Patents Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Publication number: 20180170453
    Abstract: A pickup truck box assembly may include a truck bed, a header, an upper rail, and first and second body side panels. The header is mounted to a forward end of the truck bed. The upper rail is mounted to an upper portion of the header. The first and second body side panels are mounted at opposing sides of the truck bed. The upper rail defines a continuous and fixed cross-sectional profile. The upper rail may include an upper wall, a forward wall extending from the upper wall, a rear wall extending from the upper wall, an angled wall extending between the forward wall and the rear wall, and a mid-wall extending between the forward wall and the rear wall spaced from the upper wall to define a pair of channels extending a length of the upper rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Reiners, Jack Marchlewski, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Joshua Robert Hemphill
  • Publication number: 20180176783
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly is provided. The vehicle assembly comprises: one or more body frame components configured to define an interior of the vehicle; and one or more windows provided within apertures formed in the body frame components, each window comprising one or more first electrically conductive elements, wherein the first electrically conductive elements are configured to selectively limit transmission of electromagnetic waves within the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Markus QUARTA, Marcus HOGGARTH
  • Publication number: 20180170311
    Abstract: A vehicle keypad lock control system includes a computer programmed to determine whether the keypad master code should be deactivated based at least on data received by or stored on the computer. The computer deactivates the keypad master code in response to a determination that the keypad master code should be deactivated. The computer may actuate the power lock to an unlocked condition in response to receiving keypad data including the keypad master code while the keypad master code is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Wilt, Brandon M. Dawson
  • Publication number: 20180172045
    Abstract: A welded structural assembly and method are provided, which in one form includes at least one upper substrate, at least one lower substrate disposed adjacent the upper substrate, and a fastener extending through the upper substrate and into the lower substrate. The fastener is welded to the lower substrate and defines a head portion having an outer periphery and an underside. A sealing member is disposed under the head portion and contacts the underside thereof, and further extends beyond the outer periphery of the head portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David John Hill, Amanda Kay Freis, Nia R. Harrison
  • Publication number: 20180170162
    Abstract: A vehicle door sealing assembly includes a door trim panel and an inner frame panel defining a door cavity, a window positioned proximate the door trim panel and the inner frame panel, a beltline seal disposed between the door trim and inner frame panels and in selective engagement with the window and a leak seal extending between the door trim panel and the beltline seal to divert a flow of air from the door cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chester Stanislaus Walawender, Fouad Hafiani, Stephen Laczay, Sheri Reck
  • Publication number: 20180170445
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle frame. The vehicle frame includes two roof rails spaced apart and a rear header elongated along an axis transverse to the roof rails between the roof rails. The rear header includes an upper member and a lower member fixed to each other. The upper member is elongated from a first terminal edge to a second terminal edge. Each terminal edge has a wing and a cutout extending from the wing transverse to the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick Ray Dugard, John Oliver, William P. Gorman
  • Publication number: 20180170307
    Abstract: A computer that may be programmed to: in response to receiving an indication that a vehicle is approaching a geofence boundary, retract slack in a webbing associated with a seat in the vehicle by actuating a seatbelt retractor; then receive measurement data from one or more sensors associated with the seat; using the data, determine whether an occupant occupies the seat; and when no occupant occupies the seat, then transmit an instruction to stop the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Colm Boran, Mark Crawford, Douglas Scott Rhode
  • Publication number: 20180170452
    Abstract: A pickup truck box assembly may include a header, an extruded upper rail, and a toolbox. The header may include a first flange extending at an angle away from a tailgate. The extruded rail may include a second flange for securing to the first flange. The toolbox is integrated with the rail and includes an extruded body having a rear wall, a forward wall, and a lower wall. The walls are arranged with one another to define a cell therebetween. A lid may be mounted to the forward wall for pivotal movement between at least a closed and an open position. Each of a pair of lateral channels may extend laterally beneath the cell and may be formed by an extrusion process with the walls. Each of a first and second truck bed side panel may be arranged with the forward and lower walls to form sidewalls of the toolbox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Reiners, Joshua Robert Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski, Dragan B. Stojkovic
  • Publication number: 20180170300
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a side air curtain, a sail panel, and a secondary cushion. The side air curtain is inflatable to an inflated position and has a top edge, a bottom edge, and a forward edge extending from the top edge to the bottom edge. The sail panel extends from the forward edge. The secondary cushion is inflatable to an inflated position and is elongated in a direction away from the bottom edge and the forward edge toward the top edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Patel, Zhibing Deng, Luis Enrique Castillo Jaime, Nand K. Kochhar
  • Publication number: 20180170296
    Abstract: A seatbelt assembly includes webbing elongated along a length, a clip slidable along the length of the webbing, an indicator extending along the length of the webbing, and a sensor coupled to the clip and sensitive to the indicator. The seatbelt assembly measures a length of a lap band stretched across an occupant. Safety features may be tailored to the body type of the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Michael Pline
  • Publication number: 20180170301
    Abstract: An airbag includes a panel and a strip. The panel defines an inflation chamber inflatable to an inflated position. The panel includes a top and a bottom spaced from the top along an axis in the inflated position. The strip is connected to the panel and disposed external to the inflation chamber. The strip is elongated in a direction from the top to the bottom of the panel. During a vehicle impact, the momentum of the occupant may move the occupant towards the strip. The strip may absorb energy from the occupant to reduce or prevent the head of the occupant from rotating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jesus A. Alfonso Alarcon Hernandez, Zhibing Deng, Oscar Olguin
  • Patent number: 10000129
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine, a traction battery, a generator coupled to the engine and battery, and a controller. The controller may be configured to, in response to a current flowing from a battery charge station to the battery being less than a maximum charge current, a selection of a fast charge mode, and a temperature of the engine being less than a predetermined temperature, operate the engine to generate a supplemental current to charge the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brock Dunlap, Karin Lovett, Bryan Michael Bolger, William David Treharne
  • Patent number: 10000126
    Abstract: A power inverter includes a plurality of power modules that each have a frame defining a cavity, and a power stage disposed within the cavity. Each of the frames have a pair of engaging surfaces. The frames are arranged in a stack such that the engaging surfaces adjacent to each other abut. A plurality of seals are interleaved with the modules such that each of the seals is disposed between engaging surfaces of the frames abutting each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Guangyin Lei, Michael W. Degner, Edward Chan-Jiun Jih, Andreas R. Schamel
  • Patent number: 10000103
    Abstract: A method of controlling a vehicle active suspension system may include, in response to an object being detected forward of the vehicle and a vehicle speed exceeding a threshold, identifying an object classification associated with the object. The method may further include actuating the active suspension system to induce a vibration signature in the vehicle based on the object classification such that a different identified object classification corresponds to a different vibration signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Davorin David Hrovat, Li Xu, Eric Hongtei Tseng
  • Patent number: 10000112
    Abstract: A door assembly for a vehicle includes a door panel and a door trim panel comprising a shaped pelvic load path energy-absorbing feature disposed on a door panel-facing surface of the door trim panel. The shaped pelvic load path energy-absorbing feature is defined by a plurality of stepped surfaces, which in turn may define as various cross-sectional shapes for the shaped pelvic load path energy-absorbing feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Patel, Li Lu, Linh Doan, Bhavani Thota, Kris Allyn Warmann
  • Patent number: 10000186
    Abstract: A plus-two-point belt system is disclosed. The plus-two-point belt system includes a longitudinal webbing anchored at a first end to a seat and fixed at a second end to a retractor. The webbing is extendable from the retractor to allow an occupant to slip their arm under the webbing to provide a supplemental restraint. The webbing includes first and second portions where the second portion is retractably coiled on the retractor and the second portion has at least one conductive marker. A sensor is provided to sense the marker and a processor is provided to set an alarm when the marker is not detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jialiang Le, Manoharprasad K. Rao, Raed Essa El-Jawahri, Robert William McCoy
  • Patent number: D820740
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon M. Platto, Sean W. Tant, William K. Moore
  • Patent number: D820744
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Earl Lucas, Jaewoo Chang, Nonthawat Kongsari
  • Patent number: D820745
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Earl Lucas, Jaewoo Chang, Nonthawat Kongsari
  • Patent number: D821003
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: George Bucher, James Grake, Soohyoung Kim