Patents Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Patent number: 10288249
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting assembly includes a lighting component, a metallic layer formed on a first portion of the lighting component to establish a reflective surface, a micro-pattern formed on a second portion of the lighting component to establish a non-reflective surface, and a coating that includes a phosphor mixture applied to the micro-pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Stephen Kenneth Helwig
  • Patent number: 10288691
    Abstract: A powertrain having a traction battery is operated according to performance variables of the battery based on state variables of a reduced-order electrochemical model of the battery. The state variables are estimated by an estimator based on the battery model. A parameter of the battery model characterizing dynamics of the state variables with respect to battery operating conditions is updated by the estimator based on the battery model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Tae-Kyung Lee
  • Patent number: 10286840
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting assembly is provided that includes a window panel provided on a vehicle body and a light reflecting medium provided on a surface of the window panel. The vehicle lighting assembly also includes a plurality of lighting assemblies each comprising a plurality of light sources arranged to direct light onto the reflecting medium for reflection towards different areas in the vehicle interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Wei Xu, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Alex Lince, Satyanarayana Raju Vemulapati
  • Patent number: 10290158
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle includes interior sensors including an IR camera and a visible light camera. Images of an interior of the vehicle are captured using the cameras both before and after a passenger rides in the vehicle. The IR images from before and after are subtracted to obtain a difference image. Pixels above a threshold intensity a clustered. Clusters having an above-threshold size are determined to be anomalies. Portions of images from the visible light camera corresponding to the anomalies are sent to a dispatcher, who may then clear the vehicle to pick up another passenger or proceed to a cleaning station. Anomalies may be identified based on a combination of the IR images and visible light images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Bruno Sielly Jales Costa, Madeline J Goh, Jinesh J Jain
  • Patent number: 10292001
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for issuing audio alerts within the cabin of a vehicle. The method may include detecting a condition programmatically assigned an audio alert and a virtual source for the audio alert. The method may further include determining, by the computer system based on the virtual source, a gain value for each speaker of a plurality of speakers carried in fix positions onboard the vehicle. Once the gain value for each speaker of the plurality of speak is known, the audio alert may be projected by each speaker of the plurality of speakers according to the gain value determined therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Groh, Benjamin Vondersaar, Edgar Nunez, Prabhanjan Kadepurkar, Matthew Dage
  • Patent number: 10290407
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a single sintered magnet is provided having a concentration profile of heavy rare-earth (HRE) elements within a continuously sintered rare-earth (RE) magnet bulk. The concentration profile may include at least one local maximum of HRE element concentration within the bulk such that a coercivity profile of the magnet has at least one local maximum within the bulk. The magnet may be formed by introducing alternating layers of an HRE containing material and a magnetic powder into a mold, pressing the layers into a green compact, and sintering the green compact to form a single, unitary magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Feng Liang, C Bing Rong, Michael W. Degner
  • Patent number: 10286849
    Abstract: A cargo management system is provided for a storage area of a motor vehicle. That cargo management system includes a dynamic load floor, a storage tub and a swing arm assembly connecting the dynamic load floor to the storage tub and allowing the dynamic load floor to be selectively positioned into multiple configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Clifford, Ryan Kurrle
  • Patent number: 10292207
    Abstract: A heated steering wheel having a first electrical circuit including, in series, a first heating element disposed adjacent to a 3 o'clock of the wheel, a second heating element disposed adjacent to a 9 o'clock position of the wheel, and a positive temperature coefficient thermistor heated by one of the first and second heating elements; and a second electrical circuit including, in series, a third heating element disposed at a 6 o'clock position of the wheel, a fourth heating element disposed at a 12 o'clock position of the wheel, and a negative temperature coefficient thermistor heated by one of the first and second heating elements. The flow of electricity through the second electrical circuit is delayed until after electricity has flowed through the first electrical circuit warm those portions of the wheel to a desired temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Fassbender, Timothy Scott, Uwe Thiesmeyer
  • Patent number: 10286848
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo area includes a retention structure having an upper portion, a vertical portion, an arcuate portion, and an angled portion. The vehicle cargo area further includes a storage tray having a coupling portion that removably couples to the retention structure by passing over the vertical portion and engages with the vertical portion such that the coupling portion is secured in the retention structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Walter Herman, Craig West
  • Patent number: 10290933
    Abstract: An antenna mounting device is provided for a motor vehicle. That antenna mounting device includes a body having a first mounting end with a first cross section and a second mounting end with a second, different cross section. In addition, the antenna mounting device includes an antenna anchor point carried on the body and adapted to receive and hold an antenna. The two mounting sections allow versatility in mounting the antenna mounting device in different structures carried on the motor vehicle including, for example, a stake pocket and a trailer hitch receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Christopher Sterbenz, Gary Lee Danhoff
  • Patent number: 10286821
    Abstract: An armrest core includes a lattice having a plurality of void channel clusters. The void channel clusters have a section geometry characterized by a lateral dimension D1 and a vertical dimension D2 where D1<D2. An armrest assembly includes the armrest core and an outer cover overlying the armrest core. A method of manufacturing the armrest assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 10286825
    Abstract: A support assembly for a vehicle seat includes a base plate and a support plate. The support plate is rotatably coupled to the base plate at a peripheral edge. First and second inflatable members are positioned between the base plate and the support plate. A fluid supply is in fluid communication with the first and second inflatable members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Boland, Michael Medoro, Johnathan Andrew Line, S. M. Akbar Berry, Michael Kolich, Daniel Ferretti
  • Patent number: 10286830
    Abstract: A retaining apparatus includes a base member having a backing portion engaging a first side of a fixed plate and a cleat engaging a second side of the fixed plate. A neck portion connects the backing portion to the cleat and slidingly engages a keyway hole in the fixed plate. The retaining apparatus also includes a locking member coupled to the base member by a hinge. The locking member defines a disengaged position spaced from the fixed plate and is pivotable to an engaged position to secure the apparatus to the fixed plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Gerard Fortin, Danny John Wilyard, Gary Speck
  • Patent number: 10286837
    Abstract: A light assembly is provided herein. The light assembly includes a pair of light assemblies disposed on opposing sides of a rear portion of a vehicle. Each light assembly includes a housing and a lens. A light source is disposed in the housing and is configured to create a first predefined illumination pattern. A controller is configured to selectively activate the first illumination pattern from one of the pair of housings corresponding to a direction of a vehicle steering wheel rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Bradley Johnson, Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stephen Kenneth Helwig
  • Patent number: 10286831
    Abstract: A cargo management system is provided. That cargo management system includes a mat of memory foam and at least one adjustable stop positioned below the mat and forming a raised hump in the mat to help retain cargo from shifting or rolling during motor vehicle operation. A method of managing cargo in a motor vehicle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Armando Enrique Gutierrez Lopez de Lara, Guillermo Cesar Cervantes Guarneros, Carlos Ernesto Saenz Camacho
  • Patent number: 10286847
    Abstract: A powered running board assembly includes a running board and an actuator to displace the running board between a stowed position and a deployed position. That actuator includes a housing and a telescoping arm oriented along a first axis oblique to the running board. A related method of operating a running board is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Leszek Derbis
  • Publication number: 20190135227
    Abstract: An assembly includes a base defining a track and a hole. The assembly includes a plate slidably engaged with the track. The assembly includes a pin supported by the plate and movable between a first position engaged with the hole and a second position disengaged with the hole. The assembly includes an actuator designed to move the pin from the first position to the second position. The assembly includes a webbing guide supported by the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S.M. Iskander Farooq
  • Publication number: 20190135065
    Abstract: An independent rear suspension of a motor vehicle with an electrical drivetrain. The independent rear suspension including a left semi-trailing arm and a right semi-trailing arm, each of which can be articulated with an end on the body side to a chassis of the motor vehicle and are fixedly connectable to a wheel carrier on an end on the wheel carrier side, and also a transverse leaf spring for the suspension of the rear wheels. The transverse leaf spring is attached on the end side to the ends of the semi-trailing arms on the wheel carrier side, so that between the semi-trailing arms and the transverse leaf spring is formed an open installation space for receiving at least part of the electrical drivetrain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Peter WOLF-MONHEIM
  • Publication number: 20190135067
    Abstract: A RevoKnuckle-type suspension for a wheeled vehicle has a hub mounted to a bearing carrier for rotation relative thereto about a steering axis, and a shock absorber connected non-rotatably to the bearing carrier. The shock absorber has an outer cylinder having an axially-extending guide hole defined therein, and a piston and attached piston rod retained for axial reciprocation in the guide hole. The guide hole and at least one of the piston and the piston rod retained therein have respective complementary-shaped, non-circular cross-sectional shapes which engage one another to resist axial rotation of the piston and/or the piston rod within the guide hole. The carrier is therefore restrained against rotation relative to the vehicle sprung structure without the need for any additional component(s) such as a control arm or stabilizer, as required in a traditional RevoKnuckle-type suspension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ralf HINTZEN, Thomas GERHARDS
  • Publication number: 20190138990
    Abstract: A system and method are described. A method may include: receiving, from a requesting computer, a current transaction request for use of at least one vehicle in a fleet; determining that each of a plurality of stakeholder systems approves the request; generating a new record indicating approval of the use by cryptographically linking the new record to a previous record associated with a different transaction request; and sending an indication of approval to the requesting computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jamal Alezzani, Vishnu Swaroop