Patents Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Patent number: 9840279
    Abstract: A steering-wheel assembly includes an actuator, an actuator controller, a steering wheel, an attachment, and a data connector (referred to hereinafter as a first data connector). The actuator controller includes a processor and a memory and is communicatively coupled to the actuator. The steering wheel is rotatably coupled to the actuator. The attachment is coupled to the actuator. The first data connector is mounted on the attachment and in communication with the actuator controller. The actuator controller is programmed to instruct the actuator to rotate the steering wheel based on steering-wheel control data provided via the first data connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Samer Abbas, John P. Joyce, Scott J. Lauffer, Steven R. El Aile
  • Patent number: 9840193
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided herein that includes a door coupled to a body structure of a vehicle. The door is movable between a first and a second position to provide access to an interior portion of the vehicle. A photoluminescent structure is disposed on the door and is configured to luminesce in response to excitation light emitted by a light source. The light source is vertically disposed below the photoluminescent structure on the door in both the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vichit Chea, Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 9840191
    Abstract: A lamp assembly is provided herein. The lamp assembly includes first and second light sources disposed in a housing. The first and second light sources emit light at varied wavelengths. A badge is disposed on a vehicle and is operably coupled with the first light source. A photoluminescent structure is disposed on the badge and is configured to luminesce in response to receiving an excitation light emitted by the first light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 9840145
    Abstract: An improved fuel tank is disclosed that includes a plurality of recessed ribs formed in the fuel tank adjacent a fuel filter. The fuel filter is received in a pocket formed in the lateral side of the fuel tank by a front side wall and rear side wall that extend from the lateral side to a recessed wall. The ribs include an inner portion, a transverse portion and an outer portion. The recessed ribs have upper and lower walls that converge toward a base wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Viktor Kostrominov, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Mustafa Usuf, Bakhtyar Baig
  • Patent number: 9840221
    Abstract: An A-pillar grab handle attachment bracket configured to connect a grab handle to an A-pillar structure of a motor vehicle is disclosed. The bracket comprises a first flange, a second flange, and a body portion connecting the first and second flanges. The first flange is configured to couple to the grab handle and the second flange is configured to couple to the A-pillar structure of the motor vehicle. The first and second flanges are spaced apart and the body portion extends between the first and second flanges and at least partially defines a channel configured to receive an inflatable portion of a side air curtain bag of the motor vehicle, such that the inflatable portion of the airbag deploys through an open side of the channel between the first and second flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Martin England
  • Patent number: 9840171
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided herein. The vehicle seat includes a cushion disposed within a seating member having at least one inflatable first bladder for selectively adjusting the firmness of the cushion. An inflatable second bladder is separated from a support surface of the seating member by the first bladder and fluidly connected to the first bladder. A vehicle seat hip pivot point is maintained when adjusting the firmness of the cushion by increasing the pressure in the second bladder when the pressure in the first bladder is selectively decreased, and by decreasing the pressure in the second bladder when the pressure in the first bladder is selectively increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Paul Arant, Jeroen Lem, Steve Michell
  • Patent number: 9840230
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a restricted mode is provided. The apparatus includes a controller that is configured to receive a first input from a primary driver corresponding to a request to change a vehicle from a fully operational mode to a restricted mode for a secondary driver. The controller is further configured to initiate a first timer for preventing the vehicle from exiting from the restricted mode to the fully operational mode if an occupant communication device belonging to the primary driver is detected by the vehicle prior to the first timer expiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lee Miller, Brian Bennie, Eric L. Reed
  • Patent number: 9840188
    Abstract: A badge for a vehicle is provided herein. The badge includes a substrate attached to a housing. The housing has a viewable portion. A first light guide is operably coupled with a first light source. A second light guide is operably coupled with a plurality of second light sources. The geometric shape of the first light guide is varied from the second light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, Michael A. Musleh
  • Patent number: 9840275
    Abstract: In accordance with various exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure describes methods and systems for detecting steering wheel contact by a user. A test signal may be transmitted to a power assisted steering system of a vehicle, where the test signal may apply torque to the steering wheel of the vehicle. A torque sensor may then receive measurements signals indicative of steering wheel torque. The torque indicated by the measurement signals may be compared to an expected torque. Based on the comparison, it may be determined whether the user is in contact with the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Sergio Trimboli, Ronny Hause
  • Patent number: 9840943
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for an engine with a cam torque actuated variable cam timing phaser. Phaser positioning control is improved by reducing inaccuracies resulting from inadvertent spool valve and/or phaser movement when the spool valve is commanded between regions. In addition, improved spool valve mapping is used to render phaser commands more consistent and robust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Eric Rollinger, Paul A. Pietrzyk, Ed Badillo, Jamie Charles Hanshaw
  • Patent number: 9840278
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle includes a steering system, an input including a rotatable rotary element, and a controller. The controller receives a trailer backup assist mode initiation command from the input and activates a trailer backup mode including outputting a vehicle steering command based on a first instantaneous position of the rotary element to the steering system. The controller further receives a terrain management mode initiation command from the input and activating a terrain management mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Bradley G. Hochrein
  • Patent number: 9840240
    Abstract: A trailer backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer is provided herein. The system includes a brake system and a steering system of the vehicle. A controller is configured to output a brake torque request to the brake system and a steering command to the steering system, wherein the brake torque request and the steering command are each based at least in part on a trailer mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Arnold Trombley, Erick Michael Lavoie, Hai Yu
  • Patent number: 9840858
    Abstract: A motor vehicle hood latch mechanism comprises a latch assembly including a primary latch and a secondary latch. The secondary latch restrains the hood in a released position subsequent movement of the primary latch to an unlocked position. The secondary latch secures a striker to restrain the hood in a released position and allows the hood to move to an open position upon manipulation. An improved secondary latch release handle comprises a secondary latch release handle arm having a retracted position and a deployed position outside of the motor vehicle, the secondary latch release handle arm extending longitudinally forward relative the motor vehicle in each of the retracted and deployed positions, wherein the secondary latch release handle arm is extended forward to the deployed position by purely translational motion upon movement of the primary latch to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Iskander Farooq, Mohammed Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, Gary Steven Strumolo
  • Patent number: 9840246
    Abstract: A deflection assembly for a vehicle including a vehicle component to be fastened or connected to a vehicle body. A connecting member extends through the vehicle component in an axial direction and is used for fastening the vehicle component to the vehicle body. A fastener is arranged on the connecting member axially in front of the vehicle component. To optimize a deformation zone of the motor vehicle a deflection element is arranged on the connecting rod axially in front of the nut. The deflection element having, in one disclosed example, a cross-section that increases at least in sections in axial direction towards the vehicle component. In addition, the deflection element may include an outer surface extending obliquely to the axial direction of the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Spurling, Daniel Meckenstock
  • Patent number: 9840280
    Abstract: A vehicle subframe for supporting wheel suspension elements and for mounting a stabilizer extending in a vehicle transverse direction. The subframe including two spaced longitudinal members extending in the vehicle longitudinal direction connected by at least one crossmember extending in the vehicle transverse direction. The crossmember having a hollow profile with a rear crossmember wall facing the stabilizer. The rear crossmember wall having an indentation extending in a longitudinal direction of the crossmember. The indentation faces the interior of the hollow profile wherein the stabilizer partially extends into the indentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Peter Wolf-Monheim
  • Patent number: 9840282
    Abstract: A collision countermeasure apparatus includes an impact absorbing body attached to an outboard side of a sub-frame and a rigid link. The rigid link is attached to the impact absorbing body at an outboard location and extends upward to an outer side of a frame rail. A frontal impact with a rigid barrier outboard of the frame rail drives the impact absorbing body into the link to force the link into the outer side of the frame rail. The force applied to the frame rail by the impact absorbing body laterally displaces the vehicle to reduce the extent of intrusion into the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Saied Nusier, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Saeed David Barbat, Jamel E. Belwafa
  • Patent number: 9840281
    Abstract: A strengthening member for an automotive vehicle comprises a twelve-cornered cross section including sides and corners creating eight internal angles and four external angles. Each internal angle and each external angle is greater than 90°. At least a portion of the strengthening member tapers along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Tau Tyan, Leonard Anthony Shaner, Yu-Kan Hu
  • Patent number: 9840303
    Abstract: A folding bicycle has a main-frame with a bottom bracket, crank, pedals, and a seat post. A front is attached to the main-frame by a front hinge having an axis parallel to the crank axis, and has a mono-fork suspension. The front frame rotates about the front hinge to a folded position wherein the mono-fork is behind the front hinge axis. A rear swingarm suspension has a rear sprocket and is attached to the main-frame by a rear hinge that preferably is coincident with the crank axis. The swingarm is of a single-stay configuration and is rotatable about the rear hinge to a folded position wherein the rear sprocket is forward of the crank axis. The main-frame may consist of left and right sidewalls spaced apart from one another, and the mono-fork lies at least partially between the sidewalls when the front frame is in the folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Lutz, Jan Linsel, Kay Hohenboeken, Stefan Quiring, Markus Reith
  • Patent number: 9840287
    Abstract: A vehicle having a fluid management trim system includes a windshield supported along a lower edge by a cowl, along an upper edge by a roof, and along a side edge by a pillar. The pillar extends from a side door toward the roof, and a trim member extends along the side edge of the windshield forming a channel for guiding fluid along the windshield toward a drain. The side edge of the windshield may extend at least partially around the pillar. Even more, the side edge of the windshield may extend from the lower edge to a first position below the upper edge forming the drain. A portion of the trim member may be offset to the windshield forming the channel and extends from the lower edge to a second position below the upper edge and over the drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scott Mayville, Patrick Reed, Thomas F. Boettger, Michael A. Musleh
  • Patent number: 9840128
    Abstract: A vehicle air vent system may include a vehicle air vent having an airflow mechanism configured to control the direction of airflow therefrom, a user interface positioned around a periphery of the vent; and a controller programmed to, based on a received touch point signal from the interface, instruct the mechanism to direct airflow from the vent in a direction corresponding to a location of the received touch point signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Livingston, Zachary David Nelson