Patents Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Patent number: 10211576
    Abstract: A connector with self-powered mating detection is disclosed. An example disclosed connector pair includes a first connector. The example connector pair also includes a piezoelectric sensor attached to the first connector. The example piezoelectric sensor generates a voltage when the first connector and a second connector are mated. The example piezoelectric sensor generates a voltage when the first connector and a second connector are unmated. The example connector pair also includes a memory circuit electrically coupled to the piezoelectric sensor to record a connection event in response to detecting voltage generated by the piezoelectric sensor(s). Additionally, the example connector pair includes an RFID circuit electrically coupled to the memory circuit. The example RFID circuit transmits the connection events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Amin Emrani
  • Patent number: 10211827
    Abstract: A gate driver of a power device includes a power supply and a resonant circuit. The power supply may have a positive potential and a negative potential. The resonant circuit may include an inductor and be configured to recirculate charge during turn-off by inducing a first field based on a positive charge from a gate caused by the positive potential, and in response to reversal of a voltage across the inductor, collapsing the first field to draw charge from the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Shuitao Yang, Fan Xu, Yan Zhou, Lihua Chen, Mohammed Khorshed Alam
  • Patent number: 10211689
    Abstract: An electric machine rotor includes a lamination configured to rotate about a central axis and a plurality of pairs of permanent magnets. Each pair of permanent magnets is arranged in a V-shaped pattern and affixed within the lamination to create a magnetic field for rotation of the lamination. The lamination also includes an outer periphery spanning circumferentially outside of the permanent magnets, wherein a mass-reduction cutout extends through the lamination nested within in a V-shape defined by the permanent magnets adjacent to an outer surface of the rotor. The lamination further includes a stress-reduction slot that extends through the outer periphery of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Feng Liang, Benedikt Groschup, Franco Leonardi
  • Patent number: 10207696
    Abstract: A transmission shift is timed for a hybrid electric powertrain as a function of a torque capacity of an electric machine relative to a shifting torque required to change gearings of a transmission. A vehicle is being propelled by the machine, with an engine stopped, when the shift is requested. If the machine has insufficient torque capacity to change transmission gearings, then the shift request is delayed until the engine has started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Bernard D. Nefcy, Marvin P. Kraska, Daniel S. Colvin
  • Patent number: 10207746
    Abstract: A floor pan assembly is disclosed that includes a side sill extending in a longitudinal direction that has a lower portion and a top surface. The floor pan may include a weld flange having a height H1 that is welded to the lower portion along a full length of the floor pan and an extended weld flange having a height H2 that is higher than H1 and welded to the top surface of the side sill along a limited length of the floor pan. The floor pan may also include a corrugated area integrally provided in the floor pan that includes a plurality of furrows and ridges that extend obliquely relative to the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert Yang, Sean Timothy Ryan, John Michael McGuckin, Pratyaksh Kamath, Praveenmanickam Renganathan
  • Patent number: 10211493
    Abstract: A battery system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery pack, a first sensor at an inlet of the battery pack and a second sensor at an outlet of the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Suriyaprakash Ayyangar Janarthanam, Bhaskara Boddakayala, Neil Robert Burrows
  • Patent number: 10210982
    Abstract: A power module includes power switching devices that are electrically coupled in parallel to increase current capacity. The paralleled power switching devices are triggered by a common gate signal. Each of the power switching devices include a gate terminal, a current-sense terminal, and a Kelvin source/emitter terminal. The power module includes a plurality of magnetically coupled windings coupling the gate terminal, the current-sense terminal and the Kelvin source/emitter terminal of each of the switching devices to a gate driver circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fan Xu, Lihua Chen
  • Patent number: 10207567
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed that has multiple coolant paths selected by control of a three-way valve in which the position of the valve is detectable. A method for detecting the valve position during fault conditions is disclosed. The vehicle has a heating system that includes a first coolant loop with a heating source, a water pump, and a heater core. The heating system also has a second coolant loop that includes an engine and a second water pump, in addition to the elements of the first coolant loop. Temperature sensors are located in each coolant loop. A three-way valve fault is detected by monitoring the behavior of the temperature sensors in response to the position of the three-way valve and the status of the heating sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Angel Fernando Porras
  • Patent number: 10207697
    Abstract: A steering wheel position control system for a vehicle comprises a controller for a vehicle. The controller includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor. The controller is programmed to receive values from the sensors. The controller commands a pivot mechanism to bias a steering wheel to a stowed position based on values from the sensors. The controller also deploys an air bag based on values from the sensors, wherein the steering wheel is pivoted out of a space envelope of the deployed airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Brown, John P. Joyce, Scott J. Lauffer, Steven R. El Aile, Samer Abbas
  • Patent number: 10207709
    Abstract: A method of applying a brake force to all four wheels of a motor vehicle to stop the vehicle while torque continues to be applied to its driven wheels; and preventing wheel slippage of the driven wheels by reducing the applied torque when the vehicle is stopped or nearly stopped from moving in a forward direction. In this way, unintentional lateral movement of the vehicle due to creep torque applied to the driven wheels on slippery surfaces can be prevented or corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Ralph Wayne Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10207637
    Abstract: A dome light assembly is provided for mounting to a headliner in a motor vehicle. That dome light assembly includes a mounting bracket having a flange engaging an upper face of the headliner and a receiver. Further, the dome light assembly includes a lamp housing including a fastener secured to the receiver and a light source held in the lamp housing. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Javier Ortega Garcia, Fabrizio Dublan Sanchez, Carlos Ernesto Saenz Camacho
  • Patent number: 10207711
    Abstract: Methods for controlling vacuum within a brake booster by modifying powertrain operation include determining an intake manifold vacuum in response to actuation of a brake pedal. Increasing the intake manifold vacuum if the brake booster vacuum is less than a desired brake booster vacuum. In some embodiments, the transmission is downshifted to increase engine speed and intake manifold vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Raymond Martin, Dale Scott Crombez, Moses Alexander Fridman
  • Patent number: 10207596
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a traction battery and a controller coupled to the traction battery and having a memory, the controller being programmed to control the traction battery based on a difference between a total resistance indicated by voltage and current at a first operating condition and a battery cell resistance associated with the first operating condition previously stored in the memory, the difference being indicative of a wiring resistance associated with electrical connectors such as wires, cables, bus bars, and the like of the battery. The battery or the vehicle may be controlled in response to the adaptively determined wiring resistance by adjusting subsequent voltage or current determinations used to determine state of charge and battery capacity and/or to control charging or discharging of the battery and selection of various vehicle operating modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xinfan Lin, Yonghua Li, Richard Dyche Anderson
  • Patent number: 10207741
    Abstract: A vehicular radar assembly includes a radar mount positioned proximate an engine compartment within a vehicle. A radar carriage is slidably coupled to the radar mount and having a radar module coupled thereto. A biasing mechanism biases the radar carriage away from the radar mount toward a use position. Imposition of an impact force against the radar module temporarily overcomes the biasing mechanism and biases the radar carriage toward the radar mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Peter Klop, Robert Vasbinder
  • Patent number: 10210673
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for determining barometric pressure. In one example, an onboard vacuum pump is utilized to draw a vacuum at a constant flow rate across a reference orifice, and the resulting vacuum level is converted to a barometric pressure. In this way, other sensors for determining barometric pressure in a vehicle may be rationalized without the use of engine operation, and in an example where the other sensors for determining barometric pressure are not functioning as desired, barometric pressure as inferred from the onboard pump may be utilized to adjust engine operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10207560
    Abstract: A method for improving the safety and comfort of a vehicle driving over a railroad track, cattle guard, or the like. The method may include receiving, by a computer system, one or more inputs corresponding to one or more forward looking sensors. The computer system may also receive data characterizing a motion of the vehicle. The computer system may estimate, based on the one or more inputs and the data, a motion of a vehicle with respect to a railroad track, cattle guard, or the like extending across a road ahead of the vehicle. Accordingly, the computer system may change a suspension setting, steering setting, or the like of the vehicle to more safely or comfortably drive over the railroad track, cattle guard, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Harpreetsingh Banvait, Scott Vincent Myers, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Sneha Kadetotad
  • Patent number: 10207610
    Abstract: An articulating locking mechanism includes a support bracket having a receiving slot and a retaining flange. A pivot member is received in the receiving slot. A retainer member includes a hook portion that is coupled to the pivot member at a first end of the retainer member along an outer surface of the support bracket. The retainer member is operable between at-rest and flexed positions. A second end of the retainer member retains the retainer member in the flexed position by engaging a retaining flange extending outwardly from an inner surface of the support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Caye
  • Patent number: 10207583
    Abstract: A control system in a vehicle includes a sensor and a control module. The sensor is programmed to detect an impact to the vehicle while the vehicle is in a key-off state and output an impact signal in response to detecting the impact. The control module is programmed to activate in response to the impact signal, receive a condition signal identifying a vehicle condition, and prevent at least one vehicle operation based at least in part on the condition signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Patent number: 10208679
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a parallel arrangement of at least two valved aspirators, with a high pressure source such as an intake throttle inlet coupled to a motive inlet of the arrangement and a low pressure sink such as an intake throttle outlet coupled to a mixed flow outlet of the arrangement. Intake throttle position and respective valves arranged in series with each aspirator of the arrangement are controlled based on intake manifold pressure and/or a desired engine air flow rate, for example such that a combined motive flow rate through the arrangement increases as intake manifold pressure increases. An intake throttle with a fully closed default position may be used in conjunction with the arrangement; during a fault condition where the intake throttle is fully closed, the valves of the arrangement may be controlled to achieve a controllable engine air flow rate during the fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 10210980
    Abstract: A vehicle headliner assembly includes a roof structure having an electromagnet disposed thereon. The vehicle headliner assembly further includes a headliner having at least one permanent magnet disposed thereon. The headliner is secured to the roof structure such that the permanent magnet is adjacent and opposite the electromagnet of the roof structure. The vehicle headliner assembly further includes a controller configured to energize the electromagnet to generate an electromagnetic field to attract or repel the permanent magnet of the headliner relative to the electromagnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Diego Fabricio Villacres Mesias, Guillermo Cesar Cervantes Guaraneros, Jorge Adolfo Miranda Nieto, Pablo Isaac Villalva Sanchez