Ford Patents

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  • Publication number: 20180261217
    Abstract: A system includes a wearable device including a memory and a processor. The processor receives a verbal input for a vehicle from a user. The processor interprets the verbal input to locate in the memory at least one datum predetermined to be interpretable by the vehicle computer. The processor generates a message corresponding to the verbal input including the at least one datum, and sends the message to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: PRAMITA MITRA, CRAIG JOHN SIMONDS, GARY STEVEN STRUMOLO, ALI HASSANI, MARK A. CUDDIHY, DAVID MELCHER
  • Publication number: 20180262888
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes a controller programmed to, in response to discovering, without an already established connection with a remote vehicle, a service broadcasted by the remote vehicle indicating that cellular communication with the remote vehicle is available, confirm that the service is a subscribed-to service, and upon receiving input to invoke the subscribed-to service, contact the remote vehicle using the subscribed-to service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MACNEILLE, Dehua CUI, Oleg Yurievitch GUSIKHIN, David Allen KOWALSKI, Omar MAKKE, Cynthia M. NEUBECKER
  • Publication number: 20180257621
    Abstract: A method according to the present disclosure includes identifying a failure in 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 a smooth transition from a primary braking mode to a fallback braking mode. 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 at least one previously activated transition braking modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Brandon BEAUVAIS
  • Publication number: 20180257669
    Abstract: A vehicle computer is communicatively coupled to a portable computing device and is programmed to detect, in a vehicle sensor, a sound outside of the vehicle and to actuate, in the portable computing device, a haptic output based at least in part on the detected sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Omar Makke, Haysam M. Kadry
  • Publication number: 20180257472
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes an engine assembly housed in a bay, a subframe adjacent a bottom of the bay, a bulkhead adjacent a rear of the bay, and a catch structure extending laterally across the bay above the subframe and adjacent an upper end of the bulkhead. A lower catch hook is coupled to the engine assembly and configured to engage the subframe and transfer load from the engine assembly to the subframe when the engine assembly moves toward the bulkhead during a collision. An upper catch hook is coupled to the engine assembly and configured to engage the catch structure and transfer load from the engine assembly to the catch structure when the engine assembly moves toward the bulkhead during the collision. The catch structure may be a cable connected to left and right suspension towers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Michael SPURLING
  • Publication number: 20180257527
    Abstract: An articulating locking mechanism includes a support bracket having a receiving slot and a retaining flange. A pivot member is received in the receiving slot. A retainer member includes a hook portion that is coupled to the pivot member at a first end of the retainer member along an outer surface of the support bracket. The retainer member is operable between at-rest and flexed positions. A second end of the retainer member retains the retainer member in the flexed position by engaging a retaining flange extending outwardly from an inner surface of the support bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Caye
  • Publication number: 20180257668
    Abstract: A system of one or more computers can be configured to perform particular operations or actions by virtue of having software, firmware, hardware, or a combination of them installed on a user device that includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor such that the device is programmed to: send a trigger configuration file to a vehicle computer in a vehicle; receive an indication of a trigger from the vehicle computer; receive an input from a wearable device; and execute a task, based on the input and the trigger. Other embodiments of this aspect include corresponding computer systems, apparatus, and computer programs recorded on one or more computer storage devices, each configured to perform the actions of the methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Basavaraj Tonshal, Yifan Chen, Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante, Padma Aiswarya Kolisetty, Hsin-hsiang Yang
  • Publication number: 20180257440
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system and method for managing tire pressure for a trailer. A controller may be configured to manage communications between a vehicle and a trailer. A tire pressure management system module to be mounted on the trailer may be operatively connected to the controller by a tow connector. The tire pressure management system module may be configured to receive tire pressure information from at least one sensor operatively associated with at least one tire of the trailer, and transmit messages to the controller based on the tire pressure information, wherein the controller triggers a notification when at least one of the messages indicates a tire pressure that fails to meet a criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dilip B. PATEL, Christopher HENDERSON, Eric L. REED, Dante K. CROCKETT, Greg SWADLING, James Edwin BLATCHFORD, Stavros DIONYSSOPOULOS, Nimish H. PATEL
  • Patent number: 10070722
    Abstract: A sliding storage compartment assembly for a motor vehicle includes a storage bin slidably received in a storage bin holder by a dual track assembly defined by opposed sets of rails and opposed sets of cooperating tracks. Each of the opposed sets of rails and opposed sets of cooperating tracks are vertically and laterally offset one from another. Each of the opposed sets of rails and each of the opposed sets of cooperating tracks may be vertically offset one from another in a vehicle z-axis direction and laterally offset from one another in a vehicle x-axis direction. The opposed sets of cooperating tracks may be disposed on opposed side walls of the storage bin holder and the opposed sets of rails may be disposed on opposed side walls of the storage bin, or vice-versa. Console assemblies including the sliding storage compartment assembly are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Jose Alfredo Peregrina Loera, Francisco Ronquillo Melendez, Omar Antonio Ramirez Pavon, David Castro Duran
  • Patent number: 10071625
    Abstract: An exemplary flow control assembly includes, among other things, shutters each having at least one aperture. The shutters are configured to move back and forth between a first position and a second position to influence a flow through the at least one aperture. A flow control method includes, among other things, moving a shutters back and forth between a first position and a second position. The first position permits more flow through at least one aperture within each of the shutters than the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Stoddard, Mark Taylor, Aditya Narayan, Giancarlo Foschetti, Jason Castriota
  • Patent number: 10071616
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cardan mounting for an air vent, comprising a fixed part and a moving part, which are each pivotably attached to a cardan ring, wherein the two pivoting axes are arranged at right angles to one another. The cardan ring is elastically deformable, circular-ring-shaped in the uninstalled state and extended along one pivoting axis and compressed along the other pivoting axis, as compared with the circular shape, in the installed state. The invention furthermore relates to an air vent having a cardan mounting of this kind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Torsten Voigt
  • Patent number: 10071617
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first roller having a first roller magnet and a second roller having a second roller magnet. A shade includes a first shade magnet and a second shade magnet. At least one of the first and second shade magnets are coupled to at least one of the first and second roller magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Serebrennikov
  • Patent number: 10071482
    Abstract: A method comprising scanning a first painted surface of a first vehicle having two or more paint layers with a robotic terahertz radiation instrument to obtain a first painted surface thickness data and map for each of the two or more paint layers, comparing the first thickness map to a control map, and adjusting one or more paint application parameters based on a comparison of the first thickness map with the control map for painting a second surface of a second vehicle different than the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Edward Nichols, Tony Misovski, Scott Adams, Aaron Fiala
  • Patent number: 10070717
    Abstract: A stowable table assembly includes: a table portion rotatable between a deployed position and a stowed position; a carrier configured to be slidably received in a recess; and a plurality of elongate members provided between the table portion and the carrier. Each of the elongate members has a wedge-shaped cross-section such that the elongate members comprise side surfaces that taper towards each other from an upper surface to an underside surface of the elongate members. A first elongate member is coupled to the table portion and a last elongate member is coupled to the carrier. The elongate members are movably coupled to one another such that the side surfaces of neighboring elongate members abut when the table portion is in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen De Saulles, Liberty Fearns, Marcus Hoggarth, Matthew Graeme Leck
  • Patent number: 10071634
    Abstract: A vehicle powertrain includes an IGBT that conducts current between a supply and load. The vehicle powertrain also includes a controller that applies voltage to a gate of the IGBT at a first level for a first duration that depends on a capacitance of the gate, and increases the voltage over a second duration based on a rate of change of the current falling below a threshold defined by a supply voltage for the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhuxian Xu, Chingchi Chen, Xi Lu, Ke Zou
  • Patent number: 10071652
    Abstract: A vehicle powertrain includes an electric machine, an inverter including an IGBT having a gate configured to flow current through a phase of the electric machine, and a gate driver. The gate driver is configured to supply power onto the gate via a voltage regulated source, and in response to a collector current of the IGBT exceeding a previous steady state current through the phase, transition to a current regulated source to drive the gate. The gate driver may be configured to delay the transition by a predetermined time that is based on a difference between the previous steady state current and a reverse recovery peak current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xi Lu, Chingchi Chen, Zhuxian Xu, Ke Zou
  • Patent number: 10071635
    Abstract: A controller includes a tracking regulator having a reference voltage input and a voltage output and configured to regulate the voltage output to the reference voltage input. The controller is configured to, in response to a short to ground of the voltage output, electrically couple the reference voltage input to the voltage output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Wand
  • Patent number: 10071664
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a first inflatable bladder and a pump fluidically coupled with the first bladder. A sound dampening assembly is fluidically coupled between the first bladder and the pump and includes an inner chamber defined by a first and second telescoping portions and a motor coupled between the first and second telescoping portions. A controller causes the motor to adjust the inner chamber in response to an operation of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeroen Lem, Brian Boland
  • Patent number: 10071691
    Abstract: A combined cup holder and storage bin is provided. Such a device includes a rotating body having a first feature, a second feature and a third feature. The rotating body is selectively displaceable into a first position orienting the first feature for use, a second position orienting the second feature for use and a third position orienting the third feature for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen M. Parlow, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello
  • Patent number: 10071690
    Abstract: A vehicle center console includes an expandable top disposed on a storage bin. The center console is slidably connected to a floor pan and is movable towards the second-row seats. The expandable top includes a central component having an upper side and an underside, and a telescoping mechanism attached to first and second movable side components. The telescoping mechanism includes a body connected to the underside and a pair of telescoping arms extending from opposing sides of the body and movable between at least an extended position and a collapsed position. Each of the side components are attached to one of the arms such that undersides of the side components overlap the upper side of the central component when the arms are in the collapsed position, and the upper side of the central component is substantially flush with upper sides of the side components when the arms are in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammed Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 10071653
    Abstract: A hybrid powertrain includes an engine having a crankshaft, and an electric motor having a rotor selectively coupled to the crankshaft via a disconnect clutch and configured to operate in torque control and in speed control. The powertrain further includes a transmission having a torque converter with an impeller fixed to the rotor, a turbine disposed on an input shaft of the transmission, and a bypass clutch configured to selectively transmit torque from the impeller to the turbine. A controller is configured to, in response to the motor switching from torque control to speed control, generate a torque command for the motor that defines a magnitude derived from an error between measured and estimated speeds of the impeller obtained during torque control to prevent a spike in motor speed when the motor switches from torque control to speed control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Meyer, Rajit Johri
  • Patent number: 10071675
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes an autonomous driving sensor and a processor. The autonomous driving sensor is programmed to output an object detection signal representing an object near a host vehicle. The processor is programmed to output a headlight activation signal to activate vehicle headlights in response to receiving the object detection signal and while the host vehicle is operating in an autonomous mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10071700
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame and a bumper pivotally connected to the frame. A step is attached to the bumper so that the step is pivotal between a storage position and a step position. An actuator is mounted to the frame and coupled to the bumper, and is operable to pivot the bumper relative to the frame between a substantially vertical position and an angled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Swadad A. Carremm, Clara Bennie
  • Patent number: 10072600
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling fuel injection via a port fuel injector. At low load conditions, a lift pump coupled to a port injector may be deactivated, allowing fuel rail pressure to drop to fuel vapor pressure. Fuel may be delivered to engine cylinders while fuel rail pressure remains at fuel vapor pressure, with the lift pump still deactivated, for a duration until the accumulated amount of fuel delivered via port injection exceeds a threshold. Thereafter, the lift pump may be reactivated, allowing the fuel pump to be maintained disabled for longer periods of time, and providing fuel economy benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Michael James Uhrich
  • Patent number: 10071729
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a trailer hitch, an axle having an electronic limited slip differential, and a controller. The electronic limited slip differential includes a variable torque capacity lockup clutch. The controller is programmed to, in response to detecting the presence of a trailer connected to the trailer hitch and an increase in vehicle speed, increase the lockup clutch torque by a first torque adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Monticello, Lucian Lippok, Keith Weston
  • Patent number: 10072601
    Abstract: Methods and system are provided for operating a fuel system of a stop-start engine system. In one example a method may comprise powering off a lift pump and maintaining a volume control valve in a closed position during an engine stop to maintain a fuel pressure within a fuel rail and one or more fuel injectors. The method may further comprise, in response to determining an engine start is desired, powering on the lift pump, initiating cylinder combustion, and operating a higher pressure pump (HPP) in an unpressurized mode when a fuel pressure upstream of the HPP is less than a threshold and switching to operating the HPP in a pressurized mode when the fuel pressure upstream of the HPP reaches the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dietmar Hermann, Uwe Reuter, David van Bebber
  • Patent number: 10071701
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body, door, glass dome, and dynamic pillars. The body defines a cabin and has first and second static pillars. The door that accesses the cabin, is secured to the body, and is disposed between the first and second static pillars. The glass dome is secured to the body over the entirety of the cabin. The dynamic pillars are extendable in an upward direction and are secured to the body proximate to an outer perimeter of the glass dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Horst Heribert Lanzerath, Rahul Arora, Guosong Li
  • Patent number: 10071724
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a powertrain and at least one controller programmed to, in response to a brake request and a shaft speed associated with a speed of the vehicle achieving a starting speed that is defined by a torque of the powertrain that changes with brake demand at a given shaft speed, reduce a regenerative torque limit that constrains regenerative braking torque over a blend-out duration based on the shaft speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yanan Zhao, Ming Lang Kuang, Stuart N. Ford, Bernard D. Nefcy, Todd McCullough
  • Patent number: 10071708
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle wiper is disclosed. The system comprises a first rain sensor disposed on a fore portion of a vehicle and a second rain sensor disposed on an aft portion of the vehicle. The system further comprises a controller configured to suspend a rain sensing activation identified during a monitoring cycle in response to a control event. The control even comprises detecting moisture with the first rain sensor for a delay time without detecting the moisture with the second rain sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 10072626
    Abstract: Systems and methods for restarting an engine are presented. In one example, an engine may be automatically stopped and started in response to thresholds that may be adjusted as a distance traveled by the vehicle increases. The thresholds may be adjusted responsive to useful life consumed of devices that may participate in automatic engine starting and stopping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Kenneth James Miller, Eric Michael Rademacher, Alexander O'Connor Gibson
  • Patent number: 10072448
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door structure having an interior space and a ramp disposed within the interior space. The vehicle door further includes a latch and a handle that is pivotably connected to the door structure. The handle includes a pair of inwardly and forwardly extending hooks. The vehicle door also includes a cable or other linkage connected to the latch. The cable has a fitting that is pushed along the ramp by the hooks upon pivoting of the handle to thereby shift the cable and unlatch the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Livianu Dorin Puscas, Kosta Papanikolaou, Rajesh K. Patel
  • Patent number: 10075013
    Abstract: A vehicle charging compartment is disclosed. The compartment comprises a charging device comprising a plurality of light sources configured to emit a charging emission. The light sources are disposed on an interior surface formed by the compartment. A controller is configured to selectively illuminate the charging device in response to an environmental condition and a vehicle fault communicated to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Kristin Ann Hellman, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 10072625
    Abstract: A vehicle start-stop system includes an engine and a controller. The controller is programmed to operate the system in a first mode when a first input is selected, and in a second mode when a second input is selected. The controller is further programmed to inhibit engine stop in response to being in the first mode and an evaporator temperature having a first value, and stop the engine in response to being in the second mode and the evaporator temperature having the first value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Hesketh, Themi Philemon Petridis, Ian Halleron, Christopher Edward Pedlar
  • Patent number: 10071732
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a windshield having an integral pressure sensor. A signal from the pressure sensor is used to identify an impact against the windshield as a stone impact. Responsive to identifying the stone impact, identifying any large truck located within a predetermined radius of the vehicle. Responsive to identifying a large truck, the vehicle is directed to make an evasive maneuver to avoid stones dropped or thrown by the large truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Patent number: 10075806
    Abstract: A vehicle tracking system includes a remote portable wireless device. The system also includes a wireless transceiving device included in each of a plurality of vehicles, the wireless transceiving device in communication with a GPS device. The system further includes a server, capable of communicating with both the remote portable wireless device and each wireless transceiving device. The at least one server may receive a plurality of vehicle selections from the remote portable wireless device. The server may also determine a vehicle that corresponds to each of the plurality of selections, including a cellular phone number for each determined vehicle. The server may further transmit tracking instructions to each determined vehicle and receive GPS coordinates from each vehicle. The server may compare the received coordinates from each vehicle and report a deviance beyond a predetermined threshold to the remote portable wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Bruce Kleve, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20180251044
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle includes a seat having an extendable leg support. A seatback is operably coupled with the seat. The seating assembly includes an occupant detection system. A rear seat lift device is disposed in the seat and operable between a lowered position and a heightened position. A rear portion of the seat is elevated relative to the seatback to minimize a height difference between the rear portion of the seat and a bottom portion of the seatback when the seatback is in a fully reclined position. A control module is in communication with the occupant detection system, the seat, and the seatback. The control module is configured to activate an actuation assembly of the seatback to rotate the seatback rearward, extend the extendable leg support forward, and raise the rear seat lift device to provide optimal rest conditions for the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Daniel Ferretti, Keith Allen Godin
  • Publication number: 20180253715
    Abstract: A driver assistance system supports a driver of a vehicle during a parking procedure. Using the driver assistance system, automatic display and finding an available parking space is performed at a desired destination, automatic transfer to a memory of data relating to the vehicle position is performed after carrying out the parking procedure, wherein these data are retrievable by a mobile communication device of the driver to relocate the vehicle, and automatic payment for the parking procedure is performed before the vehicle drives out of a parking area, which has the parking space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Peter LOEFFLER, Thomas BIRKENBEIL
  • Publication number: 20180251106
    Abstract: A method for operating a braking system of a motor vehicle equipped with a wheel-slip control device, wherein the braking system includes an electrohydraulic service brake, set to generate braking forces independently of an actuation by an operator. The system having a mechanical or electromechanical parking brake actuated by an actuating element, and acting, in particular, on the rear wheels of the motor vehicle. An operator-side intent to actuate the parking brake is recognized and subsequently during the actuation of the parking brake a hydraulic pressure of the service brake is generated that acts on at least one rear wheel, of the motor vehicle is capable of being braked by the parking brake. The hydraulic pressure sufficient to assist the parking brake and correspondingly lock the rear wheel of the motor vehicle braked by the parking brake during travel of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Evert H. A. Kasteel
  • Publication number: 20180251048
    Abstract: A seat assembly forming a substantially horizontal plane for an exposed surface of each of a lower seat cushion and a seatback cushion of a seatback comprises a lifter mechanism for a rearward edge of the lower seat cushion. The lifter mechanism comprises a bracket pivotable about a transverse bar fixedly mounted to a frame assembly for a lower seat assembly, the bracket comprising a forward lever and a rearward lever; and a link pinned at a first end to the seatback and pinned at a second end to the rearward lever by a slot. The rearward edge of the lower seat cushion is initially raised by the forward lever upon the seatback pivoting to a predetermined reclined position and the rearward edge of the lower seat cushion is raised to the substantially horizontal plane upon the seatback pivoting to a fully reclined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: JOHNATHAN ANDREW LINE, JAMES PATRICK CREIGHTON, SPENCER R. HOERNKE, CORBIN S. JOHNSTON, JIMMY MOUA, ADAM D. EWEL, KEVIN R. MOZURKEWICH, ROBERT LLOYD DAMEROW, PAUL IACOBAN
  • Publication number: 20180251049
    Abstract: A motor vehicle comprises an upper back support comprising a substantially U-shaped tubular member pivotally attached at a first end to one of a pair of opposed lateral seatback frame members and pivotally attached at a second end to the other of the pair of opposed lateral seatback frame members, a substantially rigid planar base attached to a central portion of the tubular member, a latch operably coupling the first end of the tubular member to the one of a pair of opposed lateral seatback members to restrain the tubular member in one of a plurality of positions between a stowed position and a fully raised position, and a cushion disposed above the upper back support to form a movable exposed surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: JOHNATHAN ANDREW LINE, JAMES PATRICK CREIGHTON, SPENCER R. HOERNKE, CORBIN S. JOHNSTON, JIMMY MOUA, ADAM D. EWEL, KEVIN R. MOZURKEWICH, ROBERT LLOYD DAMEROW, PAUL IACOBAN
  • Publication number: 20180251136
    Abstract: A lane behavior detection value that is a measure of wrist movement of a vehicle occupant is determined. A mechanism in a wearable device is actuated when the lane behavior detection value exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: KWAKU O. PRAKAH-ASANTE, YIFAN CHEN, BASAVARAJ TONSHAL, PADMA AISWARYA KOLISETTY, HSIN-HSIANG YANG
  • Publication number: 20180251050
    Abstract: A motor vehicle comprises an upper back support comprising a substantially U-shaped tubular member pivotally attached at a first end to one of a pair of opposed lateral seatback frame members and pivotally attached at a second end to the other of the pair of opposed lateral seatback frame members, a substantially rigid planar base attached to a central portion of the tubular member, a latch operably coupling the first end of the tubular member to the one of a pair of opposed lateral seatback members to restrain the tubular member in one of a plurality of positions between a stowed position and a fully raised position, and a cushion disposed above the upper back support to form a movable exposed surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: ROBERT LLOYD DAMEROW, JOHNATHAN ANDREW LINE, SPENCER R. HOERNKE, CORBIN S. JOHNSTON, ADAM D. EWEL, PAUL IACOBAN, CHRIS FREDRIKSSON
  • Publication number: 20180251014
    Abstract: A vehicle structure including a roof beam and a first pillar and a second pillar each fixed relative to the roof beam. The first pillar and the second pillar are spaced from each other defining a door opening extending from the first pillar to the second pillar. A front door and a rear door are both disposed in the door opening. A panel is pivotally connected to the roof beam and pivotable relative to the roof beam to a lowered position. The panel, in the lowered position, extends across the door opening from the first pillar to the second pillar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Saied Nusier, Rahul Arora, Saeed David Barbat
  • Publication number: 20180251052
    Abstract: A seat assembly forms a substantially horizontal plane for an exposed surface of each of a lower seat cushion and a seatback cushion of a seatback. The seat assembly comprises a lifter mechanism for a rearward edge of the lower seat cushion. The lifter mechanism further comprises a main lift arm coupled to the edge, a slotted support arm having a distal end thereof pivotally coupled to a distal end of the main lift arm, a linkage arm pivotably coupled with the main lift arm and a slot in the slotted support arm, and a translational arm coupled with the linkage arm. The rearward edge of the lower seat cushion is raised by the translational arm being displaced to a fully displaced position to thereby raise a distal end of the linkage arm and the lift arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Jimmy Moua, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Corbin Shea Johnston, Adam Ewel, Kevin Mozurkewich
  • Publication number: 20180250854
    Abstract: A molded metallized polymeric structure includes a metal plate-able polymer component having a metallized surface wherein the component includes one or more locking members. The molded metallized polymeric structure additionally includes a polymer resin coupled to one or more binding regions of the metallized surface wherein the polymer resin is positioned to be in contact with the one or more locking members. The molded metallized polymeric structure has one or more visually exposed portions of the metallized surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Thomas Musleh, LaRon Michelle Brown, Michael A. Musleh, Stuart C. Salter
  • Publication number: 20180251042
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body and a door moveable relative to the body between the open and closed position. The vehicle includes a seat fixed relative to the door. The seat includes a seat back and a seat bottom. The body has a longitudinal axis, and the seat bottom extends from the seat back toward the longitudinal axis along a cross-vehicle direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis when the door is in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Saied Nusier, Rahul Arora, Saeed David Barbat
  • Publication number: 20180251086
    Abstract: A vehicle frame component for limiting the movement of the wheel of the vehicle toward the cab of a cab on frame vehicle including a base member welded to openings in the frame side rail and extending outwardly and located proximal the wheel structure. In one embodiment the vehicle frame component is located forward of the wheel and includes a tire puncture device to deflate the tire during an offset front impact and in a second embodiment the vehicle frame component is located rearward of the wheel. The vehicle frame component has particular utility during an offset front impact where the offset is less than approximately twenty-five percent (25%) of the width of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ajay Kumar Gupta, Narayana Venugopal, John Charles Caris, Mark Wlotkowski, Charles Ko, Leonard Anthony Shaner
  • Patent number: 10065628
    Abstract: A method and a system augment or improve a distance until charge (DUC) estimation for a vehicle such as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) by using location information. Such location information may be provided by a global positioning system (GPS) or the like associated with the vehicle. The method and the system generally estimate the DUC value as a function of past driving pattern historical data that is relevant to a current driving situation. To this end, the method and the system ignore past driving pattern historical data that is not relevant to the current driving situation when estimating the DUC value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Abraham McGee, Hai Yu, Johannes Geir Kristinsson, Fazal Urrahman Syed, Dimitar Petrov Filev
  • Patent number: 10065586
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame, a wheel supported by the frame; and a device fixed to the frame. The device includes an inflator and an inflatable member in fluid communication with the inflator. The inflatable member is inflatable away from the frame and into contact with the wheel to push the wheel away from the frame during sensed impact of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Saeed David Barbat, Mohammed Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: D828263
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Earl C. Lucas, Jaewoo Chang