Patents Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Patent number: 11006263
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor, the instructions including receiving an alert signal, deploying a drone from a host vehicle in response to receiving the alert signal, and commanding the drone to follow the host vehicle and to present a perceptible alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Francisco Javier Ferreira, Gerardo Velazquez Monroy, Joan Manuel Hernandez, Erick Garcia Dominguez
  • Patent number: 11005395
    Abstract: The invention relates to a circuit for selectively actuating drive elements (1, 2), which are operated on direct current, in a motor vehicle by means of half-bridges (4, 5). According to the invention, the circuit is designed for selectively actuating eight drive elements (1, 2) for locking and, respectively, unlocking four doors of the motor vehicle from the outside and/or from the inside. The circuit contains nine half-bridges (4, 5), wherein the outputs of eight of the nine half-bridges (4) are each connected to a first pole of one of the eight drive elements (1, 2) and the output of the ninth half-bridge (5) is connected to all second poles of the eight drive elements (1, 2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lukas Preusser, Holger Mueller, Ahmet Cinar, Denney Vellaramkalayil
  • Patent number: 11001139
    Abstract: A transmission mount has a mount base with first and second surfaces. The first surface has a transmission attachment point and the second surface has a vehicle attachment point. The second surface is opposite the first surface. The mount base also has first and second end portions angled towards a middle portion of the second surface. The middle portion is between the first and second end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Hong Qiao
  • Patent number: 11005332
    Abstract: In an electrified transmission, motor leads are electrically connected to inverter leads by being squeezed between a compressible limiter on a terminal base and a prong of a cover plate. Several such connection are accomplished by installation of the cover to an inverter housing. This method reduces the number of assembly steps and is more robust to variations in the positions of the leads. The terminal base may be part of an inverter module within the inverter housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Eric G. Robertson
  • Patent number: 11001141
    Abstract: A control system includes a joystick and a computer. The joystick includes a joystick body, a cover hingedly coupled to the joystick body and movable between an open position and a closed position, and an input located on the joystick body. The input is exposed by the cover when the cover is in the open position and concealed by the cover when the cover is in the closed position. The computer is programmed to enter a first mode in response to the cover moving from the open position to the closed position, to enter a second mode in response to both the cover moving from the closed position to the open position and the input being activated, and to remain in a same of the first and second modes in response to the cover moving from the closed position to the open position without the input being activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vishal Vinayak Nageshkar, Sangram Tamhankar, Jonathan Paul Weiler, Christian J. Hosbach, Patrick Maloney
  • Patent number: 11001215
    Abstract: A seatbelt payout measuring device with a rewind spring having a first end connected to a center spool and a second end connected to a rewind spring housing. A dielectric material layered immediately adjacent to the rewind spring forming a first layer and an electrolytic coil with dielectric material layered on both sides forming a second layer, isolating the rewind spring from the electrolytic coil. A capacitive measuring device having a first lead connected to the first end of the rewind spring and a second lead connected to a first end of the electrolytic coil. The capacitive measuring device measuring capacitance with belt pullout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mangala A. Jayasuriya, Mark A. Cuddihy, Mark Allan Lippman, Manoharprasad K. Rao
  • Patent number: 11001218
    Abstract: A seatback carrier module includes first and second side portions spaced-apart from one another and interconnected by an upper portion. A cradle portion is disposed along the first and second side portions and the upper portion of the seatback carrier module. The cradle portion includes inner and outer edges with a rearwardly extending body portion. A mounting portion is disposed along a portion of the inner edge of the cradle portion. The mounting portion includes inner and outer edges with a body portion disposed therebetween. The mounting portion further includes a rearwardly extending sidewall disposed along the inner edge of the mounting portion. An airbag assembly is received within the cradle portion and has an inverted U-shaped configuration to substantially surround the outer perimeter of the seatback frame. The airbag assembly is an elongate member defining an overhead airbag assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Johnathan Andrew Line, Alan George Dry, S. M. Akbar Berry, Derek Board, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Spencer Robert Hoernke
  • Patent number: 11001228
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed to facilitate equipment status verification in a storage device. An example vehicle comprises: an equipment rack, a processor and memory, and a display. The equipment rack includes sensors to generate presence and securement information. The processor and memory are in communication with the sensors and are configured to: determine a presence status of an object assigned to the equipment rack, determine a securement status of the object in the equipment rack, and display a report of the presence and securement statuses via the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven T. Skikun, Robert S. Kern, Arie Groeneveld, Frank J. Desjarlais, Jon Ohland
  • Patent number: 11001296
    Abstract: A motor vehicle including a steering mechanism, a steering gear mechanically decoupled from the steering mechanism, a drive unit for driving the steering gear, and a transmission unit connecting the drive unit in a torque-transmitting manner to the steering gear. The transmission unit including a first torque transmission path and a second torque transmission path wherein the transmission unit has a redundancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Peter Engels, Florian Rath
  • Patent number: 11001113
    Abstract: An axle suspension for a vehicle includes a spring assembly with a leaf spring and a connecting arm, wherein the leaf spring supports a vehicle axle and, on an end side, is pivotably connected to a vehicle structure and pivotably connected to the connecting arm. In order to provide an optimized axle suspension with two-stage suspension, the spring assembly in a region of the connecting arm has a first stop element and the vehicle structure has a second stop element, which stop elements under normal load of the vehicle are spaced apart from one another and, when a limit load is exceeded, contact one another, whereby at least one stop element is elastically deformable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marc Simon, Thomas Gerhards, Ralf Hintzen, Rainer Souschek, Nicole Zandbergen
  • Patent number: 11001161
    Abstract: A vehicle includes one or more controllers, programmed to responsive to receiving an indication of a destination, select a charger within a predefined geofence from the destination; responsive to detecting the vehicle becoming less than a predefined distance from the charger, calculate a proposed charging schedule based on a current state-of-charge (SOC) and a desired SOC; and join a queue for the charger with the proposed charging schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Leo Joseph Rosene, Ameen Al-Khafaji, Courtney L'Arrivée, Ian Kenneth McEachern, Benjamin Schoenleber, Scott Scheraga
  • Patent number: 11002172
    Abstract: A exhaust-gas heat management system includes a catalytic converter in the exhaust-gas train of an internal-combustion engine, a cover enclosing the catalytic converter, and thereby realizing a cavity for holding a latent-heat storage PCM, at least two fluid connections between the cavity and the collecting vessel, and a pump device for activating and deactivating a PCM circuit between the cavity and the collecting vessel by means of the fluid connections. A method comprises determining an operating state of the internal combustion engine, determining the catalytic converter temperature, determining the PCM temperature, activating the PCM circuit if the PCM temperature is above a phase transition temperature of the PCM, and the internal combustion engine is in a switched-on operating state or the internal combustion engine is in a switched-off operating state and the catalytic converter temperature is below a light-off temperature of the catalytic converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Zenner, Martin Wirth, Lars Kaufmann, Mehmet Toeremis, Daniel Benjamin Kok
  • Patent number: 11005320
    Abstract: An electric machine includes a rotor including a channel defined between a pair of magnets and a bridge assembly within the channel. The bridge assembly includes a bridge element and a spring arranged to bias the bridge element toward a center of the rotor such that responsive to spinning of the rotor, the bridge element moves radially away from the center against a force of the spring to alter a magnetic flux pattern associated with the magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob Krizan, Joel Hetrick
  • Patent number: 11001249
    Abstract: A motor vehicle according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, at least one power source. The motor vehicle is operable as a generator to supply power from the at least one power source to an auxiliary load. The motor vehicle also includes a controller configured to estimate a range of the motor vehicle based on a state of the at least one power source, and to command the motor vehicle to stop operating as a generator when the estimated range reaches a threshold range. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jordan Mazaira, Joseph George, Seth Anthony Bryan
  • Patent number: 11001163
    Abstract: An electrified vehicle according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery including a first strand of cells and a second strand of cells, an electric machine selectively powered by the battery, and at least one auxiliary component selectively powered by the battery. The battery is configurable such that the at least one auxiliary component is able to draw power from the first strand of cells but not the second strand of cells. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Zenner, Daniel Benjamin Kok
  • Patent number: 11001305
    Abstract: A motor vehicle according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a frame including a rail and an electrical distribution system routed at least partially through the rail. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Darin Joseph Bremmer, Carlos Ayala, Masahiro Kimoto, Leann Vernon, Patrick Daniel Maguire, Bradley Arnold Lammers, Doug G. Hughes, Pratyaksh Kamath
  • Patent number: 11001219
    Abstract: A restraint system includes an inflator, an airbag inflatable by the inflator and having an exterior surface, and a fabric tunnel attached on the exterior surface of the airbag and elongated from a sealed end to an open end. The tunnel is fluidly isolated from the inflator. The tunnel is oriented relative to the airbag so that the open end is aimed in a direction of motion during inflation of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Deepak Patel, Joseph E. Abramczyk, Jeffrey C. Paddock
  • Patent number: D918788
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Darrell P. Behmer, Melvin Betancourt, Christopher Stevens, Craig S. Metros
  • Patent number: D918798
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Kemal Curic, Xitij Mistry, John C. Caswell
  • Patent number: D919133
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean Carbis, Karl J. Rossman, Brian S. Paik, Melvin Betancourt