Patents Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Publication number: 20180050654
    Abstract: An airbag includes a panel and a plurality of fingers. The panel includes an impact surface and defines an inflation chamber inflatable to an inflated state. The plurality of fingers are in communication with the inflation chamber. Each of the fingers are spaced from each other and extend from the impact surface away from the inflation chamber in the inflated state. During a vehicle impact, the momentum of the occupant may move the occupant towards the plurality of fingers. The fingers may absorb energy from the occupant and reduce or prevent the head of the occupant from sliding across the impact surface and/or rotating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Robert Spahn, Dean M. Jaradi, S.M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammed Omar Faruque
  • Publication number: 20180050582
    Abstract: A vehicle sealing assembly includes a vehicle frame defining a frame cavity. A vehicle door has a door trim panel and an inner frame panel that define a door cavity in communication with the frame cavity. An operable window is disposed proximate the door cavity and is operable between open and closed positions. A beltline seal is disposed between the door trim and inner frame panels and in engagement with the operable window in the closed position. A front beltline end piece is integrally formed between a front vertical support of the window and a front end of the beltline seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chester Stanislaus Walawender, Nizam Khan, Sheri Reck, Gabriel Blanco, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Publication number: 20180050579
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door panel slidably operable between a secured position within a door aperture and a staging position partially distal from the door aperture. A latch is engaged with a striker path during operation of the door panel between the secured and staging positions, and is selectively disengaged from the striker path to define open and closed positions of the door panel when the door panel is in the staging position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Paul Tsvi Linden, Ronald Patrick Brombach, Kosta Papanikolaou, Christopher Matthew Radjewski, Henry W. Hausler, John Thomas Ricks, George Anthony Bernwanger, JR., Donald P. Iacovoni, Paul L. Heirtzler, JR.
  • Publication number: 20180052467
    Abstract: A computer for a vehicle is programmed to receive fuel level data over a period of time during a refueling operation. Based on the fuel level data, the computer determines that fuel flow rate during one portion of the refueling operation is materially reduced relative to other portions of the refueling operation. The computer is programmed to output a failure mode based on the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Publication number: 20180050658
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle assembly includes a buckle housing; a plate extending from the buckle housing and defining a slot; and a bracket including a rivet engaged in the slot. The plate and rivet are configured such that, in response to an impact force that exceeds a threshold acting to pull the buckle housing away from the bracket, the slot plastically deforms, permitting the buckle housing and plate to translate relative to the bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, S.M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammed Shenaq, Mohammed Omar Faruque
  • Publication number: 20180050449
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a mobility system. The mobility system has at least one driven exoskeleton for a person. The at least one driven exoskeleton has at least one electronic unit that controls and/or regulates an operating state of the exoskeleton. At least one vehicle has a passenger compartment and at least one mechanical coupling station, which is arranged in the passenger compartment. The exoskeleton can be mechanically coupled to the mechanical coupling station. The vehicle has at least one electronic device, wherein the electronic unit is connectable, via at least one communication connection, to the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Uwe GUSSEN, Frank PETRI
  • Publication number: 20180050591
    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: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Publication number: 20180050677
    Abstract: A method of controlling an aspirator valve of a vacuum assisted braking system that rapidly fully opens and closes the aspirator valve when an engine of a motor vehicle has been shut-down and the current conditions indicate that ice is likely to have formed in the aspirator valve. The rapid opening and closing of the aspirator valve breaks up any ice buildup thereby de-icing the aspirator valve and allowing normal aspirator valve operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Robert Valentine, Tom Leroy, Kevin Brett
  • Publication number: 20180050675
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an apparatus configured to reduce a speed of a motor vehicle to a predetermined value at a predetermined position. The apparatus includes a position-capture device configured to establish the predetermined position by evaluating map data relating to a planned route of the motor vehicle, and a target-setting device for establishing the predetermined value at the predetermined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic STEFAN, Uwe GUSSEN, Christoph ARNDT
  • Patent number: 9896023
    Abstract: A backup lamp is provided herein. The backup lamp includes a housing and a lens. A plurality of light sources is disposed in upper and lower positions of the housing. The plurality of light sources in the upper position are angularly offset from the plurality of light sources in the lower position. A plurality of reflectors surround each light source and have a focal axis that is offset from each of the remaining reflectors. A controller is configured to selectively illuminate the light sources in a plurality of illumination patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stephen Kenneth Helwig
  • Patent number: 9896018
    Abstract: A retaining apparatus includes a base member having a first protrusion engaging an edge of a fixed plate and a floating hinge connected to the base member. The retaining apparatus also includes a pivotable plate member pivotally connected to the hinge. The pivotable plate member also defines a second protrusion engaging an opposing edge of the fixed plate. The pivotable plate member actuates to clamp the fixed plate between the first protrusion and the second protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Robert Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski
  • Patent number: 9896032
    Abstract: A folding mirror apparatus and related method are provided for improving the fuel efficiency of a motor vehicle. That folding mirror apparatus includes a first exterior mirror, a second exterior mirror and a sensor array for monitoring an area around the motor vehicle. Further, the apparatus includes a control module that is configured to receive data from the sensor array and displace the exterior mirrors into a stowed, more aerodynamic position when no obstacles are detected in the area being monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 9896071
    Abstract: A transportation vehicle has an autohold selector, such as a push button switch or other human-machine interface (HMI). A gear selector in the vehicle includes forward and reverse gear positions. A brake pedal can be depressed by a driver to actuate a brake actuator when slowing or stopping the vehicle. A control circuit is configured to initiate a brake hold event of the brake actuator in response to predetermined conditions including the autohold selector being on and the vehicle braking to a stop with the brake pedal depressed, wherein initiating the brake hold event is prevented if the gear selector is in the reverse position. If a brake hold event is in progress, then shifting the gear selector to reverse terminates the brake hold event. Low speed maneuvers, such as parking the vehicle, can be performed without a need for manually canceling the autohold feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Chad M. Korte, Mike J. Mould
  • Patent number: 9901014
    Abstract: A power electronics assembly may include a power electronics device, a packaging assembly, a thermal management system, and an emitter. The packaging assembly supports power electronics device. The thermal management system supports the packaging assembly and includes a thermal plate to deliver coolant for thermally communicating with the device. The thermal plate defines a channel with a wall. The emitter is arranged with the wall to form a peristaltic pump to adjust a cross-sectional area of the channel to control a flow of coolant therethrough. A membrane may be partially secured to the wall and include one of dielectric particles or magnetic particles. The emitter may selectively output one of a voltage, an electric field, or a magnetic field to impart a force on the particles to move the membrane and adjust the cross-sectional area of the channel to control a flow of coolant therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Robert, Serdar Hakki Yonak, Alvaro Masias
  • Patent number: 9896126
    Abstract: A backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer includes a hitch angle sensor providing a measured hitch angle of the trailer. The system also includes a controller determining a position of the measured hitch angle in relation to an unknown jackknife angle by monitoring a predetermined dynamic hitch angle characteristic derived from the measured hitch angle for a corresponding jackknife indicating characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christos Kyrtsos, Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 9895945
    Abstract: A hitch assist system is provided herein. An imaging device captures images of a scene rearward of a vehicle. A controller processes captured images and is configured to control a vehicle suspension system to adjust a height of the vehicle and control the deployment of a power tongue jack of a trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 9897023
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating a vehicle powertrain that includes an engine and a transmission including a power take off output are presented. In one non-limiting example, engine speed may be adjusted responsive to a level of a signal input to a controller. The controller may select an operating mode responsive to the level of the signal input to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Edward Katynski
  • Patent number: 9895948
    Abstract: A spring isolator for a wheel suspension may include a first side configured to rest on a spring plate of the suspension. The spring isolator may also include a second side, opposite the first side, configured to receive a last coil of a coil spring of the suspension to support the coil spring on the spring plate. The first side may have at least one cavity extending through a thickness of the isolator toward the second side. An elasticity of the isolator between the first and second sides may prevent the last coil from breaking contact with the second side during operation of the suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Paulding, Juergen Funke, Jon Roland Watson, Thorsten Dirk Krupp, Paul Godesberg
  • Patent number: 9896987
    Abstract: An exhaust gas heat recovery system for a vehicle is configured to selectively distribute a fluid heated by engine exhaust to a first path for generating electricity and a second path for heating one or more powertrain components of the vehicle. A controller selects a distribution of the fluid to the first and second paths based on minimizing a fuel consumption of an engine. The controller further selects a distribution of fluid to the powertrain components to minimize fuel consumption. The controller distributes the fluid according to the selected distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Quazi Hussain, William Samuel Schwartz, Chad Allan Baker, David Richens Brigham, Mark John Jennings
  • Patent number: 9896029
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that includes an external body panel that includes a license plate positioned on the external body panel. A lighting assembly is disposed on the vehicle and a detectable layer is disposed on at least one of the license plate and the lighting assembly. The detectable layer is configured to reflect at least one band of the electromagnetic spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Edward Nichols, James Robert Mcbride