Patents Assigned to Jaguar Cars Limited
  • Patent number: 7841310
    Abstract: A spool valve 10 for a variable camshaft timing (VCT) phaser for an internal combustion engine comprises a spool 11 slidable in a bore 12 in a valve sleeve 13, the spool 11 having spaced apart lands 14-17 dividing the bore 12 into chambers 41, 42, 43 between adjacent lands. The valve sleeve 13 has fluid passages 22-27 including a lock passage 26 communicating with a lock pin 31, a vent passage 27 communicating with a fluid sump 35, and a lock pin oil feed passage 22, with the spool 11 being slidable in the bore 12 to interconnect select passages via particular chambers, wherein the vent passage 27 and the lock pin passage 26 are connectable with different chambers 43 and 42 respectively. The arrangement avoids unnecessary operation of the lock pin 31.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventor: Matt James Child
  • Patent number: 7827840
    Abstract: A superplastic forming apparatus and method for forming a sheet of material at an elevated temperatures into a workpiece having a complex geometry. The process takes advantage of a mechanical forming step, which draws material along a major axis to form a first preform. Upon completion of the first mechanical forming step, a second, initial superplastic forming step acts on the first preform to create a second preform having a plurality of channels or grooves located thereon. The grooves or channels function to draw additional material prior to the second or final gas forming step, which completes the forming process by driving the material against a forming surface. Accordingly, the method and apparatus function to reduce forming time and eliminate thinning and wrinkling of the sheet material during the forming process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventors: S. George Luckey, Jr., Peter A. Friedman
  • Patent number: 7755294
    Abstract: A method of manually overriding automatic activation of an automatic headlight control system for a motor vehicle, headlamps operable in a high beam state and a low beam state, a high/low beam switch movable from a neutral position to a latched position and from a neutral position to a non-latched position for controlling the state of the headlamps and a headlamp on/off switch comprising a multi-position switch with at least a selectively automatic headlamp position is disclosed. The system includes forward-facing sensor for collecting light emanating from for instance a second vehicle, and a controller for controlling, when the headlamp switch is detected as being in the automatic headlamp position, the headlamp states as a function of the sensed intensity of the beam of light emanating from said second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventors: Richard Dennis Shelton, Peter Howard Betts, David Philip Smith
  • Patent number: 7748590
    Abstract: An ultrasonic welding apparatus having an extractable sonotrode. The sonotrode having a non-threaded outer peripheral surface and a tapered mating surface that meets with a correspondingly tapered aperture formed in the end of the reed of the ultrasonic welding apparatus. In the preferred embodiment the ultrasonic welding apparatus includes a sonotrode removal mechanism for extracting the sonotrode from the reed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventors: Larry Reatherford, Elizabeth T. Hetrick, Daniel E. Wilkosz, Jan Skogsmo, Joseph Walsh
  • Patent number: 7710245
    Abstract: A security system for remotely locking and unlocking closure members of a motor vehicle 10 is disclosed in which a hand gesture recognition device is associated with a keyless entry system having a security device 23 and a portable unit 19. The hand gesture recognition device includes at least one sensitised area 25 for detecting a hand gesture, an input/output device positioned in the passenger compartment for selecting or creating at least one pattern gesture which can be recognised by the sensitised area 25 and a gesture recognition module for transmitting an authorized code signal to the security device 23 upon recognition of the selected or created gesture over the sensitized area. Such a gesture pattern can easily be modified from the I/O device by the user and ensure an improved security to a conventional keyless entry system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventor: Carl Anthony Pickering
  • Patent number: 7698797
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for joining adjacent members, wherein the members are placed in an overlapping layered relationship. The members are clamped between a die and a blank holder. Once clamped, a clinching operation is performed on the members to create at least a partial bond between them. In addition to the clinching operation, a level of vibrational energy is imparted to at least one of the members to reduce clamping force requirements, promote material flow and deformation and provide increased joint strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventors: Elizabeth Hetrick, Larry Reatherford, Jan Skogsmo
  • Publication number: 20100038932
    Abstract: A panoramic vehicle roof module assembly is provided with front and rear cross members. A pair of extruded side rails are each mounted to the cross members. Each side rail has a front integrated roof track, a rear integrated roof track and an integrated sun shade track, each track formed therein along its length. A roof panel is supported by one of the integrated roof tracks of the side rails to interface with the front cross members. An intermediate cross member is mounted to the side rails and is interfaced with the roof panel. A second panel is provided mounted to the side rails to interface with the rear cross member and the intermediate cross member. The side rails each include an integrated support flange to mount the assembly to a vehicle. A method of manufacturing a panoramic vehicle roof module assembly is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Applicants: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, JAGUAR CARS LIMITED
    Inventors: Jeffrey Comfort, Richard Howard Wykoff, Kian-Huat Tan, Matthew John Zaluzec, Bradley S. Bysouth
  • Patent number: 7621175
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting degradation in the cam profile switching system in either bank 2, 3 of a V-engine 1 relies on a comparison of the lambda values in each exhaust bank 4, 5 immediately prior to and subsequent to a cam profile switching event in one of the banks. If there is little or no change after switching, then the apparatus deduces that the switched bank has experienced degradation. The method is easy to calibrate and does not require continuous monitoring of engine behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventor: Brian Anthony Varney
  • Patent number: 7614646
    Abstract: An inflatable airbag system for a motor vehicle includes a restraining strap for delaying inflation of a central portion of an airbag and deflecting gas into adjacent elongate portions in the initial stages of deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Stephen Hill, Andrew Philip Lockwood
  • Publication number: 20090271080
    Abstract: A rotatable selector mechanism for a motor vehicle transmission has a selector knob rotatable in a housing to select an operating mode of the transmission among a number of selector positions indicated by a label (P, R, N, D, M). The selector mechanism further includes a detent plate which cooperates with a detent pin for maintaining the selector knob in each of positions. The detent plate is connected to position sensors for generating selector signals to a transmission control unit which supplies control signals to an actuator for operate the transmission according to the operating mode selected. The detent plate is also associated to the selector knob and to a drive correction means by means of clutch devices respectively to engage the detent plate to one of the selector knob and the drive correction means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: JAGUAR CARS LIMITED
    Inventors: Carl Pickering, Alister Whelan, Mike Richardson, Rob Jerger, Peter Hudson
  • Patent number: 7571662
    Abstract: A rotatable selector mechanism for a motor vehicle transmission has a selector knob rotatable in a housing to select an operating mode of the transmission among a number of selector positions indicated by a label (P,R,N,D,M). The selector mechanism further includes a detent plate which cooperates with a detent pin for maintaining the selector knob in each of positions. The detent plate is connected to position sensors for generating selector signals to a transmission control unit which supplies control signals to an actuator for operate the transmission according to the operating mode selected. The detent plate is also associated to the selector knob and to a drive correction means by means of clutch devices respectively to engage the detent plate to one of the selector knob and the drive correction means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Jaguars Cars Limited
    Inventors: Carl Pickering, Alister Whelan, Mike Richardson, Rob Jerger, Peter Hudson
  • Patent number: 7559399
    Abstract: A vehicle has a vehicle body and a vehicle bonnet assembly. The vehicle bonnet assembly includes a bonnet 14 hinged at its front to the vehicle body 10 and latched at its rear by two latch devices. Each latch device comprises a latch assembly 17 mounted to the vehicle body 10 and a striker 21 mounted to the bonnet 14. Impact sensors are configured to detect a front collision with a pedestrian and two lift actuators 18 are arranged to raise the rear edge of the bonnet 14 into a deployed position in response to a pedestrian impact. Each latch assembly 17 includes a latch claw 26 moveable between a latch position in which the striker 21 is held by the latch claw 26 and a release position in which the striker 21 is releasable from the latch claw 26. Each latch assembly 17 also includes a release member 27 which is operable by a driver of the vehicle to allow the latch claw 26 to be moved towards its release position and allow the bonnet 14 to be lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventors: Tim Lewis, Ian Gibson, David Willey, Robert Mackie, Nigel Toney
  • Publication number: 20090159019
    Abstract: A expansion tank for an engine cooling system comprises a housing forming a main chamber and a swirl chamber, the swirl chamber being defined by a cylindrical wall. An inlet connection discharges through an inlet orifice towards a collector duct having an entrance. From the inlet orifice the coolant is directed as a stream or jet along the adjacent surface of the cylindrical wall towards the entrance of the collector duct, guided by circumferential ribs. The kinetic energy of the stream is converted into pressure energy so that the pressure delivered from the outlet connection is slightly above the pressure at the top of the swirl chamber, above the level of liquid. This swirl chamber pressure is set by the relief pressure allowed by a filler cap, the gain in pressure helping to avoid cavitation in a coolant circulation pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicants: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventor: William Richard Hutchins
  • Publication number: 20090145374
    Abstract: A temperature responsive control valve is disclosed. The valve may have a housing having a hot inlet, a cold inlet and an outlet. A first valve member, and a second valve member, may be configured to move within the housing to selectively prevent and permit flow from the hot inlet and the cold inlet to the outlet when a sensed temperature is within predetermined ranges. A temperature responsive actuator may be disposed to move the first and second valve members within the housing in accordance with the sensed temperature. A first bias may be configured to bias the first valve member toward preventing flow from the hot inlet to the outlet, and a second bias may be configured to bias the second valve member toward preventing flow from the cold inlet to the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicants: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventor: William Richard Hutchins
  • Patent number: 7545270
    Abstract: A sensing system for sensing the proximity of a part of a user to a control input, such as a control panel (14), for a vehicle subsystem (10), includes a transmitter (26) for transmitting a signal, a primary receivers (22) for receiving the signal via the user as a primary signal and a reference receiver (28) for receiving the signal via the user as a reference signal. One of the transmitter and primary receiver is associated with the user and the other with the control input (14). The reference receiver (28) is associated with the user and a controller (12) is provided to receive and process the primary and reference signals to provide a measure of the proximity between the part of the user and the control input (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventors: Carl A Pickering, Ian R Thorp, Richard D Parkinson
  • Publication number: 20090051145
    Abstract: An inflatable airbag system for a motor vehicle includes a restraining strap for delaying inflation of a central portion of an airbag and deflecting gas into adjacent elongate portions in the initial stages of deployment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: JAGUAR CARS LIMITED
    Inventors: Christopher Stephen Hill, Andrew Philip Lockwood
  • Publication number: 20090052201
    Abstract: A lamp assembly for a motor vehicle includes a housing receiving at least one light source. The housing includes a covering pane and including first and second fixing arrangement for releasably securing the lamp to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: JAGUAR CARS LIMITED
    Inventors: David Ballinger, Simon Andrew Whorlow
  • Publication number: 20090055059
    Abstract: A method for operating a multi-stable shift-by wire selector control system of a motor vehicle transmission. The multi-stable shift-by wire selector control system includes a multi-stable selector which is operable by the driver of the vehicle to select a respective one of the operating modes of the transmission, an arrangement of illuminated labels indicating the selector mode and an indexing mechanism for maintaining the immobilization of the selector in its different positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: JAGUAR CARS LIMITED
    Inventors: Rob Jerger, Pete Stares, Darren Vincent, Hardev Singh Mandair
  • Patent number: 7472572
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a sheet of ductile material by superplastic forming is disclosed. The method is directed to first creating a pre-form by mechanical forming in which the pre-form is created with a die and punch. Thereafter the pre-form is subjected to gas pressure in a forming cavity to complete formation of the part. A metallic gasket is provided to ensure that no pressurized gas escapes from the forming cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventors: George Luckey, Jr., Yingbing Luo, Peter Friedman
  • Patent number: 7260454
    Abstract: A vehicle is equipped with a transmitter/receiver user recognition device and a control system for allowing a user to act remotely on one or more sub-systems of a vehicle, e.g., opening a panel such as a boot. In use, the system operates in association with a user identification device so as to activate an illumination block when the identification device has been recognized by the user recognition device and the identified user's hand is approaching, and to control the operation of one of the sub-systems when the identified user s hand is touching the illumination legend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Jaguar Cars Limited
    Inventors: Carl Pickering, Peter Thomas