Patents Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Patent number: 10293371
    Abstract: An assembly and a method of joining a first part with a second part at an attachment area that includes a localized area on the first part. The localized area is cleaned and activated by a plasma jet. An organosilicon composition is applied by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition to the localized area. An adhesive is applied to the localized area and the second part is mechanically fastened to the first part in the localized area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Paul Haack, Kimberly Ann Lazarz, Ann Marie Straccia, Joy Hines Forsmark
  • Patent number: 10293703
    Abstract: A method for controlling a voltage source is used to charge a battery of a motor vehicle, wherein the desired voltage value of the voltage source is selected and controlled. The method changes between at least two charging modes at planned time intervals, wherein a first charging mode applies a different desired voltage value for charging the battery than a second charging mode. In particular, the two charging modes are a process of equalization charging the battery and a process of float charging the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Eifert, Eckhard Karden
  • Patent number: 10293680
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided to reduce the overall weight of a rear differential cooling system of a motor vehicle. The apparatus includes a body panel system. That body panel system includes (a) a rear diffuser, having a front air inlet, (b) an underbody panel, overlying the rear diffuser as well as (c and d) first and second air tunnels formed between the rear diffuser and the underbody panel, and (e) a rear valance, including first and second vent openings for discharging air received from the first air tunnel. A heat exchanger is provided between the air tunnels and the vent openings. A related method for improving weight distribution and reducing overall weight of a rear differential cooling system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Jeffrey Pfeiffer, Michael Joseph Pugliese, Michael George Aimone, Jr., Andrew Robert Sourk, Fernando Andres Velez Garrett
  • Patent number: 10293737
    Abstract: A vehicle trunk storage system may include a vehicle trunk having a trunk floor defining an opening and a lip extending around the opening, and a cart including a compartment and a wheeled base, wherein the lip is configured to receive a bottom of the compartment of the cart within the trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Enrique Granell Peniche, Oscar Rovira Vilchis, Maria Fernanda Pulido Plauchud, Pablo Zetina Gargollo, Saulo Ratzel Sanchez Huipio
  • Patent number: 10293654
    Abstract: A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, automatically preconditioning a passenger cabin of an electrified vehicle during a DC fast charging event of a battery assembly if the electrified vehicle is turned OFF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: William David Treharne, Thomas Scott Gee, Christopher Adam Ochocinski
  • Patent number: 10293799
    Abstract: Methods for transitioning a braking system between primary and fallback modes are provided. A method in accordance with the present disclosure may include identifying a failure in the functionality of the primary braking system, and, upon identifying the failure, mitigating an abrupt increase in a pedal travel distance required to brake or otherwise decelerate the vehicle so as to provide smooth transition from a primary braking mode to a fallback braking mode. The mitigating the increase in the pedal travel distance may include initiating a transition to the fallback braking mode, activating at least one of a plurality of transition braking modes, and gradually increasing the pedal travel distance by deactivating at least one of the previously activated transition braking modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Brandon Beauvais
  • Patent number: 10293763
    Abstract: An engine cover readily movable between a closed, engine-concealing position and an open, engine-accessing position is disclosed. The cover includes a front and a back. The back of the cover is movably attached to the engine. The front of the cover includes a latch handle assembly that releasably attaches the cover to the engine. In its closed position, the engine cover not only conceals at least a portion of the engine thereby improving the aesthetic appeal of the engine compartment, but also helps to reduce engine noise, thus reducing overall vehicle NVH. The cover back may be attached anywhere on the upper area of the engine. The latch assembly includes a releasable latch handle that is pivotably attached to the engine cover. The releasable latch handle has a latch handle hook. An engine latch hook is provided on the engine to which the latch handle hook can be selectively attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Nola
  • Patent number: 10293747
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for detecting and mitigating vehicle battery gas emission into the vehicle cabin. An example vehicle includes a battery, a vent tube coupled to the battery for venting gas outside a vehicle cabin, a gas flow sensor for determining a measured flow rate at an end of the vent tube opposite the battery, and a processor. The processor is configured for determining an expected flow rate range based on a battery characteristic, and responsive to determining that the measured flow rate is outside the expected flow rate range, initiating a protective action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Raymond Mohr, Hanyang B. Chen, Michael J. Irby, Gabriel Jim
  • Patent number: 10293868
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for moving a tailgate about a hinge axis. The hinge assembly includes a first hinge part and a second hinge part for mating with the first hinge part. The second hinge part may be moved to a release position for releasing from the first hinge part, and a lock is provided for locking the second hinge part in the release position. A tailgate including the hinge assembly is also disclosed, which may also be provided with a powered raising and lowering capability. A related method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rafic Jergess, Spencer Monroe Dinkins, III, Adrian Nania
  • Patent number: 10293862
    Abstract: A side sill assembly for a vehicle includes an inner shell connected to an outer shell and a reinforcement assembly. The reinforcement assembly includes a longitudinally extending tube and a plurality of reinforcement brackets provided at longitudinally spaced locations along the length of the tube. The reinforcement brackets each include a front wall and a back wall connected by an outer side wall. The reinforcement brackets define recesses for receiving the tube that is welded to the front walls and the back walls where the tube contacts an edge of the recesses. The reinforcement brackets may include a top flange on a top edge and a base flange on a bottom edge of each of the front walls and back walls. An inner flange is provided on an inner edge of each of the front walls and back walls that is welded to the inner shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Patel, Sushil Shastry, Robert Schwalm, Matthew B Makowski
  • Patent number: 10293712
    Abstract: A recline adjustment assembly for a rear seat in a vehicle comprises a latch device disposed on a seatback of the seat; and a strike pivotally connected to a vehicle body behind the seatback and locked in the latch device at a use position. The latch device moves along the strike to adjust a reclining angle of the seatback as the strike pivots by a driving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alex Ruan
  • Patent number: 10293810
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine having a crankshaft, a transmission having an input, and a torque converter mechanically coupled to the input. The vehicle further includes an electric machine mechanically coupled to the torque converter, a clutch configured to mechanically couple the electric machine and crankshaft, and one or more controllers. The one or more controllers are programmed to, in response to the transmission being in a drive or reverse gear and a speed of the vehicle being less than a predetermined value in an absence of driver demand, control the electric machine to achieve a target speed to cause the torque converter to output torque such that the speed of the vehicle approaches a generally constant speed less than or equal to the predetermined value when the vehicle is on a generally flat grade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xiaoyong Wang, Mark Steven Yamazaki, Wei Liang, Rajit Johri, Ryan Abraham McGee, Ming Lang Kuang
  • Patent number: 10293706
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a refrigerant system having a chiller and a coolant system having a chiller loop and a radiator loop. The chiller loop is arranged to circulate coolant through the chiller, and the radiator loop is arranged to circulate coolant through a battery, a radiator, and a bypass valve connected to a bypass conduit. A controller is configured to, in response to an ambient-air temperature exceeding a battery-coolant temperature, actuate the valve to circulate coolant to the bypass conduit to skip the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Angel Fernando Porras, Timothy Noah Blatchley
  • Patent number: 10293860
    Abstract: A rocker assembly for a vehicle includes an outer panel and a side sill secured to the outer panel and defining a cavity with the outer panel. The rocker assembly further includes an attachment assembly including a mounting plate secured to the side sill and a mounting guide secured to the mounting plate. The mount guide includes a side rail that extends within the cavity. The rocker assembly further includes an insert pod disposed within the cavity and secured to the attachment assembly. The insert pod includes a plurality of interconnected walls defining a plurality of transversely extending open cells. The insert pod further includes a slot region extending through a side wall and sized to receive a portion of the mounting guide. The insert pod further includes guide channels walls extending from the side wall and defining a guide channel sized to receive the side rail therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey John Cooper, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Sagar Ashok Dhond, AmirReza Latif
  • Patent number: 10293777
    Abstract: Airbag assemblies can reduce rotational velocity of an occupant's head during a collision event. Some airbag assemblies include a first airbag cushion that is disposed forward of an occupant and a second airbag cushion that is disposed generally lateral to the occupant. When the occupant moves in an oblique direction during a collision event, the second airbag cushion may contact the head of the occupant and reduce its rotational velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Donald James Paxton, Jaeho Cho
  • Patent number: 10294874
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for expediting EGR purging in a hybrid vehicle during transient operations, such as tip-out to lower load conditions. In response to decreasing engine torque demand, engine fueling is disabled and a motor is used to spin the engine unfueled until a desired LP-EGR rate is achieved. Alternatively, engine operation is maintained with EGR disabled until the desired LP-EGR rate is achieved, and the excess engine torque generated is stored in a system battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Joseph Styles, Stanley Larue Bower, James Alfred Hilditch, Robert Ralph Iorio, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 10293816
    Abstract: A parking system adaptively controlling a vehicle during a parking maneuver using a park assist system, for example an active park assist (APA) or trailer backup assist (TBA). Control of the park assist system based on previous speed profiles at a geographic location where the same park assist system was previously activated. The parking system including an activation system that, based on vehicle speed and geographic location, activates the park assist system when preconditions for park assist system operation are met. The activation system may cooperate with the park assist system based on default or previously stored drive history profiles associated with the current geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shane Elwart, Sudipto Aich
  • Patent number: 10295054
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a transmission having a first neutral with a first combination of engaged clutches and a second neutral with a second combination of engaged clutches. The first neutral has more engaged clutches than the second. A controller is programmed to, in response to a request to shift from a drive gear to the first neutral and a clutch of the drive gear being failed-on, shift to the second neutral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Randall Armstead, Stephen Michael Cicala, Alexander Phillip McDonnell, Dongdong Dee Li, Conor Edward Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10293824
    Abstract: A dust resuspension system for a vehicle includes one or more dust sensors mounted to a roof, the dust sensors being configured to observe a part of a roadway surface situated ahead of the vehicle in a direction of travel and provide data of a magnitude of a road dust load of the roadway surface based on type of road surface. The system also includes a device configured to, in response to the data indicating that the magnitude of the road dust load being above a predefined threshold, implement a dust resuspension measure, wherein the measure activates a brake system to impose a forced speed restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcel Mathissen, Volker Scheer, Rainer Vogt
  • Patent number: 10294882
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for enabling a transfer function of a direct injector and a port injector, each fueling an engine cylinder, to be accurately learned. During selected conditions, the direct injected fuel fraction may be actively changed from a target fraction to one of an upper and lower limit of the direct injector so as to provide a measurable air-fuel ratio error. Fueling errors for the distinct fuel injectors is then learned based on the measured air-fuel ratio error relative to the actively changed fuel fraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ethan D. Sanborn, Mark Thomas Linenberg