Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20240235348
    Abstract: An alignment tool for positioning an end plate on a core shaft of a stator core includes a central shaft disposed about a central axis and an outer body. The central shaft has a proximal end and extends in an axial direction therefrom to a free distal end. The outer body includes a base portion, a support portion and a push portion. The base portion is coupled to the proximal end of the central shaft. The support portion is spaced apart from the central shaft and extends from the base portion in the axial direction to the push portion. The push portion is arranged around the central shaft and has a lower surface defining a plane to which the central axis is normal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2023
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Petar Bosankic
  • Publication number: 20240227869
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mitigating certain spoofing of vehicle features are disclosed herein. An example method can include determining input torque values obtained from a steering torque sensor associated with a steering wheel of a vehicle, wherein the input torque values are obtained over a period of time, determining road disturbances using a road disturbance model, applying a driver model that is indicative of human driver hands-on-wheel behaviors, determining when input torque values are indicative of a spoof or human interaction with the steering wheel using the input torque values, the road disturbance model, and the driver model, and executing a remediating measure when the input torque values are indicative of the spoof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2024
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Catherine Marie Amodeo, Yashanshu Jain, Christopher Colarusso
  • Publication number: 20240227715
    Abstract: A trim assembly comprising a tube and a trim cover. The trim cover has an inner surface and an outer surface. The trim assembly further comprising an upper portion coupled with the tube and a lower portion. The trim assembly further comprising an energy absorption bracket insert molded into the trim cover The energy absorption bracket has a convex surface and a concave surface. The trim assembly further comprising an air curtain disposed between the tube and the energy absorption bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2023
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Robert Tilli, Jay Douglas Blackson, Timothy Barr
  • Publication number: 20240227576
    Abstract: An electrified vehicle includes a traction battery coupled to an electric machine that provides propulsive force, an auxiliary battery, a voltage converter coupled to the traction battery and configured to convert traction battery voltage to auxiliary battery voltage, and a controller programmed to control the voltage converter to provide either a non-oscillating voltage above a first voltage threshold, or an oscillating voltage having a peak below the first voltage threshold based on a vehicle start signal and a vehicle brake pedal position signal. The controller may control the voltage converter to provide the non-oscillating voltage in response to the vehicle start signal being received while the brake pedal position signal indicates a released brake pedal, and to provide the oscillating voltage in response to the vehicle start signal being received while the brake pedal position signal indicates a depressed brake pedal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2022
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hanyang CHEN, Michael J Irby
  • Publication number: 20240226949
    Abstract: A varnish injector assembly for an electric motor includes an injector nozzle, a varnish reservoir fluidly connected to the injector nozzle, and a filament extending from the varnish reservoir. The filament is configured to direct varnish from the injector nozzle to a slot of a stator core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2022
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Xiaogang Zhang
  • Publication number: 20240230846
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a housing defining a chamber and a sensor positioned in the chamber. The housing includes a wall. The wall includes a recessed portion. The recessed portion includes a port. The sensor has a field of view extending through the port. The recessed portion includes an opening to the chamber, and the opening is spaced from the port in a first direction. The wall includes a vent to the chamber, and the vent is spaced from the recessed portion in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2023
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robertson, JR., Shiyamkumaran Neelakandan, Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee
  • Publication number: 20240227946
    Abstract: A component for a vehicle includes a skid plate configured to attach to an underbody of the vehicle, a plurality of cooling channels extending in a longitudinal direction between the skid plate and the underbody of the vehicle, and a structural reinforcement extending outward from the skid plate. The skid plate, the plurality of cooling channels, and the structural reinforcement are additively manufactured in a unitary construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2022
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Jim Stevens, David D. Friske, Mark Meinhart, Matthew Arthur Titus
  • Publication number: 20240235344
    Abstract: A motor assembly tool includes a stator defining a plurality of slots and a varnish application fixture. The fixture includes a disc defining a plurality of slots, an outer shield disposed on the disc radially outward of the slots of the disc, and an inner shield disposed on the disc radially inward of the slots on the disc. The disc is disposed on the stator and the outer and inner shields are configured to direct varnish through the slots of the disc and into the slots of the stator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2022
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Xiaogang Zhang
  • Publication number: 20240227724
    Abstract: A seatbelt retractor includes a frame and a spool having a first end and a second end each rotatably supported by the frame. The spool is elongated on an axis from the first end to the second end. The seatbelt retractor includes a plurality of torsion posts fixed to the frame. The seatbelt retractor includes a locking device operatively coupled between the spool and the plurality of torsion posts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2022
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S.M. Iskander Farooq
  • Publication number: 20240234899
    Abstract: A battery box for an electric vehicle includes a trough-shaped part made of sheet metal, comprising a bottom floor portion which extends horizontally, lateral wall portions are arranged on both sides in the transverse direction (Y) extending in the upward direction therefrom. An internal sheet metal part is arranged between the wall portions and connected to the trough-shaped part and has floor portions facing the bottom floor portion as well as at least one ridged portion protruding relative to the floor portions and connected in one piece to at least one of the floor portions and extending in the transverse direction (Y), wherein at least one of the floor portions is spaced apart horizontally at least in some regions from the bottom floor portion so that a first intermediate space is formed therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2024
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Horst Heribert LANZERATH, Bjoern HOEREN, Niels PASLIGH, Aleksandar BACH, Ilya POPOV, Jens BUECHNER
  • Publication number: 20240233459
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments for polygon sequence matching for label association in autonomous vehicle logs. A logged polygon is identified in each logged frame of a logged track. For each logged frame in the logged track, a labeled frame is retrieved from a labeled track that has a timestamp within a predetermined time window of the timestamp of the logged polygon. A similarity score is generated by comparing the logged polygon and the labeled polygon in the labeled frame. The logged frame and the labeled frame are identified as a match-frame when the similarity score meets a first threshold. A candidate pair is generated for each match-frame comprising the logged track and the labeled track that includes the labeled frame identified in the match-frame. The candidate pair with a match quality score meeting a second threshold is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2023
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Zachary KURTZ
  • Publication number: 20240227501
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body, a cabin that is defined by the body, an air delivery system, and a controller. The air delivery system includes a blower, an air register, ductwork, and an intake module. The air register is positioned within the cabin. The ductwork extends between the blower and the air register. The intake module is positioned upstream of the blower. The controller adjusts a speed of the blower as a function of a speed of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2022
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Halim Wijaya, Alan Gutowski, Manfred Koberstein
  • Publication number: 20240231289
    Abstract: A method includes generating, by a given autoencoder, a given operational indicator based on sensor data obtained from one or more sensors disposed at a given manufacturing station; selectively aggregating, by the given linear propagator and based on a linear mapping model, the given operational indicator and one or more additional operational indicators associated with one or more additional manufacturing stations to selectively generate an aggregated operational indicator; generating, by the given neural network and in response to generating the aggregated operational indicator, a predicted operational characteristic of the given manufacturing station based on the given operational indicator and the aggregated operational indicator; and determining a state of the manufacturing system based on the predicted operational characteristic and one or more additional predicted operational characteristics generated by one or more additional neural networks from among the plurality of neural networks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2023
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhiyi Chen, Harshal Maske, Devesh Upadhyay, Huanyi Shui, Michael Brendan Hopka, Xun Huan
  • Publication number: 20240235345
    Abstract: A varnish injection system for an electric motor includes a pair of varnish injection assemblies and a biasing device. Each varnish injection assembly includes an injector arm and a varnish injector nozzle attached to the injector arm and operable to provide a varnish to a gap defined between the stator core and one or more wires among the plurality of wires. The biasing device connects the pair of varnish injection assemblies and is configured to exert a compressive force urging the pair of varnish injection assemblies toward each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2023
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Xiaogang Zhang
  • Patent number: 12030095
    Abstract: A device and method for protecting an optical sensor of a vehicle are disclosed, wherein the sensor is protected from environmental pollutants which may adhere to an optical surface of the sensor if the sensor is exposed to them, and wherein the environmental pollutants are kept away from the sensor by an ultrasonic cleaning of the sensor surface using an ultrasonic field. The ultrasonic field of the ultrasonic cleaning is emitted by a protection device into the air to provide a protection zone around the optical surface of the sensor such that a contact of the optical surface with the environmental pollutants is avoided, wherein the environmental pollutants are moved and/or destroyed in the air away from the sensor if they enter the protection zone), and wherein the protection zone provides a contactless cleaning of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Norbert Bierhals
  • Patent number: 12031831
    Abstract: Systems and methods for ranking routes based on driving complexity are provided. The systems and methods may generate routes for a user based on factors indicative of difficulty levels of the routes (for example, based on the types of road features that exist on the route, among various other factors). The difficulty levels of the generated routes may then be used to automatically select, by a navigation system of a vehicle, a route that is suitable for the user based on their driving experience level. Alternatively, the routes may be presented to the user via the vehicle or a mobile device for selection by the user. The systems and methods may also be dynamic in that the difficulty levels of the routes may be adjusted as the user gains more driving experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Cheri Lyn Hansen, Jonathan Diedrich, Dhivya Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 12031510
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving operation of a vehicle are presented. In one example, a controller may respond to a presence or absence of a prediction of an increase in vehicle speed during a look ahead window. The controller may inhibit or allow automatic engine stopping in response to the presence or absence of the prediction of the increase in vehicle speed during the look ahead window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yanan Zhao, Jason Meyer, James Reynolds
  • Patent number: 12030409
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a coupling member, a seat, a seatback, a swivel plate, and a base. The seat is pivotably coupled to the coupling member. The seatback is pivotably coupled to the coupling member. The swivel plate is coupled to the coupling member. The swivel plate includes a plurality of swivel anchors. The base is coupled to the swivel plate. The swivel plate enables rotational movement of the coupling member, the seat, the seatback, and the swivel plate about a vertical axis. The base includes a plurality of base anchors. The plurality of base anchors receive the plurality of swivel anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Macit Aktas, Joseph Michael Kish
  • Patent number: 12030571
    Abstract: A locator pin assembly includes a locator pin with a locator portion and a threaded portion and a bracket assembly including a tab portion and a nut portion that receives the threaded portion. A structure includes an opening receiving the locator pin and a slot near the opening that receives the bracket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Chenchiah B. Kosaraju, Martin Fitzpatrick Frey, William Richard Navas, III, Douglas P. Heerema
  • Patent number: 12030354
    Abstract: An electrified vehicle winch includes, among other things, a winch and a charge port connector that connects to a charge port of an electrified vehicle. The winch is powered through the charge port connector. A winch operating method includes, among other things, operating a winch to move a load and, during the operating, powering the winch through a charge port of the electrified vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, William Wurz, Ryan J. O'Gorman, Peter Phung, David Brian Glickman
  • Patent number: 12033391
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for inference quality determination of a deep neural network (DNN) without requiring ground truth information for use in driver-assisted vehicles, including receiving an image frame from a source; applying a normal inference DNN model to the image frame to produce a first inference with a first bounding box using a normal inference DNN model; applying a deep inference DNN model to a plurality of filtered versions of the image frame to produce a plurality of deep inferences with a plurality of bounding boxes; comparing the plurality of bounding boxes to identify a cluster condition of the plurality of bounding boxes; and determining an inference quality of the image frame of the normal inference DNN model as a function of the cluster condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gurjeet Singh, Apurbaa Mallik, Zafar Iqbal, Hitha Revalla, Steven Chao, Vijay Nagasamy
  • Patent number: 12030401
    Abstract: This disclosure describes an environmentally sustainable peer-to-peer electricity source network. An example method may include receiving, by a processor, a request to perform a charging of a first device. An example method may include determining, by the processor and using a peer-to-peer network including one or more charging sources, a first charging source to provide charge to the first device, wherein determining the first charging source is based on an amount of emissions that would result from charging using the first charging source. An example method may include determining, by the processor, a first time and a first location at which to perform charging of the first device using the first charging source. An example method may include determining, by the processor, that the charging of the first device has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dominique Meroux, Cassandra Telenko, Zhen Jiang
  • Patent number: 12030387
    Abstract: A vehicle, system, and control method include a traction battery having a plurality of cells, a temperature sensor configured to measure battery temperature of the traction battery, an electric machine powered by the traction battery and configured to provide propulsive power to the vehicle, and a controller configured to control at least one of the electric machine and the traction battery using an estimated battery power capability or estimated battery state of charge based on battery parameters initialized upon requesting activation of the traction battery with an open circuit voltage that varies based on elapsed time from the traction battery becoming inactive. The open circuit voltage may be estimated using parameters including a first resistance, a second resistance in series with the first resistance, and a capacitance in parallel with voltage across the capacitance initialized based on an exponential function of the elapsed time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcelo Araujo Xavier, Gabrielle Vuylsteke
  • Patent number: 12030508
    Abstract: Scenario discriminative hybrid motion control for robots and methods of use are disclosed herein. A method may include determining a number of objects in a space, determining when a goal is within the space, and selectively switching between a plurality of control schemes based on the number of objects in the space and whether the goal is within the space. The plurality of control schemes including a model predictive control scheme, a simplified model predictive control scheme, and a proportional-integral-derivative scheme. Selectively switching between the plurality of control schemes reduces power consumption of an automated system compared to when the automated system utilizes only the model predictive control scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sanghyun Hong, Jianbo Lu
  • Patent number: 12030436
    Abstract: An apparatus and method, according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a transparent lighting source, a switchable opaque film bonded to the transparent lighting source to provide a vehicle component, and an electrical connection that connects to the transparent lighting source and the switchable opaque film such that the switchable opaque film is electrically controlled to switch between an opaque state and a transparent state. A control unit independently controls the switchable opaque film and the transparent lighting source based on a predetermined application for the vehicle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Larry, Biaohe Guo
  • Patent number: 12030078
    Abstract: A plasma transfer wire arc thermal spray system includes a section for feeding a wire acting as a first electrode, a source of plasma gas providing plasma gas, a nozzle directing the plasma gas stream from the source of plasma gas to a free end of the wire, and a second electrode located in the plasma gas stream towards the nozzle. In certain instances, the nozzle is made at least partially of electrically insulating material. The thermal spray apparatus with the inventive spray gun may have a simplified and faster starting procedure and the spray nozzle can be more durable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Leander Schramm, Alexander Schwenk, Enrico Hauser
  • Patent number: 12030480
    Abstract: Systems and methods for starting an internal combustion engine of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, the internal combustion is started via closing a driveline disconnect clutch and limiting a torque output rate of an electric machine so that vehicle speed may increase continuously without decreasing during engine cranking and run-up periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Maruthi Ravichandran, Judhajit Roy, Jason Meyer, Sassan Farahmand, Mary Catherine Farmer, Fazal Syed
  • Patent number: 12031832
    Abstract: Systems and methods for energy efficient mobility are provided. The method may include identifying a vehicle moving on a road, calculating a first energy required to complete a trip, determining a size of an air pocket zone of the vehicle, calculating a second energy required to transition to the air pocket zone of the vehicle and to complete the trip in the air pocket zone of the vehicle, and transitioning to the air pocket zone of the vehicle if the second energy is more energy efficient than the first energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Vinod Ravi
  • Patent number: 12030463
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a sensor including a sensor lens, the sensor lens defining an axis; a housing panel including an aperture centered on the axis, the sensor lens being recessed from the aperture along the axis; and an air nozzle positioned between the aperture and the sensor lens along the axis and oriented to blow horizontally across the sensor lens. The aperture and the sensor lens define a gap positioned on an opposite lateral side of the sensor lens from the air nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robertson, Jr., Rashaun Phinisee, Venkatesh Krishnan, Anthony Michael Regalbuto, Kunal Chaudhari
  • Patent number: 12031374
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that includes a cabin interior, a seat configured to hold a passenger, a window having a movable panel actuatable between open and closed positions, and an actuator to power the window between the open and closed positions. The vehicle also includes an imaging device located in the cabin interior and oriented to capture images of a passenger seated on the seat and at least a portion of the movable panel of the window, and a controller processing the images to determine one or more characteristics of a face of the passenger. The controller further processes the images to monitor a position of the movable panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Michael John Kipley, Adrian Aguirre, Pietro Buttolo, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 12033503
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for receiving from a mobile device that is optically tethered to a vehicle for remote driver assistance, an estimate of a speed of the vehicle, an orientation of the vehicle and a trajectory of the vehicle, comparing the estimate of the speed, orientation and trajectory received from the vehicle with a measured speed determined by one or more vehicle sensors, and preventing vehicle motion if a threshold difference from the comparison is exceeded. Another method is directed to determining at a mobile device an estimate of a speed of a vehicle, an orientation of the vehicle, a trajectory of the vehicle and a time stamp, transmitting the data to the vehicle, and untethering from optical tethering if the data are outside of a threshold or if the data indicate that the mobile device is tethered to an unintended vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Lavoie, Hermanth Yadav Aradhyula, Hamid M. Golgiri
  • Patent number: 12030497
    Abstract: A method for controlling brake pressure during a shift of a vehicle out of park may include determining that a first status condition is met when the vehicle is in park with an electric parking brake applied, determining that a second status condition is met when the vehicle is not moving, responsive to detecting a shift of the vehicle out of park when the first and second status conditions are both met, directing a build-up of brake pressure until a brake pressure target is reached, and holding the brake pressure at the brake pressure target until a release condition is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Gabor, Mostafa Shuva, Nolan Payne, Brandon J. Cameron, Alex James, Scott Mlynarczyk, Bryan Griffin
  • Patent number: 12030444
    Abstract: A system comprises a first control module that meets specified operational criteria for controlling a component of a vehicle and a second control module that meets specified operational criteria for actuating the component. The first control module is arranged to send a first signal to open a relay that, when closed, electrically couples a power output of the second control module to ground via a fuse, send a second signal to cause the second control module to power a motor for actuating the component, receive a third signal indicating a completion of actuation of the component, and responsive to receiving the third signal, send a fourth signal to close the relay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott J. Lauffer, Seema Gami, Michael Alan Mcnees, Ali Delbari
  • Patent number: 12031469
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided to heat a catalyst of an after-treatment system for a vehicle. The after-treatment system is powered by a battery. An operational parameter of the battery and the driving mode of the vehicle is determined. After receiving an indication that a first operational parameter threshold has been surpassed and a torque demand of the vehicle has been predicted, heat is provided to the catalyst of the after-treatment system based on the predicted torque demand of the vehicle surpassing a second operational parameter threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Cox, David Hesketh, Themi Petridis
  • Patent number: 12030417
    Abstract: A cup holder assembly includes a body that defines a cup-receiving cavity and an aperture that extends through a side wall of the body, a first bracing feature and a second bracing feature, each of which is coupled to the body and positioned outside of the cup-receiving cavity, and a retention finger. The retention finger includes a first portion that extends into the cup-receiving cavity through the aperture, a first engagement feature coupled to the first portion and pivotably engaged with the first bracing feature, and a second engagement feature coupled to the first portion and engaged with the second bracing feature. The retention finger is operable to move via pivotal movement of the first engagement feature relative to the first bracing feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Diego F. Villacres Mesias, Gustavo Llamas Maldonado, Jose Carlos Hernandez, Matthew J. Hickey, Michele M. Mathews
  • Patent number: 12030464
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for heat sanitizing a vehicle. In one example, a method may include, responsive to receiving a request for cleaning an interior of a vehicle, adjusting a position of a sun shade based on at least one of an ambient temperature outside of the vehicle and a sun load of the vehicle, and operating a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system to heat the interior above an upper threshold temperature for a first threshold duration. In this way, the HVAC system may be advantageously used to expose the vehicle interior to temperatures that kill or inactive microbes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Gutowski, Curtis Jones, Fred Koberstein, Stephen White, Peter Mitchell Lyon, John Rollinger, Scott Thompson, M. Scott Christensen, David Hancock, Adam Richards, Steve Skikun, Frank Fusco
  • Publication number: 20240217275
    Abstract: This disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods related to tire air pressure notifications. An example method that can be executed by a processor in a vehicle can include detecting a tire inflation operation performed upon a wheel of the vehicle and determining that air is escaping out of a tire of the wheel of the vehicle during the tire inflation operation. The processor may then issue an alert based on determining that air is escaping out of the tire. The alert may be provided in various ways such as, for example, via a haptic signal transmitted through a vibration element located in the wheel of the vehicle and/or by waggling the wheel of the vehicle. In an example implementation, waggling the wheel of the vehicle may be carried out by the processor by operating a steering wheel control system of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2022
    Publication date: July 4, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Publication number: 20240217414
    Abstract: A seating system for a vehicle includes a first seat assembly having a first seat base and a first armrest that is convertible between an armrest position and a center seat position, and a second seat assembly having a second seat base and a second armrest that is convertible between an armrest position and a middle seat position. The seating system also includes a convertible third seat assembly located between the first and second seat assemblies and having a third seat formed by the first armrest and the second armrest in the middle seat position, wherein the first and second armrests are moveable between the armrest position and the center seat position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2023
    Publication date: July 4, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jung Jeon, David William Gaines, Kurt Leon Kormos, Macit Aktas, Shawn Anthony Dixon, Craig Rackers
  • Publication number: 20240220937
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, UI and computer program product embodiments for managing an autonomous vehicle (AV) multi-station maintenance cycle. The system determines an AV specific instance of the AV multi-station maintenance cycle, based on an evaluation of a current status of maintenance items for the AV, and matches the current status of the maintenance items to corresponding maintenance steps to be performed to complete the AV specific instance of the AV multi-station maintenance cycle. The system generates a schedule for performing ingestion and deployment of software maintenance items for the AV at one or more stations within the AV maintenance facility and assigns maintenance resources and dynamically modifies the schedule based on other AVs currently engaged in the current AV multi-station maintenance cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2022
    Publication date: July 4, 2024
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nicole YU, Jordan KRAVITZ
  • Publication number: 20240218130
    Abstract: A polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) aerogel and methods for processing and producing the PVA includes mixing water with PVA to form a PVA mixture, mixing the PVA mixture with ethanol to form an aerogel mixture, and freeze drying the aerogel mixture to sublimate at least a portion of the water and ethanol from the aerogel mixture to form the PVA aerogel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2023
    Publication date: July 4, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Haibo Zhao, Elena Sharnowski
  • Publication number: 20240221433
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, UI and computer program product embodiments for managing an autonomous vehicle (AV) multi-station maintenance cycle. The system determines an AV specific instance of the AV multi-station maintenance cycle, based on an evaluation of a current status of maintenance items for the AV, and matches the current status of the maintenance items to corresponding maintenance steps to be performed to complete the AV specific instance of the AV multi-station maintenance cycle. The system generates a schedule for performing the maintenance items for the AV at one or more stations within the AV maintenance facility and assigns maintenance resources and dynamically modifies the schedule based on other AVs currently engaged in the current AV multi-station maintenance cycle. The system further schedules self-navigating movement of the AV within the AV maintenance facility to one or more stations in the AV maintenance facility to complete the maintenance cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2022
    Publication date: July 4, 2024
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nicole YU, Jordan KRAVITZ
  • Publication number: 20240221391
    Abstract: A system for determining lane information. A memory storing instructions executable by a processor includes instructions to receive forward image data of a roadway from a forward-facing camera of a vehicle, determine visible lane boundaries of the driving lane based on lane marking features in the forward image data, determine a predicted lane boundary of the driving lane based, at least in part, on forward features in the forward image data, and determine a driving path of the vehicle through the visible lane boundaries and the predicted lane boundary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2022
    Publication date: July 4, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christian Wegner, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Bradford Scott Bondy, Muhannad Hamdan
  • Publication number: 20240221432
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, UI and computer program product embodiments for managing an autonomous vehicle (AV) multi-station maintenance cycle. The system determines an AV specific instance of the AV multi-station maintenance cycle, based on an evaluation of a current status of maintenance items for the AV, and matches the current status of the maintenance items to corresponding maintenance steps to be performed to complete the AV specific instance of the AV multi-station maintenance cycle. The system generates a schedule for performing the maintenance items for the AV at one or more stations within the AV maintenance facility and assigns maintenance resources and dynamically modifies the schedule based on other AVs currently engaged in the current AV multi-station maintenance cycle. The system further schedules self-navigating movement of the AV within the AV maintenance facility to one or more stations in the AV maintenance facility to complete the maintenance cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2022
    Publication date: July 4, 2024
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nicole YU, Jordan KRAVITZ
  • Publication number: 20240217149
    Abstract: A component of a composite material is described. The component includes a connecting element and at least one stabilizing member. The connecting element is configured to position the at least one stabilizing member during production of the component, the connecting element having openings into which a melt composition in a molten state can flow, and the connecting element having at least one positioning device configured to position the at least one stabilizing member on the connecting element. The connecting element and the at least one stabilizing member are embedded in the melt composition, the melt composition reaching into the connecting element through the openings of the connecting element, and the at least one stabilizing member being positioned on the at least one positioning device of the connecting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2024
    Publication date: July 4, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Baranowski, Maik Broda, Markus Franzen, Pascal Rebmann
  • Publication number: 20240220749
    Abstract: This disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods related to tool tracking. In an example embodiment, a method may involve detecting, by a tool monitoring device, a failure of a wireless communication system included in a tool that is stored in an enclosure. The tool monitoring device may determine that the failure is attributable to a temperature in the enclosure being outside an operating temperature range of the wireless communication system. A notification of the failure and/or a description of a cause for the failure may be displayed on a display screen of the tool monitoring device and/or transmitted to a tool tracking device. In an example implementation, the tool tracking device is located outside a vehicle, the enclosure is a toolbox placed in the vehicle, and the tool monitoring device, which is configured to monitor an operational status of the wireless communication system, is located in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2022
    Publication date: July 4, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Jake Schwartz, Aaron Matthew DeLong
  • Publication number: 20240217435
    Abstract: Systems and methods for digital shading control in a vehicle. The digital shading control may be integrated into glass of a vehicle, pillars, and more. In at least one implementation, the digital shading control is integrated directly into glass of a vehicle and comprises a transparency-changing material interface layer disposed of over the glass, a capacitive touch interface layer disposed of over the transparency-changing material interface layer, a force touch interface layer disposed of over the capacitive touch interface layer, and a haptics interface layer disposed of over the force touch interface layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2022
    Publication date: July 4, 2024
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Neha Singhal, Biaohe Guo, Mark Larry, Kenneth Michael Mayer
  • Patent number: 12024207
    Abstract: While an autonomous mode is activated, a vehicle is operated based on operating parameters for the autonomous mode. The operating parameters include at least one of a vehicle speed or a following distance. Upon detecting a user input to control vehicle operation, vehicle operation is transitioned to a nonautonomous mode, and a count of a number of received user inputs to control vehicle operation is incremented. Upon determining that the count of received of user inputs to control vehicle operation is greater than a threshold, the operating parameters for the autonomous mode are updated. Then, upon determining to transition from the nonautonomous mode to the autonomous mode, the vehicle is operated based on the updated operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luke Niewiadomski, Austin Moore, Gangarjun Veeramurthy
  • Patent number: 12024339
    Abstract: Electrified vehicles may be powered by traction battery packs. An exemplary traction battery pack may include an enclosure assembly having a tray and a cover. One or more hinged locking plate assemblies may be utilized to secure the cover to the tray of the enclosure assembly. The hinged locking plate assemblies may be configured to exert a clamping or compression force across an interface between the cover and the tray, thereby enhancing retention and providing a leak-proof joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Suriyaprakash A. Janarthanam, Rajaram Subramanian, Kanchana Perumalla
  • Patent number: D1034351
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nedzad Mujcinovic, Jordan Demkiw
  • Patent number: D1034352
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nedzad Mujcinovic, Jordan Demkiw