Patents Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Publication number: 20190113924
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle controller includes a memory and a processor programmed to execute instructions stored in the memory. The instructions include detecting that a host vehicle is on a low friction surface, generating a composite map representing locations of a plurality of high friction surfaces, selecting one of the plurality of high friction surfaces, and autonomously navigating the host vehicle to the selected high friction surface by executing a slip control process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William Falconer, Zachary Konchan, Leonard Eber Carrier, Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Publication number: 20190113409
    Abstract: Apparatus for measuring an amount of force required to apply a mechanical parking brake of a motor vehicle. The apparatus includes a body adapted for mounting to a parking brake lever of the type which is manually pivotable about an axis to apply a parking brake. First and second force sensors are disposed on the body at different distances from a pivot axis of the lever when the body is mounted to the lever. The force sensors measure force applied to a lower surface of the lever to cause the lever to pivot when the lever is pulled upward to apply the parking brake. An angle sensor is disposed on the body and measures an actuation angle through which the lever pivots about the pivot axis during application of the parking brake. An electronic unit reads respective first and second forces applied to the force sensors during pivoting of the lever, calculating therefrom an effective actuation force applied at a reference point on the lever, and associates the effective actuation force with the actuation angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Steffen SCHOENFUSS, Anel PODINOVIC, Reiner SCHMID
  • Publication number: 20190111886
    Abstract: A seatbelt assembly includes a first webbing, a first plate attached to the first webbing, a second plate rotatably and irremovably coupled to the first plate, and a second webbing attached to the second plate. The seatbelt assembly may include a spring attached to the first plate and to the second plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S.M. Iskander Farooq
  • Publication number: 20190114414
    Abstract: A first computer includes a processor programmed to receive from a second computer a request to install a computer update. The request includes identification data. The first computer is further programmed to request, from a third computer, remote from the vehicle and from the second computer, a first authentication for the request to install the computer update. The request includes the identification data. The first computer receives the first authentication from the third computer. The first computer is further programmed to send, to a user device, an instruction to request from a user, a second authentication of the request to install the computer update. The first computer receives the second authentication from the user and installs the computer code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali HASSANI, Jakob Nikolaus HOELLERBAUER
  • Publication number: 20190111957
    Abstract: An auxiliary transport vehicle according to the disclosure comprises a drive unit and an attachment that is placed thereon, wherein the drive unit comprises just two wheels with a common axis of rotation and each with an electric drive, an electronic control device and an electrical energy storage device, and wherein the control device is embodied for actuating the drives in such a way that the auxiliary transport vehicle is kept in an upright position, and for autonomously driving the auxiliary transport vehicle to a specifiable destination and for following an external control device. The disclosure also concerns an auxiliary transport system and a method for operating an auxiliary transport vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Anais Castinel
  • Publication number: 20190113608
    Abstract: A system, comprising a processor; and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to receive image data from a vehicle sensor installed in a vehicle, transform the image data into global coordinate data, estimate fractal dimension values of the global coordinate data, and determine calibrated parameters based on the fractal dimension values to operate the vehicle sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Graham Mills
  • Publication number: 20190111878
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes a plurality of pipes each having a distal end. The pipes are inflatable to an inflated position in which the distal ends are positioned in a circular configuration. The airbag assembly includes a plurality of interconnecting panels in alternating arrangement with the plurality of pipes. Each interconnecting panel is fixed to adjacent ones of the plurality of pipes. The airbag assembly includes an uninflatable panel fixed to the distal ends of the plurality of pipes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S.M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Publication number: 20190113095
    Abstract: A fiber-reinforced plastic leaf spring and a method for producing the fiber-reinforced plastic leaf spring are provided, which is suitable in particular for use in a motor vehicle. It has an elongate leaf spring main body which comprises a first eye bushing at a first end and a second eye bushing at a second end. The leaf spring main body and the first and second eye bushings are formed using at least a first layer and a second layer of a composite material. Each of the layers is guided along a centerline of the leaf spring main body to form the leaf spring main body and, to form the first and second eye bushings, is respectively wrapped around a bushing element having a first center axis and around a bushing element having a second center axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Peter WOLF-MONHEIM
  • Publication number: 20190111922
    Abstract: A system, comprising a processor and a memory, the memory including instructions to be executed by the processor to pilot a vehicle based on determining first and second lane markers, where lane markers are mathematical descriptions of roadway lane markers applied to a roadway to mark traffic lanes, determine a missing first or second lane marker, and pilot the vehicle for a determined period of time based on a remaining first or second lane marker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nitendra Nath, Aaron L. Mills, Patrick Lawrence Jackson Van Hoecke
  • Publication number: 20190111749
    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: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Marc SIMON, Thomas GERHARDS, Ralf HINTZEN, Rainer SOUSCHEK, Nicole ZANDBERGEN
  • Publication number: 20190111932
    Abstract: A map, including potential obstacles, can be generated by a computing device in a vehicle. An estimated coefficient of friction between the vehicle wheels and a roadway surrounding a stuck vehicle can be generated based on sensor data. A path can be determined based on the map, and the stuck vehicle can be operated based on the path and a determined slip ratio based on the vehicle wheels to unstick the stuck vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: WILLIAM FALCONER, ZACHARY KONCHAN, LEONARD EBER CARRIER, ERICK MICHAEL LAVOIE
  • Publication number: 20190113065
    Abstract: A system for connecting a wheel rim to a hub flange of a motor vehicle, having a fastener such a threaded nut or bolt, and a tool which engages the fastener in a positive-locking manner in order to tighten or release the fastener. To provide improved protection against theft of wheel rims and tires, the fastener has an annular groove extending axially from an end surface of the fastener, the groove having an annular base and inner and outer sidewalls shaped to form an undercut wider than an opening of the groove, a recess extending axially below the base for receiving a projection of a complementally-shaped key on the tool to allow rotation of the fastener. The undercut prevents an unauthorized person using a mold-making material, from being able to make an imprint of the groove and producing a tool therefrom to release the fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Raphael KOCH, Lars BOGNAR
  • Publication number: 20190111877
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat, an arm connected to the seat, a carrier supported by the arm, and an airbag supported by the carrier. The arm is moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The carrier is spaceable from the seat when the arm is in the deployed position. The airbag is inflatable to an inflated position in a direction toward the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Alan George Dry, Daniel Ferretti, Brian Robert Spahn, Benjamin Yilma
  • Publication number: 20190111750
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a longitudinal leaf spring device for suspension of a body of a motor vehicle. and the longitudinal leaf spring device comprises a longitudinally formed leaf spring element and a coupling device that mechanically couples the leaf spring element to a motor vehicle axle. According to the disclosure, a holder device is provided that has a base holder element for fixed connection to a vehicle chassis and a suspension adjustment element that faces the leaf spring element and is fixedly connected to the base holder element. In this case, the leaf spring element is connected in a front region, fixedly to the base holder element, and the front region is provided to come into mechanical bearing with the suspension adjustment element in at least one operating state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Peter WOLF-MONHEIM
  • Publication number: 20190111818
    Abstract: A headrest assembly for a seat, wherein the headrest assembly comprises first and second headrest portions, the first and second headrest portions being movable relative to each other in a lateral direction, such that in a first configuration the first and second headrest portions are combined and form a single headrest for a single occupant of the seat, and in a second configuration, the first and second headrest portions are laterally spaced apart and form separate headrests for respective first and second occupants of the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Leck
  • Publication number: 20190111897
    Abstract: A vehicle cleaning system includes a vehicle having a substantially flat cabin floor from which a plurality of seats of the vehicle extend, and a robotic cleaning device. The robotic cleaning device includes wheels configured to propel the cleaning device along the cabin floor and selectively clean the cabin floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew DOWLING, Robert WOOLLEY
  • Publication number: 20190111971
    Abstract: A method is described for parking a vehicle in a parking space. In the method, a parking aid device having a function that parks in a parking space on an oncoming lane is activated. An available parking space on the oncoming lane is located via sensors. A starting position of the vehicle on the oncoming lane for automatic parking in the parking space is established such that upon moving the vehicle on the oncoming lane into the established starting position, and the parking aid device automatically parks the vehicle in the parking space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Frederic STEFAN
  • Patent number: 10258535
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a cushion and a seatback coupled with the cushion. The vehicle seat further includes a first set of independently inflatable massage bladders coupled within the seatback. The massage bladders of the first set are arranged to extend diagonally from adjacent a center line of the seatback at a first vertical location toward a first lateral side of the seatback at a second vertical location above the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeroen Lem, Joseph August Himmel, IV, Michael Kolich, Jessica Rausch, Amber LaVerne Hall, Brian Boland, Michael Medoro
  • Patent number: 10259370
    Abstract: An item holder includes a receiving well with a sidewall and an upper opening. One or more air bladders are disposed within the receiving well and are operable between inflated and deflated conditions within the receiving well. The air bladders substantially fill the upper opening when the air bladders are in the inflated condition to provide a filled receiving well appearance. A sensor is configured to sense an item being received in or removed from the receiving well. The air bladders deflate from the inflated condition to the deflated condition as an item is received in the receiving well. The air bladders may include a filler material that is predisposed to an expanded condition which correlates to the air bladders being in the inflated condition to substantially fill the upper opening of the receiving well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael M. Filipovich, Michael Kolich, Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Medoro
  • Patent number: 10259308
    Abstract: A hybrid rear axle provides a variety of functionality in addition to the functionality of a non-hybrid axle. The axle transmits power from an electric motor to the drive wheels at two selectable speed ratios to propel the vehicle. One of the two ratios is usable to propel the vehicle electrically with the engine stopped. With the drive wheels stationary, the axle transmits power from the driveshaft to the motor to charge a battery or from the motor to the driveshaft to start the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Daniel Goleski, David Allen Janson