Patents Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Publication number: 20200169128
    Abstract: A stator core for an electric motor may include a main body part formed by a plurality of stacked electromagnetic steel sheets, the main body part being provided with at least a first through hole extending axially with a first pin located in the first through hole. A first end cover is located at a first end of the main body part and connected to a first pin end of the first pin. A second end cover is located at a second end of the main body part and connected to a second pin end of the first pin. The connections of the first end cover and the second end cover to the first pin generate tensile stresses in the main body part to reduce core losses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Chuan DENG, Yigang YUAN, Guohua DU, Xusheng ZHANG, Joy GONG
  • Publication number: 20200164760
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a battery swapping system for an electrically powered vehicle. The vehicle includes a propulsion system, a first battery powering the propulsion system, and another power source powering the propulsion system. The vehicle further includes a controller configured to enable unloading the first battery to a first charging station by propulsion of the vehicle towards and then away from the first charging station. The controller is further configured to subsequently enable loading a second battery from a second charging station by propulsion of the vehicle powered by the another power source towards the second charging station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Rajashekar SOHMSHETTY, Archana SOHMSHETTY, Ajay SOHMSHETTY
  • Publication number: 20200164803
    Abstract: A trailer angle identification system comprises an imaging device configured to capture an image. An angle sensor is configured to measure a first angle of the trailer relative to a vehicle. A controller is configured to process the image in a neural network and estimate a second angle of the trailer relative to the vehicle based on the image. The controller is further configured to train the neural network based on a difference between the first angle and the second angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruno Sielly Jales Costa, Vidya Nariyambut Murali, Saeid Nooshabadi, Vijay Nagasamy
  • Publication number: 20200164871
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lane change assistance system in a vehicle (21), wherein the lane change assistance system has a sensor arrangement for detecting the current surrounding area of the vehicle in each case and is designed to generate a warning signal and/or steering intervention when an imminent lane change by the vehicle is identified, depending on a second vehicle (25) being detected by the sensor arrangement in the vehicle's surrounding area. In this case the lane change assistance system is designed to suppress generation of the warning signal and/or the steering intervention based on map data (15), particularly when the change of lane by the vehicle is to a newly opening lane (23) of a multiple lane road (22) which is branching off (e.g. of a corresponding motorway exit) and the second vehicle is located in another lane (24) of the road (22) which is branching off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Franziskus Bauer, Andreas Stahl, Christian Marquardt
  • Publication number: 20200168413
    Abstract: A switch assembly comprises a button, a pivoting element, a first positioning element, and a second positioning element. The button has a first, second, and third states. The pivoting element extends from a height direction of the button, and has first and second contact parts arranged in the height direction. Surfaces of the first and second contact parts have different contours. The first positioning element and the second positioning element respectively correspond to the first contact part and the second contact part, and are movable relative to each other. A function of the first positioning element and a first positioning section of the first contact part is configuring the first state, and functions of the second positioning element and a second positioning section and a third positioning section of the second contact part are respectively configuring the second state and the third state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Derek Kang, Patrick Xu, Daniel Weckstein, Dai Yang, Shannon Carloni
  • Patent number: 10661602
    Abstract: A method and system for improving the strength, functionality and wear-resistance of a composite hybrid wheel is disclosed. Each spoke may define an airfoil shape and have a secondary wing-like extension attached thereto to generate airflow past the vehicle brakes during vehicle operation. Alternatively, the spokes may be shaped in cross-section as either an I-beam or an H-beam configuration. Customer-interchangeable wheel inserts formed from a reinforced polymerized material, such as a long carbon fiber reinforced composite, are strategically attached to one or more of the spokes. The inserts are used to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the wheel, increase its structural integrity and provide easy interchangeability in the event of damage. A faux bead composite lock ring also formed of a reinforced polymerized material such as a long carbon fiber reinforced composite can be attached to the wheel spokes to cover the composite rim flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Douglas Friske, John Jeffrey Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 10661750
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammed Shenaq, Mohammed Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 10663023
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hybrid lightweight brake disk and a method for producing the hybrid lightweight brake disk. The hybrid lightweight brake disk includes a brake chamber and a friction ring with at least one circular, outer friction surface. The method provides a brake chamber that includes a material containing an aluminum-forged alloy and a friction ring having a rapidly solidified aluminum alloy built up on an edge region of the brake chamber by using a laser deposition welding process or a 3D-printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Zandbergen, Maik Broda, Raphael Koch, Clemens Verpoort
  • Patent number: 10663965
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes an autonomous mode controller and a processor. The autonomous mode controller is programmed to control a host vehicle in a partially autonomous mode. The processor is programmed to identify a driver, determine whether the driver is authorized to operate the host vehicle in the partially autonomous mode, and disable the partially autonomous mode if the driver is not authorized to operate the host vehicle in the partially autonomous mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Sarra Awad Yako, Levasseur Tellis
  • Patent number: 10661784
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a driveline of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, the systems and methods determine a driveline disconnect boost time during vehicle operating conditions when it may be less noticeable. The driveline disconnect boost time may then be used to close a driveline disconnect clutch in a way that may reduce torque disturbances through the driveline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Ford, Corey Blue, Todd McCullough
  • Patent number: 10665104
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for detecting an animal proximate a vehicle are described. In one implementation, a wearable device carried by an animal is activated when the wearable device is within a predetermined distance of a vehicle. The vehicle receives a signal from the wearable device and determines an approximate distance between the wearable device and the vehicle. An alert is generated to warn a driver that an animal is near the vehicle. The alert has an intensity level that corresponds to the approximate distance between the wearable device and the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nithika Sivashankar, Scott Vincent Myers, Brielle Reiff, Madeline Jane Schrier
  • Publication number: 20200156705
    Abstract: A hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) includes an inverter control system connected to a transmission such that the connection secures the inverter control system to the transmission during operation while allowing limited pivoting or rotating of the inverter control system relative to the transmission during a frontal collision to modify the translational motion and reduce or avoid loading of rigid objects or components between the inverter control system and the vehicle cabin or occupant compartment. Positioning of an electric cable conduit or connector near or adjacent to the pivot or rotational axis reduces translational force on the conductors to reduce or avoid damage during a frontal collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Marius Sawatzki, Daniel Meckenstock, Michael Spurling
  • Publication number: 20200160626
    Abstract: A computer system is in wireless communication with a plurality of vehicles, each of the vehicles equipped with appropriate environmental sensors. Environmental reports are sent from the autonomous vehicles to the computer system using a V2X protocol or the like, and relate to such matters as worn line markings, obstacles on the roadway, and other conditions. The computer system is configured to evaluate the received environmental reports for accuracy. A comparison with similar environmental reports is made, and if there are few or no such reports for the location, an indication is reported to the vehicle that the vehicle's sensors may have a problem. The evaluation can be presented with a degree of confidence, taking into consideration various factors such as frequency of vehicles traversing the location, weather, time of day, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Lei, Allen R. Murray, Brian Bennie
  • Publication number: 20200160107
    Abstract: A method of acquiring and processing visual data is provided, which includes: directing a light of a particular color to at least one of the plurality of landmarks on an object to illuminate the at least one of the plurality of landmarks; obtaining a first image of the object when the at least one of the plurality of landmarks on the object is illuminated; and extracting coordinates of the at least one of the plurality of landmarks from the first image
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Iman SOLTANI BOZCHALOOI, Francis ASSADIAN
  • Patent number: D885269
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, Joshua Henry, Rick Howard
  • Patent number: D885273
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Kemal Curic, Shawn Wehrly, Hojoon Kang, Michal Illukiewicz
  • Patent number: D885275
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Kemal Curic, Shawn Wehrly
  • Patent number: D885276
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Kemal Curic, Shawn Wehrly
  • Patent number: D885277
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Kemal Curic, Shawn Wehrly
  • Patent number: D885279
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Earl Lucas, Rick Mason, Antonio Molinari