Patents Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Patent number: 10294833
    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: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Pietrzyk, John Eric Rollinger, Gilbert Fournelle
  • Patent number: 10295250
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods are disclosed for a vehicle-based smart cooler. An example disclosed cooler includes an electric cooling unit, a plurality of sensors, a wireless node, and a cooling control unit. The example wireless node communicatively couples to the vehicle. The example cooling control unit monitors a charge margin of the vehicle and, in response to the charge margin being below a threshold, activates a power management technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 10295053
    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 second neutral has more engaged clutches than the first neutral. A vehicle controller is programmed to, in response to a request to shift from the first to the second neutral and a failed-on clutch being detected, inhibit the shift to remain in the first neutral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Cicala, John Randall Armstead, Dongdong Dee Li, Alexander Phillip McDonnell, Bradley D. Riedle, Conor Edward Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10296213
    Abstract: An exemplary heatable keypad assembly includes, among other things, a touch-sensitive sensor providing a keypad, and a heating element that includes a conductive polymer-based material and is disposed adjacent the touch-sensitive sensor. An exemplary keypad heating method includes, among other things, holding a heating element having a conductive polymer-based material near a touch-sensitive sensor. The touch-sensitive sensor provides a keypad adjacent a transparent panel of a vehicle. The method further includes activating the conductive polymer-based material to heat an area of the transparent panel adjacent the keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, James J. Surman, Cornel Gardner
  • Patent number: 10295014
    Abstract: A bumper clip having rubber or elastomeric bumpers for use with a pendulum assembly for attachment to the crankshaft of an internal combustion engine is disclosed. The bumper clip is has particular application for use with pendulum carriers that are formed from stamped steel. By using the stamped steel carrier, more room is created to provide a more robust bumper. The pendulum carrier bumper clip can be either two separate, L-shaped clips or a single U-shaped clip. If the pendulum carrier bumper clip includes two separate clips, each clip includes a bumper surface to which the bumper is attached and an attachment leg for attachment of the clip to the pendulum carrier and to the crankshaft by a fastener such as a bolt. The bumper surface has a channel through which the pendulum carrier passes, thus dividing the bumper surface into two surfaces. A bumper is attached to each surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Eliot Chottiner
  • Patent number: 10297251
    Abstract: An automatic speech recognition system for a vehicle includes a controller configured to select an acoustic model from a library of acoustic models based on ambient noise in a cabin of the vehicle and operating parameters of the vehicle. The controller is further configured to apply the selected acoustic model to noisy speech to improve recognition of the speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Scott Andrew Amman, Francois Charette, Brigitte Frances Mora Richardson, Gintaras Vincent Puskorius, An Ji, Ranjani Rangarajan, John Edward Huber
  • Patent number: 10295044
    Abstract: A powertrain includes a transmission case, a transfer case, a front axle housing, and a webbed brace. The transfer case and front axle housing are directly fastened to the transmission case. The webbed brace is directly fastened to the transmission case, the transfer case, and the front axle housing to form a powerplant system. The webbed brace is configured such that a bending frequency of the powerplant system falls within a predefined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marc Thomas Wilkins, Chris Peter Nicholas, Anthony Paskus, Brian Christian Orr, Andrew Brian Lovatt, William David Guarino
  • Patent number: 10294883
    Abstract: Methods and system for controlling air-fuel ratios in an internal combustion engine are disclosed. One embodiment comprises, adjusting a sensor calibration correction value of an exhaust sensor upstream of a catalyst based on an exhaust sensor downstream of the catalyst. The adjustment of the sensor calibration correction value takes advantage of the fact that certain aromatic hydrocarbons causing errors in the reading of the upstream sensor are not present at the downstream sensor due to sufficient catalytic activity of a catalyst positioned between the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Krengel, Steven Schwochert
  • Patent number: 10297880
    Abstract: A battery thermal management system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery pack, a coolant subsystem including a chiller configured to cool the battery pack, and a refrigerant subsystem including at least one evaporator. The coolant subsystem is arranged to exchange heat with the refrigerant subsystem within the chiller. A tap line extends from the at least one evaporator to the chiller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Steven L. Lambert, Manfred Koberstein, Ali Jalilevand
  • Patent number: 10297807
    Abstract: A battery assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a terminal holder, a terminal at least partially surrounded by the terminal holder, and a bus bar module connectable to the terminal holder. One of the terminal holder and the bus bar module includes at least one locating feature to position the bus bar module in a welding position relative to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Debbi Callicoat, Brian Utley, Steve Droste, Derek Hartl
  • Patent number: 10297092
    Abstract: One example dynamic display system includes: (a) a vehicle including steering, an accelerator, brakes, sensors recording sensor data, a display, a processor, and memory; (b) a display program operatively coupled to the processor and configured to: determine a user hindrance rating based on the sensor data, and select instructions from a pool of instructions based on the hindrance rating and a user-selectable fidelity level, the pool of instructions including visual cues, and audio cues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Mark Schaffer, Kenneth James Miller, Filip Tomik
  • Patent number: 10296816
    Abstract: A vehicle controller receives images from a camera upon arrival and upon departure. A location of the vehicle may be tracked and images captured by the camera may be tagged with a location. A departure image may be compared to an arrival image captured closest to the same location as the arrival image. A residual image based on a difference between the arrival and departure images is evaluated for anomalies. Attributes of the anomaly such as texture, color, and the like are determined and the anomaly is classified based on the attributes. If the classification indicates an automotive fluid, then an alert is generated. A machine learning algorithm for generating classifications from image data may be trained using arrival and departure images obtained by rendering of a three-dimensional model or by adding simulated fluid leaks to two-dimensional images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Jinesh J Jain, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Bruno Sielly Jales Costa
  • Patent number: 10297803
    Abstract: A battery stack is provided having lower and upper battery tiers each formed of at least two battery cell arrays. A pair of brackets are provided for connecting the lower arrays along a top surface of the lower tier and connecting the upper arrays to a bottom surface of the upper tier. The lower and upper battery tiers are secured together by the brackets without hardware mounted to an exterior surface of the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Bhaskara Boddakayala, Thomas M. Gunther, Rajaram Subramanian
  • Patent number: 10297151
    Abstract: Data is received from each of a plurality of vehicles proximate to an intersection indicating a kinetic energy and a time to the intersection. An optimized timing of a traffic light is determined based on an aggregation of the kinetic energies and times to intersection. A timing of the traffic is modified according to the optimized timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Daniel Mark Schaffer
  • Patent number: 10293798
    Abstract: A brake system for a vehicle may include a primary braking system, a backup braking system, and a braking system controller. The primary braking system may apply braking energy to wheels of the vehicle. The backup braking system may include a master cylinder configured to supply braking energy to one or more of the wheels of the vehicle. The braking system controller may be configured to select a mode of backup braking based on a functional state of the primary braking system. The braking system controller may control the master cylinder to supply braking energy to less than all of the wheels of the vehicle in a first mode of backup braking and supply the braking energy to all of the wheels of the vehicle in a second mode of backup braking. A parking brake may assist the backup braking system by utilizing proportional braking in a backup braking mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brad J. Johnson, Chad M. Korte, Dale S. Crombez
  • Patent number: 10299345
    Abstract: An illuminated badge system is provided for a motor vehicle. The illuminated badge system includes an illuminated badge and a controller. The controller is configured to adjust a parameter of the light emitted from the illuminated badge in response to a designated operating parameter such as the headlight status of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Michael A. Musleh, Mehran Niksimaee
  • Patent number: 10295361
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to navigation systems and methods incorporating altitude data from a Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Lei, Allen R. Murray
  • Patent number: 10293783
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for a driver detection steering wheel are disclosed. An example disclosed vehicle includes a steering wheel, a driver, a detector, and an enabling module. The example steering wheel includes a plurality of capacitive sensors. The example driver is to change voltage levels on the plurality of capacitive sensors. The example detector is to measure time delays corresponding to the plurality of capacitive sensors, and determine a number of hands on the steering wheel based on the time delays. The example enabling module is to, in response to the detector detecting two hands on the steering wheel, grant access to an infotainment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Frey, Michael Peter Mongeau, Bryce Crane, Kyle Ness
  • Patent number: 10293787
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing keys that operate a given vehicle include a processor. Responsive to identifying a received first key for operating the vehicle as having an administrative status, the processor is configured to enable creation of a second key for operating the vehicle having the administrative status, and enable creation of a third key for operating the vehicle having a secondary status and a passcode. Responsive to receiving and identifying the third key as having the secondary status, the processor is configured to enable alteration of the passcode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Patrick Brombach, Daniel M. King, Maria Eugenia Protopapas, Maeen Mawari
  • Publication number: 20190142658
    Abstract: A lifting device for lifting a wheelchair into and out of a rear loading space of a motor vehicle includes lifting assemblies, fastened within a loading space of the vehicle, each having a pivot bearing; a telescopic lifting arm, connected to the pivot bearings to pivot about an axis in the vehicle transverse direction; a transverse stay which runs in the vehicle transverse direction, connected to free end portions of the lifting arms; and a coupling unit disposed on the transverse stay and configured to couple at least indirectly to the wheelchair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David LONGIN, Gunther CUYPERS, Roel HANNES, Eduard DE JONG