drone, in the secured state, serves to air-condition the motor vehicle using the propellers by pushing air into the passenger vehicle through a roof of the vehicle. The roof defines openings that correspond to a propeller circumference that allow air, generated by the propellers, to flow into the passenger vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Peter WOLF-MONHEIM
  • Publication number: 20180346013
    Abstract: An assembly is disclosed, in which a rigid ramp is rigidly connected to a tubular upper part of a steering column for interaction with a displaceable part of an instrument panel. Interaction between the tubular upper part and the displaceable part moves the displaceable part in a reliable manner out of the way during an impact scenario, during which a steering wheel is displaced towards the instrument panel. Displacement of the displaceable part by the rigid ramp permits the steering wheel to be fully displaced without the instrument panel hindering such motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Joseph ABRAMOSKI, Paul Mark MARABLE, Pieter Christopher VAN AST
  • Patent number: 10148209
    Abstract: A method, implemented in one or more controllers in a vehicle, includes, in a presence of a propulsive demand of the vehicle that is driven by an engine and an electric machine, holding electric machine current at a predetermined magnitude and sweeping an angle, defined between a reference current and a reference Iq component, through a predetermined range. The method further includes operating the electric machine thereafter according to a resolver offset derived from a value of the angle corresponding to an Iq component crossing zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William David Treharne, Jonathan Andrew Butcher, Xuemei Sun
  • Patent number: 10143841
    Abstract: A transcranial neurostimulation system for a vehicle, the transcranial neurostimulation system comprising at least one electrode formed into an article of vehicle furniture such as a headrest of a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Medford, Eunhee Jo, Liberty Fearns, Ben Carroll, Marcus Hoggarth
  • Patent number: 10144321
    Abstract: A flexible cover assembly is disposed on a vehicle seat having an adjustable headrest assembly. The adjustable headrest assembly includes a headrest bun and an adjustment mechanism for adjusting the headrest bun between extended and retracted positions. A trim component is disposed a seatback and includes a relief portion configured to receive a portion of the adjustment mechanism as the headrest bun is driven towards the extended position. A flexible cover member is coupled to the trim component at the relief portion. The flexible cover member includes a plate member operable between extend and retracted positions. The portion of the adjustment mechanism received in the relief portion of the trim component is configured to abut an inner surface of the plate member to move the plate member towards the extended position as the headrest bun is driven towards the extended position by the adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Christian J. Hosbach, Carol Casey, Marcos Silva Kondrad
  • Patent number: 10144296
    Abstract: A vehicle powertrain includes a switch configured to provide a drive current to an electric machine and coupled with a diode array and a gate driver. The gate driver may be configured to, in response to a voltage across the array exceeding a threshold while providing the drive current in a presence of a turn-off request, confine operation of a resistive switch to a linear region to decrease a rate of change of the drive current proportional to the voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fan Xu, Shuitao Yang, Yan Zhou, Lihua Chen, Mohammed Khorshed Alam
  • Patent number: 10144322
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a headrest assembly having an adjustment mechanism for adjusting a fore and aft position of a headrest bun. A cover member is disposed below the headrest assembly and includes a plate member engaged with the adjustment mechanism that is operable between deployed and retracted positions. The plate member is moved towards the deployed position as the headrest bun is driven outwardly by the adjustment mechanism. First and second extendable members include first ends coupled to the plate member and second ends coupled to side members of a frame assembly. The extendable connectors include outwardly extending body portions that contort to retract the plate member as the headrest bun is driven inwardly by the adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Christian J. Hosbach, Carol Casey, Keith Allen Godin, David Andree
  • Patent number: 10144417
    Abstract: A hitch assist system and method are provided herein. A detection system determines a vehicle heading and a trailer heading. A controller is coupled to the detection system for generating a path along which the vehicle is autonomously maneuvered toward a trailer. The path ends at a final position in which the vehicle and trailer headings are related by a specified angle therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chen Zhang, Luke Niewiadomski
  • Patent number: 10144179
    Abstract: An automated sealing process (100) for sealing a casing, the casing comprising a first casing portion (107) having a first sealing surface (115), and a second casing portion having a second sealing surface configured to engage the first sealing surface (115), the first casing portion (107) being assembled from at least two components such that the first sealing surface (115) comprises a joint (100) between the components, the process (100) comprising: applying a surface treatment to the joint (117) of the first sealing surface (115) using an automated treatment apparatus (101); and applying a sealant to at least one of the first sealing surface (115) and the second sealing surface prior to bringing the first and second sealing surfaces into engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Tsunou Chang, Jonathan Richard Bishop
  • Patent number: 10144428
    Abstract: A plurality of vehicles predicted to pass through an intersection are identified. An acceleration and a start time are assigned for each of the vehicles. The start time is based at least in part on actuation of a traffic light. One or more vehicle subsystems are instructed to be actuated based on the assigned acceleration and the start time upon actuation of the traffic light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Carlos Alberto Caballero De Ita, Tania Garcia, Omar Antonio Ramirez Pavon, Edgar Javier Ortega
  • Patent number: D835002
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Craig S. Metros, George Bucher, Christopher G. Walter, Andrew Bazinski
  • Patent number: D835005
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Darrell P. Behmer, Melvin Betancourt, Christopher Stevens, Craig S. Metros
  • Patent number: D835025
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Craig S. Metros, George Bucher, Christopher G. Walter, Andrew Bazinski
  • Patent number: D835308
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Craig S. Metros, George Bucher, Christopher G. Walter, Andrew Bazinski