Patents Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Publication number: 20180264963
    Abstract: A vehicle computer includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions. The processor is programmed to determine a target charging height based on charging information received from a remote server and adjust a height of an inductive pick-up in a host vehicle in accordance with the target charging height prior to an inductive charging process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Publication number: 20180265048
    Abstract: A system includes a sensor base, a sensor cover having a window that is rotatably mounted to the base. The system includes a contacting cleaner and a contactless cleaner. The system further includes a processor that is programmed to actuate, first, the contactless cleaner and, then, upon determining that opacity of the window exceeds a predetermined threshold after actuation of the contactless cleaner, the contacting cleaner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20180265136
    Abstract: A vehicle structure including a first rocker, a second rocker, and a reinforcement. The first rocker is spaced from the second rocker. The reinforcement has a forward beam and a rearward beam spaced from each other. The reinforcement includes a first side member and a second side member each extending from the forward beam to the rearward beam. The first side member abuts the first rocker, and the second side member abuts the second rocker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Saeed David Barbat, Rahul Arora, Saied Nusier
  • Publication number: 20180269547
    Abstract: A vehicle traction battery assembly may include a traction battery cell, a case, and a thermal plate. The case may define a cavity to receive the traction battery cell and has a first side defining a first form feature. The thermal plate may be for positioning adjacent the traction battery cell and define a coolant channel sized for engagement with the case via the first form feature such that traction battery cell is in thermal communication with coolant flowing through the coolant channel. The first form feature may be serpentine-shaped or S-shaped. The first form feature may be castle-shaped from a cross-sectional plan view. The case may be multi-layered and include a first polymer layer, a second polymer layer, and an aluminum layer disposed between the polymer layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Robert, Alvaro Masias, Kent Snyder
  • Publication number: 20180265124
    Abstract: A system for correcting a steering offset generated by an active steering system of a vehicle includes a vehicle comprising a pair of steered road wheels. The system also includes a controller configured to direct a change to an angle of the steered road wheels when a determined steering state of the vehicle is a steering slowly state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Sergio CODONESU, Oliver NEHLS, Lodewijk WIJFFELS, Jitendra SHAH
  • Publication number: 20180265150
    Abstract: A headliner assembly apparatus includes an input delivery device attempting to deliver an input related to a predetermined headliner to a controller that is in communication with the input delivery device. An indexing assembly is in communication with the controller, wherein the indexing assembly positions at least one headliner detail in an installation position in response to the input related to the predetermined headliner. A headliner support is adapted to position the predetermined headliner, wherein the predetermined headliner is placed on the indexing assembly, and wherein the headliner is placed to engage the at least one headliner detail in the installation position. A detail installing assembly couples the at least one headliner detail in the installation position to the predetermined headliner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Huelke
  • Publication number: 20180263313
    Abstract: A glove is provided that includes a body configured to engage a hand and a plurality of finger sheaths configured to cover fingers of the hand. The glove also has an electrically conductive ink disposed at least at the tip of at least one of the finger sheaths to interact with a proximity sensor, such as a capacitive sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Jeffrey Singer, Frank J. Desjarlais
  • Publication number: 20180265019
    Abstract: An assembly includes a sensor module having an external surface configured to receive a seal and defining a perimeter. The assembly includes a plurality of sensors supported by the sensor module. The assembly includes a lock movable between a locked state and an unlocked state and supported by the sensor module within the perimeter. A computer is supported by the sensor module and is programmed to actuate the lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Publication number: 20180265010
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a base. A cushion assembly is rotatably coupled with the base proximate a forward portion of the cushion assembly. A first seat storage compartment is disposed within the base and includes a moveable lower wall. A second seat storage compartment is disposed below the first seat storage compartment and is accessible upon movement of the moveable lower wall. At least one peripheral storage compartment is disposed on an outside wall of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Keith Allen Godin, David Frederick Lyons, Daniel Ferretti, Suzanne Ritter
  • Publication number: 20180264978
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for a folding vehicle seat includes upper and lower arms pivotally coupled to one another between open and closed positions. The lower arm is fixedly coupled to a support surface, such as a vehicle body, and the upper arm is fixedly coupled to a lower surface of a seat pan. A retaining bar is disposed on the lower arm and outwardly extends therefrom. An outwardly opening clip member is disposed on the upper arm. The clip member releasably receives the retaining bar of the lower arm when the upper and lower arms are in the closed position to retain the vehicle seat in a folded down use position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Salenbien, Kevin Mozurkewich, Ammeswara Rao Sajja, Chih-Cheng Liao
  • Publication number: 20180264918
    Abstract: An operable vehicle window includes a glass panel, a locating adapter coupled to a bottom edge of the glass panel and adhesive disposed with a glass-receiving channel of the locating adapter. The glass-receiving channel includes a first portion that engages inboard and outboard sides of the glass panel and a second portion that engages only an outboard portion of the glass panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chester Stanislaus Walawender, Muhammed Ayub, Gabriel Blanco, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Publication number: 20180265011
    Abstract: A folding seat assembly for e vehicle includes a folding seat pan that is pivotally mounted to a support surface and includes a mounting aperture disposed therethrough. A seatback is coupled to the support surface and includes an outwardly extending bracket with an upwardly extending engagement feature disposed thereon. An engagement member having a frame portion disposed on a lower surface of the seat pan and first and second sidewalls upwardly extending through the mounting aperture, the sidewalls including opposed inwardly extending tabs for receiving the engagement feature therebetween when the seat pan is in a use position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Salenbien, Kevin Mozurkewich, Ammeswara Rao Sajja, Chih-Cheng Liao
  • Publication number: 20180265049
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a sensor supported by a sensor arm, a fan mounted in a position that is fixed relative to the sensor, and a duct. The sensor includes a cylindrical window defining an axis. The duct is positioned to deliver air from the fan toward the cylindrical window. The duct has an opening extending along an arc of a circle centered on the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Schmidt, Scott Black
  • Publication number: 20180265033
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a housing, a spool rotatably coupled to the housing, and an actuator fixed relative to the housing. The spool has a base plate with holes. The holes are spaced from each other circumferentially about the spool. The actuator has a pin movable between an engaged position extending into one of the holes and a disengaged position spaced from the holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, S.M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammed Omar Faruque
  • Publication number: 20180264922
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a window having an internal opening defined by an angled edge forming a clear space generally shaped as a truncated pyramid. An operable window panel is slidable relative to the internal opening to define open and closed positions. A compressible elastic sealing member is disposed along the angled edge, wherein the sealing member defines a substantially convex profile when the operable window panel in the open position. A guide assembly is positioned adjacent an interior surface of the window and adapted to guide the operable window panel between the open and closed positions. The closed position is defined by an outer surface of the operable window panel being co-planar with an exterior surface of the window. The closed position is further characterized by the sealing member being deformed to occupy at least the seam defined between the window and the operable window panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Chester Stanislaus Walawender, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Publication number: 20180265031
    Abstract: A side airbag for a vehicle includes a main chamber and a necking chamber. The main chamber has an opening for connecting to an inflator and a first thickness in an inflated condition. The necking chamber is peripherally surrounded by the main chamber and is connected to the main chamber by a restrictive vent. The necking chamber has a second thickness in the inflated condition less than the first thickness and is aligned with a targeted body area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Deepak Patel, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote
  • Publication number: 20180265027
    Abstract: An impact absorbing system includes a vehicle floor, a rocker, and a reinforcement member. The rocker is disposed below the vehicle floor. The reinforcement member is supported on the rocker. The reinforcement member is deployable from an undeployed position beneath the vehicle floor to a deployed position above the vehicle floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Saied Nusier, Mohammed Omar Faruque, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, S.M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 10077042
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling backlash in a vehicle powertrain includes the step of controlling a torque request of the powertrain with a first control strategy after an occurrence of a backlash predictor and before an occurrence of a backlash. Another step may be employed whereby the torque request is controlled with a second control strategy after the first control strategy and before the occurrence of the backlash such that a torque request level is below a highest torque request level obtained during the first control-strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Craig Reed, Joshua Nicholas Dewalt, Mary Catherine Farmer, Terry Gene Feldpausch, Peter Douglas Kuechler
  • Patent number: 10077078
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick Ray Dugard, John Oliver, William P. Gorman
  • Patent number: 10076187
    Abstract: A drawer assembly is provided. That drawer assembly includes a drawer and a bezel. The bezel includes an integral drawer centering device whereby smooth sliding action of the drawer in the bezel is provided. The bezel and the integral drawer centering device are molded as a unitary component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Omar Antonio Ramirez Pavon, Francisco Ronquillo Melendez, Jose Alfredo Peregrina Loera, David Castro Duran